The following are six of the Eight Commanders of the Navy. The reason that six are now mentioned and two are mentioned later is that the first six are part of the 36 major heroes (a.k.a. heavenly stars) and the other two are part of the 72 minor heroes (a.k.a. earthly stars).
:SPOILERS:Li Jun, the Dragon in the Turbulent River; the Heavenly Long-Living Star
天壽星 混江龍 李俊
Abstract: One of the Eight Navy Commanders*. A ferryman around a Town named Jie Yang. Part of the group that tried to rescue Song Jiang from the execution site but that got there after the Moung Liang heroes and Li Kui already rescued him. Joined Mount Liang after helping Song Jiang took revenge. The de facto leader of the navy.
*Six of the Eight Navy Commanders were part of the 36 major heroes (a.k.a. Heavenly Stars). Two of them were part of the 72 minor heroes (a.k.a. Earthly Stars).
Biography: First appeared in chapter 36. A ferryman around Town Jie Yang. Together Li Jun and his friend the tavern owner Li Li were one of the “Three Tyrannies of the Yangtze River.” He had two followers, the Tong brothers, who were “salt-smugglers.” (In ancient China, salt was strictly state-owned, and private-owned salt was illegal.)
When Song Jiang was on exile to the Jiang Prefecture, he stayed in Li Li’s tavern and was drugged by Li Li there. Li Jun, on the other hand, had heard the news that Song Jiang was southbound from Shandong in the north and had been waiting for him for days to meet him. He went to the tavern just in time to stop Li Li from killing Song Jiang (Li Li had no idea he was Song Jiang.)
Later, when Song Jiang was running away from the Mu brothers, he was rescued by Zhang Heng, only to find out that Zhang Heng also wanted to kill him and take his money. Li Jun saved Song Jiang again by stopping Zhang Heng just in time. (The Mu brothers and Zhang Heng, of course, had no idea that he was Song Jiang.)
Later, when Song Jiang was about to be executed, Li Jun and the other heroes of Yangtze River went to rescue him, but by the time they got there, the Mount Liang heroes and Li Kui had already rescued Song Jiang. All the heroes together helped Song Jiang took revenge on Wang Wen Bing, the person who accused Song Jiang for writing rebellious poems. Li Jun then joined Mount Liang with the others.
Li Jun fought as a Mount Liang hero and after the amnesty. He was appointed one of the Eight Commanders of Navy, and was the de facto leader of the Navy. He survived all the campaigns. During the last campaign, he met the four fishermen/pirates and befriended them. After the campaign, he and the Tong brothers left the gang and joined up with the four men, and the seven of them left China and went overseas, eventually settling in Thailand. Li Jun then become a king in Thailand. (This appears to be totally fictional. There is no historical record of a Chinese Thai king named Li Jun.)Zhang Heng, the Hotheaded Ferryman; the Heavenly Calm Star
天平星 船火兒 張橫Zhang Shun, the White Fish in the Waves; the Heavenly Damaged Star
天損星 浪裏白跳 張順
Abstract: Two of the Eight Commanders of the Mount Liang Navy. The brothers were ferrymen on the Yangtze River, though Zhang Shun later became a fish market owner. Zhang Shun could stay under water for seven days. Zhang Heng almost killed Song Jiang when he was fleeing from the Mu brothers. Zhang Shun had a big fight with Li Kui and defeated him in water, and later met Song Jiang who tried to stop the fight. Zhang Shun organized a rescue team with the heroes of the Yangtze River to rescue Song Jiang. Joined Mount Liang after they helped Song Jiang took revenge in the Jiang Prefecture.
Biography: Zhang Heng first appeared in chapter 37, in which Zhang Shun was first mentioned. Zhang Heng and his brother Zhang Shun were together known as one of the “Three Tyrannies of the Yangtze River.” They were ferrymen on the Yangtze River, but when they have earned enough money, Zhang Shun became a fish market owner (Zhang Heng apparently blew it all by gambling, although Zhang Shun probably made his fortune by gambling too.) When Song Jiang was fleeing from the Mu brothers (See Mu Hong’s bio, page 4 of this thread), Zhang Heng rescued him with this ferry. However, Zhang Heng actually just wanted to rob Song Jiang and kill him. Fortunately, Li Jun stopped Zhang Heng in time. Having found out Song Jiang’s identity, Zhang Heng apologized (as there were very few heroes who did not respect Song Jiang) and told Song Jiang to bring a letter to his brother Zhang Shun in the Jiang Prefecture.
One day, while in the Jiang Prefecture, Song Jiang went to a restaurant with Li Kui and the prison guard chief Dai Zong. Song wanted some fresh fish, so Li Kui went to get some. The fishermen wouldn’t sell any to him because the owner, Zhang Shun, had not return, so Li Kui tried to take them by force. Zhang Shun returned just in time to have a fight with Li Kui, and was soundly defeated by Li Kui. Then Zhang Shun went on a boat and dared Li Kui to fight him there. Li Kui obliged, and Zhang Shun flipped the boat. Li Kui was no match with Zhang Shun in water, and was soundly defeated there. Song Jiang and Dai Zong stopped the fight and befriended Zhang Shun. Song Jiang also gave Zhang Shun his brother’s letter.
When Song Jiang was sentenced to death, Zhang Shun organized a rescue team with the heroes of the Yangtze River to rescue Song Jiang, although they got there after the Mount Liang heroes and Li Kui already rescued him. (The Yangtze River heroes team include Li Jun, Li Li, the Zhang brothers, the Mu brothers, the Tong brothers, and Xue Yong, the guy who performed martial arts and sold medicine in Mu’s town without their permission – see Mu Hong’s bio on page 4.) After helping Song Jiang take revenge on Wang Wen Bing, the person who accused Song Jiang of writing rebellious poems, they joined the Mount Liang gang.
Zhang Heng and Zhang Shun fought as a Mount Liang hero and after the amnesty. They were appointed Commanders of the Navy. In the last campaign, Zhang Shun was killed while trying to enter a city of Fang La as a spy. Zhang Heng later avenged his brother’s death by killing Fang La’s son, Fang Tian Ding, but he stated that he was not aware of doing so, and his body was apparently possessed by his brother when he killed Fang Tian Ding. Zhang Heng fell ill out of sorrow for his brother’s death, and later died.Ruan Xiao Er, the Standing Jupiter; the Heavenly Sword Star
天劍星 立地太歲 阮小二Ruan Xiao Wu, the Short-Lived Second Brother; the Heavenly Criminal Star
天罪星 短命二郎 阮小五Ruan Xiao Qi, the Living Hades; the Heavenly Defeated Star
天敗星 活閻羅 阮小七
Abstract: Commanders of the Navy. Fishermen of the Stone Tablet Village near Mount Liang. Joined Chao Gai’s gang of robbers and helped rob the Imperial Tutor Cai Jing’s treasures. Helped Chao Gai take over Mount Liang.
Biography: First appeared in chapter 15. The three brothers were fishermen in the Stone Tablet Village, located along the Chen Yang River and downstream from Mount Liang. Although brothers, each had an unique personality. Ruan Xiao Er, the oldest brother, appeared calm and composed. Ruan Xiao Wu, the middle brother, appeared unruly. Ruan Xiao Qi, the youngest brother, had a hasty and straightforward personality.
The three brothers had been complaining that they couldn’t catch the big fish because the Mount Liang bandits caught them all (at that time, Wang Lun was the leader of Mount Liang.) Wu Yong the Intelligent Star used this predicament to convince them to join Chao Gai to rob the Imperial Tutor’s treasures. They did so, but when their identities were discovered, they fled to Mount Liang with the rest of the gang, and took over the lair.
They fought as Mount Liang heroes and after the amnesty. They were appointed Commanders of the Navy. The two older brothers, Ruan Xiao Er and Ruan Xiao Wu, were killed the last campaign, but Ruan Xiao Qi survived. At the end of the campaign, Ruan Xiao Qi was caught wearing Fang La’s royal robes for fun. As a result his appointment to a government post was taken away, and he went home to the Stone Tablet Village.
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Edited by MengTzu, 28 March 2008 - 03:45 PM.