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520电影网帝林说得轻描淡写,但斯特林却知道,其中内情绝不止如此轻松。帝林是昨天才逼降的魔族十五军,丢下了十几万投降的魔族兵在身后,他本人率部直扑战场,看帝林和随行兵马的风尘仆仆黑着眼圈的疲惫样,肯定是昼夜赶路不曾歇息的。兵马昼夜赶路一百二十里,那是足可跑死马的速度了。若不是很必要紧迫,没人肯做这种高强度的急行军。斯特林知道,帝林是在未雨绸缪,做自己打输的准备。他是准备战事失利时接应斯特林和紫川秀往帝都方向撤退,准备抵挡魔神皇追击的。这个人人畏之如虎、冷酷无情的监察总长,对自己却是真切地关心。斯特林心下感动,低声说了声:“谢谢你,大哥。”帝林淡然笑笑,一切早已了然于心:“有什么好谢的。说说吧,情况怎样?我回去也好向殿下交差。”“魔族十一军被全歼,魔族第五军被全歼,魔族十六军投降,魔族第三军被击溃,跑掉了两万人,阿秀正在追击;唯一逃掉的是羽林军,云浅雪和卡兰带着兵马跑得快,不过估计羽林军也剩不下几个兵了;近卫旅被我们团团围住了,全歼只是时间问题了。至于敌方的首脑,裴玛被活抓了,凌步虚被打死,马维失踪,云浅雪和卡兰跑路了,叶尔马据说被远东军抓了。唯有魔神皇,至今还下落不明,有人说他跑了,有人说他被打死了。具体战利品和杀敌、俘敌数目还没法统计,但有一点是肯定的:魔族西侵军的主力,六个塞内亚番号的魔族军团主力,已全灭了!”随着斯特林的说话,他的部下们把缴获来的魔族旗帜一一插在土地上,插在那些被打死的魔族兵尸首旁边。清晨的微风吹拂,这些五颜六色的彩旗卷动着又吹开,魔族勇士们象被砍倒的木头一般躺在地上,脸孔朝天,脸色苍白,圆睁着无光的眼睛凝视着那飘扬的彩旗,彩旗也哗啦哗啦地飘动着,在这些好象是睡着的勇士上空飘舞。远方的地平线上,迎着早上的晨光,可以看到东南军的步兵们在拉动着缴获的魔族辎重,一列又一列,延绵不绝。帝林仔细地审视着那些旗帜,一面一面仔细看。旗帜上的图案五花八门,五颜六色。飞鸟,狮子,铁壁,巨人,昨天还飘扬在魔族大军头顶上的无数旗子,除了皇旗外,此刻已全部落到了人类血迹斑斑、胜利的手上。这些凝聚着魔族王国各部落历史上最光荣与骄傲的象征,如今象垃圾一般被人类统统扔到了帝林的脚下。看着这些旗帜,再看着那一眼望不到尽头的可怕战场,那堆积如山的尸骸,插在战场上的短戈残枪,就连那初升的丽日也被这战场染上了一层血红,冉冉升起。在晨光鲜艳的光亮中,他们可清楚地看到这片广袤的战场,自巴丹城下直到两边的辽阔延绵的高地、丛林间,到处是折断的长枪、砍刀和重剑,到处是燃烧的帐篷和辎重,人尸和马尸堆积如山,在尸山上还戳起了一只只手、脚,象插在那上面的旗帜。在这片血腥的战场上,积尸一望无边。帝林露出心旷神怡的陶醉,他庄重地说:“这是一次伟大的胜利,整个王国都仆倒在我们面前,历史上无可比拟。巴丹战役意义之巨大,无法形容!”他用力地拍着斯特林的肩头:“干得漂亮,斯特林,这活漂亮极了,任换哪个都干不出这么漂亮!人类第一名将的名头,谁也拿不走了!”斯特林谦逊地摇头:“大哥,我受之有愧。这场战役,我的贡献很少,若不是阿秀拖住了魔神皇和近卫旅,若不是流风霜及时到援,若不是你把魔族十五军给镇住,鹿死谁手,那还难说。何况,这场战斗伤亡惨重,我军大伤元气,已经很难说是胜利了。”“历史不会记住细节的。”帝林轻声慨叹道:“不会的。从来历史就只记得胜利者。”‘我现在只是担心魔神皇,一日不能除掉他,我们就一日不能安心。他不死,这场战役我们就不能说是完胜。现在他下落不明,不知是逃走还是被打死了。”“被杀,有可能;逃走,绝不可能。魔神皇高傲,眼高于顶,他不会容忍自己在一群凡人的面前逃跑的。”斯特林诧异地望着帝林:“为何你能如此确定?”帝林笑而不答。虽然与魔神皇只见过一面,但就在那惊鸿一督里,正如魔神皇感受到了帝林所蕴含烈火般炽热的野心那般,帝林同样亦感受了魔神皇那犹如孤峰白雪的高傲。此人有着不可动摇的内在,他的气质和风度,都在无声地体现出骄傲的特质。那个风华绝代的男子,不会因为任何外力而改变。怎能想象这样的男子,会因为战败而被人类追得狼狈逃窜?随着帝林一同抵达的,不但有八千精锐宪兵铁骑,更重要的是,他们带来了特种部队一零一师。该师曾在朗沧江战役中显示可怕的威力,大破流风军水师舰队,为紫川秀的胜利奠定基础。现在,这支紫川家秘密部队再次投入作战,宣告了魔族装甲兽残部的灭亡。再用不着步兵部队投入战场了,在远程投石车的轰击下,装甲兽仓促建造的阵地顷刻间烟飞云散。在密集的投石打击下,本打算死守的装甲兽军团再也坐不住了,他们冲出了自己的阵地,从高坡上蜂拥而下。“做好准备,上弦!”每十台弩机配备一名阵地指挥官。指挥官统统身着黑色的宪兵团制服,如同钉子一般戳在在一字摆开的弩机阵地前。高坡上涌来的那片乌云的惊人声势并没有给操作弩机的宪兵带来困扰,就如平常训练一般,宪兵们娴熟而迅速地把锋利的箭氏一排排地压进弩机的匣盒里,用特制的钢钳用力地拉开机弦,一片刺耳的机弦钢丝响声不绝于耳。响亮的口令声从阵地的各处不时响起:“一号机准备完毕!”“二号机准备完毕!”“八号机准备完毕!”“第一分队准备完毕!”“第二分队准备完毕!”“第十一分队准备完毕!”“启禀大人,五十八个分组全部做好准备了!”帝林下达了攻击命令:“齐射,然后各组自由射击。”一阵刺耳的哨声彻阵头,总攻击的讯号发布了!黑衣的指挥官们同时将手中高举的红色小旗猛力一挥,在一阵机械的咯吱响动声中,四百四十台弩机全速齐射!在这场金属风暴冲击下,正在冲锋的装甲兽群仿佛被一个无形的巨人用大梳猛然扫过,那些庞然大物轰然倒地的场景特别壮观,数以百计的装甲兽在巨大的嘶叫声中不甘地仆倒、翻滚,进攻的装甲兽队列中出现了无数的缺口,变得稀疏起来。“攻击有效!攻击有效!”前沿观察哨上传来了观测员颤抖的激动声音,阵头上响起了一片热烈的欢呼声,东南军和远东军士兵用使劲地吹口哨、跺脚等方式来表达他们心中的激动,半兽人则挥舞着大棒仰天长啸,阵头响彻一片热烈的欢呼,谁也想不到,这两天让远东军吃透苦头的装甲兽怪物,竟被帝林如此轻松地收拾了老大一片。一零一特种师的宪兵们对自己的战果无动于衷。他们那淡漠的表情,不象在战斗,倒象是工人在流水线上加工零件,他们机械地重复着同样的动作,装箭、推进、上弦、观测、瞄准、发射,于是四百多台弩机就象一座喷发的火山,密集而不间断地向装甲兽们倾泻着金属打击,带来的是恐怖的死亡、惨叫和鲜血。“一排十二箭连发,能连发,也能单发,四百米射程,能穿透装甲兽硬皮,熟练操作人员重装时间为两分钟,平均三分半钟能发射一排。。。”听着斥候回报的弩机数据,流风家将帅们沉默不语,脸色阴晴不定。熟悉战事的他们当然能看出,今日对付装甲兽的利器,他日同样能拿来对付流风家的骑兵——或者,这种高效率的杀戮武器根本就是制造来针对流风家的轻骑兵冲锋的,只是阴差阳错,魔族的装甲兽先尝到了苦头。心算速度最快的英木兰少将很快得出了结果:“理论上说,只要只有一百五十台这样的弩机轮番发射,就能遏止五千人的骑兵冲锋,只有极少数运气最好的骑兵能冲到阵前肉搏。若我们把骑兵数目提高一倍,则敌人只需把弩机数目提高到两百五十台就可以阻止我们。殿下,以后我们得对紫川家谨慎些了。”“混蛋!”萧元中将喝道:“英木兰,你在胡说着什么!我们无坚不摧的骑兵阵岂是敌人这些破烂机械能阻挡的?你在长紫川家的威风,灭自己志气!他们的弩机移动缓慢,集结更是困难,迅疾如风的流风骑兵岂是行动缓慢的装甲兽能比拟的!”“萧元将军说的有一定道理。”流风霜沉吟说:“紫川家远程武器威力奇大,但在他们运输、集结和布置阵地都需要准备时间。在他们集结前,若能以精锐骑兵加以偷袭,未必不能取得胜利。对上这种武器,正面冲锋是愚蠢的,应回避其锋芒,用迂回的方式进攻其腹背。但无论如何,我们不得不承认,在兵种优势方面,紫川家已经超越了我们,在这样的武器面前,我们惯用的大规模骑兵冲锋战术,已经不再适合了。与魔族的战争让紫川家伤亡惨重,但也锻造了百万精锐的紫川军,他们的军事力量空前强大,若我们还死守着过去势均力敌的死板观点,我们会死得很难看的。时代已经变了。”伴随着流风霜这句轻声感叹的,是传来的装甲兽那一阵又一阵的惨叫嘶鸣声。弩机对上流风家骑兵是否奏效,那还得靠实战来检验,但对上装甲兽这种行动缓慢的近战兵种来说,这简直就是一场屠杀了。哀鸿遍野,在冲锋的路程上,躺满了受伤和死亡的装甲兽士兵。那些强悍的装甲兽士兵,即使受伤也不肯服软发出一声呻吟,只是不断地发出愤怒的咆哮,只要有一口气的,都要继续前进。他们在迎着如雨的箭雨前进,头顶是密集的投石落下,燃烧瓶,火弹,密密麻麻,倾泻如雨点,不止不歇。越是接近人类的阵地,打击便越是密集,倒下的士兵便越是稠密。遭受着可怕的打击,近卫旅仍在前进,行列整齐,神情镇定。同伴一个接一个在身边倒下,悍不畏死的近卫旅士兵仍在前进,对魔神皇传奇般忠诚和信仰使得他们无惧死亡。士兵们都知道,他们是不可能冲到敌人阵地前的,敌人连肉搏战的机会都不会留给他们,不能浴血奋战,在激烈的厮杀中与敌人一同倒地,只能在那些嗖嗖尖叫的飞铁面前无力地倒下。每前进一步,队列便要缩小一些。所有的军队都溃逃了,所有的友军都在逃跑,唯有近卫旅仍旧往前进,越走越近危险,越走越近死亡。绝没有一个人迟疑,绝没有一个人胆怯,王国已经倾覆,那支军队甘愿赴死。队列中再次响起了歌声:“翻越高山,踏过大地,穿过沙漠,跨越河流,征服敌人,杀敌!杀敌!如你的威名震撼,如你的荣光沐浴,近卫旅,神族之剑,近卫旅,王国骄傲,近卫旅,大魔神的骄宠儿!”就在那歌声中,近卫旅猛扑向前,那排山倒海的欢呼直震得地面都在颤抖。在震天的歌声中,近卫旅巍然前进,冒着如雨的箭雨,士兵们一个接一个地倒地,他们那庞大身躯覆盖了褐色的大地,鲜血浇进了巴丹城郊的荒野里。近卫旅,魔神王国最后的军旅,最后的骄傲。人类的将军们都站在高处,屏息静气。看着敌人的军阵从开始的壮观直到最后的寥寥无几,看到领头的装甲兽巨人浑身上下插满了箭枝却依然高举着被射成了破布的近卫旅军旗,看着那些倒地的巨人在地上翻滚着挣扎着向前一步步爬行前进,在地上留下的长长血痕,将帅们悚然动容。两万多装甲兽全部倒在了冲锋的道上,尸体堆得比人还高,只剩寥寥几个踉踉跄跄前进的伤兵,歌声断断续续,仍然不绝:“。。。近卫旅,王国的骄傲,近卫旅,魔神的骄宠。。。”看到这样的军旅,即使连占据了优势的敌人也油然起了尊敬之心。斯特林喃喃说:“出色!”流风霜赞叹:“无以伦比!”面对如此坚贞卓绝的军人们,战胜者也不免感到一种无言的恐怖。只剩下最后一个装甲兽战士,身上插满了箭枝,脸上淌着血,肚子上被射穿了一个大洞,可以看到青色的肠子,他一手捂着肚子痛苦地前进。帝林挥手,于是弩机队停止了射击,一时寂静无声。他踉踉跄跄,犹如喝醉酒般蹒跚前进。在数万人类军队的注视下,这个身高两米的巨人蹒跚前行,走到了弩机阵地前。担心这个怪物突然爆起毁坏了珍贵的弩机,担任护卫的宪兵想用长枪去杀死他,但帝林却阻止了:“让他看吧——他有这个资格。”于是,所有的操作手和护卫都退开了。装甲兽巨人好奇地站到一台弩机前面,粗糙的大手轻柔地抚摩着弩机那冰冷而光滑的钢铁表面。装甲兽巨人流露出孩子般天真和好奇,小心翼翼地摸着弩机的发射孔、支架和躯干,看着成排地散落地上的箭羽和铁钳工具。面对人类先进的科技文明,他的眼中流露困惑和迷茫,他不能理解,为何这些看起来一点也不锋利和不可怕的东西,却能在顷刻间毁灭了自己最勇敢最坚强的战士?这时候,帝林认出了这个重伤濒死的装甲兽。他走上前来,冲他喊道:“雷欧军团长,投降吧!”装甲兽闻声望来,发现了被众人簇拥着的帝林。疑惑的神色在他眼中一闪而逝,取而代之的是喷发的怒火:雷欧也认出了曾觐见过魔神皇的人类,此人是毁灭魔神王国的元凶!“嗷~”雷欧大吼一声,爆发了最后的生命潜力,要向帝林冲来。但宪兵们早已警戒森严,十架弩机同时发射,上百支利箭雨点般打在雷欧身上,那巨大的冲力将他整个人打翻在地。遭受重创的雷欧努力想爬起,但手脚都被射断了。他愤怒地发出了一声长嘶,仰天喊叫道:“赛穆德拉西马!”第二轮弓箭到了,强劲的箭矢将他硬生生地钉在了地上,魔神王国的装甲兽统帅圆睁双眼,吞下了最后一口气,他最后的吼声在巴丹郊外辽阔的原野上慢慢消逝,所有人都听到了。“那句话是什么意思?”流风霜轻声问。英木兰耸耸肩:“抱歉,殿下,我不懂魔族语。”“在塞内亚语里面,这句话的大致意思是:‘魔族王国将永生不灭。’”一个浑身血污的青年军人从他们身后走来,他专注地看着雷欧倒地的身躯,目光中流露出复杂的感情,似是悲哀,又象庆幸。听到那个清朗又充满了磁性的声音,流风霜霍然转身,目不转睛地望着这个身影,使劲地盯着那张布满了血污、油汗和胡子茬的脸,一向镇定的她竟在微微颤抖,眼中充满了惊喜。“你是谁?你怎么进来的?”英木兰警惕地冲他喝,手已按到了刀把上。真是邪门,他想,元帅所在,警备森严。这个穿着紫川家军官服的年轻人是怎么混进来的?那个青年军官冲英木兰灿烂一笑,露出了洁白的牙齿:“英木兰将军,您不记得我了吗?”“你是。。。”英木兰疑惑地看着他,看着这个青年军人,他觉得对方真有点面熟。他脱口而出:“紫川统领!”流风霜俏立原地,静静地注视着眼前的人。用一块手帕抹开了头脸上的血汗,剑眉星目的英俊男子正在含笑看着她,心上人的俊朗依然。在唇边多了一抹黑色的胡子茬,给他平添了几分成熟的男儿气质。她望着他,心神俱醉。那被思念煎熬的每个日日夜夜,他的形象那么鲜明的出现在自己梦中。想到心上人在万里之外与凶残的魔族周旋,自己为他忧心得夜不能眠。突然间,他的真人就那么出现了,让她产生了一种错觉,此刻究竟是现实还是在梦中呢?她轻轻地开口了:“阿秀?”“是我。”紫川秀温柔地凝视着她:“谢谢你,霜。”两人目光交错,用眼神,紫川秀无声地道谢:“你答应我援救紫川家,你做到了;我也遵守了我的承诺,我活着回到了你身边。”“真的是你?”“是我。”流风霜颤抖地伸出手,抚摸着紫川秀的脸,摸着他那瘦削的脸庞,那粗糙的胡子茬,那温暖的双唇,地望着他那明朗而充满笑意的眼睛,是的,就是这样的眼睛,温馨而充满关怀,除了他,再没有人有这样的眼睛了。紫川秀静静地站在原地,任着她摸着脸。他流露温柔的目光,轻声说:“你憔悴了。”感觉手指上传来了真实的触感,确认眼前看到的并非做梦,泪水无声地从她双眼流出来了。多少刀光剑影,多少风霜雪夜,朗沧江一别,似乎还是昨日的事。转眼间,一年过去了。在这令世界震撼的一年里,发生了多少事啊!魔族的入侵,紫川家遭受重创,远东军队的崛起,流风军与紫川家化敌为友,魔族由盛而衰直到眼前的灭亡,沧海桑田的变幻中,数以百万的人死亡,千载不灭的家国沦亡。在这战火纷飞的乱世,相去万里的两个爱人还能活着重逢,那是多么了不起的奇迹。站在旁边默默地看着这一对情侣,不知怎么的,英木兰也感觉自己鼻孔一酸,只想落泪。他悄悄地移开脚步想离开,但紫川秀却叫住了他:“英木兰,你留下吧。我这就要走了。”流风霜一惊,不由自主地抓住了紫川秀的手。英木兰会意,出声挽留道:“紫川大人,您是我们的好朋友,很久没见了,大伙都很想念您,大捷再加上久别重逢,那是难得的双喜啊?不如在我们这多耽搁一会?我去找两瓶好酒过来,大伙喝上庆贺一番!”流风霜虽然没有出声,但她的手却抓得更加用力,挽留之意已在眼中流露无遗了。紫川秀无奈地苦笑:“庆祝自然是庆祝的,但不是现在。还有很多扫尾工作,我的营中有上万的伤员需要照顾,抓到的魔族军俘虏也需要安顿,还有抢来的魔族辎重战利品要分配——我若不过去,帝林和斯特林两个家伙会吞得一干二净,连渣子都不会留给我——最重要的是,魔神皇还没有下落。若找不到他,这场仗我们就很难说是全胜。”流风霜微蹙秀眉:“近卫旅已被全歼了,魔神皇还没有下落?”“这也正是我奇怪的。”紫川秀答道:“若魔神皇活着,他不该这么长时间地无声无息。”其实,这个疑问不单是紫川秀的困惑,也是紫川家所有参战将帅的困惑。大战虽然获胜,但魔神皇下落不明,这成了悬在将军们头上的一把利剑。军队疲惫不堪,但还不能休息,士兵们必须在整个战场上巡逻、搜查,抓捕魔族溃兵。各个师团、团队都被告知,必须要警惕一个魔族皇族,除了瞳孔是蓝色外,他的外貌与人类一般无二,能讲述流利的人类语言。为防止此人穿着人类军服伪装出逃,执行战场任务的人类官兵必须十人一组,凡是遇到落单的官兵都必须盘查,有嫌疑的就当场扣起来。远东军的半兽人成了香宝宝了,因为再怎么乔装打扮,魔神皇也不可能扮成半兽人的样子脱身,于是半兽人就成为最没有嫌疑的兵员。在斯特林和帝林的联合要求下,紫川秀派出了手上所有的半兽人团队进行战场搜索。由于担心魔神皇的可怕战力,紫川秀要求士兵们一旦遭遇了突发情况,先不要忙着战斗,最要紧的是迅速脱离接触,第一时间发出警报。“只需发现魔神皇就是大功一件,千万不要贪功逞强!”紫川秀切切叮嘱部下们:“魔神皇不是人力可以对付的,对付他,必须要靠一零一师这样的特种部队才行!”不用紫川秀唠叨,团队长也知道谨慎。魔神皇单枪匹马杀入了远东军阵斩将夺旗的那一刻大伙都还记忆犹新呢,他恐怖的战斗力给整个远东军都留下了深刻印象。搜索行动一直持续到了下午三点多,德昆的部队第一个报告了好消息:“发现魔神皇了!”当时紫川家的统领们正在商议军国大事——至少,他们是有过这个企图的。斯特林以军务处长的名义召集紫川秀、帝林和明辉等三位统领开联席会议,商议大战之后的安排。但进帐坐下没到五分钟,紫川秀就打起了响亮的呼噜了。统领们苦笑着,都看到了对方那鲜明的黑眼眶。松弛下来后,睡眠的诱惑简直大得无法抵挡。而同样的,明辉和帝林也是昼夜赶路,谁都没能好好睡一觉。帝林干脆说:“还开什么鸟会,大伙睡一觉是正虱。”斯特林有点犹豫:“不好吧?军队都还在坚持,各部队都还在搜索魔神皇,我们关门偷懒,这个影响好象不怎么好。。。”明辉:“就我们四个,外面谁知道?都以为我们在研究重大军事决策呢,谁敢闯进来?”睡着的紫川秀当然没办法发表意见,不过他用响亮的呼噜声表达了他对明辉大人的赞成。坚决的三票对犹豫的一票,军务处迅速通过了一个重大决议:关上门睡觉!都是累透的人了,大伙躺倒就睡着了,直到外面有人喊:“启禀大人,发现魔神皇了!”四位统领同时被惊醒。紫川秀第一时间扑到门口:“他在哪里?快调部队过去包围!”“在装甲兽大营里!”快马疾尘,统领们飞快地朝着一处高坡奔驰而去,那是装甲兽军团突围后最后据守的阵地。闻风赶到的秀字营和半兽人部队已经把那里给封锁了,大队的半兽人全副武装地把守着装甲兽营地的各个路口。“大人,”看到紫川秀和其他几位统领联袂到来,德昆快步上来冲紫川秀行了礼:“是我们先发现了魔神皇!大人,这可真是很不容易啊。。。”看他那罗罗嗦嗦的样子,好象很乐意把功劳和辛苦给摆上一番的,可惜紫川秀此刻心焦如焚,哪有时间听他唠叨,直截了当地问道:“魔神皇在哪里?你给带路吧,快!”当紫川秀进去时,他看到,在营帐之间的空地上躺着一个人。看到这个人,紫川秀的第一感觉是他还没死,只是静静地睡着了。午后的清风轻轻吹拂他额前的散发,温馨的阳光照暖暖地洒在他英俊而苍白的脸上,在秀气而修长的眼睫毛下留下了淡淡的剪影。他穿着淡紫色的王国军服,衣裳整洁,双手安详地互握在腹上。几乎看不到伤口,只有他身下洁白的斗篷被鲜血浸出了很大一块,才让人察觉到他脖子上那一丝细微的伤口——谁都不敢想象,就那么细细的一丝伤口,竟能流出那么多的血。然后,紫川秀回头望向帝林,却见帝林专注地望着地上躺着的人,良久,他凝重而缓缓地点头,轻声说:“是他。”然后,他庄重地抬手解下了自己的军帽,对着地上的人轻轻鞠身。当代最伟大的战士,最强大帝国的君皇,也是最骄傲的勇士,已永久地长眠了。他的佩剑,那把令远东军闻风丧胆的光华剑静静地插在他脑袋旁的地上,剑刃如流波般闪着光。明辉蹲下身小心地查看了魔神皇的伤口,又摸着他的颈部脉搏。良久,他起身说:“魔神皇死了大概五个钟头,死因是切断颈部动脉的那一道细而深的剑痕。依他的武功,应该是自尽。”斯特林和帝林对视一眼,心下都已了然。五个钟头前,那就是装甲兽发起最后冲锋的时候。魔神皇把麾下最后一支军队派向了死亡,他自己也选择了自尽。看着魔神皇的尸体,斯特林不无惆怅:“在昨天,这个人还以为自己能成为大陆之主呢。”“其实,依他的武功,杀出重围并不困难。”紫川秀说:“重整兵马再战,未必就不能胜。”“不可能的。”帝林惋惜地看着魔神皇:“若是逃了,他就不是魔神皇了。”站在敌对的立场,甚至还恨他入骨,但谁都不得不承认,惊才绝艳,风华绝代,雄才大谋,野心滔天,傲骨铮铮,以上所有的词语都不足以形容魔神皇卡特。这样的人物,从前的历史上没有过这样的人,未来也不会再有了。跟在帝林之后,斯特林、紫川秀、明辉也脱下了帽子,对魔神皇的尸体鞠躬。魔神皇充满了诗人的忧郁情怀和帝国君皇的野心,高傲,威严,强大然而又是最脆弱的。他不能承受任何失败和挫折。虽然他身为最强大的战士和帝皇,但本质上,他只是个还带有孩子气的骄傲青年而已。“魔神皇?”“自尽。”有人在纸上用红笔将“卡特”的名字划了一个红×。“凌步虚?”“战死。”于是西南将军的名字也被划了一个红×。“裴玛?”“被俘。”“叶尔马?”“被俘。”“雷欧?”“战死。”“云浅雪?”“逃亡。”“卡兰?”“逃亡。”红色的×在纸上越划越多,塞内亚族首脑们一个接一个被点了名,只是在最后一个名字时,明辉统领住了手,犹豫道:“卡顿?”帝林直接地说:“此人不足为患。”斯特林不解:“为什么?据说卡顿麾下有三十万大军,应是我们的最大对手。”“卡顿手中兵马是不少,但无论器量、才干和魄力,他都与去世的魔神皇相去甚远。此人属志大才疏之辈,虽然一时强势,但却不足成为我们的对手。”拿起了那张打满了红×的名单,帝林扫了一眼,说:“还漏了一个人,他才是我们的真正威胁。比起他,卡顿连只兔子都算不上。”斯特林诧异地抬起头:“塞内亚族军团长级以上的所有贵族名字都列在上面,我们还漏了谁?”“他不是贵族,但比起塞内亚的任何贵族都更危险!”“谁?”“黑沙军师。”“啊!”斯特林一拍额头:“真的!我怎么把他给遗漏了?会战时他好象就没出现过!”“黑沙军师?他是谁?”明辉问道。他一直在西部,与魔族打仗不多,对魔族上层的了解并不多。“怎么说呢?”斯特林斟酌着用词:“这样形容吧,若说魔神皇是魔族王国灵魂的话,那黑沙军师就是王国的大脑了!”“魔族王国的大脑,这话说得好!”帝林笑笑,神色立即转为严肃:“黑沙军师这个人物,即使在魔族国内也算是神秘的异类。我审讯过叶尔马了,结果很让人吃惊:在王国的最高决策层中,黑沙军师的影响力比我们估计得要大得多,他的权力大得恐怖:他可以决定对军团长的任命、直接调动除了近卫旅和羽林军以外的任何魔族军队、一言可定将军们生死,甚至可以影响魔族皇储继位人选!从七八零年的远东战争开始直到七八四年的魔族破瓦仑关,魔族所有的重大军事胜利背后都有他的身影,他策划一切,魔神皇对他言听计从,将军们在他面前都不敢大声喘气,他们怕他怕得象火!在魔族朝廷,他的威望仅次于魔神皇——这样的人物,岂是卡顿那庸才能比拟的,我们应该庆幸,指挥那三十万魔族军队的是卡顿而不是他。”斯特林不住地点头赞同,七八零年,他是亲身吃过黑沙军师的苦头了,一百三十六万魔族军对远东的大规模袭击,事先竟然一点风声也泄漏不出,魔族的各个军团雷霆万钧地杀来,六十四万远东紫川军连稍微抵抗一下都办不到,三天就全线崩溃了——如此周密的策划,空前的大迂回大包抄作战方式,各部队目标明确,行动迅速,这与魔族一贯简单直接粗鲁的厮杀方式实在相去太远,这场大战役很明显有黑沙军师背后操盘的痕迹。斯特林感到奇怪,自从魔族破瓦仑关进入人类世界以后,魔族的行动就失去了先前的精确和犀利了。奥斯会战中,各个军团各自为战,互不合作;而随后帝都会战中军团长们更是犯下低级的失误,军队表现混乱,接着魔族又放弃了帝都而选择攻打西北——这样轻易更改作战目标显示了魔族在战略层面的缺失和混乱,他们缺乏清晰的长期指导和目标。帝林为斯特林解释了疑惑:“叶尔马招供了,自魔族军入关以后,黑沙军师就没在魔族宫廷中再出现过——魔族失去了自己的大脑。”“原来如此!”斯特林恍然。他问:“什么原因呢?难道塞内亚皇族与黑沙军师决裂了?”“那就不是我们能了解的了。叶尔马虽然是高级军官,但与黑沙军师有关的所有情报都是绝密,只有皇室能掌握。”虽然对黑沙军师和塞内亚皇室之间的关系很感兴趣,但这毕竟不是会议的正题。黑沙厉害,但他手上没兵;虽然被帝林形容为“不足为患”,但当前紫川家最大的敌人仍然是卡顿和他所率领的三十万魔族军队,对于疲惫的紫川军来说,这批骄兵悍将是不容轻视的敌人。会议进行得并不顺利——并非因为卡顿强得令紫川家统领们棘手,大伙连魔神皇都收拾了,卡顿再强也强不过他老子——困扰大家的是另外的事情,一个本来不应成为问题的问题。明辉统领在做报告:“西北军抵达战场的时候是昨日清晨九时,我本意立即投入战斗,但流风霜殿下说部队尚未休整完毕,直到午后三时才参战。”“六个小时。”帝林说:“流风霜足足拖延了六个小时!这究竟是必要的休整,还是她有意拖延?明辉大人,您觉得呢?”明辉:“昼夜急行军近百里,要说部队需要休整恢复战力,这也说得过去。”斯特林冷冷说:“但这要看在什么时候了。”想起昨日上午战斗的惨烈,他如今仍心有余悸。军队伤亡殆尽,明知道只要再加一个师就有可能冲垮云浅雪的防线,但当时确实是连一个满员的中队都找不出来了。他本人亲自到一线去集拢那些被打残的部队,带着几千名伤兵组成敢死队冲锋四次,连身为统领之尊的他都杀得满身溅血,至于远东军那边的凄惨,那就更不用说了,紫川秀连眼泪都流不出来了——在这反复拉锯相持不下的时候,一个骑兵大队都有可能决定整个战场的形势。就在这时,流风霜握着整整二十五万大军藏着树林里,看着东南军、远东军与魔族打得遍体鳞伤不加援手,直到眼看魔族和紫川军已衰弱到了极点,失血失到再也流不出来的地步了,流风霜才施施然地带着她的无敌军团登上战场。“在巴丹会战之前,魔神皇是大陆公敌,流风霜必须与我们联手才能抵御他;但魔神皇一死,一个残破的魔族王国已不足以威胁流风家的安全了,这种情况下,流风殿下的态度就有可能暧昧了。无端猜疑自己的盟友并非君子所为,尤其是这个盟友刚刚帮了我们一个大忙,幸好我帝林并非君子,历来我都是习惯做恶人的。不能不承认这个事实,如今,与魔族联手符合流风家的利益。尽管流风霜未必能卑鄙到马维那样的程度,但我们不得不做最坏的打算,反正,我是不惮从最坏的角度来考虑人的。诸位大人,若你们是流风殿下,你会怎样做呢?”众人默默地思量,若自己是流风霜,这种情况下该怎么办?两不相帮保持中立还算是比较有良心的,对流风家最有利的,流风霜干脆就与魔族联手,当紫川军与卡顿交战时,她从背后对紫川军猛然一击,当紫川军主力崩溃后,她大可悠然地扫荡朗沧江以西的紫川家领土,将西北的蓝城直到西南的旦雅统统收入流风家版图。斯特林掐灭了手中的香烟,点头:“帝林大人,我赞同您的观点。这场卫国战争中,流风霜殿下对我们帮助很大,我们都对她心存感激。但现在,我们不能不有所警惕了。”明辉犹豫着,在座诸位统领中,他是与流风霜关系最密切的人。在抵御魔族对西北进攻的时候,西北紫川军与流风军并肩作战,浴血厮杀,一同进军。在生死鏖战中,两军将士不分你我,在同一口锅里吃饭,在同一个营帐中睡觉,亲密犹如兄弟。明辉更是与流风霜朝夕相处,他真切地感觉到了,流风霜是个光明磊落的人,她明朗的笑容就如水晶一般晶莹剔透。这当世奇女子,她天生就是在阳光下生长的,这样的人物,应该是与任何阴谋诡计绝缘的。看到明辉苦闷的样子,帝林柔声说:“明辉大人,不要忘记了自己的立场。您毕竟是紫川家的统领。”明辉一哆嗦,手被指上的香烟烫了一下。他当然明白帝林那句话暗蕴的意思,坐在自己面前的,是负责监视家族文武官员忠诚的总监察长。“二位大人说得都很有道理,”明辉低声说:“流风霜确实有点不对头,从她拖延时间不肯进入战场就可以看出来了。”会议上商定了一个作战方案:由斯特林率东南军、紫川秀率远东两军乘胜追击,寻觅卡顿皇子的主力决战,林冰率远东第三军和新组编的各个步兵师担任侧翼攻势。而帝林和明辉所部,则作为第二梯队的支援部队——统领们心下雪亮,所谓的第二梯队,就是专门针对流风霜防备她偷袭的。这时明辉才察觉有点不对,他疑惑道:“为何秀川大人没有参加这次会议?他也是统领。”帝林看了他一眼:“我没有通知他——他现在也没空。”帝林没有做任何解释。望着总监察长冷峻的脸,明辉吞了口水,不敢再问了。第268章帝国的黄昏战后余情窗外是飘飞的白雪,纷纷洒洒。寒风凌厉地从窗外刮过,带着呼啸的声音。七八五年一月间,远东遭遇了历史上罕见的大雪,寒流一夜突降,河流冻结,山丘冰封。湿漉漉的木柴在壁炉里噼里啪啦地燃烧着,发出一股带着森林气息的忧郁青烟。两个青年男子正坐在壁炉边的大桌上下棋,两人都是全神贯注地俯身盯着棋盘,连桌子边上的酒壶都没有碰一下。眉清目秀的俊美青年把棋子向前推进,很沉稳地说:“斯特林,这盘你输了。”他的对手盯着棋盘,眉头紧缩,显然碰到了很棘手的局面。良久,他抬起头,正要说话,屋外响起了踏踏的脚步声,门被推开了,罗杰浑身被裹在厚实的皮袄里,带着一股寒风和飘雪冲进屋子里,嘴里不住叫道:“秀川大人,冷死了!冷死了!这狗天气,雪都快到膝盖了!”拍打着身上的积雪,猛然见到屋里的人,罗杰愣住了,惊喜地喊道:“斯特林大人,您怎么到我们这来了?”斯特林抬起了头,顺手把棋盘上的棋子全部拨乱:“有人来了,不下了。”他笑道:“怎么,罗杰红衣阁下不欢迎我过来?你的伤好了吗?”罗杰呵呵地憨笑着:“大人,您说的什么话!您是俺们的贵客,请都请不来呢!我只是纳闷,这么大的雪,您是怎么过来的?”“我过来两天了,那时雪还没有封道。怎样?在巴丹时被装甲兽敲了一棍,伤好了吗?”“伤早好了!大人您看,现在我壮得象头牛!”罗杰使劲拍着自己胸膛,发出怦怦的响声,脸上满是得意。“罗杰,你蠢得也象头牛!”紫川秀冷冷说,他喊道:“斯特林,别耍赖,这盘你输了啊!”“还没下完呢,我看这盘就算平手好了,大家不伤和气。”斯特林若无其事地说。他亲热地对罗杰说:“怎样,罗杰,你们最近小日子好像过得不错啊!我看远东军最近阔气了起来,你们新做的军大衣蛮漂亮的。”“斯特林,别岔开话题啊!说好了,一盘棋赌十万银币的军费!”“不是还没下完吗——罗杰,有没有带什么好吃的过来?我肚子有点饿了。”“浑蛋,你这家伙,才吃过东西的!欠我十万啊!十万个银币!”斯特林仿佛没听见紫川秀的说话:“罗杰,伤势全部康复了吗?要不要回内地找个好医生看下?你们这些能征善战的将领,是国家的宝贵财富,家族很关心你们的。听说你受伤了,宁殿下还特意让我给你捎来了一些补品,就在我行李里边,等下拿给你。”罗杰感动得眼睛都红了:“太谢谢大人您了,宁殿下和您那么忙,还有空关心我们这些厮杀汉,我感激得。。。”“罗杰,你闭嘴!斯特林,欠我十万银币了啊!十万银币!”紫川秀把双手合成喇叭,凑在斯特林的耳朵边大叫。后者再也不能扮作充耳不闻了,他鄙视地望了紫川秀一眼:“至于吗?秀川统领,再怎么说你也是家族的一方镇守大员,拿出点气度来好吗?闹得象个乡下的高利贷打手似的——那点小钱,你想我堂堂军务处长会放在心上吗?”“那就好,还钱来!”紫川秀手一摊,把一张纸摊开摆斯特林面前:“快点,在这张军费申请表上签名!”斯特林扫了表上的数目一眼,打个寒战。他起身打个懒腰:“时候不早了,得回去睡觉了!天冷了,人就容易困。唉,人老了,精神真的不行了呢!”紫川秀勃然大怒:“我就不信了邪了!在我地头治不了你这赖皮家伙,我也不用当这个远东统领!斯特林,告诉你,今天不签这个字,你休想出这个门!”“我是紫川家军务处长!秀川大人,怎么着,你难道还敢以下犯上?”“罗杰,关门,放狼!——哪来的狼?废话,你不就是狼吗?拿出你盯美女的劲头来,上去咬他去!”当白川红衣旗本进屋时,看到屋里扭成一团的几个男人,她吃惊地睁大了眼睛:“斯特林大人?秀川大人?还有罗杰,你们几个在干什么?”几个男人连忙分开,讪讪地干笑着。紫川秀干咳一声:“白川,你知道啦,外边天气很冷,我们为了节省柴火,大家在做摔跤运动增加热量呢!”太熟悉这个男人了,看他咕噜转的眼珠就知道这厮在扯谎了,白川也懒得揭穿他,她把手头的文件打开,正色道:“诸位大人,远东情报局有情况报告。”远东军事情报局是紫川秀第二次回到远东担任统领时候建立的情报组织,主要针对魔族王国的军事动向。因为在魔族境内,也有半兽人居民生活,远东军情局通过各种方式从他们那得到王国的军事情报。军情局第一任局长是半兽人将军布兰。紫川秀考虑他的半兽人身份可以方便和魔族国内的半兽人居民沟通——大家一致公认,这是光明王为数不多的用人败笔——半兽人勇士冲锋陷阵确实勇猛,但要他们去搞需要耐心和细致的情报工作,他们会把情报员当成敢死队用的。布兰上任搞了几个月,有价值的情报寥寥无几。后来,情报局的主持由明羽兼任,但光是第三军和后勤事务就把明羽忙得喘不过气来,他也没有精力兼顾情报局这边。最后,巴丹会战后,当紫川秀回到远东,他正式任命白川担任远东军情局的第三任局长。现在,走马上任的新局长要向远东统领进行汇报了!“有什么新消息吗?退守国内的魔族有什么动作?”“是!根据情报局外线的确认,塞内亚族已推举出了新一代的魔神皇。”“是谁?”“卡丹公主,她将就任第十九代魔神皇,也是魔族历史上的第一任女皇帝。”紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,双方眼里都没有多少吃惊。过去的一个月里,发生了太多了变故,他们已经习惯接受任何看似荒诞不经的消息了。在巴丹会战魔神皇战死后,塞内亚军事集团面临了双重的灭顶之灾。有资格继承皇位的两位皇子卡顿和卡兰为皇位争夺而火并,卡顿杀死了卡兰,但随即被窥视在后的蒙族族长暗算身亡。一个月之内,塞内亚族连续失去了皇帝、皇子、优秀的将领和几乎所有的军队,外有强大的人类军队逼近,内有野心的诸侯发起挑战,谁都以为,塞内亚族的灭亡已成定局了,这个曾经骁勇善战的种族即将成为历史名词。连坚强的云浅雪也无法承受这接连而来的巨大打击,他绝望得要自杀。就在这时候,存续塞内亚族历史的重要人物,卡丹公主出现了。百年之后,后世的人们仍在传颂这位弱质女子在危难时期表现出的勇气和坚毅,也因此,她由一位并不起眼的花瓶式公主一跃而起,跻身于流风霜、紫川宁等黄金时代最富有传奇色彩的女性之中。在崩溃边缘救下了自己丈夫后,从来不涉足军事的卡丹毅然挑起了重担。在塔伦城郊,冒着无数的飞箭,一个纤纤女子吃力地举着着皇旗出现在交战的羽林军和十七军战场上,一个娇滴滴的皇族女子,豁出自己性命来阻止数万士兵的厮杀,交战双方无不为这个皇族女子的勇气而油然生敬意。一个百人队长后来说:“在那刻,我们看到了两面旗帜同时出现在战场上,一面是狮子皇旗,一个,是那个犹如天使一般的女孩,卡丹殿下,不愧是卡特陛下的血脉传人!”“诸位,我军已经战败,为仇恨而厮杀毫无意义!请为故乡的亲人们想想,尽量多点把塞内亚的孩子们活着带回家!多一个士兵活下去,我们塞内亚就多了一分希望!”在她主持的谈判会上,卡特以真情实意打动了双方代表。在她的感召下,十七军和羽林军握手言和,两军重新合并。合并后的军队需要一位统帅来指挥全局,而这个位置需要一位享有高度威望的人物来担任,否则无法凝聚全军。这时候,塞内亚残兵们发现,没人比先任陛下的唯一继承人卡丹更合适这个位置了。伟大的卡特陛下刚刚逝世,他的余威犹在,塞内亚人对这位流淌着先皇血脉的卡丹还是很有感情的。虽然她是女子,也没有多少军事经验,但大家都不在乎,她的夫君云浅雪历来被公认为王国第一流的名将,有他辅佐,可以很好地弥补卡丹军事经验上的缺陷。而新任领袖卡丹的表现也可圈可点,在她指挥下,塞内亚军合力打退了趁火打劫的蒙族军——更主要原因是老奸巨猾的蒙汗不愿与恢复统一建制的塞内亚军血拼,他更愿意借人类的刀来消灭塞内亚族——接着,卡丹和云浅雪指挥着塞内亚军队踏上了归国的撤退路程。这是一条血腥又残酷的撤退道路,皇族塞内亚,这个强悍的名字给世人留下了深刻的印象,不把它们彻底斩草除根,被他们侵略的人类也好,被它们统治又背叛的魔族各部族也好,谁都寝食难安。连云浅雪也说不清到底有多少路兵马在追击他们:东南军、帝都军、远东军、西北军、流风军、地方上的人类游击队、蒙族的军队、亚昆族的军队、哥昂族的军队,甚至就连先前臣服在塞内亚族统治下的十六军驻各地守备队也对主人亮出了獠牙,帝都发出了公告了,十六军士兵只要能拿着塞内亚兵的头颅反正,家族可以宽恕他的罪行!塞内亚军队艰难地跋涉,战斗、厮杀、阻击、冲出重围,在那冰天雪地的道上,它们为自己百年来的骄横和残暴付出了代价。在这一路上,无数的生离死别在发生。危难关头,塞内亚族战士显示了令人肃然起敬的高贵,不用命令,不用催促,他们自愿报名充当断后的敢死队,用血肉之躯来阻挡人类骑兵的追杀。受伤士兵为了不拖累大队的前进,在担架上切断了自己的喉咙。自愿断后的军官严肃又庄重地向卡丹告别:“微臣先走一步回去见陛下了,公主殿下,可有什么要托我向陛下转达的吗?”每次见到那些年轻又坚毅的面孔,卡丹总是忍不住泪流满眶,倒在那条道上的,那是王国最后的男人!且战且退,当塞内亚族撤退兵马到达瓦仑要塞时,出发时的十二万兵马仅剩六万。本指望能在瓦伦要塞得到补给和增援的云浅雪再次受到沉重的打击。得知巴丹会战惨败、魔神皇战死、两位皇子自相残杀死亡的消息后,镇守瓦伦的塞内亚守备队崩溃了。他们烧掉了要塞,带着掠夺来的战利品逃回了国内。于是,呈现在塞内亚族军团面前的,只剩下满目的断墙残壁。在废墟般的瓦伦城内,云浅雪连一粒米都找不到。要塞的一边是远东的半兽人,要塞的另一边是紫川家,两边都是敌人。若被远东的半兽人把出口一堵,魔族残兵困守在要塞内只有死路一条。在那个大陆著名的战略要地,云浅雪连一天也不敢呆,当晚就带着兵马跑了。从瓦伦出来进入了远东的地界,照旧是一路的袭击不断。布兰将军率领的半兽人军队神出鬼没,多次打击后撤的魔族部队。为抓紧赶路,卡丹下令丢掉了从内地掠夺来的所有战利品,轻装上路。魔族军全盛时期几乎占领了半个大陆,他们搜刮得可着实厉害,虽然撤退狼狈丢了不少,但还是剩下了很多价值连城的珍品。自然的,这笔被放弃的战利品落到了半兽人军队的手上。布兰将军很聪明地领会了魔族的暗示:这是塞内亚人为逃生留下的买路钱。虽然他对魔族恨之入骨,但他也知道,紫川秀率着远东主力还没赶回来,凭着自己的力量要想把战败的魔族全部截下来,那是个不可能完成的任务。半推半就下,他也就接受了魔族的这笔贿赂。于是远东大公路上出现了奇怪的一幕,两军尾随,魔族军不住地丢东西,远东军跟在后面不住地拣。若有时候远东军发现拣来的东西不怎么值钱了——其实这也是很冤枉卡丹和云浅雪夫妇了,他们丢下的是绝世名画、金银和宝贵的异宝,但无奈远东的土包子们没眼光,他们衡量宝贝的唯一标准是这东西有多重?结实吗?拿起来好用吗?——布兰将军就会愤怒了:“他们竟敢拿这些轻飘飘的玩意来糊弄我们!追上去,教训他们!”于是看到远东军逼近,魔族军不得不又丢出了更多的宝贝出来,那情形,很象在野地的行人丢下背的肉条来安抚追近的狼群——卡丹郁闷得要吐血:“远东的蛮子们也太过分了!竟然有人以公斤来论钻石和名画的!”这么上千公里地走下来,等回到魔族境内,西侵的魔族大军早已囊空如洗,在最后的那段路,卡丹公主连自己的首饰都被迫丢弃了来喂饱后面追的恶狼——她不得不如此,因为到后来,追逐塞内亚大军的不单是布兰,还有蒙汗、哥达汗、亚哥米等非塞内亚族的魔族军队。她不怕布兰,但只要布兰一翻脸动手,后面的那几路兵马立即就会趁乱冲过来,对塞内亚族来个围而歼之。现在之所以能保持和平,只是因为谁都不想当第一个出手的傻子罢了。这种情况下,安抚好紫川秀在远东的代表布兰就很关键了,他代表着紫川秀,也就表示他代表着人类方面的态度。他不第一个动手,那些魔族酋长们谁都不敢第一个出头。那段日子里,布兰将军当真是过得风光异常。不但卡丹要挖空自己的陪嫁首饰盒给他行贿,就是后续的几路回国的魔族兵马也一个个乖乖地向他缴纳了可观的过路费。这也是战争史上的奇迹了,不到三万人的半兽人军狠狠地掠夺了超过三十万魔族精兵,将他们抢劫得泪水汪汪——面对半兽人的刀枪,昔日的骄悍兵将们乖乖地掏空腰包,甚至得搜身才能过关。酋长们压根就没想过反抗的念头。人类从来没有这样令人恐惧过。巴丹会战的得胜之师,六十万人类军队聚集,这支军队随时有可能进入远东,对魔族王国发动复仇的雷霆一击。谁都不清楚,接下来王国的局势会向哪个方向发展。但无论如何,紫川秀是紫川家在远东的全权代表,在未来人类对魔族王国的复仇战争中,他定然是个极有发言权的人物。那时候,确定谁是发动战争的战争罪犯,谁是人类军和半兽人军打击的第一目标,那可得看紫川秀大人的一句话了。若他老人家心情好,说个一句半句:“其实亚昆族也是迫不得已的,他们也是被魔神皇逼着去打仗的。本质上,亚哥米也是个热爱和平的好人,他和塞内亚族那伙人不是一回事。”那就好,本质上是个好人且和塞内亚族划清了界线的亚哥米公爵从此可以垫高枕头睡觉了,他可以笑容满面地看着自己的邻居们被人类的大军杀个鸡犬不留——从魔族军进入人类世界的作为来看,人类军队来个以牙还牙是很正常的——而亚昆族却能安然无恙。若是运气再好点的话,在人类的扶植和远东的支持下,未来的王国皇冠也不是遥不可及的目标。这种情况下,连塞内亚族都交钱了,难道还有哪个傻瓜那么无知,竟敢抵抗紫川秀大人的心腹爱将,著名的远东大将,伟大的半兽人统帅,闻名遐尔的布兰将军吗?一意要和紫川秀搞好关系的魔族酋长们当然不会那么傻了。在那一个多月的时间里,布兰将军究竟从这群残兵败将身上搜刮了多少财富,那是永远无人能知的秘密了。不过,后人是可以从一些蛛丝马迹推测出来:当紫川秀回到远东时,整整一个星期都笑得合不拢嘴;很快的,远东很快为自己的三十多万武装部队更换了新军服,发放了拖欠已久的军饷和津贴,罗杰红衣旗本甚至还有钱跑回内地跟失足姑娘们好好地谈了一次人生和理想,结果被帝都治部少抓去关了一个星期。。。第270章东征战争(下)七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝。

“七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝夜是肃穆的,无数无计的星辰,璀璨于天际,映照得苍穹一片玫红。巨大的皎洁圆月静静地挂在半空,给战场笼上了一层白芒。巴丹城侧的一处高坡上,一对男女在相互偎依地坐在一起。偎依在他肩头,流风霜正在安静地听紫川秀说着话,明澈的眼睛泛着淡淡的光华。她安静地垂着头,倾听着紫川秀的说话,神情波澜不动。她不时又抬起头,静静看着他的侧脸,那分明的轮廓,那消瘦、疲惫的面孔,额上两道淡淡的皱纹。这让流风霜感到,有一种沧桑已闯进了心上人生命里,并从此无法离开。没见面之前,她在有很多话想当面向他倾吐,但不知为何,当真正见到他人,呼吸着他温馨的体息,她忽然觉得,这样就足够了。大多数时候,都只是紫川秀说,说着分别时候发生的事,过去的苦难,未来的日子,峥嵘岁月里的风霜雨雪。象很多话,外人看来都很无聊的,他却不厌其烦地反复说啊说啊,流风霜微笑着倾听,丝毫没有流露不耐。但更多的时候,两人却只是默默地偎依着,沉默,让晚风静静地掠过身边,吹拂了斗篷的长襟。“冷吗?”流风霜微笑着摇头,紫川秀于是脱下了深蓝色的将军大衣,披在流风霜肩头。她把带着他体息和温度的大衣紧紧地将自己裹起来,嘴角露出了微笑:这很象心上人的大手紧紧地将自己拥抱啊!想到这个念头,她羞涩地低下了头,却听到紫川秀轻声说:“后天,我们就要开拔了。”流风霜一震,低声说:“这么快?又要去打仗了?”猜出了流风霜的心思,紫川秀安慰她说:“不必担心。不会再有巴丹这样的苦仗了,魔族已不成气候了。”“这次的目标又是谁呢?”“卡顿亲王。只要把他打垮了,战争就结束了。”“你们这么有信心?据说卡顿可是统率了三十万大军啊,未必就比魔神皇的军队少。特别现在,远东军和东南军为消灭魔神皇都是伤亡惨重。”“现在已不是七八一年了,人类占领了战略优势。虽然我军伤亡很大,但我们的补充也来得快,与后方的补给道路已经打通了,来自帝都的增援会源源不断地抵达,无论是兵力还是技术装备上,我们都超出卡顿不下一个档次,更何况巴丹会战不但打掉了魔族的主力军团,更打掉了魔族的信心——其实,我不怎么相信会发生第二次大会战。只要卡顿智力正常,看到魔神皇垮台,他应该立即夹起尾巴跑了。收复国土,并不是很困难的事。”“然后呢?”“然后?”二十四岁的青年将军踌躇满志地微笑了:“为追击敌寇,我不惧天涯海角,犁扫狼穴,剑顷血海,平荡魔神堡,铲除战争余蘖,为人类千年的苦难报仇雪恨,这是历史赋予当代军人的使命。”默默地看着紫川秀,英武的青年军人显出了坚定的自信,那种专注于自己事业的男人自有一种莫名的魅力,流风霜看得心神惧醉。她轻声问:“再然后呢?”默默地看着她,紫川秀温柔地说:“接着,我来娶你回家。”流风霜轻轻点头,轻轻扑进了紫川秀怀中。两人都没有说话,在那鏖杀激战后折矛断枪遍地的战场上,一对恋人相互偎依着坐在高高的山坡上,皎洁的大圆月在他们身后升起。战争是一场再残酷不过的竞赛,胜利者可以引颈高歌,失败者却只有黯然退场的份——前提是他们能保住一条性命来。比起将近四十万战死在沙场的同僚来说,可以黯然退场的魔族败兵们还是比较幸运的。在巴丹会战的最后阶段,云浅雪随着第三军的败部突围。与卡兰皇子向东南方突围不同,第三军选择了正面突破远东阵线冲出重围。这是一场残酷的血战,被远东军象狼狗一般狠狠追击了一夜,到天亮时,突围的三万官兵剩余不到一半。魔族残兵溃逃到了叶丹城周边,这里虽然已被人类占领了,但并没有人类的大部队驻扎。面对大片的魔族溃兵,城中居民和警备队都明智地选择关上城门,不去招惹这群战败的野兽们。云浅雪是被凌厉的清晨寒风给吹醒的,醒来时,他只觉周身酸疼得厉害,头疼欲裂,嗓子里干渴得象是有一团火在烧,眼皮沉重得象压得几千斤铅球。他痛苦地呻吟一声:“水!”恍惚中,有人给他嘴边凑上了一个铁质的水壶。闻到了水惺的味道,他用颤抖的手贪婪抓住了壶嘴,大口大口地吞着水。但第一口只喝了一半,他就吐了出来:壶里的水又臭又腥,带有一种难闻的泥土和血腥混杂的味道。有人在耳边低声说:“大人,克服一下,实在没地方找水了。”云浅雪心下明白,强忍着恶心再吞下了一口水,却再也喝不下第三口了。他无力地躺下,感觉身子象在坐船一样晃动着,于是知道自己是在被人用担架扛着前进,在那有节奏的晃动中,他陷入了半醒半昏迷的恍惚状态中。当云浅雪第二次醒来时候,已是当天午后了。从担架边上望出去,担架下面的褐色的道路无休无止地滑过,染着初冬颜色的光秃秃的小树林中,最后残留的几片叶子在盘旋飞转。冷风不住地从前路吹过来,带着初冬凛冽的寒意。初升的阳光洒落田野上,远方的大片树林出现在初冬的蔚蓝耀眼的天空下,大队的魔族兵散落地行进着。躺在担架上,贪婪地望着眼前的景色,一瞬间,云浅雪陷入了莫名的迷惘中。这是在哪里?我为什么在这里?我又是谁?恍惚了好一阵,他才从记忆中搜索到了事实。我是王国的驸马亲王云浅雪。自己如何受伤的?实在想不起来了,只记得在黑暗中那一片混乱,火光、刀光剑影、惨叫和厮杀,自己究竟如何受伤昏迷,又如何被人用担架扛着前进,那些事已经完全在记忆中失去了踪迹。他在担架里举起了手,喊道:“停!”有人快步向他跑来,凑到他跟前:“羽林大人,您醒了?”“你是。。。”看着面前面熟的魔族军官,云浅雪却怎样也想不起他的名字来。军官作自我介绍:“下官苏木,是卡丹公主殿下的卫队长。”“我记得你。”云浅雪想起来了,问:“公主殿下与我们在一起吗?我怎么会和你们在一起的?”“大人,昨晚突围时很混乱,我们与公主殿下失散了。我们回头去找,却再也找不到公主殿下了,却在道边发现了您。您当世受了伤,昏迷不醒,我们就自作主张拿担架把您抬着走了。大人,您感觉好些了吗?”看苏木队长忐忑不安的表情,神色惴惴的。再看身边的几个魔族兵惶惶的神情,云浅雪明白他们在想什么了。按照王国军法,皇族的护卫丢下保护的对象独自逃生,那是大罪,按刑罚得五马分尸。卫队丢了卡丹,他们多半是害怕军法责罚,想把自己救回去也好将功赎罪吧。“明白了。”云浅雪平静地说。他心里恼恨苏木等人没有保护好卡丹,却知道,在这兵荒马乱的逃亡路上,这支卫队是自己生命的唯一保障了。若不能安抚好他们,自己休想平安回国。“苏木队长,昨晚那种混乱情况,谁也没办法的。保护不了卡丹公主,那也是天意吧。你放心,只要我能活着回去,将来有什么麻烦,我一力替你们承担了。”听云浅雪这么说,围在他身边的魔族兵都露出了如释重负的轻松表情,苏木甚至笑了起来:“谢谢大人您了。大人您休息吧,我们定会保护您安全回去的。”云浅雪点头,他也没力气追问苏木“回去”到底是指回哪里了。若在一天前,回去的答案是很明确的:“回到陛下的身边。”但现在,陛下死了。自己的妻子卡丹公主也死了。“陛下死了。。。”云浅雪陷入了极度的恐惧和混乱,他怎么想也无法接受这个事实,就像无法接受天空失去太阳一般。恍惚中,泪水打湿了云浅雪的衣襟。他真切地感觉到了痛楚:魔神王国已不复存在。自己拥有的一切,高贵的地位,权势,美丽的妻子,自小所熟悉的一切,此刻都已不复存在了。那种感觉,就象天崩地裂,脚下可靠的大地寸寸粉碎,整个人飘荡在空中,不得着地。胡思乱想也不知过了多久,云浅雪才想到了自己的使命:陛下临终给自己嘱托,将皇旗交给皇子殿下,辅助新君登上皇位,重振国运——这是陛下交托自己的遗命啊!想到卡兰皇子,云浅雪如快被溺死的人抓到了一根稻草,整个人振奋起来了。虽然皇子有许多不是的地方,两人不久前还发生激烈的冲突,但如今,他却成了云浅雪唯一的希望了。到下午,云浅雪已清醒过来了,躺在摇晃的担架上思考着前程去向。分手时,卡兰皇子叮嘱自己到塔伦城会合,云浅雪已打定了主意:“要与卡兰皇子会合,那是肯定的。但在与皇子会合之前,最好能收拢一些兵力,不然自己只得一个光棍司令两手空空地到塔伦城去,会被卡兰那个坏蛋笑话的!”云浅雪找来苏木队长,向他询问队伍的情况。苏木报告说,公主的卫队本来有近千人,但大部分士兵都在混乱时失散了,现在还聚拢在身边的仅仅只有一百五十三名士兵。“那些人呢?”云浅雪指着与他们一同前进的大群魔族士兵:“他们是哪部分的?谁是他们的带队指挥官?”“他们?”望着身后蹒跚而行的魔族官兵们,苏木苦笑道:“他们都是被打垮的散兵。没有带队指挥官,没有纪律,虽然有好几千人,但却只是一盘散沙。他们纪律很坏,有些人甚至还想抢夺我们的食物和武器,但被我们打退了。”“那他们为什么跟着我们?”“现在大家都不知道该怎么办,都是跟着别人走。”“想办法,把他们组织起来。王国正值危难之秋,每一个兵员都是珍贵的。士兵们只是暂时被打垮了斗志和士气,但只要给他们希望,缓过气来,他们还是好样的战士。”苏木有点犹豫,云浅雪加重了语气:“苏木队长,这一路都是人类敌占区,要回到瓦仑要塞,单靠我们这一百多号人是不够的,任何一个城市的守备队都能把我们轻易拿下,我们甚至都走不到巴特利城。但若能把散落在外的魔族官兵组织起来,我们能组成几个团队,甚至一个军团,一路攻城掠地打回去!”苏木对云浅雪的说法不以为然。逃亡途中,人心惶惶,想要把这批丧失纪律和斗志的魔族散兵重新组织起来,谈何容易。但出于对云浅雪的尊重,他还是派出了手下的士兵喊话,说这里有王国的长官在,命令散兵们前来集合。喊了半天,到黄昏时,只有不到五十名士兵肯来集合。“大人,我们尽力了,但效果实在不佳。”云浅雪从担架上坐起身,他艰难地从怀中拿出一个被油布裹得严严实实的包裹,郑重地双手递给苏木。眼见云浅雪如此郑重,苏木也不敢轻忽,双手接过包裹:“大人,这是?”“王国的皇旗,陛下托付给我转交皇子殿下的。”苏木立即跪下,双手托着包裹举过头顶,声音激动得有点颤抖:“大人!”“打开吧,让我也看看。”苏木小心翼翼地拆开折叠得很细心的包裹,把旗子取出来,抖开,扯住一角,抚平了旗面。他和两个士兵合力,把军旗好好展开,让云浅雪看清了这面光滑的、浸透了士兵们鲜血和汗水的皇旗,骄傲的狮子威风凛凛地注视着众人。风在呼呼地刮,望着皇旗,泪水润湿了云浅雪的眼睛。望着皇旗,象是看到了无数熟悉的脸孔,云浅雪哭了起来。因为胸腹间受了伤,每抽泣一下都会牵痛伤口,云浅雪痛苦地抽搐着,眼泪一滴滴地溢出眼眶,无声地哭泣着。看着这位哭泣的青年将军,苏木手足无措。这个魁梧的汉子被眼前发生的事惊得慌张起来,慢慢的,他也哭起来了,泪水从眼睛里涌出,喉咙哽咽着,肩膀和抓住旗帜的手因为失声痛哭而颤抖着。围在身边的士兵也一个接一个地哭出声来,现场哭声一片。最后,还是云浅雪先恢复了平静。“去吧,找个高处,把旗帜挂起来!让大伙看看,王国还没有被打垮,皇族依然和大伙在一起!”在黄昏的落日映照下,皇旗孤独地飘荡在高坡上,黄金狮子在发出无声的咆哮。谁也没有想到,那面招展的皇旗竟有如此大的魔力,胜过无数的语言和呼唤。看到皇旗,魔族士兵无声无息地聚拢到了高坡前,傻傻地、痴痴地抬头望着头顶的旗帜。那飘扬的旗帜就象磁铁吸引铁粉一般吸引着他们,他们徘徊在高坡前,迟迟不肯离去。他们越聚越多,密密麻麻地聚成了一片。士兵们都望着他,望着黄金狮子旗下面那位被人搀扶着的、裹着纱布的青年将领。云浅雪眼睛通红,看着眼前的魔族官兵,一阵酸楚涌上心头。士兵们疲惫,干瘦,虚弱,衣衫褴褛,黑黝黝的脸露出了死人一般惨白的脸色。他们只是比死人多了一口气罢了。现在,谁来理会这些离家万里之外的孩子们呢?本来忍住的眼泪再次抑止不住地夺眶而出。想好的那些激励人心鼓舞士气的话语,此刻却象被铅哽在了喉头。最后,云浅雪只能哽咽着,流着泪,断断续续地告诉了士兵们,王国刚刚经历了惨败,损伤惨重。王国的各主力军都遭到人类的沉重打击,神皇下落不明,各路军团长也失去了联系。“王国战败,作为大本营的幕僚长官,我的责任不可推卸。在那个时候,我自然会负起自己的责任,承担应有责罚。但在那之前,我还有一个任务,那就是把王国流浪在外的孩子们带回家。士兵们,请遵守军纪和秩序,让我带你们回家。”五千多人聚集在高坡前寂静无声,唯有云浅雪那颤抖的声音静静地回响。士兵们的目光都聚焦到了云浅雪身上。不避讳失败,不回避责任,这个受伤的青年将军有一种难以言述的魅力,人们能感觉到,他含泪说出的每一句话都是出自肺腑,他将用生命来实践自己说出的诺言,这是一位值得信任和托付的带路人。对溃兵的重新编整开始了。在皇旗下面设立了十几个报名点,苏木队长带着卫队来维持秩序,溃兵们整齐有序地排着长长的队列到高坡前重新编入名册。军官们则自动从队伍中走出来,拿着身份牌向云浅雪自报身份:“我是第三军十六团百人队长切诺亚。”“我是第五军十一团队的副团队长,哥斯夫。”“第十一军第八团掌旗官康西雅。”在这艰难时期,云浅雪表现出了一个优秀将领的才干和明快决断能力。不管哪个军团什么部队的军官,只要来投靠他的,他统统接受。他任命了十几名百人队长,命令他们自行召集散落在外的士兵前来会合。另外,他任命苏木担任粮草队长,专门负责带队搜集粮草——说白了,就是趁士兵们还没被饿趴下,把附近能抢的村子和城镇统统给抢个精光!没有粮食,这支仓促重编的队伍立即就要土崩瓦解了。因为这里距离巴丹并不远,远东军或者东南军追兵随时有可能杀到,云浅雪也不敢长时间停留。搜粮队洗劫了三个小城镇后,队伍连夜出发。有士兵还习惯以前的做法,洗劫时杀了三个村民,结果给云浅雪当场行了军法,下令把他们当场吊死在村口的树上。结果他的同伴们不服,集体鼓噪起来,涌到云浅雪跟前要讨个说法。“现在是什么时候了,还敢那么放肆!”对暴动边缘的士兵们,云浅雪态度依然强硬:“我们孤军身处敌后,远东军随时有可能追上来,我们不能不和人类留点余地!想想,万一将来被人类俘虏了,这些害群之马会把把我们大家全都给害死的!想想温克拉的下场,他屠杀人类太多了,帝都下令,凡是第六军的官兵,一律不接受投降!想想,你们不想也落得这个下场吧?我们要的是安全回家,不要多生枝节!”平息了一场未遂的暴动,云浅雪带着士兵连夜急行军连夜赶路,部队走了三十多里,到第二天清晨,天空先是下起了小雪,继而雨雪交加,本来泥泞的道路更加难走,士兵们在泥水里打着滚,几乎是一寸一寸地向前挪,苦不堪言。队伍里少得可怜的十几匹马驮着粮食,累坏了,走在路上不断地撅蹄子。一匹战马终于支撑不住肩上的重负翻身侧倒了,瘦骨嶙峋的战马在泥水里挣扎着。在一个红着眼睛的军官指挥下,十几个魔族士兵围着那匹战马在泥水里面翻滚着,他们努力地想把战马扶起,将散落在泥水里的粮包背出来,好抢救出马背上珍贵的粮食。一时间,雨声、人声、马嘶声混杂成一片,谁也没注意到,就在道旁的坡上,被担架队扛着的羽林将军云浅雪已在那停留了好一阵。看着士兵们筋疲力尽地滚在那泥水里,浑身上下湿个精透,被清晨的寒冷冻得发抖。酸楚的感觉涌满了云浅雪心头,怎能料到呢?伟大的魔族王国竟沦落到了这种地步,一匹战马和区区百来斤大米竟然牵动了整个队伍的心。考虑到还在敌占区,必须让士兵们留下体力应变和赶路,云浅雪下令队伍休息。命令刚下,士兵们连欢呼的力气都没有了,在泥水横流的道边随便找块稍微干燥点的地方就躺下了,连正在下着小雪都顾不上了,把大衣盖在头上就睡着了。看着士兵们的疲惫,云浅雪深感忧虑。队伍的情况实在是凄惨。差不多一半人都是受伤的士兵。因为缺少干净的淡水和食物,队伍里疾病流行,伤寒、霍乱、败血症、破伤风和发烧症困扰着所有人。队伍里有两个军医,但却没有任何药材,连干净的纱布也没一块,于是军医们只能眼睁睁地看着伤员们被剧疼折磨得吼叫如牛,病患们奄奄一息地死去,死去的士兵都顾不上掩埋,只能丢弃在路边用荒草盖住。粮食也快吃光了,云浅雪不得不限制供应,士兵们饥肠淋淋,眼里象狼一样泛着绿光。队伍处于崩溃边缘。云浅雪派人去塔伦城向皇子殿下求援了,虽然大家同是突围,但皇子是成建制地突围出去的,景况比自己好上很多。云浅雪怀疑,卡兰皇子若不派人来接应,自己这支士气低落的队伍未必能坚持到塔伦城。支持队伍前进的唯一动力只剩下云浅雪的坚强和热情了,这位担架上的将军虽然受伤,但他高昂的斗志却鼓舞着队伍里的每一个人,他不住地宣扬:“不怕累,不怕饿!加快步伐,卡兰殿下就在前路!会合了殿下,我们就有吃的了!”全是靠了这位担架将军热切的鼓舞和斗志,这支体力透支了的部队才能继续艰难的前进。走了两天一夜,总算云浅雪运气好,没碰上人类的军队,七八四年十二月十七日清晨,云浅雪率领人马距离塔伦城已不到五十里了。离会合的地点越近,云浅雪的心里就越是忐忑。他不知在心里暗暗祈祷多少次了,保佑卡兰皇子能顺利突围,羽林军不要损耗太大;他更在担心,害怕卡兰皇子候他不到已经带着兵马先走了,担心两人会错过——不知怎的,他心里总有种不祥的预感,觉得前路不会象自己料想中那般顺利。前方灰蒙蒙的雨幕中出现了一些身影,战马奔驰的震动声从道上隐隐传来,前路的警戒哨兵高声叫道:“是自己人!我们派出的先遣队回来了!”道边的士兵们让开一条路,名叫鲁卡的信使直奔云浅雪跟前。鲁卡被雨水淋得湿透,雨水不住地从头发上往下滴落。他的脸色发白,嘴唇哆嗦得厉害,不知是因为寒冷还是恐惧,他眼睛里有着一种让云浅雪琢磨不透的味道。“你可找到羽林军了?”云浅雪迫不及待地问道。鲁卡回答的声音中带着颤音:“找到了,大人。”“你见到卡兰殿下了吗?你可把我们的情况告诉殿下了?”鲁卡缓缓摇头:“大人,我没法见到卡兰殿下。”“为什么!”激怒的红晕涌上脸庞,云浅雪生气地叫起来:“我不是给你写信证明身份了吗?我不是告诉你,一定要亲手把信交到皇子手上吗?我们只有那么二十一匹战马,我就把八匹马给了你们,就是因为这任务事关重大,关系到数千个弟兄的性命!你怎敢如此懈怠!没完成任务,你怎么敢回来,就不怕我砍你脑袋?”鲁卡站在路边站得直直的,脸色发白,任凭雨雪浇淋在他的身上,淋了个湿透。对着云浅雪愤怒的咆哮,他慢慢地扣上了军服上的一个纽扣,随即又把它解开了。“大人,”他说话的声音很低,但听众无不感觉到,这么小的声音也是集中了他全部意志力才说出来的:“我没法与死去的人见面。”“你说什么?”“卡兰殿下已经死了。”即使一万个霹雳同时打在云浅雪头上也不能使他更震撼了,在那瞬间,他甚至反应不过来“死了”是什么意思,只能呆呆地重复着鲁卡的话:“卡兰殿下死了?死了?死了?”清晨的天空灰蒙蒙的,布满了铁青色的乌云,看不到一丝阳光。整个平原和丘陵都笼罩在一片蒙蒙的雨雪中。仿佛身上的某些东西突然被打了个粉碎,初冬的东风是如此刺骨地寒冷,冷得连他的心脏都冻结了,脑子里一片空白。云浅雪哑口无言,他没有再问下去了。皇子死了,这个巨大的事实已占据了他的全部思维能力,至于卡兰怎么死的,云浅雪已经不再关切了——没必要问了,卡兰皇子死了。王国也灭亡了。但还是有人关心这个的,苏木队长出声问:“殿下是怎么死的?他被人类害了?”“不是。他是被大皇子卡顿杀了。”“卡顿殿下到这来了?”“幸存的羽林军士兵告诉我们,前两天晚上发生了很多变故。卡兰殿下带着羽林军突围,却在塔伦城碰到了卡顿亲王——亲王带着大军就驻在城里面。亲王的兵马驻在城里面,卡兰皇子的羽林军在城外不得进。两个皇子在城门口会晤过一次,但不知为什么事谈不拢,卡顿亲王就关上了城门不让羽林军进城。就在前天晚上,入睡后,亲王的兵马突然开进羽林军的营地,说要接管指挥权。羽林军不服,双方冲突起来了。混乱中,卡兰殿下被卡顿亲王的兵马抓走了,当晚就杀了,脑袋就挂在羽林军大营的旗杆上——卡顿亲王是想用这个来警告那些不服的羽林军官兵。”“这畜生!”苏木队长狠狠地骂道:“王国现在都这样了,他还在闹内讧!这家伙不会有好下场的!”“大人,你说对了。”鲁卡苦涩地说:“卡顿亲王也没能得意多久。卡兰的脑袋挂上去没多久,他自个的脑袋也跟着上去了。”“什么?谁杀了卡顿?羽林军的官兵为皇子报仇吗?”“不是羽林军干的。杀了卡兰以后,卡顿亲王和蒙汗举宴庆祝,庆祝羽林军落入了他掌握中,结果蒙汗在酒席上埋伏了人手,把卡顿和随从们全杀了——那时卡兰殿下的血还没凝固呢!”魔族军人目瞪口呆,苏木忍不住问:“卡顿杀了卡兰,是为了趁机铲除能和他争夺陛下继承权的人选罢了。但蒙汗又是为什么突然对卡顿亲王下毒手?大家同为神族一脉,如今大难临头,正是团结一致对外的时候啊!”几位军官轻声议论着,云浅雪阴沉着脸没有出声。他没心情说话,但心下却是雪亮:蒙汗野心勃勃,鲜卑寡耻,眼见塞内亚族实力在巴丹会战中丧尽,陛下阵亡了,塞内亚族的力量降到了最低点,那个志大才疏的卡顿怎么放他眼里,他不趁这时候下手,那才是怪事。蒙汗对卡顿突然下毒手,这预兆着又一轮残酷的皇权战争即将展开。蒙族趁火打劫,塞内亚族面临灭顶之灾。“鲁卡,那边情形现在如何?”“很乱!蒙汗杀了卡顿亲王后,想趁机吞掉他的旧部,但遭到了亲王旧部的抵抗。交战从昨天早上就开始了,蒙汗和卡顿亲王的旧部在城内交战,城外则是复仇的羽林军和卡顿亲王、蒙族的军队大打出手。塔伦城内外一片混战,神族的子弟兵们大打出手,昔日的兄弟战友白刃相见,毫不留情,那种厮杀令人痛心,我这辈子都不想再见到了!因为塔伦城正在交战,我没法进城,只能在城外转了一圈,碰到羽林军的人马,知道您在附近,他们都很高兴,让我们快回来报信,求大人您快带人马过去支援他们!”云浅雪无声地在嘴角露出一个冷笑。先前自己还期望羽林军前来接应自己呢,真没想到,自己带着的这支残军,竟然成了别人期待的救星了!他坐在原地,昂头望天,让豆大的雨点冰冷地打在自己脸上,脸色铁青得象戴了一张金属面具。部下们都在殷切地望着他,此时,这个担架上的青年将军已成了他们最后的希望了。他们都在期待着云浅雪能想出个什么法子来,带领他们走出这个困境。没有人敢出声,都害怕打扰了羽林将军的思考。他们不知道,此时此刻,云浅雪什么都没想,只想死。家破人亡,国家沦丧,内忧外患,接踵而来,最尊敬的魔神皇陛下死了,爱妻和儿子也死了,最后,连自己寄托最后希望的卡兰殿下都死了,王国所剩无几的精锐部队正在忙着自相残杀——打击一个接一个过来,即使坚强如云浅雪也崩溃了。他已经放弃继续抗拒命运了。“没办法,这是天意要灭王国。上苍的意旨,凡俗人无法揣测,无法阻挡。多么玄妙啊!曾经鼎盛无双,领土覆盖半个大陆的庞大帝国,竟然如此轻易地覆亡了。若早知结果如此,当初我就该和陛下一同去了。”云浅雪平淡地想着。当下定最后决心时候,他心头并无多少波澜。望了眼身边围着的众人一眼,他摸向了腰间的剑,吃力地抽出了佩剑。凝视着剑锋上那一抹铁器的锋锐光亮,云浅雪苦笑着,慢慢地把剑锋倒转过来,单手用力握住了剑柄。众人莫名其妙地看着他的动作,唯有那个信使鲁卡看出不对来了,他猛然扑上来,一把抓住云浅雪握剑的手,失声喊道:“大人,不要!”但他的动作还是慢了点,虽然受伤,但云浅雪的力量依然不是一个普通士兵能比拟的。幸好这时,苏木队长也反应过来了,双手闪电般抓住了剑柄。众人合力,依然还是挡不住云浅雪决意寻死的一剑,剑锋刺破了云浅雪胸口的制服,深深地刺入了肉中,血急速地涌出,染湿了胸口的衣裳。有人夺过了云浅雪手中的剑,有人高呼:“军医!军医!军医快过来!”在此起彼伏的惊呼声中和忙乱中,云浅雪安静地躺在担架上,象是旁边的喧嚣与他一点关系没有。虽然肉体还停留在人世,但他的思想,已经飘到很遥远很遥远的地方,在那里,没有战争,没有饥饿,在那里,有他尊敬的陛下,有他的妻子和儿子,还有他的挚友。在那喧嚷的人群缝隙中,他看到了,看到了卡丹公主窈窕的身影,妻子脸上那惊骇欲绝的表情,还看到儿子那红扑扑的脸蛋。他不解地想:难道我已经到天堂了吗?云浅雪猛然从担架上坐起来,失声叫道:“卡丹!”俏丽的卡丹公主抱着怀中的孩子,定定地望着云浅雪,泪水不住地从她眼中流出。飘飞的雨雪不住地打在公主皎洁的脸上,一滴滴泪水被冻成了晶莹的冰珠。云浅雪也不知从哪来的力量,猛然从担架上跃起来,单手将卡丹母子拥入怀中。两人都是泣不成声。卡丹地抚摩着云浅雪的脸庞,昔日的翩翩少年此刻已沧桑满脸,巨大的苦难在他脸上留下了深刻的痕迹。卡丹哭着说:“为什么要这样做。。。为什么要干这种傻事!”云浅雪只是一个劲地摇着头。他使劲地抱住公主的肩头,闻着爱妻温馨的气息,不住地吻着妻子怀中的小孩,粗硬的胡子茬将孩子刺得生疼,大哭起来,于是云浅雪就象孩子一般失声痛哭,泪水不住地顺着冻得僵硬的脸庞往下滚落。第269章东征战争(上)窗外是飘飞的白雪,纷纷洒洒。寒风凌厉地从窗外刮过,带着呼啸的声音。七八五年一月间,远东遭遇了历史上罕见的大雪,寒流一夜突降,河流冻结,山丘冰封。湿漉漉的木柴在壁炉里噼里啪啦地燃烧着,发出一股带着森林气息的忧郁青烟。两个青年男子正坐在壁炉边的大桌上下棋,两人都是全神贯注地俯身盯着棋盘,连桌子边上的酒壶都没有碰一下。眉清目秀的俊美青年把棋子向前推进,很沉稳地说:“斯特林,这盘你输了。”他的对手盯着棋盘,眉头紧缩,显然碰到了很棘手的局面。良久,他抬起头,正要说话,屋外响起了踏踏的脚步声,门被推开了,罗杰浑身被裹在厚实的皮袄里,带着一股寒风和飘雪冲进屋子里,嘴里不住叫道:“秀川大人,冷死了!冷死了!这狗天气,雪都快到膝盖了!”拍打着身上的积雪,猛然见到屋里的人,罗杰愣住了,惊喜地喊道:“斯特林大人,您怎么到我们这来了?”斯特林抬起了头,顺手把棋盘上的棋子全部拨乱:“有人来了,不下了。”他笑道:“怎么,罗杰红衣阁下不欢迎我过来?你的伤好了吗?”罗杰呵呵地憨笑着:“大人,您说的什么话!您是俺们的贵客,请都请不来呢!我只是纳闷,这么大的雪,您是怎么过来的?”“我过来两天了,那时雪还没有封道。怎样?在巴丹时被装甲兽敲了一棍,伤好了吗?”“伤早好了!大人您看,现在我壮得象头牛!”罗杰使劲拍着自己胸膛,发出怦怦的响声,脸上满是得意。“罗杰,你蠢得也象头牛!”紫川秀冷冷说,他喊道:“斯特林,别耍赖,这盘你输了啊!”“还没下完呢,我看这盘就算平手好了,大家不伤和气。”斯特林若无其事地说。他亲热地对罗杰说:“怎样,罗杰,你们最近小日子好像过得不错啊!我看远东军最近阔气了起来,你们新做的军大衣蛮漂亮的。”“斯特林,别岔开话题啊!说好了,一盘棋赌十万银币的军费!”“不是还没下完吗——罗杰,有没有带什么好吃的过来?我肚子有点饿了。”“浑蛋,你这家伙,才吃过东西的!欠我十万啊!十万个银币!”斯特林仿佛没听见紫川秀的说话:“罗杰,伤势全部康复了吗?要不要回内地找个好医生看下?你们这些能征善战的将领,是国家的宝贵财富,家族很关心你们的。听说你受伤了,宁殿下还特意让我给你捎来了一些补品,就在我行李里边,等下拿给你。”罗杰感动得眼睛都红了:“太谢谢大人您了,宁殿下和您那么忙,还有空关心我们这些厮杀汉,我感激得。。。”“罗杰,你闭嘴!斯特林,欠我十万银币了啊!十万银币!”紫川秀把双手合成喇叭,凑在斯特林的耳朵边大叫。后者再也不能扮作充耳不闻了,他鄙视地望了紫川秀一眼:“至于吗?秀川统领,再怎么说你也是家族的一方镇守大员,拿出点气度来好吗?闹得象个乡下的高利贷打手似的——那点小钱,你想我堂堂军务处长会放在心上吗?”“那就好,还钱来!”紫川秀手一摊,把一张纸摊开摆斯特林面前:“快点,在这张军费申请表上签名!”斯特林扫了表上的数目一眼,打个寒战。他起身打个懒腰:“时候不早了,得回去睡觉了!天冷了,人就容易困。唉,人老了,精神真的不行了呢!”紫川秀勃然大怒:“我就不信了邪了!在我地头治不了你这赖皮家伙,我也不用当这个远东统领!斯特林,告诉你,今天不签这个字,你休想出这个门!”“我是紫川家军务处长!秀川大人,怎么着,你难道还敢以下犯上?”“罗杰,关门,放狼!——哪来的狼?废话,你不就是狼吗?拿出你盯美女的劲头来,上去咬他去!”当白川红衣旗本进屋时,看到屋里扭成一团的几个男人,她吃惊地睁大了眼睛:“斯特林大人?秀川大人?还有罗杰,你们几个在干什么?”几个男人连忙分开,讪讪地干笑着。紫川秀干咳一声:“白川,你知道啦,外边天气很冷,我们为了节省柴火,大家在做摔跤运动增加热量呢!”太熟悉这个男人了,看他咕噜转的眼珠就知道这厮在扯谎了,白川也懒得揭穿他,她把手头的文件打开,正色道:“诸位大人,远东情报局有情况报告。”远东军事情报局是紫川秀第二次回到远东担任统领时候建立的情报组织,主要针对魔族王国的军事动向。因为在魔族境内,也有半兽人居民生活,远东军情局通过各种方式从他们那得到王国的军事情报。军情局第一任局长是半兽人将军布兰。紫川秀考虑他的半兽人身份可以方便和魔族国内的半兽人居民沟通——大家一致公认,这是光明王为数不多的用人败笔——半兽人勇士冲锋陷阵确实勇猛,但要他们去搞需要耐心和细致的情报工作,他们会把情报员当成敢死队用的。布兰上任搞了几个月,有价值的情报寥寥无几。后来,情报局的主持由明羽兼任,但光是第三军和后勤事务就把明羽忙得喘不过气来,他也没有精力兼顾情报局这边。最后,巴丹会战后,当紫川秀回到远东,他正式任命白川担任远东军情局的第三任局长。现在,走马上任的新局长要向远东统领进行汇报了!“有什么新消息吗?退守国内的魔族有什么动作?”“是!根据情报局外线的确认,塞内亚族已推举出了新一代的魔神皇。”“是谁?”“卡丹公主,她将就任第十九代魔神皇,也是魔族历史上的第一任女皇帝。”紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,双方眼里都没有多少吃惊。过去的一个月里,发生了太多了变故,他们已经习惯接受任何看似荒诞不经的消息了。在巴丹会战魔神皇战死后,塞内亚军事集团面临了双重的灭顶之灾。有资格继承皇位的两位皇子卡顿和卡兰为皇位争夺而火并,卡顿杀死了卡兰,但随即被窥视在后的蒙族族长暗算身亡。一个月之内,塞内亚族连续失去了皇帝、皇子、优秀的将领和几乎所有的军队,外有强大的人类军队逼近,内有野心的诸侯发起挑战,谁都以为,塞内亚族的灭亡已成定局了,这个曾经骁勇善战的种族即将成为历史名词。连坚强的云浅雪也无法承受这接连而来的巨大打击,他绝望得要自杀。就在这时候,存续塞内亚族历史的重要人物,卡丹公主出现了。百年之后,后世的人们仍在传颂这位弱质女子在危难时期表现出的勇气和坚毅,也因此,她由一位并不起眼的花瓶式公主一跃而起,跻身于流风霜、紫川宁等黄金时代最富有传奇色彩的女性之中。在崩溃边缘救下了自己丈夫后,从来不涉足军事的卡丹毅然挑起了重担。在塔伦城郊,冒着无数的飞箭,一个纤纤女子吃力地举着着皇旗出现在交战的羽林军和十七军战场上,一个娇滴滴的皇族女子,豁出自己性命来阻止数万士兵的厮杀,交战双方无不为这个皇族女子的勇气而油然生敬意。一个百人队长后来说:“在那刻,我们看到了两面旗帜同时出现在战场上,一面是狮子皇旗,一个,是那个犹如天使一般的女孩,卡丹殿下,不愧是卡特陛下的血脉传人!”“诸位,我军已经战败,为仇恨而厮杀毫无意义!请为故乡的亲人们想想,尽量多点把塞内亚的孩子们活着带回家!多一个士兵活下去,我们塞内亚就多了一分希望!”在她主持的谈判会上,卡特以真情实意打动了双方代表。在她的感召下,十七军和羽林军握手言和,两军重新合并。合并后的军队需要一位统帅来指挥全局,而这个位置需要一位享有高度威望的人物来担任,否则无法凝聚全军。这时候,塞内亚残兵们发现,没人比先任陛下的唯一继承人卡丹更合适这个位置了。伟大的卡特陛下刚刚逝世,他的余威犹在,塞内亚人对这位流淌着先皇血脉的卡丹还是很有感情的。虽然她是女子,也没有多少军事经验,但大家都不在乎,她的夫君云浅雪历来被公认为王国第一流的名将,有他辅佐,可以很好地弥补卡丹军事经验上的缺陷。而新任领袖卡丹的表现也可圈可点,在她指挥下,塞内亚军合力打退了趁火打劫的蒙族军——更主要原因是老奸巨猾的蒙汗不愿与恢复统一建制的塞内亚军血拼,他更愿意借人类的刀来消灭塞内亚族——接着,卡丹和云浅雪指挥着塞内亚军队踏上了归国的撤退路程。这是一条血腥又残酷的撤退道路,皇族塞内亚,这个强悍的名字给世人留下了深刻的印象,不把它们彻底斩草除根,被他们侵略的人类也好,被它们统治又背叛的魔族各部族也好,谁都寝食难安。连云浅雪也说不清到底有多少路兵马在追击他们:东南军、帝都军、远东军、西北军、流风军、地方上的人类游击队、蒙族的军队、亚昆族的军队、哥昂族的军队,甚至就连先前臣服在塞内亚族统治下的十六军驻各地守备队也对主人亮出了獠牙,帝都发出了公告了,十六军士兵只要能拿着塞内亚兵的头颅反正,家族可以宽恕他的罪行!塞内亚军队艰难地跋涉,战斗、厮杀、阻击、冲出重围,在那冰天雪地的道上,它们为自己百年来的骄横和残暴付出了代价。在这一路上,无数的生离死别在发生。危难关头,塞内亚族战士显示了令人肃然起敬的高贵,不用命令,不用催促,他们自愿报名充当断后的敢死队,用血肉之躯来阻挡人类骑兵的追杀。受伤士兵为了不拖累大队的前进,在担架上切断了自己的喉咙。自愿断后的军官严肃又庄重地向卡丹告别:“微臣先走一步回去见陛下了,公主殿下,可有什么要托我向陛下转达的吗?”每次见到那些年轻又坚毅的面孔,卡丹总是忍不住泪流满眶,倒在那条道上的,那是王国最后的男人!且战且退,当塞内亚族撤退兵马到达瓦仑要塞时,出发时的十二万兵马仅剩六万。本指望能在瓦伦要塞得到补给和增援的云浅雪再次受到沉重的打击。得知巴丹会战惨败、魔神皇战死、两位皇子自相残杀死亡的消息后,镇守瓦伦的塞内亚守备队崩溃了。他们烧掉了要塞,带着掠夺来的战利品逃回了国内。于是,呈现在塞内亚族军团面前的,只剩下满目的断墙残壁。在废墟般的瓦伦城内,云浅雪连一粒米都找不到。要塞的一边是远东的半兽人,要塞的另一边是紫川家,两边都是敌人。若被远东的半兽人把出口一堵,魔族残兵困守在要塞内只有死路一条。在那个大陆著名的战略要地,云浅雪连一天也不敢呆,当晚就带着兵马跑了。从瓦伦出来进入了远东的地界,照旧是一路的袭击不断。布兰将军率领的半兽人军队神出鬼没,多次打击后撤的魔族部队。为抓紧赶路,卡丹下令丢掉了从内地掠夺来的所有战利品,轻装上路。魔族军全盛时期几乎占领了半个大陆,他们搜刮得可着实厉害,虽然撤退狼狈丢了不少,但还是剩下了很多价值连城的珍品。自然的,这笔被放弃的战利品落到了半兽人军队的手上。布兰将军很聪明地领会了魔族的暗示:这是塞内亚人为逃生留下的买路钱。虽然他对魔族恨之入骨,但他也知道,紫川秀率着远东主力还没赶回来,凭着自己的力量要想把战败的魔族全部截下来,那是个不可能完成的任务。半推半就下,他也就接受了魔族的这笔贿赂。于是远东大公路上出现了奇怪的一幕,两军尾随,魔族军不住地丢东西,远东军跟在后面不住地拣。若有时候远东军发现拣来的东西不怎么值钱了——其实这也是很冤枉卡丹和云浅雪夫妇了,他们丢下的是绝世名画、金银和宝贵的异宝,但无奈远东的土包子们没眼光,他们衡量宝贝的唯一标准是这东西有多重?结实吗?拿起来好用吗?——布兰将军就会愤怒了:“他们竟敢拿这些轻飘飘的玩意来糊弄我们!追上去,教训他们!”于是看到远东军逼近,魔族军不得不又丢出了更多的宝贝出来,那情形,很象在野地的行人丢下背的肉条来安抚追近的狼群——卡丹郁闷得要吐血:“远东的蛮子们也太过分了!竟然有人以公斤来论钻石和名画的!”这么上千公里地走下来,等回到魔族境内,西侵的魔族大军早已囊空如洗,在最后的那段路,卡丹公主连自己的首饰都被迫丢弃了来喂饱后面追的恶狼——她不得不如此,因为到后来,追逐塞内亚大军的不单是布兰,还有蒙汗、哥达汗、亚哥米等非塞内亚族的魔族军队。她不怕布兰,但只要布兰一翻脸动手,后面的那几路兵马立即就会趁乱冲过来,对塞内亚族来个围而歼之。现在之所以能保持和平,只是因为谁都不想当第一个出手的傻子罢了。这种情况下,安抚好紫川秀在远东的代表布兰就很关键了,他代表着紫川秀,也就表示他代表着人类方面的态度。他不第一个动手,那些魔族酋长们谁都不敢第一个出头。那段日子里,布兰将军当真是过得风光异常。不但卡丹要挖空自己的陪嫁首饰盒给他行贿,就是后续的几路回国的魔族兵马也一个个乖乖地向他缴纳了可观的过路费。这也是战争史上的奇迹了,不到三万人的半兽人军狠狠地掠夺了超过三十万魔族精兵,将他们抢劫得泪水汪汪——面对半兽人的刀枪,昔日的骄悍兵将们乖乖地掏空腰包,甚至得搜身才能过关。酋长们压根就没想过反抗的念头。人类从来没有这样令人恐惧过。巴丹会战的得胜之师,六十万人类军队聚集,这支军队随时有可能进入远东,对魔族王国发动复仇的雷霆一击。谁都不清楚,接下来王国的局势会向哪个方向发展。但无论如何,紫川秀是紫川家在远东的全权代表,在未来人类对魔族王国的复仇战争中,他定然是个极有发言权的人物。那时候,确定谁是发动战争的战争罪犯,谁是人类军和半兽人军打击的第一目标,那可得看紫川秀大人的一句话了。若他老人家心情好,说个一句半句:“其实亚昆族也是迫不得已的,他们也是被魔神皇逼着去打仗的。本质上,亚哥米也是个热爱和平的好人,他和塞内亚族那伙人不是一回事。”那就好,本质上是个好人且和塞内亚族划清了界线的亚哥米公爵从此可以垫高枕头睡觉了,他可以笑容满面地看着自己的邻居们被人类的大军杀个鸡犬不留——从魔族军进入人类世界的作为来看,人类军队来个以牙还牙是很正常的——而亚昆族却能安然无恙。若是运气再好点的话,在人类的扶植和远东的支持下,未来的王国皇冠也不是遥不可及的目标。这种情况下,连塞内亚族都交钱了,难道还有哪个傻瓜那么无知,竟敢抵抗紫川秀大人的心腹爱将,著名的远东大将,伟大的半兽人统帅,闻名遐尔的布兰将军吗?一意要和紫川秀搞好关系的魔族酋长们当然不会那么傻了。在那一个多月的时间里,布兰将军究竟从这群残兵败将身上搜刮了多少财富,那是永远无人能知的秘密了。不过,后人是可以从一些蛛丝马迹推测出来:当紫川秀回到远东时,整整一个星期都笑得合不拢嘴;很快的,远东很快为自己的三十多万武装部队更换了新军服,发放了拖欠已久的军饷和津贴,罗杰红衣旗本甚至还有钱跑回内地跟失足姑娘们好好地谈了一次人生和理想,结果被帝都治部少抓去关了一个星期。。。第270章东征战争(下)。

夜是肃穆的,无数无计的星辰,璀璨于天际,映照得苍穹一片玫红。巨大的皎洁圆月静静地挂在半空,给战场笼上了一层白芒。巴丹城侧的一处高坡上,一对男女在相互偎依地坐在一起。偎依在他肩头,流风霜正在安静地听紫川秀说着话,明澈的眼睛泛着淡淡的光华。她安静地垂着头,倾听着紫川秀的说话,神情波澜不动。她不时又抬起头,静静看着他的侧脸,那分明的轮廓,那消瘦、疲惫的面孔,额上两道淡淡的皱纹。这让流风霜感到,有一种沧桑已闯进了心上人生命里,并从此无法离开。没见面之前,她在有很多话想当面向他倾吐,但不知为何,当真正见到他人,呼吸着他温馨的体息,她忽然觉得,这样就足够了。大多数时候,都只是紫川秀说,说着分别时候发生的事,过去的苦难,未来的日子,峥嵘岁月里的风霜雨雪。象很多话,外人看来都很无聊的,他却不厌其烦地反复说啊说啊,流风霜微笑着倾听,丝毫没有流露不耐。但更多的时候,两人却只是默默地偎依着,沉默,让晚风静静地掠过身边,吹拂了斗篷的长襟。“冷吗?”流风霜微笑着摇头,紫川秀于是脱下了深蓝色的将军大衣,披在流风霜肩头。她把带着他体息和温度的大衣紧紧地将自己裹起来,嘴角露出了微笑:这很象心上人的大手紧紧地将自己拥抱啊!想到这个念头,她羞涩地低下了头,却听到紫川秀轻声说:“后天,我们就要开拔了。”流风霜一震,低声说:“这么快?又要去打仗了?”猜出了流风霜的心思,紫川秀安慰她说:“不必担心。不会再有巴丹这样的苦仗了,魔族已不成气候了。”“这次的目标又是谁呢?”“卡顿亲王。只要把他打垮了,战争就结束了。”“你们这么有信心?据说卡顿可是统率了三十万大军啊,未必就比魔神皇的军队少。特别现在,远东军和东南军为消灭魔神皇都是伤亡惨重。”“现在已不是七八一年了,人类占领了战略优势。虽然我军伤亡很大,但我们的补充也来得快,与后方的补给道路已经打通了,来自帝都的增援会源源不断地抵达,无论是兵力还是技术装备上,我们都超出卡顿不下一个档次,更何况巴丹会战不但打掉了魔族的主力军团,更打掉了魔族的信心——其实,我不怎么相信会发生第二次大会战。只要卡顿智力正常,看到魔神皇垮台,他应该立即夹起尾巴跑了。收复国土,并不是很困难的事。”“然后呢?”“然后?”二十四岁的青年将军踌躇满志地微笑了:“为追击敌寇,我不惧天涯海角,犁扫狼穴,剑顷血海,平荡魔神堡,铲除战争余蘖,为人类千年的苦难报仇雪恨,这是历史赋予当代军人的使命。”默默地看着紫川秀,英武的青年军人显出了坚定的自信,那种专注于自己事业的男人自有一种莫名的魅力,流风霜看得心神惧醉。她轻声问:“再然后呢?”默默地看着她,紫川秀温柔地说:“接着,我来娶你回家。”流风霜轻轻点头,轻轻扑进了紫川秀怀中。两人都没有说话,在那鏖杀激战后折矛断枪遍地的战场上,一对恋人相互偎依着坐在高高的山坡上,皎洁的大圆月在他们身后升起。战争是一场再残酷不过的竞赛,胜利者可以引颈高歌,失败者却只有黯然退场的份——前提是他们能保住一条性命来。比起将近四十万战死在沙场的同僚来说,可以黯然退场的魔族败兵们还是比较幸运的。在巴丹会战的最后阶段,云浅雪随着第三军的败部突围。与卡兰皇子向东南方突围不同,第三军选择了正面突破远东阵线冲出重围。这是一场残酷的血战,被远东军象狼狗一般狠狠追击了一夜,到天亮时,突围的三万官兵剩余不到一半。魔族残兵溃逃到了叶丹城周边,这里虽然已被人类占领了,但并没有人类的大部队驻扎。面对大片的魔族溃兵,城中居民和警备队都明智地选择关上城门,不去招惹这群战败的野兽们。云浅雪是被凌厉的清晨寒风给吹醒的,醒来时,他只觉周身酸疼得厉害,头疼欲裂,嗓子里干渴得象是有一团火在烧,眼皮沉重得象压得几千斤铅球。他痛苦地呻吟一声:“水!”恍惚中,有人给他嘴边凑上了一个铁质的水壶。闻到了水惺的味道,他用颤抖的手贪婪抓住了壶嘴,大口大口地吞着水。但第一口只喝了一半,他就吐了出来:壶里的水又臭又腥,带有一种难闻的泥土和血腥混杂的味道。有人在耳边低声说:“大人,克服一下,实在没地方找水了。”云浅雪心下明白,强忍着恶心再吞下了一口水,却再也喝不下第三口了。他无力地躺下,感觉身子象在坐船一样晃动着,于是知道自己是在被人用担架扛着前进,在那有节奏的晃动中,他陷入了半醒半昏迷的恍惚状态中。当云浅雪第二次醒来时候,已是当天午后了。从担架边上望出去,担架下面的褐色的道路无休无止地滑过,染着初冬颜色的光秃秃的小树林中,最后残留的几片叶子在盘旋飞转。冷风不住地从前路吹过来,带着初冬凛冽的寒意。初升的阳光洒落田野上,远方的大片树林出现在初冬的蔚蓝耀眼的天空下,大队的魔族兵散落地行进着。躺在担架上,贪婪地望着眼前的景色,一瞬间,云浅雪陷入了莫名的迷惘中。这是在哪里?我为什么在这里?我又是谁?恍惚了好一阵,他才从记忆中搜索到了事实。我是王国的驸马亲王云浅雪。自己如何受伤的?实在想不起来了,只记得在黑暗中那一片混乱,火光、刀光剑影、惨叫和厮杀,自己究竟如何受伤昏迷,又如何被人用担架扛着前进,那些事已经完全在记忆中失去了踪迹。他在担架里举起了手,喊道:“停!”有人快步向他跑来,凑到他跟前:“羽林大人,您醒了?”“你是。。。”看着面前面熟的魔族军官,云浅雪却怎样也想不起他的名字来。军官作自我介绍:“下官苏木,是卡丹公主殿下的卫队长。”“我记得你。”云浅雪想起来了,问:“公主殿下与我们在一起吗?我怎么会和你们在一起的?”“大人,昨晚突围时很混乱,我们与公主殿下失散了。我们回头去找,却再也找不到公主殿下了,却在道边发现了您。您当世受了伤,昏迷不醒,我们就自作主张拿担架把您抬着走了。大人,您感觉好些了吗?”看苏木队长忐忑不安的表情,神色惴惴的。再看身边的几个魔族兵惶惶的神情,云浅雪明白他们在想什么了。按照王国军法,皇族的护卫丢下保护的对象独自逃生,那是大罪,按刑罚得五马分尸。卫队丢了卡丹,他们多半是害怕军法责罚,想把自己救回去也好将功赎罪吧。“明白了。”云浅雪平静地说。他心里恼恨苏木等人没有保护好卡丹,却知道,在这兵荒马乱的逃亡路上,这支卫队是自己生命的唯一保障了。若不能安抚好他们,自己休想平安回国。“苏木队长,昨晚那种混乱情况,谁也没办法的。保护不了卡丹公主,那也是天意吧。你放心,只要我能活着回去,将来有什么麻烦,我一力替你们承担了。”听云浅雪这么说,围在他身边的魔族兵都露出了如释重负的轻松表情,苏木甚至笑了起来:“谢谢大人您了。大人您休息吧,我们定会保护您安全回去的。”云浅雪点头,他也没力气追问苏木“回去”到底是指回哪里了。若在一天前,回去的答案是很明确的:“回到陛下的身边。”但现在,陛下死了。自己的妻子卡丹公主也死了。“陛下死了。。。”云浅雪陷入了极度的恐惧和混乱,他怎么想也无法接受这个事实,就像无法接受天空失去太阳一般。恍惚中,泪水打湿了云浅雪的衣襟。他真切地感觉到了痛楚:魔神王国已不复存在。自己拥有的一切,高贵的地位,权势,美丽的妻子,自小所熟悉的一切,此刻都已不复存在了。那种感觉,就象天崩地裂,脚下可靠的大地寸寸粉碎,整个人飘荡在空中,不得着地。胡思乱想也不知过了多久,云浅雪才想到了自己的使命:陛下临终给自己嘱托,将皇旗交给皇子殿下,辅助新君登上皇位,重振国运——这是陛下交托自己的遗命啊!想到卡兰皇子,云浅雪如快被溺死的人抓到了一根稻草,整个人振奋起来了。虽然皇子有许多不是的地方,两人不久前还发生激烈的冲突,但如今,他却成了云浅雪唯一的希望了。到下午,云浅雪已清醒过来了,躺在摇晃的担架上思考着前程去向。分手时,卡兰皇子叮嘱自己到塔伦城会合,云浅雪已打定了主意:“要与卡兰皇子会合,那是肯定的。但在与皇子会合之前,最好能收拢一些兵力,不然自己只得一个光棍司令两手空空地到塔伦城去,会被卡兰那个坏蛋笑话的!”云浅雪找来苏木队长,向他询问队伍的情况。苏木报告说,公主的卫队本来有近千人,但大部分士兵都在混乱时失散了,现在还聚拢在身边的仅仅只有一百五十三名士兵。“那些人呢?”云浅雪指着与他们一同前进的大群魔族士兵:“他们是哪部分的?谁是他们的带队指挥官?”“他们?”望着身后蹒跚而行的魔族官兵们,苏木苦笑道:“他们都是被打垮的散兵。没有带队指挥官,没有纪律,虽然有好几千人,但却只是一盘散沙。他们纪律很坏,有些人甚至还想抢夺我们的食物和武器,但被我们打退了。”“那他们为什么跟着我们?”“现在大家都不知道该怎么办,都是跟着别人走。”“想办法,把他们组织起来。王国正值危难之秋,每一个兵员都是珍贵的。士兵们只是暂时被打垮了斗志和士气,但只要给他们希望,缓过气来,他们还是好样的战士。”苏木有点犹豫,云浅雪加重了语气:“苏木队长,这一路都是人类敌占区,要回到瓦仑要塞,单靠我们这一百多号人是不够的,任何一个城市的守备队都能把我们轻易拿下,我们甚至都走不到巴特利城。但若能把散落在外的魔族官兵组织起来,我们能组成几个团队,甚至一个军团,一路攻城掠地打回去!”苏木对云浅雪的说法不以为然。逃亡途中,人心惶惶,想要把这批丧失纪律和斗志的魔族散兵重新组织起来,谈何容易。但出于对云浅雪的尊重,他还是派出了手下的士兵喊话,说这里有王国的长官在,命令散兵们前来集合。喊了半天,到黄昏时,只有不到五十名士兵肯来集合。“大人,我们尽力了,但效果实在不佳。”云浅雪从担架上坐起身,他艰难地从怀中拿出一个被油布裹得严严实实的包裹,郑重地双手递给苏木。眼见云浅雪如此郑重,苏木也不敢轻忽,双手接过包裹:“大人,这是?”“王国的皇旗,陛下托付给我转交皇子殿下的。”苏木立即跪下,双手托着包裹举过头顶,声音激动得有点颤抖:“大人!”“打开吧,让我也看看。”苏木小心翼翼地拆开折叠得很细心的包裹,把旗子取出来,抖开,扯住一角,抚平了旗面。他和两个士兵合力,把军旗好好展开,让云浅雪看清了这面光滑的、浸透了士兵们鲜血和汗水的皇旗,骄傲的狮子威风凛凛地注视着众人。风在呼呼地刮,望着皇旗,泪水润湿了云浅雪的眼睛。望着皇旗,象是看到了无数熟悉的脸孔,云浅雪哭了起来。因为胸腹间受了伤,每抽泣一下都会牵痛伤口,云浅雪痛苦地抽搐着,眼泪一滴滴地溢出眼眶,无声地哭泣着。看着这位哭泣的青年将军,苏木手足无措。这个魁梧的汉子被眼前发生的事惊得慌张起来,慢慢的,他也哭起来了,泪水从眼睛里涌出,喉咙哽咽着,肩膀和抓住旗帜的手因为失声痛哭而颤抖着。围在身边的士兵也一个接一个地哭出声来,现场哭声一片。最后,还是云浅雪先恢复了平静。“去吧,找个高处,把旗帜挂起来!让大伙看看,王国还没有被打垮,皇族依然和大伙在一起!”在黄昏的落日映照下,皇旗孤独地飘荡在高坡上,黄金狮子在发出无声的咆哮。谁也没有想到,那面招展的皇旗竟有如此大的魔力,胜过无数的语言和呼唤。看到皇旗,魔族士兵无声无息地聚拢到了高坡前,傻傻地、痴痴地抬头望着头顶的旗帜。那飘扬的旗帜就象磁铁吸引铁粉一般吸引着他们,他们徘徊在高坡前,迟迟不肯离去。他们越聚越多,密密麻麻地聚成了一片。士兵们都望着他,望着黄金狮子旗下面那位被人搀扶着的、裹着纱布的青年将领。云浅雪眼睛通红,看着眼前的魔族官兵,一阵酸楚涌上心头。士兵们疲惫,干瘦,虚弱,衣衫褴褛,黑黝黝的脸露出了死人一般惨白的脸色。他们只是比死人多了一口气罢了。现在,谁来理会这些离家万里之外的孩子们呢?本来忍住的眼泪再次抑止不住地夺眶而出。想好的那些激励人心鼓舞士气的话语,此刻却象被铅哽在了喉头。最后,云浅雪只能哽咽着,流着泪,断断续续地告诉了士兵们,王国刚刚经历了惨败,损伤惨重。王国的各主力军都遭到人类的沉重打击,神皇下落不明,各路军团长也失去了联系。“王国战败,作为大本营的幕僚长官,我的责任不可推卸。在那个时候,我自然会负起自己的责任,承担应有责罚。但在那之前,我还有一个任务,那就是把王国流浪在外的孩子们带回家。士兵们,请遵守军纪和秩序,让我带你们回家。”五千多人聚集在高坡前寂静无声,唯有云浅雪那颤抖的声音静静地回响。士兵们的目光都聚焦到了云浅雪身上。不避讳失败,不回避责任,这个受伤的青年将军有一种难以言述的魅力,人们能感觉到,他含泪说出的每一句话都是出自肺腑,他将用生命来实践自己说出的诺言,这是一位值得信任和托付的带路人。对溃兵的重新编整开始了。在皇旗下面设立了十几个报名点,苏木队长带着卫队来维持秩序,溃兵们整齐有序地排着长长的队列到高坡前重新编入名册。军官们则自动从队伍中走出来,拿着身份牌向云浅雪自报身份:“我是第三军十六团百人队长切诺亚。”“我是第五军十一团队的副团队长,哥斯夫。”“第十一军第八团掌旗官康西雅。”在这艰难时期,云浅雪表现出了一个优秀将领的才干和明快决断能力。不管哪个军团什么部队的军官,只要来投靠他的,他统统接受。他任命了十几名百人队长,命令他们自行召集散落在外的士兵前来会合。另外,他任命苏木担任粮草队长,专门负责带队搜集粮草——说白了,就是趁士兵们还没被饿趴下,把附近能抢的村子和城镇统统给抢个精光!没有粮食,这支仓促重编的队伍立即就要土崩瓦解了。因为这里距离巴丹并不远,远东军或者东南军追兵随时有可能杀到,云浅雪也不敢长时间停留。搜粮队洗劫了三个小城镇后,队伍连夜出发。有士兵还习惯以前的做法,洗劫时杀了三个村民,结果给云浅雪当场行了军法,下令把他们当场吊死在村口的树上。结果他的同伴们不服,集体鼓噪起来,涌到云浅雪跟前要讨个说法。“现在是什么时候了,还敢那么放肆!”对暴动边缘的士兵们,云浅雪态度依然强硬:“我们孤军身处敌后,远东军随时有可能追上来,我们不能不和人类留点余地!想想,万一将来被人类俘虏了,这些害群之马会把把我们大家全都给害死的!想想温克拉的下场,他屠杀人类太多了,帝都下令,凡是第六军的官兵,一律不接受投降!想想,你们不想也落得这个下场吧?我们要的是安全回家,不要多生枝节!”平息了一场未遂的暴动,云浅雪带着士兵连夜急行军连夜赶路,部队走了三十多里,到第二天清晨,天空先是下起了小雪,继而雨雪交加,本来泥泞的道路更加难走,士兵们在泥水里打着滚,几乎是一寸一寸地向前挪,苦不堪言。队伍里少得可怜的十几匹马驮着粮食,累坏了,走在路上不断地撅蹄子。一匹战马终于支撑不住肩上的重负翻身侧倒了,瘦骨嶙峋的战马在泥水里挣扎着。在一个红着眼睛的军官指挥下,十几个魔族士兵围着那匹战马在泥水里面翻滚着,他们努力地想把战马扶起,将散落在泥水里的粮包背出来,好抢救出马背上珍贵的粮食。一时间,雨声、人声、马嘶声混杂成一片,谁也没注意到,就在道旁的坡上,被担架队扛着的羽林将军云浅雪已在那停留了好一阵。看着士兵们筋疲力尽地滚在那泥水里,浑身上下湿个精透,被清晨的寒冷冻得发抖。酸楚的感觉涌满了云浅雪心头,怎能料到呢?伟大的魔族王国竟沦落到了这种地步,一匹战马和区区百来斤大米竟然牵动了整个队伍的心。考虑到还在敌占区,必须让士兵们留下体力应变和赶路,云浅雪下令队伍休息。命令刚下,士兵们连欢呼的力气都没有了,在泥水横流的道边随便找块稍微干燥点的地方就躺下了,连正在下着小雪都顾不上了,把大衣盖在头上就睡着了。看着士兵们的疲惫,云浅雪深感忧虑。队伍的情况实在是凄惨。差不多一半人都是受伤的士兵。因为缺少干净的淡水和食物,队伍里疾病流行,伤寒、霍乱、败血症、破伤风和发烧症困扰着所有人。队伍里有两个军医,但却没有任何药材,连干净的纱布也没一块,于是军医们只能眼睁睁地看着伤员们被剧疼折磨得吼叫如牛,病患们奄奄一息地死去,死去的士兵都顾不上掩埋,只能丢弃在路边用荒草盖住。粮食也快吃光了,云浅雪不得不限制供应,士兵们饥肠淋淋,眼里象狼一样泛着绿光。队伍处于崩溃边缘。云浅雪派人去塔伦城向皇子殿下求援了,虽然大家同是突围,但皇子是成建制地突围出去的,景况比自己好上很多。云浅雪怀疑,卡兰皇子若不派人来接应,自己这支士气低落的队伍未必能坚持到塔伦城。支持队伍前进的唯一动力只剩下云浅雪的坚强和热情了,这位担架上的将军虽然受伤,但他高昂的斗志却鼓舞着队伍里的每一个人,他不住地宣扬:“不怕累,不怕饿!加快步伐,卡兰殿下就在前路!会合了殿下,我们就有吃的了!”全是靠了这位担架将军热切的鼓舞和斗志,这支体力透支了的部队才能继续艰难的前进。走了两天一夜,总算云浅雪运气好,没碰上人类的军队,七八四年十二月十七日清晨,云浅雪率领人马距离塔伦城已不到五十里了。离会合的地点越近,云浅雪的心里就越是忐忑。他不知在心里暗暗祈祷多少次了,保佑卡兰皇子能顺利突围,羽林军不要损耗太大;他更在担心,害怕卡兰皇子候他不到已经带着兵马先走了,担心两人会错过——不知怎的,他心里总有种不祥的预感,觉得前路不会象自己料想中那般顺利。前方灰蒙蒙的雨幕中出现了一些身影,战马奔驰的震动声从道上隐隐传来,前路的警戒哨兵高声叫道:“是自己人!我们派出的先遣队回来了!”道边的士兵们让开一条路,名叫鲁卡的信使直奔云浅雪跟前。鲁卡被雨水淋得湿透,雨水不住地从头发上往下滴落。他的脸色发白,嘴唇哆嗦得厉害,不知是因为寒冷还是恐惧,他眼睛里有着一种让云浅雪琢磨不透的味道。“你可找到羽林军了?”云浅雪迫不及待地问道。鲁卡回答的声音中带着颤音:“找到了,大人。”“你见到卡兰殿下了吗?你可把我们的情况告诉殿下了?”鲁卡缓缓摇头:“大人,我没法见到卡兰殿下。”“为什么!”激怒的红晕涌上脸庞,云浅雪生气地叫起来:“我不是给你写信证明身份了吗?我不是告诉你,一定要亲手把信交到皇子手上吗?我们只有那么二十一匹战马,我就把八匹马给了你们,就是因为这任务事关重大,关系到数千个弟兄的性命!你怎敢如此懈怠!没完成任务,你怎么敢回来,就不怕我砍你脑袋?”鲁卡站在路边站得直直的,脸色发白,任凭雨雪浇淋在他的身上,淋了个湿透。对着云浅雪愤怒的咆哮,他慢慢地扣上了军服上的一个纽扣,随即又把它解开了。“大人,”他说话的声音很低,但听众无不感觉到,这么小的声音也是集中了他全部意志力才说出来的:“我没法与死去的人见面。”“你说什么?”“卡兰殿下已经死了。”即使一万个霹雳同时打在云浅雪头上也不能使他更震撼了,在那瞬间,他甚至反应不过来“死了”是什么意思,只能呆呆地重复着鲁卡的话:“卡兰殿下死了?死了?死了?”清晨的天空灰蒙蒙的,布满了铁青色的乌云,看不到一丝阳光。整个平原和丘陵都笼罩在一片蒙蒙的雨雪中。仿佛身上的某些东西突然被打了个粉碎,初冬的东风是如此刺骨地寒冷,冷得连他的心脏都冻结了,脑子里一片空白。云浅雪哑口无言,他没有再问下去了。皇子死了,这个巨大的事实已占据了他的全部思维能力,至于卡兰怎么死的,云浅雪已经不再关切了——没必要问了,卡兰皇子死了。王国也灭亡了。但还是有人关心这个的,苏木队长出声问:“殿下是怎么死的?他被人类害了?”“不是。他是被大皇子卡顿杀了。”“卡顿殿下到这来了?”“幸存的羽林军士兵告诉我们,前两天晚上发生了很多变故。卡兰殿下带着羽林军突围,却在塔伦城碰到了卡顿亲王——亲王带着大军就驻在城里面。亲王的兵马驻在城里面,卡兰皇子的羽林军在城外不得进。两个皇子在城门口会晤过一次,但不知为什么事谈不拢,卡顿亲王就关上了城门不让羽林军进城。就在前天晚上,入睡后,亲王的兵马突然开进羽林军的营地,说要接管指挥权。羽林军不服,双方冲突起来了。混乱中,卡兰殿下被卡顿亲王的兵马抓走了,当晚就杀了,脑袋就挂在羽林军大营的旗杆上——卡顿亲王是想用这个来警告那些不服的羽林军官兵。”“这畜生!”苏木队长狠狠地骂道:“王国现在都这样了,他还在闹内讧!这家伙不会有好下场的!”“大人,你说对了。”鲁卡苦涩地说:“卡顿亲王也没能得意多久。卡兰的脑袋挂上去没多久,他自个的脑袋也跟着上去了。”“什么?谁杀了卡顿?羽林军的官兵为皇子报仇吗?”“不是羽林军干的。杀了卡兰以后,卡顿亲王和蒙汗举宴庆祝,庆祝羽林军落入了他掌握中,结果蒙汗在酒席上埋伏了人手,把卡顿和随从们全杀了——那时卡兰殿下的血还没凝固呢!”魔族军人目瞪口呆,苏木忍不住问:“卡顿杀了卡兰,是为了趁机铲除能和他争夺陛下继承权的人选罢了。但蒙汗又是为什么突然对卡顿亲王下毒手?大家同为神族一脉,如今大难临头,正是团结一致对外的时候啊!”几位军官轻声议论着,云浅雪阴沉着脸没有出声。他没心情说话,但心下却是雪亮:蒙汗野心勃勃,鲜卑寡耻,眼见塞内亚族实力在巴丹会战中丧尽,陛下阵亡了,塞内亚族的力量降到了最低点,那个志大才疏的卡顿怎么放他眼里,他不趁这时候下手,那才是怪事。蒙汗对卡顿突然下毒手,这预兆着又一轮残酷的皇权战争即将展开。蒙族趁火打劫,塞内亚族面临灭顶之灾。“鲁卡,那边情形现在如何?”“很乱!蒙汗杀了卡顿亲王后,想趁机吞掉他的旧部,但遭到了亲王旧部的抵抗。交战从昨天早上就开始了,蒙汗和卡顿亲王的旧部在城内交战,城外则是复仇的羽林军和卡顿亲王、蒙族的军队大打出手。塔伦城内外一片混战,神族的子弟兵们大打出手,昔日的兄弟战友白刃相见,毫不留情,那种厮杀令人痛心,我这辈子都不想再见到了!因为塔伦城正在交战,我没法进城,只能在城外转了一圈,碰到羽林军的人马,知道您在附近,他们都很高兴,让我们快回来报信,求大人您快带人马过去支援他们!”云浅雪无声地在嘴角露出一个冷笑。先前自己还期望羽林军前来接应自己呢,真没想到,自己带着的这支残军,竟然成了别人期待的救星了!他坐在原地,昂头望天,让豆大的雨点冰冷地打在自己脸上,脸色铁青得象戴了一张金属面具。部下们都在殷切地望着他,此时,这个担架上的青年将军已成了他们最后的希望了。他们都在期待着云浅雪能想出个什么法子来,带领他们走出这个困境。没有人敢出声,都害怕打扰了羽林将军的思考。他们不知道,此时此刻,云浅雪什么都没想,只想死。家破人亡,国家沦丧,内忧外患,接踵而来,最尊敬的魔神皇陛下死了,爱妻和儿子也死了,最后,连自己寄托最后希望的卡兰殿下都死了,王国所剩无几的精锐部队正在忙着自相残杀——打击一个接一个过来,即使坚强如云浅雪也崩溃了。他已经放弃继续抗拒命运了。“没办法,这是天意要灭王国。上苍的意旨,凡俗人无法揣测,无法阻挡。多么玄妙啊!曾经鼎盛无双,领土覆盖半个大陆的庞大帝国,竟然如此轻易地覆亡了。若早知结果如此,当初我就该和陛下一同去了。”云浅雪平淡地想着。当下定最后决心时候,他心头并无多少波澜。望了眼身边围着的众人一眼,他摸向了腰间的剑,吃力地抽出了佩剑。凝视着剑锋上那一抹铁器的锋锐光亮,云浅雪苦笑着,慢慢地把剑锋倒转过来,单手用力握住了剑柄。众人莫名其妙地看着他的动作,唯有那个信使鲁卡看出不对来了,他猛然扑上来,一把抓住云浅雪握剑的手,失声喊道:“大人,不要!”但他的动作还是慢了点,虽然受伤,但云浅雪的力量依然不是一个普通士兵能比拟的。幸好这时,苏木队长也反应过来了,双手闪电般抓住了剑柄。众人合力,依然还是挡不住云浅雪决意寻死的一剑,剑锋刺破了云浅雪胸口的制服,深深地刺入了肉中,血急速地涌出,染湿了胸口的衣裳。有人夺过了云浅雪手中的剑,有人高呼:“军医!军医!军医快过来!”在此起彼伏的惊呼声中和忙乱中,云浅雪安静地躺在担架上,象是旁边的喧嚣与他一点关系没有。虽然肉体还停留在人世,但他的思想,已经飘到很遥远很遥远的地方,在那里,没有战争,没有饥饿,在那里,有他尊敬的陛下,有他的妻子和儿子,还有他的挚友。在那喧嚷的人群缝隙中,他看到了,看到了卡丹公主窈窕的身影,妻子脸上那惊骇欲绝的表情,还看到儿子那红扑扑的脸蛋。他不解地想:难道我已经到天堂了吗?云浅雪猛然从担架上坐起来,失声叫道:“卡丹!”俏丽的卡丹公主抱着怀中的孩子,定定地望着云浅雪,泪水不住地从她眼中流出。飘飞的雨雪不住地打在公主皎洁的脸上,一滴滴泪水被冻成了晶莹的冰珠。云浅雪也不知从哪来的力量,猛然从担架上跃起来,单手将卡丹母子拥入怀中。两人都是泣不成声。卡丹地抚摩着云浅雪的脸庞,昔日的翩翩少年此刻已沧桑满脸,巨大的苦难在他脸上留下了深刻的痕迹。卡丹哭着说:“为什么要这样做。。。为什么要干这种傻事!”云浅雪只是一个劲地摇着头。他使劲地抱住公主的肩头,闻着爱妻温馨的气息,不住地吻着妻子怀中的小孩,粗硬的胡子茬将孩子刺得生疼,大哭起来,于是云浅雪就象孩子一般失声痛哭,泪水不住地顺着冻得僵硬的脸庞往下滚落。第269章东征战争(上)。

帝林说得轻描淡写,但斯特林却知道,其中内情绝不止如此轻松。帝林是昨天才逼降的魔族十五军,丢下了十几万投降的魔族兵在身后,他本人率部直扑战场,看帝林和随行兵马的风尘仆仆黑着眼圈的疲惫样,肯定是昼夜赶路不曾歇息的。兵马昼夜赶路一百二十里,那是足可跑死马的速度了。若不是很必要紧迫,没人肯做这种高强度的急行军。斯特林知道,帝林是在未雨绸缪,做自己打输的准备。他是准备战事失利时接应斯特林和紫川秀往帝都方向撤退,准备抵挡魔神皇追击的。这个人人畏之如虎、冷酷无情的监察总长,对自己却是真切地关心。斯特林心下感动,低声说了声:“谢谢你,大哥。”帝林淡然笑笑,一切早已了然于心:“有什么好谢的。说说吧,情况怎样?我回去也好向殿下交差。”“魔族十一军被全歼,魔族第五军被全歼,魔族十六军投降,魔族第三军被击溃,跑掉了两万人,阿秀正在追击;唯一逃掉的是羽林军,云浅雪和卡兰带着兵马跑得快,不过估计羽林军也剩不下几个兵了;近卫旅被我们团团围住了,全歼只是时间问题了。至于敌方的首脑,裴玛被活抓了,凌步虚被打死,马维失踪,云浅雪和卡兰跑路了,叶尔马据说被远东军抓了。唯有魔神皇,至今还下落不明,有人说他跑了,有人说他被打死了。具体战利品和杀敌、俘敌数目还没法统计,但有一点是肯定的:魔族西侵军的主力,六个塞内亚番号的魔族军团主力,已全灭了!”随着斯特林的说话,他的部下们把缴获来的魔族旗帜一一插在土地上,插在那些被打死的魔族兵尸首旁边。清晨的微风吹拂,这些五颜六色的彩旗卷动着又吹开,魔族勇士们象被砍倒的木头一般躺在地上,脸孔朝天,脸色苍白,圆睁着无光的眼睛凝视着那飘扬的彩旗,彩旗也哗啦哗啦地飘动着,在这些好象是睡着的勇士上空飘舞。远方的地平线上,迎着早上的晨光,可以看到东南军的步兵们在拉动着缴获的魔族辎重,一列又一列,延绵不绝。帝林仔细地审视着那些旗帜,一面一面仔细看。旗帜上的图案五花八门,五颜六色。飞鸟,狮子,铁壁,巨人,昨天还飘扬在魔族大军头顶上的无数旗子,除了皇旗外,此刻已全部落到了人类血迹斑斑、胜利的手上。这些凝聚着魔族王国各部落历史上最光荣与骄傲的象征,如今象垃圾一般被人类统统扔到了帝林的脚下。看着这些旗帜,再看着那一眼望不到尽头的可怕战场,那堆积如山的尸骸,插在战场上的短戈残枪,就连那初升的丽日也被这战场染上了一层血红,冉冉升起。在晨光鲜艳的光亮中,他们可清楚地看到这片广袤的战场,自巴丹城下直到两边的辽阔延绵的高地、丛林间,到处是折断的长枪、砍刀和重剑,到处是燃烧的帐篷和辎重,人尸和马尸堆积如山,在尸山上还戳起了一只只手、脚,象插在那上面的旗帜。在这片血腥的战场上,积尸一望无边。帝林露出心旷神怡的陶醉,他庄重地说:“这是一次伟大的胜利,整个王国都仆倒在我们面前,历史上无可比拟。巴丹战役意义之巨大,无法形容!”他用力地拍着斯特林的肩头:“干得漂亮,斯特林,这活漂亮极了,任换哪个都干不出这么漂亮!人类第一名将的名头,谁也拿不走了!”斯特林谦逊地摇头:“大哥,我受之有愧。这场战役,我的贡献很少,若不是阿秀拖住了魔神皇和近卫旅,若不是流风霜及时到援,若不是你把魔族十五军给镇住,鹿死谁手,那还难说。何况,这场战斗伤亡惨重,我军大伤元气,已经很难说是胜利了。”“历史不会记住细节的。”帝林轻声慨叹道:“不会的。从来历史就只记得胜利者。”‘我现在只是担心魔神皇,一日不能除掉他,我们就一日不能安心。他不死,这场战役我们就不能说是完胜。现在他下落不明,不知是逃走还是被打死了。”“被杀,有可能;逃走,绝不可能。魔神皇高傲,眼高于顶,他不会容忍自己在一群凡人的面前逃跑的。”斯特林诧异地望着帝林:“为何你能如此确定?”帝林笑而不答。虽然与魔神皇只见过一面,但就在那惊鸿一督里,正如魔神皇感受到了帝林所蕴含烈火般炽热的野心那般,帝林同样亦感受了魔神皇那犹如孤峰白雪的高傲。此人有着不可动摇的内在,他的气质和风度,都在无声地体现出骄傲的特质。那个风华绝代的男子,不会因为任何外力而改变。怎能想象这样的男子,会因为战败而被人类追得狼狈逃窜?随着帝林一同抵达的,不但有八千精锐宪兵铁骑,更重要的是,他们带来了特种部队一零一师。该师曾在朗沧江战役中显示可怕的威力,大破流风军水师舰队,为紫川秀的胜利奠定基础。现在,这支紫川家秘密部队再次投入作战,宣告了魔族装甲兽残部的灭亡。再用不着步兵部队投入战场了,在远程投石车的轰击下,装甲兽仓促建造的阵地顷刻间烟飞云散。在密集的投石打击下,本打算死守的装甲兽军团再也坐不住了,他们冲出了自己的阵地,从高坡上蜂拥而下。“做好准备,上弦!”每十台弩机配备一名阵地指挥官。指挥官统统身着黑色的宪兵团制服,如同钉子一般戳在在一字摆开的弩机阵地前。高坡上涌来的那片乌云的惊人声势并没有给操作弩机的宪兵带来困扰,就如平常训练一般,宪兵们娴熟而迅速地把锋利的箭氏一排排地压进弩机的匣盒里,用特制的钢钳用力地拉开机弦,一片刺耳的机弦钢丝响声不绝于耳。响亮的口令声从阵地的各处不时响起:“一号机准备完毕!”“二号机准备完毕!”“八号机准备完毕!”“第一分队准备完毕!”“第二分队准备完毕!”“第十一分队准备完毕!”“启禀大人,五十八个分组全部做好准备了!”帝林下达了攻击命令:“齐射,然后各组自由射击。”一阵刺耳的哨声彻阵头,总攻击的讯号发布了!黑衣的指挥官们同时将手中高举的红色小旗猛力一挥,在一阵机械的咯吱响动声中,四百四十台弩机全速齐射!在这场金属风暴冲击下,正在冲锋的装甲兽群仿佛被一个无形的巨人用大梳猛然扫过,那些庞然大物轰然倒地的场景特别壮观,数以百计的装甲兽在巨大的嘶叫声中不甘地仆倒、翻滚,进攻的装甲兽队列中出现了无数的缺口,变得稀疏起来。“攻击有效!攻击有效!”前沿观察哨上传来了观测员颤抖的激动声音,阵头上响起了一片热烈的欢呼声,东南军和远东军士兵用使劲地吹口哨、跺脚等方式来表达他们心中的激动,半兽人则挥舞着大棒仰天长啸,阵头响彻一片热烈的欢呼,谁也想不到,这两天让远东军吃透苦头的装甲兽怪物,竟被帝林如此轻松地收拾了老大一片。一零一特种师的宪兵们对自己的战果无动于衷。他们那淡漠的表情,不象在战斗,倒象是工人在流水线上加工零件,他们机械地重复着同样的动作,装箭、推进、上弦、观测、瞄准、发射,于是四百多台弩机就象一座喷发的火山,密集而不间断地向装甲兽们倾泻着金属打击,带来的是恐怖的死亡、惨叫和鲜血。“一排十二箭连发,能连发,也能单发,四百米射程,能穿透装甲兽硬皮,熟练操作人员重装时间为两分钟,平均三分半钟能发射一排。。。”听着斥候回报的弩机数据,流风家将帅们沉默不语,脸色阴晴不定。熟悉战事的他们当然能看出,今日对付装甲兽的利器,他日同样能拿来对付流风家的骑兵——或者,这种高效率的杀戮武器根本就是制造来针对流风家的轻骑兵冲锋的,只是阴差阳错,魔族的装甲兽先尝到了苦头。心算速度最快的英木兰少将很快得出了结果:“理论上说,只要只有一百五十台这样的弩机轮番发射,就能遏止五千人的骑兵冲锋,只有极少数运气最好的骑兵能冲到阵前肉搏。若我们把骑兵数目提高一倍,则敌人只需把弩机数目提高到两百五十台就可以阻止我们。殿下,以后我们得对紫川家谨慎些了。”“混蛋!”萧元中将喝道:“英木兰,你在胡说着什么!我们无坚不摧的骑兵阵岂是敌人这些破烂机械能阻挡的?你在长紫川家的威风,灭自己志气!他们的弩机移动缓慢,集结更是困难,迅疾如风的流风骑兵岂是行动缓慢的装甲兽能比拟的!”“萧元将军说的有一定道理。”流风霜沉吟说:“紫川家远程武器威力奇大,但在他们运输、集结和布置阵地都需要准备时间。在他们集结前,若能以精锐骑兵加以偷袭,未必不能取得胜利。对上这种武器,正面冲锋是愚蠢的,应回避其锋芒,用迂回的方式进攻其腹背。但无论如何,我们不得不承认,在兵种优势方面,紫川家已经超越了我们,在这样的武器面前,我们惯用的大规模骑兵冲锋战术,已经不再适合了。与魔族的战争让紫川家伤亡惨重,但也锻造了百万精锐的紫川军,他们的军事力量空前强大,若我们还死守着过去势均力敌的死板观点,我们会死得很难看的。时代已经变了。”伴随着流风霜这句轻声感叹的,是传来的装甲兽那一阵又一阵的惨叫嘶鸣声。弩机对上流风家骑兵是否奏效,那还得靠实战来检验,但对上装甲兽这种行动缓慢的近战兵种来说,这简直就是一场屠杀了。哀鸿遍野,在冲锋的路程上,躺满了受伤和死亡的装甲兽士兵。那些强悍的装甲兽士兵,即使受伤也不肯服软发出一声呻吟,只是不断地发出愤怒的咆哮,只要有一口气的,都要继续前进。他们在迎着如雨的箭雨前进,头顶是密集的投石落下,燃烧瓶,火弹,密密麻麻,倾泻如雨点,不止不歇。越是接近人类的阵地,打击便越是密集,倒下的士兵便越是稠密。遭受着可怕的打击,近卫旅仍在前进,行列整齐,神情镇定。同伴一个接一个在身边倒下,悍不畏死的近卫旅士兵仍在前进,对魔神皇传奇般忠诚和信仰使得他们无惧死亡。士兵们都知道,他们是不可能冲到敌人阵地前的,敌人连肉搏战的机会都不会留给他们,不能浴血奋战,在激烈的厮杀中与敌人一同倒地,只能在那些嗖嗖尖叫的飞铁面前无力地倒下。每前进一步,队列便要缩小一些。所有的军队都溃逃了,所有的友军都在逃跑,唯有近卫旅仍旧往前进,越走越近危险,越走越近死亡。绝没有一个人迟疑,绝没有一个人胆怯,王国已经倾覆,那支军队甘愿赴死。队列中再次响起了歌声:“翻越高山,踏过大地,穿过沙漠,跨越河流,征服敌人,杀敌!杀敌!如你的威名震撼,如你的荣光沐浴,近卫旅,神族之剑,近卫旅,王国骄傲,近卫旅,大魔神的骄宠儿!”就在那歌声中,近卫旅猛扑向前,那排山倒海的欢呼直震得地面都在颤抖。在震天的歌声中,近卫旅巍然前进,冒着如雨的箭雨,士兵们一个接一个地倒地,他们那庞大身躯覆盖了褐色的大地,鲜血浇进了巴丹城郊的荒野里。近卫旅,魔神王国最后的军旅,最后的骄傲。人类的将军们都站在高处,屏息静气。看着敌人的军阵从开始的壮观直到最后的寥寥无几,看到领头的装甲兽巨人浑身上下插满了箭枝却依然高举着被射成了破布的近卫旅军旗,看着那些倒地的巨人在地上翻滚着挣扎着向前一步步爬行前进,在地上留下的长长血痕,将帅们悚然动容。两万多装甲兽全部倒在了冲锋的道上,尸体堆得比人还高,只剩寥寥几个踉踉跄跄前进的伤兵,歌声断断续续,仍然不绝:“。。。近卫旅,王国的骄傲,近卫旅,魔神的骄宠。。。”看到这样的军旅,即使连占据了优势的敌人也油然起了尊敬之心。斯特林喃喃说:“出色!”流风霜赞叹:“无以伦比!”面对如此坚贞卓绝的军人们,战胜者也不免感到一种无言的恐怖。只剩下最后一个装甲兽战士,身上插满了箭枝,脸上淌着血,肚子上被射穿了一个大洞,可以看到青色的肠子,他一手捂着肚子痛苦地前进。帝林挥手,于是弩机队停止了射击,一时寂静无声。他踉踉跄跄,犹如喝醉酒般蹒跚前进。在数万人类军队的注视下,这个身高两米的巨人蹒跚前行,走到了弩机阵地前。担心这个怪物突然爆起毁坏了珍贵的弩机,担任护卫的宪兵想用长枪去杀死他,但帝林却阻止了:“让他看吧——他有这个资格。”于是,所有的操作手和护卫都退开了。装甲兽巨人好奇地站到一台弩机前面,粗糙的大手轻柔地抚摩着弩机那冰冷而光滑的钢铁表面。装甲兽巨人流露出孩子般天真和好奇,小心翼翼地摸着弩机的发射孔、支架和躯干,看着成排地散落地上的箭羽和铁钳工具。面对人类先进的科技文明,他的眼中流露困惑和迷茫,他不能理解,为何这些看起来一点也不锋利和不可怕的东西,却能在顷刻间毁灭了自己最勇敢最坚强的战士?这时候,帝林认出了这个重伤濒死的装甲兽。他走上前来,冲他喊道:“雷欧军团长,投降吧!”装甲兽闻声望来,发现了被众人簇拥着的帝林。疑惑的神色在他眼中一闪而逝,取而代之的是喷发的怒火:雷欧也认出了曾觐见过魔神皇的人类,此人是毁灭魔神王国的元凶!“嗷~”雷欧大吼一声,爆发了最后的生命潜力,要向帝林冲来。但宪兵们早已警戒森严,十架弩机同时发射,上百支利箭雨点般打在雷欧身上,那巨大的冲力将他整个人打翻在地。遭受重创的雷欧努力想爬起,但手脚都被射断了。他愤怒地发出了一声长嘶,仰天喊叫道:“赛穆德拉西马!”第二轮弓箭到了,强劲的箭矢将他硬生生地钉在了地上,魔神王国的装甲兽统帅圆睁双眼,吞下了最后一口气,他最后的吼声在巴丹郊外辽阔的原野上慢慢消逝,所有人都听到了。“那句话是什么意思?”流风霜轻声问。英木兰耸耸肩:“抱歉,殿下,我不懂魔族语。”“在塞内亚语里面,这句话的大致意思是:‘魔族王国将永生不灭。’”一个浑身血污的青年军人从他们身后走来,他专注地看着雷欧倒地的身躯,目光中流露出复杂的感情,似是悲哀,又象庆幸。听到那个清朗又充满了磁性的声音,流风霜霍然转身,目不转睛地望着这个身影,使劲地盯着那张布满了血污、油汗和胡子茬的脸,一向镇定的她竟在微微颤抖,眼中充满了惊喜。“你是谁?你怎么进来的?”英木兰警惕地冲他喝,手已按到了刀把上。真是邪门,他想,元帅所在,警备森严。这个穿着紫川家军官服的年轻人是怎么混进来的?那个青年军官冲英木兰灿烂一笑,露出了洁白的牙齿:“英木兰将军,您不记得我了吗?”“你是。。。”英木兰疑惑地看着他,看着这个青年军人,他觉得对方真有点面熟。他脱口而出:“紫川统领!”流风霜俏立原地,静静地注视着眼前的人。用一块手帕抹开了头脸上的血汗,剑眉星目的英俊男子正在含笑看着她,心上人的俊朗依然。在唇边多了一抹黑色的胡子茬,给他平添了几分成熟的男儿气质。她望着他,心神俱醉。那被思念煎熬的每个日日夜夜,他的形象那么鲜明的出现在自己梦中。想到心上人在万里之外与凶残的魔族周旋,自己为他忧心得夜不能眠。突然间,他的真人就那么出现了,让她产生了一种错觉,此刻究竟是现实还是在梦中呢?她轻轻地开口了:“阿秀?”“是我。”紫川秀温柔地凝视着她:“谢谢你,霜。”两人目光交错,用眼神,紫川秀无声地道谢:“你答应我援救紫川家,你做到了;我也遵守了我的承诺,我活着回到了你身边。”“真的是你?”“是我。”流风霜颤抖地伸出手,抚摸着紫川秀的脸,摸着他那瘦削的脸庞,那粗糙的胡子茬,那温暖的双唇,地望着他那明朗而充满笑意的眼睛,是的,就是这样的眼睛,温馨而充满关怀,除了他,再没有人有这样的眼睛了。紫川秀静静地站在原地,任着她摸着脸。他流露温柔的目光,轻声说:“你憔悴了。”感觉手指上传来了真实的触感,确认眼前看到的并非做梦,泪水无声地从她双眼流出来了。多少刀光剑影,多少风霜雪夜,朗沧江一别,似乎还是昨日的事。转眼间,一年过去了。在这令世界震撼的一年里,发生了多少事啊!魔族的入侵,紫川家遭受重创,远东军队的崛起,流风军与紫川家化敌为友,魔族由盛而衰直到眼前的灭亡,沧海桑田的变幻中,数以百万的人死亡,千载不灭的家国沦亡。在这战火纷飞的乱世,相去万里的两个爱人还能活着重逢,那是多么了不起的奇迹。站在旁边默默地看着这一对情侣,不知怎么的,英木兰也感觉自己鼻孔一酸,只想落泪。他悄悄地移开脚步想离开,但紫川秀却叫住了他:“英木兰,你留下吧。我这就要走了。”流风霜一惊,不由自主地抓住了紫川秀的手。英木兰会意,出声挽留道:“紫川大人,您是我们的好朋友,很久没见了,大伙都很想念您,大捷再加上久别重逢,那是难得的双喜啊?不如在我们这多耽搁一会?我去找两瓶好酒过来,大伙喝上庆贺一番!”流风霜虽然没有出声,但她的手却抓得更加用力,挽留之意已在眼中流露无遗了。紫川秀无奈地苦笑:“庆祝自然是庆祝的,但不是现在。还有很多扫尾工作,我的营中有上万的伤员需要照顾,抓到的魔族军俘虏也需要安顿,还有抢来的魔族辎重战利品要分配——我若不过去,帝林和斯特林两个家伙会吞得一干二净,连渣子都不会留给我——最重要的是,魔神皇还没有下落。若找不到他,这场仗我们就很难说是全胜。”流风霜微蹙秀眉:“近卫旅已被全歼了,魔神皇还没有下落?”“这也正是我奇怪的。”紫川秀答道:“若魔神皇活着,他不该这么长时间地无声无息。”其实,这个疑问不单是紫川秀的困惑,也是紫川家所有参战将帅的困惑。大战虽然获胜,但魔神皇下落不明,这成了悬在将军们头上的一把利剑。军队疲惫不堪,但还不能休息,士兵们必须在整个战场上巡逻、搜查,抓捕魔族溃兵。各个师团、团队都被告知,必须要警惕一个魔族皇族,除了瞳孔是蓝色外,他的外貌与人类一般无二,能讲述流利的人类语言。为防止此人穿着人类军服伪装出逃,执行战场任务的人类官兵必须十人一组,凡是遇到落单的官兵都必须盘查,有嫌疑的就当场扣起来。远东军的半兽人成了香宝宝了,因为再怎么乔装打扮,魔神皇也不可能扮成半兽人的样子脱身,于是半兽人就成为最没有嫌疑的兵员。在斯特林和帝林的联合要求下,紫川秀派出了手上所有的半兽人团队进行战场搜索。由于担心魔神皇的可怕战力,紫川秀要求士兵们一旦遭遇了突发情况,先不要忙着战斗,最要紧的是迅速脱离接触,第一时间发出警报。“只需发现魔神皇就是大功一件,千万不要贪功逞强!”紫川秀切切叮嘱部下们:“魔神皇不是人力可以对付的,对付他,必须要靠一零一师这样的特种部队才行!”不用紫川秀唠叨,团队长也知道谨慎。魔神皇单枪匹马杀入了远东军阵斩将夺旗的那一刻大伙都还记忆犹新呢,他恐怖的战斗力给整个远东军都留下了深刻印象。搜索行动一直持续到了下午三点多,德昆的部队第一个报告了好消息:“发现魔神皇了!”当时紫川家的统领们正在商议军国大事——至少,他们是有过这个企图的。斯特林以军务处长的名义召集紫川秀、帝林和明辉等三位统领开联席会议,商议大战之后的安排。但进帐坐下没到五分钟,紫川秀就打起了响亮的呼噜了。统领们苦笑着,都看到了对方那鲜明的黑眼眶。松弛下来后,睡眠的诱惑简直大得无法抵挡。而同样的,明辉和帝林也是昼夜赶路,谁都没能好好睡一觉。帝林干脆说:“还开什么鸟会,大伙睡一觉是正虱。”斯特林有点犹豫:“不好吧?军队都还在坚持,各部队都还在搜索魔神皇,我们关门偷懒,这个影响好象不怎么好。。。”明辉:“就我们四个,外面谁知道?都以为我们在研究重大军事决策呢,谁敢闯进来?”睡着的紫川秀当然没办法发表意见,不过他用响亮的呼噜声表达了他对明辉大人的赞成。坚决的三票对犹豫的一票,军务处迅速通过了一个重大决议:关上门睡觉!都是累透的人了,大伙躺倒就睡着了,直到外面有人喊:“启禀大人,发现魔神皇了!”四位统领同时被惊醒。紫川秀第一时间扑到门口:“他在哪里?快调部队过去包围!”“在装甲兽大营里!”快马疾尘,统领们飞快地朝着一处高坡奔驰而去,那是装甲兽军团突围后最后据守的阵地。闻风赶到的秀字营和半兽人部队已经把那里给封锁了,大队的半兽人全副武装地把守着装甲兽营地的各个路口。“大人,”看到紫川秀和其他几位统领联袂到来,德昆快步上来冲紫川秀行了礼:“是我们先发现了魔神皇!大人,这可真是很不容易啊。。。”看他那罗罗嗦嗦的样子,好象很乐意把功劳和辛苦给摆上一番的,可惜紫川秀此刻心焦如焚,哪有时间听他唠叨,直截了当地问道:“魔神皇在哪里?你给带路吧,快!”当紫川秀进去时,他看到,在营帐之间的空地上躺着一个人。看到这个人,紫川秀的第一感觉是他还没死,只是静静地睡着了。午后的清风轻轻吹拂他额前的散发,温馨的阳光照暖暖地洒在他英俊而苍白的脸上,在秀气而修长的眼睫毛下留下了淡淡的剪影。他穿着淡紫色的王国军服,衣裳整洁,双手安详地互握在腹上。几乎看不到伤口,只有他身下洁白的斗篷被鲜血浸出了很大一块,才让人察觉到他脖子上那一丝细微的伤口——谁都不敢想象,就那么细细的一丝伤口,竟能流出那么多的血。然后,紫川秀回头望向帝林,却见帝林专注地望着地上躺着的人,良久,他凝重而缓缓地点头,轻声说:“是他。”然后,他庄重地抬手解下了自己的军帽,对着地上的人轻轻鞠身。当代最伟大的战士,最强大帝国的君皇,也是最骄傲的勇士,已永久地长眠了。他的佩剑,那把令远东军闻风丧胆的光华剑静静地插在他脑袋旁的地上,剑刃如流波般闪着光。明辉蹲下身小心地查看了魔神皇的伤口,又摸着他的颈部脉搏。良久,他起身说:“魔神皇死了大概五个钟头,死因是切断颈部动脉的那一道细而深的剑痕。依他的武功,应该是自尽。”斯特林和帝林对视一眼,心下都已了然。五个钟头前,那就是装甲兽发起最后冲锋的时候。魔神皇把麾下最后一支军队派向了死亡,他自己也选择了自尽。看着魔神皇的尸体,斯特林不无惆怅:“在昨天,这个人还以为自己能成为大陆之主呢。”“其实,依他的武功,杀出重围并不困难。”紫川秀说:“重整兵马再战,未必就不能胜。”“不可能的。”帝林惋惜地看着魔神皇:“若是逃了,他就不是魔神皇了。”站在敌对的立场,甚至还恨他入骨,但谁都不得不承认,惊才绝艳,风华绝代,雄才大谋,野心滔天,傲骨铮铮,以上所有的词语都不足以形容魔神皇卡特。这样的人物,从前的历史上没有过这样的人,未来也不会再有了。跟在帝林之后,斯特林、紫川秀、明辉也脱下了帽子,对魔神皇的尸体鞠躬。魔神皇充满了诗人的忧郁情怀和帝国君皇的野心,高傲,威严,强大然而又是最脆弱的。他不能承受任何失败和挫折。虽然他身为最强大的战士和帝皇,但本质上,他只是个还带有孩子气的骄傲青年而已。“魔神皇?”“自尽。”有人在纸上用红笔将“卡特”的名字划了一个红×。“凌步虚?”“战死。”于是西南将军的名字也被划了一个红×。“裴玛?”“被俘。”“叶尔马?”“被俘。”“雷欧?”“战死。”“云浅雪?”“逃亡。”“卡兰?”“逃亡。”红色的×在纸上越划越多,塞内亚族首脑们一个接一个被点了名,只是在最后一个名字时,明辉统领住了手,犹豫道:“卡顿?”帝林直接地说:“此人不足为患。”斯特林不解:“为什么?据说卡顿麾下有三十万大军,应是我们的最大对手。”“卡顿手中兵马是不少,但无论器量、才干和魄力,他都与去世的魔神皇相去甚远。此人属志大才疏之辈,虽然一时强势,但却不足成为我们的对手。”拿起了那张打满了红×的名单,帝林扫了一眼,说:“还漏了一个人,他才是我们的真正威胁。比起他,卡顿连只兔子都算不上。”斯特林诧异地抬起头:“塞内亚族军团长级以上的所有贵族名字都列在上面,我们还漏了谁?”“他不是贵族,但比起塞内亚的任何贵族都更危险!”“谁?”“黑沙军师。”“啊!”斯特林一拍额头:“真的!我怎么把他给遗漏了?会战时他好象就没出现过!”“黑沙军师?他是谁?”明辉问道。他一直在西部,与魔族打仗不多,对魔族上层的了解并不多。“怎么说呢?”斯特林斟酌着用词:“这样形容吧,若说魔神皇是魔族王国灵魂的话,那黑沙军师就是王国的大脑了!”“魔族王国的大脑,这话说得好!”帝林笑笑,神色立即转为严肃:“黑沙军师这个人物,即使在魔族国内也算是神秘的异类。我审讯过叶尔马了,结果很让人吃惊:在王国的最高决策层中,黑沙军师的影响力比我们估计得要大得多,他的权力大得恐怖:他可以决定对军团长的任命、直接调动除了近卫旅和羽林军以外的任何魔族军队、一言可定将军们生死,甚至可以影响魔族皇储继位人选!从七八零年的远东战争开始直到七八四年的魔族破瓦仑关,魔族所有的重大军事胜利背后都有他的身影,他策划一切,魔神皇对他言听计从,将军们在他面前都不敢大声喘气,他们怕他怕得象火!在魔族朝廷,他的威望仅次于魔神皇——这样的人物,岂是卡顿那庸才能比拟的,我们应该庆幸,指挥那三十万魔族军队的是卡顿而不是他。”斯特林不住地点头赞同,七八零年,他是亲身吃过黑沙军师的苦头了,一百三十六万魔族军对远东的大规模袭击,事先竟然一点风声也泄漏不出,魔族的各个军团雷霆万钧地杀来,六十四万远东紫川军连稍微抵抗一下都办不到,三天就全线崩溃了——如此周密的策划,空前的大迂回大包抄作战方式,各部队目标明确,行动迅速,这与魔族一贯简单直接粗鲁的厮杀方式实在相去太远,这场大战役很明显有黑沙军师背后操盘的痕迹。斯特林感到奇怪,自从魔族破瓦仑关进入人类世界以后,魔族的行动就失去了先前的精确和犀利了。奥斯会战中,各个军团各自为战,互不合作;而随后帝都会战中军团长们更是犯下低级的失误,军队表现混乱,接着魔族又放弃了帝都而选择攻打西北——这样轻易更改作战目标显示了魔族在战略层面的缺失和混乱,他们缺乏清晰的长期指导和目标。帝林为斯特林解释了疑惑:“叶尔马招供了,自魔族军入关以后,黑沙军师就没在魔族宫廷中再出现过——魔族失去了自己的大脑。”“原来如此!”斯特林恍然。他问:“什么原因呢?难道塞内亚皇族与黑沙军师决裂了?”“那就不是我们能了解的了。叶尔马虽然是高级军官,但与黑沙军师有关的所有情报都是绝密,只有皇室能掌握。”虽然对黑沙军师和塞内亚皇室之间的关系很感兴趣,但这毕竟不是会议的正题。黑沙厉害,但他手上没兵;虽然被帝林形容为“不足为患”,但当前紫川家最大的敌人仍然是卡顿和他所率领的三十万魔族军队,对于疲惫的紫川军来说,这批骄兵悍将是不容轻视的敌人。会议进行得并不顺利——并非因为卡顿强得令紫川家统领们棘手,大伙连魔神皇都收拾了,卡顿再强也强不过他老子——困扰大家的是另外的事情,一个本来不应成为问题的问题。明辉统领在做报告:“西北军抵达战场的时候是昨日清晨九时,我本意立即投入战斗,但流风霜殿下说部队尚未休整完毕,直到午后三时才参战。”“六个小时。”帝林说:“流风霜足足拖延了六个小时!这究竟是必要的休整,还是她有意拖延?明辉大人,您觉得呢?”明辉:“昼夜急行军近百里,要说部队需要休整恢复战力,这也说得过去。”斯特林冷冷说:“但这要看在什么时候了。”想起昨日上午战斗的惨烈,他如今仍心有余悸。军队伤亡殆尽,明知道只要再加一个师就有可能冲垮云浅雪的防线,但当时确实是连一个满员的中队都找不出来了。他本人亲自到一线去集拢那些被打残的部队,带着几千名伤兵组成敢死队冲锋四次,连身为统领之尊的他都杀得满身溅血,至于远东军那边的凄惨,那就更不用说了,紫川秀连眼泪都流不出来了——在这反复拉锯相持不下的时候,一个骑兵大队都有可能决定整个战场的形势。就在这时,流风霜握着整整二十五万大军藏着树林里,看着东南军、远东军与魔族打得遍体鳞伤不加援手,直到眼看魔族和紫川军已衰弱到了极点,失血失到再也流不出来的地步了,流风霜才施施然地带着她的无敌军团登上战场。“在巴丹会战之前,魔神皇是大陆公敌,流风霜必须与我们联手才能抵御他;但魔神皇一死,一个残破的魔族王国已不足以威胁流风家的安全了,这种情况下,流风殿下的态度就有可能暧昧了。无端猜疑自己的盟友并非君子所为,尤其是这个盟友刚刚帮了我们一个大忙,幸好我帝林并非君子,历来我都是习惯做恶人的。不能不承认这个事实,如今,与魔族联手符合流风家的利益。尽管流风霜未必能卑鄙到马维那样的程度,但我们不得不做最坏的打算,反正,我是不惮从最坏的角度来考虑人的。诸位大人,若你们是流风殿下,你会怎样做呢?”众人默默地思量,若自己是流风霜,这种情况下该怎么办?两不相帮保持中立还算是比较有良心的,对流风家最有利的,流风霜干脆就与魔族联手,当紫川军与卡顿交战时,她从背后对紫川军猛然一击,当紫川军主力崩溃后,她大可悠然地扫荡朗沧江以西的紫川家领土,将西北的蓝城直到西南的旦雅统统收入流风家版图。斯特林掐灭了手中的香烟,点头:“帝林大人,我赞同您的观点。这场卫国战争中,流风霜殿下对我们帮助很大,我们都对她心存感激。但现在,我们不能不有所警惕了。”明辉犹豫着,在座诸位统领中,他是与流风霜关系最密切的人。在抵御魔族对西北进攻的时候,西北紫川军与流风军并肩作战,浴血厮杀,一同进军。在生死鏖战中,两军将士不分你我,在同一口锅里吃饭,在同一个营帐中睡觉,亲密犹如兄弟。明辉更是与流风霜朝夕相处,他真切地感觉到了,流风霜是个光明磊落的人,她明朗的笑容就如水晶一般晶莹剔透。这当世奇女子,她天生就是在阳光下生长的,这样的人物,应该是与任何阴谋诡计绝缘的。看到明辉苦闷的样子,帝林柔声说:“明辉大人,不要忘记了自己的立场。您毕竟是紫川家的统领。”明辉一哆嗦,手被指上的香烟烫了一下。他当然明白帝林那句话暗蕴的意思,坐在自己面前的,是负责监视家族文武官员忠诚的总监察长。“二位大人说得都很有道理,”明辉低声说:“流风霜确实有点不对头,从她拖延时间不肯进入战场就可以看出来了。”会议上商定了一个作战方案:由斯特林率东南军、紫川秀率远东两军乘胜追击,寻觅卡顿皇子的主力决战,林冰率远东第三军和新组编的各个步兵师担任侧翼攻势。而帝林和明辉所部,则作为第二梯队的支援部队——统领们心下雪亮,所谓的第二梯队,就是专门针对流风霜防备她偷袭的。这时明辉才察觉有点不对,他疑惑道:“为何秀川大人没有参加这次会议?他也是统领。”帝林看了他一眼:“我没有通知他——他现在也没空。”帝林没有做任何解释。望着总监察长冷峻的脸,明辉吞了口水,不敢再问了。第268章帝国的黄昏战后余情。

为这笔财产的归属问题,紫川家的军务处和财政部与远东很是扯了一阵皮,斯特林和哥珊都找紫川秀谈过,暗示说:“秀川大人,远东这下是发财了,但家族可是亏了血本了。这钱都是魔族军从内地掠夺来的,您看是不是可以多少意思下?”但紫川秀一口咬定:“钱财是从魔族军手上缴获的,也统统用作军费了,一毛钱都没剩!”结果紫川家也拿这个视钱如命的远东军阀无可奈何——当然,这都是后话了。紫川秀问:“卡丹继承皇位的消息确切吗?”“可以肯定了。因为从几个消息渠道过来的反馈都是相同的,蒙汗、亚哥米和哥达汗都向我们报告了同样的消息。”“是吗。。。真想不到,卡丹竟然当了魔神皇。”轻声的叹息如同青烟一般在温暖的屋子里飘荡。屋内众人都陷入了沉思中。实际上,在这房间里的众人都见过卡丹,甚至都与她有过不浅的交情。那个聪颖、明慧又纯洁的少女给众人留下了极深刻的印象,她对爱情充满憧憬,热爱浪漫又天真纯洁。谁能料到呢?当年在紫川宁家中寄居的芊芊少女,如今竟成了魔族王国的皇帝。紫川秀微微皱眉,心下微微忐忑。在巴丹会战的末期,追击敌人的道上,他与卡丹有过匆匆的一聚。若当初早知道卡丹会成为塞内亚族的皇帝,自己还会不会那么义无反顾地放她走呢?凝视着面前被拨乱的棋盘,他的心情就如倒伏在棋盘上的棋子一般凌乱。“咯、咯、咯、咯。”面前传来了有节奏的清脆敲击声,紫川秀抬头,却看到对面的斯特林正在无意识地拿棋子轻轻敲打着桌面。看他忧郁而沧桑的脸,紫川秀哑然失笑:自己正心乱呢,没想到还有个比自己更心乱的人在。他轻声问:“你是否还爱着她?”斯特林一震,手中的棋子哐啷掉在地上。他惊惶地抬起头:“什么?你问什么?”“不用答了,我知道了。”紫川秀若无其事地把棋子从地上拣起来,用手指轻弹了下灰尘,问白川:“魔族国内局势有什么变化吗?”“启禀二位大人,魔族国内各个酋长割据一方的局面并没有改变,塞内亚族依然占据着魔神堡,但它们原来的肥沃领地很多都被蒙族、亚昆、哥昂族等三大部族抢走了,因为实力大为缩水,塞内亚族也没有能力保住自己的领地,默认了三大部族的行动。塞内亚兵接到了魔神堡的命令,对来抢夺领土的其他部族保持了退让态度。反倒是三大部族之间因为新增的领土闹了不少矛盾,上个星期,蒙族和亚昆族就因为抢夺领地打了一仗,两族都出动了上万兵马,但因为顾忌我们的态度,蒙汗和亚哥米都没敢下令开打。现在,蒙汗派了使者过来,请秀川大人出面调解这次纠纷,为他们主持公道。”“蒙汗疯了吗?魔族的部落酋长竟然请我们主持公道!他把大人当是魔神皇了?”罗杰呵呵笑道,紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,也不禁莞尔。斯特林摇头笑说:“都说蒙汗是个老奸巨猾的狐狸,果然不假。想我们主持公道是假,想借我们的威势压制亚哥米是真。”“还有一个意图,就是向我们表达恭谨之意,以争取我们的好感。真让他想绝了,不费兵卒,只派了个使者过来,然后他再宣称,他的所有行动都是出自我们的授意,亚哥米也好,哥达汗也好,难道还敢与他动手吗?便宜也占了,人情也做了,这人也未免太狡猾了。”“你的意思呢?”“还是那句老话:分而治之。在魔神皇卡特统治下的魔族王国强大,卡丹虽然聪慧,但她也只能勉强维护塞内亚族的延续罢了,无力再统一魔族势力。四分五裂的魔族部族不足为惧,远东的原则只有一个,那就是谁弱我就扶持谁,绝不能让一家独大。”斯特林沉声说:“以魔族制魔族是妙策,但必要的时候,我们也应该显示力量。塞内亚族是发动战争的罪魁祸首,若任他们就此逃脱了惩罚,我们无颜面对在抗魔族战争死难的同胞和牺牲的战士。塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”没人出声,安静的房间里只有斯特林沉稳的声音在回响。“塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”简短而有力的话语透出了不可动摇的决心。白川静静地看着年轻的军务处长坚毅的脸容,回想着他与卡丹的种种往事。恍惚间,当年为爱情痴迷的羞涩青年身影渐渐朦胧远去,只剩眼前伟岸的将军屹立在天地之间。这时候,她有了种眼看着历史在眼前发生的感觉,因为这句话,她已经预感到塞内亚族的灭亡已成为必然,成千上万的魔族将因这句话而被杀。此刻的斯特林,他不是一个人,他是一个强大国家决心用血洗刷仇恨和耻辱的坚决意志化身!“阿秀,你对魔族情况最熟,我想咨询你的看法:你认为,若要彻底铲除塞内亚族,需要家族出动多少兵马?”“彻底解决塞内亚族,这仗若要我指挥的话,大概二十万兵马就够了。”斯特林吃惊:“这么少?塞内亚人虽然惨败,但实力依然不能轻视。你怎么办到的?”“武力攻城为下策,上兵伐谋,三大部族都在盯着魔神堡,酋长们都在发梦想做魔神皇。只是没有我同意,他们不敢动手罢了。只要我吹一声口哨,说:‘谁先拿下魔神皇的,紫川家支持他成为新的魔族之主!’,蒙汗肯定会第一个狼一般地扑上去,亚哥米是第二个,哥达汗是个伪君子,他会装模作样不忍一番,最后哀叹道:‘天意如此,我有什么办法呢?卡丹侄女,叔叔对不起你了!’然后流着眼泪把卡丹抓来献给我们——紫川家的军队最好是作为后盾的威慑力量,备而不用。若顺利的话,我们就能以最小代价彻底摧毁塞内亚人。”斯特林露出了满意的微笑:“很好!阿秀,你的思路很好,自恃兵勇者而不殆,我还担心你过于强硬,看来是过虑了。有个内部消息跟你透露,军务处已向总长提议,这次讨伐魔族的战争由你任总指挥。经初步考虑,总长殿下已经答应了。”突然听到消息,紫川秀吃一惊:“什么?我?我来担任远征军统帅?”斯特林点头,用目光不出声地询问:“怎么样?”望着斯特林认真的脸,紫川秀愣愣地发呆,他也知道,内地战局平定后,对魔族的报复战争势在必行。对于未来征讨军统帅的位置,他不是没有过期望的:率领三十万虎贲,扬威八千里异域,雪耻国恨,青史留名,这是每个男人的梦想——但紫川秀也是想想罢了。他清楚,自己虽然也是家族的统领,但远东地盘完全是自己打拼出来,家族对自己一直不曾真正信任过,只是为了对付魔族不得不倚重自己罢了。现在魔族已败,紫川家削自己的权还来不及,怎么可能还把对付魔族的远征军交给自己反而增加自己的兵权呢?想了一阵,紫川秀摇头笑道:“听到这个消息,我真的很意外。我知道自己并不是个招人第271章远征统帅窗外是飘飞的白雪,纷纷洒洒。寒风凌厉地从窗外刮过,带着呼啸的声音。七八五年一月间,远东遭遇了历史上罕见的大雪,寒流一夜突降,河流冻结,山丘冰封。湿漉漉的木柴在壁炉里噼里啪啦地燃烧着,发出一股带着森林气息的忧郁青烟。两个青年男子正坐在壁炉边的大桌上下棋,两人都是全神贯注地俯身盯着棋盘,连桌子边上的酒壶都没有碰一下。眉清目秀的俊美青年把棋子向前推进,很沉稳地说:“斯特林,这盘你输了。”他的对手盯着棋盘,眉头紧缩,显然碰到了很棘手的局面。良久,他抬起头,正要说话,屋外响起了踏踏的脚步声,门被推开了,罗杰浑身被裹在厚实的皮袄里,带着一股寒风和飘雪冲进屋子里,嘴里不住叫道:“秀川大人,冷死了!冷死了!这狗天气,雪都快到膝盖了!”拍打着身上的积雪,猛然见到屋里的人,罗杰愣住了,惊喜地喊道:“斯特林大人,您怎么到我们这来了?”斯特林抬起了头,顺手把棋盘上的棋子全部拨乱:“有人来了,不下了。”他笑道:“怎么,罗杰红衣阁下不欢迎我过来?你的伤好了吗?”罗杰呵呵地憨笑着:“大人,您说的什么话!您是俺们的贵客,请都请不来呢!我只是纳闷,这么大的雪,您是怎么过来的?”“我过来两天了,那时雪还没有封道。怎样?在巴丹时被装甲兽敲了一棍,伤好了吗?”“伤早好了!大人您看,现在我壮得象头牛!”罗杰使劲拍着自己胸膛,发出怦怦的响声,脸上满是得意。“罗杰,你蠢得也象头牛!”紫川秀冷冷说,他喊道:“斯特林,别耍赖,这盘你输了啊!”“还没下完呢,我看这盘就算平手好了,大家不伤和气。”斯特林若无其事地说。他亲热地对罗杰说:“怎样,罗杰,你们最近小日子好像过得不错啊!我看远东军最近阔气了起来,你们新做的军大衣蛮漂亮的。”“斯特林,别岔开话题啊!说好了,一盘棋赌十万银币的军费!”“不是还没下完吗——罗杰,有没有带什么好吃的过来?我肚子有点饿了。”“浑蛋,你这家伙,才吃过东西的!欠我十万啊!十万个银币!”斯特林仿佛没听见紫川秀的说话:“罗杰,伤势全部康复了吗?要不要回内地找个好医生看下?你们这些能征善战的将领,是国家的宝贵财富,家族很关心你们的。听说你受伤了,宁殿下还特意让我给你捎来了一些补品,就在我行李里边,等下拿给你。”罗杰感动得眼睛都红了:“太谢谢大人您了,宁殿下和您那么忙,还有空关心我们这些厮杀汉,我感激得。。。”“罗杰,你闭嘴!斯特林,欠我十万银币了啊!十万银币!”紫川秀把双手合成喇叭,凑在斯特林的耳朵边大叫。后者再也不能扮作充耳不闻了,他鄙视地望了紫川秀一眼:“至于吗?秀川统领,再怎么说你也是家族的一方镇守大员,拿出点气度来好吗?闹得象个乡下的高利贷打手似的——那点小钱,你想我堂堂军务处长会放在心上吗?”“那就好,还钱来!”紫川秀手一摊,把一张纸摊开摆斯特林面前:“快点,在这张军费申请表上签名!”斯特林扫了表上的数目一眼,打个寒战。他起身打个懒腰:“时候不早了,得回去睡觉了!天冷了,人就容易困。唉,人老了,精神真的不行了呢!”紫川秀勃然大怒:“我就不信了邪了!在我地头治不了你这赖皮家伙,我也不用当这个远东统领!斯特林,告诉你,今天不签这个字,你休想出这个门!”“我是紫川家军务处长!秀川大人,怎么着,你难道还敢以下犯上?”“罗杰,关门,放狼!——哪来的狼?废话,你不就是狼吗?拿出你盯美女的劲头来,上去咬他去!”当白川红衣旗本进屋时,看到屋里扭成一团的几个男人,她吃惊地睁大了眼睛:“斯特林大人?秀川大人?还有罗杰,你们几个在干什么?”几个男人连忙分开,讪讪地干笑着。紫川秀干咳一声:“白川,你知道啦,外边天气很冷,我们为了节省柴火,大家在做摔跤运动增加热量呢!”太熟悉这个男人了,看他咕噜转的眼珠就知道这厮在扯谎了,白川也懒得揭穿他,她把手头的文件打开,正色道:“诸位大人,远东情报局有情况报告。”远东军事情报局是紫川秀第二次回到远东担任统领时候建立的情报组织,主要针对魔族王国的军事动向。因为在魔族境内,也有半兽人居民生活,远东军情局通过各种方式从他们那得到王国的军事情报。军情局第一任局长是半兽人将军布兰。紫川秀考虑他的半兽人身份可以方便和魔族国内的半兽人居民沟通——大家一致公认,这是光明王为数不多的用人败笔——半兽人勇士冲锋陷阵确实勇猛,但要他们去搞需要耐心和细致的情报工作,他们会把情报员当成敢死队用的。布兰上任搞了几个月,有价值的情报寥寥无几。后来,情报局的主持由明羽兼任,但光是第三军和后勤事务就把明羽忙得喘不过气来,他也没有精力兼顾情报局这边。最后,巴丹会战后,当紫川秀回到远东,他正式任命白川担任远东军情局的第三任局长。现在,走马上任的新局长要向远东统领进行汇报了!“有什么新消息吗?退守国内的魔族有什么动作?”“是!根据情报局外线的确认,塞内亚族已推举出了新一代的魔神皇。”“是谁?”“卡丹公主,她将就任第十九代魔神皇,也是魔族历史上的第一任女皇帝。”紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,双方眼里都没有多少吃惊。过去的一个月里,发生了太多了变故,他们已经习惯接受任何看似荒诞不经的消息了。在巴丹会战魔神皇战死后,塞内亚军事集团面临了双重的灭顶之灾。有资格继承皇位的两位皇子卡顿和卡兰为皇位争夺而火并,卡顿杀死了卡兰,但随即被窥视在后的蒙族族长暗算身亡。一个月之内,塞内亚族连续失去了皇帝、皇子、优秀的将领和几乎所有的军队,外有强大的人类军队逼近,内有野心的诸侯发起挑战,谁都以为,塞内亚族的灭亡已成定局了,这个曾经骁勇善战的种族即将成为历史名词。连坚强的云浅雪也无法承受这接连而来的巨大打击,他绝望得要自杀。就在这时候,存续塞内亚族历史的重要人物,卡丹公主出现了。百年之后,后世的人们仍在传颂这位弱质女子在危难时期表现出的勇气和坚毅,也因此,她由一位并不起眼的花瓶式公主一跃而起,跻身于流风霜、紫川宁等黄金时代最富有传奇色彩的女性之中。在崩溃边缘救下了自己丈夫后,从来不涉足军事的卡丹毅然挑起了重担。在塔伦城郊,冒着无数的飞箭,一个纤纤女子吃力地举着着皇旗出现在交战的羽林军和十七军战场上,一个娇滴滴的皇族女子,豁出自己性命来阻止数万士兵的厮杀,交战双方无不为这个皇族女子的勇气而油然生敬意。一个百人队长后来说:“在那刻,我们看到了两面旗帜同时出现在战场上,一面是狮子皇旗,一个,是那个犹如天使一般的女孩,卡丹殿下,不愧是卡特陛下的血脉传人!”“诸位,我军已经战败,为仇恨而厮杀毫无意义!请为故乡的亲人们想想,尽量多点把塞内亚的孩子们活着带回家!多一个士兵活下去,我们塞内亚就多了一分希望!”在她主持的谈判会上,卡特以真情实意打动了双方代表。在她的感召下,十七军和羽林军握手言和,两军重新合并。合并后的军队需要一位统帅来指挥全局,而这个位置需要一位享有高度威望的人物来担任,否则无法凝聚全军。这时候,塞内亚残兵们发现,没人比先任陛下的唯一继承人卡丹更合适这个位置了。伟大的卡特陛下刚刚逝世,他的余威犹在,塞内亚人对这位流淌着先皇血脉的卡丹还是很有感情的。虽然她是女子,也没有多少军事经验,但大家都不在乎,她的夫君云浅雪历来被公认为王国第一流的名将,有他辅佐,可以很好地弥补卡丹军事经验上的缺陷。而新任领袖卡丹的表现也可圈可点,在她指挥下,塞内亚军合力打退了趁火打劫的蒙族军——更主要原因是老奸巨猾的蒙汗不愿与恢复统一建制的塞内亚军血拼,他更愿意借人类的刀来消灭塞内亚族——接着,卡丹和云浅雪指挥着塞内亚军队踏上了归国的撤退路程。这是一条血腥又残酷的撤退道路,皇族塞内亚,这个强悍的名字给世人留下了深刻的印象,不把它们彻底斩草除根,被他们侵略的人类也好,被它们统治又背叛的魔族各部族也好,谁都寝食难安。连云浅雪也说不清到底有多少路兵马在追击他们:东南军、帝都军、远东军、西北军、流风军、地方上的人类游击队、蒙族的军队、亚昆族的军队、哥昂族的军队,甚至就连先前臣服在塞内亚族统治下的十六军驻各地守备队也对主人亮出了獠牙,帝都发出了公告了,十六军士兵只要能拿着塞内亚兵的头颅反正,家族可以宽恕他的罪行!塞内亚军队艰难地跋涉,战斗、厮杀、阻击、冲出重围,在那冰天雪地的道上,它们为自己百年来的骄横和残暴付出了代价。在这一路上,无数的生离死别在发生。危难关头,塞内亚族战士显示了令人肃然起敬的高贵,不用命令,不用催促,他们自愿报名充当断后的敢死队,用血肉之躯来阻挡人类骑兵的追杀。受伤士兵为了不拖累大队的前进,在担架上切断了自己的喉咙。自愿断后的军官严肃又庄重地向卡丹告别:“微臣先走一步回去见陛下了,公主殿下,可有什么要托我向陛下转达的吗?”每次见到那些年轻又坚毅的面孔,卡丹总是忍不住泪流满眶,倒在那条道上的,那是王国最后的男人!且战且退,当塞内亚族撤退兵马到达瓦仑要塞时,出发时的十二万兵马仅剩六万。本指望能在瓦伦要塞得到补给和增援的云浅雪再次受到沉重的打击。得知巴丹会战惨败、魔神皇战死、两位皇子自相残杀死亡的消息后,镇守瓦伦的塞内亚守备队崩溃了。他们烧掉了要塞,带着掠夺来的战利品逃回了国内。于是,呈现在塞内亚族军团面前的,只剩下满目的断墙残壁。在废墟般的瓦伦城内,云浅雪连一粒米都找不到。要塞的一边是远东的半兽人,要塞的另一边是紫川家,两边都是敌人。若被远东的半兽人把出口一堵,魔族残兵困守在要塞内只有死路一条。在那个大陆著名的战略要地,云浅雪连一天也不敢呆,当晚就带着兵马跑了。从瓦伦出来进入了远东的地界,照旧是一路的袭击不断。布兰将军率领的半兽人军队神出鬼没,多次打击后撤的魔族部队。为抓紧赶路,卡丹下令丢掉了从内地掠夺来的所有战利品,轻装上路。魔族军全盛时期几乎占领了半个大陆,他们搜刮得可着实厉害,虽然撤退狼狈丢了不少,但还是剩下了很多价值连城的珍品。自然的,这笔被放弃的战利品落到了半兽人军队的手上。布兰将军很聪明地领会了魔族的暗示:这是塞内亚人为逃生留下的买路钱。虽然他对魔族恨之入骨,但他也知道,紫川秀率着远东主力还没赶回来,凭着自己的力量要想把战败的魔族全部截下来,那是个不可能完成的任务。半推半就下,他也就接受了魔族的这笔贿赂。于是远东大公路上出现了奇怪的一幕,两军尾随,魔族军不住地丢东西,远东军跟在后面不住地拣。若有时候远东军发现拣来的东西不怎么值钱了——其实这也是很冤枉卡丹和云浅雪夫妇了,他们丢下的是绝世名画、金银和宝贵的异宝,但无奈远东的土包子们没眼光,他们衡量宝贝的唯一标准是这东西有多重?结实吗?拿起来好用吗?——布兰将军就会愤怒了:“他们竟敢拿这些轻飘飘的玩意来糊弄我们!追上去,教训他们!”于是看到远东军逼近,魔族军不得不又丢出了更多的宝贝出来,那情形,很象在野地的行人丢下背的肉条来安抚追近的狼群——卡丹郁闷得要吐血:“远东的蛮子们也太过分了!竟然有人以公斤来论钻石和名画的!”这么上千公里地走下来,等回到魔族境内,西侵的魔族大军早已囊空如洗,在最后的那段路,卡丹公主连自己的首饰都被迫丢弃了来喂饱后面追的恶狼——她不得不如此,因为到后来,追逐塞内亚大军的不单是布兰,还有蒙汗、哥达汗、亚哥米等非塞内亚族的魔族军队。她不怕布兰,但只要布兰一翻脸动手,后面的那几路兵马立即就会趁乱冲过来,对塞内亚族来个围而歼之。现在之所以能保持和平,只是因为谁都不想当第一个出手的傻子罢了。这种情况下,安抚好紫川秀在远东的代表布兰就很关键了,他代表着紫川秀,也就表示他代表着人类方面的态度。他不第一个动手,那些魔族酋长们谁都不敢第一个出头。那段日子里,布兰将军当真是过得风光异常。不但卡丹要挖空自己的陪嫁首饰盒给他行贿,就是后续的几路回国的魔族兵马也一个个乖乖地向他缴纳了可观的过路费。这也是战争史上的奇迹了,不到三万人的半兽人军狠狠地掠夺了超过三十万魔族精兵,将他们抢劫得泪水汪汪——面对半兽人的刀枪,昔日的骄悍兵将们乖乖地掏空腰包,甚至得搜身才能过关。酋长们压根就没想过反抗的念头。人类从来没有这样令人恐惧过。巴丹会战的得胜之师,六十万人类军队聚集,这支军队随时有可能进入远东,对魔族王国发动复仇的雷霆一击。谁都不清楚,接下来王国的局势会向哪个方向发展。但无论如何,紫川秀是紫川家在远东的全权代表,在未来人类对魔族王国的复仇战争中,他定然是个极有发言权的人物。那时候,确定谁是发动战争的战争罪犯,谁是人类军和半兽人军打击的第一目标,那可得看紫川秀大人的一句话了。若他老人家心情好,说个一句半句:“其实亚昆族也是迫不得已的,他们也是被魔神皇逼着去打仗的。本质上,亚哥米也是个热爱和平的好人,他和塞内亚族那伙人不是一回事。”那就好,本质上是个好人且和塞内亚族划清了界线的亚哥米公爵从此可以垫高枕头睡觉了,他可以笑容满面地看着自己的邻居们被人类的大军杀个鸡犬不留——从魔族军进入人类世界的作为来看,人类军队来个以牙还牙是很正常的——而亚昆族却能安然无恙。若是运气再好点的话,在人类的扶植和远东的支持下,未来的王国皇冠也不是遥不可及的目标。这种情况下,连塞内亚族都交钱了,难道还有哪个傻瓜那么无知,竟敢抵抗紫川秀大人的心腹爱将,著名的远东大将,伟大的半兽人统帅,闻名遐尔的布兰将军吗?一意要和紫川秀搞好关系的魔族酋长们当然不会那么傻了。在那一个多月的时间里,布兰将军究竟从这群残兵败将身上搜刮了多少财富,那是永远无人能知的秘密了。不过,后人是可以从一些蛛丝马迹推测出来:当紫川秀回到远东时,整整一个星期都笑得合不拢嘴;很快的,远东很快为自己的三十多万武装部队更换了新军服,发放了拖欠已久的军饷和津贴,罗杰红衣旗本甚至还有钱跑回内地跟失足姑娘们好好地谈了一次人生和理想,结果被帝都治部少抓去关了一个星期。。。第270章东征战争(下)。

帝林说得轻描淡写,但斯特林却知道,其中内情绝不止如此轻松。帝林是昨天才逼降的魔族十五军,丢下了十几万投降的魔族兵在身后,他本人率部直扑战场,看帝林和随行兵马的风尘仆仆黑着眼圈的疲惫样,肯定是昼夜赶路不曾歇息的。兵马昼夜赶路一百二十里,那是足可跑死马的速度了。若不是很必要紧迫,没人肯做这种高强度的急行军。斯特林知道,帝林是在未雨绸缪,做自己打输的准备。他是准备战事失利时接应斯特林和紫川秀往帝都方向撤退,准备抵挡魔神皇追击的。这个人人畏之如虎、冷酷无情的监察总长,对自己却是真切地关心。斯特林心下感动,低声说了声:“谢谢你,大哥。”帝林淡然笑笑,一切早已了然于心:“有什么好谢的。说说吧,情况怎样?我回去也好向殿下交差。”“魔族十一军被全歼,魔族第五军被全歼,魔族十六军投降,魔族第三军被击溃,跑掉了两万人,阿秀正在追击;唯一逃掉的是羽林军,云浅雪和卡兰带着兵马跑得快,不过估计羽林军也剩不下几个兵了;近卫旅被我们团团围住了,全歼只是时间问题了。至于敌方的首脑,裴玛被活抓了,凌步虚被打死,马维失踪,云浅雪和卡兰跑路了,叶尔马据说被远东军抓了。唯有魔神皇,至今还下落不明,有人说他跑了,有人说他被打死了。具体战利品和杀敌、俘敌数目还没法统计,但有一点是肯定的:魔族西侵军的主力,六个塞内亚番号的魔族军团主力,已全灭了!”随着斯特林的说话,他的部下们把缴获来的魔族旗帜一一插在土地上,插在那些被打死的魔族兵尸首旁边。清晨的微风吹拂,这些五颜六色的彩旗卷动着又吹开,魔族勇士们象被砍倒的木头一般躺在地上,脸孔朝天,脸色苍白,圆睁着无光的眼睛凝视着那飘扬的彩旗,彩旗也哗啦哗啦地飘动着,在这些好象是睡着的勇士上空飘舞。远方的地平线上,迎着早上的晨光,可以看到东南军的步兵们在拉动着缴获的魔族辎重,一列又一列,延绵不绝。帝林仔细地审视着那些旗帜,一面一面仔细看。旗帜上的图案五花八门,五颜六色。飞鸟,狮子,铁壁,巨人,昨天还飘扬在魔族大军头顶上的无数旗子,除了皇旗外,此刻已全部落到了人类血迹斑斑、胜利的手上。这些凝聚着魔族王国各部落历史上最光荣与骄傲的象征,如今象垃圾一般被人类统统扔到了帝林的脚下。看着这些旗帜,再看着那一眼望不到尽头的可怕战场,那堆积如山的尸骸,插在战场上的短戈残枪,就连那初升的丽日也被这战场染上了一层血红,冉冉升起。在晨光鲜艳的光亮中,他们可清楚地看到这片广袤的战场,自巴丹城下直到两边的辽阔延绵的高地、丛林间,到处是折断的长枪、砍刀和重剑,到处是燃烧的帐篷和辎重,人尸和马尸堆积如山,在尸山上还戳起了一只只手、脚,象插在那上面的旗帜。在这片血腥的战场上,积尸一望无边。帝林露出心旷神怡的陶醉,他庄重地说:“这是一次伟大的胜利,整个王国都仆倒在我们面前,历史上无可比拟。巴丹战役意义之巨大,无法形容!”他用力地拍着斯特林的肩头:“干得漂亮,斯特林,这活漂亮极了,任换哪个都干不出这么漂亮!人类第一名将的名头,谁也拿不走了!”斯特林谦逊地摇头:“大哥,我受之有愧。这场战役,我的贡献很少,若不是阿秀拖住了魔神皇和近卫旅,若不是流风霜及时到援,若不是你把魔族十五军给镇住,鹿死谁手,那还难说。何况,这场战斗伤亡惨重,我军大伤元气,已经很难说是胜利了。”“历史不会记住细节的。”帝林轻声慨叹道:“不会的。从来历史就只记得胜利者。”‘我现在只是担心魔神皇,一日不能除掉他,我们就一日不能安心。他不死,这场战役我们就不能说是完胜。现在他下落不明,不知是逃走还是被打死了。”“被杀,有可能;逃走,绝不可能。魔神皇高傲,眼高于顶,他不会容忍自己在一群凡人的面前逃跑的。”斯特林诧异地望着帝林:“为何你能如此确定?”帝林笑而不答。虽然与魔神皇只见过一面,但就在那惊鸿一督里,正如魔神皇感受到了帝林所蕴含烈火般炽热的野心那般,帝林同样亦感受了魔神皇那犹如孤峰白雪的高傲。此人有着不可动摇的内在,他的气质和风度,都在无声地体现出骄傲的特质。那个风华绝代的男子,不会因为任何外力而改变。怎能想象这样的男子,会因为战败而被人类追得狼狈逃窜?随着帝林一同抵达的,不但有八千精锐宪兵铁骑,更重要的是,他们带来了特种部队一零一师。该师曾在朗沧江战役中显示可怕的威力,大破流风军水师舰队,为紫川秀的胜利奠定基础。现在,这支紫川家秘密部队再次投入作战,宣告了魔族装甲兽残部的灭亡。再用不着步兵部队投入战场了,在远程投石车的轰击下,装甲兽仓促建造的阵地顷刻间烟飞云散。在密集的投石打击下,本打算死守的装甲兽军团再也坐不住了,他们冲出了自己的阵地,从高坡上蜂拥而下。“做好准备,上弦!”每十台弩机配备一名阵地指挥官。指挥官统统身着黑色的宪兵团制服,如同钉子一般戳在在一字摆开的弩机阵地前。高坡上涌来的那片乌云的惊人声势并没有给操作弩机的宪兵带来困扰,就如平常训练一般,宪兵们娴熟而迅速地把锋利的箭氏一排排地压进弩机的匣盒里,用特制的钢钳用力地拉开机弦,一片刺耳的机弦钢丝响声不绝于耳。响亮的口令声从阵地的各处不时响起:“一号机准备完毕!”“二号机准备完毕!”“八号机准备完毕!”“第一分队准备完毕!”“第二分队准备完毕!”“第十一分队准备完毕!”“启禀大人,五十八个分组全部做好准备了!”帝林下达了攻击命令:“齐射,然后各组自由射击。”一阵刺耳的哨声彻阵头,总攻击的讯号发布了!黑衣的指挥官们同时将手中高举的红色小旗猛力一挥,在一阵机械的咯吱响动声中,四百四十台弩机全速齐射!在这场金属风暴冲击下,正在冲锋的装甲兽群仿佛被一个无形的巨人用大梳猛然扫过,那些庞然大物轰然倒地的场景特别壮观,数以百计的装甲兽在巨大的嘶叫声中不甘地仆倒、翻滚,进攻的装甲兽队列中出现了无数的缺口,变得稀疏起来。“攻击有效!攻击有效!”前沿观察哨上传来了观测员颤抖的激动声音,阵头上响起了一片热烈的欢呼声,东南军和远东军士兵用使劲地吹口哨、跺脚等方式来表达他们心中的激动,半兽人则挥舞着大棒仰天长啸,阵头响彻一片热烈的欢呼,谁也想不到,这两天让远东军吃透苦头的装甲兽怪物,竟被帝林如此轻松地收拾了老大一片。一零一特种师的宪兵们对自己的战果无动于衷。他们那淡漠的表情,不象在战斗,倒象是工人在流水线上加工零件,他们机械地重复着同样的动作,装箭、推进、上弦、观测、瞄准、发射,于是四百多台弩机就象一座喷发的火山,密集而不间断地向装甲兽们倾泻着金属打击,带来的是恐怖的死亡、惨叫和鲜血。“一排十二箭连发,能连发,也能单发,四百米射程,能穿透装甲兽硬皮,熟练操作人员重装时间为两分钟,平均三分半钟能发射一排。。。”听着斥候回报的弩机数据,流风家将帅们沉默不语,脸色阴晴不定。熟悉战事的他们当然能看出,今日对付装甲兽的利器,他日同样能拿来对付流风家的骑兵——或者,这种高效率的杀戮武器根本就是制造来针对流风家的轻骑兵冲锋的,只是阴差阳错,魔族的装甲兽先尝到了苦头。心算速度最快的英木兰少将很快得出了结果:“理论上说,只要只有一百五十台这样的弩机轮番发射,就能遏止五千人的骑兵冲锋,只有极少数运气最好的骑兵能冲到阵前肉搏。若我们把骑兵数目提高一倍,则敌人只需把弩机数目提高到两百五十台就可以阻止我们。殿下,以后我们得对紫川家谨慎些了。”“混蛋!”萧元中将喝道:“英木兰,你在胡说着什么!我们无坚不摧的骑兵阵岂是敌人这些破烂机械能阻挡的?你在长紫川家的威风,灭自己志气!他们的弩机移动缓慢,集结更是困难,迅疾如风的流风骑兵岂是行动缓慢的装甲兽能比拟的!”“萧元将军说的有一定道理。”流风霜沉吟说:“紫川家远程武器威力奇大,但在他们运输、集结和布置阵地都需要准备时间。在他们集结前,若能以精锐骑兵加以偷袭,未必不能取得胜利。对上这种武器,正面冲锋是愚蠢的,应回避其锋芒,用迂回的方式进攻其腹背。但无论如何,我们不得不承认,在兵种优势方面,紫川家已经超越了我们,在这样的武器面前,我们惯用的大规模骑兵冲锋战术,已经不再适合了。与魔族的战争让紫川家伤亡惨重,但也锻造了百万精锐的紫川军,他们的军事力量空前强大,若我们还死守着过去势均力敌的死板观点,我们会死得很难看的。时代已经变了。”伴随着流风霜这句轻声感叹的,是传来的装甲兽那一阵又一阵的惨叫嘶鸣声。弩机对上流风家骑兵是否奏效,那还得靠实战来检验,但对上装甲兽这种行动缓慢的近战兵种来说,这简直就是一场屠杀了。哀鸿遍野,在冲锋的路程上,躺满了受伤和死亡的装甲兽士兵。那些强悍的装甲兽士兵,即使受伤也不肯服软发出一声呻吟,只是不断地发出愤怒的咆哮,只要有一口气的,都要继续前进。他们在迎着如雨的箭雨前进,头顶是密集的投石落下,燃烧瓶,火弹,密密麻麻,倾泻如雨点,不止不歇。越是接近人类的阵地,打击便越是密集,倒下的士兵便越是稠密。遭受着可怕的打击,近卫旅仍在前进,行列整齐,神情镇定。同伴一个接一个在身边倒下,悍不畏死的近卫旅士兵仍在前进,对魔神皇传奇般忠诚和信仰使得他们无惧死亡。士兵们都知道,他们是不可能冲到敌人阵地前的,敌人连肉搏战的机会都不会留给他们,不能浴血奋战,在激烈的厮杀中与敌人一同倒地,只能在那些嗖嗖尖叫的飞铁面前无力地倒下。每前进一步,队列便要缩小一些。所有的军队都溃逃了,所有的友军都在逃跑,唯有近卫旅仍旧往前进,越走越近危险,越走越近死亡。绝没有一个人迟疑,绝没有一个人胆怯,王国已经倾覆,那支军队甘愿赴死。队列中再次响起了歌声:“翻越高山,踏过大地,穿过沙漠,跨越河流,征服敌人,杀敌!杀敌!如你的威名震撼,如你的荣光沐浴,近卫旅,神族之剑,近卫旅,王国骄傲,近卫旅,大魔神的骄宠儿!”就在那歌声中,近卫旅猛扑向前,那排山倒海的欢呼直震得地面都在颤抖。在震天的歌声中,近卫旅巍然前进,冒着如雨的箭雨,士兵们一个接一个地倒地,他们那庞大身躯覆盖了褐色的大地,鲜血浇进了巴丹城郊的荒野里。近卫旅,魔神王国最后的军旅,最后的骄傲。人类的将军们都站在高处,屏息静气。看着敌人的军阵从开始的壮观直到最后的寥寥无几,看到领头的装甲兽巨人浑身上下插满了箭枝却依然高举着被射成了破布的近卫旅军旗,看着那些倒地的巨人在地上翻滚着挣扎着向前一步步爬行前进,在地上留下的长长血痕,将帅们悚然动容。两万多装甲兽全部倒在了冲锋的道上,尸体堆得比人还高,只剩寥寥几个踉踉跄跄前进的伤兵,歌声断断续续,仍然不绝:“。。。近卫旅,王国的骄傲,近卫旅,魔神的骄宠。。。”看到这样的军旅,即使连占据了优势的敌人也油然起了尊敬之心。斯特林喃喃说:“出色!”流风霜赞叹:“无以伦比!”面对如此坚贞卓绝的军人们,战胜者也不免感到一种无言的恐怖。只剩下最后一个装甲兽战士,身上插满了箭枝,脸上淌着血,肚子上被射穿了一个大洞,可以看到青色的肠子,他一手捂着肚子痛苦地前进。帝林挥手,于是弩机队停止了射击,一时寂静无声。他踉踉跄跄,犹如喝醉酒般蹒跚前进。在数万人类军队的注视下,这个身高两米的巨人蹒跚前行,走到了弩机阵地前。担心这个怪物突然爆起毁坏了珍贵的弩机,担任护卫的宪兵想用长枪去杀死他,但帝林却阻止了:“让他看吧——他有这个资格。”于是,所有的操作手和护卫都退开了。装甲兽巨人好奇地站到一台弩机前面,粗糙的大手轻柔地抚摩着弩机那冰冷而光滑的钢铁表面。装甲兽巨人流露出孩子般天真和好奇,小心翼翼地摸着弩机的发射孔、支架和躯干,看着成排地散落地上的箭羽和铁钳工具。面对人类先进的科技文明,他的眼中流露困惑和迷茫,他不能理解,为何这些看起来一点也不锋利和不可怕的东西,却能在顷刻间毁灭了自己最勇敢最坚强的战士?这时候,帝林认出了这个重伤濒死的装甲兽。他走上前来,冲他喊道:“雷欧军团长,投降吧!”装甲兽闻声望来,发现了被众人簇拥着的帝林。疑惑的神色在他眼中一闪而逝,取而代之的是喷发的怒火:雷欧也认出了曾觐见过魔神皇的人类,此人是毁灭魔神王国的元凶!“嗷~”雷欧大吼一声,爆发了最后的生命潜力,要向帝林冲来。但宪兵们早已警戒森严,十架弩机同时发射,上百支利箭雨点般打在雷欧身上,那巨大的冲力将他整个人打翻在地。遭受重创的雷欧努力想爬起,但手脚都被射断了。他愤怒地发出了一声长嘶,仰天喊叫道:“赛穆德拉西马!”第二轮弓箭到了,强劲的箭矢将他硬生生地钉在了地上,魔神王国的装甲兽统帅圆睁双眼,吞下了最后一口气,他最后的吼声在巴丹郊外辽阔的原野上慢慢消逝,所有人都听到了。“那句话是什么意思?”流风霜轻声问。英木兰耸耸肩:“抱歉,殿下,我不懂魔族语。”“在塞内亚语里面,这句话的大致意思是:‘魔族王国将永生不灭。’”一个浑身血污的青年军人从他们身后走来,他专注地看着雷欧倒地的身躯,目光中流露出复杂的感情,似是悲哀,又象庆幸。听到那个清朗又充满了磁性的声音,流风霜霍然转身,目不转睛地望着这个身影,使劲地盯着那张布满了血污、油汗和胡子茬的脸,一向镇定的她竟在微微颤抖,眼中充满了惊喜。“你是谁?你怎么进来的?”英木兰警惕地冲他喝,手已按到了刀把上。真是邪门,他想,元帅所在,警备森严。这个穿着紫川家军官服的年轻人是怎么混进来的?那个青年军官冲英木兰灿烂一笑,露出了洁白的牙齿:“英木兰将军,您不记得我了吗?”“你是。。。”英木兰疑惑地看着他,看着这个青年军人,他觉得对方真有点面熟。他脱口而出:“紫川统领!”流风霜俏立原地,静静地注视着眼前的人。用一块手帕抹开了头脸上的血汗,剑眉星目的英俊男子正在含笑看着她,心上人的俊朗依然。在唇边多了一抹黑色的胡子茬,给他平添了几分成熟的男儿气质。她望着他,心神俱醉。那被思念煎熬的每个日日夜夜,他的形象那么鲜明的出现在自己梦中。想到心上人在万里之外与凶残的魔族周旋,自己为他忧心得夜不能眠。突然间,他的真人就那么出现了,让她产生了一种错觉,此刻究竟是现实还是在梦中呢?她轻轻地开口了:“阿秀?”“是我。”紫川秀温柔地凝视着她:“谢谢你,霜。”两人目光交错,用眼神,紫川秀无声地道谢:“你答应我援救紫川家,你做到了;我也遵守了我的承诺,我活着回到了你身边。”“真的是你?”“是我。”流风霜颤抖地伸出手,抚摸着紫川秀的脸,摸着他那瘦削的脸庞,那粗糙的胡子茬,那温暖的双唇,地望着他那明朗而充满笑意的眼睛,是的,就是这样的眼睛,温馨而充满关怀,除了他,再没有人有这样的眼睛了。紫川秀静静地站在原地,任着她摸着脸。他流露温柔的目光,轻声说:“你憔悴了。”感觉手指上传来了真实的触感,确认眼前看到的并非做梦,泪水无声地从她双眼流出来了。多少刀光剑影,多少风霜雪夜,朗沧江一别,似乎还是昨日的事。转眼间,一年过去了。在这令世界震撼的一年里,发生了多少事啊!魔族的入侵,紫川家遭受重创,远东军队的崛起,流风军与紫川家化敌为友,魔族由盛而衰直到眼前的灭亡,沧海桑田的变幻中,数以百万的人死亡,千载不灭的家国沦亡。在这战火纷飞的乱世,相去万里的两个爱人还能活着重逢,那是多么了不起的奇迹。站在旁边默默地看着这一对情侣,不知怎么的,英木兰也感觉自己鼻孔一酸,只想落泪。他悄悄地移开脚步想离开,但紫川秀却叫住了他:“英木兰,你留下吧。我这就要走了。”流风霜一惊,不由自主地抓住了紫川秀的手。英木兰会意,出声挽留道:“紫川大人,您是我们的好朋友,很久没见了,大伙都很想念您,大捷再加上久别重逢,那是难得的双喜啊?不如在我们这多耽搁一会?我去找两瓶好酒过来,大伙喝上庆贺一番!”流风霜虽然没有出声,但她的手却抓得更加用力,挽留之意已在眼中流露无遗了。紫川秀无奈地苦笑:“庆祝自然是庆祝的,但不是现在。还有很多扫尾工作,我的营中有上万的伤员需要照顾,抓到的魔族军俘虏也需要安顿,还有抢来的魔族辎重战利品要分配——我若不过去,帝林和斯特林两个家伙会吞得一干二净,连渣子都不会留给我——最重要的是,魔神皇还没有下落。若找不到他,这场仗我们就很难说是全胜。”流风霜微蹙秀眉:“近卫旅已被全歼了,魔神皇还没有下落?”“这也正是我奇怪的。”紫川秀答道:“若魔神皇活着,他不该这么长时间地无声无息。”其实,这个疑问不单是紫川秀的困惑,也是紫川家所有参战将帅的困惑。大战虽然获胜,但魔神皇下落不明,这成了悬在将军们头上的一把利剑。军队疲惫不堪,但还不能休息,士兵们必须在整个战场上巡逻、搜查,抓捕魔族溃兵。各个师团、团队都被告知,必须要警惕一个魔族皇族,除了瞳孔是蓝色外,他的外貌与人类一般无二,能讲述流利的人类语言。为防止此人穿着人类军服伪装出逃,执行战场任务的人类官兵必须十人一组,凡是遇到落单的官兵都必须盘查,有嫌疑的就当场扣起来。远东军的半兽人成了香宝宝了,因为再怎么乔装打扮,魔神皇也不可能扮成半兽人的样子脱身,于是半兽人就成为最没有嫌疑的兵员。在斯特林和帝林的联合要求下,紫川秀派出了手上所有的半兽人团队进行战场搜索。由于担心魔神皇的可怕战力,紫川秀要求士兵们一旦遭遇了突发情况,先不要忙着战斗,最要紧的是迅速脱离接触,第一时间发出警报。“只需发现魔神皇就是大功一件,千万不要贪功逞强!”紫川秀切切叮嘱部下们:“魔神皇不是人力可以对付的,对付他,必须要靠一零一师这样的特种部队才行!”不用紫川秀唠叨,团队长也知道谨慎。魔神皇单枪匹马杀入了远东军阵斩将夺旗的那一刻大伙都还记忆犹新呢,他恐怖的战斗力给整个远东军都留下了深刻印象。搜索行动一直持续到了下午三点多,德昆的部队第一个报告了好消息:“发现魔神皇了!”当时紫川家的统领们正在商议军国大事——至少,他们是有过这个企图的。斯特林以军务处长的名义召集紫川秀、帝林和明辉等三位统领开联席会议,商议大战之后的安排。但进帐坐下没到五分钟,紫川秀就打起了响亮的呼噜了。统领们苦笑着,都看到了对方那鲜明的黑眼眶。松弛下来后,睡眠的诱惑简直大得无法抵挡。而同样的,明辉和帝林也是昼夜赶路,谁都没能好好睡一觉。帝林干脆说:“还开什么鸟会,大伙睡一觉是正虱。”斯特林有点犹豫:“不好吧?军队都还在坚持,各部队都还在搜索魔神皇,我们关门偷懒,这个影响好象不怎么好。。。”明辉:“就我们四个,外面谁知道?都以为我们在研究重大军事决策呢,谁敢闯进来?”睡着的紫川秀当然没办法发表意见,不过他用响亮的呼噜声表达了他对明辉大人的赞成。坚决的三票对犹豫的一票,军务处迅速通过了一个重大决议:关上门睡觉!都是累透的人了,大伙躺倒就睡着了,直到外面有人喊:“启禀大人,发现魔神皇了!”四位统领同时被惊醒。紫川秀第一时间扑到门口:“他在哪里?快调部队过去包围!”“在装甲兽大营里!”快马疾尘,统领们飞快地朝着一处高坡奔驰而去,那是装甲兽军团突围后最后据守的阵地。闻风赶到的秀字营和半兽人部队已经把那里给封锁了,大队的半兽人全副武装地把守着装甲兽营地的各个路口。“大人,”看到紫川秀和其他几位统领联袂到来,德昆快步上来冲紫川秀行了礼:“是我们先发现了魔神皇!大人,这可真是很不容易啊。。。”看他那罗罗嗦嗦的样子,好象很乐意把功劳和辛苦给摆上一番的,可惜紫川秀此刻心焦如焚,哪有时间听他唠叨,直截了当地问道:“魔神皇在哪里?你给带路吧,快!”当紫川秀进去时,他看到,在营帐之间的空地上躺着一个人。看到这个人,紫川秀的第一感觉是他还没死,只是静静地睡着了。午后的清风轻轻吹拂他额前的散发,温馨的阳光照暖暖地洒在他英俊而苍白的脸上,在秀气而修长的眼睫毛下留下了淡淡的剪影。他穿着淡紫色的王国军服,衣裳整洁,双手安详地互握在腹上。几乎看不到伤口,只有他身下洁白的斗篷被鲜血浸出了很大一块,才让人察觉到他脖子上那一丝细微的伤口——谁都不敢想象,就那么细细的一丝伤口,竟能流出那么多的血。然后,紫川秀回头望向帝林,却见帝林专注地望着地上躺着的人,良久,他凝重而缓缓地点头,轻声说:“是他。”然后,他庄重地抬手解下了自己的军帽,对着地上的人轻轻鞠身。当代最伟大的战士,最强大帝国的君皇,也是最骄傲的勇士,已永久地长眠了。他的佩剑,那把令远东军闻风丧胆的光华剑静静地插在他脑袋旁的地上,剑刃如流波般闪着光。明辉蹲下身小心地查看了魔神皇的伤口,又摸着他的颈部脉搏。良久,他起身说:“魔神皇死了大概五个钟头,死因是切断颈部动脉的那一道细而深的剑痕。依他的武功,应该是自尽。”斯特林和帝林对视一眼,心下都已了然。五个钟头前,那就是装甲兽发起最后冲锋的时候。魔神皇把麾下最后一支军队派向了死亡,他自己也选择了自尽。看着魔神皇的尸体,斯特林不无惆怅:“在昨天,这个人还以为自己能成为大陆之主呢。”“其实,依他的武功,杀出重围并不困难。”紫川秀说:“重整兵马再战,未必就不能胜。”“不可能的。”帝林惋惜地看着魔神皇:“若是逃了,他就不是魔神皇了。”站在敌对的立场,甚至还恨他入骨,但谁都不得不承认,惊才绝艳,风华绝代,雄才大谋,野心滔天,傲骨铮铮,以上所有的词语都不足以形容魔神皇卡特。这样的人物,从前的历史上没有过这样的人,未来也不会再有了。跟在帝林之后,斯特林、紫川秀、明辉也脱下了帽子,对魔神皇的尸体鞠躬。魔神皇充满了诗人的忧郁情怀和帝国君皇的野心,高傲,威严,强大然而又是最脆弱的。他不能承受任何失败和挫折。虽然他身为最强大的战士和帝皇,但本质上,他只是个还带有孩子气的骄傲青年而已。“魔神皇?”“自尽。”有人在纸上用红笔将“卡特”的名字划了一个红×。“凌步虚?”“战死。”于是西南将军的名字也被划了一个红×。“裴玛?”“被俘。”“叶尔马?”“被俘。”“雷欧?”“战死。”“云浅雪?”“逃亡。”“卡兰?”“逃亡。”红色的×在纸上越划越多,塞内亚族首脑们一个接一个被点了名,只是在最后一个名字时,明辉统领住了手,犹豫道:“卡顿?”帝林直接地说:“此人不足为患。”斯特林不解:“为什么?据说卡顿麾下有三十万大军,应是我们的最大对手。”“卡顿手中兵马是不少,但无论器量、才干和魄力,他都与去世的魔神皇相去甚远。此人属志大才疏之辈,虽然一时强势,但却不足成为我们的对手。”拿起了那张打满了红×的名单,帝林扫了一眼,说:“还漏了一个人,他才是我们的真正威胁。比起他,卡顿连只兔子都算不上。”斯特林诧异地抬起头:“塞内亚族军团长级以上的所有贵族名字都列在上面,我们还漏了谁?”“他不是贵族,但比起塞内亚的任何贵族都更危险!”“谁?”“黑沙军师。”“啊!”斯特林一拍额头:“真的!我怎么把他给遗漏了?会战时他好象就没出现过!”“黑沙军师?他是谁?”明辉问道。他一直在西部,与魔族打仗不多,对魔族上层的了解并不多。“怎么说呢?”斯特林斟酌着用词:“这样形容吧,若说魔神皇是魔族王国灵魂的话,那黑沙军师就是王国的大脑了!”“魔族王国的大脑,这话说得好!”帝林笑笑,神色立即转为严肃:“黑沙军师这个人物,即使在魔族国内也算是神秘的异类。我审讯过叶尔马了,结果很让人吃惊:在王国的最高决策层中,黑沙军师的影响力比我们估计得要大得多,他的权力大得恐怖:他可以决定对军团长的任命、直接调动除了近卫旅和羽林军以外的任何魔族军队、一言可定将军们生死,甚至可以影响魔族皇储继位人选!从七八零年的远东战争开始直到七八四年的魔族破瓦仑关,魔族所有的重大军事胜利背后都有他的身影,他策划一切,魔神皇对他言听计从,将军们在他面前都不敢大声喘气,他们怕他怕得象火!在魔族朝廷,他的威望仅次于魔神皇——这样的人物,岂是卡顿那庸才能比拟的,我们应该庆幸,指挥那三十万魔族军队的是卡顿而不是他。”斯特林不住地点头赞同,七八零年,他是亲身吃过黑沙军师的苦头了,一百三十六万魔族军对远东的大规模袭击,事先竟然一点风声也泄漏不出,魔族的各个军团雷霆万钧地杀来,六十四万远东紫川军连稍微抵抗一下都办不到,三天就全线崩溃了——如此周密的策划,空前的大迂回大包抄作战方式,各部队目标明确,行动迅速,这与魔族一贯简单直接粗鲁的厮杀方式实在相去太远,这场大战役很明显有黑沙军师背后操盘的痕迹。斯特林感到奇怪,自从魔族破瓦仑关进入人类世界以后,魔族的行动就失去了先前的精确和犀利了。奥斯会战中,各个军团各自为战,互不合作;而随后帝都会战中军团长们更是犯下低级的失误,军队表现混乱,接着魔族又放弃了帝都而选择攻打西北——这样轻易更改作战目标显示了魔族在战略层面的缺失和混乱,他们缺乏清晰的长期指导和目标。帝林为斯特林解释了疑惑:“叶尔马招供了,自魔族军入关以后,黑沙军师就没在魔族宫廷中再出现过——魔族失去了自己的大脑。”“原来如此!”斯特林恍然。他问:“什么原因呢?难道塞内亚皇族与黑沙军师决裂了?”“那就不是我们能了解的了。叶尔马虽然是高级军官,但与黑沙军师有关的所有情报都是绝密,只有皇室能掌握。”虽然对黑沙军师和塞内亚皇室之间的关系很感兴趣,但这毕竟不是会议的正题。黑沙厉害,但他手上没兵;虽然被帝林形容为“不足为患”,但当前紫川家最大的敌人仍然是卡顿和他所率领的三十万魔族军队,对于疲惫的紫川军来说,这批骄兵悍将是不容轻视的敌人。会议进行得并不顺利——并非因为卡顿强得令紫川家统领们棘手,大伙连魔神皇都收拾了,卡顿再强也强不过他老子——困扰大家的是另外的事情,一个本来不应成为问题的问题。明辉统领在做报告:“西北军抵达战场的时候是昨日清晨九时,我本意立即投入战斗,但流风霜殿下说部队尚未休整完毕,直到午后三时才参战。”“六个小时。”帝林说:“流风霜足足拖延了六个小时!这究竟是必要的休整,还是她有意拖延?明辉大人,您觉得呢?”明辉:“昼夜急行军近百里,要说部队需要休整恢复战力,这也说得过去。”斯特林冷冷说:“但这要看在什么时候了。”想起昨日上午战斗的惨烈,他如今仍心有余悸。军队伤亡殆尽,明知道只要再加一个师就有可能冲垮云浅雪的防线,但当时确实是连一个满员的中队都找不出来了。他本人亲自到一线去集拢那些被打残的部队,带着几千名伤兵组成敢死队冲锋四次,连身为统领之尊的他都杀得满身溅血,至于远东军那边的凄惨,那就更不用说了,紫川秀连眼泪都流不出来了——在这反复拉锯相持不下的时候,一个骑兵大队都有可能决定整个战场的形势。就在这时,流风霜握着整整二十五万大军藏着树林里,看着东南军、远东军与魔族打得遍体鳞伤不加援手,直到眼看魔族和紫川军已衰弱到了极点,失血失到再也流不出来的地步了,流风霜才施施然地带着她的无敌军团登上战场。“在巴丹会战之前,魔神皇是大陆公敌,流风霜必须与我们联手才能抵御他;但魔神皇一死,一个残破的魔族王国已不足以威胁流风家的安全了,这种情况下,流风殿下的态度就有可能暧昧了。无端猜疑自己的盟友并非君子所为,尤其是这个盟友刚刚帮了我们一个大忙,幸好我帝林并非君子,历来我都是习惯做恶人的。不能不承认这个事实,如今,与魔族联手符合流风家的利益。尽管流风霜未必能卑鄙到马维那样的程度,但我们不得不做最坏的打算,反正,我是不惮从最坏的角度来考虑人的。诸位大人,若你们是流风殿下,你会怎样做呢?”众人默默地思量,若自己是流风霜,这种情况下该怎么办?两不相帮保持中立还算是比较有良心的,对流风家最有利的,流风霜干脆就与魔族联手,当紫川军与卡顿交战时,她从背后对紫川军猛然一击,当紫川军主力崩溃后,她大可悠然地扫荡朗沧江以西的紫川家领土,将西北的蓝城直到西南的旦雅统统收入流风家版图。斯特林掐灭了手中的香烟,点头:“帝林大人,我赞同您的观点。这场卫国战争中,流风霜殿下对我们帮助很大,我们都对她心存感激。但现在,我们不能不有所警惕了。”明辉犹豫着,在座诸位统领中,他是与流风霜关系最密切的人。在抵御魔族对西北进攻的时候,西北紫川军与流风军并肩作战,浴血厮杀,一同进军。在生死鏖战中,两军将士不分你我,在同一口锅里吃饭,在同一个营帐中睡觉,亲密犹如兄弟。明辉更是与流风霜朝夕相处,他真切地感觉到了,流风霜是个光明磊落的人,她明朗的笑容就如水晶一般晶莹剔透。这当世奇女子,她天生就是在阳光下生长的,这样的人物,应该是与任何阴谋诡计绝缘的。看到明辉苦闷的样子,帝林柔声说:“明辉大人,不要忘记了自己的立场。您毕竟是紫川家的统领。”明辉一哆嗦,手被指上的香烟烫了一下。他当然明白帝林那句话暗蕴的意思,坐在自己面前的,是负责监视家族文武官员忠诚的总监察长。“二位大人说得都很有道理,”明辉低声说:“流风霜确实有点不对头,从她拖延时间不肯进入战场就可以看出来了。”会议上商定了一个作战方案:由斯特林率东南军、紫川秀率远东两军乘胜追击,寻觅卡顿皇子的主力决战,林冰率远东第三军和新组编的各个步兵师担任侧翼攻势。而帝林和明辉所部,则作为第二梯队的支援部队——统领们心下雪亮,所谓的第二梯队,就是专门针对流风霜防备她偷袭的。这时明辉才察觉有点不对,他疑惑道:“为何秀川大人没有参加这次会议?他也是统领。”帝林看了他一眼:“我没有通知他——他现在也没空。”帝林没有做任何解释。望着总监察长冷峻的脸,明辉吞了口水,不敢再问了。第268章帝国的黄昏战后余情为这笔财产的归属问题,紫川家的军务处和财政部与远东很是扯了一阵皮,斯特林和哥珊都找紫川秀谈过,暗示说:“秀川大人,远东这下是发财了,但家族可是亏了血本了。这钱都是魔族军从内地掠夺来的,您看是不是可以多少意思下?”但紫川秀一口咬定:“钱财是从魔族军手上缴获的,也统统用作军费了,一毛钱都没剩!”结果紫川家也拿这个视钱如命的远东军阀无可奈何——当然,这都是后话了。紫川秀问:“卡丹继承皇位的消息确切吗?”“可以肯定了。因为从几个消息渠道过来的反馈都是相同的,蒙汗、亚哥米和哥达汗都向我们报告了同样的消息。”“是吗。。。真想不到,卡丹竟然当了魔神皇。”轻声的叹息如同青烟一般在温暖的屋子里飘荡。屋内众人都陷入了沉思中。实际上,在这房间里的众人都见过卡丹,甚至都与她有过不浅的交情。那个聪颖、明慧又纯洁的少女给众人留下了极深刻的印象,她对爱情充满憧憬,热爱浪漫又天真纯洁。谁能料到呢?当年在紫川宁家中寄居的芊芊少女,如今竟成了魔族王国的皇帝。紫川秀微微皱眉,心下微微忐忑。在巴丹会战的末期,追击敌人的道上,他与卡丹有过匆匆的一聚。若当初早知道卡丹会成为塞内亚族的皇帝,自己还会不会那么义无反顾地放她走呢?凝视着面前被拨乱的棋盘,他的心情就如倒伏在棋盘上的棋子一般凌乱。“咯、咯、咯、咯。”面前传来了有节奏的清脆敲击声,紫川秀抬头,却看到对面的斯特林正在无意识地拿棋子轻轻敲打着桌面。看他忧郁而沧桑的脸,紫川秀哑然失笑:自己正心乱呢,没想到还有个比自己更心乱的人在。他轻声问:“你是否还爱着她?”斯特林一震,手中的棋子哐啷掉在地上。他惊惶地抬起头:“什么?你问什么?”“不用答了,我知道了。”紫川秀若无其事地把棋子从地上拣起来,用手指轻弹了下灰尘,问白川:“魔族国内局势有什么变化吗?”“启禀二位大人,魔族国内各个酋长割据一方的局面并没有改变,塞内亚族依然占据着魔神堡,但它们原来的肥沃领地很多都被蒙族、亚昆、哥昂族等三大部族抢走了,因为实力大为缩水,塞内亚族也没有能力保住自己的领地,默认了三大部族的行动。塞内亚兵接到了魔神堡的命令,对来抢夺领土的其他部族保持了退让态度。反倒是三大部族之间因为新增的领土闹了不少矛盾,上个星期,蒙族和亚昆族就因为抢夺领地打了一仗,两族都出动了上万兵马,但因为顾忌我们的态度,蒙汗和亚哥米都没敢下令开打。现在,蒙汗派了使者过来,请秀川大人出面调解这次纠纷,为他们主持公道。”“蒙汗疯了吗?魔族的部落酋长竟然请我们主持公道!他把大人当是魔神皇了?”罗杰呵呵笑道,紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,也不禁莞尔。斯特林摇头笑说:“都说蒙汗是个老奸巨猾的狐狸,果然不假。想我们主持公道是假,想借我们的威势压制亚哥米是真。”“还有一个意图,就是向我们表达恭谨之意,以争取我们的好感。真让他想绝了,不费兵卒,只派了个使者过来,然后他再宣称,他的所有行动都是出自我们的授意,亚哥米也好,哥达汗也好,难道还敢与他动手吗?便宜也占了,人情也做了,这人也未免太狡猾了。”“你的意思呢?”“还是那句老话:分而治之。在魔神皇卡特统治下的魔族王国强大,卡丹虽然聪慧,但她也只能勉强维护塞内亚族的延续罢了,无力再统一魔族势力。四分五裂的魔族部族不足为惧,远东的原则只有一个,那就是谁弱我就扶持谁,绝不能让一家独大。”斯特林沉声说:“以魔族制魔族是妙策,但必要的时候,我们也应该显示力量。塞内亚族是发动战争的罪魁祸首,若任他们就此逃脱了惩罚,我们无颜面对在抗魔族战争死难的同胞和牺牲的战士。塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”没人出声,安静的房间里只有斯特林沉稳的声音在回响。“塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”简短而有力的话语透出了不可动摇的决心。白川静静地看着年轻的军务处长坚毅的脸容,回想着他与卡丹的种种往事。恍惚间,当年为爱情痴迷的羞涩青年身影渐渐朦胧远去,只剩眼前伟岸的将军屹立在天地之间。这时候,她有了种眼看着历史在眼前发生的感觉,因为这句话,她已经预感到塞内亚族的灭亡已成为必然,成千上万的魔族将因这句话而被杀。此刻的斯特林,他不是一个人,他是一个强大国家决心用血洗刷仇恨和耻辱的坚决意志化身!“阿秀,你对魔族情况最熟,我想咨询你的看法:你认为,若要彻底铲除塞内亚族,需要家族出动多少兵马?”“彻底解决塞内亚族,这仗若要我指挥的话,大概二十万兵马就够了。”斯特林吃惊:“这么少?塞内亚人虽然惨败,但实力依然不能轻视。你怎么办到的?”“武力攻城为下策,上兵伐谋,三大部族都在盯着魔神堡,酋长们都在发梦想做魔神皇。只是没有我同意,他们不敢动手罢了。只要我吹一声口哨,说:‘谁先拿下魔神皇的,紫川家支持他成为新的魔族之主!’,蒙汗肯定会第一个狼一般地扑上去,亚哥米是第二个,哥达汗是个伪君子,他会装模作样不忍一番,最后哀叹道:‘天意如此,我有什么办法呢?卡丹侄女,叔叔对不起你了!’然后流着眼泪把卡丹抓来献给我们——紫川家的军队最好是作为后盾的威慑力量,备而不用。若顺利的话,我们就能以最小代价彻底摧毁塞内亚人。”斯特林露出了满意的微笑:“很好!阿秀,你的思路很好,自恃兵勇者而不殆,我还担心你过于强硬,看来是过虑了。有个内部消息跟你透露,军务处已向总长提议,这次讨伐魔族的战争由你任总指挥。经初步考虑,总长殿下已经答应了。”突然听到消息,紫川秀吃一惊:“什么?我?我来担任远征军统帅?”斯特林点头,用目光不出声地询问:“怎么样?”望着斯特林认真的脸,紫川秀愣愣地发呆,他也知道,内地战局平定后,对魔族的报复战争势在必行。对于未来征讨军统帅的位置,他不是没有过期望的:率领三十万虎贲,扬威八千里异域,雪耻国恨,青史留名,这是每个男人的梦想——但紫川秀也是想想罢了。他清楚,自己虽然也是家族的统领,但远东地盘完全是自己打拼出来,家族对自己一直不曾真正信任过,只是为了对付魔族不得不倚重自己罢了。现在魔族已败,紫川家削自己的权还来不及,怎么可能还把对付魔族的远征军交给自己反而增加自己的兵权呢?想了一阵,紫川秀摇头笑道:“听到这个消息,我真的很意外。我知道自己并不是个招人第271章远征统帅”。

为这笔财产的归属问题,紫川家的军务处和财政部与远东很是扯了一阵皮,斯特林和哥珊都找紫川秀谈过,暗示说:“秀川大人,远东这下是发财了,但家族可是亏了血本了。这钱都是魔族军从内地掠夺来的,您看是不是可以多少意思下?”但紫川秀一口咬定:“钱财是从魔族军手上缴获的,也统统用作军费了,一毛钱都没剩!”结果紫川家也拿这个视钱如命的远东军阀无可奈何——当然,这都是后话了。紫川秀问:“卡丹继承皇位的消息确切吗?”“可以肯定了。因为从几个消息渠道过来的反馈都是相同的,蒙汗、亚哥米和哥达汗都向我们报告了同样的消息。”“是吗。。。真想不到,卡丹竟然当了魔神皇。”轻声的叹息如同青烟一般在温暖的屋子里飘荡。屋内众人都陷入了沉思中。实际上,在这房间里的众人都见过卡丹,甚至都与她有过不浅的交情。那个聪颖、明慧又纯洁的少女给众人留下了极深刻的印象,她对爱情充满憧憬,热爱浪漫又天真纯洁。谁能料到呢?当年在紫川宁家中寄居的芊芊少女,如今竟成了魔族王国的皇帝。紫川秀微微皱眉,心下微微忐忑。在巴丹会战的末期,追击敌人的道上,他与卡丹有过匆匆的一聚。若当初早知道卡丹会成为塞内亚族的皇帝,自己还会不会那么义无反顾地放她走呢?凝视着面前被拨乱的棋盘,他的心情就如倒伏在棋盘上的棋子一般凌乱。“咯、咯、咯、咯。”面前传来了有节奏的清脆敲击声,紫川秀抬头,却看到对面的斯特林正在无意识地拿棋子轻轻敲打着桌面。看他忧郁而沧桑的脸,紫川秀哑然失笑:自己正心乱呢,没想到还有个比自己更心乱的人在。他轻声问:“你是否还爱着她?”斯特林一震,手中的棋子哐啷掉在地上。他惊惶地抬起头:“什么?你问什么?”“不用答了,我知道了。”紫川秀若无其事地把棋子从地上拣起来,用手指轻弹了下灰尘,问白川:“魔族国内局势有什么变化吗?”“启禀二位大人,魔族国内各个酋长割据一方的局面并没有改变,塞内亚族依然占据着魔神堡,但它们原来的肥沃领地很多都被蒙族、亚昆、哥昂族等三大部族抢走了,因为实力大为缩水,塞内亚族也没有能力保住自己的领地,默认了三大部族的行动。塞内亚兵接到了魔神堡的命令,对来抢夺领土的其他部族保持了退让态度。反倒是三大部族之间因为新增的领土闹了不少矛盾,上个星期,蒙族和亚昆族就因为抢夺领地打了一仗,两族都出动了上万兵马,但因为顾忌我们的态度,蒙汗和亚哥米都没敢下令开打。现在,蒙汗派了使者过来,请秀川大人出面调解这次纠纷,为他们主持公道。”“蒙汗疯了吗?魔族的部落酋长竟然请我们主持公道!他把大人当是魔神皇了?”罗杰呵呵笑道,紫川秀和斯特林对视一眼,也不禁莞尔。斯特林摇头笑说:“都说蒙汗是个老奸巨猾的狐狸,果然不假。想我们主持公道是假,想借我们的威势压制亚哥米是真。”“还有一个意图,就是向我们表达恭谨之意,以争取我们的好感。真让他想绝了,不费兵卒,只派了个使者过来,然后他再宣称,他的所有行动都是出自我们的授意,亚哥米也好,哥达汗也好,难道还敢与他动手吗?便宜也占了,人情也做了,这人也未免太狡猾了。”“你的意思呢?”“还是那句老话:分而治之。在魔神皇卡特统治下的魔族王国强大,卡丹虽然聪慧,但她也只能勉强维护塞内亚族的延续罢了,无力再统一魔族势力。四分五裂的魔族部族不足为惧,远东的原则只有一个,那就是谁弱我就扶持谁,绝不能让一家独大。”斯特林沉声说:“以魔族制魔族是妙策,但必要的时候,我们也应该显示力量。塞内亚族是发动战争的罪魁祸首,若任他们就此逃脱了惩罚,我们无颜面对在抗魔族战争死难的同胞和牺牲的战士。塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”没人出声,安静的房间里只有斯特林沉稳的声音在回响。“塞内亚人,必须灭亡!”简短而有力的话语透出了不可动摇的决心。白川静静地看着年轻的军务处长坚毅的脸容,回想着他与卡丹的种种往事。恍惚间,当年为爱情痴迷的羞涩青年身影渐渐朦胧远去,只剩眼前伟岸的将军屹立在天地之间。这时候,她有了种眼看着历史在眼前发生的感觉,因为这句话,她已经预感到塞内亚族的灭亡已成为必然,成千上万的魔族将因这句话而被杀。此刻的斯特林,他不是一个人,他是一个强大国家决心用血洗刷仇恨和耻辱的坚决意志化身!“阿秀,你对魔族情况最熟,我想咨询你的看法:你认为,若要彻底铲除塞内亚族,需要家族出动多少兵马?”“彻底解决塞内亚族,这仗若要我指挥的话,大概二十万兵马就够了。”斯特林吃惊:“这么少?塞内亚人虽然惨败,但实力依然不能轻视。你怎么办到的?”“武力攻城为下策,上兵伐谋,三大部族都在盯着魔神堡,酋长们都在发梦想做魔神皇。只是没有我同意,他们不敢动手罢了。只要我吹一声口哨,说:‘谁先拿下魔神皇的,紫川家支持他成为新的魔族之主!’,蒙汗肯定会第一个狼一般地扑上去,亚哥米是第二个,哥达汗是个伪君子,他会装模作样不忍一番,最后哀叹道:‘天意如此,我有什么办法呢?卡丹侄女,叔叔对不起你了!’然后流着眼泪把卡丹抓来献给我们——紫川家的军队最好是作为后盾的威慑力量,备而不用。若顺利的话,我们就能以最小代价彻底摧毁塞内亚人。”斯特林露出了满意的微笑:“很好!阿秀,你的思路很好,自恃兵勇者而不殆,我还担心你过于强硬,看来是过虑了。有个内部消息跟你透露,军务处已向总长提议,这次讨伐魔族的战争由你任总指挥。经初步考虑,总长殿下已经答应了。”突然听到消息,紫川秀吃一惊:“什么?我?我来担任远征军统帅?”斯特林点头,用目光不出声地询问:“怎么样?”望着斯特林认真的脸,紫川秀愣愣地发呆,他也知道,内地战局平定后,对魔族的报复战争势在必行。对于未来征讨军统帅的位置,他不是没有过期望的:率领三十万虎贲,扬威八千里异域,雪耻国恨,青史留名,这是每个男人的梦想——但紫川秀也是想想罢了。他清楚,自己虽然也是家族的统领,但远东地盘完全是自己打拼出来,家族对自己一直不曾真正信任过,只是为了对付魔族不得不倚重自己罢了。现在魔族已败,紫川家削自己的权还来不及,怎么可能还把对付魔族的远征军交给自己反而增加自己的兵权呢?想了一阵,紫川秀摇头笑道:“听到这个消息,我真的很意外。我知道自己并不是个招人第271章远征统帅。

夜是肃穆的,无数无计的星辰,璀璨于天际,映照得苍穹一片玫红。巨大的皎洁圆月静静地挂在半空,给战场笼上了一层白芒。巴丹城侧的一处高坡上,一对男女在相互偎依地坐在一起。偎依在他肩头,流风霜正在安静地听紫川秀说着话,明澈的眼睛泛着淡淡的光华。她安静地垂着头,倾听着紫川秀的说话,神情波澜不动。她不时又抬起头,静静看着他的侧脸,那分明的轮廓,那消瘦、疲惫的面孔,额上两道淡淡的皱纹。这让流风霜感到,有一种沧桑已闯进了心上人生命里,并从此无法离开。没见面之前,她在有很多话想当面向他倾吐,但不知为何,当真正见到他人,呼吸着他温馨的体息,她忽然觉得,这样就足够了。大多数时候,都只是紫川秀说,说着分别时候发生的事,过去的苦难,未来的日子,峥嵘岁月里的风霜雨雪。象很多话,外人看来都很无聊的,他却不厌其烦地反复说啊说啊,流风霜微笑着倾听,丝毫没有流露不耐。但更多的时候,两人却只是默默地偎依着,沉默,让晚风静静地掠过身边,吹拂了斗篷的长襟。“冷吗?”流风霜微笑着摇头,紫川秀于是脱下了深蓝色的将军大衣,披在流风霜肩头。她把带着他体息和温度的大衣紧紧地将自己裹起来,嘴角露出了微笑:这很象心上人的大手紧紧地将自己拥抱啊!想到这个念头,她羞涩地低下了头,却听到紫川秀轻声说:“后天,我们就要开拔了。”流风霜一震,低声说:“这么快?又要去打仗了?”猜出了流风霜的心思,紫川秀安慰她说:“不必担心。不会再有巴丹这样的苦仗了,魔族已不成气候了。”“这次的目标又是谁呢?”“卡顿亲王。只要把他打垮了,战争就结束了。”“你们这么有信心?据说卡顿可是统率了三十万大军啊,未必就比魔神皇的军队少。特别现在,远东军和东南军为消灭魔神皇都是伤亡惨重。”“现在已不是七八一年了,人类占领了战略优势。虽然我军伤亡很大,但我们的补充也来得快,与后方的补给道路已经打通了,来自帝都的增援会源源不断地抵达,无论是兵力还是技术装备上,我们都超出卡顿不下一个档次,更何况巴丹会战不但打掉了魔族的主力军团,更打掉了魔族的信心——其实,我不怎么相信会发生第二次大会战。只要卡顿智力正常,看到魔神皇垮台,他应该立即夹起尾巴跑了。收复国土,并不是很困难的事。”“然后呢?”“然后?”二十四岁的青年将军踌躇满志地微笑了:“为追击敌寇,我不惧天涯海角,犁扫狼穴,剑顷血海,平荡魔神堡,铲除战争余蘖,为人类千年的苦难报仇雪恨,这是历史赋予当代军人的使命。”默默地看着紫川秀,英武的青年军人显出了坚定的自信,那种专注于自己事业的男人自有一种莫名的魅力,流风霜看得心神惧醉。她轻声问:“再然后呢?”默默地看着她,紫川秀温柔地说:“接着,我来娶你回家。”流风霜轻轻点头,轻轻扑进了紫川秀怀中。两人都没有说话,在那鏖杀激战后折矛断枪遍地的战场上,一对恋人相互偎依着坐在高高的山坡上,皎洁的大圆月在他们身后升起。战争是一场再残酷不过的竞赛,胜利者可以引颈高歌,失败者却只有黯然退场的份——前提是他们能保住一条性命来。比起将近四十万战死在沙场的同僚来说,可以黯然退场的魔族败兵们还是比较幸运的。在巴丹会战的最后阶段,云浅雪随着第三军的败部突围。与卡兰皇子向东南方突围不同,第三军选择了正面突破远东阵线冲出重围。这是一场残酷的血战,被远东军象狼狗一般狠狠追击了一夜,到天亮时,突围的三万官兵剩余不到一半。魔族残兵溃逃到了叶丹城周边,这里虽然已被人类占领了,但并没有人类的大部队驻扎。面对大片的魔族溃兵,城中居民和警备队都明智地选择关上城门,不去招惹这群战败的野兽们。云浅雪是被凌厉的清晨寒风给吹醒的,醒来时,他只觉周身酸疼得厉害,头疼欲裂,嗓子里干渴得象是有一团火在烧,眼皮沉重得象压得几千斤铅球。他痛苦地呻吟一声:“水!”恍惚中,有人给他嘴边凑上了一个铁质的水壶。闻到了水惺的味道,他用颤抖的手贪婪抓住了壶嘴,大口大口地吞着水。但第一口只喝了一半,他就吐了出来:壶里的水又臭又腥,带有一种难闻的泥土和血腥混杂的味道。有人在耳边低声说:“大人,克服一下,实在没地方找水了。”云浅雪心下明白,强忍着恶心再吞下了一口水,却再也喝不下第三口了。他无力地躺下,感觉身子象在坐船一样晃动着,于是知道自己是在被人用担架扛着前进,在那有节奏的晃动中,他陷入了半醒半昏迷的恍惚状态中。当云浅雪第二次醒来时候,已是当天午后了。从担架边上望出去,担架下面的褐色的道路无休无止地滑过,染着初冬颜色的光秃秃的小树林中,最后残留的几片叶子在盘旋飞转。冷风不住地从前路吹过来,带着初冬凛冽的寒意。初升的阳光洒落田野上,远方的大片树林出现在初冬的蔚蓝耀眼的天空下,大队的魔族兵散落地行进着。躺在担架上,贪婪地望着眼前的景色,一瞬间,云浅雪陷入了莫名的迷惘中。这是在哪里?我为什么在这里?我又是谁?恍惚了好一阵,他才从记忆中搜索到了事实。我是王国的驸马亲王云浅雪。自己如何受伤的?实在想不起来了,只记得在黑暗中那一片混乱,火光、刀光剑影、惨叫和厮杀,自己究竟如何受伤昏迷,又如何被人用担架扛着前进,那些事已经完全在记忆中失去了踪迹。他在担架里举起了手,喊道:“停!”有人快步向他跑来,凑到他跟前:“羽林大人,您醒了?”“你是。。。”看着面前面熟的魔族军官,云浅雪却怎样也想不起他的名字来。军官作自我介绍:“下官苏木,是卡丹公主殿下的卫队长。”“我记得你。”云浅雪想起来了,问:“公主殿下与我们在一起吗?我怎么会和你们在一起的?”“大人,昨晚突围时很混乱,我们与公主殿下失散了。我们回头去找,却再也找不到公主殿下了,却在道边发现了您。您当世受了伤,昏迷不醒,我们就自作主张拿担架把您抬着走了。大人,您感觉好些了吗?”看苏木队长忐忑不安的表情,神色惴惴的。再看身边的几个魔族兵惶惶的神情,云浅雪明白他们在想什么了。按照王国军法,皇族的护卫丢下保护的对象独自逃生,那是大罪,按刑罚得五马分尸。卫队丢了卡丹,他们多半是害怕军法责罚,想把自己救回去也好将功赎罪吧。“明白了。”云浅雪平静地说。他心里恼恨苏木等人没有保护好卡丹,却知道,在这兵荒马乱的逃亡路上,这支卫队是自己生命的唯一保障了。若不能安抚好他们,自己休想平安回国。“苏木队长,昨晚那种混乱情况,谁也没办法的。保护不了卡丹公主,那也是天意吧。你放心,只要我能活着回去,将来有什么麻烦,我一力替你们承担了。”听云浅雪这么说,围在他身边的魔族兵都露出了如释重负的轻松表情,苏木甚至笑了起来:“谢谢大人您了。大人您休息吧,我们定会保护您安全回去的。”云浅雪点头,他也没力气追问苏木“回去”到底是指回哪里了。若在一天前,回去的答案是很明确的:“回到陛下的身边。”但现在,陛下死了。自己的妻子卡丹公主也死了。“陛下死了。。。”云浅雪陷入了极度的恐惧和混乱,他怎么想也无法接受这个事实,就像无法接受天空失去太阳一般。恍惚中,泪水打湿了云浅雪的衣襟。他真切地感觉到了痛楚:魔神王国已不复存在。自己拥有的一切,高贵的地位,权势,美丽的妻子,自小所熟悉的一切,此刻都已不复存在了。那种感觉,就象天崩地裂,脚下可靠的大地寸寸粉碎,整个人飘荡在空中,不得着地。胡思乱想也不知过了多久,云浅雪才想到了自己的使命:陛下临终给自己嘱托,将皇旗交给皇子殿下,辅助新君登上皇位,重振国运——这是陛下交托自己的遗命啊!想到卡兰皇子,云浅雪如快被溺死的人抓到了一根稻草,整个人振奋起来了。虽然皇子有许多不是的地方,两人不久前还发生激烈的冲突,但如今,他却成了云浅雪唯一的希望了。到下午,云浅雪已清醒过来了,躺在摇晃的担架上思考着前程去向。分手时,卡兰皇子叮嘱自己到塔伦城会合,云浅雪已打定了主意:“要与卡兰皇子会合,那是肯定的。但在与皇子会合之前,最好能收拢一些兵力,不然自己只得一个光棍司令两手空空地到塔伦城去,会被卡兰那个坏蛋笑话的!”云浅雪找来苏木队长,向他询问队伍的情况。苏木报告说,公主的卫队本来有近千人,但大部分士兵都在混乱时失散了,现在还聚拢在身边的仅仅只有一百五十三名士兵。“那些人呢?”云浅雪指着与他们一同前进的大群魔族士兵:“他们是哪部分的?谁是他们的带队指挥官?”“他们?”望着身后蹒跚而行的魔族官兵们,苏木苦笑道:“他们都是被打垮的散兵。没有带队指挥官,没有纪律,虽然有好几千人,但却只是一盘散沙。他们纪律很坏,有些人甚至还想抢夺我们的食物和武器,但被我们打退了。”“那他们为什么跟着我们?”“现在大家都不知道该怎么办,都是跟着别人走。”“想办法,把他们组织起来。王国正值危难之秋,每一个兵员都是珍贵的。士兵们只是暂时被打垮了斗志和士气,但只要给他们希望,缓过气来,他们还是好样的战士。”苏木有点犹豫,云浅雪加重了语气:“苏木队长,这一路都是人类敌占区,要回到瓦仑要塞,单靠我们这一百多号人是不够的,任何一个城市的守备队都能把我们轻易拿下,我们甚至都走不到巴特利城。但若能把散落在外的魔族官兵组织起来,我们能组成几个团队,甚至一个军团,一路攻城掠地打回去!”苏木对云浅雪的说法不以为然。逃亡途中,人心惶惶,想要把这批丧失纪律和斗志的魔族散兵重新组织起来,谈何容易。但出于对云浅雪的尊重,他还是派出了手下的士兵喊话,说这里有王国的长官在,命令散兵们前来集合。喊了半天,到黄昏时,只有不到五十名士兵肯来集合。“大人,我们尽力了,但效果实在不佳。”云浅雪从担架上坐起身,他艰难地从怀中拿出一个被油布裹得严严实实的包裹,郑重地双手递给苏木。眼见云浅雪如此郑重,苏木也不敢轻忽,双手接过包裹:“大人,这是?”“王国的皇旗,陛下托付给我转交皇子殿下的。”苏木立即跪下,双手托着包裹举过头顶,声音激动得有点颤抖:“大人!”“打开吧,让我也看看。”苏木小心翼翼地拆开折叠得很细心的包裹,把旗子取出来,抖开,扯住一角,抚平了旗面。他和两个士兵合力,把军旗好好展开,让云浅雪看清了这面光滑的、浸透了士兵们鲜血和汗水的皇旗,骄傲的狮子威风凛凛地注视着众人。风在呼呼地刮,望着皇旗,泪水润湿了云浅雪的眼睛。望着皇旗,象是看到了无数熟悉的脸孔,云浅雪哭了起来。因为胸腹间受了伤,每抽泣一下都会牵痛伤口,云浅雪痛苦地抽搐着,眼泪一滴滴地溢出眼眶,无声地哭泣着。看着这位哭泣的青年将军,苏木手足无措。这个魁梧的汉子被眼前发生的事惊得慌张起来,慢慢的,他也哭起来了,泪水从眼睛里涌出,喉咙哽咽着,肩膀和抓住旗帜的手因为失声痛哭而颤抖着。围在身边的士兵也一个接一个地哭出声来,现场哭声一片。最后,还是云浅雪先恢复了平静。“去吧,找个高处,把旗帜挂起来!让大伙看看,王国还没有被打垮,皇族依然和大伙在一起!”在黄昏的落日映照下,皇旗孤独地飘荡在高坡上,黄金狮子在发出无声的咆哮。谁也没有想到,那面招展的皇旗竟有如此大的魔力,胜过无数的语言和呼唤。看到皇旗,魔族士兵无声无息地聚拢到了高坡前,傻傻地、痴痴地抬头望着头顶的旗帜。那飘扬的旗帜就象磁铁吸引铁粉一般吸引着他们,他们徘徊在高坡前,迟迟不肯离去。他们越聚越多,密密麻麻地聚成了一片。士兵们都望着他,望着黄金狮子旗下面那位被人搀扶着的、裹着纱布的青年将领。云浅雪眼睛通红,看着眼前的魔族官兵,一阵酸楚涌上心头。士兵们疲惫,干瘦,虚弱,衣衫褴褛,黑黝黝的脸露出了死人一般惨白的脸色。他们只是比死人多了一口气罢了。现在,谁来理会这些离家万里之外的孩子们呢?本来忍住的眼泪再次抑止不住地夺眶而出。想好的那些激励人心鼓舞士气的话语,此刻却象被铅哽在了喉头。最后,云浅雪只能哽咽着,流着泪,断断续续地告诉了士兵们,王国刚刚经历了惨败,损伤惨重。王国的各主力军都遭到人类的沉重打击,神皇下落不明,各路军团长也失去了联系。“王国战败,作为大本营的幕僚长官,我的责任不可推卸。在那个时候,我自然会负起自己的责任,承担应有责罚。但在那之前,我还有一个任务,那就是把王国流浪在外的孩子们带回家。士兵们,请遵守军纪和秩序,让我带你们回家。”五千多人聚集在高坡前寂静无声,唯有云浅雪那颤抖的声音静静地回响。士兵们的目光都聚焦到了云浅雪身上。不避讳失败,不回避责任,这个受伤的青年将军有一种难以言述的魅力,人们能感觉到,他含泪说出的每一句话都是出自肺腑,他将用生命来实践自己说出的诺言,这是一位值得信任和托付的带路人。对溃兵的重新编整开始了。在皇旗下面设立了十几个报名点,苏木队长带着卫队来维持秩序,溃兵们整齐有序地排着长长的队列到高坡前重新编入名册。军官们则自动从队伍中走出来,拿着身份牌向云浅雪自报身份:“我是第三军十六团百人队长切诺亚。”“我是第五军十一团队的副团队长,哥斯夫。”“第十一军第八团掌旗官康西雅。”在这艰难时期,云浅雪表现出了一个优秀将领的才干和明快决断能力。不管哪个军团什么部队的军官,只要来投靠他的,他统统接受。他任命了十几名百人队长,命令他们自行召集散落在外的士兵前来会合。另外,他任命苏木担任粮草队长,专门负责带队搜集粮草——说白了,就是趁士兵们还没被饿趴下,把附近能抢的村子和城镇统统给抢个精光!没有粮食,这支仓促重编的队伍立即就要土崩瓦解了。因为这里距离巴丹并不远,远东军或者东南军追兵随时有可能杀到,云浅雪也不敢长时间停留。搜粮队洗劫了三个小城镇后,队伍连夜出发。有士兵还习惯以前的做法,洗劫时杀了三个村民,结果给云浅雪当场行了军法,下令把他们当场吊死在村口的树上。结果他的同伴们不服,集体鼓噪起来,涌到云浅雪跟前要讨个说法。“现在是什么时候了,还敢那么放肆!”对暴动边缘的士兵们,云浅雪态度依然强硬:“我们孤军身处敌后,远东军随时有可能追上来,我们不能不和人类留点余地!想想,万一将来被人类俘虏了,这些害群之马会把把我们大家全都给害死的!想想温克拉的下场,他屠杀人类太多了,帝都下令,凡是第六军的官兵,一律不接受投降!想想,你们不想也落得这个下场吧?我们要的是安全回家,不要多生枝节!”平息了一场未遂的暴动,云浅雪带着士兵连夜急行军连夜赶路,部队走了三十多里,到第二天清晨,天空先是下起了小雪,继而雨雪交加,本来泥泞的道路更加难走,士兵们在泥水里打着滚,几乎是一寸一寸地向前挪,苦不堪言。队伍里少得可怜的十几匹马驮着粮食,累坏了,走在路上不断地撅蹄子。一匹战马终于支撑不住肩上的重负翻身侧倒了,瘦骨嶙峋的战马在泥水里挣扎着。在一个红着眼睛的军官指挥下,十几个魔族士兵围着那匹战马在泥水里面翻滚着,他们努力地想把战马扶起,将散落在泥水里的粮包背出来,好抢救出马背上珍贵的粮食。一时间,雨声、人声、马嘶声混杂成一片,谁也没注意到,就在道旁的坡上,被担架队扛着的羽林将军云浅雪已在那停留了好一阵。看着士兵们筋疲力尽地滚在那泥水里,浑身上下湿个精透,被清晨的寒冷冻得发抖。酸楚的感觉涌满了云浅雪心头,怎能料到呢?伟大的魔族王国竟沦落到了这种地步,一匹战马和区区百来斤大米竟然牵动了整个队伍的心。考虑到还在敌占区,必须让士兵们留下体力应变和赶路,云浅雪下令队伍休息。命令刚下,士兵们连欢呼的力气都没有了,在泥水横流的道边随便找块稍微干燥点的地方就躺下了,连正在下着小雪都顾不上了,把大衣盖在头上就睡着了。看着士兵们的疲惫,云浅雪深感忧虑。队伍的情况实在是凄惨。差不多一半人都是受伤的士兵。因为缺少干净的淡水和食物,队伍里疾病流行,伤寒、霍乱、败血症、破伤风和发烧症困扰着所有人。队伍里有两个军医,但却没有任何药材,连干净的纱布也没一块,于是军医们只能眼睁睁地看着伤员们被剧疼折磨得吼叫如牛,病患们奄奄一息地死去,死去的士兵都顾不上掩埋,只能丢弃在路边用荒草盖住。粮食也快吃光了,云浅雪不得不限制供应,士兵们饥肠淋淋,眼里象狼一样泛着绿光。队伍处于崩溃边缘。云浅雪派人去塔伦城向皇子殿下求援了,虽然大家同是突围,但皇子是成建制地突围出去的,景况比自己好上很多。云浅雪怀疑,卡兰皇子若不派人来接应,自己这支士气低落的队伍未必能坚持到塔伦城。支持队伍前进的唯一动力只剩下云浅雪的坚强和热情了,这位担架上的将军虽然受伤,但他高昂的斗志却鼓舞着队伍里的每一个人,他不住地宣扬:“不怕累,不怕饿!加快步伐,卡兰殿下就在前路!会合了殿下,我们就有吃的了!”全是靠了这位担架将军热切的鼓舞和斗志,这支体力透支了的部队才能继续艰难的前进。走了两天一夜,总算云浅雪运气好,没碰上人类的军队,七八四年十二月十七日清晨,云浅雪率领人马距离塔伦城已不到五十里了。离会合的地点越近,云浅雪的心里就越是忐忑。他不知在心里暗暗祈祷多少次了,保佑卡兰皇子能顺利突围,羽林军不要损耗太大;他更在担心,害怕卡兰皇子候他不到已经带着兵马先走了,担心两人会错过——不知怎的,他心里总有种不祥的预感,觉得前路不会象自己料想中那般顺利。前方灰蒙蒙的雨幕中出现了一些身影,战马奔驰的震动声从道上隐隐传来,前路的警戒哨兵高声叫道:“是自己人!我们派出的先遣队回来了!”道边的士兵们让开一条路,名叫鲁卡的信使直奔云浅雪跟前。鲁卡被雨水淋得湿透,雨水不住地从头发上往下滴落。他的脸色发白,嘴唇哆嗦得厉害,不知是因为寒冷还是恐惧,他眼睛里有着一种让云浅雪琢磨不透的味道。“你可找到羽林军了?”云浅雪迫不及待地问道。鲁卡回答的声音中带着颤音:“找到了,大人。”“你见到卡兰殿下了吗?你可把我们的情况告诉殿下了?”鲁卡缓缓摇头:“大人,我没法见到卡兰殿下。”“为什么!”激怒的红晕涌上脸庞,云浅雪生气地叫起来:“我不是给你写信证明身份了吗?我不是告诉你,一定要亲手把信交到皇子手上吗?我们只有那么二十一匹战马,我就把八匹马给了你们,就是因为这任务事关重大,关系到数千个弟兄的性命!你怎敢如此懈怠!没完成任务,你怎么敢回来,就不怕我砍你脑袋?”鲁卡站在路边站得直直的,脸色发白,任凭雨雪浇淋在他的身上,淋了个湿透。对着云浅雪愤怒的咆哮,他慢慢地扣上了军服上的一个纽扣,随即又把它解开了。“大人,”他说话的声音很低,但听众无不感觉到,这么小的声音也是集中了他全部意志力才说出来的:“我没法与死去的人见面。”“你说什么?”“卡兰殿下已经死了。”即使一万个霹雳同时打在云浅雪头上也不能使他更震撼了,在那瞬间,他甚至反应不过来“死了”是什么意思,只能呆呆地重复着鲁卡的话:“卡兰殿下死了?死了?死了?”清晨的天空灰蒙蒙的,布满了铁青色的乌云,看不到一丝阳光。整个平原和丘陵都笼罩在一片蒙蒙的雨雪中。仿佛身上的某些东西突然被打了个粉碎,初冬的东风是如此刺骨地寒冷,冷得连他的心脏都冻结了,脑子里一片空白。云浅雪哑口无言,他没有再问下去了。皇子死了,这个巨大的事实已占据了他的全部思维能力,至于卡兰怎么死的,云浅雪已经不再关切了——没必要问了,卡兰皇子死了。王国也灭亡了。但还是有人关心这个的,苏木队长出声问:“殿下是怎么死的?他被人类害了?”“不是。他是被大皇子卡顿杀了。”“卡顿殿下到这来了?”“幸存的羽林军士兵告诉我们,前两天晚上发生了很多变故。卡兰殿下带着羽林军突围,却在塔伦城碰到了卡顿亲王——亲王带着大军就驻在城里面。亲王的兵马驻在城里面,卡兰皇子的羽林军在城外不得进。两个皇子在城门口会晤过一次,但不知为什么事谈不拢,卡顿亲王就关上了城门不让羽林军进城。就在前天晚上,入睡后,亲王的兵马突然开进羽林军的营地,说要接管指挥权。羽林军不服,双方冲突起来了。混乱中,卡兰殿下被卡顿亲王的兵马抓走了,当晚就杀了,脑袋就挂在羽林军大营的旗杆上——卡顿亲王是想用这个来警告那些不服的羽林军官兵。”“这畜生!”苏木队长狠狠地骂道:“王国现在都这样了,他还在闹内讧!这家伙不会有好下场的!”“大人,你说对了。”鲁卡苦涩地说:“卡顿亲王也没能得意多久。卡兰的脑袋挂上去没多久,他自个的脑袋也跟着上去了。”“什么?谁杀了卡顿?羽林军的官兵为皇子报仇吗?”“不是羽林军干的。杀了卡兰以后,卡顿亲王和蒙汗举宴庆祝,庆祝羽林军落入了他掌握中,结果蒙汗在酒席上埋伏了人手,把卡顿和随从们全杀了——那时卡兰殿下的血还没凝固呢!”魔族军人目瞪口呆,苏木忍不住问:“卡顿杀了卡兰,是为了趁机铲除能和他争夺陛下继承权的人选罢了。但蒙汗又是为什么突然对卡顿亲王下毒手?大家同为神族一脉,如今大难临头,正是团结一致对外的时候啊!”几位军官轻声议论着,云浅雪阴沉着脸没有出声。他没心情说话,但心下却是雪亮:蒙汗野心勃勃,鲜卑寡耻,眼见塞内亚族实力在巴丹会战中丧尽,陛下阵亡了,塞内亚族的力量降到了最低点,那个志大才疏的卡顿怎么放他眼里,他不趁这时候下手,那才是怪事。蒙汗对卡顿突然下毒手,这预兆着又一轮残酷的皇权战争即将展开。蒙族趁火打劫,塞内亚族面临灭顶之灾。“鲁卡,那边情形现在如何?”“很乱!蒙汗杀了卡顿亲王后,想趁机吞掉他的旧部,但遭到了亲王旧部的抵抗。交战从昨天早上就开始了,蒙汗和卡顿亲王的旧部在城内交战,城外则是复仇的羽林军和卡顿亲王、蒙族的军队大打出手。塔伦城内外一片混战,神族的子弟兵们大打出手,昔日的兄弟战友白刃相见,毫不留情,那种厮杀令人痛心,我这辈子都不想再见到了!因为塔伦城正在交战,我没法进城,只能在城外转了一圈,碰到羽林军的人马,知道您在附近,他们都很高兴,让我们快回来报信,求大人您快带人马过去支援他们!”云浅雪无声地在嘴角露出一个冷笑。先前自己还期望羽林军前来接应自己呢,真没想到,自己带着的这支残军,竟然成了别人期待的救星了!他坐在原地,昂头望天,让豆大的雨点冰冷地打在自己脸上,脸色铁青得象戴了一张金属面具。部下们都在殷切地望着他,此时,这个担架上的青年将军已成了他们最后的希望了。他们都在期待着云浅雪能想出个什么法子来,带领他们走出这个困境。没有人敢出声,都害怕打扰了羽林将军的思考。他们不知道,此时此刻,云浅雪什么都没想,只想死。家破人亡,国家沦丧,内忧外患,接踵而来,最尊敬的魔神皇陛下死了,爱妻和儿子也死了,最后,连自己寄托最后希望的卡兰殿下都死了,王国所剩无几的精锐部队正在忙着自相残杀——打击一个接一个过来,即使坚强如云浅雪也崩溃了。他已经放弃继续抗拒命运了。“没办法,这是天意要灭王国。上苍的意旨,凡俗人无法揣测,无法阻挡。多么玄妙啊!曾经鼎盛无双,领土覆盖半个大陆的庞大帝国,竟然如此轻易地覆亡了。若早知结果如此,当初我就该和陛下一同去了。”云浅雪平淡地想着。当下定最后决心时候,他心头并无多少波澜。望了眼身边围着的众人一眼,他摸向了腰间的剑,吃力地抽出了佩剑。凝视着剑锋上那一抹铁器的锋锐光亮,云浅雪苦笑着,慢慢地把剑锋倒转过来,单手用力握住了剑柄。众人莫名其妙地看着他的动作,唯有那个信使鲁卡看出不对来了,他猛然扑上来,一把抓住云浅雪握剑的手,失声喊道:“大人,不要!”但他的动作还是慢了点,虽然受伤,但云浅雪的力量依然不是一个普通士兵能比拟的。幸好这时,苏木队长也反应过来了,双手闪电般抓住了剑柄。众人合力,依然还是挡不住云浅雪决意寻死的一剑,剑锋刺破了云浅雪胸口的制服,深深地刺入了肉中,血急速地涌出,染湿了胸口的衣裳。有人夺过了云浅雪手中的剑,有人高呼:“军医!军医!军医快过来!”在此起彼伏的惊呼声中和忙乱中,云浅雪安静地躺在担架上,象是旁边的喧嚣与他一点关系没有。虽然肉体还停留在人世,但他的思想,已经飘到很遥远很遥远的地方,在那里,没有战争,没有饥饿,在那里,有他尊敬的陛下,有他的妻子和儿子,还有他的挚友。在那喧嚷的人群缝隙中,他看到了,看到了卡丹公主窈窕的身影,妻子脸上那惊骇欲绝的表情,还看到儿子那红扑扑的脸蛋。他不解地想:难道我已经到天堂了吗?云浅雪猛然从担架上坐起来,失声叫道:“卡丹!”俏丽的卡丹公主抱着怀中的孩子,定定地望着云浅雪,泪水不住地从她眼中流出。飘飞的雨雪不住地打在公主皎洁的脸上,一滴滴泪水被冻成了晶莹的冰珠。云浅雪也不知从哪来的力量,猛然从担架上跃起来,单手将卡丹母子拥入怀中。两人都是泣不成声。卡丹地抚摩着云浅雪的脸庞,昔日的翩翩少年此刻已沧桑满脸,巨大的苦难在他脸上留下了深刻的痕迹。卡丹哭着说:“为什么要这样做。。。为什么要干这种傻事!”云浅雪只是一个劲地摇着头。他使劲地抱住公主的肩头,闻着爱妻温馨的气息,不住地吻着妻子怀中的小孩,粗硬的胡子茬将孩子刺得生疼,大哭起来,于是云浅雪就象孩子一般失声痛哭,泪水不住地顺着冻得僵硬的脸庞往下滚落。第269章东征战争(上)。

帝林说得轻描淡写,但斯特林却知道,其中内情绝不止如此轻松。帝林是昨天才逼降的魔族十五军,丢下了十几万投降的魔族兵在身后,他本人率部直扑战场,看帝林和随行兵马的风尘仆仆黑着眼圈的疲惫样,肯定是昼夜赶路不曾歇息的。兵马昼夜赶路一百二十里,那是足可跑死马的速度了。若不是很必要紧迫,没人肯做这种高强度的急行军。斯特林知道,帝林是在未雨绸缪,做自己打输的准备。他是准备战事失利时接应斯特林和紫川秀往帝都方向撤退,准备抵挡魔神皇追击的。这个人人畏之如虎、冷酷无情的监察总长,对自己却是真切地关心。斯特林心下感动,低声说了声:“谢谢你,大哥。”帝林淡然笑笑,一切早已了然于心:“有什么好谢的。说说吧,情况怎样?我回去也好向殿下交差。”“魔族十一军被全歼,魔族第五军被全歼,魔族十六军投降,魔族第三军被击溃,跑掉了两万人,阿秀正在追击;唯一逃掉的是羽林军,云浅雪和卡兰带着兵马跑得快,不过估计羽林军也剩不下几个兵了;近卫旅被我们团团围住了,全歼只是时间问题了。至于敌方的首脑,裴玛被活抓了,凌步虚被打死,马维失踪,云浅雪和卡兰跑路了,叶尔马据说被远东军抓了。唯有魔神皇,至今还下落不明,有人说他跑了,有人说他被打死了。具体战利品和杀敌、俘敌数目还没法统计,但有一点是肯定的:魔族西侵军的主力,六个塞内亚番号的魔族军团主力,已全灭了!”随着斯特林的说话,他的部下们把缴获来的魔族旗帜一一插在土地上,插在那些被打死的魔族兵尸首旁边。清晨的微风吹拂,这些五颜六色的彩旗卷动着又吹开,魔族勇士们象被砍倒的木头一般躺在地上,脸孔朝天,脸色苍白,圆睁着无光的眼睛凝视着那飘扬的彩旗,彩旗也哗啦哗啦地飘动着,在这些好象是睡着的勇士上空飘舞。远方的地平线上,迎着早上的晨光,可以看到东南军的步兵们在拉动着缴获的魔族辎重,一列又一列,延绵不绝。帝林仔细地审视着那些旗帜,一面一面仔细看。旗帜上的图案五花八门,五颜六色。飞鸟,狮子,铁壁,巨人,昨天还飘扬在魔族大军头顶上的无数旗子,除了皇旗外,此刻已全部落到了人类血迹斑斑、胜利的手上。这些凝聚着魔族王国各部落历史上最光荣与骄傲的象征,如今象垃圾一般被人类统统扔到了帝林的脚下。看着这些旗帜,再看着那一眼望不到尽头的可怕战场,那堆积如山的尸骸,插在战场上的短戈残枪,就连那初升的丽日也被这战场染上了一层血红,冉冉升起。在晨光鲜艳的光亮中,他们可清楚地看到这片广袤的战场,自巴丹城下直到两边的辽阔延绵的高地、丛林间,到处是折断的长枪、砍刀和重剑,到处是燃烧的帐篷和辎重,人尸和马尸堆积如山,在尸山上还戳起了一只只手、脚,象插在那上面的旗帜。在这片血腥的战场上,积尸一望无边。帝林露出心旷神怡的陶醉,他庄重地说:“这是一次伟大的胜利,整个王国都仆倒在我们面前,历史上无可比拟。巴丹战役意义之巨大,无法形容!”他用力地拍着斯特林的肩头:“干得漂亮,斯特林,这活漂亮极了,任换哪个都干不出这么漂亮!人类第一名将的名头,谁也拿不走了!”斯特林谦逊地摇头:“大哥,我受之有愧。这场战役,我的贡献很少,若不是阿秀拖住了魔神皇和近卫旅,若不是流风霜及时到援,若不是你把魔族十五军给镇住,鹿死谁手,那还难说。何况,这场战斗伤亡惨重,我军大伤元气,已经很难说是胜利了。”“历史不会记住细节的。”帝林轻声慨叹道:“不会的。从来历史就只记得胜利者。”‘我现在只是担心魔神皇,一日不能除掉他,我们就一日不能安心。他不死,这场战役我们就不能说是完胜。现在他下落不明,不知是逃走还是被打死了。”“被杀,有可能;逃走,绝不可能。魔神皇高傲,眼高于顶,他不会容忍自己在一群凡人的面前逃跑的。”斯特林诧异地望着帝林:“为何你能如此确定?”帝林笑而不答。虽然与魔神皇只见过一面,但就在那惊鸿一督里,正如魔神皇感受到了帝林所蕴含烈火般炽热的野心那般,帝林同样亦感受了魔神皇那犹如孤峰白雪的高傲。此人有着不可动摇的内在,他的气质和风度,都在无声地体现出骄傲的特质。那个风华绝代的男子,不会因为任何外力而改变。怎能想象这样的男子,会因为战败而被人类追得狼狈逃窜?随着帝林一同抵达的,不但有八千精锐宪兵铁骑,更重要的是,他们带来了特种部队一零一师。该师曾在朗沧江战役中显示可怕的威力,大破流风军水师舰队,为紫川秀的胜利奠定基础。现在,这支紫川家秘密部队再次投入作战,宣告了魔族装甲兽残部的灭亡。再用不着步兵部队投入战场了,在远程投石车的轰击下,装甲兽仓促建造的阵地顷刻间烟飞云散。在密集的投石打击下,本打算死守的装甲兽军团再也坐不住了,他们冲出了自己的阵地,从高坡上蜂拥而下。“做好准备,上弦!”每十台弩机配备一名阵地指挥官。指挥官统统身着黑色的宪兵团制服,如同钉子一般戳在在一字摆开的弩机阵地前。高坡上涌来的那片乌云的惊人声势并没有给操作弩机的宪兵带来困扰,就如平常训练一般,宪兵们娴熟而迅速地把锋利的箭氏一排排地压进弩机的匣盒里,用特制的钢钳用力地拉开机弦,一片刺耳的机弦钢丝响声不绝于耳。响亮的口令声从阵地的各处不时响起:“一号机准备完毕!”“二号机准备完毕!”“八号机准备完毕!”“第一分队准备完毕!”“第二分队准备完毕!”“第十一分队准备完毕!”“启禀大人,五十八个分组全部做好准备了!”帝林下达了攻击命令:“齐射,然后各组自由射击。”一阵刺耳的哨声彻阵头,总攻击的讯号发布了!黑衣的指挥官们同时将手中高举的红色小旗猛力一挥,在一阵机械的咯吱响动声中,四百四十台弩机全速齐射!在这场金属风暴冲击下,正在冲锋的装甲兽群仿佛被一个无形的巨人用大梳猛然扫过,那些庞然大物轰然倒地的场景特别壮观,数以百计的装甲兽在巨大的嘶叫声中不甘地仆倒、翻滚,进攻的装甲兽队列中出现了无数的缺口,变得稀疏起来。“攻击有效!攻击有效!”前沿观察哨上传来了观测员颤抖的激动声音,阵头上响起了一片热烈的欢呼声,东南军和远东军士兵用使劲地吹口哨、跺脚等方式来表达他们心中的激动,半兽人则挥舞着大棒仰天长啸,阵头响彻一片热烈的欢呼,谁也想不到,这两天让远东军吃透苦头的装甲兽怪物,竟被帝林如此轻松地收拾了老大一片。一零一特种师的宪兵们对自己的战果无动于衷。他们那淡漠的表情,不象在战斗,倒象是工人在流水线上加工零件,他们机械地重复着同样的动作,装箭、推进、上弦、观测、瞄准、发射,于是四百多台弩机就象一座喷发的火山,密集而不间断地向装甲兽们倾泻着金属打击,带来的是恐怖的死亡、惨叫和鲜血。“一排十二箭连发,能连发,也能单发,四百米射程,能穿透装甲兽硬皮,熟练操作人员重装时间为两分钟,平均三分半钟能发射一排。。。”听着斥候回报的弩机数据,流风家将帅们沉默不语,脸色阴晴不定。熟悉战事的他们当然能看出,今日对付装甲兽的利器,他日同样能拿来对付流风家的骑兵——或者,这种高效率的杀戮武器根本就是制造来针对流风家的轻骑兵冲锋的,只是阴差阳错,魔族的装甲兽先尝到了苦头。心算速度最快的英木兰少将很快得出了结果:“理论上说,只要只有一百五十台这样的弩机轮番发射,就能遏止五千人的骑兵冲锋,只有极少数运气最好的骑兵能冲到阵前肉搏。若我们把骑兵数目提高一倍,则敌人只需把弩机数目提高到两百五十台就可以阻止我们。殿下,以后我们得对紫川家谨慎些了。”“混蛋!”萧元中将喝道:“英木兰,你在胡说着什么!我们无坚不摧的骑兵阵岂是敌人这些破烂机械能阻挡的?你在长紫川家的威风,灭自己志气!他们的弩机移动缓慢,集结更是困难,迅疾如风的流风骑兵岂是行动缓慢的装甲兽能比拟的!”“萧元将军说的有一定道理。”流风霜沉吟说:“紫川家远程武器威力奇大,但在他们运输、集结和布置阵地都需要准备时间。在他们集结前,若能以精锐骑兵加以偷袭,未必不能取得胜利。对上这种武器,正面冲锋是愚蠢的,应回避其锋芒,用迂回的方式进攻其腹背。但无论如何,我们不得不承认,在兵种优势方面,紫川家已经超越了我们,在这样的武器面前,我们惯用的大规模骑兵冲锋战术,已经不再适合了。与魔族的战争让紫川家伤亡惨重,但也锻造了百万精锐的紫川军,他们的军事力量空前强大,若我们还死守着过去势均力敌的死板观点,我们会死得很难看的。时代已经变了。”伴随着流风霜这句轻声感叹的,是传来的装甲兽那一阵又一阵的惨叫嘶鸣声。弩机对上流风家骑兵是否奏效,那还得靠实战来检验,但对上装甲兽这种行动缓慢的近战兵种来说,这简直就是一场屠杀了。哀鸿遍野,在冲锋的路程上,躺满了受伤和死亡的装甲兽士兵。那些强悍的装甲兽士兵,即使受伤也不肯服软发出一声呻吟,只是不断地发出愤怒的咆哮,只要有一口气的,都要继续前进。他们在迎着如雨的箭雨前进,头顶是密集的投石落下,燃烧瓶,火弹,密密麻麻,倾泻如雨点,不止不歇。越是接近人类的阵地,打击便越是密集,倒下的士兵便越是稠密。遭受着可怕的打击,近卫旅仍在前进,行列整齐,神情镇定。同伴一个接一个在身边倒下,悍不畏死的近卫旅士兵仍在前进,对魔神皇传奇般忠诚和信仰使得他们无惧死亡。士兵们都知道,他们是不可能冲到敌人阵地前的,敌人连肉搏战的机会都不会留给他们,不能浴血奋战,在激烈的厮杀中与敌人一同倒地,只能在那些嗖嗖尖叫的飞铁面前无力地倒下。每前进一步,队列便要缩小一些。所有的军队都溃逃了,所有的友军都在逃跑,唯有近卫旅仍旧往前进,越走越近危险,越走越近死亡。绝没有一个人迟疑,绝没有一个人胆怯,王国已经倾覆,那支军队甘愿赴死。队列中再次响起了歌声:“翻越高山,踏过大地,穿过沙漠,跨越河流,征服敌人,杀敌!杀敌!如你的威名震撼,如你的荣光沐浴,近卫旅,神族之剑,近卫旅,王国骄傲,近卫旅,大魔神的骄宠儿!”就在那歌声中,近卫旅猛扑向前,那排山倒海的欢呼直震得地面都在颤抖。在震天的歌声中,近卫旅巍然前进,冒着如雨的箭雨,士兵们一个接一个地倒地,他们那庞大身躯覆盖了褐色的大地,鲜血浇进了巴丹城郊的荒野里。近卫旅,魔神王国最后的军旅,最后的骄傲。人类的将军们都站在高处,屏息静气。看着敌人的军阵从开始的壮观直到最后的寥寥无几,看到领头的装甲兽巨人浑身上下插满了箭枝却依然高举着被射成了破布的近卫旅军旗,看着那些倒地的巨人在地上翻滚着挣扎着向前一步步爬行前进,在地上留下的长长血痕,将帅们悚然动容。两万多装甲兽全部倒在了冲锋的道上,尸体堆得比人还高,只剩寥寥几个踉踉跄跄前进的伤兵,歌声断断续续,仍然不绝:“。。。近卫旅,王国的骄傲,近卫旅,魔神的骄宠。。。”看到这样的军旅,即使连占据了优势的敌人也油然起了尊敬之心。斯特林喃喃说:“出色!”流风霜赞叹:“无以伦比!”面对如此坚贞卓绝的军人们,战胜者也不免感到一种无言的恐怖。只剩下最后一个装甲兽战士,身上插满了箭枝,脸上淌着血,肚子上被射穿了一个大洞,可以看到青色的肠子,他一手捂着肚子痛苦地前进。帝林挥手,于是弩机队停止了射击,一时寂静无声。他踉踉跄跄,犹如喝醉酒般蹒跚前进。在数万人类军队的注视下,这个身高两米的巨人蹒跚前行,走到了弩机阵地前。担心这个怪物突然爆起毁坏了珍贵的弩机,担任护卫的宪兵想用长枪去杀死他,但帝林却阻止了:“让他看吧——他有这个资格。”于是,所有的操作手和护卫都退开了。装甲兽巨人好奇地站到一台弩机前面,粗糙的大手轻柔地抚摩着弩机那冰冷而光滑的钢铁表面。装甲兽巨人流露出孩子般天真和好奇,小心翼翼地摸着弩机的发射孔、支架和躯干,看着成排地散落地上的箭羽和铁钳工具。面对人类先进的科技文明,他的眼中流露困惑和迷茫,他不能理解,为何这些看起来一点也不锋利和不可怕的东西,却能在顷刻间毁灭了自己最勇敢最坚强的战士?这时候,帝林认出了这个重伤濒死的装甲兽。他走上前来,冲他喊道:“雷欧军团长,投降吧!”装甲兽闻声望来,发现了被众人簇拥着的帝林。疑惑的神色在他眼中一闪而逝,取而代之的是喷发的怒火:雷欧也认出了曾觐见过魔神皇的人类,此人是毁灭魔神王国的元凶!“嗷~”雷欧大吼一声,爆发了最后的生命潜力,要向帝林冲来。但宪兵们早已警戒森严,十架弩机同时发射,上百支利箭雨点般打在雷欧身上,那巨大的冲力将他整个人打翻在地。遭受重创的雷欧努力想爬起,但手脚都被射断了。他愤怒地发出了一声长嘶,仰天喊叫道:“赛穆德拉西马!”第二轮弓箭到了,强劲的箭矢将他硬生生地钉在了地上,魔神王国的装甲兽统帅圆睁双眼,吞下了最后一口气,他最后的吼声在巴丹郊外辽阔的原野上慢慢消逝,所有人都听到了。“那句话是什么意思?”流风霜轻声问。英木兰耸耸肩:“抱歉,殿下,我不懂魔族语。”“在塞内亚语里面,这句话的大致意思是:‘魔族王国将永生不灭。’”一个浑身血污的青年军人从他们身后走来,他专注地看着雷欧倒地的身躯,目光中流露出复杂的感情,似是悲哀,又象庆幸。听到那个清朗又充满了磁性的声音,流风霜霍然转身,目不转睛地望着这个身影,使劲地盯着那张布满了血污、油汗和胡子茬的脸,一向镇定的她竟在微微颤抖,眼中充满了惊喜。“你是谁?你怎么进来的?”英木兰警惕地冲他喝,手已按到了刀把上。真是邪门,他想,元帅所在,警备森严。这个穿着紫川家军官服的年轻人是怎么混进来的?那个青年军官冲英木兰灿烂一笑,露出了洁白的牙齿:“英木兰将军,您不记得我了吗?”“你是。。。”英木兰疑惑地看着他,看着这个青年军人,他觉得对方真有点面熟。他脱口而出:“紫川统领!”流风霜俏立原地,静静地注视着眼前的人。用一块手帕抹开了头脸上的血汗,剑眉星目的英俊男子正在含笑看着她,心上人的俊朗依然。在唇边多了一抹黑色的胡子茬,给他平添了几分成熟的男儿气质。她望着他,心神俱醉。那被思念煎熬的每个日日夜夜,他的形象那么鲜明的出现在自己梦中。想到心上人在万里之外与凶残的魔族周旋,自己为他忧心得夜不能眠。突然间,他的真人就那么出现了,让她产生了一种错觉,此刻究竟是现实还是在梦中呢?她轻轻地开口了:“阿秀?”“是我。”紫川秀温柔地凝视着她:“谢谢你,霜。”两人目光交错,用眼神,紫川秀无声地道谢:“你答应我援救紫川家,你做到了;我也遵守了我的承诺,我活着回到了你身边。”“真的是你?”“是我。”流风霜颤抖地伸出手,抚摸着紫川秀的脸,摸着他那瘦削的脸庞,那粗糙的胡子茬,那温暖的双唇,地望着他那明朗而充满笑意的眼睛,是的,就是这样的眼睛,温馨而充满关怀,除了他,再没有人有这样的眼睛了。紫川秀静静地站在原地,任着她摸着脸。他流露温柔的目光,轻声说:“你憔悴了。”感觉手指上传来了真实的触感,确认眼前看到的并非做梦,泪水无声地从她双眼流出来了。多少刀光剑影,多少风霜雪夜,朗沧江一别,似乎还是昨日的事。转眼间,一年过去了。在这令世界震撼的一年里,发生了多少事啊!魔族的入侵,紫川家遭受重创,远东军队的崛起,流风军与紫川家化敌为友,魔族由盛而衰直到眼前的灭亡,沧海桑田的变幻中,数以百万的人死亡,千载不灭的家国沦亡。在这战火纷飞的乱世,相去万里的两个爱人还能活着重逢,那是多么了不起的奇迹。站在旁边默默地看着这一对情侣,不知怎么的,英木兰也感觉自己鼻孔一酸,只想落泪。他悄悄地移开脚步想离开,但紫川秀却叫住了他:“英木兰,你留下吧。我这就要走了。”流风霜一惊,不由自主地抓住了紫川秀的手。英木兰会意,出声挽留道:“紫川大人,您是我们的好朋友,很久没见了,大伙都很想念您,大捷再加上久别重逢,那是难得的双喜啊?不如在我们这多耽搁一会?我去找两瓶好酒过来,大伙喝上庆贺一番!”流风霜虽然没有出声,但她的手却抓得更加用力,挽留之意已在眼中流露无遗了。紫川秀无奈地苦笑:“庆祝自然是庆祝的,但不是现在。还有很多扫尾工作,我的营中有上万的伤员需要照顾,抓到的魔族军俘虏也需要安顿,还有抢来的魔族辎重战利品要分配——我若不过去,帝林和斯特林两个家伙会吞得一干二净,连渣子都不会留给我——最重要的是,魔神皇还没有下落。若找不到他,这场仗我们就很难说是全胜。”流风霜微蹙秀眉:“近卫旅已被全歼了,魔神皇还没有下落?”“这也正是我奇怪的。”紫川秀答道:“若魔神皇活着,他不该这么长时间地无声无息。”其实,这个疑问不单是紫川秀的困惑,也是紫川家所有参战将帅的困惑。大战虽然获胜,但魔神皇下落不明,这成了悬在将军们头上的一把利剑。军队疲惫不堪,但还不能休息,士兵们必须在整个战场上巡逻、搜查,抓捕魔族溃兵。各个师团、团队都被告知,必须要警惕一个魔族皇族,除了瞳孔是蓝色外,他的外貌与人类一般无二,能讲述流利的人类语言。为防止此人穿着人类军服伪装出逃,执行战场任务的人类官兵必须十人一组,凡是遇到落单的官兵都必须盘查,有嫌疑的就当场扣起来。远东军的半兽人成了香宝宝了,因为再怎么乔装打扮,魔神皇也不可能扮成半兽人的样子脱身,于是半兽人就成为最没有嫌疑的兵员。在斯特林和帝林的联合要求下,紫川秀派出了手上所有的半兽人团队进行战场搜索。由于担心魔神皇的可怕战力,紫川秀要求士兵们一旦遭遇了突发情况,先不要忙着战斗,最要紧的是迅速脱离接触,第一时间发出警报。“只需发现魔神皇就是大功一件,千万不要贪功逞强!”紫川秀切切叮嘱部下们:“魔神皇不是人力可以对付的,对付他,必须要靠一零一师这样的特种部队才行!”不用紫川秀唠叨,团队长也知道谨慎。魔神皇单枪匹马杀入了远东军阵斩将夺旗的那一刻大伙都还记忆犹新呢,他恐怖的战斗力给整个远东军都留下了深刻印象。搜索行动一直持续到了下午三点多,德昆的部队第一个报告了好消息:“发现魔神皇了!”当时紫川家的统领们正在商议军国大事——至少,他们是有过这个企图的。斯特林以军务处长的名义召集紫川秀、帝林和明辉等三位统领开联席会议,商议大战之后的安排。但进帐坐下没到五分钟,紫川秀就打起了响亮的呼噜了。统领们苦笑着,都看到了对方那鲜明的黑眼眶。松弛下来后,睡眠的诱惑简直大得无法抵挡。而同样的,明辉和帝林也是昼夜赶路,谁都没能好好睡一觉。帝林干脆说:“还开什么鸟会,大伙睡一觉是正虱。”斯特林有点犹豫:“不好吧?军队都还在坚持,各部队都还在搜索魔神皇,我们关门偷懒,这个影响好象不怎么好。。。”明辉:“就我们四个,外面谁知道?都以为我们在研究重大军事决策呢,谁敢闯进来?”睡着的紫川秀当然没办法发表意见,不过他用响亮的呼噜声表达了他对明辉大人的赞成。坚决的三票对犹豫的一票,军务处迅速通过了一个重大决议:关上门睡觉!都是累透的人了,大伙躺倒就睡着了,直到外面有人喊:“启禀大人,发现魔神皇了!”四位统领同时被惊醒。紫川秀第一时间扑到门口:“他在哪里?快调部队过去包围!”“在装甲兽大营里!”快马疾尘,统领们飞快地朝着一处高坡奔驰而去,那是装甲兽军团突围后最后据守的阵地。闻风赶到的秀字营和半兽人部队已经把那里给封锁了,大队的半兽人全副武装地把守着装甲兽营地的各个路口。“大人,”看到紫川秀和其他几位统领联袂到来,德昆快步上来冲紫川秀行了礼:“是我们先发现了魔神皇!大人,这可真是很不容易啊。。。”看他那罗罗嗦嗦的样子,好象很乐意把功劳和辛苦给摆上一番的,可惜紫川秀此刻心焦如焚,哪有时间听他唠叨,直截了当地问道:“魔神皇在哪里?你给带路吧,快!”当紫川秀进去时,他看到,在营帐之间的空地上躺着一个人。看到这个人,紫川秀的第一感觉是他还没死,只是静静地睡着了。午后的清风轻轻吹拂他额前的散发,温馨的阳光照暖暖地洒在他英俊而苍白的脸上,在秀气而修长的眼睫毛下留下了淡淡的剪影。他穿着淡紫色的王国军服,衣裳整洁,双手安详地互握在腹上。几乎看不到伤口,只有他身下洁白的斗篷被鲜血浸出了很大一块,才让人察觉到他脖子上那一丝细微的伤口——谁都不敢想象,就那么细细的一丝伤口,竟能流出那么多的血。然后,紫川秀回头望向帝林,却见帝林专注地望着地上躺着的人,良久,他凝重而缓缓地点头,轻声说:“是他。”然后,他庄重地抬手解下了自己的军帽,对着地上的人轻轻鞠身。当代最伟大的战士,最强大帝国的君皇,也是最骄傲的勇士,已永久地长眠了。他的佩剑,那把令远东军闻风丧胆的光华剑静静地插在他脑袋旁的地上,剑刃如流波般闪着光。明辉蹲下身小心地查看了魔神皇的伤口,又摸着他的颈部脉搏。良久,他起身说:“魔神皇死了大概五个钟头,死因是切断颈部动脉的那一道细而深的剑痕。依他的武功,应该是自尽。”斯特林和帝林对视一眼,心下都已了然。五个钟头前,那就是装甲兽发起最后冲锋的时候。魔神皇把麾下最后一支军队派向了死亡,他自己也选择了自尽。看着魔神皇的尸体,斯特林不无惆怅:“在昨天,这个人还以为自己能成为大陆之主呢。”“其实,依他的武功,杀出重围并不困难。”紫川秀说:“重整兵马再战,未必就不能胜。”“不可能的。”帝林惋惜地看着魔神皇:“若是逃了,他就不是魔神皇了。”站在敌对的立场,甚至还恨他入骨,但谁都不得不承认,惊才绝艳,风华绝代,雄才大谋,野心滔天,傲骨铮铮,以上所有的词语都不足以形容魔神皇卡特。这样的人物,从前的历史上没有过这样的人,未来也不会再有了。跟在帝林之后,斯特林、紫川秀、明辉也脱下了帽子,对魔神皇的尸体鞠躬。魔神皇充满了诗人的忧郁情怀和帝国君皇的野心,高傲,威严,强大然而又是最脆弱的。他不能承受任何失败和挫折。虽然他身为最强大的战士和帝皇,但本质上,他只是个还带有孩子气的骄傲青年而已。“魔神皇?”“自尽。”有人在纸上用红笔将“卡特”的名字划了一个红×。“凌步虚?”“战死。”于是西南将军的名字也被划了一个红×。“裴玛?”“被俘。”“叶尔马?”“被俘。”“雷欧?”“战死。”“云浅雪?”“逃亡。”“卡兰?”“逃亡。”红色的×在纸上越划越多,塞内亚族首脑们一个接一个被点了名,只是在最后一个名字时,明辉统领住了手,犹豫道:“卡顿?”帝林直接地说:“此人不足为患。”斯特林不解:“为什么?据说卡顿麾下有三十万大军,应是我们的最大对手。”“卡顿手中兵马是不少,但无论器量、才干和魄力,他都与去世的魔神皇相去甚远。此人属志大才疏之辈,虽然一时强势,但却不足成为我们的对手。”拿起了那张打满了红×的名单,帝林扫了一眼,说:“还漏了一个人,他才是我们的真正威胁。比起他,卡顿连只兔子都算不上。”斯特林诧异地抬起头:“塞内亚族军团长级以上的所有贵族名字都列在上面,我们还漏了谁?”“他不是贵族,但比起塞内亚的任何贵族都更危险!”“谁?”“黑沙军师。”“啊!”斯特林一拍额头:“真的!我怎么把他给遗漏了?会战时他好象就没出现过!”“黑沙军师?他是谁?”明辉问道。他一直在西部,与魔族打仗不多,对魔族上层的了解并不多。“怎么说呢?”斯特林斟酌着用词:“这样形容吧,若说魔神皇是魔族王国灵魂的话,那黑沙军师就是王国的大脑了!”“魔族王国的大脑,这话说得好!”帝林笑笑,神色立即转为严肃:“黑沙军师这个人物,即使在魔族国内也算是神秘的异类。我审讯过叶尔马了,结果很让人吃惊:在王国的最高决策层中,黑沙军师的影响力比我们估计得要大得多,他的权力大得恐怖:他可以决定对军团长的任命、直接调动除了近卫旅和羽林军以外的任何魔族军队、一言可定将军们生死,甚至可以影响魔族皇储继位人选!从七八零年的远东战争开始直到七八四年的魔族破瓦仑关,魔族所有的重大军事胜利背后都有他的身影,他策划一切,魔神皇对他言听计从,将军们在他面前都不敢大声喘气,他们怕他怕得象火!在魔族朝廷,他的威望仅次于魔神皇——这样的人物,岂是卡顿那庸才能比拟的,我们应该庆幸,指挥那三十万魔族军队的是卡顿而不是他。”斯特林不住地点头赞同,七八零年,他是亲身吃过黑沙军师的苦头了,一百三十六万魔族军对远东的大规模袭击,事先竟然一点风声也泄漏不出,魔族的各个军团雷霆万钧地杀来,六十四万远东紫川军连稍微抵抗一下都办不到,三天就全线崩溃了——如此周密的策划,空前的大迂回大包抄作战方式,各部队目标明确,行动迅速,这与魔族一贯简单直接粗鲁的厮杀方式实在相去太远,这场大战役很明显有黑沙军师背后操盘的痕迹。斯特林感到奇怪,自从魔族破瓦仑关进入人类世界以后,魔族的行动就失去了先前的精确和犀利了。奥斯会战中,各个军团各自为战,互不合作;而随后帝都会战中军团长们更是犯下低级的失误,军队表现混乱,接着魔族又放弃了帝都而选择攻打西北——这样轻易更改作战目标显示了魔族在战略层面的缺失和混乱,他们缺乏清晰的长期指导和目标。帝林为斯特林解释了疑惑:“叶尔马招供了,自魔族军入关以后,黑沙军师就没在魔族宫廷中再出现过——魔族失去了自己的大脑。”“原来如此!”斯特林恍然。他问:“什么原因呢?难道塞内亚皇族与黑沙军师决裂了?”“那就不是我们能了解的了。叶尔马虽然是高级军官,但与黑沙军师有关的所有情报都是绝密,只有皇室能掌握。”虽然对黑沙军师和塞内亚皇室之间的关系很感兴趣,但这毕竟不是会议的正题。黑沙厉害,但他手上没兵;虽然被帝林形容为“不足为患”,但当前紫川家最大的敌人仍然是卡顿和他所率领的三十万魔族军队,对于疲惫的紫川军来说,这批骄兵悍将是不容轻视的敌人。会议进行得并不顺利——并非因为卡顿强得令紫川家统领们棘手,大伙连魔神皇都收拾了,卡顿再强也强不过他老子——困扰大家的是另外的事情,一个本来不应成为问题的问题。明辉统领在做报告:“西北军抵达战场的时候是昨日清晨九时,我本意立即投入战斗,但流风霜殿下说部队尚未休整完毕,直到午后三时才参战。”“六个小时。”帝林说:“流风霜足足拖延了六个小时!这究竟是必要的休整,还是她有意拖延?明辉大人,您觉得呢?”明辉:“昼夜急行军近百里,要说部队需要休整恢复战力,这也说得过去。”斯特林冷冷说:“但这要看在什么时候了。”想起昨日上午战斗的惨烈,他如今仍心有余悸。军队伤亡殆尽,明知道只要再加一个师就有可能冲垮云浅雪的防线,但当时确实是连一个满员的中队都找不出来了。他本人亲自到一线去集拢那些被打残的部队,带着几千名伤兵组成敢死队冲锋四次,连身为统领之尊的他都杀得满身溅血,至于远东军那边的凄惨,那就更不用说了,紫川秀连眼泪都流不出来了——在这反复拉锯相持不下的时候,一个骑兵大队都有可能决定整个战场的形势。就在这时,流风霜握着整整二十五万大军藏着树林里,看着东南军、远东军与魔族打得遍体鳞伤不加援手,直到眼看魔族和紫川军已衰弱到了极点,失血失到再也流不出来的地步了,流风霜才施施然地带着她的无敌军团登上战场。“在巴丹会战之前,魔神皇是大陆公敌,流风霜必须与我们联手才能抵御他;但魔神皇一死,一个残破的魔族王国已不足以威胁流风家的安全了,这种情况下,流风殿下的态度就有可能暧昧了。无端猜疑自己的盟友并非君子所为,尤其是这个盟友刚刚帮了我们一个大忙,幸好我帝林并非君子,历来我都是习惯做恶人的。不能不承认这个事实,如今,与魔族联手符合流风家的利益。尽管流风霜未必能卑鄙到马维那样的程度,但我们不得不做最坏的打算,反正,我是不惮从最坏的角度来考虑人的。诸位大人,若你们是流风殿下,你会怎样做呢?”众人默默地思量,若自己是流风霜,这种情况下该怎么办?两不相帮保持中立还算是比较有良心的,对流风家最有利的,流风霜干脆就与魔族联手,当紫川军与卡顿交战时,她从背后对紫川军猛然一击,当紫川军主力崩溃后,她大可悠然地扫荡朗沧江以西的紫川家领土,将西北的蓝城直到西南的旦雅统统收入流风家版图。斯特林掐灭了手中的香烟,点头:“帝林大人,我赞同您的观点。这场卫国战争中,流风霜殿下对我们帮助很大,我们都对她心存感激。但现在,我们不能不有所警惕了。”明辉犹豫着,在座诸位统领中,他是与流风霜关系最密切的人。在抵御魔族对西北进攻的时候,西北紫川军与流风军并肩作战,浴血厮杀,一同进军。在生死鏖战中,两军将士不分你我,在同一口锅里吃饭,在同一个营帐中睡觉,亲密犹如兄弟。明辉更是与流风霜朝夕相处,他真切地感觉到了,流风霜是个光明磊落的人,她明朗的笑容就如水晶一般晶莹剔透。这当世奇女子,她天生就是在阳光下生长的,这样的人物,应该是与任何阴谋诡计绝缘的。看到明辉苦闷的样子,帝林柔声说:“明辉大人,不要忘记了自己的立场。您毕竟是紫川家的统领。”明辉一哆嗦,手被指上的香烟烫了一下。他当然明白帝林那句话暗蕴的意思,坐在自己面前的,是负责监视家族文武官员忠诚的总监察长。“二位大人说得都很有道理,”明辉低声说:“流风霜确实有点不对头,从她拖延时间不肯进入战场就可以看出来了。”会议上商定了一个作战方案:由斯特林率东南军、紫川秀率远东两军乘胜追击,寻觅卡顿皇子的主力决战,林冰率远东第三军和新组编的各个步兵师担任侧翼攻势。而帝林和明辉所部,则作为第二梯队的支援部队——统领们心下雪亮,所谓的第二梯队,就是专门针对流风霜防备她偷袭的。这时明辉才察觉有点不对,他疑惑道:“为何秀川大人没有参加这次会议?他也是统领。”帝林看了他一眼:“我没有通知他——他现在也没空。”帝林没有做任何解释。望着总监察长冷峻的脸,明辉吞了口水,不敢再问了。第268章帝国的黄昏战后余情。

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝。

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝。

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝。

帝林说得轻描淡写,但斯特林却知道,其中内情绝不止如此轻松。帝林是昨天才逼降的魔族十五军,丢下了十几万投降的魔族兵在身后,他本人率部直扑战场,看帝林和随行兵马的风尘仆仆黑着眼圈的疲惫样,肯定是昼夜赶路不曾歇息的。兵马昼夜赶路一百二十里,那是足可跑死马的速度了。若不是很必要紧迫,没人肯做这种高强度的急行军。斯特林知道,帝林是在未雨绸缪,做自己打输的准备。他是准备战事失利时接应斯特林和紫川秀往帝都方向撤退,准备抵挡魔神皇追击的。这个人人畏之如虎、冷酷无情的监察总长,对自己却是真切地关心。斯特林心下感动,低声说了声:“谢谢你,大哥。”帝林淡然笑笑,一切早已了然于心:“有什么好谢的。说说吧,情况怎样?我回去也好向殿下交差。”“魔族十一军被全歼,魔族第五军被全歼,魔族十六军投降,魔族第三军被击溃,跑掉了两万人,阿秀正在追击;唯一逃掉的是羽林军,云浅雪和卡兰带着兵马跑得快,不过估计羽林军也剩不下几个兵了;近卫旅被我们团团围住了,全歼只是时间问题了。至于敌方的首脑,裴玛被活抓了,凌步虚被打死,马维失踪,云浅雪和卡兰跑路了,叶尔马据说被远东军抓了。唯有魔神皇,至今还下落不明,有人说他跑了,有人说他被打死了。具体战利品和杀敌、俘敌数目还没法统计,但有一点是肯定的:魔族西侵军的主力,六个塞内亚番号的魔族军团主力,已全灭了!”随着斯特林的说话,他的部下们把缴获来的魔族旗帜一一插在土地上,插在那些被打死的魔族兵尸首旁边。清晨的微风吹拂,这些五颜六色的彩旗卷动着又吹开,魔族勇士们象被砍倒的木头一般躺在地上,脸孔朝天,脸色苍白,圆睁着无光的眼睛凝视着那飘扬的彩旗,彩旗也哗啦哗啦地飘动着,在这些好象是睡着的勇士上空飘舞。远方的地平线上,迎着早上的晨光,可以看到东南军的步兵们在拉动着缴获的魔族辎重,一列又一列,延绵不绝。帝林仔细地审视着那些旗帜,一面一面仔细看。旗帜上的图案五花八门,五颜六色。飞鸟,狮子,铁壁,巨人,昨天还飘扬在魔族大军头顶上的无数旗子,除了皇旗外,此刻已全部落到了人类血迹斑斑、胜利的手上。这些凝聚着魔族王国各部落历史上最光荣与骄傲的象征,如今象垃圾一般被人类统统扔到了帝林的脚下。看着这些旗帜,再看着那一眼望不到尽头的可怕战场,那堆积如山的尸骸,插在战场上的短戈残枪,就连那初升的丽日也被这战场染上了一层血红,冉冉升起。在晨光鲜艳的光亮中,他们可清楚地看到这片广袤的战场,自巴丹城下直到两边的辽阔延绵的高地、丛林间,到处是折断的长枪、砍刀和重剑,到处是燃烧的帐篷和辎重,人尸和马尸堆积如山,在尸山上还戳起了一只只手、脚,象插在那上面的旗帜。在这片血腥的战场上,积尸一望无边。帝林露出心旷神怡的陶醉,他庄重地说:“这是一次伟大的胜利,整个王国都仆倒在我们面前,历史上无可比拟。巴丹战役意义之巨大,无法形容!”他用力地拍着斯特林的肩头:“干得漂亮,斯特林,这活漂亮极了,任换哪个都干不出这么漂亮!人类第一名将的名头,谁也拿不走了!”斯特林谦逊地摇头:“大哥,我受之有愧。这场战役,我的贡献很少,若不是阿秀拖住了魔神皇和近卫旅,若不是流风霜及时到援,若不是你把魔族十五军给镇住,鹿死谁手,那还难说。何况,这场战斗伤亡惨重,我军大伤元气,已经很难说是胜利了。”“历史不会记住细节的。”帝林轻声慨叹道:“不会的。从来历史就只记得胜利者。”‘我现在只是担心魔神皇,一日不能除掉他,我们就一日不能安心。他不死,这场战役我们就不能说是完胜。现在他下落不明,不知是逃走还是被打死了。”“被杀,有可能;逃走,绝不可能。魔神皇高傲,眼高于顶,他不会容忍自己在一群凡人的面前逃跑的。”斯特林诧异地望着帝林:“为何你能如此确定?”帝林笑而不答。虽然与魔神皇只见过一面,但就在那惊鸿一督里,正如魔神皇感受到了帝林所蕴含烈火般炽热的野心那般,帝林同样亦感受了魔神皇那犹如孤峰白雪的高傲。此人有着不可动摇的内在,他的气质和风度,都在无声地体现出骄傲的特质。那个风华绝代的男子,不会因为任何外力而改变。怎能想象这样的男子,会因为战败而被人类追得狼狈逃窜?随着帝林一同抵达的,不但有八千精锐宪兵铁骑,更重要的是,他们带来了特种部队一零一师。该师曾在朗沧江战役中显示可怕的威力,大破流风军水师舰队,为紫川秀的胜利奠定基础。现在,这支紫川家秘密部队再次投入作战,宣告了魔族装甲兽残部的灭亡。再用不着步兵部队投入战场了,在远程投石车的轰击下,装甲兽仓促建造的阵地顷刻间烟飞云散。在密集的投石打击下,本打算死守的装甲兽军团再也坐不住了,他们冲出了自己的阵地,从高坡上蜂拥而下。“做好准备,上弦!”每十台弩机配备一名阵地指挥官。指挥官统统身着黑色的宪兵团制服,如同钉子一般戳在在一字摆开的弩机阵地前。高坡上涌来的那片乌云的惊人声势并没有给操作弩机的宪兵带来困扰,就如平常训练一般,宪兵们娴熟而迅速地把锋利的箭氏一排排地压进弩机的匣盒里,用特制的钢钳用力地拉开机弦,一片刺耳的机弦钢丝响声不绝于耳。响亮的口令声从阵地的各处不时响起:“一号机准备完毕!”“二号机准备完毕!”“八号机准备完毕!”“第一分队准备完毕!”“第二分队准备完毕!”“第十一分队准备完毕!”“启禀大人,五十八个分组全部做好准备了!”帝林下达了攻击命令:“齐射,然后各组自由射击。”一阵刺耳的哨声彻阵头,总攻击的讯号发布了!黑衣的指挥官们同时将手中高举的红色小旗猛力一挥,在一阵机械的咯吱响动声中,四百四十台弩机全速齐射!在这场金属风暴冲击下,正在冲锋的装甲兽群仿佛被一个无形的巨人用大梳猛然扫过,那些庞然大物轰然倒地的场景特别壮观,数以百计的装甲兽在巨大的嘶叫声中不甘地仆倒、翻滚,进攻的装甲兽队列中出现了无数的缺口,变得稀疏起来。“攻击有效!攻击有效!”前沿观察哨上传来了观测员颤抖的激动声音,阵头上响起了一片热烈的欢呼声,东南军和远东军士兵用使劲地吹口哨、跺脚等方式来表达他们心中的激动,半兽人则挥舞着大棒仰天长啸,阵头响彻一片热烈的欢呼,谁也想不到,这两天让远东军吃透苦头的装甲兽怪物,竟被帝林如此轻松地收拾了老大一片。一零一特种师的宪兵们对自己的战果无动于衷。他们那淡漠的表情,不象在战斗,倒象是工人在流水线上加工零件,他们机械地重复着同样的动作,装箭、推进、上弦、观测、瞄准、发射,于是四百多台弩机就象一座喷发的火山,密集而不间断地向装甲兽们倾泻着金属打击,带来的是恐怖的死亡、惨叫和鲜血。“一排十二箭连发,能连发,也能单发,四百米射程,能穿透装甲兽硬皮,熟练操作人员重装时间为两分钟,平均三分半钟能发射一排。。。”听着斥候回报的弩机数据,流风家将帅们沉默不语,脸色阴晴不定。熟悉战事的他们当然能看出,今日对付装甲兽的利器,他日同样能拿来对付流风家的骑兵——或者,这种高效率的杀戮武器根本就是制造来针对流风家的轻骑兵冲锋的,只是阴差阳错,魔族的装甲兽先尝到了苦头。心算速度最快的英木兰少将很快得出了结果:“理论上说,只要只有一百五十台这样的弩机轮番发射,就能遏止五千人的骑兵冲锋,只有极少数运气最好的骑兵能冲到阵前肉搏。若我们把骑兵数目提高一倍,则敌人只需把弩机数目提高到两百五十台就可以阻止我们。殿下,以后我们得对紫川家谨慎些了。”“混蛋!”萧元中将喝道:“英木兰,你在胡说着什么!我们无坚不摧的骑兵阵岂是敌人这些破烂机械能阻挡的?你在长紫川家的威风,灭自己志气!他们的弩机移动缓慢,集结更是困难,迅疾如风的流风骑兵岂是行动缓慢的装甲兽能比拟的!”“萧元将军说的有一定道理。”流风霜沉吟说:“紫川家远程武器威力奇大,但在他们运输、集结和布置阵地都需要准备时间。在他们集结前,若能以精锐骑兵加以偷袭,未必不能取得胜利。对上这种武器,正面冲锋是愚蠢的,应回避其锋芒,用迂回的方式进攻其腹背。但无论如何,我们不得不承认,在兵种优势方面,紫川家已经超越了我们,在这样的武器面前,我们惯用的大规模骑兵冲锋战术,已经不再适合了。与魔族的战争让紫川家伤亡惨重,但也锻造了百万精锐的紫川军,他们的军事力量空前强大,若我们还死守着过去势均力敌的死板观点,我们会死得很难看的。时代已经变了。”伴随着流风霜这句轻声感叹的,是传来的装甲兽那一阵又一阵的惨叫嘶鸣声。弩机对上流风家骑兵是否奏效,那还得靠实战来检验,但对上装甲兽这种行动缓慢的近战兵种来说,这简直就是一场屠杀了。哀鸿遍野,在冲锋的路程上,躺满了受伤和死亡的装甲兽士兵。那些强悍的装甲兽士兵,即使受伤也不肯服软发出一声呻吟,只是不断地发出愤怒的咆哮,只要有一口气的,都要继续前进。他们在迎着如雨的箭雨前进,头顶是密集的投石落下,燃烧瓶,火弹,密密麻麻,倾泻如雨点,不止不歇。越是接近人类的阵地,打击便越是密集,倒下的士兵便越是稠密。遭受着可怕的打击,近卫旅仍在前进,行列整齐,神情镇定。同伴一个接一个在身边倒下,悍不畏死的近卫旅士兵仍在前进,对魔神皇传奇般忠诚和信仰使得他们无惧死亡。士兵们都知道,他们是不可能冲到敌人阵地前的,敌人连肉搏战的机会都不会留给他们,不能浴血奋战,在激烈的厮杀中与敌人一同倒地,只能在那些嗖嗖尖叫的飞铁面前无力地倒下。每前进一步,队列便要缩小一些。所有的军队都溃逃了,所有的友军都在逃跑,唯有近卫旅仍旧往前进,越走越近危险,越走越近死亡。绝没有一个人迟疑,绝没有一个人胆怯,王国已经倾覆,那支军队甘愿赴死。队列中再次响起了歌声:“翻越高山,踏过大地,穿过沙漠,跨越河流,征服敌人,杀敌!杀敌!如你的威名震撼,如你的荣光沐浴,近卫旅,神族之剑,近卫旅,王国骄傲,近卫旅,大魔神的骄宠儿!”就在那歌声中,近卫旅猛扑向前,那排山倒海的欢呼直震得地面都在颤抖。在震天的歌声中,近卫旅巍然前进,冒着如雨的箭雨,士兵们一个接一个地倒地,他们那庞大身躯覆盖了褐色的大地,鲜血浇进了巴丹城郊的荒野里。近卫旅,魔神王国最后的军旅,最后的骄傲。人类的将军们都站在高处,屏息静气。看着敌人的军阵从开始的壮观直到最后的寥寥无几,看到领头的装甲兽巨人浑身上下插满了箭枝却依然高举着被射成了破布的近卫旅军旗,看着那些倒地的巨人在地上翻滚着挣扎着向前一步步爬行前进,在地上留下的长长血痕,将帅们悚然动容。两万多装甲兽全部倒在了冲锋的道上,尸体堆得比人还高,只剩寥寥几个踉踉跄跄前进的伤兵,歌声断断续续,仍然不绝:“。。。近卫旅,王国的骄傲,近卫旅,魔神的骄宠。。。”看到这样的军旅,即使连占据了优势的敌人也油然起了尊敬之心。斯特林喃喃说:“出色!”流风霜赞叹:“无以伦比!”面对如此坚贞卓绝的军人们,战胜者也不免感到一种无言的恐怖。只剩下最后一个装甲兽战士,身上插满了箭枝,脸上淌着血,肚子上被射穿了一个大洞,可以看到青色的肠子,他一手捂着肚子痛苦地前进。帝林挥手,于是弩机队停止了射击,一时寂静无声。他踉踉跄跄,犹如喝醉酒般蹒跚前进。在数万人类军队的注视下,这个身高两米的巨人蹒跚前行,走到了弩机阵地前。担心这个怪物突然爆起毁坏了珍贵的弩机,担任护卫的宪兵想用长枪去杀死他,但帝林却阻止了:“让他看吧——他有这个资格。”于是,所有的操作手和护卫都退开了。装甲兽巨人好奇地站到一台弩机前面,粗糙的大手轻柔地抚摩着弩机那冰冷而光滑的钢铁表面。装甲兽巨人流露出孩子般天真和好奇,小心翼翼地摸着弩机的发射孔、支架和躯干,看着成排地散落地上的箭羽和铁钳工具。面对人类先进的科技文明,他的眼中流露困惑和迷茫,他不能理解,为何这些看起来一点也不锋利和不可怕的东西,却能在顷刻间毁灭了自己最勇敢最坚强的战士?这时候,帝林认出了这个重伤濒死的装甲兽。他走上前来,冲他喊道:“雷欧军团长,投降吧!”装甲兽闻声望来,发现了被众人簇拥着的帝林。疑惑的神色在他眼中一闪而逝,取而代之的是喷发的怒火:雷欧也认出了曾觐见过魔神皇的人类,此人是毁灭魔神王国的元凶!“嗷~”雷欧大吼一声,爆发了最后的生命潜力,要向帝林冲来。但宪兵们早已警戒森严,十架弩机同时发射,上百支利箭雨点般打在雷欧身上,那巨大的冲力将他整个人打翻在地。遭受重创的雷欧努力想爬起,但手脚都被射断了。他愤怒地发出了一声长嘶,仰天喊叫道:“赛穆德拉西马!”第二轮弓箭到了,强劲的箭矢将他硬生生地钉在了地上,魔神王国的装甲兽统帅圆睁双眼,吞下了最后一口气,他最后的吼声在巴丹郊外辽阔的原野上慢慢消逝,所有人都听到了。“那句话是什么意思?”流风霜轻声问。英木兰耸耸肩:“抱歉,殿下,我不懂魔族语。”“在塞内亚语里面,这句话的大致意思是:‘魔族王国将永生不灭。’”一个浑身血污的青年军人从他们身后走来,他专注地看着雷欧倒地的身躯,目光中流露出复杂的感情,似是悲哀,又象庆幸。听到那个清朗又充满了磁性的声音,流风霜霍然转身,目不转睛地望着这个身影,使劲地盯着那张布满了血污、油汗和胡子茬的脸,一向镇定的她竟在微微颤抖,眼中充满了惊喜。“你是谁?你怎么进来的?”英木兰警惕地冲他喝,手已按到了刀把上。真是邪门,他想,元帅所在,警备森严。这个穿着紫川家军官服的年轻人是怎么混进来的?那个青年军官冲英木兰灿烂一笑,露出了洁白的牙齿:“英木兰将军,您不记得我了吗?”“你是。。。”英木兰疑惑地看着他,看着这个青年军人,他觉得对方真有点面熟。他脱口而出:“紫川统领!”流风霜俏立原地,静静地注视着眼前的人。用一块手帕抹开了头脸上的血汗,剑眉星目的英俊男子正在含笑看着她,心上人的俊朗依然。在唇边多了一抹黑色的胡子茬,给他平添了几分成熟的男儿气质。她望着他,心神俱醉。那被思念煎熬的每个日日夜夜,他的形象那么鲜明的出现在自己梦中。想到心上人在万里之外与凶残的魔族周旋,自己为他忧心得夜不能眠。突然间,他的真人就那么出现了,让她产生了一种错觉,此刻究竟是现实还是在梦中呢?她轻轻地开口了:“阿秀?”“是我。”紫川秀温柔地凝视着她:“谢谢你,霜。”两人目光交错,用眼神,紫川秀无声地道谢:“你答应我援救紫川家,你做到了;我也遵守了我的承诺,我活着回到了你身边。”“真的是你?”“是我。”流风霜颤抖地伸出手,抚摸着紫川秀的脸,摸着他那瘦削的脸庞,那粗糙的胡子茬,那温暖的双唇,地望着他那明朗而充满笑意的眼睛,是的,就是这样的眼睛,温馨而充满关怀,除了他,再没有人有这样的眼睛了。紫川秀静静地站在原地,任着她摸着脸。他流露温柔的目光,轻声说:“你憔悴了。”感觉手指上传来了真实的触感,确认眼前看到的并非做梦,泪水无声地从她双眼流出来了。多少刀光剑影,多少风霜雪夜,朗沧江一别,似乎还是昨日的事。转眼间,一年过去了。在这令世界震撼的一年里,发生了多少事啊!魔族的入侵,紫川家遭受重创,远东军队的崛起,流风军与紫川家化敌为友,魔族由盛而衰直到眼前的灭亡,沧海桑田的变幻中,数以百万的人死亡,千载不灭的家国沦亡。在这战火纷飞的乱世,相去万里的两个爱人还能活着重逢,那是多么了不起的奇迹。站在旁边默默地看着这一对情侣,不知怎么的,英木兰也感觉自己鼻孔一酸,只想落泪。他悄悄地移开脚步想离开,但紫川秀却叫住了他:“英木兰,你留下吧。我这就要走了。”流风霜一惊,不由自主地抓住了紫川秀的手。英木兰会意,出声挽留道:“紫川大人,您是我们的好朋友,很久没见了,大伙都很想念您,大捷再加上久别重逢,那是难得的双喜啊?不如在我们这多耽搁一会?我去找两瓶好酒过来,大伙喝上庆贺一番!”流风霜虽然没有出声,但她的手却抓得更加用力,挽留之意已在眼中流露无遗了。紫川秀无奈地苦笑:“庆祝自然是庆祝的,但不是现在。还有很多扫尾工作,我的营中有上万的伤员需要照顾,抓到的魔族军俘虏也需要安顿,还有抢来的魔族辎重战利品要分配——我若不过去,帝林和斯特林两个家伙会吞得一干二净,连渣子都不会留给我——最重要的是,魔神皇还没有下落。若找不到他,这场仗我们就很难说是全胜。”流风霜微蹙秀眉:“近卫旅已被全歼了,魔神皇还没有下落?”“这也正是我奇怪的。”紫川秀答道:“若魔神皇活着,他不该这么长时间地无声无息。”其实,这个疑问不单是紫川秀的困惑,也是紫川家所有参战将帅的困惑。大战虽然获胜,但魔神皇下落不明,这成了悬在将军们头上的一把利剑。军队疲惫不堪,但还不能休息,士兵们必须在整个战场上巡逻、搜查,抓捕魔族溃兵。各个师团、团队都被告知,必须要警惕一个魔族皇族,除了瞳孔是蓝色外,他的外貌与人类一般无二,能讲述流利的人类语言。为防止此人穿着人类军服伪装出逃,执行战场任务的人类官兵必须十人一组,凡是遇到落单的官兵都必须盘查,有嫌疑的就当场扣起来。远东军的半兽人成了香宝宝了,因为再怎么乔装打扮,魔神皇也不可能扮成半兽人的样子脱身,于是半兽人就成为最没有嫌疑的兵员。在斯特林和帝林的联合要求下,紫川秀派出了手上所有的半兽人团队进行战场搜索。由于担心魔神皇的可怕战力,紫川秀要求士兵们一旦遭遇了突发情况,先不要忙着战斗,最要紧的是迅速脱离接触,第一时间发出警报。“只需发现魔神皇就是大功一件,千万不要贪功逞强!”紫川秀切切叮嘱部下们:“魔神皇不是人力可以对付的,对付他,必须要靠一零一师这样的特种部队才行!”不用紫川秀唠叨,团队长也知道谨慎。魔神皇单枪匹马杀入了远东军阵斩将夺旗的那一刻大伙都还记忆犹新呢,他恐怖的战斗力给整个远东军都留下了深刻印象。搜索行动一直持续到了下午三点多,德昆的部队第一个报告了好消息:“发现魔神皇了!”当时紫川家的统领们正在商议军国大事——至少,他们是有过这个企图的。斯特林以军务处长的名义召集紫川秀、帝林和明辉等三位统领开联席会议,商议大战之后的安排。但进帐坐下没到五分钟,紫川秀就打起了响亮的呼噜了。统领们苦笑着,都看到了对方那鲜明的黑眼眶。松弛下来后,睡眠的诱惑简直大得无法抵挡。而同样的,明辉和帝林也是昼夜赶路,谁都没能好好睡一觉。帝林干脆说:“还开什么鸟会,大伙睡一觉是正虱。”斯特林有点犹豫:“不好吧?军队都还在坚持,各部队都还在搜索魔神皇,我们关门偷懒,这个影响好象不怎么好。。。”明辉:“就我们四个,外面谁知道?都以为我们在研究重大军事决策呢,谁敢闯进来?”睡着的紫川秀当然没办法发表意见,不过他用响亮的呼噜声表达了他对明辉大人的赞成。坚决的三票对犹豫的一票,军务处迅速通过了一个重大决议:关上门睡觉!都是累透的人了,大伙躺倒就睡着了,直到外面有人喊:“启禀大人,发现魔神皇了!”四位统领同时被惊醒。紫川秀第一时间扑到门口:“他在哪里?快调部队过去包围!”“在装甲兽大营里!”快马疾尘,统领们飞快地朝着一处高坡奔驰而去,那是装甲兽军团突围后最后据守的阵地。闻风赶到的秀字营和半兽人部队已经把那里给封锁了,大队的半兽人全副武装地把守着装甲兽营地的各个路口。“大人,”看到紫川秀和其他几位统领联袂到来,德昆快步上来冲紫川秀行了礼:“是我们先发现了魔神皇!大人,这可真是很不容易啊。。。”看他那罗罗嗦嗦的样子,好象很乐意把功劳和辛苦给摆上一番的,可惜紫川秀此刻心焦如焚,哪有时间听他唠叨,直截了当地问道:“魔神皇在哪里?你给带路吧,快!”当紫川秀进去时,他看到,在营帐之间的空地上躺着一个人。看到这个人,紫川秀的第一感觉是他还没死,只是静静地睡着了。午后的清风轻轻吹拂他额前的散发,温馨的阳光照暖暖地洒在他英俊而苍白的脸上,在秀气而修长的眼睫毛下留下了淡淡的剪影。他穿着淡紫色的王国军服,衣裳整洁,双手安详地互握在腹上。几乎看不到伤口,只有他身下洁白的斗篷被鲜血浸出了很大一块,才让人察觉到他脖子上那一丝细微的伤口——谁都不敢想象,就那么细细的一丝伤口,竟能流出那么多的血。然后,紫川秀回头望向帝林,却见帝林专注地望着地上躺着的人,良久,他凝重而缓缓地点头,轻声说:“是他。”然后,他庄重地抬手解下了自己的军帽,对着地上的人轻轻鞠身。当代最伟大的战士,最强大帝国的君皇,也是最骄傲的勇士,已永久地长眠了。他的佩剑,那把令远东军闻风丧胆的光华剑静静地插在他脑袋旁的地上,剑刃如流波般闪着光。明辉蹲下身小心地查看了魔神皇的伤口,又摸着他的颈部脉搏。良久,他起身说:“魔神皇死了大概五个钟头,死因是切断颈部动脉的那一道细而深的剑痕。依他的武功,应该是自尽。”斯特林和帝林对视一眼,心下都已了然。五个钟头前,那就是装甲兽发起最后冲锋的时候。魔神皇把麾下最后一支军队派向了死亡,他自己也选择了自尽。看着魔神皇的尸体,斯特林不无惆怅:“在昨天,这个人还以为自己能成为大陆之主呢。”“其实,依他的武功,杀出重围并不困难。”紫川秀说:“重整兵马再战,未必就不能胜。”“不可能的。”帝林惋惜地看着魔神皇:“若是逃了,他就不是魔神皇了。”站在敌对的立场,甚至还恨他入骨,但谁都不得不承认,惊才绝艳,风华绝代,雄才大谋,野心滔天,傲骨铮铮,以上所有的词语都不足以形容魔神皇卡特。这样的人物,从前的历史上没有过这样的人,未来也不会再有了。跟在帝林之后,斯特林、紫川秀、明辉也脱下了帽子,对魔神皇的尸体鞠躬。魔神皇充满了诗人的忧郁情怀和帝国君皇的野心,高傲,威严,强大然而又是最脆弱的。他不能承受任何失败和挫折。虽然他身为最强大的战士和帝皇,但本质上,他只是个还带有孩子气的骄傲青年而已。“魔神皇?”“自尽。”有人在纸上用红笔将“卡特”的名字划了一个红×。“凌步虚?”“战死。”于是西南将军的名字也被划了一个红×。“裴玛?”“被俘。”“叶尔马?”“被俘。”“雷欧?”“战死。”“云浅雪?”“逃亡。”“卡兰?”“逃亡。”红色的×在纸上越划越多,塞内亚族首脑们一个接一个被点了名,只是在最后一个名字时,明辉统领住了手,犹豫道:“卡顿?”帝林直接地说:“此人不足为患。”斯特林不解:“为什么?据说卡顿麾下有三十万大军,应是我们的最大对手。”“卡顿手中兵马是不少,但无论器量、才干和魄力,他都与去世的魔神皇相去甚远。此人属志大才疏之辈,虽然一时强势,但却不足成为我们的对手。”拿起了那张打满了红×的名单,帝林扫了一眼,说:“还漏了一个人,他才是我们的真正威胁。比起他,卡顿连只兔子都算不上。”斯特林诧异地抬起头:“塞内亚族军团长级以上的所有贵族名字都列在上面,我们还漏了谁?”“他不是贵族,但比起塞内亚的任何贵族都更危险!”“谁?”“黑沙军师。”“啊!”斯特林一拍额头:“真的!我怎么把他给遗漏了?会战时他好象就没出现过!”“黑沙军师?他是谁?”明辉问道。他一直在西部,与魔族打仗不多,对魔族上层的了解并不多。“怎么说呢?”斯特林斟酌着用词:“这样形容吧,若说魔神皇是魔族王国灵魂的话,那黑沙军师就是王国的大脑了!”“魔族王国的大脑,这话说得好!”帝林笑笑,神色立即转为严肃:“黑沙军师这个人物,即使在魔族国内也算是神秘的异类。我审讯过叶尔马了,结果很让人吃惊:在王国的最高决策层中,黑沙军师的影响力比我们估计得要大得多,他的权力大得恐怖:他可以决定对军团长的任命、直接调动除了近卫旅和羽林军以外的任何魔族军队、一言可定将军们生死,甚至可以影响魔族皇储继位人选!从七八零年的远东战争开始直到七八四年的魔族破瓦仑关,魔族所有的重大军事胜利背后都有他的身影,他策划一切,魔神皇对他言听计从,将军们在他面前都不敢大声喘气,他们怕他怕得象火!在魔族朝廷,他的威望仅次于魔神皇——这样的人物,岂是卡顿那庸才能比拟的,我们应该庆幸,指挥那三十万魔族军队的是卡顿而不是他。”斯特林不住地点头赞同,七八零年,他是亲身吃过黑沙军师的苦头了,一百三十六万魔族军对远东的大规模袭击,事先竟然一点风声也泄漏不出,魔族的各个军团雷霆万钧地杀来,六十四万远东紫川军连稍微抵抗一下都办不到,三天就全线崩溃了——如此周密的策划,空前的大迂回大包抄作战方式,各部队目标明确,行动迅速,这与魔族一贯简单直接粗鲁的厮杀方式实在相去太远,这场大战役很明显有黑沙军师背后操盘的痕迹。斯特林感到奇怪,自从魔族破瓦仑关进入人类世界以后,魔族的行动就失去了先前的精确和犀利了。奥斯会战中,各个军团各自为战,互不合作;而随后帝都会战中军团长们更是犯下低级的失误,军队表现混乱,接着魔族又放弃了帝都而选择攻打西北——这样轻易更改作战目标显示了魔族在战略层面的缺失和混乱,他们缺乏清晰的长期指导和目标。帝林为斯特林解释了疑惑:“叶尔马招供了,自魔族军入关以后,黑沙军师就没在魔族宫廷中再出现过——魔族失去了自己的大脑。”“原来如此!”斯特林恍然。他问:“什么原因呢?难道塞内亚皇族与黑沙军师决裂了?”“那就不是我们能了解的了。叶尔马虽然是高级军官,但与黑沙军师有关的所有情报都是绝密,只有皇室能掌握。”虽然对黑沙军师和塞内亚皇室之间的关系很感兴趣,但这毕竟不是会议的正题。黑沙厉害,但他手上没兵;虽然被帝林形容为“不足为患”,但当前紫川家最大的敌人仍然是卡顿和他所率领的三十万魔族军队,对于疲惫的紫川军来说,这批骄兵悍将是不容轻视的敌人。会议进行得并不顺利——并非因为卡顿强得令紫川家统领们棘手,大伙连魔神皇都收拾了,卡顿再强也强不过他老子——困扰大家的是另外的事情,一个本来不应成为问题的问题。明辉统领在做报告:“西北军抵达战场的时候是昨日清晨九时,我本意立即投入战斗,但流风霜殿下说部队尚未休整完毕,直到午后三时才参战。”“六个小时。”帝林说:“流风霜足足拖延了六个小时!这究竟是必要的休整,还是她有意拖延?明辉大人,您觉得呢?”明辉:“昼夜急行军近百里,要说部队需要休整恢复战力,这也说得过去。”斯特林冷冷说:“但这要看在什么时候了。”想起昨日上午战斗的惨烈,他如今仍心有余悸。军队伤亡殆尽,明知道只要再加一个师就有可能冲垮云浅雪的防线,但当时确实是连一个满员的中队都找不出来了。他本人亲自到一线去集拢那些被打残的部队,带着几千名伤兵组成敢死队冲锋四次,连身为统领之尊的他都杀得满身溅血,至于远东军那边的凄惨,那就更不用说了,紫川秀连眼泪都流不出来了——在这反复拉锯相持不下的时候,一个骑兵大队都有可能决定整个战场的形势。就在这时,流风霜握着整整二十五万大军藏着树林里,看着东南军、远东军与魔族打得遍体鳞伤不加援手,直到眼看魔族和紫川军已衰弱到了极点,失血失到再也流不出来的地步了,流风霜才施施然地带着她的无敌军团登上战场。“在巴丹会战之前,魔神皇是大陆公敌,流风霜必须与我们联手才能抵御他;但魔神皇一死,一个残破的魔族王国已不足以威胁流风家的安全了,这种情况下,流风殿下的态度就有可能暧昧了。无端猜疑自己的盟友并非君子所为,尤其是这个盟友刚刚帮了我们一个大忙,幸好我帝林并非君子,历来我都是习惯做恶人的。不能不承认这个事实,如今,与魔族联手符合流风家的利益。尽管流风霜未必能卑鄙到马维那样的程度,但我们不得不做最坏的打算,反正,我是不惮从最坏的角度来考虑人的。诸位大人,若你们是流风殿下,你会怎样做呢?”众人默默地思量,若自己是流风霜,这种情况下该怎么办?两不相帮保持中立还算是比较有良心的,对流风家最有利的,流风霜干脆就与魔族联手,当紫川军与卡顿交战时,她从背后对紫川军猛然一击,当紫川军主力崩溃后,她大可悠然地扫荡朗沧江以西的紫川家领土,将西北的蓝城直到西南的旦雅统统收入流风家版图。斯特林掐灭了手中的香烟,点头:“帝林大人,我赞同您的观点。这场卫国战争中,流风霜殿下对我们帮助很大,我们都对她心存感激。但现在,我们不能不有所警惕了。”明辉犹豫着,在座诸位统领中,他是与流风霜关系最密切的人。在抵御魔族对西北进攻的时候,西北紫川军与流风军并肩作战,浴血厮杀,一同进军。在生死鏖战中,两军将士不分你我,在同一口锅里吃饭,在同一个营帐中睡觉,亲密犹如兄弟。明辉更是与流风霜朝夕相处,他真切地感觉到了,流风霜是个光明磊落的人,她明朗的笑容就如水晶一般晶莹剔透。这当世奇女子,她天生就是在阳光下生长的,这样的人物,应该是与任何阴谋诡计绝缘的。看到明辉苦闷的样子,帝林柔声说:“明辉大人,不要忘记了自己的立场。您毕竟是紫川家的统领。”明辉一哆嗦,手被指上的香烟烫了一下。他当然明白帝林那句话暗蕴的意思,坐在自己面前的,是负责监视家族文武官员忠诚的总监察长。“二位大人说得都很有道理,”明辉低声说:“流风霜确实有点不对头,从她拖延时间不肯进入战场就可以看出来了。”会议上商定了一个作战方案:由斯特林率东南军、紫川秀率远东两军乘胜追击,寻觅卡顿皇子的主力决战,林冰率远东第三军和新组编的各个步兵师担任侧翼攻势。而帝林和明辉所部,则作为第二梯队的支援部队——统领们心下雪亮,所谓的第二梯队,就是专门针对流风霜防备她偷袭的。这时明辉才察觉有点不对,他疑惑道:“为何秀川大人没有参加这次会议?他也是统领。”帝林看了他一眼:“我没有通知他——他现在也没空。”帝林没有做任何解释。望着总监察长冷峻的脸,明辉吞了口水,不敢再问了。第268章帝国的黄昏战后余情。

夜是肃穆的,无数无计的星辰,璀璨于天际,映照得苍穹一片玫红。巨大的皎洁圆月静静地挂在半空,给战场笼上了一层白芒。巴丹城侧的一处高坡上,一对男女在相互偎依地坐在一起。偎依在他肩头,流风霜正在安静地听紫川秀说着话,明澈的眼睛泛着淡淡的光华。她安静地垂着头,倾听着紫川秀的说话,神情波澜不动。她不时又抬起头,静静看着他的侧脸,那分明的轮廓,那消瘦、疲惫的面孔,额上两道淡淡的皱纹。这让流风霜感到,有一种沧桑已闯进了心上人生命里,并从此无法离开。没见面之前,她在有很多话想当面向他倾吐,但不知为何,当真正见到他人,呼吸着他温馨的体息,她忽然觉得,这样就足够了。大多数时候,都只是紫川秀说,说着分别时候发生的事,过去的苦难,未来的日子,峥嵘岁月里的风霜雨雪。象很多话,外人看来都很无聊的,他却不厌其烦地反复说啊说啊,流风霜微笑着倾听,丝毫没有流露不耐。但更多的时候,两人却只是默默地偎依着,沉默,让晚风静静地掠过身边,吹拂了斗篷的长襟。“冷吗?”流风霜微笑着摇头,紫川秀于是脱下了深蓝色的将军大衣,披在流风霜肩头。她把带着他体息和温度的大衣紧紧地将自己裹起来,嘴角露出了微笑:这很象心上人的大手紧紧地将自己拥抱啊!想到这个念头,她羞涩地低下了头,却听到紫川秀轻声说:“后天,我们就要开拔了。”流风霜一震,低声说:“这么快?又要去打仗了?”猜出了流风霜的心思,紫川秀安慰她说:“不必担心。不会再有巴丹这样的苦仗了,魔族已不成气候了。”“这次的目标又是谁呢?”“卡顿亲王。只要把他打垮了,战争就结束了。”“你们这么有信心?据说卡顿可是统率了三十万大军啊,未必就比魔神皇的军队少。特别现在,远东军和东南军为消灭魔神皇都是伤亡惨重。”“现在已不是七八一年了,人类占领了战略优势。虽然我军伤亡很大,但我们的补充也来得快,与后方的补给道路已经打通了,来自帝都的增援会源源不断地抵达,无论是兵力还是技术装备上,我们都超出卡顿不下一个档次,更何况巴丹会战不但打掉了魔族的主力军团,更打掉了魔族的信心——其实,我不怎么相信会发生第二次大会战。只要卡顿智力正常,看到魔神皇垮台,他应该立即夹起尾巴跑了。收复国土,并不是很困难的事。”“然后呢?”“然后?”二十四岁的青年将军踌躇满志地微笑了:“为追击敌寇,我不惧天涯海角,犁扫狼穴,剑顷血海,平荡魔神堡,铲除战争余蘖,为人类千年的苦难报仇雪恨,这是历史赋予当代军人的使命。”默默地看着紫川秀,英武的青年军人显出了坚定的自信,那种专注于自己事业的男人自有一种莫名的魅力,流风霜看得心神惧醉。她轻声问:“再然后呢?”默默地看着她,紫川秀温柔地说:“接着,我来娶你回家。”流风霜轻轻点头,轻轻扑进了紫川秀怀中。两人都没有说话,在那鏖杀激战后折矛断枪遍地的战场上,一对恋人相互偎依着坐在高高的山坡上,皎洁的大圆月在他们身后升起。战争是一场再残酷不过的竞赛,胜利者可以引颈高歌,失败者却只有黯然退场的份——前提是他们能保住一条性命来。比起将近四十万战死在沙场的同僚来说,可以黯然退场的魔族败兵们还是比较幸运的。在巴丹会战的最后阶段,云浅雪随着第三军的败部突围。与卡兰皇子向东南方突围不同,第三军选择了正面突破远东阵线冲出重围。这是一场残酷的血战,被远东军象狼狗一般狠狠追击了一夜,到天亮时,突围的三万官兵剩余不到一半。魔族残兵溃逃到了叶丹城周边,这里虽然已被人类占领了,但并没有人类的大部队驻扎。面对大片的魔族溃兵,城中居民和警备队都明智地选择关上城门,不去招惹这群战败的野兽们。云浅雪是被凌厉的清晨寒风给吹醒的,醒来时,他只觉周身酸疼得厉害,头疼欲裂,嗓子里干渴得象是有一团火在烧,眼皮沉重得象压得几千斤铅球。他痛苦地呻吟一声:“水!”恍惚中,有人给他嘴边凑上了一个铁质的水壶。闻到了水惺的味道,他用颤抖的手贪婪抓住了壶嘴,大口大口地吞着水。但第一口只喝了一半,他就吐了出来:壶里的水又臭又腥,带有一种难闻的泥土和血腥混杂的味道。有人在耳边低声说:“大人,克服一下,实在没地方找水了。”云浅雪心下明白,强忍着恶心再吞下了一口水,却再也喝不下第三口了。他无力地躺下,感觉身子象在坐船一样晃动着,于是知道自己是在被人用担架扛着前进,在那有节奏的晃动中,他陷入了半醒半昏迷的恍惚状态中。当云浅雪第二次醒来时候,已是当天午后了。从担架边上望出去,担架下面的褐色的道路无休无止地滑过,染着初冬颜色的光秃秃的小树林中,最后残留的几片叶子在盘旋飞转。冷风不住地从前路吹过来,带着初冬凛冽的寒意。初升的阳光洒落田野上,远方的大片树林出现在初冬的蔚蓝耀眼的天空下,大队的魔族兵散落地行进着。躺在担架上,贪婪地望着眼前的景色,一瞬间,云浅雪陷入了莫名的迷惘中。这是在哪里?我为什么在这里?我又是谁?恍惚了好一阵,他才从记忆中搜索到了事实。我是王国的驸马亲王云浅雪。自己如何受伤的?实在想不起来了,只记得在黑暗中那一片混乱,火光、刀光剑影、惨叫和厮杀,自己究竟如何受伤昏迷,又如何被人用担架扛着前进,那些事已经完全在记忆中失去了踪迹。他在担架里举起了手,喊道:“停!”有人快步向他跑来,凑到他跟前:“羽林大人,您醒了?”“你是。。。”看着面前面熟的魔族军官,云浅雪却怎样也想不起他的名字来。军官作自我介绍:“下官苏木,是卡丹公主殿下的卫队长。”“我记得你。”云浅雪想起来了,问:“公主殿下与我们在一起吗?我怎么会和你们在一起的?”“大人,昨晚突围时很混乱,我们与公主殿下失散了。我们回头去找,却再也找不到公主殿下了,却在道边发现了您。您当世受了伤,昏迷不醒,我们就自作主张拿担架把您抬着走了。大人,您感觉好些了吗?”看苏木队长忐忑不安的表情,神色惴惴的。再看身边的几个魔族兵惶惶的神情,云浅雪明白他们在想什么了。按照王国军法,皇族的护卫丢下保护的对象独自逃生,那是大罪,按刑罚得五马分尸。卫队丢了卡丹,他们多半是害怕军法责罚,想把自己救回去也好将功赎罪吧。“明白了。”云浅雪平静地说。他心里恼恨苏木等人没有保护好卡丹,却知道,在这兵荒马乱的逃亡路上,这支卫队是自己生命的唯一保障了。若不能安抚好他们,自己休想平安回国。“苏木队长,昨晚那种混乱情况,谁也没办法的。保护不了卡丹公主,那也是天意吧。你放心,只要我能活着回去,将来有什么麻烦,我一力替你们承担了。”听云浅雪这么说,围在他身边的魔族兵都露出了如释重负的轻松表情,苏木甚至笑了起来:“谢谢大人您了。大人您休息吧,我们定会保护您安全回去的。”云浅雪点头,他也没力气追问苏木“回去”到底是指回哪里了。若在一天前,回去的答案是很明确的:“回到陛下的身边。”但现在,陛下死了。自己的妻子卡丹公主也死了。“陛下死了。。。”云浅雪陷入了极度的恐惧和混乱,他怎么想也无法接受这个事实,就像无法接受天空失去太阳一般。恍惚中,泪水打湿了云浅雪的衣襟。他真切地感觉到了痛楚:魔神王国已不复存在。自己拥有的一切,高贵的地位,权势,美丽的妻子,自小所熟悉的一切,此刻都已不复存在了。那种感觉,就象天崩地裂,脚下可靠的大地寸寸粉碎,整个人飘荡在空中,不得着地。胡思乱想也不知过了多久,云浅雪才想到了自己的使命:陛下临终给自己嘱托,将皇旗交给皇子殿下,辅助新君登上皇位,重振国运——这是陛下交托自己的遗命啊!想到卡兰皇子,云浅雪如快被溺死的人抓到了一根稻草,整个人振奋起来了。虽然皇子有许多不是的地方,两人不久前还发生激烈的冲突,但如今,他却成了云浅雪唯一的希望了。到下午,云浅雪已清醒过来了,躺在摇晃的担架上思考着前程去向。分手时,卡兰皇子叮嘱自己到塔伦城会合,云浅雪已打定了主意:“要与卡兰皇子会合,那是肯定的。但在与皇子会合之前,最好能收拢一些兵力,不然自己只得一个光棍司令两手空空地到塔伦城去,会被卡兰那个坏蛋笑话的!”云浅雪找来苏木队长,向他询问队伍的情况。苏木报告说,公主的卫队本来有近千人,但大部分士兵都在混乱时失散了,现在还聚拢在身边的仅仅只有一百五十三名士兵。“那些人呢?”云浅雪指着与他们一同前进的大群魔族士兵:“他们是哪部分的?谁是他们的带队指挥官?”“他们?”望着身后蹒跚而行的魔族官兵们,苏木苦笑道:“他们都是被打垮的散兵。没有带队指挥官,没有纪律,虽然有好几千人,但却只是一盘散沙。他们纪律很坏,有些人甚至还想抢夺我们的食物和武器,但被我们打退了。”“那他们为什么跟着我们?”“现在大家都不知道该怎么办,都是跟着别人走。”“想办法,把他们组织起来。王国正值危难之秋,每一个兵员都是珍贵的。士兵们只是暂时被打垮了斗志和士气,但只要给他们希望,缓过气来,他们还是好样的战士。”苏木有点犹豫,云浅雪加重了语气:“苏木队长,这一路都是人类敌占区,要回到瓦仑要塞,单靠我们这一百多号人是不够的,任何一个城市的守备队都能把我们轻易拿下,我们甚至都走不到巴特利城。但若能把散落在外的魔族官兵组织起来,我们能组成几个团队,甚至一个军团,一路攻城掠地打回去!”苏木对云浅雪的说法不以为然。逃亡途中,人心惶惶,想要把这批丧失纪律和斗志的魔族散兵重新组织起来,谈何容易。但出于对云浅雪的尊重,他还是派出了手下的士兵喊话,说这里有王国的长官在,命令散兵们前来集合。喊了半天,到黄昏时,只有不到五十名士兵肯来集合。“大人,我们尽力了,但效果实在不佳。”云浅雪从担架上坐起身,他艰难地从怀中拿出一个被油布裹得严严实实的包裹,郑重地双手递给苏木。眼见云浅雪如此郑重,苏木也不敢轻忽,双手接过包裹:“大人,这是?”“王国的皇旗,陛下托付给我转交皇子殿下的。”苏木立即跪下,双手托着包裹举过头顶,声音激动得有点颤抖:“大人!”“打开吧,让我也看看。”苏木小心翼翼地拆开折叠得很细心的包裹,把旗子取出来,抖开,扯住一角,抚平了旗面。他和两个士兵合力,把军旗好好展开,让云浅雪看清了这面光滑的、浸透了士兵们鲜血和汗水的皇旗,骄傲的狮子威风凛凛地注视着众人。风在呼呼地刮,望着皇旗,泪水润湿了云浅雪的眼睛。望着皇旗,象是看到了无数熟悉的脸孔,云浅雪哭了起来。因为胸腹间受了伤,每抽泣一下都会牵痛伤口,云浅雪痛苦地抽搐着,眼泪一滴滴地溢出眼眶,无声地哭泣着。看着这位哭泣的青年将军,苏木手足无措。这个魁梧的汉子被眼前发生的事惊得慌张起来,慢慢的,他也哭起来了,泪水从眼睛里涌出,喉咙哽咽着,肩膀和抓住旗帜的手因为失声痛哭而颤抖着。围在身边的士兵也一个接一个地哭出声来,现场哭声一片。最后,还是云浅雪先恢复了平静。“去吧,找个高处,把旗帜挂起来!让大伙看看,王国还没有被打垮,皇族依然和大伙在一起!”在黄昏的落日映照下,皇旗孤独地飘荡在高坡上,黄金狮子在发出无声的咆哮。谁也没有想到,那面招展的皇旗竟有如此大的魔力,胜过无数的语言和呼唤。看到皇旗,魔族士兵无声无息地聚拢到了高坡前,傻傻地、痴痴地抬头望着头顶的旗帜。那飘扬的旗帜就象磁铁吸引铁粉一般吸引着他们,他们徘徊在高坡前,迟迟不肯离去。他们越聚越多,密密麻麻地聚成了一片。士兵们都望着他,望着黄金狮子旗下面那位被人搀扶着的、裹着纱布的青年将领。云浅雪眼睛通红,看着眼前的魔族官兵,一阵酸楚涌上心头。士兵们疲惫,干瘦,虚弱,衣衫褴褛,黑黝黝的脸露出了死人一般惨白的脸色。他们只是比死人多了一口气罢了。现在,谁来理会这些离家万里之外的孩子们呢?本来忍住的眼泪再次抑止不住地夺眶而出。想好的那些激励人心鼓舞士气的话语,此刻却象被铅哽在了喉头。最后,云浅雪只能哽咽着,流着泪,断断续续地告诉了士兵们,王国刚刚经历了惨败,损伤惨重。王国的各主力军都遭到人类的沉重打击,神皇下落不明,各路军团长也失去了联系。“王国战败,作为大本营的幕僚长官,我的责任不可推卸。在那个时候,我自然会负起自己的责任,承担应有责罚。但在那之前,我还有一个任务,那就是把王国流浪在外的孩子们带回家。士兵们,请遵守军纪和秩序,让我带你们回家。”五千多人聚集在高坡前寂静无声,唯有云浅雪那颤抖的声音静静地回响。士兵们的目光都聚焦到了云浅雪身上。不避讳失败,不回避责任,这个受伤的青年将军有一种难以言述的魅力,人们能感觉到,他含泪说出的每一句话都是出自肺腑,他将用生命来实践自己说出的诺言,这是一位值得信任和托付的带路人。对溃兵的重新编整开始了。在皇旗下面设立了十几个报名点,苏木队长带着卫队来维持秩序,溃兵们整齐有序地排着长长的队列到高坡前重新编入名册。军官们则自动从队伍中走出来,拿着身份牌向云浅雪自报身份:“我是第三军十六团百人队长切诺亚。”“我是第五军十一团队的副团队长,哥斯夫。”“第十一军第八团掌旗官康西雅。”在这艰难时期,云浅雪表现出了一个优秀将领的才干和明快决断能力。不管哪个军团什么部队的军官,只要来投靠他的,他统统接受。他任命了十几名百人队长,命令他们自行召集散落在外的士兵前来会合。另外,他任命苏木担任粮草队长,专门负责带队搜集粮草——说白了,就是趁士兵们还没被饿趴下,把附近能抢的村子和城镇统统给抢个精光!没有粮食,这支仓促重编的队伍立即就要土崩瓦解了。因为这里距离巴丹并不远,远东军或者东南军追兵随时有可能杀到,云浅雪也不敢长时间停留。搜粮队洗劫了三个小城镇后,队伍连夜出发。有士兵还习惯以前的做法,洗劫时杀了三个村民,结果给云浅雪当场行了军法,下令把他们当场吊死在村口的树上。结果他的同伴们不服,集体鼓噪起来,涌到云浅雪跟前要讨个说法。“现在是什么时候了,还敢那么放肆!”对暴动边缘的士兵们,云浅雪态度依然强硬:“我们孤军身处敌后,远东军随时有可能追上来,我们不能不和人类留点余地!想想,万一将来被人类俘虏了,这些害群之马会把把我们大家全都给害死的!想想温克拉的下场,他屠杀人类太多了,帝都下令,凡是第六军的官兵,一律不接受投降!想想,你们不想也落得这个下场吧?我们要的是安全回家,不要多生枝节!”平息了一场未遂的暴动,云浅雪带着士兵连夜急行军连夜赶路,部队走了三十多里,到第二天清晨,天空先是下起了小雪,继而雨雪交加,本来泥泞的道路更加难走,士兵们在泥水里打着滚,几乎是一寸一寸地向前挪,苦不堪言。队伍里少得可怜的十几匹马驮着粮食,累坏了,走在路上不断地撅蹄子。一匹战马终于支撑不住肩上的重负翻身侧倒了,瘦骨嶙峋的战马在泥水里挣扎着。在一个红着眼睛的军官指挥下,十几个魔族士兵围着那匹战马在泥水里面翻滚着,他们努力地想把战马扶起,将散落在泥水里的粮包背出来,好抢救出马背上珍贵的粮食。一时间,雨声、人声、马嘶声混杂成一片,谁也没注意到,就在道旁的坡上,被担架队扛着的羽林将军云浅雪已在那停留了好一阵。看着士兵们筋疲力尽地滚在那泥水里,浑身上下湿个精透,被清晨的寒冷冻得发抖。酸楚的感觉涌满了云浅雪心头,怎能料到呢?伟大的魔族王国竟沦落到了这种地步,一匹战马和区区百来斤大米竟然牵动了整个队伍的心。考虑到还在敌占区,必须让士兵们留下体力应变和赶路,云浅雪下令队伍休息。命令刚下,士兵们连欢呼的力气都没有了,在泥水横流的道边随便找块稍微干燥点的地方就躺下了,连正在下着小雪都顾不上了,把大衣盖在头上就睡着了。看着士兵们的疲惫,云浅雪深感忧虑。队伍的情况实在是凄惨。差不多一半人都是受伤的士兵。因为缺少干净的淡水和食物,队伍里疾病流行,伤寒、霍乱、败血症、破伤风和发烧症困扰着所有人。队伍里有两个军医,但却没有任何药材,连干净的纱布也没一块,于是军医们只能眼睁睁地看着伤员们被剧疼折磨得吼叫如牛,病患们奄奄一息地死去,死去的士兵都顾不上掩埋,只能丢弃在路边用荒草盖住。粮食也快吃光了,云浅雪不得不限制供应,士兵们饥肠淋淋,眼里象狼一样泛着绿光。队伍处于崩溃边缘。云浅雪派人去塔伦城向皇子殿下求援了,虽然大家同是突围,但皇子是成建制地突围出去的,景况比自己好上很多。云浅雪怀疑,卡兰皇子若不派人来接应,自己这支士气低落的队伍未必能坚持到塔伦城。支持队伍前进的唯一动力只剩下云浅雪的坚强和热情了,这位担架上的将军虽然受伤,但他高昂的斗志却鼓舞着队伍里的每一个人,他不住地宣扬:“不怕累,不怕饿!加快步伐,卡兰殿下就在前路!会合了殿下,我们就有吃的了!”全是靠了这位担架将军热切的鼓舞和斗志,这支体力透支了的部队才能继续艰难的前进。走了两天一夜,总算云浅雪运气好,没碰上人类的军队,七八四年十二月十七日清晨,云浅雪率领人马距离塔伦城已不到五十里了。离会合的地点越近,云浅雪的心里就越是忐忑。他不知在心里暗暗祈祷多少次了,保佑卡兰皇子能顺利突围,羽林军不要损耗太大;他更在担心,害怕卡兰皇子候他不到已经带着兵马先走了,担心两人会错过——不知怎的,他心里总有种不祥的预感,觉得前路不会象自己料想中那般顺利。前方灰蒙蒙的雨幕中出现了一些身影,战马奔驰的震动声从道上隐隐传来,前路的警戒哨兵高声叫道:“是自己人!我们派出的先遣队回来了!”道边的士兵们让开一条路,名叫鲁卡的信使直奔云浅雪跟前。鲁卡被雨水淋得湿透,雨水不住地从头发上往下滴落。他的脸色发白,嘴唇哆嗦得厉害,不知是因为寒冷还是恐惧,他眼睛里有着一种让云浅雪琢磨不透的味道。“你可找到羽林军了?”云浅雪迫不及待地问道。鲁卡回答的声音中带着颤音:“找到了,大人。”“你见到卡兰殿下了吗?你可把我们的情况告诉殿下了?”鲁卡缓缓摇头:“大人,我没法见到卡兰殿下。”“为什么!”激怒的红晕涌上脸庞,云浅雪生气地叫起来:“我不是给你写信证明身份了吗?我不是告诉你,一定要亲手把信交到皇子手上吗?我们只有那么二十一匹战马,我就把八匹马给了你们,就是因为这任务事关重大,关系到数千个弟兄的性命!你怎敢如此懈怠!没完成任务,你怎么敢回来,就不怕我砍你脑袋?”鲁卡站在路边站得直直的,脸色发白,任凭雨雪浇淋在他的身上,淋了个湿透。对着云浅雪愤怒的咆哮,他慢慢地扣上了军服上的一个纽扣,随即又把它解开了。“大人,”他说话的声音很低,但听众无不感觉到,这么小的声音也是集中了他全部意志力才说出来的:“我没法与死去的人见面。”“你说什么?”“卡兰殿下已经死了。”即使一万个霹雳同时打在云浅雪头上也不能使他更震撼了,在那瞬间,他甚至反应不过来“死了”是什么意思,只能呆呆地重复着鲁卡的话:“卡兰殿下死了?死了?死了?”清晨的天空灰蒙蒙的,布满了铁青色的乌云,看不到一丝阳光。整个平原和丘陵都笼罩在一片蒙蒙的雨雪中。仿佛身上的某些东西突然被打了个粉碎,初冬的东风是如此刺骨地寒冷,冷得连他的心脏都冻结了,脑子里一片空白。云浅雪哑口无言,他没有再问下去了。皇子死了,这个巨大的事实已占据了他的全部思维能力,至于卡兰怎么死的,云浅雪已经不再关切了——没必要问了,卡兰皇子死了。王国也灭亡了。但还是有人关心这个的,苏木队长出声问:“殿下是怎么死的?他被人类害了?”“不是。他是被大皇子卡顿杀了。”“卡顿殿下到这来了?”“幸存的羽林军士兵告诉我们,前两天晚上发生了很多变故。卡兰殿下带着羽林军突围,却在塔伦城碰到了卡顿亲王——亲王带着大军就驻在城里面。亲王的兵马驻在城里面,卡兰皇子的羽林军在城外不得进。两个皇子在城门口会晤过一次,但不知为什么事谈不拢,卡顿亲王就关上了城门不让羽林军进城。就在前天晚上,入睡后,亲王的兵马突然开进羽林军的营地,说要接管指挥权。羽林军不服,双方冲突起来了。混乱中,卡兰殿下被卡顿亲王的兵马抓走了,当晚就杀了,脑袋就挂在羽林军大营的旗杆上——卡顿亲王是想用这个来警告那些不服的羽林军官兵。”“这畜生!”苏木队长狠狠地骂道:“王国现在都这样了,他还在闹内讧!这家伙不会有好下场的!”“大人,你说对了。”鲁卡苦涩地说:“卡顿亲王也没能得意多久。卡兰的脑袋挂上去没多久,他自个的脑袋也跟着上去了。”“什么?谁杀了卡顿?羽林军的官兵为皇子报仇吗?”“不是羽林军干的。杀了卡兰以后,卡顿亲王和蒙汗举宴庆祝,庆祝羽林军落入了他掌握中,结果蒙汗在酒席上埋伏了人手,把卡顿和随从们全杀了——那时卡兰殿下的血还没凝固呢!”魔族军人目瞪口呆,苏木忍不住问:“卡顿杀了卡兰,是为了趁机铲除能和他争夺陛下继承权的人选罢了。但蒙汗又是为什么突然对卡顿亲王下毒手?大家同为神族一脉,如今大难临头,正是团结一致对外的时候啊!”几位军官轻声议论着,云浅雪阴沉着脸没有出声。他没心情说话,但心下却是雪亮:蒙汗野心勃勃,鲜卑寡耻,眼见塞内亚族实力在巴丹会战中丧尽,陛下阵亡了,塞内亚族的力量降到了最低点,那个志大才疏的卡顿怎么放他眼里,他不趁这时候下手,那才是怪事。蒙汗对卡顿突然下毒手,这预兆着又一轮残酷的皇权战争即将展开。蒙族趁火打劫,塞内亚族面临灭顶之灾。“鲁卡,那边情形现在如何?”“很乱!蒙汗杀了卡顿亲王后,想趁机吞掉他的旧部,但遭到了亲王旧部的抵抗。交战从昨天早上就开始了,蒙汗和卡顿亲王的旧部在城内交战,城外则是复仇的羽林军和卡顿亲王、蒙族的军队大打出手。塔伦城内外一片混战,神族的子弟兵们大打出手,昔日的兄弟战友白刃相见,毫不留情,那种厮杀令人痛心,我这辈子都不想再见到了!因为塔伦城正在交战,我没法进城,只能在城外转了一圈,碰到羽林军的人马,知道您在附近,他们都很高兴,让我们快回来报信,求大人您快带人马过去支援他们!”云浅雪无声地在嘴角露出一个冷笑。先前自己还期望羽林军前来接应自己呢,真没想到,自己带着的这支残军,竟然成了别人期待的救星了!他坐在原地,昂头望天,让豆大的雨点冰冷地打在自己脸上,脸色铁青得象戴了一张金属面具。部下们都在殷切地望着他,此时,这个担架上的青年将军已成了他们最后的希望了。他们都在期待着云浅雪能想出个什么法子来,带领他们走出这个困境。没有人敢出声,都害怕打扰了羽林将军的思考。他们不知道,此时此刻,云浅雪什么都没想,只想死。家破人亡,国家沦丧,内忧外患,接踵而来,最尊敬的魔神皇陛下死了,爱妻和儿子也死了,最后,连自己寄托最后希望的卡兰殿下都死了,王国所剩无几的精锐部队正在忙着自相残杀——打击一个接一个过来,即使坚强如云浅雪也崩溃了。他已经放弃继续抗拒命运了。“没办法,这是天意要灭王国。上苍的意旨,凡俗人无法揣测,无法阻挡。多么玄妙啊!曾经鼎盛无双,领土覆盖半个大陆的庞大帝国,竟然如此轻易地覆亡了。若早知结果如此,当初我就该和陛下一同去了。”云浅雪平淡地想着。当下定最后决心时候,他心头并无多少波澜。望了眼身边围着的众人一眼,他摸向了腰间的剑,吃力地抽出了佩剑。凝视着剑锋上那一抹铁器的锋锐光亮,云浅雪苦笑着,慢慢地把剑锋倒转过来,单手用力握住了剑柄。众人莫名其妙地看着他的动作,唯有那个信使鲁卡看出不对来了,他猛然扑上来,一把抓住云浅雪握剑的手,失声喊道:“大人,不要!”但他的动作还是慢了点,虽然受伤,但云浅雪的力量依然不是一个普通士兵能比拟的。幸好这时,苏木队长也反应过来了,双手闪电般抓住了剑柄。众人合力,依然还是挡不住云浅雪决意寻死的一剑,剑锋刺破了云浅雪胸口的制服,深深地刺入了肉中,血急速地涌出,染湿了胸口的衣裳。有人夺过了云浅雪手中的剑,有人高呼:“军医!军医!军医快过来!”在此起彼伏的惊呼声中和忙乱中,云浅雪安静地躺在担架上,象是旁边的喧嚣与他一点关系没有。虽然肉体还停留在人世,但他的思想,已经飘到很遥远很遥远的地方,在那里,没有战争,没有饥饿,在那里,有他尊敬的陛下,有他的妻子和儿子,还有他的挚友。在那喧嚷的人群缝隙中,他看到了,看到了卡丹公主窈窕的身影,妻子脸上那惊骇欲绝的表情,还看到儿子那红扑扑的脸蛋。他不解地想:难道我已经到天堂了吗?云浅雪猛然从担架上坐起来,失声叫道:“卡丹!”俏丽的卡丹公主抱着怀中的孩子,定定地望着云浅雪,泪水不住地从她眼中流出。飘飞的雨雪不住地打在公主皎洁的脸上,一滴滴泪水被冻成了晶莹的冰珠。云浅雪也不知从哪来的力量,猛然从担架上跃起来,单手将卡丹母子拥入怀中。两人都是泣不成声。卡丹地抚摩着云浅雪的脸庞,昔日的翩翩少年此刻已沧桑满脸,巨大的苦难在他脸上留下了深刻的痕迹。卡丹哭着说:“为什么要这样做。。。为什么要干这种傻事!”云浅雪只是一个劲地摇着头。他使劲地抱住公主的肩头,闻着爱妻温馨的气息,不住地吻着妻子怀中的小孩,粗硬的胡子茬将孩子刺得生疼,大哭起来,于是云浅雪就象孩子一般失声痛哭,泪水不住地顺着冻得僵硬的脸庞往下滚落。第269章东征战争(上)。

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝。

七八五年二月十八日,索里米亚草原,开春。?今年的冬天来得特别的寒冷,风雪来得特别的寒冷。本该是积雪消融的时节,此刻的草原上却依然覆盖着一层没脚腕的厚雪。?寒风呼啸,扑面吹来的东风中夹着密集的小雪,茫茫的地平线上,空荡荡无一物。?索里米亚草原是魔族王国与远东交界的分界线,这片草原在名义上属于魔族王国,但实际上,魔族的中央政权始终没能对这片土地进行有效控制。在这片草原上出没的,只是一些游牧的魔族小部族和一些匪帮。?这是一片蛮荒之地,为护卫自己的羊群,成群结队的武装牧民和匪帮经常在此交手;这也是危机四伏的国境线,半兽人巡逻队和魔族的边防军常常在此不期而遇,发生激烈的冲突。?谁也不知道,在这块草原上到底打过多少仗,又有多少人在此倒地陨命,只是那空中扑翼飞翔的秃鹫和苍鹰盘旋着,它们才是这片土地上真正的统治者。?而当七八五年的二月十八日这天,一支庞大的军队抵达了索里米亚草原,身披白色风雪斗篷的骑兵们沿着索那河的两边缓速前进,而在他们旁边的,是阵容庞大的步兵军团,绿色的军服一列又一列,覆盖满了目光所及的草原,运送重装备和辎重补给的马车队伍蜿蜒不见首尾。?骑着战马在冰封的索那河边上,紫川秀仰头凝目注视着天空,脸色凝重。?白川策马到他身边:“大人,您在看什么?”?“旗子。”?“旗子?”?“紫川家的黑鹰旗,终于也飘扬在这片土地上了。”?顺着紫川秀的目光,白川循目望去。紫川家的军队正在以严整的战斗行列向前挺进。?重甲骑兵、轻骑兵、半兽人步兵、轻装步兵,近三十万大军沿着索那河沿岸推进,各路大军齐头并进,军旗连绵如海,铠甲的光亮覆盖了目光所及的索里米亚草原,马蹄的的,一片喧哗。?而就在这行进的军队上方,黑色飞鹰旗在习习的招展,在飘飞的雪花中,那翻飞的旗帜显得那么显目。?注视着这壮观的情景,白川记起了在过去的一年里,那鏖战的无数个日夜,对国家和人类命运的担忧和绝望,直到此刻的大举反攻。怎能不心潮澎湃??“我们终于走到了这一步。”?紫川秀点头:“很不容易,但我们还是走到了这里。将来,我们还要走得更远更远!”?“在河丘我亲眼看到了来自海外的旅人,西川大陆并非唯一的世界。”用马鞭指点着东方茫茫的地平线,紫川秀扬声说:“我一直想知道,在那大地的尽头,到底有什么?是高山,是海洋,是沙漠,是森林,或者是一望无际的平原?那边,是否也存在着如我们一般的国度?他们过着怎样的生活呢?世界无限广阔,男儿切莫固步自封!”?他猛抽一鞭,战马风一般的奔跑起来,直直的冲上了草原上的小丘岗。过境大军蜿蜒于丘岗脚下。?于是,全军将士都看到了他们的统帅,黑衣白马的青年将军英姿飒爽,矫健的身影如鹰一般掠过草原,宽大的披风迎风飘舞,如同巨大的羽翼要将整个草原一扫而空。?他的坐骑猛然引颈,迎风长啸,于是,军旗掩映下的所有坐骑也一起啸嘶起来,奔腾,丽日绚耀,盔甲鲜明,铁骑滚滚似海,气势雄壮如山。?此刻,紫川秀的胸中燃烧着如火般的豪情,在他麾下,统率着三十万大军!不是昔年仓促组建的农民义军,而全是一式最强健精悍的士卒,装备最先进最锋利的武器,全大陆最强悍的武力已汇集在自己旗下,此刻,这支军队正紧紧跟随自己的步伐前进。?以这样的武力,无论对上大陆任何一个国家,流风家也好,林家也好,紫川秀都有信心战而胜之。?在内心最深处,他甚至冒出过这样的念头:即使对上自己的母国紫川家,以此雄兵猛将,改朝换代亦不是难事——当然,这样的念头只是一闪而过,烟火般很快熄灭了。?此时的紫川秀,虽然已成为半独立的远东军阀,但对母国还是抱有着深厚忠诚感的。?他将承担前所未有的重任,为曾遭受魔族蹂躏践踏的祖国一雪国耻,铲除千年来不断侵扰人类的毒瘤,为祖国赢得无上光荣。?军队一直沿着索那河沿岸前进,帝林第一次西征和半兽人将军布兰对魔族王国的袭击都曾走过这条道。?此刻,担任大军先导的正是远东半兽人第一军团,重走昔日旧路,布兰分外兴奋,他策马跑到紫川秀跟前眉飞色舞说个不停,指指点点:“殿下,那天我们就是在这里把王国的第六边防团砍了个稀巴烂,魔族的边防兵被我们赶得走投无路,都跳进了河里,被我们在岸边放箭射死了无数!殿下,您看,那边还有一堆白骨,就是被我们打死的魔族边防兵了!”?紫川秀勒住战马,望着那白雪掩盖了一半的骷髅骨架,默然无声。?他知道,魔族边防兵并非塞内亚族士兵,他们都来自边境上的魔族小部族,被塞内亚族命令来担任边境警戒任务的。?本质上,这些人更似淳朴的农夫或者牧民而非士兵,他们的悲哀,就在于生在这片被夹在塞内亚族和远东之间的土地上。?打马越过半兽人的队列,紫川秀越过了来自嘉山师的步兵部队。在临时搭建的指挥部帐篷前,他下了马。?一队身着白色风雪斗篷的士兵向他敬礼,队长向他报告:“启禀大人,各部长官已奉命集合了。”?这是新任的警卫队长萧林,是白川亲自从秀字营中选拔出来的。?从无数的远东军官中脱颖而出担任紫川秀的近身护卫队长,自然是难得的优秀人才,据白川说,萧林不但武艺出众,更难得的是他办事沉稳,镇定,头脑灵活,口风紧,更对紫川秀忠心耿耿,所以她才决定选他担任卫队长。?但从看到萧林的第一眼,紫川秀立即明白了,上面所有说法都不过是托词,真正的原因只有一个:萧林长得实在太像一个人了!刚毅的脸,刮得铁青的脸颊,粗黑的眉毛,憨厚的眼神,就连笑起来,他那眯起的眼睛也像极了那个人。?看着他,紫川秀总不由自主的想起了那个已经不在人世的前任卫队长古雷,他给人们留下了深刻的印象。白川也好,紫川秀也好,总无法忘怀这个豪迈而英勇的军官。?凝视着萧林的脸庞片刻,紫川秀移开了视线。他把金丝马鞭在手上拍打一下,一掀宽大的镶金边黑色斗篷,朝着帐篷走去。?萧林抢先一步为他掀起了帐篷的帘门,扬声喝道:“远东军区司令、家族统领、军务委员、远征军总指挥秀川大人到,全体起立!”?唰的一声响,帐篷内齐刷刷的站起了两列军人。刚刚从灿烂的阳光下进到阴暗的帐篷中,紫川秀一时眼睛无法适应,看不清楚眼前人的面目,只看到了他们肩头的徽章和胸前的奖章一片闪亮晃眼。?人群壁立,除了细密的呼吸声外,再没有别的声音了。紫川秀望过众人,能进这个帐篷的,级别最低的也是旗本了,放在外面都是一省总督,统管上万兵马的人物。但此刻,他们却在自己面前,诚惶诚恐的站着,连呼吸都不敢稍微大声。?这时候,紫川秀才感觉到权势的可怕魔力。人生意气,将军虎威,权势顶点的显赫魔力,绝非人类所能抵御。独当一面对自己已不是首次了,但被授予如此大权,统带如此众多的兵马,紫川秀还是感到了一阵飘飘然。?他脱下鹿皮手套,和马鞭一起交给上前迎接的侍卫兵。有人给他脱开了肩上沉重的斗篷,他活动了一下酸疼的肩膀,扬手跟众人打招呼道:“各位长官,请坐。”?“谢大人!”帐篷中响起了整齐的回应声。前沿的条件简陋,军官们只能坐在自己随身带的小马扎上。大家面向紫川秀围成一个半圈坐下,雪中的阳光透过帐篷的空隙照进来,将众人的脸色映照得斑驳点点。?紫川秀一个接一个看过自己的部下们,就是眼前的这些人,将为自己实现征服魔族王国的夙愿。?其中有些是老熟人了,如原东南军副统领文河,他将带领远征军第一骑兵军;原监察厅红衣旗本吴滨,他将带领远征军的所有机械技术部队,也就是原家族的一○一特种师。?但也有一些陌生的面孔,如从西北军调过来的方云红衣旗本。他三十多岁,个头不高。虽然姓方,他却长得圆头圆脑圆眼睛,甚至鼻子也是圆的,说话做事总是带着一种慢条斯理的奶油味。?虽说紫川秀早知道以貌取人是一件很愚蠢的事,但看到这位方云将军,他还是忍不住问道:“难道西北边防军的人才缺乏到这种地步吗?你们的将军是怎么选出来的?抽签?”?方云笑容可掬:“大人,我们是抓阄的。”?紫川秀立即对他刮目相看。想来也是,能在三十岁坐上如此高位的,怎可能是平庸之辈。?除方云以外,东南军和帝都中央军还有几位将领也被划拨到了紫川秀麾下。?有人开玩笑说,魔族入侵的最大贡献是把紫川家将领层的平均年龄降低了十岁,这确实不假。?战争是一场最残酷也最不留情面的考场,今天在帐篷中出席会议的,大多是三四十岁的中青年将领,也有二十几岁的青年,没有超过五十岁的将军。而带领这支大军的,却是一位仅仅只有二十六岁的青年将军。?都是青年意气,有着滚烫的雄心。虽然外边是冰天雪地,帐篷内却是一片火热,席间笼罩着蒙蒙的激情,将军们有着无限的豪情,跃跃欲试的要为国家开疆拓土。?首先起身发言的是远东军红衣旗本白川,她代表远东军情局向众人介绍王国的地理情况和部族势力。?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“魔族王国主要处于四大势力的控制之下,他们分别是统治魔神堡以及周边地区的塞内亚族,掌控黑河平原的亚昆族;而蒙族的势力范围则从西加山脉直至伏罗河流域,另外,哥昂族则牢牢控制住在魔神堡西侧的雷穆雷亚平原,这是我们进军路线上的必经之道。?“这四个部族,就是我们将来要打交道的主要对象了。虽然魔族王国有大大小小的部族多达上百个,但那些小部族都得依附在四个大部族,否则他们根本无法立足。?“这四大部族之间关系并不和睦,塞内亚族曾是魔族王国最强盛的统治部族,也是我们这次军事打击的主要对象。由于侵略战争的失败,塞内亚族遭到了群起而攻,由于担心塞内亚族重新强大起来后报复,其他三个部族都对黄金族抱有警惕之心。在我军进军之前,蒙族和哥昂族都曾派来使者表示愿对紫川家臣服。”?室内响起了一阵嗡嗡的低沉议论声。塞内亚族已是惨败,远征军的主要顾虑在于大军深入千里外的不毛之地,恶劣的天气、地形和充满敌意的当地居民都将成为自己的敌人。但若魔族土著站在人类一边,那事情将变得好办多了。?席间笼罩着一种轻松的气氛,将军们面带笑容的谈笑风生,战事已没有悬念了,残余的塞内亚魔族军不足抵挡人类的雷霆一击。在人类军队和众多部族联军的围剿下,顶多半年,残余的塞内亚族势力就会烟消云散。?“看起来,我们只要打一场对魔神堡的围攻战就够了。”?紫川秀皱起了眉头,他让白川报告魔族的形势只是让将军们对敌情有个大概了解,没想到换来的却是众人的轻松,战前轻敌为兵家大忌。?年轻的统领起身站起,以严峻的目光扫视四周,立即,所有的谈笑议论声都消失了。那个英俊挺拔的青年将军有一种慑人的威严,谁都不敢轻忽。?“若只是打算击溃塞内亚族的话,战争并不困难。但我们目的不仅仅如此,国家耗费巨资出动大军,若只为发泄仇恨一个目标,那是我们对国家的极不负责!我们都亲眼看到了这里,这片野蛮而粗旷的土地,民风强悍狂野,打掉一个塞内亚族,不到二十年时间,新的统治部族还会冒出头来,再次成为我们人类的心腹大患。这是魔族王国最衰弱的时刻,也是人类最难得的机会!把王国的领土变为家族的新拓疆土,让黑鹰旗永远飘荡在这片土地上,让所有的魔族部落和居民都成为紫川家的臣民,让王国成为紫川家的第九十个行省,这才是我军的真正目的!诸位,塞内亚族虽然战败,但他们还有近十万军队,各部族也不乏优秀的将领,远征军孤悬国外,我们面临的战斗并不轻松,请诸位务必尽心竭力,奋勇作战!”?席间一片寂静,将领们都睁大了眼睛,他们被震撼了。?谁也想不到,在这位青年统领的心中竟藏有此般的雄心壮志。把整个魔族王国化为紫川家族新领土,为紫川家夺取超过原来面积一倍的国土!?相形之下,两百多年紫川云夺取远东的作战,那算得了什么,不过是在魔族王国的边角上夺得了一小块地盘罢了,眼前的紫川统领,他可是要把魔族王国整个吞下去!?沉寂片刻,方云红衣旗本第一个站起来,他微笑着说:“能跟随大人参与如此伟业,那是下官的荣幸!虽然第一次在大人麾下作战,但请大人放心,第二骠骑兵团绝不会拖远征军后腿!我部擅长长途奔袭和快速攻克敌阵,请大人只管放心的向我们下达任务就是!”?文河也站了起来:“秀川统领大人,您是知道我文河的。我是个粗人,那些动脑筋的事情我出不上力,但说起打仗,那就放心的交给我了!只要是野外交战,东南军第一骑兵军什么敌人都不怕!”?“下官是来自东南军的斯塔里红衣旗本,率嘉山步师集群!我部最善攻歼克城与坚守,小伙子们最痛恨的就是魔族,请大人把那些最难啃的硬骨头交给我们!我们不怕接受最艰巨的任务!”?“下官带领来自监察厅的一零一特种师,我们不善近身战斗,但能为大军提供最可靠的远程掩护!无论如何坚固的城池也抵挡不了我们轰击。在大人您的指挥下,我部曾在澜沧江战役中重创流风霜的水师舰队,在巴丹战役中消灭了魔神皇的近卫旅!现在,我部能再次在大人您的麾下作战,全体官兵都感到非常荣幸,我们坚信,胜利必将属于我们!”?“下官林迪,带领来自帝都中央军的不死营师团!大人,不死营历来是家族最显赫的功勋部队,在远东平叛、帕依保卫战、帝都保卫战和巴丹大会战中都有优异表现。我师上下全体官兵都坚信,在英明的秀川大人带领下,我师必能争取更多胜利,赢得无上光荣!”?来自内地的军官们纷纷起身发言,效忠声响成一片。?眼见自己麾下竟汇集了这么多强悍的军队,可以说整个紫川家武装部队的菁华全在自己控制中,也想到了自己肩头的责任是多么沉重,就以紫川秀的镇定和淡漠也禁不住呼吸急促。?众将纷纷请战,军气如虹,紫川秀深感满意。他微笑道:“还有一点要请各位记住的,无论蒙族也好,亚昆族也好,哥昂族也好,无论他们说什么,表现得有多诚恳,都不能相信他们!别看他们恭谨有礼,其实全都是想借我们的刀去宰掉塞内亚族,然后他们再趁机坐大。骨子里,他们和塞内亚人全都是一丘之貉,都在做着卡特第二的美梦呢!对魔族,利用是可以的,但绝不能相信!”?“明白!下官谨遵统领教诲!”众将齐齐起立,一条声的喝道。?接下来,是讨论进军路线和战术事项等内容,其实这些事情本该是在出征前就决定下来的,只是因为冬季的这场大雪出人意料的漫长,积雪封道很多地方都不能通行,事先定好的进军线路不得不做修改。?在这个议题上,紫川秀和来自内地的将军们是没有多少发言权的,只有组织过对魔族王国讨伐的半兽人将军布兰一个人在那唱独角戏。?眼看那么多高官在聚精会神的听自己发言,半兽人将军很是兴奋,滔滔不绝说个不停,偏偏魔族的地名又是拗口无比,几个大城市名字一个比一个难读,什么“佛格罗兹比亚”、“亚索夫斯基参比”、“阿坦尼巴特路”,听半兽人如数家珍的报来,大伙一个个如听天书,文河跟着把名字读了两次,险些把自己舌头咬了。?于是,紫川秀下令召来了魔族酋长罗斯和塞内亚族的叛将鲁帝,吩咐他们说:“你们也来出出主意吧!毕竟你们对环境更熟点。”?首次与这么多人类的将军共处一室,罗斯显得很拘谨,他恭敬的向紫川秀行了个礼:“殿下,以您的武威,征讨四分五裂的魔族王国,得胜那是一定的。唯一的顾虑是敌人利用您人地生疏,设下圈套将您的大军损伤。王国气候暴烈,环境恶劣。大军进发,眼看就要到春夏时节了,这段时间多发暴雨山洪,我大军扎营必须提防此点。此外,我军行进最大的危险就是必须提防死地。”?半兽人布兰在一旁附和道:“大人,他说得没错!其他的自然灾害都可以防备,唯有死地实在是防不胜防。”?“死地?”文河把话重复了一遍:“感觉好像很恐怖的地方。”?“大人,即使在神族里,死地也是个恐怖的词。山崩、地震、洪灾,这些自然灾害虽然厉害,但总有痕迹可觅,可做预备和提防,唯有死地无法提防。在外表上,死地与其他的土地毫无二致,只是经过的人都要丧命,传说中,那是受了大魔神的诅咒死的。而且不是当场死亡,是数日甚至数十日后才会四肢肿胀、皮肤糜烂吐血而死!那时候,受害人都不知道他是在哪里倒霉的。”?“竟有这么可怕的地方?”文河急切的问:“你可有死地的分布地图?”?“鞑塔族对自己部族内的死地分布是熟悉的,但对其他族内的死地分布,我们就不得而知了——其实这也是我们神族的通例了,各部族领地内的禁区和死地,往往只有当地人知道,不会轻易透露给外族人,更不要说是外国人了。”?“那样岂不是步步陷阱?一旦陷入圈套,我们连怎么死的都不知道!”?半兽人将军布兰安慰道:“其实情况并没有诸位想像的那么严重,我们上次就打到了魔神堡周边,也没见到什么死地,只有几个士兵是失足被摔伤的。死地一般都分布在人迹罕至的地方,只要不偏离道路到太偏僻的地方去,那就不会有什么问题。我们也整理出了一些地图资料,等一下就可以分发给诸位大人。”?众人心下稍安。?这时,一个军官进来把白川叫了出去。过了一阵,她回到帐篷里,在紫川秀耳边说了一阵,紫川秀皱起了眉头。他站起身对众人道了个歉,跟着白川出来了。?“蒙汗亲自过来,要求见我?不是说他正带着人马在跟哥昂族干架吗?”?白川站得笔直,仿佛正在接受紫川秀的检阅:“大人,我也不明白。但蒙汗确实到这里了,我认出他来了。他要求见统领大人您。若不是如此,我也不敢打扰大人您的会议。”?“他在哪里?”?“就在前营指挥部。”?当紫川秀走进前军指挥部时,被黑布蒙住了头脸的蒙汗正坐在长满野草的地上。两名半兽人士兵虎视眈眈的监视着他,不知是白川下的命令还是卫兵们故意刁难,蒙汗甚至连张椅子都没有,只能坐在帐篷的地上。?看到紫川秀进来,两名半兽人士兵立正行礼:“殿下!”?紫川秀微笑道:“辛苦了。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者“光明王,你总算过来了!”听到紫川秀的声音,蒙汗挣扎着想解开眼前的黑布,但几只大手立即把他按在地上,半兽人兵粗声粗气的喝道:“不许动,再动就打你!”?看着那个狡诈的老家伙被几条有力的臂膀按倒地上蹂躏的情景真是赏心悦目,紫川秀忍住笑:“你们太过份了!怎么能这样对待爵爷呢!快把那块黑布拿开。”?半兽人兵应声松开手,蒙汗气喘吁吁的站起来,扯开了蒙眼的黑布,叫嚷道:“奇耻大辱!奇耻大辱!我是堂堂公爵,一族之长!蒙族绝不能对这样的羞辱无动于衷!”?“孩儿们也做得太过份了,你们快过来,跟蒙汗大人道个歉。”紫川秀把手一摊,冲蒙汗笑道:“真拿这些兔崽子们没办法!好在爵爷您心胸宽广,也不会跟这些小杂碎们计较了。爵爷,我们好久没见了,你近来还好吗?”?蒙汗脸色阴沉,眼睛里的怒火都快喷出来了。?以他王国公爵、掌握重兵的部族酋长身份,亲自来拜访紫川秀,他自己都觉得很给紫川秀面子了,料想对方定会受宠若惊,隆重欢迎。不料紫川秀简直把自己当成了上门讨饭的,不但派这些粗鲁的半兽人兵羞辱自己,甚至连椅子和茶水都不给自己准备,就在一个破烂的帐篷里接待自己,怠慢得也太不像话了。?思量现下的处境,蒙汗跟着盘膝坐下,脸色阴沉,一言不发。?紫川秀挥手让两名半兽人兵出了帐篷,笑道:“爵爷,有什么话可以放心说。”?蒙汗冷冷说:“光明王,这种态度,你真以为可以把神族吃定了吗?”?“把魔族王国整个吃下去,能否办到现在还不好说,但让蒙族灭族的能力,我还是有的。”?蒙汗脸上变色,紫川秀话锋里的挑衅味道非常浓烈,人类这次来者不善了!但没理由啊,明明得到的情报说人类的主要目标是对付塞内亚人,紫川秀为何对自己如此强硬??他试探道:“光明王,虽然王国战败,但实力依然不容轻视!人类要是逼迫得太过份,神族各族团结一致对敌,你们又是劳师远征,绝不是我们对手!”?“是不是对手,打过以后就知道了。”紫川秀把玩着手上精致的马鞭,有节奏的拍打着自己的膝盖,“啪……啪……啪……啪……”漫不经心的动作里透出强大的自信,直让蒙汗看得心惊胆颤。?他琢磨不透眼前的人了:他是虚张声势,还是自信十足??抬头打量一阵蒙汗,紫川秀又笑笑,说:“想团结一致对付我们?你先跟卡丹谈谈吧。你谋害她大哥,在最紧要关头背叛了塞内亚族,她吃了你的心都有,你看看她是否愿意跟你团结?爵爷,我老实跟你说,这次我们若不能灭了塞内亚人,将来他们第一个报复的就是你了,这句话你信不信?”?被紫川秀点到了软肋,蒙汗顿时软了下来:“光明王,何必如此暴躁?我们先前不是有协议的吗?远东与蒙族之间互不侵犯,难道你不守信用?”?“爵爷,当初可是您先撕毁了这个协议,跟着卡顿亲王过来打我们。”?“光明王,当初卡顿亲王重兵压境,我身不由己啊!而且,当初我们定的协议是蒙族与远东之间互不侵犯,我确实也没有对远东军开战啊!我跟着卡顿亲王对紫川家开战,但对远东,我可是秋毫无犯啊!”?紫川秀笑了:“这样说,我也没违背协议。当初我是以远东光明王身份与你签约的,但现在我担任紫川家远征军总指挥,代表紫川家来征讨魔族王国,并不是远东来征讨蒙族。”?“光明王,你,你这是狡辩!我从没见过你这么无耻的人!”?被这样的人物指责无耻,紫川秀也不知道自己是该哭还是该笑。?“爵爷,若您这次来就是打算说这些废话,那么您现在可以回去了。我可是很忙的。”?蒙汗想了一阵,最后还是决定亮出底牌了:“光明王,我们也算是熟人了,我坦白说,若紫川家与蒙族合作,那对大家都有利。虽然紫川军很强大,但在人地生疏的王国土地上作战,那也不是件容易的事吧?你们想铲除塞内亚族吗?我们会全力协助,但你们必须保证蒙族的付出要有回报才行。”?“你所谓的回报,就是让蒙族成为新的黄金族吗?”?蒙汗并没有否认:“王国气候和地理对于人类来说太恶劣了,你们不可能长久在此驻留,这点,你我都清楚。把一个与紫川家保持友好的部族扶上皇位对大家都有好处。”?“你说的没错,扶持友好部族统治这片土地,这也是我紫川家族在极东地区的国策。但关键是,选择谁?”?“大人,与我们蒙族合作,这是最佳的选择了!”游说的机会终于到了,蒙汗兴奋得满脸发光:“塞内亚族一垮,蒙族就是王国最强大的部族!我们两家联手,其他部族绝不敢反抗,我们将共同分享王国这片广袤的土地!”?望着蒙汗,紫川秀微笑着摇摇头,不说话。?“大人,难道您不相信?在王国部族实力排行里,塞内亚族第一,这谁都无法否认,紧接着就是我们蒙族了!我们蒙族士卒骁勇,尤其是我们的骑兵更是强悍——当然,虽然哥昂族和亚昆族也在吹嘘自己是王国第二大部族,但大人您千万不要信他们!哥昂族有什么?他们不就是人多而已嘛?他们的军队都是软脚虾,一击即溃;还有亚昆族,他们也好不到哪去,军队松弛……”?紫川秀打断蒙汗:“我从来就不怀疑蒙族骑兵的强悍,但我怀疑你们的信用。爵爷,成为你们的盟友实在是件太危险的事情。与其选择蒙族,家族统领处其实更倾向于选择哥昂族作为王国的统治部族。”?“哥达汗那个伪君子?”蒙汗勃然大怒:“他也配当魔神皇?”?“配不配,那是我们紫川家说了算。家族认为,在魔族各部族中,哥昂族还算温和,哥达汗也没有太大的野心,而且他也信用良好,让他当新一任的魔神皇,家族很放心。”?“光明王,哥昂族是废物来着,他们战斗力很差,根本无望在皇权战争中获胜!即使获得了皇位,他们也没办法保住的。”?“这个爵爷您就不用操心了。紫川家既然选择了哥昂族,那紫川家的剑自然会帮他们说服竞争对手的。”?蒙汗一凛,紫川秀的话语中透出了浓烈的杀机。这是威胁,更是警告:蒙族能提供给紫川家的帮助,哥昂族同样也能提供。一旦紫川家与哥昂族达成了同盟,那包括蒙族在内的其他部族都将面临灭顶之灾。哥昂族是不会放着那些对自己未来政权构成威胁的部族坐大的,他们会借这次人类入侵,对其他部族进行残酷镇压,借助人类的刀剑荡平昔日的同僚。?“光明王,与哥昂族结成同盟,这是紫川家已经决定的国策了吗?”大难临头了,蒙汗反而恢复了镇定,一扫刚才的猥琐讨好,他的声音缓慢而有力,目光镇静的平视紫川秀。?紫川秀暗暗赞叹,在这乱世中,能靠自己实力成为一族之长的人物,果然不简单。卡顿那样的草包只是罕见,魔族皇族的素质确实有过人之处。单从蒙汗此刻的气势,他就知道刚才对方表现出的狼狈统统只是伪装。?“爵爷,这是家族统领处的设想,确实可以代表紫川家对魔族王国的政策。”?“有没有更改的可能呢?”?“不是没有可能更改,但要有非常充足的理由。”?“比如说,有部族表现出比哥昂族更大的诚意,光明王大人您是否可以考虑一下呢?”?“就目前来说,哥昂族已经表现出了很大的诚意。他愿意派出军队为我军充当斥候,愿成为我大军的先锋,愿为我军队竭尽所能的提供粮草,愿意交出他们的部族地图,提供壮丁为我军服务——总之,为我军竭尽所能的提供进军的一切需要。”?首发起点中文网www.cmFu.com,章节更多,欢迎来起点支持作者蒙汗眉头紧锁,眉心扭成了一个“川”字:“哥昂族能做到的,我们蒙族也能做到,而且能做得更多更好。”?“爵爷,单只这种程度的条件,那是不足以让家族改变决心的。”?“我们可以交出人质。我有两个儿子三个孙子,我可以让他们随紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。”?“蒙族军队愿接受紫川军的指挥,与紫川军一同行动。”?“不够。爵爷,坦白的说,您的好意我们很感动,但想起上次与您同行的卡顿殿下——我们觉得,做爵爷您的盟军实在是件很危险的事,还不如做你的敌人安全些。”?蒙汗愤怒的起身欲走,紫川秀坐在地上微笑的看着他,看着蒙汗的动作越来越慢,最后僵在了帐篷的门帘旁。他在那里站了好一阵,最后,像是下定了重大的决心,蒙汗猛的转过身来:“光明王,蒙族愿意把部落的圣地与人类分享。这是我们最后的底线了,若你还不能答应,那就没办法了!”?“圣地?”一听到这个词紫川秀就想起了远东云省的圣庙,想到了被半兽人奉为珍宝的那几个看不出质地的破烂,还有几本根本没人能看懂的书,拿到帝都的废品收购处未必能卖到一个铜板。想到这些东西居然被半兽人们崇拜了上千年,还害得自己和战友牺牲流血的保护,紫川秀当时就下定了决心,这辈子绝不再跟任何跟“圣”字有关的东西打交道。?现在,蒙汗居然还给他摆出一个“圣地”!?紫川秀敬谢不敏了:“蒙族的圣地?那里有什么东西?圣物还是圣书?呃,这么重大的机密,不用跟我说,谢了,你们自己留着用吧,不用跟我分了。”?蒙汗肃容道:“光明王,你不要把我们想像成茹毛嗜血的野蛮人,以为我们圣地里就只有几根死人骨头或者破盘烂碗之类,然后哄得一群傻子在那磕头跪拜?你不要忘记了,我受过人类的高等教育,如果没有价值的东西,我是不会拿出来跟你交换的。”?“呃,抱歉。”紫川秀不好意思的摸摸头:“那么,你们部族的圣地里又有什么呢?”?蒙汗露出了骄傲的表情:“那些东西到底是什么,我也无法判断。但部族里有一句话故老相传:若有人掌握圣地里的秘密,那他将能无敌于天下!”?紫川秀撇撇嘴:“无敌于天下?爵爷,您这毕竟还是传说,我却知道有一个人那是真的天下无敌,他一生从没败过,可惜,他最后还是自刎了,死在巴丹城郊——爵爷,您当然也知道他的名字吧?天下无敌,并不能保证什么的。”?“您是说卡特陛下吧?”蒙汗感叹道:“他在世时不怎么觉得,但他死了后,大家才发现他了不起。在他任上,王国勇猛如狮,强盛如云。卡特陛下那样的皇帝,历史上从没有过,将来估计也不会再有了。”?紫川秀注意到,蒙汗称呼卡特时用了敬词,语气十分尊敬。他扬扬眉毛:“爵爷,我还以为您很恨卡特呢?他是您的敌人啊!”?“我确实恨卡特,他也确实与我们蒙族为敌,但……”蒙汗想了一阵,慢吞吞的说:“他是个值得尊敬的敌人。大人,圣地蕴含的奥秘博大精深,我花费了二十年时间研究,至今所得不过一些皮毛,但已足以惊世骇众了,拿皇位与我们交换这个,您绝不会后悔的!”?蒙汗被士兵们带下去休息了,紫川秀没有接着继续参加军务会议,而是坐在原地沉思。?如果您第272章傀儡皇帝夜是肃穆的,无数无计的星辰,璀璨于天际,映照得苍穹一片玫红。巨大的皎洁圆月静静地挂在半空,给战场笼上了一层白芒。巴丹城侧的一处高坡上,一对男女在相互偎依地坐在一起。偎依在他肩头,流风霜正在安静地听紫川秀说着话,明澈的眼睛泛着淡淡的光华。她安静地垂着头,倾听着紫川秀的说话,神情波澜不动。她不时又抬起头,静静看着他的侧脸,那分明的轮廓,那消瘦、疲惫的面孔,额上两道淡淡的皱纹。这让流风霜感到,有一种沧桑已闯进了心上人生命里,并从此无法离开。没见面之前,她在有很多话想当面向他倾吐,但不知为何,当真正见到他人,呼吸着他温馨的体息,她忽然觉得,这样就足够了。大多数时候,都只是紫川秀说,说着分别时候发生的事,过去的苦难,未来的日子,峥嵘岁月里的风霜雨雪。象很多话,外人看来都很无聊的,他却不厌其烦地反复说啊说啊,流风霜微笑着倾听,丝毫没有流露不耐。但更多的时候,两人却只是默默地偎依着,沉默,让晚风静静地掠过身边,吹拂了斗篷的长襟。“冷吗?”流风霜微笑着摇头,紫川秀于是脱下了深蓝色的将军大衣,披在流风霜肩头。她把带着他体息和温度的大衣紧紧地将自己裹起来,嘴角露出了微笑:这很象心上人的大手紧紧地将自己拥抱啊!想到这个念头,她羞涩地低下了头,却听到紫川秀轻声说:“后天,我们就要开拔了。”流风霜一震,低声说:“这么快?又要去打仗了?”猜出了流风霜的心思,紫川秀安慰她说:“不必担心。不会再有巴丹这样的苦仗了,魔族已不成气候了。”“这次的目标又是谁呢?”“卡顿亲王。只要把他打垮了,战争就结束了。”“你们这么有信心?据说卡顿可是统率了三十万大军啊,未必就比魔神皇的军队少。特别现在,远东军和东南军为消灭魔神皇都是伤亡惨重。”“现在已不是七八一年了,人类占领了战略优势。虽然我军伤亡很大,但我们的补充也来得快,与后方的补给道路已经打通了,来自帝都的增援会源源不断地抵达,无论是兵力还是技术装备上,我们都超出卡顿不下一个档次,更何况巴丹会战不但打掉了魔族的主力军团,更打掉了魔族的信心——其实,我不怎么相信会发生第二次大会战。只要卡顿智力正常,看到魔神皇垮台,他应该立即夹起尾巴跑了。收复国土,并不是很困难的事。”“然后呢?”“然后?”二十四岁的青年将军踌躇满志地微笑了:“为追击敌寇,我不惧天涯海角,犁扫狼穴,剑顷血海,平荡魔神堡,铲除战争余蘖,为人类千年的苦难报仇雪恨,这是历史赋予当代军人的使命。”默默地看着紫川秀,英武的青年军人显出了坚定的自信,那种专注于自己事业的男人自有一种莫名的魅力,流风霜看得心神惧醉。她轻声问:“再然后呢?”默默地看着她,紫川秀温柔地说:“接着,我来娶你回家。”流风霜轻轻点头,轻轻扑进了紫川秀怀中。两人都没有说话,在那鏖杀激战后折矛断枪遍地的战场上,一对恋人相互偎依着坐在高高的山坡上,皎洁的大圆月在他们身后升起。战争是一场再残酷不过的竞赛,胜利者可以引颈高歌,失败者却只有黯然退场的份——前提是他们能保住一条性命来。比起将近四十万战死在沙场的同僚来说,可以黯然退场的魔族败兵们还是比较幸运的。在巴丹会战的最后阶段,云浅雪随着第三军的败部突围。与卡兰皇子向东南方突围不同,第三军选择了正面突破远东阵线冲出重围。这是一场残酷的血战,被远东军象狼狗一般狠狠追击了一夜,到天亮时,突围的三万官兵剩余不到一半。魔族残兵溃逃到了叶丹城周边,这里虽然已被人类占领了,但并没有人类的大部队驻扎。面对大片的魔族溃兵,城中居民和警备队都明智地选择关上城门,不去招惹这群战败的野兽们。云浅雪是被凌厉的清晨寒风给吹醒的,醒来时,他只觉周身酸疼得厉害,头疼欲裂,嗓子里干渴得象是有一团火在烧,眼皮沉重得象压得几千斤铅球。他痛苦地呻吟一声:“水!”恍惚中,有人给他嘴边凑上了一个铁质的水壶。闻到了水惺的味道,他用颤抖的手贪婪抓住了壶嘴,大口大口地吞着水。但第一口只喝了一半,他就吐了出来:壶里的水又臭又腥,带有一种难闻的泥土和血腥混杂的味道。有人在耳边低声说:“大人,克服一下,实在没地方找水了。”云浅雪心下明白,强忍着恶心再吞下了一口水,却再也喝不下第三口了。他无力地躺下,感觉身子象在坐船一样晃动着,于是知道自己是在被人用担架扛着前进,在那有节奏的晃动中,他陷入了半醒半昏迷的恍惚状态中。当云浅雪第二次醒来时候,已是当天午后了。从担架边上望出去,担架下面的褐色的道路无休无止地滑过,染着初冬颜色的光秃秃的小树林中,最后残留的几片叶子在盘旋飞转。冷风不住地从前路吹过来,带着初冬凛冽的寒意。初升的阳光洒落田野上,远方的大片树林出现在初冬的蔚蓝耀眼的天空下,大队的魔族兵散落地行进着。躺在担架上,贪婪地望着眼前的景色,一瞬间,云浅雪陷入了莫名的迷惘中。这是在哪里?我为什么在这里?我又是谁?恍惚了好一阵,他才从记忆中搜索到了事实。我是王国的驸马亲王云浅雪。自己如何受伤的?实在想不起来了,只记得在黑暗中那一片混乱,火光、刀光剑影、惨叫和厮杀,自己究竟如何受伤昏迷,又如何被人用担架扛着前进,那些事已经完全在记忆中失去了踪迹。他在担架里举起了手,喊道:“停!”有人快步向他跑来,凑到他跟前:“羽林大人,您醒了?”“你是。。。”看着面前面熟的魔族军官,云浅雪却怎样也想不起他的名字来。军官作自我介绍:“下官苏木,是卡丹公主殿下的卫队长。”“我记得你。”云浅雪想起来了,问:“公主殿下与我们在一起吗?我怎么会和你们在一起的?”“大人,昨晚突围时很混乱,我们与公主殿下失散了。我们回头去找,却再也找不到公主殿下了,却在道边发现了您。您当世受了伤,昏迷不醒,我们就自作主张拿担架把您抬着走了。大人,您感觉好些了吗?”看苏木队长忐忑不安的表情,神色惴惴的。再看身边的几个魔族兵惶惶的神情,云浅雪明白他们在想什么了。按照王国军法,皇族的护卫丢下保护的对象独自逃生,那是大罪,按刑罚得五马分尸。卫队丢了卡丹,他们多半是害怕军法责罚,想把自己救回去也好将功赎罪吧。“明白了。”云浅雪平静地说。他心里恼恨苏木等人没有保护好卡丹,却知道,在这兵荒马乱的逃亡路上,这支卫队是自己生命的唯一保障了。若不能安抚好他们,自己休想平安回国。“苏木队长,昨晚那种混乱情况,谁也没办法的。保护不了卡丹公主,那也是天意吧。你放心,只要我能活着回去,将来有什么麻烦,我一力替你们承担了。”听云浅雪这么说,围在他身边的魔族兵都露出了如释重负的轻松表情,苏木甚至笑了起来:“谢谢大人您了。大人您休息吧,我们定会保护您安全回去的。”云浅雪点头,他也没力气追问苏木“回去”到底是指回哪里了。若在一天前,回去的答案是很明确的:“回到陛下的身边。”但现在,陛下死了。自己的妻子卡丹公主也死了。“陛下死了。。。”云浅雪陷入了极度的恐惧和混乱,他怎么想也无法接受这个事实,就像无法接受天空失去太阳一般。恍惚中,泪水打湿了云浅雪的衣襟。他真切地感觉到了痛楚:魔神王国已不复存在。自己拥有的一切,高贵的地位,权势,美丽的妻子,自小所熟悉的一切,此刻都已不复存在了。那种感觉,就象天崩地裂,脚下可靠的大地寸寸粉碎,整个人飘荡在空中,不得着地。胡思乱想也不知过了多久,云浅雪才想到了自己的使命:陛下临终给自己嘱托,将皇旗交给皇子殿下,辅助新君登上皇位,重振国运——这是陛下交托自己的遗命啊!想到卡兰皇子,云浅雪如快被溺死的人抓到了一根稻草,整个人振奋起来了。虽然皇子有许多不是的地方,两人不久前还发生激烈的冲突,但如今,他却成了云浅雪唯一的希望了。到下午,云浅雪已清醒过来了,躺在摇晃的担架上思考着前程去向。分手时,卡兰皇子叮嘱自己到塔伦城会合,云浅雪已打定了主意:“要与卡兰皇子会合,那是肯定的。但在与皇子会合之前,最好能收拢一些兵力,不然自己只得一个光棍司令两手空空地到塔伦城去,会被卡兰那个坏蛋笑话的!”云浅雪找来苏木队长,向他询问队伍的情况。苏木报告说,公主的卫队本来有近千人,但大部分士兵都在混乱时失散了,现在还聚拢在身边的仅仅只有一百五十三名士兵。“那些人呢?”云浅雪指着与他们一同前进的大群魔族士兵:“他们是哪部分的?谁是他们的带队指挥官?”“他们?”望着身后蹒跚而行的魔族官兵们,苏木苦笑道:“他们都是被打垮的散兵。没有带队指挥官,没有纪律,虽然有好几千人,但却只是一盘散沙。他们纪律很坏,有些人甚至还想抢夺我们的食物和武器,但被我们打退了。”“那他们为什么跟着我们?”“现在大家都不知道该怎么办,都是跟着别人走。”“想办法,把他们组织起来。王国正值危难之秋,每一个兵员都是珍贵的。士兵们只是暂时被打垮了斗志和士气,但只要给他们希望,缓过气来,他们还是好样的战士。”苏木有点犹豫,云浅雪加重了语气:“苏木队长,这一路都是人类敌占区,要回到瓦仑要塞,单靠我们这一百多号人是不够的,任何一个城市的守备队都能把我们轻易拿下,我们甚至都走不到巴特利城。但若能把散落在外的魔族官兵组织起来,我们能组成几个团队,甚至一个军团,一路攻城掠地打回去!”苏木对云浅雪的说法不以为然。逃亡途中,人心惶惶,想要把这批丧失纪律和斗志的魔族散兵重新组织起来,谈何容易。但出于对云浅雪的尊重,他还是派出了手下的士兵喊话,说这里有王国的长官在,命令散兵们前来集合。喊了半天,到黄昏时,只有不到五十名士兵肯来集合。“大人,我们尽力了,但效果实在不佳。”云浅雪从担架上坐起身,他艰难地从怀中拿出一个被油布裹得严严实实的包裹,郑重地双手递给苏木。眼见云浅雪如此郑重,苏木也不敢轻忽,双手接过包裹:“大人,这是?”“王国的皇旗,陛下托付给我转交皇子殿下的。”苏木立即跪下,双手托着包裹举过头顶,声音激动得有点颤抖:“大人!”“打开吧,让我也看看。”苏木小心翼翼地拆开折叠得很细心的包裹,把旗子取出来,抖开,扯住一角,抚平了旗面。他和两个士兵合力,把军旗好好展开,让云浅雪看清了这面光滑的、浸透了士兵们鲜血和汗水的皇旗,骄傲的狮子威风凛凛地注视着众人。风在呼呼地刮,望着皇旗,泪水润湿了云浅雪的眼睛。望着皇旗,象是看到了无数熟悉的脸孔,云浅雪哭了起来。因为胸腹间受了伤,每抽泣一下都会牵痛伤口,云浅雪痛苦地抽搐着,眼泪一滴滴地溢出眼眶,无声地哭泣着。看着这位哭泣的青年将军,苏木手足无措。这个魁梧的汉子被眼前发生的事惊得慌张起来,慢慢的,他也哭起来了,泪水从眼睛里涌出,喉咙哽咽着,肩膀和抓住旗帜的手因为失声痛哭而颤抖着。围在身边的士兵也一个接一个地哭出声来,现场哭声一片。最后,还是云浅雪先恢复了平静。“去吧,找个高处,把旗帜挂起来!让大伙看看,王国还没有被打垮,皇族依然和大伙在一起!”在黄昏的落日映照下,皇旗孤独地飘荡在高坡上,黄金狮子在发出无声的咆哮。谁也没有想到,那面招展的皇旗竟有如此大的魔力,胜过无数的语言和呼唤。看到皇旗,魔族士兵无声无息地聚拢到了高坡前,傻傻地、痴痴地抬头望着头顶的旗帜。那飘扬的旗帜就象磁铁吸引铁粉一般吸引着他们,他们徘徊在高坡前,迟迟不肯离去。他们越聚越多,密密麻麻地聚成了一片。士兵们都望着他,望着黄金狮子旗下面那位被人搀扶着的、裹着纱布的青年将领。云浅雪眼睛通红,看着眼前的魔族官兵,一阵酸楚涌上心头。士兵们疲惫,干瘦,虚弱,衣衫褴褛,黑黝黝的脸露出了死人一般惨白的脸色。他们只是比死人多了一口气罢了。现在,谁来理会这些离家万里之外的孩子们呢?本来忍住的眼泪再次抑止不住地夺眶而出。想好的那些激励人心鼓舞士气的话语,此刻却象被铅哽在了喉头。最后,云浅雪只能哽咽着,流着泪,断断续续地告诉了士兵们,王国刚刚经历了惨败,损伤惨重。王国的各主力军都遭到人类的沉重打击,神皇下落不明,各路军团长也失去了联系。“王国战败,作为大本营的幕僚长官,我的责任不可推卸。在那个时候,我自然会负起自己的责任,承担应有责罚。但在那之前,我还有一个任务,那就是把王国流浪在外的孩子们带回家。士兵们,请遵守军纪和秩序,让我带你们回家。”五千多人聚集在高坡前寂静无声,唯有云浅雪那颤抖的声音静静地回响。士兵们的目光都聚焦到了云浅雪身上。不避讳失败,不回避责任,这个受伤的青年将军有一种难以言述的魅力,人们能感觉到,他含泪说出的每一句话都是出自肺腑,他将用生命来实践自己说出的诺言,这是一位值得信任和托付的带路人。对溃兵的重新编整开始了。在皇旗下面设立了十几个报名点,苏木队长带着卫队来维持秩序,溃兵们整齐有序地排着长长的队列到高坡前重新编入名册。军官们则自动从队伍中走出来,拿着身份牌向云浅雪自报身份:“我是第三军十六团百人队长切诺亚。”“我是第五军十一团队的副团队长,哥斯夫。”“第十一军第八团掌旗官康西雅。”在这艰难时期,云浅雪表现出了一个优秀将领的才干和明快决断能力。不管哪个军团什么部队的军官,只要来投靠他的,他统统接受。他任命了十几名百人队长,命令他们自行召集散落在外的士兵前来会合。另外,他任命苏木担任粮草队长,专门负责带队搜集粮草——说白了,就是趁士兵们还没被饿趴下,把附近能抢的村子和城镇统统给抢个精光!没有粮食,这支仓促重编的队伍立即就要土崩瓦解了。因为这里距离巴丹并不远,远东军或者东南军追兵随时有可能杀到,云浅雪也不敢长时间停留。搜粮队洗劫了三个小城镇后,队伍连夜出发。有士兵还习惯以前的做法,洗劫时杀了三个村民,结果给云浅雪当场行了军法,下令把他们当场吊死在村口的树上。结果他的同伴们不服,集体鼓噪起来,涌到云浅雪跟前要讨个说法。“现在是什么时候了,还敢那么放肆!”对暴动边缘的士兵们,云浅雪态度依然强硬:“我们孤军身处敌后,远东军随时有可能追上来,我们不能不和人类留点余地!想想,万一将来被人类俘虏了,这些害群之马会把把我们大家全都给害死的!想想温克拉的下场,他屠杀人类太多了,帝都下令,凡是第六军的官兵,一律不接受投降!想想,你们不想也落得这个下场吧?我们要的是安全回家,不要多生枝节!”平息了一场未遂的暴动,云浅雪带着士兵连夜急行军连夜赶路,部队走了三十多里,到第二天清晨,天空先是下起了小雪,继而雨雪交加,本来泥泞的道路更加难走,士兵们在泥水里打着滚,几乎是一寸一寸地向前挪,苦不堪言。队伍里少得可怜的十几匹马驮着粮食,累坏了,走在路上不断地撅蹄子。一匹战马终于支撑不住肩上的重负翻身侧倒了,瘦骨嶙峋的战马在泥水里挣扎着。在一个红着眼睛的军官指挥下,十几个魔族士兵围着那匹战马在泥水里面翻滚着,他们努力地想把战马扶起,将散落在泥水里的粮包背出来,好抢救出马背上珍贵的粮食。一时间,雨声、人声、马嘶声混杂成一片,谁也没注意到,就在道旁的坡上,被担架队扛着的羽林将军云浅雪已在那停留了好一阵。看着士兵们筋疲力尽地滚在那泥水里,浑身上下湿个精透,被清晨的寒冷冻得发抖。酸楚的感觉涌满了云浅雪心头,怎能料到呢?伟大的魔族王国竟沦落到了这种地步,一匹战马和区区百来斤大米竟然牵动了整个队伍的心。考虑到还在敌占区,必须让士兵们留下体力应变和赶路,云浅雪下令队伍休息。命令刚下,士兵们连欢呼的力气都没有了,在泥水横流的道边随便找块稍微干燥点的地方就躺下了,连正在下着小雪都顾不上了,把大衣盖在头上就睡着了。看着士兵们的疲惫,云浅雪深感忧虑。队伍的情况实在是凄惨。差不多一半人都是受伤的士兵。因为缺少干净的淡水和食物,队伍里疾病流行,伤寒、霍乱、败血症、破伤风和发烧症困扰着所有人。队伍里有两个军医,但却没有任何药材,连干净的纱布也没一块,于是军医们只能眼睁睁地看着伤员们被剧疼折磨得吼叫如牛,病患们奄奄一息地死去,死去的士兵都顾不上掩埋,只能丢弃在路边用荒草盖住。粮食也快吃光了,云浅雪不得不限制供应,士兵们饥肠淋淋,眼里象狼一样泛着绿光。队伍处于崩溃边缘。云浅雪派人去塔伦城向皇子殿下求援了,虽然大家同是突围,但皇子是成建制地突围出去的,景况比自己好上很多。云浅雪怀疑,卡兰皇子若不派人来接应,自己这支士气低落的队伍未必能坚持到塔伦城。支持队伍前进的唯一动力只剩下云浅雪的坚强和热情了,这位担架上的将军虽然受伤,但他高昂的斗志却鼓舞着队伍里的每一个人,他不住地宣扬:“不怕累,不怕饿!加快步伐,卡兰殿下就在前路!会合了殿下,我们就有吃的了!”全是靠了这位担架将军热切的鼓舞和斗志,这支体力透支了的部队才能继续艰难的前进。走了两天一夜,总算云浅雪运气好,没碰上人类的军队,七八四年十二月十七日清晨,云浅雪率领人马距离塔伦城已不到五十里了。离会合的地点越近,云浅雪的心里就越是忐忑。他不知在心里暗暗祈祷多少次了,保佑卡兰皇子能顺利突围,羽林军不要损耗太大;他更在担心,害怕卡兰皇子候他不到已经带着兵马先走了,担心两人会错过——不知怎的,他心里总有种不祥的预感,觉得前路不会象自己料想中那般顺利。前方灰蒙蒙的雨幕中出现了一些身影,战马奔驰的震动声从道上隐隐传来,前路的警戒哨兵高声叫道:“是自己人!我们派出的先遣队回来了!”道边的士兵们让开一条路,名叫鲁卡的信使直奔云浅雪跟前。鲁卡被雨水淋得湿透,雨水不住地从头发上往下滴落。他的脸色发白,嘴唇哆嗦得厉害,不知是因为寒冷还是恐惧,他眼睛里有着一种让云浅雪琢磨不透的味道。“你可找到羽林军了?”云浅雪迫不及待地问道。鲁卡回答的声音中带着颤音:“找到了,大人。”“你见到卡兰殿下了吗?你可把我们的情况告诉殿下了?”鲁卡缓缓摇头:“大人,我没法见到卡兰殿下。”“为什么!”激怒的红晕涌上脸庞,云浅雪生气地叫起来:“我不是给你写信证明身份了吗?我不是告诉你,一定要亲手把信交到皇子手上吗?我们只有那么二十一匹战马,我就把八匹马给了你们,就是因为这任务事关重大,关系到数千个弟兄的性命!你怎敢如此懈怠!没完成任务,你怎么敢回来,就不怕我砍你脑袋?”鲁卡站在路边站得直直的,脸色发白,任凭雨雪浇淋在他的身上,淋了个湿透。对着云浅雪愤怒的咆哮,他慢慢地扣上了军服上的一个纽扣,随即又把它解开了。“大人,”他说话的声音很低,但听众无不感觉到,这么小的声音也是集中了他全部意志力才说出来的:“我没法与死去的人见面。”“你说什么?”“卡兰殿下已经死了。”即使一万个霹雳同时打在云浅雪头上也不能使他更震撼了,在那瞬间,他甚至反应不过来“死了”是什么意思,只能呆呆地重复着鲁卡的话:“卡兰殿下死了?死了?死了?”清晨的天空灰蒙蒙的,布满了铁青色的乌云,看不到一丝阳光。整个平原和丘陵都笼罩在一片蒙蒙的雨雪中。仿佛身上的某些东西突然被打了个粉碎,初冬的东风是如此刺骨地寒冷,冷得连他的心脏都冻结了,脑子里一片空白。云浅雪哑口无言,他没有再问下去了。皇子死了,这个巨大的事实已占据了他的全部思维能力,至于卡兰怎么死的,云浅雪已经不再关切了——没必要问了,卡兰皇子死了。王国也灭亡了。但还是有人关心这个的,苏木队长出声问:“殿下是怎么死的?他被人类害了?”“不是。他是被大皇子卡顿杀了。”“卡顿殿下到这来了?”“幸存的羽林军士兵告诉我们,前两天晚上发生了很多变故。卡兰殿下带着羽林军突围,却在塔伦城碰到了卡顿亲王——亲王带着大军就驻在城里面。亲王的兵马驻在城里面,卡兰皇子的羽林军在城外不得进。两个皇子在城门口会晤过一次,但不知为什么事谈不拢,卡顿亲王就关上了城门不让羽林军进城。就在前天晚上,入睡后,亲王的兵马突然开进羽林军的营地,说要接管指挥权。羽林军不服,双方冲突起来了。混乱中,卡兰殿下被卡顿亲王的兵马抓走了,当晚就杀了,脑袋就挂在羽林军大营的旗杆上——卡顿亲王是想用这个来警告那些不服的羽林军官兵。”“这畜生!”苏木队长狠狠地骂道:“王国现在都这样了,他还在闹内讧!这家伙不会有好下场的!”“大人,你说对了。”鲁卡苦涩地说:“卡顿亲王也没能得意多久。卡兰的脑袋挂上去没多久,他自个的脑袋也跟着上去了。”“什么?谁杀了卡顿?羽林军的官兵为皇子报仇吗?”“不是羽林军干的。杀了卡兰以后,卡顿亲王和蒙汗举宴庆祝,庆祝羽林军落入了他掌握中,结果蒙汗在酒席上埋伏了人手,把卡顿和随从们全杀了——那时卡兰殿下的血还没凝固呢!”魔族军人目瞪口呆,苏木忍不住问:“卡顿杀了卡兰,是为了趁机铲除能和他争夺陛下继承权的人选罢了。但蒙汗又是为什么突然对卡顿亲王下毒手?大家同为神族一脉,如今大难临头,正是团结一致对外的时候啊!”几位军官轻声议论着,云浅雪阴沉着脸没有出声。他没心情说话,但心下却是雪亮:蒙汗野心勃勃,鲜卑寡耻,眼见塞内亚族实力在巴丹会战中丧尽,陛下阵亡了,塞内亚族的力量降到了最低点,那个志大才疏的卡顿怎么放他眼里,他不趁这时候下手,那才是怪事。蒙汗对卡顿突然下毒手,这预兆着又一轮残酷的皇权战争即将展开。蒙族趁火打劫,塞内亚族面临灭顶之灾。“鲁卡,那边情形现在如何?”“很乱!蒙汗杀了卡顿亲王后,想趁机吞掉他的旧部,但遭到了亲王旧部的抵抗。交战从昨天早上就开始了,蒙汗和卡顿亲王的旧部在城内交战,城外则是复仇的羽林军和卡顿亲王、蒙族的军队大打出手。塔伦城内外一片混战,神族的子弟兵们大打出手,昔日的兄弟战友白刃相见,毫不留情,那种厮杀令人痛心,我这辈子都不想再见到了!因为塔伦城正在交战,我没法进城,只能在城外转了一圈,碰到羽林军的人马,知道您在附近,他们都很高兴,让我们快回来报信,求大人您快带人马过去支援他们!”云浅雪无声地在嘴角露出一个冷笑。先前自己还期望羽林军前来接应自己呢,真没想到,自己带着的这支残军,竟然成了别人期待的救星了!他坐在原地,昂头望天,让豆大的雨点冰冷地打在自己脸上,脸色铁青得象戴了一张金属面具。部下们都在殷切地望着他,此时,这个担架上的青年将军已成了他们最后的希望了。他们都在期待着云浅雪能想出个什么法子来,带领他们走出这个困境。没有人敢出声,都害怕打扰了羽林将军的思考。他们不知道,此时此刻,云浅雪什么都没想,只想死。家破人亡,国家沦丧,内忧外患,接踵而来,最尊敬的魔神皇陛下死了,爱妻和儿子也死了,最后,连自己寄托最后希望的卡兰殿下都死了,王国所剩无几的精锐部队正在忙着自相残杀——打击一个接一个过来,即使坚强如云浅雪也崩溃了。他已经放弃继续抗拒命运了。“没办法,这是天意要灭王国。上苍的意旨,凡俗人无法揣测,无法阻挡。多么玄妙啊!曾经鼎盛无双,领土覆盖半个大陆的庞大帝国,竟然如此轻易地覆亡了。若早知结果如此,当初我就该和陛下一同去了。”云浅雪平淡地想着。当下定最后决心时候,他心头并无多少波澜。望了眼身边围着的众人一眼,他摸向了腰间的剑,吃力地抽出了佩剑。凝视着剑锋上那一抹铁器的锋锐光亮,云浅雪苦笑着,慢慢地把剑锋倒转过来,单手用力握住了剑柄。众人莫名其妙地看着他的动作,唯有那个信使鲁卡看出不对来了,他猛然扑上来,一把抓住云浅雪握剑的手,失声喊道:“大人,不要!”但他的动作还是慢了点,虽然受伤,但云浅雪的力量依然不是一个普通士兵能比拟的。幸好这时,苏木队长也反应过来了,双手闪电般抓住了剑柄。众人合力,依然还是挡不住云浅雪决意寻死的一剑,剑锋刺破了云浅雪胸口的制服,深深地刺入了肉中,血急速地涌出,染湿了胸口的衣裳。有人夺过了云浅雪手中的剑,有人高呼:“军医!军医!军医快过来!”在此起彼伏的惊呼声中和忙乱中,云浅雪安静地躺在担架上,象是旁边的喧嚣与他一点关系没有。虽然肉体还停留在人世,但他的思想,已经飘到很遥远很遥远的地方,在那里,没有战争,没有饥饿,在那里,有他尊敬的陛下,有他的妻子和儿子,还有他的挚友。在那喧嚷的人群缝隙中,他看到了,看到了卡丹公主窈窕的身影,妻子脸上那惊骇欲绝的表情,还看到儿子那红扑扑的脸蛋。他不解地想:难道我已经到天堂了吗?云浅雪猛然从担架上坐起来,失声叫道:“卡丹!”俏丽的卡丹公主抱着怀中的孩子,定定地望着云浅雪,泪水不住地从她眼中流出。飘飞的雨雪不住地打在公主皎洁的脸上,一滴滴泪水被冻成了晶莹的冰珠。云浅雪也不知从哪来的力量,猛然从担架上跃起来,单手将卡丹母子拥入怀中。两人都是泣不成声。卡丹地抚摩着云浅雪的脸庞,昔日的翩翩少年此刻已沧桑满脸,巨大的苦难在他脸上留下了深刻的痕迹。卡丹哭着说:“为什么要这样做。。。为什么要干这种傻事!”云浅雪只是一个劲地摇着头。他使劲地抱住公主的肩头,闻着爱妻温馨的气息,不住地吻着妻子怀中的小孩,粗硬的胡子茬将孩子刺得生疼,大哭起来,于是云浅雪就象孩子一般失声痛哭,泪水不住地顺着冻得僵硬的脸庞往下滚落。第269章东征战争(上)。




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