Redguards hail from the great desert province of Hammerfell. They are descended from a long line of warriors and mystic seers. Legend has it that Redguards are innately more proficient with the use of weaponry than any other race. They excel in all arts concerning blade and shield.
The most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel, the dark skinned Redguards of Hammerfell seem born to battle, though their pride and fierce independence of spirit makes 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 weapon and armor styles, Redguards are also blessed with hardy constitutions and fleetness of foot.
Hammerfell, the Redguard's homeland, had recently survived a massive invasion by the Aldmeri Dominion. Though they were aided by the Imperial Legion, the following peace treaty gave a large chunk of the region to the elves. The Redguards refused to accept those terms, and succeeded in reclaiming their homeland from the Dominion, which lead to the separation of Hammerfell from the Mede Empire as an independent nation. There is now distrust between the Redguard and the Imperials.
It is interesting to note that the Redguards pushed back the Elven armies twice before, and would have dominated Tamriel if not for the opposition in Cyrodiil during the Empire's formation. With the signing of the Second Treaty of Stros M'kai in 4E 180, the Aldmeri Dominion completely withdrew from Hammerfell. This makes Hammerfell the only country to have actually defeated the Aldmeri Dominion, and this largely without the aid of the Empire. The history of Hammerfell was filled with war until finally, because of forced cooperation between Forebears and Crowns, the civil war in Hammerfell has ended, which is likely to lead to a prosperous future.
Religion and culture
The main religion of Hammerfell is a mix between ancestor worship and faith in the traditional Yokudan pantheon. According to Trayvond the Redguard, in Hammerfell, they "don't much like spellcasters, because Wizards steal souls and tamper with minds. If you use magic, you're weak or wicked." They are not fond of Conjuration -- they don't like ghosts, relating it to Necromancy --and Illusion (because it alters the mind). However, he does mention that he and other Redguards are rather fond of Destruction spells, as they suit their culture well.
- +10 One-Handed (25)
- +5 Alteration (20)
- +5 Archery (20)
- +5 Block (20)
- +5 Destruction (20)
- +5 Smithing (20)
- Adrenaline Rush: Stamina regenerates 10x faster for 60 seconds.
- Resist Poison: Your Redguard blood gives you 50% resistance to poison.
Popular usage and unique gameplay
Like previous Elder Scrolls games, the Redguards excel in combat. In Skyrim they are more magically inclined than Nords or Orcs, unlike Oblivion or the earlier games. With Orcs as a possible exception, they make for the best defensive fighter due to having the best starting skill in One-Handed in addition to their skill in Block. Their poison resistance helps to withstand deadly poison of any kind, while the Adrenaline Rush ability allows for a continuous offensive onslaught. The Alteration tree allows them to learn defensive mage spells, allowing them to forge armor to travel lighter or to immobilize their enemies as a spellsword.
Most Redguard names are based on Arabic names, such as Nazir ("observer"). This largely differs from previous installments where Redguard names were commonly of western European origins.
- Endon - Fence for the Thieves Guild.
- Nazir - Contract giver in the Dark Brotherhood.
- Maramal - Priest of Mara.
- IsranDG- Leader of the Dawnguard, former Vigilant of Stendarr.
- Ahtar- Headsman at Castle Dour, potential follower.
- Saadia - Barmaid at The Bannered Mare, former member of House Suda.
- Kematu - Alik'r Mercenary/assassin after Saadia.
- RayyaHF - The housecarl of the thane of Falkreath hold in Hearthfire. (Note: She is the only housecarl besides Irileth and Faleen who isn't a Nord.)
- Ebony WarriorDB - An ebony-clad Redguard in the quest The Ebony Warrior found in the Dragonborn add-on.
- The only female Redguard in the base game who can be married is Anwen. With Hearthfire installed, however, Rayya can be married.
- Skills (Skyrim) - Skills in Skyrim
- Spells - Spells in the Elder Scrolls Universe
- Race - Races in the Elder Scrolls Universe
- Perks - Perks in Skyrim
- With the Creation kit one can't change the skin tone of their face; it just goes to the lightest possible in game.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
|Races in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|Humans||Breton • Imperial • Nord • Redguard|
|Mer||Altmer • Bosmer • Dunmer • Orsimer|
|Beast||Argonian • Khajiit|