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【书籍搬运】The Madness of Pelagius 神经病皇帝Pelagius

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第三纪元119年,正值皇帝Antiochus一世光辉灿烂的统治时期行将结束之际,他的侄子 Thoriz Pelagius Septim,也就是他皇位的第五顺位继承人降生在Wayrest王国王室。在Pelagius出生前的年月里, Wayrest王国的Magnus国王不仅是Antiochus皇帝的御弟,同时也被皇帝倚为左膀右臂。Wayrest王国因而赏赐丰厚,圣眷隆盛。

很难说Pelagius的疯病最早发作于何时,事实上在其短暂一生的前十年里整个Tamriel大陆都一直处在一种混乱无序的状态之中。当 Pelagius还是一个一岁大的婴儿时,他的大伯父Antiochus一世驾崩。Antiochus皇帝的女儿Kintyra,同时也是 Pelagius的堂姐继承了父亲的皇位,史称Kintyra二世。虽然这位女皇是一个多才多艺的女魔法师和奥术师,但如果她同时再具备预知未来能力的话,她一定会毫不犹豫地选择逃离皇宫。 很多学者对诸王夺嫡的Red Diamond一役都有研究,不过绝大多数历史学家们相信,Kintyra二世的皇位是被她和Pelagius 的堂兄,也就是Uriel所篡,Uriel后来自封为Uriel三世。Uriel这一谋逆之举受到了他号称“孤城狼女王”的母亲Potema女王的全力襄助。Kintyra二世登位仅一年就在一场战役中被俘,随后被关押于Glenpoint的一处暗无天日的帝国地牢中。 整个Tamriel帝国都被卷入了Uriel王子的夺位之战,而由于女皇Kintyra被羁押于High Roch省,那里的战斗显得尤其血腥惨烈。Pelagius的父亲Magnus国王和他二哥Cephorus,同时也是Pelagius的二伯父结成联盟,共同对抗Potema女王母子。此举大大激怒了伪帝Uriel三世和他的母亲孤城狼女王,战火延伸到了Magnus国王的领地Wayrest王国上。Pelagius和他的母亲 Utheilla王后,以及其他兄弟姐妹们仓皇逃离Wayrest王国,前往Balfiera岛暂避兵锋,因为这个岛是Utheilla的娘家 Drienni家族的居住地。直到现在这个家族仍然在这个古老的岛屿上保留有住宅。 关于Pelagius在Balfiera岛上的孩提时代留下了很多书面记载,这真让人感到非常庆幸。这些记载是由他的护理人员和探访人员所留下来的。所有见过他的人无一例外将他描述成一个对运动、魔法和音乐感兴趣的英俊漂亮男孩。就算这些话都是缺乏率直的外交辞令,Pelagius仍然看起来像是Septim王朝未来的栋梁。 当Pelagius满八岁时,他二伯父Cephorus在Ichidag战役中俘虏了篡位者Uriel三世,随后他登基为帝,史称 Cephorus一世。他在统治时期的前十年里一直都在同他姐姐孤城狼女王Potema交战。Pelagius参加的第一战就是围攻Solitude王城之战,此战随着Potema女王的薨逝而结束,整个Red Diamond战役也落下帷幕。作为封赏,Cephorus一世将Potema女王的领地 Solitude王国封给了他,于是Pelagius就成为了Solitude的国王。 作为Solitude王国的国王,一言一行受公众瞩目,Pelagius那离经叛道的行为逐渐被人注意起来。因为他是Cephorus皇帝心爱的侄子(皇帝没有子嗣),外交官们对他少有批评的言论。在他当国王的前两年里,Pelagius的体重减到了令人不可思议的地步。他成为 Solitude国王四个月后,来自Ebonheart的一名外交官这样描述Pelagius:“强健的灵魂,硕大的心脏,不过腰部应当再加宽一些”;五个月后,从Firsthold来拜会他的一位公主在写给她哥哥的信里这样提及Pelagius:“当Pelagius国王握住我的手时,我感觉我像是被一具骷髅所拉着。他实在是太瘦弱了。” Cephorus皇帝没有结婚,因此在他驾崩后也没有任何子嗣来继承他的皇位,此时距Red Diamond战役结束仅三年。作为皇帝唯一在世的弟弟,Pelagius的父亲Magnus国王离开自己的领地Wayrest王国前往帝都继位,史称Magnus一世皇帝。Magnus皇帝此时已经人过中年,他的皇长子,现在已经进位为Sentinel亲王的Pelagius那离经叛道的性格日益受到整个Tamriel帝国所瞩目,变得更加声名狼藉。

有关他任Sentinel亲王时的所作所为有很多传奇故事,但少有完整的书面文件保留下来。有一次Pelagius恶作剧般把他自己和Silvenar王国的王子和公主们关在他的房子里,后来不知怎么的才把这些王族们放了出来,不过随从们却在门边捡到一张还未曾署名的宣战声明。又有一次在一个节日盛典上, Pelagius边发表演讲边当众将自己的衣服脱光,这一事件没少加重他那些护卫们的担子。后来,Pelagius秉承父命同 Katariah Ra’athim,一位漂亮的黑暗精灵女性结了婚,他的妻子同时也是一个古老高贵的黑暗精灵家族的女继承人。

如果是一个Nord国王同黑暗精灵结婚,这不会增加他的影响力。因此绝大部分学者认为这场联姻基于以下两个原因。首先,Magnus皇帝希望藉此婚姻巩固同儿媳家族的居住地Ebonheart之间的联盟。至于Ebonheart的邻居Mournhold(哀伤之城),Morrowind王国的首府,自古以来都是帝国的盟友,同时他们在Red Diamond之战中也是Cephorus和Magnus的支持者。其女王Barenziah的王夫在 Red Diamond之战中战绩卓著,军功累累。而在此期间Ebonheart却在暗地里同Uriel三世及其母亲Potema女王眉来眼去,互通消息。 其次,这场婚姻还出于对Katariah容貌的考虑:由于Katariah天生丽质,使得她能在外交事务中游刃有余。也许世界上只有一个人能够在Pelagius发神经后有效地给他掩饰和救场,这个人就是她。 第三纪元145年,执政八年的Magnus一世在睡梦中溘然长逝。Pelagius的姐姐Jolethe接替Pelagius成为 Solitude王国的女王,而Pelagius和他的妻子Katariah则飞骑驰往帝都接受加冕,他们分别被加冕为Tamriel帝国的皇帝和皇后。据说在加冕典礼上,当皇冠戴到他的头上时,Pelagius不知怎么的忽然间晕了过去,一旁的皇后Katariah眼疾手快,一把将他扶住才没使他当众出丑。这个动作很小而且事发突然,以至于只有最靠近王座的人才能看清到底发生了什么。不过这个传闻也和Pelagius皇帝其它诸多的糗事一样无法被证实。 Pelagius虽然被加冕为Pelagius三世皇帝,但他从未真正履行过自己作为皇帝来统治Tamriel帝国的责任。所有的决定都由皇后Katariah和元老院作出,而给疯子皇帝Pelagius救场的任务也落到了他们头上。然而,Pelagius三世的荒诞故事在他统治期间仍然在不断上演。 据说当Blackrose的亚龙人大使来皇宫拜访时,Pelagius皇帝在与他的谈话中一直发出猪一样的呼噜声和鼠一样的吱吱声,仿佛这两种声音是这位可怜的亚龙人大使的母语一样。 据说Pelagius皇帝还有洁癖,因为很多访客都有被皇宫里一大清早嘈杂的洗涮声吵醒的经历。甚至还有传闻描述当Pelagius皇帝视察仆人的工作时,他突然跪在地上求他的仆人们给他事做,像这样的传闻八成就是杜撰的了。 但当事态发展到Pelagius皇帝开始在皇宫公然啮咬和袭击他的客人们时,人们不得不把他送往一个隐秘的疗养院治疗。此时Pelagius 皇帝登基还不过两年。在此期间一直都是由他的皇后Katariah代行摄政。接下来的六年里,Pelagius皇帝被安排在一系列的精神病院和疗养院里接受治疗。 在Pelagius皇帝养病期间,帝国的背叛者们所制造的种种流言蜚语开始在Tamriel帝国传播。有关于Pelagius皇帝的小道消息,以及他在这些疗养院里遭受了所谓“骇人听闻的摧残和折磨”的说法不胫而走。俗话说三人成虎,很多人逐渐开始相信这些说法。在Pelagius皇帝被送去治疗后不久,Katariah皇后就怀孕了。一些听上去就知道是假的的荒诞流言甚至说皇后将神志健全的皇帝关了起来,令他发疯并最终把他逼成了一个杀人狂。皇后对怀孕一事的解释是她曾去过皇帝的疗养院,并在此之后不久就怀上了龙种。然而就连宫廷档案也没有相关记载,人们也就不得不接受皇后关于这件事的说辞。皇后的次子,也就是日后的Uriel四世,是她在Pelagius驾崩后与其续弦的皇夫Lariate所生的儿子。这件事有根有据,大众倒没什么好说的。 Betony岛上的Kynareth神殿,二月份一个暖洋洋的深夜里,在一阵短暂的发热症之后,34岁的皇帝Pelagius三世撒手人寰。他的皇后Katariah继承帝位,开始了她为期四十六年的统治。在她驾崩后帝位传给了她和先皇Pelagius三世的儿子,Cassynder。 Pelagius皇帝的疯狂举动倒是被他出生和去世的省份所理解。在二月二日这一天,也就是Pelagius皇帝的忌日(记录也可能不那么准确),人们公开祭拜神经病皇帝Pelagius,这一天人们可以尽情地疯,尽情地狂,不会有人来干涉你。虽然Pelagius皇帝是Septim王朝历史上最没有作为的皇帝,但毋庸置疑的是,他一定是名头最响的那一个。 <有关于此文中的几位皇亲国戚和Red Diamond之战,详见《Tamriel帝国简明史卷二》。—译者注>

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The Madness of Pelagius
by Tsathenes
Profiling the renowned Mad Emperor

 The man who would be Emperor of all Tamriel was born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, a prince of the royal family of Wayrest in 3E 119 at the end of the glorious reign of his uncle, Antiochus I. Wayrest had been showered by much preference during the years before Pelagius' birth, for King Magnus was Antiochus' favorite brother.
It is hard to say when Pelagius' madness first manifested itself, for, in truth, the first ten years of his life were marked by much insanity in the land itself. When Pelagius was just over a year old, Antiochus died and a daughter, Kintyra, assumed the throne to the acclaim of all. Kintyra II was Pelagius' cousin and an accomplished mystic and sorceress. If she had sufficient means to peer into the future, she would have surely fled the palace.
The story of the War of the Red Diamond has been told in many other scholarly journals, but as most historians agree, Kintyra II's reign was usurped by her and Pelagius' cousin Uriel, by the power of his mother, Potema -- the so-called wolf queen of Solitude. The year after her coronation, Kintyra was trapped in Glenpoint and imprisoned in the Imperial dungeons there.
All of Tamriel exploded into warfare as Prince Uriel took the throne as Uriel III, and High Rock, because of the imprisoned Empress' presence there, was the location of some of the bloodiest battles. Pelagius' father, King Magnus, allied himself with his brother Cephorus against the usurper Emperor, and brought the wrath of Uriel III and Queen Potema down on Wayrest. Pelagius, his brothers and sisters, and his mother Utheilla fled to the Isle of Balfiera. Utheilla was of the line of Direnni, and her family manse is still located on that ancient isle even to this day.
There is thankfully much written record of Pelagius' childhood in Balfiera recorded by nurses and visitors. All who met him described him as a handsome, personable boy, interested in sport, magic, and music. Even assuming diplomats' lack of candor, Pelagius seemed, if anything, a blessing to the future of the Septim Dynasty.
When Pelagius was eight, Cephorus slew Uriel III at the Battle of Ichidag and proclaimed himself Emperor Cephorus I. For the next ten years of his reign, Cephorus battled Potema. Pelagius' first battle was the Siege of Solitude, which ended with Potema's death and the final end of the war. In gratitude, Cephorus placed Pelagius on the throne of Solitude.
As king of Solitude, Pelagius' eccentricities of behavior began to be noticeable. As a favorite nephew of the Emperor, few diplomats to Solitude made critical commentary about Pelagius. For the first two years of his reign, Pelagius was at the very least noted for his alarming shifts in weight. Four months after taking the throne, a diplomat from Ebonheart called Pelagius "a hale and hearty soul with a heart so big, it widens his waist"; five months after that, the visiting princess of Firsthold wrote to her brother that "the king's gripped my hand and it felt like I was being clutched by a skeleton. Pelagius is greatly emaciated, indeed."
Cephorus never married and died childless three years after the Siege of Solitude. As the only surviving sibling, Pelagius' father Magnus left the throne of Wayrest and took residence at theImperial City as the Emperor Magnus I. Magnus was elderly and Pelagius was his oldest living child, so the attention of Tamriel focused on Sentinel. By this time, Pelagius' eccentricities were becoming infamous.
There are many legends about his acts as King of Sentinel [sic], but few well-documented cases exist. It is known that Pelagius locked the young princes and princesses of Silvenar in his room with him, only releasing them when an unsigned Declaration of War was slipped under the door. When he tore off his clothes during a speech he was giving at a local festival, his advisors apparently decided to watch him more carefully. On the orders of Magnus, Pelagius was married to the beautiful heiress of an ancient Dark Elf noble family, Katariah Ra'athim.
Nordic kings who marry Dark Elves seldom improve their popularity. There are two reasons most scholars give for the union. Magnus was trying to cement relations with Ebonheart, where the Ra'athim clan hailed. Ebonheart's neighbor, Mournhold, had been a historical ally of the Empire since the very beginning, and the royal consort of Queen Barenziah had won many battles in the War of the Red Diamond. Ebonheart had a poorly-kept secret of aiding Uriel III and Potema.
The other reason for the marriage was more personal: Katariah was as shrewd a diplomat as she was beautiful. If any creature was capable of hiding Pelagius' madness, it was she.
On the 8th of Second Seed, 3E 145, Magnus I died quietly in his sleep. Jolethe, Pelagius' sister took over the throne of Solitude, and Pelagius and Katariah rode to the Imperial City to be crowned Emperor and Empress of Tamriel. It is said that Pelagius fainted when the crown was placed on his head, but Katariah held him up so only those closest to the thrones could see what had happened. Like so many Pelagius stories, this cannot be verified.
Pelagius III never truly ruled Tamriel. Katariah and the Elder Council made all the decisions and only tried to keep Pelagius from embarrassing all. Still, stories of Pelagius III's reign exist.
It was said that when the Argonian ambassador from Blackrose came to court, Pelagius insisted on speaking in all grunts and squeaks, as that was the Argonian's natural language.
It is known that Pelagius was obsessed with cleanliness, and many guests reported waking to the noise of an early-morning scrubdown of the Imperial Palace. The legend of Pelagius while inspecting the servants' work, suddenly defecating on the floor to give them something to do, is probably apocryphal.
When Pelagius began actually biting and attacking visitors to the Imperial Palace, it was decided to send him to a private asylum. Katariah was proclaimed regent two years after Pelagius took the throne. For the next six years, the Emperor stayed in a series of institutions and asylums.
Traitors to the Empire have many lies to spread about this period. Whispered stories of hideous experiments and tortures performed on Pelagius have almost become accepted as fact. The noble lady Katariah became pregnant shortly after the Emperor was sent away, and rumors of infidelity and, even more absurd, conspiracies to keep the sane Emperor locked away, ran amok. As Katariah proved, her pregnancy came about after a visit to her husband's cell. With no other evidence, as loyal subjects, we are bound to accept the Empress' word on the matter. Her second child, who would reign for many years as Uriel IV, was the child of her union with her consort Lariate, and publicly acknowledged as such.
On a warm night in Suns Dawn, in his 34th year, Pelagius III died after a brief fever in his cell at the Temple of Kynareth in the Isle of Betony. Katariah I reigned for another forty six years before passing the scepter onto the only child she had with Pelagius, Cassynder.
Pelagius' wild behavior has made him perversely dear to the province of his birth and death. The 2nd of Suns Dawn, which may or may not be the anniversary of his death (records are not very clear) is celebrated as Mad Pelagius, the time when foolishness of all sorts is encouraged. And so, one of the least desirable Emperors in the history of the Septim Dynasty, has become one of the most famous ones.

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