Chapter 1151: A Grand Cage

Dou Tianchen realized that something must have gone wrong, and thus asked, “What’s wrong? Did something bad happen?”

Staring down at the fancy stone in her hand, Wang Meijia muttered, “My Sound Stone doesn’t work anymore. Soul communication seems to have been cut off, as I can no longer get in touch with that Void Spirit Society elder.”

“The spatial rift collapsed, and now Sound Stones have stopped working...” Kan Zhisheng, who was well-versed in spatial power, pondered for a while before exclaiming, “Something must have happened to the spatial fluctuations across the entire Shatter Battlefield! Only that can explain these anomalies.”

Dou Tianchen frowned and said, “So does that mean we’re not going to be able to leave the Shatter Battlefield anytime soon?” 

With a thoughtful expression, Kan Zhisheng answered, “Our connection to the outside world is cut off. I suppose the same has happened to the other sects. However, since the sectmaster of the Void Spirit Society, the strongest spatial power expert of our time, is currently in the Shatter Battlefield, I bet those from the Void Spirit Society will be able to find a way out of here.”

“The Void Spirit Society?!” Wang Meijia exclaimed softly.

The two Sons of the Stars exchanged a glance and rapidly came to a decision. Without hesitation, they dashed towards the Void Spirit Society disciples’ gathering place with their subordinates.

At almost the same time…

Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan arrived at the Five Elements Sect’s spatial rift that connected to the outside world with their subordinates.

Upon arriving, they saw the spatial rift filled with glorious swirling lights.

However, the lights only existed for a few seconds before their only connection to the Five Elements Sect’s headquarters exploded as well.

“What’s going on?”

“Why did the spatial rift explode for no reason?”

“Something is wrong!"

“Don’t tell me that the apocalypse Nie Tian’s master saw is actually going to happen!”

Soon, Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan reached a mutual understanding, and led their subordinates towards the Void Spirit Society’s gathering place. “Let’s go find those from the Void Spirit Society!”

Meanwhile, He Lianxiong from the Heaven Span Pavilion and his subordinates faced the same problem.

However, the humans weren’t alone.

The Demons, Fiends, Phantasms, Bonebrutes, dragons, and many other powerful races that had entered the Shatter Battlefield also faced this problem, as all of their teleportation portals and spatial rifts that connected to their heaven and earth also successively exploded or became inaccessible.

Back when Pei Qiqi’s Heaven Nourished grade spatial treasure had first appeared, it had only drained power from and destroyed the teleportation portals and spatial rifts that had connected to small realms like the Realm of Maelstrom.

As intelligent as it was, it hadn’t dared to lay its greedy hands on the unique spatial rifts that belonged to the four great sects.

For that reason, the few truly powerful human sects and outsider races had maintained their access to the Shatter Battlefield, allowing them to enter and conduct trials in it from time to time.

It was completely different this time.

All of a sudden, major spatial anomalies befell the Shatter Battlefield, immediately cutting off all of its connections to the outside world.

Because of this, the Shatter Battlefield had now become a huge cage.

Everyone trapped in it feared for their safety.

...

Atop the broken mountain peak.

Wu Ji sat with his eyes closed as Nie Tian chatted with Hou Chulan, the Divine Daughter of the wood element sect, with his eyes fixed on the distant sky.

“Hmm?!” Hou Chulan touched the jade bracelet on her wrist, a baffled expression appearing on her delicate face. “My Sound Bracelet doesn’t work anymore.”

She was trying to contact the elders of the wood element sect to see if they had met with her master and if they had made a decision when she discovered that the wisps of soul messages she sent into the Sound Bracelet failed to go out. 

“What?!” Hearing this, Fang Yuan, Wei Lai, Yan Zhan, and the others on the mountaintop hastily made attempts with their own communication devices.

A few seconds later, everyone’s faces grew grim.

Wei Lai took a deep breath and said, “Something major must have happened. It’s very unnatural that our Sound Stones all stopped working at the same time. This means the spatial energy here has gone through significant changes. I suspect that major problems will happen to the spatial rifts that connect this place to the outside world as well. They may even explode because of this!

“I have a bad feeling!”

RUMBLE!

The earth started shaking mildly, causing the mountain peak they were sitting on to shake as well.

Astonished, Nie Tian stared down at the earth that fluctuated nonstop, a grim look gradually appearing in his eyes.

WHOOSH!

Chu Rui, the vice sectmaster of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, suddenly appeared and flew towards them from the deepest part of the Shatter Battlefield.

Dazzling starlight formed a giant ring behind him. Like the divine lights of gods and buddhas, it gave him a deeply mysterious look.

People rose to their feet successively, their expressions flickering. “Vice Sectmaster!”

Upon arriving, Chu Rui asked in a hurry, “Which of you is the one who’s mastered time power and recently snuck a peek into the future?” 

He glanced over the people on the mountaintop and noticed Wu Ji, who he found unfamiliar. “Are you Nie Tian’s master from the Domain of the Falling Stars?”

Wu Ji slowly rose to his feet and nodded. “I am.”

“Can I please borrow you for a while? I promise that I’ll keep you safe. There are a few people who would like to talk to you in person.” Chu Rui issued his invitation in a polite manner.

Nie Tian rose to his feet. “Who would like to talk to my master?” 

“The sectmaster of the Void Spirit Society, the heads of the wood element sect and the fire element sect, and Grand Elder Ye Wenhan from the Heaven Span Pavilion,” Chu Rui explained. “All of us were observing the battle between Grand Monarch Primal Demon and Mo Heng in the deepest part of the Shatter Battlefield when elders came and told us about your vision. We attach great significance to the matter, and want to learn more details from you.”

Wu Ji nodded. “Okay, sure.” 

As they were about to leave together, Nie Tian called out softly, “Vice Sectmaster, my master’s safety...”

Chu Rui wove his hand, signaling him not to worry, then said with a solemn tone, “Your master is one of us. No one will want to harm him at this special moment. I promise that none of those who want to meet him mean ill.”

Slightly relieved by these words, Nie Tian said, “Alright then.”

Then, Chu Rui then said, “You’ve probably noticed the spatial anomalies in the Shatter Battlefield. If it weren’t for those anomalies, the sectmaster of the Void Spirit Society would have used his divine abilities to get your master to us long ago.

“Now, listen to me. All of you better go to the Void Spirit Society’s gathering place.

“The sectmaster of the Void Spirit Society said that after talking with your master, he’ll create a brand new spatial tunnel with his Void Mirror and get all of you out of here.”

With these words, Chu Rui left for the heart of the Shatter Battlefield with Wu Ji.

After some discussion, Nie Tian and the others also set out towards the place where the disciples of the Void Spirit Society were now gathered.

One air-transportation spiritual after another was summoned.

Hou Chulan, the Divine Daughter of the wood element sect, took it upon herself to jump onto Nie Tian’s Star Boat and stood by his side.

Hou Chulan took a deep breath and said, “I’m sensing changes in your aura, Nie Tian. Perhaps even you don’t feel it yet, but I can tell that you’ve become stronger than before. Now, I have a feeling that your aura has an even stronger nourishing effect on my Divine Bamboo. Both your bloodline aura and the aura your wood power core is exuding have become purer.”

Nie Tian pondered briefly, then said, “Perhaps that’s because my flesh power and spiritual power have been refined further after my battle against Ophelia.”

Even he himself had a feeling that his strength had experienced rapid growth recently, and all of his spiritual cores were crystallizing at an unprecedented speed.

On the one hand, this was largely due to the magical effects of the flame spark, Godspirit Tree, and Nine Stars Flower inside of him.

On the other hand, his battle against Ophelia had improved his confidence, along with his understanding of strength and aura.

All of this had contributed to the rapid advances of his strength and cultivation base, even though he hadn’t made much effort recently.

Hou Chulan turned to him, her bright eyes glittering. “I’m sure that your bloodline doesn’t belong to the Floragrims. Their wood bloodlines are very different from yours. I’ve made contact with many Floragrims, so I’m rather familiar with their unique aura. However, you’ve clearly learned some of their secret incantations...”

“I did acquire some Floragrim incantations by accident,” Nie Tian said frankly.

“But aren’t you curious why you can practice Floragrim incantations while you don’t carry their bloodline?” Hou Chulan asked.

“I am, but I can’t find an answer,” Nie Tian said, looking somewhat frustrated. “I still haven’t figured out the origin of my bloodline.”

Hou Chulan let out a soft chuckle and said, “I believe I can help you with that. I recently went through lots of old records, and found something interesting. Do you want to hear about it?”

 

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