|Go Hou Mei|
|Chinese||Wu Feng Ming|
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Go Hou Mei is a rather young looking man and clean shaving for his rank and responsibilities, Unlike other generals, he wears a mantle and a helmet, under which his long light-colored braided hair can be seen.
Personality[edit | edit source]
A calm and tactical minded man when it comes to warfare, he is very patriotic towards his state and his father, stating how he will avenge his death at the hands of Duke Hyou. He also has no qualms about sacrificing people to protect himself, such as when he used a soldier dressed him as a decoy to enable his escape from the Hi Shin Unit and his former teacher, Rei Ou from their leader, Shin. On the other hand, he was rational about his tactics as he states that his former teacher had lost his edge while he would surpass him in a year. Thus he concluded that with most of the Fire Dragons lost, his death would lead to the end of Wei in the future wars to come.
History[edit | edit source]
Go Hou Mei is the son of the legendary Great General, Go Kei. Based upon how he refers to Rei Ou as "Sensei", it can be inferred that Go Hou Mei was trained in military tactics from a young age by Rei Ou and his father. His accomplishments helped him climb the ranks of the Wei Military quite quickly and eventaully reach the rank of general at a young age. When the Coalition Army was formed, he was appointed the commander of the Wei army.
Story[edit | edit source]
Go Hou Mei is first seen when the Wei army encountered Duke Hyou on their approach to the Qin city of Chuukou. Warning Shu Hi not to underestimate his father's killer, he orders the men to trap them in a pincer formation. When the Hi Shin Unit destroys the formation, he begins using the Ryudoryoku but the Duke halts his men and retreats to the Qin HQ. Wondering if the Duke knew what he was about to do, Go Hou Mei dismissed the notion and stated that only Ri Boku would understand the skill.
On the 4th day of battle, Go Hou Mei is intrigued by the Duke's abilities, wishing to observe them but the arrival of the Zhao army forces the Qin troops to flee. Meeting with Ri Boku, he deduces the need for a continued attack on the Qin state and is shocked at the reason for which the Zhao general called for the Coalition Army. At the Fuuman Plains, Go Hou Mei is the first to arrive at the meeting for all five leaders of the gathered armies and notes that Ordo is sharper than he looks upon hearing the Yan general speak.
During the battle of Kankoku Pass, he faced the main defense in the National Gate. He sent 2 siege towers, one to Chou Tou and other to Kan Ki, the latter burned to ashes, lamenting the fact that the sadistic General burned his men.
After that, he agreed on Ka Rin's strategy. Then, resent the other siege tower.
He led the defense of Chiyoyou, with the remaining three Seven Fire Dragons (who were imprison due to the incident) as his deputies.
During the battle, he deployed a defensive tactics that could have been impossible to break through. From Qin strategy, with Ou Hon advise. Ou Hon, Roku O Mi and Shin broke through the defense simultaneously. Resulting the fall of Wei HQ and Go Hou Mei was forced to retreat to safety.
He was later reunited with Rei Ou whom wanted to check the situation of HQ, but in the midst of confusion, Shin found them by luck and Go Hou Mei tricked Shin to slew Rei Ou whom Shin thought it was Go Hou Mei.
With the two members of Seven Fire Dragons slain on the battlefield, HQ now lost, The Wei were forced to make full retreat. In the aftermath, Go Hou Mei would have Rei Ou's army be under his command.
Go Hou Mei, Shuu Kou and Ran Bi Haku were discussing Qin's recent invasion of Zhao's heartlands and believe the attacking of Gyou will be Qin's lost while facing Tou Army outside Sanyou. He took the chance to reclaim areas up to Sanyou when Tou assisted the attack on Retsubi.
He returns to Dairyou, for the King of Wei and those attending wanted to know his thoughts in the deal: making a three year alliance with Qin, in exchange that Qin will assist Wei in capturing one of CHU's important strategic base, Juuko City.
A year later, the state of Wei finally decides to join the alliance with Qin. Go Hou Mei commands Wei forces numbered 70,000 to assist Qin army of 50,000 against Chu of 110,000 men for the Battle at Gecchi Plains. During the initial battle, Ba Kai, a Wei general, station on left flank was slain. With the lost of a general and Ran Bi Haku been put to stalemate. The Wei's offensive capabilities was reduced. Go Hou Mei decided to change the strategy, Wei forces become the supportive role, while Qin will be the main offensive role that will take down Chu HQ.
As the battle continues, Sen To Un, out of boredom, decides to leave Roku O Mi Army behind and take on Go Hou Mei's headquarters' defense army. Seeing this, Ryuu Han been ordered to turn around and assist repelling Sen To Un's army and Roku O Mi finally caught up behind Sen To Un army. When CHU's HQ been captured by Tou army, the whole of CHU army were given a full withdrawal. Giving Qin-Wei alliance their win.
In the midst of the battlefield, unbeknownst to Qin and Chu, another Wei army that brought Go Hou Mei's engineering siege tower to besiege the Juuko city. By the time the CHU army made complete withdrawal, the Juuko City walls were already captured.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Inventing a new invention|
Go Hou Mei and Ka Rin were said to be prodigies in Coalition Army and he currently stands as the highest-ranking officer in the entire Wei Military. Following his former teacher Rei Ou's death during the Chiyoyou Campaign, he stated that in one year he would have drawn level with him, and completely surpassed him in the next.
Go Hou Mei is a strategist who is both inventive and cunning. He used the same pincer tactic his father did in the Battle at Dakan Plains and this seems to be the best way to utilize their state's war chariots on the battlefield. When his army engaged that of Duke Hyou's, he uses the Ryudoryoku which requires excellent coordination and finesse to pull off.
When defending the land of Chiyoyou he constructed nearly flawless defensive formation comparable to a single fortress. It takes advantage of surrounding rivers and mountains to spread out the Wei army. Because all the directions were lined to each other, they could easily get tens of thousands of reinforcements from several directions. The only way to overcome this formation was to make three successful attacks from different directions after a supporting attack from the front.
During the Battle at Gecchi Plains it's mentioned that perhaps the only other general that can keep up with ferrocity of his tactical offense is Ri Boku as he is able to break enemy's first line before Qin. He is the main strategist of the alliance and it's his plan that decides the success of the campaign as a whole. He uses his own army as a shield while leting Qin to storm Chu's HQ while at the same time sending a detachment force to capture Juuko City.
Due to not possessing any talent for martial arts, Go Hou Mei is very cautious about protecting his own life and is not exposing himself even at very advantageous situations. He places his Headquarters far from frontlines and commands either from a Strategist Tower or a hill behind the lines.  While being in immidiate danger he was shown using body doubles and preparing escape routes while being discuised as common soldier. In order to protect his own life he was even ready to sacrefice his master Rei Ou when ambushed by Shin. He also mentioned doing research into poisons but realized his expertise would never match that of Sei Kai.
Engineering[edit | edit source]
He is also versed in engineering as he designed a siege tower (including a weight and lever system) specifically for the height of Kankoku Pass and siege crossbows that can fire bolts that are 4 meters long. This was impressive as siege crossbows were not commonly used at the time due to difficulties making them and he was able to manufacture enough of them to quickly be on the verge of overcoming the famous Kankoku pass with the combination of bolts, ladders, rope, and nets to form makeshift ladders that can scale even the walls of Kankoku Pass. It is noted that his skill in engineering is unmatched by any contemporary opponent as of now.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Manga[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Chapter 392 Page 7-8
- Chapter 401 Page 4
- Chapter 380 Page 4
- Chapter 654 Page 9
- Chapter 301 Page 15
- Chapter 400