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"The fiery air of the sun regularly produces poison. The air is hot. The people living in the land of the sun are impetuous. The mouths and tongues of those impetuous people become venomous. Thus the inhabitants of Chu and Yue are impetuous and passionate. When they talk with others, and a drop of their saliva strikes their interlocutors, the arteries of the latter begin to swell and ulcerate. The southern commanderies are a very hot region. When the people there curse a tree, it withers, and when they spit on a bird it falls down dead."

(From a first-century text translated in the book on the Qin and Han empires by Mark Edward Lewis)

ROFL. It seems they don't need weapons or an army. They can just spit their enemies to death. Makes me think of Herodotus and some of his more outlandish descriptions.
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"The fiery air of the sun regularly produces poison. The air is hot. The people living in the land of the sun are impetuous. The mouths and tongues of those impetuous people become venomous. Thus the inhabitants of Chu and Yue are impetuous and passionate. When they talk with others, and a drop of their saliva strikes their interlocutors, the arteries of the latter begin to swell and ulcerate. The southern commanderies are a very hot region. When the people there curse a tree, it withers, and when they spit on a bird it falls down dead."

(From a first-century text translated in the book on the Qin and Han empires by Mark Edward Lewis)

ROFL. It seems they don't need weapons or an army. They can just spit their enemies to death. Makes me think of Herodotus and some of his more outlandish descriptions.
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"The fiery air of the sun regularly produces poison. The air is hot. The people living in the land of the sun are impetuous. The mouths and tongues of those impetuous people become venomous. Thus the inhabitants of Chu and Yue are impetuous and passionate. When they talk with others, and a drop of their saliva strikes their interlocutors, the arteries of the latter begin to swell and ulcerate. The southern commanderies are a very hot region. When the people there curse a tree, it withers, and when they spit on a bird it falls down dead."

(From a first-century text translated in the book on the Qin and Han empires by Mark Edward Lewis)

ROFL. It seems they don't need weapons or an army. They can just spit their enemies to death. Makes me think of Herodotus and some of his more outlandish descriptions.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
This is me upon seeing what ruthlessness Cao Cao is capable of without a second thought in ep 3:



I am madly, obsessively in love with Cao Cao. Oh, don't get me wrong, the man is a monster. But he is a smart, capable, somehow utterly magnetic monster. And he says things which somehow make you see the reasoning of his actions however horrific, and I find myself almost on his side and horrified for it.



This is after all, a man who slaughtered his uncle's family on mistaken assumption and when he learned of his mistake didn't stop but instead killed his uncle too so he wouldn't go to the authorities.



And after it all, he came back to the corse-filled house to stay for the rainy night and eat the dead family's food. He's terrifying. I think if it comes to war between him and the old warlord running Han, providing Cao Cao has enough soldiers, it's no-contest. He's incredibly smart and he has no weakness - whether moral, emotional, or otherwise (unlike e.g. old warlord who was susceptible to flattery and not the best judge of character).



But despite it all, I can't help but love him and root for him. Somehow he still comes across as magnetic and so very human. It's insane. Perhaps it's the fact that he doesn't lie to himself about the kind of person he is and never covers up his inner truth.



Btw, I have no idea who the actor is but he is amazing. He owns the drama. I want to see everything he's ever been in, except for the whole lack-of-subtitles issue.

Oh, and on the shippy front, the shippy vid I posted earlier, right after I started TK, is indeed about Psycho Legolas and Diaochan - I rewatched :P. Avoid avoid avoid because it's 100% spoilery - it couldn't get more spoilery about their characters if it tried. But suffice it to say, holy hell, they are going to be a totally frelling perfect OTP.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
This is me upon seeing what ruthlessness Cao Cao is capable of without a second thought in ep 3:



I am madly, obsessively in love with Cao Cao. Oh, don't get me wrong, the man is a monster. But he is a smart, capable, somehow utterly magnetic monster. And he says things which somehow make you see the reasoning of his actions however horrific, and I find myself almost on his side and horrified for it.



This is after all, a man who slaughtered his uncle's family on mistaken assumption and when he learned of his mistake didn't stop but instead killed his uncle too so he wouldn't go to the authorities.



And after it all, he came back to the corse-filled house to stay for the rainy night and eat the dead family's food. He's terrifying. I think if it comes to war between him and the old warlord running Han, providing Cao Cao has enough soldiers, it's no-contest. He's incredibly smart and he has no weakness - whether moral, emotional, or otherwise (unlike e.g. old warlord who was susceptible to flattery and not the best judge of character).



But despite it all, I can't help but love him and root for him. Somehow he still comes across as magnetic and so very human. It's insane. Perhaps it's the fact that he doesn't lie to himself about the kind of person he is and never covers up his inner truth.



Btw, I have no idea who the actor is but he is amazing. He owns the drama. I want to see everything he's ever been in, except for the whole lack-of-subtitles issue.

Oh, and on the shippy front, the shippy vid I posted earlier, right after I started TK, is indeed about Psycho Legolas and Diaochan - I rewatched :P. Avoid avoid avoid because it's 100% spoilery - it couldn't get more spoilery about their characters if it tried. But suffice it to say, holy hell, they are going to be a totally frelling perfect OTP.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
This is me upon seeing what ruthlessness Cao Cao is capable of without a second thought in ep 3:



I am madly, obsessively in love with Cao Cao. Oh, don't get me wrong, the man is a monster. But he is a smart, capable, somehow utterly magnetic monster. And he says things which somehow make you see the reasoning of his actions however horrific, and I find myself almost on his side and horrified for it.



This is after all, a man who slaughtered his uncle's family on mistaken assumption and when he learned of his mistake didn't stop but instead killed his uncle too so he wouldn't go to the authorities.



And after it all, he came back to the corse-filled house to stay for the rainy night and eat the dead family's food. He's terrifying. I think if it comes to war between him and the old warlord running Han, providing Cao Cao has enough soldiers, it's no-contest. He's incredibly smart and he has no weakness - whether moral, emotional, or otherwise (unlike e.g. old warlord who was susceptible to flattery and not the best judge of character).



But despite it all, I can't help but love him and root for him. Somehow he still comes across as magnetic and so very human. It's insane. Perhaps it's the fact that he doesn't lie to himself about the kind of person he is and never covers up his inner truth.



Btw, I have no idea who the actor is but he is amazing. He owns the drama. I want to see everything he's ever been in, except for the whole lack-of-subtitles issue.

Oh, and on the shippy front, the shippy vid I posted earlier, right after I started TK, is indeed about Psycho Legolas and Diaochan - I rewatched :P. Avoid avoid avoid because it's 100% spoilery - it couldn't get more spoilery about their characters if it tried. But suffice it to say, holy hell, they are going to be a totally frelling perfect OTP.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am sorry, Cao Cao, but for now you have been replaced as my favorite character by the lady above. Her name is Diaochan, she is the first female character we are introduced to, and I have a raging girlcrush on her. Diaochan is not only drop-dead gorgeous (and not afraid to use it), but also razor-smart and ice-cool under pressure. If it wasn't for her, Minister of the Interior and his whole 80-person household would have been gruesomely dead.



I also think she is being set-up as Psycho Legolas' OTP, or at least a crush object. I am all for it because seeing that her adopted father was the mastermind in the assassination attempt on his, this could get really interesting. Plus, when he was around her was the first time he was came across like your normal person and not his usual beyond-scary self. He needs to mellow out. In bed.

Caps and thoughts on ep 2. Diaochan-centric but with other stuff )

Does Mousie have a new drama obsession? Yes yes and yes.

ETA: I was looking for some stuff and found out that there is a video game involving TK characters and Diao Chan is very much there. Wanna know what she looks like in gamer world?



My eyes are bugging out of my head trying to imagine someone walking around dressed in this in real life, Ancient China OR modern day. Kinda awesome but I think there'd be a mob stampede wherever she went. Plus, Psycho Legolas would probably hyperventilate to death.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am sorry, Cao Cao, but for now you have been replaced as my favorite character by the lady above. Her name is Diaochan, she is the first female character we are introduced to, and I have a raging girlcrush on her. Diaochan is not only drop-dead gorgeous (and not afraid to use it), but also razor-smart and ice-cool under pressure. If it wasn't for her, Minister of the Interior and his whole 80-person household would have been gruesomely dead.



I also think she is being set-up as Psycho Legolas' OTP, or at least a crush object. I am all for it because seeing that her adopted father was the mastermind in the assassination attempt on his, this could get really interesting. Plus, when he was around her was the first time he was came across like your normal person and not his usual beyond-scary self. He needs to mellow out. In bed.

Caps and thoughts on ep 2. Diaochan-centric but with other stuff )

Does Mousie have a new drama obsession? Yes yes and yes.

ETA: I was looking for some stuff and found out that there is a video game involving TK characters and Diao Chan is very much there. Wanna know what she looks like in gamer world?



My eyes are bugging out of my head trying to imagine someone walking around dressed in this in real life, Ancient China OR modern day. Kinda awesome but I think there'd be a mob stampede wherever she went. Plus, Psycho Legolas would probably hyperventilate to death.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am sorry, Cao Cao, but for now you have been replaced as my favorite character by the lady above. Her name is Diaochan, she is the first female character we are introduced to, and I have a raging girlcrush on her. Diaochan is not only drop-dead gorgeous (and not afraid to use it), but also razor-smart and ice-cool under pressure. If it wasn't for her, Minister of the Interior and his whole 80-person household would have been gruesomely dead.



I also think she is being set-up as Psycho Legolas' OTP, or at least a crush object. I am all for it because seeing that her adopted father was the mastermind in the assassination attempt on his, this could get really interesting. Plus, when he was around her was the first time he was came across like your normal person and not his usual beyond-scary self. He needs to mellow out. In bed.

Caps and thoughts on ep 2. Diaochan-centric but with other stuff )

Does Mousie have a new drama obsession? Yes yes and yes.

ETA: I was looking for some stuff and found out that there is a video game involving TK characters and Diao Chan is very much there. Wanna know what she looks like in gamer world?



My eyes are bugging out of my head trying to imagine someone walking around dressed in this in real life, Ancient China OR modern day. Kinda awesome but I think there'd be a mob stampede wherever she went. Plus, Psycho Legolas would probably hyperventilate to death.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
It's official. I am in love with Three Kingdoms after the first episode.

But first a disclaimer - as far as it comes to that period of Chinese history, my knowledge is pretty much zero. And my knowledge of the Romance of Three Kingdoms is only marginally less meager - all I know I learned from Red Cliff I which I do not remember well. I did not even read the wiki article on the book because I do not want to be spoiled (yes, I realize it's like not wanting to be spoiled for The Song of Roland or Morte d'Arthur but there we are). So the below are thoughts of someone who only has one ep under her belt and almost no background knowledge.

Ep 1 revolves largely around Cao Cao's aborted attempt to assassinate Dong Zhuo, who is the de facto ruler of the Han Empire. Cao Cao, a cavalry general, became very close to Dong Zhuo but decides to kill him, whether out of ambition, thirst for glory, or some mix of the two. However, the attempt fails and the enraged Dong Zhuo sends his adopted son, warlord Lu Bu, to hunt Cao Cao down like a dog while taking a side trip to eradicate his household (they really weren't kidding about the whole "if you go against the government, they will kill everyone related to you, down to the meanest slave." Let's hope Cao Cao was single and childless and wasn't too fond of any of his retainers). And thus the story is set in motion...

Here are our movers and shakers (for now).

Cao Cao. He's currently my favorite character, being clever, unscrupulous and larger than life. He's almost irresistibly magnetic. If I traveled back in time, he's the one I'd pick to be concubine n. 75 to. I second [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun on the whole ahjusshi crush thing.



Dong Zhuo, the warlord who installed a puppet child Emperor and rules the empire. He seems very susceptible to flattery and has interesting ways to get rid of people he doesn't like (see below). He's also supposed to like sleeping in the Emperor's bed (not when Emperor is there, thankfully) and raping palace ladies, though I am not sure I buy that last one because this is in the days before viagra and he's pretty darn old.



Lu Bu, Dong Zhuo's adopted son. Or as I like to call him "psycho Legolas." Legolas because of the hair and the hotness, and psycho because - well - he comes across as scary-dangerous. I kept thinking he was going to stab his adopted daddy with that nifty armor-piercing dagger for the entirety of their conversation. Not that there was anything said about it but the vibe was eeeek.



A few unspoilery caps from ep 1. Mainly to showcase the gorgeousness of the ep )

In conclusion, this is one of the most intelligent, complicated dramas I've seen and I love it. I think it would be a great dramas for someone not too interested in dramas - it comes across as this wonderful mix of a medieval epic/worldbuilding fantasy novel a la Game of Thrones/HBO series like Rome. Minus the nudity and the sex of course :P

Anyway, go watch it!
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
It's official. I am in love with Three Kingdoms after the first episode.

But first a disclaimer - as far as it comes to that period of Chinese history, my knowledge is pretty much zero. And my knowledge of the Romance of Three Kingdoms is only marginally less meager - all I know I learned from Red Cliff I which I do not remember well. I did not even read the wiki article on the book because I do not want to be spoiled (yes, I realize it's like not wanting to be spoiled for The Song of Roland or Morte d'Arthur but there we are). So the below are thoughts of someone who only has one ep under her belt and almost no background knowledge.

Ep 1 revolves largely around Cao Cao's aborted attempt to assassinate Dong Zhuo, who is the de facto ruler of the Han Empire. Cao Cao, a cavalry general, became very close to Dong Zhuo but decides to kill him, whether out of ambition, thirst for glory, or some mix of the two. However, the attempt fails and the enraged Dong Zhuo sends his adopted son, warlord Lu Bu, to hunt Cao Cao down like a dog while taking a side trip to eradicate his household (they really weren't kidding about the whole "if you go against the government, they will kill everyone related to you, down to the meanest slave." Let's hope Cao Cao was single and childless and wasn't too fond of any of his retainers). And thus the story is set in motion...

Here are our movers and shakers (for now).

Cao Cao. He's currently my favorite character, being clever, unscrupulous and larger than life. He's almost irresistibly magnetic. If I traveled back in time, he's the one I'd pick to be concubine n. 75 to. I second [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun on the whole ahjusshi crush thing.



Dong Zhuo, the warlord who installed a puppet child Emperor and rules the empire. He seems very susceptible to flattery and has interesting ways to get rid of people he doesn't like (see below). He's also supposed to like sleeping in the Emperor's bed (not when Emperor is there, thankfully) and raping palace ladies, though I am not sure I buy that last one because this is in the days before viagra and he's pretty darn old.



Lu Bu, Dong Zhuo's adopted son. Or as I like to call him "psycho Legolas." Legolas because of the hair and the hotness, and psycho because - well - he comes across as scary-dangerous. I kept thinking he was going to stab his adopted daddy with that nifty armor-piercing dagger for the entirety of their conversation. Not that there was anything said about it but the vibe was eeeek.



A few unspoilery caps from ep 1. Mainly to showcase the gorgeousness of the ep )

In conclusion, this is one of the most intelligent, complicated dramas I've seen and I love it. I think it would be a great dramas for someone not too interested in dramas - it comes across as this wonderful mix of a medieval epic/worldbuilding fantasy novel a la Game of Thrones/HBO series like Rome. Minus the nudity and the sex of course :P

Anyway, go watch it!
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
It's official. I am in love with Three Kingdoms after the first episode.

But first a disclaimer - as far as it comes to that period of Chinese history, my knowledge is pretty much zero. And my knowledge of the Romance of Three Kingdoms is only marginally less meager - all I know I learned from Red Cliff I which I do not remember well. I did not even read the wiki article on the book because I do not want to be spoiled (yes, I realize it's like not wanting to be spoiled for The Song of Roland or Morte d'Arthur but there we are). So the below are thoughts of someone who only has one ep under her belt and almost no background knowledge.

Ep 1 revolves largely around Cao Cao's aborted attempt to assassinate Dong Zhuo, who is the de facto ruler of the Han Empire. Cao Cao, a cavalry general, became very close to Dong Zhuo but decides to kill him, whether out of ambition, thirst for glory, or some mix of the two. However, the attempt fails and the enraged Dong Zhuo sends his adopted son, warlord Lu Bu, to hunt Cao Cao down like a dog while taking a side trip to eradicate his household (they really weren't kidding about the whole "if you go against the government, they will kill everyone related to you, down to the meanest slave." Let's hope Cao Cao was single and childless and wasn't too fond of any of his retainers). And thus the story is set in motion...

Here are our movers and shakers (for now).

Cao Cao. He's currently my favorite character, being clever, unscrupulous and larger than life. He's almost irresistibly magnetic. If I traveled back in time, he's the one I'd pick to be concubine n. 75 to. I second [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun on the whole ahjusshi crush thing.



Dong Zhuo, the warlord who installed a puppet child Emperor and rules the empire. He seems very susceptible to flattery and has interesting ways to get rid of people he doesn't like (see below). He's also supposed to like sleeping in the Emperor's bed (not when Emperor is there, thankfully) and raping palace ladies, though I am not sure I buy that last one because this is in the days before viagra and he's pretty darn old.



Lu Bu, Dong Zhuo's adopted son. Or as I like to call him "psycho Legolas." Legolas because of the hair and the hotness, and psycho because - well - he comes across as scary-dangerous. I kept thinking he was going to stab his adopted daddy with that nifty armor-piercing dagger for the entirety of their conversation. Not that there was anything said about it but the vibe was eeeek.



A few unspoilery caps from ep 1. Mainly to showcase the gorgeousness of the ep )

In conclusion, this is one of the most intelligent, complicated dramas I've seen and I love it. I think it would be a great dramas for someone not too interested in dramas - it comes across as this wonderful mix of a medieval epic/worldbuilding fantasy novel a la Game of Thrones/HBO series like Rome. Minus the nudity and the sex of course :P

Anyway, go watch it!

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