1:07pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: There's a few problems with a few of your character analyses: 1) in Cai Yan's you mention that Cao Cao was sad when her father Yong died with no descendants. How did Cao Cao not know about Lady Cai? If he didn't, then that contradicts the point you made that Cao Cao rescued Yan out of kindness. 2) There is a misconception about Fa Zheng: that everyone hated him and no one mourned his passing.

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.

12:54pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: About the 'undefeated generals' thing, I think it very much has to do with how you define the term. I think the most common understanding is, "Never defeated in a battle in which he had either significant or overall command". For example, Khalid Al-Walid was an early Muslim general, and one of his most famous feats was leading a retreat. Since he was an ordinary foot soldier at the time rather than an officer or commander, the retreat didn't count against his record. Does this make sense?

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.

12:53pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: I think that question about Kuroda Kanbei is basically asking: Out of the numerous warlords (barring Liu Bei, Cao Cao and Sun Quan), who had the best chance of uniting the land? I suspect most people would say Yuan Shao, but wasn't Liu Biao also in an excellent position to expand if he chose to do so?

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.

12:49pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: Han Sui is part of the reason I asked about disabled people. I wondered if there were any officials who managed to become notable in spite of some sort of disability. While I didn't expect any stories about, say, a blind court official, I thought there'd at least be a few generals who suffered some sort of wound that prevented them from ever taking the field again and were given a cushy job as compensation. They can't all be Xiahou Duns and Zhou Tais, retaking the field after horrible injury.

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.

12:48pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: "Let us punish those individuals that would turn on the concept of... benevolence." Fa Zheng's sinister delivery of that line in his DW8XL intro really shows himself. He knows Liu Bei's Benevolence™ is just a demagogic slogan that whitewashes the dirty stuff. He makes it clear he doesn't believe the lie yet he enjoys running along with it. Maybe it's the whole duplicitous nature of the thing that appeals to him, or maybe he sees how much of a rogue Liu Bei is and it reminds Fa Zheng of himself.

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.

12:20pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: Is it true that around the end of his life, Zhuge Liang was bound in an Ancient Chinese wheelchair? A lot of images of him during the later Northern Campaigns show him being pushed around in a wheelchair.

That detail is purely fictional. I think it’s supposed to be symbolic of something or other, but I couldn’t tell you what.

12:20pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: How is Cao jie not look tough, the fancy robes might be a bit off but she WAS an emperess and plus look at that bitch face look,It practically screams get the FUCK out of my way.

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.

12:19pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: Did Deng Ai really have a stutter?

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.

12:18pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: About generals executing people, is this something that any general could carry out during a campaign, or was it only generals with jie permission who could do it? Were there any ranks or positions that automatically gave an officer the right to execute people as he saw fit? For example, in the 2010 drama, Lu Xun (in his role as Wu's Grand Commander) orders a general executed for insubordination, rudeness and a general inability to follow orders. Despite the fact Sun Quan was about to arrive.

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.

12:12pm September 1, 2014
Anonymous asked: I have a quick question; I imagine if there are any details, they'd be scarce, but is there any information on Yuan Shao's daughters? (If he had any that is; if they existed, I'd like to add them to my RoTK game.)

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.