[?]: Right flank, can you lend us two teams to fend off the enemy?
(“…enemy too many…”)
[?]: No, the enemy has come inside our ranks. We can’t budge!
(“…already entered our formation…”)
[?]: Captain, the head of the formation has been broken. They’re starting!
[?]: Look out! The enemy formation is launching!
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(“even though lost but it is just like a victory”)
[?]: With the formation lead broken, the eight troops can fight like a whirlwind.
[?]: Cao Cao‘s cavalry is no longer useful!
[?]: Sir! Cao Cao’s left flank has also collapsed!
[?]: So it begins.
(“launch/start formation succeeds”)
[?]: The Cao army held on for a while, but in the end they still could not withstand our powerful formation.
[?]: The eight troops are pushing inward toward Cao Cao.
[YF]: What about the sting?
[?]: They have entered the core, Chief Controller.
[?]: They’ve followed their target for a while; must be locked on to him by now.
[?]: Unfortunately only two of the eight remain.
[?]: Look. A signal.
[?]: He’s found Cao Cao!
[?]: They’re going to do it!
[?]: I say: measure the enemy strength by the terrain.
(Cao Cao commentary on Art of War, chapter 4, line 18)
[?]: With their formation in action, we’re weak against them.
(Cao Cao commentary on Art of War, chapter 4, line 19)
[?]: Team leader to my left, listen up!
[?]: Scatter near the enemy, then reshape to formation!
[?]: Left flank to the left, scatter!
[?]: The middle is wide open. Perfect opportunity!
[?]: Finish him, sting!
[?]: He… he’s not Cao Cao!
[?]: Chief Controller, that man’s not Cao Cao!
[?]: My, my. They’ve played us for this long!
(“…followed half-a-day just discovering (we’ve) been played”)
[YF]: Look to the right…
[YF]: It’s too late.
[YF]: The Redhare cavalry… is too fast for us to catch up.
[YF]: I must admit, Master Sun’s art of war is the best at getting away. Feng Hou is no match at that.
[YF]: But so what if you do get away?
[YF]: I’ve said before, the Battle of Guandu is already over.
[?]: Cao Cao, you’re done for!
[?]: Dismount and surrender!
The gesture for action?
[?]: What more do you have, Cao Cao?
[?]: You truly are the number one warrior of the Yuan army…
[Zhang Liao]: You’re in lockstep with my every move.
[Zhang He]: Perhaps it’s because we men of Zhang share a common ground.
[ZL]: Whatever. I won’t surrender.
[ZL]: My troop may be defeated, but it’s not a total loss for us.
[ZL]: Suppose we couldn’t go on, it’s still over for you lot!
[ZH]: Lord Cao says: stall?
[ZL]: Correct. We’ve stalled long enough to achieve our goal.
[ZL]: My Lord said, if you guys are not there…
[ZL]: what will be at Yangwu?
[ZL]: We share a common ground, right?
[?]: What’s he doing here?
[?]: Bad news, Chief Controller!
[?]: While you’re fighting in Gushi…
[Yang Qing]: they’ve burned the rations depot at Yangwu!
[YQ]: And the arsonist…
[YQ]: is… is one of us!
The third fire burned the crucial point.