Nirvana in Fire (2015–…): Season 2, Episode 46 - Episode #2.46 - full transcript

Empress Dowager asks her son to make a decree that inadvertently puts a kink in Yuan Qi's plan.

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

[Episode 46]

I can see that Imperial Mother's complexion is quite pale. Are you not feeling well?

It is nothing.

Last night, I dreamt of your uncle again.

When I woke up, it is still not yet 4 am.

I already cannot go back to sleep.

Imperial Mother, do not worry.

I surely will ask Donghai to pay for Uncle's death.

Every year at this time, older brother would surely be very busy.

Whole-heartedly arranging for your spring trip and hunt.



But right now...

He has already been separated from us forever and has went to a distant place.

My heart is so empty.

I do not want to go anywhere.

What Imperial Mother means is...

Imperial Son,

order the Ministry of Rites to cancel this year's spring hunt.

Yes.

Okay. I know already.

Thanks, Your Majesty.

Before, the reports submitted by the Imperial Family Yulin Army

should be given to the Senior Grand Secretary for deliberations.

Now that Minister Xun is gone,

it will then be given to...



the cabinet's Deputy Minister and the Ministry of War.

I will abide.

Your Majesty, the Imperial Family Yulin Army belongs to a different system.

Its control must be separated from that of the different Xingtai Army, Garrison Troops,

and Border Armies,

This is an ancient rule. I fear that it is not proper for the Ministry of War to accept the task.

Then give it to...

Let the cabinet and Prince Laiyang handle it.

I will abide.

Minister Shen.

I am here.

Imperial Mother's health recently is not well. For this years Jiu-an Mountain Spring Hunt,

let us just follow her wishes and cancel it.

Forgive me for being slow-witted. What Her Lady Majesty Empress Dowager means is...

After uncle died, Imperial Mother's health has never recovered.

It is not advisable for her to travel.

After the Spring Hunt for next month is canceled, you all need not prepare for any event anymore.

- Informing Your Majesty, I think--
- Enough!

This is the decree of Her Lady Majesty Empress Dowager. I also am not in the mood for it.

That is why, you all need not say anything more.

Yes.

The position of Senior Grand Secretary should be immediately filled in.

That is right. The affected matters are really...

- Minister.
-...not suitable to for it...

Minister, is the Spring Hunt going to be canceled just like that?

His Majesty personally said it. Her Lady Majesty Empress Dowager wants to cancel it.

What can we do?

Prince.

Greetings Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager.

Get up.

Thanks, Your Lady Majesty.

Why did Prince Laiyang think of coming into the palace? Is An'er doing well?

Thanks for Her Lady Majesty's concerns. Anru's illness comes and goes.

She also feels anxious about it. I fear that she might not completely recover before the Spring Hunt season

and unable to accompany to serve you.

I told His Majesty

that Senior Grand Secretary got assassinated at the start of this year. He just got buried.

With this miserable atmosphere, who else will be in the mood to travel? Just tell Anru to focus on recuperating.

There will be no Spring Hunt this year.

His Majesty already told the Ministry of Rites about it.

I came today as requested by the different ministers

to earnestly ask Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager to reconsider.

The spring hunt of the imperial clan is a matter that is decided by the emperor.

What does it got to do with the different ministers of the imperial court?

Your Lady Majesty also know that the spring hunt of our Great Liang imperial family

has always been not just for fun but is also an offering ceremony. We pray for all the living things in this world can continue to multiply,

that the imperial sons continue to be brave in fighting, that the borders continue to be in peace. Just like what Your Lady Majesty said,

the inner palace and government lately have not been peaceful.

The more we should be sincere in making offerings to the Heaven.

If we casually just cancel it, I fear that it will not be beneficial to the government.

Hence, the Ministry of Rites feels terrified and cannot dare to promulgate the decree.

The emperor traveling is not a minor matter.

Without the Senior Grand Secretary handling it, I am not at ease.

Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager, you are worrying too much. For the emperor's spring hunt,

no matter if it is the security provided by the Jin Army or the people staying behind to man the government,

there are regulations that we can follow.

When Senior Grand Secretary was still alive, I also have assisted him in organizing.

That time, he even praised me.

Your Lady Majesty, do not worry. For Senior Grand Secretary Xun to achieve peace while in heaven,

I surely will do my best to prepare everything well for His Majesty.

Older brother indeed previously praised you in front of me.

He said that you are very meticulous.

Every time I see Anru just eating a little and rarely talking,

my heart feels a piercing pain. I can imagine

that with Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager grieving painfully like this, His Majesty's heart

must be in more pain than me.

If Your Lady Majesty can temporarily leave the capital and be able to pull yourself together,

His Majesty's heart will be a bit comforted.

He does not need to be overly worried with your health.

Although what you said are reasonable. I do not know why but my heart

feels a bit panic-stricken.

It is better to be quiet than to make any more at this time. It is better for the emperor to stay in the palace for now.

Your Lady Majesty Empress Dowager, the Spring Hunt Ceremony is an ancestral rule.

When I joined the imperial family,

your mother is still in Donghai. From where did you learn this?

Coming here to my Xian-an Palace to talk about ancestral rules?

I dare not.

During the time of Emperor Wujing and the past emperor, the Spring Hunt was also cancelled for certain reasons.

But I never saw so many people complaining about it. What?

When it comes to His Majesty, it cannot be done anymore?

We surely did not mean it that way.

It is good if it is not that meaning.

My decision is final. No need to discuss about this matter.

I will abide.

If I do not go back, king will come find me!

It's a fact that the Spring Hunt will be cancelled.

Our plans must change.

Your Highness,

- should we wait until next year?
- No!

The key to scheming is secrecy, and the key to breaking our ties with them is ruthlessness.

A lot of changes can occur

in the space of a year. We cannot wait.

If we begin the rebellion within the Capital, it's unclear whether we'll succeed or fail.

General, I understand if you have

had a change of heart.

Your Highness, I knew I would be putting my life on the line

when I chose to support you. How can I shy away from danger now?

With you by my side,

I will be fearless even in the face of bloodshed.

I am grateful for your trust and am willing to lay down my life in order to achieve your ambitions.

Please give the order, Your Highness.

Good. I thank you for your hard work, general.

Take my orders. Since the government hasn't released its orders,

we must take the chance to deploy our army to the Capital under the excuse that we are the emperor's imperial patrol guards for the Spring Hunt.

I will be waiting on the walls of Jinling City

to welcome you and the Yulin imperial army.

By then, seventy thousand Yulin soldiers will have quietly entered the Capital.

When Xiao Yuanshi wakes up, Your Highness' forces will have everything under control.

After you enter the city, the mayor's militia unit will be controlled by the Patrol Guards.

We do not need to fear the scholar-officials.

The key problem

is how we can trap the imperial guards.

Though the imperial guards are a formidable force,

but it is not impossible to take command of the army after it is split.

The imperial army's deputy commander Tang Fengzhi

could be our contact.

General, you should publicise a false imperial edict, kill the commander

and get Deputy Commander Tang to invite all the soldiers who rank higher than a captain. It would be easier to kill them in a confined space.

Finally, trap the army in the barbican.

They'll be easier to control once you split them into their four camps.

Yes, Your Highness.

If the Spring Hunt is cancelled,

then the Duke of Laiyang's plans cannot proceed.

That just means he won't be launching an offensive at Mt. Jiu'an.

It's just a matter of time before he starts an uprising in the Capital.

Once people start thinking of a rebellion,

they'll find it extremely hard to change their minds.

If he launches a revolt in the Capital,

then he needs more time to plan all this out.

Then we will have time to assemble reinforcements.

- Reinforcements?
- Of course.

The Yulin Imperial Army is under his control,

as are the patrol guards.

Only the imperial guards aren't his.

General, why are you so sure the imperial guards aren't his?

If the imperial guards listened to his orders, he could just revolt in the Capital instead of planning an attack at Mt. Jiu'an.

You're right.

The Yulin army is currently stationed outside the capital.

The imperial army is usually commanded by old Mr. Xun.

He just passed away...

which leaves no chance for the Duke of Laiyang to control them.

What?

What's on your mind?

His Majesty...

Changlin...

I finally understand Official Xun's last words.

What?

He wanted to tell me that only the Prince of Changlin could protect His Majesty.

Prince of Changlin?

Tanheng, haven't you always wanted to visit the world-renowned Mt. Langya?

From all the court officials in Jinling,

the people on the list have confirmed their support for me.

General, please remember their names.

General, you have a good memory.

If I may ask Your Highness, these people are still in the minority.

How should I handle the officials who haven't professed their loyalty?

Since they're still blindly loyal to the current ruler and refuse to open their eyes to reality

they'll be useless to me in the future anyways.

Just kill them.

Even though we're still hoping luck will be on our side,

there's no use for stability at a time like this.

No matter the result,

at least you and I

have worked hard to maintain the prosperity of the Great Liang Dynasty.

I believe Your Highness has the Heaven's mandate.

No matter how much trouble you encounter, you will still achieve your goals.

Thank you for your kind words, general.

Ninth brother, why are you sighing?

The wind never stops blowing in this world.

I know why he is here.

To tell the truth,

sometimes I really don't want to be all-knowing.

Older brother Xun,

please help me kindly reject His Majesty's offer.

Pingjing,

His Majesty did not proclaim a royal edict, but personally wrote a letter to you.

He is truly inviting you to return to court.

I think...

The year older brother died, I asked to be sent to the border.

At the time, I was prepared to take up the responsibility of the Changlin Manor,

remain upright and protect the safety of the country, just like my father and older brother.

I would never think of my carefree life in jianghu.

The result obviously meant I hadn't thought things through well enough.

The way the government

has crumbled over the years

is indeed despairing.

However, I have made up my mind now.

I was once an official.

No matter how wronged I was,

I must ultimately remain loyal to His Majesty.

Moreover, His Majesty had his own challenges at the time.

Older brother Xun, you do not understand what I am saying.

The reason why I am reluctant to return to court

has nothing to do with what I believe to be right or wrong, or any grievances.

It's only because I have already tried,

and found that I am not suitable for the position.

Pingjing.

Jinling is different from what it used to be.

The affairs of the world have never been constant. Nothing's changed.

His Majesty is willing to trust me

because he still sees me as an old friend.

Imperial father's ashes are buried at the Northern borders.

Changlin no longer exists.

Since we've reached the end,

why can't we accept it?

However, Pingjing,

His Majesty

really needs us right now.

I want to ask you a question.

Were you present

when the Chancellor was assassinated? What was the situation like?

Chaoyang Hall

Your Majesty, Deputy Commander Wu has arrived.

I have come upon your orders. Greetings, Your Majesty.

If your commander returns, or if any letter of his arrives,

no matter what hour it is, you must bring it to me.

Your Majesty, there has been no news so far.

No matter what sort of news he brings,

I want to know immediately.

Yes, Your Majesty.

The entire city was searched,

and there were several witnesses. Yet the female assassin escaped?

I cannot imagine how, but that is the result.

Many nobles and aristocrats live in the capital.

Could it be that the patrol guards missed something because they weren't allowed access to a lot of the places?

Indeed, the patrol guards are not highly-ranked.

Hence, His Majesty ordered the Duke of Laiyang to lead the search.

Yuanqi?

What?

Older Brother Xun, you said that uncle was on guard. Did you pass my letter on to him?

Of course.

After reading it, uncle praised you for still worrying about the fate of the country even though you were no longer in government.

It was New Year's Day, two days before uncle was assassinated.

Was there anything suspicious in the manor during those couple of days?

There was nothing suspicious. Everything seemed normal.

Uncle invited Yuanqi and Anru over

for a chat.

Pingjing.

Brother Feizhan, I'm afraid things aren't as simple as they seem.

His Majesty could be in grave danger right now.

This is absurd.

How can he collude with his mother's killer, betray his country and kill my uncle?

Each of these acts are crimes that he cannot atone for even with a hundred deaths!

Pingjing. You really think that is what happened?

Even if the classified military information regarding the eastern borders can be retrieved by other people,

Even if the odd occurrences during the Battle of Donghai can be considered coincidences -

but Chancellor Xun

would never be targeted by the people of Donghai.

Older brother Xun, did you know

that in the letter I asked you to pass onto your uncle, I told him to be wary of Yuanqi.

Pingjing, did you start suspecting Xiao Yuanqi ages ago?

Yet,

I didn't have any evidence prior to today.

Then...

Come back! Come back!

Like you said earlier,

the situation in the Capital has changed. Am I right?

The Capital

could face a major upheaval.

Suspicious movement of Yulin Army at the Eastern Lake, Jinling.

I only hope

that you don't make a decision that you will regret in the future.

Sister-in-law,

why are you hesitating?

The reason why I have been reluctant to leave the mountain

is because imperial father told me on his deathbed that

sister-in-law and Ce'er would be my greatest responsibilities.

No matter what I do,

I must take my family's feelings into account.

The biggest comfort family can give

is the sharing of responsibility.

That year,

all I could do for your older brother was accompany him.

And now,

I can do even more for Ce'er.

You don't need to worry about us.

Miss Lin has already said

that she will visit me often.

I am sorry.

I promised you.

You are the heir of Changlin after all.

I am.

I am the heir of Changlin after all.

Now that I know His Majesty is in danger, I cannot just stand by and watch.

I understand where you're coming from, and what you plan to do.

I have never considered changing your intentions.

However, Pingjing,

I hope you understand

that I am unable to completely change myself for you.

If one day you discover that the Capital is the best place for you,

then we...

Lin Xi.

I know I have no right to tell you to wait for me.

However, this is something I must do. I will return.

I only want to stay with you in this life.

Wait for me.

When I come back, we will travel the world, and test all the herbs.

Pingjing,

my heart will always be waiting for you.

Yet my footsteps cannot stop for you.

Lin Xi.

Pingjing,

no matter where you go, you will always find me.

Even if we cannot meet in the future,

promise me, that you will take care of yourself.

I will be happy as long as you are safe.

Second uncle will be leaving now.

Ce'er, you must be obedient and listen to your mother.

Be studious and learn to read as many characters as you can. That way, you'll be able to take care of your mother when you grow up.

Uncle, I know.

Uncle, take care.

Ninth Brother, does the Old Master have an embroidered purse to give me now that I'm leaving the mountain?

He really prepared one. When can I open this one?

Now.

What is this?

Old Master said the person who wore this

never lost a single battle.

Today, this gift is a token of his affection.

Langya Hall has never interfered with matters of the court.

However, you may go to the pigeon enclosure in Langzhou

to view the latest news about Jinling.

Thank you, ninth brother.

Take care of yourself.

I will be safe here.

You must take care of yourself though.

Rest assured.

Everyone,

take care.

Older brother Xun, let's go.

Let's go.

General!

There's trouble.

Xiao Yuanqi?

I am Yue Yinquan from Qianzhou. I request a meeting with Official Jin.

General Yue, just a moment.

Nonsense!

The Yulin army only takes orders from the emperor.

How could they have been so easily controlled?

The imperial army is responsible for the safety of the emperor.

The Yulin army should have been at the Eastern Lake.

However, the Duke of Laiyang has used the Spring Hunt as an excuse to move his men into the Capital.

My subordinate personally saw the troops moving towards Jinling.

We are all in grave danger.

Perhaps the Yulin troops at Eastern Lake

weren't aware the emperor had cancelled the Spring Hunt?

This is the Duke of Laiyang's

first time organising the Spring Hunt.

It would be understandable if he neglected some of the details.

However, when General Di was in the Capital, he frequently paid visits to the Laiyang manor.

The commander of the Yulin army is in the Capital to report on his work.

The emperor personally ordered the Duke of Laiyang and the Cabinet to take care of the troops,

of course he'll be visiting Liayang manor.

I do not think there is any problem.

Your Excellency, I am not basing my judgement on mere clues.

I already told you, the maid that was saved has already...

How can we trust the words of a lowly slave?

In my opinion, everything you have just told me

is far-fetched,

and not supported by hard evidence.

Thankfully you reported this to me privately.

If anyone else heard you, they would've charged you with slandering a noble!

General Yue, you are still young,

and have protected the country on many occasions.

I admire your talent and skill, and will let you off this time.

However, Your Excellency...

Commander He, this...

The emperor has ordered the Duke of Laiyang to capture a Donghai spy, and requires the imperial army's cooperation.

I am here to notify you of the secret edict.

Please step aside.

Yes.

Everyone, let them through.

Your Highness, Deputy Commander Tang has joined us. Of the thirty one soldiers who rank higher than a captain,

twenty one have arrived.

We have won half the battle already.

It's over for the imperial army,

and the mayor's soldiers.

The entire Jinling City is in the hands of Xiao Yuanqi.

Now,

I'm afraid no one in the world knows what has happened to Jinling City.

This is not your fault. My brother,

even if you did send the news to Mt. Langya,

the Prince of Changlin is simply a commoner.

He has no military power. What can he do?

He probably won't have the ability to do much more than us.

At least were still wearing a soldier's uniform.

Perhaps, it's time for you guys to take off your uniform.

I believe that as long as you can escape the city,

or just remain in Jinling City as a commoner,

you will be safe.

That's it then.

Let's go our separate ways now.

- General!
- Perhaps

we may meet again one day.

General,

what do you mean?

What do you plan to do?

Where do you plan to go?

What do you mean by this?

I want to enter the palace.

You want to save the emperor.

I'm just going to pass a message.

- I'll go as well.
- I'll go as well!

A revolt

is about to happen.

There are seventy thousand Yulin soldiers outside the city.

Inside the palace, there are fifty thousand imperial guards.

Between them, there's only us.

A few unimportant soldiers

who felt they couldn't just stand by and let this happen.

Don't you guys think this is a joke?

It doesn't sound like a joke. In fact, it makes us seem amazing.

All of us climbed out of bloody battlefields. We're different from the noble young masters of the capital.

Exactly! General, don't look down on us.

General,

we have already died once.

- Just give us the orders.
- Are you sure?

Fine.

Since we are determined to do something,

I need you guys to do something for me.

Please give us your orders General!

♫ 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 ♫