As arrogant as Zhao Shanling was, he had a very high opinion of her strength.
“Do you have time?” Pei Qiqi asked with an urgent tone.
“I do.” Zhao Shanling said. After a moment of hesitation, he added, “But I think we should invite another person to go with us.”
Pei Qiqi was taken aback. “Why him?”
“I trust him,” Zhao Shanling explained. “Since he’s even defeated Ophelia, he’ll be strong enough. Plus, I think he’ll be able to help. Not only is the spatial power very messy in that damned place, but it’s also full of other dangers.”
Pei Qiqi sighed. “I doubt that he’ll have time.”
The duel between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Mo Heng had attracted attention from the entire starry river. Many powerful humans, outsiders, and Ancientspirits had entered the Dead Star Sea to witness it.
Even though Nie Tian had just won a hard-fought duel, as long as he could, he would most likely go to witness that duel as well.
Zhao Shanling took a moment to ponder the matter before saying, “I have a feeling that this is the right time for us to go. The unusual environment is only part of the reason why I didn’t stay there for long. There’s another reason why I quickly got out of there.”
“What is it?” Pei Qiqi asked.
Zhao Shanling’s face grew grim as he explained, “I had a feeling that many powerful figures were paying close attention to that place. It was like many sets of eyes and wisps of soul awareness were fixed on it. However, when I returned to that region a few days ago, I discovered that there were much fewer strange auras there.”
Pei Qiqi’s eyes widened. “Are you saying that the eyes that were watching the place have disappeared?”
“Yeah,” Zhao Shanling said. “I suspect that the duel between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Grand Elder Mo Heng has distracted them.”
Pei Qiqi fell silent. A moment later, she said, “So you want me to find Nie Tian and ask him to go explore that place with us, instead of watching the duel between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Grand Elder Mo Heng?”
Zhao Shanling nodded. “I think that’s the right thing to do, but what do you say?”
“I…” Pei Qiqi was torn with indecision.
Seeing this, Zhao Shanling snorted a laugh and said, “That’s what I thought. I took the liberty to have Nie Tian’s subordinates send word to him. He should be receiving it any moment now. It’ll be up to him whether he’ll come to help you solve the mystery of the Void Palace Sect’s disappearance, or go witness the duel between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Mo Heng.”
“Who told you to do that?!” Pei Qiqi said angrily.
Zhao Shanling smiled without saying a word.
In the Realm of Remote Heaven.
Nie Tian had fully recovered the Blood Essence he had consumed with the help of the eighth grade outsider and Ancientbeast corpses.
Since he would be able to gather flame power, star power, and wood power with the help of his flame spark, Nine Stars Flower, and Godspirit Tree, as long as he was in the starry river, he didn’t have to waste time recovering them with spiritual materials.
Therefore, he prepared to return to the Dead Star Sea before the duel between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Mo Heng started.
As soon as he walked out of the secret room with Dong Li, he saw Han Wanrong sitting there, waiting for him.
Han Wanrong managed their sect’s affairs in this realm. She had only gone to the Dead Star Sea earlier to witness his duel against Ophelia.
She had returned after the duel.
“Nie Tian, your subordinates have a letter for you.” With these words, she handed Nie Tian a yellow envelope.
It was from Hua Mu.
After browsing through the contents, he frowned in silence.
Seeing this, Dong Li leaned in to take a look. After that, she fell silent as well, with an unpleasant look on her face.
“The duel between the grand elder and Grand Monarch Primal Demon is about to begin.” Han Wanrong reminded him. “We’d better return to the Dead Star Sea now.”
“I’m not going to the Dead Star Sea,” Nie Tian said with a somewhat apologetic tone.
Han Wanrong’s expression flickered with astonishment. “Is it because you suffered injuries from your duel against Ophelia?”
“Sort of,” Nie Tian answered ambiguously.
“Alright, your health is more important.” Han Wanrong expressed her understanding. “It’s only been a few days since your duel. It’s indeed a bit too short for you to fully recover. Besides, even if you go to the Dead Star Sea, you might not be able to capture the details of the fight between the grand elder and Grand Monarch Primal Demon. I suppose only God domain experts and tenth grade grand monarchs and Ancient Gods will be able to keep up with their speed.”
“Yeah, I think I’ll return to my domains now,” Nie Tian said.
By the teleportation portal in the Realm of Split Void that connected to the Realm of Fragmentary Star.
With a sulking face, Dong Li asked, “Because of her, you’re not even going to be there for Grand Elder Mo Heng’s duel, are you?”
“I won’t be able to help him anyway, so it doesn’t matter if I’m there or not,” Nie Tian explained patiently. “Senior Martial Sister Pei took responsibility for the destruction of the spatial rifts that connected to those Demon realms so that I didn’t get punished. She’s helped me on many other occasions as well. Now that she and Zhao Shanling need me, I really can’t just say no.”
“If you must go, then take me with you,” Dong Li said.
“You?” A puzzled expression appeared on Nie Tian’s face.
“Yeah! I want to go with you!” Dong Li insisted.
After a moment of hesitation, Nie Tian said, “Let me ask Zhao Shanling about it first.”
Dong Li snorted coldly. “Ask all you want. I’m going.”
Moments later, Nie Tian’s Star Boat descended into the Void Illusion Mountain Range.
After taking a glance at Nie Tian and Dong Li on the Star Boat, Zhao Shanling let out a low chuckle and said, “As I expected, he came.”
Excitement filled Pei Qiqi’s eyes as she saw the Star Boat. However, as soon as she saw Dong Li, she forced herself to calm down.
“Will it be troublesome if we bring her too?” Nie Tian asked upon landing, pointing at Dong Li.
Zhao Shanling took a glance at Dong Li. After pondering for a moment, he shrugged. “I suppose it’ll be alright. But I can’t guarantee that it’ll be a safe trip.”
“If that’s the case, then let’s take her with us.”
The entrance to the space disruption zone that Zhao Shanling had been to wasn’t in the Realm of Split Void. He lead the group of people to the Realm of Unbounded Desolation.
The moment Nie Tian entered the Realm of Unbounded Desolation, he sensed the Heaven-equal Vine’s aura.
Next Chapter The Godspirit Tree within him had received a gift from the Heaven-equal Vine, and had thus formed a subtle connection with it.
“It still hasn’t found that place…” He muttered in a low voice.
“What? Who are you talking to?” Dong Li asked.
Nie Tian shook his head. “Nothing.”
At this moment, the enormous illusory shape of the Heaven-equal Vine rose into the distant sky, where there were plenty of extinct volcanoes.
However, it only existed for a split second before vanishing again.
The Qi warriors in the Realm of Unbounded Desolation had already become used to its existence. Therefore, they no longer made a fuss when they saw it in the sky.
It was from it that Hua Mu and Qi Bailu had learned about the battle between Cardy and the sectmaster of the Heavenly Corpse Sect in the starry river.
Besides, they knew that it had only come here from the Realm of Shattered Earth because of Nie Tian’s directions.
They were also very interested in this magical land that it was looking for, where a small Tree of Life grew.
The Heaven-equal Vine’s vague shape once again appeared over the extinct volcanoes, and started approaching Nie Tian.
It came to a stop in the air when it was about ten thousand meters away from him. Even though it had already shrunk significantly in size, it still looked like a magnificent mountain.
In the next moment, a clear soul message entered Nie Tian’s mind.
Nie Tian then learned that the Heaven-equal Vine had been looking for the nomadic entrance to the magical land he had talked about for a long time now.
It had only come over to Nie Tian because it had captured Zhao Shanling and Pei Qiqi’s special auras.
Their auras, which were unique to spatial power experts, let it see hope. It had a feeling that the two of them might be able to help it finally find the spatial tunnel to the magical land where a young Tree of Life grew.
After a brief communication with it, Nie Tian nodded slightly. “So that’s how it is.”
Then, he turned to Pei Qiqi and Zhao Shanling, who were standing next to him, “The Heaven-equal Vine came to an agreement with my sectmaster. Now that the agreement has expired, it’s hoping to return to its homeland through the legendary place where the Fruits of Life are.”
Upon hearing this, Dong Li asked with a puzzled expression, “Didn’t we find that place before?”
That was the place where Nie Tian had obtained the Fruits of Life that he had given Hua Mu and Wu Ji. He had explained the exact location of the entrance to the Heaven-equal Vine.
However, since the Heaven-equal Vine had failed to find it, it must have moved to another location.
“To be honest, I won’t be able to help with that,” Zhao Shanling said. “I was a member of the Tool Sect, where we had a few spatial power experts. Back in the day, we were all fascinated by that rumor, and thus came looking in the Realm of Unbounded Desolation. However, none of us found a thing. So we gave up.
“Later, when word spread that you managed to secure Fruits of Life from that place, I came here to look again, but still found nothing.”
With these words, he shot a glance at Pei Qiqi. “But perhaps you can give it a shot, kid.”
Pei Qiqi’s whole purpose in coming to the Realm of Unbounded Desolation was to enter the space disruption zone Zhao Shanling had talked about as soon as possible.
She frowned upon hearing this. Even though she was eager to leave, she summoned her spatial treasure under Nie Tian’s anticipating gaze.
The irregularly shaped crystal spun as it rapidly flew out of everyone’s view to search every corner of the Realm of Unbounded Desolation.
At the same time, word of Nie Tian’s arrival spread to the Tool Sect. Qi Bailu and all of the Tool Sect elders rushed over to see him.
Upon arriving, Qi Bailu spotted Zhao Shanling. His expression instantly became complicated.
Upon seeing him, Zhao Shanling tilted his chin and let out a cold harrumph.
The two martial brothers had secretly competed against each other over the years. Now, it seemed that Zhao Shanling had won by entering the late Void domain and becoming the strongest cultivator in the Domain of the Falling Stars.
The man had held a bad name before. However, since he had become close to Nie Tian, people rarely talked about the things he had done anymore.
Now, as Qi warriors from the Domain of the Falling Stars talked about him, there were usually more remarks of respect than remarks of despise.
Qi Bailu sighed inwardly and turned to ask Pei Qiqi with a surprised expression, “What brings you here, kid?”
Zhen Huilan was his junior martial sister. When Pei Qiqi had returned last time, other than Li Ye and Hua Mu, she had paid him a visit as well. Only after that had she gone to the Void Illusion Mountain Range.
“We’re going on a trip to a space disruption zone,” Pei Qiqi answered.
“Do you want me to go with you?” Qi Bailu offered.
Zhao Shanling gave him a cold look and said, “Don’t butt in. We’re good. You don’t know a thing about spatial power. And it must have been difficult for you to enter the Void domain. You’d better stay home, instead of courting death by going to a space disruption zone with us.”
Qi Bailu, however, wasn’t angered by his provocative remarks, as if he was already used to it. He only fixed Pei Qiqi with an inquiring gaze.
Now, Pei Qiqi had entered the Void domain. Her bloodline had advanced to the eighth grade. On top of that, she had mastered the Void Spirit Society’s most profound and secret incantations, and held a Heaven Nourished grade spatial tool.
As arrogant as Zhao Shanling was, he had a very high opinion of her strength.