Chapter 170: After Marching North (pt. 3)

“Hmm… not bad.”

The one that had done all the tying up, Podolski nodded his head in satisfaction.

Pervert…

What kind of position is that…

Even though Podolski was able to capture the opponent and tie them up so well that they couldn’t move, it put the one that was captured in a weird position.

Though it’s somewhat strange…

Even though Kang Chul-In had similar thoughts to the other officials of Laputa,  

Suits you.

Why?

Because the one that was in front of him, unable to move…

“Hey, terrorist.”

Was the crazy terrorist, Baruk Al-Yusuf. He was the biggest ‘gain’ from the trip this time around.

“I like your position. Very good.”

Kang Chul-In teased Baruk Al-Yusuf.

“Mmm!!! Mmm!”

Baruk Al-Yusuf stared at Kang Chul-In with eyes that seemed to be spewing fire, and tried to speak.

Of course, Kang Chul-In couldn’t hear anything.

“James!”

At this moment, Kang Chul-In called James.

“Yes, milord!”

With confident steps, James walked in.

He was fit to be proud like this.

After all, the one that had captured Baruk Al-Yusuf this time was James. Not only had he captured Baruk Al Yusuf, he had also gotten rid of many officials of the Anatolian army, and it was safe to say he had made arguably the biggest contributions during this war.

“Very good.”

Kang Chul-In complimented James.

“M-Milord…!”

Deeply moved, James stuttered. Since he had gotten complimented by Kang Chul-In in front of everyone, he was proud.

“I heard that you did well, and that it might have been tough on you.”

“No, sir! It wasn’t a problem to capture Baruk Al-Yusuf. I am confident in catching even Alex Rothschild, sir!”

“Oh?”

At James’s confidence, Kang Chul-In smiled. It was obvious that he was satisfied to have useful subordinates.

“I’m sorry, James.”

Suddenly, Kang Chul-In apologized.

“S-Sorry, milord? What do you mean…”

“I feel like I didn’t give you many chances to prove yourself, even though you are a great warrior.”

“N-No, sir!”

“But it’s true. After all, you had to defend Laputa while the other officials went to fight in different regions.”

“That…”

“Of course, it wasn’t because I didn’t trust in you, or your skill. It was because I had someone like you in the back, protecting Laputa, that I could go out with a good mindset.”

“Milord…”

“So, I command you.”

“Yes, milord.”

“I will reward 10,000 gold to you.”

“Kuk!”

At such a huge sum of money, James involuntarily choked.

10,000 gold?

1 gold was around 400$, which meant that 10,000 gold was around 4,000,000$.

You think I can’t give you this much after how much you got me? Huhu…

Of course, inwardly Kang Chul-In wasn’t so ‘benevolent and kind’. 

The bounty on Baruk Al-Yusuf was approximately 56 million dollars. Even if he gave 4 million to James as a reward, he would still profit massively.

And the sum of money he would get would become bigger once he added it up to the bounty from Abubakar.

“And next… Lucia, Drakan.”

This time, Kang Chul-In called for Lucia and Drakan.

“Yes, milord!”

“Please speak!”

Drakan and Lucia kneeled in front of Kang Chul-In.

“Good job, you had a difficult time because of my orders. I also think that the two of you did as good as James. As reward, I will give you 5000 gold each and increase your pay by 20% starting next month.”

Although they weren’t rewarded as greatly as James, it was still a noticeable change.

“Thank you, milord!”

“This Drakan is deeply moved by milord’s kindness!”

Both Drakan and Lucia stood up, and bowed before stepping back.

“Nilus, I will also give you 3000 gold and a 10% pay increase.”

Kang Chul-In also didn’t forget Nilus.

“Hmm… I definitely knew what it was… Hmm…”

But it seemed that Nilus was thinking of something else despite Kang Chul-In’s rewards. It was obvious he was focused on that other ‘something’.

T-That crazy grade-schooler!

And at this, Kwak-Jung paled. It was the same for the other officials of Laputa.

But even still, Nilus couldn’t focus.

And thanks to this, the atmosphere in the Lord’s hall turned somewhat fierce.

“Nilus!”

Finally, Lucia stepped forward.

“Hmm… Yes?”

“Milord was talking until now towards you! Will you listen!”

“Kuk!”

Startled, Nilus kneeled in front of Kang Chul-In.

“Your majesty! This old one was thinking of something else… forgive me…”

“...”

“Your majesty… I am so sorry…”

“What is it that you were thinking of that you ignored me?”

Kang Chul-In spoke, speechless.

“W-Well…”

“Speak.”

“It was because… this one couldn’t think of something.”

“Go ahead.”

“Will you…”

“...?”

“Tell me the meaning of what ‘grade-schooler’ means?”

“...Are you joking around with me?”

“T-That’s not it… Strategist Kwak swore at me saying I was a grade-schooler… But for some reason, I couldn’t think of what it was…”

“...”

“This one… is it possible that I have dementia? I am worried…”

“Out.”

Kang Chul-In interrupted Nilus’s words.

“Sorry?”

“Get out, and go to the hallway and kneel down while raising your hands.”

“Y-Your majesty! I…”

Even though Nilus tried to speak back…

“Now!”

Kang Chul-In didn’t have any intentions of letting him go.

“Yes… Huk…”

And thanks to this, Nilus was able to find out the extreme pain that kneeling for an extended period of time could bring. 

“Oho~ Sir Nilus, you’ve done something bad again?”

“Hohoho~ It looks like he’s done something bad… Such a cute little troublemaker!”

The maidservants that walked past all laughed at Nilus.

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“Strategist, Kwak-Jung.”

The last person Kang Chul-In called was Kwak-Jung.

Since the person that had made the biggest contributions this time around was Kwak-Jung, he had been called upon last.

“Yes, milord!”

“Very good job. It was truly worth it, hiring you.”

“Hehe… Thank you, sir! It was to prove and show that milord’s trust towards me wasn’t worth nothing… Hehe…”

Kwak-Jung rubbed the back of his head, embarrassed. It seemed that Kang Chul-In’s compliment had made him quite happy.

“Now, I will reward you.”

“No, sir! How could I be loyal towards milord while looking for materialistic rewards? If I could just remain loyal to…”

“Is that so?”

Kang Chul-In suddenly interrupted midway.

“Well… if that’s so… Too bad then, maybe we can go over it next…”

“M-Milord! W-Well, that’s uh… you know too, right? Uh…”

Kwak-Jung seemed as if he was about to cry. He had said something halfheartedly, and nearly paid for it.

“Hmph.”

Kang Chul-In laughed.

“That’s why you don’t say something like that, idiot.”

“Hehe…”

“I will reward you now.”

“Ahh~ Thank you, milord!”

“Alfred!”

Kang Chul-In called Alfred, who handed a seemingly white ‘stick’ to Kwak-Jung.

“.....?”

Kwak-Jung tilted his head in confusion.

“What is this?”

“It’s called the ‘White Rain Fan’.”

“It’s an Epic item that can call upon the winds and rain. It was something that Lee Gong-Myung, Alex Rothschild’s strategist, had been using before.”

Even though Kang Chul-In had sincerely rewarded Kwak-Jung…

H-How about my car? M-My ferrari…

The problem was that Kwak-Jung wasn’t interested in this item whatsoever.

Uh…. Ughhh….

Kwak-Jung felt like he was going to go crazy right now.

He couldn’t say that he was unhappy with this gift since the others would get angry at him.

“Do you like it?”

Kang Chul-In asked, his facial expression suggesting that he wanted Kwak-Jung to be satisfied.

“Ah...Y-Yes! Definitely! I really like it!”

Kwak-Jung spoke, as cheerfully as possible.

“You don’t seem to be so happy… Is it… You don’t like my gi…”

“N-No!”

Kwak-Jung stopped Kang Chul-In’s words midway.

“Thank you, sir! I was just happy that such a treasure was given to me. I will definitely work harder to prove my worth!”

Even though Kwak-Jung was smiling to Kang Chul-In, he was crying inwardly.

“Oh~ Very well then.”

Kang Chul-In nodded, smiling.

“Oh, and…”

Kang Chul-In pointed towards Baruk Al-Yusuf.

“Cut him up, and make sure you preserve him well so I can bring his head back.”

Kang Chul-In wasn’t planning to take him to Earth alive.

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If milord is reading this message, then something has happened to me. Also, it would mean that the alliance with Baruk Al-Yusuf has gone wrong. 

Milord. 

If our alliance with Baruk Al-Yusuf didn’t work out, milord might have to give the Esmerelda territory up.

That isn’t good.

The Esmerelda territory is the heart of Pangaea.

We need to keep it in order to achieve milord’s goals.

Milord.

What milord needs right now is time. We need to buy time.

In order to make Kang Chul-In unable to touch Esmerelda, we need to shake him.

Milord also needs to make sure to take care of our internal affairs, and become an Overlord in the next Lord meetings. That is the shortcut of becoming free from Kang Chul-In’s threat.

In my opinion, it is extremely difficult to shake Kang Chul-In in Pangaea.

However, South Korea is different.

Milord, shake South Korea!

Put South Korea into chaos!

South Korea’s Galaxy Corporation is Kang Chul-In’s source of money, so Kang Chul-In intervening in Esmerelda will be delayed once we cut off that source.

This one has a method.

Since this one has gotten the fan… (Skip)...

…(Skip)....

Until ready… (Skip)... Is in progress… (Skip)...

“Lee Gong-Myung!”

Holding the message that Lee Gong-Myung had left him, Alex Rothschild’s body started to tremble.

“Good… I will buy time… So… please live… Please...”

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Just in case people were wondering, the '(skip)' part is intended, and is not a mistake. It is in the raws!