History moves in cycles. When dynasties slide into corruption, powerful
warriors emerge to reunite the land.
And so China found itself in the days of the Eastern Han Dynasty. The young
emperor's power was suppressed by an evil regent as traitorous eunuchs plunged
the court into chaos. The Han bloodline weakened, and the land was split
amongst the strong.
It was a chaotic era when bones filled the fields and fires were seen for
thousands of miles. From the flames emerged the brilliant Cao Cao, the
warm-hearted Liu Bei, the wise Sun Quan, the powerful Lü Bu and the
tyrant Dong Zhuo. From beginnings both low and high, these men rose to power
in the third century to compete for the prize: the throne of China.
Faced with these new contenders, Yuan Shao, lord of the northern lands, fell
victim to the political machinations of Cao Cao. With Hebei Province at his
feet, he founded the Kingdom of Wei and waged war on Wuhan.
But Cao Cao's advance past Guanlong would not be so easy.
Liu Bei, who spent half of his life as a wanderer under the protection of
others, formed the opposing Kingdom of Shu with the aid of Zhuge Liang and
his generals, the Five Tigers. He united with Sun Wu, ruler of the Kingdom
of Wu in Jiangdong, to oppose the warlord of the north.
The Sun family's roots, from Sun Jian to Sun Ce, ran deep in Jiangdong. By
the time Sun Quan came to power, his kingdom had gathered many elite warriors
and occupied the provinces of Jing and Yang.
And so China was split between the warlords Cao Cao, Liu Bei and Sun Quan.
In the grip of Cao Cao, the Wei Kingdom advanced rapidly to become the
greatest military and economic power in the land. But Liu Bei and Sun Quan
thwarted his machinations with their wise and powerful generals.
The sky has no room for two suns, nor does earth have room for two masters.
And so, the romance of the three kingdoms began. From the pages of history
begins a century of war.
The battle, one sure to split the sky and break the earth, is now