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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Demi-God Zhū Gě Liàng 神诸葛亮

Posted by Ricky Chua On 9:30 PM 18 comments
Translated description:
"The Sorcerer at the Red Cliffs 赤壁的妖术师 (chì bì dè yāo shù shī)"

Why is he a Demi-God:
In an act of mischief, Zhu Ge Liang decides to fool Zhou Yu 周瑜 into thinking he has the ability to control the weather. At an elaborately set up altar, Zhu Ge Liang performs a mysterious rite that he says will help change the wind direction, which was necessary in order for their fire strategy to work against the ships of Cao Cao 曹操. True enough, by that night the wind directions turn 180 degrees, finally putting in place the final gear in the machine that would be Cao Cao's terrible defeat. Everyone is fooled by Zhu Ge Liang, who absolutely cannot control the weather at all. He simply knew how to read the stars to foretell the weather. Easy peasy! All those meteorologists with their high-tech doppler radars should be ashamed of themselves!

Character ability 1: "The Seven Stars 七星 (qī xīng)"
At the very beginning of the game, when the initial 4 cards are being distributed amongst all players, you will be given a total of 11 cards. Pick 4 out of these 11 to be your starting hand, while the remaining cards are placed face down elsewhere (out of the game area). These extra cards will be referred to as "Stars". During your turn, right after the drawing phase, you can interchange any number of your on-hand cards with an identical number of your Stars.

Character ability 2: "Strong Gale 狂风 (kuáng fēng)"
At the end of your turn, you can discard 1 of your "Stars" and select 1 target player. From then till your next turn, this target player will suffer 1 additional unit of damage for all fire attribute damage.

Character ability 3: "Heavy Shroud 大雾 (dà wù)"
At the end of your turn, you can discard X number of "Stars" and select X number of target players. From then till your next turn, these target players will be protected from all damage except Lightning attribute damage.

Ability's relation to story:
Since Zhu Ge Liang knew how to read the stars to foretell weather, it is only natural that "The Seven Stars" is intricately linked to the story, specifically to the battle at Red Cliffs. What's more impressive is the game maker's use of weather elements in his other abilities "Strong Gale" and "Heavy Shroud". We already know that a gale was necessary for the fire to spread towards Cao Cao's army, and the deeper reference to fire attributed damage is well-appreciated.

"Heavy Shroud" is not part of his hocus-pocus ritual, but it still is related to the Red Cliffs battle. Prior to the main battle, Zhu Ge Liang used boats of straw to "harvest" 100,000 arrows for Zhou Yu. The shroud of haze was also fore-told in the stars and he used that to his advantage, deceiving the enemy into shooting at figurines of straw in the poor visibility.


  1. Can he use Heavy Shroud on himself?

  2. Yes, he can use Heavy Shroud on himself.

  3. can he replenish his stars after he use them? if yes, wads the max number of stars he can get?

  4. No he cannot. He only has 7 stars at the start, and once he uses them, he cannot replenish.

  5. I understand Strong Gale and Heavy Shroud effect last till his next turn.

    Does it mean that end of his next turn or beginning of his next turn?

    Is the Strong Gale or Heavy Shroud effect still on when Demi-God Zhu Ge Liang himself die before his next turn?

  6. It lasts til the beginning of his next turn.

    I would say that the effect will still be on even if he dies halfway through.

  7. Can I use Peach (from seven stars, not in my hand) when I am dying?

  8. No you cannot use cards that are "Stars". They are locked from the game except when he uses his abilities.

  9. for his first ability can zhuge liang look at which "star" card he wants to interchange? or is it like for example: if he wants to interchange 4 cards, does he just randomly pick 4 cards from the star pile and swap it with the 4 in his hand?

  10. He can view all the "star" cards.

    At the start of his turn he has 6 stars remaining (he already used 1 of them), and 3 cards on hand.

    He picks up all the stars and puts it in his hand. He then selects 6 cards from his hand to cache it away as the "stars" for that turn.

    He puts down the "stars" and then starts his turn.

  11. Well, after the fallen of seven stars(probably the first or the second round of the game in a 10 player), Sorcerer Zhuge basically becomes a 3 HP character with no ability...

    I'd say he's a hard one...

  12. In a game of 10 players, i'd keep all my stars as a "card bank" to tap on every turn. That is incredibly useful.

    Else, i'd just protect myself every round and let everyone kill each other... oops... Defector play only.

  13. will the 7 demi-god equipment translation be here in the not so distant future?

  14. How do you actually play with demi-god cards? Are they just shuffled in like any other character and dealt out, or is there a different process to choosing a demi-god character? Seeing as they appear to be absurdly powerful... I can imagine a Ruler with a demi-god being unstoppable...

  15. Having Demi-gods is not essential. Their absence does not affect the game, so you can choose not to include them at all. If you want to use them in your game, you can just add them in one deck with other characters. In this case whether you can pick a Demi-god as your character is defined solely by your luck.

    Actually, they are powerful, but not imbalanced. Many players, knowing their powers, try to kill them first, so sometimes DGs are the first ones to die :)

  16. I wouldn't add Demi-God into the games if there weren't at least 6 or 7 players total. If there are only 3 or 4 players and one gets a Demi-God, it probably will imbalance the game.

  17. Erm.. One question, if you use Strong Gale 狂风 on someone with Rattan Armor, does that person get 3 damage if someone attack him with fire attribute?

  18. Yes, because 1 additional damage to he target of Strong Gale, +1 damage to the target because of Rattan Armor, and 1 damage for the fire attack. 1+1+1=3. 3 Damage.^_^


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