King Zhuangwang from Inactive Regent to Overlord-Sequel
In an attempt to dominate China's Central Plains, Duke Wengong of Jin waged an attack against Chu in Chengpu (southwest of today's Juancheng, Shandong Province, or near Chenliu, Henan Province). Defeated in battle, Chu was temporarily deprived of the chance to seek dominance.
King Zhuangwang took over the reins of Chu after King Muwang died. While the state was preoccupied with mouming its late king, Jin summoned the regional rulers to a meeting to form a new alliance. Later, it regained influence over states such as Chen and Zheng, which the Chu State had won over. Outraged top officials in Chu vowed to fight a duel with Jin. But King Zhuangwang remained totally indifferent.
One day, Wu Ju, a senior minister, called upon the king with a riddle. "I have come to request Your Majesty's assistance to explain something that has puzzled me for a long time," he said. "There is a giant, colorful pheasant in the capital of Chu. Strangely, the bird has been inactive and silent for exactly three years. Nobody in the court knows the reason. May I venture to ask you what kind of bird it is?"
Knowing well what Wu was actually speaking of, Zhuangwang replied: "I have the answer. The bird is far from ordinary. Despite its inactivity over the past three years, it will soar high up to the skies once it takes a leap. Despite its silence over the past three years, it will impress everyone with its melodious singing once it opens its mouth. Just wait and see!"
Wu understood the king and departed happily. As expected, Zhuangwang had his orchestra disbanded and dancing girls dismissed, resolving to succeed in his political career.