Zhen Huilan remained silent for some time before suddenly saying, "Nie Tian, Qiqi, give me and second martial brother a moment. There's something we need to talk about."
"Sure." Nie Tian nodded and left with Pei Qiqi.
Pei Qiqi took the initiative to stop in another location in the Void Illusion Mountain Range, her face expressionless.
"How are you doing, Senior Martial Sister Pei?" Nie Tian asked with a concerned expression.
He knew that she had been resisting and deriving enlightenment from the profound spatial aura that she had obtained in that other dimension.
Pei Qiqi glanced at him out of the corner of her eyes. "Good. Actually, I've already fully refined that aura which contained the profound truths of spatial power. It helped me advance to the Worldly realm. I won't need to worry about it causing me any more damage."
Nie Tian's expression flickered. "The Worldly realm! Congratulations, senior martial sister."
"I heard that you promised Zong Zheng and many other seniors that you'll take them out of the Domain of the Falling Stars someday. Is that true?" Pei Qiqi's eyes glittered subtly, as she was apparently fascinated.
Nie Tian smiled heartily and nodded. "Yes. In fact, that's why Senior Zhao agreed to help me repeatedly."
"Can you really do that?" Pei Qiqi asked, subtle excitement filling her eyes.
"I'm not quite sure that I can, but I'm certain that I'll find a way to step out of the Domain of the Falling Stars as my cultivation base rises," Nie Tian said, smiling.
"With the help of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace?" Pei Qiqi asked.
"Yeah, of course."
"Umm, when the time comes, will you take me with you when you leave?"
"What? You want to leave the Domain of the Falling Stars too?"
Pei Qiqi suddenly fell silent.
After a long time, she said with a frustrated tone, sagging her head, "I thought the dimension we went to was the place the Void Palace Sect had discovered and moved to. But after we arrived there, I realized that it wasn't. If my family is still alive, they must be in that dimension they went to explore.
"Besides, I want to find the origin of my special bloodline."
Feeling enlightened, Nie Tian nodded and said, "I see. Alright, I'll let you know when I find a way to leave the Domain of the Falling Stars."
"Thank you," Pei Qiqi said.
Afterwards, as the two of them chatted, Nie Tian learned that, after evacuating from the Realm of Split Void, she and Zhen Huilan had gone to the Realm of Unbounded Desolation.
Later, when the Heaven Palace Sect had summoned powerful experts from all sects to help defend their sect, Qi Bailu had answered the summons and rushed to the Realm of Mystic Heaven with all of the Worldly realm and Profound realm Tool Sect disciples.
Even though Zhen Huilan and Pei Qiqi hadn't joined them, they had learned about what had happened in the Realm of Mystic Heaven afterwards.
After the crisis was lifted, Zhen Huilan had taken her back to the Realm of Split Void and spread word to the members of the Wild Fire, the Blood Skull, and the Dark Moon that they no longer needed to hide.
After some time, Zhen Huilan came over to the place where the two of them were talking.
"Why don't you come with me to Shatter City, Nie Tian?" Zhen Huilan asked. "I'm rebuilding the inter-realm teleportation portal in Shatter City. It'll be put to use soon. When I'm finished, you'll be free use it to return to the Realm of Flame Heaven or go wherever you want."
"What happened to Senior Zhao?" Nie Tian asked curiously.
"You don't need to worry about him. He'll need some time to seal those six spatial rifts." Zhen Huilan said with a grim expression. "Those spatial rifts are very difficult to seal. Even he will have to put in a great amount of time and effort. So he won't be leaving the Void Illusion Mountain Range any time soon. But he told me that he'll go find you after he's finished in the Void Illusion Mountain Range."
Nie Tian was taken aback. "He actually agreed to do that?!"
According to his understanding of Zhao Shanling, he would never agree to do it unless he was paid well with enough benefits.
Obviously, sealing those six spatial rifts wouldn't be an easy task. What had Zhen Huilan promised him that made him agree to contribute?
Zhen Huilan sighed. "That's not important. But I do have a tip for you: don't trust him completely. Don't think that he's helped you a lot. That's only because you're still useful to him. Once you lose your value, or he thinks that you've become a threat to him, he'll lay his murderous hands on you without the slightest hesitation.
"I know him too well. Unlike Hua Mu, he'll never take you as a promising junior and help you grow.
"Instead, he's a dangerous person."
Nie Tian frowned slightly as he took her advice to heart and then said, "Thank you for the reminder. I'll be very careful and try not to give him any reason to kill me."
"Good, let's go back to Shatter City," Zhen Huilan said.
Immediately afterwards, she created a spatial rift out of thin air and entered it with Nie Tian and Pei Qiqi.
In the next moment, the three of them appeared in Zhen Huilan's residence in Shatter City. Then, Zhen Huilan left for the central square to rebuild the inter-realm teleportation portal there.
Full of smiles, Li Ye rushed out of his equipment forging room. "Nie Tian! We finally meet again!
"Damn those people from the Spirit Condor. They lied to me, saying that they'd take me to the Void Illusion Mountain Range. Who knew they would bring me to their headquarters in the Realm of Endless Ice and force me to stay in that shitty place for what felt like eternity. I should have gone to explore that new dimension with you and senior martial sister!"
A surprised expression spread across Nie Tian's face. "Have you also entered the Worldly realm?"
"Hahaha! My cultivation talent is not to be joked about," Li Ye said, seeming very pleased with himself. "Since I had nothing to do in that boring place, I spared some time to cultivate. You know, for me, making breakthroughs in cultivation is very easy. The so-called chosen from those major sects are nothing in my eyes. If I focused on cultivation, Ning Yang wouldn't have been the one that was known throughout the Domain of the Falling Stars."
Li Ye was even fatter than before. His fat trembled as he talked.
Back when the six spatial rifts had opened, and things in the Realm of Split Void started to get messy, Zhen Huilan had arranged for Hu Rong from the Spirit Condor to trick Li Ye and teleport him somewhere safe.
She had done it because even though she knew that Li Ye possessed unmatched talent, he hadn't been trained for fighting in battle. Instead, he had poured all of his time and effort into equipment forging.
After realizing that the Realm of Split Void would soon enter a state of chaos and that she wouldn't be able to take care of both him and Pei Qiqi, she had eventually decided to send him away.
Who would have thought that he had somehow managed to enter the Worldly realm just by spending a short time focusing on his cultivation?
Even Pei Qiqi, who had gained considerable fortunes through numerous breathtaking encounters in that other dimension, had only just entered the same cultivation stage as him.
Li Ye's freakishly high cultivation talent even made Nie Tian, who had always been confident about his own cultivation talent, feel that the world wasn't fair.
If Li Ye hadn't been infatuated with equipment forging, but rather focused on combat fire-attributed incantations like Xia Yi, his future achievements might even be higher than Xia Yi's.
Zhen Huilan's two disciples were both beyond ordinary.
"Nie Tian, I've made another breakthrough in my equipment forging skills," Li Ye bragged, tilting his chin. "Do you have any equipment forging needs? As long as you have enough materials, I can forge you a spiritual tool that's even better than the Flame Star! Since it's you, I can charge you fewer spirit stones."
"Don't tell me that you can forge Spirit Channeling grade treasures now," Nie Tian said, smiling.
Li Ye seemed somewhat embarrassed. "Umm... That... I can forge anything except Spirit Channeling grade spiritual tools. I haven't tried to forge a Spirit Channeling grade spiritual tool, so it might be a bit tricky. But I have no problem forging seventh level Premium grade spiritual tools now. As long as the materials are right, I'll be able to forge a spiritual tool that agrees with the user perfectly!"
"He already has a Spirit Channeling grade treasure. What would he need you for?" Pei Qiqi chimed in with an expressionless face. Then, she turned to Nie Tian and said, "The head of the Blood Skull has returned to Shatter City with the surviving Blood Skull members. If you want to use their cultivation rooms, I believe he'd be happy to let you use them for free."
"Not just that, Nie Tian can do whatever he likes in the Realm of Split Void now, and no one will say anything." Li Ye sounded very jealous. "It's not just the Blood Skull. If you're going to the Dark Moon or the Wild Fire's headquarters, they'll receive you with their highest standards as well. You dared to confront the Heaven Palace Sect, and Xia Yi even had to give up on demanding the Flame Dragon Armor from you. Who will dare to stand in your way anymore?"
What had happened in the Realm of Mystic Heaven had already spread to every corner of the Domain of the Falling Stars. Nie Tian had already become a household name.