Character Model (DW6)
|A.K.A.||The Hero of a Troubled Land|
|Lifespan||155-220 A.D. (65 years)|
|Birth Place||Qiao County, Pei|
Cao Cao ( Meng De ) ( Emperor Wu ) ( 155 AD - 220 AD ) was the founder of the Wei kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period. Over his life time he fought against many powerful adversaries including; Dong Zhuo, Lu Bu, Yuan Shao, Sun Jian, Sun Quan, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Ma Chao, and many others. His sons include Cao Ang, Cao Pi, Cao Zhang, Cao Zhi, and Cao Xiong. He is also cousin to Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan.
Cao Cao was under the forces of Dong Zhuo when he was planning to overtake the empire. Cao Cao joined to assassinate the tyrant. One day he discussed his plans with Wang Yun, and asked to borrow his seven jeweled knife to do the job. The next day he met with Dong Zhuo. While Lu Bu went to fetch a new horse for Cao Cao, he went in for the kill. But Dong Zhuo noticed and asked what he was doing. Cao Cao, struck with fear, replied that the knife was a gift. At that moment Lu Bu came back with the horse. Cao Cao insisted he ride, and fled the capital without stopping at his own house. Due to this failed attempt he called out to various warlords to oppose Dong Zhuo, Forces gathered at Si Shui Gate where Dong Zhuo's officer Hua Xiong was waiting with 50,000 men. The coalition overcame the odds and advanced towards Lou Yang. A concensus was reached among the warlords and Yuan Shao was appointed Grand Commander to lead the forces. This did not bode well for Cao Cao, seeing Yuan Shao as little more than a fool. However the force pressed on, eventually meeting Lu Bu at the gate of Lou Yang. Together Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu routed Lu Bu and his men, boosting the morale of the allied forces. Cao Cao and Gongsun Zan stormed the castle, only to find that Dong Zhuo had fled setting the capital ablaze, leading to the victory of the coalition forces.
After attacking Liu Bei at Xu Zhou, Cao Cao went on to Xia Pi where Guan Yu was stationed, along with Liu Bei's two wives. A general under Cao Cao's command, Xiahou Dun, taunted Guan Yu, forcing him to come out and attack. Finding that his retreat route was cut off, he took a last stand on top of a knoll. Another one of Cao Cao's generals, and an old friend of Guan Yu, Zhang Liao talked him into surrendering, under the conditions that Liu Bei's wives were kept safe, that the surrender would be to the emperor, and that he could go back to his brother once he discovered Liu Bei's location. Cao Cao was pleased with Guan Yu and tried to win him to his side by offering him many gifts, including the horse Red Hare. Guan Yu accepted these gifts, but never gave his allegiance to Cao Cao remaining faithful to his brother Liu Bei.
While Guan Yu was under the rule of Cao Cao, he killed Yan Liang and Wen Chou, who were generals under Yuan Shao. He also killed Kong Xiu, Meng Tan, Han Fu, Bian Xi, Wang Zhi, and Quin Qi in his attempt to leave Cao Cao after he had learned the location of Liu Bei. He was about to fight Xiahou Dun, but Zhang Liao arrived with a letter from Cao Cao saying that Guan Yu was free to leave.
The Battle of the Red Cliffs (ChiBi)
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