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How 'Inheritance' SHOULD Have Ended (Eragon+Arya) by VMIFerrari How 'Inheritance' SHOULD Have Ended (Eragon+Arya) by VMIFerrari
Hi there. If you've read my comments on the earlier versions of this drawing, then you know that I was extremely displeased with the way Christopher Paolini decided to bring the Inheritance Cycle to a close. The 4th book was plagued by pointless tangents that deviated from the plot (the siege of Aroughs, for example), useless characters (Firnen/Shruikan/Lord Barst), a rather disappointing climax, a plethora of unanswered questions, and a horribly bitter ending that defies reason and fails to follow any sort of logical thought path. Cliche or not, THIS ending would have been much more satisfying to read.

With that being said, here we see Eragon & Arya in a lover's embrace, with Saphira & Firnen behind. Saphira was based off the 2006 Eragon film, because I am not a fan of John Jude Palancar's book covers. Firnen was based off Saphira, but given a more 'masculine' look with a strong jaw, teeth, and different scales. This image has been slightly altered from the original; I had Rodel darken Eragon's hair.

Art: Rodel Martin
Title: How Inheritance SHOULD Have Ended
Subject: Eragon & Arya Shadeslayer
Media: Mixed
Owner: VMIFerrari
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Makcake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member Student General Artist
That looks awesome, great work! I have mixed feelings about Arya and Eragon's relationship. Arya loved Faolin, and never had strong feelings for Eragon. (Though I think there is enough evidence to suggest she did, it wasn't that deep.) In addition, they have a big age gap. But still, I think they'd make a nice couple. The most disappointing part of the ending for me was actually how he and Saphira left, ack! >.< And the prophecy cursed them to never return...
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's really messed up is that NO reason whatsoever is given for why Eragon would never return. Nothing. Zero. So it begs us to ask the question: Why? We all know Eragon & Arya have an age gap of approximately 84 years (and that can never change), but the good news is that the more they age, the less significant the gap will be. For example, if Arya turns 1,000 years old, Eragon will be about 915. That means the age difference will be reduced to less than 10% when compared to their total ages. If we look at it that way, it's equivalent to a 30 year old person dating a 27 year old...and that's perfectly acceptable.
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Makcake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I completely agree Nod I think that once the training in their new home is going well and is organized, there's no reason for Eragon and Saphira to not visit Alagaesia. 
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Thephysicaltroll Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Excellent art work! Some of the best I have seen. But I feel compelled to point out arya doesn't wear dresses. Sorry can't help but point that out. Still a beautiful piece
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I figured she must have at least 1 dress sitting in a wardrobe somewhere...you know, for special occasions!
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first book said he was supposed to marry a princess and then the only two princesses became queens and I didn't think the logic for leaving made too much sense other than 'I have too much power, too much risk for me wanting to change stuff etc. etc. Facepalm. I was thinking it would be some sort of oath he had to swear that even he couldn't break and he would leave with Arya or something. Very sad face. This picture's pretty good, you could tell that the artist read the books and was able to capture things someone who hadn't would not have.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Angela's fortune said he would love someone of noble birth, nothing more. It never said he would marry a princess (or get married at all). The word 'noble' refers to more than just a royal family; it's an entire social class that includes lords & ladies, dukes, earls, etc. Angela did not know if Eragon's passion would end well (I assumed it would finally work out in the end), but I was wrong. Anyway, I'm glad you like the drawing. Rodel never read the books, but I gave him specific details and pictures to work with. It also had to be revised a couple times to get it right.
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, I must have misread it, I do that once in a while, doesn't always end well. It's good to see someone knowledgeable overseeing stuff. It makes the art a lot better in my opinion. It makes me want to get a hold of my copy of the inheritance series I had to leave behind and reread them.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, Crusader1265. I'm sorry you had to leave your books behind. I have plans for more Arya pictures in the coming year, so check back every once in a while.
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) I definitely will.
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