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2e<Men1.p052>第12章:未来会发生什么What the Future May Hold

出版时间:1992/12

未来会发生什么What the Future May Hold

  即便是诸神也无法看清我们正在面对和尚未降临的一切。凡人在窥伺未来时,往往将目睹他们最渴望或最恐惧的一切。
Not even the gods can see all that well in to what lies before us, and has not befallen yet. Mortals peering into the future tend to see what they want to see—or fear most.
        ——阴影谷的伊尔明斯特Elminster of Shadowdale

  即便是在最佳的情况下,占卜术、甚至是预言魔法也不会太精确——一个人从身处之处、所在之刻眺望越远、溯求越久,他就越容易得到夸大、错误、一厢情愿的景象。因此,本章并未断言某事定将发生。相反,本章在试图勾勒一些可能性,以指导地下城主们开发以 魔索布莱城Menzoberranzan幽暗地域Underdark 为背景的长期战役。
Soothsaying, even divination magic, tends to be a less than exact craft at the best of times—and the farther one looks from here and now, the more prone to exaggeration, errors, and wishful thinking it becomes. Accordingly, this chapter does not say what will surely befall. Instead, it tries to outline possibilities to guide DMs in developing long-running campaigns set in Menzoberranzan, and the Underdark around.

魔索布莱城的未来The Future of Menzoberranzan

  就城内本身,贸易的压力将继续松懈贵族家族们的规则、习俗以及统治阶级范围狭隘的专制——普通人和来访者都可以随心所欲地活动,更少受到贵族家族主母(以及地位略低一些的高阶女祭司)千变万化的意愿胁迫行动。
In the city itself, the pressures of trade will continue to loosen the rules, customs, and petty tyrannies of the noble Houses— commoners and visitors alike will be able to move as they please, and less as the whims of various House Matrons and lesser high priestesses force them to do.

  与此同时,罗斯Lloth 对这座城市的统治也将日益受到其祂神祇(尤其是 维伦Vhaeraun)的挑战。
At the same time, Lloth's rule over the city will increasingly be challenged by other deities (especially Vhaeraun).

  在幽暗地域中,还有一种新教派在发展之中:黑暗巫师The Dark Mage 马利克Malyk 的信仰,他代表了野魔法和邪恶魔法,这一教派完全神秘,也是一种对罗丝统治权的挑战。有一些野魔法巫师将会信奉他,而幽暗地域的人们将会遇到越来越多的 法师暗影wizshades(详述于《怪物纲要Monstrous Compendium》卷7,第一篇 魔法船战役SPELLJAMMER® 附录),它们将被认为是马利克的仆人。那些裹着带斗篷长袍、其内空空如也的幻影(这些幻影在移动和做动作时都像被隐形的躯体填满,但若被攻击,又将化为飘散的烟雾),将成为地下世界的一种特产——它们也将被认为是马利克的显现。
There is also a growing cult in the Underdark: the worship of Malyk, The Dark Mage, who represents wild and evil magic—all that is mysterious and a challenge to authority. Some wild mages will worship him, and folk of the Underdark will encounter more and more wizshades (detailed in Volume 7 of the Monstrous Compendium, the first SPELLJAMMER® appendix), believed to be his servants. Apparitions of empty, cowled robes that move and gesture as if filled by an invisible body, but which collapse into drifting smoke if attacked, will become a feature of the subterranean world—and will be thought to be manifestations of Malyk.

  为了让 术士学院Sorcere 的法师们(他们大多实际上虽然不敢积极行动,但内心都想背叛她那些高阶祭司的统治)忠诚于她,而非皈依新近崛起的马利克,罗丝将授予魔索布莱城的法师们新的强力法术。由此,他们哪怕不能在魔索布莱人社会中拥有更进一步的影响力和地位的话,也将更有能力无视或挫败女祭司们的命令与残忍。 To keep wizards of Sorcere (most of whom have always felt rebellious—if not daring to be actively so—towards the rule of her high priestesses) loyal to her, not turning to this upstart Malyk, Lloth will grant the wizards of Menzoberranzan new and powerful spells. They will grow more able to ignore or thwart the orders and cruelties of priestesses, if not more influential and prominent in Menzoberranyr society.

  与此同时,贸易的增长将带来新的法术和魔法物品的秘密流入,在更年轻且更有野心的卓尔法师身上,或许会唤起他们前往地表一睹的欲望,而且他们可能将在那里获得更大的权力。逃离魔索布莱城将成为一种可感知的可能性——在普通人中间也是一样,他们将目睹来自地表世界越来越多的财富、聆听到关于变化的消息。长期静滞的魔索布莱城社会将进入一段不太舒适、充斥阴谋的时期。在事实上(但名义上并不)一直统治着城市的班瑞家族,将有技巧地调整,如通过操纵和善待那些想在对城中有所兴趣或想觅得一席之地的、最有影响力和力量的外来者(譬如,来自地表世界的冒险者),来保持自身的权势。
At the same time, increased trade will bring a secretive trickle of new spells and magical items, which will awaken in the younger and more ambitious drow mages a desire to see the surface world, and perhaps grow in power there. Escape from Menzoberranzan will become a perceived possibility—among commoners, too, as they see more and more riches from the World Above, and hear news of change. The long-static society of Menzoberranzan will enter a period of uncomfortable, intrigue-filled change. House Baenre, which has always ruled the city in fact if not in name, will move skillfully to keep its power, by gathering the most powerful new spells, magic, and goods under its control, and by manipulating or befriending the most influential and powerful outsiders (adventurers from the surface world, for example) who take any interest or residence in the city.

  为了避免自己成为众矢之的,班瑞家族将利用在其控制和影响下的低级家族,来完成使班瑞家族能够有效控制城市的大部分的工作。因为班瑞家族稳定、忠诚而持久的统治使罗丝信仰在城中茁壮强大,所以除非新的强权或入侵力量摧毁了城市或强行作了改革,且与此同时班瑞家族失去了罗丝的眷顾、或是 蛛后the Spider Queen 本尊的神力跌至低位使其没有足够力量援助班瑞家族,否则这个家族的统治不太可能终结。
To avoid offering itself overmuch as a target, House Baenre will employ lesser Houses that it controls or influences to do much of the work involved in keep the city under effective Baenren control. As its stable, loyal, lasting rule has kept Lloth's worship strong in the city, it is unlikely that House Baenre's dominance will be ended unless a new power or invading force destroys the city or forcibly changes things, at the same time as Baenre loses the favor of Lloth, or the Spider Queen's own power diminishes to the point that she is unable to aid them enough.

  虽然在历史上,号称不可征服者已被击败过许多次,号称永恒者也已被变化之风卷走,但除了以军事力量(或是像整个大岩洞坍塌这样的巨大自然灾害,这可能由全面内战中的法术大战引发,或是作为城市的最后防线)毁灭这座城市外,罗丝(借由班瑞家族)对魔索布莱城的统治不太可能因为别的任何原因终结。
Although the unconquerable has been defeated many times before, and the eternal swept away by the winds of change, it seems unlikely that anything short of a military destruction of the city (or a great natural cataclysm, such as the collapse of the entire great cavern, brought on by the sort of spell-battle that might accompany a full-scale civil war, or a last-ditch defense of the city) will end the rule of Lloth (through House Baenre) over Menzoberranzan.

  尽管这个城市的习俗、规则和法律可能会有改变,但保持变化的缓慢速度对符合罗丝的利益。普遍、加速的变化,将导致危险的结局:对现状造成严重到足以致命的挑战——一旦平民和全阶级的卓尔男性品尝到独立的滋味,罗丝女祭司们的统治将土崩瓦解、迎接末日。
Although details of the customs, rules, and laws of the city will probably change, it is in Lloth's interest to keep the rate of such changes slow. Widespread, accelerating change has a dangerous way of ending in serious to fatal challenges to the status quo—and once commoners, and drow males of all ranks, taste independence, the reign of Lloth's priestesses may well be doomed.

  在卓尔中,有一种对地表世界根深蒂固的迷恋,这种迷恋源于她们失去地表地盘的失落感。许多卓尔,虽然他们非常恐惧幽暗地域危险与陌生事物,并且几乎肯定的是,地表世界the World Above 存在更大的危险,但他们仍然暗地里梦想有朝一日回归地表,一睹太阳。甚至是准备(比如说,从地下隧道的家园中、或是山洞中)访问地表世界都将为卓尔带来机遇和影响,进而威胁罗丝残酷而压抑的统治,因此蛛后总是在对抗黑暗精灵这股强烈的欲望。
There is a deep-rooted fascination with the surface world among drow, born of the loss they felt at losing a place in it. Many drow, as much as they fear the perils of the Underdark and the unfamiliar, but almost certainly greater dangers of the World Above, secretly dream of returning there, to see the sun. As even ready access (say, from subterranean tunnel homes, or mountain caves) to the surface world will bring opportunities and influences to drow that challenge Lloth's cruel, repressive rule, the Spider Queen is always battling this deep urge of the dark elves.

  另一方面,将魔索布莱城与更广阔世界隔绝开来,则注定将使这座城市陈腐内植,并最早导致权力衰落——随之而来的,是对罗丝自身神力和影响力的衰落。在与地表世界相对隔绝了一段时间后,再次与“移动着”的幽暗地域接触,将不可避免的将魔索布莱城暴露在地表世界的商品、贸易、以及其他因素的影响之下,并唤起他们对 光照之地the Lands of Light 的兴趣。
On the other hand, to wall Menzoberranzan off from the greater world around it dooms the city to stale ingrowth, and an eventual decadent dwindling of power— and with it, Lloth's own power and influence. Contact with the Underdark, which is 'on the move' again, after an aeon of relative isolation from the surface world, is to inevitably expose Menzoberranyr to surface-world goods, trade, and other influences, and to awaken in them interest in the Lands of Light.

邻近幽暗地域的未来日子The Days Ahead for the Nearby Underdark

  魔索布莱城的巡逻队一直控制着紧邻城市的周边一大片幽暗地域(即“黑暗之疆Dark Dominion”),但正是这座城市的强大与财富总是在吸引幽暗地域的捕食者——从狩猎的野兽到敌对的智慧种族——来到这里。
Menzoberranzan's patrols have always controlled a large area of the Underdark immediately surrounding the city (the 'Dark Dominion'), but the very strength and riches of the city have always drawn predators of the Underdark—from hunting beasts to rival intelligent races—to it.

  敌对的卓尔和杜尔加矮人尊重魔索布莱城压倒性的军事力量(特别是城市的魔法力量),除了偶尔掠夺矿床(如“五年矿脉The Lustrum”,详述于关于城市时事新闻的“当前消息”章节中)外,几乎不会采取更为过激的行径,而黑暗之疆中,重要的强辐射区也都在魔索布莱人卓尔的控制之下。
Rival drow and duergar who have respected the overwhelming military and especially magical power of the city of Menzoberranzan, have never dared do more than occasionally raid the rich ore deposits (such as The Lustrum, mentioned in the "Now" chapter that deals with current news of the city) and important radiation-strong areas controlled by Menzoberranyr drow, in the Dominion.

  然而,只要魔索布莱人的力量遭到削弱,他们就会受到这些地下对手的攻击。在邻近幽暗地域存在存在一扇通向另一(或者更多)位面的 异界之门gate,这让城市防守变得更为困难;这座城市的卓尔必须时时刻刻提防未知数量与力量的敌人的突然袭击。
Were the Menzoberranyr to weaken, however, they could expect attacks from these subterranean rivals. The presence of a gate to another plane or planes in the nearby Underdark (see the "Now" chapter) makes a Menzoberranyr defense that much more difficult; the city's drow must guard against a surprise attack in force, at all times, by foes of unknown numbers and powers.

  已知的敌人已经够糟糕了,但幽暗地域有两支年代久远的强权已再度崛起:神秘的斗篷怪(据说,它们由一位强大的“斗篷怪领主Cloaker Lord”领导)和令人畏惧的眼魔们。两个种族都在幽暗地域各处扩张之中,若内部战争未再度撕裂它们的力量,很可能将成为幽暗地域的统治者——当然,是在对彼此的毁灭将它们再度分开之前。
The known foes are bad enough. Two age-old powers of the Underdark are on the rise again: the mysterious cloakers (led, it is whispered, by a powerful "Cloaker Lord") and the awesomely powerful beholders. Both races are expanding throughout the Underdark, and if their internal wars do not tear their power asunder again, they may well become rulers of the Underdark, dividing all between them before annihilating each other.

  借由日益为人熟知的地表通道和地底贸易路线,卓尔文明很可能将在这些敌对种族和来自地表强权的投机掠夺者的夹击中毁灭。
Drow culture may well perish, caught between these rival races and opportunist raids from surface-based powers through increasingly-well-known surface connections and subterranean trade routes.

  在当地幽暗地域中,有第三种新的强权在崛起:被放逐的 慑心魔alhoon,或者说,灵吸怪巫妖illithiliches。如果由这些巫妖来领导或统治大型灵吸怪群落(而非小群的追随者),这些堕落的存在可能将超越所有其它地下强权。举例来说,费伦大陆Faerûn 之下幽暗地域活跃存在的所有已知社群,都无法击败它们与大量眼魔之间的同盟。它们已在暗中监视包括魔索布莱城在内的的幽暗地域各社群。忠于城市的线人和特工们担心,一些居住在地表、信奉维伦、并与幽暗地域进行着贸易的卓尔精灵已经落入摄心魔控制之下;这两个组织之间的任何联盟都可能给魔索布莱城带来灾难性的后果。
There is a third rising power in the local Underdark, a new one: the outcast alhoon, or illithiliches. If they ever come to lead or dominate sizable communities of illithids (as opposed to merely small bands of adherents), these fell beings may well outstrip all other subterranean powers. An alliance between them and large numbers of beholders, for example, would be unbeatable by any known community presently active in the Underdark of Faerûn. They are already spying out the communities of the Underdark, including Menzoberranzan. Informants and agents loyal to the city fear that some surface dwelling drow who worship Vhaeraun and trade into the Underdark are already under the sway of the Alhoon; any alliance in force between these two groups could also be disastrous for Menzoberranzan.

  魔索布莱城也许已强大到足以威慑一些人,同时让其他人不敢攻击,但它仍不够强大,幽暗地域中始终有一些窥伺者对其保有兴趣。无论因为什么原因,一旦城市遭削弱,考虑到地下世界众多的敌人和自然危险,来自所有方向的试探性攻击将是避不可避的。为了生存,魔索布莱城必须能够抵御不止一波的敌对攻击或是卷入与其的争端,还要能够击败下一位等待的敌人,然后又是下一位、下一位、下一位。(如果它们无此能力,则两方或更多方的敌人将同时发起攻击,将它们之间的魔索布莱城粉碎。)
It is not enough to be powerful—might enough to impress some, and make others too fearful to attack, always attracts interest in the Underdark. Whenever a time of weakness comes, as it inevitably will, given the numerous enemies and natural perils of the subterranean world, probing attacks will come from all sides. To survive, Menzoberranzan must be able to defeat not only the first foe to attack it, or become embroiled in a dispute with it— but the next waiting foe, and the next. (If they cannot, two or more such foes may struck at once, and smash Menzoberranzan between them.)

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  此外,考虑到罗丝的侵略成性和统治野心,以及魔索布莱城与地表世界之间交通的日渐增长,蛛后可能很快就会敦促这个忠诚的城市对地表世界发起攻击。然而,她必须小心、不能过分对魔索布莱城造成削弱——否则到那时敌人就将发起攻击,而这座力量枯竭的城市就将落入敌手。
Given Lloth's aggressive, dominant nature and the increasing traffic between Menzoberranzan and the surface world, it is likely the Spider Queen may soon urge drow of this loyal city to mount attacks on the surface world. She must be careful not to weaken Menzoberranzan too much, however—or the waiting foes will strike, and the drained city fall to them.

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