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【书籍搬运】the Rise and Fall of the Blades 刀锋卫士的兴衰

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刀锋卫士的兴衰

作者:无名氏

仍有许多人记得刀锋卫士。很少人能讲述出他们的兴衰史。但我的父亲可以。在他壮年时曾对我说:“你像刀锋卫士一样能保密。”

刀锋卫士很擅长保持机密。他们很少留下书面记录。他们彼此间传递情报向来十分小心,无论是对广布于各省的探子,还是皇帝身边的精英。就算对自己的同伴,他们都会保持些许机密。

大部分人对刀锋卫士的第一印象就是那些正式的阿卡维尔铠甲和腰间弯曲的长刀。刀锋卫士的起源可以追溯到那些勇猛的阿卡维尔武士,也就是龙之守护者(the 龙护卫)。那时,他们就如同现在所做的一样,保卫着他们的皇帝和王国。但是最近的一些发现显示出,事实并非只是如此。

很多古老的文献告诉我们关于在阿卡维尔,也就是我们所知的,东方龙之大陆的探险者的故事。许多来自泰姆瑞尔的人们试图征服它,最著名的就属文献记载中,带去了" Ionith的灾难"的第三纪元288年的尤里尔五世和他的第十军团。在阿卡维尔,龙族一直以来都被神化,他们认为在泰姆瑞尔历史中昙花一现的,只是从龙之守护者的屠杀下逃离的阿卡维尔龙族。龙之守护者这才会在第一纪元末年,追踪那些逃离到泰姆瑞尔的巨龙。

龙之守护者从北方入侵时,不止见到了龙,也遇到那些不会对入侵者有礼相待的了天际省的人民。龙之守护者杀出了一条血路,穿过了天际省,最后他们在苍白关隘的战斗中被莱曼 赛瑞迪尔所阻拦下来,这场入侵至此告终。也正是莱曼,打败了阿卡维尔的入侵者,统一了赛瑞迪尔大陆。

莱曼 是第一个有文献记载的,也是被广泛接受的,被阿卡托什和爱丽西亚他们所选中神秘的Dragonborn。”带着龙魂降生”——他的追随者们如是说。虽然人们对苍白关隘的真相众说纷纭,但是结果都是一样的,那就是剩余的龙之守护者,听到了莱曼 赛瑞迪尔的Voice之后,向他宣誓永远效忠。从第一纪元留存的文献碎片更倾向于这种说法:他们丢下武器,说着”我们不是来狩猎的”(或者说”我们本不愿”——作者直译),”你就是我们所追寻的人。”

他们世世代代用自己的生命保护着莱曼, 莱曼王朝引领泰姆瑞尔进入第二纪元的这些年里,他们不断的扩张着领地,而他们的团体也渐渐演变为了刀锋卫士。他们征服龙族的战争结束了,他们现在一心只为保护Dragonborn,从而保卫帝国。

刀锋卫士们最辉煌的时刻便是帝国处于Septim统治下的第三纪元。他们通过缩减成员数量来保持隐秘。他们处于公众之下且有文案记载的成员,便是那些仍然穿着阿卡维尔铠甲的皇帝的贴身卫士们。但那只是刀锋卫士那遍布泰姆瑞尔的庞大团体的冰山一角。他们是不分种族,不分职业的,随时回应皇帝号召的躲藏在黑暗中的间谍。他们一般独立行动,但是也有小部分成员在一些秘密的堡垒进行有限制的交流。最著名的地方就属刀锋卫士们为保护Dragonborn而建立的处于赛瑞迪尔的凌云殿。还有地图显示,落锤省/落锤之地’s 亚力卡尔沙漠里也有Wind Scour Temple,天际省/天际之地的群山中也有一座天安神殿,而途歇城东方,还有一座Storm Talon Temple。

我们所知的是,他们有一位隐于市井的“大宗师”。刀锋卫士们的交流环境、会面地点和任务,都只有少数精英人员知晓。拥有知晓一些事物的资格的只有大宗师,和记录者——那位确保他们的任务永远不为人知,却永远不会被遗忘的人。

随着尤里尔 Septim七世和皇子Martin的陨落,第三纪元,在刀锋卫士固守凌云殿等待Dragonborn的再次降临和呼唤中,迎来了终结。

第四纪元的皇帝再也没有见到刀锋卫士出面保护他们。这个职责已被内视之眼,一个完完全全的帝国组织所取代。但刀锋卫士寻找并保护Dragonborn的秘密工作从没有停止过。刀锋卫士是第一个预见到先代精灵之地/艾德莫精灵国的Thalmor不会甘愿屈居与他们现在所独立的领土的人们。他们会像内视之眼一样为帝国服务终身,但不会服务于Thalmor——他们因此遭致Thalmor憎恨。

刀锋卫士的警告被证实了,如我们现在所知的一样。在帝国和Thalmor 间爆发的“大战”极大的削弱并几乎摧毁了帝国。皇帝提图斯·梅德二世最终还是对Thalmor妥协了——代价却让大多数人难以承受。

Thalmor所带来的毁灭性众所周知(作者注:我的家庭首当其冲)。他们不是笨蛋,他们很早就明白了,刀锋卫士是他们的敌人。所以在“大战”期间,他们寻找着消灭刀锋卫士的机会。有一部分刀锋卫士在保卫凌云殿的时候牺牲了,另外有一些,在他们的藏身处永远的沉睡了。有的奋战到底,有一些逃离了,而剩下的都隐藏了起来。但最终Thalmor还是把他们都找了出来。

但还是有说法表示,在我们周围,依然拥有一些躲过了Thalmor的搜寻的刀锋卫士成员,等待着他们曾经希望保护并引导的Dragonborn的回归。

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The Rise and Fall of the Blades
by Anonymous
On the Blades' origins and their fate


There are many that still remember the Blades. There are fewer that can pass down their stories, their origins and their downfall. My father could. In his proudest moments he said to me, "You keep secrets like the Blades."
The Blades were good at keeping secrets. They didn't write down much. They passed information carefully between their spies in every province, to their elite members that protected the Emperors. Even amongst their members, they kept much secret.
Most associate the Blades with their ceremonial Akaviri armor and curved longswords. One can trace the Blades back to the fiercest warriors of Akavir, the Dragonguard. It was there, just as they would do in Tamriel, that they protected rulers and their kingdom. But recent discoveries show it to be much more than that.
Many classic texts tell us of adventures to Akavir, known as the dragon lands of the east. Many from Tamriel have attempted to conquer it, most famously Emperor Uriel V and his Tenth Legion in3E288 as documented in the Imperial dispatch "Disaster at Ionith." Dragons have long been legend in Akavir, and many believe that their brief appearance in Tamriel's history are those that escapedAkaviri [sic], for it was there they were hunted and killed off by the Dragonguard. The Dragonguard would follow those that fled to Tamriel in the late 1st Era.
Invading from the north, the Dragonguard met not only dragons, but the men of Skyrim, who don't meet invasions with pitchers of mead. The Dragonguard cut a path through Skyrim, and it was not until they were stopped by Reman Cyrodiil during the battle at Pale Pass that the invasion came to an end. It was Reman who united the human lands of Cyrodiil and defeated the Akaviri invaders.
Reman is one of the first documented, and widely accepted, of the mythic Dragonborn; those anointed by Akatosh and Alessia themselves. "Born with the soul of a dragon" is what his followers would say. Reports differ widely on the nature of the battle at Pale Pass. But the end result is the same, that the remaining Dragonguard, upon hearing the voice of Reman Cyrodiil, knelt and swore their lives to him, their conqueror and savior. Fragments of from late 1st era texts refer to the warriors dropping to their knees saying "we were not hunting" (or "did not intend", author - rough translation), continuing "we have been searching, for you."
They protected Reman with their lives, as well as his descendants, as the Reman Dynasty ushered in Tamriel's 2nd era. It was through these years that their reach extended, and their order grew to become the Blades. Their conquest of the dragons complete, they only sought to protect the Dragonborn, and through him, the Empire.
They reached their height late during the 3rd era under the rule of the Septim emprors [sic]. Despite their numbers, they kept their secrecy. The most visible and well documented were the members who personally guarded the Emperor, still wearing the original Akaviri armor. But that was the just the tip of the spear, for the Blades were a larger organization, stretching to every corner of Tamriel. These agents were of every race. They were merchants, thieves, craftsman, mages, and warriors, all acting as spies, protecting the Empire as needed, and operating in secret. They often acted alone, but some fragments speak of them meeting in secret fortresses across the continent. The most famous being Cyrodiil's Cloud Ruler Temple, where they hung the swords of those slain protecting the Dragonborn. Other maps speak of Wind Scour Temple under the great expanse ofHammerfell's Alik'r desertSky Haven Temple in the mountains of Skyrim, and Storm Talon Temple east of Wayrest.
They were known to have a "Grandmaster", who often lived amongst the people, unknown to others. The nature of their communications, meeting places, and missions were known to only a few elite members. The only two to know all were the Grandmaster himself and the Chronicler, whose only job was to make sure the group's mission was never known, but never lost.
With the death of Uriel Septim VII and his son, Martin, the 3rd era came to a close with the Blades fortifying themselves deep within Cyrodiil's Cloud Ruler Temple, as they waited for a Dragonborn to return when they would be called upon again.
The Empire of the 4th era no longer saw the Blades openly protecting it, or the Emperors. That role is now filled by the Penitus Oculatus, a purely Imperial organization. But the Blades continued their secret work, to watch for the Dragonborn and guard against future enemies. The Blades were among the first to see the signs that the Thalmor of the Aldmeri Dominion would not remain isolated within their borders forever. They could do what the Penitus Oculatus, servant to Imperial policy, could not, and thus earned the lasting hatred of the Thalmor.
The warnings of the Blades were proved right, as is well known to all. The Great War between the Empire and the Thalmor consumed the Empire and nearly destroyed it. Emperor Titus Mede IIeventually brokered peace with the Thalmor, but at a price many of us still bear.
The reach and destructive nature of the Thalmor is known to many (author's note - in my family firsthand). They are not fools. They knew early on that the Blades were an enemy. So they hunted them throughout the Great War. Some were killed defending their Temples, others as they slept in their hideaways, alone. Some fought, some ran, some hid. But the Thalmor found them all.
There are those that say the Blades still exist around us, in hiding from the Thalmor. Waiting as they have done time and time again, for a Dragonborn to return. For one to protect, for one to guide them.

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