Chapter 40. Triumphant Lord Kang Chul-In

“WOOOOO…..!!!”

“Kang Chul-In, your Majesty, hooray! Hurray!”

“Your Majesty has defeated the evil monsters!”

“Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!”

The people of Laputa cheered enthusiastically like crazy.

Kang Chul-In was seen as a hero in the people’s eyes.

How troubled they were because of the assault of the wicked Peacock Dragons.

The fear that it might hurt them or their families was beyond imagination.

The Peacock Dragons, the sources of their fear, the two were dragged in by the Lord’s men. With their heads shattered even. No wonder Kang Chul-In looked like a hero.

Besides, look at his stunning and imposing appearance.

Although the Peacock Dragon is a subspecies of dragon, it was definitely still a dragon.

Even though he hunted down such monsters, moreover two of them, Kang Chul-In was expressionless and wearied. He even seemed like it wasn’t a big deal.

Could you not respect such a Lord? Could you not love him? No matter what Kang Chul-In’s nature was, in the eyes of his people now, he was the foremost king that would not appear again in history.

On the other hand, the adventurers were still astonished.

“Actually, what is the true identity of the General?”

“Who are these people?”

“Oh my gosh… there was such a castle in Pangaea…”

“Majesty? Do you mean the General is a real king?”

Everything was dubious.

Laputa Fortress, the people of this territory, Kang Chul-In’s real identity, etc… Lots of things were confusing the adventurers. Moreover, because there was no one who could explain it, it was natural that the frustration would grow like a snowball over time.

“Wow… Although I don’t know the specifics, I can see that the General is really great. Is he from the Royal Family? I think even the Queen of England is not as popular as him.”

“I think so… Where is it…? Ah! Wouldn’t Mr. Kim from the north enjoy it too?”

“This idiot! He’s a dictator! Do you call that popular?”

“Oops!”

“Look at those people. Look at their expressions. Everyone is just looking at the General. I don’t know whether the General is the king of these people.”

“Damn it! As long as that man is an earthling… Ah! What, what is that?!”

The curiosity and the conversations of the adventurers ended by this point.

“Kyak!”

“The brave warriors ~”

“Thank you! Thank you very much!”

“Come here~ Let’s dance together ~”

The ladies of Laputa clung onto the adventurers.

The adventurers were also heroes for Laputa’s people. It was reasonable for the ladies to cling to the proud and amazing adventurers.

“It’s cool!”

“Haha! It was nothing!”

“Thank you, thank you very much.”

“No, I just did what I had to do.”

Warm scenes could be seen here and there.

“Young man ~ How can you be so strong? Look at these arms!”

“That, that is… errr…”

“Huh! Where are you going, young man? Young man!”

Dangerous scenes also abounded.

The condition was good.

By eliminating the evil monsters, the Lord proved his ability, while the adventurers were given a very warm welcome. There was no one who was unhappy. Everyone was satisfied.

“The crisis has passed.”

Kang Chul-In watched these scenes silently from the top of the white horse that he usually rode on. Although he was also in a good mood, he did not show it. Being a Lord was generally a heavy duty.

“Your… Majesty…?”

“Your Majesty, please give us a chance to celebrate your victory.”

When Kang Chul-In quietly watched the festive atmosphere, a group of ladies stepped forward into the procession. They were the young ladies of Laputa.

“Hmm?”

Kang Chul-In was embarrassed for a moment.

“Why are there so many?”

It seemed that all the ladies from teens to twenties had come to him. The ladies who had come to Kang Chul-In were much more outstanding than the ladies who approached the adventurers.

“Your Majesty… this is the watch that my late grandfather wore….”

“This is 77-year-old Mandrake Liquor.”

“For the Lord, I devote this body and heart….”

“This is a ring was passed down by my ancestors for generations.”

Various ladies gave offerings to Kang Chul-In.

They were a diverse group.

The ladies with pure hearts, the ladies full of lust, the ladies trying to get ahead, and so on… The goals and desires were quite varied.

“Tribute.”

Kang Chul-In opened his mouth.

“I will only accept your hearts. But….”

Those who heard him make this unexpected remark were surprised.

Was he refusing the offerings?

Refusing the offerings that were offered voluntarily and not because of force was an exceptional event. Moreover, ignoring the sincerity of the ladies who offered the tribute was a problem.

“It is not the time to take them now.”

However, Kang Chul-In had a thought and made a wise judgment.

The offerings were unimportant.

It was the Lord’s right to receive offerings from the subjects.

But, the things that weighed on his mind the most were the places and the ladies who gave the offerings.

There is no position other than Lord that needed someone to be as careful and aware of what others thought. Those with high status were all like that, but Lord was the highest position, so he had to do it more.

“There are no free things in the world. Even if it is not a big thing for me, they are precious things for them. Besides, if that position became known to the public, there will be troublesome things. Every single act of my life here is going to be interpreted as one done by the official Lord.”

For example, let’s say that Kang Chul-In accepted the watch from the lady with orange hair. What would happen then?

It was the thing that her late grandfather wore. Despite the price, that watch contained symbolic meaning. Maybe the lady with orange hair would think that Kang Chul-In accepted her heart.

What if he took the ring that was passed down for generations?

The lady who offered that ring laughed but showed her inner feelings in a glimpse. Perhaps she had been pushed by her parents to come out.

What if he took everything?

If he took everything just like that, it would cause gossip. How would he deal with the ladies who offered their bodies and hearts? That would be more troublesome.

The person who became a Lord had to doubt even the simplest tributes as being suspicious. There were many ladies with pure motives, but the problem was the haughty ones among them. Who would be Kang Chul-In’s woman could also become a problem.

Of course, there must be kind hearts within them.

However, it would be unfair to accept only the offerings of specific individuals. But it was not easy to not accept any of it at all. It was obviously a tiring situation in many ways.

Therefore, Kang Chul-In had to show his wisdom.

“You.”

Kang Chul-In’s finger pointed at the impressive girl with maroon hair. People’s gazes turned towards the girl whom Kang Chul-In pointed at immediately.

“Pardon!”

The surprised girl was put on the spot.

“M-my Lord, I….!”

Rustler’s daughter, Lana, was amazed and confused.

“I will accept yours. That tribute, give it to me,” said Kang Chul-In.

“My, my Lord… this… is very…. tacky…”

“It’s fine.”

“Then… my…my lord… I…will…give you…this thing…I made…by myself….”

Lana’s offering was a flower wreath that looked like a necklace and was made of wild flowers. As a matter of fact, based on price, her offering was the cheapest of all.

However, Kang Chul-In’s choice was correct and wise.

“Why…did he choose that?”

“A wreath made of wildflowers… I offer this to you, Lord!”

“A little lady and her flower wreath! It seems you will only accept those of pure heart!”

As Kang Chul-In chose to take only the wreath from the little lady, he rejected the talk that he would ignore all sincerity and dealt with the problem of women. The past Kang Chul-In would not have taken such a sophisticated political stance.

I’d rather be on a battlefield a hundred times.

While thinking about that, Kang Chul-In dismounted his horse and headed towards Lana.

But…

Plop.

Lana collapsed.

“……”

Just the thought of standing close to the Lord would surely make someone faint.

“…Lucia.”

“Yes, Lord.”

“Take that child to her parents and hang the wreath on the horse saddle.”

Kang Chul-In found a suitable compromise because he could not hang the wreath around his neck.

“Let’s go.”

Leaving the minor incident behind, Kang Chul-In climbed on his white horse with the wreath and headed towards the inside of his territory.

Even after he arrived at the Lord’s Hall, Kang Chul-In did not rest.

First, he ordered Timothy to give the Slayers the territory’s first-class pass and paid for the accommodation and food.

After that, he personally met the bereaved families of those lost in the Peacock Dragon’s hunt. He went informally, comforted them, and paid the compensation.

He also met Commander James.

He received some rewards because he was able to protect the territory safely while Kang Chul-In was away.

The rewards for Lucia, Podolski, and 10 elite soldiers were postponed. They had to receive the bigger award. Getting a break now was the first reward.

“Be generous with alcohol and food. Let’s not be hungry for today.”

Lastly, Kang Chul-In ordered the festival to commemorate the Peacock Dragon subjugation. It was the one thing he can do to ease the mourning and sorrows of the people and to raise the happiness to the highest level.

“Huu…”

Kang Chul-In, who had done all of this work, was finally able to sit down on the throne and take a deep breath while looking like a perfectly ripe green onion kimchi. The sound of praise sung for the glory of the Lord came freely as the festival began outside.

“Let’s check this one last thing and rest.”

Lastly, He opened [My Information].

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[My Information]

Name: Kang Chul-In / Rank: Lord / Class: Warrior

Score: 140P / Complete Ranking: D-100 to the public

Level: 31 / Specialty: (B Grade) / Tendency: Conquest Lord

Race: Human / Skill: Locked (Unlocked when Overlord status is obtained)

Spouse: – (Maximum of 7)

Charisma: 77 (B++)

HP: 119 / 1412 (Warning, please take a rest)

Mana: 63 / 1954

Physical Attack: 248

Magic Attack: 79

Physical Strength: 187 / Intelligence: 141

Agility: 161 / Spell Management: 20

Accuracy Rate: B+

Evasion Rate: B-

Fatal Blow: B+

Defensive Power: 17 / Endurance: 14

Finance: D- / Internal Affairs: E-

Resource: B- / Politics: C+

Diplomacy: C- / Command: A+

Attack: A+ / Defense: C-

Military Force: A+ / Charm: A+

Obtained Points: 30 (+5 Per level)

Remaining Points: 30

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‘”I have grown quite a lot,” Kang Chul-In thought.

Starting from the level, it was level 25 before the hunt. Killing the male Peacock Dragon gave +2,

While clearing the Secret Quest, he got +1.

Ingesting the Dragon Heart gave +2,

Then, by killing the female Peacock Dragon, he gained another +1 level. The total gains were 6 levels, so he reached level 31.

As an effect of the Dragon Heart, the total amount of mana had also increased to 800.

In addition to this, if he ate the Dragon Heart of the female Peacock Dragon, he could gain up to 1.5 levels of the experience and mana.

Moreover, since he obtained 70 Lord Points in this hunt, he would be advantaged in the ranking competition for the position of Overlord.

“Great. Now, if I can resolve the financial situation of the territory, I can go conquer immediately.”

Everything was fine except for the lack of gold coins, which was the only obstacle. He was planning on conquering the whole Eastern Plains right after solving the issue of finances.

It was at that time.

Urgh!

The pain began to spread out when the stitching on his side burst again.

“Now… I really need to get some rest.”

In a three-week hunt, he battled the Peacock Dragon and had done a variety of work with the serious injury on his body. If it happened to others, they would have collapsed ten times at least.

“Your Majesty!”

It was when Kang Chul-In was trying to take the lid off the potion held to his mouth.

“M-Mr. Dorian… he-!”

Lucia ran in a hurry and told him the bad news. It was news similar to a death sentence for Kang Chul-In, who was just relieved of his stress.

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