1.) That was a mistake on my part. I was focuses on the text I was reading at the time and forgot about Cai Yan’s sister. I’ll go edit that.
2.) I’ll mention that in the Common Misconceptions section. Thanks.
Sort of, but it sounds like playing with terms and definitions in order to make things turn out the way you want them to.
Perfection just doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s just not your day, no matter how good you are. I think trying to insist on a perfect record is actually kind of sad.
Yuan Shao definitely had a chance. Had he won at Guan Du, it’d hard to say how anyone could have stopped him.
Liu Biao probably could have expanded into Yi if he felt like it, but he probably wouldn’t have been able to push his borders far beyond that. Being penned in by Cao Cao to the north and Sun Quan to the east, he had limited options for expansion. He was a major obstacle that would be difficult to overcome, but he never had a realistic chance of winning the war.
Aside from the main three, no one else was likely to have a chance at conquering China during the civil war.
Of course, then there’s Sima Yi, who took over Wei and passed it to his sons, who eventually created the Jin dynasty. He’d probably be the best comparrison.
As near as I can tell, Xiahou Dun is the only one to keep coming back to the battlefield after suffering such a severe injury. Others either died (medicine wasn’t great, after all) or fully recovered.
If anyone can think of any more specific examples, I’m happy to discuss them, though.
The fact that Fa Zheng doesn’t buy into the BENEVOLENCE thing at all is definitely one of the most interesting parts of his character - at least, to those of us who don’t like the usual Shu guys very much.
That detail is purely fictional. I think it’s supposed to be symbolic of something or other, but I couldn’t tell you what.
The fancy robes are fine, since she was an empress, as you said. I guess I was just hoping or a more martial design. When they first revealed Zhao Qin, I thought that was Cao Jie and was excited about it, and I suppose I hoped they’d go with that.
Hers isn’t a bad design, just not quite what I was hoping for.
He did, at least when he was young. His SGZ says:
When young, Deng Ai had a habit of stuttering and thus was given only a lowly post in charge of guarding the farmland.
The qualifier “when young” here seems to imply that he managed to get over this when he was an adult.
Only generals with jie authority could order executions.
Most major generals, though, had this authority, and there were other special dispensations that they could receive. In Lu Xun’s case, he was given this sort of authority when he took charge of the defense against Liu Bei in 221, and he held such authority again during later campaigns.
I can’t actually find anything that implies that Yuan Shao had any daughters. He had his three sons, Tan, Xi, and Shang, but I can’t find any mention of sons-in-law. He seems to have just had the three sons.
He did have a sister, though, who married Gao Gong. Gao Gan was her son. Given that Yuan Shao treated Gao Gan like one of his own sons, he and his sister were probably pretty close - or she died and he took care of her son.
Furthermore, Yuan Shu had a sister, and if Yuan Shao was the son of Yuan Feng (as is commonly believed), this means that she was his half-sister. She married Yang Biao and did remained with him during all of the chaos in the capital from 189-196. Her son was Yang Xiu, Cao Zhi’s friend who was executed for espionage.