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by Christopher Paolini
Murtagh Timeline & Summary
When he sees that Brom, Eragon, and Saphira have been taken prisoner by the Ra'zac, Murtagh scares the nasty suckers by pelting them with arrows. He offers to help Eragon and Saphira because he wants to see what kind of interesting things happen to a real, live Dragon Rider. Hey, can we blame him? After Brom dies, Murtagh offers to help Eragon on his quest, but he warns him that it might be dangerous. At Gil'ead, Murtagh convinces everyone that he should go into town by himself to track down their contact for the Varden. After Eragon is taken prisoner in Gil'ead, Murtagh shows up in disguise to help rescue him. As they flee, Murtagh suggests they leave the Empire. The Hadarac Desert is lovely this time of year. As they are making their way across the desert, they're surrounded by slavers. Eragon and Murtagh fight back, and Saphira scares most of them away. Then Murtagh chops the chief slaver's head off. Cold-blooded. He says it's not a good idea to take chances, but Eragon isn't convinced. Murtagh's not keen on meeting up with these Varden folks. He explains why he won't go to the Varden: Murtagh is the son of Morzan, last of the Forsworn (enemies of the Varden). At the Varden hideout, Murtagh refuses to have his mind probed. He's thrown in prison (albeit a nice, cushy prison) by Ajihad, leader of the Varden. When the Urgals prepare to attack, though, Murtagh is let out to help fight; Ajihad sees the coming battle as a test of Murtagh's trustworthiness. Murtagh slays Urgals right and left, helping Eragon in the battle. After Eragon comes to, having been wounded by Durza the Shade, Murtagh happily reports that they won. Victory! Also, Murtagh informs Eragon that he's a bona fide hero for having killed Durza.