Not long after, Dong Zhuo wanted to discuss with Yuan Shao regarding his plan to force Shao Di to abdicate in favor of the King of Chen Liu (Liu Xie). Yuan Shao was reluctant and gave the excuse that he needed to discuss the issue with his father, who was holding the highest appointment (Tai Fu) in the Han Court. When both of them could not see eye to eye for that matter, Yuan Shao left in a huff and fled to Yi Zhou (the northern province of China).
During that time, Guo Tu (who hailed from Ying Chuan), advised Yuan Shao to receive the Han Emperor in the capital city of Yuan Shao’s northern empire, the city of Ye. However, Yuan Shao objected to it. Subsequently, Cao Cao received the Han Emperor at Xu Chang and acquired the area south of the River. It was then that Yuan Shao regretted for not listening to Guo Tu’s advice.
In the 5th year of Jian An, Cao Cao personally led an eastern expedition against Liu Bei. Tian Feng advised Yuan Shao to take this opportunity to attack Cao Cao’s rear but Yuan Shao rejected his advice giving the excuse that his son was sick. Tian Feng was so frustrated that he lamented continuously for the lost of that golden opportunity.
At that time, Yuan Shao dispatched Chun Yuqiong with 10,000 troops to secure the supply train from the north. Ju Shou advised Yuan Shao to send Jiang Qi as reinforcement in case of attack by Cao Cao but Yuan Shao rejected his advice again.
During the beginning of Yuan Shao’s southern expedition, Tian Feng advised him against it due to various reasons such as Cao Cao’s military prowess, the weariness of the populace, etc. However, Yuan Shao was adamant about it and when Tian Feng repeatedly begged Yuan Shao to accept his advice, he was imprisoned by Yuan Shao on the account of disrupting the army’s morale.
When Yuan Shao was subsequently defeated by Cao Cao at Guan Du, Tian Feng was told that he might be given greater recognition for correctly predicting the failure of the expedition. To this, Tian Feng objected and he said that had Yuan Shao returned in triumph, he might overlooked the past but now that Yuan Shao was soundly defeated, it was not likely that Yuan Shao would let him live. True enough, Yuan Shao ordered Tian Feng to be executed on returning north and this was one example showing how Yuan Shao’s supposed generosity was merely an act while deep inside him, he was in fact a very narrow-minded person.
Cao Zhi wrote:If Benchu was such an incompetent fool, why did notable and talented men like Tian Feng, Ju Shou, and Zhang He serve him? Was it merely due to the Yuan family name and reputation, or was there some other reason?
Furthermore, one wonders why the intellegent and ambitious Mengde would ever hang around a loser like Benchu during their youth...
All the subsequent decedents of Yuan An were also given the appointment of one of the 3 Dukes, and the Yuan family had a powerful influence in China. Yuan Shao had a handsome face and he was able to mingle with his subordinates well. Cao Cao was one of those who befriended Yuan Shao. At that time, Yuan Shao was holding the appointment of Zhong Jun Xiao Wei (or something like the Captain of the Middle Army).
James wrote: And if someone knows off the top of their head, the historical reasoning for Zhang He’s defection.
James wrote:Two add-on questions: How much did his advisors historically bicker with each other, SGYY has them fighting with each other and attempting to one up each other at every turn. And if someone knows off the top of their head, the historical reasoning for Zhang He’s defection.
James wrote:Two add-on questions: How much did his advisors historically bicker with each other, SGYY has them fighting with each other and attempting to one up each other at every turn.
Biography of Emperor Xian wrote:Shao was about to march south, and Ju Shou and Tian Feng admonished him against it saying, "[blahblahblah, read the novel...] After 3 years, we can be sure of victory." Shen Pei and Guo Tu said, "According to the manuals of war, blahblah if we don't attack now we'll never make it." Ju Shou said, "We don't have righteousness on our side, Cao isn't like Gongsun Zan, we're gonna die!" Tu and company said, "Yeah but we do have an excuse to fight him, and all our guys are eager for battle already. We can't just sit and wait." Shao agreed with him. So Guo Tu and company maligned Ju Shou, saying that he was getting too powerful and there's no saying where his loyalties lie. So Shao got worried and split Ju Shou's post (army overseer) into three, making Guo Tu and Chunyu Qiong each take one third of the job
Acts of the Former Sages wrote:...Peng Ji was afraid of Tian Feng's uprightness, and so he slandered against him several times in front of Yuan Shao, and caused Shao to be suspicious of Tian Feng. [...] Shao said to Peng Ji, "When the people of Ji hear about the defeat of my army, they would think about me. But Tian Feng, unlike the others, had warned me against [the action] before, and I'm ashamed to see him now." Peng Ji said, "When Feng heard that you retreated, he clapped his hands and laughed, delighted that his words were right."...
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