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< Redguard: NPCs
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Location Draggin Tale
Race Cyro-Nordic
Gender Male
Tobias in the local tavern
Tobias' boat in the harbor

Tobias is an old friend of Cyrus, and the former captain of their mercenary crew, who is temporarily staying in Stros M'Kai at the Draggin Tale Inn. Cyrus received a letter from Tobias which led him to the island in search of his sister.

Talking to Tobias reveals a wealth of background information about Cyrus, the civil war in Hammerfell, and the rise of Tiber Septim's Empire. After he and Cyrus parted ways, he became a merchant, and this occupation eventually brought him to Stros M'Kai. Knowing Iszara was a loyal Crown, he feared for her safety and asked about her whereabouts at the temple. There, Brother Nidal told him she was missing. While on the island, Tobias became well acquainted with Dreekius, the Draggin Tale's barkeep, who smuggled the letter out of Stros M'Kai for him.

He will leave the tavern after the quest Contact the League on the boat docked at the harbor's east pier. If you asked the topic "Leaving" before then, Dreekius will give you 47 gold he left behind.

Related QuestsEdit

Official DescriptionEdit

Name: Tobias
Age: 57 (born 2E 807)
Race: Cyro-Nordic
Province of Birth: Cyrodiil (Colovian West)
Occupation: Merchant
Tobias was born in the Colovian west, near the battlefield of Sancre Tor. His Nordic father, Borgas, had served as the captain of the House Guard of Far Falkreath Estate, a merchant family with ties to the Holds of Skyrim. Borgas eventually married a Colovian daughter, but died in the Sack of Old Hrol'dan scarcely two years later. Tobias grew up with stories and romantic notions of his "father's fair Skyrim," a land of savagery and battle far different than the relatively civilized Colovian west. As soon as he could, he traveled to Haafingar to serve as a marine in the Longboat Legions of the Wulfharth Heirs. Ultimately, he deserted the ranks and became a smuggler, working the runs of the Iliac Bay. At Sentinel he met Cyrus, a Redguard lad who had long dreamed of leaving Hammerfell to sail the seas. When Cyrus killed Iszara's husband, Tobias took him in....
After the Raid on Tear, Cyrus and Tobias went their separate ways, keeping in touch only through their mutual fixer, the khajiit S'rathra. Tobias' most recent message to Cyrus comes from Stros M'kai, the island principality where the Redguards fell to the Empire, and where Iszara had relocated to after Baron Volag's Purge of the north.


  • Tobias also makes an appearance in Redguard's prequel comic, The Origin of Cyrus!
  • Tobias' voice is heard when you read his letter:
"I hope this letter finds your hands, friend. My latest travels have brought me to Stros M'Kai and no one here has seen your sister for 3 months. I fear the worst. I feel obligated to stay for a few weeks. I'll be at the Draggin Tale Inn, should you return. Tobias."
  • Tobias' full name is mentioned as Tobias Hold-None.[UOL 1]



Weapon drawn and you have not brawled:

"Don't, Cyrus. Not in here. You'll stir up the locals."

Brawling Forebear thugs:

"Cyrus. Pick on someone your own size."
"Careful of the fixtures, Cyrus."
"Keep away from me lad -- spill my ale, and you'll regret it."
"Come on, Cyrus. Stop playing with him."
"Point up, lad. And move him!"
"A bit out of shape, are we?"
"Getting old and slow, mate?"

First time:

"Cyrus! You made it! Come here, lad!"

Every other time:

"Say, laddie."
"What's working, laddie?"
After Escape the CatacombsEdit
"Ach! There he is, lizard! I told you they'd be no match for him!"
Dreekius: "We heard about your capture, Cyrus!"


First time:

"You look good! It's been too long!"
"If you hadn't retired --"
"Mercenary life's younger men's work!"
"Bah, he said."
"I prayed that you would get my letter."

Every other time:

"What's new, laddie?"
"Hello, Captain."


"Cyrus! What have you heard?"
"I need to ask you about something."


"What's wrong, Cyrus?"
"Hello, Captain."


After Escape the CatacombsEdit
"I was never worried, laddie! They didn't see you at Sancre Tor, when that Akavir mongrel--"
"Tobias, I have to tell you something important. Iszara was a part of the Restless League."
"It's true."
"Start at the beginning."


"It is lucky you were here, Tobias, or I wouldn't have known Iszara was in trouble. I have not been in Hammerfell since the --"
"I know, lad, what you mean."
"Anyway, Stros M'Kai has no one who could've reached me. Thank you."
"I sent the letter some weeks ago, Cyrus. I fear things have gotten worse for your sister since."
"How did you know where to reach me, Tobias? Our paths parted so long ago."
"I didn't send it to you directly. I knew that damn cat was probably still getting you into trouble even to this day.
"S'rathra seemed the likely solution, and through the channels I'd heard he'd made Wayrest his port of late."

(Unlocked by "Letter")

"He's moved from the throneseekers of the old Empire to the lesser lords of High Rock, still playing them to his benefit, raking in the gold on all fronts."
"I thought that Septim had solidified the Bretons."
"As much as the Witchmen will, but there is still a lot of money to be made in the drawing of borders before the provincial laws dry completely.
"Mercenaries are in great demand right now, as are fixers like our cat-friend."
"Does he still stink so?"
"To here."
"I think I will go to see him when I leave. It's been too long."
Worse for Your SisterEdit
"How do you mean worse? What more do you know about Iszara?"
"Nothing more than my letter has described -- that she is gone and no one knows where -- just a bad feeling that's grown worse with the wait.
"The Governor has not been merciful with the Crowns that survived the battle. I hear his dragon's belly is full of the overloud, and that many died later in the burning of the Old Quarter."
Old QuarterEdit

(Unlocked by "Worse for Your Sister")

"What happened to the Old Quarter?"
"The Crowns fled ashore there after the battle. It was their last stand. The Governor sent his dragon and it was done."'
"Was Iszara there?"
"That section of town is closed off. No one I've talked to knows if she was there or not."

(Unlocked by "Old Quarter")

"Where's the dragon now?"
"It's disappeared, too. Some say it has returned to the Imperial Province. Others that the Governor keeps it well-paid and fed in the Catacombs below the Palace."

(Unlocked by "Dragon")

"Is there another way into the Catacombs?"
"There is the traditional way."
"Imagine that I laughed. A secret entrance, maybe."
"Maybe. I don't know."
Who Knew IszaraEdit
"Who in this town knew of Iszara?"
"I did not question many for fear of ill allegiance. So I went to the temple to ask of her, for the brothers of Arkay are neutral in mortal affairs.
"There, Brother Nidal told me that Iszara had vanished and set me on the road of writing you. Also, Dreekius here knew that she was missing, too."
If first time asking and you haven't asked Dreekius: "Iszara", followed by:
"What can you tell me about Iszara?"
Dreekius: "She was a fervent one, your nestling, who hated the Empire not in hushed tones. After the occupation, she disappeared for awhile--"
"She disappeared three months ago."
Dreekius: "No, i'm talking about before that, right after the battle. Many crowns had scattered in the wake then, hiding where they could."
Dreekius: "I didn't see her for several days following, but then she showed up, needing a drink and rambling, tense on some decision."
"What then?"
Dreekius: "The Imperials came and i let her out through the back. I haven't seen her since."
Brothers of ArkayEdit

(Unlocked by "Who Knew Iszara")

  Tobias says that Brother Kithral (a Brother of Arkay) and Iszara both disappeared about the same time, and that they knew each other.
"So the priests are still safe from being conquered."
"Be that as it may, the temple is quite empty of priests, save for Brother Nidal. It seems some of their ranks have disappeared, also."
"I'm noticing a theme. Where did you hear that?"
"Nidal told me Brother Kithral vanished around the same time as your sister. And that they knew each other."
Brother NidalEdit

(Unlocked by "Brothers of Arkay")

"So I can count Brother Nidal as an ally, then?"
"On my word. He was most helpful, but he seemed to be holding something back."
"I wouldn't consider paranoia a bad character trait in Stros M'Kai these days. Besides, you're so ugly."
"That was it. He may open up to you more, being Iszara's brother and half as hard to look at."

(Unlocked by "Brothers of Arkay")

  Tobias says visit Brother Nidal at the temple to learn more about Iszara.
"Tell me about the temple."
"The head priest, a Brother Nidal, was very helpful in regards to Iszara. He seemed to know her well and shared my concern over her disappearance. He is worth an interview."
If you've talked to Nidal:
"We've spoken. But I'll keep him in mind."
"I think I saw it across the plaza."


"What is the 'Restless League,' Captain?"
"Where did you hear that name?"
"They attacked the ship that gave me passage --"
"Speak of it but in a whisper and not too often. The Governor is searching the surrounding waters for them and will see them broken and piked if he has his way.
"The League has survived the death of the Crown Prince and resists his enemies still.
"But they are few and going fewer from what I hear, and have been reduced to brigandry these days. Not far from the lives we led not too long ago."
"Bold are these brigands the Restless League, to attack a ship in the very harbor."
"They must be running low on provisions to act so desperately. They have been ghosts of late, and this appearance is their first since I've been here."
"How do you know about them, then?"
"They ran the Iliac before the war. Our lanes have crossed."
"But after the occupation they've stayed relatively scarce?"
"Yes, which is why their attack on you is so troubling. No one knew of your impending arrival...?"
"Nobody but S'rathra. Would it matter?"
"I'm not sure."
The Lives We LedEdit
"We were never brigands when I served under you, Captain, only mercenaries."
"Tell that to those on the other end of the sword, lad. You see more of yourself in the men of the Restless League than you'd care to admit, I'd wager."
"They're knaves with their eyes on providence, nothing more. My sword's never been dressed for diplomacy. Give me gold for a throat, the throat for a slight, and I'm well. Give me a well-paying war."
"War is the continuation of politics.' Erm, that's it, right?"
"You quote Hunding like a Redguard, Tobias."
"Political power grows along the blade of a sword.'"
"Okay, okay."
"A drink to the Redguards!"

(Unlocked by "The Lives We Led")

"I see you still remember your childhood heroes even if you've dismissed the homeland."
"Hunding is a universal wellspring."
"Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.'"
"See? Anyone could admire that."
"Tell me that your Redguard heart didn't buckle when you saw his statue at port."
"Frandar Hunding is a great hero to Hammerfell, I'll admit, and even a little to myself. Hail the great founder and all that nonsense.
"But it's an ill plan to try and trigger the homeland tug through the invocation of Hunding, Tobias."
"Don't forget he left his homeland, too. And never looked back."
"That's because it fell into the sea, you dolt...!"

Stros M'KaiEdit

"What brought you to Stros M'Kai?"
"War and the rumors of war. Every merchant that's near and seaworthy has come to Stros M'Kai in the wake of recent events --
"Either in the service of the Provisional Governor or to fill the sea-lines that Septim has shattered, and that the Crowns can run no more.
"I thought I might profit from a visit, but it has brought naught but sorrow and the sign of darker days. I fear I shall be leaving none too soon."
  Tobias says he sails from Stros M'kai at sundown to avoid risk of Imperial arrest.
"You are leaving, Captain? When and where for?"
"At sunset if all goes well. And as for where, whither I will. Stros M'Kai is not for me."
"But I thought you might help me."
"The Imperials have been asking about yours truly around the docks lately. I fear my inquiries into Iszara's disappearance have interested them in all the wrong ways.
"I will help you as I can through the course of this day, but after that I must be done with it. I am too old for an Imperial prison."
"It won't come to that."
"You haven't been here long enough. My ship is ready to leave at sundown, but don't worry. I'll be here until then, to help you along if you need it. A lot can transpire in a day. We will see each other again."
"Since when were you a merchant, Tobias?"
"The fight left me after our little foray into Morrowind. It's been sweet commerce ever since."

(Unlocked by "Merchant")

"I've not returned to Morrowind since then."
"Who'd want to?! All that ash and fire; those Dark Elves can keep their curse!"
"Don't forget the bugs."
"Ach! Which reminds me, Governor Richton has a little sting of his own from those parts -- his Lieutenant is a Dark Elf! Watch out for that one, always close by the Governor, hiding in his shadow!"
Dreekius: "Which means he's got plenty of room to maneuver!"
Dark ElfEdit

(Unlocked by "Morrowind")

"I'd welcome another chance at the Dark Elves. I've still got scars."
"Watch yourself."


(Unlocked if you brawl Forebear thugs; disappears once asked)

"I am out of practice, it seems, or else Iszara's plight disturbs me to distraction. Those goons have hurt me not a little. Where may I rest and heal these wounds?"
"Drink this and be done with it.
"There is no time to rest, for this city crawls with shadows that mean you harm, and your sister's among them.
"You can buy more of these at the Mage's Guild, or visit the temple, should you become wounded again. And knowing you, that will be often."
(Receive health potion)

Mage's GuildEdit

(Unlocked by "Healing")

"I can buy more healing potions in the Mage's Guild?"
"Aye. It's right across the plaza here. They've other magical trinkets for sale there, too. Give them a visit, and tell that cute lil elfin Apprentice that she needs to come see the ocean with me."

Draggin TaleEdit

"Is it safe to talk here?"
"As safe as any, and the ale is good. Dreekius can be trusted as much as any walking lizard can be. It might get a little rough with all the Forebears around but I'll be here until I leave Stros M'Kai."


(Unlocked by "Draggin Tale")

"The barkeep is a long way from Black Marsh, isn't he?"

If you don't know his name:

"Dreekius is his name?"

Followed by:

"That's right, and it's kept me good company in my wait for you. Trust it well after I leave, for it knows this island and all who live here. But don't bother asking about the Eye, because I already have."
The EyeEdit
"Dreekius knows of the Eye Of Argonia?"
"It's got the skin for it, wouldn't you say? I'll find the thing yet, and before you if I get my way."
Dreekius: "Another softskin with dreams of the priceless king's jewel of ancient Black Marsh? You look the sort, too, all sword and swagger. Tobias he described you well."
"Aye, but Cyrus here must save that adventure for another day. He's got a ssssister to find. I've told him that you will help him after I depart, lizard, so mark me well."
Dreekius: "Whatever you say."

Civil WarEdit

"Do you think Iszara chose sides in the civil war and that is why she has disappeared?"
"Your family's always been partisan, lad, since your early days in Sentinel. I ventured she still held her old allegiances even if you haven't.
"Few Crowns in Stros M'Kai survived the battle with the Imperials, but I know Iszara was one of them."
"Hearing of the defeat of the Crowns caused me much concern. When I arrived, I searched for word of Iszara's safety.
"The only ones here who knew of her said that she had disappeared shortly after the Imperials landed."
"I see the harbor is already arrayed in the flags of the Emperor, and that his men walk the streets as if born to them."
"Stros M'Kai's a dangerous port these days; there's an empire to be built, you know, and Tiber Septim shows no sign of slowing its increase from here to the edge of the world map.
"High Rock's border kings bent knee to the Cyrodiil long ago.
"Even my father's fair Skyrim is adorned with flags of red dragons and foreign men. We are entering a new era, I fear, with Septim's name writ long and wide upon it."
Tiber SeptimEdit

(Unlocked by "Imperials")

"Any kind words for our new Emperor?"
"He is good at what he does and sees the holes lesser men leave wide. No offense to your Prince A'tor, of course --"
"Hammerfell's problems are her own. I was only asking if Septim was the tyrant they say."
"Of course he is! Tyranny means never having to say you're sorry. But Iszara's fate has nothing to do with the Emperor, I'm sure.
"Look to the Provisional Governor if you suspect Imperial entanglements. He's the real tyrant around here."
Prince A'torEdit

(Unlocked by "Tiber Septim")

"How long were you in Wayrest, Cyrus?"
"Long enough to piss off the locals."
"A bay-ride from the Sentinel; close enough for you to hear about Prince A'tor, then."
"Yes. Of late the criers are tripping over each other there's so much to report of the blistery south."
"And you've listened to it all, I'm sure."
"Fine. Recount all word of Prince A'tor that I have shamefully ignored."
"When his father died and the capital of Sentinel was taken over by the Forebears, the Prince fled back here to his ancestral home of Stros M'Kai.
"After rallying the Crowns to his stead, he made for the throne again, and had it near.
"That's when the Empire came"
"Through a Forebear truce which no one expected. Again the Prince was forced back to Stros M'Kai, which he died defending. He will not long be forgotten. Lizard! Another drink!"
Forebear TruceEdit

(Unlocked by "Prince A'tor")

"What were the terms of the Forebear truce?"
"Originally, the Empire was to lend its armies to the Forebear cause in return for a swath of holding titles along the southeast border --
"But when Baron Volag disappeared during the ass-end of the war all bets were off. A new treaty was formed which garrisoned those Imperial armies in the cities --"
"Until such a time as the native rulership can see fit to reinstate itself safely on its rightful throne.'"
"Something like that, yes sir."

(Unlocked by "Imperials")

"Septim's no Cyrodiil from what I've heard, though he rules their remnants and rebuilds their Empire; he's something worse, or greater, depending on your disposition to the center sun."
"If he has no blood tie to the Cyrodiil throne then how did he make it his?"
"Come on. For the last four hundred years the petty kings of Cyrodiil have been squabbling over the title of Emperor, all claiming forebearance [sic] --
"Imperial throne's blood's thinner than a sea dream and half as wet. Tiber Septim took the throne as he took your people's."
"Hail the new conqueror."
"There's a good little subject."
Petty Kings of Cyrodiil
"You used to hire out to those petty kings, did you not?"
"Twenty years ago, maybe, when the whole heart of Tamriel was in chaos. I can admire Tiber Septim insofar that he has managed to consolidate the rags and tatters that bickered there then."
"No Empire is a good thing, Captain."
"There's a Redguard for you."

(Unlocked by "Imperials")

"So the Nord kings have submitted to Tiber Septim, too?"
"They do not worry overmuch. They have outlasted Empires before and this conquest will be no different.
"Hammerfell has been the bloodiest invasion of current record, and by comparison Skyrim's occupation seems like a ballet."
"Do you know if Iszara fought in the Battle of Stros M'Kai?"
"My investigations were limited, I'll admit. If she fought I can't say, but I would guess that she did.
"The battle was the penultra of the Crowns, and all who subscribed to the name no doubt took up arms. While most of them were slain at sea, others have been taken prisoner by the Governor."
Provisional Governor
  Tobias suspects Richton in Iszara's disappearance.
"Tell me about the Provisional Governor, Captain."
"When I arrived his soldiers showed me the finer points of Richton's new docking tax, and scoured my ship for Leaguesmen.
"I must say he's a bit of an asshole. You'd better watch yourself around him."
"So why aren't you in jail?"
"Meaning why aren't said soldiers in little boxes at the foot of the Palace gate? Because I didn't come to port to get myself in trouble, but to get your sister out."
"Should I look into seeing this Governor, then?"
"That's where I'd look, laddie."
Taken Prisoner
"Could she be in jail?"
"I haven't exactly knocked on the door to find out. That's your job now. But I know the Jail's off limits to non-Imperials, now. Read: no visitors whatsoever."
"We'll see about that."
"Imperial expansion has been feared for years. Why wasn't Hammerfell better prepared?"
"Factional squabbles, divided counsels, miscalculations.
"Crowns lost heart when they lost the capital. Forebears lost their heads -- completely -- when they welcomed the Empire's 'friendship and aid'."
"So the Empire played the Forebears pretty well, eh?"
"What else is a visionary with an open invitation to do? The Forebears are having futile second thoughts now, no doubt. Probably why they're so bitter and driven to bar brawls."

(Unlocked by "Empire")

  Tobias says his friend Siona down by the docks may be able to help with information about the Crowns.
"What of the Crowns?"
"Not too many left around here. The few that are don't admit it to just anyone.
If you are not yet friends with Siona:
"Talk to Siona, a friend of mine -- you may have seen her down by the docks. Tell her I sent you so she'll know you're no Imperial stoolie. She may be able to help you."

(Unlocked by "Empire")

"How have the Forebears fared under Septim's rule?"
"The throne of Sentinel is kept warm by another Imperial Governor, that should be indication enough."

(Unlocked by "Empire")

"How is the city of Sentinel? I never returned."
"For long my men plied the Iliac and Sentinel was along the run. That is how I came to know that Iszara moved from there to here.
"I kept up with her for your sake, if even it were a dream to think anything would come of it.
"When Volag's purge ignited through the north I went there seeking to help her, but she was already gone. Later I learned she'd come to Stros M'Kai."
Volag's PurgeEdit

(Unlocked by "Sentinel")

"What was Volag's purge?"
"When Thassad died, Baron Volag led the Forebears into an uprising for control of the capital. All Crowns were forced to leave Sentinel after that first massacre.
"Your sister was among those that followed the Prince here to Stros M'Kai to plan the counterattack. I swear, Cyrus, are you always such a lamebrain when it comes to word of recent Hammerfell?"
"I've...come to cultivate a certain indifference about the homeland --"
"And this is a good thing?"
"So his character is in question. Again."
"She was your sister, Cyrus!"
"I was probably miles away."
"A proximity often and on purpose, I'd suspect.
"Well, you're here now!"

(Unlocked by "Volag's Purge")

"Thassad II, so storied in song. It was unwise to invest the republic on one man."
"...?!? The Forebears are over there, Cyrus, if you want the company to match the sentiment."
"No. It's just... I mean, he was dying when I was still a young kid. We Redguards were only waiting for it to happen. My father kept his profession in one hand and a whetstone in the other.
"We knew that civil war would come. If Thassad was so great why didn't he do more in his life to protect the kingdom after his death?"
"Some things... have to be left for the son."
Baron VolagEdit

(Unlocked by "Volag's Purge")

"The head of the Forebears is a subject of the Empire now."
"Or subject to the Empire's execution, from speak of it. He disappeared the day Stros M'Kai was taken, and Sentinel lay in a similar state. Provisional Governors rule both cities now."

Smuggler's DenEdit

(Unlocked by hearing about it from Gerrick, Mariah, Prnell, or Siona)

"Captain, what do you know about the Smugglers' Den?"
"Knaves that aren't worth my cargo. You should forget about them."
"I see."

Audience with the GovernorEdit

(Unlocked after escaping the Catacombs)

"I met the Governor. Beautiful man. He told me that Iszara was in the Restless League and that he had nothing to do with her disappearance."
"But he's been hunting them! He knows more than that!"
"I believe him about Iszara. He's the kind that would gloat if he could. He's still not found their hideout. I have to find it first."

Escape from the CatacombsEdit

(Unlocked after quest Escape the Catacombs)

"How did you escape?"
"Good looks. The Catacombs let out near the harbor, and they seem to sprawl for miles. I didn't see any dragons, though."
"It must have returned to Cyrodiil."
"From starvation, I guess. There's no one left in the League to feed it. They're all in good hiding somewhere here in Stros M'Kai. And Iszara is with them."

League HideoutEdit

(Unlocked after escaping the Catacombs)

"I have to find the Restless League, Captain."
"They say they can be contacted through the abandoned lighthouse over in Saintsport --"
"Aye, a Leaguesman I met in the Catacombs told me that I could signal his mates from there, but he didn't tell me how."
"I don't know the signal."
Dreekius: "Sorry, Cyrus, I don't either."
"You bes' find someone who's seen it. And hope they haven't told the Empire about it already."


After escaping the Catacombs:

"I don't have much time. Thanks again, Tobias."
"Cast off, laddie. And don't forget your old captain."


"I'll be back. If you're not here... thanks for everything. And good luck."
"Just find your sister and get out of here. And send word through S'rathra.
"Go on. You'll do fine."

Unused DialogueEdit

A subtopic of "Civil War" named "Miles Away" would have appeared between "Sentinel" and "Volag's Purge", but the variable that enables it is never set:

"I have dreaded a meeting with Iszara again. I still do. I wish I might find her safe or save her from afar."
"Anonymous rescue."
"Something like."
"Wake up, Cyrus. It's been what? Ten years since you hung Hakan on your sword. She has moved on, this is obvious. She may have even forgiven you."
"I can't even remember what Hakan looks like. Just some face behind a swordguard.
"He hit her, I drew, he drew, we dueled. It was over in seconds. Now it seems a thin excuse for murder --"
"It wasn't murder. He had a sword, too."
"For half a second, maybe.... But that's not what really bothers me. He deserved to die if there is such a thing.
"It was leaving Iszara there to sew it all back up. And then, the war... Where was I then?"

A line similar to the one from "Imperials" exists, probably intended as an idle line:

"Stros M'Kai's a dangerous port these days. There's an empire to be built, ya know."

Another line for the topic "S'rathra", before his first response:

"How is that old scapegrace?"