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Nine Star Hegemon Body Art by Ordinary Magician (translated on Wuxiaworld [1]) is a Chinese serial novel of the Xianxia genre.

Chen Long, a crippled youth who cannot cultivate receives the memories of a Pill God, including a cultivation technique - the titular Nine Star Hegemon Body Art - suited to his deficiencies, he sets out on the path of a cultivator, overcoming his oppressors and advancing into the wider world of sects and cultivators, even if all the heavens are opposed to him.

This story provides examples of:

  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Chen Long is no dummy, but willfully chooses to focus on advancing through his strength rather than spending time and effort planning how to undermine his enemies. In his view, those who do so are wasting time they could be using to make themselves stronger.
  • The Dark Arts: Corrupt Cultivators, as opposed to their Righteous counterparts, advance via murder.
  • False Rape Accusation: One is made against Chen Long upon his entry to the Jiuli Realm. Most named characters realise it's nonsensical, but quite a number of Righteous Cultivators fall for it.
  • Balanced Harem: Quite a number of female Cultivators fall for Chen Long, with others at least admiring him. Ming Qi, Chen Yuo and Tang Wan-er are the core of this. Aware that any of them could die at any point, they don't waste time squabbling - particularly since none of them can actually enter a physical relationship without endangering their advancement as Cultivators.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Righteous Cultivators are for the most part self-righteous jerks constantly scheming against each other. Chen Long generally finds their Corrupt counterparts at least more honest in their ambitions.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Chen Long is on paper not only weaker than his enemies but also usually his allies. In practise his Nine Star Hegemony Body Art makes him far stronger than his technical cultivation level should allow.
  • Virgin Power: Cultivators cannot indulge in sexual activity before reacting the Meridian stage of cultivation without damaging their base. This doesn't prevent Cultivators competing for romantic attention though, just from the physical act.