During the events of Octopath Traveler, a rare and valuable book is obtained by Atlasdam's library. This book is entitled 'The Church of the Sacred Flame: A Complete Histore'. However, Russell, overwhelmed with debt, sought to steal the valuable book. In order to do this, he stole a key to the archives from a sleeping guard. Cyrus found out about all this after he went to read the book and found it was missing. He held an investigation in Atlasdam by interrogating numerous people, including Russell himself.
Russell is a scholar wearing a black robe, much like Cyrus. He has blonde hair.