Jiao Yu, a young Chinese, Confucian scholar was upset that his studies would never be heard in the Chinese government, restricted by the Mongol rule.
WAAAAAAAA!!! No one will listen to my teachings because the darn Mongols won't let many Chinese into the government anymore!
Hey you! I also follow Confucian teachings and I think you should come with me and bcome my protege!
Then, a Daoist intellect appeared, named Chichi Daoren who also followed Confucian teachings and told Jiao to become his protege.
Wow! Thanks guy in a robe! I've always wanted to become an intellect's protege! Could you teach me about fire waepons? I've always been facinated by them!
Go on Jiao Yu, push those dreaded Mongols out of China!
Daoren took Jiao to his house in the Tiantai mountains and taught Jiao about this new substance called "gunpowder", that could light stuff on fire and blow things up. Jiao learnt so much, that Daoren told him to go join Zhu Yuanzhang's rebellion, where he could put his knowledge to good use.
I won't let you down, Daoren!
Not long after Jiao Yu entered Zhu Yuanzhang's ranks, Jiao became one of Zhu's most trusted confidants and was very impressed with Jiao's designs and destructive power of his firearms.
Jiao Yu, your fire weapons are the most powerful thing that I've ever seen! The Mongol army will be no match for them!
Thank you Zhu Yuanzhang! I will supply our troops with them!
After the Mongols were forced out of China, Zhu became China's new emperor, with Jiao put in charge of manufacturing firearms for the government. Zhu even took extra careful precautions of making sure that gunpowder and firearms were stored in arsenals properly. Jiao Yu eventually was appointed head officer of the Shen Zhi Ying Armory, where tons of firearms and gunpowder were stored.
With Jiao Yu's firearms (or fire weapons), Zhu's rebellion was able to take over multiple towns and provinces in an extremely short amount of time. Not long after Zhu's rebellion began fighting the Mongols, they had pushed the Mongols far north and completely out of China. Jiao Yu's firearms had defeated the Mongol army!
Years later, Jiao Yu published a book with scholar, general and court adviser Liu Ji called the Huolongjing (or Fire Drake Manual). It contained many different designs for weapons involving gunpowder, like rockets, landmines, shrapnel bombs and fire arrows that detonated upon impact.
Yes, this book contains all of my designs for fire weapons and how to make them. I just know that this book will help to change the world!
Thanks for writing the Huolongjing with me Jiao Yu! Now we can spread this knowledge everywhere!