Oracle for Along the Water’s Edge…

2008 Jan 15

Creating a Water Margin-based oracle for In a Wicked Age is about the simplest thing known to mankind. Each chapter of the epic is titled with two short lines describing major happenings in that section of the story. All I have to do is type all the chapter headings up and post them on Abulafia. Here’s a start, from Pearl Buck’s translation:


  • Heavenly Teacher Zhang prays to dispel the evil flux.
  • Commander Heng mistakenly frees the demons.


  1. Wang The Chief Instructor goes secretly to Yan An Fu.
  2. The Nine Dragoned makes a mighty turmoil at the Village of the Shi Family.
  3. Shi Jin escapes by night from Hua Ying.
  4. Captain Lu kills the bully of Guanxi with his fists.
  5. The Lord Chao repairs the temple to the Wenzhu god.
  6. Lu The Priest makes a mighty turmoil on The Five Crested Mountain.
  7. The little robber king in drunkenness enters the gold-spangled curtains.
  8. In the night The Tattooed Priest greatly disturbs the peach flower village.
  9. The Nine Dragoned Shi Jin turns robber in the forest of red pines.
  10. Lu Zhishen burns The Temple To The Mountain God.
  11. The Tattooed Priest, and how he pulled up the weeping willow.
  12. The Leopard Headed unwittingly enters The Hall of White Tigers.
  13. Lin Chong is branded and sent into exile.
  14. The Tattooed Priest creates a vast turmoil in The Wood Of The Wild Boar.
  15. Chai Jin welcomes to his door guests from everywhere under Heaven.
  16. Lin Chong overcomes Captain Hung with his staff.
  17. Through wind and snow Lin Chong goes to The Temple Of The Mountain God.
  18. Lu The Guard takes fire and burns the Temple granaries.
  19. Zhu Gui lets fly a singing arrow from The Pavilion In The Lake.
  20. Lin Chong on a snowy night ascends the mountain of the robbers’ lair.
  21. Lin Chong becomes a robber in the Great Lair.
  22. Yang Zhi goes to the capitol city to sell his knife.
  23. The Eager Vanguard struggles for glory in the northern capitol.
  24. Zhou Qing and The Blue-Faced Exile compete in battle.
  25. The Redheaded Devil sleeps drunken in the temple.
  26. Chao The Heavenly King in the Village Of The East Creek acknowledges one for his nephew.
  27. Wu Yong exhorts the three Ruan Brothers to join the robber band.
  28. Gongsun Sheng fulfills The Prophecy Of The Seven Stars.
  29. Yang Zhi guards the bearers of the gift-treasure.
  30. Wu Yong takes the gift-treasure by guile.
  31. The Tattooed Priest alone conquers The Double Dragon Mountain.
  32. With The Blue-Faced Beast he captures The Temple Of The Precious Pearl.
  33. The Beautiful Bearded traps The Winged Tiger by guile.
  34. Song Jiang secretly frees Chao The Heavenly King.
  35. Lin Chong kills a comrade in the robbers’ lair.
  36. Chao Gai conquers the lair and that without great pains.
  37. The heroes of the robbers’ lair do reverence to Chao Gai.
  38. Liu T’ang travels by the light of the moon to the city of Yün Ch’en.
  39. The old woman Yien in a fit of drunkenness beats T’ang Liu Er.
  40. Song Jiang in his wrath kills P’o Hsi.
  41. The old woman Yien makes a great ado in the court.
  42. Chu T’ang because of friendship allows Song Jiang to go free.
  43. Chai Jin presses his guests to stay.
  44. Wu Song kills the great tiger of Ching Yang Ridge.
  45. The old woman Wang, desirous of a bribe, rouses evil passions.
  46. Yün Ko in a madness of anger makes a furor in a teashop.
  47. The old woman Wang now thinks to advise Hsi Men Ch’ing by guile.
  48. The adulteress poisons Wu The Elder.
  49. Ho steals the bones of Wu The Elder at the funeral pyre.
  50. Wu Song makes sacrifice of heads to the spirit of his elder brother.
  51. The she-monster of the sea sells human flesh on the road to Meng Chou.
  52. Wu Song meets Zhang Qing at The Cross Roads Ridge.
  53. Wu Song‘s power shakes The Encampment Of Peace.
  54. Shi En justly takes the back The Happy Wood Wine Shop.
  55. Shi En seizes the road to Meng Chou once more.
  56. Wu Song in his drunkenness beats Chiang The God Of The Gate.
  57. Shi En goes thrice to the goal of deaths.
  58. Wu Song creates a vast turmoil at The Pool Of The Flying Cloud.
  59. Blood splatters The Hall Of The Mandarin Ducks.
  60. Wu Song walks by night on Centipede Hill.
  61. The priest Wu in his drunkenness beats K’ung Liang.
  62. The Five Hued Tiger frees Song Jiang with all courtesy.
  63. Song Jiang goes by night to see The Lantern Mountain.
  64. Hua Yung makes a mighty disturbance in The Camp Of Clear Winds.
  65. He Who Rules Three Mountains greatly disturbs Ch’ing Chou.
  66. The Fire In The Thunderclap passes through a wasteland in the night.
  67. The General writes a letter in a village inn.
  68. Hua Yung shoots a wild goose with his arrow.
  69. Wu Yong of the robbers’ lair introduces Dai Zhong.
  70. Song Jiang comes upon Li Chün at Ching Yang River.
  71. He Whom No Obstacle Can Stay pursues The Opportune Rain, Song Jiang.
  72. The Boatman Zhang disturbs Chiang Chou.
  73. The Opportune Rain meets The Magic Messenger.
  74. The Black Whirlwind fights with White Stripe In The Waves.
  75. Song Jiang writes a revolutionary poem in the Ching Yang inn.
  76. Dai Zhong of the robbers’ lair brings a false letter.
  77. The heroes from the robbers’ lair make a rescue from the execution grounds.
  78. They gather at The Temple To The White Dragon.
  79. Song Jiang by guile captures the city of Wu Wei Chün.
  80. Chang Shih captures Huang Wen Ping alive.
  81. In a village three books are received from Heaven.
  82. Song Jiang sees The Goddess Of The Ninth Heaven.
  83. The false Li Kui robs lonely villagers in the wilderness.
  84. The Black Whirlwind kills four tigers on the Mountain I Ning.
  85. The Five Hued Leopard meets Dai Zhong upon a bypath.
  86. Yang Xiong meets Shi Xiu upon a market street.
  87. Yang Xiong in drunkenness curses his wife.
  88. Shi Xiu by his guile kills P’ei Ju Hai.
  89. Yang Xiong greatly disturbs the mountain called The Jade Screen.
  90. Shi Xiu burns the inn of the Chu family.
  91. The Eagle Who Smites The Heavens twice writes a letter of brotherhood.
  92. Song Jiang goes for the first time to attack the village of the Chu famiy.
  93. The Ten Foot Green Snake alone captures Wang The Dwarf Tiger.
  94. Song Jiang attacks the village of Chu for a second time.
  95. The two brothers Hsieh escape from the gaol.
  96. The two brothers Sheng rush into the goal, mighty to save.
  97. Wu Yong uses a double-linked plot.
  98. Song Jiang thrice attacks the village of Chu.
  99. The Winged Tiger uses his rack to strike a maid.
  100. The Beautiful Bearded in a careless instant loses the magistrate’s son.
  101. Li Kui kills Ying T’ien Hsi.
  102. Chai Jin is made prisoner in Kao T’ang Chou.
  103. Dai Zhong for the second time sees Gongsun Sheng.
  104. Li Kui alone splits in half Lo The Holy Man.
  105. The Dragon Of The Clouds uses his magic to vanquish Kao Lien.
  106. The Black Whirlwind descends into a well to save Chai Jin.
  107. The Commander Kao leads forth three ranks of soldiers.
  108. Hu Yien Shu sets out two ranks of horsemen.
  109. Wu Yong sends Shun Ch’ien to steal armor.
  110. T’ang Lung decoys Ch’ü Ling to the mountain lair.
  111. Ch’ü Ling teaches the robbers how to use the hook-bladed spear.
  112. Song Jiang overcomes the chained horsemen.
  113. The three mountains gather together to attack Ch’ing Chou.
  114. All the tigers turn to the robbers’ lair.
  115. Wu Yong takes The Golden Bell by guile.
  116. Song Jiang makes a disturbance in The Great Hua Mountain Of The West.
  117. Gongsun Sheng vanquishes The Devil On The Mountain Of Wild Grass And Rocks.
  118. Chao Gai is wounded with an arrow in the village of Chen T’ou.
  119. Wu Yong beguiles The Jade Ch’i Lin.
  120. Zhang Shun by night disturbs The Golden Sands.
  121. Yien Ch’ing lets fly a lone arrow and saves his lord.
  122. Shi Xiu leaps from a balcony on the execution ground.
  123. Song Jiang and his fighting men attack Ta Ming Fu.
  124. Guan Sheng seeks a way to seize the robbers’ lair.
  125. Hu Yien Shu deceives Guan Sheng on a moonlit night.
  126. Song Jiang seizes So Ch’ao upon a snowy day.
  127. The spirit of The Pagoda-Moving Heavenly King Chao Gai appears as a god.
  128. White Stripe In The Waves Zhang Shun takes his revenge upon the face of the waters.
  129. Shi Qian burns The House Of The Jade Cloud.
  130. Wu Yong takes the city of Ta Ming Fu by guile.
  131. Song Jiang rewards the victorious robbers.
  132. Guan Sheng overcomes two warriors of water and of fire and leads them to the lair.
  133. Song Jiang attacks by night the village of the Chen family.
  134. Lu Junyi seizes Shi Wen Kung alive.
  135. The Nine Dragoned through accident is imprisoned in the city of Tung P’ing.
  136. In great mercy Song Jiang sets free The Warrior Of The Two Spears.
  137. The Featherless Arrow lets fly stones against the heroes.
  138. Song Jiang discards the grain and captures a warrior.
  139. The Hall of Righteousness And Loyalty receives words from Heaven upon a tablet of stone.
  140. The heroes of the robbers’ lair are fearful because of an evil dream.

One Response to “Oracle for Along the Water’s Edge…”

  1. […] most of today updating my Water Margin oracle. I typed up all the chapter titles from Pearl Buck’s translation, began converting the names […]

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