Mu Biqiong jumped into the Star Boat and sat down in a corner that was the farthest from Nie Tian.
She threw Nie Tian a disgusted look, her face ice-cold.
Nie Tian took a glance at her, but didn't say anything. He started the Star Boat and flew away from the place where the Bliss Mountain Sect disciples were gathered.
The reason why he had demanded that Mu Biqiong stay here was because he planned to use her as a hostage when he went to negotiate with the Bliss Mountain Sect later.
No one else among the Bliss Mountain Sect disciples was a better choice than her.
If he had demanded Jiang Feng, Yao Zhilan, or someone else, after the Ultimates Reverse Grand Spell Formation was deactivated and they were free of the Vitality-returning Celestial Stone's influence, they would be able to rapidly recover their spiritual power.
If he were to keep any of those people by his side after Yue Yanxi and the other experts left, it would be like having a wolf by his side, and he would face a great threat from their presence.
As for the other weaker disciples of the Bliss Mountain Sect, it wouldn't be meaningful if he held any of them hostage. Jiang Feng wouldn't care about their lives at all.
Meanwhile, even though Mu Biqiong was at the Worldly realm, Nie Tian was confident that he would be able to overtake her even after she recovered her full strength.
Furthermore, she was the Bliss Mountain Sect's Holy Daughter. The Bliss Mountain Sect had placed high hopes in her and poured countless cultivation resources her way. Therefore, they wouldn't allow anything to happen to her.
The Bone Blood Demon also shot up into the sky and flew right under the Star Boat.
Facing forward and with his back facing Mu Biqiong, Nie Tian was lost in thought. He pondered whether he should return to the Domain of the Falling Stars or stay here and practice cultivation after the grand spell formation was reversed.
Eyebrows furrowed, Mu Biqiong looked silently at him from behind. After a while, she finally couldn't help but say, "You already have Qiao Yunxi and Yin Yanan. Why did you still demand that I stay here with you? You should know that I'm not like them. I won't give you what you want!"
Taken aback, Nie Tian turned around and asked with a confused smile, "What are you talking about?"
Mu Biqiong, who was wearing a veil, sat with her slender legs crossed, anger filling her deep, icy eyes.
Mu Biqiong snorted disdainfully. "Save it. I've met far too many men like you. You think you can have any woman you like by relying on your extraordinary background, don't you? I don't know what those two were thinking, but I'm not like them. You'd better drop the idea and leave me alone."
A confused expression filled Nie Tian's face. "What idea?"
He thought about it briefly, and then suddenly realized that she had misunderstood his intentions.
"Were you not thinking...?" Mu Biqiong said with an icy expression.
Rubbing his chin, Nie Tian ran his snaky gaze up and down her. With a meaningful smile, he said, "You're right. I am thinking of it. I've heard that the Bliss Mountain Sect's Holy Daughter has unearthly good looks, which is too appealing to men like me.
"Now that I have you in the palm of my hand, of course I'll take good advantage of the situation."
He never had a positive feeling towards Mu Biqiong. He even detested her.
That was because she seemed to be the one who had been responsible for the search for Master Voidspirit's legacies. It was under her instructions that the Bliss Mountain Sect had chosen a large number of youngsters and had them practice body refining incantations.
Those youngsters had been nothing but chess pieces to them. It wouldn't have mattered whether they succeeded in Master Voidspirit's domain or not, they would have been exterminated after the mission either way.
The woman was catty, cruel, and treated human lives like dirt. She had attacked and killed quite a few Divine Flame Sect disciples who had waited for Nie Tian's arrival. Qiao Yunxi was the only one who had managed to escape with the help of the Flame Bird.
She was by no means a nice person.
Therefore, after realizing what she was assuming, not only did Nie Tian not explain his actual intentions, but he even played along and teased her.
A disdainful look filled Mu Biqiong's eyes as she said, "All you have is your status as a disciple of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace and that powerful puppet. You can only rely on external help. Do you still take yourself as some kind of hero? It seems to me that you just have a powerful background. You'd be nothing without the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace to back you."
Nie Tian laughed wildly. "You got that right. I can only rely on those things. What are you gonna do about it?"
The disgusted look in Mu Biqiong's eyes grew even more intense as she finally closed her eyes and ignored Nie Tian.
Nie Tian gave a smile and stopped teasing her.
Shortly afterwards, the Star Boat berthed in front of the palace.
Yue Yanxi, Guan Fu, and Jian Tong were still communicating in low voices by the open stone gate.
As they saw Nie Tian return with Mu Biqiong, their expressions grew strange. Apparently, they misunderstood Nie Tian as well.
Nie Tian cleared his throat, signaling for Mu Biqiong to get off first.
With an icy face, Mu Biqiong slowly rose to her feet. Even though she was sitting in the lotus position, her slender, beautiful legs invited the imagination.
Eyes narrowed, Nie Tian discovered that this woman was actually very tall, only a bit shorter than him.
He still hadn't even seen her face to this day, which made him rather expectant. He even had an urge to rip her veil off and take a look at her face.
Mu Biqiong jumped off the Star Boat.
Nie Tian put the Star Boat back into his ring of holding and said to her, "You may wait here."
With these words, he walked through the stone gate and entered the palace.
"Why did you bring that girl back here, Nie Tian?" Yue Yanxi asked confusedly.
Qiao Yunxi stuck out her neck to take a look at Mu Biqiong, and then said with a cold face, "She killed a lot of our people."
Eyebrows slightly furrowed, Yue Yanxi said, "I know."
"I'm only keeping her here so that I'll be able to demand things from the Bliss Mountain Sect." With a brief explanation, Nie Tian sent his soul awareness into the palace walls and reversed the Ultimates Reverse Grand Spell Formation that covered this entire continent.
The palace then shone with dazzlingly bright light.
Soon, everyone noticed the subtle changes in the energy flow in the depths of the heavens and the earth.
The feeling of a strange force channeling spiritual power from their spiritual seas gradually vanished.
One after another, the people that had holed up inside the palace walked out to breathe the air and sense the changes that were taking place in this heaven and earth. Their eyebrows rose as they discovered that the spiritual Qi of Heaven and Earth had become even richer than when they had first come.
After pondering the matter briefly, they realized that the Vitality-returning Celestial Stone must be releasing the spiritual power it had absorbed from the Thousandsword Mountain Sect and Bliss Mountain Sect disciples to nourish this heaven and earth.
After a moment of silence, Nie Tian said, "The Bliss Mountain Sect's ancient golden starship is leaving soon. What's your plan?"
"We're leaving too, Nie Tian," Yue Yanxi said with a serious expression. "I know that this place has many secrets, and deriving enlightenment from the five elemental regions will help us greatly with our cultivation.
"But in the end, this place belongs to you, and you'll make it your base.
"If we mastered the secret magics and incantations that are branded in those blessed regions, they would disappear completely. We have numerous incantations and ancient records in our headquarters, so we can do without the ones here.
"I suppose you can leave them to people who are more important to you."
Nie Tian nodded and said, "So do you want to leave on your own, or through that teleportation portal, Senior Yue?"
Only the people from the Domain of the Falling Stars knew about the Domain of the Falling Stars. Since Guan Fu and Jian Tong didn't know about it, he was intentionally vague about it.
He meant that he would allow the Divine Flame Sect disciples to teleport to the Domain of the Falling Stars through the teleportation portal in the palace. Then, they would be able to return to the Domain of Heaven's Boundaries through the teleportation portals the Lei Clan had set up.
Yue Yanxi waved his hand and said, "No, we're good. We'll leave on our own. There might still be other secrets in this forbidden region. We don't intend to return to the Domain of Heaven's Boundaries right away. We're hoping to do a bit more exploration and see if we can come to some discoveries."
Guan Fu chimed in, "We're planning to do the same thing."
Nie Tian nodded. "Alright, if that's what you want."
He also wanted to spend some time alone. Instead of returning to the Domain of the Falling Stars, he intended to stay and practice cultivation in this place.
Yin Yanan from the Beast-controlling Sect seemed rather hesitant and embarrassed as she said, "Well… Nie Tian, could I stay here for a while? Don't worry. I won't touch a blade of grass here, and I'll try not to derive any enlightenment. I just want to stay until my Frost Blood Python is finished with the upgrade of its bloodline."
After pondering the matter for a few seconds, Nie Tian nodded.
"You'd better not try anything and draw doom on your sect, kid." Yue Yanxi warned her.
Yin Yanan snorted weakly and said, "I know what to do and what not to do."
At this moment, the Ultimates Reverse Grand Spell Formation was finally fully reversed, and the Bliss Mountain Sect's ancient golden starship soared up into the heavens, giving rise to loud rumbles.
They didn't even recover their spiritual power first. It appeared that they knew that a long night was fraught with dreams, (idiom: a long delay means trouble) and were afraid that Nie Tian would go back on his word.
This time, the golden starship didn't run into much resistance in the atmosphere of mixed auras, and sailed through it successfully.
The members of the Divine Flame Sect, the Guan Clan, and the Jian Clan had already recovered a significant amount of their spiritual power in the palace. Furthermore, since they all had huge stacks of spirit stones in their possession, they weren't afraid that they wouldn't be able to replenish their spiritual seas after leaving here.
Shortly afterwards, Yue Yanxi, Guan Fu, and Jian Tong each cast profound spells and took their members away from this continent.
Soon, Nie Tian, Yin Yanan, and Mu Biqiong were the only ones who remained in this blessed land.