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【书籍搬运】The “Madmen” of the Reach 河源’疯子‘

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_%22Madmen%22_of_the_Reach

作者:帝国学者 Arrianus Arius

翻译:花溪流萤

自泰伯塞普丁与“野蛮土著”在古赫洛丹之战中获得史诗般的胜利以来,帝国和诺德学术界无一例外的将河源地土著贬低为野蛮,倾向无端暴力,因循守旧,崇尚异端,盲目崇拜野兽以及自然的未开化人群。其实,这些说法只是“胜者论调,”,为了粉饰帝国和远在塞普丁来到泰姆瑞尔之前就世居于此的古老自傲民族的冲突。有鉴于此,我决定完整,准确,公平的还原这一长期被我们视为“敌人”“麻烦制造者”“那些家伙”的种群的原貌。

让我们从弃誓者谈起,这些人也被称为河源地的疯子。帝国军团简单的将他们视为土匪,总是在领地内偷袭伏击。但很少有军事报告指出“为什么?”如果他们仅是一群强盗,毫无疑问他们应该把重心放在打劫更多金钱并且减少自身伤亡上面。真相与此相反,在弃誓者的袭击中,往往有大量的金币被弃之现场,而且弃誓者战士宁愿战死也不愿被帝国士兵俘虏。

带着这个疑惑,我前往了河源地的首府麦卡斯寻找答案。在这里,我遇到了一个本地人。她向我讲述了她家族的漫长历史。她坚信他们从布列塔尼人的故乡高岩迁徙而来(这也解释了两者之间相貌的相似)。然后诺德人如何侵来夺取他们的土地,他们的信仰,他们的文化。当我问起弃誓者,老人说道这些男女才是真正的河源地土著:他们拒绝向诺德人妥协。并且至今保有部分人为了换取和平而遗弃的古老传统。

在我之后的调查中,更多的本地人认同了老人的观点,这足以使我确信。令人意外的是,其中的一个人还安排我与他村子里的一个长辈见面。当我被带入一顶帐篷时,我被帐篷里到处散布的动物骨骼,头骨,甚至仍在跳动心脏深深震撼,这些我曾在递交帝都的军事报告中读到过。这里,我还遇到一位弃誓者,他非常乐于让我记录下他的故事。以下是完整摘录:

“你想要知道弃誓者是什么?我们是必须夺回我们的土地的一群人,我们在我们的大地上燃烧(生命)。我们是诺德人的天灾。我们是黑夜中劈下的战斧,神灵带走你们灵魂前的哀嚎。我们是真正的河源子女。起源于此的魑魅与鬼婆,与我们同在。回去吧。回去告诉你的帝国,我们终将获得自由。那一天,我们将在这片不再属于你们的土地上将你们埋葬。”

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The "Madmen" of the Reach:
A Cultural Treatise on the Forsworn
by Arrianus Arius, Imperial Scholar
A defense of the Forsworn.


Since the legendary victory of Tiber Septim over the "barbarian natives" in the Battle of Old HroldanImperial and Nord scholarship has cast the people of the Reach as little more than savages, prone to irrational fits of violence, worshipping old, heretical gods, and fetishizing beasts and nature spirits that any civilized person would best well avoid. In truth, these accounts are little more than "victor's essays," a perspective narrowed by the Empire's constant strife with the ancient, proud people that lived in this land far before Tiber Septim walked the soil ofTamriel. In light of this, I hope to create a more complete, accurate, and fair assessment of a group that has long suffered under the role of "enemy," "troublemakers," and "them."
Let us begin with the Forsworn, the so-called "madmen" of the Reach. The Imperial Legionclassifies them as little more than brigands, noting their constant raids and ambushes within theHold. But none of their military reports asks the question of "why?" If they were merely a group of bandits, surely they would be focused on acquiring gold and minimizing deaths among their own. But the opposite is true in Forsworn attacks. Large sums of coin are often left behind, and their fighters easily throw away their lives rather than risk capture by Imperial soldiers.
It is this incongruity that led me to Markarth, the capital city of the Reach, in search of answers. There, I met one of the native peoples, an old woman who preferred to not be named in my writings. She told me of her family's long history. How she believes they originally came from High Rock, home of the Bretons (which would explain the similar faces and stature of the two peoples). How the Nords came and took their lands, their gods, and their culture from them. When asked about the Forsworn, the old woman would say that they are the "real" men and women of the Reach: those that refused to give in to the Nords. Those that still practiced the ancient traditions that the rest of their people had abandoned in exchange for peace.
In time, I was able to create trust with many more natives in my search that corroborated the old woman's story. By chance, one of them arranged a meeting between myself and what I thought was an elder member of his village. I was shocked to find that I was led to a camp, filled with the animal skulls, severed heads, and still beating hearts that I had read about from the military reports back in the Imperial City. There, I met Cortoran, a Forsworn, who seemed amused at the prospect of me writing down his story. Which I quote in full below:
"You want to know who the Forsworn are? We are the people who must pillage our own land. Burn our own ground. We are the scourge of the Nords. The axe that falls in the dark. The scream before the gods claim your soul. We are the true sons and daughters of the Reach. The spirits and hagshave lived here from the beginning, and they are on our side. Go back. Go back and tell your Empire that we will have our own kingdom again. And on that day, we will be the ones burying your dead in a land that is no longer yours."

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