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[NEW GUILD] Ra'Gada Sword-Singers

Ra'Gada Sword-Singers

"The best techniques are passed on by the survivors."
―Gaiden Shinji, Blademaster 1E 947

Everyone know who Redguards are – dark-skinned people that hail from Hammerfell, excellent warriors and craftsmen, but where did they come from? Where does their name come from? What were they like before they came to Tamriel and where did they come from?

There was once a continent of Yokuda, where Redguards, Lefthanded Elves and Yokudans lived together, but after some time Yokuda great war between the Redguards and Elves erupted, and that was the time when Redguards have shown their battle superiority for the first time. When the war finished, Yokudan Empire was founded, and it is said that it was four times bigger than Tiber Septim's Empire. Emperor created elite warriors, known as the Sword-Singers, and most elite among them were members of the Ansei, while mages were in order known as Hiradirge. The Sword Singers, being peoples from the desert, were not particularly numerous, as the harsh landscape kept births few, however "growing up in the unforgiving wastes eliminated all but those of iron spirit and will."
They weren't only recognized by the Emperor, they were also very popular and adored by the Yokudan people. Sword-Singers acted as protectors of the law, and where guards couldn't solve the problem, Sword-Singers intervened, and The Ansei acted as Emperor's bodyguards, while Hiradirge acted almost as members of completely unrelated society. They were also knows (Hiradirge) as Masters of Stone Magic. In 1E 376 Emperor was overthrown and Yokuda entered a long and exhausting civil war of various Redguard warlords, warrior monks and brigands that lasted almost 300 years.

In 1E 780, Frandar Hunding, retired and living as a hermit in Mount Hattu, writes his book, the Book of Circles, a book for Sword-Singers to emulate his fighting style. At that time only one other great army survived – Armies of Hira. Also, most members of the Hiradirge separated from the Sword-Singers, thinking that they should rule Yokuda. Frandar then formulated a plan, to be fought in a total of seven battles, to lead the Armies of Hira further and further into the wilderness, to the foot of Mount Hattu, where the final battle was to be fought. This plan he called the Hammer and the Anvil. With each battle, the Army of the Circle, the untrained, undisciplined group of warriors that was his people, would learn more about his strategies and tactics, and grow stronger in the use of the Shehai, and be ready to defeat Hira's forces by the seventh battle. The battles progressed, and neither side was able to claim victory or defeat, but only able to slow down the progress of Hira's forces, with his large force advancing on the smaller army of Hunding. Though outnumbered thirty to one, his forces never faltered, and continued with his plan, and when his army maneuvered to the base of Hattu Mountain, the "Hammer" blow was delivered. The battle began, and many singers died, but Frandar Hunding knew, that, although few of his army would survive the battle (due to impossible differences in numbers), if successful, Hira and his army would not survive.

After the battle, in 1E 792, when Hiradirge most powerful mages heard of their defeat, they decided to take revenge on all of Yokuda and by series of powerfull earthquakes and turned entire Yokuda into desert (before that only parts of it were desert). Fewer than twenty thousand Singers survived, but there was no army left to pillage and murder. There were more than 300,000 dead that day on the battlefield. Of the survivors, they were no longer an organized band of bandits.
The Singers, though, mourned their losses and followed Hundar to the great port city of Arch, in the province of Seawind, where Hunding had a flotilla of ships waiting. Knowing that they could no longer live in the desert empire, they left their homeland in search of a new one. The acts of Hunding, the Singers of Shehai, the Book of Circles and much more was unappreciated by the people, and thus they left their homeland. From there, the people left their homeland, of Yokuda, vowing to learn new ways as they travelled across the ocean. The vowed to adopt a new name, but to still honour the past. In honour of their final battle on Yokuda, they named the new land Hammerfell.

The term “Redguard” has two origins: one is derived verson of Ra’Gada – ancient Redguard fleet that destroyed Lefthanded Elves and later, they were leading Redguards journey to Tamriel and conquered what is now known as Hammerfell, and other origin is from the fact that Redguards adopted that name from Yokudans, as the Yokudans saw them as blood-red peoples, and they had guarded them from the evils of Hira. Many Redguard patriots refer to Redguards as Ra’Gada.

When Redguards opened to the Breton because of their common enemy, the Orcs, Ansei formed another group of warriors called Order of Diagna, who were led by Gaiden Shinji, famous blademaster who led Siege of Orsinium and founded Imperial City Arena.

So, that is the story of how Ra’Gada Sword-Singers came to be.

Ranks of the guild are:
Blademaster – leader
Ansei - High officer of the guild (strongest warriors and mages in the guild)
Order of Diagna – Lower officer of the guild (very active members)
Sword-Singer – member of the guild

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