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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Walking_the_World,_Vol_XI

世界漫步,卷11 :孤寂城

一份孤寂城的综合指南

作者:斯派特·门纽斯

翻译:花溪流萤

欢迎你,我的朋友。在系列最后一卷中,我们来到了孤寂城。再也没有比来到帝国在天际的行政中心更令我高兴的事了,在我们的旅途中,你将发现孤寂城在人民,历史,建筑底蕴等各个方面均别具一格。

同往常一样,我们从城墙外围开始我们的旅途,这次我们从山脚开始,所有通向孤寂城雄伟大门的道路均始于此。

城市周边

登上城市所处的高地之前,你应该就能远远瞧见它的轮廓。走在通向码头的小路上,你可以停下来欣赏巨大的拱形石门,这里是最佳观测点之一.

最初拱形门作为孤寂城港口的地标和防风墙存在,但是易守难攻的大拱门同样为古诺德人提供了一个理想的建造地点。

这个城市逐渐向拱形岩石方向发展直到建满整个拱门,以幽蓝宫的落成告以段落,这里是天际至尊王及其王后的住处,我们稍后将对其进行访问。

通向孤寂城的入口被两扇门和三座高塔拱卫着,其中坐落于十字路口的第一个高塔,叫做天空之塔。这很像个前哨站,在战争期间,路障被设置在附近的道路上用以构筑首条防线。

第二个高塔和第一个小门合称为狂风之门,来袭之敌将在此遭遇首次有效阻拦,最后也是令人最为印象深刻的大门是暴风之门。

沉闷城堡,矗立在城市的主门之内,同样拥有坚实墙体结构。孤寂城的外城以及城门直到孤寂城主俄林加冕天际至尊王时才建造完成。

遥仰主门的左侧,你可以看到一个小小的颇具俄林风格的印记。 更加鲜明的风格我们稍后将会在沉闷城堡附属结构上见到,此外也可以在城堡内部拱门以及风车之上看到。

现在我们穿过了这些大门,进入了孤寂城的主商业区。

市井之地

步入孤寂城的大门,你将立即获得城市第一印象。骄傲的孤耸在你面前,顶上飘扬着旗帜的是帝王塔,在天际省统一之前一直是哈芬嘉王的住所,直到蓝色宫殿落成方才迁出,现下帝王塔专为前来巡视的帝国皇帝提供休息区域。

在你的左右是孤寂城的旅馆和商店,在这里你可以找到很多天际省最好的进口货物,毕竟孤寂城是一个坐落于泰姆瑞尔主航线上的富饶城市。

继续前行,你将来到一个坡道,这个坡道可以带你进入沉闷城堡,从这里开始,你可以真正感受这个石堡恰如其名的厚重沉闷实感,左面凌驾俄林扩建建筑之上的最高塔楼,曾被当作城堡的兵营和监狱,今天,这个塔楼成为了孤寂城的军事中心。

穿过帝国之塔后向右看,你可以瞥见孤寂城浑然天成的石桥优雅的延伸通向风车。石桥建造于至高国王俄林执政时期,该桥被认为用以使一个知名的海盗船长能够直接进入沉闷城堡。一些历史学家声称至尊王和她是在尝试隐匿他们之间的不法交易,也有一些人认为杰蒂和国王仅是保持私人会晤。

桥的尽头是架风车,高塔和风车被认为是孤寂城辨识度最高的人工地标。风车的能量曾经被用作打开现在叫做东帝国公司的仓库的大门,但是现在这个任务落到了码头工人坚实的后背上。

在风车的阴影之中,你将会看到一个露天市场和一个水井,在这里你可以买到一些土特产,例如在天际省闻名遐迩的特酿香酒。

沉闷城堡

溯此坡道而上,我们就来到了沉闷城堡大院。

进入沉闷城堡大院之后,迎面而来的是悬挂在门上,严格意义上来说是悬挂在沉闷城堡门上的孤寂城城旗。

在遥远的庭院尽头,矗立着令人印象深刻的神庙,孤寂城的建立者十分的虔诚,并且孤寂城是唯一一个在一个地方供奉所有神灵的神祗。此处的所有的三个建筑物都值得入内一看,但是只有神庙和沉闷城堡的军事侧翼是开放的。

如果你在神庙内朝拜,请特别注意前方的壁龛。你可以发现在塔洛斯信仰被指违法前曾经放置着神圣的塔洛斯雕像的壁龛空荡荡的。

从神殿和沉闷城堡之间的庭院的出口处远眺,你将获得幽蓝宫的第一观感,在通向宫殿路上,千万记得驻足吟游诗人学院,这是一个巨大的建筑,台阶的左面有着熊熊燃烧的卡里索斯 之火。

此火以一著名吟游诗人为名,传言火焰不息则学院永存。

吟游诗人学院

自吟游诗人学院的台阶上向上看,你可以看到吟游诗人学院高度更胜幽蓝宫。在这里接受训练的吟游诗人的歌声传遍天际大陆,用歌声记录着遥远的历史。如果有机会的话你千万不要错过“火焚奥拉夫王”庆典,一个焚烧奥拉夫假人的古老节日。

继续从学院门前走,你将会到达幽蓝宫的庭院,这里是我们的终点站。

幽蓝宫

幽蓝宫是孤寂城领主的住所,与此同时,几个世纪以来孤寂城的城主夫妇一直也是天际省的至尊王和皇后。最北边的一翼,亦即你进入后的左侧,坐落着领主的起居区域。领主和宫廷成员居住在高层,之下是各种类型的仆人。

城堡的南翼,被称为柏拉鸠斯之翼,已经成为绝望之地,以著名的至高国王疯子柏拉鸠斯而知名。据说此处已经被国王的幽灵占据,这里在柏拉鸠斯死去之后不久即被上锁隔离。

你一定要去幽蓝宫内部看看,其中宏伟的前庭和君主议事厅均不容错过。

名胜拾遗

斯派特已将孤寂城所有的壮美呈现于您,此外还有若干地方值得一看。城垣之上的城垛可以拾阶而上,非常值得攀爬以获得非凡观感,作为天际省的最大码头,孤寂城码头同样值得到访。

以上就是世界漫步,第十一卷的全部内容。斯派特还不知道自己的下一站在那里,但是请您放心,无论他走向何方,都将为您记录下最值得一看的风景。

斯派特·门纽斯,世界环游者。

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Walking the World, Volume XI: Solitude
by Spatior Munius
A comprehensive description of the city of Solitude


Welcome, friend. In our latest volume, we cover Solitude. Spatior could not be more pleased to be at the very seat of Imperialpower in Skyrim. In the course of our tour, you'll see that Solitude's riches extend from her people to the history and architecture that make up the city itself.
As ever, we begin our journey outside the city walls, this time at the bottom of the hill that ascends all the way to Solitude's massive gates.

Solitude's Surroundings
Before scaling the hill to the city, you should be sure to take in the sights. Wander the track that leads down to the docks, and you can stop to enjoy one of the best views of the Great Arch.
Originally serving as both a landmark and windbreak for Solitude's port, the easily-defended Great Arch also provided an ideal building site for the ancient Nords.
The city gradually grew to extend across the entire length of the arch. This growth culminated in the building of the Blue Palace, home of the High Kings and Queens of Skyrim. We will visit the palace later.

The Gates of Solitude
Entrance to Solitude is guarded by two gates and three towers. The first of these towers, situated at the crossroads, is Sky Tower. It's mostly a lookout, although in times of war, barricades are erected across the nearby road to act as a first line of defense.
The second tower and first, smaller gate are collectively known as the Squall Gate. Here, attacking armies meet their first real resistance. Last and certainly most impressive is the Storm Gate.
While Castle Dour, found just within the city's main gate, has always been a massive walled structure, Solitude's outer walls and gates were not added until shortly after the coronation of High King Erling.
Looking up and to the left of the main gate, you can see a small hint of Erling's preference for a more rounded style of architecture that we will see later in the Castle Dour extension, as well as the interior arch and the windmill.
Now we pass through the gates and enter the main shopping district of Solitude.

The Well District
Stepping inside Solitude's gates, you get your first view of the city itself. Rising tall and proud before you, banners waving from its crown, is the Emperor's Tower. Home to the Kings of Haafingar before the consolidation of Skyrim and the creation of the Blue Palace, the Emperor's Tower is now used exclusively as guest quarters for Emperors who come to visit the city.
To your left and right are Solitude's inn and shops. Here can be found some of the finest imported goods in Skyrim. After all, Solitude is a wealthy city with ready access to the major shipping lanes of Tamriel.
Continuing ahead, you'll come to the ramp that takes you up to Castle Dour. From here, you can truly feel the weight of this stone bastion's looming presence. The left-most tower, topped by the pointed roof of Erling's extension, was once the castle barracks and jail. Today, the tower is the center of military power here in Solitude.
Looking right past the looming Emperor's tower, you can glimpse Solitude's natural bridge arcing gracefully over to the windmill. Built during High King Erling's day, the bridge was said to be used used [sic] to discretely [sic] allow Captain Jytte, the famous privateer, to enter Castle Dour. Some historians claim that she and the High King were simply attempting to keep their business dealings quiet. Others believe the [sic] Jytte and Erling were involved on a more personal level.
At the end of the bridge is the windmill. The tower and the windmill serve as one of Solitude's most recognizable man-made landmarks. The Windmill's power was once used to open the gates to what is now the East Empire Company Warehouse, but today that task falls to the strong backs of the dock workers.
In the shadow of the windmill you'll find the outdoor market and the well. Here, you can buy a number of local delicacies including the famous spiced wine made exclusively in Solitude.
From here we'll travel up the ramp and into Castle Dour Courtyard.

Castle Dour
As you enter the courtyard of Castle Dour, you are confronted with the banner of Solitude hanging over the door to what is now Castle Dour proper.
At the far end of the courtyard stands the impressive Temple of the Divines. The founders of Solitude were deeply devout and Solitude is the only place in Skyrim where all of the divines are worshiped [sic] in a single temple. All three of the buildings here are well worth taking a look inside, but only the Temple and Castle Dour's military wing are open.
If you do venture inside the temple, take special note of the alcoves at the front. You can see the empty alcove that once held the shrine of Talos before Talos worship was outlawed.
From the courtyard, travel out the exit between Castle Dour and the Temple and you'll get your first sight of the Blue Palace. Along the way, be sure to stop outside the Bards College, a large building on your left marked by the Flame of Callisos burning beside the steps.
Named for a famous bard, it is said that as long as the flame burns, the college will stand.

The Bards College
Looking up from the Bards College steps, you can see that the college stands taller than the Blue Palace itself. The bards who train here can be heard throughout Skyrim, singing songs that capture the history of the ages. If you get a chance you should be sure to catch the Burning of King Olaf, an ancient festival where "King Olaf" is burned in effigy.
Continue up the road from the college and you'll reach the courtyard of the Blue Palace, our final destination.

The Blue Palace
The Blue Palace is home to the Jarls of Solitude, who for centuries have also served as the High Kings and High Queens of Skyrim. The northeast wing, on your left as you enter, holds the living quarters of the Jarl and her court on the top level and various servants below.
The southwest wing, known as the Pelagius Wing, has fallen into a state of disrepair. Named for the famous High King, Pelagius the Mad, the wing is rumored to be haunted by the king's ghost. The wing has been locked and left alone since shortly after Pelagius's death.
You should be sure to venture inside the Blue Palace. The grand atrium and court chambers are a sight not to be missed.

Other Points of Interest
Spatior has shown you Solitude in all its grandeur, but there are a few places more to see. The walls of the city are easily accessible and well worth climbing for the remarkable view. The Solitude Docks are also worth a visit, as they are the largest in Skyrim.
That's all for Walking the World Volume XI. Spatior does not know his next destination yet, but you can be sure that where he does go he will leave you a record of the best things to see.
Spatior Munius, World Traveler

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