Daoshen Liao

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Daoshen Liao at age 74 in 3145
Daoshen Liao
Character Profile
Born 27 January 3071[1]
Affiliation House Liao-Centrella
Rank Chancellor
Title(s) Duke of Capella[2]
Duke of Castrovia[3]
Profession Noble
Parents Sun-Tzu Liao (father)[2]
Naomi Centrella (mother)
Siblings Ilsa Centrella
Children Danai Liao-Centrella

Daoshen Liao (born 3071[4][5]) is the son of Sun-Tzu Liao and Naomi Centrella.


Sheltered from public life duing his upbringing, Daoshen grew up hearing the stories of his ancestors' own exploits as well as their belief in their own divinity and destiny to rule the worlds of the Capellan Confederation.[5] From these stories, he grew up differently from his father, Sun-Tzu Liao, and came to believe in his father's divine status, as well as his own.[6] This belief was reinforced by Daoshen's exemplary performance in martial education, although his father barred him from a frontline posting during his early military career.[7] Instead, he was given the responsibility of overseeing the CCAF's JumpShip chains and supply lines, through which he gained and understanding of logistics and organization.[8] During the Victoria War, Daoshen skillfully coordinated the Confederation's troop movements and responses to the attacks of both the AFFS aggressors and the opportunistic invasion from the Duchy of Andurien. His popularity, and the belief in his godhood, continued to grow with each of his military successes, to the point where his public favor threatened to eclipse that of his father.[9] This caused a visible rift among the people of the Confederation between supporters of Sun-Tzu and those enthralled by Daoshen - on several occasions, these disagreements escalated to violent confrontations between the factions.[10]

During the Capellan Crusades that began in 3111,[11] Daoshen took a more day-to-day approach to leading the campaign, personally coordinating the execution of Operation DIVINE RIGHT from his headquarters on Sarna[12] while his father took less of an active command role. Operation DIVINE RIGHT started well for the Confederation but lost momentum after Kai Allard-Liao took the field against the Confederation.[13] Daoshen himself was nearly captured by the RAF after they counter-attacked Sarna, and was only saved from capture by the timely arrival of Warrior House Imarra.[14] Allard-Liao continued his path of destruction through Capellan forces, and was only eventually slain by Death Commandos in 3113. Daoshen, in response, led a mass offensive of Warrior House units towards Sarna while Sun-Tzu attacked Liao and there meeting his death.[15] After the death of his father, Daoshen officially became the Chancellor of the Capellan Confederation and negotiated an end to the conflict within a few months. However, Daoshen was dissatisfied with this peace, and swore to one day revenge himself upon the Republic of the Sphere.[16]

The opposition that Daoshen gave to the Republic was minor. It consisted of a yearly affair of sending the ambassador to Terra to demand the return of Capellan territory. That changed once the Blackout happened in 3132. Then he was able to unleash the full military might of the Confederation in order to regain ancestral worlds that belonged to the Liao Dynasty.[5]


Although he was the son of Naomi Centrella-Liao and therefore a claimant to the throne of the Magistracy of Canopus, Daoshen did not hold the Magistracy in high esteem and never styled himself as having any relation to that realm.[17] Indeed, he thought of the Magistracy of Canopus as little more than a vassal state of the Confederation, and was enraged by his mother's decision to recall MAF troops from Confederation space to prevent Daoshen using them during the Capellan Crusades.[18]

He is not known to have married though he did have one child, Danai Liao-Centrella, with his sister Ilsa Centrella.[19] Daoshen believes that he is an extension of the Capellan state and he always wears that mantle, even with family.[20]



  1. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 49: "The Jihad in Review"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 43
  3. Blood Will Tell, ch. 7
  4. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Era Report: 3145, p. 86 - "Daoshen Liao profile"
  6. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 43: "Celestial Distraction"
  7. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 47: "Daoshen Liao"
  8. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 43: "Celestial Distraction"
  9. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 63: "Butcher's Bill: Hasek's Invasion"
  10. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 69: "End of an Era"
  11. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 76: "The Night of Screams"
  12. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 77: "Unleashing the Dogs of War"
  13. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 79: "On the Rampage"
  14. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 80: "Throwing Stones"
  15. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 83: "...Gods Ascend"
  16. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 85: "The Liao Linchpin"
  17. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 47: "Daoshen Liao"
  18. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 70: "Déjà Vu"
  19. Principles of Desolation, p. 182-183
  20. Principles of Desolation, p. 145-150