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Chapter 28. Gathering the Punitive Force (1)
“That is a wise plan!”
Lucia was amazed.
It was, to simply put it, to use another to claim a victory, so if they were to recruit explorers, Laputa would not need to have additional casualties.
Lucia said after realizing something.
“You said that you will recruit explorers and hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon. Then, does that mean that although you will not take the troops, you will be partic.i.p.ating yourself?”
“I want to go as well.”
“You? You are my advisor. If my deputy is also gone, who will run the land?”
“There is someone!”
“After seeing him work for a couple of days, Administrator Timothy’s abilities are amazing. Even if I am gone for a bit, Timothy would be able to fulfill the deputy duties. He too was an advisor. Even if we leave it to him for a couple of days, it will not be a problem.”
Lucia had a point too. Honestly, even if Timothy took over the deputy duties, there would not be a problem. However, if there was something that bothered him, it was the question of how useful Lucia would be in the battle against the peac.o.c.k dragon.
Kang Chul-In thought for a moment and spoke.
“Yes, speak, my Sovereign.”
“Strangely, I cannot see your specialty. For me who cannot know what abilities you have, I am hesitant. Therefore, I ask you. Lucia, can you tell me what your specialty is?”
If you cannot see, you just need to ask. Lucia, who was his advisor, would not lie to him.
Lucia smiled widely and answered.
“Servant Lucia, reporting to my Sovereign. I do not have a specialty. If I said I had any special abilities, I have one skill. It is called ‘War Machine’.”
“War machine? No specialty?”
“Yes, my Sovereign. Do you remember the day that we first met?”
“Yes, I remember.”
It was only three weeks ago. He couldn’t not remember.
“Then, I thought that I may be abandoned by you. I am not that smart, nor do I have a specialty that is helpful in ruling the land. I was worried that you might have considered me useless.”
“As expected…did you know everything?”
“Not exactly. I just know the reason why advisors exist, so I was able to determine your internal state.”
Kang Chul-In had no intentions of talking big.
No matter what anyone said, Lucia was his advisor. Even when everyone betrayed him, Lucia would not. What was the use of talking big to the one you could trust most in this world?
“Anyways, I will never abandon you. I don’t want you to think that ever again.”
“Of course! I know, my lord!”
Lucia smiled innocently like a child, nodding her head.
“Even if I do not possess any specialties in helping with state affairs, I can fight better than any advisor if I use the War Machine skill.”
“Can fight well?”
“This Lucia, is not a human. I am an artificial human made for battle, specially in defense. There is nothing that I can offer you except this skill. Faithful servant, Lucia, if you leave it to me, I will not disappoint you as the s.h.i.+eld protecting you!”
‘Oh… she is fired up.’
Kang Chul-In recognized why Lucia was so motivated and smiled a satisfied smile.
Lucia’s current emotion was a compet.i.tive one, a feeling of danger driving her.
The point was this.
Timothy who was competent in the books and administration had joined the land and begun to slowly establish the internal and governing body so it was understandable that Lucia would feel threatened. Also, her competiveness in wanting to prove her competence over Timothy was also pus.h.i.+ng her to the battlefield.
Kang Chul-In who saw Lucia’s determination nodded.
“In this peac.o.c.k dragon conquest , I will take you Lucia.”
“Of course. But!”
Kang Chul-In said, requesting.
“You need to surely show me, Lucia. Your abilities.”
“Of course! I will show you well!”
As soon as the permission fell from Kang Chul-In, Lucia was overjoyed and fired up.
‘Alfred, if you met Lucia, I am so curious of how you will act.’
Kang Chul-In saw Lucia who was so pure and innocent around him, and thought of his once faithful advisor, Alfred.
It would not happen, but it was funny to just imagine what kind of scene would play out if the two advisors met. Alfred also had a side to him that was just as jealous and petty like Lucia, so it was obvious that the two would bicker and argue. However, it was all useless thinking, for the two will never meet. The advisor Kang Chul-In chose in this life was Lucia, not Alfred.
Dungeon captures, exploring ruins, and monster conquests were all quite important for Sovereigns as well as the regular dimension travelers. The reason was extremely simple, and it was for the Sovereign’s personal growth and acquiring items.
In dungeons and ruins that were located all around Pangaea, there were monsters along with ancient treasure and artifacts.
Occasionally, the treasures and artifacts that turned up were extremely valuable, with the prime examples being Unique, Legendary, or Epic items. Gold piled up like mountains, and magic books that contained magical powers, or ancient books on martial arts were abundant.
For these reasons, there were some Sovereigns who left the management of their lands to their advisors and focused solely on dungeon searching. Kang Chul-In also, was a Sovereign that had his own opinion on dungeon searching and quest for artifacts as well as having a particular fondness for monster quests.
“Peac.o.c.k dragon… the monster level was about 40 I think?’
Kang Chul-In spent the night thinking about this and that on his throne.
‘c.r.a.p, feeling threatened by a fake dragon…’
Although he did not show it, Kang Chul-In was extremely upset. His current level was 14, and the peac.o.c.k dragon’s level was 40. He would face a horrible death if he were to go hunting for it alone. For prideful Kang Chul-In, it was understandable that he was upset because he had to strategize against a mere dragon subspecies.
But what could he do?
He was currently a level 14 Sovereign, and the peac.o.c.k dragon was flaunting a level 40, respectable to its status as a subspecies of dragon, threatening his villagers. If he did not want to suffer any more losses, he needed to hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon as soon as possible.
However, there was one upside…
‘I will gain the dragon heart.’
It was the peac.o.c.k dragon’s heart.
The peac.o.c.k dragon was the weakest and lowest level subspecies of the dragon, but still having the blood of dragon in its veins, still had the dragon heart.
Like its name, the dragon’s heart was a concentrated source of mana, and when consumed, the user became stronger in an instant. Of course, if one considered the level of the peac.o.c.k dragon you could not expect a drastic power up, but for the current Kang Chul-In, he needed the dragon heart badly.
If he had that, then it was obvious that the time that it would take for him to go back to his glory days as a Grand Sovereign would be drastically shortened.
‘I will hide my land using the Conceal skill. I will hide it… and then I will return to Earth, round up the dimension travelers, and will hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon.’
It was perfect up to that point.
But, if there was one thing that bothered him, it was that the dimension travelers were all too inexperienced to hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon.
‘The one with the highest level would be no more than 20. I myself am only 14… I must find a way.’
And that way would be the key to the peac.o.c.k dragon quest.
If the land’s finances were more stable, he would not have needed to use such ways to hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon and could have just used the land’s military, but what other choice did he have? Even one soldier was precious at this time. He had to save every penny and find a way to rule Pandemonium.
‘Let’s start by hiding the land first.’
Because he thought he would not have a clear answer by contemplating further, Kang Chul-In chose to hide the land and comfort the families of the dead.
“Go tell Lucia to bring the Soul Core.”
“Yes, my Majesty.”
The newly hired servant answered.
“Here it is, my Lord.”
Lucia appeared in less than 10 minutes, handing the Soul Core that controlled Laputa over to Kang Chul-In.
“Land Control Manual.”
As soon as he gave the order, the status bar appeared in front of Kang Chul-In, showing the menu regarding the control of Laputa.
-[Laputa Control Manual]
When Kang Chul-In pressed the ‘Hide’ item, information on the skill unfolded.
Will use gold to hide the castle.
Skill Level: Level 1 (Grow up to Level 3)
Cost: Gold (Amount decrease or increase depending on level and cost of castle)
Skill Time: Up to 720hrs from activation
Gold Cost: 0.5 Gold per hour
Will you activate the Hide skill? (Yes/ No)
‘That is disgustingly expensive.’
The price of the Hide skill was expensive. If it was 0.5 gold per hour, it meant that 12 Gold would be spent in 24 hours, which meant in order to use the Hide skill for a day, it costed $4,800.
12 Gold spent every day.
3 weeks until the peac.o.c.k dragon conquest.
3 weeks was 21 days.
12 X 21 would be 252.
252 gold would be about $100,800. It was truly gasp worthy.
“Sigh… I am going to go bankrupt before I can even start a business.”
Kang Chul-In covered his face, as if he was tired.
This wretched land had the best skills compared to any land, but it made up for it with the high price. If the hide skill was this much, it was obvious that the other skills, especially Cosmic Force, would be extremely expensive.
A ‘money eating machine’ would be the perfect description.
But he couldn’t not use it, so with tears in his eyes, Kang Chul-In turned on the hide function.
[Notice: Level 1 Hide function has been activated on the land! Please be cautious to not lose your way after traveling outside Laputa boundaries.]
Conveniently, as soon as the hide function was activated, the speakers that were all over the land automatically announced the updated status. Kang Chul-In thought this made the cost a little better, because it was so expensive.
“Yes, my Sovereign.”
“I will go back to my homeland to gather the explorers. I did turn on the hide function, but you do know that you cannot let your guard down, right?”
“If there is any additional attacks, make sure there are no casualties, and if there is, the least possible.”
“Please leave it to me!”
With Lucia’s confident answer, Kang Chul-In nodded his head, and headed towards Earth. In order to gather the explorers, one needed the benefits of modern technology, and there was nothing else more effective than the internet to gather those befitting.
But, there was a problem that needed to be solved before that.
How would he hunt for the peac.o.c.k dragon with explorers who were much weaker in comparison? It was almost impossible for Level 10 or 20 Explorers to hunt a level 40 monster.