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He joined Liu Bei's army after Liu captured Changsha in about 209. His talent helped him to be a major general of Liu's Army in very few years. Liu offered him the place of chief executive at Hanzhong (漢中) in 219, made him be the sixth most important military man of the kingdom after the Five Tiger Generals.
Both the history and the novel suggested that Wei intended to attack Sima Yi, the general of Wei, but people including Jiang objected to the plan and ordered Wei to retreat. Wei refused and thus attempted to kill those officers by burning down the wooden walkway and preventing them from returning to Shu. Those officers thus claimed him "rebelling" and killed him with a plot.
In the novel, Zhuge Liang had foreseen Wei Yan's revolt before his death, and secretly left instructions to be carried out to deal with it when it came. When Wei Yan rebelled, Ma Dai pretended to join him, and earned his trust, so that later, following Zhuge's instructions, he was able to strike down Wei Yan from behind without the latter suspecting.
Some people believe that Wei was an aggressive person, which is incompetent to Zhuge Liang. Moreover, Wei Yan's personality made Zhuge's followers fear him and finally decide to get rid of him. He was killed by Ma Dai
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