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【书籍搬运】Rising Threat, Vol. IV 威胁兴起,卷IV

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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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趁在晨风和黑沼泽的帝国军团还在为湮灭危机与瓦丹非尔被毁的接连灾难忙得连轴转,萨尔摩在亚龙人之中引发了大型反乱。黑沼泽与晨风南部完全落入了反叛亚龙人的手中,但幸运的是,萨尔摩也失去了他们在爬虫人中的影响力。

与此同时,萨尔摩巩固了他们对我美丽祖国的钳制。

在我的计划得以让我与奥卡托取得联系之前,又经过了差不多十年时间。他看上去比大多数人对我所说的萨尔摩情况更加在意,也许因为他自己也是个艾特莫,能够体会到他们呈现出的威胁。之后不久,萨尔摩就暗杀了奥卡托。

奥卡托执政者的遇害标志着暴风之冠空位期的开始。元老会议院宣告分裂,造成之后多年的无情内斗、阴谋与刺杀。许多人都想登上红宝石王位的宝座。大多数人都是篡位者。少数几人有合法继承权,其他人却都是以为只凭武力便可获得一切的笨蛋。在这段无政府期间,暴烈且不自然的风暴多次侵袭帝都,所有的风暴眼都是直盯白金塔,仿佛这就是九圣灵对此所下的判决。

帝国在混乱中沉沦,萨尔摩则快速行动了。他们推翻了艾特莫的合法诸王。我还记得当收到消息时支配我的反感与惊恐—— 一群呆瓜掌控了我的祖国。我们的伟大种族曾经如此骄傲,如此崇高,现如今却陷入了这种疯狂!

然后,夏暮岛上发生了第一场大屠杀,之后还要发生许多次。他们杀掉了任何“没有先代精灵之血”的人。一个清除不同政见者的极好借口——萨尔摩才不会放过如此好的机会。

在持续整整七年的血腥之后,暴风之冠空位期由一个名为提图斯·梅德的科洛文军阀结束了,他获得了帝国的皇冠。他是否为合法的皇帝至今悬而未决。没有提图斯·梅德,就不会有今天的帝国。他是一个狡猾且有才干的领导人,像天际省这样的省份对他爱戴有加。

帝国在皇帝提图斯·梅德的顺利统治下稳定了下来,我也重新开始警告他们萨尔摩的威胁。可又一次,萨尔摩走在了我的前头。在我的努力可以开花结果之前,萨尔摩出击了:又一次政变,这次发生在瓦伦林地。帝国对萨尔摩的诡计策略完全措手不及。

有人宣称艾特莫与波兹莫的力量联合起来大大超过了帝国,但这说法着实荒诞可笑。这场短小野蛮的战役在有人流下第一滴血之前就已经是萨尔摩的胜利了。他们等待,观察他们的敌人,他们决定进行攻击的时间地点。萨尔摩能用他们艾特莫与波兹莫混编的小分队让任何帝国要塞陷入无比狂怒之中。

与帝国装模作样的将军们不同,萨尔摩并不喜欢大型军事行动。他们有更好的间谍和更高的灵动性,也知道如何以最佳形式利用他们。这就是萨尔摩呈现的威胁!他们残忍无情,但他们不是傻瓜!他们恶毒又难以捉摸,而且他们非常有耐心。

只用一击,萨尔摩就在泰姆瑞尔大陆上占有了立足之地,并且断绝了任何帝国进行入侵夏暮岛推翻暴政公开尝试的可能性。依凭他们与瓦伦林地木精灵的同盟关系,他们也以此恢复了先代精灵之地的建制!

之后的数十年里,萨尔摩变得低调,但这并不是结束。这才刚刚开始。他们只是在重新整合他们的力量,钳紧他们对艾特莫心灵与思维的控制。也许帝国想遗忘萨尔摩带给他们的尊严之殇,但萨尔摩就站在那里,密谋,观察,等待。当帝国满足于保护其广袤土地中无关重要的角落之时,萨尔摩的威胁却仍在扩大。自执政者奥卡托之后帝国中没人听我说话。我祈求这个光荣帝国中的任何公民,全体公民,按我说的去做!在一切为时太晚之前,必须要阻止萨尔摩。

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在旭日要塞的拉瑟尼尔委托他人自费出版了这些书籍,并将其在帝国中广为散布之后不久,他便被人暴力谋杀了。在他死后发生的事件已经明了,我们必须考虑如下事实:他也许也是被萨尔摩的刺客谋害的。

——普拉克希斯·埃拉图姆,帝国历史学家

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Rising Threat, Vol. IV
by Lathenil of Sunhold
Final volume in a series of books about the Thalmor


The following is the account of Lathenil of Sunhold, an Altmer refugee fromSummerset 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

While Morrowind and the Imperial forces in Black Marsh were still reeling from the consecutive catastrophes of the Oblivion Crisis and the destruction of Vvardenfell, the Thalmor incited theArgonians to mount a massive uprising. Black Marsh and southern Morrowind were completely lost to the Argonians, but luckily the Thalmor too lost what influence they had over the reptilians.
All the while, the Thalmor consolidated their hold over my beloved homeland.
It took almost a decade before my own machinations put me into contact with Ocato. He seemed more interested than most in what I had to say about the Thalmor, maybe because he was himself an Altmer and recognized the threat they represented. It wasn't long before the Thalmor had Ocato assassinated.
Potentate Ocato's murder began the Stormcrown Interregnum. The Elder Council fractured, leading into years of ruthless in-fighting, plots and backstabbing. Many tried to claim the Ruby Throne. Most were pretenders to the crown, a few had legitimate claims, others still were little more than brutal dullards who thought mere strength of arms was all the entitlement they needed. Violent, unnatural storms lashed the Imperial City several times during this anarchy, always with the eye of the storm looking directly down upon White-Gold Tower, as if this was the judgment of the Nine Divines.
With the Empire submerged in this mayhem, the Thalmor were quick to act. They overthrew the rightful Kings and Queens of the Altmer. I remember the revulsion and horror that took hold when word reached me - that this dementia had gripped my homeland. Once so proud and majestic, many of our great race actually embraced this insanity!
Then the first of many pogroms descended on Summerset Isle. They slaughtered any who were not "of the blood of the Aldmer". A fine excuse to purge the dissidents, as well - the Thalmor have never been ones to waste such an opportunity.
After seven long, bloody years the Stormcrown Interregnum was ended when a Colovian warlord by the name of Titus Mede seized the crown. Whether he had rightful claim or not is moot. Without Titus Mede, there would not be an Empire today. He proved a shrewd and capable leader, such thatSkyrim endorsed him as Emperor.
With the Empire stabilizing under the auspicious efforts Emperor Titus Mede, I resumed my efforts to warn them of the Thalmor threat. Again, the Thalmor remained a step ahead. Before my efforts could come to fruition, the Thalmor struck: another coup, this time in Valenwood. The Empire was not prepared for the Thalmor's subterfuge and stratagem.
There are those who claim the combined Altmer and Bosmer forces greatly out-matched the Empire, but this is a farce. This short, savage campaign was won by the Thalmor even before first blood was drawn. They waited and watched their enemy, they chose where and when they would attack. The Thalmor were able to bring the full fury of their small contingent of Altmer and Bosmer to any of several Imperial strongholds.
Contrary to the posturing of the Empire's generals, the Thalmor did not command greater numbers. They had better spies and greater mobility, and knew how best to use them. This is the menace that the Thalmor represent! They are cruel and merciless, but they are no fools! They are devious and subtle, and so very patient.
In one fell stroke, the Thalmor took a strategic foothold on the mainland of Tamriel and prevented any significant attempt the Empire could have made to invade Summerset Isle and depose the tyranny of the Thalmor. At the same time, they took a better vantage to continue to watch the Empire and wait. In so doing, they also revived the Aldmeri Dominion with their alliance to the Bosmer of Valenwood!
Over the decades, the Thalmor have grown quiet - but this is not the end. It has only just begun. They merely consolidate their power and tighten their grip on the hearts and minds of the Altmer. The Empire may wish to forget the wounds its pride has suffered at the hands of the Thalmor, but they are still out there. Plotting. Watching. Waiting.
While the Empire is content to secure inconsequential corners of its vast holdings, the threat of the Thalmor continues to rise. Not since Potentate Ocato has anyone in the Empire listened to me. I beseech any and all citizens of this renowned Empire to heed my words! The Thalmor must be stopped, before it is too late.

Soon after Lathenil of Sunhold commissioned to have these volumes printed and distributed far and wide in the Empire with his own coin, he himself met a violent end. In light of the events that followed his death, we must consider that he may very well have been murdered by Thalmor assassins.
-- Praxis Erratuim, Imperial Historian

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