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Cultivation has many levels, and as an individual progresses in their cultivation they gain access to higher realms of existence. 

The mortal realm is also known as the Physical Realm. Progression through the mortal realm involves absorbing greater amounts of spiritual energy (Qi) into the body. As an individual's spiritual energy increases it becomes denser and changes form. Their cultivation "deepens" upon a successful change in form. Changes in form are incredibly difficult and often require assistance from medicines, tools, or spiritual pills.

Cultivation[]

Rank Stage Lifespan Information
Lower Realm
1 Qi Condensation
(炼气)
100 years The starting stage of cultivation. Those in this stage cannot be called cultivators, but merely practitioners. The lifespan of Individuals does not change, and are considered enhanced mortals. The mortal body starts to absorb natural energy from the world and gather spiritual energy (Qi) inside the body. To progress, an individual must collect and condense more spiritual energy. In this stage, the spiritual energy is visually depicted as forming clouds. As time goes on, this stage varies in length and power.
2 Foundation Establishment
(筑基)
200 years Upon successfully collecting and condensing spiritual energy into a liquid, an individual enters the Foundation Establishment stage of cultivation. At this stage, individuals have greater power that further enhances their magic abilities and individual Become Cultivator.
3 Core Formation
(结丹)
300 ~ 600 years An individual enters the Core Formation stage when they collect and further condense their spiritual energy into a solid "core" - often depicted as an Orb. At this stage individuals increase the lifespan of their mortal bodies by hundreds of years, and have greater power that dwarfs Late Foundation Establishment cultivators.
4 Nascent Soul
(元婴)
800 ~ 2,000 years Once a "core" has reached sufficient density, it can be forcefully collapsed and molded to form a "Nascent Soul". A cultivator reaches the Nascent Soul stage upon successful formation of a Nascent Soul. Under rare circumstances, an individual may form more than one Nascent Soul. Progression through the Nascent Soul stage involves absorbing spiritual energy to refine the Nascent Soul.
5 Deity Transformation
(化神)
2,000 ~ 5,000 years The fifth stage and final stage of cultivation before obtaining an unlimited lifespan. The Nascent Soul has reached its pinnacle, and can no longer progress. Thus, the Nascent Soul will then begin to interact with the higher energies of Heaven and Earth. A chance of death is present as a tribulation occurs to enter this stage. Should the Nascent Soul succeed in becoming half immortal soul, one will have the power to manipulate the energies of the world to fight, or cut open space to travel a thousand miles in one leap or instantly approach the enemy. Can be called first-rate or powerhouse in second-rate sects, and first-rate expert in first-rate sects or factions.
Middle Realm
6 Spatial Tempering
(炼虚)
Unlimited lifespan (but usually die due to heavenly tribulation) The sixth stage of cultivation were one obtain endless lifspan. The Nascent Soul has reached a point of no return in terms of power, and is only a small part away from becoming a immortal soul, however, the power of the void or space has not been infused, and many pieces of one's mortal shackles are still in place. The Nascent Soul shall eventually become a immortal soul. There is a high chance of death if attempting to enter this stage.
  • One must cultivate the Five-Elements to reach this Stage.
Heaven's Tribulation Instant death or continued life. Intermission between Void Refinement and Integration/Synthesis. One will either die or succeed.
7 Body Integration
(合体)
Unlimited lifespan (but usually die due to heavenly tribulation) At this stage, one has officially stepped beyond the mortal world, and can travel into boundless space with no issues. At this stage, one will no longer use heaven and earth energy, but natural essence energy, far superior and more powerful. At this level, the immortal soul is true in strength and form, and one has officially gained one piece of immortality. A tribulation will accompany every breakthrough. The Three Human Sovereigns are at this level.
8 Grand Ascension / Mahayana
(大乘)
A realm equal to a Demon Ancestor in the demon race. 99% of cultivators will die before entering this stage, but all who managed to survive undergoes a true rebirth and leap of strengh. This is considered to be the highest stage of cultivation in the Spirit Realm and more often they are the leader of their races. Those that achieved this stage are often stuck in the Spirit Realm as becoming a True Immortal is too hard.
Upper Realm
9 Tribulation Transcendence

(渡劫)

Unlimited lifespan (but usually die due to heavenly tribulation) As for the final Tribulation Transcendence Stage, that was actually only an arbitrary division. Aside from a slight change in the nature of one's magic power, beings who reached that stage wouldn't actually be a whole lot more powerful than Grand Ascension Stage beings.

Furthermore, after reaching the Tribulation Transcendence Stage, there were no longer any early, mid, or late classifications. Most of them would also go into indefinite seclusion to try and transcend their true immortal tribulations in an attempt to ascend to that higher realm.[1]

Immortal Realm
10 Real/True Immortal
(真仙)
Unlimited lifespan (but usually die due to Tribulation of Three Declines) The dream of many cultivator and also the beginning of the Immortal World. At this stage one can directly flip over a middle realm.

As a True Immortal, one stop using spiritual energy and use instead immortal spirit energy to fight and cultivate. They can also begin to comprehend a law of heaven and earth and how to utilize it at this stage (among 3000 laws).

11 Golden Immortal
(金仙)
Unlimited lifespan (but usually die due to Tribulation of Five Declines) At this stage, the nascent soul undergoes a transformation and become more resilient and far from the fragility known to all.

The comprehension of their law of heaven and earth is so that at this stage one can manifest a Spirit Domain to fight and support their cultivation and other things.

12 Supreme Unity Jade Immortal Unlimited lifespan To reach this stage, one must refine their body into a jade-like body. The purity of the jade-like body is said to determine how far one can further progress their cultivation.
13 Zenith Heaven One must merge both soul and body together to reach this stage. Every movement made by a cultivator of this level would be filled with powerful soul fluctiations.
14 Dao Ancestor In order to reach this realm, one must take over the position of an existing Dao Ancestor
15 Primordial Chaos Dao Ancestor Unlimited lifespan A realm that is unfettered in the universe. To reach this stage, one must devour the entire world and all living beings to surpass the universe, thus causing them to be an enemy of life itself.
Other Immortals
Loose Immortal

(散仙)

1000 ~ 5000 years A realm that exists once someone fails to become a True Immortal. This is the realm one enters should they somehow survive their failed tribulation. Their lifespan is decreased enormously, however, their power is nonetheless able to dominate all under the True Immortal level. There is little hope for those in this level. In the spiritual world, a Loose Immortal will commonly go on a rampage once their life is coming to an end, causing damage to all around them. However, it is possible to have minor breakthroughs in this realm. There are also differences in the strengths of Loose Immortals. This realm is not mentioned much in the novel itself, if not at all. The stage is mostly implied.
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