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【书籍搬运】A Minor Maze 辅修迷宫

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:A_Minor_Maze
翻译:花溪流萤
 

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迷离遗迹的恶名起源于第三纪元早期。本地曾是混乱法杖部件的出土地之一,该杖随后被用于Jagar Tharn的篡位行动中,直至帝国幻象终结。从此此地的糟糕印象便深深的植入帝国人民的脑海中,今天这个遗迹只有个别忠实信徒偶尔前来朝拜,寻访不朽英雄的足迹。

然而,与之同名的迷宫却鲜为人知。

这座遗迹的前身乃是巨龙信徒所建神庙。其后逐渐演化为Bromj尤娜ar城,那个纪元的宏大城池之一。Bromj尤娜ar被认为是巨龙信仰巅峰时期天际省的文化中心。然而很少有历史记载给出具体说明,因此该说法虽无法得到印证,但也无从辩驳,但毋庸置疑的是,当时最高阶的龙祭司均在此会面,磋商统治事宜。

然而,随着龙之信仰的没落,该城亦难逃瓦解宿命。此后多年,一直遗弃在那里,成为讽刺诺德人彼时愚昧(指巨龙崇拜)的警示地标,直到沙利多到来之后,才焕发新生。

首席法师沙利多以其第一纪元所著丰功伟绩而名垂青史。大量传说都在歌颂他单枪匹马力撼锻莫军团,使用秘传法术建起永冬城,从阿卡托什那里领悟永生奥秘,以及一手重建迷旋遗迹等光荣事迹。

虽然有关沙利多的许多传说都属夸大其词或者纯属捏造,然而对其重建 迷旋遗迹,我们或可找到证据支持。

沙利多一直致力于拟定高阶法师评审准则运动,而且不支持依照施法层面进行评定。这项努力遭到了正统魔法协会,魔法学院联盟以及永冬学院内部的广泛质疑。

在这项想法的推动下,沙利多在Bromj尤娜ar遗迹地底建造了迷离迷宫,以期对首席法师候选人进行测试。虽然穿越迷宫并未明确列为参测项目,仍有不少测试者葬身其中。沙利多重视理论知识与具体实践有机结合这一观点,随后这种想法被用于迷离迷宫的具体实践上。

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沙利多的迷离迷宫实际由两座迷宫交叉而成,总体布局呈漏斗形。两座迷宫环环相扣,不可分割,这令解谜本身蕴含的魔法实战意义大增:
 

两个入口-一个出口

变化术将引领

你走向毁灭

只有幻术方能展现

求生之路

不可主动召唤

但可响应召唤


我们只能猜测该测试的确有解,因为迷离迷宫的臭名昭著之处,不仅是其埋葬了大批首席法师候选者,而是那些成功者对解法讳莫如深。

时光荏苒,迷离迷宫最终中止了使用,并被现代魔法组织视为荒蛮岁月魔法残酷历史的见证而再次荒废,野兽在此大量滋生,行人唯恐避之不及。恰如遗迹本身即将沉入大海那般,其久远历史和及其秘宝亦将逐渐被我们淡忘。

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A Minor Maze: Shalidor & Labyrinthian
A brief history of Labyrinthian


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Labyrinthian's modern notoriety was gained in the early part of theThird Era. Part of the Staff of Chaos was recovered from the Labyrinthian, which became instrumental in the overthrow of Jagar Tharn, ending the Imperial Simulacrum. The site has since become embedded in the minds of all subjects of the Empire, and the ruins are occasionally visited by Loyalist pilgrims, re-tracing the steps of the Eternal Champion.
The namesake of Labyrinthian is somewhat less commonly known, however.
The foreboding ruins were originally built as a temple to the Dragons. This grew intoBromjunaar, a great city of that era. Bromjunaar is believed by some to have been the capital ofSkyrim at the height of the Dragon Cult's influence there. Little historical record exists to verify or refute this, but it is known that the highest ranking Priests of the Cult met at Labyrinthian to discuss matters of ruling.
Bromjunaar crumbled, however, along with the rest of the Dragon Cult, and the site lay abandoned for many years, a deteriorating reminder of those benighted days for the Nords. Not until the days of Shalidor would the ruins come into use again.
Shalidor the Archmage was famous for his exploits in the First Era. Various tales tell of him battling Dwemer legions single-handedly, building the city in Winterhold with a whispered spell, stealing the secret of life from Akatosh, or constructing Labyrinthian himself.
While many Shalidor legends are hyperbole or outright fabrication, we can discover some truth behind his involvement with Labyrinthian.
Shalidor stood at the forefront of a movement to enact higher standards among mages, and to discourage spell-use among the common castes. This effort is dubiously credited with the original organization and formation of the schools of magic and the foundation of the College at Winterhold.
Consistent with this mentality, Shalidor constructed his Labyrinth deep within the ruins of Bromjunaar to test new Archmages. While navigating the destroyed city itself was not explicitly a part of the test, many candidates did not survive the journey. Shalidor valued both academic knowledge as well as practical skill, and simply getting to the Labyrinth required the latter.



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Shalidor's Labyrinthian is actually two intersecting mazes, in an hourglass pattern. One maze could not be completed without exiting the other first, which makes the only existing instruction for the test especially mysterious:

Enter Twice - Exit Only Once
Alteration will lead
you to Destruction
Only Illusion shows the
way to Restoration
Conjure not, but
be conjured instead

We can only guess at what the solution to the test may have been, as Labyrinthian became notorious not only for the number of potential archmages who died there, but for the intense secrecy of those who succeeded.
Labyrinthian eventually ceased to be used, and is regarded as a symbol of a more brutal age by modern institutions for magical studies. The ruins lay empty again, overrun with wild animals and avoided by travelers. The long history and legacy of this place, however, seems as likely to be erased from our minds as the ruins themselves are likely to sink into the sea.

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