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【书籍搬运】The Dragon War 龙之战

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龙之战

在神秘纪元,当伊斯格拉莫初临泰姆瑞尔,他的崇拜者带着对他们的兽神的信任跟随而来。确信的学说相信这些原始居民也敬仰着如我们现在所知,如动物图腾般的圣灵们。他们神化了鹰,狼,蛇,飞蛾,猫头鹰,鲸,熊,狐狸,还有龙。而现在,当你在天际省/天际之地旅行四方的时候,脚下的一块绊脚石,便有可能是那些图腾的残骸。

在这些动物里最重要的就是龙。古诺德语来讲就是drah-gkon。有时候也读作dov-rha,但是词语的起源已经不得而知。不过除了龙祭祀,任何人都禁止使用这两个词语。他们建造了巨大的神殿来敬仰和抚慰它们。现在这些神殿有一部分被保存了下来,被游荡的德拉古亡灵和龙祭祀的死灵们守护着。

而龙族,作为龙,他们接受了凌驾于人类之上的神王的角色。而事实上,难道它们不是有着如阿卡托什那样的形态吗?难道它们不是在每个方面都凌驾于那群渺小柔软的崇拜者之上吗?对于龙来说,力量就是真理。作为绝对服从的交换条件,龙授予龙祭祀一小部分它们的力量。而龙祭祀则如国王一般统领着族人。当然,龙不会被任何规矩所烦扰。

在Atmora,也就是伊斯格拉莫和他的崇拜者的故乡,龙祭祀收取贡品,制定教条和法律,以便保持龙与人类之间的和平。在泰姆瑞尔,他们很难被认为是慈善的,也许这是因为龙祭祀的野心,也许是因为那些不寻常的龙族,或者还是因为懦弱的国王。不过不论是什么原因,龙祭祀开始铁拳般的统治,而几乎将全部人民变为了奴隶。

当人民奋起反抗的时候,龙祭祀以血还血地镇压。但当龙祭祀无法收缴贡品,进而无法控制混乱的时候,龙族的回应却是非常迅速和野蛮。这,就是龙之战的开始。

最初,人们成千上万的死去。一段古老的文献记载,有一小部分龙族站在人类这一边。它们的动机却不得而知。九圣灵的祭司们声称这是阿卡托什介入的关系。从那小部分龙族那里,人类学习了一些足以对付龙族的魔法。而战争的趋势开始发生逆转,龙族也开始出现伤亡。

漫长的战争是残酷而血腥的。龙祭祀们的统治被推翻了,而龙族也损失惨重。幸存的龙族被分散,开始了远离人类,流离失所的生活。而那些背叛而支持人类的龙们,被人们所接受而留存了下来。人们建造了龙冢,来埋葬那些在战争中陨落的巨龙们。他们相信终有一天龙族将会回归崛起,来报答他们的忠诚。

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The Dragon War
by Torhal Bjorik
A religious text describing the primordial war between men and dragons


In the Merethic Era, when Ysgramor first set foot on Tamriel, his people brought with them a faith that worshipped animal gods. Certain scholars believe these primitive people actually worshipped the divines as we know them, just in the form of these totem animals. They deified thehawkwolf, snake, moth, owl, whalebearfox, and the dragon. Every now and then you can stumble across the broken stone totems in the farther reaches of Skyrim.
Foremost among all animals was the dragon. In the ancient nordic tongue it was drah-gkon. Occasionally the term dov-rha is used, but the language or derivation of that is not known. Using either name was forbidden to all except the dragon priests. Grand temples were built to honor the dragons and appease them. Many of them survive today as ancient ruins haunted by draugr and undeaddragon priests.
Dragons, being dragons, embraced their role as god-kings over men. After all, were they not fashioned in Akatosh's own image? Were they not superior in every way to the hordes of small, soft creatures that worshipped them? For dragons, power equals truth. They had the power, so therefore it must be truth. Dragons granted small amounts of power to the dragon priests in exchange for absolute obedience. In turn, the dragon priests ruled men as equals to the kings. Dragons, of course, could not be bothered with actually ruling.
In Atmora, where Ysgramor and his people came from, the dragon priests demanded tribute and set down laws and codes of living that kept peace between dragons and men. In Tamriel, they were not nearly as benevolent. It's unclear if this was due to an ambitious dragon priest, or a particular dragon, or a series of weak kings. Whatever the cause, the dragon priests began to rule with an iron fist, making virtual slaves of the rest of the population.
When the populace rebelled, the dragon priests retaliated. When the dragon priests could not collect the tribute or control the masses, the dragons' response was swift and brutal. So it was the Dragon War began.
At first, men died by the thousands. The ancient texts reveal that a few dragons took the side of men. Why they did this is not known. The priests of the Nine Divines claim it was Akatosh himself that intervened. From these dragons men learned magics to use against dragons. The tide began to turn and dragons began to die too.
The war was long and bloody. The dragon priests were overthrown and dragons were slaughtered in large numbers. The surviving dragons scattered, choosing to live in remote places away from men. The dragon cult itself adapted and survived. They built the dragon mounds, entombing the remains of dragons that fell in the war. They believed that one day the dragons would rise again and reward the faithful.

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