Song Qian
Song Qian (ROTK12)
Character Information
Force(s): Wu
Weapon Type: Giant sword (8)
Unit Type: Warrior
Significant Battle(s):
First Appearance: Dynasty Warriors 7
Historical Information
Real name:
Sòng Qiān
Chinese name:
宋謙 - 宋谦
Style name:
Chinese name:
Romance of the Three Kingdoms lists his date of death as 208 while some Dynasty Warriors games use 209 instead.

Song Qian (onyomi: Sō Ken) is a Wu officer who served two generations of the Sun family. Romance of the Three Kingdoms grants him a distinguished end to his career.

Role in GamesEdit

In Dynasty Warriors 7, Song Qian shares the role of ally commander alongside Sun Quan during pivotal battles involving Shu. The eighth game has him participate in the Battle of Hefei, and his camp dialogue is dependent on Sun Jian's survival at Xiangyang.

His Romance of the Three Kingdoms incarnation excels at warfare and leadership, though he is somewhat below average in terms of intellect and political clout.

Historical InformationEdit

Song Qian has no known origins, style name, title, lifespan, or family members. He is only mentioned within Record of Three Kingdoms and Book of Wu leaves him absent, leading to the common presumption that he was an undistinguished Sun family retainer rather than a decorated military officer.

Record of Three Kingdoms first mentions him serving Sun Ce to assist the campaign against Liu Yao. Song Qian was one of the thirteen horsemen by his liege when Taishi Ci challenged Sun Ce to a duel. During the Battle of Hefei twenty years later, he was among the first wave to attack Hefei Castle. His army and Xu Sheng's army fled from Zhang Liao's ambush. He presumably returned to battle after Pan Zhang killed two deserters. Song Qian and six others were Lu Xun's subordinates at Yiling. Song Qian was a part of the first wave and reasoned to lay siege to Baidi Castle after Liu Bei had fled within it. His proposition was shot down by Lu Xun.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

Song Qian makes his sole appearance as a fangtian huaji user escorting Sun Quan to the battlefield near Hefei Castle in chapter 53. While protecting his liege from Yue Jin's attacks, he was fatally shot by Li Dian's arrow from behind. His death guilt's Sun Quan into acting less rashly.