The Stratagem of Broken Paths is a tactical concept used in mountain fort warfare. It relies on deception as many of the paths lead to dead ends which have traps set in place to take down those who venture there. The only known user of this concept in the series is Mou Gou.
The formation is first seen in the sixth day of battle when Great General Ren Pa attacked the rear of the Qin headquarters located on a mountain. Mou Gou had set up the fort at his rear to be well defended from any surprise attacks.
Mou Gou uses this concept to create an anti-defense formation for the former member of the Three Great Heavens and it took him 40 years to do so. Due to this, he is able to freely manipulate the maze as he sees fit and bait his enemy into any traps they try to avoid.
The fort appears to have nothing but openings but the paths have dead ends which cannot be seen from the base of the mountain. With this concept, a mountain could be turned into a maze which can lure in enemies to various traps placed at the dead ends in the fort.
Strengths & WeaknessesEdit
Its strength lies in its deception to any attacking force and ability to conceal the path to the top. With this, it is possible to whittle down the enemy by using archers to shoot down those who are confused by the layout of the fort.
The weakness is that it requires great planning and resources as well as trained troops who know how to use the layout effectively.