Chapter 12 . Advisor Lucia
Kang Chul-In ordered Lucia, but she did not move as if she had a mechanical malfunction . Something was bothering her .
‘Uh, how does he know all the commands?’
Lucia did not show it on the outside, but in the inside, she was very surprised and taken aback . Kang Chul-In, who had ordered to see the [My information] and [Land Status] without any help from her was a shocking sight .
‘Would he not need me, by any chance?
Lucia stiffened .
It was understandable .
The reason for her existence was for her to advise the Sovereign and grow Laputa, but if Kang Chul-In considered her useless, then her existence was also useless . For Lucia, it was understandable for her to be worried and upset .
“Excuse me… my Lord . ”
Lucia mustered up the strength to ask Kang Chul-In, because her existence was threatened .
“May I ask you something?”
Lucia, who had a cold and stern feel about her that contrasted her full body, asked Kang Chul-In timidly . Kang Chul-In wondered why she was acting strange but he nodded, allowing her to speak further .
“Of course . ”
“You, my Lord, was able to command without my help . You also were not surprised nor taken aback . Despite your sovereignty, you are too calm and composed in a strange, new place . ”
Kang Chul-In did not agree or disagree with Lucia’s words, and silently listened .
“So that’s why I am asking you . Are you… by chance the All-Knowing?”
It was a far-off guess .
‘What the heck . ’
Kang Chul-In was taken aback by Lucia’s guess .
What was he, a God?
It was an absurd statement .
“No, I am not the All-Knowing . ”
Kang Chul-In shook his head .
‘I acted too deft . It makes sense that they are puzzled . ’
Kang Chul-In realized why Lucia had thought that and was briefly stumped on what to do next, but decided to give an evasive answer .
“This place is a foreign place to me, but also not so foreign . ”
Lucia tilted her head at the confusing statement .
Lucia spoke first before Kang Chul-In could explain further .
“That the place in which you were born and here is similar?”
The corners of Kang Chul-In’s lips twitched upwards . It was annoying anyways to try to explain, but since she had misunderstood first, it made it easier for him to make up something .
“Yes . ”
Kang Chul-In answered quickly .
“So, in your hometown, did you reign over a land and was in the position of a Sovereign?”
“You are right . ”
It was a lie, but in some sense, it was also true . It was fact that he did reign over a land and rose to the position of Grand Sovereign .
“Oh, I understand now, my Lord . ”
Lucia nodded her head like she understood .
“So… may I know what kind of Sovereign you were, my Lord?”
That question, Kang Chul-In could give an answer to so he revealed his previous status as Grand Sovereign .
“I was a Grand Sovereign, one of the strongest Sovereigns amongst Sovereigns . ”
Lucia shivered . It was as if she felt a shudder in Kang Chul-In’s words .
“Here, here in Pangaea, there is also a status of Grand Sovereign! They reign over large lands and command entire continents! My god! You were like a Grand Sovereign— I am honored to serve you, my Lord!”
Lucia’s response was dramatic to a point where it left Kang Chul-In surprised . However, it was not surprising . Like the Sovereigns, Advisors also had their own worlds . They were more revered and respected the more powerful the Sovereigns they served .
“Then, did you also have an advisor?”
Lucia asked .
“I had a vampire butler named Alfred . ”
“How was the advisor called Alfred? Was he competent? Were you satisfied with Alfred?”
Lucia who was questioning Kang Chul-In was all worked up, and eyes burned with jealousy .
‘Competition . ’
Kang Chul-In saw right through Lucia’s emotional state .
“Hmm . ”
Kang Chul-In looked at Lucia who wanted, like a puppy, to hear that Alfred was an incompetent advisor and started to speak .
Lucia’s eyes glimmered as she concentrated on Kang Chul-In .
“competent . ”
It seemed that Lucia was shocked at his answer, but Kang Chul-In could not talk badly about Alfred who was faithful to him until the end .
“He was that good?”
“I was able to rise to the position of Grand Sovereign because of him . ”
Lucia’s face darkened .
‘He was a Grand Sovereign in his hometown and had a good advisor… if by chance, what if he casts me out? Will I be thrown away?’
Lucia whos existence was threatened and was overcome with jealousy was about to burst in tears at any moment .
‘Is she afraid that she will be cast out? I will need to reassure her a little . ’
Kang Chul-In, who could see right through Lucia, smiled widely and decided to prescribe a fitting medication . Even with his horrible personality, Kang Chul-In used to hold the position of Grand Sovereign . He knew how to handle his subordinates .
“Lucia . ”
Kang Chul-In called Lucia in a gentle voice .
“Yes, my Lord…”
Lucia’s voice was down .
“You do not need to worry . I will not abandon you . ”
Lucia was surprised . It was understandable, seeing Kang Chul-In had seen right through her .
“From where I am from, the relationship between Sovereign and Advisor is that you can share your deepest, and most private thoughts—things that you could not even tell your family . ”
“Yes, yes! It is the same here as well!”
“Then you will understand quickly . Listen . You are my advisor, and you are like family I would spend eternity with . Why would I abandon you?”
“Are… is that true?”
“Yes . Although I might know a lot more than others, there will be much that I do not yet know . Also, instead of being jealous of Alfred, you just need to be better than him . Do not look so down and let’s work together in growing this land . ”
Lucia exclaimed .
‘Yes, what the Lord says is right! I will prove that I am more capable than Alfred!’
Lucia who had been encouraged by Kang Chul-In clenched her fists and vowed that she would prove to be more useful than Alfred .
‘Simpleton . ’
Kang Chul-In looked at Lucia and smirked, but he did not get caught . A Sovereign must not look easy—and he needed to maintain his dignity .
“My Lord . ”
Lucia spoke with a determined face .
“Speak . ”
“I, Lucia, will serve you with all my soul and heart, and will prove to you my competence!”
“Good . ”
Kang Chul-In looked pleased .
“First, I will complete the tutorial quest . Get my troops ready for inspection like I had ordered . ”
“Yes, my Lord!”
Lucia answered lively .
“I will order the troops to ready!”
While Lucia left to prepare for inspection, Kang Chul-In took time to look at the Tutorial Quest description .
-[Tutorial 1] Level 10 Obtained
Description: Reach Level 10
Reward: Experience +500/ 20 gold/ Use of Warp Gate (Unlimited)
Reference: Unable to return to Earth without completing Quest
Reference: Conquer other Sovereign +5 Levels
Reference: Related to Tutorial 2 Quest
The warp gate was the passage that connected Earth and Pangaea, and was a must for dimension travelers . Therefore, in order to return to earth, Tutorial 1 Quest needed to be cleared .
-[Tutorial 2] Monster Subjugation
Description: Conquer the monsters living in the land
Reward: Experience +250 / 20 Gold
Current Status: 0/500
‘It’s the same as the past . ’
Kang Chul-In who had checked that the quests were the same as the ones he experienced before, he decided that he would clear the tutorial quests as soon as possible . It would be difficult because he was in a low level, if he put all his energy into it, 3 or 4 days would be enough . As he was thinking, Lucia appeared and notified him that the inspection preparations were complete .
“Let us go quickly my Lord . The troops are longing to meet you . ”
“Yes, my Lord . ”
“I will go right away . ”
Kang Chul-In headed out .