Ch441: The Prime Minister’s seat
-Karin and Rien went to another location, away from Renpa to contiue their discussion.
-She then asks Rien why he killed SSK. Rien explains that since the late king couldn’t produce a male heir, it means that his brother will ascend the throne after his death. However, the king’s brother is a big weirdo and created a lot of problem for the people in the palace(the picture shows him killing people and feeding them to pigs).
-If the king’s brother were to ascend the throne, it will cause great problem to the entire Chu and drive it to its own destruction.
-At this time, Rien’s sister was found to be pregnant with SSK’s child. Rien, SSK and the king then planned to make this child the king’s child so that the king’s brother will not become the new king in the future, even if that means putting someone without the royal bloodline on the throne.
-However, just before the death of the king, SSK changed his mind and wants to let the king’s brother ascend the throne instead, saying that allowing someone who does not have the royal bloodline ascend the throne is a much greater sin than letting a useless king ascend the throne.
-Since it is too late to change their plans, as revealing the secret will result in death to all parties involved, including himself and his sister, he had to kill SSK. Karin finds it funny that he killed SSK to save his sister. He then brought up Karin’s past, when she searched frantically for her brother in the wilderness, comparing that to his attempt to save his sister now.
-Karin seemed to be angered by him bringing up her past, which Rien apologizes.
-Rien continues to explain that both SSK and him sent assassins to kill each other, but only he survived.
-Karin then says that in a country, one prime minister is enough for its operation, but Rien mentioned that the Kouen, Conqueror of the East, once said that despite having the largest land mass in China, Chu is still unable to utilize all its resources. Therefore, even though Rien knows that Karin is uninterested in politics, he begs her to help him revive this country.
-Back in Kanyou, SHK and Kaioku were discussing about Karin accepting Rien’s offer to become the prime minster of Chu as Rien created a new temporary “Double Prime Minster” system, stabilizing the Chu politics within a month.
-They were pretty surprised by this development and estimates that Rien might be a better politician than themselves. Moreover, Karin has also proved to be talented strategist during the coalition war, and now she joins SHK and Riboku as a strategist prime minister. With that, they decided not to attack Chu anymore.
-Meanwhile in the HSU camp, Kyokai and Shin are dueling as a messenger arrived from the HQ. Ten reads the message out and tells Shin(and everybody else there) that they are to give up on attacking Chu and instead attack Black Sheep Hill/Black Goat Hill(Hei Yang Qiu 黑羊丘) of Zhao.
-Ten seems to know the identity of the opposing general but did not finish her sentence. She then continues that it is not an easy area to attack, and the order is to have HSU meet up with the 50000 main body of the Qin army who is currently moving east towards the destination.
-When Shin asked who they are joining in this war, Ogeki appears with a message/order.
Ten’s reaction wasn’t really big when she was thinking about the identity of the defending general, which means it could be one of the lesser generals of Zhao, i.e. not a Great Heaven. My guess is that it could be Keisha, Rihaku or even Futei(if he got promoted to general).
Nice chapter as we now understand Rien’s reason of killing SSK, get a small tidbit on Karin’s past, a mention of Kouen, and a small hint of the enemy coming up next. A pretty informative chapter and a good setup for the next war arc.
EDIT: Kingdom on a break next week