June 20, 2020

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/7)

The White Pheasant or Hakuchi (白稚) sings once when the emperor is enthroned and once when the emperor dies, after which it also dies. The White Pheasant is thus known as Ni-sei (二声) or "the two cries." A Phoenix bird in each kingdom repeats the song of the White Pheasant.

The Minister of the Two Cries or Nisei-shi (二声氏) is the government official who tends to the White Pheasant. The incident Risai describes in this chapter is recounted in chapter 21 (book 1) in The Shore in Twilight. Asen tried to kill the White Pheasant but had to fake its death with an ordinary pheasant instead.

The discovery of Gyousou's belt or sash in a shipment of gemstones is covered in greater detail in chapter 32 (book 2) in The Shore in Twilight.

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# posted by Blogger baihaki
6/20/2020 5:20 PM   
Thanks for the translation
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
6/20/2020 5:21 PM   
Taiki is so steadfast and direct in his desire. He's grown up so well. Like plenty before me, to know that there's a continuation to the story of Tai in the Twelve kingdoms makes me weep like the villagers of Touka.

Thank you for your marvellous translating work Eugene, you really do convey the story across like no other. It's very much appreciated. Stay safe and healthy. We love you.
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
6/21/2020 10:21 PM   
I can't believe you're still translating! Thanks.
# posted by Blogger WaterDarkE
6/22/2020 7:37 AM   
Thanks for the update! I hope Taiki can find his emperor and save his country.
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
6/25/2020 9:28 AM   
Thanks for the chapter!