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[恢复与更新]旧日王国志:烈焰启示和黄金城
« 于: 2017-03-01, 周三 14:16:32 »
       

       The Flame Revelation is nearly a branch of Fire Cult, it has similar believes, worshiping Lux, building the burning altars in followers' settlements. But the Flame Revelation has been treated a heresy since the followers worship a woman as an avatar of the First Fire who has an unknown source but has lived at least ten centuries.

        Thousands of years ago, some fishermen from the Iscania who were reverent fire cult followers that built a hidden shelter on a cliffy rock by the Smog Sea for evading the rising Tyrant's force. It was a small haven that had nothing but simple a dock, a couple of huts, and a tiny sanctum according to the tradition for their endless flames. It was normal and it would have the same end as the hundreds of other shelters along the coast: Abandoning or Wiping away by the bandits or pirates.

        However, the destiny of the poor shelter was changed permanently by a visiting of a young wizard who came from Broken Spires. He was an apprentice who had self-banished from the House Watched. Nobody knew why did the young man come to the remote rock and what he sought, but he was sick and dying when his boat made the dock. Then he died here one week later. The occupants cremated his body to the flames in the sanctum at midnight as their fire cult tradition. In the meantime, a crew of pirates raided this shelter. The brutes killed the people, fired the huts and drove the frightened women to the sanctum.  The pirates raped them near the burning funeral fire in the sacred place. Several outraged girls drove themselves into the fire when they managed to rid away the brutes. At the sad and wicked time, a young woman appeared in the burning fire.  She was naked but wore the fire, and her eyes were two fires that shining as the sun. She killed the pirates, killed them all one by one with the blazes which spraying from her fingers, eyes, and mouth. When the slaughter finished, the rising sun was shining upon the whole fired but survived shelter.

        The survivors gathered around to their savior, Kneeling to her reverently when the wearing fire had faded. They believed that she must be the Avatar of Lux, and they would be the first followers of a new region which bore in that day and would be the first founders of Gold City.
 
        Nowadays the followers call that day Flame Revelation that it has become the name of their new religion. And call the savior who saved the former shelter The Nightless, or, Gold Lady, reverently. She is a living goddess that is aways a young woman who wears an ornate gold crown, golden translucent silk long skirt, and bronze bracelets and bronze bangles, and her long straight hair that as the darkness of the midnight.  She also lives in the largest magnificent Golden Sanctum with her following flamen at the top of the Gold City. There is a huge altar at the center of the sanctum which burns endless flame to illuminate even the night of the entire city. The followers call it The Final Altar, or, The True Altar that shows the difference to the old Fire Cult.

        To visit Gold Lady is possible to even a newcomer in the city. They all say it is a cure for any disease that Gold Lady's touching. She heals men and women whether they are rich or poor, highborn of lowborn and requires nothing. Many people are here to beg for their recoveries who come from the entire realms.  But only twelve people are allowed into the Golden Sanctum for their treatments a day.
 
        The High Flamen of the Golden Sanctum run this city that started when the new religion had established. They manage the asylum, the soldiers, the city guards, the trade guilds, and anything in the city. But the flamen and the followers of Gold Lady are unfrequent out the Gold City. The typical impression of a flaman to an outlander is that a bald-headed man in a golden robe who hands a flaming glassum blade. And the glassum is a kind of rare minerals that they said it was one of the sacred stones which forged by Gold Lady she herself.

        烈焰启示(Flame Revelation)可以算得上是拜火祭仪的一个分支。它们有着相似的教义,同样敬拜“卢克斯”,同样在信众的居住区中建起燃烧的圣坛。然而拜火祭仪却将其视作某种异端邪教,只因为烈焰启示的信徒将某个来路不明的女人当作初始之火的某种化身,虽然她确实长生不老,至少已经在世整整一千年。

        千百年之前,一群来自伊斯卡尼亚的渔民为了躲避日益崛起的帝王的军势,在烟海岸边某处陡峭的山岩中搭建了一个隐蔽的避难据点。由于他们都是虔诚的拜火祭仪的信徒,因而在这个仅有一个简易码头、数间棚屋、此外再无他无的地方按照拜火祭仪的传统搭起一座简陋的圣所,用于供奉神圣之火。类似这样的避难据点在烟海沿岸有数以百计之多。事实上,它本应该拥有和其他据点相同的结局:被废弃,或者被强盗或海盗彻底抹去。

        然而,这座连名字都没有的避难据点的命运却因为一场意外的造访而彻底改变。一个来自残塔城(Broken Spires)的年轻巫师不期而至,他是一名踏上自我放逐之路的监视者(House Watched)学徒。无人知晓他为何会孤身来到这一偏僻的蛮荒之地,但是当他的船只抵达靠岸的时候,他已经病入膏肓、行将就木。避难据点的居民无力医治他,一周之后这位年轻的学徒便去世了。按照拜火祭仪的传统,避难据点的居民们在午夜来临的时刻在简陋的圣所中为他举行例葬礼,将他的遗体奉献给熊熊燃烧的圣火。然而与此同时,一群极有可能是循着巫师学徒的踪迹而来的海盗对这座毫不起眼的据点发动了袭击。暴徒们放火焚烧房屋,杀死居民,将惊恐万分的女人们驱赶到火焰圣所中。就在燃烧的葬礼火焰旁,这群暴徒强暴了她们,就像他们对其曾经遭到他们残害的据点那样。一些不堪受辱的女人在设法挣脱海盗的掌控后悲愤地跳入烈火当中。就在这一悲伤而邪恶的时刻,一个年轻女人的身影从燃烧的火焰中现身。她身无寸缕,却以火焰为衣裳,双眼燃烧着火焰如同闪耀的太阳。从她的指尖、双眼,以及口中迸射出火焰将所有海盗一个接一个的全部杀死。当这场屠杀结束的时候,晨曦初现的阳光刚好照亮这座在火中焚毁却又在火中幸存的据点。

        当环绕在她身旁的火焰褪去之后,幸免遇难的居民们聚拢在她身边,满怀敬畏的跪下。他们都认为她一定是原初之火的化身。这批居民便成为了即将诞生的全新宗教的第一批信徒,以及黄金城,未来烟海沿岸最繁华的城市的第一批建立者。

        如今,信众们将那一日称之为“烈焰启示”,并且这一称呼早已成为这一全新宗教的正式名称。他们敬畏的将往日那座小小避难据点的拯救者称为“不夜者”,或者“黄金女士”。她是一位在世生神,并且始终保持着年轻女性的面貌。在公众面前现身的时候,她总是戴着黄金铸成的冠冕、金色的薄纱长裙、青铜的手环和青铜的脚环。她的漆黑长发如同午夜。她仍然和随侍的司祭们住在黄金城顶端巍峨壮观的金色圣所中。并且在圣所的中心有一座巨大的圣坛,燃烧着永不止息的烈焰,即便在夜间也能将全城照得通明。信众们将其称之为“最终圣坛”,或者“至真圣坛”,以示同旧拜火祭仪的区别。

        即使对黄金城的初来乍到者而言,造访黄金女士也并非绝无可能。人们都说黄金女士的触碰能够治愈一切病症。她为一切患者提供救治而无分男女、贫富、出身。并且从不需要任何酬劳。因而有许多来自各地的病人聚集在此祈求得到救治。然而每日仅有十二名患者被允许进入金色圣所中。

        金色圣所的高级司祭团早在这座城市和新宗教建立之初就事实上掌管着整座城市。他们管理着收容所、城中的士兵和守卫、贸易公会,以及城中的其他所有事物。然而烈焰启示的司祭和信徒在别的地方却并不常见。对外来者而言,一名烈焰启示司祭的典型形象是一名剃去头发,身穿金色长袍,手持燃烧着火焰的玻钢剑的男子。据说玻钢(Glassum)这种稀有矿石正是黄金女士亲自铸造的神圣矿石中的一种。
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