After Xia Yi left, Zhao Luofeng and Ling Dong also sped away quickly, bowing their heads as they did.
Watching Zhao Luofeng leave from behind, Zong Zheng had a feeling that the Heaven Palace Sect's time was over.
The Heaven Palace Sect had sustained immeasurable losses in this battle. Their Five Elements Fortune Formation had been destroyed. Gone with it were their headquarters and all of their Worldly realm and Profound realm Qi warriors.
Those Worldly realm and Profound realm disciples had been their most valuable asset, yet none of them had escaped.
The Heaven Palace Sect's foundation was badly hurt.
Even if their patriarch managed to enter the Void domain, the Heaven Palace Sect was bound to lose their sovereign position in the Domain of the Falling Stars. After all, even after entering the Void domain, he wouldn't be able to defend against the heaven-destroying, earth-extinguishing blow that had destroyed the ancient starship.
The Heaven Palace Sect's roots were in the Realm of Mystic Heaven. Therefore, even after they had rebuilt their headquarters, as long as Nie Tian activated that destructive spell formation again, their new headquarters would also vanish in a breath's time.
The 'special arrangement' left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace hung over the Heaven Palace Sect's head like a sharp sword that could fall at any moment. Whenever they angered Nie Tian, Nie Tian would be able to deal a destructive blow to them.
"The time when the Heaven Palace Sect rules the Domain of the Falling Stars is over." Zong Zheng from the Ice Pavilion Sect sighed, smiling, as he turned to take a deep look at Nie Tian. "Your time has come, Nie Tian."
Dong Wangling, Li Muyang, Lu Yuanxi, and the others all nodded in assent.
Not to mention his Bone Blood Demon, just the fact that he could control the spell formations the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace had left in the Realm of Mystic Heaven, the Realm of Flame Heaven, and the Realm of a Thousand Devastations was enough to make Nie Tian an awe-inspiring figure.
As Nie Tian continued to rise to prominence with an unstoppable momentum, fewer and fewer people would dare to stand in his way.
Not to mention that he still had Wu Ji, Hua Mu, Zong Zheng, Dong Wangling, and many other powerful figures at his back.
"Seniors, let's go take a look at the remaining outsiders and Uncle Hua, shall we?" Nie Tian proposed.
Zong Zheng nodded. "That's right. We'd better take care of the remaining outsiders first."
"Alright, I'll take you there." Zhao Shanling laughed as he created a spatial rift with a casual swing of his hand.
One after another, the experts flew into the spatial rift and vanished.
Soon, Zhao Shanling and Nie Tian were the only ones that hadn't left.
"You were quite imposing back there," Zhao Shanling said with a cunning laugh. "Tell me the truth. Can you really use the spell formation left here by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace to kill whoever you like in the Realm of Mystic Heaven?"
Nie Tian smiled somewhat cunningly. "Not yet."
"So you were threatening Xia Yi and Ling Dong?" Zhao Shanling asked, looking surprised.
"Exactly." Nie Tian didn't try to hide his intentions. "When is a better time to threaten them but now? It's true that the spell formation left by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace only activated because it sensed the arrival of that ancient starship. But when my cultivation base is high enough, I'll probably be able to solve its mysteries and gain full control of the legacies the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace has left in the Domain of the Falling Stars.
"After all, they must have left these things for me."
After a moment of pondering, Zhao Shanling nodded. "You're probably right. I also have a feeling that the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace has left all these legacies for their Son of the Stars. But I have a bolder guess."
"What bolder guess?!" Nie Tian asked, intrigued.
"That they left the entire Domain of the Falling Stars for you, their Son of the Stars," Zhao Shanling said. "Since you've received their recognition and obtained those fragmentary star marks, it'll only be a matter of time before the entire Domain of the Falling Stars is yours to command.
"As long as you don't die prematurely, you're bound to become the master of the Domain of the Falling Stars."
With these words, Zhao Shanling snorted a smile and flashed into another nearby spatial rift.
That spatial rift was the one that led to the Realm of Split Void, through which Basto and his outsider forces had poured into the Realm of Mystic Heaven.
Not long ago, a seventh grade outsider had been ordered to guard it to prevent Zhao Shanling from sealing it.
However, that outsider expert had left without hesitation when their ancient starship had arrived.
That was because the arrival of their ancient starship had meant that whether the spatial rift remained open or not, it would no longer affect their invasion of the other realms.
The ancient starship would have been more than capable of taking them to whichever realm they wanted to invade.
Soon, Zhao Shanling flew out of the spatial rift. As he wove his hands, which glittered with spatial sparks, the spatial rift gradually closed and vanished.
With an easy expression, he said, "Alright, they can kill off the remaining outsiders as easily as catching a turtle in a jar now."
Nie Tian realized that with Basto dead, their ancient starship gone, and many of them killed by the falling debris, the remaining outsiders' fate had already been determined.
"I'll go check on Uncle Hua." With these words, Nie Tian disappeared into the spatial rift Zhao Shanling had just created.
In the next moment, he appeared over the battlefield, where he saw Soul realm experts chasing down and killing fleeing outsiders.
Deep craters could be seen everywhere. There were outsider corpses in many of them.
Even the seventh grade Demon that had activated Ancestral Awakening seemed to have been killed by falling debris, and his enormous body was plunged deep into the earth.
Nie Tian knew that just the debris of the ancient starship would have been far from enough to kill that seventh grade Demon.
What had really taken his life was the residual force of the mysterious star formation that had fused with the flying debris.
Standing on the shoulder of his Bone Blood Demon, Nie Tian glanced around and finally located Hua Mu. "Uncle Hua!"
At this moment, Hua Mu was wrapped tightly by numerous thick vines. At first glance, it seemed as if he was in a cocoon woven by vines.
From the look of, Hua Mu had been hit by the falling debris as well.
Many sharp, pitch-black vines that were on the outside of the cocoon had been severed or burned.
Nie Tian then realized that even though the residual power of the star formation had annihilated the seventh grade Demon, it had failed to eliminate Hua Mu from this heaven and earth.
SHEW! SHEW! SHEW!
Suddenly, the demonic vines stretched out and started to flap about like a blossoming devilish flower, revealing Hua Mu in the middle.
Hua Mu seemed unscathed. The Heavenly Demonsbane pattern between his eyebrows lost its radiance and became fainter and fainter.
Moments later, all of the huge vines gradually fell off of him, with only one fine vine that shrank back into him.
At that moment, Hua Mu's closed eyes slowly opened.
As he did, the Heavenly Demonsbane pattern between his eyebrows vanished completely.
That was when Nie Tian realized that the Hua Mu he knew was back.
In order to protect Hua Mu from the falling debris of the ancient starship, the Heavenly Demonsbane had exerted itself to form its ultimate defense.
Apparently, it had sustained serious damage afterwards. It was even forced to fall back into dormancy. Because of that, Hua Mu's soul had reawakened, and he had regained control of his body.
The reason why the Heavenly Demonsbane had made such a sacrifice was because it knew that once Hua Mu died, it would die with him.
As long as Hua Mu lived, it would have opportunities to seize control of his body again.
"What happened?!" Hua Mu asked, confusion filling his eyes.
He glanced around and saw the bottomless craters and the other Soul realm experts who were chasing down and killing fleeing outsiders.
"It's a long story," Nie Tian said, smiling.
Lu Yuanxi floated into view and said, "The crisis is finally over. Not a single outsider will be able to escape from the Realm of Mystic Heaven." Then, he took a glance at Nie Tian and continued, "If it weren't for Nie Tian, it would have been the other way around. We would have become the ones that were doomed. However, Nie Tian ended the crisis with the special arrangements the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace left behind."
Hua Mu was taken aback. "Nie Tian??"
"Yeah, it was him who lifted the dark clouds that loomed over the Domain of the Falling Stars and restored light to the nine realms," Lu Yuanxi said with mixed emotions. "Also, I would've never thought that it would be the legacies that the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace left behind that would help us through this crisis when things got out of hand."