How to Live as a Wandering Knight โ€“ Chapter 170

๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฒ (4)

That was Johan.ย 

โ€œWhat? Who is it?โ€

โ€œโ– โ– โ–  โ– โ– ?โ€

When a group of western knights charged in like lightning, the warriors were not confused.ย ย 

Their morale was too high and ferocious to crumble from the ambush.

They immediately turned their horses and fought back. Combative shouts welcomed Johan.

Johan advanced, defeating those warriors.

Only warriors who would not shame their father god and mother goddess were gathered here.

The colorful banners standing out even among the dust showed evidence that these warriors were from noble families.

Warriors carrying those banners charged at Johan with spears. The wind blew fiercely with the smell of blood.ย ย 

Johan slaughtered those warriors as he advanced.

Garhatzha, who had defeated three Vynashchtym knights today and received silk and a necklace from Yeheyman, charged at Johan with a sharp glittering spear. Mobhrahim, who had defeated the sub-captain of the imperial guard and captured a small flag, also charged at Johan with a battle axe. Igar, who was said to have unparalleled swordsmanship as a slave guard of the sultan, also charged at Johan with a longsword.

Johan butchered those warriors as he advanced.

โ€œโ– โ– โ– ! โ– โ–  โ– โ– โ–  โ– โ– โ– !โ€

โ€œSend reinforcements! A mad โ– โ–  b*stard has appeared!โ€

As the renowned warriors fell to the dagger and their decorated spears were broken, the warriors on the other side began to grasp the situation.

โ€œWhatโ€™s going on?โ€

โ€œIt seems an ambush has come from the left flank.โ€

โ€œWhat are you saying? They are no more than a small group at best. However they obsessed about capturing the emperor, you mean to say they was ambushed by that? I will provide soldiers, go stop them!โ€

Yeheymanโ€™s deputy nodded and rushed out. Yeheyman looked annoyed. No matter how blindly ambitious, to be ambushed like that. . .

The elite had gathered here at the center. To be shaken by such an ambush itself was shameful.

โ€œ. . .!!โ€

Yeheymanโ€™s eyes grew wide as he watched the situation. He could not believe the scene before him.

The formation was crumbling before a single man.

As a western knight swung an abnormally massive warhammer, warriors around him tumbled like rotten trees.

Hit on the armor, bodies were smashed beyond recognition. Blocked by shields, shields were smashed along with the bodies.

The enthusiastic Eastern knights and warriors who had fought bravely soon lost morale and fled.

Centered on Johanโ€™s charge, the formation collapsed like a broken dam.ย 

โ€œA demon has appeared! The pagan b*stards of the West have brought a demon!โ€

โ€œDear gods! Banish that demon!โ€

Seeing each otherโ€™s backs as they screamed and fled, the formation collapsed even faster. Johan fiercely chased the enemy, spurring his bloodthirsty bicorn.

Yeheyman was so angry he saw red. The fierce elites of the center were scattering like diseased son of a b*tches.

Warriors who should have charged into the emperorโ€™s camp were now struggling just to defend their own banners.

The emperorโ€™s banner was seen retreating. The emperorโ€™s imperial guard had barely reorganized their formation and were pulling the emperor back. It was hopeless to try capturing the emperor now.

โ€œYe. . . Yeheyman-nim.โ€

โ€œSound the retreat! Withdraw to camp and regroup!โ€

Like a veteran knight of many battles, Yeheyman grasped the situation. To leave things as they were would only deepen the wound.

That fearsome Western knight dastard leading the cavalry had torn up the formation with nightmarish fighting ability, but fortunately their numbers were small.ย 

Now was the time to retreat if they hoped to.

If the emperorโ€™s imperial guard regained their senses and counterattacked, the damage could be far worse.

โ€œRetreat! Retreat!โ€

At the unpleasant blare of horns, the warriors in the center began hastily falling back.

Though they might have felt wronged and resentful to retreat from the emperorโ€™s tent, none remained to grumble.

They fled, grateful to escape from Johan raging around them.

The pagan warriors slipped away like an ebbing tide.

Fearing Johanโ€™s pursuit, they glanced around nervously as they rode off. Those without horses discarded armor and weapons and sprinted away.

โ€œWhat is this, is it over?โ€

โ€œThe enemy is retreating! My dear, shall we pursue?โ€

โ€œWith these numbers? Are you joking?โ€

Hearing Johanโ€™s words after his mad rampage, Iselia was dumbfounded.

But it was certainly reckless to reengage with their current numbers.

Johan aside, the others were exhausted from the fight. Even Iseliaโ€™s steed looked weary.

If it was about glory, they had overflowed with it just now. Iselia did not know exactly how many foes they had struck down, but she felt they had properly ravaged this area.

She wiped the blood and sweat from Johanโ€™s face.ย 

โ€œAh, thank you.โ€

โ€œI can do this much anytime.โ€

Johan looked around. The right wing where Johanโ€™s army was seemed to have no more fighting, and the enemy seemed to be retreating from the left wing as well.

โ€˜๐˜•๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต?โ€™

Hitting the enemyโ€™s backs as they retreated was basic tactics, but it depended on the situation. The enemy was not retreating in disorder but withdrawing in formation. If you lacked confidence, reckless pursuit was dangerous.

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ?โ€™

Johan sensed it. And his intuition was not wrong.


โ€œGreat victory, Your Excellency! A great victory!โ€ย 

โ€œIsnโ€™t calling it a great victory going too far?โ€

โ€œIf this isnโ€™t a great victory, then all triumphs will feel worthless! Humility is a virtue, but going too far will embarrass others as well, Your Majesty.โ€

The mercenary captain Jusvan from the Republic shouted while wrapping bandages around himself. Despite being quite seriously injured, he looked full of joy.ย ย 

It was thanks to the victory in battle.ย ย 

The captain himself was injured in the fierce battle. The center almost saw the Emperor captured, and the left flank nearly collapsed from the enemyโ€™s charge.

The enemies were much stronger than expected.

However, they were victorious in the end. The enemies retreated first, abandoned their camp in front of the fortress, and withdrew elsewhere.

Johan thought capturing the supreme commander was necessary for a decisive victory, but others did not think the same.ย ย 

If they somehow drove back and defeated the enemies, couldnโ€™t that be called a great victory?

โ€œIโ€™ve heard of Your Excellencyโ€™s valor. They say you came alone on a warhorse to save the center. . .โ€ย ย 

โ€œThatโ€™s quite an exaggeration. I charged with other knights and cavalry.โ€

โ€œEven just that is tremendously impressive, Your Excellency. Without your charge, the center would have collapsed.โ€

To calm his excitement, Jusvan downed a shot of strong liquor.ย ย ย 

He didnโ€™t see it himself as he commanded the left flank, but he heard the story from imperial guards and other soldiers after the battle ended.

โ”๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ ๐š๐ง ๐›*๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ. ๐’๐ฎ๐๐๐ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ค๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฒ๐ฌ. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐จ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ฒ ๐†๐จ๐.

โ”๐ˆ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ฐ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐, ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ.

It wasnโ€™t just the soldiersโ€™ testimonies. The broken poles and flags of the enemies evidenced the fierce battle.ย ย 

The flag symbolized the honor of a noble house and would never be abandoned even in a hasty retreat. They would rather die than lose their flag.

Yet the battlefield at the center was littered with flags and corpses of nobles.ย ย 

They were annihilated by Johanโ€™s charge without even a chance to flee.

โ€œIt was an honor to fight alongside you, Captain. Now I realize there was no exaggeration in your report at all.โ€

Jusvan expressed his gratitude to Giada. He had received reports about Johanโ€™s might a few times but didnโ€™t know it was to this extent.

โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต. . .โ€™ย ย 

Giada felt slightly embarrassed. Since he wouldnโ€™t be held responsible anyway, he had passed on only good words about Johan, so the high praise made him feel awkward.

โ€œAre you planning to pursue the retreating enemies?โ€

โ€œWell. . . Iโ€™m not sure. Wouldnโ€™t His Excellency make that decision? Many of my men have died or were injured as well. . .โ€

Jusvan hesitated as he scratched his wound.

Although not as much as the center, the left flank led by Jusvan also suffered considerable damage. The enemies were just too numerous.

They had forced a retreat, but the enemies still had remaining forces. He didnโ€™t want to attack their camp first.

The tent curtains parted and the eunuchs came out, followed by the Emperor revealing himself. Johan and Jusvan got up from their seats and briefly paid their respects.

โ€œYou all fought very well. Victory would have been uncertain without everyoneโ€™s dedication. I thank Count Yeats once again in particular.โ€

This overt display of gratitude, not just a simple thank you, was highly unusual, yet no one present found it odd.

Considering Johanโ€™s exploits, it was still a very modest remark.

โ€œWill you continue attacking the enemies?โ€

โ€œThe soldiers are tired and injured. I donโ€™t want to make mistakes by forcing things. And. . .โ€

There was a chamberlain inside the fortress that he didnโ€™t want to risk danger for. But the Emperor left his trailing words unsaid. There was no need to reveal his intentions in front of others yet.ย 


โ€œThe enemies have sent an envoy. They offer gold if we let them withdraw.โ€

Jusvanโ€™s face brightened. Representing the Republic, he had no thoughts of fighting to the death against the pagans. Didnโ€™t the Republic also trade with Eastern Empireโ€™s merchants to begin with?ย 

As long as they stayed away from here, he was happy to turn a blind eye.

โ€œWhat will you do?โ€ย 

โ€œI want to hear both of your opinions.โ€

โ€œI agree, Your Majesty. The enemies still have significant numbers left. Attacking their entrenched position is dangerous. And if they move elsewhere to pillage, how will we handle that damage? Accepting their offer to save face shows mercy and authority.โ€

โ€œThat will be all, I think.โ€ย ย 

When Jusvan finished speaking, Johan raised his hand. The Emperor nodded as if to say speak.

โ€œCouldnโ€™t the enemies have set a trap?โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t think they would do something so dishonorable. . .?โ€

Basic respect for honor did not change even for pagans. No matter how pagan, oaths and promises made between each other were sacred. Those who broke them were effectively throwing their own honor into the gutter.ย ย 

But Johan was the type to suspect first regardless of honor or anything else.

โ€œWe should be vigilant until they leave, just in case.โ€

โ€œIf thatโ€™s what you wish, make it so.โ€

Surprisingly, the Emperor readily accepted Johanโ€™s request. Even though it required not just Johanโ€™s troops but also the Emperorโ€™s and the Republicโ€™s mercenaries to carry out.

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ฉ. ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต.โ€™

Johan wondered if this was the Emperor returning the favor for coming to the centerโ€™s aid. If so, he deserved at least this much in return.

However, the Emperor was not doing this out of mere goodwill. He valued Johan much higher than Johan realized. Because of yesterdayโ€™s battle.ย 

โ€˜๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ!!โ€™

Gaรฏaros had witnessed Johanโ€™s charge from afar. The shock still hadnโ€™t worn off.

That lightning strike of a charge in the middle of disadvantageous terrain swarming with enemies!

After the charge ended, the Emperor realized the mercenary captainโ€™s account was actually closer to understatement.ย 

With that kind of battle behind them, Johanโ€™s words carried undeniable authority. If Johan had strongly advocated attacking, the Emperor would have seriously considered it.

โ€˜๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.โ€™

โ€œAnything else to suggest?โ€

โ€œNot particularly. . .?โ€

Johan felt the Emperorโ€™s question was slightly uncomfortable. The nominal supreme commander was the Emperor, and the Republicโ€™s mercenary captain was next to them as well, so why keep asking him?

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ. . .โ€™

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