At the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty, Emperor Ling foolishly trusted
his eunuchs, who abused the power to their own ends forcing suffering on the
people. When the people's loyalties changed, chaos erupted. A society called
the Huang Jin, or Yellow Turbans, began an uprising. The emperor ordered his
lords to attack the bandits, and while the rebellion was quickly suppressed,
the dynasty's weakness was lain bare for all to see.
The first to take advantage of the situation was Dong Zhuo, who marched on
the capital and culled his court of eunuchs. Amidst the chaos, he usurped
the throne, but was quickly defeated by a united army of the other lords.
Even after this, the land was not at peace. With the leaders weakened, the
time was right for the ambitious to attempt a takeover of the kingdom. Civil
war erupted, with everyone fighting for control of the throne.
Cao Cao was hardly a sitting duck. He sent his generals, such as: Dian Wei,
Xu Chu, Xiahou Yuan, Xu Huang, and others to guard each post along the way.
Would Liu Bei successfully defeat Cao Cao and restore glory to the Han
After ten years of harsh fighting, northern China was united by the cunning
Cao Cao. After uniting the north, Cao Cao began his southern campaign to
fulfill his dream of uniting the entire nation. His first target was Liu Bei,
who lived in the province of Jing. However he was unaware that Liu Bei and
Sun Quan had joined an alliance. Together, they defeated Cao Cao at the
Battle of Chibi and forced him to retreat to the north.
At this time, Liu Bei blitzed forward, conquering the provinces of Jing
and Xichuan. He made these two lands into his base, in his efforts to
resurrect the Han Dynasty. After gathering his army, led by his five
generals: Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao and Huang Zhong, he led his
army north and waged war against Cao Cao.||