In 221 BCE, as King of the Qin, he conquered all of the other kingdoms, ending the Warring States period and reuniting China for the first time in six centuries. With his victory, he inaugurated the first Empire of China. During his reign, proto-Templars assisted Qin Shi Huang with political and economic reforms, as well as constructions such as the Great Wall of China.
- The regnal name Qín Shǐ Huángdì (秦始皇帝) literally means "First Emperor of the Qin".
- Historically Qin Shi Huang survived three assassination attempts and reportedly died from Chinese alchemical elixir poisoning while trying to prolong his life.