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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peach Garden 桃园结义

Posted by Ricky Chua On 10:15 PM No comments
Description:
The first two words 桃园 means "garden of peaches", so make a guess what the PEACH GARDEN card does? When this card is used, every player that is still alive in the game recoups 1 unit of health. Everybody happy? Not necessarily. In fact most players that draw this card either uses it with care or choose to discard it altogether. That is because it also heals the bugger whom you wanna kill. Therefore this card usually brings more headache than smiles.

What it does:
Heals 1 unit of health for every player still alive. Note: this card cannot be used to rescue a player at the brink of death. Plus, this card is a tool card and, therefore, is susceptible to NEGATE 无懈可击.

How to use it:
Toss the damn card on to the table. Beat your hands unto your chest for added effect.

Historical basis:
Right at the beginning chapters of Romance of the Three Kingdoms is the story of how Liu Bei 刘备, Guan Yu 关羽 and Zhang Fei 张飞 met by chance. Seeing that all three have the same goal of accomplishing something great for their country, the three of them decided to become sworn brothers. Thus a ceremony was performed in Zhang Fei 张飞's backyard, which so happens to be a peach garden. It is at this ceremony that the famous phrase was spoken:

"不求同年同月同日生,但求同年同月同日死"
"We seek not to be born in the same day, month, year. We merely hope to die in the same day, month, year."

This phrase is often used today in soap operas/dramas in the Chinese society.

Though this oath-taking is a very small part in the entire Romance of Three Kingdoms story, nonetheless the brotherhood of the 3 characters play a very pivotal part in as the story progresses. Read more about the oath-taking at the peach garden on Wikipedia!

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