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Zhao's strongest generals and rivals to Qin's 6 Great Generals, Zhao's 3 Great Heavens- Renpa, Rinshoujo and Chousha- waged war across China are represented Zhao's martial prestige. After the last of the Great Heavens, Renpa, defected to Zhao, a new generation of Great Heavens was formed, consisting of the strategist Riboku and the 'bushin'' Houken. The third Great Heavens seat remains open, becoming a much-coveted title for aspiring Zhao generals.


Current 3 Great Heavens


Li Mu/Riboku

A legendary general that never lost a battle in his life. In this manga he was the man that out-thought and defeated Wang Qi, the greatest and last of the Six Great Generals in battle. He's the main antagonist of the story, and it's one of Xin's goals to defeat him and avenge Wang Qi's death.

Stats: Strength |91|, Leadership |98|, Knowledge |100!!!|

  • The Ace: So far, it's shown that he's to be AT LEAST stronger than Shin's 'default state', superior to Ouki in war, equal to the 'advisor of the Warrior King/God' who has unsurpassed knowledge, and his leadership ability is superior to the prince for nearly three hundred chapters until the prince leveled up during the current arc.
  • Anti-Villain: In the end, he is only a villain because he serves the wrong side of history.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Defeating Ouki earns him such status he becomes the number one general in Zhao, the Head of Military Affairs and the prime minister.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Bookworm/Genius Bruiser: He was able to push back Xin's strength and have Xin on the defensive in their early spar with ease. His arms were shown to have several hideous and long scars, and were also extremely muscular.
  • Badass Bureaucrat
  • Big Bad: The primary antagonist of the series and the main obstacle to the fulfillment of Sei's dream.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To the Zhao king.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He has a pretty muscular build under his baggy clothing.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Crazy-Prepared: His main shtick. He will create schemes years in advance and meticulously plans and stacks the deck in his favour. and if he happens to be Out-Gambitted and cornered at his HQ, he will always have Houken by his side to ensure he still wins anyway.
  • Covered in Scars
  • Dirty Coward: Played with. Riboku's willing admission that he is this trope has never been portrayed as an indication of weakness; in fact, it only further emphasizes just how dangerous an enemy he is. After all, it is exactly because he is willing to use underhanded tactics that he is able to slay Ouki.
  • Hero Killer: The most feared opponent of Qin who has been responsible one way of another for virtually all of their major war casualties.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Inverted. The historical Li Mu remained undefeated all the way till his execution, successfully defeating or fending off any enemy no matter the odds, hence becoming considered one of the 4 greatest generals of the warring states. Kingdom's Riboku has already been defeated in the battle of Sai and faces defeat in Gyou.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To the Zhao people. A related one-shot reveals that he personally helps the Zhaos rebuild their village—as in, personally teaching them how to evacuate during the bandits' raid, and lifting woods to help the villagers rebuild their houses afterward—despite being a great general.
  • The Unfettered: He will do everything to keep his homeland safe.
  • What Could Have Been: He was meant to be the main character instead of Xin in the original version of the manga. Sadly, the author want to follow the main history — the tragic ending to Li Mu's story was too horrible to put in.
  • Worthy Opponent: Played with. He respects Shin and recognises his potential, but also tells him it is far too early for Shin to challenge him.
    • He also praises Duke Hyou for surpassing his understanding when the former manages to crack his Ryuudou.
    • He is hated by all of Qin for killing Ouki and leading the Coalition War, but also respected for his sheer talent.


Pang Nuan/Houken

The warrior that appeared out of no where and killed one of the six great generals of Qin, Liao, in the past. Wang Qi avenged Liao and killed him by slashing his face, his falling body getting skewed by nearly a dozen arrows before falling into the depths below. He miraculously survived and joined Zhou six years later.

Stats: Strength |100!!!|(superior to Wang Qi's 'default state')

  • Bad Boss: He kills any subordinate he doesn't like. While it's not uncommon in the Kingdom universe, the thing about Pang Nuan is that most of the subordinates he kills are actually trying to protect him.
  • Blade on a Stick/Hooks and Crooks: Wields a bill spear.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Ouki and later Duke Hyou.
  • Jerkass: He went into Xin's camp and attempted to kill him merely because he sensed potential in him, believing that it was better to nip it in the bud early so he wouldn't be considered an equal in the future.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not that this series is light or so, but things get very dark whenever Houken gets to appear.
  • One-Man Army: He was able to single handily get to Kyou — a great general camp — in spite of it by defended by 2,000 elite soldiers. He single handily destroyed nearly several hundred and would've finished them all off if not for Liao and later Wang Qi's interference.
    • He got classified as a B level threat 'general', which is a well above average for a general, just by himself alone with no army.
  • Made of Iron: Suffers multiple wounds during the Fei Xin force first Qin vs Zhao battle and still survives.
  • Smug Super: His constant constipated face aside, he is by and large the most arrogant antagonist in the story. His arrogance is best exemplified when he loses a duel of strength from Shin. Rather than admit defeat, he pulls back to his cadre of Zhao bodyguards while claiming he'll let Shin to live this day.
  • War God
  • World's Strongest Man: The strongest in strength according to the author notes.


Former Great Heavens


Lian Po/Renpa

Lian Po/Renpa

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka

A former member of Zhao's Three Great Heavens and rival of Ouki. Renpa is a legendary general and the last of Zhao's original 3 Great Heavens. After King Toujou removes him from his post out of pettiness, Renpa decided he was not worth serving and departed for Wei, where he reemerged 3 years later to defend the Sanyou region.

Stats: Strength |97|, Leadership |98|, Knowledge |96| Great General Factor |100!|

  • Arc Villain: Of the Sanyou Invasion.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Admits to crying upon receiving news of the deaths of every member of the Qin 6, despite them being his greatest enemies. Justified in that they were really only enemies in the field, and had nothing but respect for each other.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Grandpa: Is probably in his fifties and he is one of the strongest warriors in China. In the battle of Chouhei, he stalemated both Ouki and Hakuki for 2 years until King Daoxiang foolishly replaced him with an inferior general.
  • Blade on a Stick: Like most generals, he wields a glaive.
  • Blood Knight
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Shatters a falling boulder with a single swipe of his glaive.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Had a passing mention about his defection during the Han invasion. His actual appearance comes more than 80 chapters later.
  • Cool Old Guy: Starts off any war by giving his subordinates an energizing hug which heightens their peerformance, and advises Shin and Mouten how to surpass him and the Qin 6.
  • Covered in Scars: At least his face is.
  • Four-Star Badass: One of the biggest, if not the biggest in the series.
    • Renpa defeats an army if 50 000 led by another great general with only 8000 himself, while declaring the ecoerience still did not fully satisfy him.
    • Simply by turning up he rouses Wei soldiers on the verge of defeat into a frenzied mania, inciting Ousen, who held the terrain advantage to retreat back to his fort.
  • A Father to His Men
  • Friendly Enemy: He will kill Ouki and the other five generals in battlefield, but outside that they are good drinking buddies. For Renpa, war is basically his form of athletics.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's noteworthy in that he's both a 'Strategical General' and an 'Instinctual General'. Renpa's strategic acumen allows him to match wits with Ousen and his instinctual abilities allow him to navigate through a mountain fort Mougou sprnt 40 years devising to defeat him.
  • The Juggernaut
  • Know When to Fold 'Em
  • Master of All: Perhaps the series' embodiment of this. A warrior capable of fighting on par with Ouki, a strategist capable of matching wits with Ousen, with instincts which allow him to easily outmaneuver a mountain trap Mougou spent 40 years planning and leadershipto turn foreign soldiers into demons with his mere presence. To top it off, each of his vassals are renowned generals in their own right.
  • Large and in Charge
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He finds being the last of the 6 Great Generals and 3 Great Heavens hardly an enviable position, finding life boring without the thrill of warfare.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: A noble, charismatic and valiant leader capable of mercy and swallowing his pride for the greater good...yet still one of Qin's greatest adversaries
  • Reality Ensues: However powerfully he leads his soldiers, he is still, after all, a foreigner general, not a true Wei-born fighter. When the official Wei Commander-in-Chief is slain by Kanki, the Wei army practically collapses.
  • War God: He is the strongest general in Kingdom's universe. Even Riboku says that no one, not even himself, can defeat Lian Po in a direct battle 9/10 times.
  • Worthy Opponent: How he views the Six Great Generals of Qin.


Ling Xiangru/Rinshoujo

One of the former 3 Great Heavens. Rinshoujo was equal and friend of Renpa, being a grand strategist of great courage but of little martial might due to persistent illness, which he compensated with powerful martial vassals, the Rin Family Heroes. His illness cut him down in the prime of his might near the eve of the golden age.

  • Animal Motifs: The snake, which carries on to his personal soldiers.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chougaryuu remembered him as idiosyncratic and difficult, prone to changing his strategies on the spot, but his might as a general could not be doubted.
  • The Chessmaster: Highly adept at manipulating both ally and enemy alike to achieve victory.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Non-Action Guy: Due to his illness, but his strategic acumen more than makes up for it.

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