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Xun Yu is a Chinese name; the family name is Xun.


Xun Yu is a unique legendary character in Total War: Three Kingdoms. He is a member of Cao Cao's faction in 194 and 200. Historically, he was a part of Yuan Shao's faction in 190 as he only joined Cao Cao in 191 but he does not show up in-game playing as Yuan Shao.

Biography[]

Xun Yu was born in 163 in Yingchuan to a family of Han ministers as both his father and grandfather had served as ministers. He possessed a natural talent for administration and was often praised by his peers when he was young. Subsequently, he gained the position of Prefect of the Imperial Guards in Luoyang in 189. However when the Han Dynasty collapsed and Dong Zhuo took over he quickly requested to be assigned somewhere else, preferably as far away from Dong Zhuo as possible. He got his wish and became Prefect of the town of Kangfu but soon resigned to return to his hometown of Yingchuan.

Thanks to the chaos in China at the time, Yingchuan was a starving town with many buildings lying in ruin. He tried to convince the townsfolk to come with him and his family far away from the chaos. They refused and eventually they set out alone, reaching the court of Yuan Shao in 190 who welcomed Xun Yu as an advisor. Ironically, Xun would be proven right when Dong Zhuo's men pillaged Yingchuan later on, killing many civilians and burning down large parts of the town. Xun Yu was unimpressed with his new lord, however, stating that Yuan Shao could never achieve greatness. He took his family once more and defected south to the lands of Cao Cao who was delighted to have the man's service. Recognizing his talent, Cao Cao said "Here comes my Zifang!". Zifang, or Zhang Liang, was one of the most important court members of the early Han dynasty, laying the foundations for the empire along with Han Xin and Xiao He.

Xun Yu served as an advisor to Cao Cao, who valued his opinion greatly. Often he was the voice of wisdom, restraining Cao Cao and his hot-headed generals time and time again. He continued to serve Cao Cao until 212 when the warlord's ambitions had become too much for Xun Yu. Around this time many of Cao Cao's followers wanted to officially make him a duke which would greatly increase his power. Xun Yu's loyalties lay with the Han and he wanted Cao Cao to uphold the dynasty and bring back stability. He was a very vocal opponent to Cao Cao's ascension to a duke.

Cao Cao did not punish Xun Yu for speaking out against him, but later that year Xun Yu mysteriously and very suddenly contracted a disease that ultimately killed him. Cao Cao became the duke of Wei a year later. Chinese historians still argue whether it was just a coincidence or if Xun Yu was poisoned by Cao Cao's loyalists.

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