Author: Luo Guanzhong (C. H. Brewitt-Taylor translated).
About: Romance of Three Kingdoms, dating to the 14th Century, is the legendary epic of the fall of Han and the founding of Jin. Dealing with plots, complex men, wars, intrigues, marriages and assassinations, this book, one of the four great Chinese classics, is foundational literature on a par with The Illiad or The Lay of the Cid.
The brothers expressed their gratitude, and the merchants took their
leave. Then blacksmiths were summoned to forge weapons. For Liu Bei
they made a pair of ancient swords; for Guan Yu they fashioned a
long-handled, curve blade called Green-Dragon Saber, which weighed a
full one hundred twenty pounds; and for Zhang Fei they created a
ten-foot spear called Octane-Serpent Halberd. Each too had a helmet and
When weapons were ready, the troop, now five hundred strong, marched
to Commander Zhou Jing, who presented them to Imperial Protector Liu
Yan. When the ceremony of introduction was over, Liu Bei declared his
ancestry, and Liu Yan at once accorded him the esteem due to a
Before many days it was announced that the rebellion had actually
broken out, and a Yellow Scarves chieftain, Cheng Yuanzhi, had invaded
the region with a body of fifty thousand rebels. Liu Yan bade Zhou Jing
and the three brothers to go out to oppose them with the five hundred
troops. Liu Bei joyfully undertook to lead the van and marched to the
foot of the Daxing Hills where they saw the rebels. The rebels wore
their hair flying about their shoulders, and their foreheads were bound
with yellow scarves.
When the two armies had been drawn up opposite each other, Liu Bei
rode to the front, Guan Yu to his left, Zhang Fei to his right.
Flourishing his whip, Liu Bei began to hurl reproaches at the rebels,
crying, “O malcontents! Why not dismount and be bound?”
Their leader Cheng Yuanzhi, full of rage, sent out one general, Deng
Mao, to begin the battle. At once rode forward Zhang Fei, his
octane-serpent halberd poised to strike. One thrust and Deng Mao rolled
off his horse, pierced through the heart. At this Cheng Yuanzhi himself
whipped up his steed and rode forth with sword raised ready to slay
Zhang Fei. But Guan Yu swung up his ponderous green-dragon saber and
rode at Cheng Yuanzhi. At the sight fear seized upon Cheng Yuanzhi, and
before he could defend himself, the great saber fell, cutting him in