Chapter 38. Awakening, Kang Chul-In! War Machine, Lucia!
Kang Chul-In was surprised at the inexplicable behavior of Lucia, but immediately tried to find the cause.
First, he followed Lucia’s gaze.
Lucia, who ran across, was staring at the sky far behind him, not at him.
Unless the eyes were on the back of the head, it was impossible to spot an enemy from the rear.
Kang Chul-In turned his head and looked at Lucia’s eyes.
At the moment Kang Chul-In’s eyes filled with embarrassment.
Something was diving at him, at a tremendous speed. The speed was great, and would only take a few seconds to hit him.
Kang Chul-In felt his stomach tighten as he realized the identity of the diving thing.
“Damn it, it’s a female.”
The Peacock Dragon he knows breeds and spawns every spring.
It was unusual that Peacock Dragons, moreover a pair of male and female, were here at the cyprus forest basin in this season like now.
Now he had to find a way to live somehow rather than complaining.
Right now, Kang Chul-In was in a state that he has no power left for even lifting his finger, as he had fought for a long time and used the mana fire intraburst. Completely exhausted, he still needed time to move his body.
Kang Chul-In concentrated his whole mind and tried to move his legs.
In fact, he was completely spent and couldn’t move his body due to exhaustion, but he had to move his body if did not want to die.
Despite the superhuman mentality, he was not able to move.
Kang Chul-In still tried to avoid the diving female peacock dragon even at the painfully slow speed which was all he was able to manage. It would have been nice if all the stamina and mana recharged because the level had risen, but that was only in a game.
In the end, Kang Chul-In decided to give up and accept his fate.
He was Kang Chul-In the Kingslayer, the Grand Sovereign.
If he can not avoid it, even if he die, it suited his temper to die in one strike. He did not want to be beaten to death.
Kang Chul-In was aiming at the right eye of the female Peacock Dragon only a short distance away. Now it was only the eye he could damage now.
It was when Kang Chul-In squeezed out his strength and stretched out his Vampiric Sword.
Lucia appeared like a lightning, covering his front side.
Chuck! The Aegis Shield covered Kang Chul-In.
“I protect the Lord.”
At the same time, the diving female Peacock Dragon and Lucia’s Aegis Shield collided.
Kang Chul-In and Lucia flew for several tens of meters and were thrown against the cyprus forest surrounding the basin, with a roar and a tearful sound.
Blood gushed out of Kang Chul-In’s mouth. It was his first injury after the resurrection.
“Sigh… That… almost killed me.”
While muttered dryly, Kang Chul-In looked at his abdomen. At the moment of the collision, the Peacock Dragon’s beak was scratched and his left side was pierced, and blood was pouring out.
“Lo,lord.. Are you alright…”
Lucia, who fell into Kang Chul-In’s arms, lifted her head. And she was surprised to see the wound in Kang Chul-In’s abdomen.
Lucia’s expression hardened.
“My..my lord…how dare…an inferior beast…to the master of my soul….”
Lucia, who spoke to herself with rage filled voice, suddenly got up.
“Lord… This Lucia…will protect you, my lord…please..for a while..please close your eyes for a moment…close your eyes…”
With those words, Lucia left Kang Chul-In’s side and started walking towards the Peacock Dragon.
Kang Chul-In couldn’t see it, but suddenly Lucia’s eyes were out of focus. Her facial expression was terrifying and it was frozen on her face as if she was a doll. Soon after…The deep-black darkness started to spread in Lucia’s eyes.
[War. Machine. Mode. Ready]
Mechanical voice flowed out of Lucia’s mouth.
[War Machine Mode, Operate!]
When the word ‘Operate’ came out, intense energy was emitted from Lucia’s body. At first glance, it seemed to be several times stronger than the original Lucia.
[War Machine Mode time remaining 4:59… 4:58…. 4:57…]
With Zenith, the Sword of Heaven, on her left hand and Aegis, the Shield of God on her right, Lucia’s appearance was dignified and frightening as she was indeed a Warrior born for Battle.
With a flat, emotionless and an eerie voice, Lucia began to attack the Peacock Dragon.
Lucia repeated that word only and fought the Peacock Dragon like a machine. How powerful were her attacks and defense that she was able to fight equally with the female Peacock Dragon that is 9m long?
While Lucia blocked the Peacock Dragon, Podorski and Billy urgently ran to Kang Chul-In.
“I, I will escort you.”
Podorski was trying to support Kang Chul-In with great astonishment. But, surprisingly, the reaction of Kang Chul-In…
His voice was so cold.
“Don’t think to bring me anywhere.”
“Is there a thread and a needle?”
“Were you..going to stitch up your wounds here?”
“Just tell me, whether you have it or not.”
“I have. I can do a simple surgical procedure.”
“I won’t say it twice.”
Podorski opened his backpack due to Kang Chul-In’s tough attitude, and pulled out thread, needle, bandage, and two bottles of potion.
“I do not have an anesthetic. It would be very painful so…”
Kang Chul-In had already turned away his eyes.
“I,…Am I being protected by making my subordinates stand in front of me?”
It was natural that a Sovereign was protected by his subordinates, but Kang Chul-In was the world’s strongest, and it was humiliating to be helpless.
“Quickly. There’s no time.”
At the command of Kang Chul-In, Podorski hurriedly began executing first aid on his wounds.
Kang Chul-In swallowed the pain inside.
He refused to cry out from the pain.
He endured the pain with iron will and thought only to get up once again.
“5 minutes… The War Machine Mode limit.”
Lucia’s War Machine Mode, that he saw, was obviously powerful, but it was impossible to beat Peacock Dragon by herself as long as there was a 5-minutes limit.
“The adventurers are exhausted. If Lucia lost, it’s complete destruction.”
Kang Chul-In sought to find a way to overcome the situation calmly while Podorski stitched his torn side. Kang Chul-In was the only person Kang Chul-In could believe now.
“Lord, I have finished the first aid treatment.”
Podorski said it while tying a knot to cover the sutures with a bandage.
“Go and cut the Peacock Dragon’s heart out.”
Podorski ran out of hurry.
“Gen, General… just run away…”
Said by the big man, Billy with tearful face that didn’t match to his image.
“Do you say run?”
“Look at that.”
Billy’s gaze turned turned to the direction that Kang Chul-In has pointed to.
The adventurers… The Adventurers were moving to support Lucia, while dragging their weary bodies from the battle before.
“Do you think it makes sense to ask me to flee this situation?”
“It, it was right but….”
“Do not worry.”
“I will stand up, and… I will kill that damn bird.””
Kang Chul-In declared.
Kang Chul-In will keep his word, to make reality follow his will, even if the sky fell down.
“Lord! Here is the Peacock Dragon’s heart!”
Podorski brought the heart of the dead male Peacock Dragon.
Kang Chul-In nodded slightly and accepted Dragon’s hear from Podorski.
The Dragon’s heart was small. The size was similar to human’s heart. It doesn’t make sense when you recall that the Peacock Dragon’s body reached 12 meters.
However, Dragon’s heart is originally like that, the higher the dragon’s level, the smaller the heart, refining and purifying like a diamond. The Peacock Dragon’s heart was small and nothing was wrong.
Kang Chul-In immediately brought Dragon’s heart to his mouth.
There was a creepy sound as the flesh crunched.
Podorski and Billy were shocked.
The appearance of Kang Chul-In, chewing the dragon’s heart with his mouth dripping blood, was diabolical. It looked like the Great King of Hell eating the enemy’s heart.
“Eat, and after eating it will strengthen you.”
Although it was dragon heart, it is not an ordinary thing to chew a lump of flesh with the blood still dripping, but Kang Chul-In has to endure the horrifying texture for him to recover his strength.
When he almost finished consuming the Dragon’s heart, the reaction started.
[Level has been raised! Level 29 reached!]
[Level has been raised! Level 30 reached!]
Kang Chu-In felt that his depleted mana had risen at the same time as the level. His physical strength has also recovered to some extent. Even if the Peacock Dragon was the weakest among the dragons, at least the dragon’s heart was still useful.
At Kang Chul-In’s words, Podorski immediately pulled out the potion and opened the lid. Kang Chul-In, who received it, gulping down the 250 ml potion to the dregs.
Kang Chul-In, who drank the potion, took a long breath and threw the potion glass bottle away.
“Lord, my Lord! If you get up already!”
Podorski tried to persevere, but Kang Chul-in was stubborn. It was not good that Kang Chul-In was still bleeding, staining the wrapped bandages.
“If you block, I’ll cut you down.”
Kang Chul-In, who uttered an obviously empty threat, used the Vampiric Sword as a staff as he raised his body.
From Kang Chul-In’s body, white steam started to emerge. It grew like a haze, and the dense mana flowed from Kang Chul-In’s insides.
“How dare you drive me into a corner.”
Seen in Kang Chul-In’s eyes, the man who came back to life with the power of Dragon, was a Heavy Light that wasn’t there before.
“I will kill you.”
According to common sense, Kang Chul-In’s words were ridiculous.
However, it was true that his body was in very bad condition, although he stood up by the power of dragon heart. If it was put into numbers, would it be about 40% of his best condition? It was obvious that he was weak.
But, as soon as he reached level 30, Kang Chul-In had a trump card that could destroy the Peacock Dragon.
Now was the time to show it.
Lucia, who had turned on the war machine mode, proved her worth by holding her own against the Peacock Dragon.
Although it’s a female, but the fact that only in five minutes, she drove the monster that even Kang Chul-In could not stand against alone, was enough to acknowledge Lucia’s power and prowess.
But… By the time it reached five minutes, the limit of War Machine Mode, Lucia was in crisis.
[ 4, 3, 2, 1… 0! ]
The countdown ended,
[War Machine Mode, Shut Down. Cool Down time: 168 hours]
Lucia’s declaration of war is over.
And the Peacock Dragon’s counterattack has begun.
“It is dangerous!”
The adventurers who fought together with Lucia shouted all at once, but Lucia, who suffered the aftermath of the ended war machine mode, was unable to move even a single step.
The giant hind legs of the Peacock Dragon fell on Lucia.
It would have been natural for Lucia to be crushed to death if she was trampled by the sharp claws.
Lucia felt only praise for Kang Chul-In even though death had come in front of her.
‘By now, you have escaped to a safe place, and because I have done my job, there is no lingering feeling even if I die now. Mr Timothy, please take good care of my Lord! Lord, even without me, I hope you accomplish your goal!’
Lucia closed her eyes.
She was the one who waited for Kang Chul-In for an eternity from the other dimension. It was a glorious end for her to be able to die for Kang Chul-In.
Of course, Kang Chul-In would not let it end like this.
Kang Chul-In, who appeared like a ghost, embraced Lucia. Then jumped. The Peacock Dragon’s foot smashed the ground in vain.
Embraced in Kang Chul-In’s arms, Lucia was surprised. Kang Chul-In’s condition was severe. It did not make sense for him to be able to move so quickly.
“That was enough.”
“I have the power to kill that thing.”
“So, stand down.”
Lucia was surprised and wriggled out from Kang Chul-In’s arms. Her face turned red.
Kang Chul-In said.
“I will see the end of it.”
And he rushed to the Peacock Dragon. “Phut!” Kang Chul-In moved so fast there was the sound made by a sonic boom.
At that time, everyone on the scene was able to see and hear how poorly the Peacock Dragon fared against Kang Chul-In’s devastating strikes.
In the next chapter, the hunting will be fully engaged to the end. Sorry. Sorry.
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