Chapter 216: The Face-off!

The Full Metal Dragon displayed a dazzling performance on the battlefield. 

It flew at tremendous speeds, attacking the enemy base with Hyper-precision Bombing.  

In addition, it bombarded any detectable enemy clusters without a miss. 

Thanks to this, the immortal army of undead soldiers were annihilated even before facing the Laputan soldiers.

Of course, Deathwin did have its own air force. 

-Kaaaak!

-Keeeeek!

20 Wraiths, which were level 50 ghosts, and 10 Specters, which were level 55 ghosts, clung onto the Full Metal Dragon and attacked ferociously. 

[231 magic damage negated!] 

[494 magic damage negated!]

[Critical hit! 831 magic damage negated!] 

Those low-level undead monsters, however, could never penetrate the Full Metal Dragon’s armor. 

Its frame was made from dragon bones, one of the hardest metals in the world. 

Moreover, the armor was not only coated with the true silver and mithril supplied by Lee Chae-Rin, but it also had an ancient spell that amplified its magic defense. 

In other words, even thousands of wraiths or specters couldn’t cause a single scratch on this machine. 

-Push harder, soldiers! I will open the path!

Kang Chul-In ransacked the battlefield while encouraging his men. 

“Let’s roll!” 

“His Majesty is protecting us!” 

“All hail the God of War!” 

“Long live his Majesty, Kang Chul-in!” 

“Long live the great Laputa!” 

The Laputan soldiers had their spirits rejuvenated, and they began to go on a rampage. 

These men had nothing to fear. 

Kang Chul-In, the true God of War in their eyes, was fighting his opponent while riding in an incredible machine named the Full Metal Dragon. 

No matter how evil and dark the undead monsters were, they were shaken to some extent. 

[Warning, warning!] 

It was at that moment.

[Not enough shells! (Remaining shell count: 8)]

A red warning message popped up in the form of the Heads Up Display (HUD). 

[Warning, warning!]

[Not enough fuel! (32/1,000)]

[To refuel, return to the base for the Power Core!]

Unfortunately, that marked the end for the Full Metal Dragon’s rampage. 

It expended much fuel flying from Laputa to the 18th peak, and it also fought brilliantly for Kang Chul-In. The machine deserved some rest. 

Oh well, it was about time for me to make an appearance anyway...

Kang Chul-In decided to disembark from the Full Metal Dragon. 

He could not fight Aleister while riding on the Full Metal Dragon. Even its mithril-coated armor and Dragon Bone were useless against the Death Calling. It was a wise move to start preparing for the battle with Aleister. 

Can you still go one more round? 

Well, of course, to alight from the Full Metal Dragon which still had eight shells was a bummer. It was pretty fun to drive the machine around as well. 

[Certainly. The Full Metal Dragon can operate for another one minute before the fuel depletes completely...] 

“Nah.” Kang Chul-In smiled. 

“I don’t even need the full minute.” 

There was only one target. 

It wouldn’t take long to plunge eight missiles into that place. 

Vrooom!

The eight V12 engines let out a thundering exhaust sound. 

There. 

Kang Chul-In’s eyes glimmered. 

His target was the castle gate, the most critical area of the 18th peak. 

Once the arch-shaped gate was demolished, the brave Laputan soldiers could charge into the Omega Fortress without hindrance. 

[Scanning target!] 

[Target point set!] 

[Adjusting precision to 0.2 centimetres margin of error! Complete!] 

[Waiting for command to fire!]

There was no hesitation. 

Kang Chul-In immediately pressed the blue switch on the controller. 

[Permission to fire given!] 

[3… 2…1...] 

[Fire!] 

The six cannons attached to the Bone Dragon fired instantly. 

Pow!

Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! 

The eight magic-engineered shells targeted the arch-shaped gate precisely. 

Crumble!

With that, Omega’s entrance was now completely open. 

“You did well.” Kang Chul-In was satisfied. 

It was a short while, but the Full Metal Dragon did more than enough.  

“I shall alight now.” 

[Would you like to land?]

“Just open the cockpit only.”

[The current altitude is...] 

“Doesn’t matter.” The Full Metal Dragon was tens of meters away from the ground, but Kang Chul-In paid no attention to that. He had the physical attributes to survive even a jump off the 63 Building, which was 249 metres high!

[Opening the cockpit.] 

Wing, 

Chul-kuk!

The Full Metal Dragon’s skull split in half, and Kang Chul-In showed himself. 

It was at that moment. 

“Long live his majesty, Kang Chul-In-!” 

“Glory to his majesty!”

“We devote this conquest to you!” 

“Watch us do it!” 

“We love you, your Majesty!” 

About 20 Laputan soldiers left their formation and rushed towards the shattered gate of the Omega territory, to greet Kang Chul-In.

These were young, enthusiastic soldiers who fought in the frontlines. They wished to make their leader proud by winning the war. 

“…Idiots.” 

However, Kang Chul-In was far from being delighted. 

It was almost an act of suicide. 

No matter how brave these soldiers were, they could never be as powerful as Kang Chul-In. 

They had to be at least Lucia’s or Drakan’s level to act on their own accord like this. 

I have to save them. 

If Kang Chul-In let them be, the soldiers were guaranteed to die. He tried to get out of his seat immediately. 

Their excessive enthusiasm and loyalty towards Kang Chul-In was what instigated this situation in the first place. He could not let them die. 

However, 

“H-Huuuuk…!”

“Keuk...”

“W-What… Euk… Arrghhh!” 

The soldiers instantly withered to death. Kang Chul-In couldn’t react in time to save them. 

“You fucker… you dare to come out and kill my soldiers?”  

Kang Chul-In glared. 

He only knew of one ability that could instantly drain one’s life like this. The ability that infected Kim Sung-Hee with the undead virus. It was Aleister’s special ability, the Touch of Death. 

“Kang Chul In, you bastard!”

A dull, dry voice echoed in the surroundings. 

                        ***

Meanwhile, 

Podolski’s crew invaded the Deathwin territory and destroyed everything in its sight.  

There was no real gain from doing this, though. 

The crew destroyed Aleister’s chair and paralyzed the enemy communication system as well, but to no avail. 

Kang Chul-In was right. There was no infrastructure to destroy in an undead’s cavern. 

Moreover, Deathwin was almost empty as Aleister directed all his men to the 18th peak. 

“Hmm… If this map is accurate, it’s definitely somewhere here...” Dorian, who passed through a manhole to hide in Deathwin’s underground, frowned as he scanned the map drawn by Kang Chul-In. 

“This map sucks. Who even drew this? Such horrible drawing skills, even a kid can draw ...” 

“His Majesty personally drew this.” Podolski replied. 

“…Huk!” Dorian freaked out. 

“Haha… hahaha… on second thought, this map looks d-decent after all.” 

“It’s too late sir...” 

“...” 

“I apologize in advance, but I am obliged to report your comment to his Majesty...” 

“Argh...” Dorian did dig his own grave. 

“Anyways, we have to find the life vessel soon. The defense may be slack, but there’s a limit to how freely we can roam around.” Podolski urged Dorian. 

“That’s right.” Laputa’s chief assassin, Nieu the cat-human, agreed with Podolski’s opinion. 

“We demi-humans may be agile, but we can’t sustain for long. We have to find the entrance to Nekromantik bay as soon as possible.”  

The clock was ticking. 

If Kang Chul-In defeated Aleister even before the crew accomplished its mission, the latter’s soul would return to the life vessel immediately. It would then rebuild a physical body to escape with the life vessel. There was a time limit to this mission. 

Well, of course, the mission could end alternatively by accidentally activating the alarm magic in the Nekromantik bay. 

“I can’t do anything about it.” Dorian shrugged.

“Ask that lad. Finding secret channels is not my specialty.” 

His finger pointed at Jackpot, the treasure seeker puppy. 

-Sniff, sniff!

Jackpot wasn’t there just for show. 

This clever dog was investigating the underground drains with its nose.

Half an hour had passed since. 

-Woof, woof!

Jackpot briefly barked at Dorian, then started to dash towards somewhere. 

“Nice!” Dorian quickly followed Jackpot’s trail. 

“He found something?” 

“Of course!” Dorian answered Podolski’s inquiry. 

“Jackpot is an expert at finding secret channels!”  

This was true. 

Even Kang Chul-In acknowledged the power of the Seekers. 

If they followed Jackpot, they were almost guaranteed to find the entrance to Nekromantic bay. 

The only concern was the time.  

                        ***

Kang Chul-In was sitting on the Full Metal Dragon, with moonlight falling onto his back. 

Aleister was now in front of Kang Chul-In, with the shattered gate behind him. 

The two rivals faced each other on the chaotic battlefield. 

“I will never ever forgive you, you bastard.” A green beam of light spouted out from Aleister’s eyes, almost explosively. It was evident that his hatred and rage towards Kang Chul-In had reached the peak. 

“I will make you cower in terror with my undead powers!” 

Kang Chul-In smirked in response. 

His smile had a prideful nuance, as if to mock Aleister. 

And of course, Aleister was extremely irritated by that. 

“Hey, coward.”

“C-cowardddd?” 

“Yeah, who else is here other than you?” Kang Chul-In provoked Aleister. 

“It’s funny how you call yourself immortal, but you are still wearing a full set of element-resistance armor that you don’t even wear usually.” 

“...”

“All talk but no action… You should know better, right?” 

Aleister couldn’t reply. 

Kang Chul-In was speaking the truth. 

Aleister, despite being a necromancer, was wearing a pristine white robe. It was a unique item named the ‘Robe of the Brilliant Dawn’, which gave its user  huge resistance to the light element. 

That wasn’t all. 

He also had an item named the ‘Solaris Absorber Bracelet Set’ on each wrist, which reduced any fire and light-element damage by 65%. 

In addition, he was wearing the ‘Anti Force Coil’ belt that amplified his physical defensive power (DEF) by 11%, and the ‘Dance Epaulette of the Ghost” which maximized his evasion. 

Aleister’s choice of items clearly indicated that he feared Kang Chun-In 100%. He gave up on attacking him and focused solely on defense. 

Carrying so many items, huh? 

A tinge of greed flashed in Kang Chul-In’s eyes. 

Revenge was revenge, but this fight was also a good opportunity to loot those items. It was like that time he stole the Overpower Bracelet from general Ben Michaels. 

“Well then, good luck lasting through my attacks.” Kang Chul-In got himself up from the cockpit seat. 

Aleister lasting through his attacks? 

Ridiculous!

Kang Chul-In was more confident than ever before. 

[The full moon is rising…99.8%...] 

[The full moon is rising…99.9%...] 

As long as Alaric’s ability [Full Moon] activated, Aleister could never withstand Kang Chul-In’s attacks. 

[…100%!]

[Attack: +20% increase!] 

[Defense: +20% increase!] 

[Regeneration: +200% increase!] 

The buff was fully activated. At that moment, 

Pzzt, Pzzzztt!

The second phase of Overdrive also activated. 

“It’s time for your death.” 

 Kang Chul-In became a ray of light and sprinted towards Aleister. 

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