The Heaven-equal Vines came from the Floragrims’ main realm.
As Heaven Nourished grade wood-attributed treasures, they were hard to find even in Floragrim realms.
Many years ago, a powerful Floragrim had moved this Heaven-equal Vine to the Domain of Forbidden Heaven in an attempt to transform it into an ideal habitat for the Floragrims.
However, the Domain of Forbidden Heaven had eventually been taken by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, and they had lost the heaven-equal Vine.
As a Heaven Nourished grade treasure, the Heaven-equal Vine had already developed its own intelligence. It had come to an agreement with Ji Cang, which stipulated that it should restore life to the Realm of Shattered Earth.
In return, Ji Cang would keep it safe and stop others from coming near it, and when their agreement expired, allow it to return to the Floragrims’ ancestral land.
Fata bowed slightly. With an increasingly friendly look in his eyes, he said to Nie Tian, “I’ll take it back to our ancestral land, where it can leave seeds and pass on its power. I knew that you must have profound connections with my race since I first saw you in the Shatter Battlefield.”
Nie Tian laughed softly. “I was just lucky enough to acquire some of your people’s cultivation methods.”
Fata shook his head. “No, it wasn’t luck. Both Heavenly Wood Heal and the Wood Thriving Formation are top secret incantations that we don’t just pass on to anyone. Many of our own don’t even get to learn them. Besides, even those who have the privilege to learn them may not be able to reach advanced levels with them.
“If I may ask, which stage are you currently at with Heavenly Wood Heal?”
Nie Tian pondered briefly, then answered, “The fourth stage, Flesh Tempering.”
“Exactly as we expected,” Fata said with a bitter smile. “Our doyen was right.”
“Now that I’ve given the Heaven-equal Vine to you, it’s about time I set out for the depths of the Shatter Battlefield, where I’ll be able to witness the battle of our time between our grand elder and Grand Monarch Primal Demon,” Nie Tian said.
“Given our strengths, we won’t be able to get close enough to them to see anything,” Fata said. “But perhaps you can stay around the perimeter to sense the power fluctuations and transformations in heaven and earth. That alone will benefit you a great deal. But don’t go too deep. If you do, your losses will outweigh your gains.”
Fata only gave advice, but didn’t try to stop him from going.
“Thanks, but I think I’ll go check things out,” Nie Tian said.
“Alright, let me show you a route that’s safe.” Fata pondered briefly, then drew a route for Nie Tian. “This is the route the human experts have taken. It doesn’t cross any of the regions where you might run into powerful Phantasms, Demons, Fiends, Bonebrutes, or Ancientspirits.”
Nie Tian took a quick glance at the map and nodded.
Then, the two of them bid farewell and went their separate ways.
The Star Boat flew off at a high speed, giving rise to a loud whoosh.
The closer Nie Tian flew to the center of the Shatter Battlefield, the stronger the power fluctuations he felt became.
All sorts of fluctuating energies, including Demon Qi, Phantasm Qi, Spiritual Qi, and Death Qi, filled different parts of the Shatter Battlefield like mists and miasma.
After an unknown period of time, the Star Boat flew to a lofty mountain peak that seemed to have had its top cut off.
Even so, it was more than thirty thousand meters high.
Clusters of dazzling starlight flickered at the mountaintop, as if they were beckoning Nie Tian to land there.
As the Star Boat approached the mountaintop, he found that three Sons of the Stars, Dou Tianchen, Wang Meijia, and Fang Yuan, were standing there with their subordinates.
They all waved at Nie Tian. “Nie Tian!”
Fixing him with a deep, suspicious look, Fang Yuan asked, “Where have you been this whole time after your battle against Ophelia? How about your injuries? Fully recovered?”
Nie Tian nodded. “Pretty much. Where are the others?”
With a faint smile, Dou Tianchen explained, “They left for deeper areas, but this is already close enough for us. Only Vice Sectmaster Chu Rui and the other God domain experts can observe the battle up close. The residual power and blasts from the attacks are far too dangerous for Saint domain cultivators like us.”
“But where’s Sikong Cuo?” Nie Tian asked, looking puzzled.
“We were wondering about that too,” Fang Yuan said with a confused expression. “I heard that you’ve agreed to trade that Immortal grade divine tool, Heavenly Stellar Stream, with Sikong Cuo. Is that true?”
“How did you know that?” Nie Tian asked.
“The grand elder told us,” Fang Yuan explained. “He had a talk with Sikong Cuo before his duel against Grand Monarch Primal Demon, and told him not to separate the Heavenly Stellar Stream from him. Later, Sikong Cuo confirmed this to us, and said that you’ve agreed to make a deal with him.”
Nie Tian nodded. “Yeah, that’s right.”
Fang Yuan found it hard to understand. “What does Sikong Cuo have that can possibly match the value of an Immortal grade divine tool? Besides, if he gets to keep the Heavenly Stellar Stream, his strength will probably advance by leaps and bounds. That makes you...”
Nie Tian stopped him by saying, “Alright, alright, let’s not talk about that now.”
He wasn’t sure what Mo Heng was hoping to get for him from Luo Wanxiang.
However, he was convinced that what Mo Heng had demanded from Luo Wanxiang must be as valuable as the Heavenly Stellar Stream, and at the same time, suit him better.
To get the answer to this question, he would have to wait for the battle between Mo Heng and Grand Monarch Primal Demon to finish.
Furthermore, he planned to tell no one but Mo Heng about his discovery of the hybrids.
“Are you... observing the battle?” Nie Tian asked with narrowed eyes.
Fang Yuan laughed. “Of course we are. Did you forget that we, as Sons of the Stars, master a core legacy incantation called Star Eyes?”
Dou Tianchen chimed in, “Star Eyes give us much broader vision. And thanks to our soul connections with them, we can sense so clearly that it’s as if our true souls were actually there. Another perk of using them is that since they’re not in flesh form, we don’t have to worry about the echoes of those two’s attacks.”
Both of them seemed to be happy to talk to Nie Tian.
Only Wang Meijia, who Chu Rui had high hopes in, sat there the whole time without saying a word.
However, Nie Tian sensed extremely strong soul fluctuations from her. Apparently, like Dou Tianchen and Fang Yuan, she was paying close attention to the battle between Mo Heng and Grand Monarch Primal Demon by relying on her Star Eyes.
Without saying another word, Nie Tian found a quiet place on the flat mountaintop.
After sitting down, he activated the Fragmentary Star Incantation and channeled power from his true soul and star souls to form Star Eyes.
Nine Star Eyes came to from one by one before flying off towards the heart of the Shatter Battlefield.
As they flew, images entered his mind. At the same time, their keen perception allowed Nie Tian to sense the existence of many other Qi warriors in his surroundings.
Many less powerful disciples of the Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion were scattered in nearby mountains, valleys, and other secluded locations.
They had released countless clusters of ethereal soul awareness that served the same purpose as Star Eyes.
He even sensed Hou Chulan’s refreshing aura from one of them.
Nie Tian thought to himself, “It seems that all those who’re not strong enough are afraid of being harmed by the echoes of the attacks, so they’ve adopted such a method to sense the subtle spiritual power and flesh power changes and clashes between the grand elder and Grand Monarch Primal Demon far away in the central area.”
Gradually, he adjusted his breathing and focused on the vision of the Star Eyes. Their keen perception rapidly immersed him in the changes around him.
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