Although Huang Fan didn't know who Hua Mu was, he could sense that he cared about Nie Tian a great deal.
Otherwise, he wouldn't have cast every scruple aside and dove into the spatial rift right after Nie Tian had fallen in.
After realizing that, Huang Fan understood that, whoever Hua Mu was, he must be on the same side as them, so he grew relieved.
"Let's go!" Without waiting for Nie Tian to speak, he grabbed Nie Tian and dragged him towards the dusty-gray vortex.
Nie Tian didn't struggle, and let himself be dragged away.
However, as they moved closer towards the vortex, he couldn't help but turn back to check on Hua Mu with a concerned look in his eyes.
He noticed that looming, ancient symbols could be seen inside each of the ghostly, green flames that Hua Mu had wreathed himself with.
Even though he didn't know what they meant, he had a feeling that they carried the profound mysteries of heaven and earth.
He didn't know what was special about those blazing, green flames, yet as Hua Mu shot towards the Rotspirit Ox, he could tell that the Rotspirit Ox was truly scared.
Not only did it immediately close its mouth and stop pulling everything in the vicinity towards itself, but its enormous body also began to shrink at a fast rate.
Its pitch-black scales that looked like metal plates also started to emanate a fierce, purple light.
One after another, numerous clusters of green flames of an unknown attribute left Hua Mu and shot into the Rotspirit Ox's enormous body.
Almost immediately, the Rotspirit Ox let out miserable screams as if it was being hurt to the point where it wanted to die.
Its mountain-like body trembled, oozing ink-black demon Qi through the wounds.
With its bloodcurdling screams, the misty rivers of demon Qi that were flowing towards the Realm of Flame Heaven instantly changed directions and converged on it.
In a flash, it was submerged in rich, misty demon Qi.
Afterwards, the Rotspirit Ox's pain seemed to be relieved, and its agonized shrieks gradually died out.
However, at that moment, Hua Mu let out a cold harrumph, blurred into a flash of green light, and pierced into the dense, sight-blocking demon Qi.
The moment Hua Mu flew in, the Rotspirit Ox's pained shrieks echoed out again.
With a complicated expression on his face, Huang Fan dragged Nie Tian towards the gray floating vortex and asked, "Who is that person?"
In the eye of the rotating vortex, tiny dots of bright starlight were connecting and forming detailed and sophisticated patterns.
Just as Nie Tian was about to answer Huang Fan, a handful of people suddenly flew out of the vortex.
Li Jing from the Blood Sect, Ghost Eye from the Ghost Sect, and Fang Hui from the Spiritual Treasure Sect rushed out of the vortex that was glittering with starlight, their faces filled with anxiety.
As soon as they saw Huang Fan and Nie Tian, they let out sighs of relief.
Standing on her Blood Lotus, Li Jing waved at Nie Tian and said, "It's nice to see that you're okay. Come here."
Not only did Huang Fan not try to stop Nie Tian, but he even gave him a hand and pushed him towards Li Jing.
After assuming a foothold on the Blood Lotus, Nie Tian asked Li Jing, "How come you're all here?"
"Why do you think? You fell in here. We were worried about your safety, so we came here to help you." With these words, Li Jing threw a hard glare towards Huang Fan, berating, "I told you to keep an eye on him when I left. How could you let him fall in here?"
"Umm... It was just an accident," Huang Fan said embarrassedly.
Ghost Eye and Fang Hui saw that Nie Tian had gotten on Li Jing's Blood Lotus, and thus put their minds at ease.
Then, they glanced around curiously, the same way Nie Tian had when he first came.
In the next moment, they caught sight of the huge swirling cluster of demon Qi. They noticed that rivers of dark-purple demon Qi were still rushing into it, and the enormous Rotspirit Ox could be vaguely seen within it.
"Is that Demon the one that has been bewitching all the mutant spirit beasts in the Realm of Flame Heaven?" Fang Hui asked.
At that very moment, Hua Mu's voice suddenly rang out from within the swirling demon Qi, "Return to the Realm of Flame Heaven now! This Rotspirit Ox is only an expendable weapon that's being used to wear us down. Now that it has run into obstacles here, the Astarte Clan will soon learn about it and send their powerful experts to this place! Remember, seal the spatial rifts as soon as possible! Not only the one in the Realm of Flame Heaven, but you've got to quickly seal the other two in the Realm of Mystic Heaven and the Realm of a Thousand Devastations too!
"Demons will soon learn about Nie Tian's reappearance, and that he possesses all three fragmentary star marks, so they will be forced to launch full-blown wars against the three realms ahead of schedule!
"Tell the Heaven Palace Sect to make preparations!"
Hua Mu's anxious voice echoed out, each and every word carrying a heavy weight and pounding in everyone's hearts.
Huang Fan finally realized the urgency of the matter, and thus rushed into the gray vortex right after shooting an urging glance at Li Jing.
Li Jing, who had just come along and wished to have a thorough observation of this mysterious place, received Huang Fan's message, and thus didn't dare to waste time here.
Her Blood Lotus charged into the middle of the gray vortex with her on top.
The others also rapidly turned around and flew into the vortex through which they had just come moments ago.
In the Realm of Flame Heaven...
The Blood Lotus shot out of the pitch-black hole in the valley surrounded by the three extremely lofty mountain peaks
At the mouth of the black hole, numerous sophisticated patterns formed by glittering starlight seemed to have made the judgment in a flash that what was coming through were humans, not Demons.
Therefore, the grand spell formation that possessed massive destructive force remained settled and didn't display its lethal might.
Before long, everyone who had entered the spatial rift had returned, except Hua Mu.
Pei Qiqi, who was supposed to be hiding on top of the mountain peak, was already standing by the edge of the spatial rift.
Seeing that Nie Tian had flown out riding Li Jing's Blood Lotus along with the other experts from the Realm of the Flame Heaven, but Hua Mu hadn't shown up after them, she hastily asked, "Nie Tian, where's Mr. Hua?"
"He's in there, fighting a Demon called a Rotspirit Ox," Nie Tian explained. "He told us to come back first."
"Is he going to be okay?" Pei Qiqi asked with a deeply concerned tone.
Nie Tian shook his head. "I don't know."
At that moment, a small cluster of starlight suddenly rose up from the ground underneath Nie Tian's feet.
In a split second, it rushed into Nie Tian's chest and disappeared into his flesh.
With a thought, Nie Tian examined himself, and discovered that it was the first fragmentary star mark, which he had already refined.
Moments later, the other two unrefined fragmentary star marks flew out of the bellies of the other two mountain peaks and rapidly merged into his body as well.
After all three fragmentary star marks returned, Nie Tian examined himself thoroughly with his psychic awareness. Then, his eyes snapped open and shone with bright light.
To his surprise, he discovered that the refined fragmentary star mark seemed to have turned into a replica of the glorious grand formation of starlight covering the mouth of the spatial rift.
As his psychic awareness entered that star formation, he was struck by a feeling that he might be able to change it with his thoughts.
Therefore, he made an attempt.
In the next moment, the glorious, complicated grand star formation covering the mouth of the spatial rift began to shine with blindingly bright light.