Ravaging Times

February 7, 2018

chapter 495 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — Tags: — merc @ 9:38 am

{Yi City, south of Xiangyang}
(ok while doing quick research “Yicheng” is somehow of county level; but since we’re looking at a walled city environment, I’m going to translate it as “city” and not “Yicheng County”)

[?]: Oil on the little float,
(“little boat carries fire oil, floating”)
[?]: head for Cao Cao’s massive boat,
(“once seen Cao ship forward [it] sways”)

[?]: burning down those chained-up ships,
(“great fire burn chained ships”)
[?]: choke that quacking Cao Cao’s throat.
(“burn Cao Cao [until he] quacks [like a duck]”; for less syllables to fit small bubbles, try “Oil on the float, head for Cao Cao’s boat. Burn those chained-up ships, choke that Cao Cao’s throat.”)

[?]: Whose damn kids are you two?
[?]: How dare you sing this song in front of a Cao army camp?

chapter 495 Zhou Yu’s Foolishness
(homonym wordplay on Zhou Yu’s given name)

[?]: Oh ho, the kids couldn’t care less about you.
[?]: Hahaha, he’s the son of this city’s General-in-Chief. He ain’t afraid of you!

[?]: General-in-Chief? A mere surrendered officer along with Liu Cong’s faction.
[?]: Watch what you say. Their father is influential for sure!
[?]: Yeah, the civilians here would’ve all fled by now had it not been for his dad!

[?]: Ho! D-d-does that boy have a death wish?
[?]: I dare you to sing it again!

[?]: Haha, the boy’s so arrogant!
[?]: Haven’t your dad taught you not to mess with the imperial army?

[?]: Imperial my ass! More like idiot army!

[?]: You dare spouting nonsense after barely escaping the fire of Red Cliff?
[?]: Yeah, a full herd of idiots gathered at Yi city!

[?]: Goddamnit, what gives you the right to call me an idiot!
[?]: Everybody knows not to tie all the ships together!

[?]: You know jackshit about war, you brats!

[?]: Watch your mouth or I’ll report to the Prime Minister and have your whole family roasted for dinner!

[?]: Haha, peed their pants. Cry home to their daddy.
(“…find daddy [for] revenge”)

[?]: Fuck’em. Like father like son…
[?]: Bet their old man is laughing at us too.

[?]: There’s a meaning in the lyrics. It makes sense that kids would sing it at daybreak.

[Cao Ren]: Even children know that one shouldn’t be stupid enough to tie the ships together.

[CR]: And yet we did it. Who wouldn’t laugh at that?

[?]: This laughing stock of Red Cliff will be our shame for ages to come…
(“…shameful mockery ten-thousand years”)
[?]: Zhou Yu is horrifying indeed.

[?]: General, all the officers have arrived.

{General Who Conquered the South, Cao Ren}

[?]: You mean, Zhou Yu fought the assassins himself in order to rescue Zu Lang?
[?]: Yes. We’ve been spying among their ranks for months, and that’s the first of its kind we’ve witnessed.

[?]: And then he discovered the treachery of the assassins and had to yield to their demand?

[?]: In the end they retreated, ending the siege at south of Xiangyang.

{Xu Huang}
[Xu Huang]: One more thing, what’s Zhou Yu’s current condition?
{Yue Jin}

[?]: We haven’t seen him, but we saw quite a few army physicians outside of his tent.

[?]: What kind of news is that?

[CR]: A Chief Controller would risk his life for a subordinate?

[CR]: Just think about it, is that possible?

[?]: General, I saw it with my own eyes.

[?]: It’s not me bullshitting so I can return!

[CR]: Haha, if that’s true…

[CR]: then it’s on par with my Lord falling for his trap at Red Cliff.

[XH]: No, Zhou Yu’s attempt to flaunt his might backfired, that’s even more laughable.

[Yue Jin]: The spies speak the truth. Sources from other units have received the same news.

[?]: The Sun army has been retreating for the past few days.

[CR]: You all want me to believe that Water Mirror’s Fifth Genius would take such a risk for a subordinate?

[CR]: That a mighty hero of Red Cliff would make such a mistake?

[?]: Sir! Zhou Yu has moved back another fifteen li!
(“report…”; 6240 meters ~ 3.88 miles)
[?]: Gan Ning’s troop has also withdrawn from Yiling!

[CR]: And they’re content to give up the territory they’ve fought so hard for?

[?]: Cao Ren, right now the problem is the people of the Jing Province.

[YJ]: Liu Biao killed Sun Jian, and Sun Ce brought slaughter to Jiangxia. The blood feud between Jing and the southeast runs deep.
[YJ]: Jia Xu had also said, every man of Jing had to take up arms in order to fend off the southeast.

[YJ]: A majority of the civilians have scattered before we arrived in Jing. The situation might change once they regroup.

[?]: The southeast might have a harder time heading north now that we’re taking a defensive stance.

[XH]: If they drag this out, even the strongest morale will deplete.

[CR]: Is there a crack in that armor?
(“appeared problem”)

[XH]: The size of the Sun army is limited to begin with.

[XH]: And after nearly a year away from home, even the strongest morale would succumb to homesickness.
[XH]: On the contrary, we kept our troops closely grouped and the main force on rotation, which aids their recovery.

[XH]: Right now Zhou Yu must be thinking about how to make one sweeping move while the morale is still at its peak.
(not sure)

[XH]: As brilliant as Zhou Yu is, he wouldn’t make a move if the whole plan isn’t clear in his mind.

[CR]: Then Zhou Yu intends to imitate Sun Ce and use “The Conqueror Effect” to engulf Jing?

[CR]: It works in the southeast, but this is Jing Province.

[?]: Hahaha, the Little Conqueror? By the likes of him…?

[CR]: There are so many holes in that thinking. And you all want me to believe that joke?

[CR]: It’ll break Jia Xu’s perfect strategy,

[CR]: and then when I’m ambushed by Zhou Yu’s troops as I pursue them-

[CR]: I’ll endure a worse humiliation than “the burning of chained warships”!

[CR]: Allowing Zhou Yu to fake his death like what Sun Ce did, then lure his enemies into a defeat!
[CR]: After that, Zhou Yu’s might will be solidified and their morale unbreakable!

[CR]: Is there anyone dumber than us, who would fall for the same trick twice!
[CR]: It’ll never happen on my watch!

[CR]: Any other suggestion to attack will be met with…

[?]: It was our people who made the hit.

[YJ]: And you’ve seen those two assassins before, sir.

[YJ]: Promoted by the Xiahou clan and favored by master Dun…

[YJ]: they are Sima clan’s Handicapped Warriors.

[YJ]: Don’t you remember the few times we’ve used them?

[XH]: Summon them.

[Guo Huai]: Hope you’ve been well, General Cao.

[XH]: Do you remember Little Adviser Guo Huai?
[CR]: Hm, the brat who called himself a military adviser.

[CR]: And I’ve been meaning to test that brat behind him.

[XH]: Be careful.

{zing}

{slash~}

{gasp~}

[?]: A… a mere dagger…
[?]: So the legend of the mute is true.

[CR]: Was the blade covered in poison?

[GH]: And incurable. The antidote we gave them was fake too.
[GH]: Zhou Yu is as good as dead.

[YJ]: Cao Ren, can you believe those playful words?

{sfx: ka}

[CR]: We’ll use Zhou Yu’s foolishness to make up for our humiliation at Red Cliff!

[?]: Yes, with Zhou Yu out of the way we’ll definitely be able to engulf both Sun and Liu!

[CR]: Let’s go all out,

[CR]: and fulfill Jia Xu’s jest…

[CR]: Kill Zhou Yu or die trying.

————
magazine-only-teaser: “Next chapter: Dragon-like Elder Brother And Tiger-like Younger Brother”

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January 17, 2018

chapter 494 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — Tags: — merc @ 7:44 am

[?]: Hm.
(exhale)

[?]: We’ve finally reached a dead end.

[?]: How many years have we endured? How many…

[?]: How many battles have we fought, and how many people have we lost…

chapter 494 A Mighty Army of Vengeance

[Liao Hua]: Finally, we don’t have to endure anymore.

[LH]: Cao Cao has come, our homes are lost, and our people scattered.
[LH]: All that we’ve invested in is no more!

[LH]: When he was still alive in this chaotic time, lord Liu Biao devoted himself to protect the Jing Province and its people.

[LH]: As it’s about to fall into the enemy’s hands,

[LH]: are you content to just let it happen?
[LH]: Are you willing to?

[?]: Sir Liao Hua is right!

[?]: Who would be content after two decades!
[?]: How could we face the dead if we surrender!

[?]: Sun Jian has been attacking the people of Jing Province ever since the first year of Emperor Xian.
(“chu ping era”, or 190 AD, but I don’t think this guy would say the numeral, only the era name per emperor)
[?]: And the rise of Sun Ce meant the end of peace for Jing!

[?]: Since Sun Quan’s reign, every one of our families have lost someone while fighting their army!
[?]: Now that Cao Cao is losing battle after battle, and the Sun thugs are about to trample our homes-
(technically he said “step all over door-to-home”)

[?]: we could bend our knees to Great Han’s traitor, but we must never lower our heads to our sworn enemy!

[?]: Some people might have fled to the southeast to drag out an ignoble existence,

[?]: but those who remain are heroes who remember why the enmity exists!
(“…still remember blood sea deep hatred…”)

[?]: You’re right. Remember that every man in Jing had been trained to protect our kingdom!
[?]: And remember who it was that forced us to turn farmers into soldiers!

[?]: How could we tolerate this enemy when they seek to gain from our crisis!

[?]: Liao Hua, all of us who have remained are ghosts for the sake of avenging the dead!
[?]: We appreciate what Sir Zhuge has done for us over these past few months. We’re his to command!

[LH]: Good! If you’re all soldiers, then act like soldiers!
(“…if is military person, then express military person’s innate nature”)

[?]: We dislike Cao Cao, but we hate the Sun thugs more!
[?]: The enmity between the Jing Province and the southeast shall never be resolved!

[?]: We won’t lose Jing to those dogs even if we end up as ghosts!

KILL~

[?]: Gan Ning, those are civilians but they don’t seem like civilians!

[?]: They move in military formations!

[Gan Ning]: What?

[?]: Cao Cao took Jing and Liu Cong surrendered.

[?]: The majority of Jing’s army have scattered.

[?]: You only cared about the number of soldiers we brought along,

[?]: while forgetting that everyone here is a soldier.

[Pang Tong]: And that is Zhuge’s Ghost army.

[GN]: Convincing the people of the Jing Province to join the ranks. What an impressive feat!

[Pang Tong]: Thanks to the crimes committed by Sun Jian and his sons.

[PT]: Sorry, but today I have to replace Zhou Yu and beat him to the punch.

Like vengeful ghosts, a troop came out of nowhere.
The enmity built up over the years between the Jing Province and the southeast has finally erupted!

[?]: You bastards of the southeast, eager for a beating aren’t ya!
(“…and even self delivered to [our] door”)
[?]: Today we’ll use your pathetic lives to honor our dead!
(“…dog life…”)

[?]: Master Gan, there’s no way we could defend against that many of them!

[?]: Sir! There’s a disturbance inside the city. There may have been a mastermind behind this!
(“report…”)
[?]: Our troops are exhausted. We won’t last long!

[Gan Ning]: Zhuge Liang keeps his enemies busy at Jiangxia, but turns out he has already planted a conspirator to disrupt our morale…
(not sure)

[PT]: The Crouching Dragon has invited the Fledging Phoenix to do what he does best.
(rephrased)

[PT]: Because no one could refuse my good will.
(not sure, the literal translation is really weird in English)

[PT]: Similarly, it’s difficult to say no to my Lord, who has been practicing kindness in Jing for years.
(not sure)

The Jing Province has always belonged to the Liu clan.

It used to be, and still is.

And so is the world.

KILL~

[Lü Meng]: Wh…

[LM]: Un… unbelievable! Whose unit is this?
(“saw ghost…”)
[LM]: Civilians would not be marching like this!
(not sure)

[?]: General Lü, order from the rear!

What?

[LM]: The Chief Controller didn’t catch up because of that?

[LM]: Say that again, why did the Chief Controller do that?

[?]: Be… because only he was confident about rescuing general Zu Lang!

Confident…

[LM]: My brothers,

[LM]: it’s about to begin.

[PT]: Indeed,

[PT]: it’s about to end.

——
magazine-only-teaser: “Next chapter: Cao Ren’s Determination!”

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