The three fragmentary star marks rapidly flew into the hollow spaces within the hearts of the three lofty mountain peaks, where they merged with the star pagodas therein.
Like magical keys, the moment the fragmentary star marks entered the star pagodas, they lit them up.
Tens of thousands of mysterious star formations were engraved on the inner walls of the mountain peaks. As soon as the star pagodas were lit up, the star formations also started to shine with dazzling light simultaneously.
In a split second, the mysterious hollow spaces inside the mountain peaks were turned into seas of stars.
At that moment, loud rumbles came from the mountain peaks as misty starlight gradually rose from them.
Zhao Shanling jerked his head towards the heavens.
In the heavy rain, the sky was originally dark and lifeless. However, everything seemed to have changed at this moment.
The sky had become clear and full of bright stars. Even the distance between the stars and the Realm of Mystic Heaven seemed to have become unnaturally close.
Like beacons in the sea, the three lofty mountain peaks emanated glorious light, showing the way for the profound energy in the depths of the starry river.
Under the guidance of the lofty mountain peaks, streaks of starlight then fell from the heavens and poured into the spaces at the center of the mountain peaks like an enormous, glowing waterfall.
In the next moment, changes occurred.
A mysterious star formation rapidly came to form in the empty space between the three mountain peaks.
The star formation seemed to consist of thousands of smaller star formations, each of which contained unfathomable power.
Zhao Luofeng flashed into view and instantly noticed the mysterious star formation that was gradually forming. Eyes glittering with the light of amazement, he exclaimed, "What is that?"
SHEW! SHEW! SHEW!
Ling Dong, Lu Minhuang, Zong Zheng, Lu Yuanxi, and the other Soul realm experts arrived one after another.
All of them, who had expected to see an inter-realm teleportation portal in this place, were flabbergasted by the mysterious star formation.
Even Xia Yi was shocked by the incredible scene.
"That is the profound spell formation the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace left to seal the spatial rift!" Lu Yuanxi's expression flickered as he jerked his head towards Nie Tian. "Is he trying to activate it?"
Streaks of starlight continued to fall from the depths of the starry river like an incomparably wide waterfall.
The mysterious star formation was changing and growing as it absorbed immense amounts of star power.
The profound aura that came from the spell formation even made these Soul realm experts, who were the peak fighters in the Domain of the Falling Stars, have a suffocating feeling.
They felt that if any of them dared to enter the star formation, they would instantly be turned into flying dust.
In the distant sky, Basto was standing beside a giant crystal cannon that was pointing down at the ground. Hua Mu's image gradually appeared in the prismatic crystal between his eyebrows.
He was aiming the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon at Hua Mu with a Phantasm's secret magic.
Glowing energy rapidly gathered at the mouth of the huge Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon.
All of a sudden, Basto seemed to have sensed something.
In shock, he jerked his head towards the distant sky, where he saw a tremendous amount of starlight streaking down from the heavens towards the central area between three lofty mountain peaks.
A strong sense of danger suddenly filled his heart. His heart raced and even his blood flow became unstable.
"W-what the hell is that?!" Dialo cried out with fear, staring into the distance.
"That's the spell formation left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace!" Basto's voice trembled slightly. Without hesitation, he gave up on aiming at Hua Mu, instead focusing his immense soul awareness on the star formation in the middle of the three lofty mountain peaks.
Following his soul awareness, the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon rotated to aim at the three mountain peaks from afar.
However, before he could activate it, the mysterious star formation shot towards his ancient starship.
In the blink of an eye, the star formation morphed into a sea of stars that engulfed the area where the ancient starship was berthed.
"NO!!!!" Basto shouted, desperation and unwillingness filling his eyes as if he could not accept this result.
By the lofty mountain peaks, the Soul realm experts were flabbergasted as they watched the star formation fly off into the distance and turn into a sea of stars that engulfed the ancient starship.
In the next moment, the Phantasms' ancient starship fell apart like a crumbling continent, filling the sky with blinding light.
It was as if a small sun had exploded in the distant sky.
Debris from the ancient starship that contained discarnate souls rained over a thousand kilometer radius, dragging long, blazing tails as if they were small meteors.
However, the area where the three lofty mountain peaks were located was completely unaffected. Not a single piece of debris or discarnate soul found its way there.
The Heaven Palace Sect was now in ruins after the devastating blow from the Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon.
The demonized Hua Mu and the outsiders were the only ones that still remained in that area.
The outsiders didn't seem to have any means to defend themselves, as they watched the storm of debris flying towards them like dashing meteors.
As they were hit by the debris from the ancient starship, no matter what grade they were at, they all broke like hammered glass.
"The ancient starship is destroyed just... just like that?" Lu Yuanxi from the Spirit Condor said, sounding as if he was living a dream.
He felt that what was happening before his eyes was too good to be true.
The colossal ancient starship, the devastating Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon, the seventh grade outsiders, and the awe-inspiring Basto...
In the blink of an eye, the suffocating pressure weighing on the Soul realm experts' minds was all gone.
They all fell silent, staring blankly at the raining debris that looked like falling meteors.
SHEW! SHEW! SHEW!
At that moment, the three fragmentary star marks flew out of the hearts of the lofty mountain peaks and returned to Nie Tian, disappearing into his chest in a flash.
At that moment, Nie Tian's vortex of star power was completely drained, though the nine fragmentary stars still shone brightly in his soul.
As soon as the fragmentary star marks disappeared into his chest, the connection between him and the three mountain peaks was cut off.
The heavy rain, which had stopped earlier, came pouring down again. The bright, starlit sky was also covered up by a dark, misty sky.
Heaven and earth returned to their original state.
The star formation was gone, and the three lofty mountain peaks no longer emanated starlight.
"I-it's over." Zhao Luofeng found it hard to even speak. He took a deep look at Nie Tian, wanting to say something but stopped on a second thought.
The bald Xia Yi's face was very grim as he fixed Nie Tian was a long gaze. However, nothing but apprehension could be seen in the depths of his eyes.
Nie Tian slowly turned his head. Nine fragmentary stars shining in his pupils, he fixed Ling Dong with a cold gaze and said, "Elder Ling, it sounded to me that you planned to hold me responsible for not giving up the Flame Dragon Armor after peace was restored to the Domain of the Falling Stars, right?"
With a sullen expression, Ling Dong didn't dare to answer him. Instead, he shot Zhao Luofeng an inquiring, sideways glance.
A hint of bitterness appeared at that corner of Zhao Luofeng's mouth as he shook his head. "No, he didn't mean that."
"My master didn't answer your sect's summons and come to help defend your sect. Are you going to find fault with him?" Nie Tian asked.
"No, we won't," Zhao Luofeng answered, looking deeply embarrassed.
Nie Tian nodded. "Good, because now I have a feeling that I'll be able to activate the grand spell formations in the Realm of Flame Heaven, the Realm of Mystic Heaven, and the Realm of a Thousand Devastations with my fragmentary star marks whenever I want. It seems that I'll be able to copy the strike that blew up the ancient starship, along with Basto and his Heaven-shattering Crystal Cannon."
Zhao Luofeng and Ling Dong's expressions flickered drastically upon hearing these words.
At that moment, Zong Zheng from the Ice Pavilion Sect muttered, "Basto is dead. Their ancient starship exploded... The crisis is really going to end..."
"Kill those remaining outsiders!" Li Muyang suddenly exclaimed.
"That's right! It's time to slaughter the remaining outsiders!" Lu Minhuang shouted and took the initiative to speed off, as if he didn't want to stay in this place a second longer than he had to.
Completely wordless, Xia Yi also planned to leave.
However, Nie Tian stopped him. "Senior Flame God."
Xia Yi turned his head to look at Nie Tian sideways. "What is it?"
Nie Tian summoned the Flame Dragon Armor from within his ring of holding. He held it in his hand and asked, "Do you still demand that I give you this fire-attributed Spirit Channeling grade treasure?"
The crowd of experts that were leaving stopped upon hearing this. Their gazes landed on Xia Yi one after another.
Zhao Shanling chuckled and said with an enjoyable expression, "This thing actually suits you very much, Brother Xia."
"I don't have the luck to own it." With these words, Xia Yi snorted coldly and left, anger filling his belly.