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Chapter 13. Monster Subjugation (1)
“The Sovereign is coming! Troops… attention! Salute!”
When Kang Chul-In appeared, the Commanding officer ordered.
About 70 troops saluted Kang Chul-In.
‘They are well trained and on their toes.’
Kang Chul-In’s face filled with satisfaction as he saw the troops.
“My Lord, this is the main military of Laputa, the Royal Guard. If you count those who are standing guard on the outer edges of the land, there is a hundred troops.”
Lucia explained alongside him.
‘A hundred… it’s a lot.’
It was a large troop, considering Valhalla had 50 soldiers.
“Troop, at ease.”
With Kang Chul-In’s orders, the troop fell to the ‘at ease’ position. In the faces of the soldiers who were staring at Kang Chul-In, there was loyalty and fiery pa.s.sion.
‘He is our Lord!’
‘How long have we waited for him!’
‘I will make him proud with my distinguished service!’
It was understandable.
All NPCs in Laputa, including Lucia, were asleep for an unimaginable number of years waiting for a master. Without Kang Chul-In’s choice, they would have never been able to wake up—and therefore, their loyalty was not an overstatement.
“Nice to meet you all. In three hours, we will patrol the lands and go on a monster subjugation. Prepare accordingly. That is all.”
His speech was short.
Kang Chul-In, instead of going on and on, spoke concisely, delivering only the limited amount of information.
Kang Chul-In pointed his chin towards the one standing at the head of the troops.
“Commander James, my Lord!”
“I have things that I need to discuss, so you will patrol with me.”
“Yes, my Lord!”
James’ voice resonated.
“Uh… my Lord.”
Lucia carefully began to speak.
“May I also accompany you…”
Kang Chul-In nodded.
“If you are my advisor, naturally you will always be with me when I am in Laputa.”
“Yes, my Lord!”
Lucia proudly answered, overjoyed.
Like that, Kang Chul-In, Lucia, and Commander James slowly walked together around Laputa.
“What are the characteristics of the land that Laputa is on right now?”
It was an important question.
Laputa was an airborne city but it was not flying at the moment, which meant that it was important to know the land that it was currently dependent on.
“Yes, my Lord. It is a wise question.”
James smiled, and started his debriefing.
“Currently, Laputa has the Dragonia mountains that act as the border of Pandemonium and the mainland on her back. It is in the Southern most area of the mainland.”
It meant that it was the most isolated of the isolated, the countryside.
“Those large mountains are the Dragonia mountains, my Lord.”
James pointed at the large and vast mountains that had no end.
“And if you look at the western side, there is a river that reaches all the way to the mainland called Khartoum river. It is a long river that cuts through all of Pandemonium to the mainland’s northern side.”
Kang Chul-In was well aware of the Khartoum river as well. It was a ca.n.a.l that went through all of Pangaea. In order to gain control of Pangaea in the future, it was necessary to gain control of the Khartoum river.
“In the south, there is a magical forest, but it is an ancient one that has existed even before history was recorded. It is filled with monsters, and it won’t be an overstatement to call it the devil’s forest.”
Kang Chul-In, after hearing James’ briefing, began to speak.
“To the east, the mountains, the west, the river, and the south, the devil’s forest. It is a land where three sides are steep.”
“Yes, my Lord.”
“So… the north is the key.”
“You are right.”
“The North will be our entry point and where we would need to guard for enemies. Farms and ranches will also be at the northern side around the castle. It will be key to gain control of the north as soon as possible.”
At Kang Chul-In’s words, James’ eyes opened wide. Lucia’s widened as well.
“My… my Lord.”
James spoke, his voice quivering.
“May I ask how you came to such a conclusion?”
“Isn’t it obvious?”
Kang Chul-In answered.
“The eastern mountains would be useful for defense, but it isn’t a great option for us to go through, if we are not going to use the flight skill and just fly over the entire thing. Also, if we wanted to go through the western ca.n.a.l, we would need to train naval forces, but it won’t be an easy task. It won’t be done overnight. In order to build s.h.i.+ps, you would need to gain control of the southern forest, but it is not plausible considering the time and finances of right now. So, the only thing left, is the north.”
Kang Chul-In said everything casually, but for James and Lucia who were listening, it was a shocking thing to hear.
“You are so intelligent, my Lord! How are you so wise? I, James, am so honored to serve a wise leader as yourself!”
He was almost going to get down on the ground and bow to him.
‘Wow! He is different because he had been a Grand Sovereign before! Ah, I am such a blessed advisor!’
Lucia did not show it openly, but was equally impressed.
‘What is this?’
Oppositely, Kang Chul-In was taken aback by the responses of the two. He had said something so simple, but they were so amazed… he was even doubting whether they were able to think or not.
Kang Chul-In cleared his throat, calming the atmosphere and asked James,
“Are there any farms and ranches of ours in the north?”
“Yes, my Lord! Every morning, your people go to the plains in the north and farm.”
“Are there monsters?”
“You… you mean…”
“Of course, I will guarantee the safety of the north first. I cannot leave my people to be eaten by monsters.”
It was a definite choice for a ruler.
It was important for the economy to be stable for the land to prosper—and the people who were producers of the land were the first priority. Also, if the public sentiment was negative, loyalty will decrease and there will be problems in the fighting power. Kang Chul-In’s specialty was charisma and internal affairs, but that would decrease as well.
James, unaware of Kang Chul-In’s thoughts, was awed by him, shaking.
“I, James, am so honored to meet a benevolent ruler like yourself… how are you so wise and caring of the people…!”
Seemed like his intentions were understood like that.
‘c.r.a.p, I can’t say anything anymore.’
For every word he spoke, they were in awe, so even for Kang Chul-In, who had no conscience, was a little embarra.s.sed.
“Anyways, I will take care of the monsters from the north plains first, so prepare accordingly. I will give you three hours.”
“Yes, my Lord!”
James answered excitedly.
Kang Chul-In called Lucia this time.
“Yes, my Lord.”
“Feed the troops who will go to the monster subjugation ahead of time with bread and milk.”
“I will also disburse, ahead of time, two days worth of rations.”
Kang Chul-In nodded his head. Monster hunting could sometimes take a long time, so it was wise to bring two days worth of rations.
“Then I also will get ready, so you guys prepare as well.”
Kang Chul-In said, and James and Lucia nodded vigorously and answered.
“Yes, my Lord! I will do so!”
“As you command, my Lord.”
And with that, Kang Chul-In left, and Lucia called to James.
“It is the Sovereign’s first quest, so pay heed so the troops will not make any mistakes.”
Lucia as she said this looked cold and stern. It was the complete opposite of how she treated Kang Chul-In.
“If the troops do anything out of line or seem like they are not in high-spirits, I will not just watch. Do you understand?”
James bowed his head.
Lucia was second-in-command to the land. She was an advisor to Kang Chul-In, and for James who was the Commander, Lucia was an extremely authoritative figure.
“Then, do your best. I will be watching.”
Lucia stared behind her plastic rimmed gla.s.ses. A penetrating glare shone in her usually beautiful eyes.
Three hours later.
Kang Chul-In on top of a white horse, left for Laputa along with James and 50 troops.
‘I can’t believe I’m armored with these low-level items.’
Kang Chul-In, through the [Warrior Shop] system, purchased and wore rare level armor and rare level Blood Sword.
It was an Arming Sword the foot soldiers of the Ancient world had used. It was a sword enchanted with blood magic and increased endurance of the user.
This item had 40 Striking Power, and absorbed 10% of the damage that it inflicted for its own powers, making it effective in increasing endurance. However, for Kang Chul-In who had used only epic items in the past, it was not satisfactory.
“My Lord, do you see that?”
As Kang Chul-In was thinking of the past, James pointed at a faraway place. It was about 30 minutes since they had left.
“That is your land, my Lord.”
Where James had pointed, there was a vast area of fields and a farm where there were cows and horses.
‘It’s small. Since the land is small… if I would take the entirety of these plains, it will be a st.u.r.dy foundation for me.’
Although the farm and fields were small, it was not even 0.1% of the northern plains. In the future, if he could completely make these plains his, he would not fall behind with even the producing power of the previous Gullveig Union.
And as Kang Chul-In was thinking such thoughts, one of the units that was standing in front of the troops with binoculars, yelled loudly.
With the soldier’s notice, all the other soldiers pulled out their swords.
“What monsters, out of the blue? What do you mean!”
“About 20 orcs are running towards our farms in the front!”