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Sanguo zhi pinghua
Part A, page 10
Return after Victory
A Triumphant Return - SGZ PH 10
Zhang Biao retreated his army, and fled to Yan Province, with Xuande attacking his rear. When Zhang Biao reached a wood, they saw an army with around one thousand soldiers who had stopped their horses, rested their falchions across their waists, and waited. Zhang Biao asked nervously: “Who is coming?” “I am an ordinary soldier of the vanguard of the Han. My last name is Guan, style name is Yunchang.” [Yunchang] continued: “You traitor, why don’t you just get down from that horse and surrender!” Zhang Biao was astonished. Yunchang marched forward, with his crescent blade across his waist. Zhang Biao was too afraid to fight with Yunchang, so he ran away.

Xuande’s army followed up and joined Lord Guan’s force. The two forces together destroyed 90% of Zhang Biao’s troops, and only around one hundred soldiers survived. The battle lasted until the night. Zhang Biao arrived at the city gate of Yan Province. He cried loudly: “Open the door! There are ambushes chasing me! It’s urgent!” Zhang Bao who was in the city opened the gate immediately. The remaining fifty to seventy soldiers of Zhang Biao army entered the city. Outside the trench, Zhang Fei’s army laid in ambush in the willow forest. The ambush burst into the gate and killed countless soldiers from Zhang Biao’s army who fell into the water. Zhang Fei led hundreds of soldiers shouted loudly: “Cut the bridge cable!” The pursued troops all flooded into the city. In the depth of the night, Zhang Bao and Zhang Biao had no way to know how many Han soldiers were there. They rushed into the north gate and fled. [The Han] took Yan Province back.

The second day, the marshal gave a banquet. While discussing, a scout came to report that the defeated armies went to Guangning commandery. The marshal said: “Tomorrow morning, the vanguard with your army will start off first, the main forces will follow to Yang Province.” Then they took the Shengzhou road, passed through Haizhou, Lian River, Huai River and Taizhou, then continued to the west and arrived at Yang Province. The vanguard Liu Bei arrived together. They camped within the distance of a bowshot outside the city.

On Zhang Biao’s side, he called the roll and realized that Zhang Bao wasn’t there. It turned out that Zhang Bao was killed during the chaos. Zhang Jue became enraged. He saw a scout coming to report: “I found out that the Han army is very close. The Vanguard Liu Bei is camping within a distance of a bowshot outside the city.” Zhang Jue summoned all the officers to a meeting, and decided that all the forces in the city would go out to encounter Liu Bei’s army the next morning.

At dawn on the next day, Zhang Jue led the army out the city. Liu Bei divided his army into three troops. Guan and Zhang each led one troop. When Liu Bei’s and Zhang Jue’s forces attacked head on, Lord Guan attacked the rear of Zhang Jue’s force, Zhang Fei flanked them, and Liu Bei trained one corporal to shout: “If the traitors remove their yellow turbans and give up their weapons, they will be pardoned! Whoever catches Zhang Jue will be ennobled as the duke of the five hegemonies!” As he finished speaking, the marshal’s army arrived. The traitors saw that. They gave up weapons, took off their armors and yellow turbans. Countless of soldiers surrendered. Zhang Jue and Zhang Biao were killed in the melee.

Liu Bei took over Yang Province. The Han marshal led his troops and entered the city of Yang Province. The marshal gave orders to pacify the local people, and nobody was allowed to commit even the slightest offence against the people. Whoever disobeyed the rules would be punished according to the military orders. The local people were very happy about this. The marshal gave another order asking the vanguard to lead his officers and soldiers to attend the banquet the next day.

The following day, they all attended the banquet. The marshal said: “All the officers, I am here to thank you for defeating the Yellow Turban rebels!” Each of them was rewarded. Afterwards, the marshal wrote a memorial to the emperor, and chose a day to return to the capital. When they arrived to Chang’an, the marshal commanded the troops to camp outside the east gate. The marshal told Liu Bei: “Defeating the yellow turban rebellion is all attributed to Xuande. I am going to meet the emperor and tell him about the defeat of the Yellow Turbans. You will definitely ennobled.” He said to Liu Bei: “Camp outside the east gate and wait me for two or three days.”

One day, Liu Bei was sitting with other liege lords, a corporal came to report that the Han ambassador wanted to see the vanguard. As he finished speaking, Liu Bei rushed out to the gate to welcome the ambassador and seated him in the central praetorium. After greeting rituals, Liu Bei asked why the attendant officer came. “You don’t know me? I am one of the Ten Attendants.” Duan Gui reproached: “We had a discussion. Lord Xuande defeated the Yellow Turban thieves, so you must have collected a great amount of treasures. You can just give me 300,000 guan of golden beads. I will ennoble you and clothe you with gold belt and purple clothing.” Liu Bei said: “Although we took over the cities, all the golds, jewelries silks and all the treasures were taken by the marshal. Liu Bei didn’t take even a dime.” Duan Gui heard this, stood up immediately and walked out. Couple steps later, he looked back and stared at Liu Bei, cursed: “Such a cheap hungry pauper from Shangsang village…”



SGZ Pinghua page 10
。。。敗。

張表回軍,往袞州便走,後有玄德襲著。前有一大林,林中走出一隊軍來,約一千餘人,立馬橫刀。張表急問:「來者是誰?」「我是漢先鋒手下一卒,關某字雲長。」言曰:「賊將何不下馬受降!」張表大驚。雲長橫刀向前,張表更不敢迎敵,棄斜便走。

玄德軍亦趕上,與關公一發將張表軍殺其九分,都無百十餘人,相戰到晚,前至袞州城下。張表急聲高叫:「開門!後有伏兵趕之甚急!」城上張寶火急開門,張表軍都無五七十人入城。壕塹之外,柳林中,張飛埋伏軍一發撞入城去,殺張表軍落水者勿知其數。張飛領百十餘人高叫:「斫斷吊橋索者!」後軍都入城來。夤夜間,張寶、張表又不知漢軍多少,急往北門便走。複奪袞州。

至來日,元帥排筵宴,商議間,有探軍人回報,敗軍都入廣寧郡。元帥曰:「來朝先鋒領軍先行,隨後大軍撥寨都赴揚州。」取勝州路,過海州,並漣水,渡淮河,過泰州,西至揚州。先鋒劉備並到,約離城一射地下寨。

卻說張表,點軍不見張寶,死在亂軍中。張角大怒。又見探馬至,報曰:「探得漢軍至近,有先鋒劉備離城一射地下寨。」張角召諸將省會,來朝大軍須傾城都起,前迎劉備。

至次日天明,張角領軍出。劉備分軍三隊,關、張二人各將一隊。頭至兩軍相交。關公襲其殿後,張飛橫脅便撞。劉備教小校高叫:「若賊軍去其黃巾,棄了兵器,便在赦下!如捉住張角者,封為五霸諸侯!」道罷,有元帥軍至。賊人見了,投戈棄甲,去了黃巾,拜降者勿知其數。張角、張表死在亂軍之中。

劉備得了揚州,漢元帥領軍入揚州。元帥降令,安撫百姓,秋毫無犯,如違者依軍令。百姓皆喜。元帥降令,自先鋒為首,以下諸將軍卒來日赴筵宴。

至次日,都赴席。元帥言:「大小眾官,破黃巾賊生受!」各人賜賞畢,寫表申朝,選日回軍。至長安,元帥令眾軍在東門外下寨。元帥對劉備道:「破黃巾賊,功勞皆玄德也。我今見帝,奏破黃巾一事,君王不錯矣。」言劉備曰:「在東門外下寨,等二三日。」

當日,劉備正與諸侯坐間,有一小校來報,有漢宣使來見先鋒。劉備見道,慌出宮門迎接,至中軍帳坐定。劉備禮畢,問常侍官何來。「你不識我?我乃是十常侍中一人。」段圭讓道:「俺眾人商議來,玄德公破黃巾賊寇,金珠寶物多收極廣,你好獻三十萬貫金珠與俺,便交你建節封侯,腰金衣紫。」劉備曰:「但得城池營寨,所得金珠緞疋,皆元帥收訖,劉備並無分毫。」段圭聽言,忽然便起,可離數步,回頭覷定劉備,罵:「上桑村乞食餓夫,。。。

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