The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 148
The Duke’s Madness chapter 148
Atlan roared until the veins stood on his neck.
“An intruder, an intruder!”
Along with that cry, a harsh noise resonated from Area C, where the dungeon was located.
With a loud alarm, the entrance to the dungeon as well as the inside began to shake.
Only then did Atlan let out the breath he had been holding back and muttered.
‘Eh, what the hell is that crazy guy!’
It’s not enough to enter Arcane’s dungeon with your own feet. How dare you dare to infiltrate illegally?
Rather, it was Atlan who did not even think of an intruder in something he could not have imagined at all.
‘Poetry, f*ck! He approached me so naturally that I thought he was my friend!’
It was when Atlan got goosebumps and scraped my forearm.
Suddenly, the name of the man I had heard before came to mind.
‘… for a moment. Arthur Bayern?’
Atlan’s eyes widened as he pondered.
‘Arthur Bayern… Isn’t that the name of the legendary mercenary who recently massacred the search police?’
In addition, there was a rumor that he was the [successor] of the Duke of Bavaria, who disappeared 7 years ago.
Recalling that fact, Atlan’s mouth slowly opened.
“This crazy… So, the guy from earlier is the legendary mercenary Dawn?”
At that time, I felt an unfamiliar presence from behind me.
Surprised, Atlan turned his head, but it was already too late.
With a sound like the wind leaking, a bullet entered Atlan’s forehead.
Atlan, who blinked once, collapsed.
And never woke up again.
“… … .”
After watching Atlan like that for a while, Genie whirled the pistol in her hand and muttered.
“You don’t even clean up and leave… Well, I can take responsibility for this.”
With these words, Ginny pulled up her black mask to the tip of her nose and plunged into the darkness.
An arcane dungeon that has never been breached.
It was the moment when as many as two intruders set foot in the dungeon that boasted the history of the fortress, at the same time.
* * *
Entering the dungeon, Arthur thought.
‘The structure is simpler than I thought.’
True to the name of the dungeon, except for the entrance located in the middle of the plain, all structures were connected underground.
‘Among them, the place where Elder Willet was imprisoned was the third basement floor at the bottom?’
A special prison where only those with a notorious reputation among countless prisoners are confined.
It was not only Arcane’s rebels, but also A-class criminals who had been imprisoned since before Dormund ruled Arcane.
‘Would a soft-hearted person like Mr. Willett be okay in a place like that?’
Criminals couldn’t have respected the old man, and he must have received a lot of scolding.
Arthur, whose heart had grown cold for no reason, wrinkled the tip of his nose.
“I should have come to get you a little sooner, but hey… .”
Arthur, speechless, brought out the Beast.
At the same time, the dungeon was buzzing with the sound of an alarm that began to reverberate.
Along with that harsh noise came the sound of busy footsteps.
Arthur counted the number with heightened senses.
‘About 50 people?’
There may be a margin of error, but it didn’t seem that large.
In the meantime, 50 search officers who showed up shouted.
“What kind of guy are you over there! No way, intrusion… !”
At the forefront, along with the cry of the search police, fire came out of the BEAST’s muzzle.
The air exploded, and 50 search officers were swallowed up by the Beast’s special bullets.
Arthur, who was watching the scene, murmured in surprise.
‘oh… I’ve felt it before, but I think the beast’s power has gotten a little stronger.’
I didn’t feel that way, but I really felt like it.
Even seven years ago, it was a magic bullet that was ignorantly powerful, but now it felt like shooting a cannon.
Because of that, Arthur tilted his head and murmured.
“Beast, did you eat anything good while I was gone? Why did you become so strong?”
At these words, Beast gave a slight vibration.
Arthur raised his eyes and asked the question again.
“What did you really eat?”
[…] … .]
BEAST showed no response to this question.
Arthur scratched his head and murmured.
‘Occasionally, when you see that you understand what I’m saying, it’s like you’re really alive..’
But can a pistol survive?
Thoughtful, Arthur shrugged.
“Well, if angel bloodlines exist, wouldn’t a pistol be alive too? Right, Beast?”
[…] … .]
This time, Beast did not answer.
Arthur didn’t ask anymore.
Instead, I turned my head and looked around.
In the messy dungeon, the only intact-looking staircase was visible.
‘Is that the entrance?’
Arthur nodded and moved without hesitation.
Arthur climbed down the stairs and opened his eyes immediately.
“help me-! help me!”
“what! What happened!”
“I don’t know!! Just save me for now!”
Prisoners locked in cages were crying.
All were covered in blood, which looked like signs of wild torture.
The search police brandished clubs and whips at them.
“What can you do to save me, you bastards!”
“Even if the prison is broken, you will die here! Do you understand what I mean!?”
Prisoners screamed and search officers snorted excitedly.
After watching the scene for a while, Arthur stroked his chin.
‘hmm… Come to think of it, the mayor asked me to rescue the other rebels who were imprisoned if there was a chance, right?’
But how do you distinguish the rebels among the numerous prisoners?
Arthur, who was worried, shrugged his shoulders.
Come to think of it, it was a problem that I didn’t have to worry about.
Didn’t you decide to destroy the dungeon yourself, and Genie to clean up?
‘Once I kill all the search cops in front of me, then the genie will take care of it.’
Having made that decision, Arthur cleared his throat for a moment before shouting.
Excited by Arthur’s cry, the search cops who were whipping and the monsters who were screaming stopped for a moment.
In the meantime, Arthur opened his mouth again and explained.
“I usually don’t give you a chance, but in case you don’t know yet, I’ll give you a chance.”
“Among the supervisors present, there are no pirates or search cops! If you do, please step forward. It’s hard when you lie. Because I can figure out the lie and the truth.”
At Arthur’s words, the overseer of the dungeon wearing a black eyepatch asked a question in bewilderment.
“You bastard… Who are you?”
At his words, Arthur smiled brightly.
“I am an intruder. By the way, are you a search cop?”
* * *
The man who was once called the pirate captain.
And now, Masius, who is called the Chief of Police of Arcane.
He asked a question to the special A-class criminals of Arcane who knelt in front of me.
“So did everyone choose?’
“… … .”
“Do you want to follow me into the world again, or will you be locked up here and rot for the rest of your life?”
One prisoner giggled at his words.
“… Hey, you’ve made it, Masius. No matter how big you were, it wasn’t like this.”
Masius’ gaze returned.
A one-armed old man with one arm cut off was bursting with a grotesque laugh.
After patting his chin for a moment, Masius immediately remembered his true identity.
‘ah. It must have been Hitran, the second head of the Seven Emperors.’
A great organization that once divided pirates and the underworld.
The Seven Emperors lead the seven criminals with the highest bounty in Arcane.
Recalling the name of Hitran, who is in charge of attention among them, Masius burst out laughing.
‘This is really cool. I can’t believe that Chilhwang’s attention, Hitran, is at my feet like this.’
The day Dormund invaded Arcane.
The real power of the empire to the pirates and Chilhwang, the biggest back-and-forth forces in Arcane.
Kane Dormund offered the same offer.
It was an offer that if you open the gates of Arcane, you will be given a wonderful power that will change your life.
The pirate accepted the offer after much thought, but the Chilhwang refused.
‘The reason for the refusal… No matter how much he said it was to keep his duty?’
Masius laughed again.
Thinking back, it couldn’t have been a funny reason.
What’s the point of defending the subject of a criminal?
Maybe it’s just because someone’s pride is hurt to be under someone else.
However, Masius knew very well that the situation at that time was not the time to show pride.
Dormund’s army that invaded Arcane was fierce, and Cain Dormund’s anger pierced the sky.
The death of his most cherished son was just as heavy.
So, Masius accepted Kane Dormund’s offer, and the result was a great success.
Arcane was occupied, most of the Seven Emperors’ officers were killed, and the pirates took on a new power.
Along with that amazing change, Arcane also changed.
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Not a city of freedom, but a gradually decaying ghost town.
‘If it goes like this, the city itself will probably be ruined in a few years. But we pirates can live sucking up the ruined city for the rest of our lives.’
I missed the romance of the past sometimes, but it was only for a while.
The power enjoyed as a police chief was very sweet and great.
‘And in order to maintain that power, I have to get rid of the remaining rebels on that back street.’
They said that if left alone, they would disappear someday, but Masius was not vigilant.
‘Rebels, but in the end, mercenaries. They are also Arcane mercenaries.’
Called another symbol of Arcane, they were never to be taken lightly.
As evidence of that, when he was called the captain of the pirates, even he, who had the greatest power, could not unify the back street world.
Because of that, there was a need to organize it, and I decided that now was the right time.
‘I will not tolerate the execution of their idol and leader, Willet Crestol.’
I was going to try to rescue them somehow, and I was thinking of hitting them once and for all.
However, as much as they are doing their best, the situation could be overwhelming with the current power.
So, Masius thought of using the Class A criminals imprisoned in Arcane’s dungeon.
“Kekekek… All I need is a drink Masius.”
“I am a woman… The woman is very hungry… .”
“Oh, Mr. Masius! Can I do drugs if I help you?”
Except for Chilhwang’s Imok, Hitran, whom we saw just a moment ago, all the A-class criminals who tasted it were salivating.
‘It may be difficult to deal with, but they will cooperate with me to some extent in order to escape the prison.’
Masius nodded and opened his mouth.
“Of course. Alcohol, women, drugs. I can give you everything. However, if you catch and kill the rebels who will attack this place.”
Class A criminals laughed.
“lol… I like killing Mr. Marsius!”
“If you die a lot, give me a pretty woman!”
“I’m drunk! All you need is a drink!”
Finally, Hitran laughed.
“Ha ha ha… Since I, the Seventh Emperor, went under you… But that’s not bad.”
Hitran got up from his seat and stuck out his tongue.
“Give me a knife, and I will kill everyone. Rebels or whatever. Give me your freedom instead.”
Masius raised an eyebrow.
“Of course, Mr. Hitran. Let’s forget about past ties and do well.”
It was time for Masius, who had recruited the special A-class criminals, to take out the key to the iron bars from his chest.
A huge vibration rang out.
Masius and the search police are startled by the vibration.
Furthermore, the special A-class criminals opened their mouths.
Hitran, who was the first to come to his senses, murmured.
“… Has anyone fired a cannon? What is this vibration?”
Masius pondered and answered.
“It looks like those rebels have invaded.”
“… so suddenly?”
“Well, it’s nothing strange. Because I announced the execution of Willet Krestol tomorrow.”
Hitran, who immediately understood the situation with just a brief explanation from Masius, exclaimed.
“… sh*t! That’s why it worked so quickly! If I had known it would be like this, I would have looked at the liver a little more.”
“Whoops… Please be patient, Mr. Hitran. Taking you out is just discrediting the name of the National Police Agency.”
Masius, who smiled, opened the iron window and pulled out a chair and sat down.
Dozens of police officers lined up next to him, and Masiusus, who took out a cigar, inhaled a sip of smoke.
‘… I wonder who will come.’
Are you the leader of the goblin faction?
Or the old knight of the Arcane?
Or a lightning girl?
‘hmm… Or maybe everyone will come.’
Hearing the sound of a cannon a moment ago, it seemed that all of those who could be seen as the core forces of the rebels might have come.
Masius burst out laughing and leaned back against the backrest.
‘It’s rather good. I can wipe them all out this time.’
If that happens, Arcane is now the world of pirates.
Anticipating that future, it was time for Masius to wait for the rebels to reach the prison on the third floor of the basement.
The door finally opened and a man walked in.
“oh. This is the end.”
Everyone was startled and trembled at the appearance of the man.
That’s because the man’s body was covered in blood.
Even Masius was a bit surprised by the terrible appearance and asked a question.
“… It’s the first time I’ve seen you, who are you?”
To Masius’ question, Arthur answered while wiping the blood off his shoulder.
“Me? I am Arthur Bayern.”
Masius’ eyes widened.
“Arthur Bayern… Could it be that the legendary mercenary Dawn appeared after 7 years?”
“oh? I’m wrong about the legendary mercenary, but there’s a search cop who knows my identity, right?”
At Arthur’s words, Marsius was slightly taken aback.
It was because I didn’t know that the legendary mercenary, Dawn, would appear in person.
‘More than that, he was a real person?’
So, to that blue kid, 7 years ago, my vice-captain died?＞
At that time, Hitran, still imprisoned, murmured.
“… something weird? I can only hear him breathing.”
At his words, Masius turned his head and asked a question.
“breath? What do you mean?”
“It is literally. Beyond that iron grate, all I can hear is his breathing.”
Masius’ eyes widened.
Masius, who turned his head in that state, asked a question.
“… I’m asking just in case, did you come alone?”
“yes. I am alone now.”
Masius narrowed his eyes.
“really… You said you came here alone?”
Arthur answered confidently.
“Are you alone?”
“… … .”
Masius shut his mouth.
Leaving behind him who couldn’t hide his embarrassed expression, Arthur turned his head and his eyes lit up.
Behind the group, I smelled a very familiar scent.
Arthur raised a corner of his mouth and murmured.
“Old Willett. Are you over there?”