Monday, October 29, 2007

Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi/Legend- Ep 12 summary

It gets more difficult with each episode as the dialogues are increasingly about war strategies. So thank you very much Gaulsan, for your translation, without which we would have found it so hard to appreciate the drama. Also, once again, thanks to all those on soompi who have helped in the translations and explaintions.

Joomochi fought with Dam Deok, agreeing to only 10 rounds as he believed Dam Deok, who looked like a waekling, wouldn't last beyond a couple of rounds. But of course Dam Deok proved him wrong, even though Joomochi was definitely stronger physically.

I really love looking at Dam Deok fight. ^^

Dalbee was looking really worried. She was afraid Dam Deok, her King would loose and end up getting hurt.

And then Joomochi's axe cut Dam Deok's sword into 2, crashed down onto the table and sent the knives and swords flying into the air and down directly onto Joomochi. Dam Deok quickly pushed him away out of danger and saved him.

Dam Deok said it was already over 10 blows. I believe Joomochi had a better impression of Dam Deok because of this saving act from him as Joomochi offered his hand and helped Dam Deok onto his feet. : P

Joomoochi said that though he would accept him but they were very expensive and he still has to give half the money in advance for food. (hehe! Ba Son was complaining earlier that they eat too much).

Dam Deok then said that he would get/ find the Sheewoo's [the name of Joomoochi's tribe] land back for him. Joomochi thought he was joking and said if he thought he was going to get them for free. He asked Dam Deok if he really didn't have any money (which he probably didn't) Dam Deok then said one more time that he would get the land back for Joomochi. They can then live well there with his people. Joomochi knew then he was serious this time but he didn't still didn't really believed him. He said that Kings and nobles had always made use of the people and then get rid of them. He's like telling Dam Deok...he was going to make them offer their help for free (with the promise of getting back their land) and then get rid of them later.

Dam Deok asked if Joomochi was a guy that could be gotten rid off easily.

Now Joomochi was interested and serious. More than money, I guess what they wanted was to get back their own land so that they could live in peace and raise their family.

Joomoochi looked at Dam Deok in the eye and said: "Don't make me kneel down before your majesty." Dam Deok assured him that he won't. Joomochi then said: "Don't make me and my people citizens of Goguryeo and then Dam Deok replied that Baekje, Malga, Sunbi and Goguryeo were all brothers in the beginning. At this, Joomochi bowed and left. This was the starting of his allegience to Dam Deok (and of course as the White Tiger later).

Ho Gae was walking inside the palace, led by Dong Gam. He paused a little, remembering his childhhod days...when he was teaching Dam Deok how to use the spear, and telling Dam Deok about hunting. He actually had a slight smile on his face as he recollected those brief happy moments. If not for their family and the circumstances, both of them would have been really good friends.

Dam Deok was sitting in the exact same spot as he was years ago when he met Ho Gae.

He was glad that Ho Gae went to meet him. Considering all that had happened, everyone expected Ho Gae to avoid him. But Ho Gae was never the evil guy, neither was he petty..he just chose that path because people kept pushing him onto it.

Ho Gae said that he shouldn't meet him alone without any bodyguards. At which, Dam Deok asked if he was thinking of assasinating him. Ho Gae, looking serious, replied that he was thinking about it (I don't think Ho Gae will do such a thing but his father might. hehe!) But Dam Deok just laughed and indicated to Ho Gae to sit next to him. Ho Gae didn't sit next to him, but he did sit near him. Aiyah...why must the 2 of them fight?

Dam Deok asked if his first target was Baekje. Ho Gae replied that he has been informed that the symbol of Chongryong (Blue Dragon) was brought to Baekje by the followers of Sosuhno, Queen of Joomong (I remember reading that Bakeje and Goguryeo were supposed to be 'brothers' as Baekje was founded by one of Jumong's son.

Anyway, Ho Gae said that he was sure the King would already have known all these from the Geo Mool people.

Dam Deok said that since Ho Gae addressed him as King, would he also obey his orders if they went into battle. And Ho Gae replied this was a contest to find out who was the real King of Jushin and people joined his army because they wanted him to be King (basically, it's a no...Hmm...he might as well staged a revolt if he's not going to obey the King. Why the pretence of finding the symbols?)

Dam Deok said that if they were really going all out to find the symbols, there will be war. Ho Gae mistook this to mean that he didn't want to fight with Ho Gae for the crown and asked if he didn't have the confidence to start a war and if his confidence was in tricking people. But Dam Deok's real reason was he didn't want to make the soldiers die because of this fight/ contest between the 2 of them and said so to Ho Gae.

But Ho gae was adamant. He said there will be a Jaega meeting the next day with tribal chiefs and he could hear what the people of Goguryeo, whom he was worried about have to say about this.

The next day, inside the palace court, the officer announced the arrival of the King, but nobody really paid attention and everyone was reluctant to stand up and pay their respects except for Heuk Gae of the Chor No tribe. Yon Gar Ryeo and Ho Gae looked most unhappy (they were probably thinking that it should have been Ho Gae up there). Anyway, the officer announced the arrival of the King, this time much more forcefully, and everyone finally stood up reluctantly.

It was interesting to note that Dam Deok did not sit on the throne as was his right as the King. Instead, he stood behind the throne. Did he perhaps felt that it was not quite the right time to sit there yet as he did not have the approval of the rest of court and the chiefs?

Ho Gae announced that he would like to ask for permission to set out with his army on the last day of the month.

Dam Deok then replied that as war cost lives, there must be a good reason to go to war and plans had to be made if blood was not to be spilled (I think the word used is costing their neck...I could be wrong).

Anyway, Ho Gae replied that there were many reasons. To rebuild the land of Jushin, they need to find all the four symbols and one of them was in Baekje. Secondly, he said, it was not entirely about finding the symbol. He asked if Dam Deok had forgotten that Go Gook Won Wang was killed by Baek Je.

At this, everyone stomped feet on the ground, agreeing in unison.

(Go Gook Won Wang was the 16th King of Goguryeo and died in battle with Gun Cho Go Wang, the King of Baek Je, when he invaded Pyongyang in AD 371. (translated by Gualsan)

Ho Gae announced that he would seek the revenge for their King. He also said that his strategy was him and his 20,000 ~ 30,000 soldiers. At this, the chiefs and everyone stamped their feet on the floor even more in approval. Basically, his only tactic and strategy was based on the fact that he had a large army, who weas willing to fight. There was no real plan.

But revenge was even a better reason to go to war then finding the symbol, The symbol may or may no be in Baekje and it would not be quite right to start a war over something that was not confirmed. But to avenge for a King who died in battle was a valid reason. And it would definitely appeal to the chiefs, who were all warriors.

Dam Deok calmly said that if they invaded Baekje this way, there would only be a 50% of winning. Ok...the following was really difficult to understand but according to Gaulsan's translation, Dam Deok had suggested that before starting on the war, they should establish diplomatic ties with the surrounding states like Shilla, Hooyon and Malga and made sure they would not help Baekje or invade Goguryeo when all the soldiers were out there fighting. (This, he had mentioned breifly in Ep 11 when Ho Gae was busy recruiting his army). He continued by saying that since Baekje was divided into 2- eastern and western Baekje, they should use this and make them fight against each other.

Now, this is the mind for a good strategist and commander. It's not enough to just fight have to fight smart as well.

But before Dam Deok could continue further, one of the tribal chief interrupted him and said if he was against the war because he was afraid. He then said that Ho Gae had been fighting for a long time and he, Dam Deok should learn to be courageous like Ho Gae.

This infuriated Heuk Go, who shouted at the chief. Hehe! I like the fat chief of the Chor No tribe. ^^

Chojoodo (Yon's aide) interrupted further by saying that he would like to say a few words from his heart (this man has always been a slippery one with words). He said that it wasn't about finding the symbols of Jushin land but rather to take revenge against Baekje. He said that Ho Gae was so trusted that all the soldiers were volunterring to help him. He then said that Dam Deok shouldn't be jealous of him (this guy really knows how to talk. Now, not only will everyone think Dam Deok was a coward, but he was also petty as well). He ended by saying that Ho Gae's victory was the victory of Goguryeo, which means it was also his victory (as the King of Goguryeo).

All the court officals and the chiefs started talking, becaming rather heated. Dam Deok observed all these quietly, taking it all in. He look a little worried but unafraid. No doubt, he already expected it but he still wanted to try and discouraged against the war if possible. Yon Gar Ryeo was observing Dam Deok's reactions. And in the background, Hyeon Go was there too..listening to the whole episode.

That night, inside the palace court, Dam Deok spotted Suzini sitting there, drinking. Hmmm...why was she drinking inside the court? I'm sure there are plenty of nicer place to sit and drink. hehe! Anyway, Dam Deok's face sort of lighted up and with a smile, said: "You're drinking again?" Suzini said she wasn't drinking. Dam Deok took the bottle of drink from her.

Dam Deok then asked her where she had been the whole day but Suzini said it was a secret. Dam Deok took a sip of the drink and remarked why it was so strong. hoho! Our Suzini really drinks strong wine.

Anyway, Dam Deok said to her: "I told you not to do that." Suzini asked innocently what was it? Dam Deok said that she went to Yon's house, didn't she? Suzini asked who told him that ( did he know? Only Suzini and the funny, short guy went to Yon's house). Dam Deok told her again not to do it and asked if she had forgotten that he told her not to meddle in other people's affair.

Suzini was very indignant and asked if he thought she had gone there to play. I mean, here she was, doing serious work, trying to find out why Ki Ha was at Yon's place and she was angry with Dam Deok for thinking that she had gone there to play.

Dam Deok actually replied that he would like to see her play around like going to the gambling places (that was when Dam Deok first met her).

Now Suzini was even more upset amd said...yeah...she was playing around. She went to Yon's house because she heard there's lots of drinks in his house and she went to see see what kind of wine and how much they had and to try them.

Now Dam Deok knew she didn't go there for this and smiling asked what she was hiding from him. I think he's really patient with her.

Suzini sat down with a sigh and asked if his majesty still liked that woman alot. At this, Dam Deok's smile faded and his face changed.

Suzini, without looking at him and not realising this change, continued..saying that everyone in Geo Mool village knew that they liked each other since they were young, and so they thought she must have been a really good women. But why did she do it, why did she kill the previous King? Perhaps she had a good reason or she didn't mean it as he was her lover's father. (She's saying I don't understand this woman at all.)

Dam Deok didn't want to listen any more and looking away from her, said in a cold voice: "That's enough. Don't say anymore."

Suzini, still not realising anything, turned to him and said even more loudly: "However, please do not like this woman. Your majesty, she stabbed you with the sword." Aiyoh..this girl don't know when to stop. This point was probably the most painful to him and she still reminded him about it. Anyway, she continued by saying that maybe there's a reason for it too. Being a Joo Jak, she may have known from the beginning that he wouldn't die, that's why she could do it. But Suzini could not forgive her.

This time, Dam Deok shouted out and said: "I told you to stop!"

Poor Dam Deok. He wasn't angry with her. It was just very painful for him to listen to all this.

Suzini became even more agitated and started shouting that Dam Deok didn't know anything and he didn't know what she was doing (she saw Ki Ha and Ho Gae hugging and thought that she Ki Ha was playing around with Dam Deok). She said that it was Dam Deok who should stop and why was he so angry anyway, did he still like her? (Of course, he still likes her, silly girl. You think love can just stop like that?)

Dam Deok, slowly looking up..and then you can see that painful, slightly teary (not because he was sad but I think more because he was frustrated and angry) look on his face. He said quietly that yes, he did still like her. That shut Suzini up and I believe she was rather disappointed at hearing this. Because, deep down, subconsciously, she was probably hoping to hear him say that he didn't like her anymore.

Dam Deok sighed and said bitterly that he couldn't stop thinking about her and that he missed her. He wanted to meet her and talk to her. (But he couldn't because now he really believed that she killed her father). Then he sighed again, took a deep breath and said: "Therefore, don't mention about her in front of me."

And Suzini, the happy-go-lucky girl, who probably almost never cried, sat down, facing away from him, said with tears in her eyes: "I understand." Suzini has already fallen in love with him without realising it. And then Dam Deok sighed again. Poor Dam Deok...Suzini should have just turned around and given him a hug at this point.

Hyeon Go, the Geo Mool village people, General Ko, Heuk Gae (chief of Chor No tribe) and Dam Deok were all looking at some sort of map and discussing.

Heuk Gae said that people were saying that the new King was a coward and General Ko shouted at him to watch his words. But know lah, this big, fat teddy chief though very loyal, was also quick tempered.

Heuk Gae asked Dam Deok to allow him and his tribe to join in the battle and that they would fight for him.

Dam Deok, looking up, asked Hyeon Go what was the possibility if they fought with Baekje. He wasn't at all ruffled by Heuk Gae's outburst. ^^

Hyen Go replied that it would be difficult to win as both countries were well prepared. Then the rest of the conversation, really hard to get. But according to Gaulsan, it seemed Heuk Gae said that he would bring in all the reserve forces and even summoned the border guards. This chief hor...not very bright right? How can bring in the border guards? Then who's going to guard the borders? Hyeon Go then rebutted back that if the border guards were recalled, then Hooyon and Georan will attack (I guess other tribes or states). At this, Heuk Gae had to shut up. ^^

Then, the other guy from Geo Mool village started to explain the military aspects of Ho Gae's expedition (which was even more difficult to understand). But basically, according to Gaulsan's translation, Ho Gae has to attack over 20 citadels to reach (I'm guessing he meant the capital) Baekkje. If each citadel took 10 days, it would take him at about 3 months to invade half of those citadels.

Dam Deok, was listening to all these, deep in thought..and then he looked up and said to Hyeon Go: "Teacher."

Hehe! Hyeon Go was obviously pleased that Dam Deok respected him and said proudly to Heuk Gae: "I'm his majesty's teacher." Hehe! Heuk Go was not pleased.

Dam Deok said that since Geo Mool knew everything in the world, would they also know how to leak out information. Hyeon Go and everyone was surprised at this. Dam Deok continued that he wanted a secret to be leaked out and if it could be done, then he would approve Ho Gae's war expedition. He said he had no choice anyway.

Heuk Gae then asked what he was going to do if they went out to fight?

Damdeok then replied that since they said that Ho Gae's army was Goguryeo's army and that Ho Gae's victory was his victory, he was thinking of helping so that he could win. (hehe! This was said by Yon's aide at the meeting, to sort of make it sound better officially and politically correct).

It was busy at the work place of Ba Son and many blacksmiths were arriving. Then I think one of the blacksmith who used to be from her village also arrived and she was very surprised abd happy to see him.

Iron ore arrived and Ba Son and everyone else looked at it as if they were really precious. Hmmm...I know it's probably not easy to mine them but I wonder if they were really difficult to get? Or were they special kind of iron ore?

In the meeting room, Hyeon Go was saying that if they fought against East Baekje alone, maybe they could win but if West Baekje also joined in, they could not win, even with 40,000 soldiers. (Ho Gae was going to attack East Baekje).

Dam Deok turned to him and said he called him teacher and brought his group there. He did not want to know about 'can't do, cannot win etc'. (ie, I didn't bring you guys here to listen to all these)

Woah....This King can be respectful and authorative at the same time.

Anyway, Dam Deok said that there were many reasons why they won't and can't win but now he wanted them to tell him how they could win. Ahh...that is how a commander should be like. If he's already thinking of loosing from the start, then the battle is already lost before it even began.

Hyeon Go asked if they could stop Ho Gae and Dam Deok's immediate reply was no. Dam Deok said he would have difficulty raising 40,000 men for his army, so let's see how they could win with this army.

Hyeon Go said that the military forces of both Baekje and Goguryeo were the same level. The one thing they may be better at was horse riding.

Dam Deok immediately asked how was Ba Son doing and Gam Dong (that officer who was also from Geo Mool village) replied that Ba Son has announced that she would reveal her secrets and therefore all the blacksmiths in the country were at her work place. that was why all these blacksmiths were arriving. she must be really good and well-known for her skills then.

Next you see Ba Son showing all the blacksmiths around and telling them how to make great weapons and showing off her special armour and shield etc.

Back in the meeting room, Hyeon Go was telling Dam Deok that they didn't have enough time and it would take half a year to arm 40,000 soldiers (hmmm... Hyeon Go thought Dam Deok was going to arm Ho Gae's army..because so far, Dam Deok did not say anything about fighting).

Ok...all these military talk was really, seriously difficult to understand even one bit,so many thanks to Gaulsan.

Dam Deok looked thoughtful for awhile and then asked General Ko that once Ho Gae set out, how long it would take his army to reach the borders of Baekje.

General Ko replied that as Ho Gae had been fighting from young and was experienced, he would reach it in 7 days. Dam Deok then asked how long it would take West Baekje to cross the sea with support. (East and West Baekje were seperated by the sea).

General Ko said that they would be aware of Ho Gae's move in 3 days and would be able to cross the sea in 10 to 14 days (aiyoh...really cannot catch the way they say the number of days. Were they using a different type of counting for days?)

Hmm...let's do some calculations would therefore take the reinforcement about 2 weeks to arrive. By then, Ho Gae's army hadn't even reach the middle of Baekje. Remember in earlier scene, the guy from Geo Mool village said that Ho Gae would probably take about 3 months to invade about 10 cities/ towns. So by the time he arrived at his destination (assuming he won all the way), the combined army of both West and East Baekje would be ready and waiting for him.

At this reply, Dam Deok looked a little discouraged, and both General Ko and Hyeon Go sort of looked at Dam Deok, as if waiting for some brilliant answers or decisions to this problem (I thought they were supposed to be the people providing answers but I think this was a very subtle hint that Dam Deok was slowly being respected not just as the King but also as a good strategist). Anyway, within a second, he seemed to have recovered and said that no matter what, he wanted to try and delay Ho Gae's army from arriving at Baekje. Of course this didn't make sense to anyone. I mean the longer Ho Gae's army was delayed, the more time West Baekje would have to arrive wwith reinforcement. Damdeok then said during the time of delay, they would try and stop West Baekje. Hyeon Go asked if they were going to stop them with General Ko's army and Chor No tribe, at which General Ko said the combined troops was less than 3,000 (wow, that's a very small army. Ho Gae has 40,000!).

Dam Deok smiled and said wasn't the smaller the better as they would be able to make the wespons faster for them. Hyeon Go asked with astonishment if they were going to fight the West Baekje army with only 3,000 soldiers (which was suicidal).

Then Dam Deok said they have to delay the departure of Ho Gae for about 2 weeks and to divert them from their current target of Hansung towards east instead.

Hyeon Go then asked again worriedly if they were going to fight the West Baekje with just 3 thousnd soldiers. Dam Deok turned to General Ko and, with a slight smile and resolve and asked how good was the Baekje's intelligence network and he replied that if he had a cold, the whole of Hunsung in Baekje would know it in 5 days.

Dam Deok then said sort of with a little amusement (he's really cute with this expression) that let's make everyone think that he was going to stay inside the palace and he was defintely too afraid to fight. (Ok, we all know this isn't true but that's what everyone thought). With that, Dam Deok got up to leave (he had already planned his strategy and didn't really care even if others thought he was a coward). But Hyeon Go got up and said immediately that it was not ok and if he was going to help Ho Gae in the battle and let him find the symbol. (remember, to Hyeon Go, they were not there to help the King of Goguryeo or interfere in their politics. Rather their allegience was to the King of Jushin so finding the symbols was important for him).

Dam Deok turned to Hyeon Go and looking at him straight in the eye, said: "Teacher, without citizens, one cannot be King. Hoe Gae's army are my people. I do not wish them to die."

All along, Dam Deok's main concern was to protect his people first in minimise the casualties.

And hehe! Hyeon Go really liked to be called teacher by Dam Deok.

Ba Son was holding up an arrow that she had made and showing it to Suzini. Think she was telling her how strong and good it was and how fast and straight it could fly.

Suzini said that it was strange that Bason didn't make such great weapons before coz if she did, she would have been rich. Ba Son told her to use her head and think...if she did that, then many people would die? Hmm... Not too sure but I think she said if she did for one, then another would ask her to make too and she didn't want unworthy people to receive such good weapons? Hmm...the gist of it I think.

Anyway, Suzini then asked if she thought now their Kimg (Dam Deok) was worth receiving them. Hehe! I think Ba Son said that if she knew the King was good, she would reveal the secrets and make the weapons (beacuse Dam Deok's request to her was to make better armour to protect his people and not better weapons to kill, she decided that this King was worth supporting ^^).

Ba Son saw Dalbee holding onto a notebook and seemed to be deep in thought. She wondered if she was thinking of that ajusshi. (hehe! she was referring to Joomochi as ajuhssi)

Dalbee saw them looking at her and quickly kept her book, with a sort of guilty look and got on with her work. Suzini went up to her and ask her if she was missing Joomochi (, everyone know they sort of like each other). This Suzini so naughty, she was teasing her. Then Suzini said she was going to the palace then (I supposed Joomochi must be near Dam Deok for discussion about the attack plans) and Dalbee called out to her to wait and she went to her bag and took out the book. She passed the book to Suzini and asked her to give it to the King. Suzini was surprised and said, it's not's the King? (did she think she was going to have another competition? haha!) Dalbee said if the King was busy, to give it to someone who may be interested.

Suzini asked what it was and Dalbee explained that it was a logistics book for military, horses etc. She was doing it when she was at the Yon's residence. Suzini had this open-mouth, incredulous look on her face..Dalbee said she thought it might help...Suzini continued to have this I-cannot-believe-it look. Dalbe mistook Suzini's look to mean she thought it was a joke. She said she was alone and had nothing to do and just thought...and then she apologised and walked away with a rather downcast face (she really wanted to help Dam Deok but she wasn't sure it would be of help because well..she was just a maid). Actually, Suzini was very impressed and took the book from her. ^^

Sar Ryang brought food into Ki Ha room but found her missing. Aiyah..he really very nice to her.

Ho Gae remembered his mother's dying wish for him to be King of Jushin. It's really quite sad...because he didn't really want to be King initially. He had no intention of taking the position from Dam Deok..but because of his mother..his father... :(

So Ho Gae made a promise to himself that he would become the King of Goguryeo and Jushin..for his mother and for that person (Ki Ha).

Ho Gae saw Ki Ha, who was finally up and about but she looked like a ghost and didn't seemed to be quite right mentally. Hmm...and while she was almost always dressed in white previously, she was now all in black. Is this a sign of the change in her? Was she starting to turn bad?

Ki Ha was talking to herself and saying that her power to use the fire was stronger but strangely, she could not put it out (Is this anither sign she was turning wicked? Becoming the black Joo Jak?) Anyway, she was talking very softly and I couldn't hear at all what she was saying so thanks to Gaulsan for the translation.

Ho Gae was obviously very pleased to see Ki Ha conscious and asked if she was ok. He said he was waiting for her, to see her etc. Ki Ha, still in her low quiet voice (which I think was pretty scary), asked why he was waiting for her, she has never waited for him at all. Then not sure what Ho Gae said but he asked why did she stabbed Dam Deok with the sword, what was she thinking of? Perhaps she didn't love him anymore?

Ki Ha, still in an emotionless voice, turning to look at him finally, said that she thought of dying together. Ho Gae was a little shock. Ki Has said but now she had a reason to live. She wanted to meet him (Dam Deok) and then decide how she should live. Hmm...what was going through her mind?

But at least this solved the mystery for many of us...whether she stabbed Dam Deok, meaning to die together or she stabbed him, hoping to save him. She really meant to kill him and then commit suicide.

Inside the palace, Suzini was showing Dalbee's book to Dam Deok, and asked him if he understood it. Dam Deok looked at it in detail and asked if it was written by the Yon's maid. Suzinie said her name was Dalbee and her husband, a captain of Yon's soldiers was killed. She escaped and was now living with Ba Son. Hehe! Actually, Suzini didn't really understand exactly the whole book well and wasn't too sure if it was useful. Dam Deok sort of ignored her and called out to General Ko.

Dam Deok asked if General Ko was looking for a quartermater (someone in charge of logistics). The term is 병참부대, an army unit responsible for soldiers' accomodation, food, and clothing.

This person/ unit was very important in any expedition, particularly for battle/ war. Without food, the soldiers would suffer. Even more important was providing food for the horses coz without horses, soldiers cannnot go to war. I remembered watching Chinese period dramas and reading related books that the unit in charge of food must always be protected and arrive first before the proper army. Only a well-fed army can fight well.

Anyway, General Ko replied that yes, but all the good, reliable staff were working for Ho Gae. (Of course, none of them wanted to work for General Ko).

Damdeok passed the book to General Ko and asked him to take a look as he was quite impressed. General Ko took over the book, but did not look at it or checked it, said that if his majesty thought it was ok, he had no objection and would appoint this person immediately.

Now most Kings or commanders would have been pleased that their orders were not questioned (in most circumstances, they should not be questioned..hehe!), but Dam Deok was different. He said that long time ago, General Ko taught him that if the quartermaster/ logistics did not provide good suppport, the soldiers cannot fight well. General Ko was very pleased that he remembered his teachings.

Dam Deok then said that if he made a mistake for such an important position, would it be his fault or the General fault who received the order from the King and did not questioned them. ^^

General Ko replied that it would be his fault and said that he would meet the person and give her the job that he judged appropriate. he got the drift.

So slowly, we are beginning to see why this King was great and able to expand the territories of Goguryeo. He did not want his men to just listen blindly to instructions but to question them when necessary.

As the 2 of them were talking, a commotion broke out between Suzini and one of the Geo Mool people. They were fooling around and putting ink on each other's face.

Dam Deok turned and saw this scene and didn't look happy. Hyeon Go was looking at Dam Deok...looking at Suzini.

Now this very small scene was of much discussion amongst the few of us at the forum. We figured that this was a sign that Dam Deok liked her. Some said he was jealous. I don't think it was really jealousy but more displeasure that Suzini was getting all physical with other men. I think Suzini (who had grown up with all these men) often forgot she was a girl but Dam Deok did not forget.. hehe! Anyway, should take a look at this scene coz I'm quite sure I'm right about how he felt as it tied in with a scene later.

That night in the palace, as the soldiers stood guard, there seemed to be someone around and a shadow was seen passing by quickly. Hyeon Go was inside the room with his members working hard (actually, Hyeon Go was dozing off but the others were working hard). Suddenly, there was a strong gust of wind ..and Hyeon Go was a little concerned and suspicious. He looked outside and shut the door.

Suzini was happily walking around with a bottle of wine...and in the background, Ki Ha was observing her. Suzini sort of sensed a presence but when she turned to take a look, she couldn't see anyone.

Anyway, the next scene was quite funny..

Dam Deok was poring over his papers in his room and suddenly, he looked up, sniffing at something and there was Suzini...waving the smell of the liquer towards him.

Anyway, Suzini said awhole lot of things about the merits of the wine...well...she was really thrilled about the wine.

Dam Deok asked if she could just stop drinking for one day and Suzini, holding the bottle closed to her and said no. Haha! This girl has been drinking since she was young.

Dam Deok, with a sigh..turned back to his papers. He really didn't know what to do with this girl. ^^

Think she was asking the King to take a break from his learning and have a drink to relax? (Sorry, not too sure). Anyway, she placed the bottle of wine right under Dam Deok's nose and said this (wine) was from heaven.

Dam Deok looked at Suzini with a solemn look...his majesty was not amused. ^^

Suzini then begged Dam Deok to have just a taste, a sip...because the wine was for the King only..but if he tasted it, then the rest of them could have it as well.

Dam Deok laughed, and with a small sigh, gave in to her request.

He took a sip..turned to Suzini (who was expecting him to pass the wine back to her)..but he looked away, and with a little smile, took another sip. He was teasing her.

Dam Deok said the smell was quite good and then Suzini...waiting in anitcipation, wanted to have her bottle of wine back and said he didn't have to drink anymore (hehe! the more he drank, the less wine left for her). He took another sip, tasted it and was pondering about the taste... Suzini was getting more and more agitated and said she thought he didn't like wine. Dam Deok said the wine was a little too strong..but still proceeded to take another sip anyway. Now Suzini was really angry and frustrated- like a little kid denied of her favourite toy.

Dam Deok sort of tasted the wine again, and then said it was nothing unusual and threw the bottle of wine at Suzini, who quickly caught hold of it.

All this while, Ki Ha was looking in from the opposite side into the window, looking at the 2 of them. Gosh...she really looked like a ghost.

As Suzini held on tightly to the bottle of wine and walked out, Dam Deok looked up and stop her, asking her where she was going. Then he asked her if she going to get drunk and misbehave with the men. (hehe! He definitely did not like her fooling around with men). Suzini was indignant and asked when did she ever behaved in such a way.

Anyway, Dam Deok asked her to sit down over there...where he could see her drink. Suzini was still looking at him...and then Dam Deok said since they're both disciples of the same master (they both call Hyeon Go 'teacher'), her disgrace would be his disgrace. hehe! He just wanted her to be around. Anyway, Suzini was still hesitating but Dam Deok went: "Oh hoh..." in a commandaing voice and Suzini gave in and went to sit down in a corner quietly. Hehe! Dam Deok was really cute when he went 'Oh hoh..'.

Whilst Suzini enjoyed her drink, Dam Deok was smiling away and....and... Ki Ha was looking at him...with a murderous look on her face. She had said she wanted to know see him and then she could decide how to live. I guess she was expecting him to be in misery...just like she was. Yet, here he was, joking with another women. He seemed to have forgotten about her completely. Maybe he never cared about at all?

Then Dam Deok sensing something, looked up to the opposite tower but Ki Ha was already gone.

Ki Ha returned to Hwa Cheon...obviously heart broken and sad..and in the background, she remembered what Ho Gae said about waiitng for her heart and that he would be setting out the next day.

The next day, Ho Gae set off with his army with much fanfare and rousing support from the people. Ho Gae looked determind...there was only one purpose on his get the symbol in Baekje and proved himself as the King of Jushin once and for all.

In a small village seaport of Baekje, a group of armed guards were escoting a man, who was carrying a box carefully. They rested in a small eating place and the waiter starred intently at the box seemed which was flickering. The man blocked the waiter's view and one of the guard motioned for the waiter to step away.

The man then said to the guard that they have to hurry as the symbol was unstable.

The group left the eating place and after walking some distance, when they were certain there wan't anyone following them, the man got out of the carriage and stretched himself. Hehe! They were from Geo Mool village. The man said their master (the other party) would hear about it and they had achieved their target mission. That waiter was from Hwa Cheon and they knew he would definitely let Daejangro know about this. This was the 'secret' that Dam Deok wanted Geo Mool to leak out.

The man opened the box and blew out the few lighted candles inside the box.

The waiter sent out the message.

Inside the Hwa Cheon HQ, Daejangro received the note which said that the symbol of Cheongrol was seen in the eastern part of Baekje. But he didn't really believed it. If it was really the symbol, it should be in Hansung (the capital of Baekje), why would it be in such a remote place? Sar Ryang then commented that perhaps it was where the owner lived.

Aiyoh...really, really cannot hear what Daejangro say all the time. And did you see the way he drank his tea? Really oozing with evil. Yeew!

Daejangro and Yon Gar Ryeo were discussing. Daejangro said that it has been rumoured that Sosuhno (the queen of Jumong) took the symbol with her when she went south with her 2 sons. There were also other rumours that the guardian of the Cheongryong symbol chose to follow her.

Translation by Gaulsan on the text about Sosuhno
* Sosuhno> The wife of Choomodaewang[the king who built Koguryo], who moved to the south with her two sons and built Baekje.

Yon Gar Ryeo said that since he said he didn't know exactly where the symbol was now, how did he know that the symbol was in Baekje. Daejangro then said that the light of Cheongryong was seen on the day that Ho Gae was borned but since then, nobody knew where it was (Hmm..I thought Sar Ryang saw the father plunging the symbol into the boy's heart?)

Yon Gar Ryeo then asked of the symbol was now seen in Eastern part of East Baekje. Daejangro confirmed it and suggested that Ho Gae should get the symbol first and then attack Baekje later.

Dam Deok really quite smart. He knew Daejangro and everyone will be more concerned about getting the symbol.

The funny short guy was walking along the stree, selling his stuff. A stage had been set and a public play was about to begin.

Inside the palace, Dam Deok, Heuk Gae and everyone were discussing about situation. Dam Deok commented that if the Geo Mool village people did their job well, then Ho Gae's army would moved towards Palgoonsung. (hmm..where was that?)

Anyway, Heuk Gae almost choked on his drink and said if they were going to make Ho Gae attack that place (apparently, it was a well prepared citadel).

Dam Deok said they had to start the battle slowly and as far away from West Baekje as possible.

Heuk Gae, not understanding what was going on....was getting frustrated and said smoke was coming out of his head. hehehe! This big teddy bear is so cute. Dam Deok merely smiled and said as Ho Gae has 40,000 thousand men, and if he thought Baekje would know.

Heuk Gae thought it was a stupid question and said everyone in both East and West Baekje would know by now. (Yah big an army, sure know one). Dam Deok then asked if he thought Ho Gae would win with a well prepared army and reinforcement.

Heuk Gae drew himself up proudly and said even though he didn't like Ho Gae, nobody could defeat their army.

Dam Deok looked at Heuk Gae calmly again and asked once more if he thought Ho Gae would win. Now Heuk Gae kept quiet because he knew deep down it would be a very difficult victory and frankly, Ho Gae may not win with the combined Baekje army.

And then Dam Deok's expression was so a 'you-just-said-he-will-win teasing look, said: "He will win (right?)."

In the street, the actor was praising Ho Gae and said he would look at Baejje in the eye (I think that's what he said). Anyway, there's lots of suppport for Ho Gae.

The rest of the dialogue was very complicated to understand but according to Gaulsan, Dam Deok's plan was to attack the provinces where they were not expected.

Heuk Gae asked if they were fighting (hehe! He must have been pleased to know that Dam Deok was finally planning to go into battle coz he thought he wasn't going to).

Dam Deok then said that when the provinces were attacked, the soldiers would rush back and defend and he asked General Ko to tell Ho Gae that they should attack Baekje's army from behind when that happened. (Basically, this would catch Baekje's army unaware by attacking them form behind. Also at the same time, the provinces who were not well defended would also fall to Dam Deok's army).

Heuk Gae asked once again if they were fighting too.

Dam Deok smiled and said that they were not attacking Baekje's Hansung but attacking the middle part that connected East and West Baekje. If they managed to do that, they would have access to the sea.

This was a smart move because by cutting off the connection (ie, controlling the sea), it would mean that East Baekje would not be able to get help from West Baekje. Not just reinforcement but also probably things like food and necessities. East Baekje would have to fend for itselof.

It then cut to the scene of the public play and the actor was playing a scene where Ho Gae found the symbol in Baekje and teh guardian said that he had been waiting for Ho Gae (everyone still believes that Ho Gae is the real King of Jushin). The whole crowd appluaded.

Continuing in the meeting, Dam Deok then announced that he had a mission for the Jeolno tribe and the chief was so happy coz after listening to all the talk about attacking, he thought Dam Deok was going to give him the orders to fight.

Dam Deok: "First, please go back to your Jeolno territory."

Heuk Gae spluttered out...: "Your...your majesty." He was like...what-the-$5#@7&'re not letting me fight but instead asking me to go back to my own place.

Dam Deok clearly knew this guy's character and said with a smile: "I still have something to prepare." He said he cannot send his soldiers into battleground unless he had finished preparing.

Heuk Gae shouted out like what was there to prepare...nobody went into battlefield prepared. Hehe! Like I said, he's a warrior but not exactly a commander and strategist.

Dam Deok replied that he would do so (be prepared) and that he won't start a war unles he was sure of winning. (This was also exactly what he said years ago when he found out Ho Gae's mother was poisoning his father. At that time, he told General Ko he would not start a war he could not win)

At that moment, Dong Gam came in and said that Jeok Hwan and the Gaema soldiers were waiting to see him.

The play continued..with the actor mocking Dam Deok as a coward. The funny short guy walked away angrily.

Dam Deok went out and again, he did not sit on the throne, but instead sat down on the steps in front of the army. The army was very respectful of Dam Deok. I really think Jeok Hwan is a good soldier and an upright man. He was just misled into thinking that Ho Gae was the true Jushin King instead.

Don't know what he said but according to Gaulsan, he told Dam Deok the proud history of Gaema as an elite army..probably always the first to fight etc...

I think he said that they would follow the King and whenever he (Dam Deok) was going to battle, they would be accompanying him. But since he was not......Anway, he asked for Dam Deok's permission to join Ho Gae's army as it would be an insult and shame to the Gaema army if they were not there.

Dam Deok listened quietly and then said...of course the army could not be shamed and insulted. Then he stood up and put his hands on Jeok Hwan's shoulders saying that he didn't think about it (Gaema's army position). He gave permission for the Gaema army to join in the battle and that a mesasge will be sent to Ho Gae to wait for them befpre attacking.

Jeok Hwan was very moved and extremely grateful. I'm sure he never thought Dam Deok would agree to it.

This actually worked out quite well into Dam Deok's plan as he wanted to delay Ho Gae into fighting as long as possible. He told General Ko to delay the Gaema army as long as possibe to buy time.

I really loved the scene of Ho Gae and his army riding is truely impressive. And even though he's not a very nice guy, he still looks pretty good leh.

A messenger arrived and delivered a message to Ho Gae that the King has released the Gaema army to join him and that he was to wait for their arrival before attacking. This sounded quite good to Ho Gae as it seemed to be an admission of defeat from Dam Deok but Ho Gae's generals were not happy and in disagreement about it as it would mean that Baekje had more time to prepare whilst they wait for the Gaema army.

Ho Gae was still hesitating and then the messenger said there was another message from his family. The message was that the Gaema army would be coming together with the owner of Joo Jak (Ki Ha).

This was the deciding factor. He may not want to wait for the Gaema army but he will wait for Ki Ha.

End of Ep 12...


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Singapore KNTO's new home

For most of us who visit Korea often on F&E, one of the place we almost always visit is the KNTO (Korea National Tourism Office) main office. There's lots of informative brochures available there, English speaking help and most importantly...hehehe! there's free internet access.

I've been going to the KNTO Singapore office for the past 5 years (since I got into this Korean wave thing) and I always felt the office here was a little err....cramp. Those of you who've been there would know what I mean.

KNTO in Singapore has a new home finally.

Last week, I was very happy to be invited to the opening ceremony. ^^ I was rubbing shoulders with the Korean Ambassador and the top people from KNTO...I was kinda of hoping to get closer to them and convince them to send me on a trip to Korea at least once a year to help them promote Korea. kekeke! (Ooops...I should be promoting Singapore, shouldn't I? Hmm..maybe can promote both?)

I know the KNTO was trying very hard to get a Korean artiste in for the opening ceremony...but hor...all these artistes nowadays are probably even busier than the dignitaries. If only they opened a little earlier, then they probably would have been able to get Jang Hyuk to be there. What a waste right?

But they did managed to get an interesting act - Nanta.

Have you seen this group? If not, you really must coz their act is amazing. They use kitchen utensils to make music.

Here are 3 short clips I took for their performance. Cool right?

Th grand ribbon cutting ceremony. Hmm.. I've always been curious. How come they always have to use white gloves?

The new office is definitely much better in terms of space and accessibility. winter scene backdrop to take photos. But the real thing much better. hahaha!

The only 2 drama-related posters displayed. The 2 dramas that made the most impact for the popularity of Korea wave.... ^^


Dolls, wedding and tea ceremony. I think the ceremonies should be interesting...especially the wedding one. Wondering if they will stage it on a regular basis. They had it last week during the opening week.

Ok... do go and check out the place yourself. Their new address:

3 Church Stret
Singapore 049483

T: 6533 0441

The nearest mrt station is Raffles Place. And oh...there's a Coffee Bean right next to it. So you can grab your brochures and browse at them whilst having a cup of coffee.

p/s- the travel booklet and the brochure food recipes are interesting and a must get.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Asta TV- Winter 07

The revamped, latest issue of Asta TV is finally published. It should be available in Kinokuniya, Page One booksshops and Poh Kim video shops sometime this week. ^^

I'm so glad he's on the cover.

Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi/Legend- Ep 11 summary

Gaulsan has already translated for Episode 11 and as usual, I would like to thank everyone for their help in the translation and explainations.

From the previous episode, Dan Deok, Suzini and Hyeon go arrived at Shindang to attend the inquest/ meeting.

Yon Gar Ryeo shouted at them to stop and hand over their weapons and to accept their punishment from heaven.

Hyeon Go's cane and Suzini's weapon were taken away by the guards. Ho Gae approached Dam Deok and said that he, Ho Gae was a descendent from heaven (literally heaven's royal blood) and therefore will take the Jumong sword. Dam Deok, starring back intently at Ho Gae asked if Ho Gae had planned all these himself. Ho Gae said he shouldn't have come to the meeting/inquest. Dam Deok asked again if it was Ho Gae who planned all these by deceiving the tribal cheifs, killing his father and then accusing him of all these crimes.

Ho Gae said that Dam Deok would not be able to leave the place alive and if he had gone there even though he knew.

Yon Gar Ryeo shouted out why wasn't the High Priestess doing anything as the criminal was already there.

Dam Deok told Ho Gae that if he had done all this on his own, he would applaud and congratulate him and admit that he, being a smart and courageous man deserved to rule the country.

I think Dam Deok was on the one hand, hoping that Ho Gae didn't have any part in this. Remember when he was imprisoned inside Taeshil, he was 'telling' his anscestors that Ho Gae would make a good king. On the other hand, he knew Ho Gae wasn't smart and cunning enough to think of such strategies, which meant he was willing to go along with such schemes just to be king. I'm sure Dam Deok must have been in such a conflict and anger.

Ho Gae misunderstood Dam Deok's questions and thought that he was planning to give the thron to him. If that was so, he said Dam Deok was too late and he should have run away instead of going to Shindang there with the sword.

Damdeok then turned to the High Priestess and asked if the meeting was to find out the murderer of the King. She said yes.

Dam Deok then said if there was another person present at the time when the King was killed in Taeshil. The High Priestess said a guard who witnessed the murder went to Shindang and told her about it but she was killed soon after that.. ( I guess Daejangro killed her?)

During this conversation between the High Priestess and Dam Deok, Ki Ha was getting very worried and uncomfortable and kept looking at Dam Deok. She didn't have a chance to tell him personally what happened inside Taeshil (although I'm not sure if he would have believed her anyway) but now that he's asking questions like that publicly, it could only mean that he really believed that she had killed his father, the King.

Damdeok asked if the guard had revealed who was inside taeshil and the High Priestess said yes, she did and it was a woman who claimed to be Joo Jak. At this point, there was a lot of murmurings amongst the crowd and Yon Gar Ryeo didn't look too pleased. I guess he didn't want too many people knowing that Ki Ha was Joo Jak.

Damdeok, in a very painful voice, said: "Could you ask that woman a question..why did she kill my father?" All this while, Ki Ha kept looking at Dam Deok, hoping for acknowledgement but Dam Deok did not once look at her. Sigh...he was really heart broken.

The High Priestess said that because she claimed to be guardian of Joo Jak, which was one of the guardians of Ju Shin, sent by heaven, she as the High Priestess of Shindang, has to obey heaven's will. Therefore she could not ask her any questions.

Ho Gae, wanting to protect Ki Ha, tried to stop all this questioning by saying that Dam Deok was trying to push the blame onto a weak woman.

Dam Deok, still refusing to look at Ki Ha, shouted angrily: "Which one are you? A weak woman or the guarduan of Joo Jak? Which one are you?"

Ki Ha slowly turned around and faced Dam Deok directly, saying...she would answer him, if he ask her directly. Sigh...She just want him to ask her personally, so that she can tell him..instead of listening to all these stories. But Dam Deok still didn't look at her at all. the High Priestess knows nt that Ki Ha is Joo Jak...

Ho Gae intercepted at this point and said that he and all the chiefs wanted the High Priestess to use the Gauri sword and judge the Crown Prince for his crimes. This would determind if he was lying. I think the High Priestess tried to protest by saying there is still no need to do this now. But Ho Gae insisted on upon it and turing to Dam Deok, asked him if he has any objection to the test. Dam Deok remained impassive, with no emotions on his face.

Yon Gar Ryeo jumped in and said that if four out of the five tribes request for the test, the High Priestess must perform it. I think he said something about she must do it on behalf of heaven? Then he said that he, Yon Gar Ryeo, chief of Ge Ru tribe, wants the Gauri sword trial to be used. Everyone then agreed that it was the best way. And Ki Ha was worried.

The High Priestess proclaimed that the Gauri test was carried out by stabbing the accused heart with a sword. It was a judgement from heaven...if the person was guilty, he would die and if he was innocent, he would not. But..

"Gawuri sword (test) cannot be carried out by just anyone.. only the king of this nation or one who has inherited the blood of the heavens can" (translated by Dramaoak of soompi)

Ho Gae said he would do it. He has the blood of heaven (he believed he was the King of Jushin) and it would be alright if he conduct the test with the Jumong sword? Then one by one (instigated by Yon's aide) all asked for the test to be carried out.

Ho Gae really hated Dam Deok, more because of Ki Ha than his mother's death. If he had run away and not confronted him, he would have let Dam Deok off but because he didn't, a mixture, of fear, jealousy, thirst of revenge and even perhaps guilt all resulted in him wanting Dam Deok dead by his hands.

There was still little show of emotion from Dam Deok. How did he feel inside? All these people...his subjects...hounding for his blood. And Ki Ha...I think she felt so powerless to stop all this and save the person that she love.

Suzini shouted out if they were all mad. No one could survive if one was stabbed with a sword. She wanted to leave. But then Dam deok turned around and wihtout a word, looked at Suzini and Hyeon Go. And they knew, from that look, that he was going to go through the test. Suzini was so very sad...because she thought he would surely die. Dam Deok then passed the Jumong sword to Ho Gae and walked towards the High Priestess.

He did not once look at Ki Ha and when even when she wanted to catch hold of his hand...he did not let her. Sigh... For Ki Ha, I think this indifference was probably even worse than Dam Deok accusing her directly.

Dam Deok said: "There are people who think I am the king of Jushin." The High Priestess said she was one of them but then Dam Deok shook his head and said: "I don't know myself. I want to ask the heaven"

The High Priestess said that no one has ever survived the test but Dam Deok said he wanted to know if heaven really existed and therefore would it know who he was. The High Priestess reproached him and said if he had gone there to die

I think Dam Deok had really expected to die and probably wanted to die. If he really wasn't the King of Jushin, then he couldn't take any revenge against Ho Gae (who would then really be the King of Jushin). If that was the case, better to die, then to live in agony and pain, with the knowledge that the woman he loved had killed his father.

Dam Deok then said to the High Priestess exactly what he said to Hyeon Go...didn't the High Priestess believe? He said if Jushin was the Kingdom of heaven, the King of that kingdom could not die.

He turned around, looked at everyone and said: "I, Damdeok, will receive the Gauri sword."

And then he lightly touched his father's coffin....which conveyed so much regret, pain and love.

The High Priestess and all the Shindang members started chanting...basically saying that the person was going to receive the Gauri sword and that heaven should speak and judge.

Ki Ha was crying by now.

Dam Deok than faced everyone, closed his eyes and stretched out his hands to receive the sword.

Suzini was all agitated and worried.

Daejangro was just waiting to see what would happend... not really too bothered.

Yon Gar Ryeo was secretly pleased that it was going to end this way.

Ho Gae was full of hatred.

And Ki Ha...she had stopped crying...and there was a look of resolve on her if she had made a decision.

Ho Gae walked past her, with the sword in hand and the determind look to kill this man. Suddenly, Ki Ha grabbed the sword from him and plunged it into Dam Deok's heart. It caught everyone by surprise.

As Dam Deok starred at the woman he loved, whom he believed had killed his father and now stabbed him as was like a final nail in the coffin, killing any trace of trust he once had of her, all the years of they shared together. He almost had no emotion, like one who had to finally accept the death sentence. Ki Ha, with tears in her eyes, believing she had to do what she did...willing with all might that this man that she loved with all her heart, would trust in her, looked at him with all the love she had for him.

Damdeok: "Did you do this to my father, too?"

Ki Ha: "I trusted you. I thought that you would trust me till you die."

Damdeok: "Did my father also die like this, because he trusted you?"

Ki Ha: "I won't let you go alone. I will go with you."

There was some discussion on soompi board, about whether Ki Ha really meant to kill Dam Deok or was she hoping for a miracle by doing it herself?

I've been watching that scene over and over again ... looking at both their experessions and thinking. I think Ki Ha had hope to save Dam Deok by doing it herself. If Ho Gae had done it, he would definitely made sure it was a fatal stab in the heart. I don't think Ki Ha stabbed very hard...because well.... I didn't see any blood at all. So perhaps, subconsciously, she hoped he would survive the attack ... which was why she hesitated for awhile before pulling out her own dagger. But when he fell down unconscious, and she thought he was going die, she cried, pulled out her dagger and was about to kill herself, intending to follow him in his death...but just at that moment, a miracle happened.

Now before I describe the miracle, I must say that when Dam Deok fell, the first person to rush to him was Suzini, which I guess foretells how things would be in the future..that she would always be the first one to be there for him. Daejangro? It was almost as if he was dissapointed that Dam Deok died..I guess because he was having doubts whether Ho Gae was really the King of Jushin and he wanted to see if Dam Deok was the real king instead. And even Ho Gae was if he didn't really expect Dam Deok to die. For all his talk about wanting to kill Dam Deok and seeking revenge, he was never a wicked guy. Alot that had happened was manipulated by his father..he never wanted to be the king in such a way. As for the other tribal chiefs, from the looks of it, I think they were a little regretful too. The only one who seened to be satisfied with the outcome was Yon Gar Ryeo.

Anyway, just as Ki Ha was about to plunge the dagger into herself, a light emited from the sword and blinded everyone and then....the sword sort of dissolved and became a dagger, dropping off from Dam Deok's heart, who looked as if he had never been stabbed. Everyone, and I meant, everyone was shocked. Then slowly, he opened his eyes..slowly got up...and looked around at everyone.

I don't really understand how he was feeling as he seemed almost devoid of emotions. There seemed to be a hint of gladness? Like almost as if he's glad he's finally been given an answer? I guess with this, he knew what his role was and what he had to do from then.

Anyway, the High Priestess was so glad and shouted out: "Heaven has answered. Gogureyo's Crown Prince, Dam Deok is not guilty. Heaven has spoken through the scared Gauori sword."

Notice was posted by Shindang.

2,000 years, the kingdom of Jushin was formed. Of the 4 Jushin symbols, Hyonmool and Joojak have awaken but they have acknowledged different men as the Jushin King. The one who finds the other 2 symbols- Cheong Ryong and Baek Ho, the one who is acknowledged by these symbols as the King will be acknowledged as the King of Jushin and the King of Goguryeo. Until that day, the Crown Prince, Dam Deok will rule as the King of Goguryeo. This is the will of heaven. The citizens of Goguryeo..rejoiced.(Ok...I know I've missed out on some sentences as I couldn't understand all of it...but with Gaulsan's help, I think this is the gist of it).

General Ko, on his way back to Guknaesung, was seen intercepting one of the messenger and receiving the news.

Dam Deok entered the palace court (with Suzini following him...hehehe! this woman is sticking to him) and stood in front of the throne, recallling what his uncle, King So Su Rim had said to him when they first met. That he and Dam Deok's father trusted in him deeply and he must become the King of Jushin and find the kingdom of Jushin again. He told Dam Deok that he must find the 4 symbols of Jushin and their guardians and make them protect him. Dam Deok remembered his promise to this dying King as he stared at the throne.

Damdeok said that right from the beginning, he was asked to become the King of Jushin, and not the King of Goguryo. Suzini then replied that he has to become the King of Goguryo before becoming the King of Jushin. Dam Deok, who had enver thought he would be King and never wanted to be King, wondered what it was like to be a King. Suzini thought it was good as then nobody, not even her master could bully her. This brought a smile to Dam Deok. Suzini could always make him smile. ^^

Dam Deok then recalled what his father said that night after the coronation. His father had told him then that because he was still young and it was difficult for him to protect Dam Deok as he wasn't powerful enough (remember, most of them thought that he wasn't of royal blood, including Ho Gae's mother, his sister). He told Dam Deok not to stand out and to let everyone thought he was stupid and slowly forget about him. Poor Dam Deok, what kind of life he must have had...he had no friends except for Ki Ha.

King Ko Gu Kyang realised that his role was to prepare Dam Deok to become King, that was the reason he lived.

As Dam Deok slowly touched the throne, recalling and thinking back to all these, he realised then what he must do and he made up his mind- he asked his father to protect him as he became King. I think at this point, the King of Jushin has truely awake. And with a sense of resolve and purpose, he walked out of the court and found Hyeon Go waiting outside. He asked him if he had been waiting for the King for a long time...and Hyeon Go said yes, they have been waiting for thousand of years. He then asked Hyeon Go to teach him how to become a good king. I think this was significant, because Hyeon Go was very pleased when he replied...not just a king then, but a good king? It was good to know that Dam Deok realised that he had a lot to learn and that he wanted to be a good king.

The funny short guy was telling Ba Son that Dam Deok lived through the test and that the Jumong sword had dissolved. At this Ba Son was shocked and said: "Jumong sword?". Hehe! She was upset because there wasn't another sword like that in this one and I think she wanted to see it just once. She likes weapons. So whilst the funny short guy remarked how strange it was that his King (Dam Deok) had managed to live with a sword piercing through his heart, she was more concerned that the Jumong sword no longer existed. hehe! These 2 are so funny.

Inside Yon's residence, Yon Gar Ryeo, the 3 tribal chiefs and Jeok Hwan are in a meeting (hmmm..why was this suppposedly loyal soldier still siding with Yon Gar Ryeo?)

Sorry, can't really understand the whole long conversation but according to Gaulsan, it seemed Yon Gar Ryeo was telling them that Dam Deok had tricked them by using a fake Jumong sword. Then Jeok Hwan said something about Dam Deok was now the King of Goguryeo..and then I think the aide said something he was a solider and wouldn't understand such things? Hmm.... And then, don't understand the rest of the conversation...but something to do with Ju Jak and the Jumong sword....hmm...were they wondering why Ju Jak (Ki Ha) wanted to kill Dam Deok?

Ki Ha kept thinking about the part where she peirced Dam Deok's heart with the sword. She was in a trance but was suffering, crying and in pain. Daejangro said now he understood why Ki Ha loved Dam Deok. He said long ago, his shaman/ leader (Ka Jin) also gave her heart to him (Hwan Woong) and lost everything.

And then you have that scene where Hwan Woong healed the injured Ka Jin in the cave, that was when she fell in love with him.

Daejangro then tried to use his power to erase her memory of him, so that she wouldn't suffer. As he tried hard to use his powers over her, scenes of her past life and Hwan Woong kept appearing in her mind and there was great resistence, repelling Daejangro back. As Ki Ha collapsed, Sar Ryang held her (he definitely likes her) and asked what happened just then. Daejangro then relied that there was something inside Ki Ha (we are all speculating that it's because she's pregnant).

Dalbee wanted Joomoochi to teach her how to fight because he was the best in Goguryeo? She was willing to learn everything. Hmm...I think she offered to cook for him and to learn quickly (I think). Anyway, she kept begging him to teach her. But he refused. Just then, Joomchi's man appeared and said there were customers.

The men came to Joomchi to enlist his help to fight for Ho Gae. Not sure about the whole conversation but I guess they didn't support Dam Deok. They offered Joomoochi quite a lot of money. Joomchi didn't say anything, but swung his axe over his shoulders...which basically meant no. hehe! And so the customers were chased away by the short guy.

The funny short guy (from Geo Mool village) saw this and then saw all the people who were signing up to join Yon's army. Hyeon Go told Dam Deok that everyone believed Ho Gae was still the Jushin King and that he had had tricked everyone during the meeting in Shindang.

Then I think he said if he was to become a good King of Jushin, he has to know how to become a good King of Gogureyo first. And he has to start preparing well now so as to start the prepare for the Jushin kingdom i the future..( least that's what I think he said...I hope I didn't misinterpret anything). Anyway, the guys from Geo Mool village started bringing their books and things into the palace for study. And the elders were telling Dam Deok about the politics in the neighbouring counries.

Jinsungwang, the king of Baekjae who had stolen the throne from his nephew Ashin is losing power. Western part of Baekje is trying to make Ashin the king. (translated by Gaulsan)

The funny short guy came back and tell everyone that the over 10,000 men had joined the Yon family and he was worried as Dam Deok wasn't doing anything (he seemed more interested on checking out the books and records).

Gam Dong (the Geo Mool village member who was also an officer inside the palace) reported on the political status of the army. It seemed the Royal Guards decided not to take part until General Ko came back and though he wasn't sure about the Gaema Army, but they were likely to side the Yon family as Jeok Hwan, the leader of Gaema Army was from Ge Ru tribe (which is the same tribe as the Yon family. Ok, now I know why he was still siding Yon Gar Ryeo even though he's supposedly a loyal soldier of the King).

And then...they wondered where their chief, Hyeon Go was.

Hyeon Go was checking out the new dagger (transformed from the Jumong sword) against some old records and found it matched the pictures of a dagger called 'Heaven's Bow'. There was some discussion over at soompi and it seemed it could be the same bow that was used by Hwan Woong (in Episode 1) to kill Seo O (when she became the black Joo Jak). So I guess this same dagger would be used in the future to kill either Ki Ha or Suzini (when either of them become the black Joo Jak...though I think it will probably be Ki Ha).

(thanks to dramaoak on soompi)

Gam Dong announced excitedly that General Ko was back and Dam Deok was pleased.

General Ko paid his respect to Dam Deok, acknowledging him as the King and said he was glad to see him safe and well. He was about to kneel but Dam Deok hugged him instead and said he had been waiting for him for a long time (Hmm... why did General Ko stay in the Chor No tribe so long? He should ahve rushed back to Guknaesung immediately).

General Ko then said that there was someone else who came with him. And then Huk Gae, the chief of Chor No tribe appeared and introduced himself and bowed to Dam Deok. And Dam Deok...did not use his title as King but instead introduced himself as Dam Deok, the person who caused his son to die. He really felt guilty about that. Huk Gae said he heard that his son died to save his majesty's life and that he was now temporarily the King of Goguryeo and that he was competiting with Yon Ho Gae to become the King of Jushin. Dam Deok confirmed it but then Huk Gae got agitated and said why was he in that room, reading papers with Hyeon Go (did he really call him a stinking monk? Wow!) when all the tribes, all the soldiers and everyone else were joining the Yon family.

Dam Deok then replied calmly that as of the day before, Yon had 19,000 soldiers whereas he had less than 8,000, including the Royal Guards, the Gaema Army, and Central Army (actually can't really count the Gaema army as they are likely to support Yon Ho Gae).

At this Huk Gae asked if Dam Deok was still considering becoming the King of Jushin. I think the fact that Dam Deok could accurately tell Huk Gae the military situation, meant that he wasn't just sitting inside the palace, twiddling his thumbs and doing nothing as the chief thought initially. And the fact that he wasn't panicking meant that he was serious about the fight with Ho Gae. Otherwise, I think Huk Gae will probably reconsider about supporting him, if he thought the new King was a weakling.

Anyway, Dam Deok said with much resolute that he it was the only way to repay back for the deaths of his son and the other soldiers who died.

Upon hearing this, Dal Gu, the 2nd son of Huk Gae, started crying and Dam Deok saw him. He went up to him and put his hand on his shoulder... and said if he was alright. I guess he wanted to apologise, to say sorry for causing he death of his brothers. But Dal Gu said: "You don't have to say anything. Jakeundol (probably the young boy) and Sou Du Ru (the eldest son) know everything...therefore, you don't have to say anything at all." They truely are loyal to the King.

Yon's family placed a notice announcing a tournment in their house on the 3rd day of the month at miday. Everyone, whether nobles or ordinary citizens were allowed to participate. 7 winners would be selected to become leaders of Ho Gae's army.

Hehe! the funny short tried to read the notice but he couldn't and then Suzini read the notice for him. Then don't know what Suzini said but I guess she must have insulted Ho Gae as one of the guard almost wanted to beat her up and the funny short guy had to pull her away. That girl got to control her temper. ^^

As they walked along the street, they saw a man coming out of the Yon's family, carrying a basket full of wine. The funny short guy pretended to bump in him whilst Suzini stole a bottle of wine. Just as they were about to drink it, they saw Daejangro, Sar Ryang arriving at the Yon's residence, holding on to a seemingly unconscious Ki Ha.

Yon Gar Ryeo told Daejangro that the Chor No tribe and General Ko have returned and the Geo Mool village are with Dam Deok. Then don't know what else he said...but Daejangro cut him short and asked if he had a look at Ki Ha yet?

Can't understand the whole conversation but according to Gaulsan's translation, it seemed Ki Ha had been unconscious for several days and he wanted to see if Ho Gae could wake her up.

Meanwhile, Ki Ha kept dreaming of her past life as Ka Jin..and there was a it was very hot inside the room...the candle was melting even though it wasn't lighted up. Hmmmm..will she cause more trouble as she remembers more and more about her past life?

Suzini and the funny short guy were drinking the stolen wine and then Suzini's nose started bleeding..what does this mean? Was it a link to Ki Ha remembering more of her past life? Or was she just angry at the thought of Dam Deok loving a such a woman? Hmm...

Inside the Yon's residence, Ho Gae was walking and then he seemed to change his mind and walked towards Ki Ha's room. Both the funny short guy and Suzini sneaked into the Yon's residence.

Ho Gae went into Ki Ha's room and saw the drooping orchids, the boiling tea and the unlighted candle that had melted down. The room was very hot. Ki Ha was having nightmares and sweating profusely. Ho Gae took out his handkerchief and tenderly wiped her sweat and then he took out his outer coat and sat down nearby. I guess he was going to stay there and take care of her. Sigh..poor Ho what dramaok said, all he needed was one kind look or a kind word from her. If she asked him to give up the throne, I'm sure he would have done so gladly.

Anyway, Ki Ha kept dreaming of her past life, and cried at the part when Hwan Woong took the her power of fire from her. Then Seo O when she became the black Joo Jak, and finally, when she fell off the cliff. She cried in great sorrow at this part. Ho Gae seeing her in such a state, held her tightly...I guess this would be the first time he was so close to her. And Suzini...peeping through the window, saw the 2 of them hugging (of course, she didn't know what was really happenning) and was shocked.

A member of the Yon's residence came looking for Ba Son to work for them (and Dalbee went into hiding immediately). I think the guy was saying that Yon has 20,000 men and prossibly even 30,000 men by the next day. Not sure exactly what she said but she refused and ask him to go back. But the guy said that her weapons were the most special inside Guknaesung and asked her how much she wanted. Then don't know what she said but hehe! I'm sure she doesn't want to work for the Yon. Anyway, she chased them away, just then the very stern looking General Ko arrived and Ba Son seemed in awe and a little frightened of him. She called out for someone to serve him (hehe! seemed she didn't dare to do so..which was rare coz like Suzini, there were not many people she was afraid of).

And Hyeon Go called out to her and then Dam Deok appeared, smiling. Hyeon Go said to her, this was the one and Ba Son was like going..who? ^^

General Ko announced that she was standing in front of the King, and then Ba Son got all flustered and knelt down, with her head down.

Dam Deok went up to her, smiling and all friendly (he didn't want to frighten her) and said that he's heard that she was the best blacksmith in Guknaesung. He said: "Ooi! Won't you get up? It is I who have a favour to ask you." hehe! I don't think royalties go around calling people "Ooi" coz it's really very informal. I guess this must be the result of his roaming the streets since young.

Dam Deok said there would be a war soon and he wanted her help so that his soldiers would get less wounded. He said that Hyeon Go said she could do it. Ba Son, still shaky, said: "You mean you don't want better weapons to kill people but better armour to protect your soldiers from getting hurt?"

This is very telling isn't it? Dam Deok knew that war was inevitable. He had less army than Ho Gae and he didn't want any of those who are going to risk their lives to fight for him to get hurt easily.

Damdeok: "Can you help me?"

Ba Son brought the party up to look at the lifelong collection of armours. She said she started collecting one by one from long time ago.

The first was made of leather. Good for archers to move their arms freely, but arrow could penetrate it easily. The second one was made of steel. Arrow couldn't penetrate it but soldiers who would not be able to get onto the horses by themselves. The third one was used in western world and was even stronger and the helmet protected the face. But the soldiers would need two servants to help them ride horses and they couldn't use swords, only spears and attack ahead. If they fell from the horses, they wouldn't be able to stand up properly. hehe! She was so funny when she flap her hands.

Then Dam Deok looked at the last one and asked if it was made of steel as it looked very light. At this Ba Son looked very emabarassed and said that she made it.

So funny, she put on the armour, walked out and turned around like a fashion show and said the armour was made by her and that it's 100 times better at stopping the arrows? She said it weighed less than the one used by Gaema army and was alot more versatile (hehe! She looked like a chicken when she kept flapping her arms). Anyway, she wanted to demonstrate how good it really was and urged them to shoot at her. Dam Deok hesitated...coz what if she got hurt? But Hyeon Go said just try it once and so Dam Deok gave the go ahead to General Ko.

General Ko shot at her and she fell. Everyone was concerned and Dam Deok was the first to be there. But then they realised that the arrow didn't go through the armour and she wasn't hurt at all. He was so pleased. (I think even Ba Son was a little surprised. ^^). Dam Deok offered his hand to her and helped Ba Son up on her feet. So funny, she looked at her hand that Dam Dok held earlier and started hyperventilating. Well, we all figured we would be like that too if BYJ held our hands. Wahaha!

Ho Gae was inside Ki Ha's room again. This time, it was no longer hot and she wasn't having any nightmares but she was still sleeping. Ho Gae asked when she would wake up and to please wake up soon. He wanted her to open her eyes at look at him. He was preparing to be her King and wanted them to do it together. It would be wonderful if she could stay beside him and watch him. Then, he would really do well. After that, he kissed her so gently. Alamak...things would work out well if Ki Ha takes Ho Gae and Suzini takes Dam Deok. Nobody will get hurt then. :P

Ki Ha dreamt of the night she spent with Dam Deok and then when she stabbed him...and then she woke up. She clutched her stomach and started crying (I think Moon So Ri did this part well). And then..and then...oh no...she started feeling nauseous. I think she's really pregnant and they really 'did' it that night! Sar Ryang came in with drinks for her but upon seeing her in such a state, left quietly.

Joomoochi and his men were back. They saw the soldiers and were not too happy. Hyeon Go told Dam Deok about the group and said that he was the strongest soldier in Gogureyo but people have not seen their real strength. Then don't understand the rest of the dialogue but according to Gaulsan's translation, it seemed that they could ride very fast.

Damdeok asked if he was Joomoochi and said he became the King of Gogureyo a few days ago. Hmm...Joomochi didn'tt look too impressed and remained expressionless. General Ko didn't like his insolence and wanted him to pay respects to the King. But Dam Deok said that Joomochi was the chief of the Mal Gal tribe and needn't pay his respects to him (I guess his tribe didn't belong to Gogureyo?) Anyway, at least Joomochi sort of acknowledged Dam Deok with a slight nod of the head.

Joomochi repeated his 3 conditions: 1) They do not assisnate 2) They do not attack women, children and old people 3) they do not work for people they do not like.

Dam Deok: "What about me?"

Joomoochi: "I don't like you." Dalbee was disappointed upon hearing this form Joomochi.

Hehe! I can understand why he wouldn't like Dam Deok. He probably thought he was a weakling and I'm sure he didn't want to get involve with politics. Afterall, he had also refused to work for the Yon family.

And was rather amusing and unexpected the way Dam Deok responded.

Damdeok: "Sigh...It's not good.... I don't have much time. Shall I wait till you like me?"

This response caught Joomochi totally off guard as he probably expected Dam Deok to either force or persude him to help. Instead, he walked away. Hmmm...he must be thinking...this man was rather interesting.

A messenger arrived with the news that the leaders were asking for the assembly of the Jegahweyi (제가회의) meeting to approve the advance of Hogae's Army (I guess without the approval, it would be considered as a revolt?). According to Gaulsan's explaination, she thinks it's a meeting of representatives of every tribes that belong to Koguryo...something like a senate.

Dam Deok said it's not the time yet and then something about not sure how the others will respond (I think he was referring to the neighbouring states. Would they be supporting him or Ho Gae)

And then don't understand the rest of the dialogue but I think basically it was that they couldn't disapprove of the meeting. (see Gualsan's translation) Now Dam Deok was really worried. He was being pressurised by all sides, with little support.

Dalbee prepared some food and gave them to Joomochi's men. She went up to Joomochi and thank him for for watching over her all this while. She said she was going over to the King. I think she said he was a brave King? Anyway, she said she was going to help him and therefore came by to say goodbye to Joomochi.

Hehe! This totally stunned Joomochi, who after a second, went after her. See, there was definitely a budding romance here.

Joomochi called out to Dam Deok and asked if he was good at fighting. Dam Deok asked if he was asking him for a fight. Joomochi said that he couldn't serve him as a client as he like his looks (literally..haha!) and since his tribe didn't belong to the King, he couldn't fight as a subject. So the only way out was, if Dam Deok won him in a fight, he would serve him for a year. But Dam Deok said he has no confidence because he was very good. ^^

Joomoochi then turned to General Ko and asked if he would fight instead. General Ko was ready to take him on and was just waiting for Dam Deok to give the approval. But Dam Deok laughed and said that if General Ko won, Joomochi would obey him and not him, Dam Deok. Joomochi said: "Fine if you don't want it."

Dam Deok said he would accept 30 blows from Joomochi and if he didn't die, Joomochi would have to accept him. But Joomochi was looking down on Dam Deok and said he didn't think he could take that many blows. Then Dam Deok said: "10 blows." and Joomochi agreed. And then he turned to look at Dalbee, who looked rather happy before looking down sheepishly. hehe! See, the power of women.

And then the fight started.

End if Episode 11.

Whew....this is getting harder and harder.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi/Legend- Ep 10 summary

Suehan is really quick. The translation is already out. Thank goodness as there are lots of dialigues and I've been struggling quite a bit even though I can guess the story. hehe! As usual, many thanks to those who have provided the translation and explaination, especially Sue Han with the much needed translation for the dialogues.

Inside Hwa Cheon, Yon Gar Ryeo and Daejangro were talking. They were discussing about the incident at Daejasung- the blinding light and the disappearance of Dam Deok. Yon Gae Ryeo asked him what his real motive was...And then I think Daejangro is now suspecting that Dam Deok may be the King of Jushin instead. Yon Gar Ryeo said: "What are you saying now? Our Ho Gae is the King of Jushin, the king that we has been waiting for thousand of years..our Ho Gae.". Daejangro said Hwa Cheon has been waiting for 2,000 years and cannot afford to be wrong...and then the rest of the conversation is lost on me. I guess basically Daejangro was not too sure if Ho Gae was really the King of Jushin (and hence the one he should be supporting) or if it was Dam Deok. And Yon Gar Ryeo realised that he cannot totally trust Daejangro for support.

Ho Gae dreamt of the fight and the blinding light..waking up in a fright. He was frustated. He left the room (from the looks of it, he was in Hwa Cheon) and met Ki Ha, who threatend him with her sword. She asked if he was successful in killing Dam Deok. Ho Gae asked what if he which Ki ha replied that she would then kill him to avenge her lover. Ho Gae told her what if Dam Deok was the King of Jushin instead? He told her he saw the light, and suddenly at that moment, he couldn't move. He questioned Ki Ha, asking her if she really thought he was the King.

Then he kept challenging Ki Ha to do it (stab him). If she was really the owner of Ju Jak, then he can't die. Because the 4 gods are the guardians of the Jushin King, so she can't kill him. And then, he ripped open his shirt (hmm...reminds me of Jang Hyuk in 'Thank You'), shouting: " is my heart..Stab me ...Do it!"

At the Chor No tribe's camp, all those who perished were being cremated. They were covered with shields and spears and then their tribe's black flag. As the chief lighted the fire, he shouted: "Here are the brave warriors of Chor No tribe. The kings of Jushin who died.., Tangun of Jushin...please reeceive them." (at least that is what I think he said but what on earth is 아리새 (a symbol of Jushin Empire)?

Dam Deok also woke up in shock and fright... (guess he too was having nightmares). He looked around the room, saw the Jumong sword, and then he remembered all that happened. He walked out and opened one of the door, only to be stopped by Suzini saying: "The exit is the other way." She was so funny, she said she knew he would go out when he wake up, that's why she was waiting. hehe! She was so naughty. Then she suggested that he talk to the elders in Geo Mool village as they knew alot and many things cannot escape their eyes.

The disciples were in a frenzy. They kept telling Dam Deok that he cannot leave, that he cannot go to Guknaesung. They (the Hwa Cheon and Yon people) were looking for him (Dam Deok) everywhere. There were rumours that he and the Chor No tribe kidnapped and killed the sons of the other 3 tribes. Then after that, he killed his father, the King, because Dam Deok himself wanted to be king. Ho Gae didn't managed to kill him at Daejasung, so now they were looking for him.

Hyeon Go kept calling Dam Deok, king (임금), Dam Deok asked: "Why? Why do you keep calling me King?" Poor guy, he doesn't want to be king at all. Dam Deok said his father was still alive and was the king. But Hyeon Go said, no, he's already dead. Dam Deok refused to believe it and said he must see his father with his own eyes (It's pretty shocking news to receive that your father had died in such a way). Hyeon Go kept telling Dam Deok that the King was dead, killed by Ki Ha, who is with Hwa Cheon. And then can't really catch...sometting about Hwa Cheon and Jushin? Hmm...Hwa Cheon has also been waiting for the King of Jushin to appear?

Dam Deok grabbed Hyeon Go and said: "Don't call me that (king)." But Hyeon Go said: "You still don't know? Geo Mool's heavenly object doesn't serve the King of serves the King of Jushin." Wah!

Then Dam Deok got really agitated and shouted at Hyeon Go saying that he alone lived whilst the others died protecting him. He wanted to leave his father, his country and live in peace with his woman. How could he be king? Then he told the others to find someone just as crazy to be the king and leave him alone, and then he walked off angrily. Poor Dam Deok, he really felt very guilty causing the death of so many people.

Suzini followed him immediately and Hyeon Go couldn't stop her. Hehe! Suzini really, really likes him.

Inside the prayer room(?) of Shindang, Yon Gar Ryeo came to look for the High Priestess. She asked him what he wanted (?) and he told her not to worry, the King has died, the people are in mourning and the chiefs of the 3 tribes are not attacking anymore (I think?). Can't really understand the whole conversation but I think she said she was standing about what she said (Dam Deok being the King of Jushin). Yon Gar Ryeo was trying to get get her to co-operate (I guess by procaliming Ho Gae as the rightful King of Jushin) and basically threatening attacking Shindang? to wait for proper translation.

The officer at the Daejasung, Song Ju and Yon's aide appeared in the palace. Everyone was waiting. The 3 chiefs shouted and wanted to know where Dam Deok was. Yon Gar Ryeo asked what happened at Daejasung. Song Ju (the officer at Daejasung) seemed to be defending himself and blaming it on Yon's aide. Was he trying to explain why he didn't open the gate for Dam Deok? Don't really understand leh. Yon's aide then mentioned that a sword was given to Dam Deok. Yon Gar Ryeo asked what sword was it and Song Ju replied that it was the sword of Jumong. Everyone was surprised at hearing this and then Yon Gar Ryeo said wasn't the sword of Jumong inside Taeshil? Why was it given to the Crown Prince? The sword of Jumong was placed inside Taeshil and those without royal blood cannot enter it. Not sure about the whole dialogue by Yon Gar Ryeo but I think he suggested that it was Dam Deok who killed the King. Then all the ministers and the tribal chiefs started shouting and asking where was Dam Deok and that he should be answering all these questions.

Yon Gar Ryeo suggested that Dam Deok be stripped of his position as the Crown Prince and the country's affairs be decided by the 5 tribes until Dam Deok was captured and the truth known. He asked if anyone had any objection to his suggestion and slowly, one and by one, everyone agreed. Gosh...this man is cunning.

Anyway, a warrant for Dam Deok's arrest as a suspect in the King's death was given. On the street, people were talking about it and commented that Dam Deok should be punished for killing his father. Dam Deok heard them as he walked by, with Suzini following closely behind. ^^

Damdeok told her to go back as he has no business with Suzini's group. But Suzini replied she has also been thinking why she was following him but she didn't know either. But she said she understood why he didn't want her to follow or care about him. He was afraid that she would also get killed like those people from Chor No tribe.

Suzini then asked Dam Deok where he would like to go first...Shindang (where his father was buried) or if he wanted to meet her first. She really understand him, doesn't she? Suzini said that she's never been to Cheonju Shindang at all but that woman (Ki Ha) is at Yon's house and she'll bring her to him. But she asked if it was ok. Dam Deok asked what does she mean by that. Suzini replied according to her teacher, she was with Hwa Cheon and she would kill her and then kill him, just as she also killed his father.

Damdeok was obviously angry about this accusation. He said: "It's you and your teachers I don't trust. That woman, Ki Ha nim is a person I trust." And then he walked away but you see Suzini's face..she looked so disappointed and even a little sad at hearing this. I guess she wanted Dam Deok to trust her instead of Ki Ha.

Joomochi and his men were walking oby when he saw Dalbee (the woman whose husband was killed by Sar Ryang). I think she was craddling her husband's boots. Anyway, she caught Joomochi's eyes. Ba Son was cooking but she was not a good cook as she almost threw up tasting her own cooking. ^^

Ba Son was complaining about Joomochi eating too much and saying was he human? hehe! Obviously implying that he was an animal, that's why he ate so much. hehe!

Ba Son took the basket of rice balls to Dalbee and urged her to eat. She even asked her what she would like to eat...Ba Son is really nice (and rather comical).

Joomochi then snatched away the basket of rice balls, saying he's giving them to Geo Mool village...? I think Joomochi was sort telling Dalbee off indirectly..saying that a person who wants to die shouldn't eat? As they were arguing, a rice ball fell out and Dalbee slowly got up, picked up the very dirty rice ball and started eating. Both Ba Son and Joomochi looked on in astonishment. Then Dalbee asked for water and Joomochi was so cute. He got all flustered and started asking for water from veryone and then he went to get the water himself for her. So sweet.

Joomochi's man (the funny guy) came back and told them what happened at Daejasung...about the Crown Prince being attacked. Ba Son was concerned about Suzini, The guy said both the Crown Prince and Suzini disappeared but the people from Chor No tribe (those that they saved) were killed. And then sorry, couldn't really understand the rest of the conversation though Yon Ho Gae was mentioned. Hmm...translation needed here.

Dam Deok arrived at Shindang and was stopped by a guard. He said: "My fathr is in there. I want to see him."

Suzini managed to sneak into Yon's house and found Ki Ha's room. She stood outside, listening to the conversation between her and Daejangro.

Ki Ha said there was no need for Daejang ro to do all these as Dam Deok didn't want to be king. Daejangro said there were 2 reasons for it..1) he was bored? 2) she was going to run away? (hmm...can someone correct me if I'm wrong?)

Ki Ha said she was going to come back, she made a promise with Ho Gae and she was coming back. Daejangro shouted that her heart didn't come back...(I think). Then not sure about what Ki Ha said... something about all those people dying because it's all because of him. (ok, I may be wrong coz I can't really understand the concersation). But Daejangro said all these happened because of Ki Ha's heart (ie, her love for Dam Deok).

Inside the shrine/ prayer room, the High Priestess was thankful to see Dam Deok alive.

Suzini prepared a note and hid it under a pot of tea. She walked past Daejangro and Sar Ryang, who noticed her. He must have found her familiar. Why did she have to walk past them???? Silly girl.

Suzini brought the tray of tea into Ki Ha's room and kept asking her to drink it. Ki Ha turned around and I think she sort of recognised Suzini as she hesitated for awhile. Suzini again urged her to drink the tea, saying it's good. At the same time though, she placed her hand on her dagger, just in case Ki Ha attacked her. Ki Ha picked up the pot of tea and saw the note. She was relieved and happy and thanked Suzini for it. Then Suzini sort of turned around and block the view of Ki Ha from one of the guard so that she could read the note. Smart girl. But the expression on Suzini's face...what was she thinking? How was she feeling? It looked abit strange. Anyway, Suzini walked out of the room, observed by both Daejangro and Sar Ryang, who mentioned that she was at the Kukkyu game with the Crown Prince.

Dam Deok stood infront of the King's coffin.

The High Priestess told Dam Deok that the King was found inside Taeshil and that the guards laid dead all the way from the King's room to Taeshil. Then Dam Deok remembered what his father told him when he was young- that he was of royal blood. He also recalled his father telling him he doesn't know who he was and that how many people have been waiting for him.

Then I think the High Priestess told him that one of the woman who was guarding outside survived. (I think). The badly injured guard was brought in. She said that that night, they came to Shindang, they were guarding outside the Taeshil and only Ki Ha and the King were inside the room. The door opened and she saw Ki Ha killing the King with the sword. Upon hearing this, Dam Deok was very, very upset and started to walk out of the room. As he walked out, the High Priestess called out to him, telling him not to come back as the country was now under Yon's command. That way, Dam Deok can survive. In anger and frustration, Dam Deok hit out at the pillar with his sword and cracked the pillar. Wow!

Both Suzini and Dam Deok were waiting..with Dam Deok deep in doubt thinking about what the warrior said.

Ki Ha left the house and was about to get onto a horse, when she was stopped by Daejangro, who asked her where she was going. Hmm...don't understand what he was saying...Did he ask her if she was going to tell him the truth? That she was together with the King in Taeshil at night? Anyone care to elaborate? Then Ki Ha told him to get out of the way...which surprisingly he did. But of course, it was all a trap.

Dam Deok saw Ki Ha riding towards them...and then suddenly he was attacked. He saw Hwa Cheon troops coming towards them in all directions. It seemed as if Ki Ha had brought them there.

Suzini started shooting them down (she looks really good with a bow and arrow) and then the 2 of them fought with the Hwa Cheon soildiers...and what a fight! Great action! That intensive stare Dam Deok gave Ki Ha....wanting to go to her, to listen to her explain. And Ki Ha, she wanted to go towards Dam Deok too but was stopped by Sar Ryang. That look of such sadness and resignation she gave Dam Deok...

But hor...we are all puzzled by this, why didn't Ki Ha join in the fight? Why did she just stood there, watching her lover being attacked? She's pretty good at martial arts and Sar Ryang would never have hurt her. Hmm...was she really under that much influence from Hwa Cheon and Daejangro? Or did she feel perhaps it would have been difficult to explain to Dam Deok all that had happened? Or did she expect Dam Deok to go and rescue her from Sar Ryang, as it would have meant that Dam Deok still care about her and trust her? Hmm... I wonder...

Anyway, Suzini was no match as she was outnumbered. She was injured. Dam Deok hesitated ...he was torn between wanting to go to Ki Ha and helping Suzini. Just as Suzini was about to be chopped to pieces, Dam Deok went to her rescue.

That look of such longing and sadness as Ki Ha watched the 2 of them riding away in the rain. It's as if she knew that that was the last chance for any reconciliation with him.

At Geo Mool village, the elder was doing accupunture and getting the poison out of Suzini. At last, he indicated to Hyeon Go that she would be alright and he heaved a sigh of relief.

Dam Deok was sitting outside the room, upset and troubled. Poor guy...I think he would never have forgive himself if she had died. Anyway, Hyeon Go told him that she would be alright but it was the poison that was the problem and not her wounds. Dam Deok kept looking at the sword....

Dam Deok was taking care of was really sweet of him..and yet when she woke up, he said in a very casual way: "You are alive?". Alamak, why can't he be a little more gentle.

Anyway, he told Suzini that he thought she was going to die but Suzini said she won't die so easily.

Then Dam Deok said: "I've told you before, that woman, I've trusted that woman since I was eleven."

Suzini said that trust is the mother of deceit. And then it was so cute- Dam Deok called out: "Oi" and Suzini immediately replied that her name was Suzini. ^^

Anyway, Dam Deok was very regretful. Because of his mistakes, she almost died, his father and those at Daejasung got killed.

Suzini: "So?"

Dam Deok: "Oi."

Suzini: "It's Suzini."

hehe! She was determind to make him call her by her name.

Anyway, Dam Deok said that her teacher believed that he's the king because of the light from their heavenly object. Did she believe it too because her teacher said so?

Then Suzini got up and showed him her wound. :P He was actually embarrassed to see her body...but she wasn't at all shy. ^^

Suzinee said that since young, whenever she got cut or hurt, she would heal after one night. But it might be a little problematic as it's poison this time but only Hwa Chen use this poison.

Then she said that the king should be like her...if he became king, even more people might die than this time. If a war broke out, and he yelled out "attack", all the brave soldiers would follow his orders and they might be killed. And he would be sad and would cry because his command caused so much death? She said, therefore, she thinks a king should recover from the pain after one matter how bad. And then he should stand up again and said: "Follow me, I'm the King."

Dam Deok was looking at her, in a rather amused way. I think probably no one has ever spoken to him so frankly before, like a normal person and not as the Crown Prince. Suzini realised that she may have said too much and pretended to have a headache and wanted to go to bed...^^

And then Damdeok called out her name...and thanked her. She was so pleased with it and kept smiling so sweetly and with so much happiness.

Daejangro and Yon Gar Ryeo were talking. It's a long conversation again... unfortunately I always have problem trying to understand what Choi Min Soo says because he uses such a low voice and drags his words.. all in line with the creepy Daejangro character of course, but it does mean I have to strain my ears even harder to try and understand with my half-past-six Korean. And did you guys hear him's doubly creepy.

Anyway, according to Sue Han's translation, Yon Gar Ryeo said that that Dam Deok went to Shindang. I think Daejangro said something about nobody will believe what Shindang said...that the injured warrior died the day before...hmmm...? Yon Gar Ryeo said the people of Kokuryo believed that Damdeok had killed his father. Then I think Daejangro said the people or citizens were the strongest (weapon?) in the world...I think something about if there were enough talk or rumours..then there will be no need to find out the truth? (alamak...need verification about my translation). Yon Gar Ryeo said that he doesn't know if Damdeok would go the shrine on the last day of the month and Daejangro said he would be thankful if he did.

Hyeo Go was inside Ki Ha's room. He lighted up the room and saw Ki Ha sitting in the dark. He asked her if she knew if it was the last night of the month. And that there would be a ceremony/ inquest into the murder of the King and will the Crown Prince be there?

The Ho Gae got agitated. He knew that Ki Ha had met Dam Deok the day before and asked if she was planning to run away with him. All this while, Ki Ha remained silent and then she got up and opened the door..she wanted him to leave. She definitely does not like him.

Ho Gae told Ki Ha to tell Dam Deok not to go to the shrine. If he does, he will not live. He asked if she has heard of the Kawori Sword.

Continued conversation between Daejangro and Yon Gar Ryeo.

Daejangro has heard about the Kawoori Sword and that it's used by the High Priestess from Shindang on behalf of heaven to judge the accused.

Yon Gar Ryeo said that only the nobles of Goguryeo and the royalties knew about it. And then Daejangro said that he's not sure if he heard it correctly but the accused's heart was to be pierced by the sword to see if he was innocent. I think Yon Gar Ryeo was rather surprised that Daejangro seemed to know so much and said that outsiders would not understand. But Daejangro said that he did understand as it was probably used to kill the superiors (since it was used by Shindang and only noblilities and the royalties knew about this method) and not the normal citizen. It seemed no one has ever survived and then Yon Gar Ryeo said myabe none of them were innocent.

Daejagro said that Damdeok might know that the Kawoori Sword was waiting for him if he goes to Shindang the next day. He wondered if he would still go.

Hyeon Go told Ki Ha to let Dam Deok know that he must not go to Shindang, and if he did, he would use the Kawoori Sword himself on him.. Hmm...why doesn't he want Dam Deok to go...I thought he wanted to finish him off?

Back at Hwa Cheon, Ki Ha told Daejangro that she would be participating in the ceremony. I think she said something that she knew she was the onwer of Ju Jak and her allegience was with Ho Gae and then can't catch what she said about the Crown Prince. Daejangro asked if Dam Deok would really go, as he was accused of so many crimes (like killing the chiefs' sons)...but Ki Ha said he would go. Then Deajangro said awhole lot of stuff that I can't really understand...I think he told her how the system works...the person is pierced through the heart with the sword to see if he would die. Was he asking her if she thought she could save him? Hmm... But Ki Ha kept insisting that he would go (I guess she really understands him). Then I think Daejangro said if Dam Deok did go, would he be pleased to see Ki Ha waiting for him..and I guess he was saying if it was of any use meeting him.

Then Ki ha said she knew she cannot love him...and argghhh....don't get the rest but then she told Daejangro that she wasn't asking him to let her go as a favour but if he wanted her to live as Ju Jak in the future, he will ahve to let her attend (I think that's what she said). She was asserting her power. Good for her. Should have done so earlier. Then she walked of...but why did Daejangro have such a sinister smile on his face? It's almost as if he really did want Ki Ha to go but was just pretending otherwise? Did he perhaps think it would be better for Ki Ha to see Dam Deok die with her own eyes? Hmm...mysterious...

Dam Deok was going to leave Geo Mool village and found Hyeon Go and Suzini waiting for him. Hyeon Go said since Dam Deok didn't want him to address him as king, then what did he want him to call him? Should he just call him Crown Prince?

Hyeon Go was basically saying that he shouldn't go as as the sons of the tribes have been killed and chiefs would seek revenge. He cannot go. Dam Deok said it's alright, he can just send him off from there. He seemed to be nicer to Hyeon Go now and doesn't mistrust him as much.

The Hyeon Go said was it because of his pride or if he was going to give up. He asked Dam Deok to use his brains a little more.

Dam Deok: "Didn't you say heaven has sent the King of Jushin?"

Hyeon Go it's because heaven has made the country of Jushin, so he has sent the king...and then Dam Deok said if that was so, he would not die.

Hyeon Go was still protesting (even though he has seen his cane protecting Dam Deok and therefore affirming that he was the King of Jushin, I guess he still found it hard to believe that Dam Deok would not be harmed).

Dam Deok then said didn't he, Hyeon Go believe it (that Dam Deok was hte King of Jushin) or if he just calling him King. (ie, it didn't mean anything)

Dam deok said he didn't believe it either, that's why he was going to ask heaven. I guess Dam deok was also struggling, not knowing what to believe.

And then Suzini bowed to Hyeon Go and made as if to follow Dam Deok. Hyeon Go tried to stop her but Suzini pointed to the sky and said: "Chief of Geo Mool village, you don't believe?" Hehe! Hyeon Go had no choice but to follow the 2 of them, mumbling to himself that they've all gone mad. ^^

The next morning, one of the elder came to deliver food to Dam Deok..only to find an empty room.

Inside Guknaesung, Ba Son, Joomochi and the funny guy were walking along the street, with Dalbee following behind. She was knocked over and fell down. Joomochi stopped to help her..hehe! An then he stopped and sort of check to see if she was alright and still following behind. There is a budding romance in the air. ^^

Then ba Son saw the funny short guy, together with some of the members from Geo Mool village and he was giving instructions to spread out. This guy is so funny..he's trying to be discreet about it but how to be be low key when you are directing a group of men all dressed in white.

Anyway, Ba Son stopped him and asked what he was doing with so many members from the village and he said he was looking for the chief, Suzini and the King. He suspected they've gone to Shindang even though they've been told not to go. Ba Son asked: "What king?" And the funny short guy shouted: "Our King!"

Inside Shindang, all the ministers and tribal chiefs have assembled. The High Priestess and Ki Ha were standing in front of the King's coffin. I don't understand. Does Ki Ha have a special place within Shindang? Or does everyone know that she is the owner of Ju Jak, and therefore have a special place there? Anyone has a clue?

I think the chiefs were accusing Dam Deok and the Chor No tribe of killing their sons, and Dam Deok killing his father, the King. Can't understand the whole gist of it but I guess they were questioning why Dam Deok wasn't there to answer for the crimes and pressurising Shindang to remove his position as the Crown Prince. Yon Gar Ryeo accused the guards of stealing the sword of Jumong from inside Taeshil. He said that many witnesed the guard giving the sword to Dam Deok (which was true... there were many people at Daejasung at that time).

At that moment, Dam Deok appeared and said: "That is correct."

Dam Deok, Suzini and Hyeon Go entered the room, to the surprise of many.

Damdeok said that the sword was delivered to him by the leader of the 3rd army and her name was Kakdan. She guarded the King till he died and was a brave and faithful soldier who risked her life to obey the King's order.

And then Dam Deok announced: "I became the prince of Kokuryo by the will of the previous King and Heaven. Now, Heaven has sent me here.

The end of episode 10.

Whew! That was quite an episode.