>Right now it seems lke he could just teleport to each country's capital and tell the king 'look, uuuh, you have two choices: either you'll obey me or I'll wipe this puny kingdom of the face of this planet'.
For the most part you're right. I'd like to at least give them a tiny benefit of a doubt that maybe he's just being cautious. After all he clearly sucks at information gathering, so as far as he knows maybe the higher ups are as power as him if not more so. Heck, could be he got transported to the world of a different game, and just because you're good at one game doesn't necessarily mean you will be in another
...well he's pretty good at this one, but still!
If it were me I'd use some of those underlings he has and send them out information gathering. Doing it himself seems kinda dumb and risky (but necessary for the plot I guess?) You could have a handful join the guild and gather money/information, heck why not have your guys act as spys in all three factions?
One thing I couldn't help but wonder about was with their money situation. For one, couldn't he sell off a few of his items? Even the low level ones would probably net them more than enough to get them by. I can't imagine they need much, is he worried about paying the internet bill or something? some loose change for random encounters like at the tavern should be enough.
For that matter, couldn't he melt down some of his gold coins? I'd like to think a guy with a huge magical castle who can create miniature black holes at will has the ability to melt down and maybe reforge some metals. I'm sure even unrefined lumps of gold or silver or whatever would still be sellable in that kind of world without too many questions being asked.
>One somewhat positive thing is that for once the MC is neither a white knight nor an agsty teenager. He can kill people just fine and think nothing of it. Refreshing.
Yeah it's nice. I'd love to see more antiheroes out there.