“What are you doing?!” – A look at Arya and Fírnen interacting outside of ‘Inheritance’

Fan art and fan fiction are where some of the most interesting off-the-page stories are born, as is the case with a magnificent piece of art we’re about to show you. Some artists let their imaginations run wild, dreaming up scenes and scenarios which take place in the pages an author chose not to share with us… and the results can be fantastic!

This new piece by DeviantArt artist Ticcy imagined and illustrated a scene in which Arya and Fírnen interact in Fírnen’s early days as a dragon hatchling. This scene would have taken place before Arya meets Eragon at the end of the book, revealing that the green egg hatched for her:

"What are you doing?!"

“What are you doing?!”

It’s evident from the look on Arya’s face and the path of destruction behind the tiny dragon that Fírnen has turned Arya’s study, deep within the heart of Ellesméra, into his own little playground. Plants overturned, a Bonsai tree over-plucked, ink spilled, and scrolls eaten…

No wonder she’s a bit angry!

Here’s what Christopher Paolini had to say about the piece, and the idea of this scene having taken place outside of the pages of Inheritance:

This is one of my favorite pieces of fan art. It perfectly captures the mischievous nature of a young dragon, as well as Arya’s frustration and sometimes overly-serious attitude. If I’d written any scenes from her point-of-view in Inheritance, I would have written something very close to this.

Now we ask you: Is this a scene that you could have imagined taking place? What do you imagine happens next?

  • Nolan Holley

    Ticcy has done so much great fan art, this is yet another example!

  • Andrea Beatriz

    It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve ever seen. Fun and endearing

  • Margaret Ann

    the drawing is very vivid. love the detail they put into it!!!!

  • Lauren Heaslip

    I could definitely see this happening. And to get approval from Christopher Paolini himself, you know this work is great. Good job!

  • Orik

    Wow! This is something special! Great Work!