===064 The Team Depends on the Boss===
Three months later.
Su Hao dragged two master-level Grid Short-tailed Dragons into the cave. Grid Short-tailed Dragons resembled dinosaurs, but their tails were shorter. Two long fangs protruded from their upper jaws, giving them a ferocious and formidable appearance. Their combat power was exceptionally strong. When they ran, they could shake the ground, causing their prey on the ground to lose balance, making it easier for them to hunt.
In this area, the Grid Short-tailed Dragons were at the top of the food chain. A small tribe consisted of over a dozen Grid Short-tailed Dragons, with all the adults being masters. The strongest among them had already reached the high-level master stage.
However, this tribe came to an end.
The last two Grid Short-tailed Dragons in the tribe had been dragged into the cave by Su Hao.
He laid the dragon corpses on a stone platform, expertly cut open their checkered bellies, and paid no attention to the gushing blood. He directly emptied their internal organs, cut open the thin membrane behind the abdominal cavity with a knife, and then used his hands to scrape and reveal the patterns inside, the Grid Short-tailed Dragons’ beast patterns.
After a period of adaptation, he had long since become indifferent to such scenes.
After recording the beast patterns, Su Hao immediately entered the pinball space and retrieved all the Grid Short-tailed Dragon patterns he had collected during this time. With Little Light’s assistance, he quickly filled in the missing parts.
Su Hao carefully observed for a moment, and overall, it seemed very coordinated, giving the impression of a complete beast pattern. However, he couldn’t be sure if there were any defects.
“I’ll know after giving it a try.”
After setting up the drawing task, Su Hao exited the pinball space and began drawing on the dragon’s body with his hand.
It didn’t take long to complete the drawing. In the moment it was completed, the beast pattern started to operate, but before any special effects could occur, it began to collapse.
Su Hao skillfully controlled the collapsing blood energy, gradually dissipating it. He then looked at the last Grid Short-tailed Dragon, saying, “Just a little more, and this is the last one. If I can’t complete the beast pattern with this, then all my efforts during this time would have been in vain. I’ll have to search for other tribes of Grid Short-tailed Dragons in the deeper area.”
Without hesitation, Su Hao switched to the last Grid Short-tailed Dragon, expertly cut open its belly, recorded the pattern, and immediately entered the pinball space to make a comparison.
During the comparison, he added two subtle lines, connecting the remaining two lines.
Upon taking another look, the newly obtained beast pattern was seamless, giving off a sense of completeness.Su Hao had a feeling that this beast pattern completed him.
Setting up the task, exiting the ball space, drawing.
In the moment of completion of the drawing, the beast pattern flashed with a faint light, and a high-frequency oscillation suddenly erupted, causing the entire short-tailed dragon’s body to become soft and fluffy. The hard scales were torn in multiple places, and the stone platform beneath also shook violently, causing some debris to fall.
“Oscillation?” Su Hao searched and found that he had never heard of this beast pattern before, nor was it recorded in the academy.
Su Hao wasn’t sure if he had obtained a new beast pattern.
Before this, Su Hao had collected a total of four beast patterns, namely “collapse,” “deflection,” “light absorption,” and “high temperature,” and now he had obtained “oscillation,” making a total of five beast patterns. Adding the previously obtained “barrier,” “strong light,” “control,” and “extraction,” as well as his own “perception,” he now possessed a total of ten beast patterns.
During these three months, he had already started trying to analyze the beast patterns, but the progress was very slow. He had only managed to separate the different patterns and identify their similar structures, but he still wasn’t clear about the functions and principles of these similar structures.
For Su Hao, just ten beast patterns were far from enough; he needed more. The larger the data collection, the easier it would be to find patterns and analyze them.
However, he couldn’t continue staying in the wilderness. He now needed to return to Lingyun Town.
This was because his experimental tools were almost worn out, and essential supplies were running low.
He needed to return to Lingyun Town, restock and replenish his supplies, and also find a way to sell the few “clean” beast patterns he had on hand in exchange for gold coin.
After knocking out the large teeth of the two short-tailed dragons, Su Hao used “extraction” to crystallize the remaining blood essence, effortlessly collecting it in a bag.
This blood essence crystal was filled with impurities and couldn’t be directly used. He didn’t know how others used it either.
Then he threw the corpses far away. In just one day, these two corpses would be devoured by various wild beasts, leaving only their skeletons.
After quickly tidying up, Su Hao found the right direction and returned to Lingyun Town.
Along the way, he encountered elite and grandmaster-level fierce beasts, but none could escape Su Hao’s longsword, turning into small patterns in space.
As for the supreme-level fierce beasts, Su Hao had never encountered them, so he didn’t know how powerful they were. But even if he encountered one, he wouldn’t provoke it; he would run as far as possible.
When approaching Lingyun Town, he would also encounter exploration teams composed of warriors, but Su Hao had no intention of approaching them. He would bypass them from a distance after detecting them on his radar, and continue on his way to Lingyun Town.
Five days later, Su Hao returned to Lingyun Town.
As soon as he arrived in town, he headed straight to the inn, giving himself a thorough refreshment from head to toe.After a long time without taking a real bath, Su Hao suddenly felt refreshed and his whole body felt purified. He felt like he was floating and on cloud nine.
Next, he started to groom his hair, cutting it into a neat crew cut, the kind that can test a real handsome guy.
Su Hao, who was well-organized, could be described with one word, handsome.
However, his face was a bit too tender, lacking that wildness of having a scruffy beard.
His clothes couldn’t be kept either, they were already sour and it was almost deep winter, it was time to have two sets of clothes.
After Su Hao finished buying clothes, the remaining money was only enough for him to eat for a few days. Earning money was urgent, even someone like Sanhe Dashen should make a move at this time.
So, he decided to sell the beast patterns!
How to sell them became a new question.
With his age and height, if he went to find a buyer with the beast patterns, regardless of how the other party confirmed the authenticity of the patterns, even if they were real, the probability of being cheated was high. Although he wasn’t afraid, the aftermath would be too troublesome. He just hoped to sell them as soon as possible, then purchase the things he needed and venture back into the wilderness.
“I need to find a reliable person to help as an intermediary.” Su Hao played with the two remaining silver coins, silently thinking.
The first person he thought of was Bald Old Liu. He had treated Su Hao well and was trustworthy, but after thinking about it, Su Hao shook his head and dismissed the idea.
Firstly, since Bald Old Liu had the right to freely look through the beast patterns in the academy’s collection, there was a question mark about his interest in the patterns Su Hao had. Secondly, he didn’t want to explain the origins of these patterns.
After thinking for a long time, Su Hao couldn’t think of a suitable candidate.
Although he was individually strong, his interpersonal skills were completely useless. He couldn’t find a suitable channel to make a move.
Helpless, Su Hao could only wander around for a while, carefully observing the operation mode of this small town, and then find an opportunity to make a move.
Previously, Su Hao didn’t pay attention to this place, but now that he took a close look, he immediately understood the mode of the small town.
The structure of Lingyun Town on the surface was very simple. The official departments under the jurisdiction of the town mayor were the government affairs department and the security department.
The security department was the guard team, followed by the Lingyun Martial Artists Academy with many famous martial artists. Then there were the three major families, Jin, Mo, and Xiao. Currently, two young masters from the Jin family had died, so their decline was unavoidable. Below them were various exploration teams of different sizes, as well as various business associations.
But the hidden side of things would inevitably be more complex, it wasn’t that simple. However, Su Hao wasn’t studying sociology, so he didn’t pay attention to these things as long as he locked onto his target.
Soon, he came up with an idea. His selling target would first be the exploration teams and business associations, for two reasons. One, they must have sufficient cash flow, and two, they had a high demand for beast patterns.
But he also had to avoid being cheated by the others.
So, out of so many exploration teams and business associations, choosing the right one was crucial.
“A good team depends on its leader!” Su Hao liked to look at the essence of a problem and wouldn’t be disturbed by random information.
The leaders of the major exploration teams were public figures in Lingyun Town. It wasn’t difficult to find information about these people, and Su Hao only took two days to narrow down the options to three.
One was a newly rising exploration team from two years ago, “Capture”. The reason was that the team leader, Meng Shan, was hot-tempered but principled, sticking to his word.
Another one was the large century-old business association under the Xiao family called “Red Rock Merchant Guild”. The Xiao family had always operated with integrity and never deceived anyone.
The last one was a private business association launched by numerous small exploration teams called “Qi Lian Merchant Guild”. It sold various materials and objects to the outside world and also purchased various things on a long-term basis, including beast patterns.
After much thought, Su Hao finally settled on the Qi Lian Merchant Guild.