I want to ask if there are ranks given to a spirit because something just came to me, I don't really know if it's just my mind or what but as I can remember there was
the "disappearing rank" where in a spirit was about to be banished eternally,
the "lesser spirit rank" wherein the spirit is still forming into a spirit,
The "spirit rank" wherein the spirit is officially a spirit
The "greater spirit rank" the spirit has more power already
The "special spirit rank" the ones able to work on the physical plane
The "mythological rank" the spirit is already a creature but as a mythological creature
The "semi-God rank" where in the spirit is a half God or part of it is a god
The "God rank" the leader among all the most powerful among all
But I don't really know if there is such a thing but for me it was like a conversation between something and I'm not in control of it. So may I ask is there such a thing as ranks in the spiritual plane?
i think you might be thinking of 'spiritual energy' where certain spirits can move objects while others are just orbs of energy, but it's not a rank, just how much energy they have at that time. the veil between our worlds also plays a factor. but a rank where they're lined up and told they're 'b grade' strong, no.
I'm looking forward that there are ranks but no one else has discovered yet, can someone ask a spirit if there are really ranks? Because we won't know in our physical state :P. But nah I'll agree to what you guys have said. :D
On accasion if the spirit was seen as such by a human than a human can give a spirit said ranks, how ever there is no leader in the spirit realm to give such rancks only groups of humans can give a spirit such a rank, and name.
Spirit ranks would vary from entity to entity, and not just on species of spirits, but on individual groups. There are probably a million different versions of the Infernal Hierarchy, and even then, they won't encompass all demon, nor even a small fraction of them.
So some spirits might have ranks, some don't. A god is just a title( a demon is just a title but that's a story for another time). Some spirits are anarchistic, others are rigid hierarchies.
THat said, spirits can recognize power levels, spirits or magicians stronger than them, et cetera, but how they choose to see it, is also not identical spirit to spirit.
If you want any ranking system, or hierarchy, that's reliable, make your own...and see it fall apart when something too weird to be classified pops up.
The ranks I mention can classify the spirits no matter how weird they can get...
Not being rude or anything like that but if it offended you a bit sorry :3, well it just came to me after a long time questioning myself over and over again and when it came to me it was like a conversation with something :P... This forum may end now after all the answers, but continue if you do wish or if you have knowledge to this.
Well, what do you make of entities, pre-existing or egregoric, or other stronger than gods?
You could try asking a deity you trust, who is "above" them, and how far up the ladder goes, when it comes to currents, primordials, and oversouls, and how many steps there are until one reaches "The All".
I could tell you what I had, but I'd prefer we compare notes in PMs after you've had your experiences, since experiences tend to taint other people's experiences, and magic being a heavily personal path...
The "ranks" as I see them do a good job at reflecting something of a "life cycle" for a spirit, rather than an implicit hierarchy per say.
However, please do not forget, screw anything Zelotar says if it doesn't work for me.