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【书籍搬运】Dwemer Inquiries Vol I 锻莫探寻 第一卷

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原文出处:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Dwemer_Inquiries_Vol_I

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锻莫探寻 第一卷 他们的建筑与文明

——赛尔维·盖莱茵,学者

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深暗厅堂,远离人族

背弃红山,古怪亲属

庆于头脑,赞于岩户

矮人荣耀,坚甚硬骨

译者:原文为矮人文

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我终生都在研究锻莫,调查他们模糊的历史与神秘的消失。我完成这篇论述的目的,就在于分享基于我对他们独特建筑遗迹研究整整八十年而得到的发现与结论。

深精灵自他们的发源地锻莫瑞思,也就是现如今的晨风,向外移民,这已经是众所周知的事实。文字记载的史实支持这一观点,特别提到了在第一委员会建立之时,罗尔肯家族拒绝服从杜马克王,随后便外徙到了落锤省。他们的建筑物也对此提供了扎实的论据:随着时间与居住地的改变,这些矮人的建筑习俗也呈现出缓慢而隐晦的变化特点。我认为这些差异中的某些要素在体现了风格特征的同时,也是基于实际需要。

传统观点认为瓦丹非尔的锻莫是所有矮人中最富创造性而多变的。然而,基于我在天际省、晨风与高岩的各类挖掘情况,我并不能完全支持这一看法。诚然,瓦丹非尔的矮人遗迹俯仰皆是,但这些遗迹中的建筑物与我在其他地方观察到的绝大多数遗迹有着本质性的差别。

随着我们对瓦丹非尔遗迹的深入探索,我们注意到这些遗迹的内部建筑与其它遗迹有明显不同。在瓦丹非尔的遗迹中,大型公共区域和办事机构所在的房间都临近地表,而在大陆的遗迹中却并非如此。大陆遗迹中的小型通道与仓储区域接近地表,而更为重要的场所只有在我们更深挖掘后才出现。

由于晨风以外锻莫遗迹中类似的重要场所都极为隐蔽,许多学者就此认定晨风外遗迹中并不存在这样的结构。这个幼稚结论使得有些人认为这些遗址实际上只是哨所而已。我的研究证明根本就不是这么一回事。

有少数理论或许可以解释这种差异。公共区域建筑方式的不同可能只是体现了家族建筑师的个人风格与偏好,但这种说法只是似是而非,因为矮人技术更多基于经验主义的研究,在涉及建筑技术的时候就基本没给个人的创造性诠释留下多大空间。区域的地质结构肯定是重要的考虑因素之一,尤其是在类似天际省北部的地区,这里临近地表的土层混杂了许多石块且经常冻结,与瓦丹非尔的深层熔岩性土壤或落锤省的普遍含水土层形成了强烈对比。极有可能的是,北方的矮人建筑师在下挖到足够柔软的土层之前完全不可能开凿出更大的建筑物。

然而,这名学者也提示说,晨风以西的许多建筑都是在第一纪元420年之后修建的。在罗尔肯家族离开瓦丹非尔的时候,有证据表明其中几个氏族自行发展去了,与他们的东部亲族相比选择了更为孤立的生活方式。这条理论尤其令人着迷,因为这让我相信矮人建筑师可能已经发展出了更为精巧的长期隐藏要塞的方法。

这就揭开了如下可能性:泰姆瑞尔各地都存在尚未被发掘的矮人考古遗址,甚至在矮人据信从未长期存在过的更南地区,比如塞瑞迪尔或黑沼泽。尽管我们不应被幻想牵着鼻子走,由此逻辑外推暗示着矮人家族与我们共同生活的时间可能比我们先前相信的要长得多,甚至可能持续到他们在一纪700年红山之战的消失之后。

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Dwemer Inquiries Vol I Their Architecture and Civilization
by Thelwe Ghelein, Scholar
Part of a series of scholarly essays on the elusive Dwemer


In the Deep Halls, Far from Men

Forsaken Red Mountain, Twisted Kin

Hail the Mind, Hail the Stone

Dwarven Pride, Stronger than Bone

It has been my life's work to investigate the Dwemer, their dubious history and mysterious banishment. My goal with this text is to share my findings and conclusions based on eighty years spent studying their unique architectural remains.
The Migration of the Deep-Elves from their ancestral Dwemereth, now Morrowind, is a generally accepted fact. Recorded history supports this, specifically mentioning the Rourken Clan's refusal to join King Dumac in the forming of the First Council, and their subsequent exodus to Hammerfell. The architectural premise is also sound, as the building habits of the Dwarves adapted and changed, albeit slowly and in subtle ways, over time and land. I propose that some of these differences are stylistic as well as practical.
Traditional viewpoints suggest that the Vvardenfell Dwemer were the most prolific of their kind. Based on my excavations throughout Skyrim, Morrowind, and High Rock, I am not sure that this is the case. While Vvardenfell is almost cluttered with Dwarven ruins poking through the surface of the landscape, the construction of those ruins is fundamentally different from the majority of what I've observed elsewhere.
Furthermore, as we delve into Vvardenfell ruins, we notice that their internal structure is quite different. While major civic and operational chambers are found near the surface in a Vvardenfell Ruin, that is not typically the case on the mainland. Minor passageways and storehouse rooms are near the surface, but more important locations do not occur until we explore much deeper.
Because such major locations are well-hidden in Dwemer Ruins outside of Morrowind, many scholars believed they were in fact not present in ruins outside that province. This premature conclusion has led some to believe such sites to be mere outposts. My research has shown this not to be the case.
There are a few theories that may explain this difference. Perhaps Clan architects simply had their own styles and preferences when it came to civic planning. This seems only somewhat likely, as Dwarven techniques were based on empirical study, and there was likely little room for creative interpretation when it came to building technique. Geological makeup of the terrain almost certainly played a role, especially in a region like Northern Skyrim, where the ground near the surface is very rocky and often frozen, as opposed to the volcanic substratum common in Vvardenfell or the ubiquitous aquifers found in Hammerfell. It's possible that Dwarven architects in the North were not able to excavate larger structures until reaching more pliable strata.
This scholar would like to suggest, however, that many structures west of Morrowind were built after 1E 420. When the Clan Rourken left Vvardenfell, it seems evident that several clans broke off to create their own settlements, choosing to live in greater isolation than their Eastern brethren. This theory is particularly fascinating, because it leads me to believe that Dwarven architects may have developed even more elaborate methods of hiding their strongholds over time.
This opens the distinct possibility that undisturbed Dwarven archaeological sites exist throughout Tamriel, even in southern areas like Cyrodiil or Black Marsh, where Dwarves are not believed to have ever had a significant presence. Though we ought not get carried away on flights of fancy, one could extrapolate this logic to suggest that some Dwarven Clans were living among us for much longer than previously believed, perhaps well beyond the disappearance during the War of the Red Mountain in 1E 700.

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