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The Elder Scrolls V: スカイリム 日本語版では書籍の邦題が『言葉と哲学』と訳されている。

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Words and Philosophy

Lady Allena Benoch, former master of the Valenwood Fighters Guild and head of the Emperor's personal guard in the Imperial City, has been leading a campaign to reacquaint the soldiers of Tamriel with the sword. I met with her on three different occasions for the purposes of this book. The first time was at her suite in the palace, on the balcony overlooking the gardens below.

I was early for the interview, which had taken me nearly six months to arrange, but she gently chided me for not being even earlier.

"I've had time to put up my defenses now," she said, her bright green eyes smiling.

Lady Benoch is a Bosmer, a Wood Elf, and like her ancestors, took to the bow in her early years. She excelled at the sport, and by the age of fourteen, she had joined the hunting party of her tribe as a Jaqspur, a long distance shooter. During the black year- of 396, when the Parikh tribe began their rampage through southeastern Valenwood with the aid of powers from the Summurset Isle, Lady Benoch fought the futile battle to keep her tribe's land.

"I killed someone for the first time when I was sixteen," she says now. "I don't remember it very well -- he or she was just a blur on the horizon where I aimed my bow. It meant no more to me than shooting animals. I probably killed a hundred people like that during that summer and fall. I didn't really feel like a killer until that wintertide, when I learned what it was like to look into a man's eyes as you spilled his blood.

"It was a scout from the Parikh tribe who surprised me while I was on camp watch. We surprised each other, I suppose. I had my bow at my side, and I just panicked, trying to string an arrow when he was half a yard away from me. It was the only thing I knew to do. Of course, he struck first with his blade, and I just fell back in shock.

"You always remember the mistakes of your first victim. His mistake was assuming because he had drawn blood and I had fallen, that I was dead. I rushed at him the moment he turned from me towards the sleeping camp of my tribesmen. He was caught off guard, and I wrested his blade away from him.

"I don't know how many times I stabbed at him. By the time I stopped, when the next watch came to relieve me, my arms were black and blue with strain, there was not a solid piece of him left. I had literally cut him into pieces. You see, I had no concept of how to fight or how much it took to kill a man."

Lady Benoch, aware of this deficiency in her education, began teaching herself swordsmanship at once.

"You can't learn how to use a sword in Valenwood," she says. "Which isn't to say Bosmer can't use blades, but we're largely self-taught. As much as it hurt when my tribe found itself homeless, pushed to the north, it did have one good aspect: it afforded me the opportunity to meet Redguards."

Studying all manners of weapon wielding under the tutelage of Warday A'kor, Lady Benoch excelled. She became a freelance adventurer, traveling through the wilds of southern Hammerfell and northern Valenwood, protecting caravans and visiting dignitaries from the various dangers indigenous to the population.

Unfortunately, before we were able to pursue her story of her early years any further, Lady Benoch was called away on urgent summons from the Emperor. Such is often the case with the Imperial Guard, and in these troubled times, perhaps, more so than in the past. When I tried to contact her for another talk, her servants informed me than their mistress was in Skyrim. Another month passed, and when I visited her suite, I was told she was in High Rock.

To her credit, Lady Benoch actually sought me out for our second interview on Sun's Dusk of that year. I was in a tavern in the City called the Blood and Rooster, when I felt her hand on my shoulder. She sat down at the rude table and continued her tale as if it had never been interrupted.

She returned to the theme of her days as an adventurer, and told me about the first time she ever felt confident with a sword.

"I owned at that time an enchanted daikatana, quite a good one, of daedric metal. It wasn't an original Akaviri, not even of design. I didn't have that kind of money, but it served my primary purpose of delivering as much damage with as little effort on my part as possible. A'kor had taught me how to fence, but when faced with a life or death situation, I always fell back on the old overhand wallop.

"A pack of Orcs had stolen some gold from a local chieftain in Meditea, and I went looking for them in one of the ubiquitous dungeons that dot the countryside in that region. There were the usual rats and giant spiders, and I was enough of a veteran by then to dispatch them with relative ease. The problem came when I found myself in a pitch black room, and all around me, I heard the grunts of orcs nearing in.

"I waved my sword around me, connecting with nothing, hearing their footsteps coming ever nearer. Somehow, I managed to hold back my fear and to remember the simple exercises Master A'kor had taught me. I listened, stepped sideways, swung, twisted, stepped forward, swung a circle, turned around, side-stepped, swung.

"My instinct was right. The orcs had gathered in a circle around me, and when I found a light, I saw that they were all dead.

"That's when I focused on my study of swordplay. I'm stupid enough to require a near death experience to see the practical purposes, you see."

Lady Benoch spent the remainder of the interview, responding in her typically blunt way to the veracity of various myths that surrounded her and her career. It was true that she became the master of the Valenwood Fighters Guild after winning a duel with the former master, who was a stooge of the Imperial Battlemage, the traitor Jagar Tharn. It was not true that she was the one responsible for the Valenwood Guild's disintegration two years later ("Actually, the membership in the Valenwood chapter was healthy, but in Tamriel overall the mood was not conducive for the continued existence of a nonpartisan organization of freelance warriors.") It was true that she first came to the Emperor's attention when she defended Queen Akorithi of Sentinel from a Breton assassin. It was not true that the assassin was hired by someone in the high court of Daggerfall ("At least," she says wryly, "That has never been proven."). It was also true that she married her former servant Urken after he had been in her service for eleven years ("No one knows how to keep my weaponry honed like he does," she says. "It's a practical business. I either had to give him a raise or marry him.").

The only story I asked her that she would neither admit nor refute was the one about Calaxes, the Emperor's bastard. When I brought up the name, she shrugged, professing no knowledge of the affair. I pressed on with the details of the story. Calaxes, though not in line for succession, had been given the Archbishopric of The One: a powerful position in the Imperial City, and indeed over all Tamriel where that religion is honored. Whispering began immediately that Calaxes believed that the Gods were angered with the secular governments of Tamriel and the Emperor specifically. It was even said that Calaxes advocated full-scale rebellion to establish a theocracy over the Empire.

It is certainly true, I pressed on, that the Emperor's relationship with Calaxes had become very stormy, and that legislation had been passed to limit the Church's authority. That is, up until the moment when Calaxes disappeared, suddenly, without notice to his closest of friends. Many said that Lady Benoch and the Imperial Guard assassinated the Archbishop Calaxes in the sacristy of his church -- the date usually given was the 29th of Sun's Dusk 3E 498[脚注 1]

"Of course," responds Lady Benoch with one of her mysterious grins. "I don't need to tell you that the Imperial Guard's position is as protectors of the throne, not assassins."

"But surely, no one is more trusted that the Guard for such a sensitive operation," I say, carefully.

Lady Benoch acknowledges that, but merely says that such details of her duties must remain secret as a matter of Imperial security. Unfortunately, her ladyship had to leave early the next morning, as the Emperor had business down south -- of course, I couldn't be told more specifics. She promised to send me word when she returned so we could continue our interview.

As it turned out, I had business of my own in the Summurset Isle, compiling a book on the Psijic Order . It was therefore with surprise that I met her ladyship three months later in Firsthold. We managed to get away from our respective duties to complete our third and final interview, on a walk along the Diceto, the great river that passes through the royal parks of the city.

Steering away from questions of her recent duties and assignments, which I guessed rightly she was loath to answer, I returned to the subject of swordfighting.

"Frandar Hunding," she says. "Lists thirty-eight grips, seven hundred and fifty offensive and eighteen hundred defensive positions, and nearly nine thousand moves essential to sword mastery. The average hack-and-slasher knows one grip, which he uses primarily to keep from dropping his blade. He knows one offensive position, facing his target, and one defensive position, fleeing. Of the multitudinous rhythms and inflections of combat, he knows less than one.

"The ways of the warrior were never meant to be the easiest path. The archetype of the idiot fighter is as solidly ingrained as that of the brilliant wizard and the shrewd thief, but it was not always so. The figure of the philosopher swordsman, the blade-wielding artist are creatures of the past, together with the swordsinger of the Redguards, who was said to be able to create and wield a blade with but the power of his mind. The future of the intelligent blade-wielder looks bleak in comparison to the glories of the past."

Not wanting to end our interviews on a sour note, I pressed Lady Allena Benoch for advice for young blade-swingers just beginning their careers.

"When confronted with a wizard," she says, throwing petals of Kanthleaf into the Diceto. "Close the distance and hit 'im hard."

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「16歳の時、初めて人を殺したわ」と、彼女は言った。「あまりよくは憶えていないけれど-- 彼か彼女は私が弓を向けた地平線上の影でしかなかったわ。それは私にとって、動物を射る以上の深い意味はなかった。おそらく、その夏と秋で100人程はそのように殺したわ。冬場までは自分が殺人者である実感はなかったわ。彼の血を流しながら、その男の目に見入ることがどのようなことかを知るまではね」





「剣の使い方は、ヴァレンウッドでは学べないわ」と、彼女は言った。「ボズマーが剣を扱えないと言っているのではなくて、私たちは概して独学なの。北に押し込まれて、部族が土地を失ったときはとても辛かったけれど、1つだけ良い側面があったわ-- レッドガードに出会う機会を与えてくれたの」










ベノク夫人は残りの会談を、概して率直な言いかたで、彼女と彼女の経歴を取り巻く様々な俗説の真相を話すことに費やした。彼女が帝国軍の魔闘士の手下であった元マスター、裏切り者のジャガル・サルンとの決闘に勝ち、ヴァレンウッド戦士ギルドのマスターになったのは事実であった。二年後にヴァレンウッドギルドが崩壊したのは、彼女に責任があったと言うのは事実ではない。(「実際、ヴァレンウッド支部の構成員数は健全だったのだけれど、タムリエル全体の雰囲気が自由契約の戦士たちの無党派組織の存続に貢献しなかったの」)彼女が初めて皇帝の目に留まったのは、センチネル女王アコリシブレトンの暗殺者から守った時であることは事実であった。が、暗殺者がダガーフォールの最高裁判所の誰かによって雇われたと言うのは事実ではなかった。(「少なくとも… それは証明されていないわ」と、彼女は顔をしかめながら言った)11年間彼女の下で奉仕をしていた、元召使いであったウルケンと結婚したのも事実であった。(「彼ほどに私の武器の手入れを熟知している人はいないわ。実務的よ。彼の給料を上げるか、結婚するかしかなかったのよ」彼女は言った。)

問いかけた話で唯一、彼女が認めも反論もしなかったのは、皇帝の婚外子であるキャラクセスの話に関してである。彼の名を挙げたとき、肩をすくめ、その事件については何もしらないと明言した。私は話の詳細でたたみかけた。キャラクセスは皇位を継承でき得る立場にはいなかったが、最高神の大司教職を与えられていた-- その宗教が崇拝されているタムリエル全土や帝国においては強力な身分である。すぐさま、キャラクセスはタムリエルの非宗教的政権と、特に皇帝に対して神々が憤っていると信じているとの噂がささやかれ始めた。キャラクセスは神政国家を成立させるために、帝国に対する大規模反乱を支持したとさえも言われていた。

皇帝とキャラクセスの関係は非常に荒れ、教会の権限を制限する法案が可決されたのは確かな真実です、と私は続けた。キャラクセスが親友にも告げずに突然消えてしまうまでは。多くの人々は、ベノク夫人と帝国軍衛兵が、大司教キャラクセスを彼の教会内の聖具室で暗殺したと言っていました-- 通常言われている日付は、第三紀498年、黄昏の月29日[脚注 1]



ベノク夫人はそれを認めたが、そのような義務の詳細は、帝国の安全のために秘密にしておく必要があるとだけ言った。残念ながら貴婦人は、皇帝が南に用事があるため次の日の早朝には出発しなければならなかった-- 当然、具体的には教えてもらえなかった。彼女は、会談を続けられるように、戻った際には教えてくれることを約束した。







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  1. 1.0 1.1 この日付は事実上不正確である。Third Era (第3紀) は Oblivion Crisis の終わりに 3E 433 (433年) で終わっている。)

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