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【书籍搬运】The Wispmother 幽灵之母

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

作者: 马提亚·艾迪安

翻译:花溪流萤

在诺德北部区域的民间传说中,很少有传说知名度堪于幽魂之母比肩,这是群幽灵般的女人,会将那些毫无戒心的旅人引入末日,拐带儿童,报复那些前世曾经有负她们之人。

类似的传说充斥在泰姆瑞尔各处:斯特罗斯·姆凯的梅璐女巫,引诱航船驶向犬牙交错的浅滩,触礁搁浅之后攫取他们的灵魂。无论是黑沼泽地带的蜿蜒查拉斯。还是在瓦伦林地的埃莫若诺,性状均有相仿之处。

但是和那些谜之生物不同,大多数学者都(倾向于)认为幽魂之母的确存在。尽管不多,但确凿的目击报告也足以频繁到难以忽略。在此,我们为你提供一份概要,大致涵盖了从省内传说中收集到的信息。以及一些试图解释其本源的主流观点。

大多传说都遵循以下几个要素:她们总是以女性面目示人,她们来源于人(也有人说包括精灵)的灵魂,被迷雾和腐烂的孢子包裹着。她们与冰系魔法有些联系,极少出现在气候温和的地区。

但是除此之外,其他传说表现的大相径庭。一些人认为他们是等待安息的游魂。另外一些则声称,她们是曾经统治天际省的雪精灵余孽。一些传说认为她们的老家在赫杰玛奇 (一般认为是在赫杰玛奇北方),不过其他传说提到她们出现在一些被遗忘之地,像远在杰洛山系的群山中。

多数知名学者对这些传说不屑一顾,取而代之的是把目光投向了最近的目击报告。经过研究,出现了两种截然不同的主流理论。

基于对巫术和赛洛迪尔亚历德 文化的大量研究,塞壬·塞拉提斯教授提出了一个假设,在这个假设中幽魂之母被认为是某种起源于如今已被遗忘的第一纪元文化衍变而来的巫术的最终形态,在这个理论中,她们不仅仅是幽灵,更是一群通过巫术获得永恒生命的强大女巫。

与之不同,主教协会的莱德特·威利恩主张幽魂之母根本不是什么亡灵,只是从奈恩星球内部溢出的元素的物化(化物语?)。注意到幽混之母与树精以及 寒冰幽灵的众多相似之处,她力主幽魂之母本质上是雪或者雾的化身。使用的是源于天赐的元素之力,而不是巫术。

幽魂

在大多数记载中,最初的受害者是被幽魂之母周围发出的幽魂之光吸引过去的。最初这种生物还很安生,但是不久就开始主动和幽灵之母一起发起攻击,吸引受害者的注意力并消耗他们的体力。

传言这些幽魂以前都是幽魂之母的受害者。幽魂之母用这些幽魂强化自己,所以任何想要杀死幽魂之母之人必须先解救这些灵魂。

对于学者来讲,这个描述马上勾起了他们对幽磷鬼火,一种居于泰姆瑞尔南方沼泽的稀有危险动物的记忆。奇怪的是,在赛瑞迪尔 [原文如此]的传说中提到的幽魂是个独行侠,但是这些种类(幽灵之母旁边的幽魂)看起来和它们的同类之间存在某种共栖的关系。

威利恩辩称这些幽魂是真正幽魂的一个亚种,寄生于幽灵之母身上为之引诱猎物并且分享(吸收)被杀死猎物释放出的精神能量。作为一个共生的食腐者,与它们的近亲相比缺少令人生畏的防御能力,这使得它们很容易受到伤害。

另一方面, 塞拉提坚持认为所谓的“幽魂”不过是由幽魂之母散发出的(幽光?)或者是一种巫术,并不是可以游离存在的生物。这种说法被一个高度不可信的报告证实,报告指出当一个冒险家直接杀死一个幽魂之母以后,剩下的幽魂径直烟消云散。

总的来说,专家对于幽魂之母和幽魂的意见存在很大分歧,而且看起来分歧还会存在很长一段时间。但是是所有的资料都能证实一个重要观点:他们是高度危险的敌人,无论如何都要避免与之战斗。

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The Wispmother: Two Theories
by Mathias Etienne
Summation of legends regarding the Wispmothers


Among the folk tales from the northern reaches of Skyrim, few subjects are as popular as theWispmother: ghostly women who lure unsuspecting travelers to their doom, steal children, andtakes [sic] vengeance on those who wronged them in life.
Similar tales exist throughout Tamriel: The Melusanae of Stros Mkai, who lure ships to wreck on jagged shoals, then consume the souls of those aboard. The serpentine Chalass of Black Marsh. The Amronal of Valenwood.
But unlike these mythic creatures, most scholars concede that Wispmothers actually exist. Though rare, credible reports of their sightings are simply too frequent to be ignored. Herein, a synopsis of what can be gleaned from provincial legends, and the dominant theories on what they may actually be.

Wispmothers
Most tales agree on only a few basic facts about Wispmothers. They are always female. They take the form of human (some say Elven) spirits, wreathed in mist and decaying rags. They have an affinity for frost magic, rarely appearing in more temperate climes.
But beyond that, the tales differ wildly. Some say they are ghosts, waiting to be laid to rest. Others, that they are all that remains of the Snow Elves who once ruled Skyrim. Some say they are native to Hjaalmarch (or the north more generally), but other tales mention them in forgotten places, on mountaintops as far away as the Jeralls.
Most reputable scholars dismiss these stories, preferring instead to focus on the few documented sightings from recent years. From these, two dominant theories have emerged:
Based on his extensive research into necromancy and Cyrodiil's Ayleid culture, Master Sadren Sarethi posits that Wispmothers are a necrologic state, a type of lich-dom developed by a now-forgotten First Era culture. Under his theory, these are no mere ghosts - they are a cult of powerful sorceresses who achieved eternal life through undeath.
Alternately, Lydette Viliane of the Synod contends that Wispmothers are not undead at all, but rather elemental manifestations arising out of Nirn itself. By noting several similarities toSpriggans and Ice Wraiths, she contends that the Wispmothers are essentially elemental personifications of snow or mist, innately wielding the power of their element, instead of manipulating it through conventional sorcery.

Wisps
In most accounts, the victim is initially drawn to the Wispmother by glowing, ghostly lights. Although initially passive, these creatures later attack in tandem with her, distracting the victim and draining their energy.
Popular legend holds that these are the spirits of the Wispmother's previous victims. These spirits strengthen her, so anyone hoping to destroy her must first release the souls of those she has killed.
To scholars, this description immediately recalls the Will-o-the-Wisp, a rare and dangerous swamp denizen of southern Tamriel. Oddly, Cyrodillic [sic] legends invariably refer to Wisps as lone predators, while these appear to exist in some sort of symbiotic relationship with others of their kind.
Viliane argues that these Wisps are a sub-species of true Wisps, scavengers that lure prey to the Wispmother and share in the psychoetherial energy released by her kills. As co-dependent scavengers, they most likely lack the formidable defenses of their predatory cousins, rendering them far more vulnerable.
Alternately, Sarethi posits that these "Wisps" are merely emanations or conjurations of the Wispmother, and not free-living creatures. This is supported by one incident in which an adventurer reportedly killed a Wispmother directly, only to observe the remaining Wisps immediately perish as well, though the source is considered highly unreliable.
In summary, scholarly opinion about Wispmothers and Wisps is sharply divided, and is likely to remain so for some time. But all sources agree on one crucial point: these are highly dangerous foes, and should be avoided at all costs.

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