Chapter 255: A Turbulent Continent (2)

[Alright, now it’s time to decide.]

Hecate’s threatening voice rang out through the magical voice amplifier.

[You, the loser with the two stars. Listen to what I say well.]

“What’s that crazy bitch talking about!?” Major General cursed angrily.

Loser?

Was that something a Lord should be saying to an enemy commander?

[Oh, so you know? I am indeed a crazy bitch.]

Hecate fired back.

[Do you want a taste of this crazy bitch?]

“Huk! D-Did you hear all...!”

[Then, did you think I wouldn’t?]

“...”

[My ship is advanced with magic engineering so it can pick up sounds like that easily.]

“...”

[Anyway, that’s not important. Now, I’ll be giving you a choice.]

“Choice? Are you telling me... to surrender?”

[Shut up and listen, you bastard.]

“...”

[I’m an Overlord… or not. Right now, I’m basically a soldier. Sheesh, Kang Chul-In, that greedy guy… does he really not want to roll around with me?]

“...”

[Well, I’ll think about that later...]

Hecate continued to speak after some grumbling.

[I’ll speak as the Mobile Shooting Commander and head of navy forces for the Valhalla Kingdom.]

“T-That means...!”

[Yes, I’m speaking not as the ‘Overlord’ Hecate, but as one of the four generals under Kang Chul-In.]

It was shocking news.

It was true that Kang Chul-In was the Supreme King of the West, a step above Overlord, but nobody could’ve expected that he would use Hecate, an Overlord, as his subordinate.

It was a terribly shocking incident from the Gullveig Coalition’s perspective.

[I’ll give you 10 seconds, so choose.]

“10 seconds...”

[You can surrender in that time span, or...]

Hecate spoke in a threatening tone of speech.

[You can be ‘holed’.]

There were no negotiations.

It was either surrender or death.

[10.]

Hecate immediately began the countdown.

Damn it!

Thanks to her, the major general experienced the feeling of shit being scared out of him.

What should he do?

It wasn’t something that could be easily decided.

He could surrender to save himself, but his family wouldn’t be safe. His lord wasn’t that merciful a person.

It was clear that the Gullveig Coalition would ask his family to pay the price.

But it wasn’t like he had the courage to fight.

The opponent was Overlord Hecate, the dirty tempered, crazy bitch.

There were people who called her the ‘female Kang Chul-In’... If they were even shot at 3 times by all 74 cannons, 222 cannonballs would fall on them like rain.

[9, 8...]

Hecate’s countdown continued while Major General Dust was hesitating.

However, Hecate suddenly uttered an unexpected word.

[Shoot.]

“W-Wait! There are still 6 seconds...!”

The surprised Major General Dust tried to argue, but the 74 cannons on Temeraire were already gathering magical energy.

Vroom!

“You said you would give me 10 seconds!”

[Yeah.]

“But why...!”

[Because I suddenly wanted to shoot?]

“...!”

[Goodbye, loser.]

“Hey, you crazy b...”

Major General Dust tried to curse again at the unbelievable reason.

However-

[3, 2, 1!]

Hecate shouted, and 74 magically engineering cannons spewed fire.

[Fire!]

Ssssss! Pew pew! Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!

They were shooting randomly.

It was a parade of cannonballs.

The firepower that no other Overlord had, not even Kang Chul-In, covered the Signoleon Fortress.

***

Kang Chul-In immediately headed for Dorian’s territory when he arrived in the Baldur region through the Warp Gate.

Punk.

He suddenly thought of Kwak Jung while he was resting on the branch of a tree.

With Kwak Jun existing, it was 99.9% possible that Kwak Jung wasn’t the real one, but he didn’t try to scout Kwak Jun.

He wasn’t disappointed nor did he try to push Kwak Jung out.

Because although there was a mistake, it was still Kang Chul-In that made the choice to recruit the current Kwak Jung.

I trust you, Kwak Jung. 

Also, Kwak Jung’s recent strategies (they were more like underhanded tactics) were showing his growth, so Kang Chul-In didn’t need to bother himself trying to recruit another tactician.

Kwak Jung and Kwak Jun’s plan to attack the Baldur region to fight one-on-one against the Gullveig Coalition was the same.

Since he had Kwak Jung as his tactician already, it was proper etiquette of a Lord to trust him.

***

Boom, shatter!

A table made of the highest-quality marble broke into pieces.

“What?” Albrecht Vilhelm spoke in a low voice.

“T-That’s...”

The sweating messenger didn’t know what to do in front of the angered Vilhelm.

“Say that again.”

“Your Majesty...”

“Now!”

It was a shout like thunder.

Vilhelm’s voice was so loud that the subordinates around him trembled in fear.

“T-That’s... Overlord Hecate took her ship Temeraire and took over the Signoleon Fortress, and...”

The messenger soldier tried to muster all the courage he could.

“I’m reporting that the Valhalla forces took over three different paths that lead to the Esmeralda Territory...”

“...”

“I-It’s a war… your Majesty...”

The start of war.

And it had begun with the Valhalla soldiers’ first strike.

“He dares...” Vilhelm growled.

“He dares to attack our coalition first? Even after he was punished like that at the Lords’ Meeting? Hahahaha!” Vilhelm laughed maniacally.

It was because even though Kang Chul-In had established a country in the Ishtar region, to fight with the Gullveig Coalition face on was quite foolish.

That was why the Gullveig Coalition had never imagined they would attack first.

Who would’ve guessed this?

“Kang Chul-In, he’s not exactly wise either.” Vilhelm made a mocking smile.

“He starts a war without any reason? And with the weaker hand, at that?”

War wasn’t a game.

Attacking first and thinking later was something that only worked in a game.

A war without reason or a war for personal gain was something that wasn’t looked nicely upon by the global society.

Who would support Kang Chul-In with all the enemies he had?

“Fine. Let’s do this.”

The anger in Vilhelm’s face had already faded away.

Obviously, even if they lost the Signoleon Fortress and lost 3 of their routes to Esmeralda, it was still advantageous to them.

Why?

With a few losses, he had gained a reason for going to war with Kang Chul-In, something that couldn’t be bought with all the money in the world.

“Messenger.”

“Yes, your Majesty.”

“Tell all the Lords in the Coalition that there is an emergency meeting. Also...” Vilhelm’s eyes shined.

“Summon Brynhildr.”

The Joker.

They couldn’t leave out the strongest card he had, the only card that could stand against Kang Chul-In.

***

In the south of the Baldur Region, in some isolated forest...

The main culprit that caused the entire continent to go into an uproar with war, Kang Chul-In, was eating rabbit meat by himself with a small fire.

Crackle, crackle!

“Should I have brought Podolski? Haaa.”

Kang Chul-In licked his lips regretfully with the rabbit meat in his mouth.

He was going to join up with the forces at Dorian’s territory soon, so he wasn’t going to be alone for long, but it was true that being alone was boring. It was also terribly annoying to hunt to eat every time.

But what else could he do?

His absence meant that 30% of the Valhalla forces were gone.

“I’ll just have to eat whatever and eat a good meal when I arrive at his territory.”

He tossed the rabbit meat into the fire and stood up. The rabbit must’ve been old because it felt like he was chewing on rubber.

“First, I need to take care of all those who are allied with Roth...”

Just then, while Kang Chul-In was muttering to himself...

Ssss!

A large rock nearby started to shine with a white light.

“Hm?”

Kang Chul-In whipped his head around.

This was the effect of a warp gate activating.

That meant that that large stone was a dimensional door that connected Earth and Pangaea.

It seemed like someone, possibly an adventurer, was entering Pangaea.

‘I better move.’

Kang Chul-In began to walk away. There was nothing good that would come from being spotted by a random person. But...

Flash!

Swoosh!

Someone pointed their sharp blade at Kang Chul-In’s back.

“Kang Chul-In.”

The adventurer spoke. It was a low and heavy voice.

“Keuk… oh well.”

Kang Chul-In snorted like the situation was awkward.

It was a strange coincidence.

Why did they meet not on a battlefield, but in this isolated place?

“This wasn’t the Bifrost Territory?”

Kang Chul-In turned around.

The only person that could be called his rival was glaring at him, though it was hard to tell with his helmet on, with Arondight raised.

“Brynhildr… I didn’t expect to meet you here.”

“Neither did I,” Brynhildr replied, “But since we’re already here...”

“You should put your sword away.”

Kang Chul-In warned Brynhildr, who was starting to begin a fight.

“Unless you want to die.”

“Die? Me?” Brynhildr responded like he was flabbergasted.

“I felt this last time, but your unfound confidence...”

“Should I kill you?”

“...!”

“Are you the type to come to your senses after your head is cut off?”

The murderous intent of a beast escaped from Kang Chul-In’s mouth.

Flinch!

For the first time in his life, Brynhildr experienced fear.

“I...”

Kang Chul-In spoke with emphasis on his words.

“Am overflowing with power right now.”

“...”

“I think I can cut your head off at any moment now… do you want to try?”

It was true.

The bright full moon shined through the clouds.

[The full moon has appeared!]

[Attack +20% increase!]

[Defense +20% increase!]

[Regenerative power +200% increase!]

Kang Chul-In was only a tiny bit more powerful than Brynhildr, but it was different while under the full moon. Right now, Brynhildr couldn’t even touch Kang Chul-In’s coattails.

“Kang Chul-In!”

Brynhildr grit his teeth.

“How… are you so strong? And in that short amount of time...”

A master could realize a master was in front of them.

Brynhildr definitely noticed that Kang Chul-In was a lot stronger than when he saw him in the Deathwin Territory.

“I don’t know,” Kang Chul-in replied with a smirk. His murderous intent was gone.

“Are you curious? Then die.”

“...!”

“They say a dead man has no words.”

That meant that in return for Kang Chul-In telling Brynhildr his secret, he would have to die.

Obviously, the buff of [Full Moon] was a business secret for Kang Chul-In.

“Yeah, you can die after knowing, or live not knowing.”

“...”

“I’ll assume that you want to live.”

Then, Kang Chul-In pulled out a sky-blue fruit called a ‘musk apple’ from his pocket. He wasn’t satisfied with the rabbit meat from earlier.

“How come?” Brynhildr asked Kang Chul-In, who was calmly biting into his apple.

“Why are you letting me live? I’m a danger to you.”

“Didn’t I already say it? You’re a cormorant.”

“Are you saying that I’m gonna bring you fish?’

“Seems like you googled it,” Kang Chul-In replied nonchalantly.

“Well, I suppose it’s a fish.”

One part of the Trinity Impact, the Sonic Ring, was demoted to a fish in an instant.

“Anyways, I don’t want to cut the stomach of a goose that lays golden eggs just yet.”

“...”

“I’ll kill you when the time comes, so don’t rush me.”

Kang Chul-In was completely relaxed and sure of himself when he spoke to Brynhildr.

Crunch!

The sound of Brynhildr grinding his teeth could be heard.

He was also a martial artist.

Of course, he would get mad when the monster called Kang Chul-In mocked him.

And he became even angrier knowing that he couldn’t defeat Kang Chul-In right now.

“Then, I’ll see you next time.”

Kang Chul-In turned away.

“Wait.”

Brynhildr stopped Kang Chul-In.

“What are you doing here? You should be...”

“You’re asking why I’m not on the eastern frontlines, no, the western frontlines from your guys’ perspective, right? And that’s why Vilhelm urgently called you.”

“...”

“Sorry, but I’m not participating in this war.”

“...”

“So, run around all you want. Although it won’t be easy.”

From what he had seen so far, Kang Chul-In wasn’t trying to hide his location. Even if Vilhelm knew where he was, he wouldn’t do anything because he didn’t want a three-way war either.

“Why?” Brynhildr asked.

“How many times...”

“Not about the cormorant talk.”

“Hm?”

“Why are you causing a war? You probably already have a lot of money.”

“Money?”

Kang Chul-In asked with a flabbergasted face.

“You… you think I did this for money?”

He had suddenly become an avaricious person.

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