Shruikan was the black dragon of King Galbatorix in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Shruikan was Galbatorix's second dragon, his first being killed by Urgals. Galbatorix pleaded with the Council of Elders for another dragon egg, but was denied of one. The rage of being denied, along with the turmoil of losing his dragon, led Galbatorix to ally himself with Morzan and steal Shruikan as a hatchling. Galbatorix then bound Shruikan to himself with dark magic. Shruikan made an appearance in Inheritance while Eragon was battling Galbatorix. He is described to have a blue white iris the color of a high mountain glacier, and is even larger than Glaedr in size. He is killed when Arya impales the base of his skull with a lance. When the witch-child Elva studied him, she informed Eragon that he was beyond madness and was the saddest thing she had ever seen.