This scene, featuring Daras Guildward, was cut from Inheritance. It takes place during the Battle of Belatona, just after Eragon rushes to find Roran still alive after a portion of the main keep collapsed. Eragon, Roran, Arya, and Blödhgarm set out to capture Lord Bradburn, searching each successive floor of the building. On the way, they encounter numerous foes, who are dealt with swiftly. Eragon offers to heal the cuts on Roran’s face and knee, but Roran feels he can wait until after they capture Bradburn.
As the adventurers resume their climb, they encounter Daras, second son of Thelmund Guildsward, Lord of Fellworth Manor:
Eragon took the lead as they filed back into the stairwell and resumed their climb. Round and round they went, like mites trapped within a snail shell, until, just past the fifth floor, Eragon saw a man leaning against the inner wall of the stairs above him, plucking at a small white rose, the petals of which he let fall with languid flips of his fingers. The man wore soft calfskin boots with upturned tips, canary-yellow hose, a red and black quilted vest studded with pearls, a billowy lace-trimmed shirt dyed to match his hose, and a felt cap set at a rakish angle and decorated with a pheasant’s tail feather. An orange half-cloak hung over his right shoulder, secured with a silver clasp carved in the shape of a fox head.
Following Daras’ demise, Eragon, Roran, Arya, and Blödhgarm continue to the seventh floor of the keep, where they find Lord Bradburn barricaded in his private chambers.
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