Dialo, a Phantasm expert, berthed the ancient starship high in the sky and glanced down at his kind on the ground, excitement appearing on his face. “I’m back, Domain of the Falling Stars.”
Because he had lost the Spirit Pearl, which was a crucial part of their ancient starship’s guidance system, he had been forced to wait in the starry river ever since he had steered the ancient starship out of the Realm of Dark Underworld.
Later, when he had received word from Basto that he would soon organize an invasion of the Domain of the Falling Stars, he had finally put his heart at ease.
Dialo was well-aware that, considering the strength of just the few of them, not only would they not be able to deal a heavy blow to the humans in the Domain of the Falling Stars, but they would also most likely lose this ancient starship to the humans.
Therefore, they had been waiting patiently. Only when they had received word from Basto that their forces had swarmed into the Realm of Split Void through those six spatial rifts did they start sailing back towards the Domain of the Falling Stars.
Today, they had finally returned.
“I sensed something very unsettling just now when we were going through the atmosphere of the Realm of Mystic Heaven,” one of the Phantasms said with furrowed eyebrows. “I didn’t know what it was, but I just knew it wasn’t something good.”
“Why is that?” Dialo asked with a composed face. “Lord Basto is right down there, and he’s coming up to us in a moment. He has the crystals that’ll allow us to restart the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon after thousands of years. You should know how powerful the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon is!”
The Phantasm felt relieved after receiving Dialo’s reassurance. “You’re right. Once the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon is activated, we’ll be able to annihilate any humans under the Void domain with it!”
The Worldly realm and Profound realm Qi warriors in the Heaven Palace Sect’s Five Elements Fortune Formation panicked as they gazed up into the sky.
“That’s one of the Phantasms’ ancient starships!”
“Dear god! I can’t believe that one of the Phantasms’ ancient starships has actually sailed through the starry river to our realm!”
“There’s no way we’re going to win this battle anymore!”
Even the ones who had believed that the humans would win the battle of the Realm of Mystic Heaven now wallowed in desperation.
Soon, pressing sounds came from their Sound Stones with messages from their sectmasters or clanmasters.
“Sectmaster orders that we need to evacuate the Realm of Mystic Heaven!”
“Clanmaster is ordering us to leave the Realm of Mystic Heaven immediately!”
“Let’s go! The Realm of Mystic Heaven is lost. The earlier we leave, the better!”
With these words, the Qi warriors, who had retreated to the Five Elements Fortune Formation since Hua Mu’s unexpected change, started streaming into the inter-realm teleportation portals in the Heaven Palace Sect.
Fortunately, the Heaven Palace Sect’s reserve power was very profound. There were multiple inter-realm teleportation portals available. One after another, people rapidly entered the portals and vanished.
Wu Ya from the Heaven Palace Sect wanted to stop them from abandoning the Realm of the Mystic Heaven, but he realized that he wouldn’t be able to do so by himself. He could only watch them run like scared dogs.
Just moments later, the Qi warriors of the Heaven Palace Sect were the only ones that remained in the Heaven Palace Sect.
Even the disciples of the Poison Sect and the Spirit God Sect, who had promised to defend the Heaven Palace Sect till the end, had teleported back to their own realms.
A streak of cyan light suddenly shot up into the sky and reached the berthed ancient starship in the blink of an eye.
As soon as it did, a dark cyan shield spread out, enveloping the entire ancient starship.
Millions of evil spirits could be seen squirming within the shield as vein-like patterns gradually appeared on it, as if some profound protective spell formation had formed around the ancient starship.
“That’s Basto!” Lu Minhuang cried out, his voice filled with desperation. “He’s entered that ancient starship! As a seventh grade Phantasm and the leader of this invasion, he must know how to use that ancient starship. We don’t stand a chance fighting them anymore.”
Zhao Luofeng, Ling Dong, and the other Soul realm experts also fell silent.
Even Xia Yi knitted his eyebrows as he gazed at the enormous starship floating in the sky. In a helpless voice, he muttered, “I didn’t know things would go this way. If I did...”
He finally regretted that he hadn’t joined the battle at the first possible moment.
Having entered the late Soul realm, he actually had confidence in contending against Basto one-on-one. Even if he wouldn’t be able to overtake him, he would be able to limit his actions to a large extent.
If the three potentates of the Spirit Condor had joined him in attacking Basto, the four of them might have already killed Basto.
Now that the outsiders’ ultimate weapon was here, they would be able to sweep across the Realm of Mystic Heaven and then move onto the other realms. The Flame God Sect would suffer the same fate.
Before, he had assumed that even if they lost this war, he would be able to hole up in an arcane realm with the surviving members of his sect.
But now that the ancient starship was here...
While the Soul realm experts pondered their next move, a wide, bright energy beam shot down from the bottom of the ancient starship.
As the beam stretched downwards, a overwhelming aura that seemed to be able to cleanse all lives spread with it. Even the space close to it seemed slightly bent.
Upon a closer look, countless bright veins, which seemed to contain some profound truths of heaven and earth, could be seen within the glowing beam.
However, to everyone’s surprise, the terrifying beam didn’t target Hua Mu.
“Our headquarters!” Zhao Luofeng exclaimed with wide eyes.
The incredibly powerful beam’s first target was actually the magnificent palace that was protected by the Five Elements Fortune Formation.
As the thick beam of energy poured down from the sky like a river from the heavens, the protective ward that had protected the Heaven Palace Sect from the outsiders’ attacks for more than a month was instantly reduced to multicolored spots that filled the sky.
The land shook and mountains rocked. The splendid palace that had stood unwavering for a thousand years crumbled as if it were made of dirt.
Miserable screams echoed out from the collapsing palace, but seconds later, dead silence hung over the ruins again.
With that devastating blow, numerous Worldly realm and Profound realm Qi warriors of the Heaven Palace Sect were returned to dust.
Gazing coldly at the Heaven Palace Sect’s remains, the Demon expert, who had activated Ancestral Awakening, asked loudly in the human language, “How does the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon taste?
“There were only two of them left in Lord Basto’s clan. One is used to defend their clan, and the other is used to explore other domains. Now that this third Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon has been recovered from the Domain of the Falling Stars, you might as well just accept your fate.
“In fact, you should be honored that your shithole of a domain will be cleansed by a Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon.
“Over the past hundreds of thousands of years, not a single domain that has been conquered by Lord Basto’s clan’s Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon was as weak as the Domain of the Falling Stars.”
The Soul realm experts were at a loss for words. No one made a sound as they listened to the Demon’s arrogant, mocking words.
Just a single blow from the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon managed to shatter the Five Elements Fortune Formation and turn the magnificent palace into ruins. Even if the patriarch of the Heaven Palace Sect had entered the Void domain, he might not necessarily be able to defend against such a devastating blow.
What could they do besides wallow in silence?
“Please take me to the major spatial rift that I sealed a couple of years ago, Senior Zhao!” Nie Tian said in a determined voice.
Zhao Shanling jerked his head towards him. Without saying a word, he created a spatial rift out of thin air and pulled Nie Tian into it.
Lu Minhuang’s face turned pale with fright. “Zhao Shanling has escaped with Nie Tian!” Then, he seemed to have suddenly remembered something as he added hastily, “The Heaven Palace Sect is in ruins. All of the inter-realm teleportation portals are gone. Zhao Shanling is our only means of leaving the Realm of Mystic Heaven!
“The location of that spatial rift must be an ideal place to build inter-realm teleportation portals! Zhao Shanling must have set up a secret teleportation portal there!”
Upon hearing these words, all of the other Soul realm experts widened their eyes.
After witnessing the might of the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon, none of them still imagined that they would win this battle for the Realm of Mystic Heaven.
Under such circumstances, only by leaving the Realm of Mystic Heaven would they have a chance of surviving.
Even though that might not change the final results, they would at least be able to catch a breath and make some arrangements if they could evacuate from the Realm of Mystic Heaven.
“Let’s go!” With a pained look in his eyes, Zhao Luofeng gave Ling Dong a glance and sped off towards the major spatial rift which Nie Tian had sealed years ago.
As soon as Zhao Shanling and Nie Tian had disappeared into the spatial rift, it had vanished again. Therefore, the others could only fly. But since that major spatial rift wasn’t very far from where they were, they all held dearly to this silver lining.
Eyebrows furrowed, a seventh grade Fiend said, “They’re running away.”
The Demon expert smiled disdainfully. “Run? Where can they run to? As long as we have the ancient starship, there isn’t a single place in the Domain of the Falling Stars that we can’t go. Even if they escape to the other realms, we’ll take one realm after another, and eventually kill them all.”
“Don’t worry about them. We’ll have plenty of time to play cat-and-mouse with them after Lord Basto kills that one who’s possessed by the Heavenly Demonsbane with the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon.”
The Fiend expert laughed coldly. “The humans don’t ever change. With all of their powerful experts here, they didn’t put up a fight together, but instead scattered and ran back to their own realms. With them separated, we won’t even need to use the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon. We’ll be able to kill them off one by one.”
The outsider experts didn’t seem worried as they watched Zhao Luofeng and the others run away.
Standing atop one of the three exceptionally high mountain peaks, Zhao Shanling asked with a slightly anxious look in his eyes, “What are you doing, Nie Tian?”
“There’s still a chance of turning the situation around!” With these words, Nie Tian tore his robe open with a violent move. The three ancient fragmentary star marks then flew out of his exposed chest. Dazzling like the stars in the sky, they rapidly streaked into the heart of the three mountain peaks.
A shudder went through Zhao Shanling. “These are...?!”
Nine clusters of starlight started to shine brightly in the depths of Nie Tian’s pitch-black pupils as he said, “The fragmentary star marks inside of me responded the moment the Phantasm’s ancient starship entered the atmosphere of the Realm of Mystic Heaven. If my speculations are correct, the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace has prepared for this. Once an ancient starship sails into the Domain of the Falling Stars, some special arrangement will be activated.”
Zhao Shanling couldn’t help but exclaim, “The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s special arrangement?!”