Notes on the Redguards, their history and
This is a publishers proof of the initial
draft of my book, "REDGUARDS, THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR
The following is a collection of the tales,
myths and history of the Redguards. Much of their history
is shrouded in mystery and in the mists of time. It is hard
to distinguish between myths, and real history.
Below are the first chapters of the draft
by Destri Melarg
Author's note as translated into the Modern
Tongue of Hammerfell:
Frandar Hunding was born in 2356 in the old way of reckoning,
in our beloved deserts of the old land. The traditional rule
of emperors had been overthrown in 2012, and although each
successive emperor remained the figurehead of the empire,
his powers were very much reduced. Since that time, our people
saw 300 years of almost continuous civil war between the provincial
lords, warrior monks and brigands, all fighting each other
for land and power. Our people once were artisans, poets,
and scholars, but the ever evolving strife made the way the
sword inevitable - the song of the blade through the air,
through flesh and bone, its ring against armor: an answer
to our prayers.
In the time of Lord Frandar the first Warrior
Prince, lords called Yokeda built huge stone castles to protect
themselves and their lands, and castle towns outside the walls
begin to grow up. In 2245, however, Mansel Sesnit came to
the fore. He became the Elden Yokeda, or military dictator,
and for eight years succeeded in gaining control of almost
the whole empire. When Sesnit was assassinated in 2253,a commoner
took over the government. Randic Torn continued the work of
unifying the Empire which Sesnit had begun, ruthlessly putting
down any traces of insurrection. He revived the old gulf between
the warriors - the sword singers - and the commoners by introducing
restrictions on the wearing of swords. "Torn's Sword-hunt",
as it was known, meant that only the singers were allowed
to wear swords, which distinguished them from the rest of
Although Torn did much to settle the empire
into its pre-strife ways, by the time of his death in 2373
internal disturbances still had not been completely eliminated.
Upon his death, civil war broke out in earnest; war that made
the prior 300 year turmoil pale in comparison. It was in this
period that Frandar Hunding grew up.
Hunding belonged to the sword-singers. This
element of empire society grew from the desert artisans and
was initially recruited from the young sons and daughters
of the high families. They built the first temple to the unknown
gods of War and build a training hall "The Hall of the
Virtues of War". Within a few generations the way of
the sword - the song of the blade - had become their life.
The people of the blade kept their poetry and artisanship
in building beautiful swords woven with magic and powers from
the unknown gods. The greatest among them became known as
Ansei or "Saints of the Sword". Each of these began
their own training schools teaching their individual way of
the sword. Those Ansei of the highest virtue wandered the
country side engaging in battle, righting wrongs, and seeking
to end the strife.
To sum it up. Hunding, was a sword-singer,
a master, no, a Master Ansei at a time when the peak of the
strife was reborn out of the chaos of Torn's death. Many singers
put up their swords and became artists, for the pull of the
artisan heritage was strong; but others, like Hunding pursued
the ideal of the warrior searching for enlightenment through
the perilous paths of the Sword. Duels of revenge and tests
of skill were common place, and fencing schools multiplied.
Frandar do Hunding Hel Ansei No Shira, or
as he is commonly known Frandar Hunding, was born in the far
desert marches in the province of High Desert. Hunding is
the name of the High Desert region near where he was born.
No Shira means noble person or person of noble birth and Hel
Ansei is his title of Sword Sainthood.
Hunding's ancestors reach back to the beginning
of recorded time in the high desert and were artisans and
mystics, his grandfather was a retainer of the Elden Yokeda,
Mansel Sesnit, and led many of the battles of unification
prior to Sesnit's assassination.
When he was 14, Hunding's father died in the
one of the many insurrections, and he was left to support
his mother and four brothers. His prowess with the sword however,
made his life both difficult and easy. Easy in that his services
came in great demand as a guardian and escort. Hard in that
his reputation preceded him, and many awaited their turn to
face him in battle and gain instant fame through his defeat.
By the time Hunding was 30 he had fought and
won more than 90 duels killing all his opponents. He became
virtually invincible with the sword, gaining such skill and
mastery that he finally stopped using the real swords created
through the artisanship of his people and began using the
Shehai or "way of the spirit sword".
All sword singers learn through their intense
training and devotion to the gods of war and way of the sword,
the forms of discipline that allow the creation of the spirit
sword. This is a simple form of magic or mind mastery where
by a image of a sword is formed from pure thought. The sword
singer forms the sword by concentrating, and it takes shape
in his hand - usually a pale thing of light, misty and insubstantial,
a thing of beauty perhaps, a symbol of devotion to the Way
and the gods, but no weapon. However, those Ansei of the highest
level and sensitivity and those with talent in magic, can
at times of stress, form a spirit sword, the Shehai which
is far more than light and air - it is an unstoppable weapon
of great might, a weapon which can never be taken from the
owner without also taking his mind.
The Shehai became Hunding's weapon, and with
this he slew bands of brigands and wandering monsters than
infested the land. Finally upon finishing his 90th duel, defeating
the evil Lord Janic and his seven lich followers, he was satisfied
that he was indeed invincible. Hunding then turned to formulating
his philosophy of"the Way of the Sword". He wrote
his Learnings down in the BOOK OF CIRCLES while living as
a hermit in a cave in the mountains of high desert in his
In that year Hunding having enlisted in the
many battles of the empire, defeating all opponents, had thought
himself ready for death and retired to his cave to capture
his strategy and mystical visions to share with other Sword
Singers. It was after his completion of the scroll of the
Circle that the Singers found him composing his death poem
and preparing to join the gods of war in final rest.
At sixty he was a vigorous man, who thought
himself through with life, but his people,the sword-singers
needed him. They needed him as never before.
Torn's Sword Hunt, had separated the Singers
from the common people, and the rise of the Last Emperor began
the last great strife of the desert empire. The Emperor and
his consort Elisa's final effort to wrest control of the empire
from the people by destroying the sword-singers. Hira vowed
to search out every Singer with his Brigand army composed
of Orcs and castoffs of the wars of the empire, and to scourge
them from the face of the planet.
The Sword Singers were never a numerous people.
The harsh desert kept the births few, and growing up in the
unforgiving wastes eliminated all but those of iron spirit
and will. Thus the final strife which became knows as the
"War of the Singers" found the people of the sword
unprepared and unready to join together their individually
great skills into an army that could defend their homes and
Frandar Hunding was sought out, his death
poem interrupted, and unceremoniously command of the singers
was thrust upon him. To the unknown gods of war great thanks
is owed that Hunding had the time in his cave to write down
his years of accumulated wisdom, of strategy, of the way of
the Shehai. The singers fled from their camps up into the
desert hills and mountains. Fled to the foot of Hattu "the
father of Mountains" where Hunding had gone to write
in peace and to die, and there these remnants formed into
the Army of the Circle - they learned Hunding's Way, his strategies
his tactics, and the final great vision for a master stroke.
Hunding devised a plan of seven battles leading
the Armies of Hira further and further into the wilderness
to the foot of Hattu, where the final battle could be fought.
Hunding called his plan the "Hammer and the Anvil".
With each battle Hunding's Singers would further learn his
strategies and tactics, grow strong in the use of the Shehai,
and be ready to defeat their opponents in the seventh battle.
And thus it was, the six first battles were waged, each neither
victory or defeat, each leading to the next. The larger armies
of Hira following the small army of Hunding. Outnumbered thirty
to one, the singers never faltered from the Way. The stage
was set, Hira and his Army maneuvered to the base of Hattu
Mountain, where the hammer blow was delivered. The battle
was pitched, and many singers fell that day. Hunding knew,
that the singers who lived would be few, but Hira and his
empire of evil would not live and so it went.
At the end Hunding and less that twenty thousand
Singers survived the day, but no army of evil was left to
pillage and murder, more than three hundred thousand fell
that day on Hattu. Of those who were left to run and live,
all were scattered to the four winds, and organized force
The singers packed their lives, folded their
tents, mourned their dead, and followed Hunding to the great
port city of Arch, in the province of Seawind. There Hunding
had a flotilla of ships waiting. The Singers left their desert
for a new land. No longer welcome in the desert empire, they
left to be sung about and spoken of in legend. The final great
warrior, the singers of Shehai, the Book of Circles, all leaving
that land where their virtue was unappreciated. Red, red with
blood they were in the eyes of the gentle citizenry, never
mind that they had saved them from a great evil.
The singers vowed to learn new ways as they
traveled across the great ocean to their new land. To adopt
a new name, but to honor the past. In honor of their final
battle, they named their new land Hammerfell and adopted the
In honor to Hunding the great warrior prince,
each household in Hammerfell has a place by the hearth an
alcove really, just a niche, big enough to hold the scroll
- The Book of Circles.
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