Chapter 128. An Uninvited Guest in the Middle of the Night (Pt. 1)

At Timothy’s sudden report, Kang Chul-In didn't know what to say.

What? A devil?

This wasn’t some sort of wuxia novel. Did the Demon God come back from life and return to start a revolution or something?

Even though Pangaea was also just a fantasy previously, it was still hard to believe that things like devils existed.

“Explain it carefully.”

Kang Chul-In said, focusing.

“That… last night, a soldier called Pluto who was patrolling near Furnace 0 started to rampage around, holding the sword that Milord used before…”

“You mean Kaiforce.”

“Yes, sire.”

“Huu…”

Kang Chul-In pressed his forehead.

He was tired.

He had just spent the last 10 hours in the Lord meetings and was tired, but that stupid sword just couldn’t let him take a break.

It said in the description that it had infinite durability…

It was said that Kaiforce was indestructible and that it wouldn’t change or rust no matter what. Kang Chul-In didn’t think that Kaiforce would actually be able to stay in the furnace for that long, and still be completely fine.

“So, what happened after. Actually, tell me the casualties first.”

Kang Chul-In asked calmly. The most important thing was the people lost.

“So far, there are no dead.”

“And the injured?”

“There are a total of 291 people that have suffered injuries, both major and minor.”

“Tell me only about the serious injuries.”

“There are 3 blacksmiths who have suffered severe injuries, and a soldier who was patrolling with Pluto who is also severely injured. Other than them, I suppose that around 50 more soldiers have suffered from big injuries.”

“Has there been harm to any of the officials?”

“Sir James and Michael have also been injured, and they are currently being treated right now.”

“James and Michael?!”

Kang Chul-In was astonished.

Commander James of Laputa and Michael of the White Lion Knights have been training harder than ever during this winter and had made great progress. And since they had also gotten help from Kang Chul-In personally visiting them and teaching them, they had improved by leaps and bounds.

And these two had gotten injured. It meant that Pluto who was controlled by Kaiforce was extremely dangerous.

“Yes, Milord.”

Timothy nodded his head.

“Oh, and also I think it would be right to reward General Drakan.”

“Drakan? What about him.”

“If not for the fact that General Drakan was also coincidentally nearby, they say that the casualties would have been worse.”

“We can talk about that after this case is over. So what about now? Is he still rampaging around the territory?”

“No, sire.”

“Then what’s happening?”

“Currently, General Drakan, Sir Podolski, and Sir Nilus along with the White Lion knights have made a group that are currently chasing down the devil.”

“Where is he?”

Kang Chul-In decided to go on this chase himself.

“They say that the man has ran off to the west, but it’s already been 3 hours since they started the chase, so…”

“Alright.”

Nodding his head, Kang Chul-In rode on top of the Altaica.

-Krrr….

And as if showing it was ready, the Altaica roared happily.

“Always focus on saving the people that are wounded. Never forget to tell them that they should be kept alive at all costs. And also, make a detailed report on this case, and make sure to treat the injured well. I don’t want them to feel angry because I'm making them work so long and not being responsible towards them.”

“Yes, Milord.”

“Alright. Kitty, let’s go.”

Pulling on the ears of the Altaica, Kang Chul-In got ready.

“Milord… you’re going to go help the chase?”

“Of course. This is my job. While I was absent from the office, this occurred. I’ll have to see this through ‘til the end.”

Kang Chul-In didn’t want to dodge this responsibility.

It was definitely his fault for underestimating Kaiforce. Though it was a ‘scrap piece of metal’ for him, he knew that it was still a terrifying thing for others.

That stupid piece of junk… How dare you hurt my citizens!

Kang Chul-In ground his teeth in anger.

If he couldn’t put him inside the furnace?

Then he could throw it into the deep sea, where deep-sea beings like the Leviathan race lived. He was going to make sure to never let that stupid bastard see the light of the sun again.

“Let’s go!”

Pulling on the Altaica’s ear once more…

-Krrr!

The Altaica dashed outside like lightning.

Bang!

Though the problem was that once again, they had broken the window.

“...It seems that Milord thinks that this window is some sort of escape route.”

“Sigh. Exactly… I don’t think he knows how much repairing the window costs every month.”

Timothy shook his head.

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Long story short, Kang Chul-In was unable to catch Kaiforce.

It was impossible now.

Though Kang Chul-In atop the Altaica chased at ferocious speeds, Kaiforce and Pluto were long gone, out of their reach. 

“This rat-like bastard…!”

It was a problem that they had returned too late.

If Kang Chul-In was inside the territory when this incident happened he would have let Kaiforce taste hell, but… since they had run off after Kang Chul-In had returned, there was nothing he could do. 

“Huuu…” 

It was now 3 days after that. Kang Chul-In sat on his office chair sighing, with Alfred comforting him. 

“Milord, I do think that you should let go of what happened there… After all, it is difficult for you to catch those who really want to run away with their lives. Not to mention the fact that they had already started their escape 3 hours prior to your return…”

“Of course I know that. But still, it isn’t easy…”

Kang Chul-In hated when he let go of things that he once had.

“Even still, isn’t it entirely possible that you’re going to catch that devil soon anyway? A devil is definitely going to cause problems wherever it goes. It’ll be quite easy to track if it goes around making a mess wherever it goes.”

Alfred’s words made sense. 

“Butler Alfred’s words make sense.”

Lucia also agreed with what Alfred said. 

“I think that the reason Milord cares so much about the disappearance of Kaiforce is not the sword itself, but the destruction it caused towards the citizens of Laputa, am I right? In reality, Milord doesn’t care about that stupid piece of metal.”

That was true.

Kang Chul-In didn’t really have personal feelings towards Kaiforce, and he was just pissed off at the fact that someone or something had hurt his citizens.

Kang Chul-In wasn’t a loser that cared about something that he had already thrown away. If Kaiforce had ran away without anyone knowing, Kang Chul-In might have waved him farewell saying ‘good-bye, you defect!’

“Milord, you don’t possess two bodies. How will it be possible to take care of everything that happens within the territory? You should look at something that helps calm you down. Here.”

And saying that, Alfred handed Kang Chul-In the head of Rothschild.

“Hmm…”

Staring at the dead Rothschild, Kang Chul-In touched his beardless chin, and became the normal Kang Chul-In again. Even though he didn’t know why, just staring at the dead face of Rothschild allowed Kang Chul-In to have an endorphin rush.

“I’ll remember this for later. Lucia.”

“Yes, Milord?”

“Tell Timothy to prepare for a mourning within the territory for the dead soldiers, and make sure that you raise the status of the dead’s family into nobles.”

“Yes, milord.”

“Thanks, Lucia. You’re always so busy for me.”

“It’s nothing, milord. Now, I’ll get going.”

Lucia left the office quickly, after Kang Chul-In’s orders.

“It seems like you were angry after what I did to you…”

Kang Chul-In murmured, drinking a glass of whiskey.

“That bastard… I’ll beat you up when I get my hands on you. I’ll definitely make you regret that you took the body of… Why are you laughing?”

Looking at Alfred, Kang Chul-In’s face stiffened.

Alfred’s expression was somewhat ‘strange’.

He was looking at Kang Chul-In and smiling, as if a grandparent were looking at their grandchildren, making Kang Chul-In feel somewhat unsettled.

“Well… You’ve changed, milord.”

“Is that so?”

“Yes, Milord. If it were like the past, you wouldn’t have spared anything to go and look for that devil. No matter how messed up the territory was… If not 3 days, a week. If not a week, a month. If not a month, a year. I’m sure that’s how the past Kang Chul-In would have reacted to this incident.”

Alfred spoke of Kang Chul-In in his previous life when he had done whatever he wanted, just relying on his ridiculous power and strength. 

Kang Chul-In of that time was an absolutely ‘terrifying’ Lord.

Otherwise, why would even the citizens of that Valhalla territory be afraid to raise their heads to face their Lord during a parade?

“You’ve become… much warmer.”

Alfred spoke with a smile.

“You have learned how to calm your rage, and also how to look after the citizens. In truth… this one has always been worried.”

“Always?”

“Yes, I was always worried when Milord would go ballistic, and go on a rampage. Actually, it would be more accurate to say scared than worried. When Milord went on a bloody rampage killing people, it was safe to say that I would be the one unable to sleep at night, in fear.”

This was a serious conversation that they had never had in their past life.

“It sounds to me as if you’re saying I’ve gotten rusty.”

Kang Chul-In’s face was still stiff.

“Huhu… No, that’s not true. The current you fits more like a true Lord. Even now, Milord is tough and ruthless enough as it is. It’s just that the previous Kang Chul-In was… a little too…”

“Ehem…”

Kang Chul-In and Alfred both coughed, not looking at each other.

“Anyway. This is a truly good improvement. A tyrant does not go on for very long. This one hopes that Milord truly becomes a conquest Lord, and not just a tyrant.”

At Alfred’s words, Kang Chul-In had to nod. It made sense.

But…

“Something’s off.”

There was something that didn’t make sense.

“You’re a vampire, and a true vampire at that. How is it possible for you to ‘not be able to sleep’? That doesn’t make sense.”

“E-Ehem… Milord, another glass of whiskey here.”

Alfred pretended to be deaf.

This shameless old man…

Kang Chul-In was speechless.

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At a late hour, Kang Chul-In put Arshelly to bed, and went to his office.

But…

“Overlord Kang Chul-In.”

Someone came out from the darkness, and blocked the path of Kang Chul-In. It was an unexpected, and uninvited visitor.

“I have something to… Ack!”

That person suddenly screamed.

“How dare you?”

Kang Chul-In roared, grabbing the person’s neck as if he were about to snap it.

“And whose authority do you have to go around my house, and my territory as you please?”

Since the ‘guest’ was struggling for breath under the iron grip of Kang Chul-In, the hood that covered their face fell off.

“P-Please… L-Let go of me first… I-I came to ask for…”

“....You were alive?”

Kang Chul-In seemed astonished.

This uninvited and unexpected guest that had come was Skadi Andvari, whom Kang Chul-In thought was already dead.

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