Ravaging Times

June 5, 2015

chapter 441 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — merc @ 6:37 am

{the Xu Capital}

[?]: Any recent news?
[?]: The flooding in Jingzhou is rather widespread- there are marshes everywhere you look.

[?]: Landslides in the hills had also made passage to Jing difficult.

[?]: I’m afraid we’ll have to wait til the rain stops before reestablishing contact.

chapter 441 Anti-hero, Loyal Vassal
(two words grouped together with open interpretation, so I don’t know which conjunction to use)

[Xun Yu]: We couldn’t have accounted for exceedingly rare disasters like this.
(“…once [per] hundred year rare disaster…”)

[XY]: My gravest concern is news that our Lord is in distress.

[XY]: Fake supporters on the outskirts will seek to make wave once they hear the news.

[XY]: What’s worse, I fear those blind loyalists will ruin everything.

[XY]: Ay.
(sigh sfx)

[?]: But what if the rumor is true? What should we do?

[?]: Besides, the situation will worsen just the same if we don’t end the false rumors.

[?]: We all know that our land is vast. If our Lord is in distress, we’ll be left without a leader.
(“…dragons without [a] head”)

[?]: His lifetime’s work for a unified Han will have been in vain.
[?]: None of us want that, but we need a surefire plan…

[?]: Secretariat Xun, valiant Young Master Pi is also missing-in-action at the front line…
(“…now also life death unforeseen…”)

[?]: Fortunately Young Master Zhi has the extraordinary talent and the support of the people.

[?]: This is a stopgap measure, Secretariat Xun. Please make preparations immediately!

[?]: We await your order!



[Jia Xu]: As expected, Zhou Yu wants to use Jiangling as their base of operation for future conquests.

[JX]: Jingzhou will lose vital support if we lose this territory. We cannot underestimate the enemy.

[?]: Advisor, the news of our Lord’s distress is becoming more and more insidious.

[?]: Without a declared successor, there will be many fires to put out.
[?]: Young Masters Pi and Zhi never saw eye-to-eye…

[JX]: You all should’ve learned one thing from the battle of Guandu.

[JX]: Hebei was destroyed by the infighting amongst Yuan Shao’s sons after his death.

[JX]: Favoring the younger over the eldest led to their ruin.

[?]: So could Secretariat Xun make the right decision during this crisis?

[?]: If we were in his place, Young Master Pi would be in trouble…

[JX]: Everyone,

[JX]: preserving the Cao clan’s last hope-

[JX]: rests upon us.
(“depends on us”)

My Lord… you understand.

Two successors emerged within the Cao family on that day.

[?]: Only a few steps away!
(“only one final move/step”)
[?]: Cao Cao is in there!

[?]: Take heart, everyone!

[?]: Their rear camp has surrendered too!

[?]: The last obstacle has also been overcome!
[?]: All troops on the outskirts have surrendered!

[?]: My brothers, this is our last line of defense!
[?]: No retreat!

Cao Cao has taken his last step.

The last step.


[Cao Cao]: Excellent medicine. Too bad the patient lives only to die soon.

[CC]: I refuse to be captured or threatened,

[CC]: let alone submit to that lowlife Liu Bei.

[Hua Tuo]: Funny. Too funny.
(“joke, real joke”)

[CC]: What’s funny, Hua Tuo?
(“…also have joke?”)

[HT]: A pot of remedy followed by a pot of poison.
(“boiled-done life-saving medicine, again boil a bowl, but to kill person”)

[?]: Haha.

[HT]: I suddenly find my deeds no different than those of a follower of Supreme Peace.
(“Taiping cultist”, if you want to keep it consistent)

[CC]: Twenty years – when the world is almost within grasp – only to be given up in an instant…

[CC]: The proudest always falls in the pettiest predicament.

[CC]: A lifetime of reputation to be ruined all at once.

[CC]: The ebb and flow of tides…

[CC]: This scene reminds me of Xiang Yu and how he felt at Gaixia.

[CC]: Faced with similar development, yet I’m reluctant to fight.

[CC}: Because… the real conqueror… is just outside.

[?]: Winning or losing are common in war, my Lord.

[?]: Have you forgotten this saying by the sages?

[CC]: But only those who survive have the right to say it.

[?]: Father said never let pride get in the way of ultimate success.
[?]: Endure it and you’ll be Han Xin or Gou Jian!

[?]: Be it surrender or concession,

[?]: if one could win it in the first place, one could get it back again!

[CC]: Oh Yu Gui, I don’t have your father Yu Jin’s courage

[CC]: nor Lü Bu’s guts back then.

[CC]: I only have Xiang Yu’s cowardice.
[Yu Gui]: My Lord…

[?]: Hurry, my Lord, the enemy is right outside!

[CC]: One last joke…

[HT]: All ears.

[CC]: In 208, Cao Cao was tricked at Red Cliff.

[CC]: Even the least competent strategists could see the fires coming, yet he still fell victim…

[CC]: After that he was trapped in Huarong. An army of one hundred thousand strong routed by mere smatterings of pursuers. Cao Cao committed suicide to escape punishment.

[CC]: Finally, the power struggle between his sons resulted in the loss of half of the unified land.
(I’m tempted to translate the last term as “half of the conquest” or “conquered land”, but that’s too politically incorrect to say)

[CC]: History is written by the winners. So I portrayed Dong Zhuo as tyrannical, Lü Bu as cowardly, and Yuan Shao as indecisive.

[CC]: Today I shall taste my own medicine. My biography shall be part of this country’s first joke book, for the amusement of posterity.

{sfx: pa}

[?]: Hysterical. Even before the punchline.
(“haven’t finished listening, cause person to hold stomach [due to guffawing]”)

[Sima Yi]: There are tears in that laughter. Allow me to resolve this from another perspective.

[SMY]: In 208, Cao Cao was defeated at Huarong.

[SMY]: For the sake of saving face he would rather throw his life away than to surrender.

[SMY]: What’s more amusing was how eager his subordinates were to persuade him to commit suicide…

[SMY]: Only Sima Yi… managed to save his Lord’s life in the end!

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Cao Cao was dumbfounded, and so were everyone else. Because a man who can say such a thing is either crazy…

or even more miraculously amazing than Guo Jia!


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