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Those that arrived sooner than the appointed time will be rewarded. those that arrived in a while can be performed. during this manner either the close to and far away will race to collect, and the 3 Armies will arrive jointly, uniting their energy to interact within the conflict. " King Wu requested the T'ai Kung: "In basic, whilst utilizing the military it's necessary to have army chariots, brave cavalry, a first-assault wave, a hand-picked leading edge, after which a perceived chance to strike the enemy. within which occasions will we strike? " The T'ai Kung stated: "Anyone who desires to release a strike may still rigorously scrutinize and examine fourteen alterations within the enemy. whilst [any of] those alterations turns into noticeable, assault, for the enemy will surely be defeated. " King Wu requested: "May I listen approximately those fourteen alterations? " The T'ai Kung stated: "When the enemy has all started to collect they are often attacked. "When the lads and horses haven't but been fed they are often attacked. "When the seasonal or climatic conditions are usually not beneficial to them they are often attacked. "When they've got no longer secured reliable terrain they are often attacked. "When they're fleeing they are often attacked. "When they aren't vigilant they are often attacked. "When they're drained and exhausted they are often attacked. "When the overall is absent from the officials and troops they are often attacked. "When they're traversing lengthy roads they are often attacked. "When they're fording rivers they are often attacked. "When the troops haven't had any rest time they are often attacked. "When they come upon the trouble of precipitous ravines or are on slim roads they are often attacked. "When their conflict array is in disease they are often attacked. "When they're afraid they are often attacked. " King Wu requested the T'ai Kung: "What is how you can choose warriors? " The T'ai Kung spoke back: "Within the military there'll be males with nice braveness and energy who're prepared to die or even enjoy anguish wounds. they need to be assembled right into a corporation and known as `Warriors Who threat the bare Blade. ' "Those who've fierce ch'i, who're strong and brave, powerful and explosive, could be assembled right into a corporation and known as `Warriors Who Penetrate the strains. ' "Those who're notable in visual appeal, who endure lengthy swords and boost with measured tread in stable order could be assembled right into a corporation and referred to as `Courageous, Elite Warriors. ' "Those who can bounce good, straighten iron hooks, are strong, have nice power, and will scatter and spoil the gongs and drums [and] spoil the flags and pennants may be assembled right into a corporation and known as 'Warriors of braveness and power. ' "Those who can scale heights and canopy nice distances, who're gentle of foot and excel at operating may be assembled right into a corporation and known as `Warriors of the Invading military. ' "Those who, whereas serving the ruler, misplaced their authority and need to back show their advantage might be assembled right into a corporation and known as `Warriors Who struggle to the dying.