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.
The men lead Eragon through the tunnels, telling him to release his mental blocks so they can probe his mind. Not willing to do so, Eragon insists on saving Arya’s life first, in need of the antitode. The dwarf argues for Eragon and they soon realize who Arya is and let her go to the healer. It is then that the man begins to probe Eragon to discern who he is. Eragon attempts to defend but it only makes the probe more painful. However, he is able to, withthe help of Saphira, stop the man from reaching the deeper, darker secrets he doesn’t want to share.
The purple robed man finishes with Eragon after finding he is trustworthy and violently attempts to probe Murtagh, who resists. Orik, the dwarf, stands up to him as well and angers the man, pushing him to argue back that the dwarf should not have let them into the mountain at all. When they finally learn that Murtagh does not have magical ability they decide he is not a major threat and they leave him be, putting them all in a cell together. Murtagh thanks Eragon for protecting his identity and Eragon grills him for more answers about his father and his own identity.
Murtagh explains the horrors his father committed against his mother, and how he was raised in the palace after his mother died and coerced to serve the king. When the King asked him to massacre innocent villagers, Murtahg escaped and hid from him until he decided to follow the Ra’zac and find the new Rider. Eragon decides that Murtagh has no reason to lie to them. For his part, Murtagh doesn’t agree with the Varden either.