Tou (jap.), Teng (chin.)
|Affiliation|| Qin Military|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 35|
|Japanese Voice||Akio Katou|
|“||To think there was a monster like this....Curse you, Ou Ki, for hiding this!!||”|
—Chou Sou, about Tou.
Tou was Ou Ki's aide and a talented general himself. After his lord's death, Tou became the leader of the remnants of his army and came to be known as one of the best generals of Qin. Tou was promoted to Great General after the Choyou Campaign.
Tou is a strong and well-built man. He has long, brown, flowing hair and a thin mustache, which has swirl patterns at each side. His eyes are always wide open and his face always in blank vendetta smile state.
He has a very formal way of speaking and carries himself with quiet dignity. On the battlefield however, Tou displays a very serious side as he cuts through his opponents. Though he maintained his calm upon hearing the dying words of Ou Ki, Tou gripped his hands so tightly that his fingers drew blood indicating a great deal of affection and loyalty to his dying master.
Not much is known about him prior to the story but it is assumed that he served as Ou Ki's aide for the longest time amongst those who served him.
Seikyou Rebellion ArcEdit
Tou was introduced as a silent follower of the great general Ou Ki, whose role was simply to agree with whatever his lord said.
During Ei Sei's attempt to reclaim his throne, Tou was present along with other members of the Ou Ki Army and simply observed the battle. When Ouki saw that the outcome was favoring the rightful king, he sent Tou with a secret mission to prevent the rebel officials from escaping. Tou was stationed outside the main gate of the throne room and, when the officials tried to run away from Shin and his team, Tou cut them all down.
Battle of Bayou ArcEdit
When the announcement of the Zhao invasion was made, Tou followed his lord who was appointed Commander in Chief of the defensive operations.
When Ou Ki and Hou Ken finally met, Tou was sent with his cavalry unit to attack the Zhao forces and easily outmaneuvered through enemy fire before breaking through the first line. After getting a good distance in, he ordered the extermination of the Zhao archers before pressing forwards with the attack. His unit continued to advance and closed in on their target, the Zhao strategist Chou Sou, instead of returning to the Qin army.
Breaking past the third Zhao formation, Tou and his cavalry unit got passed Chou Sou's bodyguards and managed to kill the Zhao strategist. Then, he swiftly came back to his lord's aide, blocking Hou Ken's attempt on a finishing blow, and immediately started giving out orders for his unit to attack the enemy base camp as a distraction while the Hi Shin Unit would escape with the heavily wounded Ou Ki.
Tou noted that a chance should appear on the left side soon and led the attack on the Zhao base camp, killing many troops with great ferocity, before returning to Ou Ki's side. There, he was given command of Ou Ki's army as per his lord's dying wish with Ryuu Koku standing as witness to this.
Upon the news of the Zhao prime-minister Ri Boku's ariival in Kanyou, the remnant officers of the Ou Ki Army were all gathered in the throne room. As the enemy general entered the room and started the negotiations, Tou simply but silently enraged, observed the man responsible for his lord's death offering now an alliance between the two states.
Coalition Invasion ArcEdit
Months later, Tou was seen near Fort Nanko as the Chu army invaded Qin by destroying the fort. Riding with Dou Kin and Rin Bou, he intercepted the first Chu wave with 5,000 soldiers from Ou Ki's army and informed the two men as to the urgency of the situation.
Battle of Kankoku PassEdit
As the battle against the Coalition Army begun, Tou was stationed on the right side of the Kankoku Pass, where his army was matched against that of Chu's. Tou had the upper hand during the first days, and even managed to slay the mighty Chu general Rin Bu Kun. However, as general Karin's second army took the stage, Tou found himself attacked from all directions.
Seeing that, he organized his army in a square formation and gave commanders Mou Ten and Ou Hon freedom to take their units and intercept the enemy waves from the sides. As Mou Ten's unit reached its limit and the men needed resting, Tou took his men and went out to replace them. At that point Karin granted commander Kou Yoku 5000 men and sent him to take Tou's head. The two armies clashed and their two commanders engaged in a duel. Tou was surprised by the young commander's strength who managed to fight with him in an equal footing.
After the news on Ri Boku's plan, Tou along with the rest of the Qin army continued to engage their enemy in small skirmishes every day, stalling each other, waiting for the outcome of the Battle of Sai.
Fire Dragons of Wei ArcEdit
As Qin struggled to expand its borders, Tou was appointed commander in chief of the campaign to conquer the Choyou region of Wei. Following Ou Hon's strategy, Tou led his army in a frontal attack, acting as a decoy to cover the coordinated, simultaneous attack of the rest of the army.
However, he was taken by surprise, as he was faced against one of the Seven Fire Dragons, Rei Ou, who were supposed to be long dead. Rei Ou's subordinate, general Ran Bi Haku, penetrated Tou's left flank and even managed to reach Tou's position quite fast. Seeing that, the Qin general ordered a retreat, knowing that facing such an opponent would be playing into Rei Ou scheme. Tou then informs his men that Ran Bi Haku is a formidable warrior that gave trouble to both Kyou and Ouki in the past. Tou now concludes that the mission became a lot harder for Ou Hon, Shin and Rokuomi due to the presence of the Fire Dragons. The next evening he visist Rokuomi and informs him that the kids are still struggling on their end and was curious why he has not made a move yet. He then tells him how General Ouki had every intention of conquering china with Ei Sei, however given the current Qin he wanted to test the young ones with talent. Since the whole of China is paying attention to the results of this campaign. Tou does not see this battle as him against the Great General from Wei but the young talented commanders who will lead Qin in the future against Go Homei. Tou wants to see in they can get to the level of the Six Great Generals of Qin.
|Special Skill: Parrying|
|Special Skill: Parrying|
He is very proficient with the sword and can easily break through enemy lines with his cavalry unit. Tou can cut down a line of soldiers while riding and has overcome the weaknesses of his weapon in terms of reach when fighting those who wield polearms in battle. His hand speed is very quick to the point where he can cut down men before they register his movements. His warhorse is well armored as it can take hits from spears without so much as a scratch on its armor.
As a general, Tou has proven to be a worthy successor of Ouki. .During the battle of Kankoku Pass, he was fast to deduce the enemy's strategies and think of a way to counter them.
Tou is a general whose thoughts are difficult to read. He possess a sharp mind, but he's also a courageous fighter . However, what truly makes Tou a troublesome opponent is his experience. With the experience he has earned by surviving multitudes of battlefields as Ou Ki's second, he has practically no openings to take advantage of. Tou is the only general in Qin who can be considered to be without flaws.
- Tou is stated by Ou Ki to be equal to him in ability and has inherited the leadership of his army after Ou Ki's death.
- Mou Bu called his mimicry of Ou Ki's mannerisms a "bad taste".
- When Tou appears again in Episode Seven he is doing some stone carving as well. Funnily enough, while Ou Ki is carving some kind of warrior, Tou's statue is just a frog with similar features to his own.
- "...Tou, who doesn't look like a Chinese person, the author said he got carried away when he started designing his face. Hara even told his staff that Tou looked like Freddie Mercury."