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【书籍搬运】Night Mother Rituals! 夜母仪式!

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原文:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Night_Mother_Rituals!
翻译:泽霏

号外!
夜母仪式在兴起!

“也是不能被容忍的!”
帝国军团如此警告。

Agnes “笔杆胜过乌木剑” Earheardt报导

帝都——艺术、娱乐、学术……和仪式谋杀的鼎盛地带?Adamus Phillida,帝国军团司令官,神秘的刺客公会黑暗兄弟会的坚定敌人如此说。Phillida说,帝国军团士兵总共发现了十三个不同的隐秘地点,这些地方被用来实行恐怖的邪恶仪式“黑暗圣礼”——据传是用于召唤一名黑暗兄弟会成员,来预订一次谋杀。

仪式执行者是否能真正召唤一名职业杀手来到他的门前,我们还不得而知,但黑暗圣礼本身却是十分真实,也确实让人毛骨悚然。极其稀有的禁书“吻,亲爱的母亲”中记载,黑暗圣礼需要一个模拟像,代指仪式执行者所针对的牺牲品;它由真正的人身体各部分构成,包括心脏,头颅,骨骼和血肉,放在一圈蜡烛之中。执行者随后必须用一把由Nightshade花瓣涂过的匕首反复地戳刺模拟像,同时低声念祷文:“亲爱的母亲,亲爱的母亲,将你的孩子送到我的身边,因为卑劣之人的罪过必须被鲜血和恐惧洗礼。”整个仪式固然可怕,但更可怕的是它的意图——召唤一名神秘的刺客(一些目击者宣称其总是穿着黑色带兜帽的长袍),他随后会收取费用,杀死一名无辜的受害者。没有怜悯。没有悔恨。就像商人常说的那样,“只不过是生意”。这正是Adamus Phillida所担忧的。

“夜母仪式无法无天的兴起是对帝国正当、爱好和平的市民的公然挑衅。帝国军团为一个原因,且只为这个原因存在——为了保护泰姆瑞尔的人民,为泰姆瑞尔的人民服务。以阿祖拉之名啊,如果人民自己都在与收款做生意的刺客联系,杀死无辜的人,我们怎能做到这点?如果我知道我的军团不可能拯救某个被黑暗兄弟会标记的生命,我在夜晚又怎能安睡?任何执行这‘黑暗仪式’的人简直是在嘲笑帝国军团,也是在嘲笑它的指挥官,这点我无法容忍。从此时起,任何市民一旦被发现藏有关于夜母仪式的物品将立即无条件被关进帝国监狱,财产充公。对于那些胆大妄为的,忽视我们敬爱的皇帝的律法、以及泰姆瑞尔所有良民的安危的反抗者,多少罚金都远远不够重,多长的徒刑都远远不够长!”

确实,Adamus Phillida不是一个说空话的人。事实上,黑马驿报已经获悉,一个名叫Claudius Arcadia的人,前几天还是帝都塔洛斯广场区的一名居民,现在则居住在帝国监狱中的一间寒冷阴湿的牢房里。他的房子已经成了帝国军团最新的岗哨。所以,亲爱的读者,在你想要以身试法之前,请记住——温暖的微笑比冰冷的刀刃带你在人生中走得更远。如果你有无法填平的嫌隙,无法解决的宿怨,你随时可以搬到晨风,让政府批准的莫拉格帮为你杀人。

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SPECIAL EDITION
NIGHT MOTHER RITUALS ON THE RISE!
"And won't be tolerated!"
warns Imperial Legion.
by Agnes "the quill is mightier than the ebony sword" Earheardt

The Imperial City -- pinnacle of art, entertainment, scholarship... and ritualistic murder? So says Adamus Phillida, commander of the Imperial Legion forces in the Imperial City, and a staunch opponent of the mysterious assassin's guild known as the Dark Brotherhood. According to Phillida, Imperial Legion soldiers have discovered thirteen separate instances of the macabre "Black Sacrament," a sinister rite purportedly used to summon a member of the Dark Brotherhood, in order to arrange an assassination.

Whether or not a card-carrying killer shows up on a ritual performer's doorstep remains to be seen, but the Black Sacrament itself is very real, and truly the stuff of nightmares. As documented in the rare and taboo work "A Kiss, Sweet Mother," the Black Sacrament involves an effigy of the intended victim -- created from actual body parts, including a heart, skull, bones and flesh -- within a circle of candles. To proceed with the ritual, one must stab the effigy repeatedly with a dagger rubbed with the petals of a Nightshade plant, while whispering the plea, "Sweet Mother, sweet Mother, send your child unto me, for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear." As gruesome as this ritual may be, even more frightening is its intention -- the summoning of a mysterious assassin (who some witnesseses [sic] claim is always clad in a black hooded robe) who will then receive money to kill an innocent victim. No remorse. No regret. It is, as the merchant's [sic] say, simply business. And that's what worries Adamus Phillida.

"This brazen increase in Night Mother rituals is an affront to the decent, peace-loving citizens of the Empire. The Imperial Legion exists for one reason and one reason only -- to protect and serve the people of Tamriel. How in Azura's name can we do that when people take it upon themselves to contact paid assassins and have innocent people murdered? How can I sleep at night knowing my Legion can't possibly save the life of someone marked for death by the Dark Brotherhood? Anyone who carries out this "Black Sacrament" makes a mockery of the Imperial Legion, and as Commander, that's something I just can't tolerate. From this point forward, any citizen found in the possession of items related to the Night Mother ritual will be incarcerated in the Imperial Prison indefinitely, and their property seized by the Empire. There's no fine high enough, no standard prison sentence long enough, for the type of malcontent who would show such a blatant disregard for our dear Emperor's laws and the wellfare of the fine people of Tamriel"

To be sure, Adamus Phillida is not one to issue empty threats. Indeed, the Black Horse Courier has learned that one Claudius Arcadia, until recently a resident of the Talos Plaza District of the Imperial City, is now residing in a cold, dank cell in the Imperial Prison, and his house has become the newest Imperial Legion outpost. So before you take the law into your own hands, dear reader, remember -- you'll go further in life with a warm smile than a cold blade. And if you've got a grudge that won't be soothed, a score that can't be settled, you can always move to Morrowind and have the government-sanctioned Morag Tong do the killing for you.

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