Major ROTK Events
Major ROTK events here.
A. The Beginning.
The setting of Dynasty Warriors starts at the fall of the Han Dynasty, which, at that time, had been in power for nearly 400 years. Soon after the Qin dynasty took power, several large-scale revolts from peasants occured. In 206 BC, the Qin dynasty crumbled. It would later become known as the Western Han Dynasty. After 200 years of rule, a reformer named Wang Mang ruled China with the dynasty of Xin from 9-24 AD. Then, a man named Liu Xiu revolted against Wang Mang and re-established the Han, which would become known as the Eastern Han. After over 150 years of peace, the people became to resent the favoritism towards the elite. In the early 180's a religious movement known as the White Wave gained strength, and in 184 AD, their leader Zhang Jue(Jiao) started a massive peasant rebellion that would eventually become known as the Yellow Scarve Rebellion. It was subsequently put down, but by that time many men had already gained significant strength, and the fall of the Han Dynasty had begun.
Dynasty Warriors Level: Yellow Turban Rebellion
B. Dong Zhou's Rise
After the Yellow Scarve Rebellion was subsequently put down, the current emperor, Emperor Shao, died. His son Ling took his place. A man named Dong Zhou began to gain power in the court, and, after less than half a year in power, Dong Zhou overthrew Emperor Ling and placed his brother Xian on the throne. With this move, Dong Zhou became more powerful than ever. Emperor Xian became a figurehead, with Dong Zhou making all of the decisions. He began a rule of tyranny in which many suffered. Many warlords wanted him gone, but Zhou had amassed a large army. Not only that, Zhou also had at his disposal the strongest warrior in China, a man named Lu Bu. Dong Zhou had acquired him after convincing Bu to kill his own stepfather. Dong Zhou then adopted him and used him as one of his generals. Eventually Zhou's tyranny became so great that a man named Cao Cao called on the regional warlords to join together and form a coalition against Dong Zhou. They accepted, and placed a noble named Yuan Shao as their leader. They began to converge on the capital in 190 AD.
Dynasty Warriors Level: None
C. Dong Zhou's Fall
In the winter of 190 AD, the coalition against Dong Zhou was marching toward the capital, Luo Yang. Among these warlords were Cao Cao, a noble with his own army; Liu Bei, a man who, along with his two brothers Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, rose from peasanthood to lead a volunteer army, and Sun Jian, who was the governor of a southern province. These three would eventually gain a key role in the Three Kingdoms Era. Dong Zhou sent out his general Hua Xiong along with 10,000 men to fight the allies. After defeating Sun Jian's forces and slaying several prized generals of small lords, he was beheaded by Guan Yu*, and the allies continued to press on. Dong Zhou then set the capital ablaze and abandoned it. Eventually, a handmaiden came between Dong Zhou and his general Lu Bu, and in the end, Lu Bu betrayed Dong Zhou and killed him. Although Dong Zhou had been killed and Lu Bu had disappeared, Dong Zhou's high-ranking generals Li Jue and Guo Si led his forces without him. Unfortunately, by that time the coalition had already split up, and most of the lords began gathering strength of their own.
Dynasty Warriors Level: Si Shui Gate, Hu Lao Gate
D. Warlords Gain Power
While Li Jue and Guo Si were ruling Chang An, they took control of the young emperor. Also, Cao Cao had returned to his land and began strengthening his forces. Meanwhile, Sun Jian, while travelling home, discovered the Imperial Seal in a well. He was delighted, and kept it for himself. In 193 AD, Cao Cao's father, Cao Song, was murdered by men who were part of Tao Qian's army, who was the governor of Xuzhou. He marched to avenge his father, but stopped upon hearing that Lu Bu had started an army and had taken some of his land. During this time, far in the north were too powerful rulers, Yuan Shao and Gongsun Zan. They fought a series of battles during this time, with neither one being able to get a decisive victory. Sun Jian was attacked by Huang Zu of Liu Biao's army(who also participated in the coalition), and died in battle. His oldest child, Sun Ce, took over his army at only the age of 17. After meeting up with a friend of Ce's, Zhou Yu, he took Yu's advice and pawned the Imperial Seal to Yuan Shu(Half-brother to Yuan Shao and also a powerful ruler) in exchange for 3,000 troops. He then began a campaign for the southern provinces. While this was happening, things in the west had begun to boil over.
Dynasty Warriors Level: Attack on Liu Biao/Huang Zu, Campaign for Wu territory.
E. Major Leaders Fall
Guo Si and Li Jue had been tricked by a minister named Yang Biao and had begun feuding. Then, in 197 AD, Guo Si and Li Jue lost their armies and fled, but were eventually killed by their own men. Later that year, Yuan Shu, who was in possession of the Imperial Seal, proclaimed himself emperor. This act angered Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Lu Bu, so they allied and marched against Yuan Shu. His armies were destroyed and he was killed after a short time. A year later, Cao Cao and Liu Bei attacked Lu Bu together and beseiged his castle. Lu Bu held up for awhile, but his officers Hou Cheng, Wei Xu, and Song Qian, unhappy with Lu Bu's treatment of his men, got him drunk and tied him up. They then took Lu Bu's prized weapon and tossed it over the walls as proof that Lu Bu was incapacitated. They opened the gates and let Cao Cao's army walk in. Cao Cao brought Lu Bu and three of his officers before him and Liu Bei. First, Lu Bu's strategist, Chen Gong(who was a former friend of Cao Cao), requested death. Then, general Gao Shun stayed silent and accepted the punishment of death. Next, Zhang Liao was brought forward and launched a barrage of insults at Cao Cao. Cao Cao admired his actions and recruited him to his army. Lu Bu was then strangled by Cao Cao's men. One of China's greatest warriors had just fallen. Yuan Shao was also leading a successful campaign against Gongsun Zan, and, in 199 AD, Zan committed suicide and Yuan Shao had gained control of all the North. Then the two powerhouses of China at the time, Cao Cao and Yuan Shao, were about to face off for control of all the Central Plains.
Dynasty Warriors Level: Xia Pi
F. Cao Cao and Yuan Shao Face Off.
The year was 200 A.D. At this point, the two most powerful lords in China were Cao Cao and Yuan Shao. Although they can be compared, Yuan Shao clearly had the upper hand. He had more troops and more land. After receiving a letter from Liu Bei, Yuan Shao decided to attack Cao Cao. Meanwhile, Liu Bei and Zhang Fei went to Yuan Shao for protection. Unfortunately for Bei, Cao Cao beseiged Guan Yu's castle, and Yu was forced to surrender. Guan Yu agreed to join Cao Cao's forces temporarily, while he was trying to find his brothers. First, Yuan Shao sent his prized general Yan Liang to attack Cao Cao's forces at Bai Ma castle. After slaying two of Cao Cao's generals, Wei Xu and Song Xian, Yan Liang was cut down by Guan Yu with one move. Yuan Shao then sent Wen Chou, a fierce general said to be equal of Yan Liang. After beating back Cao Cao's general Xu Huang, he nearly killed Zhang Liao with an arrow. Guan Yu then led a force and slew Wen Chou(in history, Wen Chou just died in battle). A little while later, Guan Yu heard that Liu Bei was serving Yuan Shao, so he left Cao Cao's forces and reunited with his brothers. They then fled south, away from both Cao Cao and Yuan Shao.
Dynasty Warriors Level: Guan Du
G. Yuan Clan's Demise
After the loss of his two best generals, as well as Liu Bei and Zhang Fei, Yuan Shao was reeling. Soon two more of his generals, Zhang He and Gao Lan, betrayed him and joined Cao Cao. Then, another officer, Xu Yao, left him and went to Cao Cao as well. Xu Yao told Cao Cao of Wu Chao supply depot, where Yuan Shao's forces kept almost all of their grain and supplies. Cao Cao promptly attacked it and burned it to the ground. After all these losses, Yuan Shao became ill, and passed away in 202 A.D. He had three sons; Yuan Tan, Yuan Xi, and Yuan Shang. Although it's traditional for the eldest son to be heir, Shang, the youngest, took over for his father. Tan became outraged, and the brothers began squabling. Tan asked Cao Cao for help, so Cao Cao fought and defeated Yuan Xi and Yuan Shang. Before Tan could celebrate, Cao Cao's men killed him in 205 A.D. On the run, Xi and Shang fled to the lands of Gongsun Kang. Kang, taking the advice of his brother, killed the two brothers and sent their heads to Cao Cao. He was rewarded for his actions. Thus, in 207 A.D, the Yuan empire was eradicated.
Dynasty Warrors Level: Guan Du
H. Chi Bi
South of Cao Cao's land, in Jing, Liu Biao had been ruling peacefully for several years. When he died, his young son Liu Zong took over. Cao Cao soon forced him to surrender, thus Cao Cao gained more land. He then put his eyes on the lands of Wu. Wu had changed since Sun Ce's conquest of Jiang Dong. Sun Ce was attacked in 200 A.D, and died from his wounds. His 18 year-old brother, Sun Quan, gained control of Wu. After Liu Bei and his two brothers fled south, they received a man named Zhuge Liang to their forces. This man would become pivotal in the Three Kingdoms period. Seeking an alliance, Zhuge Liang met with Sun Quan, and the two became allies. When Cao Cao advanced his forces, the two armies met at a lake near Chi Bi. Although Cao Cao's forces greatly outnumbered Sun Quan's, a fake surrender by one of Wu's officers caused the entire Wei fleet to be set ablaze. Cao Cao, after suffering heavy losses, was forced to withdraw and consider his next actions carefully.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Chang Ban, Chi Bi
I. Kingdoms Expand.
After Chi Bi, Liu Bei travelled west from Wu's territory, and over the next several years, periodically took out minor warlords in the land of Jing, eventually gaining control of nearly all of it. He gained several important generals in this conquest, notably Huang Zhong and Wei Yan. Most of this was due to the help of Zhuge Liang. Meanwhile, in 211 A.D, Ma Teng, the ruler of Xi Liang in the northwest, was killed along with his sons by Cao Cao. His oldest son, Ma Chao, who was not killed, became enraged, and led his armies towards Cao Cao's territory. After initial success, Ma Chao was stopped by armies led by Cao Cao himself. Chao was beaten back, and forced to flee to the forces of Zhang Lu. In southwest China, there was a large territory ruled by Liu Zhang. Zhang was Liu Bei's cousin. Zhang, a peaceful ruler, had begun fighting Zhang Lu. Liu Bei came to his cousins aid, and engaged Lu's forces. During the fighting, Ma Chao joined Liu Bei's forces. After Zhang Lu withdrew, Liu Bei then attacked his cousin, Liu Zhang. Bei routinely beat Zhang, and after a short while, Zhang surrendered. Liu Bei now had control of the Ba Shu area as well, and placed his capital in Cheng Du.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Tong Gate, Cheng Du
J. Kingdoms Clash
After Liu Bei acquired the land of Ba Shu, Sun Quan decided it was time to go on the offensive. In 215 A.D, he marched his forces towards He Fei, a stronghold for Wei. Unfortunately for Wei, He Fei only had a few thousand men stationed there. By the time Quan's forces neared the fortress, it was too late for Wei to send reinforcements. Instead of retreating, the commander of He Fei, Zhang Liao, decided to fight Quan's forces with trickery. He, along with his commanders Li Dian and Yue Jin, led several coordinated attacks against the forces of the riverlands, obtaining great victories. In one surprise attack, Zhang Liao came very close to killing Sun Quan himself, but Quan managed to escape with the help of several of his generals. Quan was forced to withdraw. It was a humiliating defeat for the Sun family. Meanwhile, Liu Bei set his sights on the land known as Han Zhong. It was a mountainous area that was formerly ruled by Zhang Lu. Cao Cao attacked Zhang Lu and crushed his forces, thus gaining control of the region. Bei's forces attacked Han Zhong, and gained an initial victory over Wei. The commander of Han Zhong, Xiahou Yuan, was Cao Cao's cousin, and had served him for more than twenty years. He fought with Huang Zhong's forces, and was killed in the fighting. Angered, Cao Cao himself led troops to try and retake Han Zhong. After a few clever ploys by Zhuge Liang, and the valiant efforts of Zhang Fei, Huang Zhong, and Zhao Yun, Liu Bei emerged victorious.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: He Fei, Mt. Ding Jun.
K. The Tables Turn
Liu Bei's forces were riding high after their victories in battle and acquization of Han Zhong. This would soon change, however. Liu Bei's brother, Guan Yu, was in command of the land around Jing. Two of Cao Cao's generals, Yu Jin and Pang De, led several armies towards Guan Yu's base. Guan Yu and his oldest son, Guan Ping, went out and fought with them personally. After a time, the terrible weather conditions caused a massive flood. Cao Cao's armies were devestated by this, with most of the armies drowning. Pang De was executed, and Yu Jin surrendered to Shu. Wu, eager to reclaim the land in Jing that was once there, attacked Guan Yu's forces. This attack was devised by a strategist named Lu Meng. In his younger days with Sun Quan, Meng was a powerful warrior. But he and Jiang Qin were encouraged by Sun Quan to read literature and study the arts. Lu Meng soon became Sun Quan's top strategist and right-hand man after the death of Zhou Yu. Guan Yu was subsequently captured, and he, along with Guan Ping, were executed by Sun Quan's men in 219 A.D.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Fan Castle.
L. Liu Bei's Revenge
After Liu Bei received word that Sun Quan had betrayed him, he became determined to get revenge. Liu Bei began making preperations for war. Both Zhuge Liang and Zhao Yun tried to stop them, but it was to no avail. Meanwhile, Lu Meng died soon after the death of Guan Yu. In early 220 A.D, arguably the greatest leader of China at the time, Cao Cao, passed on at the age of 65. He was succeeded by his son Cao Pi. Cao Pi, on the urging of his advisors, forced Emperor Xian into abdication, and Cao Pi became emperor of Wei. The Han Dynasty was no more. Only a year afterward, Liu Bei also took the title of emperor, naming his land Shu. In 222 A.D, Liu Bei began marching east to attack Sun Quan. One night during the march, Zhang Fei had gotten drunk and began to beat his subordinates. Angered by this, two of his officers stabbed him to death in his sleep, and then fled to Sun Quan's territory. Despite this setback, Liu Bei still pressed on. As the Shu forces met resistance, they had immediate success. The Wu forces were in disarray without a capable strategist. Sun Quan was desperately searching for someone. He found his answer in Lu Meng's successor, Lu Xun.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Yi Ling
M. A Crushing Defeat
Lu Xun had taken responsibility for the defensive, but would he be successful? After several well-coordinated attacks, the tables were starting to turn. Also, after seeing the success of Guan Xing and Zhang Bao, Liu Bei made a comment about "not needing older generals anymore." This, in turn, angered Huang Zhong, who set off to prove that he was still a fine warrior. Unfortunately, he was shot with an arrow in the armpit, and he bled to death soon afterward. This was just the beginning of Liu Bei's misfortune. Lu Xun, after gaining more ground against Shu, put his master plan into action. He planned to light the Shu camp ablaze, and put Shu's forces into complete pandamonium. He sent general Zhu Ran for this task. It went off without a hitch. The Shu camp was burning, and the men began fleeing for their lives. Liu Bei ordered a complete retreat. Thousands of his men perished in the insuing chaos. Liu Bei himself almost met death at the hands of Zhu Ran, but Zhao Yun had shown up just in time, and managed to fight him off. Liu Bei's wife, Sun Shang Xiang, received a false report that Liu Bei had been killed, so she threw herself into a river and comitted suicide. Liu Bei was utterly defeated. He had lost thousands of men, two of his best generals, two brothers, and his wife. His health began to fail, and in 223 A.D, he died. He ordered Zhuge Liang to run the country until Liu Bei's child, Liu Shan, was deemed fit to rule.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Yi Ling
After the death of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang took control of the Shu government. After the previous series of battles, the kingdoms began rebuilding. Shu had lost their leader Liu Bei, and prominent generals Ma Chao, Fu Tong, and Huang Zhong, as well as many others. Wei was reeling, with the losses of Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun, Xu Zhu, Zhang Liao, Cheng Yu, and Cao Ren. Wu came out with the least damage, although they were without the services of Lu Meng, Gan Ning, Han Dang, Jiang Qin, and Ma Zhong. There wasn't peace; by no means. Cao Pi led several expeditions into Wu's territory, none of them successful. In the south, barbarian king Meng Huo began a revolt against Shu in 225 A.D. Zhuge Liang led forces to suppress them. After catching Meng Huo seven times, Meng Huo surrendered, and Shu no longer had to worry about them. In 226 A.D, Wei emperor Cao Pi died at the young age of 39, and he was succeeded by his son Cao Rui. During this time, Zhuge Liang had begun building up his forces in preperation for a campaign to capture Chang An, which would be a considerable loss for Wei. In 227 A.D, he was ready to make his move.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Nanman Campaign
O. Zhuge Liang Attacks
In March of 227 A.D, Zhuge Liang led a large force north to attack Wei. He met opposition commanded by Xiahou Mao, along with his mighty general Han De. At first, the Wei forces had the advantage. Then, in a daring feat, Zhao Yun slew Han De and his four sons, handing Xiahou Mao a complete defeat. After this, Zhuge Liang captured Nanan, An Ding, and later, Tian Shui. There, he met a young Wei officer by the name of Jiang Wei. He noted that Jiang Wei seemed to be highly skilled in both fighting ability and intelligence. After a crafty ruse, Zhuge Liang managed to gain Jiang Wei's trust, and in doing so, Jiang Wei joined Shu has Zhuge Liang's successor. Xiahou Mao was so utterly defeated that he fled to the mountains and never returned. Meanwhile, Meng Da, a strategist who had fled to Wei from Shu after Guan Yu's death, had decided to return to Shu. Sima Yi saw this, and chased after him. Just before fleeing, Meng Da shot an arrow into Xu Huang's forehead, killing him. Meng Da was eventually tracked down an executed. Except for this small loss, the Shu forces were in high spirits. They wouldn't be this way for long.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Tian Shui
P. A Disastrous Mistake
After gaining a considerable amount of land for Shu, Zhuge Liang decided to press North even further, in hopes of riding his new victories. He placed his pupil, Ma Su, in command of Jie Ting, which was in Wei's path to Han Zhong. This position, while being easy to defend, was key for Shu's Northern Wars. Although Ma Su's officer, Wang Ping, pointed out a good location to set up camp, Ma Su ignored him and made is base on top of a hill. Wang Ping considered this a poor decision, and offered up a back-up plan. Again, Ma Su firmly refused. Although the hill could be easily defended and commanded a good view, it lacked a supply of water. This would prove to be Ma Su's downfall. The forces of Wei, led by Sima Yi, surrounded the hill. The Shu forces began to starve, and Ma Su made a hasty retreat west. Sima Yi let him pass, but sent general Zhang He, formerly of Yuan Shao, after him. He chased Ma Su for ten miles, only to be attacked by Wei Yan. He then led Wei Yan into a trap, and had it not been for the help of Wang Ping's troops, Wei Yan would've surely been killed or captured. Later, Wei Yan and Gao Xiang planned a night attack, but this proved futile, as they were attacked by Zhang He. After the arrival of Guo Huai's forces, Shu then lost a number of battles, and were forced to retreat back into Han Zhong, losing the land they had previously gained.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Jie Ting
Q. Zhuge Liang Presses On
Shedding tears, Zhuge Liang ordered Ma Su to death for his failures. Further to the east, Wei and Wu were still fighting. Wei general Cao Xiu was sent to capture more of the Wu territory. Lu Xun stood against him. It was deadlocked until a Wu officer, Zhou Fang, came up with a plan. After collaborating with Lu Xun, he put his idea into action. First he defected to Wei. Although Cao Xiu was wary of this, Zhou Fang went as far as to cut his hair off, a sign of loyalty. After this, Cao Xiu let his guard down, despite being warned by his strategist Jia Kui. Wu was then able to surround Cao Xiu and trounce his forces. After suffering such a terrible defeat, Cao Xiu died of shame soon after. Westward, Zhuge Liang continued to battle the forces of Wei, this time under Cao Zhen. He assaulted the the castle of Chen Cang, and althoug he was halted at first, eventually managed to take the castle after the castle commander, Hao Zhao, died of illness. He then captured San Pass. As he was preparing to again venture further into Wei, commanders Sima Yi, Guo Huai, and Cao Zhen were scrambling to put up an able defense.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Chen Cang Castle
R. An Epic Battle
Things were not going well for Wei. Shu forces defeated Cao Zhen during a successful raid, and then Zhang He was led into a trap at Sabre Pass, and killed. Sima Yi then positioned his troops on the banks of the river Wei. Seeing this, Zhuge Liang devised a plan. He built large wooden horses and cattle, and used them to transport grain. Sima Yi found these devices, and followed them. This was expected by Zhuge Liang, who led him into a trap. Sima Yi suffered a humiliating defeat. Unfortunately for Shu, Zhuge Liang had been working himself too hard for the past several years, and he was near death. He eventually passed in 234 A.D. On his death bed, he devised his last strategy. He ordered Jiang Wei to create a statue in his likeness, and dress it in Liang's robes. Sima Yi, sensing Zhuge Liang had died, advanced his forces. Seeing the statue standing on a ledge before him, he was terrified. He called an immediate retreat. Jiang Wei was charged with succeeding Zhuge Liang. Meanwhile, Jiang Wan and Fei Yi were charged with taking over Zhuge's administrative duties. They called a halt to all fighting, and Wei and Shu would not fight a large-scale battle for many years.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: Wu Zhang Plains
S. A Relaxed Period
After Zhuge Liang's death, Fei Yi and Jiang Wan set about rebuilding the economy. Liu Bei's son, Liu Shan, was ignorant and knew not how to manage a country. Jiang Wei spent this time training troops and gathering his forces. Meanwhile, Wei was undergoing several changes. First, the young emperor Cao Rui died in 239 A.D. He was succeeded by his son Cao Fang, who was only eight years old at the time. He left Sima Yi and a minister named Cao Shuang in charge of government affairs. Cao Shuang was hungry for power, and he convinced the young emperor to promote Sima Yi to a higher rank that held no military power. Sima Yi became angry, and withdrew from the public eye. His sons, Sima Shi and Sima Zhao, followed suit. Soon after, Sima Yi threw a coup, and had Cao Shuang executed along with the rest of his immediate family. After doing so, Sima Yi had effectively siezed power for himself. In Wu, Sun Quan kept his country in a time of peace.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None
T. Jiang Wei Makes His Move
In 247 A.D., Jiang Wei was ready to make to attack. He gathered up several hundred thousand men; an army the size of which hadn't been seen in nearly 15 years. This campagin failed, but it was not a major loss. In 249 A.D., Xiahou Ba, the oldest son of Xiahou Yuan, betrayed Wei and fled to Shu. This was because Sima Yi had gained immense power in the court, and Ba was fearful of what the Sima's would do to someone related to a Cao. Jiang Wei, seeing this as an opportunity for an attack, decided to begin another campaign against Wei. Although he had momentum, he was subsequently defeated by the efforts of Guo Huai and Chen Tai. Also during this time, Wei and Wu had begun battling again for the territory around He Fei. Neither army could manage a decisive victory, and thus, they were locked in a stalemate. This would not be for long, however, because the events in the next few years would change the ROTK era forever.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None
U. Many Sudden Changes
After Jiang Wei's first few campaigns, there were rapid changes in the Three Kingdoms Era. In 250 A.D., Sima Yi passed away at the age of 73, leaving his sons Sima Shi and Sima Zhao in charge. In 251, Wu emperor Sun Quan died. Quan's oldest son had died early, and as a result, his sixth son, Sun Liang, took over the throne. Zhuge Jin's son and Zhuge Liang's nephew, Zhuge Ke, gained massive amounts of power, and headed Wu's military from then on. Inn 253, after several wrong moves, Zhuge Ke was lured to a banquet and executed by Sun Jun, who assumed the role of controlling the government for the young ruler, much like Sima Yi had done in years previous. Jiang Wei led his fourth campaign in the same year, and was once again unsuccessful. In 254, the Sima brothers power had become so great, that Wei emperor Cao Fang planned to have them executed. This plot was found out, and Sima Shi removed him from power. The young Cao Mao assumed the throne. Seeing the Sima family gain more power, longtime Wei generals Guan Qiujian and Wen Qin rebelled from their kingdom a year later. Sima Shi led his forces personally, and the rebellion was crushed. However, Wen Qin managed to escape to Wu. In the same year, Sun Jun died, and his cousin Sun Chen took his role. He then began a reign of tyranny, crushing all who opposed him in Wu. In Shu, the eunuch Huang Hao had become close with the emperor Liu Shan, and had begun poisoning his mind. This, in part, caused many of Jiang Wei's campaigns to fail. The kingdoms were falling apart internally.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None
V. A Whirlwind of Activity
Just after the rebellion in Wei, Sima Shi passed away from a tumor that was just below his eye. By 257, Jiang Wei had led four more campaigns against Wei, and each time he failed. Jiang Wei began to lose favor in the eyes of the general public. In the same year, Zhuge Dan, a Wei officer and a cousin of Zhuge Liang, rebelled from Wei. Sima Zhao, who was now the most powerful man in Wei, led his forces to quell the rebellion. Zhuge Dan received aid from Wu, and he was able to hold off Wei for an entire year, but his own men turned traitor, and he was captured and executed. Later that year, Sun Chen of Wu had become a tyrant. His power became so great that emperor Sun Liang sought to have him executed. The plot was found out, and Sun Liang was dethroned. Another of Sun Quan's sons, Sun Xiu, became emperor. His first act as emperor was executing Sun Chen. Tyranny in Wu was over. This year also marked a turning point in the battle between Shu and Wei. Wei commander Deng Ai, after defeating Jiang Wei eight times in a row, went on the offensive, and attacked Shu. He met fierce resistance. In Wei, Cao Mao had grown impatient with Sima Zhao. He sought to have him killed. Sima Zhao found out about it, and decided to dethrone him. Cao Mao resisted, and was killed. Cao Huan, a decendant of Cao Cao, became emperor, although at this point, he was nothing more than a figure head. Jiang Wei led one last campaign against Wei in 262, and was yet again unsuccessful. Seeing his chance, Deng Ai decided to act, and split his forces and attacked the heart of Shu. Shu's downfall was near.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None
W. The Beginning of the End
In 263, the Wei forces invaded Shu. The army was split into two halves in order to soundly crush Shu's army, although both halves had the same goal in mind; the capture of Cheng Du. Jiang Wei scrambled to fight off this massive invasion. Although Shu's troops fought with tremendous heart, they did not have any success in slowing the enemy down. Some Shu generals, such as Jiang Shu, opted to betray their kingdom and join Wei. In the end, Shu was soundly defeated. All of their remaining generals were either killed or captured, and Shu emperor Liu Shan surrendered. Jiang Wei was one of the few generals to survive. Still loyal to Shu, he managed to convince Wei commander Zhong Hui that they could still revive Shu. The two started a small rebellion, but it was unsuccessful and Jiang Wei comitted suicide. In the fighting, both Zhong Hui and Deng Ai were killed. So in one brief battle, the three men who were most involved in Shu's capture all perished. In Wei, the victory was celebrated. Unfortunately, Sima Zhao had grown ill. He told his son, Sima Yan, to carry on his ambitions. He passed away in 264 A.D. Just a short while later, Sima Yan forced emperor Cao Huan into abdication, and Sima Yan took the throne. He re-named the kingdom Jin. And thus, in only the span of a year, two of the kingdoms had fallen. Only Wu remained.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None
X. China Is United
In Wu, emperor Sun Xiu had died. His heir was only a child at the time, so the Wu ministers decided to appoint Sun Hao as emperor. This proved to be a grave mistake. Although Sun Hao seemed like a promising and intelligent individual, he became a tyrant after he gained power. Sima Yan was eager to invade Wu, but his officials advised him to hold off the attack and let Wu crumble from within. This strategy seemed to work. Sun Hao executed many of his advisors, along with several of his generals. The only skilled officers left for Wu was Ding Feng, who was nearing his eighties, and Lu Kang, the son of Lu Xun. Unfortunately for Wu, both of these men died in the 270's. Wu was in it's last few years of existance, and Sun Hao was oblivious of it. In 279, Wei commander Yang Hu passed away. He named Du Yu to be his successor. Du Yu, on the orders of Sima Yan, then organized a campaign to take Wu. He attacked many key positions throughout the kingdom of Wu. The Wu generals fought valiantly, but it was to no avail. Sun Hao surrendered in 280 A.D. Of the three men who founded the base of their kingdoms, strangely none of their families ended up in control. It was the Sima family who gained power and rose to the occasion.
And thus ends the story of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Dynasty Warriors Levels: None