===045 Beast Pattern===
The power of Su Hao’s full-force blow convinced even Teacher Liu that it was at the Beginner Master level.
Teacher Liu rubbed his smooth forehead and said speechlessly, “The sensation of your blood energy is that of an Elite warrior, that’s for sure. But the amount of your blood energy is a bit exaggerated. This kind of explosive power is something I haven’t seen in any high-level Elite warrior.”
Su Hao nodded and said, “My father said my talent is extraordinary, slightly above normal.”
Teacher Liu could only reluctantly accept Su Hao’s explanation.
Su Hao continued, “There is indeed an insurmountable gap between Elite warriors and Master warriors. The punch I just threw was already my strongest, but I couldn’t break through Teacher Liu’s defense.”
Teacher Liu nodded and said, “The power of a Master level is not something that humans can possess. It is something derived from the study and summary of powerful beasts.”
“The body of the human race is compared to that of a fierce beast, and the reason for the huge difference in strength is the lack of a special structure.”
Su Hao summarized, “Teacher Liu, are you saying that there is something in the bodies of fierce beasts that we humans do not have?”
Teacher Liu said, “That’s right, we call the special structure in the bodies of fierce beasts “beast markings.” Fierce beasts are born with them, while humans do not.”
“So, in order to advance to the master level, all we need to do is add an artificial beast marking to our bodies.”
Su Hao suddenly realized, “I see.”
However, Teacher Liu said, “But adding a beast marking is not as simple as you think. It requires meeting two conditions.”
Su Hao asked, “What are the two conditions?”
“First, you need to obtain a complete beast marking; second, you need to successfully imprint the beast marking onto your body.”
Su Hao couldn’t fulfill the first condition because he had never heard of the concept of “beast marking” before, let alone come into contact with it. So he asked, “Teacher Liu, where can I find a beast marking?”
Teacher Liu chuckled, “There are four ways to obtain a beast marking. First, someone can give it to you, such as your father or someone else’s heritage; second, you can buy one at a high price on the black market; third, you can become a student at the academy and learn from there; fourth, you can go to the wilderness and hunt down fierce beasts yourself. You can directly choose the third option and select a beast marking from the academy’s collection, but it will cost you money.”
Su Hao broke out in a cold sweat. Poor people start to get anxious when they hear about spending money. Su Hao cautiously asked, “How much money?”
Teacher Liu happily laughed, “Don’t worry, it’s much cheaper than the black market. It only costs 5 gold coin. Didn’t you win ten gold coin from Jin Yu, the gold prison guard, when school started? If you haven’t spent it all, it’s perfect for now.”
Su Hao breathed a sigh of relief. He had been busy studying for the past half year and didn’t waste much money. He only spent some on customizing small gadgets for himself, and now he still had 9 gold coin left, which was enough. If buying a beast marking would cost twenty or thirty gold coin, he would be at a loss.
At this point, Teacher Liu added, “The lowest price on the black market is twenty gold coin, and even then, you would only get a beast marking with mediocre effects.”
Su Hao gasped in shock.
Teacher Liu continued seriously, “Therefore, after you learn the beast marking from the academy, you are not allowed to sell it casually, otherwise the academy has the right to take it back at any time.”
Su Hao nodded, “Understood.”
Su Hao then asked, “Well, what about the second point? How do you imprint the beast marking onto the body?”
Teacher Liu rubbed his bald head and proudly said, “The difficulty lies here. Even if you obtain a complete beast marking, it doesn’t mean you can easily imprint it into your body.”
“Because animal patterns are ultimately created for fierce beasts, it is not feasible to directly imprint them on the human body.”
“It is necessary to analyze the core and then make minor adjustments to the animal pattern based on individual physical conditions in order to achieve a result that is in harmony with oneself, forming a new blood network, which is considered a successful imprint.”
Su Hao expressed understanding, “I see, it seems that it will take some time to advance to the Master level.”
Old Liu said, “That’s for sure. This process varies depending on each individual’s comprehension and can take one to five years, or even longer. Those with good comprehension and luck can succeed in about a year, but for those with poor comprehension and luck, this time can be indefinitely extended.”
“However, don’t be too optimistic. Having an animal pattern and time does not guarantee success. Most elite martial artists cannot find a structure that suits themselves and cannot successfully imprint the pattern.”
“So, to become a Master warrior, it still depends on you.”
Su Hao nodded, “I understand, thank you, Teacher Liu.”
“Did you bring money?” Old Liu suddenly asked.
Su Hao nodded. He always carried his money with him, in case it gets stolen.
Old Liu rubbed his bald head, waved his hand, and walked straight out, “Follow me, I’ll take you to choose the animal pattern.”
Soon, Su Hao followed Old Liu to the third floor of the Lingyun Library, greeted the librarian, and entered a room.
Old Liu took a large wooden box from the huge cabinet and opened it, revealing many scrolls.
Old Liu casually took out one, “This is an animal pattern. Each scroll depicts a complete animal pattern. All the scrolls in the academy are stored here. You can choose one that you like from inside. For example, this one in my hand has a label indicating an inclination towards “enormous strength”.”
“It means that if you choose this animal pattern, after successfully imprinting it, in addition to advancing to the Master level, your blood will gain the attribute of enormous strength, giving your body tremendous power, making it effortless to lift a house.”
Old Liu then picked up another scroll, “This one has a label indicating “bounce”, increasing your jumping ability, and even potentially flying like a flea in the later stages.”
“This scroll is about hardness, defensive in nature…”
“This scroll is about control, enhancing the control of your blood…”
“This scroll is about shaping, increasing the malleability of your blood…”
“This scroll is about explosive power…”
“There’s also illusion…”
“Burn, erode, freeze, change color, coordinate, numbness, perception, attachment, recovery, healing, rotation, penetration, giant…”
There are a total of thirty-three different animal patterns.
With so many choices, Su Hao was momentarily at a loss and asked, “Teacher Liu, what is your animal pattern?”
Su Hao didn’t know that under normal circumstances, one cannot inquire about the effects of other Master warriors” animal patterns. But Old Liu didn’t plan to hide it from Su Hao and directly said, “Mine is rotation, I also learned it from here. However, in the future, don’t easily ask others about their animal patterns. Apart from the teammates you can rely on in the future, don’t easily reveal your own animal pattern, having more trump cards means having more security.”
“I understand, Teacher Liu.” Su Hao immediately nodded and asked again, “Can I choose two or three animal patterns?”
Old Liu shook his head, “No, having too many will conflict with each other, our bodies can’t handle it.”
Su Hao understood and then sat cross-legged on the ground, carefully examining the labels on the scrolls. If he had any doubts, he would ask directly.
After pondering for a while, Su Hao took out one of the animal patterns and said to Old Liu, “Teacher Liu, I’ve made my choice. This is the animal pattern.””Old Liu has been guessing what animal pattern Su Hao would ultimately choose. Upon hearing this, he immediately curiously took it over to examine it.
After seeing it, he was stunned and asked Su Hao again, “Are you sure you want to choose this? This animal pattern is too complicated. Very very few people can successfully imprint it, and it doesn’t have much powerful attacking ability either. According to those who have succeeded, it can only perceive a range of about twenty meters, almost useless. Please reconsider.”
Su Hao nodded seriously, “I’m sure! This is the most suitable for me.”
Old Liu nodded and didn’t say anything else. He had given his advice, but the decision had to be made by the other party. Whether it succeeded or not was not important to him. Success would be best, but failure didn’t matter.
He handed the scroll to Su Hao and said, “Now you need to pay 5 gold coin. Within the next year, you can come to the third floor to borrow the scroll and try to imprint the animal pattern. After one year, you need to pay an annual rental fee of 1 gold coin.”
Su Hao blinked and thought to himself, “They really know how to make money.”
He took the scroll and slowly opened it. The label on the scroll read – Perception!