Chapter 101: Two Years
During the daytime, the Seirei (Temple Forest) City was peaceful, but at night, it was a scene of brutal battles everywhere.
Most of the time, Su Hao stayed at home, researching the genetic sequences of ordinary people, attempting to decipher the secrets hidden within their genes.
However, this was easier said than done. He faced significant challenges from the start, lacking comparative data. The gene sequences composed of A, T, C, and G were like a maze, and he had no idea what they corresponded to.
Did he need to try each one individually?
That was impossible; he couldn’t do it, especially in this world lacking advanced laboratory equipment. Deciphering genes on his own was simply out of the question.
His only option was to compare differences, make educated guesses, and then verify the results.
The genetic similarity among ordinary Zhu Hua people was as high as 99.99%, with only a small portion of genes being different.
Su Hao’s task was to temporarily exclude those similar genes and focus on studying the ones that differed. He aimed to understand what distinct external characteristics each would produce.
Most importantly, he needed to compare the differences between ordinary people and the outsiders, extracting the genes that exhibited variations for further study.
Of course, Su Hao didn’t spend all his time on gene comparisons. While this was an essential topic, his top priority at this stage was still to enhance his strength as quickly as possible.
For example, he researched the body’s “Blood Enhancement Function” and “Muscle Enhancement Function.”
To his surprise, the “Five Senses Enhancement Function” and “Internal Organ Enhancement Function,” which had caused him trouble in his previous life, rapidly advanced in this world and reached the “proficient” level.
Su Hao found it quite miraculous.
Perhaps all the answers were hidden within his genes.
Time passed quickly.
Two years later, Su Hao was six and a half years old.
He had grown to be 1.4 meters tall, his physique gradually becoming robust and well-developed, comparable to his physique at ten years old in his previous life.
After two years of growth and enhancement, his body strength had become extremely high, with muscles and bones exceptionally tough, almost like an old ox.
The internal organs had also been enhanced, making his organ functions very strong and resilient, resistant to injury from shock and heavy blows.
Now, from the inside out, he resembled a little iron man, impervious to rough play.
The most significant change was in his five senses. He had never felt the world so clearly. The previous world seemed to be veiled by a white curtain, but now, that veil had been lifted, revealing the true face of the world to Su Hao.
Perhaps his eyes could see beyond the visible spectrum of light?
His acute hearing allowed him to easily overhear the chit-chat of old ladies a hundred meters away.
His strong sense of smell enabled him to easily differentiate the scents of various objects.
Furthermore, his blood’s quantity had increased several times, quickly reaching the strength of his previous life.
His radar’s maximum range had approached nearly two kilometers, and he could comfortably maintain a range of around a thousand meters in daily use without any pressure.
And there were tiny bits of fluff growing on his ears, which were a sign of Zhu Hua people’s growth.
On this day, Su Hao was at home tinkering with various bottles and jars.
These were some blood samples collected over the past two years and some experimental concoctions he had made himself.
The blood samples were preserved using a special preservative unique to this world, ensuring that the genetic structure inside would remain undamaged for several years.
Although he had already recorded the genes of these blood samples in the Pinball Space, they would still have a certain use in the future.
After nightfall, Su Hao quietly slipped out of the house and arrived at an open space on the outskirts of the city.
This was where he had first encountered Yashan.
Yashan had willingly acknowledged Su Hao as his boss. It all began about a year and a half ago when Yashan was being pursued by a Level-1 “Residual Poison Person,” nearly losing his life. By pure chance, he had run to Su Hao’s vicinity, and Su Hao had discovered him and saved his life.
This “Residual Poison Person” was Yashan’s nemesis among the “Applied People.” Whenever he came into contact with this person, the venom would bypass his thick armor and enter his body, making it impossible to defend against.
When Su Hao killed the “Residual Poison Person” with a single strike, Yashan was already deeply poisoned, on the verge of death. However, Su Hao managed to pull him back from the brink.
Surprisingly, Su Hao had only made two cuts on Yashan’s face and drawn a circular pattern on his chest, and this had somehow cleared the poison.
Yashan now regarded Su Hao as a divine being.
Of course, along with the poison, a large amount of his blood was also cleared. He almost died from excessive blood loss, but that’s not important. What matters is that he ultimately survived.
Since then, Su Hao has been like a guiding star for Yashan, and he does whatever Su Hao says.
Su Hao was happy to have an extra diligent assistant.
For these past two years, Yashan had served as Su Hao’s assistant, helping him collect blood samples from various Sequence Variant people for Su Hao’s research.
Of course, Yashan’s role was not limited to that. He was also an essential research subject for Su Hao.
First, Su Hao would obtain current genetic data from him, then feed him meat and observe his changes. Afterward, he would obtain genetic data after digesting the meat and compare the before and after.
It was through continuous research on Yashan that Su Hao identified the genetic fragments responsible for the “Applied People” mutation, making significant progress in his studies.
When Su Hao arrived at the open space, he found Yashan already waiting there.
As soon as Yashan saw Su Hao, he became like a child, eagerly approaching him. “Boss Wei, you’re here! It’s been many days, and I’ve missed you so much!”
Su Hao replied, “Yashan, be more composed. You’re already the father of two children.”
Yashan wrapped himself tightly in his scales, leaving only a handsome face exposed. However, this once-handsome face was now filled with a flattering smile, completely ruining his demeanor. Su Hao couldn’t help but lament that such a face had gone to waste.
Fortunately, it was clear that Su Hao would likely be more handsome than Yashan in the future.
As soon as Yashan mentioned his two children, his face lit up like the sun, ready to share every little detail about them.
Su Hao immediately interrupted him. He had seen Yashan’s two children before, who were about two years younger and incredibly cute, explaining why Yashan adored them so much. However, this level of affection seemed a bit excessive to Su Hao.
Yashan took out a small bottle and handed it to Su Hao. He shook it to confirm that it contained some blood.
Without waiting for Su Hao to ask, Yashan said, “This is the blood of a Level-2 Variant of the ‘Mimicry’ Sequence.”
“Oh?” Su Hao’s eyes brightened. He didn’t have this blood sample yet, and in his view, the genes of a ‘Mimicry’ Variant, capable of transforming at will, held high research value.
Over the past two years, he had collected blood samples from seven Level-1 Variants of different sequences. Only the blood samples of the ‘Swift’ and ‘Prophet’ Sequences had eluded him.
As for Level-2 blood samples, he had only collected the blood sample of a Level-2 Variant of the ‘Brute’ Sequence. This sequence’s Variants were known for their recklessness, considering themselves invincible and not showing much regard for other Sequence Variants. They were also among the most commonly encountered Variants and tended to meet tragic ends.
Su Hao put away the blood sample and praised, “Impressive, Yashan. You even managed to obtain a Level-2 blood sample. It seems that I didn’t feed you meat in vain these past few months.”
Yashan rubbed his hands and chuckled, “Of course, of course. When I was fighting the ‘Rampager,’ a Level-2 Variant of the ‘Brute’ Sequence, I noticed he got injured, so I secretly collected the spilled blood. Don’t you know, Boss Wei, that I’ve taken a liking to this job?”
Su Hao’s eyebrow twitched; Yashan’s choice of words was a bit off.
He asked directly, “Have you reached the promotion stage?”
Yashan nodded excitedly, “I already feel that my body’s energy has reached its peak, and I’ll definitely succeed in promoting to a ‘Rampager.'”
Su Hao smiled; his research had reached the stage where he needed to examine the genetic differences between Level-1 and Level-2 Variants. Since Yashan was so willingly cooperating as a test subject, he accepted.
Su Hao said, “You’ve done well these past two years, meeting your small request. So, tell me, where is the ‘Rampager’?”
Yashan was overjoyed. “Boss Wei, follow me!”
Su Hao handed him a large bottle and said, “Not so fast, fill up this bottle first.”