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【剧情】《血源诅咒》权威剧情分析——追寻苍白之血(6)

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第六章:苏美鲁人,雅莉安娜,梅高,和欧顿

Chapter Six: The Pthumerians, Arianna, Mergo, and Oedon

“在旧神的年代,婚姻是由鲜血缔结的契约,只有那些被选定的人才有机会怀上特殊的婴儿。”—订婚之戒
“In the age of the Great Ones, wedlock was a blood contract, only permitted to those slated to bear a special child.”
-Ring of Betrothal

苏美鲁人存在于很久,很久以前,远远早于《血源诅咒》故事所发生的背景时间。然而在古苏美鲁所发生的事情与如今亚南城中的情况有着紧密的连接,远远超出亚南人自己所知道的。
The Pthumerians existed long, long ago, long before the events of Bloodborne take place. And yet the echoes of what happened in old Pthumeru resonate very deeply in the current city of Yharnam, moreso than Yharnamites can possibly know.

为了新玩家好,我只会使用能在游戏内找到的信息和证据。我会把自己个人的理解与想法留到结尾,这样你们就能根据前面列出的证据来做出属于你们自己的对于这些事物的理解。
For starters, I will use only information and evidence that can be found inside of the game. I will save my personal interpretations and beliefs for the end, so that you can make up your own mind about the evidence presented.

苏美鲁文明存在于很久很久以前,几百年甚至上千年之前。他们是一个精通古老奥术魔法的民族,尤其是有关火系和血系魔法方面。苏美鲁人的社会似乎是母系氏族, 至少最为重要的位置通常由女性担当。古老迷宫的回廊上回响着摇铃女们所摇响的凶兆之钟的的铃声。凶兆根源圣杯的描写告诉我们:“当在仪式中使用时,这个凶兆圣杯召唤着凶兆共鸣钟。摇着铃铛的女人显然是个发了疯的苏美鲁女人。”除去摇铃女之外还有看守者们,一个由不死的武士们所组成的团体,游荡在迷宫之中保护着其中的居民们。骨灰套装这样提到:“照护沉睡旧神们的看守者们永生不死。火焰仪式焚化了他们的肉身与灵魂,如今他们以灰白的形式永久存在。”这些女性们显然持有着重要的地位,尽管她们戴着面罩,我们仍然能知道她们是女性,因为她们在战斗时和死去时所发出的声音显然是由女性配音演员所配的女声。
The Pthumerian Society existed long, long ago, centuries or even millennia ago. They were a people who were masters of ancient arcane arts, specifically relating to arts of Fire and arts of Blood. The Pthumerian People seemed to be Matriarchal, or at the very least the most important positions were often held by women. The hallways of the ancient Labyrinth echo with the Sinister Bells rung by the Bell Ringers. When we look at the description of a Sinister Root Chalice we are told: “When used in a ritual, this sinister chalice summons the Sinister Resonant Bell. The bell-ringing woman appears to be a mad Pthumerian.” Aside from the Bell Ringers we have the Keepers, a group of eternal warriors who wander the Labyrinth caring for its denizens. The Bone Ash Armor states:”The keepers, who mind the slumbering Great Ones, gained eternal life, preserved in ashen form in a ceremony of flame that cremated body and soul.” These women clearly held positions of importance, and we do know they are women despite their masks, as the voice clips they play during their combat and death animations are that of a female voice actress.

到头来,还有苏美鲁女王。起初,苏美鲁人民并没有统治者,他们像普通的看管者那样管理着迷宫。大苏美鲁伊乎尔圣杯描述道:“尽管早期的苏美鲁人只不过是沉睡旧神们的卑微的看护者,他们的后代却感觉有必要为他们自己选出一位领袖。”随着苏美鲁社会逐步发展,他们也逐渐成为了一个由女王作为名义领袖的更加稳定的社会。苏美鲁的首都,伊乎尔的城名也是根据一位女王,有可能是第一位的名字而起的。然而我们所讨论的焦点则是在聚焦最后一位苏美鲁女王,亚南身上。
Finally, we have the Pthumerian Queen. Originally, the Pthumerian people had no ruler, they worked as simple caretakers of the ancient Labyrinth. The Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice: “While early Pthumerians were mere humble guardians of the slumbering Great Ones, their descendants felt entitled to name themselves a leader.” As Pthumerian society advanced, they grew into a more stable society with a Queen as their figurehead. The capital of Pthumeru, Ihyll, was named after one such Queen, possibly the first. However it is the last Queen of Pthumeru, Yharnam, who will be the focus of our analysis.

对于苏美鲁社会中的男性,他们则起到了担任劳工和军事方面的主力。内墓穴圣杯告诉了我们:“内墓穴是古老地下迷宫的外围墓窟。直到今天,守护者们依然在扩张着遍是坟茔和死者的乱坟的墓穴。”的确,玩家在迷宫中时刻能听到不死的苏美鲁人在夜以继日地扩大迷宫时铁镐发出的铿锵响声。他们由那群手持着棍棒、锯肉刀、烧红铁具甚至还有霰弹枪的看守者们监督着。
As for the men of Pthumerian Society, they seemed to provide more of a workforce and military for Pthumeru. The Hintertomb Chalice tells us: Hintertombs are the peripheral catacombs of the old underground labyrinth. To this day, the Watchers continue to expand the hintertombs, unceremonious catacombs filled with graves and death. Indeed, very often will the clanging sound of a pickaxe fill the Player’s ear as the undead Pthumerians toil away to expand the Labyrinth further and further. They are overseen by the Watchers, fat and girthy men wielding cudgels, cleavers, burning irons and even shotguns.

此外还有亚南之影:第一次在禁忌森林里遇到时,暗影们远在我们得知女王真名之前就出现在了玩家面前。唯一两个能找到亚南之影的地方是禁忌森林和曼西斯噩梦,都非常接近亚南女王出现的地方。有趣的一点是,如果玩家愿意的话他们可以把食人野猪勾引到曼西斯噩梦中的暗影们边上。暗影会与野猪作战并杀死它们,尽管过程中他们自己也可能会死。暗影并非与曼西斯学会是盟友关系。根据牛津英语词典, “暗影”这个字词有着许多种释义,最为少用的一种意思是一个形影不离的随从或是伴友。From Software非常巧妙地玩了一个文字游戏,让玩家们在第一次看到亚南之影时,自然而然地把暗影看作是亚南城市的影子,而不是亚南女王的随从。
There are also the Shadows of Yharnam; first encountered in the Forbidden Woods, the Shadows are presented to the player far before we know of the Queen’s true name. The only two places the Shadows are found are in the Forbidden Woods and in the Nightmare of Mensis, both times in places very close to Queen Yharnam herself. Interestingly enough, if the PC Hunter wishes they can lure the Maneater Boars into the Shadows found in the Nightmare of Mensis. The Shadows will fight and kill the pigs, while some of them will die in the process. The Shadows do not appear to be aligned with the School of Mensis at all. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word shadow has many definitions, the most lesser used being An inseparable attendant or companion. It’s a very clever use of ironic wordplay by From Software, to introduce the players first to the Shadows of Yharnam, leaving them to naturally associate the Shadows as being associated with the City Yharnam, as opposed to the Queen.

苏美鲁人,如同圣杯们所暗示的那样,是一群超人类。他们十分接近那些可惧的真相,就像我们能在失落的苏美鲁古城,洛然中看到的那样,他们通过血疗进化并改变了自身的形状。根据衰弱洛然城圣杯介绍的那样,“发生在这衰落之地洛然上的悲剧据说是源由自兽疫的发生。”当玩家前来到洛然的废墟时,会发现这座城市与旧亚南有许多相似之处。这是一个饱受兽疫蹂躏之处,当地绝大多数居民要么是没有理智的野兽活着就是疯狂的摇铃女。甚至还有一只野兽之尊——黑兽驻守在这里,正如同那只在旧亚南的一样,潜伏在这失落之城的最底层。在旧亚南,兽疫是由于新建的治愈教会意图用来治愈灰血病这种可怕疾病,结果失去控制的血疗导致的。低层洛然圣杯提及到:“在衰落的洛然的部分地区能找到医疗过程的痕迹。至于这些过程的目的是控制兽疫,还是疫病本身爆发的原因,仍是未知。”
The Pthumerians were, as the Chalices imply, superhuman beings. They were close to the eldritch Truth, and achieved evolution and metamorphosis through the use of blood ministration, as evidenced by the fallen Pthumerian City Loran. According to the Ailing Loran Chalice: “The tragedy that struck this ailing land of Loran is said to have its root in the scourge of the beast.” When the PC Hunter travels to the ruins of Loran, they find a city that in many ways resembles Old Yharnam. It is a place ravaged by the Scourge of the Beast, as the vast majority of its inhabitants are either mindless beasts or mad Bell Ringers. There is even a Darkbeast, the mightiest of the beasts, that lurks on the lowest level of the fallen city, just as there is one that dwells in Old Yharnam. In Old Yharnam, the Scourge of the Beast was a result of the rampant blood ministration by the then newly-founded Healing Church in an attempt to cure the horrible disease ashen blood. The Lower Loran Chalice states: “There are trace remains of medical procedures in parts of ailing Loran. Whether these were attempts to control the scourge of the beast, or the cause of the outbreak, is unknown.”

我们现在把零散的线索**起来,就能发现玩家在亚南所遭遇的一切正是曾经在古远年代的苏美鲁曾经发生过的事。通过使用来自旧神们的旧神之血,苏美鲁人获得了能够飞升进化的能力,然而随着沾污之血一块到来的便是兽疫,甚至我们在《血源诅咒》里作为猎人在现代发生的事也有可能曾经发生在过去。我们的话题又转回了女王。
We can now put the pieces together and see that what the Player is currently experiencing in Yharnam once occurred a long, long, long time ago in ancient Pthumeru. Through the use of the Old Blood of the Great Ones, the Pthumerians were able to ascend and evolve, and yet with the tainted blood came the Scourge of the Beast, and possibly even what we would refer to in the modern era of Bloodborne as a Hunt, along with a Blood Moon. This brings us back to the Queen.

“血月低悬,人兽难判。当旧神降临之时,一个被祝福的子宫便会怀上神之胎儿。”——拜金沃斯大楼中找到的笔记
When the red moon hangs low, the line between man and beast is blurred. And when the Great Ones descend, a womb will be blessed with child. -Note found in the Byrgenwerth Mansion

玩家第一次遇到女王是在击杀愚笨的蜘蛛罗姆之后。见到女王之后最让人惊恐的莫过于她那被鲜血浸透的腹部。至少对于我这样的玩家而言,这是一幕十分毛骨悚然的场面。女王就这样突然出现在月傍湖底,抬头凝视着天空哭泣着。也是在那里,玩家第一次亲眼目睹了血月,也同时听到了一个新生婴儿的哭声。曾经在古苏美鲁,兽疫蔓延且横扫大地。想必那时候也是血月升起之时,有可能也是第一次血月,那一次也有一个受过祝福的子宫孕育上了神之子。关于是不是亚南本人由于女王的身份怀上了旧神的子嗣这点尚未明了,又或者她只不过是随即被选中的一名女子,但我们可以无疑确认的是在那次猎杀中,她成为了一名旧神的母亲。而我们也可以通过她腹部被血沾染的破布得知,生产并不顺利。
The PC Hunter first encounters Queen Yharnam after the death of Rom the Vacuous Spider. The most immediately horrifyingly apparent feature of the Queen is the blood staining her stomach. It’s a sickening moment for the player, at least it was for me. She is found at the bottom of the Moonside Lake, having seemingly appeared out of nowhere, staring up at the sky and weeping. There, the PC Hunter sees the Blood Moon for the first time, and hears the cry of a newborn baby. In ancient Pthumeru, the Scourge of Beasts ravaged the land. It must have been then that the Blood Moon arose, perhaps for the very first time, and a womb was blessed with child. It’s unknown if Yharnam was impregnated by the Great Ones specifically because she was Queen, or if she was simply a woman chosen at random, but she is most assuredly assumed to have been, in that Hunt, the potential mother of a Great One. As we can see from the bloodstained rags around her stomach, the birth did not go well.

让我们跳跃到几百年后的当下的亚南,来探讨一下雅莉安娜。玩家可以在亚南教堂区找到生活在此处的雅莉安娜;这位风尘女子误以为玩家是上门来的顾客便婉拒了玩家的对话,告诉他自己在猎杀期间歇业。在玩家击败了亚梅里娅主教之后,便可以说服雅莉安娜前往欧顿小教堂或是约瑟夫卡诊所寻求庇护。一旦把她送往诊所后续剧情便全部告终,而把她送往欧顿小教堂则可以进一步发生对话和剧情。
Let us now jump forwards hundreds of years back into present day Yharnam, and discuss Arianna. The PC Hunter encounters Arianna living in the Cathedral Ward of Yharnam; the Lady of the Night mistakes the Hunter for a potential customer and sends them away, telling them that she takes Hunts off. Once the PC Hunter has defeated Vicar Amelia they can convince Arianna to seek shelter in either Oedon Chapel or Iosefka’s clinic. Sending her to the clinic will end all further interaction with her, while sending her to the Chapel will allow the PC to encounter and speak with her further.

一旦雅莉安娜与玩家猎人认识了彼此,她就像一个善良的亚南居民会做的那样为玩家这位新朋友供上一瓶她自己的血。一旦玩家接受的话,就能获取到道具“雅莉安娜之血”。也是这份道具让我们意识到雅莉安娜远比她看上去的那样复杂。 “取自雅莉安娜的血液。雅莉安娜是教堂区提供欢淫享乐的女子。旧治愈教会的成员都明白,她的血液其实就是过去的禁忌之血。”为何雅莉安娜会有着与禁忌之血类似的血液?毕竟,在亚南,血像水那样四处流溢着;每个人都在分享或是饮用者来自他人的血液。是什么让雅莉安娜的血液如此特别?让我们首先调转镜头到当玩家来到苏美鲁迷宫的最深处,也是苏美鲁伊乎尔城的底部所发生的事情。就是在这里玩家会与哭泣的苏美鲁女王,亚南发生战斗。
Once Arianna and the PC Hunter become acquainted, she does what any good Yharnamite would do and offers her new friend a vial of her blood. If the Hunter accepts, they receive the item Blood of Arianna. It is with this item that we see the first inklings that Arianna may be much more than she first seems. “Blood taken from Arianna, Cathedral Ward woman of pleasure. A member of the old Healing Church would know that her blood is similar indeed, to precisely what was once forbidden.” Why would Arianna have blood similar to something that was forbidden? After all, blood flows like water in Yharnam; anyone and everyone shares and imbibes in blood with one another. What makes Arianna’s blood special? Let us, for a moment, take a look at what the PC Hunter encounters should they go to the very depths of the Pthumerian Labyrinth, to the very bottom of Pthumeru Ihyll. It is here that the Hunter fights against the weeping Yharnam, Queen of Pthumeru.

但让我们在战斗时凑近一点仔细观察她便会发现她看上去被限制,被束缚着。布条束捆住了她的眼睛,使她看不见一切,她的手腕被锁链绑在一起以限制她的行动。显然她被困住是十分合理的;在与亚南的战斗环节中她会释放自己并展现出那只能被描述成魔法的对于血液操纵的精通。她融化自身于血,使用其来远距离移动;她使用鲜血来制造出她本人的分身,也能从指尖处挥洒出血液。她捅刺着自己的手腕到胸口来召唤出鲜血凝结所成之剑,在空中挥舞着来钉刺住玩家。
But take a closer look at her as you fight her and notice that she seems bound, chained. There is cloth bound around her eyes, blinding her, and her wrists have been tightly chained together to keep her movement restricted. She is restrained for apparently good reason; during the fight with Yharnam she will free herself from her bondage and display a mastery over blood that can only possibly be defined as magic. She melts into blood, using it to travel distances; she uses blood to create false copies of herself, she sprays blood from her fingertips; she stabs herself through the wrists and chest in order to summon blades of blood that swing through the air and impale the Hunter.

再让我们来看看躺在亚南女王居室之下的物体:一具看上去已经完全被劈成两半的释血兽的尸体。尸体的头部已经不见了,颈部则是血糊糊的残留部分。这具尸体尚能行动仅仅因为一只巨大的蜈蚣一样的生物栖息在尸身之内像控制着傀儡那样摆弄着它。这并非我们在游戏中所遇见的第一具残缺不全的尸体。在大教堂,一颗野兽的头颅骨被摆放在治愈教会用来膜拜的圣坛中央。颅骨一侧有一处大切口至另一侧,几乎要把整个头部切成两半。劳伦斯的头骨似乎符合那具无头兽尸。引用宫崎英高的话:“他的头颅象征着治愈教会的起源,但是却是一个扭曲的怪兽的形态。”正如同威廉大师警告劳伦斯的那样:“敬畏旧神之血。”劳伦斯,作为治愈教会的奠基者和圣餐仪式的提供者,显然在最后找到了他梦寐以求的升华。劳伦斯沉沦于旧神之血并且被转变成了那具尸身仍徘徊于苏美鲁伊乎尔的释血兽。极有可能他和其他人遇见了亚南女王。也许他们恐惧于女王对于操控血液的精通或是她与旧神之间的联系。又或是她的血液中由于她受孕于旧神从而掺杂着某些不好的被沾污的物质。教会可能在最后选择了将她捆束并封印起来,并将苏美鲁之血标记为禁忌之血。

Let us now take a look at what lies directly above Queen Yharnam’s chamber: the corpse of a Bloodletting Beast that appears to have been cleaved almost entirely in half. The corpse is headless, its neck a bloody stump, and only moves because an enormous centipede-like creature lives inside of the dead body and controls it like a puppet. This is not the first time we have encountered the remains of a beast that has been cleaved almost in half. In the Grand Cathedral, the centerpiece of the sacred altar of worship for the Healing Church is a Beast’s skull, with a large cleave running down one side and almost cutting it in half. The skull is a perfect fit for the headless corpse. To quote Miyazaki: “[The] skull served as the start of the Healing Church itself, but it’s taken the form of a twisted beast.” As Master Willem warned Laurence: “Fear the Old Blood.” Laurence, founder of the Healing Church and purveyor of Communion. It would appear Laurence found the evolution he craved. Laurence fell to the Old Blood and was twisted into the Bloodletting Beast, whose corpse wanders Ihyll. From this we can conclude one thing: The Healing Church was in Pthumeru Ihyll. They very likely encountered Queen Yharnam. Perhaps they feared her mastery over blood or feared her connection to the Great Ones. Perhaps there was something about her blood that was especially tainted and wrong, possibly as a result of her being impregnated by a Great One. It is likely that the Church restrained and sealed her away, marking the Pthumerian Blood as being forbidden.

再讲回雅莉安娜,人们只需看一眼她的特征就能看出她与亚南女王(老是打成延安女王……江X么2333)的相似之处。她们都有着飘洒的长发,长至拖地的长裙,以及同样动人的美貌。也许雅莉安娜就是古苏美鲁王室的后裔,或者就算她不是王室血脉,仅仅是体内基因中带有着苏美鲁之血而已。无论如何,她的血液是被禁忌的血液。如果玩家在救出女支女雅莉安娜之外还救出了修女阿黛拉,在欧顿小教堂里与雅莉安娜对话时会发现,将视角定位至一侧能看到每次在与雅莉安娜交谈时都会起身探出头看过来的阿黛拉。当玩家与雅莉安娜交谈完毕之后,阿黛拉会迅速转头移开视线装作四处看风景。这是一个绝妙的细节体现出了阿黛拉十分关注雅莉安娜,并且看出了雅莉安娜之血那亵渎的本质。
Returning back to Arianna, one only needs to take a brief look at her features to see the similarities between her and Queen Yharnam. Their flowing hair, long sweeping dress, and obvious beauty are all shared. Perhaps Arianna is a descendant of the Pthumerian Royal Family, or if not royalty perhaps she simply has Pthumerian Blood in her genes. Either way, her blood is forbidden. If the PC Hunter has also rescued Adella the Nun in addition to Arianna the Whore, they may notice that, when talking to Arianna in the Oedon Chapel, if they angle their camera to the side they can notice that every time they speak to Arianna, Adella will rise from her seat to stare and watch the conversation. When the Hunter finishes speaking to Arianna, Adella will immediately look away and pretend as if she wasn’t watching. It’s a brilliantly subtle way to show that Adella has her eye on Arianna, and is possibly aware of the blasphemous nature of her blood.

但是雅莉安娜与亚南女王的相似之处不仅限于她们的衣着与脸部特征。曾经于数个世纪前发生在亚南女王身上的命运,会再度发生于雅莉安娜身上。
But the similarities between Arianna and Queen Yharnam do not end with their clothing and facial structure. The fate that befell Queen Yharnam would, centuries later, befall Arianna.

每一个旧神都失去了自己的孩子,也因此都渴求着一个凡胎宿体。
Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate.

亚南女王的分娩并不顺畅。根据她腹部的大量血迹以及她在梅高的顶楼那里的哭泣姿态,我们只能推测是婴儿并未能活着成功出世。当血月高悬于亚南智商,雅莉安娜最先感受到来自腹内的痛苦。 “哦……我身上有些问题。”她会拒绝再提供更多她的血给玩家,并且会在玩家击杀曼西斯噩梦的米寇拉什之前不会有其他新的内容。如果玩家猎人在此之后回到教堂区的盏灯处便会发现雅莉安娜的座椅空着,以及一道清澈的血浆构成的拖延过的轨迹,一直引向欧顿墓地。沿着血迹我们可以找到,在我看来是整个游戏中最为令人厌恶的场面:啜泣着的雅莉安娜边上趴着一只浑身是血的蠕动着的天庭幼种。这场面给人一种……十分令人不快的感觉。雅莉安娜则是完全发疯了,呢喃着,啜泣着,狂笑着。“这不可能……这一切都只是场噩梦……” 幼体则是除了可悲地扭动在她脚边之外什么也不会做,直到玩家击杀了它。无论什么武器攻击方式(对于幼体)都是一击致命的。从这生物的尸体上可以获取到一个脐带:“每一个旧神都失去了自己的孩子,也因此都渴求着一个凡胎宿体,而无形的旧神欧顿也是如此。仔细一想,正是堕落之血开始了这场可怖的联络。”
Queen Yharnam’s childbirth did not go well. Judging from the massive amount of blood staining her stomach and the way she is found weeping in front of Mergo’s Loft, we can only assume that the child did not survive the birthing process. When the Blood Moon rises over Yharnam, Arianna first starts to feel pain in her stomach. “Oh… there’s something wrong with me.” She will refuse to give the PC Hunter any more of her blood, and will have nothing to say until after the Hunter has slain Micolash in the Nightmare of Mensis. If the PC Hunter returns to the Cathedral Ward they will find Arianna’s chair empty, and a trail of Serum, clear blood, leading towards the Tomb of Oedon. Following the blood trail we find what is, in my opinion, the most disturbing scene in the entire game: A sobbing Arianna next to a squirming, wriggling Celestial Larva, covered in blood. The implications are… unpleasant. Arianna has gone completely mad, muttering, sobbing, and laughing. “It can’t be… this is a nightmare…” The Larva will do nothing but squirm pathetically at her feet until the Hunter kills it. A single attack from any weapon will do the trick. Recovered from the dead creature is an Umbilical Cord: “Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate, and Oedon, the Formless Great One, is no different. To think, it was corrupted blood that began this eldritch liaison.”

以下所述完全属于我本人根据前面收集到的证据所得出的推断和猜想。请勿把以下当成是确凿无疑的事实真相。倒过来,试着用我所写的推断,来得出你们自己所相信的情况。
What follows is purely my own interpretation and belief based on the evidence I have gathered. Do not consider any of this as solid fact. Instead, use it as my interpretation, so that you can gather your own beliefs.

数个世纪以前,苏美鲁人民发现了旧神之血以及旧神们,并且使用了这种血将自己提升到了人类之上的存在。他们的地位升高,力量也变强,并且他们获取了对于火与血的奥术控制。然而旧神之血也带来了兽疫。古苏美鲁的洛然就是第一个沦陷于灾疫的城市,这也是兽疫蔓延至人民群众的突破口,苏美鲁人们也纷纷感染上了兽疫。当人与兽的界限开始变得模糊之时,血月便低悬在空中;旧神降临,一个子宫被祝福并受孕了一个胎儿。亚南女王怀上了神种,可每位旧神却都失去了子嗣。
Centuries ago, the Pthumerian people discovered the Old Blood and the Great Ones, using the blood to elevate themselves beyond humanity. Their height grew, their strength was magnified, and they gained arcane control over fire and blood. However with the Old Blood comes the Scourge of the Beast. The Pthumerian city of Loran was the first to succumb to the Scourge, as an outbreak spread throughout the populous and the Pthumerians were infected by the scourge. And when the line between man and beast is blurred, the red moon will hang low; the Great Ones will descend, and a womb will be blessed with child. Queen Yharnam was impregnated, but every Great One loses its child.

每一位旧神都失去了子嗣,梅高,亚南女王与一位旧神的孩子也不例外。唯一能从尚未出世的梅高身上挽回的只有一根他的脐带。在击败boss梅高的奶妈之后获取到的脐带描述道:“一件伟大的遗物,也被称作眼之带。所有年幼的旧神们都拥有这种脐带的雏形。每一个旧神都失去了自己的孩子,也因此都渴求着一个凡胎宿体。这根脐带使得曼西斯得以会见梅高,但是却造成了他们大脑的死产。”当曼西斯学会试图使用梅高的脐带来与梅高交流时,仪式变成了一场可怕的大灾难。但不明白的是对于旧神而言“失去”甚至“死亡”是什么意思。旧神是否会真正地死去?他们生存在一个明显高于我们所在的位面。很显然曼西斯学会尝试用梅高自己的脐带来与梅高联系,然而他们却发现了一种无法接受的关于死亡的可惧概念,以至于他们的心智遭到了完全的湮灭。
Every Great One loses its child and Mergo, Queen Yharnam’s child with a Great One, was lost as well. Born in stillbirth, the only thing that would be salvaged from Mergo would be his Umbilical Cord. Found from the defeated boss fight Mergo’s Wet Nurse, the cord reads: “A great relic, also known as the Cord of the Eye. Every infant Great One has this precursor to the umbilical cord. Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate. This Cord granted Mensis audience with Mergo, but resulted in the stillbirth of their brains.” When the School of Mensis attempted to use Mergo’s Umbilical Cord to commune with Mergo himself, the ritual was an enormous and terrible failure. It’s unclear exactly what it means for a Great One to be lost, or even to be dead. Can the Great Ones even truly die? They exist on a plane of existence so far above our own. It is likely that the School of Mensis made a connection with Mergo by using his Umbilical Cord. But what they found was an eldritch concept of death so inconceivable that it resulted in the obliteration of their minds.

可是猎杀总会一次又一次地开始,而且也的确这么发生了。红月低悬,人兽难判。于是旧神又一次降临,又有一个受祝福的子宫怀孕上了神种。一位亚南女王的后裔,雅莉安娜,怀上了起始一段可怖联系的堕落的骨肉。可是孩子是谁的?(爸爸去哪儿?)
But the Hunt will always begin again, and so it did. The red moon hung low and the line between beasts and men was blurred. And so the Great Ones descended, and a womb was blessed with child. A descendant of Queen Yharnam, Arianna, bore corrupted blood which began an eldritch liaison. But with whom?

这把我们带到了欧顿这里,一位无形的旧神。无形之神欧顿的符文写道:“没有形体的旧神欧顿,仅以声音形式存在,并以此符文作为其象征。无论是否是人类,流出的血液便是最高阶级的媒介,亦是无形旧神欧顿的精华。欧顿以及他那些无意的崇拜者们,皆在暗地里寻找珍贵的血液。”在所有旧神之中,欧顿是与《血源诅咒》所参考的洛夫克拉夫特神话里的外神最为接近的存在。欧顿是一个如此荒谬地复杂的存在以至于From Software都没有办法将他体现在游戏中,因为光是描述他的外形就已经是人类力所不能及的了(洛夫克拉夫特小说里最爱用的词:不可名状)。欧顿也是诸神中与血液关联最为紧密的神明,正像两个与他有关的符文,无形之欧顿和欧顿蠕动都是持久的血之媒介,允许玩家通过抽取自己的血液来填补储存水银子弹。治愈教会同时崇拜着多个神祇,欧顿非常有可能要么被看做是教会神谱中一位地位极高的神祇要么就是主神。甚至有专门的一座小教堂专注于对欧顿,这位血之旧神,整个教会所依赖的神明的顶礼膜拜。
This brings us to Oedon, the Formless One. The Formless Oedon rune states: “The Great One Oedon, lacking form, exists only in voice, and is symbolized by this rune. Human or no, the oozing blood is a medium of the highest grade, and the essence of the formless Great One, Oedon. Both Oedon, and his inadvertent worshippers, surreptitiously seek the precious blood.” Of all the Great Ones, Oedon is the one most similar to an Outer God of the Lovecraftian Mythos upon which Bloodborne is designed. Oedon is a being of such absurdly complex design that it would be impossible for From Software to even put him in their game, for describing his shape is something human beings simply can’t do. Oedon is also the Great One most closely associated with the Blood, as both runes associated with him, Formless Oedon and Oedon Writhe, secrete a constant medium of blood, and provide the PC Hunter with ways of replenishing or storing the Quicksilver Bullets that are fused with their own Blood. While the Healing Church worships several Gods, it is likely that Oedon is very high in their pantheon, if not their Chief God. There is an entire chapel devoted to Oedon’s worship, the Great One of Blood, around whom all of the Healing Church revolves.

欧顿,这位无形的旧神,可以说是无处不在。他真的是存在于所有地方,没有体形且只留有声音。通过这种观点,欧顿可被认作是科斯莫斯(宇宙)本身。米寇拉什在噩梦之中发现了这一点,当时正在与一位旧神沟通。他一开始将欧顿与其他神明混淆了:“啊,科斯,亦或是科斯穆……你是否听到了我们的祷告?” 在boss战过了一半之后,米寇拉什似乎突然顿悟了什么。“是科斯莫斯(宇宙)!太明显了!”它既非科斯。它亦非科斯穆。它是科斯莫斯(宇宙)。圣歌团也发现了这一点,他们的整个宗教便是基于这一点上,正如同宇宙之眼守护者徽章提到的那样:“圣歌团成员的徽章,他们都是治愈教会的精英。眼睛代表了真实的宇宙。圣歌团非常偶然而又意外地有所顿悟。我们立于此处,双脚紧紧贴着大地。但是否宇宙有可能离我们非常之近,或许就在我们头上不远处?”欧顿是如此地无处不在以至于尽管他不是犹太基督教宗教观中的上帝,却毫无疑问十分接近于上帝般的存在。圣歌团的祷文描述了他们所领悟到的真相:“苍穹既是科斯莫斯(宇宙)。”是欧顿赐孕了亚南女王,也是他赐孕了雅莉安娜。但如果欧顿是如此的无形无态,超凡脱俗,我们又何检测到他呢?
Oedon, the Formless Great One, exists quite literally all around us. He is literally everywhere, without shape and only carrying a voice. In this sense, Oedon could also possibly be referred to as the Cosmos itself. Micolash makes this discovery in the Nightmare, when he is found communing with a Great One. He begins by confusing Oedon with something else: “Ahh, Kos, or some say Kosm… Do you hear our prayers?” Halfways through the boss fight, Micolash has an epiphany. “The cosmos, of course!” It’s not Kos. It’s not Kosm. It’s Cosmos. The Choir would discover this truth as well, indeed their entire religion would be founded upon it as referenced by the Cosmic Eye Watcher Badge: “Badge of a member of the Choir, elites of the Healing Church. The eye signifies the very cosmos. The Choir stumbled upon an epiphany, very suddenly and quite by accident. Here we stand, feet planted in the earth. but might the cosmos be very near us, only just above our heads?” Oedon is so omnipresent that while he might not be God in the judeo-christian religious sense it is mostly certainly God-like. This would lead the Choir’s mantra, their epiphany: “The Sky and the Cosmos are one.” It was Oedon who impregnated Queen Yharnam, and it was Oedon who impregnated Arianna. But if Oedon is so formless, so shapeless, and so beyond us, how can we even examine him?

绝大多数玩家都会在愚笨的蜘蛛,罗姆死亡后的血月升起之后第一次听到婴儿的哭泣声。也是在这一刻现实世界与噩梦开始融合了。血月低悬,亚米达拉也变得可见了,经久不息的婴儿哭啼声也伴随着战斗并探索真相的玩家猎人,萦绕在他的耳旁。
The vast majority of players will first encounter the crying of a baby when they are first presented with the Blood Moon after the death of Rom, the Vacuous Spider. It is at this point that the line between the Waking World and the Nightmare begins to blur. The Blood Moon hangs low, the Amygdala become visible, and the constant crying of a baby will begin to follow and haunt the PC Hunter as they struggle to understand what is happening.

很多玩家都知道拥有40点洞察力,就可以在血月升起之前看见亚米达拉。但你们是否知道在罗姆死亡前就可以听见婴儿的哭声呢?我在三周目通关期间发现了这一点,我当时决定以99点洞察力开局,看看是不是会发生什么不同的事情。我所发现的是如果玩家拥有60点以上的洞察力,站在教堂区盏灯边上的雅莉安娜身旁,仔细听便也能听到婴儿的哭声。
Many players know that it is possible to see the Amygdala before the Blood Moon rises if they have at least 40 insight, but did you know it’s also possible to hear the crying baby before the death of Rom as well? I discovered this on my NG++ playthrough, in which I decided to start with 99 insight and see if anything happened differently. What I discovered is that if the PC Hunter has an insight above 60 they can hear the crying baby if they listen very closely, when they are standing directly next to Arianna in the Cathedral Ward.

尽管很多玩家都觉得毫无意义,可我们从未认真想过:倒底是谁在哭泣?在曼西斯噩梦中我们会觉得这应该是婴儿梅高的哭声,然而在经过深思熟虑之后,就会令人痛苦地发现,哭泣的绝不是梅高。梅高已死。婴儿似乎无时无刻地不在困扰着我们。当我们走上任意一段阶梯时,我们听见了微弱的哭泣声。当我们与雅莉安娜说话时,我们能听到似乎来自远处的啼哭声。当在靠近位于曼西斯噩梦的亚南女王时,我们则能听见它在嚎哭。在苏美鲁伊乎尔的底部与亚南女王交战时哭声达到了极致。每一次当玩家接近打算攻击亚南时,婴儿那尖啸的啼哭声似乎扩散在她身边。如果玩家过于靠近女王,就会被哭泣的婴儿所冻结在原地,为一股看不见的力量所麻痹,并被那未知的可怖魄力所束缚住。
But while many players think about it idly, we are never really forced to sit down and think about it: Who is crying? In the Nightmare of Mensis we are led to believe it is the child Mergo, however upon closer examination it becomes painfully obvious that the crying baby is NOT Mergo. Mergo is DEAD. The baby seems to haunt us at every turn. When walking up a random staircase, we hear the faint cry. When speaking with Arianna, we hear it off in the distance. When approaching Queen Yharnam at the Nightmare of Mensis, we hear it screaming. During the fight with Yharnam in the bottom of Pthumeru Ihyll the crying is at its worst. Every time the Hunter gets in close to try and hurt Yharnam, the shrieking wail of the baby seems to ripple around her. If the Hunter stands too close to her, they are frozen in place by the crying baby, paralyzed by an unseen force and bound by some unknowable eldritch power.

在与梅高奶妈的战斗中,我们能听见一阵萦绕于耳的旋律,在官方原声集中被命名为梅高的摇篮曲。从音乐上分析,这首曲调与《血源诅咒》的主题音乐有着同样的变音和旋律,管弦乐演奏所增强的魔力让我与许多其他在2014年E3展上迫切展望着野兽计划揭幕的魂系列粉丝一样,在第一次看到《血源诅咒》官方宣传预告片之后的几个星期里一直哼着这首曲调。梅高的摇篮曲也同样是加斯科因的八音盒,一样由她女儿在游戏早期给玩家的道具所播放的曲调。如果玩家在击败了梅高的奶妈之后,使用八音盒播放曲调,能听见一声婴儿微弱的咯咯笑声,然后便是一片静寂。
During the fight against Mergo’s Wet Nurse, we hear a haunting tune known in the Official Soundtrack as Lullaby for Mergo. Analyzed musically, it has the same shifts in tone and the same melody as Bloodborne’s main theme, the orchestral swell of power that, like many Souls fans eagerly watching E3 2014 in hopes that news of Project Beast would be revealed, I heard for the first time in Bloodborne’s official announcement trailer and was humming for weeks to come. Lullaby for Mergo is also the tune played by Gascoigne’s music box, given to the Hunter by his daughter at the very beginning of the game. If, after defeating Mergo’s Wet Nurse, the Hunter opens the music box and allows it to play, a faint giggle from a baby will be heard, followed by silence.

也许婴儿喜欢这曲子,又或者它是被玩家试图理解或是联络它的举动所逗乐了。无论如何,它无处不在。我们总是在探寻着的婴儿既无形,也无态。它只是一个以声音的形式显现的存在,那正是无形的旧神,欧顿的声音。
Perhaps the baby likes the tune, or perhaps it was amused at the Hunter’s attempt to understand or commune with it. After all, it is everywhere. The baby which we constantly seek has no form, no shape. It is a being that exists only as a voice, the voice of the Formless Great One, Oedon.

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