Ravaging Times

chapter 21

{troop movement sfx}

{troop movement sfx}

{Sima Lang}

chapter 21 The Second Type of Strategy

[?]: It’s here! The caravan escorting First Master is here!

[?]: But master Liaoyuan is not with the group.

[Wang Gang]: Brother Zhang, what do we do?
[Zhang Lei]: Something must’ve kept him. But it shouldn’t be a problem.

[?]: Get ready!
[?]: Unit one, get ready!
[?]: Unit two, get ready!

{sfx: ka~}

[?]: Stop!

{sfx: ka~}

[?]: There’s a suspicious person! Be careful, everybody!
[?]: Only one?

{Guo Ang}

[?]: Let’s get’m!

[?]: Right where we want it. Okay, pull!

{sfx: ka~}

{sfx: rumble~}

{sfx: pong~ pong~}

{sfx: pong~}

{sfx: pa~ pa~ pa~}

[?]: Attack!

KILL~

[?]: Don’t let wooden poles scare you!
[?]: Climb over them!

[?]: So slippery. What…

[?]: This is… lamp oil!

{sfx: shoom~}

[?]: AH~
{sfx: shoom~}

[?]: The main troop has been split in half!

KILL~

[?]: AH~

{sfx: pong~}

[?]: Don’t fall back! Don’t!

{sfx: hoo~}

[ZL]: First Master! I’m here!

{south gate}

{sign reads: south gate}
[?]: Strange. Why did the Redhare cavalry at the north gate come all the way here?
[?]: And… why so many are carrying arrow wounds?

[?]: Men up there, come down to help!
[?]: Their numbers look halved!

[?]: You okay?
[?]: Hang in there!

{inside the south gate}

[?]: Our native steeds have limited stamina.
[?]: Scuttling wears them out.

[Yuan Fang]: They are sorely lacking when compared to your Redhares, General Hua.

[Hua Xiong]: You didn’t expected our Redhares to head you off at the south gate, right? All the way from the east gate, no less!
(rephrased)

[YF]: That speed is shocking indeed.

[?]: At this point what’s Young Master still going on about? What’s happening?
[?]: Northerners are skilled riders. How could they not know the limits of their steeds?

[?]: Our horses are exhausted. How’re we able to escape?
[?]: Did you Yuans never noticed it until now?

[?]: Claiming you didn’t need that many people for the rescue mission. Where did your main force go?
[Liao Lan]: Quiet!

[HX]: Your people are starting to lose their cool…

[YF]: That’s to be expected!

[YF]: Since they don’t know yet that you’ll let us go.

[?]: Hahaha! Sure! You can go home headless!
[?]: This boy has lost his mind already!

[Sun Shu]: Brother Yuan…
[?]: Let us go? Who’s he fooling?
(“…beat me to death won’t believe”)

[YF]: If you don’t let us go, the headless one shall be you!

[?]: Whoa!

[HX]: I chased you from the north gate to the east, then head you off again at the south.
[HX]: I don’t see what your tactic is other than running.

[YF]: It wouldn’t be so if we had Redhares!

[HX]: That’s the power of the Redhares.
[HX]: They could still catch up despite double the distance!

[YF]: You still don’t get it, do you?

[HX]: You’re stalling for time, right?
[?]: Yeah, letting your steeds recover a bit.

[?]: Young Master, our retreat route has been blocked!
[?]: There’s no escape!

[YF]: Dong Zhuo’s main force is starting the relocation to Changan by the west gate. We need Luoyang as a base in order to pursue the migration. So you need to defend this city as a buffer for the entire operation.

[YF]: That’s why defense is still important. But without the strength of the main force, the only reinforcement to each gate comes from the highly mobile Redhare cavalry.

[HX]: I get it!

I GET IT!

[HX]: You’re certainly something! You tricked Li and Guo into fighting each other in the dark, just so you could lure me out of the city.
[HX]: Once I’m out, the Guandong army could then attack the city.

[HX]: And you could escape in the meantime. Too bad you didn’t expect my Redhare to be this fast!
[HX]: You’re clever, but you know what, the Guandong army already fell for our trap and headed for Mount Dragon!

[?]: Did our Young Master’s ingenious plan come apart because our main army fell for a trick?
[LL]: Oh!
[?]: Is this rescue operation just a decoy for the siege?
[?]: Yuan Tai’s reveal must’ve forced Young Master to take a risk!

{exhale sfx}

[YF]: Since we lost…

[YF]: why don’t you come and kill me?
[?]: Young Master!

[?]: Young Master, you, you, you…
[?]: Young Master!

[HX]: Have you no fear of death? Or are just itching for it?

[YF]: I ask you, Hua Xiong!
[YF]: Do you fear death?

[HX]: You lunatic!

{sfx: hoo~}

{sfx: pa~}

[HX]: Kid! You sure are…
[HX]: inexplicable!

{sfx: hoo~}

{sfx: ta~}

{sfx: cha~}

[?]: Ah!

AH~

{sfx: hoo~}
[HX]: What?

{crowd gasp}

{sfx: pa~}

{sfx: clink~}

[YF]: Hua Xiong, you still don’t get it?

[YF]: The reason I wanted you to keep chasing us…

[HX]: What reason?

[YF]: Stamina!
(“horse power”)

[HX]: Of my horses!?

[?]: What’s wrong with my horse?
[?]: General! Our horses…
[?]: Our horses are collapsing!

{sfx: pop~}

[?]: Signal flares? Two?
[?]: That means trouble at the north gate!

[LL]: North gate? What’s going on?
[Huang Gai]: Did our people arrive?

[YF]: My strategy was to wear down your horses.
[YF]: Redhares may be powerful, but an exhausted cavalry will still have a hard time trying to cover every gate on demand!

AH~

[YF]: The thin defense at the north gate makes it an easy target.
[YF]: Not to mention… our forces will be attacking from the inside, where they’re least expected!

[YF]: So I ask you, do you want to fight me? Or grab that sliver of a chance to save the city…
[YF]: and keep your head, oh captain of defense?

By dawn, Yuan Fang’s main force attacked the north gate from inside the city, and prepared to welcome the Guandong army.
[?]: Quick! Open the gate!

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