Chapter 139: Welcome, Monarch of Plunder! (3)

‘I was wondering what he was up to.’

Ju-Heon had been thinking that that bastard was being too quiet.

It had been about one month ago. That bastard had barged in at their auction to sell Nero's artifact. He was the only one who had realized that it was a fake and tried to report them.

Well, he ended up being questioned for fraud once Ju-Heon stealthily slipped Nero's artifact in his pocket.

‘Anyway, I guess he managed to get out of jail.’

Ju-Heon had also not pushed it too much as he didn't want the truth to be revealed.

It seemed as if that bastard was causing issues elsewhere now.

That area was the Middle East. It was an area dominated by the future Monarch of Evangelism and radical terrorist artifact users.

East Asia was dominated by China and Russia… America and Europe were being dominated by Pandora… So, the opportunists had all turned their attention to central and southern Asia.

The Middle East was full of strong terrorists who have taken control so that regular people were unable to excavate there. Because of that, the Saudi royal family and the government were sponsoring an excavation team by offering a ton of money for the potential dangers they might face.

Maybe that was the reason. The guerrillas who didn't want to stick to neither the C-R Alliance that was openly suppressing others nor the Pandora thugs who were pretending to be good on the surface all gathered there.

However…

[I'm looking for your help because I can’t deal with that crazy bastard.]

Julian Miller had appeared there.

The captain of a small excavation team seemed to be causing major headaches in the Middle East.

[That bastard is not just attacking us but also excavation teams that have not done anything. He's just destroying artifacts left and right. We're trying to clear one of the 7 Great Tombs this time but we’re done for if that bastard appears again.]

Ju-Heon was quite amused.

It was actually a tempting story.

How could he not be interested when one of the 7 Great Tombs had unexpectedly appeared?
Furthermore, an artifact that lets him control thunder?

‘My goodness, our little Kongming. When did he get such a precious artifact?’

He desired it quite a bit. Artifacts that controlled natural disasters were quite precious.

‘The fact that it can control a disaster means that it is a Divine-Grade artifact.’

It was an extremely strong SS-Grade artifact! No matter how much human technology develops, all human creations are like ants in front of the powers of nature.

And this was a power to control electricity in modern society!

‘A source of money……no, natural energy. Natural energy!’

Ju-Heon's eyes started to sparkle as he knew that was the case.

[Anyway, if you're interested…]

“Fine. I'll at least meet up to hear you out.”

[Oh, really?]

The person sounded truly shocked.

It was because he had heard that Ju-Heon was quite difficult to handle.

[Then let’s meet somewhere in the middle…]

“Shut up. You come fly over.”

[……What?]

“The person asking for help should fly over, why the hell would I meet you somewhere in the middle?”

[…….]

He was probably thinking that Ju-Heon was indeed difficult to handle.

[Alright. I”ll go over there.]

“Send the files first.”

[Ho, I'll give that to you when we meet…]

"Send it.”

[Hold on……]

“You can hang up if you don't want to!”

[F, fine!]

The call then ended.

Lee Seol-A asked a question as soon as she saw that the call had ended.

“Captain-nim, that call just now…”
“It was from Wade Haarmann.”

Seol-A instantly started to frown after hearing that name.

"That damn tabloid manipulating bastard?”

Ju-Heon chuckled after hearing that response. It was because Seol-A had been attacked by that bastard in the past as well.

< A beautiful spy. She betrayed her superior and fell in love with a third generation son of a wealthy family! >

How could she not go crazy when a shitty tabloid article like that was spread throughout the world?
Ju-Heon didn’t care about it, but Lee Seol-A had gone crazy thinking that Ju-Heon might have a misunderstanding.

Maybe that was the reason.

"That’s great. We can break his neck before he becomes one of the true Monarchs this time……”

Ju-Heon clicked his tongue after hearing Lee Seol-A say such vicious things.

“Stop it, you shouldn't say things like that.”

Yoo Jaeha peeked toward Lee Seol-A as if he agreed.

“That’s right, you. Killing people is not a joke……”
“Do it in a tomb if you must do it. You won’t get caught that way.”
“Hey!”

Yoo Jaeha started to get a headache.

It was even scarier because these people were not bluffing and really had the power to do that. In the end, the noncombatant Yoo Jaeha quickly changed the topic.

“Anyway, what was that call about? I thought I heard Zhuge Kongming being mentioned…”
“Nothing much. That bastard is going around sweeping tombs in the Middle East.”
‘Ho, sweeping tombs?”

‘I thought he was being questioned by the police after he was framed by the Captain-nim.’

A flustered Lee Seol-A started to whisper to Ju-Heon.

“Captain-nim. Are you talking about the Vice Captain-nim when you talk about Zhuge Kongming?”
“Yeah.”

‘Just as I expected!’

She had not known because she didn't have her past memories back then, but the man who was dragged away as a scammer at the auction house was indeed their Vice Captain.

He just had a completely opposite personality to Ju-Heon. Their personalities clashed so much that they fought whenever they saw each other…

‘Wait, hold on?’

Now that she thought about it, the Vice Captain she knew would never scam someone.

She quickly turned her head as if she realized something.

"Captain-nim, then back then……!”
“Do you even need to ask? I did it.”
“……!”

‘It really was the Captain-nim!’

Seol-A grabbed the back of her neck.

“Captain-nim. You don’t need to do such things to the Vice Captain-nim…no, to fellow team members…”

She was not taking Julian's side.

She was just worried about Ju-Heon.

‘There would be an issue with scouting him if he had a bad impression of the Captain-nim.’

But Ju-Heon just shrugged his shoulders.

“No, he needs to get as dirty as me. Otherwise, I won’t be able to put him to use because he'll give me cancer.”

Yoo Jaeha scoffed in response.

“……Captain-nim, if he becomes as dirty as you, he'd be a dirty rag……ugh!”

Yoo Jaeha cried after being hit again.
Ju-Heon continued to speak.

“Anyway, he seems so difficult to handle that rivals are forming alliances together. We should go get him. There’s not many people at his level.”

Seol-A nodded her head.

That was the truth. The Vice Captain was someone who formed the twin towers with Ju-Heon.

‘He’s someone who the Captain-nim definitely needs.’

It should be perfect as long as they recovered his memories. The corners of Seol-A’s lips were twitching as if she was happy.

‘Captain-nim… They hated each other but he still trusts the Vice Captain-nim.’

Seol-A nodded her head.

“I understand! Then I will do my best to assist you in bringing the Vice Captain-nim back…”
"What are you talking about?”
“E, excuse me?”

Ju-Heon started to frown.

“You have to speak properly. I don’t need that bastard. My goal is just the artifact in his possession.”

‘Ah… Of course it is.’ Seol-A sighed.

On the other hand, Ju-Heon started to laugh.

‘Well, there were ways to take those artifacts away from him, however……’

“Well, it’s fine. It should be fine to throw a pikachu into the team.”
“P, pikachu?”
“He’s a useful generator.”

Ju-Heon had instantly turned Zhuge Kongming into an electric power plant.

‘He should be as useful as the Monarch of the Sun, the former energy monopolizer.’

"But will he come with us without throwing a fuss? He probably hates us quite a bit.”
“That’s right. The Vice Ca…no, Julian Miller currently hates you, Captain-nim…!"

Why would he come with them when Ju-Heon had framed him as a scammer and thrown him in jail?

Ju-Heon said that that was a stupid question.

“Do you understand? There may be people who have never seen porn in their lives, but there is nobody who has only seen porn once.”
“Excuse me?”
“It’s hard to turn someone into a criminal the first time. But not the second.”

‘W, what did he say? This person, he really…!’


[Ruuuuuuuuuuumble!]

“Wow, jackpot. It’s so cool!”

Yoo Jaeha could not close his mouth while watching the video on his tablet.

He was watching a video of a thunderbolt shooting down and destroying a tomb. It showed how the thunderbolt destroyed the artifacts and items of the excavation teams into nothing.

Even Seol-A was shocked while looking at it.

‘It really is a thunder artifact.’

“Holy shit, how can you defeat someone who has something like this?! What a terrible person!”

The unfamiliar person sitting across from Ju-Heon clicked his tongue after hearing that.

‘A terrible person? The terrible person is your damn Captain!’

That was right. Wade Haarmann. This German man in his thirties with a sharp gaze was the < Monarch of Gossip >. It was fine that he came all the way here to meet Ju-Heon.

He had determined that Ju-Heon was the only person who could handle Zhuge Kongming based on his past exploits. He had even cleared some of the 7 Great Tombs.

‘Well, it doesn't change the fact that he is the enemy.’

That was why he had come to the location Ju-Heon told him to come to while stealthily planning ways to smack Ju-Heon from behind.

However…

‘But why the hell did he have to pick the sky?!’

That’s where they were. Ju-Heon had called the Monarch of Gossip to the Holten family's private plane. That was why Haarmann, who had made plans to deal with Ju-Heon, clicked his tongue.

‘I can’t even think about doing anything like that now!’

There was no way he could do something when they were in the sky. He would fall to the ground as well if he, for example, blew the plane up.

He did his best to smile while looking at Ju-Heon.

‘He truly is shrewd as I heard.’

It was at that moment.

“And? You told me you would be able to tell which artifact it was once you saw the video. Did you figure it out?”
“Pretty much.”
"Really? What is it?”

Ju-Heon then sneered at Haarmann.

“Hey retard, you don’t even know what this is?”

‘This bastard.’

Ju-Heon smiled while looking at the video.

‘It really is the Thunder God Indra’s artifact.’

Indra was an Indian god that controlled thunder and lightning.

It was also known as the God of War and the King of the Gods.

Ju-Heon had only seen it once in the past, but even he had to admit it was an extremely strong attack-type artifact.

‘But for that bastard to end up with this…’

“Wow, but I don't think any humans can approach him.”
“There’s a reason the Middle East teams were defeated without being able to do anything. It’s difficult for people to deal with this. Regular insulators don’t work against it. That’s why we have no way…”

It was at that moment. Ju-Heon was doing something odd while everybody else was thinking about how to deal with it.

“Captain-nim? What are you doing?”

Ju-Heon, who had been touching an artifact, started to smile.

“What else? Do you want to end up like a roasted chicken?”


[Ruuuuuuuuuuumble!]

In Southwest Asia where Mesopotamia once stood… Thunderbolts were striking down on this land of dry heat.

Ruuuuumble!

“My goodness, why is there thunder when it's not even raining?!”
“The gods are angry, the gods are angry!”

The people doing laundry at the river quickly started to run back into their homes.

It was happening far away from them, but the clear sky suddenly became dark and there was thunder and lightning!

This was not normal!

But the man who was causing these thunderbolts was calm.

‘I guess we cleared this tomb as well.”

Zhuge Kongming, Julian Miller.

The man who destroyed a large pyramid-shaped tomb leisurely grabbed an artifact.

‘This is the twentieth one.’

Julian started to smile.

But the subordinates who had come with him were standing with their jaws dropped.

“Wow……that’s a monster.”
“He did it in just thirty minutes……!”
“He even did it with so many competitors…!”

His subordinates gulped while looking at the people on the ground around them.

Probably over 500 people had entered into this pyramid tomb including the workers.

But all of them had been K.O.-ed.
They were all knocked down by Julian's thunderbolt!

Well, there was no way for humans to be fine after being struck by lightning.

“It truly is the Thunder God’s artifact…!”
“I don't know which artifact it is, but it definitely is amazing…!”
"Wouldn't he be considered one of the top excavators?”
“Are you dumb? That human is already one of the top-grade users.”

Julian was about to tell them to stop because he felt embarrassed.

However…

“But isn’t it weird? Why is someone at that level hiding around?”

Flinch.

Julian flinched as he was about to walk out of the room.
“Mm, what did he say, he said something like he was on the international wanted list or something for being a scammer?” He’s being chased by the Interpol right now.”
“What? A scammer?!”

The muscles in Julian’s face twitched after hearing that. It was because he suddenly remembered something he didn't want to remember.

And then…

Crack.

Currents were cracking around Julian's body, as if they were responding to his emotions. Screams soon echoed through the area.

Kugugung!

“Ahhh! The room is being destroyed!”
"A thunderbolt struck down!”
“Leader! Are you okay?! Leader Miller!”

The thunderbolt had been extremely destructive. A person soon walked out of the destroyed room.

‘That damn Seo Ju-Heon…!’

Julian was groaning as if he could not fully control the power yet.

“Enough, what is going on with that one of the 7 Great Tombs that was supposedly found around here?”
“Ah, the terrorists are guarding it as we expected. They are killing anybody that they find. I heard that the alliance excavation teams have gathered in the nearby village as well. There are a total of ten teams with over 1,000 people in all.”
“Nah, it will still be like taking candy from a baby for Captain Miller. Those alliance excavation teams are nothing.”
“That is true……but there’s a rumor.”

They gulped as they warily peeked toward Julian.

“A rumor? What is it?”
“Umm, there is a rumor that Seo Ju-Heon is a part of that alliance excavation team……”

Julian started to frown after hearing that familiar name.

“C, Captain? What do you want to do?”

Julian started to speak at that moment.

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miraclerifle's Thoughts

Julian seems to have been traumatized by Ju-Heon pffft.