After Nie Tian returned, Yin Yanan shot him one of her sideways glances. A hint of disgust appeared at the corner of her mouth as she asked, “What’s the situation with her? Is that a new robe?”
Nie Tian’s expression was as calm as ever. “Yeah, she tore up the old one.”
Yin Yanan couldn’t help but grow grumpy. “You...!”
“Relax,” Nie Tian said. “It didn’t happen.”
Xie Wanting from the Water Moon Sect heard their conversation, but didn’t understand what they were talking about.
Her curious gaze went back and forth between the two of them as she wondered what the relationship between them was.
“Didn’t happen? Did you resist, or did she sober up before, you know...?” With these words, Yin Yanan snorted disdainfully. “She must have sobered up. Otherwise, given your lecherous nature, you’d never take the initiative to call it off.”
“Say whatever you want.” Nie Tian said, deciding not to bicker with her.
They didn’t wait very long before Mu Biqiong showed up.
As soon as she arrived, Yin Yanan fixed her with a piercing stare.
Mu Biqiong frowned. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
“I suggest you travel by yourself from now on,” Yin Yanan said coldly. “Who knows when you’ll lose control of yourself again? Perhaps next time it happens, that bastard won’t pass on the opportunity again. You wouldn’t want things like that to happen, would you?”
“That’s none of your business,” Mu Biqiong said with a cold face. “I can take care of myself.”
Yin Yanan let out a cold snort. “Don’t tell me that you’ve actually fallen for that bastard, and that you’re using the coexisting flowers as a cover, so you’ll be able to justify your behavior.”
Flames of rage burned in Mu Biqiong’s eyes. “Shut up!”
“Hmm! I hope you know what you’re doing.” With these words, Yin Yanan summoned her air-transportation spiritual tool and jumped on board lightly.
Nie Tian scrached his nose and also jumped on board.
After a moment of hesitation, Xie Wanting leapt into the sky. Looking down at the little room left on Yin Yanan’s air-transportation spiritual tool, she wondered whether she should summon her own air-transportation spiritual tool.
“It’s gonna be a bit crowded with you in here with us, but it won’t be a problem, so come on,” Yin Yanan said.
After receiving Yin Yanan’s abnormally friendly invitation, Xie Wanting hesitated briefly before flying directly onto the air-transportation spiritual tool.
Mu Biqiong was the last one to leap into the air. She frowned slightly after seeing the little room left on the air-transportation spiritual tool.
But eventually, she flew into it and sat between Xie Wanting and Nie Tian.
The four of them sat in the lotus position with their knees inches from each other’s.
Nie Tian found himself surrounded by different kinds of beauty in the air-transportation spiritual tool. Smelling the ladies’ pleasant scents, he couldn’t help but smile.
Then, the air-transportation spiritual tool shot into the distance, with Xie Wanting giving directions from time to time.
The four of them cultivated in silence as the air-transportation spiritual tool traveled at a high speed.
Since the Bloody Grave Mountain Range wasn’t located in the outermost ring of the Shatter Battlefield, they no longer traveled in a circle, but rather flew towards the center of the Shatter Battlefield.
Two weeks later, the Bloody Grave Mountain Range entered their sight.
Rolling mountain ranges of snow-capped mountain peaks stretched as far as their eyes could see.
Before even entering the Bloody Grave Mountain Range, Nie Tian saw heavy snow pervading the entire region. As the wind blew past, he felt frigid cold piercing through his flesh into his bones, which made him very uncomfortable.
As their air-transportation spiritual tool finally reached one of the snow-capped mountain peaks, it became even more freezing.
Yin Yanan’s cultivation attribute agreed with this heaven and earth, so she didn’t seem to experience any discomfort. However, the others all frowned deeply in the frigid environment.
“There are a lot of corpses over there.” Eyebrows furrowed, Yin Yanan pointed at a distant location, and her air-transportation spiritual tool flew over with a loud whoosh.
It was a mountain valley where numerous corpses were covered in thick snow, some of which seemed to be human.
Yin Yanan unleashed frost power, forming a blade of ice, with which she got rid of the snow, revealing the buried corpses.
Some of them belonged to humans, while others belonged to outsiders. There were both females and males among them.
One of them caught Nie Tian’s eyes. Surprised, he exclaimed, “Qiu Ji from the Earth Spirit Sect!”
At the Fortune Wells, Qiu Ji and his Earth Spirit Sect subordinates had hoped to take the opportunity to attack Nie Tian, who had been in the middle of his breakthrough. However, thanks to Fata, the Floragrim, they had suffered a sound defeat, with all of his subordinates killed.
Qiu Ji had escaped by himself.
Therefore, he hadn’t had a chance to witness the upheaval of Yuan Jiuchuan slaughtering the others.
Who would have thought that he would come and die here after fleeing from the Fortune Wells?
Yin Yanan jumped off her air-transportation spiritual tool and walked around to examine the corpses. After a short while, she said, “They don’t seem to have been dead for long, and someone has looted their rings of holding and spiritual tools. I can’t tell who did this, but whoever could do this must be very powerful.”
Nie Tian also examined the scene with his bloodline power, but failed to sense much residual flesh power from the corpses.
Human corpses were usually useless for him. Even Void domain experts would lose all of their faint flesh power shortly after their deaths, unless they practiced special body refining incantations like Yin Yanan did.
When low-grade outsiders died, the residual flesh power in their flesh, blood, and bones would also rapidly scatter into heaven and earth.
He only sensed for a few seconds before he realized that these corpses covered in deep snow were completely useless to him, and so he lost interest in examining them closely.
Xie Wanting let out a sigh. “We’ve barely entered the Bloody Grave Mountain Range, yet the battles that took place here were already this deadly… And there aren’t any evil spirits, ghouls, or tainted spiritual energies of heaven and earth at the perimeter. What’s more, since there aren’t many valuable spiritual materials here, it’s actually not necessary to fight each other to the death here.”
Taken aback, Nie Tian asked, “Have you never been here before?”
Xie Wanting shook her head. “No, I’ve only heard about this place, and I got to observe the mountain range from afar once. My cultivation base was still too low back then, and I was on a trip to the Bloody Grave Mountain Range with my senior martial brothers. They plucked up their courage and marched inside, but none of them ever came out again.”
“What cultivation bases were your senior martial brothers at?” Nie Tian asked.
“They were all at the Profound realm, with three at the late Profound realm,” Xie Wanting said with a bitter expression.
Eyes narrowed, Nie Tian gazed off into the vast mountain range and said, “Interesting. So this Bloody Grave Mountain Range is indeed an extremely dangerous place. However, as far as I know, the more dangerous a place is, the rarer spiritual materials and treasures it may hold.”
Xie Wanting sighed. “That’s not wrong, but you’ve got to make sure that you can get out of it alive. If you three didn’t agree to come, even though I’ve already entered the late Profound realm, and I’m sure that I’m stronger than any of those senior martial brothers of mine were, I still wouldn’t have the courage to come here to seek fortune by myself.”
Yin Yanan jumped back onto her air-transportation spiritual tool and said, “Let’s go.”
Like a bolt of lightning, the air-transportation spiritual tool shot past the mountain valley and flew deeper and deeper.
As it did, the snow grew heavier and heavier. Gusts of frigid wind blew past, making their teeth chatter unceasingly.
Soon, Nie Tian and Yin Yanan became the only ones who were still able to contend against the frigid cold with nothing but their fleshly bodies.
Mu Biqiong and Xie Wanting no longer dared to expose themselves in the sky-filling snow and bone-piercing wind. They rapidly formed spiritual power wards to ward off the cold.
“The deeper we go, the colder it’ll get. Is that how it is?” Nie Tian asked Xie Wanting.
“No, it’s gonna be different at the heart of the mountain range,” Xie Wanting explained. “In fact, all this frigid wind and snow are nothing compared to the tainted spiritual Qi of Heaven and Earth that we’ll face in the depths of the mountain range. We’ll also face threats from evil spirits and ghouls. They’ll most likely attack us on sight.
“Besides, the outsiders and human cultivators we may run into there will probably also be cruel and ruthless. We’ll need to keep an eye out for them at all times as well.”
Nie Tian nodded slowly.
As Yin Yanan’s air-transportation spiritual tool flew over another mountain valley covered in thick snow, one of the snow-covered human shapes suddenly emanated a beam of sharp, icy light.
Magical symbols could be seen rotating within the beam of dazzling light, which exuded a frigid aura.
The beam of icy light shot into the bottom of Yin Yanan’s air-transportation spiritual tool. The strong impact allowed it to pierce right through it.
As the air-transportation spiritual tool blew up into pieces, the icy light also split into countless ice swords that shot towards Nie Tian and the others.
Nie Tian and the others jumped out of the shattered air-transportation spiritual tool, each unleashing magics to smash the incoming ice swords.
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
The four of them landed in the snow-pervaded valley with loud crashes.
Large pieces of snow-covered ice shattered. As the snow settled, a number of Qi warriors appeared in the valley.
Judging from their garments, they were clearly from the same sect. All of them exuded frost auras, allowing them to blend into this frigid heaven and earth. Even Nie Tian had failed to detect their life auras.
Xie Wanting from the Water Moon Sect took a quick glance at their garments, and her expression flickered. “They’re disciples of the Heavenly Ice Sect from the Domain of Endless Snow!”