Zhang Qing was from Zhangdefu, Henan. He served as a general in Dongchangfu. He had a nasty tactic in battle, which was to fling heavy pebbles at soft points on the face of his enemies. His stones struck with extreme accuracy and power, often targeting the nose, brow center, eyes or mouth of opposing generals. This crippling attack led to the deaths of several Liao generals by disabling them or knocking them off their horses and making them easy prey. The throwing stones combined well with his illusiveness on his horse, which he often used a retreat to beg his opponents closer where they became easy targets. His prowess with the stones earned him the nickname 'Featherless Arrow'. However, Zhang was merely average with his long spear, his "primary" weapon. This made him very vulnerable to opposing generals which had evaded his flying stones, and this fact also made Zhang heavily dependent on this stones.