Jing Feiyang from the Divine Seal Sect, Qu Mingde from the Golden Vast Sect, Quan Zixuan from the Thousandsword Mountain Sect, Master Blood Spirit, and Xie Qian had recently stayed in the Realm of Maelstrom.
Simply too many powerful experts from various domains had traveled to the Realm of Maelstrom recently. The visitor flow was scary.
Jing Feiyang and the others were afraid that conflicts would break out, and thus stayed to practice cultivation while keeping an eye on things.
All of a sudden, the Realm of Maelstrom seemed to become an untroubled sacred land of the human domains.
The rumors of Nie Tian being a ‘Godmaker’ was the main reason for this, along with his reputation, which had been climbing after his deeds in the Domain of Spirit Sea, the Domain of Dark Marsh, and the Domain of Jade Heaven.
His reputation reached the peak after what had happened at the Realm of Fragmentary Star.
Many had been there to witness him sealing the toxic miasma released by Gupi with a wondrous sealing magic.
Gupi had somehow left the Realm of Fragmentary Star after madly massacring numerous Void and Saint domain experts, along with powerful experts from the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect and the Shadow Society. Many believed the credit should go to Nie Tian and his master, Wu Ji.
The explanation given by the Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion was that Wu Ji had arrived and scared Gupi off.
They said that Wu Ji was currently seeking new breakthroughs in his cultivation in one of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s secret cultivation rooms in the Realm of Fragmentary Star.
The fact that he was in secluded cultivation prevented him from coming out to seal Gupi, who was causing trouble everywhere.
Ji Yuanquan and the others had concealed the truth about Wu Ji.
As far as others were concerned, Nie Tian and Wu Ji, this disciple-master pair, had proven their unique abilities as early as the upheaval in the Shatter Battlefield. Now, they were winning even more acknowledgment.
Because of this, the Realm of Maelstrom, which belonged to Nie Tian and was a hub that connected to various domains, naturally became the focus of everyone’s attention.
Numerous Qi warriors from various sects and clans traveled countless miles to the Realm of Maelstrom.
Some came to befriend Nie Tian, hoping that they would receive his help when they made their attempts to enter the God domain, while others came out of fear of Gupi. Their realms bordered those that had been attacked by it, and they wanted to find a place that was safe.
Naturally, Nie Tian’s Realm of Maelstrom came to mind.
In the Golden Vast Sect’s territory, three people appeared in the large-scale teleportation portal, to which Zhao Shanling had recently made changes.
In a place not far from the teleportation portal, a group of seven people who were walking away after arriving caught sight of Ling Bingyun, Han Qiong, and Kong Shuangjing. “Isn’t this the Ice Soul Divine Sect?”
Ling Bingyun took an icy glance at the leader of the seven and frowned slightly. “Zhang Qiling!”
Zhang Qiling curled his lips and said with a cold smile, “This is odd. You started a fight with Nie Tian in the Domain of Primal Yang. If I remember correctly, Nie Tian even said that he’d visit your sect to settle this matter with you. It’s just that he’s been busy with various things after that, and hasn’t had a chance to go find you in the Domain of Frigid Frost. You should feel lucky about that. Why come to the Realm of Maelstrom all of a sudden?”
Han Qiong and Kong Shuangjing looked embarrassed.
“That’s between me and him. It’s none of your business,” Ling Bingyun said coldly.
Zhang Qiling from the Heavenly Spirit Sect had long since learned about her temperament. Therefore, instead of getting angry, he laughed, and walked away with the elders of his sect.
As he walked, he said, “Times have changed. That Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace has already become a strong force. Even though his own cultivation base isn’t very high at the moment, he can’t be underestimated. Remember: when you’re in the Realm of Maelstrom, behave yourselves and refrain from offending anyone. Don’t think too much of yourselves, as certain people do.
“Also, try to communicate more with Nie Tian’s subordinates. There are a few important people you need to remember, such as Dong Li. She’s...”
The group of people from the Heavenly Spirit Sect gradually disappeared into the distance.
Ling Bingyun’s expression had never been grimmer.
Zhang Qiling had clearly been referring to her testing Nie Tian’s battle prowess with her cold power in the Domain of Primal Yang, causing him to burst into a flaming rage and hold a grudge against the Ice Soul Divine Sect.
Han Qiong, however, narrowed his eyes. Fine sparkling wisps could be seen jumping in the depths of his eyes.
A few seconds later, he gasped with astonishment and exclaimed, “I can’t believe a small place like the Realm of Maelstrom is filled with crouching tigers and hidden dragons. I’m sensing dozens of Saint domain experts! Thirteen of them are at the late Saint domain like Zhang Qiling!”
Ling Bingyun was flabbergasted. “How come there are so many experts here?”
Han Qiong hesitated briefly before adding, “There are also a few hidden auras that are so profound that even I find them unfathomable. I suspect they belong to God domain experts! Perhaps Yu Suying, Mo Qianfan, and possibly other God domain experts, have finished accounting for their sect affairs and returned to the Realm of Maelstrom. Perhaps they’re afraid for the Realm of Maelstrom and that the Jade Heaven Sect will seek retaliation.”
Kong Shuangjing’s expression flickered. “God domain experts!”
Ling Bingyun’s expression grew even grimmer.
She had assumed that given the Ice Soul Divine Sect’s long history and her status, she might be able to settle this matter with Nie Tian in a face-saving manner.
Now, after hearing that several God domain experts and more than a dozen late Saint domain experts like her were currently in the Realm of Maelstrom, she lost more than half of her confidence.
The three of them then left the teleportation portal to see Qu Mingde from the Golden Vast Sect and express their intentions.
They were here to see Nie Tian.
Qu Mingde sat in a tall seat with his arms and legs widespread. Ignoring Han Qiong’s flattering smile, he said in a nonchalant manner, “Sorry, our master isn’t in the Realm of Maelstrom at the moment. He’s in secluded cultivation, and I’m not at liberty to disclose the time when he’ll finish and come back to you.
“Also, there are a dozen late Saint domain experts that are already in line to see our master. All of them are sect or clan leaders like you.
“All of them are waiting for our master to come out of his secluded cultivation, and have lived in the Realm of Maelstrom for quite some time now. Whether or not our master will want to see them is up to him.
“Even if he decides to see them, he’ll see them in order of arrival.”
With these words, Qu Mingde shot a cold glance at Ling Bingyun, then added, “Your domain didn’t ask to establish a teleportation connection with the Realm of Maelstrom. So wherever you came from, our rules dictate that you need to pay spirit stones for your teleportation. Also, if you wish to stay in the Realm of Maelstrom, you’ll have to pay the stipulated amount of spirit stones as well.”
Ling Bingyun’s face became so cold that it seemed to have frozen. She was so furious that she couldn’t speak.
She was the sectmaster of the Ice Soul Divine Sect. She had been the chosen one, and everyone had showered her with praises and care from the day she had entered the Ice Soul Divine Sect.
Due to her unearthly appearance, many elders of the Five Elements Sect and the Heaven Span Pavilion had great affection for her.
She far exceeded Qu Mingde in both status and cultivation base.
However, Qu Mingde had poured scorn on her, showing her no respect at all.
She hadn’t had many similar experiences before.
She felt utterly humiliated.
Han Qiong and Kong Shuangjing repeatedly gave her meaningful looks, signaling her to hold her temper.
Thinking of the threat from Gupi the Domain of Frigid Frost was now facing, and the incredible power Nie Tian had at his command, she eventually sighed inwardly and chose to remain silent.
Seeing this, Han Qiong smiled bitterly and said to Qu Mingde, “We shall abide by your rules. We’re here to apologize to Nie Tian, and we’ve brought lavish gifts. Hopefully, he’ll forgive our rude actions in the Domain of Primal Yang.”
“That’ll be for our master to decide after he comes out of his secluded cultivation,” Qu Mingde said with an indifferent tone.
“Of course, of course,” Han Qiong said hastily.
Shortly afterwards, a group of important figures from the Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion arrived in the Realm of Maelstrom.
“That’s Ji Yuanquan!”
“And Huang Jinnan and Hou Chulan too. Why are they here?”
They went to find Jing Feiyang together under many gazes.
In the middle of a quiet palace, Ji Yuanquan asked with knitted brows, “When will Nie Tian come out of his secluded cultivation? The Domain of Green Woods is going to fall soon. Who knows which domain Gupi will set its mind on next? No one can stop it if Nie Tian doesn’t come out of his secluded cultivation, and his master, Wu Ji, doesn’t show up!”
All of the visitors from the Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion fixed Jing Feiyang with anticipating looks.
“Miss Dong instructed us to gather high-grade spirit beast and outsider corpses. She told us that they’d help Nie Tian make advances in his cultivation and bloodline,” Jing Feiyang explained. “We’ve been doing that recently. Miss Dong is the only one who’s staying by Nie Tian’s side as he practices secluded cultivation. Since she’s not back, we don’t know when he’ll come out of his secluded cultivation.”
Hou Chulan from the Five Elements Sect turned to the crowd and said, “It seems that Nie Tian has a great need for high-grade spirit beast meat and outsider corpses. Back in the day, he helped me enter the Saint domain on the condition that I provided him with high-grade spirit beast and outsider corpses. I suppose since we all want him to come out of his secluded cultivation as soon as possible, how about we help him by having our sect’s stock of those items shipped to the Realm of Maelstrom?”
Ye Wenhan and Ji Yuanquan exchanged a glance and nodded slightly.
Ji Yuanquan was spirited.
Recently, they had been able to obtain the sources of flesh power Nie Tian needed from visitors from various domains.
However, they had had to trade spiritual materials with equal value for them.
Now, due to the great threat from Gupi, Hou Chulan proposed, and the Void Spirit Society, Five Elements Sect, and Heaven Span Pavilion agreed, to contribute their stock of the kind of cultivation materials Nie Tian needed the most at this moment. He was very grateful for this.
“Go.” Ye Wenhan from the Heaven Span Pavilion signaled for an elder to go into action.
Two weeks later.
Jing Feiyang appeared in the teleportation portal on that meteor in the Domain of Forbidden Heaven, holding a handful of rings of holding.
Smiling, he handed them to Dong Li. Looking at her and Hua Mu, he said, “These were contributed by the Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion.”
Dong Li grabbed the rings of holding. After scanning them quickly with her soul awareness, she exclaimed in shock, “Corpses of ninth grade Ancientbeast and outsider grand patriarchs! And there are more than a dozen of them!”
“The Void Spirit Society, the Five Elements Sect, and the Heaven Span Pavilion have fought countless battles against Ancientspirits and outsiders in the Dead Star Sea, during which they’ve killed quite a number of ninth grade Ancientbeasts and outsider grand patriarchs,” Jing Feiyang said, full of smiles. “They stocked them up so they could take them out bit by bit. They may use them as materials to forge Spirit Channeling grade spiritual tools, or bestow them upon disciples with agreeable cultivation attributes so they could practice cultivation with the residual power within them. Ninth grade Ancientbeast and outsider corpses are very useful and hard to find. If Gupi weren’t giving them such great headaches, they would have never contributed so generously.”
“These will definitely help Nie Tian get stronger!” Dong Li said excitedly.
The black tortoise crouched at her feet also smelled the flesh power within the Ancientbeast corpses, and kept pulling at the bottom of Dong Li’s dress with its mouth.
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