Basto was the highest commander of the Phantasm force, and also one of the decision-makers of this invasion operation.
Part of the reason why he had decided to invade the Domain of the Falling Stars was to recover their lost Spirit Pearl.
It was just that Basto was currently in the Realm of Mystic Heaven, laying siege to the Heaven Palace Sect.
Tens of thousands of years ago, due to the arrival of the powerful experts from the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, numerous Phantasms had been slaughtered. During their hurried evacuation, they had lost the Spirit Pearl, which was of special significance to them, in the Domain of the Falling Stars.
After that, they had sent small forces back to the Domain of the Falling Stars several times to recover it.
However, during their last effort, they had recovered their ancient starship, but not the Spirit Pearl, which made the operation a failure.
This time, Basto had led a force to join the invasion with the intention of retrieving the Spirit Pearl and taking it back to his clan.
To everyone's surprise, the long-lost Spirit Pearl had suddenly appeared in Nie Tian's hands.
"It's too bad that Lord Basto isn't here," The Phantasm expert muttered. "Otherwise, he'd be able to take it back!"
As the expert flashed about in the sky, numerous streaks of sparkling aura filled the heavens. Like crystal chains, they contended against the Death Reign with great effort.
However, he glanced towards the Spirit Pearl in Nie Tian's hand from time to time, strong desire filling his eyes.
At this moment, Cao Mou, Gu Yuan, and Qian Buhui had already split up to face the three incoming outsider experts.
The three outsider experts were all at the seventh grade. One was a Fiend, one was a Stoneman, and the last one was a Blackscale.
The moment they arrived, they engaged in fierce battles against Cao Mou, Gu Yuan, and Qian Buhui.
Because of this, the pressure on the seventh grade Phantasm was somewhat relieved. However, he still couldn't find a way to harm Zhao Shanling.
On the ground, Nie Tian ignored everything else as he held the Spirit Pearl up in the air to let it channel the discarnate souls of the newly-killed.
As time passed, the star map within the Spirit Pearl gradually became clearer and clearer.
Inside the Dong Clan...
Qin Yan's expression suddenly flickered, joy filling his eyes.
Qian Xing and Cao Qiushui, who were standing beside her, looked at her, confused.
They both knew that the other members of the Water Moon Chamber of Commerce had long since evacuated from the Realm of a Hundred Battles.
That was because their actual backer was the Spirit Condor.
Since the Spirit Condor was based in the frigid Realm of Endless Ice, it was safest for the Water Moon Chamber of Commerce to move into the Spirit Condor's headquarters in the Realm of Endless Ice.
Qin Yan had only stayed behind because they needed up-to-date information on the situation in the Realm of a Hundred Battles.
Qin Yan was the contact the Spirit Condor had left in the Realm of a Hundred Battles.
"The Spirit Condor and the Ice Pavilion Sect have moved out!" Qin Yan exclaimed. "They're going to send their Soul realm experts to help us eliminate the outsiders in the Realm of a Hundred Battles!"
Before this point, Qin Yan had informed the Spirit Condor of the great changes in the Realm of Flame Heaven and the turn of events in the Realm of a Hundred Battles via a secret communication magic.
The senior members of the Spirit Condor had been shocked after learning that Wu Ji had killed the two seventh grade outsiders that led the invasion of the Realm of Flame Heaven with his profound time-manipulating magics.
Later, they had been shaken by the news that Qi Bailu had agreed to abdicate, and Zhao Shanling had promised to help seal the spatial rift that connected the Realm of a Hundred Battles and the Realm of Split Void.
Then, when Zhao Shanling had personally joined the battle against the outsiders, the Soul realm experts of the Spirit Condor and the Ice Pavilion Sect had sat together to discuss their next move.
Now, they had finally reached a consensus that they would come to the Realm of a Hundred Battles as soon as possible through their inter-realm teleportation portals.
The reason why they hadn't acted on such a thought until now was that they had known that if they could go to the Realm of a Hundred Battles, so could the outsiders that were attacking their headquarters.
But now that they were certain that no more outsiders were able to rush into the Realm of a Hundred Battles, and their grand spell formations could hold for some time, they finally acted without scruples.
Eyes glittering with excitement, Qin Yan gazed at the inter-realm teleportation portal, which had started to thrum with spatial fluctuations. "They're here!"
WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!
Four figures appeared and walked out of the teleportation portal, the first of which was Hua Mu.
Behind Hua Mu were two old men, one at the middle Soul realm, and the other at the early Soul realm. They were both leading figures of the Spirit Condor.
The last one was the middle Soul realm patriarch of the Ice Pavilion Sect.
"Greetings, seniors!" Qin Yan said with great respect.
Even though the Water Moon Chamber of Commerce was backed by the Spirit Condor, she hadn't met Hua Mu and the other senior members of the Spirit Condor in person until now.
However, just judging from their dominating auras, she suspected that they were the three legendary potentates of the Spirit Condor.
Upon arrival, Hua Mu sighed and said, "In order to save the Domain of the Falling Stars, brother Qi made great sacrifices by giving in to Zhao Shanling. I hope it won't affect his future advancement in cultivation. We, however, need to slaughter the outsiders and end their invasion of the Domain of the Falling Stars as soon as possible to give him what he has sacrificed his dignity for!"
With these words, Hua Mu exploded towards the one of the seventh grade outsiders.
The other three Soul realm experts didn't say a word. Like three bolts of lightning, they also shot towards the seventh grade outsiders.
Qin Yan felt greatly relieved as she muttered, "It's over. The turbulences in the Realm of a Hundred Battles have finally come to an end."
Then, she glanced at one of the Dong Clan members who seemed to be in charge, and said, "There's no need to power this grand spell formation with more spirit stones anymore."
That Dong Clan member smiled, and then instructed a few other Dong Clan members to spread out to deactivate the hubs that controlled the grand spell formation.
Soon, the grand spell formation that had protected the Dong Clan for more than a month gradually came down.
Seeing the four Soul realm experts shooting into the heavens, Dong Li was convinced that the outsider invaders, who had been cut off from the outside world, would now die in the Realm of a Hundred Battles. "Let's retreat to our clan, Nie Tian. We're no longer needed in this battle. The results have already been determined."
Nie Tian smiled and nodded. "Alright."
He also noticed that Hua Mu and three other Soul realm experts had joined the battle, and thus knew that the outsiders were doomed.
Even though the Realm of a Hundred Battles was a vast one, now that the spatial rift had been sealed, the outsiders had no means of evacuation.
Given a bit of time, Hua Mu and the other Soul realm experts would eventually slaughter all of the outsider invaders, not sparing a single one.
The seventh grade Phantasm's expression flickered after seeing four more Soul realm experts joining the battle. "Damn it!"
If it were just Cao Mou, Gu Yuan, and Qian Buhui, since they had three seventh grade allies joining them, they might not necessarily lose the battle, even though they were currently at a disadvantage.
However, the arrival of Hua Mu and the other three had changed the situation completely. Now they knew that they had no chance at winning this battle, not anymore.
"Let's get out of here!" The Phantasm expert cried sharply before suddenly launching a escape magic.
His fleshly body became somewhat illusory and blurry.
Countless evil spirits could be seen weeping inside his translucent body as an explosive force rapidly built up within him.
In the next moment, he turned into a wisp of aura and shot out of the battlefield.
Afterwards, the seventh grade Demon, Fiend, Stoneman, and Blackscale each unleashed their own secret magics and escaped.
Zhao Shanling was incomparably calm as he laughed wildly and said, "Idiots! I've already sealed the spatial rift that connects the Realm of a Hundred Battles to the outside world. Where do you imagine you can escape to?"
With these words, he made a grabbing motion in the air, and a spatial rift appeared before him.
"Follow me. I'll take you to the spatial rift that they're planning to evacuate through." Then, he took the initiative to enter the spatial rift he had just created.
The other Soul realm experts exchanged a glance, and then followed Zhao Shanling into the spatial rift one after another.
Barely a minute after the arrival of Hua Mu and the other three Soul realm experts, the outsider force collapsed, all of the seventh grade outsiders escaping at their fastest speed.
Now that they had left, the fifth and sixth grade outsiders had become lambs that were waiting to be slaughtered. They were swamped by Worldly realm and Profound realm experts within seconds.
Since their invasion, those outsiders had turned the Realm of a Hundred Battles into hell on earth. Millions had been butchered and used as sacrificial offerings to their ancestors.
These local Qi warriors hated their guts, and thus would show no mercy.
Therefore, the massacre of the outsider invaders officially began. The people in the Realm of a Hundred Battles that had been plagued by the outsiders finally lifted their butcher's knife.
"It's finally over..."
Nie Tian sighed softly and followed Dong Li to the Dong Clan. As he did, he gripped the Spirit Pearl firmly, which was still channelling discarnate souls from the vicinity.
From now on, the discarnate souls that were channeled into it were all from the freshly-killed outsiders.
Eyes glittering brightly, Qin Yan stared at the Spirit Pearl in Nie Tian's hand and asked, "Nie Tian, is this the thing you obtained from the Realm of Dark Underworld?"
"That's right," Nie Tian answered without the slightest intention of hiding the truth.
This time, he was no longer worried that those who had gone on the trip to the Realm of Dark Underworld with him would demand the Spirit Pearl from him.