Atop the mountain peak, Huang Fan and Su Lin from the Heaven Palace Sect stood still in their original place.
Since they weren't from the Realm of Flame Heaven, they weren't obligated to kill the incoming spirit beasts, which posed a tremendous threat to the Realm of Flame Heaven.
They were only here to make sure that Nie Tian, who possessed the three fragmentary star marks, finished his duty and sealed the spatial rift.
"How long will it take for you to completely seal that spatial rift?" Huang Fan asked.
The truth was that he was actually very anxious inwardly.
The Heaven Palace Sect in the Realm of Mystic Heaven was on the verge of being submerged by the raging demon Qi. If they couldn't seal the spatial rift soon, their sect would soon be forced to move.
Surrounding the Heaven Palace Sect, there were many herb gardens where they had grown large amounts of medicinal plants and herbs. However, as the demon Qi pervaded the area, many of them had been ruined and become completely worthless.
With every day that passed, the Heaven Palace Sect was sustaining significant losses.
The reason the Heaven Palace Sect had even decided to take Ning Yang's fragmentary star mark and use it to lure Nie Tian out of hiding had been because they were losing patience.
"I don't know for sure, but I think it will take a while," Nie Tian answered.
In the depths of night, bright starlight was still pouring down from the starlit sky.
In the middle of the three high mountain peaks, countless beams of starlight interwove over the mouth of the unfathomable black hole. They seemed to be channeling and threading the fine spatial rifts together.
At this point, as the initiator, Nie Tian actually didn't need to do anything.
Since the fragmentary star marks had lit up the internal pagodas and started the grand spell formation left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, everything seemed to be moving on the right track.
In distant locations, a handful of the most powerful experts in the Realm of Flame Heaven were killing mutant spirit beasts under Chang Sen's leadership.
Nie Tian noticed via his seven Heaven Eyes that one powerful mutant spirit beast after another was cut down or bombarded to death.
However, Chang Sen and the others only focused on killing, and didn't seem to have the slightest intention to collect the spiritual materials or flesh and blood of the dead spirit beasts.
Nie Tian secretly sighed over the incredible waste.
At that moment, Li Jing's Blood Lotus suddenly flew away from her side.
It rushed to the area where dead mutant spirit beasts were scattered on the ground and unleashed numerous blood strings.
One blood string after another pierced into the scattered corpses and drew their blood into the Blood Lotus.
As the Blood Lotus absorbed more and more blood, the blood-colored lotus grew increasingly translucent and sparkling. Like a gorgeous, red gem, it emanated dazzlingly bright light.
"Blood Refining Incantation," Nie Tian muttered to himself.
The Blood Sect's Blood Refining Incantation was indeed very amazing. Back when he had used it to refine the tainted blood of the mutant spirit beasts in the Realm of Split Void, it had allowed him to extract nothing but the purest and most refined flesh power.
Meanwhile, it had filtered out and left the toxic impurities at the bottom of the wooden barrel.
At this moment, Li Jing's Blood Lotus seemed to be using the Blood Refining Incantation to refine the dead mutant spirit beasts' blood and absorb the essence into itself.
As a Spirit Channeling grade spiritual tool, that Blood Lotus possessed its own soul. It seemed that it was able to practice cultivation with the blood it had absorbed and use it to transcend.
"How are you doing with your Blood Refining Incantation?" Li Jing suddenly asked.
"I think I've mastered the basics," Nie Tian relied respectfully. "Thank you for passing the Blood Sect's secret cultivation incantation to me, sectmaster Li."
"It's alright. I never treated you as an outsider. Even though I know you don't want to join the Blood Sect, since you practice our sect's secret incantation, I've always considered you as an honorary disciple of our sect." After a moment of hesitation, Li Jing added, "When you're finished with your business in the Realm of Mystic Heaven and the Realm of a Thousand Devastations, I want you to come back to the Blood Sect. There must be some kind of bond between you and that Bone Blood Demon you awakened.
"It fell dormant right after you left, and no one has been able to awaken it since then.
"That being the case, I've decided to give it to you.
"Next time you come back to the Blood Sect, it will be yours. You'll be free to take it anywhere you want."
Nie Tian's expression flickered dramatically. "Really?!... This is very kind of you, but is this appropriate?"
That Bone Blood Demon's strength could match up to that of a Profound realm Qi warrior. Not only was it extremely powerful and fierce, but it was also completely at Nie Tian's disposal.
If he could take it away with him, it would be like having a Profound realm Qi warrior by his side at all times. No matter where he went in the future, he would have a formidable force at his disposal.
However, the Blood Sect had always considered that Bone Blood Demon to be their most precious treasure, so Nie Tian found it very hard to believe that Li Jing would actually allow him to take it away.
"There's nothing inappropriate about this," Li Jing said with an expressionless face.
At that moment a heaven-shaking, earth-moving beast roar rang out in the distance.
Immediately afterwards, all the mutant spirit beasts seemed to grow mad.
Sitting on the mountain peak, Nie Tian experienced a sudden ache in his heart as he heard that roar.
He examined himself with rapt attention, and discovered that the green aura coiled in his heart was unleashing dazzling green light and using the wisps of life aura to wrap up his heart.
Next to him, Su Lin from the Heaven Palace Sect suddenly coughed up a mouthful of blood, her face ghastly.
The violent beast roar seemed to have inflicted serious damage on her while she was completely off guard.
Subconsciously, she turned to looked at Nie Tian.
Even though Nie Tian's face was filled with shock and confusion, he seemed unharmed.
Huang Fan's expression flickered as he exclaimed, "What a powerful mutant spirit beast! From the roar alone, I'm positive that it's a sixth grade mutant spirit beast. Normally speaking, the strength of a sixth grade mutant spirit beast is equivalent to that of a Profound realm Qi warrior like me. This mutant spirit beast must possess formidable strength!"
The experts from the Realm of Flame Heaven, who were cutting down mutant spirit beasts, also looked shocked as they heard the extremely loud beast roar.
Another loud roar echoed out from another location.
Gazing towards the source of the second roar, Song Wenshi from the Mystic Mist Sect turned to Chang Sen and the others and said,"That's the sixth grade mutant spirit beast I encountered on my way over! You all should be familiar with it."
"It's the overlord that rules the boundless glaciers to the north of the Grayvale Sect -- the Ice Liger!"
"Ice Liger!?" An astonished expression spread across Chang Sen's face. "That Ice Liger has long since reached the sixth grade, but since it was holed up in those boundless glaciers year round, even though I wanted to hunt it down and kill it, my hands were tied. Now that it has left its home and marched to this place from such a great distance, do you think it was also drawn by the demon Qi? Can it be that it also carries a Demon bloodline?"
With a bitter smile, Song Wenshi said, "I believe so."
"Damn it!" Chang Sen's eyebrows knitted. "That Ice Liger never left the glaciers, so we kind of left each other alone. I didn't expect that it would come here at this critical time when we're sealing the spatial rift."
Eyes narrowed, Ghost Eye from the Ghost Sect said with a gruesome voice, "The Ice Liger didn't let out the first roar. That one should be a sixth grade mutant spirit beast as well. Actually, I have a feeling that whatever beast let out the first roar is probably even more powerful than the Ice Liger. It just gave one roar and vanished.
"I don't even have the slightest clue regarding its current whereabouts."
As they spoke, another heaven-shaking, earth-shattering roar rang out from a third location.
"Here comes a third sixth grade spirit beast!?"