Yang Lin (Water Margin)
|Water Margin character|
|Rank||51st, Dark Star (地暗星) of the 72 Earthly Fiends|
|Tiger Cub Scouting General of Liangshan|
|Hometown||Zhangde Prefecture (present-day Anyang, Henan)|
|First appearance||Chapter 44|
Yang Lin is a fictional character in the Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. He ranks 51st of the 108 Liangshan heroes and 15th of the 72 Earthly Fiends. He is nicknamed "Multi-coloured Leopard".
The Water Margin describes Yang Lin as a man with a round head, large and beautiful eyes, a straight nose, a squarish mouth, a narrow waist and broad shoulders. He is from Zhangde Prefecture (present-day Anyang, Henan). He excels in martial arts and carries an iron spear. He is nicknamed "Multicoloured Leopard".
Yang Lin becomes a wandering outlaw and befriends Gongsun Sheng. Dai Zong goes to find Gongsun Sheng. Dai Zong meets Yang Lin by coincidence and they travel together. They pass by Yinma River and meet the bandits there led by Pei Xuan, Deng Fei and Meng Kang. Dai Zong invites them to join Liangshan and they agree. Yang Lin follows Dai Zong back to Liangshan later after they got acquainted with Shi Xiu at Jizhou (present-day Ji County, Tianjin).
When the Liangshan outlaws attack the Zhu Family Village, Yang Lin volunteers to work as a spy for Liangshan. He disguises himself as a priest and starts marking the roads in the village. He is discovered by an enemy patrol and captured. He is only released after the village falls to the outlaws.
Yang Lin becomes one of the leaders of the Liangshan cavalry after the Grand Assembly. He follows the heroes on their campaigns against the Liao invaders and rebel forces after they have been granted amnesty by the emperor.
During the Fang La campaign, Yang Lin follows Mu Hong to conduct an espionage mission in the enemy city of Runzhou and achieves success. After the capture of Hangzhou, Yang Lin falls ill and remains there until he recovers and does not participate in the subsequent battles. He returns to the capital with the surviving heroes after the victory over Fang La. He declines the emperor's offer to make him an official in recognition of his contributions to the nation. He returns to Yinma River together with Pei Xuan.
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