Ravaging Times

May 3, 2017

chapter 480 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — Tags: — merc @ 9:57 am

That terrifying face speaks words of justification.
(not sure; I know it may directly refer to Zhang Song, who was supposedly not good looking, but I think it’s broadly mocking hypocritical politicians who can lie to you while looking you in the eye, not necessarily that they’re ugly/scary-looking, but interpret this however you want)

Dressing up his own ambition at the same time.
(not sure)

{Liu Bei’s Aide-de-Camp, Mi Zhu}
[?]: Correct. There are three encampments along this route to Chengdu.
[?]: The numbers for the population and military strength are also close enough.

[?]: Sir, the Advisor has arrived.
(“report…”)

[Mi Zhu]: Good work. You’re dismissed.
(“labored, first retreat [to the] back”)
[?]: Yessir.

chapter 480 The Humane Military Adviser

[Zhuge Liang]: How goes the evaluation by the natives of Chuan?
(geographically speaking it’s the same as the Yi province in the western part of Han dynasty territory)

[MZ]: After extensive study, it seems that those natives were correct…
[MZ]: This map of the Shu region should be authentic.

[ZGL]: What have you found out about Zhang Song who delivered this map?

[MZ]: We confirmed that he does work for Liu Zhang.

[MZ]: Supposedly Cao Cao didn’t believe the map was real when Zhang Song presented it to him.
[MZ]: So Zhang Song came to Jiangxia out of spite, trying to curry favor with our Lord.

[MZ]: I think the people of Chuan expect the incompetent Liu Zhang to fall and they’re making plans for themselves. This is a golden opportunity.

[?]: Young Master, don’t… don’t run in there.
(“…run [to where you’re not supposed to]”)

{step}
(sfx: “pa”)

[ZGL]: Look, here comes a very important person.

[?]: A… apologies for the intrusion!
{Liu Bei’s son, Liu Shan}

[ZGL]: Young Master Shan’s troop moves so fast to have traveled this far in a single day.
[ZGL]: All right, now, go back with old Huang.

{pout}
(a mouth noise that’s like gulping, “lu”, or anything you want)

[MZ]: Haha, are you upset, Young Master?

[Huang]: Whoa!
[H]: Y… Young Master, don’t crawl up there!

[Liu Shan]: Ya.

[MZ]: This is an important map!

[MZ]: You impudent brat!

[ZGL]: No, let him paint.

[ZGL]: Sir “Advisor”, what’s your brilliant idea?

[LS]: Hee.

{swish~}

[MZ]: Bu…
(“this…”, it’s actually just an expression of frustration/disbelief)

[MZ]: Kong Ming, Bu… but!
(“…this… this”)

[ZGL]: Why worry, Mi Zhu, when even Cao Cao wouldn’t believe its authenticity?

[MZ]: Damn it- I believe it even if you don’t!

[ZGL]: The map is fake.

[ZGL]: That Zhang Song was sent by Cao Cao.

[ZGL]: When he took over Jing back then, Cao Cao already had various strategies in mind.

[ZGL]: Liu Zhang appears mediocre, but his governing policy kept western Chuan in perfect order. How could his people not be in support of him?

[ZGL]: Faced with the defeat at Red Cliff, this must be Cao Cao’s contingency plan to weaken the external threats.

[ZGL]: This scheme was designed based on our tripartite strategy.

[ZGL]: It’s a short-term gain if we use this map to conquer the Chuan region, but we’ll suffer because of it in the future.
[ZGL]: The man who designed this map is no ordinary talent if he could fool even the natives from that region.

[ZGL]: Keep this a secret and release Zhang Song.

[ZGL]: I have a plan to handle the rest.

[MZ]: If you take responsibility for this, I wash my hands of it.

[ZGL]: Haha, you’re responsible for this too.

[ZGL]: What now, sir Advisor?

[MZ]: He’s meditating. Does he speak?
[ZGL]: Don’t worry. Young Master differs from an ordinary person.
(not sure how different he means)

[?]: No war.
(“no fighting”)

[LS]: War, kills.
(“fighting, people die”)

[LS]: Baddie.
(“bad people”)

[LS]: You baddie.
(“you bad person”)

[MZ]: Haha, Young Master sure conveys “deep meaning through small words.”

[ZGL]: He’s right. I’m a villain.

[ZGL]: Young as he is, he already understands the value of life…

Practicing virtues will put the mind at ease each passing day and make life enjoyable. That’s why he indulges in joy and not worry.

He’s destined to become a wise ruler when he grows up.

Practicing hypocrisy will wear down the mind over time and make life miserable.

Perhaps… that is the portraiture of “treacherous vassals” like us.

[Liu Bei]: Spare the people from misery by not fighting.

[LB]: Your surrender is a blessing to the people.

[Liu Du]: Enough of your bullshit, just don’t make the people suffer. I surrender!

[LB]: Your tremendous courage is admirable.

I wish all benevolent men would be like this.
(not sure if he means “be like this” or “end up like this” (not punished/killed) )

In year 209, Liu Du surrendered and allowed Liu Bei to take Lingling.

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magazine-release-only teaser: “Next chapter: an unusual lobbyist”

April 12, 2017

chapter 479 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — Tags: — merc @ 8:33 am

[?]: Stab!
The teacher had his head up, without looking at anyone in the courtyard.

{Changshan Commandery, Zhending County}
[?]: Chop!

[?]: The sword style of Changshan’s Zhao clan has been kept within the family for generations. It has long been world-renowned.
[?]: Back-step!
[?]: And it brings pride to every descendant of the Zhao clan no matter where they are.

[?]: Even your father would keep up with the training during his yearly visit.

[?]: Nephew…

chapter 479 The One I Want To Kill

[?]: why don’t you train with them?

[Zhao Huo]: A style with prestigious origin looks pretty but is hollow underneath. I don’t see you practicing either, teacher.
[?]: Haha, how could a member of the Zhao clan criticize the hard work of his ancestors?

[ZH]: Martial arts of the Central Plain have always been mere tricks to fool people.
[ZH]: There’s only hand-to-hand in battle. It’s not a performance.

[ZH]: If martial arts would’ve made a difference, then key positions in the world would already be dominated by various schools.

[?]: Then how do you think beginners should learn martial arts?
(not sure)

[ZH]: I dare not boast, teacher. Please enlighten me.

[?]: Kill people.

[?]: Without such experience, martial arts is just a form of therapeutic dance.

[?]: Without such experience, a strategist will live their whole life merely theorizing.

[ZH]: Even a strategist has to kill people?

[?]: You won’t understand books on warfare without knowing how to kill.
(not sure if it’s “how to kill” or a more general “the feeling of killing someone”)

[?]: Tell me, what kinds of books have you read?
(“I ask you…”)

[ZH]: I learn from history; I repeat what the texts say.

[?]: You won’t understand history without knowing how to lie.

[ZH]: Physical strength.

[ZH]: It’s the only standard of measure of a warrior in the history text.

[?]: Yes. Physical strength is the only thing that cannot be faked.
(“…other can [be] fake, muscular strength [should/could] not [be] false”)

[?]: With enough physical strength, any form of martial arts training will do.

[?]: Come.

[ZH]: Which move?

[?]: The riskiest.

{sfx: pa~}

[ZH]: Waist.
[?]: Shoulder.

[?]: Hero’s duel. A path of no return.

[?]: Very good. Separate the wheat from the chaff. Learn to fight, not dance.
(homonym wordplay on 武martial/舞dance)

[?]: Living in the Zhao family, I haven’t felt like this for a long time.

[ZH]: If you dared to take the risk, teacher, you must have a way to counter me.

[?]: Please allow me to teach you, for I have a feeling that…

[?]: you’ve killed many people already.
(“you [have] killed people, and not few”)

[ZH]: So you’ve taught people like me before?

[?]: Regrettably there was only one before you.

[ZH]: Even in the Zhao clan?

[?]: He left… because he unearthed a secret in the existing literature.
(not sure)

[ZH]: That’s a relief.

[?]: What do you mean?

[ZH]: Teacher, what do you call this move?

[?]: Changshan’s

[?]: twist and turn.
(“left turn right return”)

[Zhou Cang]: Boss, our troop has entered the city!

[ZC]: Bo…

{Twist with physical strength-}

{horizontally with the waist.}

{Turn and use that force}

{to target the shoulder.}

That man also seems to be reciting those words under his breath…

And then be stunned like me in the aftermath.

[?]: The eighth battalion will be rear guard. We still have time to retreat!
[?]: Eighth master, keep pressure on your wound!

[ZC]: Boss, his personal servants confessed that he’s from the same village as Zhao Fan and they knew each other in their early days.

[?]: Also from Zhending of Changshan.

That village, that family…

[ZH]: Zhao,

[ZH]: tell me your name!

Teacher, who was that man?

[Eighth]: Huff.

I’m not allowed to say…

Why not?

It cannot be revealed before graduation.
(the super vague syntax allows ambiguity in point-of-view)

And then the teacher raised his head again, still so proud.

Clouds were flying that day.

(hahaha, fake Zhao Yun meets real Zhao Yun?)

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The setting sun shines on the hills and dresses the clouds in gold.

And the eighth is even more brilliant.

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