The Inheritance Cycle: What We Know About Book V So Far - 9/26/17

Intro

So as you may have noticed from the Respect Threads I've made for various characters in the Inheritance Cycle written by Christopher Paolini that I am a huge fan of the series. I actually got into by watching the movie when it came out, and from that I wanted to read the other books (the movie really does the books no justice, but at least it did get me started on reading the series). Afterwards, I instantly fell in love with the world, the magic, and the characters. It's easily one of my favorite book series, alongside Artemis Fowl (read it all through middle and high school) and The Maze Runner series, which I discovered by randomly choosing to read it for a summer book report. But anyway, The Inheritance Cycle has so many options and so many stories to be told about specific characters and specific places in time that I was super thrilled when I heard that Paolini would be visiting Alagaesia again to write another story. So in this thread, I'm going to go over every Q&A answer of his I can find that would give a hint or a clue about what we can hope to see or expect in Book V.

**NOTE: SPOILERS FOR BOOK V AHEAD. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ANY POSSIBLE PLOT POINTS, THEMES, OR CHARACTERS, TURN AWAY AND LEAVE THE THREAD NOW.

I'll be dividing these up into which ones were answered first chronologically, and also grouping similar questions and answers together.

Eragon and the Menoa Tree

The Menoa Tree is a massive tree in the elven forest of Du Weldenvarden where the elves celebrate the Blood-Oath Celebration. When Eragon first met Solembum, the werecat told him that if he would ever need a weapon, he should look under the Menoa Tree. Eragon does so, needing a new sword after Murtagh stole his during the Battle of the Burning Plains, and went to the tree to ask for help. When the tree did not respond, Saphira grew impatient and attacked the tree, burning its roots with her fire. This elicited a response from the tree as it grabbed both Eragon and Saphira and prepared to kill them. Eragon pleased with tree, however, and proposed a trade: he'd give the tree whatever she wanted in exchange for the weapon, which was actually a large deposit of brightsteel under its roots in order to craft a new Rider sword. The tree agreed and allowed Eragon to take the brightsteel, but the tree merely touched him, which caused a slight pain in his abdomen, and left without any explanation.

When asked what the tree took from Eragon, Paolini said he couldn't answer because it spoil Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2014/10/06/qas-burning-questions/

Paolini then reiterates that we will indeed find out what the Menoa Tree took from Eragon:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Paolini confirms that in Book V, we'll find out what the Menoa Tree took from Eragon:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2017/01/20/qas-navigating-themes-comparison-plots/

Main Conflict in Book V

When a Twitter user asks Christopher Paolini for a clue about Book V, Paolini responds by saying there will be an epic battle between light and shadow:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked basically the same question, he responds by saying that everyone has overlooked something really important in the way and method they want to create peace:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When a fan asks Paolini if Nasuada's idea of controlling magicians will start a conflict, Paolini responds with "stay tubed for Book V" suggesting that the idea of Nasuada controlling and limiting magician's uses of magic will result in some sort of conflict:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/11/23/qas-writing-controlling-spirits-tenga/

Paolini says we've already met the villain for Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2017/05/17/qas-book-fives-villain-writing-daily/

Eragon x Arya

For those of you who have read the series, you know that Eragon has been infatuated with Arya from the moment he saw her, and that has only grown into a full blown love for the woman (or elf, really) and person she is. Arya at first didn't return these feelings, but started to show a little more affection towards Eragon at the end of the series. The two even shared their True Name with each other, something neither have ever done with another person before, which only cemented the idea that they now shared some mutual feelings of attraction towards one another. However, any chance at love they had was bashed when Eragon sailed away to train the new generation of Riders and Arya took up her fallen mother's role as Queen of the Elves.

When one user asked if Eragon ever found love, Paolini's response was simple: you'll have to read the next book:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Another user asked him if the tension of a possible romance between the two would be solved, Paolini answered "No comment" with a smiley face emoji:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked if we as the readers will get an Eragon/Arya moment in the next book, Paolini seemed confident that anyone hoping for a moment between the two of them would enjoy Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked why he didn't include at least one kiss between Eragon and Arya, Paolini answeres with "their story isn't over yet" and adds a winky face emoji:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Christopher Paolini assures another fan asking about Eragon and Arya that we will indeed see them again in Book V and that he can't say what is in store for them without spoiling the book:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/10/29/qas-saphiras-size/

Christopher Paolini actually tells us that we'll find out if Eragon and Arya get together or not:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/04/27/qas-dragon-blood-character-voices/

New Dragon Riders

At the end of Inheritance, Eragon uses the Name of All Names to rewrite the pact between Dragon Riders and Dragons to include Urgals and Dwarves, believing that doing so would help keep the races of Alagaesia united and help the friendship and camaraderie they shared fighting Galbatorix's forces alive and growing.

When asked if we'll get to see either an Urgal or a Dwarf as a Dragon Rider in the next book, Paolini answers with a maybe and a smiley face:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Paolini answers with "of course" when asked if we'll get to see a new generation of Riders in Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2017/03/29/qas-aryas-training-rider-children-motivation/

Murtagh

At the end of Inheritance, Murtagh and his dragon Thorn have been freed from Galbatorix's control and have made their peace with Eragon and Saphira. Murtagh was able to change his true name after falling in love with Nasuada, but decided to wander Alagaesia to atone for his evil deeds and to try and find peace with himself.

A Twitter user asked if we'll get to find out Murtagh and Nasuada's future, to which Paolini flat out said yes we will find out about their future:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When a user asked why Paolini left Murtagh and Nasuada's relationship like that without any sort of closure, he asked in return "Who said their relationship is finished?", implying that they will see each other again and most likely pick up where they left off:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/08/25/qas-map-sci-fi-vs-fantasy-battle-scenes/

Paolini then says that a fan is right in saying that Murtagh has a lot of possibilities ahead of him and adds a smiley face onto the end of his answer, which suggests that Murtagh will be playing some sort of role in Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/10/26/qas-roran-vs-eragon-hot-dogs-vs-tacos/

Paolini says he can't really answer whether or not Murtagh and Nasuada will get together in Book V without spoiling the story, but he follows that with the fact that neither of them are the type of people to give up on something or someone they care about:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/12/21/christopher-paolini-popular-questions-of-2016/

New Lands/Human's Original Homeland

For those of you who have not read the series, the events of the Inheritance Cycle take place on a large continent called Alagaesia. In order to train a new generation of Dragon Riders, Eragon decided to leave Alagaesia and sail to new lands.

When a Twitter fan asked if we'll find out more information about where Eragon went to, Paolini said yes we will:

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Christopher also makes a small hint that we'll find out the name of the land that the Ra'zac and the humans migrated to Alagaesia from when asked if it had a name, telling the user that it does have a name but one he isn't willing to reveal just yet:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked to give more information about the lands the humans migrated from and why they left in the first place, Paolini answered that he's saving that information for future books:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked if we could get to see other continents in Book V, Paolini replied with Maybe and a smiley face:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/08/25/qas-map-sci-fi-vs-fantasy-battle-scenes/

Tenga

Tenga is Angela's master and a very unknown character, only having appeared in one scene throughout the whole series.

When a Twitter user asked Christopher if we'll find out more about him and if there's a humanoid species in Alagaesia, his reply isn't ominous at all as he tells us that we will indeed find out more about Tenga:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Elva

Elva is a young human girl who had a curse accidentally placed on her by Eragon when he was young and still didn't fully understand the Ancient Language, making it so that she could feel the pain of anyone around her if she didn't take measure to prevent that pain (she could foresee whether a person would be injured if they were within a certain range of her).

When a Twitter user asked if Elva had anything to do with Eragon after the events of Inheritance, his reply was "no comment", hinting that she does indeed have a role, but to confirm it might be too much of a spoiler:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

When asked if Elva can turn evil because she expressed joy at not having to help prevent others feel pain, Paolini replied with "no comment":

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/09/17/qas-christopher-dr-seuss-reading-freezing-magic-elves-ideal-race-passing-stranger/

Eragon's Return to Alagaesia

After defeating Galbatorix, Eragon decided he was too powerful and had to leave Alagaesia. There were other reasons as well, but the main one was that he couldn't return for a long time.

When a Twitter user asked if the True Name of Alagaesia should change, then would it be possible for Eragon to return, and Paolini answered "no comment":

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/03/27/qas-twitter-recap/

Christopher simply answers "no comment" with a smiley face when asked if Eragon will come back to Alagaesia:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/12/21/christopher-paolini-popular-questions-of-2016/

A New Shade

A Shade is a magic user or sorcerer that has become possessed by a spirit or many spirits and becomes a new creature entirely.

When asked if it's possible that a Shade can be created from "good" spirits, or ones that embody positive emotions, Paolini says he can't comment until after Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/04/23/qas-good-spirits-wolf-eyes/

Wolf-Eyes and Bladesinger

Wolf-Eyes and Bladesinger are two women who were blessed by Eragon, had their fortunes told by Angela, and helped Roran during the battle of Uru'baen.

Christopher Paolini has told fans that these two women would appear in a future story:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/04/23/qas-good-spirits-wolf-eyes/

Arya's Grass Boat

In Brisingr, Arya crafts a small boat (you can hold it in your hands, it's that small) and sends it off throughout Alagaesia.

When a fan asks what happened to this boat, Paolini said that it's a topic for another story and that it's still out there:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/05/21/qas-grass-boat-elven-space-travel/

Galbatorix's Spy

When Eragon and his group confronted Galbatorix in his throne room, Galbatorix seemed to know a great deal about many things that only the upper leaders of the Varden knew, like about Elva for example, and said he had a spy in their ranks. We're never shown or revealed one, though.

When a user asks Paolini about it, all he does is say "good question" and commends the asker for being the only person who remembered that, suggesting that this might be a plot point in Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/06/23/qas-voldemort-vs-eragon/

Undbitr

Undbitr was Brom's Rider sword that was lost during the Fall of the Riders.

When asked if we as the readers would see Undbitr, or if Eragon would come across it in another story, Paolini answered with "no comment":

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/06/23/qas-voldemort-vs-eragon/

Belt of Beloth the Wise

the Belt of Beloth the Wise was given to Eragon by Oromis and contained twelve jewels, all capable of holding great amounts of energy. This Belt was taken from Eragon in Inheritance, however, and he was unable to retrieve it.

When asked what happened to the Belt, Paolini simply replied "good question", suggesting that it's fate and role in the story isn't over yet. Compare this answer to the answer he gave about the Dauthdart, in which he flat out said "it was destroyed":

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/06/23/qas-voldemort-vs-eragon/

El-Harim

Not much is known about El-Harim other than it's an old ruin located somewhere in Alagaesia and that it is said to contain a danger so great that Murtagh and Thorn, equipped with the almighty Name of All Names, couldn't even defeat it.

Christopher Paolini was asked if this ruin contained the remains of an old Grey Folk civilization (the original race to migrate to Alagaesia before even the elves and the race who invented the Ancient Language), Paolini simply said maybe with a smiley face:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/06/23/qas-voldemort-vs-eragon/

Eragon I and Bid'duam

Eragon I and Bid'Daum were the very first ever Dragon Rider pair and helped to end the war between the dragons and elves, ushering in a peace between the two races and becoming the first leader of the Riders.

When asked if we'll ever get to learn more about them, Paolini said his catchphrase "no comment":

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/07/22/qas-galby-last-spell-career-rejection/

Soothsayer

The Soothsayer was an oracle who lived in a chamber deep in Illirea. Galbatorix referred to the Soothsayer as neither elf nor dwarf, which could mean that the Soothsayer is either a member of the Grey Folk or a descendant of them.

When asked if there was any relation between the Soothsayer and Angela, Paolini declined to comment:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/08/06/qas-soothsayer-saphiras-parents/

Angela

Angela is a herbalist who travels around Alagaesia with her werecat companion Solembum. She is well respected by the dwarves and the elves and is a member of the Varden.

When asked if Angela has a brother or any siblings, Paolini replies with "no comment", suggesting that she does and that whoever they are, they hold a significant part in Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2015/10/29/qas-saphiras-size/

Christopher Paolini then says that the plot of Book V will heavily feature Angela's backstory as well as Wolf-Eyes and Bladesinger:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/01/27/qas-book-5s-plot-galbatorixs-demise/

Naegling

naegling was Oromi's Rider sword that he lost after his death at the hands of Murtagh. The sword had so much energy stored in its pommel that it was said it could shift a mountain.

Paolini confirms that someone took it after Oromis' death:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2016/03/23/qas-naegling-female-riders-doru-araeba/

Ra'zac

The Ra'zac were probably the main villain for a lot of Eragon's and Roran's journey throughout the books. They killed Garrow, Eragon's uncle and Roran's father, killed Brom, pursued Eragon all the way to Tronjheim, nearly killed Roran and forced him to evacuate Carvahall, kidnapped Katrina, and forced Roran and Eragon to go to Hellgrind to rescue her.

When asked if we'll learn more about them in future books, Paolini replies with "no comment" and a smiley face:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2017/05/17/qas-book-fives-villain-writing-daily/

Roran

Roran is Eragon's cousin who became the Lord of Carvahall at the end of Inheritance and married his sweetheart, Katrina.

When asked if Roran will pick up his hammer again and fight for Alagaesia, Paolini said he couldn't answer without spoiling future stories and that the fan will enjoy Book V:

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Source: https://www.paolini.net/2017/06/12/qas-elf-fertility-homeschooling-dragons-modern/

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