As the sectmasters of the Yang Sect and Yin Sect, Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue, were also deeply surprised by Nie Tian’s choice.
Even they felt that it wasn’t the wisest choice to turn down the Heaven Palace Sect’s offer.
The Heaven Palace Sect was generally acknowledged as the most powerful Qi warrior sect in the Domain of the Falling Stars. Countless talented youngsters would exert every possible means to join it.
Huang Fan had already put it clearly that as long as Nie Tian agreed to join the Heaven Palace Sect, they would spare no resource or effort to help him grow.
From the look of it, if Nie Tian became fully qualified, Zhao Luofeng might even let him take his place as the sectmaster of the Heaven Palace Sect some day.
It seemed that Nie Tian was a fool to have refused such a tempting offer.
Under the gazes of the numerous powerful experts from the Yin Sect and the Yang Sect, Nie Tian remained silent for a while before saying, “I already have a master.”
He only said he had a master, yet he didn’t mention his sect, which was mainly because, after experiencing so much, he no longer had a sense of belonging with the Cloudsoaring Sect.
The only person in the entire Cloudsoaring Sect he approved of now was Wu Ji, and he could only remember how kind Wu Ji had been to him.
He knew perfectly well that aside from Wu Ji, there was another reason why he had turned the Heaven Palace Sect down, which was that he had been disgusted by the secret transaction between Zhao Luofeng, Ling Dong and the Demons.
However, he wasn’t a fool. He was well-aware that if he ever dared to reveal the secret transaction between the Heaven Palace Sect and the Demons, the Heaven Palace Sect would hunt him down and kill him at all costs.
They might not even give Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue face.
“Is your master Wu Ji from the Cloudsoaring Sect?” Li Muyang asked.
Nie Tian nodded briefly.
“Oh...” Li Muyang said. “Wu Ji is for sure a great mentor. However, the Cloudsoaring Sect is nowhere near the top on the list of powerful sects in the Domain of the Falling Stars.”
Nie Tian smiled wryly without saying a word.
“Alright...” Li Muyang changed the subject by saying with a hearty smile, “I admire your choice, even though I don’t understand why you refused to join the Heaven Palace Sect. You should know that very few people would have the courage to resist such a strong temptation and turn the Heaven Palace Sect down. But you can rest assured. I’ll communicate with the Heaven Palace Sect. I believe Zhao Luofeng will give me some face.”
“Many thanks, Senior Li,” Nie Tian said solemnly.
Li Muyang shook his head repeatedly as he said with a solemn expression on his face, “No, no. Every Qi warrior in the Realm of a Thousand Devastations, including me, should be thanking you. If you hadn’t come to our realm and sealed the spatial rift, we couldn’t possibly have stopped the Demons from swarming into our realm, relying only on our own power.”
He sounded very serious and sincere. “Nie Tian, we Qi warriors of the Realm of a Thousand Devastations owe you a big favor. And we’ll keep everything you’ve done for us at heart. If you ever run into trouble with your cultivation or any other matter, you’re welcome to come and look for me in the Realm of a Thousand Devastations.”
Xing Huanyue from the Yin Sect nodded, indicating she shared the same attitude.
After pondering silently for a while, Nie Tian suddenly said, “Senior Li, Senior Xing, I have something I’d like to speak with you about in private.”
A surprised expression appeared on Li Muyang’s face.
The eyebrows of Xing Huanyue, who was standing in a graceful manner, flickered as she cast a look at Liu Ling and the others.
Then, the disciples of the Yin Sect got the message and flew away like weightless feathers under Liu Ling’s leadership.
Kong Hong and the other Yang Sect disciples also sensibly turned around and left the mountaintop without uttering a single word.
Afterwards, Li Muyang said in a soft voice, “Now you can go ahead and say what you need to say. I’ve given you my word; whatever you need, I’ll do everything within my power to help you. Just name it.”
Xing Huanyue nodded gently again.
Nie Tian’s expression grew serious as he weighed his choice of words. Then, he said, “Just now, the three marks I gained from the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace flew into the bellies of these three lofty mountain peaks. Through my connection with the fragmentary star marks, I saw a boat-shaped air-transportation spiritual tool in one of the mountain peaks.”
Taken aback, Li Muyang said, “Air-transportation spiritual tools are very precious and rare. Since it seems to have been put there by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, it is even rarer. Considering that you’ve collected all the fragmentary star marks, you are the successor chosen by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace. Therefore, that boat-shaped air-transportation spiritual tool should belong to you. We have no intention of taking it.”
Xing Huanyue, who seemed to be a woman of few words, once again nodded to show her stance.
“I see. But that boat-shaped air-transportation spiritual tool was only one of the things I discovered.” With these words, Nie Tian lowered his voice as he discretely glanced around, as if he was afraid that Qi warriors from the other sects from the Realm of a Thousand Devastations would overhear what he was about to say.
That was when he noticed that most of the Demons had already gone through the spatial rift and disappeared.
Many Qi warriors from the Realm of a Thousand Devastations, including the disciples of the Yin Sect and the Yang Sect, were still chasing after and attacking stray low-tier Demons.
Upon hearing his words, Li Muyuang’s expression flickered as he said, “Don’t worry. With me here, no one will be able to overhear our conversation.”
“Great.” Nie Tian put his heart at ease, and after a deep breath, he said with an increasingly serious expression, “I saw a crescent-moon-shaped crystal and a sun-shaped crystal in the bellies of the other two lofty mountain peaks. Within those two crystals were two scrolls, which I believe have some kind of connection with the Yin Sect and Yang Sect.”
Upon hearing these words, both Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue’s eyes instantly shone with the light of astonishment.
It seemed as if their eyes had become two chilly moons and two blazing suns at this moment.
Xing Huanyue, who hadn’t said a single word since she had descended in front of Nie Tian, started to breathe rapidly, as she was apparently deeply shaken.
“Wait, wait, allow me a moment,” Li Muyang said waving his hand. Then, under Nie Tian’s gaze, he took out a jar of hard liquor and gulped down the whole jar within seconds.
After he was finished, he cast the earthen jar aside, which shattered against a large rock.
With slightly flushed cheeks, Li Muyang spoke while his eyes flickered with the light of excitement, and his breath stank of alcohol, “Alright, go on.”
Xing Huanyue gazed at him with eyes that were as bright as the chilly moon.
“I’m positive that the scrolls within those two crystals have something to do with the Yin Sect and the Yang Sect. However, with the wisp of my soul that I sent into the bellies of the mountain peaks, I could only vaguely sense the aura of the moon and the sun from the crystals.” Nie Tian’s eyebrows furrowed. “I’m not sure how I can get them out of there for you.”
Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue exchanged a glance.
The two of them didn’t exchange a single word, but they seemed to understand what the other person was thinking through nothing but eye contact.
Xing Huanyue remained silent as Li Muyang said, “Nie Tian, the scrolls within those two crystals are very important to our sects and the two of us. We’d really appreciate it if you could help us get them out of there.
“If you can do that, I promise you that if things between you and the Heaven Palace Sect ever get ugly, both our sects will go all-out to fight the Heaven Palace Sect for you!”
Xing Huanyue nodded vigorously.
“The reason why I’m telling you this is that I also want to help you get those crystals out of there,” Nie Tian replied.
“That’s great! Many thanks!” Li Muyang said solemnly.
With a bitter smile, Nie Tian continued, “However, even though I’m blessed with the legacies of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, and I have three fragmentary star marks, I don’t know how to do that. For some reason, I have a feeling that there might be come kind of connection between your sects and the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace.”
Upon hearing these words, a surprised look appeared in both Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue’s eyes.
It seemed that even they didn’t know what kind of connection that might be.
“If you’re not in a hurry to leave, why don’t you stay in the Realm of a Thousand Devastations and make some attempts?” Li Muyang requested sincerely. “Please try every possible method and see if you can get those crystals out of there, since they are simply too important for us.”
“I will." Nie Tian gave his word. “I also intend to get that air-transportation spiritual tool left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace out of there.”
“Okay, in the meantime, we’ll both stay here with you for as long as you need,” Li Muyang said.
“Please do whatever you can,” Xing Huanyue finally said softly.
It wasn’t very long before all the stray low-tier Demons were slaughtered by the Qi warriors from the Realm of a Thousand Devastations.
Afterwards, all the sectmasters of the other sects in the Realm of a Thousand Devastations came to express their gratitude towards Nie Tian. Then, after having a brief discussion with Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue about their upcoming plans, they all left.
Li Muyang and Xing Huanyue discussed a few things with their sect members before sending them away as well.
Meanwhile, the two of them stayed and waited for Nie Tian to solve the mysteries of those three lofy mountain peaks and fish the crystals out.