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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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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
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 know, for special occasions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) I definitely will.
Nobanag Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I don't think the ending was actually so bad, I mean the ending really invoked an actual feeling of sadness in me. Plus, it was clear that even though they were in love with each-other their position would've made it impossible for them to be with each-other.
VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Disappointing is my word for the ending. Their positions (particularly Arya's position as queen) was not necessary. I've read several fan-fiction versions of the story where Eragon/Arya did end up together that made perfect sense.
Saphyria09 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Love this drawing, the dragons are lovely in it. I also definitely agree with you that this would have been a preferable ending, I wasn't happy that the three remaining dragons went their separate ways rather than trying to rebuild what was lost, their race included, Arya becoming queen didn't sit well with me, just didn't feel very in character... just my opinions though! either way, lovely picture! :)
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