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【书籍搬运】De Rerum Dirennis 论迪伦尼一族

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论迪伦尼一族

——沃里安·迪伦尼

我已经六百一十一岁了。虽然我没有自己的孩子,但我有许多侄子侄女和表亲都是听着我们迪伦尼家族的故事、依照家族的传统养大的。这个家族古老而著名,在有些记述中甚至是臭名昭著。全泰姆瑞尔也没有多少家族能够以涌现如此多著名人物为傲,也没多少家族能够将如此多人的命运玩弄于股掌。我们的战士与国王就是传说故事的素材,就算你已经对他们故事听得耳朵生茧,这也恰恰证明了他们的荣誉与成就有多么伟大。

我自己从没有当过军人,重要法规的制定也与我无关,但我遵循的是一条比较不为人知但依然重要的迪伦尼传统:法师之道。我的个人传记里着实不会有多少子孙后代感兴趣的内容——尽管我侄子侄女和表亲们在泰姆瑞尔第二纪元的混乱年代里经历了各色人生,他们的狂野故事总能让我沉浸其中——但我少数祖先的故事倒是值得一讲。他们可能也像我那些更有名的亲戚一样,戏剧化地改变了我们所知的历史,但他们的名字却已落入历史洪流,将近被遗忘了。

就在最近,匕落城国王莱山达斯征服了他在哨卫堡的死对头,这要部分归功于他的宫廷巫师梅朵拉·迪伦尼。梅朵拉的祖父乔武隆·迪伦尼是泰姆瑞尔丹莫皇后卡塔莉娅宫中的帝国战斗法师,协助她平息了那段日子里的骚乱。乔武隆的曾祖父佩拉迪尔·迪伦尼的地位近似于第一统治者,他大力推行了公会法案,由此我们如今才有了一整套专业组织。他多代之前的祖先是女巫瑞雯·迪伦尼,她同她更有名的表亲艾登与瑞因协作,结束了之后爱丽西亚帝国的残暴统治。而据说,她先于亚蒂姆岛的塞伊克教团发明了附魔之法,学会了如何将灵魂固定在宝石中,并用此使武器附加上各类魔法效果。

但是接下来故事的主角却要更为前溯,是比瑞雯还要久远的祖先。

亚斯列尔·迪伦尼带有我们家族最初时期的卑微特征。那时整个家族都居住在考穆斯河岸边一个名叫提利盖尔的小村中,考穆斯河在当时的名字是迪伦,而我们的姓氏正是由此而来。像那时候夏暮岛上的所有人一样,他就是一名再普通不过的农夫。不过当其他人都满足于小家庭的自给自足时,迪伦尼家哪怕是最远房的表亲都会一同耕种。他们会整体考虑土地如何利用,哪里种麦子,哪里作果园,哪里种葡萄,哪里养牲畜或是安蜂房。这样比起那些单打独斗的小农场,迪伦尼的农场总会有最好的收成和最好的产出。

亚斯列尔的农场对绝大多数作物来讲都太过贫瘠,但小药草却挺喜欢那种多石、薄土且偏酸性的土壤。出于不得已而为之,他就此变成了各类药草的专家。当然,绝大多数时候药草是用作调味品的,但正如你们所知,基本上我们世界中每一类生自地表的植物都拥有魔法潜能。

即便是在如此久远的过去,女巫却也已经出现了,如果说亚斯列尔·迪伦尼发明了炼金术那就实在太过荒谬。不过他所做的,也就是如今我们要感谢他的地方,就是他将炼金术公式化,把它变成了艺术与科学。

提利盖尔附近没有女巫会,在几千年前当然也不存在法师公会,于是人们就都来找他开药方。单纯是为了自用,他研究出了解百毒药剂的确切配方,即是混合黑地衣与静刷草;而为了配制治百病的药方,需要捣碎并与呛人草混合的柳花草数量也是他确定下来的。

在那个和平年代,会在提利盖尔出现的最大威胁就是疾病与事故中毒。没错,在野外还是存在黑暗势力的,巨魔、奇美拉,有时还能碰上恶意的仙子与幽魂,但就算是最年轻最愚蠢的艾特莫也知道如何避开他们。但还是有一些不同寻常的威胁,而亚斯列尔也参与了击败它们的过程。

他的故事之一是他如何将治好了自己年轻侄女的一种不知名的病症,这故事我相信是真的。起初不管他如何治疗,她还是一天天虚弱下去。最后他给她下了一剂苦药,结果到了第二天,她的床边洒满了灰烬。一只吸血鬼在吸这个可怜姑娘的血,而亚斯列尔的药剂把她的血变成了毒药,却没有对她本人造成分毫伤害。

如果这个配方没有在历史迷雾中散佚该多好!

这件事已经足以让他在早期的夏暮岛年志中留下微小却重要的一笔了,但就在历史的那个节点上,一支名叫劳克瓦尔的蛮族部落沿迪伦河顺流而下,觉得提利盖尔是个劫掠的好目标。那时的迪伦尼家族只是普通的农夫,并没有战士,只能落荒而逃,眼看劳克瓦尔一次又一次把他们最好的庄稼劫掠一空。

话虽如此,亚斯列尔当时正在研究吸血鬼灰烬,便和表亲们共同商量出一道计策。等劳克瓦尔德劫掠队再次出现,刚一露头,亚斯列尔就放出了消息,而家族中的青壮年则集到他的实验室里。当野蛮人冲到提利盖尔,他们只看到了空无一人的农田,以为所有人都和以往一样逃走了。正当他们准备开始大丰收,却突然发现自己被看不见的力量袭击了。他们以为迪伦尼农场闹了鬼,立刻逃之夭夭。

他们之后又试着劫掠了几次,毕竟贪婪最终总能战胜恐惧,但每一次他们都会被看不见的袭击者痛揍。他们是野蛮人,可并不愚蠢,于是他们开始思考自己的败因。农田肯定没闹鬼,毕竟庄稼依旧有人护理,收获也照常进行,而且路过的动物也完全不害怕。劳克瓦尔决定送出探子,让他看看这些地里到底有什么秘密。

探子送信回来,报告说迪伦尼农场里都是些有血有肉完全看得见的艾特莫。他的蛮族同胞沿河下行时他还留在原地继续观察,结果他发现老人和孩子逃入了山里,而青壮年和他们的妻子却都进了阿斯列尔的实验室。他看见他们进去了,却没看见任何人出来。

像通常一样,劳克瓦尔被隐形力量轰走了,但探子不久后就把他所见的实验室究竟汇报给了他们。

第二天夜里,两个劳克瓦尔的族人偷偷潜到亚斯列尔的农场旁,没引起任何其它迪伦尼族人的注意就把他绑走了。知道没有炼金师把农夫弄成隐身,他们根本无力抵抗,劳克瓦尔的酋长最初打算立刻进攻农田。但是他是个复仇感极强的人,总觉得自己被这群农夫彻底羞辱了。于是他想出了一道精妙的计划。每次迪伦尼家族都能探查到蛮族部落的行军,但如果就有那么一次他们没发觉呢?这场屠杀无人可以幸免于难。

探子已经告诉酋长亚斯列尔使用吸血鬼变成的灰烬来使农夫们隐身,但他并不确定另外一种成分是什么。他说亚斯列尔和灰尘混在一起的是一种闪光的粉末。亚斯列尔,很自然,拒绝帮助劳克瓦尔,但是这些人折磨起人来和抢劫一样拿手,而他知道自己要是不说就只能一死。

几个小时的严刑逼供之后,亚斯列尔终于答应告诉他们那种闪光粉末到底是什么。他并不知道这种粉末的名字,但他叫它“光尘”,只有在杀掉一只幽魂后才能得到。他还告诉他们,如果想要让整支部落都变隐性,那需要的成分数量就及其大了。

劳克瓦尔的成员发现为了隐身,他们不光要干掉一只吸血鬼取他的灰,还要拿到好几只幽魂的灰尘,于是都忐忑起来。几天之后他们带着炼金师要求的成分回来了。酋长并不完全是个傻子,亚斯列尔调出药剂后他让他先喝一口。亚斯列尔照做了,隐身了,证明药剂确实有效,酋长就命令他生产更多的药剂。但没有一个人注意到,他在喝药的时候也在偷偷嚼黑地衣与静刷草。

等他发放药剂的时候,劳克瓦尔的成员都把药水一饮而尽。没过多长时间他们就都死了,不过这段时间也足够让他们痛苦一阵的了。

偷看亚斯列尔调配隐身药水的探子误把实验室的烛光看成了第二种成分的闪光,可那种成分本来不发光,只是泰姆瑞尔到处都有的很普通的红根菜而已。他们对他严刑逼供,拷问他闪光的粉末到底是什么,于是亚斯列尔回想起自己曾经做过一个试验,把闪光尘和吸血鬼灰混在一起,结果弄出了烈性毒药。从蛮族营帐里偷出一点红根菜再简单不过,把它和吸血鬼闪光尘混合液混在一起,就能弄出有隐身效果的毒药。在治好自己后,他就把毒药分给了野蛮人。

劳克瓦尔的部落死光了,自然也就不会再劫掠迪伦尼农场;而不再有其他敌人,迪伦尼家族也就变得愈发繁盛强大。几代之后,他们离开了夏暮岛,开始了他们在泰姆瑞尔大陆上的历史性冒险。亚斯列尔·迪伦尼,出于他身为炼金师的卓越表现,被邀请到亚蒂姆岛并成为了一名塞伊克。我们并不知道现如今的这些常用配方里有多少是由他发明的,但我可以毫不犹豫地宣称,没有他就不会有我们现在所知的炼金科学与艺术。

但这已经是很久远过去的故事了。亚斯列尔的创新,像我本人的微小进展一样,也像迪伦尼家族纵贯历史的各项成就一样,都只是未来奇迹的垫脚石。我希望我还能活到那天见证奇迹的发生,但就算只能把一些过去分享给迪伦尼家的孩子们,以及泰姆瑞尔的孩子们,那我便也觉得此生无憾了。

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De Rerum Dirennis
by Vorian Direnni
Tales about a creator of Alchemy Science

I am six-hundred-and-eleven years old. I have never had children of my own, but I have many nieces and nephews and cousins who have been raised with the tales and traditions of our ancient, illustrious, and occasionally notorious clan, the Direnni. Few families in Tamriel can boast so many famous figures, wielding so much power over the fate of so many. Our warriors and kings are stuff of legend, and it is not to dismiss their honor and their achievements to say you have heard quite enough about them.
I myself have never picked up a sword or written an important law, but I am part of a lesser known but still important Direnni tradition: the way of the wizard. My own autobiography would be of little interest to posterity — though my nephew, nieces, and cousins indulge me to tell wild tales of life in the chaotic Second Era of Tamriel — but I have a few ancestors whose stories should be told. They may have changed history as we know it as dramatically as my better known relatives, but their names are in danger of being forgotten.
Most recently, Lysandus, the King of Daggerfall, was able to conquer his ancient enemies ofSentinel in part thanks to his court sorceress, Medora Direnni. Her grandfather Jovron Direnni was Imperial Battlemage to the court of the Dunmer Empress of Tamriel, Katariah, assisting her in creating peace in a time of turmoil. His great great grandfather Pelladil Direnni had a similar role with the first Potentate, and encouraged the Guild Act without which we would not have all the professional organizations we have today. His ancestor, many times back, was the witch Raven Direnni, who with her better known cousins Aiden and Ryain, brought an end to the tyranny of the latter Alessian Empire. Before the Psijics of Artaeum, it is said, she created the art of enchantment, learning how to bind a soul into a gem and use that to ensorcel all manners of weaponry.
But it is the story of an ancestor even more ancient, more distant than Raven I wish to tell.
Asliel Direnni harkens back to the humble beginnings of our clan, in the tiny farming village of Tyrigel on the banks of the river Caomus which was then called the Diren, hence the family name. Like all on Summurset Isle in those days, he was a simple planter of the fields. But while others only grew enough to sustain their immediate kin, even distant cousins of the Dirennis worked together. They would decide as a group which fields were best for wheat, orchard, vine, livestock, or apiary, and thereby always have the best yields of any farm which worked alone, doing the best as it could with what it had.
Asliel had a particularly poor farm for most kind of agriculture, but small herbs found its stony, loamless, acidic soil very comfortable. Out of necessity more than anything else he became an expert on all manners of herbs. For the most part, of course, they were used in flavoring cooking, but as you know, hardly any plant grows on the surface of our world without a magickal potential.
Even so long ago, witches already were in existence. It would be ridiculous for me to suggest that Asliel Direnni invented alchemy. What he did, what we can all be grateful for, is that he formulated it into an art and science.
There were no witches' covens in Tyrigel, and, of course, there would be no Mages Guild yet for thousands of years, so people would come to him for cures. He learned for himself the exact formula for combining black lichen and roobrush to create a cure for all manners of poison, and the amount of willow anther to crush and mix with chokeweed to cure diseases.
There were few much greater threats in Tyrigel in those peaceful days than disease or accidental poisonings. Yes, there were some dark forces in the wilderness, trolls, chimera, the occasional malevolent fairy folk and will-o'-the-wisp, but even the youngest, most foolish Altmer knew how to avoid them. There were, however, a few unusual threats which Asliel had a hand in defeating.
One of the tales told of him that I believe to be true is how he was brought a young niece who had been suffering from an unknown disease. Despite his ministrations, she grew weaker and weaker every morning. Finally, he gave her a bitter tasting drink, and the next morning, ashes were found all around her bed. A vampire had been feeding on the poor girl, but Asliel's potion had turned her very blood into poison, without harming her in the least.
If only this formula had not been lost in the mists of history!
This would have been enough to make him a minor but significant figure in the annals of early Summurset, but at that point in history, a barbarian tribe called the Locvar had found their way down the Diren River, and recognized Tyrigel as a rich target for raids. The Direnni, not being warriors yet but simple farmers, were helpless and could only flee and watch the Locvar take the best of their crops, raid after raid.
Asliel, however, had been experimenting with the vampire dust, and brought his cousins to him with a plan. The next time the Locvar were sighted on the Diren, the word went out and all the most able-bodied came to Asliel's laboratory. When the barbarians arrived in Tyrigel, they found the farms deserted, and assumed that all had fled as usual. As they set about stealing the bounty, they suddenly found themselves under attack by invisible forces. Believing the Direnni farms to be haunted, they ran away very quickly.
They attempted a few more raids, for their greed would always eventually overpower their fear, and each time, they were set upon by attackers who they could not see. As barbaric as they were, they were not stupid, and they changed their mind about the source of their defeat. It could not be that the farms were haunted, because the crops were still being tended and harvested, and the animals seemed to show no fear. The Locvar decided to send a scout to the farm to see if he could spy their secrets.
The scout sent word back to the Locvar that the Direnni farms were populated with flesh and blood, entirely visible Altmer. He continued to watch as his barbarian cohorts moved down the river, and he saw the elderly and children flee for the hills, while the able-bodied farmers and their wives went to Asliel's laboratory. He saw them go in; he saw no one come out.
As usual, the Locvar were repelled by invisible forces, but their scout soon told them what he saw happening in the laboratory.
The next night, two of the Locvar approached Asliel's farm very stealthily, and managed to kidnap him without alerting the rest of the Direnni. The Locvar chieftain, knowing that the farmers could no longer count on the alchemist to make them invisible, considered an immediate attack on the farms. But he was a vengeful sort, and felt he had been humiliated by these simple farmers. A crafty plan emerged in his mind. What if the Direnni, who always saw his barbarian tribe coming, for once did not? Imagine the slaughter if no one even had a chance to flee.
The scout had told the chieftain that Asliel had used the dust of a vampire to make the farmers invisible, but he was not sure what the other ingredient had been. He described an incandescent powder that Asliel had mixed into the dust. Asliel, of course, refused to help the Locvar, but they were experts in torture as well as pillage, and he knew he would have to talk or die.
Finally after hours of torture, he agreed to tell them what the incandescent powder was. He did not know the name, but he called it "Glow Dust," the only remains of a slain will-o'-the-wisp. He told them they would need a lot of it if they wanted to turn the whole tribe invisible for the raid.
The Locvar grumbled that not only did they have to find and kill a vampire to attain his dust, but find and kill several will-o'-the-wisps to get theirs. In a few days time, they came back with the ingredients the alchemist asked for. The chieftain, not being a complete idiot, made Asliel taste the potion first. He did as he was told and turned invisible, demonstrating that it did truly work. The chieftain put him to work creating more. No one apparently noticed that while he did, he was nibbling on black lichen and roobrush.
The Locvar took the potion as he doled it out, and soon, but not too soon that they didn't suffer, they were all dead.
The scout who had seen Asliel mixing the invisibility potion had apparently mistook the glow of the candlelight in the laboratory for an incandescence which the second ingredient of the invisibility potion did not possess. The second ingredient was actually dull, simple redwort, one of the most common herbs in Tamriel. When they had insisted during torture that Asliel tell them what the incandescent powder was, Asliel remembered that he had once experimentally mixed glow dust and vampire dust together once and created a powerful poison. It was simple enough to steal a little redwort from the barbarian's camp, mix that with the vampire and glow dust mixture, and create a potion that was in fact an invisibility poison. After curing himself, he gave the poison to the barbarians.
The Locvar, being dead, never again raided the Direnni farms, and having no other enemies, they were able to grow more and more prosperous and powerful. Generations later, they left Summurset and began their historic adventures on the Tamriel mainland. Asliel Direnni, because of his excellence as an alchemist, was invited to Artaeum and became a Psijic. It is not known how many more of the common formulas we know today were invented by him there, but I have no doubt, the science and art of alchemy as we know it today would not exist without him.
But that is all in the distant past. Asliel's innovations, like my modest ones, like the achievements of the Dirennis throughout history, are but a stepping stone to the wonders which will come in the future. I wish I could be there to witness them, but if I can only share some of the past with the children of Direnni and the children of Tamriel, then I will consider my life well spent.

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