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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州缥缈录

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@a_tumiwa No it was never mentioned in the drama that SSQ is of the Spirit race, merely that she was an assassin, who at the age of 16, was under the employ of Duke Baili to tail You Changji, and ended up falling in love with the man. 

 

Rewatching the drama from the beginning, and the feels come rushing back, some hitting harder than others because I already know what lies ahead for them. The bond between our Nanhuai trio takes on particular significance and poignancy, while SSQ and XY's aching relationship still hits me where it hurts. Some dialogue now take on especial meaning, and it is interesting to note that LBC was not lying when he assured the Grand Princess the era for an empress to rule the Eastern Lands is at hand... except now, we realise that it was XZ, not the Grand Princess who would ascend to the throne. Still, with the various missteps that Chenyue made, did LBC really know that he was prophesying the future, or was it merely the imperfect visions he saw in his capacity as the high priest of Chenyue, which he used to his advantage to move the pieces on the chessboard he has carefully planned out? I don't know. 

 

Still no news of the release of the instrumental soundtrack so far, so I am keeping this teaser of the Battle Theme from the composer Tan Xuan's Weibo on repeat on my playlist. Hope it gets released soon.

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@liddi so in the end, the consent between xiatang and qingyang was in vain? the marriage of Asule and Yuran also become useless? after a few years, Xiatang still never send provision to qingyang, and qingyang never send the cavalry like their early agreement   

 

btw , 4 generals of eastland, who is the last one? did he make an appearance in the drama?

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@a_tumiwa Qingyang, or more specifically LGC's brothers declared the treaty between Qingyang and Lower Tang as void upon the death of his father, and that Duke Baili was free to deal with LGC as he sees fit. Throughout the events of the drama, I don't believe his marriage to YR was ever formally dissolved. So to be exact, it is Qingyang who broke the treaty, and not the other way round, and is unrelated to the state of the marriage, sham or otherwise.

 

Since the drama ends with Qingyang facing off the Wolf tribe, there is no indication whether the Qingyang that survives the war manages to obtain provisions from the Eastern Lands anymore. Still, I am inclined to think that with XZ on the throne, and knowing the reason LGC came to the Eastern Lands in the first place, a new treaty might be drawn with Lower Tang, the house of which she is married to, that would provide Qingyang with what they need. I believe that BLNQ, having obtained the power and authority that he wants for his clan, would agree to such a treaty if there is one, since it is also in his interests to maintain a good relationship with his empress. My 2 cents.

 

The Four Great Generals of the Eastern Lands are:

Dragon General Bai Yi of Chu Wei, always dressed in white robes. Also known as the greatest general in the Eastern lands

Tiger General Hua Ye of Chun. Commander of the Wind Tiger cavalry. Also known as Ugly Tiger, due to his appearance.
Fox General Xi Yan of Lower Tang, always dresssed in black armour
Leopard General Tuoba Shanyue of Lower Tang. Skilled in offensive strategy, so there is an Eastern saying "Avoid the mountain if you meet it", referring to his name 山 shan which means "mountain"

 

We've met all of them except the Tiger General Hua Ye.

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after the marriage of asule and yuran, QingYang should send the cavalry (50k?) to xiatang as a part of deal, but they didnt send any . 

if the qingyang-er didnt  want to send , why they agree with the deal from the beginning?, that's make Asule spent so many years in vain in eastland

 

btw,

does Yuran know martial arts? it seems that early chapter she know martial arts, later... she transform and become like a lady who doesnt know at all

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@a_tumiwa The agreement is for Qingyang to send 5000 soldiers of the Tiger Panther cavalry. I don't recall it being mentioned that none were sent. I believe the soldiers in the initial agreement must have already been sent, else Duke Baili would not have held his peace as long as he did. Certainly, LGC's uncle who escorted him to the Eastern Lands brought along over a hundred soldiers of the Iron Army which he handed over to LGC during the battle at Gubei Pass, so it is inconceivable that the agreed upon soldiers did not travel to the Eastern lands either.

 

I don't think YR knows any real martial skills, though she is certainly adept in escaping from trouble, and she definitely does not lack for courage as seen when they helped LGC fight the Chiya who killed Suma. YTZ described the Goddess of War as wearing lacquered armour woven with golden silk, shooting steel arrows from a green jewelled bow. In addition, the book also describes the Goddess of War as having incredible martial powers. As such, once YR became the Goddess of War, she would have inherited the powers and skills as befitting her role as the guardian of Qingzhou.

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On 1/11/2019 at 11:35 PM, skibbies said:

They were filming for ages, Song Zu'er seems to indicate 9 months? which is a lot. So they likely extended the episode cut after they finished filming and editing it. SARFT would never extend your dramas for you, it's investors who do. But yeah, this series have 6 books compared to Tribes and Empire's 1, so there's plenty of source material to draw from, just a matter of how you adapt it. Side note, Ever Night is 3 times as long as Eagle Eye (380mil characters vs 124mil), so the decision to do 3 season split is pretty wise.

 

380 million? is that information accurate?

one of Jin Yong's work, the Legend of the Condor heroes, has less than 1m characters (900k+) , i dont think Novoland Eagle Flag is 400x thicker than LOCH

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On 9/20/2019 at 2:41 PM, a_tumiwa said:

 

380 million? is that information accurate?

one of Jin Yong's work, the Legend of the Condor heroes, has less than 1m characters (900k+) , i dont think Novoland Eagle Flag is 400x thicker than LOCH

I missed decimal points there (also struggle to translate numbers across systems lol) XD 3.8mil and 1.2mil. They are longer than Jin Yong's work though, yeah.

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This drama is not so bad. Although I lost interest at EP 20+ coz I realised my cutie pie prince wasn’t getting his cutie pie girl (btw does anyone think that YR looks like a very young Cecilia Chung with a round poofy face n a teeny mouth much like a cartoon hamster or beaver....so cute!)....

 

...I abandoned the drama n watched Nivarna in Fire 2 to see my cutie pie prince get his girl this time (another cute round poofy face!). After I was done with NIF2 I missed my boy so much I decided to continue with  NEF...telling myself it’s ok my boy doesn’t get any girl.....sob.

 

Lo n behold a beeyoutifoo Princess appears n she so obviously n sincerely loves Asule so dearly and purely. Little frowas burst from within my heart!! I’m so happy there’s a ship again! I think XZ is so cool n smart! I love her to bits and totally give my blessings for her to be with Asule. Poor kids Living in those turbulent times really need each other. But I know (even tho I’m at ep 49 only)! (Coz I’ve reading the posts here) that alas theirs is not a happy together ending. Sob.
 

Nevertheless becoz of these 2 the drama is so much more watchable. I find the drama too dark....both literally n figuratively. for eg to me, YR’s fate is horrifying! What a sad sad sad future! Living in solitude in an ugly place eating horrible jellies. And this writer is sadistic to say the least to pick the most cheerful & carefree character to be incarcerated like that. 
 

JY’s fate is only slightly better....his dream girl turned into a freaking bird! Wth!

 

As for My boy n her gal.....sigh....what’s wrong with this writer seriously? I hope another writer takes over and finishes the story on a much happier note. There are 2 pairs of lovebirds (no pun intended vis-à-vis YR ;P) readily available and so perfect for each other n so in love.....Not difficult to write this part 2 of the story and give the 4 a happy ending! They deserve it given the hell they’ve gone thru n how good these pp are. 

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The lack of news with regards to the release of Novoland Eagle Flag's instrumental soundtrack is ominous, even more so when considering that Love & Destiny which aired and concluded around the same time, and which soundtrack has the same composer as NEF, already has its soundtrack album released (albeit with only 12 songs) soon after the series ended. I am slowly losing hope that we will ever have the chance to hear NEF's instrumental soundtrack in its entirety, if any at all, which is truly a shame as it boasts some truly breathtaking motifs. Hopefully this is not the case, and it will see the light of day, soon.

 

Am following the re-broadcast currently, and despite the unevenness of the execution, the heart of the narrative does not fail to draw me in, and I end up missing this universe and the bonds that define it still. Watching the Nanhuai trio in happier times is bittersweet, knowing that fate would tear them apart as they come into their destiny. And it is doubly poignant that Yuran, the most carefree of them all, the one whose only wish is for them to never be apart, would be fated to spend the rest of her life isolated from the world and everyone she loves - never to see them again, forced to shoulder and find fulfillment in her responsibility as the sentinel of her people for the remaining days of her life.

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