“There are some things that make it easier to be ‘infected’ the more you know.’”
This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS.
— Roselle's Diary
on Chapter 790
A pathway corresponds to a series of potion formulas and the corresponding formulas that give access to supernatural and mystical powers. Once a person has drunk a potion, he is said to have become a Beyonder of that pathway.
Loosely corresponding to the 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards, there are 22 different pathways that each possess 10 Sequence levels, for a total of 220 different Sequences. Each Sequence contains its own abilities, and each pathway has its own theme. Pathways are not limited to providing solely offensive or solely defensive capabilities but expand in scope and variety as one advance in Sequence. Different pathways can do very different things, ranging from utility abilities such as divination or equipment crafting to a powerful offense such as weather or spirit control.
Because of their power, the potion formulas are very valuable and tightly guarded secrets. On the black market, they can sell for thousands of pounds. The other way to acquire potion formulas is through the Cards of Blasphemy created by Emperor Roselle after seeing the Second Blasphemy Slate.
Pathway Levels Edit
There are 10 levels in each pathway, called Sequences:
|Great Old One/|
|Above the Sequence||To reach this level, a Sequence 0 needs to accommodate one Sequence 1 characteristic and the Uniqueness from each Pathway in their group and the corresponding Sefirot.|
|God||0||At any time, there can only exist a maximum of one Sequence 0 Beyonder for each pathway: there can only be one god. There is a qualitative change at this level.|
|Archangel||1||If there exists a Sequence 0 in the pathway, there can be no Sequence 1 Beyonders.|
Otherwise, if there is no Sequence 0, then there can be a maximum of three Sequence 1's. This is because the potion formula to advance to Sequence 0 requires all three Sequence 1 Beyonder characteristics.
If a Sequence 1 angel possesses more than 1 Sequence 1 characteristic or accommodates the Uniqueness of their pathway, they are known as a King of Angels.
|Angel||2||Beyonders at this level become a true mythical creature and gain practically unlimited lifespan.|
They can respond to prayers all over the world.
Even with optimal digestion, Beyonders that reach this level will start to go mad unless they have an anchor.
The Sequence 2 of each pathway differ in the quantity of Beyonder.
|Saint||3||Beyonders at this level can respond to prayers.|
The Fool, Error, and Door Pathways can be exchanged starting at this Sequence.
|4||At Sequence 4 and higher, Beyonders in the same high Sequence group (except Fool, Error, and Door) can switch to different pathways within the same group. For example, a Sequence 5 Beyonder of the Darkness Pathway can promote to Sequence 4 of the Death Pathway because they are both in the same pathway group.|
They begin the process of becoming a mythical creature and attaining godhood. At this level, they gain a partial mythical creature form and increased longevity.
There is a qualitative change at this level.
|Mid Sequence||5||Advancing to this Sequence or higher will require a ritual in addition to the potion ingredients.|
Depending on the pathway, there might be a qualitative change at this level.
|6||Depending on the pathway, there might be a qualitative change at this level.|
|7||Depending on the pathway, there might be a qualitative change at this level.|
Without the Acting Method, many Beyonders become stuck at this Sequence, finding it difficult and risky to advance further.
|Low Sequence||8||Depending on the pathway, there might be a qualitative change at this level.|
|9||This is the entry-level as a Beyonder. Nevertheless, even the weakest Beyonder can be impressive in their own domains.|
Mythical Creature Form Edit
Every pathway has a unique mythical creature form. It’s a nonhuman form that contains complex knowledge, divine traits, and hidden symbols. If an ordinary person looks at it, they will suffer from serious injuries and even mental disorders, the higher the rank of the demigod, the stronger the damage and the lower the chance to resist the damage.
Saints' (Sequence 4 and 3 Beyonder) mythical creature form is not complete. They only possess some racial characteristics of their mythical creatures. Only Beyonders at Sequence 2 and above possess a truly mythical creature form.
Known Mythical Creature Forms Edit
|Pathways||Mythical Creature Forms|
|Fool||A vortex of Worms of Spirit with Tentacles|
|Door||Worm of Cosmos|
|Error||An ancient stone Clock with Clock hands made of Worms of Time|
|Hanged Man||Flowing shadows, eyes hide behind the curtain of shadows|
|Visionary||Dragon with Gray Scales and Golden-Eyes|
|Tyrant||Sea Creature with Tentacles that surrounded by Lightning|
|Sun||Unknown Creature with Golden Flame burning on Feather|
|White Tower||Tower filled with Books having Bronze-Eyes|
|Wheel of Fortune||A scaleless silver snake covered with a pattern of symbols|
|Moon||Flesh Mountain of Reproductive Organs (Lilith)|
|Twilight Giant||An one eyed giant or Cyclops with blue and black gigantic skin|
|Darkness||Eight-legged Demonic Wolf|
|Death||Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcoatl)|
|Black Emperor||Curly Hair Baboon|
|Chained||A huge rag doll chained with thorny vines, bright red bloody eyes, no human breath|
|Hermit||Gigantic Flesh formed of Countless Eyeballs|
|Low Sequence||Mid Sequence||High Sequence (Demigod)||Godhood||Above the Sequence|
|Seer||Clown||Magician||Faceless||Marionettist||Bizarro Sorcerer||Scholar of Yore||Miracle Invoker||Attendant of Mysteries||Fool||Lord of the Mysteries|
|Apprentice||Trickmaster||Astrologer||Scribe||Traveler||Secrets Sorcerer||Wanderer||Planeswalker||Key of Stars||Door|
|Marauder||Swindler||Cryptologist||Prometheus||Dream Stealer||Parasite||Mentor of Deceit||Trojan Horse of Destiny||Worm of Time||Error|
|Secrets Supplicant||Listener||Shadow Ascetic||Rose Bishop||Shepherd||Dark Knight||Trinity Templar||Profane Presbyter||Dark Angel||Hanged Man||God Almighty|
|Sailor||Folk of Rage||Seafarer||Wind-blessed||Ocean Songster||Cataclysmic Interrer||Sea King||Calamity||Thunder God||Tyrant|
|Bard||Light Supplicant||Solar High Priest||Notary||Priest of Light||Unshadowed||Justice Mentor||Lightseeker||White Angel||Sun|
|Reader||Student of Ratiocination||Knowledge Keeper||Polymath||Mysticism Magister||Prophet||Cognizer||Wisdom Angel||Omniscient Eye||White Tower|
|Warrior||Pugilist||Weapon Master||Dawn Paladin||Guardian||Demon Hunter||Silver Knight||Glory||Hand of God||Twilight Giant||Eternal Darkness|
|Sleepless||Midnight Poet||Nightmare||Soul Assurer||Spirit Warlock||Night Watcher||Horror Bishop||Servant of Concealment||Knight of Misfortune||Darkness|
|Corpse Collector||Gravedigger||Spirit Medium||Spirit Guide||Gatekeeper||Undying||Ferryman||Death Consul||Pale Emperor||Death|
|Hunter||Provocator||Pyromaniac||Conspirer||Reaper||Iron-Blooded Knight||War Bishop||Weather Warlock||Conqueror||Red Priest||Scourge of Destruction|
|Savant||Archaeologist||Appraiser||Machinery Specialist||Astronomer||Alchemist||Arcane Scholar||Knowledge Magister||Luminary||Paragon||Phantom of Knowledge|
|Mystery Pryer||Melee Scholar||Warlock||Scrolls Professor||Constellations Master||Mysticologist||Clairvoyant||Sage||Knowledge Emperor||Hermit|
|Monster||Robot||Lucky One||Calamity Priest||Winner||Misfortune Mage||Chaoswalker||Soothsayer||Snake of Mercury||Wheel of Fortune||Key of Light|
|From Outer Deities|
|Apothecary||Beast Tamer||Vampire||Potions Professor||Scarlet Scholar||Shaman King||High Summoner||Life-Giver||Beauty Goddess||Moon||Goddess of Origin|
|Planter||Doctor||Harvest Priest||Biologist||Druid||Ancient Metallurgist||Pallbearer||Desolate Matriarch||Naturewalker||Mother|
|Arbiter||Sheriff||Interrogator||Judge||Discipline Paladin||Imperative Mage||Chaos Hunter||Balancer||Hand of Order||Justiciar||The Anarchy|
|Lawyer||Barbarian||Briber||Baron of Corruption||Mentor of Disorder||Earl of the Fallen||Frenzied Mage||Duke of Entropy||Prince of Abolition||Black Emperor|
|Prisoner||Lunatic||Werewolf||Zombie||Wraith||Puppet||Disciple of Silence||Ancient Bane||Abomination||Chained||Father of Devils|
|Criminal||Unwinged Angel||Serial Killer||Devil||Desire Apostle||Demon||Blatherer||Bloody Archduke||Filthy Monarch||Abyss|
List of Pathways EditEach pathway belongs to a group containing multiple pathways. At high Sequences, pathways can switch to other pathways in the same group without suffering madness, making Beyonder characteristics and ingredients of the same pathway group valuable to all the pathways within that group. The only pathway without any other pathway to switch is the Wheel of Fortune Pathway.
Lord of the Mysteries Edit
The Fool pathway seems to be about acting and directing actors. It specializes in illusions, changing appearances, controlling other people as marionettes, divination, and strong muscle and facial expression control. At high Sequences, they can resurrect from the dead, turn their marionettes almost into another copy of themselves, and bring things from the past to the present. Summon someone or something him familiar from history, And exists in the form of a fictitious body with the corresponding ability.
The Door pathway has many traditional mage abilities. They can teleport, perform divination, phase through objects, cast tricky spells, and copy other Beyonders' powers. Their main ability is to travel quickly through the Spirit World. At high Sequences, they will have higher capabilities to manipulate space. They can also make things happen in secret, allowing them to avoid detection through Beyonder methods.
The Error pathway is good at stealing from others. They can trick others through illusions, steal their opponents' Beyonder abilities, and steal reasoning and attacking intentions. At high Sequences, they can turn into a parasite to live in a host, as well as steal abstract concepts such as life, destiny, and fate. They are also experts in exploiting the loopholes in the rules, becoming a "bug" like existence.
The Ancient Sun God called this pathway a "Bug", and explained it as "a trojan horse of fate, the slug of time, the loopholes in rules, the manifestation of all errors"
God Almighty Edit
Hanged Man Pathway
The Hanged Man pathway seems to have corruption and degeneration abilities. They represent depravity but also represent sacrifice and commitment in a positive sense. They can use powerful flesh and blood magic, manipulate shadows, and steal souls to use other Beyonders' abilities. At high Sequences, they could manifest their foe's corruptive thoughts and use their stolen soul's abilities simultaneously.
The Visionary pathway is adept at subtle psychological and thought manipulation. They can read minds, understand emotions, manipulate others, hypnotize people, and plant false ideas and emotions in people. At high Sequences, they can control others without their realization and even affect reality through their thoughts and dreams.
White Tower Pathway
The White Tower pathway represents the omniscience in "omniscience and omnipotence". Their knowledge is more mysterious than that of the Hermit or Paragon Pathways. They have good memory and reasoning, as well as the ability to copy other powers. At high Sequences, they can see the future.
The Tyrant pathway specializes in water and weather-related abilities. They can cast powerful water, wind, and electricity spells, gain strength in water, sing to disable their opponents, glide in the air, act freely underwater for long periods of time, and become enraged to increase their power. At high Sequences, they can control sea creatures, walk freely in the ocean, control the weather, travel at the speed of lightning, and can even produce enough electrical power to rival a star.
The Sun pathway has traditional priest abilities, such as powerful light and holy magic, as well as buffing abilities. They can cast light and fire spells, buff others and themselves with music, create notaries which act as buffing charms for people, purify evil spirits, and create unbreakable contracts. At high Sequences, they could directly reduce their opponent's Sequence and creates an ocean of light to instantly purify their foes in a large area.
Goddess of Origin Edit
The Mother pathway has plant and earth-related abilities. They also dabble in the field of healing, healing both physical and soul bodies. At high Sequences, they are able to make their surroundings flourish quickly, creating a chimera/crossbreed, an ordinary human, and various constructs such as golems.
The Moon pathway has powerful healing and buffing capabilities, as well as good physical stats. They can create powerful healing and buffing potions, tame animals, regenerate, and cast darkness spells. At high Sequences, they could freely utilize the power of moonlight to move instantly and shield a certain area, making their activities hidden.
Key of Light Edit
Wheel of Fortune Pathway
The Wheel of Fortune pathway is adept at manipulating fate, luck, and probability. They can control luck, store luck and release it, make people unlucky, perform and counter divination, predict the future, gain increased bodily control, and manipulate disasters. At high Sequences, they can make the certain uncertain, trap people in an endless loop of fated event, and avoid danger by restarting the encounter or through reincarnation.
The Anarchy Edit
Black Emperor Pathway
The Black Emperor pathway can manipulate rules and order to suit their own needs. They are proficient at distorting justice and law in order to exploit loopholes while using their opponent's own words, actions, and intentions to restrict them. Those of this pathway can set down an order that must be followed by those weaker than them. At high Sequences, they can endlessly resurrect and cheat death if their order still remains.
The Justiciar pathway is strong at setting laws and punishing lawbreakers. They can set up rules that will inflict punishments if broken, directly attack minds and souls, recognize people supernaturally, detect abnormalities, and use all kinds of weapons and explosives. At high Sequences, they can negate other Beyonder powers and supernatural phenomena, and enforce order upon chaos.
Scourge of Destruction Edit
Red Priest Pathway
The Red Priest pathway seems to contain war-related abilities. They are experts with fire, traps, have enhanced strength and agility, can find and attack weaknesses, they are good at plotting conspiracies, and can provoke others into losing control. At high Sequences, they can transform into a blazing meteor to travel quickly, and control the weather.
The Demoness pathway seems to be centered around causing disaster and catastrophe. They have excellent agility, have powerful ritual and curse magic, good at assassinations, can manipulate invisible threads, incite people to cause crimes and inflict disease. At high Sequences, they can resurrect, petrify things, spread plagues, and control natural disasters.
Phantom of Knowledge Edit
The Paragon pathway specializes in knowledge of the natural world and crafting items. They have excellent scientific knowledge, historical knowledge, mechanical knowledge, can create powerful Beyonder weapons, and have an intuitive knowledge of using and avoiding the drawbacks of sealed items. At high Sequences, they can pour their spirit into objects they create to give them life.
Not much is known about the Hermit pathway, but they seem to specialize in knowledge of the mystical and occult world. They have good divination and ritual magic abilities. At high Sequences, they are able to see and hear hidden existence easily, creating spell based on fairy tales, and foresee the woven fate of a person.
Eternal Darkness Edit
Twilight Giant Pathway
The Twilight Giant pathway has traditional warrior abilities, including many powerful combat capabilities, both offensive and defensive. They can easily master all weapons, conjure powerful weapons and armor, destroy evil spirits, take damage for others, enter an almost unbreakable defensive stance, and wield extreme strength, speed, and agility. At high Sequences, they can mix powerful drugs and medicines for stat enhancements or healing, suppress their intentions, create doppelgangers, automatically identify weaknesses in others, and bend light to hide their presence.
The power of the Twilight Giant pathway is also related to waning.
The Death pathway is notable for its powers related to the dead and spirits. They can create zombies, summon spirits to fight for them, resist cold and decay, travel through the spirit world, communicate with the dead, and have enhanced abilities to fight the undead, wraiths, and other evil spirits. At high Sequences, they can resurrect and instantly kill their enemies.
The Darkness pathway has powers related to the night and souls. They gain strength during nighttime, can pacify souls, enter others' dreams, cast AoE sleep spells, see in the dark, and suppress their enemies' moods and desires. At high Sequences, they can host evil spirits within them, shift a certain area under the state of secrecy, and give misfortune to others.
Father of Devils Edit
The Chained pathway gains different types of mutant abilities, although they also inherit a curse. They can summon zombies, jump through things with reflections, resist bullets with powerful defense, possess others, control ghosts, cast death-related spells, regenerate and heal themselves, and sacrifice rationality for more power. They have high strength, speed, and defense, but have some difficulty in controlling themselves. They also lose power or control during the full moon. At high Sequences, they can control every nonliving thing within a certain radius and hex their target turning them into harmless animals.
The Abyss pathway gains demonic and devil-related abilities. They have high strength, perception, can cast ritual and sacrificial spells, control and corrupt the desires of others, detect danger intuitively, increase in size, resist mental, poison, and curse attacks, and buff themselves for more strength and defense. At high Sequences, they can make their enemies able to make a mistake easily.