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Chapter 66: Voracious Golden Toad

The news was showing footage of the battle in the north . Ahead in the frontlines the tank units arranged in a cannon formation, and behind them were the rows of artillery vehicles .

Shells and missiles flew through the sky one by one and then landed in the midst of the locust swarm far away before exploding . Large patches of locusts were reduced to cinders by the explosion, and the locusts nearby were torn to shreds by shrapnel .

This was different from times of peace . During these special times, heroes were needed! Idols were needed! Which was why the allied government heavily publicized the acts of Monster Trainer heroes .

At the same time, in this current era, there was also no effort put into covering up the battles against monsters . Warriors who stepped onto the battlefield were all heroes putting their lives on the line to protect humanity, and heroes should be treated like heroes .

They could not allow heroes to bleed on the battlefield and have no one know or care about them . This would not be fair .

They were all fighting for the sake of humanity . There was no reason and no need to withhold any news regarding them .

From the images shown on the news, one could see a black oppressive cloud covering the sky in the distance . The locusts were blotting out the sky as they flew over . Each shell that exploded in the midst of the locust swarm tore a large patch through the black cloud, leaving a brief patch of white space . But very quickly the space was filled up by the incoming locusts .

As the locusts continued to press forward, flamethrowers were used, sending fiery tongues of flame up into the sky .

The dirty yellow locusts in the sky that got caught by the flames spontaneously ignited like dry grass covered in oil .

A female reporter dressed in smart business attire appeared on the screen, holding a mike . "Dear viewers, as you have already seen, we are at the frontlines of the battle . Currently, the Chang'an Military's troops have already stopped the locust swarm outside of the frontlines . According to the research carried out by Director Chen of the Chang'an Monster Breeder Association, these monsters, which are called Dead Leaf Locusts, are extremely afraid of flames . This is a piece of good news as we have successfully held them off using their weakness . This swarm of locusts is estimated to contain a few billion individuals . Each Dead Leaf Locust is at least 30 cm in length, are able to chew through hard wood, and are even capable of short-distance flight…"

As the female reporter spoke, artillery fire continued to erupt . The shells landed on the ground, even causing the ground beneath the reporter to shake a little .

In the center of the Dark Ember Forest, a giant black gorilla heard the loud explosions coming from far away . It looked towards the direction of the battle and muttered a little, making a sound that was unintelligible to humans . Then, it turned its body and continued snoring .

Gao Peng turned off the television and logged onto the Monster Hunting Association's official page to check on the task that he had put up . He found that he still had not obtained the core crystal of a commander tier electric-type monster . Currently that was all he needed to acquire Da Zi's grade promotion .

It can't be that I have to go hunt it down myself, right?

Gao Peng looked at Dumby . It was lying down on the living room floor, staring at the ceiling, not moving at all .

With Dumby's current height, moving freely around the living room was quite a task; so it could only lie down on the floor now . Gao Peng's plan to get a new house shifted upwards in priority . He would not sell this old house, but he intended to buy a standalone villa in the outskirts of the city . The villa would have a garden and a basement, which would make it easier for many matters .

As Gao Peng was thinking, his mobile phone rang . Director Chen's name showed on the screen .

When he picked up the phone, he was greeted by Director Chen's hearty laughter . "Hi, Little Gao . You've reached home after your training?"

With Director Chen's position, it was no surprise that he could find out about Gao Peng's outfield training . But Gao Peng still felt rather flattered and surprised by the special attention that Director Chen gave him .

Gao Peng nodded . "I just reached home a while ago . "

"Do you have time to come down to the association tomorrow? The military just sent over a batch of a new type of Voracious Golden Toads, and want us to promote the grades of these toads . Because it is an urgent matter, I have to call a few people in to help . This matter counts as official business and the government will provide remuneration for your services . "

Director Chen was aware of Gao Peng's personality, so he took special care to mention the money straight away .

As expected, Gao Peng's eyes lit up .

"Ahem, Director Chen . Is it possible to change the remuneration to other kinds of rewards? If the money for the job is insufficient, I can fork in some money as well . What I would like is a commander tier electric-type monster core crystal," said Gao Peng in a thick-skinned manner .

"Umm… rightfully, this should not be allowed . But I do know some people in the military, so this small matter should not be much of a problem . " Director Chen agreed with hardly any hesitation at all .

It was just a commander tier electric type monster core crystal, not a lord tier electric type monster core crystal . If it were the latter, he would not able to produce one even if a knife was being pressed to his neck .

If it were just a commander tier electric type monster core crystal, then it was a small matter .

Although it was rare, it was definitely an item that would be in stock .

The next day, in the morning, Gao Peng got into a car and headed to the Monster Breeder Association in the outskirts .

After reporting to the reception counter, Director Chen rushed over quickly . Seeing Gao Peng, he walked forward with a boom of hearty laughter and held out his right hand .

Some of the people around who knew Director Chen were in shock, and secretly sized up Gao Peng . They did not know who this young man was and what position he was in to have Director Chen treat him that way .

"I've been waiting so long for you . Yesterday, the military brought in two samples of Voracious Golden Toads over . I spent half the night looking at them and I still haven't made head or tails of them, or of what to do . " Director Chen led the way in front as the two of them walked deeper into the Monster Breeder Association building . They then took an elevator deep underground .

When they came out of the lift, in front of them was a large underground room as large as a soccer field .

The entire floor seemed to make use of a structure that was resistant to tremors and explosions . Reinforced concrete was used with various supporting frames . The first two words that come to mind when seeing this room were rugged and efficient .

Within one of the bulletproof glass walls were a few workbenches . In front of each workbench were a few experimenters in white coats and masks, gathering data from the experiments .

In the main hall, there was a cage . In it was a golden toad as large as a table . Its eyes were huge and its back was covered in warts the size of Ping-Pong balls . The warts were not exactly growing on its back densely, as there were only a few tens of them .

For such a large body, the number of warts that it had was actually rather small .

What left the strongest impression were the legs of these toads . They took up to one-third of the entire body size and were rippling with large muscles . The legs were evidently filled with great explosive force .

The white skin on its belly was slowly swelling up, then shrinking .

"Voracious Golden Toads have very powerful muscles in their legs, which take up at least 40% of its muscle mass . Hence, its jumping ability is absolutely terrifying . It can jump over a hundred meters high . One of the ways in which Voracious Golden Toads attack is jumping into the air, and then using its body to crush its foes," said Director Chen .

Gao Peng nodded . It really had terrifying jumping abilities if it could jump over a hundred meters high .

Then, Director Chen added sympathetically, "Sometimes the Voracious Golden Toad lands on hard rocks, causing itself serious injuries . "

Gao Peng was stunned . Was this even possible?

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