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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fancy that beautiful RATTAN AMOUR 藤甲 equipped by your neighbouring player? Wish you had that GREEN DRAGON CRESCENT BLADE 青龙偃月刀 for yourself? Now you can! With STEAL, any card from an adjacent player (physical distance 1) can be yours!

What it does:
Allows the user to pick 1 card (either on-hand or equipped) from a player at physical distance 1 from you. The stolen card is added to your cards on-hand, and you can equip it in the same action phase. This is also one of the only 2 ways to remove LIGHTNING 闪电 from the playing field.

How to use it:
During your action phase, you can use STEAL on another character at physical distance 1 from you. He/she must have at least one card in at least one of his/her areas (hand, equipped item area or pending area). You acquire a card in one of his/her areas.

Note that when you use DISMANTLE, you cannot state which card of whom to dismantle at once. Instead, you state who is your target player (e.g. “I want to use STEAL on Liu Bei”). If it is not neutralized by NEGATE 无懈可击, you can state which card to acquire (“I acquire a card in your hand”, “I acquire your ZHUGE CROSSBOW 诸葛连弩”).

When you intend to acquire someone’s on-hand cards, you pick a card randomly. When you intend to acquire a card in someone’s equipped item area/judgement area, you pick one yourself.

Historical basis:
At the height of the rivalry between the three kingdoms, the strategist Zhou Yu 周瑜 of the kingdom of Sun Wu 孙吴 launched a huge attack on the city of Nan Jun 南郡. General Cao Ren 曹仁 of the kingdom of Cao Wei 曹魏was tasked to defend Nan Jun. He deceived Zhou Yu by faking a full-scale retreat, but secretly leaving at ambush behind. During the ambush, Zhou Yu was shot by an arrow and the attack on Nan Jun was aborted. Not to be outdone, Zhou Yu counter-deceived Cao Ren into thinking he died from the arrow wound. Thus, Cao Ren let his guard down and haughtily launched an attack on Zhou Yu's base camp, only to realize he was tricked!

By this time Cao Ren has suffered massive losses and decided he did not have enough troops to defend Nan Jun. Zhou Yu, on the other hand, thought he could easily march into Nan Jun and take over. Alas he was shocked to find that Zhu Ge Liang 诸葛亮 had capitalized on the chaos and stolen the poorly defended Nan Jun from right under both Zhou Yu 周瑜 and Cao Ren's noses! So infuriated was Zhou Yu that he vomited blood, fell off his horse and fainted. Days later, Zhou Yu died. Thus was the infamous end of Zhou Yu, death by frustration in the hands of Zhu Ge Liang.


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