Background trait summary for Yuan Shao

Background is a gameplay mechanic introduced in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Backgrounds are epithets that works like traits which grants special bonus to characters. Legendary characters often have unique and powerful background.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The character's background has significant impact on attributes and also grants unique bonus when he is either faction leader, faction heir, or Prime Minister. When holding these positions, these effects will be spread to the entire faction, so deciding which characters to place in these roles is vital for your campaign strategy.

List of Backgrounds[edit | edit source]

Unique epithets for special characters[edit | edit source]

  • Cao Cao - Strategic Mastermind
  • Cai Yan - Tragic Writer
  • Da Qiao - Daughter of the Southernlands
  • Dian Wei - Brute of Unmatched Power
  • Dong Zhuo - Cruel Tyrant
  • Empress He - Subtle Manipulator
  • Gan Ning - Pirate of the Bells
  • Gongsun Zan - The Iron Fist General
  • Guan Yu - God of War
  • Guo Jia - Astute Advisor
  • Han Sui - Tireless Insurgent
  • He Jin - The Butcher of the He
  • He Yi - Leader of the People
  • Huang Gai - Unreadable Warrior
  • Huang Zhong - of the Ageless Strength
  • Huangfu Song - Modest & Stalwart
  • Jia Xu - The Blade in the Dark
  • Ji Ling - Blunt Instrument
  • Kong Rong - Master Scholar
  • Lady Ca - Magistrate
  • Lady Du - Queen Mother Of Prince Pei
  • Lady Mi - Steadfast Loyalist
  • Liu Bei - Virtuous Idealist
  • Liu Biao - Gentleman of the Han
  • Liu Chong - Prince of Chen
  • Liu Hong - Inconstant Emperor
  • Liu Zhang - Proponent of Peace
  • Lü Bu - Warrior Without Equal
  • Lu Zhi - Respected Mentor
  • Ma Chao - Most-Brilliant Warrior
  • Ma Teng - Protector of the West
  • Pang Tong - Fledgling Phoenix
  • Shen Pei - The Dependable
  • Sima Yi - Silver Eminence
  • Sun Ce - The Little Conqueror
  • Sun Jian - Tiger of Jiangdong
  • Sun Quan - Emerald-Eyed Administrator
  • Sun Ren - The Rising Sun
  • Taishi Ci - of Exceptional Dexterity
  • Tao Qian - of the Sincere Jurisdiction
  • Xiahou Dun - Hotheaded Officer/The One-Eyed Exile
  • Xiahou Yuan - Maker of Ways
  • Xu Chu - Tiger Fool
  • Xu Huang - Guardian of the Gates
  • Xun Yu - Hegemon's Aide
  • Yuan Shao - Preeminent Commander
  • Yuan Shu - Ambitious Powermonger
  • Yue Jin - The Lion of Yianping
  • Yu Jin - Enforcer of the Law
  • Zhang He
  • Zhang Fei - Drunken Brawler
  • Zhang Liao - The Heavenly Dragon General
  • Zhang Yan - King of Black Mountain
  • Zhao Yun - Light in the Dark
  • Zheng Jiang - Bandit Queen
  • Zhou Yu - Melodic Strategist
  • Zhuge Liang - Sleeping Dragon

Unique epithets for generic character[edit | edit source]

  • Cai Mao - Competent Sailor
  • Cai Yan - The Nightingale
  • Cai Yong - Ritual Master
  • Cao Ang - Prince Min
  • Cao Pi - Political Animal
  • Cao Ren - Brave Hunter
  • Cao Song - Ambitious Tycoon
  • Chen Gong - Master Magistrate
  • Chen Jiu - Filial & Pious
  • Cheng Pu - Bandit Killer
  • Du Ji - Model Governor
  • Gao Gan - Loyal Nephew
  • Gongsun Du - The Warlike
  • Guo Huai
  • Han Fu - Diligent Agriculturist
  • Hua Xiong - Fierce Beast
  • Huang Zu - Ranged Ambusher
  • Jia Long - Short-sighted Peacekeeper
  • Jiang Wei - Budding Commander
  • Jin Xuan - Scion of Gold
  • Kong Zhou - Pure Conversationalist
  • Li Dian
  • Li Ru - Vicious Shadow
  • Ling Tong - Daring Errant
  • Liu Dai - Generous Attendant
  • Liu Yu - Prosperous Trader
  • Liu Yan - Opportunistic Ruler
  • Liu Yao - Welcoming Magistrate
  • Liu Xie - Former Emperor
  • Lu Ji - Stargazer
  • Lu Kang - Paragon of Governance
  • Luo Jin - Guardian of the People
  • Lu Su - Charitable Envoy
  • Lu Xun - Scholar General
  • Lü Fan - Go Master
  • Lü Meng - Late Scholar
  • Luo Tong - Penniless Knight
  • Ma Midi - Counsellor Remonstrant
  • Mi Zhu - Dependable Administrator
  • Pang De - White Horse General
  • Qiao Mao - Loyalist of the Han
  • Shi Xie - King Shi
  • Sun Qian - Upstanding Loyalist
  • Wang Lang - Ardent Educator
  • Wang Xiu - The Righteous Hero
  • Wen Chou - Fierce Firebrand
  • Wei Yan - Disobedient Tiger
  • Xiao Qiao - Daughter of the Southlands
  • Xu Shu - Disguised Diplomat
  • Xun You - Gentleman Attendant
  • Yan Liang - Valiant Vanguard
  • Yang Feng - White Wave Warlord
  • Ying Shao - Master of Ceremonies
  • Yu Jin - Enforcer of the Law
  • Yuan Huan - Agricultural Reformer
  • Zhang Chao - Flowing Calligrapher
  • Zhang He - Courageous General
  • Zhang Lu - Celestial Master
  • Zhang Miao - Friend To All
  • Zhang Wen - Peerless Protégé
  • Zhang Yang - Ignored Warlord
  • Zhou Tai - Man of Many Scars
  • Zhou Xin - Frontline General
  • Zhuge Jin - Bookish Scholar

Generic Backgrounds[edit | edit source]

Generic Backgrounds
Sentinel Champion Commander Vanguard Strategist
  • Clerk
  • Guard
  • Lookout
  • Saboteur
  • Tax Collector
  • Trader
  • Bandit
  • Farmer
  • Filial & Pious
  • Labourer
  • Poacher
  • Village Chief
  • Wanderer
  • Magistrate
  • Officer
  • Outsider
  • Peacekeeper
  • Preacher
  • Scout
  • Guerrilla
  • Hunter
  • Inspector
  • Militant
  • Partisan
  • Warrior
  • Academic
  • Advisor
  • Manipulator
  • Mediator
  • Rogue
  • Tactician
Generic Backgrounds Bonuses
Characters Type Background Unique Bonus

(Only if this character is or Prime Minister, faction heir or faction leader)

Attribute Bonus Accepts Resents
Sentinel Clerk -2 construction time (FW) 5 expertise

5 resolve

5 authority

Intelligence Superstition
Guard 5 expertise

5 instinct

5 authority

Perceptiveness

Caution

Lookout
Saboteur 10+ max cover when spying Unlocks Assignment: Black Market Investigation
Tax Collector
Trader +15% trade influenceUnlocks assignment : Surplus Markets
Champion Bandit +15% chance of ambushing (FW)
Farmer 20%+ food production (FW) Unlocks assignment: Agricultural Development
Filial & Pious
Poacher
Village Chief 10%+ income from peasantry (FW) Unlocks assignment: Surplus distribution
Wanderer +2 starting rank for polearm infantry and shock cavalry (FW)
Commander Magistrate 5%+ income from all sources (FW)
Officer 6+ morale (FW)
Outsider 5%- corruption (FW)
Peacekeeper 4+ public order (FW) Unlocks Assignment: Public Appeasement
Preacher +10 max cover when spyingUnlocks Assignment: Exercise Government Authority
Scout 50+ commandery line of sight (FW)
Vanguard Guerrilla 10+ maximum cover when spying Unlock Assignment: Organise Guerillas
Hunter 5+ military supplies in enemy territory (FW)
Inspector 1- mustering turns (FW)
Militant 10+ charge bonus for shock calvary (FW) Unlocks Assignment: Military Requisition
Partisan 10+ military supplies (FW)
Warrior +9 morale when attacking (FW)
Strategist Academic 10%+ character experience (FW)
Advisor +10% character experience (FW)
Manipulator +10 max cover when spyingUnlocks Assignment: Counter Espionage
Mediator 10%+ income from commerce (FW)
Rogue 2+ starting rank for ranged units (FW)
Tactician 1+ starting rank for all recruits (FW) Unlocks Assignment: Increased Provisions
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