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【书籍搬运】Dwarves, v2 矮人,卷2

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矮人——泰姆瑞尔的失落种族

第二卷:武器、盔甲与机械

——卡尔塞默,麦卡斯学者

在我们先前对矮人(更为准确的学名是“锻莫”)的讨论中,我们研究了矮人建筑与金属工艺的属性。在接下来对这个泰姆瑞尔失落种族的讨论中,我们将要检查矮人进行战争与驱走入侵者的方法。与大多数其它如今依旧存在的文化不同,矮人针对相当范围内的各类问题制造了并依赖于极为复杂的机械,与之相比仅供矮人战士穿着使用的武器和盔甲却只是将将高于基础设计而已。

让我们从分析这些基本的武器与盔甲开始。任何挥起矮人战斧或是戴上矮人头盔的人都亲身见证了矮人工艺的古老与持久特性。武器并没有过多超越其基本功能。矮人剑刺穿轻甲极为有效,主要因素为矮人金属经回火变得尤其锋利,而其简单双刃设计对此的贡献却并不突出。

将一柄锋利且棱角分明的矮人匕首与一柄弯曲的精灵刀刃进行对比,简单逻辑跳跃一下就能得出如下结论:矮人武器匠几无例外,最为依赖的是武器材料的质量,而他们的武器样式只为实现武器的基本功能,也就是杀人。

作为基本上完全位于地下的文化,矮人盔甲发展成极其抵抗重击并不令人惊讶。与之前论述类似的是,这类盔甲对箭矢与小型刀刃穿刺抗性的成因也更多在于矮人金属的材质,而并非是加工工艺的高超。但就此认为矮人工匠对武器与盔甲的制造并不上心也决不正确。我所检查过每一件战争用品上都拥有大量不必要的细节与个性化处理,和现今每个醉心于其职业的铁匠所做的别无二致。

一个矮人铁匠可能传承于特定的流派,其特征在于,比如说,锤子的手感,或者箭头的设计。但由于缺乏武器与盔甲之外的民用物件作为佐证,这个观点仅仅还是是猜测。

本卷最后却也是最为重要的讨论,是关于矮人的机械。矮人创造加工了数以千计的不同机械,其复杂程度也各有区别。其中最为简单的是标准“蜘蛛型”设计,此类机械用以防卫闯入者。我们现在并不清楚矮人是如何赋予这些非常聪明的机械以生命的,但我曾经亲历一只“蜘蛛”在一个技巧高超的盗贼身后追踪了连续几个小时,却只在他打理某个房间或是宝箱的锁时才对他发动了突袭——我不得不承认,在一道闪电光束之后,我什么都记不得了。

矮人战争机械也分类甚广,从在废墟内巡逻时为人畜无害的圆球、从中却能生出全副武装的自动战士的人形大小的“球形”战士,到在不同报告中身高为人类身高两倍到数百倍不等的可怕“百夫长型机械”。

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Dwarves - The Lost Race of Tamriel, Volume II: Weapons, Armor and Machines
by Calcelmo, Scholar of Markarth
A scholarly work on the war equipment and machinery of Dwemer


In our previous discussion on the dwarves (or "Dwemer" in the more correct, scholarly terminology), we looked into the properties of dwarven architecture and metallic crafts. In this continuing discussion of Tamriel's Lost Race, we shall examine the ways in which dwarves waged war and kept out trespassers. Unlike many other cultures still existing today, the dwarves built and relied on increasingly complicated machines for a wide variety of martial tasks, and weapons and armor created solely for the purpose of being wielded by dwarven warriors show remarkably fewer points of progress beyond the basic designs.
Let us begin by analyzing those basic weapons and armors. Anyone who has held a dwarven axe or worn a dwarven helmet can testify as to the ancient, ever-lasting quality of dwarven craftsmanship. Weapons do not deviate too greatly from their base function. Dwarven swords pierce through light armors with incredible effectiveness, owing primarily to the remarkable sharpness of tempered dwarven metal, and owing to a far lesser extent to its simple, double-edged design.
Compare and contrast a sharp, angular dwarven dagger to a curved elven blade, and it becomes a small logical leap to say that dwarven weaponsmiths relied almost exclusively on creating quality materials first, and merely allowed the form of those materials to flow from the method that weapon was intended to kill people.
As a culture that built almost exclusively underground, it's no surprise that dwarven armors are built to withstand incredibly heavy blows. Again, the fact that they are also resistant to being pierced by arrows or small blades is more of a testament to superior dwarven metallurgy over superior dwarven armorsmithing [sic], but it would be erroneous to thus conclude that dwarven smiths did not take the manufacture of their weapons and armor very seriously. Every piece of war crafts I have examined show a remarkable amount of unnecessary detailing and personalization that is just as evident today among the most ardent blacksmiths.
A dwarven smith probably came from a long tradition that distinguished itself in way that, say, the grip of a mace would feel, or the design of the head of individual arrows. Although, due to the paltry lack of any cultural artifacts outside the weapons and armors themselves, this is only mere speculation.
The last, but probably most important discussion in this volume, pertains to the existence of dwarven machinery. Dwarves created and manufactured on a very broad scale thousands of mechanical apparatuses of varying complexity. The most simple of which is the standard "arachnid" design used to ward off trespassers. We are so far uncertain as to how the dwarves were able to bring to life these remarkably intelligent machines, but I have witnessed one stalk a highly trained thief for several hours, only to ambush him as he was dealing with a lock to some room or treasure trove -- I admit to have forgotten the details past the point at which it began spouting lightning at him.
Dwarven military machines also range from the human-sized "Sphere" warrior, which patrols the interiors of the ruins as a harmless ball only to emerge from it as a fully armed and armored automaton fighter, to the justly feared "Centurion" whose height ranges from twice to several hundred times human size depending on which reports you believe.

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