I Became a Level -99 Vicious Lord - Chapter 26-1
He repeated it to himself.
Wazir’s expression hardened into a scary stare that made it difficult to speak.
“How dare you say those words… Do you know what will happen to this world… if Ragnarsis happens?”
“I haven’t experienced it, so I don’t know.”
Despite saying that, Otto had experienced Ragnarsis indirectly.
He’d experienced it countless times while playing the game Territory Wars.
So it was safe to say that at this point in time, no one knew Ragnarsis better than Otto.
“There won’t be a single day on the continent where there isn’t a battle. The bodies will pile up like mountains, and the blood will form an ocean.”
“The civilian casualties will also be beyond imagination. At least a billion. 30 per cent of the continent’s population. Worse, as many as 50 per cent will die. And in the end, a new era will dawn, a world ruled by whoever emerges as the final victor of the world war.”
“What basis do you have for such a conspiracy theory?”
“I don’t like it when you call it a conspiracy theory.”
Otto took a sip of the wine in front of him to quench his thirst.
“Once the Arad Empire falls, and a war will break out, led by the great powers?”
“And that war will soon engulf the entire continent. With the existing order collapsing and governance disappearing, will the world continue to function peacefully?”
“To convince me, you need to provide more detailed evidence.”
“Evidence can be provided. So, that means…”
From Otto’s mouth came a series of convincing statements about why there would be a world war.
And they were all true.
Because the game’s scenario is set up in such a way, a world war was inevitable.
As Wazir listened to Otto’s words, he became more and more convinced.
In fact, the scenario that Otto was presenting was the worst one Wazir had been thinking about.
Wazir, who was well informed about the state of affairs on the continent, had vaguely foreseen the possibility of a world war.
“And then there’s the Tundra Continent to the north, beyond the sea….”
Wazir cut Otto off and sent a maid to fetch more strong whisky.
“It’s too cheap to satisfy my palate, but it’ll bear it for now.”
“Would you like me to continue hear my story?”
“I can do as much as you want.”
And so Otto and Wazir’s exchange continued for the next three hours.
“You… who are you?”
Wazir asked, looking at Otto with a disbelieving expression on his face and eye.
“Who the hell are you to have such insight?”
“Me? I’m just the king of a rural kingdom, as you can see.”
Otto spread his arms and shrugged.
“To put it grandly…I’m someone preparing for the upcoming world war. That’s about it.”
At that moment.
A notification popped up in front of Otto’s eyes.
[Notification: you have succeeded in recruiting ‘Wazir von Basili’!]
‘Ho-ho! I never knew a man of such frightening insight could exist in such a small provincial town!’
Wazir was completely captivated by Otto’s non-conspiracy theory.
Otto’s predictions were so convincing, so plausible.
It was also not too far off from Wazir’s own thoughts, so it resonated with him.
“You said to Camille that there is no future here,’ said Otto, ‘So let me ask you, Grand Duke, do you see no future for this land?”
Wazir couldn’t answer Otto’s question.
‘With a man of such frightening insight as this as its lord… the future cannot be dark, even if you wish to make it so.’
Otto spoke to Wazir again.
“This place is a blank page, a white, unstained one. It’s also the only place where we can prepare for the upcoming world war.”
“Are you saying you want to employ me?”
“That’s what I want.”
“Isn’t it an attractive job?”
“What’s so attractive about it?”
“You’ve worked in several powerful countries before, but you’ve never established a countryside kingdom like this with your own hands.”
“If the countryside kingdom you built with your own hands someday unifies the continent and leads the new world, how would you feel?”
Suddenly, Wazir’s heart began to race.
It felt like he had gone back to his younger days, when he studied politics, administration, and diplomacy with big ambitions…
“How about it? Would you like to work with me? I’ll make sure you don’t regret your decision.”
Wazir accepted Otto’s offer.
“But I have a condition.”
“Please tell me.”
“You must not disappoint me. If you do, then…”
“You can be assured that you will not be disappointed.”
Otto was confident.
Because there would be nothing to disappoint Wazir!
“Pay attention to the development of technology for the upcoming war.”
“What does that mean? Are you saying that the future war will be different from the previous wars?”
“With the emergence of new weapons, magic, and significantly stronger powers, the strategies and tactics used in war will be completely different.”
“Tell me more.”
Otto and Wazir talked late into the night.
Otto had extensive knowledge of the game “Territory War,” while Wazir was a knowledgeable character in the game.
Their conversation continued endlessly, and they had no idea when it would end.
Meanwhile, Olive, the head maid, was passed out drunk on the table, drooling in her sleep.
Spooner, a true military man, couldn’t stand the headache-inducing conversation and quietly left for his lodging.
‘I can’t believe he had such knowledge and insight…’
Camille was shocked when Otto revealed his true colors.
He had thought that he had turned over a new leaf after being a troublemaker. But he was wrong.
‘Maybe he was just pretending to be a troublemaker?’
He even thought that Otto had intentionally played the villain while hiding his true identity for some reason.
It was hard to believe that it was the same person, even if someone else was sitting in his place.
But it was all okay in the end.
‘Father… Perhaps the difficult times have all passed.’
Camille smiled as he thought of the former lord, Oryx.
It felt like a great cataclysm was coming to this land, where there had been no hope or dreams, due to Otto’s transformation.