It seemed to me that at the end of LEGEND OF THE CONDOR HEROES, the Juchen Jin Empire, while definitely on its last legs, was not quite finished yet . . . and would not be until about halfway through the 13-year interim between LOCH and ROCH. Towards the end of LOCH, we follow Gwok Jing as he assisted Genghis Khan and the Mongols in their war against the Khwarazm Sultanate. Prince Yeun Nan Hung Lit of the Jin Empire and Sultan Muhammad II of the Khwarazm Sultanate were allies, and Yeun Nan Hung Lit was at the Khwarazm stronghold of Samarkand when he was finally captured by Genghis Khan's forces, but we never really see Mongol forces attacking Yenjing or other Jin cities in *China* during LOCH. Moreover, Genghis Khan died in the year 1227 . . . and his death occurred at the time LOCH ended. The Jin Empire would continue to exist for another seven years, however, until 1234. As of the last chapter of LOCH, it would seem the Mongols were still busy pursuing the remaining Jin forces (as well as consolidating the empire among the four sons of Genghis after the Khan's death), which explains why Gwok Jing and Wong Yung were able to enjoy thirteen years of peace between the end of LOCH and the beginning of ROCH.