三國演義: An Epic Revisited
In an odd twist on a self-fulfilling prophecy, Zhang Jiao leads a rebellion against the Han Dynasty. Named the Yellow Turban Rebellion, after the colors the dissenters wore, the uprising is quashed by one He Jin. Fearing this general's growing power, the corrupt eunuch faction within the government assassinates him, following the Emperor's death. The child Emperor and his younger brother flee the palace during this turbulent time, only to fall into the hands of Dong Zhuo. Dong Zhuo deposes the new young Emperor and places his even younger brother upon the throne, to better serve as his puppet. Many assassination attempts on Dong Zhuo fail, until finally he is murdered by his own adopted son Lu Bu, ostensibly over the beautiful and charming dancing girl, Diao Chan. This is, of course another (this time successful) attempt to purge the corrupting influence from the Han.
In Dong Zhuo's place rises Cao Cao, but the empire is already descending into civil war. The Sun family has grown tired of the corruption and finds the hidden Imperial Seal, keeping it for themselves and weaking the position of the Han Emperor. Cao Cao, fearing the infighting, takes the young Emperor to Xu Chang to protect him, and proceeds to begin conquering northern China.
With his two oathbrothers at his side, Liu Bei joins forces with Cao Cao to defeat the treacherous Lu Bu. This brings upon Liu Bei the recognition of Emperor Xian, but a treacherous pact to assassinate Cao Cao is uncovered, and Liu Bei is forced to seek shelter with Liu Biao. Liu Bei recruits a number of officers, including the genius Zhuge Liang, and relies on his Imperial cousin's support until Liu Baio's untimely death, whereupon Liu Bei is evicted from Jing Province when Cao Cao receives the province from Liu Cong, its inheritor.
Meanwhile, Sun Ce conquers the southlands in the name of glory and honor, firmly seating his imperial family at Jian Ye, the new capital of the country of Wu. Unfortunately, much like his father, Sun Jian, the Little Conquerer lost his life in his effots, leaving the new empire in the capable hands of his little brother, Sun Quan.
With the formation of Wu, Cao Cao decides to attack the fledgling country, but with the combined intelligence of Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang, Cao Cao's army met with firey defeat at the battle of Chi Bi (Red Cliffs). With Cao Cao's retreat, Liu Bei seizes the opportunity to capture the lands of Yi, creating a home for his own faction. Tensions rise between Liu Bei and Sun Quan because of the Zhou Yu's greed and desire for Jing province, only part of which is under Liu Bei's rule. Zhou Yu presents a number of tests to Liu Bei's right-hand man, Zhuge Liang. Zhuge Liang, the genius that he is, manages to continually outwit Zhou Yu, eventually causing him death by frustration and anger.
When Cao Cao becomes King of Wei, and begins planning his invasion of Wu.
It now late in the year of 216, and the three kindoms continue to war upon each other, each with their own goals. This is where our story begins.
The Three Kingdoms
Wei: Led by Cao Cao, the goal of this faction was originally to protect the Han dynasty. Now, this faction is beset with ambition. Sima Yi secretly seeks to overthrow the Cao family and set up his own new Dynasty to rule over all of China. Wei is the largest of the factions, consisting of the central plains and northern provinces, and boasts a "million man army." They are arguably the strongest faction, and historically, they are the triumphant of the three Empires.
Wu: Sun Ce conquered the southlands for this honor-bound faction, but upon his death, his younger brother Sun Quan became the head of state. Sun Quan is an intelligent man and an impeccable judge of character, surrounding himself with trusted men, making Wu a strong force in this era. Wu has plentiful resources, geological advantages for defense, and unmatched archers. In addition, Wu is home to many of the great schools of learning, and thereby hosts many of the most intelligent political minds of the time.
Shu: Liu Bei, an imperial uncle to the Han Emperor, leads the Shu faction. An honorable man, he holds his oaths above all, especially his oath to his two adoptive brothers, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei. He is a benevolent ruler, with the genius strategist Zhuge Liang at his side. The Shu faction is made up of a number of strong generals and unparalleled horsemen.
Revisiting the Epic
Because of the nature of this game, each player will be required to create three characters, one from each faction, that will be played simultaneously. Pains will be taken so that no player has to fight against his or her own characters, but splitting players between the factions would lower the character interaction level.
Certain historical events may or may not take place, depending on the actions of the characters in the story, so please do not be upset if your favorite historical event is averted or your favorite historical character dies.
This is not Dynasty Warriors. Your characters will not have Musou attacks. You will be expected to be true to the period and respect the story, though some small elements of fantastical nature will be allowed, along the lines of a wuxia story. Battles will be cinematic in nature, but godmoding will most certainly not be allowed.
This is a story of politics, clashing cultures, and conquering armies that takes place in ancient China. Traditional Chinese garb is a must. All females wishing to be officers must take the guise of a man. Females in a Ministerial position must be extraordinarily exceptional. Sorry, guys, but China was kinda sexist.
The Character Sheet
Name: (Please include a meaning, if you have one.)
Styled Name: (This is optional)
Position: (Minister, Officer, or Courtesan)
Appearance: (You may supply a picture, but must ALSO write a description.)
Prefferred Weapon: (if any)
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