Lore:Cyrus

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Cyrus
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Cyrus
Race and Gender Redguard Male
Born 2E 831
Sentinel
Appears in Redguard
"There once was a hardy young lad of the sea... A Redguard of courage and honor was he... Sail on, my Cyrus, sail on..."[1]

Cyrus the Redguard (or Sura in Yoku) was a hero of the late Second Era.

Cyrus was born in the city of Sentinel in 2E 831[2] (or 2E 834 according to some sources[3]). His father was a loyal Crown and a famous comedic playwright, and he had an older sister named Iszara. As a boy, Cyrus worked on the Sentinel docks and longed to become a pirate. It was here that he met the half-Nord pirate captain, Tobias. At the onset of the Tiber Wars in 2E 852, amidst the threat of civil war between Crowns and Forebears, Iszara was wed to a Forebear actor named Hakan.[4]

Hakan's political views influenced the young Cyrus, who then eventually confronted his father over his loyalty to the King. Seeking to put an end to the conflict, Cyrus' father wrote a noble play about the shared history of the Ra Gada and the Na-Totambu, the predecessors of Hammerfell's two political factions. The play was a huge success and managed to abate the civil war for several years. Hakan, however, was furious at his father-in-law for causing his Forebear militia to disband. During a night of celebration, Hakan drunkenly confronted him, and struck Iszara when she tried to intervene. Cyrus came to his sister's defense, and dueled Hakan to the death. He then fled Sentinel, joining on with Tobias' crew.[4]

For the next few years, Cyrus worked as a mercenary and assassin in the employ of S'rathra, traveling all across Tamriel. It was during that time that he helped liberate a Dunmer slaver camp near Tear. After the Raid on Tear, he parted ways with Tobias, doing jobs for S'rathra alone. This work continued until 2E 864, when he received a letter from Tobias stating that his sister had apparently gone missing on the island of Stros M'Kai following the Battle of Hunding Bay. He departed High Rock and the mercenary life, never to return.[4]

Upon arriving on the island, Cyrus delivered an amulet to Lord Richton from the Sload necromancer N'Gasta in order to find out about Iszara's whereabouts. Richton then promptly had him arrested as a rebel and thrown in the palace's catacombs. After fighting his way out, Cyrus learned that a rebel organization named the Restless League was attempting to overthrow Imperial occupation of the island. He made contact with the rebels, and discovered that Iszara had been working with them up until her disappearance. Following a series of clues, Cyrus eventually learned that Iszara had been taken prisoner by N'Gasta, who sold her soul to Clavicus Vile. Using the Flask of Lillandril, Cyrus defeated N'Gasta and rescued his sister's soul from Vile's realm of Oblivion.[5]

During his time on the island, Cyrus also defeated an ogre in the goblin caverns, retrieved an ancient gear from the Dwarven ruins to fix the island's observatory, and helped the Yokudans on the island get past N'Gasta's soul snare. After learning that the body of the late Prince A'tor was secretly being kept in stasis by the League, Cyrus returned to the palace catacombs and killed the dragon Nafaalilargus to recover the amulet he had originally delivered, which turned out to be the soul gem holding the Prince's soul. The League then attempted to resurrect A'tor, but instead his soul fused with his sword, creating a powerful artifact known as the Soul Sword. Cyrus rallied the disheartened rebels by taking up the sword and leading an attack on the palace. He killed Richton and the assassin Dram as they tried to escape aboard an airship.[5]

With the death of the island's provisional governor, the rebels were able to negotiate a peace treaty more favorable to Hammerfell, although it remained a part of the Third Empire.[5] Nothing is known of Cyrus' later life, although he had ambitions of searching for the Eye of Argonia in Black Marsh.[6] However, his reputation continued to live on in the form of an old sea shanty.[1]

Notes[edit]

  • Varieties of Faith in the Empire states that the HoonDing materialized during the Tiber Wars, when it was said to have incarnated as "either a sword or a crown, or both".[7] The sword is presumably a reference to the Soul Sword, while the crown likely refers to Cyrus himself, who comes from a family of Crowns. It can therefore be surmised that Cyrus became the Make Way God when he wielded the Soul Sword during the rebellion on Stros M'Kai. This would match the description of the HoonDing, said to be a Yokudan spirit of "perseverance over infidels", as the actions of Cyrus and the Soul Sword led directly to the signing of the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai, allowing the Redguards to continue to rule themselves as a province of the Empire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b First Mate Malvulis' dialogue
  2. ^ Cyrus' biography on Redguard's official website
  3. ^ Elderscrolls.com Timeline
  4. ^ a b c The Origin of Cyrus!Michael Kirkbride
  5. ^ a b c Events of Redguard
  6. ^ Tobias' dialogue
  7. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College