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【书籍搬运】Rislav The Righteous 正义瑞斯拉弗

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

作者:辛金

翻译:花溪流萤

如同所有伟大英雄那般,瑞斯拉弗 拉瑞奇出生伊始便命运多舛。根据史书记载,瑞斯拉弗降生于第一纪元448年一个春夜,是夜春寒料峭,温度低的不合时令。他的母亲琳娜达皇后分娩之后仅仅看了自己儿子一眼,随即撒手人寰。当时其父斯肯格拉德国王墨荷鲁斯早已子嗣满堂,拥有三儿四女,由于史学家们闭口不谈,所以我们无从知晓瑞斯拉弗是否受其父亲偏爱(大概是不,否则史学家不会不提)。

他的存在感相当稀薄,以至于20岁前几乎没有留下任何记录。我们大略可以想像,他早前所受教育与西科洛文那些“多余王子(应该是指难以获得继承权的王子)应该毫无区别,均师从亚历德精灵导师学习如何打猎以及搏击。与远为开化的尼本奈流域不同,高地城邦很少教授王子们贵族礼仪,宗教传统,甚至基本治国理念都不在课表之列。”

这段时期(20岁以前)涉及他的记述唯有一则短小片段,第一纪元461年,日晓月23日,他同他的家人一道参加了加里尤斯国王的加冕仪式。这项典礼举办之时,正值马鲁赫的爱丽西亚教团当权,所以仪式一切从简。但是时年只有13岁的瑞斯拉弗依然亲眼所见了不少传奇英雄。

诸如代表亚尼坤纳王国前来致贺的猛兽达罗克 布瑞,以及同样出席大 典的天际国王哈瑞克 怀特及其儿子霍格。而且,尽管当时帝国上下普遍蔑视所有精灵种群,但是奇莫因多瑞尔 奈瑞瓦以及锻莫杜马克 德瓦弗金仍然现身典礼,代表瑞斯丹前来道贺,相对而言,一切还算和谐(精灵人类没有冲突)。

在列人员之中还有一个人物值得一提,即是当时效力于高岩省帝国议会的瑞安 迪兰尼,他与瑞斯拉弗一道名垂青史,留下赫赫声名。

至于两位年龄相仿的青年宴会之上是否会面或者交谈,历史学家手中并无翔实资料。作为一个颇受赞誉的强力领主,瑞安先后买下髂骨湾的博菲拉岛,逐渐征服高岩全境并且侵占落锤以及天际大部地区。但是瑞斯拉弗此后十七年中再次从史书间蒸发。我们仅能基于以下事实进行合理推断。

为了巩固同盟关系,国王子嗣多会沦为政治联姻工具。第五世纪期间,斯肯格拉德与科瓦奇一直存在领土纠纷,摩擦不断,直到472年两者签署和平条约为止。条约细节并未记载,但是瑞斯拉弗王子六年之后作为贾斯汀尤斯王的女婿,公主贝丽妮的丈夫出现在科瓦奇王庭之上,有鉴于此,我们可以大胆推断,正是两人联姻,方才获得和平。

时间跟随这场婚姻来到478年,一场可怕瘟疫席卷西科洛文,西科洛文各个独立王国似乎更是首当其冲。斯肯格拉德国王墨荷鲁斯以及所有王室成员全部不幸遇难,瑞斯拉弗的兄弟仅余哥哥杜兰德一人,杜兰德在瘟疫爆发之际恰在帝都马鲁赫教团当值祭祀,故而幸免于难,随后便赶回家乡承袭王位。

有关杜兰德的历史记载颇丰。他是国王次子,心地单纯,并且非常虔诚。所有史官均褒扬他温文尔雅,这种气质的养成同其早期经历密不可分。少时,他便带着父亲祝愿离开斯肯格拉德,前赴帝都开始祭祀生涯。马鲁赫教派政教一体,推崇爱丽西亚女王,宣扬君权天授,一直灌输抗拒皇帝即是忤逆神灵这一理念。作为其中一员祭祀,杜兰德登上斯肯格拉德王位之后所施首个举措,便是意料中事。

刚一登基,他便下达首封诏书,宣布斯肯格拉德归附帝国。

这一举动震惊科洛文朝野,其中要数科瓦奇反应最为激烈。根据记载,瑞斯拉弗携着自己妻子,从岳父军中点上两队兵马,径直朝着哥哥王国杀去。无论历史学家如何粉饰,这支武装实力终归难称强大,但却轻而易举的击败了杜兰德的重重拦截。实际上,双方根本没有开战,斯肯格拉德的兵士因为不忿领主主张,阵前纷纷倒戈。

这对兄弟在儿时一起长大的庭院相遇了。

依照科洛文传统,叛国行为不需审判,不需定罪,不需陪审,不需法官。格杀勿论。

“你真不配做我兄弟。”瑞斯拉弗 拉瑞奇话一说完,随即一斧将杜兰德头颅斩下。随后,他带着沾满兄弟鲜血的斧头加冕称王。

尽管瑞斯拉弗之前还毫无战功,但是很快一切都不同了。斯肯格拉德新王撕毁降书的消息不胫而走,转眼传入帝国耳中。加里尤斯即位之前便是赳赳武夫,即位十七年来更是征战不休。瑞斯拉弗弑兄登基仅仅八个月前,加里尤斯及其爱丽西亚军队还与登基之时宾客之一,哈瑞克 怀特对垒于天际北部冻土之间。桑盖德一役之中,更是将这位天际国王击毙。趁着天际遴选领袖期间,赛瑞迪尔一直都在疯狂抢夺天际南部失地。

总而言之,加里尤斯知道怎样对付造反诸侯。

借用史官措辞来说,爱丽西亚大军如同一股“死亡洪流”一般一路向西,兵力规模更是远超征服斯肯格拉德所需。依照加里尤斯推算,根本不会有像样战斗发生。毕竟正如之前所说,瑞斯拉弗毫无作战经验,治国经验同样略显不足。况且整个西科洛文刚被瘟疫蹂躏过,爱丽西亚军队估计遇不到效抵抗,对方很快就会投降。

与之相对,瑞斯拉弗一直积极备战,很快组建了一支军队并且部署了作战计划。

先前无视瑞斯拉弗的史官这下开始不厌其烦的渲染他的伟岸形象,疯狂为其镀金了。尽管这些词藻没有文学审美价值(历史学家文笔较差),然而从其当中我们至少可以了解不少细节。当其时也,泰姆瑞尔只有皮革盔甲,而科洛文领邑有着泰姆瑞尔最好的皮革锻匠,毫无疑问,国王当时所披正是个中翘楚—一身枣红王者皮甲,历经千锤百炼,其间镶嵌一英寸长的钉刺,配以黑色束腰裹缠,黑色披风遮盖,着实威风凛凛。现在矗立在斯肯格拉德的王之雕像虽然经过艺术加工,但其所披战甲却是忠实还原。在西科洛文,今天,即便吟游诗人上市场卖艺,护甲水平也要超过那件皮甲不少。但是国王当时装备的确如此,同时,从其雕像还可看出瑞斯拉弗王的两项重要配备:训练有素的战鹰以及疾驰如风的骏马。

冬季降雨顺着南部道路汩汩流淌,将西部莽原所积雨水排向瓦伦林地,一路泥泞。所以帝国君王只得取道北方,并在金色大道一块低地同瑞斯拉弗所率小队斥候狭路相逢。据传,当时帝国军队非常强盛,行军之声就连百里之外的亚尼坤纳猛兽都能听见,史官不忘自嘲的说,自己听到肯定吓的发抖。

然而,瑞斯拉弗毫无惧色。他只彬彬有礼的对皇帝说道,您的阵仗太大,我们这种小国根本消受不起。

“下次”瑞斯拉弗说道。“要来之前,记得写信。”

如同爱丽西亚历代君主那般,这位皇帝同样不是很有幽默感,他还以为瑞斯拉弗被吓疯了。他下令亲卫前去逮捕这个可怜的疯子,但是就在此时,瑞斯拉弗扬起手臂,将战鹰放飞天空。这个讯息,他的兵士早已期待已久。此时,爱丽西亚军队已经全部涌入这条狭窄甬道,并且均在弓箭射程以内。

瑞斯拉弗国王及其卫兵立刻掉转马头向西疾奔,史官将其称为“狂野凯纳瑞斯神赐”。他虽不敢回头,但其计划进展一切顺利。道路东侧已被滚石堵死,所以爱丽西亚士兵走投无路,只得向西奔逃。斯肯格拉德弓手们居高临下不停放箭,一时间箭如雨下。因为射手们均站在高台之上,帝国军队根本攻击不到,只得束手待毙。狂怒的皇帝加里尤斯一路追赶着瑞斯拉弗,从莽原追上高地,已然远离斯肯格拉德。一路之上。自己军队数目一直不断减少。

远古高地丛林之中,帝国军队遭遇了瑞斯拉弗岳父科瓦奇王的军队。尽管爱丽西亚部队数量上面仍有优势。然而此时早已疲惫不堪,士气业已在穿越箭雨的追逐消耗战中降到谷底。接战一小时后,帝国军队开始向着北方帝国属地仓惶逃遁,然后折向东北,一直逃入尼本奈流域方才定下心来。

爱丽西亚王朝从此由盛转衰。西科洛文国王纷纷同科瓦奇以及斯肯格拉德缔结盟约共抗帝国侵略。瑞安所在迪伦尼氏族亦备受鼓舞,并将爱丽西亚教团从高岩全境驱逐出去,随后开始入侵帝国。新任天际国王霍格,又被成为霍格 精灵杀手,尽管如同帝国官方一样排外,但是同样加入了反抗阵线。在其战死之后,伊斯米尔(龙吼使用者)之一,继任国王阿特莫拉的乌尔法斯继续举旗抗争,并在历史之上留下不朽声名。

斯肯格拉德的英勇国王,以一己之力独自面对帝国压境大军,并且最终引发帝国灭亡,确实无愧正义瑞斯拉弗这一名号。

译者注:爱丽西亚帝国统治晚期,教团把持朝政,盲目排外,内政混乱,的确该亡。

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Rislav the Righteous
by Sinjin
Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad


Like all true heroes, Rislav Larich had inauspicious beginnings. We are told by chroniclers that the springtide night in the 448th year of the first era on which he was born was unseasonably cold, and that his mother Queen Lynada died very shortly after setting eyes upon her son. If he were much beloved of his father, King Mhorus of Skingrad, who already had plenty of heirs, three sons and four daughters before him, the chroniclers make no mention of it.
His existence was so very undistinguished that we hear virtually nothing of him for the first twenty years of his life. His schooling, we can suppose, was similar to that of any "spare prince" in the Colovian West, with Ayleid tutors to teach him the ways of hunting and battle. Etiquette, religious instruction, and even basic statecraft were seldom a part of the training of a prince of the Highlands, as it was in the more civilized valley of Nibenay.
There is a brief reference to him, together with his family, as part of the rolls of honor during the coronation of the Emperor Gorieus on the 23rd of Sun's Dawn 1E 461. The ceremony, of course, held during the time of the Alessian Doctrines of Marukh, and so was without entertainment, but the thirteen-year-old Rislav was still witness to some of the greatest figures of legend. The Beast of Anequina, Darloc Brae, represented his kingdom, giving honor to the Empire. The Chieftain of Skyrim Kjoric the White and his son Hoag were in attendance. And despite the Empire's intolerance of all elves, chimer Indoril Nerevar and dwemer Dumac Dwarfking were evidently there as well, diplomatically representing Resdayn, all in relative peace.
Also mentioned on the rolls was a young mer in service to the Imperial court of High Rock, who was to have a great history with Rislav. Ryain Direnni.
Whether the two young men of about the same age met and conversed is entirely the stuff of historian's fancy. Ryain is spoken of in praising words as a powerful land-owner, eventually buying the island of Balfiera in the Iliac Bay and gradually conquering all of High Rock and large parts of Hammerfell and Skyrim, but Rislav is not heard of again in history's books for another seventeen years. We can only offer supposition based on the facts that follow.
Children of kings are, of course, married to the children of other kings to bind alliances. The kingdoms of Skingrad and Kvatch skirmished over common territory throughout the fifth century, until they reached a peace in the year 472. The details of this accord are not recorded, but since we know that Prince Rislav was in the court of Kvatch six years later, as husband to Belene, the daughter of King Justinius, it is fair to make an educated guess that they were married then to make peace.
This brings us to the year 478, when a great plague swept through all of Cyrodiil and seemed particularly concentrated in the independent Colovian West. Among the victims were King Mhorus and the rest of the entire royal family in Skingrad. Rislav's only surviving elder brother, Dorald, survived, being in the Imperial City as a priest of Marukh. He returned to his homeland to assume the throne.
Of Dorald, we have some history. The King's second son, he was slightly simple-minded and evidently very pious. All the chroniclers spoke of his sweetness and decency, how he saw a vision in his early years that brought him - with his father's blessing - from Skingrad to the Imperial City and the priesthood. The priesthood of Marukh, of course, saw no difference between spiritual and political matters. It was the religion of the Alessian Empire, and it taught that to resist the Emperor was to resist the Gods. Given that, it is scarcely a surprise what Dorald did when he became King of the independent kingdom of Skingrad.
His first edict, on his very first day, was to cede the kingdom to the Empire.
The reaction throughout the Colovian Estates was shock and outrage, nowhere more so than in the court of Kvatch. Rislav Larich, we are told, rode forth to his brother's kingdom, together with his wife and two dozen of his father-in-law's cavalry. It was surely not an impressive army, no matter how the chroniclers embellish it, but they had little trouble defeating all the guards Dorald sent to stop them. In truth, there was no actual battling, for the soldiers of Skingrad resented their new king's decision to give up their autonomy.
The brothers faced one another in the castle courtyard where they had grown up.
In typical Colovian fashion, there was no trial, no accusations of treason, no jury, no judge. Only an executioner.
"Thou art no brother of mine," Rislav Larich said, and struck Dorald's head from his shoulders in one blow. He was crowned King of Skingrad still holding the same bloody axe in his arms.
If King Rislav had no battle experience beforehand, that was shortly to change. Word spread quickly to the Imperial City that Skingrad, once offered, was now being taken back. Gorieus was an accomplished warrior even before taking the throne, and the seventeen years he had as Emperor were scarcely peaceful. Only eight months before Dorald's assassination and Rislav's ascendancy, Gorieus and the Alessian army had faced another of his coronation guests, Kjoric the White, on the fields of the frozen north. The High Chieftain of Skyrim lost his life in the Battle of Sungard. While the pact of chieftains was selecting a new leader, Cyrodiil was busily grabbing back the land of southern Skyrim that it had lost.
In short, Emperor Gorieus knew how to deal with rebellious vassals.
The Alessian army poured westward "like a flood of death," to borrow the chronicler's phrase, in numbers far exceeding what would be required to conquer Skingrad. Gorieus could not have thought actual battle was likely. Rislav, as we said, had little to no experience at warfare, and only a few days' practice at kingcraft. His kingdom and all of the Colovian West had just been ravaged by plague. The Alessians anticipated that a mere show of arms, and a surrender.
Rislav instead prepared for battle. He quickly inspected his troops and drew up plans.
The chroniclers who had heretofore ignored the life of Rislav now devote verse after verse describing the king's aspect with fetishistic delight. While it may lack literary merit and taste, we are at least given some details at last. Not surprisingly, the king wore the finest armor of his era, as the Colovian Estates then had the finest leathersmiths - the only type of armor available - in all of Tamriel. The king's klibanion mail, boiled and waxed for hardness, and studded with inch-long spikes, was a rich chestnut red, and he wore it over his black tunic but under his black cloak. The statue of Rislav the Righteous which now stands in Skingrad is a romanticized version of king, but not inaccurate except in the armor represented. No bard of the Colovian West would have gone to the market so lightly protected. But it does, as we will see, include the most important accouterments of Rislav: his trained hawk and his fast horse.
The winter rains had washed through the roads to the south, sending much of the West Wealdspilling into Valenwood. The Emperor took the northern route, and King Rislav with a small patrol of guards met him at a low pass on what is now the Gold Road. The Emperor's army, it is said, was so large that the Beast of Anequina could hear its march from hundreds of miles away, and despite himself, the chroniclers say, he quaked in fear.
Rislav, it was said, did not quake. With perfect politeness, he told the Emperor that his party was too large to be accommodated in the tiny kingdom of Skingrad.
"Next time," Rislav said. "Write before you come."
The Emperor was, like most Alessian Emperors, not a man of great humor, and he thought Rislav touched by Sheogorath. He ordered his personal guards to arrest the poor madman, but at that moment, the King of Skingrad raised his arm and sent his hawk flying into the sky. It was a signal his army had been waiting for. The Alessian were all within the pass and the range of their arrows.
King Rislav and his guard began riding westward as fast as if they had been "kissed by wildKynareth," as the chroniclers said. He did not dare to look behind him, but his plan went faultlessly. The far eastern end of the pass was sealed by rolling boulders, giving the Alessian no direction to go but westward. The Skingrad archers rained arrows down upon the Imperial army from far above on the plateaus, remaining safe from reprisal. The furious Emperor Gorieus chased Rislav from the Weald to the Highlands, leaving Skingrad far behind, all the while his army growing steadily smaller and smaller.
In the ancient Highland forest, the Imperial army met the army of Rislav's father-in-law, the King of Kvatch. The Alessian army likely still outnumbered their opponents, but they were exhausted and their morale had been obliterated by the chase amid a sea of arrows. After an hour's battle, they retreated north into what is now the Imperial Reserve, and from there, further north and east, to slip back to nurse their wounds and pride in Nibenay.
It was the beginning of the end of the Alessian hegemony. The Kings of the Colovian West joined with Kvatch and Skingrad to resist Imperial incursions. The Clan Direnni under Ryain was inspired to outlaw the religion of the Alessian Reform throughout his lands in High Rock, and began pushing into Imperial territories. The new High Chief of Skyrim, Hoag, now called Hoag Merkiller, though sharing the Emperor's official xenophobia, also joined the resistance. His heir, King YsmirWulfharth of Atmora, helped continue the struggle upon Hoag's death in battle, and also insured his place in history.
The heroic King of Skingrad, who faced the Emperor's army virtually alone, and triggered its end, justly deserves his sobriquet of Rislav the Righteous.

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