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The Kingdom of Shuo
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The Kingdom of Shuo

I do love a bit of medieval, so I made an army to fit the bill. I present the Kingdom of Shuo. I'm looking for suggestions of new units and stuff rather than C&C, but be my guest to post it anyway. This is still a WIP but it's ready for action now. Story and stuff follows.

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The Kingdom of Shuo (shwo) rose out of the ash of China's Han dynasty. After Shuo Fen Lo was assasinated by the powerful rivaling Xiahei (sha-hey) family Fen Lo's son, Shuo Dae, took it upon him self to exact revenge. He led a handful of palace guards to the home of Xiahei Yin and carved a path through the Xiahei guardsmen to the throne room where Shuo Dae beheaded Yin in front of the royal court. He then ordered his guards to slaughter everyone in the castle. The royal court was also slaughtered by Shuo Dae shortly after. One member, however, was spared to tell the tale and watched as the castle was burned to the ground.

Shuo Dae returned to the Shuo palace in the Yong To province and was hailed as a hero by his people. His father avenged, Shuo Dae assumed the throne of the Shuo family.

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This victory was not long lived as the Yuo family, long time friends of the Xiahei family, heard of the catasprophe which befell Xiahei castle. Yuo Cheng, Yuo Pi's only child, led the assault on Shuo Castle and The Battle of Shuo commenced. Although initially Shuo suffered high losses Yuo Cheng's forces were totally wiped out. Yuo Cheng himself was captured and kept in Shuo Castle's dungeons for several weeks. This, however, was only half of the Battle of Shuo.
Yuo Cheng was tortured and forced to write and sign reports to Yuo Pi, head of the Yuo family and Cheng's father. These reports were ferried to the Yen province to Yuo castle by a disguised Shuo messenger. The reports detailed the sheer success of the assault and invited Yuo Pi himself to come and decree the castle and Shuo lands now territory of the Yuo family.
Yuo Pi fell into the trap and set off to Yong To with a small contingent of guards.

When Yuo Pi arrived Shuo guards dressed in Yuo armour waved the Yuo flag from the battlements. As Yuo Pi entered the castle gates they were immediately sealed behind him and the Shuo ambush was sprung. The Yuo guards were swiftly annihilated and Yuo Pi was captured. The Battle of Shuo had ended and the Shuo-Yuo war ended before it had began.

Days later Yuo Pi and Yuo Cheng were brought to Peng Ma, a Shuo village bordering Yuo territory, where Shuo and Yuo peasants traded freely. There Yuo Cheng and Yuo Pi were publicly executed before the village population. Needless to say this news soon reached Yuo castle where there was no one to take the throne. Eventually surrounding families edged into Yuo territory unapposed, including Shuo, until Yuo ceased to exist.

Crushing two powerful families in a few short months was a tremendous feat and Shuo Dae's people realised this. The Kingdom of Shuo grew an immediate respect for him, one that surpassed the respect his father had. Shuo itself grew, aswell. The territory gained from Yuo opened up more trade oppertunies with previously unreachable families. Shuo also began encroaching on Fen Po, the province which use to belong to the Xiahei family. As Shuo gained new villages and cities it became more than just a family. Shuo Dae declared that their territories now belonged to the Kingdom of Shuo.

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Now having borders with the Shin Ji and Ma provinces commerce within Shuo grew further. Shuo Dae, however, hungered for more power. Once the annexation of Fen Po was complete the only power rivaling Shuo in west Leng Gong was the Qin family. When Yuo fell they were the first to start a brutal campaign for control of the territory. Shuo quickly followed and whatever that was left became Ma territory. When Shuo and Qin forces first met diplomacy failed and The Battle of Leng Mo fortress was poised to begin. Shuo forces were ultimately defeated and Qin siezed control of the fort. Shortly thereafter Shuo Dae ordered his most favoured general, Ping Li, to besiege the castle and wipeout the Qin forces within.

Ping Li assaulted the castle with great ferocity in the early hours of the morning. Catapaults, battering rams and siege towers were deployed along with a great number of Shuo soldiers. The assault, however, did not go to plan and the Shuo forces were repelled. Displeased by this news Shuo Dae set off for Leng Mo straight away. Upon his arrival he found many of his soldiers injured and dying in their own camp. Ping Li was later found cowering in the commander's tent. Shuo Dae ordered fresh soldiers from Yong To and ordered his men to collect up the wounded and do what they could. Traditionally dying Shuo soldiers were killed for their failure, but this was not Fen Lo's kingdom anymore.

Previously Shuo Dae was seen as any other leader, hiding in their castles behind ranks or armed guards but a grand new respect was found for Shuo Dae after he saved the life of a newly recruited soldier. The man was found crawling toward the castle with a pair of arrows in his left leg. Shuo Dae personally saw that the man healed up and set him off home with the other injured men with his personal escort.

Once the Shuo reinforcements had arrived the second assault of Leng Mo began. This time Shuo Dae did not engage in a full on assault. Instead he ordered the bulk of his forces to circle around to the rear of the castle but to remain hidden in the bamboo forests surround Leng Mo. Shuo Dae then personally lead the rest of his forces directly toward the fortress. As the catapults began firing at the castle the Qin forces quickly rushed their archers and the majority of their soldiers to the front of the castle. As they did so the rest of the forces charged the castle.  With no opposition firing arrows at them the ram was in place within minutes and shortly after the rear gates came crashing down and the Shuo forces were in. It wasn't long before the Qin forces inside were killed and Shuo took control of, the somewhat battered, Leng Mo Fortress.

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It was on that day, after the execution of Ping Li for letting his soldiers die, that Shuo Dae declared that no army shall march to war without a brave commander with a concern for his troops and that no army shall march without a strategist.

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” -Sun Tzu

The war with Qin continues to this day but Shuo have began expanding westward toward territories unknown to fund the ongoing conflict and to expand their kingdom.


Shuo contains many different kinds of soldiers and people. This variety is yet another strong point of Shuo's might.

[Image: 8c78cef171.png] Peasant
Peasants make up the base population of a kingdom. They are merchants, farmers, artists, builders, architects and other professions. They have been known to wield any weapons they can get their hands on when threatened, often forming into militias to protect their farms and homes.

[Image: d815a24bf2.png] Blacksmith
Blacksmiths are classed just above peasants in terms of social hierarchy. They forge tools for the peasants but more importantly weapons and armours for the Kingdom's guards and soldiers.

[Image: e500cefd4b.png]Footmen
Footmen are lightly armed soldiers usually only equipped with swords but are mainly employed as flag bearers. They consist of fresh recruits and volunteering peasants and their training reflects it.

[Image: d4606b2c87.png]Swordsmen
Swordsmen, along with Pikemen, make up the bulk of a Shuo force. Well armed and armoured individuals with good training and varying degrees of battlefield experience. Swordsmen are the offensive side to an attack group.

[Image: 849160e0ca.png]Pikemen
Pikemen, like swordsmen, fill in the majority of the Shuo army. These men are armed with long spear like weapons with a second blade protruding at a 90 degree angle. These devasting polearms are excellent at cutting down lightly armoured troops at range. Pikemen make up the defensive side of an attack group.

[Image: a9a1eb9567.png]Archers
Archers, similar to footmen, are lightly armoured soldiers. However, this makes them lightweight and quick. Archers are usually equipped with bows but crossbows have also been seen in more a defensive role. Usually these units are put behind other soldiers to provide support but they are also often used in ambushes.

[Image: 04e31285f7.png]Generals
Generals, commanders and other such high ranking men are equipped with especially sturdy armour and tough, decorative hats. These men are often highly trained and command the respect of their soldiers. There are rarely more than one on a single battlefield at a time.

[Image: 207be07539.png]Emissary
Emissaries are noblemen who have volunteered their diplomatic skills in order to stop battles before they happen. Of course alot of the time diplomacy fails but at least one emissary is sent with each exploration group and military march.

[Image: 0b38181255.png] Black Soul Devotee
The Black Soul Cult originated in North East Yen after fleeing from Ma when the practice of necromancy was banished. When North East Yen was taken by Ma the Black Soul Cult was forced to flee once more, this time crossing the border into Shuo territory. Although everyone outside of Ma have doubts about the existance of magic and spiritual practices Shuo took in the Black Soul Cult out of curiosity and the will to expand. The Black Soul Cult is yet to prove themselves as magical at all, let alone imbued with the power of necromancy, but the Black Soul Cult leader, Zhai Fo, promises Shuo Dae it is true and is eager to prove himself. Black Soul Devotees are those Zhai Fo have deemed to have the protential to raise and control the dead through magic and necromancy.

[Image: ab44420cc8.png] Black Soul Bladesmen
Black Soul Bladesmen are highly trained swordsmen who migrated from Ma and Yen with Zhai Fo and the Black Soul Cult. They are usually equipped with two swords and have dark, but lightweight, armour. Although they posess no magical abilities Shuo often deploy them as spies, scouts and assassins when the needs arrise.

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Map is PW_Windwall by Creeding with a recoloured background.
(This post was last modified: 04-07-2011 04:35 PM by DannyBoyYeh.)
04-02-2011 11:50 PM
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Re: The Kingdom of Shuo

nice bro..... i would love to pit our armies to a battle the are both Chinese or Japanese( depends on how you look at it)

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They are both Chinese or Japanese? Mine are strictly Chinese.
04-03-2011 04:48 PM
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That is a very long history, did you copy it out of wikipedia or did you write it yourself?

If the former, I commend you on your research and dedication to the historical.
If the latter, I respect your dedication to your army.

Also it looks quite good. The peasant's walking pose looks a little stiff.
04-03-2011 05:43 PM
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Re: The Kingdom of Shuo

Actually, I wrote that out myself. No more than 40 minutes worth of work. The only piece of non-fiction in that story is the Han Dynasty and the Sun Tzu quote.

Thank you, i'm rather proud of both story and army.
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Little update. Added some unit descriptions and some tents. Considering working on naval transportation.
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Those are GLORIOUS.
04-04-2011 12:01 AM
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Added in some small scale naval units. A sampan to be precise. Will be adding a Chinese 'Junk' soon, but need to do some more research!
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Bumpdate  :v:

Started playing around with a scene. Added some Xiahei recolours for them to fight.
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Nice, though your blood and fire effects leave much to be desired.
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Do they not get cool samurai helmets?

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They are chinese, not japanese!
But cool helmets would be good.
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The running pose is quite scary, legs just don't move that way.
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But it's also very hard to make a realistic running pose look good. It is for me, anyway.
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Dynasty Warriors.  :love:

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(04-07-2011 05:34 PM)Creeding link Wrote:  Dynasty Warriors.  :love:
Certainly Dynasty Warriors inspired. Love that.
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probably the best army in existance!
04-08-2011 10:16 PM
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http://www.dynastywarriors6.co.uk/
Is this the dynasty warriors you are talking about?

Also the robe on the necromancer doesn't look right.
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May I suggest you add a running pose?

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(04-09-2011 01:51 AM)Flummox link Wrote:  http://www.dynastywarriors6.co.uk/
Is this the dynasty warriors you are talking about?

Also the robe on the necromancer doesn't look right.

(04-07-2011 06:23 PM)DannyBoyYeh link Wrote:  Certainly Dynasty Warriors inspired. Love that.

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Xron what do you mean by that?
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He said it was inspired not a copy so there is no need for any of the army to look exactly like anything.

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I prefer dynasty warriors 4 over the rest. And 7 came out very recently!

I never copied anything but I did think of dynasty warriors alot while making them.

Also, I do have a running pose but i'm still messing with it which is why i haven't updated.
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I didn't mean that you were copying it, I just wanted to know what was going on in this thread.
The second comment in that post was unrelated, I think the robe on the black soul devotee or whathaveyou looks wrong. It seems to curve in at the bottom, I know it doesn't, but that is the way it looks.
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Dynasty Warriors 2 will stay in my heart forever. Number 3 is also a favorite.

If theres one thing I hate about the series, if the lack of action (hear me out here!). If there were 20 v 20 soldiers active on your screen they would simply circle each other for 5-10 seconds, before a single solider would go in for a swing. Rince and repeat. Hardly fighting.

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(04-09-2011 09:44 PM)Creeding link Wrote:  Dynasty Warriors 2 will stay in my heart forever. Number 3 is also a favorite.

If theres one thing I hate about the series, if the lack of action (hear me out here!). If there were 20 v 20 soldiers active on your screen they would simply circle each other for 5-10 seconds, before a single solider would go in for a swing. Rince and repeat. Hardly fighting.

Creeding why aren't we best friends?!

That is exactly what I thought! The generals and officers will occasionally use a charge attack but otherwise their attacks aren't much more devastating than your average swordsman. Meanwhile you have to slice through ranks of enemies with less than 2 hits and then take out every officer in your way yourself. Then you probably have to trek across to the other side of the map because god forbid your allied officers should defend the commander on their own!
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