Michael Kirkbride is a former designer for Bethesda Softworks who was the Art Director and writer for Redguard and Morrowind. He is and still active in the Elder Scrolls community, despite leaving the company before Tribunal's development. He is responsible for a large amount of lore in the Elder Scrolls universe, and was asked by Bethesda to author a few in-game books for Oblivion. Following his departure from Bethesda he worked at Telltale Games (later Skybound Games), writing for critically acclaimed titles such as Batman: The Telltale Series and Minecraft: Story Mode, and now works as a Senior Narrative Designer at Ascendant Studios. Michael continues to write additions to The Imperial Library and the Lore section on the Official Forums, and he also did some contract work for the Knights of the Nine download. He spent several years preparing for the release of an open-source graphic novel, C0DA, which is set in the Elder Scrolls universe.