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The Bearer of the Heavenly Way or the Mandate of Heaven also known as the ‘Heavenly Way’ (天道; Tiān Dào) or just the ‘Heaven’ (天; Tiān). They are the highest authority in the novel’s All Heavens and Myriad Realms.[1]

Any reigning Heavenly Way will also be addressed as ‘Current Heaven’ (当今天; Dāngjīn Tiān) or just the ‘Heaven’ during their respective reign.

True Immortality

Upon becoming the new Heavenly Way, the bearer will obtain the long life without dying (长生不死; cháng shēng bù sǐ) or true immortality.[2][3] Technically speaking, there shall be no changes at all on the Heavenly Way, physical wise. Not even the nail can be clipped or a hair can be trimmed.

As such, it is recommended for the winners of Vying for the Mandate of Heaven to be in their most perfect appearance before becoming the Way, since it shall no longer changes anymore.

List of Heavenly Ways

In each cycle, there would be nine Heavenly Ways (or its equivalent).

Heavenly Ways are also fixed point in the timelines. In each and every timeline, there will be the same Heavenly Ways.[4]

First Heavenly Way

The first-generation Heavenly Way has erased all information of his existence from ‘root’. There is no record regarding the first-generation Heavenly Way in All Heavens and Myriad Realms. No one knows his appearance, his race, or his unique element. If were not it once occupies the ‘First Heavenly Way’ position, All Heavens and Myriad Realms all living things have forgotten it thoroughly.[5][6]

Second Heavenly Way

Starting from the Second’s reign, Demon Sea World was replaced with Nine Serenities World. The second also shared the jurisdiction over the Nine Serenities to the Nine Serenities Rulers while the Heavenly Ways will still retaining the jurisdiction.

Third Heavenly Way

The third-generation Heavenly Way was first Heavenly Way met by Song Shuhang, during an Entering Dream session.[7] Shuhang also tried asking the reason why the Third left his position to the Third Nine Serenities Ruler, only to be told that anyone who knows the reason will be targeted by Heavenly Punishment.[8]

Fourth Heavenly Way

Nothing much is known.[5][6]

Fifth Heavenly Way

The fifth-generation Heavenly Way was the one and only female among the Heavenly Ways.[9] During her reign, the Fifth improved the reincarnation system,[10] the Six Paths of Reincarnation (六道轮回; Liù Dào Lúnhuí).[11]

Sixth Heavenly Way

The sixth-generation Heavenly Way was a very special existence among the Heavenly Ways. Almost every Heavenly Way, after has completed amazingly beat All Heavens and Myriad Realms Eternal Life Being, becomes the new Heavenly Way.[5] However, the Sixth became a Heavenly Way via a transaction.[12]

The sixth-generation Heavenly Way was the fourth Heavenly Way met by Song Shuhang, during an Entering Dream session.

Seventh Heavenly Way

The seventh-generation Heavenly Way was known as the ‘Former Heaven’ and ‘Willful Heavenly Way’. He suddenly left his position for reasons unknown.[1][2][5]

The seventh-generation Heavenly Way was the third Heavenly Way met by Song Shuhang.[13] The Seventh was also Shuhang strongest supporter among the Heavenly Ways, just like his Nine Serenities counterpart.

Eighth Heavenly Way

In each cycle of Heavenly Ways, the eighth-generation Heavenly Way would be a ball-like existence.

The eighth-generation Heavenly Way was known as the ‘Current Heaven’ or just the ‘Heaven’. The Eighth was the one and only left its position of Heavenly Way involuntarily, due to its being flawed when it became the Way. The incident was known as Collapse of the Heavenly Way.

8.5th Heavenly Way

The 8.5th-generation Heavenly Way was a caretaker Heavenly Way and not a proper Heavenly Way. The 8.5th-generation Heavenly Way’s jurisdiction and imperishable were severely limited. He can only exercise his jurisdiction before the Ninth Heavenly Way took office. 

He also had the shortest reign, even less than a month. He took office on the 25th Januari 2020 and retired on 04th Februari 2020.[14] This record was then broken by the Ninth Heavenly Ways.

Ninth Heavenly Way

The ninth-generation Heaven Way was the turning point among the Heavenly Ways.Once the ninth-generation Heaven Way abdicates, All Heavens and Myriad Realms will be destroyed and a new universe will took its place.

Legacies

For reasons yet unknown, each and every Heavenly Way will create legacies specifically for Song Shuhang before they abdicate they position.

Heavenly Way

Name Legacy Notes
First Unknown Unknown, but speculated already encountered or obtained by Song Shuhang
Second Unknown A planet that looks like an eye

Church of Doomsday Throne of Wealth Dispersal

Third Kui Nine Paths Phoenix Sabre

Lotus World

Fourth Unknown
Fifth Unknown Reincarnation Blade
Sixth Daoist Karmic Virtue Karmic Virtue Network White traded the position of the Sixth with Daoist Karmic Virtue.

The fourth Heavenly Way met by Song Shuhang.

Seventh White Divine Beast Corps

Thirty Three Beasts’ Combined Magical Item

Eighth ‘Fat Ball’ Ancient Heavenly Court

Heavenly Emperor

The second Heavenly Way met by Song Shuhang.

Changing Heaven

At any given time, there can be only one ‘Heaven’. The Current Heaven must withdraw from the position first before a New Heaven can replace it. Whenever the incumbent bearer about to withdraw from its position, the transition period will be known as ‘Changing Heaven’.

During this period, Ninth Stage Tribulation Immortals and Eternal Life Beings will shun the world. Those who didn't manage to shun in time will be pursued and ultimately destroyed by the Heavenly Thunder. However, there are some time gap before their presence were noted by the Heaven.

A spirit tide will occur, replenishing the depleted spirit energy in the All Heavens and Myriad Realms. The tide usually will mark a new Golden Age or a prosperous time for cultivators, since the abundant spirit energy will allow for easier breakthrough to the next stage, spirit plants can grow faster and spirit beast can propagate easier.

Vying for the Heavenly Way

Once the position vacated, Ninth Stage Tribulation Immortals and Eternal Life Beings will vie to be the next bearer of the Mandate of Heaven.[15]

List of the Vying

  1. Vying for the Heavenly Way I
  2. Vying for the Heavenly Way II
  3. Vying for the Heavenly Way III
  4. Vying for the Heavenly Way IV
  5. Vying for the Heavenly Way V
  6. Vying for the Heavenly Way VI
  7. Vying for the Heavenly Way VII
  8. Vying for the Heavenly Way VIII
  9. Vying for the Heavenly Way IX

Trivia

Links and References

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Expert Fourth Stage InbornFifth Stage Spirit Sovereign
Senior Sixth Stage True MonarchSeventh Stage Spirit Venerable
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Universe
Notable Personage
Heavenly Ways First Heavenly WaySecond Heavenly WayThird Heavenly WayFourth Heavenly WayFifth Heavenly WaySixth Heavenly WaySeventh Heavenly WayEighth Heavenly Way8.5th Heavenly WayNinth Heavenly Way
Rulers of the Nine Serenities Second RulerThird RulerFourth RulerFifth RulerSixth RulerSeventh RulerEighth RulerActing RulerNinth Ruler
Events
Vying for the Heavenly Way Vying for the Heavenly Way IIVying for the Heavenly Way IIIVying for the Heavenly Way IVVying for the Heavenly Way VVying for the Heavenly Way VIVying for the Heavenly Way VIIVying for the Heavenly Way VIIIVying for the Heavenly Way IX
Other Events Changing HeavenCollapse of the Heavenly Way8.5th-generation Heavenly Way Plan
Location
Known Universe All Heavens and Myriad RealmsBlack Dragon WorldAncient SerenitiesNine Serenities
Special Location Small Black RoomTime Secret Realm
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