Lore:Cyrus

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Cyrus
RG-npc-Cyrus.gif
Cyrus wielding his sabre
Race Redguard Gender Male
Born 2E 831
Sentinel
Resided in Stros M'kai
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..."Third Era sea shanty[1]

Cyrus the Redguard, also known as Cyrus the Restless,[2][UOL 1] and Sura[3] or Sura-do-Hega[UOL 2] in Yoku, (b. 2E 831)[4] was a hero best known for leading the Stros M'Kai Uprising in 2E 864. Having spent the early years of his career under the wing of the Cyro-Nordic pirate captain Tobias, Cyrus traveled to the island of Stros M'Kai in search of his missing sister, Iszara, ending up leading his fellow Redguards in a rebellion against the Empire alongside her.[5]

Early Life[edit]

Cyrus as a child

Cyrus was born in the city of Sentinel in 2E 831[4] (or 2E 834[6] or 2E 839[UOL 3] according to some sources). 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 War in 2E 852, amidst the threat of civil war between Crowns and Forebears, Iszara married a Forebear actor named Hakan.[7]

Hakan's political views influenced the young Cyrus, who eventually confronted his father over his loyalty to High King Thassad II. 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. Unable to face his family, he fled Sentinel to join Tobias' crew.[7]

For the next few years, Cyrus worked as a mercenary and assassin in the employ of the Khajiit crime boss 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.[7]

Stros M'Kai[edit]

A wanted poster of Cyrus
Cyrus wielding the Soul Sword

On his way to Stros M'Kai, Cyrus fought off a shipping raid by a group of pirates known as the Restless League. Upon arriving on the island, he hoped to find out about Iszara's whereabouts through an audience with the provincial governor, Amiel Richton.[8] He took a job to deliver an amulet from the Sload necromancer N'Gasta to the governor. Meeting with Richton, Cyrus learned that Iszara was affiliated with the Restless League. He threatened to cause trouble if Richton did not explain everything, prompting the governor to have him imprisoned in the palace's catacombs for questioning.[9]

Cyrus found out how to signal a League ship from a dying prisoner in his cell, then escaped the catacombs.[10] He made contact with the rebels at Saintsport and met their leader, Basil, at the League's hideout. It became clear that Iszara had been working with them up until her disappearance.[11] Following a series of clues, Cyrus discovered that Iszara had gone to N'Gasta hoping to free Prince A'tor's from a soul gem. However, N'Gasta tricked her into selling her soul to Clavicus Vile, and he kept the soul gem to gain favor with Lord Richton, passing it off as the "amulet" Cyrus had delivered.[12] Using the Flask of Lillandril, Cyrus defeated N'Gasta and rescued his sister's soul from the Fields of Regret, Vile's realm of Oblivion.[13][14]

During his time on the island, Cyrus also found Archmage Voa's ring in the goblin caverns, defeating many goblins and a large ogre along the way.[15] He also defeated a Dwarven mechanical giant and retrieved an ancient gear from the Dwarven ruins of Bthzark to repair the island's observatory.[16] Using the observatory's orrery, he helped the Yokudan witchmother Saban complete a burial ritual to save her dead son from N'Gasta's soul snare.[17]

Iszara, Cyrus, and the Restless League formed a plan to recover A'tor's soul gem, now being guarded in the palace catacombs. There, Cyrus killed the dragon Nafaalilargus, who Richton had ordered to guard the gem.[18] With the soul gem, Voa's ring, and Saban's magic, the League forces covertly entered the Temple of Arkay in Stros M'Kai, where A'tor's body was held in stasis. Saban 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. 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.[19]

Later Life[edit]

Cyrus' Sabre onboard Dead Man's Dread

Cyrus' later life can only be guessed at from an assortment of legends. He shared a competitive ambition with Tobias of being the first to find the Eye of Argonia in Black Marsh,[20] a feat he may have accomplished with his own crew.[UOL 2] Some say he sailed west, to lands uncharted.[2] A tale of him facing Vivec in Yokuda supports this idea.[UOL 1] Further adventures of dubious authenticity involve Molag Bal in Coldharbour and Tiber Septim on Masser.[UOL 2]

Claims of unknown origin suggest that he took command of the legendary ship Dead Man's Dread and sailed north to the Sea of Ghosts, drawn there by the stories of Tobias, where he amassed a great fortune and lived out the rest of his days on calm waters.[2] By 3E 39, the Dead Man's Dread was captained by an unknown individual who had come into possession of several relics once belonging to Cyrus, including his sabre and clothing. On the 2nd of Frostfall 3E 39, the crew of the Dead Man's Dread sailed into a subterranean pirates den on Blackbone Isle to winter there after their captain died under mysterious circumstances. The ship and crew became trapped underground after the entrance to the grotto collapsed that night. It transpired that both the captain's death and the tunnel's collapse were the work of a Forebear named K'avir, who had orchestrated the death of the entire crew due to their allegiance to the Crowns. Realizing their dire circumstances, the crewmembers decided to commit suicide rather than face starvation. They each prayed to Arkay to bind their souls to the ship, in order to honor their captain's dying wish and protect the relics of Cyrus in undeath.[21] In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn sailed to Blackbone Isle chasing rumors of Cyrus' lost treasure and cleansed the island of undead, claiming both the relics and the ship in the process.[22] The Dragonborn later received a note containing a word of advice from a pirate who only identified themselves as "a restless soul".[23]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Varieties of Faith in the Empire states that the HoonDing materialized during the Tiber War, when it was said to have incarnated as "either a sword or a crown, or both".[24] 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.
    • Furthermore, developer commentary has stated that Cyrus was more than just a Redguard, which is one of the reasons why he was able to slay the legendary dragon Nafaalilargus.[UOL 4]
  • Cyrus' reputation continued to live on in the form of an old sea shanty.[1]
  • Cyrus' height was known to be approximately 1.85 meters and his weight was 80 kilograms.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b First Mate Malvulis' dialogue in Redguard
  2. ^ a b c The Restless — Unknown
  3. ^ Saban's dialogue in Redguard
  4. ^ a b Cyrus' biography on Redguard's official website
  5. ^ Events of Redguard
  6. ^ Elderscrolls.com Timeline
  7. ^ a b c The Origin of Cyrus!Michael Kirkbride
  8. ^ Events of Starting Out quest in Redguard
  9. ^ Events of N'Gasta's Amulet quest in Redguard
  10. ^ Events of Escape the Catacombs quest in Redguard
  11. ^ Events of Contact the League quest in Redguard
  12. ^ Events of A Legendary Flask quest in Redguard
  13. ^ Events of Rescue Iszara quest in Redguard
  14. ^ Barbas' dialogue in ESO
  15. ^ Events of The Archmage's Ring quest in Redguard
  16. ^ Events of Investigate the Ruins quest in Redguard
  17. ^ Events of Save Hayle's Soul quest in Redguard
  18. ^ Events of Recover the Soul Gem quest in Redguard
  19. ^ Events of Raze the Palace quest in Redguard
  20. ^ Tobias' dialogue in Redguard
  21. ^ Captain's Journal
  22. ^ Dead Man's Dread Creation for Skyrim Special Edition
  23. ^ Pirate's Note
  24. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  25. ^ Wanted Poster in Redguard

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.