Biography (SGYY): Hua Xiong

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Hua Xiong
華雄
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Sanguo yanyi Officer Biography
Author Notes in Blue
Authored by Morgan Evans

Hua Xiong

Hua Xiong was a man of fierce disposition, born in Guanxi. He was lithe and supple with shoulders like an ape’s and a head like that of a leopard.

When Dong Zhuo seized the capital in AD 190, an alliance was formed amongst the most powerful warlords to oppose him. The vanguard leader of the alliance, Sun Jian, was quickly advancing to the River Si Pass and so Dong Zhuo held a council to decide on what was to be done. At this council Lü Bu volunteered to defend the Pass from the attackers, but Hua Xiong spoke against it, saying, “An ox-cleaver to kill a chicken! There is no need for the General to go: I will cut off their heads as easily as I would take a thing out of my pocket!” Dong Zhuo was pleased by these bold words and appointed him Commander of the Valiant Cavalry, giving him command of fifty thousand soldiers. Hua Xiong with his three generals, Hu Zhen, Zhao Cen and Li Su, quickly marched for the River Si Pass.

The first alliance attack against the Pass was made by an army of three thousand men led by Bao Zhong. Hua Xiong led five hundred horsemen out to defend and charged at the enemy shouting, “Flee not rebel!” Bao Zhong was overcome with fear and attempted to retreat but Hua Xiong cut him down before he could do so. The dead general’s head was sent to the capital and Hua Xiong was promoted to Commander in Chief.

Soon the vanguard of the alliance made their attack on the pass. Sun Jian with his officers, Cheng Pu, Huang Gai, Han Dang and Zu Mao, approached the Pass calling for the defenders to surrender. Hua Xiong dispatched Hu Zhen with five thousand men to repel the invaders but he quickly fell to Cheng Pu, and then the vanguard advanced in full. However, Hua Xiong’s men rained down stones and successfully drove off their assailants, forcing them to camp at Liangdong.

Spies soon reported that Sun Jian’s army was running low on supplies and that his men were starting to become undisciplined. Hua Xiong and Dong Zhuo’s strategist, Li Ru, decided upon a night raid on the enemy camp from the front and rear in order to capture the van leader. The troops were given a full meal and then during the night, they left the pass and crept to the rear of the enemy camp. At around midnight the attack begun, forcing Sun Jian to ride out in defence but Hua Xiong personally engaged him. Before an advantage could be gained by either man, Li Ru’s force began their attack, setting fire to the encampment and forcing the enemy troops to flee in terror. Sun Jian and Zu Mao began a desperate flight to escape but Hua Xiong came after them in hot pursuit. Jian fired two arrows at the pursuer but both missed their mark. When the two fugitives went separate ways, Hua Xiong followed the figure wearing the distinctive silver helmet with purple turban that belonged to the enemy commander. Soon the pursuers caught up with the figure wearing the purple turban but were wary as it stood motionless outside a half-burned house and so shot it with arrows. As the men approached, they discovered that they had been deceived; the helmet had been placed on a post. As Hua Xiong realised the deception Zu Mao charged at him whirling his twin swords. With a loud shout Hua Xiong slashed at Zu Mao and killed him (1). The slaughter of Sun Jian’s men continued until dawn when Hua Xiong led his troops back to the River Si Pass.

1: Zhu Mao knew that the enemy would follow the distinctive helmet and so took it from Sun Jian so that his lord could escape.

With the enemy vanguard scattered, Hua Xiong, with a small company of horsemen, rode down to the main enemy camp. He flaunted Sun Jian’s distinctive helmet on the end of a bamboo pole while he hurled insults at those within the enemy stockade and challenged them to fight. Almost immediately Yu She, a renowned general under Yuan Shu, came out to answer the challenge but was cut down by Hua Xiong in the third bout. Next, out came Han Fu’s general, Pang Feng, but he too fell quickly before Hua Xiong. The third man to oppose Hua Xiong was Guan Yu. During the fierce but swift battle between the two warriors, Hua Xiong was killed.

Copyright © 2004 Morgan Evans
Based on the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong