Chapter 1039: A Lasting Tribulation

In the Realm of Heavenly Thunder in the Domain of Endless Thunder.

The Heavenly Thunder Sect’s headquarters was located in the Realm of Heavenly Thunder. Nie Tian and the others teleported to it through the teleportation portal in Mo Qianfan’s ancient starship.

The terrible situation in the Domain of Nether Heaven had already spread to the four great sects through the Heavenly Thunder Sect.

As a Divine Son and Divine Daughter, Huang Jinnan and Lou Hongyan anxiously returned to the Five Elements Sect through the inter-domain teleportation portal in the Heavenly Thunder Sect’s headquarters.

Nie Tian, however, didn’t leave right away. Instead, he stayed to heal Pei Qiqi’s fleshly wounds by relying on his unique wonders.

A few hours later, Pei Qiqi slowly woke up.

Looking at Pei Qiqi, who was exhausted and spiritless, Nie Tian let out a soft sigh and said, “Senior Martial Sister Pei… I’ve healed most of your fleshly wounds for you, but I’m afraid you’ll have to rely on yourself to recover your bloodline power.”

“Where am I?” Pei Qiqi asked.

“The headquarters of the Heavenly Thunder Sect.”

“So we got out of the Domain of Nether Heaven...” Pei Qiqi said, her face very pale. “What’s the situation now? Have our sects sent reinforcements?”

“Not yet.”

“Why?”

“Almost the entire human world is under attack. The Domain of Nether Heaven isn’t the only domain that’s being invaded by outsiders...” Nie Tian explained the latest situation to her with a grim face.

It was also at this moment that Qi Lianshan, who was in a nearby courtyard, sensed Pei Qiqi’s waking and rushed over.

He took a deep look at Nie Tian and said, “Now that Miss Pei is awake, I need to take her back to our sect.”

Nie Tian nodded and said, “Sure.” 

Then, Nie Tian turned to Pei Qiqi. “You practically drained all of your power by casting that escape magic to get us out of the grand monarch’s sea of flesh aura. You need to return to your sect and recover your strength with the help of your sect’s cultivation resources.”

Pei Qiqi had examined herself with her soul awareness and learned her condition the moment she had awoken.

Her fleshly injuries were mostly healed. Her largest problem was that she had consumed all of her power. While it would be easy to replenish her spatial power, her bloodline power and soul power would be troublesome to recover.

She also understood that even Nie Tian wouldn’t be able to help her with that. Only if she returned to the Void Spirit Society and sought help from the sectmaster would she have a chance at recovering her strength within a short time.

“What about you?” Pei Qiqi asked, looking at Nie Tian. “Are you going back to your sect as well?”

“No, I’m gonna stay here for a few more days and see how things go,” Nie Tian said.

“Don’t worry. We’ll inform the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace of your meritorious deeds.” Qi Lianshan promised Nie Tian. “We only made it out of the Domain of Nether Heaven alive because of you and Miss Pei. After the situation stabilizes, we’ll definitely explain this to your sect and make sure you receive the contribution points you deserve.”

Nie Tian shook his head and said with a wry smile, “Contribution points aren’t what I care about now.”

Qi Lianshan went blank briefly before nodding. “I see. No matter what, I’ll escort Miss Pei back to our sect first.”

Pei Qiqi slowly rose to her feet and said to Nie Tian, “Take care.” 

Qi Lianshan then carefully helped her towards the inter-domain teleportation portal in the Heavenly Thunder Sect. Soon, the teleportation portal was activated, and the two of them left the Domain of Endless Thunder after Huang Jinnan, Lou Hongyan, and the others.

Shortly afterwards, Mo Qinglei came to see Nie Tian by himself.

The courtyard Nie Tian was in was usually used to accommodate the Heavenly Thunder Sect’s noblest guests, and was rather close to the inter-domain teleportation portal.

At this point, Mo Qianfan, the sectmaster of the Heavenly Thunder Sect, was still on his ancient starship, waiting for powerful experts from the four great sects to arrive through the teleportation portal on his starship.

That way, they would be able to travel through the Demon grand monarch’s sea of flesh aura into the Domain of Nether Heaven within the shortest time possible.

However, it had been hours since Huang Jinnan and Lou Hongyan had left. The Void Spirit Society should have received word of the latest situation as well. However, not a single powerful expert from the four great sects had come to the Domain of Endless Thunder.

Tired of waiting, he came to find Nie Tian.

“Nie Tian!” Mo Qinglei said, looking rather anxious. “It’s been hours, and not a single person from the four great sects has come. What’s going on?”

“I don’t know either,” Nie Tian said.

The tribulation in the Domain of Nether Heaven had touched him deeply. It had made him realize that, given his current cultivation base, he wouldn’t be able to do anything in a war between humans and outsiders like this.

As a Profound realm Qi warrior, he couldn’t even be too close to a battle between powerful humans and outsiders.

Previously, he had only observed the battle between Mo Heng and Grand Monarch Withered Bones from afar, and he had felt dizzy and lost his soul power at an alarming rate.

If he had been in the battle zone, the aftermath of the peak experts alone could have killed him.

He still had a long way to go.

“What about you? Why didn’t you leave?” Mo Qinglei asked with a puzzled expression.

With a grim face, Nie Tian said, “My sect must have received word of what’s happening already. It won’t matter whether I return or not. So I chose to stay here and learn the situation firsthand. No matter who emerges victorious in the Domain of Nether Heaven, I want to know it at the first possible moment.”

He was a bit concerned about Mo Heng’s safety.

As the grand elder of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, he had treated him well. Even though Nie Tian wanted to help him, his lacking strength didn’t allow him to.

Even Saint domain experts wouldn’t be able to change the course of the battle that was taking place in the Domain of Nether Heaven. Only God domain experts would be able to turn the situation around.

However, he didn’t know any God domain experts, much less have the ability to summon one.

After a moment of pondering, Nie Tian asked, “Do you have any high-grade spirit beast meat or outsider corpses here in your sect? I want to buy some with spirit jades, as many as possible.”

Both his bloodline upgrade and Blood Essence refinement would require a tremendous amount of flesh power.

What he needed the most at this moment was cultivation materials that could provide him with rich flesh power. After all, he had seen his poor strength, and wanted to improve his battle prowess as soon as possible.

Mo Qinglei fixed him with a confused look and said, “Yes, of course. But forget about spirit jades. You helped me leave the Fortune Wells and escape Yuan Jiuchuan’s claws back when we were in the Shatter Battlefield. And you sent that nightmare for all those who practice lightning power to a space disruption zone, which is great news for my sect.”

With these words, he turned around and left. But before long, he returned, and tossed Nie Tian a ring of holding.

Inside of the ring was a large amount of spirit beast meat, ranging from the sixth grade to the eighth grade.

“This is all the spirit beast meat I can find you now, but I’ll have my men look for more,” Mo Qinglei said. “It’s been many years since our sect made any contact with outsiders, so it’ll take some time to find outsider corpses.”

“Okay, I’ll start with this,” Nie Tian said gratefully.

Afterwards, he practiced cultivation wholeheartedly in the residence the Heavenly Thunder Sect had provided him. With Life Drain, he madly absorbed the flesh power within the spirit beast meat he was given and refined it into Blood Essence.

As the spirit beast meat was consumed at an alarming rate, drop after drop of Blood Essence came to form in his heart.

Two days passed.

Wei Lai from the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace and a few elders of the Void Spirit Society and the Five Elements Sect finally arrived through the inter-domain teleportation portal in the Heavenly Thunder Sect.

Afterwards, they hurriedly teleported to the ancient starship that was still wandering the starry river between the Domain of Nether Heaven and the Domain of Endless Thunder.

Wei Lai, however, didn’t leave right away, learning that Nie Tian was there.

“Elder Wei!” Nie Tian exclaimed.

“Why didn’t you return to our sect?” Wei Lai

“I wanted to learn the result of the battle that’s taking place in the Domain of Nether Heaven at the first possible moment,” Nie Tian answered.

“Oh, don’t worry about that. The crisis in the Domain of Nether Heaven should be over soon.”  Wei Lai said with a consoling tone. “Our vice sectmaster, Luo Wanxiang, and the vice sectmaster of the Void Spirit Society are here.”

“Have they left for the Domain of Nether Heaven already?”

“They have.”

“If that’s the case, could you take me to the Domain of Nether Heaven with you? I want to take a look at things.”

 “Are you sure?”

“Yeah.”

“Alright then.”

 

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