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Cult of the Watchers
*Known as the "Angel's Church" in Japanese.

【飛躍的に勢力を拡大しつつあり、すべてが謎に包まれた教団】
[Rapidly expanding its influence, a religious organization shrouded entirely in mystery]


全てが謎に包まれた教団。設立の目的・意義などはいっさい不明だが、封印を解き放ち、「再生の卵」を出現させようとしている―――と噂されている。この教団がいつ頃から活動し始めたのかは定かではないが、”前女神・アシラの時代に頻発した農村一揆や貴族の反乱などに、その兆しが見られた”と言う者もいる。現在、天使の教会の思想下にある暴徒たちは、帝国軍と呼ばれる軍隊(全員が天使の教会の信者で構成される)を組織し、各地でその勢力を拡大中である。
A religious organization shrouded in mystery. The purpose and meaning behind its founding are unknown, but it is rumored that they wish to release the seals - thereby causing the Seeds of Resurrection to appear. No-one is quite certain when they began their activities; however, there are those who say that signs were visible in the time of the previous goddess, Asherah, when rural uprisings and revolts among nobility were frequent occurrences. Currently, insurgents under the ideology of the Cult of the Watchers have formed into a force called the Imperial Army (all members being devotees of the Cult of the Watchers), and have been expanding their power across the land.

教団の本拠地は、朽ち果てて廃墟となった宮殿にある。当初は無名の小さな教団に過ぎなかったが、ある幼い少女が司教となってから神がかり的に勢力を伸ばし始め、現在では、単なる信仰集団にとどまらず、帝国軍という強大な武力を持つまでに至った。だが、教会の教義はわずか6行のみの極めて簡潔なもの。某所で発見された、帝国軍兵士の死体の脇にはこんな血文字が描かれていた。
The Cult makes their headquarters in the decaying ruins of an old palace. It was no more than a small, nameless organization at first; but since a certain young girl became their high priestess and began spreading their influence with a fanatical zeal, it has become not just a simple religious group, but one in possession of power strong enough to call itself an Imperial Army. The cult's creed, however, is an extremely brief thing consisting of merely 6 lines. Discovered in a certain place, these words were written in blood on the corpses of Imperial soldiers.

天使を語ってはならない。      Speak not the Watchers.   
天使を描いてはならない。      Draw not the Watchers.    
天使を書いてはならない。      Write not the Watchers.    
天使を彫ってはならない。      Sculpt not the Watchers.   
天使を歌ってはならない。      Sing not the Watchers.    
天使の名を呼んではならない。   Call not the Watchers' name.


天使の教会の天使を禁じる教義。それは不可思議で不気味で、グロテスクでさえある。だが、この教義は完璧なまでに履行されおり、”天使”とは何か―――その問いに答える者は皆無……まったくの謎である。
A creed prohibiting the Watchers of the Cult of Watchers. It is mysterious, eerie, perhaps even grotesque. However, that creed has been followed to absolute perfection - if one were to ask what "the Watchers" could be, there are none in existence who can answer that question...it remains a total mystery.

そんな中、天使の教会を、単なる宗教団体ではなく、一種の伝染病ではないかとする異説もある。これは、帝国軍に属する兵士やモンスターたちは例外なく両眼が赤く、著しい言語機能不全や声の変質などを引き起こす例が大数確認されているためだ。また、感染したものは常人よりも遥かに強大な力を手にするとも言われる。しかし、これはあくまで仮説に過ぎず、もし事実だとした場合、潜伏期間や感染経路など説明のつかない部分も多い。
In light of this, there are those who are of the opinion that the Cult of the Watchers is no mere religious organization, but something more akin to a sort of infectious disease. This is largely due to the fact that the Imperial Army's soldiers and monsters, without exception, have red eyes - as well as strikingly limited speech faculties and deteriorated voices. Adding to this, it is said that the infected gain a fearsome physical strength far beyond that of normal people. This is all no more than conjecture at this point, however; in the case that all this is true, there are many areas - such as the incubation period and source of infection - which are as yet unexplained.

このように、天使の教会については未だ謎が多い。しかしその背後には、人間より遥かに大きな何者かの存在が感じられる。その正体が明かされるのは、現在行われていう大戦が終結したときであろう。
Thus, the Cult of the Watchers continues to be full of mysteries. However, one can sense that behind them is an unknown existence far beyond humanity. That being's true form will likely be revealed when the current great war has ended.
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関連キーワード
帝国軍軍旗
Related Keyword: Imperial Army Flag

帝国軍の軍旗には、3つ目の双子と翼が描かれている。これは、教会の教義により、天使に関する描写が禁じられているため、司教を図案化したものである。なお、旗の布地は、生け贄として捧げられた処女の血に14日間浸すことによって、禍々しい真紅に染め上げられている。
On the Imperial Army flag are drawn a pair of 3-eyed twins, and wings. This design is likely related to the creed of the Cult of the Watchers - that it is forbidden to depict the Watchers. In addition, the fabric of the flag has been dyed an ominous shade of crimson after being soaked in the blood of a sacrificial virgin for 14 days.
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帝国軍に所属する者は、人間・モンスターを問わず、例外なく赤い眼を持つ。同時に、言語能力の低下が認められる場合も多い。その仮面、肉体的な強靭さは驚異的に高まるという。
Those of the Imperial Army, regardless of whether they are man or monster, all without exception have red eyes. It is said that appearance gives them astounding physical strength.

すべての元凶にして、天使の教会の司教であるマナ。一見するとまだあどけない少女だが、その双眸は赤く染まり、狂気の炎が揺らめく。報われない母への愛が、彼女を狂わせた―――。
Mana, the mastermind and high priestess of the Cult of the Watchers. At first glance she is still an innocent young girl; however, in those red-dyed eyes flicker the flames of madness. Her unrequited love for her mother has driven the girl to insanity....
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