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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: A HISTORY OF CYBERTRON(转

(2009-06-28 18:11:32)
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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: A HISTORY OF CYBERTRON
远非所见: 塞伯特恩的历史
1. Gods At War 战争中的诸神
The Great Codex, the Transformer race's main work of theolohistory, begins thusly:
圣典,是变形金刚一族对那段神话和历史交织的上古时期的主要记录。 它是这样开始的:
At the dawn of time in this dimension, there existed in the next higher a race of beings which were powerful beyond our ability to measure -- being we might call "gods". There were a great many of them, and most went about their existences in their own ways, banding together in small groups and influencing various dimensions for their own amusement. As often happened in those days, a monumental enmity sprang up between two such beings, and they and their allies formed opposed sub-groups within their grouping, usually with armies of the dimension's lesser beings to campaign with. These two beings were the most powerful in their group, and came to be known by the names of Primus and Unicron: literally, the First One and the Last Survivor.
在这个次元伊始的时候,有着一种更高等的存在。他们是如此强大以至以我们的能力根本无法测量,这些存在我们称之为“神”。 神有许许多多,其中大部分以他们自己的方式存在。 其中一些聚在一起形成一个小团体通过影响不同的次元来取乐。 正如经常发生的那样,一种非同寻常的敌意在两种不同的存在蔓延开来。他们和他们的同盟在内部建立了一些小规模的组织和对方争斗,通常这些组织和争斗都发生在那些相对而言低阶的次元中。 这两种存在在他们的团体中是最强大的,他们被称为Primus和Unicron(宇宙大帝?): 从字面的意思来讲,救世主和终结者。
Primus was the Creator, the Bringer of Life. He always sought to build, to improve, to sow life where there was none. His general, Ultris, was a mighty warrior, strong and upstanding, militarily brilliant and totally loyal. Opposing them was Unicron, the Dark One, the Bringer of Chaos, the Twilight of Existence. He would not rest until all was destroyed and all was darkness and lifeless chaos. He, too, had a general, a mighty, cruel and merciless warlord named Quantar, the Master of the Atom and Dread Blade of Unicron. Like Ultris, Quantar was loyal beyond measure to his lord, and nearly unbeatable.
Primus是传播生命的造物主。他总是去建造,改进,去给那些不毛之地带来生命。他的将军,Ultris,强大而正直,精通军事,非常忠诚。与之相对的是Unicron, 他是暗黑之主,混乱的制造者和所有存在的黄昏。他永不停歇地破坏,制造黑暗和令生命灭绝的混乱。他同样也有一个将军,名叫Quantar。他是一个强大,残酷无情的战争狂人,也是使用Unicron的Atom and Dread Blade的大师。和Ultris一样,Quantar从任何角度来看都忠于他的主人,并且近乎不可战胜。
The battles fought between them and their supporters were unprecedented among the "gods", and the dimension wherein they lived was devastated by the war. In the end, only five Great Beings remained: Primus and his general, Ultris; Unicron and his great warlord, Quantar; and He Whose Name Is Lost. Primus's heart sickened at the destruction, and his resolve to destroy Unicron wavered in its face. Ultris was worried with his lord's depression. Unicron and Quantar were exultant at their impending victory. He Whose Name Is Lost, disgusted by the carnage, disappeared and has never been seen again.

他们和他们的支持者之间的战争在诸神中达到了一个空前的程度,最终导致他们所在的次元在战争中被彻底毁坏。最终,只有五个伟大存在存活了下来:Primus和他的将军Ultris, Unicron和他的战争狂人Quantar;和另外一个”无名氏”。Primus厌倦了破坏,并且他毁灭Unicron的决心也开始动摇。Ultris对他的消极感到担心。Unicron和Quantar对于他们即将到来的胜利感到欢欣雀跃。而无名氏因为厌恶战场上的腥风血雨而隐退,从此再也没有人看到过他。
When Unicron and Quantar came to do final battle with Primus and Ultris, Primus refused to fight, hoping that Unicron would accept the gesture and make peace. His hope was vain; instead the battle was fought without him. Quantar and Ultris met in battle after their armies destroyed each other, and Ultris was mortally wounded. Quantar allowed him to go back to Primus to die; Primus captured his essence and swore to put it to use in his avenging. Then, moved too late into action, Primus went to meet Unicron.
当Unicron和Quantar伴随Primus和Ultris来到最终的战场的时候,Primus拒绝战斗,希望Unicron能够接受他抛出的橄榄枝并缔造和平。他的企望是徒劳的,战斗在他缺席的情况下发生了。Quantar和Ultris在他们的部队毁灭殆尽之后在战场上再次相聚,最终Ultris受到了致命的伤害。Quantar允许他回到Primus身边去等待生命结束;Primus体会到了Ultris的本源,并且发誓要以此来报仇。然后,尽管已经浪费了很多时间,Primus动身去找Unicron.
A contemptuous Unicron sent his warlord to deal with Primus; without a pause, the enraged Primus destroyed Quantar. Unicron captured Quantar's essence just as Primus had captured Ultris's, and then the two great gods finally met for their last battle. The battle raged for a thousand years and wiped out all remaining life in the dimension, and in the end Unicron was victorious. As he prepared to strike the final blow and destroy his old enemy once and for all, Primus gathered his remaining energies and fell from their dimension to ours. Maddened, Unicron followed him, swearing a thousand vengeances, but lost track of him in the transition.
Unicron轻蔑地派出他的战争狂人来处理Primus,然而处于暴怒状态的Primus秒杀了Quantar。如同Primus一样,Unicron掌握了Quantar的本源。接下来两位大神进行了他们之间最后的战斗。战斗持续了1000年,毁灭了那个次元中所有的生命,最终Unicron取得了胜利。当他准备最后一击以便一劳永逸地解决这个老对手的时候,Primus聚集了他最后的能量从他们的次元来到了我们的时空中。Unicron疯了般的追逐着Primus, 发誓要一千倍来报复,但是他在时空转换中失掉了Primus的踪迹。
Thus, says the Codex, the two most powerful "gods" in all creation came to be in this dimension, one mortally wounded, the other enraged beyond mortal understanding. There are many myths and legends about wars of gods, and almost all are dismissed by academics as falsehoods, tales created by beings in their primitive phases to explain the origins of the world. However, that is not the case with the Transformers' gods. They are accepted almost universally as being real, and this story related by the Codex as true. Partially, this is due to the plain and simple language of the Codex (like most Transformer documents, it is stored in a binary code format, not a true language, and so is not as subject to interpretation in translation), but mostly it is because the Transformers have _seen_ their gods, and have ample proof of their existence.

这样,根据圣典,两位所有生命中最强大的神祗来到了这个次元:一个受了致命的伤害,另外一个充满了超越人类所能理解的愤怒。有许多关于神之间战争的神话和传奇,其中大部分被学院派归类为处于原始阶段的生命用以解释世界起源的传说。然而,变形金刚的神不是这样的。绝大多数认为这些神话和传说是确凿的,并且圣典所记载的故事是真实的。部分原因是因为圣典简单而又朴实的语言(同大多是变形金刚的文档一样,它是用一种二进制格式撰写的,不是一种真正的语言。这样就不需要翻译解释),但是主要原因是因为变形金刚们”目击”了他们的神,并且有充足的证据来证明神的存在。
What is known, then, is this: a tremendously long time ago, so long that no accurate records exist, a being of incredible power and creative drive, bearing the name Primus, came to this dimension, weakened and mortally wounded. The best estimate for when this occurred is a rather vague 30 to 40 million Standard years ago. At any rate, the accepted explanation, again put forth by the Codex, is that Primus projected his energy-essence into a planetary body, taking that planet as his own "body". The planet would become known as Cybertron.
人们所知道的是这个:在亘古的时候,时间远久到没有准确地记录存在,一个具有不可思议的强大力量的存在来到了这个时空。他名叫Primus,并且受了致命伤。根据最好的时间估计,这发生在大约三千到四千万年以前。无论怎样,在圣典中提到的一个被接受的解释是Primus把他的能量本源注射到一个行星中,并且把这个行星作为他自己的身体。这个行星后来被称为塞伯特恩。
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the universe at about the same time, Unicron arrived, projecting _his_ energy-essence across the dimensions into a planetary body in a similar fashion. Unicron was much stronger than Primus, and so could more completely refashion the planet he took, creating for himself a reconfigurable shape which could mimic his old, anthropomorphic form, or convert to a form much more efficient for transit through the vastness of space and converting available matter for use as fuel. Since he "missed" Primus's arrival location by a very long way (the best estimate of Unicron's original arrival position, based on his approach vector to Cybertron in 2005 and his average observed speed on approach, has him appearing somewhere just beyond the Andromeda galaxy), Unicron had a very long trek ahead of him.
几乎同时,在宇宙的另一个角落,Unicron到来了。用类似的方法,他把自己的能量本注射一个行星中。Unicron要比Primus强大太多了,所以他能够完全重构他选中的行星。他为自己创造了一个可配置的形状,和他原来的样子类似,是一种人神共存的形态。换句话说,这种形态能够有效率的在虚空中传送,并且能把合适的物质转换成能量。Unicron面对着一段非常艰苦的旅行,因为他离Primus所到达地方有着极其遥远的距离(根据在2005年他到达塞伯特恩的向量和他所观测到的平均速度,最准确地估计Unicron最初到达地点在仙女座银河附近
2. Inception 初始
Primus knew that he could not face Unicron again; he was too weakened. With this in mind, the great creator bent his remaining creative energies toward a staggering task: the creation of a vast army of mechanoids, like the ones which he and Ultris had commanded in their own plane. One after another he made them from his own substance, fashioning them in variations of his own image (a motif that crops up again and again in theohistorical documents). Upon an unknown (but much speculated upon) one of them he bestowed the preserved essence of Ultris, his general, although the memories and core personality of Ultris were long gone.

Primuse知道他无法再次面对Unicron, 他太虚弱了。考虑到这些,这个伟大的造物主把他剩余的创造力发挥在一个令人惊愕的任务上:创造了大量的机械生物,这些机械生物就像他和Ultris在他们的位面所指挥的那些。一个接着一个,他用他自己的物质造出了他们,把他们铸造成他自己不同的样子(一个在神话历史文档中不停出现的形象)。在其中的某一个(范围比较小)的身上,他安置的他保留的他的将军Ultris的本源,尽管有关Ultris的记忆和核心个性的部分很早以前就不在了。
When Primus had exhausted the last of his energies and created the last Cybertronian he could create, he made the Codex for them, and then bestowed upon them his last two gifts: two small sparks of his creative power, encoded in crystals and surrounded in near-indestructible metal casings. One of them he gave to the finest of the scientist-artisans of prim Cybertron, a great thinker and philosopher named A3. The other he bestowed upon the leader of the dedicated military machines charged with the defense of Cybertron, a great leader and warrior named N5.
当Primus耗尽了他所有的能量创造出最后一个塞伯特恩人的时候,他为他们写了圣典。接下来他把他最后的两个礼物留给了他们:两份他创造力的星星之火,编码在水晶中并且用几乎不可能被破坏的金属罩保护起来。其中一份他给了原始塞伯特恩人中科学家和工匠中最精密的一个,一个伟大的思想家和哲学家,叫做A3。另外一个他安置在一个专注于军事的机器人领导身上。这些机器人负责塞伯特恩的防卫工作,他们的领导叫做N5。
At this point Primus became dormant, lapsing into unconsciousness in a hope that Unicron would not be able to get a fix on his position and be delayed, giving his army more time to evolve into suitability for their task.
此时Primus进入了睡眠状态,堕入无意识状态希望Unicron不能得到他所在的位置的具体方位,以便能够拖延一段时间,为他的军队争取到更多的时间来进化到能够适应他们任务的状态。
3. The Early Days Of Cybertron 塞伯特恩的早期日子
Very little is known about this part of Cybertron's history. The Codex ends with the Inception, and any histories made during this time have been lost in the wars which have dominated Cybertronian history since then. Also, there are no surviving Transformers from this period; all who live today are subsequent generations produced by one of the several means of reproduction left to the original Cybertronians by their creator.
有关这一时期的塞伯特恩的历史记载很少流传下来。圣典在”初始”章节部分就结束了,自那以后,战争充斥于塞伯特恩历史中,以至所有的有关塞伯特恩早期的历史记载都湮没于战火之中,没能流传下来。同样,也没有任何一个变形金刚能从那段时期中幸存下来。如今所有活着的变形金刚都是通过早期塞伯特恩人遗留下来的几种繁衍方式中的一种生产出来的。那些繁衍方式是他们的创造者留给早期塞伯特恩人的。
Sidebar: Transformer Reproducton 补充说明:变形金刚的繁衍
Transformers are complex living beings, but they are still, in a basic sense, robots. Thus, all that is required to create a new Transformer is a suitable body and an intelligence for it. However, the problems lie in the complexity of these two components. The simplest one is clearly the body; many Transformers have enough knowledge of their own anatomy and physiology to construct a working body. The intelligence, however, is difficult and tricky, in that it must be a unique and viable cybernetic mind which generates a Spengler index of at least 0.85. This intelligence can be generated a number of ways:
变形金刚是复杂的生物,但是他们从本质上来说仍然是机器人。这样说来,所有需要来创造一个新的变形金刚的东西就是一具合适的身体和与之相适应的智能。然而,问题在于这两个组成部分的复杂性上面。很明显,最简单的是身体;许多变形金刚已经具有了足够的有关他们自己身体结构和生理的知识来创建一个可以工作的身体。至于智能部分则比较困难并且充满了技巧性。因为它必须是一个独一无二并且可变的自动化意识,这个意识至少要能够生成达到0.85的Spengler指数(Spengler是德国哲学家,他认为文明是有着成长和消亡循环的。不知道作者在这里用Spengler是何用意)。这种智能可以用以下几种方式来产生:
1) Matrix Inception 本源初始
This method is the most famous one, and was long believed, erroneously, to be the only method of Transformer reproduction. Simply put, a body is prepared mechanically, and then it is imbued with unique intelligence and life directly from one of the Matrices of Primus. This is certainly the most spectacular of the methods, involving as it does a Matrix-generated light show.
这种方法是最著名的一种,并且在很长一段时间里被错误地认为是变形金刚唯一的繁衍方法。简单来讲,就是先把一具身体在机械方面准备好,然后把它浸染在直接来自于Primus本源的独特智能和生命之中就好了。这肯定是最引人注目的方式,因为它就好像是一场本源灯火表演。
2) Collaboratory Generation 合作产生
We carbon-based life forms are familiar with this method, more so than the others. A body is prepared, again, and then, two Transformers enter a temporary binary bond and create an intelligence which is derivative from, and unique from, their own. Transformers created in this way tend to exhibit traits of both their "parents". This process can also be used by a Transformer and that Transformer's binary-bonded carbon unit, in the modern Nebulan Master-pairings, if the participants' binary genders are different.
相比其他方式而言,我们碳基生命形式要更加熟悉这种方法。同样先准备好一具身体,然后两个变形金刚输入一条临时的二进制联结物并创建出一种来自于他们,但是不同于他们的智能。通过这种方式产生的变形金刚具有他们“父母”的显著特点。在现代Nebulan Master-pairings中,这个过程可以在一个变形金刚和他(她)的二元联结的碳单元之间使用,如果参与者的二进制性别不同的话。
This, by the way, is the reason behind Transformer gender, for so long believed inexplicable: the genders have different binary "signatures" in a bonding situation, and only mixed-gender bonds can produce viable offspring. It should be noted that this is one of the several temporary and permanent binary bond applications which produce an analog to sexual gratification, and as such reproduction among Transformers _is_ often linked to romantic involvements. For more on this subject, refer to the definitive work on the subject, Arcee, Meadows, Tanner, Witwicky, et al., _Transformer Sexuality: The Riddle Solved_, NAIS Press, 2410.
顺便说一句,这就是一直以来被认为无法解释的变形金刚性别的原因:在联结的状态下,性别具有不同的二进制“签名”,并且只有混合型别的联结才可以产生不同的后代。值得一提的是,在几种暂时的和永久的二进制联结应用中,有一种能够产生模拟的性快感,并且这种在变形金刚中的繁殖行为经常含有浪漫的因素。针对这一主题的更多信息,请参阅这一主题的权威著作,由Arcee, Meadows, Tanner, Witwicky等人著的《变形金刚的性征:解决了的谜团》, NAIS Press, 2410.

3) External Creation and Fusion 外部创造和铸型
In this method, the intelligence is produced by some outside method, normally a powerful computerized cybernetic intelligence generator/driver such as STACIS 3.0. Vector Sigma, the Cybertronian supercomputer, is an example of this method.
在这里,智能是依靠外部方法来制造的,通常是一个强大的计算机化的自动控制智能产生器/驱动器,比如STACIS 3.0。塞伯特恩的超级计算机Vector Sigma就是这种方法的一个例子。
4. The Coming Of The Quintessons 五面怪到来
The next major event in Cybertron's history occurred at a similarly hard-to-pin-down time, best estimated at 25 to 30 thousand Standard years ago. At that time, Cybertron was invaded and conquered by the Quintessons, a five-faced, semi-cybernetic race of scientists and information merchants, and their allies from Mandalor, the makers of the finest weapons in the galaxy. The Quintessons were masters of misinformation; within a Standard millennium of their conquest they had convinced most of the people of Cybertron that _they_ had created the Cybertronian race, and that the Quintessons were, in fact, the native race of Cybertron. The Cybertronians were told that they were servitors, slaves built for the convenience and pleasure of the Quintessons, and most of them believed it.
下一个塞伯特恩历史上的重要事件的发生时间同样难以确定,大约是在两万五千年到三万年之前。当时,塞伯特恩被五面怪入侵并征服。五面怪是一种有着五张脸孔,半自动化的种族。他们是科学家和信息交易商。五面怪的同盟军是马达洛,他们能够制造银河系最棒的武器。五面怪是误导诱骗的行家里手;在他们统治的第一个千年内,他们成功地使得大部分塞伯特恩人相信五面怪创造了塞伯特恩种族,并且五面怪实际上土生土长于塞伯特恩。塞伯特恩人被告知他们是五面怪为了方便和娱乐所建造的佣人和奴隶,大部分塞伯特恩人相信了这个谎言。
It was the Quintessons who, seeking to control every aspect of Cybertronic life, outlawed collaborative reproduction and, in fact, rigorously segregated the genders. It was they who created Vector Sigma to give them absolute control over the creation of new Cybertronians. Both of the Matrices of Primus were hidden from them by the defiant robots, and the Quintessons subjected Cybertron to a ceaseless reign of terror searching for them, since they were both an uncontrolled source of new life and a constant threat of exposure to the Quintessons' lie.
五面怪致力于尝试控制塞伯特恩生命的各个方面:违法的合作生产,实际上,不同性别之间被严酷的隔离开了。是他们制造了Vector Sigma来绝对控制新的塞伯特恩人的产生。两个Primus本源都被反叛的机器人藏起来了,没有被五面怪发现。这两个本源是不受控的新生命之源,并且威胁到了五面怪的谎言。五面怪为了寻找这两个本源,使得塞伯特恩成为了一个无休止的恐怖王国。
The Matrix given to A3 was kept hidden by A3 himself, who, now a most venerable robot, had taken to calling himself the slightly fancier Alpha Trion, and who tirelessly sought to organize an underground resistance to the Quintessons' rule. The one given to N5 had been passed down through several generations of military commander until it rested, now, with Scorponok, a warrior of great wisdom and ability. Scorponok wisely decided to hide his Matrix, and did it so well that, until very recently, no one ever found out what became of it. Scorponok also successfully waged a campaign of disinformation about the Matrix he held, and by the time the Quintessons had established themselves firmly on Cybertron, they believed that there was only one -- and so did most of the people of Cybertron.
给了A3的本源被A3自己藏了起来。A3现在是一个最值得尊敬的老机器人,人们用一个更雅致一些的名字来称呼他:钛师傅。他不知疲倦地寻找并组织地下抵抗组织来反抗五面怪的统治。那个给了N5的本源被几代军事指挥官所保存并传递,直到蝎子王,一个具有伟大智慧和能力的战士。蝎子王聪明地决定把他的本源藏起来。他藏的是如此之好,直到最近才被人发现。蝎子王成功地用一些虚假信息混淆了他保存一个本源的消息。在五面怪铁腕统治塞伯特恩的时候,他们相信只有一个本源--并且大部分塞伯特恩人也是同样这样认为的。

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