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Jia Xu
Jia Xu
Character information
Force(s): Dong Zhuo's Forces
Guo Si's Forces
Li Jue's Forces
Duan Wei's Forces
Zhang Xiu's Forces
Wei
Significant Battle(s):
Historical information
Real name: Jia Xu
Chinese name: 賈詡
Style name:
Wenhe
Chinese name:
文和
Born: 147
Died: 224

Jia Xu was a Wei strategist.

Biography Edit

Jia Xu was a general and adviser to the corpulent Dong Zhuo, and served under him at Hu Lao Gate. After Wang Yun plotted against him, he defended Chang'an from attack by Lu Bu and Wang Yun. But Dong Zhuo eventually died because of Lu Bu, and Jia Xu went on to serve under Guo Si and Li Jue, two of his former generals-turned-guerilla leaders. Jia Xu participated in the campaigns against Lu Bu and Wang Yun, and oversaw the latter's death the same year as Dong Zhuo's. In AD 197, following the death of Li Jue at the hands of Duan Wei, he went on to serve as his strategist before joining Zhang Xiu. Zhang Xiu was at war with Cao Cao at the time after he had an affair with Lady Zou, his aunt. Jia Xu suggested trapping him in Wan Castle and burning it to the ground, and it nearly succeeded, had it not been for his bodyguard Dian Wei. He fought off the enemy as Cao Cao escaped, and Jia Xu killed him with tens of arrows. When Cao Cao returned and defeated Zhang Xiu, he spared Jia Xu from execution and made him his strategist alongside Guo Jia. At Guandu in AD 200, he led the attack on Wuchao, Yuan Shao's supply base, to secure arms and provisions for the coming battle, which won him the engagement. In AD 211, he used archers against Ma Chao's Liang Province cavalry when he rebelled, and talked with his ally Han Sui so that he defected to Wei. When Cao Cao was dying, he supported Cao Pi and aided him in deposing him as heir apparent. Two years later, at an elderly age, Jia Xu led a Wei division when Cao Pi invaded Wu at Dongkou. Using fireballs, he stalled the Wu for a long time. He died at the age of seventy-seven in AD 224.

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