A Legend of Guan YuRedigera
Yellow Turban Rebellion and the Oath in the Peace GardenRedigera
Our story begins in ancient China, during the Dynasty of Han. For centuries after the fall of the Qin Dynasty, the Han ancestral line succeeds the Imperial line to secure the land’s future to remain as a hole; as it has been for ages before. The Han Dynasty flourish though competent governance and peacekeeping between farmers as well as with rich merchants. But, the winds of peace would one day size as the final Emperor of Han takes place on the throan, still at the age of a young child. In this situation, the land appointed a ten man comity, which would later be more commonly known as the Ten Eunuchs, which would carry out the well being state of the land for the Emperor until he would be deemed fitting to rule as an Emperor himself.
As the Ten Eunuchs gained more and more influence in the land due to their contract and relation to the Emperor they grew ever more weary and greedy for territory and wealth; and in it issued unnecessary tax raises which would end result force poor farmers to hand over parts of their land to the Ten Eunuchs in the Emperors name. This sudden change in nature between relations between Emperor and People, rich and poor took is tole and its end result was none other than the largest farmer revolt in Chinese history. The farmers took arms and found in their anger and frustration the words of an cult leader known as Zhang Jiao, whom had seen the Yellow Sands and Soils form the petty farmer into a great beings that would ensure peace and prosperity over the blood of the Emperor that had betrayed them. Thus the farmers would clad themselves with leather and yellow turbans to honour their religious new leader and the event laid forth the Yellow Turban Rebellion.
As the Yellow Turban Rebellion spread across the land, laying waste to all land taken in the emperors name and slay any people who still saw the emperor as the rightful leader of the land, the Ten Eunuch would need to react. They summoned forth none other than He Jin (the Emperor’s fathers First Cousin) and Yuan Shao (Nobleman and long distant cousin to the currant emperor) to quell the rebellion. He Jin and Yuan Shao called forth all the most famous generals of the land. Cao Cao (whom would later be known as the Hero of Chaos), Yuan Shu (Yuan Shao’s younger brother), Sun Jian (more commonly known as the Tiger of Jiang Dong and keeper of justice of South/Eastern Han) and Gongsun Zan (known for his White Rider Cavalier; fiercest and most well trained in the land).
As the known heroes of the land began their march to take down the Yellow Turban Rebellion, a farmer named Liu Bei would begin to create an volontaire army of his own to support the emperor and the Han Empire. Upon meeting two men known as Zhang Fei (a fierce and hot tempered Warrior whom was said to have the strength worth a million men and a taste for the wine known as Saké) and a tall and bearded warrior known as Guan Yu, they all made a trip to the local peace cheery gardens to feast the seasons and the harvest; and in the same time swore an eternal oath of brotherhood. A wove which would be laymented “Though born off separate flesh and blood, We three taketh forth an oath of brotherhood. And although born on different days we sware to die on the very same year, same mount and the very same day” Thus the Oath of the Peace Garden was taken. And Liu Bei, along his 2 sworn brothers took his militia and fought along side greater men and became a force to be reconned with as the Yellow Turban Rebellion was eventually quelled by the death of cult leader Zhang Jiao.
Three Offenses/Conditions - Thousand Miles and the Five GatesRedigera
The Yellow Turban Rebellion fell, and Liu Bei was eventually rewarded the lands of Xi Province for his efforts.
[Gonna drop some story out here. 1) Trouble in the Court: Each great hero of the Coalition against the Yellow Turban rebellion returns back to their respective province and the Tyrant Dong Zhou takes the advantage and kills the Ten Eunuchs and declares himself protector to the empror and uses the still young emperor as a puppet. Dong Zhou sizes the greatest Warrior in the land, Lu Bu, by offering him a reward that is the Red Hare (a Red skinned horse which is fabled to be the fastest in the land and would run like the wind itself). With Lu Bu at his side no one dares to confront him. Cao Cao tries, but fails. And is forced to flee the Capital Lou Yang as a fugitive. Lu Bu is then ultimatly tricked and in his foolishness kills his master as the Capital of Lou Yang since some time was burned down by Dong Zhou’s orders when a second coalition force (made forth with Yuan Shao and other officers like Cao Cao and Liu Bei under his command) would have seized it.
Lu Bu is considered a traitor and is forced to head east with some of Dong Zhou’s former soldiers. The Emperor is found and taken care of by Cao Cao and the rest of the Cao Clan. In the emperors thankfulness for being saved from Dong Zhou the young emperor appoint Cao Cao as the land new Prime Minister of Han. Many join Cao Cao and follow him as a lord, but Liu Bei, whom until reasently been well aquainted to Cao Cao claims their can only be one true leader of the land and thay would be the Emperor alone. Cao Cao uses his influence as Prime Minister to defeat Yuan Shao and gain around 50% of the land (the north) under his control and in terms manage to kill Lu Bu with the help of Liu Bei, giving the Red Hare as an gift to Guan Yu, which he valued as one of the greatest in the land. Liu Bei and his sworn brothers then become farefull of Cao Cao’s increasing power and leaves Cao Cao.]
Upon Cao Cao’s increasing power, and in confusion, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu are separated from each other. Guan Yu, whom had been ordered to guard his Lords wife, were to be surrounded in Xi Province by Cao Cao’s forces. Guan Yu beisges the castle with few men but manage to out battle a much larger force. Cao Cao orders an officer named Zhang Liao to bargin with Guan Yu to accept surrender to Cao Cao rather to perish on the field of battle. Guan Yu allowed Zhang Liao to enter the castle, but scuffed the notion of surrender as Zhang Liao mentioned it, but Zhang Liao was clever. He claimed the surtenty that Guan Yu would be killed as well as the Wife of Liu Bei would be unintentionally killed in the besiege of the castle. And in this Guan Yu would have commited Three Offenses against his lord.
1) Since Guan Yu had been separated from his lord, there was no way for him to know if he was alive or dead and by dying he would risk condemming his Oath of Brotherhood if he died before his lord. 2) be unable to ensure the safety of his brothers wife. 2) He had been entrusted with the duty to ensure the safety of his lords wife and to die on the battlefield for the sake of honour would be seen as an coordination against an direct order. And most importantly 3) By dying, he would fail the emperor and securing a unity for the Han Empire.
Guan Yu then understood that he couldn’t allow himself to be killed, but ordered Zhang Liao that a surrender would only be merit by 3 conditions of his own. 1) He would surrender to the Han Empire, not the banner of Cao. 2) He, and he alone is to go near his lords wife and he is to make sure that she is secure by all cost. 3) If he would ever realize his brothers wareabouts, he would be able to return to their side and leave Cao Cao. He then told Zhang Liao that he would rather die for the 3 Offenses he had claimed then not seing these three contiotions met. Zhang Liao returned to Cao Cao and said what Guan Yu had said and even though reluctant to the third condition, Cao Cao allowed it and Guan Yu would be Cao Cao side until he would meet his brothers again.
Guan Yu served Cao Cao for some time, but eventally learned of Liu Bei’s wareabouts. Guan Yu, whom was a man off etticet and rightfulness then went to see Cao Cao to claim his leave for Liu Bei. But Cao Cao avoided Guan Yu by claiming not to be disturbed. Guan Yu returned day after day to Cao Cao’s door, but the same decree was still hung on the door. Guan Yu then wrote a letter of apology to Cao Cao and left it at his door step and began his journey to reunite with his brother. Cao Cao’s cousin, Xiahou Dun would then see Guan Yu as an threat and began to slowly hunt him down, unknowing by Cao Cao.
Guan Yu would travel miles upon miles south to see his lord and met under his journey five gates which Cao Cao had installed to insure security to traveling merchant from bandits. All five gate guardians denied Guan Yu entry, and Guan Yu was forced to slay one after the other. He could not halt his journey, for the oath he had taken. Upon the final gate Xiahou Dun and his army finally caught up Guan Yu and Xiahou Dun and Guan Yu battled. Upon their battle Cao Cao appeard as he had heard of Xiahou Dun’s dissapearence. Cao Cao ordered his men to retreat back, claiming that Guan Yu had rightfully earned his freedom to return to his brother’s side. It is also said that Cao Cao offered gold to Guan Yu and forgave him for killing his guardsmen. As he knew that if it wasn’t for his own stubbornness to allow Guan Yu to leave it all could have been avoided. Guan Yu then saw Cao Cao as friend-like character and finished his journey and was reunited with Liu Bei again.
Flames of Chi BiRedigera
Liu Bei was forced to flee to the Kingdom of Wu (built by Sun Jian’s son Sun Ce and past over to his younger brother Sun Quan). Wu/Liu Bei and Cao Cao’s forces had been separated by the River of Jiang Dong and Cao Cao build a gigantic fleet to houst his enormous army to take Wu and Liu Bei out on one foul swoop. The end result was that Cao Cao’s fleet was burned down at Chi Bi and Cao Cao fled for his life. Zhuge Liang (Liu Bei’s strategist) ordered Liu Bei’s most trusted officers to ambush Cao Cao in his flight and was able to predict Cao Cao’s retreat rout correctly to the spot. Cao Cao manage to survive all ambushes and then stood before the final ambush until he would reach his own territory. There stood none other than Guan Yu himself in front of Cao Cao. Knowing he would not survive another flight, Cao Cao lept of his horse and bowed down before Guan Yu. Guan Yu had direct orders to kill Cao Cao, but did not as Cao Cao’s followers reminded him of the kindness Cao Cao had shown Guan Yu earlier. So, he let him pass back into his own territory. A choise that would eventually cost him more than he would ever known…
Part 1: DividingRedigera
Cao Cao manage to retreat back to the Capital of Xu Chang in his own lands. And in this time Zhuge Liang would realize his plan in dividing the land in 3 by leaving with Liu Bei from Wu and take Jing and Yi Province (in south and south/west). The land was now split in three.
Part 2: Silent Sorrow in Mai CastleRedigera
Guan Yu, whom had formed the Five Tiger Generals (Himself and the 4 other strongest Officers in Liu Bei’s army) was put in charge of governing Jing province (south).
In order to continue the peace between Wu and Liu Bei, Sun Quan offered his daughter to be married to Guan Yu’s middle son. Guan Yu scuffed the notion and it caused tension between Wu and Liu Bei’s army. Guan Yu then advanced north towards Fan Castle to fight of Cao Cao in the Central Plains as Zhuge Liang advanced in the west. Sun Quan then formed a short alliance with Cao Cao and allowed his army to ambush Guan Yu at Fan Castle. Beaten badly, Guan Yu retreated to Mai Castle, where he eventually was captured by Wu officer Lu Meng. Sun Quan gave Guan Yu the option to surrender or die, and Guan Yu choose death. Upon this, his eldest son moved to his side saying he would die by his fathers side. They where both executed.
Rise of Guan FeiRedigera
Guan Yu had three known mortal sons. Guan Ping, Guan Xing and Guan Suo. One by one they would carry their father’s Blue Moon Dragon (his halberd). But as mortals they would all eventually met the fate of all mortals. Death.