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【书籍搬运】The Nirnoot Missive 奈恩根文献

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

作者:辛德里恩

翻译:花溪流萤

以下内容转录出自炼金大师辛德里恩作于4纪元02年雨手月 炼金学会的一篇演讲。并整合了其早年间寄送该学会的一份相似公函。我们尽力尊重作者的原有语气,但为了方便阅读,对部分内容做了少量修饰。

沙米林·雷索恩,

帝国抄录员

今天我想与诸位探讨有关奈恩根的惊人真相,尽管此种具有叹为观止生命力,有水即可生长的种群仍然存在,但已为数不多,并且即将灭绝。在数年广泛研究以及我的助理不懈努力的共同推动下,我手中拥有有关奈恩根的大量研究样本。据帝国知名药剂师齐武纽斯·雷格里姆的理论记载,奈恩一族曾经颇为繁盛,直到一场大灾变使其数量急剧减少。尽管学者并不认同1E 668年间太阳活动对该植物生存带来毁灭性影响这一论点。齐武纽斯依旧认为,奈恩根的正常生长周期为绵亘整年的光照缺乏所扰乱。其他植物种类都倾向于“另寻出路”,但是奈恩根神秘的魔法特质决定了其很难适应环境的突变。不管事实是否如此,不容置喙的是,近年来奈恩根的目击记录已经越来越少。

齐武纽斯的记载同样描述了奈恩根能放出一种“鲜亮黄光”。与之相反,当下的奈恩根释放出的是某种柔弱,摄人心魄的蓝白光芒。其他学者随后的研究并不足以解释光芒何以变蓝。我认为奈恩根预感到自己即将灭绝,为了生存只好改变自身代谢。支持这一主张的最有力证据在于奈恩根在常年无阳光直射的地底均有生长。奇怪的是,齐武纽斯记载当中并无只言片语提及奈恩根曾生活于地底,这种改变因何而来?为何一个地表生物突然出现在与之前环境截然不同的新栖息地?

亲爱的同仁们,讽刺之处在于,答案本身就存在于齐武纽斯自身记载之中,尽管他在实验室中耗费了大量时间做奈恩根的相关研究,他还是忽视了植物生长周期中至关重要的一环—土壤。齐武纽斯认为红山爆发喷射的(遮天蔽日的)火山灰导致奈恩根消亡的学说无疑表现出其正确性,但我坚持认为火山灰的影响不仅只是遮蔽天空这么简单。坠入赛瑞迪尔肥沃土壤中的火山岩粉尘才是奈恩根惊人突变的诱因。尽管黑暗年代遗留下来的火山灰极为稀有,我还是找来了从瓦丹非尔寄来的样本进行了测试。详尽的研究证明,这种“灰烬矿物质”中富含巨大的魔法能量, 瓦丹非尔地区的土著都懂得使用这种矿物盐来治疗“枯萎病”,一种数百年前曾摧毁他们王国的恶疾。火山矿物盐中蕴含的独特魔力搭配上奈恩根自身的魔法属性导致原子结构的巨变…大体来讲;该植物能够“自我治疗”。

总结以上论调,可以清晰的看出,奈恩根正濒临灭绝,并因祸得福的进化出一种自我保护的机制。我认为奈恩根在相当短的时间内完成了其他种群需要耗时数千年才能完成的进化。

不管你是否认同我的观点,有一个事实毋庸置疑;奈恩根正在逐渐消失。其中蕴含着当前见所未见的的制药材料亟需开发,我建议学会能拨出部分款项建立一支科考队以找寻一些样本进行研究。我已经为你们会后的审议意见提供了大致方向。请审慎对待我的建议,趁现在为时未晚,否则奈恩根将只存于我们的记忆之中。

谢谢各位收听。

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The Nirnoot Missive
Revised Edition
by Sinderion
A description of the enigmatic plant called Nirnroot.


The following is a transcript of the speech given by Master Alchemist Sinderion at the Alchemical Symposium on Rain's Hand of 4E 02. It is a revised version of an earlier missiveSinderion gave to the same group several years before. We've done the best we could to preserve the original tone of his speech, but some light embellishments have been made for editorial reasons and for clarity.
Sharmirin Raythorne,
Imperial Scribe


I would like to address the Symposium today with some startling revelations regarding thenirnroot. Although this curiously tenacious flora grows almost anywhere a significant body of water is present, it's extremely rare, and soon to become extinct. After years of extensive research, and the tireless efforts of my field assistant, I came into the possession of a large sampling of nirnroot. According to the theories presented by the noted Imperial Herbalist Chivius Regelliam, the nirnroot once flourished until a cataclysmic event severely reduced their numbers. Although many scholars reject the proposal that the Sun's Death event of 1E 668 catastrophically affected plant life, Chivius felt that the nirnroot's normal growth cycle was interrupted by the lack of sun for a full year. Whereas other plant species tend to "find a way," the nirnroot's mysterious magical nature made it especially susceptible to this climate shift. While this may or may not be the case, it's certainly true that the recorded sightings of nirnroot are declining as the years pass.
Chivius's notes oddly describe the nirnroot as emitting a "brilliant yellowish glow." Contrary to this fact, the nirnroot of today has a soft, haunting blue-white glow. Subsequent studies by other scholars have failed to adequately explain this shift in hue. I propose that the nirnroot sensed its own impending extinction and therefore altered its metabolism in order to survive. One of the most glaring pieces of evidence of my theory is the presence of nirnroot in subterranean environments... places completely devoid of sunlight. Strangely, Chivius's notes fail to mention even a single instance of a subterrestrial nirnroot. How could this be? How could a surface-dwelling plant suddenly begin appearing in new locations radically different from its normal habitat?
The answer, my fellow alchemists, is ironically concealed within Chivius's own notes. Although he spends a great deal of time experimenting with the nirnroot in his laboratory, he overlooked an important part of a plant's growth cycle... its soil. Chivius was correct in assuming the volcanic eruption of Red Mountain contributed to the demise of the nirnroot, but I believe the ash from that mighty explosion did more than simply cloud the skies. When mixed with the fertile soil ofCyrodiil, this fine powder is the true cause of the nirnroot's astounding metamorphosis. Although little volcanic ash from that dark time remains, I have performed tests on samples sent to me fromVvardenfell. Careful scrutiny of the samples revealed that they were rife with "ash salt," a highly magical substance. Dunmer native to the Vvardenfell region were known to have used ash salt as an ingredient to cure the "Blight," an awful disease which decimated their realm hundreds of years ago. This unique property of the ash salt coupled with the nirnroot's inherent magic caused the radical change... in essence; the root "healed itself."
In summation, it's clear that the nirnroot was dying and used a byproduct of its destructor to preserve itself. I feel the nirnroot has accomplished in a relatively short amount of time what it would take other species thousands of years to complete.
Whether you subscribe to my theory or not, one thing is certain; the nirnroot is on a path to destruction. It contains untapped potential to create potions the likes of which have never been seen in our day. I propose to you today that we divert a small portion of our funds to an expedition to collect some of these roots to study. I have outlined this proposal for your perusal after this section of the Symposium. Please, seriously consider this proposal before it becomes too late, and the nirnroot becomes nothing but a memory.
Thank you for your time.

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