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Cultivation in 'Desolate Era' has two major components: Cultivation Base/Stage and the Dao. Cultivation Base development has three main paths: Ki Refining, Fiendgod Body Refining, and Heartforce Cultivation. However, due to the significant differences between Heartforce Cultivation and the other two paths it will not be handled on this page. Generally speaking Ki Refining is the easiest to train in, then comes Fiendgod Body Refining, and finally Heartforce Cultivation.
- 1 Understanding Power Levels
- 2 Mortal Stages
- 3 Cultivator Stages
- 4 Ki Refiner Cultivation
- 5 Fiendgod Body Refiner Cultivation
- 6 Further Cultivation Levels
Understanding Power Levels
The power level of individuals in 'Desolate Era' is usually determined by a combination of Cultivation Base, Dao, abilities, and items. However, generally speaking, the power of individuals can be broken down into 'levels'. A level is approximately how much more powerful an individual is after advancing one level in the Dao or Cultivation Base. Most frequently levels come from Dao and Cultivation Base breakthroughs, but they can also come from powerful abilities, secret techniques, innate talents, or items.
As Cultivation Base breakthroughs usually require Dao breakthroughs, this means that an average cultivator one Cultivation Stage higher is usually two levels of power higher. For instance, an average True Immortal is two levels of power higher than a Celestial Immortal since an average True Immortal has mastered Grand Daos where as an average Celestial Immortal has only mastered Dao Paths. Due to one stage generally being equal to two levels, comparisons will frequently be made where a single level of power difference is instead described as a 'half-stage' of difference such as an Early Zifu Disciple being comparable to a Late Zifu Disciple. For instance, when Ji Ning just broke through to the Zifu stage in the [Crimsonbright Nine Heavens Diagram] he was described as being equal to a normal Late Zifu Fiendgod. This indicates that training in the [Crimsonbright Nine Heavens Diagram] made Ji Ning one level stronger than an average Fiendgod Body Refiner. In other words, a half-stage is one level, a full stage is two levels, and a Dao or Cultivation Base breakthrough is one level.
Examples of Level Differences:
- An average Fiendgod Body Refiner in the Three Realms is one level stronger than an average Ki Refiner in the Three Realms (i.e. An early Zifu Fiendgod Body Refiner is equal to a Late Zifu Ki Refiner).
- A True Fiendgod or individual training in the [Crimsonbright Nine Heavens Diagram] is one level stronger than an average Fiendgod Body Refiner and two levels stronger than an average Ki Refiner.
- A Wanxiang Adept who has mastered a Dao Path is equal to a Primal Daoist who has mastered a Dao Domain
- Dantian Class differences are one stage per class
- A Celestial Immortal with a Tier 2 Dantian is one level stronger than a Celestial Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian
- A Celestial Immortal with a Tier 1 Dantian is two levels stronger than a Celestial Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian
- A True Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian is two levels stronger than a Celestial Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian
- An Empyrean God is two levels stronger than a Celestial Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian
- A True Immortal with a Tier 3 Dantian is equal to a Celestial Immortal with a Tier 1 Dantian is equal to an Empyrean God
- A [One True Body] made from Second Stage [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] clones is one level stronger than the original body
All ordinary creatures start in the Mortal Stages. In these stages cultivation has not yet truly begun and individuals at this stage still generally rely on their natural abilities. In these stages Fiendgod Body Refiners are objectively more powerful than Ki Refiners of the same rank due to their more powerful bodies.
The 'First' stage of Immortal cultivation for Humans. At this stage one has a lifespan of one hundred years. While 【Houtian】 stage of cultivation is called the first stage of Immortal cultivation all it is in reality is the stage a Human is at birth. This is because only 【Xiantian】 lifeforms are able to train to become Immortals. However Humans of the past were able to create training techniques that would allow ordinary people to transform their bodies akin to these 【Xiantian】 lifeforms and embark on their journey to become Immortals. However despite these cultivation techniques is is said that humans who become 【Xiantian】 lifeforms are going against the natural laws of the universe. Because of this the success rate that an ordinary mortal is able to become a 【Xiantian】 lifeform is one in ten thousand.
The Second stage of Immortal cultivation for Mortals. At this stage one has a lifespan of two hundred years. Those who are naturally born from the Heavens and Earth such as Devas and Asuras start at this stage due to being born from nature itself and even the mighty Fiendgods start at this stage but unlike the inhabitants of the Heaven Realm, Fiendgods posses immense strength from birth due to being the favored children of the universe. These races who are born from the Heavens and Earth are referred to as 【Xiantian】 lifeforms. However due to cultivation techniques Mortals too could transform their bodies into those similar to real 【Xiantian】 lifeforms since only 【Xiantian】 lifeforms can actually train to become an Immortal.
The Cultivator Stages are the true start of cultivation. Flight is possible, lifespans are significantly extended, Ki Refiners can use flying treasures and store things in their Zifus, and Fiendgod Body Refiners can use Divine Abilities. However, the most important difference is that individuals in the Cultivator Stages are subject to the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations'. Being subject to the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations' means a calamity or test occurs every three centuries and a major tribulation every nine centuries. Calamities are easy to avoid, but Tribulations are hard to escape. The 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations' will be a Cultivators fate unless pass the 'Heavenly Tribulation' and advance past the Cultivator Stages. In these stages Fiendgod Body Refiners are objectively more powerful than Ki Refiners of the same rank due to their more powerful bodies.
Cultivators of the 【Zifu】 stage are referred to as 'Zifu Disciples'. Those who have achieved this level have a lifespan of five hundred years. At this stage people are said to have truly started their journey to become an Immortal since establishing the 'Zifu', otherwise known as 'Violet Palace', is the foundation the basic underpinnings of the path of Immortals, since the 'Violet Palace' is the core of an Immortal. As a 【Xiantian】 lifeform one has to form a 'Violet Palace', unless one forms their 'Violet Palace' they can not continue their cultivation to become an Immortal. However establishing a 'Violet Palace is also similarly hard, only about one in one thousand 【Xiantian】 lifeforms will be able to establish their 'Violet Palace'. At the 【Zifu】 stage the 'Violet Palace' contains a lake called the Zifu Lake. This Zifu Lake is what absorbs and contains liquefied elemental ki. This lake is an Immortal Cultivator's foundation and only by accumulating their ki energy would the lake expand and only by having a large enough lake would they be able to have an chance of making a breakthrough, this is where having good Immortal Cultivation techniques make a difference and where the Wanxiang 'Manifestations' come into play. 'Zifu Disciples' generally have souls powerful enough to perfectly split their minds into two thoughts and have generally reached the 'One With the World' level of insight.
Cultivators of the 【Wanxiang】 stage are referred to as 'Wanxiang Adepts'. Those who have achieved this level have a lifespan of eight hundred years. 'Wanxiang Adepts' generally have souls at the 'Divine Will' level and have generally reached the 'True Meaning of the Dao' level of insight.
Cultivators of the 【Primal】 stage are referred to as 'Primal Daoists'. Those who have achieved this level have an "immortal" lifespan, but are still subject to the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations'. 'Primal Daoists' generally have souls at the 'Divine Sense' level and have generally reached the 'Dao Domain' level of insight.
Cultivators of the 【Void】 stage are referred to as 'Earth Immortals' before undergoing the Heavenly Tribulation and 'Loose Immortals' if they failed the Heavenly Tribulation. Those who have achieved this level have an "immortal" lifespan, but are still subject to the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations'. In addition, cultivators of the 【Void】 stage can undergo reincarnation and only have their memories sealed instead of permanently lost. This allows them to reset their cultivation, reset the power of the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations', and retry the Heavenly Tribulation if they failed. Individuals who reincarnate are called 'Reincarnated Immortals' and can usually recover their memories in times of need or stress, or with the passage of time and increase of cultivation base. It is likely due to this relatively safe means of reincarnation that allows them to avoid certain death at the hands of increasingly powerful 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations' that they are called Immortals even though Primal Daoists already have an "immortal" lifespan. 'Earth/Loose Immortals' generally have reached the 'Dao Path' level of insight.
Upon mastering a Dao Path and reaching the peak of the 【Void】 stage a Heavenly Tribulation will quickly descend. Those who pass will become a 'Celestial Immortal' if they are a Ki Refiner and an 'Empyrean God' if they are a Fiendgod Body Refiner. Those who fail will have their bodies destroyed, but if they are able to escape with their souls then they'll undergo a permanent loss of some of their cultivation base depending on the damage received from the Heavenly Tribulation and become a 'Loose Immortal'. Once one becomes a 'Loose Immortal' it is no longer possible to advance to the next stage, so one will forever be plagued by increasingly powerful 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations' until death or reincarnation.
The heavenly tribulation is broken down into four parts: Wind Tribulation, Fire Tribulation, Lightning Tribulation, and Demonheart Tribulation.
Ki Refiner Cultivation
After a Ki Refiner passes the Heavenly Tribulation they must form their Jindan. There are three main ways to form a Jindan with each subsequent method forming a significantly more powerful Jindan, called Tier 3, Tier 2, and Tier 1, respectively. The first, simplest, and weakest method is to slowly absorb natural energy to form a Jindan which will result in the weakest type of Jindan, a Tier 3 Jindan. A Ki Refiner with a Tier 3 Jindan will be two levels weaker than an Empyrean God at the same level of insight, making them no match for an average Empyrean God. Only upon reaching the True Immortal level will they be equal to an Empyrean God who is a level lower in terms of insight. In the Three Realms, all individuals form Tier 3 Jindans and are unaware than higher tier Jindans even exist. The second method is to use precious treasures to form a Jindan which will result in a Tier 2 Jindan. A Tier 2 Jindan is one level stronger than a Tier 3 Jindan, making a Ki Refiner with a Tier 2 Jindan only one level weaker than an average Empyrean God at the same level of insight. The third method imitates the birth of Fiendgods from the Primordial Chaos and uses an entire Chaosworld as a "furnace" which requires the assistance of a Chaos Immortal. This will result in a Tier 1 Jindan which is one level stronger than a Tier 2 Jindan making a Ki Refiner with a Tier 1 Jindan comparable to an Empyrean God with the same level of insight. After the Jindan is formed at a specific tier is it extremely difficult to improve the tier further. However, there exists techniques that can use special treasures to upgrade a Tier 3 Jindan to a Tier 2 Jindan, though there is no known way to upgrade a Tier 2 Jindan to a Tier 1 Jindan.
Once a person is a 'Celestial Immortal' they can be considered as having Ascended past the Three Realms and are no longer formed by the Five Elements. As a 'Celestial Immortal' you now have true Immortality as you are no longer hunted down by the 'Three Calamities, Nine Tribulations'. Those who are 'Celestial Immortals' are the true foundations of any Major Clan and a death of even one would result in catastrophe. Those who are 'Celestial Immortals' are usually care-free and are free-willed, unconstrained figures. As a 'Celestial Immortal' you will automatically be granted the ability of 'Temporal Inversion' which is near impossible for those below this stage unless they have achieved profound insights into the Grand Dao of Time. Like all the stages that pass the Celestial Tribulation, increasingly hard pre-requisites must be met in order to attain the next level, in order to become a 'Celestial Immortal' you must have mastered a Lesser Dao first. Despite being the lowest class of people who have passed the Celestial Tribulations they still have very high statuses due to the rarity of 'True Immortals' in the Three Realms. The step to becoming a Celestial Immortal is the most important checkpoint in a Ki Refiners life of Cultivation. The Buddhist rank equivalent of 'Celestial Immortals' are 'Arhats'.
Pure Yang True Immortal
'Pure Yang True Immortals', usually abbreviated to 'True Immortal' are the true experts of the Three Realms, in order to become a 'Pure Yang True Immortal' like all other Ki Refiner stages that pass the Celestial Tribulation an increasingly hard pre-requisite must be met, the pre-requisite in order to become a 'True Immortal' is that they must have mastered a Grand Dao, with a secondary requirement is that they must have also mastered five Lesser Daos one from each of the Five Elements. This is because these five Daos would allow one to link together with the infrastructure of the Heaven and Earth, this was because the Three Realms were formed from the Five Elements. Due to the next rank above 'True Immortals', 'Daofathers' never casually engaging in combat the most glorious and eye-catching figures of the Three Realms are actually these 'True Immortals'. Like Celestial Immortals, with a Tier 2 or 3 Jindan, a True Immortal is not capable of fighting Supreme True Gods, but with a Tier 1 Jindan, a True Immortal are definitely equal in power to True Gods. The Buddhist rank equivalent for 'True Immortals' are Bodhisattvas
Golden Immortals of the Great Firmament
'Golden Immortals of the Great Firmament' also known as 'Daofathers of the Great Firmament' and usually abbreviated as 'Daofathers' or 'Daomothers' for females in the Three Realms, but commonly called 'Ancestral Immortals' in other parts of the Primordial Chaos. Like all other Ki Refiners ranks that pass the Celestial Tribulation an increasingly hard pre-requisite in the Dao must be met in order to become a 'Daofather' and that is that you must master one of your regions' Heavenly Daos in order to become a 'Daofather'. These 'Daofathers' all possess inconceivable power and are the true hegemons of the Three Realms. This marks the end of a Ki Refiner's Jindan cultivation and once you become a 'Daofather' you are considered as being at the pinnacle and are seated above all within the Three Realms. With a Tier 1 Jindan, a Daofather is even capable of fighting against the powerful Elder Gods of Fiendgod Body Cultivation. The Buddhist rank equivalent of 'Daofathers' are Buddhas.
The rank of 'Chaos Immortal' is the next rank above 'Ancestral Immortals/Daofathers'. The breakthrough involves the Jidan Golden Pellet of a Ki Refiner, where in which the Cultivator will have to completely destory their Jindan region "letting it return to the primordial chaos it sprang from" and when this happens a Chaosworld will emerge within that Ki Refiners Jidan.
Fiendgod Body Refiner Cultivation
Upon succeeding in their Empyrean Tribulations Fiendgods and Fiendgod Body Refiners would then become an 'Empyrean God'. Fiendgods born from the Primordial Chaos with knowledge of a complete Lesser Dao Path are born at the Empyrean God level and are called 'Empyrean Gods of the Primordial Chaos'.
The next rank above 'Empyrean God'. 'True Gods' are generally actual Fiendgods who have created their own Divine Ability and are absolutely comparable to 'Daofathers' (with Tier 2 or 3 Jidans). Those Fiendgods who were born in the Primordial Chaos were all at least 'Empyrean Gods' however the second strongest of them were the 'True Gods' and are born with natural domain over a different Grand Dao of that Primordial Chaos region. Fiendgods like Subhuti, Crimsonbright and Threelives were these natural born 'True Gods of Primordial Chaos'. The Three Realms group of 'True Gods of Primordial Chaos' is actually an incredibly unified group facing horrifying threats and went to the most terrifying places within the Three Realms. These 'True Gods' are said to wage war against the heavens and earth with terrifying power. The only known requirement to becoming a True God is having a 'Perfect' Divine Body, which is stated as having a Divine Body whether in terms of speed, divine power, or physical strength all categories have to be at the peak and strongest an Empyrean God can achieve.
The rank of 'Elder God' is the rank above the 'True God' rank in Fiendgod Body Cultivation. While it is currently unknown what type of requirements are necessary to become a Elder God, it is known that it follows the basic path of having to continuously increase the power of their Divine Bodies. Elder Gods are indeed stronger than their Ki Refiner counterparts "Daofathers" but this is only true for Daofathers with a Tier 2 or 3 Jindan. Daofathers with a Tier 1 Jindan are absolutely comparable to Elder Gods in power. The strongest Fiendgods who were born from the Primordial Chaos (excluding the World-level individual) are natural born Elder Gods who were born with a domain over a different Heavenly Dao of that Primordial Chaos region.
The next rank that is above Elder Gods are called World Gods. World Gods are incredibly strong individuals who are able to create or destroy Chaosworlds. Within each Chaosworld there will at the very least be one World God in the entire chaos cycle of the Chaosworld. This will be the natural born World God from the Primordial Chaos who's entire job in their short life is to establish said Chaosworld. These natural born World Gods are the last Fiendgods of Primordial Chaos to be born within that region and will all die upon creating their Chaosworld and have no way to continue living afterwards as they burn their life energy in the process. However those individuals who manage to train to become a World-level power will be even stronger than these World Gods of Primordial Chaos due to their many years of experience and hardships. It is currently unknown how one makes a breakthrough to become a World God but it is known that like Chaos Immortals, a World God will form a Chaosworld within their very core of their existence.
Further Cultivation Levels
These levels arent specific to Ki-Refiner/Fiendgod and are Universal.
In order to reach the peak of the 【World】 stage everything about a Dao that can be learned by observing the prime essence of that Dao must be mastered. Since everything that can be observed has already been mastered, further advancement requires creating a unique, personal "Dao" based on personal understanding and insight. By using this self-created personal "Dao" as a base, it becomes possible to continue cultivation; however, any flaws in this self-created personal "Dao" can result in either death or a cultivation dead end.
Generally speaking, these self-created "Daos" have two primary properties: Stage/Depth and Tier/Breadth.
Stage/Depth defines what cultivation stage it can support. A 1st Step Dao can be used to become a 1st Step Daolord and an Eternal Dao can be used to become an Eternal Emperor. An individual at a given stage is guaranteed to have at least one Dao at that stage, though they may have a Dao up to one level higher if they are about to breakthrough. An individual may have more than one "Dao", but only the primary "Dao" used for becoming a Daolord is relevant to their cultivation stage.
Tier/Breadth defines the power of the Dao at a given stage. There are five known tiers of Dao: Ordinary, Peak, Supreme, Fused, Complete Fused, Omega. There is one unnamed pseudo-tier which will be called Total.
- An Ordinary Dao is a standard Dao.
- A Peak Dao is a powerful Dao that is significantly stronger than an Ordinary Dao.
- A Supreme Dao is a Dao that is the best at something such as "Defense", "Speed", "Hiding", etc. This is significantly stronger than a Peak Dao.
- A Fused Dao is a fusion of multiple Supreme Daos. This requires combining Supreme Daos not just mastery of multiple Supreme Daos. This is significantly stronger than a Supreme Dao.
- A Total Dao is a fusion of Supreme Daos that encompass every aspect of a Dao. This requires understanding and fusing everything in a Dao. This is slightly stronger than a Fused Dao.
- An Omega Dao is a unification of Supreme Daos that encompass every aspect of a Dao. This is similar to a Total Dao except the fusion is so perfect it seems like one Dao instead of multiple fused Daos. This can be thought of as the difference between a vase and a broken vase glued back together. This level is tremendously more powerful than a Fused or Total Dao.
The cultivation of a Daolord is specified in terms of the number of Godgems for a Body Refiner and the height of the Dao Tree in zhangs for a Ki Refiner (RWX multiples this by 3 to give the number of meters). These will just be referred to as units.
- Daolord of the First Step (36000 to 52000 units)
- Daolord of the Second Step (52000 to 84000 units)
- Daolord of the Third Step (84000 to 99000 units)
- Daolord of the Fourth Step (??? to ??? units)
- Daolord of the Fourth Step (Verge of Daomerge, ??? units)
Daolords are split into tiers based on their power. These tiers generally correspond to the level of power a Combat-type Verge Daolord at a specified Dao Tier would have.
- A First Tier Daolord is generally a Combat-type Verge Daolord who mastered a Fused Dao. These individuals are generally on par with Combat-type Ordinary Eternal Emperors.
- A Second Tier Daolord is generally a Combat-type Verge Daolord who mastered a Supreme Dao.
- A Third Tier Daolord is generally a Combat-type Verge Daolord who mastered a Peak Dao.
- An untiered Daolord is anybody weaker than a Combat-type Third Tier Daolord. Generally speaking this is a Combat-type Verge Daolord who mastered an Ordinary Dao or a non-Verge Daolord.
There is no tier corresponding to a Verge Omega Daolord due to their rarity.
When a Cultivator succeeds in their Daomerge and their Dao gains eternity they will step into the Eternal Emperor level. The level reached upon completing their Daomerge depends on their Dao tier, however, it is still possible to train to reach higher levels.
The known Eternal Emperor levels are:
- Ordinary Eternal Emperor (Ordinary Dao)
- Elite Eternal Emperor (Peak Dao)
- Archon (1 Supreme Dao)
- Hegemon (Fused/Total)
- ??? (Omega Dao)
An Otherverse Lord is an Eternal Emperor who has gained supremacy over an Autarch's Otherverse. This cultivation level coincides with Universe/Supreme level treasures.
Autarch (Universe Creator)
When an Eternal Emperors Dao the level where ‘one Dao births many Daos’, they advance to the Daobirth level and become an Autarch. At this level cultivators are capable of creating "Otherverses", which are essential the same as a realmverse. This is the currently known limit a cultivator can reach.