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【书籍搬运】Rising Threat, Vol. III 威胁兴起,卷III

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威胁兴起

——旭日要塞之拉瑟尼尔

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下文均出自旭日要塞的拉瑟尼尔之手笔。此人为一名在第四纪元初期便从夏暮岛逃至赛瑞迪尔的艾特莫难民。据拉瑟尼尔本人所讲,他所逃避的绝非夏暮岛湮灭危机的后续灾难,而是“萨尔摩强加于我美丽祖国之上的邪恶暗影”。

拉瑟尼尔,即便以不至失礼的言词形容,也着实有些神经质,而他对萨尔摩所涉的某些指控更贴近疯言疯语。也许这就是为何他对萨尔摩与先代精灵之地的强烈警告与直白批评在当时被许多人当成了耳边风不予采信。然而,历史终究还是部分验证了拉瑟尼尔的主张。

——普拉克希斯·埃拉图姆,帝国历史学家

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小心翼翼地,我联合其他不信任萨尔摩动机与方法的人,组成了一个团体。接下来的几个月里,我悄悄变卖了祖传的家产,带走了一切有流传价值的宝物,并没有引起任何怀疑。我将要追随瑞南多,帮助他恢复声誉,重回先前的地位。之后我们就将对萨尔摩以其人之道还治其人之身,赢回艾特莫中的多数与道德!我们团体内的其他人将留在夏暮岛上,力所能及博取萨尔摩的信任,在可能的时候向我发送密信。在勤勉调查与慷慨贿赂了几个星期后,我终于了解到瑞南多被送上了开往安维尔的渡船。

于是我也去往了安维尔。我的搜索差点在那里走入死胡同,因为瑞南多根本就没有到达安维尔港。我的直觉告诉我瑞南多被奸诈地干掉了,而这点在我找到了几具当时本应在瑞南多船上的水手尸体后得到了证实。所有人都死于神秘暴力。

不久之后我便遭遇了第一场暗杀。不用说,我幸免于难,但在由于缺乏优秀领导人重整士气,我阻碍萨尔摩的大计划搁浅了。我只好躲起来,紧张等待从夏暮岛传来的关于萨尔摩活动的只言片语。

接下来的好几年里,我试图通过多种渠道联系帝国,警告他们萨尔摩的所作所为。然而,帝国进行本地的湮灭危机后处理已经分心乏术,不可能再去管遥远夏暮岛上的麻烦。在皇帝尤里尔·塞普丁七世被刺,他的继承人马丁·塞普丁自我牺牲之后(这才是夏暮岛和泰姆瑞尔其他区域的拯救者),帝国的领导层陷入了瘫痪。

帝国首相奥卡托召集全体元老院打算选出一个新皇帝的举措以失败告终。没有皇帝,帝国的整合影响力不出赛瑞迪尔,其他省份乱相频生。遵照元老会议院法规的条款,在帝国统治再次完全建立起来之前,奥卡托只得极不情愿地同意成为帝国执政者。然而,一个不情愿的领导人极难成为一个强势的领导人。

奥卡托执政者在消解可能让帝国四分五裂的混乱中尽了力,甚至在红山爆发摧毁了大部分瓦丹非尔的时候进行了救援(红山爆发很可能也是萨尔摩干的好事,但我还没能找到证据)。剩下的还能被叫做晨风的地区陷入了彻头彻尾的混乱。火山喷发甚至影响到了黑沼泽,毁坏了那里的道路,切断了当地帝国军团的联系。

接下来要发生的事情,帝国准备全无。

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Rising Threat, Vol. III
by Lathenil of Sunhold
Volume three in a series of books about the Thalmor


The following is the account of Lathenil of Sunhold, an Altmer refugee from Summerset Isle who came to Cyrodiil in the early years of the Fourth Era. According to Lathenil, he did not flee the aftermath of the Oblivion Crisis in Summerset - rather he fled "the darkening shadow of the Thalmor upon my beloved homeland."
Lathenil had a very intense presence, to put it politely, and some of his accusations of Thalmor involvement border on madness. This may be why his fervent warnings and outspoken criticisms of the Thalmor and the Aldmeri Dominion went unheeded, but history has at least partially vindicated Lathenil's claims.
Praxis Erratuim, Imperial Historian

Ever so cautiously, I formed a cabal made up of others who distrusted the motives and methods of the Thalmor. Over several months, I liquidated my ancestral holdings and took whatever inheritance I could without raising any suspicions. I would follow after Rynandor and help him restore his reputation and status. We would then return to best the Thalmor at their own game and win back the mores and morals of the Altmer! The rest of my cabal would stay on Summerset Isle and win the trust of the Thalmor on whatever level best suited each of them, sending clandestine missives to me when possible.
After weeks of painstaking investigations and exorbitant bribes, I was able to learn that Rynandor was placed on a ship to Anvil. I booked my own passage to Anvil. My search almost ended there, for Rynandor had never arrived in Anvil Harbor. My instinct that Rynandor met a duplicitous end was confirmed when I sought out several of the deckhands who were reported to be aboard Rynandor's vessel. All died under mysterious and violent circumstances.
The first of many attempts on my life occurred soon after. Needless to say, I survived, but my grand plan to stymie the Thalmor fell apart without an esteemed leader to rally behind. I went into hiding, waiting anxiously for word of the Thalmor's activities back on Summerset Isle.
Over the following years, I tried to bend the ear of the Empire through various avenues and warn them of the Thalmor's doings. The Empire, however, was having enough troubles dealing with the aftermath of the Oblivion crisis within its own borders without seeking trouble in far away Summerset. With the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his heirs, and the self-sacrifice of Martin Septim (the true savior of Summerset Isle and the rest of Tamriel!) the Empire's leadership was left defunct.
High Chancellor Ocato convened the full Elder Council in an unsuccessful bid to select a new Emperor. Without an Emperor, the Empire beyond the reach of Cyrodiil began to splinter. Ocato reluctantly agreed to become the Potentate under the terms of the Elder Council Charter until Imperial rule could be reestablished, but a reluctant leader is rarely a strong leader.
Potentate Ocato made admirable efforts to rein in the bedlam that threatened to rip the Empire apart, and was even making headway when Red Mountain erupted and destroyed much of Vvardenfell(likely from Thalmor tampering, but I have yet to find proof of their misdeeds in this). What was left of Morrowind was thrown into absolute chaos. The effects of the eruption were felt even inBlack Marsh, destroying roads and cutting off the Imperial garrisons there.
None were prepared for what happened next.

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