Lu Xun (Boyan)
Place of Birth: Wu County, Wu Commandery (Presently Suzhou in Jiangsu Province)
Lifespan: AD 183 ¨C 245 (62 Years)
Titles: Commander-in-Chief Who Pacifies the North, Lord of Jiangling, Protector of Jing Zhou, Prime Minister, Impressive Lord
For many generations, Lu Xun¡¯s family had been extremely powerful in the land of Jiang Dong (2). At the age of twenty-one, Lu Xun entered the service of Sun Quan. His brilliance earned him position as Senior Civil Advisor, Commander of Farming at Hai Chang and Commandant Who Establishes Our Prestige.
Lu Xun advised Sun Quan to pacify the revolt of the Shan Yue people in the south and was appointed Commander of the Right to do so. Boyan¡¯s first military assignment was a great success and Sun Quan held him in high regard.
When L¨¹ Meng was assigned to take back Jing Zhou from Guan Yu, Lu Xun was assigned as field advisor (3). Lu Xun knew exactly how to trick the proud Guan Yu into underestimating him and together with L¨¹ Meng annihilated Guan Yu¡¯s forces and conquered Nan Jun.
Boyan was then appointed General of the Border Guard and titled Lord of Huating. In the year AD 222, as the Great Commander-in-Chief, Lu Xun commanded the Wu army in Jing Zhou to withstand Liu Bei¡¯s main army. Though Wu¡¯s officers were worried, Lu Xun¡¯s character stood firm and he explained to his men how to win the battle, even with inferior numbers (4). Boyan¡¯s strategy was a success and delivered a crushing defeat to the Shu Emperor.
In that same year, Lu Xun repelled the invasion of Wei and was honored by Sun Quan as General Who Upholds the State, Lord of Jiangling and Protector of Jing Zhou.
When Zhou Fang initiated his plot to lure Wei into entering Wu, Lu Xun was appointed Great General Who Upholds the State and Great Commander-in-Chief Who Pacifies the North by Sun Quan and led his armies against Cao Xiu.
After Sun Quan ascended the throne and became Wu Emperor, Lu Boyan was appointed as Senior General, with the order to defend the capital Wuchang and aid Sun Quan¡¯s heir.
Sun Quan had a great trust in Lu Xun and respected his wisdom. Boyan kept all the important seals of the state, so that all documents had to be handed onto Lu Xun to be read and sealed (5). In the year 244 A.D., Lu Xun was appointed Prime Minister of Wu. His reign as Prime Minister was very short as he died in the next year. Sun Quan titled him Impressive Lord Posthumously.