Chapter 966: Returning to Fragmentary Star City

The reestablishment of a teleportation portal meant that the exploration of this new domain would be accident-free from now on.

Even if the vanished Lizardmen returned, they wouldn’t have a chance at retaking this domain from Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan.

Having had their teleportation portal destroyed once, the two of them stationed heavy forces to guard this new teleportation portal.

As long as the teleportation portal stood, they would be able to gain endless reinforcements from the Five Elements Sect.

The Five Elements Sect was one of the four great human powers that had God domain experts. How could those Lizardmen contend against such a force?

Nie Tian felt somewhat frustrated. “I’ve spent six months grinding on the fourth step of Heavenly Wood Heal, Flesh Tempering, and consumed several eighth grade Lizardman corpses, but I still haven’t made any significant progress.”

He suddenly had a feeling that since he practiced multiple powers simultaneously, his path of cultivation might indeed be rougher than others.

During the past six months, he had focused on practicing Heavenly Wood Heal, so he didn’t have the time or energy to refine his spiritual cores of different attributes.

Even with the help of the flame spark, the three tree leaves, and the Nine Stars Flower, he felt that his progress had been far too slow.

If he had limited his cultivation to star power, perhaps his cultivation base would have advanced much faster.

“It seems I’ll need to spend a period of time focusing on my cultivation after this exploration trip.” Nie Tian thought it was about time he stopped traveling around and went into secluded cultivation.

SHEW!

He summoned the Star Boat, jumped on board, and flew towards the Lizardman capital.

After some repairs, there was almost no sign of the city being bombarded by meteors. Everything looked the same as before.

At this moment, the Lizardmen weren’t in the city. Instead, they had been driven by Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan’s subordinates to mine spiritual minerals for them.

At the center of the city stood a glowing large-scale teleportation portal. People kept coming out of it.

The teleportation portal connected to the Five Elements Sect, as well as Huang Jinnan’s ancient starship that was berthed in the Realm of Maelstrom. Therefore, those who streamed into this domain through it were not only Qi warriors from the Five Elements Sect, but also Nie Tian’s followers that had been waiting in the Realm of Maelstrom.

Upon seeing the Star Boat, everyone including Jing Feiyang, Quan Zixuan, Qu Mingde, Fan Kai, Jiang Feng, and Yue Yanxi, exclaimed in high spirits, “Nie Tian!”

All of them had come from the Realm of Maelstrom after the new teleportation portal was established.

Upon arriving, they had learned from Huang Jinnan and Lou Hongyan’s subordinates that they had already taken this domain from the Lizardmen, and that Nie Tian had played the most crucial role in the battle.

Since Nie Tian was the one they had chosen to follow, they felt honored by him.

People who had arrived thanks to their close relationships with Huang Jinnan or Lou Hongyan fixed Nie Tian with measuring gazes, and discussed among themselves.

“Is he the seventh Son of the Stars? Was it him who took away the human-form Lizardman patriarch’s bone weapon and turned the situation around?”

“Being able to determine the result of such a battle when he’s only at the Profound realm, who would have thought of that?”

“He gained the most from this battle, since he will be allowed to choose one of the three realms as his trophy!”

At this moment, Huang Jinnan laughed heartily and beckoned for him to come over. “Your timing is perfect. While you practiced cultivation, we went to the other two realms and conducted thorough scans of these three realms. Can you guess what spiritual materials we’ve found?”

Lou Hongyan smiled as well, looking at him.

Nie Tian laughed. “How can I know that? However, since you’re so excited, I’d say you’ve found some good fortune.”

Lou Hongyan nodded. “Yeah, we never expected this, but these Lizardman realms are actually blessed lands.” 

Afterwards, Huang Jinnan explained to Nie Tian that they had discovered a total of seventeen spiritual material mines in all three realms. They were filled with spiritual materials of various attributes, including metal, wood, water, fire, earth, lightning, ice, and some extremely rare attributes.

“We found a special region in another realm where a large number of meteors seemed to have crashed,” Huang Jinnan said. “Many of those meteors contain Star Stones.”

“Star Stones!” Nie Tian exclaimed, looking spirited.

Huang Jinnan nodded. “Exactly! Aside from Star Stones, there are also other spiritual mines and rare spirit herbs and grasses in other regions of that realm. My senior martial sister and I talked, and thought that we should give that realm to you, so what do you think?”

Nie Tian was nothing but assentient.

He was a Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace. Star Stones were what he mainly relied on to practice star power incantations.

Furthermore, he needed Star Stones in order to fly his Star Boat. Many enormous ancient starships of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace also ran on Star Stones.

Compared to spiritual materials of other attributes, Star Stones were much rarer and more expensive. Gaining more Star Stones would help him significantly, no matter whether it was with his own cultivation or the development of his forces.

However, flame power and wood power spiritual materials were rather easy to obtain.

Part of the reason why the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace would constantly explore new domains was because they hoped to gather more Star Stones so that their disciples would be able to use them to rapidly improve their battle prowess and cultivation bases.

“It’s settled then. We’ve already built a teleportation portal in that realm. You can go on and arrange for your people to go there to collect Star Stones and other resources now.” With these words, Huang Jinnan smiled. “Also, we’ve decided to give you eight more corpses of the eighth grade Lizardmen we killed. You can do whatever you want with them.”

Nie Tian nodded. “That’s great! Thanks!” 

Moments later, Dong Li arrived through the teleportation portal.

Nie Tian was just having a headache over how he should make arrangements for the exploration of the spiritual mines in the new realm and their distribution among the sects from the Domain of Heaven Python, the Domain of Heaven’s Boundaries, and the Domain of the Falling Stars.

He was aware that this was Dong Li’s strong suit, and he trusted her a hundred percent.

Therefore, he threw these things he was bad at on Dong Li without hesitation.

Dong Li pleasantly accepted.

Gradually, more and more people poured through the teleportation portal.

Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan bustled with matters such as explaining the situation to them and assigning them to different mines in their chosen realms. Neither of them had the time to talk to Nie Tian.

Nie Tian spent a few more days in the Lizardman capital. He saw that Dong Li put everything in order, assigning experts from his three subordinate domains to mine spiritual materials in the realm that had been recently incorporated into his map.

Soon, Dong Li notified him that the new realm was rich in all sorts of spiritual materials. The Star Stones buried there might exceed a million pieces. It would probably take them a year or two to mine them all.

Seeing this, Nie Tian felt assured, and left her in control of everything.

While everyone was busy emptying the Lizardman realms of their spiritual material reserves, Nie Tian informed Lou Hongyan and Huang Jinnan of his intention to leave before leaving through the teleportation portal.

Upon returning to the Realm of Maelstrom, he teleported to the Realm of Split Void through the teleportation portal there.

From there, he teleported to the Vast Heaven Pavilion in Fragmentary Star City, where the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s headquarters was.

The Vast Heaven Pavilion had been empty since he had last been here. None of the disciples and elders of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace would enter it without his permission.

“Fragmentary Star City!” After arriving, Nie Tian didn’t walk out of the Vast Heaven Pavilion right away.

Instead, he stayed there and focused on practicing cultivation. It was just that his focus had shifted from practicing Heavenly Wood Heal to refining his spiritual cores.

In the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s main palace in this splendid city, elder Wei Lai awoke from his cultivation and took out a crystal ball.

Light screens appeared within it one after another, each seeming to represent a new message that had been sent to him.

Wei Lai then peeled a series of pieces of information about Nie Tian from within the crystal ball.

“Nie Tian went to explore a new domain with a Divine Son and a Divine Daughter of the Five Elements Sect.”

“They’ve driven away the powerful Lizardmen that lived there and taken it for their own. And Nie Tian is the one who made the most important contribution, and gained the most from their operation.”

“He also obtained a mysterious bone...”

The more information he received, the more amazed he became.

At this moment, Tao Jin walked in and reported in a low voice, “Elder Wei, we sensed spatial fluctuations from the Vast Heaven Pavilion. It appears that the seventh Son of the Stars has returned, but hasn’t come out yet.”

Wei Lai pondered briefly before nodding at him.

 

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