Chapter 289: The Final Investment

“W-Why did you hit me!?” 

Dorian shouted, as if he got an undeserved punishment. 

“You asked for it.” 

“What did I do!?” 

“What do you know about my sex life to spout such nonsense?”

“Why wouldn’t I know!?” 

“...!” 

“Even if you do it once per week, that’s already three times! Then you won’t have any more virility left...” 

“I would.” 

“...!” 

“You don’t even know anything...” 

“D-Don’t lie!” 

Dorian strongly denied Kang Chul-In’s statement. 

“Then die!” 

“...?” 

“Excessive sex can bring serious implications for the body...” 

“That’s only you.” 

“E-Eek!?” 

“I’m totally fine, so worry more about your own virility rather than mine.” 

Kang Chul-In reprimanded Dorian. 

“You are still a bachelor.” 

“...” 

“Noob.” 

Dorian had nothing to say. He pouted his mouth and ducked his head. 

“Hmph. Ah, anyways, since I gave you that, we are finally even!” 

“Sure.” 

“Then hurry up and drink it!” 

“Here?” 

Kang Chul-In was puzzled. 

“Are you telling me to consume a dragon’s heart in the middle of battle... is that it?” 

“Yep.”

“...” 

“Why not now…?” 

“Why don’t you just hold a funeral for me instead?” 

 “Ah, is that the problem?” 

Dorian scratched his head. 

“It’s like telling everyone, ‘I’m here, so please drive a knife into my stomach,’ isn’t it?” 

“...” 

“Idiot.” 

Kang Chul-In stared at Dorian pitifully. That was the reality. 

An ‘Energy Core,’ or a concentration of monsters’ mana, contained a tremendous amount of mana, thus it required caution during consumption. 

As for a dragon’s heart? 

Even Kang Chul-In required at least a week to absorb a dragon’s heart. 

“A-ahem!” 

Dorian faked his cough and pretended to know nothing about it. 

“Stop spouting nonsense. Since you are here, just help me deal with the enemy. There’s a lot of them.”

“O-Okay...” 

A swarm of soldiers were charging towards Kang Chul-In and Dorian. 300,000. No matter how powerful a man was, he was bound to be overwhelmed by that number.  

“Woah… but that’s quite a lot… hahaha...”  

Heh, acting weak, huh?

Kang Chul-In smirked inwardly as he looked at Dorian. There was no way that Dorian was afraid. This handsome English man might be an idiot, but he was no coward. In fact, he was a former member of the SAS who roamed around the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and more, fighting armed terrorist forces. How could a man as such fear his opponents? 

Moreover, 

He is stronger than before. 

Kang Chul-In could clearly detect the changes that have occurred in Dorian. 

Wriggle wriggle!

Just look at the concentration of mana in his heart! Dorian had absorbed 40% of the dragon’s heart previously. The effects were starting to become more apparent. He was ready to become a one-man army, just like Kang Chul-In in the past!

“Kang… Chul-In...” 

Brynhildr snarled. 

“How dare you… how dare you say that in front of me…?” 

“Hmm?” 

“You dare to speak about your sex life in front of me?”

“Ah, did that make you uncomfortable?” 

Kang Chul-In bantered with a grin. 

“If you are jealous, get multiple wives and concubines yourself...” 

At that moment, 

Bang!

Brynhildr charged at Kang Chul-In, creating a shrilling sonic boom behind him. 

Fast!

Kang Chul-In was surprised again. 

Swishhh!

Arondight was swung at an unparalleled speed, threatening to slice Kang Chul-In in half. 

Flick!

Kang Chul-In turned his body to dodge Brynhildr’s surprise attack. 

Crack!

Arondight barely missed Kang Chul-In, only cutting through part of Kang Chul-In’s armor. Not a fatal blow, but certainly a dangerous one. 

“Next time...” 

A blue, chilling light began to flash beneath Brynhildr’s helmet. 

“I will kill you.” 

“...” 

“Prepare yourself.” 

A ferocious warning. It was hard to believe that this was the same Brynhildr who had a hard time before. 

“Is that so?” 

However, Kang Chul-In didn’t bat an eyelid. 

“You know, tons of people have threatened me like that so far...” 

It was just like what he said. He didn’t just have one or two enemies. Even his first love during his younger days was gritting her teeth. How could Brynhildr be an exception? 

“You wanna know what happened to all of them?” 

“...” 

“Experience it for yourself, cormorant.” 

Immediately, 

Boom!

With a thundering crack in the air, Kang Chul-In charged straight towards Brynhildr. 

                                                *** 

Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. Pow!

‘Fire’ – Hecate’s bombardment – began to rain down on Itaracia’s castle. 

Wiiiing. 

Chulkuk! 

The cannon attached onto the Full Metal Dragon’s mouth released a ray of destruction. 

Crack, bang!

Itaracia’s castle walls collapsed in the blink of an eye. Astonishing firepower!

Evidently, Valhalla’s firepower was powerful enough to instantly erase a small territory off the map. 

“Ahh, like this!” 

Lee Ji-Tae despaired as he stared at the falling ceiling. 

“Kang Chul-In… you really…!” 

He tried so hard to persuade Atal Ramanujan and establish a third superpower just to defeat Kang Chul-In, but it was all for naught. Furthermore, Lee Ji-Tae was certain that Kang Chul-In didn’t have a clue about his identity. If he did, Kang Chul-In wouldn’t have stayed in Zolushka for so long. He would definitely put everything aside to kill Lee Ji-Tae. 

But… to die in the hands of that clueless Kang Chul-In… Lee Ji-Tae, who had sworn vengeance, was about to go insane. 

Drip. 

In the end, Lee Ji-Tae teared up for the second time after Rothschild’s death. 

 “Ah, Alex...” 

The bitterness. Forget about vengeance, Lee Ji-Tae was about to be accidentally murdered by his greatest nemesis. 

Crack, crackkk!

At the same time, the headquarters’ ceiling began to split and fall. 

“I’m sorry… I really… wanted revenge on your behalf… I’m sorry… really… sorry... Alex...” 

Lee Ji-Tae didn’t try to escape the headquarters. He was ready to embrace death. No, he couldn’t escape. 

Agnaga. Lee Ji-Tae had been resurrected with a powerful physique and hardware thanks to this unknown species’ genetic properties, but it was impossible for him to survive Valhalla’s bombardment. 

“It’s too early to give up, great mind of Agnaga.”

At that moment, 

“You can’t die here.” 

A dark silhouette appeared before Lee Ji-Tae’s eyes. 

                                                ***

Flash! Light reflected off the swords’ blades. 

Swooooosh!

They sliced through the air to create wind currents. 

“I won’t forgive you, Kang Chul-In!” 

Brynhildr roared. 

Clang, clang, clang!

Sparks flew every time Arondight and Kaiforce clashed. 

Brrrr!

Kang Chul-In trembled. He certainly wasn’t afraid of Brynhildr. He didn’t find Brynhildr difficult to deal with either. 

I wanna… kill him... 

In fact, he found it difficult to suppress his murderous intent. Head, neck, left wrist, chest, et cetera. Brynhildr’s weak spots, which Kang Chul-In had failed to notice in the past, were tempting him to launch an attack. 

Thanks to Oraclomind, he had access to incredibly heightened senses. 

It depends on whether I follow my usual temper or not. 

That damn fish. Sonic Ring – the last piece of the Trinity Impact – was the only saving grace that kept him sane. With two out of the three parts in his hands, Brynhildr was the cormorant who could make Kang Chul-In the true number one in Pangaea.

Sssssss!

Suddenly, Arondight, the light sword, began to emit a brilliant ray of light. 

Finally.

Kang Chul-In knew what to expect. 

Frozen Sword. It was Brynhildr’s specialty move, which concentrated cold Ki in the sword to slow the enemy’s movement speed. Kang Chul-In had a difficult time in the past against this skill. 

“No more games.” 

However, things were different now. 

Oooooonggg! 

On Kang Chul-In’s right wrist, a heavy golden bracelet began to release a huge amount of energy. 

[Activating Overpower!] 

In essence, Kang Chul-In’s investment was a failure. Since he had revealed his true strength, there was no way Brynhildr could withstand his attacks. 

[Muscle strength +300% increase! (600 seconds remaining)]

[Physical · Magical destructive power +20% increase! (600 seconds remaining)]

[All stats +10% increase! (600 seconds remaining)]

Kang Chul-In faced Brynhildr with energy overflowing from his body. 

I will kill him. 

Murderous intent! Kang Chul-In’s eyes gleamed, wanting to kill Brynhildr. This was why impatient people were bad at investing. Before the cormorant could fetch him a fish, he wanted to break its neck. 

Ooong!

Kaiforce began to be infused with Kang Chul-In’s monstrous strength. 

“...!” 

Brynhildr was shocked momentarily by Kang Chul-In’s incredible strength. 

“T-this is!” 

A vicious storm of mana. Brynhildr almost thought he was facing a tsunami. 

“Just.” 

Kang Chul-In, who had already approached Brynhildr, snarled. 

“Die.” 

With that, 

Swishhhhh!

Kaiforce landed on Arondight with great might.  

Banggggggg!

A huge explosion engulfed the area. 

                                                ***

“You are...!” 

Lee Ji-Tae could immediately identify the stranger. They were members of the same race. In other words, the stranger was an Agnaga. 

“It was difficult looking for you.” 

The black silhouette spoke. 

“You… looked for me?” 

“It was a mistake to let Aleister take care of your resurrection.” 

“My… resurrection?” 

“Well, Aleister certainly wouldn’t have known what I had given him.” 

Even Lee Ji-Tae, an Agnaga himself, couldn’t comprehend what the other Agnaga was talking about. To think about it… he didn’t know how he had been resurrected, or why he had become an Agnaga. He only had his suspicions that Aleister’s necromancy might have played a part. 

 “What are you trying to say…?” 

“Questions for later.” 

“Later?” 

“Isn’t getting out of here your number one priority?” 

“...!” 

“You are important. I can’t let you die here.” 

“B-but...” 

Lee Ji-Tae tried to say something, but he was too surprised to continue his sentence. 

It was because, 

I-it stopped? 

The pieces of the headquarters’ ceiling which were falling apart were ‘perfectly’ stopped in mid-air. 

“Ah, are you referring to this?” 

The black silhouette smirked. 

“I paused time temporarily.” 

“T-time!? H-how is that possible!?” 

“The Emperor of Blood and Iron – that damned man – had resurrected once, reincarnated once, and returned to the past once. This is nothing compared to that.” 

The plot kept thickening. Lee Ji-Tae could hardly understand anything the black silhouette was telling him. 

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