Map: The Zhou Confederacy circa 500 B.C.E.
List of Main Characters
King Xuan of Zhou hears a children's song and kills a woman for no good reason.
Grandee Du becomes formidable as he protests his innocence.
The people of Bao atone for their crimes by handing over a beautiful woman.
King You lights the beacon fires to tease the feudal lords.
The chief of the Dog Rong invades the capital at Hao.
King Ping of Zhou moves east to Luoyang.
Lord Wen of Qin sacrifices to Heaven in response to a prophetic dream.
Lord Zhuang of Zheng digs a pit in order to see his mother.
After favoring the Duke of Guo, Zhou and Zheng exchange hostages.
To help Wey and defend against Lu, Song raises an army.
Shi Que of Wey kills his only son in the cause of justice.
Lord Zhuang of Zheng fakes an edict and attacks Song.
Noble Grandson E, fighting from his chariot, shoots Ying Kaoshu.
The Honorable Hui comes up with a plot to usurp the title from Lord Yin.
To establish a new lord, Hua Du resorts to giving bribes.
Having defeated the Rong army, Zihu refuses a marriage alliance.
The Marquis of Qi gives Lady Wen Jiang in marriage to Lu.
Zhu Dan shoots King Huan of Zhou in the shoulder.
Xiong Tong of Chu oversteps his authority and declares himself king.
Zhai Zu of Zheng is blackmailed into establishing a concubine's son as lord.
Lord Zhuang of Song, being greedy for bribes, brings disaster upon his army.
Zhai Zu of Zheng murders his son-in-law and forces his lord into exile.
Lord Xuan of Wey builds a tower to steal another man's wife.
Gao Qumi takes advantage of the situation to change rulers.
Lord Huan of Lu and his wife travel to Qi.
The Honorable Wei of Zheng and his supporters are massacred.
Shuo, Marquis of Wey, returns to his state in defiance of the king.
Lord Xiang of Qi goes out hunting and meets a ghost.
Grandee Yong Lin plots the murder of Wuzhi.
Lord Zhuang of Lu fights a great battle at Ganshi.
After his release from imprisonment, Bao Shuya recommends Guan Zhong for office.
In the battle of Changshao, Cao Gui defeats Qi.
The state of Song takes bribes and executes Nangong Changwan.
The king of Chu raises his cup and steals Lady Gui of Xi.
Cao Mo menaces the Marquis of Qi with a sword in his hand.
Lord Huan invests Ning Qi with a noble title by firelight.
Having taken Fu Xia prisoner, Lord Li of Zheng returns to his country.
After murdering Prince Tui, King Hui of Zhou is restored to power.
Lord Xian of Jin ignores a divination against establishing Lady Li Ji as his principal wife.
King Cheng of Chu puts down a rebellion and appoints Ziwen as Grand Vizier.
Guan Yiwu cleverly explains the identity of the Yu'er.
Lord Huan of Qi's army brings peace to Guzhu.
The Honorable You twice installs a ruler of Lu in power.
Master Huang of Qi is the only person to recognize the "Weishe."
Lord Yi of Wey's love of cranes destroys his country.
Lord Huan of Qi raises an army to attack Chu.
At the blood covenant at Shaoling, a Chu grandee is treated with ritual propriety.
At the meeting at Kuiqiu, the Zhou king is honored.
Clever Xun Xi destroys Guo after borrowing a road.
Poor Baili Xi is appointed prime minister after feeding his oxen.
A song about a bar to the door allows Baili Xi to recognize his wife.
After capturing the Treasure of Chen, Lord Mu discovers the truth of his dream.
Lady Li Ji plots the murder of Shensheng.
Lord Xian gives deathbed instructions to Xun Xi.
Li Ke murders two infant rulers in succession.
Lord Mu pacifies a civil war in Jin for the first time.
Lord Hui of Jin executes all his government ministers.
Guan Yiwu discusses the prime ministership on his deathbed.
Qin and Jin fight a great battle at Mount Longmen.
Lady Mu Ji climbs a tower to demand a general pardon.