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adc在线播放当哥普拉回到监察厅时候,帝林正穿戴整齐准备出发,给一群监察厅的军官们训话:“听好了:眼神放凶狠点,表情绷紧点,口气粗野些,手按刀子上——今天哪怕路上有人问个时间,回答时候也给我带点杀气!”军官们轰然答应,纷纷捋起袖子横眉立目的,来回走动时候腰上蹭亮的军刀铿锵做响,一副凶神恶煞杀气腾腾样子,仿佛流风军已经打到了帝都城下。哥普拉明白:帝林这是准备出发去参加所谓的“联合报告会”了。这个“联合报告会”是由紫川参星提议并主持的,其目的据说是为了“增进统领处与监察厅部门间的沟通、了解,减少摩擦,团结一心,群策群力,共度难关!”但是照哥普拉的看法:“紫川参星根本是把油往火上淋,他压根就不想统领处和监察厅之间相安无事。如果单独把罗明海和帝林两人关在一个房间里面,他们不用酱油调料就能把对方生吃了——把这样的两个人聚一起谈什么‘群策群力’?!”也因为这个原因,所以每次的“联合报告会”总是遵循着以下不变的会议程序:一.大家就坐二.紫川参星开场白(“时势多艰,大家务必化开私人恩怨,以大局为重!”)三.罗明海报告四.帝林冷嘲(“做得跟猪一样聪明!”)五.罗明海反击热讽(“不要脸的人妖!”)六.开始对骂(“……”“…”(此处被删去两百字)总而言之都是表示愿意跟对方的直系女性亲属发生某种不正当且不合法的强迫性肉体关系,并且还表示这完全是因为自己具有悲天悯人的慈悲胸怀,不嫌弃对方老丑。)七.说到激烈处,为表示对对方的无比轻蔑,大家隔着宽大的会议桌互相吐口水(大家都是内家高手,肺活量充足,口水吐得既急且劲,就是准头差点,有好多都浪费在了紫川参星身上)八.拿起茶杯砸过去(为了节省经费开支,每次开会前内务部都要把陶瓷茶杯换成不锈钢的,但还是弄坏了不少。后来哥珊做了幕僚长以后,对内务部说:“苯啊!你们就不会用纸杯吗?”)九.相互挑衅(“丫挺的你敢动我下试试!”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动你又怎样?”……——类似“鸡生蛋”“蛋生鸡”似的哲学问题,可以循环往复直至无穷。)十.动手开打(紫川参星提醒大家:“会议时间不多了,大家赶紧回到正题来!”还沉浸在哲学讨论中的双方这才恍然大悟:“是啊,不能再浪费时间了,该干正经事情了!”因为不能带武器进场的缘故,一个个赶紧抄起椅子动手——但有一次大家坐的都是沙发,而且是红楠木的,特别沉重——结果那场架打下来大家可累死了,相当于帮内务部搬了一次家。)十一.紫川参星拍着桌子怒骂:“你们这样胡闹,成什么体统!”(伴着说话声,大群禁卫军拿着警辊冲进来乱敲——管你位高权重,哪怕总统领、监察长什么的也照打——将群殴双方隔离)十二.各受一顿训斥,作出深刻检讨。十三.会议圆满结束。(收工下班,回家吃饭。)※※※帝林对军官们凶狠的样子很满意:“对!就是这样!要从气势上压倒他们!”扭头发现哥普拉,眼中一亮,招呼他过来,问:“回来了?休假玩得还愉快?见到你伯父了?他身体还好?”口气很随意。哥普拉明白帝林的意思,恭敬回答:“有劳大人费心了。下官的假期过得很愉快,没留下什么遗憾。伯父身体好,他向大人您问好。就是最近因为我堂兄在远东打仗,所以我让伯父对那边——特别是德亚和伊里亚两个行省来的信件和人都多加关注,问清楚看仔细。”(“大人,事情办得很干净,没留下什么手尾。方劲统领对您依旧听命服从,我已经让他最近对从远东德亚和伊里亚两个行省的来信和来人都要仔细盘查,务必不使走漏风声。”)帝林看看哥普拉一身天蓝色的军法官制服已经给路上的黄沙风尘染成了褐色的样子,分明是刚回帝都没有回家休息就马上赶来复命了,赞许的点点头,心里赞许:“我并没有吩咐去检查信件,他却自己想到了。”可是帝林也知道,哥普拉正是紫川参星安排在他身边的探子。两人一直维持一种心照不宣的默契:帝林凡是有什么见不得人的勾当都派哥普拉去做,对他极其的信任;而哥普拉也很清楚该如何完成对紫川参星的任务,每次写秘密报告时候都拿去问帝林:“大人,这个字该怎么写?我不懂,您能不能帮我看看?”※※※“哥普拉,你累了吗?可以回去再休息阵子。”帝林问他。“不用了,大人。在这种场合的话,下官应该在您身边,不然就太不自然了。”哥普拉的言下之意是:我身为大人您的亲卫队长,在外面被称做“帝林的影子”。这种场合我居然不在您身边,万一紫川参星这个有心人见不到我,见了起疑心来追查我动向的话就麻烦了。帝林略一思索已经明白了哥普拉的意思,安慰的拍拍他肩头,意思是:辛苦了!哥普拉观察下随行人员,发现有几个身体瘦消、面黄肌瘦的人,跟帝林说:“大人,我们应该带点强壮点的人过去吧?这几位……”帝林笑笑:“哥普拉,你还记得吗?上次开会时候,罗明海故意挑衅,有一个好恶心的家伙口水吐得又多又远,我们吃大亏了!今天我们非报这个仇不可!”哥普拉惊讶,不明白这几个看上去面黄骨瘦的家伙如何能“报仇”,迟疑着说:“他们很会那个…那个吐口水?”“那倒不是。”帝林凑近哥普拉的耳朵边:“他们都是肺结核传染病患者。”※※※双方都到场坐下。罗明海和帝林自动的在屋子里面相隔最远的两个位置坐下,隔在他们中间的是一排统领处的官员和一排监察厅的官员,双方壁垒分明,好象两排绝缘层似的把罗明海和帝林两个正负极隔开。紫川参星坐会议桌的首席,威严又慈祥的看着大家,好象一个大家长看着他不听话的两个倔强儿子。帝林皱眉,他在统领处的官员中间看到了紫川秀以前的长官哥珊副统领。哥珊素以能吏著称,以前开会都没有她的,这次罗明海却把她带来了,这可能说明罗明海今天真的打算正正经经的开个会议。帝林叹气,如果真这样的话,原来准备的战术就派不上用场了。紫川参星做开场白,内容几十年如一日般不变,一如既往地废话、空洞无昧。大家已经听过一千零一遍了,每次听还是得做出深受启迪、受益非浅样子,表示总长殿下说话意义深远,令人回味无穷。※※※接着罗明海开始向紫川参星做统领处的最近的工作,其中的主要内容就是远东战况。罗明海刚说:“现在我读一下远东战区总司令明辉统领的报告。‘回禀总长大人及总统领大人……’”另外一边的监察厅众军官马上就异口同声接上去:“远东战局又到了最关键的时刻!”罗明海怒视帝林:“帝林,总长殿下驾前,你也不约束下自己的部下!”帝林漫不经心回答:“怎么?我监察厅的同事就不能在殿下驾前发表自己对远东战局的看法?碍你什么事情了?”罗明海气得条条青筋暴起——罗明海素来深沉,自从当了总统领后,更是讲究宰相城府,凡事不动声色,惟有碰见帝林时候,什么“深沉”“城府”全都给抛到了九霄云外:帝林特别善于挑逗人生气。只要他用那种很特别的谁也模仿不来的拖长了的、带尾音的贵族腔调,带着副“老子就是这样,你拿老子怎么样?”的神态,漫不经心说上几句,再用眼角末梢轻蔑地扫对方一下——“能把死人气得爬起来再死一次,只要帝林愿意的话!”紫川秀曾经这样说。※※※紫川参星打圆场:“好了好了,帝林,你就让部下安静点。罗明海,你就继续读吧。”罗明海狠狠盯了帝林一眼,继续读:“……回禀总长大人及总统领大人:远东战局到了最关键的时刻!”监察厅军官那边“嘿嘿”笑个不停,连统领处这边的人也泛起无奈的苦笑:自从明辉在罗明海的极力推荐下当了远东战区的最高司令以后,远东战局逢星期二星期四就会出现一次“最关键的时刻”,每到这种“关键”时刻,当然不用说的吵着要增兵增饷增补给了。※※※罗明海:“明辉十月七日的报告是:‘在这关键时刻,如果再不给我们增援——哪怕一个师团也好,我们的战线就要崩溃了!’”紫川参星不悦:“这个兵痞子,又在威胁我们了——跟他说,没有!”罗明海点头:“是的。我当场就回复他:“如果战线崩溃了,我第一个送你上军事法庭!’”紫川参星赞叹道:“说得好!就该这样!不过后来你为什么又派了增援过去?”“因为他后来又来报告说:‘在这关键时刻,只要再给我一个师团,我就能让叛军崩溃!’”帝林在一边冷笑:“只不过换个说法而已,就被人家骗倒了。”紫川参星也微带责备的说:“是啊,罗明海,他只要一个师团,你也不用从西部边境一下子抽调了三个整编师团给他啊!”“他一共来了三次同样的报告……”帝林冷笑,抬头望天花板,一副“你蠢得没话可说”的神态,却不出声——那样子比说了什么更让罗明海气愤。紫川参星也哑然失笑,摇头感叹说:“远东真是个无底洞啊,前前后后我们都派了六十多个正规师团,近二十万民军过去,花了我们几百个亿的军费,现在还是看不到点结束的迹象。难啊!帝林,你在远东呆过,你的看法呢?”帝林恭谨回答:“大人,下官认为目前已经不能再从西部边境抽调兵力了。目前西部边境我们与流风家的兵力对比已经达到2:3了,在有些防线地段已经出现了1:2的危险比例。如果再抽调兵力的话,西部防线就显得太空虚了,万一引得流风双那个女魔头起坏心的话,我们就得不偿失了。”紫川参星点头:“言之有理。虽说流风家目前在闹争权夺利,但是我们也不能太大意。但是如何回复明辉的增援请求呢?”“这就要从新组建的民军师团中想办法了,殿下。”帝林明知道罗明海是负责民军筹建工作的,故意把难题踢过去。罗明海硬着头皮回答:“大人,最近由于已经是收获时节,民军大多都留在家中收割庄稼,来应征的越来越少了——这种状况等收获时节过了以后可能会有好转。”紫川参星皱眉:“这样啊…军情如火,不能等啊!能不能筹建一两个师团的雇佣军呢?这样比较快点,战斗力也比一般的民军强。”罗明海一时候不知道如何回答:“这个…具体情况,能不能批准哥珊来谈下。”紫川参星同意。哥珊站起,先向紫川参星鞠躬致意,神态自若,语音响亮:“回总长大人、总统领、监察长三位大人的问话:如果要成立雇佣军团的话,估计一个雇佣军师团的成立费用为一亿一千万,每个月的常规维护费用为三千万。而一般常规部队的成立费用不过五千万左右,维护费用仅仅为每月七百万左右。而经过元老会的审核,我们今年的军费开支是一百七十八亿三千二百万,由于远东战事,严重超支,已经花到了三百三十二亿五千一百万。现在还只是十一月初,到来年一月新的财政年度时候,还有将近两个多月时间,我们估计会花到超过四百亿。如果还要成立昂贵的雇佣军的话,只怕到时候我们难以跟元老会交代。”哥珊说得干脆利索,十几个详细数字脱口而出,无愧统领处第一“能吏”之称。帝林听着哥珊简练的报告,心思却不在报告上:哥珊与罗明海之间的关系颇有意味,哥珊素来以才干和大胆直言著称,凡是有她看不顺眼的,无论对方地位多高,她照样让他下不了台。有次甚至因为意见不合,她当众就敢把自己的直属上司罗明海骂个狗血淋头,两人吵得面红耳赤,旁观者看得脸色发白——但事情过后,罗明海还是照样维护哥珊,甚至在上次帝都动乱时候哥珊表态失误也是由罗明海保了下来,现在还极力推荐她接任幕僚长的位置——如果真的是这样的话,那她就是统领处第一位女性成员了。帝林沉思:“除去和自己间的恩怨不谈,不得不承认,罗明海倒是很具有爱惜人才的的宰相胸怀的,而且善于民政、军务后勤工作,而且也不怎么贪婪,不弄权——他当这个总统领倒也不算差劲到哪里去,至少比他的前任强上好多,只可惜,他与自己势同水火…”正在沉思中,却听见紫川参星对哥珊发问:“那照你的意思,我们现在是不宜成立新的雇佣军队的了?”“是的。”哥珊毫不犹豫回答:“不然赤字太严重,无法跟元老会交代。”口气硬梆梆的,毫无其他臣子回答时候那种委婉、恭敬和谦卑的神态语气:“总长圣明,容下官发表一点浅薄俗见……”帝林苦笑,心头猜想:“难怪!即使有了罗明海的大力推荐,这样的脾气,她也是很难坐上幕僚长的位置的了。”紫川参星果然不悦,没有出声。罗明海赶紧转换个话题:“总长殿下,明辉还有个大规模作战计划来让我们批准实施。计划代号“蓝月”,估计要动用到将近四十万部队,包括了黑旗军、中央军的全部主力还要加上二十万左右的民军。这么大的行动明辉自己一个人不敢自作主张,要请示总长殿下。计划如果顺利的话,有望在今年结束远东战事!”如他所料的,紫川参星的注意力马上被吸引过来了:“哦?什么计划?说给我听听。”“是,殿下!”罗明海回头招呼个参谋军官:“把作战用地图打开。”明辉的计划是这样的:远东叛乱军队的中坚和死硬分子大多都已经集中在了云省的广袤的丛林和山地里,正在想冲出云省来。明辉和斯特林的部队都曾经在云省的森林边缘地带布防拦截他们。由于家族王军大多是来自家族腹地,在森林地区由于不适应环境,作战相当困难,伤亡也大。明辉的意见是:干脆放开路,由黑旗军佯败把叛军引诱到蓝河与灰水河交叉的三汊河平原地带。然后黑旗军渡河,然后把桥梁拆掉,再在河的对岸布防,让叛军无法渡河。中央军和方劲指挥的民军从叛军后面出现包抄。三汊河平原两面临水无路可走,叛军唯一的出路又给中央军和民军围困了,不用一个月,叛军就会被饿得撑不下而自动投降的。把这批叛军的主力除掉的话,远东各地的叛乱就不难平息了。帝林还没听完就明白了,冷笑一声:“真不愧是明辉订的计划啊!”他接着跟紫川参星解释说:“殿下,下官以为这个计划很不公平。明辉的部队过了河,只要把桥一毁,叛军势必难以渡河追击。而当叛军被在三杈河被围困无路可走时候,为求生路,势必做困兽之击,那时侯承受叛军拼死反扑压力的就是在平地布防、无险可守的中央军了!——而明辉只需要在蓝河对面悠闲的“布防”,拍着手喊:“斯特林——加油!”就够了——这样来说对斯特林太不公平了。”紫川参星还没有说话,罗明海已经抢着说了:“斯特林统领阁下深明大义,已经同意了这个计划。”帝林强辩:“那是斯特林阁下知其难而为之,精忠体国一片苦心!总长大人乃当今仁君,最为体恤臣下,必然不会同意让斯特林独力承当如此苛刻任务。”“怎么是独力承当呢?不是还有方劲的民军在协助防守吗?”“哈,罗明海。你搞的那些民军——我一个师团就能把你们十万人打得满地找牙齿——总长殿下,民军虽名为协防,但是主要的重担肯定会落斯特林那边。可怜斯特林部队一直战斗不息,经历诸次战役,伤亡已经很重了!不能光让帝都子弟流血啊,殿下!斯特林部队负责诱敌好了。就让明辉的部队来担任这个任务如何?”“帝林你胡说八道!中央军不是刚刚结束休整从德亚省区回来吗?黑旗军杀敌数目也不少啊!上百万呢,比斯特林还多!”“罗明海你这个猪头懂个屁!全世界都知道明辉在虚报军情,就你还一意维护他,你到底有何居心?!中央军伤亡率在35%以上,这么大的损伤岂是一两个星期的休整能补回来的?——你不懂军事就给我乖乖闭上你的鸟嘴!”“帝林你这狗屁凭什么说明辉虚报?就你这厮你也敢说自己懂军事!不就是杀了几个老百姓吗?嚣张个鸟!我……”※※※“够了!”紫川参星一拍桌子:“都给我住口!”帝林和罗明海一齐鞠躬行礼,为御前无礼表示谢罪。紫川参星出了口粗气:“早晚给你们两个混蛋气死。”,扭头看哥珊:“哥珊,你怎么看?”大家都很意外:紫川参星刚才神色间还对哥珊很不满似的,现在竟然放着在座那么多高官将领不问,特意征求她的意见。帝林却是心下雪亮:在座那么多人中,不是罗明海派别的就是自己派别的,也惟有哥珊不依附任何人,立场最为客观公正。哥珊站起来回答:“大人,下官不懂军事。不过大人既然垂询了,下官只能说:此地距离远东前线万里,文书来往得半个月,我们无法及时知道前线实情,实在不宜妄下命令,以免有贻误战机之失。”此番话说得有理而且不偏袒任何一方,争吵双方都不由得心中赞同。“那你的意思是……”“大人,远东前线明辉、斯特林还有方劲三位统领大人都是久经沙场熟知兵事的老行家,并非无能之辈。我们只需要做好后勤补给工作,指挥作战的事情就交给专家来做好了。跟他们说:“以尽快结束战事为目的,一切相机行事。”我想三位统领大人身临其境,应该知道如何应付处置,不必我们多加饶舌。”“这话说得在理!帝林,你还有什么要说的吗?”眼见紫川参星主意是已经打定了,实在不适宜再反驳了,帝林躬身道:“哥珊阁下言之有理,下官敬服。”心中遗憾:“罗明海这个庸才竟然有这么出色一个部下!明明是帮他说话了,还不露半点痕迹,理由还很光明正大——我部下怎么就找不到这样一人呢?”※※※“好,那这件事情就这么定了:我批准实施“蓝月”计划,马上起草文书加急送过去。还有,哥珊,军粮补给的事情你得一手抓起来,这真的是关键时刻了,不能出漏子,否则就真的全功尽弃了!——难得今天大家的会议开得这么和睦成功啊!这就对了,要顾全大局,要……”这时候内务部的李清旗本匆匆闯进会议厅来——会议进行中且总长正在说话,这是很失礼的举动。大家正惊讶,她走过去在紫川参星耳朵边说了句话。“什么?”紫川参星失声叫了出来,当即站了起来,立即又坐了下去,脸部肌肉不受控制的抽搐着:很明显是来了个很坏的消息。面对部下们询问的眼光,紫川参星一字一句说:“元老会萧议长通知我:三年一次的元老评议会在今年提前召开,就在下个星期二开始。”罗明海、帝林一起同声痛骂:“他妈的!”——这还是家族总统领和监察长首次达成了一致意见。紫川参星脸色沉重:“真是不幸,屋漏逢下雨,米少又沾锅——事不宜迟,马上把命令传下去!加急通知明辉:一定要在元老会议开始干预前把蓝月计划给执行了!”远东瓦伦要塞,方劲接到八百里加急文书,拆开看,马上就骂开了:“狗娘养的!元老会又要开了!”云省前线,联合指挥部。一个勤务兵快步走过来:“回禀两位统领大人,八百里加急!”明辉接过来先看,只说了一个字:“操!”转而把信递给斯特林,“你看看,那群混蛋在帝都瞎搞!”斯特林默默的看完了信件,却不出声,抬头昂望苍天,只见乌云密布,眼看着就有一场暴雨将致,心头忽然起了一个念头:“难道真的是天灭我紫川族吗?”第55章重逢灰蒙蒙的天空,雨雪不断。远东叛军破坏了停战协议重新挑起了战火,他们突然袭击了家族王军的巡逻队,然后逃窜。急于立功的方劲统领率领十多万大军前去追击,大军行进到了月亮湾平原,漫天飞舞的雪花中,前方的地平线上出现了一大片阴影。气喘吁吁的士兵们犹豫地停下了脚步,张望着:“那是什么?枝枝桠桠的一大片,是树丛吧?”“看起来很象,只是怎么越来越大了似的?”老兵张起眼帘来张望,忽然高声嚷道:“都还在在动着哪!这那里是树啊!那是一路大军朝我们过来了!”队伍起了骚动,民军士兵们纷纷嚷嚷:“好大一路兵马啊!是叛军吧!”“怎么办啊!”指挥官方劲骑在马上巡视着吆喝:“怕什么!叛军不过乌合之众,人数再多也不是我们对手!摆好阵势等着他们过来!”他的镇定和威严压制了全场的骚动,军官们劈头给了慌张的士兵一个耳光,打得他眼冒金星:“你!慌什么?站回队列里面去!”拳打脚踢的把他们赶回了原地。队伍安静了下来。一路路师团开出来,在平原上展开阵型。一个个巨大整齐的钢铁方阵顷刻间形成,布满了整个月亮湾平原。传令兵骑着马奔驰在于各个方阵之间,高呼:“准备!”步兵们整齐划一的竖起长矛,方阵的上方一片钢铁冰冷的闪光。骑兵纷纷上马,在两翼作为反冲击的预备队,一排排高举的马刀明亮如雪,仿佛一条耀眼的光带,雪花安静的落在战士的头盔上,肩膀上,积了浅浅的的一片。闷雷般的蹄声传来,大地在轻微的震动。黑压压的敌群在迅速的切近着,犹如浪涛,犹如海啸,那如云头样的轮廓,也越来越清晰,那黑压压的阵头,拥着长长的刀枪,还有那成千上万的马蹄溅起的雪粉,漫天飞舞,那威势,仿佛整路大军是踏着一朵云,在地上飞!就如同传说的黑暗深渊中出现的恶魔,驾起云朵,要把所有敢于阻拦它去路的人和物一口吞下!“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵奔来喝嚷:“第一排,蹲下!”士兵们把长矛的杆托搁在地上,矛尖前指,弯腰迎敌。军官们在他们的耳朵边上大叫大吼:“为了保卫紫川家族,为了你们的荣誉,勇敢的去战斗吧!”“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵再次号令。听命的士卒们,更加把脚牢牢的钉在地面上,紧握着长矛,所有人的心都在砰砰狂跳。前排士兵的牙齿不由自主的发出“咯咯”的碰击声,脸色发白。在方阵的后面,督战的军法官指挥宪兵们排成了散兵线,亮晃晃的箭头对准了前面的士兵的背后。敌军在以难以置信的高速度压近!每一眨眼,就贴近一点!可以看见了,那如云的旌旗,那密密麻麻的刀枪,骑兵那狰狞的面孔,马鼻孔喷出的的白气,兵马奔腾向前,势如风暴,厉若狂飙,以密集的阵型卷杀而来,成千上万的汹涌而致!风吹开一片雪幕,人们的眼界清楚了些。突然,一个恐怖的嗓音在方阵中嚷起:“天哪!那不是叛军!那是魔族!”所有的方阵一下出现了混乱,士兵们不顾军纪的叫唤着:“是魔族!魔族杀来了!”“天啊,快跑吧,我们会没命的!”一个接一个的士兵丢下武器,从队列中跑了出来,军官们大喊大喝的拦住他们:“不许跑!谁跑就杀了谁!”“站住!我命令你站住!”“放!”面无表情的军法官一挥手,宪兵们开始射箭,逃跑的士兵一个个中箭惨叫着倒下,但是逃跑的士兵却越来越多!方劲骑在马上大声呼唤:“不要怕!这是叛军伪装的!不要怕,回到队列中去!为了保卫我们的……”一声巨大的呼喝,忽然裂天而起,将他的话淹没:“塞姆嘿林!”(吾皇万岁!)魔族兵狂啸着:“呜拉格!”(杀!)再无疑问了,这正是魔族王国军队冲锋的战号!大地在崩裂,天在塌!对于魔族那些绿色皮肤长着狰狞面孔的怪物,人类有一种来自内心最深处的恐惧!人类不会忘记,两百年前,就是它们的先辈毁灭了强大一时的光明帝国文明。不到二十万的魔族军团横扫整个西川大陆,让光明帝国最后的皇帝战死,皇家军团陈尸五十万于蓝河战场。魔族,传说中会吃人会喷火的怪物,代表了人世间最凶残、最强大的邪恶!※※※所有的方阵立即土崩瓦解了,士兵们不再理会命令,争先恐后的丢下了武器,转身逃跑。那溃散的兵勇象开了闸的水,象江河浪头,人潮汹涌,一下子把后面的督战队伍冲垮。到处是一片喧嚣声:“逃啊!逃啊!”“没命了!”人们四散逃走,互相踩啊、挤啊,轧啊,冲撞着,白花花的武器丢了一地,到处是丢弃的旗帜。顷刻间,整路大军烟消云散,不复存在。魔族骑兵冲进了溃逃的人群中,欢呼着开始了一场大屠杀。成千上万魔族的欢呼声与成千上万人类临死的惨叫同样高入云霄。方劲停止了无用的呼喊,这时候也再无任何力量可以挽救大军的溃败了。他静静的看着面前自己的十几万大军在整个平原上狼奔兔突,看着一群又一群的溃兵从自己面前跑过,看着魔族在他们后面放声的狂笑,开始屠杀,看到满地的旗帜被践踏。耻辱啊,尚未交锋,十几万大军就不战自溃!相比之下,赤水滩算得了什么?他的亲卫队长明柯气喘吁吁的跑过来:“大人,魔族已经杀过来了,我们也赶紧撤吧!”方劲扭头看了他一眼,沉默,目光脱离杀戮的战场,投向茫茫的天际。明柯以为他没听见,重复:“大人,我们撤吧!留得青山在……”“你走吧!明柯。”方劲翻身上了自己的战马,望向明柯:“回去以后,告诉我那两个女儿,她们的爸爸是个胆小鬼,但是,幸好他还没有做出玷污自己名字的事情。”长叹一声,轻轻说:“生死,不过就这么回事了!我以前真是太傻了!”明柯扑上去拉住缰绳:“大人,您要去哪里?”方劲笑而不答,拔剑噌的割断了缰绳,掣马奔驰。方向与所有人相反,他直直对着魔族军队的阵头冲了过去。明柯呆呆的立在原地,目送着一个伟岸的背影慢慢消失在逆向的人流中,方劲最后的那个笑容已经深深的刻在了他的脑海中。这就是后世人称“忠烈”统领的方劲留在人世的最后一面。没有人明白他那句遗言的意思——除了帝林以外,后者明白,方劲正是以这种方式,避免了受自己要挟而身败名裂的结局。帝林小声骂句“笨蛋”,然后脱下帽子,面对远东方向久久伫立。方劲是在卫圣战争中阵亡的第一个统领级的军官。他死得完全象个英雄。在五十米外连人带马就给魔族射成了一个刺猬,他却依然活着,挂着满身的箭依靠着一棵大树只身抗击许多塞内亚骑兵。魔族兵看出他是一个高级军官,原来想把他活抓的,但是每个靠近他五步以内的魔族兵都被他一剑砍倒,尸体围着他环成了一个圈。最后看实在没办法近身,指挥官一声令下,十几把长矛同时刺入他的身体,鲜血喷涌溅出。方劲倒下了。一个浑身上下长着绿毛的步兵和一个皮肤漆黑、满口烂牙的骑兵抢着要割方劲的人头,方劲忽然站了起来一剑把那个绿毛步兵砍成了两截,然后再一次也是最后一次的倒下。于是那个失去了竞争对手的骑兵非常高兴。他小心翼翼的把方劲的脑袋割下,和自己的马鞍下的那串人头挂在了一起。当天的月亮湾平原上空,阴沉沉的,雨雪不断,仿佛是上苍也不忍心眼着这一场大屠戮展开,用彤云遮住了自己的眼睛。十几万人类逃,二十几万魔族追。空中回荡着魔族的兴奋的欢呼和人类士兵的哀求、惨叫。尽管人类士兵已经举手跪下了,哀求着企求活命,魔族骑兵仍然毫不留情的把他们从头到肩膀猛劈下去。它们心里有数,只有很少一部分人付得起高昂的赎金,带着俘虏只会妨碍自己杀敌的利索,不如直接割脑袋去领功的好。为了逃魔族鲁帝军团的追杀,大群大群的士兵争先恐后的跳进了结着薄冰的河流,拼命的向对岸游过去。但是远东叛军早已经在对岸严阵以待了,箭如雨下,人们在水中挣扎着发出阵阵惨叫和哭号,河水马上被染成了浅红,湍急的河流把上下浮沉的人体不断的冲走……参加月亮湾会战的十一万五千名紫川军,能逃过当天屠杀不到五千余人,由于遭受魔族和叛军的一路追击,最后能活着回到瓦伦要塞的只有八十七人。雪仍旧下个不停,掩盖了十几万具无头的尸体。月亮湾平原依旧那么宁静,那么洁白无暇。在接下来的三天里,紫川家族受到了血淋淋的重创。各路紫川军由于处在和谈时期,松于戒备,接连不断的遭受了毁灭性的打击。二更时分,几乎在哨兵警报的同时,魔族龙骑兵迅雷不及掩耳的揣进了黑旗军的西部大营,对睡梦中惊醒的紫川军展开屠杀。赤手空拳、惊惶失措的士兵们被马刀砍死、被长矛戳死、被箭射死、被自己人踩死、被大火烧死、被水淹死……第一缕阳光照过来时候,西部大营已经遍地尸骸,两万多人连一个活口都没留下。一路民军被魔族给包围了。他们毫无战意,发现突围无望后便马上举手投降了。缴械后,卡顿亲王一声令下,魔族立即把他们全部砍了脑袋。在堆积如山的尸骸边上,魔族塞内亚士兵在兴高采烈的欢呼嬉戏,饮酒作乐,把死人脑袋当球似的抛来接去玩乐,把血淋淋的肠子扒出来套在同伴的脖子上取笑……在开战的三天内,紫川就被杀了二十四万士兵,另外有十一万投降(其中的大部分也是被屠杀了,只有很幸运的向云浅雪将军投降的士兵才能取得活命。等待他们的是作为奴隶被贩卖的命运……)紫川家族费尽心机才集合起来的这六十万大军,统领处日日夜夜不眠不休工作的成果,转眼间,灰飞湮灭。※※※此时,在家族主力军中唯一没有遭到毁灭性打击的惟有斯特林的中央军。因为中央军所处位置比较纵深,很幸运的逃过了魔族第一轮的打击波。虽然不断遭到魔族先遣队的骚扰偷袭,但是由于斯特林早已经把部队集中警戒防卫了,并没有造成很大的损失,只是损折了几路斥候兵马。第60章狂澜帝国历779年的冬天来得特别的晚,直到十二月,第一股寒流才滚滚的越过瓦伦要塞,由东而西,席卷整个大地。气温在十小时之内降到了零下,第一场雪却迟迟不见踪影,反而却雷声轰隆起,一个霹雳将总长府门前值勤的两个卫兵劈倒,旗杆被劈断。以后下了倾盆大雨。三天三夜的暴雨之后,终于雨过天晴,在东方出现了了一抹靓丽的彩虹,同时却在西方天际出现了一个巨大的十字架。人们记忆中还没见过如此反常的气象。见多识广的老人们回忆起五十年前那个冬天,也是同样的冬雷轰隆暴雨不断,而在那年的开春就发生了三十万边防军集体叛变的事件,就在离帝都不到三十里的古度平原上,紫川军与得到流风军助阵的叛军展开惨烈的大战,死人多得一层层的叠满了上百公里的战场,野狗吃得眼都红了。老人们信誓旦旦的说:这必定昭示着来年家族王军与远东叛军将会有一场空前规模的大战,死人多得恐怕还要超过五十年前的那次。人们听得纷纷点头,尽管元老会已经通过了与叛军和谈的决议,议和谈判正在进行中,但是从家族官员、贵族到普通民众,几乎所有人都有这么种预感:与叛军一场惨烈大战不可避免,空前的灾难就要来临。帝都市民人心惶惶,流言四起,都认为这必然是因为有人罪孽深重,导致愤怒天谴的缘故。(关于究竟是谁罪孽深重的问题就众说纷纭了,比如说总统领罗明海和监察长帝林就有不同的说法。)一时间,帝都的大小寺庙教堂,各种宗教团体得以红火了一把。所有的和尚、神甫、托钽僧、尼姑、牧师、修女、毛拉、道士、先知、教主都宣称:是因为帝都市民你们贪婪、无知,不信奉神灵,作恶多端,现在我的上帝、佛主、真主、神灵、圣徒(或者管他什么东西)生气了,他的怒火将降临大地,洗清一切罪恶。忏悔吧,你们这群罪人,你们的罪孽深重啊!(重得跟你们的钱包似的!)只有诚心相信我们的才能得救!至于如何表达你们的虔诚的心意呢?(这个时候一个穿白衣服的圣洁的少女捧着功德箱出现)来来,大家,拿出你们的诚意来!记住,吝啬的人是进不了天堂的!上帝早就说过了:富人想进天堂跟骆驼想通过针眼一样的困难。(呵呵,我们的神还真是有先见之明啊!)钱财是罪恶的象征!是魔鬼用来诱惑世人的!想得救的唯一途径就是把这些“罪恶”让我们来替你承受……不要误会了,我们一心侍奉神灵,世间的荣华享乐早已不放在我们心中,我们这是用我们多年的清修功力要替你赎罪啊!怀疑我们这些神的使者,那就等于怀疑神啊!你要下地狱的!帝林每经过一个街口就看到有个奇装异服的人在路边指手划脚或者哭天抢地的高呼:“神救世人!”“信我者得救!”在一条街道上,两个“神的使者”还因为要抢地盘演说当街气喘吁吁的对骂:“你是魔鬼!”“上帝要消灭你的!”“神的怒火要要降罚你!”——这样骂了半天,结果他们的神和上帝不知道是没听见他们的召唤呢还是没空,好久都没有过来。结果他们两个就只有代替自己的上帝来惩罚对方了,当街扭打起来。旁边围了一大群人在那观看这场“诸神之战”。帝林开始以为那些人都是疯子,后来明白了,冷笑着:“这真是各种盛行宗教的极大收益,我们民族心智的极大损失啊。”一个长着大胡子的托钽僧不知道从哪个角落里突然窜出拦住帝林:“朋友,你愿意听听来自上帝的意旨吗?”帝林的卫兵们敬畏的对托钽僧敬礼。帝林头也不回着:“不用了,上帝住我隔壁,有什么话他自己跟我说好了。”大步地走过。托钽僧愤怒的追上来:“你这个不信神的家伙!你这个魔鬼!你要下地狱受烈火煎的!你会被诅咒的!”他大声的叱骂,口沫飞溅,卫兵一个个惊恐的在胸前划着十字,不敢靠近。帝林猛然回身将那个托钽僧一下压到了墙上,压低声说:“其实我真的是魔鬼,上帝是我的对头!现在既然被你发现了,那我就只好来个杀人灭口了……”帝林薄薄的嘴唇浅笑着扭曲,眼中闪着诡异的光芒,如同剃刀般锋利的杀气直压过去,剑不出鞘的压在在托钽僧的喉咙上。托钽僧脸色发白,一瞬间他就明白了:眼前这个人真的会杀了自己的!他当场就失禁了,裤裆湿淋淋的。托钽僧连滚带爬的逃走,哭喊着:“魔鬼啊!魔鬼啊!上帝救救我们吧!”帝林放声的狂笑:“哈哈哈哈哈!”转向卫兵们说:“开个玩笑,哈哈,魔鬼,哈哈哈!!”卫兵们一个个脸色发白,心中一齐泛起个念头:搞不好,这可并非玩笑。※※※仿佛是为了验证不详之兆,年末的十二月二十一日,帝都发生了流血事件。事情的起因是很简单的,在帝都的双龙酒吧间里面,几个喝醉了酒的统领处军官闹事,和巡逻的宪兵打起了群架——究竟打群架的原因如何,那已经是无从调查了,因为最初的当事人都已经不能再开口了。帝都宪兵们大多是帝林从远东一手带回来的远东军士兵,他们饱经战火,经验丰富,一会儿就把那些个本来就喝醉了的统领处军官揍得鬼哭狼嚎的。其中一个军官跑到街道上大喊:“统领处的快过来啊!!监察厅的在欺负我们的人哪!”这天正是周六晚,帝都所有的酒吧里面都坐满了喝得脑子发热、拳头发痒的统领处军官们,那一声呼喊就如导火线般引爆了统领处与监察厅之间多年的积怨,他们从四面八方的酒吧里面出来冲向双龙酒吧,那副劲头就象双龙酒吧已经被魔族军占领了,他们要马上去解救一般,呼喊“打倒帝林的走狗!”,把宪兵给反包围在了双龙酒吧里面,用酒瓶和砖头雨点般投掷进去。宪兵们眼见形势逆转,敌众我寡,一面死守着酒吧的门口,一面吹响了警哨。附近的几支宪兵巡逻队赶来时候,眼见的是大群的“暴徒”(帝林是这么说的)正在围攻他们的同事,立即怒火燃烧,掏出警棍上前参战解围。战团进一步的扩大,从一个酒吧扩展到整个街道,空中是横飞的啤酒瓶、火把、砖头,暴怒的男人们一边拳打、脚踢,一边咒骂声不断,一方高呼:“打倒罗明海的走狗!”另一方马上回敬:“打倒帝林的走狗!”双方都在不断的在呼叫,招来自己的援军。二十分钟后,帝都治部少的警察赶来想制止混乱——在后来的调查会上他们说自己是:“很公正的对待混战双方,试图使他们冷静下来”——却专挑那些宪兵的后脑用警棍“轻轻”的打:不奇怪,因为治部少是听命于幕僚长命令的,也算是统领处方面的人——不过帝林的部下们可也不是挨打不还手的和平主义者,宪兵们马上连治部少的警察也一齐打,混战扩大了。这个时候统领处在人数上占了优势,但是帝林的部下却因为骁勇而取占了上风,越战越勇,眼看就要取得帝林对罗明海的大胜利了。在这个时候大批惟恐天下不乱的民军士兵们闻风赶来。他们一向最爱的就是斗殴、群架,眼看面前有这么大场面的一场群架,马上激动全身颤抖,根本不问原因、不管理由,兴高采烈大呼小叫的加入了战团,仿佛身家性命、前途命运全部在此一战。民军士兵时而高喊:“总统领万岁!”帮着统领处一块打监察厅的宪兵;时而又高呼:“打倒罗明海!”掉头和统领处的军官们和警察混战;时而忽然什么也不喊自己人跟自己人又打了起来。本来壁垒分明的双方因为他们的加入变成了乱成一团。帝都本地的地痞流氓们眼看着机不可失,也加入了进来。他们喊着:“我们爱戴总统领!”一边砸开了路边商店、民居的大门,蜂拥而进掠夺一空,一边又喊着:“帝林万岁!”威迫经过的行人把钱包交出来,趁机非礼女性;善良的市民和业主们不甘受损,街区的居民委员会叫着:“罗明海万岁!帝林万岁!女人和孩子不要出来,男人们拿起武器,保卫我们的街区!”——对于这两个巨头他们是谁也不敢得罪的——男人们响应着号召,用菜刀和铁锅把自己全副武装了起来,战战栗栗的抵抗着入侵者。战火从商业街扩展到了民居,又到了公园:在那里两个对立的宗教主正号召他们的信徒投入一场圣战,惩罚对方那些不信神的异教徒;帝都最大的两个黑帮团体也借着这个难得的机会来解决他们之间的恩怨,几百名穿黑西服戴墨镜的黑手党在杀得血肉横飞……几十家的商店被点燃,火光冲天,映得帝都的夜空一片红亮。暴徒们在燃烧的废墟旁边肆无忌惮的欢呼、纵情喝酒。从这里到哪里,到处是混战,军官打宪兵,宪兵打军官,然后他们又一齐合力痛打警察和流氓。楼上的居民往下面扔花盆把下面人砸得脑袋开花,下面的人拿着火把烧掉整座大楼作为报复……到处是横飞的棍棒、伤者在呻吟、女人和小孩在尖叫、男人们杀气腾腾的在寻找下一个目标。回忆起七七九年年末的那一个夜晚,人们只有一句话形容:“那一夜,帝都疯了。”事件发生不到半个钟头,罗明海得到了报告:“帝都发生大骚乱!”他马上出发赶去总长府,一路盘算着该在紫川参星面前如何告状:“我的部下是遵纪守法的良好公民。这完全是因为帝林纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!帝林及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请总长殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”他在心里准备好了一段完美的说辞,自觉很满意。他刚进会见室,就听到帝林对紫川参星严肃的说:“总长殿下,下官的部下都是遵纪守法的良好公民。这次骚乱完全是因为罗明海纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!罗明海及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”罗明海一时间几乎晕了过去。象往常一样,他们在总长面前又展开了各种争辩、挖苦、谩骂。直到紫川参星一拍桌子:“够了!现在不是来追究谁对谁错的问题!现在我们要做的是马上把这次骚乱平息下去!”两人一齐闭嘴。帝林开口:“总长殿下,这次事件请交给下官负责吧!维护帝都秩序正是下官宪兵部队的职责。下官保证:在天亮以前,让帝都回复秩序!”罗明海听得不寒而栗:只要紫川参星一点头,帝林会马上带着他的四万宪兵部队冲进城来,重演一次帝都流血夜的翻版,天亮以前,站在罗明海一方的所有官员都会被屠戮殆尽。抢在紫川参星开口前,罗明海抢先说:“殿下,我觉得此次参加骚乱的人员不但有军方的还有民间的,不宜出动宪兵部队。建议让治部少的警察部队来执行平乱任务如何?”“现在很明显你治部少的那群饭桶们已经控制不住局面了!”帝林马上回口:“殿下,无论如何,警察是难以和正规部队对抗的。不要延误时机让骚乱进一步扩大了!我的部下已经作好了马上出发的准备!”“混蛋!这次的事件就是你的那群部下搞出来的!你还让他们来平什么乱……”“放屁!明明是你拉的屎现在我好心帮你擦屁股你居然还说三说四!”“够了!”紫川参星再怒喝一次。他转向罗明海:“罗明海,现在在帝都附近有没有可以马上抽调的驻军?”罗明海略微思考回答说:“从西部战线抽调往远东的五十一步兵师团正经过帝都,有四个大队就在城外宿营。还有远东军校的三个学员大队也在城外,不过学员他们都没有武器的。还有水军有三艘军舰也停留瓦涅河上。恩,大概就这些兵力了。”“通知五十一师团马上进城,发武器给那些学员兵,把水兵从船上调下来,恩,再从禁卫军中抽调五千人,把兵力集和起来,应该也可以了!帝林,你的宪兵部队也集合起来,兵力不足时候作为预备队。”“是!遵命!”两人一齐行礼。※※※二十一日晚上深夜十一点,在燃烧的火光映照下,来自瓦涅河的水兵静悄悄的从西城门涌入帝都,他们冒着密集如雨的砖头和火把,默不作声的对暴乱的人群发起了冲击,刚毅而勇敢的水手们以寡敌众,与暴徒展开了激烈却是无声无息的搏斗,黑色的水兵枪刺在夜晚中闪亮着光芒。经过十几分钟的激烈的搏斗,水兵们将人数是他们几倍的大群暴徒驱散。在城东区,远东军校的学员们握着刚发下来的刺刀和长枪武器,呐喊着冲入了居民区,受到居民们热烈的欢迎,他们与居民们一齐并肩作战,将掠夺的暴徒驱赶了出去。居民区上空回响着一片欢呼:“军队万岁!”在城北区,这里正是暴乱的中心地带,在这里混战的不仅有普通市民、业主、流氓、黑帮分子……还有不少是职业军人,人数多达近十几万人,挤得大街水泄不通!五十一师团的步兵们只有四千余人,加进去的话,只不过使混战再增添多点混乱,根本无济于事。师团长很异想天开的从城外找来几十头公牛,在它们屁股后面烧上把火,发狂了的公牛群直冲人群,大街上顿时鸡飞狗走的,顷刻间就清开了一条道路,大批禁卫军跟着冲入,用皮鞭见人就猛抽,打得人群鬼哭狼嚎叫的。天亮时分,经过各路平乱部队的一夜的努力,帝都终于回复了秩序。尽管骚乱造成了很大的损失,死了不少人。但是活下来的帝都市民们都感到:太刺激太过瘾太爽了!为了记念那个尽情狂欢、为所欲为的激情夜晚,从此每年的十二月二十一日大家都举行一个游行来庆祝,为了求得效果逼真,每次都找上几十头公牛屁股后面绑上火把追在人屁股后面乱跑,然后大家就象当年举火把烧房子一样每个人拿着根蜡烛满街走。这成为了帝都每年最大的节日了。据说后来这个风俗还流传到另外些个大陆去,他们那边的国家有样学样也跟着发疯……※※※事情过去了,但是统领处和监察厅之间的关系变得空前的紧张,发展到双方首脑连上下班都要全副披甲大队警卫保护,他们的部下针锋相对,在街道上设起了街垒对立,冲突随时一触即发。大家都感到:不能再把帝林与罗明海两个冤家放一起了,否则同样的骚乱随时还会发生的。罗明海上书,请求将帝林派到远东前线去——其实在此之前,早就有元老提议认为将帝林这样的名将闲置在帝都是一种很大的浪费。本来紫川参星一直存有顾忌:帝林是头兀鹰,放飞他是很容易的,但是想收回来就很难了!他这把剑杀敌人是很锋利,但也会让自己人流血的。但是现在眼看帝林与罗明海已经势同水火,已经是不得不将他们隔离了。他征求帝林的意见。帝林两眼发红很伤心的说:“殿下,我又没做错什么事情,为什么要远远的被发配走呢?”很无辜的表情。紫川参星安慰他说:“这怎么是发配呢?这是家族对你的信任,远东战局复杂,需要有一个高级的监察军官去督战啊!这完全是工作需要啊!”“可是殿下,我舍不得离开您啊!”“唉,帝林!你在远东能更好的发挥你特长,服务家族,就算你不在我身边我也一样高兴的。”紫川参星好说歹说劝了好久,一再解释:这并非流放,而是家族对他的重用,帝林才不情不愿的答应了,抹抹眼泪点头,心里乐开了花:罗明海你这个蠢货!到了远东后,天高海阔,就数我的阶级最高,几十万家族军队就自然的落在我掌握中!只等紫川参星一断气,那时候我统帅五十万紫川军回帝都,左有紫川秀,右有斯特林,你拿什么与我对抗!那时候要你狗命轻而易举!“殿下,既然您都这么说了,下官同意去远东。不过有个事情下官放心不下……”“哦,有什么事情你就尽管说吧。”“下官的妻子林秀佳已经怀孕即将临盆,殿下您知道的,罗明海那个人渣对我恨之入骨,什么勾当都干得出来的!万一他趁我不在帝都时候对我妻子有什么不利的话……”帝林的意思其实是想紫川参星批准让林秀佳也随军离开帝都,免去了自己的后顾之忧。“哦,”紫川参星很爽快的说:“原来帝林你是担心这个啊!不要紧,我已经帮你想好了,就让林秀佳搬进总长府跟我一起住吧。罗明海再大胆他也不敢进总长府骚扰吧?保证你妻子不会掉一根毫********林一惊,立即回答:“殿下真是太体贴了,但是这样实在太麻烦殿下了,臣不敢当。臣本意是想让林秀佳随我一起走就可以了,怎么好意思去叨扰殿下呢。。。”“唉,帝林,这你想得就不对了。林秀佳已经有了身孕,怎么可以长途跋涉呢?何况,让佳丽冒刀兵之险,又岂是智者所为?莫非你不放心我这老头子?呵呵,我的年纪都做得你和林秀佳的爸爸了!”帝林的额头掺出了汗水:“殿下开玩笑了。”心里不断的叫“糟了,糟了,偷鸡不成丢把米!怎么办呢?怎么办呢?怎么办呢?”“好了,那事情就这样办了。帝林,你如果再推三阻四不肯答应的话,我可是当你在怀疑我的哦!”紫川参星的口气转为严厉。帝林浑身一震,低下头来:“臣,遵旨!”背后的汗水湿透了厚厚的衣服。帝国历779年十二月二十八日,监察长官帝林率领四万宪兵部队开始离开帝都,前往远东前线督战。※※※七八零年新年的一月一日,远东瓦格行省山区,一个半兽人骑兵映着拂晓的阳光沿着山路狂奔,冲进秀字营的驻地,人和马都是汗水淋淋的。他跳下马,用字正腔圆的人类语言跟醉眼朦胧的哨兵说:“八百里加急!我要当面交给光明秀!”秀字营昨晚彻夜狂欢庆祝新年,刚刚才睡着的紫川秀又被白川叫起来:“阿里巴巴股份公司的总经理德伦有紧急消息。”他马上就清醒过来,文书里面德伦向他报告:在沙加行省地区新出现了大股身份不明的叛军在出没,已经捣毁了“秀字营”的三家分公司,损失十分严重。紫川秀马上派人去通知了斯特林。斯特林高度重视这个情报。他写了一封长信给驻扎在杜莎行省的远东战区最高司令长官明辉。在信中,他认为近期叛军的动向相当反常,应该马上加强戒备,把部队收缩集中,以防任何突变。本来是应该让传令兵把信带过去的,但是中央军的参谋长唐平正好有事情要找明辉,斯特林就把信交给了他,托他带过去。但是唐平最终并没有能够到达明辉的司令部,在距离杜莎行省不到七十公里的野外,他遭遇了魔族先遣队的埋伏。锋利强劲的箭一下子射穿了他的肺部,把他从马背上射了下来。躺在冰冷的雪堆里,唐平口里不断的咳着血,面对着步步逼近的魔族龙骑兵,他颤抖着把斯特林的信撕成碎片,随风撒向白雪皑皑的远东平原……※※※就在这天晚上,烽火染红了五更的夜空。魔族的大军越过了魔族王国与紫川家族的国境线的界碑,无敌的大魔神皇御驾亲征,兵力共计四百一十七个团队,一百三十二万人。七十多万远东各种族联合的叛军在他们前面开路,作为先导。第59章天崩

灰蒙蒙的天空,雨雪不断。远东叛军破坏了停战协议重新挑起了战火,他们突然袭击了家族王军的巡逻队,然后逃窜。急于立功的方劲统领率领十多万大军前去追击,大军行进到了月亮湾平原,漫天飞舞的雪花中,前方的地平线上出现了一大片阴影。气喘吁吁的士兵们犹豫地停下了脚步,张望着:“那是什么?枝枝桠桠的一大片,是树丛吧?”“看起来很象,只是怎么越来越大了似的?”老兵张起眼帘来张望,忽然高声嚷道:“都还在在动着哪!这那里是树啊!那是一路大军朝我们过来了!”队伍起了骚动,民军士兵们纷纷嚷嚷:“好大一路兵马啊!是叛军吧!”“怎么办啊!”指挥官方劲骑在马上巡视着吆喝:“怕什么!叛军不过乌合之众,人数再多也不是我们对手!摆好阵势等着他们过来!”他的镇定和威严压制了全场的骚动,军官们劈头给了慌张的士兵一个耳光,打得他眼冒金星:“你!慌什么?站回队列里面去!”拳打脚踢的把他们赶回了原地。队伍安静了下来。一路路师团开出来,在平原上展开阵型。一个个巨大整齐的钢铁方阵顷刻间形成,布满了整个月亮湾平原。传令兵骑着马奔驰在于各个方阵之间,高呼:“准备!”步兵们整齐划一的竖起长矛,方阵的上方一片钢铁冰冷的闪光。骑兵纷纷上马,在两翼作为反冲击的预备队,一排排高举的马刀明亮如雪,仿佛一条耀眼的光带,雪花安静的落在战士的头盔上,肩膀上,积了浅浅的的一片。闷雷般的蹄声传来,大地在轻微的震动。黑压压的敌群在迅速的切近着,犹如浪涛,犹如海啸,那如云头样的轮廓,也越来越清晰,那黑压压的阵头,拥着长长的刀枪,还有那成千上万的马蹄溅起的雪粉,漫天飞舞,那威势,仿佛整路大军是踏着一朵云,在地上飞!就如同传说的黑暗深渊中出现的恶魔,驾起云朵,要把所有敢于阻拦它去路的人和物一口吞下!“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵奔来喝嚷:“第一排,蹲下!”士兵们把长矛的杆托搁在地上,矛尖前指,弯腰迎敌。军官们在他们的耳朵边上大叫大吼:“为了保卫紫川家族,为了你们的荣誉,勇敢的去战斗吧!”“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵再次号令。听命的士卒们,更加把脚牢牢的钉在地面上,紧握着长矛,所有人的心都在砰砰狂跳。前排士兵的牙齿不由自主的发出“咯咯”的碰击声,脸色发白。在方阵的后面,督战的军法官指挥宪兵们排成了散兵线,亮晃晃的箭头对准了前面的士兵的背后。敌军在以难以置信的高速度压近!每一眨眼,就贴近一点!可以看见了,那如云的旌旗,那密密麻麻的刀枪,骑兵那狰狞的面孔,马鼻孔喷出的的白气,兵马奔腾向前,势如风暴,厉若狂飙,以密集的阵型卷杀而来,成千上万的汹涌而致!风吹开一片雪幕,人们的眼界清楚了些。突然,一个恐怖的嗓音在方阵中嚷起:“天哪!那不是叛军!那是魔族!”所有的方阵一下出现了混乱,士兵们不顾军纪的叫唤着:“是魔族!魔族杀来了!”“天啊,快跑吧,我们会没命的!”一个接一个的士兵丢下武器,从队列中跑了出来,军官们大喊大喝的拦住他们:“不许跑!谁跑就杀了谁!”“站住!我命令你站住!”“放!”面无表情的军法官一挥手,宪兵们开始射箭,逃跑的士兵一个个中箭惨叫着倒下,但是逃跑的士兵却越来越多!方劲骑在马上大声呼唤:“不要怕!这是叛军伪装的!不要怕,回到队列中去!为了保卫我们的……”一声巨大的呼喝,忽然裂天而起,将他的话淹没:“塞姆嘿林!”(吾皇万岁!)魔族兵狂啸着:“呜拉格!”(杀!)再无疑问了,这正是魔族王国军队冲锋的战号!大地在崩裂,天在塌!对于魔族那些绿色皮肤长着狰狞面孔的怪物,人类有一种来自内心最深处的恐惧!人类不会忘记,两百年前,就是它们的先辈毁灭了强大一时的光明帝国文明。不到二十万的魔族军团横扫整个西川大陆,让光明帝国最后的皇帝战死,皇家军团陈尸五十万于蓝河战场。魔族,传说中会吃人会喷火的怪物,代表了人世间最凶残、最强大的邪恶!※※※所有的方阵立即土崩瓦解了,士兵们不再理会命令,争先恐后的丢下了武器,转身逃跑。那溃散的兵勇象开了闸的水,象江河浪头,人潮汹涌,一下子把后面的督战队伍冲垮。到处是一片喧嚣声:“逃啊!逃啊!”“没命了!”人们四散逃走,互相踩啊、挤啊,轧啊,冲撞着,白花花的武器丢了一地,到处是丢弃的旗帜。顷刻间,整路大军烟消云散,不复存在。魔族骑兵冲进了溃逃的人群中,欢呼着开始了一场大屠杀。成千上万魔族的欢呼声与成千上万人类临死的惨叫同样高入云霄。方劲停止了无用的呼喊,这时候也再无任何力量可以挽救大军的溃败了。他静静的看着面前自己的十几万大军在整个平原上狼奔兔突,看着一群又一群的溃兵从自己面前跑过,看着魔族在他们后面放声的狂笑,开始屠杀,看到满地的旗帜被践踏。耻辱啊,尚未交锋,十几万大军就不战自溃!相比之下,赤水滩算得了什么?他的亲卫队长明柯气喘吁吁的跑过来:“大人,魔族已经杀过来了,我们也赶紧撤吧!”方劲扭头看了他一眼,沉默,目光脱离杀戮的战场,投向茫茫的天际。明柯以为他没听见,重复:“大人,我们撤吧!留得青山在……”“你走吧!明柯。”方劲翻身上了自己的战马,望向明柯:“回去以后,告诉我那两个女儿,她们的爸爸是个胆小鬼,但是,幸好他还没有做出玷污自己名字的事情。”长叹一声,轻轻说:“生死,不过就这么回事了!我以前真是太傻了!”明柯扑上去拉住缰绳:“大人,您要去哪里?”方劲笑而不答,拔剑噌的割断了缰绳,掣马奔驰。方向与所有人相反,他直直对着魔族军队的阵头冲了过去。明柯呆呆的立在原地,目送着一个伟岸的背影慢慢消失在逆向的人流中,方劲最后的那个笑容已经深深的刻在了他的脑海中。这就是后世人称“忠烈”统领的方劲留在人世的最后一面。没有人明白他那句遗言的意思——除了帝林以外,后者明白,方劲正是以这种方式,避免了受自己要挟而身败名裂的结局。帝林小声骂句“笨蛋”,然后脱下帽子,面对远东方向久久伫立。方劲是在卫圣战争中阵亡的第一个统领级的军官。他死得完全象个英雄。在五十米外连人带马就给魔族射成了一个刺猬,他却依然活着,挂着满身的箭依靠着一棵大树只身抗击许多塞内亚骑兵。魔族兵看出他是一个高级军官,原来想把他活抓的,但是每个靠近他五步以内的魔族兵都被他一剑砍倒,尸体围着他环成了一个圈。最后看实在没办法近身,指挥官一声令下,十几把长矛同时刺入他的身体,鲜血喷涌溅出。方劲倒下了。一个浑身上下长着绿毛的步兵和一个皮肤漆黑、满口烂牙的骑兵抢着要割方劲的人头,方劲忽然站了起来一剑把那个绿毛步兵砍成了两截,然后再一次也是最后一次的倒下。于是那个失去了竞争对手的骑兵非常高兴。他小心翼翼的把方劲的脑袋割下,和自己的马鞍下的那串人头挂在了一起。当天的月亮湾平原上空,阴沉沉的,雨雪不断,仿佛是上苍也不忍心眼着这一场大屠戮展开,用彤云遮住了自己的眼睛。十几万人类逃,二十几万魔族追。空中回荡着魔族的兴奋的欢呼和人类士兵的哀求、惨叫。尽管人类士兵已经举手跪下了,哀求着企求活命,魔族骑兵仍然毫不留情的把他们从头到肩膀猛劈下去。它们心里有数,只有很少一部分人付得起高昂的赎金,带着俘虏只会妨碍自己杀敌的利索,不如直接割脑袋去领功的好。为了逃魔族鲁帝军团的追杀,大群大群的士兵争先恐后的跳进了结着薄冰的河流,拼命的向对岸游过去。但是远东叛军早已经在对岸严阵以待了,箭如雨下,人们在水中挣扎着发出阵阵惨叫和哭号,河水马上被染成了浅红,湍急的河流把上下浮沉的人体不断的冲走……参加月亮湾会战的十一万五千名紫川军,能逃过当天屠杀不到五千余人,由于遭受魔族和叛军的一路追击,最后能活着回到瓦伦要塞的只有八十七人。雪仍旧下个不停,掩盖了十几万具无头的尸体。月亮湾平原依旧那么宁静,那么洁白无暇。在接下来的三天里,紫川家族受到了血淋淋的重创。各路紫川军由于处在和谈时期,松于戒备,接连不断的遭受了毁灭性的打击。二更时分,几乎在哨兵警报的同时,魔族龙骑兵迅雷不及掩耳的揣进了黑旗军的西部大营,对睡梦中惊醒的紫川军展开屠杀。赤手空拳、惊惶失措的士兵们被马刀砍死、被长矛戳死、被箭射死、被自己人踩死、被大火烧死、被水淹死……第一缕阳光照过来时候,西部大营已经遍地尸骸,两万多人连一个活口都没留下。一路民军被魔族给包围了。他们毫无战意,发现突围无望后便马上举手投降了。缴械后,卡顿亲王一声令下,魔族立即把他们全部砍了脑袋。在堆积如山的尸骸边上,魔族塞内亚士兵在兴高采烈的欢呼嬉戏,饮酒作乐,把死人脑袋当球似的抛来接去玩乐,把血淋淋的肠子扒出来套在同伴的脖子上取笑……在开战的三天内,紫川就被杀了二十四万士兵,另外有十一万投降(其中的大部分也是被屠杀了,只有很幸运的向云浅雪将军投降的士兵才能取得活命。等待他们的是作为奴隶被贩卖的命运……)紫川家族费尽心机才集合起来的这六十万大军,统领处日日夜夜不眠不休工作的成果,转眼间,灰飞湮灭。※※※此时,在家族主力军中唯一没有遭到毁灭性打击的惟有斯特林的中央军。因为中央军所处位置比较纵深,很幸运的逃过了魔族第一轮的打击波。虽然不断遭到魔族先遣队的骚扰偷袭,但是由于斯特林早已经把部队集中警戒防卫了,并没有造成很大的损失,只是损折了几路斥候兵马。第60章狂澜。

“有人打开了窗子,清晨的第一缕阳光伴随着雪后清冷的空气一同进入房间。从瞌睡中惊醒的斯特林马上从桌子前抬起头来,问刚进来的中央军的副统领:“有消息了吗?”由于连续几夜的熬夜和焦心,他憔悴极了,眼睛满是血丝。秦路摇头。斯特林不死心,追问:“我是说明辉和方劲两位大人的下落,还有两军的主力所在——难道一点消息都没有?”秦路还是摇头:“对不起,大人。到处是魔族的先遣队在活动,他们专门挑军官和传令兵下手,派出探听的传令兵都一去不回了!我们的消息已经被隔绝了,到处都是乱糟糟的!”斯特林站起来反复的走来走去,脑子里在急速的思考着:魔族究竟来了多少人?他们的目的何在?是想夺取远东?还是想牵制我们对远东叛军的军事行动?或者不过是大魔神王午觉后的一时心血来潮?他们的主力何在?他们的主攻方向指向哪边?开战三天了,我们对此仍旧是一无所知道,蒙着眼睛挨打!更糟糕的是,连自己友军的去向所在都不清楚。※※※斯特林不由得说出声来:“我要魔族的活口!哪怕一个也好!”秦路不出声的看着他,两人面面相觑:两天前,中央军的斥候队长卢真副旗本前去侦察魔族动向,出发前向斯特林应口说保证十小时内给抓个活口回来。现在已经过了两天两夜还没有回来,怕是已经给魔族抓了“活口”。※※※糟透了,斯特林心想,一切都乱了套!他强打精神,问:“有没有秀字营的消息?”“大人,秀字营整路人马都已经不知去向,驻地已经给烧成了一片白地。恐怕紫川秀阁下已经……”“不要乱说话。阿秀精明又能干,一定不会有事情的!”秦路自知失言,忙说:“是的,希望一切正如大人所言。”斯特林深呼吸一口气,把对紫川秀的担忧排出脑外:“好了。秦路,我认为不能再这样干等着了!我们马上去杜莎行省与战区司令部会合,你认为如何呢?”※※※“大人,若依下官所见,最稳妥的方法还是马上向瓦伦要塞后撤,这才是最安全的。”斯特林摇头:“我们没有接到后撤的命令,放着友军不管就这样跑的话,小心将来要上军事法庭。马上出发吧,去杜莎行省。”晨光中,战马在迎风长啸,伴和着武器的铿鸣,车声辚辚,中央军开始向东方前进。大军行进在远东大公路上,斯特林看到了终生难忘的一幕:一眼望不到尽头的人流犹如一条长龙,从东边滚滚不断的涌来,一直向西。人们都知道:凶残的魔族就要过来了,只有向西走,进了瓦伦要塞才有活路。有人赶着马车满载大箱小箱,有人气喘吁吁的抗着全副家当,有人空着身子什么也不带,穷苦的老人赶着两头羊脚步蹒跚;一只手抱小孩的妇女一手提着沉重的行李在冰冷的雪地上艰难的跋涉,跌倒,孩子在怀里嚎啕大哭,母亲在抽泣着,不断的有人经过,却没有人伸出手去帮掺扶一把,战争深沉的苦难使得人们的心灵都变得自私和麻木了,一个个目光中透出茫然和呆滞:失去了生活的家园,失去了土地,失去了亲人,我们的未来将会怎样呢?平民以外,也有很多是军人。重伤员在路边的担架上昏迷着哭着叫唤:“妈妈,妈妈!”,伤了条腿的士兵拄着拐杖一边瘸着走一边骂,他的同伴已经把他抛下不管了;一个满身泥污血污的士兵坐在雪地里不断大声的哀求:“我是七十一师团的!有谁知道我们部队在哪里?!求求你,把我带走!我的腿断了!求求你!”人们大步的从他身边走过,没有人停下脚步。直到声带撕破喊不出声来,他无声的哭泣着,手抓住露出雪地上的草,象虫子般一点点的挣扎着挪动着爬行。有很多是身体健康的士兵,他们已经很识羞耻的把制服和帽子脱下,装成平民的样子的耷拉着脑袋走,见到这些溃兵,着实令人心痛。不久前,他们还是顶盔贯甲、制服笔挺,嘴边唱着战歌,眼里闪烁着傲气,满心要报效疆场,保家卫国的,而今,他们衣裳褴褛,满身泥污,以其说是军人,不如说是一群乞丐。这些丢脸的家伙如果说还有什么可以**的,那就是说丢脸的不只是他们几个,同伴还有成千上万。但也有毫无廉耻的,一个军官骑着高头大马吆喝着:“快让路!我是某某旗本大人!”士兵们毫无反应,军官大怒,挥鞭子胡乱抽打,结果给几个愤怒士兵转身合力将旗本大人连人带马推下了山崖,惨叫声久久回荡。在一个路口,一个浑身血污的军法官宣布他奉有远东最高司令部的命令,要拦住从这里经过的每一个士兵,将他们重新组织起来投入战斗!“士兵们,不要害怕!站住!回来!”他声音沙哑着:“人类遭受侵略!紫川家族面临强敌!保卫家族,保卫人类!士兵们,这是一场圣战!绝对不再后退!勇敢点!回来!”他说了一遍又一遍,溃兵群从他身边毫不停留的走过,他拉住一个士兵的手,后者头都不回的把他甩开,他愤怒的抽出武器,大喊大叫的威胁、咒骂,又去拦另外一个士兵,那个士兵一把把他推了个大马趴……※※※中央军队伍穿过人马密集的公路,穿过乱起八糟的车队,穿过逃难的溃兵和平民,以战斗队型穿插向前,这只部队秩序井然,军容焕发,与逃难人们的方向刚好相反,他们直直向东!所到之处,麻木的人们都给涣起了点活力,有人喝起彩来:“好样的,中央军!”但是也有人恶意的喊:“咳!弟兄们,不要给当官的骗了!他们要派你们去送死!”※※※斯特林到处询问败兵们,所得却很纷杂:“恩,我的部队是在沙加被打垮的。”“我们是在明斯克省区被打垮的,我们旗本死了。”“方劲统领?我们不知道,听说是死了,要不是被俘了,反正我们没见过他。”“明辉?听说也死了吧?我们不清楚啊!我们的部队被魔族包围了,几千人就我们几个跑了出来。哪里有空管那么多闲事。”至于魔族到底有多少兵马的问题,那更是说法不一了。有人说,多得很,他亲眼看到了几十公里长长的一队魔族;有人嗤之以鼻,说最多有那么几个团队,那些逃兵被吓破胆了乱吹;甚至还有人说,他亲眼看到了大魔神王在那杀人哪,好不吓人啊,足足有我们平常人四个人加起来了那么高,头有石磨那么大,眼睛里直往外喷火,血盆大口的,一口吞下一个活人!各种各样的小道消息纷纷流传,有人说在前线的家族王军已经全部覆灭了,方劲和明辉都已经被杀了;有人说明辉已经开始了大反击,沿着灰水河一线开始进攻,魔族已经仓皇败撤了。※※※最后还是一个伤兵告诉斯特林:明辉的远东司令部已经从杜刹行省撤退往了伊里亚行省的首府伊本市。斯特林经过反复盘问与证实,再与幕僚们商讨,觉得这个情报的可信度还是比较高的。当即下令大军转变方向,转向伊里亚省区。※※※两天后,斯特林部队进入伊本市。这里同样充斥着一派兵荒马乱的景象,从杜莎前线溃败下来的大批的逃兵纷纷涌入伊本,人流车马,昼夜喧嚣不断,乱成一锅粥似的感觉。各个部队的建制已经给打垮,广场上到处是溃兵和仓皇的市民,都在说:“魔族就在后面!”,却没有人担起指挥城市防卫的任务。人们恰似一群无头苍蝇似的乱窜,仿佛在城市里面做着无目的的布朗运动。中央军的进城,引起了全城的轰动,伊里亚行省的总督伊林宁一闻知斯特林到来,马上过来见面。“情况如何了?”斯特林刚下马还没寒暄就马上问,又追问:“明辉和方劲两位大人是否在这里?魔族到哪里了?”伊林宁样子很疲惫,身心交瘁的样子:“斯特林大人,情况很糟糕,真的很糟糕!您来了真是太好了,明辉大人在市政厅,您要不要见他?”“好!你带路!”斯特林干脆的丢下马,穿过广场上人群和伤兵,进入了市政大厅。在里面的一个房间里,他见到了远东战区的总司令明辉统领。第一眼他就看明白了:明辉已经完全的垮掉了!他浑身缩成一团,肩膀颤抖着,缩在墙角里把脸埋在手里,不出声的抽泣着,浑身上下衣服邋遢不堪,发出难闻的臭味——往日那个文质彬彬、神采飞扬的明辉统领,已经完全的崩溃了。在他旁边的黑旗军副统领给斯特林解释说:“明大人三天前自杀过一次,但给我们拦住了。从那起他就这样了,缩在这里米水不进,谁都不理。”斯特林走过去轻声说:“明辉大人,是我,斯特林。”叫了三次,明辉才有反应。他慢慢抬起头来,面色惨白得可怕,鼻涕口水淌了一脸,目光空洞又充满了恐惧,看着斯特林就象看着个不认识的陌生人似的,不出声。斯特林看得心头难受,问:“大人,贵部的状况现在如何呢?”“知道方劲大人在何处吗?”“正面一共有多少魔族部队?”明辉呆滞地看着斯特林,却一直不出声,最后还是那个副统领回答:“斯特林大人,三天前,司令部遭受了魔族的突然袭击,我们是死里逃生出来的。”斯特林转向他:“西部大营还在?各路兵马都还在?”“西部大营给魔族拿下了!四个师团都给砍成了碎片。我们已经失去了和所有部队的联系,已经知道的十几路部队都被打垮了。”“方劲和他部队的下落呢?”“民军队伍全都垮掉了,没垮的也都跑了。我们昨天问了一个逃兵,已经证实方劲的民军在月亮湾确实已经全军覆没了,死了十几万人。至于方劲……有传言说他在月亮湾已经被杀了,也有人说他被俘了,我们都还不清楚。”斯特林觉得脚一点点的发软。他已经预感到前线的情形不妙了,没想到竟然败得如此的凄惨。整整一路大军被全灭,一路被击溃,一个统领战死,另一个被吓成了白痴。他强行镇定下来,问:“魔族到底出动了多少兵力?他们已经到了哪里?”那个军官慢慢的回答:“全部兵力我们还不清楚,不过目前确定的,不会低于三十万。”斯特林倒吸一口冷气:这已经是中央军目前数目的三倍了。“至于他们到了哪里,我们也不知道……”斯特林一直压抑着的愤怒终于爆发了,责问:“这都不知道?你们一直在干什么?魔族杀到窝里了才发现?连现在也不知道人家到底多少人?”军官畏惧了吞了下口水:“大人,您知道,在叛乱以前,远东军本来在边境上设有数目庞大的半兽人师团、蛇族师团,专门是预警侦察魔族的入侵的。现在他们都叛变了站到了魔族的一边,我们倒成了瞎子,直到魔族扑到鼻子底下才发现。。。而我们的部队都是叛乱后从家族腹地抽调来的,不象原来的远东军,他们没有对魔族的作战经验,突然遭遇上了,大家都慌乱了手脚,损失很大,现在连明大人都这个样子,司令部已经乱成了一团,我们都不知道怎么是好……”一直在旁边旁听的伊林宁这时候插嘴说:“大人,我想这不是检讨的时候。现在我想请示:该怎么办?象我们行省,守卫还是撤退?我们都在等候一个指示呢,但是象明辉大人这副样子……”斯特林想了下,压抑下怒火,吩咐同来的秦路:“你们拿出纸笔来记录。”等秦路准备好了,斯特林一字一句慢慢说:“鉴于原远东战区总司令明辉阁下的精神和身体状况极差,我,中央军统领斯特林认为,他已经不继续适宜担任此项职务。根据作战条例第三十二条第二款的规定,作为在场职位最高的家族军官,我将接替明辉阁下的职责,指挥远东境内的全部家族军队。斯特林。左那帝国历780年1月8日”斯特林接着说:“此命令一式三份,中央军保留一份,一份交由原远东司令部保存,一份送交统领处。——对此命令,你们有没有人有异议?”在场所有人,包括黑旗军军官和伊林宁,一起摇头:“没有!我们愿意服从斯特林大人命令。”在这个时候斯特林肯出来指挥和承当责任,他们不知多高兴,心头都觉得安心了很多。“好。你们听好了。”斯特林转向那个黑旗军的副统领:“你叫什么名字?”“下官叫蓝齐,官职是黑旗军的……”“听好了,蓝副统领,我现在任命你为黑旗军的代理统领。”蓝齐一楞,随即面露喜色:“下官感谢大人栽培!下官一定会尽心尽力,努力……”“蓝齐,黑旗军现在还有多少人?”“大人,我们与下面的各个师团都失去了联系,现在只有司令部的警卫中队……“你现在马上带上警卫队到街道上去,宣布我的命令,把所有散兵集中起来,不管他原来是哪个部队什么职位的,统统编进了新的部队里面。各个新部队的长官由你任命。编好以后,去找伊林宁要武器!天黑以前,我要街上再也看不到一个游手好闲的人!不听命令的,就地正法!我的军法队也交给你使用!”※※※被斯特林语气中斩钉截铁的坚决所慑服,蓝齐一个有力的敬礼:“是,大人!”转身出去。斯特林转头吩咐秦路:“从我的警卫队里派一个中队,护送明辉大人回瓦伦要塞!”秦路明白了斯特林的意思:名为“护送”,实际为“押送”!他出去招呼一声,几个膀大腰粗的警卫进来,斯特林好声对明辉说:“明大人,请上路吧!”明辉眼睛睁得圆圆的,充满了恐惧,小声说:“不要,不要……”身子使劲的贴在那个肮脏不堪的墙边上,仿佛在那里他感觉到最安全。斯特林不忍心看下去了,使个眼色,警卫们七手八脚的把明辉给架了起来往外抬。明辉凄惨的大叫:“不要啊,我不想死,我不想死啊!不要送我去军法处啊!不要啊!”斯特林面无表情的说:“吩咐他们,不许对明大人无礼!”把头拧过一边,不忍看明辉的惨状。看着明辉挣扎着被强行架走,在场的军人们都不禁流露兔死狐悲的黯然。大家心里都明白,这位红极一时的统领,将再也看不到了。在瓦伦要塞,等待着他的将有军法处的行刑队了。※※※斯特林坐了下来,问伊林宁:“你手上还有多少部队?”明辉临走的惨叫太吓人了,伊林宁还处在心有余惧中,一愣,赶紧回答:“大人,我伊里亚行省本来有守备部队七万余人的,现在只剩不到三万人了,其余的部队我们都联系不上了……”“那也够了!”斯特林一口打断:“你现在马上向南北两个方向派出斥候队伍侦察,主要任务是看看魔族的先头部队到了哪里,主力又在哪里。可能的话,尽量抓个活口回来。还有,把你手上的部队都集结起来,派几个大队到城市里面维持秩序!把城市里所有的民间的车马都征用了!”“是!”伊林宁听得分明,马上转头出去执行。在危急的惊惶的时刻,人们都需要一个坚强和又自信,可以听命和依靠的人。军官们都返回了自己的岗位开始工作,司令部的慌乱逐渐停息了,街道上出现了安民告示和巡逻队,浪荡街头的大批的散兵溃勇开始重新组队,一队又一队的斥候部队被派出去左右地区侦察敌情。临战准备开始走上正规了。傍晚时分,司令部的外面响起一阵兴奋的叫嚷:“斥候队抓到俘虏啦!魔族的俘虏!”士兵们都跑过来兴奋的观看,议论着:“啧啧,看他这个毛茸茸的脑袋!够吓人的了!”“天哪!看他那眼睛多凶狠哪!那爪子,那粗粗的胳膊!”“这还是被我们抓到的呢,那边的说不定还更可怕!”斯特林十分高兴,夸奖了伊林宁几句。守备队的军官中有几个懂魔族语言的,由他们审问和翻译,斯特林亲自到场旁听。事实上要这个魔族兵开口并不是什么难事,他已经吓坏了,稍微放在火上一烤就受不了,马上就同意招供。问:“你叫什么名字?”魔族兵小声回答了几个字音,翻译们马上同步翻译:“穆左西。”“在魔族军队中是什么职位?”魔族兵又回答:“卡拉米。”。翻译解释说:“大人,这个职位相当于我们的列兵。”斯特林有点失望,从这样的人身上是挖不到什么重要情报的。“你什么时候参军的?为什么参军?”“今年秋天。是为了响应至高无上的神皇陛下的命令。”“魔族军队为什么要进犯我们紫川家族?”“神皇说,人类中有个叫帝林的大魔头,屠杀我们神族的儿女,让我们血流成河。紫川家族还把我们美丽的鲜花,公主殿下也给人类害死了,我们必须要报仇!”※※※“你是哪里人?参军前是从事什么的?”“我是忽求林山区的一个农夫。”这时候,斯特林等得不耐烦了,插嘴问:“这次魔族一共来了多少军队?”军官翻译过去,俘虏展开双手做个鸟飞翔的样子,咕噜咕噜说了几句。翻译回头跟斯特林说:“大人,他说他不知道一共是多少。反正多得就象是天上的鸟群飞过一般。”“问跟他一同参军的有多少人?”“他说他也不清楚,他说,从去年的春天就开始征兵了。他们村子里,每五个男的就有一个参军了,城市里的更多。”斯特林问:“问他,魔神王随军出动吗?他在不在军中?”回答来得很快:“皇在。”斯特林深吸一口气,站起来说:“没事了,你们继续问。”他走出房间,脑袋里翁翁直响:事情已经很明显了!魔族王国为了这次行动,是蓄谋已久的了!他们在冷眼旁观紫川家族跟远东叛军在消耗兵力,等到紫川家族的国力、军力都已经严重衰弱了,他们才挑选了最适合魔族作战的寒冷的冬天,由号称当世无敌的魔神王带领,举倾国之力来犯,以雷霆万钧之势,闪电般一举将紫川家族的主力军团击溃!无论时机的选择,战略、战术的运用,均是那么完美无缺,不出半点差错。印象中的魔族是些头脑简单,就会一个劲的喊着“乌拉格”前冲,输了就抱头向后跑的家伙,这次怎么变得这么聪明了?伊林宁走近:“大人,往南北两路的侦察部队都回头了,距离不到三百里,他们在公路上都发现了大批的魔族军队向西前进,没法子再前进了。”斯特林冷静的问:“估计有多少部队?”伊林宁脸色发白,回答:“无法估计,太多了,铺天盖地。”“把各个斥候队长都找来,我要当面问他们!”询问只花了半个钟头。情况已经相当危急了,云省、明斯克省、沙加、杜莎甚至到已经很纵深了的瓦格行省,都已经出现了魔族的大部队。作战地图,两个狰狞的黑色箭头已经深深的插入远东的纵深腹地,代表得亚和伊里亚两个行省的一块红色被两个箭头夹在中间,就象铁钳中的一个鸡蛋,随时可能被压得粉碎!但他们为什么不直接攻击已经很接近了的驻扎在伊里亚行省的中央军呢?稍微思考下,斯特林就得出了答案:“魔族企图要来个钳形夹击,要把在包围圈中的几百万人类军民一口气吞掉!”斯特林猛然说:“这城市不能再守了!伊林宁,你带领你的人,连夜组织伊里亚和德亚两个行省的居民撤退!”伊林宁抗议:“大人,我只有三万人不到,这么几百万人撤退起码也要两三个星期,魔族不会放过我们的……”“你动作尽量快,能救出多少就救多少!中央军为你们断后。”伊林宁心里想:那也不够啊!中央军只有那么十万人,魔族军那么宽阔的进击面,怎么挡得住?但听出斯特林沙哑的声音中透出深切的焦虑和紧迫,他没有再问,马上出去准备。※※※“铛铛”连续不断的钟声敲响,响彻整个城市的夜空。伊里亚行省的官员们连夜开始组织民众撤退。秦路出来跟斯特林说:“大人,已经问出来大魔神王的驻地了。王驾就停留在杜莎的枫叶丹林。”“好!现在你马上把师团长们都集合起来,我有命令!”秦路二话不说的马上出去召集部下,二十分钟不到,中央军的三十个师团长全部集合了起来。斯特林往中间一站,扬声说:“我们的时间不多了,你们马上回去自己部队去!两个小时内做好出击准备!”师团长们面面相觑,部队才刚刚行军歇下,士兵们还没休息够,马上又要出发?最后还是文河师团的长官问出了大家心里的疑问:“大人,下官能否知道,我们这是要去哪里呢?”斯特林一字一句的说:“去杀大魔神王!”哐啷一声,有人在椅子上摔了下来。第61章魔族有人打开了窗子,清晨的第一缕阳光伴随着雪后清冷的空气一同进入房间。从瞌睡中惊醒的斯特林马上从桌子前抬起头来,问刚进来的中央军的副统领:“有消息了吗?”由于连续几夜的熬夜和焦心,他憔悴极了,眼睛满是血丝。秦路摇头。斯特林不死心,追问:“我是说明辉和方劲两位大人的下落,还有两军的主力所在——难道一点消息都没有?”秦路还是摇头:“对不起,大人。到处是魔族的先遣队在活动,他们专门挑军官和传令兵下手,派出探听的传令兵都一去不回了!我们的消息已经被隔绝了,到处都是乱糟糟的!”斯特林站起来反复的走来走去,脑子里在急速的思考着:魔族究竟来了多少人?他们的目的何在?是想夺取远东?还是想牵制我们对远东叛军的军事行动?或者不过是大魔神王午觉后的一时心血来潮?他们的主力何在?他们的主攻方向指向哪边?开战三天了,我们对此仍旧是一无所知道,蒙着眼睛挨打!更糟糕的是,连自己友军的去向所在都不清楚。※※※斯特林不由得说出声来:“我要魔族的活口!哪怕一个也好!”秦路不出声的看着他,两人面面相觑:两天前,中央军的斥候队长卢真副旗本前去侦察魔族动向,出发前向斯特林应口说保证十小时内给抓个活口回来。现在已经过了两天两夜还没有回来,怕是已经给魔族抓了“活口”。※※※糟透了,斯特林心想,一切都乱了套!他强打精神,问:“有没有秀字营的消息?”“大人,秀字营整路人马都已经不知去向,驻地已经给烧成了一片白地。恐怕紫川秀阁下已经……”“不要乱说话。阿秀精明又能干,一定不会有事情的!”秦路自知失言,忙说:“是的,希望一切正如大人所言。”斯特林深呼吸一口气,把对紫川秀的担忧排出脑外:“好了。秦路,我认为不能再这样干等着了!我们马上去杜莎行省与战区司令部会合,你认为如何呢?”※※※“大人,若依下官所见,最稳妥的方法还是马上向瓦伦要塞后撤,这才是最安全的。”斯特林摇头:“我们没有接到后撤的命令,放着友军不管就这样跑的话,小心将来要上军事法庭。马上出发吧,去杜莎行省。”晨光中,战马在迎风长啸,伴和着武器的铿鸣,车声辚辚,中央军开始向东方前进。大军行进在远东大公路上,斯特林看到了终生难忘的一幕:一眼望不到尽头的人流犹如一条长龙,从东边滚滚不断的涌来,一直向西。人们都知道:凶残的魔族就要过来了,只有向西走,进了瓦伦要塞才有活路。有人赶着马车满载大箱小箱,有人气喘吁吁的抗着全副家当,有人空着身子什么也不带,穷苦的老人赶着两头羊脚步蹒跚;一只手抱小孩的妇女一手提着沉重的行李在冰冷的雪地上艰难的跋涉,跌倒,孩子在怀里嚎啕大哭,母亲在抽泣着,不断的有人经过,却没有人伸出手去帮掺扶一把,战争深沉的苦难使得人们的心灵都变得自私和麻木了,一个个目光中透出茫然和呆滞:失去了生活的家园,失去了土地,失去了亲人,我们的未来将会怎样呢?平民以外,也有很多是军人。重伤员在路边的担架上昏迷着哭着叫唤:“妈妈,妈妈!”,伤了条腿的士兵拄着拐杖一边瘸着走一边骂,他的同伴已经把他抛下不管了;一个满身泥污血污的士兵坐在雪地里不断大声的哀求:“我是七十一师团的!有谁知道我们部队在哪里?!求求你,把我带走!我的腿断了!求求你!”人们大步的从他身边走过,没有人停下脚步。直到声带撕破喊不出声来,他无声的哭泣着,手抓住露出雪地上的草,象虫子般一点点的挣扎着挪动着爬行。有很多是身体健康的士兵,他们已经很识羞耻的把制服和帽子脱下,装成平民的样子的耷拉着脑袋走,见到这些溃兵,着实令人心痛。不久前,他们还是顶盔贯甲、制服笔挺,嘴边唱着战歌,眼里闪烁着傲气,满心要报效疆场,保家卫国的,而今,他们衣裳褴褛,满身泥污,以其说是军人,不如说是一群乞丐。这些丢脸的家伙如果说还有什么可以**的,那就是说丢脸的不只是他们几个,同伴还有成千上万。但也有毫无廉耻的,一个军官骑着高头大马吆喝着:“快让路!我是某某旗本大人!”士兵们毫无反应,军官大怒,挥鞭子胡乱抽打,结果给几个愤怒士兵转身合力将旗本大人连人带马推下了山崖,惨叫声久久回荡。在一个路口,一个浑身血污的军法官宣布他奉有远东最高司令部的命令,要拦住从这里经过的每一个士兵,将他们重新组织起来投入战斗!“士兵们,不要害怕!站住!回来!”他声音沙哑着:“人类遭受侵略!紫川家族面临强敌!保卫家族,保卫人类!士兵们,这是一场圣战!绝对不再后退!勇敢点!回来!”他说了一遍又一遍,溃兵群从他身边毫不停留的走过,他拉住一个士兵的手,后者头都不回的把他甩开,他愤怒的抽出武器,大喊大叫的威胁、咒骂,又去拦另外一个士兵,那个士兵一把把他推了个大马趴……※※※中央军队伍穿过人马密集的公路,穿过乱起八糟的车队,穿过逃难的溃兵和平民,以战斗队型穿插向前,这只部队秩序井然,军容焕发,与逃难人们的方向刚好相反,他们直直向东!所到之处,麻木的人们都给涣起了点活力,有人喝起彩来:“好样的,中央军!”但是也有人恶意的喊:“咳!弟兄们,不要给当官的骗了!他们要派你们去送死!”※※※斯特林到处询问败兵们,所得却很纷杂:“恩,我的部队是在沙加被打垮的。”“我们是在明斯克省区被打垮的,我们旗本死了。”“方劲统领?我们不知道,听说是死了,要不是被俘了,反正我们没见过他。”“明辉?听说也死了吧?我们不清楚啊!我们的部队被魔族包围了,几千人就我们几个跑了出来。哪里有空管那么多闲事。”至于魔族到底有多少兵马的问题,那更是说法不一了。有人说,多得很,他亲眼看到了几十公里长长的一队魔族;有人嗤之以鼻,说最多有那么几个团队,那些逃兵被吓破胆了乱吹;甚至还有人说,他亲眼看到了大魔神王在那杀人哪,好不吓人啊,足足有我们平常人四个人加起来了那么高,头有石磨那么大,眼睛里直往外喷火,血盆大口的,一口吞下一个活人!各种各样的小道消息纷纷流传,有人说在前线的家族王军已经全部覆灭了,方劲和明辉都已经被杀了;有人说明辉已经开始了大反击,沿着灰水河一线开始进攻,魔族已经仓皇败撤了。※※※最后还是一个伤兵告诉斯特林:明辉的远东司令部已经从杜刹行省撤退往了伊里亚行省的首府伊本市。斯特林经过反复盘问与证实,再与幕僚们商讨,觉得这个情报的可信度还是比较高的。当即下令大军转变方向,转向伊里亚省区。※※※两天后,斯特林部队进入伊本市。这里同样充斥着一派兵荒马乱的景象,从杜莎前线溃败下来的大批的逃兵纷纷涌入伊本,人流车马,昼夜喧嚣不断,乱成一锅粥似的感觉。各个部队的建制已经给打垮,广场上到处是溃兵和仓皇的市民,都在说:“魔族就在后面!”,却没有人担起指挥城市防卫的任务。人们恰似一群无头苍蝇似的乱窜,仿佛在城市里面做着无目的的布朗运动。中央军的进城,引起了全城的轰动,伊里亚行省的总督伊林宁一闻知斯特林到来,马上过来见面。“情况如何了?”斯特林刚下马还没寒暄就马上问,又追问:“明辉和方劲两位大人是否在这里?魔族到哪里了?”伊林宁样子很疲惫,身心交瘁的样子:“斯特林大人,情况很糟糕,真的很糟糕!您来了真是太好了,明辉大人在市政厅,您要不要见他?”“好!你带路!”斯特林干脆的丢下马,穿过广场上人群和伤兵,进入了市政大厅。在里面的一个房间里,他见到了远东战区的总司令明辉统领。第一眼他就看明白了:明辉已经完全的垮掉了!他浑身缩成一团,肩膀颤抖着,缩在墙角里把脸埋在手里,不出声的抽泣着,浑身上下衣服邋遢不堪,发出难闻的臭味——往日那个文质彬彬、神采飞扬的明辉统领,已经完全的崩溃了。在他旁边的黑旗军副统领给斯特林解释说:“明大人三天前自杀过一次,但给我们拦住了。从那起他就这样了,缩在这里米水不进,谁都不理。”斯特林走过去轻声说:“明辉大人,是我,斯特林。”叫了三次,明辉才有反应。他慢慢抬起头来,面色惨白得可怕,鼻涕口水淌了一脸,目光空洞又充满了恐惧,看着斯特林就象看着个不认识的陌生人似的,不出声。斯特林看得心头难受,问:“大人,贵部的状况现在如何呢?”“知道方劲大人在何处吗?”“正面一共有多少魔族部队?”明辉呆滞地看着斯特林,却一直不出声,最后还是那个副统领回答:“斯特林大人,三天前,司令部遭受了魔族的突然袭击,我们是死里逃生出来的。”斯特林转向他:“西部大营还在?各路兵马都还在?”“西部大营给魔族拿下了!四个师团都给砍成了碎片。我们已经失去了和所有部队的联系,已经知道的十几路部队都被打垮了。”“方劲和他部队的下落呢?”“民军队伍全都垮掉了,没垮的也都跑了。我们昨天问了一个逃兵,已经证实方劲的民军在月亮湾确实已经全军覆没了,死了十几万人。至于方劲……有传言说他在月亮湾已经被杀了,也有人说他被俘了,我们都还不清楚。”斯特林觉得脚一点点的发软。他已经预感到前线的情形不妙了,没想到竟然败得如此的凄惨。整整一路大军被全灭,一路被击溃,一个统领战死,另一个被吓成了白痴。他强行镇定下来,问:“魔族到底出动了多少兵力?他们已经到了哪里?”那个军官慢慢的回答:“全部兵力我们还不清楚,不过目前确定的,不会低于三十万。”斯特林倒吸一口冷气:这已经是中央军目前数目的三倍了。“至于他们到了哪里,我们也不知道……”斯特林一直压抑着的愤怒终于爆发了,责问:“这都不知道?你们一直在干什么?魔族杀到窝里了才发现?连现在也不知道人家到底多少人?”军官畏惧了吞了下口水:“大人,您知道,在叛乱以前,远东军本来在边境上设有数目庞大的半兽人师团、蛇族师团,专门是预警侦察魔族的入侵的。现在他们都叛变了站到了魔族的一边,我们倒成了瞎子,直到魔族扑到鼻子底下才发现。。。而我们的部队都是叛乱后从家族腹地抽调来的,不象原来的远东军,他们没有对魔族的作战经验,突然遭遇上了,大家都慌乱了手脚,损失很大,现在连明大人都这个样子,司令部已经乱成了一团,我们都不知道怎么是好……”一直在旁边旁听的伊林宁这时候插嘴说:“大人,我想这不是检讨的时候。现在我想请示:该怎么办?象我们行省,守卫还是撤退?我们都在等候一个指示呢,但是象明辉大人这副样子……”斯特林想了下,压抑下怒火,吩咐同来的秦路:“你们拿出纸笔来记录。”等秦路准备好了,斯特林一字一句慢慢说:“鉴于原远东战区总司令明辉阁下的精神和身体状况极差,我,中央军统领斯特林认为,他已经不继续适宜担任此项职务。根据作战条例第三十二条第二款的规定,作为在场职位最高的家族军官,我将接替明辉阁下的职责,指挥远东境内的全部家族军队。斯特林。左那帝国历780年1月8日”斯特林接着说:“此命令一式三份,中央军保留一份,一份交由原远东司令部保存,一份送交统领处。——对此命令,你们有没有人有异议?”在场所有人,包括黑旗军军官和伊林宁,一起摇头:“没有!我们愿意服从斯特林大人命令。”在这个时候斯特林肯出来指挥和承当责任,他们不知多高兴,心头都觉得安心了很多。“好。你们听好了。”斯特林转向那个黑旗军的副统领:“你叫什么名字?”“下官叫蓝齐,官职是黑旗军的……”“听好了,蓝副统领,我现在任命你为黑旗军的代理统领。”蓝齐一楞,随即面露喜色:“下官感谢大人栽培!下官一定会尽心尽力,努力……”“蓝齐,黑旗军现在还有多少人?”“大人,我们与下面的各个师团都失去了联系,现在只有司令部的警卫中队……“你现在马上带上警卫队到街道上去,宣布我的命令,把所有散兵集中起来,不管他原来是哪个部队什么职位的,统统编进了新的部队里面。各个新部队的长官由你任命。编好以后,去找伊林宁要武器!天黑以前,我要街上再也看不到一个游手好闲的人!不听命令的,就地正法!我的军法队也交给你使用!”※※※被斯特林语气中斩钉截铁的坚决所慑服,蓝齐一个有力的敬礼:“是,大人!”转身出去。斯特林转头吩咐秦路:“从我的警卫队里派一个中队,护送明辉大人回瓦伦要塞!”秦路明白了斯特林的意思:名为“护送”,实际为“押送”!他出去招呼一声,几个膀大腰粗的警卫进来,斯特林好声对明辉说:“明大人,请上路吧!”明辉眼睛睁得圆圆的,充满了恐惧,小声说:“不要,不要……”身子使劲的贴在那个肮脏不堪的墙边上,仿佛在那里他感觉到最安全。斯特林不忍心看下去了,使个眼色,警卫们七手八脚的把明辉给架了起来往外抬。明辉凄惨的大叫:“不要啊,我不想死,我不想死啊!不要送我去军法处啊!不要啊!”斯特林面无表情的说:“吩咐他们,不许对明大人无礼!”把头拧过一边,不忍看明辉的惨状。看着明辉挣扎着被强行架走,在场的军人们都不禁流露兔死狐悲的黯然。大家心里都明白,这位红极一时的统领,将再也看不到了。在瓦伦要塞,等待着他的将有军法处的行刑队了。※※※斯特林坐了下来,问伊林宁:“你手上还有多少部队?”明辉临走的惨叫太吓人了,伊林宁还处在心有余惧中,一愣,赶紧回答:“大人,我伊里亚行省本来有守备部队七万余人的,现在只剩不到三万人了,其余的部队我们都联系不上了……”“那也够了!”斯特林一口打断:“你现在马上向南北两个方向派出斥候队伍侦察,主要任务是看看魔族的先头部队到了哪里,主力又在哪里。可能的话,尽量抓个活口回来。还有,把你手上的部队都集结起来,派几个大队到城市里面维持秩序!把城市里所有的民间的车马都征用了!”“是!”伊林宁听得分明,马上转头出去执行。在危急的惊惶的时刻,人们都需要一个坚强和又自信,可以听命和依靠的人。军官们都返回了自己的岗位开始工作,司令部的慌乱逐渐停息了,街道上出现了安民告示和巡逻队,浪荡街头的大批的散兵溃勇开始重新组队,一队又一队的斥候部队被派出去左右地区侦察敌情。临战准备开始走上正规了。傍晚时分,司令部的外面响起一阵兴奋的叫嚷:“斥候队抓到俘虏啦!魔族的俘虏!”士兵们都跑过来兴奋的观看,议论着:“啧啧,看他这个毛茸茸的脑袋!够吓人的了!”“天哪!看他那眼睛多凶狠哪!那爪子,那粗粗的胳膊!”“这还是被我们抓到的呢,那边的说不定还更可怕!”斯特林十分高兴,夸奖了伊林宁几句。守备队的军官中有几个懂魔族语言的,由他们审问和翻译,斯特林亲自到场旁听。事实上要这个魔族兵开口并不是什么难事,他已经吓坏了,稍微放在火上一烤就受不了,马上就同意招供。问:“你叫什么名字?”魔族兵小声回答了几个字音,翻译们马上同步翻译:“穆左西。”“在魔族军队中是什么职位?”魔族兵又回答:“卡拉米。”。翻译解释说:“大人,这个职位相当于我们的列兵。”斯特林有点失望,从这样的人身上是挖不到什么重要情报的。“你什么时候参军的?为什么参军?”“今年秋天。是为了响应至高无上的神皇陛下的命令。”“魔族军队为什么要进犯我们紫川家族?”“神皇说,人类中有个叫帝林的大魔头,屠杀我们神族的儿女,让我们血流成河。紫川家族还把我们美丽的鲜花,公主殿下也给人类害死了,我们必须要报仇!”※※※“你是哪里人?参军前是从事什么的?”“我是忽求林山区的一个农夫。”这时候,斯特林等得不耐烦了,插嘴问:“这次魔族一共来了多少军队?”军官翻译过去,俘虏展开双手做个鸟飞翔的样子,咕噜咕噜说了几句。翻译回头跟斯特林说:“大人,他说他不知道一共是多少。反正多得就象是天上的鸟群飞过一般。”“问跟他一同参军的有多少人?”“他说他也不清楚,他说,从去年的春天就开始征兵了。他们村子里,每五个男的就有一个参军了,城市里的更多。”斯特林问:“问他,魔神王随军出动吗?他在不在军中?”回答来得很快:“皇在。”斯特林深吸一口气,站起来说:“没事了,你们继续问。”他走出房间,脑袋里翁翁直响:事情已经很明显了!魔族王国为了这次行动,是蓄谋已久的了!他们在冷眼旁观紫川家族跟远东叛军在消耗兵力,等到紫川家族的国力、军力都已经严重衰弱了,他们才挑选了最适合魔族作战的寒冷的冬天,由号称当世无敌的魔神王带领,举倾国之力来犯,以雷霆万钧之势,闪电般一举将紫川家族的主力军团击溃!无论时机的选择,战略、战术的运用,均是那么完美无缺,不出半点差错。印象中的魔族是些头脑简单,就会一个劲的喊着“乌拉格”前冲,输了就抱头向后跑的家伙,这次怎么变得这么聪明了?伊林宁走近:“大人,往南北两路的侦察部队都回头了,距离不到三百里,他们在公路上都发现了大批的魔族军队向西前进,没法子再前进了。”斯特林冷静的问:“估计有多少部队?”伊林宁脸色发白,回答:“无法估计,太多了,铺天盖地。”“把各个斥候队长都找来,我要当面问他们!”询问只花了半个钟头。情况已经相当危急了,云省、明斯克省、沙加、杜莎甚至到已经很纵深了的瓦格行省,都已经出现了魔族的大部队。作战地图,两个狰狞的黑色箭头已经深深的插入远东的纵深腹地,代表得亚和伊里亚两个行省的一块红色被两个箭头夹在中间,就象铁钳中的一个鸡蛋,随时可能被压得粉碎!但他们为什么不直接攻击已经很接近了的驻扎在伊里亚行省的中央军呢?稍微思考下,斯特林就得出了答案:“魔族企图要来个钳形夹击,要把在包围圈中的几百万人类军民一口气吞掉!”斯特林猛然说:“这城市不能再守了!伊林宁,你带领你的人,连夜组织伊里亚和德亚两个行省的居民撤退!”伊林宁抗议:“大人,我只有三万人不到,这么几百万人撤退起码也要两三个星期,魔族不会放过我们的……”“你动作尽量快,能救出多少就救多少!中央军为你们断后。”伊林宁心里想:那也不够啊!中央军只有那么十万人,魔族军那么宽阔的进击面,怎么挡得住?但听出斯特林沙哑的声音中透出深切的焦虑和紧迫,他没有再问,马上出去准备。※※※“铛铛”连续不断的钟声敲响,响彻整个城市的夜空。伊里亚行省的官员们连夜开始组织民众撤退。秦路出来跟斯特林说:“大人,已经问出来大魔神王的驻地了。王驾就停留在杜莎的枫叶丹林。”“好!现在你马上把师团长们都集合起来,我有命令!”秦路二话不说的马上出去召集部下,二十分钟不到,中央军的三十个师团长全部集合了起来。斯特林往中间一站,扬声说:“我们的时间不多了,你们马上回去自己部队去!两个小时内做好出击准备!”师团长们面面相觑,部队才刚刚行军歇下,士兵们还没休息够,马上又要出发?最后还是文河师团的长官问出了大家心里的疑问:“大人,下官能否知道,我们这是要去哪里呢?”斯特林一字一句的说:“去杀大魔神王!”哐啷一声,有人在椅子上摔了下来。第61章魔族当哥普拉回到监察厅时候,帝林正穿戴整齐准备出发,给一群监察厅的军官们训话:“听好了:眼神放凶狠点,表情绷紧点,口气粗野些,手按刀子上——今天哪怕路上有人问个时间,回答时候也给我带点杀气!”军官们轰然答应,纷纷捋起袖子横眉立目的,来回走动时候腰上蹭亮的军刀铿锵做响,一副凶神恶煞杀气腾腾样子,仿佛流风军已经打到了帝都城下。哥普拉明白:帝林这是准备出发去参加所谓的“联合报告会”了。这个“联合报告会”是由紫川参星提议并主持的,其目的据说是为了“增进统领处与监察厅部门间的沟通、了解,减少摩擦,团结一心,群策群力,共度难关!”但是照哥普拉的看法:“紫川参星根本是把油往火上淋,他压根就不想统领处和监察厅之间相安无事。如果单独把罗明海和帝林两人关在一个房间里面,他们不用酱油调料就能把对方生吃了——把这样的两个人聚一起谈什么‘群策群力’?!”也因为这个原因,所以每次的“联合报告会”总是遵循着以下不变的会议程序:一.大家就坐二.紫川参星开场白(“时势多艰,大家务必化开私人恩怨,以大局为重!”)三.罗明海报告四.帝林冷嘲(“做得跟猪一样聪明!”)五.罗明海反击热讽(“不要脸的人妖!”)六.开始对骂(“……”“…”(此处被删去两百字)总而言之都是表示愿意跟对方的直系女性亲属发生某种不正当且不合法的强迫性肉体关系,并且还表示这完全是因为自己具有悲天悯人的慈悲胸怀,不嫌弃对方老丑。)七.说到激烈处,为表示对对方的无比轻蔑,大家隔着宽大的会议桌互相吐口水(大家都是内家高手,肺活量充足,口水吐得既急且劲,就是准头差点,有好多都浪费在了紫川参星身上)八.拿起茶杯砸过去(为了节省经费开支,每次开会前内务部都要把陶瓷茶杯换成不锈钢的,但还是弄坏了不少。后来哥珊做了幕僚长以后,对内务部说:“苯啊!你们就不会用纸杯吗?”)九.相互挑衅(“丫挺的你敢动我下试试!”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动你又怎样?”……——类似“鸡生蛋”“蛋生鸡”似的哲学问题,可以循环往复直至无穷。)十.动手开打(紫川参星提醒大家:“会议时间不多了,大家赶紧回到正题来!”还沉浸在哲学讨论中的双方这才恍然大悟:“是啊,不能再浪费时间了,该干正经事情了!”因为不能带武器进场的缘故,一个个赶紧抄起椅子动手——但有一次大家坐的都是沙发,而且是红楠木的,特别沉重——结果那场架打下来大家可累死了,相当于帮内务部搬了一次家。)十一.紫川参星拍着桌子怒骂:“你们这样胡闹,成什么体统!”(伴着说话声,大群禁卫军拿着警辊冲进来乱敲——管你位高权重,哪怕总统领、监察长什么的也照打——将群殴双方隔离)十二.各受一顿训斥,作出深刻检讨。十三.会议圆满结束。(收工下班,回家吃饭。)※※※帝林对军官们凶狠的样子很满意:“对!就是这样!要从气势上压倒他们!”扭头发现哥普拉,眼中一亮,招呼他过来,问:“回来了?休假玩得还愉快?见到你伯父了?他身体还好?”口气很随意。哥普拉明白帝林的意思,恭敬回答:“有劳大人费心了。下官的假期过得很愉快,没留下什么遗憾。伯父身体好,他向大人您问好。就是最近因为我堂兄在远东打仗,所以我让伯父对那边——特别是德亚和伊里亚两个行省来的信件和人都多加关注,问清楚看仔细。”(“大人,事情办得很干净,没留下什么手尾。方劲统领对您依旧听命服从,我已经让他最近对从远东德亚和伊里亚两个行省的来信和来人都要仔细盘查,务必不使走漏风声。”)帝林看看哥普拉一身天蓝色的军法官制服已经给路上的黄沙风尘染成了褐色的样子,分明是刚回帝都没有回家休息就马上赶来复命了,赞许的点点头,心里赞许:“我并没有吩咐去检查信件,他却自己想到了。”可是帝林也知道,哥普拉正是紫川参星安排在他身边的探子。两人一直维持一种心照不宣的默契:帝林凡是有什么见不得人的勾当都派哥普拉去做,对他极其的信任;而哥普拉也很清楚该如何完成对紫川参星的任务,每次写秘密报告时候都拿去问帝林:“大人,这个字该怎么写?我不懂,您能不能帮我看看?”※※※“哥普拉,你累了吗?可以回去再休息阵子。”帝林问他。“不用了,大人。在这种场合的话,下官应该在您身边,不然就太不自然了。”哥普拉的言下之意是:我身为大人您的亲卫队长,在外面被称做“帝林的影子”。这种场合我居然不在您身边,万一紫川参星这个有心人见不到我,见了起疑心来追查我动向的话就麻烦了。帝林略一思索已经明白了哥普拉的意思,安慰的拍拍他肩头,意思是:辛苦了!哥普拉观察下随行人员,发现有几个身体瘦消、面黄肌瘦的人,跟帝林说:“大人,我们应该带点强壮点的人过去吧?这几位……”帝林笑笑:“哥普拉,你还记得吗?上次开会时候,罗明海故意挑衅,有一个好恶心的家伙口水吐得又多又远,我们吃大亏了!今天我们非报这个仇不可!”哥普拉惊讶,不明白这几个看上去面黄骨瘦的家伙如何能“报仇”,迟疑着说:“他们很会那个…那个吐口水?”“那倒不是。”帝林凑近哥普拉的耳朵边:“他们都是肺结核传染病患者。”※※※双方都到场坐下。罗明海和帝林自动的在屋子里面相隔最远的两个位置坐下,隔在他们中间的是一排统领处的官员和一排监察厅的官员,双方壁垒分明,好象两排绝缘层似的把罗明海和帝林两个正负极隔开。紫川参星坐会议桌的首席,威严又慈祥的看着大家,好象一个大家长看着他不听话的两个倔强儿子。帝林皱眉,他在统领处的官员中间看到了紫川秀以前的长官哥珊副统领。哥珊素以能吏著称,以前开会都没有她的,这次罗明海却把她带来了,这可能说明罗明海今天真的打算正正经经的开个会议。帝林叹气,如果真这样的话,原来准备的战术就派不上用场了。紫川参星做开场白,内容几十年如一日般不变,一如既往地废话、空洞无昧。大家已经听过一千零一遍了,每次听还是得做出深受启迪、受益非浅样子,表示总长殿下说话意义深远,令人回味无穷。※※※接着罗明海开始向紫川参星做统领处的最近的工作,其中的主要内容就是远东战况。罗明海刚说:“现在我读一下远东战区总司令明辉统领的报告。‘回禀总长大人及总统领大人……’”另外一边的监察厅众军官马上就异口同声接上去:“远东战局又到了最关键的时刻!”罗明海怒视帝林:“帝林,总长殿下驾前,你也不约束下自己的部下!”帝林漫不经心回答:“怎么?我监察厅的同事就不能在殿下驾前发表自己对远东战局的看法?碍你什么事情了?”罗明海气得条条青筋暴起——罗明海素来深沉,自从当了总统领后,更是讲究宰相城府,凡事不动声色,惟有碰见帝林时候,什么“深沉”“城府”全都给抛到了九霄云外:帝林特别善于挑逗人生气。只要他用那种很特别的谁也模仿不来的拖长了的、带尾音的贵族腔调,带着副“老子就是这样,你拿老子怎么样?”的神态,漫不经心说上几句,再用眼角末梢轻蔑地扫对方一下——“能把死人气得爬起来再死一次,只要帝林愿意的话!”紫川秀曾经这样说。※※※紫川参星打圆场:“好了好了,帝林,你就让部下安静点。罗明海,你就继续读吧。”罗明海狠狠盯了帝林一眼,继续读:“……回禀总长大人及总统领大人:远东战局到了最关键的时刻!”监察厅军官那边“嘿嘿”笑个不停,连统领处这边的人也泛起无奈的苦笑:自从明辉在罗明海的极力推荐下当了远东战区的最高司令以后,远东战局逢星期二星期四就会出现一次“最关键的时刻”,每到这种“关键”时刻,当然不用说的吵着要增兵增饷增补给了。※※※罗明海:“明辉十月七日的报告是:‘在这关键时刻,如果再不给我们增援——哪怕一个师团也好,我们的战线就要崩溃了!’”紫川参星不悦:“这个兵痞子,又在威胁我们了——跟他说,没有!”罗明海点头:“是的。我当场就回复他:“如果战线崩溃了,我第一个送你上军事法庭!’”紫川参星赞叹道:“说得好!就该这样!不过后来你为什么又派了增援过去?”“因为他后来又来报告说:‘在这关键时刻,只要再给我一个师团,我就能让叛军崩溃!’”帝林在一边冷笑:“只不过换个说法而已,就被人家骗倒了。”紫川参星也微带责备的说:“是啊,罗明海,他只要一个师团,你也不用从西部边境一下子抽调了三个整编师团给他啊!”“他一共来了三次同样的报告……”帝林冷笑,抬头望天花板,一副“你蠢得没话可说”的神态,却不出声——那样子比说了什么更让罗明海气愤。紫川参星也哑然失笑,摇头感叹说:“远东真是个无底洞啊,前前后后我们都派了六十多个正规师团,近二十万民军过去,花了我们几百个亿的军费,现在还是看不到点结束的迹象。难啊!帝林,你在远东呆过,你的看法呢?”帝林恭谨回答:“大人,下官认为目前已经不能再从西部边境抽调兵力了。目前西部边境我们与流风家的兵力对比已经达到2:3了,在有些防线地段已经出现了1:2的危险比例。如果再抽调兵力的话,西部防线就显得太空虚了,万一引得流风双那个女魔头起坏心的话,我们就得不偿失了。”紫川参星点头:“言之有理。虽说流风家目前在闹争权夺利,但是我们也不能太大意。但是如何回复明辉的增援请求呢?”“这就要从新组建的民军师团中想办法了,殿下。”帝林明知道罗明海是负责民军筹建工作的,故意把难题踢过去。罗明海硬着头皮回答:“大人,最近由于已经是收获时节,民军大多都留在家中收割庄稼,来应征的越来越少了——这种状况等收获时节过了以后可能会有好转。”紫川参星皱眉:“这样啊…军情如火,不能等啊!能不能筹建一两个师团的雇佣军呢?这样比较快点,战斗力也比一般的民军强。”罗明海一时候不知道如何回答:“这个…具体情况,能不能批准哥珊来谈下。”紫川参星同意。哥珊站起,先向紫川参星鞠躬致意,神态自若,语音响亮:“回总长大人、总统领、监察长三位大人的问话:如果要成立雇佣军团的话,估计一个雇佣军师团的成立费用为一亿一千万,每个月的常规维护费用为三千万。而一般常规部队的成立费用不过五千万左右,维护费用仅仅为每月七百万左右。而经过元老会的审核,我们今年的军费开支是一百七十八亿三千二百万,由于远东战事,严重超支,已经花到了三百三十二亿五千一百万。现在还只是十一月初,到来年一月新的财政年度时候,还有将近两个多月时间,我们估计会花到超过四百亿。如果还要成立昂贵的雇佣军的话,只怕到时候我们难以跟元老会交代。”哥珊说得干脆利索,十几个详细数字脱口而出,无愧统领处第一“能吏”之称。帝林听着哥珊简练的报告,心思却不在报告上:哥珊与罗明海之间的关系颇有意味,哥珊素来以才干和大胆直言著称,凡是有她看不顺眼的,无论对方地位多高,她照样让他下不了台。有次甚至因为意见不合,她当众就敢把自己的直属上司罗明海骂个狗血淋头,两人吵得面红耳赤,旁观者看得脸色发白——但事情过后,罗明海还是照样维护哥珊,甚至在上次帝都动乱时候哥珊表态失误也是由罗明海保了下来,现在还极力推荐她接任幕僚长的位置——如果真的是这样的话,那她就是统领处第一位女性成员了。帝林沉思:“除去和自己间的恩怨不谈,不得不承认,罗明海倒是很具有爱惜人才的的宰相胸怀的,而且善于民政、军务后勤工作,而且也不怎么贪婪,不弄权——他当这个总统领倒也不算差劲到哪里去,至少比他的前任强上好多,只可惜,他与自己势同水火…”正在沉思中,却听见紫川参星对哥珊发问:“那照你的意思,我们现在是不宜成立新的雇佣军队的了?”“是的。”哥珊毫不犹豫回答:“不然赤字太严重,无法跟元老会交代。”口气硬梆梆的,毫无其他臣子回答时候那种委婉、恭敬和谦卑的神态语气:“总长圣明,容下官发表一点浅薄俗见……”帝林苦笑,心头猜想:“难怪!即使有了罗明海的大力推荐,这样的脾气,她也是很难坐上幕僚长的位置的了。”紫川参星果然不悦,没有出声。罗明海赶紧转换个话题:“总长殿下,明辉还有个大规模作战计划来让我们批准实施。计划代号“蓝月”,估计要动用到将近四十万部队,包括了黑旗军、中央军的全部主力还要加上二十万左右的民军。这么大的行动明辉自己一个人不敢自作主张,要请示总长殿下。计划如果顺利的话,有望在今年结束远东战事!”如他所料的,紫川参星的注意力马上被吸引过来了:“哦?什么计划?说给我听听。”“是,殿下!”罗明海回头招呼个参谋军官:“把作战用地图打开。”明辉的计划是这样的:远东叛乱军队的中坚和死硬分子大多都已经集中在了云省的广袤的丛林和山地里,正在想冲出云省来。明辉和斯特林的部队都曾经在云省的森林边缘地带布防拦截他们。由于家族王军大多是来自家族腹地,在森林地区由于不适应环境,作战相当困难,伤亡也大。明辉的意见是:干脆放开路,由黑旗军佯败把叛军引诱到蓝河与灰水河交叉的三汊河平原地带。然后黑旗军渡河,然后把桥梁拆掉,再在河的对岸布防,让叛军无法渡河。中央军和方劲指挥的民军从叛军后面出现包抄。三汊河平原两面临水无路可走,叛军唯一的出路又给中央军和民军围困了,不用一个月,叛军就会被饿得撑不下而自动投降的。把这批叛军的主力除掉的话,远东各地的叛乱就不难平息了。帝林还没听完就明白了,冷笑一声:“真不愧是明辉订的计划啊!”他接着跟紫川参星解释说:“殿下,下官以为这个计划很不公平。明辉的部队过了河,只要把桥一毁,叛军势必难以渡河追击。而当叛军被在三杈河被围困无路可走时候,为求生路,势必做困兽之击,那时侯承受叛军拼死反扑压力的就是在平地布防、无险可守的中央军了!——而明辉只需要在蓝河对面悠闲的“布防”,拍着手喊:“斯特林——加油!”就够了——这样来说对斯特林太不公平了。”紫川参星还没有说话,罗明海已经抢着说了:“斯特林统领阁下深明大义,已经同意了这个计划。”帝林强辩:“那是斯特林阁下知其难而为之,精忠体国一片苦心!总长大人乃当今仁君,最为体恤臣下,必然不会同意让斯特林独力承当如此苛刻任务。”“怎么是独力承当呢?不是还有方劲的民军在协助防守吗?”“哈,罗明海。你搞的那些民军——我一个师团就能把你们十万人打得满地找牙齿——总长殿下,民军虽名为协防,但是主要的重担肯定会落斯特林那边。可怜斯特林部队一直战斗不息,经历诸次战役,伤亡已经很重了!不能光让帝都子弟流血啊,殿下!斯特林部队负责诱敌好了。就让明辉的部队来担任这个任务如何?”“帝林你胡说八道!中央军不是刚刚结束休整从德亚省区回来吗?黑旗军杀敌数目也不少啊!上百万呢,比斯特林还多!”“罗明海你这个猪头懂个屁!全世界都知道明辉在虚报军情,就你还一意维护他,你到底有何居心?!中央军伤亡率在35%以上,这么大的损伤岂是一两个星期的休整能补回来的?——你不懂军事就给我乖乖闭上你的鸟嘴!”“帝林你这狗屁凭什么说明辉虚报?就你这厮你也敢说自己懂军事!不就是杀了几个老百姓吗?嚣张个鸟!我……”※※※“够了!”紫川参星一拍桌子:“都给我住口!”帝林和罗明海一齐鞠躬行礼,为御前无礼表示谢罪。紫川参星出了口粗气:“早晚给你们两个混蛋气死。”,扭头看哥珊:“哥珊,你怎么看?”大家都很意外:紫川参星刚才神色间还对哥珊很不满似的,现在竟然放着在座那么多高官将领不问,特意征求她的意见。帝林却是心下雪亮:在座那么多人中,不是罗明海派别的就是自己派别的,也惟有哥珊不依附任何人,立场最为客观公正。哥珊站起来回答:“大人,下官不懂军事。不过大人既然垂询了,下官只能说:此地距离远东前线万里,文书来往得半个月,我们无法及时知道前线实情,实在不宜妄下命令,以免有贻误战机之失。”此番话说得有理而且不偏袒任何一方,争吵双方都不由得心中赞同。“那你的意思是……”“大人,远东前线明辉、斯特林还有方劲三位统领大人都是久经沙场熟知兵事的老行家,并非无能之辈。我们只需要做好后勤补给工作,指挥作战的事情就交给专家来做好了。跟他们说:“以尽快结束战事为目的,一切相机行事。”我想三位统领大人身临其境,应该知道如何应付处置,不必我们多加饶舌。”“这话说得在理!帝林,你还有什么要说的吗?”眼见紫川参星主意是已经打定了,实在不适宜再反驳了,帝林躬身道:“哥珊阁下言之有理,下官敬服。”心中遗憾:“罗明海这个庸才竟然有这么出色一个部下!明明是帮他说话了,还不露半点痕迹,理由还很光明正大——我部下怎么就找不到这样一人呢?”※※※“好,那这件事情就这么定了:我批准实施“蓝月”计划,马上起草文书加急送过去。还有,哥珊,军粮补给的事情你得一手抓起来,这真的是关键时刻了,不能出漏子,否则就真的全功尽弃了!——难得今天大家的会议开得这么和睦成功啊!这就对了,要顾全大局,要……”这时候内务部的李清旗本匆匆闯进会议厅来——会议进行中且总长正在说话,这是很失礼的举动。大家正惊讶,她走过去在紫川参星耳朵边说了句话。“什么?”紫川参星失声叫了出来,当即站了起来,立即又坐了下去,脸部肌肉不受控制的抽搐着:很明显是来了个很坏的消息。面对部下们询问的眼光,紫川参星一字一句说:“元老会萧议长通知我:三年一次的元老评议会在今年提前召开,就在下个星期二开始。”罗明海、帝林一起同声痛骂:“他妈的!”——这还是家族总统领和监察长首次达成了一致意见。紫川参星脸色沉重:“真是不幸,屋漏逢下雨,米少又沾锅——事不宜迟,马上把命令传下去!加急通知明辉:一定要在元老会议开始干预前把蓝月计划给执行了!”远东瓦伦要塞,方劲接到八百里加急文书,拆开看,马上就骂开了:“狗娘养的!元老会又要开了!”云省前线,联合指挥部。一个勤务兵快步走过来:“回禀两位统领大人,八百里加急!”明辉接过来先看,只说了一个字:“操!”转而把信递给斯特林,“你看看,那群混蛋在帝都瞎搞!”斯特林默默的看完了信件,却不出声,抬头昂望苍天,只见乌云密布,眼看着就有一场暴雨将致,心头忽然起了一个念头:“难道真的是天灭我紫川族吗?”第55章重逢。

斯特林按时的到了总长府,紫川参星热情的迎接他,领他到饭厅来。斯特林发现,这确实是如同紫川参星所言,是一顿家常便饭,因为除了他以外再无其他客人。而菜肴却是很丰盛的,斯特林心中奇怪,这不符合紫川参星习性。担任内务官员的李清曾经笑着跟他提过:“我们的总长是历代总长中最不奢侈浪费的。”暗示着紫川参星在某些方面是很吝啬的,他可以毫不犹豫的花三十个亿武装一个军团,却舍不得给自己晚餐上多加一条鱼。“殿下,太丰盛了,殿下,您太破费了,我们吃不完的。”紫川参星毫不在意的说:“没事,吃不完我下顿继续吃。”呵呵笑道:“来来来,既然来作客,就不要那么拘束了。放松点,把胃口敞开使劲吃!唉,这阵子在远东真是苦了你了,斯特林你看看自己,几个月工夫下来,就又黑又老了。”“愿为家族服务!那是臣下应尽的本分职责,实在不敢当如此……”“哎呀,我不是跟你说不要拘束吗?斯特林你就这点不好,老是放不开。今晚不许你说什么“大人”、“殿下”什么的。你就把我当作你的长辈,叫我参星叔叔如何?”斯特林本来心里一直有点忐忑不安,见到紫川参星如此和蔼的样子,心头一块石头也落了地,笑着说:“那下官就暨越了。”两人开始就坐,紫川参星不停的给斯特林介绍各种菜肴:“这是来自西部的花纹鲫鱼,一年只有几个星期能捕捉得到,还要把它活生生的送到帝都来,很难得的。”一个劲的给斯特林夹菜,斯特林应接不暇,也感到很不自在,只是总长一番好意,实在难以拒绝,一顿饭吃得满头大汗。饭后两人在客厅喝着咖啡闲聊。紫川参星关切的询问了在远东的战况。他尤其关心的是各路征集来的民军的士气和战斗力,这些民军占了在远东紫川王军的一半多。斯特林考虑了下,坦诚的跟紫川参星说:“民军队伍大多是各地的贵族武装和农民,他们虽然草草成军,但凭着那股血气之勇和悍不畏死,一旦他们杀起了劲头,一时间可以跟正规师团打个不相上下。但在落于下风进行防守时候容易惊惶失措,我听到个事情:一路民军去剿匪,半兽人只出来那么几十人应战,就把我们几千民军吓得夺路而逃;还有一次是在半夜里,是在方劲的大营里,一个民军士兵晚上发噩梦喊了句:“魔鬼啊!”结果马上就炸营了,士兵们哭着喊着:“不好了,魔族来了!人哪,快逃命吧!”黑夜里大家一群无头苍蝇似的乱窜,搞不清楚方向只是在哭嚎:“逃啊!逃啊!”方劲想把他们弹压下来,举着火把喊:“镇定镇定!大家向我靠拢,向我靠拢!”却根本止不住潮水般的人流,要不是他的卫队拼命抢救,当晚方劲就会被人群踩死了。天亮以后,发现昨晚被自己人踩死的、被淹死的足足有几百人。方劲足足花了一个星期才把溃散的士兵再集,可是已经少了几千人,要不是当了逃兵,要不是是落单时候碰上叛军被杀了。”现在家族王军在远东有四路人马:我的中央军,十万人左右;明辉的黑旗军,也是十万人左右;方劲统帅的各路民军,二十五万人左右;还有就原来远东军的余部,经过整理后还有个十一万人左右,不过比较分散,包括了在瓦伦要塞的守军和德亚、伊里亚两个行省的守备队了。我们几个带兵的统领都认为,方劲的部下人数最多,但论起作战能力来,方劲却是最弱的,因为他部下连一个正规师团都没有。叛军如果要打开我们的缺口,肯定会从方劲那边下手的。我和明辉都打算调派一到两个师团去充实方劲部队作为支撑。”紫川参星听得专心,不住的点头:“是啊!兵得练过才行啊!我已经安排了五万民军在瓦伦要塞接受正规训练了!”斯特林点头附和:“殿下英明。”紫川参星随即转换了话题:“对了,斯特林,你的年纪也不小了,跟李清的事情也该抓紧办了吧?”斯特林一惊,马上回答:“下官感谢殿下垂怀,但是目前山河破碎,远东国土未靖,叛乱未息,几十万叛军喧嚣尘上,我斯特林身受总长及家族重恩,在此国难时刻正当尽力回报,实在不宜分心考虑个人事情。”“这你就不对了,斯特林。”紫川参星很郑重的说:“平息内乱,外御敌寇,那是家族上下全体都有责任的事情。你不能把它说成你一个人的事情啊!难道没有你,我们就平不了远东的叛乱了?”斯特林惶恐,起身行礼:“是,下官狂妄,望殿下恕罪。”紫川参星挥手让他坐下:“所以说啊,你也不要自觉负重太多。千斤的担子大家一起分担就是了!从你的角度说,固然尽忠家族是本分,但是家族又尝忍心让忠臣受苦受累还要耽搁了青春年华呢?你说要等叛乱平定以后,我看如果议和不成,这场仗我们可是有的打。难道还真的迂腐到非要等它个十年八年后再来结婚吗?那就是笑话了。斯特林勉强说:“可是下官军务紧急,马上就要赶回远东部队中去……”“艾,不急。现在反正是在议和谈判,你回去也没什么事做。不如就在帝都多留上几天,把婚事办了才走。当然,时间上是仓促了点,可是你就交给我好了,我来主持,保证办得风光体面!”总长赐婚并主持婚礼,那是很大的荣耀了,如果一般情况下,斯特林就该跪谢应允了。可是斯特林此刻脑子乱糟糟的,竟然找不出话说,呆住了。紫川参星也不责怪他无礼,自顾自说:“那时候啊,大家名分定下来,才可以安心厮守等候啊!不然的话,人家李清可是女孩子啊,你就忍心让她在等待中度过青春年华吗?”“斯特林啊,战场杀敌诚然重要,但是为家族培育下一代,那也是很要紧的。你和李清都是很优秀而且都对家族忠心耿耿的,我相信你们的后代也一定是非常优秀且忠诚的!”“好,斯特林啊,我看你也没什么意见。那就这样定了吧。恩,我刚翻过日历,后天的日子是很吉利的,斯特林,你没什么意见吧?那,就定在后天吧。然后你度一个星期的蜜月,然后再回去远东。”“你手上有多少积蓄啊?够不够办婚事呢?如果不够的话,我可以帮你出一部分的,李清是名门出身,我们可不能办得太寒酸,委屈了她。”斯特林脑子乱哄哄的,却始终有一条是清醒的:“现在绝对不能松口答应。”他嘶哑着嗓子开口说:“殿下,下官恳望能推迟婚约。”紫川参星的脸色沉了下来,这可是斯特林第一次违背他的意旨。“斯特林,你怎么这个态度?难道是认为自己身份不凡,李清配不上你吗?”话既然说出口了,斯特林觉得胆子大了很多:“下官不敢。李清小姐出身高贵,容貌秀丽,为人贤惠大方,又相当的能干……”紫川参星不住的点头:“是啊是啊,那你还有什么不满足的啊?”“不。下官只是认为,以李清小姐如此容貌人品,应该可以选择更好的归宿。下官只是一介武夫,又出身贫寒,身份、家底无一足道,不配如此贤妻。”紫川参星站了起来,一字一句说:“斯特林,你是不是想悔婚呢?”斯特林咬紧牙关,轻轻说:“是的。”话出口以后全身一阵虚脱,他硬着头皮闭上眼睛等待即将到来的雷霆震怒。然而却是一片平静,紫川参星的语气出奇的和蔼:“斯特林,你不第58章岁末。

斯特林按时的到了总长府,紫川参星热情的迎接他,领他到饭厅来。斯特林发现,这确实是如同紫川参星所言,是一顿家常便饭,因为除了他以外再无其他客人。而菜肴却是很丰盛的,斯特林心中奇怪,这不符合紫川参星习性。担任内务官员的李清曾经笑着跟他提过:“我们的总长是历代总长中最不奢侈浪费的。”暗示着紫川参星在某些方面是很吝啬的,他可以毫不犹豫的花三十个亿武装一个军团,却舍不得给自己晚餐上多加一条鱼。“殿下,太丰盛了,殿下,您太破费了,我们吃不完的。”紫川参星毫不在意的说:“没事,吃不完我下顿继续吃。”呵呵笑道:“来来来,既然来作客,就不要那么拘束了。放松点,把胃口敞开使劲吃!唉,这阵子在远东真是苦了你了,斯特林你看看自己,几个月工夫下来,就又黑又老了。”“愿为家族服务!那是臣下应尽的本分职责,实在不敢当如此……”“哎呀,我不是跟你说不要拘束吗?斯特林你就这点不好,老是放不开。今晚不许你说什么“大人”、“殿下”什么的。你就把我当作你的长辈,叫我参星叔叔如何?”斯特林本来心里一直有点忐忑不安,见到紫川参星如此和蔼的样子,心头一块石头也落了地,笑着说:“那下官就暨越了。”两人开始就坐,紫川参星不停的给斯特林介绍各种菜肴:“这是来自西部的花纹鲫鱼,一年只有几个星期能捕捉得到,还要把它活生生的送到帝都来,很难得的。”一个劲的给斯特林夹菜,斯特林应接不暇,也感到很不自在,只是总长一番好意,实在难以拒绝,一顿饭吃得满头大汗。饭后两人在客厅喝着咖啡闲聊。紫川参星关切的询问了在远东的战况。他尤其关心的是各路征集来的民军的士气和战斗力,这些民军占了在远东紫川王军的一半多。斯特林考虑了下,坦诚的跟紫川参星说:“民军队伍大多是各地的贵族武装和农民,他们虽然草草成军,但凭着那股血气之勇和悍不畏死,一旦他们杀起了劲头,一时间可以跟正规师团打个不相上下。但在落于下风进行防守时候容易惊惶失措,我听到个事情:一路民军去剿匪,半兽人只出来那么几十人应战,就把我们几千民军吓得夺路而逃;还有一次是在半夜里,是在方劲的大营里,一个民军士兵晚上发噩梦喊了句:“魔鬼啊!”结果马上就炸营了,士兵们哭着喊着:“不好了,魔族来了!人哪,快逃命吧!”黑夜里大家一群无头苍蝇似的乱窜,搞不清楚方向只是在哭嚎:“逃啊!逃啊!”方劲想把他们弹压下来,举着火把喊:“镇定镇定!大家向我靠拢,向我靠拢!”却根本止不住潮水般的人流,要不是他的卫队拼命抢救,当晚方劲就会被人群踩死了。天亮以后,发现昨晚被自己人踩死的、被淹死的足足有几百人。方劲足足花了一个星期才把溃散的士兵再集,可是已经少了几千人,要不是当了逃兵,要不是是落单时候碰上叛军被杀了。”现在家族王军在远东有四路人马:我的中央军,十万人左右;明辉的黑旗军,也是十万人左右;方劲统帅的各路民军,二十五万人左右;还有就原来远东军的余部,经过整理后还有个十一万人左右,不过比较分散,包括了在瓦伦要塞的守军和德亚、伊里亚两个行省的守备队了。我们几个带兵的统领都认为,方劲的部下人数最多,但论起作战能力来,方劲却是最弱的,因为他部下连一个正规师团都没有。叛军如果要打开我们的缺口,肯定会从方劲那边下手的。我和明辉都打算调派一到两个师团去充实方劲部队作为支撑。”紫川参星听得专心,不住的点头:“是啊!兵得练过才行啊!我已经安排了五万民军在瓦伦要塞接受正规训练了!”斯特林点头附和:“殿下英明。”紫川参星随即转换了话题:“对了,斯特林,你的年纪也不小了,跟李清的事情也该抓紧办了吧?”斯特林一惊,马上回答:“下官感谢殿下垂怀,但是目前山河破碎,远东国土未靖,叛乱未息,几十万叛军喧嚣尘上,我斯特林身受总长及家族重恩,在此国难时刻正当尽力回报,实在不宜分心考虑个人事情。”“这你就不对了,斯特林。”紫川参星很郑重的说:“平息内乱,外御敌寇,那是家族上下全体都有责任的事情。你不能把它说成你一个人的事情啊!难道没有你,我们就平不了远东的叛乱了?”斯特林惶恐,起身行礼:“是,下官狂妄,望殿下恕罪。”紫川参星挥手让他坐下:“所以说啊,你也不要自觉负重太多。千斤的担子大家一起分担就是了!从你的角度说,固然尽忠家族是本分,但是家族又尝忍心让忠臣受苦受累还要耽搁了青春年华呢?你说要等叛乱平定以后,我看如果议和不成,这场仗我们可是有的打。难道还真的迂腐到非要等它个十年八年后再来结婚吗?那就是笑话了。斯特林勉强说:“可是下官军务紧急,马上就要赶回远东部队中去……”“艾,不急。现在反正是在议和谈判,你回去也没什么事做。不如就在帝都多留上几天,把婚事办了才走。当然,时间上是仓促了点,可是你就交给我好了,我来主持,保证办得风光体面!”总长赐婚并主持婚礼,那是很大的荣耀了,如果一般情况下,斯特林就该跪谢应允了。可是斯特林此刻脑子乱糟糟的,竟然找不出话说,呆住了。紫川参星也不责怪他无礼,自顾自说:“那时候啊,大家名分定下来,才可以安心厮守等候啊!不然的话,人家李清可是女孩子啊,你就忍心让她在等待中度过青春年华吗?”“斯特林啊,战场杀敌诚然重要,但是为家族培育下一代,那也是很要紧的。你和李清都是很优秀而且都对家族忠心耿耿的,我相信你们的后代也一定是非常优秀且忠诚的!”“好,斯特林啊,我看你也没什么意见。那就这样定了吧。恩,我刚翻过日历,后天的日子是很吉利的,斯特林,你没什么意见吧?那,就定在后天吧。然后你度一个星期的蜜月,然后再回去远东。”“你手上有多少积蓄啊?够不够办婚事呢?如果不够的话,我可以帮你出一部分的,李清是名门出身,我们可不能办得太寒酸,委屈了她。”斯特林脑子乱哄哄的,却始终有一条是清醒的:“现在绝对不能松口答应。”他嘶哑着嗓子开口说:“殿下,下官恳望能推迟婚约。”紫川参星的脸色沉了下来,这可是斯特林第一次违背他的意旨。“斯特林,你怎么这个态度?难道是认为自己身份不凡,李清配不上你吗?”话既然说出口了,斯特林觉得胆子大了很多:“下官不敢。李清小姐出身高贵,容貌秀丽,为人贤惠大方,又相当的能干……”紫川参星不住的点头:“是啊是啊,那你还有什么不满足的啊?”“不。下官只是认为,以李清小姐如此容貌人品,应该可以选择更好的归宿。下官只是一介武夫,又出身贫寒,身份、家底无一足道,不配如此贤妻。”紫川参星站了起来,一字一句说:“斯特林,你是不是想悔婚呢?”斯特林咬紧牙关,轻轻说:“是的。”话出口以后全身一阵虚脱,他硬着头皮闭上眼睛等待即将到来的雷霆震怒。然而却是一片平静,紫川参星的语气出奇的和蔼:“斯特林,你不第58章岁末。

帝国历779年的冬天来得特别的晚,直到十二月,第一股寒流才滚滚的越过瓦伦要塞,由东而西,席卷整个大地。气温在十小时之内降到了零下,第一场雪却迟迟不见踪影,反而却雷声轰隆起,一个霹雳将总长府门前值勤的两个卫兵劈倒,旗杆被劈断。以后下了倾盆大雨。三天三夜的暴雨之后,终于雨过天晴,在东方出现了了一抹靓丽的彩虹,同时却在西方天际出现了一个巨大的十字架。人们记忆中还没见过如此反常的气象。见多识广的老人们回忆起五十年前那个冬天,也是同样的冬雷轰隆暴雨不断,而在那年的开春就发生了三十万边防军集体叛变的事件,就在离帝都不到三十里的古度平原上,紫川军与得到流风军助阵的叛军展开惨烈的大战,死人多得一层层的叠满了上百公里的战场,野狗吃得眼都红了。老人们信誓旦旦的说:这必定昭示着来年家族王军与远东叛军将会有一场空前规模的大战,死人多得恐怕还要超过五十年前的那次。人们听得纷纷点头,尽管元老会已经通过了与叛军和谈的决议,议和谈判正在进行中,但是从家族官员、贵族到普通民众,几乎所有人都有这么种预感:与叛军一场惨烈大战不可避免,空前的灾难就要来临。帝都市民人心惶惶,流言四起,都认为这必然是因为有人罪孽深重,导致愤怒天谴的缘故。(关于究竟是谁罪孽深重的问题就众说纷纭了,比如说总统领罗明海和监察长帝林就有不同的说法。)一时间,帝都的大小寺庙教堂,各种宗教团体得以红火了一把。所有的和尚、神甫、托钽僧、尼姑、牧师、修女、毛拉、道士、先知、教主都宣称:是因为帝都市民你们贪婪、无知,不信奉神灵,作恶多端,现在我的上帝、佛主、真主、神灵、圣徒(或者管他什么东西)生气了,他的怒火将降临大地,洗清一切罪恶。忏悔吧,你们这群罪人,你们的罪孽深重啊!(重得跟你们的钱包似的!)只有诚心相信我们的才能得救!至于如何表达你们的虔诚的心意呢?(这个时候一个穿白衣服的圣洁的少女捧着功德箱出现)来来,大家,拿出你们的诚意来!记住,吝啬的人是进不了天堂的!上帝早就说过了:富人想进天堂跟骆驼想通过针眼一样的困难。(呵呵,我们的神还真是有先见之明啊!)钱财是罪恶的象征!是魔鬼用来诱惑世人的!想得救的唯一途径就是把这些“罪恶”让我们来替你承受……不要误会了,我们一心侍奉神灵,世间的荣华享乐早已不放在我们心中,我们这是用我们多年的清修功力要替你赎罪啊!怀疑我们这些神的使者,那就等于怀疑神啊!你要下地狱的!帝林每经过一个街口就看到有个奇装异服的人在路边指手划脚或者哭天抢地的高呼:“神救世人!”“信我者得救!”在一条街道上,两个“神的使者”还因为要抢地盘演说当街气喘吁吁的对骂:“你是魔鬼!”“上帝要消灭你的!”“神的怒火要要降罚你!”——这样骂了半天,结果他们的神和上帝不知道是没听见他们的召唤呢还是没空,好久都没有过来。结果他们两个就只有代替自己的上帝来惩罚对方了,当街扭打起来。旁边围了一大群人在那观看这场“诸神之战”。帝林开始以为那些人都是疯子,后来明白了,冷笑着:“这真是各种盛行宗教的极大收益,我们民族心智的极大损失啊。”一个长着大胡子的托钽僧不知道从哪个角落里突然窜出拦住帝林:“朋友,你愿意听听来自上帝的意旨吗?”帝林的卫兵们敬畏的对托钽僧敬礼。帝林头也不回着:“不用了,上帝住我隔壁,有什么话他自己跟我说好了。”大步地走过。托钽僧愤怒的追上来:“你这个不信神的家伙!你这个魔鬼!你要下地狱受烈火煎的!你会被诅咒的!”他大声的叱骂,口沫飞溅,卫兵一个个惊恐的在胸前划着十字,不敢靠近。帝林猛然回身将那个托钽僧一下压到了墙上,压低声说:“其实我真的是魔鬼,上帝是我的对头!现在既然被你发现了,那我就只好来个杀人灭口了……”帝林薄薄的嘴唇浅笑着扭曲,眼中闪着诡异的光芒,如同剃刀般锋利的杀气直压过去,剑不出鞘的压在在托钽僧的喉咙上。托钽僧脸色发白,一瞬间他就明白了:眼前这个人真的会杀了自己的!他当场就失禁了,裤裆湿淋淋的。托钽僧连滚带爬的逃走,哭喊着:“魔鬼啊!魔鬼啊!上帝救救我们吧!”帝林放声的狂笑:“哈哈哈哈哈!”转向卫兵们说:“开个玩笑,哈哈,魔鬼,哈哈哈!!”卫兵们一个个脸色发白,心中一齐泛起个念头:搞不好,这可并非玩笑。※※※仿佛是为了验证不详之兆,年末的十二月二十一日,帝都发生了流血事件。事情的起因是很简单的,在帝都的双龙酒吧间里面,几个喝醉了酒的统领处军官闹事,和巡逻的宪兵打起了群架——究竟打群架的原因如何,那已经是无从调查了,因为最初的当事人都已经不能再开口了。帝都宪兵们大多是帝林从远东一手带回来的远东军士兵,他们饱经战火,经验丰富,一会儿就把那些个本来就喝醉了的统领处军官揍得鬼哭狼嚎的。其中一个军官跑到街道上大喊:“统领处的快过来啊!!监察厅的在欺负我们的人哪!”这天正是周六晚,帝都所有的酒吧里面都坐满了喝得脑子发热、拳头发痒的统领处军官们,那一声呼喊就如导火线般引爆了统领处与监察厅之间多年的积怨,他们从四面八方的酒吧里面出来冲向双龙酒吧,那副劲头就象双龙酒吧已经被魔族军占领了,他们要马上去解救一般,呼喊“打倒帝林的走狗!”,把宪兵给反包围在了双龙酒吧里面,用酒瓶和砖头雨点般投掷进去。宪兵们眼见形势逆转,敌众我寡,一面死守着酒吧的门口,一面吹响了警哨。附近的几支宪兵巡逻队赶来时候,眼见的是大群的“暴徒”(帝林是这么说的)正在围攻他们的同事,立即怒火燃烧,掏出警棍上前参战解围。战团进一步的扩大,从一个酒吧扩展到整个街道,空中是横飞的啤酒瓶、火把、砖头,暴怒的男人们一边拳打、脚踢,一边咒骂声不断,一方高呼:“打倒罗明海的走狗!”另一方马上回敬:“打倒帝林的走狗!”双方都在不断的在呼叫,招来自己的援军。二十分钟后,帝都治部少的警察赶来想制止混乱——在后来的调查会上他们说自己是:“很公正的对待混战双方,试图使他们冷静下来”——却专挑那些宪兵的后脑用警棍“轻轻”的打:不奇怪,因为治部少是听命于幕僚长命令的,也算是统领处方面的人——不过帝林的部下们可也不是挨打不还手的和平主义者,宪兵们马上连治部少的警察也一齐打,混战扩大了。这个时候统领处在人数上占了优势,但是帝林的部下却因为骁勇而取占了上风,越战越勇,眼看就要取得帝林对罗明海的大胜利了。在这个时候大批惟恐天下不乱的民军士兵们闻风赶来。他们一向最爱的就是斗殴、群架,眼看面前有这么大场面的一场群架,马上激动全身颤抖,根本不问原因、不管理由,兴高采烈大呼小叫的加入了战团,仿佛身家性命、前途命运全部在此一战。民军士兵时而高喊:“总统领万岁!”帮着统领处一块打监察厅的宪兵;时而又高呼:“打倒罗明海!”掉头和统领处的军官们和警察混战;时而忽然什么也不喊自己人跟自己人又打了起来。本来壁垒分明的双方因为他们的加入变成了乱成一团。帝都本地的地痞流氓们眼看着机不可失,也加入了进来。他们喊着:“我们爱戴总统领!”一边砸开了路边商店、民居的大门,蜂拥而进掠夺一空,一边又喊着:“帝林万岁!”威迫经过的行人把钱包交出来,趁机非礼女性;善良的市民和业主们不甘受损,街区的居民委员会叫着:“罗明海万岁!帝林万岁!女人和孩子不要出来,男人们拿起武器,保卫我们的街区!”——对于这两个巨头他们是谁也不敢得罪的——男人们响应着号召,用菜刀和铁锅把自己全副武装了起来,战战栗栗的抵抗着入侵者。战火从商业街扩展到了民居,又到了公园:在那里两个对立的宗教主正号召他们的信徒投入一场圣战,惩罚对方那些不信神的异教徒;帝都最大的两个黑帮团体也借着这个难得的机会来解决他们之间的恩怨,几百名穿黑西服戴墨镜的黑手党在杀得血肉横飞……几十家的商店被点燃,火光冲天,映得帝都的夜空一片红亮。暴徒们在燃烧的废墟旁边肆无忌惮的欢呼、纵情喝酒。从这里到哪里,到处是混战,军官打宪兵,宪兵打军官,然后他们又一齐合力痛打警察和流氓。楼上的居民往下面扔花盆把下面人砸得脑袋开花,下面的人拿着火把烧掉整座大楼作为报复……到处是横飞的棍棒、伤者在呻吟、女人和小孩在尖叫、男人们杀气腾腾的在寻找下一个目标。回忆起七七九年年末的那一个夜晚,人们只有一句话形容:“那一夜,帝都疯了。”事件发生不到半个钟头,罗明海得到了报告:“帝都发生大骚乱!”他马上出发赶去总长府,一路盘算着该在紫川参星面前如何告状:“我的部下是遵纪守法的良好公民。这完全是因为帝林纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!帝林及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请总长殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”他在心里准备好了一段完美的说辞,自觉很满意。他刚进会见室,就听到帝林对紫川参星严肃的说:“总长殿下,下官的部下都是遵纪守法的良好公民。这次骚乱完全是因为罗明海纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!罗明海及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”罗明海一时间几乎晕了过去。象往常一样,他们在总长面前又展开了各种争辩、挖苦、谩骂。直到紫川参星一拍桌子:“够了!现在不是来追究谁对谁错的问题!现在我们要做的是马上把这次骚乱平息下去!”两人一齐闭嘴。帝林开口:“总长殿下,这次事件请交给下官负责吧!维护帝都秩序正是下官宪兵部队的职责。下官保证:在天亮以前,让帝都回复秩序!”罗明海听得不寒而栗:只要紫川参星一点头,帝林会马上带着他的四万宪兵部队冲进城来,重演一次帝都流血夜的翻版,天亮以前,站在罗明海一方的所有官员都会被屠戮殆尽。抢在紫川参星开口前,罗明海抢先说:“殿下,我觉得此次参加骚乱的人员不但有军方的还有民间的,不宜出动宪兵部队。建议让治部少的警察部队来执行平乱任务如何?”“现在很明显你治部少的那群饭桶们已经控制不住局面了!”帝林马上回口:“殿下,无论如何,警察是难以和正规部队对抗的。不要延误时机让骚乱进一步扩大了!我的部下已经作好了马上出发的准备!”“混蛋!这次的事件就是你的那群部下搞出来的!你还让他们来平什么乱……”“放屁!明明是你拉的屎现在我好心帮你擦屁股你居然还说三说四!”“够了!”紫川参星再怒喝一次。他转向罗明海:“罗明海,现在在帝都附近有没有可以马上抽调的驻军?”罗明海略微思考回答说:“从西部战线抽调往远东的五十一步兵师团正经过帝都,有四个大队就在城外宿营。还有远东军校的三个学员大队也在城外,不过学员他们都没有武器的。还有水军有三艘军舰也停留瓦涅河上。恩,大概就这些兵力了。”“通知五十一师团马上进城,发武器给那些学员兵,把水兵从船上调下来,恩,再从禁卫军中抽调五千人,把兵力集和起来,应该也可以了!帝林,你的宪兵部队也集合起来,兵力不足时候作为预备队。”“是!遵命!”两人一齐行礼。※※※二十一日晚上深夜十一点,在燃烧的火光映照下,来自瓦涅河的水兵静悄悄的从西城门涌入帝都,他们冒着密集如雨的砖头和火把,默不作声的对暴乱的人群发起了冲击,刚毅而勇敢的水手们以寡敌众,与暴徒展开了激烈却是无声无息的搏斗,黑色的水兵枪刺在夜晚中闪亮着光芒。经过十几分钟的激烈的搏斗,水兵们将人数是他们几倍的大群暴徒驱散。在城东区,远东军校的学员们握着刚发下来的刺刀和长枪武器,呐喊着冲入了居民区,受到居民们热烈的欢迎,他们与居民们一齐并肩作战,将掠夺的暴徒驱赶了出去。居民区上空回响着一片欢呼:“军队万岁!”在城北区,这里正是暴乱的中心地带,在这里混战的不仅有普通市民、业主、流氓、黑帮分子……还有不少是职业军人,人数多达近十几万人,挤得大街水泄不通!五十一师团的步兵们只有四千余人,加进去的话,只不过使混战再增添多点混乱,根本无济于事。师团长很异想天开的从城外找来几十头公牛,在它们屁股后面烧上把火,发狂了的公牛群直冲人群,大街上顿时鸡飞狗走的,顷刻间就清开了一条道路,大批禁卫军跟着冲入,用皮鞭见人就猛抽,打得人群鬼哭狼嚎叫的。天亮时分,经过各路平乱部队的一夜的努力,帝都终于回复了秩序。尽管骚乱造成了很大的损失,死了不少人。但是活下来的帝都市民们都感到:太刺激太过瘾太爽了!为了记念那个尽情狂欢、为所欲为的激情夜晚,从此每年的十二月二十一日大家都举行一个游行来庆祝,为了求得效果逼真,每次都找上几十头公牛屁股后面绑上火把追在人屁股后面乱跑,然后大家就象当年举火把烧房子一样每个人拿着根蜡烛满街走。这成为了帝都每年最大的节日了。据说后来这个风俗还流传到另外些个大陆去,他们那边的国家有样学样也跟着发疯……※※※事情过去了,但是统领处和监察厅之间的关系变得空前的紧张,发展到双方首脑连上下班都要全副披甲大队警卫保护,他们的部下针锋相对,在街道上设起了街垒对立,冲突随时一触即发。大家都感到:不能再把帝林与罗明海两个冤家放一起了,否则同样的骚乱随时还会发生的。罗明海上书,请求将帝林派到远东前线去——其实在此之前,早就有元老提议认为将帝林这样的名将闲置在帝都是一种很大的浪费。本来紫川参星一直存有顾忌:帝林是头兀鹰,放飞他是很容易的,但是想收回来就很难了!他这把剑杀敌人是很锋利,但也会让自己人流血的。但是现在眼看帝林与罗明海已经势同水火,已经是不得不将他们隔离了。他征求帝林的意见。帝林两眼发红很伤心的说:“殿下,我又没做错什么事情,为什么要远远的被发配走呢?”很无辜的表情。紫川参星安慰他说:“这怎么是发配呢?这是家族对你的信任,远东战局复杂,需要有一个高级的监察军官去督战啊!这完全是工作需要啊!”“可是殿下,我舍不得离开您啊!”“唉,帝林!你在远东能更好的发挥你特长,服务家族,就算你不在我身边我也一样高兴的。”紫川参星好说歹说劝了好久,一再解释:这并非流放,而是家族对他的重用,帝林才不情不愿的答应了,抹抹眼泪点头,心里乐开了花:罗明海你这个蠢货!到了远东后,天高海阔,就数我的阶级最高,几十万家族军队就自然的落在我掌握中!只等紫川参星一断气,那时候我统帅五十万紫川军回帝都,左有紫川秀,右有斯特林,你拿什么与我对抗!那时候要你狗命轻而易举!“殿下,既然您都这么说了,下官同意去远东。不过有个事情下官放心不下……”“哦,有什么事情你就尽管说吧。”“下官的妻子林秀佳已经怀孕即将临盆,殿下您知道的,罗明海那个人渣对我恨之入骨,什么勾当都干得出来的!万一他趁我不在帝都时候对我妻子有什么不利的话……”帝林的意思其实是想紫川参星批准让林秀佳也随军离开帝都,免去了自己的后顾之忧。“哦,”紫川参星很爽快的说:“原来帝林你是担心这个啊!不要紧,我已经帮你想好了,就让林秀佳搬进总长府跟我一起住吧。罗明海再大胆他也不敢进总长府骚扰吧?保证你妻子不会掉一根毫********林一惊,立即回答:“殿下真是太体贴了,但是这样实在太麻烦殿下了,臣不敢当。臣本意是想让林秀佳随我一起走就可以了,怎么好意思去叨扰殿下呢。。。”“唉,帝林,这你想得就不对了。林秀佳已经有了身孕,怎么可以长途跋涉呢?何况,让佳丽冒刀兵之险,又岂是智者所为?莫非你不放心我这老头子?呵呵,我的年纪都做得你和林秀佳的爸爸了!”帝林的额头掺出了汗水:“殿下开玩笑了。”心里不断的叫“糟了,糟了,偷鸡不成丢把米!怎么办呢?怎么办呢?怎么办呢?”“好了,那事情就这样办了。帝林,你如果再推三阻四不肯答应的话,我可是当你在怀疑我的哦!”紫川参星的口气转为严厉。帝林浑身一震,低下头来:“臣,遵旨!”背后的汗水湿透了厚厚的衣服。帝国历779年十二月二十八日,监察长官帝林率领四万宪兵部队开始离开帝都,前往远东前线督战。※※※七八零年新年的一月一日,远东瓦格行省山区,一个半兽人骑兵映着拂晓的阳光沿着山路狂奔,冲进秀字营的驻地,人和马都是汗水淋淋的。他跳下马,用字正腔圆的人类语言跟醉眼朦胧的哨兵说:“八百里加急!我要当面交给光明秀!”秀字营昨晚彻夜狂欢庆祝新年,刚刚才睡着的紫川秀又被白川叫起来:“阿里巴巴股份公司的总经理德伦有紧急消息。”他马上就清醒过来,文书里面德伦向他报告:在沙加行省地区新出现了大股身份不明的叛军在出没,已经捣毁了“秀字营”的三家分公司,损失十分严重。紫川秀马上派人去通知了斯特林。斯特林高度重视这个情报。他写了一封长信给驻扎在杜莎行省的远东战区最高司令长官明辉。在信中,他认为近期叛军的动向相当反常,应该马上加强戒备,把部队收缩集中,以防任何突变。本来是应该让传令兵把信带过去的,但是中央军的参谋长唐平正好有事情要找明辉,斯特林就把信交给了他,托他带过去。但是唐平最终并没有能够到达明辉的司令部,在距离杜莎行省不到七十公里的野外,他遭遇了魔族先遣队的埋伏。锋利强劲的箭一下子射穿了他的肺部,把他从马背上射了下来。躺在冰冷的雪堆里,唐平口里不断的咳着血,面对着步步逼近的魔族龙骑兵,他颤抖着把斯特林的信撕成碎片,随风撒向白雪皑皑的远东平原……※※※就在这天晚上,烽火染红了五更的夜空。魔族的大军越过了魔族王国与紫川家族的国境线的界碑,无敌的大魔神皇御驾亲征,兵力共计四百一十七个团队,一百三十二万人。七十多万远东各种族联合的叛军在他们前面开路,作为先导。第59章天崩有人打开了窗子,清晨的第一缕阳光伴随着雪后清冷的空气一同进入房间。从瞌睡中惊醒的斯特林马上从桌子前抬起头来,问刚进来的中央军的副统领:“有消息了吗?”由于连续几夜的熬夜和焦心,他憔悴极了,眼睛满是血丝。秦路摇头。斯特林不死心,追问:“我是说明辉和方劲两位大人的下落,还有两军的主力所在——难道一点消息都没有?”秦路还是摇头:“对不起,大人。到处是魔族的先遣队在活动,他们专门挑军官和传令兵下手,派出探听的传令兵都一去不回了!我们的消息已经被隔绝了,到处都是乱糟糟的!”斯特林站起来反复的走来走去,脑子里在急速的思考着:魔族究竟来了多少人?他们的目的何在?是想夺取远东?还是想牵制我们对远东叛军的军事行动?或者不过是大魔神王午觉后的一时心血来潮?他们的主力何在?他们的主攻方向指向哪边?开战三天了,我们对此仍旧是一无所知道,蒙着眼睛挨打!更糟糕的是,连自己友军的去向所在都不清楚。※※※斯特林不由得说出声来:“我要魔族的活口!哪怕一个也好!”秦路不出声的看着他,两人面面相觑:两天前,中央军的斥候队长卢真副旗本前去侦察魔族动向,出发前向斯特林应口说保证十小时内给抓个活口回来。现在已经过了两天两夜还没有回来,怕是已经给魔族抓了“活口”。※※※糟透了,斯特林心想,一切都乱了套!他强打精神,问:“有没有秀字营的消息?”“大人,秀字营整路人马都已经不知去向,驻地已经给烧成了一片白地。恐怕紫川秀阁下已经……”“不要乱说话。阿秀精明又能干,一定不会有事情的!”秦路自知失言,忙说:“是的,希望一切正如大人所言。”斯特林深呼吸一口气,把对紫川秀的担忧排出脑外:“好了。秦路,我认为不能再这样干等着了!我们马上去杜莎行省与战区司令部会合,你认为如何呢?”※※※“大人,若依下官所见,最稳妥的方法还是马上向瓦伦要塞后撤,这才是最安全的。”斯特林摇头:“我们没有接到后撤的命令,放着友军不管就这样跑的话,小心将来要上军事法庭。马上出发吧,去杜莎行省。”晨光中,战马在迎风长啸,伴和着武器的铿鸣,车声辚辚,中央军开始向东方前进。大军行进在远东大公路上,斯特林看到了终生难忘的一幕:一眼望不到尽头的人流犹如一条长龙,从东边滚滚不断的涌来,一直向西。人们都知道:凶残的魔族就要过来了,只有向西走,进了瓦伦要塞才有活路。有人赶着马车满载大箱小箱,有人气喘吁吁的抗着全副家当,有人空着身子什么也不带,穷苦的老人赶着两头羊脚步蹒跚;一只手抱小孩的妇女一手提着沉重的行李在冰冷的雪地上艰难的跋涉,跌倒,孩子在怀里嚎啕大哭,母亲在抽泣着,不断的有人经过,却没有人伸出手去帮掺扶一把,战争深沉的苦难使得人们的心灵都变得自私和麻木了,一个个目光中透出茫然和呆滞:失去了生活的家园,失去了土地,失去了亲人,我们的未来将会怎样呢?平民以外,也有很多是军人。重伤员在路边的担架上昏迷着哭着叫唤:“妈妈,妈妈!”,伤了条腿的士兵拄着拐杖一边瘸着走一边骂,他的同伴已经把他抛下不管了;一个满身泥污血污的士兵坐在雪地里不断大声的哀求:“我是七十一师团的!有谁知道我们部队在哪里?!求求你,把我带走!我的腿断了!求求你!”人们大步的从他身边走过,没有人停下脚步。直到声带撕破喊不出声来,他无声的哭泣着,手抓住露出雪地上的草,象虫子般一点点的挣扎着挪动着爬行。有很多是身体健康的士兵,他们已经很识羞耻的把制服和帽子脱下,装成平民的样子的耷拉着脑袋走,见到这些溃兵,着实令人心痛。不久前,他们还是顶盔贯甲、制服笔挺,嘴边唱着战歌,眼里闪烁着傲气,满心要报效疆场,保家卫国的,而今,他们衣裳褴褛,满身泥污,以其说是军人,不如说是一群乞丐。这些丢脸的家伙如果说还有什么可以**的,那就是说丢脸的不只是他们几个,同伴还有成千上万。但也有毫无廉耻的,一个军官骑着高头大马吆喝着:“快让路!我是某某旗本大人!”士兵们毫无反应,军官大怒,挥鞭子胡乱抽打,结果给几个愤怒士兵转身合力将旗本大人连人带马推下了山崖,惨叫声久久回荡。在一个路口,一个浑身血污的军法官宣布他奉有远东最高司令部的命令,要拦住从这里经过的每一个士兵,将他们重新组织起来投入战斗!“士兵们,不要害怕!站住!回来!”他声音沙哑着:“人类遭受侵略!紫川家族面临强敌!保卫家族,保卫人类!士兵们,这是一场圣战!绝对不再后退!勇敢点!回来!”他说了一遍又一遍,溃兵群从他身边毫不停留的走过,他拉住一个士兵的手,后者头都不回的把他甩开,他愤怒的抽出武器,大喊大叫的威胁、咒骂,又去拦另外一个士兵,那个士兵一把把他推了个大马趴……※※※中央军队伍穿过人马密集的公路,穿过乱起八糟的车队,穿过逃难的溃兵和平民,以战斗队型穿插向前,这只部队秩序井然,军容焕发,与逃难人们的方向刚好相反,他们直直向东!所到之处,麻木的人们都给涣起了点活力,有人喝起彩来:“好样的,中央军!”但是也有人恶意的喊:“咳!弟兄们,不要给当官的骗了!他们要派你们去送死!”※※※斯特林到处询问败兵们,所得却很纷杂:“恩,我的部队是在沙加被打垮的。”“我们是在明斯克省区被打垮的,我们旗本死了。”“方劲统领?我们不知道,听说是死了,要不是被俘了,反正我们没见过他。”“明辉?听说也死了吧?我们不清楚啊!我们的部队被魔族包围了,几千人就我们几个跑了出来。哪里有空管那么多闲事。”至于魔族到底有多少兵马的问题,那更是说法不一了。有人说,多得很,他亲眼看到了几十公里长长的一队魔族;有人嗤之以鼻,说最多有那么几个团队,那些逃兵被吓破胆了乱吹;甚至还有人说,他亲眼看到了大魔神王在那杀人哪,好不吓人啊,足足有我们平常人四个人加起来了那么高,头有石磨那么大,眼睛里直往外喷火,血盆大口的,一口吞下一个活人!各种各样的小道消息纷纷流传,有人说在前线的家族王军已经全部覆灭了,方劲和明辉都已经被杀了;有人说明辉已经开始了大反击,沿着灰水河一线开始进攻,魔族已经仓皇败撤了。※※※最后还是一个伤兵告诉斯特林:明辉的远东司令部已经从杜刹行省撤退往了伊里亚行省的首府伊本市。斯特林经过反复盘问与证实,再与幕僚们商讨,觉得这个情报的可信度还是比较高的。当即下令大军转变方向,转向伊里亚省区。※※※两天后,斯特林部队进入伊本市。这里同样充斥着一派兵荒马乱的景象,从杜莎前线溃败下来的大批的逃兵纷纷涌入伊本,人流车马,昼夜喧嚣不断,乱成一锅粥似的感觉。各个部队的建制已经给打垮,广场上到处是溃兵和仓皇的市民,都在说:“魔族就在后面!”,却没有人担起指挥城市防卫的任务。人们恰似一群无头苍蝇似的乱窜,仿佛在城市里面做着无目的的布朗运动。中央军的进城,引起了全城的轰动,伊里亚行省的总督伊林宁一闻知斯特林到来,马上过来见面。“情况如何了?”斯特林刚下马还没寒暄就马上问,又追问:“明辉和方劲两位大人是否在这里?魔族到哪里了?”伊林宁样子很疲惫,身心交瘁的样子:“斯特林大人,情况很糟糕,真的很糟糕!您来了真是太好了,明辉大人在市政厅,您要不要见他?”“好!你带路!”斯特林干脆的丢下马,穿过广场上人群和伤兵,进入了市政大厅。在里面的一个房间里,他见到了远东战区的总司令明辉统领。第一眼他就看明白了:明辉已经完全的垮掉了!他浑身缩成一团,肩膀颤抖着,缩在墙角里把脸埋在手里,不出声的抽泣着,浑身上下衣服邋遢不堪,发出难闻的臭味——往日那个文质彬彬、神采飞扬的明辉统领,已经完全的崩溃了。在他旁边的黑旗军副统领给斯特林解释说:“明大人三天前自杀过一次,但给我们拦住了。从那起他就这样了,缩在这里米水不进,谁都不理。”斯特林走过去轻声说:“明辉大人,是我,斯特林。”叫了三次,明辉才有反应。他慢慢抬起头来,面色惨白得可怕,鼻涕口水淌了一脸,目光空洞又充满了恐惧,看着斯特林就象看着个不认识的陌生人似的,不出声。斯特林看得心头难受,问:“大人,贵部的状况现在如何呢?”“知道方劲大人在何处吗?”“正面一共有多少魔族部队?”明辉呆滞地看着斯特林,却一直不出声,最后还是那个副统领回答:“斯特林大人,三天前,司令部遭受了魔族的突然袭击,我们是死里逃生出来的。”斯特林转向他:“西部大营还在?各路兵马都还在?”“西部大营给魔族拿下了!四个师团都给砍成了碎片。我们已经失去了和所有部队的联系,已经知道的十几路部队都被打垮了。”“方劲和他部队的下落呢?”“民军队伍全都垮掉了,没垮的也都跑了。我们昨天问了一个逃兵,已经证实方劲的民军在月亮湾确实已经全军覆没了,死了十几万人。至于方劲……有传言说他在月亮湾已经被杀了,也有人说他被俘了,我们都还不清楚。”斯特林觉得脚一点点的发软。他已经预感到前线的情形不妙了,没想到竟然败得如此的凄惨。整整一路大军被全灭,一路被击溃,一个统领战死,另一个被吓成了白痴。他强行镇定下来,问:“魔族到底出动了多少兵力?他们已经到了哪里?”那个军官慢慢的回答:“全部兵力我们还不清楚,不过目前确定的,不会低于三十万。”斯特林倒吸一口冷气:这已经是中央军目前数目的三倍了。“至于他们到了哪里,我们也不知道……”斯特林一直压抑着的愤怒终于爆发了,责问:“这都不知道?你们一直在干什么?魔族杀到窝里了才发现?连现在也不知道人家到底多少人?”军官畏惧了吞了下口水:“大人,您知道,在叛乱以前,远东军本来在边境上设有数目庞大的半兽人师团、蛇族师团,专门是预警侦察魔族的入侵的。现在他们都叛变了站到了魔族的一边,我们倒成了瞎子,直到魔族扑到鼻子底下才发现。。。而我们的部队都是叛乱后从家族腹地抽调来的,不象原来的远东军,他们没有对魔族的作战经验,突然遭遇上了,大家都慌乱了手脚,损失很大,现在连明大人都这个样子,司令部已经乱成了一团,我们都不知道怎么是好……”一直在旁边旁听的伊林宁这时候插嘴说:“大人,我想这不是检讨的时候。现在我想请示:该怎么办?象我们行省,守卫还是撤退?我们都在等候一个指示呢,但是象明辉大人这副样子……”斯特林想了下,压抑下怒火,吩咐同来的秦路:“你们拿出纸笔来记录。”等秦路准备好了,斯特林一字一句慢慢说:“鉴于原远东战区总司令明辉阁下的精神和身体状况极差,我,中央军统领斯特林认为,他已经不继续适宜担任此项职务。根据作战条例第三十二条第二款的规定,作为在场职位最高的家族军官,我将接替明辉阁下的职责,指挥远东境内的全部家族军队。斯特林。左那帝国历780年1月8日”斯特林接着说:“此命令一式三份,中央军保留一份,一份交由原远东司令部保存,一份送交统领处。——对此命令,你们有没有人有异议?”在场所有人,包括黑旗军军官和伊林宁,一起摇头:“没有!我们愿意服从斯特林大人命令。”在这个时候斯特林肯出来指挥和承当责任,他们不知多高兴,心头都觉得安心了很多。“好。你们听好了。”斯特林转向那个黑旗军的副统领:“你叫什么名字?”“下官叫蓝齐,官职是黑旗军的……”“听好了,蓝副统领,我现在任命你为黑旗军的代理统领。”蓝齐一楞,随即面露喜色:“下官感谢大人栽培!下官一定会尽心尽力,努力……”“蓝齐,黑旗军现在还有多少人?”“大人,我们与下面的各个师团都失去了联系,现在只有司令部的警卫中队……“你现在马上带上警卫队到街道上去,宣布我的命令,把所有散兵集中起来,不管他原来是哪个部队什么职位的,统统编进了新的部队里面。各个新部队的长官由你任命。编好以后,去找伊林宁要武器!天黑以前,我要街上再也看不到一个游手好闲的人!不听命令的,就地正法!我的军法队也交给你使用!”※※※被斯特林语气中斩钉截铁的坚决所慑服,蓝齐一个有力的敬礼:“是,大人!”转身出去。斯特林转头吩咐秦路:“从我的警卫队里派一个中队,护送明辉大人回瓦伦要塞!”秦路明白了斯特林的意思:名为“护送”,实际为“押送”!他出去招呼一声,几个膀大腰粗的警卫进来,斯特林好声对明辉说:“明大人,请上路吧!”明辉眼睛睁得圆圆的,充满了恐惧,小声说:“不要,不要……”身子使劲的贴在那个肮脏不堪的墙边上,仿佛在那里他感觉到最安全。斯特林不忍心看下去了,使个眼色,警卫们七手八脚的把明辉给架了起来往外抬。明辉凄惨的大叫:“不要啊,我不想死,我不想死啊!不要送我去军法处啊!不要啊!”斯特林面无表情的说:“吩咐他们,不许对明大人无礼!”把头拧过一边,不忍看明辉的惨状。看着明辉挣扎着被强行架走,在场的军人们都不禁流露兔死狐悲的黯然。大家心里都明白,这位红极一时的统领,将再也看不到了。在瓦伦要塞,等待着他的将有军法处的行刑队了。※※※斯特林坐了下来,问伊林宁:“你手上还有多少部队?”明辉临走的惨叫太吓人了,伊林宁还处在心有余惧中,一愣,赶紧回答:“大人,我伊里亚行省本来有守备部队七万余人的,现在只剩不到三万人了,其余的部队我们都联系不上了……”“那也够了!”斯特林一口打断:“你现在马上向南北两个方向派出斥候队伍侦察,主要任务是看看魔族的先头部队到了哪里,主力又在哪里。可能的话,尽量抓个活口回来。还有,把你手上的部队都集结起来,派几个大队到城市里面维持秩序!把城市里所有的民间的车马都征用了!”“是!”伊林宁听得分明,马上转头出去执行。在危急的惊惶的时刻,人们都需要一个坚强和又自信,可以听命和依靠的人。军官们都返回了自己的岗位开始工作,司令部的慌乱逐渐停息了,街道上出现了安民告示和巡逻队,浪荡街头的大批的散兵溃勇开始重新组队,一队又一队的斥候部队被派出去左右地区侦察敌情。临战准备开始走上正规了。傍晚时分,司令部的外面响起一阵兴奋的叫嚷:“斥候队抓到俘虏啦!魔族的俘虏!”士兵们都跑过来兴奋的观看,议论着:“啧啧,看他这个毛茸茸的脑袋!够吓人的了!”“天哪!看他那眼睛多凶狠哪!那爪子,那粗粗的胳膊!”“这还是被我们抓到的呢,那边的说不定还更可怕!”斯特林十分高兴,夸奖了伊林宁几句。守备队的军官中有几个懂魔族语言的,由他们审问和翻译,斯特林亲自到场旁听。事实上要这个魔族兵开口并不是什么难事,他已经吓坏了,稍微放在火上一烤就受不了,马上就同意招供。问:“你叫什么名字?”魔族兵小声回答了几个字音,翻译们马上同步翻译:“穆左西。”“在魔族军队中是什么职位?”魔族兵又回答:“卡拉米。”。翻译解释说:“大人,这个职位相当于我们的列兵。”斯特林有点失望,从这样的人身上是挖不到什么重要情报的。“你什么时候参军的?为什么参军?”“今年秋天。是为了响应至高无上的神皇陛下的命令。”“魔族军队为什么要进犯我们紫川家族?”“神皇说,人类中有个叫帝林的大魔头,屠杀我们神族的儿女,让我们血流成河。紫川家族还把我们美丽的鲜花,公主殿下也给人类害死了,我们必须要报仇!”※※※“你是哪里人?参军前是从事什么的?”“我是忽求林山区的一个农夫。”这时候,斯特林等得不耐烦了,插嘴问:“这次魔族一共来了多少军队?”军官翻译过去,俘虏展开双手做个鸟飞翔的样子,咕噜咕噜说了几句。翻译回头跟斯特林说:“大人,他说他不知道一共是多少。反正多得就象是天上的鸟群飞过一般。”“问跟他一同参军的有多少人?”“他说他也不清楚,他说,从去年的春天就开始征兵了。他们村子里,每五个男的就有一个参军了,城市里的更多。”斯特林问:“问他,魔神王随军出动吗?他在不在军中?”回答来得很快:“皇在。”斯特林深吸一口气,站起来说:“没事了,你们继续问。”他走出房间,脑袋里翁翁直响:事情已经很明显了!魔族王国为了这次行动,是蓄谋已久的了!他们在冷眼旁观紫川家族跟远东叛军在消耗兵力,等到紫川家族的国力、军力都已经严重衰弱了,他们才挑选了最适合魔族作战的寒冷的冬天,由号称当世无敌的魔神王带领,举倾国之力来犯,以雷霆万钧之势,闪电般一举将紫川家族的主力军团击溃!无论时机的选择,战略、战术的运用,均是那么完美无缺,不出半点差错。印象中的魔族是些头脑简单,就会一个劲的喊着“乌拉格”前冲,输了就抱头向后跑的家伙,这次怎么变得这么聪明了?伊林宁走近:“大人,往南北两路的侦察部队都回头了,距离不到三百里,他们在公路上都发现了大批的魔族军队向西前进,没法子再前进了。”斯特林冷静的问:“估计有多少部队?”伊林宁脸色发白,回答:“无法估计,太多了,铺天盖地。”“把各个斥候队长都找来,我要当面问他们!”询问只花了半个钟头。情况已经相当危急了,云省、明斯克省、沙加、杜莎甚至到已经很纵深了的瓦格行省,都已经出现了魔族的大部队。作战地图,两个狰狞的黑色箭头已经深深的插入远东的纵深腹地,代表得亚和伊里亚两个行省的一块红色被两个箭头夹在中间,就象铁钳中的一个鸡蛋,随时可能被压得粉碎!但他们为什么不直接攻击已经很接近了的驻扎在伊里亚行省的中央军呢?稍微思考下,斯特林就得出了答案:“魔族企图要来个钳形夹击,要把在包围圈中的几百万人类军民一口气吞掉!”斯特林猛然说:“这城市不能再守了!伊林宁,你带领你的人,连夜组织伊里亚和德亚两个行省的居民撤退!”伊林宁抗议:“大人,我只有三万人不到,这么几百万人撤退起码也要两三个星期,魔族不会放过我们的……”“你动作尽量快,能救出多少就救多少!中央军为你们断后。”伊林宁心里想:那也不够啊!中央军只有那么十万人,魔族军那么宽阔的进击面,怎么挡得住?但听出斯特林沙哑的声音中透出深切的焦虑和紧迫,他没有再问,马上出去准备。※※※“铛铛”连续不断的钟声敲响,响彻整个城市的夜空。伊里亚行省的官员们连夜开始组织民众撤退。秦路出来跟斯特林说:“大人,已经问出来大魔神王的驻地了。王驾就停留在杜莎的枫叶丹林。”“好!现在你马上把师团长们都集合起来,我有命令!”秦路二话不说的马上出去召集部下,二十分钟不到,中央军的三十个师团长全部集合了起来。斯特林往中间一站,扬声说:“我们的时间不多了,你们马上回去自己部队去!两个小时内做好出击准备!”师团长们面面相觑,部队才刚刚行军歇下,士兵们还没休息够,马上又要出发?最后还是文河师团的长官问出了大家心里的疑问:“大人,下官能否知道,我们这是要去哪里呢?”斯特林一字一句的说:“去杀大魔神王!”哐啷一声,有人在椅子上摔了下来。第61章魔族。

灰蒙蒙的天空,雨雪不断。远东叛军破坏了停战协议重新挑起了战火,他们突然袭击了家族王军的巡逻队,然后逃窜。急于立功的方劲统领率领十多万大军前去追击,大军行进到了月亮湾平原,漫天飞舞的雪花中,前方的地平线上出现了一大片阴影。气喘吁吁的士兵们犹豫地停下了脚步,张望着:“那是什么?枝枝桠桠的一大片,是树丛吧?”“看起来很象,只是怎么越来越大了似的?”老兵张起眼帘来张望,忽然高声嚷道:“都还在在动着哪!这那里是树啊!那是一路大军朝我们过来了!”队伍起了骚动,民军士兵们纷纷嚷嚷:“好大一路兵马啊!是叛军吧!”“怎么办啊!”指挥官方劲骑在马上巡视着吆喝:“怕什么!叛军不过乌合之众,人数再多也不是我们对手!摆好阵势等着他们过来!”他的镇定和威严压制了全场的骚动,军官们劈头给了慌张的士兵一个耳光,打得他眼冒金星:“你!慌什么?站回队列里面去!”拳打脚踢的把他们赶回了原地。队伍安静了下来。一路路师团开出来,在平原上展开阵型。一个个巨大整齐的钢铁方阵顷刻间形成,布满了整个月亮湾平原。传令兵骑着马奔驰在于各个方阵之间,高呼:“准备!”步兵们整齐划一的竖起长矛,方阵的上方一片钢铁冰冷的闪光。骑兵纷纷上马,在两翼作为反冲击的预备队,一排排高举的马刀明亮如雪,仿佛一条耀眼的光带,雪花安静的落在战士的头盔上,肩膀上,积了浅浅的的一片。闷雷般的蹄声传来,大地在轻微的震动。黑压压的敌群在迅速的切近着,犹如浪涛,犹如海啸,那如云头样的轮廓,也越来越清晰,那黑压压的阵头,拥着长长的刀枪,还有那成千上万的马蹄溅起的雪粉,漫天飞舞,那威势,仿佛整路大军是踏着一朵云,在地上飞!就如同传说的黑暗深渊中出现的恶魔,驾起云朵,要把所有敢于阻拦它去路的人和物一口吞下!“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵奔来喝嚷:“第一排,蹲下!”士兵们把长矛的杆托搁在地上,矛尖前指,弯腰迎敌。军官们在他们的耳朵边上大叫大吼:“为了保卫紫川家族,为了你们的荣誉,勇敢的去战斗吧!”“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵再次号令。听命的士卒们,更加把脚牢牢的钉在地面上,紧握着长矛,所有人的心都在砰砰狂跳。前排士兵的牙齿不由自主的发出“咯咯”的碰击声,脸色发白。在方阵的后面,督战的军法官指挥宪兵们排成了散兵线,亮晃晃的箭头对准了前面的士兵的背后。敌军在以难以置信的高速度压近!每一眨眼,就贴近一点!可以看见了,那如云的旌旗,那密密麻麻的刀枪,骑兵那狰狞的面孔,马鼻孔喷出的的白气,兵马奔腾向前,势如风暴,厉若狂飙,以密集的阵型卷杀而来,成千上万的汹涌而致!风吹开一片雪幕,人们的眼界清楚了些。突然,一个恐怖的嗓音在方阵中嚷起:“天哪!那不是叛军!那是魔族!”所有的方阵一下出现了混乱,士兵们不顾军纪的叫唤着:“是魔族!魔族杀来了!”“天啊,快跑吧,我们会没命的!”一个接一个的士兵丢下武器,从队列中跑了出来,军官们大喊大喝的拦住他们:“不许跑!谁跑就杀了谁!”“站住!我命令你站住!”“放!”面无表情的军法官一挥手,宪兵们开始射箭,逃跑的士兵一个个中箭惨叫着倒下,但是逃跑的士兵却越来越多!方劲骑在马上大声呼唤:“不要怕!这是叛军伪装的!不要怕,回到队列中去!为了保卫我们的……”一声巨大的呼喝,忽然裂天而起,将他的话淹没:“塞姆嘿林!”(吾皇万岁!)魔族兵狂啸着:“呜拉格!”(杀!)再无疑问了,这正是魔族王国军队冲锋的战号!大地在崩裂,天在塌!对于魔族那些绿色皮肤长着狰狞面孔的怪物,人类有一种来自内心最深处的恐惧!人类不会忘记,两百年前,就是它们的先辈毁灭了强大一时的光明帝国文明。不到二十万的魔族军团横扫整个西川大陆,让光明帝国最后的皇帝战死,皇家军团陈尸五十万于蓝河战场。魔族,传说中会吃人会喷火的怪物,代表了人世间最凶残、最强大的邪恶!※※※所有的方阵立即土崩瓦解了,士兵们不再理会命令,争先恐后的丢下了武器,转身逃跑。那溃散的兵勇象开了闸的水,象江河浪头,人潮汹涌,一下子把后面的督战队伍冲垮。到处是一片喧嚣声:“逃啊!逃啊!”“没命了!”人们四散逃走,互相踩啊、挤啊,轧啊,冲撞着,白花花的武器丢了一地,到处是丢弃的旗帜。顷刻间,整路大军烟消云散,不复存在。魔族骑兵冲进了溃逃的人群中,欢呼着开始了一场大屠杀。成千上万魔族的欢呼声与成千上万人类临死的惨叫同样高入云霄。方劲停止了无用的呼喊,这时候也再无任何力量可以挽救大军的溃败了。他静静的看着面前自己的十几万大军在整个平原上狼奔兔突,看着一群又一群的溃兵从自己面前跑过,看着魔族在他们后面放声的狂笑,开始屠杀,看到满地的旗帜被践踏。耻辱啊,尚未交锋,十几万大军就不战自溃!相比之下,赤水滩算得了什么?他的亲卫队长明柯气喘吁吁的跑过来:“大人,魔族已经杀过来了,我们也赶紧撤吧!”方劲扭头看了他一眼,沉默,目光脱离杀戮的战场,投向茫茫的天际。明柯以为他没听见,重复:“大人,我们撤吧!留得青山在……”“你走吧!明柯。”方劲翻身上了自己的战马,望向明柯:“回去以后,告诉我那两个女儿,她们的爸爸是个胆小鬼,但是,幸好他还没有做出玷污自己名字的事情。”长叹一声,轻轻说:“生死,不过就这么回事了!我以前真是太傻了!”明柯扑上去拉住缰绳:“大人,您要去哪里?”方劲笑而不答,拔剑噌的割断了缰绳,掣马奔驰。方向与所有人相反,他直直对着魔族军队的阵头冲了过去。明柯呆呆的立在原地,目送着一个伟岸的背影慢慢消失在逆向的人流中,方劲最后的那个笑容已经深深的刻在了他的脑海中。这就是后世人称“忠烈”统领的方劲留在人世的最后一面。没有人明白他那句遗言的意思——除了帝林以外,后者明白,方劲正是以这种方式,避免了受自己要挟而身败名裂的结局。帝林小声骂句“笨蛋”,然后脱下帽子,面对远东方向久久伫立。方劲是在卫圣战争中阵亡的第一个统领级的军官。他死得完全象个英雄。在五十米外连人带马就给魔族射成了一个刺猬,他却依然活着,挂着满身的箭依靠着一棵大树只身抗击许多塞内亚骑兵。魔族兵看出他是一个高级军官,原来想把他活抓的,但是每个靠近他五步以内的魔族兵都被他一剑砍倒,尸体围着他环成了一个圈。最后看实在没办法近身,指挥官一声令下,十几把长矛同时刺入他的身体,鲜血喷涌溅出。方劲倒下了。一个浑身上下长着绿毛的步兵和一个皮肤漆黑、满口烂牙的骑兵抢着要割方劲的人头,方劲忽然站了起来一剑把那个绿毛步兵砍成了两截,然后再一次也是最后一次的倒下。于是那个失去了竞争对手的骑兵非常高兴。他小心翼翼的把方劲的脑袋割下,和自己的马鞍下的那串人头挂在了一起。当天的月亮湾平原上空,阴沉沉的,雨雪不断,仿佛是上苍也不忍心眼着这一场大屠戮展开,用彤云遮住了自己的眼睛。十几万人类逃,二十几万魔族追。空中回荡着魔族的兴奋的欢呼和人类士兵的哀求、惨叫。尽管人类士兵已经举手跪下了,哀求着企求活命,魔族骑兵仍然毫不留情的把他们从头到肩膀猛劈下去。它们心里有数,只有很少一部分人付得起高昂的赎金,带着俘虏只会妨碍自己杀敌的利索,不如直接割脑袋去领功的好。为了逃魔族鲁帝军团的追杀,大群大群的士兵争先恐后的跳进了结着薄冰的河流,拼命的向对岸游过去。但是远东叛军早已经在对岸严阵以待了,箭如雨下,人们在水中挣扎着发出阵阵惨叫和哭号,河水马上被染成了浅红,湍急的河流把上下浮沉的人体不断的冲走……参加月亮湾会战的十一万五千名紫川军,能逃过当天屠杀不到五千余人,由于遭受魔族和叛军的一路追击,最后能活着回到瓦伦要塞的只有八十七人。雪仍旧下个不停,掩盖了十几万具无头的尸体。月亮湾平原依旧那么宁静,那么洁白无暇。在接下来的三天里,紫川家族受到了血淋淋的重创。各路紫川军由于处在和谈时期,松于戒备,接连不断的遭受了毁灭性的打击。二更时分,几乎在哨兵警报的同时,魔族龙骑兵迅雷不及掩耳的揣进了黑旗军的西部大营,对睡梦中惊醒的紫川军展开屠杀。赤手空拳、惊惶失措的士兵们被马刀砍死、被长矛戳死、被箭射死、被自己人踩死、被大火烧死、被水淹死……第一缕阳光照过来时候,西部大营已经遍地尸骸,两万多人连一个活口都没留下。一路民军被魔族给包围了。他们毫无战意,发现突围无望后便马上举手投降了。缴械后,卡顿亲王一声令下,魔族立即把他们全部砍了脑袋。在堆积如山的尸骸边上,魔族塞内亚士兵在兴高采烈的欢呼嬉戏,饮酒作乐,把死人脑袋当球似的抛来接去玩乐,把血淋淋的肠子扒出来套在同伴的脖子上取笑……在开战的三天内,紫川就被杀了二十四万士兵,另外有十一万投降(其中的大部分也是被屠杀了,只有很幸运的向云浅雪将军投降的士兵才能取得活命。等待他们的是作为奴隶被贩卖的命运……)紫川家族费尽心机才集合起来的这六十万大军,统领处日日夜夜不眠不休工作的成果,转眼间,灰飞湮灭。※※※此时,在家族主力军中唯一没有遭到毁灭性打击的惟有斯特林的中央军。因为中央军所处位置比较纵深,很幸运的逃过了魔族第一轮的打击波。虽然不断遭到魔族先遣队的骚扰偷袭,但是由于斯特林早已经把部队集中警戒防卫了,并没有造成很大的损失,只是损折了几路斥候兵马。第60章狂澜帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌”。

帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌。

灰蒙蒙的天空,雨雪不断。远东叛军破坏了停战协议重新挑起了战火,他们突然袭击了家族王军的巡逻队,然后逃窜。急于立功的方劲统领率领十多万大军前去追击,大军行进到了月亮湾平原,漫天飞舞的雪花中,前方的地平线上出现了一大片阴影。气喘吁吁的士兵们犹豫地停下了脚步,张望着:“那是什么?枝枝桠桠的一大片,是树丛吧?”“看起来很象,只是怎么越来越大了似的?”老兵张起眼帘来张望,忽然高声嚷道:“都还在在动着哪!这那里是树啊!那是一路大军朝我们过来了!”队伍起了骚动,民军士兵们纷纷嚷嚷:“好大一路兵马啊!是叛军吧!”“怎么办啊!”指挥官方劲骑在马上巡视着吆喝:“怕什么!叛军不过乌合之众,人数再多也不是我们对手!摆好阵势等着他们过来!”他的镇定和威严压制了全场的骚动,军官们劈头给了慌张的士兵一个耳光,打得他眼冒金星:“你!慌什么?站回队列里面去!”拳打脚踢的把他们赶回了原地。队伍安静了下来。一路路师团开出来,在平原上展开阵型。一个个巨大整齐的钢铁方阵顷刻间形成,布满了整个月亮湾平原。传令兵骑着马奔驰在于各个方阵之间,高呼:“准备!”步兵们整齐划一的竖起长矛,方阵的上方一片钢铁冰冷的闪光。骑兵纷纷上马,在两翼作为反冲击的预备队,一排排高举的马刀明亮如雪,仿佛一条耀眼的光带,雪花安静的落在战士的头盔上,肩膀上,积了浅浅的的一片。闷雷般的蹄声传来,大地在轻微的震动。黑压压的敌群在迅速的切近着,犹如浪涛,犹如海啸,那如云头样的轮廓,也越来越清晰,那黑压压的阵头,拥着长长的刀枪,还有那成千上万的马蹄溅起的雪粉,漫天飞舞,那威势,仿佛整路大军是踏着一朵云,在地上飞!就如同传说的黑暗深渊中出现的恶魔,驾起云朵,要把所有敢于阻拦它去路的人和物一口吞下!“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵奔来喝嚷:“第一排,蹲下!”士兵们把长矛的杆托搁在地上,矛尖前指,弯腰迎敌。军官们在他们的耳朵边上大叫大吼:“为了保卫紫川家族,为了你们的荣誉,勇敢的去战斗吧!”“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵再次号令。听命的士卒们,更加把脚牢牢的钉在地面上,紧握着长矛,所有人的心都在砰砰狂跳。前排士兵的牙齿不由自主的发出“咯咯”的碰击声,脸色发白。在方阵的后面,督战的军法官指挥宪兵们排成了散兵线,亮晃晃的箭头对准了前面的士兵的背后。敌军在以难以置信的高速度压近!每一眨眼,就贴近一点!可以看见了,那如云的旌旗,那密密麻麻的刀枪,骑兵那狰狞的面孔,马鼻孔喷出的的白气,兵马奔腾向前,势如风暴,厉若狂飙,以密集的阵型卷杀而来,成千上万的汹涌而致!风吹开一片雪幕,人们的眼界清楚了些。突然,一个恐怖的嗓音在方阵中嚷起:“天哪!那不是叛军!那是魔族!”所有的方阵一下出现了混乱,士兵们不顾军纪的叫唤着:“是魔族!魔族杀来了!”“天啊,快跑吧,我们会没命的!”一个接一个的士兵丢下武器,从队列中跑了出来,军官们大喊大喝的拦住他们:“不许跑!谁跑就杀了谁!”“站住!我命令你站住!”“放!”面无表情的军法官一挥手,宪兵们开始射箭,逃跑的士兵一个个中箭惨叫着倒下,但是逃跑的士兵却越来越多!方劲骑在马上大声呼唤:“不要怕!这是叛军伪装的!不要怕,回到队列中去!为了保卫我们的……”一声巨大的呼喝,忽然裂天而起,将他的话淹没:“塞姆嘿林!”(吾皇万岁!)魔族兵狂啸着:“呜拉格!”(杀!)再无疑问了,这正是魔族王国军队冲锋的战号!大地在崩裂,天在塌!对于魔族那些绿色皮肤长着狰狞面孔的怪物,人类有一种来自内心最深处的恐惧!人类不会忘记,两百年前,就是它们的先辈毁灭了强大一时的光明帝国文明。不到二十万的魔族军团横扫整个西川大陆,让光明帝国最后的皇帝战死,皇家军团陈尸五十万于蓝河战场。魔族,传说中会吃人会喷火的怪物,代表了人世间最凶残、最强大的邪恶!※※※所有的方阵立即土崩瓦解了,士兵们不再理会命令,争先恐后的丢下了武器,转身逃跑。那溃散的兵勇象开了闸的水,象江河浪头,人潮汹涌,一下子把后面的督战队伍冲垮。到处是一片喧嚣声:“逃啊!逃啊!”“没命了!”人们四散逃走,互相踩啊、挤啊,轧啊,冲撞着,白花花的武器丢了一地,到处是丢弃的旗帜。顷刻间,整路大军烟消云散,不复存在。魔族骑兵冲进了溃逃的人群中,欢呼着开始了一场大屠杀。成千上万魔族的欢呼声与成千上万人类临死的惨叫同样高入云霄。方劲停止了无用的呼喊,这时候也再无任何力量可以挽救大军的溃败了。他静静的看着面前自己的十几万大军在整个平原上狼奔兔突,看着一群又一群的溃兵从自己面前跑过,看着魔族在他们后面放声的狂笑,开始屠杀,看到满地的旗帜被践踏。耻辱啊,尚未交锋,十几万大军就不战自溃!相比之下,赤水滩算得了什么?他的亲卫队长明柯气喘吁吁的跑过来:“大人,魔族已经杀过来了,我们也赶紧撤吧!”方劲扭头看了他一眼,沉默,目光脱离杀戮的战场,投向茫茫的天际。明柯以为他没听见,重复:“大人,我们撤吧!留得青山在……”“你走吧!明柯。”方劲翻身上了自己的战马,望向明柯:“回去以后,告诉我那两个女儿,她们的爸爸是个胆小鬼,但是,幸好他还没有做出玷污自己名字的事情。”长叹一声,轻轻说:“生死,不过就这么回事了!我以前真是太傻了!”明柯扑上去拉住缰绳:“大人,您要去哪里?”方劲笑而不答,拔剑噌的割断了缰绳,掣马奔驰。方向与所有人相反,他直直对着魔族军队的阵头冲了过去。明柯呆呆的立在原地,目送着一个伟岸的背影慢慢消失在逆向的人流中,方劲最后的那个笑容已经深深的刻在了他的脑海中。这就是后世人称“忠烈”统领的方劲留在人世的最后一面。没有人明白他那句遗言的意思——除了帝林以外,后者明白,方劲正是以这种方式,避免了受自己要挟而身败名裂的结局。帝林小声骂句“笨蛋”,然后脱下帽子,面对远东方向久久伫立。方劲是在卫圣战争中阵亡的第一个统领级的军官。他死得完全象个英雄。在五十米外连人带马就给魔族射成了一个刺猬,他却依然活着,挂着满身的箭依靠着一棵大树只身抗击许多塞内亚骑兵。魔族兵看出他是一个高级军官,原来想把他活抓的,但是每个靠近他五步以内的魔族兵都被他一剑砍倒,尸体围着他环成了一个圈。最后看实在没办法近身,指挥官一声令下,十几把长矛同时刺入他的身体,鲜血喷涌溅出。方劲倒下了。一个浑身上下长着绿毛的步兵和一个皮肤漆黑、满口烂牙的骑兵抢着要割方劲的人头,方劲忽然站了起来一剑把那个绿毛步兵砍成了两截,然后再一次也是最后一次的倒下。于是那个失去了竞争对手的骑兵非常高兴。他小心翼翼的把方劲的脑袋割下,和自己的马鞍下的那串人头挂在了一起。当天的月亮湾平原上空,阴沉沉的,雨雪不断,仿佛是上苍也不忍心眼着这一场大屠戮展开,用彤云遮住了自己的眼睛。十几万人类逃,二十几万魔族追。空中回荡着魔族的兴奋的欢呼和人类士兵的哀求、惨叫。尽管人类士兵已经举手跪下了,哀求着企求活命,魔族骑兵仍然毫不留情的把他们从头到肩膀猛劈下去。它们心里有数,只有很少一部分人付得起高昂的赎金,带着俘虏只会妨碍自己杀敌的利索,不如直接割脑袋去领功的好。为了逃魔族鲁帝军团的追杀,大群大群的士兵争先恐后的跳进了结着薄冰的河流,拼命的向对岸游过去。但是远东叛军早已经在对岸严阵以待了,箭如雨下,人们在水中挣扎着发出阵阵惨叫和哭号,河水马上被染成了浅红,湍急的河流把上下浮沉的人体不断的冲走……参加月亮湾会战的十一万五千名紫川军,能逃过当天屠杀不到五千余人,由于遭受魔族和叛军的一路追击,最后能活着回到瓦伦要塞的只有八十七人。雪仍旧下个不停,掩盖了十几万具无头的尸体。月亮湾平原依旧那么宁静,那么洁白无暇。在接下来的三天里,紫川家族受到了血淋淋的重创。各路紫川军由于处在和谈时期,松于戒备,接连不断的遭受了毁灭性的打击。二更时分,几乎在哨兵警报的同时,魔族龙骑兵迅雷不及掩耳的揣进了黑旗军的西部大营,对睡梦中惊醒的紫川军展开屠杀。赤手空拳、惊惶失措的士兵们被马刀砍死、被长矛戳死、被箭射死、被自己人踩死、被大火烧死、被水淹死……第一缕阳光照过来时候,西部大营已经遍地尸骸,两万多人连一个活口都没留下。一路民军被魔族给包围了。他们毫无战意,发现突围无望后便马上举手投降了。缴械后,卡顿亲王一声令下,魔族立即把他们全部砍了脑袋。在堆积如山的尸骸边上,魔族塞内亚士兵在兴高采烈的欢呼嬉戏,饮酒作乐,把死人脑袋当球似的抛来接去玩乐,把血淋淋的肠子扒出来套在同伴的脖子上取笑……在开战的三天内,紫川就被杀了二十四万士兵,另外有十一万投降(其中的大部分也是被屠杀了,只有很幸运的向云浅雪将军投降的士兵才能取得活命。等待他们的是作为奴隶被贩卖的命运……)紫川家族费尽心机才集合起来的这六十万大军,统领处日日夜夜不眠不休工作的成果,转眼间,灰飞湮灭。※※※此时,在家族主力军中唯一没有遭到毁灭性打击的惟有斯特林的中央军。因为中央军所处位置比较纵深,很幸运的逃过了魔族第一轮的打击波。虽然不断遭到魔族先遣队的骚扰偷袭,但是由于斯特林早已经把部队集中警戒防卫了,并没有造成很大的损失,只是损折了几路斥候兵马。第60章狂澜。

当哥普拉回到监察厅时候,帝林正穿戴整齐准备出发,给一群监察厅的军官们训话:“听好了:眼神放凶狠点,表情绷紧点,口气粗野些,手按刀子上——今天哪怕路上有人问个时间,回答时候也给我带点杀气!”军官们轰然答应,纷纷捋起袖子横眉立目的,来回走动时候腰上蹭亮的军刀铿锵做响,一副凶神恶煞杀气腾腾样子,仿佛流风军已经打到了帝都城下。哥普拉明白:帝林这是准备出发去参加所谓的“联合报告会”了。这个“联合报告会”是由紫川参星提议并主持的,其目的据说是为了“增进统领处与监察厅部门间的沟通、了解,减少摩擦,团结一心,群策群力,共度难关!”但是照哥普拉的看法:“紫川参星根本是把油往火上淋,他压根就不想统领处和监察厅之间相安无事。如果单独把罗明海和帝林两人关在一个房间里面,他们不用酱油调料就能把对方生吃了——把这样的两个人聚一起谈什么‘群策群力’?!”也因为这个原因,所以每次的“联合报告会”总是遵循着以下不变的会议程序:一.大家就坐二.紫川参星开场白(“时势多艰,大家务必化开私人恩怨,以大局为重!”)三.罗明海报告四.帝林冷嘲(“做得跟猪一样聪明!”)五.罗明海反击热讽(“不要脸的人妖!”)六.开始对骂(“……”“…”(此处被删去两百字)总而言之都是表示愿意跟对方的直系女性亲属发生某种不正当且不合法的强迫性肉体关系,并且还表示这完全是因为自己具有悲天悯人的慈悲胸怀,不嫌弃对方老丑。)七.说到激烈处,为表示对对方的无比轻蔑,大家隔着宽大的会议桌互相吐口水(大家都是内家高手,肺活量充足,口水吐得既急且劲,就是准头差点,有好多都浪费在了紫川参星身上)八.拿起茶杯砸过去(为了节省经费开支,每次开会前内务部都要把陶瓷茶杯换成不锈钢的,但还是弄坏了不少。后来哥珊做了幕僚长以后,对内务部说:“苯啊!你们就不会用纸杯吗?”)九.相互挑衅(“丫挺的你敢动我下试试!”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动你又怎样?”……——类似“鸡生蛋”“蛋生鸡”似的哲学问题,可以循环往复直至无穷。)十.动手开打(紫川参星提醒大家:“会议时间不多了,大家赶紧回到正题来!”还沉浸在哲学讨论中的双方这才恍然大悟:“是啊,不能再浪费时间了,该干正经事情了!”因为不能带武器进场的缘故,一个个赶紧抄起椅子动手——但有一次大家坐的都是沙发,而且是红楠木的,特别沉重——结果那场架打下来大家可累死了,相当于帮内务部搬了一次家。)十一.紫川参星拍着桌子怒骂:“你们这样胡闹,成什么体统!”(伴着说话声,大群禁卫军拿着警辊冲进来乱敲——管你位高权重,哪怕总统领、监察长什么的也照打——将群殴双方隔离)十二.各受一顿训斥,作出深刻检讨。十三.会议圆满结束。(收工下班,回家吃饭。)※※※帝林对军官们凶狠的样子很满意:“对!就是这样!要从气势上压倒他们!”扭头发现哥普拉,眼中一亮,招呼他过来,问:“回来了?休假玩得还愉快?见到你伯父了?他身体还好?”口气很随意。哥普拉明白帝林的意思,恭敬回答:“有劳大人费心了。下官的假期过得很愉快,没留下什么遗憾。伯父身体好,他向大人您问好。就是最近因为我堂兄在远东打仗,所以我让伯父对那边——特别是德亚和伊里亚两个行省来的信件和人都多加关注,问清楚看仔细。”(“大人,事情办得很干净,没留下什么手尾。方劲统领对您依旧听命服从,我已经让他最近对从远东德亚和伊里亚两个行省的来信和来人都要仔细盘查,务必不使走漏风声。”)帝林看看哥普拉一身天蓝色的军法官制服已经给路上的黄沙风尘染成了褐色的样子,分明是刚回帝都没有回家休息就马上赶来复命了,赞许的点点头,心里赞许:“我并没有吩咐去检查信件,他却自己想到了。”可是帝林也知道,哥普拉正是紫川参星安排在他身边的探子。两人一直维持一种心照不宣的默契:帝林凡是有什么见不得人的勾当都派哥普拉去做,对他极其的信任;而哥普拉也很清楚该如何完成对紫川参星的任务,每次写秘密报告时候都拿去问帝林:“大人,这个字该怎么写?我不懂,您能不能帮我看看?”※※※“哥普拉,你累了吗?可以回去再休息阵子。”帝林问他。“不用了,大人。在这种场合的话,下官应该在您身边,不然就太不自然了。”哥普拉的言下之意是:我身为大人您的亲卫队长,在外面被称做“帝林的影子”。这种场合我居然不在您身边,万一紫川参星这个有心人见不到我,见了起疑心来追查我动向的话就麻烦了。帝林略一思索已经明白了哥普拉的意思,安慰的拍拍他肩头,意思是:辛苦了!哥普拉观察下随行人员,发现有几个身体瘦消、面黄肌瘦的人,跟帝林说:“大人,我们应该带点强壮点的人过去吧?这几位……”帝林笑笑:“哥普拉,你还记得吗?上次开会时候,罗明海故意挑衅,有一个好恶心的家伙口水吐得又多又远,我们吃大亏了!今天我们非报这个仇不可!”哥普拉惊讶,不明白这几个看上去面黄骨瘦的家伙如何能“报仇”,迟疑着说:“他们很会那个…那个吐口水?”“那倒不是。”帝林凑近哥普拉的耳朵边:“他们都是肺结核传染病患者。”※※※双方都到场坐下。罗明海和帝林自动的在屋子里面相隔最远的两个位置坐下,隔在他们中间的是一排统领处的官员和一排监察厅的官员,双方壁垒分明,好象两排绝缘层似的把罗明海和帝林两个正负极隔开。紫川参星坐会议桌的首席,威严又慈祥的看着大家,好象一个大家长看着他不听话的两个倔强儿子。帝林皱眉,他在统领处的官员中间看到了紫川秀以前的长官哥珊副统领。哥珊素以能吏著称,以前开会都没有她的,这次罗明海却把她带来了,这可能说明罗明海今天真的打算正正经经的开个会议。帝林叹气,如果真这样的话,原来准备的战术就派不上用场了。紫川参星做开场白,内容几十年如一日般不变,一如既往地废话、空洞无昧。大家已经听过一千零一遍了,每次听还是得做出深受启迪、受益非浅样子,表示总长殿下说话意义深远,令人回味无穷。※※※接着罗明海开始向紫川参星做统领处的最近的工作,其中的主要内容就是远东战况。罗明海刚说:“现在我读一下远东战区总司令明辉统领的报告。‘回禀总长大人及总统领大人……’”另外一边的监察厅众军官马上就异口同声接上去:“远东战局又到了最关键的时刻!”罗明海怒视帝林:“帝林,总长殿下驾前,你也不约束下自己的部下!”帝林漫不经心回答:“怎么?我监察厅的同事就不能在殿下驾前发表自己对远东战局的看法?碍你什么事情了?”罗明海气得条条青筋暴起——罗明海素来深沉,自从当了总统领后,更是讲究宰相城府,凡事不动声色,惟有碰见帝林时候,什么“深沉”“城府”全都给抛到了九霄云外:帝林特别善于挑逗人生气。只要他用那种很特别的谁也模仿不来的拖长了的、带尾音的贵族腔调,带着副“老子就是这样,你拿老子怎么样?”的神态,漫不经心说上几句,再用眼角末梢轻蔑地扫对方一下——“能把死人气得爬起来再死一次,只要帝林愿意的话!”紫川秀曾经这样说。※※※紫川参星打圆场:“好了好了,帝林,你就让部下安静点。罗明海,你就继续读吧。”罗明海狠狠盯了帝林一眼,继续读:“……回禀总长大人及总统领大人:远东战局到了最关键的时刻!”监察厅军官那边“嘿嘿”笑个不停,连统领处这边的人也泛起无奈的苦笑:自从明辉在罗明海的极力推荐下当了远东战区的最高司令以后,远东战局逢星期二星期四就会出现一次“最关键的时刻”,每到这种“关键”时刻,当然不用说的吵着要增兵增饷增补给了。※※※罗明海:“明辉十月七日的报告是:‘在这关键时刻,如果再不给我们增援——哪怕一个师团也好,我们的战线就要崩溃了!’”紫川参星不悦:“这个兵痞子,又在威胁我们了——跟他说,没有!”罗明海点头:“是的。我当场就回复他:“如果战线崩溃了,我第一个送你上军事法庭!’”紫川参星赞叹道:“说得好!就该这样!不过后来你为什么又派了增援过去?”“因为他后来又来报告说:‘在这关键时刻,只要再给我一个师团,我就能让叛军崩溃!’”帝林在一边冷笑:“只不过换个说法而已,就被人家骗倒了。”紫川参星也微带责备的说:“是啊,罗明海,他只要一个师团,你也不用从西部边境一下子抽调了三个整编师团给他啊!”“他一共来了三次同样的报告……”帝林冷笑,抬头望天花板,一副“你蠢得没话可说”的神态,却不出声——那样子比说了什么更让罗明海气愤。紫川参星也哑然失笑,摇头感叹说:“远东真是个无底洞啊,前前后后我们都派了六十多个正规师团,近二十万民军过去,花了我们几百个亿的军费,现在还是看不到点结束的迹象。难啊!帝林,你在远东呆过,你的看法呢?”帝林恭谨回答:“大人,下官认为目前已经不能再从西部边境抽调兵力了。目前西部边境我们与流风家的兵力对比已经达到2:3了,在有些防线地段已经出现了1:2的危险比例。如果再抽调兵力的话,西部防线就显得太空虚了,万一引得流风双那个女魔头起坏心的话,我们就得不偿失了。”紫川参星点头:“言之有理。虽说流风家目前在闹争权夺利,但是我们也不能太大意。但是如何回复明辉的增援请求呢?”“这就要从新组建的民军师团中想办法了,殿下。”帝林明知道罗明海是负责民军筹建工作的,故意把难题踢过去。罗明海硬着头皮回答:“大人,最近由于已经是收获时节,民军大多都留在家中收割庄稼,来应征的越来越少了——这种状况等收获时节过了以后可能会有好转。”紫川参星皱眉:“这样啊…军情如火,不能等啊!能不能筹建一两个师团的雇佣军呢?这样比较快点,战斗力也比一般的民军强。”罗明海一时候不知道如何回答:“这个…具体情况,能不能批准哥珊来谈下。”紫川参星同意。哥珊站起,先向紫川参星鞠躬致意,神态自若,语音响亮:“回总长大人、总统领、监察长三位大人的问话:如果要成立雇佣军团的话,估计一个雇佣军师团的成立费用为一亿一千万,每个月的常规维护费用为三千万。而一般常规部队的成立费用不过五千万左右,维护费用仅仅为每月七百万左右。而经过元老会的审核,我们今年的军费开支是一百七十八亿三千二百万,由于远东战事,严重超支,已经花到了三百三十二亿五千一百万。现在还只是十一月初,到来年一月新的财政年度时候,还有将近两个多月时间,我们估计会花到超过四百亿。如果还要成立昂贵的雇佣军的话,只怕到时候我们难以跟元老会交代。”哥珊说得干脆利索,十几个详细数字脱口而出,无愧统领处第一“能吏”之称。帝林听着哥珊简练的报告,心思却不在报告上:哥珊与罗明海之间的关系颇有意味,哥珊素来以才干和大胆直言著称,凡是有她看不顺眼的,无论对方地位多高,她照样让他下不了台。有次甚至因为意见不合,她当众就敢把自己的直属上司罗明海骂个狗血淋头,两人吵得面红耳赤,旁观者看得脸色发白——但事情过后,罗明海还是照样维护哥珊,甚至在上次帝都动乱时候哥珊表态失误也是由罗明海保了下来,现在还极力推荐她接任幕僚长的位置——如果真的是这样的话,那她就是统领处第一位女性成员了。帝林沉思:“除去和自己间的恩怨不谈,不得不承认,罗明海倒是很具有爱惜人才的的宰相胸怀的,而且善于民政、军务后勤工作,而且也不怎么贪婪,不弄权——他当这个总统领倒也不算差劲到哪里去,至少比他的前任强上好多,只可惜,他与自己势同水火…”正在沉思中,却听见紫川参星对哥珊发问:“那照你的意思,我们现在是不宜成立新的雇佣军队的了?”“是的。”哥珊毫不犹豫回答:“不然赤字太严重,无法跟元老会交代。”口气硬梆梆的,毫无其他臣子回答时候那种委婉、恭敬和谦卑的神态语气:“总长圣明,容下官发表一点浅薄俗见……”帝林苦笑,心头猜想:“难怪!即使有了罗明海的大力推荐,这样的脾气,她也是很难坐上幕僚长的位置的了。”紫川参星果然不悦,没有出声。罗明海赶紧转换个话题:“总长殿下,明辉还有个大规模作战计划来让我们批准实施。计划代号“蓝月”,估计要动用到将近四十万部队,包括了黑旗军、中央军的全部主力还要加上二十万左右的民军。这么大的行动明辉自己一个人不敢自作主张,要请示总长殿下。计划如果顺利的话,有望在今年结束远东战事!”如他所料的,紫川参星的注意力马上被吸引过来了:“哦?什么计划?说给我听听。”“是,殿下!”罗明海回头招呼个参谋军官:“把作战用地图打开。”明辉的计划是这样的:远东叛乱军队的中坚和死硬分子大多都已经集中在了云省的广袤的丛林和山地里,正在想冲出云省来。明辉和斯特林的部队都曾经在云省的森林边缘地带布防拦截他们。由于家族王军大多是来自家族腹地,在森林地区由于不适应环境,作战相当困难,伤亡也大。明辉的意见是:干脆放开路,由黑旗军佯败把叛军引诱到蓝河与灰水河交叉的三汊河平原地带。然后黑旗军渡河,然后把桥梁拆掉,再在河的对岸布防,让叛军无法渡河。中央军和方劲指挥的民军从叛军后面出现包抄。三汊河平原两面临水无路可走,叛军唯一的出路又给中央军和民军围困了,不用一个月,叛军就会被饿得撑不下而自动投降的。把这批叛军的主力除掉的话,远东各地的叛乱就不难平息了。帝林还没听完就明白了,冷笑一声:“真不愧是明辉订的计划啊!”他接着跟紫川参星解释说:“殿下,下官以为这个计划很不公平。明辉的部队过了河,只要把桥一毁,叛军势必难以渡河追击。而当叛军被在三杈河被围困无路可走时候,为求生路,势必做困兽之击,那时侯承受叛军拼死反扑压力的就是在平地布防、无险可守的中央军了!——而明辉只需要在蓝河对面悠闲的“布防”,拍着手喊:“斯特林——加油!”就够了——这样来说对斯特林太不公平了。”紫川参星还没有说话,罗明海已经抢着说了:“斯特林统领阁下深明大义,已经同意了这个计划。”帝林强辩:“那是斯特林阁下知其难而为之,精忠体国一片苦心!总长大人乃当今仁君,最为体恤臣下,必然不会同意让斯特林独力承当如此苛刻任务。”“怎么是独力承当呢?不是还有方劲的民军在协助防守吗?”“哈,罗明海。你搞的那些民军——我一个师团就能把你们十万人打得满地找牙齿——总长殿下,民军虽名为协防,但是主要的重担肯定会落斯特林那边。可怜斯特林部队一直战斗不息,经历诸次战役,伤亡已经很重了!不能光让帝都子弟流血啊,殿下!斯特林部队负责诱敌好了。就让明辉的部队来担任这个任务如何?”“帝林你胡说八道!中央军不是刚刚结束休整从德亚省区回来吗?黑旗军杀敌数目也不少啊!上百万呢,比斯特林还多!”“罗明海你这个猪头懂个屁!全世界都知道明辉在虚报军情,就你还一意维护他,你到底有何居心?!中央军伤亡率在35%以上,这么大的损伤岂是一两个星期的休整能补回来的?——你不懂军事就给我乖乖闭上你的鸟嘴!”“帝林你这狗屁凭什么说明辉虚报?就你这厮你也敢说自己懂军事!不就是杀了几个老百姓吗?嚣张个鸟!我……”※※※“够了!”紫川参星一拍桌子:“都给我住口!”帝林和罗明海一齐鞠躬行礼,为御前无礼表示谢罪。紫川参星出了口粗气:“早晚给你们两个混蛋气死。”,扭头看哥珊:“哥珊,你怎么看?”大家都很意外:紫川参星刚才神色间还对哥珊很不满似的,现在竟然放着在座那么多高官将领不问,特意征求她的意见。帝林却是心下雪亮:在座那么多人中,不是罗明海派别的就是自己派别的,也惟有哥珊不依附任何人,立场最为客观公正。哥珊站起来回答:“大人,下官不懂军事。不过大人既然垂询了,下官只能说:此地距离远东前线万里,文书来往得半个月,我们无法及时知道前线实情,实在不宜妄下命令,以免有贻误战机之失。”此番话说得有理而且不偏袒任何一方,争吵双方都不由得心中赞同。“那你的意思是……”“大人,远东前线明辉、斯特林还有方劲三位统领大人都是久经沙场熟知兵事的老行家,并非无能之辈。我们只需要做好后勤补给工作,指挥作战的事情就交给专家来做好了。跟他们说:“以尽快结束战事为目的,一切相机行事。”我想三位统领大人身临其境,应该知道如何应付处置,不必我们多加饶舌。”“这话说得在理!帝林,你还有什么要说的吗?”眼见紫川参星主意是已经打定了,实在不适宜再反驳了,帝林躬身道:“哥珊阁下言之有理,下官敬服。”心中遗憾:“罗明海这个庸才竟然有这么出色一个部下!明明是帮他说话了,还不露半点痕迹,理由还很光明正大——我部下怎么就找不到这样一人呢?”※※※“好,那这件事情就这么定了:我批准实施“蓝月”计划,马上起草文书加急送过去。还有,哥珊,军粮补给的事情你得一手抓起来,这真的是关键时刻了,不能出漏子,否则就真的全功尽弃了!——难得今天大家的会议开得这么和睦成功啊!这就对了,要顾全大局,要……”这时候内务部的李清旗本匆匆闯进会议厅来——会议进行中且总长正在说话,这是很失礼的举动。大家正惊讶,她走过去在紫川参星耳朵边说了句话。“什么?”紫川参星失声叫了出来,当即站了起来,立即又坐了下去,脸部肌肉不受控制的抽搐着:很明显是来了个很坏的消息。面对部下们询问的眼光,紫川参星一字一句说:“元老会萧议长通知我:三年一次的元老评议会在今年提前召开,就在下个星期二开始。”罗明海、帝林一起同声痛骂:“他妈的!”——这还是家族总统领和监察长首次达成了一致意见。紫川参星脸色沉重:“真是不幸,屋漏逢下雨,米少又沾锅——事不宜迟,马上把命令传下去!加急通知明辉:一定要在元老会议开始干预前把蓝月计划给执行了!”远东瓦伦要塞,方劲接到八百里加急文书,拆开看,马上就骂开了:“狗娘养的!元老会又要开了!”云省前线,联合指挥部。一个勤务兵快步走过来:“回禀两位统领大人,八百里加急!”明辉接过来先看,只说了一个字:“操!”转而把信递给斯特林,“你看看,那群混蛋在帝都瞎搞!”斯特林默默的看完了信件,却不出声,抬头昂望苍天,只见乌云密布,眼看着就有一场暴雨将致,心头忽然起了一个念头:“难道真的是天灭我紫川族吗?”第55章重逢。

帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌。

当哥普拉回到监察厅时候,帝林正穿戴整齐准备出发,给一群监察厅的军官们训话:“听好了:眼神放凶狠点,表情绷紧点,口气粗野些,手按刀子上——今天哪怕路上有人问个时间,回答时候也给我带点杀气!”军官们轰然答应,纷纷捋起袖子横眉立目的,来回走动时候腰上蹭亮的军刀铿锵做响,一副凶神恶煞杀气腾腾样子,仿佛流风军已经打到了帝都城下。哥普拉明白:帝林这是准备出发去参加所谓的“联合报告会”了。这个“联合报告会”是由紫川参星提议并主持的,其目的据说是为了“增进统领处与监察厅部门间的沟通、了解,减少摩擦,团结一心,群策群力,共度难关!”但是照哥普拉的看法:“紫川参星根本是把油往火上淋,他压根就不想统领处和监察厅之间相安无事。如果单独把罗明海和帝林两人关在一个房间里面,他们不用酱油调料就能把对方生吃了——把这样的两个人聚一起谈什么‘群策群力’?!”也因为这个原因,所以每次的“联合报告会”总是遵循着以下不变的会议程序:一.大家就坐二.紫川参星开场白(“时势多艰,大家务必化开私人恩怨,以大局为重!”)三.罗明海报告四.帝林冷嘲(“做得跟猪一样聪明!”)五.罗明海反击热讽(“不要脸的人妖!”)六.开始对骂(“……”“…”(此处被删去两百字)总而言之都是表示愿意跟对方的直系女性亲属发生某种不正当且不合法的强迫性肉体关系,并且还表示这完全是因为自己具有悲天悯人的慈悲胸怀,不嫌弃对方老丑。)七.说到激烈处,为表示对对方的无比轻蔑,大家隔着宽大的会议桌互相吐口水(大家都是内家高手,肺活量充足,口水吐得既急且劲,就是准头差点,有好多都浪费在了紫川参星身上)八.拿起茶杯砸过去(为了节省经费开支,每次开会前内务部都要把陶瓷茶杯换成不锈钢的,但还是弄坏了不少。后来哥珊做了幕僚长以后,对内务部说:“苯啊!你们就不会用纸杯吗?”)九.相互挑衅(“丫挺的你敢动我下试试!”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动了你又怎么样?”“丫挺的你敢动我下试试?”“老子动你又怎样?”……——类似“鸡生蛋”“蛋生鸡”似的哲学问题,可以循环往复直至无穷。)十.动手开打(紫川参星提醒大家:“会议时间不多了,大家赶紧回到正题来!”还沉浸在哲学讨论中的双方这才恍然大悟:“是啊,不能再浪费时间了,该干正经事情了!”因为不能带武器进场的缘故,一个个赶紧抄起椅子动手——但有一次大家坐的都是沙发,而且是红楠木的,特别沉重——结果那场架打下来大家可累死了,相当于帮内务部搬了一次家。)十一.紫川参星拍着桌子怒骂:“你们这样胡闹,成什么体统!”(伴着说话声,大群禁卫军拿着警辊冲进来乱敲——管你位高权重,哪怕总统领、监察长什么的也照打——将群殴双方隔离)十二.各受一顿训斥,作出深刻检讨。十三.会议圆满结束。(收工下班,回家吃饭。)※※※帝林对军官们凶狠的样子很满意:“对!就是这样!要从气势上压倒他们!”扭头发现哥普拉,眼中一亮,招呼他过来,问:“回来了?休假玩得还愉快?见到你伯父了?他身体还好?”口气很随意。哥普拉明白帝林的意思,恭敬回答:“有劳大人费心了。下官的假期过得很愉快,没留下什么遗憾。伯父身体好,他向大人您问好。就是最近因为我堂兄在远东打仗,所以我让伯父对那边——特别是德亚和伊里亚两个行省来的信件和人都多加关注,问清楚看仔细。”(“大人,事情办得很干净,没留下什么手尾。方劲统领对您依旧听命服从,我已经让他最近对从远东德亚和伊里亚两个行省的来信和来人都要仔细盘查,务必不使走漏风声。”)帝林看看哥普拉一身天蓝色的军法官制服已经给路上的黄沙风尘染成了褐色的样子,分明是刚回帝都没有回家休息就马上赶来复命了,赞许的点点头,心里赞许:“我并没有吩咐去检查信件,他却自己想到了。”可是帝林也知道,哥普拉正是紫川参星安排在他身边的探子。两人一直维持一种心照不宣的默契:帝林凡是有什么见不得人的勾当都派哥普拉去做,对他极其的信任;而哥普拉也很清楚该如何完成对紫川参星的任务,每次写秘密报告时候都拿去问帝林:“大人,这个字该怎么写?我不懂,您能不能帮我看看?”※※※“哥普拉,你累了吗?可以回去再休息阵子。”帝林问他。“不用了,大人。在这种场合的话,下官应该在您身边,不然就太不自然了。”哥普拉的言下之意是:我身为大人您的亲卫队长,在外面被称做“帝林的影子”。这种场合我居然不在您身边,万一紫川参星这个有心人见不到我,见了起疑心来追查我动向的话就麻烦了。帝林略一思索已经明白了哥普拉的意思,安慰的拍拍他肩头,意思是:辛苦了!哥普拉观察下随行人员,发现有几个身体瘦消、面黄肌瘦的人,跟帝林说:“大人,我们应该带点强壮点的人过去吧?这几位……”帝林笑笑:“哥普拉,你还记得吗?上次开会时候,罗明海故意挑衅,有一个好恶心的家伙口水吐得又多又远,我们吃大亏了!今天我们非报这个仇不可!”哥普拉惊讶,不明白这几个看上去面黄骨瘦的家伙如何能“报仇”,迟疑着说:“他们很会那个…那个吐口水?”“那倒不是。”帝林凑近哥普拉的耳朵边:“他们都是肺结核传染病患者。”※※※双方都到场坐下。罗明海和帝林自动的在屋子里面相隔最远的两个位置坐下,隔在他们中间的是一排统领处的官员和一排监察厅的官员,双方壁垒分明,好象两排绝缘层似的把罗明海和帝林两个正负极隔开。紫川参星坐会议桌的首席,威严又慈祥的看着大家,好象一个大家长看着他不听话的两个倔强儿子。帝林皱眉,他在统领处的官员中间看到了紫川秀以前的长官哥珊副统领。哥珊素以能吏著称,以前开会都没有她的,这次罗明海却把她带来了,这可能说明罗明海今天真的打算正正经经的开个会议。帝林叹气,如果真这样的话,原来准备的战术就派不上用场了。紫川参星做开场白,内容几十年如一日般不变,一如既往地废话、空洞无昧。大家已经听过一千零一遍了,每次听还是得做出深受启迪、受益非浅样子,表示总长殿下说话意义深远,令人回味无穷。※※※接着罗明海开始向紫川参星做统领处的最近的工作,其中的主要内容就是远东战况。罗明海刚说:“现在我读一下远东战区总司令明辉统领的报告。‘回禀总长大人及总统领大人……’”另外一边的监察厅众军官马上就异口同声接上去:“远东战局又到了最关键的时刻!”罗明海怒视帝林:“帝林,总长殿下驾前,你也不约束下自己的部下!”帝林漫不经心回答:“怎么?我监察厅的同事就不能在殿下驾前发表自己对远东战局的看法?碍你什么事情了?”罗明海气得条条青筋暴起——罗明海素来深沉,自从当了总统领后,更是讲究宰相城府,凡事不动声色,惟有碰见帝林时候,什么“深沉”“城府”全都给抛到了九霄云外:帝林特别善于挑逗人生气。只要他用那种很特别的谁也模仿不来的拖长了的、带尾音的贵族腔调,带着副“老子就是这样,你拿老子怎么样?”的神态,漫不经心说上几句,再用眼角末梢轻蔑地扫对方一下——“能把死人气得爬起来再死一次,只要帝林愿意的话!”紫川秀曾经这样说。※※※紫川参星打圆场:“好了好了,帝林,你就让部下安静点。罗明海,你就继续读吧。”罗明海狠狠盯了帝林一眼,继续读:“……回禀总长大人及总统领大人:远东战局到了最关键的时刻!”监察厅军官那边“嘿嘿”笑个不停,连统领处这边的人也泛起无奈的苦笑:自从明辉在罗明海的极力推荐下当了远东战区的最高司令以后,远东战局逢星期二星期四就会出现一次“最关键的时刻”,每到这种“关键”时刻,当然不用说的吵着要增兵增饷增补给了。※※※罗明海:“明辉十月七日的报告是:‘在这关键时刻,如果再不给我们增援——哪怕一个师团也好,我们的战线就要崩溃了!’”紫川参星不悦:“这个兵痞子,又在威胁我们了——跟他说,没有!”罗明海点头:“是的。我当场就回复他:“如果战线崩溃了,我第一个送你上军事法庭!’”紫川参星赞叹道:“说得好!就该这样!不过后来你为什么又派了增援过去?”“因为他后来又来报告说:‘在这关键时刻,只要再给我一个师团,我就能让叛军崩溃!’”帝林在一边冷笑:“只不过换个说法而已,就被人家骗倒了。”紫川参星也微带责备的说:“是啊,罗明海,他只要一个师团,你也不用从西部边境一下子抽调了三个整编师团给他啊!”“他一共来了三次同样的报告……”帝林冷笑,抬头望天花板,一副“你蠢得没话可说”的神态,却不出声——那样子比说了什么更让罗明海气愤。紫川参星也哑然失笑,摇头感叹说:“远东真是个无底洞啊,前前后后我们都派了六十多个正规师团,近二十万民军过去,花了我们几百个亿的军费,现在还是看不到点结束的迹象。难啊!帝林,你在远东呆过,你的看法呢?”帝林恭谨回答:“大人,下官认为目前已经不能再从西部边境抽调兵力了。目前西部边境我们与流风家的兵力对比已经达到2:3了,在有些防线地段已经出现了1:2的危险比例。如果再抽调兵力的话,西部防线就显得太空虚了,万一引得流风双那个女魔头起坏心的话,我们就得不偿失了。”紫川参星点头:“言之有理。虽说流风家目前在闹争权夺利,但是我们也不能太大意。但是如何回复明辉的增援请求呢?”“这就要从新组建的民军师团中想办法了,殿下。”帝林明知道罗明海是负责民军筹建工作的,故意把难题踢过去。罗明海硬着头皮回答:“大人,最近由于已经是收获时节,民军大多都留在家中收割庄稼,来应征的越来越少了——这种状况等收获时节过了以后可能会有好转。”紫川参星皱眉:“这样啊…军情如火,不能等啊!能不能筹建一两个师团的雇佣军呢?这样比较快点,战斗力也比一般的民军强。”罗明海一时候不知道如何回答:“这个…具体情况,能不能批准哥珊来谈下。”紫川参星同意。哥珊站起,先向紫川参星鞠躬致意,神态自若,语音响亮:“回总长大人、总统领、监察长三位大人的问话:如果要成立雇佣军团的话,估计一个雇佣军师团的成立费用为一亿一千万,每个月的常规维护费用为三千万。而一般常规部队的成立费用不过五千万左右,维护费用仅仅为每月七百万左右。而经过元老会的审核,我们今年的军费开支是一百七十八亿三千二百万,由于远东战事,严重超支,已经花到了三百三十二亿五千一百万。现在还只是十一月初,到来年一月新的财政年度时候,还有将近两个多月时间,我们估计会花到超过四百亿。如果还要成立昂贵的雇佣军的话,只怕到时候我们难以跟元老会交代。”哥珊说得干脆利索,十几个详细数字脱口而出,无愧统领处第一“能吏”之称。帝林听着哥珊简练的报告,心思却不在报告上:哥珊与罗明海之间的关系颇有意味,哥珊素来以才干和大胆直言著称,凡是有她看不顺眼的,无论对方地位多高,她照样让他下不了台。有次甚至因为意见不合,她当众就敢把自己的直属上司罗明海骂个狗血淋头,两人吵得面红耳赤,旁观者看得脸色发白——但事情过后,罗明海还是照样维护哥珊,甚至在上次帝都动乱时候哥珊表态失误也是由罗明海保了下来,现在还极力推荐她接任幕僚长的位置——如果真的是这样的话,那她就是统领处第一位女性成员了。帝林沉思:“除去和自己间的恩怨不谈,不得不承认,罗明海倒是很具有爱惜人才的的宰相胸怀的,而且善于民政、军务后勤工作,而且也不怎么贪婪,不弄权——他当这个总统领倒也不算差劲到哪里去,至少比他的前任强上好多,只可惜,他与自己势同水火…”正在沉思中,却听见紫川参星对哥珊发问:“那照你的意思,我们现在是不宜成立新的雇佣军队的了?”“是的。”哥珊毫不犹豫回答:“不然赤字太严重,无法跟元老会交代。”口气硬梆梆的,毫无其他臣子回答时候那种委婉、恭敬和谦卑的神态语气:“总长圣明,容下官发表一点浅薄俗见……”帝林苦笑,心头猜想:“难怪!即使有了罗明海的大力推荐,这样的脾气,她也是很难坐上幕僚长的位置的了。”紫川参星果然不悦,没有出声。罗明海赶紧转换个话题:“总长殿下,明辉还有个大规模作战计划来让我们批准实施。计划代号“蓝月”,估计要动用到将近四十万部队,包括了黑旗军、中央军的全部主力还要加上二十万左右的民军。这么大的行动明辉自己一个人不敢自作主张,要请示总长殿下。计划如果顺利的话,有望在今年结束远东战事!”如他所料的,紫川参星的注意力马上被吸引过来了:“哦?什么计划?说给我听听。”“是,殿下!”罗明海回头招呼个参谋军官:“把作战用地图打开。”明辉的计划是这样的:远东叛乱军队的中坚和死硬分子大多都已经集中在了云省的广袤的丛林和山地里,正在想冲出云省来。明辉和斯特林的部队都曾经在云省的森林边缘地带布防拦截他们。由于家族王军大多是来自家族腹地,在森林地区由于不适应环境,作战相当困难,伤亡也大。明辉的意见是:干脆放开路,由黑旗军佯败把叛军引诱到蓝河与灰水河交叉的三汊河平原地带。然后黑旗军渡河,然后把桥梁拆掉,再在河的对岸布防,让叛军无法渡河。中央军和方劲指挥的民军从叛军后面出现包抄。三汊河平原两面临水无路可走,叛军唯一的出路又给中央军和民军围困了,不用一个月,叛军就会被饿得撑不下而自动投降的。把这批叛军的主力除掉的话,远东各地的叛乱就不难平息了。帝林还没听完就明白了,冷笑一声:“真不愧是明辉订的计划啊!”他接着跟紫川参星解释说:“殿下,下官以为这个计划很不公平。明辉的部队过了河,只要把桥一毁,叛军势必难以渡河追击。而当叛军被在三杈河被围困无路可走时候,为求生路,势必做困兽之击,那时侯承受叛军拼死反扑压力的就是在平地布防、无险可守的中央军了!——而明辉只需要在蓝河对面悠闲的“布防”,拍着手喊:“斯特林——加油!”就够了——这样来说对斯特林太不公平了。”紫川参星还没有说话,罗明海已经抢着说了:“斯特林统领阁下深明大义,已经同意了这个计划。”帝林强辩:“那是斯特林阁下知其难而为之,精忠体国一片苦心!总长大人乃当今仁君,最为体恤臣下,必然不会同意让斯特林独力承当如此苛刻任务。”“怎么是独力承当呢?不是还有方劲的民军在协助防守吗?”“哈,罗明海。你搞的那些民军——我一个师团就能把你们十万人打得满地找牙齿——总长殿下,民军虽名为协防,但是主要的重担肯定会落斯特林那边。可怜斯特林部队一直战斗不息,经历诸次战役,伤亡已经很重了!不能光让帝都子弟流血啊,殿下!斯特林部队负责诱敌好了。就让明辉的部队来担任这个任务如何?”“帝林你胡说八道!中央军不是刚刚结束休整从德亚省区回来吗?黑旗军杀敌数目也不少啊!上百万呢,比斯特林还多!”“罗明海你这个猪头懂个屁!全世界都知道明辉在虚报军情,就你还一意维护他,你到底有何居心?!中央军伤亡率在35%以上,这么大的损伤岂是一两个星期的休整能补回来的?——你不懂军事就给我乖乖闭上你的鸟嘴!”“帝林你这狗屁凭什么说明辉虚报?就你这厮你也敢说自己懂军事!不就是杀了几个老百姓吗?嚣张个鸟!我……”※※※“够了!”紫川参星一拍桌子:“都给我住口!”帝林和罗明海一齐鞠躬行礼,为御前无礼表示谢罪。紫川参星出了口粗气:“早晚给你们两个混蛋气死。”,扭头看哥珊:“哥珊,你怎么看?”大家都很意外:紫川参星刚才神色间还对哥珊很不满似的,现在竟然放着在座那么多高官将领不问,特意征求她的意见。帝林却是心下雪亮:在座那么多人中,不是罗明海派别的就是自己派别的,也惟有哥珊不依附任何人,立场最为客观公正。哥珊站起来回答:“大人,下官不懂军事。不过大人既然垂询了,下官只能说:此地距离远东前线万里,文书来往得半个月,我们无法及时知道前线实情,实在不宜妄下命令,以免有贻误战机之失。”此番话说得有理而且不偏袒任何一方,争吵双方都不由得心中赞同。“那你的意思是……”“大人,远东前线明辉、斯特林还有方劲三位统领大人都是久经沙场熟知兵事的老行家,并非无能之辈。我们只需要做好后勤补给工作,指挥作战的事情就交给专家来做好了。跟他们说:“以尽快结束战事为目的,一切相机行事。”我想三位统领大人身临其境,应该知道如何应付处置,不必我们多加饶舌。”“这话说得在理!帝林,你还有什么要说的吗?”眼见紫川参星主意是已经打定了,实在不适宜再反驳了,帝林躬身道:“哥珊阁下言之有理,下官敬服。”心中遗憾:“罗明海这个庸才竟然有这么出色一个部下!明明是帮他说话了,还不露半点痕迹,理由还很光明正大——我部下怎么就找不到这样一人呢?”※※※“好,那这件事情就这么定了:我批准实施“蓝月”计划,马上起草文书加急送过去。还有,哥珊,军粮补给的事情你得一手抓起来,这真的是关键时刻了,不能出漏子,否则就真的全功尽弃了!——难得今天大家的会议开得这么和睦成功啊!这就对了,要顾全大局,要……”这时候内务部的李清旗本匆匆闯进会议厅来——会议进行中且总长正在说话,这是很失礼的举动。大家正惊讶,她走过去在紫川参星耳朵边说了句话。“什么?”紫川参星失声叫了出来,当即站了起来,立即又坐了下去,脸部肌肉不受控制的抽搐着:很明显是来了个很坏的消息。面对部下们询问的眼光,紫川参星一字一句说:“元老会萧议长通知我:三年一次的元老评议会在今年提前召开,就在下个星期二开始。”罗明海、帝林一起同声痛骂:“他妈的!”——这还是家族总统领和监察长首次达成了一致意见。紫川参星脸色沉重:“真是不幸,屋漏逢下雨,米少又沾锅——事不宜迟,马上把命令传下去!加急通知明辉:一定要在元老会议开始干预前把蓝月计划给执行了!”远东瓦伦要塞,方劲接到八百里加急文书,拆开看,马上就骂开了:“狗娘养的!元老会又要开了!”云省前线,联合指挥部。一个勤务兵快步走过来:“回禀两位统领大人,八百里加急!”明辉接过来先看,只说了一个字:“操!”转而把信递给斯特林,“你看看,那群混蛋在帝都瞎搞!”斯特林默默的看完了信件,却不出声,抬头昂望苍天,只见乌云密布,眼看着就有一场暴雨将致,心头忽然起了一个念头:“难道真的是天灭我紫川族吗?”第55章重逢。

帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌。

帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌。

灰蒙蒙的天空,雨雪不断。远东叛军破坏了停战协议重新挑起了战火,他们突然袭击了家族王军的巡逻队,然后逃窜。急于立功的方劲统领率领十多万大军前去追击,大军行进到了月亮湾平原,漫天飞舞的雪花中,前方的地平线上出现了一大片阴影。气喘吁吁的士兵们犹豫地停下了脚步,张望着:“那是什么?枝枝桠桠的一大片,是树丛吧?”“看起来很象,只是怎么越来越大了似的?”老兵张起眼帘来张望,忽然高声嚷道:“都还在在动着哪!这那里是树啊!那是一路大军朝我们过来了!”队伍起了骚动,民军士兵们纷纷嚷嚷:“好大一路兵马啊!是叛军吧!”“怎么办啊!”指挥官方劲骑在马上巡视着吆喝:“怕什么!叛军不过乌合之众,人数再多也不是我们对手!摆好阵势等着他们过来!”他的镇定和威严压制了全场的骚动,军官们劈头给了慌张的士兵一个耳光,打得他眼冒金星:“你!慌什么?站回队列里面去!”拳打脚踢的把他们赶回了原地。队伍安静了下来。一路路师团开出来,在平原上展开阵型。一个个巨大整齐的钢铁方阵顷刻间形成,布满了整个月亮湾平原。传令兵骑着马奔驰在于各个方阵之间,高呼:“准备!”步兵们整齐划一的竖起长矛,方阵的上方一片钢铁冰冷的闪光。骑兵纷纷上马,在两翼作为反冲击的预备队,一排排高举的马刀明亮如雪,仿佛一条耀眼的光带,雪花安静的落在战士的头盔上,肩膀上,积了浅浅的的一片。闷雷般的蹄声传来,大地在轻微的震动。黑压压的敌群在迅速的切近着,犹如浪涛,犹如海啸,那如云头样的轮廓,也越来越清晰,那黑压压的阵头,拥着长长的刀枪,还有那成千上万的马蹄溅起的雪粉,漫天飞舞,那威势,仿佛整路大军是踏着一朵云,在地上飞!就如同传说的黑暗深渊中出现的恶魔,驾起云朵,要把所有敢于阻拦它去路的人和物一口吞下!“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵奔来喝嚷:“第一排,蹲下!”士兵们把长矛的杆托搁在地上,矛尖前指,弯腰迎敌。军官们在他们的耳朵边上大叫大吼:“为了保卫紫川家族,为了你们的荣誉,勇敢的去战斗吧!”“扎稳阵脚!”传令兵再次号令。听命的士卒们,更加把脚牢牢的钉在地面上,紧握着长矛,所有人的心都在砰砰狂跳。前排士兵的牙齿不由自主的发出“咯咯”的碰击声,脸色发白。在方阵的后面,督战的军法官指挥宪兵们排成了散兵线,亮晃晃的箭头对准了前面的士兵的背后。敌军在以难以置信的高速度压近!每一眨眼,就贴近一点!可以看见了,那如云的旌旗,那密密麻麻的刀枪,骑兵那狰狞的面孔,马鼻孔喷出的的白气,兵马奔腾向前,势如风暴,厉若狂飙,以密集的阵型卷杀而来,成千上万的汹涌而致!风吹开一片雪幕,人们的眼界清楚了些。突然,一个恐怖的嗓音在方阵中嚷起:“天哪!那不是叛军!那是魔族!”所有的方阵一下出现了混乱,士兵们不顾军纪的叫唤着:“是魔族!魔族杀来了!”“天啊,快跑吧,我们会没命的!”一个接一个的士兵丢下武器,从队列中跑了出来,军官们大喊大喝的拦住他们:“不许跑!谁跑就杀了谁!”“站住!我命令你站住!”“放!”面无表情的军法官一挥手,宪兵们开始射箭,逃跑的士兵一个个中箭惨叫着倒下,但是逃跑的士兵却越来越多!方劲骑在马上大声呼唤:“不要怕!这是叛军伪装的!不要怕,回到队列中去!为了保卫我们的……”一声巨大的呼喝,忽然裂天而起,将他的话淹没:“塞姆嘿林!”(吾皇万岁!)魔族兵狂啸着:“呜拉格!”(杀!)再无疑问了,这正是魔族王国军队冲锋的战号!大地在崩裂,天在塌!对于魔族那些绿色皮肤长着狰狞面孔的怪物,人类有一种来自内心最深处的恐惧!人类不会忘记,两百年前,就是它们的先辈毁灭了强大一时的光明帝国文明。不到二十万的魔族军团横扫整个西川大陆,让光明帝国最后的皇帝战死,皇家军团陈尸五十万于蓝河战场。魔族,传说中会吃人会喷火的怪物,代表了人世间最凶残、最强大的邪恶!※※※所有的方阵立即土崩瓦解了,士兵们不再理会命令,争先恐后的丢下了武器,转身逃跑。那溃散的兵勇象开了闸的水,象江河浪头,人潮汹涌,一下子把后面的督战队伍冲垮。到处是一片喧嚣声:“逃啊!逃啊!”“没命了!”人们四散逃走,互相踩啊、挤啊,轧啊,冲撞着,白花花的武器丢了一地,到处是丢弃的旗帜。顷刻间,整路大军烟消云散,不复存在。魔族骑兵冲进了溃逃的人群中,欢呼着开始了一场大屠杀。成千上万魔族的欢呼声与成千上万人类临死的惨叫同样高入云霄。方劲停止了无用的呼喊,这时候也再无任何力量可以挽救大军的溃败了。他静静的看着面前自己的十几万大军在整个平原上狼奔兔突,看着一群又一群的溃兵从自己面前跑过,看着魔族在他们后面放声的狂笑,开始屠杀,看到满地的旗帜被践踏。耻辱啊,尚未交锋,十几万大军就不战自溃!相比之下,赤水滩算得了什么?他的亲卫队长明柯气喘吁吁的跑过来:“大人,魔族已经杀过来了,我们也赶紧撤吧!”方劲扭头看了他一眼,沉默,目光脱离杀戮的战场,投向茫茫的天际。明柯以为他没听见,重复:“大人,我们撤吧!留得青山在……”“你走吧!明柯。”方劲翻身上了自己的战马,望向明柯:“回去以后,告诉我那两个女儿,她们的爸爸是个胆小鬼,但是,幸好他还没有做出玷污自己名字的事情。”长叹一声,轻轻说:“生死,不过就这么回事了!我以前真是太傻了!”明柯扑上去拉住缰绳:“大人,您要去哪里?”方劲笑而不答,拔剑噌的割断了缰绳,掣马奔驰。方向与所有人相反,他直直对着魔族军队的阵头冲了过去。明柯呆呆的立在原地,目送着一个伟岸的背影慢慢消失在逆向的人流中,方劲最后的那个笑容已经深深的刻在了他的脑海中。这就是后世人称“忠烈”统领的方劲留在人世的最后一面。没有人明白他那句遗言的意思——除了帝林以外,后者明白,方劲正是以这种方式,避免了受自己要挟而身败名裂的结局。帝林小声骂句“笨蛋”,然后脱下帽子,面对远东方向久久伫立。方劲是在卫圣战争中阵亡的第一个统领级的军官。他死得完全象个英雄。在五十米外连人带马就给魔族射成了一个刺猬,他却依然活着,挂着满身的箭依靠着一棵大树只身抗击许多塞内亚骑兵。魔族兵看出他是一个高级军官,原来想把他活抓的,但是每个靠近他五步以内的魔族兵都被他一剑砍倒,尸体围着他环成了一个圈。最后看实在没办法近身,指挥官一声令下,十几把长矛同时刺入他的身体,鲜血喷涌溅出。方劲倒下了。一个浑身上下长着绿毛的步兵和一个皮肤漆黑、满口烂牙的骑兵抢着要割方劲的人头,方劲忽然站了起来一剑把那个绿毛步兵砍成了两截,然后再一次也是最后一次的倒下。于是那个失去了竞争对手的骑兵非常高兴。他小心翼翼的把方劲的脑袋割下,和自己的马鞍下的那串人头挂在了一起。当天的月亮湾平原上空,阴沉沉的,雨雪不断,仿佛是上苍也不忍心眼着这一场大屠戮展开,用彤云遮住了自己的眼睛。十几万人类逃,二十几万魔族追。空中回荡着魔族的兴奋的欢呼和人类士兵的哀求、惨叫。尽管人类士兵已经举手跪下了,哀求着企求活命,魔族骑兵仍然毫不留情的把他们从头到肩膀猛劈下去。它们心里有数,只有很少一部分人付得起高昂的赎金,带着俘虏只会妨碍自己杀敌的利索,不如直接割脑袋去领功的好。为了逃魔族鲁帝军团的追杀,大群大群的士兵争先恐后的跳进了结着薄冰的河流,拼命的向对岸游过去。但是远东叛军早已经在对岸严阵以待了,箭如雨下,人们在水中挣扎着发出阵阵惨叫和哭号,河水马上被染成了浅红,湍急的河流把上下浮沉的人体不断的冲走……参加月亮湾会战的十一万五千名紫川军,能逃过当天屠杀不到五千余人,由于遭受魔族和叛军的一路追击,最后能活着回到瓦伦要塞的只有八十七人。雪仍旧下个不停,掩盖了十几万具无头的尸体。月亮湾平原依旧那么宁静,那么洁白无暇。在接下来的三天里,紫川家族受到了血淋淋的重创。各路紫川军由于处在和谈时期,松于戒备,接连不断的遭受了毁灭性的打击。二更时分,几乎在哨兵警报的同时,魔族龙骑兵迅雷不及掩耳的揣进了黑旗军的西部大营,对睡梦中惊醒的紫川军展开屠杀。赤手空拳、惊惶失措的士兵们被马刀砍死、被长矛戳死、被箭射死、被自己人踩死、被大火烧死、被水淹死……第一缕阳光照过来时候,西部大营已经遍地尸骸,两万多人连一个活口都没留下。一路民军被魔族给包围了。他们毫无战意,发现突围无望后便马上举手投降了。缴械后,卡顿亲王一声令下,魔族立即把他们全部砍了脑袋。在堆积如山的尸骸边上,魔族塞内亚士兵在兴高采烈的欢呼嬉戏,饮酒作乐,把死人脑袋当球似的抛来接去玩乐,把血淋淋的肠子扒出来套在同伴的脖子上取笑……在开战的三天内,紫川就被杀了二十四万士兵,另外有十一万投降(其中的大部分也是被屠杀了,只有很幸运的向云浅雪将军投降的士兵才能取得活命。等待他们的是作为奴隶被贩卖的命运……)紫川家族费尽心机才集合起来的这六十万大军,统领处日日夜夜不眠不休工作的成果,转眼间,灰飞湮灭。※※※此时,在家族主力军中唯一没有遭到毁灭性打击的惟有斯特林的中央军。因为中央军所处位置比较纵深,很幸运的逃过了魔族第一轮的打击波。虽然不断遭到魔族先遣队的骚扰偷袭,但是由于斯特林早已经把部队集中警戒防卫了,并没有造成很大的损失,只是损折了几路斥候兵马。第60章狂澜。

帝国历七七九年十二月十日,当中央军统领斯特林在家族总长紫川参星的陪同下步入元老会殿堂大厅时候,元老会沸腾了!元老们全体起立欢迎,潮水般热烈的掌声持续了好几分钟,一阵又一阵欢呼:“向我们的不败名将致意!”“万岁!万岁!!”千万人景仰的目光同时集中到了斯特林身上,认识或者不认识的元老都纷纷上来跟斯特林握手致意:“在下是来自基新行省的伍祈,担任本届元老。很荣幸今天能亲眼目睹我们当今第一名将的风采!”“在下是来自远东的元老,感谢斯特林大人为我们惩治了那些无耻叛逆,维护了家族尊严!”“斯特林大人,您的辉煌战绩为家族鹰旗增了光,元老会代表整个紫川家族感谢您!”担任大会主持的萧议长大声的说:“到高台这来,斯特林大人,到这来!让大家都能看到!给大家讲几句话吧!”受到如此隆重的欢迎,斯特林深觉不安。何况,自己是和总长一齐进来的,单是自己受到如此欢迎,总长却没人理睬,致总长紫川参星于何地啊?还有,现场还有比自己阶级更高的官员罗明海总统领和帝林监察长在场,自己却先上去说话,那也是很不礼貌的。紫川参星觉察到了斯特林的困窘,微笑着说:“上去吧,斯特林。这不单只是对你,也是代表了大家对远东前线几十万将士的敬意。你代表他们,当之无愧的。”眼见四面八方都是一片喊声:“上来啊,上来啊,斯特林!给我们讲几句话吧!”,斯特林无奈只好对紫川参星一躬身,不好意思说:“殿下,下官失礼了。”紫川参星含笑着拍拍他肩膀,表示鼓励。斯特林走上了高台,四面立即又响起了雷鸣般的欢呼掌声。斯特林谦逊的低了下头,等掌声稍有回落,他做个手势,示意他有话要说,会场一下子安静了下来,只听见斯特林清朗的声音在大厅内回荡:“今天很荣幸的,我被邀请出席神圣的家族元老会,得以亲眼目睹的各位高贵的元老大人的风采,倾听你们充满的智慧的谈吐,领略你们是如何明智的制定家族政策,决定我们伟大家族的命运,并且还能参与其中过程,贡献一点浅见,为此,我感到无上的光荣,感谢各位元老大人给我这个机会!(掌声如潮)在刚才,我受到了元老大人们热情的欢迎,我十分荣幸并且感谢大家!但是,各位大人给了我过高的荣誉,我斯特林只是一介军人,不配如此殊荣。如果说我们有功劳的话,那也应该归功于总长紫川参星殿下的无上威德,归功于总统领罗明海大人运筹帷幄,归功于前线将士的英勇奋战和无私奉献。至于我个人,只是没有犯下很大的错误而已,实在不值得大家如此看重。战争的乌云笼罩在整个紫川家族的天空。我们将何去何从?紫川家族将走向何方?战还是和?生存,或是死亡?这些,都将有赖于在座的各位元老大人的明断,在你们的手中,握有我们家族的未来!请各位大人务必为此团结合力,同心同德,为我们家族,为跟随我们、信任我们的千万民众做出明智的选择!至于我,只能说:家族军队始终是忠于家族,忠于总长,忠于元老会议的!我们已经做好了执行命令的准备!无论是“战”或者是“和”,我们都将听命,都将一丝不苟的执行!请相信,军队,始终是家族手中最忠诚的利剑,这把利剑将随时为了捍卫家族利益而出鞘,让敌寇血染沙场!”斯特林简短的演讲结束,会议大厅上响起了经久不息的掌声和欢呼:“好样的!”。斯特林想下去,但是大家用掌声挽留他,逼得他不得不停留在高台原地向众人致意。他虽然谦逊,却也感到非常的自豪:军人的一生还有比这更为荣耀的时刻吗?在一张张热情的脸孔中他看到罗明海冷漠的表情,斯特林点头致意,罗明海生硬的点头回礼,只是那么僵硬好象脖子抽了筋。斯特林心中暗笑:他知道罗明海此刻心里一定很不爽。转移了目光,他又发现了帝林。※※※帝林笑着对斯特林赞许地翘起大拇指。他对斯特林的受拥戴是由衷的高兴,不单是因为斯特林是他的好兄弟,也因为斯特林的成功会让罗明海难受。他心下盘算着:军方现在有三位掌握兵权的重将,其中方劲已经偷偷地站在自己一边了,现在再加上斯特林的得势崛起,现在罗明海那边的就只有明辉了,而明辉那个逃跑大王又是个很靠不住的墙头草———当然,依斯特林的性格他是不会公然参与他与罗明海之间的政治斗争的,但无论如何,目前他至少会保持种善意的中立,在将来斗争激烈化非要他做出选择的时候,那他肯定会倾向自己一边。呵呵,谁能料到,我已经不知不觉的在军方建立了的优势的势力了呢?他泛起个念头:为什么不帮助斯特林从罗明海那里把总统领的位置给夺过来呢?这并非不可能的事情:斯特林有名望,有战功,既受军方系统的拥护,又深受民众和元老会的爱戴,紫川参星对他也很宠信……如果成功了,那真是给罗明海一个最致命的打击了。他忽然想到个事情,不由笑出声来,心里想:“斯特林也学会了玩政治演说了!刚才洋洋洒洒的似乎很慷慨激昂的说了一大堆,其实等于什么都没说。究竟是赞成“战”还是“和”的这个关键问题上,始终没有表露自己的观点。他什么时候变得这么高明了?谁教他的?”※※※帝林以及参加会议的全体元老万万没有想到的是,斯特林演说词的起草人其实是来自魔族的卡丹公主。昨晚卡丹一再的叮嘱斯特林:“斯君切记:所谓政治,就是一门如何说废话的艺术。高明的政治家,可以滔滔不绝连续不断说上五个钟头,但没有一点内容。为避免树敌,明天无论人家问你什么,你都千万不要给出明确答案!”斯特林笑笑,问:“如果人家问我些很浅显的问题,比如说问我一加一等于几呢?”卡丹毫不犹豫:“那你就这样回答:‘我认为一加一等于二以外的任何数,但我也不排除它等于二的可能!”※※※夜幕降临,一天的会议终于结束了。斯特林和帝林联袂走出会场,一齐长嘘一口气。挥走了跟随的侍从,两人漫步在帝都深秋的街道上。斯特林感叹:“终于结束了!帝林微笑:“只是今天结束了,明天还得再来。多点耐性啊,兄弟,你今天好象有点控制不住自己的样子,我隔着好远都听见你把拳头捏得咯咯作响。”斯特林失笑:“是吗?当时我的表情一定很吓人了,那几个什么洛克辛威行省的元老吓得面色都发白了。不过他们确实也在无理取闹,居然从后勤部搬来半米高的帐本一叶一叶一项一项的盘问我,从武器装备直到粮食补给。问我:‘你看,这不明明白白说了:后勤部九月初已经供应了中央军五万捆箭。你们怎么现在又说没有了?’“我说,全部拿去射叛军了。他居然板着脸说:“在哪里?什么地方?射了哪些叛军?他们叫什么名字?射在什么部位?有没有医生证明?他们有没有给你开收条?没有?这些必要的证明都没有,究竟你是不是拿这批装备给贪污私吞了?””斯特林愤然说:“我怎么可能去找那些被射死、射伤的叛军开收条啊?我贪污五万捆箭又干什么,拿回家也当不了柴火烧啊。”帝林还是笑:“忍耐点。没听说过吗?“当天才出现在这个世界上的时候,有一个特征可以帮我们辨认出他来:所有的傻瓜都联合起来向他进攻。””“不过他们倒也不是成心跟你过不去的,他们都是主和派的元老,而你是主战派心目中的英雄,他们不过是想通过打击你来打击主战派势力罢了。你如果大发雷霆,倒正是中了他们的圈套了。”斯特林平静下来:“我明白的。现在究竟元老会是个什么态度?战还是和,无论那样,都得赶紧拿出个主意来啊!现在几十万军队就在远东那等着,一天的军费就是十几亿啊!”帝林摇头:“你知道,元老会势力一向分成了两派:远东嫡系和家族内地的。本来元老会中远东贵族的势力一向是占优势的,但是因为在叛乱中很多远东贵族都丧命了,远东贵族那巨大的领地和财富也灰飞湮灭了,远东派系实力大挫,内地的贵族趁机抢夺那些名额席位,力争取得元老会控制权,而远东派系则极力反击,现在双方正相持不下呢!此次的“战”“和”之争就是他们两派角力的一个关键战场了!”帝林没说:其实这也是他与罗明海争斗的一个关键战场。斯特林有点明白了,又问:“为什么那他们不来一场投票表决呢?输赢最多一个下午就可以得出结果了!”帝林微笑:“政治斗争其实跟战场是差不多的。一样要讲究战术谋略。投票表决,那就相当于是一战决生死了!——就比如说斯特林你,在这种情况不明、实力相持的情况下,会不会投下全部兵力来打一场生死会战?”斯特林摇头:“不会。我会耐心的等,等到敌人露出破绽,等待我们的后续部队赶来,同时我派出部队骚扰,引诱敌人分散兵力,然后打击对方的侧翼和后方,直到我们确立了优势——那时候我才肯投下主力军队与其决战,一战将其击溃。”帝林赞许的说:“道理是一样的。元老会里面现在双方也都在避免正面决战,也是在等候援军——比如拉拢中立势力的元老、分化收买对方的人,也是在寻找对方侧翼打击——比如说打击你斯特林就等于打击主战派势力的侧翼了,直到有一方确信自己已经占到优势票数了,那他才会要求立即表决。”斯特林明白了,感叹:“几十万大军的伤亡,几百亿军费的耗费,想不到是为了这个原因啊!”他有一句话没说出来:难怪我们空空拥有大陆上最强大的军队,历代总长又勇猛如狮,又是名将辈出,偏偏却是向西不能克流风、向东难以抵御魔族。家族的疆土自从第三代总长以后就几乎没有增加过。他望向帝林:“大哥,我有个问题想问你,但不知道……”他停下了不说。帝林停住脚步回望,两人目光相交。帝林的目光清澈而明亮:“你想问我为什么要极力主战,其中是否也象那些的元老一样,带有肮脏的私人动机?是吧?”斯特林老实的承认:“是的。”抗议说:“不过“肮脏”什么的这个词语我可没有想过啊,是你自己说的啊!”帝林失笑:“自家兄弟还这么不坦白,你真是不可爱。”他语调转为严肃:“我反对议和的原因之一是因为我察觉叛军一点诚意都没有。他们口口声声说要和平,说要既往不咎,但对于一些关键问题却含糊其词。比如,我们要他们交出那个大叛贼雷洪来,他们却说,雷洪已经失踪不知去向;我们要他们停止骚扰我军的补给线路,他们却说那不关他们事情,是盗贼干的,而他们的种族联合军对盗贼没有命令权——这很明显是说谎,盗贼绝大部分都是被打散的了的联合军败兵;我们要求既然家族王军已经停止下来了,那种族联合军是否也应该表示诚意停留在原来战线上呢?他们却借口说秋天到了,种族联合军的士兵必须回家收割庄稼,然后把部队分解,派遣到了整个远东每个村落去——在我们还在那里傻呼呼等着的时候,他们已经在招募、动员来年再战的新兵了;还有他们口口声声说要建立所有人和平的“远东乐园”,但是这个“乐园”究竟是什么样子?谁掌权的?还承认紫川家族的主权吗?还算不算家族的领土?这些问题他们都只字不谈,看不出一点诚意来。”“综合起来,其实叛军要求停战的目的已经很明显了:眼看冬季就要来临,远东的土地就要被冻住了,无法再挖壕沟——而没有了壕沟到了平原开阔地带上,叛军就成了废物,兵力再多也根本不是我们骑兵的对手。他们在拖延时机,等明年春季雨水绵绵泥土泥泞,那时侯我们重甲骑兵难以机动,死猪肉似的陷在一堆烂泥里面等着他们砍。”“对一个全民皆兵、如此好战的民族来说,我们杀他个几十万根本无关痛痒,只要他们愿意,随时可以补充几百万军队。而经过议和以后,家族将会更加衰弱,当他们重新带领更加强大的军团来与我们再战,再次围困瓦伦要塞兵临城下——那时候,我们拿什么去与他们对抗?”斯特林听得悚然惊心,问:“刚才那是原因之一了。那原因之二呢?”帝林傲然道:“叛逆是最大罪行,绝对不可饶恕的!也许远东贵族暴虐、也许远东官员贪婪,但是我们必须让所有民众知道:无论出于什么理由和原因,反叛家族只有死路一条!如果我们今天可以宽恕远东叛逆,那明天我们就要面对第二个、第三个、第一百个远东叛乱,整个紫川家族就会象当年的光明帝国一样分崩离析!”斯特林摇头:“要把几千万远东民众全部杀光是不可能的。”“是不可能。最终我们必须还是要宽恕的,但那必须是在胜利以后。惟战胜方能施恩。战胜以后宽恕他们,可以显出家族的仁德和宽容,于家族威信无损;但是眼看象现在那样打不下来就赶紧和谈也说是“施恩”的话,那就让天下人都看到紫川家族的软弱了。这样只会招来更大的祸害的!”“斯特林,你很有威望。元老们都很敬重你,你说出话来是很有分量的。到时候你一定要站在我这边来——这是为了家族百年前程着想!象罗明海那样的妥靖政策是行不通的。”斯特林本来是打定了主意保持中立的,现在听帝林说得诚恳,心里也不禁动摇了,又想起了卡丹的话:“千万不要给任何人明确的答复。”他犹豫再三,最后说:“好的,如果我非要选择的话,我一定站你这边来。”这个承诺还是带点模糊不定,但是已经让帝林很满意了。他明白斯特林的个性,一诺千金决不改悔,承诺到这个地步已经是他的最大极限了。这对帝林已经很有利了。他们一边说着一边已经走到了分岔路上。帝林心里由衷地轻松高兴,停住了脚步:“怎么样?一起去看看你嫂子秀佳吧?她一直念叨着你和阿秀不知道在远东怎么样了呢,去尝下她的手艺吧?”如果是往日斯特林会对这个邀请是求之不得的,但是今天他只有婉言谢绝了:“呵呵,改天吧。今天约了人了。”对邀请被婉绝,帝林也觉得意外,仔细打量下斯特林,突然笑出声来:“是啊,月落柳梢头,人约黄昏后。我说呢,今天看你一脸的笑容,原来是:春——意——盎——然啊那!大哥我还真是不识趣了!人家那是:小——别——胜——新——婚啊那,难怪人家是:见——色——忘——义啊哪!”每句话的后面帝林都用咏叹调拖长了唱出来,最后不伦不类加个“啊哪”。斯特林脸红,还在嘴硬:“哪里的事情啊,大哥你不要乱说了。”“好好好,我不说了这个了。”帝林凑近来,很严肃的说:“要不要大哥我给你个忠告?”“啊?什么?”“‘干体力活’可千万不要太辛苦了,不然将来回远东时候连马都爬不上去了,那可怎么办啊?”帝林眉头紧皱,一副很是忧虑担心的样子。好一阵斯特林才明白过来,举拳欲追打他,帝林早已经一溜烟的跑了,远远的留下句话:“找个时间把李清带过来跟你嫂子一块吃个饭吧,大家都快是一家人了还怕什么羞啊!”笑着望着帝林远去的身影,斯特林眼睛里却出现了一抹淡淡的愁云,李清,是啊,差点忘记了,自己还有一位很贤惠的未婚妻,怎么办啊!?※※※当斯特林快步来到约定的公园亭子看到卡丹俏立的身影时候,所有的不快和忧愁马上被抛到了九霄外。为掩人耳目,卡丹围上了围巾戴上了墨镜。现在已经是初冬了,这个装束并不惹人注意。斯特林从她背后接近,忽然冲上去一把搂住她肩头。卡丹“啊”的惊叫一声,回头看见是斯特林,手抚胸口露出个“你吓死我了”的表情,甜甜的笑了下。斯特林看得心头荡漾,对着卡丹娇艳的红唇正要吻下去……“警告:以下内容含有不健康成分,未满十八岁人士请在家长陪同下观看。”斯特林身后传来紫川宁悠悠的声音,她坐在亭子的长栏上饶有兴趣的观看:“不过我已经满十八岁了,两位请继续,就当我不在好了。”先前斯特林太过专注于卡丹竟然没有发现她的存在。斯特林大失所望,松开了卡丹,投过去个噌怪的目光:你怎么把这个坏蛋带来了?卡丹满脸通红,小声说:“我不认识路。”斯特林无奈的叹口气,昨晚与卡丹约定在外面见面目的就是为了避开这个紫川宁——她的调皮捣蛋是与紫川秀一脉相传的——结果还是没办法。“对不起,我迟到了。等了很久了吧?”斯特林握着卡丹的手含情脉脉的说。卡丹轻轻摇头:“才一会儿。”“撒谎!”紫川宁很生气的说:“他迟到了一个小时二十分!我算过了,平均每十分钟有个蚊子在我胳膊上叮个包,现在斯特林你看,一个两个…一共九个!”斯特林不看紫川宁的包,对着卡丹问:“饿了吗?”卡丹还是摇头:“不饿。”“我饿了!”紫川宁赶紧说,然而没人理会她斯特林:“你渴吗?”卡丹习惯的摇头,然后又点头:“有一点点渴。”紫川宁不甘落后地说:“我也渴了。”斯特林领卡丹进入路边的一家饮料店,紫川宁恬着脸皮跟进去。斯特林问卡丹:“你第57章摊牌。

帝国历779年的冬天来得特别的晚,直到十二月,第一股寒流才滚滚的越过瓦伦要塞,由东而西,席卷整个大地。气温在十小时之内降到了零下,第一场雪却迟迟不见踪影,反而却雷声轰隆起,一个霹雳将总长府门前值勤的两个卫兵劈倒,旗杆被劈断。以后下了倾盆大雨。三天三夜的暴雨之后,终于雨过天晴,在东方出现了了一抹靓丽的彩虹,同时却在西方天际出现了一个巨大的十字架。人们记忆中还没见过如此反常的气象。见多识广的老人们回忆起五十年前那个冬天,也是同样的冬雷轰隆暴雨不断,而在那年的开春就发生了三十万边防军集体叛变的事件,就在离帝都不到三十里的古度平原上,紫川军与得到流风军助阵的叛军展开惨烈的大战,死人多得一层层的叠满了上百公里的战场,野狗吃得眼都红了。老人们信誓旦旦的说:这必定昭示着来年家族王军与远东叛军将会有一场空前规模的大战,死人多得恐怕还要超过五十年前的那次。人们听得纷纷点头,尽管元老会已经通过了与叛军和谈的决议,议和谈判正在进行中,但是从家族官员、贵族到普通民众,几乎所有人都有这么种预感:与叛军一场惨烈大战不可避免,空前的灾难就要来临。帝都市民人心惶惶,流言四起,都认为这必然是因为有人罪孽深重,导致愤怒天谴的缘故。(关于究竟是谁罪孽深重的问题就众说纷纭了,比如说总统领罗明海和监察长帝林就有不同的说法。)一时间,帝都的大小寺庙教堂,各种宗教团体得以红火了一把。所有的和尚、神甫、托钽僧、尼姑、牧师、修女、毛拉、道士、先知、教主都宣称:是因为帝都市民你们贪婪、无知,不信奉神灵,作恶多端,现在我的上帝、佛主、真主、神灵、圣徒(或者管他什么东西)生气了,他的怒火将降临大地,洗清一切罪恶。忏悔吧,你们这群罪人,你们的罪孽深重啊!(重得跟你们的钱包似的!)只有诚心相信我们的才能得救!至于如何表达你们的虔诚的心意呢?(这个时候一个穿白衣服的圣洁的少女捧着功德箱出现)来来,大家,拿出你们的诚意来!记住,吝啬的人是进不了天堂的!上帝早就说过了:富人想进天堂跟骆驼想通过针眼一样的困难。(呵呵,我们的神还真是有先见之明啊!)钱财是罪恶的象征!是魔鬼用来诱惑世人的!想得救的唯一途径就是把这些“罪恶”让我们来替你承受……不要误会了,我们一心侍奉神灵,世间的荣华享乐早已不放在我们心中,我们这是用我们多年的清修功力要替你赎罪啊!怀疑我们这些神的使者,那就等于怀疑神啊!你要下地狱的!帝林每经过一个街口就看到有个奇装异服的人在路边指手划脚或者哭天抢地的高呼:“神救世人!”“信我者得救!”在一条街道上,两个“神的使者”还因为要抢地盘演说当街气喘吁吁的对骂:“你是魔鬼!”“上帝要消灭你的!”“神的怒火要要降罚你!”——这样骂了半天,结果他们的神和上帝不知道是没听见他们的召唤呢还是没空,好久都没有过来。结果他们两个就只有代替自己的上帝来惩罚对方了,当街扭打起来。旁边围了一大群人在那观看这场“诸神之战”。帝林开始以为那些人都是疯子,后来明白了,冷笑着:“这真是各种盛行宗教的极大收益,我们民族心智的极大损失啊。”一个长着大胡子的托钽僧不知道从哪个角落里突然窜出拦住帝林:“朋友,你愿意听听来自上帝的意旨吗?”帝林的卫兵们敬畏的对托钽僧敬礼。帝林头也不回着:“不用了,上帝住我隔壁,有什么话他自己跟我说好了。”大步地走过。托钽僧愤怒的追上来:“你这个不信神的家伙!你这个魔鬼!你要下地狱受烈火煎的!你会被诅咒的!”他大声的叱骂,口沫飞溅,卫兵一个个惊恐的在胸前划着十字,不敢靠近。帝林猛然回身将那个托钽僧一下压到了墙上,压低声说:“其实我真的是魔鬼,上帝是我的对头!现在既然被你发现了,那我就只好来个杀人灭口了……”帝林薄薄的嘴唇浅笑着扭曲,眼中闪着诡异的光芒,如同剃刀般锋利的杀气直压过去,剑不出鞘的压在在托钽僧的喉咙上。托钽僧脸色发白,一瞬间他就明白了:眼前这个人真的会杀了自己的!他当场就失禁了,裤裆湿淋淋的。托钽僧连滚带爬的逃走,哭喊着:“魔鬼啊!魔鬼啊!上帝救救我们吧!”帝林放声的狂笑:“哈哈哈哈哈!”转向卫兵们说:“开个玩笑,哈哈,魔鬼,哈哈哈!!”卫兵们一个个脸色发白,心中一齐泛起个念头:搞不好,这可并非玩笑。※※※仿佛是为了验证不详之兆,年末的十二月二十一日,帝都发生了流血事件。事情的起因是很简单的,在帝都的双龙酒吧间里面,几个喝醉了酒的统领处军官闹事,和巡逻的宪兵打起了群架——究竟打群架的原因如何,那已经是无从调查了,因为最初的当事人都已经不能再开口了。帝都宪兵们大多是帝林从远东一手带回来的远东军士兵,他们饱经战火,经验丰富,一会儿就把那些个本来就喝醉了的统领处军官揍得鬼哭狼嚎的。其中一个军官跑到街道上大喊:“统领处的快过来啊!!监察厅的在欺负我们的人哪!”这天正是周六晚,帝都所有的酒吧里面都坐满了喝得脑子发热、拳头发痒的统领处军官们,那一声呼喊就如导火线般引爆了统领处与监察厅之间多年的积怨,他们从四面八方的酒吧里面出来冲向双龙酒吧,那副劲头就象双龙酒吧已经被魔族军占领了,他们要马上去解救一般,呼喊“打倒帝林的走狗!”,把宪兵给反包围在了双龙酒吧里面,用酒瓶和砖头雨点般投掷进去。宪兵们眼见形势逆转,敌众我寡,一面死守着酒吧的门口,一面吹响了警哨。附近的几支宪兵巡逻队赶来时候,眼见的是大群的“暴徒”(帝林是这么说的)正在围攻他们的同事,立即怒火燃烧,掏出警棍上前参战解围。战团进一步的扩大,从一个酒吧扩展到整个街道,空中是横飞的啤酒瓶、火把、砖头,暴怒的男人们一边拳打、脚踢,一边咒骂声不断,一方高呼:“打倒罗明海的走狗!”另一方马上回敬:“打倒帝林的走狗!”双方都在不断的在呼叫,招来自己的援军。二十分钟后,帝都治部少的警察赶来想制止混乱——在后来的调查会上他们说自己是:“很公正的对待混战双方,试图使他们冷静下来”——却专挑那些宪兵的后脑用警棍“轻轻”的打:不奇怪,因为治部少是听命于幕僚长命令的,也算是统领处方面的人——不过帝林的部下们可也不是挨打不还手的和平主义者,宪兵们马上连治部少的警察也一齐打,混战扩大了。这个时候统领处在人数上占了优势,但是帝林的部下却因为骁勇而取占了上风,越战越勇,眼看就要取得帝林对罗明海的大胜利了。在这个时候大批惟恐天下不乱的民军士兵们闻风赶来。他们一向最爱的就是斗殴、群架,眼看面前有这么大场面的一场群架,马上激动全身颤抖,根本不问原因、不管理由,兴高采烈大呼小叫的加入了战团,仿佛身家性命、前途命运全部在此一战。民军士兵时而高喊:“总统领万岁!”帮着统领处一块打监察厅的宪兵;时而又高呼:“打倒罗明海!”掉头和统领处的军官们和警察混战;时而忽然什么也不喊自己人跟自己人又打了起来。本来壁垒分明的双方因为他们的加入变成了乱成一团。帝都本地的地痞流氓们眼看着机不可失,也加入了进来。他们喊着:“我们爱戴总统领!”一边砸开了路边商店、民居的大门,蜂拥而进掠夺一空,一边又喊着:“帝林万岁!”威迫经过的行人把钱包交出来,趁机非礼女性;善良的市民和业主们不甘受损,街区的居民委员会叫着:“罗明海万岁!帝林万岁!女人和孩子不要出来,男人们拿起武器,保卫我们的街区!”——对于这两个巨头他们是谁也不敢得罪的——男人们响应着号召,用菜刀和铁锅把自己全副武装了起来,战战栗栗的抵抗着入侵者。战火从商业街扩展到了民居,又到了公园:在那里两个对立的宗教主正号召他们的信徒投入一场圣战,惩罚对方那些不信神的异教徒;帝都最大的两个黑帮团体也借着这个难得的机会来解决他们之间的恩怨,几百名穿黑西服戴墨镜的黑手党在杀得血肉横飞……几十家的商店被点燃,火光冲天,映得帝都的夜空一片红亮。暴徒们在燃烧的废墟旁边肆无忌惮的欢呼、纵情喝酒。从这里到哪里,到处是混战,军官打宪兵,宪兵打军官,然后他们又一齐合力痛打警察和流氓。楼上的居民往下面扔花盆把下面人砸得脑袋开花,下面的人拿着火把烧掉整座大楼作为报复……到处是横飞的棍棒、伤者在呻吟、女人和小孩在尖叫、男人们杀气腾腾的在寻找下一个目标。回忆起七七九年年末的那一个夜晚,人们只有一句话形容:“那一夜,帝都疯了。”事件发生不到半个钟头,罗明海得到了报告:“帝都发生大骚乱!”他马上出发赶去总长府,一路盘算着该在紫川参星面前如何告状:“我的部下是遵纪守法的良好公民。这完全是因为帝林纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!帝林及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请总长殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”他在心里准备好了一段完美的说辞,自觉很满意。他刚进会见室,就听到帝林对紫川参星严肃的说:“总长殿下,下官的部下都是遵纪守法的良好公民。这次骚乱完全是因为罗明海纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!罗明海及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”罗明海一时间几乎晕了过去。象往常一样,他们在总长面前又展开了各种争辩、挖苦、谩骂。直到紫川参星一拍桌子:“够了!现在不是来追究谁对谁错的问题!现在我们要做的是马上把这次骚乱平息下去!”两人一齐闭嘴。帝林开口:“总长殿下,这次事件请交给下官负责吧!维护帝都秩序正是下官宪兵部队的职责。下官保证:在天亮以前,让帝都回复秩序!”罗明海听得不寒而栗:只要紫川参星一点头,帝林会马上带着他的四万宪兵部队冲进城来,重演一次帝都流血夜的翻版,天亮以前,站在罗明海一方的所有官员都会被屠戮殆尽。抢在紫川参星开口前,罗明海抢先说:“殿下,我觉得此次参加骚乱的人员不但有军方的还有民间的,不宜出动宪兵部队。建议让治部少的警察部队来执行平乱任务如何?”“现在很明显你治部少的那群饭桶们已经控制不住局面了!”帝林马上回口:“殿下,无论如何,警察是难以和正规部队对抗的。不要延误时机让骚乱进一步扩大了!我的部下已经作好了马上出发的准备!”“混蛋!这次的事件就是你的那群部下搞出来的!你还让他们来平什么乱……”“放屁!明明是你拉的屎现在我好心帮你擦屁股你居然还说三说四!”“够了!”紫川参星再怒喝一次。他转向罗明海:“罗明海,现在在帝都附近有没有可以马上抽调的驻军?”罗明海略微思考回答说:“从西部战线抽调往远东的五十一步兵师团正经过帝都,有四个大队就在城外宿营。还有远东军校的三个学员大队也在城外,不过学员他们都没有武器的。还有水军有三艘军舰也停留瓦涅河上。恩,大概就这些兵力了。”“通知五十一师团马上进城,发武器给那些学员兵,把水兵从船上调下来,恩,再从禁卫军中抽调五千人,把兵力集和起来,应该也可以了!帝林,你的宪兵部队也集合起来,兵力不足时候作为预备队。”“是!遵命!”两人一齐行礼。※※※二十一日晚上深夜十一点,在燃烧的火光映照下,来自瓦涅河的水兵静悄悄的从西城门涌入帝都,他们冒着密集如雨的砖头和火把,默不作声的对暴乱的人群发起了冲击,刚毅而勇敢的水手们以寡敌众,与暴徒展开了激烈却是无声无息的搏斗,黑色的水兵枪刺在夜晚中闪亮着光芒。经过十几分钟的激烈的搏斗,水兵们将人数是他们几倍的大群暴徒驱散。在城东区,远东军校的学员们握着刚发下来的刺刀和长枪武器,呐喊着冲入了居民区,受到居民们热烈的欢迎,他们与居民们一齐并肩作战,将掠夺的暴徒驱赶了出去。居民区上空回响着一片欢呼:“军队万岁!”在城北区,这里正是暴乱的中心地带,在这里混战的不仅有普通市民、业主、流氓、黑帮分子……还有不少是职业军人,人数多达近十几万人,挤得大街水泄不通!五十一师团的步兵们只有四千余人,加进去的话,只不过使混战再增添多点混乱,根本无济于事。师团长很异想天开的从城外找来几十头公牛,在它们屁股后面烧上把火,发狂了的公牛群直冲人群,大街上顿时鸡飞狗走的,顷刻间就清开了一条道路,大批禁卫军跟着冲入,用皮鞭见人就猛抽,打得人群鬼哭狼嚎叫的。天亮时分,经过各路平乱部队的一夜的努力,帝都终于回复了秩序。尽管骚乱造成了很大的损失,死了不少人。但是活下来的帝都市民们都感到:太刺激太过瘾太爽了!为了记念那个尽情狂欢、为所欲为的激情夜晚,从此每年的十二月二十一日大家都举行一个游行来庆祝,为了求得效果逼真,每次都找上几十头公牛屁股后面绑上火把追在人屁股后面乱跑,然后大家就象当年举火把烧房子一样每个人拿着根蜡烛满街走。这成为了帝都每年最大的节日了。据说后来这个风俗还流传到另外些个大陆去,他们那边的国家有样学样也跟着发疯……※※※事情过去了,但是统领处和监察厅之间的关系变得空前的紧张,发展到双方首脑连上下班都要全副披甲大队警卫保护,他们的部下针锋相对,在街道上设起了街垒对立,冲突随时一触即发。大家都感到:不能再把帝林与罗明海两个冤家放一起了,否则同样的骚乱随时还会发生的。罗明海上书,请求将帝林派到远东前线去——其实在此之前,早就有元老提议认为将帝林这样的名将闲置在帝都是一种很大的浪费。本来紫川参星一直存有顾忌:帝林是头兀鹰,放飞他是很容易的,但是想收回来就很难了!他这把剑杀敌人是很锋利,但也会让自己人流血的。但是现在眼看帝林与罗明海已经势同水火,已经是不得不将他们隔离了。他征求帝林的意见。帝林两眼发红很伤心的说:“殿下,我又没做错什么事情,为什么要远远的被发配走呢?”很无辜的表情。紫川参星安慰他说:“这怎么是发配呢?这是家族对你的信任,远东战局复杂,需要有一个高级的监察军官去督战啊!这完全是工作需要啊!”“可是殿下,我舍不得离开您啊!”“唉,帝林!你在远东能更好的发挥你特长,服务家族,就算你不在我身边我也一样高兴的。”紫川参星好说歹说劝了好久,一再解释:这并非流放,而是家族对他的重用,帝林才不情不愿的答应了,抹抹眼泪点头,心里乐开了花:罗明海你这个蠢货!到了远东后,天高海阔,就数我的阶级最高,几十万家族军队就自然的落在我掌握中!只等紫川参星一断气,那时候我统帅五十万紫川军回帝都,左有紫川秀,右有斯特林,你拿什么与我对抗!那时候要你狗命轻而易举!“殿下,既然您都这么说了,下官同意去远东。不过有个事情下官放心不下……”“哦,有什么事情你就尽管说吧。”“下官的妻子林秀佳已经怀孕即将临盆,殿下您知道的,罗明海那个人渣对我恨之入骨,什么勾当都干得出来的!万一他趁我不在帝都时候对我妻子有什么不利的话……”帝林的意思其实是想紫川参星批准让林秀佳也随军离开帝都,免去了自己的后顾之忧。“哦,”紫川参星很爽快的说:“原来帝林你是担心这个啊!不要紧,我已经帮你想好了,就让林秀佳搬进总长府跟我一起住吧。罗明海再大胆他也不敢进总长府骚扰吧?保证你妻子不会掉一根毫********林一惊,立即回答:“殿下真是太体贴了,但是这样实在太麻烦殿下了,臣不敢当。臣本意是想让林秀佳随我一起走就可以了,怎么好意思去叨扰殿下呢。。。”“唉,帝林,这你想得就不对了。林秀佳已经有了身孕,怎么可以长途跋涉呢?何况,让佳丽冒刀兵之险,又岂是智者所为?莫非你不放心我这老头子?呵呵,我的年纪都做得你和林秀佳的爸爸了!”帝林的额头掺出了汗水:“殿下开玩笑了。”心里不断的叫“糟了,糟了,偷鸡不成丢把米!怎么办呢?怎么办呢?怎么办呢?”“好了,那事情就这样办了。帝林,你如果再推三阻四不肯答应的话,我可是当你在怀疑我的哦!”紫川参星的口气转为严厉。帝林浑身一震,低下头来:“臣,遵旨!”背后的汗水湿透了厚厚的衣服。帝国历779年十二月二十八日,监察长官帝林率领四万宪兵部队开始离开帝都,前往远东前线督战。※※※七八零年新年的一月一日,远东瓦格行省山区,一个半兽人骑兵映着拂晓的阳光沿着山路狂奔,冲进秀字营的驻地,人和马都是汗水淋淋的。他跳下马,用字正腔圆的人类语言跟醉眼朦胧的哨兵说:“八百里加急!我要当面交给光明秀!”秀字营昨晚彻夜狂欢庆祝新年,刚刚才睡着的紫川秀又被白川叫起来:“阿里巴巴股份公司的总经理德伦有紧急消息。”他马上就清醒过来,文书里面德伦向他报告:在沙加行省地区新出现了大股身份不明的叛军在出没,已经捣毁了“秀字营”的三家分公司,损失十分严重。紫川秀马上派人去通知了斯特林。斯特林高度重视这个情报。他写了一封长信给驻扎在杜莎行省的远东战区最高司令长官明辉。在信中,他认为近期叛军的动向相当反常,应该马上加强戒备,把部队收缩集中,以防任何突变。本来是应该让传令兵把信带过去的,但是中央军的参谋长唐平正好有事情要找明辉,斯特林就把信交给了他,托他带过去。但是唐平最终并没有能够到达明辉的司令部,在距离杜莎行省不到七十公里的野外,他遭遇了魔族先遣队的埋伏。锋利强劲的箭一下子射穿了他的肺部,把他从马背上射了下来。躺在冰冷的雪堆里,唐平口里不断的咳着血,面对着步步逼近的魔族龙骑兵,他颤抖着把斯特林的信撕成碎片,随风撒向白雪皑皑的远东平原……※※※就在这天晚上,烽火染红了五更的夜空。魔族的大军越过了魔族王国与紫川家族的国境线的界碑,无敌的大魔神皇御驾亲征,兵力共计四百一十七个团队,一百三十二万人。七十多万远东各种族联合的叛军在他们前面开路,作为先导。第59章天崩帝国历779年的冬天来得特别的晚,直到十二月,第一股寒流才滚滚的越过瓦伦要塞,由东而西,席卷整个大地。气温在十小时之内降到了零下,第一场雪却迟迟不见踪影,反而却雷声轰隆起,一个霹雳将总长府门前值勤的两个卫兵劈倒,旗杆被劈断。以后下了倾盆大雨。三天三夜的暴雨之后,终于雨过天晴,在东方出现了了一抹靓丽的彩虹,同时却在西方天际出现了一个巨大的十字架。人们记忆中还没见过如此反常的气象。见多识广的老人们回忆起五十年前那个冬天,也是同样的冬雷轰隆暴雨不断,而在那年的开春就发生了三十万边防军集体叛变的事件,就在离帝都不到三十里的古度平原上,紫川军与得到流风军助阵的叛军展开惨烈的大战,死人多得一层层的叠满了上百公里的战场,野狗吃得眼都红了。老人们信誓旦旦的说:这必定昭示着来年家族王军与远东叛军将会有一场空前规模的大战,死人多得恐怕还要超过五十年前的那次。人们听得纷纷点头,尽管元老会已经通过了与叛军和谈的决议,议和谈判正在进行中,但是从家族官员、贵族到普通民众,几乎所有人都有这么种预感:与叛军一场惨烈大战不可避免,空前的灾难就要来临。帝都市民人心惶惶,流言四起,都认为这必然是因为有人罪孽深重,导致愤怒天谴的缘故。(关于究竟是谁罪孽深重的问题就众说纷纭了,比如说总统领罗明海和监察长帝林就有不同的说法。)一时间,帝都的大小寺庙教堂,各种宗教团体得以红火了一把。所有的和尚、神甫、托钽僧、尼姑、牧师、修女、毛拉、道士、先知、教主都宣称:是因为帝都市民你们贪婪、无知,不信奉神灵,作恶多端,现在我的上帝、佛主、真主、神灵、圣徒(或者管他什么东西)生气了,他的怒火将降临大地,洗清一切罪恶。忏悔吧,你们这群罪人,你们的罪孽深重啊!(重得跟你们的钱包似的!)只有诚心相信我们的才能得救!至于如何表达你们的虔诚的心意呢?(这个时候一个穿白衣服的圣洁的少女捧着功德箱出现)来来,大家,拿出你们的诚意来!记住,吝啬的人是进不了天堂的!上帝早就说过了:富人想进天堂跟骆驼想通过针眼一样的困难。(呵呵,我们的神还真是有先见之明啊!)钱财是罪恶的象征!是魔鬼用来诱惑世人的!想得救的唯一途径就是把这些“罪恶”让我们来替你承受……不要误会了,我们一心侍奉神灵,世间的荣华享乐早已不放在我们心中,我们这是用我们多年的清修功力要替你赎罪啊!怀疑我们这些神的使者,那就等于怀疑神啊!你要下地狱的!帝林每经过一个街口就看到有个奇装异服的人在路边指手划脚或者哭天抢地的高呼:“神救世人!”“信我者得救!”在一条街道上,两个“神的使者”还因为要抢地盘演说当街气喘吁吁的对骂:“你是魔鬼!”“上帝要消灭你的!”“神的怒火要要降罚你!”——这样骂了半天,结果他们的神和上帝不知道是没听见他们的召唤呢还是没空,好久都没有过来。结果他们两个就只有代替自己的上帝来惩罚对方了,当街扭打起来。旁边围了一大群人在那观看这场“诸神之战”。帝林开始以为那些人都是疯子,后来明白了,冷笑着:“这真是各种盛行宗教的极大收益,我们民族心智的极大损失啊。”一个长着大胡子的托钽僧不知道从哪个角落里突然窜出拦住帝林:“朋友,你愿意听听来自上帝的意旨吗?”帝林的卫兵们敬畏的对托钽僧敬礼。帝林头也不回着:“不用了,上帝住我隔壁,有什么话他自己跟我说好了。”大步地走过。托钽僧愤怒的追上来:“你这个不信神的家伙!你这个魔鬼!你要下地狱受烈火煎的!你会被诅咒的!”他大声的叱骂,口沫飞溅,卫兵一个个惊恐的在胸前划着十字,不敢靠近。帝林猛然回身将那个托钽僧一下压到了墙上,压低声说:“其实我真的是魔鬼,上帝是我的对头!现在既然被你发现了,那我就只好来个杀人灭口了……”帝林薄薄的嘴唇浅笑着扭曲,眼中闪着诡异的光芒,如同剃刀般锋利的杀气直压过去,剑不出鞘的压在在托钽僧的喉咙上。托钽僧脸色发白,一瞬间他就明白了:眼前这个人真的会杀了自己的!他当场就失禁了,裤裆湿淋淋的。托钽僧连滚带爬的逃走,哭喊着:“魔鬼啊!魔鬼啊!上帝救救我们吧!”帝林放声的狂笑:“哈哈哈哈哈!”转向卫兵们说:“开个玩笑,哈哈,魔鬼,哈哈哈!!”卫兵们一个个脸色发白,心中一齐泛起个念头:搞不好,这可并非玩笑。※※※仿佛是为了验证不详之兆,年末的十二月二十一日,帝都发生了流血事件。事情的起因是很简单的,在帝都的双龙酒吧间里面,几个喝醉了酒的统领处军官闹事,和巡逻的宪兵打起了群架——究竟打群架的原因如何,那已经是无从调查了,因为最初的当事人都已经不能再开口了。帝都宪兵们大多是帝林从远东一手带回来的远东军士兵,他们饱经战火,经验丰富,一会儿就把那些个本来就喝醉了的统领处军官揍得鬼哭狼嚎的。其中一个军官跑到街道上大喊:“统领处的快过来啊!!监察厅的在欺负我们的人哪!”这天正是周六晚,帝都所有的酒吧里面都坐满了喝得脑子发热、拳头发痒的统领处军官们,那一声呼喊就如导火线般引爆了统领处与监察厅之间多年的积怨,他们从四面八方的酒吧里面出来冲向双龙酒吧,那副劲头就象双龙酒吧已经被魔族军占领了,他们要马上去解救一般,呼喊“打倒帝林的走狗!”,把宪兵给反包围在了双龙酒吧里面,用酒瓶和砖头雨点般投掷进去。宪兵们眼见形势逆转,敌众我寡,一面死守着酒吧的门口,一面吹响了警哨。附近的几支宪兵巡逻队赶来时候,眼见的是大群的“暴徒”(帝林是这么说的)正在围攻他们的同事,立即怒火燃烧,掏出警棍上前参战解围。战团进一步的扩大,从一个酒吧扩展到整个街道,空中是横飞的啤酒瓶、火把、砖头,暴怒的男人们一边拳打、脚踢,一边咒骂声不断,一方高呼:“打倒罗明海的走狗!”另一方马上回敬:“打倒帝林的走狗!”双方都在不断的在呼叫,招来自己的援军。二十分钟后,帝都治部少的警察赶来想制止混乱——在后来的调查会上他们说自己是:“很公正的对待混战双方,试图使他们冷静下来”——却专挑那些宪兵的后脑用警棍“轻轻”的打:不奇怪,因为治部少是听命于幕僚长命令的,也算是统领处方面的人——不过帝林的部下们可也不是挨打不还手的和平主义者,宪兵们马上连治部少的警察也一齐打,混战扩大了。这个时候统领处在人数上占了优势,但是帝林的部下却因为骁勇而取占了上风,越战越勇,眼看就要取得帝林对罗明海的大胜利了。在这个时候大批惟恐天下不乱的民军士兵们闻风赶来。他们一向最爱的就是斗殴、群架,眼看面前有这么大场面的一场群架,马上激动全身颤抖,根本不问原因、不管理由,兴高采烈大呼小叫的加入了战团,仿佛身家性命、前途命运全部在此一战。民军士兵时而高喊:“总统领万岁!”帮着统领处一块打监察厅的宪兵;时而又高呼:“打倒罗明海!”掉头和统领处的军官们和警察混战;时而忽然什么也不喊自己人跟自己人又打了起来。本来壁垒分明的双方因为他们的加入变成了乱成一团。帝都本地的地痞流氓们眼看着机不可失,也加入了进来。他们喊着:“我们爱戴总统领!”一边砸开了路边商店、民居的大门,蜂拥而进掠夺一空,一边又喊着:“帝林万岁!”威迫经过的行人把钱包交出来,趁机非礼女性;善良的市民和业主们不甘受损,街区的居民委员会叫着:“罗明海万岁!帝林万岁!女人和孩子不要出来,男人们拿起武器,保卫我们的街区!”——对于这两个巨头他们是谁也不敢得罪的——男人们响应着号召,用菜刀和铁锅把自己全副武装了起来,战战栗栗的抵抗着入侵者。战火从商业街扩展到了民居,又到了公园:在那里两个对立的宗教主正号召他们的信徒投入一场圣战,惩罚对方那些不信神的异教徒;帝都最大的两个黑帮团体也借着这个难得的机会来解决他们之间的恩怨,几百名穿黑西服戴墨镜的黑手党在杀得血肉横飞……几十家的商店被点燃,火光冲天,映得帝都的夜空一片红亮。暴徒们在燃烧的废墟旁边肆无忌惮的欢呼、纵情喝酒。从这里到哪里,到处是混战,军官打宪兵,宪兵打军官,然后他们又一齐合力痛打警察和流氓。楼上的居民往下面扔花盆把下面人砸得脑袋开花,下面的人拿着火把烧掉整座大楼作为报复……到处是横飞的棍棒、伤者在呻吟、女人和小孩在尖叫、男人们杀气腾腾的在寻找下一个目标。回忆起七七九年年末的那一个夜晚,人们只有一句话形容:“那一夜,帝都疯了。”事件发生不到半个钟头,罗明海得到了报告:“帝都发生大骚乱!”他马上出发赶去总长府,一路盘算着该在紫川参星面前如何告状:“我的部下是遵纪守法的良好公民。这完全是因为帝林纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!帝林及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请总长殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”他在心里准备好了一段完美的说辞,自觉很满意。他刚进会见室,就听到帝林对紫川参星严肃的说:“总长殿下,下官的部下都是遵纪守法的良好公民。这次骚乱完全是因为罗明海纵容部下,向我们这边恶意挑衅,引发事端!我们有确凿的证据证明:是他们先动的手!罗明海及其部下应该对今晚所发生的一切不幸负全责!请殿下对他们藐视法纪的行为严加惩治!”罗明海一时间几乎晕了过去。象往常一样,他们在总长面前又展开了各种争辩、挖苦、谩骂。直到紫川参星一拍桌子:“够了!现在不是来追究谁对谁错的问题!现在我们要做的是马上把这次骚乱平息下去!”两人一齐闭嘴。帝林开口:“总长殿下,这次事件请交给下官负责吧!维护帝都秩序正是下官宪兵部队的职责。下官保证:在天亮以前,让帝都回复秩序!”罗明海听得不寒而栗:只要紫川参星一点头,帝林会马上带着他的四万宪兵部队冲进城来,重演一次帝都流血夜的翻版,天亮以前,站在罗明海一方的所有官员都会被屠戮殆尽。抢在紫川参星开口前,罗明海抢先说:“殿下,我觉得此次参加骚乱的人员不但有军方的还有民间的,不宜出动宪兵部队。建议让治部少的警察部队来执行平乱任务如何?”“现在很明显你治部少的那群饭桶们已经控制不住局面了!”帝林马上回口:“殿下,无论如何,警察是难以和正规部队对抗的。不要延误时机让骚乱进一步扩大了!我的部下已经作好了马上出发的准备!”“混蛋!这次的事件就是你的那群部下搞出来的!你还让他们来平什么乱……”“放屁!明明是你拉的屎现在我好心帮你擦屁股你居然还说三说四!”“够了!”紫川参星再怒喝一次。他转向罗明海:“罗明海,现在在帝都附近有没有可以马上抽调的驻军?”罗明海略微思考回答说:“从西部战线抽调往远东的五十一步兵师团正经过帝都,有四个大队就在城外宿营。还有远东军校的三个学员大队也在城外,不过学员他们都没有武器的。还有水军有三艘军舰也停留瓦涅河上。恩,大概就这些兵力了。”“通知五十一师团马上进城,发武器给那些学员兵,把水兵从船上调下来,恩,再从禁卫军中抽调五千人,把兵力集和起来,应该也可以了!帝林,你的宪兵部队也集合起来,兵力不足时候作为预备队。”“是!遵命!”两人一齐行礼。※※※二十一日晚上深夜十一点,在燃烧的火光映照下,来自瓦涅河的水兵静悄悄的从西城门涌入帝都,他们冒着密集如雨的砖头和火把,默不作声的对暴乱的人群发起了冲击,刚毅而勇敢的水手们以寡敌众,与暴徒展开了激烈却是无声无息的搏斗,黑色的水兵枪刺在夜晚中闪亮着光芒。经过十几分钟的激烈的搏斗,水兵们将人数是他们几倍的大群暴徒驱散。在城东区,远东军校的学员们握着刚发下来的刺刀和长枪武器,呐喊着冲入了居民区,受到居民们热烈的欢迎,他们与居民们一齐并肩作战,将掠夺的暴徒驱赶了出去。居民区上空回响着一片欢呼:“军队万岁!”在城北区,这里正是暴乱的中心地带,在这里混战的不仅有普通市民、业主、流氓、黑帮分子……还有不少是职业军人,人数多达近十几万人,挤得大街水泄不通!五十一师团的步兵们只有四千余人,加进去的话,只不过使混战再增添多点混乱,根本无济于事。师团长很异想天开的从城外找来几十头公牛,在它们屁股后面烧上把火,发狂了的公牛群直冲人群,大街上顿时鸡飞狗走的,顷刻间就清开了一条道路,大批禁卫军跟着冲入,用皮鞭见人就猛抽,打得人群鬼哭狼嚎叫的。天亮时分,经过各路平乱部队的一夜的努力,帝都终于回复了秩序。尽管骚乱造成了很大的损失,死了不少人。但是活下来的帝都市民们都感到:太刺激太过瘾太爽了!为了记念那个尽情狂欢、为所欲为的激情夜晚,从此每年的十二月二十一日大家都举行一个游行来庆祝,为了求得效果逼真,每次都找上几十头公牛屁股后面绑上火把追在人屁股后面乱跑,然后大家就象当年举火把烧房子一样每个人拿着根蜡烛满街走。这成为了帝都每年最大的节日了。据说后来这个风俗还流传到另外些个大陆去,他们那边的国家有样学样也跟着发疯……※※※事情过去了,但是统领处和监察厅之间的关系变得空前的紧张,发展到双方首脑连上下班都要全副披甲大队警卫保护,他们的部下针锋相对,在街道上设起了街垒对立,冲突随时一触即发。大家都感到:不能再把帝林与罗明海两个冤家放一起了,否则同样的骚乱随时还会发生的。罗明海上书,请求将帝林派到远东前线去——其实在此之前,早就有元老提议认为将帝林这样的名将闲置在帝都是一种很大的浪费。本来紫川参星一直存有顾忌:帝林是头兀鹰,放飞他是很容易的,但是想收回来就很难了!他这把剑杀敌人是很锋利,但也会让自己人流血的。但是现在眼看帝林与罗明海已经势同水火,已经是不得不将他们隔离了。他征求帝林的意见。帝林两眼发红很伤心的说:“殿下,我又没做错什么事情,为什么要远远的被发配走呢?”很无辜的表情。紫川参星安慰他说:“这怎么是发配呢?这是家族对你的信任,远东战局复杂,需要有一个高级的监察军官去督战啊!这完全是工作需要啊!”“可是殿下,我舍不得离开您啊!”“唉,帝林!你在远东能更好的发挥你特长,服务家族,就算你不在我身边我也一样高兴的。”紫川参星好说歹说劝了好久,一再解释:这并非流放,而是家族对他的重用,帝林才不情不愿的答应了,抹抹眼泪点头,心里乐开了花:罗明海你这个蠢货!到了远东后,天高海阔,就数我的阶级最高,几十万家族军队就自然的落在我掌握中!只等紫川参星一断气,那时候我统帅五十万紫川军回帝都,左有紫川秀,右有斯特林,你拿什么与我对抗!那时候要你狗命轻而易举!“殿下,既然您都这么说了,下官同意去远东。不过有个事情下官放心不下……”“哦,有什么事情你就尽管说吧。”“下官的妻子林秀佳已经怀孕即将临盆,殿下您知道的,罗明海那个人渣对我恨之入骨,什么勾当都干得出来的!万一他趁我不在帝都时候对我妻子有什么不利的话……”帝林的意思其实是想紫川参星批准让林秀佳也随军离开帝都,免去了自己的后顾之忧。“哦,”紫川参星很爽快的说:“原来帝林你是担心这个啊!不要紧,我已经帮你想好了,就让林秀佳搬进总长府跟我一起住吧。罗明海再大胆他也不敢进总长府骚扰吧?保证你妻子不会掉一根毫********林一惊,立即回答:“殿下真是太体贴了,但是这样实在太麻烦殿下了,臣不敢当。臣本意是想让林秀佳随我一起走就可以了,怎么好意思去叨扰殿下呢。。。”“唉,帝林,这你想得就不对了。林秀佳已经有了身孕,怎么可以长途跋涉呢?何况,让佳丽冒刀兵之险,又岂是智者所为?莫非你不放心我这老头子?呵呵,我的年纪都做得你和林秀佳的爸爸了!”帝林的额头掺出了汗水:“殿下开玩笑了。”心里不断的叫“糟了,糟了,偷鸡不成丢把米!怎么办呢?怎么办呢?怎么办呢?”“好了,那事情就这样办了。帝林,你如果再推三阻四不肯答应的话,我可是当你在怀疑我的哦!”紫川参星的口气转为严厉。帝林浑身一震,低下头来:“臣,遵旨!”背后的汗水湿透了厚厚的衣服。帝国历779年十二月二十八日,监察长官帝林率领四万宪兵部队开始离开帝都,前往远东前线督战。※※※七八零年新年的一月一日,远东瓦格行省山区,一个半兽人骑兵映着拂晓的阳光沿着山路狂奔,冲进秀字营的驻地,人和马都是汗水淋淋的。他跳下马,用字正腔圆的人类语言跟醉眼朦胧的哨兵说:“八百里加急!我要当面交给光明秀!”秀字营昨晚彻夜狂欢庆祝新年,刚刚才睡着的紫川秀又被白川叫起来:“阿里巴巴股份公司的总经理德伦有紧急消息。”他马上就清醒过来,文书里面德伦向他报告:在沙加行省地区新出现了大股身份不明的叛军在出没,已经捣毁了“秀字营”的三家分公司,损失十分严重。紫川秀马上派人去通知了斯特林。斯特林高度重视这个情报。他写了一封长信给驻扎在杜莎行省的远东战区最高司令长官明辉。在信中,他认为近期叛军的动向相当反常,应该马上加强戒备,把部队收缩集中,以防任何突变。本来是应该让传令兵把信带过去的,但是中央军的参谋长唐平正好有事情要找明辉,斯特林就把信交给了他,托他带过去。但是唐平最终并没有能够到达明辉的司令部,在距离杜莎行省不到七十公里的野外,他遭遇了魔族先遣队的埋伏。锋利强劲的箭一下子射穿了他的肺部,把他从马背上射了下来。躺在冰冷的雪堆里,唐平口里不断的咳着血,面对着步步逼近的魔族龙骑兵,他颤抖着把斯特林的信撕成碎片,随风撒向白雪皑皑的远东平原……※※※就在这天晚上,烽火染红了五更的夜空。魔族的大军越过了魔族王国与紫川家族的国境线的界碑,无敌的大魔神皇御驾亲征,兵力共计四百一十七个团队,一百三十二万人。七十多万远东各种族联合的叛军在他们前面开路,作为先导。第59章天崩。




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