As the rumor that Ju Mong will be taken to Han as a hostage spreads throughout the palace, Geum Wa, Yu Hwa, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo, and Ye So Ya are plunged into grief. But they are unable to devise a feasible alternative. Bu Deuk Bul observes to Dae So that it would be safer to keep Ju Mong inside the palace than to send him to Han, where he could pose a greater threat, and recommends that he send Young Po instead.
When Young Po learns that there has been talk of sending him to Han as a hostage, he becomes infuriated and seeks out Bu Deuk Bul. He warns Bu Deuk Bul that the latter will soon pay the price for disdaining him. Young Po and Do Chi secretly gather a group of fighters and train them rigorously in order to overthrow Dae So. O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo watch from afar and inform Ju Mong of the fact. Recalling what Young Po once said to him, Ju Mong leaps to his feet and goes looking for Young Po.
Thanks to Ju Mong’s aid, Dae So barely escapes with his life from the threat posed by Young Po’s rebellion. Unable to suppress his anger, he kills Do Chi and Han Dang with a single stroke and aims his sword at Young Po’s throat.
Han sends an envoy to escort Ju Mong, who is the hostage for Bu Yeo’s security. Ju Mong prepares to leave Bu Yeo, but O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo volunteer to accompany him to Han. Yu Hwa advises her son that it would be best to go through with his wedding to Ye So Ya and go with her. Meanwhile, So Seo No learns that Chae Ryeong has been in league with Song Yang. She goes to Chae Ryeong and warns him that she will not stand by and watch if such a thing ever happens again…
Hearing that Ju Mong is inviting the heads of tribes and merchant bands to his wedding, Woo Tae is thrown briefly into distress. However, So Seo No declares that she will attend in order to shake off the bonds of her past relationship with Ju Mong.
Ju Mong professes his intention to send the expatriated refugees to Han as slaves. Shocked by his dramatic change, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo bid farewell to Ju Mong.
Meanwhile, Ju Mong leads the troops from Han, Jin Beon, and Im Doon in hunting down refugees. At this complete turnaround in Ju Mong’s attitude, even the Queen begins to have doubts…
Surveying the refugee camp under the guidance of the guards, Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo are busily making preparations to lead the refugees in escaping Bu Yeo. At that moment, news arrives that Man Ho was caught trying to escape the camp at the head of some refugees. Ju Mong and his cohort hurriedly visit Man Ho in his tent. Saying that he can see Hae Mo Soo and asking Ju Mong to restore their lost kingdom, Man Ho draws his last breath.
Seol Ran’s bodyguard Hahu Cheon is discovered by Ju Mong in the act of tailing him under Seol Ran’s orders. Ju Mong goes to Seol Ran’s sleeping quarters with his knife at Hahu Cheon’s throat. He warns that if she tries to put him under surveillance one more time, he will consider Hahu Cheon a spy of Han and cut his throat. Unable to suppress her rising anger, Seol Ran trembles.
After hearing from Ma Wu Ryeong that the three-legged bird’s energy is covering all of Bu Yeo, the Queen tells Dae So to beware of Ju Mong as he seems to be planning something. However, Dae So has already placed his trust in Ju Mong, who saved his life and does not shirk hardships…
Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo, who visited the refugee camp, lead the refugees and leave Bu Yeo. After watching from afar, Song Ju goes to the tent where Geum Wa and Yu Hwa are sojourning and tell them the news, which greatly relieves them. In order to prevent Na Ro and other generals from joining the pursuit, Geum Wa summons Na Ro, who is serving as his guard, and demands that they leave for the hot springs in Mt. Taebong, far away from Bu Yeo Palace.
While Ye So Ya and her attendant are busily walking with their eye on their surroundings, Hahu Cheon and his soldiers block their path and take them to Seol Ran. She demands to know who Ye So Ya was planning to meet outside the palace, but she refuses to answer. In response, Seol Ran confines Ye So Ya in her room and orders her men to keep strict watch. After waiting for Ye So Ya, Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song see soldiers guarding her chamber and realize that something has gone wrong. Perplexed, they are forced to flee Bu Yeo on their own.
Meanwhile, Dae So and the ministers receive the report that Ju Mong is heading for Hyeon To with a group of refugees. In great consternation, they try to assess the situation. Learning that Ye So Ya was captured while attempting to escape and that Mo Pal Mo and the ironsmiths have disappeared, Dae So raises his troops and sets out in pursuit of Ju Mong…
Ju Mong, who has decided to attack the Han Baek clan, hastens the production of steel swords. He busily prepares for the impending campaign, building watch towers and beacons in covert locations. Yu Hwa learns of Ye So Ya’s pregnancy. She goes to Geum Wa and stresses that they must get her out as soon as possible. Geum Wa summons Dae So to his quarters and tells him that it is inhuman for him to keep the pregnant Ye So Ya in prison. After much consideration, Dae So calls Na Ro and tells him to move Ye So Ya from the jail to her own quarters.
On the outskirts of the Han Baek settlement, a burning arrow soars into the night sky and the Da Mul Forces, led by Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo and Moo Song, begin their assault. Seol Tak, who receives the report of Ju Mong’s attack while drinking with his men, begins to flee in great alarm…
Dae So, who arrives at Mt. Bon Gye with the Cavalry in order to strike at Ju Mong, sends a reconnaissance force to ascertain if there is an ambush in wait. Na Ro reports back to Dae So that there is no ambush, and Dae So begins to climb the Mt. Bon Gye valley with the Cavalry as the advance force.
Ju Mong, who has been lying in wait in the forest for the enemy to arrive, shoots a flaming arrow into the sky. With the arrow as their signal, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo and the Da Mul Forces, who had also been hiding in the forest, attack Dae So’s troops. Dae So, who barely escapes the assault with his life, is set upon once more by Jae Sa, Mu Gol, and Muk Geo, who have prepared an ambush in another location.
Meanwhile, Chae Ryeong calls So Seo No, who is with child, and makes the unreasonable request for her to lead the merchant band on a trip to Ok Jeo. After considering at length, So Seo No decides to embark on the long journey to accumulate wealth.
At the news that Bu Yeo plans to ferret out the remaining refugees and send them to Han as slaves, Ju Mong leads the Da Mul Forces in order to rescue them. At that moment, Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song arrive on their horses and convey Yeo Mi Eul’s instruction to suspend the attack. Yeo Mi Eul herself, who arrives shortly thereafter, observes that the roundup of the refugees may be a trap and bears further investigation.
Ju Mong confirms that the Cavalry is following the procession of refugees that Na Ro is leading. Determined to completely break Dae So’s spirit at this opportunity, Ju Mong attempts a surprise attack. Meanwhile, So Seo No, who arrives at the Hwang Ryong at the head of her band, strikes a successful deal…
Dae So sends Ju Mong a letter declaring that he will execute Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya if Ju Mong does not appear at Bu Yeo Palace. After debating lengthily over the letter, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo decide not to inform Ju Mong but plan a covert rescue of the two women instead.
Ju Mong sets off on a reconnaissance mission with Jae Sa, Mu Gol, and Muk Geo in order to subjugate the Chang Cheon Gok clan. He captures an envoy headed for Hyeon To in order to survey the situation in Bu Yeo and finds the letter he is carrying. While reading the letter, Ju Mong asks after Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya and is shocked to hear that Dae So is planning to execute them both if Ju Mong does not show himself at Bu Yeo Palace. Meanwhile, Yu Hwa succeeds in sneaking Mu Deok out of the palace and getting a letter to Ju Mong, with the aid of the royal physician…
So Seo No meets Dae So for the deal in Bu Yeo. She implores his magnanimity, saying there’s nothing left for her now except for her merchant band, and Dae So permits the sale with a faint yet cold smile on his lips.
Yu Hwa lies in bed, nursed by Ye So Ya and the Royal Physician. Hearing the news, Dae So decides, after much consideration, to release Geum Wa from confinement in his quarters and allow him to visit Yu Hwa. In Yu Hwa’s bedchamber, Geum Wa is struck silent with concern and weeps with Yu Hwa’s hand in his…
Meanwhile, Ju Mong, who has obtained through Sa Yong a map revealing a secret passageway into Bu Yeo Palace, resolves to rescue Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya. Accompanied by O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo, and Jae Mu Muk, he sneaks into the palace…
Come back tomorrow for the next 10 episodes. Thanks to Donna G. for sending this to me.
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