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【书籍搬运】Biography of the Wolf Queen 狼心女王传

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Biography_of_the_Wolf_Queen

狼心女王传

作者:卡塔尔·艾里菲恩斯

很少有历史人物被人看做是彻头彻尾地邪恶的,不过帕特玛,也就是所谓的孤寂城的狼心女王,则是确确实实地获此恶名。帕特玛于第三纪元的第六十七年生于皇室,刚一出生她就立刻被送到了她的祖父、著名的老好人、皇帝尤里尔·赛普丁二世那里。皇帝看了看这个严肃而又紧张的小孩儿,然后低语道:“她看起来真像一头随时准备扑咬的母狼。”

帕特玛在帝都的童年从一开始就相当的艰难。她的父亲,柏拉鸠斯·赛普丁皇子,和她的母亲,齐萨拉,对他们生育的孩子缺少关爱。长于帕特玛十六岁的长兄安提奥卡斯,早已因酗酒和沉湎女色在整个帝国臭名昭著。而她的弟弟赛佛鲁斯和玛格纳斯出生得很晚,所以很多年以来帕特玛是帝国宫廷中唯一的小孩。

在帕特玛十四岁时,她已经出落成了一个著名的美人,拥有众多的追求者,不过她却以联姻形式嫁给了孤寂城的诺德人王国的曼提亚可国王。她进入宫廷之时据说只是一名人质,而不久之后她就成为了王后。年迈的曼提亚可国王宠爱着她,给予了她想要的基本上所有的权力。

后来尤里尔·赛普丁二世驾崩以后,帕特玛的父亲登基即位,拜他父亲无能的管理所赐,柏拉鸠斯面对的是空空如也的国库。柏拉鸠斯二世解散了元老院,强迫他们花钱赎买他们的官位。3E97年,在多次流产之后,孤寂城的王后帕特玛生下了一个儿子,她以她的祖父之名,将孩子命名为尤里尔。曼提亚可很快立尤里尔为嗣,不过王后则为她的孩子谋划了更大的野心。

两年以后,柏拉鸠斯二世也去世了——许多人说是被一名怀恨在心的前元老院成员毒死的——他的儿子,帕特玛的兄长安提奥卡斯继承了皇位,时年四十八岁。可以说安提奥卡斯四处留情播种,他在位期间有关帝国宫廷的历史描写就像色情小说一样。像帕特玛这样一心追逐权力而绝无通奸想法的人,每次去帝都也都会传出些花边新闻。

孤寂城的国王,曼提亚可,在柏拉鸠斯二世去世来年的春天也去世了。尤里尔继承了王位,并由他的母亲垂帘听政。毫无疑问,尤里尔有权利也肯定更喜欢自己亲自统治,但是帕特玛说服了他,让他相信他的位置只是暂时的而已。他应当坐拥整个帝国而不是屈身为一个小小国主。在孤寂城的城堡中,她笼络了众多来自天际其他王国的外交官,散播不满情绪的种子。她的客人名单数年以后已经囊括了高岩和晨风的国王和女王。

安提奥卡斯统治泰姆瑞尔,享国十三年,尽管道德松弛,他还是一位有为之君。数位历史学家指出,有证据表明是帕特玛用咒语结束了她兄长的生命,不过证据却随着时间流逝以种种原因佚失了。无论如何,在3E112年安提奥卡斯驾崩之时,帕特玛和她的儿子尤里尔正在拜访帝国宫廷,并且迅速地对身为其女儿和储君的肯蒂娜的统治构成了威胁。

帕特玛在元老院的演讲或许会对学习公共演说的学生有一定帮助。

她首先以谄媚和自谦开始:“我最为尊贵和睿智的朋友们,元老院的议员们,我只不过是一名偏居一隅的女王,而我要提出的议题大概诸位早已考虑清楚。”

接下来她赞颂了已故的皇帝,尽管有缺点却仍不失为一名受人爱戴的君王:“他是一位真正的赛普丁和一位伟大的战士,在你们的辅佐下,摧毁了最近的派安多尼大陆的侵略舰队。”

然后在接下来提出观点以前,她稍微一顿,道:“然而玛格纳皇后不幸地没能缓和我兄长过盛的精力。事实上的一点是,没有哪个城里贫民窟的妓女滚过的床单比她多。要是她能够在皇家的寝宫里更尽职尽责一些,我们或许还能迎来一位真正的帝国继承人,而不是那些自称为皇帝后嗣的呆子、懦夫和笨蛋。那个叫肯蒂娜的丫头,世人皆传她是玛格纳与卫队长的女儿。又或许她是玛格纳和打扫水塔的小伙的女儿也说不定。我们永远也不会知道究竟,永远不会像我儿子,尤里尔的血统那样清晰明了,赛普丁王朝的后裔。

尽管帕特玛舌灿莲花,元老院还是支持肯蒂娜继承皇位,称为女皇肯蒂娜二世。帕特玛和尤里尔愤愤地返回天际,准备策划叛乱。

红钻石战争的细节在其他的历史书中也有交待:我们无需重叙女皇肯蒂娜二世的被俘和最终3E114年在高岩省的处决,也不必赘述帕特玛的儿子登基成为尤里尔三世。帕特玛的两个兄弟,赛佛洛斯和玛格纳斯,向皇帝和她的母亲开战数年,整个帝国陷入内战,四分五裂。

在3E127年尤里尔三世与他的舅舅赛佛洛斯在落锤省的进行伊希达克战役之时,帕特玛在和她的另一个弟弟,尤里尔的舅舅玛格纳斯在天际省进行着隼星战役。她正准备向玛格努斯军羸弱的侧翼发动猛攻时,接到了她儿子战败被俘的消息。六十一岁的狼心女王怒不可遏,亲自带队冲锋。战斗取得巨大成功,玛格纳斯和他的军队仓皇遁逃。在庆功大会中间,帕特玛听到了她的皇帝儿子被他以前在帝都审讯拷打过的一位愤怒暴民杀死的消息。尤里尔在他的马车中被活活烧死。

随后赛佛洛斯登基称帝时,帕特玛的愤怒难以自遏。她召唤了迪德拉来为她而战,她手下的巫师把倒下的敌人复活成为不死的战士,向皇帝赛佛洛斯一世的军队发起一次又一次的攻击。她的盟友在她变得疯狂以后与她逐渐划清了界限,而她仅存的战友就只有她那些年里收集起的僵尸和骷髅了。孤寂城王国变成了死亡之地。关于古代狼心女王的故事里说,她由腐烂的骷髅侍女服饰起居,还与吸血鬼将军一起制定作战计划,这使她的臣民更加惶恐不安了。

3E137年,帕特玛在她的城堡被围困一个月以后去世,时年七十岁。在她活着的时候,她是孤寂城的狼心女王,皇帝柏拉鸠斯二世的女儿,曼提亚可国王的妻子,女皇肯蒂娜二世的姑姑,皇帝尤里尔三世的母亲,也是皇帝安提奥卡斯和赛佛洛斯的姐妹。她去世后三年,赛佛洛斯也去世了,他的——也是帕特玛的——弟弟玛格纳斯继承了皇位。

她的死,也很难弭除她的恶名。尽管没有什么直接的证据,有一些神学家仍然坚持称由于她的灵魂过于强大,她在死后成为了一名迪德拉,将凡人引向野心与背叛。还有说法认为她的疯狂灌输进了孤寂城的城堡,并影响了下一位统治这里的国王。讽刺的是,那正是她十八岁大的侄子、玛格纳斯的儿子柏拉鸠斯。不管传说的真相是什么,不可否认的是当柏拉鸠斯在3E145年离开孤寂城,登基即位为柏拉鸠斯三世以后,他很快就成为了天下闻名的疯子柏拉鸠斯。有广泛流传的谣言称,是他谋杀了他的父亲玛格纳斯。

狼心女王显然笑到了最后。

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Biography of the Wolf Queen
by Katar Eriphanes
A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude


Few historic figures are viewed as unambiguously evil, but Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude, surely qualifies for that dishonor. Born to the Imperial Family in the sixty-seventh year of the third era, Potema was immediately presented to her grandfather, the Emperor Uriel Septim II, a famously kindhearted man, who viewed the solemn, intense babe and whispered, “She looks like a she-wolf about ready to pounce.”
Potema's childhood in the Imperial City was certainly difficult from the start. Her father, Prince Pelagius Septim, and her mother, Qizara, showed little affection for their brood. Her eldest brother Antiochus, sixteen at Potema's birth, was already a drunkard and womanizer, infamous in the empire. Her younger brothers Cephorus and Magnus were born much later, so for years she was the only child in the Imperial Court.
By the age of 14, Potema was a famous beauty with many suitors, but she was married to cement relations with King Mantiarco of the Nordic kingdom of Solitude. She entered the court, it was said, as a pawn, but she quickly became a queen. The elderly King Mantiarco loved her and allowed her all the power she wished, which was total.
When Uriel Septim II died the following year, her father was made emperor, and he faced a greatly depleted treasury, thanks to his father's poor management. Pelagius II dismissed the Elder Council, forcing them to buy back their positions. In 3E 97, after many miscarriages, the Queen of Solitude gave birth to a son, who she named Uriel after her grandfather. Mantiarco quickly made Uriel his heir, but the Queen had much larger ambitions for her child.
Two years later, Pelagius II died — many say poisoned by a vengeful former Council member — and his son, Potema's brother Antiochus took the throne. At age forty-eight, it could be said that Antiochus's wild seeds had yet to be sown, and the history books are nearly pornographic in their depictions of life at the Imperial court during the years of his reign. Potema, whose passion was for power not fornication, was scandalized every time she visited the Imperial City.
Mantiarco, King of Solitude, died the springtide after Pelagius II. Uriel ascended to the throne, ruling jointly with his mother. Doubtless, Uriel had the right and would have preferred to rule alone, but Potema convinced him that his position was only temporary. He would have theEmpire, not merely the kingdom. In Castle Solitude, she entertained dozens of diplomats from other kingdoms of Skyrim, sowing seeds of discontent. Her guest list over the years expanded to include kings and queens of High Rock and Morrowind as well.
For thirteen years, Antiochus ruled Tamriel, and proved an able leader despite his moral laxity. Several historians point to proof that Potema cast the spell that ended her brother's life, but evidence one way or another is lost in the sands of time. In any event, both she and her son Uriel were visiting the Imperial court in 3E 112 when Antiochus died, and immediately challenged the rule of his daughter and heir, Kintyra.
Potema's speech to the Elder Council is perhaps helpful to students of public speaking.
She began with flattery and self-abasement: “My most august and wise friends, members of the Elder Council, I am but a provincial queen, and I can only assume to bring to issue what you yourselves must have already pondered.”
She continued on to praise the late Emperor, who was a popular ruler in spite of his flaws: “He was a true Septim and a great warrior, destroying — with your counsel — the near invincible armada of Pyandonea.”
But little time was wasted, before she came to her point: “The Empress Magna unfortunately did nothing to temper my brother's lustful spirits. In point of fact, no whore in the slums of the city spread out on more beds than she. Had she attended to her duties in the Imperial bedchamber more faithfully, we would have a true heir to the Empire, not the halfwit, milksop bastards who call themselves the Emperor's children. The girl called Kintyra is popularly believed to be the daughter of Magna and the Captain of the Guard. It may be that she is the daughter of Magna and the boy who cleans the cistern. We can never know for certain. Not as certainly as we can know the lineage of my son, Uriel. The last of the Septim Dynasty.”
Despite Potema's eloquence, the Elder Council allowed Kintyra to assume the throne as the Empress Kintyra II. Potema and Uriel angrily returned to Skyrim and began assembling the rebellion.
Details of the War of the Red Diamond are included in other histories: we need not recount the Empress Kintyra II's capture and eventual execution in High Rock in the year 3E 114, nor the ascension of Potema's son, Uriel III, seven years later. Her surviving brothers, Cephorus andMagnus, fought the Emperor and his mother for years, tearing the Empire apart in a civil war.
When Uriel III fought his uncle Cephorus in Hammerfell at the Battle of Ichidag in 3E 127, Potema was fighting her other brother, Uriel's uncle Magnus in Skyrim at the Battle of Falconstar. She received word of her son's defeat and capture just as she was preparing to mount an attack on Magnus's weakest flank. The sixty-one-year-old Wolf Queen flew into a rage and led the assault herself. It was a success, and Magnus and his army fled. In the midst the victory celebration, Potema heard the news that her son the Emperor had been killed by an angry mob before he had even made it for trial in the Imperial City. He had been burned to death within his carriage.
When Cephorus was proclaimed Emperor, Potema's fury was terrible to behold. She summoned daedrato fight for her, had her necromancers resurrect her fallen enemies as undead warriors, and mounted attack after attack on the forces of the Emperor Cephorus I. Her allies began leaving her as her madness grew, and her only companions were the zombies and skeletons she had amassed over the years. The kingdom of Solitude became a land of death. Stories of the ancient Wolf Queen being waited on by rotting skeletal chambermaids and holding war plans with vampiric generals terrified her subjects.
Potema died after a month long siege on her castle in the year 3E 137 at the age of 90 [sic]. While she lived, she had been the Wolf Queen of Solitude, Daughter of the Emperor Pelagius II, Wife of King Mantiarco, Aunt of the Empress Kintyra II, Mother of Emperor Uriel III, and Sister of the Emperors Antiochus and Cephorus. Three years after her death, Antiochus [sic] died, and his — and Potema's — brother Magnus took the throne.
Her death has hardly diminished her notoriety. Though there is little direct evidence of this, some theologians maintain that her spirit was so strong, she became a daedra after her death, inspiring mortals to mad ambition and treason. It is also said that her madness so infused Castle Solitude that it infected the next king to rule there. Ironically, that was her 18-year-old nephewPelagius, the son of Magnus. Whatever the truth of the legend, it is undeniable that when Pelagius left Solitude in 3E 145 to assume the title of the Emperor Pelagius III, he quickly became known as Pelagius The Mad. It is even widely rumored that he murdered his father Magnus.
The Wolf Queen must surely have had the last laugh.

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