Published at 17th of September 2019 08:15:03 AM

Chapter 177: 177
A jug full of wine was laid in front of Noah and he took a sip from it after doing a quick inspection with his mental energy .

It had become a habit by then to use his mental energy to look at everything before his eyes did .
The wine was strong and dry, far from the quality of Ivor's one .
"I need to teach you some procedures before you can start hunting, I'd say to start with the activities of our guild . "
Noah raised his attention at Ron's words .
"We can hunt freely, there is a detailed map of the areas near the capital with the descriptions of the various faunas of each zone . Also, each magical beast had a different value, as it has each of their body parts . You can look at their values on the first floor of the guild, they generally vary due to their need in the Royal city . "
Noah nodded internally .
'That's pretty standard, the value of something is given by its demand in the market . '
"We also sign the area where we are going to hunt so that other hunters can decide if the competition for a certain beast is too high and switch to another target, we always try to avoid internal fights and the rules are quite strict regarding the ownership of a certain beast's body . "
Ron then pointed toward the table where Kurt was drinking .
"That guy, Kurt, has been a hunter for more than ten years . He usually hunts rank 4 beasts with the cultivators that are seating with him . We trust him a lot so don't be mad at his behavior from earlier, he just wanted to be sure that you were worthy of the guild . "

'Hunts rank 4 beasts in a group? So not even he can kill one alone?'
Noah thought and could not help but ask more about that .
"Are rank 4 beasts that strong?"
Ron drank from his jug before answering .
"Well, yes . They are entirely in the heroic ranks while humans need all three centers of power in the fourth rank to be considered at that level . Kurt has a rank 4 body but his other two centers of power are still in the human ranks . He has managed to kill a few rank 4 beasts alone though, it's just way safer if it's done in a group . "
'So, it's doable,'
Noah lowered his head on the wine to hide the excitement that he felt .
"You can join or form a group, or even go alone, it's up to you . All this can be done on the first floor . "
"The deposit is on the second floor . You can sell or buy beasts' corpses and body parts there, you have discounts based on your hunts' quota . There isn't a maximum of the discounts that you can get but you must meet a minimum quota . It's about fifteen intact rank 3 beast's corpses per month, that number varies on the type of magical beast that you deliver . Don't worry though, you will be paid for those beasts, the guild just does that to force its hunters to work and don't take advantage of our favorable prices . "
'That is pretty lax . Fifteen rank 3 bodies are really easy to collect each month . '

"Can you deliver thirty of them at the same time and then be free for two months?"

He was worried that his forging sessions could be interrupted .
Ron laughed and nodded happily .
"Of course! Otherwise, everyone would just let their prey rot in their space-rings in order to deliver them in the next month . Trust me, there was that issue once the higher-ups tried the strict monthly method . "
'No wonder, it takes a day just to get out of the city . By the time you reach the hunting area, kill the beasts, and come back here, at least half a month would have passed . '
Noah shook his head internally .
'I should just get the quota for a few months done in my first mission and then focus on forging . '
He didn't forget his purpose .
He needed to find a place suitable for cultivation and for his experiments .

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Since he finally had a rank 2 dantian, he could begin the tests to forge a real weapon, useful for his current battle prowess .
"Oh, remember that you can also bring here alive beasts, we keep them in the underground rooms . Their value is way higher than the dead ones of course . "
Noah's eyes lit up .
"Do those rooms have rank 4 beasts?"
Ron stood speechless for a moment before exploding in a sonorous laugh .
The cultivators sitting near him that overheard Noah's question did the same and laughed to no end .
'Did I say something wrong?'
Noah was confused by their reaction and waited for them to explain .
Ron forced himself to calm down and gulped a mouthful of wine before answering .
"Tell me, do you know of someone capable of dragging a rank 4 beast alive here? Do you also know of a cage capable of holding them? And, at last, if you really do know him, why would he lower himself on being a hunter?"

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Noah realized how stupid his question was .
Capturing a rank 4 beast alive was extremely more difficult than killing one .
As for restraining it, that meant that its cage had to be an inscribed item with a rank surpassing the second one .
Why would a cultivator with such capabilities choose to be a hunter?
Someone with that strength could become the patriarch of a noble family or funding its own noble house, there was no reason to limit himself to work for a guild .
"I didn't think about it . "
His excitement had clouded his mind .
If he could obtain the blood and the core of a rank 4 magical beast, he could attempt on creating a blood companion as his sea of consciousness became stronger .
His two blood companions had the strength of a peak rank 3 magical beast, they could be only used as shields against cultivators on Noah's level .
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They were still useful in dealing with other magical beasts but Noah was starting to rely less on them .
'I guess that, in my Demonic form, they can cause some trouble to other cultivators . Yet, having a rank 4 beast as a blood companion would really boost my battle prowess once I reach the heroic ranks . '