|“||For the other states, it was as if six ferocious dragons had been set loose into the wild, free to do as they pleased.||”|
— Heki telling Shin about the Six Great Generals of Qin.
|Six Great Generals of Qin|
|Name||Six Great Generals of Qin|
|General|| Haku Ki|
Shi Ba Saku
The Six Great Generals of Qin were a famous group of Qin great generals personally appointed by King Sho to do battle in his name as he aspired to rule over all of China. These great generals were given the right to freely make war on neighbouring states which meant that their autonomy made it difficult for other states to predict their actions. This system made Qin a state to fear as it gave them a vast amount of military intimidation.
Qin was considered the most dangerous state in all of China during the time of King Sho and would cause enemies to lock their gates when one of their armies drew near. Some would actually open their gates and surrender rather than challenge the famous group of generals.
During the reign of King Sho, the war hungry monarch created this system as a means through which he would establish his rule over all of China.
The greatest strength of the system was the caliber of the generals chosen to be one of the six and the autonomy given to each general to conduct separate wars on King Sho's behalf, with the six acting as a strong independent force in the warring states. In addition to this, the skills and strengths of the chosen generals helped spread word of Qin's military might to all. Their strength was on par with Zhao's Three Great Heavens and Wei's Seven Fire Dragons.
Ou Ki commented that one would need to have experienced a hundred battles and have immense martial talent to be considered in the same class as the Great Generals.
Despite this, its weakness was the risk of rebellion that came from handing thousands of men over to a single general to command. This was not a problem in King Sho's time due to the unshakeable "loyalty of iron" that existed between the king and the six generals. The system required a constant resupply of soldiers and supplies which puts a great strain on the Qin state.
- Ren Pa mentions that a Great General needs "the willpower, arm strength, luck, knowledge and experience of a hundred men".