At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 30
Xiangyun got her comeuppance, Lian Cheng insisted on stripping her empress title away and whilst she cried ("WHY? WHY I HAVE GIVEN YOU MY HEART, WHY DO I FEEL I AM NOT NOT EVEN QUALIFIED TO STAND ON THE SAME DIRT AS MA FUYA IN YOUR HEART? I EVEN LEARNT TO BE MORE LIKE HER AND DISCOVERED PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKED ME AND CARED FOR ME AND THE MAN I LOVE WAS BEGINNING TO SHOW ME SOME AFFECTION AND THEN SHE HAD TO COME BACK!! MY LIFE IS DESTROYED BY MA-FU-YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!"), begged ("PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY, I KNOW I AM WRONG! DON'T ABANDON MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!") and everything else she did in capital letters, I still didn't have one shred of pity for her. Lian Cheng looked at her indifferently (my god this man has style!!) as he said in even voice (though he winced a bit when Xiangyun cried her heart out); "I have given you ample opportunities but you have never appreciated them. I shall never give you any more chances. I will order the minister of rites to write this edict; you will be stripped off your empress title" and mother naturally protested and said he can't start a war with Chu (interesting since in episode 1-3 we are told Chu needed Northern Han and now we are told Northern Han can't afford to offend Chu so did Fuya's uncle actually did well these few years?!) and if he insisted, he might as well strip off his mother of her title and this is why I love Lian Cheng because he doesn't give a damn as he said "Mother, I am the emperor, my word is my bond. I am not afraid of Chu. But if you insist, fine! Strip me off my title as well, strip us three of our titles then!" and he walked away and as usual, mother is lost for words.
Anyway Fuya arrives at Han and is Princess Di Lian. Lian Cheng accepts her and later we know he knows that she is Fuya the moment she spoke, if not he wouldn't have bothered.
Here I must say I love Wallace's performance in the way he sat (such cocky confidence), his slightly bigger eyes when Fuya spoke and the casual way he accepted her making her think she won when we knew he knew that she didn't know that he knew she was Fuya. Anyway he even dared her when he said "I shall let you remain and see with my own eyes how you will hurt me and destroy my kingdom". Xiang Yun wasn't happy but can she do anyway? Empress Dowager was very happy that Lian Cheng was visiting this Di Lian often and hoping for a grandson and she said to that effect, for Xiang Yun to hear. Xiang Yun was betting Lian Cheng wouldn't bother with that Di Lian but she bet wrongly and she wondered why? WHY?! When will Xiangyun learn even if Fuya or no Fuya, he will never ever ever ever ever touch her?! WHEN?! Maid suggested why he only loved Fuya and suddenly seems to dote on this woman? Could she look like Fuya? And Xiangyun suddenly realised; "No.. she is Ma Fuya!"
Meanwhile reunion scene between Fuya and Lian Cheng and Lian Cheng before that went to Qiyou and said Shu sent a princess with marriage in mind and Qiyou laughed and said "My father didn't have a daughter" but Lian Cheng already knew since he said to Fuya (her face covered by an elaborate mask); "Everyone knows the dead Shu emperor did not have a daughter. How dare you pretend to be a Shu Princess coming here to seek a marriage as an alliance of peace, MA-FU-YA? Surprised I know who you are? The moment you spoke, I knew it was you. I have never forgotten you voice, your smiles, never..." and he removed her mask and cried as he hugged her fiercely "Never ever leave me again, never...I want to show to you my Northern Han kingdom..." and Fuya seems.. numbed.
And yet I felt Fuya was cheating Lian Cheng's heart. But he knew, so what to do eh? Poor guy, foolish but still poor guy. Xiangyun meanwhile through her maid tried to ascertain whether it is Fuya in that part of the palace and dared to challenge the authority of the emperor by trying to barge into the place. When will Xiangyun learn, she will never ever win? Ever?
Anyway on the roof scene, Lian Cheng did say Xiangyun will never hurt Fuya again since she changed and Fuya said she knows but wondered what woman will share her husband willingly and Lian Cheng said "To tell you the truth, Xiangyun and I never went through the rite of husband and wife (aka consummate the marriage aka sex)..." and Xiangyun earlier also said "There are many women in here and no one has ever got near his heart..." so Lian Cheng has been a celibate all these years?! Woahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! And one scene some said he got concubines, some scene he seems to only have 1 woman that is the empress. So which is which?
I must note though, in front of Xiangun Lian Cheng calls himself "zhen" (I when used by emperor) but in front of Fuya it is "wo". I like the consistency in that. In front of Fuya, he is not the Emperor, he is Lian Cheng. Fuya did say she has changed, she has matured so all those talks by Lian Cheng about giving her freedom etc, would never work. True since she wants to leave with Qiyou and I doubt Lian Cheng will now ever let Qiyou go, because as long as he is in Han, Fuya will remain. In a way I sorta pity Fuya but again being very consistent, Fuya in the end is really all about me, myself and I. Why I said that is because she doesn't care shit about Lian Cheng. She is using his affection for her to buy time, of course this series wouldn't show Fuya as so manipulative but truth is she is.
Qiyun went home, Qixing walked by and with that smug face looked at Qiyun who promptly sent down on his knees and greeted him and Qixing said "I (he started as wo and then changed to zhen) shall forgive you for your insurbodination and so you may now return to your place and spend the rest of your days painting and writing poems..." and he left. Qiyun looked at him and said to himself "Why have you change brother ever since you became emperor? I only hope you will not be more cruel in future". This is because what Qixing meant is Qiyun is now under house arrest. I hate Qixing now. Since Qiyou will die, I suppose Qixing will be disposed, I think in the end Qiyun will be the emperor of Shu in the end, much like Weirdo brother will be emperor of Northern Han when the 2 most capable ones die for a woman. Stupid.
At this point I was like wondering what did Fuya ever done to deserve so many to sacrifice for her?
1. Suyao died for her in a way since she never told empress dowager she was Chu princess and why there was a Shu-Han war in the first place. Her reason was because fuya was like a sister to her. But what did Fuya did for her? Nothing. Maybe she tried to help but essentially nothing.
2. Qiyun is going to escort her, rather dangerous job. What did she do for him? Nothing but why did he do it? Because she looks like his mom.
3. Lian Cheng started a war for her and his reason is because he loves her; he remembers her perkiness, her everything and she is worth even going against his mother. What did she do for him? Nothing.
4. Qiyou. Fine, you can say she is gonna sacrifice herself to Han to save Qiyou. That is hardly a sacrifice because if Lian Cheng has his way, she would be empress. Of course you can say she is going away from the love of her life but seriously, is Lian Cheng that terrible? Not a bad prospect. Even if Northern Han is darn cold.
I am also at a lost as to who I hate most but I can rate it as such for my top 3;
No. 3 - Han Ming for what he did to Qiyou, for that old hag.
No. 2 - Qixing for what he did to Qiyou or did not do. What a coward!
No. 1 - Fuya's brother. He is worst because he has no reason to do what he did. Han Ming did it for love. Qixing to preserve his own life. This brother? Not that he is afraid of dying since he was experimented on and love? Was he in love with weirdo perhaps? He is the worst.
My sister suggested Lian Cheng but that is because she is Qiyou's camp. But if you look at Lian Cheng, he doesn't know Fuya is happy at Shu. In his mind, she is suffering. His intentions are both good (to rescue her) and selfish (he wanted her) but at least there is a purpose. Fuya's brother has no purpose. And there is like a setup scene of him liking Lian Si who out of the blue decided she likes Qiyou who has to abide to whatever she has to say because she is keeping his jade pendant. All in all, one huge merry go round and it is still within the clutches called LOVE.
The only sane one is the weirdo who isn't in love with anyone. Lian Cheng cryptically said to him "You have suffered for so many years and I thank you for all you did for me. I hope one day you will find that woman you will fall for, like I did when I met Ma Fuya". Yes, weirdo doesn't understand why Lian Cheng did so many things for one woman and weirdo said he won't fall for anyone. Please don't tell me in the end he falls for the most destructive person, MA FUYA. Yes, most destructive. All for her, dies for her, hates for her, loves for her, the universe revolves around her, even the bigger universe revolves around the universe which revolves around her. I don't hate her but frankly I have had about enough of all the hot guys and pretty women dying, fighting, suffering for her. The book must be unbearable. And will this series ever explain who and what is the connection between Weirdo, Lian Cheng and mommy dearest? Ever?
Anyway Lian Cheng had an argument with his mom. His mom got sick when Suyao's father brought back a letter written by Fuya imitating Suyao saying Qiyou is the unwanted prince, Lian Cheng is being tricked into the city, etc. When Lian Cheng rushed back, he sarcastically said "Apparently mother, you're supposed to be in bad health. You.. look good...and you have lied to me, yet again" and mother said "So did you, all the war and money spent and lives wasted for one woman" and Lian Cheng said "I see you intend to interfere with my decisions yet again...how.. surprising" and he walked away but mother was actually sick, just Lian Cheng didn't know.
Lian Cheng successfully kidnapped Qiyou after Qiyou was betrayed, beaten down and shot by an arrow by Lian Cheng, but not before he saved his own uncle and some soldiers. Lian Cheng won't kill him because he wants to exchange Qiyou for a very valuable treasure. Qiyou knows what he wants, even the Chu general knows what he wants. Only stupid sister Lian Si doesn't. Can't blame her.
Meanwhile back at Shu, I was so gobsmackingly irritated by Qixing. He is so afraid of dying he refuses to be Emperor. Han wanted Qiyun to be Emperor but Qiyun says he will lead army to save Qiyou, thereafter titled Emperor Han Cheng or something like that whilst Qixing becomes emperor. And yet Qixing refuses to give an edict to save Qiyou, and Fuya thought maybe empress dowager Du refused but instead she herself wanted to lead an army to save her son and she knew there was a spy, question is spy in army or spy in palace? Well, we all know the answer don't we? Both! And Fuya guessed the palace spy is Su Yao since why would any person keep so many pigeons? But the thing is Su Yao actually wanted Northern Han to invade Shu to save Fuya from the dead lusty emperor. Su Yao also can only go home when Shu losses.
Anyway Qixing becomes emperor. Very nice emperor clothes by the way, a pity I simply hated that Qixing by then. He was such a coward he flat out refused to save Qiyou despite ministers begging him to save his own blood brother. Meanwhile Lian Cheng said he will use Qiyou to march into the Shu city, which is by strapping poor Qiyou onto a vertical board, put him in front as they marched towards Shu's gates and guess what? Qixing ordered the archers to open fire!! One hit Qiyou on the right side, away from his heart but still, he already got shot with an arrow near his heart and beaten half to death! At this moment all I could think was even his own blood brother abandons him!! The abandonment thing will be complete when Fuya goes over to Northern Han. Poor Qiyou but he smiled as he thought of Qixing "It was worth loving you my brother" because by being cowardly and therefore indifferent to Qiyou's plight, Qixing inadvertantly saved Shu people, which is what Qiyou wants. Poor Fuya fainted at the sight of Qiyou got hit by arrow. I suppose Lian Cheng then pulled back. Was he shocked at Qixing's indifference?
I was. Because I know Qixing is young, but wasn't he brave to stand up to his mother with regards to Fuya? But why how he is so damn afraid of death he ran around crying like some little sissy? I feel it is such a big sudden change. Give him a bit if dignity but no... I feel this is a plot device to show how pitiful Qiyou is.
Qiyou, you have my sympathy!!
Anyway Lian Cheng started the whole war for Fuya only. All those "I want to usurp Shu's power" is just nonsense talk. It is all for a woman he thinks he needs to rescue when she doesn't want to be rescued. I wonder did he see her when she was shouting for Qiyou at the fort's tower since Qiyou saw her? Maybe he was very very far away.
At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 25
Anyway plenty of things happened. Emperor died. Yes he did. How? Whilst forcing poor Fuya to marry him and brave Qiyou came forward with Qiyun to fight the wedding, Fuya managed to slip the poison into his wine BUT thought to herself she wouldn't want to carry the blame of killing Qiyou's father, so she decided to drink the poisoned wine except when she took the other cup which she was meant to feed to the emperor if I remember correctly, he didn't trust her, took the other cup and drank it and when his minister ran forward and said "Chu-Han is attacking Shu!", he laughed and then died, just like Fuya's father died. And guess who cried the loudest? Not Qiyou, he was surprised but that's it, after all his father wanted to kill him just 5 minutes ago if his mother didn't run forward and screamed no no no, not Qiyun who was shocked and ran to him but then 5 minutes before his father almost disowned him despite loving him the most (the emperor loves only himself, at the end of the day), definitely not Han who secretly smiled nor Han Ming but the empress, Du Fei Hong. In the end she cried the loudest because she truly loved him. When she ordered Fuya to be arrested, Qiyou came to her defence but she slapped Qiyou hard, basically calling him a traitor for siding with the enemy but she has no proof. To Fuya, the emperor died of some stroke but she knew the truth of course. So the empress could do nothing.
Funeral, and Empress walked to the armour dress of the late Emperor and this to me is one of tonight's 2 best scenes; She cried, bitterly as she said (and she was cupping his golden mask) "I have not hold your face like this for a very long time. You were a poor nobody when I saw your potential, I married you and my family made you great, fought together with you to establish an empire, you loved me once but when you became an emperor, what did you do to me? You abandoned me! You took away my son from me! You ungrateful bastard! You loved that Concubine Mei, and then that Han Zhao Yi and all your concubines and women and you cast me aside. And you even wanted to take away your son's woman! Those women, they never loved you, they wanted you that, but not me, never me. But you.. you abandoned me... but I will not abandon you and the empire you created, the one you sat on so comfortably. I will preserve it for you and when in the next lifetime, please, let us not meet again..." and she cried bitterly. I do think she loved him wholeheartedly, but when next she saw Han, Han laughed and wondered were those crocodile tears? She didn't know perhaps Du did loved her husband. Anyway since Chu-Han was attacking, she was advised to put the crown prince as emperor and then the emperor personally lead the army into war. Qixing was such a disappointment, flat out refused and ran and ran and cried and all, such a coward and his mother could do nothing but called him "You're such a coward!! How can my family of great generals, your father a warrior have such a cowardly sun?" and she was also bitter. Han suggested there are 2 other sons to choose from whilst Empress tried very hard not to kill off Han since now is not the time.
Meanwhile Fuya refused to see Qiyou since she made a very unbreakable vow in the last 2 episodes but Qiyou who knew thanks to Grandpa Hua went to his father's armour and said "No parents will wish badly for their children but father, you did just that... how could you be so heartless?" and here I cannot believe how darn pious Fuya was when she said to him "Don;t hate your father, he was lonely, he was in fear, he trusted no one" and Qiyou was right when he said his father brought it upon himself. Basically there was no love lost between father and son and Qiyou basically made an even worse vow, that he will bear all of Fuya's pain and misery alone and Fuya stopped him and he was logical and very manly when he told Fuya he didn't believe in such ridiculous vows and so they got together in the end.
Meanwhile for some unknown reason where Qiyun vowed to be emperor and then that thought was lost, now he wanted to kill himself to reunite with his parents since he felt he was all alone. He almost plunged the knife when Qiyun stopped him and said he still has Qiyou as family. Rather touching. Then they had small talks where Qiyou wanted to go to battle for Shu but was afraid people think he was usurping his brother's position when Qixing ran in and begged for help and basically everyone reprimanded him for being a coward. Even when Qiyou said he will accompany Qixing to the battlefield, Qixing was such a coward. I know he is young, but not a shred of courage and his mom walked in and in anger, stripped him off his title (to his delight I am sure) and made Qiyou crown prince and to make him emperor!!!!!!
And here comes the next best scene, Qiyou and Empress alone, always filled with a lot of misunderstanding. Qiyou wasn't happy and said he will go to battlefield but he will not be emperor and Empress said "Didn't you always want to be emperor?" and Qiyou said "No. Pan Yu has taught me there are more important things than that, all I want is to live the rest of my life with her in peace" and empress looked at him hard as she said bitterly "And am I not worth your effort? Am I not your mother who gave birth to you after 9 months?" and Qiyou looked at her and smiled as he said "My mother? Yes, you're my birth mother but have you ever been my mother? Why did you strip me off my title in the first place?" and she said "You know it was your father's wishes, not mine" and he said "And yet you have never come to comfort me, not a word of sympathy, yes you're my mother..and yet you're not..." and Empress Du looked at him and said "I know what you want for you to be emperor..." and she kneel and begged him and he looked quite surprised as he slowly said "What choice do I have? You would send me to my death mother, so easily. I can tell you're not doing this for them or for yourself..." as he walked away as the empress looked at him with tears when with his back facing her he said bitterly "You're doing this for your favourite son, Qixing..." and he walked away.
This is a significant scene. Qiyou didn't quite notice how his mother was the first to rush out to his defence when his father wanted to kill him. His heart is bitter. I think he loves his mother and yet resented that he thought she would willingly send him to his death for Qixing. He has nothing against Qixing but he feels his mother rejected him for Qixing. Empress Du meanwhile sent Qiyou because he was the best choice. She wanted to save Shu but to Qiyou she just used him as a scapegoat when in truth she loves him a lot. So why can't these two just meet in the middle? Will I ever see them reconciled? Why Empress Du was so cold to Qiyou? Why?
Qiyun suggested Qiyou to run away since no one cared for him in the palace anyway so why die for them? But Qiyou was a much better man, he refused to run, Fuya refused to run. he even sent his favourite mistress away, just in case but mistress was bitter because the one who got to stay by his side and die with him was Fuya, not her. In this scenario, dying with him is greater honour than to be sent away to a long and fruitful life. This ain't Titanic! In Chinese version, to show a greater love, Rose will die with Jack.
Now before you go DAMN LIAN CHENG!! do remember, it is Han Ming's fault, never Lian Cheng.
You know, I really like Qiyou for his coolheadedness but I also pity him for his misfortune. I still don't get why Empress Du treats him that way when she clearly loves him because when he left with his army, Han said Du was sleeping so to Qiyou his mother didn't even bother to say goodbye when she was clearly sending him to his early death (and he did it willingly, was it for Qixing? Maybe. For Shu, probably but I know in his heart it is because of his mother's request. He wants her approval, he begs for it) and so he left when Du was late because she was scolding Qixing for not sending his brother off and in the end she said bitterly "I am ashamed of having you as my son!!" and she rushed out but Qiyou has already left. Anyone blind can see Empress Du cared for Qiyou and Han traded some insults with her which made Fuya stared at her very hard with a disgusted look as Empress Du rushed off and ran after him and in the end could only squeek "You er....". I strongly believes she loves Qiyou.
* Ham sap = lusty
First, Qiyou is now officially the Prince of Reject, because his own true love rejected him in front of everyone! But of course Fuya has a reason and the reason is simple. During dinner, in conversation with the ham sap emperor, he admitted pitting son and mother as enemies, then bringing Han in to push the empress off power and he knew Han hated him! So he knew a lot of things! He confessed to really liking Fuya, hence marrying her but if she refuses, he will make Qiyou's life a living hell. So he made Fuya swear that she will marry him, never betray him, if not her parents shall suffer in hell, she will not have children, etc. Such a cruel bastard since she might be having HIS children! He doesn't care! Moreover he did mention he was the one who made Han infertile, not the empress because he didn't want someone who hated him so much to have his child. Cruel!! Fuya tearfully agreed. The empress plan was to have Qiyou confess his relationship with Fuya in open court amongst officials, which he did, and then Qiyun also came forward and said he loved her too and so did Qixing, and so the officials said what a joke to have father and all 3 sons fighting over a woman and asked emperor to reconsider.
Meanwhile Han applauded the empress on her brilliant strategy as the empress said "I am betting he won't kill all 3 of his sons.." but Han did say something like the empress still gambled away 2 of her sons' life potentially and the empress looked worried.
Anyway emperor summoned Fuya and Fuya said she loves the emperor and willingly marrying him, threw down the jade thing Qiyou gave her and she said, to EVERYONE'S surprise that "How can I choose a discrowned crown prince when I have such a powerful man who will treasure me?"
And so wedding date set, Fuya cried in front of grandpa Hua either earlier or later found out Han Ming and Yun Zhu are siblings and Concubine Han is not his sister. Anyway Concubine Han met with Fuya and said she will cure her mom's poison if Fuya will poison the emperor. And she and Han Ming ponder the day their parents' deaths shall be avenged. Where was I? Oh yes Su Yao overheard Fuya crying and knew she said what she said to protect Qiyou. She wondered why her dad has yet to reply her. She begged Qiyun to help Fuya but Qiyun said he has neither power nor army so how?
MUCH EARLIER we see Chu and the concubine pressuring evil uncle to make her empress. Meanwhile he got Xiangyun's letter asking him to help in the war against Shu which he refused. This man loves only himself and said he just became emperor, a war would be too burdensome. Man, THREE YEARS and that is still short? For some Emperors, that is a lifetime! BUT when he read the second letter which said Fuya is not dead and in Shu, I think he agreed. Why is he so afraid of Fuya? If the brother is dead, naturally he must be emperor. Not that Fuya can be emperor!
Qiyou knew in his heart Fuya was threatened by his father and he can't think of how to help her when Qiyun came, Qiyou was frosty to him until Qiyun said he doesn't love Fuya, he was just trying to help her and Qiyun said he now understood Qiyou's feelings of having such a despicable father who didn't care for him. He hatched a plan and Qiyou went away dressing like a soldier. Not sure what he will do but Qiyun promised to use his life to protect Qiyou if Qiyou was caught. Errrr... what about the whole "I wanna be emperor" speech much earlier? Forgotten?
Meanwhile in Northern Han, Empress Dowager is sick again. But I believe this is editing problem because Empress Dowager said she used her sickness as a trick to make Lian Cheng remarry Xiangyun and become Emperor and Xiangyun muttered to herself "Well let him bury that Ma Fuya's things, what do I care?" and shocked, Empress Dowager said "How did you remember Ma Fuya?" Ahhhh caught!! And Empress Dowager said "Maybe Cheng er told you about Ma Fuya" and she said "Yes yes". But later the maid asked if Empress Dowager believed her and she said "To think I used tricks, obviously she is a class above me in trickery!!". The empress dowager ain't stupid but again bad editing. This should have been before the wedding in Northern Han. Now it is just messy. Like last episode was Lian Si poisoned and suddenly this episode moved to Shu.
To cut the long story short, this episode again showed some bad editing as it started with Lian Cheng mama coughing blood and begging her son to take the throne and consummate the marriage to give her grandsons. Taking the throne is easier for him than to sleep with Xiang Yun. And maybe I heard wrong but is the minister also called Xiang Yun?! Anyway we learn Fuya's best bud in Shu (that crown princess candidate) is actually the daughter of this minister, a spy!! So... it means Northern Han is really well prepared, with Lian Cheng's spy in the form of his weirdo brother and the minister's spy, in the form of his daughter. Anyway minister found out Fuya isn't dead but he won't tell Lian Cheng but as he told the empress, eunuch overheard. Lian Cheng meanwhile became emperor, sulkily so and then had to remarry Xiang Yun and as she said she will sleep elsewhere, he basically pulled apart her clothes, threw her to bed and you know... about to rape her. But it is only rape if she doesn't want it but she wants it. They have yet to do the deed, since still removing tons of layers of clothes when eunuch rushed in said got some military stuff and Lian Cheng ran out and was told Fuya is now Pan Yu and she is being forced to marry the emperor of Shu whilst 3 princes were fighting over her. Lian Cheng was overjoyed. In fact, some good acting from Wallace as he nervously paced around and around and then laughed whilst eyes is teary. And so he faced the minister called Xiang Yun and Xiang Yun cried "Your majesty can't start a war against Shu for a woman!!" and he basically threatened the minister with death to his entire family if he doesn't cooperate. Meanwhile in the park he was discussing with his eunuch to call for some general for some meeting when eunuch asked "Your majesty, is it worth starting a war over a woman?" and in tradition of treating their servants better than their wives, he looked at the eunuch kindly, sort of and said "Saving Fuya is one part of the reason. Emperor of Shu has been unpopular lately for his philandering and womanising way, this is the perfect time to take over Shu and establish our control over the central plains". And so eunuch understood and Xiang Yun, the empress overheard and angrily cried "MA FU YA!!! YOU DESTROY MY HAPPINESS, AGAIN!!!" and her maid was shocked to know her mistress remembers Ma Fuya and tearfully said "My Lady... why do you wish to suffer so..." but Xiangyun swore "I will kill her this time!!!!!!".
Sort of. I really hate that actress and her voice. Anyway yes, Lian Cheng made it as if he wanted to take control over central plains etc, but you know, the truth is if there isn't Fuya in Shu, I doubt he would start a chess game with Shu, more so war. Even if he did notice Qiyou and observing him. And not so hastily. Anyway in his mind all he heard was Fuya now forced to marry someone as old as her father, a ham sap emperor and so he must rescue her. Can't blame him.
And so he presented his case to the empress dowager who flatly refused, saying he is a new emperor, too soon, too fast and they have to worry about Zhou as well. Lian Cheng looked at his mother and said "And so you will refuse my request? Then why am I the emperor when in effect you're making the decisions?" and his mother stared at him as she said "Don't insult yourself this way and have others think of you being unfilial!" and he wanted to fight his case when suddenly someone said "I agree!" and it was the empress, Xiangyun who said she will ask her father from Chu to provide supplies and they will win! The dowager was moved and thanked Xiangyun and Lian Cheng looked rather... surprised by her intervention. And so Xiangyun wrote to her father and her maid asked "Why do you want to help his majesty find Ma Fuya?" and Xiangyun said "Helping him will earn his gratitude. And I will tell my father Fuya is in Shu as soon as the city is captured and guess what father will do? This will eliminate all worries and will kill all hope for Lian Cheng who will then turn back to me"
Sorry girl, I think he'd rather jump off the cliff with Fuya!
And so the war started, Lian Cheng still unsure what to think of Xiangyun's generosity and at the camp, his sister Lian Si appeared and you see a bit bro-sis closeness. At night Lian Cheng went quietly into the forest and.. let off a firework like "Pop!!!" in the sky and I was thinking all the secrecy and he ended up using the noisiest communication tool. Anyway weirdo guy flew to him and I suppose this is where we are supposed to go "WHAT?! THEY KNOW EACH OTHER?!" when I already knew they're brothers. Weirdo said he got a spy in Shu and says Shu is in a mess right now. The spy is Fuya's brother, now like a dog when suddenly they heard something and Weirdo threw a poisonous dart and it hit Lian Si's arm and Lian Cheng rushed to her and surprise surprise Weirdo doesn't know Lian Si at all, and as Lian Si was dying, Lian Cheng said "Please help her" but Weirdo said "Why should I?" and he said "She is my sister!" and Weirdo said "The empress dowager's daughter? All the more reason I won't help. I will only help you!" but Lian Cheng said please and so dog had to suck out her poison as she slowly fainted.
This episode is rather sad, for the empress. I seriously do not care about Fuya who digs her own grave and bury herself in it. The empress knew the emperor is up to no good and told him she has adopted Fuya as her daughter and so asked him to write an edict to that effect. Concubine Han came in and argued against that and in the end the emperor said he shall know what edict to give. Lo and behold, he sent his gaurds lar, Minister of Rites lar, etc etc etc and Qiyou and gang went with them and the emperor it seems is back to being his "ham sap" self and decided to make Fuya his concubine, as in Concubine Yu. Fuya said no, the alternative is death and Qiyou said "You must accept or you will die!" and in the end she had to say yes and she was taken away, in other words kidnapped. Grandpa Hui was so angry he slapped Qiyou! He said "I was wrong about you! I thought you will protect her but you pushed her to him instead!" and Qiyou calmly said "What do you expect me to do? The alternative for her is death! I am sure Fuya shall think of a way.." and frankly I am with ... Grandpa Hua in this. Fuya should just kill herself and thus thereby ends the tale of Qing Shi Huang Fei.