The ancient sages said, "Do not despise the snake for having no horns, for who is to say it will not become a dragon?". So may one just man become an army. Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, at the time of the Sung dynasty, there was a cruel and corrupt government. These men riding are outlaws, heroes who have been driven to live in the water margins of Liang Shan Po, far to the south of the capital city. Each fights tyranny with a price on his head, in a world very different from our own. The story starts in legend even then, for our heroes, it was said, were perhaps the souls reborn of other, earlier knights.
17. The Traps of Love and Hate Even humans are human and fallible. The way is to give up judgement. The ancient sages said, unless he renounces cleverness, even the cleverest man in the world will never find the small secret of how to be happy - if that matters. 18. A Foolish Sage Who Got Involved The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot truly be changed by interference.