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  1. 1 hour ago, sp17jcshipper said:

    Oh thank goodness I was kinda upset for a minute there lol. If its after some time when they have grown old together then its all good. Am smiling again:tounge_wink:

    I hear you. :lol: Even though I read in earlier posts on this thread that she died in the novel epilogue, not for a moment did I think this show would have a sad ending. Another member also said that the novel author said the drama ending will be different so who knows how it will end. They already changed several things from what others have said on the thread like the storyline for A’wu’s former maid and Zitan. 

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  2. 6 minutes ago, sp17jcshipper said:

    Ugh its going to be a sad ending??? I have just spoiled myself :bawling:

    Not necessarily. Everybody have to die right? She didn’t die at the end of the story. She dies in the epilogue years after the story ends. Even so, I believe the drama might have changed the ending too. Personally I think it will be a happy ending for them.

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  3. @Polly @UnniSarah, I was actually suspecting General Song in episode 14 regarding jailing the maids who leaked information about XQ leaving the military camp. When the housekeeper confessed and A’Wu turned her back to General Song to tell the other guards to let the rest of the maids go, General Song had a subtle diabolical smile on his face. I honestly believe he’s a mole already but he’s playing a long game. I hope he dies a traitor’s death in the future. 

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  4. @Polly A’Wu is so much better than her sister-in-law especially in morals. She didn’t love XQ when she married him but she wasn’t going to disrespect herself by having an affair with the third prince. I find the sister-in-law gross. She can refuse her husband but why is she out there constantly sleeping with the second prince? I want her to be found out so bad so that they can throw her out. Then she can sleep with the second prince all day if she so desires. 

    About the Wang and Imperial families, that’s some drama right there. So nobody got to marry for love. I guess that’s why they didn’t care about A’wu’s feelings for the third prince. Fortunately in A’wu’s case, it turned out that their interference has possibly led her to the greatest love of her life. 

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  5. @UnniSarah, I don’t know if we will see them again. I only saw up to episode 21. A’Wu is currently in the capital so maybe the story has moved on from those two women. There’s also A’wu’s ex-friend who is plotting revenge against her. I think the ex-maid will succeed in poisoning A’Wu. It was mentioned earlier in the thread that only Helen Zhen will have the antidote to the poison to cure A’Wu.

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  6. 25 minutes ago, Fenny Liong said:

    It is true that later Awu will ask XIao QIe to take Weixin as concubine? Coz her health issue Awu can't give any child for Xiao Qi? 

    As far as I know from earlier posts on this thread, A’Wu is the only woman XQ will have intimate relations with and they will have a son and a daughter. It was even mentioned that XQ will be strict with the son but spoil the daughter or go easier on her.


    @Catleya, it seems to me that the Wang son was forced by his father to marry the wife. It was also a political marriage like all the others in this drama. Remember that night when his father forced him to return from going to his concubine, he and his father argued and we find out this was an arranged marriage and the son and the wife don’t get along. I wish he will find out soon that his wife is having an affair with the second prince. All of it is so messy. 

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  7. @Catleya, do A’wu’s parents love each other? I never got that impression. I do understand the kind of loyalty that comes from spending years together though. I also don’t think the empress and emperor love each other. I see these relationships more like the relationships I saw in Story of Minglan where a lot of them weren’t necessarily love but a loyalty and familiarity formed through duty to the husband and vice versa. 

    The wife of A’wu’s older brother is something else. It seems that most of her scenes are spent in bed with the second prince or, to put it another way, with her clothes off. It would be hilarious if in the end both of them fail miserably in their aspirations to the throne.

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  8. @UnniSarah, I believe General Song is the soldier we see with XQ from the beginning. He was the one teasing XQ about him getting the chance to marry A’Wu. He was with XQ when he first met A’Wu at the festival when she was with the third prince. 

    @skibbies, I would prefer too that XQ and A’Wu live outside the court and travel the world like he promised but is there really someone solid that can lead the country? I don’t support any of the princes and I would hate to see any of them on the throne. Maybe a young prince who hasn’t been introduced yet, who was brought up sensibly, would be a good choice. 

    @hallee, I saw that guy too who attempted to stab the empress and I wondered if he was a eunuch.

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  9. 4 minutes ago, Fenny Liong said:


    They dont afraid that XQ's loyalty to wang family? As they know that XQ already married to AW..

    XQ ran away from the Wang family head on the night of his wedding. He plotted this with Advisor Wen. Doesn’t that therefore show that he’s wary of the Wang family who wanted to gain more military power through him? XQ is a smart man who doesn’t want to get caught up in court struggles if he could avoid it.

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  10. On 6/22/2020 at 10:55 AM, skibbies said:

    The book is decent, I find it average at first, but I really liked female lead + her family's characterisation, they were all fairly unusual and adorable so I end up liking the story fair bit. Male lead is much more standard.

    In the drama, the family is a hoot. The father and the son can be silly but I like this brand of comedy. It’s not over the top. The mom and female lead seem more sensible. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, Polly said:

    It's a ploy, the 2nd prince and Heng Yan's dad initially instigated the other nobles to not render help to XQ's army so that when the army is in dire state, they can come in and offer help. This way, they hope to gain XQ's loyalty and military support. 


    Not sure about the 3rd prince. But even if he does, think he will end up as one without absolute power and under the control of somebody. 

    Too bad for the second prince because I honestly don’t think XQ will give them his loyalty. Even worse if and when he finds out that they schemed to withhold rations from his army thereby putting the protection of Ningshou, and therefore the country, at stake. XQ doesn’t seem to be interested in being loyal to anybody but the people of the country. The monarch may change but I get the impression he’s really for protecting the common man and his army. 

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  12. 38 minutes ago, jameskimma said:

    Who is heng yan??

    Can somebody explain later will xiao qi  and awu become emperor and empress?? Coz i thought they wanted to stay away from the life in palace..

    Yes, I understand that they will become the emperor and empress later on. It was mentioned on this thread in prior posts. That’s because the royal family will become very corrupt and because they won’t leave XQ and A’Wu alone. If people are always trying to kill them, there comes a point where they will say enough is enough and start fighting back to take back their freedom to live. 

    1 hour ago, jacquelinetan said:

    To add to that, her father had sent a spy to spy on Xiao Qi and Xiao Qi had made it known that he does not trust her father. Wang Xuan will be stuck in the middle if both her father and her husband are at odds.

    I think A’Wu will ultimately choose her husband. It’s the same dilemma her mother have/had, being caught between her husband and her brother who is the emperor. XQ already told A’Wu that they will face life and death together. That seems to imply it’s them against the world. 

    @Polly, does a different ending mean not becoming monarchs or something else?

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  13. 1 hour ago, insertusernamehere said:

    @ChristineH: I translated the OTP scenes from ep 13-19 (the ones not yet out or subbed on viki) here: https://mydramalist.com/28037-emperor-phoenix?r=notif&_nid=52375305#comment-5052103 :) Enjoy!

    Thanks for taking the time to summarize those episodes. I just finished watching the raw episodes up to 18. I noticed the annoying third prince trying to grab, distract and entice A’Wu away even while she’s tending to the people. I’m so glad XQ showed up in time to rescue them from the attack. Love how A’Wu ran to him and hugged him. 

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  14. 49 minutes ago, Auniyshi S said:

    Ep 12

    I love the way Xiao Qi telling the truth and comforting Awu. Not a lipservice and nonsense talk.

    He praise and encourage her at the same time. 

    His posture, his voice, his words, his reaction. Like Awu is his world. No wonder Awu called him back and hugged him with no hesitation.


    In fact, i love the way Xiao Qi treat Awu from the first time they met :love:

    I love this scene. Actually, what surprised me is that he told her that she has to be strong now as they face life and death together while he wiped her tears away. Another man might have wanted to keep her pampered and sheltered. After he tells her this, she nods and he hugs her again.


    I also like how he tells her not to hide behind her Wang family anymore. I think the Wang, Xie, Xu and other noble families are trouble. Let them kill each other fighting for power. I support none of them. The only people I support are Xiao Qi and A’Wu. I like A’wu’s mom and brother but unfortunately they can’t escape the Wang or royal family connections.


    By the way, it’s so yucky that A’wu’s brother’s wife is actually sleeping regularly with the second prince. Next thing she gets pregnant and passes it off as her husband’s if his father keeps forcing him to pay attention to her. Then he’ll be like the emperor who actually thinks the second prince is his son when he’s not. I honestly can’t wait to see the second prince fail. I naturally don’t like him. Maybe because he seems to have a slimy character. So, the crown prince is a dummy, the second prince a snake and the third prince a coward. All pretty lame in some way or another. 

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  15. @bomnie, I found Xiao Qi smoldering hot from the beginning. As a matter of fact, I don’t know any of these actors but just one look at this man with long hair that suits him, drew me to watch the show. lol The other guy who kidnaps her looks good too, objectively speaking, even if his character creeps me out in a real way because of his actions. 

    @hush puppy, I’m so very curious to watch the subbed episode 12. I really want to hear all that Xiao Qi revealed to A’Wu about her dad’s schemes and basically the way he used her as a pawn to attempt to get his hands on Xiao Qi’s military power. Thanks to you I know what he will say though. 

    @DramaLover, I can’t really comment on whether the romantic progress was fast because episodes 12 and above haven’t been released on Viki yet? Personally I think that once Xiao Qi told A’Wu the truth and she accepted it, all she needed to do now was to let go of the past. That stupid third prince made her wait all night for him in the rain and didn’t show up. A’Wu has probably long realized that their fate has ended. In fact, she even ordered her maid to burn the letter the third prince sent her. She probably had lingering feelings but she knows she’s a married woman now and she needs to put an end to those feelings. I think since she’s getting to know her husband better and they’ve cleared up their misunderstandings, it’s not hard to believe that she’s more open to her husband now because the reality is, he’s the person she has to spend her life with now. If he treats her respectfully, considerately and affectionately, I don’t see what’s to stop her from opening her heart to the man who will be her lifelong partner. I actually think this kind of relationship is nice too. When two people who weren’t in love marry, as was the custom in those days, and through mutual respect grow to love each other.

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  16. @minglanfan2, Story of Ming Lan is a huge favorite of mines. :D I also believe that Xiao Qi probably values the peace of the people more than getting involved in deadly political intrigues for personal gain. Unfortunately, since he commands an army, it’s inescapable that he will be drawn into political intrigues. He has already started to be targeted too so he will most likely come to that point where he is forced to enter the political fight to preserve his life, family and men. 

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  17. 11 hours ago, Catleya said:

    I could only watch until ep 9 because of eng sub.


    I so hate Helan Zhen because of he humiliates Princess Wang Xuan. I can understand men's ambition and revenge. But I could not tolerate if a man rappes a wife of someone just because of he wants to get his revenge to her husband. He is as low as an animal for me. :rage:


    And the king is a selfish man. Just like any other king in cdramas. I am a bit happy (just a bit) because of prime minister Wang poisoned him.


    I hope Wang Clan and general Xiao Qi can work together to save Princess Wang Xuan.



    Your writings make me can't wait to watch more eps @hush puppy :o



    I agree. This drama needs an actress with good acting quality. I don't remember if we have any young actress with impressive acting quality like Zhang Zi Yi when she was on her 20s (Memoir of a Geisha era). This is not just a melancoly romantic drama. This is a drama with complete plots and intriques. Political plots, tactic and strategy, affairs, wars, revenges, and romance. 

    I understand your feelings. As a female, I hate rape and sexual assault in any form. It really turns me off of a character. I hope that there aren’t any more scenes like those because I was honestly shocked when I saw that kind of stuff happening to the female lead. Usually women of her status are at home and/or surrounded by attendants. However, I suppose A’Wu will not be a normal woman of her times but she should at least have a female guard or something. 

    @hush puppythanks for all the background information you provided. That almost-rapist guy seem to have more to him. Maybe my mind will change about him but it still says something about his character that he would try raping a woman. So low. If he has something against a man, how about dealing with the man directly. 

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  18. @hush puppy, I wish I could discuss this show more with you but can you imagine that we only have four fully subbed episodes while you’re already on 17? Heh. So thank you so much for updating us on the story. I’m far behind. I didn’t understand why Wanru turned against A’Wu but your points make sense. I thought maybe she blamed A’Wu because the crown prince assaulted her instead of A’wu but turns out she has more reasons according to your points. 

    So second prince is not the son of the emperor? I didn’t see that coming at all. Anyway, since episode 3 was finally subbed, I do understand now why A’wu’s father decided not to be passive but began scheming against the emperor.

    Who exactly killed the tutor Gu? Was it the second prince and his hidden backer or some other party? 

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  19. 1 hour ago, jacquelinetan said:

    Wang Xuan's former maid under the Crown Princess' false claims was given poison to poison Wang Xuan and need a snow lotus which will be given to her by He Lan Zhen. I believe He Lan Zhen fell for the same qualities as did Xiao Qi.


    I liked it that Xiao Qi told the drunken Wang Xuan that she can always be the same playful girl that he first met at the festival in his company. Pampering his young wife and took her out to have some fun before settling her down to some bad news from her maternal home. If it was not for that letter, she was packing to join Xiao Qi to his next campaign.


    Loved the soldiers' loyalty to their Wang Fei.

    Wait, are you saying that the former maid poisoned Wang Xuan and she can only be cured by the guy who tried to rape her? Sorry, all I can think of him is that he’s an attempted rapist. Don’t like men who force themselves on women. 

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  20. @hush puppy said:

    7) The Emperor:  He was the one who planned the Kidnapping of Princess Wang Xuan. To thwart the PM's plan.  Frightening isn't it?  The emperor loves the Princess so much.  But will not hesitate to hurt/sacrifice her when needs arise.  His Hatred for the PM outstriped his Love for Princess Wang Xuan.  Again, the Princess became someone's else Pawn


    I am shocked! Wow! From the raw episodes I actually thought it was the second prince that got Awu kidnapped. I can’t believe it’s the emperor. Wow. Trust nobody. I hope Awu finds out. It seems the number of people she can trust is dwindling fast. About her maid, I wondered if she slept with the third prince because of some dire need but it turns out it’s the crown princess’s plot. Enemies everywhere. 


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  21. 13 hours ago, hush puppy said:




    Hi  @celebrianna 


    1) I don't know the ML before this drama.  But I know him now - Zhou Yi Wei.  I'm a Fan now.


    I love ep 12. The moment the Princess was kidnapped, I knew the "Rescue" by his "Shining Knight In Armour" will be the Highlight to look forward to.  And I'm not disappointed.  


    The Princess's father - the PM is very Ambitious.  He married her daughter off to the General for Political Reasons.  This Story is about Power Struggles.  According to the PM, there are 2 ways to win the struggle:

    -  Control of Supplies (Grains,  etc). The Xie Family has this

    -  The PM (Wang Family) has the Army.  They also has the monopoly of Empress position.  The current Empress is already the 12th Empress from the Wang Clan.


    So, since the PM has "incapacitate" (so he thought) the Emperor, he wants to further  his Control over the Army.  He has secretly met-up with the General three times  - seeking his alliance.


    Remember the Wedding Night, when the General rode away without informing his New Bride?  It was to prevent the PM from using his Army to execute an All Out Coup.


    This General is a very Smart Person.  He can strategise not just in Warfare, but also in Palace Intrigues.  He can "read" the situation well.  Plus he is a Gentleman, a Principled person and a good Husband.  I must say... at this stage, he is the Character-Role I'm focussing on.


    In ep 12, the General managed to answer all of the Princess's questions (doubts) and gain her trust...  and love definitely.  She realised now that she has all along been treated as "Pawn" by both the Queen and her Father.


    This Pair is on their way to be The Power Couple.  I couldn't wait for ep 13 and......





    Thank you for this. I love your explanation. It makes sense from what I can gather from watching the raw episodes. I didn’t want to think that the Father was after power and tried to do away with the king but your explanation confirmed it. I wasn’t sure though if Xiao Qi was going along with his plan or not. I’m very glad to hear that he didn’t allow the father to use him in an attempted coup. It shows he has a mind of his own. 

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