- Xu Chu is a Chinese name; the family name is Xu.
Xu Chu is a unique legendary character in Total War: Three Kingdoms. He is a member of Cao Cao's faction in 194 and 200. He has a fondness towards Cao Cao and no past loyalties. Oddly, Xu Chu historically joins Cao Cao in 197 so he should only be a member of his faction in 200.
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Meet Xu Chu, the indomitable general and one of Cao Cao’s most trusted officers. His colossal size and fierce strength make him a key figure on any battlefield, while his immense loyalty and bravery have earned him a plethora of military accolades and titles.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Xu Chu was born in Pei, roughly around 170. Little is known about his early life. During the Yellow Turban Rebellion, Xu Chu is credited with gathering thousands of men from his tribe and building a crude fort to hold off any Yellow Turbans seeking to plunder their lands.
Eventually, an army of around 10.000 yellow turbans attacked the fort. Despite being heavily outnumbered, Xu Chu and his tribe held off the rebels. When they ran out of arrows, they simply started hurling rocks at the rebels who eventually decided to keep their distance. Before long the food supplies ran out and Xu Chu began negotiating a surrender. He would hand over a large amount of ox and other supplies to the rebels. The ox, however, would simply run back to their farms once handed over. Xu Chu, who was a giant of a man, would drag the animals back by their tail with little effort. This giant of a man overpowering an ox with minimal effort terrified the Yellow Turbans, who fled the area without any of the negotiated upon supplies. Word soon spread amongst their ranks about the giant, and not a single rebel ever set foot around the fortress.
When the Han Dynasty faced collapse and China was thrown into chaos, neither Xu Chu nor his tribe seemed to care as they mostly kept to themselves anyway. Occasionally they would be harassed by a minor warlord without much success. This all changed in 197 when Cao Cao came to the area. Xu Chu and a small tribal militia signed up for his army, and when Cao Cao saw the giant man standing before him he eagerly accepted and made Xu Chu a commander of his elite guard known as Tiger Warriors. He was first deployed against warlord Zhang Xiu, where he is credited with singlehandedly slaying thousands of soldiers. While this is highly unlikely to be true, Xu Chu was promoted to Colonel for his actions.
In 200 Xu Chu foiled an assassination attempt on Cao Cao, killing the assassins with his own hands. Afterward, Cao Cao put his full trust in the man and would go nowhere without him by his side. In 204 Xu Chu was granted the title of Second Marquis by the warlord. His greatest achievement would come at the Battle of Tong Pass where he is credited with saving Cao Cao's life three times. Shielding him from arrows, pushing a ferry away from the coast to escape cavalry, and stopping an assassination attempt from ever happening just by his intimidating presence. For this he was made a proper general, gaining the title of "Military Guard General of the Household". Xu Chu became known for his dedication towards Cao Cao and his strength, but he was not a very smart man, nor did he speak much. Amongst the troops he became known as the "Tiger Fool".
Xu Chu continued to serve Cao Cao with absolute loyalty. Famously he once refused to chat with Cao Ren, the cousin of Cao Cao, so as to not leave his lord unattended. Whilst Cao Ren and many at court considered it an extreme insult, Cao Cao was impressed by Xu Chu's loyalty and gave him a promotion. Xu Chu would continue to guard Cao Cao until his death in 220. Xu was reportedly so affected with grief that he vomited blood. He eventually pulled himself together and swore to protect his master's offspring. He became head of the Imperial Guard under Cao Pi, and Cao Rui both of which valued the man's protection greatly. He and his sons were granted various titles for his service. It is unknown when exactly Xu Chu died but it is estimated to be around the year 230.