|“||It is all due to existance of the woman named Yo Tan Wa. Feared in the Mountain Realms as the "Lord of Death", as well as adored as their queen.||”|
— Bajio about Yo Tan Wa
|Yo Tan Wa|
|Chinese||Yang Duan He|
|Romaji||Yoo Tan Wa|
|Epithet|| Lord of Death|
Yo Tan Wa, the mysterious King of Qin’s Mountain Tribes, is the leader and spokesperson for the Confederation of different tribes that reside in Qin's mountain area. She is known in the mountain realms as the Lord of Death. After the Coalition War, she was also rewarded with the title of Da Shang Zhao of Qin.
Yo Tan Wa is an average sized, extremely beautiful, young woman with light-red hair and gray eyes, She wears long robes with various animal furs on top and is often seen wearing an intimidating mask with large fangs and horns on top, covering her whole face, Like most of the mountain folks, she also has tattoos on her face, one on her forehead, looking like a dot in a parenthesis, and two dots underneath each eye. Unlike most of her tribesmen, she has occasionally worn a cuirass of armor.
Although the mountain people are considered a savage tribe, Yo Tan Wa seems to be quite open-minded, as she was willing to listen to Sei's offer and reason with him.
Despite being a woman, she is very well respected by the other mountain people who obey her every order, That is the result of her strong will and her dominant personality as both a political and military leader.
However, while on the battlefield, she is shown to be aggressive, often ordering her troops to kill all the enemies and ruthlessly charging in herself.
- To unite the mountain tribes.
- Broaden the mountain world horizons, either through war or peace.
Yo Tan Wa became the king of the Chouga tribe at a relatively young age. As she was guided by the Chouga Elders, who showed her the territory of her domain, the idea of uniting all the mountain tribes under her rule was born in her mind.
At some point in the past, during a campaign, she met a young Ba Jio, who was then living like a savage beast, acting on instinct and feeding on human flesh. Yo Tan Wa was intrigued by his raw strength and decided to take him in and help him adapt to civilization.
When Ei Sei first met Yo Tan Wa, she was an imposing figure, wearing a mask and sitting on a throne guarded by snarling wolves. Her distorted voice successfully hides the fact that she was a woman, something that shocked the others (and brought a blush to Heki's face) later. At first, Yo Tan Wa was determined to pass judgment on Ei Sei for the terrible betrayal that happened 400 years ago when the mountain people tried to forge an alliance with the Qin "plain dwellers", but she was willing to negotiate with Sei, when he offered to renew their alliance and revealed his dream of uniting China. It turned out that she, too, shared a vision of a united mountain tribes' faction that would be in peaceful terms with Qin in order to broaden their horizons.
When Shin made his appearance in the throne room and yelled at the crowd to forget about the past in order to make future dreams come true, Yo Tan Wa's opinion was changed and she agreed to an alliance with Ei Sei. She led an army of 3,000 strong to help Sei reclaim his throne, overthrowing his brother's rebellion.
During the battle, Yo Tan Wa herself was managing her army acting as both the strategist and general and commanding from the front line. She demonstrated her fighting skills by confronting and killing many worthy opponents with relative ease.
After she returned to the Mountain Realm from the Sei Kyou Rebellion. Yo Tan Wa lead her Army to defeat all their rivals tribe after tribe. Doing that resulted in her influence steadily increasing in size which put most of the mountain lands to the west of Qin under her control.
During the Battle of Bayou, Yo Tan Wa visited Ei Sei to warn him about her dealings with the Horsemen Tribes. She, first, informed her allies about her feats so far and her progress in her attempts to unite the mountain tribes. Yo Tan Wa personally leading her forces continued to defeat their rivals, tribe after tribe, and with that, her influence had steadily increased in size. As of now, most of the mountain lands to the west of Qin had fallen under her control.
As Yo Tan Wa followed the mountain range north they started picking fights with the Xiongnu horsemen tribes that had long threatened Qin's northern borders and ultimately, she led an army of 80,000 to confront them head-on. However, by the time she arrived at their lands, an army of 100,000 tribesmen had already been massacred, most likely by a Zhao army. She then expressed her fear by the fact that such a huge battle was kept a secret because that army was about to make a surprise attack on the Qin army at Bayou.
During the Coalition invasion in Qin, Yo Tan Wa was leading her army against one of her biggest rival tribes, the large Kabanko faction to the north. However, when she was informed about Sei's desperate plea for assistance, she decided to postpone her own battle and lead her army to the city of Sai.
During the Battle of Sai Yo Tan Wa personally led an army of 30,000 warriors in a surprise attack against the Ri Boku Army western front with great speed. Commander Fu Tei led his unit to confront them head-on, in an attempt to stop their rapid advance, but after slashing through some soldiers he struggled to reach their main forces.
Great General Hou Ken set off to confront Yo Tan Wa, in order to stop her advance. The queen was also intrigued by his presence and wanted to fight him too, but at that point, Shin appeared and asked her to leave this opponent to him.
When the battle finally ended with the Zhao's retreat, the Qin forces stood as the undisputed victors. King Ei Sei knew that Yo Tan Wa's contribution to this battle was most crucial and so he expressed his utter gratitude for her valuable help. After celebrating their victory, Yo Tan Wa and her army left Sai immediately, as they were to resume their own campaign.
She was placed as the general of the second army of the western Zhao attack army. Along with Kan Ki who leads the first army, they were placed under General Ou Sen who acts as the commander of the third army as well as the supreme commander. She was selected as one of three generals to invade Gyou.
She led her army into battle against Rozo and Shun Sui Ju. She divided her men into 3 armies and reserved Enpo as the besieger of Ryouyou while she acts like a bait to lure the Zhao and Quanrong to a trap.
|The enemies shall die to her beauty|
Leadership: Confident in her own skills as she leads her army from the front lines, the Lord of Death's greatest asset seems to be her powerful leadership abilities. With a passionate speech, she can create an amazing explosion of morale in her army which results in crushing the morale of her opponents. She is adored by her tribes to the point where they can even go on suicide charges if she orders them to do so. With only 50,000 tribesmen she was able to stop 90,000 strong Zhao soldiers and it was noted that the moment they have challenged her mountain troops "fight as men possessed". With a leadership stat of 99, Yo Tan Wa is one of the greatest leaders in the series.
Swordsmanship: The greatest swordswoman in the entire mountain realm, Yo Tan Wa is one of the greatest sword masters in the series. Her dueling skills are so great she easily defeated strong warriors like a young feral Ba Jio during their first meeting, Shunmen the Bird Fang Tribe's best swordsman, and the eldest brother of the Quanrong king, Goba. With her sword skills alone, she can quickly and effortlessly dispose of foot and mounted soldiers, who make the fatal mistake to underestimate her just because she is a woman. handling both the major fighting and strategical maneuvers of the army, managing this way to keep her army's morale high at all times.
Hand-to-Hand Combatant: While it's rarely shown, Yo Tan Wa is also proficient in unarmed combat.
Tactical Abilities: Yo Tan Wa's strategies revolve around using herself as a bait (often at the risk of her own life) while leaving the important missions to her commanders, as seen during the Battle of Ryouyou. She used this tactic in order to lure out most of Quanrong and Zhao forces away from Ryouyou leaving it almost defenseless while having the Enshu Tribe climb up the walls in order to capture the city. She also did it to lure out the Quanrong King Rozo and spread out his forces giving her army a chance to kill him. She also demonstrated the "Danai and Manai" tactic, which revolves around launching a faint attack that knocks on and shakes the wall of enemies and sending a real attack right after to deal with heavy damage.
She also possesses a great talent for siege battles as seen when she took Wei's impregnable fortress of Enshi and further demonstrated her skills as she also correctly estimated the time needed to take down Retsubi and was able to siege it with less than half the time given by general Ou Sen. Later on, she was one of few people that realized the existence of a trap within the city.
Apart from her skills as a military commander, Yo Tan Wa is a gifted political leader as well. As king of the mountain tribes, she has managed to unite many different factions into one strong faction, which she personally controls. As a Da Shang Zhao, she also holds vast political power given from the Qin's court.
- "Momentum can be a crucial element in winning a battle. However, to achieve victory with the only momentum is something that is limited to small-scale guerrilla warfare." (Chapter 25, page 8)
- "Look there. Our enemies hide atop their walls, chirping like small birds. To call something like that a warcry is laughable! What sound does a real warcry make!? What does a true warriors roar sound like!?" (Chapter 505, page 13)
- Like Kyou Kai, she was actually male in the true history of ancient China.
- Whenever she drinks, she can be a real mean drunk.