[?]: Anyone else over here?
[?]: The fire is riding the tailwind, boss. Not many could get out.
[?]: The main army has fled northward; won’t be much of a fighting force!
[?]: There’re many pockets of fire, boss. It’s definitely done by one of our people!
chapter 348 A Long-hidden Strike
(“thousand-day surprise army”)
[?]: Boss, Jiang Yi Qu‘s troop has arrived. Should we join them?
[Duan Jian]: Why’s he here?
[?]: I thought it strange too. Shouldn’t he be on the outskirts? Who told him to come…
[?]: By their route it looks like he was heading for Wuchao, then turned this way.
[?]: Yangwu’s fire has now destroyed all of our rations. Being a member of the opposition, if Jiang Yi Qu presses the point…
[DJ]: You’re right. This battle might be too far gone, but the main plot has been completed. We mustn’t lose our cool.
[?]: Yang Qing went to report to Chief Controller. Let’s join him there.
Damn it! Just one step short!
The rations depot catches fire, and now troops from Liyang come charging!
Jiang Yi Qu comes here, could it be…
to save Yuan Shao!?
[?]: Boss, Chief Controller’s troop has arrived!
[Sima Yi]: Ha.
Liyang’s Jiang Yi Qu grew up in Henan…
It’s an area that has the highest business traffic with the Sima clan!
[SMY]: I finally got it.
[SMY]: Even if Yuan Fang isn’t Yuan Shao’s son, he’s still the one to inherit everything.
[SMY]: There must be a reason behind all that hassle.
[SMY]: I believe Yuan Fang has the ambition to replace Han with Yuan.
(“if not calculated wrong…”)
[SMY]: You were friends with Yuan Fang ever since childhood. You must know the secret.
[DJ]: Zhong Da, don’t… don’t make wild guesses!
[SMY]: If you won’t talk, I won’t force you. I’ll just leave you to Jiang Yi Qu…
[SMY]: The truth will soon be revealed.
[DJ]: So it is you who told him to come!
[DJ]: Oh and the fire, you started that too!
[SMY]: I’m merely a foot soldier in the Cao camp, with only small tricks to play, never the power to make strategic decisions.
(“…where receiving the power to decide”)
[SMY]: I’m telling you, I’ve always been on the outside of the game.
[SMY]: Perhaps my fame gives a good cover for the real star of the show.
[SMY]: And just as Guo Jia had planned, our enemies have focused their gaze on me;
[SMY]: while the real leads work undisturbed in the Yuan camp.
[SMY]: Yuan Fang planted insiders in Cao Cao’s camp, so logically speaking Guo Jia must also have planned a surprise attack.
[SMY]: Sadly… an outsider like me only gets to hear about it now.
[SMY]: Haha, Guo Jia has played us both.
[DJ]: Who’s the leading man?
[SMY]: You want to know too?
[SMY]: Hmm. I guess there’s no harm in telling a prisoner.
[SMY]: Think about it. Cao Cao’s escape is guaranteed if those two are doing the encirclement.
[?]: Young Master, Jiang Yi Qu’s troop is coming!
[SMY]: We’re still Cao Cao’s men. Don’t let them catch us. Let’s go.
[?]: Pack up! Hurry!
[?]: Let’s go!
[?]: Shit, why were you so careless! After him!
[?]: It’s done.
[SMY]: Notify the “Jiang Yi Qu” troop down there.
[?]: By Young Master’s order, reroute to herd the sheep!
[SMY]: Chase him back to Hebei.
[SMY]: Let him spread the news.
(“…tell everything to other there people”)
[SMY]: Report back to Guo Jia that I’ve done my part.
[SMY]: Yuan Fang’s two henchmen Zhang He and Gao Lan will lose their heads if they return.
[SMY]: Guo Jia’s meticulous planning shall put the Yuan clan in serious trouble this time.
[?]: Young Master, does that mean Zhang and Gao are not the insiders? Then who…
[SMY]: Guo Jia didn’t say. But if I were him…
[SMY]: I may know who it is…
(“I already guessed who”)
[SMY]: Just watch. Guo Jia has many more tricks that are about to play out.
[?]: Yangwu’s rations, all… all gone!
[?]: Chief Controller… we’re too late!
[?]: Damnit. Yangwu’s fire and Cao Cao’s escape…
[Yuan Fang]: Deputy!
[YF]: Proceed with the second plan. Full retreat back to Hebei!
[YF]: Team one, prepare to cross the river with me!
[YF]: Messengers, notify every province that I’ll be in charge of everything now that our Lord and his sons are dead!
[YF]: And tell our invasion forces to pull out of Cao Cao’s territories so we can preserve our strength!
[YF]: Team two, return with the army to transport all remaining rations here for our immediate needs!
[YF]: The main troop shall retreat ahead of me!
[?]: Yessir. Please take care of yourself, Chief Controller!
[YF]: Yang Qing.
[Yang Qing]: Here!
[YF]: Take your men and patrol the roadways toward Cao Cao’s camp. Capture anyone and everyone. Don’t let the insider get away.
[YF]: And tell our insiders in the Cao camp to stay put.
[YF]: We’ll try again after I unite the northern territories!
[YQ]: No need.
[YQ]: They’ve all been captured.
[YQ]: Advisor Guo Jia wants you to know:
[YQ]: you have Xu You,
[YQ]: I have Yang Qing.
the third move is coming.