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The Ravages of Time


Alt Names: alt 三国志群雄伝火鳳燎原alt 火鳳燎原alt Hỏa Phụng Liêu Nguyênalt Huo Feng Liao Yuanalt Kahou Ryougenalt Sangokushi Gunyuuden Kahou Ryougenalt Sanguozhi Qunxiongzhuan: Huo Feng Liao Yuan
Author: Chen Mou
Artist: Chen Mou
Genres: Action ActionDrama DramaHistorical HistoricalMartial Arts Martial ArtsPsychological PsychologicalRomance RomanceSeinen Seinen
Type: Manhua (Chinese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Nearly 2000 years ago, the prosperous Han dynasty of China collapsed. Heroes rose and fell, and three nations emerged--Wei, Shu, and Wu. Historians refer to this period as the Three Kingdoms period. The romance of the three kingdoms is an intriguing tale of heroic deeds, of alliance forged and broken, of loyalty and betrayal...

Hong Kong artist Chan Mou retells this classic tale in "The Ravages of Time" from the perspective of the Sima clan, which in the end united the three kingdoms. Readers will be attracted by an array of well-developed characters and Chan Mou's own unique top-notch art-style. Whether you have played Dynasty Warriors or not, this is definitely worth a read!
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Title Group Contributor Date
Ch.482: Old Man Leads The Way
Ravages of Time Eng Atarame A week ago
Ch.481: An Exploration Of Life
Ravages of Time Eng Atarame 4 weeks ago
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Who were those people who mocked Xiao Meng in the first half of the chapter?

 

I don't think they were mocking.... More like a good natured give & take between family or close friends....

Thanks!

 

Also just noticed that this chapter is released on Father's day. I wonder if its it on purpose lol.

 

Haha. It's just a coincidence that there was a delay because 2 pages were not immediately translated (due to merc having limited internet access)

Zhou Cang and a bunch of other goons now working for Liu Bei are implied to be remnants of the Sima clan's private army who either followed Liaoyuan Huo when he first left to look for Xiao Meng, or perhaps were assigned by Sima Yi to assist Liaoyuan Huo and Liu Bei... it just feels strange to see people claiming to be familiar with a major character from the earlier chapters even though we haven't really seen them interact with said character on-panel

 

Thanks!

 

Also just noticed that this chapter is released on Father's day. I wonder if its it on purpose lol.

Who were those people who mocked Xiao Meng in the first half of the chapter?

 

Zhou Cang and a bunch of other goons now working for Liu Bei are implied to be remnants of the Sima clan's private army who either followed Liaoyuan Huo when he first left to look for Xiao Meng, or perhaps were assigned by Sima Yi to assist Liaoyuan Huo and Liu Bei... it just feels strange to see people claiming to be familiar with a major character from the earlier chapters even though we haven't really seen them interact with said character on-panel

Who were those people who mocked Xiao Meng in the first half of the chapter?

Onion cutting ninjas everywhere. *sob sob*

 

Th..Th..Thanks Atarame for this chapter. *Blows Nose*

For those who don't know, the English translation is still missing two pages. If you cannot wait to read the chapter, here's an incomplete version:

Full chapter's out!

Spoiler

Merc: I will only have limited internet access between June 8 to June 28. I will try to translate the chapters when I can, but expect some delay.

 

The chapter's ready and waiting for a translation. If you know any chinese to english translators, send them here :D

 

Merc just finished the translation a short while ago. Looks like we're lucky for now

 

Seems like he's in the PRC based on the parenthetical remark: "(posting from behind the great firewall, might reply to comments late)"

Merc: I will only have limited internet access between June 8 to June 28. I will try to translate the chapters when I can, but expect some delay.

 

The chapter's ready and waiting for a translation. If you know any chinese to english translators, send them here :D

So at one time, Huang Zhong, Gan Ning, Wei Yan, Liu Feng, Zhao Tong, Zhao Fan was working directly for Liu Biao? And Zhuge Liang and the Eight Genius was staying in Jingzhou? Liu Biao had all the talents in the world.

 

Plus, the other administrators such as Han Xuan, Jin Xuan, and Liu Du are nominally under Liu Biao as well. Also, Wen Ping was a pretty decent naval commander, and he too served Liu Biao.

So at one time, Huang Zhong, Gan Ning, Wei Yan, Liu Feng, Zhao Tong, Zhao Fan was working directly for Liu Biao? And Zhuge Liang and the Eight Genius was staying in Jingzhou? Liu Biao had all the talents in the world.

As much as possible I like seeing smaller players (especially the relatively competent ones) still play a role, that's why I don't want him gone. Too bad though that in Ravages, Liu Bei's team is willing to play dirty, even to the point of besmirching Han Xuan's legacy...

 

Hmm... I know.... Everything is permitted in a power struggle, for the person who is left will determine what is right.

And about Han Xuan... It was just a theory...  

Maybe

 

Spoiler

Attached to Han Xuan already? He's barely got enough screen time for me to get all weepy about his death. I never liked him in the novels, but its only after reading the Sanguozhi did I realise how misinterpreted his character was. Also the time I started heavily disliking Liu Bei and co. Well not Liu Bei, but most of his followers were right jerkasses...

 

As much as possible I like seeing smaller players (especially the relatively competent ones) still play a role, that's why I don't want him gone. Too bad though that in Ravages, Liu Bei's team is willing to play dirty, even to the point of besmirching Han Xuan's legacy...

Attached to Han Xuan already? He's barely got enough screen time for me to get all weepy about his death. I never liked him in the novels, but its only after reading the Sanguozhi did I realise how misinterpreted his character was. Also the time I started heavily disliking Liu Bei and co. Well not Liu Bei, but most of his followers were right jerkasses...

So, about the southern parts of Jingzhou:

 

Lingling is administered by Liu Du (who surrendered in chapter 480), Wuling is administered by Jin Xuan (not even seen, and then just killed off-panel by Gong Zhi, who turns out to be Zhuge Liang's agent), Changsha is administered by Han Xuan (who's still struggling, and who had solid popular support before special operations by Ma Liang and Ma Su undermined it), Guiyang is administered by Zhao Fan (who was killed by Liaoyuan Huo)

 

Wei Yan, that unnamed second assassin, Fan Furen or Lady Fan (or as many would insist calling her, Xiao Fan), Zhao Tong, and the Eighth Genius work for/with Zhao Fan. Xing Daorong works for Liu Du. Huang Zhong, Chen Fu, Xu An, and Cai Jian work for Han Xuan. Those in Zhao Fan's team seem to regard Huang Zhong highly, due to his seniority and skill.

 

I really don't want Han Xuan to die...

 

Meanwhile, in the northern parts of Jingzhou (I expect the focus will shift to this part once Liu Bei conquers the south):

 

Zhuge Liang holds on to Jiangxia as Liu Bei's base of operations. Liu Qi just died, while Lu Su is there effectively as a hostage of sorts. Pang Tong and Chen Dao are set to move in a bid to outmaneuver Zhou Yu, who is about to attack Xiangyang, currently defended by Cao Ren, Jia Xu, and Xu Huang.

Who the hell is even Han Xuan?

All I remember is Zhang Fei vs Wei Yan, Guan Yu vs Huang Zhong, Liu Bei + Liu Feng vs Zhao Tong, Zhao Yun vs 8th Genius + Zhao Fan, Pang Tong moving in secret, and Zhuge Liang leisurely chit-chating with Lu Su.

Hard to keep track of 6 separate story-lines at the same time.

 

Hahahaha. I feel ya. This arc is helluva confusing. I'm going to reread this again from the start, once this arc is done. So maybe like a year or two later? lol.

 

Han Xuan is this guy: http://bato.to/reader#e45880434ceed133_3

 

Huang Zhong, Wei Yan etc were working for him. 

 

I think:

 

Spoiler

 

And also before I forget. Thanks Atarame for this chapter!

Who the hell is even Han Xuan?

All I remember is Zhang Fei vs Wei Yan, Guan Yu vs Huang Zhong, Liu Bei + Liu Feng vs Zhao Tong, Zhao Yun vs 8th Genius + Zhao Fan, Pang Tong moving in secret, and Zhuge Liang leisurely chit-chating with Lu Su.

Hard to keep track of 6 separate story-lines at the same time.

Wait... Why did Wei Yan run away? Only Huang Zhong had was wanted by Han Xuan.  I think it's time to reread this series again. 

Volume cover 60:

Spoiler

 

(It was out quite a while)

 

 

 

Anyone noticed the number symbols in the Eight Genius?

 

1. Yuan Fang. One mole in the middle of forehead.

 

2. Xun Yu. Two moles below his eyes.

 

3. Jia Xu. Three buttons.

 

4. Guo Jia. Hair divided into 4 parts.

 

5. Zhou Yu. Garment and belt have 5 folds.

 

6. Pang Tong. Arabic numberal 6 tattooed on face.

 

7. Zhuge Liang. Seven feathers in fan.

 

Nice! So Pang Tong has the arabic number 6 (٦) on his eye and a mirrored number 6 on the left side of it? It could be a flame too as he is the rising phoenix. The horizontal moon on his chin could be a hint that is indeed the arabic number 6. Unless it's something else.

 

Also, the eighth has a horizontal number eight "ponytail". Pretty straightforward :P

Anyone noticed the number symbols in the Eight Genius?

 

1. Yuan Fang. One mole in the middle of forehead.

 

2. Xun Yu. Two moles below his eyes.

 

3. Jia Xu. Three buttons.

 

4. Guo Jia. Hair divided into 4 parts.

 

5. Zhou Yu. Garment and belt have 5 folds.

 

6. Pang Tong. Arabic numberal 6 tattooed on face.

 

7. Zhuge Liang. Seven feathers in fan.

 

Wow! Quite an observational power you have there!! I've never payed attention to such visual symbolism I must admit. Nice catch! I think I'll pay attention to it from now on. It would be nice if Chen Mou had consciously added them, with a certain meaning in mind, and was not just a coincidence. 

5. Zhou Yu. His garment + his belt have 5 folds.

 http://img04.deviantart.net/c4a5/i/2014/287/f/6/zhou_yu__the_ravages_of_time__by_boatsex36-d82sqar.jpg

 

6. Pang Tong. Arabic six means "6". Doesn't one of his facial tattoo looks like "6"

http://i3.mangareader.net/the-ravages-of-time/207/the-ravages-of-time-549965.jpg

 

7. Zhuge Liang. Seven Feathers.

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rot_zhugeliang.jpg

Anyone noticed the number symbols in the Eight Genius?

 

1. Yuan Fang. One mole in the middle of forehead.

 

2. Xun Yu. Two moles below his eyes.

 

3. Jia Xu. Three buttons.

 

4. Guo Jia. Hair divided into 4 parts.

 

5. Zhou Yu. Garment and belt have 5 folds.

 

6. Pang Tong. Arabic numberal 6 tattooed on face.

 

7. Zhuge Liang. Seven feathers in fan.

 

Interesting observation, especially on 1-3.

 

I'm not sure about 5-7 though. The cover of volume 47, for instance, seems to show that Zhuge Liang's fan has at least eight feathers (or maybe I'm unable to count clearly), while in chapter 401 there's a closeup that shows six feathers. I'm not well-versed in Arabic so I can't tell which part of Pang Tong's tattoo is the number 6. I may need a clearer image to see what you mean in Zhou Yu's attire...

Anyone noticed the number symbols in the Eight Genius?

 

1. Yuan Fang. One mole in the middle of forehead.

 

2. Xun Yu. Two moles below his eyes.

 

3. Jia Xu. Three buttons.

 

4. Guo Jia. Hair divided into 4 parts.

 

5. Zhou Yu. Garment and belt have 5 folds.

 

6. Pang Tong. Arabic numberal 6 tattooed on face.

 

7. Zhuge Liang. Seven feathers in fan.


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