Nirvana in Fire (2015–…): Season 2, Episode 36 - Episode #2.36 - full transcript

Prince of Changlin accompanies Ping Jing to the Imperial Court to explain to the emperor why the royal decree was not obeyed.

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[Episode 36]

What are you saying?

You can't even enter through the main door?

Senior Grand Secretary, the Heir Consort doesn't allow us t report.

We can't forced an attack into a Prince Manor.

Don't you have the decree from the Empress Dowager?

Minister, the Heir Consort said the decree isn't for her,

she doesn't allow us to announce it.

Both of you leave first.


Feizhan, things have come to this end,

why do you still think I'm in the wrong?

The Chang Lin Manor repeated said they are loyal to His Majesty, but what about their actions?

Xiao Pingjing has just gotten hold of the military authority,

he dared to defy the decree.

Isn't it because his father is assisting His Majesty in court, and His Majesty is young?

If the late emperor is still alive, would they be so bold?

If the later emperor is still alive, this ridiculous decree

wouldn't exist right from the beginning!

It is the right way to follow the rules while the nation is in mourning period, how ridiculous is that?

Uncle, you know this better than anyone else!

What do you mean by this?

Uncle, there's no point in

arguing over this.

No matter what happened behind the scene, in the eyes of others,

that decree was clearly in your hands.

Pingjing defied and refused to accept the decree, it was as insult to His Majesty's authority.

The decree mentioned about the mourning period of the late emperor,

His Majesty's filial piety as a child is on the line.

Uncle, you repeatedly say that you are doing this for the sake of His Majesty's future,

but have you thought of this before? When things don't go your way,

His Majesty's reputation and interest will be affected!

Empress Dowager has always been lacking in foresight,

she can't see clearly the biggest bargaining chip you have in your heart.

That bargaining chip isn't about principles of right and wrong or status,

it's not about those ministers whom you have drawn to your side.

Actually, Uncle, you know it very well in your heart that the fact that Pingjing voluntarily returns to capital for interrogation,

it's not for anyone else's

but His Majesty's dignity.

I'm not wrong, am I?

So what if you are right?

So you go all out to suppress Chang Lin Manor,

to prevent powerful ministers from getting too powerful and making the king feel insecure. For this very motive,

yet you are placing all your bets on Xiao Pingjing's loyalty to His Majesty.

Aren't you being paradoxical?

Feizhan, do you still not understand?

A person's heart will change.

The late emperor has just passed on. There isn't adequate time

for Chang Lin Manor to have ulterior motive yet.

But what about in the future? Once they are used to wielding power and authority,

once they are used to act without restrain,

who would still be willing to be submissive and bow to the king?

Who would be willing to go back to the past?

So the crime of Chang Lin is in the future!

It's better to take precautions now than to regret later.

Uncle, you have always view others as bad.

I can't persuade you at all.

Since Pingjing has returned, it shows that he has no wish of evading.

Why do you still send people to the manor and push them so hard

to the point of bringing insult on yourself?


I will wait.

This prescription is good.

I think after resting for a couple more days, I will be well.

Royal father, you don't have to attend court with me.

Rest and recuperate.

I can handle it myself.


No, some things have to be done

for everyone to see.

I know your temperament very well.

I also know what kind of mental preparation you have done.

Us, father and son, to this point, we have achieved what we want with a clear conscience.

There's nothing to feel bad about it.


His Majesty is young and his disposition and temperament are not matured yet.

He's easily swayed by others. For the sake of his future,

there are some words in my heart I must tell him personally.

I must stand by your side during this crucial moment.

[Prince of Chang Lin Manor]

Say something. Do I look good?

Never been better.

I'm going.

Royal father.

Let's go to court.

Your Highness, please have your breakfast.

How is His Majesty doing?

His Majesty has woke up and washed.

After breakfast, he would leave and attend court for the interrogation.

Today is different than before.

You must keep a close eye on every movement in Chaoyang Hall.


Your Majesty, it is time.

I have always hope that my relationship with royal uncle and Brother Pingjing

will be the same as before.

But at the same time, I don't wish for them to keep treating me like a child.

I have grown up.

I am the ruler of Great Liang, as with the late emperor.

Am I contradicting myself with these words?

Your Majesty, arguments will arise at the imperial court today.

Your Majesty, once you have listened to all parties, you do according

to what you want.

His Majesty is leaving now.

Let us just go together.

No one can say what the result will be in the court today.

But Elder Prince surely will need us.


Greetings, Your Majesty!

Subjects, please rise. Elder Prince of Chang Lin, please sit down.

Thank you, Your Majesty.

Informing Your Majesty, the interrogation for the crime of General of Huaihua

of refusing to accept your decree outside Ningguan Fortress

has been delayed for several days. There are already a lot of

criticisms within the government. If this goes on,

it will surely negatively affect the mighty reputation of the imperial family.

We cannot delay it any longer.

What does the cabinet suggests?

I ask Your Majesty to allow me

to interrogate General of Huaihua right in this court.

Okay. I am allowing Senior Grand Secretary to ask the questions in my behalf.

Thank you, Your Majesty.

May I ask General of Huaihua, on the 1st day of the 10th month,

outside the military camp of Ningguan Fortress,

the soldier under your service forcefully hindered us and wouldn't let us into the fortress.

Is that true?

Military governance should be strict.

While we still haven't verified your identity, how can we allow anyone to just casually enter?

When Lord Xun showed the Imperial Sword, were you not allowed to enter too?

Even if that is so, after I went through so many ordeals to finally see you,

showed you His Majesty's written decree,

what did you tell me?

I begged Minister to delay the promulgation of the decree for a few days.

Respecting one's ruler is the first rule in the cardinal rules.

What right do you have to ask for a delay? It is because you hold

the Chang Lin military seal as the Head Commander of the border army?

Cook it now so that Elder Master will be able to drink it upon returning from the court.


I've already did as you said.

Are you and Pingjing still not talking much together?

After returning to the capital, he has a lot of problems to deal with.

I also was intentionally avoiding him.

It's already rare that you two get to see each other.

Why must you still avoid him?

For these past 2 years, he lost so many people.

I was afraid that he'll ask me about the health condition of Elder Prince.

I don't know how to answer him.

What you mean is...Royal Father, he...

I thought that

Royal Father can live up to 100 years old.

Minister Xun, to resist the main troop of the Royal Army to move southwards

will need how many military men and resources.

Do you know?

Before a battle, if the communications and deployment of each military camp suddenly get thrown in to confusion,

how dangerous will our northern borders be. Do you know?

I believe in Your Majesty.

If Your Majesty knew about it beforehand, he will not make such a decree. Am I right?

I indeed did not know of it.

Informing Your Majesty,

I think that General of Huaihua's defense is basically reversing the cause and effect.

General, base on what I know,

was it not your deliberate plot to lure the enemy army southwards?

There is such a thing?

Minister Qi is the deputy minister of the Ministry of War.

Minister Jin.

Elder Prince.

I want to know if those words earlier is the conclusion of your Ministry of War?

The Ministry of War has never had a discussion about the Battle of Ningguan.

This must be Deputy Minister Qi's own opinion.

Is Deputy Minister Qi trying to change the original crime that Minister Xun mentioned

and accuse General of Huaihua for rebellion then?

Elder Prince, I did not mean to do that.

I just realized after checking the different military reports

that based on timing, General of Huaihua

reorganized the troops and allocated and transferred military resources first before the enemy army entered the border.

During the initial stage of the war, the Chang Lin Army clearly could have

collaborated with the other camp to surround the Royal Army south of Moshan.

But he instead lured the enemy southwards,

entering Ningzhou. Beforehand, he even asked so many border town citizens

to withdraw.

Your Majesty, all these movements are clearly showing

that General of Huaihua is deliberately inciting a huge war

and not just only resisting and defending.

So in your eyes,

the way we battle in the borders is not based on any strategies or military techniques.

Both sides should only just defend one line and randomly slash at each other face to face. Is that it?

Your Lady Majesty, with Senior Grand Secretary being there, things will naturally be alright.

What are you still worrying about?

Although Senior Brother secretly sent the Donghu Yulin to guard outside the city,

that is still the House of Chang Lin.

How can I not worry?

Although that's the case, if they are able to resolve things in the imperial court,

unless there is really no more choice, who will want the capital to turn into a bloodbath?

In terms of military strength,

the Donghu Yulin Army is way smaller than the Chang Lin Army.

But older brother has already said

that it's not simply based on number.

I still feel that Your Lady Majesty is overthinking.

Your Lady Majesty, think about it.

Given the affection with the former emperor and with His Majesty being in the court right now,

it will never reach that step.

Your Majesty, what we are interrogating here today is not the military strategy of the Chang Lin Army, right?

It is also not how General of Huaihua deploy and set up military formation.

I just want to ask one question.

In front of the imperial decree, General of Huaihua,

did you clearly express that you are refusing to accept it?


I previously tried to persuade you

and informed you of the pros and cons. When I was left with no choice,

only then did I forcefully promulgated the decree.

But General of Huaihua acted as if not hearing it and insisted on going out to battle.

Is that correct?


From the looks of it,

Your Majesty, General of Huaihua has then openly admitted

to the crime of disobeying the imperial decree and Your Majesty, and disrespecting the former emperor.

The decree stated that Your Majesty had dreamt of the late emperor.


It can be considered so.

The late emperor has been benevolent in his reign.

If he knew that heaven has bestowed on a great opportunity to rid the northern borders of frequent wars,

Your Majesty, do you think he would put a stop to it?

Only His Majesty can sense the late emperor's spirit.

How dare you make a baseless conjecture?

Your subject, I admit to not receiving the decree.

But I will not admit to having any thoughts of being disloyal and unrighteous.

The ones who are standing here in the palace's imperial court

are the ones who are right at the top.

Maybe all of you are thinking so long as the northern border is not breached,

the capital is not endangered,

then no matter whether the main troops of the enemy is annihilated or retreated,

there seems to be no difference.

But thousand li away,

places where you can't see and can't hear,

there are hundreds thousands of border soldiers and citizens,

aren't they citizens of Great Liang?

Don't we need to be concerned whether they are dead or alive or living in danger or in peace?

General of Huaihua, in front of all the ministers in court,

your intentions are very clear.

So long as His Majesty is against your wishes,

you will defy and not accept them.

You are not loyal. You are arrogant!

If everything has to go according to you,

if all the right and wrong has to be according to you,

then who is the rightful ruler of the world?

His Majesty is young, he has a long way to go in ruling the country.

If His Majesty's decree is against your wishes,

are you going to depose His Majesty?

Minister Xun, what you have said

is not impossible.

You said Old Prince said he wants to despose His Majesty?

Yes, when Old Prince said that,

everyone in the hall were shocked.

Your Highness.

What happened after that?

I knew something is wrong, so I left immediately to inform you.

What happened afterwards, I don't know.

- Fool! Go back and find out!
- Yes.

Don't bow anymore. Go now!

Your Highness.

Your Majesty, I have been instructed by the late emperor to assist you.

There are some words, if I don't say them now,

I'm afraid no one would speak with you honestly.

Royal Uncle, please give me your advice.

If I, your subject, becomes too powerful and unrestrained,

it might really endanger the ruler.

Because of this, it seems like not a big deal

to guard against it.

The position and military authority of Chang Lin Manor

are bestowed by Emperor Wujing and the late emperor.

If Your Majesty feels uneasy about this,

both my son and I are willing to give them back.

What I'm most afraid of is that Your Majesty might have the misconception that these are

all that it is to being an emperor.

So long as you have the power and authority, check and balance the imperial court,

the country can be stable,

you can sleep in peace.

But royal uncle, do you know what I think?

Your Majesty, please speak.

When the late emperor was reigning, many of his opinions are different from yours.

I know that I'm still young and lacking knowledge,

there might be other areas in the future that might not meet your expectations.

But I feel that

if everything is handled the way according to General of Huaihua,

I'm not as forbearing and firm as the late emperor, I can't help but have fears in my heart.

Your Majesty, it's my fault that you have fears.

Royal Uncle.

Your Majesty, do you know what's happening in Northern Yan?

I heard that they are changing their king.

This throne is not that easy to hold on to.

Since ancient times, no empire lasts forever and nothing remains constant and not change at all.

So as a ruler who thinks and plans for the future,

he must constantly have fears and worries in him.

I hope Your Majesty would understand that

the more fears and worries you have, the bigger heart you must have for all citizens.

Check and balance is important in the imperial court,

but the crux of the matter is that

no matter how many measures, wisdom or strategem you have,

the key person is the king himself.

You must hold the throne steadily and be able to dominate the court.

- Royal father.
- Royal uncle.

Old Prince!

Old Prince!

Summon the royal physician!

- Royal father.
- These words...

It would be more appropriate for me to tell you these words after you've grown up.

But I, your subject, is useless. It was tough for me

to stand here in court. I'm afraid...

I'm afraid I can't wait for that day.

Royal father.

As the main commander of Chang Lin, the battle at Ning Pass

is not decided solely by General of Huaihua.

I knew everything since the beginning stage of planning.

As for the end result, there were many obstacles.

I believe all the ministers have heard it well.

The end result and the facts are right before your eyes.

Pingjing doesn't need to defend himself any longer.

Minister Xun, you've worked hard.

Please stop trying to probe what are our bottom line.

I will still say this. No one in Chang Lin Manor

has the desire for position and power.

Royal father.

Old Prince!

Royal father!

- Father!
- Elder Prince! Elder Prince!

Elder Prince!

Royal Father!

Royal Father...

Bring him inside the room and let him lie flat.

Do not put any pillow. Put a warm cauldron near his feet.

- Okay.
- Hurry!

- Call some more people over.
- Okay.

- Men!
- Is the medicine already cooked?

- Imperial Son, you can't--
- Imperial Mother!

Don't say it anymore. Don't say anything anymore.

Gao Fu, where are my imperial physicians? Have they all went already?

Replying to Your Majesty, the Head Imperial Doctor has already personally led some men to go there.


Imperial Son...

Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager, just let His Majesty recover from the trauma first.


Immediately rush to Chang Lin Manor.

Don't alarm anyone. Just stay by the gates.

No matter what is happening inside, I must know of it immediately.

Yes, Master.


Tell me. Do I still have time?

Royal Father, Ce'er is on his way back here.


Third Little Brother wasn't able to return to you and your mother's side before.

Did you ever blame me?

I didn't say anything.

When one get old, the more ancient a matter is,

the more you can remember them. Look at her.

Look at her.

She looks so like her father.

My father died in the battlefield.

I never blamed you.

Even my mother didn't.

She was just too broken-hearted.

She does not want you to be like her. Am I right?

But in the end, you still cannot avoid getting sad about such a matter.

Am I right, child?

Since a human has a heart,

how can it not be hurt?

Has a heart...

how can it not be hurt...

Those words are so right.

Please come in.

Young Master.

I was ordered by His Majesty to come here and still must return to the palace to report to him.

May Second Young Master allow us to enter

and check on Elder Prince. Is that okay?

Minister Tang, Old Hall Master Li is already inside.

Please go in too.



♫ 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 ♫

♫ Luminous cherry trees, deep-rooted with long and slender frames, still sport magnificent flowers ♫

♫ Unexpected torrential rain and heavy wind, what does it matter? ♫

♫ Between the trees, the moon brightly guards peak after jagged peak ♫

♫ Banners tremble, drums roar, a ribbon of a thousand horsemen ride back up the ridge to settle the score ♫

♫ 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 ♫

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