Chapter 153: The Turning Tides, Time Running Out (pt 1)

“......!”

At that moment, Kang Chul-In stopped moving.

And thanks to this, Orlean’s life was extended.

“He’s… sent an envoy?”

Kang Chul-In asked.

“You’re saying that damned bastard sent me a messenger?”

“Y-Y-Yes, sire…”

Kang Chul-In’s messenger nodded.

“Is that so…”

Kang Chul-In nodded.

And,

Hwaak!

A terrifying aura was exuded from Kang Chul-In’s body.

“Kuk…”

The messenger clutched his chest in pain.

 “M-Milord… Milord…”

It seemed that the messenger was finding it extremely difficult to withstand the aura that Kang Chul-In was exuding.

“Ah.”

Looking at the state his messenger was in, Kang Chul-In finally retracted his aura.

Hu…

Kang Chul-In sighed.

It had been a long time since he had lost his temper like this. He had even kept cool and calm when Rothschild had chopped off his head.

But,

For some reason, it was difficult for him to control his emotions right now.

Daughter.

There was no other plausible explanation, other than the fact that Arshelly’s absence was causing this.

What is the intent behind this?

Kang Chul-In needed time to think.

What was the reason Sheville Polansky had sent an envoy to him?

Was it so that he could threaten him using Arshelly?

Or was he trying to send back Arshelly, afraid of the consequences?

Or…

My daughter isn’t foolish enough to state her own identity.

But Kang Chul-In thought that there was a low possibility of this.

“Kwak-Jung.”

Unsure of what it was, Kang Chul-In consulted in Kwak-Jung.

“What do you think?”

“Hmm… Well, I highly doubt that it’s about the princess. It’s probably him trying to negotiate with you, afraid because you're charging north, Milord. The most that will happen is that the envoy will threaten you by saying that the 3 territories above will ally against you, Milord.”

“Very well. Everyone, hear me out! There will be no one who talks about this! Make sure you stay on guard!”

Kang Chul-In ordered his troops harshly, since Arshelly’s life was on the line.

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“...So, Lord Polansky wants to ally with Overlord Kang Chul-In.”

But the envoy’s reason for visiting was extremely different from what Kang Chul-In had expected.

This is too quick.

Kang Chul-In was extremely startled at the fact that Baruk Al-Yusuf had started his conquest of the south so quickly.

“So, basically,”

Kang Chul-In opened his mouth.

No matter what it was, it was obvious that Sheville Polansky hadn’t figured out Arshelly’s status, and couldn’t threaten him using that.

“You want me to stop invading, and fight with you guys?”

“Yes, Milord.”

The envoy nodded his head.

“The army of Baruk Al-Yusuf is powerful. If Milord doesn’t agree with the alliance that lord Polansky has given…”

“You’re trying to say that you can only ally with Baruk Al-Yusuf to live.”

“Though it is rude to say this, that’s true.”

They had chosen Kang Chul-In in order to live. That was the reason Sheville Polansky had sent an envoy over.

“However,”

The envoy continued.

“Our Lord Polansky trusts Milord far more than that Baruk Al-Yusuf. Otherwise, there would be no reason not to ally with Baruk Al-Yusuf, who has 15,000 confirmed troops.”

“You must have a condition.”

As an experienced Lord, Kang Chul-In didn’t agree immediately. There was still a need to listen to the envoy’s story.

“Yes, Milord.”

“Speak up.”

“Our Lord Polansky wants to keep the Bittermoon territory as his even after this battle is over. If Milord keeps this promise, then we will…”

They were trying to tell Kang Chul-In not to backstab them afterwards.

“Very well. I promise you that.”

Kang Chul-In nodded his head.

“Since Polansky isn’t here we can’t sign a soul contract, so I will make the treaty myself. Is that okay?”

“Yes, Milord. That is definitely enough.”

Even though the treaty was a mere piece of paper, he decided to trust in Kang Chul-In.

It was because he didn’t think that Overlord Kang Chul-In wouldn’t honor his promises.

Hmph. What promise.

But the envoy was making a big mistake.

The opinions of the onlookers?

Kang Chul-In had just gone and trampled over two territories without even declaring war on them. At this point, he didn’t care what others thought of him.

Wasn’t this a good opportunity?

If Sheville Polansky trusted Kang Chul-In, it would be even easier for him to betray Polansky at the last moment.

“Wait, and I will bring you the treaty. I will move my army immediately in order to help your Lord.”

“Thank you so much, Overlord Kang Chul-In.”

The envoy bowed, showing his gratitude.

Of course, neither Sheville Polansky nor the envoy knew what kind of consequences would follow after allying with Kang Chul-In.

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“Milord, we need to make sure before we do this. Isn’t it possible that Polansky is actually secretly allying with Baruk Al-Yusuf in order to f*ck us over?”

“Of course, that makes sense too.”

Kang Chul-In agreed with what Kwak-Jung said.

“Milord, please use our satellites in order to check. Using them, wouldn’t it be possible to check whether Baruk Al-Yusuf’s army is really moving or not?”

“Fine.”

A little time passed, and Kang Chul-In finished scouting the Bittermoon area.

And,

“Kwak-Jung.”

Kang Chul-In spoke with a stiff voice.

“Yes, Milord?”

“Get ready to head out. We will be heading north immediately.”

“Sorry?”

“Look at this.”

Whilst Kang Chul-In and the envoy had been chatting, Baruk Al-Yusuf had lead his troops and completely surrounded the Bittermoon territory.

“T-This…”

Kwak-Jung was startled.

“This isn’t a trap for us.”

“T-That’s right, Milord. This is a formation for war…”

“We need to go, right now!”

“Y-Yes, Milord.”

That was right.

Sheville Polansky was about to get taken over by Baruk Al-Yusuf at any moment.

“Milord!”

At that moment.

“The Illusion Network, it’s back up again!”

And,

Ring! Ring!

As soon as the report came in, a request for a video call came.

“Milord! A request for a video call has come from Sheville Polansky, lord of the Bittermoon territory!”

“Fine. Accept it.”

“Yes, Milord.”

As soon as Kang Chul-In said this, a faint screen formed in front of him, allowing him to see a hologram of Sheville Polansky.

-O-Overlord Kang Chul-In!

Polansky shouted urgently.

-Q-Quickly, we need reinforcements! Baruk Al-Yusuf’s army is right in front of us! If you don’t come right now... Please!

“Wait a little bit, I’ll go immediately.”

Kang Chul-In said.

Of course, he was raging inside.

Even though he wanted to rip that disgusting child-murderer’s body into pieces immediately, he had to be patient. For the sake of Arsrhelly.

-R-Really?

“I will go and crush Baruk Al-Yusuf’s army. Just wait.”

-H-How long will it take? Baruk Al-Yusuf’s army isn’t even 50 kilometres away from…

“A day.”

Kang Chul-In cut off Sheville Polansky’s words.

“I will move the army immediately. Try to hold your position for a day, and I will save you. Well, I’m off now.”

-Then I will wait for you! Overlord Kang Chul-In!

Ding!

As soon as the call finished, Kang Chul-In looked towards the people watching.

“I’m sure you heard that.”

Kang Chul-In’s voice was heavy.

“To be completely honest, that’s a stretch.”

He was right.

They had just conquered 2 territories, and the soldiers were exhausted. There was no way that they could get to the Bittermoon territory in just a day.

“There will be no reinforcements.”

Of course, what he had told Polansky was a lie.

“Strategist Kwak-Jung will command our troops, and make it so that we have a defensive line against Baruk Al-Yusuf. And…”

Kang Chul-In’s eyes started to gleam.

“I will… go save Arshelly myself.”

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