Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Korea calling

About once a year (well, sometimes more once a year), I feel a strange pull.

Like the salmons who swim upstream once a year....
Like the turtles who head back to the same beach year after year to lay their eggs...

I too sense the pull of a strange force upon me...the urge to breathe the air in Korea...to taste authentic Korean food served by ajumas....to get shoved aside by tall men in dark suits in the train stations during the rush hour....to hear Korean being spoken everywhere...

Yes...I feel the urge to visit Korea.

And so once again, ....next week...I will be stepping on Korean soil.....a pilgrimage that I've been doing yearly since 2003.

And each time I go, I still feel excited...with a long list of places I want to see, things to try, food I want to eat and people I want to see. Of course, I never accomplish everything on the list but it's good to dream right?

This time, I will be travelling with a group of girls from Joon's Family...and it will be a customised trip- On the trail of Bae Yong Joon (and more).

We'll be visitng Jejudo, Wando, Namido, Youngpyong, Sheraton Walker Hill and many of the TWSSG filming sites. Of course, we also hope to visit many of the places that are not BYJ related as well....like the cafe in Coffeeprince Shop No 1. ^^

I'll be bringing my laptop along and hope to be able to do a highlight of my visit whilst I'm there. Hopefully, our rooms will have internet access.

Btw my Korean friends who drop by this blog...if there are any local places of interest you think we should definitely visit, let me know ok? ^^

In the meantime, as you can see...I'm updating this blog here and it may take a few days to iron out the details, so please bear with me ok...

Countdown days...:P

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Piggyback- Korean style

My apologies for not writing often and for those who are totally not interested in TWSSG...my apologies too.

Life has been pretty hectic for the last 2 months, and watching TWSSG is definitely time consuming... Anyway, thought I'd write something non-TWSSG instead before I bored the rest of people to death. Not sure whether I'll have the time to write about Episode 16 and 17 as Episode 18 and 19, which air this week promise to be very exciting and sad....

Anyway, what was I going to write about? Oh yes...piggyback- Korean style.

Of course, the Koreans don't have a particular style of doing piggyback and they aren't the only people who do this and yet...we almost always associate it with Koreans. Hubby will say it's rubbish and there's no such thing as piggyback Korean style. But we know better right? *wink*

About 2 months ago, I fell off a ladder. No, I wasn't oggling at a handsome Korean man or any man for that matter. I was going after a packet of instant kimchi noodle, which had fallen off the kitchen cupboard that I was clearing.

I landed hard on my right foot and my knee crumpled. Anyway, the long and short of it was.... I couldn't walk to the nearest clinic, which was just across the road from my place. House call by a doctor cost an arm and a leg of at least S$200 (and I had already lost a leg with this fall). So my gallant hubby offered to piggyback me downstairs, and then we could get into our car and drive across.

When I told my cousins and family this story...the first question they all asked was... Did he do it (piggyback) the Korean way? Hehe! See?

Piggyback = Koreans

Seriously, piggybacks seemed to be the norm if I am to believe all the dramas and movies I've seen so far. In fact, I think this piggyback business should go into the the 50 Things You Can Learn from a Korean Drama. And if you haven't read this post yet, you really should. Lot of wisdom in it. ^^

So who gets piggyback and who offers the piggyback? Anyone it seems...and the strange thing is....sometimes you scratch your head and wondered.. "Why?"

'My Name is Kim Sam Soon'

In the drama, 'My Name is Kim Sam Soon', Jin Heon aka Sam Shik (Hyun Bin) carried the very drunk Sam Soon (Kim Soon Ah) back home. Errr.... so why doesn't he get a taxi? Or perhaps he was looking forward to be being hit on the head with a soft toy? (being hit on the head seems to be the norm for Koreans too...but that's another story)

Kim Soon Ah is now filming the movie, 'Girl Scout' together with Na Moon Hee (Hyun Bin's mother in MNIKSS)

'Stairways to Heaven'

If there's one thing I learnt about Korean tragic love drama....it's that if there's a dying woman...she will almost always end up at the seaside with her boyfriend/ husband, who will be doing this very romantic gesture of hiving her piggyback whilst they walk along the beach. Errr....isn't that really uncomfortable for the dying woman? And what is he going to tell the police about the dead body by the beach? Ok, ok...it's not a very romantic picture.. erase it from your mind...^^

Kwon Sang Woo will be making a comeback to the TV screen in December in the drama, 'Bad Love' with Lee Yo Won (last seen in 'Surgeon Bong Dal Hee') and Kim Seung Soo ('Full House'). Of course, everyone is also waiting with bated breath for his movie, 'Destiny' with Song Seung Heon. Think Choi Ji Woo is taking a break after slightly disappointing 'Air City'.

To prove that men don't only just carry women, the Korean dramas show us that they are equally capable of carrying men as well. Now in this scene, Kang Gook (Hyun Bin) is sick and running a fever. And Jae Bok (Kim Min Joon) decided to help him. They step outside the hotel and do they call a taxi? No....he piggybacked him home, with Lee Na Young walking dutifully behind with all the barang barang. If the poor guy wasn't very sick before, he would be by the time he got home. Tiffany shakes her head in disbelieve.

I've not watched this drama but I have the ost and I really like the songs in there.

Hyun Bin is taking a break after 'Snow Queen', which errrr... I'm going to give it a miss. And Kim Min Joon is in 'In Soo is pretty' airing on KBS now, same time slot as TWSSG.

'Coffeprince Shop No 1'
For proof of further equality, we not only have a man carrying another man, it seems woman can also give a man a piggyback.

credit as listed on photo

Now Yoon Eun Hye is 163cm, weighs 50kg. Gong Yoo is 174cm and weighs 74kg. I heard she had a hard time filming this. But again, why did Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) have to carry Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) back? Isn't it more logical to call for help? Hehe! but the reference to the pig part was funny.

Yoon Eun Hye is taking a break now after the immensely popular drama, 'Coffee Prince Shop No 1'. Gong Yoo should be going into the army soon. I know Adeline is crying her heart out about this. ^^

I suppose they all learn these piggyback thingy from young...you got to train them up right? So in 'Damo', we have the young Hwangbo Yoon carrying the slave, Chae Ok as he runs through the forest. Ok, not to joke about this, this is a great drama and this was one of the heart breaking scene in the drama. *sob! Sob!* The child actors are really, really great.

The adult Hwangbo Yoon (Lee Seo Jin) is now in another period drama, 'Lee San'. It's going to be 60 episodes, so we're going to be seeing him for quite a few months. Ha Ji Won (the adult Chae Ok) was last seen in the movie 'Miracle on 1st Street' and her drama, 'Hwang Jinyi' will be airing in Singapore next month. Heard she was in town last week but strangely, no news anywhere in the media.

'Thank You'
I think the most natural act is actually carrying a child and but it's rather odd that we don't see many of this pairing. If you have not watched 'Thank You', you really should as well because it's a great heart warming drama and the whole cast acted so well. And yes, the ost is also great.

Jang Hyuk will be starring in a new drama, 'Robbers' with Lee Da Hae in December. If you want to read about my experiences as an extra on his new movie, 'Dance of the Dragon', go to one of my post here. I think Shin Sung Rok has gone back to theatre, which is his first love.

'Full House'
And of course, the elderly must be left out. Afterall, we must be fair to all right? So watch Song Hye Gyo film the part where she had to carry Young Jae's (Rain) grandmother back into the house here. Hehe! Like I said...the Koreans really do seemed to like this piggybacky thingy.

Song Hye Gyo is also taking a break now after her latest movie, 'Hwan Jinyi'. And Rain? I think still trying to sort out his English album after filming his hollywood movie, 'Speed Racer'.

And finally, I think this is really uniquely Korean... being part of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony. Of course the Chinese used to do it too...but not anymore.... so I find it totally fascinating.

These photos were sent to me by Taro and was taken during the recent wedding ceremony held at the new KTO office in Singapore. Thanks Taro.

This is a couple in real life. Don't think look great? ^^

Btw, just a note about this piggyback business. It's really not as comfortable and great as it seems. Ok, maybe if you're a small kid and takes great pleasure in being above everyone else. But seriously, I'd rather have a man hold my hand than have this fear that he might just drop me at any minute.

And this is speaking from experience.

But I'm still grateful to hubby. ^^

Friday, November 09, 2007

Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi/Legend- Ep 15 summary

Thanks to Suehan and everyone else for help in teh translation.

Ho Gae is leading his army north as instructed.

Inside Shindang, the senior disciple informed Ki Ha that news had arrived from Ho Gae's army that they were going up north of Baekje. Ho Gae was going to the north of Baekje. Ki Ha was expresionless. She's really scary now.

According to Suehan's translation, the senior disciple asked if the message was really from heaven as Shindang had never interfered in war.(hmmm..so the letter was really from Shindang. I thought it was from Yon Gar Ryeo or Daejangro).

Ki Ha turned to her and gave a such a cold look that it shut her up immediately. Ki Ha said that she was now the High Priestess of Shindang and also the owner of Joo Jak, she did not have to answer all her questions one questions one by one.

Then she asked her to contact Yon Gar Ryeo as she had something to discuss with him. The senior disciple immediately asked what it was. Ki Ha didn't reply her, she just stopped and sort of gave her the same how-dare-you-questioned-me look again and the senior disciple had no choice but to hsut up. It was well known that the previous High Priestess had never dealt with Yon Gar Ryeo if possible. She did not suport him but now, Ki Ha was actually saying she had something to discuss with him. That's why the senior disciple was shocked. And wow! That look that Ki Ha had. It was not the same old Ki Ha anymore. She has the look of a power hungry, evil women now.

Yon Gar Ryeo was at Shindang waiting for Ki Ha. I think he was saying that because he was summoned by Shindang, he thought it must have been urgent and so therefore, the suhed there (of course he was being sacarstic). Then not sure, but I think somehting about because 40,000 men had to move north suddenly, there were alot of thing to do.

Ki Ha asked if he knew the King's army was returning to Guk Nae Sung. Daejangro said something about it would be better to ask Hwa Cheom. Ki Ha asked him again if he knew the King was returning to the palace (hmmm..maybe she doesn't want to be under the control of Hwa Cheon anymore, that's why she didn't want to ask them). Anyway, think something about difficult to return? That they were stuck at Gwan Mi Sung and may not survive? Something like that lah.

Ka Ha said there was something he had to do. As she poured herself a cup of tea, she said that Yon Gar Ryeo had to do something with the officials in the court as some of them were still faithful and loyal to the previous King and he needed to replace them with his own people.

Not sure what Yon Gar Ryeo said in reply but Ki Ha said the King must not be allowed to step inside the palace when he returned. I think Yon Gar Ryeo was very surprised that Ki Ha actually said this. Although she was disciple of Hwa Cheon int he past and had to do Daejangro's bidding, it was well known that hse liked Dam Deok. She continued by saying that until Ho Gae found the symbol of Baek Ho, and until she, as the High Priestess of Shindang, pronounced Ho Gae as the King, Dam Deok army must not be allowed to return to Guk Nae Sung. Not sure what Yon Gar Ryeo said but Ki Haa said that didn't he understand... that the King had the best weapons and the best experience in war now with this group of soldiers. If the King returned to the palace, Yon Gar Ryeo would not be able to control the place (?)...

Daejangro appeared and said that they didn't have to worry about this as the King's army had attacked Gwan Mi Sung. Yon Gar Ryeo was incredilous upon hearing this news as the King hd only 4,000 men. Not sure exactly what Daejangro said but he thought that the symbol was inside Gwan Mi Sung. But he would not be able to survive. Ki ha continued drinking her tea....what was she thinking about?

At Gwan Mi Sung, a horn sounded and all the soldiers prepared for battle.

Outside, the King's army prepared for battle. A small group of soldiers led the attack. The first line with shields and on foot. The 2nd line on horses with shields. And the last line on horses with arrows.

This was watched by Ga Guen and his generals. He saw the Goguryeo's army waiting below near the fortress. I guess they were all confident that it would be over very quickly as there was only one way up into the fort.

The Gwan Mi Sung soldiers started shooting upon Ga Guen's orders but the arrows were all deflected by the Ba Son's excellent shields. There was a rhythm to the attack. The shields would go up whilst the enemy shoot, but once the shooting was over (the soldiers had to pick up another arrow before they could shoot again), the row of archers would return the attack with arrows at the Gwan Mi Sung's soldiers. And many of the soldiers were hut. In the meantime, the small row of soldiers, who were on foot, advanced onwards to the door of the fortress. Once they were near enough, they threw bottles of inflamable liquid at the door. The archers immediately went forward and shot arrows of fire at the door, which burst into flames. Hhow did they managed to start the fire on their arrows so quickly?Hmmm... The soldiers on foot retreated quickly and once they got back to the other soldiers who were doing the attack, the whole group retreated. I thought this was a great war scene.

Anyway, in the ensuing fight, Ga Guen was hit by an arrow and was quickly helped away. Cheo Ro seemed to sense that things were not going well. He grabbed his spear and walked out of his jungle room. Within a second he burst through the fortress door and stood just outside his fortress, looking down at the Gogureyo's army below. That burst through the door was quite spectacular. ^^

Dam Deok was observing everything very calmly. The others were all also looking at this imposing figure on top of the hill. General Ko told Dam Deok that he was the commander of the fortress.

Dam Deok continued staring at this strange person, Joomochi was eager to fight this guy, who everyone feared. Dam Deok looked at Joomochi and gave him a small nod. Joomochi raised his axe and his group followed him out.

As Cheo Ro waved his spear in the air, magical power come out of it. And suddenly, a strong wind/ power stopped Joomochi's group. The horsses were frightened too. Dam Deok looked on, with a very serious look. Suzini, General Ko and Hyeon Ko were worried too.

Joomochi's men were trapped in the dust/ wind. Joomochi managed to get out and went towards Cheo Ro, who was also headed their way. As the 2 men passed each other, their axe and spear clashed. So the Blue Dragon and the White Tiger met for the 1st time and fought with each other. Joomochi's axe shook. Actually, I think Cheo Ro was also surprised that Joomochi managed to face and fight him. Don't think many men had managed to do so before.

Cheo Ro rode into Joomochi's group and swung his spear over them, casting the magical power over them again. They all fell off the horses, badly hurt. Dam Deok and the rest of the party were still looking on in a distance, very much concerned, especially Suzini. Joomochi and Suzini have always got on well.

Anyway, only Joomochi was left unhurt and they both looked at each other before charging towards each other again at full speed. Joomochi hit out at him but Cheo Ro managed to avoid it. Joomochi then went after him and attacked him again. This time, he managed to hurt him with a small cut. But at the next instance, just as Joomochi was about to strike the next blow, he was striked down, and fell off the horse by Cheo Ro. He was badly hurt. Cheo Ro, hesitated for just half a second and then just as it seemed he was about to finish Joomochi off, Suzini came charging down the field with a group of army. All her arrows, which were normally very good at hitting their targets, were deflected by Cheo Ro, with a wave of his spear. And then, he swung his spear again, and Suzini and her men were knocked off the horses and lay on the ground unconscious. (hehe! It would be quite good to have a soldier like Cheo Ro...don't need to fight much. Just need to swing his spear in the air and knock off all the enemies ^^).

Now the storm kicked up by Cheo Ro was even stronger, affecting even Dam Deok's group, who was at a distance away.

And then, Dam Deok came charging towards him. As he did so, Cheo Ro's heart began to pound hard and he was in pain. He could not face Dam Deok. He went forward and picked up Suzini and went off, back to his fort, leaving Dam Deoka and all the injured men behind lying on the ground. I believe that must have been the first time Cheo Ro could not face an enemy.

Inside the King's camp, all the injured soldiers were being treated and Dalbee came rushing in, with a worried look on her face. She found Joomochi, who was being treated by Ba Son and Joomochi's assistant. Hehe! So funny, she barged in and Ba Son said something like she could have just said 'excuse me' to them, and then she dragged that assistant away so that Dalbee could take care of him alone.

Joomochi said something about fighting to his death. But Dalbee, who was already very upset, and crying, actually hit him when he said that. Wahaha! Then I think she said something about how could he say such silly things and if that guy was not human, he shouldn't have fought with him...and did his head go bad (he was calling him stupid in a roundabout way ^^)..he should have thought about it. And she kept on hitting him as she said all these. hahaha! Poor Joomochi, instead of loving, supportive words from her about how brave he was, he was being scolded and hit by her. But hehe! he really loved it. Dalbee bandaged his wounds and continued scolding him. And Joomochi had this very sweet, satisfied look on his face as he looked at Dalbee who was still crying. He was definitely happy...even though he was badly injured and kept getting hit by her. ^^

Outside the King's barrack, Heuk Gae and his son, Dalgoo were standing around, restless and looking sheepish, obviously something on their mind. I think they probably wanted to apologise to Dam Deok. And then General Ko saw them and asked what they were doing. Think General Ko was telling him off for disobeying the King's command (not to fight) and then causing the soldiers to be hurt....then not too sure what else he said but he asked his soldiers to arrest them. ^^ The soldiers were like looking at each and errr... Heuk Gae was shouting and stopped the soldiers from arresting them (don't think they could really do it). And then Dalgoo, who was always more worried then his father about their actions, knelt in front of General Ko. I think he was begging for forgiveness and was trying to pull his father to do the same thing too. His father refused and scolded his son (aiyah..hte 2 of them quite cute also) ^^ He said if he was going to kneel, he would do it infront of the King and not in front of the barracks. haha! You'll never catch this teddy bear kneeling to anyone except for the King. :p

Inside the barrack, Dam Deok was in deep thoughts. Hyeon Go and the disciple from Geo Mool village came in. Hyeo Go told Dam Deok that they had to withdraw and leave as soon as possible. Then the other guy asked what about Suzini. But Hyeon Go said that Geo Mool village's duty was to protect the King of Jushin and they couldn't change that because of a girl. He said the Baekje army would arrive the next day and if they combined forces with Gwan Mi Sung...

Dam Deok, still in deep thoughts, asked them to get ready. He said to tell the men to retreat by sunset and tell those in the other fortresses to join them (Thanks Suehan).

The disciple left to tell the others of the King's order.

Hyeon Go looked at Dam Deok and said he could not do whatever he was thinking of (this guy really knows the King). He must not think about rescuing Suzino (but of course he would rescue her...how could he leave her behind?)

Dam Deok kept silent...but I think he had already decided what to do then.

Inside Ho Gae's camp in the north. There would be a meeting at General Obool's quarters that night (which I think was the 2nd in coomand). The other general and Cheok Hwa observed them and knew they were not happy.

Ho Gae was drinking himself silly inside his own barrack. That general and Cheok Hwa were telling Ho Gae about the army's actions and general feelings. Can't understand the dialogue but according to Suehan, Cheok Hwa suggested having a meeting but the otehr general suggested killing some of them, as a form of warning.

But I don't think Ho Gae was listening to them. He got up and almost fell. He said: "She is still not here? Why isn't she here?" (meaning Ki Ha). Cheok Hwa was not very happy. As an elite soldier, I don't think he approved of a commander getting himself drunk and useless over a girl..not to mention that he wasn't concerned about the soldiers either.

One of the general said that the owner of Joo Jak had become the High Priestess at Shindang. General Obool said it didn't matter to them but Shindang shouldn't interfered in war. Then the other guy said still as the owner of Joo Jak as well as the High Priestess, she would be able to know everything. But General Obool wasn't very impressed with this fact (I don't think he really beleived all the Joo Jak business...he believed in fighting). Anyway, he said something like the commander (Ho Gae) had command of 40,000 men but he listened to that woman (Ki Ha). If she told him to go, he went, if she told him to come, he came (like a puppy). Nope, this guy definitely does not like Ki Ha. The other guy said that Ho Gae had been drinking since leaving Baekje. Then General Obool said something about Ho Gae being the son of Yon family and borned under the King of Jushin, he was still very young.

Suddenly, all the fire around the camp burst into strong flames. And everyone was caught by surprise and wondered what was happenning. And then, they saw Ki Ha walking towards them...And as she walked past each fire, it became stronger. She was dressed all in red. I guess this was another sign of her change. She no longer dressed in white.

She stopped in front of them and asked to be led to for Ho Gae's camp.

Inside Ho Gae's barrack, he was lying on his bed (pretty much dead drunk). Ki Ha was sponging him. Wow! This was probably the first time she was so ner to him voluntarily.

Ho Gae woke up to see Ki Ha tending him and asked if it was a dream. Because if it wasn't a dream, she wouldn't be there next to him. (Yup, she would never have come to him on her own in the past).

Ki ha said it wasn't a dream and asked him to listen to what she had to say. Then as she continue speaking, Ho Gae took her hands and held it agianst his cheek (he had this love sick look on his face).

Ki Ha said that whenever she thought of Ho Gae, she felt sorry. He had always been beside her all the time. She really did look sorry...because Ho Gae was the only one so far, who did not take advantage of her.

Ho Gae said he couldn't leave her (thanks Suehan..I couldn't catch this)

Ki Ha said would he be with with all the time. No matter what she did, no matter how she changed. Ho Gae slowly got up...I guess he felt a change in her attitude towards him. Ki Ha continued by saying that in the future, she would ask even more favours from him. He had to find the symbol of Baek Ho, the symbol of Cheong Ryong and take Goguryeo.

Ho Gae looked at her with and said with much love in his voice, that didn't she know by now? She did not have to ask him for favours...she just have to say it. Because he was all hers. Sigh...although Ho Gae has became bad, you got to admit that this guy is totally devoted to one woman.

Ki Ha replied that she wanted him. She wanted his heart and his soul and when she didn't have use of him anymore, she would throw him away. I think Ho Gae at this point wanted to give her a hug but she moved away (he was being all romantic but she wasn't). She told him to find the symbol of Baek Ho and then turning to him, said in a very cool collected voice: "If Dam Deok comes here, please kill him."

She said she will try and make Dam Deok come here instead of going back to Guk Nae Sung, and if and when he did, Ho Gae should kill him in the name of Baek Ho symbol (Hmmm...I wonder why it must be the Baek Ho symbol? Is it because she expected Ho Gae to find the symbol of Baek Ho first?)

Ho Gae didn't seemed as surprised as I expected him to be. I mean this was a woman who once begged Ho Gae to let her leave with Dam Deok, because he was her lover. Now she's asking him to kill him. What a change! Anyway, Ho Gae seemed to accept the new Ki Ha as she was...even though she was rather wicked and cruel now but I guess to him, it didn't matter as long as she was with him and not with Dam Deok. Then he asked her if she would kill him the same way one day. Ki Ha said she didn't know. Ho Gae, with a slight bitter laugh, then said that he too had a favour to ask of her...and that was if it should happen one day (ie, she wanted him dead), he begged her not to ask another person to do it, as he would rather die in her hands. Sigh...what kind of man or love is this? That a man would be willing to do all the wicked things for another woman, with no hope that she would ever love him and then begged that she kill him one day personally if she no longer has use of him. Not only is it very sad, it is also very sick.

Ki Ha did not say anything but turned to leave. But she did looked at him again before leaving. Did she feel sorry for him? This man that she did not love, but who was the one person who would be so willing to do so much for her....Did she feel sorry for him? I wonder...

Dam Deok's army were packing up as ordered by Dam Deok. Heuk Gae was complaining to General Ko...not sure about what...but I guess it was probably about giving up all the Baekje territories that they had already captured and they should have tried harder to break into Gwan Mi Sung? General Ko just kepy quiet and starred at him with that serious look on his face. Hehe! I think Heuk Gae is actually slightly frighten of this strict general. ^^

The Dalgoo came rushing in and said that the King wasn't around but he had left a message for General Ko.

General Ko read the note and rushed off with a really worried look on his face. When Heuk Gae tried to call him, he just threw the note over to Heuk Gae. Heuk Gae picked up the note, read it and then threw the note over and rushed off as well. Dalgoo picked up the note, read it and ran off too. hehehe!

Hyeon Go was leaving the camp when he was stopped by Joomochi, who said: "Let's go together." (We were discussing on soompi and came to the conclusion that all the guardians seemed to recover very quickly from injuries. Joomochi didn't seemed too bad despite being badly bashed by Cheo Ro just earlier).

Hyeon Go said: "Where?"

Joomochi said wasn't he going to rescue Suzini? But Hyeon Go said Joomochi was hurt and wouldn't be able to live if he went?...Joomochi said Hyeo Go wouldn't be able to do anything alone. But Hyeon Go replied that he was the owner of the Hyeon Moo symbol, who was sent from heaven and that heaven will take care of him...not sure about this last part. Joomochi asked if he believed i. haha! Joomochi didn't believe it.

Not sure what Hyeon Go said but he thanked Joomochi for wanting to go save Suzini. Hehe! Joomochi was like kind of embarrassed and said he wasn't going there to rescue Suzini. He was a mercenary and he would Suzini to Hyeon Go. He was going to Gwan Mi Sung for something else. Then cannot understand the rest but hehe! think Hyeon Go called him cute.

At Gwan Mi Sung, inside the Cheo Ro's jungle room, Cheo Ro reached out to touch Suzini and was instantly filled with flashbacks of Suzini's previous life when she was the black Joo Jak. Cheo Ro's heart began beating loudly and he backed away.

Suzini woke up, finding herself in the strange jungle room and tried to find a way out of the locked door unsuccessfully.

Suzini shouted for the ghost to come out and fight and the Cheo Ro said: "Have I met you?". There was a gush of strong wind behind her and Suzini turned around to see the chair and the tree and creepers all aorund it. She walked into the forest beyond. It was a strange forest...full of rustling leaves.

Hyeon Go and Joomochi arrived at Gwan Mi Sung and I guess they were looking for a place to enter the place quietly. I think Hyeon Go was looking for somewhere small because Joomochi said he wasn't a dog. hehehe! Joomochi said that he could go through a hole that was too small. ^^

They peered at the gate of Gwan Mi Sung and suddenly the whole place lighted up with soldiers at the fortress. They were shocked (hehe! They thought they had been discovered).

It was Dam Deok, asking for an audience with the commander of the fortress, He said he was a soldier from the King's army. Ga Guen asked if he was alone and then Dam Deok said there was no need for a 100 men for what he had to say? He held up an object (it looked like a dagger) and said it was from the King of Goguryeo.

Hyeon Go and Joomochi realised that it was the King standing in front of the gate.

Dam Deok asked if he commander of the fortress wanted the 10 Baekje castellans that they had captured back. He said he wanted to talk to the command directly. The gate opened and Dam Deok, carrying the flag of Goguryeo went through the gate alone. Joomochi was about to go after him but he was stopped and pulled down by Hyeon Go. Poor guy, he always gets stopped. ^^ Hyeon Go said not now.

Hyeon Go and Joomochi managed to get into the fortress.

Suzini was still walking in the strange forest, finding her way around and suddenly she saw Cheo Ro, sitting in a corner. Looked rather scary actually and it certainly shocked Suzini.

Ga Guen said something like how could any King allow a soldier came alone to Gwan Mi Sung. Dam Deok replied that the King just want to save his people, even if it's just one person and wasn't it the same as the commander of the fortress.

Ga Guen, whom I think was quite impressed by this fearless young soldier, turned and told him that he was Ga Geun, the general of Gwan Mi Sung. He asked for Dam Deok's name by Dam Deok replied that if he answered him, it would be a lie anyway, so he would rather not say anything.

Ga Guen then remembered the Kyuk koo match and realised that the guy in front was the King of Goguryeo. He told Dam Deok that he had slipped into Goguryeo and watched hte last Kyuk koo. Dam Deok looked up...I guess he realised that Ga Guen did know who he was. But neither said anything about it, except that Ga Guen said it was a magnificant match.

Suzini went nearer to examine this strange figure. She was gripping a long stick very tightly...and I think she was frightened.

Cheo Ro said he wasn't human. Therefore he had never been sick because he wasn't human. Suzini, ever the defiant girl, said if he wasn't a human, was he a dog then.

Cheo Ro said everyone ran away from him (thanks Suehan..this darth vader voice was as bad as Daejangro's. Very hard to hear what he said) and then I think he started crying.....Poor guy.. :(

And Suzini's face softened...she is really a kind hearted girl. She went nearer and saw Cheo Ro's face (he had taken off his mask) and was taken aback but she did not ran away. She asked if this was really his face and in an even kinder tone, asked what happened. Cheo Ro's hand was all white and flaky. Suzini asked if if it was like from the start but Cheo Ro continued crying.

Suzini reached out to touch his hand gently and asked if he was alright. It was such a contrast..between her white, smooth hand and his rough one. As she touched her, his heart began beating strongly again.

Cheo Ro asked who she was to him and who the other person was (referring to Dam Deok). Cheo Ro asked why did his heart hurt so much and Suzini, though looking fully into his rather quite monsterous face, did not back away at all. Perhaps that's when he fell in love with her. It was probably the first time anyone, especially a girl came so close to him and showed concern for him. Suddenly, he grabbed hsi mask, put it on and went off and Suzini was alone in the forest again.

Dam Deok and Ga Guen stood outside Cheo Ro's room and Ga Guen told Cheo Ro that Dam Deok wanted to meet him. Cheo Ro asked him to enter. Ga Guen gave a small bow to Dam Deok. Wow! Ga Guen respected Dam Deok.

There was no body in the strange room. Dam deok said he was willing to return the 10 fortresses if he released Suzini. (initially, I wasn't too thrilled that Dam Deok actually wanted to give up the fortresses for a girl. Didn't seemed very wise but I realised that they were going to retreat anyway, so he might as well "return' them)

Suddely, some of the lights went out and Cheo Ro asked if that girl was his lover. Dam Deok did not answer. (We were all speculating excatly how Dam Deok felt about Suzini at this point).

Joomochi knocked out a few guards effortlessly. Hehe! I think Heyon Go was very impressed.

Dam Deok walked into the magical forest. Actually, it almost sounded as if a dragon was breathing in the background. Hmmm...Cheo Ro is the Blue Dragon right?

Joomochi was trying very hard to push the door (leading to Cheo Ro's room) open. Hehe! I think Hyeon Go was telling him to try harder. And then Joomochi actually wanted to break down the door but Hyeon Go stopped him.

And the Ga Guen appeared and asked if they were together with the guy that came earlier (Dam Deok). Joomochi said he didn't know what he was saying. hahaha! So funny, Hyeon Go went to hide behind Joomochi.

Ga Geun then asked if the King of Goguryeo was really the King of Jushin. And aiyoh, Joomochi actually asked him to wait and then he turned to Hyeon Go and asked how they should answer. This is really a case of one with brains and one with strength. ^^

Hyeon Go, realising that this man was not totally an enemy, said if he realised that if he was the King of Jushin, then he would also be the King of Baekje.

Hyeon Go said he was the chief of Geo Mool village and their Hyeon Moo symbol recognised the King of Jushin. And he said...if it was true (that Dam Deok was the King of Jushin), what was he going to do. Ga Geun said he had been waiting for the King of Jushin. When the star of Jushin appeared, he had been slipping into Goguryeo to look at Yon Ho Gae (who was widely believed to be the King of Jushin) and then Dam Deok. He then said that if he was really the King of Jushin, he would not kill his master and would be able to draw out the symbol. Hyeon Go asked what was his saying. Ga Guen said if he (Dam Deok) had just gone in and if he was relaly the one, he would be able to save his master. Hyeon Go asked where the symbol was.....and Ga Guen sort of looked into the room.

Dam Deok was inside the forest, walking. So was Suzini. It was all very misty and there was a strange feel to the whole place.

Suddenly Dam Deok's dagger, which was Jumong's sword before it magically transformed, which was Hwan Woong's bow before that, started glowing (hope this wasn't too confusing for all). Some structures/ beams seemed to become visible....not sure what it meant...perhaps this was all part of the fortress (rooms) before it became a magical forest? Anyway, the wind continued to blow strongly and I think Dam Deok could sense that someone or something was around. He closed his eyes and concentrated and the wind died down. The dagger/ bow continued to glow.

Cheo Ro had crept up behind him. He striked him with his spear but was repelled by a protective sheild surrounding Dam Deok. As Cheo Ro pointed his spear at Dam Deok, flashes of their past life appeared...Hwan Woong's image, superimposed on Dam Deok, as well as the Blue Dragon.

Cheo Ro tried to hit Dam Deok again but was repelled away, even stronger this time. He hit the tree and was very weak. He kept clutching his heart. He shouted to Dam Deok to save him. :(

And then Dam Deok held out the dagger (with flashback of the scene when Ki Ha had tried to kill Dam Deok with the Jumong sword, and it transformed into this present dagger. I guess this falshback was to tell us how this dagger came about). But this was actually the bow that Hwan Woong had used...and there was an outline of the bow. Then Dam Deok shot an imaginery arrow into Cheo Ro's heart (with flasback of Hwan Woong doing the same thing to Seo O). We were all wondering how did he know what to do with this dagger and we thought perhaps, he knew instinctively...but I'm not sure if it was because this was because he was the reincarnation of Hwan Woong or because it was Hwan Woong's bow.

Anway, the imaginery arrow went straight into Cheo Ro's heart and the power of the symbol was released from his body.

Suzini, Joomochi, Heyon Go and Ga Guen heard the commotion and came running towards them.

Cheo Ro collasped. He seemed to have died. Dam Deok slowly walked towards him and took off his mask. Suzini appeared and was actually rather concerned. She touched his neck and said that he was still alive.

And then Cheong Ryong's symbol came out of his heart (which semed to be some strange sharp object) and Dam Deok took it in his hand.

Hyeon Go, Joomochi and Ga Guen appeared and Ga Geun said it was the symbol of Cheong Ryong. He looked at the unconscious Cheo Ro and said that the symbol had been embedded in his heart since he was 10 years old (flasback to the night when the Hwa Cheon people attacked the fortress). Dam Deok looked at the symbol and then at Ga Guen. I wonder what he was feeling then. He hadn't specifically gone out searching for the symbol but it was now in his hands. I guess this now affirmed his belief more than ever that he really was the King of Jushin and a duty to fulfil...

Anway, Ga Guen paid his respects (and acknowledged) him as King of Jushin and then he bowed.

At the same time, part of the flaky, white stuff that had covered Cheo Ro's face was disappearing by magic.

In the market inside Guk Nae Sung, the actor was performing a play again. I think he was saying about Ho Gae going to the north to conquer the tribes? Anyway, he was basically saying how great Ho Gae was.

The funny short guy from Geo Mool village (together with some of his own people I guess) interrupted to say that Ho Gae had 40,000 men to attack Baekje but didn't do anything. The don't know what the actor said. The other Geo Mool village guy said that their King captured 10 forts and even attacked Gwan Mi Sung. The funny short guy said teh King didn't have 10,000 men not even 1,000 men. Then the funny short guy turned around, and pointing to the food and supplies that were being sent out to Ho Gae's army and said sacarstically that food was being sent out again...and they were all taken from the citizens. The actor lost his audince. I think the public was getting disillusioned with Ho Gae.

The men were busy loading the food and supplies in front of the Yon's residence. Yon Gar Ryeo and Cho Joo Do were discussing and pouring over a map. Think they were trying to find the fastest way to get to Ho Gae.

Can't catch all the conversation but I think Yon Gar Ryeo said that Ho Gae had to show some achievements for everyone to see. Daejangro said that the High Priestess (Ki Ha) gone there to Ho Gae.

Yon Gar Ryeo said that though Ho Gae was his son, it was his mother who made him what he was. Daeajangro said he had heard about her.

The Yon Gar Ryeo said the mother had taught Ho Gae since young how to behave like a King..from walking to running. His mother taught Ho Gae everything. He asked Daejangro if he knew what he meant. Daejangro said that the High Priestess would treat Ho Gae like she was his mother (I think)

Yon Gar Ryeo said Ho Gae was like the heaven to his mother but what was he to Joo Jak. Hmmm....so Ho Gae need a strict woman to take care of him? Wow!

Inside Ba Son's work place in Guk Nae Sung, the funny short guy rushed in and found the guy that was captured earlier by Hwa Cheon upstairs, eating a rice ball.


The guy almost choked and the funny short guy went rushing to look for water. He then told him that he heard he had been captured by Hwa Cheon and was surprised to find him alive. It seemed he was badly tortured.

The guy said he had to find Ba Son, he had something to tell her. The funny short guy asked him what it was and he whispered into his ears.

Inside Gwan Mi Sung, Cheo Ro was recovering...and Ga Geun brought him something to drink as well as a mirror. Cheo Ro looked at his hand, which was slowly becoming normal. He looked at himself in the mirros and peeled off some parts of he flaky bits off his face. I think this must have been the first time he looked into a mirror for a long time. Hehe! He has rather full lips.

I couldn't get most of this but according to Suehan, Hyeon Go was complaining about not being able to stay on to govern the fort because Dan Deok had sent all the soldiers away. And that it was dangerous to go back alone by themselves as they were all Baekhe lands. Hahaha! Hyeon Go was really, really complaining. Dam Deok, very good naturedly asked him to stop. ^^

Suzini, looking ahead said that they wern't alone.

And then they saw Heuk Gae, Dalgoo, General Ko and some other men coming towards them. Hyeon Go was happy.

But Dam Deok didn't seemed too happy. If fact, he looked rather stern and asked General Ko didn't he receive his orders. General Ko said that they did. They told all the soldiers to retreat and go back to Guk Nae Sung. Dam Deok asked then why were they there. Ohh...he really looked royally displeased.

Heuk Gae said they they told the soldiers to leave but they refued to go (thanks to Suehan).

Geeneral Ko, looking at Dam Deok said that he had made a promise that he would not leave before General Ko himself. So he believed and had been waiting. Hehe! This big teddy bear chief, Heuk Gae was like shouting, you didn't really believe because General Ko said that if he King didn't appear by sunrise, he was going to attack the fort by himself...He was really shouting and arguing...hahaha!

Dam Deok was amused by him and smiled (he really like this chief, even though he disobeyed his order). Oh, it was such a charming smile. Heuk Gae, not realising that Dam Deok was no longer angry, contiued to rave about how General K was not really as calm as he seemed to be. Dalgoo, his son, stopped him and pointed it out to his father. hehehe!

And then everyone laughed.

It was a nice ending.

End of Episode 15.

It seemed that Episode 17 was very exciting. I can't wait to watch it. ^^

Monday, November 05, 2007

Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi/Legend- Ep 14 summary

I have done half of Ep 13 but I've been really busy last week and could not find the time to finish it and before I know it...they've already shown Ep 14 & Ep 15. Time really passes by quickly. So I've done Ep 14 instead and should finish Ep 15 by tomorrow. If anyone still wants a summary for Ep 13, I'll try to find the time over the next few days to finish it. But it's getting more interesting now, the pace is faster and there are even more military terms...so I find myself understanding even less. Many, many thanks ot Gaulsan and many people on soompi who have helped with the translation. This would not be possible without them.

Of course, Gaulsan and Suehan have finished translation for both Ep 14 & Ep 15 respectively. I believe WithS2 has also released the subs for Ep 14, so you could download that. But if you still want to read my summary, I'm of course most happy. ^^

The slow cargo ships carrying Dam Deok and his army arrived at the sea in front of Gwanmi Fort, unbeknown to the soldiers guarding the place. This would be what we call a Trojan horse and was used during the Greek seige of Troy. Anyway, the ships stopped at near the seafront and the Baekje soldiers went forward, wondering what they were and why they were there. Suddenly the doors of the ships opened and all the soldiers rushed out on horseback. Must say this was pretty impresisive. The Baekje soldiers were completely caught offguard and rushed back to the fort, with Dam Deok's army following closely behind.

The Baekje soldier rushed back into the fort and sounded the horn. This meant there was an enemy coming and all the soldiers rushed to stand in position to defend against the attack. The general asked what it was and the soldier replied that it the Gogureyo. He immediately sent his men to ?? (couldn't quite catch it) fort for help.

Joomochi's men were in the middle of the pack, surrounded by a small pack Goguryeo army, who were all armed with the special armour, shield and arrow made by Ba Son. Oh you should see Joomochi...he looks really great. All the arrows shot by the Baekje soldiers were deflected by the shield held by Dam Deok's army in front. But the arrows shot by them all hit the Baekje's soldiers, and they fell down one by one. Ba Son did say that her arrows could fly further that the others.

Meanwhile, inside the fort, Hyeon Go, Suzini and the rest of the people from Geo Mool village attacked the soldiers who were minding the fort gate and opened it for the army to enter. hehe! Hyeon Go could not fight and he was saved by Suzini's arrows. Seriously, how can this comical guy be the reincarnation of the the Black Turtle, (Hyeon Moo)?

As they neared the fort gate, the soldiers parted to let Joomochi and his tribesmen through to fight through the streets of the fortress.

In the background, you can hear Dam Deok's voice reminding them that speed is the key and Jumoochi and Siiwoo tribe had to pass through quickly and catch up with the Baekje messenger who was despatched for help. General Ko will follow up and clear the rest of the obstacles. He reminded them again that they should not stay to fight...planting of the Goguryeo flag would be enough. What they want to do was to strike fear into their enemies by taking over the fort quickly.

And the group of them were through the fortress before anyone could do anything.

Then you see the red Goguryeo flag being waved and hung from the fort.....then General Ko and soldiers entered...then the King himself....Dam Deok (I think I'm totally in love with him as the King. He looks really good).

Joomochi and Suzini (Lee Ji Ah must have really trained hard on horse riding) caught up with the 2 soldiers from Baeke and the next thing we see was the whole Siiwoo tribe riding by...with the 2 soldiers, stripped and tied together back to back, on one horse. ^^

Dam Deok's army entered Baek Je's Sok Hyeon Sung. The fort's general and his men were kneeling down as General Ko approached them. The general announced his name..and said they should have killed him instead (err....if he was really so hung up about being defeated and wanted to die...shouldn't he have committed suicide? Just thinking aloud). General Ko hit him down with his sword and according to Gaulsan's translation, the King had given orders that if any of his soldiers attack unarmed civillians, commit crimes like sexual harrassment and theft, they would be beheaded (wow! that's how he kept order and prevented any rebellion in the forts he captured. He has so little men...they can easily be overpowered if those citizens were badly treated). The general said that as a general of Baekje, he would never surrender. But General Ko it didn't matter..if he wanted to die or live together with the people, he can choose as his heart desired.

Then just as General Ko was about to leave, the Baekje general asked who was the commander in charge of this expedition. General Ko replied that it was a name he could not say without kneeling..then he turned to look at Dam Deok who was riding by. Goguryeo declared war on Baekje and captured Sol Hyeon Sung on the second day.

At Baekje's Ok Chon Sung, the fort gate was opened for 2 Baekje's soldiers....and then you take a closer look and it's actually Suzini and Joomochi. Wahaha!

Think Joomochi asked Suzini to stay out unless she wanted to see her King (Dam Deok) cry. Then I think Suzini teased him back about a certain someone. Then she told him that Dalbe's heart thumped loudly whenever she saw him. Joomochi, took off his helmet and spluttered out: "Real...really?"

Joomochhi had this love-sick puppy happy look...and then Suzini said: "You believed it?" (is that what she said? Hmmm....) and Joomochi's face fell. This Suzini so naughty. Then she pointed at him, started laughing and called him a fool. Aiyoh, these 2...inside enemy's quarters and still can joke like that. Then the real Baekje guards called out who they were...and that's when they started fighting.

The 2 of them took down the soldiers guarding the fort gate in no time and Joomochi opened the gate. Suzini actually continued teasing Joomochi until the Siiwoo tribe was right in front of them before they moved away. Aiyoh... Can't really catch what Suzini was saying though....

On the 5th day, Ok Chon Sung fell to Dam Deok's army.

Then you see the big teddy bear, Heun Gae reading out a proclaimation from the King of Goguryeo (Dam Deok). Think it's something about Baekje being part of Goguryeo. So those who accept him (Dam Deok), will be treated fairly.

8 days later, Orl Mi Sung also fell. Ba Son was looking at all the weapons that were given up by the soldiers. She was sorry for the sword...? Hmm...

Heuk Gae continued reading the proclaimaton...all along, the pocessions of the castellan belonged to the people and now they would all be returned to the people. As he read this part, Dalbe was seen directing the distribution of the food to the people...not quite sure...but I think every 10 person to take 2 sacks? And she told them to be careful when putting down the sack of food but this Dalbe seemed to be prone to falling down...coz she fell down again. ^^

10 days later, Ok Hae Sung was captured.

Heuk Gae continued with the proclaimation...that civilians were not to be harmed and anyone who disobeyed the order would be beheaded. And those who chose to leave, could do so if they laid down their weapons. And in the background, you see some people leaving the fortress...after laying down their arms.

On the 11th day, Yeor Gun Sung was occupied. The citizens of Baekje opened the fort gates voluntarily and they captured the fort without any fighting.

Heuk Gae continued with the proclaimation...that they (the Baekje people) were to let the others know that the King of Goguryo was waiting for his brothers (to join him).

And in the background, you see Dam Deok riding on the horse (which was really awe inspiring)...and then joined by Suzini, Joomochi and General Ko...all riding majestically on the horses...and on the map, you see it turning red (Goguryeo's color was red), with battle scenes admist it, signifying that the Taewang army was capturing the forts quickly.

I am drooling as I looked at BYj riding on the horse and especially when he drew out his sword...sigh...

Finally they reached Gwan Mi Sung.

At Ho Gae's camp, which was set up north of Pal Gun Sung. The guards announced the arrival of the Gaema army. Cheok Hwan reported to Ho Gae for duty. One of Ho Gae's general wasn't pleased and I think said something like if he knew how many days they've wasted. Ho Gae ignored his general and asked where was the diety (Ki Ha). Then Cheok Hwan said Ki Ha got sick along the way, so they had to wait, that's why they were late. Anyway, the general was still ranting away...I think something about 30,000 men waiting for this one woman..

Anyway, at this point, Cheok Hwan became angry drew out his sword and pointed it at the guy and told him not to talk in thi way. She's not just a woman but the guardian of Joo Jak. He said he saw it. (that was the part where the 'powers' held onto Ki Ha when she tried to commit suicide). Then he said something about this was one of the guardian that they were looking for to help rebuild the land of Jushin? Hmmm.... must wait for exact translation but I think it's the gist of it. Ho Gae wasn't so interested in all these. He just wanted to know where she was now. Cheok Hwan said she's gone back to Guk Nae Sung after recovering after a few days. She told them she ha something to do. Ho Gae was not pleased. He had been really looking forward to seing her.

Just then, a soldier came in to inform Ho Gae that 4 of the forts had fallen to the army of Goguryeo. Ho Gae was now even angrier. And he dragged out Hyeon Gong, the messenger from the Geo Mool village that had gone there to inform him of Dam Deok's plan and what Ho Gae should do. But of course, so far, he has refused to believe him. Actually, I don't blame him for not believing Dam Deok...he did say it was contest between him and Dam Deok to see who was the King of Jushin. Why would he believe that Dam Deok would help him?

Hyeon Gong said once more that the King's message was that they should cut off the link of East and West Baekje. And Ho Gae should attack the army of Baekje when they pulled back their army. And then they should attack Kwan Mi Sung together. Ho Gae didn't believe him and shouted out where the symbol of Cheong Ryong was.

Anyway, Hyeon Gong continued by saying that if they captured Kwam Mi Sung, they would have access to the sea. Ho Gae believed Dam Deok was trying to cheat him and wondered if the symbol was there. His eyes were slowly becoming those of an enraged mad man. Hmmm....but if Ho Gae thought the symbol was there in Gwan Mi Sung, and Dam Deok asked him to join him together in the fight, all the more he should go right? Doesn't make sense. Hyeon Gong said the King was trying to help him in defeating Baekje.

Another messenger came in to say that the Baekje armies were turning back to protect their homeland. The 2nd in command general said this was a good opportunity to attack Han Seong (the capital of Baekje). Hyeon Gong shouted out it's not Han Sung but Kwan Mi Sung they should attack as the King ordered. Then another general said why was the commander (Ho Gae) hesitating..they had 30,000 men. Ho Gae was trying very hard to take all these news at the same time. Hyeon Gong slowly got up (I think he's been tortured..poor guy) and told Ho Gae to receive this order? command? At this, Ho Gae suddenly drew out his sword and killed him. I think this sudden act also shocked all the generals there.

Hogae: "Who did you say is the king?"

Wow! This guy has gone mad and vicious and wicked. He wasn't like that before.

Inside Gook Nae Sung, Cho Joo Do was seen running frantically.

The 3 tribal chiefs were talking to Yon Gar Ryeo. Can't understand everything but the chiefs were anrgy because they didn't know about the King's plan and they were also surpried that they managed to cpatured the forts in so few days. Then one of the chief was angry because the Chor No tribe was involved in this victorious war. Then I think one them said why Ho Gae who had with 40,000 soldiers doing anything in this war at all? Yon Gar Ryeo kept quiet but his face was totally black. He was definitely not happy to hear all these and probably even angrier that the King had managed to deceive him and achieved all these with so little men whilst his son had done nothing so far with a much bigger army.

Cho Joo Do came rushing in and asked if they had heard? The 5th fort had been captured and this time it was won without any fighting at all. Ooh.....Yon Gar Ryeo was even angrier now and walked off.

Inside Shindang, the senior disciple was telling the same news to the High Priestess..that the citizens of the Baekje opened the gate voluntarily. The High Priestess was very happy and I think said something that all these (victories) were given by heaven. She then order the Mu Oun Je (a ceremony to bless for war victories) to be performed the next day.

Suddenly, a noise was heard outside the hall and almost everyone rushed out. Then the doors shut and they couldn't open the doors from outside. Inside the locked hall, the High Priestess' guards were knocked unconscious. And then you see Ki Ha walking in slowly...dressed in black. She wasn't angry instead she was very calm....she seemed to know exactly what she was going to do.

She walked up to the High Priestess and asked how she has been doing...and the High Priestess shouted something like: "Guardian of Joo Jak..what do you think you are doing?". Ki ha replied that she had something to say to her and therefore had to divert the others temporarily?

The High Priestess said she didn't understand ...Joo Jak was the guardian of the land of Jushin, so why was she not serving the King of Jushin?

The High Priestess accused her acknowledging Ho Gae as the King and I think of attempting to kill Dam Deok and a whole of other other stuff that I couldn't quite catch. But Ki Ha said the power within the heart of Joo Jak originally did not belonged to Joo Jak but to a shaman, who was the mother of earth. The King of Jushin took it from her. However, even though she knew this story from young, she didn't care about being the guardian of Joo Jak or being the mother of earth. She only wanted one person (Ka Jin had said that she wanted to be with Hwan Woong in the next life..no matter what..just before jumping off the cliff).

But nw Ki Ha thought she was wrong about how she felt.

The High Priestess asked what she was going to do and Ki Has replied what should she do... The High Priestess reminded that the King trusted her the most and she said she knew. The High Priestess then said that all these while, she had regarded Ki ha as her own daughter and Ki Ha replied that she did so.

The High Priestess again asked what she was going to do and Ki Ha asked for her forgiveness- she needed the Shindang. The High Priestess was shocked. Ki Ha turned to her and asked if she would give it to her. And as Ki Ha advanced nearer to her...the High Priestess became frighted and tried to step away but there was a power over her. Ki Ha then hugged the High Priestess, and with tears rolling down, said that her power was growing stronger everyday and she was not sure if was due to the baby within her.

And then she put her hand over the High Priestess' head and it started glowing..she was casting a spell over her.

Ki Ha told the High Priestess as she cast the spell that she's the mother of the earth and she was going to prepare the land for her child and give it to him. And it didn't matter what the heaven's will was because he will become the King of the land. And she begged (her, the High Priestess) to help her.

All these while, the Shindang people were trying to get inside but they couldn't open the door. When they finally did, they found everyone, including the High Priestess unconscious on the floor. One of the girl woke up and she told the senior disciple she didn't know what happened. The the High Priestess woke up but she seemed very dazed.

As Ki Ha walked out, she said (in her mind) to her child...:"Mother is going to give you the whole of Goguryeo. After that...what else?"

Inside the Royal army's camp, north of Gwan Mi Sung, all the soldiers were resting as they were tired.

Inside the tentage, Dam Deok, Suzini and Heuk Gae were all resting too...obviously tired as well. Hehe! Only General Ko amd Hyeon Go were standing. Hyeon Go said that the soldiers could not fight anymore. The army that was sent to fight Ho Gae's army in the east had started to return and were headed towards them. And if they stayed there, they would be caught in the middle and would die.

Dam Deok (BYJ) looks really good, with his eyes shut..(hehe!)

Dam Deok asked if there was still no message from Ho Gae and Hyeon Go said there wasn't. There wasn't any news from Hyeon Gong either (the messenger that was killed earlier by Ho Gae) and he didn't know what he was doing.

Heuk Gae yawned and saked if they think Ho Gae would bring his army there (of course not! I think Dam Deok was very naive to think so). General Ko said that he had to come as it was the King's order (hmmm..even General Ko is naive).

Heuk Gae laughed and said the King and General Ko were too innocent, even though it was what the King hope. If Ho Gae came, he would have to admit the King as the leader and would he bring his 40,00 thousand army to join the King's 4,000 soldiers.

General Ko said if they did not come, they would be in trouble as the Western Baekje's army that was headed east was coming back now.

Dam Deok was listening to all this, keeping quiet.

Heuk Gae said there was only way now. They had to go to Gwan Mi Sung as it was impregnable. They would be safe there. (Hehe! He just want to attack Gwan Mi Sung instead of sitting around, waiting for Ho Gae to come and help)

Dam Deok took a deep breath and said that to go inside, they had to break it first. Was he asking the soldiers to die? Heuk Gae was very agitated and said a soldier couldn't be afraid to die and thumping his heart, said that none of his men were afraid to die.

Dam Deok sighed again...he really is quite patient with this teddy bear chief...hehe!

Dam Deok said that as the soldiers were going to get killed, they had to go into the fortress where it was safe..but to do so, they were going to get killed. What nonsense was he saying?

Heuk Gae kept quiet...knowing Dam Deok was right but he wasn't happy about it.

Dam Deok said that he would wait till the next evening and if there was no message from, they would return to Goguryeo. At this, Heuk Gae and General Ko were both shocked. This was not the answer they were expecting.

But Dam Deok was serious about it.

Heuk Gae was like...but what about those castles that they had captured. He was totally flabbergested. Dam Deok said they would have to leave them behind. They saw how they fought and the next time they come back back, he believed there would be volunteers to help them. He then he walked off...it was the end of discussion. But I'm sure he was frustrated too.

The big teddy bear chief, Heuk Gae was even more frustrated. Whoever heard of giving up a winning fight...and leaving behind castles and forts they had captured after so much effort? He couldn't argue with the King, so he went outside and vented his frusration with a loud cry. Ok, now he even sounded like a bear. His son, Dalgoo, heard him and asked what was the matter.

Btw, you may be interested to know that these 2 are really father and son in real life. hehe! Thanks to dramaok for the infor.

Heuk Gae asked his son to come over and asked if he was told not to fight on that day. Dalgoo was puzzled. Then Heuk Gae asked his son- when he was with the Prince at Daejasung, did he tell him not to fight.

Dalgoo thought about it and said yes, that's right.

Flashback to the scene of the fight at Daejasung, when they were confronted by Ho Gae and the Hwacheon people. Dam Deok had asked Ho Gae to stop whatever he was doing and challenged him to one-to-one fight. If you remember, he told the others not to interfere as their lives belonged to him.

Dalgoo said that he fought by himself but Ho Gae's people broke the promise and attacked them with arrows. Heuk Gae, as if realising something, then said therefore Seodooroo protected the Prince from the arrow and Dalgoo confirmed it.

Heuk Gae said...he understood now why the King was afraid, but he could not bear to see him like that. Basically, Dam Deok did not want any men dying for him. And that's why he was afraid to take on risky missions...as he was afraid he would lead them to their death. He was very badly affected by the Daejasung episode, where he saw so many people dying because of him (remember how Suzini comforted him about this?) Also, the 3rd command he gave to his soldiers before emabrking on this war was that they must not die. He did not need soldiers to die for him and no matter what, they must stay alive (this was in epsiode 13).

Anway, Heuk Gae gave off another loud roar...hehe! wonder why he has to roar like that. His son was looking at him like...why was his father shouting away like that? Has he gone mad?

Anyway, Heuk Gae went off and was seen giving instructions to his men....and Joomochi was observing everything.

At Yon's house in Guk Nae Sung, Yon Gar Ryeo was in a rage. He was shouting to Cho Joo Do that everyone said Dam Deok was cowardly and weak..and then one day, he appeared at the Kyuk Ku match and now he was winning battles after battles. What happened?

Cho Joo Do said that the person was waiting and if there was any message for Ho Gae.

Yon Gae Ryeo got even angrier and hit the table, shouting even more loudly what shoud he tell him? Something like the one with 4 thousand men was winning but what was he doing with 40,000 men. Should he tell him again the news that everyone knew? (but, he was the one who told Ho Gae that Ki Ha was going there...so of course, he waited for her). But anyway, Yon Gar Ryeo was really, really furious.

The you hear Daejangro's voice....and he appeared saying that not everyone knew about it. Yon Gar Ryeo was not really pleased to see him...afterall, he was supposed to be helping Ho Gae but so far, nothing much has been done. He said sacastically that the man who was supposed to know everything was there and did he know that they would be insulted like that today.

I think Daejangro said that people were not aware that the King only had 4,000 men to attack Baekje. But now they do (because he told them, I think) and that Kwan Mi Sung would know about it by the next day and they would be killed by Kwan Mi Sung now. Something like that. Yon Gar Ryeo was slightly appeased by this news. So I guess they still don't believe Dam Deok was the King of Jushin and would die. But I thought Daejangro has doubts at one point.

Then Daejangro said he came about something else. It seemed they captured a worker of Ba Son and he told them something interesting after interrogation. Ba Son, who was from Malga, had one of the symbol of Jushin. Yon Gar Ryeo asked how did he know he was telling the truth(?) Daejangro said that the night the star of Jushin appeared, the symbol of Baek Ho shone.

And then the scene where Ba Son's brother was seen being told to run away with the symbol appeared (think this was Episode 2) appeared. The captured worker said they were waiting for the King of Jushin and Ba Son would be able to meet her brother when she met the King of Jushin (thanks to Kanji for the translation). And that was why she came (to Goguryeo?) hmm... The worker was very afraid and begged to him (Sar Ryang) to let him live. Poor guy...

Daejangro said that he had already sent someone to find the blacksmith (with the symbol). And he said Ho Gae should go north (Malga was in the north) to look for the symbol. Yon Gar Ryeo then asked what about the King who was in front of Gwan Mi Sung. Then not sure what Daejangro said...something about a difficult problem solved?...and I think Yon Gar Ryeo said something about how was he going to fight the fort with 4,00 men? Not too sure. Then Daejangro laughed his sinister laughter and said something about help from heaven and that Ho Gae should be prepared to receive it. (meaning Dam Deok would be killed without them doing anything)

Wooo...this was evil.

At the Shindang, preparations was underway for the blessing as ordered by the High Priestess the day before. But she seemed rather dazed and absent minded, needing help to put on even her robes.

Chantings were going on. Suddenly, the bell on her bamboo fan sounded (it's like a fan) and she started shaking. Normally, this meant that there was a message from heaven. The senior disciple stopped the chanting and waited.

In a rather monotonous voice, the High Priestess said there was a message from heaven. Something about to the people of Goguryeo, now they had found Jushin..... and then she stopped... as if trying to resist something within her..and then Ki Ha was walking into Shindang. The High Priestess continued speaking in her flat voice and then suddenly, she stopped again...and gasped for breath.. and Ki Ha walked nearer and nearer and suddenly, she shouted: "No!". There was a strong power emiting from Ki Ha and the High Priestess seemed angry and frightened at the same time as Ki Ha starred at her. She shouted out: "You, Ki Ha!" dramatically and then she collapsed in a heap and Ki Ha immediately went to hold her. As Ki Ha stroke her gently, I think she something about she thought of her as a mother and something like...now is the time to go? Hmm....Ad Ki Ha touched her face with her hand, the High Priestess closed her eyes. Then the senior disciple held her and with her dying breath, the High Priestess decreed that Ki Ha would be the new successor of Shindang.

The senior disciple looked at Ki Ha, who stood there, expressionless. The senior disciple had no choice but to pick up the symbol of Shindang 9which was the bamboo fan witht eh bell), but she hesistated. Ki Ha turned to her and said that she was waiting to receive the will of heaven? The senior disciple was really reluctant and said that the High Priestess was delivering message from heaven earlier...Anyway, she had no choice but to pass the symbol to Ki Ha...who was still expressionless. Ki Ha took over the bamboo fan and walked away, whilst everyone bowed to her. In the background, you could see the senior disciple crying over the deceased High Priestess.

I'm not sure which was more cruel...Ho Gae killing the defenceless messenger form Geo Mool village or Ki Ha killing the High Priestess without any emotions. Both have suddenly turned evil in this episode.

A soldier arrived at Ho Gae's camp and passed the message to Ho Gae. He told all the other generals that it was an order from Guk Nae sung. The 2nd in command was rather anxious and asked if it was to advance onwards to Hansung or to attack Gwan Mi Sung. Ho Gae said they had been asked to go north of Yu Ha. According to Pyoungsang, Yu Ha was a river in Western Lidong. The Baek Ho symbol was there. Then another general asked what about the symbol of Cheongryong. Ho Gae didn't seemed too pleased. Then Cheok Hwan asked if the King was going north too or if he didn't know about it. Ho Gae said this was the order and that Shindang received words from heaven (hmmm...this was from Yon Gar Ryeo and Daejangro right?). Ho Gae read out the order from 'Shindang' and said that The King will get the symbol of Cheong Ryong from Kwan Mi Sung whereas he, Ho Gae was to go north to the get the symbol of Baek Ho.

The 2nd in command immediately asked what about the King. They would be in danger as he had only 4,000 men to attack Gwan Mi Sung. Ooh....Ho Gae gave the general such a dirty, angry look when he said this. He didn't care about the King. He could die for his care and how dare his general actually bceame concerned for the King. The 2nd in command shut up with that look from Ho Gae. Ho Gae then gave orders to his generals to get ready and leave for the north.

But, a soldier (from Geo Mool village) was listening outside the camp tentage, and he immediately informed Hyeon Go.

Inside Dam Deok's camp tent, Hyeon Go told them that Ho Gae was going north to look for the symbol of Baek Ho. And then he told Dam Deok that Hyeon Gong had been killed by Ho Gae (sob! sob! This was the guy that was fooling around with Suzini earlier with the ink)

Dam Deok was...hmmm..I don't know...shocked, sad...angry? probably all of these but he didn't fly into a rage. General Ko said this was treason and asid they should all return to Guk Nae Sung.

And then Ba Son and Dalbe rushed in, totally out of breath, saying that food and weapos were missing. Dam Deok litened (how come he was still so calm?) and then stood up and immediately asked General Ko where Heuk Gae and Joomochi were. But they all knew what had happened when Dam Deok asked this question.

Dam Deok walked out, with his sword and a determind look on his face. General Ko rushed after him and asked what he was going to do. Dam Deok replied strongly that he must stop them. They were in danger. He knew they had gone to attack Gwan Mi Sung.

Dam Deok was angry, very, very angry.

General Ko stood infront of Dam Deok, stopping him in his tracks.

Dam Deok said he had to save them even though they disobeyed a King's order. He could not let them die.

Generak Ko said that this was war and as the King, he could no go alone. Dam Deok shouted for 6 of the soldiers to follow him and then he turned to General Ko and said: "Is that alright?"

Suzini was worried too...though I'm not sure if she was worried for Joomochi and Heuk Gae...or for Dam Deok, who was going to attempt to rescue them...or the fact that she's never seen him so angry before. General Ko stopped him again.

Dam Deok shouted angrily: "Didn't you hear me? Those fools walked into the jaws of death!"

Then he looked down, took a deep breath and continued: "I won't let them die. I will never let anyone die because of me. Get out of my way, General Ko Woo Choong.." (thanks to gaulsan for the translation)

Wow! Dam Deok enraged is totally irresistible....

And then General Ko looked at Dam Deok, and slowly knelt down in front of him. He said slowly and sadly, with hint of tears in his eyes that he, as the leader of the Royal Guards, failed to protect the previous King and he could not let it happen again. He failed to protect the previous King but he begged him to let him keep his promise to the previous King, Dam Deok's father...that he wouldl ensure the safety of him, Dam Deok.

Sob! Sob!

Dam Deok looked at this general, who had been with him since he was young, teaching him everything he knew....martial arts, militery knowledge etc...he was probably almost like a 2nd father to Dam Deok. Anyway, Dam Deok's face softened and he called out to Suzini to check how many soldiers there were left and to get them prepared.

Suzini, who had probably never witnessed such confrontation between Dam Deok and General Ko so far...was a little hesitant in replying...but she responded to the order.

And then Dam Deok, looking at his faithful general, also knelt down and put his hand on General Ko's shoulder and said with a slight smile: "General Ko. I will make sure you keep your promise with my father. I will not die before you. I promise." (translation from Gaulsan)

And then tears rolled down General Ko's face.. :(

Heuk Gae and his soldiers were riding on to Gwanmisung, kicking up a storm of dust. Halfway, they met Joomochi and his Siiwoo tribe. Ooh...Joomochi really looks great riding down as a warrior with his axe.

Can't really catch what they were saying but Joomochi wanted to fight with the castellan of Gwan Mi Sung...and then hehe! he called Heuk Gae grandfather and asked him to go slowly and went riding off. Heuk Gae was like going %$#&^5 and called out his men to go.

Inside Baekje's Gwan Mi Sung, Ga Guen, who was the commander and also Cheo Ro's martial arts teacher when he was young, was looking at the empty court and thinking of the past when Cheo Ro was a child.

It showed Cheo Ro sparing with Ga Guen. Cheo Ro was good, but more than that, he was determind. He lost to Ga Guen and fell, and Ga Guen turned his back, thinking it was the end of the session but Cheo Ro actually pointed his spear at his teacher, Ga Guen again, wanting another fight. His father came by and applauded, pleased with his son and he pushed his son's spear away. He was that stubborn. Cheo Ro then bowed to his father, but his father said it was his teacher, Ga Guen, that Cheo Ro should be showing respects to. Cheo Ro's father commented his son was good with the spear. Ga Guen then replied that Cheo Ro could use all the weapons but he was especially talented with the spear. As the child Cheo Ro walked off, he saw the star of Jushin in the sky. Anyway, Ga Guen was very sad as he thought of the past.

Ga Guen asked for permission to enter the room. When he did, it opened to a room that was almost like wild jungle, and Cheo Ro, with his darth vader mask was sitting on a chair, that seemed to be overgrown with twines and creepers. Spooky.

Ga Guen reported that the army led by the King of Goguryeo only numbered 4,000 (no thanks to Daejangro who spilled the secret). Then the rest not too sure but he said an army was coming towards them from the north. Cheo Ro asked (with his darth vader voice. Seriously really like Darth Vader from Star Wars) how many men and Ga Guen replied that there were a thousand men. Ga Guen asked how he wanted to do this. If the castellan didn't want to fight, they could handle it themslves. Cheo Ro asked why did they come and that they shouldn't have come there to die. His eyes was quite scary and he gripped the chair with his hand that looked almost like a branch.

Heuk Gae and Joomochi's men were camped near the foot of the castle, observing.

I think Heuk Gae said the path was clear and at that, all the soldiers stood up and wanted to move forward. Heuk Gae told them to sit down. Think he said something about since they thought they could attack, wouldn't the other party also think of the same thing. Then I think Dalgoo asked if there was really a demon.

Joomochi, ever the hot-headed guy, stood up and said he would break down the fortress door. Heuk Gae had to pull him down. Joomochi was agitated and asked what were they doing and if they were not fighting. Hehe! That guy is so eager to fight.

Then not sure about what Heuk Gae said...but Joomochi was fedup and told Heuk Gae to walk there but he would run there. Hehe! He called him Grandfather General again.

Joomochi got up agian but Heuk Gae pulled him down immediately. These 2 men are really cute and did you see the way they were sitting? ^^ Like 2 big boys. Then not too sure what Heuk Gae...but Joomochi said he did't like to think so just say it. According to Gaulsan, Heuk Gae suggested attacking the shipyard, so that they could draw out the soldiers, and then Heuk Gae could attack the castle when it's defenceless. Joomochi had this sudden realisation dawning upon his face and then he said: "So....where is this place?"

Inside Dam Deok's camp, they were discussing. Hyeon Go said that they would invade the shipyard first as it was the most important place in Kwan Mi Sung. Dam Deok said that it was the tactic everyone used, drawing out the soldiers and then attacking the castle.

Suzni was listening to all these...as they talked...not really too interested in all these military talk.

The Dam Deok, almost thinking to himself, said that Heuk Gae would have no choice but to attack the shipyard though and it would be the Siiwoo tribe who attack...if so... And at this, Suzini turned around immediately when he said this, because it seemed as if Dam Deok had changed his mind about attacking Gwan Mi Sung. Hehehe! Dam Deok looked at her too when she turned around. ^^

He turned to General Ko and asked him to get ready some men who were good at archery and someone to lead them. Suzini immediately said: "Me here!" She was so happy as she picked up her bow and arrows but Dam Deok called out to her.

Suzini, with this naughty look on her face said that no one could bring back Joomochi except her. So what could she do, she'll have to go. ^^

Dam Deok was concerned and rather worried as he looked at Suzini going off.

Ga Guen was reporting to Cheo Ro about the situation and and I think telling the 2 kind of tactics they may used..which was either archery or .....can't quite catch the 2nd one. Anyway, basically, he told Cheoro that he could handle them. Cheo Ro sounded rather tired (he must have many fights before) and said he would wait for the army to leave.

That night at Gwan Mi Sung's shipyard, Joomochi and his men slowly emerged from the water. They attacked a ocuple of the guards and started a fire. In the chaos, Joomochi and his men attacked the guards and soldiers of the shipyard. Then more soldiers appeared as reinforcement...

But in the background, a few boats were arriving stealthily.

joomochi and his men were surrounded. I'm sure the shipyard must ahve been well defended with soldiers as it was probably attacked many times. Just as the Baekje guards were about to rush forward to attack Joomochi's group, they were shot down. Joomochi then saw a group of soldiers, led by Suzini. Joomochi and his men were really happy. This meant that Dam Deok was sending help.

A Baekje messenger was seen riding fast back to Gwan Mi Sung..with the news of the attack.

Dam Deok said that they should not fight to win this time as it was not their goal. They had to draw out the army first and secondly, they had to trick them into thinking that the Goguryeo army was very big. They would use the tactic that they used at Sok Hyeon Sung one more time.

A group of soldiers were coming out of Gwan Mi Sung.

General Ko said he's already sent a message to Heuk Gae that they should not attack the soldiers that were coming out. Dam Deok then said that if he disobeyed the royal command one more time, he would be demoted from general to a common soldier. (And he was serious about this too).

And then he walked out.

Hyeon Go looked at him and remarked to his fellow member (the one that was explaining the military tactics in the earlier episode) that the King seemed to be enjoying it. The guy was puzzled and didn't understand what Hyeon Go was saying.

Hyeon Go said that his brain and his heart were working seperately. His brain (which was logical) was saying no, they could not do this, they must run away, they must save the soldiers. But his heart (which was emotional) was saying...good, good, let's try it once....was it really impossible?

But then Hyeon Go said no, who could understand the heart of the Jushin King...and then he laughed. Hehe! He's got such a funny laugh. But the other guy was totally blur and didn't know what was going on. ^^

The group of Baekje army leaving the castle was observed by the Geo Mool village people and a message sent out. 3 villages were being attacked and the leader of the Baekje army, who went to see the damages...told the soldier to inform the castellan.

More soldiers left the castle, observed by Dalgoo. He ran back and shouted to Heuk Gae, his father that they were coming. He said a group of soldiers went to the west this morning and this time, the group of soldiers went to the south. Heuk Gae was very happy and started laughing. They knew of course, it was Dam Deok's army who were attacking all these villages and drawing out the army.

Not sure what Heuk Gae said but I think it's something like he knew the King would know what to do and help them. Dalgoo, with a puzzled look, asked: "When?". Hehe! Heuk Gae never did say this.

He told his son to watch and learn well. This was what loyalty was. When the King had a heavy burden in his heart and could not move forward, one had to pave the road (not sure about this part...)

Dalgoo then asked his father (this real life father-and-son acted really well ^^), what if the King abandoned them, what were they going to do. (Yeah, they'll either be stuck there or slaughtered). Afterall, they disobeyed his order and went alone to start the battle.

Heuk Gae knocked his son's head (how com Koreans always like to hit someone on the head?) and said, then, they would have to blame themselves. And then something about dying without getting their heart's desire?

Anyway, he told Dalgoo to tell the King that the soldiers had gone out 3 times and over 2,000 soldiers had left the fortress. Now there should only be 500 soldiers guarding the fortress. Asked him to come quickly and capture Gwan Mi Sung.

And in the back ground, Dam Deok, General Ko were leading the army...with Suzini and Joomochi's army coming towards them...raising their arms in victory.

Dam Deok saw them and gave a little smile.

He was happy to see them safe and sound too.

End of Episode 14.