Synopsis: Set in the Tang Dynasty, Ran Yu is a noblewoman who becomes interested in forensic science after her Mother’s mysterious suicide and begins to solve murder cases. She meets a judicial official and an assassin by chance and finds true love through the course of searching for the truth.
NB: Get your tissues ready, this part is probably the saddest part of the drama no matter who you support
- Wooden Fish: Otherwise known as a chinese temple block. This is an instrument that Buddhist monks use when reciting sutras/mantras or other Buddhists texts.
- Calculation of 9 steps: This is a type of chinese mathematical riddle using 9 squares to solve problems. The main topic is in the centre and usually cannot be moved. It’s believed to be an early version of sudoku. Mentioned in the I Ching a chinese book about divination and feng shui. One example this method was employed was to use it to factor in weather, transport networks, depth of the river to work out how to prevent flooding etc.
- Did not teach her well: The chinese at the time the drama was set strictly abided the 3 cardinal guides. This was the ruler guides his subject, the father guides his son and the husband guides his wife. That is why if the wife commits a mistake, the husband can be punished as well for not guiding/teaching her well.
- A truly good strategy…effortless to carry out: from the book Guiguzi a book about political strategy, lobbying, discourse and chinese philosophy. It’s translated in english and I personally find it a quite interesting book. If you run a business or you’re a lobbyist I would recommend checking it out as you can probably apply some of the concepts within it.
- Yin writing: According to the book Six secret teachings, this was an early example of military code used to pass on messages confidentially to the receiver and difficult to decode.
- East wind: Another word for a catalytic/trigger event.