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Zhongli Quan's Fan
First Appearance: Terrorcota (Stone Soldiers #8)
Description: Magical Talisman from the Immortal Zhongli Quan
Last Known Status: Secured by the US Military
The Eight Immortals of Chinese Legend each employed various items to perform their otherworldly feats. Over time, these talismans became imbued with their own magical abilities. In 2015, General Zhou Zheng Duan seized a number of these talisman's from a secret vault beneath the Forbidden City.
Following Zhou's unsuccessful attempt to trigger World War III by using the Immortals' talismans and other magical weaponry, the fan of Zhongli Quan and several other artifacts were transferred to Argon Tower for further study.
The fan itself is described in legend as having the ability to raise the dead as well as to transmute minerals. During the siege in Colorado, Zhou was able to resurrect his troops killed by the Detachment.
Behind the Scenes
If you've read Terrorcota, you may recall that General Zhou may have been killed, but that he was not completely put of the picture. Since 2015, he has been haunting Detachment 1039's headquarters, quietly observing the operations of the unit. Zhou's spectral fate will be revealed in a future installment of Spectral Ops.