General and the Premier Make up: King Zhaoxiang of Qin State during the Warring States Period (475-221BC) pretends to agree to return the 15 cities to Zhao State, but demands the precious jade Heshibi. King Huiwen of Zhao State knows that Zhaoxiang's intention is to get the jade, but he dares not refuse the offer. Lin Xiangru is recommended to take the jade to Qin State, but when he finds out that King Zhaoxiang has no intention of returning the cities, he threatens to destroy the jade and kill himself by jumping into a pot of hot oil. Zhaoxiang is awed by Lin's bravery and releases him to return the jade to Zhao State. Lin accompanies his king to a banquet given by Zhaoxiang at Mingci in honour of King Huiwen. At the banquet, Zhaoxiang insults Huiwen by forcing him to beat the drum. In turn, however, Lin forces Zhaoxiang to do the same. The Qin ruler then demands more cities from Zhao while Lin rejects the demand. Meanwhile, Zhao's general Lian Po leads his troops to their aid. Lin is appointed premier of Zhao State. General Lian is unhappy about this and stops Lin and his men three times on their way to the palace. Putting the state interest above his own, Lin tolerates all the insults. His men are angry. Lin points out: "It is dangerous to the state if the general is on bad terms with the premier." On hearing this, Lian Po is ashamed. he ties a stick to his back and goes to Lin's home for forgiveness. They become good friends and Zhao becomes a great power.