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【书籍搬运】The Wolf Queen, v8 狼心女王 第八部

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狼心女王 第八部

渥金·贾思编著

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选自二世纪的智者因佐里卡斯的手稿

3E 127:

伊希达克战役以后,皇帝尤里尔·赛普丁三世被俘,并且在他被押送至落锤省吉蓝恩王国他舅舅的城堡之前,就死在了一名愤怒的暴民手下。这位舅舅,塞佛鲁斯,在其后登基称帝,回到了帝都。先前效忠于尤里尔皇帝和他的母亲狼心女王帕特玛的部队,亦纷纷向新皇帝倒戈投诚。为了回报他们的支持,天际、高岩、落锤、夏暮岛、瓦伦林地、黑沼泽和晨风的贵族们需要,也确实从帝国得到了更高的独立与自治权。红钻石战争接近了尾声。

帕特玛还坚持着打这场已经输掉的战争,她的势力范围越来越小,最后她的掌控之下仅存她自己的孤寂城王国了。她召唤迪德拉来为她而战,而她的巫师们则将倒下的敌人复活成为了不死战士,向她弟弟,皇帝塞佛鲁斯·赛普丁一世和里尔莫斯国王玛格纳斯的军队发起一次又一次的攻击。随着她日趋疯狂,先前的盟友们纷纷与其划清界限,她唯一的战友,就只有她长年积聚起来的僵尸和骷髅了。孤寂城王国业已成为死亡之地。关于古代狼心女王的故事里说,她由腐烂的骷髅侍女服饰起居,还与吸血鬼将军一起制定作战计划,这使她的臣民极为惶恐。

3E 137:

玛格纳斯打开了他的居室里的小窗户。几周以来,他第一次听到了一个城市的声音:推车吱吱呀呀,马蹄踢踏在卵石上嗒嗒作响,不知某处有孩子大笑喧闹。回到床边净面并着装时,他一直笑着。这时门上响起了奇特的敲门声。

“进来吧,柏尔,”他说道。

柏拉鸠斯蹦蹦跳跳跑进了房间。很显然他起床好几个小时了。玛格纳斯对他的活泼感到惊讶,不禁想象要是派一群十二岁大的男孩去打仗,这仗得打多久。

“你看过外面没有?”柏拉鸠斯问道。“所有的市民都回来了!有商店,还有个法师公会,而且在去港口的路上,我一路看到了上百家商店开门了!”

“他们再也不必担惊受怕了。我们已经解决了所有过去与他们为邻的僵尸和幽灵,他们知道现在安全了,可以回来了。”

“赛佛鲁斯伯伯死的时候会变成僵尸吗?”柏拉鸠斯问道。

“这事还真不一定呢,”玛格纳斯大笑道。“你为什么问这些呢?”

“我听有人说他又老又病,”柏拉鸠斯说。

“他可没那么老,”玛格纳斯说。“他是六十岁,只比我大两岁而已。”

“那帕特玛姑姑多大年纪呢?”柏拉鸠斯又问道。

“七十了,”玛格纳斯又说。“而且没错,那的确很老了。还有什么问题等下再问吧。我现在得去和指挥官见个面了,我们晚饭时继续聊。你可以自己找点事做,但别惹祸,好吗?”

“好的,”柏拉鸠斯答道。他明白父亲得继续围困帕特玛姑姑的城堡。等到他们攻占城堡,把姑姑抓起来,他们就可以搬出旅馆住进城堡了。柏拉鸠斯并不期待那样。整个城镇有一股有趣、温馨而又充斥着死亡的气息,不过他在城堡护城河里的恶臭被清理掉之前无法靠近那里。他们可以把一百万朵鲜花倒到那里,然后那里就和别处没有任何区别了。

他步行在城市之中好几个小时了,买了些吃的,还买了些丝带,等回到里尔莫斯时送给他的妹妹和母亲。他遍想了还有谁需要给带礼物,却想不下去了。他所有的堂亲表亲,赛佛鲁斯伯伯、安提奥卡斯伯伯、帕特玛姑姑的孩子们,都在战争中死去了,他们之中,有些死在战斗中,有些由于大片作物被烧光而死于饥荒。边吉婶婶去年也去世了,现在只有他,他的母亲,他的妹妹,他的父亲和他的皇帝伯伯还在。还有帕特玛姑姑。不过她不能真算进去。

早晨早些时候他路过法师公会的时候,他本不想进去。那种地方的奇怪烟雾和水晶,还有古书总是把他吓得够呛。而这一次,柏拉鸠斯想到他可以在这里给赛佛鲁斯伯伯买个礼物。一个孤寂城法师公会的纪念品。

一位老妇在前门那里遇到了些麻烦,于是柏拉鸠斯给她开了门。

“谢谢你,”她说道。

她显然是他看到过的最年长的事物了。她的面庞就像一只烂苹果长着一头亮白的乱卷发一样。当她想要拍拍他的头时,他本能地躲开了她那粗糙的“爪子”。不过她的脖子上挂着一枚宝石,立刻吸引了他。那是一大颗明黄色宝石,不过看上去就好像有什么东西被困在里面一样。当烛光打到宝石上时,它就会显出一头四足猛兽走路的样子来。

“这是一枚灵魂石,”她说。“里面灌输着一头强大的恶魔狼人的灵魂。它是在很久很久以前被灌注进这种力量以魅惑人类的,不过我已经想到可以给它赋予别的法术了。大概是变化系的上锁或者护盾之类的。”她停下来,用浑黄阴冷的眼镜仔细盯着男孩。“我看你觉得很熟悉,孩子。你叫什么名字?”

“柏拉鸠斯,”他答道。通常他会说“柏拉鸠斯王子,”不过他被叮嘱不要在城里过于张扬自己。

“我以前认识的一个人也叫柏拉鸠斯,”老妇说道,并微微一笑。“你是一个人在这里吗,柏拉鸠斯?”

“我的父亲是……在军队里,正在攻打城堡。不过等到城墙攻破时他就会回来了。”

“我敢说不会花太长时间的,”老妇叹了口气。“没什么,不管是多优秀的建筑,最后都会倒下的。你是要在法师公会买些什么吗?”

“我想给我的伯伯买个礼物,”柏拉鸠斯说。“可我不知道我的钱够不够。”

老妇离开男孩身边,走到公会附魔师那里看了看商品。那是一位年轻的诺德人,雄心勃勃,刚刚来到孤寂城王国。没怎么费力,一大堆金币就说服了他把灵魂石上的魅惑法术去掉,将一个强有力的诅咒灌输进去,那是一种会从穿戴者身上年复一年地吸取智慧的慢性毒,直到他或她完全失去理智。她同时又买了一个便宜的火焰抗性戒指。

“感谢你对一个老太太这么好,我给你买了这些,”她说着,给了男孩项链和戒指。“你可以把戒指送给你的伯伯,告诉他这上面附上了漂浮术,这样要是他需要从高处跳下来,这可以保护他。这件灵魂石是给你的。”

“谢谢你,”男孩说道。“可你实在是对我太好了。”

“这与仁慈什么的没有关系,”她很真诚地答道。“你看,我也去过帝国皇宫的档案厅一两次,我在上古卷轴的预言中读到了你。你有一天会成为皇帝的,我的孩子,皇帝柏拉鸠斯·赛普丁三世,戴着这个灵魂石指引你吧,子孙后裔会永远记得你和你的作为。”

说着这些话,老妇消失在法师公会后面的一条小巷中。柏拉鸠斯看着她,不过他不想去在一堆石头里摸索。要是他做了,他就会发现城市下面一条通向孤寂城城堡极为核心地区的密道。并且要是他进入那里,他就会发现,穿过蹒跚的不死生物和一座曾经恢弘的宫殿的腐朽残余,就到了女王的卧室。

在那件卧室里,他会发现孤寂城的狼心女王在安息,听着她的城堡坍崩的声音。并且他会看见她在停止呼吸前,没有牙齿的嘴抿了抿,脸上露出了微笑。

选自二世纪的智者因佐里卡斯的手稿

3E 137:

帕特玛·赛普丁在她的城堡被围攻一个月以后去世。她活着的时候,她曾为孤寂城的狼心女王,皇帝柏拉鸠斯二世的女儿,曼提亚可国王的妻子,女皇肯蒂娜二世的姑姑,皇帝尤里尔三世的母亲,也是皇帝安提奥卡斯和赛佛鲁斯的姐妹。在她死后,玛格纳斯任命他的儿子,柏拉鸠斯,在皇家议会的指导下担任孤寂城的名义领主。

3E 140:

皇帝赛佛鲁斯·赛普丁死于坠马。他的弟弟登基继位,称为皇帝玛格纳斯·赛普丁。

3E 141:

柏拉鸠斯,孤寂城国王,在帝国编年史里被记载为“偶尔反常”。他与瓦丹非尔女公爵卡塔莉娅结婚。

3E 145:

皇帝玛格纳斯·赛普丁驾崩。他的儿子加冕继位,此人将来以“疯子”柏拉鸠斯之名广为人知。

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The Wolf Queen, Book Eight
by Waughin Jarth
Life of Queen Potema, Book Eight

 From the pen of Inzolicus, Second Century Sage:
3E 127:
Following the Battle of Ichidag, the Emperor Uriel Septim III was captured and, before he was able to be brought to his uncle's castle in the Hammerfell kingdom of Gilane, he met his death at the hands of an angry mob. This uncle, Cephorus, was thereafter proclaimed emperor and rode to theImperial City. The troops formerly loyal to Emperor Uriel and his mother, the Wolf Queen Potema, pledged themselves to the new Emperor. In return for their support, the nobility of SkyrimHigh RockHammerfell, the Summerset IsleValenwoodBlack Marsh, and Morrowind demanded and received a new level of autonomy and independence from the Empire. The War of the Red Diamond was at an end.
Potema continued to fight a losing battle, her area of influence dwindling and dwindling until only her kingdom of Solitude remained in her power. She summoned daedra to fight for her, had hernecromancers resurrect her fallen enemies as undead warriors, and mounted attack after attack on the forces of her brothers, the Emperor Cephorus Septim I and King Magnus of Lilmoth. Her allies began leaving her as her madness grew, and her only companions were the zombies and skeletons she had amassed over the years. The kingdom of Solitude became a land of death. Stories of the ancient Wolf Queen being waited on by rotting skeletal chambermaids and holding war plans with vampiricgenerals terrified her subjects.
 
3E 137:
Magnus opened up the small window in his room. For the first time in weeks, he heard the sounds of a city: carts squeaking, horses clopping over the cobblestones, and somewhere a child laughing. He smiled as he returned to his bedside to wash his face and finish dressing. There was a distinctive knock on the door.
"Come in, Pel," he said.
Pelagius bounded into the room. It was obvious that he had been up for hours. Magnus marveled at his energy, and wondered how much longer battles would last if they were run by twelve-year-old boys.
"Did you see outside yet?" Pelagius asked. "All the townspeople have come back! There are shops, and a Mages Guild, and down by the harbor, I saw a hundred shops come in from all over the place!"
"They don't have to be afraid anymore. We've taken care of all the zombies and ghosts that used to be their neighbors, and they know it's safe to come back."
"Is Uncle Cephorus going to turn into a zombie when he dies?" asked Pelagius.
"I wouldn't put that past him," laughed Magnus. "Why do you ask?"
"I heard some people saying that he was old and sick," said Pelagius.
"He's not that old," said Magnus. "He's sixty years old. That's just two years older than I."
"And how old is Aunt Potema?" asked Pelagius.
"Seventy," said Magnus. "And yes, that is old. Any more questions will have to wait. I have to go meet with the commander now, but we can talk at supper. You can make yourself busy, and not get into any trouble?"
"Yes, sir," said Pelagius. He understood that his father had to continue to hold siege on aunt Potema's castle. After they took it over and locked her up, they would move out of the inn and into the castle. Pelagius was not looking forward to that. The whole town had a funny, sweet, dead smell, but he could not get even as close as the castle moat without gagging from the stench. They could dump a million flowers on the place and it wouldn't make any difference at all.
He walked through the city for hours, buying some food and then some ribbons for his sister and mother back in Lilmoth. He thought about who else he needed to buy gifts for and was stumped. All his cousins, the children of Uncle Cephorus, Uncle Antiochus, and Aunt Potema, had died during the war, some of them in battle and some of them during the famines because so many crops had been burned. Aunt Bianki had died last year. There was only he, his mother, his sister, his father, and his uncle the Emperor left. And Aunt Potema. But she didn't really count.
When he came upon the Mages Guild earlier that morning, he had decided not to go in. Those places always spooked him with their strange smoke and crystals and old books. This time, it occurred to Pelagius that he might buy a gift for Uncle Cephorus. A souvenir of Solitude's Mages Guild.
An old woman was having trouble with the front door, so Pelagius opened it for her.
"Thank you," she said.
She was easily the oldest thing he had ever seen. Her face looked like an old rotted apple framed with a wild whirl of bright white hair. He instinctively moved away from her gnarled talon when she started to pat him on the head. But there was a gem around her neck that immediately fascinated him. It was a single bright yellow jewel, but it almost looked there was something trapped within. When the light hit it from the candles, it brought out the form of a four-legged beast, pacing.
"It's a soul gem," she said. "Infused with the spirit of a great demon werewolf. It was enchanted long, long ago with the power to charm people, but I've been thinking about giving it another spell. Perhaps something from the School of Alteration like Lock or Shield." She paused and looked at the boy carefully with yellowed, rheumy eyes. "You look familiar to me, boy. What's your name?"
"Pelagius," he said. He normally would have said "Prince Pelagius," but he was told not to draw attention to himself while in town.
"I used to know someone named Pelagius," the old woman said, and slowly smiled. "Are you here alone, Pelagius?"
"My father is... with the army, storming the castle. But he'll be back when the walls have been breached."
"Which I dare say won't take too much longer," sighed the old woman. "Nothing, no matter how well built, tends to last. Are you buying something in the Mages Guild?"
"I wanted to buy a gift for my uncle," said Pelagius. "But I don't know if I have enough gold."
The old woman left the boy to look over the wares while she went to the Guild enchanter. He was a young Nord, ambitious, and new to the kingdom of Solitude. It took little persuasion and a lot of gold to convince him to remove the charm spell from the soul gem and imbue it with a powerful curse, a slow poison that would drain wisdom from its wearer year by year until he or she lost all reason. She also purchased a cheap ring of fire resistance.
"For your kindness to an old woman, I've bought you these," she said, giving the boy the necklace and the ring. "You can give the ring to your uncle, and tell him it has been enchanted with a levitation spell, so if ever he needs to leap from high places, it will protect him. The soulgem is for you."
"Thank you," said the boy. "But this is too kind of you."
"Kindness has nothing to do with it," she answered, quite honestly. "You see, I was in the Hall of Records at the Imperial Palace once or twice, and I read about you in the foretellings of theElder Scrolls. You will be Emperor one day, my boy, the Emperor Pelagius Septim III, and with this soul gem to guide you, posterity will always remember you and your deeds."
With those words, the old woman disappeared down an alley behind the Mages Guild. Pelagius looked after her, but he did not think to search behind a heap of stones. If he had, he would have found a tunnel under the city into the very heart of Castle Solitude. And if he had found his way there, he would have found, past the shambling undead and the moldering remains of a once grand palace, the bedroom of the queen.
In that bedroom, he would find the Wolf Queen of Solitude in repose, listening to the sounds of her castle collapsing. And he would see a toothless grin growing on her face as she breathed her last.
 
From the pen of Inzolicus, Second Century Sage:
3E 137:
Potema Septim died after a month long siege on her castle. While she lived, she had been the Wolf Queen of Solitude, Daughter of the Emperor Pelagius II, Wife of King Mantiarco, Aunt of theEmpress Kintyra II, Mother of Emperor Uriel III, and Sister of the Emperors Antiochus and Cephorus. At her death, Magnus appointed his son, Pelagius, as the titular head of Solitude, under guidance from the royal council.
 
3E 140:
The Emperor Cephorus Septim died after falling from his horse. His brother was proclaimed the Emperor Magnus Septim.
 
3E 141:
Pelagius, King of Solitude, is recorded as "occasionally eccentric" in the Imperial Annals. He marries Katarish [sic], Duchess of Vvardenfell.
 
3E 145:
The Emperor Magnus Septim dies. His son, who will be known as Pelagius the Mad, is coronated.

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