Jing Ke Attempts to Assassinate the King of Qin-Sequel І
Prince Dan of the State of Yan during the Warring States Period had been a hostage in the Qin State before he secretly fled back to Yan. Furious at Qin, he was keen to take revenge. Using all his wealth, he scouted for people who could assassinate Ying Zheng, King of Qin. Later, he was introduced to a competent warrior named Jing Ke. He took him in as a protege and treated him well. Jing, of course, was grateful to the prince.
One day in 230 BC, Dan said to Jing Ke: "I am considering sending a warrior to the King of Qin disguised as an envoy. He should try to force the king to return to the other states all the lands he has occupied. If he does not consent, the warrior should assassinate him. What do you think of this idea?"
"Not bad," answered Jing, "but we must convince the king that we are there to make peace before we would be allowed to approach him. I hear that the king has long been coveting the fertile Dukang region of Yan. Also, Fan Yuqi, a Qin general who the King of Qin is offering a bounty for, has taken refuge in Yan. I am certain the king will meet me personally if I were to visit him with Fan's head and a map of Dukang. Then I shall be able to do something about him."
Vexed, the prince mused, "It is easy to prepare a map of Dukang, but how can I hurt General Fan, who turned to me to avoid the persecution of Qin?"
Knowing that Dan could not bear to have Fan executed, Jing met the general privately and told him everything. "All right, take my head with you," Fan said resolutely, before beheading himself with a sword.