Get to Know Inheritance Forums, Our Official Message Boards

Greetings from Inheritance Forums! The staff of Inheritance Forums, Shurtugal.com’s official Inheritance Cycle community board, has put together a fantastic introduction post for those of you who are currently unaware of all of the awesome Inheritance-related as well as off-topic discussions going on in our massive fan community. Join us for a post full of information, thread highlights, and more! With Inheritance around the corner, now is a great time to get into theorizing and discussing with fellow Inheritance Cycle fans!

For those of you who don’t know, Inheritance Forums is the largest Inheritance-based forum on the web. It is a side-project of Shur’tugal, created by Mike Macauley in 2004. We have over 30,000 registered members, and almost two million posts. Every day, hundreds of users come online and have great discussion. The central focus of the forums is our thriving Cycle discussion section, where you can talk about each book in the series as well as share and discuss theories on Book IV. In addition to this, we have various other sections for things not related to Inheritance.

At Inheritance Forums (IF for short), members are able to come and talk to each other about the news, discussing their opinions on Book 4, and trade theories about what will happen in the last book. The recent announcement of the title, cover, and release date of Book 4, or Inheritance, is exciting to all of us. We have a thread just for discussion about this news, here.

Another example of something that you can discuss on IF can be found in this topic: Modern Military versus Magic: Who Would Win? Here, users debate whether modern military, such as tanks, guns, and missiles, could defeat Alagaesian magic. Users in this thread have quality discussion on who they think would win.

A third topic that I’m sure many of you are interested in is The Next Rider. Here, members of IF can talk about who they think will be the one to ride the green dragon. The discussion there is always active, and anyone is welcome to put forth their opinion.

These are only three examples of the many great topics that our Cycle section offers. Other threads that warrant a mention are Eragon’s Girlfriend, Finding the Last Egg, and Vault of Souls Theories. Recently, we even added a forum dedicated to the discussion of Future Alagaesia Books!

Inheritance Forums is not limited to only Cycle discussion, however. We also have a great Creative Arts section, where members can come and post their own Inheritance fanfiction, original writing, poetry, art, and graphics. Our member base continuously gives great feedback to the writers and artists there, and it is a great place to show off – and improve – your talents.

In our writing section, we highlight a monthly Featured Story, which features one of the best pieces of writing or poetry in the section for that month. This month, we featured Cloudnigh, an original story written by Spinner, a longtime member of IF. The Featured Story thread, along with links to all previous Featured Stories, can be found here.

The writing section, known as the Writers’ Hangout, is comprised of several parts. In the first part, Writing Discussion, members can talk about the various aspects of writing and trade tips and ideas. In Original Writing, authors post any of their own original work. Inheritance Fanfiction is a section for stories based on the Inheritance Cycle, which is full of many different stories, set both as Book IVs and in other times of Alagaesia. There are also sections for General Fanfiction, poetry,, and Forum Stories, which are stories based on Inheritance Forums and its members.

On the art side, one of the many great artists on IF is Eliza_Lento. Very popular with Cycle fans for her fantastic fan art, she also does a lot of original art. She has been posting her art on Inheritance Forums for over a year now. Her art thread can be found here.

A second art thread that has earned a mention is 11thAng3l’s, which can be found here. 11thAng3l creates intricately detailed art, most of which is based on the Inheritance Cycle. If you look through either of these artists’ work, be sure to register an account and let them know that you liked their artwork!

Another sort of visual art – graphics – is also done at IF. Graphics are images made using programs like Photoshop or GIMP. Our graphics section has several outstanding artists. Here is just one of the many examples of great graphics to be found on IF:

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The staff of IF hosts a weekly signature contest called Sig of the Week (SotW), which is open to anyone who wants to enter. After all participants have submitted their entries, they are voted on by any members who want to vote to decide the winner. A good example of SotW can be found here, in the voting thread for SotW #116.

For anyone looking to get into graphics making, who is new to it, or just wants to get some more tips, we have a Graphics Design Boot Camp run by some of our most talented and experienced graphics artists, which teaches new artists how to create their own graphics. Participating in the Boot Camp has helped several people improve in their graphics and become adept graphics makers themselves.

IF also features a Role Playing Games section, where members can participate in text-based games. For more information on Role Playing, I would recommend reading RolePlaying 101. Role-playing is a text based game in which a group of people (consisting of 6 or more individuals) join a RPG to participate in a world that another person has created.

This month, one of the promising upcoming RPGs that’s still in the development stage is The Two Way War where the heavens and hell are raging a ferocious war and you’re stuck in the middle of it all, desperately searching for one object that could change the fate of the war, and the world. Over in the actual section where the RPGs take place, we have quite a few excellent RPG’s already in progress. Blood Moon is one of the outstanding ones currently going on, since it is the currently the longest RPG in progress, at 23 pages completed! It centers around the conflict of the flesh-eaters Werewolves and Vampires, who’re fighting the Angels. The conflict between the two is that the flesh-eaters, who feast upon humans to survive, have been condemned by the angels and slaughtered until they were forced into hiding. Though times have changed and everyday they grow stronger, waiting for the day that they can rise up and overturn those who’ve hunted them so long! But go ahead and head on over to the section, as that’s only a small sample of what’s going down!

IF also includes sections to discuss Books, Movies & TV, Video Games, Music, and a General Discussion area for topics that don’t fit anywhere else. It’s safe to say that no matter what your interests are, Inheritance Forums has something to offer to you. We welcome you to join; register an account – a quick, easy, and free process – and get to posting! This article has been a highlight of only a few of the many threads on IF, and there is a lot more to explore.

Article written by Thorin, Inheritance Forum’s administrator. We hope to see you on the boards soon!

  • Sally J Werts

    i think they should make 3 more movies but stay to the books as much as possible and do we all agree that Eragon the movie stincked. Like arya was a princess but not a elf or how brom really died or how old he looked or was in the book. There weren’t the evil twilns or one Dwarf.

  • rella

    since everyones talking about the movie i know it’s hard to make a movie, but did the have to change the plot so much

  • Leopardclaw

    I would love for them to remake the dragon movie. The movie they thrown out did the characters and story line any justice. The movie should be on the same par as The Lord of The Ring. The same engagements with the characters and the story that we all felt with Lord of The Ring is a present element in the the inheritance cycle if the make it correctly.

    • bigmike

      There is a special place in hell for the people that jacked up the Eragon movie and other movies based off of book series. If you are making a movie for an awesome book, do a good job at least. Dont go changing the plot or the major scenes. They are important for a reason.

    • bigmike

      There is a special place in hell for the people that jacked up the Eragon movie and other movies based off of book series. If you are making a movie for an awesome book, do a good job at least. Dont go changing the plot or the major scenes. They are important for a reason.

  • Dama Lunnaris

    Put something new!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s been weeks!!
    P.S.: No ofence Mike.

  • Aladora

    If anyone needs a good laugh… xD

    Here is the place.
    http://thegreatestfrog.deviantart.com/gallery/9462542#

  • Aladora

    If anyone needs a good laugh… xD

    Here is the place.
    http://thegreatestfrog.deviantart.com/gallery/9462542#

  • seriously

    I cant wait for the Hong Kong release, and I’ll preorder at dymocks the second they open orders.

    Does anyone know if HK is getting Inheritance on the same day as the rest of the world? Because it does for some books but not others D:

  • Dama Lunnaris

    hey mike, i don’t know if you can help me, but i’m trying to play vroengard academy but the page is black and i can’t play. If you know how to help me please reply.

  • Dama Lunnaris

    hey mike, i don’t know if you can help me, but i’m trying to play vroengard academy but the page is black and i can’t play. If you know how to help me please reply.

  • Catherine6635

    Well i guess i should’ve seen this coming, no news in a month, but then again, what other exciting news could there be anyway after the cover and title and release date are out. You’d think they wouldv’e stretched it out alittle bit.

    • We’re working on some stuff that will start happening soon. Sorry to be so vague but it’s still all a work in progress. I’ve also been balancing some other non-Shur’tugal projects which has taken some time away from Shur’tugal.

      • Rekhyt

        If u mean “non Shur’tugal projects” as in you writing a sweet book, then by all means take your time. But otherwise, I would love an update about if there will be special book editions of Inheritance with deleted scenes and such.

        • HP+IC=wow

          @ Rekhyt love the name with bartimaeus trilogy reference

      • Anonymous

        Hey Mike, can you tell us when they will release the book tour dates?

  • Skymon77

    Mike? Do you know where the release party for inheritance is going to be at?

    • Not announced yet. But last time it was in New York City.

  • Jimmy

    I realized something. Glaedr was using magic when he died. And oromis said, a dragon transfers however much energy it can spare into the eldunari when it dies, so Glaedr’s eldunari alone is worth like, a ton of eldunari’s

  • Anonymous

    Mike … you know midnight, when Chris officially releases Inheritance, i’m curious as to hot this is going to pan out:
    I live in England, so i’d get it several hours after Midnight right? :S
    or would i get it on my midnight? ………..
    because i fell asleep instead of going to the Brisingr release party near me >:| silly me

    • It’ll release in midnight in England, so you guys will get it five hours before us.

    • It’ll release in midnight in England, so you guys will get it five hours before us.

  • Vengeance3040

    am i the only one who can’t register an account on the forum?? it has been doing this for awhile

    • What’s the screen name you’re trying to register with? I can validate you

      • Vengeance3040

        it does not even give me the option to make an account

          • Vengeance3040

            yea it gives me an error message….

            An Error Occurred

            Sorry, an error occurred. If you are unsure on how to use a feature, or don’t know why you got this error message, try looking through the help files for more information.

            [#2000] You are not allowed to visit this forum.

            but nothing works

          • Offhand, I’d say your IP address has been banned…Email me at [email protected] and I’ll see if I can fix it

          • Vengeance3040

            sent

          • gustana

            METOOO

          • ASH

            It let me register but I can’t comment or do anything on the forums

          • You need to verify your account to post. Check the email you used to register and follow the directions in the verification email.

          • ASH

            I did that. I still can’t do anything

  • HB

    amazon is saying that Inheritance is going to be 800 pages! i really hope so, although im not so sure that its going to fit on my bookshelf 😀

    • Jahooty**

      er, isnt that the approximate page count?

    • There is no official page count for Inheritance. When there is one we will let you know.

  • Noahoneycutt

    i want some knew news!! pronto

    • Skymon77

      I know right!!!!!! This post has been up here for like ever!!!!

    • Pvb123

      learn to spell

  • Rider of Fangs

    A decade, now Paolini has finished his first series! I’d feel much happier for him if he didn’t take a long time. The normal two-three years is enough, but don’t you think that close to four might be cutting it a little? At least he’s done. But I hope his writing has improved enormously in his last book than in Brisingr. (Too much useless material.) I’m not trying to flame, I hope the books’ a success, but I hope he meets deadlines faster. MIke, what do plan on doing after Book 4 takes off?

    • Saphorn

      actually, Brisingr was released in September ’08, making Inheritance come out roughly 3 years later, not four.

  • TheBlackWolfe

    A lot of people in Eastern Kentucky and West (Western part) Virginia using local internet providers cannot access the site due to IP bans….

    • This is the first I’ve heard of it, so it can’t be that many people. We’re on a new server now which means our IP ban log was wiped clear. If you can’t access the server it’s likely due to an issue on your end, not ours.

  • shruikanstud

    This article has been up for 2 weeks. PUT UP A NEW ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hold on, let me invent some fake news to please you!

      • Seris

        Well, that could be rather amusing….

      • Anonymous

        Here’s an idea for you.

        BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
        In an unprecidented move, Chrisopher Paolini has released the ending of the Inheritance Cycle! In the Final Battle, Eragon is just about chop of Galby’s head, and asks him if he has any last words. Galbatorix looks up at him and says, “Curse that Mike Macauley! He doesn’t put up articles frequently enough!”
        Upon hearing this, Eragon lowers his sword, Brisngr, “You’re right! We should go find him and destroy him.”

        COME ONE PEOPLE!!!! It’s not Mike’s fault nothings happening.

        • Anonymous

          Mike, I expect an article on this by 8 am tommorow morning! JK JK

    • Hold on, let me invent some fake news to please you!

  • Anonymous

    Hey mike, it could just be my computer but i cant access the comments from the previous post. Ive never had a problem getting to those comments before so i think it might be a problem on your end.

  • Dama Lunnaris

    mike,
    are there going to be more QandA???
    please reply,
    Dama Lunnaris.

    • Probably not under the name of Q&As. Those were fun while they lasted but took many hours of work each. I simply do not have the time any more to manage them and I know that Christopher is very busy with editing and then promotion of Book 4. We will do more interviews with him but it is likely they will take different forms. Eventually we’ll have him do a live chat interview with us all where you can submit your own questions, but that could be any time between now and when Book 4 releases. Time will tell.

    • Probably not under the name of Q&As. Those were fun while they lasted but took many hours of work each. I simply do not have the time any more to manage them and I know that Christopher is very busy with editing and then promotion of Book 4. We will do more interviews with him but it is likely they will take different forms. Eventually we’ll have him do a live chat interview with us all where you can submit your own questions, but that could be any time between now and when Book 4 releases. Time will tell.

      • Anonymous

        You could try an interview kindof like they did on random buzzers.

        You could make an article on here where people submit Q’s and then if CP is up for it he could come and answer them?

        • Like I said, there’s an extraordinary time commitment involved in a project like that. Christopher spent HOURS replying to Random Buzzers questions. With editing and promotion going on, that would be a lot to ask of him.

  • 11thAng3l

    IF is indeed a beautiful place to be at for fans of the cycle….with incredibly talented people out there….’n I’ve learned, no matter how much you share you’ll always leave with receiving more than what you have given….

    Ever grateful to all who considered my artwork worthy of mention….
    I truly appreciate it….

    God bless you guys ‘n keep up the good work

    ~11thAng3l

  • Please stop posting theory comments. I’m going to start removing them — they clearly have no place in a post about our message boards. In fact, our post directly links you to the proper place to post these comments, so I’m really puzzled as to why they’re being posted here…

    • Also just wanted to say that I love theory discussions, but the reason I’m asking for you guys to move them to the proper location is that theories in unrelated posts discourages people from discussing the actual topic at hand in a news post and creates a clutter that no one ones to read through. They’re much better on IF in their proper locations, as that’s a designated location for theory discussions.

    • Also just wanted to say that I love theory discussions, but the reason I’m asking for you guys to move them to the proper location is that theories in unrelated posts discourages people from discussing the actual topic at hand in a news post and creates a clutter that no one ones to read through. They’re much better on IF in their proper locations, as that’s a designated location for theory discussions.

  • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

    Hey guys, all this stuff your discussing in the comments, can be discussed on the forums! that’s what there for. We have some great discussions going on in the cycle, come and join!

  • JD

    What/Where is the Vault of Souls?

    I have been reading a lot of classic greek literature lately, and in lots of great epics, the hero has to go to the underworld to be confronted with knowledge, truth, and wisdom to help him solve the problem.

    I am betting that Eargon goes to the Underworld, and he will at least talk to his mother for sure, and probably brom again. I’m not sure who else.

    I think Christopher wants us to think that the Vault of Souls has to do with the heart of hearts because we think of a soul being side of them. However, there is a structure to all great epics that I think Christopher will want to stick with.

    Thoughts? Have people written about this a lot?

  • bigmike

    Sir Francis Bacon
    “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.”
    is his last name really bacon? Bet that was fun during role call. haha

    • Anonymous

      There is a physics professor at my college whose last time was Bacon until she got married…its the most amazing last name ever

      • bigmike

        there was a biology teacher named Aphalinger (we called her apple flinger) and she was afraid of aliens and ritz crackers. one of my friends gave her a mini alien riding on top of a ritz wearing a sign that said “take me to your leader” with a picture of her on it. she freaked out and ran screaming down the hall. it was hillarious!!!!!!!!!

  • Wadellz

    I think Thorn might be killed, changing Murtaghs true name.

    • Anonymous

      exZACTly!!!! i keep telling my friend that they dont both hav to die!!! thank you !

  • Srv272

    I can’t wait for the new book to come out. I started by reading the books with my children for school and now I find myself having read the series 3 times (and soon a 4th just to refresh). My idea was wouldn’t it be great if someone would animate this series, kind of like what they did with Avaitar- The Last Air Bender, but more serious. I would really enjoy that cartoon.

    • Haha, that would be interesting for sure. I loved Avatar.

      • <3eragon

        i too was also an avatar fann (that series was great…)! great idea!

        • Anonymous

          i would like real action again, just with a legit director. Like maybe mike? he would be perfect i personally think.

  • <3eragon

    we dont know. that is why we are posting. it is fun to speculate and comment about what we think might happen!

  • eragon is awsome book 4

    curve ball, im been sick sorry

  • eragon is awsome book 4

    how do any of know cp maybe throw a cure ball at us

  • eragon is awsome book 4

    i can’t rember who but someone posted “i think nasuada will make a good millitary leader but not queen” or somthing like that and i think that too but if not probly roran will be king then

  • <3eragon

    eragon isnt going to be king, he already stated that in brisingr and said that (if she is still alive) Nasuada should take the throne because no one has united the people like Nasuada has.

  • eragon is awsome book 4

    i ment eragon not the fourth rider will be king unless he is killed while finishing off Galbatorix

  • eragon is awsome book 4

    I think that the fourth rider will be a unknown character that will become Eragon’s student and help either save or kill Murthag. Then battle galbatorix, kill him and save Arya and marry her and become the king and queen of Alagasia

  • greenscales2

    Join IF… we have cookies!!!
    Haha seriously, IF is a great place for fans to discuss all things Inheritance related, as well as other sub forums away from Inheritance. It’s lots of fun, just obey the rules or suffer the wrath of the evil dictator known as Thorin!

  • Groom_jack

    Mike Mcauley: WHAT IS YOUR JOB?!

  • Groom_jack

    Mike Mcauley: WHAT IS YOUR JOB?!

  • Thank you very much for the mention/feature guys! I am extremely honoured!

    Also, I hope this brings in a lot of new members! Especially in the Creative Arts section, but everywhere else too! So if anyone is considering joining IF, you really should! It’s a pretty awesome place, just make sure you read the rules!

  • bigmike

    Stupid school computers wont let me get on the forum!!!! grrr! Any ideas?

    • Wait until you get home? 😛

      • bigmike

        I have a laptop that the school loaned to all of the highschool students. It blocks almost everything, even at my house. IT SUCKS!!!!!!! plus the screen is smaller then my hand.lol
        thx tho. ps. Im still trying 2 make a petition to get u on the acknowledgments at the end of the book. Fingers crossed dude. : D

    • Matchesbledblack

      Try a proxi site. Use to work for me. Trick is to find 2 that sent blocked then use one to go to the other then to where you want to go. It’s untraceable for a tech department. Gl

  • Saucepro2

    ShyRonnie, I think thats why I haven’t gotten into the forums either. I’m in the MLG community, and we have the same issue, you have to be welcoming, and many are on their high horse because they know where threads go, and the format of the forums isn’t fantastic either. Its whatever, I just tell em to fuck off.

    • bigmike

      Not complaining, but Im the kind of person that agrees with wat u said, just in a milder way. If the people on here censored wat they say, A LOT more would get done and said. U know what im getting at?

  • ShyRonnie

    Inheritance forums could be a decent place if the grammar Nazi’s would cool down a little bit. God forbid you make a type-0, or post something that was covered 50 pages back 3 years ago, because if you do, you will be hounded by half the posters and every single moderator. It makes the forums a lot less enjoyable.

    • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

      Look, my grammer isn’t at the top of the food chain, but the moderators really don’t attack you for one mispelled word, or one misplaced comma. It’s only if your post can’t be understood in any way, or if you use U, instead of typeing the word whole word out.

      It only takes a couple more seconds. IF is great, I recommend it to everyone.

    • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

      Look, my grammer isn’t at the top of the food chain, but the moderators really don’t attack you for one mispelled word, or one misplaced comma. It’s only if your post can’t be understood in any way, or if you use U, instead of typeing the word whole word out.

      It only takes a couple more seconds. IF is great, I recommend it to everyone.

    • Yeah, this post is a complete exaggeration. The mods enforce rules where needed, but there is no pouncing for simple grammar errors. When you have a forum with 30,000+ users and thousands of visitors per day, you HAVE to enforce rules or your nice forum will quickly turn into a cesspool of crap.

    • If a lot less enjoyable for you means a lot more enjoyable for everyone else, then I have no qualms about it. Of course, you’re over-exaggerating anyway.

      You should, of course, read the rules and do your best to follow them. But I would hardly say that we ‘hound’ people for single typos.

  • dragonx47

    IF rules. Join! We aren’t mean or anything…..

  • Pazuzu

    Hai guys. Join us. We’re friendly folk down at IF. Hi BTF, Thorin, Derp, Mike, and Chris. Just ‘cos I know your all IF members. Even though I’m not technically a mod anymore… if you join for the love of God give the rules a quick read…

  • Yes, BTF is completely right. IF is probably the best places to discuss, hang out, etc. It got me addicted, xD1

    BTW,
    Derp/

  • BartimaeusTrilogyFan

    Yeah, BTF here! Like Thorin said, I’m sure IF’s community would love new members, feel free to join! I’d like to think we welcome our new users quite graciously, myself. xD It’s also a great place to theorize and discuss the Cycle (or other things, as you can read in the article above!) with a community full of tons of awesome people. :]

    JOIN US. 😀

    ~ BTF.

  • 8D

  • Derp

    @Mike

    So, like, 40 years ago?

  • Btw…it was known as Eragon Forums back in the day ;P

    • And back in the day back in the day (or back in the day^2), IF (or EF) was first known as shurtugal.com/forums 😉

  • Derp

    Oh yes!
    My name is Derp, and I will love you all!

  • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

    Scratch that, you already knew, figured you would. Anyway, yeah it’s a great place.

  • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

    Scratch that, you already knew, figured you would. Anyway, yeah it’s a great place.

  • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

    Scratch that, you already knew, figured you would. Anyway, yeah it’s a great place.

  • I certainly didn’t spell my name wrong. That error falls to Mike, who added that post script.

    Anyway, yes, IF is a great community. Speaking as the administrator, we’re happy to have you and would love for you to join. It’s a fantastic place for discussion and there are some great members here. So, join up. =D

  • I certainly didn’t spell my name wrong. That error falls to Mike, who added that post script.

    Anyway, yes, IF is a great community. Speaking as the administrator, we’re happy to have you and would love for you to join. It’s a fantastic place for discussion and there are some great members here. So, join up. =D

  • Night Angel Kage(NAK)

    Just thought I would point out that you spelled your name wrong Thorin.

    Anyway, IF is a great place, I learned a lot by being there. My own writing has approved in the writers hangout(WH) I also learned how to do graphics, not very good, but I learned how.

    It’s an amazing place.

  • Thorin

    Way to go, Mike. You misspelled my username. xD

  • Anonymous

    yay:)