Ravaging Times

July 19, 2017

chapter 484 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — Tags: — merc @ 11:55 am

I thought I had a deep understanding of the situation, but it turned out not to be enough.
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The tripartite theory, however, still stands.
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[?]: Who doesn’t want to stake their claim to a piece of the dying Han?
[?]: I just didn’t expect to be banned myself.

[?]: I thought the people were with me for good or ill…

[?]: Haha,

chapter 484 Under the Pines And Cypresses
(“pine [and] cypress’s beneath”)

{Governor of the Changsha Commandery, Han Xuan}
[Han Xuan]: who knew they would also be the first to turn on me.
{Liu Bei’s Attendant Clerk, Ma Liang}

[HX]: What a mistake it was to listen to slander and squander my hard-earned reputation.

[HX]: I really shouldn’t have sent civilians into battle. Definitely not!

[Ma Liang]: To spare them from collateral damage, General, you’re still demonstrating mercy by your surrender.

[HX]: And to think I’ve read so much about history. Still my mercy was not enough…
(not sure)

[HX]: Yet the man who kills my people…

[HX]: become the one they support…

[HX]: I listened to the literati and they lied to me.

[HX]: Liu Bei and I are of the same ilk, yet incomparable.

[ML]: Similar indeed, but still leagues apart.
(“general indeed like my master, except mutual different thousand li”)

[ML]: You love the people, but don’t protect them.
[ML]: You appreciate talents, but judge them poorly.

[ML]: You thought you’re knowledgeable about history, but you forgot that history texts are poisonous.

[ML]: Remember that history texts are trash literature written to justify the sins of the victors.

[ML]: Through all this time in Changsha, our job has been…

[ML]: to turn you, General, into Yuan Shu-

[ML]: a “treacherous vassal” demonized by the history text.

[ML]: History texts are also texts about warfare.

[ML]: From the absurd auspicious signs during an Emperor’s birth, to the bestiality of the usurping vassals. There was a motive behind all of them.

And only a true hegemon understands what it means to learn from history.
(not sure)

And the hegemon is not the only one to acquire this mentality.

The truly capable men who have swallowed their pride can reach this state of mind as well.

Those men who have truly experienced hardship.
(“…experienced [through] wind rain…”, colloquially I’d probably translate this as “having been through shit” XD)

That’s why the hegemon understands.

He fully understands how to tell apart

the ones he could make use of

from those he could not.

Conquering the world is a science.
(not sure; study? discipline?)

Conquering hearts and minds is even more profound.

That is why the top officially branded traitor of the “government” has yet to fall.

[HX]: Their plan is deep, so deep! Then…
(I’m translating based on personal interpretation)

[HX]: give up, men. Let’s accept fate.

[HX]: What are you…
(“you [all]”)

[?]: Only they are allowed to surrender.

[ML]: What kind of a man is he to want to annex three Commanderies in order to invade the Chuan region?

[HX]: So there’s no room for someone who shares the same path?

[ML]: As a true member of the bloodline, the Imperial Uncle’s mission is to restore power to the Imperial clan!

[ML]: All others are Yuan Shu!

[HX]: Haha.

{stab~}

That’s why he will invade the western Chuan region, then engulf his clan brother who shares the same aspiration!

I want to laugh, but I’m unable to.

{sfx: pa}

Under the pines and cypresses, the grass does not flourish.

Oh politics…
The average person only sees the surface and not what’s actually going on inside.

Nothing is sadder than having chosen the wrong path.

Those who could have joined forces to fight the traitor turned on each other instead.
Therefore he already understood it.

That narrow circle is expanding.

A motley crowd, but still a crowd.

Is that a hand? Claws?

Nobody knows.

{sfx: pa}

Therefore someone will always disagree,

and show a “backbone.”

But… what do they want?

Why do they remain?

A wise ruler will know, of course.

{sfx: pa}

And a skilled officer knows it too.

A person must head toward reality.

Which ruler hasn’t killed people over the millennia of the Central Plain? And which warrior hasn’t spilled blood?

It’s just a change of location and a begrudging acceptance.

Perhaps they haven’t chosen the wrong path.

Because that is the path of a hegemon.

Perhaps it’s self-sacrifice.

Hope is beyond where there is no mercy nor honor.

That path shall always end-

end in a Loyalist’s vision…

of an ideal kingdom.

The political situation is deep. So my role…
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was merely to play the part of a spectator and witness the tripartite.
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Unfortunately we common folks can’t seem to understand that showing a backbone is only worth something for three-tenth of our lives; we spend the other seventh-tenth of lifetime compromising…
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