Nirvana in Fire (2015–…): Season 2, Episode 43 - Episode #2.43 - full transcript

General Yue convinces the emperor to look into the Eastern Sea State's motives, and has to decide if he is going to believe the word of a maid.

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

[Episode 43]

I'm boldly deducing that what Donghai really wants

is only the three Huaidong regions.

What General Yue wants to say is Donghai initially planned to retreat,

that's why, my war achievements are in reality, meaningless?

That is not what I meant.

But from what I have heard,

you were indeed giving such a connotation.

Prince Laiyang, you are overthinking.

From my understanding, he did not meant it that way.



Continue saying.

Yes.

The three regions of Huaidong is connected with the Donghai kingdom. It includes a lot of islands and a vast sea territory.

Once Donghai obtains Huaidong, they will be able to use the natural barrier of Huaishui, so it will be easier to guard the area but hard to attack.

By then, it will be hard for our Great Liang to sail out into the open seas.

As for why the Donghai kingdom dared to gamble it all in this one battle,

not minding to become our enemy and still persisted to take Huaidong,

there surely is some important motive behind this.

Then, General Yue, why important motive do you think Donghai has?

What is the importance of these three regions,

I still am unable to fully understand.

What do you mean by 'still unable to fully understand'?

Regarding this matter, I have already written a report beforehand.

Today, I ask Your Majesty and the ministers to discuss it.



Senior Grand Secretary.

Yes.

For General Yue's thoughts,

I feel requires more meticulous study to arrive with a conclusion.

Your Majesty, what Senior Grand Secretary said is so right.

The understanding of the government regarding Donghai is indeed not enough.

It might indeed be like what General Yue said,

that we belittled their resolution to obtained the three areas of Huaidong. But in my opinion,

judgment about another kingdom will involve a lot of aspects, so we must not rush it

to prevent coming up with a rash conclusion.

That will instead be unhelpful.

It will be the end of the year soon. The offering ceremony concerns the kingdom's fate for the next year.

It also must not be neglected.

In my opinion, why do we not just wait for next year

and ask the cabinet to gather all the ministries and discuss this matter in more details?

Plan the situation in the eastern borders all over again.

What Prince Laiyang said is also reasonable.

There is no rush to do it at this moment.

The ideas of General Yue

is very unique and seems useful.

Since we are going to re-discuss the eastern border situation at the start of next year,

do not rush in going back after the new year celebration.

Stay in the capital to hear your next task.

Okay. Let us do it that way then.

General Yue, stay in the capital, so it will be easier for all of us to discuss the battle plans.

I will abide.

Miss...

You are awake.

I...

Miss, do not be afraid.

You are finally awake. What is your name?

Can you understand what I am saying?

Could you be a mute?

You fainted outside the city.

Do you remember?

We then rescued you.

Inside the city?

You can talk?

Why am I here? Why did you bring me back into the city?

No. No.

Do not be afraid. I have no other intentions.

I just want to ask why you must leave.

Where are you going once you leave?

I also do not know where I should go.

Maybe, I will go back to Qianzhou.

Qianzhou? You are from Qianzhou?

I am on duty at Qianzhou.

But from your intonation,

it does not sound that way.

I left my home province for a long time.

Prince's Consort, the tea is cold.

Prince.

The weather has gone cold. Wife is pregnant,

so it is better not to stay in the garden for too long.

This is the first new year since we got married.

There are still a lot of things that you do not understand.

I already made a list of the people that usually come to the manor and the connections that we must visit.

Just prepare it as what is written here.

Yes.

In the people from the eastern border,

His Majesty personally chose 10 people

to allow to stay in the capital to attend the new year ceremony.

This is the place where they stay.

Provide each with gifts too and send them to their lodging.

For these people, double the value of the gifts.

For this Yue Yinchuan, make it triple.

Okay.

The tea is cold. Do you two not know to pour the Prince's Consort some new tea?

We admit our mistake.

[Ministry of War]

General Yue, I have found all the copy of the military reports that you want.

Thank you for your hard work.

The minister also personally instructed me to do so.

No need for thanks.

Actually, when General Yue first came,

you should have mentioned that you came to the capital to have an audience with His Majesty.

Just informing us your ranking,

there are really too many big shots here in the capital,

hence, we have arranged you to the back of the pack

and let you come in vain several times.

We really did not mean to bring you difficulties. Hope you will not put it to heart.

No such things. You are being too polite.

You want to return to Qianzhou?

Who then is your travel permit?

What?

To travel that far, there would be several city defenses that you will pass through.

You must have an identity proof and travel permit, right?

I...

I...

Do you know...

what you look like now?

What?

You look like an escaping slave.

Ha?! So you are really an escaped slave?

General, you are back.

Call Tan Heng over.

General, that lady is awake. General Tan is currently interrogating her.

- Place the items inside my room.
- Yes.

- May Lord let me go!
- No...

I really did not do anything wrong! I really did not!

I also did not do anything.

I just want to...want to go back

- to my home province.
- What is going on?

- What did you do?
- I...did not do anything. It is true.

I just asked her if she was an escaped slave and she got scared like that.

If you really want to leave, no one will stop you.

But miss have you thought about these? You still have not fully recovered, you do not have any money,

and you cannot even clearly explain to us your real identity. How then will you be able to return to your home province from the capital alive?

We really expended a huge effort in saving you.

We really do not want to see you just go out to die.

Am I right, General?

You handle this on your own. I will not interfere.

General!

Have you gotten the stuff you asked from the Ministry of War?

Minister Jin already gave the orders. Of course, I already got it.

You called him general earlier?

Yes. He is the General Yue of our Qianzhou Military Camp.

Did I not tell you already that we are not bandits.

We also are not tasked to arrest escaped slaves.

Then...you previously said that your post is in Qianzhou.

Is your general involved in the battle with Donghai?

He did. We all did.

I heard that there were a lot of people who died in my home province.

Do you feel that we did not do our duty well

in protecting the citizens?

No.

I know better than all of you

that it was not your fault.

What is going on?

Since I will eventually die,

I cannot die in vain.

What do you mean?

Lord, you are back.

[Xun Manor]

You really are a servant of the Xun manor?

I already am not considered a servant of the Xun manor.

It should be Prince Laiyang manor.

Why then did you escape out of the Prince Laiyang manor?

And what do you want to tell me?

I am going to expose Prince Laiyang's wrongdoings.

You child...

You even know to come back?

Auntie.

I was not filial.

I made auntie worry these past years.

It is enough that you are back...

Uncle.

We have not seen for so many years. Is your health

still well?

Still well...

It is just that there are too many matters to handle in the palace.

I cannot do anything about it.

Once His Majesty grows a little bit older,

everything will also become more relaxed.

Feizhan just got back. He surely is tired already.

There will still be a lot of chances to chat. Let us let him rest first.

Okay.

I have already prepared the courtyard that you are staying.

Let me take you there.

Thank you, Auntie.

Is that possible?

You must have proof to back what you are saying.

Without any evidences, how can you let people believe the words of a slave girl like you?

Is it not, General?

General...

you are not really believing that it is....

I must think about the words you said first.

Take her back to rest.

Do not worry. I will not hand you to anyone.

Thank you, General.

General, have you been suspecting Prince Laiyang all long?

Every person's battle technique is different.

No matter if it is a weird advancement or illogical coincidence,

all these can happen in a battlefield.

So even towards you,

I am unable to clearly say what I my suspicions are.

- Until...
- Until today,

when a servant girl far away in the capital

was able to accurately say the doubts that you are having.

No matter who he is that betrayed the country by conniving with the enemy, he must not be forgiven!

Lower down your voice. Sit down.

Let us not talk about other things first,

just think about those brothers of ours that died or got injured,

we must intervene in this matter!

How do you plan to intervene?

File a complaint to the Ministry of War or to the Imperial Censor Office!

In accusing Prince Laiyang,

to whom should we say it to?

The testimony of a slave girl is not enough to get him a sentence.

If we want to get hard evidences, we must continue meticulously investigating this matter.

In this Jinling City, I fear that the only person that can suppress Prince Laiyang and prematurely start the trial of this case

is the Senior Grand Secretary of the cabinet.

Then take this slave girl and see Senior Grand Secretary.

After the Donghai battle, the two families were joined by marriage.

What is really the relationship between the two,

how can us people living outside the city understand?

Also, are you sure that

the Senior Grand Secretary of the cabinet is worth trusting?

We still have His Majesty.

We cannot easily have the chance to speak with His Majesty.

General!

Prince Laiyang is currently enjoying illustrious fame.

For a level 5 official like me to try to topple him,

I fear that it is even difficult to make the first step.

But there is one statement that you said that is very right.

Which one?

We must not endure a traitor.

We must intervene in this matter.

Wishing Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager peace and happiness in this new year, long life and good health.

Everyone, get up.

Thank you, Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager!

Today is the 1st day of the new year, a very auspicious day.

The palace will prioritize merriment. I also will not restrain you all.

Since you already have come to wish me new year, get your rewards and go have fun.

Thanks, Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager.

Lord, happy new year.

Lord, your letter. It just arrived.

[For Brother Xun Feizhan]

Tell Master that I will be going to him later to wish him.

Yes.

[For Senior Grand Secretary Xun Baishui, from Xiao Pingjing]

That is great!

Then, does Pinjing know about this?

You really can keep things. Why did you not say it earlier?

When I first saw Pingjing,

when I saw that little rascal,

I felt happy that he did not know I am.

But after being with him for a long time, I wanted to tell him already. But I did not know how to bring it up.

Now that so many things have happened,

I am unable to find an appropriate time to tell him this anymore.

It was hard on you.

How about I tell it to him in your behalf?

No, Sister. Just give me some more time.

I want to personally tell it to him.

That is good too.

But do not let him wait for too long.

Or else, I will not be able to hold it in.

This Laiyang Mountain is actually quieter today than usual days.

There are no sign of new year celebration at all.

Only Ce'er was running around dressed in red.

There are no time in the mountain, hence, it is like this.

The Langya Court has been coldly observing for so many years.

What then is still surprising about a year, a holiday,

an hour, and a century?

Although that is so,

for me, this one year, 365 plus days, 24 hours in a day,

is the longest torment.

Pingjing.

I lost eldest brother, lost father,

and was unable to see you.

For these past 3 years, I have been hearing the sound of my heart so clearly.

That is why, I cannot lie to myself anymore.

Lin Xi, I want to accompany you in traveling the world.

I want to accompany you in writing those medical books.

I still have a lot of things I want to do.

But I just cannot imagine

how my future days will be without you.

That is why, I want to ask you to allow me

to be accompany you in this lifetime, never separating.

Can I?

Pingjing,

I have something to tell you.

Wait a minute, Lin Xi.

I have long taken off that silver lock.

You also know that was Royal Father's wishes.

But I have waited for so long and that lady never appeared.

That is why, I believe

that she must have found a better home.

What if that lady appears?

Isn't this my silver locket?

You've taken yours off, but I haven't wore mine.

Why do you have this?

I'm sorry, Pingjing.

I should have told you earlier.

This is impossible.

It's you?

No but how is this possible?

Lin Xi and I will be going down the mountain after spring. We'll head to Meiling

and inform of our marriage to Royal father and mother.

After that we will go to Northern Yan together. She has to collate the new Compendium of Materia Medica.

And I will be travelling in this neighbouring country on behalf of my brother.

How about Jinling? You've finally let it go?

Even I was disheartened before, but to me, the country,

I can never let it go.

I am just trying not to take on everything on myself

and not force myself to face situations which I don't want to.

That is what father and brother expected of me as well.

I was thinking too much back then.

That's right. Do according to what the deceased wished,

so long as you are safe and happy.

What you decide to take upon yourself

is all because of your nature.

General, have you decided to meet with Minister Xun?

After much consideration, since there are risks involved anyway,

Minister Xun is more trustworthy.

Though Minister Xun is now related to Prince Laiyang by marriage,

he has been in court for so many years,

he's the biological brother of the Dowager Empress. No matter how,

he wouldn't have any connection with Donghai.

I hope so.

Uncle.

[For Senior Grand Secretary Xun Baishui. From Pingjing.]

Pengzhou? Deep water submarines?

He's the descendant of a general family after all.

Though he's residing in Langya, yet he's able to discern the development of the war from small clues.

Though he's in jianghu, yet his heart is still concerned for the country.

I know now. Thank him on my behalf.

Don't worry.

I'm not old to the point of being foolish.

Lord, these are the calling cards which you ask for.

[Greetings, Senior Grand Secretary, Yue Yinchuan of Qianzhou asked for a visit. I have an important matter and wish to speak with you privately. ]

Give a reply to General Yue. He can come by tomorrow.

Yes, Old Master.

[Greetings to Senior Grand Secretary, I'm still in mourning, forgive for not able to pay you a visit. I, Pingjing, wish you well.]

Lord He, pardon for the long wait.

Where is Minister Sui?

Isn't the Bureau closed for the new year? I'm the only here on duty.

May I know what's the matter?

It's like this. I have to look up on some old important documents.

This...

Why? You can't find them.

No.

I have to search the old and defunct records.

Please come by this way.

Lord, have a look.

There are some more over there.

Lord.

It should be these.

General is the first one who asked for a private visit.

Do you know how many

people wish to pay me a visit during the New Year?

I'm very thankful that you don't find me rude.

Regarding your report on the eastern border,

everyone in the Cabinet has read through carefully.

They have praises for you.

They think that your opinions are unique and your train of thought is very clear.

So I feel that it's not that you don't know the rules about visitation

but you have another reason for doing so.

Yes.

Speak.

I came today and willingly risking my life and my family's lilfe

to accuse Prince Laiyang of wrongdoings.

With just a servant maid's testimony,

you already dared to accuse him in front of me?

How sure are you then that this is not just a slander made by an escaping slave?

In the battle with Donghai, I am not a bystander.

From the sneak attack of the enemy army up to the counter attack of our army, I was in there.

Actually, I had long been suspicious of it.

That lady's testimony is just an accessory evidence for me.

The eastern border suffered terrible defeat. Most of the previous generals

indeed suffered great casualties. Only a few are left.

But there were also at least more than 10 generals who were able to join the battle

from start to finish like you, right?

How come the others did not feel that the battle was fishy?

It can only mean

that this set up made by Prince Laiyang and Donghai was done very ingeniously.

Do you know that

Marquis Mozi is the one

that killed Xiao Yuanqi's mother?

This...

This, I didn't know.

Right now, the whole government recognizes

that Prince Laiyang is the top meritorious official for the battle of Donghai.

His Majesty has also promulgated a decree, rewarded him, and spread the news to the whole kingdom.

Between him and Marquis Mozi, there is also that deep grudge for the death of his mother.

While you are accusing him now of a grave crime

just based on a servant maid's testimony and your own intuition,

not having any hard evidence at all.

Am I right?

I...

What if we search the Prince Laiyang Manor and find the Black Crystal Sword?

Without any evidences, you want His Majesty to order the search of a prince's manor?

Just like what you said, this sword is submerged in the pond.

How then can you prove that it is not a frame up?

Maybe I can carry a written order from you and go to the Supreme Court

to let them give me all the documents about the Donghai conspiracy and I will read them all once again.

Maybe I can discover any evidence.

But anyone involved

in the Donghai Collaboration Conspiracy Case has been executed.

This matter was indeed done too rashly.

But going back to it, the battle with Donghai,

for His Majesty and the fate of the kingdom

bears too great effects.

As the Senior Grand Secretary, I am duty bound.

Even if there is just minimal suspicion, I cannot let it go.

I do not know why

but I actually am starting to believe you.

Sit.

This crime is too crime,

if there is no strong evidence

Even it's me, I can't base solely on your report,

to easily cast a military order to arrest Prince of Laiyang.

Do you understand?

I understand.

But if no one investigates it,

then the truth will never be known.

Sir. The troops and people of the ten prefectures in our eastern border, with most of their souls destroyed in the fires of war.

Now, besides you, Sir,

who else could give them a justice?

We are near the end of the year.

We cannot rush in carrying out matters.

Until His Majesty resumes royal court session,

you must not behave recklessly, as to not alert anyone.

Let me think about it.

You came from Qianzhou?

Yes.

Then have you heard of the deep water ship?

Deep water ship?

I understand now.

The territorial waters of Huaidong are unique. The channels are deep with many areas sealed from the wind.

I remember the previous dynasty has a general named Wei who was a water commander in Pengzhou and Qianzhou.

He conceived of ways to build large-scaled ships.

Indeed! Donghai used assistance of a mole in our camp to ambush the ten prefectures.

But in actuality, that was all just to deceive people.

What they really wanted was actually only in the three areas of Huaidong.

I thought it was too much of a coincidence,

it was more of an act.

Sir. Xiao Yuanqi must have colluded with Donghai to sell to them our military confidential.

And Donghai gave him victories of seven prefectures as his reward.

Go to the Ministry of Works immediately and look at the old documents.

and see if you can find anything that General Wei has left

Such as blueprints for construction of deep water water vessel.

Yes.

But what are we going to do with it?

If we were to make a report,

that would play the role of a pivotal evidence.

I understand.

Wife.

Have you sent the nanny

to go see An'er at the Laiyang Manor?

Don't worry, my lord. She's already been there.

The restorative and calming tonics that you had them make for An'er as well.

I've sent them to her through the nanny.

That's good then.

Don't forget about An'er's room.

You need to have people clean it often.

An'er is our child.

You can rest assure about it.

A daughter of the Xun family.

you have to take good care of her.

She can't be treated badly in any way.

What do you mean by that?

Wasn't An'er startled a few days ago?

I've been weary of it since.

I need you to arrange something tomorrow.

Look, it really isn't here.

When was it taken?

Yesterday, Captain He of patrol garrison came.

He said he needed to remodel an aged garden so he needed some papers.

He ended up taking everything. But it was things that people didn't want.

Files in the Ministry of Works belong to the imperial chamber.

How can you give it away so easily?

General, those copies were made three years ago when the Tianlu Court (national library) was under organization.

It was only to preserve a base.

It's already been 30 years,

and they are considered useless old materials so I had no reason not to give them to Lord He.

You still-

Tan Heng!

General, then what are we going to do now?

He Cheng?

The prince consort has not recovered from her illness.

The physician already said to rest in quietness.

So I already reported to Uncle,

that we would come pay him a visit on the twelve day of the new year.

And he already consented to it.

He also said we are all family so we needn't be so mindful of such formal decorum.

Why did he want us to go over today?

Your Highness,

the princess consort grew up under the tender caring of Madam.

She is like their own daughter.

Prince Consort has been ill for all these days.

Madam is inevitably worried.

Yesterday in her dream, she dreamed of Prince Consort when she was little.

So first thing this mornng, she just couldn't sit still.

So my master finally sent me here.

Your Highness, and Your Ladyship, if you cannot come by today,

then my master and madam will come here to visit you personally.

We can't have the elders make the trip on a new year.

It's only naturally that Prince Consort and I make the trip there.

So please go and sit in the garden as you enjoy a cup of tea.

She would need to get dressed and readied for the outing.

I watched our lady grow up since she was little.

She doesn't need any makeup done behind close doors.

Though I am old now and I'm not as quick with my hands,

I can still manage standing by her side to put some powder on her.

Fine then.

Prince Consort.

Take your steps slowly, Miss.

My lord.

As I said, it's only to ask about the matter thoroughly.

There's no need to over think it.

Greetings to Uncle.

Auntie.

I don't dare.

Please be sparing of over-courtesy.

We ought to go with home etiquette when we are at your home, Uncle.

An'er.

How is it that an illness has you looking so pale?

Come. Let's go chat in the room.

Your Highness, those two mother and daughter are chatting.

Why would you go?

Let's go and we'll have a couple drinks in m room.

♫ 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 ♫