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【书籍搬运】Dwarves, v3 矮人,卷3

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矮人——泰姆瑞尔的失落种族

第三卷:文化与历史

——卡尔塞默,麦卡斯学者

在我们关于矮人(再次强调,在查找参考资料时要使用“锻莫”这个更为学术化的学名)探讨的最终卷,我们将试图对这个泰姆瑞尔失落种族独具特色的文化与历史进行一番检验。不过在讨论之前必须先进行警告。不管特定的学术圈想让人们相信什么,矮人的特定习俗、道德观、神话、传说、法律、政府系统以及除几个特殊个例之外的历史事件,这些假定在目前均找不到证据加以证实,因此依旧没有定论。

首先,虽然我们可以毫不犹豫地断定整个矮人种族的消失突如其来,但只有最为懒惰的学术新手才会说整件事发生在一天之内,甚至说是一小时之内。要对矮人自泰姆瑞尔消失是花费了数年还是数十年时间进行探讨,简单来讲,没有证据证实。

也没有任何证据显示整场消失是由于大范围死亡,瘟疫,魔法污染,还是探寻魔法世界的实验出错,甚至是全种族传送进入湮灭位面。矮人为他们的大范围消失的实质所留下的线索太少,而针对他们社会结构与历史的线索也同样令人沮丧。

我们只能通过在矮人消失之前与他们接触过的其他种族留下的记录来进行研究。比如说黑精灵(“丹莫”)的教诲中宣称他们伟大的预言家奈瑞瓦在第一纪元帮助联合起晨风的矮人与精灵,以共同抵抗来自天际省的诺德军队入侵,但诺德人和兽人的纪录则显示矮人在各类不同时间与各类传奇战役中与他们结盟。

不幸的是,这些传说与民俗故事中没有任何对矮人的详细描述,仅仅说他们是一个神秘的民族,而他们同我方组成同盟这一点就足以形成故事了。而在第一纪元之后,没有任何种族留下与任何还活着的矮人交流的记录。令研究更为倒退的是,在将近200年前湮灭危机中的瓦丹非尔火山悲剧性爆发使得许多暗精灵对他们与矮人关系的著作流失了。他们可能已经发现的关于这个失落种族的秘密如今都和许多不幸的暗精灵一道被掩埋在融化的岩层之下。

因此,我们以一道不容乐观的解释来为我们针对矮人的讨论作下结论。虽然学界都在尽力,我们发现的关于矮人的问题还是比我们已经解决的问题要多得多,而我们所探寻的证据,哪怕是尽了最大努力,也还是难以找到。

矮人的谜团,就我个人肯定还要花费再一个百年去研究,而再花费几千年用以挖掘,很可能其间仅仅挖掘出单独一个废墟,所得到的信息也依旧不足以描绘出关于他们的完整图片。但是我们从矮人遗物织成的陈旧挂毯中所见的,却是一个谨慎、聪慧、工业化并且高度发达的文明,而作为其成果的老师与学生,我们也只能期盼其秘密终有一日可得明了。

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Dwarves - The Lost Race of Tamriel
Volume III: Culture and History
by Calcelmo, Scholar of Markarth
A scholarly work on the culture and history of Dwemer


In this final volume on our discussion on the dwarves (again, see the term "Dwemer" for references using the more scholastic name), we will attempt an examination into the distinct culture and history of Tamriel's Lost Race. We must, however, begin such a discussion with a warning. Despite what certain academic circles would like people to believe, there is so far no evidence that verifies any claim as to the dwarves' particular customs, morals, myths, legends, laws, systems of governance, or involvement in major historical events outside of those few examples that remain indisputable.
For instance, while we can say with absolute certainty that the disappearance of the entire dwarven race happened very suddenly, only the laziest of junior scholars would say that this event happened in the same day or even the same hour. There is simply no proof to dispute the theory that perhaps the dwarves disappeared from Tamriel gradually over the course of several years or indeed several decades.
There is also nothing that disproves the source of this disappearance as being attributable to mass deaths, plagues, magical contamination, experiments into the nature of Aetherius gone wrong, or even race-wide teleportation into one of the planes of Oblivion. There is simply too little that the dwarves left behind that points to the nature of their great vanishing act, and this same frustration applies to all aspects of their social structure and history.
What we know then can only be inferred by the writings of the other races which made contact with the dwarves before they left Tamriel. The dark elves ("Dunmer") for example teach that their great prophet Nerevar helped unite the dwarves and the elves in Morrowind against occupying Nordarmies from Skyrim in the First Era, but Nord and Orc writings also indicate that the dwarves were also allied with them at various points and in various legendary battles of theirs.
Unfortunately, none of these legends and folk lore make an effort to describe the dwarves in great detail, only that they were a secretive people and that an alliance with them was unusual enough to warrant crafting a story around. And past the First Era, no race makes note of encountering any living dwarves at all. This is further confounded by the fact that so many of the dark elven writings on their relationship with the dwarves were lost during the tragic eruptions ofVvardenfell during the Oblivion Crisis nearly 200 years ago. What secrets they could have revealed about the Lost Race are now buried behind layers of molten earth along with so many unfortunate dark elven people.
Thus, we conclude our discussion on the dwarves on a somber note. As with all scholarly endeavors, we are left with more questions than we have answers, and the proof we so desperately search for is so often out of reach, denied even to the most fervent effort.
The mysteries the dwarves have left us with could easily warrant another century or so worth of personal examination from me, and quite possibly even several millennia of excavation of even one dwarven ruin would be insufficient to paint a complete picture on them. But what we can see from our threadbare tapestry of dwarven artifacts is a careful, intelligent, industrious, and highly advanced culture whose secrets we as students and teachers of their works can only hope to uncover some day.

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