Seeing Chu Rui and the elders of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace arriving one after another, Guan Cong loudly protested against the injustice he had received from Nie Tian. “Please preside over justice for me, Seniors!
“We were only here to confine the residual evil of the Blood Spirit Sect and Li Langfeng, who has connections with the Heavenly Corpse Sect, on Vice Sectmaster Luo’s command. Both of them have close connections with the seventh Son of the Stars, Nie Tian!
“However, not only did Nie Tian refuse to admit to his wrongdoing, but he even instructed his subordinates to imprison us!”
Guan Cong ranted on, as if the arrival of the seniors of the Ancient Fragmentary Star had emboldened him.
Before the arrival of Chu Rui, Wei Lai, Yan Zhan, and the other elders, he had been deeply apprehensive about Nie Tian’s force, and thus hadn’t dared to do or say anything.
Now, he didn’t seem to be apprehensive anymore, even though Luo Wanxiang still hadn’t shown up.
After all, he assumed that he was in the right.
However, it wasn’t long before he froze.
He suddenly realized that it didn’t matter whether it was seniors like Chu Rui, Wei Lai, and Yan Zhan, or Sons of the Stars like Wang Meijia or Fang Yuan; none of them even looked at him.
Instead, all of them were gathered around Nie Tian, either smiling or frowning.
Some of them were worried about Nie Tian, while others thought he had acted rashly, and thus advised him against letting his emotions get the best of him.
None of them seemed to hear his rant the whole time.
Seeing this, he froze.
He fell completely silent as he watched the elders and vice sectmaster take the initiative to gather around Nie Tian, with some even cozying up to him.
“It seems that Nie Tian has not only won Mo Heng over, but Vice Sectmaster Chu Rui, Wei Lai, Yan Zhan, and the other elders too...” Guan Cong thought to himself, suddenly realizing that even after Luo Wanxiang got here, he might not be able to pressure Nie Tian with his status as a vice sectmaster.
A stream of glorious light suddenly ripped the dark void open in a place not far from Nie Tian.
In the next moment, Ji Yuanquan, Qi Lianshan, Ling You, and a few others from the Void Spirit Society walked out of it.
Qi Lianshan and Ling You flew directly to Pei Qiqi and greeted her by bowing slightly and saying, “Miss Pei!”
At the same time, Ji Yuanquan smiled and nodded at Pei Qiqi. “The sectmaster learned that you left the Shatter Battlefield and came to this place, so he sent us here to escort you back to our sect.”
Pei Qiqi, however, was as expressionless as she always was. “I’m waiting for Nie Tian to finish his business here.”
“I see,” Ji Yuanquan said, as if he knew everything that was going on. With a warm smile, he turned to Nie Tian, bowed slightly, and said in a sincere fashion, “Nie Tian, our sectmaster heard about the incident between you and Luo Wanxiang as well. He said that if you’re not happy in the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, the Void Spirit Society will be glad to take you in so you’ll be one of us.
“He also wanted you to know that whatever the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace is giving you, our sect will give you more.
“He’s grateful for what you and your master have done for not only us, but for those outsiders and Ancientspirits in the depths of the Shatter Battlefield too.”
Ji Yuanquan grew more and more serious as he spoke. Clearly, he wasn’t joking.
All of the important members of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, including Chu Rui, Wang Meijia, Fang Yuan, and even others like Master Blood Spirit were flabbergasted. “What?!”
From the look of it, Ji Yuanquan from the Void Spirit Society had come here to escort Pei Qiqi back to their sect. However, upon arriving, he reached out to Nie Tian on Qu Yi’s behalf and invited him to join the Void Spirit Society.
Did he do this to vie for Nie Tian? So openly?
Chu Rui shook his chubby body and asked with an embarrassed look on his face, “Are you kidding, Brother Ji? Nie Tian is a Son of the Stars of our sect. You know what that means, don’t you? Unlike regular disciples, he’s received our sect’s core legacies and has a chance at becoming our next Lord of the Stars!
“Plus, he doesn’t practice spatial incantations. So what is this supposed to mean with Sectmaster Qu inviting him to join the Void Spirit Society?”
This was what many were thinking.
Ji Yuanquan shrugged. “I don’t know about that. I’m only delivering our sectmaster’s words.”
Nie Tian smiled and said, “Please thank Sectmaster Qu for me. But I don’t think I’ll join the Void Spirit Society. However, if people think up every possible method to oppress me to the point where I no longer have a place in my sect, I guess I’ll have to find a way out of the dead end.”
After hearing this, everyone, including Chu Rui, Wei Lai, and Yan Zhan, grew grim.
Chu Rui had originally placed his bet on Wang Meijia because he had deemed that she would eventually rise to the position of Lord of the Stars.
However, later, Sikong Cuo had come along. He had survived the numerous dangers on his path to the stars, and risen to prominence. Luo Wanxiang had seen his potential, and thus helped him become the one that had had the best chance at winning the competition for the position of the next Lord of the Stars.
Then, Nie Tian had come along. In an overwhelming manner, he had proven his strength, and the fact that he was an even better choice than Sikong Cuo.
His performance in his duel against Ophelia and many other incidents after that had won Mo Heng’s support, and caused Chu Rui to gradually change his attitude towards him.
Even Chu Rui started to think that if the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace had to choose a strong Lord of the Stars in Ji Cang’s absence, Nie Tian would be a better choice than Wang Meijia.
However, he hadn’t expected that the Void Spirit Society would take advantage of this minor friction between Nie Tian and Luo Wanxiang to issue an invitation to Nie Tian.
He had originally come in a light mood, hoping to see how Nie Tian would stand up against Luo Wanxiang. However, his good mood was now ruined, and he felt a strong need to step up and stop Nie Tian, who would be crucial to the sect’s prosperous future, from being taken away.
Streaks of glorious light suddenly shot over from the distance.
As they stopped in the area where Nie Tian and the others were, they turned out to be Huang Jinnan, Hou Chulan, and Lou Hongyan, who Nie Tian couldn’t be more familiar with, along with several late Saint domain elders of the metal element sect, wood element sect, and fire element sect.
Those elders’ statuses in the Five Elements Sect were second only to their sect heads.
Their arrival flabbergasted the members of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace once again, as they didn’t know why these important members of the Five Elements Sect would show up here at this moment.
To their surprise, Hou Chulan smiled as she came to a place between Nie Tian and Ji Yuanquan. Then, in a beautiful voice, she said, “Nie Tian has helped the Five Elements Sect on many occasions. Senior Lu secured a wisp of his soul from the outsiders in the Domain of Nether Heaven because of him.
“And we personally survived the fierce battles against the demented outsiders and Ancientspirits in the Shatter Battlefield because of him and his master.
“So I’m here to issue an invitation to Nie Tian on my sect’s behalf. Nie Tian, if you find your life in the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace unpleasant, you’re welcome to join the Five Elements Sect at any time.
“Like the Void Spirit Society, we’ll also give you whatever you’re getting from the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, and perhaps even more.
“What do you think?”
Hou Chulan looked unblinkingly at Nie Tian with a charming smile. An inviting, anticipating look filled her eyes, as if she would make arrangements right away if Nie Tian nodded.
A clamor burst through those gathered in this place.
Not just those from the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, but even Ji Yuanquan from the Void Spirit Society had a complicated look on his face after he heard this. With a dry smile, he muttered, “This has become interesting.”
Those who had the grimmest expressions were Guan Cong and the other subordinates of Luo Wanxiang.
No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t figure out why the Void Spirit Society and the Five Elements Sect would do such a rule-violating thing as to invite Nie Tian to join them at the same time.
Luo Wanxiang hadn’t arrived yet. However, after the arrival of the Void Spirit Society and the Five Elements Sect, Guan Cong had gradually realized that even if Luo Wanxiang was here, he probably wouldn’t be able to pressure Nie Tian with his authority anymore.
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