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【书籍搬运】The Posting of the Hunt 围猎仪式

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

翻译:花溪流萤

本书文字似乎为仓促写就,可能是听录,亦可能是更长资料的节选。

亲历仪式的目击者无不承认仪式本身是为了响应某种召唤,该仪式进行公开透明,且严格依循古老传统,井然有序。

猎寻无辜猎物的仪式,有时亦称疯狂之猎,是一种从某块地域充盈的魔法光脉中攫取魔能的古老习俗。其创造者与最早践行时间已久不可考,然而仪式流程得以继承发扬,时至今日仍能带给猎杀者巨大的能量以及无尚荣光。

仪式进行过程中,优秀的狩猎者在自己大大小小的猎犬帮助下追杀那些可怜薄命的无辜猎物,传统意义来讲捕猎对象通常被称为“野兔”,在凡间猎物(人类?)被捕杀殆尽之后。狩猎者将陶醉在强烈的兴奋感中,并因自身力量(得以证明)以及凌驾于无助猎物之上的掌控感而倍感自豪。同时亦被无辜猎物临终前所表现出的悲痛,凛然,以及绝望所触动。(两者共同推动下)仪式进入高潮部分,暴力美学释放的淋漓尽致,杀戮的癫狂与对无辜猎物悲痛绝望的同化认知和谐统一。在撕碎无辜猎物身体的同时,猎杀者亦对力量失衡以及残酷世界不公本源进行深入反思(精神得以升华)

猎杀伊始,小猎犬围坐在绿水晶前,水晶的倒影将显现无辜者狩猎圣堂。圣堂中,围猎者,大猎犬齐聚一堂,随后仪式主持宣布狩猎开始,并为狩猎者,猎杀行为,以及无辜猎物祈福。随后猎杀者步出圣堂,展示长矛“残忍的慈悲”,咏诵猎杀条款。条款描述介绍了猎杀法则以及猎杀过程中需要遵循的4个步骤:迫近,追逐,召唤,杀戮见证。

步骤一 — 迫近 小型猎犬搜寻猎场并将猎物逐出。

步骤二 — 追逐 大猎犬追捕猎物。

步骤三 — 召唤,大猎犬捕获猎物,并召唤主人前来猎杀。

步骤四 — 观礼,本步捕猎者将用长矛“残忍的慈悲”诛杀猎物,并通过敲响大钟召唤仪式主持前来观礼,仪式主持会授予以“残忍的慈悲”诛杀猎物者“捕猎勇者”这一褒奖。同时呼吁“捕猎勇者”为下一届猎杀仪式的猎物命名(即便“捕猎勇者”自身或许不会出现在下一场狩猎中)

猎杀者,主持以及猎犬均赌上荣耀声言捍卫的仪式传统,亦详细记载了猎杀实施细则以及相应条款。这些细则以及条款有时又被称为法则,严格定义了狩猎的诸多细节。譬如参与狩猎的猎犬种类,长矛“残忍的慈悲”的使用方式等具体事宜。另外,法则给予猎物真正的逃脱机会,尽管这种机会相当渺茫。具体实践中,这种机会的可能性被描述为需要集齐迪德拉圣堂中的六把钥匙,猎物以其开启传送门进行传送,从而逃避狩猎者以及其长矛“残忍的慈悲”的追杀。毋庸置疑,猎物集齐钥匙并逃逸难如登天,几近不可能任务,然而法则本身必须严格遵守。干预猎物寻找钥匙或者对猎物隐瞒逃脱的可能性及其方式的行为,将被视为对狩猎法则不可饶恕的践踏,狩猎者亦将因此蒙羞。

狩猎仪式保证猎杀者的人身安全,使其免疫任何形式的攻击,包括普通及史诗武器,以及各个流派的魔法。但捕猎者务必小心,因为仪式本身并不保证其免于自身长矛所伤,谨记不要在混战,暗处以及任何触发危险的环境中滥用长矛,“残忍的慈悲”一击必杀,对猎物和捕猎者一视同仁。

疯狂之猎是一种伟大庄严的仪式,必须严肃对待,因为除了高阶迪德拉领主,任何生物在“残忍的慈悲”面前均不堪一击。长矛本身遂成为危险品,并被严禁带出狩猎场地。

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The Posting of the Hunt
A document announcing a ritualistic hunting of a mortal by Daedra


[The writing in the book appears to be a hasty transcription, perhaps from dictation, or copied from a longer work.]
Let no man say before a witness that the Hunt has not been called, nor the Rites declared, or the Ancient Offices observed.
The Ritual of the Innocent Quarry, also called the Wild Hunt, is an ancient rite drawing magical energy from the powerful magicka stream that engulfs this realm. The creators and times of the rituals are long forgotten. But followed properly, the rite brings great power and prestige to the Huntsman.
The ritual pits the all-powerful Huntsmen and their Greater and Lesser Dogs against the pitiful and doomed Innocent Quarry, called by tradition the Hare, after the mortal creature of human hunts. At once, the Huntsman is transported by the exquisite thrill and glory of his might and dominion over his helpless prey, and at the same time touched by the tragic, noble, and ultimately futile plight of the Innocent Quarry. In the highest aesthetic realization of the ritual, the ecstatic rapture of the kill is balanced by the Huntsman's identification with the sadness and despair of the Innocent Quarry. As in pieces the body of the innocent Hare is torn, the Huntsman reflects on the tragic imbalances of power and the cruel injustices of the world.
As the Hunt begins, the Lesser Dogs assemble before the green crystal reflections of the Chapel of the Innocent Quarry. Inside the Chapel, the Huntsmen, the Greater Dogs, and the Master of the Hunt perform the rites that initiate and sanctify the Huntsmen, the Hunt, and the Innocent Quarry. Then the Huntsman emerges from the Chapel, displays the Spear of Bitter Mercy, and recites the Offices of the Hunt. The Offices describe explains the laws and conditions of the four stages of the Hunt: the Drag, the Chase, the Call, and the View to the Kill.
Stage One -- The Drag, in which the Lesser Dogs drag the ground to flush out the Hare.
Stage Two -- The Chase, in which the Greater Hounds drive the Hare before them.
Stage Three -- The Call, in which the Greater Hounds trap the Hare and summon the Huntsmen for the kill.
Stage Four -- The View, in which the Huntsman makes the kill with the ritual Spear of Bitter Mercy, and calls upon the Master of the Hunt to view the kill by ringing the town bell. The Master of the Hunt then bestows the Bounty upon the Huntsman Bold who has wielded the Spear of Bitter Mercy in the kill. The Master of the Hunt also calls upon the Huntsman Bold to name the next Hare for the next Hunt (though the Huntsman Bold himself may not participate in the next Hunt).
The Offices of the Hunt, which the Huntsmen, Master, and Hounds are solemnly sworn to honor, detail the practices and conditions of the Hunt. These practices and conditions, also known as the Law, strictly define all details of the Hunt, such as how many Hounds of each sort may participate, how the Spear of Bitter Mercy may be wielded, and so forth. In addition, the Law states that the Hare must have a genuine chance to escape the Hunt, no matter how slim. In practice, this condition has been defined as the availability of six keys, which, if gathered together in the Temple ofDaedric Rites, permit the Hare to teleport away from the Hunt, and so elude the Huntsman and his Spear. It is inconceivable, of course, that the Hare might actually discover the keys and escape, but the forms must be observed, and tampering with the keys or cheating the Hare of a genuine chance of finding or using the keys is a shameful and unforgivable betrayal of the Law of the Hunt.
The Ritual of the Hunt grants the Huntsmen protection from all forms of attack, including mortal and immortal weapons, and sorceries of all schools. Huntsmen are cautioned, however, that the ritual does not protect the Huntsman from the potent energies of his own Spear, and cautions against reckless wielding of the Spear in close melee, darkness, or other dangerous circumstances, for a single touch of the Spear of Bitter Mercy means instant and certain death for innocent Hare or fellow Huntsman alike.
The right to name a Wild Hunt is a grand and grave right indeed, as all but the High Daedra Lords are vulnerable to the potent sorceries of the Spear of Bitter Mercy. The Spear itself is therefore a terrible weapon, and it is forbidden to remove it from the Grounds of the Ritual Hunt.

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