Races of AlagaŽsia
Humans seem to populate most of the known world of AlagaŽsia, though they came from across the sea relatively recently.
A group of twenty warriors found AlagaŽsia, and although their exact cause for coming has not been revealed, it's quite possible
that the Ra'zac made them leave. They landed in Surda from lands far south. They lived, began expanding themselves and adapting to this new place they had found, and lived in
peace. Here they first learned of the existence of Dwarves, who they frequently traded with for a few years before they left for isolation. The warriors came three hundred years after
the formation of the Dragon Riders. The warriors went northwest and began to settle in a nice area of isolated land for two thousand years. After two thousand
years or so, King Palancar, current King of the humans from whence the warriors had came from two thousand years previous, arrived in AlagaŽsia. First
they arrived in Surda, and then found Palancar Valley, which was where the original humans had settled. Palancar Valley was
named after the human's king, Palancar and it still retains that name in Eragon's time. Palancar then began to construct a
mighty state. Palancar learned from the humans that this land was populated by short, hairy beasts that stole their children.
These beasts were, of course, the Dwarves, and they did not actually steal human children, but the Dwarves were forgotten
over time and remembered as such. Palancar wanted to expand his boundaries and fought against the Elves and Dwarves three times, and lost all three times.
The Elven race dates back to ancient times, when they existed with other creatures that were bound to the land. Their appearance is
that of a fair, smooth faced human with pointed ears, pale skin, thin brows and elegant facial features. The Elves are usually
thin but have muscular bodies. The Elves love to sing and dance. They also have no hair anywhere on their bodies except for
their head. They came from a land they called Alalea on silver ships and began living life in AlagaŽsia. It is rumored that Teirm is where they first landed in AlagaŽsia. Nowadays,
they have withdrawn to Ellesmťra in hopes of distancing themselves from Galbatorix. They are led by Queen IslanzadŪ, who succeeded King Evandar and Queen Dellanir. Queen Dellanir was the Elf Queen who argued over the creation of the Human Riders, and was succeeded by Evandar five hundred
years later when she wished to study the mysteries of magic. However, she eventually let Human Riders come into existence
before giving up the knotted throne. King Evandar's mate is IslanzadŪ, current ruler of the Elves, but IslanzadŪ became Queen
after her mate Evandar was killed in the Elves last stand against Galbatorix in Ilirea. Arya will become Queen when her mother
The Dwarves, who are the eldest race of them all (said to have lived for over 8 millennia), have lived in the Beor Mountains since the beginning of their race. They are described as short and stocky humans with long, dense beards who usually carry
axes. They have seven toes on each foot. The Dwarves are long lived, and can live over a hundred, but are not as long lived
as Elves and Dragons. They have lived in AlagaŽsia since they were first created, and they, along with Dragons and a few others
are the true natives to the land. They believe themselves created by the Gods, and worship them wholly. Guntera, King of the Gods is a warrior and a scholar, but is moody, so they offer sacrifices to please him. They worship him because
he used the bones of a giant to create the land. It is said he was born to a she-wolf at the dawn of the stars, and battled
giants and monsters for a place for his kin in AlagaŽsia, and how he took Kilf, the goddess of rivers and seas as his mate. Urur is the master of the Heavens and the air, and his brother is the God of fire, Morgothal. The brothers loved each other they could not separate, and so Morgothal's burning Palace, which was in the air during the
day and sparks from his forge glimmered at night. In the Dwarves religion, Sindri is the mother of the earth, and Helzvog is the favorite of the Dwarves Gods. After the giants were eradicated, Helzvog believed that AlagaŽsia should be populated,
and though the other Gods disagreed, he secretly created the first Dwarf from the roots of the mountains. Learning of this,
the Gods created various other things: Sindri created Humans from the soil, and Urur and Morgothal created Dragons. Guntera
created the Elves, and thus the races entered the world.
Dragons have lived in AlagaŽsia since ancient times. The skin of a Dragon is nearly impenetrable, though the thin membrane
of their wings can be easily pierced. Their scales glitter like gems, although each Dragon only has one scale color. They
also have the same eye color as their scales, and their teeth and neck spikes are usually white. They also breathe flame the
color of their scales, and some could hold the flame for over an hour. They never stop growing until their death. Since they
are bound to the land, they possess magical properties. They cannot willingly use their magic, except for their fire. In the
war between Elves and Dragons, which started when an Elven youth hunted down and killed a Dragon like a normal animal, the
Dragons banded together, and furious, attacked the Elves, leading into war. Five years into the war, an Elf found a white
Dragon egg and raised it, and they stopped the war and peace arrived. In order to prevent another war, the Dragons connected
their souls with the Elves, changing both races. Dragons gained the use of language and other trappings of civilization, as
well as a less fierce outlook on things. Elves gained strong magic and agility and immortality. Since Humans came afterwards,
the Human Riders were not affected by the Dragons as much.
Early on an elf killed a dragon mistakenly. The mistake caused a large-scale war between the two races until one day an
elf named Eragon found an abandoned egg and raised the dragon. They become great friends and were able to become ambassadors
between the two races. Finally peace was brought to the land and so the first Dragon Riders' purpose was simply to keep the
peace between the groups.
Riders' Dragons would only hatch for Humans and Elves they believed best suited for them. Humans that are Riders experience
changes over time, such as their ears growing more slanted like an Elf. Also, all become stronger of body, keener of mind,
and truer of sight, whether Elf or Human. When a Dragon hatched, his Rider would form a bond with him by touching him. This
touch would leave a mark, the gedwŽy ignasia, on Rider’s hand. They also telepathically commune with their Dragons.
Shades are humans possessed by spirits. They're similar to sorcerers in that they both use spirits in order to accomplish
magical tasks but the difference is that a sorcerer controls the spirits he uses while a Shade either gives up his mind and
body to a spirit or is overpowered by one and has no control over his actions. Shades are immensely powerful, and only three
beings have ever succeeded in destroying one; an elf, a Dragon Rider and Eragon. The only way a shade can be killed is to pierce their heart; otherwise they'll merely reappear elsewhere and
return stronger than before. The only notable shade in Eragon is Durza. This Shade nearly killed Eragon in a city called Gil'ead but he survived by the help if his dragon and Murtagh. It is unknown
whether there are any other shades in AlagaŽsia at the time of the book, though Paolini did say that it was possible that
another shade might turn up. No new Shades were seen in Eldest, though Durza was often discussed.
The Ra'zac are physically extremely powerful beings who have no grasp of magic. Ra'zac lifecycle goes as follows: when
the Ra'zac are born, they are known to their parents as pupae, and they develop a roughly human exoskeleton that allows them
approach their ultimate prey, humans. As described in Eldest, they have shining black skin, a humped back where future wings
may be hidden, a sharp beak, a barbed purple tongue, and huge lidless eyes the size of a fist with no pupils or irises. At
twenty years of age, the pupae, or Ra'zac, shed their exoskeletons and emerge as fully grown Letherblaka.
Languages of AlagaŽsia
The Ancient language
The Ancient Language is the language of the elves and is used in magic. It is not commonly used for communication in Eragon, but it is used a lot in Eldest, although mostly represented by English translations. The name of anything in this language is its true name, which is
what makes it the language of magic. If you know something's name in the Ancient Language, you have the ability to control
it. This includes people: If you know a person's true name, you can control them. If you know the name of the Ancient Language,
you have the ability to control anybody that uses it. It is based on Old Norse, says author Christopher Paolini.
The Dwarf Language
The dwarf language in the inheritance trilogy is very similar to that of the Lord of the Rings with a rough accent.
The Urgal Language
The Urgal language is a very rough language consisting of grunts and other noises. Some Urgals also speak the common
language. When greeting war chiefs, Urgal raise their head and bellow. The proper response is usually to butt heads. Baring
their throat is seen to be a sign of respect whereas lowering your head means that you are about to butt the person and, thus,
is taken as a sign of great disrespect.
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This is a land dominated by a desert, the Hadarac, which borders the East; two mountain ranges,
the Spine and the Beors in the South, which is the larger; Du Weldenvarden, a large forest in the North; and an ocean guards
the Western border of Alagaesia. The land is threaded with several rivers, including the Ninor, Jiet, Ramr, Edda, Beartooth,
Gaena, Anora, Toark, and Az Ragni Rivers. Lakes such as the Tudosten, Ardwen, Leona, Isenstar, Rona, and Eldor are common
Off the coast of the mainland of Alagaesia, there are a number of islands, ranging
in size. From largest to smallest, they are the Vroengard, Beirland, Illium, Sharktooth, Parlim, Udun, and Nia.
Also from the mainland, is the small country of Surda that rebelled
from the country.