Ravaging Times

chapter 226

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

{South of Xiapi, Yu Jin’s encampment}

[?]: This just in. Xiahou Yuan ordered his camp to pull out.

[?]: We don’t even know how Xiahou Dun is doing, why the rush…
[?]: Speed is vital in war, Advisor; we can’t blame him.

Chapter 226 Order To Killing
/* http://www.baidu.com/baidu?ie=gb2312&ct=1048576&cl=3&word=%B8%F1%C9%B1%CE%F0%C2%DB */
[Yu Jin]: Not to mention Gao Shun’s troop is small; he’ll surely withdraw.

{Hua Tuo}
[Hua Tuo]: Too fast.
[Guo Jia]: My pulse is speeding up again?

{Yu Jin}
[YJ]: You worry too much, Advisor.

[YJ]: You work too hard when Xun Yu is not around.

[messenger]: Report!

[GJ]: Let’s see why my pulse is racing.

[messenger]: We suddenly lost contact with generals Sun Guan, Wu Dun, Yin Li, and Chang Xi of Mount Tai prefecture.

[HT]: So they joined Lü Bu. No wonder your heart is beating faster.
[GJ]: Precisely.

[YJ]: They defect when Xun Yu isn’t around.

[YJ]: Their addition would empower Lü Bu.
/* simplified */
[YJ]: We’ve been lured in quite deeply. This will certainly disrupt our deployment.
/* not sure */

[YJ]: But they won’t attack recklessly with their limited strength.

[soldier]: Master Yu, Lü Bu has opened the gate, and Zhang Liao is calling for a fight!

[YJ]: Woah!

[GJ]: Zhang Liao is out but doesn’t join forces with Gao Shun. It seems they have no intention of defending their position.

[GJ]: So Gao Shun knows a trick in dealing with the Xiahou brothers.
/* not sure */

[GJ}: If I’m right, then the Mount Tai rebels are heading for Xiahou Dun’s camp.

[GJ]: If the Xiahous are in trouble the rear camp will be too.

[GJ]: And it’s where we distribute the supplies!
“it’s where we second camp provide supplies” or “it’s where supplies are prepared for the two camps”
Guo Jia might be in this “second encampment”, the Chinese here is ambiguous

Chen Gong, you sure are sneaky!

{shouting: kill~}

{shouting: kill~}

[captain]: Haha, we broke through.

[Xiahou Yuan]: We can’t hold on anymore, retreat!

[XHY]: Make for the hills!

{sfx: ta~}

[Gao Shun]: Let them go. We will attack their rear camp!

[Xun Yu]: The rear camp has more troops. You must have something else up your sleeves, General Gao.

[GS]: You are keen! No wonder my Lord says it is not difficult to conquer the world with your help.

[XY]: Trust is more important, General Gao.
/* probably saying LB needs people’s trust before conquering the world */

[GS]: My brothers, rendezvous with our Mount Tai allies up ahead!

[?]: Faster!

It is hard to anticipate a man without rules.
/* distorted */

{sfx: long~}

What a desperado.
/* slangy, sorry */

[Cao Xing]: Whose army is it?
[soldier]: They are in the light. I can’t tell.

[CX]: They can remain calm even after witnessing frontline’s defeat. Cao Cao’s army certainly is well-trained.

[CX]: Our arrows have depleted, giving their archers the advantage. Prepare to retreat.

[Han Hao]: No blinding light, and the wind is in our favor. March on, my brothers!

[HH]: Twenty steps, then shoot to kill!
/* “…kill without reservation” */

[soldier]: Th… they don’t care about Xiahou Dun; they’re advancing!

[CX]: Xiao Lin, tell Xiao Meng to retreat first!
[Lin]: Yessir.

[CX]: Is he down yet?
/* “have you taken him down” or “have you captured him” */

{sfx: pong~}

[Xiahou Dun]: That’s right, Han Hao.

[XHD]: No reservation…
/* “kill without exception” */

[XHD]: That’s my rule.

[soldier]: Ah! It hurts!

[CX]: You’re fed. Now go to hell!

{shouting: charge~}

{shouting: kill~}

{sfx: pong~}

{shouting: kill~}

{sfx: pong~}

[XHD]: No exception…
/* “kill without exception…” */

{sfx: pa}

[XHD]: is also my motto!
/* not sure */

{sfx: pong~}

{shouting: kill~}

{sfx: pong~}

{shouting: kill~}

{sfx: pong~}

[CX]: So close.

[CX]: Xiahou Dun,

[CX]: blame fate, not this arrow!
“Heave wants you dead; it’s not this arrow’s fault”
a possible literary reference to what Xiang Yu said during his final battle
loosely: “I will die because Heaven willed it so, not because of this battle”

{sfx: pong~}

{sfx: pong~}

I see you!

I see you!

[CX]: In shadow,
/* “back turned to the light” */

[CX]: down one.
/* some archery terminology; don’t ask me */

Not blinding at all.

It’s fate!

Leading archer…

[CX]: Fire.

/* by font style this “is here/this” follows “fate”, but the previous thought is also incomplete, so it could be “Leading archer is here” */

Fog of war settles – revealing none of the heroes.
/* couplet-like verse, previous line on last page of chapter 223 */

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