Yang Feng

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Yang Feng
Traditional Chinese 楊奉
Simplified Chinese 杨奉

Yang Feng (died 197) was a cavalry general who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was also a friend of Han Xian. During the beginning years of the campaign against Dong Zhuo, Dong Zhuo assigned Yang Feng under that of Li Jue. However, he soon abandoned Li Jue and became independent, which he became a White Wave Bandit.

When Li Jue and Guo Si held Emperor Xian hostage, Yang wanted to defeat the rebels however his forces were too weak to hold up against them. Han Xian was then recruited by Yang along with two other generals of the White Wave Bandits, Hu Cai and Li Yue. Together with the forces of Cao Cao, Guo and Li were finally defeated however Yang and Han felt that Cao was overly ambitious and conflicts would arise, so it was better if they left the capital. They then joined Yuan Shu's army. He served Yuan Shu for some time.[1] After Lü Bu captured and killed Yuan Shu's agent Han Yin after discovering Yuan was trying to take Lü's daughter hostage, the enraged Yuan Shu led an army of 200,000 men to attack the city of Xiapi in Xu Province. Han and Yang served as rear generals.

But with the help from Chen Gui, Lü Bu's advisor who was a mole working for Cao Cao, Han Xian was told that Yuan Shu was a rebel trying to take over power from the emperor. With his Sixth Battalion, he wrought havoc on Yuan Shu's camp along with Han and managed to give Lü Bu enough time to intercept Yuan Shu's camp, forcing Yuan to retreat. After Yuan's defeat he and Han were promoted by Lü, however his bandit behaviour did not change. He and Han were caught robbing civilians with their army and were executed by Liu Bei.

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  1. ^ (天子之東也,奉自梁欲要之,不及。冬十月,公征奉,奉南奔袁術,遂攻其梁屯,拔之。) Chen Shou. Records of the Three Kingdoms, Volume 1, Biography of Cao Cao.