Defeated and leaking troops by the minute, Guan Yu makes a desperate dash for safety. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 97. Before we pick up where we left off, I have a quick correction. In the last episode, I mispronounced the name of one of the cities under Guan Yu’s command that surrendered to Sun Quan. It’s the city of Nanjun (2,4), not Nanzheng (2,4) as I had pronounced it. I didn’t catch the mistake until after I recorded the whole episode, and it was a small enough mistake that I wasn’t going to go back and re-record the whole thing. So my apologies for that slip-up. Anyway, last time, while Guan Yu was busy laying siege to Fancheng, the forces of Dongwu mounted a sneak attack and took over his home base of Jing Province, along with several of the other key cities in the region. Cao Cao then directed an attack that repelled Guan Yu and broke his siege on Fancheng. Defeated and now stranded in hostile territory with no home to go back to, Guan Yu was filled with immense regret and impotent rage, and at a loss for what to do next. His provisions officer, Zhao (4) Lei (4), said, “With our situations so dire, we should send someone to our capital Chengdu to ask for help while we take the land route to Jing Province to retake the city.” Guan Yu agreed and sent the advisers Ma Liang and Yi Ji to race west toward Chengdu to ask Liu Bei to send help. Meanwhile, he led his army toward Jing Province, with him leading the way while his son Guan Ping and the officer Liao Hua brought up the rear. Meanwhile, having broken the siege on Fancheng, the general Cao Ren now led his officers to see Cao Cao, whereupon Cao Ren kneeled, wept, and begged to be punished for his failings. “This was heaven’s will, not your fault,” Cao Cao told his kinsman. He then rewarded his troops and personally went to inspect Guan Yu’s old base.