It wasn't that the officials hadn't worked hard. The Haotian Imperial Clan had been actively researching and cultivating new varieties of spirit herbs without sunlight.
However, the results weren't pleasant. Spiritual herbs that didn't grow in the sun were quickly converted into poisonous herbs. Not only could they not be eaten, they could even poison people to death.
More blows followed. Spiritual herbs weren't something that only humans needed.
The enormous demon race did not know how to grow spirit herbs. In the past, they had only eaten spirit herbs that grew in the natural environment, so they did not have any spirit herbs in reserve.
Under the large-scale attack of the Sun Project, the demonic beasts had attempted to break into the Blue Tide Continent three times in order to obtain spiritual herbs.
This series of situations caught all human martial artists off guard.
Xiang Nan had long known that Project Sun would interrupt the development of martial arts in his own world, but he hadn't expected all of this to come so suddenly and so quickly!
According to his previous thoughts, this would be a long process. It would take at least 500 years for the so-called disruption of martial arts to gradually manifest itself.
Unexpectedly, he had only left for a year, and this vicious circle had already developed to the point where it could not be dealt with.
Fortunately, the demonic beasts still possessed a large amount of spirit stones. In a short period of time, they were not going to starve to death, nor had they launched a life-and-death battle against humans.
As for the half gourd, it had already publicly rebelled. Not long after Project Sun had begun, he left the Nature Sect, went outside, and joined the Heavenly Profound Sect.
Unfortunately, before he left, he had already planned for a long time. Using his authority, he had injected a chronic toxin into the soil of the entire Blue Tide Continent. The entire plan had been planned for five years.
In other words, he had been doing this for four years before Project Sun.
When half of the gourd left, he activated all the toxins and poisoned and withered all the spirit herbs that still existed in nature.
This move was the most fatal blow, and it was also the biggest reason why the various major powers wanted to forcefully carve up the Nature's Nature Sect.
Tomorrow was Xu Caiyue's birthday.
All forces gathered in Haojing, and the birthday banquet was held at the "Universal Hall" above the Haojing Imperial Palace.
The Universal Palace was a huge open palace floating in the air. In the past, this place was used for the royal family to observe the stars and offer sacrifices to the heavens.
Xiang Nan secretly inquired, this time, the forces fighting against the Haoran Sect were divided into several groups.
The forces of the Northern Region led by the first-rate sects of the Northern Region, as well as the various clans led by the Long Clan.
The forces of the Eastern Regions led by the "former military" of the Eastern Regions, as well as the first-rate sects of the Eastern Regions.
Under the leadership of the Xuandao Alliance in the Western Region and the various dark forces, the forces of the Western Region.
As for the most powerful forces in the Central Plains, the Star Guild and the broken Huangpu Clan, they maintained the principle of neutrality and did not interfere in this trial.
On the other hand, the other five sects firmly supported the forces of the Haoran Sect, while the Haotian Imperial Clan maintained their neutrality and made it clear that their official position was not biased.
However, the fact that the Fourth Prince had personally given Xu Caiyue a birthday banquet meant that the Haotian Imperial Clan did not interfere in anything on the surface, but secretly supported the Haoran Sect.
Xiang Nan didn't comment on outsiders, but at least the Haotian Imperial Clan and the Star Guild that he had worked for didn't attack the Haoran Sect. This allowed Xiang Nan to know that his efforts had not been in vain.
This was the only place where he could feel gratified at the moment.
I heard that this birthday banquet is unprecedentedly grand. Not only are the sect masters of various powers here, even the only president of the Star Guild, Empyrean Galaxy, is coming.
This birthday banquet was extremely sensitive. Empyrean Galaxy feared that the various powers would not be able to reach an agreement, and that it would eventually lead to a huge fight that would turn into a civil war. Therefore, Empyrean Galaxy personally sat on the formation to stabilize the restless martial artists.
"The Long Clan" Xiang Nan was thoughtful.
The Long Clan was Long Xingyun's clan. He believed that Long Xingyun was a scum, but he was not a despicable person. He would never do such a thing.
Therefore, the Long Clan's actions were decided by the entire clan. No matter how much Long Xingyun pleaded for the Haoran Sect, he would not be able to change the situation.
There were a total of six local sects, all of them first-class sects. However, it wasn't strange for everyone to start with the Haoran Sect.
The Haoran Sect is the dragon head of the Blue Tide Continent. However, this dragon head does not have the strength to match. After everyone divides up the Haoran Sect, they will probably divide up the Starsea Sect and the others next.
Xiang Nan found a place to stay for one day, and the next morning, he rushed to the Imperial Palace.
Because this birthday banquet was likely to really divide up the resources of the Haoran Sect, resulting in the reorganization of the Canglan Continent, the Fourth Prince held the birthday banquet as an open banquet. Not only could martial arts forces participate, but even civilians with prestige could participate.
The Fourth Prince had to make this matter transparent, so as to avoid unnecessary overinterpretation by the commoners.
At this time, the Universe Hall was packed with people, red lanterns were hanging everywhere, and everyone's faces were filled with a joyous smile.
However, behind this smile, there was an undercurrent.
Xiang Nan randomly found a spot and quietly observed the scene.
The entire birthday banquet was completed. It was similar to the structure of a sect ranking tournament. There was a circle of spectators and an open space in the center. Originally, the place that was used as the rooftop sacrificial platform was the core of the birthday banquet.
Xiang Nan immediately saw the people he was familiar with.
The elders and sect masters of the Haoran Sect, the royal family, the Starsea Sect, the Azure Nether Sect, and other sects were all present. As the hosts, they were currently in the middle of an empty space, chatting with each other.
Normally, these big shots would definitely not have time to attend any birthday banquets, but now, no one dared to cultivate casually, so they all became idle people.
Every single spiritual herb was precious. Even the sects and clans that still had cultivation resources could not cultivate for the sake of long-term consideration.
In the audience seats, there were people from the first-rate sects from all over the world. The various sect masters were whispering to each other. Although they had smiles on their faces, what they were discussing was probably not birthday congratulations, but how to target the Haoran Sect later.
However, to Xiang Nan's regret, Sect Master Haoran, his nominal master, still hadn't appeared.
The legendary Grand Emperor Haotian also disappeared.
Very quickly, the gongs and drums rang out, and the Fourth Prince appeared on the stage. He brought Xu Caiyue along with him.
Xu Caiyue was dressed in a long red dress, her face was gently painted, and her eyebrows were slightly swept, making her look so outstanding amidst the noisy crowd.
Even Xiang Nan was stunned. He had never seen his master so beautiful.
It turned out that Xu Caiyue, who had been carefully dressed, was actually even more aggressive than Xuan Qingzhu!
All the martial artists present were shocked by Xu Caiyue's beauty.
They, who were obsessed with martial arts, were actually stunned speechless by the beauty of a woman.
However, Xu Caiyue was not happy. She only lowered her head faintly, and there was still no unnecessary expression on her face.
None of this started for her, nor would it end because of her.
Everyone who came here was not here for her.
She was just a puppet, one representing the face of the Nature Sect.