Phraya Phichai was a Siamese general serving under King Taksin. After the fall of Ayudhya in 1767, Phraya Pichai and Chao Phraya Chakri (who later become the first King of Chakri Dynasty) followed Phraya Taksin in repelling the Burmese and reuniting Siam. They were considered Phraya Taksin's left and right hands.
In 1782, King Taksin showed signs of mental illness. At that time, the nation still lacked stability and was in need of a strong ruler. King Taksin was disposed and later executed following a coup, after which Chao Phraya Chakri took the throne . Phraya Pichai, a devout follower of King Taksin, was not spared, and by most account, requested for his own execution to follow King Taksin to his death. He was executed soon after.
He gained the name 'Phraya Phichai Dabhak' or 'Phraya Pichai Broken Sword' in a battle in which he kept fighting (and won) even after one of his blades was broken in half.
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