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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Xiàhóu Dūn 夏侯惇

Posted by Ricky Chua On 11:16 AM No comments
Translated description:
"One-eyed Demon 独眼的罗刹 (dú yǎn dè luó chà)"

Who is he:
Best remembered for the scene where he lost his eye, Xia Hou Dun is a ferocious combat general with balls of steel and fiery determination. He is one of Cao Cao 曹操's most loyal generals and is supposedly a distant relative. The story goes that Xia Hou Dun was caught in an ambush and suffered an arrow to his eye. His troops were panic-stricken, thinking that their general had fallen. But then Xia Hou Dun grabbed the arrow and yanked it out of his head, pulling with it his eyeball skewered on the arrow shaft. With one gulp he swallows his own eyeball, then charges right back at the assailant. Needless to say, the assailant died a horrible death when Xia Hou Dun got to him. His act of swallowing his eye-ball rallied his troops' morale and scared the shit out of his enemies. Henceforth, the name of Xia Hou Dun has become synonymous with bravery and gung-ho.

Character ability: "An Eye for an Eye 刚烈 (gāng liè)"
Every instance after you suffer damage, you can flip a judgement card. If the judgment result is not hearts, the source of damage needs to choose between 1 of 2 options:

1. Discard two on-hand cards of his/her choice

2. Receive 1 unit of damage inflicted by you.

Synergistic Partners:
Xiahou Yuan 夏侯淵 (Cousin)

Difference from Normal SanGuoSha:
Nil.

Ability's Relation to Story:
I could not help but use a pun to translate 刚烈 as "an eye for an eye". The most straightforward link to the story is where Xia Hou Dun impales Cao Xing 曹性 for firing the arrow that wasted his eye. It is said that Xia Hou Dun impaled Cao Xing's face before trampling his body beneath his horse. In the cardgame, this ability is a very effective deterrent to opponents. A wonderful psychological link to the story in terms of the effect Xia Hou Dun has on his enemies.

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