Kingdom’s Bloodline Chapter 140: North Border Neverwinter

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  米兰达沉默了很久,目光却不离眼前的星湖公爵,似乎还在习惯这个样子的泰尔斯。

   Miranda was silent for a long time, but his gaze remained unchanged from the Duke of Xinghu, who seemed to be still used to Thales like this.

  “你说你麾下不缺高手,甚至比我更胜一筹?”

   “You said that you have no shortage of masters, even better than me?”

  几秒后,米兰达不屑道:

   a few seconds later, Miranda disdainfully said:

  “但据我所知,那场二对一的决斗……”

   “But as far as I know, that two-on-one duel…”

  “那只是星湖卫队里最弱的两人。”

   “They are just the weakest two in the Star Lake Guard.”

  泰尔斯坚决打断她,以防对方把自家老底翻出来,同时为涅希和巴斯提亚感到抱歉:

   Thales resolutely interrupted her to prevent the other party from revealing her own old bottom. At the same time, I am sorry for Neshi and Bastiya:

  “别的不说,我的亲卫队长,人称‘恐怖利刃’的托蒙德马略斯勋爵,只用单手就能压制他们俩。”

   “Don’t say anything else, my captain of the guard, Lord Tormund Mallos, known as the Terror Blade, can suppress both of them with just one hand.”

  书房里,泰尔斯小小地打了个喷嚏,搓了搓鼻子。

   In the study, Thales sneezed a little and rubbed his nose.

  “恐,怖,利刃?”米兰达念叨着这个词儿,面上泛出疑惑。

   “Terror, horror, blade?” Miranda muttered the word, with confusion on her face.

  泰尔斯肃颜正色:

  Thyls looks serious:

  “那是马略斯勋爵的外号,北地人都,不,星辰人都,嗯,我的意思是,在他手上吃过亏的敌人们,无论是埃克斯特人还是星辰人,背地里都这么叫他。”

  ” That’s the nickname of Lord Mallos, people from the North, no, people from the stars, um, I mean, the enemies who have suffered in his hands, whether they are from Exeters He is still a star person, and he calls him that secretly.”

  米兰达皱起眉头。

   Miranda frowned.

  泰尔斯冷笑一声:

   Thales sneered:

  “一点提示:别跟他当面提,马略斯不喜欢这外号,死都不会承认的。”

  ”One tip: Don’t mention it to him face to face. Mallos doesn’t like this nickname, he won’t admit it to death.”

  米兰达思索着什么,表情逐渐凝重:

   Miranda thought about something, her expression gradually became serious:

  “马略斯家族曾属璨星七侍,别名’剃刀‘,这我知晓。但是,恐怖利刃?这么说,马略斯勋爵精擅刀剑?还是短兵匕首?”

  ”The Marius family used to belong to the Seven Servant of the Stars, alias “Razor”, I know. But, the blade of terror? So, Lord Marius is good at swords? Or is it a short-handed dagger?”

  泰尔斯不得不加快咳嗽的频率:

   Thales had to increase the frequency of coughing:

  “这个嘛,你不妨改天找他切磋切磋。但我事先警告你,作为我最信任的亲卫队长,马略斯勋爵的武艺深藏不露更深不可测,即便此世最强大最可怕的高手对上他,胜负也只在五五之数。”

  ”Well, you might as well ask him another day to learn from each other. But I warn you in advance that as my most trusted captain of the guard, Lord Mallos’s martial arts are hidden and unfathomable, even if the world’s most powerful The most terrifying masters faced him, and the outcome was only five to five.”

  “我怎么觉得你有些夸大其词?”

  ”Why do I think you are a little exaggerated?”

  “哪里,我只是在强调,你引以为傲的武艺,在这里并不稀罕。”

   “Where, I’m just emphasizing that the martial arts you are proud of are not rare here.”

  听闻此言,米兰达沉寂了一会儿,但她很快继续道:

   Upon hearing this, Miranda was silent for a while, but she quickly continued:

  “不止是武艺。”

  ”It’s not just martial arts.”

  “考虑到你和詹恩公爵的恩怨龃龉,殿下,你此去翡翠城无论目的为何,都势必处处掣肘,不比在王都和龙霄城顺利。”

  ”Considering the grievances between you and Duke Jen, Your Highness, no matter what your purpose is, you will be bound to be at every turn when you go to the Emerald City. It will not be as smooth as in the King’s Capital and Longxiao City.”

  泰尔斯沉默不语。

   Thales was silent.

  其实,在王都和龙霄城……也没有很顺利。

   Actually, in the Royal Capital and Longxiao City… it didn’t go well either.

  但她说得没错,他前去翡翠城的目标,且不说凶险,也势必棘手。

   But she was right, his goal to go to the Emerald City, not to mention the danger, is bound to be tricky.

  他需要更得力的人手。

  He needs more capable staff.

  “而我们曾在龙霄城共事,你清楚我在使剑之外的本事。”

  ”And we used to work together in Longxiao City, you know my abilities beyond making swords.”

  米兰达的目光变得精明起来:

   Miranda’s eyes become shrewd:

  “有些难题,交给我办,会比交给怀亚和哑巴,比交给多伊尔家的小子或者那个僵尸脸的大块头更稳妥,更得力。”

  ”Some problems, hand it to me, it will be safer and more effective than handing it to Wiya and the dumb, than handing it to the Doyle kid or the big zombie face.”

  怀亚和罗尔夫。

   Huaiya and Rolf.

  D.D和哥洛佛。

  D.D and Glover.

  泰尔斯想起那天在红坊街,在莱雅会所的遭遇,不由皱起眉头。

   Thales frowned when he remembered what happened to him on Red Square Street at the Laiya Club that day.

  “接纳我,你能得到的,还有我的身份姓氏。”

   “Accept me, what you can get, and my surname.”

  米兰达见泰尔斯表情微动,继续加码:

   Miranda sees Thales’s expression slightly moving, and continues to increase:

  “泰尔斯殿下,虽贵为至高王座的继承人,但自王室宴会和王子闯宫的意外之后,你触动了不少人的利益,身处漩涡,动辄得咎,更与复兴宫渐行渐远。”

  ”His Royal Highness Thales, although you are the heir to the High Throne, you have touched the interests of many people since the royal family banquet and the prince’s accident in the palace. Get away.”

  “是以至今为止,还没有一家够分量的诸侯敢站出来表态,旗帜鲜明地投靠你,支持你,为你应有的权利背书。”

  ”So far, no prince with enough weight has dared to stand up and take refuge in you with a clear-cut stand, support you, and endorse your rights.”

  泰尔斯转了转眼神:

   Thales rolled his eyes:

  “也许你不知道,我现在的佩剑是西荒公爵的家传古剑;科恩的表亲,翼堡的德勒克洛玛伯爵一路护送我回王都;而英魂堡伯爵的法定继承人,黑狮家族的保罗博兹多夫此刻就在外面,为我宿卫执勤。”

  ”Maybe you don’t know that my current saber is the ancient sword of the Duke of the Western Wilds; Cohen’s cousin, the Earl of Delekoloma of Wing Castle, escorted me all the way back to the capital; and the Earl of Soul The heir, Paul Bozdorf of the Black Lion family is out at the moment, serving as my guard.”

  星湖公爵浑不在意地摊手:

  The Duke of Star Lake spreads his hands indifferently:

  “而他们家还送了一面特大号的九芒星旗帜给我,做工精美用料十足,飘起来银光闪闪,可威风了,我很是喜欢。”

  ”Their family also gave me an extra-large nine-pointed star flag. It is exquisitely crafted and full of materials, and it is shining silver and majestic. I like it very much.”

  米兰达略一思衬,很快找到对应的记忆:

   Miranda thought about it, and quickly found the corresponding memory:

  “保罗博兹多夫?你是说那个第一天到王都,就被人用扫帚打成猪头的家伙?”

  ”Paul Bozdorf? You mean the guy who was beaten into a pig with a broom on the first day he arrived in the capital?”

  “没有猪头那么严重,也就是破了个皮――等等,你怎么知道的?”

  ”It’s not as serious as a pig’s head, that is, it’s broken–wait, how did you know?”

  米兰达冷笑道:

   Miranda sneered:

  “但很可惜,保罗的父亲,刘易斯伯爵年富力强,既非身陷囹圄,也未权威尽失,没法在身后留下一个巨大的权力真空,以让他的继承人变成离统治最近,最炙手可热的未来伯爵。”

  ” But unfortunately, Paul’s father, Earl Lewis, is young and powerful. He is neither imprisoned nor loses his authority. He cannot leave a huge power vacuum behind him so that his heirs can become the closest to reign. , The hottest future earl.”

  “这个简单,回头把他父亲宰了就是。”泰尔斯面不改色心不――不那么剧烈地跳。

   “It’s simple, just turn around and kill his father.” Thales didn’t change his face and disliked him–not jumping so violently.

  米兰达没有理会他糟糕的幽默感,严肃如故:“至于一把剑和一次护送――只有傻瓜会认为这是牢不可破的真诚联盟。”

   Miranda ignored his terrible sense of humor and was as serious as ever: “As for a sword and an escort-only a fool would think this is an unbreakable sincere alliance.”

  泰尔斯撇撇嘴。

   Thales curled his lips.

  米兰达目光一厉:

   Miranda stared sharply:

  “但跟其他家族不一样,亚伦德形势特殊,北境公爵深陷牢狱且无望归来,大位空悬之下,我作为他独生女儿兼第一继承人的分量,就格外关键。”

  ”But unlike other families, Aarond is in a special situation. The Duke of the North is in jail and hopeless to return. With his position hanging in the air, my weight as his only daughter and first heir is particularly critical. “

  她向前一步:

  She takes a step forward:

  “你的阵营里有了我,等同有了未来的整个北境,有了六大豪门之首的亚伦德家族,这是一个空前明显的信号,更是你被君王猜忌流放之后,重新聚集人望势力,以求东山再起的重要筹码。”

   “You have me in your camp, which means you have the entire northern realm in the future. You have the Allende family, the head of the six giants. This is an unprecedented signal, and it is after you were exiled by the king’s suspicion. , To re-gather the forces of people and hope for an important bargaining chip for a comeback.”

  东山再起?

   Make a comeback?

  说得好像我什么时候“起”过似的。

   said as if when I “was up”.

  泰尔斯陷入沉思。

   Thales was lost in thought.

  “仅此一项,我对你的价值就超过这个城堡里的所有人――而我还未提及这么多年来,我在断龙要塞累积的声望和资历。”

  ”Only this one, I value you more than everyone in this castle-and I haven’t mentioned the prestige and qualifications I have accumulated in Broken Dragon Fortress over the years.”

  泰尔斯沉默了一会儿。

   Thales was silent for a while.

  “我承认,你说得不无道理。”

   “I admit, you are right.”

  星湖公爵勾起嘴角,摇了摇头:

The Duke of    Xinghu curled up his mouth and shook his head:

  “但却有不小的瑕疵,比如,你还不一定能继承你父亲呢。”

  ”But there are many flaws, for example, you may not be able to inherit your father yet.”

  米兰达面色一紧。

   Miranda’s face tightened.

  泰尔斯泛出笑容。

   Thales smiled.

  “很久以前,有个小萝――老妖婆也是这样的:我们说好了,她助我登上王座,我则助她夺回权位。”

   “A long time ago, there was a little Luo-the old witch was like this: we said that, she helped me ascend to the throne, and I helped her regain power.”

  泰尔斯说着话,露出怀念的神色。

   Thales spoke, showing a look of nostalgia.

  “但合作破裂了――她背叛了我。”

   “But the collaboration broke down-she betrayed me.”

  米兰达目光一动。

   Miranda’s eyes moved.

  “多年来我一直怨恨她背信毁约,但直到跟老乌――跟老师讨论过后,我才明白过来:那次合作,是注定要失败的。”

  ”For many years, I have been resenting her for breaking her promises, but it was not until I discussed it with Lao Wu–with the teacher, that I realized that the cooperation was doomed to fail.”

  米兰达感受到泰尔斯话中的冷意,不由一凛。

   Miranda felt the coldness in Thales’ words, and she couldn’t help but shudder.

  泰尔斯冷笑一声,双手撑住书桌:

   Thales sneered, holding the desk with both hands:

  “你看,我得要先登上王座,才有实力助她夺回权位,而她却要先夺回权位,方有余力助我登上王座。”

   “Look, I have to be on the throne before I have the strength to help her regain the throne, but she must regain the power first, so she has the spare time to help me on the throne.”

  王子目光一冷:

  The prince looked cold:

  “这一来一去,可不就是两张互作担保的空头支票嘛?”

  ”This one comes and goes, isn’t it just two blank checks for mutual guarantee?”

  “端看哪边先按捺不住,信用先破产而已。”

   “Which one can’t hold back first, credit goes bankrupt first.”

  米兰达浑身一紧。

   Miranda tightened.

  那一瞬间,王子的目光如有锋芒,让她体内的天马乐章开始运转。

   At that moment, the prince’s eyes seemed to be sharp, causing the movement of the Pegasus in her body to start running.

  “武艺,头脑,还是你虚无缥缈的所谓身份地位,我一样不缺。”

   “Martial arts, mind, or your illusory so-called status, I have no shortage.”

  泰尔斯呼出一口气,眯起眼睛:

   Thales exhaled and narrowed his eyes:

  “如果要说服我接纳你,那你可得有分量更重的筹码。”

   “If you want to persuade me to accept you, then you have to have a heavier bargaining chip.”

  米兰达没有说话。

   Miranda did not speak.

  一来一回的谈判拉锯,让她皱起眉头。

   The negotiation saw back and forth, causing her to frown.

  “而如果没有……”

  ”And if there is no…”

  那就放弃吧。

   Then give up.

  放弃吧。

   Give up.

  泰尔斯死死盯着她,撑在桌面上的手却紧紧握拳。

   Thales stared at her, but clenched his fists with his hands on the table.

  米兰达。

   Miranda.

  拜托!

  Please!

  “星湖堡不养闲人――或者你愿意自荐枕席,来给我暖床?”泰尔斯的口吻轻佻浮夸,满是讽刺与不屑。

   “Xinghu Castle does not support idlers-or would you like to recommend yourself a pillow, come and warm my bed?” Thales’ tone was frivolous, full of irony and disdain.

  米兰达一言不发,却捏紧了拳头。

   Miranda said nothing, but clenched her fists.

  拜托,远离我。

  Please, stay away from me.

  泰尔斯默默地看着她,面上依旧是冷笑。

   Thales looked at her silently, still sneered.

  远离星湖堡。

   away from Xinghu Fort.

  远离这个泥潭,这个漩涡,这个陷阱。

   Stay away from this quagmire, this whirlpool, this trap.

  至少,在将来的风暴里避开风眼,保全自身。

   At least, avoid the eye of the wind and protect yourself in future storms.

  避免沦为“盟约”的牺牲品。

   Avoid falling victim to the “covenant.”

  拜托。

  Please.

  乌云遮顶,书房里光线很暗。

   dark clouds cover the ceiling, and the light in the study is very dark.

  在泰尔斯满布催促和逼问的目光下,女剑士目光微动,似乎在思考着什么。

   Under Thales’ eyes full of urging and inquiries, the female swordsman’s eyes moved slightly, as if thinking about something.

  片刻后,她抬起头,眉宇间似有决断。

   After a moment, she raised her head, there seemed to be a decision between her eyebrows.

  “北境。”

   “Northern Border.”

  米兰达坚定地道:

   Miranda firmly said:

  “如果你助我名正言顺地回到寒堡登上公爵之位,小屁孩儿,我承诺,我将为你带来北境。”

   “If you help me to return to the cold castle and ascend to the throne of the duke, my boy, I promise that I will bring you to the north.”

  北境?

  Northern?

  来不及计较对方的称呼问题,泰尔斯先是一愣,随即失声而笑:

   too late to care about the name of the other party, Thales was taken aback for a moment, then laughed out of voice:

  “你在说什么?北境本就是王国的领土。”

   “What are you talking about? The northern border is originally the kingdom’s territory.”

  但米兰达坚决地摇了摇头。

   But Miranda shook her head firmly.

  “你不明白。”

   “You don’t understand.”

  亚伦德家的雌鹰目光锐利。

  Arund’s female eagle has sharp eyes.

  “我承诺,我将给你带回一个不一样的北境――不是地理上的,也不是传统上的,不是现在的,更不是以前的。”

   “I promise that I will bring you back a different northern border-not geographically, not traditionally, not now, let alone what it used to be.”

  “而是那个未来的,你父亲谋算多年梦寐以求的――王国的北境。”

  ”It is the future, which your father has dreamed of for many years-the northern border of the kingdom.”

  泰尔斯目光一动,他下意识地收回手臂直起身子。

   Thales’ eyes moved, and he subconsciously retracted his arms and straightened up.

  什么?

  What?

  只见米兰达向前一步,斩钉截铁:

   I saw Miranda step forward, decisively:

  “我承诺,它将不再是游离在王国体系之外的北方特例,从继承到法理,从土地到人口,从文化到制度,从财政到管理,从农牧到防务,从征兵到关税,从人事到后勤,从大针林到凄惶地,从凄寒圣堂到无冬宫,从桦树林到断龙要塞,复兴宫将如臂使指般统治北境,就像它说一不二地统治中央领。”

  ”I promise that it will no longer be a special case in the north outside the kingdom system, from inheritance to jurisprudence, from land to population, from culture to system, from finance to management, from agriculture and animal husbandry to defense, from conscription To customs, from personnel to logistics, from the big needle forest to the miserable land, from the cold temple to the Neverwinter Palace, from the birch forest to the Broken Dragon Fortress, the Fuxing Palace will rule the northern border like an ambassador, just like it Rule the central leadership one by one.”

  如臂使指……

  As an arm makes a finger…

  说一不二……

   Say one thing…

  泰尔斯的眼神彻底变了。

   Thales’ eyes changed completely.

  王子难以置信地看着米兰达:

  The prince looked at Miranda in disbelief:

  “女士,你在,说些什么?”

   “Madam, you are here, what are you talking about?”

  米兰达冷哼一声,毫不迟疑:

   Miranda snorted without hesitation:

  “没错,没有落后的传统,没有烦人的习俗,没有守旧的家族,没有恼人的领主,没有难堪的妥协,北境――王国最好的兵源地和桥头堡――将像你父亲所期望的那样,完完全全,彻彻底底地融入星辰王国的制度和统治。”

  ”Yes, no backward traditions, no annoying customs, no old-fashioned families, no annoying lords, no embarrassing compromises, the northern border-the kingdom’s best military base and bridgehead-will be like your father As expected, completely and thoroughly integrated into the system and rule of the Star Kingdom.”

  米兰达咬紧牙齿:

   Miranda clenches her teeth:

  “王权之下,再无余音。”

   “Under the kingship, there is no more lingering sound.”

  完完全全……

   Completely…

  彻底融入……

   thoroughly integrated into…

  泰尔斯再也坐不住了,他跳下书桌,甚至顾不得维持之前那个功利冷酷的样子。

   Thales couldn’t sit still anymore, he jumped off his desk, even refusing to maintain the utilitarian coldness before.

  “我澄清一下,你说,你成为公爵后,要让出的不仅是北境,更是你手中的权力……”

   “Let me clarify, you said that after you become a duke, you have to give up not only the northern territory, but also the power in your hands…”

  泰尔斯艰难地咽了咽喉咙,追问道:

   Thales swallowed hard and asked:

  “即便那意味着,北境将不再是以往的领地,领主不再有曾经的统治,而公爵,也不再有昔日的地位?”

   “Even if that means that the Northern Territory will no longer be the former territory, the lord no longer has the former rule, and the duke no longer has the former status?”

  怎么,怎么会……

  What, how come…

  米兰达默默地看着他。

   Miranda looked at him silently.

  几秒后,她弯起嘴角,露出一个自信却冷酷的笑容,头颅向上一摆,仿佛是在挑衅:

   a few seconds later, she bends the corners of her mouth, revealing a confident but cold smile, and swings her head upward, as if provoking:

  是的,小屁孩儿。

   Yes, little kid.

  怎么地?

   how?

  泰尔斯的表情依旧惊愕:“我,我不明白,为什么,为什么你要……”

   Thales’s expression is still shocked: “I, I don’t understand, why, why do you want to…”

  “您也说了,空头支票有不如无。”

   “You also said that a bad check is worse than nothing.”

  米兰达呼出一口气,轻笑开口。

   Miranda exhaled and chuckled.

  “只要我一日还不是北境公爵,确切地说,女公爵,那这个头衔所代表的权力或大或小,或远或近,都对我毫无意义。”

  ”As long as I am not the Duke of the North, to be precise, the Duke of the North, the power represented by this title, large or small, far or near, is meaningless to me.”

  米兰达笑容一冷:

   Miranda smiled coldly:

  “既然如此,我只能拿出分量更重的筹码。”

   “In this case, I can only put out a heavier chip.”

  “比如‘贤君’借债时承诺的未来税收,或者从康玛斯传来的,最近很流行的那个说法:期权。”

  ”For example, the future tax promised by “Xianjun” when borrowing, or the popular saying from Comus recently: options.”

  亚伦德家的女剑士抬起头颅,气势迫人:

  The female swordsman of Arund’s family raised her head, with an imposing manner:

  “怎么说,殿下,法肯豪兹也好,克洛玛和博兹多夫也罢,他们舍得给你这样的筹码――未来吗?”

   “How do you say, Your Highness, Falkenhauser, Croma and Bozdorf, they are willing to give you such a bargaining chip-the future?”

  泰尔斯死命眨了眨眼睛。

   Thales blinked desperately.

  “如果你说的是真的,如果你真要在未来……”

   “If what you say is true, if you really want to be in the future…”

  泰尔斯难以置信:

   Thales is unbelievable:

  “那将是你,不,是亚伦德家族对旗下封臣,对历史法统,对北境尊严,甚至对自身前所未有的――”

   “It will be you, no, it will be the Aarond family to its vassals, to the historical and legal system, to the dignity of the North, and even to itself unprecedented–“

  “背叛?”

  ”Betrayal?”

  米兰达挖了挖耳朵,毫不在意:

   Miranda digs her ears and doesn’t care:

  “怎么,有我父亲的叛国罪那么严重吗?”

   “Why, is it as serious as my father’s treason?”

  泰尔斯顿时哑口无言。

   Telston was speechless.

  但那一瞬间,他想到了自己曾在国王面前说过的话。

   But at that moment, he thought of what he had said before the king.

  【若让人知晓我是国王的内应,那我会被千百封臣视作贵族阵营的叛徒,千夫所指,万人唾弃。】

   [If people know that I am the king’s internal response, then I will be regarded by thousands of vassals as a traitor to the aristocratic camp. 】

  泰尔斯怔怔地看着此刻的米兰达。

   Thales stared at Miranda at the moment.

  仿佛看见另一个自己。

   seems to see another self.

  但是……

  But…

  为什么,为什么她能这么洒脱不羁,这么毫不在意?

  Why, why can she be so free and unruly, so careless?

  这明明是……

   This is obviously…

  但他随即想到了什么,面色一沉。

   But he immediately thought of something and his face sank.

  “不,这依然是空头支票,是你成为公爵才能做到的事情,”他强迫自己摇头拒绝,“靠的是你空口无凭的承诺――”

  ”No, this is still a bad check. It is something you can only do when you become a duke.” He forced himself to shake his head and refuse, “It depends on your empty promises–“

  “却没有其他人敢给,哪怕只是口头上。”

   “But no one else dared to give it, even if it was just verbal.”

  米兰达不容置疑地打断他:

   Miranda interrupted him beyond doubt:

  “而这可不是我成为公爵后才能实现的事情,事实上,你父亲已经开始做了。”

  ”And this is not something I can only achieve after becoming a duke. In fact, your father has already started to do it.”

  泰尔斯紧紧地盯着她,发现自己无法明白眼前之人的想法。

   Thales stared at her closely, realizing that he couldn’t understand the thoughts of the person in front of him.

  “所以,你敢接吗?”

  ”So, do you dare to pick it up?”

  米兰达的双目如同两把长剑,将他钉得难以动弹:

   Miranda’s eyes are like two long swords, nailing him hard to move:

  “或者说,泰尔斯璨星,你够格接吗?”

  ”Or, Tells star, are you qualified to pick it up?”

  泰尔斯呼吸加速,他不得不调动狱河之罪来帮助自己冷静。

   Thales’ breathing accelerated, and he had to mobilize the crime of the prison river to help him calm down.

  而随着终结之力涌起,地狱感官为他更清晰地探知到对方体内的力量:天马乐章流动不息,徜徉无际,毫无破绽。

  As the power of the end surged, the senses of **** made it clearer for him to detect the power in the opponent’s body: the movement of the heavenly horses flowed endlessly, wandering endlessly, without flaws.

  “但是为什么?”

  ”But why?”

  “我不明白,”泰尔斯下意识开口,“我回国之后,从法肯豪兹到博兹多夫,不少的人都曾来我旗下,向我示好。”

   “I don’t understand,” Thales said subconsciously, “After I returned to my country, from Falkenhauser to Bozdorf, many people came to my banner to show my favor.”

  “但我知道,他们之所以前来,是因为他们不愿放弃曾经的生活方式,不愿放开习惯了的权力,不愿在我父亲的铁腕下低头,但是你,你,你却……”

  ” But I know that they came because they didn’t want to give up the way they used to live, they didn’t want to let go of the power they were used to, they didn’t want to bow their heads under my father’s iron fist, but you, you, you But…”

  “我不是他们。”

   “I am not them.”

  米兰达轻声回答他的质疑。

   Miranda answered his question softly.

  “亚伦德世传的‘鹰翔’,曾是无价的帝国古剑,但它多次断折,几番重铸,早已不复旧观,更失落旧名。”

  ”The “Eagle Flying” from Aaronde’s history was once an invaluable ancient sword of the empire, but it has been broken many times and recast several times. It has long been lost and lost its old name.”

  她看向自己的佩剑:

  She looked at her saber:

  “正如历史在前进,时代在发展,总有人要老去。”

   “Just as history is advancing, and times are developing, some people will get old.”

  泰尔斯盯着那柄七年前与他一同经历龙血的长剑。

   Thales stared at the long sword that had experienced dragon blood with him seven years ago.

  而女剑士站在他的面前,清冷如昔,也炙热无匹:

   And the female swordsman stood in front of him, as cold as ever, but also hot:

  “但也总有人正年轻。”

  ”But there are always people who are young.”

  “正如重铸后的鹰翔,形制愈新,剑刃更利。”

  ”Just like the recast Yingxiang, the shape is newer and the blade is better.”

  两人之间沉默了一会儿。

   There was a moment of silence between the two.

  泰尔斯呼出一口气,努力调整自己的思绪。

   Thales exhaled, trying to adjust his thoughts.

  “但我依旧无法相信,姓亚伦德的女士,你就真的这么高风亮节?”

   “But I still can’t believe it, the lady whose surname is Aaron, are you really such a dignified man?”

  “付出这么大的代价,真就啥也不要,只为了那个虚有其表的头衔?为了那个名为领主却无实权,与一介富家翁无异的――北境守护公爵?”

  ”If you pay such a big price, you don’t really need anything, just for the illusory title? For the man who is called the lord but has no real power, and is the same as a rich man—the guardian duke of the North?”

  “是女公爵。”米兰达纠正道。

   “It’s the Duchess.” Miranda corrected.

  泰尔斯叹了口气,点头同意:

   Thales sighed and nodded in agreement:

  “女公爵。”

   “The Duchess.”

  他追问道:

   he asked:

  “但如果你成功了,却成了一个有名无实,连在自家土地上开垦收税都要看我脸色的女公爵,那还有什么意义?”

  ”But if you succeed, you have become a mere duke, who has to look at my face even to reclaim and collect taxes on her own land. What’s the point?”

  她是亚伦德家的人,不是么?

   She is from the Arund family, isn’t she?

  他们是‘凄鹰’诺兰努尔的后代,是星辰王国里历史最悠久,也是最守旧的家族。

   They are the descendants of Nolan Nur of the ‘Sorrowful Eagle’, and they are the oldest and most conservative family in the Star Kingdom.

  泰尔斯心底里的声音同样在追问:所以,怎么可能?

  The voice in Thales’ heart is also asking: So, how is it possible?

  她怎么可能放弃那些自帝国时代就传承至今,祖祖辈辈,生来就有的权力?

  How could she give up the powers that have been passed down from the empire to the present day, and that they have been born with from generation to generation?

  她怎么可能超越这个时代所有封君和封臣最大的限制和弱点?

  How could she surpass the greatest limitations and weaknesses of all vassals and vassals in this era?

  除非。

   Unless.

  除非……

   Unless…

  米兰达沉默了许久,突然笑了。

   Miranda was silent for a long time, then suddenly smiled.

  她缓步走到窗前,望着乌云阴翳下的广阔星湖。

   She walked slowly to the window, looking at the vast star lake under the dark clouds.

  “告诉我,殿下,你可曾有一刻有过这样的感受:从那一刻开始,你的人生中的一切,似乎都停滞下来了。”

   “Tell me, Your Majesty, you once felt this way: From that moment on, everything in your life seems to have stagnated.”

  泰尔斯微微一颤。

   Thales shivered slightly.

  只听女剑士幽幽道:

  Only listen to the faint way of the female swordsman:

  “所见所感都已既定,所作所为皆乃命数,无论你做什么,无论你多努力,都突破不了眼前的限制,带不来新的东西,看不到新的出路。”

   “What you see and feel are all set, and everything you do is fate. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you work, you will not be able to break through the immediate restrictions, bring new things, and see no new way out.”

  米兰达出神地望向窗外,望向乌云蔽日的天空和漆黑无底的星湖。

   Miranda stared out the window in a daze, at the sky covered by dark clouds and the bottomless star lake.

  “至于看似不错的生活,其实一眼就望得到尽头,只剩下日复一日一成不变的自我重复,等待着最后的终结。”

  ”As for the seemingly good life, in fact, you can see the end at a glance, and only the self-repeat that remains the same day after day, waiting for the final end.”

  带不来新的东西,看不到新的出路……

   can’t bring new things, can’t see a new way out…

  泰尔斯没有说话。

   Thales did not speak.

  那个瞬间,他似乎回到了龙霄城,眼前是被毒死的阿莱克斯和努恩王的头颅。

   At that moment, he seemed to have returned to Longxiao City, and in front of him were the heads of Alex and King Nunn who had been poisoned to death.

  但他又好像回到王室宴会,看着D.D面目灰暗,准备自愿牺牲,又或者到了王国秘科,看着审讯室里来回的一个个人,看着安克拜拉尔眼里的光芒逐渐消失。

   But he seems to be back at the royal banquet again, watching DD look gloomy, ready to sacrifice voluntarily, or go to the Kingdom Secret Department, watching a person in the interrogation room back and forth, watching the light in Anker Baral’s eyes fading away.

  【至于坐在那个一点也不舒服的宝座上,日夜算计,揣摩人心,强迫自己变成最冷酷也最可悲的工具?那不是权力,泰尔斯,是名为权力的锁链。】

   [As for sitting on that uncomfortable throne, calculating day and night, trying to figure out people’s hearts, and forcing yourself to become the coldest and saddest tool? That’s not power, Thales, it’s a chain called power. 】

  快绳曾经的话,让泰尔斯不自觉地抠紧了指甲。

  The words of the fast rope once made Thales unconsciously squeeze his nails tightly.

  “七年前,我父亲作为叛国者下狱的时候,我曾经万念俱灰,只能用无数的军务和工作,包括即将到来的战争来麻醉自己,逃避外界。”

  ”Seven years ago, when my father was in jail as a traitor, I was so desperate that I could only use countless military affairs and work, including the upcoming war, to numb myself and escape the outside world.”

  “最后战争没打起来,我就不惜冒险,奔赴龙霄城,方有了其后发生的一切。”

  ”In the end, the war did not start, so I did not hesitate to take risks and rushed to Longxiao City, so that everything happened afterwards.”

  米兰达轻哼一声。

   Miranda hummed softly.

  “但从那时候起,我那些同宗同族,慈眉善目的堂亲戚们就开始闹腾了:闲话,造谣,阴阳怪气,乃至借着血缘姓氏,开始直接插手寒堡事务,字里行间直指公爵之位,直指我的继承权――可笑,明明亚伦德以团结一心著称,明明我父亲在的时候他们不敢如此,明明我若是个儿子的话,他们亦未必敢放肆若此。”

  ” But from that time on, my relatives of the same clan, kind-minded and kind-hearted cousin began to make noise: gossip, rumors, yin and yang strangeness, and even through the blood family name, began to directly intervene in the cold castle affairs, pointing directly to the position of the duke. , Directed at my inheritance rights-ridiculous, clearly Allende is known for his unity, clearly they did not dare to do this when my father was there, and clearly if I were a son, they might not dare to act like this.”

  泰尔斯皱起眉头,忍不住道:

   Thales frowned and couldn’t help saying:

  “据我所知,自征北者艾丽嘉之后,星辰王国已经有了女王的先例,继承法也不再限局限性别,他们不能……“

  ”As far as I know, after the conquest of the Northern Territory Elika, the Star Kingdom has a precedent for a queen, and the inheritance law is no longer limited to gender, they can’t…”

  “是啊,相比起你费尽九牛二虎之力才扶植起女大公的野蛮埃克斯特,星辰王国已经够文明,够先进,够照顾像我这样的人了,是么?”米兰达用讽刺打断他。

  ”Yes, compared to the barbaric Exter, who worked so hard to support the Grand Duke, the Star Kingdom is civilized and advanced enough to take care of people like me, yes Huh?” Miranda interrupted him with sarcasm.

  泰尔斯没有说话,而女剑士冷哼摇头。

   Thales did not speak, and the female swordsman snorted and shook her head.

  “但是性别始终在序齿之前,哪怕是长姐与幼弟,也是先传子后传女,因此只有独女有权继承父位,还要面临堂表兄弟乃至未来丈夫的竞争――当然,这些事情你不用在意,因为你带个把儿,所以关你屁事。”

  ”But gender always precedes the sequence of teeth. Even the eldest sister and younger brother are passed down first to daughter. Therefore, only the only daughter has the right to inherit the father’s place, and she also faces competition from cousins ​​and future husbands. ―Of course, you don’t need to care about these things, because you have a handle, so it’s your shit.”

  米兰达不忿地道:

   Miranda is not very prudent and authentic:

  “你只需要知道星辰在继承权一事上很文明很先进就行了,如果有人质疑这一点,你大可以理直气壮‘那你们怎么不滚去埃克斯特啊’?”

   “You only need to know that the stars are very civilized and advanced in inheritance rights. If someone questions this, you can be confident, “Why don’t you go to Exeter?”

  泰尔斯想说些什么,但终究闭上了嘴巴。

   Thales wanted to say something, but finally closed his mouth.

  米兰达冷哼摇头:

   Miranda coldly snorted and shook his head:

  ”所以,你自然就更不会在乎,在与星辰主流继承法统迥异的北境,到现在为止,七百年间,还连一个亚伦德女公爵都没有过呢。”

  ”So, naturally, you don’t care much. In the Northern Territory, which is very different from the mainstream inheritance system of the stars, until now, for 700 years, there hasn’t even been a Duchess of Arende.”

  泰尔斯表情一变:

   Thales’ expression changed:

  “真的?”

   “Really?”

  米兰达出神地望着窗外,点了点头:

   Miranda looked out the window dreamily and nodded:

  “最接近的一个,在一百多年前――‘算术家’罗珊娜亚伦德,作为公爵膝下的长女与独女,她差点成为第一位北境女公爵。”

  ”The closest one, more than a hundred years ago-‘Arithmetic’ Rosanna Allende, as the eldest daughter and only daughter of the Duke’s knee, she almost became the first Northern Duchess.”

  女剑士幽幽道:

  The female swordsman said quietly:

  “直到她的继母生下幼子,把罗珊娜的继承顺位挤掉。”

   “Until her stepmother gave birth to a young child, she squeezed Rosaanna out of succession.”

  泰尔斯皱起眉头。

   Thales frowned.

  罗珊娜亚伦德。

  Rosanna Allende.

  他在记忆里搜寻着这个名字,基尔伯特的课上似乎有提到过,但是……

   He searched for the name in his memory. Gilbert seemed to mention it in his class, but…

  “我是父亲的第二个孩子,本来我有个哥哥,但在学会走路之前就早夭了。”

   “I am the second child of my father. I originally had a brother, but he died early before he learned to walk.”

  “而我母亲,当她在血色之年里去世的时候,”米兰达目光迷离,“已经怀了身孕。”

  ”And my mother, when she died in the **** year,” Miranda looked blurred, “I was pregnant.”

  泰尔斯闻言一惊。

   Thales was surprised when he heard this.

  血色之年。

  The Year of Blood.

  “在那次劫难之后,就连父亲看我的眼神都不一样了,好像总在问为什么,为什么母亲在那时候要跟你玩捉迷藏?为什么得以从马车里逃生的人是你?为什么不是你母亲和你未出世的弟弟?为什么你没跟他们一起消失在茫茫大雪和无数流民里?”

  ”After that catastrophe, even my father’s eyes were different when he looked at me. He seemed to always ask why, why did my mother play hide-and-seek with you at that time? Why did you escape from the carriage? Why not your mother and your unborn brother? Why didn’t you disappear into the vast snow and countless refugees with them?”

  泰尔斯握紧了拳头,却一句话都说不出口。

   Thales clenched his fists, but couldn’t say a word.

  米兰达恍惚摇头:

   Miranda shook her head in a daze:

  “我有时也会想,如果母亲没出意外,如果她腹中胎儿平安出世,如果那是个男孩,是我兄弟,那我今天……”

   “I sometimes think, if the mother has no accident, if the fetus in her womb is born safely, if it is a boy, it is my brother, then I am today…”

  米兰达话语一滞,她抬起头,目光坚定。

   Miranda’s words were stagnant, she raised her head, her eyes firm.

  “不,那我就不会有今天了。”

   “No, then I won’t have today.”

  “应该不会了。”

  ”It should be gone.”

  她瞥向泰尔斯手边的信函,撇嘴道:

  She glanced at the letter beside Thales, curled her lips and said:

  “就算有,大概也是快快乐乐开开心心地坐在寒堡里,把你的问候信函和画像按在胸口,陶醉沉迷,想着要穿什么样的衣裙给画师画像,然后颤抖着给你回信吧。”

  ”Even if there were, I would probably sit happily in the winter castle, pressing your greeting letter and portrait on your chest, intoxicated, thinking about what kind of dress to wear for the portrait of the painter, and then Please reply to you with a trembling.”

  泰尔斯静静地听着她的话,看了看那封令人啼笑皆非的“配种不”,却发现自己无论如何笑不出来。

   Thales listened to her quietly, looked at the ridiculous “Match No”, but found that he couldn’t laugh anyway.

  “当我意识到这一点,当我意识到我能站在这里,全靠血色之年里死人足够多,纯属我自己运气好的时候……那感觉,就好像有一个笼子从天而降,罩住了我的四周,挡住了我的上限,隔绝在我与外界之间,而我无论走到哪里,看到的都只有笼壁,和壁外我永远也触碰不到的天地。”

  ”When I realize this, when I realize that I can stand here, there are enough dead people in the **** years, it is purely my own luck… It feels like a cage has fallen from the sky , Covering my surroundings, blocking my upper limit, isolated between me and the outside world, and no matter where I go, all I see is the cage wall, and the world beyond the wall that I will never touch. “

  米兰达不自觉地咬起牙齿。

   Miranda clenched her teeth unconsciously.

  【我能站在这里,全靠血色之年里死人足够多,纯属我自己运气好……】

   [I can stand here, because there are enough dead people in the **** years, it’s all my luck…]

  泰尔斯静静地听着这些话,思绪却好像穿过时间,看见复兴宫里的璨星墓室,那些一个个的石罐和石瓮。

   Thales quietly listened to these words, but his thoughts seemed to pass through time and saw the star tomb in the Fuxing Palace, the stone pots and stone urns one by one.

  房间里安静下来。

   The room is quiet.

  “或者像一个罗网,”沉默许久之后,泰尔斯接过她的话,话语里同样带着深深的失落,“而你无论如何披荆斩棘,都身在其中,不能自拔?”

  ”Or like a net,” Thales took her words after a long silence, with a deep sense of loss in his words, “And no matter how hard you are, you are in it, you can’t extricate yourself?”

  米兰达转头瞥了他一眼,似乎有些惊讶。

   Miranda turned her head and glanced at him, seeming a little surprised.

  但她缓缓点头:

   but she nodded slowly:

  “终结之塔的夏蒂尔老师说,这大概就是‘剑之心’遇到瓶颈,停滞不前的感觉。”

  ” Teacher Chatier of the Tower of End said that this is probably the feeling of “Sword Heart” having encountered a bottleneck and stagnating.”

  “并不是世界停滞了,或者人生变差了。事实上,世界本来如此,人生亦然。而是你的经历不同了,境界提升了,眼界打开了,看到了更多,更广,更高,更复杂的东西。”

  ”It’s not that the world has stagnated, or life has deteriorated. In fact, the world is like this, and life is the same. But your experience has been different, your realm has improved, your horizons have opened up, and you have seen more and broader , Something higher and more complicated.”

  米兰达目光出神:

   Miranda’s eyes are ecstatic:

  “只是有些人遇得早,有些人遇得迟,有些人,很幸运也是很不幸地,永远都遇不到,或者遇到后选择了装聋作哑~IndoMTL.com~视而不见。”

  ” It’s just that some people met early, some people met late, and some people, fortunately and unfortunately, never met, or chose to pretend to be deaf and dumb after encountering them~IndoMTL.com~ Ignore them. “

  泰尔斯叹了口气:

   Thales sighed:

  “剑之心――我听科恩说过类似的话,终结塔的理论?”

   “Heart of the Sword-I heard Cohen say something similar, the theory of ending the tower?”

  说起他们共同认识的朋友,米兰达轻笑摇头。

   Speaking of the friends they know together, Miranda chuckled and shook her head.

  “所以我想要看看,偏要试试,要向前一步,看看这世道是否真如她所说。”

   “So I want to see, but I want to try, I have to take a step forward and see if the world is really what she said.”

  泰尔斯一阵疑惑:

   Thales was puzzled:

  “谁?”

   “Who?”

  米兰达笑了笑,却不答话。

   Miranda smiled, but didn’t answer.

  但她转过身子,背对窗外的阴翳。

   But she turned around, her back to the shadow outside the window.

  “我不是科恩,他只能在风雪里抱紧火炬,一边打着哆嗦流着鼻涕,一边浑浑噩噩地重复自己也不知道有没有意义的一切。”

  ”I’m not Cohen. He can only hold the torch tightly in the wind and snow, while shaking and running his nose, while repeating vaguely everything he doesn’t know is meaningful.”

  “我也不是拉斐尔,他刻意无视内心的质疑,自我说服自我洗脑,相信‘天将降大任必先草你麻痹’的那一套忽悠,把磨难和苦行当作出路。”

   “I am not Raphael either. He deliberately ignores the doubts in his heart, self-persuades himself and brainwashes himself, believing that’heaven will come down to the task must be paralyzed first,’ and he takes suffering and austerity as the way.”

  泰尔斯闻言皱眉。

   Thales frowned upon hearing this.

  “面对绝日严寒,我没有蠢到去硬撼风雪,但也不甘沦为冰霜奴仆。”

   “In the face of the extreme cold, I was not stupid enough to shake the wind and snow, but I am not willing to become a slave of frost.”

  米兰达眯起眼睛,褪去方才的悲哀之色,重新变得坚毅。

   Miranda squinted her eyes, faded away the sorrow that had just come, and became firm again.

  “我将自寻出路。”

   “I will find my way out.”

  “这就是我,这才是我,才是他妈的米兰达亚伦德。”

  ”This is me, this is me, and the **** Miranda Allende.”

  女剑士坚定地看着星湖公爵,后者不由正色以对。

  The female swordsman looked at Duke Xinghu firmly, who couldn’t help but face up.

  “这就是这件事的意义。“

  ”This is the meaning of this matter.”

  “我是我自己的主人,是断龙要塞的――‘无冬利剑’。”

   “I am my own master, from Broken Dragon Fortress-“Neverwinter Sword”.”

  下一秒,米兰达伸手抄起靠在窗沿的佩剑,把它重新挂上腰带。

   The next second, Miranda reached out and picked up the saber leaning against the window edge, and put it back on his belt.

  “鹰翔要塞。”

   “Eagle Flying Fortress.”

  米兰达嗓音冷冽,目中有神:

   Miranda has a cold voice, with great eyes:

  “北境无冬。”

   “The North Border Neverwinter.”

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