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Half-elves
阵营 Alliance, Kirin Tor, Independent
角色职业 Assassin, Mage, Healer, Druid, Fighter, Savagekin, Priest, Warrior, Sorcerer, Scout, Rogue (RPG); Paladin (WoW); Archer (WC3)
种族主城 Varies
种族领袖 None
坐骑 Horse, Hawkstrider, Elven horse, Saber
故乡 Azeroth
母语 Common, Thalassian
其他语言 Any
平均身高 4'7" - 5'11" (male), 4'5" - 5'9" (female)

Half-elf is a term used to describe the offspring of an elven or half-elven parent and a parent of any other species (such as a human). Most half-elves are the hybrid offspring of both a human and a high elf.

半精灵是用于描述父母双方中有一方是精灵或半精灵,而另一方是其他种族(例如人类)的子嗣。大部分半精灵都是人类和高等精灵的后裔。

Known half-elves 已知的半精灵

"half-elven" appearances
“半精灵”形态
  • IconSmall Kalec.gif Kalec - The half-elven form of the blue dragon Kalecgos. This form has dark blue hair, making him appear distinct from normal half-elves.
  • 卡雷 - 蓝龙卡雷苟斯的半精灵化身形态。这个化身有着深蓝色的头发,使得他和一般的半精灵比起来显得很独特。

In World of Warcraft 在魔兽世界中

In the game the only known half-elf, "Arator" is a reuse of the blood elf model, and then updated to using a high elf texture in patch 3.3.3. Kalec's half-elf form is a unique blue-haired human model.

在游戏中“阿拉托尔”用的是普通的血精灵模型,而在3.3.3版本的补丁中改用了高等精灵的贴图。卡雷的半精灵形态则是个独特的蓝发人类模型。

In the RPG 在游戏中

The RPG Icon 16x36.png 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽争霸角色扮演游戏,这些设定可能是非官方设定.

Background

背景

There are other races that are half-elven, but they usually referred to by other terms. Most half-elves are the hybrid offspring of a human and a half-elf, or of two half-elf parents (a half-elf of high elf and half-elf descent is unlikely due to high elven prejudice). They usually have a combination of physical characteristics from both sides, and can be recognized as half-elves on sight.[2]

有着一半精灵血统的种族并不唯一,但通常以其他名称来指代。大多数“半精灵”指的都是一半人类一半精灵血统,或者父母双方都只有一半精灵血统(由于血统观念,半精灵与纯种精灵之间不太可能通婚)。他们通常于外形上有着来自双方的特征,能够通过肉眼辨认其半精灵身份。

Humans and high elves can produce offspring, and the product of such a union is a half-elf. High elves are not prolific, especially after Quel'Thalas' destruction, and they do not look favorably upon those who couple with other races. As such, half-elves are rare. History reveals certain prejudices against half-elves. Humans are jealous of half-elves' extended life spans. Night elves are suspicious of their high elven heritage. High elves see them as proof of their race's weakening blood. In recent years this bias has waned - wars and strife show how petty such prejudices are. In large cities, which consider themselves enlightened, half-elves find little of the historic discrimination. Still, many individuals, particularly high elves, remain scornful of half-elves and may or may not attempt to hide their feelings. Tensions with the Horde and other forces strain relationships among all races, and some allow this stress to manifest itself in anger against anything different from themselves.[3]

人类与高等精灵能繁育后代,而这种结合的产物便是半精灵。高等精灵并非人数众多----尤其是在奎尔萨拉斯的毁灭之后,而且他们对待那些与其他种族结为夫妻的同类并不友善。因此,半精灵十分罕有。历史揭示了多起针对半精灵的歧视:人类嫉妒半精灵的长寿,暗夜精灵则对他们的高等精灵传统猜忌重重,高等精灵视他们的存在为血统失格。近年来这种偏见有所缩减----连年的战争与冲突已经证明了偏见是何等微不足道之物。在大城市中,半精灵们由于高智识的自我认同感,他们几乎察觉不到历史遗留下来的歧视。但个别人仍旧十分蔑视半精灵并从不掩饰自己的态度,尤其是高等精灵。联盟和部落之间的紧张气氛撕扯着各个种族之间的关系,有些人则将这种压力尽数转化为对异族的怒火。

They push themselves to excel in whatever their chosen field, whether to hope that success will help them fit in or to spite those who consider them inferior. You will not find a more dedicated priest, a more loyal fighter, or a more studious mage than a half-elf. That a half-elf will ever serve in high position in the Alliance is virtually impossible, but their desire for acceptance nonetheless drives many to volunteer whenever the Alliance has a need. They always face the chance that great heroism may give them the acceptance they have wanted all their lives.[4]

他们在任何自己选择的行业领域中皆精益求精,为了让自己的成功能向那些蔑视他们的人示威-----或是使得自己能融入他们。你不会找到比高等精灵更专注奉献的牧师,更忠诚的斗士,或是更好学的法师。即便实际上半精灵仍旧不太可能挤入联盟高层,但他们对接纳的渴求使得他们之中的许多人志愿在联盟有需要时响应号召。他们常常在英雄行为中得到机会获得他们毕生所求的接纳。

Half-elves are members of the Alliance. Half-elves’ heritage places them in the Alliance at both ends, and many served in the First, Second and Third Wars. Half-elves socialize with humans more than with high elves, as the former are generally more accepting — and easier to find. In their wanderings and search for self, some half-elves join the Horde or become independent.[5] They sometimes find a home within the towns of the Horde, although the culture is so different from elf or human culture that it seldom offers a comfortable fit for long.[4] Their high elf heritage grants half-elves a natural talent with magic-related skills.[5] However, a half-elf does not enjoy a full high elven legacy that would otherwise bestow strong arcane abilities (and the corresponding addiction); however, a half-elves blood does carry enough mystical heritage to offer some resistance to magic.[6] They have limited arcane ability, drawing upon their high elf heritage, they can cast a few spells.[7]

半精灵是联盟的成员。高等精灵的背景使得他们只得加入联盟,许多人曾在第一次,第二次及第三次战争中为联盟而战。比起他们的精灵同胞,半精灵与人类社会融入更深,因人类对他们更包容----而且远比高等精灵更多见。在他们寻找自我认同的过程中,有些半精灵加入了部落----或是独身一人。他们有时能在部落的城镇中找到栖身之所-----即便文化与人类和精灵相去甚远,往往也并非久居之处。 他们的高等精灵血统赋予了他们天生的魔法亲和力。 但是,半精灵并非完全继承了高等精灵被赋予的强大奥术天赋(同时也没有随之的魔瘾),流淌着的半精灵血液也没有承载神秘的奥术抗性遗赠。他们有奥术天赋但比较有限,出于他们的高等精灵传承,他们能够施放一些法术。

Physical appearance 外形

Half-elves have much the same build as slight humans, or heavy high elves. They are more heavily built than purebred high elves. Like their high elf parents, they tend to have fair skin and hair and brilliantly colored eyes, usually blue or green. Though lacking their elven parents' longevity, half-elves still enjoy a long life span, reaching maturity at 20 years of age and living for two or three centuries on average.[3][6]

半精灵的形体与较为瘦弱的人类或较为粗壮的高等精灵高度相似。他们看上去比纯种高等精灵更壮。如同他们的高等精灵父母一样,他们多数倾向于拥有浅色的皮肤和头发,闪闪发光的有色眼睛----通常是蓝色或绿色。即便他们的精灵父母的漫长寿命在他们身上有所衰减,但半精灵仍旧比较长寿,于20岁成年,寿命约200-300年。

Acceptance 接纳

At one time half-elves were barely accepted by the Alliance but are still dedicated to the Alliance cause. They were not fully accepted as they did not fit in with either their human or high elf societies, or even night elves (who were suspicious of their high elven ancestry), and were viewed with prejudice by both of their parent races. While they were dedicated to helping the Alliance they also held the dream of settling their own nation and asked for help from the Alliance. Others felt like taking things into their own hands and left the alliance lands setting up settlements with or without support from their allies.

However, views have been changing in recent years and they are slowly being accepted by both of their parent races according to the Alliance Player's Guide, as wars and strife have proven how petty such prejudice is. They are also said to be proud of their heritage, and name, though they tend to be fairly humble in nature. In many enlightened cities, half-elves find little of the historic discrimination.

Most humans have finally accepted them into society. Because humans are more easily accepting of them, they tend to socialize more with them. However, some prejudice still exists, especially from many high elves who are scornful of them and may or may not attempt to hide such feelings.[8]

Half elves generally tend to avoid prejudice by rather blending in to large cities or wandering.

Distribution

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Many half-elves currently live in Theramore, having moved there during the Third War.[9] Stormwind has the largest population of half-elves anywhere in the world. Few still live in Alliance settlements in Lordaeron. A few wander the Ghostlands of Quel'Thalas, learning what they can of their fallen legacy. Many become scouts just so they can spend long periods of time away from other people. Many choose to establish themselves in major cities, where prejudice is not as large a problem as it is in backwater villages. Some have become independent, and a few have joined the Horde.[8]

Faith

Like their parents on both sides, half-elves revere the Holy Light. Half-elves are particularly fond of the philosophy, as it links them inextricably with both their human and elf parents. They consider the Light as a way of having an identity that they may otherwise lack.[5] Some half-elves choose to follow their elf parents in faith. Half-elves who choose druidism become savagekin.

Language

Most half-elves speak Thalassian and Common. Half-elves are versatile wanderers and pick up many different languages.[5]

Names

Half-elves follow the naming practices of the culture into which they were born. Many take human first names and elven family names.

  • Male Names: Gaimus, Zorias, Mendell, Barrim.
  • Female Names: Adelle, Meerith, Illin, Shereen.
  • Family Names: Goldleaf, Stormdancer, Swiftwright, Sunbow.[5]

Other types of half-elves

While most half-elves are half-elves of human descent, there are other types of half-elves.

Of these races, few, if any, exist. Due to the recent rediscovery of Kalimdor, most half-night elves would be either still in infancy or very young children. Though there is only one known adult "half-kaldorei", Feulia.

Half-elf half-human

At the point in time that the Warcraft RPG books take place, the half-elves of human-high elven descent number in the thousands.

Other

  • IconSmall HalfKaldorei Female.gif Feulia - a half-elf of night-elf and, possibly, human descent.

Half-elven sayings

  • “Life is too long to hold a grudge and too short to forget an injustice.”
  • “Never mistake foolishness for passion.”
  • “It is not hard to find one’s purpose in the world. Liking it, however, is next to impossible.”
  • “Elves grow arrogance like a forest, while humans dine on the dust and stench of their cities.”[请求来源]

Speculation

Questionmark-medium.png 以下为理论推测和演绎,不能被当做官方说明。
  • As most high elves who resided outside of Quel'Thalas did so in the human city of Dalaran as part of the Kirin Tor, it is likely that many half elves came from there. An example of this is Vereesa Windrunner and Rhonin who have two children.
  • Although there are no recorded half elves of blood elf parentage it is possible that some high elven parents of half elves later went on to become blood elves.
  • It would be difficult to say if there would be any difference between a half elf of blood elf parentage compared to one coming from high elf parentage (with a possible exception if the blood elf was a Wretched).

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References

  1. Knaak, Richard A.. "Two", 《The Well of Eternity》, 30 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7. 
  2. White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 133. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 11. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arthaus. 《Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game》, 180. ISBN 9781588460714. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 12. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arthaus. 《Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game》, 48. ISBN 9781588460714. 
  7. White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 38. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 11-12. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  9. Alliance Player's Guide, p11 & p132.
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