[Storyline] Queen Seon Deok Episode 10.
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Kim Yu Shin comes to asked what has happened. Kim Yu Shin asked what has happened, Deok Man said that Bi Cheon Ji Do started the fight first as other concurs. Kim Seo Hyeon comes in & query on what fight it is then follow by Seol Won Rang coming in to asked for Kim Yu Shin. Kim Yu Shin apologise for the fight. Seol Won Rang orders Kim Yu Shin that he will follow Seol Won Rang to the siege of Sok Ham Fortress with him. Al Cheon claims that Yonghwa Hyangdo is under his command of Bi Cheon Ji Do. If his Bi Cheon Ji So is delegated to stay here, why Kim Yu Shin & his Yonghwa Hyangdo can leave with Seol Won Rang for the siege of Sok Ham fortress. Seol Won Rang said that he only wants Kim Yu Shin & the rest of Yonghwa Hyangdo will stay where they are at present as ordered. The rest are surprise at Seol Won Rang’s orders. Deok Man looks at Kim Yu Shin
Kim Seo Hyeon had a private words with Kim Yu Shin as Kim Yu Shin asked his father what is happening here, that he was selected alone. Kim Seo Hyeon said that Seol Won Rang must have some strategic plan in his mind. Kim Seo Hyeon said that the siege of Sok Ham fortress will be a bloody war. Kim Seo Hyeon advice his son to be weary & caution. Kim Yu Shin asked his father to look after his cadre when he is away. Kim Seo Hyeon again tells his son to be on guard. Shi Ryeol as that Kim Yu Shin is the only on deploy to the battlefield as Deok Man ponder what the matter. Dae Pung affirms that they are here to stay guard. Go Do assures that they are doing defending duty on the premises that they are setting off to war. Deok Man can’t see the reason why it is just Kim Yu Shin who is going. Sa Ryeol asked whether it was by chance instigated from their brawl just now
Joo Bang asked not to so stress with worry pondering over this matter. This is an important battle, if his service is require that he had to go. Joo Bang whatever it may be, he might had to fight this battle courageously. If he capture the severe head of the fortress captain as a war trophy then he may be bestow with favours & reward, then he might share some of it with us. The other wonder Kim Yu Shin will share that with them. Deok Man is concern over the matter. Al Cheon & Seok Bum looking Deok Man & the Yonghwa Hyang Do. Al Cheon said that he feel that he is jinx each time he sees Yonghwa Hyangdo, it because of those brat over there that he & his Bi Cheon Ji Do couldn’t participate in the siege of Sok Ham Fortress. Seok Bum asked why is it that Seol Won Rang only asked for Kim Yu Shin, he can’t figure out what is on Seol Won Rang’s mind for doing so. Al Cheon is asking if Seol Won Rang are asking them to be under Kim Seo Hyeon’s command. Al Cheon said that Yonghwa Hyangdo are just a group of retards as they think that Yonghwa Hyangdo tare a bunch of useless half wits & good for nothing
Bo Jong helps his father to wear his amour then finds that cuff cuirasses had be worn out. Seol Won Rang said that these wear & tear on his armour are signatures of this scores in war, this is honourable but as for him, the honour & the glory, his motive is to carry on living & survival no matter what was important. Seol Won Rang said to survives is his importance & he will return, this is the only method he has to be by Mi Shil’s side. In order to survive, he doesn’t fear that this armour be torn or rip. He must be sadden & upset to give honour to the dead, he said that survival will give him the stronger strength to live. It seems everybody is preaching the same philosophy to survive that you may return to become stronger. Bo Jong understand his father’s meaning
The armours of those times were light & combined to give mobility in cavalry ride Most infantrymen or cavalry wore lamellar armour or coat of plates cuirasses. It would make good balance & speed. The lamellar cuirass worn by these men was made of hundreds of small overlapping metal and/or leather plates laced together to make a flexible and light coat of armor. Coat of plates consisted of hundreds of small non-overlapping metal or leather plates stitched or riveted together. Shoulder guards and helmets were often used, but leather caps seem to have been more common for ground infantry.
Seol Won Rang asked his son why he doesn’t query about his intention of taking Kim Yu Shin with him. Bo Jong said that his father has a ploy in mind. Seok Bum comes to Seol Won Rang & asked that he summon him. Seol Won Rang asked that after the army is set off in 2 Shi Jin (4 hours) to had this military order to be delivered to Kim Seo Hyeon. I am sure that Seol Won Rang is an excellent soldier with great knowledge in stratagem to be where he is.
Kim Yu Shin set off to battle as Yonghwa Hyangdo sent him off. Kim Yu Shin asked them not to be rash & to follow the order of Al Cheon. In battlefield there is nothing that is important or unimportant, or danger & comfort, no matter what they must be on guard & alert & to bear this in mind always. Deok Man affirm to the nagging Kim Yu Shin that they all understand his meaning. Joo Bang added that they must not go start brawls with other cadre. Deok Man said they will follow his advice diligently & not to be worry, just concentrate on his fighting & come back to them safely. Shi Ryeol said not to worry as just come back safely. Go Do asked him not to get hurt. Guk San Heon asked him to make a name for himself & Joo Bang added then when he had distinguished merit is to share it with them would be the best. They would have follow him if they had their way but they can’t go against military regulation. Joo Bang asked that Kim Yu Shin fight for their sake & return back. Kim Yu Shin leaves but turn around for another glance before leaving for the battle as he marches off with the army
Baekje reconnaissance sees the Silla army leaving & reports to the Baekje General Gu Bae. The General finds that Silla army is heading for Sok Ham fortress. General Gu Bae said that it is indeed predict that Silla will attack Sok Ham Fortress. General Sok Ham asked to sent their army deployment to Sok Ham fortress & send him daily reports to him.
Gu Bae is Baekje General
Kim Yu Shin said that they are Baekje reconnaissance team in their midst. Kim Yu Shin said that they must be astray & he will go & deal with them. Seol Won Rang asked Kim Yu Shin to ignore them & let it be as he already perceives & note the matter. Kim Yu Shin then asked why are they doing this. Seol Won Rang asked that Kim Yu Shin know of a military tactic called Ban Gan Gye
Ban Gan Gye is fan jian ji in Chinese literally let the enemy’s own spy sow discord in the enemy camp. It is a stratagem of rhetorical tactics by using the enemy reconnaissance to relay false information then dominates the enemy. It is to undermines your enemy’s ability to fight by secretly causing discord between him and his friends, allies, advisors, family, commanders, soldiers, and population. While he is preoccupied settling internal disputes, his ability to attack or defend, is compromised. All war is based on deception – Art of War – Suntzu (Sun Zi)
Seok Bum comes to see Kim Seo Hyeon with the order as Seol Won Rang instructs him to deliver this to Kim Seo Hyeon. Kim Seo Hyeon opens & reads it & surprise at the order. Yonghwa Hyangdo is assign to stretcher bearer duty for the wounded & the dead. It is technically advancing troops were not allowed to stop and care for wounded soldiers. In time of war, one must get use to the pungent smell of the dead. Deok Man & Shi Ryeol throws up because of the stench as Yonghwa Hyangdo assists them. It is quite common when someone is vomiting the another who sees it will feel nauseated. The other cadre sees how they are managing & asked what will they learn from this war. One of the cadre San Tak tries to reprimand & step on their vomit. San Tak explains that they had always been vanguard for wars, they will slash & killed & some beyond recognition who is the friend or the foe, it is just a fine mess. The another cadre Han Seong draw his sword at Deok Man to say that the weight of the dead killed laden by his sword. San Tak paints a gory scenario of a battle, during the fight; suddenly all will be silence. Han Seon continues that it the battlefield only laid corpses are found lying. San Tak said that there is no sense in recognizing friend & foe when ones fight in battle then on that hill or field likes your fallen comrades & family, then suddenly the sky will darken…Han Seong said that like a phantom they will follow the smell of dead is a flock of crows will descend from the sky. San Tak some will perch & wait patiently for the person to have its death & wait for while & asked them why do they do that. Joo Bang then answer that the crows are waiting for death to set in. San Tak said that Joo Bang knows a little of the scenario. Han Seong said once the death is verified then Han Seong attacks Shi Ryeol & Deok Man & makes them fall to the ground as he said that the crows will gather to feast on the eyes balls
Seok Bum asked what racket is going on as the cadre stand in line. Al Cheon asked them to arm themselves & form a line. Kim Seo Hyeon tells them that they would lay siege to Ah Mak Seong. Yeo Il Cheon said it is two flank attack. They will attack Sok Ham fortress in full force then they will divert some of the Baekje’s army towards them in ah Mak fortress. Kim Seo Hyeon sighs as Yeo Gil Cheon asked what is the matter as his expression looks doubtful. Kim Seo Hyeon points out before they can lay siege to Ah Mak fortress they have to go through the defense that has fortified that much be breach before reaching the fortress. The obstacles are that is waiting for them are the Baekje archer platoon (Nu Byeo Bu Dae) on the high ridge. Kim Seo Hyeon orders Bi Cheon Ji Do & Cheon Ryeong In Do to take out those archer platoons in coup de main. Once the platoon are taken out & secures, then we will siege the attack at full force
Bi Cheon Ji Do & Cheon Ryeong Ing Do prepares camouflaging for field craft operation. Guk San Heon why the sudden instruction of order to ask them to attack Ah Mak fortress. Dae Pung wonders as aren’t they suppose to attack Sok Ham fortress. Joo Bang tells them is strategic attack on 2 flanks but Joo Bang said it is likely to doom & failed. Go Do asked why would it failed as it is giving him the jitters. Joo Bang takes the leave & plucks it to live or die & ends up in with die & demonstrates that they will meet their demise
Field craft is a military termology used especially in British military circles to describe the basic military skills required to operate stealthily at day or night regardless of weather or terrain. The motto of field craft is “to see without being seen”; this is upheld through the skills learned in field craft lessons. These skills include camouflage, understanding the difference between concealment from view and cover from fire, use of the shape of the ground and its features to move undetected, the skills of moving across ground and crossing obstacles, the ability to select good fire positions, lying up positions, camping positions and the like, the ability to observe effectively, penetrating camouflage, and the ability to detect where enemy fire is coming from using a number of techniques. Good field craft is especially important for the survival and effectiveness of infantry soldiers and Special Forces. In the more effective units, a huge amount of time, effort, and attention is put to memorize the details of the battlefield, making good field craft second nature.
Al Cheon comes to give them the logistics & the terrain of Ah Mak fortress & they are order to take out the archer platoon & secure the area for the main forces to proceed to lay siege to Ah Mak fortress. Deok Man & the Yonghwa Hyangdo are asked to take the archer platoon out. Everybody overcomes to panic & fear & had the urge to take a leak & asked Deok Man whether she was to come along, but Deok man said she is alright
A squad of Baekje army passing by as Bi Cheon Ji Do ambushes & take out the squad as Al Cheon asked them to proceed into the path. Deok Man now looks like the platoon leader for the Yonghwa Hyangdo. Bi Cheon Ji Do & Yonghwa Hyang Do moves up the ridge slowly belly crawl through the grass land as they encroached & see the Baekje archery platoon on sight. Shi Ryeol sees a garden grass snakes & froze. It is the same type of snakes or the same snake (will consider actor rather than prop) that coiled Cheon Myeong’s ankle, the snakes coils to Shin Ryeol hand as Deok man tries to help him get rid of the snake but he stood up to get rid of the snakes & made his position know to the enemy. Baekje archer platoon is notify as they prepare their bows & fire on them as they protect the incoming arrows with their shield as Deok Man bring Shi Ryeol down from being shot at. Al Cheon shout the command to attack as they attacked the archer platoon. Deok Man asked Shi Ryeol to move all they will get killed being sitting ducks. As they advance some cadre were shot at. Then on of the Yonghwa Hyangdo cadre Da Cheon is being shot at as Deok Man goes to him. Al Cheon shouts attack then drag Deok Man to say if she stay here she will get shot at. Deok Man tells Da Chun to stay in there & not to die. Bi Cheon Ji Do & Yonghwa Hyangdo managed to take the Baekje archer platoon position after fierce combat & conquer & secure it. Al Cheon blow the animal horn trumpet to signal victory.
Messenger tells Kim Seo Hyeon that all positions are secure by them. The vanguard mission is a success. Kim Seo Hyeon gives order for attack on ah Mak fortress. Kim Seo Hyeon’s army departs for war to lay siege to Ah Mak fortress. Silla reconnaissance heard the battle drums beating at the distance & rides to inform Seol Won Rang that the drums had sounded. Seol Won Rang commands the army to turns back. Baekje reconnaissance team is caught surprise. Baekje General Gu Bae finds that the Silla army had turn back & inform that they are leaving for Ah Mak fortress. General Gu Bae what to know what is going on as they change their direction while going to Sok Ham fortress so suddenly. One of his captain said that there is something amiss. A Baekje messenger come suddenly with a message. Messenger rely that all the archery position had be destroy & killed by the Silla army towards Ah Mak fortress. The fortress before Ah Mak fortress is being lay in siege attack by the Silla army; & their number are overwhelming. General Gu Bae now realise their target all along is Ah Mak fortress. Siege to Sok Ham fortress was a decoy. One of the captain said if Ah Mak fortress is retaken then they are cut off for reinforcement. General Gu Bae asked the army be deploy to Ah Mak fortress at once.
Catapult like trebuchet with incendiary missile is deployed. I really admire that they had taken some extend to let us see how they laid a siege to the fortress. Fortress’s fortified walled cities were common during this period – and catapults were used as a key siege weapon against them. As well as attempting to breach the walls, incendiary missiles could be thrown inside—Designs include the torsion-powered mangonel, onager and ballista, and the gravity-powered trebuchet. Catapults were gradually replaced by the cannon in the 14th century. It the eastern warfare. The Xuanfeng or “Whirlwind” is a basic traction catapult, and a direct descendant of the first Mohist traction catapults of the 4th – 3rd century B.C. The throwing power in a Xuanfeng comes from a team of people pulling downwards on ropes tied to the short arm of the throwing arm. The power of this catapult is limited only by the number of pullers able to fit in the space available below the lever arm. The largest versions of the Xuanfeng were recorded to have as many as 80-120 pullers! Then there is the Sijiao Pao or 4-footed Catapult, named for the four sturdy column legs forming the corners of the frame, was the largest class of catapult before the introduction of the Huihui Pao. The basic frame stood anywhere from double to four times the height of a person and at the time, would have towered over all the other classes of catapults in the field. Numerous references to the use of increasingly powerful catapults are scattered within the literature of the early Tang period. Also from the civil wars of the An Lushan rebellion (A.D. 750s) which triggered the slow demise of the Tang, we find yet again many references to the fielding of large catapults. The need to assault and conquer fortified cities and towns within China proper during the Tang’s formative years and during the An Lushan rebellion was probably the stimulant that sparked the rapid escalation in catapult size with government forces of the day battling regional warlords and peasant armies for control of the central plains.
The defender of the fort counter siege with the use fire arrows as a projectile weapon. It is arrow mostly will be coated with the use naphtha as incendiary mixture. Gunpowder only invented in the 9th century. The defensive uses the Bow & Arrow used on battle Bow length are recurves are more powerful pound for pound compared to a longbow of the same length with all things equal. There is no upper limit to the power of a longbow or a recurve but rather limited by what the archer can draw. The only difference is for equivalent powered bows, the recurve is shorter in overall length. That is if you scaled a recurve in overall length up to the same overall length as a typical English 2 metre long longbow, you probably can’t find an archer who could draw it. All this of course ignores the cross-section of the bow. In lengthening the bow, we are assuming a corresponding thickening of the cross-section. Bow cross-section is the whole idea of getting power from a longer bow is actually because of the cross-section. The larger the cross-section, the more powerful the bow, but the less you are able to bend it unless you lengthen the bow. The longbow lengthens the bow but going longer in the same direction. The recurve lengthens the bow by creating two curves. Arrows in recurves use shorter arrows because the recurve has a shorter draw length so the arrow flight is less stable that is less penetration power. The draw length of the longbow increases faster than the recurve when the length of the longbow is scaled upwards so the larger the longbow, the longer the arrow it can use compared to a similar recurve. So the longbow has better penetration power and accuracy at range due to its ability to use longer arrows. (The recurve can also use long arrows by having the shaft stick out more in the front but this increasingly becomes less stable the longer it sticks out) On the other hand, because the longbow’s draw length increases faster than a recurves when the bow is lengthened, you reach an upper limit on the length of an archer’s arm faster so while the recurve can continue to be lengthened, the longbow is also limited by the physical draw length of an archer’s arm. Draw method in the recurve must use the thumb draw because the recurve has a draw string angle that is more acute than the longbow. Using the 3 fingered draw on a short recurve for instance, will pinch your fingers. The thumb draw however, gives for greater accuracy because both top and bottom parts of the drawn string are equal in length. The 3-fingered draw in the longbow is only accurate with large longbows when the difference in the angles between the top and bottom parts of the drawn string is minimised from having an overall greater length. However, the 3 fingered draw needs less training because the thumb is naturally weak and needs to be trained to be stronger.
Then an array of shield protection from the arrows. The defensive counter siege uses to throw bricks & dropping of stone down the wall Siege engine are being deploy Battering ram is a siege engine originating in ancient times to break open fortification walls or doors. In its simplest form, a battering ram is just a large, heavy log carried by several people and propelled with force against an obstacle; the ram would be sufficient to damage the target if the log were massive enough and/or it were moved quickly enough, i.e. had enough momentum. In a more sophisticated design, a battering ram was slung from a wheeled support frame by ropes or chains so that it could be much more massive and also more easily swung against its target. Sometimes the ram’s attacking point would be reinforced with a metal head and vulnerable parts of the ram might be bound with metal bands. Many battering rams had protective roofs and side-screens covered in materials, usually fresh wet hides, presumably from the animals eaten by the besiegers, to prevent the ram being set on fire, as well as to protect the operators of the ram from enemies firing arrows down on them by allowing them to seek shelter within the battering ram structure. The image of the Assyrian battering ram shows how sophisticated attacks and defenses had become by the 9th century BC. The defenders are trying to set the ram alight with torches and have also put a chain under the ram. The attackers are trying to pull on the chain to free the ram, while the aforementioned wet hides would protect against the fire. In the fortress, defenders attempted to foil battering rams by dropping obstacles in front of the ram, such as a large sack of sawdust, just before it hit a wall, by using grappling hooks to immobilize the log, by setting the ram on fire, or by sallying to attack the ram directly. The Romans used it as a battle tactic.
Shi Ryeol is so traumatic that he pees in his pants. Deok man tries to help him. As the battering Ram comes close to the gate, Seok Bum order to batter down open the gates. Al Cheon shouts to attack. A group of soldiers hamstring throw manual primitive flame thrower projectile of incendiary missile with inflammable liquid to encourage the inferno of the fortress. Seok Bum asked that the ladder be scale as the defensive counter siege roll down logs to prevent them from scaling the wall then pikes down the wall to prevent the offensive from taking the wall. Al Cheon shout to continue with the attack. Al Cheon sees the Yonghwa Hyangdo are all strike down in fear & froze then commands to scale the ladders. Then Yonghwa Hyangdo throw hook to hoist them up the wall. Bi Cheon Ji Do & Yonghwa Hyangdo managed to scale the wall & into the fortress as they fight their way in. Joo Bang & Go Do working in great partnership to stay alive. Shi Ryeol being corner by a Baekje soldier & about to go for the killed when Deok Man sees him then javelin throws the lance at the Baekje soldier to save Shi Yeol. Deok Man shell shocked over her 1st battle kill as she shivers uncontrollably & stood there another Baekje soldier about to attack her but Dae Pung managed to kill him off
Kim Seo Hyeon & Yeo Gil Cheon managed to secure the fortress. In Sok Ham fortress, messenger tells the Captain of the fortress that the Silla army had turn back for Ah Mak fortress. They was suppose to use the 2 flank tactic but now opted to be full force at Ah Mak fortress. The captain said that Ah Mak fortress is a great importance to Baekje & think that Silla is making a mistake in taking siege Ah Mak fortress. Messenger said they must send reinforcement from Sok Ham fortress to save Ah Man fortress from siege. The captain will send 5000 soldiers to be despatched to Ah Mak fortress. Seol Won Rang waits for Bo Jong & In Jong to come back from their reconnaissance trip as they inform that 5,000 soldier are being deployed & heading for Ah Mak fortress. Seol Won Rang said that will do. Seol Won Rang command his army that to divided into 2 to siege Sok Ham fortress & Mu Myeong fortress respectively. They will wait for the attack. Seol Won Rang is a great tactician
Kim Seo Hyeon secured the fortress & cheers for the success of the siege of Ah Mak fortress’s 1st gate & triumphs but Deok Man & Yonghwa Hyangdo aren’t joining the celebration. Kim Seo Hyeon said they had taken the 1st fortress without much causality & overcome the enemy. Yeo Gil Cheon congratulated Kim Seo Hyeon on his victory but Kim Seo Hyeon looks doubtful. Deok Man sat down & her hands are still shivering from fear as she looks at this blood stained hands
Meanwhile soldiers at Sok Ham fortress telling each other that the fortress is quiet after the deployment of 5000 soldiers to Ah Mak fortress. The other soldier heard that Ah Mak 1st fortress had already been retaken by the Silla army. The soldier said that the Silla is indeed cunning, firstly thought they would attack Sok Ham fortress but turn back to divert to Ah Mak fortress. The other soldier said that if they had attack here, Silla army would have been done for. Then the Baekje soldier spotted the marching Silla infantry army of Seol Won Rang encroaching their gates as the shout enemy attack as they raise the alarm of an invasion. The Silla archery shoot fire arrow as Seol Won Rang shouts attack to his men to laid siege. The Baekje soldier of Sok Ham fortress were taken in a coup de main tactics. Seol Won Rang shouts offensive advancement for his troop to siege the fortress
Al Cheon wants to execute Shi Ryeol for his folly in causing the death of many cadre. Shi Ryeol notify the enemy attention with his presence detected. Al Cheon if it was for him, they will have taken the defense without any sustain casualty. But Shin Ryeol’s folly had cause the death & wounded of Bi Cheon Ji Do’s 10 cadres. Al Cheon will execute Shi Ryeol to showed him as an example of strict their military discipline is. Deok Man begs for mercy & spare Shi Ryeol’s life. Deok Man defence Shi Ryeol & said that Al Cheon is correct in what he said, but he should stain his sword with the blood of the Baekje army & not one of their own in battle. Go Do support that it is their maiden battle & beg forgiveness for Shi Ryeol. Joo Bang said that there is nothing to gain in executing a soldier now. We are in the middle of the war, we don’t even know if we can return back alive, if by chance he survive this war then you can proceed with his court martial. Al Cheon wouldn’t listen to reason as Kim Seo Hyeon step in to prevent it
Al Cheon tells Kim Seo Hyeon to forgive & pardon him but this is the affairs of the Hwa Rang. Kim Seo Hyeon reiterates that they are in the middle of war. How can they be strict Hwa Rang’s affairs in the middle of a war. Kim Seo Hyeon asked how dare Al Cheon goes to execute one of Kim Seo Hyeon’s soldiers. Kim Seo Hyeon said that Deok man is correct in what she said. There is no guarantee that they able to return from this war alive, if they do then he can proceed to settle his Hwa Rang’s affairs. Al Cheon agrees. Kim Seo Hyeon tells Shi Ryeol that it had been given a lifeline to die in glory in this war, don’t lose this chance. Kim Seo Hyeon asked Al Cheon to come with him. Al Cheon throw the sword to the ground
Kim Seo Hyeon in counsel tells his commanding officer & day break, they will lay siege to Ah Mak fortress itself. Yeo Gil Cheon claims that their order was to take the 1st fortress gate. Kim Seo Hyeon that is not all that was in the military orders. Their military order is to retake & lay siege with with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault Ah Mak fortress at all cost. Yeo Gil Cheon said it is not tactics of 2 flanks but they must lay offensive siege Ah Mak fortress. Kim Seo Hyeon doesn’t know what his plan of intent but as a soldier he is just following orders. Yeo Gil Cheon asked about the reinforcement. The captain of Silla said that they only have 3,000 soldiers with them, how can they possible to lay an offensive siege on ah Mak fortress with those numbers. Yeo Gil Cheon tells that Ah Mak fortress is not a fortress that can be easily be conquered or lay siege. Seok Bum asked how can their assault a fortified fortress like Ah Mak fortress. Al Cheon asked Kim Seo Hyeon to call back his orders. Kim Seo Hyeon asked how dare they oppose his orders. Kim Seo Hyeon said as soon as day break to proceed with the orders to lay siege to ah Mak fortress
Meanwhile Shi Ryeol said that because of his folly they died. Shin Ryeol feels guilty that they died because of his misdeeds. Joo Bang said where there is a reason of fault when it comes to war. In war there is only life & death & never a because or reason. It is because of war that we kill or be killed. Deok Man recalls Da Chun being shot by multiple arrows, then Deok Man throw the lance at the Baekje soldier in order to save Shi Ryeol. Deok man looks at her blood stained hand. Joo Bang said that is why Nang Do who come back from war front always look down on their Yonghwa Hyangdo because of this fact, Kim Yu Shin trained them so hard. We just need to live. Deok Man recalls her mother So Hwa last word that Deok Man must go on living & survive at all cost. Then recalls Cheon Myeong that Deok Man must return back as she had every reason to go on living. Then recalls Kim Yu Shin as they do as he had trained them, she will survive to live. Deok man asked herself whether she can believe in Kim Yu Shin’s faith, that they can all survive this war
Joo Bang drags Go Do to absconded as the Silla army is about to attack Ah Mak fortress. Go OD asked whether they should go to Baekje. Joo Bang agrees to go to Baekje as they is a lot of food found in Baekje & Silla have nothing in comparison. Joo bang advertise the side dishes that Baekje has, Go Do said if the Baekje know that they are from Silla, they will also be dead meat. Joo Bang asked Go Do to follow & practice his Baekje accent
Kim Seo Hyeon said that Ah Mak fortress is different from the 1st fortress gate, furthermore the enemy had more numbers of soldiers that they do. There is a possibility that Baekje reinforcement has being deploy as they speak. Seok Bum said that they have 700 soldiers in the casualty list, they are 500 that aren’t fit for fighting. Yeo Gil Cheon can’t comprehend what Seol Won Rang is trying to think but they can’t be really lay siege to Ah Mak fortress without the support of the Silla main army. As a soldier Kim Seo Hyeon would not relent his orders. Kim Seo Hyeon walks out with Al Cheon & Seok Bum & orders Bi Cheon Ji Do & Cheon Ryeong Ing Do to take vanguard position. Kim Seo Hyeon said that surely there will be Baekje reinforcement send to Ah Mak fortress. The Baekje reinforcement will come to them with all they got. The Baekje vanguard must be deal by them at all cost. Kim Seo Hyeon asked Al Cheon if he had any problem since he was silent. Al Cheon said she doesn’t have but shouldn’t there be waiting for their own reinforcement as the enemies are increasing in numbers
Seol Won Rang had retaken Sok Ham fortress, messenger comes to tell that they have drive Baekje army put of Mu Myeong fortress & out to the radius of 20 li is already secure. Seol Won Rang asked about the current status of the casualty. There is about 100 death or wounded. Ha Jong said that Seol Won Rang ploy to lure the majority of Baekje soldiers from Sok Ham fortress to Ah Mak fortress then order Kim Seo Hyeon to attack Ah Mak fortress. Kim Yu Shin is listening to the conversation that Sok Ham fortress was easy picking because of the reduction of soldiers. Ha Jong admire Seol Won Rang’s great ploy in the matter. Seol Won Rang said to drive the enemy forces into playing on their own tails is a ploy within a ploy until they just an empty shelled
Kim Yu Shin goes to Seol Won Rang to ask daringly a query. The Baekje army will be gathering at Ah Mak fortress, but however Kim Seo Hyeon only have 3000 soldier with him to lay siege to Ah Mak fortress. Seol Won Rang asked what is it about then. Kim Yu Shin said would this situation render reinforcement for Kim Seo Hyeon. Seol Won Rang laughs that there will not be any Silla reinforcement that is going to be deploy for Ah Mak fortress.
Reconnaissance team said that the Baekje reinforcements are encroaching nearer Northwest ridge that our defense lines had already fallen. Then another reconnaissance team said that Baekje reinforcements are nearing for Ah Mak fortress. It is 5000 cavalry. Yeo Gil Cheon said that they have been surrounded & the channel of retreat had been cut off. Kim Seo Hyeon said they are too poor in strength if they takes this heads on, they will lose in numbers, Kim Seo Hyeon asked to pull back to the forest & set up camp there. Baekje army announcing their march
Kim Yu Shin is surprise that there is reinforcement for Kim Seo Hyeon, how can Kim Seo Hyeon lay siege & retake Ah Mak fortress with 3000 soldiers. Seol Won Rang asked who had said that they are retaking Ah Mak fortress. Seol Won Rang said that it is a ploy to deceit the enemy with this manoeuvre (Song Dong Gyeok Sa) to divert the Baekje army in military tactics, since Kim Yu Shin is fooled by the deceit ploy, Seol Won Rang definitely will think that the Baekje’s high command will also have the same thoughts & be fooled. Kim Yu Shin said that this way, Kim Seo Hyeon’s army will be massacred. Seol Won Rang reminds that every soldier know of the saying that to sacrifice ones flesh for the bones of the enemy (Yok Cham Gol Dan – give up & abandon ones own flesh in & to compensate the lost by breaking the bones of the enemy). Kim Yu Shin should be aware of it
Song Dong Gyeok Sa translated in Chinese Sheng Dong Ji Xi is makes feint in the east but attack in the west. The usage idea here is to get the enemy to focus his forces in a location, and then attack elsewhere which would be weakly defended.It is one of the stratagems in the 36 stratagems
In court, Kim Yong Chu asked why reinforcements are not deployed to Ah Mak fortress. Mi Shil also reminded Kim Yong Chu of the same saying of Yok Cham Gol Dan. Kim Yong Chu explained that the cost of sacrifice ones flesh in order to break the enemy’s bones (sacrifice, give up or abandon & disperse in charity of what we cherish in return for the better gain). Kim Yong Chu said what does a martial stratagem & theory, how can that be apply & had to do with in relations to military deployment. Mi Shil asked whether this saying does it only limited to martial arts application. Mi Shil said that politics & military have all some kind flesh & blood that something to be sacrifice for the better good. Kim Seo Hyeon’s army send to Ah Mak fortress is their indicated flesh
Kim Yu Shin is having the same lesson from Seol Won Rang. As the Supreme Commander of this war, he needs to sacrifice his “flesh” in which it is Kim Seo Hyeon’s army at Ah Mak fortress in order to gain the upper hand at the strategy of war that he broke Baekje army at Sok Ham fortress. If he were to send reinforcement to Ah Mak fortress, Sok Ham fortress will once be in siege again. As they haven’t secure & settle their line of path, that we can only choose to retreat. Seol Won Rang asked whether he has cross the line being a Supreme Commander
Eul Jae asked whether it was always the ploy of Seol Won Rang from the start. Mi Shil confirms that ah Mak fortress lay no interest in Seol Won Rang military plans. Mi Saeng praises Seol Won Rang had use the tactics of Ban Gan Gye tactics that diverted & splitting the enemy force into 2 & using Song Dong Gyeok Sa (Sheng Dong Ji Xi) that he must is sure surpasses Han Shin & Kong Myeong
Ban Gan Gye is Let the enemy’s own spy sow discord in the enemy camp. One of the 36 stratagem
Kong Myeong is Zhuge Liang in Chinese; Kong Ming is his courtesy name. He was the Chancellor of the Shu Han
Han Shin is Han Xin in Chinese also known as Marquess of Huaiyin, was a capable military commander who served under Liu Bang.
Cheon Myeong tells her father that what is going to happen to Kim Seo Hyeon & the other Hwa Rang who is in Ah Mak fortress. Se Jong reminds that Kim Seo Hyeon, the Hwang Rang of Cheon Ji Do & Cheon Ryeon Ing Do & Yonghwa Hyangdo, those Nang do will forever carve their name in the glory & honour of Silla history books. Cheon Myeong reprimands & warns Se Jong to caution & watch what heis trying to imply. King Jinpyeong asked for a full retreat order for Kim Seo Hyeon. Mi Shil said that it already been done as they speak
Kim Yu Shin rides his horse to inform of the retreat order as Seol Won Rang asked him to bring in order of retreat to Kim Seo Hyeon at Ah Mak fortress. The path in Ah Mak fortress is already secure by the Baekje forces & asked Kim Yu Shin to risk his life to deliver through the retreat order against the Baekje offensive built up. You must need to save your father & your Hwa Rang Nang Do
Cheon Myeong in anxiety as they isn’t any method around the matter. Queen Maya said that in the battlefield there are many things that they can’t predict, there is nothing much they can do. Queen Maya said that they did mentioned that sending reinforcement will jeopardise Sok Ham fortress. Cheon Myeong asked are they going to stand by & watch Kim Seo Hyeon & Kim Yu Shin been sacrifice, that they purposely intended to use the ploy of Song Dong Gyeok Sa (Sheng Dong Ji Xi) to send Kim Seo Hyeon to Ah Mak fortress & now abandoned by them. Cheon Myeong plead that they must send reinforcement. Eul Jae said that they don’t have the authority or no sense in saying or taking this further. If they were for the sake to save Kim Seo Hyeon that it will jeopardize the whole concept of the war that had been fought, how can we able to mobilize their army thereafter. Cheon Myeong asked are they going to watch needlessly that Kim Seo Hyeon & Kim Yu Shin to their death. Eul Jae said that during the reign of King Jin Heung, Seol Won Rang & the others was already the vassal of Mi Shil & both of them had then experience similar situation of war that is of now. Both of them had storm out from the mouth of death
King Jinpyeong said that Eul Jae is correct. Seol Won Rang & those who survive that ordeal is now the people who survives for Mi Shil & her vassal, therefore they are ferocious & strong & venomous. This is the reason that they can control the respect of Hwa Rang. King Jinpyeong said what they can do now is to pray for divine intervention for Kim Seo Hyeon & Kim Yu Shin, there is no other choice of method. Cheon Myeong said that they might lose their own vassal like they did with Kim Yong Su. King Jinpyeong asked that she must have faith in their people, just like that people who are with Mi Shil that they will survive for her, they too will have the faith that Kim Seo Hyeon & Kim Yu Shin will survive & return to them the same way
Mi Saeng laughs that the method of ploy Il Jan Ssang Ju that they had achieve 2 matter in a single ploy. They had ousted Baekje out of Sok Ham fortress & conquer the fortress. Mi Shil has taken Kim Seo Hyeon & the rest of the stumbling block being push to their early demise. Mi Shil said that this also war had reap them great benefits without any doubt. They will not be accused of inappropriate conduct. Mi Saeng agrees that who dare to say otherwise. Mi Saeng said that Seol Won Rang is indeed great. Se Jong is not pleased. Mi Saeng said that Seol Won Rang is not without anymore nemesis that can surpass him. Se Jong asked whether she had discussed the matter with Seol Won Rang prior. Mi Shil said she didn’t, it is just that she left a hint for him when they received new of the lost of Ah Mak fortress to Baekje. Mi Saeng said that it was not plan but just conscientious mindset. Mi Shil said that Ah Mak fortress for Silla to say that it is difficult to retaken & hold onto, so it doesn’t have any interest for Silla to retake that fortress. How would Seol won Rang laid an interest on Ah Mak fortress & to say that to lay a siege on Ah Mak fortress, Seol Won Rang’s mindset I have great understanding of what he may do & reacted. Mi Saeng said that Seol Won Rang & her really have telepathy powers for each other. Se Jong said that the war is not over yet. There is a possibility that Sok ham fortress will receive an offensive attack that may change the war front. Mi Shil insist that the war is already over & ended. Se Jong is surprise
Il Jan Ssang Ju is Yi Jian Shuang Diao is a Chinese idiom. It is an arrow takes out 2 hawks or condors. It is similar to kill 2 birds with one stone with the same usage of meaning that to achieve 2 things in a stroke
Mi Shil asked Se Jong to go to the Ministerial counsel, we need to resume our position in court, it will be the best strategy. It is best we propose an amnesty with Baekje as for now. Mi Saeng asked whether Baekje will agree to this. Mi Shil said that Baekje King Buyeo Jang is indeed reputable to have calculative intelligence & able to ascertained the situation. If he agrees that this war for him if he continues with it would bring him nothing of benefits. What is remaining the is the result of what happens to Kim Seo Hyeon in Ah Mak fortress
Kim Seo Hyeon’s army engaged in a bloody battle with Baekje army in the forest. Yonghwa Hyangdo is fighting for their lives. Deok Man reminds herself that this is practice training & tells herself to have full concentration & that mind & movement must be unison together. Kim Seo Hyeon orders the army to head for the slopes of the mountain & regroup then everybody fight to its own battles. The order of retreating to the mountain ridges is called to all the troops. Deok Man always trying to get Shi Ryeol out of troubles as Kim Yu Shin gallops to Ah Mak fortress. Al Cheon & Yonghwa Hyangdo with Deok Man racing up the ridge. Shi Ryeol slips as Deok Man goes back to pick him up as the rest of the Baekje army in pursuit. Then they get bogged down by the muddy terrain as the Baekje cavalry & infantry. Deok Man & the rest find them surrounded by Baekje
Deok Man; When we are surrounded….when we are surrounded
Al Cheon orders that his Bi Cheon Ji Do Hwa Rang dies in glory & honourable death & their names forever engrave in Hwa Sa Dang
Deok Man: In my dictionary there is no such thing has the word as death….Kim Yu Shin you wretched brat…What are we suppose to do when we are surrounded….I can’t recall anything….I totally can’t recall …nothing
Kim Yu Shin: When surrounded, you all must create & defend in the circular formation, do you all want to died?
Al Cheon: For the glory & reverence to Hwa Sa Dan!!!!!
Deok Man: Circular Formation!!!!!…Circular Formation
Yonghwa Hyangdo in unison creates & retreat with this shield array phalanx of the circular formation
Kim Yu Shin arrives & sees the Baekje check point at the path. Kim Yu Shin rides his horse through while shot arrow as the Baekje guards at the check point
Meanwhile Deok Man commands the formation
Deok Man: Jwa Sam Gak….formation change
The circular formation protect its core the pushes the Baekje out
Deok Man: Chon Gan Hu attack
Chon Gan Hu it is a gap or opening of the formation of the shield array to let the enemy through & allow the epic to take them down
Deok Man: Chon Hu Gyeong
Chon Hu Gyeong is a frontal assault pushed or ram formation to tried to outflanked the enemy then Deok recalls the return to formation
Deok Man: Circular formation!!!!!
Baekje cavalry before the Yonghwa could retreat into formation slashes down the links thus breaking the formation, then it is all out slaughter. Deok Man goes to fight off the Baekje soldiers but get injures when she thrust her swords to one of the Baekje soldiers & sank into the mud
Kim Yu Shin managed to ride to meet with his father
Kim Yu Shin: Father?
Kim Seo Hyeon: What are you doing here?
Kim Yu Shin: Military orders to retreat
Kim Seo Hyeon: Sok Ham fortress?
Kim Yu Shin: It has already been seized & retaken
Kim Seo Hyeon: Are you certain that it is really retaken?
Kim Yu Shin: Yes, Baekje army is slowly dispersing. Sok Ham fortress are just dealing with the remnants of the Baekje’s army
Kim Seo Hyeon: We will retreat from here…sound the horns that we are retreating, ordered the army to retreat to 8 miles radius the regroup the army at the 1st fortress gate
Kim Yu Shin looks around
Kim Yu Shin: Where is my Yonghwa Hyangdo?
Kim Seo Hyeon: We couldn’t contain the battle, so I had order to retreat to the ridge to fight it on their own
Dae Pung: Kim Yu Shin!!!!
Kim Yu Shin: is it just the 2 of you?…What is the situation?….What has happened to the other Nang Do?
Dae Pung: Although we managed to form a circular formation to ward off the enemies
Gun an Heon: Baekje army was overwhelming in numbers
Kim Yu Shin: So what then?….You didn’t care about life & death of your comrades & thet well being of their corpses & ran away
Gun San Heon: Al Cheon ordered that we should disperse & regroup with the main army. If we live & make it, we will return
Kim Yu Shin: Then what about Chun Gun, Shi Ryeol…Chun Soo, Joo Bang & Go Do….Deok Man? Did you see Deok Man?
Dae Pung begins to sob
Dae Pung: I am so sorry
Kim Yu Shin: Where are they?…Where are they attacked?
Soldier: Over here, it is Shin Ryeol
Kim Yu Shin goes to half dead Shin Ryeol
Kim Yu Shin: Shi Ryeol?…Shi Ryeol!!!!
Gu San Heon listening to vital sign
Guk San Heon: He is alive, he is breathing…Shi Ryeol
Shi Ryeol: Kim Yu Shin?….
Kim Yu Shin: Are you badly hurt?
Shi Ryeol: I am fine. There is nothing serious…
Kim Yu Shin: Where are the rest of the Nang Do? How are they?…have you seen them?….Where is Deok Man?
Shi Ryeol: Deok Man….he is….probably already dead
After math of the battlefield with dead corpses & bodies of the fallen soldiers, crow infested & circulating in the sky. Deok man lying in the mud as a crow waiting & perch on the dead corpse next to her
Deok Man: Crow!….If you are hungry, go somewhere else to find food….I…still not there yet….will not die
I marvelled that care has been taken to give accounts in siege tactics on fortified wall. They must have thoroughly research the ancient battle strategies. One must see the movie “Battle of Wits”
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