Books:The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard: The Origin of Cyrus!

A UESPWiki – Sua fonte de The Elder Scrolls desde 1995
Release Date 1998
Time Period circa 2E 850 and 2E 864
Author Michael Kirkbride
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Pages 28
Game Redguard

The Origin of Cyrus! was a comic included with The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard. Although the cover stated that it was issue 24, and had a cover price of "$2.50 US, $3.00 Canada", only one issue was ever produced, and it was only available with the game. It was written by Michael Kirkbride, with pencils by John Pearson, inks by Hugh Riley, and colors by Louise Sandoval. Some versions of the comic were in full color, while others were in shades of gray. In the gray version, Louise Sandoval was credited with "tones" rather than colors. All versions were lettered using Comic Sans MS.

The story sets the scene for the game of Redguard and is split between Cyrus' present day and a time a few years in his past. The present day story involves him returning to Hammerfell to search for his sister, events that form the central storyline of the game. The story of the past shows the reason for his leaving Hammerfell in the first place, and his adventures as part of a mercenary gang in Morrowind.

In 2011, as part of their redesigned website, Bethesda made a color copy of the comic available for download as a PDF file.

Questions and Answers

In addition to the comic, a mock Q&A section was also included in the format of fan sent mail. The answers contain information that can be used as a reference in lore articles.

When are you guys finally going to get into that ‘dark secret’ that Cyrus refuses to talk about? And what does it have to do with Iszara, who we’ve only seen in cryptic flashbacks? Now that the Duadeen story arc seems to be wrapping up, it’s high time we learned about it!
Billy Fresno, PA
P.S. Why does Duadeen refer to Tiber Septim as the Cyrodiil? He’s a Nord, if I remember correctly.
"Or a Breton, if you believe those jokers in Alcaire. Traditionally, anyone strong enough to take the Imperial Throne is known as the ‘Cyrodiil,’ no matter the province kingdom of their birth. It’s a complicated the-king-is-the-land kind of thing that reaches back to the time when the Elves ruled the area before it was taken from them by the First Empire of the Nords. “Cyrodiil” is a pretty blanket term for every element of the Imperial Province: its common provincial name is Cyrodiil, the capital city is named Cyrodiil, the people are the Cyrodiils, and the Emperor is “The Cyrodiil.” A lot of people still think it comes from the surname of Reman Cyrodiil, who built the region into the Second Empire of Men, but, really, he just took its ancient Elven name and stuck it onto his own (sorta like somebody in our world calling themselves “Jonny America”). And, while we’re still on the subject, no, Tiber Septim isn’t a Nord, he’s an Atmoran.
As far as Cyrus’ dark secret (and its relation to Iszara), I think you pretty much have the whole of it now, don’t you?"

Dear TEAdventures,
I picked up the BATTLESPIRE one-shot last week—any chance of it becoming a full-fledged series?
Tally Isham, CO
"Afraid not, Tally. Those guys are hard at work on the Morrowind mini-series that we’ve been promising for two years now. And since it looks like we’re still going to have to wait a while, we decided to devote a few pages of the current issue of TEA: Redguard to those wacky Dark Elves! Hope you liked it!"

In issue #20, Cyrus mentions the Eye of Argonia, an artifact that sounded important. What gives? I was stationed overseas during the early days of TEA: Redguard, so maybe I missed it, huh?
Alan Sundry, D.C.
"Don’t fret, Alan, you didn’t miss a thing about the Eye of Argonia in those issues (though you missed plenty of other stuff—better get down to the comic store!). Cyrus has been searching for the Eye all over Tamriel. All we can say is that it’s a priceless gem that also serves as a key to the Lost City of Black Marsh. Stay tuned!"