大百科: Night Elves

大百科: Night Elves


Night Elves
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Also known as: kaldorei

Singular form: kaldorei, night elf

Primary language: Darnassian

Ten thousand years before the First War, the world of Azeroth cradled only one massive continent: Kalimdor. At the dark continent's center was a mysterious lake of incandescent energies. This lake came to be known as the Well of Eternity.

Development of the Kaldorei
In time, a primitive tribe of nocturnal humanoids were drawn by the Well's strange energies and built crude homes upon its tranquil shores. Over time, the Well's cosmic power affected the tribe, making them strong, wise, and immortal. Their skin turned various shades of violet, and they grew taller in stature. The tribe adopted the name kaldorei, which meant "children of the stars" in their native tongue.

The kaldorei, or night elves as they would later be known, worshipped Elune, goddess of the moon, 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 great curiosity, and the ongoing research of the Well became a facet of night elf society.

The Well of Eternity also caused the night elves' eyes to glow with a silver or golden radiance. Their vision became preternaturally sensitive to light and motion. Contrary to what a casual observer might believe, night elf eyes still have pupils, just as the eyes of many other humanoid races do. These pupils can be difficult to discern, particularly under certain lighting or from certain angles.

More importantly, the night elves learned the art of spellcasting, using the energies of the Well of Eternity. The night elves' magic quickly allowed them to establish a strong empire. As the night elves claimed further territory, they came into conflict with the trolls in the area, who had long dominated much of ancient Kalimdor. Unable to master arcane magic quickly enough to counter the night elves' sudden and fierce attacks, the trolls were forced to retreat. Thus was born the long-standing feud between night elves and trolls, an enmity which persists to this day.

Night Elves and Trolls
Are night elves descended from trolls? The night elf race was formed so long ago that no hard evidence has surfaced to answer this question, although it has been asked many times. All that is known for certain is that a tribe of nocturnal humanoids came to live on the shores of the first Well of Eternity, and the Well's cosmic energies changed them into the night elves we know today.

Certainly many trolls do believe that the humanoids who developed into the night elf race were trolls. The theory does have some credibility, for there is at least a superficial physical resemblance between trolls and night elves. Furthermore, the troll race dominated much of ancient Kalimdor several millennia before the night elves came into power.

Nevertheless, many night elves find this theory preposterous and abhorrent. They are quick to point out that the first night elves began their rise to power by defeating a number of nearby troll tribes. As a consequence, the trolls came to fear and respect the might of their new rivals. The troll theory of night elf ancestry may have been a direct result of this early conflict. The trolls hated the night elves--a sentiment that persists to this day--and may have wished to marginalize the night elf race and its accomplishments. Also, attributing the night elf race with a troll heritage likely helped the trolls come to terms with their own shocking defeat.

Without additional data, there is little point in debating the merits of this controversial theory. No doubt it will remain a matter of contention for years to come.

Arcane Magic and Its Consequences
The night elves studied the energies of the Well for over a thousand years before Queen Azshara came to the throne. By that time, one caste of night elf nobility had risen to prominence. Under Azshara's reign, members of that caste began calling themselves the Highborne. The name pleased Azshara, for she too was a member of the highest caste, and she approved the term for official use.

Many Highborne were obsessed with the Well, and with Azshara's approval, they devoted themselves to studying it day and night. Their reckless use of arcane magic eventually caught the attention of Sargeras, who easily corrupted the arrogant Highborne. Captivated by the dark titan, the Highborne helped the Burning Legion invade Azeroth. Countless night elves and other creatures died during the resulting War of the Ancients. In the end, the remaining night elves managed to defeat the Legion with the help of many allies and several heroes, including High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage, and Illidan Stormrage.

Some of the Highborne regretted their choice to aid the Legion and managed to escape the capital city, Zin-Azshari, before the Well of Eternity imploded and triggered the Great Sundering. Afterwards, arcane magic was outlawed on pain of death, but the Highborne arrogantly continued their dangerous sorcery. Rather than execute their defiant kindred, Tyrande and Malfurion sentenced the Highborne to exile. The exiles journeyed over the sea to Lordaeron, where they founded the kingdom of Quel'Thalas and began calling themselves high elves.

A New Beginning
Most of the remaining night elves had had enough of aristocracy and arcane magic. Such things were seen as relics of a decadent and shameful past. Even so, Illidan created a second Well of Eternity, for he did not believe that arcane magic was inherently dangerous. Most of the other night elves disagreed, however, and so Illidan was imprisoned. Three of the Dragon Aspects grew the first World Tree, Nordrassil, atop the Well so that the tree, which was linked to the Emerald Dream, would act as a regulator on the Well's magics. Nordrassil also bestowed a number of gifts upon the night elves, including continued immortality.

Tyrande led the drive to reorganize night elf government. She believed that her order, the Sisterhood of Elune, had been too distant from the day-to-day affairs of their people. In her opinion, this distance had been partly to blame for the catastrophic war.

The Sisterhood was greatly revered for its combat and healing skills, and its members had trained as warriors and scholars for generations. Furthermore, the Sisterhood was one of the few sizeable night elf groups to survive the war. Better yet, membership and rank among the Sisterhood had never been based upon family bloodlines.

Inevitably Tyrande decided that her order should take on greater societal responsibilities. Never again would the Sisters of Elune fail in their duty to guide their people. Disbanding the former night elf army, most of which had been based on lineage rather than ability, Tyrande organized a new army called the Sentinels. This army is still directed by the Sisters of Elune, and thus Tyrande has been sole head of the night elf government throughout the ensuing millennia.

Meanwhile, Tyrande's mate, Malfurion, taught the druidic arts to other night elves. This small group of druids dedicated themselves to preserving the balance of nature on Azeroth. Highly respected by the rest of night elf society, the druids are nevertheless outside of it, for they answer to no government. Today the Cenarion Circle welcomes members from a variety of different races, but the organization has no governmental authority over any of these races.

The Third War
Ashamed of the catastrophe their people had brought to Azeroth, the night elves withdrew to their forests and remained isolated there for approximately ten thousand years. Then their solitude was shattered by the arrival of Warchief Thrall and the Horde, along with a large group of human refugees, led by Lady Jaina Proudmoore. Tyrande was infuriated by the intruders, who trespassed upon lands that had belonged to the night elves alone for millennia. The Horde in particular not only chopped down vast stretches of forest, but also slew the demigod Cenarius.

Tyrande led the Sentinels into battle against the mortal invaders, only to discover that the Burning Legion had followed the invaders to Kalimdor. The Legion had launched a new invasion upon the world. The high priestess and her soldiers raced to waken all the druids slumbering in the Emerald Dream, including Malfurion.

With some encouragement from Medivh, the night elves saw the wisdom of uniting their forces with the humans and orcs. The three armies fought the demon lord Archimonde and his minions as they advanced on the summit of Mount Hyjal and the Well of Eternity that Archimonde sought to plunder. Together the armies delayed the Legion until the night elves had empowered Nordrassil with the magic of their immortality and the energies of countless night elf spirits. Then the World Tree gave off a massive burst of energy that killed Archimonde instantly.

Without their commander, the Burning Legion crumbled and was defeated. Nordrassil and the second Well of Eternity still stand. The night elves' noble sacrifice has cost them their immortality. Under the leadership of Archdruid Fandral Staghelm, the Cenarion Circle has grown a second World Tree, Teldrassil, in the hopes of restoring what the night elves have lost. Thus far, those hopes have proven fruitless. Currently the night elves are members of the Alliance.

Silver Eyes, Golden Eyes
Before the Sundering, golden eyes were extremely rare among the night elves. Golden eyes thus came to be regarded as a sign of future greatness. Both Queen Azshara and Illidan had these unusual eyes. Unfortunately the falsehood of this widespread belief was only to become clear after these two infamous individuals had reached their dark fates.

In truth, golden eyes were a sign of strong druidic potential. Little wonder that pre-Sundering night elves, with their emphasis on the arcane, did not understand the significance of these unusual eyes. Simply having this potential did not guarantee that the potential would be sensed or understood, much less wielded with skill and compassion. Despite his golden eyes, Illidan struggled with the druidic arts, though he, like Malfurion, was tutored by Cenarius.

Innate druidic power does not necessarily lead to becoming a druid, and lacking that innate power does not preclude becoming a druid. Indeed, Malfurion was born with eyes that glowed silver, but he studied druidism, and his wholehearted dedication gave him a power and skill far beyond most druids. As he continued to use druidic magic, his eyes acquired the golden incandescence that had once been so coveted by other night elves.

Golden eyes quickly became far more common. After the Sundering, night elves abandoned their former obsession with bloodlines, and so the number of night elves born with golden eyes increased significantly. In addition, the night elves resolved to be more respectful of Azeroth, and a number of night elf men followed in Malfurion's footsteps; these new druids eventually also had golden eyes.

Traditionally night elf women served their people as warriors, hunters, and protectors. Many spellcasting vocations, on the other hand, were generally considered the realm of night elf men. Only since the devastating casualties of the Third War have these conventional gender roles been set aside. Because druids only recently opened their ranks to women, golden eyes remain somewhat more prevalent among night elf men than their female counterparts.

Elves in General
Both blood elves and high elves are descended from night elves. Nevertheless, due to their shared history and philosophical differences, the three groups do not share a close relationship. Indeed, night elves regard high elves and blood elves with suspicion, disgust, or outright hostility.

Nevertheless, night elves do share some characteristics with their high elf and blood elf brethren. All three groups have unusually acute senses and are able to see clearly even in low-light conditions. As a general rule, elves are also slim, athletic, and graceful. Furthermore, they all have large pointed ears that tend to be greeted with admiration or mockery by other races.

One similarity between night elves, high elves, and blood elves has only recently come about. The night elves sacrificed their immortality and much of their power at the end of the Third War. Thus, all elves are now mortal and have comparable lifespans that can extend as long as several thousand years.

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别称:卡多雷

主要语言:达纳苏斯语

第一次大战前一万年,整个艾泽拉斯只有一块巨型大陆:卡利姆多。在这块黑暗的大陆中心是一片充满神秘能量的湖泊——这个湖后来被称为永恒之井。



[编辑]卡多雷的崛起
不知从什么时候开始,一个由在夜行人型生物组成的原始部族被永恒之井的神秘能量吸引,在湖边修建了简易的住房。天长日久,永恒之井的和谐能量对这个奇怪的部族产生了影响,使他们变得强壮、聪明,甚至获得了永生。他们的皮肤变成了紫罗兰色,身形也变得更为高大。这个部族的名字叫卡多雷,意思是“众星之子”。

卡多雷——也就是后来被称为暗夜精灵的种族——信奉月亮女神艾露恩,并认为每到白天的时候,女神就会在永恒之井的湖底沉睡。早期的暗夜精灵牧师和先知以极大的好奇心研究着永恒之井,想要了解它的秘密和力量。慢慢的,对永恒之井无止境的探求成为了暗夜精灵社会的重要特征。

永恒之井同样也改变着暗夜精灵的双眼——使它们发出银色和金色的光芒。他们的超人视力对光线和运动十分敏感。对精灵了解不深的人也许会误以为他们没有瞳孔——其实有,这点和其他众多人形生物一样。只不过很难被分辨出来,尤其是当你从特定角度观察或是对方处于特定光环境下时。

更重要的是,靠着永恒之井的能量,暗夜精灵发展出了魔法文明。魔法很快使他们建立了一个强大的帝国。随着暗夜精灵领地的不断扩张,他们和一直统治着古卡利姆多大部分区域的巨魔起了冲突。暗夜精灵的猛烈突袭击溃了没能及时掌握奥术秘密的巨魔,巨魔最终被迫撤退。从此,精灵和巨魔成为了永远的敌人。

[编辑]精灵与巨魔
巨魔和暗夜精灵之间有什么联系吗?没人知道暗夜精灵的确切起源,这个种族很久很久以前就形成了,故而没留下足够的决定性证据来证明或证伪任何有关此方面的假说。现在可以确定的仅仅是,一支夜行人型生物部族曾一度生活于最初的永恒之井岸边。而井水无上的力量使他们变成了我们今天所知的暗夜精灵。

显然甚多巨魔相信那些所谓的“夜行人型生物”正是巨魔。这种假说还是有些可信度的,毕竟在体格和外表方面,巨魔和暗夜精灵确实或多或少的有些相似。此外,远在暗夜精灵获得强大力量之前,巨魔一族就已经统治了古卡利姆多大陆的大部分区域。

然而相对的,多数暗夜精灵则觉得这种假说既荒谬又带有明显的恶意。他们很快指出,暗夜精灵最初崛起时击败了附近大量的巨魔部族。结果导致巨魔对他们的新对手报有一种敬畏的情绪。这场早期的冲突可能正是巨魔对于精灵祖先的假说的诞生根源。巨魔恨暗夜精灵(这种感情一直持续到今天),并希望从精神上抹杀暗夜精灵及其做出过的成就。另外,将暗夜精灵归结于巨魔的后代可能还使巨魔在感情上更能接受被击败的残酷事实。

总之,在没有获得更多资料以前,这种有争议的假说几乎没什么实际的辩论价值。但是无疑在接下去的几年内,这仍是人们茶余饭后争论的焦点。为了什么?——二字谓曰八卦。




[编辑]滥用奥术的后果
自从巨魔败退,暗夜精灵一直在研究井的能量。一千多年后,艾萨拉女王成为了新一代领袖。在女王的领导下,一支初露头角的贵族阶层开始自称上层精灵。这个名称令艾萨拉甚为满意,因为她自己也是该阶层的一员,于是她将这个词组正式化了。

许多上层精灵迷恋着井的力量,于是在艾萨拉的批准下,他们日以继夜地投入到了对井的开发之中。他们对奥术魔法肆无忌惮的使用最终引起了萨格拉斯的注意。黑暗泰坦轻易地诱惑了自大的上层精灵,让他们心甘情愿地帮助燃烧军团。在此基础上,军团发动了针对艾泽拉斯的入侵,这场战争最终演变成了传说中的上古之战,无数的暗夜精灵和其他生物因此丧生。最后,在众多盟友帮助下,仅存的暗夜精灵成功击败了军团。无数英雄在这场大战中涌现,其中就有高阶祭司泰兰德·语风、玛法里奥·怒风以及伊利丹·怒风。

部分上层精灵对投靠军团之举甚感后悔,在永恒之井爆炸引发大灾变前,他们成功逃出了首都辛-艾萨琳。此后,奥术魔法被视为禁止项目,擅自研究者将面临死刑。然而不安分的上层精灵却执意于此。泰兰德和玛法里奥最终没有处决这些目无法纪的同胞,而是将他们集体驱逐出境。这些被放逐者飘洋过海抵达了洛丹伦大陆,并在那里建立了自己的王国——奎尔萨拉斯。从此之后,他们自称高等精灵。




[编辑]新的开始
暗夜精灵中的多数幸存者受够了阶级制度和奥术魔法的戕害。这两样东西被视为颓废可耻的旧体制的糟粕。然而,在这种压力下,伊利丹还是创造了第二个永恒之井,只因他认为奥术本身并不危险。主流暗夜精灵当然不同意他的观点——于是他被关进了大牢。三位龙王在这个新永恒之井上种下了第一颗世界之树——诺达希尔。它连接着翡翠梦境,可以调校井水的能量。世界之树同时也给暗夜精灵带来了诸多好处,使他们得以继续永生。

泰兰德牵头重组了暗夜精灵政府。她觉得自己所在的组织——艾露恩姐妹会和暗夜精灵群众之间早已渐行渐远。在她看来,这种隔阂也是导致上古之战的间接因素。

姐妹会因其强大的战斗和治疗技术而广受尊敬。数千年来,其成员同时要接受战斗和学术双方面的训练。此外,姐妹会还是少数经历过上古之战仍还大体完整的组织之一,而且其成员阶层的划分从不以家族血统为标准。

泰兰德认为她的组织应担当起更多的社会责任,再也不能放弃对人民的指引了。她解散了基于世袭制度组建的旧军队,建立了哨兵,由姐妹会直接领导。于是之后的数千年中,泰兰德成为了暗夜精灵政权的唯一元首。

其间,泰兰德的丈夫玛法里奥向一部分暗夜精灵传授了德鲁伊之道。这一小型德鲁伊团体此后一直致力于维护艾泽拉斯自然界的平衡。尽管普通暗夜精灵民众非常尊敬他们,他们还是倾向于闲云野鹤,不受任何政府的管辖。如今的塞纳里奥议会也欢迎其它种族的成员加入,但是该组织的核心成员仍全是暗夜精灵。

[编辑]第三次大战
无论如何,暗夜精灵曾招致天崩地裂这一事实无法改变,深以为耻的暗夜精灵遁入了原始森林之中,与世隔绝地生活了约一万年。可是大酋长萨尔和部落的到来打破了他们的封闭生活。吉安娜·普罗德摩尔女士率领着大批人类难民也抵达了卡利姆多。这群不速之客激怒了泰兰德——他们侵入了数千年来只属于暗夜精灵的土地。尤其是部落,不但砍伐了大片森林,甚至还杀死了半神塞纳留斯。

泰兰德率领着哨兵和这些凡人交战,却发现军团尾随着这些入侵者来到了卡利姆多。第二次入侵开始了。高阶祭司和她的战士们争分夺秒地从翡翠梦境中唤醒了玛法里奥和沉睡的德鲁伊们。

在麦迪文的撮合下,暗夜精灵意识到与人类和兽人联合作战才是明智的选择。三族大军在军团的目的地——海加尔山巅的永恒之井边设下基地,合力对抗魔王阿克蒙德和他的恶魔大军。联军拖延了足够的时间,使诺达希尔得以吸收暗夜精灵的永生魔法和无数暗夜精灵的魂能。最后,世界之树爆发出了一阵强大的能量波,瞬间消灭了阿克蒙德。

暗夜精灵无私地牺牲了自己的不朽,令诺达希尔和第二个永恒之井得以保存。失去了总指挥的军团很快被分割歼灭。在大德鲁伊范达尔·鹿盔的领导下,塞纳里奥议会种下了第二棵世界之树泰达希尔,希望它能恢复暗夜精灵的永生体质。可到目前为止,这一行动没有收到任何效果。目前暗夜精灵成为了联盟的一员。

[编辑]银色的眼睛、金色的眼睛
在大灾变发生前,金色的眼瞳在暗夜精灵甚为稀少。于是当时就有“金色眼睛的孩子将来会成为伟人”一说。艾萨拉女王和伊利丹正好是这种迷信说法的反例,他们拥有着金色的眼睛,结果两人却都坠入了黑暗。

实际上,金色的眼睛代表的恰恰是强大的德鲁伊潜质。大灾变前的暗夜精灵只知道一门心思研究奥术,当然无法正确理解这种异常眼瞳的意义。拥有这种天赋却没能注意和开发(更别说是掌握)不能不说是一种悲哀。比如伊利丹,明明拥有金色双眼,也和玛法里奥一样直接受塞纳留斯的教导,可惜他本人却对德鲁伊持抗拒心理。

所以说先天拥有强大德鲁伊力量的人日后也不一定真的会成为德鲁伊。而缺乏这种天赋的人也不见得当不了德鲁伊。其实,第一个凡人德鲁伊玛法里奥的眼睛就是银色的。但自从接触德鲁伊教义后,他的后天努力和不懈钻研使他的力量远远超出了其余德鲁伊。长期使用德鲁伊法术后,他的双眼慢慢带上了一层炽目的金光。这让其余暗夜精灵很是羡慕。

天崩地裂发生之后,金色眼睛慢慢普及了起来。一方面是由于暗夜精灵抛弃了旧有的血统和阶级论,开始自由通婚,使得长有金色眼睛的新生儿数量多了起来。另一方面,这场浩劫让暗夜精灵对艾泽拉斯更为敬畏,不少人开始追随玛法里奥的脚步;这些新德鲁伊最终也都获得了金色的眼睛。

就暗夜精灵的传统来说,女性多半担任着战士、猎手和卫士的角色。而许多法系职业则被视为男性的领域。直到第三次大战后,巨大破坏和人员损失才让暗夜精灵把传统的性别观念放到了一边。而由于德鲁伊这一职业最近才开始向女性敞开大门,拥有金色眼睛的女性少于男性也是情有可原的。

[编辑]精灵纵览
血精灵和高等精灵的祖先都是暗夜精灵。然而,由于各自历史和哲学观的不同,这三个分支之间的关系并不太好。实际上,暗夜精灵对高等精灵与血精灵始终抱着怀疑、厌恶的态度,甚至是毫不掩饰的敌视。

不过,暗夜精灵和他们两个精灵同胞之间的确实拥有不少相同特征。即使在低可见度的环境下,这三个分支都拥有非同寻常的敏锐感官。以通常标准来看,精灵大多偏瘦,相对更好动也更优雅。此外,他们长长的尖耳朵也常是其余种族羡慕和取笑的对象。

最近暗夜精灵和他们两个精灵同胞间的相似点又多了一处。在第三次大战中,暗夜精灵牺牲了他们的永生体质和大部分力量。于是现在,所有的精灵都成了凡间生物,寿命也较为接近——通常是数千年。


改动



其实我以前一直想当然的以为是Night ELF。


elf是单数...

最早的说明还有“暗夜精灵十分狂野强壮”之类,现在已经被抹杀到和其他设定里的精灵差不多了...