Known as the descendant
of the great strategist Sun Tzu, Sun Jian is the father of Sun Ce and
Sun Quan. He was a native of Fuchun in the old state of Wu and was said
to have a broad open face, a body as an alert tiger, and a torso as
a lofty bear. When he was 17, he fought the pirates with his father
and gained a good reputation. He distinguished himself when fighting
the Yellow Turban rebels and was promoted to a post of Commander of
Changsha. He went to assume the new office and put down another rebellion
When the coalition stood up against Dong
Zhuo, Sun Jian was the man who volunteered to be the Van Leader in the
first attack. He fought Hua Xiong at the River Si Pass and scored a
victory. Then he sent a messenger to Yuan Shu, who was in charge of
supplies, for provisions. But Yuan Shu listened to slander and refused
the aid, thus forcing Sun Jian to retreat. Zu Mao lost his life when
he took his master's helmet to draw off the enemy, allowing him to escape.
Dong Zhuo respected and admired him, then proposed a marriage between
his daughter and Sun Jian's son. But Sun Jian flatly refused.
Eventually, Dong Zhuo fled to Changan
and had the capital Luoyang evacuated and burned. Then one night when
Sun Jian was walking at the capital, he found a shining seal in a well.
Cheng Pu at once recognized it as the Imperial Hereditary Seal of the
Emperor. Then he returned to Changsha but Yuan Shao found out about
the seal and ordered Liu Biao to stop him and take away the seal.
On his way home, Sun Jian met Liu Biao
at Jingzhou and was surrounded. He eventually fought his way through,
though with the loss of more than half his troops. Henceforward Sun
Jian and Liu Biao were open enemies. On his first attack, he defeated
Huang Zu, and surrounded Liu Biao at Xiangyang. But unfortunately during
the fight, Sun Jian fell to Kuai Liang's trap and he and his stead were