FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is this a fan translation of Tiān Guān Cì Fú?
No. This is not a fan translation, and this should not be considered canon to TGCF. This story re-tells the events of TGCF with elements of canon divergence, and should be treated as a canon AU.
Can I read this story without having read the novels?
That is not recommended. This story covers most of the canon timeline, but it does so in a different order. We pick up from Book Four, and use a linear timeline rather than the novel's flashback system. If you begin this story without having read the novels, you will spoil yourself for most of book four. Also, while most of the fic still uses exposition and explains lore, there are some canon events that are not explained in the story, presuming that you have already read the novels. This will lead to confusion. Furthermore, this story expands heavily on canon lore and inserts new characters, and if you have not read the books, the canon and non canon elements will confuse you.
Can I read this story without reading Mó Dào Zǔ Shī?
Yes. There are no spoilers from Mó Dào Zǔ Shī in this story. That being said, it does include quite a bit of lore from MDZS. However, you do not have to read MDZS to understand this lore, it will be explained within this story. There are also allusions to SVSSS, but beyond understanding the basic premise of that series, you do not need to know anything else.
Can I print/book bind this story?
Yes. You may print or book bind a copy to have at home, but it may not be used for commercial profit.
Can I translate this story?
If it is credited and I have given you permission, then yes.
Can I create fan content inspired by this story, and if so, can I have it included in the fic?
Yes. I am extremely flattered whenever anyone makes additional content from my writing, and as long as I am credited I do not mind. This includes any form of creative content. If you write a fic inspired by this one and would like it to be listed as a related work, as long as it's clearly derived from this story, it will be approved! I also allow inclusion of my original characters in fan art and stories, as long as it's credited. I also try to link as much fan art inspired by this story within the fic as I can, but I only do so if I have your written permission as the artist. I have had people express that they would like to share fanart from this story but do not have a twitter. If you prefer another platform but would still like to have your artwork included, feel free to leave a link in the comments, or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I am happy to work with you! It's always an honor to know my writing inspired someone else's creativity, and I'm always happy to celebrate other creators when possible!
Are all of the relationships tagged prevalent in the story?
Hualian is the central couple of this story. However, a significant amount of time is spent focusing and expanding on other characters and relationships. Beefleaf and PeiShui get a lot of screen time once we move into content from Book One onward. FengQing is also prevalent throughout the story. LingHuang does not become relevant until later, but all of these side couples play serious roles within the story, they have their own arcs and individual scenes, and they are not only mentioned briefly, hence why those relationships are tagged.
Should I be concerned about the sexual assault related tags?
This story heavily discusses themes of grooming, child abuse, and sexual assault. There are scenes that depict sexual assault. However, these scenes are always warned for ahead of time within the beginning notes of each chapter, and you do not need to read them to understand the story. If I ever fail to tag something appropriately, please tell me in the comments and I will adjust. It's important to me to make this story as accessible as possible for anyone who wants to take the time to read it! Furthermore, neither Xie Lian nor Hua Cheng are sexually assaulted in this story, nor do they experience Childhood Sexual Abuse, these events are experienced by other characters within the story.
TABLE OF CONTENTS (Will be updated as the Story Continues)
(Offset count by 1 for informational chapter)
Book Four Content: Chapters 1 - 13
The 800 Year Gap: Chapters 14 - 39
Book One Content: Chapters 40 - 62
Book Two Content: Chapters 63 - 65
Book Three Content: Chapters 66 - Current
(Offset count by 1 for informational chapter)
This story has a lot of playlists associated with it that you can listen to while you read if you want!
First is the official No Paths Are Bound Playlist, which has tracks that correspond to every chapter of the fic, and updates as the story does.
Here's the tracklist, and it's corresponding chapters:
Ch. 1: King, You Found Me
Ch. 2: Through the Eyes of a Child, Ugly, This is How You Fall in Love, July
Ch. 3: Sorrow, Now Comes the Night, Swallowed By the Sea, Saturn, Leaves from the Vine
Ch. 4: Remember Me, It's Quiet Uptown, Dancing With Your Ghost, Echo
Ch. 5: My Mistake, Bad Friend
Ch. 6: Haunted, Gravity
Ch. 7: The Devil Within, Become the Beast, O Death, My Love Will Never Die
Ch. 8: The Archer, Appointments
Ch. 9: How Villains Are Made, Paint it Black, If I Killed Someone for You
Ch. 10: Glass Heart Hymn, Control
Ch. 11: The Times, They are a-Changin', Order 66 Theme
Ch. 12: Heavenly Father, Landslide, Stop Crying Your Heart out, Epiphany, Evermore
Ch. 13: Cover My Eyes, Best of Me, Found/Tonight, Wait for Me (Reprise)
Ch. 14: Eye of the Needle, Bloody Tears (epic version), Don't Get in My Way, Trials
Ch. 15: Maps, Wolves
Ch. 16: Hunt You Down, The Waltz of the Bone King, The Devil's Whisper
Ch. 17: Bad Dreams, Jenny of Old Stones
Ch. 18: Holy, Tolerate It, The Last Butterfly
Ch. 19: True North
Ch. 20: Smoke Signals
Ch. 21: Bad Moon Rising
Ch. 22: New Years Day
Ch. 23: All Too Well (10 Minute Version)
Ch. 24: Blood On My Name
Ch. 25: Comes and Goes (in waves)
Ch. 26: Dear Friend Across the River
Ch. 27: Come Away to the Water
Ch. 28: Let You Down, Survivor
Ch. 29: Dark in My Imagination, Iron
Ch. 30: Graveyard
Ch. 31: A Sky Full of Song
Ch. 32: For What it's Worth
Ch. 33: The Chain, Look Who's Inside Again
Ch. 34: Wanderer's Lullaby, Stories
Ch. 35: I'm Trying (Not Friends)
Ch. 36: Ba Sing Se
Ch. 37: Wu Ji
Ch. 38: Shang-Chi Main Theme, Blackest Crow
Ch. 39: Something I Need, Thus Always to Tyrants
Ch. 40: Immortal
Ch. 41: Yi Hua Yi Jian, Fall on Me
Ch. 42: Crazier Things
Ch. 43: Ghost
Ch. 44: Death Wish
Ch. 45: When You Were Young, Hold Me While You Wait
Ch. 46: Sociopath
Ch. 47: I Hope You're Happy
Ch. 48: 1000 Times
Ch. 49: Falling
Ch. 50: All That You Are
Ch. 51: The Hills
Ch. 52: She Used to be Mine, The Night We Met
Ch. 53: Chaos is a Ladder
Ch. 54: The Wondersmith and his Sons, The Home We Made
Ch. 55: The Devil is a Gentleman
Ch. 56: The Beast
Ch. 57: Flames
Ch. 58: Nothing is as it Seems
Ch. 59: Runaway
Ch. 60: Who Are You
Ch. 61: Body Bag, Wasteland, Baby!
Ch. 62: Happier than Ever - Edit, Let Me Go
Ch. 63: Good Girl Winnie Foster
Ch. 64: Run, Perfect - Stripped
Ch. 65: Greek Tragedy, Mercury
Ch. 66: Autumn
Ch. 67: Epic III, Fairytales
Ch. 68: Yellow, Infinity, Through Heaven's Eyes
Ch. 69: I Scared All My Friends Away, When the Party's Over, 85%
Ch. 70: Tear in My Heart
Ch. 71: Animal
Ch. 72: Afterglow, Heavenly, Turn out the Lights
Ch. 73: To the Gallows
Ch. 74: Wonder
Ch. 75: Strawberry Blonde, Burn Butcher Burn
Ch. 76: Suspiria
Ch. 77: No Time to Die
Ch. 78: For the First Time in Forever (reprise)
Ch. 79: Swan Lake - Epic Trailer Version
Ch. 80: Never Let Me Go
Ch. 81: Enemy, Ready As I'll Ever Be, Double Crossed
Ch. 82: I Was Wrong
Ch. 83: The Confrontation, The Last Agni Kai, Dear Theodosia
Ch. 84: Surface Pressure, Older than I Am, Adelaide
Ch. 85: Drown, Casualty, Trauma, Waste This, Monster, Illicit Affairs, Favorite Crime
Ch. 86: The Successor, Xion, Goodbye, What Could Have Been, Requiem, Dear Theodosia (reprise)
Ch. 87: Hear Me Roar, Light of the Seven, Losing Your Memory, If I Die Young, Arms Tonite
Ch. 88: Meet Me In the Woods, High
Ch. 89: Better Man, Hold My Girl, [ Wen Qing ] Woodland
Ch. 90: The Mask
Ch. 91: Angels (Acoustic), i wanna be your girlfriend
Ch. 92: The Kids Aren't Alright, Ways to Go, Lotta True Crime
Ch. 93: Bastards, Dear John, I Think I'm OKAY
Then, there are playlists that correspond to specific arcs within the story:
Then, there are playlists for relationships within the story.
Finally, there are playlists for characters within the story.
- Xie Lian
- Hua Cheng
- Mu Qing
- Feng Xin
- Wu Ming
- The White Clothed Calamity
- Shi Qingxuan
- He Xuan
- Shi Wudu
- Pei Ming
- Ling Wen
- Yushi Huang
- Quan Yizhen
- Yin Yu
- Ren Song / Shuo (Original)
- Zhao Beitong (Original)