In the depths of the frosty mist.
A wrecked ancient starship floated silently by a realm that looked like an icy crystal.
Blood was smeared across the starship, which had broken into pieces, with dead human bodies floating among the remains.
Their destroyed domains had turned into faint clouds that seemed to be merging with the starry river and returning to the void.
A few Qi warriors dressed in white robes with the characteristics of the Extreme Coldness Palace could be seen flying about in the wreckage.
Apparently, they were looting rings of holding and spiritual tools from the dead and searching for valuables in the wreckage, which they would later turn in to their sect.
The Qi warriors from the Extreme Coldness Palace talked loudly to one another as they stripped the dead of their rings of holding. Some of them even found it so troublesome that they chopped off the ring-wearing fingers to retrieve the rings.
“Here came a vice sectmaster of the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, but so what? Grand Monarch Ice Bones still managed to trap him in that special region by relying on his bloodline power.”
“The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace’s strength has plummeted since their sectmaster’s disappearance. Mo Heng’s showy performance kind of saved their reputation, yet he somehow disappeared as well.”
“It seems to me that the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace is cursed. I’m afraid it won’t be long before it falls out of the ranks of the four human great sects.”
“Perhaps our sect may take their place one day.”
“That’s right. The Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace has ridden roughshod over us for too long. It’s about time we come to the front stage.”
The group of Void domain Qi warriors continued to fly about to loot valuables.
Like a streak of starlight, Nie Tian approached on his Star Boat.
Even his Star Boat was influenced by the unique environment in the Domain of Frigid Depths. Not only was its speed greatly limited as it traveled through the white frosty mist, but strange crackling sounds kept coming from it as well.
The frosty mist blocked the Star Boat from sight. Only after it flew closer did the Qi warriors from the Extreme Coldness Palace see what it was.
The Qi warriors from the Extreme Coldness Palace gasped with astonishment. “That’s a Star Boat!”
“A Son of the Stars!”
“It must be Wang Meijia! She and Chu Rui are close. She’s here!”
However, upon closer inspection, they noticed that there wasn’t a female among the newcomers. Confused expressions appeared on their faces.
Nie Tian had never visited the Domain of Frigid Depths. Many didn’t know what he looked like.
Surprised and confused, one of them stared at Nie Tian and asked, “You are?”
“You’re disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace, aren’t you?” With these words, Nie Tian released his soul awareness to scan through the starship wreckage, and failed to detect a single wisp of life.
He didn’t have to think about it to know that this was a starship that had belonged to Chu Rui’s subordinates.
“One, two... seventeen.” After a quick scan, he counted seventeen corpses, all of which belonged to Void domain cultivators.
“I don’t care who you are!” the man exclaimed. “Even Vice Sectmaster Chu Rui is trapped here. No one other than the sectmaster himself can sway our determination!”
“Oh, I’m not here to sway anything.” With these words, Nie Tian whizzed past them on his Star Boat.
WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!
The five evil gods that were now made of flesh and blood bellowed as they flew out from the Spirit Pearl.
Each and every one of them was about a hundred meters tall, scary-looking, and wreathed in endless Phantasm Qi.
“Go!” Nie Tian gave the order, testing the five evil gods’ might in battle for the first time.
The five evil gods instantly swooped towards the Void domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace, with half of their bodies inside the mysterious holes that brimmed with rolling Phantasm Qi.
Illusory domains that were filled with thick frosty auras were torn to pieces one after another, as if they were made of paper.
In the next moment, the evil gods entered their shattered domains and grabbed the Qi warriors with their large, satanic claws. With a casual swipe, they filled the void with their blood and bits of flesh.
Then, as they opened their mouths, the discarnate souls of the Void domain cultivators, along with the soul power they had fused into their domains, morphed into streaks of gray auras that disappeared into their mouths.
However, they didn’t seem to have even the slightest interest in the Void domain cultivators’ fleshly bodies. They simply let their blood and mangled remains drift where they might.
Wisps of the discarnate souls of Chu Rui’s dead subordinates that hadn’t scattered were also sucked into the five evil gods’ mouths.
In the blink of an eye, all of the Void domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace died at the evil gods’ hands.
After the feast, the five of them lazily returned to the Spirit Pearl, which floated quietly over Nie Tian’s head and emanated cyan light, as if it were somehow connected to the Phantasms’ ancestral land: the Nether Realm.
Beside Nie Tian, Yin Xingtian and Mo Qianfan remained silent.
However, a hint of fear could be seen in their eyes.
Deeply shaken, Yin Xingtian from the Streamcloud Sword Sect stared blankly at Nie Tian and thought to himself, “He’s only at the late Soul realm, and his bloodline should be no higher than the eighth grade.”
Even though Nie Tian hadn’t entered the Void domain yet, the five evil gods he had summoned killed the Void domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace as effortlessly as chopping melons.
The moment the five evil gods had flown out, Yin Xingtian had realized what Nie Tian had secretly done in the depths of the desert in the Realm of Red Sun.
After all, their ultimate evil auras had left extremely deep impressions on him.
Even Mo Qianfan had felt insecure and uneasy when facing them, not to mention him.
Mo Qianfan took a deep breath and said to Nie Tian with a somewhat bitter expression, “Those creatures have become even stronger.
“The ancient, immense auras they exude are similar to the auras of Phantasm grand monarchs, but at the same time, different. Also, I don’t know why, but when I examined them earlier, I could vaguely sense the aura of the Nether River.”
Nie Tian frowned. “I’ve been trying to identify their origins as well.”
Surprised, Mo Qianfan asked, “You don’t know?”
“No, I don’t,” Nie Tian answered. “They’re still growing and going through changes. And they’re far from reaching their peak state. The more souls and spirits they devour, the faster they’ll grow. Perhaps they need flesh power too. It’s just that humans’ flesh power is too weak to spark their interest.”
Filled with questions, Mo Qianfan intended to continue with the topic.
However, at this moment, Nie Tian started the Star Boat and flew forward.
Seeing this, he and Yin Xingtian could only followed along. Both of them had complicated looks on their faces as they looked at Nie Tian from behind. They had an increasingly strong feeling that he had far too many secrets that they didn’t know about.
Accompanied by Mo Qianfan and Yin Xingtian, Nie Tian continued to search the area Zu Guangyao had shown him.
Over the past days, they had found many dead bodies of Chu Rui’s subordinates and wrecked starships, some of which were being looted of their valuables by disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace.
Every time this happened, Nie Tian would summon the five evil gods with no questions asked.
Then, the five evil gods would crush the Void domain Qi warriors from the Extreme Coldness Palace in battle.
In fact, just their ultimate evil auras alone would make the Void domain cultivators realize that they were no match for them.
Then, when they unleashed negative emotions on them, waves of despair, fear, bloodlust, hatred, and rage would crush their souls immediately.
After that, the evil gods would easily shred their domains and bodies and devour their souls.
There hadn’t been any mishaps.
In a matter of days, Nie Tian had managed to kill a few dozen Void domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace. At the same time, the evil gods had devoured a considerable number of discarnate souls from Chu Rui’s dead subordinates.
After this series of battles and consumption, the hundred-meter tall evil gods had grown fifty meters taller.
Their auras made Mo Qianfan and Yin Xingtian more and more uneasy.
Now, as the evil gods flew out, they would even feel as if five Phantasm grand monarchs that had perished in ancient times had suddenly come back to life.
The Star Boat continued to fly like a shooting star in the frigid mist.
A bolt of lightning flashed in the misty distance. Sensing impacts between powers, Mo Qianfan turned to Nie Tian and said, “People are fighting up ahead!
“It’s a battle between Saint domain cultivators! It seems that we’ve found who we’ve been looking for!”
All that they had encountered and killed before were Void domain cultivators. Not a single one of them had been at the Saint domain.
With the help of their domains, Saint domain experts could travel as fast as lightning in the starry river. Even starships couldn’t always match their speed. Usually, only other Saint domain experts could detect their moves and pursue them.
After taking a moment to sense the situation, Yin Xingtian also said, “A battle is taking place between Chu Rui’s Saint domain subordinates and Saint domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace. There are two of Chu Rui’s subordinates, one at the early Saint domain, the other at the middle Saint domain. They’re currently surrounded by five Saint domain disciples of the Extreme Coldness Palace.”
Even though there was still a significant distance between them and the battlefield, Mo Qianfan and Yin Xingtian managed to sense so many details.
At this moment, Nie Tian’s soul awareness was still traveling in the frosty mist and hadn’t detected any movements.
“The intensity and detection range of my soul power still has a lot of room to improve.” With this thought, Nie Tian picked up speed, fearing that he would get there too late and see nothing but Chu Rui’s subordinates’ cold bodies.
“I’ll go first,” Mo Qianfan said.
In the next moment, his lightning domain morphed into his dharma idol, which then turned into a bolt of lightning that disappeared into the distant starry river in a split second.