"Pang Tong was a Taoist like Zhuge Liang, and went by the nickname of “Phoenix Chick.” Because of his hard work and dedication, Pang Tong earned himself a position in the Office of Merit, in Xiang Yang city.
Pang Tong was well known among officials in Jing Zhou and the southlands. He eventually offered his services to Sun Quan, but was not put in any important position because of his ugly appearance .
After the battle of Chi Bi, when Liu Bei occupied the regions of southern Jing Zhou, Zhuge Liang recommended Pang Tong’s service to Liu Bei. Shiyuan provided Liu Bei with three possible solutions for his problems and offered to help carry them out. Liu Xuande showed him much courtesy and appointed Pang Tong as Deputy Master of the Forces and Imperial Corps Commander.
In the sixteenth year of Rebuilt Tranquillity (AD 211), Pang Tong led the invasion of Yi Zhou as Master of Forces. During the battle of Luo Cheng, Pang Tong was hit by an arrow and died. He was title Lord of the Second Rank posthumously by Liu Shan."
Sun Quan disliked Pang Tong because of his ugly appearance, but why exactly would he not promote him regardless of his looks? He probably even knew of his capabilites, but is it true that the reason may have been Sun Quan thinking that Pang Tong was disrespecting the memory of his uncle?
It just suprises me that a man of such prestige would not accept a unique strategist because of his 'below standard' physical traits.
"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water." r.i.p legend...