Chapter 202: The start of the war (pt. 3)

The ‘tunnel’ was a special ability of Aleister that helped undead monsters hide underground and ambush when he needed them to.

That’s right... Aleister was extremely good at fighting through ambushing, using these tunnels of his.

Kang Chul-In remembered the time when he was allied with Aleister.

During the time when Kang Chul-In’s Ishtar Coalition fought against Vilhelm’s Gullveig Alliance on the Monocork plains, Aleister had completely wiped out four of the enemy's divisions using the tunnels. 

“Then… you’re saying that on the way to the 18 peaks, undead monsters are waiting underground?”

“There’s an extremely high possibility of that.”

“Then…”

“First, we take care of them.” Kang Chul-In said, pointing at the picture taken by the Cosmic Force.

“The enemies don’t know that we’re here. Looking at them setting up right now, they probably weren’t aware of our marching speed.”

“Y-Yes, sir.” Kwak-Jung agreed with what Kang Chul-In was saying.

The enemies were definitely unaware that the Laputa army was already here.

But even if they aren’t aware, it’s still likely that they would start to get into position for battle.

So luckily for Kang Chul-In’s army, getting here faster had made the situation somewhat better.

“So, we take the soup now that the meat is already taken?”

“Yeah, we’ll have to at least destroy that small part of their army. This is an opportunity.”

Saying that, Kang Chul-In looked at the officials.

“Podolski.”

“Yes, Milord.”

“Along with the cat-humans, go and take a look at the size of their army. Get back as fast as possible, and don’t get caught.” 

“Under your command, Milord.” Podolski answered, and left quickly.

“Nilus.”

This time, it was Nilus’s turn.

“Yes, your Majesty.”

“Split the mage division into three for me, and place them here, here and here. Wait in these 3 areas. When the time comes, I will signal you to attack, so wait for that.”

“Yes, your Majesty!”

Next were the two most powerful generals of Laputa, Lucia and Drakan.

“Lucia and Drakan, you guys will lead 4000 soldiers each and wait here, and here.”

Kang Chul-In ordered, pointing at the map.

“Yes, Milord!!”

“Leave it to us!”

Next was James.

“James.”

“Yes, Milord.”

“You wait here with the artillery and start to fire on the enemies when they come here. Understood?”

“Yes, Milord!!”

Finally, it was Kwak-Jung’s turn.

“I will give you the 6 Flame Atlases and the monster division, as well as 2,000 soldiers.”

The Flame Atlases were Atlases that were taken from the former Lord Franz, and had been further modified.

“Go this way, and wait here. And once the enemies come your way…”

“Set them afire?”

“That’s right, turn them into ash.”

“Huhu… Yes, I will definitely burn them up.” Kwak-Jung answered, smirking.

“But, how about you, Milord…?”

“I’m thinking of hunting down the enemy commanders.”

“Pft… I bet their throats are itching right now.”

“Do I really even need to do that?” Kang Chul-In answered, also smirking.

“I wonder if there’s someone worthy enough for me to personally fight.”

“That’s true, sir.”

Even though it was an extremely arrogant thing to say, Kwak-Jung could only agree.

After all, the enemy had to be at least at the level of a Lord for Kang Chul-In to personally fight them.

Would there really be someone skilled enough within that large army for Kang Chul-In to personally fight? 

Who could possibly beat Milord?

Kwak-Jung thought, believing that Kang Chul-In was invincible.

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The 10,000 soldiers given by Atal Ramanuzan were split into two, and waited at the entrance of the 18 peaks to ambush.

“I will repeat what I said. The enemies are powerful.” The female general on the left-side, Adventurer Tagore, said. 

“Yes, general.”

“Alright.”

Even though her commanders answered,

How many times is she going to say that?Isn’t she bored of saying that already?

They were inwardly annoyed. 

It was because they thought that their leader, Tagore, was being overly cautious, and was overestimating Kang Chul-In.

“Don’t ever loosen your guard or underestimate them.

But it seemed like Tagore didn’t care.

“Even though there are 4 to 5 days remaining for the estimated arrival of the enemies, we’re going to have to fight against the strongest Overlord in Pangaea and an undefeated warrior in battle. Even though we do have the advantage in terrain, we can’t dismiss the possibility that they will ambush us instead. We also have to think of the possibility that they’re going to arrive faster than expected.”

Astonishingly, Tagore was able to see through the current situation.

“And for that reason, we will increase the number of people who scout around and keep guard by 10 times, and increase the scouting range by 10 kilometres.”

At this, the expressions of the commanders stiffened.

“Mmm… General?”

Unable to resist, a commander spoke out.

“I understand that you’re trying to be cautious here.”

“...?”

“But isn’t it a little over the top to increase the number of the scouts by 10 times and to increase the scouting area by 10 kilometres too?”

“Why so?”

“The general of the Deathwin territory, Quidor, said that the enemies only have 10,000 soldiers with them in total. But how about us? We have 5,000 soldiers with us, and we also have over 10,000 Undead Monsters that are waiting in ambush within the 18 peaks. We have a total of 20,000 soldiers waiting in ambush.”

The other commanders also nodded their heads, as if they agreed.

“Even though Overlord Kang Chul-In is famed to be the strongest Overlord and his army is powerful, it is still true that our allied forces outnumber his army vastly. Isn’t general being a little too cautious…?”

“Bullshit!”

“...!”

“Are you being serious right now!?”

Tagore shouted.

“Overlord Kang Chul-In is a monster that fought and went past 15,000 soldiers of the Anatolia Territory by himself. And the generals under him? The man called General James is a powerful warrior that was able to capture Baruk Al Yusuf in battle alive, and the Drakanoian general Drakan is also famed for his ferocity. Not only that! That woman called Lucia is able to fight Drakan for the title of the strongest person within Laputa!!”

“...”

“If we overestimate ourselves based on the fact that we outnumber…”

Just as Tagore was shouting…

“Enemies!!”

“Laputa is here!!”

“Ready for battle!”

Soldiers that were outside started to shout.

“...!”

At that moment, the commanders froze.

“D-Don’t tell me…”

“W-What are you guys doing!?”

Tagore shouted.

“Go out quickly, and command the soldiers to fight against the enemies!”

“Yes, general!!”

The commanders that had ignored and underestimated the Laputa soldiers scrambled out like cockroaches outside the barrack.

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“Where are you going, you bastards!? Even if you’re going to go, leave your necks behind!! Kuhaha!!”

“Stop running!!”

The soldiers of Laputa flooded in like a horde of bulls.

“I won’t let anyone escape!”

Lucia and Drakan also jumped in, showing their terrifying battle prowess.

And,

-Krr…!

A white tiger the size of a house jumped onto the battlefield, and started to mercilessly slaughter anything that was in its path.

And the person riding atop that tiger,

“Keep rampaging around, chicken!!”

Was Kang Chul-In.

-Kr…

Hearing the word ‘chicken’, the Altaica’s ears drooped down, showing that it was depressed. 

Even though the Altaica had taken some of the ‘hair-growth weed’ and restored its former glorious appearance, Kang Chul-In didn’t forget when the tiger had been stripped naked by Lee Gong-Myung.

“Go!!”

Ignoring the Altaica, Kang Chul-In continued to cut down everything, showing that his power wasn’t just rumors.

“B-Back off!! We can only retreat now!”

Tagore shouted, trying to make the soldiers back off.

Currently, there was no other choice for the soldiers of Atal Ramanuzan.

Even though they were similar in number, the battle prowess of each soldier in the Laputa territory far exceeded the soldiers of Atal Ramanuzan.

We still have hope!!

Even in the worst of situations, there was still a ray of hope.

The problem was whether they were able to retreat to the 18 peaks or not.

If they succeeded?

Then 10,000 of Aleister’s Undead Monsters would come out and ambush the soldiers of Laputa.

At that moment.

“General Tagore, hurry up and retreat! I will block the way!”

Someone came out and charged at Kang Chul-In. It was Ben Michaels, one of her subordinates.

“You dare!!”

Lucia blocked the way towards Kang Chul-In.

“If you want to get to Milord, you’ll have to get past this Lucia!”

Saying that, Lucia tried to strike Aegis towards Ben Michaels. But…

BANG!

With a large collision, Lucia was sent flying over 50 metres, before crash-landing on the ground.

“...!”

Everyone looking was astonished.

“Ha… To send Secretary Lucia flying like that in one hit…”

Shock filled Drakan’s yellow eyes.

“Overlord Kang Chul-In!”

But regardless of everyone’s shock, Ben Michaels continued to run, and got in front of Kang Chul-In. 

“This is it for you, Kang Chul-In!”

Shouting ferociously, Ben Michaels stared Kang Chul-In down.

“Honestly, I thought you were strong, but… to think that you were just an empty shell.”

However, Kang Chul-In ignored him.

“Empty shell? You dare…”

“Shut up, and give me that bracelet that you’re wearing.”

Kang Chul-In didn’t even look at Ben Michaels.

He only stared at the bracelet on the enemy in front of him.

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