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【书籍搬运】The Falmer: A Study 法尔莫:一项研究

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

翻译:花溪流萤

经过学习,旅行考察,探索和观测,我的假说终被证实:栖息于天际省黑暗地底的那些畸形法尔莫,的确就是传说中的雪精灵。

没有人知道雪精灵的故事该从何说起,但是在古人著作“雪王子之死”的中,却给出一个清晰的结局。这本书由洛克汗抄写,记录了毛思琳之战和英格加德·白眼酋长的编年史。

据目击者描述,伟大的法尔莫领袖雪王子在战斗中光荣战死,并被杀死他的诺德人厚葬。主流看法认为剩下的雪精灵不是被杀就是逃散,之后便绝迹了。

但是古老的雪精灵的故事终结之时,正是今日法尔莫的故事开始之日。因为在那个雪精灵之主轰然倒下的灭顶之日里,它们不止是逃散-它们潜进泥土之中,潜入幽深的地底。法尔莫在远离天际大陆地表的黑域找到了庇护所,那是传说中的矮人国度,一块不应存在的地域。

是的,黑域的确存在。我到过那里,和大多数(来到这里)目睹过此处壮观景象的人不同,我平安归来。而且我现在知道了有关法尔莫的真相。

在法尔莫败于诺德人之后,古老的矮人答应保护它们。但雪精灵们为此付出了巨大代价。因为矮人们不信任这些不速之客,所以命令它们吃下曾经生于地底深处的剧毒蘑菇,结果雪精灵们都被弄瞎了。

很快,曾经雄伟的雪精灵就变得软弱无力。他们逐渐从矮人的仆人变成了奴隶。但是背信弃义的矮人们做的很彻底,它们把剧毒蘑菇当做法尔莫日常饮食中不可或缺之物。这保证了雪精灵奴隶们世世代代都会软弱无力。时光荏苒,雪精灵们永无光明。

正如很多奴隶和奴隶主之间的故事所说的那样,法尔莫终于反抗了。世代更迭,从最初向矮人寻求慰藉开始,经历了无情的背叛,这些法尔莫终于起来反抗他们的压迫者了。(它们)脱离了矮人的统治,并且向黑域更深处逃去,最终逃入了难以被发现的最深处。

十年又十年,双方进行了激烈的战争。这是一场准备充分,血腥残忍的“悬崖之战”,发生在远离天际地表的地底,完全不被陆地之上的诺德人所知,其中的战役和英雄更永远不会被我们知晓。直到有一天,战争结束了。因为在那一天,Fal莫去与他们的仇敌矮人碰面时,发现矮人的整个族群都……消失了。

从矮人的威胁中解脱出来之后,法尔莫终于能够在整个黑域中自由发展了。但是与矮人长年累月的战争使他们变得残忍嗜血。受征服与杀戮的欲望驱使,他们开始对表层世界展开攻击。

这便是有关瘦小失明的类哥布林生物出现的传说的开始,这些生物会在月黑风高之夜从地底的裂缝中冒出,屠杀牲口,袭击落单的旅人,从婴儿床中盗走熟睡的孩童。

但是,近些年来,对这些生物的目击变得越来越频繁。他们的袭击变得更有组织。更加残忍。事实上,有人甚至可以得出结论说法尔莫做好了再次改头换面的准备。这会成为现实吗?这些古老的雪精灵们准备重新找回他们遗忘已久的荣耀吗?他们准备涌上地表,与“光之住民”们展开战争吗?

如果这发生了——如果法尔莫确实计划重夺天际——恐怕,无论是人类还是神灵,都无法抵挡。

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The Falmer: A Study
by Ursa Uthrax
A study on Falmer, recounting their war with the Dwemer


I have studied, and traveled, and explored, and observed, and my hypothesis has finally been confirmed: that the twisted Falmer that inhabit the darkest depths of Skyrim are indeed the snow elves of legend.
No one really knows when the story of the snow elves began, but the ancient work "Fall of the Snow Prince," which is an account of the Battle of the Moesring as transcribed by Lokheim, chronicler to the chieftain Ingjaldr White-Eye, gives a rather vivid account of its ending.
According to this eyewitness account, the great Falmer leader known only as the Snow Prince died in glorious battle, and was buried with honor by his Nord slayers. The remaining snow elves were scattered or slain, and were never heard from again. Or so many thought.
But where the story of the ancient snow elves ends, that of the current-day Falmer begins. For when the snow elf host was shattered on that fateful day, it did not simply disperse - it descended. Into the earth, deep underground. For the Falmer sought sanctuary in the most unlikely of places - Blackreach, far beneath the surface of Skyrim, in the legendary realm of the Dwemerthemselves.
Yes, Blackreach exists. I have been there, and unlike most of those who have witnessed its terrible glories, I have returned. And I now know the truth about the Falmer.
After their defeat by the Nords, the dwarves of old agreed to protect the Falmer, but at a terrible price. For these Dwemer did not trust their snow elf guests, and forced them to consume the toxic fungi that once grew deep underground. As a result, the snow elves were rendered blind.
Soon, the majestic snow elves were rendered powerless. They became the dwarves' servants... and then their slaves. But the Dwemer's treachery was so deep, so complete, that they made the fungi an essential part of the Falmer's diet. This guaranteed the weakness of not only their current Falmer thralls, but their offspring as well. The snow elves, for time eternal, would be blind.
But as is always the story with slaves and their masters, the Falmer eventually rebelled. Generations after they first sought solace among the dwarves, and experienced bitter betrayal, the Falmer rose up against their oppressors. The [sic] overthrew the dwarves, and fled even further down, into Blackreach's deepest, most hidden reaches.
For decade upon decade, the two sides waged a bitter conflict. A full-fledged and bloody "War of the Crag" that raged deep below Skyrim's surface, completely unbeknownst to the Nords above, a war whose battles and heroes must forever remain lost to our knowledge. Until one day, the war ended. For on that day, the Falmer went to meet their Dwemer foes in battle, only to find that the entire race had... vanished.
Finally free from the threat of their Dwemer overlords, the Falmer were able to spread freely throughout Blackreach. But years of fighting the dwarves had left them bloodthirsty and brutal. Feeling the need to conquer, to kill, they began mounting raids to the surface world.
And so the legends began. Of small, blind, goblin-like creatures who would rise from the cracks of the earth, in the dead of night, to slaughter cattle, attack lonely travelers, and steal sleeping babes from their cribs.
In recent years, however, the sightings of these creatures have become more and more frequent. Their raids, more organized. Their attacks, more brutal. In fact, one might even come to the conclusion that the Falmer are ready to change once again. Could it be true? Are the snow elves of ages past ready to reclaim their long-forgotten glory? Are they ready to surge to the surface, and make war upon the "light dwellers"?
If that happens - if the Falmer are indeed planning on reconquering Skyrim - I fear a horror neither man nor gods could possibly stand against.

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