After the primary strategy comes the contingency plan.
[?]: Look, the flames traveled so fast that they’re already near Cao Cao.
[?]: Cao Cao would never have expected to lose at Red Cliff with his army of a hundred thousand strong.
[?]: Nor would he have expected that the real slaughter happens during his retreat.
[?]: Feng Xiao at Guandu; Gong Jin at Red Cliff. Both making splendid achievements.
chapter 434 Rivaling Red Cliff
(it can be interpreted as “as ingenious as” or “as glorious as” or “as exciting as”, “as complex as”, etc.)
[Eighth]: I still cannot predict Kong Ming’s next move in this battle.
[Water Mirror]: Back at school, Kong Ming could win any contest he choose to partake.
[WM]: He never competed if victory was uncertain. And yet his contribution in this battle is miniscule, merely as an aid to Gong Jin.
[WM]: It’s a pity that years of slumber has grounded the dragon.
(“…impossible/difficult to ascend sky”)
[Kan Ze]: Stop the carriage!
[WM]: What’s the matter, Kan Ze?
[?]: Careful, Master Kan!
[KZ]: Huff! Huff!
[KZ]: So it is!
[KZ]: A sunshade made of smoke, what a guise!
[KZ]: Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!
I… finally understand!
[?]: Why has the forward flank stopped the advance?
[?]: Keep moving, don’t block the path!
[Sun Quan]: Why has Chief Controller Zhou halted his troop?
[?]: My Lord, Chief Controller Zhou ordered his men to take a rest.
[?]: But Cao Cao has lost his mind to the fire, and his men to desertion.
[?]: It won’t take much to make them crumble. I really don’t understand…
[?]: If we stop, my Lord, it’ll only benefit Liu Bei’s troop.
(“…on the right side…”, don’t know if I should say “east” here)
[?]: Looks like they will be seizing the supplies left behind by the fleeing army.
(“the Cao army in disarray, leave behind gears…”)
[SQ]: Take it easy, everyone. The Chief Controller must have his reasons.
[?]: My Lord, the troop ahead of us is heading west!
[?]: The Chief Controller is changing route all of a sudden?
[?]: Wh… what’s he doing?
[?]: We’re pressed for time, hence the sudden change.
[Lu Su]: My Lord,
[LS]: By Chief Controller’s order, we are to first take Jiangling.
[SQ]: What? Jiangling first?
[LS]: With Cao Cao’s main force on the run, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to rein in the chaos at Jiangling.
(“…Jiangling in chaos…”)
[SQ]: And then we advance from Jiangling?
[LS]: Yes. The circumstances changed.
[SQ]: That means…
[LS]: My Lord, our contingency plan is in motion.
Because we are about to witness a scheme that no common man could pull off!
And that schemer is…
[KZ]: How… could I have forgotten…
[KZ]: Eleven years ago… near the end of the fourteenth year…
[KZ]: exactly full cycle.
[KZ]: The rare easterly wind- something that I’ve already predicted.
[KZ]: But I’ve only been focusing on the region near Red Cliff.
[KZ]: While Kong Ming was at Jing…
[KZ]: pretending to be living in seclusion…
[KZ]: Though in actuality, he had been calculating this whole time.
[KZ]: I was researching in the southeast, as he was in Jingzhou. The Sleeping Dragon…
[KZ]: The Sleeping Dragon is about to make a move. These eleven years…
[KZ]: to him… were never a day wasted!
The dragon is now on higher ground, waiting quietly for this moment.
[?]: Sir, all troops have been deployed in the hills.
[Zhuge Liang]: Excellent.
[ZGL]: Look at those clouds.
[ZGL]: The weather is changing.
[?]: it’s raining!
[?]: Second master, look! They’re coming!
[?]: The Huarong Path is lowland terrain.
[Zhou Yu]: And the final nail in Cao Cao’s coffin isn’t our fire, but his flood.
Jingzhou’s weather enters a cyclic pattern every eleven years. A flood in August always meant the coming of easterly wind in November.
And it will be followed by an unmanageable downpour…
[ZY]: We’re at the entrance of the path, and we would be trapped like Cao Cao if we were to advance any further.
[ZY]: Our only option now is to detour toward Jiangling.
[ZY]: Right now Liu Bei’s troops are on a higher ground.
[ZY]: They only need to watch for an opportunity…
[ZY]: to capture Cao Cao alive.
Enjoying the fruits of others’ labor without a single casualty!
This battle… rivals Red Cliff! Even surpassing it!
Seventh has not changed at all!
And half of the world will fall into his hands!
He… has always been the director of this battle!