Lin Feng and the Zheng Yi Holy Man were going after the gate to the Starry Sea, and the Zhujian Grand Sage, the Peacock Grand Sage and the Qiongqi Grand Sage quickly realized what was going on.
They felt a wave of relief, as the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage was holding off Lin Feng and the Zheng Yi Holy Man and this gave them a chance to escape.
The Yellow Plains Dragon King's swiftly departed from the scene and even brought along the light sphere projected by the power of the gate to the Starry Sea.
The four-sided formation formed by the four gates to the Starry Sea lost a corner, and the Star Tomb immediately started to crumble. It wasn't just the high tower in the center of the hall - even the colossal palace began to collapse.
The four-sided pyramid on top of the tower started to close up again. However, a great many star skulls had been retrieved by the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage, the Zhujian Grand Sage and others. Besides the Yellow Plains Dragon King who made himself scarce in a jiffy, the other great demons had a great harvest.
At this point, Lin Feng and the Zheng Yi Holy Man had their sights locked on the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage's gate to the Starry Sea. The Zhujian Grand Sage, the Peacock Grand Sage and the Qiongqi Grand Sage were naturally preparing to retreat, and not a single one of them had the intention to help the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage.
The alliance to open the Star Tomb was originally a temporary endeavor anyway.
However, the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage's abrupt decision to release all the star skulls he just harvested perplexed everyone.
"The Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Great Void Sect are targeting your gate to the Starry Sea. Even if you let go of all your star skulls, freedom can't be bought this way," the Peacock Grand Sage was baffled. "If you release control of your gate to the Starry Sea, the Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Great Void Sect may actually fight among themselves. However, nothing will happen if you release your star skulls."
The Qiongqi Grand Sage and the Zhujian Grand Sage were equally confused. "Xuangang, don't think your release of the star skulls will change our minds and make us go back to retrieve them. Don't think you can use us to distract the Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Great Void Sect!"
The Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage wasn't thinking about that at all. In reality, he never once took a glimpse at the Peacock Grand Sage and the other powerful demons.
His concentration was focused on the star skulls as the sparkling light in his eyes turned black and shot onto every single one. The star skulls all started to evaporate into streaks of air.
The Star Tomb that was in the state of collapse suddenly became completely silent.
As they watched what was happening, the Peacock Grand Sage, the Zhujian Grand Sage and the Qiongqi Grand Sage were dazed momentarily as a few bits of information surfaced in their minds.
They were great demons with solid foundations, and the demon races that they belonged to were once powerful races that reigned supreme over the Grand Celestial World and produced multiple powerful individuals over the course of history. Their ancestors had also passed down much information over the years.
The only thing was that some of the information were but rumors, and the Peacock Grand Sage and the other great demons were unable to prove them. This was the reason why some of these things were subconsciously ignored and lost in translation as the years went by. However, a single prompt was enough to dig out these rumors from the deep recesses of their memory.
For example, the Star Tomb was controlled by the Hades Tribe many years ago. However, ever since the Hades Tribe disappeared without a trace, the Star Tomb had never been opened till today.
It was the first time that the Peacock Grand Sage, the Zhujian Grand Sage and the Qiongqi Grand Sage were inside the Star Tomb, and it was the first time that they had seen and interacted with the Star Tomb. This was the reason why they were reminded of some things when the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage did what he did.
The dragons controlled the Black Sea of the Grand Celestial Seven Seas, and they could channel the power of the Black Sea to repel invasions.
Legend had it that if the three mountains of the Ying Sea ended up in a single person's hands, and that that person would be able to control the Ying Sea like the dragons could manipulate the Black Sea.
Every single one of the Grand Celestial Seven Seas had mystical and inexplicable powers, but were all formidably powerful.
However, the Starry Sea was dissimilar to the Spirit Sea, the Ying Sea and the Black Sea. Back in the day when the Human Emperor or the Holy Demonic Emperor was in control of the Starry Sea, they were able to make use of its other benefits but the Starry Sea couldn't be channeled to launch an offensive against a target like the other Celestial Seas such as the Black Sea or the Ying Sea.
This was the reason why the Crucible of the Divine Lands was able to hide itself inside the Starry Sea and remained undetectable from the Emperor of the Dead, from Emperor Gu and even from the Emperor of Violence that came after him. When the demons eventually took over the Ancient Desolate Galaxy, the Crucible of the Divine Lands was pretty much in hibernation and nothing much happened despite everything.
Still, there was nothing absolute in the world. The Starry Sea wasn't completely devoid of dangers and it wasn't completely without destructiveness or offensive capabilities. The only thing was that the destructiveness contained with the Starry Sea was not controllable like that of the Black Sea and the Ying Sea.
When the Starry Sea erupted, it was an uncontrollable kind of eruption and the source of this calamity was the Star Tomb!
This information was available to the Peacock Grand Sage and the other great demons, but they were a little unsure of how the downburst of the Starry Sea was triggered.
Ultimately, the information passed down by their ancestors were plentiful but not a single individual managed to ascend to the status of demon emperor and not a single person was completely in control of the Starry Sea.
However, they watched the actions of the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage and realized that they were in the Star Tomb after all. No matter how slow or how dense they were, all of them quickly recovered and realized what was going on.
The great demons were already in the outer areas of the battlefield, and they quickly flew out of the collapsing Star Tomb at a moment's notice and hoped to put as much distance between themselves and this place as possible.
The Zheng Yi Holy Man hadn't been inside the Ancient Desolate Galaxy before either. However, he had been in the Great Void Sect for a long time after all and the information recorded in the archives were very comprehensive. This was the reason why he knew what the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage was doing as soon as it happened.
The Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage snarled at Lin Feng and the Zheng Yi Holy Man. After crushing the rest of the star skulls in his possession, he howled into the sky and released a small stone shaped like a cartridge clip.
Once this stone appeared inside the Starry Sea, light patterns were released explosively and gave off a terrifying aura.
This small stone projected a figure that looked like a white-colored ape that was able to walk on two legs. He looked simple enough, but his aura was petrifying yet inexplicable, and he was erected between the void yet seemed like he didn't exist in the same world.
The brutal and violent energy coexisted with the other strain of sinister but unpredictable energy. The two contradicting sources of energy existed with seamless harmony, and sent others into a haze of terror.
No special characteristic was required as everybody on scene could recognize this blue-eyed white ape to be the one of the three most powerful demonic emperors to roam the Grand Celestial World and dominated the Antiquity Age and the Middle Age - the Emperor of Extremity, Shenyuan.
The Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkeys had produced powerful individuals throughout the course of history, but only the Emperor of Extremity had such a frightening aura. Even though it was only a light projection, it was enough to instill fear in everyone's hearts.
The Emperor of Extremity perished and caused the entire tribe of Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkeys to decline as well, and the leadership of the Ancient Ape Demons returned into the hands of the Heavenly Demon Apes, but the Emperor of Extremity left behind many things for his successors - besides Mount Lingyuan itself, there were other treasures that were passed down to his kinsmen.
The small stone in the hands of the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage was such an item that was passed down by the Emperor of Extremity.
The stone drifted in mid-air and suddenly exploded and the Star Tomb that stopped in its collapse and the Ancient Desolate Galaxy, which appeared like it was in a state of tranquil silence, followed the detonation and trembled with increasing vigor and violence.
The hostile gaze of the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage swept over Lin Feng and the Zheng Yi Holy Man. His eyes went through the Zhujian Grand Sage, the Peacock Grand Sage, the Qiongqi Grand Sage and even Shi Tianhao, Wang Lin, the Xuan Lin Holy Man and Cai Fengzhou.
His eyes turned blue and the stone that just blew apart in midair flashed with blue light that complemented the blue light that sparkled in his eyes.
The entire Star Tomb imploded and collapsed as the starlight from uncountable numbers of stars became turbulent and came from all directions and condensed together with the Star Tomb as the focal point.
The frightening sight made it seem like the innumerable stars in the sky exploded all at once. Thousands and millions of starlight disappeared at the same time before they collapsed into a singularity.
Lin Feng raised his eyebrows. During the contest for the Three Mountains of the Ying Sea, he had used the Penglai Celestial Mountain to crash against the Great Zhou Empire's Fangzhang Celestial Mountain before and triggered an illusory tide that consumed the entire Southern region of the Ying Sea. However, the explosive force released during that incident was nothing compared to this downburst of the Starry Sea.
This change was focused on the region surrounding the Star Tomb and the area of effect was highly limited. However, this made the explosive nature of the calamity even more terrifying.
The Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage snickered as another small stone flew out of his mouth. This stone emanated with blue light once more, but was used to protect himself to ensure his safety in the starry sky that was raging and detonating at this point.
He was unable to direct the explosive energies of the downburst, and he was also in the area of effect. However, with the power of the item passed down by the Emperor of Extremity and his own powers, the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage was able to protect himself after incurring this turbulence in the Starry Sea.
A giant gate appeared behind him, and the doors to the gates started to open.
The Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage snickered once more and said, "Weren't you going for my gate to the Starry Sea? Let's see if you can stay alive first."
The Zheng Yi Holy Man gave up his offense on first notice, and this meant that Lin Feng became the individual closest to the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage, which happened to be the closest to the center of the Star Tomb.
Lin Feng knew nothing about the situation regarding this downburst in the Starry Sea. However, judging from the actions of the Zheng Yi Holy Man and the multiple things happening around him, he was quick to come to his senses and realized what was going on.
The corner of his mouth twisted a little as he thought to himself, "This is why I keep saying that the collection of information and intelligence is imperative. Others could dig a hole in front of you, and yet you wouldn't be able to recognize it and continue thinking it's just flat ground."
Lin Feng glanced at the Zhujian Grand Sage, the Peacock Grand Sage and the Qiongqi Grand Sage. All three powerful demons were not having a good time either. Even though they escaped into the outer regions of the area of effect, they still experienced ripples, except they were in the outer regions and they had it a lot better than Lin Feng did.
The power of the downburst only became stronger the closer it was to the epicenter, which was the center of the Star Tomb; it was also an exponential increase instead of a linear one.
The Zheng Yi Holy Man withdrew in time, but his situation was a lot worse than the Peacock Grand Sage and the others. He was trying to protect the Xuan Lin Holy Man and Cai Fengzhou as he focused on his efforts with a gloomy look on his face.
A light shadow shimmered above the top of his head - it was shaped like a circular mirror and enveloped all three of them within.
Their distance away from the center of the Star Tomb was all because of his decisiveness, so the pressure they experienced was a lot smaller.
Lin Feng nodded his head, "The foundations of old sects are reflected in the details."
The Thunder Dragon Avatar swung his claw as Lin Feng's gate to the Starry Sea appeared beside him. However, he pushed the opening and quickly discovered that he was unable to open it.
The explosive starlight in the immediate vicinity arrested the ability of the gate to the Starry Sea.
"You dare to attack me - your two avatars and the rest of your disciples will all die here!" The Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage snarled with mocking laughter. The reason why he could open his own gate to the Starry Sea was with the help of the things left behind by his ancestor. If not for that, he would be stuck in this downburst as his own gate would be sealed off as well.
Lin Feng ignored his words as his brows creased into a frown. "Hm, the explosive power of the Starry Sea is too concentrated and they are not even in the same world - will the Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm be affected?"