(I need to read this over, no time right now)
A beautiful scenery on a bright day.
Sadly never again.
[Zhang Fei]: The sky… will darken.
[?]: Hey! This is General Xiahou‘s territory!
[?]: Stay there! Don’t move!
chapter 91 Artist, Woodcutter, and Assassin
[Xiahou Yuan]: Huh! What do you think of this painting?
[?]: I may be a layman, but… I know a masterpiece when I see it!
[?]: The magnificence of the mountain ranges are not shown here, only as a memento for the world.
[XHY]: Yes. Such scenery shall be drowned in the sea of fire.
[?]: Ay. That is war…
[?]: Even in my remaining years I will not see the return of this famous mountain’s former beauty. Sad, so sad.
[XHY]: Haha, even you sound refined all of a sudden.
[XHY]: Except this is a battlefield. Should we be in the mood for mountain gazing?
[XHY]: It’s dangerous here, mister. Please go home!
[ZF]: In these wild parts it’s rare to find someone who can appreciate art. If you like this painting, General, please keep it!
[XHY]: With your talents, mister, I say this painting will be very valuable in the future. So I shall accept.
[Zhang Liao]: One less painting.
[ZL]: Why would you give away your hard work, mister? Don’t you regret the loss?
[ZF]: I paint landscape; you cut wood; no interference. Why does mister woodcutter keep following me?
[ZL]: We’re both working in the same beneficial area, that’s all.
[ZL]: Would you be willing to paint a picture for me, mister?
[ZF]: Since we’re like-minded, can you afford the costly commission, mister woodcutter?
[ZL]: A man of the wild only knows dangerous terrains. Will you accept that as payment?
[ZF]: It’s a deal.
[?]: Boss, who is that guy?
[ZF]: I don’t know. But based on his moves… he’s no ordinary man!
[ZF]: Take these paintings back. I want to survey some nearby areas.
[?]: You mean the sites that he described?
[ZF]: Yes. I didn’t expect that Fourth Genius to deploy the troops so perfectly.
[ZF]: Go tell everyone to proceed according to plan. And also, tell them that…
[ZF]: There are more than one mountain gazer.
[ZL]: Tell our Lord, that there are wood to be cut on the third, fifth, and eighth hill.
[?]: Then… we can just proceed in the second, fourth, and seventh hill? Got it.
[?]: But do I need to bring this painting back too?
[ZL]: Tell our Lord, that there are more than one mountain gazer.
[ZL]: Mister Zhang, of the Peach Garden art-style, has come as well.
[?]: Look… look at that hillside, how can this happen?
[?]: Looks like someone started a fire on purpose!
[XHY]: Guo Jia told me to station here, is it because…
[XHY]: Record-Keeper, where is that painting?
[?]: General, now is not the time to appreciate art.
[XHY]: Give it to me! Hurry up!
[XHY]: How many points of flame?
[?]: Four, no, now there are five.
[XHY]: How many in the valley then? Three?
[?]: Correct! Three. Brother Miao Cai, how do you know?
[?]: Eight, then there are eight teams.
[XHY]: Too fast, impossible!
[XHY]: Quick! Give this painting to the Advisor!
[?]: But… would he be in the mood to appreciate art?
[XHY]: This is no painting;
[XHY]: it’s a map of deployment!
I don’t know if there are armies up in the hills. But my brain has already been muddled by this painting!
[?]: Yuan Rang, look over there!
[Xiahou Dun]: Wh… what!?
[?]: So… so many lights, help has arrived!
[?]: General Xiahou, it looks chaotic down there!
[XHD]: Guo Jia is down there, and his troop is small, damn it!
[XHD]: Listen up! Everyone march down hill, and don’t let harm come to the Advisor!
[Guo Jia]: Never fight an uncertain battle.
[GJ]: Xiahou Dun is still too cautious.
[?]: Advisor! we’ll hold this ground,
[?]: so you can go fend off their reinforcements!
[GJ]: What reinforcements? No one is coming.
[Liaoyuan Huo]: No one… am I not human?
[LYH]: I may be alone right now, but…
[GJ]: What’s that nonsense? I have troops stationed in the back. How will we be attacked?
[GJ]: You created the confusion just to force Xiahou Dun to come down here, right?
[LYH]: Right. As long as we can save the staging grounds on the hills, our reinforcements will pass through safely in the morning.
[LYH]: As for the fire… you people must be experienced enough to have your own guesses.
[?]: He’s right. Those flames point to the best staging grounds.
[?]: Did he set the fire to guide the reinforcements?
[?]: Advisor, let us split up. We can put out the fire, take their staging grounds, and prepare to fight back!
[GJ]: Split up to put out the fire? If so… wouldn’t we be weakened like he wanted?
[?]: Then… then what should we do? Please tell us, Advisor!
[?]: Calm down, he’s just one person.
[GJ]: He’s right. One should act calmly.
[GJ]: Good at psychological warfare, like Lü Bu… Unfortunately you’re not him.
[GJ]: He can escape, but, not you.
[LYH]: That’s right. Don’t fall into chaos. If you guys do, all others will follow.
[GJ]: That’s why we must remove the cause of the chaos.
[LYH]: You’re good at this too. And for our peace of mind we must remove you.
[?]: Such bold talk!
[GJ]: Better put your skills where your mouth is. The ten or so officers here are all famous Generals.
[GJ]: Almost no one can survive their onslaught.
[LYH]: Fighting ten or so is always easier than fighting hundreds of men!
[GJ]: You sound like an assassin.
[Xu Chu]: A phrase, that seems, familiar.
[?]: Him… even he has… has come!
[XC]: That year, at Yanzhou, someone, said it.
[XC]: He, alone, sneaked in, disguised as,
[XC]: One-eyed assassin.
[XC]: Destined to die, shall die.
[XC]: Destined to live, will live.
The climate changed too often that year, and because I was unaccustomed to the new environment, I did not come along.
Lü Bu sent me medicine. Although expensive as they were, they only worsened my condition. I recovered once I stopped taking them. Perhaps, I thought, I was too rough for precious goods.