Season One: The Story Jan 9, 2011 20:08:25 GMT
Post by Wei Guozhi on Jan 9, 2011 20:08:25 GMT
The Story Season One
After 400 years of prosperity, the once renowned and powerful empire of Han succumbed to the insurgence led by Zhang Jue and his brothers. Their defeat, which was not totalled until after the call of arms, did little to restore the order of the Han, as new bandits, rebellions and provincial leaders scattered out in a sea of conquest.
Emperor Ling, stripped of power by the very eunuchs his ancestors had established, now carried the burden of the country. His eunuchs had the majority of the power, and through their own decrees - dispatched foes or rivals at will. Emperor Ling, in fear of his own life and empire, ordered for He Jin to take up regency, and He Jin, who had been the commanding officer against the Yellow Turban Rebellion, was more than happy to help.
He started first by removing the authority of the Eunuchs, who, in their plight – sought the shelter of the Emperor's mother. Then, he ordered Dong Zhuo to come to the capital, to help reinforce his position. He had been warned by Cao Cao of Chen Liu and Yuan Shao of He Bei not to trust Dong Zhuo, but...in all his glory – He Jin fell for Dong's sincere plea of aide, and the general of Liangzhou was permitted entry, where his army of tens of thousands pitched camp.
He Jin then went on to remove the Eunuchs, but after being deceived by one of them, he became the target of an assassination, and the empire fell to despair. It was at this time that Dong Zhuo took control of matters, and with the Eunuch’s dead (partly by Yuan Shao and Cao Cao, who had thrown themselves at the Eunuchs upon hearing of He Jin's death) no one was in a position to stop Dong Zhuo from achieving his plans.
His first move was to remove Emperor Ling, and the former emperor was killed along with his mother. His little brother, Liu Xie, took the throne – and became Emperor Xian, who Dong Zhuo pretended to support. As Xian was only a child, Dong Zhuo took up regency, and eventually titled himself as Imperial father, a rank that far surpassed even chancellor or prime minister.
With no one opposing him, Dong Zhuo hired many talented strategists and warriors, and his army soon tripled in size. It was then that Cao Cao, Ma Teng, Sun Jian, Yuan Shao and others banded together to repel this tyrant from office.
The two major coalition battles that ensued were to be Si Sui and Tiger Trap. Si Sui was a victory for the alliance, with Hua Xiong having been defeated by Sun Jian. Tiger Trap however led to the end of the coalition, as general Lu Bu of Dong Zhuo's army kept the alliance in check. Soon, internal struggles and disputes resulted with the coalition coming to an abrupt end, and Dong Zhuo's army retired back within it's cities walls.
With no one capable of defeating Dong Zhuo, many of the lords retired to their own provinces to build an army in hopes of defeating him, but none were to succeed. Instead, Lu Bu, the high general of Dong Zhuo's army, was forced into a trap set-up by Ministers Wang Yun and Ba Zeng, and he was soon found betrothed to an adopted daughter of a minister. Confused, but bewildered by the woman’s elegance and beauty, Lu Bu soon found himself his soul-mate, and the two were to spend their lives together when she was taken away by his master, Dong Zhuo.
Decieved, Lu Bu went to Wang Yun and Ba Zeng, and they told him that it was but a misunderstanding. Upon visiting Dong Zhuo, it was soon obvious what Zhuo had intended for the woman, and...enraged – Lu Bu threw himself at Dong Zhuo, killing him and his nearby servants.
With the Han Empire restored, Lu Bu was promoted to General of Martial Might, and with his army he left the palace and sought shelter with Yuan Shao. Meanwhile, the city was over-run by remnants of Dong Zhuo's force, and Wang Yun was killed. The Emperor was once again abducted, and the empire fell apart as quickly as it had been restored.
Cao Cao moved to intercept Li Jue and Guo Si, whilst Lu Bu set his sights upon the territory of Tao Qian and Liu Bei. After fleeing south from the Yuan family, he sought refuge within Xiao Pei, and late betrayed his new master by ransacking the city. Disheartened, Liu Bei fled the scene with his brothers, making his way to Liu Biao to seek refuge.
Sun Jian, who, after the battle of Tiger Trap, retired to shis camp, found that an old imperial box had been discovered at the nearby shrine, and upon closer inspection – revealed it to be the Imperial jade Seal. With his own ideals back in the south-land, Sun Jian fled for his homeland, but was eventually intercepted and killed by Liu Biao's army, who had received a letter from Yuan Shao regarding the Seal.
Sun Ce, Sun Jian's eldest son, took up arms in his fathers stead, and moved his army to Lu Jiang, where he was denied entry and out-caste by the local authorities. Disheartened, he attempted to seek employment with Yuan Shu, who embraced him eagerly. After some time, Sun Ce had acquired Yuan Shu's trust, and was permitted to lead a few thousand troops to take Lu Jiang for the kingdom. With Lu Jiang captured, Sun Ce sought to claim his independence from Yuan Shu, and planned to use the Imperial seal in exchange for troops.
Although hesitant at first, Yuan Shu soon gave in to Sun Ce's demand, and Sun Ce was established within a city of his own. With only a handful of soldiers at his disposal, he allied himself with Yuan Shu and promised to repay the debt.
Chronological order of Events
- 184: The Yellow Turban Rebellion was founded, in the name of Zhang Jue and his two brothers Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao.
- 185: Zhang Jue and his brothers invaded Jizhou as well as countless other regional districts. Their armies numbered as high as half a million soldiers when the rebellion reached its peak.
- 186: He Jin, along with Lu Zhi and Huangfu Song, took up arms to fight off the Yellow Turbans. The result ended with a victory, and the brothers were forced to divide their armies between the northern provinces. Liu bei, along with his brothers Guan Yu and Zhang Fei sought the protection of hsis old friend, Gongsun Zan.
- 187: Liu Bei, Gongsun Zan and Dong Zhuo defeated and killed Zhang Jue. Huangfu Song killed Zhang Bao and enraged by the death of his two brothers, Zhang Liang sent the remaining armies to fight Cao Cao and Sun Jian. Zhang Liang was slain two days after the battle was initated by a stray arrow. The Turbans were forced to disband with no one left to lead them.
- 188: He Jin took up regency on behalf of Emperor Ling. Dong Zhuo moved his armies south to the capital.
- 189: He Jin was slain and the Eunuchs were killed a week later. Dong Zhuo took over the capital.
- 190: The war of the iron whale commenced. Dong Zhuo is defeated at Si Sui. Hua Xiong flees west.
- 191: Dong Zhuo's reign increases. The people are slaughtered. Tiger Trap commences, Lu Bu defeats the coalition and brings victory to Dong Zhuo. The coalition disbands. Sun Jian heads south, but is intercepted and killed by Liu Biao. Sun Ce mourns.
- 192: Tricked by Ba Zeng ansd Wang Yun, loyal ministers of the Han, Lu Bu slays Dong Zhuo and moves his army to the central plains. Cao Cao attacks Tao Qian, but is forced to retreat after recieving order from the Emperor. Liu Bei protects Tao Qian's territory.
- 193: Lu Bu camps at Xiao Pei. Liu Bei invites Lu Bu to help govern the city after Tao Qian dies of old age and illness. Lu Bu betrays Liu bei and takes the city. Liu Bei fleess south with his brothers. Sun Ce josins Yuan Shu, and later exchanges the Imperial Seal for a few thousand soldiers.