Empty Town (1)
Empty Town (2)
The lose of Pavilion Street Town had seriously upset the
military balance, and Zhuge Liang had to devote all the
troops he could summon up at the time to help hold the
line, while evacuating civilians and field depot from garrison
town West City where Shu's combatant commander's headquarter
However, before they could finalize evacuation, Sima Yi's
150,000 troops had already borne down on West City from
Zhuge Liang ordered to lower the flag from the top of
the front gate.
He then instructed to throw open all city gates, and arranged
two dozens of elderly soldiers to take off their military
uniforms and worked as civilian street cleaners.
Finally Zhuge Liang ascended onto the citywall with a
pair of junior assistants.
When a stick of incense started burning, a solo concert
took place, performed by a military strategist-turned-audio
When Sima Yi's force arrived at West City to unfold a full
scale assault, they found what awaited them was not a military
station but a five star hotel, completed with trainee housekeepers
and a veteran musician.
There is a piece of conventional Western intelligence
which regards anything that sounds too good to be true
as false. When Sima Yi heard Zhuge Liang's beautiful music
coming from the West City city-wall, he instinctively responded
to this Western wisdom and believed it must be a trick,
thus he ordered to lift the siege and pull out the troops.
But Sima Junior once again challenged his daddy's judgment. "It
might really be an empty town, and Zhuge Liang could just
sit there pretending to be something." The daddy therefore
patiently explained to the son, "I'm myself a veteran
musician plus a para-psychologist plus a con master, I
listened attentively to his music, and detected no trembling
notes in the sound - I can assure you, my dear boy, this
guy does have something in his sleeves."
Sadly, the son was right and the daddy was wrong (once
again). But by the time the daddy learned from his cias
that the city was indeed defenceless, the best time to
mount a general offensive attack had already passed: Shu's
relieve forces arrived from all directions, and reserve
units were all activated. In the face of a strong counter
offensive, Sima Yi's troops had to struggle a hasty retreat
back to their own territory.
Justice was finally served. Writer-turned-Lieutenant General
Ma Su was tried before court martial and the honourable defence
force magistrate Zhuge Liang sent the offender to write his
true story The Book of Death in the hell.
Zhuge Liang was tearful. "I should know dogmatic
bookworms are as a dangerous species as belligerent warmongers," he
allegedly said (or something similar along this line)
While loving peace, Zhuge Liang was also acutely aware
that this world is full of warmongers, and that peace can
only be gained through active defence mechanism. The king
promptly approved Zhuge Liang's proposal to upgrade Shu's
military capacities to support strategic initiatives, and
a campaign to educate the soldiers and officers that it
is their revered duty to defend their people and homeland
is also believed to be underway.
Original drawings were
done by Chinese artists 钱笑呆,徐余兴
Empty Town (2)
Cave in A Tree.