A Redguard sailor enjoys her travels

The men of the Yoku, Redguards, are warriors by birth, they live a life dedicated to tradition, and reverence for their honored dead. These non-native men and women hail from a long distant and forgotten land and have found their new home among the harshest conditions Tamriel can offer. Weaker man and mer would perish where the proud Redguards have instead flourished.


Redguards are the most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel. The dark-skinned, wiry-haired men 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 armor styles and weapons (particularly swords), Redguards are also physically blessed with hardy constitutions, resistance to poison, and quickness of foot. Redguards do not share the same blood as the other human races, and they have no known connection with the ancestral Nordic homeland of Atmora.

The Redguard's innate agility and prolific level of endurance allows them to excel in any activity that demands sustained effort, most notably combat. They are likewise blessed with a very hardy constitution that allows them to resist poison and disease.

The Redguards skin tone can range from light brown to nearly black and their hair texture ranges from thick and wavy to tightly curled and wiry. Redguards are also largely average in height, well muscled and sturdy, much like the Nords and the Orcs.

Paragons of War

The most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel, the dark-skinned, wiry-haired 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 physically blessed with hardy constitutions and quickness of foot.

Custom and dress differ by district; the Redguards of Elinhir are Colovian in fashion and taste, while some in Rihad go naked in the streets. In demeanor, they are haughty and easily provoked, and, obsessed with personal honor.

There is no standing army in Hammerfell, only paid militias of the oft-contested border-states and along its coastline. Ancient tradition has predisposed the Redguards to knightly order, though, customarily in the service of royal families. Initiates of these orders must prove themselves in dangerous, even deadly, tests of skill.

Lost Continent

More than three thousand years ago, the continent of Yokuda suffered a cataclysm that sunk most of it into the sea, driving its people towards Tamriel. A large group of the Yokudans, called the Ra Gada, forged forward in a bloody wave, quickly slaughtering the beastfolk and Nedic villagers, paving safe travel for the Yokudans that stayed behind. The fierce Ra Gada became, phonetically, the Redguards, a name that has since spread to designate the Tamrielic-Yokudan race in general.

They ultimately displaced the Nedic peoples, as their agriculture and society quickly adapted to Hammerfell's harsh environment. They took much from Nedic customs, religion, and language for themselves and their contact with the surrounding Bretons and Colovians hastened their assimilationinto Tamrielic culture.

Redguard Names

Redguards have only their given name. Through marriage, they sometimes will take the family name.

Male Names

Amir, Azzada, Baurus, Cyrus, Daron, Ennis, Falion, Garry, Hillod, Ian, Jawana, Kayd, Lesley, Nazir, Neville, Pyke, Roderick, Shamar, Talib, Wayn

Female Names

Anora, Braith, Caminda, Dahlia, Eriana, Gwen, Hussonia, Iman, Jamie, Kerah, Kiara, Lette, Minerva, Niyya, Oleta, Rona, Shelley, Tavia, Umana, Zaria

Redguard Traits

Your Redguard character has certain characteristics in common with other Redguard.

General Traits

Trait Value Description
Attribute Score Increase Agility +1

Endurance +1 Strength +1

Your Agility, Endurance, and Strength scores increase by 1.
Age ~80 years Redguards age as the rest of the the human races, rarely living over a century.
Alignment Any Good Alignment Redguards mostly follow the good alignments. Many of the people of Hammerfell strictly follow their laws, while nearly an equal amount disregard them entirely.
Size Medium Redguards are strong and tall, often over 6 feet tall.
Speed 30 ft. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Tool Proficiency -- --
Languages Tamrielic & Yoku You can speak, read, and write Tamrielic and Yoku. Yoku is a direct language which is incredibly reliant on context. Similar to Redguards themselves, their language is straightforward and doesn't concern itself with unnecessary things.

Unique Traits

Trait Effect
Adrenaline Rush When you use this trait, your combat awareness increases for the next minute. You gain a +10 bonus to your initiative, your speed is increased by 10 feet, and you can add a d4 to all of your attack and damage rolls. Additionally, at the start of combat, when you roll initiative, you can use your reaction to immediately use this trait. You can't use this trait again until you finish a long rest.
Redguard Combat Training You are proficient in Long Blade and Short Blade.
Skill Proficiency You gain proficiency in the Athletics skill.
Yokudan Lineage Thanks to your Yokudan heritage, you have advantage on saving throws against being diseased.