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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:On_the_Great_Collapse

作者:首席法师德尼斯

翻译:花溪流萤

致敬爱的永冬城领主范德艾玛。

首先,请允许我致以最诚挚的哀悼。据我所知,(灾难中)你和其余众人一道,痛失亲眷,对此我深表同情。

我了解到,你议会中间的某些成员将灾难本身归咎于我在魔法学院的同仁。最近大事件所造成的恐慌,以及民众对真相的渴求,我都可以理解,但我强烈敦促你以大局为重。

你对学院的历史和其在永冬城的声望再了解不过,长期以来,学院都是这座城市的骄傲,天际省的独特地标。许多伟大的术士求学于斯,与此同时,学院对增进泰姆瑞尔诸多省份的相互了解具有积极意义。

众所周知,数十年来这些(天际与其他省份的)关系已经,恕我直言,越来越紧张。湮灭危机爆发以来,只有天际人对魔法产生了不信任感,尽管我们中的绝大多数都为限制神话破晓崇拜做出了有益贡献。学院早已料到民众会有所反应,并希望随着时间的推移,这种不信任感最终得以消失。

随后的红色纪年,红山始料未及的喷发,同样无人料到其竟会对黑暗精灵文明带来毁灭性的影响。你的前任仁慈的接纳了很多难民,尤其欢迎那些能够为学院研究做出贡献的人。对此我们心存感激。

当索尔斯丹姆被赐予丹莫以作为他们新家园之际,我同其他人一样惊讶不已。不过我倒不像其他人那样,迫切期望全部暗精灵均离开天际省。显而易见,永冬城的许多居民已经对不少法师宁愿留在学院也不愿搬家心存愤懑。

如今,肆虐于天际省海岸近一年的风暴终于消退,我们都为此付出了巨大代价。我向您保证,我们事先并未预知这场摧毁永冬城的大塌陷。学院未受波及归功于长期以来周围积累的魔法结界。这并不意味着大事件之前我们做了相关准备工作,当然也不能指责学院某种意义上应该对其负责。

当然,我永远都不会认为您对永冬城民间流传的的谣言负有责任。但我敦促你不要让谣言生根发芽并发展成普遍共识。我不希望看到我们之间的关系和永冬城一样崩坏,我向你保证(如果事件解决)学院将会一直存在这里。

您坚定的拥护者,

首席法师德尼斯

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On the Great Collapse
by Arch-Mage Deneth
A letter from the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold to the Jarl following the Great Collapse.


To the esteemed Jarl Valdimar in Winterhold,
First, please allow me to offer my most sincere condolences. I understand that you, like many others, have lost family and you have my deepest sympathies.
I also understand that some on your council have placed the blame for this horrible disaster on my colleagues at the College. While I can certainly appreciate the shock at the scope of recent events, and the desire to comprehend what has happened, I must strongly urge you to consider the full situation.
You know as well as any the College's history and reputation in Winterhold. It has long been a source of pride for your city, a unique fixture in Skyrim. Some of the greatest wizards have studied here, and the College has always promoted positive relations with the other provinces ofTamriel.
It is well-known that those relations have been, shall we say, strained over the last few decades. After the Oblivion Crisis, it was only natural that the people of Skyrim showed a distrust for mages, even though the vast majority of us actively worked to counter the actions of the Mythic Dawn cult. The College expected such a reaction, and hoped that distrust would fade over time.
And then, the Red Year. No one foresaw the explosion of Red Mountain, or the devastating effect it would have on the Dunmer culture. Your predecessor was kind enough to welcome many of the refugees, particularly those who could contribute to the College's studies. We were quite grateful.
When Solstheim was generously offered to the Dunmer as a new home, I was as surprised as any. I did not, however, share the apparent expectation that all dark elves would leave Skyrim. It did not go unnoticed that many in Winterhold were unhappy at how many mages chose to stay at the College rather than relocate.
And now, the storms that have wracked the coast of Skyrim for close to a year have finally broken, but at great cost to us all. This great collapse that has devastated Winterhold was unexpected, I assure you. That the College has remained unaffected is only a testament to the protective magicks placed around it so long ago. It in no way implies that we were somehow prepared specifically for this event, and is certainly no indication that the College was somehow responsible.
I certainly would never hold you accountable for the gossip spread amongst the people of Winterhold. I would urge you, though, to not allow that gossip to take root and become a commonly held belief. I do not wish to see our relationship crumble like Winterhold has, as I assure you the College will remain here a very, very long time.
Your persistent advocate,
Arch-Mage Deneth

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