I had a fun game a while back as a created character named Yuan Ling, a daughter of Yuan Shao, she had terrible abilities in everything, low War, decent Int, low Pol, average Charisma. The scenario was the Coalition against Dong Zhuo scenario, because of who she served she managed to coast by as her family was lead to success after success, with her skills slightly improving with time, though her stats were mostly increased through money, then around 204, after conquering nearly half of the country Yuan Shao died and chose Yuan Shang as heir, as my character was supposed to be fairly capricious she rebelled and was able to seize a province along with her, but this destablization only heartened the enemy (who was Cao Cao, having defeated Ma Teng in a surprising turn earlier and expanding to the West) who managed to reverse a lot of Yuan Shao's holdings and though she was able to rebel, I couldn't get any useful officers to join with her.
So Yuan Shang quickly set about reducing Yuan Ling's lands quickly and within a year managed to conquer her, executing the majority of the rebels, but he invited his sister back into the fold. Left without much choice she rejoined.
At this time Yuan Shang was losing more and more land and was eventually executed by Cao Cao. Yuan Tan became the ruler then, I chose not to rebel this time. Yuan Tan had an impressive start. He executed a fair amount of the Cao Clan (though obviously couldn't get Cao Cao, at least not as I recall, but I do recall him dying earlier than usual.) Though his efforts were soon reversed and what seemed like a sure victory of 2/3 of the land was pushed back to only 1/2 and that is when Yuan Tan died I want to say around 215 or 16, then Yuan Xi became ruler, but he only lasted for a couple of years before he too fell to illness, though I recall the time that he ruled as exceptionally peaceful between the two remaining kingdoms. Then the burden fell to Yuan Ling to become ruler as the last surviving Yuan. Cao Cao had died and because so much of his family had already been killed Xiahou Shang or all people became ruler, with a surprisingly impressive stat build, surely he was doing some training during this prolonged scenario.
So the fight began anew and though it was very slow Yuan Ling pushed forward, executing everyone that wouldn't serve her, along the way she came across Xiahou De who was a surprising thorn in the side for a while because of his immense stat bonuses from the scenario's start. As I recall he had several 90's in his stats! Xiahou De of all people! Eventually though we managed to beat him back, captured him, and executed him. The years were getting on, and Yuan Ling had focused much of her attention on Charisma training while the Empire slowly came under her control. It was around 250 when Xiahou Shang died, leaving Sima Yi, strangely enough, to become the ruler of Wei, now comprising of Wu's territory, but the way the game work with Hui Ji and Wu, oy... no matter how many auto-battles were launched against it, there was no getting through there and I knew time was running out for Yuan Ling. Through an extremely hard fought battle in 254 where Yuan Ling personally took part (she acquired a good amount of bow skills through her life) we finally managed to seize Wu, but a month later Yuan Ling passed away...
I was not going to have that! I was not going to have the game do this to me after I fought with relative tenacity against a ticking time-bomb. So I reloaded and this time attacked Hui Ji immediately and though it took several tries, I finally won with a... I believe she was 16 in 192 so she would have been... 76 at the game's end, and her ending was expectedly bad, having killed everyone that got in her way.
It was a grand game though, a lot of fun to be had.
A great story Xu Yuan. It brings up many interesting aspects of ROTK VIII:
-Rebellions are pretty hard to accomplish in this game. I have a feeling that this aspect of the game is deliberate. It's very tough to get a decent amount of officers to rally behind you if you're a rebel, even if you're a pretty prominent viceroy. I thought that maybe social relations played a role in rebellions but I've frequently had officers who were "loyal" to me that did not follow me in a coup d'etat. Your story with Yuan Ling rebelling early on and currying very little support doesn't surprise me too much because I've been down that road. Oh, you also incur a lot of badboy points from rebelling, which affects how other officers deal with you/the ending/etc.
-Some cities are really hard to take due to the way "reinforcements" work. This is deliberate. The triangle of Chengdu/Ba/Fu, the two cities of Wu/Hui Ji and finally Bei Ping/Liaodong in the North can sometimes become really tough hold out cities. Interestingly, these cities may be the best cities to start a rebellion in though because of how easy they are to defend.
-In every game I play, I'll always encounter a "Xiahou De" or several. There's always some obscure, unknown officers who manage to train their ass off and by late game become a much bigger challenge than they deserve to be. I'll look at their stats, scratch my head and wonder if those officers did something amazing historically that I was unaware of. I really like this aspect of ROTK though. It basically is a result of ROTK VIII having many officers with low base stats but high stat caps, which is one of my favorite aspects of the game.
-It can be very hard to win a game in one officer's lifetime and very frustrating when it can't be done. I remember playing a game as Kong Rong in which I got about 4/5 of China unified under my glorious pink banners before Kong Rong died and I had to continue the game as his oath brother. But that wasn't much fun. I wanted a terribly mismanaged Empire under Kong Rong!
So what made you think of playing a game as a custom created daughter of Yuan Shao? That seems like an interesting premise to me. I like how you roleplayed it out as well and also made her a rather ruthless figure. I also like how nearly all the major Yuans died and you eventually became ruler, even though you had revolted against the regime once before.