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【书籍搬运】Brothers of Darkness 黑暗的兄弟

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英文名:The Brothers of Darkness

原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:The_Brothers_of_Darkness

翻译:aurax

注意:匕首雨和湮灭中都有这本书。两种版本的唯一的区别在于最后一段(黑暗兄弟会不缺乏工作)湮灭版中无此句。

正如他们名字所暗示的那样,黑喑兄弟会的历史被迷雾围绕着。他们的生活方式对于非黑暗兄弟会成员的人来说是个迷。("兄弟"一词是统称,公会中一些致命的杀手是女性,但也被称为兄弟)他们是如何在阴影中生存,却仍能被那些疯狂的花钱寻求他们服务的人找到并不是围绕着他们最神秘的迷团。在二纪元黑暗兄弟会起源于一个宗教的杀手公会,莫拉格帮。莫拉格帮信奉鼓励他们举行刺杀仪式的Daedra Mephala。在他们早期,他们像名不见经传的宗教信奉者一样无组织,没人领导公会。并且作为一个组织他不敢杀任何地位的任何人。夜母的复活改变了一切。

所有莫拉格帮的领导者,包括其后的兄弟会首脑都被称为夜母。是否这个女人自二纪元以来统治兄弟会(甚至它是不是女人)是无从知晓的。人们知道的是夜母为莫拉格帮定了一条准则,就是虽然Mephala的确能因每件记在她名下的刺杀获得力量,有些谋杀比其他的更有效。因仇恨而谋杀比因贪婪谋杀更取悦Mephala。谋杀名人比谋杀相对不知名人更能取悦Mephala。

我们可以通道莫拉格帮做的第一次知名的暗杀知道这条准则第一次被采纳的大约时间。二纪元324年,君主Versidues-Shaie在他的宫殿(位于今天被称作Elsweyr的Senchal王国)中被暗杀。夜母傲慢地用君主的鲜血在墙上写下"莫拉格帮"

我们很难得知莫格拉帮作为黑暗兄弟会再汝出现的准确时间,特别是当其他杀手公会陆续在Tamerial大陆出现。我所见到最早关于黑暗兄弟会的记载是Hegathe的血女王Arlimahera的日记,她曾提到亲手杀死自己的敌人,如有必要"用她家自祖父时聘用的夜母和兄弟会"。Arlimahera在3纪元4l2年写下这本日记。因此我们可以推断如果她的祖父真地聘用过兄弟会,那么它至少在360年就已经存在了。黑暗兄弟会与莫拉格帮的重要区别就是它不只是一个教会还像是商店,统治者和富有的商人用它作杀人的工具。黑暗兄弟会不但从中获得了明显的收益而且获得了间接的好处,统治者们再不能迫害他们了:人们需要他们,他们成了一种必要商品的提供者。既使一位革明的君主也会因迫害兄弟会被认为不明智。

Alimahera的日记之后不久,黑暗兄弟会历史上最著名的一系列谋杀来了。Colovian君主Savirien-Chorak和他所有的继承者在340年日落之月的一个血腥的夜晚被全部屠杀。另他们的敌人高兴的是两个星期之内,Colovian王朝崩塌了。此后400年,直至Tiber Septim国王统治的到来,混乱充斥着Tamerial大陆。仅管没有关于类似的惊人的谋杀被记载,兄弟会在帝国的这段空位期已变地实力雄厚。

黑暗兄弟会从不缺乏工作。他们把刺杀委婉地称作结算。尽管在Tamerial的每个角落,黑暗兄弟会都被官方认为是非法的,他们像盗贼公会一样被广泛地赦免了。

在那之前莫拉格帮生活在相对和平的环境中,或多或少像一些女巫间或地集会,虽被迫害但通常被遗忘。在同一时刻,当Tamerial还处于分裂状态,莫拉格帮在整个大陆上被宣布为非法的邪教。所有的国王都把这个邪教的根除作为头等大事。此后的一百年间,莫拉格帮再没有出现在官方的记录上。

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The Brothers of Darkness
by Pellarne Assi
A brief history of the Dark Brotherhood


Note: The last paragraph ('The Dark Brotherhood has no shortage of business opportunities...') only appears in the Daggerfall and Online versions. The Online version, The Brothers of Darkness (1st ed.), also corrects the description of the Akaviri Potentates (previous versions had labeled them Colovian, rather than Akaviri).

As their name suggests, the Dark Brotherhood has a history shrouded in obfuscation. Their ways are secret to those who are not themselves Brothers of the Order ("Brother" is a generic term; some of their deadliest assassins are female, but they are often called Brothers as well). How they continue to exist in shadow, but be easily found by those desperate enough to pay for their services, is not the least of the mysteries surrounding them.
The Dark Brotherhood sprang from a religious order, the Morag Tong, during the Second Era. The Morag Tong were worshippers of the Daedra spirit Mephala, who encouraged them to commit ritual murders. In their early years, they were as disorganized as only obscure cultists could be-there was no one to lead the band, and as a group they dared not murder anybody of any importance. This changed with the rise of the Night Mother.
All leaders of the Morag Tong, and then afterward the Dark Brotherhood, have been called the Night Mother. Whether the same woman (if it is even a woman) has commanded the Dark Brotherhood since the Second Era is unknown. What is believed is that the original Night Mother developed an important doctrine of the Morag Tong-the belief that, while Mephala does grow stronger with every murder committed in her name, certain murders were better than others. Murders that came from hate pleased Mephala more than murders committed because of greed. Murders of great men and women pleased Mephala more than murders of relative unknowns.
We can approximate the time this belief was adopted with the first known murder committed by the Morag Tong. In the year 324 of the Second Era, the Potentate Versidue-Shaie was murdered in his palace in what is today the Elsweyr kingdom of Senchal. In a brash move, the Night Mother announced the identity of the murderers by painting "MORAG TONG" on the walls in the Potentate's own blood.
Previous to that, the Morag Tong existed in relative peace, more or less like a witches' coven-occasionally persecuted but usually ignored. In remarkable synchronicity at a time when Tamriel the Arena was a fractured land, the Morag Tong was outlawed throughout the continent. Every sovereign gave the cult's elimination his highest priority. Nothing more was officially heard of them for a hundred years.
It is more difficult to date the Era when the Morag Tong re-emerged as the Dark Brotherhood, especially as other guilds of assassins have sporadically appeared throughout the history of Tamriel. The first mention of the Dark Brotherhood that I have found is from the journals of the Blood Queen Arlimahera of Hegathe. She spoke of slaying her enemies by her own hand, or if necessary "with the help of the Night Mother and her Dark Brotherhood, the secret arsenal my family has employed since my grandfather's time." Arlimahera wrote this in 2E412, so one can surmise that the Dark Brotherhood had been in existence since at least 360 if her grandfather had truly made use of them.
The important distinction between the Dark Brotherhood and the Morag Tong was that the Brotherhood was a business as much as it was a cult. Rulers and wealthy merchants used the order as an assassin's guild. The Brotherhood gained the obvious rewards of a profitable enterprise, as well as the secondary benefit that rulers could no longer actively persecute them: They were needed. They were purveyors of an essential commodity. Even an extremely virtuous leader would be unwise to mistreat the Brotherhood.
Not long after Alimahera's journal entry came perhaps the most famous series of executions in the history of the Dark Brotherhood. The Akaviri Emperor-Potentate Savirien-Chorak and every one of his heirs were murdered on one bloody night in Sun's Dawn in 430. Within a fortnight, the Akaviri Potentate crumbled, to the delight of its enemies. For over four hundred years, until the advent of the Warrior Emperor Tiber Septim, chaos reigned over Tamriel. Though no comparably impressive executions have been recorded, the Brotherhood must have grown fat with gold during thatinterregnum.
The Dark Brotherhood has no shortage of business opportunities—an "accounting," I have been informed, is the Brotherhood's favorite euphemism for an execution. While they are officially considered an unlawful organization in every corner of the Empire, like the Thieves Guild, they are almost as universally tolerated.

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