The following is from a monthly Q&A that Shur’tugal holds. You can view it on Shur’tugal.

Mike Macauley: Hello Christopher! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! For those who don’t know, we’ll be doing this once a month toward the end of the month for the foreseeable future (or until we run out of questions!). We received over 200 total entries with the amount of questions coming in at close to 1000!

SS— Hey cool, a monthly source of things to comment on.

Christopher Paolini: Wow! That’s a lot of questions.

SS— This is no different than how you started your last interview. You are a published author now, you don’t have to be amazed by your popularity anymore.

Mike: Let’s jump right in. The first question: ShadeKing (among many others) asks: Is it possible that we’ll see a chapter written in Murtagh’s point of view? Keeping with the POV theme, Jack asked: Will we be reading through Saphira’s point of view again in the books or was that exclusive to Brisingr?

Christopher: Anything is possible. I will be switching points of view in Book Four, as I did in Brisingr and Eldest. When possible, I try to write from Eragon’s point of view, since he’s the main character, but if he can’t be present at some event, I use Saphira’s POV, and if she’s absent, Roran’s, then Nasuada’s, and so forth.

SS— It should be clarified, Paolini doesn’t actually write from a character’s POV. He uses third person omniscient with occasional italicized thoughts from the character he is hovering around. The switching around of “POVs” illustrates somewhat of a story telling weakness.

Typically you either stick to the perspective of a single character, or you change perspectives for dramatic purposes, telling each scene from the perspective of the character that best accentuates the importance of that scene, even if it is a minor character. When you stick to a single character, it’s because your story is strong enough to do so, and including other characters distracts from the design. When you switch characters it’s to provide outside opinions. For example, in Brisingr it’s possible you could show the scene of Eragon killing dwarves from the perspective of a dwarven bystander who is utterly terrified by this monster of a man in their midst. Maybe.

Mike: Great! Saphira’s POV was a really great addition to Brisingr.

SS— Have your opinions, if you want.

Christopher: Glad you enjoyed it.

Mike: We had lots of Eldunarí questions this time around. Gilderien asks: Will an Eldunarí from a young dragon grow along with the dragon, or will it remain the same as when it was coughed up? Keeping with the Eldunarí theme, Inheripotterfreakish asks: What is the plural of Eldunarí?

Christopher: The plural of “Eldunarí” is, in keeping with the rules of the ancient language, “Eldunarya”.

SS— Uhuh.

Christopher: As for whether an Eldunarí will continue to grow after being disgorged: no. And that’s another reason why dragons were reluctant to give up their heart of hearts while they were still young, before they had achieved the main part of their growth.

SS— I’d just like to note that dragons grow forever. What is the main part of infinity? Infinity? “Sorry, I don’t want to cough up my heart of hearts yet. I haven’t grown to half of infinity.” My, Immortality sure is a conundrum.

Mike: After the way it was explained in the book, giving up your Eldunarí sounded like it’s a scary decision to make. Look what happened to all of those who at one point did so and are now an unwilling source of a lot of Galbatorix’s evil.

Christopher: Yes. This is a subject that I will be exploring in greater depth in the next book.

Mike: We’re all looking forward to it. It was a great twist!

SS— By the standard of twists in Inheritance I suppose. The other twist being “Murtagh is Eragon’s brother”, which caught absolutely no one by surprise. This one was only surprising in so far as it came out of nowhere, and there is no way anyone could have predicted it.

Christopher: Thank you. I’ve had the idea for the Eldunarí since the very beginning of the series. It was frustrating knowing about them but not being able to talk about the heart of hearts for almost ten years.

SS— That must have required an incredible amount of self restraint given the way you foreshadowed everything else in your series.

Mike: Funny how it’s gone from the one thing you were burning to write about for ten years to the biggest discussion surrounding the books!

SS— My funny bone must be broken. The biggest thing you’ve been burning to write about had better be the cool thing your fans are discussing. Do you listen to yourself?

Here’s our next question – FlaimBroyld (among many others) asks: Going back to when Eragon and Saphira coaxed the Menoa tree into giving them the Brightsteel – does the momentary pain in Eragon’s stomach have anything (or everything) to do with what the Menoa tree wanted from them?

Christopher: Whatever the Menoa tree did or didn’t do, her plans are as long, intricate, and slow-moving as her consciousness.

SS— So it’s an Ent? That’s original.

Mike: Tricky answer! That’ll have us all thinking for sure.

SS— Translation: “Another non-answer. We’ll never get anything out of this guy.”

Christopher: :)

Mike: We had a lot of attention given to Brom in this round of questions. Unfortunately I was only able to pick a few questions but this one really stuck out – Gilderien asks: How did Brom defeat Morzan and his dragon? Were there other factors to Brom’s success than his quick thinking? Did he have help from his friends’ dragons’ Eldunarí? Could his sword, Undbitr, play any role in Book 4?

Christopher: Brom was a formidable opponent, due to his long study of fighting, both physical and magical. We didn’t see as much of him in the first book as I would have liked, but if Eragon were to spar with him now, he would still lose.

SS— Eragon seems kind of pointless then.

Brom was good. It’s not that he was stronger than everyone else, or faster, but that he studied how his enemies thought and behaved and then exploited their weaknesses. As for his various fights with the Forsworn, including Morzan and his dragon, I can’t do justice to them here. I would need to write an entire book about Brom to really explain how and why he prevailed over all but the Ra’zac.

SS— That won’t be necessary. Really.

Undbitr was lost during the fall of the Riders, and, as far as Eragon knows, no one in Alagaësia has found it.

Mike: Interesting!

SS— Either someone found it or they didn’t. I don’t see how that is interesting. Maybe interesting in that Brom didn’t know where he lost it? Why ever not? Is it ever explained whether objects can be scryed? Why can’t Brom scry his sword? And for that matter, why wasn’t Galbatorix scrying for the dragon eggs? And if you can’t scry objects, why is the magic system so damn arbitrary? I can say, “Scry for this egg” in the ancient language, so I should be able to do it. Although it’s beginning to be apparent to me that the ancient language doesn’t provide any of the rules of magic.

Mike: Faolins (among many others) asks: Eragon is Brom’s son and both were Riders; Murtagh is Morzan’s son and both were dragon Riders. Is it common for a Rider’s child to become a Rider as well?

Christopher: It wasn’t that common. Eragon and Murtagh are both fairly exceptional. Dragons like symmetry and balance, and they have a strong sense of poetic justice.

SS— Bring balance to the force and all that, right?

Choosing the son of the first Forsworn (Morzan) and the son of Morzan’s greatest enemy (Brom) would have appealed to them a great deal. It may not have been a conscious decision on the part of the baby dragons, but after being around Galbatorix and the Varden for so long, Thorn and Saphira would have acquired a strong, if general, understanding of the most important happenings in the land. This is also why Saphira sometimes seems older than she appears.

Mike: Shouldn’t Thorn have known the consequences of choosing Murtagh as his Rider?

Christopher: After over a hundred years as Galbatorix’s captive, I think that Thorn would have been overjoyed to finally come into contact with someone, anyone, who had a spark of honor and decency in him. Because, whatever else you might say about him, Murtagh, didn’t willingly choose to serve Galbatorix.

Mike: I suppose not, but even if it wasn’t his intent, Thorn hatching for Murtagh has really played right into Galbatorix’s hands (as far as we know, anyway).

Christopher: As far as we know.

Christopher: Also, Thorn was sick of just waiting in his egg for so long.

SS— You know, it used to be that dragons were willing to wait for eternity to meet just the perfect person. Saphira said things to this effect in the first book. And now this? Thorn just compromised on an okay rider? He got impatient? They’ve been eggs for hundreds of years. What’s another hundred to them? They are in suspended animation anyway.

Mike: Can’t say I’d blame him!

Christopher: He wanted to do something!

Mike: I really liked this next question… it’s definitely one that made me think! Gilderienthewise asks: In Eldest, shortly after the Blood-oath Celebration, Eragon wondered if Oromis resented the fact that the magic exacted the night before did not heal his wounds. Although Eragon “discounted the thought,” thinking that “Oromis would never be so petty,” how did Oromis actually feel?

Christopher: Oromis might have felt a twinge of resentment, but he had already made peace with his condition. Moreover, he would have agreed with the dragons that healing Eragon and giving him the strength of an elf was the best thing to do, given the ongoing struggle against Galbatorix. If the dragons had healed Oromis instead, Eragon wouldn’t have been able to fight for the Varden, because of the pain from his back, whereas Oromis could still be of some use in battle, even with his disability.

Mike: And there was simply no way for the both of them to be healed?

Christopher: To expect two such miracles at once is unrealistic.

SS— You are talking about the Deus Ex Machina ceremony here.

Also, the dragons don’t always have control of their own magic.

SS— Yes, we’ve heard this excuse before. Basically, the dragons will only kick in whenever it is convenient for the author.

They did what they could for Eragon, but it was Eragon, not Oromis, who inspired them to cast the spell they did. I’m sure that they would have helped Oromis if they could have.

Mike: All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh asks: How can the sapphire in Aren contain so much energy? It was stated in Eldest that the perfect diamonds on the Belt of Beloth the Wise would be saturated after only several days of being given energy. How can one jewel hold so much?

Christopher: Ah, this is something that I actually discussed in Brisingr, but the section got cut during the editing process. I’m hoping to include it in Book Four instead. Suffice it to say, Aren was crafted by one of the elves’ greatest artisans and is a unique and highly valuable artifact.

SS— “Because it’d be cool.” This, again, seems inconsistent. And why can’t just cast a spell on every gem to make it hold more energy. You’ve just admitted that through some process of graft gems can be made to hold more energy. In Eldest it was shown that magic could do anything a hand done process could do (sew lace, for example) so why not just craft better gems by magic?

Mike: Well that officially kills one of my bigger theories!

Christopher: Which was?

Christopher: Oh, I remember.

Mike: That Brom’s ring was Saphira’s Eldunarí.

Christopher: If it was, Eragon would have sensed that Saphira’s consciousness when he reached into the jewel and saw the vast amount of energy stored therein.

Mike: That makes sense.

Mike: Last question—Guest123 asks: Have half-elves (human/elves or otherwise) ever existed? If so, do any exist now?

Christopher: They have existed, although most weren’t able to have children of their own. As for whether any exist now . . . let’s just say that if they do, they would have become very, very skilled at blending in with whatever race (elves or humans) they had chosen to live among. Half-elves, half-humans have much-extended life spans, but they aren’t immortal like full-blooded elves.

SS— Somehow this seems familiar.

Mike: Interesting answer!

Christopher: :)

Mike: That’s all for this round of questions! Thanks for taking everyone’s questions this month and thank you to everyone who submitted questions! We’ll see you again next month!

Christopher: I’m looking forward to it. This was fun! Thanks to everyone for such interesting questions. And as Eragon would say, “May your swords stay sharp!”

SS— Will that ever get old?

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  1. DrAlligator on 7 June 2009, 14:18 said:


    Clever commentary. But uh, I don’t know what you’re referencing to with the extended life of elf/human hybrids. It seems familiar, but obviously not familiar enough.

  2. Apep on 7 June 2009, 15:07 said:

    Nice. I couldn’t make it through the whole interview without the commentary.

    @DrAlligator: I’m pretty sure that the “elf/human hybrids” living longer than humans (but shorter than elves) is fairly standard in any setting where they exist.

  3. SMARTALIENQT on 7 June 2009, 15:35 said:


    That is all I have to say. Epic job, SS! I never realized how… (strained? Is strained the word I’m looking for?) CP sounds. “Wow, that’s a lot of questions!” facepalm

  4. RomanticVampireLover on 7 June 2009, 15:38 said:

    Thanks for that Sly; sarcasm was sorely needed during that exceedingly boring interview. ;)

  5. Juniper on 7 June 2009, 16:03 said:

    “Sorry, I don’t want to cough up my heart of heart yet. I haven’t grown to half of infinity.”


  6. DrAlligator on 7 June 2009, 16:48 said:

    @DrAlligator: I’m pretty sure that the “elf/human hybrids” living longer than humans (but shorter than elves) is fairly standard in any setting where they exist.

    Well I know, halfbreeds of any kind are always popular (except for half-dwarves, what’s up with that?). I though Sly was referring to something more specific though.

  7. scary_viking on 7 June 2009, 18:06 said:

    Possibly Numenoreans.

    As for the infinite growth thing, I was wondering much the same. Maybe Dragons in Alagaesia grow indefinitely by approaching a limit?

    There’s also the thing about how Poalini said that if Brom were to spar Eragon now, Brom would still win. IIRC, in the first novel, by the time training was done, Eragon was able to defeat Brom with his left hand. While his other arm was injured. And that was before the forest DEM ceremony where Eragon became superbuff. So Paolini’s statement makes no sense.


  8. lawzard on 7 June 2009, 19:24 said:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find Paolini’s desperate BSing in this interview amusing. That whole “I planned eldunarya from the beginning” thing is such crap. As Sly said, if he actually did have it planned the whole time, he should’ve at least dropped some hints or something.

    “May your swords stay sharp” is also an extremely stupid phrase. Wishes of well being tend to be more general, like “farewell” or “winds be at your back.” Talking about swords is exclusive even among soldiers, considering they don’t all wield them.

  9. SMARTALIENQT on 7 June 2009, 19:41 said:

    “May your swords stay sharp” is also an extremely stupid phrase. Wishes of well being tend to be more general, like “farewell” or “winds be at your back.” Talking about swords is exclusive even among soldiers, considering they don’t all wield them.

    That depends if you interpret “swords” literally, like all the unenlightened Harry Potter fans who think “swish and flick” is just the way to Levitate objects and “whipping out his wand” is not a Freudian slip. ;)

  10. Steph on 7 June 2009, 23:32 said:

    Hmmm… didn’t Eragon defeat Brom back in book one? Didn’t Brom say something to the effect of ‘there is no more I can teach you young grasshopper‘?

    Way to go for continuity, Chris.

  11. Asahel on 7 June 2009, 23:56 said:

    Everyone that has pointed out the inconsistency regarding CP’s backtracking with Brom’s battle prowess is indeed correct.

    I’d also like to point out that the comment that “if Eragon were to spar with [Brom] now, he would still lose,” combined with “why [Brom] prevailed over all but the Ra’zac” makes no sense. Yes, CP, please do tell how Brom could beat Eragon and Eragon could beat the Ra’zac, but Brom could not beat the Ra’zac. I’d love to hear how this particular rock/paper/scissors works.

  12. falconempress on 8 June 2009, 01:09 said:

    Oh, Paolini… he has a great gift of rambling on and on, but saying nothing. And why does he make such a big deal about minor things? Will there be a Murtagh POV in the next book? “Well, I write my POVs…” THAT WAS NOT THE QUESTION!

    Seriously, revealing a POV would say nothing about the upcoming installment. A simple “Yes” or “No” would have sufficed. Thats it. Single-word sentences. Why is that so hard?

    Haha, is it just me or does that idiotic phrase “May your swords stay sharp” sound… well, like it has a second meaning? :P

  13. OverlordDan on 8 June 2009, 08:15 said:

    Great job! :D

  14. lawzard on 8 June 2009, 11:53 said:

    “That depends if you interpret ‘swords’ literally, like all the unenlightened Harry Potter fans who think ‘swish and flick’ is just the way to Levitate objects and ‘whipping out his wand’ is not a Freudian slip. ;)”

    XD Silly me. How I could I forget how (unintentionally?) homoerotic Inheritance is?

  15. Anonymous45 on 8 June 2009, 12:16 said:

    I don’ know what it is but I think there is something heavily wrong with the whole Brom/Eragon thing. <_<

    Brom studied for years and seems way more intelligent and professional. And then comes Eragon “learns” everything in what like two months and supposedly becomes a pro.
    Not to mention that CPs response makes Brom look a much more serious opponent than Eragon, The-Hero-That-Is-Destined-To-Defeat-Ebulnezz. And then there is the—albeit wrong—piece of info that Brom would still beat Eragon, but but that just made his precuous hero look even more like a whimp. (Not that he wasn’t one already >=D)
    If Eragon can be beat by Brom, what chance does he have against Galba?

    Ooo about the pro-in-two-months thing,
    Just imagine:
    It is (finally) the end of the series, Era-fira is flying through the sky to fight Galba on his dragon and finds him standing on the roof of a house. Era-fira lands in front of him, for the Battle-That-Decides-All-Fates, and they’re face to face after so many years, training, drama, waiting, journeying,and now Era-fira is supposed to fulfill their destiny by defeating Galba, the battle they spend so long training for(what like half-a-year at a uber-rapid pace?). The battle begins and Era-fira….realize that they actually don’t know a squat.
    Who remembers anything after an education like that?

    Oh and IMHO I disagree that switching POVs is weak storytelling. The protagonist can’t be everywhere at once, and it limits all the experiences you can cover if you need them for the message of your story (which makes your story narrow and one-sided), and its also impoverishing for your story. If your protagonist, is say a prince raised in luxury, and you limit yourself to his POV, you just cut off any sort of contribution from the supporting characters from lower classes and how they see things, which can add a lot, and bring to light mistakes in the protagonist’s POV, which makes them more human and believable.
    Eg. War and Peace: has 5 people that get 80% of POV and character development time (Its in 3rd person semi-ominscient)20-30 people and crowds whose thoughts we also hear, and no specificaly designated main character. There are two who could be considered leads, who are pretty important but they are kinda even. (And both of them are author self-inserts. So Gary Stu by old definition. Although they make Eragon cry elephant tears. If there is anything left of him)

    But I ramble and should stop now =3
    “Grow to half of infinity” LOOL =D

  16. Nate Winchester on 8 June 2009, 14:06 said:

    Christopher Paolini: Wow! That’s a lot of questions.
    SS — This is no different than how you started your last interview. You are a published author now, you don’t have to be amazed by your popularity anymore.

    I can think of 1 excuse (though it actually makes Paolini look worse). That is that [in theory] an author shouldn’t have to answer questions about his/her work, everything should be clear from the work itself. It’d be like if JK Rowling was being asked “so what happened to Harry’s parents?”

  17. DrAlligator on 8 June 2009, 15:53 said:

    Haha, is it just me or does that idiotic phrase “May your swords stay sharp” sound… well, like it has a second meaning? :P

    I like to imagine the phrase refers to morning wood, and it’s only said to guys on their way to bed, like:

    Eragon: I’m off to bed!
    Arya: May your sword stay sharp.

    Days without sharp swords are considered very unlucky amongst Alagaesian men.

  18. sansafro187 on 8 June 2009, 22:16 said:

    I disagree with the idea that using multiple PoV characters in a story told in a third-person limited format is a sign of weak storytelling. GRRM does it and I think it’s fine, even necessary, in that series. Sure, it can be done poorly, but exceptionally inept authors can ruin even the basics of writing. Paolini uses sentences badly, but that doesn’t mean writing sentences is suddenly wrong.

    That aside, I think reading these interviews and such from Paolini have eroded my hatred for him. He’s so earnestly geeky and has such a total lack of self-awareness I can’t find it in myself to despise him anymore. All I can really do now is pity him.

  19. swenson on 8 June 2009, 22:45 said:

    LOL, nice, sansafro. And great commentary, Sly! You going to do one every month? On the topic of half-elves, my friend insists they’re just DnD half-elves.

    @DocGator- height might have something to do with that one.

  20. scary_viking on 8 June 2009, 23:25 said:

    Sly was referring to how Paolini chooses POV’s when he said it’s a story telling weakness, not that switching POV’s is inherintly a weakness.

  21. Morvius on 9 June 2009, 00:18 said:

    Christopher: Whatever the Menoa tree did or didn’t do, her plans are as long, intricate, and slow-moving as her consciousness.

    This will get them all thinking? It’s just something that sounds all wise and awesome but means nothing.

  22. Steph on 9 June 2009, 04:37 said:

    please do tell how Brom could beat Eragon and Eragon could beat the Ra’zac, but Brom could not beat the Ra’zac. I’d love to hear how this particular rock/paper/scissors works.

    Lol, that happens to be the point of rock/paper/scissors. There is always one incomprehensible match-up. Eragon is scissors, Brom is rock, Ra’zac are paper. Paper beating rock never made any sense.

    In other news, I agree with Nate (comment 16). Why on earth isn’t everything clear in the story?

    And I forgot to say, good job, Sly!

  23. Nosferatu on 9 June 2009, 06:52 said:

    @sansafro: At first I was thinking the same thing,‘aw look he’s so enthusiastic but incompetent’, but then when the interview got into full swing…

    That interviewer was so close to wetting himself in nerdish glee that he actually made Paolini look like a normal, laid-back and well-balanced individual.

  24. Jamie on 9 June 2009, 12:21 said:

    @Nosferatu: Well Mike is the founder of the only successful Inheritance fansite. Even if he wasn’t excited, I suppose he has an acceptable reason to possibly fake it and sound excited.

  25. SubStandardDeviation on 9 June 2009, 13:25 said:

    4E DnD half-elves only live as long as humans, but they don’t grow senile. Averaging out the lifespans of the two component races is probably the base trope, though.

    On POVs: The problem with Paolini’s POV switching is that he only uses it when it’s convenient for the story, with the result that all his characters are shallow and underdeveloped (as if we didn’t know this already). Why do you think Saphira’s POV wasn’t introduced until Book 3? Answer: because in Books 1 and 2 she was traveling with Eragon all the time, and thus wasn’t doing anything important that couldn’t be told from Eragon’s POV. Y’know, like developing her character.

    Compare this to AGoT, where for a time we have Eddard, Sansa, Arya, and Tyrion all in King’s Landing at once. Strictly from a plot perspective, one or two of those POVs could have been cut, but GRRM chooses to tell the same story from multiple angles because it fleshes out the world and the characters. Whereas with Paolini we only ever see one angle of everything.

  26. swenson on 9 June 2009, 13:26 said:

    He must please all his little fans, of course…

    And yeah, has anyone ever been to the “official” Eragon website? Because it sucks. I can see why Shurtugal is much more popular.

  27. Kitty on 9 June 2009, 15:05 said:

    You said we were sporking this together!


  28. Nate Winchester on 9 June 2009, 15:17 said:

    It’s ok Kitty, let’s go spork something together and leave Sly out of it – that’ll show ‘em.
    (I’d invite you to join DF and me for D:LT but that’s just cruel)

  29. Danielle on 9 June 2009, 15:53 said:


    Maybe Paolini IS a well-balanced and laid-back individual…who just happens to think he’s a literary genius even when his writing is worse than the short stories I wrote in 4th grade (one of them was called “The Knight and the Dragon”, by the way…and you can probably guess what it’s about and how it ends).

    Oh well. At least Inheritance fans are just nerdy and have poor taste…unlike the rabid Twitards we have to deal with.

  30. MrHyde on 9 June 2009, 16:21 said:

    “May your swords stay sharp!”

    Wait, what? You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s seriously his catchphrase? Here’s the problem with that: you’re supposed to wish something for people which they can’t guarantee for themselves. Like, “good luck” or “may the wind be always at your back” but not things which they can do on their own like “may your shoes be tied” or “may you change your passwords every six months”.

    There’s supposed to be an element of chance. But the warrior ethos requires an unceasing devotion to one’s weapons. Nothing is more important than keeping your weapons in good condition. So it is not left to chance. So saying “May your swords stay sharp!” is the same as saying “I think you’re too much of a dummy to keep your swords sharp on your own!”

  31. Danielle on 9 June 2009, 17:23 said:

    “May your shoes be tied!”

    LOL! Sounds more like advice to me…like “May your dogs be fed!” or “May you always avoid loan sharks when you’re strapped for cash!”

  32. Nate Winchester on 9 June 2009, 21:39 said:

    “May you invest wisely with your 401k.”

  33. Danielle on 9 June 2009, 23:06 said:

    “May you never make fat jokes about your boss when he’s standing right behind you.”

  34. Asahel on 9 June 2009, 23:29 said:

    If I wrote a short story entitled “The Knight and the Dragon,” it would be about a noble and chivalrous Dragon called upon by the citizens of the kingdom to protect them from a wicked, vicious Knight (that had kidnapped a princess, no less). After slaying the evil Knight in his treasure-filled lair, the Dragon would return and marry the princess whereupon the two would fly off into the sunset.

    …I’m sorry, what was the thread about again?

  35. Danielle on 10 June 2009, 11:36 said:

    @ Asahel,

    Mine was the other way around….but then again, I DID write it when I was nine. That same year, my brother and I co-wrote a story called “How Mold Came to Earth” about how aliens watched Star Trek, thought humans seemed nice, and so sent them mold because on their planet, it was a delicacy.

  36. lawzard on 10 June 2009, 12:35 said:


    Considering Eragon never seems to take the time to care for his sword or armor (except for once in Brisingr), whether it ends up in a bad condition is up to chance for him. :p

  37. Reggie on 11 June 2009, 00:03 said:

    Kitty, you don’t need to spork with any of them. They can just SPORK OFF! I mean, seriously, what a bunch of sporking idiots. STOP FAPPING TO MY GIRLFRIEND NATE

  38. Nate Winchester on 11 June 2009, 06:52 said:

    Sod off Reggie. Everyone knows Steph’s my girl.

  39. Steph (the real one. No, really) on 12 June 2009, 08:08 said:

    And we like it that way. Go away, Reg.

  40. Kokonilly on 14 June 2009, 21:40 said:

    Hey… question… is the half-elf/half-human hybrid crack about Twilight? Don’t get me wrong, I hate Twilight, but that’s what I thought of. I couldn’t think of anything from Star Wars/Harry Potter/LOTR.

  41. Luin Kaimelar on 15 June 2009, 13:41 said:

    Bah. The more interviews CP does, the more I dislike him. No, that made no sense.

  42. sakuuya on 15 June 2009, 20:08 said:

    No, it’s just a popular fantasy fiction trope. It was definitely true in D&D 3e, but I don’t think Sly was specifically referencing anything.

    Human/vampire hybrids in Twilight, though… Well, those have the stupidest goddamn rules ever devised. Once again, D&D did it earlier and better than a shitty author. XD

  43. Morvius on 17 June 2009, 12:38 said:

    I saw that link you posted. And a shirt which said “Vampires? We got Dragons!”. That made me choke.

  44. Cera on 23 June 2009, 02:26 said:

    Technically, Tolkien did do the half-elf thing first (as far as I know, before D&D). Elrond and Elros, Elladan and Elrohir, and I forget Luthien’s son’s name, but him too.

  45. Snow White Queen on 23 June 2009, 14:50 said:


  46. Tetrahawk on 6 July 2009, 03:53 said:

    For the next interview, I’m coming here rather than the Shur’tugal site…