The role of Fate, or a person's "wyrd," is on a lot of characters' minds in Eragon. And that means it's on our minds, too. Saphira, the dragon, sees reality as a pre-ordained series of events. As a result, she doesn't stress much—life to her seems to happen as it's meant to. Eragon, on the other hand, has a harder time accepting the role of Fate in his life. Does inheriting heroic status, and a dragon to boot, mean that he's got no free will of his own? If he does have free will, which choices are the right ones to make? Big questions, right? Luckily, Eragon's got a host of friends to help him out with the answers.