I now proceed to condense volume 27 of The Ravages of Time.
- Chapter 215: Sima Yi meets Guo Jia again in the rain.
- Chapter 216: Lü Bu attacks Liu Bei by surprise.
- Chapter 217: Zhang Fei duels Lü Bu and gets kicked by Red Hare.
- Chapter 218: Liu Bei uses his wives as bait in order to flee.
- Chapter 219: Qin Yilu sets a trap for Liu Bei in Gucheng.
- Chapter 220: Zhang Liao interferes in Lü Bu’s duel to rescue and repay Guan Yu.
- Chapter 221: Sima Yi meets Liu Bei along the water.
- Chapter 222: Liu Bei reunites with Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
This volume mainly covers the schemes and twists involved as Lü Bu betrays Liu Bei one more time (in order to remove a future threat) while Cao Cao prepares for his second campaign in Xuzhou (also to remove a future threat before the fight against Yuan Shao). Sima Yi also shows up, getting his first renewed chance to get close to Cao Cao and even meeting Liu Bei personally (thus connecting his revenge plan with Liaoyuan Huo’s new lease in life). The dramatic focus is on Liu Bei, who barely survives another traumatic experience that would strengthen his resolve to continue his quest.