Exar Kun wrote:SGZ and other various sources point to Wei Yan's intentions.They don't state(and neither do I believe) that he was planning on defecting to Wei.
Wei Yan wanted to be the new chief general,Grand Commander,Regent Marshall,same thing.
Yang Yi and others used Zhuge's orders to retreat the army.Wei yan felt that control should automatically revert to him since he is 2nd in command.He wants to continue the fight.Yang Yi takes the army so he's angry.He either is unaware of,or is ignoring Zhuge's retreat order.
He takes his force and decides to beat them to Cheng Du.He burns all the plank roads along the way.This is traitorous act #1.Yang Yi realizes this and fixes roads on his way back.They both send memorials saying the other is rebelling.The court believes Yang Yi.
When Yang Yi's force catches up,Wei Yan attacks them.This is traitourous act #2.Yan's soldiers realize he's wrong so they all abandon him and Wang Pang defeats his force.Ma Dai later catches up with him and kills him.
I agree with Chen Shou that his intent was simply to kill Yang Yi and those in disagreement with him in the hope that he would be made chief general.However,the way in which he did these things makes him a traitor.
Aname wrote:If Zhuge failed to conquer Wei b'coz of refusing to take Wei Yan's suggestion nor put him into good use, then assume Wei Yan defeated Yang Yi and took the absolute control of the Shu army, will he succeed Liu Bei's and Zhuge's dream to vanish Wei and revive Han Denisty?
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