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【书籍搬运】Physicalities of Werewolves 论狼人的身体构造

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

作者:莱曼·克莱斯

翻译:花溪流萤

很多(有关狼人的)书籍的著述都有其缘由,本书亦不例外。(不同的是)很多人捏造自己的研究初衷,妄图为自己的写作意图镀金,使自己能够站在道德的至高点上。我不会如此虚伪。没有狼人害死我的亲人,甚至没有威胁到我,更不会和我存在交集。我的写作初衷仅仅是出于痴迷,同时亦包含对反自然之不和谐物的深深敌意。一个从未受其威胁的人何来敌意?我不是哲学家,就此打住,接下来为您呈上研究报告。

数十年来,我都在竭力研究同一课题,试图阐明我们称之为狼人的生命体的完整生物构造。我曾详细考察了这种变狼病的起源,到底其能力为主观取得还是后天赋予(亦即被感染),以及如何治愈这种顽疾。但是(之前)那些(狼人记载)事件充斥着主观臆测,间或夹杂农民们的浅薄意见。

研究A

记于晨风,兽化形态。

观察对象:男性,人形态为布列顿人。

说明。实验对象在控制身形变化途中体温曾有不同寻常的升高。

实验1—实验者变形之前,途中,以及完成后的身体比例均做完整记录。结果正如预期,兽化的身体比例同真人比例相当,只是变形时限过后变回人形之后脑袋有明显的肿胀。变形中身体变化如下:

肩部增宽23%

臀部缩小17%

手臂伸长47%

至于腿部—看起来小腿部分变为正常尺寸的数倍,但是大腿的变化几可忽略。

实验2—短时间内尽可能的重复试验1若干次,注意控制变形时间和变形强度于不同程度。

变形时间和强度的差异并无明显实验数据偏差,所以以上结果真实有效,结论达成。

研究B

记于赛瑞迪尔,已被当地政府控制,人类形态。

观察对象。女性,人形态为诺德人

说明。实验对象在人态和兽态均拥有巨大体型,为解剖创造了绝佳条件。

我相信我可能是首位目睹狼人变兽途中内部变化机制的人,首先心脏会隆起,随后肺部和骨骼方顺应心脏的变化调整。这将给胸部带来剧烈的疼痛感,这也印证了许多描述狼人变形之前痛状的报告。

更加有趣的变化发生在腿部肌肉上。我早已料到它们会随之强化,毕竟这种野兽正是以其力量和速度闻名,不过途中肌肉也变成了浑浊的棕黄色。这种状况可能归咎于于肌肉局部缺血。

在实验体断气之前,我将一些传言中治疗这种疾病的“偏方”药剂直接应用于其内部器官上。狼毒花似乎作用于骨骼,令其骨骼变脆,接触之后胸腔亦产生急剧收缩。成熟颠茄浆果汁液则直接作用于静脉,全身血管伴随体液循环逐渐收敛萎缩,到达心脏之后,主要血管均告脱出,实验体数分钟即告气绝。

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Experimentation in the Physicalities of the Werewolf
by Reman Crex
A morbid anatomical study of werewolves on live subjects


Far too many books such as this one begin with some sort of justification. Some reason for study is concocted, in the hopes that the writer's obsession will be seen in a more noble light. I make no such pretensions. No werewolf killed my family, none ever threatened me personally, nor even an acquaintance of mine. My obsession is borne out of simple curiosity, with a strong dose of hatred for the unnatural. Is it possible to hate something without having been done harm by it? I am no philosopher, and thus here ends my introduction. On with my studies.
I have endeavored, over the course of several decades, to perform a complete study of the physical nature of the creatures we call werewolves. I overlook entirely the origins of thisplague, whether it is acquired voluntarily or inflicted, and how one might be cured. Such matters are filled with too much guesswork and rambling second-hand inanities from farmhands.

Subject A
Captured: in Morrowind, while in beast form
Makeup: Male, Breton in his true form
Notes: Subject shows an unusually high degree of control over his transformations.

Experiment 1 -- Subject's bodily proportions were thoroughly measured before, during, and after the transformation. As expected, the proportions were identical while in true form, but some minor swelling of the head was observed immediately after the return. Changes observed during transformation:
23% increase in shoulder width
17% narrowing of hips
47% lengthening of arms
7% increase in finger length (not accounting for claws)
As for the legs -- the lengthening of the foot to several times its normal length seems to account for the otherwise negligible changes in the thigh region.

Experiment 2 -- Subject was coerced into changing as rapidly and as frequently as possible, at various times and at various levels of duress.
Transformation times and effects were not viewed to change notably. Subject expired, concluding tests.

Subject B
Captured: in Cyrodiil, already imprisoned by local authorities, in true form
Makeup: Female, Nord in her true form
Notes: Subject's large size in both true and transformed forms makes an excellent fit for vivisection
I believe I may have been the first to witness a werewolf transformation ply its effects on the internal workings of a creature. The heart is the first thing to swell, long before the lungs or bones shift to accommodate it. This may account for the intense chest pains that some of the afflicted report directly before their changes.
More interesting were the changes observed in the muscles of the legs. I had expected a strengthening, as the beasts are known for great power and speed, but they also seemed to change color into a dusky brown. This could also be attributed to blood loss from the procedures.
Before the subject expired, I worked applying some known "remedies" for the disease directly to internal organs. Wolfsbane petals applied to the bones seemed to render them brittle, and the ribcage nearly collapsed at the touch. The juice of ripened belladonna berries was pressed directly into the veins, and they could be seen to shrivel behind the flow as it moved through the system. Upon reaching the heart, the major vessels pulled away completely, and subject expired within minutes.

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