Lǚ Kǎi appellation Jìpíng was a Yǒngchāng Bùwéi man. (1) He served the prefecture’s Five Office Official Merit Officer.
- (1) Sūn Shèng’s Shǔ Shìpǔ states: Previously, Qín relocated Lǚ Bùwéi’s junior relatives and clansmen to Shǔ-Hàn. In Hàn Wǔ-dì’s time, he opened the southwestern Yí, installing prefectures and counties, and relocating the Lǚ clan to fill them, and therefore called it Bùwéi county.
At the time Yōng Kǎi and the rest heard Xiānzhǔ [Liú Bèi] had died at Yǒng’ān, and their arrogance and craftiness increased in severity. Regional Protector Lǐ Yán with [Yōng] Kǎi wrote letters of six documents, explaining and describing benefits and harms, but [Yōng] Kǎi merely replied with one document stating: “One hears that Heaven does not have two suns, Land does not have two kings, but now the realm Under Heaven is like a tripod set, of Calendar Systems there are three, and therefore the distant men are anxious and confused, and do not know where to submit.” His cruelty and negligence was like this.
[Yōng] Kǎi also surrendered to Wú, and Wú from afar established [Yōng] Kǎi as Yǒngchāng Administrator. Yǒngchāng was at Yìzhōu prefecture’s west, the roads were blocked, and with Shǔ disconnected, but the prefecture Administrator was changed, and [Lǚ] Kǎi with the Office Deputy Wáng Kàng of Shǔ prefecture commanded strict officials and people, to close the borders to resist [Yōng] Kǎi.
[Yōng] Kǎi repeatedly sent dispatches to Yǒngchāng, declaring and talking. [Lǚ] Kǎi’s reply dispatch said: “Heaven sent down tragic disaster, treacherous opportunists took advantage of troubles, the realm Under Heaven gnashed teeth, all states grieve and mourn, of ministers male and female large and small, none do not think of exhausting their tendons and strength, spill guts and brains on the ground, to remove the state’s troubles. In prostration you General for generations received Hàn’s favor, and so you should personally gather associates and armies, to take the lead in beginning action, above to repay the state, below to not fail previous men, to write achievements on bamboo and silk, and leave behind a name for a thousand years. How can you become a servant to Wú and Yuè, and turn back on roots to go to ends? In the past Shùn was industrious in civil affairs, died at Cāngwú, and writings and registers praised him, passing down reputation without end. To fall at Jiāngpǔ, how is that worth lamenting? Wén and Wǔ received the Mandate, Chéng-wáng then pacified. The Former Emperor [Liú Bèi] like a dragon rose, within the seas watched and waited, the leading ministers intelligent and astute, and from Heaven came down prosperity. But you General do not observe the ordering of flourishing and decline, the signs of success and failure, and are like a wild fire in the plains, walking on river ice, fires are extinguished and ice melts, so where will you attach to? In former times you General’s ancestor Marquis Yōng [Chǐ], encountered resentment but was given fief, Dòu Róng knew there would be restoration, and entrusted his will to Shìzǔ [Liú Xiù], all leaving behind name for later periods, generations singing of their greatness. Now Chancellor Zhūgě [Liàng]’s exceptional ability sets out, deeply observes the not yet sprouting, receiving legacy entrusting of the orphan [Liú Shàn], assisting and supporting the new restoration, with the masses has no resentments, recording achievements and forgetting flaws. If you General are able to suddenly and completely change your plots, change your step and again walk, the ancients are not difficult to learn from, rustic lands how are they sufficient to rule? One hears that Chǔ state was not respectful, Qí [Duke] Huán reproached them, Fūchāi usurped title, the Jìn men did not support him, so all the more in serving one who is not a ruler, who would agree to submit to him? I humbly consider ancient principles, that a subject is without communications that cross borders, and therefore from beginning to end there is coming but no going. Again receiving your announcements, we are disturbed as to forget to eat, and therefore outline and explain what we consider, and may you General investigate them.”
[Lǚ] Kǎi’s prestige and grace was internally prominent, and he was by those inside the prefecture trusted, and therefore was able to secure his integrity.
When Chancellor [Zhūgě] Liàng campaigned south to suppress, he set out and was on the road, but [Yōng] Kǎi was already by Gāodìng’s guard retainers killed. [Zhūgě] Liàng reached the south, and sent up memorial that said: “Yǒngchāng prefecture official Lǚ Kǎi, Official Deputy Wáng Kàng and others, held to loyalty in cut off territory, for over ten years, Yōng Kǎi and Gāodìng pressured their northeast, but [Lǚ] Kǎi and the rest held to righteousness and did not with them join. I your servant was unprepared for Yǒngchāng’s customs of kindness and uprightness like this!” Appointed [Lǚ] Kǎi as Yúnnán Adminsitrator, fief as Yángqiān precinct Marquis. It happened that he was by rebelling Yí harmed, his son Xiáng succeeded. And Wáng Kàng also was given fief as a precinct Marquis, and became Yǒngchāng Administrator. (1)
- (1) Shǔ Shìpǔ states: Lǚ Xiáng later became Jìn’s Southern Yí Colonel, Xiáng’s son and grandson for generations were Yǒngchāng Adminsitrators. When Lǐ Xióng defeated Níngzhōu, the various Lǚ would not agree to join him, and raised the prefecture to firmly defend. Wáng Kàng and the rest also held to upright integrity.