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【上古捡史】Elder Scrolls Lore Series: Chapter 4 - The Dark Brotherhood of Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind

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搬运于:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqgyFF6hhQ&list=PL7pGJQV-jlzCPBUy9uAXQUXZ4UBaDLKS5&index=7  (须翻墙)

 

中译出处:http://tes.vstab.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=5853&extra=page%3D1%26filter%3Dlastpost%26orderby%3Dlastpost

 

视频:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XODEzNjA4NDQw.html?from=s1.8-1-1.2

 

 

文稿:

 

 

“Have you not heard of the Dark Brotherhood? Of the remorseless guild of paid assassins and homicidal cutthroats? Join us and you’ll find the Dark Brotherhood all that and so much more. We are more than anything a union of like minded individuals.” -- Lucien Lachance, Speaker

“没听说过黑暗兄弟会?那个尽是无情的雇佣刺客与嗜血杀手组织?加入我们你会更加了解黑暗兄弟会。我们可不仅仅是一个成员众多的联盟。”——卢西恩·拉辰斯,传达者

    To understand the history of this ancient order, dear brother you have to understand how this cult of assassins came about.  The Dark Brotherhood has been mixing murder with business for centuries, bringing a swift death to even the mightiest of Emperors. The story of their origins, however, starts much earlier.  In fact, to understand their story you have to go back to before the beginning. Back to a time before Men and Elves bloodied Tamriel with their wars.  Before Daedra ignited chaos. Before Aedra assisted in the creation of our planet. For before there was time and space… there was The Void.

    Simply put, “The Void” is a cosmic realm of utter nothingness. This- is the domain of Sithis. In Dark Brotherhood lore, Sithis and the Void were present before all things.

 

        想要了解这个古老团体的历史,兄弟你必须了解这个刺客组织是如何形成的。黑暗兄弟会的谋杀交易已经存在数个世纪,即使是强大的皇帝亦难逃刺杀。但是兄弟会的起源,要更早一些。事实上,了解他们的传说你需要回到组织形成之前。早于那个人类与精灵在泰姆瑞尔上血战的年代。早在迪卓拉掀起混乱。早在艾卓拉创建我们的位面。早在时间与空间形成之前…唯有The Void(虚空)之时。

        简单说,“虚空”位面是一个绝对无的空间。其名为——Sithis(西迪斯)。在黑暗兄弟会的传说中,西迪斯与虚空先于一切存在。

 

 

Sithis

 

 

“Who is Sithis, you ask? Some call him the Dread Father. It was his terrible love that gave birth to the Dark Brotherhood, so very long ago.” -- Teinaava, Shadowscale 3E

“要问西迪斯是谁?有人称他为Dread Father(恐惧之源)。很久很久以前,正是其令人恐惧的爱让黑暗兄弟会诞生。”——泰恩娜瓦,影鳞 第三纪元

    Know this, Sithis is neither Aedra nor Daedra. According to ancient writings, Sithis predates the creation of both groups. Because of this, the Dark Brotherhood worships Sithis as “The One True God”; the one who existed before all others. It was in fact his chaotic nature that caused the reaction that led to the birth of the Daedra and Aedra- who later created Mundus, and in turn Tamriel. Sithis was the spark that ignited creation.

    The Dark Brotherhood often depicts Sithis as a skeleton, due to his association with death. However, some say he is as formless as the void he represents. Sithis is considered the embodiment of everything evil, but at the same time, he is described as being nothing at all: a void. Sithis is appeased through death and other acts of suffering and strife. He brought about our existence after all, and what is existence if not a conduit for suffering? Living each day for survival.

    The Dark Brotherhood may call him Father, but Sithis is a Father not many would keep. Even so, Sithis is revered in the Brotherhood, and accredited for bringing the cult of assassins into existence through his prophet, The Night Mother.

 

        须知,西迪斯既不是艾卓拉也不是迪卓拉。远古文献记载,西迪斯早于他们存在。正因为此,黑暗兄弟会尊崇西迪斯为“The One True God”(唯一真神);先于一切之存在。正是因为其变化的本质致使迪卓拉与艾卓拉诞生——后者随后创建Mundus(梦达斯)凡世,进而演化为泰姆瑞尔。西迪斯点燃了创造的火花。

        鉴于西迪斯与死亡之间的联系,黑暗兄弟会常将其刻画为一具骷髅。然而,有些人认为他如同其代表的虚空一样无质无形。西迪斯被认为是一切邪恶的化身,但同时,他也被描述为毫无实质:虚空。西迪斯抚平死亡与冲突带来的痛苦。他让我们存在,存在于苦难之中。为了活到另一天而挣扎。

        黑暗兄弟会称其为父之神,但是西迪斯并不被广泛接受。即便如此,兄弟会依然无比尊崇西迪斯,以及被认为通过西迪斯之预言创建这个刺客组织的,The Night Mother(夜母)。

 

 

The Night Mother

 

“The Night Mother is the Dark Brotherhood’s Unholy Matron. She guides our actions, just as the Dread Father Sithis once guided hers.” -- Teinaava, Shadowscale 3E

“夜母是黑暗兄弟会罪恶的女主人。她领导着我们的行动,一如恐惧之父西迪斯曾引领着她。”——泰恩娜瓦,影鳞 第三纪元

   

 

    According to Dark Brotherhood legend, Sithis visited a Dark Elf woman in her bedchamber, and begat her five children. Two years passed as the children grew older. Until one night, The Dark Elf woman heard the voice of Sithis.  Sithis wished to be reunited with his children, but he needed her help. That night she murdered her children, and sent their souls straight to the Void. Straight to their father.

    When they learned about what the Dark Elf woman had done, the people of the village rallied against the woman. For such an act was considered incomprehensible. 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, a man heard a strange, comforting voice inside his head, just as the Dark Elf 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.

 

        根据黑暗兄弟会的传说,西迪斯曾降临于一位黑暗精灵女性的卧室中,与其生下五个孩子。两年后,孩子们一一长大。直到一晚,这个黑暗精灵女人听到了西迪斯的召唤。西迪斯希望与他的孩子们团聚,但这需要她的帮助。当晚,她杀死她的孩子们,将他们的灵魂送至虚空。径直来到他们父亲面前。

        当村里的其他人听说了这个黑暗精灵女人的所作所为后,他们一致对此表示反对。因为这种行为是不可理喻的。一个报复之夜,他们杀死这个女精灵,焚毁这间发生如此暴行的房子。故事到此为止。或者说,人们以为这就是结局。

        三十多年之后,某人在脑海中听到一个奇怪,舒缓的声音,如同那个黑暗精灵女性宣称所听到的西迪斯之音一样。其声自称为夜母,并命名此人为首任“Listener”(聆听者)。

 

“The Night Mother speaks to only one member of the Dark Brotherhood — the Listener of the Black Hand. And when Our Lady speaks, death follows.” -- Vicente Valtieri, Dark Brotherhood 3E

“夜母只同黑暗兄弟会中唯一的一位成员直接交谈——the Listener of the Black Hand(黑手中的聆听者)。吾之女神开口,死亡紧随其后。”——维森特·瓦提耶里,黑暗兄弟会 第三纪元

    All across the Empire, every day, people pray to the Night Mother, and through the power of Sithis, the Night Mother hears their prayers for murder.  Eager to send souls to Sithis, the Night Mother speaks to her chosen one, the Listener.

 

        在帝国全境,每一天,都有人向夜母祈祷,通过西迪斯之力,夜母可以听到这些祷告。因其向西迪斯输送灵魂的渴望,夜母会同其选择之人交谈,即聆听者。
 

 

 

The Black Hand

 

“The Black Hand is the ruling body of the Dark Brotherhood. It is made up of one Listener and Four Speakers. Four fingers and a thumb, if you will.” -- Lucien Lachance, Speaker

“黑手是黑暗兄弟会的实际领导团。由一位聆听者与四位传达者组成。你也可以将其看作是,拇指与其他四指。”——卢西恩·拉辰斯,传达者

   

 

    The position of Listener is the highest rank a Dark Brotherhood assassin could hope to achieve. The Listener is the only member of the Brotherhood who can hear the voice of the Night Mother, who speaks for Sithis, so being chosen as Listener is a sacred honor. Aside from communing with the Night Mother, the Listener also leads the Black Hand. The Black Hand is the ruling body of the Dark Brotherhood. It is made up of one Listener and Four Speakers. Four fingers and a thumb, if you will.

    Unlike other lesser organizations like the Morag Tong, the Dark Brotherhood’s assassins seem to be everywhere at once, and this is attributed to the Speakers of the Black Hand. Each Speaker operates her own Dark Brotherhood sanctuary. Sanctuaries are the Dark Brotherhood safe houses scattered throughout Tamriel. Here members of the guild find rest in between manhunts. While in a sanctuary members of the Dark Brotherhood train in the arts of stealth and assassination, often exchanging fighting techniques.  Since the sanctuary is run by a Speaker, who is in direct communication with the Listener, this is also the place where members pick up assassination contracts. Once a citizen of Tamriel has been marked by the Dark Brotherhood, there is nowhere left to hide. The Dark Brotherhood will send as many assassins as it takes until the contract is carried out, and the soul of their victim is sent screaming to the Void.

    And thusly, we arrive at the life blood of the Dark Brotherhood- the murders and cutthroats.  Despite the fact that the Dark Brotherhood operates more like a cult than an actual guild- it’s lower ranking members must still follow a very strict set of rules. Rules handed down by the Night Mother herself to keep her children safe- the Five Tenets.

 

        聆听者是黑暗兄弟会刺客最为渴望的至高职位。聆听者是唯一一位能够听到夜母传达西迪斯旨意的兄弟会成员,所以,被选中成为聆听者是神圣的荣誉。除了与夜母交谈,聆听者也领导着黑手。

        不同于其他譬如莫拉格帮那种小型组织,黑暗兄弟会的刺客似乎无时不刻,无处不在,这要归功于黑手中的传达者。每一个传达者都运营着其各自的Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary(黑暗兄弟会圣所)。遍布泰姆瑞尔的圣所是黑暗兄弟会的藏身之处。兄弟会成员在行动间歇期可以在此休息。在圣所里黑暗兄弟会成员会接受潜行与刺杀的训练,也经常彼此切磋战斗技巧。当传达者管理圣所的时候,其与聆听者直接联系,所以这里也是成员们接收刺杀契约的地方。一旦泰姆瑞尔上的某位公民被黑暗兄弟会标定,他便无处可逃。黑暗兄弟会将派出足够多的刺客直到契约达成,因此丧命的灵魂将尖叫着被送至虚空。

        由此,我们开始讲述黑暗兄弟会存在所必不可少的——杀手与刺客。尽管与普通公会相比黑暗兄弟会更像是一群狂热的信徒——下级成员必须遵循一些严格的规定。由夜母亲自规定以确保她的孩子们的安全——the Five Tenets(五戒)

 

 

The Five Tenets

 

 “As a member of the Dark Brotherhood, you must abide by the Five Tenets. They are the laws that guide and protect us. The Five Tenets are as follows…”

 

“Tenet 1: Never dishonor the Night Mother. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.”

“Tenet 2: Never betray the Dark Brotherhood or its secrets. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.”

“Tenet 3: Never disobey or refuse to carry out an order from a Dark Brotherhood superior. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.”

“Tenet 4: Never steal the possessions of a Dark Brother or Dark Sister. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.”

“Tenet 5: Never kill a Dark Brother or Dark Sister. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.”

 

-- Lucien Lachance, Speaker 

 

“作为黑暗兄弟会一员,必须遵守五戒。它们是引导和保护我们的规章。五戒如下……”

 

“1:不得亵渎夜母。如犯此戒当引发西迪斯之怒。”

“2:不得背叛兄弟会或泄露其密。如犯此戒当引发西迪斯之怒。”

“3:不得拒绝服从黑暗兄弟会上级命令或对其肆意妄为。如犯此戒当引发西迪斯之怒。”

“4:不得窃取兄弟会内的兄弟姐妹之财产。如犯此戒当引发西迪斯之怒。”

“5:不得杀害兄弟会的内兄弟姐妹。如犯此戒当引发西迪斯之怒。”

 

——卢西恩·拉辰斯,传达者
 

   

 

    Do to it’s core business the Dark Brotherhood tends to attract people of a very… eccentric nature, so by having a clearly defined list of rules that were strictly and brutally enforced served the guild quite well, and by the fall of the Second Empire, the Dark Brotherhood’s power was so great- they were ready to slay an Emperor.

 

        黑暗兄弟会的核心交易使其吸引着各种天性古怪的人们,所以拥有着严格的规定并且被严苛执行才能保证其正常运转,随着the Second Empire(第二帝国)的陨落,黑暗兄弟会的势力达到巅峰——他们准备对皇帝下手。

 

 

A Brief History

 

    They had already been operating in the shadows for centuries, and now the Dark Brotherhood was ready to show Tamriel just far their Black Hand could reach. They did this by ripping out the heart of Tamriel itself. In the 3rd Era, year 41, Tiber Septim’s heir, Pelagius 1, was assassinated while praying to Akatosh in the Temple of the One.  The Dark Brotherhood left their calling card, and that day the whole of Tamriel learned to fear what they believed to be the most powerful guild to ever plague Mundus.  Anyone can kill, but to kill an Emperor, who is anointed by Akatosh himself- that is the work of gods and demons.

    After the assassination of Pelagius 1, the Dark Brotherhood’s influence grew drastically, especially in the regions of High Rock and Hammerfell where they had a safehouse in almost every town and city.

    By commanding fear, the Void would swell with souls as the Dark Brotherhood carried out countless assassinations for almost 400 years. Trouble would emerge from the inside of this shadowy organization when a vampire member named Greywyn claimed to hear the voice of Sithis. Greywyn began a crusade against the Dark Brotherhood, purging it of all non-vampire members. You see, vampires have always made up a sizable portion of the Dark Brotherhood. There dark gifts of agility make them particularly suitable for stalking prey. Greywyn saw himself as the purest of life-takers, so he started an organization out of the Dark Brotherhood and coined it the Crimson Scars. His attempt at reformation failed when a member of the Crimson Scars betrayed him to the Black Hand, who swiftly retaliated and murdered the Crimson Scars The ultimate fate of Greywyn and his supposed sanctuary remains unknown to this day.

 

       他们已经在暗中行动了几个世纪,现在黑暗兄弟会准备向泰姆瑞尔展示其黑手究竟能伸向何方。他们深入泰姆瑞尔的核心来达成目的。在第三纪元,第四十一年,Tiber Septim(泰伯塞普丁)的后裔,Pelagius 1(佩拉鸠斯一世),在真神殿向阿卡托什祈祷时被刺杀。现场发现了黑暗兄弟会留下的名片,从那天起,整个泰姆瑞尔开始惧怕这个被认为是Mundus(梦达斯)上最为强大的邪恶组织。此前无人能够刺杀皇帝,因其持有阿卡托什本尊赐福——唯有天神或恶魔能够做到这件事。

        刺杀佩拉鸠斯一世之后,黑暗兄弟会的影响力迅速扩展,尤其是在 High Rock(高岩省)与Hammerfell(落锤省)几乎每座城市与村镇都有其藏身之所。

        由恐惧驱使,虚空充满了黑暗兄弟会进行的无数次刺杀的灵魂数量在几乎400年来急剧膨胀。当一位名为Greywyn(格瑞文)的吸血鬼成员宣称其听到西迪斯之音后,这个阴影中的组织内部开始出现裂缝。格瑞文掀起了一场针对黑暗兄弟会的改革,清除所有非吸血鬼的公会成员。你们知道,吸血鬼在黑暗兄弟会内部一直占据很大一部分。他们被赐予超常的敏捷性使他们格外适合追捕猎物。格瑞文视自己为最纯净的生命终结者,于是他在黑暗兄弟会内创建了一个名为Crimson Scars(深红伤疤)的组织。他的变革企图因深红伤疤组织中的一员背叛他向黑手告密而失败,后者随即开始报复并铲除了深红伤疤。格瑞文的最终命运与支持其的圣所至今仍无人知晓。

   

 

    After recovering from the Crimson Scars the Dark Brotherhood believed they were ready to take on the only people dangerous enough to call rivals, the Morag Tong.  By attempting to gain a foothold in Vvardenfell the Brotherhood were encroaching on territory long serviced by the Morag Tong, an assassins guild even older than the Brotherhood.  Their aggressive expansion was repelled fiercely by the Tong, effectively pushing the Dark Brotherhood back out of Vvardenfell. The Dark Brotherhood didn’t go quietly however, before their retreat they promptly assassinated the leader of the Morag Tong.  Although the rest of Tamriel was theirs for the taking, Vvardenfell belonged to the Morag Tong.

    The Dark Brotherhood will go on to encounter many more threats.  At the closing of the third Era they will near extinction when they are infiltrated by an assassin of assassins, who managed to murder even the members of the Black Hand. The Dark Brotherhood recovered, but only to be thrown into chaos again when the Great War ravaged their sanctuaries. However, they are never pulled out from the root, and like a weed the Dark Brotherhood always manages a comeback. Dear brother, only Sithis really knows what is in store for his cult of misfits, but this one suspects that evil always finds a way.

    Tamriel prays and the Void answers. Sithis indirectly brought the denizens of Tamriel into existence, does he not have the right to take us out again? Even if that means death at the hands of a Dark Brotherhood assassin? Most civilized cultures actively disregard Sithis and his Dark Brotherhood… most cultures… not all…

 

        从深红伤疤之乱中恢复后的黑暗兄弟会认为能够与之一战的对手只有,莫拉格帮。兄弟会试图渗透进Vvardenfell(瓦登费尔)以便在莫拉格帮,一个比兄弟会还要古老的刺客组织的势力范围内取得立足之地。莫拉格帮极力排斥兄弟会的入侵,并有效的将黑暗兄弟会赶出了瓦登费尔。然而黑暗兄弟会并为就此罢休,他们在撤退之前干掉了莫拉格帮的首领。尽管泰姆瑞尔对于兄弟会唾手可得,瓦登费尔却只属于莫拉格帮。

        黑暗兄弟会继续遭遇了更多的危机。在第三纪元末期,一位刺杀刺客的杀手渗透进了兄弟会,其甚至设法谋杀黑手成员,兄弟会几乎被全灭。再次恢复后,the Great War(世界大战)的爆发又摧毁了众多圣所使其陷入混乱之中。然而,他们从未被彻底毁灭,如同野草一般他们总是能够重生。兄弟,唯有西迪斯真正知道这群对其顶礼膜拜的怪人们如何自我复生,但是本人认为越是邪恶,越有办法。

        泰姆瑞尔祈求,虚空予以回应。西迪斯间接地带来泰姆瑞尔众生,难道他带走我们的性命不是理所当然?或者说这不正应对着黑暗兄弟会的刺杀契约?大多数文明的文化中都主动去漠视西迪斯和其黑暗兄弟会……很多……但并非所有。

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by 弈心羽

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