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 History of Warcraft【5】苏醒中的世界,永恒之泉

The Waking World and the Well of Eternity

Ten thousand years before the orcs and humans clashed in their First War, the world of Azeroth cradled only one massive continent, surrounded by the sea. That landmass, known as Kalimdor, was home to a number of disparate races and creatures, all vying for survival amongst the savage elements of the waking world. At the dark continent's center was a mysterious lake of incandescent energies. The lake, which would later be called the Well of Eternity, was the true heart of the world's magic and natural power. Drawing its energies from the infinite Great Dark beyond the world, the Well acted as a mystical fount, sending its potent energies out across the world to nourish life in all its wondrous forms.

In time, a primitive tribe of nocturnal humanoids cautiously made their way to the edges of the mesmerizing enchanted lake. The feral, nomadic humanoids, drawn by the Well's strange energies, built crude homes upon its tranquil shores. Over time, the Well's cosmic power affected the tribe, making them strong, wise, and virtually immortal. The tribe adopted the name Kaldorei, which meant "children of the stars" in their native tongue. To celebrate their budding society, they constructed great structures and temples around the lake's periphery.

The Kaldorei, or night elves as they would later be known, worshipped the moon goddess, Elune, and believed that she slept within the Well's shimmering depths during the daylight hours. The early night elf priests and seers studied the Well with an insatiable curiosity, driven to plumb its untold secrets and power. As their society grew, the night elves explored the breadth of Kalimdor and encountered its other denizens. The only creatures that gave them pause were the ancient and powerful dragons. The great serpentine beasts were often reclusive, but they did much to safeguard the known lands from potential threats. The night elves discovered that the dragons held themselves to be the protectors of the world - and agreed that they and their secrets were best left alone.

In time, the night elves' curiosity led them to meet and befriend a number of powerful entities, not the least of which was Cenarius, a mighty demigod of the primordial forestlands. The greathearted Cenarius grew fond of the inquisitive night elves and spent a great deal of time teaching them about the natural world. The tranquil Kaldorei developed a strong empathy for the living forests of Kalimdor and reveled in the harmonious balance of nature.

As the seemingly endless ages passed, the night elves' civilization expanded both territorially and culturally. Their temples, roads, and dwelling places stretched across the breadth of the dark continent. Azshara, the night elves' beautiful and gifted queen, built an immense, wondrous palace on the Well's shore that housed her favored servitors within its bejeweled halls. Her servitors, whom she called the Quel'dorei or "Highborne", doted on her every command and believed themselves to be greater than the rest of their brethren. Though Queen Azshara was loved equally by all of her people, the Highborne were secretly envied and disliked by the rest of the night elves.

Sharing the priests' curiosity towards the Well of Eternity, Azshara ordered the Highborne to plumb its secrets and reveal its true purpose in the world. The Highborne buried themselves in their work and studied the Well ceaselessly. In time they developed the ability to manipulate and control the Well's cosmic energies. As their experiments progressed, the Highborne found that they could use their newfound powers to either create or destroy at their leisure. The heedless Highborne had stumbled upon primitive magic and were now resolved to devote themselves to its mastery. Although they agreed that magic was inherently dangerous if handled irresponsibly, Azshara and her Highborne began to practice their spellcraft with reckless abandon. Cenarius and many wizened night elf scholars warned that only calamity would result from toying with the clearly volatile arts of magic. Even so, Azshara and her followers stubbornly continued to expand their burgeoning powers.

As their powers grew, a distinct change came over Azshara and the Highborne. The haughty, aloof upper class became increasingly callous and cruel towards their fellow night elves. A dark, brooding pall veiled Azshara's once-entrancing beauty. She began to withdraw from her loving subjects and refused to interact with any but her trusted Highborne priests.

A young scholar named Malfurion Stormrage, who had spent much of his time studying the primitive arts of druidism, began to suspect that a terrible power was corrupting the Highborne and his beloved queen. Though he could not conceive of the evil that was to come, he knew that the night elves' lives would soon be changed forever....

人类与兽族首次碰撞的1000年前,艾泽拉斯世界只孕育着一片被海水包围大陆,这片叫做卡利姆多的大片陆地养育着大量不同的物种,在这苏醒中的世界中,所有的物种都通过竞争面对残酷的自然。在这片大陆的中央有着闪烁着能量的神秘湖水。这个后来被叫做永恒之泉的湖,是世界魔力和自然力量的心脏,不可思议泉水从地下黑暗世界汲取无尽的潜在能量来为生命形态提供营养。

  后来,一个原始的夜间活动的人形生物部落谨慎地来到了这支魔法泉水旁边。这些原始的人形生物被泉水的魔力吸引,并在泉水曲折的海岸线上建造了自己原始的家。随着时间的流动,泉水开始影响这个部落,使她们更强壮,更有智慧,并且获得了永生。部落采用了卡多瑞的名字,在部落的口音里,这个名字意味着“星群的孩子”,为了庆祝她们的萌芽社会,她们在湖畔建造了宏伟的建筑和神庙。

  卡多瑞,也就是后来的暗夜精灵,信奉月之女神艾仑,她们坚信白天的时候月光女神就沉睡在这湖水微光的下边,夜精灵早期的先知怀着巨大的好奇研究着泉水,探测着它的深邃。随着这个社会的成长,夜精灵探索着卡利姆多大陆,并遇到了其他的物种,唯一让她们驻足的是上古的巨龙。这些足智多谋的巨大野兽时常隐藏自己,但是他们为保护这个世界免除现在的危险做了很多事情。夜精灵发现龙群扮演着世界守护者的角色,便答应为龙群保守他们身份秘密。



  后来,夜精灵的好奇使她们结识了很多强大友邦,其中就有森纳瑞斯(还记得吗?Orc的Grom伐五000木头后面那关的Boss),非比寻常的丛林守护者。善良的森纳瑞斯非常喜欢好奇的夜精灵,便花了大量时间来为她们讲述大自然的奥秘。宁静的卡多瑞为卡利姆多的森林施放了魔力,并揭示了世界和谐的平衡。

  看似长远的时间转瞬即逝,夜精灵在文明上和领土上都发展了自己。她们的神庙,道路,居所在黑暗的大陆上伸展。阿兹莎拉,夜精灵拥有天赋的美貌的女王,建造了泉水湖畔的的宏伟宫殿,她仆人所住大厅里嵌满了宝石。她的仆人被她叫做奎尔多瑞或者贵族,她们热忠女王的每个命令,并认为自己比其他夜精灵优越。虽然大家一样热爱女王,贵族却受到暗中巨大的嫉妒。

  女王和先知一样,对湖水非常好奇,便命令贵族去探索湖水对世界真正的意义。贵族们投身在湖水的研究中,一刻也没有停止过。没多久,她们就有了控制泉水巨大能量的能力。随着经验的丰富,在她们休息的时候,她们竟然发现自己可以创造和毁灭!贵族们越发投身其中,并想要精通这个力量。虽然她们知道不负责任的使用魔法是危险的,女王和贵族们却卤莽地投身在魔法的研究当中。 森纳瑞斯和一些干老的学者发现,嬉戏这件魔法艺术品的宁静只会带来灾难,尽管如此,阿兹莎拉和她的精灵依然固执地扩展着她们萌芽的魔法。

  随着力量的增加,阿兹莎拉和贵族们有了明显的变化,她们开始傲慢,并对其他的夜精灵残暴。颓丧而起泡的面容遮住了阿兹莎拉曾经迷人的美貌。她开始撤出这个研究,并且拒绝和这些贵族的来往和信任。

  一个花去大量时间研究德露依文化的年轻的学者玛法里奥·暴风之怒(伊利丹的兄弟),怀疑一种可怕的力量污染了贵族,和他心爱的女王。虽然他预测不出即将到来的邪恶,但他可以断言,夜精灵马上会发生巨大变化,并且永远不能复原。

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