- “A Gold Core decides the Great Way„
- — A famous saying in the Cultivation World
Spirit Sovereign (灵皇; Líng Huáng) is the fifth stage in cultivation. In ancient times, prior to the Ancient Antiquity Era, this stage was only known as the Gold Core Realm (金丹境界; Jīn Dān Jìngjiè), and it was considered as the threshold that would put one in contact with the Great Way. Only since the Ancient Antiquity Era this stage was known as the ‘Fifth Stage’.
Practitioners who had reached the Spirit Sovereign Realm could become elders or peak leaders in large sects, allowing them to become real powerhouses. Even in major schools and sects, it’s rare for their disciples to be able to listen to a once a month sermon by a Spirit Sovereign.
- 1 Terminology: Sovereign vs Emperor
- 2 Fourth to Fifth Tribulation
- 3 Closing Up Meditation
- 4 Resurrection
- 5 Minor Realms
- 6 Monster Core
- 7 Ancient Witch Blood
- 8 Celestials
- 9 Special Abilities
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Links and References
Terminology: Sovereign vs Emperor
Fourth to Fifth Tribulation
Closing Up Meditation
Its normal for a Spirit Sovereign practitioner to enter a closing up meditation for several years at a time.
Method of resurrection of Fifth Stage Spirit Sovereign level is not easy to be obtained. Even the elites of many large-scale schools do not have method of resurrection. It is even harder for loose practitioners to obtain a method of resurrection.
The Fifth Stage Realm was a heavenly moat, and the Gold Core decides the Great Way. The gold core was the core of a practitioner, and it would transform all of their innate true essence into ‘spirit power’. In this realm, the practitioner had transcended the need to eat or sleep. The Body of Spirit Sovereign was the biggest watershed between practitioners and ordinary people.
Using 100 years from the Fourth Stage to Fifth Stage is considered as fast and can be considered as genius speed. This speed was used by the Demons of the Nine Serenities to entice Beast Realm’s cultivators to degenerate into demons.
Fifth Stage Spirit Sovereign is divided into three minor realms.
Solid Gold Core
Solid Gold Core (实金丹; shí jīn dān) minor realm is the formation of the gold core from Fourth Stage’s Void Core. A normal gold core is four times the size of a normal void core.
When condensing the Gold Core, there was no room for regret. After all, once the Gold Core was formed, the number of dragon marks on it would forever stay the same... and the number of the dragon marks was closely related to the future of the cultivator.
Only if a practitioner had built a solid foundation during the previous four stages would they be able to condense a Gold Core with numerous dragon patterns after advancing to the Spirit Sovereign Realm. Many practitioners purposely stayed in Fourth Stage Inborn in order to ensure the maximum number of dragon marks possible.
After the formation of the Gold Core, the true qi (真气; zhēn qì) inside a practitioner’s body would change into spirit power (灵力; líng lì).
Although spirit power and true qi stemmed from the same root, but spirit power held an overwhelming advantage over true qi. If the two type of energies were compared, it would be like comparing a sword made of wood to a sharp sword made iron.
Grades of Gold Core
Each Gold Core has a certain number of dragon marks. Normally speaking, the lowest number was one and the highest was nine dragon marks.
The Gold Core Realm was divided into low, medium and high grades, based on the numbers of dragon marks. The higher the number of dragon marks, the higher the rank of the Gold Core. And the more dragon marks one had, the further would they be able to walk on the path of cultivation.
|Grade||Dragon Marks||Maximum Stage||Notes||References|
|9||Eternal Life Being||
|Super Ultra High||0||
Increasing the Dragon Marks
There are two known method to increase the number of dragon marks after a gold core was formed. However, both methods need the authority of Heavenly Way to be performed.
The two methods are:
- Gold core being painted by a Heavenly Way or a Nine Serenities Ruler using the authority of Heavenly Way; and
- Using gold core stickers that were personally manufactured by a Heavenly Way.
Purple Gold Core
In this Purple Gold Core (紫金丹; zǐ jīn dān) minor realm, the practitioner will start the Gold Core Composition (金丹构图; jīn dān gòutú), where the gold core will be the canvas, while the dragon marks will be the ‘pigment’ or ‘ink’. The drawing will be drawn without regret, which means it can’t be erased. Therefore, a practitioner must think and plan really carefully before starting to draw.
Usually a drawing is based on the practitioner’s experience, or aspiration in cultivating. As every practitioner had different experience and or aspiration, even for those who cultivated the same technique, the composition they had would be completely different, and the strength of their gold core would vary in the future.
Although there was no basis for this belief, most practitioners believed that the more complex a drawing is, will represent the path is further than a less complicated drawing.
After finishing the ‘Gold Core Composition’, the ‘Solid Gold Core’ inside one’s body would be further polished, becoming even sturdier. At that point, the colour of the Gold Core would also change, becoming purple gold. This stage was known as the second minor realm of the Fifth Stage—the Purple Gold Core realm.
Glazed Gold Core
- “Paint a dragon and dot in the eye„
- — Chinese idiom
The final and the most critical step, Completion of Gold Core Drawing or the final stroke of the brush on the Gold Core Composition. This step could take hundreds of years and only come for a short time. Miss that chance, the cultivator might need to wait for another hundreds of years for another chance to come, that if he is lucky. There is a possibility the chance won’t come again for the rest of his life.
A lot of cultivators would get stuck when they had to add the finishing touch to the composition on their Gold Core. It wasn’t that they didn’t want to draw, the problem was that they didn’t know where to start. They lacked that final piece of inspiration and enlightenment to complete the work. Moreover, 50% of Fifth Stage cultivators unable to be promoted, stuck on Gold Core Composition’s final stroke.
Upon completion of the drawing, the Purple Gold Core will change into Glazed Gold Core (琉璃金丹; liúlí jīn dān). Once a cultivator entered this minor realm, he must start preparing to transcend the Fifth Promotes Sixth Heavenly Tribulation.
A lot of Fifth Stage Spirit Sovereigns that didn’t have a sufficient number of dragon patterns on their Gold Cores would be stranded in the Glazed Gold Core realm for all their lives, unable to advance even a little bit.
Monster core (妖丹; yāo dān) are cores condensed by monster cultivators. Instead of dragon marks to denote their quality, monster cores have colours on it, the more the better.
According to some female monsters, the process of condensing a monster core is very similar to being pregnant.
Monster core have the same stages as gold core.
Monster core can be ‘spitted out’ as an attack method.
Ancient Witch Blood
Celestials are unable to condense gold core or any of its equivalent when they are promoted to Fifth Stage. Due to this, they developed an obsession to hunt Fifth Stage cultivators and collect their cores as trophies.
The difference between a Fifth Stage practitioner and an ordinary person was not too obvious in human practitioners. However, it could be clearly seen in monster cultivators as they would experience a major change in this realm. A Fifth Stage Great Monster would be able to finally change their form.
The energy of a Gold Core can be gathered and turned into mysterious lights of different colours that materialised above the head of the cultivator. The number of these coloured mysterious lights will be the same as the number of the dragon marks on that cultivator’s Gold Core.
The mysterious lights above the heads of Gold Core cultivators weren’t there only for show. Each coloured light could increase the strength of the magecrafts and attacks of the owner by 10%.