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【书籍搬运】Azura and the Box 阿祖拉与盒子

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原文作者: 马罗巴·苏尔
原文地址: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Azura_and_the_Box

即便尼须巴享受过热爱冒险的青春时光,他仍不可避免的变老,成为一个富有智慧、用一生求真理和除迷信的锻模老人。他有许多发明,创造了许多定理和独有的逻辑结构。但世界上依然有许多谜令他不解,其中最大的谜团就是伊德拉和迪德拉的本质。通过他的研究,他渐渐得出结论:许多的神完全是由人类或精灵捏造出来的。

不过,没有别的问题比神力界限更加困扰尼须巴了。到底是这个世界的主宰更有力量,还是卑贱的生物更有力量去掌握命运?尼须巴感到自己生命已接近尾声,他认为,自己必须发掘这最后且最基本的真相。

智者的朋友里,有一位名为阿希尼克的奇莫祭司。当祭司参观Bthalag-Zturamz1时,尼须巴告诉他,自己想发现神力的本质。阿希尼克吓一大跳,他恳请他的朋友不要打破这伟大的奥秘,但尼须巴态度非常坚决。最后阿希尼克同意帮助挚友,尽管他害怕,结局将是亵渎神祗。

阿希尼克呼唤了阿祖拉。于通常的仪式下,这位神职者宣誓信仰阿祖拉的力量,在阿祖拉承诺不伤害他后,尼须巴背着一个大盒子,和他的十几个学生进入了召唤厅。

“如您所见,阿祖拉,在我们的大地上,你是黄昏与黎明的神祗,蕴含无数的奥秘于其中,”尼须巴尝试以他最友善和卑微的姿态说着,“人们说您的知识是毋庸置疑的。”

“当然,”迪德拉微笑着。

“您应该知道一切,比如,这个木盒里有什么,”尼须巴说。

阿祖拉转身面朝阿希尼克,她的双眉紧锁着。神职者赶忙解释道,“女神,这个锻莫人是一个理智且受尊敬的人。请,相信我,其用意不是嘲笑您的伟大,只是为这名科学家证明一下,他属于对一部分事情抱有怀疑的的种族。我曾经向他解释过您的力量,但他的理念如此,必须亲眼见证。”

“如果我展示我某种程度的力量让锻莫族明白了,那你就可能会要求我展示更厉害的神迹给你看,”阿祖拉大吼,然后把眼睛转向尼须巴。“盒子里面有一束红色花瓣的花朵。”

尼须巴面无表情。他只是简单的打开了盒子,展现给所有人,里面什么也没有。

当学生们注意到阿祖拉时,她已经离开了。只有阿希尼克在看到女神消失前听见了神谕,他浑身颤抖着。诅咒已下达,他知道这是真的,其残忍证明了关于神力的知识。尼须巴也脸色苍白,寸步难行,但他的脸上闪烁着幸福,没有恐惧。是一个锻莫,因发现所怀疑的事实得到了证明,而绽开的笑容。

两个他的学生搀扶着他,而其他几个学生搀扶着神职者,众人一起走出大厅。

“这些年里,我学过很多,至今自学上千种语言和技能,但我最终学到的唯一真相是,当我还是穷小子的时候,为弄钱而学到的东西,”2智者以微弱的声音说着。

他被陪同着迈上楼梯,走向自己的床,一片红色的花瓣从他宽敞的法袍袖里滑落。尼须巴死在那一夜,带着一副因获知识而心满意足的面容。

出版注释

这很明显是另一个版本的以锻莫为蓝本的传说。同样,字句与先代精灵之地的一些翻译有很大不同,但故事的本质基本相同。丹莫有类似的有关尼须巴的故事,但在丹莫的版本里,阿祖拉识破了这个伎俩并拒绝回答这个问题。她杀害了当时怀疑她的锻莫人并诅咒了亵渎她的丹莫人。

在先代精灵的版本里,阿祖拉不是被一个空盒子骗的,而是一个盒子里的球体,莫名其妙地变成了一个扁平的正方体。当然,先代精灵的版本中,进行的几个步骤更像是原始锻莫所为,也更难被理解。可能它被戈尔·菲林以“舞台魔术”的解释加进去的,因为菲林在戏剧技巧方面有丰富的经验,能做到一些法师无法实现的事。

“马罗巴·苏尔”甚至只描述了尼须巴一个人,而他代表了许多“锻莫”的美德。他的怀疑态度,虽然没有先代精灵版本里那么绝对,但也非常出名,尽管为锻莫和可怜的无名神职者的房屋带来了诅咒。

无论神祗的本质是什么,也不论锻莫人所为是对是错,这个故事也许解释了为什么矮人会从泰姆瑞尔彻底消失。虽然尼须巴和他的所为无意嘲弄伊德拉和迪德拉,但他的怀疑一定得罪了神的旨意。

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1译者注:似乎是某个地名。
2原文:“I have studied very much over the years, performed countless experiments, taught myself a thousand languages, and yet the skill that has taught me the finally truth is the one that I learned when I was but a poor, young man, trying only to have enough gold to eat,”

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Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Part XI: Azura and the Box
by Marobar Sul
Book 11 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.


Nchylbar had enjoyed an adventurous youth, but had grown to be a very wise, very old Dwemer who spent his life searching for the truth and dispelling superstitions. He invented much and created many theorems and logic structures that bore his name. But much of the world still puzzled him, and nothing was a greater enigma to him than the nature of the Aedra and Daedra. Over the course of his research, he came to the conclusion that many of the Gods were entirely fabricated by man and mer.
Nothing, however, was a greater question to Nchylbar than the limits of divine power. Were the Greater Beings the masters of the entire world, or did the humbler creatures have the strength to forge their own destinies? As Nchylbar found himself nearing the end of his life, he felt he must understand this last basic truth.
Among the sage's acquaintances was a holy Chimer priest named Athynic. When the priest was visiting Bthalag-Zturamz, Nchylbar told him what he intended to do to find the nature of divine power. Athynic was terrified and pleaded with his friend not to break this great mystery, but Nchylbar was resolute. Finally, the priest agreed to assist out of love for his friend, though he feared the results of this blasphemy.
Athynic summoned Azura. After the usual rituals by which the priest declared his faith in her powers and Azura agreed to do no harm to him, Nchylbar and a dozen of his students entered the summoning chamber, carrying with them a large box.
"As we see you in our land, Azura, you are the Goddess of the Dusk and Dawn and all the mysteries therein," said Nchylbar, trying to appear as kindly and obsequious as he could be. "It is said that your knowledge is absolute."
"So it is," smiled the Daedra.
"You would know, for example, what is in this wooden box," said Nchylbar.
Azura turned to Athynic, her brow furrowed. The priest was quick to explain, "Goddess, this Dwemer is a very wise and respected man. Believe me, please, the intention is not to mock your greatness, but to demonstrate it to this scientist and to the rest of his skeptical race. I have tried to explain your power to him, but his philosophy is such that he must see it demonstrated."
"If I am to demonstrate my might in a way to bring the Dwemer race to understanding, it might have been a more impressive feat you would have me do," growled Azura, and turned to look Nchylbar in the eyes. "There is a red-petalled flower in the box."
Nchylbar did not smile or frown. He simply opened the box and revealed to all that it was empty.
When the students turned to look to Azura, she was gone. Only Athynic had seen the Goddess's expression before she vanished, and he could not speak, he was trembling so. A curse had fallen, he knew that truly, but even crueler was the knowledge of divine power that had been demonstrated. Nchylbar also looked pale, uncertain on his feet, but his face shone with not fear, but bliss. The smile of a Dwemer finding evidence for a truth only suspected.
Two of his students supported him, and two more supported the priest as they left the chamber.
"I have studied very much over the years, performed countless experiments, taught myself a thousand languages, and yet the skill that has taught me the finally truth is the one that I learned when I was but a poor, young man, trying only to have enough gold to eat," whispered the sage.
As he was escorted up the stairs to his bed, a red flower petal fell from the sleeve of his voluminous robe. Nchylbar died that night, a portrait of peace that comes from contented knowledge.
Publisher's Note
This is another tale whose origin is unmistakably Dwemer. Again, the words of some Aldmeristranslations are quite different, but the essence of the story is the same. The Dunmer have a similar tale about Nchylbar, but in the Dunmer version, Azura recognizes the trick and refuses to answer the question. She slays the Dwemer present for their skepticism and curses the Dunmer for blasphemy.
In the Aldmeris versions, Azura is tricked not by an empty box, but by a box containing a sphere which somehow becomes a flat square. Of course the Aldmeris versions, being a few steps closer to the original Dwemer, are much more difficult to understand. Perhaps this "stage magic" explanation was added by Gor Felim because of Felim's own experience with such tricks in his plays when a mage was not available.
"Marobar Sul" left even the character of Nchylbar alone, and he represents many "Dwemer" virtues. His skepticism, while not nearly as absolute as in the Aldmeris version, is celebrated even though it brings a curse upon the Dwemer and the unnamed House of the poor priest.
Whatever the true nature of the Gods, and how right or wrong the Dwemer were about them, this tale might explain why the dwarves vanished from the face of Tamriel. Though Nchylbar and his kind may not have intended to mock the Aedra and Daedra, their skepticism certainly offended the Divine Orders.

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