Chen Chao:

Birthdate: (189 CE)

Birthplace: Chen Liu

Chen Chao's early childhood was nothing out of the ordinary. His family had no worries as Chen Sheng, Chen Chao's father, was successful enough as a merchant to provide food, clothes, and a place to call home. As a young boy, Chen Chao was known for being loving and kind. He was very gentle, and was known to share anything he had. As he was approaching the age of five, a group of rebels, led by the one known as Yuan Shao, rose up against the Prime Minister Dong Zhuo. Being as close to the capital, Chen Sheng worried about his family's safety. He soon decided to gather his family and belonging, and the Chen family moved to Bei Hai, where friends of the family lived. There, Chen Chao grew up, sheltered from the chaos that was spreading throughout the land.

The move to Bei Hai was uneventful, and it didn't take long for Chen Sheng to find a new job. Chen Chao went on living as he did in Chen Liu, too young to be worried or interested in the reasons why his life changed. Years went on, the rebellion was destroyed, bringing China back into a period of peace, while Chen Chao knew not of the events that had nearly thrown the land into chaos. His parents did their best to shelter him, and as Chen Chao grew to be 10 years of age, his father decided that peace had once returned to the land and it was safe to return to their home and family in Chen Liu. It was on the trip back to Chen Liu that Chen Chao's life left the boundaries of ordinary.

On a cool evening in late April of 189, the Chen family had only been a few miles from Ping Yuan. They had spent the last few days there, resting and restoring their supplies for the way back home, before heading out once again. As they were passing through a small forest, they came across a tiger cub. The family had assumed that the cub had been abandoned, and tried to offer it some food, but moments later, the mother tiger appeared from the bushes dragging a carcass of a small animal. Immediately, the mother tiger dropped the dead animal, and charged, pouncing landing on Chen Chao's mother. With one swift swing, the tiger severed her throat, killing her almost instantly. Chen Chao's father was on the tiger in an instant, but he stood no chance, even in his enraged state, of killing the tiger. After a brief struggle, Chen Sheng was under the tiger, with the tiger's fangs sunk in his throat. Chen Chao had watch both his parents deaths, frozen in terror, before his wits finally came back to him and he fled as fast as he could in the exact opposite direction as the tiger. He ran as far as his feet would take him, and when he no longer could run, he crawled. He finally collapsed in the middle of an open field. It was there that he was found the next day, only a few miles from the gates of Ping Yuan, that a patrol discovered him and brought him to Ping Yuan before the Hui family.

Several days later, Chen Chao still hadn't talked, but he had at least started to eat again. He spent most of his time in the bed that was provided for him, but could hardly sleep. When he did fall asleep, he usually woke back up as his mind would play his father and mother's death over and over in his head. He finally broke down one day, as Hui Zhong came to visit him, and told him all of what had happened. After that, things started to return to a sense of normal. He was able to sleep properly, he was eating on a regular basis, and he was even able to talk to others. For this, he owed Hui Zhong, whether it was due to fate, dumb luck, or Hui Zhong's own gentle nature. Chen Chao looked up to Hui Zhong as a brother, and followed him around as much as he could. What time he did spend on his own, he used to study in the ways of warfare. After about four years, Chen Chao had learned all he could from all the sources in Ping Yuan. He had decided to set out and to continue the learning process. Sadly, he could not confront his adopted family, so he set out in the middle of the night and left one small note. It was found the next day in his empty room on his desk.

Chen Chao wrote:

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Dear Friends and Family,

You have been too kind to me over my year, taking me in when I had nothing, comforting me when I was in need, and never once demanding anything in return. I owe you more than life myself, but at the moment, I have no real way to pay you back. I have set fourth on a journey that will stretch my limits and make me a man of great strength and ability. When my journey has reached its end, you will see me once again, with my life in your hands. Until then, may the Heavens bless you with years of happiness and joy.

Sincerely,

Chen Chao

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Chen Chao had spent the next 7 years of his life journeying throughout the northeastern parts of the country, learning from those who would teach him, helping those who could not help themselves and fighting those who picked on those weaker than themselves. He did his best to keep a low profile, going by the name of Zhijian, meaning straight arrow, for his heart always kept him straight and true, never once deviating from what he thought was right. There was even a tale about a man from the heavens by the name of Zhijian that single handedly defeated a group of bandits that was attacking a small village outside of Jin Yang. That tale was a bit of an exaggeration, but Chen Chao was the very same man. Now, after 7 years of hard work, the time has come where Chen Chao will return to Ping Yuan to return the favor to Hui Zhong.

Chong Ming:

Chong Ming is a traveling master scholar. He is renowned across China for his scholarly talent, and it is rumored his talent is divinely inspired. Though a short old man with a long white beard, he is also a true master of academics and keeper of knowledge. He is also well known for how kind and understanding he is, and sometimes he also offers advice to his visitors when they come to meet him should they ask.

Chong Ming is well known for his monthly specials, targeted at prefects and other wealthy lords in China. Bulk orders can be made through him as well, and sometimes he offers discounts. He is also said to know an ancient technique for strengthening the power of the mind and also has access to rare books of knowledge for doing so. Furthermore, it is rumoured that he is greatly attracted to men of talent, and would often offer them free tutelage should they be able to prove their skill or raw talent to him.

Cloud Strife:

Cloud was warped in a different world year changed 209 B.C., his age changed, in confuse form and he suffered memory lost retaining only his name and some of his memories. Then an unknown man and his granddaughter found him. Cloud was treated for many months because of the “poison” that he took from the Life Stream. While on treatment, the “old man” told stories about China, the people, and the war. Many months past, Cloud recovered. Gathering his things and the horse the old man gave to him, Cloud made a wandering in China to find a Lord...

Deng Liang (Weilang):

Deng Liang was born in 179 AD in Chengli a county of Xiang Ping. He was the second and youngest son of Deng Gai a small merchant from Bei Hai. His elder brother was Deng Tang fifteen years his senior. He also had an older sister five years his senior. His father having lost the majority of their money due to increasing banditry took the last of their money and moved to a small farming community in Chengli where his youngest son would be born. Deng Gai used the last of the money to help the villiage and it seemed to prosper. In his youth Deng Liang showed that he had a great understanding of the natures of people. His elder brother had not the mind for his fathers former business and took to learning the sword, spear and bow from a retired soldier of the former Northern Han army. Deng Gai then began to teach his younger son. Deng Liang proved to be an apt student. At the age of ten he convinecd his father to let his older brother teach him the ways of a soldier as well this too he proved an excellent student in.

At the age of fifteen he accompanied his older brother who lead the townsfolk against some bandit raiders from the north. During this he showed much courge for a young man and never faltered in the face of death. He shot and killed the leader of the bandit group breaking their morale and the villagers were able to drive them off. For this he won the praise of the villagers, his brother and his father. He would not accept their praise, and was to have said "What great thing have I done? I have done no more then any of you." The townspeople called him Zailang"young wolf".

A year later in the year 195, a group of Wu Wan raiders attacked the village under the cover of darkness. The villagers had little time to prepare and were caught off guard. Deng Tang led the people against the raiders. Deng Liang was left to guard his family. Deng Liang sat on the roof, and fired arrow after arrow into the oncoming attackers. Trying to kill them before they could get close enough to torch their home. Three raiders would break into the home from the rear as he could not see everywhere at once. Hearing the screams from inside he rushed down, catching the three as they tried to kidnap his mother and sister. He killed two with his bow before he was forced to fight the other with a spear he took from one of the dead raiders. His father Deng Gai had been slain when the raiders broke into the home as he tried to stop them. The raiders left with livestock and many captives. Half of the town had burned down, and Deng Tang had been slain in the fighting. The town grieved for the loss of Deng Gai and Deng Tang along with the others who had died or were taken. His mother blamed the deaths of his father and brother on him. She never called him her son again.

In the year 196 there was an epidemic in the countryside and his sister would perish slowly. There was nothing anyone could do for her. One month later his mother would take ill. When Deng Liang heard that she would soon be dead he rushed from the fields to her side she said to him "Why have you come? Even now I cannot forgive you for your failings. I have no living son now leave me in peace. Soon I will be with my family.." Deng Liang refused to leave her side and she died in silence refusing to speak with him further. Having nothing left in the villiage he prayed at the graves of his family and left the village. Deng Liang spent the next fourteen years traveling the land as a guard on caravan routes and trade ships. He continued to learn all that he could as he traveld. Learning from his fellow guardsmen and travling scholars.

In the year 204 one of the caravans he was guarding fell under attack near the city of Han Zhong. The caravan held up in a mountain cave holding off the attackers but unable to break free for five days. The guards were out numbered four to one and many wished to go over to the other side. When the leader of the mutiny went to slay the head guardsman he shot him through the throat killing him quickly. He then said "Any man who wishes to go oevr will get only the same reward! We have given our word to protect these men. What do we have to fear of an honorable death? We will be rewarded in the Golden Springs for our courage! I have no fear and now I will go to end this!" Deng Liang charged out of the cave with a few fellow guardsmen, this made the others feel ashamed and they too would follow him out. Deng Liang would take two arrow wounds and continued to fight. Wounded he challenged the bandit leader to personal combat and would take his head in the first bout. The bandits would scatter before his prowess and the carvan was saved. His fellows would then dub him "Weilang" meaning Great Wolf which he would take as his style name. He was twenty-five years old. His many acts of bravery and loyalty would earn him a fierce reputation amoungst the traders and many sought him out to lead their guards. All this however would not appaise the pain in his heart or his hatred towards the Wu Wan tribes for the loss of his family.

In August of the year 210 Deng Liang would recieve a letter from a Xaun Reu a mystic in the service of Hui Zhong of Ping Yuan. After traveling to Ping Yuan and meeting Hui Zhong he would end his days of wandering and pledge his life to him.

Gan Bi:

Gan Bi was born into a family of travelling merchants on February the 20th, 166. Gan Zhong, his father, used to be a military captain, but when his father died, there was no one else left to carry on his merchant business, and so Gan Zhong had to leave the military service to carry on his father's business.

When Gan Bi turned 13, his father began to hear rumours of a staggaring increase in bandit attacks around the area, and began to fear that rebellion against the decadent Han dynasty was inevitable. He began to recriut more men to guard the convoy. It was during this time that he began to see the zeal in his son to become a warrior, so he himself, being a veteran warrior, began to train his son to become a fighter. These things seemed to come naturally to Gan Bi, and in no time at all, Gan Bi became a strong warrior. This was fortunate, for Gan Zhong's fears soon turned to reality. Small groups of bandits began to target Gan Zhong's poorly guarded convoy. At this time only about 50 men guarded the convoy, easily outnumbered by even the smallest group of bandits. When the 50 men got first sight of the bandits marching towards them, they were afraid at first, but when they saw what a fine warrior Gan Zhong's son had become, their courage revived somewhat and they promised to defend the convoy to the very last. Gan Bi and his men got into formation infront of the convoy and calmly awaited the arrival of the bandits. The bandits soon arrived in a disorderly mass, laughing all the while at the tiny force in front of them. Gan Bi, quickly noticing the enemy's lack of formation, turned around and gave his troops orders. The orders met with general approval. When the bandits were close enough, Gan Bi gave his men a signal and they gave a fiery battle cry and charged directly at the bandits. The bandits were taken aback and simply watched in shock as the men at the front were either cut down or trampled one by one. some attempted to rally around their leader and make a stand, but Gan Bi drove through them, cutting and slashing as he did, and took the head of their would-be commander. After this battle there were a few more attacks, but all were successfully repelled by Gan Bi. Soon word of these victories got around to the other bandit groups and the attacks on the convoy nearly ceased completely.

In the year 184, the Yellow Scarves Rebellion finally broke out. Gan Bi was then 18 and he wanted to finally have the thrill of battle again. He asked his father if he could join the imperial forces, but Gan Zhong dissagreed saying,"You know I am getting old, son. I am already well into my sixties. If bandits attacked in your absence, how could I defend the convoy? You must stay here with me." though Gan Bi resented the fact that he could not join the army, he knew his father had a point. However, he would not have to wait much longer. A few days later, Gan Zhong died suddenly of a heart attack. His wife attempted to continue the business but she was deeply hurt by her husband's death. She eventually died of illness and grief. Gan Bi decided he should give up the merchant business, as he had no experience with such matters. He ended up selling the business and all of the items to one of his old friends for 1,000 gold coins. He then enlisted in the imperial forces.

At the time Gan Bi joined, the Yellow Scarves Rebellion was nearly quelled, However there were still many battles where a strong warrior could make a name for themselves. However, despite his prowess on the battlefield, Gan Bi could not gain a higher rank. Although this wasn't a problem for him for a long time, it began to annoy him after a while. He continuosly applied for higher ranks, but never got one. He stayed a common soldier no matter how many times he displayed his strength on the battlefield. If he was going to rise in the ranks, then he would have to show more than just brute strength. He would have to show skill at leading armies. In the year 209, realising that he will never become famous without more training, Gan Bi finally resigns from military service and recluses himself on the outskirts of Chang An to learn more about the art of war.

On his birthday, February the 20th, in the year 211, Gan Bi finally decides it is his time. He throws down his books, bursts out of his little study house and heads straight for Chang An. Now he is in the service of Lord Ma Jie Mao, and he waits once again for his opportunity to do battle and become the most famous warrior in the land.....

Appearance: Gan Bi is a very unusual looking creature. He is very short, far below the average hight of the common man, but has a very wide waist and is extremely muscular. Also, due to his training as a one-handed swordsman, his right arm is nearly twice the size of his left. As for facial features, Gan Bi has a long, bristling mustache that covers much of the rough skin and wide, red lips of his face.

Traits: Gan Bi is fearless and will stop at nothing to achieve his 2 goals in life: battle and fame. Although brave, Gan Bi is also prudent and would never charge mindlessly into battle without knowing what he was up against first. However his judgement can often be clouded because of his arrogance.

Gongsun Keung:

Gongsun Keung grew up on a farm in Bei Ping and was the only child in the family. After years of working on the farms, Keung left his family in search of a new way of life. Eventually, he met up with Liu Keung and Ma Keung in Shang Yong. Liu Keung was a wealthy scholar whereas Ma Keung was his personal bodyguard.

They soon became great friends, and they all decided to search for and serve a ruler. Not long after, Zhao Liang, an officer of Jian Ryu of Jiang Ning, recruited them. The group befriended all the officers, and they all worked diligently to make the kingdom a success. Unfortunately, the kingdom was invaded twice and was forced to surrender to Lord Liu Cao.

Liu, Ma, and Gongsun Keung didn't want to serve Lord Liu Cao, and they managed to form a small mercenary group with the remnant Jian Ryu army. However, due to inactivity and lack of respect, the mercenary group disbanded with many of the members going their seperate ways.

Liu Keung was still extremely depressed by the loss of Jian Ryu kingdom, he exiled himself to parts unknown. Ma Keung also disappeared as well, leaving Gongsun Keung alone. Abandoned by his close friends, Gongsun Keung went back to his Bei Ping farm.

Gongsun Keung soon grew bored of peasant life and was contacted by the Xiong Nu, seeking his service. He accepted the offer, however, he also grew bored there since his lord, Shou Xun Di, was always busy and never assigned him any duties.

Chaos soon engulfed the Xiong Nu kingdom after the ruler was assassinated. Many officers perished in the incident leaving Zhu Zhuan, Xe Van, and Gongsun Keung in charge. Eventually, Zhu Zhuan became the ruler of the Xiong Nu and Keung was promoted to govern Jin Yang.

Gongsun Keung is extremely friendly and gets along well with anyone. He credits Liu Keung for this. Keung cares for his friends and prefers to sacrifice his life in order to protect them. He has quite a temper but he only goes berserk doing the right situations. He is also intelligent but too cautious at times. Whenever confronted with a major incident, he needs to consult with his peers in order to make a decision (IE. Yuan Shao).

Han Li Bao:

Han Li Bao is a people person. He isn't very confident in leading troops, but he doesn't have to be. He is all about making relationships with other people, for he believes that in most cases battle can be averted by a hot meal and a calm discussion. He is eternally loyal, and he also attracts loyal subjects to him. He likes to tinker with making weapons and armor, but his real passion is jewelry, which is shown by his tendency to wear a lot of it on his person, as well as giving it as gifts. He also doesn't think twice about giving to the people, and he is often seen teaching others, be they officers or lowly peasants. His ways sometimes get him into trouble though, for he is known to occasionally give away his last few gold or spend so much time with other people that he spreads himself too thin, making his personal life suffer. He is quick to forgive and forget, which sometimes makes him an easy target for people who only keep in touch with him to enjoy his showers of gifts.

Hui Zhong (Xiashi):

Birthdate: 176 CE

Birthplace: Ping Yuan

Hui Zhong is the youngest son of Hui Ping, who held a variety of offices in Ping Yuan for nearly sixty years, eventually taking the position of Governor. At a young age he was stricken with scabies as the result of a plague, but he survived. However, he developed unrecoverable illnesses that resulted in his eyes being oversensitive to light and his stamina to drain rapidly. As a result, he spent much of his youth cloistered in the governor's residence, and when he ventured outside, his eyes remained closed most of the time, and he wrote poems and verses while his brothers and the other children played their games. This is how he became to be known as "Hui the Blind Scholar"

After reaching the age of eighteen, while his older brothers advanced to offices of their own, Hui Zhong assisted his aging father in his duties, and at times performed their essential functions, as Hui Ping's poor constitution tended to render him bedridden for some days with illnesses that a healthy person could work through. Though assisting his father, he acquired a reputation as being a man who exuded quiet intelligence and filial piety.

A popular story that circulated through the land involved a short-tempered general who had demanded to see Hui Ping for some reason that is forgotten today, while Hui Ping was confined to his sickbed with a malady which required ten days of perfect repose to heal. The then twenty-two year old Hui Zhong, looking like "a pheasant standing next to an elephant" when compared to the general, as the children took to singing, told the general in his usual near-whisper of a voice that his father was sick and could not attend to him, and offered his assistance. This did not appease the hot-blooded general, who continued to demand to see Hui Ping, but Hui Zhong still denied him, even after threats of violence. Even after the general carried out his threats and beat Hui Zhong full sore, the young man refused to give in or run away, and likely would have perished had not Hui Tong, Hui Zhong's eldest brother and a magistrate, arrived and apprehended the young general. It took three days for Hui Zhong to recover from his wounds. For this act, Hui Zhong was given the honorary title of "Filial Son" and was added to the "List of Filial Children"

Three years after that incident, though Hui Zhong's debilitating illness had subsided slightly, the condition of his eyes had grown worse, and now they remained closed as often as healthy people's eyes remained open. Around this time, Hui Ping's health deteriorated, and he retired from office. Worried about his youngest son's health, and at the behest of his advisors, he installed Hui Tong as the new governor of Ping Yuan. However, Hui Tong proved to be an incompetent, and would not permit Hui Zhong an office even after doctors had proclaimed that his illnesses, while permanent, were in no way life-threatening. Eventually Ping Yuan started to fall into ruin. It was with the dying wish of Hui Ping that his youngest son be given a post, and Hui Tong gave the now thirty-two year old sibling a magistrate's office in a small county. But this would not last, as soon a peasant uprising started, and Hui Tong, finally realizing that he could not perform the office for which he was given, formally abdicated to Hui Zhong, though Hui Zhong could not take the official rank, not being a nobleman. Hui Tong and the middle child Hui Jing both left to fight a war and perished not long after this event.

In a short time, Hui Zhong reported all tranquil in Ping Yuan, and proudly wears the cermonial sword of his family at his hip, resolving to perform great deeds and services in the name of his father and the Hui family, in order to safeguard the lives of the people. He has three wives, the first his betrothed from a young age, a beautiful woman of the Xun family, who bore him two children, a boy now eighteen and a girl now sixteen, of which the former was named Hui Jian and the latter Hui Ling. His second two wives were the widows of the Luo family of Xu Chang and the Ling family of Xiao Pei, who have shared bonds of friendship with the Hui family for four generations. Hui Zhong married them out of respect of the dying wishes of the patriarchs of the family, and took their children under his guardianship. Lady Luo had three children, a fifteen-year-old boy named Luo Zhang, a thirteen-year-old boy named Luo Chen, and an eleven-year-old girl named Luo Xi. Lady Ling gave birth to twins, a boy and girl now fourteen years of age, named Ling Chen and Ling Hua respectively.

Kalor Tiler

Birthplace: Claims Ling Ling, but truly came from the western lands.

Tiler is not a healthy person. Raised in the western continents, he trained to be a politician, but was not especially skilled in the art. After seeing generals going to war, he made a decision. When he announced he decided to work as a general, his family disowned him. Forced to live on his own at the age of 12, he suffered a life full of scorn and hatred. It took its toll, as despite become stronger physically, he grew ill mentally. After ten years of hardships he became a fugitive after, in a fit of insanity, he returned home and slew his entire family, plus a few people who got in the way.

The survivors claim that Tiler calmly walked inside, and then suddenly started breathing as if he had something in his throat. Then he turned his head to the nearest person (his brother), and his face darkened to the point where he looked inhuman. Taking out his father's sword, he slashed his brother in the eyes, and then stabbed the blade in his throat. When his mother started screaming, he ripped out the blade, and, with his eyes still dark, he begun smiling a wide grin. He marched over and then slit his mother's throat in a hideous fashion. When his three year old little sister started crying, he stomped her to the ground, then with one foot on her chest, ran her head through. A guest attempted to save her, but Tiler simple stabbed him and ripped out his side. A servant tried to give Tiler's father his two scimitars, but Tiler beheaded him instantly. Finally, he slashed at his Dad wildly, before tearing out and consuming his own father's eyes.

After the episode, he snapped out of his insanity. He pledged to never to kill another man again, but broke his oath a year when he killed a guard who remembered him and refused to let him leave his country, where he was a fugitive, and rumored to be possessed.

The sword was lost later, and it was thought to have been crafted from a demon afterwards.

Fleeing across the border into China, he, in a fit of delusion, told himself that he has never been outside China, and he grew up inside Ling Ling. However, he knew this was false, but he tried to believe it anyways. He is tortured at night from the memories of his father, who he believes is still alive.

He is a very courteous and humble man normally, but, while hard to provoke, he contains his anger to a bursting point, at which he has a rage that can elevate himself to a point where he is, quite truly, raving mad.

Kong Enlong (Zui Shi):

Kong Enlong is a genius and a master of Drunken Boxing. His genius does not apply in the intelligent sense of the word (he's little more intelligent than the average person), but he possesses the genius gene nontheless. For the most part, this makes him eccentric, although many would consider it to be senility kicking in, or possibly one of the many catalysts of finding balance in Drunken Boxing.

Regardless, he is short-tempered (although polite, he would sooner rant than initiate a fight) and very open-minded. If he considered you to be a talentless, grovelling worm... he would tell you without any doubt in his mind. Even if he could control these bursts of ranting, he probably wouldn't, since he considers his prowess and seniority to be enough of an excuse to argue with whomever he pleases.

Usually he can be found strolling about the countryside, training in any dojo he can find, or enjoying a drink with the "youth" at the local tavern.

Lee Jian (Huaran):

Lee Jian was born an orphan and was raised by an old man by the name of Hua Ming. This old hermit was believed to be the long lost elder brother of the famous doctor, Hua Tao.

Lee Jian, have no recall of his past, who his parents were, and why he was abandoned. All he knows is through the old hermit’s explanations. Lee Jian was told that he was just a baby when he was found stranded ashore crying, when Hua Ming was out searching for herbs and spices for his medicine.

Lee Jian lived a hermit’s way of life in an island named “Ming Tao” and with Hua Ming, he was taught the secret art of healing, by utilizing the strength of ‘Chi’ namely the art of “Healing Hands”. At the age of 12, Lee Jian had learned the art, sufficient enough to save lives of people suffering from the deadly plague. Once there was a plague that had destroyed most of the residents residing in a farming village near Wu in Yangzhou province. But thanks to Lee Jian and Hua Ming, they prevented the plague from spreading and at once, stop more deaths. News spread over Yangzhou province, about an old man and a young boy that saved the entire village and stop the terrifying epidemic. However, the news still lacks their names, as both Lee Jian and the hermit Hua Ming mysteriously vanished. Until today, the farming village still offers prayers and blessings to them. How they give their all to the people in need is now a legend and a myth in that local farmer village.

As Lee Jian turned 14, the hermit Hua Ming, or “Grandfather” as addressed by Lee Jian, passed away peacefully at the old age of 119. On his deathbed, Hua Ming parts a word to Lee Jian saying “Faith, Hope and Charity, will set us free”…with that he gave Lee Jian his ancestral sword, called “Lumina” and meekly bowing down his head, he gives up the spirit. Sadden by the lost of his grandfather and mentor, Lee Jian left the island to serve his purpose, healing the sick.

One fortunate day, as Lee Jian was healing a sick couple in a fishing village called “Yii Chun”, his skills in curing the couple suffering with bone problems partnering the local doctor Huang Lee Jian amazed the villagers. His combination of Chi healing and Huang’s knowledge of the local herbs and other related medicine worked wonders. Charmed by his appearance and kind heart, he was quickly adored and was invited as a member of the seafarers. The village chief was also kind enough to offer Lee Jian a house and in turn, Lee Jian was to care for the health and well being of the villagers.

Lee Jian started a new life there and was known as Huaran, a name given by the village elders bearing the name of the sea dragon god. Life was good in Yii Chun, and with his new acquainted friend, Huang Lee Jian, life couldn’t be better.

Years past Huang Lee Jian and Huaran was more like brothers than friend. Not only because they have similar names but also their gift in healing. They were tolerant and caring for each other, and always back each other up if a trouble should arise. The years of happiness have brewed Lee Jian into a fine young man. Besides the skills of healing, Lee Jian also mastered the art of the sword, learned through daily trainings taught by the village chief and other elders. With his sword “Lumina” Lee Jian earned a distinction for his capabilities in combat, and to be the youngest battling champion in Yii Chun and the other fishermen villages in Yangzhou. Apart from that, Lee Jian had latent talent for craft work. Most of the fishing boats, sails, fishing gears and other equipment were the things Lee Jian was honored for. He was among the best craftsman in the village and believed to have made a fishermen boat that can battle a big storm!

Lee Jian was selected to be the next village chief in line, although being young and green, Lee Jian was described as mature and on par with the other elders to be the next chief in line. A skillful healer, a battling champion and a talented craftsman, Lee Jian was also elected as chief for his willingness to study and to self improve plus his kind heart and charming personality.

On an unfortunate day, Lee Jian was forced to flee from Yii Chun thus, was separated with his sworn brother Huang Lee Jian, when a war erupted in Wu, dragging the village down in flames. With the loss of his best friend, the village chief and elders and the other villagers who probably fled for their lives, Lee Jian wanders the city of Wu, with him his sword Lumina as a loyal companion. His whereabouts were not kept unknown for long though, as his wonderful healing, skilled craftsmanship and physical prowess made him well known in the city of Wu.

Feeling the need for self improvement and peace and quite in such chaotic times, Lee Jian moved to live in an island very near Jian Ye. Lee Jian promised to continue saving the people suffering from the war even though it may cost his life….and also his longing desire to seek for his sworn brother Huang. Currently, Lee Jian is in training but will also be accepting any visitors or patients to his humble home, where he performs his healing without any needs for something in return...

Ma Wu (Yijiang):

Son of a wealthy merchant of the later Han. Servant of Xiang Liang, former Imperial Tutor and Grand Administrator of Shou Chun.

Meng Jun (Kong-ling):

Meng Jun was born in the year 168 AD, the oldest son of Meng Shao, the Magistrate of Yong Ning, a small city south of Lou Yang. The Meng family was a wealthy one, and had long served in magisterial posts throughout Sizhou, establishing many ties with the local aristocracy and clans.

During the Yellow Turban rebellions, Meng Shao used his connections to have his son Meng Jun appointed to the staff of Zhang Wen. Under Zhang, Jun developed his skills as an administrator, having been placed as an officer of the commissariat.

Meng Jun served for two years under Zhang Wen, until Dong Zhuo had the veteran commander replaced by the Eunuchs. Meng Shao, having become acquainted with Hua Xiong, one of Dong Zhuo's top generals, had Jun transferred to his command, and Jun was immediately placed in charge of a small archer compliment. Jun spent the next four years serving under Hua Xiong in a small outpost near Si Shui Gate. When the rebel forces under Yuan Shao and Sun Jian moved to defeat Dong Zhuo, Meng Jun was on the forefront of the battle, being pushed from his outpost. Hua Xiong quickly came to his relief, and Xiong held off the vanguard until Lu Bu could arrive. Together, the forces of Lu Bu and Hua Xiong annihilated the forces under Sun Jian.

Having distinguished himself in the battle, Hua Xiong recommended him to the Prime Minister Dong Zhuo, and Jun was presented with the Magistracy of Shen Chi, a small city west of Lou Yang.

Fully retiring from the military, he brought with him his provisions officer from the army, Tan Ming, making him his personal aide and advisor. Jun quickly adapted to a civil roll, and assited by the able Hui Clan he helped restore order and develop Shen Chi into a prosperous town. During his time there, his wife Meng Ao Nu, a member of the powerful Niu Clan, bore him a son and a daughter, Meng Shang and Meng Yi.

When Yuan Shao and Yuan Shu again fielded their armies against Dong Zhuo in the east, and Ma Teng and Han Sui rose up in the west, Meng Jun raised a compliment of 10,000 men and marched west to assist Lu Bu in his war there. Arriving too late to assist, as Lu Bu swiftly scattered the western armies, he then marched east to assist the Prime Minister.

Again arriving too late, he pulled his army back to Shen Chi. At the death of Dong Zhuo, the Imperial Government fell apart. Lu Bu ended up fighting with the other generals under Dong Zhuo's command, and soon each of them was preying on the land. Meng Jun spent many days fending off attacks from Li Jue and Guo Si as they sought to raid the city that was in his charge. Finally, after being hard-pressed, Meng Jun reluctantly accepted the advice and steady pressure of one of the clerks of Chen Shi, Zhong Shou. Zhong's nephew, a man Meng Jun had known in the military and considered a gambler and a wastrel, was called and placed in command of the defense. To Jun's surprise, the nephew, Zhong Pei Tang efficiently drove away the two raiding generals, and secured the city from further attacks.

One of the former Imperial Officials, Cui Hu arrived in Chen Shi, bring word that the Imperial Capital itself had been sacked by a group of petty warlords, and that bandits had desecrated the Ancestral Tombs. The Emperor had fled, and the populace was left without support. Unable to be a bystander any longer, Meng Jun raised his army and marched on the Capital, leaving Chen Shi under the capable defense of Zhong Pei Tang, and ordering his chief retainer Peng Zhao to gather more men from the surrounding villages. Knowing Cui by reputation, Meng placed him in the vanguard of his troops, and the able warlord quickly disposed of several bandit forces besieging the city.

Drawing his own army up outside the city, Meng Jun sent in his emissaries Tan Ming and Ai Zhexin, and contacted the Imperial officials still within the city. After a week of negotiating with the remaining officials Kong Fei and Xun Zhu, Jun met with them himself and after a hefty series of payouts, Meng Jun entered the Imperial Capital as Grand Administrator.

Sun Hui Wang:

An enigma. His true past is shrouded in time, although he claims to be descended from the legendary Master Sun (Sun Tzu). According to him, his parents died when he was 13, but leaving him with a fortune. As such, he was left in charge of his siblings. At the age of 16, he emerged from obscurity in the city of Wan by becoming the city's youngest chess champion. From then on, he was acknowledged as a budding tactician and was expected to one day serve the emperor in leading his armies. However, his downfall was also because of his chess. A scion of one of the leading families in Wan was publicly humiliated in a match with Hui Wang, and carried a grudge. The rogue hired assasssins to do away with Hui Wang and his entire family.

Luckily for Hui Wang, he was studying far into the night and managed to escape from the flames that consumed his house and his siblings. Hui Wang's lucky escape also left him disillusioned with the world, and the government. Bereft in the world, Hui Wang decided to journey elsewhere and make a name for himself.

With the sudden coming of the time of chaos, Hui Wang was pleased, for it finally meant that his ambition could be realized. At present, Hui Wang has not discovered exactly who hired the assasssins to kill him, but he has sworn to find out and avenge their death. But for now... Hui Wang wants to rise in the world...

Tanshi Matasi:

Simple farmers son. Nothing but a peasant. Natural talent with a polearm. Eagerness exceeds skill.

Tao Li:

Tao Li was born in Cheng Yang in 193 AD. She lived in a modest house with her mother, a non-descript house fitting a likewise non-descript life. Due to rumors of her being Tao Qian's daughter, combined with the strong fears of her mother due to the Coalition Wars, Tao Li rarely left their home. Having expressed desire to be a retainer, even after persistant attempts of dissuasion by her mother, a private tutor was arranged for Li. A student fully dedicated to her tutelage, she became hihgly skilled in methods of personal combat, and deeply entrenched in the self-sacrificing requirements of being a loyal retainer, though she did not yet have a master.

It was in this way that Tao Li grew into a lovely and spirited young woman. On her fifteenth birthday, she had her hair chopped to a chin length, just long enough to pull into a tight ponytail. She began that year, and continued well into the next, to study the depths of Buddhism, becoming a home-bound monk. Every month, an elder monk from the nearby temple came by to have discussions with her all day, neither pausing to eat nor drink nor rise from their mats until the night was fully risen. Tao Li's mother watched this with worry, for her daughter was growing more distant and determined; yet in her heart, she was powerless to stop her daughter.

Thus it was with little tears that on Tao Li's seventeenth birthday, Li's mother watched her daughter gather her meager things and venture out into the world she had been kept from. As she watched her daughter walk away, she gave one last thought, and called out to her, "Li, do you know where you are going?"

Tao Li turned and gazed at her mother fondly but sadly. "I do not know," she replied, "but the way will show itself to me. There are many questions I must ask, and many answers that must evade me. But the heart knows when it has found its master." Bowing her head lightly to her mother, she turned and once again walked away, disappearing into the dusky distant horizon, to meet her destiny.

Tzung:

Little is known about Tzung. He is a large man, and he is always seen fully adorned with armaments of exceptional quality. People often wonder "Who is this man? Where did he come from? How could he possibly afford such equipment? Who is the "Lun Zhao" that is inscribed onto one of his swords? "

Some say that Tzung follows the singular goal of seeking out and challenging any worthy adversaries on the dueling grounds. The story, as most tell it, is of a enormous and someone brutish man who would hop from tavern to tavern picking fights. Those foolish enough to challenge him would pay the price. They observe Tzung's grand array of armaments and decide that they must be trophies of his duels.

Others, who take the time to converse with Tzung, are quick to find out that Tzung started from the position of the lowest peasant. Tzung tells them that his parents were killed by a corrupt noble, and was forced to learn the way of the sword in order to survive. Only the strong survive, so Tzung then decided that he better darn well be among the strong. Most of these people think that Tzung is driven by revenge for his family. In fact, a few have started rumors that his equipment actually came from gold procured from ambushing that noble's caravan.

The truth probably lies somewhere in between. However, all agree that they have never seen a man so devoted to the art of battle as he.

Xiang Ma (Qianmo):

Not much is known about Xiang Ma, nor does he wish to tell. From what has been gathered, it seems that his parents were wed by an arranged marriage, but love did come out of it. However, once Xiang Ma reached the young age of 4, his mother died giving birth to his younger brother, Xiang Tuo. Also, it seems that he is a realitive of the famed Xiang Yu of the Chu-Han War--the main rival of the Great Ancestor, Liu Bang. Whether he is a direct decendant or a distant realitive is still under question, though he adamantly insists that he is infact in direct lineage to him.

The muscular, six-foot tall man hails from the prosperous city of Luo Yang, where his family is known as a respectable family of artisans and martial artists. Since his employment under Xhang So Ja, his family has set up their merchant buisiness and family compound in Xiang Yang, and have helped in major ways to make it one of the most prosperous cities in all of China.

His childhood was a normal one, being neither privalged, nor impoverished and because of that, he has a very balanced outlook on life in general. Even with the death of his mother at the age of 4, and some tramuas during an early age, he still mannages to see things in a balanced light, writing them off as "the Will of Heaven.

He has an extreme weakness for trusting people too well, that while it hasn't led him to any majorly bad situations in his life, some people have taken advantage of him (sometimes he never even knew). He also has a deep love of tea, espically the kind grown in the Han Zhong and Wu regions. He is a very brave man, willing to sacrifice his life for a friend, but he mannages to keep his temper under tight controll, in fact, it is rare to see him angered--outside of battle at least. In battle, he fights like a man possessed, completely intent on completing the task at hand. This has led some people to believe that he is either possessed by an evil spirit, or has split personalities. Whichever it is, he has rarely lost a battle or duel.

While he is currently unmarried, there have been recent reports of him visiting a certain woman of Lu Jiang often. Her name is Mei Mei--a simple barmaid. Recently, there was an adition to the small Xiang family: Bao and his sister Li, formerly just nameless commoners, were adopted into the family with full honors befitting of the Xiang merchant family. Bao still fights beside him in his Youth Corps unit--an elite unit of young men no older than 23 years of age--and Li is now an apprentice to Xiang Ji in the ways of caligraphy, poetry, and trade.

Xiang Ma stands at six feet tall with dark brown, almost black hair, hazel eyes with large muscles and skin of slightly tanned complexion. Being of a young age, he has no facial hair, and normally shaves any that appears (going against traditions, he dislikes having facial hair). His hair itself is of about shoulder length, and is usually tied up when his helmet is off. He normally wears a forest green battle robe with gold trimmings and a yellow sash over his armor--even when in battle--and always wears his military-issue boots.

Zhang Xu:

Officer captured in the Battle of Bei Hai.

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