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【书籍搬运】Of Crossed Daggers 交叉匕首下

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原文:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Of_Crossed_Daggers

译者注释:标题是文中一个领主名字的一部分,即“Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers”。暂译为“霍斯根·交叉匕首”,若人名校对中重译,则标题需要一起修改。

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交叉匕首下

作者:Dwennon Wyndell

坐落在甜蜜湖东部的大金库裂谷城,已褪为一个旧时代的标志。它曾引以为豪的街道和建筑消失了,被一大批木制建筑,和永远由烟雾笼罩的粗糙石取代。要明白为什么昔日金碧辉煌的大都市,为何如今没落到连一个破要塞都比不上,人们只需翻开史书,便能觅得答案。

裂谷城曾是来自晨风的旅者们和商队活动的交通枢纽。一天中能看见零星的钓鱼小舟点缀湖泊,繁华的城市在夜晚熠熠生辉。强大的城市卫兵保护民众,时刻守卫他们的安全。裂谷城的市场引人瞩目,其中有无数个展示台,提供了来自整个泰姆瑞尔大陆四面八方的用品。

4E 98年,一次虚空之夜里的混乱事态中,原领主被暗杀,霍斯根·交叉匕首上任为新领主。尽管很多人相信霍斯根和暗杀事件逃脱不了干系,抗议的呼声响遍整个裂谷城街道,但他还是登上了领主的王座,并立刻采取措施维护自己的统治。他动用城市卫兵,全面清扫街道上的示威者,和实施宵禁。若抓到任何一个打破规定的人,将会锒铛入狱;若是重复犯罪者,斩立决。

四十年来,霍斯根用黑心和铁腕统治着裂谷城。他从他的子民、想在城墙内经营的商家身上收取荒唐的税收。霍斯根榨取的大量金钱,用来建造一个巨大又华而不实,带有驻扎营地的木制城堡。城堡的建造花了7年时间,成为压迫人民的一个显著标志,还获得一个称号:“霍斯根的愚行”。到他的统治接近结束时,裂谷城的街道已到处充斥垃圾和饱受疾病、饥饿困苦的人。

然后,在4E 129年,人民受够了。以人民庞大的数量,短时间的淹没了城市卫兵,并在领主仍居住其中的“霍斯根的愚行”下,燃起熊熊大火。随着斗争的升级,战火蔓延至城里的每一寸土地。直到清晨,人民终于赢得胜利,却付出巨大的代价。现在大部分的城区已沦为废墟,同时伴随着许多人的死亡。

五年重建后,裂谷城成为如今的小城市。尽管从那时起已经五十年了,它仍然没有从中完全恢复。有些人觉得它永远无法达到第四纪元伊始的繁荣程度了;但少数人仍然对裂谷城抱有希望,希望裂谷城能从废墟上涅磐重生,再次成为一个商业中心。

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Of Crossed Daggers: The History of Riften
by Dwennon Wyndell
The story of Riften's fall from grace


Situated on the eastern banks of Lake Honrich, the city of Riften serves as a reminder of a bygone era. The once-proud streets and buildings have vanished and been replaced with a collection of wooden structures and rough stonework shrouded in a permanent fog-like mist. In order to understand how such a large city became nothing more than a glorified fortress, one need only look to the history books for answers.
Riften was a major hub of activity for trade caravans and travellers [sic] to and from Morrowind. Fishing skiffs could be seen dotting the lake at all hours of the day and the bustling city was alive with activity at night. The city guard was formiddable [sic] and maintained a tight grasp on its populace, keeping them safe from harm. The marketplace in Riften was also quite a draw, containing numerous stands offering wares from across Tamriel.
In 4E 98, amidst the confusion of the Void Nights, Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers was installed as Jarlwhen the previous Jarl had been assassinated. Although many believe that Hosgunn wasresponisble [sic], and cries of protest filled the streets of Riften, the Jarl took the throne and immediately took action to protect his station. Using the city guard, he had the streets cleared of protesters and initiated a curfew. Any caught breaking the curfew was immediately jailed without process or executed if it was a repeat offence [sic].
For over 40 years, Hosgunn ruled Riften with a black heart and an iron fist. He imposed ridiculous taxes upon his subjects and any merchants that wished to sell their wares within the city walls. Hosgunn kept most of the coin for himself, using it to construct a massive wooden castle with unecessarily [sic] lavish quartering within. The castle took seven years to build, and became a visual reminder of the people's oppression which earned it the nickname "Hosgunn's Folly." Towards the end of his reign, the streets of Riften became littered with refuse and it's [sic]people plagued by disease and hunger.
Then, in 4E 129, the people had finally had enough. With their numbers, they were able to temporarily overhwhelm [sic] the city guard long enough to set Hosgunn's Folly on fire with the greedy Jarl still within. As the fighting recommensed [sic], the fire spread through the city unchecked. By the morning, the people had emerged victorious, but not without great cost. Most of the city was now in ruins and many had died.
It took five years to rebuild Riften into the smaller city that it is today. And even though over fifty years had [sic] passed since then, it still has yet to fully recover. Some believe it will never achieve the level of affluence it saw at the beginning of the Fourth Era, but there are a few who still hold on to the hope that Riften can return from the ashes and become a center of commerce once again.

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