son Jù 呂據 [Shìyì 世議]
[Last updated 2021 July 25]
Lǚ Fàn appellation Zǐhéng was a Rǔnán Xìyáng man. When young he became a county official, and had great beauty and impressive appearance. A local town man mister Liú, had family wealth and a beautiful daughter, and Fàn asked for her [in marriage]. The daughter’s mother disliked him, and wished to refuse, but mister Liú said: “Observing Lǚ Zǐhéng, will he really long remain a poor man?” Therefore they were married.
Later he fled the chaos to Shòuchūn, Sūn Cè met and was impressed with him, Fàn therefore personally joined close, leading his personal retainers of a hundred men to follow [Sūn] Cè. At the time the Grand Consort [wife of Sūn Jiān, mother of Sūn Cè] was at Jiāngdū, and [Sūn] Cè sent Fàn to invite her. Governor of Xúzhōu Táo Qiān believed that Fàn was the Yuán clan’s spy, ordered the county to arrest and interrogate Fàn, but Fàn’s personal retainers rescued him and they returned.
At the time only [Lǚ] Fàn and Sūn Hé always accompanied [Sūn] Cè, trudging through hardships, not begrudging dangers, and [Sūn] Cè also treated them like relatives, always ascending the hall together, drinking feasts before the Grand Consort.
Later he followed [Sūn] Cè in attacking and defeating Lújiāng, they returned together crossing east, reached Héngjiāng and Dānglì, defeating Zhāng Yīng and Yú Mí, capturing Xiǎodānyáng and Húshú, and he took office as Chancellor of Húshú. [Sūn] Cè settled Mòlìng and Qū’ē, captured Zé Róng’s and Liú Yáo’s remaining armies, increased Fàn’s troops by two thousand, with fifty cavalry. Later he governed as Magistrate of Wǎnlíng, attacked and defeated Dānyáng, returned to Wú, and was transferred to Commander. (1)
- Jiāngbiǎozhuàn “Biographies across the River” states: [Sūn] Cè was casually with Fàn playing chess, and Fàn said: “Now your project, General, is daily growing larger, your troops and army daily flourishing. I am placed afar, but hear that law and order is yet incomplete. I hope to temporarily serve as your Commander, to assist you General in managing it.” [Sūn] Cè said: “Zǐhéng, you are already a scholar official, and moreover your subordinates are already a great number, establishing achievements outside; how is it appropriate for you to be lowered to a lesser position, to know the small details and matters inside the army?” Fàn said: “Not so. Now I have abandoned my home land and entrusted myself to you General, not for my wives and children, but because I wish to bring relief to the world. It is like crossing the sea on the same boat; if one matter is not secure, then everything suffers harm. This is my thinking, not only yours General.” [Sūn] Cè laughed, and did not answer. Fàn went out, changed his clothes to the new uniform, grasped staff and visited all doors to take notice, declaring himself Commander. [Sūn] Cè therefore allowed this transfer, and entrusted him with everyone’s matters. Therefore within the army was solemn and harmonious, and his authority and regulations greatly followed.
At the time Xiàpī’s Chén Yǔ declared himself Administrator of Wú-jùn, occupied Hǎixī, and with powerful clans and Yán Báihǔ communicated. [Sūn] Cè personally led the attack [Yán Bái]hǔ, separately sending Fàn with Xú Yì to attack [Chén] Yǔ at Hǎixī, killing their chief General Chén Mù. (1)
- Jiǔzhōu Chūnqiū “Nine Provinces Chronicles” states: Chūpíng third year , Inspector of Yángzhōu Chén Yī died, and Yuán Shù sent [Chén] Yǔ to serve as Governor of Yángzhōu. Later [Yuán] Shù was by Excellency Cáo defeated at Fēngqiū, the southern people rebelled against [Chén] Yǔ, and [Chén] Yǔ resisted them. [Yuán] Shù fled to Yīnlíng, sent good-sounding words to talk down [Chén] Yǔ, [Chén] Yǔ did not know their strength, and also was timid, and so did not then attack [Yuán] Shù. [Yuán] Shù gathered troops north of the Huái and went toward Shòuchūn. [Chén] Yǔ was afraid, and sent his younger brother [Chén] Gōngyǎn to ask for peace with [Yuán] Shù. [Yuán] Shù captured him and advanced, and [Chén] Yǔ fled back to Xiàpī.
He also followed in attack Zǔ Láng at Língyáng, and Tàizhǐ Chí at Yǒnglǐ. The seven counties were pacified, and he was promoted to Attacking Bandits Internal Cadet General, campaigned into Jiāngxià, and returned to pacify Póyáng.
[200, Sūn] Cè died, and he attended the funeral at Wú. Later [Sūn] Quán again campaigned against Jiāngxià, and Fàn with Zhāng Zhāo remained to defend.
 Excellency Cáo reached Chìbì, and [Lǚ Fàn] with Zhōu Yú and the rest all resisted and defeated him. He was promoted to Assistant General, with office as Administrator of Péngzé, with Péngzé, Cháisāng, and Lìyáng as his tributary cities. Liú Bèi visited the capital to meet [Sūn] Quán, and Fàn secretly requested detaining [Liú] Bèi. Later he was promoted to Southern Pacification General, garrisoning Cháisāng.
[219, Sūn] Quán attacked Guān Yǔ, passed Fàn’s house, and said: “If in the past I had earlier followed your advice, there would be no need for this toil. Now I am about to go up[river] to capture them, and you will be my defense for Jiànyè.” [Sūn] Quán defeated [Guān] Yǔ and returned, moved the capital to Wǔchāng, appointed Fàn as Establishing Authority General, with fief as Marquis of Wǎnlíng, office as Administrator of Dānyáng, governing at Jiànyè, commander from Fúzhōu down to the sea, with Lìyáng, Huái’ān, and Níngguó as his tributary cities.
 Cáo Xiū, Zhāng Liáo, Zāng Bà and others came on campaign. Fàn commanded Xú Shèng, Quán Cóng, Sūn Sháo and others, with ships and army to resist [Cáo] Xiū and others at Dòngkǒu. He was promoted to Front General, with Staff of Authority, and changed fief to Marquis of Nánchāng. At the time there was a chance great wind, boats and people were capsized and drowned, and the dead were several thousand. He returned with the army, and was appointed Governor of Yángzhōu.
By nature he was friendly with majestic presence, and the provincial people like Lù Xùn, Quán Cóng, and sons of the nobility, all were devoutly respectful and solemn to him, and did not dare speak lightly to him. His house and clothing at the time were extravagant, but he was diligent and industrious in service, and therefore [Sūn] Quán was pleased with his loyalty, and was not bothered by his extravagance. (1)
- Jiāngbiǎozhuàn states: Someone reported that Fàn and Hè Qí were overly luxurious, and their clothes usurped Royal prerogatives. [Sūn] Quán said: “In the past Guǎn Zhòng violated courtesy, Huán-gōng praised and treated him very well, and this did not decrease his power. Now Zǐhéng and Gōngmiáo have not exceeded my faults, but their weapons are elite, their boats and chariots ordered and that is all, and this is necessary for military appearances, so how can it be decreased?” The reporter therefore did not dare again speak.
Previously [Sūn] Cè sent Fàn to manage the treasury, [Sūn] Quán at the time was young, privately asked for some, but Fàn at once reported it, not daring to personally permit it, and at the time because of this had reputation. [Sūn] Quán served as Chief of Yángxiàn, used [funds] for private use, and if [Sūn] Cè did not check expenses, then Merit Officer Zhōu Gǔ at once would change the register books, so that there would be no reprimand or investigations. [Sūn] Quán at the time was pleased with him, but when he later governed matters, because Fàn was loyal and honest he met with deep trust and appointment, and because [Zhōu] Gǔ could cheat register books, he was not employed.
Huángwǔ seventh year , Fàn was promoted to Marshal-in-Chief, but before the seals and ribbons were sent, he died of illness. [Sūn] Quán wore white clothes and led mourning, sending envoys to posthumously bestow the seals and ribbons. When he returned the capital to Jiànyè, [Sūn] Quán passed Fàn’s tomb and cried out: “Zǐhéng!” and wept, and sacrificed with Grand Livestock. (1)
- Jiāngbiǎozhuàn states: Previously, [Sūn] Quán moved the capital to Jiànyè, held a great meeting with the officers and ministers civil and military, and at the time said to Yán Jùn: “In in the past I sighed that Lǔ [Sù] Zǐjìng compared to Dèng Yǔ, and Lǚ Zǐhéng was like Wú Hàn, and you did not agree with this judgement. Now what do you say?” [Yán] Jùn returned to his seat and said: “I your servant do not understand the reasoning, and say that [Lǔ] Sù and Fàn received excessive reward, and the praise of them have exceeded facts.” [Sūn] Quán said: “In the past when Dèng [Yǔ] Zhònghuá first met Guāng-Wǔ [Liú Xiù], Guāng-Wǔ at the time served Gēngshǐ [Liú Xuán], comforting the north of the [Yellow] River, as Acting Marshal-in-Chief and that is all, with no ambition to be Emperor. [Dèng] Yǔ urged him to restore the Hàn, and this was [Dèng] Yǔ’s very first proposal. [Lǔ Sù] Zǐjìng was outstandingly frank and had unique planning, and when I spoke to him for the first time, he immediately discussed Great Strategies, resembling [Dèng] Yǔ, and therefore I compare them. Lǚ Zǐhéng was loyal and true and showed uprightness, though his nature was extravagant, yet his worry for the public was foremost, so it does not detract from him, he left Yuán Shù to personally join my elder brother, my elder brother made him a chief General, separately commanding retainers, but because he worried for my elder brother’s affairs, begged to be a Commander, managing and ensuring good order, and moreover was respectful and diligent, and so resembles Wú Hàn, and therefore I compare them. All these have reason, and are not my own personal feelings.” [Yán] Jùn therefore submitted.
Fàn’s eldest son first died, and the next son Jù succeeded.
[Lǚ] Jù appellation Shìyì, because of his father was appointed a Cadet, later when Fàn was lying ill, he was appointed Vice Army Colonel, assisting in managing military affairs. Fàn died, and he was promoted to Securing the Army Internal Cadet General. Repeatedly he suppressed mountain bandits, deeply penetrating treacherous territory, and all he attacked were defeated. He accompanied Minister of Ceremonies Pān Jùn in suppressing the Wǔxī, and again had achievements. Zhū Rán attacked Fán, and Jù with Zhū Yì broke through the cities’ outer encirclement, returned and was appointed Assistant General, entered to fill vacancy as Mǎ Xián’s Right Division Commander, promoted to Exceeding Cavalry Colonel.
Tàiyuán first year , great winds, the river waters overflowed, flooding the city gates, [Sūn] Quán sent someone to check the water, who saw that Jù alone had sent people to fetch large ships to prepare for the disaster. [Sūn] Quán praised him, and appointed him General Overflowing Wèi.
[252 Sūn] Quán was lying ill, and appointed Jù was the Heir-Apparent’s Right Division Commander. The Heir-Apparent succeeded, and he was appointed Right General. Wèi set out against Dōngxīng, Jù accompanied the suppression and had achievement.
 Next year, Sūn Jùn killed Zhūgě Kè, promoted Jù to Elite Cavalry General, to pacify West Palace affairs.
Wǔfèng second year , he was given Acting Staff of Authority, and with [Sūn] Jùn and others attacked Shòuchūn, returned and encountered Wèi General Cáo Zhēn, and defeated him at Gāotíng.
Tàipíng Inaugural Year  he commanded the army to invade Wèi, but before he reached the Huái, he heard Sūn Jùn had died and his younger cousin [Sūn] Chēn had succeeded. Jù was greatly furious, led his army back, wishing to depose [Sūn] Chēn. [Sūn] Chēn heard this, and sent Internal Documenter for Imperial Order for Wén Qīn, Liú Zuǎn, Táng Zī and others to arrest Jù, and also sent his elder cousin [Sūn] Xiàn to lead his subordinate troops to oppose Jù at Jiāngdū. Jù’s attendants urged him to surrender to Wèi, but Jù said: “I would be disgraced to be a rebel minister.” Therefore he killed himself. His clan was exterminated to the third degree.