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【书籍搬运】Origin of the Mages Guild Tamriel大陆法师行会溯源

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法师行会溯源
大魔法师Salarth著
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在第二纪元早期,为了更有效地研究魔法的奥秘和服务于公共慈善事业,将法师、术士和神秘家们组织到一起以集思广益、群策群力的做法无疑是一种革命性的观念。迄今为止我们所知的最接近这一目标和组织形式的机构是Artaeum岛上的Psijic教团。在那个时期,魔法研究一般是一种个人性的行为,最多也就是在一些相互关系很亲密的小团体里交流一下心得体会而已。除去其中一部分真正的隐士,魔法师们的确算得上是孤家寡人了。 Psijic教团是Summerset岛历代统治者的顾问机构,其加入方式是通过一种复杂的、程式化的不足为外人道的仪式。它的宗旨和目标同样不为人所知,因而一些诽谤者通常将某些最邪恶的恶魔视为该教团力量的来源。实际上,这个古老教团的宗教信仰可以概括为祖先崇拜,一种在第二纪元时期已经日渐式微的世界观。 当Artaeum岛的Psijic教团的一员,同时也是著名贤者Iachesis的弟子的Vanus Galerion,开始在 Summerset岛广泛传授魔法时,他的做法几乎招致了所有人的敌意。他直接在离Firsthold城区中心不远处进行魔法实验,然而当时普遍的观点认为魔法实验只能被允许在无人区进行。更让人们感到震惊的是,Galerion给任何出得起价钱的人制造魔法物品,魔法装备,甚至量身订制魔法,即便这些人是平民大众。自此魔法不再是贵族和智者们的专宠了。 由于Galerion表现出来的对大众的关爱,使得后世人们评价其贡献时往往将他的名字置于Fristhold之王Rilis XII和他的老师Iachisis之前。Galerion与Rilis和Iachisis之间的谈话未被记录下来,这不能不说是一个遗憾,到底Galerion如何说服他们同意建立这么一个具有广泛性的组织(法师行会)一直众说纷纭,不过这倒给了颇具想象能力的历史学家们以广阔的假设和推理的空间。然而不管怎么说,可以肯定的一点是这一章程最后被批准了。 几乎在法师行会刚建立的同时,安全问题就被提上了日程。然而当Psijic教团宣称不希望任何人踏足Artaeum岛时,迷信他们力量的该岛居民就抱有这么一种不切实际的幻想:Artaeum岛的安全不需要军队来保护。新成立的法师行会反其道而行之,他们雇佣了守卫来保证行会的安全。不过 Galerion随即醒悟到Tamriel延续几千年的贵族传统:钱是买不来忠诚的。因此第二年骑士准则就被加入了护卫组织Lamp的章程之中。 就像参天大树始于一粒种子一样,法师行会的势力覆盖了Summurset岛并将它的触角逐步延伸到Tamriel大陆上的每个角落。然而一些迷信和敏感的统治者们在他们的领地里严厉禁止法师行会的活动,像这样的记载不胜枚举。但他们的继任者,以及继任者的继任者们逐渐认识到让法师行会自由发展才是明智的举措。法师行会成为了Tamriel大陆上一个强大的组织,如果不是它那无私的性质,其势力足以让大陆上任何一个组织胆寒。法师行会基本不涉足当地的政治斗争。因此一旦出现这样的纠葛,法师行会的会员往往成为最后的仲裁者。 从Vanus Galerion创会伊始,法师行会实际上就是一所由六位大魔法导师组成的最高评议会所主持的魔法学院。每个分会就是一个学院分院,由任分会会长的魔法导师所领导,并设置一位身兼两职的副职:即集学徒期导师和试炼期导师于一身的一名魔法导师。学徒期方面的教学配备两位副手,亦即理论课导师和占卜课导师;试炼期方面的教学配置一位身兼两职的副手,该副手既是成长期导师,同时也是行会护卫组织Lamp章程的领导者和监督者。 实际上不需要加入法师行会,人们就能了解到行会人为划分的这么多等级只不过使它看起来像个怪物而已。就像Vanus Galerion在离开Tamriel大陆前往其它大陆游历前曾自嘲地说的那样,“法师行会已经陷于政治斗争的泥潭里了。” (最后一句话指的是法师行会等级分明,各司其职,俨然一个官僚机构,少不了有争权夺利的事情发生,并不是指法师行会已经涉足了当地的政治斗争。--译者注)

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Origin of the Mages Guild
by The Archmage Salarth
Where and how the Mages Guild started


Note: This is the Morrowind and Oblivion version of this book. The ESO version is slightly different, and a similar but not identical book exists in Daggerfall; see The Origin of the Mages Guild for that version.

The idea of a collection of Mages, Sorcerers, and assorted Mystics pooling their resources and talents for the purpose of research and public charity was a revolutionary concept in the early years of the Second Era. The only organization then closest in aim and structure to what we know today as the Mages Guild was the Psijic Order of the Isle of Artaeum. At the time, magic was something to be learned by individuals, or at most within intimate covens. Mages were, if not actually hermits, usually quite solitary.
The Psijic Order served the rulers of Summerset Isle as counselors, and chose its members through a complex, ritualized method not understood by outsiders. Its purposes and goals likewise went unpublished, and detractors attributed the worst evils as the source of the Order's power. Actually, the religion of the old Order could be described as ancestor worship, an increasingly unfashionable philosophy in the Second Era.
When Vanus Galerion, a Psijic of Artaeum and student of the famed Iachesis, began collecting magic-users from around Summerset, he attracted the animosity of all. He was operating out of the urban center of Firsthold, and there was a common (and not entirely unfounded) attitude that magical experiments should be conducted only in unpopulated areas. Even more shocking, Galerion proposed to make magical items, potions, and even spells available to any member of the general public who could afford to pay. No longer was magic to be limited either to the aristocracy or intelligentsia.
Galerion was brought before Iachesis and the King of Firsthold, Rilis XII, and made to state the intentions of the fraternity he was forming. The fact that Galerion's speech to Rilis and Iachesis was not recorded for posterity is doubtless a tragedy, though it does afford opportunity for historians to amuse one another with speculation about the lies and persuasions Galerion might have used to found the ubiquitous organization. The charter, at any rate, was approved.
Almost immediately after the Guild was formed, the question of security had to be addressed. The Isle of Artaeum did not require force of arms to shield it from invaders -- when the Psijic Order does not wish someone to land on the Isle, it and all its inhabitants simply become insubstantial. The new Mages Guild, by contrast, had to hire guards. Galerion soon discovered what the Tamrielic nobility has known for thousands of years: money alone does not buy loyalty. The knightly Order of the Lamp was formed the following year.
Like a tree from an acorn, the Mages Guild grew branches all over Summerset Isle and gradually the mainland of Tamriel. There are numerous records of superstitious or sensibly fearful rulers forbidding the Guild in their domains, but their heirs or heirs' heirs eventually recognized the wisdom of allowing the Guild free rein. The Mages Guild has become a powerful force in Tamriel, a dangerous foe if a somewhat disinterested ally. There have been only a few rare incidents of the Mages Guild actually becoming involved in local political struggles. On these occasions, the Guild's participation has been the ultimate decider in the conflict.
As begun by Vanus Galerion, the Mages Guild as an institution is presided over by a supreme council of six Archmagisters. Each Guildhall is run by a Guildmagister, assisted by a twofold counsel, the Master of Incunabula and the Master at Arms. The Master of Incunabula presides over an additional counsel of two mages, the Master of Academia and the Master of the Scrye. The Master at Arms also has a counsel of two, the Master of Initiates and the Palatinus, the leader of the local chapter of the Order of the Lamp.
One need not be a member of the Mages Guild to know that this carefully contrived hierarchy is often nothing more than a chimera. As Vanus Galerion himself said bitterly, leaving Tamriel to travel to other lands, “The Guild has become nothing more than an intricate morass of political infighting.”

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