Gods, also known as Heavenly Officials (神官, Shénguān) are exceptional humans who ascended to the Heavenly Court.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

The Gods and Heavenly Court of Heaven Official's Blessing are based on the Chinese belief that the heavens are constructed just like Chinese bureaucracy. The heavens are led by the Jade Emperor (yùdì) just like the mortal realm is led by the Son of Heaven (Tianzi, another name for Emperor of China). The Jade Emperor then divided his administration into bureaus to take responsibility for a certain domain or function.[1] In Heaven Official’s Blessing, these domains consist of Civil Gods (also known as Scholar Gods or Literature Gods), Martial Gods and Elemental Masters. As they are acting as officials in the court of the Jade Emperor (or, in this case, Jun Wu's) these ascended beings are known as Heavenly Officials.

These gods can be described as being of the xian archetype which is described by as the following:

They are immune to heat and cold, untouched by the elements, and can fly, mounting upward with a fluttering motion. They dwell apart from the chaotic world of man, subsist on air and dew, are not anxious like ordinary people, and have the smooth skin and innocent faces of children.

Canonical Setting[edit | edit source]

In Xianxia novels, notable humans commonly can reach the status of godhood through cultivation. However, in the setting of Heaven Official's Blessing, cultivation does not seem to be a condition as one could ascend through outstanding merits reached while being a mortal. There are those who ascended purely through their cultivation like Mu Qing[2], those who ascended through their incredible deeds like The Rain Master and those who ascended through both like Xie Lian

The Heaven itself is full of these outstanding people. Everyone is the beloved child of heaven, many of them are princes, princesses or great generals. As such everyone called each other with their respective titles to be polite.

Gods are powered by the faith and worship of their believer, so much so that the currency used in heaven are the number of incense sticks burnt in the temple of each official. These incense sticks are called "merits"[2]. Without the faith and worship of their followers, gods would simply fade away into nonexistence[3]while gods with a high number of followers will become stronger.

As they live and die by the belief of humans, Heavenly Official needs a good reputation to survive. This means sometimes using deception to maintain their followers; for example, a female Civil God like Ling Wen has to disguise herself as a man whenever she visits her believer's dream as the people believed no woman could become a competent Civil God and thus worshiped her as a man[4].

This means that the mythology created by and the perception of one's god follower might not be accurate. The chief example is the relationship between Water Master Wudu and Wind Master Qingxuan. Though they are blood brothers and usually worshiped in the same temple because of their close relationship, their followers found it distasteful to worship two male gods in one temple and Shi Qingxuan is changed into a female god by popular culture. This twisted their original mythology from a pair of brothers into brother and sister or even wife and husband.[4][5] Consequently, as more people believed in a female Wind Master, Shi Qingxuan is more powerful in female form just like Ling Wen is more powerful in male form.

The gods/Heavenly Officials of Chinese beliefs are not all-powerful like the western conception of God. Rather, they too are bound by the dao (道) which has many meanings in Chinese culture but can be understood in layman’s tern as "fate".[6] Though powerful and immortal, whether these gods have the potential to ascend or not are decided by the dao and it cannot be controlled (though, in certain situations, can be tricked). This bondage can be clearly seen in Xie Lian’s incapability of killing Lang Ying in book 2 at the height of XianLe civil war. Lang Ying has been chosen by fate to become king and thus are untouchable by the divine hands of gods.

Heavenly Court[edit | edit source]

The Heavenly Court (天庭, Tiāntíng), also simply called Heaven or Heavenly Realm, is a term used to refer to the collective of all Gods and the realm of deities. It is divided into the Upper Heaven and the Middle Heaven. The Middle Heaven used to be called Lower Heaven, but they changed it due to Lower Heaven sounding too cheap when Gods of that rank would announce it to mortals.[7]

Upper Heaven[edit | edit source]

Humans who have ascended due to their own capabilities and talents are referred to as part of the Upper Heaven.

Middle Heaven[edit | edit source]

When Heavenly Officials of the Upper Heaven come to fancy certain mortals due to their potential or simply because they were people close to them in their mortal life, they have the ability to appoint them to the Heavens, making them part of the so called Middle Heaven or Middle Court. Heavenly Officials of the Middle Court are usually referred to as deputy generals or deputy gods and their main duty is to serve the main God of their palace.[7] Should their ruling Heavenly Official be banished, so will they be, although they will not receive a Cursed Shackle and are capable of being reappointed by other Gods without complications.

Despite already being part of the Heavenly Court, they still have the ability to ascend on their own and rise in status.

Known Deputy Gods
Name Palace Debut Chapter
Fu Yao Palace of Xuan Zhen Ch. 3
Nan Feng Palace of Nan Yang Ch. 3
Former Deputy Gods
Name Palace Debut Chapter
Pei Su Palace of Ming Guang Ch. 11
Jian Yu Palace of Yin Yu Ch. 159

Heavenly Officials who used to be deputy gods but have ascended on their own later on include Mu Qing, Ling Wen, Quan Yizhen and Shi Qingxuan.

Martial Gods[edit | edit source]

The Martial Gods are Heavenly Officials who ascended through their military might and/or cultivation height. They are the vanguard of heaven and their duties toward their followers are to ward off evil ghosts and bring protection and peace[8]. Naturally, most of the people ascending into this position have high physical capability and many are master cultivators during their mortal time.

They are chiefly worshiped for protection against evil spirits though sometimes there are rare gods who have another reason to be worshiped like how the Nan Yang Temples are frequented by women praying for satisfaction in their marital beds.[9]

Some of the strongest Martial Gods are assigned great chunks of regions that cover the four cardinal directions with the exception of General Nan Yang and General Xuan Zhen who share the south.

List of Martial Gods

Region

Title

Real Name

Other Title

Debut Chapter

Heavenly Court,

Heavenly Capital

Jun Wu Heavenly Emperor Ch. 32
Taicang Mountain, Puji Village Flower-Crowned Martial God (Former)

Scrap Immortal (Current)

Xie Lian The Crown Prince Who Pleased the Gods
God of Misfortune
Ch. 1
North General Ming Guang Pei Ming The General Who Broke His Sword
God of Love
Ch. 33
Southeast General Ju Yang (Former)

General Nan Yang

Feng Xin God of Male Virility Ch. 2
Southwest General Xuan Zhen Mu Qing Ch. 2
East General Tai Hua Lang Qianqiu Ch. 32
West General Qi Ying Quan Yizhen Ch. 90
Former Martial Gods

Region

Real Name

Debut Chapter

West Yin Yu Ch. 39
Hua Cheng Ch. 8

Civil Gods[edit | edit source]

Civil gods are Heavenly Officials in charge of reports, paperwork, and logistics in the heavens. The most well-known of the Civil God Palace is the Palace of Ling Wen.

The Civil Gods are patrons of scholars and civil workers. Thus many of their followers worshiped them asking for a promotion, for successfully passing the civil service examination or gaining insight to be better at their jobs.

The Civil Gods commonly ascend to heaven through an appointment.[10]

Known Civil Gods
Title Real Name Affiliation Debut Chapter
Ling Wen Nangong Jie Ling Wen Palace Ch. 2
Former Civil Gods
Title Real Name Affiliation Debut Chapter
Jing Wen Jing Wen Palace Ch. 153

Five Elemental Masters[edit | edit source]

The Five Elemental Masters are Heavenly Officials in charge of the five natural elements. They are Water, Wind, Earth, Thunder, and Rain.

They are worshiped for luck relevant to their element; Water Master worshiped for a safe voyage, Rain Master for plentiful rainfall, Thunder Master for no destructive thunders and so on. The Elemental Masters has control over the element under their jurisdiction and are naturally very powerful. The control of their power is chiefly channeled through their spiritual weapon without which some of them are completely defenseless.

The Elemental Masters commonly ascends without the need for cultivation or physical strength. Rather, it seemed like they are chosen for their affinity with their relevant elemental. Traditionally when one ascends as an Elemental Master, they would change their first name into their titles (ex: Shi Qingxuan (师青玄, Shī Qīngxuán) into Lord Wind Master Qingxuan (风师青玄, Fēng Shī Qīngxuán)).[4]

List of Elemental Masters

Elemental

Title

Real Name

Spiritual Weapon

Other Titles

Debut Chapter

Wind Lord Wind Master Qingxuan Shi Qingxuan Wind Master Fan The Young Master Who Poured Wine Ch. 22
Water Lord Water Master Wudu Shi Wudu Water Master Fan Water Tyrant

God of Wealth

Ch. 89
Earth Lord Earth Master Yi Ming Yi Earth Master Shovel God of Infrastructure Ch. 22
Rain Lord Rain Master Huang Yushi Huang Rain Master Hat The Princess Who Slit Her Own Throat
Goddess of Agriculture
Ch. 170
Thunder Lord Thunder Master Ch. 89

The above mentioned 'Masters' are the chief God of each element. Other than the Five Elemental Masters, there are lesser Elemental Gods that lived in smaller temples and have fewer believers like the Earth God living in small street-side shrine Xie Lian met in Chapter 4.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • MXTX confirmed in an interview[11] that Heavenly Officials, banished or not, are not included in the wheel of reincarnation after death.
  • Heavenly Officials possess an "Identity Pass" which can grant them access to certain halls.[12]
  • Medical Masters, Heavenly Officials who seem to be deities in the fields of medicine, exist.[13]
  • There are humans who Heavenly Officials call "zealous worshipers". They generally belong to one of the following three categories:[14]
    • Wealthy people who would burn a lot of incense and pay for new temples to be built;
    • Missionaries who preached to other people;
    • People who are completely committed to their faith and belief.

References[edit | edit source]

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