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英文名:Shezarr and the Divines

作者:Faustillus Junius

原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:Shezarr_and_the_Divines

翻译:yahoocom

Shezarr在Cyrodil行省被人们所崇拜的地位其实是被曲解的.他和其他1000个神灵在帝国王城都有相当多的信徒.在行省西部的Colovia地区,那里的人们尤为崇敬Shezarr;他被称作Shor,那时西部地区的众多国王都是果敢的, 虔诚的诺德人.

Shezarr和其他圣灵的关系一直处于一种朦胧的状态(他也被其他的神灵称为"缺失的同胞").这种朦胧的关系状态开始于圣者Alessia, 她又被称为Cyrodiil的奴隶女王以及Cyrodiil帝国的创始人.在一些早期关于心脏地带的"古帝国-诺德"故事中,Shezarr代表人类的利益对抗Ayleid族精灵们(他们也被称作"心脏地带的高等精灵").之后,在某种未知的原因之下,他消失在了反抗精灵族的战场之上(可能他是到别的地方去帮助别的人类了).失去了他的领导后,Ayleid族精灵们就轻松地征服了人类并奴役他们.

这种奴役制度一直持续了好几代人.一些孤立的人类开始崇敬起他们主人们(Ayleid族精灵)的众神殿,其他的人类至少也吸收了许多高等精灵的宗教习俗到他们自己的传统文化中去,这样人类和精灵们的宗教文化就变得难以区分了.

在1纪元的242年,在Alessia,她的半神爱人Morihaus-Breath-of-Kyne以及声名狼藉的Pelinal Whitestrake等人的领导下,Cyrodiil地区的人类掀起了起义的浪潮.当Skyrim帝国把自己的军队借给了南边的"奴隶女王"后,这场起义成功了.Ayleid族精灵的霸权主义政权终于被推翻了.白金塔也被Alessia的起义军很快地攻占,Alessia也宣布自己为Cyrodiil帝国的第一位女皇.她和Akatosh之间契约的一部分也意味着她同时也必须出任Akatosh的高层女祭司.

Akatosh也是先代精灵所崇敬的神灵,同时Alessia政权下的宗教系统也不愿意彻底地断绝对精灵族众神殿的崇拜.她发现自己处在一种非常敏感的政治情形之下.她需要保持与诺德人的同盟关系,但那些北方的诺德人在当时却强烈地反对任何精灵神灵的崇敬行为.在另一方面,她也不可能迫使她的宗教系统回到崇拜那些原来的诺德人众神殿之中,因为她害怕精灵族会暴动.作为让步,Alessia女皇建立了一个新的宗教:八圣灵,这是一个通过充分研究并综合了诺德人神灵和先代精灵的神灵所创立的宗教体系.

同时Shezarr也必须去改变.他不再被认为是那个在旧时嗜杀的,反精灵族的军事首领.但他也不能完全地消失,因为那样的话诺德人将会收回对 Alessia政权的支持.最后,他终于被认为是"在所有人类政权背后的灵魂".尽管这仅仅是对他真实面目肤浅的掩饰以及Shor真实形态的缩水版本,但对诺德人来说这样就足够了.

那么后来Tiber Septim在对高精灵领地(Aldmeri Dominion)的战争中为什么没有试图去使Shezarr"重生"呢?我们只能这样推测,在当时那些对Alessian Order(Alessia秩序组织)诸多丑事(比如龙破,Righteousness战争,在Gelnumbria Moors的溃败等)的残存记忆只会损害Tiber为得到帝国皇冠而发动战役的利益.

注释:

Cyrodil行省—————-又被称为是中央帝国行省.位Tamriel大陆的中部地区.人类的第二帝国就在此诞生.

Ayleid族—————比较古老的一支精灵种族,曾经在人类之前统治Cyrodiil.

Alessia———————-人类的女皇,在Cyrodiil建立了第一个人类王朝.

Pelinal Whitestrake—————第一纪元人类反抗Ayleid族精灵统治的十字军英雄.他对所有的精灵族都有着深刻的仇恨并号召人类对精灵族进行种族灭绝.他是所有精灵的敌人(包括高精灵,木精灵,黑精灵,Ayleid族精灵………..),他也因滥杀精灵而声名狼藉但他同时又是拯救人类的英雄之一.

Akatosh————————————九圣灵之首.掌管时间的龙神.他交给了Alessia女皇"王者之坠",只要人类帝国保证血统的延续以及对八神的崇敬,龙之火就会点燃,龙血将会维系住Oblivion空间的大门.让凡人世界免受Oblivion空间中Daedra的侵略.

先代精灵——————-Aldmer,在神秘纪元定居在Tamriel大陆的精灵族,被认为是目前所有精灵的祖先.现在通常认为高精灵(Altmer)是他们的直系后代.

高精灵领地(Aldmeri Dominion)—————-这里的Aldmeri Dominion是现在Summurset岛.Summurset岛在Tamriel大陆的西南方,是目前Tamriel帝国的行省,它是所有高精灵的家乡.

Alessian Order——————Alessia秩序组织,它在Alessia女皇死后被建立的,统治了中央帝国.Alessian Order是由先知Marukh建立的,他声称看见了Alessia女皇的灵魂并号召人们废除精灵族的统治法令,通过八圣灵来压迫精灵族的文化. Cyrodil的心脏地带和Tamriel大陆的北部地区是他们的统治范围.

Colovia地区—————位于Cyrodiil行省心脏地带的西部高地区域,称作Colovia Highland.

八圣灵——————-后来接纳了死去的Tamriel帝国开国皇帝Tiber Septim成为了现在的九圣灵.

龙破—————Dragon Break,Dragon Break学说的基本内容就是"在时间线中一个普通的错位",这些内容被3纪元12年出版的权威著作"Tamriel大百科全书"所收录.Dragon Break学说是在第三纪元后期被提出来的,该学说是基于一个学术性的错误,并连结着末世学,Numidiumism的诸多谜团.该学说主要针对 Alessian秩序组织统治年代的错误之谜:Alessian秩序组织的统治时期只持续了大概150年左右,而不是"Tamriel大百科全书"中所说的"1008年".记载中的Alessian统治时期竟然比实际多出近千年.

Gelnumbria Moors的溃败—————-1纪元 482年 – Glenumbria Moors 之战爆发.Alessian秩序之军与Direnn家族的精灵军队在High Rock开始战斗.在Aiden Direnn的指挥下,Alessian秩序之军被精灵军击败.

Tiber Septim——————-Tamriel帝国的开国皇帝,开创了第三纪元.

Skyrim帝国—————包括现在的Skyrim行省,以及HIGH ROCK行省一部分,晨风行省的西北部.是第一个人类(诺德人)帝国,史称第一帝国.

Cyrodil帝国————-在Skyrim帝国的帮助下,Cyrodil的人类推翻精灵政权,建立了人类帝国,史称第二帝国.Skyrim帝国在王位争夺战后元气大伤,之后Cyrodil帝国就成为了Tamriel大陆的最强国家.第二纪元后期,Cyrodil帝国的一位将军Tiber Septim统一了整个大陆.

Skyrim的主要居民是诺德人,Cyrodil的主要居民是帝国人.诺德人不怕严寒,勇于作战.帝国人则比较会做生意,在官场上也很活跃.诺德人和帝国人都是Nedic人的后代.Nedic人来自于Tamriel大陆北面的Atmora大陆.

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Shezarr and the Divines
by Faustillus Junius
The relationship between the god Shezarr and the other Cyrodilic deities


Faustillus Junius is Subcurator of Ancient Theology and Paleonumerology, Imperial Library
The position Shezarr enjoys in Cyrodilic worship if [sic] often misconstrued. He, and a thousand other deities, have sizeable cults in the Imperial City. Shezarr is especially venerated in theColovian West, though he is called Shor there, as the West Kings are resolutely, and religiously,Nordic.
The haziness of Shezarr's relationship to the Divines (he is often called their 'Missing Sibling') begins with St. Alessia, the so-called 'Slave Queen of Cyrodiil, the founder figure of the original Cyrodilic Empire. In the earliest Cyro-Nordic stories of the Heartland, Shezarr fought against the Ayleids (the 'Heartland Highelves') on mankind's behalf. Then, for some unknown reason, he vanishes from the stage (presumably to help other humans elsewhere), and, without his leadership, the Ayleids conquer the humans and enslave them.
This slavery lasts for generations. The isolated humans eventually begin to venerate the pantheon of their masters, or at least assimilate so much of High Elven religious practices into their native traditions that the two become indistinguishable.
In 1E242, under the leadership of Alessia, her demigod lover, Morihaus-Breath-of-Kyne, and the infamous Pelinal Whitestrake, the Cyrodilic humans revolt. When Skyrim lends its armies to the Slave-Queen of the South, the revolution succeeds. The Ayleid Hegemonies are quickly overthrown. Shortly thereafter, White Gold Tower is captured by Alessia's forces, and she promptly declares herself the first Empress of Cyrodiil. Part of the package meant that she had to become the High Priestess of Akatosh, as well.
Akatosh was an Aldmeri god, and Alessia's subjects were as-yet unwilling to renounce their worship of the Elven pantheon. She found herself in a very sensitive political situation. She needed to keep the Nords as her allies, but they were (at that time) fiercely opposed to any adoration of Elven deities. On the other hand, she could not force her subjects to revert back to the Nordic pantheon, for fear of another revolution. Therefore, concessions were made and Empress Alessia instituted a new religion: the Eight Divines, an elegant, well-researched synthesis of both pantheons, Nordic and Aldmeri.
Shezarr, as a result, had to change. He could no longer be the bloodthirsty anti-Aldmer warlord of old. He could not disappear altogether either, or the Nords would have withdrawn their support of her rule. In the end, he had become "the spirit behind all human undertaking." Even though this was merely a thinly-disguised, watered-down version of Shor, it was good enough for the Nords.
As for why Tiber Septim has not attempted to 'revitalize' Shezarr during his wars against theAldmeri Dominion, we can only speculate that, at this time, memories of the Alessian Order’s follies (the Dragon Break, the War of Righteousness, the defeat at Gelnumbria Moors [sic]) would only damage his campaign for the Imperial Crown.

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