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【书籍搬运】On Lycanthropy 变兽病

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英文名:On Lycanthropy
作者:未知
原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Tamriel:On_Lycanthropy
翻译:yahoocom

怎样才能使一个人对研究变兽病产生兴趣呢?我曾经问过几个同事这个问题,后来发现他们都是遇见某种恐怖的变兽者后才进入这个领域的.我也不例外.

在Skyrim行省,有一种防止熊人袭击的古老方法就是磨平你住所周围树木上的犬属根.在我年少时,那时的我还很愚蠢(可能现在我还和以前一样愚蠢吧), 我一直期待能遇到一只熊人,希望他能像人们所说的那么有震撼力和传奇色彩.我沿着森林中一系列奇怪的脚印追寻过去,直到脚印消失.那时的我心中并没有一丝的害怕,甚至没有想过如果熊人真的出现后我该怎么办.现在回想起这件事….以托尔胡子为誓,我为那此没有结果的调查而感到侥幸.

后来我的确看到了这种变兽者,但它不是熊人.它是一个狼人,一名"普通"种类的的狼人,就是在Tamriel大陆的任一角落都可以找到的那种.我的父亲是一名牧师,在每年冬季最寒冷的日子里他都让那些在Falcrenth的乞丐和流浪者住到相对暖和的神庙地下室.我们还给他们准备了温暖的麦饭.我和我的兄弟姐妹们则非常热衷于在冬季的地下室进行这种慈善事业活动,因为在那里大家就像是在聚会那样.经常有旅行者说一些有趣或者古怪的奇闻异事,在那里的气氛也通常是轻松而又友好的,直到那个夜晚.

根据已有的规定,如果有乞丐身体不适或者他们想要更好的休息而不是交谈和食物的话,他们可以去地下室最边上的床上睡觉.因为在那里可以更加安静一些.而大家那时都在享受着一首歌,我的妹妹Gethessa则随着歌声跳着舞.歌声停止了,但是一阵合唱的曲调却从地下室另一边的黑暗之中传来.人们有的喝醉了有的则不能理解那合唱声是怎么回事.过了大约1分种后人们才发现那阵声音并不是所谓的合唱,而是嚎叫.

人们对那嚎叫声都不是很关心,因为有一些年老的旅者经常会受到恶梦的困扰而发声.但是我父亲手下的一位牧师还是走了过去试图去安抚那位嚎叫者.当他走进黑暗的那一刹那,我们都听见了另一种声音.那是狼的咆哮声,接着我们又听见了那名牧师的尖叫声.

“那是狼人!”那位年老的吟游诗人大喊了起来,刚才就是由他来指导大家唱歌的.整个地下室开始混乱了.

人们都惊慌失措,在这种情形下我推开了地下室的门并逃到了雪地之上.当我回头看时,我还是能发现有不少勇敢的人毅然冲入了黑暗之中与狼人搏斗(当然他们之中有不少醉鬼).他们全部,对,几乎瞬间被杀死了.

我的父亲在听到了动静以后就赶了过来并在最后一个幸存者逃出地下室后封住了地下窖门.那时有一位在Falcrenth法师公会的经验丰富的战斗法师,为了回报我父亲曾经对他的帮助,他进入了地下室并杀死了那个野兽.

"不是很困难"当他从地窖中出来后说到,他手中提着那只野兽的尸体.“冬天对他来说应该也是一样的严酷.”尽管他表现的十分的勇敢,但很明显的可以看出,在他脸上和胸口的血迹并不仅仅来自他的敌人.

无论你听了怎样的传说,狼人在死后并不会变回原来的人形状态.那时候,我有了这样一个机会看着他那躺在雪地上冒着热气的尸体.当然,很快那个野兽的尸体就被拖走并烧毁了.他的牙齿上还残留着乞丐们的血渍,非常恐怖,但他的爪子看起来更让我惊恐不已.现在我已经见过不少变兽者与假人,元素使或者其它一些不能被正常武器伤害的生物战斗.因此我推断变兽者们的爪子的作用应该相当于那些附魔后的武器.

在Black Marsh行省和晨风行省的南部沼泽地域生活着鳄鱼人.在Black Marsh行省和帝国行省,Elsweyr行省湿地的交界处还生活着狮人.Valenwood行省的鹰人则没有在别的行省被发现.猪人们更适应High Rock行省和HammerfeLL行省的气候.我前面提到过,熊人是Skyrim地区最常见的变兽者,在High Rock行省,帝国行省以及晨风行省的北部地区也能发现他们的踪迹.狼人则存在于每一个行省.第七种变兽者我从来都没见过,但我相信我同事们的描述:那就是在Tamriel大陆周围海域中的鲨鱼人.

在这一生,我都致力于对变兽者的研究和归类.但当我试图去了解他们时,我发现我仍然像个被锁在地窖中的孩子那样,对他们的知识还是那么的浅薄.例如,变兽病在感染后的第一时间内是可以被治愈的,但等过了那个时候,患者的命运就被注定了.我的熟人们没有一个治愈过经过第一次变身后的变兽者.在另一方面,我的一位同僚正在调查High Rock行省Glenpoint地区山地里的女巫集会,这些集会被传言有治愈变兽人的方法,但我对此抱怀疑态度.

也许他们在自己的命运被确定后才变的如此具有攻击性吧.我曾经打开过一个狼人尸体的肚子,我发现在他的肚子里残留的草根和草莓的数量要多过动物肉.因此我的结论是:他们没必要攻击并吃掉人类来使自己生存.当然,也可以说是变兽病让他们丧失理智的,或者说是变兽者们为了保护自己而到处传播这种疾病?我也不清楚,可以肯定的说我们永远都不会清楚因为我们都没有经历过变兽病.当然,如果我们得了那种病的话,一切都晚了.

新手注释:
Skyrim行省——————Tamriel大陆最北面的一个行省.诺德人的家乡.

Falcrenth—————Skyrim行省的一座城市.

Black Marsh——————-Tamriel大陆东南面的一个行省.亚龙人的家乡.

Elsweyr———————Tamriel大陆西南面的一个行省.虎人的家乡.

Valenwood行省—————Tamriel大陆西南面的一个行省.木精灵的家乡.

High Rock——————-Tamriel大陆西北面的一个行省.布莱顿人的家乡.

晨风—————————Tamriel大陆东面的一个行省.黑精灵的家乡.

HammerfeLL————————-Tamriel大陆西面的一个行省.红色守卫的家乡.

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On Lycanthropy
by Varnard Karessen
Studies of the nature and habits of Lycanthropes


How does one become interested in studying the disease lycanthropy? I have interviewed a number of my peers, and discovered that to a man, they have all entered the field after a horrifying encounter with a lycanthrope of some variety. I am no exception.
In Skyrim, it is an old tradition to rub canis root on the trees surrounding your house as a ward against werebears. When I was young and stupid (as opposed, I guess, to being old and stupid as I am now), I always had hoped to meet a werebear to see if they were as impressive as legend suggested. I would follow strange tracks in the woods until they disappeared, with no fear or even thought about what I would do after I had found my quarry. By Thorig's beard, I was lucky that my investigations were fruitless.
When I did finally see a lycanthrope, it was not a werebear. It was a werewolf, the "common" lycanthope, which can be found in every part of Tamriel. My father was a priest and during the coldest part of the winter, he allowed the beggars and riffraff of Falcrenth to stay in the relative warmth of the cellar of his temple. We would even supply warm barley stew. My sisters and brothers and I actually enjoyed this bit of philanthropy, for in the cellars during the winter, it seemed there was a constant party. There were always travellers with interesting stories and eccentricities, and the atmosphere in the cellars was always light and friendly. Until that night.
By an established tradition, the beggars who were sick or wanted rest more than food and companionship would go to the cots at the farthest, darkest end of the cellar when they could be assured at least relative quiet. We were enjoying a song, and my sister Gethessa was dancing to the amusement of all. The song ended, but a chorus continued from the darkness at the far end of the cellar. As drunk and incomprehensible as most of the carolers were, it took a minute for us to realize that the sound we were hearing was not singing, but screaming.
No one was too concerned, for some of the older tramps often suffered from vivid nightmares. Nevertheless, one of father's priests went to silence the screamer and the moment he disappeared into the murk, we heard another sound. The snarl of a wolf. Then we heard the priest screaming as the original scream died off.
"Werewolf!" cried the old bard who had been leading the song. The cellar exploded into chaos.
I was pushed out the cellar door into the snow with the first wave of panic, but I could see that some of the more brave (or more drunk) hobos were rushing into the darkness to do battle with the lycanthrope. They were all, of course, almost instantly killed.
My father, upon hearing of his unwelcome visitor, sealed off the cellar after the last survivor of the carnage had left. A seasoned battlemage from the Falcrenth Mages Guild, who owed father a favor, went into the cellar and slew the beast.
"Not too tough," he said as he emerged, carrying the carcass with him. "Winter must have been tough on him too." Despite his bold words, the blood on his face and chest did not only come from his foe.
Werewolves do not revert to their human forms upon death, despite what legends will tell you. I had the opportunity to look at the monster's steaming body out in the snow before it was carried away to be burned. The teeth, clotted with the flesh of the beggars, were horrifying, but the claws shocked me even more. I have since seen live lycanthropes battle golemsatronachs, and other beings not harmed by mundane weapons, and concluded that they act as naturally enchanted weapons.
Because the werewolf is the most ubiquitous of lycanthropes, the term lycanthropy has been used since ancient days to describe the disease that transforms men into half-beast, although lycanthrope only strictly should refer to men who change into werewolves. But that is semantics. There are certainly differences between the seven documented forms of lycanthropy in Tamriel, but more similarities.
In Black Marsh and southern Morrowindwerecrocodiles stalk the swamps. Black Marsh also shares with the Imperial Province and the wetter parts of Elsweyr the vile presence of werelions. Valenwood's werevultures are not found in any other province. The wereboar has found both the climates of High Rock and Hammerfell amenable. As I mentioned before, the werebear is the most common lycanthrope in Skyrim, and is also found in the northern parts of High Rock, the Imperial Province, and Morrowind. The werewolf can be found in every province. The seventh lycanthrope, which I have never seen but my trusted peers have assured me exists, is a wereshark that roams the oceans around Tamriel.
I have spent my life categorizing and observing lycanthropes, but I sometimes feel that I am still a child trapped in a cellar in my attempts to understand them. I know, for example, that lycanthropy can be cured shortly after infection, but after that time, the victim is doomed. No one of my acquaintance has cured themselves after undergoing the first transformation. On the other hand, I have a colleague investigating a coven of witches in the Glenpoint foothills of High Rock who are rumored to have a cure. I remain dubious.
Perhaps it is because they are doomed that makes lycanthropes so aggressive. I have removed the contents of a werewolf's stomach and found more remnants of roots and berries than animal flesh. My conclusion is that they do not need to attack and devour humans to survive. Yet, for some reason they do. Does lycanthropy drive them mad, or do lycanthropes feel the need to spread the disease as a form of procreation? I do not know. I am not certain that any of us who are not lycanthropes ourselves will ever know. And then, of course, it's too late.

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