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Yi Yun's cultivation level could be seen at a glance. It was also easy to see that Yi Yun had a robust foundation, but his nomological insights and the strength of his techniques were naturally less conspicuous. As for Myriad God Ridge's personal disciples, they were proud people. The Myriad God Ridge spent large amounts of resources to nurture them, so they found it unbelievable that they would be inferior to a new disciple.
"Junior Brother Song, are you alright!?"
With a flash, the lanky youth appeared beside Song Bowen. When he inspected Song Bowen's injuries, his expression turned ashen. Song Bowen's dantian and meridians had suffered grievous burns. Although Song Bowen's cultivation was unaffected, he would definitely be bedridden for a month.
"You suddenly launched a ruthless sneak attack while he wasn't prepared. You have openly violated the sect rules! What insolence!" The lanky youth said sternly.
According to the Myriad God Ridge's rules, disciples were not allowed to suddenly attack another. If there was any strife between them, both parties could make arrangements to fight it out at Myriad God Platform. The loser would then compensate the other party as per the arrangement.
Once fights reached the Myriad God Platform, it would be a world-shaking battle. Although the sect rules prohibited killing, no one held back as the compensation would usually be quite a substantial amount. If one did accidentally kill the other, it was something that could not be helped. After all, blades did not discriminate!
Therefore, even if there was a conflict between disciples, they would not be too quick to head for Myriad God Platform.
For Yi Yun to suddenly attack, causing severe injuries in the process, was a punishable offense.
"Hehe!" Yi Yun sneered. "It's clear who exactly started this conflict. Don't you try to use the sect rules on me. If you resent anything, we can always go to Myriad God Platform and agree to an amount of compensation. I'll be glad to entertain you!"
The lanky youth's voice stagnated and had nothing to return verbally.
Although he said that Yi Yun had garnered victory through a sneak attack, he was acutely aware that, even if Yi Yun had attacked openly, he was much stronger than Song Bowen.
It was even highly probable that he had not used all his strength. He lacked confidence in how he stacked up to Yi Yun, so how could he risk settling the dispute at Myriad God Platform?
"Are you trying to provoke me to the Myriad God Platform? Do you think I'm afraid of you!?"
Although the lanky youth lacked the courage to follow through, his speech remained adamant. He had already been a personal disciple for two decades. His strength was far greater than Song Bowen, who was only recently promoted to personal disciple.
He silently stared at Yi Yun as though he was trying to decipher Yi Yun's true strength.
And at that moment, Yi Yun said to Zuoyan Xiaoyu, "Xiaoyu, since the food has been spilled, go get me some more."
Xiaoyu suddenly jolted out of her daze when she heard Yi Yun's words.
Yi Yun had defeated Song Bowen like a sudden clap of thunder, one that left no time to cover one's ears. She had seen all of it and never expected that the young master she served was so powerful.
"Young Master… About the food…"
Zuoyan Xiaoyu was a little taken aback. She had already spilled the food so where was she to get another serving? A person was only allowed one serving of Elder Lanqin's food.
Just as she was about to say something, she saw Yi Yun point at Song Bowen's table. His finger was directed at Song Bowen's food.
Was he… asking her to take away Song Bowen's food?
Seeing the lanky youth sitting at the table, with such a sullen expression, Zuoyan Xiaoyu felt extremely apprehensive.
She hesitated for a moment before gritting her teeth to walk towards the table.
Although she was afraid of the lanky youth, she knew that Yi Yun's assault was partly on her behalf.
In that case, how could she undermine Yi Yun? Compared to Yi Yun's brutal assault, all she was doing was taking a serving of food.
When she walked in front of Song Bowen's table, Zuoyan Xiaoyu saw the maidservant that had tripped her. She was standing behind the lanky youth and staring at her angrily.
Personal disciples had their conflicts, while maidservants shared their own strifes. Zuoyan Xiaoyu's strength may have been lacking, but it was impossible for her to lose to the other party's maidservant. She grabbed Song Bowen's food.
And at that moment, Yi Yun spoke again. "Take both shares!"
The atmosphere in the mess hall completely froze the moment Yi Yun said those words!
The lanky youth's eyes flashed coldly. He had to turn a blind eye to Song Bowen's food being taken, but to even take his away was preposterous.
"Punk! You’re going too far!"
"So what if I am? I'm not one to suffer in silence. You previously instigated your maidservant to trip Xiaoyu, spilling my food. It's only right and proper that I make you compensate me. Even if this reaches the Table of Elders, I will not be faulted."
"If you want to keep that meal of yours, go ahead. If you agree to fight me at Myriad God Platform in three days, you can keep the food."
Yi Yun said this indifferently but his words left everyone present speechless.
What was overbearing? This was it!
Although the lanky youth never took a hit from Yi Yun, his outcome was worse than being hit. Yi Yun was quickly forming a mental demon in him.
If he agreed to face Yi Yun at Myriad God Platform, he would likely be outmatched. If that time came, he would end up being severely injured and also allow Yi Yun to profit from him.
However, if he were to reject the notion and allow a mere maidservant take away his food, how was he to face others in the future?
"How dare you?"
The lanky youth looked at Zuoyan Xiaoyu as though he could kill her with his gaze.
Zuoyan Xiaoyu felt her body tighten as she was stifled by the lanky youth's glare.
But at that moment, Zuoyan Xiaoyu felt a soft aura permeate her body. She immediately felt her body lighten and the pressure dissipated.
Zuoyan Xiaoyu turned to glance at Yi Yun. She knew that he was protecting her with his aura.
This left Zuoyan Xiaoyu with an odd sense of safety. She was of humble birth and had never experienced the feeling of having a powerful backer supporting her. She felt emboldened, even if she faced an enemy that was usually insurmountable.
Gritting her teeth, Zuoyan Xiaoyu extended her arms and took the food in front of the lanky youth!
The lanky youth's eyes flared with killing intent while, at that moment, Yi Yun pressed down on his interspatial ring.
"Are you intending to fight me now instead of waiting for the Myriad God Platform?"
Yi Yun's voice seemed to come from a nether abyss. It sent a chill down everyone’s backs.
In Myriad God Ridge, the so-called rules were used to restrain the weak. The stronger one was, the lesser the punishments were for violating the rules. Besides, it was the lanky youth and Song Bowen that had started the conflict. Yi Yun already stood on the side of reason. There was no doubt in people's minds that Yi Yun would truly take action the moment the lanky youth moved.
In fact, Yi Yun ordered Zuoyan Xiaoyu to take the food because he was certain he could severely injure the lanky youth before he could even lay a hand on her.
At that moment, time seemed to come to a pause. People watched as Zuoyan Xiaoyu's tiny hands lightly grabbed the lanky youth's spirit fruit.
Everyone fell silent. No personal disciple stood forward. The stewards let the matter play out as it did not affect them.
The lanky youth's expression reached an unprecedented ugliness. He wanted to strike the handmaid in front of him to death but it would not restore his reputation. He knew very well that if he truly did so, he was giving Yi Yun a reason to ruthlessly beat him up. In the end, the conflict would reach Myriad God Platform and things would only get worse.
And if he acted first, killing the maidservant in front of him, Yi Yun would not even suffer any punishments from the sect rules.
In the end, all the lanky youth could do was watch helplessly as Zuoyan Xiaoyu took away his food!
"He tolerated it… He actually tolerated it…"
"What do you know? The accomplished are always tolerance extraordinaires."
Some people laughed with derision. Among the many personal disciples present, there were many that did not see eye to eye with the lanky youth. Some could not help but crack wise. And hearing their jeers only made the lanky youth feel like dying.
He had never been so embarrassed in his life!