Ch540 Summary

Summary courtesy of thundergunexpression from this reddit post.

Link to full Korean chapter:

  • SSJ asks Rozo for a hidden path that he may have installed as an escape route. Rozo feigns ignorance, SSJ tells him to stop acting ignorant. SSJ says while Ryuuyou is within Zhao, its considered an extraterritoriality, which can also be seen as a foreign body. Since the Quanrong are meticulous, SSJ says they must have installed an escape route in case of an emergency within Zhao territory. Rozo asks if SSJ is really asking him to divulge such secret escape route.
  • SSJ replies he only wants one of them. He tells Rozo he believes Heki’s rations depot is located within a forest on the map. Rozo says it’s called Lago’s Forest. SSJ says the sentry has been set up wide and asks if there is such a path that can lead him near the forest or if he’s being greedy, within the forest. Rozo asks if SSJ is talking down to him, SSJ says he’s the commander. Rozo says even Riboku shows him respect as a king of Quanrong, SSJ calls him king.
  • Since Lago’s forest is the largest within the area, it is one of the best for an escape route, so there is a hidden path that leads into the middle of the forest. Rozo sees the the depot burning and says since he succeeded, its getting easier to fight. Rozo takes a nap before the sunrise and says he can’t wait to see the Qin’s face when he wakes up.
  • Yotanwa asks how much ration Heki lost. Heki says half since he set up 2 rations depot. Mera tribal leader’s sister Kitari asks Katari what’s going on. He says Heki lost half of the rations. Yotanwa tells Heki since its in the middle of a battle, he should not put his head down as a general. She says its not Heki’s fault since one of Quanrong’s escape routes just happened to lead into the forest and he couldn’t have known.
  • Yotanwa tells Heki she’ll send some rations over and since theres a mountain nearby, they should be able to find at least a bit of resources. Heki says its absurd for him to take rations from her since he came to assist her as reinforcements, he says his army will deal with it on their own. Heki says he sent a messenger to Kanki’s army since they have surrounded and are laying siege to Gyou already. Kitari asks Katari what they’re saying. Kitari says Heki asked Kanki for rations, Kitari replies… what? Kanki? He’s a son of a bitch (lol), he won’t send rations. Yontanwa tells Heki to put his armor on and come back, fourth day is about to start. Kitari tells YTW that a good portion of their own rations were stored with Heki, so this is not a laughing matter.
  • Kitari tells YTW that they have to re-evaluate and reanalyze their battle tactics and logistics or they will be wiped out. YTW says she knows.
  • On Fourth day, Heki places himself in the vanguard in an effort to redeem himself in a grand-scale offense. However, his bravery backfires after falling for Quanrong’s defensive strategies.
  • Meanwhile, the messengers sent by Heki to Kanki were caught in the web of Zhao soldiers placed between Ryuuyou and Gyou and were all decimated. The path set up between all 3 armies were already taken over by Zhao soldiers and were all isolated by now.
  • Shoutaku and Kyuu kou wonders why they haven’t started fighting yet since the momentum is on their side. Shoutaku says although they started with 25k and Zhao had 30k, after yesterday’s battle, they probably have the higher number of soldiers. He also says, regardless of the number of soldiers, the difference in morale is quite large, so the time to fight is now. Kanjou replies, they’re being cautious since Riboku already made a move before the sunrise. KyuuKou and Shoutaku wonders what Riboku did, Kanjou says its nothing much, the scout will be making a report soon.
  • The scout says, theres a 10k reinforcement from the middle field. Shoutaku says good thing they didn’t engage in a battle right away. Kanjou says since Riboku sent a 10k reinforcement just on the fourth day, their high morale from being victorious in yesterday’s battle has gone back down. Ouhon says its okay.
  • Ouhon starts yelling his orders to his unit. He says this battlefield’s victory depends on who wins the battle in the middle field. To that end, both Riboku and Ousen are trying to use the left and right field to force the middle field to send reinforcements to decrease the number of soldiers in the middle. Therefore, the fact that Riboku sent 10k to the right field means they were able to decrease the number of soldiers from Riboku’s army by 10k. Using this method, Ousen is biding their time to engage in a battle to win until their numbers are more favorable. Until then, the right field army must keep on winning. Ouhon says regardless of how many soldiers come as reinforcements, its what they want, since its their role. He says they will keep fighting until Ousen’s army sets up to win the battle.
  • Akou’s subordinate says Ouhon is using his voice to raise the morale. Akou says since Ouhon saw through the tactics and conveyed them, he has nothing else to add. He orders his army to move out and says they’ll make the right field their hunting ground again.
  • Riboku’s army notices the noise from right field. Riboku says it’ll quiet down soon. He says Rinshoujou was a general who could hold his own against Renpa. Rinshoujou was a great general who possessed both intelligence and courage, and was a great tactician. But he did not possess martial might, so the generals under him were responsible for martial might. And the person who held that responsibility was Gyou’un. Gyou’un was the embodiment of Rinshoujou army’s martial prestige.

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