Ravaging Times

February 14, 2015

chapter 434 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — merc @ 11:30 am

After the primary strategy comes the contingency plan.

[?]: Look, the flames traveled so fast that they’re already near Cao Cao.

That’s because…

[?]: 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.

[?]: Except…

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!
(“…left…”)

[?]: 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.

[ZGL]: Blow.

{sfx: sha~}

[?]: Rain…

[?]: it’s raining!

[ZGL]: Come.

[?]: 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!

{sfx: pa}

And half of the world will fall into his hands!

He… has always been the director of this battle!

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