A slender figure pierced through the realm barrier of the Sixth Demon Realm and descended like a sharp sword.
As soon as he examined the life force in the heaven and earth underneath him, his handsome face distorted with fury.
Wreathed in a sea of his raging flesh aura, he descended towards the Astarte Clan’s headquarters, only to find the black mountain peak reduced to rubble, and the earth riddled with huge holes. “The Astarte Clan and the Lancelot Clan...”
He flew towards the Dark Forest. Upon arriving, he discovered that the forest that had been enveloped in complete darkness year-round was now completely exposed, with everything distinctively visible.
“The Dark Demonic Stone that was here is now gone!” As he exclaimed to himself, a number of tremendous Demon ancient starships arrived.
On the starships, members of the Gaytons Clan were also astonished by the scenes in the Sixth Demon Realm. Before long, a middle ninth grade Demon grand patriarch also arrived at the Dark Forest.
Face grim, Charon said, “Big brother, we found a few surviving members of the Lancelot Clan. From them, we learned that it was humans who invaded the Sixth Demon Realm.”
Cardy, the Blood Warden, gasped. “Humans?! How in the world did humans enter the Sixth Demon Realm?! Our battle against the humans in the Dead Star Sea is getting fiercer by the day, but we have managed to hold all of our defensive lines. No powerful experts from the four great sects could have entered our heaven and earth through there!”
Charon seemed to have great difficulty as he said, “The humans who invaded this realm were from the Domain of the Falling Stars.”
Confusion filled Cardy’s face. “The Domain of the Falling Stars? Weren’t the realms in the Domain of the Falling Stars rangelands of the clans from the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Demon Realms? If I remember correctly, didn’t those clans invade the Domain of the Falling Stars every once in a while? How come the humans there invaded here instead?”
Charon shook his head. “Beats me.”
The two brothers fell silent.
Only after a while did Cardy think of something, and say, “If the Sixth Demon Realm was invaded by humans, I suppose the same must have happened to the Fourth and Fifth Demon Realms as well. These three realms are connected to the Domain of the Falling Stars by three spatial rifts. Even though they’re sealed and inaccessible most of the time, the humans have apparently done something to them...”
Charon’s expression flickered. “Come to think of it, we haven’t received any word from the Fourth and Fifth Demon Realms for a while!”
Heart burning with anxiety, he was eager to send word to the others.
Cardy shook his head. “No need. It’s already too late. The humans that invaded the Sixth Demon Realm have already retreated. If what I suspect is true, it’s probably the same with the other two realms.”
After a moment of silence, Charon glanced around and asked curiously, “Big brother, this is the place where that deceased grand monarch was born, right?”
“Exactly,” Cardy said with a grim face. “Rumor has it that there was a mysterious stone somewhere in this vast forest, from which that grand monarch derived the profound truths of ultimate dark power. Thanks to that, he rose to power and became a grand monarch.
“However, he didn’t take that stone with him when he moved his clan out of the Sixth Demon Realm.
“He left it here because he hoped that those in the Sixth Demon Realm would be able to derive profound enlightenment from that mysterious stone just like he had.
“However, millions of years have passed, and the Astarte Clan who controls this place hasn’t had a single member who managed to understand the true wonders of that magical stone.
“And no demonic insect or low-tier Demon ever walked out of this forest like he did and set out on the path to greatness.”
Charon gasped with astonishment. “The human invaders took that magical stone away?! I’ve never heard of any powerful humans that are well-versed in dark power. Only Ancientbeasts like black phoenixes and black dragons can awaken dark power by relying on their special bloodlines.
“What allowed a human to solve the profound wonders of that magical stone and take it out of this forest?”
Cardy shook his head. “Beats me. However, it’s only a matter of time before we find out the truth. This human invasion of the Sixth Demon Realm is of great importance. Let’s find out how they got here first. Otherwise, humans will still be able to come here through whatever secret passage these invaders used to get here.”
Charon’s expression flickered as he said, “Luckily, it was humans from the Domain of the Falling Stars who came here, and not the powerful experts from the four great sects.”
The thought of that made Cardy’s heart tremble as well. “Indeed.”
After they ended their conversation, Charon informed the other powerful clans of the shocking upheaval in the Sixth Demon Realm through the Demons’ unique method of long-distance communication.
He asked the powerful Demons that were currently close to the Fourth and Fifth Demon Realms to go check the situation in those two realms.
Cardy, however, conducted a thorough scan of the Sixth Demon Realm by relying on his keen flesh aura and soul aura perception in an attempt to figure out how the humans from the Domain of the Falling Stars had managed to enter the Sixth Demon Realm.
The Astarte Clan and Lancelot Clan of the Sixth Demon Realm were insignificant Demon clans. Even though they had been wiped out, the whole Demon race’s strength wasn’t hurt.
Meanwhile, the Sixth Demon Realm’s foundation was still intact. After hundreds of thousands of years, brand new high-tier Demon clans would emerge from the endless evolution of low-tier Demons and demonic insects.
What made Cardy’s heart ache was the theft of that magical stone. He hadn’t even been sure that stone existed.
He had only heard rumors about it. Elder members of his clan had said that as long as the stone remained in the Sixth Demon Realm, even though that grand monarch had passed away long ago, there was still a chance that the Sixth Demon Realm would produce another tenth grade grand monarch.
It might take a few hundred thousand years, a few million years, or even more, but there would be hope, as long as that stone was there.
But now, some human had simply taken it away, along with its wonders that had made a grand monarch.
“The Domain of the Falling Stars... A recently-acknowledged Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace seems to be from there. His name is Nie Tian...” Cardy thought to himself. “The Astarte Clan have invaded the Domain of the Falling Stars on a regular basis for many years. The humans there must be very weak. They must have relied on the strength of a Son of the Stars to sack the Sixth Demon Realm. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have succeeded.
“It must be that Nie Tian, the seventh Son of the Stars, whose information the Phantasms have been keen on gathering lately!”
In the Realm of Flame Heaven.
Nie Tian and Dong Li flew out of the spatial rift under Zhao Shanling’s guidance, and immediately saw a large number of powerful experts gathering nearby.
All of the Saint domain experts, including Jing Feiyang, Qu Mingde, Quan Zixuan, were there, along with Pei Qiqi and Qi Lianshan.
Jing Feiyang couldn’t mask his relief and delight upon seeing him. With a smile, he said, “You’re finally back. We’ve hit gold this time with our trips to those Demon realms!”
“Is everyone okay?” Nie Tian asked.
Jing Feiyang pointed at Quan Zixuan and said, “Only he suffered some minor injuries, and lost a few disciples of the Thousandsword Mountain Sect. He and his men ran into a Demon grand patriarch in the Fifth Demon Realm. Luckily, that grand patriarch was only at the early ninth grade. He and Elder Qi joined up and killed that grand patriarch together, but that grand patriarch’s one last strike before death inflicted some damage on his domain.”
Quan Zixuan snorted. “It’s nothing serious. A few months’ secluded cultivation will fix everything.”
“How come there was a ninth grade grand patriarch in the Fifth Demon Realm?” Nie Tian asked curiously.
“That grand patriarch was from the Fifth Demon Realm, and had only recently entered the ninth grade,” Qi Lianshan explained. “He had only returned to the Fifth Demon Realm to move his entire clan to the Third Demon Realm.”
Everyone was in a good mood and high spirits as they told Nie Tian how many useful spiritual materials and demonic grass they had brought back from the three Demon realms.
At this moment, Pei Qiqi suddenly popped a question. “Nie Tian, do you still want to keep the spatial rifts in the Realm of Flame Heaven, the Realm of Mystic Heaven and the Realm of a Thousand Devastations?”
Upon hearing her words, everyone fell silent and fixed their eyes on Nie Tian.
Nie Tian looked back at her with a puzzled look in his eyes.
“These three spatial rifts are suppressed by a strong force left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, making them only accessible from our side,” Pei Qiqi explained. “However, once tears appear in them, Demons will be able to invade through them. This operation of ours must have alarmed the powerful Demon clans. They’ll definitely think of every possible way to find out how we entered those Demon realms.
“Eventually, they’ll find and destroy those secret passages.
“So I don’t think we’ll be able to enter those three Demon realms again the way we did this time.
“However, these three spatial rifts will always be potential problems if we don’t destroy them. The way I see it, any peak ninth grade Demon grand patriarch or tenth grade grand monarch will be able to break the force suppressing them.
“I didn’t have what it takes to destroy those spatial rifts before, but I do now.”
Qi Lianshan from the Void Spirit Society chimed in in a low voice, “That’s a valid point. No teleportation portal or spatial rift is completely safe. Only by destroying them can we make sure that no one will be able to come through them again.”
“The decision is yours,” Pei Qiqi said, looking at Nie Tian.
“I suggest that we destroy them,” Jing Feiyang said.
All of the other experts nodded in agreement, knowing that what they had done in the three Demon realms would anger the Demon race, and might provoke retaliation from peak ninth grade or even tenth grade Demon experts.
Nie Tian pondered for a while, then nodded. “Alright, destroy them.”
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