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【书籍搬运】The Oblivion Crisis 湮灭危机

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原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_Oblivion_Crisis

湮灭危机 作者:普莱西斯·萨克罗姆,帝国历史学家 肇始于尤里尔·赛普丁七世遇刺的历史事件的总述 在第四纪元的开端,即3E433年,皇帝尤里尔·赛普丁七世遇刺身亡,帝王护符也被破坏。这导致了一连串的事件:帝国崩溃,而人类与神灵之间的关系也被永久地改变了。 刺客首先向身居白金塔之中的皇帝发动了攻击。皇帝在“刃”的掩护下撤向地牢一间牢房里的秘密逃生通道。但是由于一些只有皇帝陛下自己才知道的原因,他向那间牢房里的幸运囚犯提出了一个请求。有人认为那名囚犯让皇帝想起了一名儿时玩伴,还有些人认为这是由于预言注定使然。总之,这名囚犯扮演了一个在整个帝国和泰姆瑞尔大陆历史中有重要地位的角色——这毫无疑问是众神的眷顾。 在紧追不舍的刺客们咄咄逼人的袭击下,“刃”的卫士们接连倒下。最终皇帝本人也不幸罹难。在殡天以前,尤里尔·赛普丁七世把帝王护符交给了囚犯,而这名囚犯将带着它逃离帝国监狱,来到俗世之间。 现在我们知道这起刺杀是由一个叫“神话破晓”的迪德拉崇拜团体所发起的。(仍然怀疑是由黑暗兄弟会所为的人应当考虑两点:第一,黑暗兄弟会出手不需要派一支小队,一名刺客足矣;第二,黑暗兄弟会还不至于愚蠢到向帝国发动一场足以毁灭自己的战争。看一看神话破晓的最终下场就知道了。) 帝王护符接下来出现在了科洛尔附近的维农修道院。身为“刃”的大宗师和修道院主持的迦斐尔掌握了护符。而那名送信的囚犯则前往科瓦奇寻找一个名叫马丁的小小牧师。连马丁自己也不知道,他其实是尤里尔·赛普丁七世的私生子,红宝石皇位的最后继承人。也只有他可以用帝王护符点燃守护泰姆瑞尔和湮灭地狱边界的真龙焰,从神话破晓的阴谋中拯救世界。 那名囚犯来到科瓦奇时,发现整个城市都被一个新近打开的地狱门中不断涌出的迪德拉所侵袭,这也就是导致全国性大破坏的湮灭危机的开端。囚犯关闭地狱门的过程已无稽可考,不过地狱门甫一关闭,马丁和幸存的科瓦奇卫兵就一齐将迪德拉驱逐干净了。 成为科瓦奇英雄的囚犯和马丁回到了维农修道院,却发现修道院被劫掠了一番,护符也无影无踪了。迦斐尔幸免于难,三人一同赶往“刃”的基地凌云者神殿。这个位于布鲁玛城外深山里的秘密要塞负责保卫马丁的安全,同时科瓦奇的英雄负责搜索丢失的护符。 科瓦奇的英雄只知道刺杀事件和护符丢失背后都有一个名叫“神话破晓”的神秘组织在作祟,他到处搜索狂热崇拜仪式。在皇帝侍卫、“刃”成员包鲁斯的协助下,他们用某种方式通过狂人曼卡尔·卡莫兰编纂的大作《沙克斯秘典评注》找到了神话破晓的秘密据点。研究评注的资深学者表示书中没有直接提到据点位置,因此关于他们是如何做到的,至今仍然是个谜。 科瓦奇的英雄捣毁位于阿瑞斯湖畔的神话破晓据点的经过没有任何官方资料存世。有诗人创作的歌谣提到英雄用了伪装假扮的计谋,但是这只不过是一种猜测罢了。这次事件中发现了曼卡尔·卡莫兰是神话破晓的幕后黑手,并且神话破晓崇拜的是迪德拉君王莫拉恩斯·达根。曼卡尔·卡莫兰认为自己是臭名昭著的瓦伦林地的篡位者卡莫兰的直系子孙。 英雄历尽艰险,把神话破晓崇拜的圣书《沙克斯秘典》夺了出来,而曼卡尔·卡莫兰带着帝王护符逃往湮灭地狱。马丁付出了艰苦的努力,冒着头脑失去理智的风险,终于解读了《沙克斯秘典》,以期能够用它打开通向曼卡尔·卡莫兰的通道,找回帝王护符。 就在马丁准备进行打开通道的仪式之前,莫拉恩斯·达根在布鲁玛开启了地狱门,科瓦奇的英雄冲进了地狱门,在迪德拉攻城装置摧毁布鲁玛和凌云者神殿以前将其关闭,保卫了整个城市和马丁的安全。许多歌曲和故事都在传诵这场战争,我在这里就不再重叙了。科瓦奇的英雄也因此被称为布鲁玛的救星。 城市和凌云者神殿安全以后,马丁开启了通向曼卡尔·卡莫兰的“天堂”的大门。关于那里究竟发生了什么,没有留下任何的记录。我们唯一知道的就是布鲁玛的救星到了“天堂”,杀死了曼卡尔·卡莫兰,并且带回了帝王护符。 马丁·赛普丁手持帝王护符,被元老院议会拥立为泰姆瑞尔的皇帝。刚一登基之时他打算重燃真龙焰,将泰姆瑞尔与湮灭地狱隔绝开来。莫拉恩斯·达根为了阻止他,孤注一掷,对帝都发动了突然袭击,在帝都市区各处展开了数道地狱门。还未正式加冕的马丁也参与了帝都的巷战。 莫拉恩斯·达根本人也离开湮灭地狱,违背了众神的约定君临了泰姆瑞尔。只有真龙焰熄灭之时这才有可能。而现在屏障已经被撕碎了,点燃真龙焰为时已晚。马丁·赛普丁选择了最终极的牺牲——他打碎了帝王护符,成为了龙神阿卡托什的化身,与莫拉恩斯·达根决一死战。关于这场战斗的描述过于纷繁复杂。我们所知道的结果就是莫拉恩斯·达根被击败并驱逐回湮灭地狱,而阿卡托什的化身变成了石头,至今在帝都的神殿中仍能看到。随着护符的消失,真龙焰也随之熄灭,最后一位龙血皇帝驾崩,湮灭地狱的屏障被永久封印了。

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The Oblivion Crisis
by Praxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian
A summary of the events stemming from the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII


At the turning of the Fourth Age, in the year 3E 433, the Emperor Uriel Septim VII was assassinated and the Amulet of Kings was destroyed. This set in motion a chain of events that would bring down an empire and change forever the relationship between man and the gods.
The assassins first attacked the Emperor in the White Gold Tower. While the Blades held them back, the Emperor made his way down to the dungeons, to a secret escape route built into one of the prison cells. For reasons known only to himself, the Emperor pardoned the fortunate prisoner in that cell. Some say the prisoner reminded him of a childhood friend. Others say it was a moment of prophecy. Whatever the case, the prisoner came to play a fateful role in the history of the Empireand Tamriel - surely a sign that the gods themselves were at work.
The pursuing assassins killed the Blades bodyguards in a relentless series of sneak attacks. Eventually they struck down the Emperor himself. Before he fell, Uriel Septim VII gave the Amulet of Kings to the prisoner, who somehow made it out of the Imperial sewers and into the light of day.
The assassination is now known to have been the work of a group of daedric cultists known as theMythic Dawn. (Those who still suspect the Dark Brotherhood should consider two facts: first, they would have only needed a single assassin, not a small army of them; second, the Dark Brotherhood would never be so foolish as to effectively declare war on the Empire and thus ensure their complete destruction. Witness the eventual fate of the Mythic Dawn.)
The Amulet of Kings next surfaced at Weynon Priory near ChorrolJauffre, secret Grandmaster of the Blades and head of the priory, took possession of the amulet. The messenger was sent off toKvatch to find a lowly priest named Martin. Unbeknownst even to himself, Martin was the bastard son of Uriel Septim VII, and the last heir to the Ruby Throne. He alone could use the Amulet of Kings to light the Dragonfires that wards the barrier between Tamriel and Oblivion, and save the world from the Mythic Dawn plot.
The prisoner arrived at Kvatch to find it overrun by daedra that had poured in from a newly-opened Oblivion Gate, the start of the Empire-spanning devastation of the Oblivion Crisis. How the prisoner closed the gate is not recorded. Once closed, Martin and the surviving Kvatch guardsmen drove back the daedra.
Now known as the Hero of Kvatch, the prisoner and Martin returned to Weynon Priory, only to find the priory sacked and the Amulet taken. Jauffre survived the attack, however, and the three of them made their way to Cloud Ruler Temple, bastion of the Blades. This secret fortress in the mountains outside Bruma is where Martin was held safe while the Hero of Kvatch searched for the lost Amulet.
Knowing only that a mysterious group called the Mythic Dawn was behind the assassination and theft of the Amulet, the Hero of Kvatch was sent to locate the cult. With the help of Baurus, a Blade in the service of the Emperor, they somehow used the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, esoteric works by the madman Mankar Camoran, to direct them to the Mythic Dawn's secret lair. Scholars familiar with the Commentaries claim the location is not directly mentioned in them. How they did this remains a mystery.
No official records exist of how the Hero of Kvatch penetrated the Mythic Dawn's lair near Lake Arrius. There is a bardic tale that claims the Hero used trickery and disguise, but that is justspeculation.What [sic] was discovered there is that Mankar Camoran was behind the Mythic Dawn, and that the group worshiped [sic] the daedric prince Mehrunes Dagon. Mankar Camoran believed himself to be a direct descendant of the Camoran Usurper, the infamous pretender to the throne of Valenwood.
Somehow the Hero escaped with the Mysterium Xarxes itself, the holy book of the Mythic Dawn cult. Mankar Camoran fled to Oblivion with the Amulet of Kings. With some effort and great risk to his sanity, Martin deciphered the Mysterium Xarxes and intended to use it to open a gateway to Mankar Camoran in order to recover the Amulet of Kings.
Before Martin could perform the ritual to open the gateway, Mehrunes Dagon opened an Oblivion Gate outside Bruma. The Hero of Kvatch saved the city and Martin by entering the gate and closing it before a daedric siege engine could destroy Bruma and Cloud Ruler Temple. Many songs and stories have been told of this battle and I will not retell them here. The Hero of Kvatch was now also known as the Savior of Bruma.
With the city and Cloud Ruler Temple safe, Martin opened the portal to Mankar Camoran's "Paradise". The details of what transpired in this place have not been recorded. All that is known is that the Savior of Bruma travelled to this Paradise, killed Mankar Camoran, and returned with the Amulet of Kings.
With the Amulet in hand, Martin Septim presented himself to the Elder Council to be crowned Emperor of all Tamriel. Once crowned he planned to relight the Dragonfires and seal Tamriel from Oblivion. In a last-ditch attempt to stop him, Mehrunes Dagon launched an assault on the Imperial City, opening several Oblivion Gates within the capital itself. Uncrowned, Martin joined the battle in the city streets.
Mehrunes Dagon himself left Oblivion and entered Tamriel, breaking the covenant. Only the unlit Dragonfires allowed this to be possible. Now that the barrier was ripped asunder, it was too late to relighting [sic] the Fires. Martin Septim chose to make the ultimate sacrifice - he shattered the Amulet of Kings to become the avatar of the god Akatosh and do battle with Mehrunes Dagon.
Records of this battle vary wildly. What we do know is that Mehrunes Dagon was defeated and sent back to Oblivion. The avatar of Akatosh was turned to stone and can be seen to this day in theTemple of the One in the Imperial City. With the Amulet gone, the Dragonfires quenched, and the last Dragonblood Emperor dead, the barrier to Oblivion is sealed forever.

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