|“||Nfufufu. So the Zhao wish to have a contest of strength? Now why don't you show me...that strength of yours, Moubu. Kokokoko.||”|
|Chinese||Meng Wu (蒙武)|
Mou Bu is a tall, muscular man who has spiked hair and a short goatee, His court attire are dark jade green robes whereas he wears golden armor with a green cape in battle. He is noted by Shin to be even taller than Ou Ki.
Initially an arrogant and short-tempered man, Mou Bu is not afraid to speak his mind in spite of consequences, He considers himself to be the strongest general in all of China. Accompanying this belief, he wishes to re-establish the "Six Great Generals of Qin" with himself as one of their members. Because of his ambition and arrogance, he was contemptuous of Ou Ki, who was considered the strongest general of Qin at the time, regarding him as no more than a relic of the past.
This arrogance would nearly cost Mou Bu his life during the war with Zhao which saw the death of Ou Ki, partially because of faulty judgement on Mou Bu's part, Upon seeing Ou Ki's military might for himself, he seemed to have become more aware of his own shortcomings and gained a large measure of respect for the dying Ou Ki. This respect is further shown when he asks Shin for Ou Ki's glaive during the Sanyou Campaign because Shin was not strong enough to wield it yet.
By the time of the Coalition invasion of Qin, Mou Bu seemed to have grown somewhat more humble and respectful, acting less superior to Tou and a bit more like equals. Mou Bu's military behavior has changed as well, having realized his mistake when charging far to deep into enemy lines which Ou Ki warned him of and saw himself as the reason of Qin's defeat. He is not as reckless as he once was though he still retains a dislike for using tactics. On the other hand, he is willing to use them (albiet grudgingly) if it is absolutely necessary for him to win. Since Ou Ki was both a offensive and defensive general, it may be that Mou Bu was inspired by this and realized that being a purely brute force general is not the right way of becoming a true great general.
Mou Bu and his father, Mou Gou originated from the State of Qi but because his father had never won a battle agaist the Zhao Commander Ren Pa, the family emigrated to the State of Qin where they both would have successful military careers. In later years, Mou Bu met and grew up with a young prince of Chu, Shou Hei Kun who was a political hostage at the time, and later abandoned by his state. So, Shou Hei Kun was his best friend who rose up those ranks with him. The two later joined the Ryo Faction as two of Ryo Fui's Four Pillars.
Due to Mou Bu being constantly at Chancellor Ryo's side, he did not have ample opportunities to be on the frontlines. This resulted in his name being spread throughout all of China, but whose quality wasn't set in stone, as noted by Ou Ki.
Mou Bu first appears with Ryo's faction at the Qin royal palace after the assassination attempt on the king's life. He interrupts Chancellor Ryo to ask for a royal hearing and threatens Ri Shi when he insults the general for the breach of protocol. When he has their attention, he mentions his wish to revive the "Six Great Generals" system which was used in the time of King Sho. He goes on further about the impact Qin had against its enemies because of the system and Sai Taku chastises him by talking about the problems that the state would face if they were to revive it. Mou Bu declares himself as the strongest in all of China and that he will prove his might to all when Taku mentions that there is someone stronger than him in the room, possibly in the whole state. Revealing that Ou Ki is the last surviving general of "Six Great Generals", Mou Bu states that his era is long gone and he would pulverize him if he interferes. He asks the king to grant him the title of Great General and the ability to freely make war before he is silenced by Ryo Fui.
Battle of Bayou ArcEdit
In response to the Han campaign, Zhao attacked the Qin city of Bayou and this forced the king to call for 100,000 men to relieve the besieged city. Ryo Fui notes that it is fortunate that Mou Bu remained behind with all of Qin's generals occupied in Han and asks the king to appoint him Commander-in-chief of the relief army. Shou Bun Kun objects to this angering Mou Bu, but he is halted by Shou Hei Kun who asks the opinion of Shou Bun Kun, who explains that Mou Bu leans more towards offence and has no defense. Shō Bun Kun proceeds by saying that the only one man available right now that has those qualities is Ou Ki, angering Mou Bu again. At that moment Ou Ki enters the room. He sizes up the Great General, telling him to piss off but Ou Ki states that he was summoned and Shou Hei Kun confirms this as he was the one who did it for the same reasons Shō Bun Kun just explained. Mou Bu leaves the meeting after Ou Ki is selected as the Commander-in-chief, saying the he won't recognize a relic of the past.
He is later appointed Vice General by Ou Ki and takes the vanguard in the army. Upon arriving to the besieged city of Bayou, he and 40,000 men make up the Qin army's center as the vanguard unit. He faces off against the heavy cavalry of the Zhao and decimates them with his charge, breaking through with his destructive strength alone. His offensive power during the battle is blunted by the tactics of Ri Haku who excels at defense. After the Zhao retreat, Mou Bu call the Zhao general a joke when informed by his men of the day's events. The next day, he leads the center army of 20,000 men against Ri Haku and refuses assistance from General Kan Ou. His charge completely breaks through Ri Haku's first line as he mocks the general for having been lucky to have mediocre opponents prior to meeting Mou Bu. He continues to fight despite being surrounded by Zhao men but beats them back and after forcing the Zhao general to retreat, he orders his forces to destroy his remaining men. Later on, he is invited to the Qin army headquarters by Ou Ki who gives him control over 5 armies so he can attack the Zhao headquarters in a single sweep. He uses them all the next day in a charge which forces the Zhao to move their headquarters deeper into the forest as they retreat.
Mou Bu arrives with his army at the relocated Zhao HQ and compliments Ryuu Koku on his navigation skills, asking him to come work for him. Ryuu Koku humbly declines and asks if they will proceed to encircle the Zhao with their combined army. Mou Bu states that there is no need as the Zhao have nowhere to run or hide then leads a charge towards their HQ with 25,000 troops. His army manages to push through despite the Zhao forces slowly sapping their strength and Mou Bu spots Hou Ken as he cuts down Qin troops. Upon seeing the Zhao commander-in-chief, he comments that it is his first time meeting a man with such a powerful "martial" aura and Hou Ken's gaze gives him the cold sweats but he charges at him nonetheless. Hou Ken retreats which angers Mou Bu, who follows him into a narrow canyon where the Zhao have set a trap for his cavalry. The trap reduces his forces by half but Mou Bu, despite advice to withdraw, presses onwards as he has Houken in his sights. As his forces fight their way through an ambush set by Chou Sou, Mou Bu catches up to Hou Ken and bashes his skull open but realizes the dead man is a fake, telling his men to be on guard. As the battle went on, his men were reduced to less than a thousand, most of them exhausted from the prolonged fight against the Zhao troops until the arrival of Ou Ki 's army gave them some hope. He and the remnants of his army watch the battle quietly before using their last reserves of strength to create an escape path for the dying Ou Ki. Seeing the dying Ou Ki, he apologizes for his rashness in the war and asks if the Qin great general has any parting words for him. Ou Ki tells him that he should know what his future tasks are, one of which is becoming a great symbol of Qin's military.
He appears armed at the meeting with Riboku in the royal palace and leaves during the festival after drinking.
Sanyou Campaign ArcEdit
Mou Bu appeared to Mou Ten and Shin when arrived to pass on a message concerning Renpa from Shouheikun. Upon telling his father of the information, he noticed that Mou Gou is disturbed by the news and told the story of his father's past with Ren Pa to his vassals Chou Shi and Rai Ki.
Coalition Invasion ArcEdit
Battle of Kankoku PassEdit
During the battle of Kankoku Pass, general Moubu was stationed, along with general Tou, to the right of the pass, against the Chu army.
Moubu's army launched an attack against Chu commander's, general Kan Mei, army using the Echelon Formation. Moubu used this attack in advise of Shou Hei Kun, in order to trick the Chu into believing that Moubu was aiming for their right and left units, thus sending all reinforcements to their aid. By doing that, a clear path was formed in the middle of the Chu army, which Moubu and his 5000 men took advantage to reach straight to the enemy commander. An elite group of giant men was sent to prevent Moubu from advancing, but they could not deal with the general's brute strength and were utterly defeated.
Kanmei stood up to the challenge and entered the battle himself. His clash with Moubu was one of incredible force, but the Qin general seemed to be overwhelmed by Kanmei's immense strength. But then Moubu laughed, saying he is happier than ever since he could finally fight a strong opponent. The 2 engaged in battle and were almost equal in everything until Kan Mei shattered Moubu's wrist, the bone piercing through the skin. Moubu nearly passed out but remembered why he was fighting and returned the favor, crushing Kanmei's mace with full power, forcing a shard of his bone to pierce out his elbow. They had yet another clash which shattered Kanmei's mace. In the background, Karin had sent an assassin to kill Moubu during the fight, and he would have succeeded if not for Mouten, who intercepted the assassin but got knocked in between Kanmei and Moubu. The former, enraged at the interruption, sliced him open. Seeing his son cut down in front of his eyes, Moubu snapped, and he bashed in part of Kanmei's head. In disbelief, Kanmei could only watch as Moubu swung again, felling the Giant of Chu.
Moubu was then asked by Mouten' men to say some final words to his fallen son, but he refused, saying Mouten would not die because he was the son of Moubu. Still in a fit of rage Moubu, along with his men, would go on to massacre the remnants of Kanmei's army completely changing tides of the war. When the coalition forces finally retreated from Qin, Moubu would lead his army to attack the retreating army from the rear.
Post Coalition Army InvasionEdit
Moubu was honored as the General with the most achievements from the war. His Nobility rank was raised by two, he was given the lands of Ryuujin and Shunjin, along with 3000 units of gold and 10 units of treasure. Some time later, on the frontlines of the Qin-Wei border, Moubu received the news of his father Mou Gou's pending death. However, he refused to leave the frontlines and when he received the final word of Mou Gou's death he simply asked to be alone with some alcohol to drink. He then reminisced of their journeys throughout China trying to find a place to flourish, finally stating it was a really long journey and lifting a toast to his father.
|“||It is possible that you may witness it in this very battle. The sight of raw strength surpassing the use of tactics.||”|
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|Road: The strongest under heaven|
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Mou Bu is a very physically strong general and his weapon of choice displays his brutal strength on the battlefield. His massive club can easily smash through armored cavalry and he can be wield it with one hand. He has been called the "unrivaled strongest man in Qin" because of his brute force approach to battle, employing direct cavalry charges and melee to overpower his enemies.
It has been inferred that Mou Bu might surpass any other general in China in terms of pure brute strength. His son Mou Ten even stated that as far as offensive might goes, Mou Bu can already be considered the greatest in Qin's history. Only with physical power he managed to repel Ri Haku's snake formation despite being completely encircled. Ou Ki lated commented that such feat is something that do not exist in tactics.
Despite his brutish nature Mou Bu was noted to have very good understanding of warfare. During the battle of Bayou he decided not to break Ri Haku's formations on the first day in order to reduce the number of casualties. Most of infantry soldiers in the army were conscripted in an emergency and due to this their morale was at an all times low. To prepare his troops and give them new source of confidence he restrained himself from penetraiting deep into the enemy formation until the next day. However, it should be noted that Mou Bu's weakness is in his inability to employ defensive strategies which was exploited during Ou Ki's final campaign.
Since Ou Ki's death, Tou has remarked that Mou Bu has become stronger. Having been shown to be very patient in the handling of his army during the Battle of Kankoku Pass. Despite his conflicting preferences, Mou Bu has been shown to be capable of executing a high-level attack strategy that was considered impractical by most strategists and tacticians without any outside help from advisors.
In addition, general Mou Bu also possesses amazing skills in raising morale. In the battle of Kankoku Pass with a simple speech, he caused in his army the explosion of morale that greatly enhanced the fighting spirit of his soldiers.