Tzao Yao

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Tzao Yao
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Full name Tzao Yao
AKA The Sober General
Physical information
Species Human
Race Jingdaoese
Gender Male
Biographical information
Date of birth 1613 AN
Place of birth Kaimingcheng, Yongwotu District, Zhongji Province
Date of death 1697 AN
Place of death Houhangye, Qianjin Province
Residence(s) Zhongji Province
Nationality Jingdaoese
Allegiance(s) Imperial Armed Forces

Field Marshal (Florian Front)

Jiangjun of the Second Field Army

Tzao Yao (1613 AN - 1697 AN) was an Imperial Jingdaoese Army general during the War of Lost Brothers. He was best known for the implementation of the Yao Plan, which he had drafted himself. His successful invasion of Xhusovo, the orderly installation of the Empire of Hondon under his guidance and the following successful campaign in the Florian campaign, made him an immensely popular public figure. The Florian surrender through the signing of the Treaty of Chuán Ké made him not only popular, but also the most influential military officer of his time. As only officer, he received direct access to the Heavenly Light, a honour he only shared with close members of the Imperial Dynasty.

During the Post-Chidao Troubles, he was pushed by his fellow officers to march the armed forces southwards to 'protect the emperor'. Against his wishes, he started the march southwards, but his troops ended up stuck between Dalmacijan rebels and Tegong troops. He eventually died in the port town of Houhangye.


Early life

Tzao was born in Kaimingcheng (formerly known as Epoli) in the Zhongji Province. His family belonged to the well-off middle class and even could pay for a select group of servants (a cook and a maid of Kildarian descent). From the maid he learned of the proud Blackrockian military past, which inspired him to pursue a military career from early on. His parents motivated him to join the Young Wandering Society on his fifth birthday. There he was seen as a mediocre foot soldier, but a decent strategist (knowing how to circumvent the enemy positions during war games and charging at the right moment). His parents eventually sent him of to join the Imperial Kadetten on his fourteenth birthday.

He graduated from the Military Academy of Kaimingcheng on his 18th.

War of Lost Brothers

Tzao Yao in 315 EGA, on the day the Florians signed their surrender.

As leading military officer, Yao was in charge of the Eastern Front. This gave him authority over around 294,795 men (the Second Field Army, Third Field Army and Fifth Field Army). He was also Jiangjun (leading officer) of the Second Field Army, a task which he delegated to his grandson.

His accomplishments surprised even his closest allies, who had little trust in the tactics of Yao. The belief that the Florian campaign would end in a standstill, thanks to the large amount of Shiro-Florian defences and trenches.