How about I go above-and-beyond and give you my thoughts on everyone?
I tried to go mostly from the DW versions here, though I’ve pulled in bits and pieces of history here and there.
My basic criteria is: Sabers are those who stood and fought in the front ranks, Lancers are those with a reputation for swift attacks. Riders and Archers are those who had a reputation for either talent. Berserker is anyone with “rage issues”. Caster is kind of a catch-all for people who had unique talents or complex tricks (so most strategists) and Assassin was for those who committed assassinations (or tried to) or were otherwise treasonous.
Koei might not even know that Kebineng existed. Since he was Xianbei and not a major ally to any of the Chinese warlords (he mostly did his own thing), he doesn’t really come up that often, and I don’t know if he’s in the fictions at all.
Odds are, though, that Koei would depict any tribal leaders as dumb brutes, however undeserved that would be.
That’s certainly one theory.
Not many. The concept of a “mental illness” is a relatively new idea, in the grand scheme of things. There weren’t many things back then that would have been recognized or diagnosed as mental illness.
And I am strictly against trying to diagnose historical figures with mental illness, since it’s impossible to have all of the necessary information.
That said, historical records say that Liu Ye had dementia near the end of his life. And since Wang Ping simply could not learn how to read in spite of being very intelligent, he probably had some sort of learning disability like dyslexia.
A change in time or scenery over battles could make sense. There were some times when it was important.
For example, if heavy rain started halfway through battles like Xiapi and Fan.
I don’t think it would work out very well. The only time he ever really took any sort of active role was in the flight from Chang’an (195-196) and DW always represents that in a very confusing way. I just don’t think there’d be anything for him to do.
That story is true, but it leaves out one important detail:
When Cao Pi was young, he wanted to borrow some money from Cao Hong, but Cao Hong refused. Cao Pi always resented him for that. Some time during Cao Pi’s reign, one of Cao Hong’s subordinates committed a crime, and Cao Pi wanted to punish Cao Hong for it, so he put him in jail and intended to execute him. However, Lady Bian prevented Cao Hong’s death.
The SGZ says that this charge was just a pretext for Cao Pi to settle his old grudge with Cao Hong, but this wasn’t the first time there had been trouble with Cao Hong’s retainers. Some of his subordinates committed crimes back in 196, and Man Chong executed them for it. So I think it is unlikely that this was a pretext, but a legitimate charge. Cao Pi’s personal grudge might have played a part, but I believe that the charges against Cao Hong were legitimate.
The only Yang Lü I know of was the older brother of Yang Yi, the man responsible for Wei Yan’s death. He had a good reputation but died young, so he never accomplished anything of note.
It would be pretty interesting to hear what those two had to say to each other. Tadun and Kebineng were very similar in a lot of ways -though Kebineng was far more successful. Then again, Kebineng never went up against Cao Cao. he was a personal friend to Cao Zhang, but Cao Pi decided to support his rival Budugen and so he had a falling out with Wei.
As for Zhang Chun: while the Wuhuan were generally on good terms with the Han, relations varied between individual tribes. Most tribes were happy to accept money and honors from the Han, but some resented their dependence on the Han and were happy to aid rebels.