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【书籍搬运】Varieties Of Daedra 魔神的种类

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Varieties Of Daedra

作者:阿兰尼亚 德拉丹(Aranea Drethan),医者 少数派祭司

翻译:darlliu

我们很少有机会了解不同等级的魔神和它们与其魔神领主及领域的关系.至于出现在我们世界的各种魔神,和它们与其同伴和他们的魔神主人的关系就更是错综复杂,难以穷究.在某一时刻的某一地点,它们看起来如此,在另外一个时间和地点上它们又看起来刚好相反,而在另一个时间和地点它们甚至看起来同时拥有这两种自相矛盾的特点.

哪些魔神为哪些魔神王子(Daedra Prince,即Oblivion里面的诸神)效劳?哪些魔神下命令,而哪些又执行命令?各属什么等级,在什么情况下如此?哪些魔神互相是同伴,哪些魔神又是永世的死敌?哪些魔神是独行,或群居,或在既可独行又可群居?我们可观察到的魔神的迥异行为几乎没有穷尽,我们往往又发现,它们在某处这样,在某处又是那样子.因此,所有描述它们的规则往往显得自相矛盾抑或充满例外.

更深究下去,我们应该想谁寻求这些问题的答案?向凡人自身吗?我们仅能遥遥观察那另一个世界.向那些神吗?它们为了支配我们,只会以谜语暗示,让我们去追寻不可了解的神秘.(这里应该是指Azura…..)抑或向恶魔吗?它们永远不是坦率与直白的典型,而恰恰因其误导和迷惑人的能力著名.

即使魔神会说实话,我们又怎么知道它们是否了解自己本身,并且关于它们自己本身有真实的东西可以了解?抑或所有关于魔神的特性都瞬息万变,永无规律可言?

总之,可了解的内容很少,可确信的内容则根本没有.

既然已说明了这个道理,我将尝试把我对于达根领主(Lord Dagon,Daedra Pinces里面的毁灭之神)的仆人的所见所闻归纳成文.所有这些知识来自于我为泰尔梵尼巫师迪维斯 非尔(Telvanni Wizard Divayth Fyr)服务时的见闻.当时,(奈瑞瓦因)转世的预言已被实现,达格斯 乌尔也被消灭,枯萎病亦被从瓦尔丹菲尔到彻底驱除.我找到了他(迪维斯)并帮他给居住在他的疗养院的尸化症患者带来安息.

迪维斯 非尔告诉我,他仅和两个魔神势力打交道—莫拉恩斯 达根(Mehrunes Dagon)和阿祖拉(Azura).

阿祖拉,他说,知晓并了解一切事物,但拒绝说这些事,或者仅说谜语.

另一方面,莫拉恩斯 达根,因为傲慢,冥顽不化,而且易见缺乏精明的思考,什么都不知道也什么都不理解,但却愿意直率的说出实话.

迪维斯 非尔说,达根的主要仆人,即魔人(Dremora,实在想不到更好的翻译…orz),像他一样傲慢,冥顽不化,缺乏睿智.除此之外,它们有崇尚尊严和忠诚的显著性格,既尊重它们之间的等级关系,又忠诚于达根领主.

迪维斯 非尔还说,魔人们有着阶级和部族,这些阶级和部族分工明确.一个魔人可能在不同的级别上徘徊,或者加入不同的部族,但这些行为都要被复杂的誓约规束,并且要符合达根领主的意愿.

魔人们自称"The Kyn"(“子民”),将自己与别的恶魔区别开来,并将之以动物对待."Kynaz"这个词则指魔人的种族(“子民之族”).

子民中最低级的是下民(Churls),它们是魔人社会最底层的无名小众.下人对更高级的魔人奉承谄媚,但是对人类和别的恶魔却极其残酷.

更高一级的是劣民(Caitiffs),它们有着不顾后果的狂热,无差别的精力.劣人常常被作为非正规军用于恶魔派系之间的战争,即是作为狂战士和突击部队,缺乏纪律也不可靠,但是却狂热而好战.

魔人部队中最高级的常规战士是士民(Kynvals),在战斗中表现突出的骑士,往往有着成为战争领袖所需的深思熟虑与坚韧不拔的潜质.

在下民,劣民,士民的战士阶级之上,是军官阶级.

官士(Kynreeve)是部族地方领袖或者部族官员,通常统率一个部族部队或者在战斗中的某个指挥部.

巡士(Kynmarcher)是魔人根据地,前哨或城门的领主或者高阶官员.一个巡士往往指挥一个部队和一个"fief"(领地)—一个他负责的地区或场所.

在巡士上级的是领士(Markynaz),或者"大公爵".一个领士是领主的领主,也是领主会(Markyn)的一员,即莫拉恩斯 达根的领主议会的一员.

魔人中最高级别的是王士(Valkynaz),或者"王子".这种武士领主组成王士卫队(Valkyn).它们是莫拉恩斯 达根的死人保镖.王士很少出现在泰姆瑞尔(Tamriel);它们通常留在莫拉恩斯 达根的身边,或者作为它特别委任的某个行动的指挥者.

至于我在迪维斯 非尔的尸化病疗养院(Corprusarium)服务时得知的各种恶魔—-奥格瑞姆(Ogrim)以及黄金圣徒(Golden Saint),妖兽(Daedrath)和黄昏之翼(winged twilight),小鬼(scamp)还有惊惧兽(clannfear)—-则还有很多可说的内容,只是其中少有有助读者的可靠信息.

我还注意到,当迪维斯 非尔希望召唤一个类似魔人而更强大的恶魔来获得更独立更主动的战斗力时,或者仅仅想支配一个强大魔神时,他会召唤希维莱(Xivilai).这种恶魔在性格和脾气上颇类似于魔人,但是它们憎恨被支配,一旦觉得被亏待或者不尊重就往往会作出欺骗和背叛的行为.

像惊惧兽和妖兽这般类似野兽的凶猛恶魔通常为多种魔神势力效力,它们也可能代表着广泛存在于湮灭地狱(Oblivion)野外的众多类似野生动物的存在.其他野蛮,半智力生物,例如小鬼或蛛形恶魔(Spider Daedra)则可在许多魔神领主的领域见到.

另一方面,元素侍灵(Elementa Atronachs)的情况则更难确定.例如,火焰和寒冰侍灵(Flame and Frost Atronachs,即火元素,水元素之类的)看起来十分聪明,但看起来并非所有的元素侍灵都是社会化或者有语言能力的.迪维斯 非尔宁愿不去召唤这些生物或于它们打交道,因此没有什么关于它们的经验,也没有任何试图研究它们本性的倾向,所以我在塔尔 非尔(Tel Fyr)时了解到的有关知识十分有限.

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Varieties of Daedra
by Aranea Drethan, Healer and Dissident Priest
An analysis of Daedra forms, focusing primarily on the Dremora

 There is little chance of our ever understanding the various orders of Daedra and their relationships to the Daedra Lords and their dominions. Of the varieties of Daedra that appear in our world, and the varieties of their relationships to their fellows and their Daedra patrons, there is no end. In one place and time they are seen to be this, and in another place and time they are seen to be the opposite, and in another place and time they are seen to be both this and that, in completely contradictory terms.
What Daedra serves this Prince? What Daedra gives orders, and what Daedra serves, and in what hierarchy, and under what circumstances? What Daedra exist in fellowship with one another, and what Daedra have eternal enmity to one another, and what Daedra are solitary, or social, and by turns solitary or social? There are no limits to the varieties of behaviors that may be observed, and in one place they may be this, and in another place they may that, and all rules describing them are always found to be contradictory and in exception to others.
Further, from whom may we seek answers to our questions about these orders? From mortals, who know little but what they may observe of another world? From the gods, who speak in riddles, of enigmas wrapped in mysteries, and who keep things from us, the better to preserve their dominion over us? From the Daedra themselves, who are never the models of straightforwardness or truthtelling, but rather are famous for misstatements and obfuscations?
And even were the Daedra to speak the truth, how can we know if they know themselves, or that there is any truth about them that is to be known, or are all arrangements among the Daedra protean and ever subject to change?
In short, what is to be known is little and what is to be trusted is nothing.
These things being said, I shall venture to relate what I have observed and heard of the relationships of the servants of Lord Dagon in my brief service to the Telvanni Wizard Divayth Fyr, when I sought him out and offered to bring peace to the victims ofcorprus in his sanitarium, once the Prophecies of the Incarnate had been fulfilled, and Dagoth Ur had been destroyed, and the Blight had been banished from the island of Vvardenfell forever.
Divayth Fyr told me that he, by choice, trafficked only with two Daedra Powers -- Mehrunes Dagon and Azura.
Azura, he said, knew and understood all things, and declined to speak of these things, or only spoke in riddles.
Mehrunes Dagon, on the other hand, out of pride, fixity of purpose, and a predictable lack of subtlety in thought, knew nothing and understood nothing, and was inclined to speak freely and without falsehood.
Divayth Fyr said that Dagon's chief servants, the Dremora, were like him in pride, fixed purpose, and lack of subtlety, with the addition of the peculiar traits of honor and loyalty, both within their class and within their relationship to Lord Dagon.
And Divayth Fyr said that the Dremora were ordered into clans and castes, and these clans and castes were well-defined. Individual Dremora might rise or fall in ranks, or move back and forth among clans, but only when regulated by complex oaths, and only at the will and pleasure of their Lord Dagon.
The Dremora refer to themselves as 'The Kyn' ('the People'), contrasting themselves to other Daedra, whom they consider unthinking animals. The term 'kynaz' refers to a member of the Dremora race ('he of the Kyn').
The least of kyn castes are the Churls, the undistinguished rabble of the lowest rank of Dremora. Churls are obsequious to superiors but ferociously cruel to humans and other Daedra.
Next in rank are the Caitiffs, creatures of uncalculating zeal, energy without discrimination. Caitiffs are used as irregulars in the faction wars of the Daedra, as berserkers and shock troops, undisciplined and unreliable, but eager and willing.
The highest of the regular rank-and-file of Dremora troops are the Kynvals, warrior-knights who have distinguished themselves in battle, and shown the deliberate steadiness of potential war leaders.
Above the rank and file warriors of the Churl, Caitiff, and Kynval castes are the officer castes.
A Kynreeve is a clan sheriff or clan officer. Kynreeves are typically associated either with a clan fighting unit or an administrative office in the order of battle.
The Kynmarcher is the lord and high officer of a Daedric citadel, outpost, or gate. A Kymarcher's command is usually associated both with a unit and with a 'fief' -- a location or territory for which he is responsible.
Above the Kymarcher is the Markynaz, or 'grand duke'. A Markynaz is a lord of lords, and member of the Markyn, Mehrunes Dagon's Council of Lords.
The highest rank of Dremora is the Valkynaz, or 'prince'. This warrior duke is a member of the Valkyn, Mehrunes Dagon's personal guard. The Valkynaz are rarely encountered on Tamriel; normally they remain by Mehrunes Dagon's side, or serve as commanders of operations of particular importance or interest to Dagon.
Of the varieties of other Daedra I encountered while I served in Divayth Fyr's Corprusarium -- Ogrims and Golden Saints, Daedroths and Winged TwilightsScamps and Clannfear -- there is much that might be said, but little that is helpful or reliable.
I did note, however, that when Divayth Fyr sought a Daedra of a character like unto the Dremora, but of greater power, and greater inclination for independence and initiative, or solely as a master, he summoned Xivilai, who are like the Dremora in personality and temperament, except that they hate subordination, and are liable to disloyalty and betrayal when they feel they have not been treated with the proper deference and respect.
The feral, beastlike Daedra like the Clannfear and the Daedroth appear in the service of many different Daedric Powers, and may represent common creatures existing like wild animals in the wildernesses of Oblivion. Other savage, semi-intelligent creatures like Scamps and Spider Daedra may also be found in the realms of various Daedra Lords.
The case of the Elemental Atronachs, on the other hand, is less certain. Flame and Frost Atronachs, for example, appear to be highly intelligent, but not all varieties of Elemental Atronachs seem to be social or to have the power of speech. Divayth Fyr preferred not to summon or deal with these creatures, had little experience with them, and showed no inclination to speculate upon their nature, so I learned little about them during my time at Tel Fyr.

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