After Huang Jinnan stated Nie Tian’s identity, all of the other Qi warriors started to look at Nie Tian differently.
The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s mighty name was known throughout the starry river. Every disciple of this colossus enjoyed an enviable status.
However, even though Huang Jinnan had seen through Nie Tian’s identity, he didn’t seem surprised at all.
“Since you’re a member of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace and a successful hybrid, your name should be well-known across the myriad domains, but why haven’t I heard it before?” Huang Jinnan asked with a puzzled expression. “I believe this is the first time I’ve heard the name Nie Tian.”
He had long since overheard Nie Tian’s conversation with Yin Yanan and the girls, and had thus learned his name.
Han Sen snorted coldly and said, “Divine Son, even if he’s a member of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, his status can’t match yours.”
Xie Wanting’s expression flickered with astonishment. “Divine Son?”
“Brother Huang here is from the Five Elements Sect, and he’s the metal element Divine Son,” Han Sen said with a plain tone.
Xie Wanting, Yin Yanan, and Mu Biqiong all gasped with shock while fixing Huang Jinnan with revering gazes. “The FIve Elements Sect?!”
Nie Tian, however, was completely puzzled. “Is the Five Elements Sect very famous?”
Huang Jinnan frowned. “You don’t know the ‘one palace, one sect, one society, and one pavilion’?”
A stumped expression appeared on Nie Tian’s face. “Umm...”
Xie Wanting from the Water Moon Sect took a deep breath and explained to Nie Tian, “The phrase ‘one palace, one sect, one society, and one pavilion’ describes the four most ancient and powerful Qi warrior powers. The ‘one palace’ refers to the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace; the ‘one sect’ refers to the Five Elements Sect; the ‘one society’ refers to the Void Spirit Society; the ‘one pavilion’ refers to the Heaven Span Pavilion.
“The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, the Five Elements Sect, the Void Spirit Society, and the Heaven Span Pavilion represent the peak strength of Qi warriors.
“Each and every one of them is protected by God domain experts, and that’s why they dare to stand up to powerful Ancientspirits and outsiders.”
Yin Yanan and Mu Biqiong fell silent upon hearing that Huang Jinnan was the metal element Divine Son of the Five Elements Sect.
It seemed that only at this moment did they realize why Huang Jinnan was so powerful, and all the other Qi warriors here took orders from him.
“The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, the Five Elements Sect, the Void Spirit Society, and the Heaven Span Pavilion...” Nie Tian said inwardly.
Only now did he learn the names of the four greatest human powers.
“The Five Elements Sect consists of five sections,” Han Sen said in a low voice. “Each section has their own God domain experts, as well as a Divine Son or Divine Daughter, who is viewed as the future head of their section. Brother Huang is the Divine Son of the metal element section.”
Mu Biqiong turned to Nie Tian and whispered, “The Divine Sons of the Five Elements Sect enjoy a similar status as the Sons of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace.”
Huang Jinnan fixed Nie Tian with a curious gaze. “If you’re a member of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, but you haven’t heard of me or the Five Elements Sect… I’m very interested in your story.”
“I grew up in a remote domain,” Nie Tian explained. “But I passed the Heaven Gate Trial, and therefore gained the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s legacies.”
Huang Jinnan’s expression flickered with astonishment. “You passed the Heaven Gate Trial?! Did you collect all three fragmentary star marks?”
Nie Tian nodded.
Upon hearing this, a clamor burst out among Han Sen and all of the other Qi warriors gathered by Huang Jinnan’s side.
“He’s a Son of the Stars, the seventh Son of the Stars!”
“Anyone who can pass the Heaven Gate Trial and collect all three fragmentary star marks will become a Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, no matter what background he or she comes from.”
“This man is not just any member of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, but a Son of the Stars!”
“So he gained the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s legacies from the Heaven Gate Trial! But from the look of it, he hasn’t followed the ‘path of stars’ to the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s headquarters yet.”
“That’s for sure. If he had, he would have become a household name already.”
“The reason why we haven’t heard of him before is because he hasn’t returned to the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace yet.”
The clamoring crowd all stared unblinkingly at Nie Tian, as if they were looking at a rare treasure.
Xie Wanting’s face turned pale with shock.
Despite having traveled with Nie Tian for so long, she was completely unaware of his actual identity until now. She had only assumed that he was a Qi warrior from the Domain of Heaven’s Boundaries like Yin Yanan and Mu Biqiong.
The news of Nie Tian being a Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace came as a great shock to her.
Xie Wanting smiled bitterly, congratulating herself on her previous decision. “Fortunately, I stopped that fool Lu Feihua before he made an irredeemable mistake with Nie Tian. Otherwise...”
“I see,” Huang Jinnan said, looking enlightened. “So you’re the seventh Son of the Stars. No wonder.”
As one of the Divine Children of the Five Elements Sect, Huang Jinnan had unique access to information. He had heard that the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace had a new Son of the Stars.
However, every Son of the Stars who passed the Heaven Gate Trial would have to go through a series of tests and follow the ‘paths of stars’ intended by the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace to their headquarters.
Since Nie Tian hadn’t finished this process, the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace hadn’t announced his name or any other information about him.
However, it was no secret that they had acquired a new Son of the Stars.
Han Sen and the others didn’t have access to such information because their sect wasn’t strong enough.
“So you’re the seventh Son of the Stars of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, whose information has been kept secret,” Huang Jinnan said. “I’ve got to say that I’m quite impressed by the fact that you’ve found your way to the Shatter Battlefield when you’re only at the Worldly realm, and haven’t even made it to the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s headquarters. And from the look of it, you still carry many secret abilities and resources...”
After learning that Nie Tian was a Son of the Stars, Huang Jinnan had become much warmer towards him.
Of all that were present, he and Nie Tian were the only two who came from the four most ancient and powerful Qi warrior powers, and their statuses within their respective sects were matched, even though Nie Tian’s cultivation base was lower by a whole level.
Huang Jinnan smiled. “You’re welcome to ask me about anything, but not now.”
Then, he pointed up at the green shield. “Our current task is to figure out a way to tear open that layer of the titan’s residual flesh aura and collect those berries.”
Nie Tian nodded.
Upon hearing Huang Jinnan’s proposal, the crowd of Qi warriors all sighed in frustration.
They had made numerous attempts before the outsiders had arrived, but all of them had failed.
Therefore, all of them fell silent upon hearing Huang Jinnan’s proposal to think of ways to collect those berries.
“Even you can’t break that shield and collect those berries, Brother Huang?” Nie Tian was curious.
Huang Jinnan let out a sigh and explained, “You don’t understand, Nie Tian. There’s a profound connection between that shield of flesh power and those berries. When I tried to break the shield with pure force, two of the berries vanished. This means the shield will channel power from the berries to defend them.
“Perhaps I’ll be able to tear that shield open, but I’m worried that even if I do, all of the berries would be gone.
“As far as I see it, only experts of wood power incantations whose aura agrees with the aura that forms the shield will be able to split it without hurting the berries.”
“I’ll give it a shot.” Mu Biqiong volunteered.
Huang Jinnan nodded. “Right, you might as well give it a try. Those coexisting flowers inside of you are extremely rare. Perhaps you’ll actually make it work.”
Mu Biqiong was taken aback. “How, how do you know?”
“I knew it the moment I saw that black root shoot out of your palm,” Huang Jinnan said, smiling.
Mu Biqiong’s expression flickered with astonishment as she asked, “You actually had the time to observe my battle while you fought those three powerful outsiders at the same time? And you’ve seen coexisting flowers before?”
Huang Jinnan smiled, but didn’t give her an answer.
Mu Biqiong didn’t ask more questions. A black root and a multicolored root shot out of her palms towards the green shield simultaneously.
The moment they made contact with the green shield, dazzling light burst forth from the contact points, vast divine power pouring madly through the roots into Mu Biqiong’s body.
Mu Biqiong let out a muffled groan. Blood ran down her nose and the corner of her mouth as the roots instantly shrank back into her palms.