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【书籍搬运】The Arcturian Heresy 阿克图斯异端论

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

中文翻译:

阿克图斯异端论

——幽域之主,拥王者伊斯米尔

由于他的神已被摧毁,乌尔法斯发现很难维持住自己的形体了。他步履蹒跚,走出红山来到山外的战场。世界在震颤,晨风全境都燃起熊熊烈焰。一阵强风吹起他的骨灰,将其带回天际。

乌尔法斯由此自称、也被全体诺德人尊称为灰风伊斯米尔,凯妮之风暴。但因为洛克罕他的身份已经不再是诺德人了。诺德人对他而言的全部意义就是摧毁审判席。他掀起风暴,把他的民众送入战场,而后又被审判席的军队轰回来。彼时的丹莫太强大了。乌尔法斯只好潜入地下等待时机,增强力量并使身体复原。奇怪之处在于,正是阿玛莱西亚打断了他的休息,将幽域之主召唤至现世,与审判席一同对抗阿卡维尔的恶魔阿达松·迪尔-卡马尔。在阿达松被击溃后乌尔法斯就消失不见了,之后三百多年未尝现身。

最后是灰胡子的轰鸣唤醒了他。尽管帝国已经土崩瓦解,但会有一个选民重振帝国的流言四处流传。新的皇帝能击败精灵并一统泰姆瑞尔。很自然,乌尔法斯认为他自己就是预言的选民。他直接登上至高赫罗思伽,来听听灰胡子都要说些什么。可他们一开口,伊斯米尔就被轰成了灰。选民并不是他,而是一个来自高岩的年轻战士。灰风出发去寻找这个男孩,而灰胡子警告他:牢记背叛之色彩,乌尔法斯王。

彼时西河源地正处于战火之中,西塞瑞迪尔的法尔克里斯国王库勒坎处境不利。为了统一他的科洛维亚领地,他必须要保证自己北方边境的安全,可诺德人与河源人已经在那里交战数世纪了。他在老赫罗丹战役中与天际组成了同盟,而他的领军人物则是早髯希雅提。希雅提来自高岩岛国阿尔凯勒,未来将会成为泰伯·塞普丁,全泰姆瑞尔的第一位皇帝。

希雅提是个狡猾的战略家,他的一小队科洛维亚士兵与诺德野蛮人冲破了河源人的防线,迫使他们退到老赫罗丹的大门之内。希雅提没办法从法尔克里斯获得增援,所以围城无法进行。在那天夜里希雅提的营地迎来了一场风暴。风暴在他的帐篷中与他交谈。到了黎明,希雅提走到城门前,而风暴如影随形,箭矢完全无法刺透风墙。他用吼声震塌了老赫罗丹的城墙,而他的军队一拥而入。在这场胜利之后,诺德人就把希雅提叫做塔洛斯或暴风之冠。

库勒坎与他新任命的战无不胜的将军一起,在一年之内统一了西塞瑞迪尔。没人能抵挡希雅提的风暴。幽域之主知道若是希雅提将成为泰姆瑞尔的皇帝,他必须首先吞并东部腹地。希雅提同时利用了这两个人。由于科洛维亚领地的住民不信任外来者,他需要库勒坎;而他需要伊斯米尔的理由简单到不需解释。他们向东方进军,战斗法师在他们的大军前投降,于是他们占领了法师的堡垒。在库勒坎得以加冕之前,希雅提暗中谋杀了他和忠于他的部队。这些刺杀的脏水被泼到了库勒坎敌人的头上,而出于政治需要,选择的敌人则是原先西河湾地的那些。首席战斗法师祖林·阿克图斯(而并非幽域之主)随后加冕希雅提为泰伯·塞普丁,全塞瑞迪尔的新皇帝。在夺取帝位之后,塞普丁发现启动对统一的塞瑞迪尔全境的管理十分花费时间。于是他派出幽域之主负责帝国向天际与高岩的扩张。伊斯米尔小心呆在幕后,让形势好似泰伯·塞普丁分身有术率军亲征。这段制衡、政务与外交的时期,这段突然的沉寂,并没有包含在塔洛斯征服之路的那些突进狂吼的故事中,很久之后才被人们挖掘出来。(刺杀的故事被渲染了——如今的通俗故事里是塔洛斯自己的喉咙被割了。)

人类的诸王国纷纷被征服,就连落锤之地也不例外,虽然征服这一地区着实是项艰巨任务。幽域之主想要一场完全入侵,这样就能拥有亲自与敌方的外来风灵交战的机会,但泰伯·塞普丁拒绝了他。他早就有了更好的计策,使用这一计策他便能让自己的统治合法化。塞瑞迪尔选择支持内战中的失败一方,于是被他们请入了落锤之地。到最后,帝国终于可以把注意力集中在精灵们的身上了。

幽域之主继续向泰伯·塞普丁施压,强调征服晨风的必要性。不过皇帝并不确定这是否合适,因为他早已听说过审判席的力量。幽域之主想要复仇,便提醒泰伯·塞普丁他命中注定要征服精灵,就算是审判席也不例外。阿克图斯反对这步棋,但塞普丁垂涎晨风的玄璃,特别是在持续400年的内战之后塞瑞迪尔亟需合适的资源以重建。幽域之主告诉他说,只要审判席一死,塞普丁就能窃取到审判席的力量,再依靠这种力量来对付高精灵(当然这是洛克罕最古老的敌人,远早于审判席)。征服夏暮岛原本并没在泰伯·塞普丁的考虑范围之内,即便在那时他想的也是把祖林·阿克图斯派往艾利诺王处签订和约。结果到最终对玄璃的渴求战胜了一切。帝国入侵了晨风,审判席投降了。停战条约中的特定条款不仅包括对审判席自治的不干涉政策,同时在幽域之主的眼里,还包括承认审判席宗教信仰的合法性。伊斯米尔对此狂怒不已。他彻底抛弃了帝国。这就是灰胡子所说的背叛,至少他是这么想的。

没了幽域之主的力量,征服泰姆瑞尔的全部计划就都泡汤了。我应该对他好些,塞普丁心里想,但现在咱们先担心塞瑞迪尔和人类的国家吧。落锤省已经发生叛乱了。

不过纳米迪安的部件还是被一点点运进来了。泰伯·塞普丁原本就对锻莫很着迷,现在让祖林·阿克图斯去研究这件大神器。这个过程中阿克图斯在阅读一些关于红山之战的故事时犹豫了。他发现了制造纳米迪安的原因,以及它的部分潜能。最重要的是,他了解到了幽域之主在那场战争中起到的作用。但是祖林·阿克图斯研究的是不完整的部件。他认为要启动纳米迪安,需要的是洛克罕肉身的心脏。

祖林·阿克图斯为自己的发现疯狂,与此同时预言对泰伯·塞普丁终于清晰起来了。纳米迪安正是他征服世界所需的,他命中注定要拥有它。他联系了幽域之主,说他一直是正确的,他们本应杀掉审判席,现在他们需要坐在一起商量出对策;在幽域之主离开期间他才意识到达格斯-乌尔的真正危险之处,为此必须要做些什么,他需要一支军队,而他的旧日军团已经准备好了。于是陷阱布好了。

幽域之主赶来,却被帝国守卫突袭了。就在他忙着对付他们的时候,祖林·阿克图斯对他使用了灵魂宝石。凭借自己的最后一息,幽域之主的心脏穿透了战斗法师的胸膛。结果就是所有人都死了,幽域之主变回了一堆灰烬,而泰伯·塞普丁这才出现,取走了灵魂宝石。等元老院赶到时,他告诉他们他一生中第二次遇刺,这次的刺客是他信赖的战斗法师祖林·阿克图斯,法师企图进行政变。他追封那些死去的守卫为英雄,甚至还包括被轰杀成灰的那一个……他警告塞瑞迪尔提防内在的危险,然后说他已经找到了对抗外来危险的方法:“披甲”

尽管纳米迪安并不是泰伯·塞普丁与锻莫所期望的神(毕竟幽域之主准确讲并不是洛克罕),它倒也完满完成了自己的工作。在它在夏暮岛的工作落幕后新的威胁出现了—— 一个可以控制天气的全身腐烂的不死法师。他把纳米迪安炸成了碎片。但是纳米迪安最后的瓦解却还是把他击落在地,只留下一团黑色污渍。“披甲”落入了海中,大概要永远沉睡在那里了。

与此同时,泰伯·塞普丁加冕成为全泰姆瑞尔的第一位皇帝。他一直活到了108岁,成为了历史上最长寿的人类。他早期统治的一切内容全都重写了,但关于到底发生了什么还是留有各种彼此冲突的报告,这就是为什么我们会在类似下面这样的问题上发生争执:为什么宣告阿尔凯勒是塔洛斯的出生地,而其他资料宣称他来自阿特莫拉?为什么在他的初次绝对征服之后,泰伯·塞普丁就好像整个变了一个人?为什么泰伯·塞普丁背叛了他的战斗法师?“披甲”到底是战斗法师的心脏还是泰伯·塞普丁的心脏?

泰伯·塞普丁由他的孙子派拉吉乌斯一世继位。派拉吉乌斯没有与祖父同等的才干,老实说他对自己要统治全部这些省份感到有些紧张。然后一位顾问出现了。

“我曾经是您祖父的朋友。”幽域之主说,“他派我来协助您统治帝国。”

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The Arcturian Heresy
by The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
A brief, undated, early historical document covering the Underking and Tiber Septim

 With his god destroyed, Wulfharth finds it hard to keep his form. He staggers out of Red Mountain to the battlefield beyond. The world has shaken and all of Morrowind is made of fire. A strong gale picks up, and blows his ashes back to Skyrim.
Wulfharth adopts and is adopted by the Nords then. Ysmir the Grey Wind, the Storm of Kyne. But through Lorkhan he lost his national identity. All he wants the Nords for is to kill the Tribunal. He raises a storm, sends in his people, and is driven back by Tribunal forces. The Dunmer are too strong now. Wulfharth goes underground to wait and strengthen and reform his body anew. Oddly enough, it is Almalexia who disturbs his rest, summoning the Underking to fight alongside the Tribunal against Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal, the Akaviri demon. Wulfharth disappears after Ada'Soom is defeated, and does not return for three hundred years.
It is the rumbling of the Greybeards that wake him. Though the Empire has crumbled, there are rumors that a chosen one will come to restore it. This new Emperor will defeat the Elves and rule a united Tamriel. Naturally, Wulfharth thinks he is the figure of prophecy. He goes directly to High Hrothgar to hear the Greybeards speak. When they do, Ysmir is blasted to ash again. He is not the chosen one. It is a warrior youth from High Rock. As the Grey Wind goes to find this boy, he hears the Greybeards' warning: remember the color of betrayal, King Wulfharth.
The Western Reach was at war. Cuhlecain, the King of Falkreath in West Cyrodiil, was in a bad situation. To make any bid at unifying the Colovian Estates, he needed to secure his northern border, where the Nords and Reachmen had been fighting for centuries. He allies with Skyrim at theBattle of Old Hrol'dan. Leading his forces was Hjalti Early-Beard. Hjalti was from the island kingdom of Alcaire, in High Rock, and would become Tiber Septim, the First Emperor of Tamriel.
Hjalti was a shrewd tactician, and his small band of Colovian troops and Nord berserkers broke the Reachman line, forcing them back beyond the gates of Old Hrol'dan. A siege seemed impossible, as Hjalti could expect no reinforcements from Falkreath. That night a storm came and visited Hjalti's camp. It spoke with him in his tent. At dawn, Hjalti went up to the gates, and the storm followed just above his head. Arrows could not penetrate the winds around him. He shouted down the walls of Old Hrol'dan, and his men poured in. After their victory, the Nords called Hjalti Talos, or Stormcrown.
Cuhlecain, with his new invincible general, unifies West Cyrodiil in under a year. No one can stand before Hjalti's storms. The Underking knows that if Hjalti is to become Emperor of Tamriel, he must first capture the Eastern Heartland. Hjalti uses them both. He needs Cuhlecain in the Colovian Estates, where foreigners are mistrusted. It is obvious why he needs Ysmir. They march on the East, the battlemages surrender before their armies, and they take the Citadel. Before Cuhlecain can be crowned, Hjalti secretly murders him and his loyalist contingent. These assassinations are blamed on the enemies of Cuhlecain, which, for political reasons, are still the Western Reach. Zurin Arctus, the Grand Battlemage (not the Underking), then crowns Hjalti as Tiber Septim, new Emperor of All Cyrodiil. After he captures the Imperial Throne, Septim finds the initial administration of a fully united Cyrodiil a time-consuming task. He sends the Underking to deal with Imperial expansion into Skyrim and High Rock. Ysmir, mindful that it might seem as if Tiber Septim is in two places at once, works behind the scenes. This period of levelheaded statesmanship and diplomacy, this sudden silence, heretofore unknown in the roaring tales of Talosian conquest, are explained away later. (The assassination story is embroidered -- now it is popularly Talos' own throat that was cut.)
The human kingdoms are conquered, even Hammerfell, whose capture was figured to be an arduous task. The Underking wants a complete invasion, a chance to battle their foreign wind spirits himself, but Tiber Septim refutes him. He has already made a better plan, one that will seem to legitimize his rule. Cyrodiil supports the losing side of a civil war and are invited in. Finally, the Empire can turn its eyes onto the Elves.
The Underking continues to press on Tiber Septim the need to conquer Morrowind. The Emperor is not sure that it is a wise idea. He has heard of the Tribunal's power. The Underking wants his vengeance, and reminds Tiber Septim that he is fated to conquer the Elves, even the Tribunal. Arctus advises against the move but Septim covets the Ebony in Morrowind, as he sorely needs a source of capital to rebuild Cyrodiil after 400 years of war. The Underking tells him that, with the Tribunal dead, Septim might steal the Tribunal's power and use it against the High Elves(certainly the oldest enemies of Lorkhan, predating even the Tribunal). Summerset Isle is the farthest thing from Tiber Septim's mind. Even then, he was planning to send Zurin Arctus to the King of Alinor to make peace. The Ebony need wins out in the end. The Empire invades Morrowind, and the Tribunal give up. When certain conditions of the Armistice include not only a policy of noninterference with the Tribunal, but also, in the Underking's eyes, a validation of their religious beliefs, Ysmir is furious. He abandons the Empire completely. This was the betrayal the Greybeards spoke of. Or so he thinks.
Without the Underking's power, all ideas of conquering Tamriel vanish. Would've been nice, Septim thinks, but let's just worry about Cyrodiil and the human nations. Already there is a rebellion in Hammerfell.
Pieces of Numidium trickle in, though. Tiber Septim, always fascinated by the Dwarves, has Zurin Arctus research this grand artifact. In doing so, Arctus stumbles upon some of the stories of the war at Red Mountain. He discovers the reason the Numidium was made and some of it's [sic] potential. Most importantly, he learns the Underking's place in the War. But Zurin Arctus was working from incomplete plans. He thinks it is the heart of Lorkhan's body that is needed to power the Numidium.
While Zurin Arctus is raving about his discovery, the prophecy finally becomes clear to Tiber Septim. This Numidium is what he needs to conquer the world. It is his destiny to have it. He contacts the Underking and says he was right all along. They should kill the Tribunal, and they need to get together and make a plan. While the Underking was away he realized the true danger ofDagoth-Ur. Something must to be done. But he needs an army, and his old one is available again. The trap is set.
The Underking arrives and is ambushed by Imperial guards. As he takes them on, Zurin Arctus uses a soulgem on him. With his last breath, the Underking's Heart roars a hole through the Battlemage's chest. In the end, everyone is dead, the Underking has reverted back to ash, and Tiber Septim strolls in to take the soulgem. When the Elder Council arrives, he tells them about the second attempt on his life, this time by his trusted battle mage, Zurin Arctus, who was attempting a coup. He has the dead guards celebrated as heroes, even the one who was blasted to ash... He warns Cyrodiil about the dangers within, but says he has a solution to the dangers without. The Mantella.
The Numidium, while not the god Tiber Septim and the Dwemer hoped for (the Underking was not exactly Lorkhan, after all), it does the job. After its work on Summerset Isle a new threat appears -- a rotting undead wizard who controls the skies. He blows the Numidium apart. But it pounds him into the ground with its last flailings, leaving only a black splotch. The Mantella falls into the sea, seemingly forever.
Meanwhile, Tiber Septim crowns himself the First Emperor of Tamriel. He lives until he is 108, the richest man in history. All aspects of his early reign are rewritten. Still, there are conflicting reports of what really happened, and this is why there is such confusion over such questions as: Why does Alcaire claim to be the birthplace of Talos, while other sources say he came from Atmora? Why does Tiber Septim seem to be a different person after his first roaring conquests? Why does Tiber Septim betray his battlemage? Is the Mantella the heart of the battlemage or is it the heart of Tiber Septim?
Tiber Septim is succeeded by his grandson, Pelagius I. Pelagius is just not of the same caliber. In truth, he's a little nervous with all these provinces. Then an advisor shows up.
"I was friends with your grandfather," the Underking says, "He sent me to help you run the Empire."

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