Ravaging Times

chapter 284

Be merciful without excuses.
(not sure; one possible Chinese answer?)

Be righteous without a command from Heaven.
(not very poetic in this translation)

[?]: Hurry! Open the gate railing!

[?]: Soldiers laid in waiting on the boats!
[?]: Our Lord is surrounded!

chapter 284 Stay the Course of Righteousness
(Duty-Bound to not turn back)

{sfx: pa! pa!}

[?]: Tiger in the cage – dead meat!
(“Fierce tiger entered the cage, he’s dead for sure”)
[?]: Don’t let Sun Ce leave here alive!

[Sun Ce]: Men behind me, let’s break the siege!

{sfx: pa! pa!}

[?]: Sun Ce is coming! Block him!

[?]: Our goal is met. Leave the rest to the cavalry!

[?]: Sun Ce, now you have nowhere to run!
[?]: Play nice and surrender!

[Liu Hu]: Go! Sun Ce is all alone now!
{Leader of the fifth battalion, Liu Biao‘s nephew Liu Hu}

[SC]: So what?

{sfx: cha~}

[SC]: Piss off!

{sfx: cha~}

{sfx: pong~}

[?]: Charging deep into the enemy line; this kid…

This kid is a hundred times more powerful than his father.

He can’t be spared!

[?]: Sun Ce has broken through the first defensive line!

[LH]: Who set up this formation? How can Sun Ce move about so easily?

[?]: It’s for opening up a dueling ground.

[SC]: Nice battleground!

{sfx: zing~}

[Gan Ning]: Are you ready?

[?]: Come!

{sfx: jiang~}

{sfx: zing~}

{galloping sfx}

{sfx: pong~}

{sfx: jiang~ jiang~}

[?]: Refill the vacancy, team two! Don’t let him get out!
(“…break the siege”)

{sfx: zing~}

{sfx: pa~}

{sfx: jiang~}

[?]: Still… still no clear winner after tens of rounds…

[Huang Zu]: Fiercest General, show us what you’re made of!
(“…display your skills”)

[GN]: Okay!

[SC]: Come!

{sfx: jiang~}

{sfx: pa~}

[?]: Hoo!

{sfx: pa~}

{sfx: pa~ pa~}

[HZ]: So… so amazing!

{sfx: ta~}

[SC]: Your name!
(“report name”)

[GN]: Gan Ning, your Highness.
(“lowly name Gan Ning”, not really self-deprecation in this context, more like “I’m the peasant compared to you rich boy”)

[GN]: I could’ve been promoted to higher ranks,
[GN]: Too bad back then at the inn…

[GN]: the man I killed…

[GN]: was not Sun Ce!

[GN]: I couldn’t kill you then –

[GN]: I won’t miss my chance today!

{sfx: jiang~}

[GN]: But today it’s not for the promotion,

[GN]: nor for my Lord’s so-called victory.

[GN]: Only… for the principle of Loyalty and Righteousness that I aspire after!

{sfx: foo~}

[GN]: Kneel!

{sfx: pong~}

{sfx: pa~}

{sfx: sha~}

[GN]: I never forgot that insignificant hero named Ling Cao.
[GN]: On the contrary, to me he was as important as Mount Tai.
(light as goose feather or heavy as Mount Tai, talking about significance/importance of a person or their action)

[GN]: And today, neither did I forget those poor souls at the left corner who died in the siege for you!

[GN]: Because they never knew their master was so numb and merciless!
[GN]: How he wasted their precious lives on the battlefield!

[GN]: So what if you were more powerful than your father?

[GN]: You dandy!
(“a playboy from a rich family”)

[GN]: You brought shame to Sun Jian‘s Loyalty and Righteousness!

What is Loyalty and Righteousness?

I see no wrong in my actions, so what is there to be anxious about, or fear?

I am skillful in nourishing my vast, flowing passion-nature!
(in chapter 79, the translation by blackbird was “I am a master at accumulating a grand aura”)

The young man stands up.

As he unsheathes his sword, he remembers his defiant aspiration.

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