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Fan-made mega project: Journey to Alagaësia… in Minecraft!


Bringing the world of Alagaësia to life is no small undertaking, taking Christopher over a decade to build the world and write the series. Now, a team of gamers and building enthusiasts are pulling Alagaësia from the page and into the popular video game, Minecraft! The video game gives players the ability to create buildings and entire worlds block-by-block, similar to Legos, and includes various adventuring mechanics.

The talented team has one unified goal: create a replica of the Cycle’s world for readers to adventure through, explore, and eventually, live as Dragon Riders. The world will be filled with all of the towns, cities, and landmarks from the books, and will feature accurate geography. The complete map will be hosted on a server for readers to freely explore. Eventually, plugins designed and developed by the team will add new gameplay mechanics such as magic based on Christopher’s Ancient Language, the ability to ride dragons, and much more. With no set storyline, fans can make their own choices and help to shape the future of Alagaësia! Continue reading this article…

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Fan Art: Murtagh and Thorn can still be feared

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Murtagh has always been a fan favorite among the pool of Inheritance Cycle characters, and as such has spawned a wealth of incredible fan art over the years.  We’ve had the opportunity to discuss many of these pieces of art, dissecting the traits and struggle of Eragon’s half brother due to the vacillation of his character’s journey in our beloved series.

At times good, bad and somewhere in between, many fans stayed loyal to Murtagh over the course of the series, while turning on other residents of Alagaësia.  In fact, even at the conclusion of the Cycle, Murtagh was unsure of his relationship with the newly freed peoples of Alagaësia and decided to join Thorn on a soul searching journey, headed north toward the uncharted lands of Alagaësia.

We know that Christopher will continue to spin tales set in the world of Alagaësia in Book 5 and beyond.  We also know through multiple teasers from the author that these stories will at some point include Murtagh and most likely Thorn (unless it’s an Eragon prequel).  From our Book 5 page:

Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Christopher: Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh. ;)

Do we get more of Roran and Murtagh in Book 5?
Christopher: Heh. I’ll take it under consideration.

Think, for a moment, about what kind of character Murtagh will return as.  It’s probable that his sojourn to discover himself will have him siding over with the allies of the freed Alagaësia once and for all to battle an unseen enemy.  Murtagh has a lot to repent for, and it’s clear that he would like to put the past behind him and better himself as a person. Christopher is noncommital on what the future holds, although his hint does seem to indicate that Murtagh will one day better himself and seek forgiveness from those he hurt:

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Don’t worry: An Eragon movie reboot isn’t a bad idea

dont-worry-e-movie-headerHaven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have, and now it’s time for you to add your voice to the conversation! Sign the petition here.

Just under a month ago, we released a petition asking Fox, the Inheritance Cycle’s film rights holder, to reboot Eragon on the big screen. The community responded in droves, with over 40,000 fans adding their signatures and sending one unified message: we want an Eragon movie reboot. Our petition continues to expand by hundreds of signatures per day.

We’ve released a series of articles exploring whether or not we’ll see another reboot, what Fox needs to do in order for a rebooted Eragon movie to succeed, and answer the question, “Is there a place in Hollywood for the Eragon movie?” Most importantly, we continue to back the petition and look forward to sending it to Fox alongside the incredible statistics behind our community’s response.

We’ve noticed some confusion as to what a “reboot” would entail, and concern from fans who worry that another Eragon movie isn’t a good idea after how the first movie turned out. We want to help ease those fears by explaining why we believe that isn’t something to worry about. Continue reading this article…

 

Announcing our Inheritance Cycle tattoo gallery!

tattoo-article-headerWe’re excited to announce the release of the latest addition to our collection of Inheritance Cycle galleries: fan tattoos!

Dozens of Cycle fans have decided to have their favorite characters, symbols, and quotes tattooed on their bodies. The pieces are beautiful, moving, and fun to view. We’ve compiled all of these tattoos into one comprehensive gallery and will continue to add to it as more tattoos are shared!

Do you have an Inheritance Cycle tattoo? Send it to us on Twitter or post a link to a photo in the comments and we’ll include your tattoo!

Check out the complete gallery of Inheritance Cycle tattoos!

Now we ask: If you were going to get a Cycle-inspired tattoo, what would it be and why?

 

Our “Dragon Egg Hunt” has ended!

ending-headerOur Dragon Egg Hunt, an epic quest through Shur’tugal to seek out dragon eggs and clues to win prizes, has come to an end.

Visitors were given the first clue to track down Angela and a hidden TARDIS, sparking the hunt. Here’s a full breakdown of the clues and their corresponding pages: Continue reading this article…

 

The Dragon Egg Hunt continues!

Many Hunters have already managed to finish the Hunt, but there’s still time left! If you find all eleven hidden eggs and the password to the giveaway page before April 8th, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a signed Inheritance Cycle books and autographed goodies! For full details, instructions, and the first clue, read our “The “Dragon Egg Hunt” begins!” post.

As an update for those who already completed the Hunt: If you encountered the [Word Here] bug, feel free to enter that as one of your “words,” or go back to the page for the proper word, as the misbehaving egg has been spoken to! (We will count your entry if you did encounter the bug.) We apologies for any confusion there – some of these eggs can be quite mischievous!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far, and good luck to those still hunting! Remember: the clock is ticking, and once the eggs hatch, it will be too late to enter the giveaway!

 

hunt-bannerWe often celebrate Easter with exciting egg hunts through our homes, forests, and fields. Candy, money, and small toys can be found in the eggs, making the hunt even more exciting! In Alagaësia, we imagine children and families celebrate by hunting replica dragon eggs! The children who find the most dragon eggs would win fun knickknacks and gorge on sweets and treats! Continue reading this article…

 

Yesterday we featured the incredible Eragon video game concept art by illustrator Michael “Rusty” Drake. Many fans were surprised to learn that the video game, released alongside the Eragon movie, was inspired by and based on the book rather than the movies, leading to a world more like the one we saw in the books. Much of Rusty’s artwork was inspired by the visuals provided in Eragon and the plot locations were driven by what was found in the film script.

More of Michael "Rusty" Drake's incredible Eragon video game concept art can be found in our gallery!

More of Michael “Rusty” Drake’s incredible Eragon video game concept art can be found in our gallery!

Our interview sheds some light on the unique process behind bringing the world of Alagaësia to life as a video game! Continue reading this article…

 

Tronjheim's Star SapphireIn 2006, several Eragon video games were released alongside the movie. What many fans don’t know is that the video game largely drew its inspiration and themes from the books, not the film.

This is because the game’s development team began production on the game long before the Eragon movie was in production, allowing them to read and comb the books for inspiration. While the final product did incorporate many elements of the film, the books remained the game’s core inspiration.  Concept art used to develop the game reflects inspiration from the source material, rather than just the film (some hints of movie inspiration can be found in several pieces).

Two talented concept artists have been kind enough to share their many video game illustrations with us and have discussed their work, inspirations, and process in two great interviews. Today, we look at the art of Michael “Rusty” Drake, a long-time illustrator and talented concept artist. Rusty was part of the game’s core concept art team and was responsible for many incredible pieces depicting Urgals and various Alagaësia locations, including Tronjheim and Gil’ead. Continue reading this article…

 

shurtugal fan fiction promo imageWe are excited to announce the launch of Shur’tugal Fan Fiction, the ultimate archive of Inheritance Cycle fan fiction stories! Aspiring writers and Inheritance fans now have an outlet to read, write, and enjoy stories by fans, set within Eragon’s universe. Itching for Book 5? You can enjoy fan-written stories set within Alagaësia while you wait!

It is important to remember that fan fiction is not endorsed by Christopher or his publisher. Christopher has not and will not read these stories, which are creative works of non-canon fiction, written and released by fans.

“Fan fiction” is a term used to describe stories written by fans set within the world of a particular book, movie, or television series. Hundreds of fans have written their own stories set within Alagaësia, varying from alternate series endings, fan takes on Book 5, prequels, dream pairings between favorite characters, and more.

Over twenty stories are now available on Shur’tugal Fan Fiction, totaling 205 chapters and over 550,000 words! We encourage aspiring writers and Inheritance enthusiasts to contribute their own stories. If you don’t fancy yourself a writer, there are many stories for you to read, rate, and enjoy!

Our first featured story is Wyrda by Galinor:

This fan story, aptly named “fate” in the Ancient Language, deals with the post-Inheritance fate of Eragon and the new crop of Riders as they find and establish a new home.  The story shows us a fan’s interpretation of Eragon and Saphira’s training for new dragons and Riders, and the journey of new dwarf and Urgal Riders as they adjust to their new roles as the first Riders from their respective races.

Wyrda takes the reader back to familiar places, like Carvahall, and to unknown places like Du Skulblaka Ramr (Stronghold of Dragons).  Wyrda is a rich, detailed fan fiction that takes readers on an adventure through the Inheritance Cycle’s already vast world and even expands on it.

Fan fiction stories are not endorsed by Christopher Paolini or his publishers. Christopher has not and will not read them. These stories are fan-written, separate from the Inheritance Cycle, and will have no impact on future stories written by Christopher. Enjoy them, but please keep this disclaimer in mind as you do so!

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