LAO AI (Chinese : 嫪毐; pinyin : Lào Ǎi; died 238 BCE) was an
imposter eunuch and official of the
State of Qin
During the formative years of
Qin Shi Huang
After moving to the provisional capital Yong , Lao Ai fathered two children, and giving himself the diminutive "false father".
In 239 BCE, Lao Ai was profiting from his position. At his peak of influence, he had over one thousand servants and followers.
In 238 BCE, following the royal proclamation announcing Lao Ai's status as an imposter lover consorting with the Queen Dowager, with plans to secretly father the next king, Lao Ai was investigated. During this time, he attempted a coup d\'état with a small amount of followers, falsely using the Queen Dowager's seal to gain legitimacy.
Without popular support, military training, numbers or sufficient organisation, Lao Ai's followers were quickly pacified. Lao Ai was punished by being dismembered and torn apart by five horses and the Queen Dowager and her two sons were killed. Followers were exiled to Shu kingdom .
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