“Big Twenty” – Werecats: Exploring Their Secrets and the Role the Race Will Play in Book 4

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Werecats. Christopher Paolini’s unique spin on the classic were-villains in fantasy, scifi, and horror has produced one of our favorite fantasy races in recent memory: Alagaesian werecats. These unique creatures carry the appearance of large cats… But don’t be fooled; these cunning, unique, and adventurous creatures are also able to turn into a humainoid form at will, appearing around the size of a human child.

Prior to Book 4, werecats were few and far between – in fact, we had only encountered two. Things changed when Christopher decided to tease fans with the first excerpt from Inheritance entitled “King Cat”, which introduced readers to the werecat king and the race as a whole. Now the group has allied themselves with the Varden and will join the fight to overthrow Galbatorix. How will they contribute in Book 4? What are they capable of? How will their prophecies help alter the course of the war? We explore all of these questions and more in this week’s installment of The Big Twenty!

What exactly is a werecat?

 

Werecats are a spin on the common idea of werewolves in fantasy, scifi, and horror – but much cooler. Werecats are a mysterious and intelligent race of creatures who walk Alagaesia in secrecy, preferring their privacy to the conflicts of the world. Werecats are able to change shape between their large cat-like form and a humanoid form, offering them the opportunity to blend in fairly well in human-heavy situations as well as allowing them an advantage on the battlefield, as we saw with Solembum in the Battle of Farthen Dur.

Unlike werewolves of legend and folklore, Alagaesia’s werecats do not appear to be dependent upon the moon’s cycle to change into their cat form. In addition, a bite (or scratch) from a werecat does not appear to change an individual into a werecat; instead, werecats relying on reproduction to bolster their race’s numbers. This information may come as a relief to any individuals caught on a werecat’s bad side!

Werecats vary in appearance. We’ve encountered multiple werecats to date, three of which have stood out to Eragon. Each werecat’s human form is similar in size to a dwarf’s, but their actual appearance is quite far from that of a dwarf. Some werecats look similar to human children, while others have small bodies and aged appearances, as is the case with Maud. Others, however, look entirely unique, as with Grimrr Halfpaw:

Grimrr Halfpaw, however, looked unlike any person or creature Eragon had ever seen. At roughly four feet tall, he was the same height as a dwarf, but no one could have mistaken him for a dwarf, or even for a human. He had a small, pointed chin, wide cheekbones, and, underneath unswept eyebrows, slanted green eyes fringed with winglike eyelashes. In the front, his ragged black hair hung low over his forehead, while on the sides and back, it fell to his shoulders, where it lay smooth and lustrous, much like the manes of his companions. His age was impossible for Eragon to guess.

 

Information like the above only opens more questions: What determines a werecat’s appearance? Do they grow more unlike humans as they age? If so, is odd appearance an indicator of a werecat’s age?

Fun fact: When originally writing the werecats, Christopher Paolini had a very specific species of cat in mind: the caracal! The caracal is “a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat ranging over Western Asia, South Asia and Africa.” This offers readers an interesting glimpse into the direction Christopher was originally taking with this race.

Werecats are known to be independent and private creatures. Calling or insinuating that a werecat is anything more than a companion (avoid the dreaded word “pet”) will earn the wrath of a werecat, for everyone knows that a werecat chooses their company and in most cases, chooses no company at all. Some werecats, such as Solembum and Maud, have chosen to stick close by to important figures within the world of Alagaesia, including Angela the Witch and Islanzadi, queen of the elves.

The Race and their Secrecy

 

Readers have traversed Alagaesia through the eyes of Eragon Shadeslayer, visiting dozens of cities, towns, and villages along the way… but throughout all of these travels, Eragon – and readers – have only managed to spot two werecats. Two werecats throughout most of Alagaesia. If we were to assume that these numbers accurately reflect the werecats’ population, they would be bordering extinction as are the dragons.

But Book 4 has revealed a well-kept secret: the werecats are many. Their unique appearance as cat-like creatures has allowed them to blend within local scenary as mere cats, allowing them to travel, live, and hunt where they please – without being recognized as the intelligent werecats they are.

Christopher crushed popular fan theories which assumed that the race of werecats had a capital city much like the elves or humans. Instead, the author has told us that werecats choose to live “here and there” throughout Alagaesia, coming together only for momentous occasions (such as the one at hand). However, Christopher did mention that some werecats may choose to live together within small colonies:

[They live] here and there. Remember, they can pass as regular cats at a distance. Oh, I wouldn’t discard them entirely. Not all of the werecats wanted to be around humans or other species. I’m sure that some of them were living in a far-off place of their own.

 

The race appears to be represented by one king who leads the race in times of great need, such as war. This king remains largely unknown to leaders outside of the werecats – another result of their extreme privacy.

Known Werecats – Who are they?

 

Solembum, companion to Angela the Herbalist: Solembum was the first werecat encountered in the Inheritance Cycle. Prior to Eragon’s discovery of the rare creature in Angela’s herbal shop, the young farmboy believed werecats to simply be myths. Oh, how wrong he was!

Solembum is said to have many names, though the name we hear is the name he most prefers. We learn through Maud and Grimrr that werecats tend to have many names and titles, so it’s curious that we have yet to encounter any more for Solembum. The werecat, in his feral form, appears as a shaggy black and overly-large cat with multi-covered eyes. In humanoid form, his appearance is similar to that of a human boy’s with shaggy black hair matching the fur on his body as a werecat. He often chooses to fight with a dagger.

Solembum chooses to travel with Angela the Witch, an odd and eccentric character whose company Solembum apparently prefers to loneliness. We don’t blame him – Angela always seems to appear where activity is brewing. He’s also developed a fondness for Saphira, Eragon’s dragon, since first meeting her in Farthen Dur. The pair have been seen napping together and chatting on numerous occasions.

Solembum is perhaps best known for the prophecies/advice he delivered to Eragon. These two sentences have played a vital role in Eragon’s journey through Alagaesia thus far, including his discovery of the brightsteel under the Menoa tree, which allowed the forging of Brisingr. We have yet to discover the location and meaning of the latter part of his advice, the elusive Rock of Kuthian and Vault of Souls.

Maud (Quickpaw, The Watcher, The Dream Dancer): Maud was the second werecat encountered by Eragon and Saphira during their travels throughout Alagaesia. Maud chooses to spend her time among the elves of Du Weldenvarden – and more specifically, Ellesmera – as a companion to Islanzadi, queen of the elves.

Maud is one of the more interesting and unique werecats we’ve encountered thus far, as she bears the appearance of an elderly woman in a child’s body. The werecat is noticed by her stiff and shaggy hair, accented by bangs at the front of her brow; rows of sharp teeth line the inside of her mouth, intimidating opponents with a quick flash. Her silver eyes are noticeable even in the darkest light.

Most curiously, Maud appears to be fond of Solembum – she purrs at the mention of his name. Long-lost friends? Lovers? Family?

Grimrr Halfpaw (His Most Exalted Royal Highness, King of the Werecats, Lord of the Lonely Places, Ruler of the Night Reaches, and He Who Walks Alone): What a name! We haven’t officially met this character yet, as his story does not begin until Book 4 hits store shelves in November, but we have encountered him through officially-released excerpts from the upcoming novel. This character is exactly what you’d expect from the leader of the werecats — bizarre, arrogant, full of pride, and unique.

It is interesting that, although the werecats are a disorganized race, they have a single leader — Grimrr — that speaks for the entire population. This is a fact that Grimrr seems exceptionally proud of. Grimrr also has a particular dislike of Angela, at one point even hissing at her (her “Cheep Cheep!” reply did not please him either). Nasuada compares his highness to a dwarven lawgiver given his demands for the battle and the future kingdom.

Prophecies and Magic – What are they capable of?

 

We have yet to see a werecat perform actual magic, though it may not be out of the question. Christopher has never specifically stated that only certain sentient races are capable of using magic, and if humans, dwarves, dragons, and elves are all gifted with the ability to cast spells and manipulate energy, one would assume that the werecats can use magic too. However, until Christopher confirms this, it’s pure speculation.

Prophecies or foresight are considered to be a werecat’s greastest talent. This interesting power was showcased by Solembum during his first encounter with Eragon, where he offered the young Rider key advice from his future.

“Listen closely and I will tell you two things. When the time comes and you need a weapon, look under the roots of the Menoa tree. Then, when all seems lost and your power is insufficient, go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak your name to open the Vault of Souls.”

 

We have since seen the first prophecy play out, providing Eragon with an incredibly powerful weapon. Christopher has since confirmed that the sub-title for Inheritance (Book 4) will be “Vault of Souls”, which seems to imply that the second part of Solembum’s prophecy will play a main role in the final book. This was confirmed by the author in a recent interview:

Mike Macauley: Random House released a video showing you writing the final words of Book 4 and hand-delivering the manuscript to your editor Michelle at the Random House offices in New York City. The video also revealed a piece of information that excited fans – the book’s subtitle, “Vault of Souls”. Is it safe to assume from the subtitle that this will play a core role in the final book?

Christopher: Yes.

 

We learn in Inheritance (through the “King Cat” chapter, released in the Brisingr paperback) that werecats have the ability of commanding regular cats, which may prove to be an invaluable ability during times of war, both for fighting and for use as spies.

A Surprise Alliance

 

The Varden has been hurting. Despite their best efforts, defeat looms in the background; the Empire’s army vastly outnumbers their own, and Galbatorix and Murtagh are significantly more powerful than Eragon. Every addition to the rebel army pushes the Varden a step closer to victory. The dwarves turned the tide of battle in the Varden’s favor during the Battle for the Burning Plains in Eldest, eventually enabling the Varden to emerge as the victor. The elves have attacked from the north, conquering key cities along the way and dividing the Empire’s army. But the gates of Uru’baen have yet to be breached, and their numbers are growing weaker as every battle leaves the rebel army with hundreds of casualties.

At this point, every ally counts. Was anyone expecting the werecats, known for their extreme secrecy and distaste for conflicts in Alagaesia, to surface and ally themselves with the Varden? Nope.

Christopher released the first excerpt from Inheritance, “King Cat”, in the back of the Brisingr paperback edition earlier this year. This excerpt introduces readers to the werecat race – expanded beyond our glimpse at only two werecats throughout the first three books – lead by His Most Exalted Royal Highness, Grimrr Halfpaw, King of the Werecats, Lord of the Lonely Places, Ruler of the Night Reaches, and He Who Walks Alone. (We’re still blown away by the name!)

Role in Book 4 – Will they turn the tide?

 

As we mentioned above, the resistance army has been hurting and is in need of any allies they can get. The werecats are a ferocious and determined race of cunning fights. Whether you’re being clawed in the eyes by an angry werecat or stabbed in the shins by a humanoid-werecat, it’s no good: you’re going to run screaming.

Their alliance bodes well for the Varden on a number of levels. For starters, it bolsters their numbers, allowing them to reach further in their attacks. It also signals understanding for their movement; the werecats waited to come out of hiding until they knew were sure that the Varden has a fair shot at winning the war. Their confidence in the Varden’s abilities says a number about the Varden, and if understood in this way by the rebel leaders, should help strengthen their morale in the days ahead.

We also know that werecats have the ability to foresee future events – we just don’t know how. Whether this ability is controllable or not has yet to be explained to us, but having a race of individuals capable of determining key events before they happen, or at least able to get a glimpse at these events, will prove to be invaluable as they fight a powerful magician and his evil regime.

The werecats will be an incredible asset to Nasuada, Orik, and Islanzadi. Their pride (which some would simply call “egos”) may prove to be tricky to maneuver around, but it’s a downside worth accepting for the greater good. And can you imagine the look on the Empire faces when a hoard of angry werecats or humanoid-werecats walk their way into their cities, stabbing them with daggers and clawing at their faces? Priceless.

Ninja Cats?

The werecats are largely secretive in Alagaesia, a trait which may allow them to continue moving in secret within the Empire’s borders. It is entirely impossible that Galbatorix will overlook them as enemies, either because they have almost always remained neutral throughout Alagaesia’s conflicts, or because they look so similar to cats that he’s never bothered to take notice. Either option will allow the werecats to assume a new role: ninja cats. Given their ability to control and command feral cats, the werecats can raise a substantial amount of havoc from within, and may also be successful in retrieving several hidden items, including dragons eggs and Eldunari…

It is entirely possible that many feral cats and/or werecats live within the capital of Uru’baen; these creatures could potentially enter the well-protected (against humans, elves, dwarves, and dragons… but what about ordinary cats?) chamber for the final green dragon egg. As it has been previously noted throughout the series, even the most complex spells (like the ones almost assuredly guarding the egg) may have a flaw that allows someone to bypass the wards. While it may seem a little far-fetched to have cats stealing the dragon egg from right beneath Galbatorix’s nose, it could also make perfect sense! It would be neigh impossible for a person (whether it be human, elf, or whatever Eragon is now) to gain access to the hiding spot, but what about a cat? However strange a band of “cat burglars” or “cat ninjas” may seem, it could be entirely plausible!

The Maud Theory

We also know that werecats often choose to accompany people of import, referring to ordinary people as boring and lacking fascination. Curiously, Maud has been seen in the company of the two elven children, Alanna and Dusan, who are said to be the only children within Ellesmera. We know from Eragon’s teachings that elf children are said to be incredibly powerful, and a popular theory among Inheritance fans leads us to believe that these children will play a role in Book 4. Maud’s companionship of the two elf children appears to corroborate this theory, as we know that werecats choose to spend their time with people of importance. Interesting…

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We may not know the true role the werecats will play in Book 4, but it’s certain that they will play a role that alters the outcome of the war. Do you believe that ninja cats will kidnap the green dragon egg? Do you think that Maud has chosen to remain with the elven children because of a greater role they are destined to play in the future? Did the werecats choose to ally themselves with the Varden because Galbatorix is a no-good cat-kicker? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments!

  • Antigone

    Personally, I can imagine Galby finding out about the werecats and issuing an order to have all the cats in Alagaesia be killed. I think that all the theories are likely, and I really like the idea of ninja cats.  I would prefer to have the final egg hatched in the Varden’s possession and ready to fight before they reach Urubean.

  • Mr-x

    I just have this feeling that somehow eragon is going to resurrect brom i mean as was said the diamond tomb will preserve brom’s body like sure that’s a nice gift but not necessary why would CP need to preserve his body unless somehow he was to be Resurrected this goes against my thoeries but what if broms tomb is the Rock Of Kuthian. Kuthian could be brom’s true name and as for the vault of souls eragon’s true name could be the spell in which to access the VoS in which he speaks to brom and somehow manages to pull his body from the spirit realm back into his body in which saphira would shatter the diamond tomb freeing brom this would leave eragon with the newly found ability of bringing back those whos shell’s AkA bodies are still intact to life which would surely count as a way to make up for his insufficient power in the matter of defeating galbatorix. who’s to say he couldn’t bring back oromis and glaedr then restoring oromis to his former glory he could then free murtagh of his bond by first slaying him and then returning his soul to his body and then who could with stand the might of  3 dragon’s 4 if u count greenie but my guess is he will be too young to fight and 5 dragon riders? plus the might of the elven army? especially if every time one fell they were reborn galby wouldn’t stand a chance. 

    • Top Hat

      i love te idea of Brom’s Tomb as the rock of Kuthain. Never thought of that. However i do not believe it to be, as when Eragon in the book Brisingr asked Oromis if he knew about the Rock of Kuthian. Oromis said he has heard it before but cant recollect where he has heard it. So it is safe to assume that this may have been a historical place something that is hard to remember now renamed in a different tongue or something like that. I think Saphira created the tomb to show ultimate respect to a man that fought for freedom sacrificing his life for his belief.

  • A fool

    I apologize but all I can think of is that the werecats will not play as active role in the war as we think….but hey I didn’t even read any of the excerpts so what do I know *shrugs*.

  • A fool

    I apologize but all I can think of is that the werecats will not play as active role in the war as we think….but hey I didn’t even read any of the excerpts so what do I know *shrugs*.

  • Bob

    The King of the Werecats has greeneyes. Could he maybe be the next rider?

    • Sallystar6of7

      chris said the next rider was in all the other books.

    • O god no.

  • Matt

    Anybody know when the next Big Twenty is coming out?

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      No but I want to know when part two of the paolini interview is coming out.

    • Coasterking

      the update the posted on face book said wednesday night and on twiter mike said it would be up soon

  • Leandro

    I think the werecats will play an important role in the last book, and they will help with something very valuable to get the strength to destroy Galbatorix.

    (From Buenos Aires, Argentina) 😉

  • Leandro

    I think the werecats will play an important role in the last book, and they will help with something very valuable to get the strength to destroy Galbatorix.

    (From Buenos Aires, Argentina) 😉

    • Marcos Rodriguez

      think is the dumbest thing i’ve heard. Think? I KNOW that the werecats are going to play a HUGE role in bringing down Galby. Now, what exactly they will do, everyone will know when Inheratence is realsed to every single one of us, the crazed fans!!! lol.

  • Mr. Anonymous

    For all the above questions I say Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Peter

    Well, was’nt it half of Galbatorix’s army that were wiped out in the spine? might have been the werecats… just a thought that flew through my head:)

  • Jjmwandell

    what about the kids? they say in the third book that elf children, are WAY more powerful than adults, that ” as elfs get older there “flower” begins to wain” so why dont they just have these powerful elf kids supercharge eragon’s belt and his ring? they have so much power they glow… im sure they could help out a bit.. even if its like having a battery pack on hand.. lol

    • Marcos Rodriguez

      They would, but elves consider elves a serious sign of love. To use them as a battery pack is like using human kids like a pack animals. It’s horrible. the elves would sooner kill Saphira than use their kids as a source of energy. If Eragon wants to boost Aren and the belt of Beloth the Wise, he should do it like Orimis did, have people give as musch as they can before they die, and do what he did in book three before he left for Farthen Dúr, take the life sources of dying animals. It’s the easiest way to get energy and not piss the elves off.

  • Marcos0408

    Well, here’s one that just flew into my head and that I couldn’t get out of my head. If the werecats were to agree to be, as all of you so kindly put, “ninja cats”, and did steal the final dragon egg, with a few Eldunari (of course not relizing what they had in there hands), wouldn’t King Halfpaw want a say in who is the new Rider??? I mean, they possibly risked life and limb to obtain the egg, I would think that they at least want a say in who becomes the new Rider. As we all know, it’s going to be Arya, but maybe the werecats will try get someone else to become the Rider. Any thoughts????

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      The only being that gets to decide who the new rider is, is the dragon inside the egg.

      • Marcos0408

        true, but the werecats are the one who saved the egg. Half paw will want a say, even though whoever he picks won’t matter

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          You misunderstand. I am just saying that the dwarves could have store power here. I dont put any stock in the grey folk theory, it just led me to think the dwarves could have stored energy in their precious gem since it had been set in place.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            This went in the wrong place.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          The point is they’ll be getting the egg out of Galbatorix’s clutches, so that would be their motivation.

          • Marcos Rodriguez

            I know, but maybe Eragon, Nasuada, and Orrin will want Arya as the new rider, and the Urgals, dwarves, and werecats could want someone else. I just hope that the new egg doesn’t hatch for Elva.

          • Anonymous

            you’re right. if this happens then he will want a say. And i’m almost sure it will create some conflicts among the races of Alagaesia. Similar to that one with the dwarves, when they were deciding who should rise as the new king of their race. I think Chris will spend some chapters on this matter. Sure the only thing that is really important and that actually counts, is the dragon’s will. it could be Arya (actually most likely, but i hate the idea) or someone else. there will be those politics matters but I do think it’s quite unlikely that the egg’d hatch for a werecat, if that were what you mean. 

          • Marcos0408

            No, not where I was goin with bringing it up. What I was saying is that since the werecats risked Chris knows how much to steal the egg from Galbatorix, Halfpaw will want a say, even though, like you said, the only will that matters is the baby dragon’s.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      The only being that gets to decide who the new rider is, is the dragon inside the egg.

  • Mr-x

    New theory On the Grey Folk and the Rock of Kuthian. The Race of Kuthian or The Grey Folk as they are known to you today were once a Great race of beings who were talented in the art of magic although during their time magic was an unbound force of destruction upon casting a spell all it took was a stray though and you could say farewell to the caster and possibly all sentient life in the area. The The Grey Folk upon realizing that magic’s destructive capabilities realized they needed a way to control it so they devised a plan to bind magic to their language the language of truth so that a magician would need to structure his spell with words from their language for example to light a fire he would need to say the word for fire Brisingr with magic binded to their language it would stop a careless magician from causing the utter destruction of alageasia. The only thing stopping them was the amount of energy it would take to fuel such a spell would surely require nearly there whole race to join together and combine their energy together into a single spell and even then they would need a host for this energy. The Grey folk new it would take a gem of immense size to act as a host in this they had to enlist the help of some dwarfs of were known for their knowledge of Rock and stone. they sent a group of their people to speak with a group of dwarves known for their knowledge of gems and stone. At first the Grey Folk were Utterly disappointed when the dwarves told them that no gem known to existence was large enough to house such an energy pool although to the Groups surprise the dwarfs told them that they could construct such a gem out of the gems they had only it to make transmute it into a true gem not a shoddy piece of jagged rock it would require am immense amount of energy the Grey folk then asked the dwarfs if their was a place in the area that they could construct the gem that was uninhabited by them the dwarfs new of such a place a hollow mountain that was yet to be named the grey folk saw this as the perfect choice for the creation of the gem and time went by until they were contacted my a dwarven mason who told them that they had finally finished construction on the gem and so the group arrived at this lonely mountain to find a beautiful gem 1/4 the size of Isidar Mithrim and sparkling with every color of a rainbow they then sent out for all their people who were willing to add their energy into the spell that would bind magic to their language and allow future magic users to cast a spell without the risk of decimating an entire civilization. Within a Months time the people were gathered and with the help of the dwarves they forged a spell that would make the gem whole after the gem was made whole. The Grey Folk and The Dwarves celebrated after this Those who were about to sacrifice themselves for the good of all the races sat down for their last meal and within the hour were gathered around the Gem channeling their energy into it the dwarves had left at the advice of the grey folk just incase the spell went awry they didn’t want the dwarves losing their life because of their mistake and so it was done the gem was fueled and all the people except one were reduced to within an inch of their life they would have added it all except they wanted to see the fruit of their labor and so the chosen one cast the spell and upon casting the spell those inside were decimated by the sheer force of the gem exploding leaving all in the area. The Grey Folk had bound magic to their language but at what cost? The Grey folk had cast the spell but the magician who had worded it made a grave mistake he had told it to use all the energy his people had to offer and all of that which the gem had and that of the energy of the surrounding land and so from that day the once lush area of hadarac has been slowly drained of all life to become a barren wasteland in which there is little inhabitance. The Mountain in which they cast the spell was named the vault of souls by the dwarves for the lifes in which it took all that remained in it when the dwarves went to see what they had managed to accomplish was the husk of the gem which would not be moved despite the dwarves greatest efforts and so they left it there naming it the Rock Of Kuthian after the brave people who sacrificed their lives for the greater good.

    • Mr-x

      Ok im sorry it was so long but i couldn’t help it just started forming itself in my head haha and by the time i finished i was like hmm yeah this’ll do lol please feel free to voice your opinion

      • Svit-kona

        Though it is off topic I really like it 🙂 being a race so very old and clever it would not suprise me that the vault could be sitting in some random place in Farthen dur. If thats just to simple then maybe its still in the area just on a differant plane for which only your true name and good will can grant you entrance.

        • Marcos Rodriguez

          Ya, but it isn’t in Farthen Dúr. According to Mr-X, it’s in the mountains or hills or whatever you wanna call it in the middle of the Hadarac Desert.

          • Mr-x

            yeah it’s meant to be a small hollow mountain in the middle of the Hadarac Desert but hey if you can make it sound more believable go for it lol

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            If the VOS were a cash of eldunari, the mountains in the hadarac desert would make sense to. Paolini has already mentioned that this was an old place for dragons in the wild and that dragon bones might be found there. This is my favorite theory of where the VOS is. It seems like the most likely place for the ROK and the VOS. It is one of the few important places mentioned in the books that hasnt been visited yet. Reguardless of what is in the VOS I would be willing to put money on it being here.

          • Im there with you, but if there was anywhere else, its in Illrea, or Urubaen for those of you who dont remember the former elf city.

          • Mr-x

            yeah i gotta agree and plus Eragon and Saphira were meant to explore the Hadarac desert in Brisingr except CP cut it out his excuse was he needed to cut it out because the book was getting to large i think that after the battle for Dras Leona is over Eragon will persuade Nasuada to post pone the march on Uru’Baen so that he can try find the RoK and VoS Nasuada after some persuasion will insist that he takes Blood’gharm or angela with him she would have sent Arya except that she has had to head to The elven encampment to replace her mother Islanzadi as the elven leader who was slain by The Red eyed rabbit (im sorry this is a joke i couldn’t think of someone to put as islanzadi’s murderer) and so eragon chooses angela eragon then asks angela for the whereabouts of solembum angela then informs eragon that solembum is out on scouting party with roran she then asks why and eragon tells her about the RoK and VoS and asks if she knows there whereabouts she answers No but says they both know someone who might “Tenga” eragon asks if she’s ok with going to see him and she says that she has been meaning to pay him a visit they then set off on dragon back only to arrive at Tenga’s house and find him waitng for them… ill continue on at another time

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      That was long, but it made me think, if the dwarf’s magicians had channeled excess energy into isadar mithrim each day like oromis and brom did with thier gems. The gem would have been a treasure trove of power to defend farthen dur from a force like the urgal army.

      • Mr-x

        true but i guess they didn’t think to do that and yeah it wasn’t meant to be that long except every time i wrote something i would change then end expanding tenfold on what i was going to write

      • Mr-x

        true but i guess they didn’t think to do that and yeah it wasn’t meant to be that long except every time i wrote something i would change then end expanding tenfold on what i was going to write

      • Mr-x

        true but i guess they didn’t think to do that and yeah it wasn’t meant to be that long except every time i wrote something i would change then end expanding tenfold on what i was going to write

      • Marcos0408

        Your right, If the dwarf magicians had added their own magic, then it would have been a treasure trove, But if that was the case, how come no one has heard of it before. Not trying to be a downer, but if that was the case with the rock of Kuthian, then the dwarfs would have mentioned it earlier, as soon as they relized that Durza was coming for Eragon.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          I wasn’t saying that they did do it, only that they could have been doing it for so long that no army, and probably Galbatorix himself wouldn’t have stood a chance against the dwarves.

          • Marcos Rodriguez

            but still, with all the power that the Grey Folk sacrificed to control magic, wouldn’t still be a treasure trove of power that can be used to tear Urú’baen from Farthen Dúr or at least from Feinster. If there was still power in that crystal, wouldn’t the dwarves have gone looking for it???

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            You misunderstand. I am just saying that the dwarves could have store power here. I dont put any stock in the grey folk theory, it just led me to think the dwarves could have stored energy in their precious gem since it had been set in place.

          • Marcos Rodriguez

            Well, IF this was the case, then they would’ve known about it, but now, I’m sure that Hrothgar knew of the gem, and now Orik knows, but it’s a well hidden secret like the Morning Sage was a well guarded secret of the elves.

          • Mr-x

            in my theory this is the part i was going to incorporate werecats as in to guard this treasure trove from wayward mortals

          • Now with that theory, It explains why the werecats suddenly want an alliance. Sure Halfpaw said it was because they needed to know if Eragon was strong enough to defeat Galby, and I think that they know exactly ware the ROK is so that Eragon can reach the VOS.

          • Now with that theory, It explains why the werecats suddenly want an alliance. Sure Halfpaw said it was because they needed to know if Eragon was strong enough to defeat Galby, and I think that they know exactly ware the ROK is so that Eragon can reach the VOS.

          • Mr-x

            yeah that’s what i was kinda going for

          • Mr-x

            in my theory this is the part i was going to incorporate werecats as in to guard this treasure trove from wayward mortals

        • Emeraldis

          AND Eragon’s part of the clan. has to be taught in culture, WOULD’VE told him

          • Marcos Rodriguez

            Well, the battle happened before Hrothgar adopted Eragon. I find it weird that this young dragon Rider that were all rooting for has like 4 fathers. Birth (Brom), Raising (Garrow), Foster or Step (Hrothgar), and Trainer (Orimis). It also sucks that everysingle one was killed by a slave of Galby, so there is a SERIOUS source of revenge in favor of Eragon.

          • Mr-x

            in an earlier post ive stated that my theory was based when the dwarves still lived in the hadarac desert and this was only a small group of dwarves not durgmist ingetium.

          • Mr-x

            in an earlier post ive stated that my theory was based when the dwarves still lived in the hadarac desert and this was only a small group of dwarves not durgmist ingetium.

        • Mr-x

          you do realise my theory is based on when the dwarves lived in the hadarac desert right? when they weren’t all one big clan the group they got assistance could have easily been wiped out. dwarves are a secretive bunch and they like to keep thing’s to themselves and besides has eragon even asked a dwarf about the rock of kuthian? no

        • Mr-x

          you do realise my theory is based on when the dwarves lived in the hadarac desert right? when they weren’t all one big clan the group they got assistance could have easily been wiped out. dwarves are a secretive bunch and they like to keep thing’s to themselves and besides has eragon even asked a dwarf about the rock of kuthian? no

          • Marcos0408

            Ok, thank you for clearing that for me, but if those dwarves were wiped from exsistence, how do we have all the clans now???? I never said that durgmist ingetium were the ones who made the gem, but if the dwarves in general had made the gem, then a few had to survive to carry on that event and have it in their history. Like Emeraldis said, Eragon’s part of the clan now, and that event should’ve been common dwarf knowledge.

          • Mr-x

            whoa whoa this was just one tribe of dwarves… lol and yes there would be some writing of it but honestly who has looked over every text in the dwarven history? if these dwarves ended up disbanded/ died out who is going to pay any attention to what theyve written for all whoever picked up the scroll/book containing the information n the event might not have payed much attention to it/ taken it for some childs fantasy writing

          • Marcos0408

            Ok, thank you for clearing that for me, but if those dwarves were wiped from exsistence, how do we have all the clans now???? I never said that durgmist ingetium were the ones who made the gem, but if the dwarves in general had made the gem, then a few had to survive to carry on that event and have it in their history. Like Emeraldis said, Eragon’s part of the clan now, and that event should’ve been common dwarf knowledge.

      • Emeraldis

        Come ON! this is WERECATS big 2o.but it was a good theory nonetheless

        • Mr-x

          sorry this originally was meant to be about werecats i had a theory that the grey folk created the werecats to guard the vault of souls I.E but then i don’t know i just kind off balance and screwed it up

        • Mr-x

          sorry this originally was meant to be about werecats i had a theory that the grey folk created the werecats to guard the vault of souls I.E but then i don’t know i just kind off balance and screwed it up

    • Guest

      Try using paragraphs next time.  Makes it a lot easier to read.

  • AryaRose

    Dude ninja cats for the win!!!!  I think it’s absolutely likely that they could get in an steal the egg.  In fact, I REALLY hope they do!

  • AryaRose

    Dude ninja cats for the win!!!!  I think it’s absolutely likely that they could get in an steal the egg.  In fact, I REALLY hope they do!

  • AryaRose

    Dude ninja cats for the win!!!!  I think it’s absolutely likely that they could get in an steal the egg.  In fact, I REALLY hope they do!

  • Laurelleaf9

     ‘Did the werecats choose to ally themselves with the Varden because Galbatorix is a no-good cat-kicker?’ Yes.

    • Emeraldis

      of course. hed own a cat just to kick it. THAT”S evil for you

  • Guest1

    just gonna throw this out there. WereCats will not be what is needed to defeat Galbitorix. Elva is. Elva is the vardens weapon neither Murtagh or Galby know about. Ik Elva is unpredictable but maybe the were cats with there great wisdom can talk her out of her neutrality.

    • Jason Grace

      Ya, Elva would be the one who can kill Galbatorix and free Murtagh from his curse of slavery. But the werecats have to find her worthy of speaking to. Remember, they only speak to those they find worthy enough to hear their voice. Eragon got a prophecy from Solumbum as a boy, and half of the prophecy has already happened. Maybe Chris will surprise us and say Elva feels the pain Eragon, Arya, Murtagh, Nasuada feel over this war, especially Eragon and Saphira, considering they just lost there master to the son of a demon, and decides to help of her free will. There will be a catch, but if it means freeing Algaesia, I’m sure everyone would be willing to die to have others live freely.

    • Jason Grace

      Ya, Elva would be the one who can kill Galbatorix and free Murtagh from his curse of slavery. But the werecats have to find her worthy of speaking to. Remember, they only speak to those they find worthy enough to hear their voice. Eragon got a prophecy from Solumbum as a boy, and half of the prophecy has already happened. Maybe Chris will surprise us and say Elva feels the pain Eragon, Arya, Murtagh, Nasuada feel over this war, especially Eragon and Saphira, considering they just lost there master to the son of a demon, and decides to help of her free will. There will be a catch, but if it means freeing Algaesia, I’m sure everyone would be willing to die to have others live freely.

  • Sallystar6of7

    Remember how Oramis was considering getting another student to compete with? Could that be a sign that he was already teaching the elf children? And now that he is dead is Maud trying to continue their education? Something to thing about. . .

    • Mr-x

       The student he was competing with was vanir Sally sorry to put a damper in your theory

      • Sallystar6of7

        i thought he ment magic-wise not sword fighting.

        • Marcos Rodriguez

          He just meant someone to face off with. Didn’t you see the progress Eragon made was faster when he started dueling with Vanir??? and the progress went even faster when the dragons made him more elf like during the Agaetí Blodhren.

          • Sallystar6of7

            I guess I never thought about it that way! Thanks man!

    • Marcos Rodriguez

      Well, I dont think it was getting another student, cause we see Eragon start dueling with that retarded elf jerk Vanir. As both dragons and Orimis saw, Eragon gives WAY more than what he usually does when he has an opponent. & y would an elf, who admire dragons above all else since their all nearly dead, say that she made a mistake of choosing her Rider when the only one who could POSSIBLY choose her Rider besides Saphira is NOBODY!!!!

  • I love how Bob says “Wait, there are books?”… I wonder, then, what he has been doing for the past seven years?

  • I love how Bob says “Wait, there are books?”… I wonder, then, what he has been doing for the past seven years?

    • bigmike

      Maybe he has been on Shurtugal like the rest of us hungry fans.lol Or maybe he is just so awesome that he can pull the knowledge out of someone elses head without them even knowing like Eragon can. So if Bob id Eragon…. Then who are Mike and Chris? hmmmmm……….   : )

      • MENTAL SUCTION!

        Hmm…sounds weirder out loud…

      • MENTAL SUCTION!

        Hmm…sounds weirder out loud…

  • Coasterking

    is there going to be a podcast tonight

    • Ugh, what a grueling task of editing! 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 3 seconds of EPISODE 13!

  • XxxX

    Weredragons!!!! what y’all were wondering about what Angela is right….

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I think Angela is a rider who lost her dragon in the fall, this would explain her dislike of using magic even though she has the air of being a powerful spell weaver. Using magic would remind her of the loss of her dragon. I also think that Tenga is a rider that lost his dragon, as I stated before, possibly Shruiken so as his dragon lost its mind so did Tenga, eventually causing Angela to leave.

      • joen of doom

        read the books. the original rider of shruikan has been killed, so it cant be tenga, because he is alive (well, almost certain of it), and wouldnt you think it’s a little writer’s block to give all your characters the same histories? (brom, angela, tenga), if i were CP, i wouldnt give all the same, kinda boring

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          On the contrary, I think that by keeping their histories secret and revealing them later would make the story more interesting. This would not give them all the same history, but each would have very different pasts and their individual losses would carry very unique stories. Also, I have listened to the books, unabridged, about seven times. I don’t specifically remember that shruiken’s rider was killed, but I will look into it.

          • joen of doom

            its not specifically remarked. but if its original rider isnt killed, the original bond between shruikan and his rider will be eternal, and cant be broken, at least not completely. (i thought oromis said something like this when eragon asked about if he didnt raise saphira). so it would be completely logical to kill the rider before faking the bond. thus, galbotorix is a complete retard to let him live or killed him

          • joen of doom

            its not specifically remarked. but if its original rider isnt killed, the original bond between shruikan and his rider will be eternal, and cant be broken, at least not completely. (i thought oromis said something like this when eragon asked about if he didnt raise saphira). so it would be completely logical to kill the rider before faking the bond. thus, galbotorix is a complete retard to let him live or killed him

          • joen of doom

            its not specifically remarked. but if its original rider isnt killed, the original bond between shruikan and his rider will be eternal, and cant be broken, at least not completely. (i thought oromis said something like this when eragon asked about if he didnt raise saphira). so it would be completely logical to kill the rider before faking the bond. thus, galbotorix is a complete retard to let him live or killed him

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          In brom’s story Galbatorix kills an elder with the help of another rider then kills the rider and flees. When he meets Morzan they steel a dragon hatchling, but at this point nothing is said of its rider. If there is something in the later books about the rider dying, I am not sure. But i dont specifically remember the fate of that rider so i dont think it was discussed. I have seen stuff on the net that says the rider died but the books are the only reliable source aside from a direct statement in an interview with Paolini where he confirms that fate.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          In brom’s story Galbatorix kills an elder with the help of another rider then kills the rider and flees. When he meets Morzan they steel a dragon hatchling, but at this point nothing is said of its rider. If there is something in the later books about the rider dying, I am not sure. But i dont specifically remember the fate of that rider so i dont think it was discussed. I have seen stuff on the net that says the rider died but the books are the only reliable source aside from a direct statement in an interview with Paolini where he confirms that fate.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            Oops wrote this in the wrong place.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            Nevermind

        • Marcos0408

          well, you have to consider Shruikan in this. If his rider was killed, wouldn’t he already have tried to escape and kill Galby for this??? Glaedr tride to kill Thorn and Murtagh because Murtagh hand snuffed Orimis out, so shourly  shruikan would do the same.

        • Marcos0408

          well, you have to consider Shruikan in this. If his rider was killed, wouldn’t he already have tried to escape and kill Galby for this??? Glaedr tride to kill Thorn and Murtagh because Murtagh hand snuffed Orimis out, so shourly  shruikan would do the same.

      • Marcos Rodriguez

        It would kinda make sense, but Angela doesn’t have the gedwey ignasia. It would be cool if she had been a Rider that survived the fall, but without the gedwey ignasia, there’s no way.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          Maybe it is on her stomach lol. Brom “didnt have one” until the wine skin, just because paolini doesnt say she doesnt have one doesnt mean she doesnt.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I think Angela is a rider who lost her dragon in the fall, this would explain her dislike of using magic even though she has the air of being a powerful spell weaver. Using magic would remind her of the loss of her dragon. I also think that Tenga is a rider that lost his dragon, as I stated before, possibly Shruiken so as his dragon lost its mind so did Tenga, eventually causing Angela to leave.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I think Angela is a rider who lost her dragon in the fall, this would explain her dislike of using magic even though she has the air of being a powerful spell weaver. Using magic would remind her of the loss of her dragon. I also think that Tenga is a rider that lost his dragon, as I stated before, possibly Shruiken so as his dragon lost its mind so did Tenga, eventually causing Angela to leave.

    • TorpeAlex

      Weredragons? What are you talking about?

  • XxxX

    Ya know, I never really understood what was SOOO amazing about Werecats.
    So their cool…..so what?

    Their unique I suppose, but they aren’t epic or even extremely sneaky or cunning. They have the gift of prophecy but that alone doesn’t make them phenomenal

    I kinda wanna know why Y’ALL (chris :P) think that they’re amazing and Mike esp. because he’s a huge Werecat fan.

    Yes I know you are entitled to your opinion and No, this is not hater comment.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I think the awe surrounding werecats comes from the mystery associated with them. I like the potential development possibilities more than the actual idea of what they are in the books so far. If Paolini develops them well in the fourth book, then I think they will become an epic race in fantasy history. If little more elaboration takes place, then I think they will go down in fantasy history as the biggest failure in character development. In my opinion, the fact that the chapter about the werecats joining the Varden makes it highly unlikely that Paolini will fail with this race. I think the general vagueness that he approaches the race with thus far tells us that they are going to be very prominent in book 4.

    • dukelord

      I agree they sound like i would be fighting household cats. It would be different if they were tigers or lions.But there not, so i don’t pit much faith in them on the field of battle.

      Also mike states the varden are out numbered by the empire, last i looked elves from the north men from the south and dwarves from the east. I think they will all gather around the capital and most of them blown awy by the kings power. Thats my theory anyway    

      • bigmike

        Dude, the common house cat is known to be the feircest creatures on the planet because they will kill for the fun of it. Not because they need the food. Ansd if you think they arent going to be dangerous to fight, just remember that my cat has ripped the ear off of a bull dog that is at least 4 times its size. And that all of the dogs on my street are afraid of him even though he is the sweetest thing u have ever seen (as long as you arent a dog outside of our family), cause then he will tear you apart.

        • Lil Uhura

          I agree w/bigmike.  I once knew a cat that was attacked by a German Shepard, jumped on the dog’s back, and then proceeded to maul it so badly that it had to be put down.  Also, the average housecat can run up to 30 MPH.  Just imagine all of that speed and ferocity directed by a human level (or better) intelligence.  Paints a scary picture, doesn’t it?

          • bigmike

            Now imagine that the cat you are talking about was the size of a werecat. So bigger, faster, and more dangerous. :  o  

      • guest

        well first off there alot bigger then normal cats, they can see into the futre, change their shape into human, they may be able to use magic which wud be extremely helpful cuz the varden dont have any powerful magicians except for eragon, they are very cunning they have to be for so many of them to have gone around unnoticed by anyone, they can cantrol normal cats so yes they cud get a lion or tigger to fight in a battle, and even though they might only be as strong as a human (though they cud be much stronger) they are much more ferocious and enter a battle without fear and run around pouncing on ppl

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    I wonder, since cellular manipulation is possible in Paolini’s world,
    eg: elves biological structure to breathe under water etc. and werecats shape shifting,
    could magic be used to control bio matter at the level of cells or dna?
    if so, an eldunari could potentially regenerate a body for itself to
    control and hide within the new dragon body. I think that would be
    awesome. The energy to maintain the body once it was recreated would be
    well within the eldunari’s capabilities because it would be no different
    than their original body.I understand that the inhabitants may not understand the concepts behind these sciences, but the ability to understand them is not beyond the elves, who can detect the small organisms that create coral.  Molecular structures may not work the same in Alegaesia, but they most likely do. If they don’ I think they would be influenced by magic more easily. Am I crazy?

    • Anonymous

      Very interesting!! How cool and brilliant would that be?! Although I love the thought, I kinda doubt that CP would go into all of the molecular, scientific theories. But who knows? He has surprised me time and again!!:)also, no you are not crazy..

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        It isn’t meant so much as something Christopher would actually do, but more of a theory of possibility that would allow dragon’s to walk the earth again after they die.

    • bigmike

      You underestimate the dragons intellegence. If we can understand the concepts, then it should be elementry to a dragon with more cunning then the king of even the elves can even hope for.

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        I dont underestimate their intelligence. Look at how saphira reguarded her HOH before knowing its significance. I doubt that a dragon would be concerned with molecular biology as long as they had a body. Once that body was lost, a desire to recreate it might become the focus of an eldunari and then that dragon would not have a hard time discovering the inner workings of cells. The main point is that the desire to understand it in humans comes from a longing to prolong life. Dragons may decide they do not want to prolong life so they wouldnt study how.

        • bigmike

          But even if this was possible, a dragon would be the one to figure it out.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            I just meant that I doubt paolini would write this in.

    • Mr-x

      Wait hold on where does it say elves can breathe underwater? 

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        There are several times this comes up. One is during the blood oath ceremony. The other is when blodgarm tells Nasuada that he may shed his liking for the land and decide to go live under the sea with the fish. Thinking he is joking, Nasuada tells him if Galbatorix raises an army of sharks, he will definitely come in handy then. Also it talks about the elves studying coral to know that microorganisms and find out they are making the coral.

        • Mr-x

          yeah i knew they could do it i just thought you meant that their natural bio-structure enabled them to breathe under water without morphing their body.

      • Mr-x

        like i realize elves could manipulate their body to enable them to but your saying it as if they can do it without that

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          No i am saying they manipulate their bodies to do it.

          • Mr-x

            ahh ok sweet

          • Mr-x

            ahh ok sweet

          • Mr-x

            ahh ok sweet

          • Mr-x

            ahh ok sweet

    • I think the biggest problem with this theory is that, if we’re going into science here, cells (and therefore manipulation of cells) must derive from other cells. Elves have cells: they don’t create them, they simply manipulate them into whatever they want. Eldunarí, on the other hand, are more gem than cell. There’s nothing for the eldunarí to work with.

      Intriguing, but scientifically, not likely.

    • I think the biggest problem with this theory is that, if we’re going into science here, cells (and therefore manipulation of cells) must derive from other cells. Elves have cells: they don’t create them, they simply manipulate them into whatever they want. Eldunarí, on the other hand, are more gem than cell. There’s nothing for the eldunarí to work with.

      Intriguing, but scientifically, not likely.

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        Yes the Eldunari do not have cells. But if they manipulated the dna of other beings they could potentially gather cells to reanimate. Like I said, not likely, but an intriguing possibility.

        • Mr-x

          surely there’s still dna left in dragon bones? and such

  • p.i.m.c!

    anyone remember what books z7 editions the murtagh p.o.v. chapters were on?

  • p.i.m.c!

    anyone remember what books z7 editions the murtagh p.o.v. chapters were on?

    • p.i.m.c!

      oops i meant “book & edition”

    • p.i.m.c!

      oops i meant “book & edition”

      • They were added into the Deluxe Edition of Eragon, because they were cut in editing from the first edition.

    • Arya<3

      Eragon?

    • Arya<3

      Eragon?

  • Mr-x

    Instead, the author has told us that werecats choose to live “here and
    there” throughout Alagaesia, coming together only for momentous
    occasions. And where would this group to choose to come together? surely somewhere of importance? just a thought but im thinking Rock Of Kuthian? solembum said something along the lines of when your power proves insufficient speak your name at the rock of kuthian to open the vault of soul’s i think now it doesn’t say he has to say his name to the rock lol or the vault He may have to say his true name to the guardian of the vault so that if granted control of the power to thwart galbatorix. once he has accomplished this the guardian knowing eragon’s true name can retake the power from eragon because as everyone should know power can corrupt people and the guardian would act as a safe guard against eragon being corrupted into another galbatorix. please tell me what you think of this theory because it’s been in my head for a along time.

    • cripple who is whole

      I think that’s a pretty good theory that I haven’t heard before. I’m not sure that I would like such an easy way to get so much power over galby, but your theory makes a lot of sense.

      • Mr-x

        He wouldn’t just get the power as oromis and brom have said riders you’s to go on journeys to discover their true name so im pretty sure paolini would have surely wrote in some epic tail of how he discovers his true name

      • Mr-x

        To be honest i would love mike’s opinion on my theory PLEASE READ THIS mike haha im sure you will have an interesting thought’s on it

    • cripple who is whole

      I think that’s a pretty good theory that I haven’t heard before. I’m not sure that I would like such an easy way to get so much power over galby, but your theory makes a lot of sense.

    • Sranjan 2007

      I don’t find it convincing. If the momentous occasion was happening at the other end of alaegaesia, it would be stuupid to gather at opposite end of alaegaesia.

      • Mr-x

        what are you talking about? who gathering at a different end of alegeasia? lol

      • Mr-x

        Oh the werecats im saying The rock of kuthian could be where the werecats meet up to choose their leader… like as in the place they come together to elect a leader a group of magical beings arent just going to go oh theres a nice piece of grass we’ll choose there… im saying the rock of kuthian could be the place that the grey folk came together to bind magic to the ancient language. 

  • kb

    Did anyonei else suddenly think about cats in ninja costumes?

  • Josh_Pardo

    One of the children is a future riser

  • Tara

    The more I read of these Big Twenty articles the more excited I get (if that’s possible).  I can’t wait to see how this plays out with the werecats!  Cats overthrowing cities?  Attacking their unsuspecting empire companions?  Maybe even stealing eggs and eldunari?  I love every single aspect of this series and its characters.  Thank you Christopher Paolini for creating such a captivating world and letting us share in it!

  • eebi

    I am loving the werecats stealing egg/Eldunarya theory! It makes so much sense that they’d be able to go where humans/elves/dwarves/Urgals wouldn’t. But we’re all assuming that werecats will do whatever the Varden tells them to. Since werecats are so independent, I feel like it would be hard to actually convince them to steal the egg. They might be offended that they have to go through all the danger.
    Also, Nasuada doesn’t even trust the elves or Angela completely because they’re so quirky and it’s impossible to tell where their true loyalties lie. She’s definitely not going to trust the werecats alone to retrieve an object of such importance.
    I think it’ll be some sort of multi-race operation to get the egg, because knowing Alagaesian politics, some race is going to be offended if they’re not included in this all-important mission.

    • Marcos Rodriguez

      Your right there. Lol. Galbatorix’s face would be priceless if he was told by one of his pet magicians that there Eldunari chamber has been slowly decreasing and that the green dragon egg was stolen the night before. As for convincing them, If they follow there “king” then they would most surly go after the egg. The Eldunarí, on the other hand, they won’t get for One crucial detail; The dragons have been trying to keep there heart of hearts a secret for millenia.

      • eebi

        Yes, the werecats follow a king, but convincing their king would be difficult, too. I mean, Solembum doesn’t even give straight answers to simple questions unless he feels like it, so this king would probably not be convinced easily. And I meant the Eldunari that Galbatorix has, wherever he has them, if it’s even possible to get to them… And lol, Galbatorix’s face…
        “Um, excuse me, sir, I’m sorry to spoil your breakfast but the very last dragon egg was stolen last night. Please don’t kill me.”

  • guest12233

    Did you bother to proof read this? 
    There are multiple wrongly used words, some of which do not even fit with what you are trying to convey.

    For example: 
    ” The werecats are a ferocious and determined race of cunning fights.”

    • Matt

      But you understand what it is he is trying to convey, right?

    • I doubt he did.  He usually has someone else read through stuff like this.  I know I never proofread my own papers, lol.

    • I doubt he did.  He usually has someone else read through stuff like this.  I know I never proofread my own papers, lol.

  • daniel

    Just a thought. Do werecats originate from alagaesia like the dragons and dwarves? or did they come to alagaesia with the humans/elves/urgans? (probably not that last one..:P)
    another thought, mike you write that werecats have a cat form and a human form. but why would they look human?? why not what ever race they are closest to? 

  • snowlight silent night

    If there was a werecat with Uru’baen when Gabatorix cast the spells protecting the egg then they might where the egg is and what spells if they were close enough. If there were werecats all over Alagaesia 1 can easily play spy in most cities if they wanted too. even if gabatorix knew he had a werecat within hes castle i doubt he would be able to control it.

  • Curious

    Could Angela be a werecat?  

    • She’s too tall. The other wearcats we’ve met are all with out exception the size of a human child

      • Anonymous

        But that would be pretty awesome!

      • inheritance noob

        and angela doesnt have any characteristics of a werecat (has to use dragons knuckle bones to tell future, regular teeth, etc.)

  • TorpeAlex

    Random thought: where is Oromis’s sword? Did Murtagh take it from the battlefield? It’s a valid question because of the immense power in its pommel, a valuable resource possibility.

    • Matt

      It never says in the books. Only that Oromis dropped it from Gleadr’s back when he was killed. Murtagh may have taken it, but I find it more likely that the elves on the battlefield will have recovered it first.

      • bigmike

        It may have landed on a soldier that was about to strike down an elf and Islanzadi picked it up…. The falling on someone is actully likely if it fell on a crowded battlefield.

      • bigmike

        It may have landed on a soldier that was about to strike down an elf and Islanzadi picked it up…. The falling on someone is actully likely if it fell on a crowded battlefield.

        • Matt

          That would be cool. Oromis is so good he’s still able kill an enemy after he dies.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            Just think how many people Glaedr killed when his body fell from so high up if they were fighting directly over soldiers. The only issue is that they would have an equal chance of killing allies as they would enemies. I think it would be likely that riders learned not to fight directly over a busy battlefield long ago.

          • bigmike

            I KNOW!!!!!  I said the same thing like 6 months ago. That Glaedr prob injured so many people in his plument.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            I think that they probably didnt fight over anybody for this reason. The elves couldnt risk losing more soldiers than necessary.

  • Guest

    GREAT! the only problem i can thin of is: How Heavy Is A Dragons Egg?

    • Matt

      In the beginning of Book 1 when Eragon first find Saphira’s egg, he thinks to himself how it feels much lighter for its size than it should have.

  • Dillon

    if were going to go with the assumption that Maud has decided to associate with the two elven children based on the fact that they are going to play an important role in the future then it would be logical to assume that one of these children will be the future rider of the green dragon, it would make sense because in my opinion the new rider will be somebody we may have met thus far but will not be one of the main characters, to me it would be a little predictable and boring for the dragon to hatch for somebody expected such as Arya or Roran

    • Matt

      It could be possible, but I think that CP mentioned in an old interview that the next Rider has made an appearance in all three books to date.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I wonder how old the children are, Paolini recently said in the last interview

      “Mike Macauley:
      Has it been known or is it possible for a human child under 10 or an
      elven “child” under 25 to be chosen by a dragon to be its Rider?

       Christopher:
      It’s not unknown, but it’s very rare. There are actually provisions
      built into the spells set on the eggs given to the Riders to prevent
      just such a thing. However, the dragons have minds of their own, and the
      spells aren’t always effective.

      So it is unlikely that it will be one of the elven children. The most likely scenarios I see for the new rider are this, Murtagh escapes galbatorix and brings the egg with him, Murtagh escapes and the new rider joins galbatorix, the new rider escapes galbatorix, possibly before book 4(my favorite is the girl angela cast the knucklebones for), the new rider doesn’t come until after the war. I think it would be awesome if the dragon does come hatch for one of the varden, that it would end up being a dwarf, yes i know that they aren’t part of the spell, but the dragons have powerful magic.

  • Nicholasmack55

    Im really liking this whole cats stealing our favorite green dragon egg idea. Maybe a few Eldunarí along the way.

  • Anonymous

    Ninja Cats….. Made my day 😀

    • That image rocked. I could just imagine a bunch of cats dressed as ninjas.

      • bigmike

        I cant help but think of the cat version of TMNT.lol

      • bigmike

        I cant help but think of the cat version of TMNT.lol

      • bigmike

        I cant help but think of the cat version of TMNT.lol

      • Anonymous

        It’s official…. I’m dressing my cat up as a Ninja for Halloween this year 😀

    • Josibomart

      i was thinking more like along the lines of laser cats.  i can just imagine it!

      Pew pew pew!! There’s the egg, couple hundred eldunari, and… thats it! thank you
      now-dead soldier!

      • Anonymous

        How about Laser-Ninja Cats… You can’t see them AND they shoot lasers!

  • JonCypher

    Mike, that was in my opinion the best big twenty article I read so far. What makes the best sense and most likely to happen is for the green dragon egg to get stolen by a werecat since they are masters at infiltration. Who can steal an item better than a werecat, a shapeshifter?

  • JonCypher

    Mike, that was in my opinion the best big twenty article I read so far. What makes the best sense and most likely to happen is for the green dragon egg to get stolen by a werecat since they are masters at infiltration. Who can steal an item better than a werecat, a shapeshifter?

  • JonCypher

    Mike, that was in my opinion the best big twenty article I read so far. What makes the best sense and most likely to happen is for the green dragon egg to get stolen by a werecat since they are masters at infiltration. Who can steal an item better than a werecat, a shapeshifter?

  • Clint

    The situation of the  Werecats joining the Varden in  a time when they are hurting but the W
    Werecats think they can win reminds me of the French helping the American rebels during the Revolutionary war.

  • Anonymous

    this has been the funniest article so far. both the article and the comments are so great. 

  • Henry Jenkinson

    ‘maneuver’..

    it’s spelt ‘manouevre’.

  • Henry Jenkinson

    ‘maneuver’..

    it’s spelt ‘manouevre’.

  • Henry Jenkinson

    ‘maneuver’..

    it’s spelt ‘manouevre’.

    • Arya<3

      maybe its french 

    • I love your country.

  • bigmike

    Hey, does anyone know where I can text my theory to for the podcast? or email it or what ever it is.

    • Matt

      Go to the bottom of the article announcing episode 12, right before you get to the comment section it tells ya where to send em too.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! If normal cats steel the egg, I will laugh me to the dead ! 😀

  • Anonymous

    Ha! If normal cats steel the egg, I will laugh me to the dead ! 😀

  • Coasterking

    verry good article made me realy ponder the werecats

  • BOBy

    i think that the were catz can be like the black hand for the Varden. Cause havoc, get information, assassinate enemy leaders, …… predict events of importance.

    • Anonymous

      Lol – Ninja were-cat assassins, I like the sound of that!

  • Anonymous

    I always thought of a werecat as super large Maine Coon. Mike, I love your theory about werecats being spies and helping to steal the green egg. I don’t see werecats actually stealing the egg, but I do see them helping Jeod find the enterace to the castle and finding the egg.

    • Guess whose theory that was. TAKE A WILD GUESS!

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm I wonder who could that be? Bob!

        • bigmike

           I thought it was Chris’s. 🙂

          • Blasphemy!

          • Anonymous

            I’m rolling on the floor of laughter. 

          • you mean with laughter, right?

          • Anonymous

            yeah. i suppose so. LOL i’m not fluent, so sorry if i make typos all the time. 

          • bigmike

            I love this sight because anyone from anywhere get to say whatever they want to (as long as it is in the guidelines of what we are talking about)

          • bigmike

            I love this sight because anyone from anywhere get to say whatever they want to (as long as it is in the guidelines of what we are talking about)

          • Of course not! The floor IS laughter. Roll in it! Do it!

          • Anonymous

            omg lol feeling slightly better now. 

      • Go Ninja Cats!!!

  • Feisty-fitz

    Ninja cats! How cool.

  • stroodle_910

    This is easily the best Big Twenty to date. Great job Mike!

  • George

    Love the idea of Werecats sneaking into the castle and stealing the green dragon egg! Just the sort of thing Galbatorix would overlook in his arrogance and disregard for ‘lesser’ races. As long as the egg doesn’t then hatch and…I don’t know…Solembum, became the next rider. That would be a bit weird.

  • Hmm, was reading a past interview with Christopher, and he says that werecats can shapeshift into anything they want (since, you know, cats do anything they want). I wonder why, then, that they all turn into children with daggers? I’m sure an army of rainbow-coloured dragon-werecats would be a much more effective way of killing Galbatorix than having little short-tempered cats coming up and scratching you 😛

    • Guest

      Maybe because as children, they appear harmless?

      • Antigone

        I think I remember Christopher saying that werecats cannot change their size. Even though they can become dragons, the dragon in question would be the size of a hatchling.

    • Anonymous

      perhaps it’s due to their personalities. As we know, they do not like to be among people all the time. they like to blend, to go unnoticed. 

      • What, you mean bright, shiny rainbow dragons would be noticeable? Surely not… And how are they not harmless? You’re telling me that a dragon, with rows of razor sharp teeth capable of crushing bone, talons that can rip most living things to shreds, and the ability to breath fire hot enough to melt rocks, isn’t harmless?

        • Anonymous

          No, if the werecats had chosen to turn into those dragons of yours, they would not be harmless. They would surely be an incredible race, with the power to exterminate woods in seconds. To bring down mountains and castles, to murder an entire army in minutes. 
          What I’m saying is that it would be kinda outrageous. Totally outrageous and for me it seems that they would not like to go this way. Because Chris has told us throughout the book and interviews that the werecats like to go unnoticed by most people. They like to live in the shadow, hidden.  

    • Comett

      I would imagine that the werecat would need to shift into something of a similar mass – which is why I imagine they would choose to be small/scrawny children rather than chunky adults.  They couldn’t turn into something like a beetle or a dragon because their general mass (or possibly even exact mass) needs to stay the same.

      I’m not sure if I picked that up in an interview, but that’s always the thought I had on the matter… possibly a load of rubbish, but there you go. XD

      • Matt

        I think I know what you’re saying. I’ve heard something along those lines before. Can’t remember if it was in an interview or the books though. I don’t think it was about werecats though, it was about elves changing their shapes and appearances I believe. I can’t remember exactly.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          Yes this came up in an interview in response to angela being a dragon, he said that it was possible but she would be a small dragon because creatures could only shapeshift to other animals of equal mass, potentially any being in alegaesia could shapeshift if they used magic, or be shapeshifted by a magician for that matter. Maybe werecats werent the original form, maybe the childlike form was the original, they may be the remnants of the grey folk but by all shifting into cats and keeping up the ruse have become known more commonly as werecats.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          Yes this came up in an interview in response to angela being a dragon, he said that it was possible but she would be a small dragon because creatures could only shapeshift to other animals of equal mass, potentially any being in alegaesia could shapeshift if they used magic, or be shapeshifted by a magician for that matter. Maybe werecats werent the original form, maybe the childlike form was the original, they may be the remnants of the grey folk but by all shifting into cats and keeping up the ruse have become known more commonly as werecats.

    • Comett

      I would imagine that the werecat would need to shift into something of a similar mass – which is why I imagine they would choose to be small/scrawny children rather than chunky adults.  They couldn’t turn into something like a beetle or a dragon because their general mass (or possibly even exact mass) needs to stay the same.

      I’m not sure if I picked that up in an interview, but that’s always the thought I had on the matter… possibly a load of rubbish, but there you go. XD

  • The Grey Rider

    That would be rather anti-climactic.

    Galbatorix taken down by a humanoid moggy.

    I wonder if you could have a were-tiger…?

  • Ashley A

    By the way, does anyone know if there is a place online where I can read the chapter released from Inheritance? I still haven’t read the “werecat chapter”.

  • TheWindsWhisper

    Well i’m not not much of a cat lover so I will say this. Werekitties probably won’t have much impact on the war. I mean Solembum can transform into a child with a dagger, which is not very intimidating. And lets face the facts, in order to defeat a werecat in battle all you would have to do to would be to cut its whiskers off and you’ve take it out of the fight. Just a thought, I cant see the usefulness of a werecat stretching beyond the role of a spy.

    • Freshcoffee77

      I had that exact same though when I first read ‘King Cat’

      • Horsegal4ever

        I bet they’re going to have some wildly crazy, as-yet-unknown power, maybe not magic, but some secret that makes the tide turn. Well, maybe no That big, but something significant. They have to come out for a reason, or CP wouldn’t have brought them into the storyline at all. That’s my thought.

        • Anonymous

          maybe that’s exactly their most important ability – to go so unnoticed they could overstep Galby’s defenses and kidnap the green egg. this would be a major role in the fourth book.  Personally saying, it’d be the most important role of the entire book. 

    • bigmike

      I say they can make good informents, remember how Solembum warned Eragon that the guard has changed and that they were coming to look for them in the first book? They can be very good lookouts that blend right in with the city.

  • Anchal Jain

    a small typo to fix which could be quite confusing: “It is entirely impossible that Galbatorix will overlook them as enemies”

    Fun article Mike, werecats are just so mysterious and exciting!

  • vince24

    i just hope ther are no weredogs just think of a fight between werecats and weredogs. 

    • bigmike

      Well if there are, I hope they are chi chi chihuahuas and they are so small they can just be stepped on by the cats. (ps. dont underestimate a cat in a dogfight, my cat has whipped plenty of dogs that are quite large. He has even torn the ear off of a stray bulldog that was getting into our trash. So dont count out the cats as unaffective warriors.)

      • No offense to your cat, but it was a bulldog. They won’t even reproduce with out humans making them 😉

        • bigmike

          How about the mastive that it was chasing down the street yesterday?  This dog has a mouth big enough for me to place my head in and it is afraid of my cat. but my cat is ubber sweet to everyone else. including our chihuahua puppies, it even guards them.

        • bigmike

          How about the mastive that it was chasing down the street yesterday?  This dog has a mouth big enough for me to place my head in and it is afraid of my cat. but my cat is ubber sweet to everyone else. including our chihuahua puppies, it even guards them.

        • bigmike

          How about the mastive that it was chasing down the street yesterday?  This dog has a mouth big enough for me to place my head in and it is afraid of my cat. but my cat is ubber sweet to everyone else. including our chihuahua puppies, it even guards them.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    Okay so i thought that the mystery around werecats was intriguing. I wanted to restate a theory i came up with during the VOS ROK big twenty. What if werecats have something similar to eldunari and that is what is in the VOS, this could be why solembum knew about the VOS. i think this would be awesome.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    Okay so i thought that the mystery around werecats was intriguing. I wanted to restate a theory i came up with during the VOS ROK big twenty. What if werecats have something similar to eldunari and that is what is in the VOS, this could be why solembum knew about the VOS. i think this would be awesome.

  • Matt

    Caught a spelling error where you were talking about Solembum’s eyes. You say multi-covered eyes instead of multi-colored. Just thought I’d let ya know. Other wise great article. I’ve never thought about the implications of the alliance with the werecats and the possibility of them being able to traverse where the rest of the band can not. It’s defiantly given me more to think about. Thanks.

    • I think you mean multi-coloured ^^

    • I think you mean multi-coloured ^^

  • inheritance fan

    so now that the hurricanes and wild goat herds are gone, and your schedule is back to normal, when can we expect the next big twenty and book club podcast?

  • inheritance fan

    so now that the hurricanes and wild goat herds are gone, and your schedule is back to normal, when can we expect the next big twenty and book club podcast?

  • Adilas73

    Hi Mike, great article, It’s cleared some stuff up about werecats. thanks

  • I need to get myself a title along the lines of Grimrr’s.

  • I need to get myself a title along the lines of Grimrr’s.

    • “Overlord of Shurtugal, King of Inheritance fan theories, Proprietor of an epic beard, but you can just call me Mike” You should totally introduce yourself that way on the next podcast 😀

      • Matt

        How could I forget the epic beard….. I bow to you…

        • The Grey Rider

          How about the Patron Saint of Inheritance Cycle Fans?

          • bookwyrm713

            “Fearless leader of Earth’s magicians,” don’t forget that title.

          • bookwyrm713

            “Fearless leader of Earth’s magicians,” don’t forget that title.

          • bookwyrm713

            “Fearless leader of Earth’s magicians,” don’t forget that title.

      • Loving the beard reference.

    • Matt

      Got one for each of Grimrr’s titles. His Most Esteemed Podcast Host, King of the Fans, Lord of the Outlandish Theories, Ruler of Shur’tugal and Lytherus, He Who Makes the Wait More Bearable.

    • Ashley A

      Ha ha ha! I think Chris needs a name/title like Grimrr’s. Since, he likes to be creative with his official title at Shurtugal, he should create an epically long and complicated name to rattle off for the next podcast. Ha ha ha! =^D

      • Christopher Addison, World-Class Hick, Champion of the South, Conveyor of Ya’lls, and He Who Shows Up But Doesn’t Talk

        • bigmike

          Where is Chris from? Is he in the Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi area or farther up north? I heard that he was from down south, but i dont remenber if it said how far down.

          • Arkansas!

          • ShrimpyJess

            All the best people are! (wink, wink…)

          • Anonymous

            Everyone always forgets where he’s from.

          • Ya’ll ain’t never gonna forget it!

          • bigmike

            Its not that south. Im from the original L.A.  (that Louisiana for yal who said that gambling entrance to Hades)  Hope u get the reference. 😉

          • bigmike

            Its not that south. Im from the original L.A.  (that Louisiana for yal who said that gambling entrance to Hades)  Hope u get the reference. 😉

          • bigmike

            Its not that south. Im from the original L.A.  (that Louisiana for yal who said that gambling entrance to Hades)  Hope u get the reference. 😉

          • Antignone

            I thought he was from Montana.

        • Anonymous

          you guys are amazing. i feel like hanging out with you might provide so much fun i’d laugh to the grave. lol

        • I’ll say this on the show..

      • How can we forget Lauren? “Managing Editor” has no glamour… how about: “Executive Publishing Supervisor of Lytherus, Guardian Angel of Nasuada Support, Reigning Queen of the Stupendous “Yes”, and She Who Is Chased By Goats

    • Anonymous

      How about….Mike Macauley, Founder of the shurtugal,creator of the lytherus,god of the almanac,king of the interviews. or something like that lol

      • Works for me!

        • bigmike

          All Hail Mike Macauley, Founder of the Shurtugal, creator of the Lytherus, god of the Inheritance Almanac, king of the interviews.  Its a mouthful but it fits you.lol

        • bigmike

          All Hail Mike Macauley, Founder of the Shurtugal, creator of the Lytherus, god of the Inheritance Almanac, king of the interviews.  Its a mouthful but it fits you.lol

        • bigmike

          All Hail Mike Macauley, Founder of the Shurtugal, creator of the Lytherus, god of the Inheritance Almanac, king of the interviews.  Its a mouthful but it fits you.lol

        • Anonymous

          glad you both liked it, would be cool if ya introduced yaself as this in the next podcast, plz plz do lol

        • Anonymous

          glad you both liked it, would be cool if ya introduced yaself as this in the next podcast, plz plz do lol

        • Anonymous

          glad you both liked it, would be cool if ya introduced yaself as this in the next podcast, plz plz do lol

      • It needs something about him being a Whovian, but besides that it’s great!

        • Anonymous

          prob bein stupid here, but wats a whovian lol??

          • bigmike

            Doc Who i think. And Ill ask a even more stupid question to balance out yours. Who would win in a duel, Dumbledore or Gandalf?

          • jonesk2

            It depends. In his prime, Dumbledore (age affects Dumbly more than Gandalf so as time passes, Gandalf would be at more of an advantage).

        • Anonymous

          prob bein stupid here, but wats a whovian lol??