Friday, September 19, 2008

Nangong Kuo (Western Zhou)

Nangong Kuo was an official of . According to ''Classic of History'', he was one of the key ministers of King Wen of Zhou.

Plot in ''Fengshen Yanyi''

Nangong Kuo was also a character featured within the famed ancient Chinese novel ''Fengshen Yanyi''. In this novel, Nangong Kuo is a renowned general that had loyally served under Ji Chang of Mount Singing Phoenix. Nangong generally seems to be more of an aggressive individual, and will rush to rather impulsive conclusions at times. Following the death of Ji Chang's first son, Bo Yi Kao, Nangong would swear eternal revenge against . Due to Nangong's continuous lust to attack Zhaoge at any possible moment, San Yisheng would develop a negative liking towards him.

Following King Wen's attack upon Tiger Town, the capital of Chong Houhu, Nangong would be the first to charge the gates of the capital. Once General Huang Yuanji stood before him, Nangong would loudly exert the words, "''Huang Yuanji, you small potato, get out of my way! I only want to fight the real Chong Houhu himself!''" With these words, Nangong, with his great knife, would cut Huang Yuanji down with relative ease. Later on following General Zhang Guifang's attack upon Phoenix City during the Huang Feihu retrieval arc, Nangong would duel it out against Vanguard Feng Lin. After defeating Feng with great ease, he would be captured by his magic technique; only later due to 's assistance would he be saved.

Muzha (deity)

Muzha is a figure in Chinese mythology and a god in Chinese traditional religion.

Muzha appears in some works including ''Fengshen Yanyi'' and ''Journey to the West''. According to folklore, Muzha was originally born a human during the end of the Shang dynasty to General . He is a disciple of the Bodhisattvas Samantabhadra and Guanyin. He had two brothers, and Jinzha.

Appearance in Fengshen Yanyi

In the famed ancient Chinese novel ''Fengshen Yanyi''. Muzha is the second son of Li Jing and Lady Yin. In appearance, Muzha is seen wearing a small top knot, a silk sash, linen shoes, and a cotton like garment. Thus, Muzha was seen as a celestial being - such as that of a superiorman - in appearance.

For many years, Muzha had left his father, Li Jing to study under Superiorman Universal Converter of White Egret Cave. Following the rebirth of Nezha, and the near death of Li Jing, Li Jing would luckily run into Muzha -- as to save his life. Muzha would react with great anger towards Nezha and would soon battle it out with his renowned long sword against the fire-tipped spear. Soon enough during their fierce duel, Li Jing would try to make another escape; this was the point in which Muzha would be defeated by Nezha's golden brick -- which thrusted him to the ground due to its great weight. Following this point, Muzha would later present himself before Li Resounding, one of four superiormen of Nine Dragon Island. Unfortunately, Muzha chose to immediately kill Li Resounding at the first sign of defiance towards his words. Muzha would remain as a celestial protector of the Western Foothills with Nezha and Jinzha following this point.

Mei Wu

Mei Wu a character featured within the famed Chinese novel ''Fengshen Yanyi''.

Mei Wu has been a high ranking officer under the renowned Shang Dynasty for many a year, and has gained great renown for his loyalty. Following Chong Houhu's coalition against the rebel leader, Su Hu, Mei Wu would be the right hand general serving under the Chong. After Chong finally arrived at the gates to Su Hu's Ji province, Mei Wu had been the first general to respond to the duke's call -- the capture of Su Hu.

When the renowned Mei Wu appeared before Su Hu, he could be seen riding atop a chestnut , wearing bright golden armor, a Phoenix Wing's helmet, and a bright red robe with a lion-headed belt. After the son of Su Hu - Su Quanzhong - appeared as Su Hu's protecter, Mei Wu shouted these words at him: "''Su Quanzhong! You, father and son, are committing a capital crime! You know the king's army can very easily overwhelm your region and destroy your ancestral shrine!''" Thus, Mei Wu, who wielded a golden axe, charged at Quanzhong; a fine duel then ensued between the two great warriors. After the two warriors had fought for more than twenty rounds, Quanzhong finally found an opening and slashed Mei Wu off his horse with his spear. A major battle then ensued, resulting in the fleeing of Chong, and the death of the great Mei Wu.

Mei Wu was appointed as the deity of Tiankong Star in the end.

Mei Bo

Mei Bo was an official of Shang Dynasty and was killed by Di Xin, King Zhou of Shang. He is also a character featured within the famed Chinese novel ''Fengshen Yanyi''.

Plot in fiction

In ''Fengshen Yanyi'', Mei Bo is renowned as the Number One Grand Counselor to King Zhou himself; thus Mei Bo is a very high ranking official under the Shang Dynasty.

After Mei Bo had seen Royal Astrologer Du being escorted by guards through the Noon Gate, Mei Bo questioned Du and then ran off quickly to discuss matters with the deranged king. With the assisted help of Prime Minister Shang Rong, Mei Bo effectively seized the chance to talk matters with the ignorant king. Mei Bo first barks at the king about the unjust punishment and soon death of Du, who was a loyal astrologer serving under the kingdom for over three generations. Mei Bo constantly tells the king that wiping out one of your most loyal officials without just cause is such that of removing a section of your own body. After the idiotic dellusioned king ignored Mei Bo's words, he sentenced him to death through beating.

The king's favorite concubine - Daji - tells King Zhou it would be best to burn him alive in a large toaster for his "evil ways". Thus, it had been decided that Mei Bo was to be burnt to death in the largest most horrid death possible -- to be burned alive in the bronze toaster. When the toaster was finished, it had been over twenty feet tall with three levels of burning fire from three levels of burning charcoal; and two wheels to move it around like a chariot. Before Mei Bo was to be burned alive in the toaster, he uttered the words "''You stupid king! My death is as light as a feather. It matters very little whether I die or live. I am one of your highest ranking counselors. I have served three generations of kings in this dynasty. What crime have I committed? I only fear that Cheng Tang's glorious reign will end by your stupidity and cruelty!''"

Thus, the poor Mei Bo was stripped of all his clothes and was immediately thrown into the very large toaster. While in the toaster, large blood-curdling screams could be heard emmitting from the toaster -- thus installing complete horror into the fellow officials and marking the death of one of many Shang loyalists.

Mei Bo was appointed as the deity of Tiande Star in the end.

Lu Xiong

Lu Xiong is a meager character featured within the famed ancient Chinese novel ''Fengshen Yanyi''.

Lu Xiong is a renowned commanding general that had served under the Shang Dynasty for many years. At the time of the Su Hu arc, Lu would be inform the king that it would not be best to send Chong Houhu as the coalition leader, for many lives will be taken away in an unnecessary fashion. Thus, Lu Xiong would tell the king to give the Imperial Battle Axe to Ji Chang.

During the Queen Jiang arc, Lu would be chosen as the head guard of the Nine Dragon Bridge while King Zhou headed out to the Demarcation Building. During the time of Jiang Huan's personal attack upon the king, Lu would not seem to remember anything of such the following day.

Lu Xiong was appointed as the deity of Shuide Star in the end.

Liu Qian

Liu Quin a character featured within the famed ancient Chinese novel ''Investiture of the Gods'' .

Liu Quin is a renowned firewood cutter renowned across the capital, Zhaoge. One day, Liu Quin would browse around the southern gate of the capital and notice a small fortune telling house. Upon approaching this house, he would first wake up Jiang Ziya, the owner, and tell him, "''If you can tell the past and the future, then your fortune telling skill must be great. Tell me my fortune for this day. If accurate, I will give you twenty coppers. If not, I will give you my fist so that you will never make a fool out of anyone again!''" Thus, Jiang Ziya would present a fortune before Liu Quin that would seem near to impossible. While even trying to change the outcome of his fortune, his destiny had already been set any everything ended up turning out exactly as Jiang had predicted.

Thus, the next morning, Liu Qian would rush quickly into Jiang's house studio and loudly utter the words, "''Mr. Jiang is the best fortune teller who ever lived! In fact, I think he is a demigod from heaven. Now that we have such a genius among us, no one needs to suffer any more anxiety.''" With these words, Liu Qian, the very strong man who was feared as a bully would be well respected following this point.

Li Jing (deity)

Li Jing , also known as the Pagoda-Bearing Heavenly King Li is a figure in Chinese mythology and a god in Chinese folk religion. He is one of the Four Heavenly Kings. He also appears in the classic Chinese novels ''Journey to the West'' and ''Fengshen Yanyi'' . He is an analogue of Vaisravana.

Character history in ''Fengshen Yanyi''

Li Jing is renowned throughout the Shang Dynasty as a high ranking commander officer of the Old Pond Pass. His wife is Lady Yin, and he has three sons, Jinzha, , and . Throughout his past, Li Jing had studied under Superiorman Danger Skipper of Mount Kunlun, and had soon become a master of exceedingly fast underground travel . Thus, Li Jing gave a new name to the art of speed after being forced down to the Red Dust.

In time, Li Jing would have a third son by the name of , as destined by the heavens. However, Nezha would cause untold chaos and trouble in the future, such as that with the Eastern Sea Dragon King Ao Guang and Madam Rockie. Due to Nezha, Li Jing would almost need to give up his own life to Ao Guang if it weren't for the sacrifice of Nezha's body. Following the bitter luck attained with his third son, Li Jing would even burn the primary sacrificial temple that had been built as a container for Nezha's spirit following his death. However, such an action would only lead for Nezha to vow to kill his father. Following Nezha's return thanks to his master, Taiyi Zhenren, various servants would scutter to Li Jing's inner quarters and announce Nezha's return. After heading out and realizing that his third son indeed was standing before him, he would utter the words, "''You vermin! When you were my child, you caused untold calamities. Why do you reincarnate and disturb the peace?''" Thus, a major conflict between Li Jing and Nezha was about to unfold.

After battling off against the celestial being Nezha, he soon realized that his mortal body did not match 1 to 100 compared to that of Nezha's. Thus, Li Jing would run as fast as he could underground in a state of incredible fear for his life. In luck, Li Jing happened to run into his second son, . Following Muzha's defeat by Nezha's hands, Li Jing would try to commit suicide with his knife blade. Quickly appearing, Wenshu Guangfa Tianzun would rescue Li Jing's life and contain Nezha. In time, Nezha would be forced to submit fake harmony with his father after being restrained by another superiorman by the name of Randeng Daoren. To effectively constrain his son, Randeng Daoren would teach Li Jing how to use the golden tower art as to trap Nezha within a burning tower if opposed. Thus, following this point, Nezha would be forced to submit to Li Jing, or now better known as Li the Pagoda Bearer.