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by Christopher Paolini
Eragon Chapter 34 Summary How It All Goes Down
Worshippers of Helgrind When Eragon wakes the next day, there's a note from Brom: hang out in town, keep your nose clean, and don't go anywhere without your bow. Eragon wanders around Dras-Leona to check things out. Hey! There's an auction going on. He wonders what they're sell—eesh. It's a slave auction. Not good. Eragon's about to blast it with some magic, but then he remembers what happened the last time he tried that. He thinks about using his powers with Saphira to help out people like the slaves here. Eragon comes to a creepy cathedral and walks on in. The cathedral has tall stained glass windows. But the windows, "[depict] scenes of anger, hate, and remorse" (34.14). Not so nice. Nonetheless, Eragon kneels at the altar and bows his head in a sign of respect. When he stands up, though, some familiar figures are in the doorway to the cathedral. The Ra'zac! Dun dun dun. Eragon greets them by firing arrows their way. They're too fast, though. Then he realizes that he's got to warn Brom. Time to get out of there. He runs out the back of the cathedral, using magic to blast open a locked door, only to find himself in a garden surrounded by high walls. Trapped! Nope, not Eragon. He manages to scramble over the wall and takes off running. The Ra'zac are close on his heels. He manages to escape them and meets up with Brom back at the inn. They jump on their horses and haul butt for the city gates. Not so fast, though. A line of soldiers is blocking their way when they get to the gate. Brom is on it, though. He uses magic to knock the soldiers down, while Eragon uses magic to stop the gate from closing. They escape! They meet up with Saphira and Eragon hops on. Brom takes the horse and keeps on truckin'. They flee for a while, but then a wicked storm comes up. They take shelter for the night from the driving wind. So much for Dras-Leona, says Brom. They can't go back there for a while. They should be on guard for the Ra'zac, who must be out hunting them. Eragon thinks he sees something, but then it disappears. The next thing he knows, the back of his head erupts in pain. Saphira roars. Eragon passes out. (Man, that happens a lot.)
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