Chapter 105: Sand Monster (Part Two)
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Gao Peng watched in silence. The condition of the sand monster was unstable, especially now that the researcher had cut a piece of “flesh” from its body. It even seemed angry.
As such, it was reasonable for it to attack the researcher. After all, even honest good guys get angry sometimes. What did one expect from an untamed beast from the wild?
[Monster Name]: Sand Monster
[Monster Level]: Level Five
[Monster Condition]: Mild Injury (Angry)
[Monster Attribute]: Sand
[Monster Weakness]: 1. Ice; 2. Destruction of the sand core within its body; 3. Once the body of the monster is cut in half, part of its strength will diminish. The cut portion is able to quickly assimilate into the body. It will take a long time for the body to reabsorb strength.
“What exactly is the weakness for elemental monsters like this? Knife slashes and sword piercings are ineffective. The immunity towards physical attacks is just too strong,” Director Chen mumbled to himself.
Just now, he had experimented by cutting the sand monster in half and watched the dismembered body slowly merge back together.
This meant that bombs would probably not be able to kill these monsters.
Weapons with bullets would probably also not be effective. Bullets used point fracture mechanism upon contact, and dealing the sand monster a bullet might even be even inferior to chopping it with an ax.
“To deal with elemental monsters like this, perhaps we can try using elemental type attacks? Do you want to try using the water element?” Gao Peng said.
Director Chen nodded and poured a basin of water on top of the sand monster.
At first, the sand monster could not adapt to it. Its entire body became sticky and gooey. It was very uncomfortable and its struggles only hastened the diffusion of water deep into its body.
However, it seemed like the water only slowed its movements without damaging it. The body part that came into contact with water quickly became light as the sand particles within the body kept grinding to discharge the water.
It grimaced at Director Chen with a vicious look.
Director Chen was very calm. “Water does not seem to deal any damage to it, but the sand monster probably hates water. Alright, prepare a high-temperature test.”
Next, they tested the sand monster against high-temperature flame, electric thunder, low-temperature ice, and an entire series of attribute tests.
If it were not due to a lack of supply, Gao Peng even suspected that Director Chen would have used a hydraulic press.
In the end, they discovered that the sand monster reacted actively towards high temperature, and thunder and electricity were ineffective against it. But low temperature had significant negative effects.
After the temperature lowered, the sand monster seemed unwilling to move. When the temperature reached zero Celsius the movement of the sand monster became significantly more sluggish.
Then Gao Peng continued with a series of follow-up experiments.
Gao Peng could not figure out the location of the sand core mentioned in the data frame. So during the experiment, Gao Peng kept poking around everywhere on the sand monster with an iron cone. He hoped to pierce the sand core.
That way, when the sand monster died or received a serious injury, he would have a solid reason to dissect the sand monster and expose the sand core as its weakness. If Gao Peng just stood up and said that there was something like a sand core in the body of the monster, and that they should pay attention to see if it was the weakness, it would be way too demeaning of the others’ intelligence.
Unfortunately, after spending half a day poking and piercing the monster, he did not even come close to getting to the surface of the sand core. He only served to increase the monster’s anger.
That should not have been the case! He had already gone through the entire body of the sand monster a couple of times. The only place he did not touch was a certain region.
Gao Peng looked at a certain body part of the sand monster suspiciously and subconsciously poked at it.
It created a piercing sound.
That pierce finally maximized the anger bar of the sand monster. It started moving crazily as it glared and grimaced at Gao Peng.
That should not have been it. Perhaps another explanation was that the sand monster could move the sand core within its body at will. After all, it was made up of sand. It should not have been that hard for it to move one single sand core within its body.
Finally, as he saw that the test was probably not going to produce any useful results, Director Chen waved to end the experiment.
“Alright, you should head back first. The reward from the government should take two days to reach your account at most.”
That’s it? Gao Peng thought. He had not even exposed the sand core weakness yet.
Gao Peng was a little embarrassed. He would look back three times for every step he took; he kept feeling like he was there to swindle money.
“Teacher, it doesn’t really matter if he comes back or not. We could have done this test ourselves…” Little Wang was a little dissatisfied.
Director Chen glanced at him and said, “You should know what you should ask, and what you shouldn’t ask.”
Little Wang shut his mouth.
Gao Peng stood outside the door and took out his key to open the door. Suddenly there was a loud bang and the door opened slowly.
Behind the door hung a light yellow claw. And from the door seam came a large head. Two shiny golden whiskers came from behind the door along with a pair of sneaky eyes.
This guy knows how to open the door now?! Gao Peng thought, a little dumbfounded.
The stealthy Da Zi crawled cautiously from behind the door and went around its master twice. Upon finding out that there was nothing to eat, it moved closer and sniffed Gao Peng’s body.
Suddenly, the two antennas on Da Zi’s head stood up straight as it stared at its master.
It had noticed the smell of another monster on the master!
Da Zi immediately called into the house. In the blink of an eye, the stairway became very noisy.
Silly rushed out of the house and landed on Gao Peng’s head with a pa-ta sound. It was neither too big nor too small; it was just the right size. It was evenly colored and it shined with an oily light. It was a great hat!
Uncle Liu from next door heard the commotion outside and opened his door. He then saw Gao Peng wearing an emerald green melon hat while standing in the staircase.
“Aiyo…” Uncle Liu immediately covered his eyes. It was really an immoral sight.
Inside the house, Uncle Liu thought seriously: Was the boy, Gao Peng, wronged in some way?
Perhaps something unbearable had happened to him.
Uncle Liu was also a person who had been through things. He could also understand that youngsters sometimes needed to vent after being traumatized in the mind. They needed to be understood by others, and they needed to be consoled.
Uncle Liu opened the door again.
After a short moment of silence Uncle Liu told Gao Peng, “Your sadness, I understand.”
Gao Peng said nothing and thought, What’s wrong with you, Uncle Liu?
Seeing that he seemed to have made a mistake, Uncle Liu seemed a little awkward. He coughed twice and closed the door as if nothing had happened.
Gao Peng was dumbfounded. What was the point of Uncle Liu opening and closing the door?
Dumby walked out of the house and cautiously passed a Yin Cedar needle to Gao Peng as if he was handing a cigarette to the boss.
Gao Peng did not know whether to laugh or cry. “What are you guys doing?”
After entering the house, Gao Peng finally let out a sigh of relief. He really panicked when he wore the hat and stood in the staircase. It was all right to be seen by Uncle Liu since Uncle Liu was never a blabbermouth. If he were to be seen by one of the aunties who gossiped all day long, perhaps the nickname of “Green, Real, Tall” would be spread throughout the entire residential area in a short few days.
Gao Peng immediately pushed Dumby back into the house and did his best to remove the “hat” on his head. Silly held onto Gao Peng’s hair. It would not have loosened its grip if its life depended on it.