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【书籍搬运】Chimarvamidium 奇玛瓦米迪安

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Chimarvamidium

中文翻译:

《锻莫古语》之六:奇玛瓦米迪安

——马罗巴·苏尔

在多次战役之后,谁将赢得战争已是再明显不过的事情了。纵然奇莫无论魔法还是肉搏都技艺精湛,可他们面对的却是穿着由吉拿戈(Jnaggo)打造的坚盾硬甲的锻莫大军,因此便几乎不再有胜利的希望了。为了让这片大地的和平多少能够持续下去,军队统领斯托文(Sthovin)与“野兽”卡伦尼西尔·巴里夫(Karenithil Barif the Beast)签署了停战条约。为了换取争议领土,斯托文将一架强力傀儡交给了巴里夫,而这台机械将保护奇莫免遭北方野蛮人的骚扰。

巴里夫对自己拿到的礼物很是满意,将其带回了大营,而营中所有战士都对这机械敬畏不已。它看上去就像一个高傲的锻莫骑士,全身上下闪着金光。为了看看它到底有多厉害,他们把傀儡安放在竞技场中央,然后朝他丢出魔法箭矢与闪电。可这机械动作灵活,基本上没多少箭矢能击中它。这机械的髋部装有枢轴装置,使其可以双足踏地稳固不动,在避开进攻冲击的同时还能继续保持平衡。之后袭来的则是一连串火球,而傀儡屈膝旋转,灵巧地躲开了那些爆炸。就算有几次确实被击中了,它也确保击中点位于胸前腰间,那正是它周身最坚固装甲的所在。

见有了如此灵活又强大的机械,军队全体都雀跃不已。有它领军防御,来自天际的野蛮人就再也不能劫掠他们的村庄了。他们将机械命名为“奇玛瓦米迪安”,即“奇莫之希望”。

巴里夫在他的全体侍卫帮助下,把傀儡搬进了自室。他们在那里更进一步地测试了奇玛瓦米迪安,测试它的力量、速度以及抗性。他们没有找到任何设计缺陷。

“想象一下,那群光着身子的野蛮人跑来劫掠时第一次看见这家伙的场景。”一个侍卫笑着说。

“唯一可惜之处在于它代表的是锻莫,而不是我们。”卡伦尼西尔·巴里夫若有所思,“比起我们他们将会更尊重我们的另外一个敌人,这挺恼火的。”

“我觉得我们真不应该接受那条停战协定。”最为好战的另外一名侍卫说,“现在要对斯托文发动奇袭是不是有点晚了?”

“进攻永远没有太晚这一说。”巴里夫回答道,“但他的那些硬甲战士要怎么办?”

“我所知的是,”巴里夫的谍报总管说,“他的士兵总在清晨之时起床。如果我们在此之前的一小时发动进攻,他们就是全无防御,还没有洗漱,更不要说穿甲了。”

“如果我们能活捉他们的盔甲匠吉拿戈,那就也能知晓他们的工艺秘密了。”巴里夫说,“就这么决定了。我们在明天黎明之前一小时发起攻击。”

于是就这么定下了。奇莫的军队在夜里急行军,冲入了锻莫的营地。他们依赖奇玛瓦米迪安进行第一波进攻,但它却突然功能损坏,开始掉头攻击奇莫的军队。不仅如此,锻莫士兵都是全副武装,精力充沛,早已准备好了血战。奇袭变成了反方向,绝大多数奇莫的高阶军官,包括“野兽”卡伦尼西尔·巴里夫本人,都被活捉了。

尽管他们自己过分骄傲,不愿低头询问原因,斯托文倒主动告诉他们,他接到了自己人的通讯,获知了这场突袭。

“我们的营地里会有你的人?”巴里夫冷笑道。

奇玛瓦米迪安一直在俘虏身边站得笔直,此刻则挪除了自己的头部。在那个金属身躯里面的正是盔甲匠吉拿戈。

“8岁的锻莫小孩就会制造傀儡,”他解释道,“但只有一位真正伟大的战士和锻造大师才能假扮傀儡。”

出版商注释:

这部选集里确实可以追溯到锻莫的故事为数不多,此篇正是其中之一。尽管与艾德莫语的旧版相比遣词用句大有不同,但故事的关键要素倒都是一致。

锻莫大概是第一个装备重甲的种族。必须要注意到的是,在这篇故事里一个穿着盔甲的人竟然能愚弄这么多奇莫。另外要注意的是奇莫战士的反应。在这篇故事首次出现的时候,全身穿甲一定还很罕见,属于新鲜事物,而在那时,锻莫制造的傀儡和百夫长型机械倒已是人所共知了。

马罗巴·苏尔,有时也会少见地学术化起来,保存原作中的一些片段,并未加以改动,比如说艾德莫语版本里的部分原话,“八岁锻莫造傀儡,锻莫合体八人成。”

这个故事里让如我这样的学者十分感兴趣的另外一个要素则是提到了“通讯”。在这篇故事中,以及其他故事里,都暗示了锻莫整体作为一个种族可以进行某些无声的魔法交流。我们也能找到关于塞伊克教团的某些纪录,里面暗示他们也知晓这个秘密。无论情况究竟如何,并不存在已知的“通讯”法术。塞瑞迪尔历史学家波古西鲁斯·玛里尔(Borgusilus Malier)最先将其作为锻莫失踪问题的答案加以探讨。他的理论是在第一纪元668年,全体锻莫都被他们中一名强大的哲人-巫师(一些文献中记载为“卡格尔纳克”(Kagrnak))通讯召集起来,目的是开启一次伟大旅程;而这旅程是如此卓越深远,让他们抛弃了所有的城市与土地,整体加入到走向异国他乡的任务中去。

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After many battles, it was clear who would win the War. The Chimer had great skills in magick and bladery, but against the armored battalions of the Dwemer, clad in the finest shielding wrought by Jnaggo, there was little hope of their ever winning. In the interests of keeping some measure of peace in the Land, Sthovin the Warlord agreed to a truce with Karenithil Barif the Beast. In exchange for the Disputed Lands, Sthovin gave Barif a mighty golem, which would protect the Chimer's territory from the excursions of the Northern Barbarians.
Barif was delighted with his gift and brought it back to his camp, where all his warriors gaped in awe at it. Sparkling gold in hue, it resembled a Dwemer cavalier with a proud aspect. To test its strength, they placed the golem in the center of an arena and flung magickal bolts of lightning at it. Its agility was such that few of the bolts struck it. It had the wherewithal to pivot on its hips to avoid the brunt of the attacks without losing its balance, feet firmly planted on the ground. A vault of fireballs followed, which the golem ably dodged, bending its knees and its legs to spin around the blasts. The few times it was struck, it made certain to be hit in the chest and waist, the strongest parts of its body.
The troops cheered at the sight of such an agile and powerful creation. With it leading the defense, the Barbarians of Skyrim would never again successfully raid their villages. They named it Chimarvamidium, the Hope of the Chimer.
Barif has the golem brought to his chambers with all his housethanes. There they tested Chimarvamidium further, its strength, its speed, its resiliency. They could find no flaw with its design.
"Imagine when the naked barbarians first meet this on one of their raids," laughed one of the housethanes.
"It is only unfortunate that it resembles a Dwemer instead of one of our own," mused Karenithil Barif. "It is revolting to think that they will have a greater respect for our other enemies than us."
"I think we should never accepted the peace terms that we did," said another, one of the most aggressive of the housethanes. "Is it too late to surprise the warlord Sthovin with an attack?"
"It is never too late to attack," said Barif. "But what of his great armored warriors?”
"I understand," said Barif's spymaster. "That his soldiers always wake at dawn. If we strike an hour before, we can catch them defenseless, before they've had a chance to bathe, let alone don their armor."
"If we capture their armorer Jnaggo, then we too would know the secrets of blacksmithery," said Barif. "Let it be done. We attack tomorrow, an hour before dawn."
So it was settled. The Chimer army marched at night, and swarmed into the Dwemer camp. They were relying on Chimarvamidium to lead the first wave, but it malfunctioned and began attacking the Chimer's own troops. Added to that, the Dwemer were fully armored, well-rested, and eager for battle. The surprise was turned, and most of the high-ranking Chimer, including Karenithil Barif the Beast, were captured.
Though they were too proud to ask, Sthovin explained to them that he had been warned of their attack by a Calling by one of his men.
"What man of yours is in our camp?" sneered Barif.
Chimarvamidium, standing erect by the side of the captured, removed its head. Within its metal body was Jnaggo, the armorer.
"A Dwemer child of eight can create a golem," he explained. "But only a truly great warrior and armorer can pretend to be one."
Publisher's Note
This is one of the few tales in this collection, which can actually be traced to the Dwemer. The wording of the story is quite different from older versions in Aldmeris, but the essence is the same. "Chimarvamidium" may be the Dwemer "Nchmarthurnidamz." This word occurs several times in plans of Dwemer armor and Animunculi, but it's meaning is not known. It is almost certainly not "Hope of the Chimer," however.
The Dwemer were probably the first to use heavy armors. It is important to note how a man dressed in armor could fool many of the Chimer in this story. Also note how the Chimer warriors react. When this story was first told, armor that covered the whole body must have still been uncommon and new, whereas even then, Dwemer creations like golems and centurions were well known.
In a rare scholarly moment, Marobar Sul leaves a few pieces of the original story intact, such as parts of the original line in Aldmeris, "A Dwemer of eight can create a golem, but an eight of Dwemer can become one."
Another aspect of this legend that scholars like myself find interesting is the mention of “the Calling.” In this legend and in others, there is a suggestion that the Dwemer race as a whole had some sort of silent and magickal communication. There are records of the Psijic Order which suggest they, too, share this secret. Whatever the case, there are no documented spells of "calling." The Cyrodiil historian Borgusilus Malier first proposed this as a solution to the disappearance of the Dwemer. He theorized that in 1E 668, the Dwemer enclaves were called together by one of their powerful philosopher-sorcerers ("Kagrnak" in some documents) to embark on a great journey, one of such sublime profundity that they abandoned all their cities and lands to join the quest to foreign climes as an entire culture.

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