Thanks to the Editor for pointing out issues
Chapter 29. Gathering the Punitive Force (2)
‘What to do….’
Kang Chul-In even on Earth, and as he got on his Mustang and headed towards his home, was preoccupied in trying to come up with a solution to that problem.
‘Nothing is impossible. There must be a way…’
If it doesn’t work, make it work, even by force, under any circ.u.mstances. It was like Kang Chul-In’s motto.
‘If it doesn’t work, I need to make it work… I must… make it work… wait!’
In that moment, Kang Chul-In opened his eyes wide at the sudden thought that crossed his head.
Then he could grow the explorer’s levels enough to hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon. Different from the humans in Pangaea, the dimension traveler’s growth is incomparably fast!
“I found a way.”
Kang Chul-In smiled.
Why did Kang Chul-In decide to use the help of the explorers?
In order to solve this mystery, it was necessary to think of the relations.h.i.+p between a Sovereign and the explorer.
There were 300,000 dimension travelers that responded to the Great Summoning,
Among them 300 Sovereigns,
And the 299,700 left over were called explorers.
The relations.h.i.+p between the Sovereigns and Explorers were much like symbiosis, one needed the other to survive. It could be called a ruler and subject relations.h.i.+p as well, and sometimes, a client as well.
However, the dimension travelers were special (enough to be summoned from Earth) and therefore had faster rates of growth, which made it possible to expect tremendous growth.
Sovereigns often joined hands with explorers to target dungeons or ruins as well as monster conquests, and sometimes invited explorers they connected well with to their land as subjects.
There were even Sovereigns with an exceptional business mindset that created businesses such as motels, restaurants, and even prost.i.tution bars and opened them up to Explorers, gaining immense profit.
For various reasons, Sovereigns a.s.sociated with Explorers from Earth and exchanged items they needed, and the relations.h.i.+p with the Explorers were crucial for growth into a strong Sovereign.
Therefore, even Kang Chul-In who was extremely independent, was about to establish a strong relations.h.i.+p with the Explorers in this lifetime and gain some useful individuals.
‘It’s not a bad plan. If I were to train them quickly, we could take on the peac.o.c.k dragon.’
It would obviously be a struggle, but the result would not be horrible.
At the very least, Kang Chul-In himself was confident he would survive, so there was no big problem.
‘Gather the Explorers and teach them in a short, fast paced course…. If I were to set the time to about 2 weeks… the remaining week I can use to hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon.’
When he came up with a plan, the rest followed.
With a plan, it was obvious that he would put it to action right away, so Kang Chul-In went home right away, turned on his Macbook, and turned on ‘World’, the world’s biggest online community.
World was a website that a young businessman from America created, much like Facebook, Twitter, and Google and it had various functions and accessibility that allowed it to grow almost immediately into the world’s largest community.
Kang Chul-In’s idea was to use the World’s community to gather the Explorers that usually worked in the Pandemonium area.
It was because World was a site that English-speaking dimension travelers all around the world used to exchange information.
‘Hm… what ID…’
He thought for a brief moment, remembered his ID, and pressed the log-in b.u.t.ton.
As soon as the page appeared, he opened a category.
As soon as he clicked the large category named ‘Great Summoning’, he clicked on the subcategory called ‘Location’ and then ‘Pandemonium’.
-[Information Exchange] Organization of Monsters in Pandemonium
-[Trade] Selling Level 15 Defense armor
-[Recruiting] Looking for teammates
-[Recruiting] Explorers with hunting experience click
Amidst the various types of posts, he could not find any similar posts. It probably was because it was Pandemonium which was far off from Pangaea’s mainland, therefore not having many explorers in the first place.
Kang Chul-In liked that there were little posts.
If it was the mainland category, it would be blowing up. Almost all of the 300,000 dimension travelers would be in the mainland category.
‘Should I bring some interest?’
In order to gather the Explorers, he needed to write a post and gather interest.
Kang Chul-In knew better than anyone how to grab the attention of the Explorers.
First, Kang Chul-In who took off the set of green bracelets that were on his wrists took a picture of them with his IPhone, and then uploaded them to the network, and wrote the post.
-[Item] Proof of Rare Item
Item obtained from Pandemonium.
It seems like it has great power, so I am sharing it to the users of World.
There are a couple more. I will reveal other items if the response is good.
Name: All Stat Armlet
Item Type: Bracelet
Level Limit: None
Option: Every Stat +2%/ Attack Speed +3%
If there are any questions, ask in the comments. I am thinking to put together a team soon. If there are any explorers in need of a team, DM anytime.
A faint smile formed on Kang Chul-In’s lips.
You could not attract attention with such things.
The best would be item, especially proof of a rare item.
Kang Chul-In’s prediction was spot on.
Not even five minutes after the post, there were comments.
-incino: Oh… one set means that for all Stat 4% and attack speed 6%? Its crazy!
-EnterLJ: Did you get it from a monster, or ruin?
TTSM: Not one but one set? Hey, buddy, where do you get such luck? :-0
-adchan: Look at this cla.s.s;;
-revan: Rare level item… wow!
In a short amount of time, there were five comments.
‘Lets add some flavor.’
If this was all the response that he was getting, it was almost impossible to gather the explorers. He needed a sort of trick. Kang Chul-In copied the link to the post and pasted it into a messaging app, sent it to Park Du-Sik and called him.
[Yes, big boss! For what reason are you calling me after two days?]
“You don’t need to know why, but I sent you a link so have your boys comment and click share.”
[Ah! When will you send it, boss?]
“I sent it already.”
[I will check right away… uh… um… big boss?]
Park Du-Sik’s voice was weird.
Kang Chul-In was sure that Park Du-Sik was sweating on the other side of the phone. It was obvious that Park Du-Sik was in a difficult position.
[I am sorry… but… our boys… it’s that… our boys… their backpack straps are a little short…]
He got it.
World was an English-based community with its headquarters in America. Even if translation was available, one would need to be able to communicate a bit in English to use it.
Although now even gangsters needed to go to college to survive, still most were high-school graduates.
And… someone who was a gangster was very unlikely to have studied hard in school anyways.
“…you uneducated idiots.”
Kang Chul-In said over the phone, and Park Du-Sik could not utter a word. His face would be red from the embarra.s.sment by now.
“You should be ashamed.”
[…yes.. Big boss.]
“Well, it is my fault for expecting so much from a bunch of idiots.”
“I will hang up before your idiocy transfers to me. Then, at least click share.”
Kang Chul-In hung up quickly and called Old man Kwon.
“Old man, I have a favor.”
Luckly, things worked out well with Old Man Kwon.
[Ah, really? Alright. I will get my Hong Kong boys on it. They speak some English. Would about 100 comments be enough?]
Old Man Kwon was eager to help after hearing Kang Chul-In revealed a new item—perhaps he smelled money. A person first needs to be smart.
[You are trying to get Explorers together. Is it a foundation beneficial for our partners.h.i.+p as well?]
“This and that. We will talk details later. Now is not the time.”
[Hm… I guess I will find out one by one. I will take care of what you asked within the hour, so do not worry.]
“I got it old man.”
After the conversation with old man Kwon, Kang Chul-In casually waited for the post to go viral.
After an hour or so… Kang Chul-In’s post became ranked as one of the top posts, and grabbed the attention of the World users.
‘I got it!’
The response was explosive.
The post that was already attention worthy combined with a bit of manipulation caused the viewings to skyrocket.
Before it became 2 hours since the post, there were over a thousand comments.
And that was not all.
Personal messages flowed in his mailbox.
One… two… suddenly 50… and when three hours pa.s.sed, around 500 messages were in his mailbox.
‘This is still not enough.’
Kang Chul-In did not stop there.
-[Notice] I will reveal new items every hour.
I will go on a conquest soon.
Explorers who wish to join my team send me a message of your profile, and I will respond after review.
And after that, Kang Chul-In revealed one item per hour for three hours.
The World community exploded.
Kang Chul-In’s post ranked 1,2,3, and 4 in the entire World Best Post creating a frenzy, and this news spread to Korea’s other sites, creating noise in Korea’s internet as well.
Kang Chul-In, who had created a viral post in a simple way, sipped his coffee leisurely and smiled. Honestly, the items that Kang Chul-In had posted were not that great, nor was it attention-worthy. The reasons were as follows.
First, the items that were introduced on World were low-level items that would be used in the early stages of the Grand Summoning.
Second, any Sovereign with enough wealth in their land could introduce even better items than Kang Chul-In.
But the reason why Kang Chul-In had gotten such viral responses was that he acted quickly before anyone could think or have a chance to.
There is a saying, life is timing. Whatever it was, the one who did it first would have the most gain. And through this, Kang Chul-In gained something else other than just gathering Explorers.
Because all his posts were 1st to 4th place in the best post category in World, it was not an overstatement to say that there was almost no user in World that did not know his username, ‘Overlord’.
He had become famous after just a couple posts.
From now on, Kang Chul-In’s posts would automatically become one of the most viewed posts, and he had to a certain extent gained the trust of the World users. It was something that he did not expect from the start.
‘Nice, now I will throw some incentives.’
The next step was easy.
He would throw gold and items as bait and recruit competent Explorers, meet at Pandemonium, and create a team.
Although he did have work cut out for him to look through all the thousands of messages in his inbox.
He went at the messages right away.
There were all sorts of messages, from those questioning where the items came from, or those wis.h.i.+ng to buy the items, messages cursing him, and much more. However… of the bunch… there was one that stood out to him and grabbed his attention.
Kang Chul-In’s eyes sparkled after checking the sender of the message.
The account’s name was ‘Lumpen’.
It was a message from someone that had received the t.i.tle of Grand Sovereign in the past, and had been a worthy opponent to Kang Chul-In himself, Dorian Explorer!