Gaiden Shinji has always kind of sounded like the Roman ruler Vespasian to me. Both Vespasian and Gaiden Shinji were war generals who saw the start of a massive collesium, and died before its completion.
The only thing I can speculate is that he was most likely a Redguard/Akaviri immigrant to Hammerfell (not necessarily first generation mind you and tbh I don't know how all that worked back then but I do know that the Yokudans were redguards and they eventually settled what is now Hammerfell) so I think it is a reasonable possibility. But as I said, he could be a Akaviri Yokudan that emigrated to Hammerfell, like if an Irish-American were to emigrate to Mexico if that makes it easier to understand.
184.108.40.206 wrote: @AzuraKnight, how did you find out he was an Altmer? I've searched and searched, I've never found anything describing his race.
Good question... i have no idea i must have read it somewhere but after almost two years i can't remember or find it (i vaguely remember a site that looked like The Imperial Library but wasn't it). Like people have said after he was probably Redguard going from the name and as he was leader of the Order of Diagna along with being a brilliant swordsman.
Everyone knows Gaiden was just a scizophrenic prophet who wandered Tamriel for no purpose whatsoever.
One day, someone shot his guide in the shin and Gaiden never forgot that. He ran back into town and started telling people about guarding their shins and would guide them through forests, avoiding bandits.
Some people think that Gaiden Shinji was a Redguard because of his name. Well, his name sounds a lot more Akaviri than Yokudan to me. The only known Akaviri human name that has been recorded (to my knowledge) was Akaviri Commander Mishaxhi. The spelling structure of these names sounds similar, plus there is only 1 Redguard who has a name that ends with an i, Destri Melarg, whos name sounds completely different.
He could just have an Akaviri name but be another race, but his name definitely looks to be of Akaviri origin.
There is a conversation in the game with the woman researcher that says if he was Redguard his body would be exposed and not entombed in a sarcophagus, so nothing to confirm his Race, yet but going with his armor and name i would say he's of Akaviri lineage but he could be Yokudan too.