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The Xian are a humanoid race of extradimensional beings that hail from Ta-Lo, a small pocket-dimension adjacent to Earth. Interdimensional nexuses between Ta-Lo and Earth are located at each of China's Five Great Mountains: Tai Shan [泰山] in the East, Hua Shan [华山] in the West, Bei Heng Shan [恒山] in the North, Nan Heng Shan [衡山] in the South, and Song Shan [嵩山] in the Center. They are also known as the Taoist Gods who have been worshiped by China's inhabitants from 2000 BC into modern times.[3]



The true origins of the Xian are unknown. According to legend, the Primeval Lord of Heaven Yuanshi Tianzun emerged from the primordial nothingness known as "wuji" due to the merging of the pure breaths of Yin and Yang. By maintaining the balance between Yin and Yang, Yuanshi Tianzun reigned as the supreme administrator of Ta-Lo. Yuanshi Tianzun began apotheosizing worthy mortals by bestowing upon them the Peaches of Immortality. These newly deified Xian assisted Yuanshi Tianzun in ruling the heavens and Earth. Eventually, Yuanshi Tianzun personally selected Yu Huang to serve as his successor.[4]

Modern Age

Korean War

During the Korean War, Chinese officials used an effigy of a Xian god known as Shang-Ti to maintain the obedience of their troops. Angry that his image was being used for these ends, Shang-Ti came to Earth and decimated the Chinese officials involved in this plot before the startled eyes of American soldiers Battle Brady and Socko Swenski.[5]

Powers and Abilities


The Xian all have some potential to practice magic, mostly but not limited to, changing their appearances, transforming matter and wielding cosmic, elemental and paranormal energies. Many Xian also possess additional superhuman powers derived from properly balancing the positive and negative "chi" energy within their physical forms.[4]

The Xian are immune to all terrestrial diseases and are resistant to conventional injury. If a Xian is wounded, his or her godly life force will enable him or her to recover at a superhuman rate. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it incinerates a Xian or disperses a major portion of his or her bodily molecules to cause him or her to die. Even then, it may be possible for a god of greater or equal power, or several gods acting together, to revive the deceased god before the god's life essence is beyond resurrection.[4]

Average Strength Level

The Average Chinese god can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions; the average Chinese goddess can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.









Type of Government

Imperial. Whereas most other Earth-based pantheons are akin to familial clans, the Xian are analogous to a vast government bureaucracy with a strict hierarchy of clearly defined roles and powers.[4]

Level of Technology


Cultural Traits

The Xian were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Chinese including inhabitants from modern regions of Korea, Indochina, Tibet and Mongolia.


Yu Huang, Xi Wangmu, Shou-Hsing, Feng Po-Po, Quan Yin, Guan Yu, Kui Xing, Lei Gong, Nezha, Qi-Yu, Tian-Mu, Yen-Lo Wang, Yuanshi Tianzun, Zhu Rong, Sun Wukong, Fu Xi, Nü-wa, Shen Nong Shang-Ti.


  • Many Xian began existence as mortals and became gods upon eating the Peaches of Immortality ("P'an-t'ao").[1]
  • Although the Xian and the 36 Taoist heavens share many characteristics with the extradimensional K'un-Lun, the other Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, and their inhabitants, any connection between the Xian and the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven is unknown.[6]  It has been theorized that the inhabitants of K’un-Lun and the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven have posed as the Xian at various points throughout history.[6]

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