Sung Chiang, the greatest of the warrior chiefs and the principal instrument for uniting the many robber bands. A scribe and a poet, he receives divine inspiration and becomes the sworn leader of 107 other chieftains. While he avenges wrongs done him by warring chieftains, he is not as bloodthirsty as are the pagan robbers.
Commander Kao and
Commander Kao’s Son
Commander Kao’s Son, the chief antagonists of Sung Chiang and the other robber chiefs. The commander and his son are evil, dictatorial, and lascivious usurpers. The son lusts for a magistrate’s wife, and because of this another man is falsely accused, branded, and exiled. The bands finally unite to overthrow their military oppressors.
Wu Sung, a giant of a man who kills a tiger in hand-to-hand combat. His brother’s wife tries to seduce him. Later, she takes a lover and murders her husband. Wu Sung then kills the two lovers.
Ch’ai Chin, a lord of one of the four provinces who befriends the most valorous of the robber chiefs and protects them from Kao. When captured, he is saved by magic.
Li K’uei, the most loyal of all the chieftains as well as the most vengeful. Gentle in some ways, he insists that his aged mother be brought to their lair, mourns her death from a tiger...
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