Duan Gui 段珪 was one of the Regular Palace Attendant favoured by Emperor Ling 靈. He is one of the twelve Regular Palace Attendants who were enfeoffed in the 180's. Following the death of Emperor Ling he and his fellow Attendants came in conflict with the General-in-Chief He Jin 何進.


Duan Gui's hometown was Jiyin in Yang Province. In 160 AD he was a Junior Attendant at the Yellow Gates and held property in his home county. Duan Gui's retainers and those of his colleague Hou Lan 侯覽, who had estates close by in Shanyang commandery of Yan Province, robbed and plundered the neighbouring territory. They were caught by the Chancellor of Jibei kingdom, Teng Yan, who had them killed. Hou Lan and Duan Gui reported Teng Yan to the throne and he was dismissed from office.

Later, during the reign of Emperor Ling, he enjoyed great favour with the Emperor and in 185 AD he was enfeoffed as full Marquis. During the last moments of the eunuchs, Duan Gui seems to have been joint or deputy leader with Zhang Rang 張讓. He and Zhang Rang were concerned about He Jin's failure to turn up to Emperor Ling's funeral and acted together, sending a spy on He Jin's meeting with Dowager He 何. When the spy informed the eunuchs about He Jin's proposal to kill all of them, they waylaid and killed him. When He Jin's forces heard of the death of their general, they stormed the capital and starting slaying the eunuchs.<ref="ZP6"/>

Duan Gui led the Dowager He, together with Liu Bian and Liu Xie, along the Covered Way from the Souther to the Northern Palace. Lu Zhi accosted the party. Duan Gui managed to escape, but was compelled to let Dowager He go.

Two days later, on 24 September, Duan Gui fled the capital together with Zhang Rang. They headed north to cross the Yellow River, but they were chased and caught by Lu Zhi and Min Gong 閔貢. Duan Gui was either killed here by Min Gong or committed suicice by drowning himself in the Yellow River.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 de Crespigny, A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms, biography of Duan Gui, page 187.
  2. Rafe de Crespigny, To Establish Peace, Zhongping 6