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【上古捡史】Elder Scrolls Lore Series: Chapter 6 - Dark Elves of Morrowind

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搬运于:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBnatzluzNE&list=PL7pGJQV-jlzCPBUy9uAXQUXZ4UBaDLKS5&index=9 (须翻墙)

 

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    In this chapter we explore the fiercely independent Dark Elves of Morrowind.  Their culture differs greatly from the other provinces on Tamriel, and their impact on Elder Scrolls lore, is undeniable.

 

        本章我们将探索晨风地区极为独立的黑精灵。他们的文化与泰姆瑞尔其他省份都极为不同,而他们对上古卷轴Lore的影响则是不可忽视的。

 

 

Morrowind

 

    It is a land whose ancient history is as dark and shrouded as it’s ash filled skies. Morrowind is the province in the northeast corner of Tamriel, but if you were to journey there, you would have a hard time believing you were still in Tamriel. The familiar plant and wildlife of the other provinces is exchanged for the bizarre and twisted life forms that can survive the unrelenting ash storms sent forth from the mighty volcano that dominates the island of Vvardenfell. Yes, Morrowind is an unforgiving place, and even if you were determined enough to endure the choking ash fall from Red Mountain, you’d still have to survive it’s inhabitants.

 

        这片土地的历史正如其被灰尘遮蔽的天空一样昏暗而神秘。晨风位于泰姆瑞尔东北角,如果你旅行到那里,你可能都不会相信自己仍踩在泰姆瑞尔大陆上。在其他各省常见的植物和野生动物不见了,取而代之的是各种奇形怪状的生物,其形态已经演化以便适应来自瓦丹菲尔携有火山灰的无情风暴。是的,晨风是个残酷的地方,即使你已经下定决心忍受来自红山的那些令人窒息的尘灰,你也要有本事在它的住民中生存下来才行。

 

 
 
Appearance & Battle Prowess
 
    Dark Elves, also known as “Dunmer” in the language of the Altmer, are the red-eyed peoples of Morrowind. Their ash colored skin compliments their environment perfectly, and it is this characteristic that the Iends them the name “Dark Elves”.
    Both male and female Dunmer have a height similar to most of the human races. This means they are slightly taller than their Wood Elf cousins, but shorter than the lofty High Elves.Dark Elves tend to live very long lives, even for elves. A Dunmer living to the ripe old age of 300 is not unheard of. This makes the Dark Elves of Morrowind the most longed-lived mortals on Tamriel.
    On the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for their balanced integration of sword, bow, and magic. As an elven race, the Dark Elves boast powerful intellects and agile physiques. Like their elven counterparts, the Dunmer grasp the arcane arts with ease, but beyond that they have a special gift for the destruction school of magic. Almost every Dark Elf you’ll come across can melt your face off if provoked.  Their people produce some of the most skilled spell-swords in all of Tamriel.
 
        黑暗精灵,在艾特莫语中又被叫做“丹莫”,是晨风上的红眼民族。他们灰尘颜色的皮肤与环境十分相衬,因而得名“黑暗精灵”。
        男性和女性丹莫的身高都大致和人类种族相当。也就是说他们比他们的木精灵表亲稍微高一点,但是又比高挑的高精灵矮。黑暗精灵能活到很长的岁数,甚至在精灵中都算长寿。一位丹莫在300岁就算活到晚年简直闻所未闻。这也使得黑暗精灵成为了泰姆瑞尔中寿命最长的凡人种族。
        在战场上,丹莫以剑术、射术和魔法综合全面发展闻名。作为精灵种族,他们拥有高超的智慧、轻捷的身形,可以轻易掌握奥法知识。此外他们还特别有一种对于毁灭系魔法的天赋。可以说,几乎你遇到的每个暗精灵都能在发怒的时候把你的脸烧融了。泰姆瑞尔某些最优秀的魔剑士就是黑暗精灵。
 

 

 

Diplomacy

 

    When dealing with the other races of Tamriel, Dark Elves take elven arrogance to the extreme.  High Elves might regard the younger races of man and beast as foolish children, but in Dunmer culture, elven supremacy has reached incredible heights.  As a society, the Dark Elves view humans as no better than beasts, fit only for servitude. Slavery is a very real reality in Morrowind, and the Great Houses that govern the land- such as House Telvanni, have been practicing slavery for centuries. They are particularly fond of Khajiit and Argonian slaves who do well in their harsh environments.

    Needless to say, the Dark Elves are not popular with the other races of Tamriel, and I think they rather like it that way. There’s is a nation that is fiercely independent. Dunmer distrust the other races, and thus, are treated distrustfully. Dark Elves are often seen as proud, clannish, ruthless, and even cruel. That’s what outsiders think anyway. As a culture, the Dark Elves greatly value loyalty and family.

 

        在和泰姆瑞尔各族打交道这方面,暗精灵是把高傲嚣张发展到了极致。高精灵或许会把泰姆瑞尔上人类和兽族这样的年轻种族看作熊孩子,但丹莫则是把精灵高等推到了一个难以置信的新高度。在丹莫社会中,他们看待人类就和看待畜生没什么两样,只适合奴役。奴隶制在晨风确实存在,且统治着其领地的大家族(如泰瓦尼)已经践行这一制度足有几个世纪之久了。他们尤其偏爱猫人和亚龙人奴隶,因为他们能更好地适应晨风险恶的环境。

        不需多言,黑暗精灵在泰姆瑞尔各种族中并不怎么受欢迎。我觉得他们可能还挺喜欢这样的。晨风是一个高度独立的地方,丹莫们不信任异族,因此也不被他人信任。黑暗精灵往往被视为骄傲的、排他的、无情乃至残忍的民族——但这是外乡人的看法。在文化上,黑暗精灵却是极为重视忠诚和家庭的。

 

 

 

Religion

 

    According to the Dark Elves, the spirits of their dead relatives remain here on Nirn in the afterlife.  They believe these spirits guide their future with an invisible hand. Strong warriors spirits are thought to preserve the honor and wisdom of the entire race, even from beyond the grave. The Dunmer honor their ancestral spirits by building family shrines, and offering up gifts as sacrifices. The oldest of the great ancestor spirits are thought to be the Daedra, who pull at the strings of fate with ease. Historically speaking, the Dunmer have resisted worshipping the Aedra altogether. Instead of following the Nine Divines, the Dark Elves choose to worship the Daedra, and the teachings of the Tribunal Temple. Where the rest of the Empire actively shuns and discriminates Daedra worshipers, Morrowind welcomes such practices with open arms.  After all, without Daedric influences- we would not have Dark Elves on Tamriel.

 

        黑暗精灵认为,他们死去亲属的灵魂在死后还会留在奈恩。他们相信这些灵魂会像一只看不见的手一样,在未来指引着他们。人们认为强壮的战士就算死后其灵魂也能保卫整个种族的荣耀和智慧。所以丹莫为祭奠先人建立了许多家族神龛,并为灵魂献上供奉和牺牲。

        丹莫认为,最古老而强力的祖先灵魂是迪德拉,他们可以轻易改变人的命运。历史上丹莫拒绝崇拜任何九圣灵中的任何伊德拉,而是选择了崇拜迪德拉作为信仰,还曾接受来自审判庭神庙的教导。帝国的其他地方大多对迪德拉崇拜持有负面和否定评价,而晨风却对这些十分欢迎。毕竟,没有了迪德拉的影响,现在的泰姆瑞尔上或许就不会有黑暗精灵了。

 

 

A Brief History

 

    The story of how the Dunmer came to reside in Morrowind is one of revelation and rebirth.  You see, before they were the Dark Elves we see before us today, they were no different from the High Elves of the Summerset Isles, contently worshipping the Aedra. That was until the Daedric Prince of Plots, Boethiah, did what Daedra do best- enact change.  Boethiah’s influence sparked a revolution amongst some of the Elves of Summerset.  The result was a great exodus to the east- to Morrowind, which lead to the birth of a new culture on Tamriel. Although these exiled elves were physically indistinguishable from the Altmer of Summerset, they were given the name Chimer.

    To make a long and bloody story short, when the Chimer reached Morrowind they discovered it was already home to race of Elves who called themselves the Dwemer, and although their two societies managed to coexist at first- cultures have a way of rubbing together… the result is often… quite violent.  The Battle of Red Mountain was a great battle fought between the Dwemer and Chimer to decide the fate of Morrowind.  It is probably one of the most significant battles ever fought on Tamrielic soil, yet, thanks to conflicting reports, history has forgotten what actually took place. All we know for certain is that that battle ended with the disappearance of the Dwemer race. An entire race gone, in the blink of eye, and out of the ashes came the Chimer- but they different. When the ash settled, the elves who remained were no longer the golden-skinned elves who left Summerset all those years ago. Their eyes were piercing red, their skin grey. Henceforth, Tamriel called them Dark Elves.

    What caused the disappearance of an entire race, and the transformation of another? What force is powerful enough to change the course of history itself? Some will tell you that only the Elder Scrolls themselves wield such power.  They’d be wrong in this case. We learned previously about a god named Lorkhan, who convinced the Aedra to help in the creation of Tamriel and Mundus.  Lorkhan’s heart, the heart of a god, has resided here on Tamriel ever since, simply waiting to be found.  Vivec, Sotha Sil, Almalexia. Three legendary Chimer, referred to as the “Tribunal”, found themselves in the possession of this ancient artifact, and with it they are thought to have ended the Dwemer in one foul swoop. The Chimer people saw their new heroes, this Tribunal, as their saviors. They prayed to the Daedra during their struggle with the Dwemer, but they did not answer. The Tribunal did.

 

        丹莫定居到晨风的历程是一个有关启示和新生的故事。在他们变成我们今天所见的这个样子之前,他们曾一度和夏暮岛的高精灵没什么区别,也同样礼敬伊德拉。直到阴谋之君主,迪德拉王子勃耶西亚做了迪德拉瓦丹菲尔最擅长做的事——制造变化。勃耶西亚在夏暮岛的精灵中引发了变革的火花,结局是一大队人马向东方离去,最终在那里创造出了一种新文化。虽然这些离开故土的精灵在外表上还是不大能和夏暮岛的艾特莫们分清,但他们已经有了一个新名字——歧莫。

        接下来是一段漫长而血腥的历史。简而言之,当歧莫们到达晨风时,他们发现一个自称锻莫的精灵种族已经定居在了这里。两族共存了一段时间,期间他们的文化相互碰撞,而其结果往往是……十分暴力的。最终红山之战在歧莫和锻莫之间打响,这是决定两族命运的一战,或许是泰姆瑞尔大陆上最重要的战役之一。然而,由于对这场战斗的表述不尽相同,究竟发生了什么已经无法追溯。我们所知确定的是战斗止于锻莫一族的消失。只一眨眼的工夫,这一种族全体人间蒸发了,而留下的精灵也失去了自多年前离开夏暮岛以来延续至今的金色皮肤。他们的眼睛变成了火红色,皮肤则变得灰暗。泰姆瑞尔各族开始称他们为黑暗精灵。

        是什么导致这一种族全体消失,并让另一个种族转变了呢?有什么力量可以强大到改写历史进程?有些人会告诉你,只有老头滚动条才能行使如此强大的力量。他们错了。我们此前已经知道有个名为洛克汗的神祗,他说服伊德拉参与了泰姆瑞尔和梦达思的创造。此后,洛克汗的神之心就落在了泰姆瑞尔,等待着被人们发现。维威克、索塔·希尔、阿玛莱西亚(即审判庭)这三位歧莫中的传奇人物据称发现了这一古老造物,并以此终结了锻莫。在歧莫和锻莫的斗争中,歧莫曾向迪德拉祈祷,但他们没有回应。最终是审判席拯救了他们。歧莫人民便将审判席这三位英雄视为他们的救世主。

 

 

    And so it was, the Chimer saw the Tribunal as gods amongst mortals.  Their new gods.  Looking down on Chimer with disgust the Daedric Prince Azura cursed the Chimer. Henceforth, the Chimer would walk Tamriel transformed as Dark Elves.

    While most of the local governance of the province continued through the Great Houses, the Dark Elves came to worship the Tribunal, following their teachings religiously. For thousands of years, the Tribunal used their power and leadership to protect the Dunmer from foreign invasion.

    When the Daedric Prince, Molag Bal sought to make Tamriel burn in the Second Era, the Tribunal was ready to face the threat head on. Being more attuned to the magical forces on Nirn, the Tribunal had an important part to play. In an effort to avert the crisis the Dark Elves reluctantly gave up their Argonian slaves, and pledged their blades to the Ebonheart Pact, where they used their natural abilities to serve as skillful sorcerers. After the crisis was averted, the Dark Elves fell back into their old traditions.

    Then came the dawning of the Third Era, when a man by the name of Tiber Septim came riding in with his Imperial Legions. Do to inner conflicts at the time, the Tribunal elected to sign a treaty with Tiber Septim’s Empire that made Morrowind an autonomous province, free to practice religion and tradition. Although this treaty still allowed the Dunmer to deal in human trafficking, Tiber Septim agreed to the terms. After all, he was wise military strategist. Tiber Septim knew trying to free slaves would disrupt long standing Dunmer tradition, so instead of facing the powerful Tribunal, he settled with an armistice.

    The centuries following Tiber Septim’s reign were not good for the Dark Elves. At the closing of the Third Era, their sacred Tribunal were overthrown by Daedric influences. Morrowind’s greatest weapon, the Heart of Lorkhan, was destroyed. Suddenly their way of life was in peril, and to make matters worse, another Daedric Prince was on the move against them. During the chaos of the Oblivion Crisis Mehrunes Dagon did not spare the Dark Elves. As wave after wave of Daedra came pouring in through the Great Oblivion Gates, the Dunmer suffered greatly, but ultimately won the day.  Morrowind would live to see another sunrise.

 

        因此歧莫将审判席视为凡人中的神祗,他们的新神。迪德拉王子阿祖拉对此非常反感,于是诅咒了歧莫。因而歧莫就变成了黑暗精灵。

        虽然大家族管理着大部分地方事宜,不过丹莫还是会敬仰审判席,虔诚地遵从他们的教诲。数千年来,审判席用他们的力量和领导力保护着丹莫不受外敌入侵。

        第二纪元,迪德拉王子莫拉格巴尔在泰姆瑞尔引燃了战火,审判庭已准备面对眼前的威胁。审判席在战争中发挥了重大作用,同时,由于担心独力难支,暗精灵勉强与他们的亚龙人奴隶合作,一同加入了黑檀心联盟。由于黑暗精灵的独特天赋,他们在联盟内的角色大多是强力的法师。危机过后,黑暗精灵又恢复到了他们的旧传统中。

        随后第三纪元到来,一位名叫泰伯·塞普丁的男人带着他的帝国军团来到晨风。当时审判席正忙于晨风内部问题,于是他们与泰伯·塞普丁签订协议,愿将晨风变为自治省置于帝国治下,同时从帝国那里获得了传统和宗教信仰的自由。条约甚至还允许丹莫继续贩卖人口,但泰伯·塞普丁也同意了。毕竟,泰伯是个卓越的战略家,他知道如果他要求解放奴隶势必会破坏长期以来的丹莫传统。为了不与强大的审判席正面对抗,他选择了停战。

        在随后被帝国统治的几百年中,丹莫的日子并不好过。在第三纪元末,神圣的审判席因迪德拉之力而被推翻。晨风最大的武器洛克汗之心被摧毁,丹莫原本的生活方式立时变得岌岌可危。更糟糕的是,另一位迪德拉王子也发动了侵袭。在湮灭危机期间,大衮并没有放过黑精灵:一波接一波魔族从湮灭之门中涌现,丹莫损失惨重,但最终他们获胜了。晨风终于又见到了曙光。

 

 
   After fighting for their lives in crisis after crisis the Dark Elves thought they had escaped with their lives. They were gravely mistaken. While the Dark Elves were still licking their wounds in Morrowind, something was stirring in the swamps of Black Marsh. Suddenly and without warning the full military might of Argonia came crashing down on the Houses of Morrowind. While the Dark Elves barely had warriors to spare, the Argonians managed to emerge from the Oblivion Crisis stronger than ever. As it turns out, the Hist had warned the Argonians of the coming Crisis, and when Mehrunes Dagon opened his gates to invade Black Marsh, it was not the Daedra that came pouring out, but the Argonians that went running in to greet him.
   Finding themselves at full strength by the end of the Oblivion Crisis, the Argonians turned their attention to the people on Tamriel that had been kidnapping their kin for a millenia, and even after they served together as comrades in the Ebonheart Pact. Already broken by the lose of their Tribunal, the Dunmer of Morrowind had no defense, and they crumbled under the wrath of the Argonian liberators.
   Thoroughly defeated, and exiled from their homeland, the Dark Elves fled to places around Tamriel.  Of course, Morrowind wasn’t really their home to begin with was it?  Before the Dunmer, Morrowind belonged to the Dwemer, the most technologically sophisticated race to ever walk Tamriel- but that dear viewer, is a story for another day.
 
        湮灭危机之后,丹莫以为从此终于太平了。但他们错了。在晨风还在修补危机带来的伤痛时,自黑沼泽方面又爆发了问题。在没有预警的情况下,亚龙人对晨风发动攻击,直接冲击了各大家族。黑暗精灵此时没有多少战士可用,而亚龙人自湮灭危机过后实力居然更胜以往,战备充足。原来希斯特在为危机爆发前就已经警告过亚龙人,因而当大衮在黑沼泽张开湮灭之门时,涌出的迪德拉发现亚龙人早已全副武装地准备迎接他们了。
        湮灭危机后,亚龙人实力基本未受损伤,于是他们就将目光转向了千年来一直拐卖奴役亚龙人的黑暗精灵,毫不顾忌两族曾经在黑檀心条约下结盟的交情。此时黑暗精灵已经失去了审判庭,毫无还手之力,因而被愤怒的亚龙人解放军打得落花流水。
        战败的黑暗精灵被迫离开故土,前往泰姆瑞尔各处流亡。不过,晨风其实一开始也不是他们的故乡,不是吗?在丹莫之前,晨风属于锻莫,那曾是泰姆瑞尔上技术最发达的一个种族——但亲爱的读者,这又是另一个故事了。

 

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比起帝都正经八百的政治氛围,还是晨风的更有意思——多元的集团冲突,毒品交易,聊以慰藉的脱衣舞娘……
Edited by 弈心羽

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