Taishi Ci was faithful
in his duties and an expert in archery. When Kong Rong of Beihai was
besieged by Yellow Turban rebels, Taishi Ci left his aged mother's side
and enlisted as a messenger of Kong Rong and fight side by side with
Liu Bei's army. His main wanted to repay Kong Rong for helping his mother
in the past. Kong Rong knew him by reputation as a bold warrior, and
he showed his appreciation by treating his guest with the greatest respect.
After Beihai was settled, Taishi Ci served under Liu Yong. He was anxious
to move on to braver tasks, yet Liu Yong would not trust him with anything
Taishi Ci still under Liu Yong when he
intercepted Sun Ce. They engaged in hand-to-hand combat, but neither
man could gain an edge. Eventually Taishi Ci fell into a trap set by
Zhou Yu to catch him alive, and he was taken back to camp. Sun Ce respected
him and treated him well. Deeply impressed by his captors attitude,
Taishi Ci joined his army, and kept his promise when Sun Ce let him
go. The next day, he returned with about a thousand troops.
Taishi Ci helped Sun Ce drove Yan Baihu
away at Wujun. In one incident, he accurately hit an enemy's hand with
an arrow who was up on the wall abusing Sun Ce's men. Both sides, those
on the wall and those below it, marveled and acclaimed at such marksmanship.
Later, he served Sun Quan, Sun Ce's successor,
and put his actions in the Battle at Red Wall. Then, in an attack on
Hefei, he devised a plan to overthrow Zhang Liao, who was hiding within
the city walls. His allies within the city cleared a path by which he
could reach Zhang Liao, however his scheme backfired. He fell into an
ambush set at the castle gates. Hit by a myriad of arrows, Taishi Ci
was fatally wounded.
Sun Quan was exceedingly sad and went
to see him. Taishi Ci left with these words: "When a worthy person is
born into a turbulent world, he has to be a soldier and gird on a three-span
sword to step on the mountains to mend the sky. I have not rendered
great service. Why must I die before I have attained my desire?"