Ravaging Times

chapter 181

Keep on calculating,
until every twist and turn is accounted for.

Everything is clear now, but what is the right thing to do?
(I suspect word-play on multiple meaning, “righteousness”, “the thesis/central-point”)

Where is the benevolent man?

The earth is watching.

chapter 181 The Sixteenth Move

[Zhang Liao]: Left attack!

[ZL]: Right stab!
{sfx: cha~}

[ZL]: Left attack!

{sfx: pong~}

[ZL]: Right stab!

{sfx: cha~}

[ZL]: Right attack!

{sfx: pong~}

[ZL]: Again.

{sfx: zing~}

{sfx: ta~}

[ZL]: Left attack!

[ZL]: Right chop!

{sfx: pong~}

[ZL]: Again.

{sfx: zing~}

Can’t take him down.

{sfx: don~}

[ZL]: Left attack.

{sfx: pong~}

[ZL]: GET OUT!

{sfx: pong~}

Why is he…
not retreating?
(“this guy… why isn’t he retreating?”)

{sfx: pa~}

{sfx: pa~}

[soldier]: Zhang Liao is too strong, General, don’t push it!

[soldier]: Let’s wait for the Archers to take care of him!

{Zhang Liao spits into his hand}

[LYH]: Quiet.

{sfx: fwoop~}

[LYH]: Let me think.

[ZL]: When will this fight be over?
[ZL]: Haven’t you… learned your lesson?

[LYH]: I wonder… what that common ground between you and Sir Zhang is?
[LYH]: What, why the sudden silence?

[?]: That’s better.

[Lü Bu]: It’s morning.

[Zhang Fei]: Yes. The outlaws will be here soon.

[ZF]: Everything’s ending then.

[LB]: Supposedly they were invited by you, so it should be my headaches, right?

[ZF]: I heard that you paid them as well.

[ZF]: I wonder how much more?

[LB]: You were trying to cut my funds. Outstanding tactic, Sir Zhang.
[ZF]: No. I only thought up to the fifteenth move.

[ZF]: And I was more concerned with how the world will view us.

[ZF]: Lü Bu’s lack of morals will be described in such meticulous detail.

[LB]: In contrast, opposing Yuan Shu‘s declaration for emperorship will earn that stubborn Loyalist Liu Bei the highest appraisal by the world.

[ZF]: Lü Bu’s criminal act will enhance my big brother’s good name.

[LB]: If so, that fool will surely be welcomed by the world.

[LB]: It seems your goal has been reached. Then…

[LB]: you shouldn’t mind what’s about to happen.
(“having done the right thing, you shouldn’t mind the consequences.”; possibly contain a word-play on “righteousness” but I’m skipping over that completely)

[LB]: Watch out. Here comes the sixteenth move.

{outer-city of Xuzhou}

[?]: Such a secret meeting. If no one had informed me…
(not sure; he said, “receiving”, so possibly “receiving bribe”)
[?]: The civilians have all left in light of the war against Yuan Shu. Who would remember this place?

[?]: But you sure have guts coming here in person.

[?]: I knew we had a good relation when I was your colleague back then.
[?]: What good relation? My friendship only extends to money.

[Chen Gong]: Then I hope you’re satisfied this time.

[?]: You, Chen Gong, always make the right predictions.
[CG]: Haha, yeah right.
[?]: Wu! You bastard!

[Wu]: To be honest, I don’t understand why you and your opponent would play this game, knowing how little forces you each have.
[CG]: In reality, you must give your subordinates some hope lest they object to your actions.

[CG]: And the more people are involved, the harder it is to clean up the mess. Get it?
[Wu]: Not really. But I know the people of Xuzhou don’t want to throw away their lives for that Imperial Uncle.
(“…hit a rock with an egg”)

[Wu]: Right?
{knocking sfx}
[Wu]: OPEN UP!

[?]: Master, who sent the message?
(“teacher”)
[CG]: Haha, no one. Only those uninvolved will see through it all. Thankfully the people of Xuzhou won’t have to suffer for now.
(the latter part is a Chinese saying: “The outsider sees the most of the game (than the players themselves).”)

[Wu]: Please hand over the two mistresses, sir Chen Gui!
(Chen Gui is Chen Deng‘s father.)

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