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In this stage, cultivators reform their collapsed core into a Nascent Soul (元婴Yuán Yīng), hence the name for this stage. By undergoing this transformation, the cultivators have to pass a Heart Demon Tribulation that tests their mettle and resolve. If one fails the tribulation, the Nascent Soul scatters, as does ones mind or soul. Lucky ones live on as mad lunatics, while the unfortunate ones die. However, upon successfully condensing the Nascent Soul, ones lifespan dramatically increases, and proportionally, the magical power and the strength of the physical body. Most cultivators of this stage are either renowned grand elders of sects, or a Dao reserve of a sect. These cultivators rarely involve themselves in trivial sect affairs, and most immerse themselves into further cultivation or adventures. Very few vagrant Nascent Soul cultivators exist, as most powers attempt to rope in such powerful figures with equally powerful incentives. During wars or skirmishes, battles between Nascent Soul cultivators are rarely deadly, as most who arrive at this stage are very self-motivated and would rather flee than have a battle to the death. One of the more powerful abilities of Nascent Soul cultivators is the ability to escape death should their physical body perish. Not only is the Nascent Soul fast and nimble, it can enter another suitable body, should the original host one perish.

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. Like the previous stages, there are 3 groups: Early, Middle and Late Nascent Soul Cultivators.There is the exception of those one step into Nascent Soul who may be able to release a power roughly around that of a Nascent Soul cultivator.

One ability of this stage is to separate Nascent Soul from a cultivators mortal body. As a nascent soul is refined, it reduces it's dependency on the Mortal body. In later stages of Nascent Soul, the mortal body can be destroyed while the cultivator survives through their Nascent Soul. However, destruction of the mortal body (cultivation vessel) prevents further growth. It is possible to possess another body should it be given to them or they forcefully take over a new body. However, doing so will weaken the Nascent Soul, and future growth is still limited.

Cultivators at this stage are considered ancestors or grand elders within sects, and can live up to two thousand years at most, more should they use special methods. Nascent Soul cultivators form the basis and majority of strength within a middle level sect. Loss of Nascent Soul ancestors can result in extinction of a sect. A single ancestor can single-handedly wipe out an enemy sect without a Nascent Soul ancestor. War between sects or factions with Nascent Soul cultivators rarely result in battle between cultivators of this stage.

Nascent Soul cultivators are mostly motivated by self-interest. They will not involve themselves in conflict unless there are rewards.

Appearance[]

Nascent Soul looks like a two-inch tall naked infant. It has a soft and delicate skin and a face of cultivator.[1]

Stages[]

The Nascent Soul level can be divided into 9 stages.[?]

Stage Description
Early Initial stage upon forming a Nascent Soul within a cultivators Dantian. Individuals at this stage can effortlessly dispatch Core Formation cultivators.
Middle Achieved when sufficient spiritual energy is collected to fill the Nascent Soul. Cultivators at this stage can typically win fights against Early-stage Nascent Soul cultivators. However, they may not be able to destroy fleeing Nascent Souls.
Late Achieved when the Nascent Soul is grown after collecting and refining greater amounts of spiritual energy. Cultivators at this stage can effortless destroy the Nascent Souls of Early-stage cultivators. They can typically win fights against Middle-stage cultivators. However, they may not be able to destroy a fleeing Middle-stage Nascent Soul.
Peak Achieved when the Nascent Soul can no longer grow further through the collection and refinement of Spiritual Energy. While a cultivator can continue refining their Nascent Soul to improve their battle-prowess, it will not contribute to growth of their cultivation. Peak-stage cultivators are typically unrivaled in the Lower Realms because higher-grade cultivators that draw upon World Energy face backlash in lower realms where they are unable to replenish what they use.

Early Nascent Soul[]

One begins their Nascent Soul cultivation with a small Nascent Soul that even in earliest stages can easily expand ones spiritual sense vast distances. Generally unbeatable by even the strongest Core Formation cultivators.

Middle Nascent Soul[]

By continuously strengthening the Nascent Soul, ones spiritual sense increases, as does the magical power. Cultivators of this stage are experts that few trifle with in the cultivation world and are shown immense respect.

Late Nascent Soul[]

Further strengthening of the Nascent Soul proportionally increases the spiritual sense and magical power, where one can easily dominate everyone of Early stage or below. Such cultivators are few and far in between, often touted as powerhouses of entire factions.

Peak Nascent Soul[]

By improving the Nascent soul even more and reaching the peak limits of what a mortal soul can hold, these cultivators are unrivaled under the Deity Transformation stage. They occupy the peak echelons of power and can shake entire nations. Their magical power is vast and the spiritual sense is equally potent.

Quasi-Nascent Cultivators[]

Although some cheat their way into the Nascent Soul cultivation level by merging and assimilating a Spirit Nascent while in their Core Formation cultivation, they are essentially stuck in the Early Nascent Soul stage. Furthermore, their magical power is slightly weaker, as is their spiritual sense. The original lifespan constriction of a maximum of 600 years for Core Formation cultivators remains as well. As such, while theoretically one can become a force above all Core Formation cultivators, it comes at a great cost as failure rates are high and material costs to raise Spirit Nascent hosts and finding compatible cultivators are astronomical.

Gained Abilities[]

Ability Description
Instantaneous Movement A manifested Nascent Soul that has left a Mortal Body, has the ability to instantly travel hundreds of meters with each use of the technique. As a result, Nascent Soul stage cultivators can flee conflicts. This makes Nascent Soul stage grand elders of large sects wary of offending Vagrant Cultivators who they would be unable to prevent from dismantling their sects.
Body Possession A manifested Nascent Soul is able to take over another body provided that the body isn't occupied by a cultivator at a similar or higher grade of cultivation.

Useful Resources[]

Cultivation materials beneficial for Nascent Souls are potent and more concentrated in Spiritual Energy. However, the materials are rare depending on the realm and world where a Nascent Soul cultivator resides. In the Mortal World, materials are scarce within the Heavenly South Region, and abundant in the Great Jin.

Resource Chapter Description
Blood Yang Pill 1306 A cultivation progression pill that contains incredibly dense Spiritual Energy. Consumption can save a Nascent Soul stage cultivator over 100 years of arduous cultivation. The pill is concocted using the Divine Blood of a spirit.
Dragon Scale Fruit 1254 A fruit that is rarely found because it only grows in certain environments. Eating the fruit periodically will strengthen the body. Strengthening the body makes it easier to cultivate arts and techniques that refine the body.
Fuchsia Cloud Pill 856 A cultivation progression pill that contains incredibly dense Spiritual Energy. Cultivators consuming the pill should be at the Mid-Nascent Soul stage, otherwise their meridians would tear under the amount of energy absorbed.
Nascent Cultivating Pill 975 A divine quality medicine that was the signature spiritual medicine produced by an Ancient Sect within the Mortal World. The pill improves the quality of the Nascent Soul allowing cultivators to easily break through bottlenecks in entering the Middle, Late and Peak stages of the Nascent Soul stage.
Snow Soul Pill 856 Increases the power of ice-attributed techniques.
Spirit Tempering Pill 597 Also known as the Soul Pacifying Pill. It hardens the heart and calms the soul alleviating the effect of a cultivators Inner Demons. This pill provides assistance with passing the Heart Demon Tribulation encountered when a cultivator relocates their soul within their forming Nascent Soul. As a result, it is sought by the entire cultivation world.
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