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【上古捡史】Elder Scrolls Lore Series: Chapter 7 - Dwarven Dwemer of Skyrim & Morrowind

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搬运于:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK-WXrOhoHU&list=PL7pGJQV-jlzCPBUy9uAXQUXZ4UBaDLKS5&index=11 (须翻墙)

 

中译出处:http://tes.vstab.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=5054&extra=page%3D2%26filter%3Dlastpost%26orderby%3Dlastpost

 

视频:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XODA2MjgxNTI4.html?from=s1.8-1-1.2

 

 

文稿:

 

    To this day, the Dwemer, or “Deep-Elves”, are the most technologically sophisticated race of mortals to ever grace Tamriel. Their ingenious inventions and deep understanding of the world around them, made the other races of Men and Mer look like primitive apes in comparison. At the height of their evolution the Dwemer occupied laboratories and strongholds stretching the continent, from High Rock to Hammerfell, from Skyrim to their home in Morrowind. Dwemer were one of the most wide-spread races in Tamriel, yet they were hard to come by. Theirs was empire that did not need Ruby Thrones or White Gold Towers. Instead, they toiled away in the bowels of Nirn, researching, crafting, and defining themselves by their works, not their gods.

 

       直到今日,锻莫仍是泰姆瑞尔大陆上出现过的科技水平最高的凡人种族。他们精巧的发明,还有对世界的深刻理解,令其他的人类和精灵相形之下都如同猿猴一般。这一卓越文明的实验室和据点遍布从高岩到落锤,从天际到家乡晨风的大陆,是泰姆瑞尔上活动范围最广的种族之一。即便如此,锻莫仍旧是神秘莫测的一族,他们既不去争夺红钻石王座,也不追寻白金塔,而是向着奈恩内部挖掘而去。他们研究、创造,通过自己的造物而非神祗定义自身。

 

 

 

- Religion & Technology -

 

    While the other races Men and Elves slaughtered each other above ground, proclaiming the power of this god and that, the Dwemer abstained from such irrational thinking. They mocked the Daedra, the Aedra and their so-called “Divines”. The Deep-Elves believed that if they equipped themselves with reason and logic, then they could acquire powers that could equal, and even rival the gods.

    In their underground cities, the Dwemer studied alchemy and perfected the art metalworking. Forget what you know about the skill of the Orcish blacksmith, or the sturdiness of Nordic steel. Centuries before Man and Beast knew proper smithing, Dwemer engineers had already cracked the code. To this day the modern races of Tamriel still have not uncovered the secret behind their metal. Sure, the Dwemer make a good suit of armor, but their true technological genius lies elsewhere.

    In the lava of Red Mountain, the Dwemer learned to harvest the power fire itself. Their mastery of steam power allowed them to create airships, sentient machines, and mechanical observatories.  Even today, few adventurers dare brave the ancient Dwemer ruins because they are, quite literally, crawling with Dwemer security. Dwemer spiders, mechanical spheres, and mighty centurions still patrol the corridors of Dwemer cities, even though it has been millena since their master’s disappearance. Build to last, indeed.

    You see, the Dwemer were somewhat comforted by their ability to animate lifeless metal into sentient machines. The mere act of breathing life into an inorganic object defied the gods, and their power over life and death. You can think of Dwemer creations as a sort of living testimony to their belief and culture. It was this culture of logic and reason that allowed their technological capabilities to accelerate well ahead of any other race.

 

       当人类和其他精灵还在地表上杀得你死我活,为了各自的神灵血流成河时,锻莫就已经摒弃了这些不理性的思想。他们嘲笑迪德拉和伊德拉和那些所谓的“神祗”,并认为如果他们用理性和逻辑来武装自身,他们就能获得足以与神灵匹敌的力量。

       在他们建于地下的城市中,锻莫研究了炼金术并完善了金属加工的技术。忘记你所指的兽人锻造技术和那些坚固的诺德制钢材吧,在人类和兽族知晓如何锻冶的数个世纪前,锻莫工程师们就已经破解了锻造的秘诀。直到今天,泰姆瑞尔上的各族也无法解开锻莫金属的秘密。不过,锻莫的盔甲虽然优良,但他们在技术上真正卓越的成就还不在此处。

       在红山的岩浆中,锻莫发现了收集热动力的奥秘。他们研发出了蒸汽动力装置,并由此打造了飞艇、感应式机器和机械天文台。甚至直到今日,出于对锻莫防御装置的忌惮,也没有多少冒险者敢一探锻莫废墟。在它们的主人消失千年后,锻莫蜘蛛、机械球和百夫长们仍旧在锻莫城市的走廊中巡逻。为超越时光而建,至此可谓名不虚传。

       赋予无生命金属活力,将他们变为有知觉的机械的能力,使用这种本事一方面很符合锻莫的心意,但另一方面,实践这种生产活动可是公然违抗神祗的举动,顺带着也蔑视了他们主宰生死的力量。我们不妨把锻莫的各种机械造物看成他们信仰和文化的活见证:这一文明崇尚逻辑和理性,因而他们的科技能力发展之快,超越了其他任何种族。

 

 

 

- Appearance & Architecture -

 

    When comparing the Dwemer to the other races of Tamriel, don’t let common misconceptions cloud your judgement. Men call the Dwemer by their western name, “Dwarves”. This has led to the false belief that a Dwemer has the height appearance of a child. Simply by looking at a Dwemer suit of armor you will see that this is not in fact the case. These “Dwarves” were no shorter than the other humanoid races.

    Biologically, the thing that really sets these Deep-Elves apart from everyone else is their ability to telepathically communicate with each other. The other race on Tamriel known to possess a similar ability are the Hists of Black Marsh. This mental communication benefited the race greatly seeing as it worked even across vast distances in their underground environment.

 

       在把锻莫和其他种族进行比较时,一定要注意不要被那些常见误区给带偏。人类管锻莫叫做“矮人”,这是他们在西方的名字,听上去似乎深精灵的身高就和孩子差不多。但实际上这个概念是错误的,你比照一下锻莫的盔甲,就知道这种说法站不住脚了。实际上“矮人”们并不比任何人类种族矮小。

       真正将深精灵从生理学上与其他分开的是他们的心灵感应能力。在大陆上也有其他种族拥有相似的能力,比如黑沼泽的希斯特树。得益于这种心灵交流的能力,这一种族在他们巨大空旷的地下城内也能进行各种工作。

 

 

 

- A Brief History -

 

    Like all Tamrielic elves, the story of the Dwemer starts when the Aldmer allegedly left Aldmeris to settle in the Summerset Isles. Unlike the Dark Elves, we don’t really know how the Dwemer ended up splitting off from their fellow elves; however we assume the division happened quite early on considering Dwemer society bares few correlations with the Altmer. Although they are a race of Elves, the Dwemer ended up very different from their other elven cousins.

    What we do know is that the Dwemer would soon find themselves on the coasts of Morrowind, where they founded the city of Dwemereth- a city to call their home. Their newfound isolation wouldn’t last forever. The Dwemer people soon found themselves looking at familiar faces, when the Chimer Elves came to occupy their already occupied territory. The Chimer were a newly formed splinter group of the Altmer, who wished to freely worship their Daedric gods. Naturally the Dwemer scorned and mocked them. Over the coming centuries the Dwemer would clash with the Chimer in disputes over land, resources, and of course- religion.

    While the Chimer and Dwemer squabbled over Morrowind, the Falmer of Skyrim, also known as Snow Elves, were losing a bloody battle with human settlers who would later call themselves the Nords. Facing extinction, the remaining Falmer turned to the Dwemer for help. Some believed that the Dwemer would help the Snow Elves fight off the Atmorans to avenge their fallen and help reclaim their land. This would not be so, and when the Snow Elves came to the Dwemer for help, the Dwemer made a deal with the Snow Elves for their protection, but it was trap; the Dwemer blinded them by giving them a toxic fungi native to Blackreach.  A generation later the Dwemer had their very own slaves.

    Back in Morrowind, clashes with the Chimer continued. The cultural differences between the Dwemer and the Chimer proved too great to ignore. Dwarven culture was agnostic and preferred reason over faith, while on the other hand, the Chimer were staunch Daedra-worshippers. It seemed all out war was inevitable, but the Dwemer and Chimer would soon find themselves in an unlikely alliance. When Nordic warriors invaded Morrowind in the 1st Era, the elves set aside their differences to face their common enemy united. The result, was the formation of the First Council- a governing group that comprized of both Chimer and Dwemer.

 

       和泰姆瑞尔上的其他精灵一样,锻莫的故事也是起于传说中离开奥德莫里斯,定居夏暮岛的奥德莫。和黑暗精灵不同,我们尚未确切知晓锻莫是何时与其他精灵分离的,但我们可以推测分离的时间应该相当早,因为高精灵和锻莫社会并没有多少相关性。虽然他们同为精灵,锻莫却演化得和其他精灵迥然不同。

       我们所知的是,锻莫很快就定居到了晨风海岸,并建立起了Dwemereth,一座被视为锻莫家园的城市。可是没过多久,锻莫就遇上了老熟人——歧莫也到达了东方,前来抢夺锻莫已经占据的领土。歧莫是刚刚从高精灵中分裂出来的族群,主张自由崇拜迪德拉神祗。锻莫自然对这种信仰报以嘲笑和蔑视。随后的几个世纪中锻莫与歧莫一直就土地和宗教问题冲突不断。

       当晨风大地上歧莫正与锻莫争执不休的时候,天际的雪精灵在和诺德人的血战中落败。为避免被灭绝的命运,幸存的雪精灵向锻莫求助。其中一些相信锻莫会帮助雪精灵打跑阿特莫拉人,为他们报仇并夺回领土。这真是图样了……锻莫随即要求投奔而来的雪精灵与他们签订协议以保证他们的安全,但这不过是圈套。锻莫用产自黑降的有毒菌类将雪精灵全部毒瞎,并将他们的后代驯化成了自己的奴隶。

       回到晨风,锻莫和歧莫的斗争还在继续。值得一提的是两族文化上的差异大到了不可忽视的地步:锻莫文化倾向于不可知论,重视理性而非信仰,而歧莫则是坚定的迪德拉崇拜者,二者的战争似乎一触即发。然而第一纪元时诺德入侵晨风,两族权衡利弊,不得不暂时将不同搁置一边,为迎战共同的敌人而结成了联盟。其结果就是一个由歧莫和锻莫所组成的统治组织——第一议会的成立。

 

 

    The First Council succeeded in repelling the Nordic invaders, and the Elves drove the race of Men out of Morrowind. After 16 years of war, the Chimer and Dwemer found peace which brought an unprecedented prosperity for both groups. A Golden Age, but not for everyone.

    A clan of rebellious Dwemer refused to join the First Council. They did not trust the Daedra loving Chimer, and instead chose exile. According to legend their leader hurled the great hammer Volendrung towards the setting sun and vowed to settle wherever it landed. The Dwemer named the land “Volenfell,” which later was translated to “Hammerfell”.

    Meanwhile, below the snow-covered landscape of Skyrim, the Falmer were instigating a rebellion of their own. After generations of enslavement, the Snow Elves sought to put their Dwemer masters to the sword. It is the ultimate fate of all slaves and their masters. The War of the Crag was a tireless conflict that was waged in the deep Dwarven cities. The Nords living on the surface above carried on with their lives completely oblivious of the blood being spilled beneath them. This war would last decades, until one day when the Falmer would charge the front lines only to find empty suits of armor. The race of the Dwemer was no more. Gone for reasons unknown.

    At that same time, in the neighboring province of Morrowind, the Dwemer and Chimer were spilling each others blood at the Battle of Red Mountain. The First Council, who had brought the elves peace and prosperity for so many centuries, was broken. At this time, the High Engineer of the Dwemer was a brilliant mind named Kagrenac. Kagrenac sought to harness the power of the gods themselves by using the fabled Heart of Lorkhan, which the Dwemer had discovered buried in Red Mountain. With the Heart, Kagrenac believed the Dwemer were ready to ascend to godhood in the form of Numidium.

    Numidium was the brass god of the Dwemer. A gigantic golem of incredible power. It is thought that Kagrenac wished to use the Heart of Lorkhan to aid his people in ascension, making the Dwemer one with their greatest creation. A union of life-energy and steel, the strengths of both, the weakness of neither.

    When the Chimer found out about Kagrenac’s plan, they considered his aim blasphemous and sought to stop the Dwemer.

    What happened next has left Tamriel without answers. In an instant, the Dwemer race- with all it’s rich culture and brilliance, was gone.  An entire people wiped from the tapestry of existence. We may never know what really happened on that fateful day, but some scholars say they might have answers. Dwemer ruins found in Mournhold help shed some light on the subject. Piles of weapons and armor scatter the floors of the once great Dwemer stronghold, and in them lie piles of ashes, thus suggesting the Deep-Elves were turned to ash at the moment of their disappearance.

    In Skyrim, researcher at the College of Winterhold attempted to recreate the circumstances of the Dwemer’s disappearance after obtaining one of Kagrenac’s Tools, but vanished suddenly in the process, thus strengthening the theory that Kagrenac caused of the disappearance of his race.

   

       第一议会成功击退了诺德侵略者,精灵们将人类赶出了晨风。在16年的战争之后,歧莫和锻莫第一次给两族带来了空前的和平与繁荣。这是两族历史上的黄金时期,然而不是所有人都这么认为。

锻莫中的一个部族拒绝加入第一议会。他们不信任崇拜迪德拉的歧莫,而是选择将他们驱逐。根据传说,他们的领导人将碾愿战锤(Volendrung)向着日落之处投去,并许愿锤子落到哪儿就在哪里定居。锻莫们将那片土地命名为Volenfell,后来又被翻译为“落锤”(Hammerfell)。

      同时,在冰雪覆盖的天际,雪精灵也开展了他们自己的叛乱。在经历了数代奴役之后,雪精灵终于起义反抗锻莫主子统治——这也是所有奴隶和他们的主人的最终命运。天际深深的地下,两族展开了漫长而残酷的战争,史称“悬崖之战”,而地表上的诺德人对此几乎一无所知。数十年后,雪精灵突然发现一直和他们交手的锻莫凭空消失了,只剩下了空空的盔甲。世上再不存在锻莫这个种族,其中原因无人知晓。

      与此同时,在晨风,锻莫和歧莫也在红山之战中大打出手。曾经在数个世纪间给精灵带来和平和繁荣的第一议会业已解体,锻莫在红山中发现了被埋藏的洛克汗之心,同时锻莫中出了位为名叫卡格拉纳克(Kagrenac)的大工程师。此人绝顶聪明,试图利用洛克汗之心来运用神的力量。卡格拉纳克认为,有了洛克汗之心,锻莫子民便能以纳米迪安的形式升入神格。

作为锻莫打造的黄铜之神,纳米迪安乃是一个力量强大的巨型高达(误)。卡格拉纳克希望通过洛克汗之心的力量帮助人民飞升,让锻莫种族在他们最伟大的造物身上融合为一体。那会是生命能量与钢铁的结合,既有两方的长处,又摒弃了两方的弱点。

      随后歧莫发现了卡格拉纳克的计划。歧莫认为此人的计划简直亵渎神明,试图阻止锻莫。

      随后发生的事情成了泰姆瑞尔历史上的一个谜团:一瞬间,锻莫这个文化昌盛,智识非凡的种族消失了。整个种族的存在被全部抹去,我们甚至都不知道在那一天究竟发生了什么。也一些学者试着给出了他们的解答。

      锻莫废墟的发现或许能帮助解开整个谜题:成堆的武器和盔甲散落在一度繁盛的锻莫要塞的地板上,而在这些金属中发现了一堆堆灰尘,因而有猜测认为深精灵可能在消失的一瞬间全体蒸发成灰了。

      在天际,冬堡学院的一位研究者在得到卡格拉纳克当年所使用的工具后,试图重现锻莫消失的情景。然而他在实验过程中当场消失,此事更为“卡格拉纳克是锻莫消失的原因”这一理论增添了证据。

 

 
 

    Regardless of how it happened, the fact remains, the time of the Dwemer had passed- and while the Falmer still exist in Skyrim, they too are but a shadow of their former selves. In their place, a race of Men will rise. Their people strong, their resolve- unwavering.  The Elves had banished them from Tamriel once before, but they were managing a comeback. Soon, their Empire would stretch from east to west. But that, is a story for another day.

 

      尽管如此,我们也必须认清,锻莫的时代已经过去了,而雪精灵虽然还存在于天际省内,但这二者都只是他们过去文明的残影罢了。就在此地,一个人类种族兴起了。这个种族强壮且意志坚定,不达目的誓不罢休。精灵们曾将他们驱逐出泰姆瑞尔,但他们终于还是归来了。不久之后,他们的帝国还从东向西进行了扩张……但这就是另一个故事了。

Edited by 弈心羽

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