Ravaging Times

chapter 185

(I need to read this over, no time right now)

{Han, General of Chariots and Cavalry}
Fighting under Great Han’s name serves one well.
{Han, Minister of Works Cao Cao}
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Holding the Emperor hostage to rule over the lords is an equally successful step.
Although the path is right, the enemies have all pointed their spears this way.

{Yushuicheng}

chapter 185 Safe Passage

[civilian 1]: Now that we’re back to Imperial Han, why do you still look so down?
[civilian 2]: Imperial Han? You mean Cao Cao’s Han, right?
[civilian 3]: Whatever it is, as long as there’s no war.

[?]: Too many people. Back off!
[?]: Team four go guard the entry way. Don’t let anyone else come here!

In the spring of 197 AD, Cao Cao declares war on Zhang Xiu; though in reality he has already accepted the letter of surrender.

[Zhang Xiu]: Sinner Zhang Xiu, here to welcome the Minister of Works.
{General who Establishes Devotion, Zhang Xiu}
{note: Zhang Xiu, newphew of Zhang Ji, the former General of the Agile Cavalry}

[Cao Cao]: Zhang Ji’s crime is inexcusable. But his newphew is still well-known for his loyalty to Imperial Han, and that is no sin.

[CC]: In priase, Zhang Xiu will continue his post at Nanyang.
[ZX]: Thank you, Sir Minister of Works. Please come in for a meeting.

[CC]: Did all of your men come?

[ZX]: Oh, where is Jia Xu?
[general]: He led a troop to guard the outskirts.

[CC]: Haha, I needn’t worry knowing that he is in charge.

[ZX]: I will come soon after.

{sfx: shoo}

{Dian Wei}
{sfx: cha~}

[ZX]: Oh!

{crowd gasp}

[Dian Wei]: Guards! Protect our Lord!

[DW]: The assassin’s arrow came from Zhang Xiu’s crowd.

[ZX]: Wait! This… this is not my doing!

[soldier]: Report! An army has appeared on the outskirts, heading toward General Xiahou.
[soldier]: And there are three more troops with unknown intentions!

[DW]: Zhang Xiu, is it your incompetent leadership?
[DW]: Or are you planning to assassinate my Lord after he enters the city?

[general]: Watch your baseless accusations! My Lord came to welcome you personally, why would…
[ZX]: Hold it!

[?]: Oh yeah? You want a fight?
[?]: I dare you to come over here!

SHUT UP!

[CC]: No wild guesses until the truth is revealed!

[CC]: All the warlords have wanted me dead. But Zhang Xiu cannot be so dumb as to try to kill me this instant!

[CC]: We should leave for now, and let them sort out the problem. We shouldn’t alienate each other because of a third party’s deception!

[ZX]: Min… Minister.

[CC]: Zhang Xiu, are you clear?
[ZX]: Yes… yessir!

[?]: How dare you act without mister Feng’s order?
[?]: Oh sure, blame us when you missed!

[?]: You think that I don’t know about your Lord’s mobilization…
[?]: Hell, like your Lord hasn’t? Don’t expect instant gratification after Cao Cao’s death!

[?]: Son of a bitch! I swear to God!
[?]: So will I! It must’ve been you!

[?]: Go get mister Feng! They’re going to do it!

[?]: Stop!
[?]: Keep the order!

[Ma Yong]: By head count, there are quite a few figures who’re after Cao Cao’s life.
[MY]: From their accents, there are southerners and northerners.

[Liaoyuan Huo]: The more people are involved, the less likely it is to be singled out.
{Ma Yong}

[LYH]: Besides, the Sima clan would be dragged into this no matter what.
[MY]: Boss, is that why you took on this job?

[MY]: Or is it… the Sima clan is about to collapse?

[LYH]: This is the last thing I can do for the clan.

[LYH]: Don’t worry. If it works out, Young Master will be able to settle everything.

[MY]: But… but you saw that Young Master is down in the pit right now.

[LYH]: The dragon crouched down; the phoenix fell asleep. Perhaps they’re just waiting for the sunrise.

{Cao’s camp}

[?]: The first camp pursued until the valley entrance, then lost sight of the enemy.

[?]: The fifth camp caught up to the assassins, but three got away.

[?]: Last time it took them a whole day, while this time only ten hours.

{Cao Cao’s eldest son, Cao Ang}
[Cao Ang]: They improved, but still a bit slow.

[general]: It’s a major speedup, you call that slow?
[CA]: It’s your fault for unable to deliver their rations in time.

[CA]: Only Yu Jin’s team was successful in this operation.
[Xiahou Dun]: Him again.

[CC]: Bro, you’re making the Cao clan look bad.
[XHD]: Oh ho, as if you didn’t run around like a fool.
{Xiahou Dun}

[Li Dian]: So could they be after us outside the city the next time?
{Li Dian}
[CA]: I don’t know about that. Let the Advisors decide.

[CA]: And also, tell the map makers to draw the pictures more clearly.

[general 1]: Young Master, it’s hard enough to go in the city, let alone diagram it clearly.
[general 2]: Haha, the young Minister of Works (Inspector) is stricter than his father!

[CA]: Now we’ll wait for Zhang Xiu’s report.

[CA]: He may not know that we’re in training, but many of his subordinates disagree with his choices.

[XHD]: See that? Training and observing. That’s ingenious!
[XHD]: Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it.

[LD]: Zhang Xiu is even more uneasy now that our Lord doesn’t blame him.
[CA]: Yes. He will be more loyal in the future.

[?]: General Yu is here.

[Yu Jin]: Good news! Yushuicheng is in disarray. Zhang Xiu doesn’t want to raise suspicion,
{Yu Jin}
[YJ]: so he has sent his General and the family here as hostage to show his loyalty.

[CC]: Score.

[CC]: Everyone, head for the city.

[?]: Yessir!

[Pang Tong]: That’s really amazing.

[PT]: You give Cao Cao his enemy Zhang Xiu without any casualties.
[PT]: I wonder, did you come up with this idea to win hearts and minds for Cao Cao even while he’s being targeted?

[PT]: The Dark Arts of war; even this training is rather interesting.
[PT]: And I wonder, what kind of man will Cao Cao become after you join Xun Yu and Guo Jia?

[Jia Xu]: I will never be as scary as a monster like you.

[PT]: You mean my directness, or my looks?

[JX]: Both…

[JX]: would make one tremble with fear.
{Jia Xu}

{Pang Tong}
[PT]: You know what, you going over to Cao Cao scares me the most.

[JX]: Don’t worry, not going anywhere.
[PT]: Get him.

Jia Xu grew quiet, because he knows what is going to happen.

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