Romance of the three kingdoms episode 2 - Battle of Chibi part 1 (update)
Posted on 08/26/10 @ 12:27 PM (updated 09/19/10
Following the first episode, Liu Bei seeks help from Zhuge Liang, the great strategist at that time by the name Sleeping Dragon, in order to defeat Cao Cao as well as restoring the Han dynasty.
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Zhou Yu,admiral of the Wu's naval, also joins with Zhuge Liang in the battle. Two people discuss the plans how to defeat such great army of Cao Cao.
Soundtracks of KOEI games RTKXI and the film "The battle of Red Cliff"
Five new characters but cannot play: Zhou Yu, Zhuge Liang, Huang Gai, Gan Ning and Lu Meng
Those characters will be playable in part 2.
Update to version 2
- Fix the wrong ownership bug (elite longbownam)in the Battle of Chang Ban.
- Direction in Battle of Chibi (wait for 3 - 5 minutes before hearing Zhou Yu and Liu Bei's command).
Zhuge Liang (Kongming)
Place of Birth: Yangdu, Langye (Presently Yinan, Shan Dong Province)
Lifespan: AD 181 – 234 (53 years)
Titles: Great Commander–in–Chief, Prime Minister, Lord of Wu Xiang, Loyal and Martial Lord
Family: Zhuge Gui (father), Zhuge Xuan (uncle), Zhuge Jin, Zhuge Jun (brothers), Zhuge Qiao (adopted son), Zhuge Zhan (son), Zhuge Pan, Zhuge Shang, Zhuge Jing (grand sons) Zhuge Ke, Zhuge Rong (nephews), Zhuge Zhuo, Zhuge Song, Zhuge Jian (grand–nephews)
Zhuge Liang was a Taoist scholar also known as Wo Long, or Sleeping Dragon. In his younger days, Zhuge Liang lived as a hermit after escaping his original home with his younger brother, Zhuge Jin.
Upon leaving Liu Bei’s service, the hermit Xu Shu recommended Zhuge Kongming to Liu Bei. When Xuande was stationed in Xin Ye, he paid three visits to Zhuge Liang to invite him into becoming his key advisor (1). Moved by Liu Bei’s sincerity, virtue and morality, Kongming then assented to serve Liu Bei.
When Liu Bei was being pursued by Cao Cao, Zhuge Kongming devised a plan to withstand Cao Cao. He personally traveled to Wu and formed and alliance with Sun Quan, through mediation of Lu Su, and fought together with them against Cao Cao (2).
During this period, Zhuge Liang advised Liu Bei to conquer as much territory in the southland as possible (3). In this way, Liu Bei had a shelter from which he could build up further campaigns.
In the nineteenth year of Rebuilt Tranquility, (AD 214) Zhuge Kongming took up the post as Master of the Forces (Commander General) and assisted Liu Xuande in taking Yi Zhou, along with its Capital, Cheng Du. In Liu Bei’s absence, Zhuge Liang would always assume the position of absolute authority and personally commanded Liu Bei’s army and generals (4).
In the year AD 219, the twenty–fourth year of Rebuilt Tranquility, Zhuge Liang persuaded his master Liu Xuande to assume the position of King of Hanzhong, after recently defeating Cao Cao in the battle for this strategic city. And two years later, in AD 221, Kongming feigned illness and recommended the position of Emperor of Shu to Liu Bei.
With Liu Xuande’s significant rise in rank, Zhuge Liang was also promoted to Prime Minister as well as Commander–in–Chief. After the assassination of Zhang Fei, Kongming also took up the post of Commander of the Capital Districts.
In the year AD 223, when Liu Bei’s son Liu Shan, succeeded the throne, Zhuge Liang retained his position as Prime Minister and was additionally made Protector of Yi Zhou, and Lord of Wuxiang.
As Prime Minister of Shu under the new Emperor, Zhuge Kongming took charge of all government affairs. Between the years AD 225 and 230, Zhuge Liang led the armies of Shu to pacify the Nanman tribe in the south of Yi Zhou. This rich new land became as a lifeline to Shu’s later campaigns.
As Great Commander-in-Chief Who Pacifies the North, Zhuge Kongming marched north and launched five long campaign against Wei. However, due to problems with food supplies and conspiracies against Zhuge Liang in the Imperial court, none of the campaigns was successful. Wei’s Prime Minister Sima Yi took full advantage of the corrupt palace situation in Shu by organizing a strong defense against Kongming (5.
In the year AD 234, Zhuge Liang passed away at Wu Zhang. From the beginning to the end of his career, Zhuge Kongming proved to be a master of politics, strategy and astronomy. He was buried at Mount Dingjun and titled Loyal and Martial Lord posthumously.
Two famous people in the battle.
Zhou Yu (Gongjin)
Place of Birth: Shu County, Lu Jiang Commandery (Presently Shu Cheng, An Hui Province)
Life Span: AD 175 – 210 A.D. (35 years)
Titles: Chief of Juchao County, Grand Administrator of Jiangxia, General of the Gentlemen of the Household Who Establishes Majesty, Great Commander-in-Chief, Grand Administrator of Nan
Family: Zhou Jing, Zhou Zhong (grand–uncles), Zhou Shang (uncle), Xiao Qiao (wife), Sun Ce (in–law), two sons
The Zhou family of Lujiang Commandery was a family of considerable wealth and power in Jiang Dong. A paternal grand–uncle of Zhou Yu was once appointed as Grand Commandant of the Han, and his other male relatives continued to hold important positions in the bureaucracy (1). According to the biography of Sun Ce, he met with Zhou Yu when they were both in Shouchun, and they became good friends. The Zhou family residence was at Shu county, and when the Lady Wu moved there with her family, Zhou Yu offered them a place to stay.
When Liu Yao moved his forces against Wu Jing, the uncle of Sun Ce and vassal of Yuan Shu, Zhou Shang was appointed as Grand Administrator of Danyang; and Zhou Yu followed him there. Wu Jing took command of the army and fought against Liu Yao for over a year without any result. At this point, Sun Ce arrived at Danyang with his own force and took command of the forces. Sun Ce and Zhou Yu took Liu Yao’s supply depot at Niuzhu, then moved against Zhai Rong and Xie Li. Sun Ce’s forces successfully took Moling and Qua, driving out Liu Yao’s forces on the southern bank of the Yangzi. Headquarters were set up in Qua and Sun Ce’s mother and brothers were brought there as well. After subdueing the rebellions of Hill people in the area, Sun Ce sent Zhou Yu back to Danyang to protect it. In AD 196, Yuan Shu was fighting for Xu Province just north of the Yangzi. He recalled Zhou Shang to Shouchun and offered a military rank to Zhou Yu. However Zhou Yu was already suspicious of Yuan Shu and asked to be made Chief of Juchao County in Lujiang province instead.
Zhou Yu’s suspicions were warranted as Yuan Shu declared himself Emperor of the Zhong dynasty in the summer of AD 197. Sun Ce seperated himself from Yuan Shu and invited all of his old friends to join him. Zhou Yu left his post at Juchao and joined Sun Ce’s staff, along with his personal friend Lu Su (6). Sun Ce welcomed Zhou Yu into his army and appointed him Imperial Corps Commander. In addition, Zhou Yu was given thousand troops to guard Niuzhu and was oppointed as Grand Administrator of Chungu.
The death of Yuan Shu in AD 199 opened up new opportunities for Sun Ce. Together with Zhou Yu, he lead a force north across the Yangzi to capture Shouchun and its capital Huan. Following their success, Sun Ce and Zhou Yu turned south towards the forces of Huang Zu. They defeated Huang Zhu’s son Huang She and captured Jiangxia Commandery. Sun Ce sent a memorial to the crown, in which he appointed Zhou Yu as Grand Administrator of Jiangxia, General of the Gentlemen of the Household Who Establishes Majesty, and Protector of the Army at the Centre. Having pushed back Huang Zu, Sun Ce turned his attention to Tong Zhi in Luling and Hua Xin, successor of Liu Yao, in Yuzhang. Zhou Yu, along with Sun Ce’s nephew Sun Fu, were sent to Nancheng where they would monitor Tong Zhi. Within a month Luling was captured and Sun Fu was appointed as Grand Administrator. At this point, Zhou Yu and Sun Ce both married a girl from the Qiao family, Sun Ce married the older sister Da Qiao, and Zhou Yu the younger sister Xiao Qiao (8).
Sun Ce was assasinated in AD 200 at the age of 25, and his younger brother Sun Quan succeeded him as head of the family and as Grand Administrator of Kuai Ji (9). Zhou Yu left his post at Baqui and took his troops back to Wu Commandery where he attended the funeral of his close friend and companion Sun Ce. Since Sun Quan was still young and inexperienced, the Lady Wu appointed Zhang Zhao as his tutor and Zhou Yu shared the burden of the administration with him.
Zhou Yu aided Sun Quan in setting up the military order and discipline, and he was well liked among the officers. Cheng Pu, a much older and veteran officer of Wu was initially discontent with Gongjin for ignoring his plans and making him look inferior. However, Cheng Pu started to realize the wisdom in Zhou Yu and honored him from then on, speaking nothing but praise about the young Wu commander.
In the eleventh year of Rebuilt Tranquility (AD 206), Sun Quan renewed the attack on Huang Zu in Eastern Jing Province, with Zhou Yu as the commander and Sun Yu from Danyang as support. Zhou Yu first had to deal the Mo and Bao tribes before moving on to Huang Zu’s fort at Xiakou. Zhou Yu killed the tribe leaders and migrated some ten thousand people back into Sun family teritory. Huang Zu responded and sent a few thousand soldiers, commanded by Deng Long, to oppose Zhou Yu. The forces under Deng Long were routed and Zhou Yu captured Deng Long at Zhaisang. Sun Quan joined the offensive personally and Zhou Yu continued to take resources from Huang Zu’s teritory. In the spring of AD 208, the final offensive against Huang Zu in Xiakou began. Zhou Yu personally led the vanguard, along with Dong Xi and Ling Tong (10). The city was taken by the Sun Clan forces, and Huang Zu was killed in battle. This victory acknowledged and secured Sun Quan’s dominance of the south. His forces spread from Wu Commandery all the way to Xiakou in Jing Province.
While the Sun clan was fighting its old enemies in Yang Province and Eastern Jing Province, a lot was changing in the North. Cao Cao had completely taken care of all the opposition in the north and now turned his attention south, to Jing Province, where Liu Biao still reigned. Liu Biao died and his son Liu Zong took over his father’s position. However Liu Zong surrendered his forces to Cao Cao and the region quickly fell to the Cao clan. Cao Cao had one more enemy in Jing: Liu Bei, who he needed to deal with (11).
During Lu Su’s mission to Xiangyang, he encountered Liu Bei on the way. He went back to Sun Quan’s headquarters, accompanied by Liu Bei’s adviser Zhuge Liang. Zhuge Liang petitioned Sun Quan to aid Liu Bei in his struggle against Cao Cao (12). Sun Quan became annoyed with Zhuge Liang, and at Lu Su’s advise he waited for Zhou Yu to come back from his mission. Sun Quan was most likely reluctant to help Liu Bei, since the Sun family had always tried to maintain its independance in the south, and more importantly, Sun Quan had no reason to trust Liu Bei with his own army. Zhou Yu returned and advised the young Sun ruler to oppose Cao Cao in Jing through use of the Yangzi (13). Zhou Yu pointed out that Cao Cao was not used to fighting on the sea, that his troops were exhausted from their long march, and that the coming winter would prove difficult for his troops and would not give them much time to prepare. Zhou Yu asked for 30,000 elite troops and wanted to take Cheng Pu and Lu Su with him. Sun Quan agreed, and although Cheng Pu, who held equal rank, was officially in charge of the vanguard, there is no doubt that Zhou Yu arranged the battle himself.
The battle against Cao Cao, in coordination with Liu Bei, took place in the winter of the year AD 208. Cao Cao’s navy squared off against the elite of the Wu naval forces under Zhou Yu and Cheng Pu. The battle of Chi Bi or “Red Wall”, is perhaps one of the most disputed in Chinese History. The records of the battle are filled with propaganda from all sides, and it is therefore difficult to summarize what actually happened (14). Zhou Yu’s second in command, Huang Gai, noted that Cao Cao had a large fleet but they were vulnerable because they were chained together. Huang Gai and Zhou Yu initiated the “Battered Body” plan, and Huang Gai faked surrender to Cao Cao (15). Huang Gai burned down Cao Cao’s fleet, and Zhou Yu immediately attacked. Cao Cao was defeated and forced to retreat back to the north, leaving his cousin Cao Ren in charge of Jiangling. Zhou Yu then began the siege of Jiangliang with a limited amount of forces.
The seige of Jiangling took a long time, as most of the forces were still on the other side of the Yangzi. After a few months of indecisive battle, Gan Ning lead his forces over the river to aid Zhou Yu. Cao Ren sent his forces to intercept them, and Gan Ning was forced to fight them on his way to Zhou Yu. On the advice of Lü Meng, Zhou Yu left Ling Tong in command of the seige and lead his main force to assist Gan Ning (16). Zhou Yu was wounded by an arrow during the attack, but he kept the moral of his troops up and they scored a complete victory over Cao Ren, who abandonned Jiangling.
Cao Cao had been pushed back north all the way to Xiangyang, and the Sun family was rapidly gaining teritory. Zhou Yu was appointed as Grand Administrator of Nan Commandery, and Cheng Pu took up his post as Grand Administrator of Jiangxia. Zhou Yu advised Sun Quan to be very careful with Liu Bei, and suggested that he treat Liu Bei with luxury at first, and then control him later on. Sadly however, Sun Quan did not heed this excellent advise. Zhou Yu continued to make plans, instead of going North, Zhou Yu wanted to go west into the lands of Ba–Shu, where the pacifist Liu Zhang had been the prominent leader. Sun Quan accepted the plan and Zhou Yu went back to Jiangling to make preparations.
Zhou Yu had made plans to invade Yi Province together with Sun Yu, however, he died of illness at the young age of thirty–five. On his deathbed, he recommended Lu Su to be his successor and urged Sun Quan to always listen to his advise. Sun Quan agreed, and Zhou Yu died later that night. His widow and two sons remained under the protection of Sun Quan, and Lu Su inherited his position.
Zhou Yu was a broad-minded and outspoken man with magnificent potential. Loved and honored by many people, and a master in music and rhythm. Some references say that Zhou Yu could spot an error in sound and rhythm even after many cups of wine (17). In the novel, Gongjin is told to dance to his own musical compositions and wrote his own songs. Truly, Zhou Yu was one of the most influential and fascinating personas of his time, and surpasses both Sun Jian and Sun Ce in fame as one of the finest strategists of China.
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