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【书籍搬运】Hiding With the Shadow 阴影潜藏者

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中文书名:阴影潜藏者

英文书名:Hiding With the Shadow

原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Hiding_with_the_Shadow

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少有职业像盗贼那样要求从业者具有极高的自信.盗贼注定是孤独的,他不相信任何人也不为人所信.他不能拜访某位大师并成为一名学徒,也没有组织让他整理发表他的行业技巧.他在深夜里独自完成他的罪行,在白天他必须隐蔽行踪以躲避守卫的抓捕.

惟一被盗贼认可的神是诺克特纳尔.这位迪德拉领主虽然并非一位真正的女神,她的强大却也无可否认.她是阴影之主,隐秘与潜行的掌管者.她不需要崇拜者,亦不仪式性地赐她的信徒予祝福.事实上她在赛瑞迪尔甚至没有任何为人所知的圣堂,仅仅有传言提到一座被遗忘的祭坛.换句话说,她完全适合盗贼的罪恶思想.

一般而言,盗贼并不信奉神明,他们只相信自己的技艺和头脑.然而神和迪德拉领主的存在和影响力是无庸置疑的,这使得他们和诺克特纳尔之间存在一种很不自在的联系.尽管盗贼中的一部分确实信奉她,大部分还是选择了给予她尊敬和景仰,而非为她效忠.

这些罪恶的人们明白,若他们冒犯阴影之主,将为此付出代价.尽管如此,对她真正的信仰和忠诚迄今并未带来任何回报.盗贼之间传统的祝福语"愿阴影庇护你"便是对诺克特纳尔的暗示,但这句话也可以被简单地解释为盗贼隐藏在实际的阴影中.

盗贼喜好穿黑色或深色的服装,这是他们在夜间实用的作案工具.然而为了表达对诺克特纳尔的敬意,许多盗贼在白天依然选择深色服装.

盗贼与诺克特纳尔微妙的联系之间最不可思议的便是关于灰狐的传说.他是神话中的盗贼之王,相传他从诺克特纳尔的斗篷上偷下了她的兜帽.显然这只是几世纪前的盗贼们为自我满足而捏造的一个故事,这个故事却也暗示了这位迪德拉领主和帝国的罪犯之间始终存在的联系.

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Hiding with the Shadow
Concerning the nature of thieves and their relationship with Nocturnal

There are few professions that require the practitioner to be more self-reliant than that of thief. A thief is by nature a loner. He trusts no one and is trusted by few. He cannot go to a master and become an apprentice. He has no guild to collect and codify how to ply his craft. He does his crimes alone, and in the dark of night. He must hide by day to avoid capture by the authorities.
The only known deity recognized by thieves is Nocturnal. Not truly a goddess, this Daedric lord is none-the-less a potent figure. She is the Mistress of Shadows, holding sway over secrets and stealth. She does not ask for worshippers, nor does she necessarily give blessings to those that do recognize her. In fact there are no known temples to her in Cyrodiil, although there are rumors of a forgotten shrine. In other words, she is perfectly suited to the criminal mind of the thief.
By and large, thieves are a godless lot. They believe only in their own skills and cunning. However, since the existence and influence of the gods and Daedric lords is undeniable, they have an uneasy relationship with Nocturnal. Though some thieves truly worship her, most choose to offer their respect and reverence without fealty.
These criminals recognize that should they offend the Mistress of Shadows, it might go poorly for them. However, true worship and fealty does not have any known benefit. The classic blessing between thieves is "shadow hide you." This is an oblique reference to Nocturnal. However it can also be interpreted to be a non-theistic statement of actual shadows hiding the thief.
Thieves tend to dress in black clothes or dark clothing. While this is a practical thing for their criminal endeavors, it is unnecessary during the daylight hours. Yet many thieves still don these shadowy colors in silent recognition of Nocturnal.
The most shocking link between the nebulous culture of thieves and Nocturnal, is the tale of the Gray Fox. He is the mythical king of thieves. The legend states that he stole the hood off of Nocturnal's cloak. Obviously this is just a story invented centuries ago to bolster their feelings of self-worth. However, it is indicative of the continued link between the Daedric lord and the criminals of the Empire.

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