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【书籍搬运】A Short Life of Uriel Septim VII Uriel Septim VII一生简述

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(A Short Life of Uriel Septim VII by Rufus Hayn)
原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:A_Life_of_Uriel_Septim_VII
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3E 368-389: 策略家和说服者

皇帝Uriel生命中早期的几十年以侵略性地扩张和巩固皇帝在整个帝国的影响为标志,特别是在东部,Black Marsh和晨风,那里帝国的力量有限,帝国的文化衰弱,本土的传统和习俗坚定而强烈地反对同化。在这一时期Uriel从他的心腹顾问,帝国战斗法师Jagar Tharn的魔法支持和精明顾问中获得巨大的收益。

Uriel和Caula Voria公主的婚姻故事就不是那么愉快了。她虽然是个美丽且富有魅力的女人,并且为人民高度地崇拜和爱戴。但是她也是一个非常令人不愉快,自负,野心勃勃,贪婪的女人。她用女性特有的狡诈将Uriel诱捕,但此后不久Uriel Septim就后悔他的错误并且被她所讨厌。他们强烈地相互厌恶并且互相伤害。他们的孩子是他们不愉快婚姻的受害者。

利用他反应迅速的头脑和令人自夸的野心,Uriel在外交和威胁间的平衡技巧不久就超越了他的导师。Uriel成功地指派Hlaalu家族作为帝国经济和文化在晨风地区发展的守卫就是一个可圈可点的例子。但是Uriel也变得骄傲和自恃。Jagar Tharn培养了Uriel的骄傲然后躲在过时的前首席顾问的面具后面获得了Uriel的完全信任,最终导致Uriel被出卖,囚禁在Oblivion之中和Tharn对帝国王座的秘密篡夺。

3E 389-399: 被出卖和遭囚禁

Uriel囚禁在Oblivion时的遭遇少为人知。他说除了无尽的醒了又睡,睡了又醒的噩梦外他什么都不记得。他说他相信他在做梦,因为感受不到时间的流逝。公开地,他长久以来声称他没有被囚禁时的那些噩梦的记忆,但是在构成这篇传记的基础的数次与这位皇帝的会见中,他时不时联想起他做过的噩梦的细节,并说这些和他被囚禁在Oblivion时的噩梦类似。与其说他是不愿意讲叙他的遭遇,不如说他是讲不清楚。

但是清楚的是这些遭遇改变了他。在3E 389他是一个充满骄傲,精力和野心的年轻人。在他被营救重回王位的恢复过程中他是一个低调,有耐心和警惕的老人。他也变得保守和悲观,相比之下他早年的政策明显地大胆,甚至草率。Uriel将这些改变归咎为对早年从Jagar Tharn身上得到的教训的反应。但是Uriel在Oblivion中的流放也明显地消耗了他的身体和精神,虽然他的头脑保持了他年轻时的灵活和精明狡诈。

有关Tharn用魔法伪装成皇帝,Tharn的面具被王后Barenziah戳穿,国王Eadwyre, Ria Silmane在其中所扮演的角色,她在合成混乱之杖中的胜出,打败被判的帝国战斗法师Jagar Tharn,让Uriel重回王座的故事被详细记载在Stern Gamboge的出色的《Barenziah传记》3卷本中。这里没有必要再赘述。简而言之,Jagar对帝国事务的管理不当和忽视造成帝国经济收入的持续下滑,允许许多卑劣的国王和领主挑战帝国的统治,纵容西方和东方强有力的当地统治者为争夺土地和统治权相互公开地开战。

3E 399-415: 恢复,和平的奇迹,Vvardenfell

在恢复阶段,Uriel Septim从他早年外交吞并和军事威胁的侵略性活动转变为主要依靠利刃组织的不同分支的特工从幕后对事务进行秘密操作。对这一阶段目标和方法的完整评价必须得等到帝国灭亡,在他乡间别墅中存档的卷帙浩繁的日记对公众开放,当利刃组织不再需要为了保护它的特工们的身份保持隐秘。

这一阶段两个显著的成就说明了Uriel巧妙政策的功效:“和平的奇迹”[通常也被称作“西方的扭转”],将Iliac Bay地区交错杂处相互交战不休的众多小王国转变为和平有序的现代郡县,Hammerfell,Sentinel,Wayrest和Orsinium;以及Vvardenfell的殖民化,通过太后Barenziah女士和晨风的国王Helseth技巧性的阴谋晨风更加接近帝国的影响圈。

3E 415-430: 黄金和平,国王Helseth的宫廷,九圣灵崇拜在东方

接着“和平的奇迹”[最好的描述是Vetersen的《匕首雨:现代历史》]帝国进入可以跟Uriel早年的统治相提并论的和平繁荣时期。随着帝国的中心地带和西方地带被巩固地纳入到帝国之中,Uriel能够将全部注意力转移到东方地带 – 晨风。

利用晨风地区根深蒂固的政府的大家族系统和坚如磐石的审判席宗教核心之间的冲突,并且利用来自审判席宗教核心堕落的神人对Vvardenfell地区不断扩张的殖民地的可怕威胁,Uriel通过国王Helseth的宫廷和隐秘的利刃组织的特工成功地将政治权力中心从大家族理事会转移到Helseth的宫廷,并且利用正统的审判席宗教崇拜的崩溃将九圣灵崇拜确立为Vvardenfell和Hlaalu地区的支配性信仰。

Hasphat Anabolis在他的《NEREVARINE的时代和生活》四卷本中对九圣灵崇拜在东方的确立论述很全面;但是他却没能解决这一时期的核心谜团 — Uriel对于Nerevarine的预言到底知道多少,他又是如何得知它们的意义的?对这个还有其它谜团的权威性解答必须得等到将来皇帝的私人文件发表,或者利刃组织对有关他们的特工的秘密的政策变得宽松。

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A Short Life of Uriel Septim VII
by Rufus Hayn
A short biography of Uriel Septim VII's accomplishments


3E 368-389: Strategist and Conciliator
The early decades of Emperor Uriel's life were marked by aggressive expansion and consolidation of Imperial influence throughout the empire, but especially in the East, in Morrowind and Black Marsh, where the Empire's power was limited, Imperial culture was weak, and native customs and traditions were strong and staunchly opposed to assimilation. During this period Uriel greatlybenefitted [sic] from the arcane support and shrewd council of his close advisor, the Imperial Battlemage, Jagar Tharn.
The story of Uriel's marriage to the Princess Caula Voria is a less happy tale. Though she was a beautiful and charming woman, and greatly loved and admired by the people, the Empress was a deeply unpleasant, arrogant, ambitious, grasping woman. She snared Uriel Septim with her feminine wiles, but Uriel Septim thereafter soon regretted his mistake, and was repelled by her. They heartily detested one another, and went out of their ways to hurt one another. Their children were the victims of this unhappy marriage.
With his agile mind and vaunting ambition, Uriel soon outstripped his master in the balanced skills of threat and diplomacy. Uriel's success in co-opting House Hlaalu as an advance guard of Imperial culture and economic development in Morrowind is a noteworthy example. However, Uriel also grew in pride and self-assurance. Jagar Tharn fed Uriel's pride, and hiding behind the mask of an out-paced former master counselor, Tharn purchased the complete trust that led finally to Uriel's betrayal and imprisonment in Oblivion and Tharn's secret usurpation of the Imperial throne.

3E 389-399: Betrayed and Imprisoned
Little is known of Uriel's experience while trapped in Oblivion. He says he remembers nothing but an endless sequence of waking and sleeping nightmares. He says he believed himself to be dreaming, and had no notion of passage of time. Publicly, he long claimed to have no memory of the dreams and nightmares of his imprisonment, but from time to time, during the interviews with the Emperor that form the basis of this biography, he would relate details of nightmares he had, and would describe them as similar to the nightmares he had when he was imprisoned in Oblivion. He seemed not so much unwilling as incapable of describing the experience.
But it is clear that the experience changed him. In 3E 389 he was a young man, full of pride, energy, and ambition. During the Restoration, after his rescue and return to the throne, he was an old man, grave, patient, and cautious. He also became conservative and pessimistic, where the policies of his early life were markedly bold, even rash. Uriel accounts for this change as a reaction to and revulsion for the early teachings and counsel of Jagar Tharn. However, Uriel's exile in Oblivion also clearly drained and wasted him in body and spirit, though his mind retained the shrewd cunning and flexibility of his youth.
The story of Tharn's magical impersonation of the emperor, the unmasking of Tharn's imposture byQueen Barenziah, and the roles played by King EadwyreRia Silmane, and her Champion in assembling the Staff of Chaos, defeating the renegade Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn, and restoring Uriel to the throne, is treated at length in Stern Gamboge's excellent three-Volume BIOGRAPHY OF BARENZIAH. There is no reason to recount that narrative here. Summarized briefly, Jagar Tharn's neglect and mismanagement of Imperial affairs resulted in a steady decline in the Empire's economic prosperity, allowed many petty lords and kings to challenge the authority of the Empire, and permitted strong local rulers in the East and the West to indulge in open warfare over lands and sovereign rights.

3E 399-415: Restoration, the Miracle of Peace, and Vvardenfell
During the Restoration, Uriel Septim turned from the aggressive campaign of military intimidation and diplomatic accommodation of his earlier years, and relied instead on clandestine manipulation of affairs behind the scenes, primarily through the agencies of the various branches of the Blades. A complete assessment of the methods and objectives of this period must wait until after the Emperor's death, when the voluminous diaries archived at his country estate may be opened to the public, and when the Blades no longer need to maintain secrecy to protect the identities of its agents.
Two signal achievements of this period point to the efficacy of Uriel's subtle policies: the 'Miracle of Peace' (also popularly known as 'The Warp in the West') that transformed the Iliac Bayregion from an ruly assortment of warring petty kingdoms into the well-ordered and peaceful modern counties of HammerfellSentinelWayrest, and Orsinium, and the colonization of Vvardenfell, presided over by the skillful machinations of King Helseth of Morrowind and Lady Barenziah, the Queen-Mother, which brought Morrowind more closely into the sphere of Imperial influence.

3E 415-430: The Golden Peace, King Helseth's Court, and the Nine in the East
Following the 'Miracle of Peace' (best described in Per Vetersen's DAGGERFALL: A MODERN HISTORY), the Empire entered a period of peace and prosperity comparable to the early years of Uriel's reign. With the Imperial Heartland and West solidly integrated into the Empire, Uriel was able to turn his full attention to the East -- to Morrowind.
Exploiting conflicts at the heart of Morrowind's monolithic Tribunal religion and the long-established Great House system of government, and taking advantage of the terrible threat that the corrupted divine beings at the heart of the Tribunal religion presented to the growing colonies on Vvardenfell, Uriel worked through shadowy agents of the Blades and through the court of King Helseth in Mournhold to shift the center of political power in Morrowind from the Great House councils to Helseth's court, and took advantage of the collapse of the orthodox Tribunal cults to establish the Nine Divines as the dominant faiths in Hlaalu and Vvardenfell Districts.
Hasphat Anabolis's [sic] treatment of the establishment of the Nine in the East in his four-volume LIFE AND TIMES OF THE NEREVARINE is comprehensive; however, he fails to resolve the central mystery of this period -- how much did Uriel know about the prophecies of the Nerevarine, and how did he learn of their significance? The definitive resolution of this and other mysteries must await the future release of the Emperor's private papers, or a relenting of the Blades' strict policies of secrecy concerning their agents.

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