Chapter 992: Aftermath

As soon as the two Demon grand patriarchs charged into the eighth spatial tunnel, the ninth grade ice phoenix called out in a sharp voice.

Jing Feiyang and Qu Mingde were the human experts who were the closest to the spatial tunnel.

Clearly, the ninth grade ice phoenix was worried that if the spatial tunnel continued to stand there, more powerful Demons might arrive through it, causing them new trouble.

That was why she called out in the human language, which was considered the common tongue.

Jing Feiyang and Qu Mingde had personally felt the pressure powerful Demons could put on them, and thus knew what to do without her telling them.

Compared to building a spatial tunnel, destroying it was much easier.

As numerous divine seals and rays of golden light poured towards the spatial tunnel that was expanding and fluctuating, it exploded violently.

Even in the moment it exploded, the Demon grand patriarchs’ roars could still be vaguely heard.

WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

After the two Demon grand patriarchs left, the thick Devil qi rapidly grew thin and dissipated.

The heaven and earth enveloped by it recovered its clarity. Everything could be seen again.

FIZZ! FIZZ!

A few demonic bugs were still struggling in the raging flames.

Seeing that no other Demon grand patriarchs were coming, Nie Tian let out a sigh of relief.

Ignoring the burning demonic bugs, he flew into the area where the Demon qi was dissipating.

As the Demon qi vanished, more than a dozen flame dragon skeletons were revealed.

All of them had been refined of their flesh. All that was left was grayish-brown skeletons that were bereft of any flesh auras.

Clearly, they had been dug out from underneath the sand and refined by the Demon grand patriarch.

The ninth grade dragon roared furiously as his enormous body quickly shrank to the shape of an old man. Even so, raging flames could be seen swirling within his eyes as he said, “Hazlitt, the Flame Maniac, has refined the corpses of my people with his demon blood!”

The ninth grade ice phoenix’s sparkling and crystal-clear wings withdrew into her back as she also took her human form. It was just that she was still enveloped in a frosty aura that prevented people from getting a clear view of her. “Hazlitt was originally at the early ninth grade. His upgrade happened only recently.” 

“Hmm?!” She exclaimed softly, turning her face toward Nie Tian. “It’s you!”

Nie Tian had failed to recognize her until she spoke.

Now, he suddenly realized that the ice phoenix in front of him was the same one he had met and made a deal with in the Realm of Maelstrom.

She had been wreathed in a frosty aura back then, just as she was now.

At this moment, Jing Feiyang and the other two Saint domain experts were flying around exterminating the demonic bugs Feimos the Controller had left behind with exquisite incantations.

After they were finished, Jing Feiyang flew to Nie Tian’s side, while Quan Zixuan and Qu Mingde exchanged a glance with Nie Tian, and then flew off again.

Nie Tian was aware that now that the two Demon grand patriarchs had escaped, the remaining eighth grade outsiders would think of every possible way to leave this place.

Just the Void domain experts alone wouldn’t be able to take out the remaining eighth grade outsiders within a short time.

Only if Quan Zixuan and Qu Mingde joined them would they be able to do so.

“I didn’t expect to see you here on this floating continent.” Nie Tian went blank briefly before asking with a grin, “Are you here to deal with the outsiders as well?”

The ninth grade dragon fixed Nie Tian with a deep look, and then looked at the Star Boat. “You’re the seventh Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, right?”

Nie Tian smiled. “I am. And you are?”

“My name is McEleney. This is Stella.” After a brief introduction, the ninth grade dragon went on to ask, “Did you kill those outsiders in those frozen mountains too?”

Nie Tian nodded.

Stella, the ninth grade ice phoenix, then bowed towards him, expressing her gratitude in this solemn human manner. “On behalf of my people, thank you for what you’ve done. I’m really grateful that you killed those outsiders and didn’t try to take the remains of my people away.”

She had counted the dead phoenixes. Not one was missing.

They had practically suffered no losses, but by contrast, the dragons... After being refined by the Flame Maniac, they had lost all chances at being brought back to life.

“The reason we came here to this floating continent was to kill or expel those outsiders.” Nie Tian established his goodwill. “We weren’t going to take a blade of grass from it. We learned that the outsiders had arrived through a total of eight spatial tunnels. At this point, we’ve already destroyed seven of them, and spent plenty of time doing it.

“It took us a long time to get here. Sorry we failed to stop that Demon from refining the dragon corpses.”

McEleney, the ninth grade dragon, nodded lightly. “We’ll settle this with the Controller and the Flame Maniac sooner or later. The Flame Maniac finished his bloodline upgrade with the remains of my people. I won’t stop until he pays for this. And I’ll make sure that his clan shoulders the full extent of our wrath!”

Hearing this, Nie Tian realized that the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace hadn’t lied to him.

According to the information they had given him, only one ninth grade outsider had entered this floating continent.

That had been none other than Hazlitt the Flame Maniac, who had been at the early ninth grade when he had first come here.

The strength of an early ninth grade outsider was roughly equal to that of an early Saint domain human expert. If the three of them had teamed up on him, they would have had a good chance at killing him, not to mention just expelling him.

Even the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace hadn’t expected that Hazlitt would advance to the middle ninth grade within such a short time through refining the flame dragon corpses.

“I saw you wearing a suit of armor earlier...” McEleney the ninth grade dragon spoke again while Nie Tian drifted away in thought.

Nie Tian’s expression suddenly flickered.

He had put the Flame Dragon Armor away in his ring of holding as fast as he could earlier, worrying that it would put him in trouble.

The head of the flame element sect of the Five Elements Sect had forged the Flame Dragon Armor from the heart and skeleton of a flame dragon. Afterwards, he had given it to the Daughter of Flames.

It would most certainly be considered a humiliation to the dragons.

Nie Tian smiled bitterly. “It wasn’t mine.” 

Being at the middle and the early ninth grade, McEleney and Stella could easily overpower Jing Feiyang and the other two Saint domain experts.

Jing Feiyang’s expression flickered as he secretly messaged Quan Zixuan and Qu Mingde to forget about the outsiders and return as quickly as possible.

“I’m familiar with the origin of that suit of armor,” McEleney said with a complicated look in his eyes. “Can I have a look at it?”

Nie Tian seemed hesitant.

McEleney saw through his insecurity. “Don’t worry. I know who forged it, and that you have nothing to do with it. All I want is to take a look at it. I have a strange feeling that... it has recovered its Bloodline Crystal Chains and been revived.”

PHEW! PHEW!

Quan Zixuan and Qu Mingde flew back at lightning speed before stopping on either side of Nie Tian.

Slightly relieved, Nie Tian summoned the Flame Dragon Armor and tossed it to McEleney.

Catching it with his hands, McEleney examined it carefully with his flesh aura. His expression became increasingly strange as he finally said, “Normally speaking, only ninth and tenth grade experts of my kind could reignite the flame of his life force and bring him back to life. But now, he’s already in a living state. This is...”

Before he could finish, his aura seemed to suddenly establish a profound connection with the Flame Dragon Armor, and started a private conversation with it.

After a long while, McEleney came back to reality. He looked even more confused and astonished as he fixed his eyes on Nie Tian, as if he had learned how the Flame Dragon Armor had been revived.

McEleney’s expression couldn’t be stranger as he said, “You...”

Somehow, he suddenly stopped.

WHOOSH!

The Flame Dragon Armor flew out of his hands and into Nie Tian’s.

Nie Tian received it somewhat nervously and put it away in his ring of holding, raising his guard at the same time.

“You should keep it,” McEleney said with a serious face. “And I hope it doesn’t end up in anyone else’s hand, not even the Five Elements Sect.”

Nie Tian secretly let out a sigh of relief.

Immediately afterwards, he shot Quan Zixuan and Qu Mingde a meaningful glance, signaling them to relax.

At the same time, McEleney turned to look into the distance, as if to see that the eighth grade outsiders were about to escape the Void domain experts’ pursuit and vanish from his sight. “Let’s finish off the remaining outsiders first, and then we can talk more.” 

PHEW! PHEW!

He suddenly flew out with the ice phoenix to finish off the remaining outsiders.

An hour passed...

Every last outsider was killed. McEleney and Stella separated themselves from Nie Tian’s group and came to another area of the desert.

“That suit of armor...” Stella wanted to say something, but stopped on second thought.

“The reason for his resurrection is because the seventh Son of the Stars reignited the flame of his life force with his own Blood Essence,” McEleney said with a grim face. “This might be hard to believe, but he actually demanded that I leave him with the seventh Son of the Stars. He told me that his special bloodline will help him reforge his fleshly body and recover his original grade, and that it’s better for him to stay with him than to return to our domain.”

Stella gasped with astonishment. “How... how is that possible?! He’s the offspring of that mighty one. If he returns, the kind of care he’ll receive is definitely going to be better than with a human, right?”

“I can’t believe it either,” McEleney said. “But he doesn’t seem to have recovered all of his memories yet. He doesn’t even know who he really is. But he will remember everything after he reforges his fleshly body and regenerates his Blood Essence. Perhaps he’ll give us a big surprise when he finally comes home.”

 

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