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【书籍搬运】The Fall of the Usurper 篡位者覆灭记

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原文作者: Palaux Illthre
原文地址: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:The_Fall_of_the_Usurper
翻译:yahoocom
修订:安维尔的盖乌斯

在每年日晓月的第5天,德温安地区的人们都要一起庆祝一个叫"奥瑟罗克潮汐节"的节日,正是这位从高岩荒野里走出并具有传奇色彩的人物击溃了在幽魂沼泽城堡里的不死军队。他因此也成为了德温安的第一位男爵。现在很少有人会去相信那个传说,但德温安领地中的奥瑟罗克男爵的确成为了高岩行省历史中的一位真正的英雄。

大部分在德温安的居民都会告诉你关于那个传说的事。那是发生在很久很久以前(文献案卷保管人们都认为是发生在3纪元的253年)。那年, 德温安的人们都被一个巫妖以及他手下的那些由僵尸,吸血鬼,鬼魂以节骷髅兵所组成的大军支配。在受到了神灵们的祝福后,奥瑟罗克指挥了一支由人类和动物组成的军队击溃了死亡军团。他把繁荣和和平又带回给了这片土地,此后这片土地一直保持着迅速地发展势头。几年后,他又指挥着他弱小的领地中的领民们对抗强大的篡位者卡莫兰,最后他拯救了整个泰姆瑞尔大陆。

拥有击败篡位者卡莫兰如此的功绩,这个男爵无论获得多少荣誉都不算过分。在第三纪元267年,篡位者卡莫兰的军队无情地向高岩行省的北部扫荡,最后被一个现在叫做德温安的地区所牵制。那时那里的地域面积比今天的德温安要小—-但它拥有着一个海港,那时有一场叫作"火浪之战"的战斗就发生在海岸边。但事实上那场战斗并没有发生在德温安地区里,因为敌人对男爵的参战抱以轻视的态度。

篡位者卡莫兰在那时已经依靠着庞大的军队占领了落锤行省和瓦伦伍德行省。传说中他手下的军队全是由一群不死生物和迪德拉所组成,但在占领了上述两个行省后,他把大部分军队都替换成了红卫和木精灵士兵。据推测,篡位者是在艾伦西亚召唤了大量的不死生物和迪德拉,然后在占领的过程中慢慢地把那些不死士兵替换成占领地区的士兵。在瓦伦伍德中加入篡位者军队的大部分都是雇佣兵。

在266年伊始,篡位者大军的先锋已经抵达了高岩行省,但当地的人们却对侵略者没有任何的反抗,直到第二年的来临。历史学家们指出有两个因素导致当年高岩的迟疑不决。第一,行省力量最强的海湾地区被一群不称职的君主们所统治——途歇和哨卫的国王在当地属于少数派;而匕落则因为国内的意见不合而一分为二:海伦娜和她的堂兄杰拉特各自为政;瑞克·格拉德堡领地(现在是安提克莱地区)的领主在266年末病死了。简单的说,就是没有领袖人物来联合整个行省的力量对抗篡位者的军队。当然在行省内还是有一些影响力比较大的君主(至少有八位,就是传说中的"八位背叛者"),但他们为了保全自己的领地而和篡位者秘密签下了联盟协议。

导致高岩在当时毫无抵抗的第二个因素是行省与帝国间的关系太过疏远。那时的帝国皇帝是自赛普丁王朝开创以来第一位既不是布莱顿人又没在高岩度过自己童年时光的皇帝。皇帝塞弗勒斯二世对待高岩的态度和他的堂兄尤瑞尔四世大不一样。尤瑞尔四世非常重视高岩行省的人民,就连当年的疯子皇帝佩拉吉奥斯三世对布莱顿人的待遇都比其他种族要来的高;帝国皇帝的表亲以及兄弟们自从帝国建立以来就一直统治着高岩。但塞弗勒斯不一样,他是一个诺德人,因此他比较看重天际和晨风。在高岩人都有着赞成篡位者卡莫兰对抗帝国皇帝的想法。

但男爵和他的那些并不出名的盟友们(伊卡隆,弗里吉亚和坎布里亚的领主)改变了这种想法。因为不断有消息传来报告篡位者的军队正残暴对待俘虏以及疯狂蹂躏那些被他们占领的土地。这些消息大多属实并很快在他的领地和那些中立的地区内传播开来。几个月后,一支无比庞大的舰队在骼骨湾边上集结。大概只有皇帝尤瑞尔五世入侵阿卡维尔大陆时的舰队才能与之相比。

高岩联军击败篡位者卡莫兰大军的经过足以够的上写一本传奇书籍了。也许应该把经过留给大家们来想象吧。可能是当时的天气帮助了联军,如果真是这样的话那也可以说是神灵保佑。

赞颂奥瑟罗克男爵的神圣使命就是"奥瑟罗克潮汐节"的主题。诗人布赖罗克曾写到:“想要找到事件的真相,最聪明的办法就是先看小说。”

新手注释:
Dwynnen——————-位于High Rock行省的一个地区.

“Othrok tide”————一个纪念英雄Othrok男爵的节日.

Camoran Usurper———-一个强大的巫妖王,在皇帝Cephorus二世的执政期间率领僵尸,吸血鬼大军侵略了Tamrie大陆,造成无数的死伤.

Othrok———————Dwynnen的第一位男爵.他的最大功绩就是击败了Camoran Usurper.

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The Fall of the Usurper
by Palaux Illthre
A speculative analysis as to the part played by Baron Othrok of Dwynnen in the downfall of the Camoran Usurper


The people of Dwynnen celebrate Othroktide every 5th of Suns Dawn, the date when, according to legend, a man emerged from the wilderness of High Rock and defeated the undead of Castle Wightmoor to become the first Baron of Dwynnen. Few people believe the legend anymore, but there most certainly was a Baron Othrok of Dwynnen who was destined to become one of true heroes of High Rock, if not all Tamriel.
The legend, as most any Dwynnen child will tell you, is that years and years ago (archivists have agreed to the year 3E 253), the people of Dwynnen were ruled by alich and its armies of zombies, ghosts, vampires, and skeletons. Othrok was blessed with by gods and given an army of men and animals to destroy the dead. He brought peace and prosperity to the land, growing more powerful as the land improved. Years later, he led the tiny barony against the Camoran Usurper, and saved all of Tamriel.
How much credit the Baron ought to receive for the defeat of the Camoran Usurper has been debated, but it is an uncontestable [sic] fact that in the year 3E 267, the Camoran Usurper's relentless move north through High Rock was halted around the area of contemporary Dwynnen. Dwynnen is actually larger than it was in the first Baron's day - it did not, in fact, have a sea port - but the Battle of Firewaves was a coastal battle. The fact that the battle probably did not occur in Dwynnen does not in itself belittle the Baron's participation in it.
The Camoran Usurper had conquered Hammerfell and Valenwood by means of a large army, which by legend consisted entirely of undead and daedra, but was mostly composed of Redguards and Wood Elves. In all probability, the Usurper summoned the daedra and undead in Arenthia and slowly replaced the original summoned creatures with the armies of his conquered territories. Most armies of Valenwood have been historically mercenary.
Word of the Usurper's conquests reached High Rock in early 266, but preparations to repel the invasion did not begin until early the following year. Historians attribute two factors to High Rock's hesistancy [sic]. The primary powers of the Baywere ruled by particularly inept monarchs - Wayrest and Sentinel both had kings in their minority, and Daggerfall was torn by contention between Helena and her cousin Jilathe. The Lord of Reich Gradkeep (now Anticlere) was deathly ill through 266 and finally died at the end of the year. There were, in short, no leaders to unite the province against the Usurper. Of the leaders with any influence, at least eight (the "Eight Traitors" of legend) made secret allegiances with the Usurper to protect their lands.
The secondary reason for the lethargy of High Rock had to do with the depth of relations between the province and the Septim Empire. For the first time since the beginning of the Dynasty, an Emperor ruled Tamriel who was neither Breton nor had spent any of his childhood in High Rock. The difference between Cephorus II and his cousin Uriel IV who preceded him was appalling to the people of High Rock. Even mad Emperors like Pelagius III revered the Bretons over all other races, and cousins and younger siblings of the Emperors have ruled in High Rock since the foundation of the Empire. Cephorus was a Nord, with Skyrim and Morrowind sympathies. The attitude of the common men of High Rock was sympathetic toward the Camoran Usurper as an archfoe of this hated Emperor.
The Baron and his less legendary allies, the rulers of YkalonPhrygia, andKambria, changed this favorable perception. News of the Usurper's barbaric treatment of captives and abuse of conquered lands, mostly true, spread rapidly through their territories, and then to other neutral lands. Within a few months, the greatest navy ever combined organized along the High Rock edge of the Iliac Bay. Only the navy of Uriel V's illfated invasion of Akavir was comparable.
How the combined forces of High Rock defeated the endless army of the Camoran Usurper is certainly worthy of a lengthy book in itself. And perhaps, it is best left to the public imagination. Certainly the weather worked against the Usurper, which is reason in itself to attribute divine intervention.
Baron Othrok's divine purpose is the central theme to Othroktide, after all. And as the poet Braeloque wrote, To find the facts, the wisest always look first to the fiction.

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