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【书籍搬运】The Nightingales Vol. 2 夜莺 卷二

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_Nightingales_Vol._2

夜莺 卷二

作者:加鲁斯·德西迪涅斯

(开头一个夜莺标志)

(大写As)作为一名夜莺,我觉得我有必要拿起笔来,记录我对于我们的使命的想法。如果有一天,夜莺注定要在泰姆瑞尔销声匿迹,这些书卷也可以作为文献,告诉世人我们究竟是什么,澄清那些关于我们的目的与动机的谣言和误解。

我会尽我所能运用我浅薄的历史知识来把事情叙述清楚。我希望在将来如果有别人能偶然发现这本书的话,可以把这些内容写得详实一些,进一步佐证我们曾经存在。

我们的历史开端于一个广为流传的故事。《真实的巴兰兹雅》第九卷中提到过一个名叫“夜莺”的吟游诗人诱骗巴兰兹雅女王泄露了一个叫做“混沌之杖”的神器的位置,随后他就把这根杖据为己有了。这个故事随后还说这个“夜莺”是一个名叫杰卡·萨恩的强大的帝国人战法师的化名。他用这根法杖囚禁了尤里尔·赛普丁八世(作者就这么写的,果然是历史知识浅薄)。他的最终目的是假扮被幽禁的皇帝,自己冒名顶替坐上皇位。

实际上,这位“吟游诗人夜莺”的真实身份根本不是杰卡·萨恩。这个化名的主人是一位夜莺盗贼。名叫德雷文·因多瑞尔。杰卡花钱雇佣了这位天际最杰出之一的盗贼大师,派他引诱巴兰兹雅,诱使她吐露出混沌之杖的位置来。在杰卡·萨恩得到混沌之杖以后,他曾想杀掉德雷文灭口,但德雷文使用了夜莺的能力逃脱了。杰卡·萨恩试图搜捕德雷文,最终也不得不放弃,以便专心于策划他对皇帝的阴谋。

有趣的一点是,历史故事把杰卡·萨恩当成那位“夜莺”的时机,恰好就是在德雷文从整个故事中消失的时间点以后。这种对真实事件的歪曲,很显然是巴兰兹雅授意为之的。由于她被指责要为尤里尔·赛普丁七世被囚禁一事承担责任,她歪曲了事实,杜撰了一种说法声称那个名叫夜莺的所谓“诗人”就是杰卡·萨恩自己。她觉得,被巫师用法术迷惑的故事会比只是简单地被一个手段老练的花花公子诱惑了的故事更容易博得大家的原谅,而且也没那么八卦。有一些人想得更多,认为她把德雷文从历史中剔除出去是为了保护杰卡·萨恩的名誉,因为有谣言称她一直很喜欢杰卡·萨恩。

德雷文在躲过杰卡·萨恩的追捕后逃往晨风,重新返回了因多瑞尔家族。因多瑞尔家族在非常靠近天际边界的地方有一处地产,能让他在必要的时候返回圣所履行他身为夜莺的义务。他在那里滞留了很多年,直到因多瑞尔家族开始失势,各大家族之间的战争爆发为止。德雷文不想掺和到战争里去,加上他觉得杰卡·萨恩已经够不成什么威胁了,因此他离开故土,乔装改扮成一名矿工来到了裂谷地区。

顺着德雷文的历史往下说,由于他勾引巴兰兹雅的缘故,这位丹莫女王最后生下了一个孩子。这个孩子被巴兰兹雅丢给了一名接生婆照顾,以使她的“夜莺故事”不露馅。这个孩子最后还长大成人了,自己跑出去找她的父亲。她的名字叫做卓尔希。卓尔希为了找到德雷文的踪迹,几乎把全天际的石头都翻了个个。不知过了多少年,最后她在一个叫做希奥之石的小矿村里找到了德雷文。他已经年迈苍苍,再也不是当年那个迷倒巴兰兹雅的风流公子哥了。尽管如此,他仍然是卓尔希的父亲,而且从此也尽了父亲的责任。在德雷文剩下的日子里,他把夜莺之道传给了卓尔希,直到他最后向岁月屈服。

卓尔希很愿意接受夜莺的誓约,并且尽职尽责地侍奉诺克特纳尔。她后来嫁了人,夫妻俩有了一个孩子并起名为卡莉娅。就像父亲对自己做的一样,卓尔希把盗贼之道和天际混社会的门道教给了卡莉娅。她有意把夜莺的衣钵传给卡莉娅,但是必须先要等到时机成熟时才能透露这点。当卡莉娅年长一些以后,她自己跑了出去,想要在大一点的城市里谋生。最后她来到了裂谷城,加入了由我领导的盗贼公会。

卡莉娅在公会慢慢往上爬的时候,我看着她的努力,也了解了很多她心中对母亲的看法。几年以后,我收到了卓尔希在守卫黄昏圣所、与一群佣兵战斗时牺牲的消息。是时候将衣钵传承下去了。我和莫瑟尔·弗雷一起赶往了夜莺圣堂,和卡莉娅一起成为了夜莺。

我会在下一卷里讲述我自己的故事,并且如果能了解更多的信息,我就把墨瑟·弗雷的故事也一块写了。

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The Nightingales Volume II:
What We Were
by Gallus Desidenius
Volume 2 of the books that describe the Nightingales


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As a Nightingale, I feel compelled to place quill to parchment and record my thoughts regarding my knowledge of our order. If one day the Nightingales should vanish from Tamriel, then let this tome serve as a reminder of what we once were and to dispel any rumor or hearsay about our purposes and our motivations.
I will attempt to relate the scant bit of knowledge I have of our history to the best of my ability. It is my hope that in the future, someone else may happen upon this writing and amend it in order to expand the record of our existence.
Our history begins with a well-known tale. The tome "The Real Barenziah IX" mentions that a bard named "Nightingale" tricked Queen Barenziah into revealing the location of an artifact called theStaff of Chaos which he later claimed for his own. The story goes on to reveal that "Nightingale" was a powerful Imperial Battlemage named Jagar Tharn in disguise and that he used the Staff to imprison Emperor Uriel Septim VIII [sic]. His ultimate goal was to assume the form of the banished emperor and sit upon the throne in his stead.
In actuality, the individual identified as "the bard Nightingale" was not Jagar Tharn at all. This master of disguise was a Nightingale thief named Drayven Indoril. Jagar Tharn hired Drayven, one of the greatest master thieves in Skyrim, to seduce Barenziah and coerce her into revealing the location of the Staff of Chaos. After the Staff was given to Jagar Tharn, he attempted to eradicate Drayven, but his Nightingale abilities aided his escape. Jagar Tharn searched for Drayven but eventually had to abandon the pursuit in order to enact his plans involving the emperor.
It is interesting to note that history refers to Jagar Tharn as "Nightingale" well after the point Drayven would have vanished from the story. The distortion of actual events is very typical of Barenziah's manipulation. With the pressure of blame falling squarely on her shoulders for Uriel Septim VII's imprisonment, she twisted the truth and created the notion that the "bard" named Nightingale was Jagar Tharn himself. She felt the tale of being enthralled by the master sorcerer held more of a forgiving if not romantic notion than simply being seduced by a master rogue. Some also further speculate that eliminating Drayven from history was her attempt at protecting the reputation of Jagar Tharn, whom she was rumored to have been quite fond of.
Drayven had escaped into Morrowind after Jagar Tharn's pursuit and rejoined the Indoril family who held an estate quite close to the border of Skyrim which allowed him to perform his Nightingale duties at the Sepulcher if the need arose. He remained there for many years until the Indoril family began to lose its power and a war between the houses erupted. Not wanting any part of it, and feeling that Jagar Tharn was no longer a threat, Drayven left his homeland behind and settled in The Rift under the guise of a miner.
Co-currently with Drayven's history, born out of Dravyen's seduction of Barenziah, the Dunmer Queen eventually bore a child. This child, whom Barenziah abandoned with a midwife in an attempt to keep her Nightingale story valid, eventually grew into adulthood and struck out on her own to find her father. Calling herself Dralsi, she overturned every stone in Skyrim looking for any traces of Drayven. After an unknown number of years passed, she finally located him in a small mining community called Shor's Stone. He was quite elderly now... no longer the spry rogue that had seduced Barenziah, but nevertheless he was still Dralsi's father and he treated her as such. In the remaining years of Drayven's life, he imparted the ways of the Nightingale to Dralsi until he finally succumbed to his age.
Dralsi willingly struck the Oath of the Nightingales and performed her duties well in the service of Nocturnal. She eventually took a husband and together they had a child whom they named Karliah. Like Dralsi's father did for her, Dralsi taught Karliah the art of thievery and how to survive in Skyrim living as a rogue. She intended to pass the Nightingale mantle on to Karliah, but had to wait until the time was right to reveal it. When she was old enough, Karliah struck out on her own wanting to ply her trade in a larger city. She eventually found her way to Riften and joined the Thieves Guild under my own leadership at the time.
As Karliah slowly climbed the ranks in the Guild, I watched her progress and saw much of her mother in her methods. After several years passed, I received word that Dralsi had been killed defending the Twilight Sepulcher from a band of mercenaries and so it became time for the mantle to be passed. I traveled to Nightingale Hall with Mercer Frey and together, we inducted Karliah into the Nightingales.
I will relate my own history in my next volume and perhaps, as I uncover more information, the history of Mercer Frey as well.

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