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【书籍搬运】Nightingales: Fact or Fiction? 夜莺:真实还是虚构?

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Nightingales:_Fact_or_Fiction%3F

夜莺:真实还是虚构?

作者:威利米娜·罗斯

如果跟任何一个称职的盗贼提起“夜莺”,他恐怕都会对你捧腹大笑。他会告诉你,这些所谓的迪德拉魔君诺克特纳尔的复仇者们,只不过是虚构的人物而已,他们并不真实存在,只会出现在故事中,用来吓唬新入伙的小家伙们乖乖听话而已。不过,夜莺真的是虚构的吗?还是只是被误解了呢?

尽管如果有人提出在那群被称为盗贼公会的无组织无纪律的乌合之众中,存在着这么一个神圣团体的话,恐怕会被学术权威们狠狠耻笑,不过确有证据证明,一段时期内天际省境内确实存在这么一个团体。在本书发表的120年以前,曾经发现过一具尸体,发现时尸体身着一套奇怪的、被人形容为“如午夜般漆黑”的护甲。这件破烂的护甲上有一些装饰,形状是一只鸟拥抱着一个纯黑的圆形。遗骸和护甲后来被送往冬堡以供研究,不过神秘的是刚刚送达一天以后就离奇地不见了。

护甲上的奇怪装饰被拿到天际各处传阅多年,但是无人能够鉴定它到底是什么。后来一个看起来最不靠谱的消息来源——麦卡斯矿区里监禁的一名囚犯,声称这是一群自称为夜莺的盗贼团体的标志。在被追问更多消息的时候,囚犯进一步透露,夜莺是诺克特纳尔的战士,并坚定不移地执行她的命令。同时他称这是他从他在天际盗贼公会的熟人那里得知的,不过他拒绝透露熟人的姓名,因此他的故事也就迅速地被忽视掉了。

第二个证明夜莺真实存在的证据,在裂谷城外一直存在到今天。在主要道路外一条支路上的界标处,人们发现了一块由未知黑色物质构成的石头。石头上刻着的图案和之前在那套黑色护甲上找到的装饰样式一模一样。对那些赞成夜莺真实存在的人来说,这里被理解为某种集会地点。而对于其他人来说,这个标识又一次被人们当成恶作剧,或者简单认为是盗贼公会一时兴起之作而忽视掉了。

最后也是最具争议的证据,是在银驰城监狱的墙上发现的一段字迹潦草的文字。这个牢房曾经用于关押一个名叫洛尔萨斯的丹莫,他由于谋杀罪而被关押并判处死刑。在执行死刑以后,检查洛尔萨斯的牢房时,人们在石壁上发现了刻上去的如下文字:

“女神诺克特纳尔,牵起我的手,我心甘情愿侍奉于您。作为一名夜莺,我重获新生。让我的过去为我们的凯旋欢呼吧。”

这是第一次也是唯一一次发现诺克特纳尔和夜莺的牢固关系。这段话的不自然之处,在于这些崇拜诺克特纳尔的宗教内涵是由一名职业罪犯表达出来的,这使关于这个团体是否真实存在的讨论延续了若干年。不幸的是,从此以后直到今天再也没有任何新证据被发现,因此关于此问题的探索陷入了低谷,讨论也逐渐平息了。

仅凭这些寥寥无几的证据的话,还很难下一个确凿的结论。我们留下了问题比找到的答案还要多。宗教和偷盗能够共存吗?迪德拉魔君诺克特纳尔真的有代行者,怀揣毋庸置疑的邪恶目的漫步于天际吗?盗贼公会是否对于夜莺有更多的认识,但是由于保密不能公开呢?或许有一天,这些问题的答案会全部揭晓,不过现在轮到你了,亲爱的读者,由你来决定,夜莺到底是真实的还是仅仅是虚构的呢?

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The Nightingales:
Fact or Fiction?
by Wilimina Roth
Dissertation discussing whether a mysterious group of thieves actually exists


Mention the "Nightingale" to any thief worth his salt and he'll laugh in your face. He'll tell you that the supposed avengers of the Daedric Lord Nocturnal are nothing but fictional characters who live nowhere else but within tales designed to scare young footpads into doing what they're told. But are they fictional or simply misunderstood?
While it's true that most scholars would scoff at the notion of a holy sect appearing within the normally unethical and unorganized rabble that is the Thieves Guild, evidence suggests that such a group existed at one time within the borders of Skyrim. One hundred and twenty years before the publication of this tome, a corpse was discovered wearing a strange suit of armor that was described as "forged midnight." The tattered armor bore a crest of some sort, the symbol of a bird embracing a circle of undetailed [sic] blackness. The remains and the armor was taken to the College of Winterhold for study, but mysteriously vanished only a day after it arrived.
The crest from this armor was circulated around Skyrim for years but identification proved almost impossible. Then the most unlikely of sources, a prisoner incarcerated within the mines ofMarkarth, claimed that it was the mark of a group of thieves who called themselves the Nightingales. When pressed for more information, the prisoner claimed that the Nightingales were warriors of Nocturnal and performed her bidding without question. He claimed his source was someone he knew within the Thieves Guild of Skyrim, but he refused to identify them by name, so his story was quickly dismissed.
The second piece of evidence pointing to the existence of the Nightingales exists to this day just outside of Riften. Discovered at the terminus of a short pathway off of the main road stands a stone of unidentified blackened material. Carved into its face is the same avian symbol previously found on the dark suit of armor. To those that subscribed to the existence of the Nightingales, this was thought to be some sort of a meeting place. To others, this symbol was once again dismissed as a hoax or simply a diversion created by the Thieves Guild.
The final, and most controversial sample of evidence is a passage found scrawled on the inside of a cell wall in Whiterun. The cell had previously been occupied by a Dunmer named Lorthus was incarcerated for murder and was set for execution. After the deed was performed, and Lorthus's cell was examined, the following was found etched into one of the stone blocks:
"Take my hand Lady Nocturnal, for it's my will to serve you. As a Nightingale, I'm born anew. Let my past echo our triumph."
This is the first and only time that a solid connection between Nocturnal and the Nightingale has been made. The unusual nature of the passage, the religious connotations towards Nocturnal made by a career criminal, kept discussions lively for years regarding the possibility of this group actually existing. Sadly, since not a single piece of evidence beyond this has surfaced to date, this exciting discovery faded into obscurity and the debate subsided.
With these scant samples of evidence, conclusions are difficult to formulate. All we're left with are more questions than answers. Can religion and thievery coexist? Does the Daedric Lord Nocturnal have active agents roaming Skyrim with a no-doubt nefarious purpose? Does the Thieves Guild have extensive knowledge of the Nightingales, but remain sworn to secrecy? Perhaps one day the answers to these questions will be revealed, but at present it falls to you, the reader, to decide whether the Nightingales are fact or merely fiction.

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