The Immortal Game
Saintly Emperor, God of War, Yunchang, Sangharama Bodhisattva, Lord Guan the Second, Lord of the Magnificent Beard
Epic Charisma, Epic Manipulation, Epic Stamina, Guardian, Justice, Taiyi, War
Command, Control, Fortitude, Integrity, Melee, Politics
Recently Guan lead an attack against the Amatsukami believing they were the one to break the truce and attack North Korea.
The both sides thought that they could use Soki-no-Kumi as a shortcut and attack with surprise. When both sides met in the middle of Titan they were both surprised and began to fight without hesitation.
During the battle Guan Yu and Amaterasu ended up literally bumped into each other, they fought each other to stand still. Both sides’s forces clashed around them seemingly without a plan. Guan was the first to notice his pantheon’s old foe, Hundun, was at work on the battle and convinced Amaterasu to stop fighting long enough to rally their forces and stand together.
Casualties from battle were mostly due to “friendly-fire” than to the other pantheon. Both sides agreed to a truce till they could get everything sorted.
The Fighting unfortunately caught the attention of the Soki-no-Kumi’s lesser beings, trapping the two pantheons in a single camp besieged by the evil forces that lurk in the darkness of nightmares.
Thanks to the band, Dusty Travelers, the Shen and Amatsukami were able to free each other and escape the Titan realm returning or more less to the Status Quo.
The Celestial Bureaucracy points to Guan Yu as its a great example of a Scion who made good. Guan Yu was born in 160 CE, and history books say he died in 219. The famous Romance of the Three Kingdoms recounts some of his adventures. After his death, people worshipped Guan Yu as a God, according him every-higher honors until he became one of the most popular Gods in the Celestial Bureaucracy. After the debacle of World War Two, the elder Gods chose Guan Yu as the new Jade Emperor — the youngest God ever to hold that office.
Guan Yu finds ruling the Celestial Bureaucracy a constant struggle to balance competing factions. Under Emperor Guan’s stewardship, the Celestial Bureaucracy has rebuilt its power to an astonishing degree, paralleling China’s return to world power in the mortal World.
His imperial duties leave little time for Guan Yu to visit the World, but he still found time to become a Triad soldier in Macau, a cop in Hong Kong and in California and a businessman in Taiwan. In all his guises, he keeps his ruddy face (deep red in his divine form) and magnificently bristling beard. Though not one of the strongest Gods, Guan Yu is a great sausage of a man who looks more than ready to beat the stuffing out of any God who disobeys him. Which he has done, on occasion — not ideal Confucian rulership by virtuous example, but it gets the job done. Still,
Guan Yu also has one of the keenest political minds in the pantheon, and his reputation for strict honor has few equals. Guan Yu’s Scions share their father’s talent for strategic use of power. They become prosecuting attorneys or gangsters — sometimes in the same life — as well as military officers, spies, martial arts instructors,bodyguards and hard-driving business executives. They don’t always follow the law, but they always follow a code that makes them highly trusted even by their enemies.
The god of war is a commanding figure, an ancient warrior and leader who achieved such great deeds as a Scion that he ascended to godhood and joined the ranks of the Bureaucracy. Stormy and intimidating, he is a god of order and justice, a protector of the weak and a forbidding foe to all those who seek to use their might to overpower the helpless or for their own selfish gain. He is worshiped by Buddhists, Taoists and Confucionists alike, and is considered patron to all who obey a strict code of laws and ethics in their dealings; he is the god of policemen and gangleaders in equal measure, and the current Jade Emperor of the Celestial Bureaucracy, a position that, while mostly administrative, nevertheless affords him more power with which to enforce righteousness in those around him.
Guan Yu and Hua Xiong
As Guan Yu’s army attempted to take Sishui Pass during the great wars, they lost many of their most powerful generals and warriors at the hands of Hua Xiong, a warrior reputed to be invincible and so powerful that no man could defeat him. When he heard of the deaths of the generals, Guan Yu came before his commander and volunteered to duel Hua Xiong alone; the leaders of the army wanted to refuse, believing that he would only fail, but he promised that if he were defeated they could kill him in retaliation. When they had assented, Cao Cao, one of the leaders, poured a cup of hot wine for Guan Yu and invited him to take his last drink, but Guan Yu refused and simply walked away; only a few minutes later he returned with Hau Xiong’s head, and enjoyed his wine while it was still warm.
Guan Yu and Hua Tuo
In one particularly fierce battle, Guan Yu was wounded by a crossbow bolt upon which had been smeared a deadly poison. Refusing to retreat and cede the day, Guan Yu continued to command his troops and sent for the famous doctor Hua Tuo to treat him on the battlefield. By the time Hua Tuo arrived, he saw that the poison had penetrated all the way into Guan Yu’s arm and declared that he would have to cut the arm open and scrape it off of the very bone within; he ordered that Guan Yu be blindfolded and bound because of the intense pain of the operation, but Guan Yu refused, ordering him to perform it immediately just as he was. Hua Tuo had no choice but to perform the bloody surgery; all those around Guan Yu fled in horror at the terrible sight, but Guan Yu himself remained calm and showed no hint of fear or pain, and continued to serenely play a game of go with his advisor until Hua Tuo had finished and sewn him back up. Hua Tuo was so impressed by Guan Yu’s bravery and tolerance that he refused to accept any payment for the surgery.
Guan Yu and Chi You
When Guan Yu had finally ascended to heaven, the emperor showed him that a great saltwater lake upon which the locals depended for their salt trade had begun to gradually cease to produce any salt, becoming a mere freshwater lake. The emperor’s spies had learned that this was the doing of the rain and war god Chi You, a perennial enemy of the other gods, who was eating all the salt. Guan Yu set forth to the shores of the lake and fought a fierce, many-day battle with Chi You, at the end of which he defeated him and sent him running away, allowing the lake to return to normal. As a reward for this service, the emperor officially invited him to dwell in heaven.