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现在的太阳之井
"We will have our glory again, and this will give it to us. So much power... The power of the Well of Eternity, transformed with our guidance into something greater yet!"
达斯雷玛·逐日者

太阳之井The Sunwell)是一座位于奎尔萨拉斯的魔法能量泉,由来自永恒之井的一小瓶井水制造而成。它在约七千年的时间中为高等精灵提供魔力,直至阿尔萨斯使用它将克尔苏加德以巫妖形态复活。复活过程玷污了太阳之井,切断了高等精灵的能量来源。在凯尔萨斯王子赶回援助他的家园后,他担心被玷污的太阳之井会造成更大的灾难,因此他摧毁了太阳之井,使得高等精灵免于被其中的黑暗能量腐蚀,但也使得精灵全族面临着失去魔力来源的无力状态。[1]

太阳之井的残余能量随后形成了安薇娜·提歌的形态,并被奎尔萨拉斯的血精灵保护起来。但堕落的凯尔萨斯从外域逃回了艾泽拉斯,并公开背叛了他的人民,投靠了燃烧军团。他将安薇娜掳至太阳之井的废墟,试图引导他的新主人基尔加丹通过太阳之井的能量降临艾泽拉斯。

破碎残阳远征军,以及来自联盟部落的勇士,击败了凯尔萨斯和他的恶魔主人,再一次将艾泽拉斯从燃烧军团的入侵中拯救出来。在这次战役之后,德莱尼先知维伦通过穆鲁留下的圣光能量净化了太阳之井。太阳之井重生后,血骑士——曾经试图强迫圣光为他们服务的血精灵圣骑士——转而拥抱圣光,重塑了带领他们的人民走向更加光明的未来的信念。[2]

历史

创造

太阳之井林地(魔兽争霸III)
魔兽世界指南和《冲突的大地》中的太阳之井
达斯雷玛和高等精灵创造太阳之井高地

太阳之井是一座位于奎尔萨拉斯魔网能量汇聚之处的魔法能量泉,由被放逐的上层精灵用偷取自永恒之井的一瓶神圣井水创造。精灵领袖达斯雷玛·逐日者将他的人民重新命名为高等精灵,并宣称太阳之井终有一日会超越它的前身,但事实上这从未实现。

太阳之井的强大能量养育并强化了所有的高等精灵,首都银月城因此奠基。高等精灵的力量日益增强,他们在永歌森林中施下魔法,使森林沐浴在永恒的春日之中。精灵法师在奎尔萨拉斯的边境树立了巨大的符文石,符文石形成的魔法护盾使得精灵的魔法难以被外界察觉,以此保护这片土地免于入侵。奎尔萨拉斯难得的和平时光维持了近四千年。

数千年中,太阳之井的魔法之泉持续为高等精灵的强大魔法供能。泉水永不枯竭的魔力浸入精灵们的身体,使他们沐浴在不断的奥术能量供给之中。一代又一代的高等精灵保卫并珍爱这座井,甚至在奎尔萨拉斯的边境之外时依然受其恩惠。

第三次大战

The Sunwell

During the Third War, the death knight Prince Arthas Menethil laid waste to Quel'Thalas, wiping out most of its population and reducing large tracts of the mighty kingdom to ash in his quest to reach the Sunwell.

As the undead armies closed in, a high elf named Dar'khan Drathir (who hoped to gain the favor of the Lich King) aided Arthas by lowering the shields surrounding the Sunwell. However, Dar'Khan's treachery resulted in an explosion that knocked him unconscious, and dissipated much of the Sunwell's power.

With the elven capital of Silvermoon lying in ruins, Arthas marched triumphantly to the Sunwell and tossed the bones of the fallen necromancer Kel'Thuzad into the radiant beam of light. With this act the sacred well was instantly corrupted. Knowing he had sealed the fate of the high elves, Arthas departed with the newly resurrected Kel'Thuzad to carry on in service of the Lich King. Many of the Scourge, however, remained behind to prey upon the few elves who had not yet fallen.

In the aftermath of the battle, the legendary King Anasterian lay dead along with the members of the Convocation of Silvermoon, the high elves' ruling body and the Ranger-General of Silvermoon, Sylvanas Windrunner. Lor'themar Theron, Sylvanas Windrunner's second–in–command, assumed temporary leadership and organized the remaining survivors to fight the undead, but it was the return of Prince Kael'thas - member of the Kirin Tor and only son of Anasterian - from Dalaran that brought the elves a fragment of renewed hope.

Kael'thas soon learned that the greatest danger to his people was posed not by the Scourge, but by the Sunwell itself. The corrupted powers of the well still permeated not only the elves, but all that they had built. Given enough time, the necromantic energies would kill the elves and spread an incurable poison throughout the surrounding land. Kael'thas painfully concluded that the Sunwell, the heart of their society, must be destroyed.

The Sunwell before and after its corruption.

He executed a plan that would irrevocably change the fate of his people. With the aid of the most powerful remaining magi, accompanied by Lor'themar and a party of volunteer defenders, Kael'thas succeeded in destroying the Sunwell. However, though the Sunwell's energies had been dispersed, not all of its essence was lost. A wizard named Borel - in truth, one of the guises of the red dragon Korialstrasz - gathered what remained of the energies and hid them away in the guise of a young human girl, Anveena Teague.

The hole left by the Sunwell's destruction.

In the aftermath of the Sunwell's destruction, Kael'thas declared that his people would be forever known as the sin'dorei, or blood elves, so they would never forget those who had fallen in defense of their homeland.

Although the Sunwell's threat was ended, Kael'thas could not have foreseen the effect its loss would have on his people. The elves suffered terribly from withdrawal, for many of them had been infused with the arcane energies of the well all their lives. Only in the absence of the Sunwell did the blood elves come to realize how addicted they had grown to its powers. Over time the elves grew ill, and the youngest and oldest among them died.

Thirsting for vengeance, Prince Kael'thas and the healthiest of his warriors immediately joined the campaign against the Scourge in Lordaeron while Lor'themar and a ranger named Halduron Brightwing remained behind to safeguard the land and seek a cure for their people. Kael'thas and his warriors followed the naga through the portal and into the shattered realm of Outland. There, the elves met the one being capable of putting an end to their painful hunger: the renegade demon Illidan Stormrage.

Most of Kael'thas' group chose to stay in Outland, but Rommath was sent back to carry a message of hope to those blood elves remaining in Quel'Thalas. Rommath accomplished his mission: relaying tales of a glorious promised land, spreading the teachings of Illidan (teachings which Rommath smoothly attributed to Prince Kael'thas), and planting the notion that Kael'thas might one day return to lead his people to paradise. Rommath remained in Quel'Thalas to help rebuild and await the prince's return.

The Sunwell Trilogy

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Months later, the traitor Dar'Khan – now a powerful agent of the Scourge – returned to Quel'Thalas. There he battled the avatar of the Sunwell, Anveena, and a band of heroes with the aid of the blue dragon Kalecgos and others. She was able to defeat Dar'khan and release the Sunwell's energy, in the process restoring the grove once destroyed by the Scourge. Anveena decided to stay in the ruined city and begin the process of renewal with Kalecgos, protected by a magical shield and watched over by Lor'themar Theron. Anveena's identity as the avatar of the Sunwell's power was kept a closely guarded secret, known to only Lor'themar and his people.[3]

The Sunwell restored

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The Sunwell during the attempt to summon Kil'jaeden; Anveena held in suspense above it.

Following the defeat of Illidan in Outland, Kael'thas - bristling with power from his Manaforges in Netherstorm - finally returned to Quel'Thalas. Seeking to summon the demon lord Kil'jaeden, Kael'thas captured the personification of the sunwell's power: Anveena. Kael attempted to summon Kil'jaeden into Azeroth using the reignited Sunwell as a portal. This was prevented by the actions of the Shattered Sun Offensive, a group of heroes charging into Sunwell Plateau and finally, the sacrifice of Anveena, who used her power to prevent Kil'jaeden's emergence.

The battle with Kil'jaeden once again left the Sunwell without power. However, Velen appeared shortly thereafter and used the "spark" of the naaru M'uru's to reignite the Sunwell. This restored the Sunwell using the energies of M'uru, the Sunwell's new energies being derived from both the arcane and from M'uru's powers of the Light.[1][4]

Current status

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Lor'themar Theron claims Quel'Delar from the Sunwell.

The Sunwell's current status is seen briefly during the quest to restore the fabled elven sword, Quel'Delar. Access to the Sunwell itself is policed by the Ranger-General of Silvermoon, Halduron Brightwing, who allows adventurers to enter once the spirit of Thalorien Dawnseeker - Quel'Delar's original wielder - offers his blessing. The Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, and Grand Magister Rommath are seen within, along with Lady Liadrin and groups of blood elf pilgrims. In addition, several high elves have been allowed access to the sacred Sunwell; Auric Sunchaser seen as the high elf representative.

If the adventurer is not a sin'dorei, Quel'Delar is submerged into the Sunwell itself, and Lor'themar Theron thanks the adventurer for returning it to its "rightful owners." He attempts to claim it, though the blade hurls him back, to which Rommath and the Sunwell's Guardians immobilize the player and Auric, outing them as traitors. Auric is able to defuse the situation, however, and states that Quel'Delar chooses its own wielder. Rommath grudgingly calls the guards off, ordering the player to begone with the blade if it is not meant to be theirs.

If a blood elf delivers Quel'Delar to the Sunwell, things play out differently. Lor'themar simply observes it as it is submerged into the Sunwell, and both he and Rommath confirm its authenticity. Hailing the player as a hero and inspiration to the sin'dorei, Lor'themar, Rommath and Auric offer words of support. Rommath instructs the sin'dorei to deliver the blade to Archmage Aethas Sunreaver, and notes that the blood elves will always rise up to face any foe.[5]

Notes

The Sunwell does not provide immortality.[6]

Speculation

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Little else is known about the Sunwell's current status, presumably due to Quel'Thalas not receiving an update following the Cataclysm expansion.

The Sunwell's protection

  • During the Second War, the Sunwell itself proved a huge advantage to Silvermoon and Quel'Thalas. The Sunwell directly empowered its citizens, its great power tied to Quel'Thalas and her people, and ensured that none of the invading red dragons could so much as touch the capital. These defenses were only bypassed by Arthas, who had gained the loyalty of a great traitor in the upper echelons of Silvermoon, a turn of events which ultimately ended in the Sunwell's destruction. However, with the Sunwell restored, it is unclear as to whether Silvermoon once again possesses these great defenses.

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