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【书籍搬运】The Talos Mistake 塔洛斯错误

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塔洛斯错误

莉奥诺拉•维纳图斯 (帝国驻艾德莫精灵国联络官) 著

作为帝国公民,每个人都熟知泰伯•赛普丁大帝的伟迹。但关于大帝晋为神格这一事,才是本文所要讨论的主题。

在泰伯•赛普丁逝世之前,只有八位圣灵:阿卡托什、迪贝拉、阿尔凯、泽尼萨尔、斯丹纳尔、玛拉、凯娜瑞斯和尤里安诺思。这些圣灵曾经并且仍然为全帝国的人民所信奉。尽管有些神灵在不同省份有不同叫法(例如,阿卡托什被艾德莫称为“奥瑞-艾尔”,阿尔凯有时被称为“阿’凯”),但所有圣灵在泰姆瑞尔的各个种族和文化中都广为人知。

但是当泰伯•赛普丁驾鹤西去之后,却出现了第九位圣灵-塔洛斯(也被称为伊斯米尔),号“北方巨龙”。真可谓生当为人杰,死亦为鬼雄。诚然,有人认为塔洛斯-第九位圣灵-甚至比排在他前面的八位圣灵更加重要,至少对人类来说是这样。因为他是一位曾经为人的神灵,通过建立伟业最终升格为神。如果一个人类能够有此功绩-那就不能再发生一次么?是否所有人都会渴望一朝成神?

作为人类,我们会这样想。于是我们坚持敬奉塔洛斯,并将其尊为无上英神。但那是过去的事了。现在是现在,而现在,我们认清了事实:

我们错了。

作为帝国的公民,我们都经历过“大战”的惨痛。直到帝国和艾德莫精灵国签订“白金协定”,我们才再一次迎来了和平。如每个帝国公民所知的是,协定中最重要的一项条款就是:塔洛斯再不能被当成神来崇拜。这条法令极大动摇了帝国的根基。曾经有人不惜发动叛乱来反对这条法令。事实上,现在也依然有这种事。

但帝国的公民应当清楚的是:皇帝当初不同意宣布塔洛斯崇拜为非法,因为这是萨尔摩-艾德莫精灵国的统治机构-要求的。皇帝同意宣布塔洛斯崇拜为非法,是因为这是正确的。

今天,皇帝,以及帝国本身,都认识到允许塔洛斯崇拜是一个错误。正是因为允许将塔洛斯视为圣灵而崇拜,帝国实际上对它的人民造成了危害:因为这只不过弱化了对作为一名人类的泰伯•赛普丁及其众多非凡(但也仍是凡人)功绩的回忆;并且使人民疏远了那些真正的神灵,那些真正值得我们爱戴和尊敬的神灵。

故而,帝国承认塔洛斯崇拜是错误的。塔洛斯错误不应再被重复。愿我们与萨尔摩新朋友之间的和平和繁荣世代永传,继续共享维系泰姆瑞尔各族文化的精神纽带。

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The Talos Mistake
by Leonora Venatus
Imperial Liaison to the Aldmeri Dominion

Propaganda encouraging acceptance of the ban on the worship of Talos


As citizens of the Empire, all are of course familiar with the deeds of Emperor Tiber Septim. But it is the Emperor's ascent to godhood, as Talos, that is the subject of this work.
Until Tiber Septim's death, there had been but Eight DivinesAkatoshDibellaArkayZenithar,StendarrMaraKynareth, and Julianos. These gods were, and are, worshipped throughout the Empire. And while some may have different names in the varying provinces (for example, Akatosh is known as "Auri-El" to the Aldmer; and Arkay is sometimes known as "Ar'Kay"), all are recognized and revered by all races and cultures of Tamriel.
But when Tiber Septim passed to Aetherius, there came to be a Ninth Divine - Talos, also called Ysmir, the "Dragon of the North." The man who was so loved in life became worshipped in death. Indeed, it can be argued that Talos, the Ninth Divine, became even more important than the Eight that had preceded him, at least to humans. For he was a god who was once just a man, and through great deeds actually managed to ascend to godhood. And if one human could achieve such a feat - couldn't it be done again? Couldn't all humans aspire to achieve divinity?
So we thought, we humans. And so we continued to worship Talos, and revere him as the ultimate hero-god. But that was then. This is now. And now, we know the truth:
We were wrong.
As citizens of the Empire, we all experienced the horrors of the Great War. And it was not until the signing of the White-Gold Concordat, the treaty between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, that we once again knew peace. One of the most important stipulations of that treaty, as everyImperial citizen is well aware, is that Talos can no longer be worshipped as a god. This edict shook the very foundations of the Empire. There were those who rebelled against the law. Indeed, some still do.
But the citizens of the Empire must know this: the Emperor did not agree to outlaw the worship of Talos because it was demanded by the Thalmor, the ruling body of the Aldmeri Dominion.
The Emperor agreed to the outlaw of the worship of Talos because it was the right thing to do.
Today, the Emperor, and indeed the Empire itself, recognizes that allowing the worship of Talos was a mistake. For by doing so, by allowing the worship of Talos as a Divine, the Empire actually did its people a great disservice: for this only succeeded in weakening the memory of the man Tiber Septim and his many extraordinary (though mortal) deeds; and pushing people away from the Eight Divines, the true gods, who do deserve our love and reverence.
And so, the Empire admits it was wrong. The Talos Mistake will not be repeated. May we find centuries of peace and prosperity with our new Thalmor friends, and continue to share a spirituality that binds together all the cultures and races of Tamriel.

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