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【书籍搬运】The Night Mother’s Truth 夜之母真相

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_Night_Mother%27s_Truth

作者:贾森·贝拉福特

翻译:花溪流萤

尽管研究晨风莫拉格帮以及广布泰姆瑞尔的黑暗兄弟会的著述早已汗牛充栋,但这两个令人颤栗的杀手组织的成形时间连同组织形式至今语焉不详。换种更为直观的说法,众所周知黑暗兄弟会脱胎于莫拉格帮,但是两者何时分道扬镳,为何各奔东西?

解决两个问题的关键之处似乎全都指向一位在两个组织中均举足轻重的女人—夜之母。经过广泛研究探访,冒着生命危险(这些历史对于黑暗兄弟会来讲颇为神圣隐秘)我终于解开了这个困绕多年的历史谜团—夜之母的真相。

尽管其名早已湮没于时间长河之中,但是毫无疑问,夜母本是一介凡人,曾经生活帝国行省赛瑞迪尔一处小村庄中,旧址就在如今布拉维尔座落之处。她曾是莫拉格帮一位德高望重的长老,和其余帮中同僚一道,将刺杀行为本身定位于为迪德拉王子梅法拉服务。事实上,夜母只是一个头衔,象征帮内最高职权女性尊荣。成为夜母意味着成为该宗派的主母—梅法拉选中之人,身份既尊贵又令人敬畏。

然而,并不是梅法拉令这位女人通神,而是另外一位迪德拉,进一步说便是邪恶之源—西帝斯,这位大君乃是无尽虚空的具现化。

2E 324年,随着皇帝被刺,莫拉格帮开始遭遇危机(刺杀者是莫拉格帮刺客),赛瑞迪尔以及帝国大部地区纷纷开始取缔莫拉格支部。这些事件发生不久,这位女人就声称自己听到西帝斯大君本人声音。她宣称,大君很不满意莫拉格帮如今这种弱势,虚空亟需灵魂(意为要多杀人)填充,重振杀手组织声威乃是自己天赐使命。

接着,据兄弟会传说所言,西帝斯在夜里临幸夜母,随后诞下五子。2年之后,一件不可思议的事情发生了。黑暗精灵女人遵循大君终极计划(呼应上文虚空需要灵魂)—某天晚上,她亲手杀死了自己的孩子,并将诸子灵魂送往虚空,送达他们父亲面前。

村子众人听闻这种骇人祭典,联合起来讨伐这位女人。就算她是莫拉格帮夜母,这种礼法亦太匪夷所思。复仇之夜,众人团团包围了她,成功将她击杀,随后焚毁了邪典进行的屋子。所有人均认为,故事到此业已终结。

三十余年之后,一位无名男人忽然听到自己脑海之中传来一阵陌生安详的声音,恰如当年丹莫女人(夜母)声称自己听到的西帝斯声音那般。声音主人称呼自己夜母,并称男人为“聆听者”—首位聆听者。

随后这位不洁神母对聆听者做出指示,并为今后发展订下完善路线—必须组建一个新的刺客工会,取名黑暗兄弟会,不再为梅法拉服务,而要忠于西帝斯。莫拉格帮,如今只在晨风苟延残喘,早已过气。黑暗兄弟会不乏刺杀订单。组织财力以及影响利不久便会日渐壮大,虚空将会迅速充满新鲜灵魂。

黑暗兄弟会创立早期,会众将夜母及其孩子遗骸由原葬墓地移出奉养,将其安置在原住所(就是刚才被焚那间)下一处密室之中,时至今日仍然供在那里。

所以,旅途行至布拉维尔之后,当你遵照当地习俗朝拜幸运老妪雕像之时,切记留意自己脚下位置,毕竟脚下有片邪恶土地令人生畏。如若站在夜母这位不洁神母灵柩上方,你恐怕就不会那么幸运了(呼应幸运老妪)。

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The Night Mother's Truth
by Gaston Bellefort
A thesis on the Dark Brotherhood and its spiritual leader


Although various works have been written on the subjects of both Morrowind'sMorag Tong, and Tamriel's more widespread Dark Brotherhood, there remains confusion as to precisely when and how these two feared assassins guilds formed. Or, more specifically, when and how the Dark Brotherhood split from the Morag Tong, as the former is widely accepted to have sprung from the latter.
The largest point of contention seems to be the figure of the Night Mother, a woman who figures prominently in both organizations. Through extensive research and interviews, and not inconsiderable risk to my own life (for the Dark Brotherhood holds this information sacred), I have finally solved this ages-old mystery. I have finally uncovered the Night Mother's Truth.
Although her name has been lost to time, the Night Mother was once a mere mortal, a Dark Elfwoman who lived in a small village once located where the city of Bravil stands now, in the Imperial Province of Cyrodiil. She was a respected member of the Morag Tong and, like her fellow members, this woman made her trade as an assassin in service to the Daedric Prince Mephala. In fact, the woman held the title of Night Mother, reserved for the highest ranking female member of the organization. To be Night Mother of a particular sect was to be that group's matron - the favored of Mephala, both respected and feared.
However, it was not Mephala who facilitated the transformation from woman to spectre, but another, some would say far deeper form of evil - Sithis, the Dread Lord, embodiment of the unending Void.
Following the Potentate's assassination in 2E 324, strife descended upon the Morag Tong, and the guild was all but eradicated in Cyrodiil and much of the Empire. It was shortly after these events that the Dunmer woman claimed to hear the voice of Sithis himself. The Dread Lord, she claimed, was displeased. He was unhappy with the Morag Tong's lack of success. The Void, he told her, was hungry for souls - and it was her destiny to set things right.
And so, according to Dark Brotherhood legend, Sithis visited the Night Mother in her bed chamber, and begat her five children. Two years passed, before the unthinkable happened. The Dark Elf woman followed through with the Dread Lord's ultimate plan - one night, she murdered her children, and sent their souls straight to the Void. Straight to their father.
When they learned of this affront to decency, the people of the village rallied against the woman. For such an act was considered incomprehensible, even for a Night Mother of the Morag Tong. In one night of vengeance, they descended upon the woman, killing her, and burning down the house in which the atrocity took place. And that was the end of the story. Or so everyone thought.
A little more than thirty years later, an unnamed man heard a strange, comforting voice inside his very head, just as the Dunmer woman claimed to hear the voice of Sithis inside hers. The voice identified herself as the Night Mother, and named the man "Listener" - the first of many.
And so the Unholy Matron set her servant on his path - he would found a new organization, a guild of assassins known as the Dark Brotherhood, in service not to Mephala, but to the Dread Lord Sithis. The Morag Tong, now surviving only in Morrowind, was an artifact of a forgotten age. The Dark Brotherhood would marry business with death. The organization would grow in wealth and power, and the Void would swell with fresh souls. It was, the Night Mother told her Listener, the perfect arrangement.
In the early days of the Dark Brotherhood, the bodies of the Night Mother and her children were recovered from their original burial site, and interred in a crypt beneath the site of her house. And there they remain, even today.
So if, in your travels, you find yourself in the city of Bravil, and make a wish at the statue of the Lucky Old Lady (as is the local custom), know that you stand on sacred, if evil, ground. For you stand above the Night Mother, the Unholy Matron herself, and your luck has just run out.

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