In Inheritance, the mad High Priest of Helgrind says some odd things about their gods, the Ra’zac:
“You do not deserve such a great honor, but it will please the Old Ones, and in all things we strive to satisfy their desires. We are their faithful servants, and they our masters cruel and implacable: the three-faced god—the hunters of men, the eaters of flesh, and the drinkers of blood. To them, we offer up our bodies in hope of revelation into the mysteries of this life and in hope of absolution for our transgressions. As Tosk wrote, so shall it be.”
While at first the bit about the three-faced god might seem to be mere “insane cultist” ravings, the first two parts actually correspond directly to the life cycle of the Ra’zac:
- The Ra’zac, “the hunters of men,” subsist solely on humans.
The Lethrblaka, “the eaters of flesh,” will kill and eat anything.
Oromis fixed Eragon with a steady gaze. “The Ra’zac remain pupae for twenty years while they mature. On the first full moon of their twentieth year, they shed their exoskeletons, spread their wings, and emerge as adults ready to hunt all creatures, not just humans.”
Is there any confirmation that these “drinkers of blood” represent a third stage of the Ra’zac, and if so, what it might be?