Trianna, a sorceress, approaches Eragon and asks him to take the place of the Twins in leading the magic users of the Varden. Eragon refuses, but she seems to take a romantic interest in him as well as a professional one, and he asks her to share a meal. Just then, Saphira appears and scares Trianna away. Eragon accuses her of jealousy, and they both become increasingly aware of the strain Eragon’s maturing interest in the opposite sex will have on their relationship.
The next day, Nasuada summons Eragon to tell him her plans to move the Varden from Farthen Dûr to Surda, a human land free of Galbatorix’s rule. She asks his permission to announce that he and Saphira, a new dragon and Rider, have joined the anti-imperial cause, and he reluctantly agrees. Then they discuss plans for his journey to the land of the elves for further training. Nasuada gives Eragon a scroll to give to the elf queen, on which she explains her plans to press the advantage gained by the recent battle and try to defeat Galbatorix for good.
Eragon and Saphira go for a flight inside the vast landscape of Farthen Dûr, and stop to talk to Angela, an eccentric herbalist they have met several times before. Angela warns Eragon to be careful of the elves, who feel more passions than they show.