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Friday, August 6, 2010

Unicorn Bow 麒麟弓 (qí lín gōng)

Posted by Ricky Chua On 10:04 AM 2 comments
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Before you send me hate-mail, let me say that the mythical chinese creature known as the Qi Lin 麒麟 is NOT a unicorn. I could call it "Chimera Bow" but that would make it sound too demonic. Since most would be familiar with unicorns, I decided it would be close enough. Anyways, this weapon is a very very important weapon in the entire San Guo Sha 三国杀 arsenal. If you love strategy play, this weapon is a must since it can get rid of that irritating "+1 horse" defending your team-mate's target. This weapon also has the biggest attacking range in the entire game. I'm led to believe that this bow was owned by Huang Zhong 黄忠 since he is known for his superb archery skills, however some have commented that this weapon actually belongs to Lu Bu 吕布. Indeed Lu Bu was also an incredible archer, so this is also plausible. If you know the truth behind who owns this weapon in the story, do leave a comment and share!

Attacking range: 5 (max)

Special ability:
When your ATTACK 杀 causes damage to your target, you can choose to discard one of his/her horses that is in the equipped items area.

Characters that match this weapon best:
Without a doubt, Huang Zhong. Though the ability to discard horses is useful regardless of character, the UNICORN BOW's incredible range poses a real danger in the hands of Huang Zhong. When equipped, his "Fearsome Archer 烈弓" ability practically makes his ATTACK unavoidable. The damage is compounded when the target almost certainly loses a horse. Definitely a huge asset to Huang Zhong! A number one priority for DISMANTLE 过河拆桥 if you are in the opposing team!

Trivia:
You may know of the Qi Lin by it's other name, Kirin in Japanese culture. Although the Qi Lin is a mythical being, it was once used to refer to giraffes back in ancient China. In fact, I visited Malacca in Malaysia and saw a bust of a giraffe with the words 麒麟 used to describe it. It was with reference to a Zheng He 郑和 exhibit, a historical explorer in the 14th Century. Till today, giraffes are known as "Kirin" in Japan and Korea.

2 comments:

  1. Just a note (correct me if I'm wrong): You say that the player can dodge if he has 6 or more cards on hand when Huang Zhong attacks with this weapon equipped. I think that if Huang Zhong has this weapon equipped, all his attacks are undodgeable. This is because his ability states that if the number of cards in his opponents hand is <= his attack range OR >= his life. Since Huang Zhong can have at most 5 lives (if he is Emperor), it is impossible to have the number of cards in the target's hand be neither greater than, less than, or equal to 5.

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  2. Yes that's right! Dude you're an expert!

    I'll make the amendments right away.

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