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轻盈的脚步

作者:Sigilis Justus

点缀着天际行省的古诺德遗迹,是过去诺德人民独具匠心的证明。在建造他们贵族阶级最后的安息之所时,这些所谓“野蛮”的人民证明了事实恰好和形容相反;他们研制一些最精密和最巧妙的防御机关,来抵挡他们曾经遭遇过的敌人。再加上可怕的德拉古存在,这些古墓已对未来的财宝猎人极具挑战性。

最容易被忽视的障碍,是布满整个墓穴的陷阱。从简单且推落岩石的绊线触发式陷阱,到复杂且射出箭矢的按压触发式陷阱,都被诺德人大量的利用。大多数陷阱可以通过寻找触发原理而加以回避。因为他们总把陷阱布到许多你容易分心的地方,所以你要记得要时刻留心地面。

在诺德遗迹中生存的关键一点在于,能巧妙运用内部的陷阱,使自己在与里头生物的战斗中占据上风。很多情况下,普通的把生物引到预想的触发机制上,他们就会倒在陷阱的威力下。这一优势可在油水陷阱中有效发挥。用一次远程攻击,吸引遭你袭击的生物踩到油上,然后松开瞄准顶部吊灯的箭矢。一瞬间,吊灯,即点火的铁锅碎裂开来,使整个油池燃起熊熊大火,吞噬它的敌人。只是在某些情况下,你自己要站在没有油的地方,否则这个技巧可能让你过早送命。

也许,遗迹里最令人惊叹的工程奇迹之一,就是有些陷阱能视条件决定启动与否;就算你用尽一切方法使用链条、控制杆、开关和按压板,它也能纹丝不动。一些最让人无奈的障碍,就是以谜题形式出现的,它能够阻断你前进和深入探索的道路。你得发现这些障碍的周边细节:一定范围内所有的控制杆,所有旋转雕柱的朝向,甚至一个房间地板上的大型拼版。大多数情况下,对谜题可能需进行实验,实际上,其他的解决方法,可能因地区不同而变得更为复杂。建议,保留一支笔和一本日记便于应对后一种情况。

尽管诺德遗迹常常充斥着许多鬣鼠和蜘蛛,但那些生物比起强大的德拉古亡灵仍然相形见绌。那些可怕,会动的死人往往是大部分墓穴的守卫,并将毫无情感的保护它们。德拉古亡灵一般处于休眠状态,直到某个人迈向他们的沉眠之处。建议盯紧你遇到的任何骨灰盒或石棺,那些不死者的动作快速又悄无声息,所以请你时刻留意好后方 – 任何你路过的尸体都有可能突然活动起来,并毫无警告的接近你。

危险的诺德遗迹并非毫无回报。现已知在一些巨型的复杂古墓里有各种各样的财宝,从金币到偶遇的附魔武器或盔甲。点缀遗迹内部又永不开启的仪式瓮,通常放满有价值的古董。有传闻称,大多数的,并非所有的遗迹里,有块铭刻不可思议文字的巨墙,但这些传言还有待证实。

虽然本书看起来就像是一本遗迹综合指南,但遗迹中肯定还埋藏许多尚未记载的危险。时刻确保你踏入古墓时,拥有坚甲利刃并全副武装。伴随着足够的耐心、敏锐的目光和轻盈的脚步,诺德的遗迹能为你奉上大量的财宝 – 很简单,若无安全措施,你可能会和之前的旅者一起,成为遗迹里的永久居民。

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On Stepping Lightly:
The Nordic Ruins of Skyrim
by Sigilis Justus
A warning on what to expect in the ruins of Skyrim


Note: The Elder Scrolls Online version of this book has a different author.

Dotting the landscape of Skyrim, the ancient Nordic Ruins are a testament to the ingenuity of the Nordic people of the past. When constructing the final resting places of their noble class, these supposedly "barbaric" people proved quite the opposite; developing some of the most sophisticated and clever defenses ever encountered. Coupled with the presence of the fearsomedraugr, these tombs have become quite a challenge for the would-be treasure hunter.
The most often-overlooked obstacles are the abundance of traps spread throughout the tombs. Ranging from simple tripwire-activated rock falls to complex pressure plate-triggered dart traps, the Nords utilize these devices abundantly. Most of the traps can be avoided by simply looking for the trigger mechanism and avoiding them. Since they are most often placed in areas where distractions abound, remember to keep your eyes to the floor.
One of the keys to survival in a Nordic Ruin is through the clever use of these traps to gain an upper hand against its denizens. In many cases, it's trivial to lure them across the triggering mechanism in hopes that they'll fall victim to the trap's effect. This advantage can come heavily into play when encountering an oil trap. Using a ranged attack, lure your victim onto the oil and then loose an arrow at the fire pot hanging above. The moment the fire pot shatters, the entire pool of oil will ignite and engulf the enemy. Just be certain that you're standing clear of the oil yourself, or else this trick could end your expedition in an untimely manner.
Perhaps one of the most amazing engineering marvels of all to be found in the ruins has little to do with the traps designed to kill. Utilizing all manner of pull chains, levers, switches and pressure plates, some of the most frustrating obstacles can occur in the form of puzzles that could threaten to block your progress. Watch for the telltale signs of these barriers: groups of levers in a single place, rotating pillars with carvings on all faces and even large arrays of pressure plates covering the floor of a room. In most cases, the puzzle might take experimentation, in others the solution could actually be present elsewhere in the complex. It's recommended to keep a writing implement and a journal handy in the latter case.
Although Nordic Ruins are commonly infested with vermin such as skeever and spiders, these creatures pale in comparison to the mighty draugr. These horrific, animated dead beings are commonly found as guardians in most of the tombs and will defend them mercilessly. Since the draugr tends to lay dormant until someone happens upon their resting place, it's advisable to keep an eye on any niches or sarcophaguses [sic] that you encounter. These undead beings animate rather rapidly and silently, so always watch your back - any remains you may have passed could suddenly animate and set upon you without warning.
The perils of the Nordic Ruin are not without reward. The burial chambers in some of the larger complexes have been known to contain all manners of riches, from gold coins to even the occasional enchanted weapon or armor. Never dismiss the small ceremonial urns that dot the ruins, they are commonly filled with ancient offerings of great value. There are rumors that most, if not all of these ruins contain large walls with magical inscriptions upon them, but these have yet to be confirmed.
While this might seem like comprehensive guide to the ruins, there are certain to be dangers lurking within that remain undiscovered. Just be sure to always enter these tombs with plenty of equipment and a good, solid weapon by your side. With a bit of patience, a keen eye and a light step, the Nordic Ruin can bring you great wealth - do without these simple safety measures and you risk becoming a permanent resident like many before you.

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