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【书籍搬运】Short History of Morrowind 晨风简史

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

中文翻译:

晨风简史

——让娜塔·西特(Jeanette Sitte)

摘自引言

在传奇先知维勒斯的带领下,丹莫的祖先脱离了现今夏暮岛的艾特莫文化,来到了晨风地区。丹莫在历史的最早期一直被诺德海盗骚扰乃至统治。直到这些各自为政的丹莫部落联合起来,组成了现代大家族的雏形,他们才把诺德压迫者驱赶出去,并且成功抵御了之后的侵略。

部落的先祖崇拜逐渐被整体式的审判席教派神学所取代,而丹莫名为瑞斯丹的伟大国家也就此成型。瑞斯丹是最后向泰伯·塞普丁称臣屈服的省份之一;同黑沼泽类似,此地并非是被帝国成功入侵征服,而是通过与帝国的条约,以晨风省的身份和平并入帝国。

在帝国军团到来的差不多四个世纪之后,尽管帝国已经把传统式地区政府的绝大多数机能让渡给了五大家族的统治议会,晨风却依旧被帝国军团占领,还有一个有名无实的帝国式的国王。

关于瓦丹非尔区

瓦丹非尔地区原先作为审判席神殿的保留地受到帝国保护,在第三纪元的414年,该地被重组为帝国省份地区。自停战条约签订以来,瓦丹非尔就一直以保留地的身份接受神殿的管理,除少量经神殿批准的大家族居住点外,瓦丹非尔在过去不可居住,也从未被开发。然而,当神殿对瓦丹非尔地区长达数世纪的贸易与居住禁令被晨风国王废止后,帝国殖民者与大家族的丹莫洪水一般涌上了瓦丹非尔,扩展旧有居住地的同时也修建了新的定居点。

新区被划分为雷多兰、赫雷鲁、泰瓦尼和神殿四个区域,每个区域都由本地的家族议会或神殿牧师独立管理,而所有议会都要遵从德伦(Dren)公爵以及位于玄铁之心的地区议会的建议,行事也要获得他们的批准。家族区中的当地法律混合了家族律法与帝国法,由家族守卫与帝国守卫共同执行,而神殿区的神殿律法和帝国法则由殿卫(Ordinator)负责维护。审判席神殿依旧是主要宗教,但对九圣灵的崇拜则受到帝国军团的保护,且帝国教的传教士们鼓励宗教的传播。

神殿区包括维瓦克城、鬼门要塞,以及所有神圣或亵渎的地点(也包括鬼魂樊篱以内的枯萎病地区),还有瓦丹非尔全部无人居住的荒郊野地。实际上,所有未标明为雷多兰、赫雷鲁或泰瓦尼区的区域都属于神殿区。神殿顽固地反对在他们区域内的一切开发,就此取得了很大成功。

赫雷鲁家族与帝国殖民者一道着手于朝气蓬勃的定居点修建和开发。在重组之后的数十年内,巴尔莫拉与阿斯卡迪群岛区(Ascadian Isles)一直在稳定发展。卡尔德拉(考德尔a)与柏拉加德(Pelagiad)都是完全新建的定居点,而所有的军团要塞都为了适应规模更大的卫队而进行了扩建。

泰瓦尼家族通常是保守的孤立主义者,如今却在他们传统的塔村之外进行着令人惊讶的侵略性扩张。泰瓦尼的先锋占据了本应属于神殿的野地,对来自其他家族、神殿、公爵以及地区议会的各类抗议完全不加理会。泰瓦尼议会在正式场合否认他们对这些游荡泰瓦尼定居点负有任何责任,但这些游荡法师获得了来自野心勃勃的泰瓦尼法师领主的鼓励与支持,这早已是公开的秘密。

迫于神殿的压力,保守的雷多兰家族一直抵抗着扩张区域的诱惑毫不动摇。结果就是雷多兰家族与神殿无论在政治上还是经济上都处于被边缘化的危险之中,因为他们在赫雷鲁家族和泰瓦尼家族中的对手更具侵略性与扩张性。

帝国的管理在瓦丹非尔区面临着多重挑战,但其中最为严重的就是大家族间的彼此敌对,来自灰原之民游牧部落的敌视,审判席神殿的内部冲突以及红山的枯萎病。大家族、神殿与帝国为控制瓦丹非尔的资源而在彼此间爆发的冲突随时都可能演变成全面战争。灰原之民抢掠定居点、抢劫商队,还会杀死出现在他们野地上的异邦人。而神殿试图平息批评之声与内部要求改革的呼吁,结果却并不成功。

但最为严重的还是由自红山吹来的枯萎风暴带来的瘟疫和疾病宿主。瓦丹非尔乃至整个晨风长久以来都一直受到居住在红山之下的达格斯·乌尔以及他手下灰烬吸血鬼的威胁。许多个世纪里神殿一直将这份威胁关押在鬼魂樊篱之内。但最近神殿的资源与决心都在动摇,而来自红山的威胁则在尺度与密度上都有所增长。一旦鬼魂樊篱失效,身带枯萎病的怪物就将遍布瓦丹非尔的城镇村落,而帝国大概别无选择,只能撤离瓦丹非尔区,将其留给疾病与腐败。

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A Short History of Morrowind
by Jeanette Sitte
Some excerpts from the book's introduction and its section on Vvardenfell


From the Introduction
Led by the legendary prophet Veloth, the ancestors of the Dunmer, exiles from Altmer cultures in present-day Summerset Isle, came to the region of Morrowind. In earliest times the Dunmer were harassed or dominated by Nord sea raiders. When the scattered Dunmer tribes consolidated into the predecessors of the modern Great House clans, they threw out the Nord oppressors and successfully resisted further incursions.
The ancient ancestor worship of the tribes was in time superseded by the monolithic Tribunal Temple theocracy, and the Dunmer grew into a great nation called Resdayn. Resdayn was the last of the provinces to submit to Tiber Septim; like Black Marsh, it was never successfully invaded, and was peacefully incorporated by treaty into the Empire as the Province of Morrowind.
Almost four centuries after the coming of the Imperial Legions, Morrowind is still occupied by Imperial legions, with a figurehead Imperial King, though the Empire has reserved most functions of the traditional local government to the Ruling Councils of the Five Great Houses....

On Vvardenfell District
In 3E 414Vvardenfell Territory, previously a Temple preserve under Imperial protection, was reorganized as an Imperial Provincial District. Vvardenfell had been maintained as a preserve administrated by the Temple since the Treaty of the Armistice, and except for a few Great House settlements sanctioned by the Temple, Vvardenfell was previously uninhabited and undeveloped. But when the centuries-old Temple ban on trade and settlement of Vvardenfell was revoked by King of Morrowind, a flood of Imperial colonists and Great House Dunmer came to Vvardenfell, expanding old settlements and building new ones.
The new District was divided into RedoranHlaaluTelvanni, and Temple Districts, each separately administered by local House Councils or Temple Priesthoods, and all under the advice and consent of Duke Dren and the District Council in Ebonheart. Local law became a mixture of House Law and Imperial Law in House Districts, jointly enforced by House guards and Legion guards, with Temple law and Imperial law enforced in the Temple district by Ordinators. The Temple was still recognized as the majority religion, but worship of the Nine Divines was protected by the legions and encouraged by Imperial cult missions.
The Temple District included the city of Vivec, the fortress of Ghostgate, and all sacred and profane sites (including those Blighted areas inside the Ghostfence) and all unsettled and wilderness areas on Vvardenfell. In practice, this district included all parts of Vvardenfell not claimed for Redoran, Hlaalu, or Telvanni Districts. The Temple stubbornly fought all development in their district, and were largely successful.
House Hlaalu in combination with Imperial colonists embarked on a vigorous campaign of settlement and development. In the decades after reorganization, Balmora and the Ascadian Islesregions have grown steadily. Caldera and Pelagiad are completely new settlements, and all legion forts were expanded to accommodate larger garrisons.
House Telvanni, normally conservative and isolationist, has been surprisingly aggressive in expanding beyond their traditional tower villages. Disregarding the protests of the other Houses, the Temple, the Duke, and the District council, Telvanni pioneers have been encroaching on the wild lands reserved to the Temple. The Telvanni council officially disavows responsibility for these rogue Telvanni settlements, but it is an open secret that they are encouraged and supported by ambitious Telvanni mage-lords.
Under pressure from the Temple, conservative House Redoran has steadfastly resisted expansion in their district. As a result, House Redoran and the Temple are in danger of being politically and economically marginalized by the more aggressive and expansionist Hlaalu and Telvanni interests.
The Imperial administration faces many challenges in the Vvardenfell district, but the most serious are the Great House rivalries, animosity from the Ashlander nomads, internal conflicts within the Temple itself, and the Red Mountain blight. Struggles between Great House, Temple, and Imperial interests to control Vvardenfell's resource [sic] could at any time erupt into full-scale war. Ashlanders raid settlements, plunder caravans, and kill foreigners on their wild lands. The Temple has unsuccessfully attempted to silence criticism and calls for reform within its ranks.
But most serious are the plagues and diseased hosts produced by the blight storms sweeping out from Red Mountain. Vvardenfell and all Morrowind have long been menaced by the legendary evils ofDagoth Ur and his ash vampire kin dwelling beneath Red Mountain. For centuries the Temple has contained this threat within the Ghostfence. But recently the Temple's resources and will have faltered, and the threat from Red Mountain has grown in scale and intensity. If the Ghostfence should fail, and hosts of blighted monsters were to spill out across Vvardenfell's towns and villages, the Empire might have no choice but to evacuate Vvardenfell district and abandon it to disease and corruption.

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