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【书籍搬运】Biography of Barenziah, v3 巴兰兹雅传记,v3

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Biography_of_Barenziah,_v3

中文翻译:

巴兰兹雅女王传记

第三卷

——斯滕·甘伯吉(Stern Gamboge),帝国文书

在本系列的第二卷,我们讲述了巴兰兹雅在新修建的帝都受到了皇帝泰伯·塞普丁及其全家的欢迎,而皇帝在她停留的将近一年里待她如同长久失散的女儿。在那里为学习如何作为帝国下诸侯女王履行职责而度过欢快的数月之后,帝国将军欣玛楚斯领她进入哀伤要塞,她在那里成为了女王,而欣玛楚斯则对她进行指导协助。渐渐他们彼此相爱起来,最终以一场盛大庆典举行了婚礼并登基,而皇帝本人亲自为其主婚。

在结婚数百年之后,女王夫妇在欢庆与欣喜祷告中生下了一个儿子,赫尔瑟斯。尽管当时公众并不知情,就在这件喜事发生之前不久,混沌之杖才刚刚被一个聪明却全身谜团的诗人从哀伤要塞的地下深处盗走,对这个诗人只知他自称夜莺。

赫尔瑟斯出生八年后,巴兰兹雅生下了一个女儿,莫吉雅,以欣玛楚斯的母亲命名,如是王室之家看似幸福圆满了。唉,可就在那之后不久,他们同帝国的关系突然恶化了,造成了哀伤要塞的许多内部动乱。在调查与尝试调停均无果之后,绝望中巴兰兹雅带着孩子们来到帝都,希望能向皇帝尤里尔·塞普丁阐明局势。欣玛楚斯留在哀伤要塞对付不满的农夫与厌烦的贵族,尽其所能击退日趋逼近的危险。

在与皇帝的会面过程中,巴兰兹雅运用她的魔法技巧,惊恐且沮丧地发现所谓的皇帝却是个冒牌货,不是别人真是盗走混沌之杖的诗人夜莺。她尽力自控,没有把自己的发现透露给他。当天晚上,欣玛楚斯在与哀伤要塞叛乱农夫的战斗中兵败身亡的消息传来,而王国已被叛军占领。此刻的巴兰兹雅并不知道要去哪里,该向谁寻求帮助。

在那个命运之夜,众神似乎是为了弥补她的损失,为她找到了出路。高岩的伊德威尔国王,尤里尔·塞普丁与欣玛楚斯的旧友,前来拜访。他安慰了她,以自己的友谊担保——并且证实了她的怀疑,皇帝确实是假货,不是别人正式杰卡·萨恩,帝国战斗法师,也是夜莺的多个身份之一。萨恩故意自公共事务中抽身隐居,而让他的助手莉娅·希尔曼替他处理事务。这个不幸的助手不久后就因神秘的理由被处死了——应当是指向她发现的阴谋,于是她被立刻处决。然而,她的鬼魂出现在伊德威尔的梦中,告诉了他真正的皇帝已被萨恩绑架,被囚禁在另一个次元。于是在她试图向元老院揭露萨恩的恶毒计划时,萨恩便用混沌之杖杀害了她。

伊德威尔与巴兰兹雅共谋骗取假皇帝的信任。与此同时,莉娅的另一个朋友,只以勇士身份为人所知,彼时具有强大却尚未开发出的潜能,正被囚禁在帝国地牢内。然而,她进入了他的梦境,告诉他稍作忍耐,随后她便能想出让他逃跑的计策。之后他便可以开始揭露篡位者的任务了。

巴兰兹雅继续迷惑假皇帝,并逐渐成为了他的朋友。偷偷阅读了他的秘密日记后,她了解到他已经将混沌之杖破成八片,并将它们远远丢开,分散隐藏在泰姆瑞尔全境各处。她成功获得了莉娅朋友牢房钥匙的备份,并贿赂了一名守卫,让他的离去仿佛纯属偶然。他们的勇士,尽管就连巴兰兹雅与伊德威尔也不知道他的名字,从莉娅利用剩余力量在一个秘密角落打开的活动门逃出了帝国地牢。勇士终于获得了自由,几乎是立刻开始了行动。

巴兰兹雅又花费了几个月才从偷听到对话的片段与偶尔偷看到萨恩日记中找到了全部八块法杖碎片的隐藏地点。不过就在她得知了全部重要信息之后——她直接同莉娅交流,而莉娅则把消息传递给勇士——她和伊德威尔就不再浪费任何时间。他们逃亡了途歇城,他在高岩省的世袭王国,萨恩企图把他们捉回帝都,又或者至少想要报复,而他们成功击退了他的手下。不管其他人对其的评价如何,萨恩并不是傻瓜——除了被巴兰兹雅愚弄了——于是他集中绝大多数力量追踪勇士并试图摧毁他。

正如现在大家都知道的,这个勇敢不倦且永远无名的勇士成功地将混沌之杖的八块碎片重新融合。由此他摧毁了萨恩,解救了真正的皇帝乌列·塞普丁七世。之后便进入了复原期,在帝都为欣玛楚斯举行了大型国家纪念活动,对这个长久为塞普丁王朝服务且忠心耿耿的男子很是适当。

在他们的考验与冒险过程中巴兰兹雅与好国王伊德威尔彼此相互关心起来,就在他们逃出帝都不久之后,同一年,他们结婚了。她之前与欣玛楚斯婚姻带来的两个孩子依旧留在她身边,而因她不在,哀伤要塞被指派的摄政行使统治。

到目前为止,巴兰兹雅王后正同赫尔瑟斯王子与莫吉雅公主一并居住在途歇。她打算在伊德威尔死后就返回哀伤要塞。因为他们结婚时他就已经很是年老,她知道以精灵的时间观念来看,那个结局,唉,并不会太远。而在那之前,她与她的丈夫共同处理途歇王国的政务,似乎对她最终的平静幸福且毫不起眼的生活愉快而又满足。

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Biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 3
by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 3

 Note: This book exists in SkyrimOblivion and Morrowind, the only difference being their inventory names. A similar but not identical book also exists in Daggerfall. See Biography of Queen Barenziah, Vol 3 for the Daggerfall version
 In the second volume of this series, it was told how Barenziah was kindly welcomed to the newly constructed Imperial City by the Emperor Tiber Septim and his family, who treated her like a long-lost daughter during her almost one-year stay. After several happy months there learning her duties as vassal queen under the Empire, the Imperial General Symmachus escorted her to Mournhold where she took up her duties as Queen of her people under his wise guidance. Gradually they came to love one another and were married and crowned in a splendid ceremony at which the Emperor himself officiated.
After several hundred years of marriage, a son, Helseth, was born to the royal couple amid celebration and joyous prayer. Although it was not publicly known at the time, it was shortly before this blessed event that the Staff of Chaos had been stolen from its hiding place deep in the Mournhold mines by a clever, enigmatic bard known only as the Nightingale.
Eight years after Helseth's birth, Barenziah bore a daughter, Morgiah, named after Symmachus' mother, and the royal couple's joy seemed complete. Alas, shortly after that, relations with the Empire mysteriously deteriorated, leading to much civil unrest in Mournhold. After fruitless investigations and attempts at reconciliation, in despair Barenziah took her young children and travelled to the Imperial City herself to seek the ear of then Emperor Uriel Septim VII. Symmachus remained in Mournhold to deal with the grumbling peasants and annoyed nobility, and do what he could to stave off an impending insurrection.
During her audience with the Emperor, Barenziah, through her magical arts, came to realize to her horror and dismay that the so-called Emperor was an impostor, none other than the bard Nightingale who had stolen the Staff of Chaos. Exercising great self-control she concealed this realization from him. That evening, news came that Symmachus had fallen in battle with the revolting peasants of Mournhold, and that the kingdom had been taken over by the rebels. Barenziah, at this point, did not know where to seek help, or from whom.
The gods, that fateful night, were evidently looking out for her as if in redress of her loss. King Eadwyre of High Rock, an old friend of Uriel Septim and Symmachus, came by on a social call. He comforted her, pledged his friendship-and furthermore, confirmed her suspicions that the Emperor was indeed a fraud, and none other than Jagar Tharn, the Imperial Battlemage, and one of the Nightingale's many alter egos. Tharn had supposedly retired into seclusion from public work and installed his assistant, Ria Silmane, in his stead. The hapless assistant was later put to death under mysterious circumstances-supposedly a plot implicating her had been uncovered, and she had been summarily executed. However, her ghost had appeared to Eadwyre in a dream and revealed to him that the true Emperor had been kidnapped by Tharn and imprisoned in an alternate dimension. Tharn had then used the Staff of Chaos to kill her when she attempted to warn the Elder Council of his nefarious plot.
Together, Eadwyre and Barenziah plotted to gain the false Emperor's confidence. Meanwhile, another friend of Ria's, known only as the Champion, who apparently possessed great, albeit then untapped, potential, was incarcerated at the Imperial Dungeons. However, she had access to his dreams, and she told him to bide his time until she could devise a plan that would effect his escape. Then he could begin on his mission to unmask the impostor.
Barenziah continued to charm, and eventually befriended, the ersatz Emperor. By contriving to read his secret diary, she learned that he had broken the Staff of Chaos into eight pieces and hidden them in far-flung locations scattered across Tamriel. She managed to obtain a copy of the key to Ria's friend's cell and bribed a guard to leave it there as if by accident. Their Champion, whose name was unknown even to Barenziah and Eadwyre, made his escape through a shift gate Ria had opened in an obscure corner of the Imperial Dungeons using her already failing powers. The Champion was free at last, and almost immediately went to work.
It took Barenziah several more months to learn the hiding places of all eight Staff pieces through snatches of overheard conversation and rare glances at Tharn's diary. Once she had the vital information, however -- which she communicated to Ria forthwith, who in turn passed it on to the Champion-she and Eadwyre lost no time. They fled to Wayrest, his ancestral kingdom in the province of High Rock, where they managed to fend off the sporadic efforts of Tharn's henchmen to haul them back to the Imperial City, or at the very least obtain revenge. Tharn, whatever else might be said of him, was no one's fool-save perhaps Barenziah's -- and he concentrated most of his efforts toward tracking down and destroying the Champion.
As all now know, the courageous, indefatigable, and forever nameless Champion was successful in reuniting the eight sundered pieces of the Staff of Chaos. With it, he destroyed Tharn and rescued the true Emperor, Uriel Septim VII. Following what has come to be known as the Restoration, a grand state memorial service was held for Symmachus at the Imperial City, befitting the man who had served the Septim Dynasty for so long and so well.
Barenziah and good King Eadwyre had come to care deeply for one another during their trials and adventures, and were married in the same year shortly after their flight from the Imperial City. Her two children from her previous marriage with Symmachus remained with her, and a regent was appointed to rule Mournhold in her absence.
Up to the present time, Queen Barenziah has been in Wayrest with Prince Helseth and Princess Morgiah. She plans to return to Mournhold after Eadwyre's death. Since he was already elderly when they wed, she knows that that event, alas, could not be far off as the Elves reckon time. Until then, she shares in the government of the kingdom of Wayrest with her husband, and seems glad and content with her finally quiet, and happily unremarkable, life.

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