Zhaoyu comes from the eastern islands of the Jade Ocean, and is of peculiar descent: His father Sheng was a human merchant, but his mother was a Naga. Desperately in love with the snake-woman despite their being of different species, Sheng challenged his beloved's father to obtain the right to marry her. Tragically, Sheng was killed during the duel. Heartbroken, the Naga woman gave her life to Shalassa in exchange for the resurrection of her Human lover. The Dragon-Goddess of Water accepted her offering but, deeply moved by the selflessness of her love, Shalassa asked Asha to reincarnate them both as Human babies. It took twenty years and many more adventures to reunite the two lovers, but Zhaoyu was eventually born as testament to their devotion.
Zhaoyu is a Magic hero of the Sanctuary faction. As such, his default class is Monk. Though his Dynasty character is listed as a Tide Master, the player may develop him however they choose when used in a game. His specialization, Ice Armor Master, grants him the spell Ice Armor by default with a 10% bonus to its Might Defense.
Zhaoyu appears only in Might & Magic: Heroes VI.