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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sūn Shàngxiāng 孙尚香

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Translated description:
"The Lady with Bow and Arrows 弓腰姬 (gōng yāo jī)"

Who is she:
Best remembered as the martial-arts loving wife of Liu Bei 刘备, Sun Shangxiang is the younger sister of Sun Quan 孙权. Since young she loved martial arts and even has all her maids carry swords wherever they go. She was offered to Liu Bei as his third wife by Sun Quan and on the surface it appeared to be a strengthening of the Sun Wu 孙吴 and Shu Han 蜀汉 alliance. The reality, however, was the marriage offer was a trap plotted out by Zhou Yu 周瑜 to lure Liu Bei into the Kingdom of Sun Wu and hold him ransom in return for Jing Zhou 荆州. Yet in one of the most lauded schemes of Zhuge Liang 诸葛亮, Liu Bei not only successfully marries Sun Shangxiang but also escapes back to Shu Han with her. In his rage, Zhou Yu orders his troops to kill Liu Bei even if it means having to kill Sun Shangxiang, but the chase met with an ambush from Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu ends up losing both Sun Shang Xiang and thousands of troops.

Thus the famous saying: "To lose a lady in addition to losing numerous troops 赔了夫人又折兵"

Character ability 1: "Marriage 结姻 (jié yīn)"
During your action phase, you can discard two on-hand cards and choose another player (with combined characters as a male) that is not at full-health. That player and you regain 1 unit of health each. Limited to once per phase.

Character ability 2: "Warrior Lady 枭姬 (xiāo jī)"
Every instance you lose equipment cards in your equipped item area, you can draw two cards.

Synergistic Partners:
Nil.

Difference from Normal SanGuoSha:
The description of "Marriage" has been changed. You cannot marry yourself even if you have a male character card as your major character card. “Warrior Lady” has been weakened. The ability description has been changed from “Whenever you lose an equipment card” to “Every instance you lose equipment cards”. That means Sun Shangxiang can only draw two cards when multiple equipped equipments are discarded, e.g. discarding two equipped equipments to activate the ability of ROCK CLEAVING AXE 贯石斧.

Ability's Relation to Story:
"Marriage" is, of course, referring to her marriage with Liu Bei. The inside joke is this ability is commonly scandalized into "Intercourse" and since it can be used with ANY male character, she has become a slut of sorts. It does not help that her character art gave her a pair of huge jugs spilling out of her top. "Warrior lady" refers to her love for martial arts, but little connection is made with the mechanics of the ability with the storyline.

It was said that Sun Shangxiang committed suicide when she heard the news of Liu Bei’s death, and the local people built the枭姬祠 (lit. The Temple of the Warrior Lady) in memory of her, thus coming the name of “枭姬”. Also, she was the lady of Liu Bei, the ambitious hero (枭雄). The mechanism refers to her love of weapons. At her marriage, the bridal chamber was lined with weapons and armed maids, scaring Liu Bei. The removal of weapons (the equipment) allowed the completion of marriage (draw two cards for the cost of “Marriage”).

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