Chapter 1303: Fear Spreads

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Ancient starships from the Shadow Society and the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect exploded one after another after being whipped by Gupi’s tentacles.

Debris was sent flying in every direction as sparks sputtered.

Jiang Yuanchi’s dark gray domain gradually flew away from the Realm of Fragmentary Star towards the area where the observers were gathered.

Toxic miasma rapidly pervaded its surroundings.

As this happened, agonized shrieks filled the void.

Numerous surviving members of the Shadow Society, the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect, and Jade Heaven Sect became Gupi’s targets, and had their void and saint domains melted.

After losing the protection of their domains, they couldn’t ward off Gupi’s miasma as Nie Tian could, so they died instantly.

At first, You Qimiao intended to join hands with Ji Yuanquan, Ye Wenhan, and the others to slay the Gupi.

However, he gave up the idea shortly.

“Retreat! All units, retreat!” He madly screamed for the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect Qi warriors who were close to the dark gray domain to retreat right away.

WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

One figure after another abandoned their ancient starships and dashed off like streaks of colorful light.

At this moment, everyone realized that Jiang Yuanchi had truly lost control!

That was because he had even started to attack the Shadow Society, which he had devoted his life to!

He was even capable of destroying core members of the Shadow Society without the slightest hesitation. How could he still be himself?

WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

The dark gray shadow domain gradually accelerated. With a speed faster than that of any ancient starship or Saint domain expert, it dashed towards the place where the foreign observers were gathered, along with Ye Wenhan and Ji Yuanquan.

Many members of the Shadow Society, the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect, and the Jade Heaven Sect it encountered along its way suffered tragic deaths.

Their agonized shrieks filled the void.

In the First Heaven of the Nine Star Heavens, Nie Tian was dumbstruck. “This is...”

Since Nie Tian had absorbed all of the remaining toxic miasma with the Illusory Ancient Talisman, and Gupi had shifted its target from the Realm of Fragmentary Star, Chu Rui, Yan Zhan, Wei Lai, Xin Qing, Han Wanrong, and the others finally came to his side.

They remained under the protection of the Nine Star Heavens as they observed what was happening outside with wide eyes.

Numerous Void and Saint domain members, along with dozens of ancient starships from the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect, the Shadow Society, had traveled great distances to launch this invasion. Who would have thought that they would end up defeated by Jiang Yuanchi, or to be exact, Gupi?

“Why? Why is this happening? Jiang Yuanchi was clearly sane when he employed the Gupi’s power and attempted to breach the Nine Star Heavens with its toxic miasma.” Xin Qing muttered in a low voice.

“He might have been in control of his faculties earlier, but clearly not now,” Han Wanrong said without any pity on her face. 

Watching the members of the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect and the Shadow Society suffer and die, she continued, “No matter how this battle will end, the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect, the Shadow Society, and the Jade Heaven Sect will suffer significant losses.”

Yan Zhan chimed in. “Both their strength and statuses in the human world will suffer drastic declines.” 

Chu Rui took a glance at them and said with a grim expression, “It’s not time to gloat. Let’s focus on finding a way to take care of Gupi instead. Should we fail to do that, the Realm of Fragmentary Star will still fall. Not only us, but people throughout the human world will be plunged into misery and suffering!”

Everyone fell silent.

In Fragmentary Star City, Yu Suying, Mo Qianfan, Yin Xingtian, and the other powerful experts could only look up and wait.

They had witnessed all that had happened. As things developed, they had gone from being surprised at first to being worried about the new problem.

They weren’t disciples of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace. They neither practiced the Fragmentary Star Incantation, nor had any special tools that would allow them to enter the Nine Star Heavens without being bombarded by its spell formations.

Therefore, they could only stay on the ground and observe.

Even if Yu Suying and Mo Qianfan were at the middle or late God domain, they wouldn’t dare to enter the Nine Star Heavens, not to mention that they were only at the early God domain.

“What are they waiting for?” Dong Li asked.

“I don’t know,” Yu Suying said, frowning deeply. “Jiang Yuanchi from the Shadow Society seems to be completely possessed by Gupi. The only sealing magic I know that has proven to be effective on the Gupi is the Dark Shadow Sealing Spell. If Jiang Yuanchi fails to contain it, who knows how much suffering humanity will face?”

Mo Qianfan also felt strong fear. “The worst part of this is that Qu Yi, Chu Yuan, and all of our peak experts happen to be away at this moment!” 

If Gupi entered the Domain of Endless Thunder and ravaged one realm after another, many from the Heavenly Thunder Sect and the Mo Clan would die within a short time.

Even if they managed to evacuate in time, their realms would be plagued by toxic miasma.

“Gupi is so powerful that even Jiang Yuanchi can’t control it anymore, much less refine it. Who of us can seal it away?” Fang Yuan muttered to himself, sagging his head.

Yu Suying sighed in frustration. “It’s going to be very hard. Even Chu Yuan and Qu Yi couldn’t find a way to seal it back in the day.” 

BZZZ!

Sparks of starlight jumped over Nie Tian’s fingertips briefly before flying into the approaching Illusory Ancient Talisman.

Seeing the Illusory Ancient Talisman approach under Nie Tian’s command like a glorious glowing sphere, Chu Rui and the others gasped with astonishment, and hastily jumped away from him.

They were even more surprised to see Nie Tian fuse sparks of starlight into it.

“What are you doing, Nie Tian?” Wei Lai exclaimed.

“I want to try and see if there’s a kind of power that can limit the concentrated toxins within it,” Nie Tian explained. “Those toxins are from Gupi. If I can refine or block them, I might be able to find a way to deal with Gupi.”

“Star power doesn’t work on it,” Chu Rui said.

As soon as he said this, Nie Tian realized that he was right.

The sparks of starlight vanished without making a sound as soon as they entered the Illusory Ancient Talisman, like drops of water falling into the sea, not creating any noticeable splash.

“Wood power!”

He drew wisps of wood power from his wood power core to fuse into the wondrous talisman.

Nothing happened either.

“It won’t work,” Chu Rui said. “None of the powers human cultivators practice do. Metal, wood, water, fire, earth powers... none of them can be used to refine or seal Gupi. People have already tried them and failed. Even soul power will be melted away when facing Gupi’s power.”

Nie Tian frowned. “That seems to be the case.” 

Even after he fused power from the flame spark into the Illusory Ancient Talisman, it only flickered for a brief moment before dying out.

“The flame spark came from the Divine Flame that burned down the Domain of Flame’s End, and it has transformed and upgraded after receiving my Blood Essence. It has worked miracles on various occasions. I thought it could refine or burn away Gupi’s acidic toxins within the Illusory Ancient Talisman, but I guess I was wrong.”

He finally realized how thorny the problem was.

He had practiced flame, wood, and star power for many years, and had found a matching Heaven Nourished grade treasure for each of them. Even so, they didn’t have any noticeable effect on the acidic toxins released by Gupi in the Illusory Ancient Talisman.

At this moment, Nie Tian understood why Ji Yuanquan, Ye Wenhan, and the other experts dreaded Gupi so much.

“I enveloped myself in a shield of flesh power and flame power earlier. Even though it also suffered from severe corrosion, it endured and kept me safe. As for this Illusory Ancient Talisman, it’s a spell I picked up from the magical land the Flame Dragon Armor took me to. It should be a secret spell of the titans.

“If no human power or tool works on Gupi, what about powers and tools of other races?

“Can I refine the toxic miasma released by Gupi with my bloodline power, the Spirit Pearl, or the Star Behemoth bone?”

After pondering for a while, he decided to test his speculation.

He first summoned the Spirit Pearl.

WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

Numerous star talismans and spell formations forged from refined star metal instantly came to form, and gathered to bombard the Spirit Pearl.

“Stop!” Chu Rui hastily shouted.

Nie Tian’s expression flickered as he realized what was happening. Without delay, he left the Nine Star Heavens and crossed into the starry river.

After he did, the Spirit Pearl, a precious Phantasm treasure, was saved from the bombardment it had been going to receive from the Nine Star Heavens.

“There shouldn’t be a problem now,” he muttered.

Then, he summoned the five evil gods from within the Spirit Pearl and communicated with the Spirit Pearl’s soul. He wanted to see if they could combine their power to refine Gupi’s toxic miasma, and from there find a way to deal with Gupi.

 

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