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【书籍搬运】Charwich-Koniinge Letters, v2 查威治与孔尼因德通信集,第二卷

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查威治与孔尼因德通信集,第二卷

作者:查威治 与 孔尼因德

3E411年,末种月,3日

晨风省,塔尔-阿鲁恩

我的好朋友查威治:

你在日高月6日给我寄到赛德瑞斯-莫拉的信,我上周才收到。我之前也不知道到哪找你,没法告诉你我追踪哈德沃夫·内斯维尔的进度,现在我就可以告诉你了,通过你在信中提到的那位途歇城的伊莱丝贝塔·摩尔灵夫人转交给你。我希望如果你已经离开了她的府邸,她知道你去哪了然后可以把这封信给你。要是你能像我收你的信一样及时收到就更好了。我及时了解你的消息时很必要的,这样我们就可以进行下一阶段行动的合作了。

我在这里的冒险活动有两部分,一个在收到你的信以前,另一个紧接着就开始了。在你搜索那位捉摸不透的阿祖拉之星持有者的家乡以西时,我在我们认为的他召唤那位迪德拉魔君,从“她”那里收到那个神器的地方搜索他。

和你一样,我在找寻听说过或者认识内斯维尔的人时也遇到了些麻烦。事实上,在我们分开行动,你去往伊利亚克湾以后不久,我遇到了一个知道内斯维尔将要举行仪式地点的人,所以我立刻出发来到了塔尔-阿鲁恩。找到联系人花了一些时间,他是一名反对派祭司,名叫米纳莱斯。神殿和审判席,晨风的真正支配者,对他的教派很不满,在还没开始发动次数众多的圣战驱逐他们以前,就已经有相当的谣言称他们就要这么做了。这使像米纳莱斯这样的祭司变得胆小多疑,像这样的人,很难与之会面。

最后,我被告知他愿意与我在“秘地熟膏”面谈,那是一个连一间出租客房都没有的小酒馆。下了楼梯,我看到有几个蒙面人围着酒馆仅有的一张桌子胡吃海塞,然后他们过来搜我的身,看我是不是带了武器。当然了我没带武器。你知道的,那不是我喜欢的干活方式。

在确定我人畜无害以后,一个蒙面人表示他就是米纳莱斯。我付给了他实现承诺过的金子,然后问他所知道哈德沃夫·内斯维尔的事情。他对他记忆犹新,说内斯维尔得到了星以后,这小子准备回高岩去。看起来他在那里还有没完成的工作,大概是具有暴力性质的,用阿祖拉之星可以帮上大忙。他没有别的信息了,我也不知道还有什么别的可问的。

我俩分开以后我一直在等你的信,希望你已经找到了内斯维尔,甚至是阿祖拉之星。我承认,我在晨风徒费时光却从没收到你的来信,我都开始怀疑你的品质了。你会原谅我这么说的,不过我真的怕你为了自己取走那个物件。实际上,在终于收到你的信的时候,我已经在做去高岩的打算了。

你在格里姆特里庄园墓地的冒险故事,和你从那个狼人守墓人那里得到的信息,使我想要再和米纳莱斯见上一面。然后开始我的故事的第二部分。

我回到了“秘地熟膏”,因为那个祭司肯定时常出入那里,那儿非常适合安排一次这样的秘密会面。我花了些时间寻找,不过最后总算找到他了,而且走运的是,他是孤身一人。我叫了他的名字,他立刻把我拽到了一条昏暗的小巷里,他很紧张,害怕我们会被神殿的协调者发现。

这可真是稀罕,一个受害者坚持要把杀他的人带到一个偏僻的地方。

我立刻追问他有关你提到的那个家伙,内斯维尔的神秘主顾巴里亚瑟。他听到了名字以后还矢口否认。我们一直以舒缓和气的对话状态平静地耗着,直到我扼住他。当然了,他当时完全傻掉了。有些情况下,这比背后突袭更有效。无论我这样做过多少次,也没有一个人会想到与他们和颜悦色交谈的人会一把掐住他的脖子。

我用力掐住他喉咙上的软点,我最喜欢的攻击位置,就在甲状腺的软骨下方。他好半天才对我的突袭做出反应,想要把我的手拽下来。他的意识开始模糊了,我向他耳语,说我会放开一点,这样他就能说话和呼吸了,不过他要是敢呼救,我就掐断他的脖子。他点了点头,于是我稍稍松了一下手,只是一点点。

我再问他关于巴里亚瑟的事情,他摇了摇头,坚持说他没听过这个名字。就他吓得这个怂样,看起来他说的大概还真是实情,所以我问得更宽泛一些,还有别的什么人可能知道关于哈德沃夫·内斯维尔的事情。他告诉我说仪式上还有一个女的也在,内斯维尔介绍说是他的姐妹。

我想起了你在信中提到的内斯维尔的姐妹的坟墓,那个珀爱拉。我对祭司提起这个名字,他像个点头虫似的,不过我也知道审问到这也就到头了。毕竟嘛,掐住脖子以后,人会对所有问题都回答“是”的。我掐断了米纳莱斯的脖子,然后回了家。

所以我现在又不知道如何着手了。我又做了一些调查,一些遇见过内斯维尔的人都记得他身边有个女的。有几个回想起来说他说她是他的姐妹。有一两个说他们记住了她的名字好像就是珀爱拉,尽管他们也不确定。然而却没有一个人听说过叫巴里亚瑟的人。

要是两周以内收不到你的回信,我就去高岩省了,因为大多数人都认为内斯维尔要回到那里。除非有别的调查能让我们离获得阿祖拉之星更近一步,并且只能在晨风展开的,我才会继续在这里呆上一段时间。

你的朋友,

孔尼因德

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The Charwich-Koniinge Letters
Book II
Letter sent from Koniinge to Charwich about their search for Azura's Star


3 Last Seed, 3E 411

Tel AruhnMorrowind

My Good Friend Charwich,
I only just last week received your letter dated 6 Sun's Height, addressed to me in Sadrith Mora. I did not know how to reach you before to tell you of my progress finding Hadwaf Neithwyr, so I send this to you now care of the lady you mentioned in your letter, the Lady Elysbetta Moorling ofWayrest. I hope that if you have left her palace, she will know where you've gone and can send this to you. And I hope further that you receive it in a timelier manner that I received your letter. It is essential that I hear from you soon so we may coordinate our next course of action.
My adventures here have two acts, one before I received your letter, and one immediately after. While you searched for the elusive possessor of Azura's Star in his homeland to the west, I searched for him here where we understood he conjured up the Daedra Prince and received from her the artifact.
Like you, I had little difficulty finding people who had heard of or even knew Neithwyr. In fact, not long after we parted company and you left for the Iliac Bay, I met someone who knew where he went to perform the ceremony, so I left at once to come here to Tel Aruhn. It took some time to locate my contact, for he is a Dissident Priest named Minerath. The Temple and Tribunal, the real powers of Morrowind, tend to frown on his Order, and while they haven't begun so much of crusade to stamp them out, there are certainly rumors that they will soon. This tends to make priests like Minerath skittish and paranoid. Difficult people to set appointments with.
Finally I was told that he would be willing to talk to me at the Plot and Plaster, a tiny tavern without even a room to rent. Downstairs, there were several cloaked men crammed around the tavern's only table, and they searched me to see if I had any weaponry. Of course, I hadn't. You know that isn't my preferred method of doing business.
When it decided that I was harmless, one of the cloaked figures revealed himself to be Minerath. I paid him the gold I promised and asked him what he knew about Hadwaf Neithwyr. He remembered him well enough, saying that after he received the Star, the lad intended to return to High Rock. It seemed he had unfinished business there, presumably of a violent nature, which Azura's Star would facilitate. He had no other information, and I did not know what else to ask.
We parted company and I waited for your letter, hoping you had found Neithwyr and perhaps even the Star. I confess that as I lingered in Morrowind and never heard from you, I began to have doubts about your character. You'll forgive me for saying so, but I began to fear that you had taken the artifact for yourself. In fact, I was making plans to come to High Rock myself when your letter came at last.
The tale of your adventure in the cemetery at Grimtry Garden, and the information you gathered from the lycanthropic caretaker inspired me to have another meeting with Minerath. Thus began the second act of my story.
I returned to the Pot and Plaster, reasoning that the priest must frequent that area of the city to feel so comfortable setting clandestine meetings there. It took some time searching, but I finally found him, and as luck would have it, he was alone. I called his name, and he quickly drew me to a dark alleyway, nervous that we would be seen by a Temple ordinator.
It is a rare and beautiful thing when a victim insists on dragging his killer to a remote location.
I began at once asking about this fellow you mentioned, Neithwyr's mysterious patron Baliasir. He denied ever having heard the name. We were still in that easy, fairly conversational state when I attacked the priest. Of course, he was completely taken by surprise. In some ways, that can be more effective than an ambush from behind. No matter how many times I've done it, no one ever expected the friendly man they're talking to grip them by the neck.
I pressed hard against my favorite spot in the soft part of the throat, just below the thyroid cartilage, and it took him too long to react to my lunge and try pushing back. He began to lose consciousness, and I whispered that if I released my grip a little so he could talk and breath [sic], but he tried to call for help, I would snap his neck. He nodded, and I relaxed the pressure, just a bit.
I asked him again about Baliasir, and he shook his head, insisting that he had never heard the name. As frightened as he was, it seemed most likely that he was telling the truth, so I asked him more generally if he knew anyone else who might know something about Hadwaf Neithwyr. He told me that there was a woman present also during the ceremony, someone he introduced as his sister.
I remembered then the part of your letter about seeing the grave of Neithwyr's sister, Peryra. When I mentioned the name to the priest he nodded frantically, but I could see that the interrogation had reached an ending. There is, after all, something about being throttled that causes a man to answer yes to every question. I snapped Minerath's neck, and returned home.
So now I'm again unsure how to proceed. I've made several more inquiries and several of the same people who met Neithwyr remember him being with a woman. A few recall him saying that she was his sister. One or two believe they remember her name as being Peryra, though they're not certain. No one, however, has heard of anyone named Baliasir.
If I do not hear word from you in response to this in the next couple of weeks, I will come to High Rock, because it's there that most people believe Neithwyr returned. I will only stay here long enough to see if there are other inquiries I can make only in Morrowind to bring us closer to our goal of recovering Azura's Star.
Your Friend,
Koniinge

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