While Eragon is at the trading bazaar, a famous storyteller of Caravel, Brom, goes on stage to tell wonderful stories of the dragon riders of old. He explains the rise of the dragon riders and their ultimate demise through an ex-rider, Galbatorix. Eragon returns home with Roran and Garrow. When home, Eragon decides to further examine the stone he had found. At this time it begins to shake and crack, and a little dragon pops out of what was actually an egg. Eragon begins to raise it in secret, bringing it food and creating shelter for it outside in the words. They start forming a bond and are able to communicate telepathically. The dragon grows rapidly. At this time Roran leaves for a temporary job and Eragon accompanies him to Caravel where he will be leaving from. Eragon uses this time to ask Brom questions about dragons. Although he carefully words them to not bring on suspicion, Brom slowly begins to catch on to what has happened. Shortly later in Caravel, two hooded strangers ask locals questions about the egg. They spot Eragon looking at them and see him for what he really is, a dragon-rider in the making. These strangers are crawling with evil. Eragon races home and tells Saphira, the new name for his dragon, what has happened. She panics, remembering the death these strangers have brought to her kind in the past, and launches into the air flying deep into the forest with Eragon on her back. This first flight has injured Eragon badly all over his leg. Once she recovers emotionally over night they fly home to find the farm destroyed with Garrow in critical condition. Eragon struggles to walk the long distance to Caravel with Garrow on his back and severe injuries plaguing him. He declines Saphira's help because he doesn't want her to be seen. Brom finds him passed out and brings the two to Horst's house, a family friend. Garrow remains in critical condition and the Horst boys offer to travel off to tell Roran the news.