Chapter 30: Dorian needs to be Played With!
He had become, like Kang Chul-In, one of the Grand Sovereigns during the 2nd Sovereign Meeting but had never cared much on administration and his land.
It was to a point where even when the 10 Grand Sovereigns had been established and had stabilized their lands, Dorian’s land was the size of a pea, and just a small city.
In reality, of the 10 Grand Sovereigns, Dorian’s land was the smallest and had the weakest army, and also was not much of a threat. It was to a point where there were many regular Sovereigns with a much better army than his.
But how could he maintain his status as Grand Sovereign?
The answer was simple.
Dorian Explorer was the world’s best explorer, dungeon explorer, and monster hunter.
And he had even succeeded in hunting the blue dragon and had gained the honorary t.i.tle of ‘Dragon Slayer’.
Dorian Explorer was someone who had risen to the position of Grand Sovereign whilst gathering points on a different category other than managing his land.
‘Dorian, you remained loyal to me until the end.’
Kang Chul-In who had exchanged messages with an unexpected figure thought of his relations.h.i.+p with Dorian.
Grand Sovereign Dorian was Kang Chul-In’s friend and equal, as well as enemy.
This meant that Kang Chul-In and Dorian searched for dungeons together or ruins, and also went on monster conquests together.
They fought for 1st and 2nd place amongst the Grand Sovereigns for power and strength as well.
But Kang Chul-In and Dorian’s relations.h.i.+p began to strain with the start of Ragnarok. Kang Chul-In’s killings towards all and everyone that stood in his way and crude conquest activities were the heart of the strain.
And their delicate relations.h.i.+p ended when Kang Chul-In crushed a Sovereign that Dorian had maintained a close relations.h.i.+p with.
But Dorian remained loyal.
Even when the three-cornered battle of Ragnarok was going on, Dorian did not fight with the Ishtar Coalition. The reason was that he could not go to battle with an old friend. If he looked back at it now, Dorian might have tried to block Kang Chul-In’s ravaging and set up the power struggle between the Grand Sovereigns.
And, that Dorian had sent a message to Kang Chul-In. He could not be more curious.
‘This guy, should I see what nonsense he is saying?’
Kang Chul-In opened his messages without hesitation and checked the message from Dorian.
-Message: Hey, you are a Sovereign, huh? Who are you trying to con? How can you get an item like that if you are not a Sovereign? You cheater!
It was simple, but right to the point. Dorian, as a Sovereign, knew that the items were from the Sovereign store.
Kang Chul-In snorted.
It was not because he was poking fun, or because he was baffled. It was simply because he remembered the voice and facial expressions of an old friend.
-Overlord: Should we talk for a moment?
Kang Chul-In requested a 1:1 messaging to Lumpen, Dorian’s account. It would be easier to chat then to exchange messages constantly.
-Lumpen: Oh, who is this! It’s the cheater!
Dorian behind his monitor poked fun.
-Lumpen: What special item! You bought it with gold, isn’t that right?
-Lumpen: I knew it! You con artist! I am going to put up a post right now and expose you! See the power of 100,000 hate comments! Ha ha! J
-Overlord: Before that, would you hear me out?
-Lumpen: Hear you out? Hear what? You telling me to listen to a con artist?
-Overlord: If you knew what my real goal was, you would be pretty interested.
And in that moment, Kang Chul-In made up his mind to bring Dorian into this peac.o.c.k dragon conquest.
There was no doubt that Dorian, who was the world’s best Explorer and also one with the same level of mastery in the martial arts as himself, would be extremely beneficial for the peac.o.c.k dragon conquest.
Lumpen: You are funny. Shut up and eat the hate comments!
Overlord: Dragon conquest.
At the word ‘dragon’, Dorian hesitated.
‘I know you.’
Kang Chul-In smirked.
Dorian went crazy over unique monsters, dungeons, and ruins. He was sure that Dorian would still be interested even if he could not believe the person for sure.
Dorian grabbed the bait.
-Overlord: It is a subspecies of the dragon, to be more precise. It is called a peac.o.c.k dragon, and it is a level 40 monster.
Lumpen: a subspecies? What, there is something like that too?
Overlord: Of course. My goal is to gather explorers and hunt the peac.o.c.k dragon. I just needed a trick in order to gather people.
Lumpen: Hm… how can I trust you? There is something like a peac.o.c.k dragon?
Overlord: If you can’t trust me, you can just ask your advisor.
Lumpen: That’s… true?
Overlord: I have no reason to lie.
Lumpen: So? Are you going to catch it?
Overlord: The peac.o.c.k draong itself is strong, but there are also many items you can get. It is dangerous, but I think it is worth the risk. What are your thoughts?
Lumpen: Well… I agree.
Dorian showed signs of compliance, and Kang Chul-In decided to play his final card at this stage.
-Overlord: Maybe with this as the start, we might be able to make a Pangaea Monster Pictorial book. Don’t know if there will be anyone to make something like this, but still.
-Lumpen: What? Pictorial book? Crazy!
-Overlord: What is that response?
Kang Chul-In knew everything, but pretended not to.
-Lumpen: Do you really think that?
-Lumpen: About making the Pictorial Book!
-Overlord: Well, of course. For people like us from Earth, Pangaea is an alien planet. We can come and go from somewhere like that. Of course, we should make a book. I believe it is a very important task.
It was a lie.
Kang Chul-In did not have the slightest interest in making some book. He only wanted to rule Pangaea. However, Dorian, who was listening, had a different perspective.
-Lumpen: Oh my G.o.d.
-Lumpen: You, are pretty great.
-Overlord: What do you mean?
-Lumpen: I also was thinking I should make a Monsters Pictorial Book! I did not know we were thinking alike!
Lumpen: Hey, Overlord.
-Lumpen: Put me in your team.
And in that moment, Kang Chul-In smiled a crude smile.
Kang Chul-In knew Dorian’s dream.
Dungeons and ruin hunting was important, but what triggered Dorian’s curiosity the most was the different life forms of Pangaea.
In actuality, even during Ragnarok, Dorian took great efforts in the Pictorial book.
-Lumpen: I want to partic.i.p.ate in the peac.o.c.k dragon conquest too.
-Overlord: Well I don’t know, the peac.o.c.k dragon is strong. I don’t know if you have the courage.
-Lumpen: What are you saying!
Dorian was angry.
-Lumpen: You…! Are you calling me a coward? Huh? Are you?
Dorian, as more and more time pa.s.sed fell into Kang Chul-In’s trap and was unable to come out of it.
-Overlord: Choose wisely. The peac.o.c.k dragon is a monster that you need to put your life on the line for. Our entire team might get wiped out if we are not careful. Do you have the courage to take on something like that?
-Lumpen: You underestimate me.
-Overlord: I’m not underestimating you, it’s impossible to know the person with a couple lines of chat.
-Lumpen: Ha… then what can I do to get on the team?
-Overlord: Before the peac.o.c.k dragon conquest, I am thinking of leveling up and building some teamwork along with the other explorers. About two weeks?
-Lumpen: So, prove myself to you then?
-Overlord: Then I could trust you. If you don’t have even that much dedication, I don’t need you on my team.
-Lumpen: Fine, I will take you on that offer.
-Overlord: I will watch you then.
-Lumpen: and the details?
-Overlord: I will announce it separately.
-Lumpen: . This is my email address. Email me here. Make sure you do! Okay?!
-Overlord: I will.
-Lumpen: You must. If you do not include me, then I will expose you online.
-Overlord: Your stupid threats.
-Lumpen: What? Threat…
-Overlord: This user is not available.
-Overlord: This user is not available.
-Overlord: This user is not available.
(1:1 Conversation has ended.)
Kang Chul-In hurried and ended the conversation before Dorian could complain further. It was a trick to get Dorian to get more fired up.
“You stupid idiot, getting tricked again. That’s why you cannot escape my clutches.”
Kang Chul-In who had succeeded in getting Dorian smiled a huge smile unlike himself.
Tricking Dorian was always fun.
Dorian in the past and the Dorian now was such a simple human being that if one nudged him a little bit, Dorian did the rest on his own.
Kang Chul-In baited and fished for Dorian when he was bored, when he needed someone to search ruins with, or when he needed someone to go on monster conquests with. Dorian Explorer was Kang Chul-In’s true sidekick.
‘I can give everyone up, but I cannot give this guy up to Rothschild.’
Kang Chul-In thought this, and swore that he would make Dorian completely on his side.
During Ragnarok, Dorian who had joined Rothschild’s side had worked as a hitman in the Baldur Alliance side and had rescued Baldur from the Gulveigs.
Honestly, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the three-cornered battle of Ragnarok was made because of Dorian’s choice.
If Dorian was on Kang Chul-In’s side, then it would have been very possible for the tide of the war to have swayed on the side of the Ishtar Coalition.
‘Who is more capable than you?’
He was simple and stupid, but his skills were undoubtable. He was sure. And he had loyalty. That was Kang Chul-In’s honest thought on Dorian.
Kang Chul-In looked at the messages that arrived and a.n.a.lyzed the profiles of the Explorers, and sent responses to 200 explorers with over 10 levels. The message was as follows.
-[Notice] Team ‘Slayers’ Recruitment
Location: Southwest Pandemonium, near the Devil’s Forest
(The precise location is marked on the map and contract, so check)
Date: After 2 days, 9AM
Duration: About 3 weeks
Purpose: Level up through Monster conquest and item
Reward: After completion, gold worth 4,000 dollars per person will be given (and the items gathered from the Monster Conquest itself will be evenly divided), those who show exceptional abilities will be given rare items.
Notice: Life may be in danger. Remember that this is a monster conquest. In the case that you die, Overlord has no responsibility.
Notice: The boss’ orders and instruction is absolute, and if one goes against any of these, remember that there will be dire consequences. Same goes for those who break up the team.
Attached: Contract (regarding the payment).pdf
The recruitment’s details were like a double-edged sword.
The gold worth 4,000 dollars and the rare items would be the best compensation and pay compared to any recruitment that was currently outstanding. However, the second notice also had people hesitant on joining.
There would be those who would hesitate. Of the 200 that he had sent the replies to, about a hundred would not partic.i.p.ate.
‘I don’t need scaredy-cats. I only want the best.’
That was Kang Chul-In’s wish.
Those who wished to be stronger even if they risked death, those who wished to get rich, and those who wanted adventure was the ones he needed.
It was his belief that there was no human being more attractive and strong than someone who was honest with his desires.
Kang Chul-In himself was led by his desire to rule over Pangaea.
He would gather those individuals and have them train for two weeks, and then naturally get them to join in on the peac.o.c.k dragon conquest.
From the starting 200, a 120 people, including Dorian, responded.
Kang Chul-In knew that not all would partic.i.p.ate in the conquest.
There were many who talked big and pulled their feet out of the water in fear in the key moment.
It would be fine if even ¼ showed up, which was 30 people.
‘Lets see how many show up.’
Kang Chul-In uploaded the contract stating that he would pay 4,000 dollars, and left his home right away. There were a couple of things that he needed to take care of before meeting the Explorers.