The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard is an action-adventure game developed and published by Bethesda Softworks with a third person style, set in the world of The Elder Scrolls. The game takes place in Tamriel in the year 864 of the Second Era, some 400 years prior to the events of Arena and the rest of the series. The story is about Cyrus, a young Redguard, who arrives on the island of Stros M'kai in order to find his missing sister, Iszara, and subsequently finds himself in the middle of political intrigue.
Redguard runs on MS-DOS and features a software mode as well as a 3D accelerated mode for computers with a Voodoo 2 graphics card. The game's manual also included a section called the Pocket Guide to the Empire (often abbreviated as PGE, or PGttE), in which details were given on all the provinces of the Empire during that Era. This guide is written from the point of view of an Imperial, and has several handwritten notices in it written by an anti-imperial. Lastly, in some distributions of the game, the map that was provided in the box was partially burnt to provide an additional level of verisimilitude.
The game has picked a strange combination of MS-DOS and Windows mode, which makes it really hard to emulate using either a DOS emulator or a pure Windows-compatible layer, without proper MS-DOS support (like Wine). The game itself runs through a MS-DOS prompt, while taking advantage of the Windows memory management.
Bethesda Softworks has never released a patch for this game.
Early copies of Redguard also shipped with a comic book depicting the events that led up to Cyrus' adventure on Stros M'kai.
The main character Cyrus is mentioned in a song sung by the first mate of the ship, the Marie Elena, in The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion. Also there is a character called 'Cyrus' who is a Redguard and is a member of the Blades who can be found at Cloud Ruler Temple in The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion.
The game has also been reported to run under Windows XP with a few workarounds.