Welcome to the Kingdom Guidebook 2 section! The guidebook contains stats of Kingdom characters up to the end of the Rao Ai rebellion arc.
Kingdom Guidebook 1 can be found here.
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Disclaimer: My understanding of Japanese is limited to the Kanji and some Katakana. Some of the translated text from below, especially those from the character’s pages, may not be accurate.
Edit: Full size images can be found from the link under the respective images. Do inform me if the images are too blurry or unclear etc.
First few pages of the guidebook, the “Kingdom Color Gallery”, is dedicated to full color picture published in the first pages of the various chapters over the years. This is followed by a glossary of Kingdom characters.
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The next section of the prologue is a recap of the story so far, from the very first Seikyo rebellion to the end of the Coalition arc.
Chapter 1 “The new Qin historical records”
Ch1.1) A more detailed recap of the coalition invasion arc happening in 241BC and the events happening in the Kingdom universe up till the death of Shushinkun of Chu and the beginning of the Kokuyou battle. Random pages below:
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Ch1.2)”Karyo Ten’s Kingdom Seminar 1″
A bonus section featuring Ten educating the readers on the history of the Era of the Warring States(451BC -238BC) in China. This section briefly lists down the important events of this era with some explanation.
451BC: The establishment of the “Three Jins”.
This was essentially the event that marked the start of the Era of the Warring States. The Jin state broke up into 3 smaller states, Zhao, Wei and Han after internal strife. They were then collectively known as the “Three Jins” during the Era of the Warring States.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin_%28Chinese_state%29
403BC: Zhao, Wei, and Han were recognized by the King of Zhou as one of his many dukes
359BC: The ShangYang reformation in Qin. This essentially gave Qin the foundation of a strong state by introducing a series of strict laws and reforms to the that backward Qin.
More info: keatschinese.com/en/knowledge/reformation-shang-yang-qin-state
350BC: Moving of the Qin capital from the more western Yong(You) to the Xianyang(Kanyou). Xianyang was seen as the ideal capital for Qin as it was more accessible to the central plains of China while protected by natural barriers such as the Wei river and the mountains around it.
306BC: King Zhao of Qin(King Sho, Sei’s Great Grandfather) ascended the throne.
280BC: Tian Dan of Qi recaptured 70 castles from Yan to revive the Qi state. King Zhao of Yan passed away, Yue Yi(Gakuki) fled to the state of Zhao.
This was the origin of the famous “flaming oxen” strategy invented by Tian Dan, saving Qi from total destruction of the coalition army then.
More info： https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Dan
260BC: Battle of ChangPing(Battle of Chouhei), Birth of Ying Zheng(Ei Sei).
One of the most famous battle of the era in which Bai Qi(Hakuki) buried 400,000 Zhao soldiers who surrendered alive, severely crippling Zhao.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changping
251BC： Death of King Zhao of Qin（King Sho）. King XiaoWen ascended the throne and Zichu(Sei’s father) was made the crown prince after Lu BuWei(Ryofui) pulled strings and even gave Zichu one of his women, ZhaoJi(Sei’s mother). King XiaoWen died 3 days after ascending the throne and Zichu was made the new king, King ZhuangXiang. Lu BuWei(Ryofui) was named the prime minster of Qin.
247BC: King ZhuangXiang dies. Ying Zheng(Ei Sei) ascends the throne.
246BC: War between Lian Po(Renpa) and Yue Sheng(Gakujou) in Zhao. Renpa exiled to Wei. It was recorded that Lian Po, one of the most heroic general of Zhao led a tragic life and was never able to return to Zhao. He later went to Chu and probably died there. Lian Po was also known to be a very good friend of Lin Xiangru(Rinshoujo, then prime minister of Zhao) and would “cut his own neck” for him if he had to.
241BC: Coalition army led by Zhao’s Pang Nuan(Houken) and Chu’s Lord ChunShen(Shushinkun) invaded Qin. The coalition army was defeated at Hangu Pass(Kankoku Pass) and turned towards Qi, who did not join the war.
238BC: Ying Zheng’s coming of age ceremony was met with Lao Ai’s(Rao Ai) rebellion. The rebellion as quelled and Rao Ai was executed. The same year, King Kaolie of Chu dies and Lord Chunshen(Shunshinkun) was killed by Li Yuan(Ri En). It was recorded that the 2 children that the Queen Mother had with Rao Ai were also executed in history.
Hara hinted that Zhao Gao(Choukou) and Fan YuQi(Hanoki) will reappear in the future.
Chapter 2 “Characters of the Era of the Warring Kingdoms”
(Do note that my understanding of Japanese is limited to the Kanji and some Katakana. Some of the semi-translated text from the guidebook may not be accurate)
Rui & Hyou
Qin Minor Characters Part 1
Heki and Qin Minor Characters Part 2
Qin Minor Characters Part 3
Link to image above: https://imgur.com/flbB2Zg
The last page of Chapter 2 mentions some history books on the era of the warring states.
Top: Chronicles of the Lü family (Lüshi Chunqiu)
During the era of the warring states, the 4 Lords of the warring states had many “guests” in their houses who would work for their lords for food and money by using their different talents. Lubuwei(Ryofui) tried to mimic this and gathered his own “guests” to compile the Lüshi Chunqiu using their knowledge and talents. The contents of the book include the thoughts of confuciunism, taoism, legalism as well as the hundreds of other thoughts. It also include astronomy, geology and legends which are all sorted into different chapters of the book. The book is so complete and comprehensive that Lu Buwei had promised to award 1000 pieces of gold to anyone who can add a word into the book.
Bottom Left: Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji)
A history book compiled by Sima Qian who lived in the Western Han dynasty. It records the story of states and figures in different categories of chapters such as “Annals” and “Biographies”, which makes this a genre of history record based on biographies and a became a prototype of how the Chinese would record their history. As more archeological findings are surfaced, many of the records proved to be true to history while some records seem to contradict the the findings.
Bottom Left: Intrigues of the Warring States (Zhanguoce)
A history booked compiled by Liu Xiang from the Western Han dynasty. It is a compilation of stories spoken by scholars and thinkers active in the 250 years when the Zhou dynasty was flourishing up till the time when Qin unified China.
(More updates coming soon)