The racial skills of the Redguard race reflect their ancestral legacy as swordmasters, giving them bonuses to shields, base stamina, stamina recovery, movement, and duration of effects from food. Their ability to flow in martial combat is unparalleled.
The Redguards of Hammerfell are talented and athletic warriors, born to battle.
A desert people, their ancestors migrated to Tamriel from the lost continent of Yokuda.
Their culture is based on preserving ancient traditions and defying their harsh environment.
They prize honor and dignity above all else, combining a deep reverence for the divine with a suspicion of all things magical.
Their capital is the merchant port of Sentinel, but their roots are deep in the sands of the Alik’r Desert.
In their youth, the Redguard race endures a rite of passage in the desolate wastes of Alik’r as a test of endurance and discipline.
Only the strongest survive.
- Wayfarer: Increases exp gain with One-Handed and Shield Skill line by 15%. Increases the duration of eaten food by 15 minutes.
- Martial Training: Reduces the cost of weapon abilities by 8%. Reduces the effectiveness of snares applied to you by 15%.
- Conditioning: Increases Max Stamina by 2000
- Andrenaline Rush: When you deal direct damage, you restore 950 Stamina. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds
Much like the Orc race, the Redguard race has a substantial focus on the use of Weapons and has a reduced cost when using them. This combined with Max Stamina and Stamina restoration via attacks makes them perfect for the Stamina DPS role or even a Tank.
Additionally, the snare effectiveness reduction is excellent if you plan to Werewolf, as snares are really their Achilles heel.
If you know you’ll be using Weapons and will be Stamina focused, seriously consider taking Redguard as your Race.
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Redguard Race Lore
The Redguard Race is the most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel. The dark-skinned, wiry-haired people of Hammerfell seem born to battle, though their pride and fierce independence of spirit make them more suitable as scouts or skirmishers, or as free-ranging heroes and adventurers than as rank-and-file soldiers.
In addition to their cultural affinities for many armor styles and weapons (particularly swords), Redguards are also physically blessed with hardy constitutions, resistance to poison, and quickness of foot.
Unlike most other human races, they are not believed to have any connection with the ancestral Nordic homeland of Atmora.
Redguards (formerly “Yokudans”) hail from the western continent of Yokuda, which sank into the sea in ancient times.
The cause of Yokuda’s sinking is attributed either to natural factors (earthquakes, tsunamis, or volcanic eruptions) or to the revenge of a defeated band of Ansei called the Hiradirge.
Upon the sinking of their homeland around 1E 792, the Yokudan fleet set sail to the east, eventually arriving in what would later be called Hammerfell.
The bulk of the refugees remained on the island of Herne while the Ra Gada, the Warrior Wave, continued on to mainland Hammerfell in 1E 808.
Imperial scholars concluded that the term “Redguard” originated as a phonetic corruption of “Ra Gada”.
However, the Redguard race myth considers it a legacy of the War of the Singers, a series of seven battles in Yokuda circa 1E 780, shortly before the continent was destroyed. Their legends say the war was fought between the army of the Last Emperor Hira and the greatly outnumbered Ansei (presumably the Hiradirge), who sought out the leadership of Lord Frandar Hunding at the onset.
Hunding led the Ansei to victory using his “Hammer and the Anvil” strategy, but at a great cost. Though they spared the land from Hira’s tyranny, they had to leave it afterward, for when Hunding’s strategy reached fruition in the final battle (i.e., when the proverbial hammer fell), more than three hundred thousand people were killed. In the eyes of the citizenry, their guardians were red with blood.
So they left Yokuda, sailing across the Etheric Ocean, and took on new names to commemorate their final battle: their new land was Hammerfell, and their new name was the Redguards. As Yokuda sank into the sea, the Yokudans were forced to follow them to this new land or perish.
These were not the first Redguards to arrive in Tamriel, however.
The Horsemen of the Rivenspire region of High Rock, long a myth, were confirmed to exist by scholars in the Second Era.
They are believed to have migrated there from the Yokudan island of Akos Kasaz sometime in the early sixth century of the First Era.