Fan Lihua’s Punishment of Her Son
The emperor makes Fan Lihua marquis and orders her to mount a punitive expedition against Su Baotong, who has arranged his troops in a tactical formation. A pregnant Lihua has her husband, Xue Dingshan, go up the mountain to ask for reinforcement and orders her adopted son, Yinglong, to spy on the enemy in an attempt to break up the formation.
Rumors circulate that Yinglong is at the same time looking for a girl to marry; Lihua is so angry that she orders her adopted son to be tied up and be executed at the gate of the camp. Despite her husband’s and others’ pleas for her son, Lihua will not relent. Helplessly, Lihua’s husband comes to the gate to bid a tearful farewell to his son. Lihua is so moved that she releases the young man.
Yinglong breaks into the formation alone and kills the general, who was once engaged to Lihua. Before he dies, the general vows that he will turn into a ferocious spirit and have his revenge. Later, the enemy arranges itself in the Golden Light Formation and the adopted son is killed in action next to the Luhua River.Lihua and her husband cry bitterly over their son’s body and pledge to avenge his death. Despite her pregnancy, Lihua goes into battle and gives birth to a son on the battlefield. Lihua’s troops deal the enemy a crushing defeat and they return to the capital in triumph.