The Military Clairvoyant 料敌机先 (liào dí jī xiān)
Who is he:
There are those who analyze volumes of data before they can predict the future, and then there are those talents who only need to follow their gut instinct. Zhang He was one of those talents, and his predictions were sometimes more accurate than the scholarly military advisers. Widely regarded as one of the five most elite generals in the Wei Kingdom 魏国, Zhang He stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Xu Chu 许褚, Zhang Liao 张辽 and Xu Huang 徐晃 just to name three. But some say Zhang He was the most outstanding amongst all five elites. His military career spanned a staggering 47 years and his military predictions outdid even the infamous Sima Yi 司马懿.
For a taste of his abilities, Zhang He crushingly defeated one of Shu Kingdom 蜀国's strongest generals and sent Zhuge Liang weeping as this defeat general of his was to be executed. Does this story ring a bell?
Character ability: “Flexibility 巧变 (qiǎo biàn)”
You can discard one one-hand card to skip one of your phases (excluding beginning phase and ending phase).
If you skip your drawing phase using this method, you draw 1 on-hand card from a maximum of two other players.
If you skip your action phase using this method, you can relocate a card (in the equipment area or in the pending judgement area) from its original location to another identical location.
(e.g. relocating a weapon from Player A’s equipment area to Player B’s equipment area, or relocating the ACEDIA that is pending judgement from Player A’s pending area to Player B’s pending area).
Ability's relation to story:
This ability seems to relate strongly to the word "Flexibility" instead of how it applies to Zhang He. The phrase “巧变” comes from the description “张郃以巧变为称 (Zhang He was famed for his flexibility)”, and suits the historical Zhang He in two ways. Firstly, Zhang He was able to predict his enemies’ moves, and use various tactics to defeat them. Secondly, he served multiple warlords before he joined the Wei forces, so he was “flexible” in terms of allegiance. Yet it seems that neither these are very congruent to the ability in this character card. No matter. We're still glad that his abilities make him a huge asset to any team!
Additional info based on story:
Most famous achievement - Defeating Ma Su 马谡 in the Battle of Jie Ting 街亭之战. As an experienced general, Zhang He found out the fatal mistake of Ma Su easily. He cut off Ma Su’s troops from the water supply, and he defeated Ma Su's thirsty force easily. By conquering Jie Ting, Zhuge Liang 诸葛亮's strategy was upended... and boy was he pissed! As a consequence, Ma Su had to be executed by Zhuge Liang for that huge defeat.
Cause of death - Struck by an arrow in Mumen Trail 木门道. When Zhuge Liang retreated in his fourth expedition to the North, Zhang He pursued the Shu troops under the order of Sima Yi 司马懿. Zhang He had warned Sima Yi that an ambush by the Shu forces was very likely, but Sima Yi urged Zhang He to press on. Tragically, Zhang He was right. When he entered the narrow pass in Mumen Trail, the Shu troops set off their ambush and Zhang He was struck by a crossbow to his right knee. He died from that wound, possibly due to inflammation.
Zhang He Wiki