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【书籍搬运】 The War of Betony Fav’te笔下的Betony战争

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英文名:The War of Betony
作者:Fav’te
原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:Fav%27te%27s_War_Of_Betony
翻译:yahoocom

对布莱顿人刚愎的性格和不一的行为有没有更好的解释?历史会记住Betony战争吗??他们有着最恶心的动机,用尽了最卑鄙的手段最后他们获得了并不光彩的胜利,这就是Daggerfall王国.他们的行为改变了Iliac海湾地区的战争方式,或许这种恶劣的影响能传播到Tamriel大陆的其它地方.我们把最近的那场屠杀称作Betony围攻战,但历史总是由胜利者来书写的,现在就让我们来说说我们眼中的Betony战争.

红色守卫的本性是谦虚和务实的.我们没有高精灵那么高傲,没有木精灵和虎人族那么胆小.那些被激怒的自负而又爱吹牛的诺德人和布莱顿人在红色守卫的眼中都不值得一提.现在有布莱顿人的国家占据着那个叫Betony的小岛并且严密地守卫着.Betony的贸易因此受到严重的限制;在宗教方面Betony也被同化,岛上的民众成为那个国家封地上的领民.但事实上Betony并不是布莱顿人的领土,它一直是属于Sentinel王国的.
国王Lysandus——祝愿这个老头的灵魂在地狱里继续受到折磨,他要为他的邪恶付出代价!看看现在那个富饶的岛屿已经渐渐远离Sentinel而靠近他的领地了,他的黑心也变得更加贪婪.他们用尽了各种手段:恐吓,欺骗,假装海盗…..最后是侵略.Daggerfall非法地占据了 Betony岛.他手下的一名女巫Medora,他的巫婆母亲以及其他那些谋臣们对他残暴的战争行为恐慌不已,他们一起央求他放弃那可怕的战争.但那些建议停止战争的人都被他赶出了宫殿.除了那个战争狂人外谁都没有留下.
后来我们的国王Camaron尝试着和Daggerfall恢复外交关系,但最后他还是决定宣战了.Daggerfall和Sentinel在这两千年来进行过多次战争.国王Camaron知道布莱顿人一直把刺探军情和黑魔法当成正式战争的一种手段;但我们Sentinel人是不会去复制布莱顿人的那种邪恶的战争方式,因为那样会败坏我们的品质.Camaron也懂得怎样才能最好的对付Lysandus.国王Lysandus运用那些狡诈的战术比他的祖先更厉害.最后战争事态越来越大,并卷入了Sentinel和Daggerfall之外的地方.

Reich Gradkeep的领主Graddock作为调解Sentinel和Daggerfall两国的中间人并成功说服了两国的君主在一个地点碰面并商谈和谈的协议.在Reich Gradkeep的和谈会开始了,两国经过了谈判,讨论最后双方都同意并准备在和约上签字.Camaron同意放弃在Betony岛的一些权利以怀柔疯狂的Lysandus,这样和平就又会回到Iliac海湾地区了.就在国王Camaron读完和约准备签字后他突然发现布莱顿人其实在欺骗他:那纸和约被事先秘密地被Daggerfall人改写过并想诱使他上当;这张和约和原先他同意的那份竟然不一样.就这样,Reich Gradkeep城堡被血洗了,战争还将继续.

在Cryngaine Field 的战斗是这场战争的悲剧性结尾.Cryngaine Field坐落在Yeorth Burrowland和Ravennian森林之间,在那里Sentinel和Daggerfall的军队各自在自己的地盘上安营扎寨.战争开始后, Daggerfall的军队就使用了一种可恶的daedric魔法召来了一场大雾笼罩了战场,这样一来红色守卫的士兵就什么也看不见了.但 Lysandus并没有因此而得意太久,因为一名红色守卫的弓箭手在浓厚的大雾中一箭射穿了他的喉管.Lysandus的儿子Gothryd并没有悲伤太久,在没有任何仪式的情况下他当场就被授予了王冠.和Gothryd比起来,我们的国王Camaron是一位久经沙场的战士,但他已经被那位年轻国王发动的无止尽的战争拖的精疲力竭,最后,为了荣誉他同意和Gothryd单挑.那位Daggerfall的新国王在单挑中却用了肮脏的手段和黑魔法,他在背后袭击了我们的国王,而那时单挑才刚刚开始.就这样一来,Daggerfall获得了在Cryngaine Field的胜利从而最终赢得了Betony战争.

Daggerfall在赢得了那不光彩的胜利后,他们的邪恶还在继续.我们Sentinel的女王殿下Akorithi在悼念我们的国王之后开始把她的一些因战争而变的零碎的领地重组.作为胜利者,Gothryd要求Sentinel的公主作为人质前往Daggerfall.为了保护她的故乡,公主 Aubk-i同意离开Sentinel而嫁给那个谋杀他父亲的人.但我们当地的红色守卫都知道她真正所爱是在Sentinel,首先她应该是 Sentinel的公主其次才是Daggerfall王后.

新手注释:
这本书是一位Sentinel的市民所写,和前面一本"Newgate笔下的Betony战争"不太一样.因为这本书是一个红色守卫站在他自己的立场上所写的.

另外Sentinel的主要居民是红色守卫而Daggerfall的主要居民则是布莱顿人.

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The War of Betony
by Fav'te
A Sentinel citizen's take on the events and outcome of the war betwixt Sentinel and Daggerfall


Could there be a better proof of the natural perversity of Bretons than their conduct before, during, and after what history will remember as the War of Betony? By the most depraved of motivations, the most despicable of tactics, and the most ungentlemanly of triumphs, the kingdom of Daggerfall changed the nature of warfare in the Iliac Bay and perhaps over all of Tamriel. In Sentinel, we call the recent carnage the Siege of Betony, but as the book of history is writ by the victors, let us speak instead of the War of Betony.
Redguards by their nature are a modest and practical people. We are not phlegmatic like the High Elves, nor cowardly like the Wood Elves and Khajiiti. But what would infuriate and enrage the swaggering, vainglorious Nords and Bretons would not merit a shrug from a Redguard. Had any Breton kingdom possessed the little island of Betony, it would have been covetously guarded. Betony's trade would have been seriously restricted; its religion subjugated; its people bound by active and constant pledges and duties of vassalage. But Betony was not a Breton dominion. Betony was part of the Kingdom of Sentinel.
King Lysandus -- may the Old Ones continue to torment his soul for his wickedness! -- saw the prosperous island which is closer to his land than to Sentinel, and his black heart turned to avarice. Through threats, lies, acts of piracy and, finally, invasion, Daggerfall illegally took possession of the Island of Betony. His court sorceress, the Lady Medora, his enchantress mother, and other experienced counselors were horrified by the brutality of his campaign and begged him to abandon his tyrannical act of war. Gradually, all dissentors [sic] were removed from court. None but the ignorant and the warmongers remained.
Our late king Camaron tried to employ civil diplomacy with Daggerfall, but in the end, he made the former declaration of war. Daggerfall and Sentinel have fought many times in their two thousand years of coexistance [sic], and Camaron knew the black magic and espionage the Bretons considered honest warfare. Never debasing the Sentinel character by duplicating the Breton villainy, Camaron knew best how to combat Lysandus. King Lysandus' knavish battle tactics were even more perfidious than his ancestors', and the war continue to rage until it began to involve more than Sentinel and Daggerfall.
Lord Graddock, ruler of Reich Gradkeep, acted as concilator [sic] between Sentinel and Daggerfall, and eventually convinced both monarchs to meet and make peace. The ill-fated Treaty of Gradkeep began civilly; the terms of peace were discussed, agreed on, and set to paper. The terms were excessively generous. Camaron had agreed to give up some of his rights to Betony in order to placate the madness of Lysandus and bring peace back to the Iliac Bay. It was not until King Camaron read the Treaty he was about to sign that he realized the outrageous perfidy of the Bretons: the Treaty had actually been purposefully miswritten by the Daggerfall scribe in a desparate [sic] and ignominious attempt to trick Camaron into signing a contract different from the one to which he had agreed. The castle of Reich Gradkeep erupted into bloodbath, and the war continued.
The Battle of Cryngaine Field was the tragic ending of the senseless war of attrition. The Cryngaine Field is located in between the Yeorth Burrowland and the Ravennian Forest where the armies of Sentinel and Daggerfall respectively made camp after the massacre at Reich Gradkeep. As the battle began, Daggerfall proved that she had some foul daedric magical tricks left by blinding the Redguard army with a wall of mist. Lysandus did not have the opportunity to gloat over his cozenage for long, for the sure arm of a Sentinel archer struck him in the throat even through the thick, swirling fog. Lysandus' son, Gothryd, who had spent the battle in lugubrious relaxation, was crowned without ceremony, and thereupon demanded a duel with King Camaron. Camaron was many years Gothryd's senior, and though a superior warrior, was exhausted from the endless warfare the boy king had been spared. Nevertheless, as a point of honor, our king agreed to the duel. The new king of Daggerfall, by dirty trick and black magic, managed to backstab our king before the duel ever began. Thus, the victor of Cryngaine Field, and the War of Betony, was Daggerfall.
Daggerfall's wickedness continued even after her inglorious victory. While the widow queen of Sentinel, Her Majesty Akorithi, mourned and tried to mend her shattered lands, Gothryd demanded the Princess of Sentinel as a hostage of war. To save her homeland, the Princess Aubk-i agreed to leave Sentinel and even marry the murderer of her father. But we true Redguards of Sentinel know where her love and honor lies. The Queen of Daggerfall is the Princess of Sentinel first and foremost.

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