The refinement was not only directed at Sacredfeather’s body, but also his soul and bloodline.
The process clearly brought Sacredfeather unimaginable pain. He put up a violent struggle in the spatial furnace as he let out soundless roars.
The flesh and blood he had just recovered gradually vanished through the refinement. At the same time, the presence of ways that belonged to the Darkstar race merged with his flesh and blood strand by strand through the refinement of the spatial furnace.
With each strand, the power of the Darkstar race that Sacredfeather gave off would increase and grow stronger.
At the same time, the tremendous life force drained from the outsiders constantly flowed into Sacredfeather.
In the end, as his flesh vanished under the refinement of the furnace, new flesh and blood regrew rapidly.
The new flesh and blood had become evidently more powerful after merging with the stronger essence blood and all the powers from the outsiders. The only issue with all of this was while the flesh still belonged to Sacredfeather, it became closer and closer to the flesh of the Darkstar race no matter how Jian Chen looked at it.
The refinement lasted for a total of four hours before ending. Even though it was very short, every part of Sacredfeather, both inside and out, soared qualitatively. His strength increased tremendously.
Let alone everything else, his body alone had reached the Primordial realm after receiving inhumane, torturous refinement.
With how tough his body was now, it was already enough to endure the strengthened essence blood.
However, the formations in the thirty-six major cities and the Hundred Saint City did not stop. Their devouring force did not weaken at all, growing in strength instead. Energy and vitality was drained from the outsiders, all gathering above the capital city.
In the end, the various powers gathered above the capital city became more and more tremendous.
The spatial furnace stopped refining. The entire ceremony seemed to fall into a momentary silence. Only the Virtuous Sage of Heaven stood sturdily on the altar. He was in no hurry to progress with the next step as if he was waiting for something.
Jian Chen’s heart sat in his throat. He could obviously sense Sacredfeather’s strengthened bloodline, but to him, it was still nowhere close to the level that a first-generation descendeat of a Grand Exalt possessed.
Even though he had never met any first-generation descendants of Grand Exalts, it was not difficult to imagine.
He could already tell that Sacredfeather’s strengthened bloodline had mostly been elevated in terms of ‘quantity’. There was an increase in terms of ‘quality’ too, but the increase was not as great as he imagined it to be.
Time passed by gradually. The great ceremony entered a strange pause. The Virtuous Sage of Heaven did not do anything more, and everyone who participated in the ceremony within the capital city waited silently. Only the powers of bloodlines, cultivations, souls, and life force drained from the outsiders continued to accumulate above the capital city.
Even though the outsiders among the Darkstar race were not powerful, there were a great number of them, so when so many people’s powers were gathered together, the total amount was extremely formidable.
From afar, the tremendous energy gathered in the sky above the capital city had already become an ocean, giving off a great pressure.
The pressure was so powerful that even many Primordial realm experts of the Darkstar race grew stern. As for the Godhood cultivators in the capital city below, they were fear-stricken. All of them were filled with terror.
Finally, when as much as seventy percent of all the power in the outsiders had been drained, the devouring formations finally seemed to reach saturation. The thirty-seven formations stopped operating at the same time.
Only then did the Virtuous Sage of Heaven finally proceed with the next step. He turned towards the statue of the Grand Exalt and bowed deeply, calling out, “Please bestow us with the blood, ancestor!”
The Virtuous Sage of Heaven’s voice was extremely loud, clear, and resonant. It shook up the Darkstar World, even causing the laws in the Darkstar World to ripple.
In the next moment, the space before the statue’s chest blurred. A drop of blood only the size of a rain droplet appeared out of nowhere.
The blood contained unimaginable power, and it possessed an unfathomable presence of laws. With the appearance of the blood, the entire Darkstar World began to churn. The laws of the world all manifested, weaving into chains of order in the surroundings.
Everyone from the Darkstar race experienced a pressure so tremendous that they could not even think of opposing when the blood appeared. The pressure suppressed their bloodlines, cultivations, and even their souls, as well as all of their dignity.
It forced them to bow towards the droplet of blood involuntarily.
“This is… a Grand Exalt’s essence blood! This is a droplet of essence blood left behind by the Grand Exalt of the Darkstar race!” Jian Chen stared at the blood that gave off a vast pressure from the top of the fifth divine hall. His mind shook as his heart surged wildly.
Never did he think a Grand Exalt’s essence blood would actually exist among the Darkstar race, and the droplet of essence blood had clearly been preserved in a better condition than the droplet of essence blood from the ancient Skywolf. As a result, both its presence of ways and the strength of its bloodline surpassed the ancient Skywolf’s essence blood.
Of course, this by no means indicated that the Grand Exalt of the Darkstar race was more powerful than the ancient Skywolf, as they were in vastly different conditions when they left behind their essence blood.
The Grand Exalt of the Darkstar race had been in his prime when the Grand Exalt of the Wood Spirits killed him. He had also made many arrangements when he was alive, so the essence blood was better preserved.
As for the ancient Skywolf, he had left behind his essence blood when he was passing away in meditation. It was possible to tell from the simple dwelling he was using when he left behind his essence blood that the ancient Skywolf clearly had not made so many careful arrangements like the Grand Exalt of the Darkstar race, nor did he have so many clansmen consecrating his remains. As a result, after numerous years, his essence blood obviously weakened.
“Before, I always felt like the Virtuous Sage of Heaven was hiding the most important step of the great ceremony from the ten divine halls. As it seems, he was hiding this droplet of Grand Exalt’s essence blood. Though, surely the Darkstar race isn’t planning to use the droplet of essence blood on Sacredfeather?” Jian Chen struggled to keep his cool inside. He knew exactly how precious and rare the essence blood of Grand Exalts were. If the Darkstar race were truly going to use the essence blood on Sacredfeather, they would be going all-in.
“But speaking of which, if Sacredfeather merges with this droplet of essence blood, his bloodline might be truly elevated to the level of a first-generation descendant of a Grand Exalt. If that’s the case, then everything the Darkstar race did before was just preparatory work for Sacredfeather to merge with the droplet of essence blood.”
“That’s a Grand Exalt’s essence blood after all. If you want to forcefully absorb it, you’ll probably need a cultivation at Grand Prime at the very least. It'll be completely absurd for Sacredfeather to absorb the Grand Exalt’s essence blood with his previous cultivation at Godking. As a result, they had to find a way to make up for this, which was to modify Sacredfeather’s bloodline into one that belongs to the Darkstar race before using the identity of a member of the Darkstar race to absorb the essence blood. As such, they achieve the effect of the two bloodlines sharing the same origin. That way, the rejection from the Grand Exalt’s essence blood will be minimised.”
“At the same time, it can further strengthen Sacredfeather’s bloodline and body such that the power he’ll inherit when merging with the Grand Exalt’s essence blood will increase vastly…” Jian Chen’s eyes lit up. Merging with a droplet of a Grand Exalt’s essence blood and being assisted and refined by a formation personally under the control of the Virtuous Sage of Heaven was basically a colossal fortuitous encounter for Sacredfeather.
“It’s a fortuitous encounter, followed by certain doom. Whether Sacredfeather can stop before certain doom will be entirely up to me,” thought Jian Chen. He was already sitting on the edge of his seat now, gazing at Sacredfeather nervously and eagerly.