Xu Huang was a valiant
warrior who wielded a heavy Giant-Axe. In the beginning, he followed
General Yang Feng and became his trusted general and was promoted Cavalry
Commander for his outstanding military achievements. Under Yang Feng's
command, Xu Huang saved Emperor Xian and scored many victories when
fighting against Dong Zhuo's remained forces such as Li Jue and Guo
Si. Emperor Xian recognized his achievement and rewarded him greatly.
When Cao Cao entered the capital Luoyang,
he started to hold the power and decided to move the court to Xuchang
with the Emperor. Cao Cao was on his way when Yang Feng and Han Xuan
opposed him. In front of them all, stood Xu Huang who offered his challenge.
Cao Cao secretly admired him and ordered Xu Chu to go and fight Xu Huang.
Both fought more than half a hundred bouts without advantage to either
side. Unwilling to use any great force against Xu Huang, Cao Cao tried
to win him over instead. Xu Huang was talked into to join Cao Cao by
his old friend Man Chong. After much consideration, he left with his
own men and deserted to Cao Cao.
Xu Huang was very talented and was brave
enough to cut into enemy's array. Throughout all his life, Xu Huang
dealt with matters with care and caution. He and Zhang Liao were having
a good friendship with Guan Yu when the latter surrendered to Cao Cao.
Xu Huang aided Cao Cao when he was fighting Lu Bu and accompanied Cao
Cao in nearly every major battles he had and played a major role at
the Battle of Guandu and further conquest of the northern regions.
When Changan was attacked by Ma Chao,
Xu Huang was ordered to guard the Tong Pass together with Cao Hong.
They were to hold the Pass for ten days while waiting for the main army
led by Cao Cao. At the ninth day, seeing that the enemies had turned
all their horses loose and were unprepared and fatigued, Cao Hong led
his men to have a surprise attack, but it turned out to be a trap. When
Xu Huang heard what his colleague had done, he immediately went to the
rescue and both fled to Cao Cao. Then Xu Huang helped Cao Cao in defeating
Ma Chao and the conquest of Hanzhong. In 219 AD, Xu Huang was sent to
stop Guan Ping at Yencheng which was succeeded. Then he began to penetrate
deeper and chased his friend Guan Yu. When Guan Yu tried to stop him
from chasing by talking about their friendship, Xu Huang replied, "Today
I am on state business, and I have no inclination to let private friendship
override my public duty." Cao Cao praised his action later and rewarded
him greatly. Xu Huang was sent soon after to manage the defense of Xiangyang.
Later Xu Huang joined Sima Yi in his expedition
as van-leader to fight Meng Da who planned to betray Wei and aid Zhuge
Liang. Xu Huang rode forward and called out for Meng Da as a traitor,
but Meng Da answered with arrows which flew through his forehead. Xu
Huang was brought back to the camp but he was fatally wounded and died
that night at the age of 59.