WARRIORS - 《虎心的阴影》(暂译)感想

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第一本认真看的外传,之前我大概翻过《火星的探索》(Firestar's Quest)和《蓝星的预言》(Bluestar's Prophecy)。看完这本后,我计划看《鹰翅的旅程》暂译(Hawkwing's Journey),这两本都和六部曲有着密切的关系。我的问题是我还没看过《天空破碎》(Shattered Sky),中间存在大段的空缺。

简明概要

剧透警告!

其实看到灰机上的那一大段,已经完结,进度超过了wikia,我就不太想写概要了。不过我还是会根据自己的阅读写一段简化版。另外丢一个新发现的视频。据考证,在TS最早的简介出来之后,就被戏称虎心的蜜月。

虎心(Tigerheart)在《雷影交加》(Thunder and Shadow)中已经成为了影族(ShadowClan)的副族长(Deputy)。影族已经返回了自己的营地,但是力量不足。他在夜里与鸽翅(Dovewing)见面,鸽翅说她怀孕了,当然是虎心的后代。但是鸽翅坚信幼崽(Kit)不能在族群出生,她必须前往一个尖顶的两脚兽巢穴,并希望虎心能和她一起去。虎心因为副族长的职务而推辞,鸽翅给了三天的期限。

(ThunderClan nursery) is empty. The nests are old and tattered, and shadows are creeping from the corners. They swallow the floor and the nest.... They reach through the entrance like dark flames and lick the walls, growing darker and stronger until the whole nursury is lost in blackness.
DovewingP11
I've dreamed where we should go. A huge Twolegplace with nests that reach into the sky. I saw a roof there with sharp points that stick up into the sky like gorse spines. We must find that den. Our kits will be safe there.
DovewingP12

影族内部矛盾十分尖锐:很多猫认为花楸星(Rowanstar)过于软弱,当然虎心和褐皮(Tawnypelt)坚决反对。后来洼光(Puddleshine)有了太阳和阴影的幻象(类似Only a strong sun casts a strong shadow.),虎心认为花楸星就是太阳,只有族长(Leader)强大了影族才能强盛。但虎心仍决定去追随鸽翅,然而这天杜松掌(Juniperclaw)和焦毛(Scorchfur)因为影族的矛盾,而打算加入天族(SkyClan)。虎心认为必须留住他们,在说服他们后,又解决獾的问题后,鸽翅已经离开了。虎心在途中想到太阳(sun)其实是儿子(son),他必须回去拯救影族

The son is the sun!
Tigerheart's thoughtP51

影族天族也有矛盾。之前一只影族猫追的兔子进入天族领地,天族猫自愿把它还给了影族。然而之后天族的猎物进入影族领地,影族猫坚决不归还。而虎心则决定把猎物还给梅柳(Plumwillow),影族猫很不服但不得不听副族长的。然而花楸星抓住这个机会进攻天族,指责他们“偷”走了猎物。又是虎心出面干涉,然后叶星(Leafstar)让步,指出下次归还,得以和平解决。虎心挑战了花楸星的权威,但他并不想取代父亲的位置,然而影族猫认为他比花楸星高明而且强大多了,要求他代替花楸星虎心十分绝望,自己无法做出抉择。

Prey belongs to the Clan where it's caught.
SnakepawP64
Rules were rules, but warriors needed to have common sense too. Surely, at the moment, a good relationship with SkyClan was more important than a single rabbit?
Tigerheart's thoughtP65
The cats he cared about all wanted something different from him. Dovewing wanted a mate; his unborn kits needed a father; Rowanstar needed his obedience; his Clanmates wanted his leadership. He couldn't help one cat without hurting another.
Tigerheart's thoughtP80

终于,洼光的征兆让虎心认为他应该离开影族,去追随鸽翅。他经过一个两脚兽地盘时决定向宠物猫(Kittypets)问路,遇到了毛球暂译(Fuzzball)和罗丝暂译(Rose)。而毛球带他去见埃阿斯暂译(Ajax),后者知道需要用雷鬼蛇暂译(Thundersnake)到达目的地。虎心拒绝了,而是沿着银路暂译(Silverpath)前往。走了很多天后,他不小心被带上了雷鬼蛇,从而加快了进度,最终到达雷鬼蛇的营地。在那里他遇到了疾奔暂译(Dash),后者知道去尖顶巢穴的路,不过让虎心帮忙赶走三只垃圾堆猫,梅暂译(Mae)、弗洛伊德暂译(Floyd)和残羹暂译(Scrap)。虎心轻松的对付了他们,而疾奔也兑现了承诺,教他交通灯和人行道等常识,并来到尖顶巢穴。

这里有一些神奇的名字,比如埃阿斯弗洛伊德,以及下文的塔尖暂译(Spire)。

这个尖顶巢穴里住着守护猫暂译(The Guardian Cats),暴烈暂译(Fierce)类似其首领,他们的宗旨是帮助有需要的猫,很多猫会治疗伤病,主要的食物来源是两脚兽的垃圾,通过拾荒而不是捕猎。鸽翅就住在这里。然而守护猫有了麻烦,他们的药草来源被狐狸占领,虎心组织侦察,发现是一对狐狸,很难对付,而且守护猫不善于打斗。暴烈巧妙的说服了守护猫去学习战斗,而塔尖自愿当诱饵,最终成功赶走了狐狸,并封锁了狐狸巢穴。

Sick cats come and go. Some of us with wounds that will never fully heal stay on. It's safer to have friends. And we each do what we are best at. Some heal; some hunt; some guard. A stray named Pumpkin stayed with us. He'd lived with forest cats and learned that herbs could be useful.
FierceP146
We are equals here.... We all joined this community because we needed help or shelter. Without herbs, some of us wouldn't be here now, and we owe it to future visitors to give them the same care we received.
FierceP160

鸽翅生下了三只小猫,命名为小影(Shadowkit)、小扑(Pouncekit)、小光(Lightkit),塔尖小影能“看透阴影”。在拾荒时,他们与迷雾暂译(Fog)为首的群体发生冲突,虽然迷雾让步,但后来她又把猫群带到聚集地(即尖顶巢穴)附近,因为狐狸占领了他们原来的巢穴。守护猫对于领地无所谓,而虎心很气恼,认为迷雾的群体可能和曾经的暗尾(Darktail)一样危险。之后在户外收集时他们又发生冲突,并引起了两脚兽的注意。后来小扑就被困在两脚兽陷阱里,还好暴烈即使救出。而迷雾的兄弟条纹暂译(Streak)就被两脚兽带走了。虎心打算让两群猫联合赶走迷雾原先巢穴的狐狸,但迷雾说有五只,且她的猫不会参加驱赶狐狸。

This one will see into the shadows.
Spire on ShadowkitP189

虎心认为可以利用两脚兽陷阱来困住狐狸,同时两脚兽会认为狐狸在此前已经解决了猫。在金枪鱼暂译(Tuna)的帮助下,他们规划好了路线,成功解决了五只狐狸。迷雾带着她的群体离开了,暴烈宣布了守护猫的领地,虎心很自豪。塔尖告诉虎心影族需要他,鸽翅同意离开,因为她想见一下藤池(Ivypool)的小猫,不过他们无法决定小猫应该去影族还是雷族(ThunderClan)。他们与守护猫告别,其中炽焰暂译(Blaze)、塔尖、肉桂暂译(Cinnamon)和蚂蚁暂译(Ant)决定同他们前往湖区。

I heard a voice. A voice... from the stars... meant for you. I had to tell you that he needs you. The shadows are fading. He can't keep them together.
SpireP288
My heart tells me to be with you. My head tells me to raise my kits among my kin.
DovewingP296

首先他们必须找到疾奔,以离开城市,沿着银路前进。然而,一天塔尖提出他们需要去寻找橙色的太阳,必须离开银路。别的猫不以为然,但是夜里塔尖独自离开了,他们只好去追赶。塔尖找到了原影族的武士涟尾(Rippletail)、莓心(Berryheart)、雀尾(Sparrowtail)和苜蓿足(Cloverfoot),他们愿意返回湖区。另外莓心怀孕要求他们尽快赶路,其伴侣是雀尾。他们重新来到银路边,然而有一次雷鬼蛇差点撞死了小猫,多亏塔尖帮助才得以幸免。塔尖要求他们离开银路以避免伤亡,最终大家听从了他的要求。

We must leave it here. This is where we must find the orange sun. They need us.
SpireP324
Next time, I might not be able to. If we stay on the Silverpath, there will be death. Death too quickly. Death without meaning. We have to leave the Silverpath.
SpireP347

走了很多天之后,大家渐渐失去了信心。而塔尖好像根本不管别的猫,只顾快速赶路。他们面对一条很宽的河,必须从大桥上渡河,桥上有雷鬼路和怪兽,河的上游还有巨大的浮动怪兽。塔尖事先指出渡河有危险。正当他们不知所措时,桥两边降下栅栏拦住了怪兽,他们通过栅栏穿过空荡荡的大桥。然而虎心只走过了一半,桥从中间断开,并开始上升成坡。然而小扑还在中间,就要掉下去了。虎心鸽翅无法接近她,此时塔尖用力跳到中间,救下了小扑,但他自己却掉下去了。在浮动怪兽通过后,大家意识到塔尖不可能生还了,他们继续走到森林边过夜。为了纪念塔尖的英勇,虎心决定授予他武士名,并排除了大家的疑议。虎心影族副族长和巡逻队队长的身份,将塔尖命名为塔尖望暂译(Spiresight),希望他能抵达星族(StarClan)。而莓心生下了幼崽,命名为小空暂译(Hollowkit)、小日(Sunkit)和小塔尖(Spirekit),小塔尖当然也是为了纪念塔尖望。不过小猫的出生使得他们只能暂居此地一段时间了,直到小猫足够大才能出发。另一个问题是没有塔尖望,他们失去了向导。

Spire might not have grown up among the Clans, but if we make it back to the lake, if ShadowClan is restored, then he'll have done more for our Clan than some of our own warriors.
Tigerheart's thoughtP366

一个月后,小影做了一个关于返回湖区的梦,大家认为这是星族的指引,根据他的描述只要两天的路程,他们必须尽快出发。然而莓心不太同意,最终商定四分之一月后出发。四分之一月过去后,在出发前的傍晚,小影再次指出他们因立刻离开。就在这时,一只巨大的猫头鹰冲向小空虎心赶去救出小空,但他自己却被猫头鹰抓走了。虎心努力还击,猫头鹰扔下他,结果他摔成重伤,略会治疗的守护猫也无计可施。鸽翅决定当即出发,想把他带回湖区让巫医(Medicine Cat)治疗。他们已经能望见风族(WindClan)的高地了,虎心梦见父亲已经加入星族,并改名花楸掌(Rowanclaw)。他们从未离家如此之近,然而虎心再也撑不下去了。他嘱托影族影族一定要存活下去,告诉鸽翅把小猫带回雷族,然后就死了。

虎心已经来到星族,但只见到了塔尖望。他告诉虎心必须回去,鸽翅等抬着他的尸体继续前进,不想让他离开。之后花楸掌指出只有一种方法可以获得新生——虎心将成为影族族长,获得九条命,当然他已经用去第一条命。虎星(Tigerstar)(虎星二世,必须指出不是一部曲中的虎星(掌)一世,他的外祖父)在月池(Moonpool)边醒来,鸽翅决定加入影族虎星已经准备好领导影族了。

They are not as willing to let go of you as you are to let go of them.
SpiresightP399
I left you. But now I've returned. I bring with me cats who will make our Clan strong again. Accept them as I accept you. Give them your loyalty as I give you mine. I am ready to lead you.
Tigerstar ⅡP410

勘误与吐槽

被猫头鹰抓走

从前有羽尾(Feathertail)坠落而死,现在又有了猫头鹰摔死虎心,看来成年猫从较高的地方掉下来很可能被摔死。像松针尾(Needletail)在学徒(Apprentice)时也被猫头鹰抓走过(参见《雷影交加》的Bonus Scene,我也是看猫史吧的翻译的),不但安然返回,还认识了阿树(Tree)(真是个垃圾翻译,但不能翻译成“树”,否则四棵树之类的就会被误判)。说实话,猫头鹰真的能提升成年公猫吗?还有天族不是经常从树上跳下来偷袭,不过那个不太高。