Sun Jian is a playable and historical character featured in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Nicknamed The Tiger of Jiangdong, he is the default leader and one of the Sentinel class heroes in his faction. Sun Jian's ultimate goal is to build a larger realm in the south/center of China, forming the Kingdom of Wu, and then pushing north even further to unite all of China under his rule.
Meet Sun Jian, said to be descended from legendary strategist Sun Tzu. Known for his courageousness, resourcefulness, and thrill seeking nature, he cuts a powerful figure as the head of the Sun family.
Sun Jian is the choice of the risk-taker and thrill-seeker players. Someone who tires of playing it safe and knows that when the odds are stacked against them, it makes for a more epic tale of victory.
- The Tiger of Jiangdong: Claiming ancestry with the renowned military strategist Sun Tzu, the fearless Sun Jian has war flowing through his veins.
- Flames of the phoenix: A devastating swing with the power of the risen inferno.
- Tenacity of steel: The longer this warrior fights, the stronger they become.
- Impetuous charge: A reckless charge, inspiring but exhausting.
Sun Jian is a talented warrior who pushes his armies forward and is always on the attack. If he keeps proving his bravery, he gains increased replenishment in enemy territory, recruits mercenaries at a lower price, and increases the satisfaction of characters loyal to him. In enemy territory, all his units also have guerrilla deployment, supporting his aggressive playstyle.
To finance his offensive campaigns, Sun Jian can leverage the connections from his merchant family background: all his ports increase income from commerce across his holdings.
As Sun Jian’s entire army gains guerrilla deployment in such a situation, this means he has the shortest potential time to engagement of any faction, making it possible to defeat an army before reinforcements enter the fray. This is a potentially risky approach however, as without decisive action early on a player can find themselves overwhelmed in a protracted fight. Such battles are likely to be costly, but the replenishment bonuses granted to Sun Jian’s faction through resource pool effects grant his army reduced downtime between battles, and therefore the ability to continue fighting at the front as long as they are well-supplied.
- Main article: Kingdom of Wu
The game begins with Sun Jian north of the Yangtze River in Jiangling: he's away from home and deep within enemy territory, although that's nothing new to him. He must continue his journey southwards back to his family and begin building his base of power. Once there, his main focus in the short term is fighting against the Han Empire in the south and fortifying his stronghold in Changsha.
The first major opportunity for that to happen while playing as Sun Jian revolves around the much-coveted Imperial Seal in an incident where Liu Biao requests the Imperial Seal from Sun Jian. Sun Jian can accept his request, losing the seal and improving his relations with him. Or the player can decline, pushing Sun Jian's alignment more towards Yuan Shu, making him an ally and Liu Biao an enemy. The fallout from this choice is huge and at this point the game narrative can switch drastically.
Either Liu Biao is appeased, Sun Jian's northern borders are relatively safe, and the player immediate focus now changes to establishing his power base south of the Yangtze. Or it is all out war against Liu Biao and his vassals right on his doorstep. Either choice is likely to dominate player's mid game.
- Main article: Timeline (Total War: Three Kingdoms)
Sun Jian was born in 155CE to a poor family in the south of China. Unlike other warlords of the period who came from powerful, esteemed lineages, Sun Jian's father was just a merchant, and this lowborn background is what gives him the constant urge to prove himself against stronger foes.
He's a skilled and daring warrior known for taking risks. He excels under pressure and is at his best when the deck is stacked against him. Fighting to end the chaos flooding through China, Sun Jian has risked his life for the good of the realm on multiple occasions. Most famously, when fighting the Yellow Turbans at the Siege of Wancheng, Sun Jian placed himself at the head of his army and climbed the city walls alone, killing 20 men before the rest of his army flooded in.
Sun Jian has never shied away from opportunity – and despite his loyalties, the fall of the imperial court presents great opportunities. As a young man, Sun Jian rose from the obscurity of his mercantile upbringing, learning from the deeds of his father that fortune must be seized – never expected. It is this determined spirit that drives the Tiger of Jiangdong forward – may his roar sweep all obstacles away!
Just prior to the start of the game, Sun Jian finds the Imperial Seal in the wreckage of Luoyang. Passed from dynasty to dynasty, it is said that whoever holds the Imperial Seal shall rule all of China. With the Coalition against the tyrant Dong Zhuo falling apart, Sun Jian decides to take the Imperial Seal back southwards to his home in Changsha, where his beloved wife and young family reside.
- Main article: Guanxi
Sun Jian is married to Lady Wu, and together they have three young children: Sun Ce, Sun Quan, and Sun Ren. Guided well, their power and influence will only grow over time, perhaps even to eclipse that of the father himself.