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【书籍搬运】Dwemer Inquiries Vol II 锻莫探寻 第二卷

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锻莫探寻 第二卷 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,大体翻译如下:依Scheziline之特别职责,由授亲者库奥勒克之命令所建,以圣父世界塑造者之传统修建之Hoagen Kultorra家族之屋。)

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现存的有限文字资料支持深精灵在文化层面上崇尚逻辑科学的这一观点。这种文化与其他精灵文化的信仰体系相比独树一帜。在我们对围绕如此意识形态而构架的社会进行想象时,会产生如下想法是合理的,即多产学者,尤其是那些研究数学、冶金与建筑的学者,他们在社会阶层中的地位与基于神秘学理论的社会中的神职人员地位理应相当。这种观点被一篇发现于天际省殖民地的锻莫残简支持——发现地为厄肯山德,我相信此处与罗尔肯家族有关。锻莫文原文为矮人文,大体翻译如下:依Scheziline之特别职责,由授亲者库奥勒克之命令所建,以圣父世界塑造者之传统修建之Hoagen Kultorra家族之屋。)

“Risen by order cousin-of-privilege 库奥勒克 of Scheziline privileged duties. Clanhome building Hoagen Kultorra tradition to Hailed World shaper”(译者:原文为矮人文,大体翻译如下:依Scheziline之特别职责,由授亲者库奥勒克之命令所建,以圣父世界塑造者之传统修建之Hoagen Kultorra家族之屋。)

“提升授亲者库奥勒克至<不可译>特权,其责任为以圣父尘世塑造者之传统修建家族住屋Hoagen Kultorra<何物?>”

部分学者将其看成是锻莫崇拜现世的证据,对此我并不同意。在我对这段文字的翻译中,一位名叫库奥勒克的受敬重的矮人将要升迁公职,也许是要成为调性建筑师。残简的后半段说明库奥勒克所处的地位需要他修建一种特殊样式的建筑物。

名词“Hoagen Kultorra”的含义在我看来太隐晦了,但我相信它就是那种建筑样式的名称。很有可能存在着许多种样式,彼此间的区别在于建造原理与典型建筑物的差异。

我理论的特征之一便是北方家族的锻莫流行风格中包含一种我称之为“深场”的特征。“深场”通常以由一个或多个可扩展的包含若干其他建筑物的天然洞穴组成为标志。“场”内的建筑物可能是直接自洞内岩石雕刻而成,也可能是在洞穴地表人工搭建的。最大且令人印象最为深刻的“场”,比如说在布沙达姆兹发现的那个,甚至包含宽阔到可供十个大块头并排行进的道路。

奥法室通常是小一号的建筑物。这类建筑极少能在被盗墓贼或贪婪的冒险家们洗劫之前得到恰当的研究,但那些少数幸免于难的则提供了数量令人吃惊的魔法物品,包括灵魂宝石、炼金混合物以及魔法文献。有些学者将其视为锻莫实际上也涉猎魔法的证据。但根据我们对他们文化的了解,以及奥法室与其它常见室内装置相比数量稀少这一事实,我认为这类建筑是研究室,却也不过如此。也许矮人修筑了这些厅堂以研究人类与精灵,他们对矮人来讲就像如今矮人对我们来说一样怪异?

机械工厂存在于许多矮人要塞中。它们是制造百夫长型机械以及许多其它机械的工厂。我曾经希望通过研究这些场所获得那些神秘自动装置制造方法的线索,但正是同样的自动守卫让探索这些地方变得尤其困难与危险

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Dwemer Inquiries, Vol II 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

The limited written record supports the perception of the Deep Elves as culturally revering the pursuits of logic and science. This stands in stark contrast to the belief system of most other mer cultures. When we imagine a society structured around such a central ideology, it seems reasonable that prolific scholars, especially in fields such as mathematics, metallurgy or architecture, would be elevated to social status like that of clergy in a more mystically-inclined culture. The idea is supported by a fragment of Dwemeris text recovered from a colony in Skyrim - Irkgnthand - which I believe to be associated with Clan Rourken. My translation is as follows:
"Risen by order cousin-of-privilege Cuolec of Scheziline privileged duties. Clanhome building Hoagen Kultorra tradition to Hailed World shaper"
"To raise granted-cousin Cuolec of <untranslatable> privilege with duties for family-home building Hoagen Kultorra<?> tradition to father Mundus shaper"
Some scholars interpret this as evidence of Dwemer worship of Mundus, but I do not agree. My translation of this passage suggests that a respected Dwemer by the name of Cuolec was promoted to a civic position, probably tonal architect. The latter half of the fragment suggests that Cuolec's position requires him to build in a specific style.
The term Hoagen Kultorra has thus far eluded me, but I believe it may be the name of such a style. It's possible there were several styles, differing in their construction principles and typical structures.
One earmark of what I believe was the prevalent Dwemer style among Northern clans was a feature I call the Deep Venue. Deep Venues are often characterized as being made up of one or more expansive natural caverns in which several other structures will occur. Structures within the Venue may be carved from the stone itself, or freely erected upon the cavern floor. The largest and most impressive Venues, such as those found in Bthardamz, may even feature roads wide enough for ten large men to walk shoulder-meets-shoulder along it.
Arcanex are typically smaller structures. Very few have been properly studied before disruption by graverobbers or greedy adventurers, but those few undisturbed sites have contained a surprising collection of magical objects, such as soul gems, alchemical concoctions, and magical texts. Some scholars take these as evidence that the Dwemer did, in fact, dabble in the magical arts. Based on what we know of their culture, as well as the fact that most arcanex are minor structures compared to other common fixtures, I would suggest that these were centers of study and nothing more. Perhaps the Dwarves established these halls as a means to study Men and Mer, who surely seemed as alien to them as the Dwemer seem to us today.
Great Animoculotories can be found in many Dwarven strongholds. These were the factories where the centurions and various other constructs were built. I have hoped to study these chambers for clues as to the means by which those mysterious automata are given life, but those same guardians make them especially difficult and dangerous areas to explore.

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