Nirvana in Fire (2015–…): Season 2, Episode 17 - Episode #2.17 - full transcript

Chong Hua shows off her fighting skills and a friendly match takes a lethal turn.

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[Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Chang Lin]

[Episode 17]

After three rounds of drinks is the time when people are at their liveliest.

Imperial Prince Hui, I have heard that among your entourage,

there is actually a Langya top-ranked expert.

This is my cousin, Tuoba Yu, the third son of our kingdom's Grand Prince Hanhai.

His mother was my aunt, also known as the Grand Princess Jinxian.

In this year's Langya charts, he is ranked fifth.

He indeed looks distinguished and imposing.

I have lived in the palace so my experience is not that vast. The people around me are also just people with limited outlook.

Today, the we are here being merry as host and guest, and there is even such a character among us.



Why not liven things up for this banquet?

Is it okay for our two states to exchange a few martial arts moves?

Since Your Majesty has such pleasurable interest,

how can I dare to refuse it?

Thank you, Your Majesty.

Thank you, Your Imperial Highness.

Thank you for giving me this chance.

Please.

Say, Little Sister, I know that you are careful.

I also am not asking for anything else.

Just tell me the truth.

Your body is much stronger than an ordinary person's,

and you are very obedient to medical prescriptions and very cooperative.

At present, the cold poison in your body is already seventy to eighty percent eliminated. (T/N cold/yin)



It is faster than I expected.

Really?

My good Little Sister, since you came to the capital,

I felt that the good fortune of our House of Chang Lin is much better than before.

Once Pingzhang comes back from the palace,

I will immediately tell him this good news.

You don't know that he will usually pretend to not be bothered it,

just to not make me sad.

But in his heart, he really is very worried.

That is just a normal human reaction. Of course, he will feel that way.

Thank you for being lenient with me.

I am really an outsider. Seeing how they were fighting so excitingly,

I never understood it at all.

Award them wine.

You've always had a good eyesight. Tell me, who won?

Big Brother, stop joking with me. You also were able to see it.

Your Majesty.

What is it, Princess?

Based on our customs, women also train in martial arts just like men.

Since the exchange of moves today is to liven up this alliance banquet,

I will be bold then

to ask for one fight.

Chonghua!

Although the wedding date has been set, I am still a Yan lady today.

Hope Fifth Brother can allow me to be willful this one last time.

Your willfulness has already happened more than once.

That is also not such a big deal.

It's just that my commander is usually a reckless person.

The Princess is royal lady. If you two fight, what if--

After the Commander's fight, I'm sure that he is already exhausted.

Of course, I dare not continue to tire him.

I heard that the Second Young Master of Chang Lin used to train in Langya Court.

I really am looking forward to seeing it. Using this good opportunity, can I ask for some lessons from you?

Imperial Prince Hui, in our empire's past generations,

we did have a Princess who was good at fighting.

A woman who would not lose to any man when it comes to fighting. Since it is only to liven up this banquet,

there is no need to overly restrain her.

Pingjing.

Your Majesty. Your Majesty knows that Pingjing still has injuries, so it's not proper for him to fight.

If Princess wants to have a fight with him, there's no rush in doing it today.

After the marriage, I'm sure that there will be more chances.

I heard that based on the customs of Great Liang, women are taught to be primarily gentle and submissive.

Before I left our kingdom, I've promised my royal father

that after the wedding, I will treat my husband as the sky,

and consider myself as a lady from Great Liang.

I will not wield my sword from then on, and will not be undisciplined and willful.

May the Heir of Chang Lin not worry. I have always showed propriety when I fight.

I just want to see the fighting techniques of Langya.

I definitely will not hurt anyone.

Big Brother, do not worry. I have already fully recuperated. It is better to just deal with her.

Or else, this situation will just get more tense.

Please.

You wrote well.

Thank you, Imperial Mother.

Your cough is still not fully cured, and you are thinking of playing already?

Imperial Uncle already said this morning

that Pingzhang and Big Brother Pingjing will be entering the palace today.

Imperial Mother, send someone to ask them, so that once they are done with official matters,

have them come here to play with me?

Fine.

Go outside the Yixian Hall and check the situation there.

If they are done, tell them that the Crown Prince is asking for an audience from the two young masters of Chang Lin.

Yes.

Thank you, Imperial Mother.

Feizhan.

- Your Majesty.
- Who is winning?

Although Princess Chonghua indeed has exceptional skills, Pingjing has more or less controlled the situation.

He knows how to not let her get hurt. Your Majesty, do not worry.

Your Highness!

- Your Majesty!
- Your Highness!

Your Highness!

- Fifth Brother!
- Your Highness!

Fifth Brother! Fifth Brother!

Your Highness!

- Your Highness!
- Go get the Imperial doctor!

- Summon the Imperial doctor!
- Summoning the Imperial doctor!

- Fifth Brother!
- Summon the Imperial doctor!

Your Highness!

Brother...

Your Highness!

My Fifth Brother came to make an alliance.

He was bearing good intentions. If the House of Chang Lin is against this treaty,

you still should not have done such a cruel act!

I didn't!

Prince Tuoba! Calm down! Calm down!

Anger will not be able to resolve anything!

Imperial Prince Hui was very sincere.

Yet he got assassinated by a murderer right here in your hall!

If Your Majesty will not give us an acceptable explanation,

I swear that Great Yan will never forget this bloody grudge for generations!

Prince Tuoba, the matter happened so suddenly.

Please calm down.

Your Majesty, so many eyes are watching.

It is better to pacify them first.

Men.

Here!

Xiao Pingjing acted recklessly. Immediately detain him.

Lock him in the prison of the Ministry of Justice first, and his case will be investigated later.

Yes!

Your Majesty clearly knows that we are away from our state kingdom, and have no one here to rely on.

With such a huge crime, are you just going to detain him?

Prince Tuoba! Prince Tuoba! His Majesty has already agreed to give you justice.

What you should do now is to find Imperial Prince Hui a place to be buried.

Your Imperial Highness...

Your Imperial Highness!

Your Imperial Highness!

Your Imperial Highness...

Your Imperial Highness...

Xiao Pingjing killed Prince Hui?

Impossible.

I also do not know of the details yet.

Good thing the Crown Prince did not go.

The Northern Yan is indeed a kingdom of fighters.

Their internal fight has become this bloody and horrifying.

An ending like this...

I never expected it.

What should we do next?

May Master give me instructions.

The matter happened so suddenly. Do not make any rash moves first.

Continue getting information. Just be careful.

Yes.

How about this? You personally guard here. Be very vigilant in guarding.

Just give the Northern Yan people whatever they want, but try your best not to let them casually move in and out.

Yes. But...Tuoba Yu...?

If you are really unable to stop him, do not confront him head-on.

Just inform me about it. Go now.

I will follow your orders.

This matter is really troublesome.

Do not say that the Northern Yan did not expect it.

Even we...we did not know that

the Grand Prince is against the peace treaty?

- What nonsense are you saying?!
- Yes.

If Imperial Brother is against the peace treaty, he could just openly say it. Why must he kill anyone?

What happened today was clearly an accident.

Yes.

Your Majesty is wise. I also believe that

this is purely an accident.

But the bloody corpse of Prince Hui is lying there.

I fear that the Northern Yan people will not accept that this matter was just an accident.

Your Majesty, regardless if they accept it or not,

those are just eventual matters. What is troublesome now

is that there is no one we can discuss this matter with.

Although Tuoba Yu is from a noble family, he does not really have any official position.

He was just an escort.

Princess Chonghua is a woman. And she kept insisting

that Second Young Master deliberately did the murder.

A Northern Yan prince of direct bloodline dying in the court hall of our Great Liang,

are we still going to get the ruler of Northern Yan

send another envoy to discuss how to resolve this problem?

It was supposed to be a performance to liven up the banquet.

How come it turned out like this?

If Second Young Master could have been a bit more careful, it would have been better.

Your Majesty.

Ministers.

The cabinet worked hard for so many days for the peace talks between Yan and Liang,

yet it ended up in such a predicament.

Our House of Chang Lin understand your worries and hardships.

I am apologizing for them.

I am very grateful that Your Majesty believes

that Pingjing did not do it deliberately.

But to say that this matter is purely an accident,

I fear that we cannot make such an abrupt conclusion.

- Pingzhang, what you mean is...
- I feel that with such a huge matter,

we must take into considerations all possibilities. It is not good to casually make conclusions.

If Your Majesty will allow it, I want to visit Pingjing first.

Go now. Pingjing is just being detained, but he can accept visitors. Just go as you want.

Thank you, Your Majesty.

I heard that the Second Young Master of Chang Lin used to train in Langya Court.

I really look forward to seeing it.

Do not know if I can ask for a few lessons?

But why must she do such a thing?

[The Northern Yan emissary troupe might not be of one heart.]

Old Master knew that I surely would get bored here in the capital.

That's why if he sees any odd things or hears any strange information, he will send me letters.

Heir of Chang Lin, please be careful.

Which cell?

It is the first cell after the steps.

[Xiao Pingjing]

Big Brother.

I initially thought that Princess Chonghua was just angry that she will be married off to a foreign state,

and that her attacks were so heavy because she wanted to vent this anger.

Who would have thought..

Looks like the person that Old Master Lin is referring to as not being of one heart is Princess Chonghua.

If it weren't her, who else would it be? I'm sure this is not an accident.

And if I wasn't the one who did it, it had to be her.

It all happened too quickly. No one was looking closely.

Now, you two are each giving a different testimony. Not only the people from Northern Yan,

even those of our people present

might find it difficult to believe she did this intentionally.

And a letter from Langya Court, as cryptic as it is,

cannot provide evidence of her premeditation.

If you were to present this now,

others would think you were suspicious.

A pure accident

would be easier for them to accept.

Yes, apart from other people,

I still find it hard to believe now.

I still cannot believe she would do such a thing.

Prince Hui is her actual fifth brother, and a Prince of her country.

If it were not for the note from Old Master Lin, who would have thought she would do that?

The closer to the throne,

anything can happen.

It is only because we are outsiders, and do not fully understand the situation in Northern Yan.

Even if we know that Princess Chonghua is harboring a different intention,

if we are only to rely on deductions, I am afraid that we will not be able to deduce the truth.

What about Tuoba Yu?

He's an insider.

Minister Xun.

High Priest.

If the reason that High Priest came here at this time

is because of what happened at the Chaoyang Hall earlier,

you might be disappointed in the end.

This duel with Princess Chonghua

was not my suggestion.

If Tuoba Yu remains calm, he will realize things are not so simple.

If Imperial Prince Hui has any enemies in Northern Yan,

and how his enemies have been planning, Tuoba Yu would have a clearer understanding.

If we have a real discussion with Tuoba Yu..?

Big Brother, what is it?

I fear that the critical point here is not what the truth is.

It is also not who Tuoba Yu will believe in in the end.

Pingjing...

no matter who Prince Hui's enemy is in his kingdom,

this person has already won

Already won?

Think about it. Prince Hui was about to be made Crown Prince.

After his death, the situation in Northern Yan

and whoever gains control of the kingdom,

would only care about his own power,

and not the real truth about Prince Hui's death.

How he might use this knowledge for the future,

we would have even more difficulty predicting.

But still, that is one thing we can be sure of.

But still that might not be good for our Great Liang.

I do not know if I have felt incorrectly

since the last time we were speaking at Qian Tian Court,

today you seem a little cold toward me?

Last time, I felt some anxiety.

Thankfully, Feizhan's words reminded me.

Commander Xun's words?

Even a highly-skilled martial artist like Duan Tongzhou,

the High Priest is willing to sacrifice.

It would appear High Priest is even more callous than I am?

But on further consideration,

why would High Priest join in the court struggles

just to repay Her Highness' kindness?

I, Xun Baishui, am not so easily convinced of people's motivations,

or I would have not have reached my position,

and if the High Priest cannot be honest with me,

then I'm afraid our cooperation cannot continue.

Minister Xun.

It looks like we must make a deal today.

I know...that these negotiations were close to Royal Father's goals,

but now...

everything is ruined.

Is that right?

Imperial Prince Hui was the lead representative,

his death means all has been destroyed.

The current situation does not look good.

After all their hard work, it is understandable that the court ministers are angry.

I did not have a chance to see the message, how could I have...?

If only I was more careful.

Don't be silly.

No matter how clever you are, you could not have predicted

such a thing could have happened.

Then Big Brother,

what should we do now?

His Majesty is unlike Her Highness the Empress,

he does not believe in the Baishen cult.

Although my presence in the royal court is acknowledged as an elder,

in His Majesty's eyes,

I am just a sorcerer who helps him

nurse...

a heritable lung disease.

Listening to this,

the High Priest does not feel satisfied?

I am responsible for communicating with the heavens.

I am resourceful and decisive. I am talented.

But because of my identity as a sorcerer,

with the attitude of His Majesty within the Royal Court,

I'm afraid, I have no way of expanding.

Since time immemorial, the grandest merit...

has always been being able to help a new Emperor ascend to the throne.

As Her Highness the Empress is currently favoring me, I am taking the opportunity

to make a contribution towards the Crown Prince's future,

to gain real power in the future.

A real political position in the country.

Your aim is a political position?

Minister Xun thinks that my ambitions are a bit absurd?

With careful consideration...

it is not impossible.

The Grand Prince of Chang Lin Manor is also not a superstitious person.

No matter how ambitious I am,

I fear that all of them might just end up as nothing.

Surely this explanation, with Minister's Xun's own goals,

are completely aligned?

You also clearly understand the current situation.

It can be said that both sides are having some hesitations.

The flames of war inside Northern Yan have not yet been pacified. They have no strength to care about their borders,

that's why they wanted to have peace talks with Great Liang.

His Majesty and the court officials feel

Northern Yan might not kick up such a fuss beyond reparation.

But the death of their prince is not a small matter either.

If this matter isn't placated well, the ruler of Northern Yan might still disregard the consequences,

and come to seek revenge because of anger.

That's why, I said earlier, that both sides have their hesitations.

His Majesty is level-headed, and he cares for you.

Though he has not said so, I would guess

His Majesty would be willing to conclude it as an accident,

primarily to smooth things over.

But Prince Hui indeed died in the Imperial court here in the Imperial city.

Just with that,

our side is already looking to be in the wrong.

If His Majesty wants to pacify the matter, he surely will try to give in to some demands by Northern Yan.

High Priest is saying

that even if the cabinet does not do anything,

His Majesty will naturally choose to give in?

This is a mysterious case that will be unsolvable.

It is hard to predict what the consequences will be if we continue to insist on our stance.

If the situation worsens, the crime of Xiao Pingjing

will also become graver.

His Majesty most likely chose to give in, just to protect this Second Young Master of Chang Lin.

The Grand Prince loves his son and he understands His Majesty's intentions the most,

that's why he surely will not object it.

But if our Great Liang chooses to give in,

then is that not admitting to everyone that it was our mistake?

Acting in recklessness and accidentally killing someone,

compared to inciting a war between the two kingdoms,

the crime is indeed lighter,

but it is still a crime?

That is indeed true. Once His Majesty agrees to give in,

although the current crisis might temporarily be resolved,

the benefits of the alliance that the government initially should have obtained

will all be repealed.

These losses and the possibility of Northern Yan using this as an excuse in the future

to incite any border conflicts,

will all be blamed to Xiao Pingjing, and he will never be able to clear his name from it anymore.

And those matters that Minister Xun had been worrying about last month

will now all be swept away.

Is it not this is a matter worth being happy about?

I am indeed a bit happy.

But Xiao Pingjing is just an idle person in Chang Lin Manor.

His reputation getting destroyed does not really change

the current set up here in Jinling.

That's why there is really nothing worthy of being happy about.

Minister, why must you be this depressed?

The Grand Prince is already old.

The Minister should put your sights on these younger generations of Chang Lin.

Even if that is the case, it will not fall unto this Second Young Master. Who does not know

that Xiao Pingzhang is the future head of Chang Lin Manor?

A man grows fat by eating one mouthful at a time.

We must take them down slowly,

one by one.

Your Majesty, go back now.

Grand Prince, Eldest Young Master is back.

Royal Father.

What did Pingjing say?

It is almost the same as we have deduced.

It is not accidental, but we will not be able to prove it.

No way to prove it?

I fear that it will be hard for him to clear his name from this.

Royal Father stayed in the palace longer than I.

What did His Majesty say afterwards?

You also understand His Majesty's thoughts.

He is already planning to give in.

He is going to give Northern Yan some amicable conditions

and placate the current situation first.

No.

I disagree.

What? What did you say?

I don't agree.

You don't agree to what?

I don't agree that His Majesty should give in.

If we yield, then it means we are admitting we are wrong.

Not only will people talk about it, it will destroy Pingjing's future.

As his older brother,

I clearly know that Pingjing did not do anything, so we must not admit it just like this.

I know that it is hard for you to accept this result.

But right now, other than Pingjing's testimony in defense of himself,

we do not even know the reason why Princess Chonghua did such a thing.

If we just openly accuse her,

the risk is too big and the consequences hard to imagine.

If this leads to a war between the two countries, won't Pingjing's crime be more grave?

But if we give in,

will the consequences be imaginable already?

Since time immemorial, the dealings between two kingdoms have always been because of benefits.

No one really cares about what the truth is.

The government situation of Northern Yan is unstable. If His Majesty gives in,

the present situation indeed might get pacified because of it. But at what cost?

Not only will Pingjing bear a criminal reputation for something that he has never done,

once Northern Yan is able to recover, they can turn hostile against us anytime,

and use this matter as an excuse to break the alliance.

That's why I think that patching up this quarrel

is not the best option.

Your Majesty!

Your Majesty, your health is not good, should I call for the Royal Physician to take a look?

It's nothing, I just got up too quickly.

Today the court ministers still have important matters to resolve.

- Help me change my clothes.
- Yes.

♫ The long, slow song rises like wind flowing through the corridors reaching the imposing, opulent and bright Imperial Hall ♫

♫ Memories of that certain year, when far-away borders blazed with fires of war, in vast fields of ice and snow ♫

♫ From this world, the many slanders pass through the vermilion gates, over the palace walls ♫

♫ Beneath iron armor, together with silken skirts and silver spears, hair grows hoary as though with early frost ♫

♫ Hoping for the day when we can sincerely join hands in a faraway place without a second thought ♫

♫ Fiery liquor consumed at the end of the world, at the limits of exhaustion, is a feast! ♫

♫ There is little intention to return the real men to the war in the north, though willing, they are not given free rein ♫

♫ Discussions about their heroism led them to be questioned, and suffer dismal complaints around them, unable to clear their names ♫

♫ Good bows hoarded; likewise, so as not to injure, sigh against the way of heaven when stored indefinitely ♫

♫ Clouds of fear calm shameful waves, the night air stops their bickering by starlight ♫

♫ There is little intention to return the real men to the war in the north, though willing, they are not given free rein ♫

♫ Discussions about their heroism led them to be questioned, and suffer dismal complaints around them, unable to clear their names ♫

♫ Good bows hoarded; likewise, so as not to injure, sigh against the way of heaven when stored indefinitely ♫

♫ Clouds of fear calm shameful waves, the night air stops their bickering by starlight ♫

♫ There is little intention to return the real men to the war in the north, though willing, they are not given free rein ♫

♫ Discussions about their heroism led them to be questioned, and suffer dismal complaints around them, unable to clear their names ♫

♫ Hoping for the whole world to remain at peace, quench the fires of war ♫