The sudden appearance of Zhao Shanling made everyone in the Blood Fighting Pit hold their breath, their eyes filled with fear and uneasiness.
Even after he left, the entire Blood Fighting Pit remained silent. Not a single person dared to speak.
Only after a long time, when people were convinced that he wasn't coming back, did a uproar burst out among them.
"Why is he here in the Realm of Split Void?!"
"What's he doing here? What does he want?"
"Could it be that the Heaven Palace Sect asked him to help seal those spatial rifts?"
"Don't tell me he's looking forward to the outsiders' arrival!"
"Who knows whether him being here is a good thing or a bad thing!"
People discussed it on and on. The trading activity in the Blood Fighting Pit was interrupted by Zhao Shanling's appearance.
Nie Tian, however, had a grim expression on his face as he held the ring of holding Zhao Shanling had forged in his hand. Zhao Shanling's last words and scary laugh made it clear that he was fully aware that the person who had revealed his hiding place to the Tool Sect experts was him, not Dong Li.
Throughout the Domain of the Falling Stars, anyone besides that one from the Heaven Palace Sect would have a serious headache once they were targeted by Zhao Shanling.
After all, he was the most fiendish killer throughout the entire Domain of the Falling Stars.
Back when he had forged the Death Reign, he had unleashed it on the other sects in the Realm of Unbounded Desolation. As a result, the Tool Sect was now the only remaining sect in the Realm of Unbounded Desolation.
The crime he had committed had shocked powerful experts from all over the Domain of the Falling Stars.
After knowing that they were targeted by a person like him, any normal Qi warrior would lose both appetite and sleep.
Nie Tian knew that even if he awakened the Bone Blood Demon, if Zhao Shanling wanted him dead, he would die beyond the shadow of a doubt.
Even though the Bone Blood Demon's battle prowess would be around the same level as that of an early Soul realm expert, Zhao Shanling was at the middle Soul realm.
"Damn!" Dong Li said with a very concerned expression. She was worried that Zhao Shanling would try to kill Nie Tian.
"You don't need to worry too much." Gao Fu from the Spirit Condor tried to put her heart at ease. "If Zhao Shanling wanted to kill Nie Tian, he'd have already done it. He doesn't care about the threat we're facing from the outsider invaders.
"Also, like he said, if he wanted to spill blood, not a single person in the Realm of Split Void would be able to stop him.
"If he really wanted Nie Tian dead, Nie Tian'd be dead now."
Dong Tengfei nodded, agreeing with Gao Fu, then with a bitter smile, he said, "Nie Tian, I believe he's only here to get some spiritual materials. Even though we don't know why, it seems that he doesn't want to kill you for the time being. That man is too strange to predict."
Upon hearing his words, Nie Tian felt slightly relieved, and thus sent a wisp of psychic awareness into the ring of holding.
Nie Tian's eyes gradually lit up.
The storage room of the ring of holding Zhao Shanling had left him was ten times larger than that of a regular ring of holding.
Not to mention one Bone Blood Demon, even if he had three, he would be able to store them in this ring of holding, and there would still be room to spare.
Furthermore, the ring of holding wasn't sealed by any spatial wards. He could use it freely.
Whatever Zhao Shanling's intentions were, this ring of holding had indeed satisfied Nie Tian's most urgent need. He was finally able to carry the Bone Blood Demon wherever he went.
The clamor due to Zhao Shanling's appearance was still going on in the Blood Fighting Pit.
Nie Tian, who had finished trading the valuables he had brought back from that other dimension, prepared to leave.
"Nie Tian!" Dong Tengfei stopped him. "For the time being, don't leave Shatter City. In fact, I suggest that you stay with us in our clan's residence."
Dong Li grew worried again as she asked, "Didn't you just say that Zhao Shanling won't try to kill him?"
"I'm not talking about Zhao Shanling." With these words, Dong Tengfei let out a cold snort as he glanced over the few in the crowd who snuck glances at Nie Tian from time to time. "Considering Zhao Shanling's status and strength, he would have already killed Nie Tian if he wanted to. He'd never respect the no killing rule agreed upon by the sects.
"What really worries me is that some scoundrels might make attempts on Nie Tian's life."
Qian Qiong also shot a stern glance in Nie Tian's direction, as if to tell him that he should be careful.
Nie Tian smiled. "It's alright. I've got my own plans. Let them try. If they actually dare to come at me, I've got a big surprise for them."
With these words, he nodded respectfully and walked away.
Li Jing, Fang Hui, and the others from the Realm of Flame Heaven saw that he was leaving, and thus rapidly converged on him.
"Where are you going?!" Dong Li called out to him, looking very concerned.
"The place where Qi warriors from the Flame Heaven realm should be." Then, with a long laugh, Nie Tian strode towards the gate of the Blood Skull's headquarters.
Dong Li was eager to run after him, but was stopped by Dong Tengfei. "We still have items to sell," he said. "We need you and Baijie here until we're finished. Plus, those from the Realm of Flame Heaven who went with him are all at the Profound realm. This is Shatter City. No one would be stupid enough to make moves against him here."
Gao Fu from the Spirit Condor took his time to say, "That's right. He'll be fine. Even a maniac like Zhao Shanling didn't make an attempt on his life here. I seriously doubt that others will."
Only after hearing these words did Dong Li feel somewhat relieved.
Meanwhile, Nie Tian cast what had just happened in the Blood Skull's headquarters out of his mind as he returned to the dilapidated block with Li Jing, Fang Hui, and the other experts from the Realm of the Flame Heaven.
Seeing that Nie Tian was heading directly towards the place where the Bone Blood Demon was lying in a deep slumber, Li Jing, Fang Hui, and the others followed along.
As soon as they arrived, Nie Tian sent a wisp of his psychic awareness into the ring of holding Zhao Shanling had given him. Immediately afterwards, a strong and mysterious connection was established.
The Bone Blood Demon, which was more than thirty meters long, was channeled by that force and started floating towards the ring of holding.
Then, the enormous Bone Blood Demon rapidly shrank into a streak of white light and disappeared into the ring of holding.
"It worked!" Nie Tian exclaimed with a broad laugh.
Li Jing also let out a sigh of relief and said, "Now that you have this Bone Blood Demon by your side, those who have ill intentions towards you and your valuables won't be able harm you anymore. As long as you're not facing middle or late Profound realm experts, you'll be fine. The Bone Blood Demon won't let them get through."
Nie Tian smiled and didn't say anything.
That was because he knew that this Bone Blood Demon's current battle prowess could actually match that of an early Soul realm expert.
If experts at the middle or late Profound realm dared to make any moves against him, they would also be seeking their own deaths.
The tips of Chang Sen's eyebrows rose as he suddenly jerked his head in a direction, where a man gradually approached. "Who's there?!"
Li Jing's expression gradually grew cold and vigilant as she thought to herself, "Who's that? He's only at the late Worldly realm. Don't tell me that he actually dares to come for Nie Tian while we're all here."
"He's a friend," Nie Tian said with a smile.
The man slowly walked over and stopped in front of Nie Tian, then in a low voice, he said, "Nie Tian."
A puzzled expression spread across Li Jing's face. "He is...?"
"This is Li Langfeng," Nie Tian explained.
Everyone instantly felt enlightened.
It was because of this man that Nie Tian had given up five million spirit stones and started a feud with the Poison Sect.
Even though they had considered his decision very unwise, they hadn't thought it was their place to stop him.
Anyhow, now that they knew the man was friendly, they felt relieved.
"I want to stay here for some time," Nie Tian said. "I believe I'll be fine by myself."
Fang Hui nodded. "Alright. We'll be in the neighborhood, watching out for you. You'll be safe here as long as no Soul realm experts come for you."
With these words, the Profound realm experts from the Realm of Flame Heaven left one after another.
After they were all gone, when Nie Tian and Li Langfeng were the only ones there, Li Langfeng said in a low voice, "You shouldn't have done it."
Nie Tian smiled. "You mean refusing to trade with Hou Qingsen? To tell you the truth, I killed quite a number of Poison Sect disciples in the dimension I returned from. The Poison Sect and I are already as incompatible as fire and water. They just don't know it yet, since none of their disciples came back."
With these words, he took out the few animal skin scrolls he had looted from the Fiends, and asked, "Can you read Fiend's language?"
"Yeah, that's the only outsider language I can read," Li Langfeng replied. "I learned it because I knew the kinds of poisonous incantations I practice have close connections to Fiends."
Nie Tian handed the scrolls to him. "That's good. I hope the secret magics in them will help you with your cultivation and make you suffer less."
Li Langfeng received the scrolls in a very respectful manner. His fingers even trembled slightly. "Many thanks!"
He knew better than anyone how helpful these few unimpressive-looking scrolls would be to him.