|Unidentfied Imperial Soldier 1|
|Chronological and political information|
During the Battle of the Burning Plains this soldier was tending to one of the catapults when Eragon tried to gain dominance over his mind and direct his actions from afar. He guided the man up to the weapon, which was being loaded, then had him use his sword to hack at the skein of twisted rope that powered the machine. Though the rope was too thick to sever before the soldier was dragged away by his comrades, the damage was already done. The partially wounded skein broke and the arm of the catapult flew backward, injuring several men.