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【书籍搬运】The Book of the Dragonborn 龙裔之书

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译者:farseerri

"很多人听说过"龙裔"这个名词-显然我们被龙裔国王所统治的"。但是这个名词的真正意义并不是一般人所能知晓的。

我们面前的塔洛斯信条,是我们需要牢记的主题,我将会用这本书来揭示龙裔延续至今的历史和意义。

很多学者认同这个名词最早是出现在与阿卡托什之约相关的文献上:被祝福的圣徒爱丽西亚被赐予国王护符,并让她在第一神殿点亮了龙火。

阿卡托什,怜悯困苦无助的人们,从自己的心脏抽取鲜血,用龙血祝福圣徒爱丽西亚并立下誓约,只要是爱丽西亚带有龙之血脉的子孙,阿卡托什就会尽

力去封印湮灭之门以阻止迪德拉(游戏背景中的恶神)和不死军队的入侵。而那些受阿卡托什祝福的子嗣们,很自然的被称为龙裔。

而与之相关的帝国统治者们从此开始崛起,-只有拥有龙之血脉的的人才能佩戴国王护符,并且点着龙火。所有合法的帝国统治者就成为了龙裔(由爱丽西亚为第一任国王所建立的赛瑞迪尔帝国的国王和女王们,包括莱曼 赛瑞迪尔和他们的子嗣,泰伯·赛普丁和他们的子嗣,以及延续至今的国王,柏拉鸠斯五世陛下)

由于国王们与龙裔之间关联,使得其他与之关联的其他重要信息被掩盖,并被大部分人遗忘,除了一些学者们和那些虔诚的服务于塔洛斯(泰伯·赛普丁)的我们,很少有人能想起:做为龙裔并不是简简单单的继承-让自己被阿卡托什祝福,他们还远远无法确切理解如何和为何被赐予。那些成为国王,并且点燃龙火的人很顺当的成为了正统龙裔(以带上护符,并点亮龙火为证明)。

那些龙裔是否就可以胜任这些事情-并做出能够让阿卡托什赐福于他们的事情?所有我们所讨论的是事实,亦或都不是,都是个谜团。

所有赛普丁的子嗣们都成为了龙裔,当然原因是很顺理成章的普通继承。但是我们可以肯定早期的赛瑞迪尔的统治者并不是都与之有关…也并没有证据证明莱曼 赛瑞迪尔是爱丽西亚的子孙,虽然很多传说中这么说…..它们很多都是莱曼时期留下的,并且看起来像是为了巩固他的统治。我们知道"刃"组织,通常被认为是国王的贴身警卫(起源于在上个第一纪元由于非常令人费解的原因入侵泰姆瑞尔的阿卡维尔人十字军),曾今过的各种往事可以证实,他们很显然在寻找龙裔。阿卡维尔人是最先宣称莱曼 赛瑞迪尔是龙裔。事实上是阿卡维尔人力推他为国王,虽然莱曼自己从来没有在他的一生中说过。并且很显然没有人知道泰伯·赛普丁和先前泰姆瑞尔的龙裔统治者有什么血脉关联。

是否在任何时候都可以存在不止一个龙裔这还是另一个秘密。国王们尽他们所能去撇除这个观念,但是很显然帝国的继承规则揭示同一时期可以有2个或更多龙裔存在:当前的统治者和他们(她们)的子嗣。历史上的刃组织也暗示了这些-虽然很少有人知道他们在莱曼王朝和泰伯·赛普丁崛起这段时间中的活动,很多人认为刃一直在寻找,并保卫那些他们那个时期所相信(或可能)存在的龙裔。

最后,我们开始质疑"龙裔真正意义"。与龙之间的联系已经如此"确凿"以至于被人忘记去质疑。在这些岁月中,龙已经成为了遥远的记忆,我们忘记了龙裔意味着龙血。一些学者坚信,虽然他们没有确凿的证据,诺德人传说龙裔英雄(伟大弑龙者),可以吸收被他们杀死的龙之力量。而且事实上,我们知道阿卡维尔人在入侵期间搜寻并杀死了很多龙,有些证据可以证明因此他们成为了莱曼 赛瑞迪尔的龙之守卫(又和龙有关)-现在刃的直系祖先。

我想问问你是如何理解"龙裔预言"的。通常说这源于一本上古卷轴,虽然它通常被认为是出自古代阿卡维尔人之手。许多人试图揭开它的奥秘,并且许多人同样认为(预言中所提到的)先兆已经显现,“最后的龙裔”即将降临。我无意破解预言,然而阿卡托什赐予凡人的礼物的真正意义目前并未为世人所知。

窃国兴起于世界之八角

黄铜塔行走而时间重塑

三圣神陨落而红塔颤抖

龙裔王失位而白金塔落

雪塔裂解无王而后血流

世界吞噬者觉醒,最后龙裔现于轮中。

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The Book of the Dragonborn
by Prior Emelene Madrine
Order of Talos
Weynon Priory

A treatise on the Dragonborn


Year 360 of the Third Era, Twenty-First of the Reign of His Majesty Pelagius IV
Many people have heard the term "Dragonborn" - we are of course ruled by the "Dragonborn Emperors" - but the true meaning of the term is not commonly understood. For those of us in the Order of Talos, this is a subject near and dear to our hearts, and in this book I will attempt to illuminate the history and significance of those known as Dragonborn down through the ages.
Most scholars agree that the term was first used in connection with the Covenant of Akatosh, when the blessed St. Alessia was given the Amulet of Kings and the Dragonfires in the Temple of the One were first lit. "Akatosh, looking with pity upon the plight of men, drew precious blood from his own heart, and blessed St. Alessia with this blood of Dragons, and made a Covenant that so long as Alessia's generations were true to the dragon blood, Akatosh would endeavor to seal tight the Gates of Oblivion, and to deny the armies of daedra and undead to their enemies, the Daedra-lovingAyleids." Those blessed by Akatosh with "the dragon blood" became known more simply as Dragonborn.
The connection with the rulers of the Empire was thus there from the beginning - only those of the dragon blood were able to wear the Amulet of Kings and light the Dragonfires. All the legitimate rulers of the Empire have been Dragonborn - the Emperors and Empresses of the firstCyrodilic Empire founded by Alessia; Reman Cyrodiil and his heirs; and of course Tiber Septim and his heirs, down to our current Emperor, His Majesty Pelagius Septim IV.
Because of this connection with the Emperors, however, the other significance of the Dragonborn has been obscured and largely forgotten by all but scholars and those of us dedicated to the service of the blessed Talos, Who Was Tiber Septim. Very few realize that being Dragonborn is not a simple matter of heredity - being the blessing of Akatosh Himself, it is beyond our understanding exactly how and why it is bestowed. Those who become Emperor and light the Dragonfires are surely Dragonborn - the proof is in the wearing of the Amulet and the lighting of the Fires. But were they Dragonborn and thus able to do these things - or was the doing the sign of the blessing of Akatosh descending upon them? All that we can say is that it is both, and neither - a divine mystery.
The line of Septims have all been Dragonborn, of course, which is one reason the simplistic notion of it being hereditary has become so commonplace. But we know for certain that the early Cyrodilic rulers were not all related. There is also no evidence that Reman Cyrodiil was descended from Alessia, although there are many legends that would make it so, most of them dating from the time of Reman and likely attempts to legitimize his rule. We know that the Blades, usually thought of as the Emperor's bodyguards, originated in Akaviri crusaders who invaded Tamriel for obscure reasons in the late First Era. They appear to have been searching for a Dragonborn - the events atPale Pass bear this out - and the Akaviri were the first to proclaim Reman Cyrodiil as Dragonborn. In fact it was the Akaviri who did the most to promote his standing as Emperor (although Reman himself never took that title in his lifetime). And of course there is no known hereditary connection between Tiber Septim and any of the previous Dragonborn rulers of Tamriel.
Whether there can be more than one Dragonborn at any time is another mystery. The Emperors have done their best to dismiss this notion, but of course the Imperial succession itself means that at the very least there are two or more potential Dragonborn at any time: the current ruler and his or her heirs. The history of the Blades also hints at this - although little is known of their activities during the Interregnum between Reman's Empire and the rise of Tiber Septim, many believe that the Blades continued to search out and guard those they believed were (or might be) Dragonborn during this time.
Lastly, we come to the question of the true meaning of being Dragonborn. The connection with dragons is so obvious that it has almost been forgotten - in these days when dragons are a distant memory, we forget that in the early days being Dragonborn meant having "the dragon blood". Some scholars believe that was meant quite literally, although the exact significance is not known. The Nords tell tales of Dragonborn heroes who were great dragonslayers, able to steal the power of the dragons they killed. Indeed, it is well known that the Akaviri sought out and killed many dragons during their invasion, and there is some evidence that this continued after they became Reman Cyrodiil's Dragonguard (again, the connection to dragons) - the direct predecessor to the Blades of today.
I leave you with what is known as "The Prophecy of the Dragonborn". It often said to originate in an Elder Scroll, although it is sometimes also attributed to the ancient Akaviri. Many have attempted to decipher it, and many have also believed that its omens had been fulfilled and that the advent of the "Last Dragonborn" was at hand. I make no claims as an interpreter of prophecy, but it does suggest that the true significance of Akatosh's gift to mortalkind has yet to be fully understood.
When misrule takes its place at the eight corners of the world
When the Brass Tower walks and Time is reshaped
When the thrice-blessed fail and the Red Tower trembles
When the Dragonborn Ruler loses his throne, and the White Tower falls
When the Snow Tower lies sundered, kingless, bleeding
The World-Eater wakes, and the Wheel turns upon the Last Dragonborn.

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