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【书籍搬运】Newgate’s War Of Betony Newgate笔下的Betony战争

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英文名:Newgate’s War Of Betony
作者:Vulper Newgate
原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:Newgate%27s_War_Of_Betony
翻译:yahoocom

如果我们向读者讲述起整个Iliac海湾地区的历史的话,读者从中受到的惊吓的程度要远远高过那些有关Underking的可怕传说.和在第一纪元和第二纪元发生的战争相比,我这次要带给大家的是最近才发生的Betony战争.围攻兽人首都Orsinium的行动从1纪元950年一直持续到1纪元的980 年,中间没停止过;Thrassian瘟疫和Righteousness战争在第二纪元席卷了整个Iliac海湾地区并夺走了半数人的生命.现在 Betony战争吸引了我们,并不仅仅是因为它就发生在现在.

很讽刺地说,一开始Betony的领主Mogref只是想寻求Daggerfall的保护以便维持长久的和平.Betony岛长久以来一直是一个独立自治的地区,但是在海湾地区的海盗活动越来越猖獗,Mogref清楚地看清了Betony目前的困境,他必须寻求更强势力的保护.国王Lysandus听取了包括首席牧师Vanech在内很多人的意见后接受了Betony岛的臣服.因为Betony是一个渔业相当发达的小岛并且它的地理位置极具战略意义.合并 Betony都被看作是一次善举,因为国王Lysandus知道如果没人帮助Betony的话,这个小岛就很快会落入海盗们的手里;相比之下,并入 Daggerfall这种结果就要好的多了.

不幸的是,Sentinel王国的国王Camaron并不同意.他翻出了200年前的一纸条约并宣布Betony岛一直是属于Sentinel王国的,因此他就像Daggerfall宣战了.做为一个传统好战的国家,他手下大多数的大多数将领和谋臣都支持国王Camaron的这次行动.但国王的首席智囊, 一个叫Oracle的女人却预见了失败和死亡将发生在即将开始的战争.但她的智慧并没有被国王认可,她被驱逐出了宫廷.其实,Camaron应该听从她的建议.

战争爆发了,虽然Sentinel赢得了几场局部战斗,但主要几场大战斗的赢家全是Daggerfall.Lysandus国王,他的继承人王子 Gothryd和军队的将领Bridwell指挥并参与了同Sentinel军队的战斗并且赢得了"Bluffs决战"和"围攻Craghold"的几次决定性战斗.

或许只要在多一场胜利,Daggerfall就可以拿下这场战争,但此时在国王Lysandus的宫廷里却发生了一次内部事件.国王的母亲,老王后 Nulfaga从战争一开始就心神不安.但她现在却能看见一场剧变即将来临,她看见了她的儿子Lysandus将在这场战争中死去,如果让这场战争继续下去的话.但因为被胜利冲昏了头,Lysandus并没有听从他母亲的话直到他的母亲Nulfaga离开了宫厅.这时Lysandus才意识到母亲的话是有依据的,战争继续的话他是有可能会丧生.从而他开始积极的策划与Sentinel王国的和解并请了中立的领族在Reich Gradkeep进行调解活动.

但这次调解并没有成功.国王Camaron一开始表现的很客气,因为他已经失去了那么多次的战争.但当他得知这次他即将签署的和解条约里有一条就是与 Daggerfall平分Betony岛时,他一下子就变的狂暴起来了.在事先都没声明的情况下他突然袭击了中立贵族,Camaron又命令他的军队在 Reich Gradkeep进行攻击,战斗从从宫殿持续到街头,到处都血流成河.最后Daggerfall的军队终于控制住了事态.事后,Sentinel的军队往 Yeorth Burrowland撤退,而Daggerfall的军队则持续追击他们直到在Ravennia森林外他们才停下来安营扎寨.

一星期后,双方都各自派来了援军.两国军队来到了一片开满野花的草原上分开列队,这片草原被称做Cryngaine Field.突然响起了一阵爆炸声,一片不寻常的雾笼罩了两军,雾使双方的士兵都不能看见任何东西.当雾消散后,国王Lysandus的尸体被发现了,他的喉管被一支不知名的弓箭给射穿.

Daggerfall的军队并没有因为国王的死而悲伤太久;年轻的王子Gothryd在之前的战斗中已经显示出了勇敢的战斗作风并深得军心,在 Daggerfall的军队的战线后他被授予了国王的王冠.继承王位后,Gothryd命令自己的军队向前进发.在成为国王后Gothryd身先士卒,战斗中表现的异常勇敢,他的这种行为鼓舞了军队的士气.战斗的形势开始转变了,Sentinel的军队开始变的慌乱.在那些红色守卫的军队撤离之前, Gothryd遇见了Camaron.这时,两个君主之间的战斗爆发了.Gothryd和Camaron都是很出色的战士,但似乎Gothryd的剑术在那天更加强一些,Camaron在战斗中死去了.Sentinel的领主Oresme在那天正式向DaggerfalL投向降并且宣布放弃一切在 Betony岛的官方权利,后来在回
Sentinel的海上,Oresme自杀了.

在Iliac海湾的两岸,和平是一个很难的进程.在和平条约中的其中一项就是Gothryd和公主Aubk-i结婚;公主Aubk-i是Sentinel 国王Camaron和女王Regent Akorithi的女儿.这项条款的意义在于重塑两国间的友好关系,但它只成功了一半.因为不少Sentinel的贵族都认为公主Aubk-i在这场战争后成为了DaggerfalL的囚犯而不是一条联结DaggerfalL和Sentinel的纽带.

在Reich Gradkeep领主家庭中幸存者只有一个婴孩.因此该领地的一些谋臣们建议贵族Auberon Flyte,也就是Graddock的堂兄进行摄政来管理这个领地.Flyte接受了这个建议,他的集权统治方式应该可以重新恢复在那次血腥事件过后的 Reich Gradkeep.他属下的臣民对他的做法比较赞同,所以当那个婴孩死后,Flyte自己和妻子就真正的得到了这个领地并把Reich Gradkeep改名为Anticlere.

Betony战争后的恐慌一直残存到现在.尽管国王Gothryd和公主Aubk-i 的婚姻能给Daggerfall,Sentinel 两国带来和平,带今后的事态会如何发展我们谁也不知道.

写于:第三纪元,404年,14日,日晓

新手注释:
Lysandus———————-Daggerfall的国王,在Betony战争中死去.

Camaron———————-Sentinel的国王

Nulfaga——————-一个巫婆,也是Lysandus的母亲.Daggerfall的老王后.

Aubk-i——————-Sentinel的公主.在战争结束后嫁往Daggerfall.

Gothryd————————Daggerfall的国王,Lysandus之子.

在上古卷轴2的故事一开始,你就受到皇帝Uriel Septim VII的召见并被派到Daggerfall去调查Lysandus的冤魂.所以Betony战争就是上古卷轴2:匕首雨故事主线的前奏.

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The War of Betony
by Vulper Newgate
A description of the events of the War of Betony

The history of the Iliac Bay, if told in its entirety, would horrify readers more than the most gruesome legend of the Underking. In comparison to the wars of thefirst and second era, our most recent appeal to arms, the War of Betony pales. TheSiege of Orsinium lasted from 1E 950 until 1E 980 without a pause. A thousand years later, the Thrassian Plague coupled with the War of Righteousness slayed over half the population of the Iliac Bay. And yet, the War of Betony fascinates us, and not just because of its immediacy.
Ironically, Lord Mogref of Betony was seeking peace when he asked for Daggerfall's protection on the Isle of Betony. The island had long been independant [sic], but as the piracy in the Bay increased, Mogref truly realized Betony's vulnerability. KingLysandus agreed to be Betony's liege, on advice of many, including his archpriest ofKynareth, Lord Vanech. While Betony is a prosperous fishing island and well-placed strategically, the vassalage of Betony was primarily an act of charity. Lysandus knew that if someone did not help Betony, it would fall to the pirates, if not to someone worse.
Unfortunately, King Camaron of Sentinel did not agree. Citing a two hundred year old contract, obliquely if not illegally written to suggest that Betony was atraditional holding of the Kingdom of Sentinel, Camaron declared war. The majority of his advisors, being warlords in a traditionally bellicose country, supported their king in this. The Chief Counselor, a woman called The Oracle, foresaw death and defeat in the war, but her wisdom was stifled and she was banished from court. Camaron should have listened to her.
A few scrimages [sic] of the War of Betony went to Sentinel, but the major battles were all won by Daggerfall. King Lysandus, his heir Prince Gothryd, and the general of the army Lord Bridwell were fine leaders and warriors as well, and the Battle of the Bluffs and the Siege of Craghold both went to Daggerfall.
The war might have been won with one more victory, but for an unusual domestic incident in King Lysandus' court. The king's mother, the dowager queen Nulfaga, had been uneasy about the war since its beginning, but she now began to have visions of cataclysm. She saw the death of her beloved son should the war continue. Ebullient by his success, King Lysandus refused to listen to her fears until Nulfaga left court. Lysandus then realized how certain she was about his impending death. He began to actively negotiate a peace treaty with Sentinel, using the neutral lordship of Reich Gradkeep as facilitator.
The Treaty of Reich Gradkeep was never to be. King Camaron was initially civil, as the losing side of a war is often civil, but when he realized that the proposed treaty would have included a formal declaration that the kingdoms of Sentinel and Daggerfall would share Betony, he flew into a rage. With no thought for the protocol of attacking a neutral peaceable lordship, Camaron order his army to riot through Reich Gradkeep. First the halls of the palace, and then the streets of the capitol ran red with blood. It was only with the support of the Daggerfall army that the chaos was brought under relative control. The Sentinel army fled to the Yeorth Burrowland, and the Daggerfall army chased them as far as the Ravennian Forest before making camp.
One week later, after each had a chance to send for reinforcements and plan their strategies, the armies met in the field that separated them, the flowering meadowland called Cryngaine Field. In the heat of the clash, an unnatural fog spread over the field, blinding all combatants. When the mist finally lifted, King Lysandus' body was found, his throat pierced by an unmarked arrow.
Daggerfall did not waste any time in mourning; young prince Gothryd, who had shown great bravery in battle and was very popular among the troops, was crowned King of Daggerfall just behind the battle lines, and he ordered the army onward. Perhaps it was the sight of the brave young warrior turned king appearing on the battlefield in full regalia that inspired the Daggerfall army, perhaps the battle would have turned regardless, Sentinel began to panic. King Gothryd met King Camaron before theRedguards had retreated, and the two monarchs fought. Both were excellent warriors, but Gothryd was a more skillful swordsman, and Camaron fell that day. Lord Oresme of Sentinel formally surrendered to Daggerfall, giving up all rights to Betony officially. He later commited [sic] suicide on the ship back to Sentinel.
Peace was a difficult process for the cities and towns on both sides of the Iliac Bay. As part of the formal peace treaty, King Gothryd asked for the hand of Princess Aubk-i, only daughter of the late King Camaron and the Queen Regent Akorithi. The request was intended to restore friendship between the kingdoms, and it was partially successful though many in the royal court of Sentinel viewed the princess as more a prisoner of war than a bond to Daggerfall.
The only surviving member of the ruling family of Reich Gradkeep was a sickly infant, so the councilors of state appealed to Lord Auberon Flyte, a cousin of Lord Graddock, to rule the lordship in regency. Lord Flyte accepted, and his strong, almost dictatorial style was just what Reich Gradkeep needed to restore order after the bloody Treaty of Reich Gradkeep. His subjects were grateful that when the infant heir died, they not only elevated his wife Doryanna and him from regents to rulers, they agreed to rename the lordship in his honor. Reich Gradkeep became Anticlere, named after his ancestral home.
The horrors of the War of Betony still live on, even in Anticlere. Whether Daggerfall and Sentinel will be able to use the marriage of King Gothryd and Princess Aubk-i as a symbol of peace rather than discord is something that only the future can show.
-- 14 Suns Dawn 3E 404

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