Be warned: approach this episode with a smile then you should be all right 🙂
Thub is detained. He says, “I did my best, my RaJun fellows…”
Cannonballs continue to hit RaJun Camp.
Thub says, “I could repay you only this much….”
Sang and Khab duck the blast. Feng feels a sudden pain in her belly. Feuang tells her to sit down. Feng says she can handle it. Feuang tells her not to be stubborn, at least think of another life inside her. Feng says their enemies are coward attacking them with cannons, but they must make them see that they aren’t scared to die. “They will never defeat RaJuns’ hearts! Let’s go!”
Villagers are trying to put out the fire.
NuatKaeo feels sad looking at lives lost. He tells the camp seniors to get out there and fight, whether death or alive, let them see their courageous hearts, and not to let the enemies insult and call them cowards who get frightened by cannons. “Let’s not be like that. If we will become captives, let them have corpses!”
Khun San says he likes what Kaeo is saying. If they stay put, they will die anyway, but if they fight, they will only die sooner, but will trade with some enemies’ lives.
“Our volunteered group to die will line up and take turn to let them kill us. The defeated ones shouldn’t stay alive to be insulted. Let’s get out there and let them wipe out Rajuns!” Khun San shouts.
In tells NuatKaeo, “Go, my friend.” then he orders, “Open the gate!”
They march out of the camp.
Chote shouts, “Close the gate!”
“Ban Khun Lok Camp”
Suki is giving order to his troops. He says they will attack them at the back of the camp and fire cannons to stop them from fleeing, none of them must survive.
“While I, will lead the troops to attack at the front. We will have a good time circling them and slash them from the front and the back. We mustn’t let those Rajuns know and be alerted.” Suki says.
Ong Nai hides from them while listening.
Khun San reaches the front line. Ava soldier sounds the drum.
Suki shouts, “I’m confident that I and my army will destroy those Rajuns to pieces!”. The troops cheer.
Mayi-woon runs to tell Saya that there are Rajuns coming close to their camp. Ong Nai is worried.
Khun San and his group run to face with their enemies. More Ava troops rush out of the camp for a counterattack.
“BangRaJun, fight!” Khun San shouts.
More Ava troops keep pouring out of their camp. Rajun forces are outnumbered, and Khun San got shot from behind.
PunRueang tells ThongSaengYai to get down from the tower and console the campers. There are only two of them left now. ThongSaengYai asks if he’s sure that Khun San and Jun (NuatKaeo) will not return ever. PunRueang asks if, until now, he still thinks those warriors will come back.
With teary eyes, ThongSaengYai asks if he’s not going to let him have a tiny hope left at least.
“We are the camp’s leaders, do not show them your weakness. They ran from troubles to rely on us. They thought we could protect them. Just go down and console them.” PunRueang says.
ThongSaengYai wipes his tears and walks down the stairs. The villagers get back to work fixing the wreckage.
PunRueang looks far beyond on the top of the tower, hoping for a sign of any survivors.
Back to the front line, Khun San bravely marches toward Ava gunmen and got shot again. NuatKaeo fights all his might, nevertheless, he gets slashed many times all over his body. Both Khun San and NuatKaeo continue to fight even when they are severely injured.
Back at KrungSri, a soldier splashes a bucket of water at Thub’s face. Thub appears bruised and blue from being tortured. Meun Sri asks Thub if he will tell him who sent him here or not.
“I came from RaJun Camp.” Thub says faintly.
Meun Sri punches his face. “You’re lying! Would a traitor like you even pick up a sword to fight the battle? You had deserted. A spy is hard to speak out. Splash him! Get him out and I will whip him till he dies in my hand.”
“Stop! Do not whip him!” A official walks over. He says Thun JaoKhun Rattanathibet asked him to bring this prisoner to him. Meun Sri argues that he told him already that he would interrogate this man himself.
The official says he can’t do that because Khun Luang Wat Pradu gave a royal command for him to come take this man for an audience. Meun Sri turns away and wonders why the matter has to reach the ears of the king’s (ordained) younger brother.
The official orders the soldiers to release Thub.
Thub is having an audience with (former) King Uthumphon (who entered monkhood). He lies on the floor feeling too weak to get up. The monk comes to stand in front of him.
Thub pays respect to him.
“Khun Luang Wat Pradu RongTham (King Uthumphon)”
“I’ve heard so many accounts of Bang RaJun villagers. I must praise their courageous hearts for being Thai. You take so much after your father: honest but prideful, bow to no one should that person doesn’t uphold the moral precepts.” the monk says.
“Your Highness, I have no one to turn to. Without cannons to fight them, BangRaJun Camp will be completely destroyed. People inside the camp will all die.” Thub makes a request.
The monk sits down and asks how many cannons he will be able to defeat them. He says the enemies have thousands of cannons and to take away cannons from the capital at this time is highly dangerous. He says he can’t see how they will be able to push through a hundred thousand of Ava troops to reach BangRaJun.
The monk adds, “I will have to beg you, even though KrungSri may have as many as thousand cannons, artillerymen cannot be dispatched outside the capital wall. There’s no way that can happen.”
Thub says without His Highness’s kindness, he begs to be released to die in Rajun Camp. He wants to return there and die with Rajuns. Thub cries.
The monk turns to JaoKhun Rattanathibet, who says he has another way to do it. He says High Highness gave a royal command for him to take a molder to mold cannons at BangRajun itself.
The monk tells Thub to hurry and take Thun JaoKun Rattanathibet to BangRajun. He says he heard that Ne Myo Thihapate’s army is thinking of marching from the mouth of the Prasob River to Pho Sam Ton, and if that happens, he may never reach BangRaJun Camp.
“Thun JaoKhun, BangRaJun is also Thais, so go and help us Thais. For His Majesty (the king), I will inform him of this matter myself. But, you must return to protect the city wall in time, before the Ava army seals all the entries.” The monk orders.
Thub bows to the monk’s feet showing him his deep gratitude. Thub weeps.
“Go now. At this time, whether it’s the king or his subjects, they are equally sharing the same heavy burden of how to protect this land for Thai children and grandchildren.” the monk says.
Thub touches his monk robe to his forehead.
*Not sure if it’s correct to use ‘His Highness’ for the monk
At Rajun Camp, the women are at it again. One asks where the cannon is, and no one even came back since they left for battle. Pliu (the chubby one) says all of them must be dead already and they are next ones to die.
Arb asks Pliu how she could say that when those warriors went out to fight for them and if they are going to die, they will die for them as well. He asks why not feel grateful to them. Chuang yells at them that for those who do nothing and kept asking for help, why not try helping themselves first!
Khab tells Arb and Chuang to stop it, it’s not the time to quarrel. He tells Pliu and the group to get some rest and they will take care of things here.
A woman yells that he can’t answer when they will get the cannon. Chuang shouts back that they are in this camp together so who will know when Thub will bring back the cannon. A woman says may be they all got killed by Ava already.
Arb jumps in and says he can’t take it anymore. Fak stops them from fighting during this crucial time. He tells them to get back to work.
Sabai and Feng walk pass them. A woman shouts at Sabai that her husband fires cannons at them. Another woman chases Sabai out to live with her husband. Juang wants to slap her.
Sabai stops Feng from fighting with them. She says it’s unfair for them to say that when she’s also Thai and it’s this land she was born into. She says the reason she’s still here in this camp is so that they’ll see that she will die with them and won’t flee. Juang says that’s right, while Pliu and her group wanted to leave the camp.
Pliu argues that they never have Ava husband who fires cannons and causes this wreckage. Sabai steps to the front and says, “Don’t call Ava my husband anymore, anyone who fires gun or uses a sword to cut Thais’ heads is also my enemy. Anyone called Ava and come to seize this land from us, I can kill them all, including Pee Jai. If I see him and don’t cut off his head then don’t you call me a Thai!”
Pliu says she will wait and see. The group disperses.
Feng asks Sang if he thinks Pee Thub will bring back cannons. Sang says Thub is his best friend and he once asked him to risk his life to spy in Ava Camp, and he did everything he asked, so whether Thub will bring back cannons or not, he thinks Thub must have done his best. He asks if Feng can understand what he’s saying.
Feng sobs. Sabai tells her that it’s not important anymore whether or not they have cannons, now they have a duty only. No matter how small this camp is, they are willing to sacrifice their lives for it, and Thub must be thinking the same thing. Feng tries to suppress her tears from falling.
At Rajun Camp, a man on the tower shouts that Khun San and Jun (Nuatkaeo) return. Everyone rushes to the gate. ThongSaengYai tells them to open the gate.
They gently lie Khun San and JunKaeo down on the ground. A man says they both passed away.
Flashbacks, Khun San aims his gun at the enemies and stresses, “This land is mine!”
We see how Khun San and JunKaeo get shot.
“Even though we lose, we are the brave warriors who win at the camp’s front. Hail with me. Hail BangRaJun Camp farewell. Hail our warriors’ honor. Hail together three times those who win and stay alive to bury us. After hailing last three times, I bow to those who defeat only our bodies. The hearts of Rajun men will remain Thai (free) and never bow, never become captives of those who win. Only our corpses, they shall have!” JunKaeo thinks.
Khun San thinks, “Goodbye, Rajun Camp. Goodbye, my homeland. I bid both farewell. May you be the fame and honor of this warrior. Even when I died, let my honor and my name remain known to this land and be mentioned by its descendants. Cherished trees and green sky be my witness, today warriors leave this world in honor of Rajun Forces.”
Both Khun San and JunKaeo fall down and pass away.
*Their last words were more like a poetry, so not sure if it’s all in here.
Khab kneels down and cries. He says, “Por JunKaeo and Por Khun San, please wait for us in heaven.”
“Your act of bravery, I shall remember.” Sang says.
PunRueang tells them to take the two back to the camp. “Por JunKaeo, you had kept what we promised. You protected Rajun Camp with your life.”
“You two had done your duty of protecting your homeland. Here on, Thai children and grandchildren, the whole nation, will forever be indebted to the two of you.” ThongSaengYai sheds tears.
They bow down to pay respect to the perished and carry them inside the camp.
A man on the tower shouts, “Por ThongSaeng, there are men approaching!”
ThongSaengYai says that’s Thub, he’s returned. He shouts, “Open the gate!”
“ThongSaeng, but where are the cannons?” PunRueang asks.
Feng enjoys chewing raw mangoes with shrimp paste. Feuang gulps and says it’s sour. Feng says no, it’s not and it’s delicious. Juang runs to them and says Pee Thub is back. As soon as Thub’s name is mentioned, Feng gets up and rushes to leave the house. She feels dizzy but is delighted.
Juang says Pee Thub brought some officials from KrungSri too. Feng asks what about the cannons. Juang doesn’t answer her which makes Feng realize they are in for a disappointment.
*Oh boy, part 4 took my strength away. I need a long break….
Phra Ya RattanaThibet says he met Thub by Chao Phraya River and learned that eleven of them were able to withstand Ava Forces several times. PanRueang says this is what is left of them, Por Thaen and Por ThongMen died before he arrived at the camp, while Khun San and JunKaeo took Rajun warriors to fight with those Ava at Ban KunLok, knowing full well they wouldn’t be able to return. The two didn’t want Ava to have fun firing cannons killing them each day.
Phra Ya Rattanathibet says such honorable spirits they all have.
ThongSaengYai says that’s why they sent Thub to ask for cannons from KrungSri, so that Ava can’t barge in and destroy RaJun Camp.
Rattanathibet explains that he had discussed it with several high-ranking officials and concluded that bringing cannons here, surely all would be taken and used to fire at KrungSri City Wall instead.
ThongKaew asks if it means he will let them die one by one until no one is left. IN tells him not to think they are scared of dying when they intended to use their bodies as the wall for the campers, and won’t regret it.
Chote tells Rattanathibet to think how they won’t be able to withstand Ava troops if they come in two thousand when RaJun only have a thousand or so. He asks if KrungSri won’t have any sympathy for them at all. There are many women, small children and elders here. He asks if they will let them all die without helping.
DokMai says KrungSri should reinforce RaJun Forces and make it strong to be able to withstand the enemy.
Mueang says not just let them fight on their own and leave them alone like this.
Rattanathibet says his one voice couldn’t oppose those of majority officials. He says he realizes full well that even though they are villagers, their hearts are those of patriots. He motions Luang YutthaSoraDej (a western man) to show it to them.
It’s a blueprint of cannon making. Rattanathibet says when he couldn’t bring cannons here, he will make it for them.
Thub nods when Klerm asks if it means they are going to have cannons to fire at Ava. When Arb and Chuang are too delighted, Rattanathibet warns them to let him finish first, that firstly there is one problem to solve.
SaengYai asks what it is.
Thub comes out and Feng runs into his arms.
Sabai asks if they will make cannons themselves. Sang says they will do it together. Sabai asks Khab if they can do it when it isn’t easy. Thub says the process will be supervised by Luang YutthaSoraDej but what Rattanathibet is asking from them is to donate whatever kind of metal they have, whether it be steel, lead, copper or others, for the making of bronze cannons.
Khab says what hard to find are pure silver and gold. He begs them not to regret and just donate, those who brought along and kept it with them. The more they have, the more cannons can be made.
A woman argues that when she ran from Ava, she had only this piece of cloth to cover herself, so where she can give them silver and gold. The crowd falls silent. Thub looks at Feng and nods.
Khab and Feuang are busy packing whatever they can give. Khab nags if she doesn’t want to give Thub and Feng’s child a friend. She asks why he ask her. He holds her close and asks if she wants him to ask other house’s daughter. Feuang slaps his arm and says she meant why not ask Juang of that. He says Sang probably asks that from Juang as well. He kisses her cheek and suggests they give Thub’s child some friends, may be two or three kids. He asks if that’s a good idea. She blushes and says they’d better hurry gather things to help them with cannon making.
Thub tells Feng that they must gather more of what they have, these gold won’t be enough. He asks if they should give up all knives and swords. Feng feels dizzy so he asks if she’s all right, why becoming so pale. He says he specifically ordered Sang and Khab to take good care of her, these two deserves some smacks. Feng stops him from going after them and says she’s just tired. He says must be that she’s busy looking after the campers escaping cannon balls.
Feng explains that she’s tired because whatever she eats, she would throw up. She puts his hand on her tummy and says she’s having his baby. Thub can’t hold it in and runs out to shout at Sang and Khab that he’s getting a child, he’s becoming a daddy. Thub holds her tight and says whether it’s a boy or girl, he would love it since he loves its mommy…loves more than his life.
*May put wrong name to the wrong face, so many characters….