The Ming Dynasty Chinese
military general Cao Qin stages a coup
against the Tianshun Emperor
after setting fire to the eastern and western gates of the Imperial City (Beijing)
(which are doused by pouring rains during the day-long uprising), Cao Qin finds himself hemmed in on all sides by imperial forces, loses three of his own brothers in the fight, and instead of facing execution he flees to his home in the city and commits suicide by jumping down a well located within his walled compound.