Crazedmongoose wrote:I wouldn't say Sima Yi got a raw deal. He probably turned into a better commander than he actually was. SGYY has him ranking probably second, right after Zhuge Liang.
How so? In the novel, Sima Yi's personality takes a drastic turn to a paranoid and borderline cruel man and his skills drop to the point where he can't even hold out against Zhuge Liang when Zhuge attacks. For example, the Empty Fort Strategy, where Sima Shi sees through Zhuge Liang's plot but Sima Yi retreats anyway because he fears an ambush. Then, there's the horrible defeat Sima Yi suffers at Qishan that didn't happen historically. And of course, there is the famous Shanfeng Gorge incident. During the campaign against Gongsun Yuan, he is painted as a cruel man; he kills envoys, refuses Yuan's request for surrender and executes those who complain about the heavy rain when he preivously retreated from invading Hanzhong because of heavy rains.
Lu Su, meanwhile, wasn't an officer of Shu or someone who directly opposed Zhuge Liang, so he didn't appear as much and some of his deeds were reattributed, but the role he played was still somewhat close to what happened in history. Heck, he even came up with the Longzhong Plan several years before Zhuge Liang did, which is something that one would expect the SGYY to omit.
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