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|Lifespan||181–234 A.D. (53 years)|
|Birth Place||Yangdu, Langye|
Zhuge Liang ( Kongming ) ( 181 - 234 AD ) Zhuge Liang is one of the most intelligent people during the Three Kingdoms period. He was the cause of many headaches for Wei and Wu, because of his excellence in war strategy. He was married to Yue Ying, also an intelligent person. He was recruited by Liu Bei in the year 207 after he was visited three times by the young warlord. He, along with Lu Xun of Wu masterminded the fire attack at Chi Bi, the capture of Nanman leader Meng Huo seven times, the Stone Sentinel Maze, the defection or former Wei general Jiang Wei, and the stone statue that scared Sima Yi. Zhuge Liang met his untimely death at the Wu Zhang Plains because of illness and overwork at age 54.
While Liu Bei was with his cousin Liu Biao, he heard of this scholar that lived by. Him and his brothers went to go visit Zhuge Liang, but he was not home. Liu Bei told the scholar's servant to say that he stopped by. After a few days, the warlord and his brothers went for a second visit. They mistook Zhuge Jun, Zhuge Liang's younger brother for the scholar. He said that his brother was out with a friend, and didn't know when he would be back. The brothers left for the second time.
After a few days more, the brothers went for a third visit. This time, they were in luck, the scholar was home. Liu Bei met with Zhuge Liang, and discussed the formation of the Kingdom of Shu. They also discussed war plans of the future, and how to give Liu Bei a foot-hold in central China.
Restoration of the Han
After the death of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang was made Chancellor of Shu, serving under Liu Shan, Liu Bei's son. Despite Liu Bei's dying wish that, should his son prove to be an inefficient leader Zhuge Liang should take over, he served Liu Chan loyally.
During his reign as chancellor, the restoration of the Han Dynasty was Zhuge Liang's prime objective. He put the restoration plan into motion by first moving south, towards the Nan Zhong region, where the Nanman tribes were rebelling under their king, Meng Huo. After discussion with Ma Su, it was decided that, instead of defeating the separate tribes of the region individually, they should work to get the tribes to join with them. Two of the Nanman tribal leaders surrendered, along with their armies, once the battle was in motion, and over the course of the battle Zhuge Liang defeated Meng Huo seven times, releasing him each time. This earned Zhuge Liang the deepest respect from Meng Huo, and with that Meng Huo's surrender. He then appointed Meng Huo as governor of the Nan Zhong region. With the southern region pacified and Shu's rear flank secured, Zhuge Liang was able to make his move against Wei in the north.
The Northern Campaign
The year 228 was a major year in the development of Shu; Zhuge Liang launched his first campaign against Wei, and in the process persuaded a promising young Wei general named Jiang Wei to join with Shu. Under Zhuge Liang's tuition, Jiang Wei proved to be a good leader and tactician in his own right, further proving Zhuge Liang's instincts, knowledge and experience would be a vital asset for Shu. In the year 234 at the battle at Wu Zhang Plains, Zhuge Liang's life was tragically cut short when he succummed to illness in the Shu encampment at the age of 54. In his stead, Jiang Wei, who at this point had become a prominent general in the Shu army, was appointed Chancellor and Chief Tactician.
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