- This is the article on the race of experimental immortals. For the rulers of Kotaku, head to Lord Tensen.
Tensens (天仙 Tensen?, Literal meaning: Heavenly Hermit) are synthetic humans that were believed to have been the product of a combination of Xu Fu's mystic Tao and Plant Tao. The name also serves as a title for second high ranking Sennin.
In truth, the Tensens are actually six unique Tao puppets created by Rien that were born from one single puppet of herself.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Tensens appear to resemble humans with colored, plant-like hair (with the exception of Rien and Mei), and golden-colored eyes and eyelashes. A hidden trait that all Tensens have is the fact that they all share the same facial features and voices either when they are in their Yin or Yang form, as evident by Chōbē who found it difficult to distinguish the Tensens from one another after donning the same clothing and taking on their Yang forms during a ritual.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Tensens are more human-like on top of their appearance as they have shown degrees of individuality, intelligence, and are able to express emotions. Since their bodies don't confine to one form of sex, the Tensens have preferences in which gender is better suited for each of them. They cooperate very well and are able to see each other as a family. However, they can express cruelty to each other if they fail in a task and can disown one of their own if they are not willing to cooperate. They view humans merely as products to create more Tan and have each shown to have a low opinion on them. Ju Fa sees them as inferior creatures, Mu Dan finds them to be material he can modify and later turn into his "toys", and Rien sees them as "ingredients" in completing his research. Despite their distaste for humans, they can admire them for their strength or for a unique quality and can talk casually towards them, with the case of Tao Fa.
Biology[edit | edit source]
Tensens are structured similarly to humans, possessing the same anatomical features inside and out. Since their bodies are plant based, they possess a plant ovule located within their tandens that acts somewhat like their hearts. If attack directly, the ovule is functioned to defend the Tensen by pulling out any weapons impaled in it or invading the body of the attacker using vines. It has been shown by Zhu Jin that as long as the ovule remains intact a Tensen can still continue to live and move about even without a body. Other than the ovule, it is unknown if a Tensen possesses any other internal organs.
Although Tensens are capable of bleeding, they do not feel any pain no matter how critical the injury is, unless it is from a hindering Tao attribute attack, especially towards their tanden. Also, while Tensens are able to have sexual intercourse they are incapable of breeding naturally, instead being artificially born. They go through the normal growth stages as a human being, starting off as infants until they reach adulthood, however, they have a slow growth rate as they maintained their youth for centuries before the invention of Tan. Tensens are able to eat and drink (although it is unknown if they feel the need to or do this out of pleasure) but mainly consume Tan.
A Tensen's sclera will turn black whenever they feel a sense of excitement or anger. With the case of Gui Fa, their sclera are permanently darken.
Tensens[edit | edit source]
|Gui Fa||Ju Fa †||Mei †||
Mu Dan †
|Rien||Tao Fa †||
Zhu Jin †
Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]
Tao[edit | edit source]
- Further information: Tao
After consuming the elixir known as Tan, each Tensens Tao reserves are extended and are able to have continuous usage of it than humans. For years of training, the Tao of each Tensen have been greatly refined and go beyond human limitations. With their knowledge and great mastery of it, many have view them to that of the gods. Their combat abilities are heighten to immense levels, due to the many years of training, and are able to easily fight and defeat strong opponents such as the collaborative efforts of the Aza brothers, the strong fighting genius Gabimaru, and Yamada Asaemon Shugen, the strongest Asaemon in the Yamada clan. As Sennin, they are able to use a technique that is exclusive to them called Distant Strike where they can launch their Tao as an invisible projectile.
Though they are powerful with Tao, they are not truly invincible and are able to suffer drawbacks. If a Tensen were to use too much of their Tao they will die unless they consume more Tan. This usually occurs whenever they enter their Kishikai forms.
Regeneration[edit | edit source]
Having been born from Plant Tao, the Tensens are blessed with powers of regeneration. They can heal any damage they take no matter how severe, such as lost limbs, and are even able to grow back their entire heads. The regeneration process show as vines emerging from their bodies and bringing back what was lost to its original state. A rule to this regeneration is that a Tensen can only be brought from their torso, or a portion of their lower bodies, if they are destroyed from the waist up. According to Mei, a Tensen can regenerate up to 100 or even 1,000 times. For example, after having their body cut 215 times by Shion, Zhu Jin was still able to come back alive. The time it takes for their bodies to regenerate happens in a matter of seconds. They can also delay the healing if it's for a purpose. Any lost limbs or bodies that are present will immediately turn into vegetation or a lifeless corpse.
Yin-Yang[edit | edit source]
- Further information: Yin-Yang
While organisms normally possess chi of either Yin or Yang, Tensens possess both energies that allows them the freedom to assume either a male or female body. By having both chi's flow and revolve inside their bodies, the Tensen's Tao is greatly augmented and can be use to recover their lost Tao.
The Tensens make use of this ability when practicing Bōchū Jutsu. A Tensen can also make use of their Yin and Yang bodies in combat by using the change in physical attributes. As shown by Tao Fa, they can use their Yin form to increase their mobility while using their Yang form to increase their strength.
With the case of Gui Fa, a Tensen can obtain a body that combines the two genders in order to have the cycle of Yin and Yang continue to flow so that they may mold more Tao. However, Zhu Jin noted that this feat is not a simple task to accomplish easily.
Kishikai Transformation[edit | edit source]
Tensens are able to unleash a monstrous transformation known as a Kishikai (
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Weakness[edit | edit source]
The regenerative abilities of the Tensens is not entirely full proof to all attacks. Since Plant Tao is used for their regeneration, a Tensen is vulnerable to the hindering Tao cycle. If a Tensen receives an attack from a Tao user with a hindering attribute, the regeneration process will be weakened and will be left with scars done to their bodies by the time their wound is healed. Also, repeated damage done to the Tensen's body will result in them expending too much Tao, causing their regeneration to stagnant, as well as have them be reduced to their weakened bodies. The only way to truly kill a Tensen is if a Tao user with a hindering attribute completely destroys the Tensen's tanden located at the navel or their plant ovule.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In Taoism, the term 天仙 (Tensen?, Chinese: Tiānxiān) is one of the classifications for a xian.
- In the Baopuzi, a Tensen is said to be the one that is the closest to becoming divine and is considered the highest level out of the three classes of immortals.
- In the Zhong Lü Chuan Dao Ji, written by Zhongli Quan and Lü Dongbin, two of the Eight Immortals, Tensen is listed as one of the five classes of immortals. A Tensen is defined as an immortal who is summoned to heaven and is seated as a judge of the water realm.
- In the Śūraṅgama Sūtra, a Tensen is an immortal who is in constant practice of controlling their own body fluids.
- The Tensens are based off of the Eight Immortals, eight well-known xian who are classified within the realm of Tiānxiān.
- Given the kanji used, the Tensens' Kishikai transformations may draw reference to Shijie (尸解? Literally meaning: Corpse Release), an esoteric Taoist technique that is said to allow a person to transcend their mortal body and transform into a xian after using a ruse to avoid departing to the underworld.
- The Tensens are not so different from the legends of how alchemists use the mandrake plant to create homunculi.
- Each Tensen is named after a flower.
- According to Mei, a Tensen's Tao is at its weakest during the night, stating that their "flowers are closed" (possibly referring to the Tensens plant ovules).
- The weakened bodies of the Tensens may give reference to the fact that xian are depicted as being elderly men in Chinese culture.
- Because Rien uses her puppet(s) for her own emotional obsession to revive a love one, which strays away from the way of Tao, Gui Fa does not consider her to be a true Tensen in spirit.
- Before it was explained that Tao of the right attribute was needed to destroy the Tensens' tandens and cause them harm, Gabimaru was shown capable of causing harm to Zhu Jin after unknowingly striking their weak spot despite the fact that his attribute is Fire and there was no Tao applied to his attack at the time.
- Since the claim about the Tensens being created from a mixture of Xu Fu's Tao and Plant Tao was proven to be false, it can be assumed that the reason for the Tensens possessing Plant Tao was due to Rien's Arborification.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jigokuraku Chapter 61, page 16