Biography (COB): Zang Ba (Xuangao)

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Zang Ba (Xuangao)Zang Ba (Xuangao)
臧霸 (宣高)

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Place of Birth: Hua County, Taishan Commandery (Presently Longkou in Shandong Province)
Lifespan: AD 172 – 225 (53 Years)
Titles: Cavalry Commander, Chancellor, General Who Guards the East, Lord of Kaiyang, Powerful Lord
Family: None

Zang Ba won fame for his extraordinary valor and strength in his youth. During the Yellow Scarves rebellion, Zang Ba served Tao Qian in Xu Zhou and was appointed as Cavalry Commander.

Later on, Xuangao recruited a personal army and together with Cheng Lian joined Lü Bu in the fight against Lord Cao of Xu Chang. In the battle near Puyang, Zang Ba dueled with Yue Jin, but neither could get the advantage. With Lü Bu’s help, Lord Cao’s army was driven back. In the pursuit, Zhang Liao and Zang Ba’s troops crushed Lu Qian and Cao Hong. In the attack on Yuan Shu, Zang Ba again scored brilliant victories.

After the defeat of Lü Bu, Zang Ba retreated to the Tai Shan mountains. Zhang Liao, who was now an officer under Lord Cao, went over to Zang Ba to persuade him to join his cause. Xuangao accepted and was appointed as Chancellor in Langye Kingdom.

When Lord Cao invaded the lands of the Yuan brothers, Zang Ba was appointed as General of the Guard and titled Lord of a Capital Precinct. Later on he was also appointed as Prefect of Xuzhou city.

Zang Ba held the rank of General Who Displays Terrifying Power when Lord Cao was attacking Sun Quan. During Cao Pi’s rule, Zang Ba was appointed General Who Guards the East and titled Lord of Wu’an County, and Lord of Kaiyang successively.

Together with Cao Xiu, Zang Ba invaded Wu and was promoted to Chief of the Capital Guard. Zang Ba died the next year AD 225, and was posthumously titled Powerful Lord.

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