Eragon, a young adult fantasy novel, is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. It tells the story of a young boy named Eragon who hatches a dragon, Saphira, out of a mysterious stone he finds in the woods. Eragon bonds closely with Saphira and becomes a dragon rider, drawing the attention of the evil king Galbatorix, who sends his servants, the Ra'zac, to kill him. While escaping from the Ra'zac, Eragon and his mentor Brom become embroiled in plots against the evil king.
Eragon and Brom arrive at and enter the village of Yazuac, leaving Saphira outside to hide (something she does not appreciate). The village is silent when they arrive though, setting both men on edge. In the center of the village are piled the dead bodies of all of the townspeople, including babies. Eragon vomits in disgust and Brom relates his own thoughts, that it must have been done by Urgals.
After checking the prints in the ground, Brom urges them to leave, telling Eragon to run. As they flee, Eragon is knocked from his horse and dragged to the ground by an Urgal. Another one attacks Brom who does a decent job of fighting it off, urging Eragon to run. Running from the Urgal, Eragon tries to shoot him with his bow, but the arrow is knocked away. In the ensuing chase, Eragon is knocked down repeatedly but still manages to escape, grabbing Brom along the way, who has been shot in the arm. After saving Brom from another Urgal, Eragon is stuck in an alley, faced by two of the creatures. In his anger, Eragon lifts his bow again and without knowing how releases a magical charge with his shot, scorching the arrow as it pierces the Urgal’s head.