Shur’tugal Podcast – Shurtycast, Episode 201!

After a plague of issues preventing the timely release of our first “return” episode, we are excited to announce that Shurtycast 2.0 is here! Our first episode, recorded two months ago immediately following the Great Shur’tugal Outage of 2010 (when we were down for a week due to major server issues), tackles many subjects intended on bringing old and new Shurtycast fans to the realm of Shurtycast, the official Inheritance cycle podcast of Shurtugal.com!

What is Shurtycast? Shurtycast is a recorded Inheritance cycle podcast (or internet talk show) which tackles the latest news, developments, discussions, inside scoops, and interviews of the Inheritance world! Give Shurtycast episode 201 a listen in our podcast player below! We’ll have options for subscribing to the podcast on iTunes and other podcast services in the near future!


Continue reading for a full show summary, more information on exactly what Shurtycast is, our hosts, and more! We’d also love to hear your feedback in the comments!What is Shurtycast?

Shurtycast is the official Inheritance Cycle podcast of Shurtugal.com, the leading source for Inheritance Cycle news and information on the web. Founded in 2004 by Mike Macauley, Shurtugal.com has aimed to offer fans a destination on the web for news, theorizing, discussions, and more. In 2005, Shurtycast was started as a bi-weekly podcast discussing the world of Inheritance, and more specifically, the Eragon movie. Following the movie’s release in 2006, Shurtycast wound down and eventually entered an unofficial hiatus. Fast forward to 2010 and Shurtycast is ready to re-launch bigger and better than ever, featuring both new and old voices and Inheritance content you can’t find anywhere else!

Join hosts Mike Macauley and Joelle Saveliev to discuss the latest news and information within the Inheritance world, as well as segments aimed at theorizing and discussing the upcoming final installment in the Cycle. The hosts’ humor and wit offers a fun and exciting dimension to the informative and face-paced internet web show.

Who hosts the show?

The original Shurtycast was hosted by a number of great Shur’tugal staff members, including Mike Macauley, Joelle Saveliev, Robert Cox, Tim Bach, Matthew Heck, and more. The revival of Shurtycast, coined Shurtycast 2.0, brought with it two familiar faces: Mike Macauley, owner of Shurtugal.com, and Joelle Saveliev, long-time member of the Inheritance community and Artist in Chief!

Shurtycast Episode 201 – We’re Baaaaack! – The Summary!

After a three year long hiatus, the popular Inheritance Cycle podcast, Shurtycast, is back with veteran hosts Mike Macauley and Joelle Saveliev. As part of our relaunch, our new series is being called Shurtycast 2.0… a reboot, but still much of the same old Shurtycast! Humor, wit, news, discussions, theories, and entertainment abound in episode 201!

  • What’s been going on since our last podcast? Lots! Top secret projects, Shur’tugal re-designs, book releases, college, and no movie news!
  • Lots of fun projects coming up on Shur’tugal! New shirts, the Paolini Scrapbook, editorials and theories written by fans, new website design, Q&As with Christopher Paolini, book giveaways, and more!
  • Lytherus. You heard us mention it a year ago on Shur’tugal. Where does it stand? Is it still happening?
  • What’s in store for the future of Shurtycast? Theories, interviews, guest hosts, convention coverage, book coverage, breaking news, and more!
  • Side projects! What’s Mike been up to? What’s Joelle been up to?
  • Send us your feedback and show ideas!
  • Check Shur’tugal out on Twitter!
  • Sneak peek at episode 202!
  • Feedback – We’d love to hear it!

    As with everything we do on Shur’tugal, this is for the fans! Because it’s for you guys, we want to hear what you think of the show! Have thoughts on the current episode? Suggestions on how to improve the show? Ideas for new segments. Share them with us!

    • Anonymous

      I think Shurtycast is a great idea! 😀

    • Anonymous

      Shurtycast is a great Idea! 😀

    • FreeToBelieve

      (Way to go) on getting Shurtycast back up
      I think at one point you should do something about some of the descriptions and words used in the three books to help people (to lazy to look it up) understand some of the scenery and words in the books (I don’t have a hard copy of any of the books but I have all audio books and I took me 5 time listening to them all to understand everything)

    • Laurana

      There was literally nothing said about the Almanac.

    • shadeslayr

      I think you guys should have different people who are fans come on and debate theories for book 4. I have some good ones but I have to many to post on here. I would love to debate them with someone. Like: We know Angela’s story will be in book4. She has something to do with shades. We know this from what CP said at comic-con. Also we know the Green dragon has hatched. I def. think it has hatched for an elf because the 3 riders in the story right now are all human males and dragon riders were originally elves. I really don’t think Arya will be a rider but it will be an elven female. That is just some of my theories.

      • EternalShade

        Actually we DONT know if the green dragon egg has hatched. It has never been confirmed yet.

      • EternalShade

        Actually we DONT know if the green dragon egg has hatched. It has never been confirmed yet.

    • what are your theroys for book 4.

    • what are your theroys for book 4.

    • XxxX

      Hey guys I was the one who gave EternalShade the idea to start a debate page on Shurtugal, so maybe on a video episode of Shurtycast you could have a debate between to invitees

      • EternalShade

        lol

      • EternalShade

        lol

      • EternalShade

        Actually you were the one who wanted to have a faceoff, I was the one who actually brought up having a whole debate page. But whatever it doesnt really matter.

    • HarryQuacker

      “After all, it’s not every day a dragon chooses you to become her Rider and then strangers sweep you away from your family and fly you across the whole of Alagaësia and beyond. Anyone would find the experience overwhelming, especially during such unsettled times, when an unnamed shadow stalks the land.”

      I assume this was referring to Eragon in the 1st book. Saphira chose him. Durza stalked the land. (I don’t know about the unnamed part, could be it just means unknown to people at the time). Strangers could be referring to the Razaac, they took him away from his family by forcing him to flee, etc

    • Baboo

      @Dragonasker:
      Good eye on the “her”, I totally missed that. Well that confirms that it is not Greenie and must be a new dragon.

      As for the unnamed shadow, it is mentioned several times throughout the Guide and I have no idea what it could be, however I came to the same conclusion as you: it can not be Galby. Not only is he “named” (and there are no Voldemort-type issues with his name), but I doubt he could be classified as a shadow. It could be something that he does that leads to the unnamed shadow (like screwing up a spell or some sort of witchcraft), but it’s definitely not him. It kind of reminds me of both “Lord of the Rings” (with the spirit of Sauron, “there’s a shadow growing in the West”) and “The Never Ending Story” (with the Nothing).

      As for the Guide itself, I guess that I assumed it was connected to, but distictly separate from, the Inheritance Cycle. Almost like a fiction using another fiction as its base, if that makes sense. Like the information provided about the land, peoples, creatures and history is true (within the context of the Inheritance Cycle) but the “story” is fabricated. That’s why the comment from the podcast interested me so.

    • ShurtugalLiam

      @Baboo: wow……. your amazing lmao!! So analytical :O …either that or i’m a boob lmao

    • Dragonasker

      @Baboo:
      I for one believe that it-Eragon’s guide- is after the fourth inheritance book or at the very end, as this quite implies. “After all, it’s not every day a dragon chooses you to become her Rider and then strangers sweep you away from your family and fly you across the whole of Alagaësia and beyond. Anyone would find the experience overwhelming, especially during such unsettled times, when an unnamed shadow stalks the land.”– Eragon Shadeslayer at the beginning of the book in a letter. Notice the word ‘Her’, Greeni is a male and he speaks not about his own dragon .
      Also the words, unnamed shadow give rise to there being a darker foe.
      1-Galby could be named so it could not be him.
      2- It shall remain my option that Eragon writes this guide during book 4.
      3- I know that I am not Mike but I felt like giving my word.

    • Bob

      I now know what Mike is going to announce! He’s going to announce that we’re all getting a million dollars for Christmas!

    • Baboo

      On a more constructive note I enjoyed the podcast and I’m looking forward to the next one. Keep up the good work!

    • Baboo

      Hey Mike,
      You mentioned in the podcast that Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia is supposed to be set after the end of Book 4. Do you know this for a fact, or is it more of an assumption? If so, then how do you know it?

      Here’s why I ask. There are a few parts in the Guide that make me believe that it’s not based after the fall of Galbatorix. For example on the History page it talks about Domia abr Wyrda, and I quote: “copies are rare in the Empire, for Galbatorix destroys every one he finds and hangs its unfortunate owner”. As you will notice this is in the present tense, which means that:
      – Galby is still alive
      – the Empire is still in tact
      – Galby is still in control of the Empire (or is at least powerful enough to go around destroying books and hanging people).

      However on the Dragons page it does talk about Galby’s control over Thorn and Shruikan in the past tense (making it likely to be after Glaby’s fall).

      However, this isn’t the only information that seems odd. The Guide also provides information about the state of other key characters:
      – as you mention Eragon and Saphira are still alive
      – Islanzadi is still alive and Queen of the elves
      – Glaedr’s Eldunari is still in tact, and so he is still quasi-alive and in a coherent enough state to be of use to the new Rider & Dragon)
      – There is at least 1 future Dragon & Rider (although this could theoretically be Greenie and his new Rider, and if this is the case then Arya could not be the Rider for a number of reasons scattered throughout the Guide).

      It also implies that none of the major races are wiped out or leave Alagaesia (including humans, dwarves, elves, urgals, werecats, dragons, etc.).

      I guess what I’m saying is that all of this stuff is theoretically possible, but CP would have given out a lot of secrets if it is.

    • Chris

      Christopher sends out the newsletters when he wants to. We do not know when they are being sent out.

    • ShurtugalLiam

      @Mike Macauley: Ohhhhh Mike 😀 a big annoucement?! (about the book i do hope) 🙂

    • Justwondering

      When will next newsletter come?

    • vannet

      @Mike Macauley: ur getting me psyched for the end of july!!

    • DuSundavarFreohr

      @Mike Macauley:

      Oh I am 100% ok with the end of July, I just dont like waiting and not knowing. Thanks, looking forward to the big announcement 😀

    • Tulkas

      @Turkey: That and he probably wanted the Twins to die, but couldn’t kill them himself. And so do I incur the wrath of Mike and his staff…

    • Mike

      The release date for the next Q&A is tied to a larger announcement I cannot yet make. However, I can say that for good reasons, a rough estimate for its release would be end of July (you’ll see why soon and you’ll be fine with the reasoning once you do — it’s good ;).

    • DuSundavarFreohr

      @Mike Macauley:

      Ok, but that doesn’t really answer my question, can you give us a rough time of when we can expect the next Q&A to be up?

    • Mike

      We aren’t taking questions for the 7th Q&A (especially not in a thread about a podcast), and this isn’t the place for theory discussion. We have theory forums for that: http://www.inheritanceforums.com

    • Turkey

      @Tulkas: You’re probably right if you meant he would just invent the spell on the spot.
      New question: Did Murtagh stop Eragon because he would die from the effort of teleporting Roran and then Saphira would go mad and kill herself?
      Sorry if I’m not meant to do this here Admins!

    • Tulkas

      @Turkey: Possibly in the same manner that he had the water rise when he crossed the Hadarac Desert. “Whatever the cost to himself” I feel that Oromis’s way is simply more efficient.

      Recode the comments?

    • DuSundavarFreohr

      ShurtyCast is awesome guysss, just one quesiton, generally speaking, when can we expect the next interview to be up? Not saying i didn’t enjoy the Podcast, but it’s just not the same as an interview with CP.

    • ShurtugalLiam

      @Tulkas: Haha i was wondering that, i don’t think people are as interested in the shurtycast as they were before 🙁 its a shame, its pretty epic 😛

    • Chris

      We’ve discussed it before and it’s not possible with the way our comments are currently coded.

    • Turkey

      Top Secret Projects: Interesting!
      Off Topic: Do you still need questions for Q&A 7?
      I have a good one: At the end of Eldest, Eragon attempts to teleport/transport Roran away from the Twins(Murtagh stops him). How is this possible he doesn’t even learn this spell until Brisingr(Oromis teaches him before leaving for Gilead).

    • Tulkas

      Oh, and I have a thought… I don’t know if this has been suggested before, but if you could add a like feature to the comments here it might cut down a bit on the offtopic babble, as I have noticed it’s effects on facebook.

      And where is everyone?

    • vannet

      oh alright thanks

    • Chris

      It won’t be up for awhile.

    • vannet

      When’s the 7th Q&A going to be up?

    • Smoke

      The only southern accent that counts is the one from TEXAS. git-r-done

    • ShurtugalLiam

      Ahh fair enough 😛 Should’ve guessed really haha! America being as big as it is there’s going to be loads of accents

    • Chris

      South united states accent…

    • ShurtugalLiam

      @Chris Addison: Lol southern accent? :S What do you mean?

      Mike: Awesome i cant wait for that one 😀 haha!

      Tulkas: Hmm it seems to have sorted itself out now 🙂

    • Murtaghsforgottenfriend

      Ha! I enjoyed this so much I completely forgot what else I wanted to do.

    • Evarinya

      OMG DUDE, RELEASE ITTTT.
      We totally need to see it 😀

    • Bob

      You guys know you want to vote to hear Bob back in the podcasts! I’m nuts.

      By the way, nobody knows this but, back in Summer 2006 we recorded a video podcast. IT WAS NEVER RELEASED!

      (I have it on tape at my house.)

    • Evarinya

      Ooh, that would be awesome, Mike. I sure hope that you are able to do that. I would definitely be one of the first ones to listen :]
      And, you had better be on ther Chris! Southern accents are so cool! I hope that all you guys will be on there 😀

    • Mike

      Our goal is to get Christopher on the podcast in the future. We’ve had him on past podcasts and it went over well. We also hope to have other guests, like Gerard Doyle and John Jude Palencar, on the podcast to discuss their roles in the Inheritance world.

      One goal of mine is to bring the Q&As we do with Christopher to new mediums, such as video interviews, audio interviews (on the podcast), etc. This will help.

    • Tulkas

      @ShurtugalLiam: It’s fine for me, but I don’t use chrome.

    • Chris

      I should be in some of the future podcasts. Mike doesn’t like my southern accent though…

    • Evarinya

      Wow, that was great.
      Hmm.. well, ive got a few ideas. Or.. they are mainly second opinions.
      I think that you should totally do this on webcam. It would make it alot more amusing, and would be really funny. It’s not that Im saying the podcast was boring, because it wasn’t, Im just saying that adding a webcam would be cool, and would just add to the whole effect of the awesome ShurtyCast!
      Secondly, I dunno, this was just something I was thinking of.. but what if you got CP himself to talk on the Cast? I dunno. Just an idea. We could get the inside scoop directly from him :]
      Thirdly! You should have more people from the website on the Cast. More than just you and Joelle. Spice it up a little bit! 😀
      Fourthly.. I dunno about anyone else, but I think it would be cool if you “picked apart” more than just Brisingr. What if you picked apart Eragon and Eldest too? I dunno. Just a thought. It would probably take to long.
      And I guess thats all ive got to say! Random feedback. The Shurtycast was awesome, and I can’t wait for the next one! You guys did an awesome job. And im sure the others will be fantastic as well.

    • Lareesha

      Wow. It was good. I really like Mike’s voice, it sould sound nice telling a story I think…

    • Smoke

      Thought it was great, can’t wait for more. Sounds like mike went Roran on us……..you know……with the beard.

    • ShurtugalLiam

      @Cally: I agree with the Video 😀

    • ShurtugalLiam

      The podcast was great guys 😀 you are still crazy! haha 🙂 keep it coming 😛 a shorter intro though 😉
      Great hearing from you Mike 😀 always respect from across “the pond” over here in the UK 😀

      BTW … this page is suddenly like …. really messed up for me :S has anyone else got this issue? I am using Google Chrome ..

    • Eldest13

      I’m sorry, this is sort off topic, but does anyone else think It would be cool to have an Eragon radio play or something?
      I love the show by the way!

    • Eldest13

      ha ha, I want to see the vidio!

    • Cally

      I love Joelle!!!! She’s soo random, love her! I would love to see shurtycast with a video, rather than just just audio. I can’t wait for the next shurtycast! Keep up the good work!!

    • Chris

      I closed that large comment thread because it seemingly became a thread about someone’s girlfriend? I don’t mind seeing discussion, as long as it’s a related topic. Bob closed the other one because it looked like it was heading the same direction…

    • Taslin

      Is this on iTunes?

    • Dragonasker

      This is Good.

    • Mike

      Thanks for the feedback! Most will be addressed in the next episode. However, one stands out:

      Why do we disable comments? For Q&A question submissions, we disable comments after the time expires so that people don’t submit questions that won’t even be looked at. As for the other post, I’m not sure — the decision was made by Chris. I think that he disabled them because the comments were getting really out of hand (not inappropriate, just off topic). We try to continuously remind people that the best place for off-topic discussion is our discussion board community – InheritanceForums.com – not the site comments. 🙂

    • Tulkas

      Did the beard go tomorrow?

      Did you amazon her the deluxe edition?

      Did you send this letter?

      Is she back in the loop yet? If not, then get her back in it!

      I’m a geek, now?

      Are you going to post the picture of the cardboard chicken?

      If you like things to be community-driven, then why are you disabling comment posts?

      Where DOES Lytherus stand, and what does the name mean?

      It wasn’t boring…

      There’s my feedback.

    • Jack

      First comment!
      Can’t wait to hear this!