|Weapon Type:|| Sword (7~8)|
Orb and scepter (Blast)
|First Appearance:||Dynasty Warriors 7|
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He Yan first appears in Dynasty Warriors 7 as one of Cao Shuang's associates. He is present during Wei's brief campaign at Mt. Xingshi and is the final obstacle to the Sima family's coup against his lord.
Born in the city of Nanyang at Henan, He Yan was adopted at the age of six by Cao Cao when his mother became the latter's concubine. He never got along with Cao Pi who called him a "false son" for acting as though their father favored him. His contemporaries slandered him as effeminate, vain, and prone to dissolution. He was also said to have been addicted to hallucinogens. However, Cao Cao appreciated his intellect and was impressed by the youth's interpretations of the Art of War, often turning to him whenever he failed to understand a portion of it. He later married the Princess of Jinxiang whose wise conduct clashed with his contrary nature.
Hated by Cao Pi and his son Cao Rui, He Yan never attained any high positions during their respective reigns. He was finally promoted as minister when Cao Shuang became regent. During that time, he skillfully wrote annotations and commentaries on various works related to history and philosophy. He also analyzed the contributions of Laozi and Zhuangzi while authoring a summarized version of the Analects called the Lunyu Jijie; his book would be recognized as the most authoritative source of information for almost one thousand years. Outside of his scholastic interests, he was also a proficient poet.
Like many of Cao Shuang's associates, he was executed for treason when Sima Yi took power in 249. At the time of his death, he had a five year old son who was also slated for execution. His widow was able to hide their child before convincing the Sima clan to spare him. According to the Chronicles of the Clans of Wei, He Yan served as judge for Cao Shuang's trial. He was very severe and harsh in his judgement to earn approval, but Sima Yi still saw it fit to have him killed.