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    Xin Lingjun (? - 243 B.C.) (Click Here for Artwork)

    Xin Lingjun was one of the Four Gentlemen of Zhan Guo (Warring States). His real name was Wei Wuji and was known for his courage of rescuing the Zhao Kingdom. There were other events in his life which showed that he was an extraordinary person.

    Xin Lingjun (?-243 B.C) was the youngest son of King Wei Zhao and the step-brother of King Wei Anshi. King Anhi respected the talent of his step-brother and awarded him the title of Duke Xin Lingjun. Both brothers like to play Liubo (which later evolved into Xiangqi) and they often played it in the palace. One day in the midst of a game of Liubo, a messenger reported seeing smoke signal from the north and was warned about the (possible) invasion of the Zhao Kingdom. When King Anshi heard the news, he stopped the game immediately and wanted to assemble his administration. Xin Lingjun on the other hand was relaxed and comforted his brother, 'The Zhao King is only hunting, they are not going to invade us. Let's continue our game.' As much as King Anshi wanted to calm down, he could not concentrate on the game. Soon, a messenger reported that King Zhao was only on a hunting expedition and there was no threat of an invasion. King Anshi was surprised and asked Xin Lingjun, how he knew about the hunting trip. Xin replied, 'I have my spies among the kingdom of Zhao and know their every move.' King Anshi was jealous of his step-brother's ability and subtlety ousted him from his administration.

    Later, the powerful Qin Kingdom attacked Zhao, and the Zhao Kingdom asked Wei for help. Being warned by Qin not to interfere, King Anshi refused to rescue them. With the help of the king's favorite Queen Ru Hou, Xin Lingjun stole a warrant and killed the commander in chief, Jin bi. He then led the army to rescue Zhao, forcing the Qin army to retreat. Following that, Xin Lingjun spent ten years in the Zhao Kingdom before he returned to Wei and assumed the title of commander. He defeated the Qin army again leading the army of five different kingdoms and was hailed as one of the Four Gentlemen of Zhao Guo.
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