History Headscratchers / InheritanceCycle

6th Feb '16 11:32:36 AM Temporary14
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** One explanation is Remember how the Human Rider's Elfification takes a few years? Same deal with the elves when they first bonded the dragons, took a few years but they got there. Alternatively, even if the modification happened instantly, or she didn't develop wrinkles that fast, don't forget that she has spent most the last several tens of millenia in front of a forge working, and I'm pretty sure that working in front of a forge for years gives wrinkles early similarly to how the working in the sun does, and she just didn't care to fix them. The voice can be explained as (again) her spending the last several tens of millenia in front of a forge, that's a lot of fume inhalation, even if she did take precautions to reduce it which there was no sign of. Finally she is stated to be ''the'' oldest elf still alive, as I said before she was there for at least a few years, probably decades of the Elves war with the dragons, all those thousands of years would have to leave mark(the other elf from that time period is also described as looking old I believe, if without the wrinkles) if she didn't fix it with magic. So pick one of these or combine them to your hearts content. Personally, I think it's a mixture of all three, age pre bonding, forge work, and age now.

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** One explanation is Remember how the Human Rider's Elfification takes a few years? Same deal with the elves when they first bonded the dragons, took a few years but they got there. Alternatively, even if the modification happened instantly, or she didn't develop wrinkles that fast, don't forget that she has spent most the last several tens of millenia two and a half millennia in front of a forge working, and I'm pretty sure that working in front of a forge for years gives wrinkles early similarly to how the working in the sun does, and she just didn't care to fix them. The voice can be explained as (again) her spending the last several tens of millenia two and a half millennia in front of a forge, that's a lot of fume inhalation, even if she did take precautions to reduce it which there was no sign of. Finally she is stated to be ''the'' oldest elf still alive, as I said before she was there for at least a few years, probably decades of the Elves war with the dragons, all those thousands of years would have to leave mark(the mark (Gilderien, the other elf from that time period is also described as looking old I believe, old, if without the wrinkles) if she didn't fix it with magic. So pick one of these or combine them to your hearts content. Personally, I think it's a mixture of all three, age pre bonding, forge work, and age now.
6th Feb '16 11:29:22 AM Temporary14
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** Note that the guardian of the city, Gilderien, is of the same generation as Rhunon, as he held his post since the war with the dragons. He showed no sign of aging, so it can be safely assumed that "age now" can be taken out of consideration.
28th Jan '16 1:15:18 PM Temporary14
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** Note that the guardian of the city, Gilderien, is of the same generation as Rhunon, as he held his post since the war with the dragons. He showed no sign of aging, so it can be safely assumed that "age now" can be taken out of consideration.




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** There's also the point that a lot of citizens have turned against Galbatorix because of the taxes and conscription he uses to fight the Varden. Letting his enemies pillage and burn for awhile only to appear himself to save the day is probably his way of getting the people to believe that 1) the Varden are even worse than he is unchecked, 2) only Galbatorix can protect against threats like this, and 3) his past actions are NecessarilyEvil instead of just plain evil.
2nd Dec '15 7:21:15 PM Temporary14
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* If the elves all seem to be atheists or disinterested agnostics with no national religion, why do they uniformly greet each other with "may the stars watch over you"? Why should they care if balls of light that they've never communicated with or have had any effect but a little light at night provide any support? Its totally superstitious.

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* If the elves all seem to be atheists or disinterested agnostics with no national religion, why do they uniformly greet each other with "may the stars watch over you"? Why should they care if balls of light that they've never communicated with or have had any effect but a little light at night provide any support? Its It's totally superstitious.superstitious.
** The traditional elven greeting was originally said by a ''dragon'' to an elf. That elves continue to use it is more tradition combined with their reverence for dragons than anything to do with the actual stars. Besides, since the elves don't know much about the stars (some of the scrolls that Eragon reads also mention alternate theories on "What caused the sun to move across the sky," suggesting that the elves are interested in celestial matters but haven't yet developed Heliocentrism) and can't study them, they could very well theorize that the stars are somehow sentient, or connect them with the glowing-balls-of-light spirits that they can see and interact with. And in a culture before electric lighting, starlight would certainly seem more useful and beneficial than it does nowadays.
1st Jul '15 10:03:43 PM RandomReader
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*** If I recall correctly, Nasudada comes to believe magic is too easily abused, gives too much power to people with no way but other magic users to keep them in check. So she wants to establish special laws to govern magic users in her kingdom, that way they don't face the threat of another Galbatorix. Eragon partly leaves because he has no desire to be subject to these restrictions in his freedoms. He could still return to Dwarf or Elven lands, true, but these lands are still technically not his original home of Alegaesia, which was what the prophesy specified.
16th Jun '15 4:10:35 PM Mulan15262
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*** Except that Roran's wounds were slightly healed with magic. As Roran was going to lead an attack, they had to make sure that his wounds were healed enough so as to not cause any problems in the attack.
8th Jun '15 1:06:19 PM Aduro
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* Why do the elves have no respect for humanity-- while the elves were using their innate magical ability to avoid any sort of ''actual work'', humanity was building massive cities, seige engines, crossbows, armor, ''you name it.'' And worse yet, ''the elves still call the technologically superior humans primitive''.

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* Why do the elves have no respect for humanity-- while the elves were using their innate magical ability to avoid any sort of ''actual work'', humanity was building massive cities, seige siege engines, crossbows, armor, ''you name it.'' And worse yet, ''the elves still call the technologically superior humans primitive''.


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* If the elves all seem to be atheists or disinterested agnostics with no national religion, why do they uniformly greet each other with "may the stars watch over you"? Why should they care if balls of light that they've never communicated with or have had any effect but a little light at night provide any support? Its totally superstitious.
18th Apr '15 5:43:55 PM calronmoonflower
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\n** Elves do not eat meat because of a reaction that occurs from reading the minds of animals. Human dragon rider also distain meat for this reason and Eragon himself became sick to his stomach from after he tried eating rabbits after his rider training had begun. Its a mental barrier rather than a moral one.

17th Apr '15 1:40:10 AM Draconm
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** On the other hand, during their first fight [[spoiler: on the Burning Plains, he kills the Dwarf King without so much as a second thought, beats the crap out of Eragon, and steals his sword.]] It's still bad characterization, though. If we saw him kicking a few dogs or executing a helpless soldier ''like Eragon did at one point'' he'd be better portrayed a villain, which with his being an unwilling servant would have pushed him into AlasPoorVillain territory.

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** On the other hand, during their first fight [[spoiler: on the Burning Plains, he kills the Dwarf King without so much as a second thought, beats the crap out of Eragon, and steals his sword.]] It's still bad characterization, though. If we saw him kicking a few dogs or executing a helpless soldier soldier[[note]]Who would be forced to oppose Eragon if he was taken prisoner, or forced to report to his superiors about the whole incident, letting everyone know about where Eragon was.[[/note]] ''like Eragon did at one point'' he'd be better portrayed a villain, which with his being an unwilling servant would have pushed him into AlasPoorVillain territory.
3rd Apr '15 1:24:21 PM blackshadow111
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*Actually, a harem is one of the things he's said to be NOT indulging in. Or omissions says "He's not yet abandoned himself to debauchery", or something like that.
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