It was obvious that the Nine Dragons Seal had completely absorbed the seal and rendered it useless.
"Why does this Nine Dragons Seal keep messing with me?"
Qin Nan clenched his teeth.
If the Pattern Spirit of the Ownerless Heaven Pattern did not emphasize its importance, he seriously doubted if the thing was actually beneficial for him.
He had put in so much effort to claim the Nine Dragons Seal. He almost died because of it, yet not only did it not bring him any benefits, it even placed him under the terrifying Dao Calamity.
And now, it had stopped him from entering the Dao Seeking Land!
Qin Nan calmed his thoughts after some time. He quickly sent a message to Empress Feiyue, "Copper mirror, I just received the seal, but..."
A cold voice echoed in his mind after he finished explaining the situation, "For many years, people had only entered the Dao Seeking Land with the seal. Many people had tried other ways, but they had all failed."
Qin Nan's heart sank.
Did it mean he could no longer enter the Dao Seeking Land?
Empress Feiyue suddenly switched her tone, "The Nine Dragons Seal is very mysterious. It won't absorb the seal for no reason. There must be a reason behind it. You can ask the ruler of the Seventh Sacred Area. He might know something."
Qin Nan was startled. He asked, "That old man?"
Empress Feiyue said, "From what I know, the seventy-two Sacred Areas of the Heavens and Earth should be tied to the Dao Seeking Land."
Qin Nan frowned after a slight ponder, "But, I've already achieved the Nine Heavens Supreme Realm. I won't be able to enter the Seventh Sacred Area."
Empress Feiyue said calmly, "You won't have to enter it. The way he behaves last time implies that he's tied to Zhou Di in some ways. You just need to contact him. He will come and meet you in person."
Qin Nan fell into deep thoughts and came up with a plan. He nodded and entered the rift.
Some time later, the Seventh Sacred Area in the Supreme-Transforming Left Realm...
The crowded cities were bustling with noise.
Qin Nan appeared on one of the clouds. He concealed his presence and observed patiently.
Around half the duration of an incense stick later, three Peerless Rulers of a certain tribe turned into a blinding light and headed for the entrance of the Sacred Area.
Qin Nan flicked his finger, firing three wisps of energy onto the Peerless Rulers.
The Peerless Rulers only felt the temperature around them dropping rapidly, yet they did not notice anything else. They flew straight into the Sacred Area.
Time gradually passed. Qin Nan frowned when nothing happened after an hour. He was trying to figure out another plan when he sensed a formidable force descending from the sky and looming over him.
The old man with a white beard showed up beside Qin Nan. He was none other than the ruler of the Seventh Sacred Area.
"You've claimed the seal? Show it to me now!"
The old man stared at Qin Nan curiously.
He did not want to respond to Qin Nan's call in the first place. After all, his efforts over the years were all in vain because of him. However, he could not help when he heard the news about the Nine Dragons Seal.
"(Cough cough), senior, it has merged with my soul. I can only move it around in my Divine Sense, but I can't take it out," Qin Nan said with an awkward look.
He sometimes wondered if he had actually refined the Nine Dragons Seal.
After all, it was weird that he could not control the Nine Dragons Seal even though he had refined it.
"Oh, that makes sense. After all, the seal is..."
The old man suddenly stopped in the middle of his sentence as he realized something.
"Senior, you know what it is? How can I use it?" Qin Nan asked.
"Well...I'm not too sure either. Don't even bother asking me about it," the old man shifted his gaze away while waving his hand. Qin Nan's lips twisted upon seeing his reaction.
The old man was so bad at acting. He clearly knew about the Nine Dragons Seal, but he was reluctant to tell him the truth!
The old man fondled his beard. His gaze sharpened, "You should remember one thing. Now that you've claimed it successfully, it means certain things might show up. It also means that some of the wheels are now spinning."
Qin Nan fell into deep thoughts.
"Alright, let's not talk about that."
The old man said, "I'll now teach you a hand seal. You will find a place and practice it for a few days. When the time comes, you will receive another seal that will bring you to the Dao-Seeking Land. However, you must remember that you must not teach anyone else the seal!"
"On top of it, you can only use the seal once. In other words, you should not leave the Dao Seeking Land before you achieve the Master Realm! Otherwise, you won't be able to reenter the Dao Seeking Land once the seal disappears. Even I won't be able to help you."
"There's one more thing!"
"Don't you come and find me again! I won't help you anymore even if you came to find me!"
The old man repeated the final sentence five times in a row. He was only satisfied when Qin Nan nodded. He taught Qin Nan a hand seal and soon vanished into thin air.
Qin Nan bowed at the entrance. Several thoughts crossed his mind.
A while later, he calmed his thoughts and looked for a place to cultivate in seclusion.
A day later, Qin Nan had learned the hand seal. After repeating it two thousand times, a mysterious force descended from the sky and formed a special seal on the back of his hand.
This time, the Nine Dragons Seal remained still as if it was not interested in the new seal.
Qin Nan let out a relieved sigh. He entered the rift and headed to the Void Heaven Realm.