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【书籍搬运】Last King of the Ayleids 亚历德之末代国王

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

中文翻译:

亚历德之末代国王

——赫敏妮娅·辛纳

亚历德,即腹地高精灵,在以文字记录历史开始之前的长久神话时代统治塞瑞迪尔。实际上,最早有记录的日期之一正是一纪243年的白金塔沦陷,此事件通常标志着亚历德统治的结束。

尽管亚历德对塞瑞迪尔全境的统治确实于第一纪元的243年终止,但这只是其接近长期消亡过程中最具标志性的事件之一。第一纪元的最初两个世纪中,塞瑞迪尔的亚历德大领主之间摩擦加剧,爱丽西亚应是借其内战之机发动起义。帝国历史学家传统上将爱丽西亚的胜利归功于天际的介入,但她至少在围攻白金塔时得到了叛乱亚历德领主的许多帮助。

亚历德残忍奴隶主的通俗形象自然是基于事实,但多数人并不知晓的是,相当数量的亚历德亲王在263年之后以塞瑞迪尔女帝臣属的身份继续统治其在塞瑞迪尔的领地。这多少表明要么是并非所有的亚历德统治都被人厌恶,要么是爱丽西亚及其继任者较传统观点更偏向实用主义,又或者二者皆然。

无论如何,对大量亚历德遗址的挖掘结果显示,这些遗址在所谓“亚历德晚期”(一纪243年-498年)仍有人使用,甚至得到了扩建。首先,许多亚历德领主作为新人类帝国的臣属继续统治。在某些个例里,爱丽西亚的亚历德支持者甚至得到了被杀敌人的土地作为封赏。我们并不清楚在塞瑞迪尔帝国治下,人类奴隶又存在了多长时间。人类在塞瑞迪尔的亚历德统治区域继续居住,但现今无法证实他们是在怎样的条件下生活的。

这种关系从最初就极为紧张,注定不能持久。对亚历德贵族依旧于帝国内出现的憎恶是所谓由马鲁赫创建之爱丽西亚教团兴起的重要因素。爱丽西亚教团的首个被害者就是塞瑞迪尔的亚历德。在第一纪元的三世纪初,人类统治区域内的残存亚历德团体被接连清除,而难民临时性增强了剩余亚历德领主的力量。

而后在361年,爱丽西亚教团控制了帝国,强令全帝国遵循爱丽西亚教规。亚历德贵族被废黜。此项法令的强制执行似乎并不需要多少暴力手段——似乎到了这一时刻,国内的力量对比已极大地偏向了教团,而亚历德的前途命运只有阴云笼罩,绝大多数亚历德只是离开了塞瑞迪尔,逐渐被瓦伦林地和高岩的精灵同化。确实,迪伦尼王国的兴起可与亚历德自塞瑞迪尔的出走联系起来(此关联直到目前也少有历史学家进行研究)。

即便如此,残存的亚历德似乎自爱丽西亚教团的统治幸免于难,因为我们知道“亚历德之末代国王”参与了482年的影谷沼泽之战,此战中迪伦尼家族决定性地击败了爱丽西亚教团。这位国王的臣民如何活过了先前的一个世纪我们不得而知。虽然近期研究认为尼纳拉塔就是这位“末代国王”的安息之地,我们却依旧难以得知他们究竟是谁。不幸之处在于,以帝国的目前状态,我们无法获得研究调查这些大型遗址所需的必要资金,如此这些问题只能留与后人解答了。

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The Last King of the Ayleids
by Herminia Cinna
Chronicles the downfall of the Ayleid Empire in the First Era


The Ayleids, or Heartland High Elves, ruled Cyrodiil in the long ages of Myth before the beginning of recorded history. One of the earliest recorded dates, in fact, is the Fall of White Gold Tower in 1E 243, which is commonly assumed to mark the end of the Ayleids.
Although Ayleid rule over all of Cyrodiil was indeed broken in 1E 243, this was only one of the most obvious stages near the end of a long decline. The first two centuries of the First Era saw increasing strife between the great Ayleid lords of Cyrodiil. Alessia appears to have taken advantage of a period of civil war to launch her uprising. Imperial historians have traditionally attributed her victory to intervention from Skyrim, but it appears that she had at least as much help from rebel Ayleid lords during the siege of White Gold Tower.
The popular image of the Ayleids as brutal slavemasters is based in fact, of course, but it is less well-known that a number of Ayleid princes continued to rule parts of Cyrodiil after 263 [sic], as vassals of the new Empress of Cyrodiil. This suggests either that Ayleid rule was not universally detested, or that Alessia and her successors were more pragmatic than is traditionally believed, or perhaps some of both.
In any event, excavations at a number of Ayleid sites show continued occupation and even expansion during the so-called Late Ayleid Period (1E 243 - c. 498). At first, many Ayleid lords continued to rule as vassals of the new human regime. In some cases, Ayleid supporters of Alessia were even rewarded with new lands taken from slain enemies. It is not clear to what extent human slavery continued under the Cyrodilic Empire. Humans continued to dwell in the Ayleid-ruled areas of Cyrodiil, but there is nothing definitive to show under what terms.
This was an uneasy relationship from the beginning, and was not destined to last long. Resentment at the continued presence of Ayleid nobles within the Empire was a contributing factor to the rise of the so-called Alessian Order founded by Maruhk. The first victims of the Alessians were the Ayleids of Cyrodiil. In the early 300s, the surviving Ayleid communities in human-ruled areas were obliterated one by one, the refugees temporarily swelling the power of the remaining Ayleid lordships.
Then in 361, the Alessians gained control of the Empire and enforced the Alessian Doctrines throughout its domain. The Ayleid lordships were abolished. Enforcement of this decree does not appear to have required much direct violence -- it seems that by this point the balance of power was so overwhelmingly against them, and their fate so long foreshadowed, that most of the remaining Ayleids simply left Cyrodiil, eventually being absorbed into the Elven populations of Valenwood andHigh Rock. Indeed, the rise of the Direnni Hegemony may be linked to this exodus of Ayleids from Cyrodiil (a connection so far little studied by historians).
Still, a remnant Ayleid population seems to have survived the rule of the Alessians, because we hear of "the last king of the Ayleids" joining the battle of Glenumbria Moors where the Dirennis decisively defeated the Alessians in 482. How this king's people survived the preceding century is unknown. We do not even know who they were, although recent research points to Nenalata as the possible resting place of this "last king." Unfortunately, in the current state of the Empire, funds are no longer available for proper scientific investigation of such extensive ruins, so the answer to these questions will have to be left to future generations.

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