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黑暗虚空[1]Great Dark,又称无边巨暗[1](或者是Great Dark Beyond[2][3]Great DarkGreat Beyond[4] Dark Beyond[5]Beyond[请求来源])是包含所有星球的浩瀚实体宇宙。is the physical universe that contains planets. It is described as the first of everything when there was nothing,[请求来源] and simply as reality. Its counterpart is the astral plane called the Twisting Nether. It is essentially the name given to outer space in the Warcraft universe.

黑暗虚空 ( Great Dark ) (又称无垠黑暗止境,无垠止境,黑暗虚空,或是简称为宇宙)是包含所有行星的浩瀚实体宇宙。物质宇宙诞生于光明与虚空这两种原初之力的相互碰撞产生的大爆炸中,在这场爆炸中,光明与虚空的冲突中释放的能量穿过初生的宇宙,天然物质合并旋转成了无数个原始的世界,而最不稳定的能量聚集成了其对立面,即是扭曲虚空

同时,它还被认为是魔兽世界中外太空的总称。

迄今为止,只有少数星球在魔兽世界中被提及,它们分别是:艾泽拉斯卡雷什克萨雷斯克索诺斯德拉诺德拉诺破碎之后的大陆残片漂浮在扭曲虚空的风暴中,被称之为外域)——尽管其中只有5个仍然存在,克萨雷斯燃烧军团试图征服克索诺斯的时候作为武力象征的牺牲品被毁灭了。事实上,在黑暗虚空中存在着无数其他的星球,其中一个已经被燃烧军团完全毁灭,其真名不得而知,先知维纶称其为“梵琳·德斯卡”(Fanlin'Deskor)——异色岩床上的琥珀色天空;另一个名为尼西莱姆,当年黑暗泰坦萨格拉斯直面并杀死其他万神殿泰坦的地方。

据称,外域也位于黑暗虚空之中。泰坦们花费漫长的时间进行横跨黑暗虚空的旅行,以期能找到并唤醒他们的同胞。

To date, several planets have been specified in the Warcraft universe including Azeroth, K'aresh, Xerrath, Xoroth, and Draenor (whose remains float upon the astral winds of the Twisting Nether as the otherwordly realm of Outland) — though only five of these still exist, as Xerrath was destroyed by the Legion as a show of force during their takeover of Xoroth. However, countless other planets exist in the Great Dark Beyond.[2] One of them was Fanlin'Deskor, a planet whose real name is unknown, which was completely destroyed by the Burning Legion. Another, Nihilam, was where the Dark Titan Sargeras confronted and slew the members of the titan Pantheon.

Outland is said to be located in the Great Dark Beyond.[6] The titans traveled through the Great Dark Beyond searching for other titans.[7]

起源

Before life began and before even the universe existed, there was only the Light. The Light existed as a boundless sea of living energy, swelling across all of existence, unfettered by time and space. Yet as the ever-shifting sea expanded, pockets of cold nothingness appeared. From these spaces, the Void coalesced. The Void quickly grew and began to move against the Light, and before long, the mounting tension between the two forces ignited a series of explosions that ruptured the very fabric of creation, giving birth to the physical universe.[1]

早在生命出现以前,甚至连宇宙都尚未形成之时,就有了光明......与虚空。光明不受时空限制,犹如浩瀚无边、五光十色的海洋遍布四方。在深不见底的海底之下,生命能量的巨大洪流翻波涌浪,这些能量的涌动谱写出了一支快乐与希望的交响曲。

光之海洋动静无常、瞬息万变。然而随着它日益扩张,一部分能量衰退变弱,留下一个个冰冷虚无的空洞。在这些光明无法照见的地方,一股新的力量逐渐形成。

这股力量就是虚空能量,它是妄图吞噬所有能量,扭曲万物如吸血鬼般的黑暗之力。虚空的力量很快壮大,影响力也逐渐增强,进而开始跟光明的流波作对。两股对立但不可分割力量间的紧张态势日渐加剧,最终引发了一系列灾难性的大爆炸,打破了万物的构造,产生了一个全新的界域。在那一刻,物质宇宙宣告诞生。

The energies released from the clashing of Light and Void raged across the nascent cosmos, forming countless primordial worlds. For long epochs, the ever-expanding Great Dark Beyond broiled in a maelstrom of fire and magic. Shards of Light were flung throughout reality, suffusing worlds with the spark of life.[1] Various types of energies came to be (such as death).[8]

从光明与虚空的冲突中释放的能量穿过了初生的宇宙,天然物质合并旋转形成了无数个原始世界。在漫长的时间长河里,这个不断向外扩张的宇宙——黑暗虚空——处在烈焰与魔法相混相生的大漩涡之中。

The most unstable energies coalesced into the astral dimension known as the Twisting Nether. Light and Void collided and bled together at the edges of this realm, throwing it into turmoil. Although the Twisting Nether existed outside the borders of the physical universe, its volatile energies would occasionally tear through the veil of the Great Dark, flooding into reality and warping creation.[1]

最不稳定的能量聚集成为一个星际位面,那就是扭曲虚空。光明与虚空在这一界域的边缘地带激烈对抗,使其长久陷于混乱。尽管扭曲虚空存在于物质世界的边界之外,与黑暗虚空并无实际接触。然而即便如此,扭曲虚空中不稳定的能量还是会偶尔突破黑暗虚空,涌入现实,扭曲造物。

在RPG书中

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.

It is part of the Material Plane.

When debates on cosmology began on Azeroth, scholars quickly tumbled to an obvious question: where does it end? If Azeroth is surrounded by the Emerald Dream, and separated from other material worlds by the Twisting Nether, what lies beyond the boundaries of the Nether? The result eventually agreed upon, as much a philosophical placeholder as an answer, is the Great Dark Beyond. Neither black nor white, hot nor cold, living nor dead, with a beginning hard to define on the chaotic fringe of the Nether and an end impossible to define: the Beyond is all that is unknowable about the cosmos. Were part of it to be journeyed or defined, it would become its own plane — leaving the Beyond on its horizon, eternal and all encompassing[9]

黑暗虚空是物质宇宙的一部分。

当宇宙学说在艾泽拉斯兴起并引起争论时,学者们都会陷入一个很明显的问题:宇宙的边界在哪里?如果艾泽拉斯被翡翠梦境包围,并且和别的物质世界被扭曲虚空分隔开,那么在虚空之外存在着什么?最终他们决定用一个类似哲学的词汇来代替答案,那边是黑暗虚空。它既非黑白,也无冷热,更不论生死,也无法定义其开始与结束:黑暗虚空即是宇宙中一切未知的代名词。如果有人涉足它的一部分地域并且赋予那部分名字,那么那个名字也只代表了那部分宇宙,而黑暗虚空仍然是黑暗虚空,它是永恒的存在,并且包罗万象。

黑暗虚空 vs. 扭曲虚空

The Twisting Nether is the astral plane between worlds. It is a chaotic and magical environment that overlaps with the Great Dark Beyond, yet is normally imperceptible to mortals.[3]

扭曲虚空是一个由奥术构造成的轻盈的毫无秩序的且连接着宇宙中的万千世界的次元位面。它是一个混乱而充满魔力的环境,和黑暗虚空平行、叠加的位面,它对于凡人来说几乎是不可察觉的。

The roles of both have not been clearly confirmed yet. For example, in the novel The Last Guardian, Medivh explained to Khadgar that demons were denizens and rulers of the Great Dark, and referred to the Dark Portal as a gateway that bridged two nodes residing in the Twisting Nether. Later Warcraft material consistently referred to demons dwelling in the Twisting Nether. However, if the information Medivh gave the young Khadgar is to be considered accurate, then the Twisting Nether could be an alternate dimension or a "hyperspace" of sorts where the conventional laws of physics, time, and space do not apply, and thus allows for instantaneous intergalactic travel.

黑暗虚空和扭曲虚空之间的关系尚未得到明确的证实。例如,在魔兽世界官方小说 最后的守护者麦迪文卡德加解释说恶魔是黑暗虚空的原住民和统治者,而黑暗之门则是连接通过扭曲虚空连接两个世界的传送门。在后来的魔兽世界资料中曾数次提到恶魔居住在扭曲虚空中。然而,如果麦迪文提供给年轻卡德加的信息是正确的,扭曲虚空可能是另一种维度或者“超空间”,其中传统的物理、时间和空间法则都不适用,所以可以通过扭曲虚空来进行快速的空间旅行。

Aegwynn, in her narrative at the start of the Second War, referred to the Great Dark in much the way later sources established the Twisting Nether, so we can assume it was an error or a retcon. The usage of Nether and Great Dark was more ambiguous in Warcraft II than in later games. Though Aegwynn claimed to be responsible for defending Azeroth from forces in the Great Dark, later sources clearly established that her duties dealt with the Nether.

It is possible that Aegwynn chose to use Great Dark instead of specifying the Twisting Nether because her duties extended to defending Azeroth against harmful entities that are not solely restricted to the Twisting Nether. Indeed, it is chillingly possible that there are forces in the Great Dark that rival the Burning Legion and are yet unknown to the powers that vie for Azeroth.

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.

The Warcraft RPG implies that the Twisting Nether is a smaller part of the Great Dark, but that there is no specific definable boundary between the two.

Notes

Argus

Argus was said to be located on the brink between the Twisting Nether and the Great Dark.[13] Some man'ari eredar say that Argus is the mightiest world in all of the Great Dark.[14] Despite this, A Thousand Years of War later stated that Argus is fully shrouded in the Twisting Nether.

  • Tome of Blighted Implements confirms that Argus was in the Great Dark before Sargeras came. As there is the fact that time passes differently in the Nether, the statements in the novel and the audiodrama confirm that Argus moved from the Great Dark to the Nether over time.

See also

引用与注释

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Warcraft Encyclopedia/The Warcraft Universe
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Twisting Nether
  4. Gadgetzan Times/A Magical History of Azeroth
  5. Invasion Points, Illidan Stormrage yells: Well done, champions. News of this victory will spread throughout the Dark Beyond.
  6. World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapter 9: He saw that Outland was but a tiny speck in the infinity of the Great Dark Beyond.
  7. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 19
  8. Matt Burns on Twitter
  9. Arthaus. 《Shadows & Light》, 132. ISBN 9781588469731. 
  10. World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapter 9
  11. Stormrage, chapter 29
  12. Khadgar#Khadgar's story in his own words
  13. Illidan (novel), chapter 24
  14. During the world quest Quest:Battle for the Ruins - Dreadflame Magus说: I am of Argus, the mightiest world in all of the Great Dark.
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