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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Younger Zhūgě Liàng 卧龙诸葛亮

Posted by Ricky Chua On 11:34 AM No comments
Translated description:
"Hidden dragon 卧龙 (wò lóng)"

Who is he:
The second of three versions of Zhuge Liang in the card game, Younger Zhu Ge Liang depicts the ridiculously omniscient Zhuge Liang in the early days of his career with Liu Bei 刘备. Not to say that his "powers" got any weaker with age, but it does seem like the writer of Romance of Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong 罗贯中) intended for Zhu Ge Liang to appear with a bang. This was the Zhu Ge Liang that literally frustrated Zhou Yu 周瑜 to death. However since a lot of the background on Zhu Ge Liang will be repeated in all three versions of the character, I'll take the opportunity to talk about his days just prior to joining Liu Bei.

Character ability 1: "Eight Trigrams 八阵 (bā zhèn)" [Enforced Ability]
If there is no armour card in your equipped item area, it is viewed as you have EIGHT TRIGRAMS 八卦阵 equipped.

Character ability 2: "Arson 火计 (huǒ jì) "
During your action phase, you can use a red-suited on-hand card as BLAZE 火攻.

Character ability 3: " Scient 看破 (kàn pò)"
You can use a black-suited on-hand card as NEGATE 无懈可击.

Synergistic Partners:
Huang Yueying 黄月英 (Wife)
Pang Tong 庞统 ("Dragon-Phoenix" Combination, Good Friend)

Difference from Normal SanGuoSha:
Nil.

Ability's Relation to Story:
Zhuge Liang actively trained the troops of Shu Han 蜀汉 during lull periods. His mastery of military formations gained the respect of many of his adversaries, not least Sima Yi 司马懿 in the later years. The Eight Trigrams Formation is one of the most famous that Zhuge Liang used very well.

Arson was used by him from the very first battle he oversaw, which resulted in huge losses for the enemy. Later, both him and Zhou Yu came up with the same idea to use fire against Cao Cao 曹操 at the battle at Red Cliffs 赤壁之战.

Of course, Zhuge Liang was depicted as so god-damned smart that every teeny weeny little action of his enemies, he understood their intent. His 3rd ability "Scient" plays on the fact that no tool or ploy works on him, since he can see through it all instantly. Smart ass.

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