Each and every fragmentary star was a condensation of pure star power.
After all, Luo Wanxiang, as a God domain expert, had spent tens of thousands of years refining them.
Every wisp of the star power they contained was purer than the star power Nie Tian absorbed from Star Stones or from the starry river directly.
Luo Wanxiang stared at Nie Tian with a hint of disdain in his eyes, which looked like cold stars.
Nie Tian’s mad howls and agonized shrieks didn’t surprise him at all.
He shook his head. “You’re only at the Soul realm. And you practice flame, wood, and star power simultaneously. How can you possibly handle star power of such immensity? Sure, that Nine Stars Flower of yours may be able to dissolve part of my power, but how developed is it? Does it have five blossoms or seven?”
As a former Son of the Stars, he clearly knew more about the fragmentary star marks, Nine Stars Flowers, and other secrets of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace.
As rare as Nine Stars Flowers were, they weren’t Heaven Nourished grade spiritual materials.
As Earth Cultivated grade spiritual materials, they perfectly agreed with the needs of Qi warriors who practiced the Fragmentary Star Incantation.
However, Earth Cultivated grade spiritual materials had their limitations. Besides, considering Nie Tian’s current cultivation base, it was almost impossible for him to provide his Nine Stars Flower with enough stimulation for it to reach full maturity and develop all nine blossoms.
He saw through Nie Tian’s situation.
After Nie Tian’s body brimmed with star power, rays of starlight started to shoot from within him.
It was as if countless needles had riddled his exceptionally tough body with holes, through which starlight burst forth.
Grand Patriarch Evil Phantom’s expression flickered with astonishment as he sensed Luo Wanxiang’s overwhelming aura, and he subconsciously stopped himself from summoning more Blood Essence to attack Nie Tian again.
After a cold snort, Luo Wanxiang withdrew his gaze from Nie Tian, refocusing on pressuring Yu Suying, Yin Xingtian, and Mo Qianfan with the wonders of the All Manifestations Star Banner.
It appeared that he was convinced that Nie Tian’s star power core would burst from the star power he had infused into him.
After all, Nie Tian was only at the Soul realm. Even with the help of the Nine Stars Flower, his star power core shouldn’t be able to handle the star power he had flooded him with.
Another drop of Blood Essence suddenly flew out of Nie Tian’s heart and dripped onto the stem of the Nine Stars Flower.
Madly absorbing the immense flesh power essence within the drop of Blood Essence, the Nine Stars Flower changed again!
Originally, the Nine Stars Flower had five blossoms. Having been infused with his Blood Essence and refined some of the fragmentary stars, it had grown two new blossoms.
Now, after absorbing another drop of Blood Essence that brimmed with life power, another two new blossoms appeared on the Nine Stars Flower.
From five to seven blossoms, and now to nine!
It was hard to believe that the Nine Stars Flower was now in full bloom!
Each and every blossom seemed to have a tiny starry river inside of it, which allowed them to absorb more star power!
The star power that continued to squeeze into the brimming star power core instantly found a vent.
More star power that was extremely pure and refined then streamed into the newly-developed blossoms of the Nine Stars Flower, causing mini star rivers to light up within them.
Howling madly, Nie Tian once again activated the attractive force of the Nine Stars Flower to attract more of the fragmentary stars released by Luo Wanxiang.
One after another, new fragmentary stars entered Nie Tian and fused into his spiritual sea in his dantian region.
As this happened, the Nine Stars Flower in his star power core, which had fully crystallized, had a shade of devilish red added to it, as if it were colored by his life bloodline.
The Nine Stars Flower gradually expanded in size, with a bit of red looming in its translucent, sparkling blossoms.
The curious plant suddenly changed again.
Stimulated by something, new branches started growing out of its main stem.
Upon a closer look, crystallized starlight that resembled tiny nebulae could be seen forming at the ends of those branches, as if they could turn into new blossoms in the future.
Such changes were by no means insignificant. Even Nie Tian was astonished.
Suddenly, more fragmentary stars that were a condensation of Luo Wanxiang’s star power were attracted.
Many, with which Luo Wanxiang had intended to bombard the seven Saint domain experts of the Profound Purity Palace, had their direction altered, and flew towards Nie Tian instead.
Nie Tian’s body suddenly emanated blinding light.
All of the others who were engaged in a fierce battle were startled, and jerked their heads towards him.
They were surprised to notice that the glowing shape of a mysterious flower gradually rose from the top of Nie Tian’s head.
Its branches seemed to connect to the starry river, while its blossoms looked like nebulae, hosting the endless wonders of the stars.
The curious plant seemed to be rooted in the depths of the starry river, surrounded by billions of stars, which gave it an extremely glorious look.
One fragmentary star after another plummeted towards Yu Suying and Yin Xingtian under Luo Wanxiang’s control.
However, those fragmentary stars suddenly went out of control and flew towards Nie Tian. Upon contact with the illusory flower, they vanished completely.
Luo Wanxiang’s face turned pale with fright.
He was terrified to discover that not only did the fragmentary stars, which he had vested with his divine will, have their imprints erased the moment they made contact with Nie Tian, but the extremely pure star power within them was also being forcibly dissolved by that magical plant.
He stared unblinkingly at the illusory flower that floated over Nie Tian. His voice became strange as it came out. “The Nine Stars Flowers... shouldn’t work this way!
“I used to be a Son of the Stars myself! Ages ago, I purchased a Nine Stars Flower with ten million contribution points. Due to my stimulation, it developed all nine blossoms before I even entered the God domain!
“However, even in full bloom, my Nine Stars Flower never manifested such an incredible effect!”
PHEW! PHEW! PHEW!
As he was shocked and distracted, countless rays of Heaven-purging Divine Light pierced into the All Manifestations Star Banner.
The image of an endless starry river within the banner suddenly changed, giving rise to a loud boom. Afterwards, a large amount of fragmentary starlight flew out from the Immortal grade divine tool.
Just as he was about to manipulate it with his soul awareness, he discovered that Yin Xingtian and Mo Qianfan were exerting themselves simultaneously.
Then, as he was going to cast incantations and go all-out to kill them, he noticed that the fragmentary starlight was also attracted by the illusory flower behind Nie Tian.
The feeling of his power leaving him made him insecure and gradually anxious.
“Nine Stars Flowers should have only been able to channel star power from the starry river and materials like Star Stones!” Luo Wanxiang roared inwardly. “I’m at the God domain! The star power within my All Manifestations Star Banner was extracted from the cores of newborn realms I found in the depths of the boundless starry river!
“Such star power is far purer and more refined than the star power Star Stones can produce and realms naturally emanate!
“Not to mention that it also carries my unique aura. Earth Cultivated grade spiritual materials like Nine Stars Flowers can’t possibly absorb it so quickly!”
All of a sudden, the illusory flower floating over Nie Tian burst forth with dazzling starlight.
At first glance, the image it presented looked somewhat similar to that of Luo Wanxiang’s Immortal grade divine tool, the All Manifestations Star Banner.
It seemed to be rooted in the depths of the starry river and nourished by myriad stars, which made it unfathomably mysterious.
A Saint domain disciple of the Profound Purity Palace was flabbergasted by the incredible scene. “The heavens! Such a magical plant doesn’t really exist, does it?”
“Of course it’s not real,” another said. “That thing takes root in the starry river and strengthens itself by absorbing nourishment from nearby realms. If it wasn’t illusory, do you know how terrifying that would be?
“Even Star Behemoths can’t do much more than that!”
At this moment, Yu Suying, Yin Xingtian, Mo Qianfan, and even Luo Wanxiang himself stayed their hands to look at the bizarre illusory flower.
Luo Wanxiang lowered his gaze and pondered. “This far exceeds what Nine Stars Flowers should be able to do.”
Pieces of old memories entered his mind as he attempted to find an answer.
Moments later, a bolt of lightning seemed to flash across his eyes.
“Back when I purchased my Nine Stars Flower with contribution points, the last Lord of the Stars mentioned to me that Earth Cultivated grade spiritual materials like Nine Stars Flower have a very slim chance to be upgraded.
“But he also said that the requirements for such upgrades were so strict that they were almost impossible to accomplish. Even he had never made such an upgrade successfully.
“Don’t tell me Nie Tian has succeeded with his Nine Stars Flower.
“After the upgrade, his Nine Stars Flower is at the Heaven Nourished grade at the very least. But why...?”
Luo Wanxiang’s head almost exploded with questions.
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