While the four pavilions were still discussing Zhou Yuan, Zhou Yuan had become extremely low-key in the following days. He spent the majority of the days traveling around the wind district, gathering Genesis marks to complete the wind spirit rune.
And the rest of his time was spent cultivating his own Genesis techniques to improve his combat strength.
While he kept a low profile, discussions about him also gradually subsided. After all, Zhou Yuan was just a deputy wind pavilion master and wasn’t particularly outstanding amongst the many deputy pavilion masters among the four pavilions. If he hadn’t acted too high profile, the people of the other three pavilions most likely wouldn’t have paid any attention to him.
So Zhou Yuan’s heat quickly cooled down.
Zhou Yuan also couldn’t ask for anything more than this kind of coldness. After all he also didn’t want to put himself under so much scrutiny. If Jin Teng and the others hadn’t deliberately tried to create trouble, he wouldn’t have dealt with them. Now he could wholeheartedly concentrate on cultivating.
But while Zhou Yuan was practicing in the wind district each day, the Wind Pavilion wasn’t particularly peaceful.
The cause was the news that Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling were about to promote three new commanders. The entire Wind Pavilion was shaken when this news was released, and many powerful members of the Wind Pavilion were ecstatic by it. It could be said that the position of commander was difficult to come by for ordinary people. If the position wasn’t directly assigned by the people above, one had to possess outstanding strength and had to have made great contributions in order to be promoted the ordinary way.
But Jin Teng and the others were removed from their positions, and immediately there were three vacant commander positions.
At first, some people coveted this position, but those coveting it also knew that these three positions belonged to Jin Teng and the others. Once Chen Beifeng became the pavilion master, he would inevitably overturn Zhou Yuan’s dismissal, and the three would regain their commander positions. Therefore, although many coveted the position, they could only stare at it helplessly, and they dared not stretch out their hands.
But who would have thought that Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling, two current deputy pavilion masters, would directly throw out the three commander positions?
With this, they unquestionably had a reasonable excuse to put themselves forward for these positions.
Therefore, during this period of time, many of the self-proclaimed qualified competitors gathered in front of Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling’s building. Zhou Yuan publicly handed the matter to Yi Qiushui and Liu Zhixuan to be in charge, and immediately Yi Qiushui and Liu Zhixuan had become mighty figures of the Wind Pavilion and had numerous social events every day.
But when this matter reached Chen Beifeng’s ears, he was unsurprisingly furious. Everybody in the Wind Pavilion knew that he had reserved those three positions, but Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling dared to use them to win people’s hearts. They simply attached no importance to him!
So Chen Beifeng furiously stormed over to Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling. The two sides argued fiercely and almost broke out in a fight, but eventually Chen Beifeng left angrily because he knew that what Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling had done was in compliance of the rules. Therefore it would be of no use even if he were to object.
After Chen Beifeng angrily departed Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling, everyone knew that there was no longer any chance of reconciliation between the two sides.
After returning home, Chen Beifeng let out news that he wouldn’t let anyone run for commander. Otherwise, even if they were elected, he would re-select the commanders after he became the future pavilion master.
As a result, this caused some commotion and discontent in the Wind Pavilion.
The majority of the people who were qualified to run for commander possessed remarkable strength and talent. They had coveted the position of commander for a long period of time. But now that they had a chance, Chen Beifeng wanted to intimidate them to give up. This inevitably caused resentment.
But Chen Beifeng’s intimidation wasn’t completely ineffective. There were some people who were afraid of Chen Beifeng, and they chose to give up. But they were of the minority and of no great importance. Therefore Yi Qiushui, after consulting Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling, decided to start the commander selection in half a month.
The news was met with a lot of cheers. It had to be said that, under the machinations of Yi Qiushui, there were many members of the Wind Pavilion who gradually erased some of the prejudices they had towards Zhou Yuan, and he began to have some supporters.
Therefore, Zhou Yuan had gained a firm foothold.
Half a month quickly arrived under the expectant wait of many Wind Pavilion members.
The Wind Pavilion. The bluestone square where Zhou Yuan had become deputy pavilion master was incredibly lively with numerous figures.
Almost all members of the Wind Pavilion had gathered here once again.
And on the high platform at the very front of the square were three figures sitting upright. It was Zhou Yuan, Ye Bingling and Chen Beifeng, the three deputy pavilion masters.
It was just that Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling wore calm expressions, but Cheng Beifeng’s face was filled with anger, and his eyes were like blazing fire, almost spurting out flames.
There were numerous streams of fierce Genesis Qi on the square as figures exchanged blows with one another.
The commander selection had begun.
Zhou Yuan, Ye Bingling and Chen Beifeng, the three deputy pavilion masters, sat quietly watching the competition below. The three most powerful candidates would be able to obtain the three vacant commander positions.
Peering at the fierce battle below, Chen Beifeng clenched his hands so tight that even his veins were bulging. He knew that he was just a decoration that day. Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling would have been able to decide the winners even if he hadn’t come. After all, according to the rules, his vote couldn’t win against the two.
Chen Beifeng shot a sidelong glance at Zhou Yuan and couldn’t help cursing in his mind. He originally didn’t care much about Zhou Yuan. After all, Zhou Yuan’s strength didn’t pose any challenge to him. But Chen Beifeng hadn’t thought that Zhou Yuan would have been able to push him to such a state after only less than a month.
Therefore, Chen Beifeng’s hatred of Zhou Yuan was even stronger than his hatred of his old rival, Ye Bingling.
The competition lasted for half a day before it ended.
The three winners were two men and one woman.
Xiao Hong, Li Fa and Lu Mingyue.
These three people previously held the position of deputy commander, and they possessed incredible strength but hadn’t been promoted sooner due to the limited number of commander positions. Now that there were vacant positions, the three naturally took advantage of it.
Under many envious gazes, the three stepped forward and respectfully bowed to the three deputy pavilion masters. Their eyes were visibly filled with excitement.
Zhou Yuan smiled at the three people. “Since you three stood out, your strength speaks for yourself, and you are well qualified to be promoted to commander.”
“Thank you, deputy pavilion master Zhou!” The three hurriedly bowed.
Ye Bingling also nodded and agreed.
The three continued to show their gratitude.
Then, many gazes fell on Chen Beifeng, who didn’t say a word.
The atmosphere turned a little awkward.
A trace of anger flashed across the eyes of Xiao Hong and the other two, but they didn’t dare to say anything.
Zhou Yuan remarked leisurely, “You are acknowledged by two of the three deputy pavilion masters, so you three will be promoted to commanders.”
Xiao Hong and the others immediately bowed to Zhou Yuan. Their attitude was particularly respectful. They thoroughly understood that Chen Beifeng didn’t like them taking the position of commander, and if it weren’t for Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling, they would have had to say goodbye to the commander position.
Although Chen Beifeng had great prestige in the Wind Pavilion and was expected to become the pavilion master, blocking someone’s path was the same as killing one’s parents. How would Xiao Hong and the others give up?
And…although Chen Beifeng had an advantage in the pavilion master selection, it was not a certainty. What if Ye Bingling won?
As Zhou Yuan took over the announcement, the atmosphere started buzzing again. Although only three people were promoted, Zhou Yuan’s move had undoubtedly made a good impression on many members of the Wind Pavilion.
Chen Beifeng sat up from the chair expressionlessly. Anyone could feel the fury in his heart. He cast a glance at Zhou Yuan and Ye Bingling and uttered indifferently, “You two should stop wasting time. Do you really think this can bring me trouble?
“When I become the master of the Wind Pavilion, you will understand how childish your actions are.”
Zhou Yuan smiled. “From your words it seems the pavilion master position is already in your pocket.”
Chen Beifeng looked at Zhou Yuan with a hint of ridicule and disdain. “If Ye Bingling weren’t here, would you be worthy of causing me trouble?”
Ye Bingling snorted and was just about to speak, but Chen Beifeng waved dismissively. He no longer wanted to waste time saying anything more. His figure moved, gathering up an arc of Genesis Qi, and streaked across the air.
“There is one more month till the pavilion master selection, I hope you can still laugh then!”
His cold voice rang from the distance.
Zhou Yuan’s expression was incredibly calm, and Chen Beifeng’s ridicule hadn’t made him angry in the slightest. Ye Bingling remarked, “I feel that Chen Beifeng has become stronger. It seems that I also have to practice with all my strength during this period of time.”
She didn’t stay any longer and darted away.
Zhou Yuan watched the beautiful figure as she left. He then glanced at the back of his hand to see a gathering faint azure light. An incomplete Genesis Rune faintly appeared.
After training for more than half a month, the wind spirit rune was close to 30% complete, which was much faster than his expectation.
“I’d like to see if you would still be so arrogant when you lose the pavilion master selection?”
He peered in the direction of Chen Beifeng’s departure with a calm expression. In truth, he currently wasn’t very worried about the threat posed by Chen Beifeng because compared to Chen Beifeng, he was more troubled by origin coins.
The speed of completing the wind spirit rune had exceeded his expectations, and similarly, the consumption of origin coins also exceeded his expectations.
The origin coins that he had obtained from Jin Teng and the others would most likely run out before he completed half of the wind spirit rune. Adding to this, after witnessing the remarkable speed of forming the wind spirit rune, Zhou Yuan could no longer be satisfied having just half a rune. Perhaps I can try something more shocking.
Thinking of this, Zhou Yuan sorrowfully sighed. He hoped that he could survive until he received his deputy pavilion master salary the next month. Otherwise, he would have to borrow from Ye Bingling…but that will be really embarrassing.
“It looks like I have to find a way to earn origin coins…,” he muttered hopefully.