Chapter 95: Evolution
Su Hao locked onto five ordinary individuals within the same range. He wanted to see how these people would behave. Perhaps he wouldn’t get the answers tonight, but he would keep tracking them until he got the results he sought.
Su Hao followed a tall person to a densely overgrown area. This person had consumed a significant amount of flesh from the person in black clothing and was an excellent subject for observation.
The crimson person found a shallow pit, lay down in it, and covered themselves with weeds. At a glance, no one would think there was a person hidden here!
Su Hao gave full marks to this hiding skill!
The weeds obstructed Su Hao’s view, making it difficult to see clearly. However, he was patient and used his radar to monitor the changes in the crimson person’s blood energy at all times.
An hour later, the blood energy of the tall crimson person began to change dramatically, depleting to a dangerous level before stopping abruptly, then gradually recovering.
At the same time, the hidden spot among the weeds emitted slight tremors, and suppressed cries of pain quietly seeped out. It seemed like this crimson person was enduring immense suffering.
Su Hao waited in the distance, his eyes fixed on the spot among the weeds. He knew that he would soon get the answers he wanted.
Finally, the pile of weeds returned to calmness.
The ordinary person regained some strength and slowly pushed the weeds aside, climbing out. At this moment, Su Hao noticed something unusual.
This ordinary person’s figure appeared slightly ethereal, reminiscent of the person in black clothing! Although they were very weak and had difficulty controlling their body, they indeed gave off the same ethereal feeling as the person in black clothing, like a nocturnal ghost.
A sudden flash crossed Su Hao’s mind, and he seemed to understand something.
He immediately turned and left to observe other ordinary crimson people who had consumed flesh. He needed to confirm this, as they were now approaching the stage of metamorphosis.
All of those individuals were within radar range!
Su Hao approached a woman who had consumed the flesh of the mantis-like person, secretly observing her changes. At the same time, the tall woman in front was leaving her hiding place, quietly heading home.
As she walked, her nails suddenly elongated, becoming sharp. Her ears changed size, sometimes getting larger, sometimes smaller, and she sprouted white fur, which then receded…
Su Hao squinted his eyes and indeed confirmed that this tall woman, after consuming the mantis-like person’s flesh, had gained transformation abilities similar to the mantis-like person!
Su Hao quickly left to observe the other crimson people. What surprised him was that not everyone who consumed flesh gained corresponding abilities.
Among the five individuals he observed, two didn’t survive the transformation process and died directly, their blood energy response gradually disappearing.
Su Hao thought for a moment and then gradually retreated, returning to his hiding spot. It was still far from dawn, and he could get a good night’s sleep. The information he had gathered tonight was already sufficient. In this city, similar events happened almost every night.
He needed to organize his thoughts carefully and determine his next exploration plan before making any decisions.
Back in his hiding spot, Su Hao closed his eyes and began pondering the events he had observed tonight. If he had to describe it with one word, the first word that came to his mind was “evolution.”
That’s right, in Su Hao’s observations, the purpose of these crimson people devouring each other was to achieve their own evolution.
Ordinary crimson people didn’t possess any special abilities, so there was little reason to attack them since killing an ordinary crimson person served no purpose.
All the targets for hunting were people with special abilities. However, this kind of evolution seemed extremely cruel. It required consuming a large amount of the other person’s flesh to have a chance at successful evolution, and there was also a high probability of evolution failure.
From another perspective, not everyone among the crimson people was enthusiastic about evolving to gain superpowers. Only a portion of them was. During the night, indeed, there were ordinary people lurking, seeking the opportunity to consume flesh, but more people quietly stayed in their own houses, waiting for daylight.
The allure of evolution was there, but it didn’t drive everyone to madness, willing to sacrifice their lives. The percentage of individuals in the group pursuing evolution to gain more powerful abilities should be around 20%.
As for the principles of evolution, Su Hao could only guess that it had to do with the unique physiological structure inside the bodies of the crimson people.
Perhaps in the distant past, crimson people did not engage in such brutal cannibalistic evolution within their ranks. They might have only hunted and consumed the flesh of other races to achieve evolution.
However, when crimson people stood at the pinnacle of this world and other races were on the brink of extinction, the fierce internal competition among the crimson people for evolution began.
These were all Su Hao’s speculations, and the actual mechanisms were unknown.
In other words, in this Siling City, there were many evolved individuals with powerful abilities hiding among the populace. They would disguise themselves and avoid being hunted by others while seeking their own prey to enhance their abilities.
It could be imagined that each time they needed a piece of flesh, numerous ordinary people would swarm to fight for the corpse, resulting in many new evolved individuals.
Thinking deeper, it was even scarier to think that there might be an organization specifically hunting evolved individuals to obtain their flesh and create even more new evolved individuals.
No! It wasn’t a possibility; it was a certainty.
The reason there was no sign of official organizations within the city was that these organizations were controlled by various large and small groups of evolved individuals.
Su Hao’s thoughts became clearer, and he quickly identified the core contradiction within this situation.
Evolved individuals without organizations hid among ordinary people, trying to disguise themselves as much as possible and avoiding being targeted. Organized evolved individuals primarily hunted scattered evolved individuals and engaged in internal conflicts.
But no matter who they were, they had to hide themselves well and must not expose their identities during the day, as once exposed, death was imminent.
Among them, there were indeed very powerful individuals, but there were always those even stronger.
“So…” Su Hao silently outlined some rules for his survival.
First, during the day, do not expose his strength, act like a regular citizen.
Second, wear a mask at night, do not reveal his face, as being recognized would be troublesome.
Third, until he understands the power system of evolved individuals, he should not enter the city’s area.
Fourth, find a legitimate occupation; always engaging in illegal activities would lead to trouble.
Su Hao noted down these rules and then began thinking about his future direction. “I need to quickly uncover the extraordinary secrets of this world. The sooner, the better. I have a feeling that there are earth-shattering secrets hidden within the creatures of this world. If I don’t acquire knowledge quickly, I might suddenly die one day, and there will be no coming back!”
“Still, the same old saying, cherish every day and do my best to pursue knowledge. Even if I have to die, I’ll thoroughly understand the secrets of this world before I die!”
He soon formulated a plan to explore the power system. “Collect data on evolved individuals every night, starting with elite-level individuals, obtain flesh samples, save them for research, find an opportunity to capture an evolved individual and ask them directly, most importantly, understand the biological evolution mechanism.”
Why could consuming a piece of flesh grant power?
That was the key.
If Su Hao could figure out the mechanism behind it, perhaps he wouldn’t need flesh to achieve the evolution of life.