How to Live as a Wandering Knight โ€“ Chapter 194

๐‘๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง (2)

The envoy returned half-convinced. However, Johan really kept his promise.

As he did not even move to build a camp near the town, public opinion within the religious order also changed rapidly. Johan already had considerable trust built up within the religious order.ย 

โ”๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐. ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐†๐จ๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก?

โ”๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐‹๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐”๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ.

โ”๐…๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ซ!

There was a long history of bad blood between the religious order and Cardiria.ย 

The order had always tried to increase the authority and rights it held within the Empire, starting with ordainment rights. The various rights held by the bishops could not be handed over to the greedy Emperor.

The Emperor could not have looked kindly on such attempts. To the Emperor, the order was merely an ornament that supported his authority and provided justification for his rule, nothing more. It was only natural that he would not appreciate their continued vocalization.

There had been a time in the past when the Emperor himself led an army right up to the gates of the Papal See, such was the depth of discord between them.

โ”๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ! ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐จ๐ง!

โ”๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ?

While the Emperor was distracted, the religious order was doing whatever it wanted, even ignoring the Emperorโ€™s request to excommunicate the rebellious nobles. From the Emperorโ€™s perspective, they would surely seem like the enemy.ย ย 

It would make things much easier if he could capture the Pope and bishops and install his own people.

โ”๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก. . .

โ”๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ. ๐ˆ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ.โ€ย 

While there were differing opinions, they were unified in agreeing that, even if it proved fruitless, the order should make preparations in advance.

Hearing the news, Johan heaved a sigh of relief. There were few things more frustrating than stupid allies when fighting together. He was fortunate that the other side had listened.

โ€˜๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ.โ€™


Although he had set up a camp and stopped, there was still work to be done. An army is like a living organism that is constantly moving even when left alone.ย ย 

Johan set up a camp along the river. If there was one thing that impressed Johan in Vynashchtym, it was their fortification skills. The elite soldiers of Vynashchtym built fortifications much faster and sturdier than mercenaries digging trenches and setting up defenses.

The knowledge he had learned there was also evident in setting up the current camp.

โ€œYour excellency. We have received permission from the Order.โ€ย ย 

โ€œFinally? Thatโ€™s a relief.โ€

Johan was glad to hear that he could bring some of the soldiers into the Orderโ€™s fiefdom. He planned to send knights and sub-captains to take care of defense and reconnaissance.

Unless there was a special purpose, there was no need to gather many personnel in one place. It was better to divide them appropriately and scatter them for supplies and combat.

An army in this era was just a loose cluster of dozens or hundreds of groups. Since the enemies could not charge all at once, the allies had to prepare accordingly.

Since knights also participated in battles with their soldiers, it would be sufficient help just to position them at key locations.

โ€œGo north along the highway. There is a small castle nearby, so defend using that castle if needed. Report the number of enemies that appear, no matter how many there are.โ€

โ€œYes, your excellency. I will not disappoint you!โ€

After giving orders to some knights, Johan himself moved with the elite troops. His own eyes were always the best.ย 

โ€œFortunately, the atmosphere does not seem too bad.โ€

โ€œThere are benefits to gaining trust.โ€

Suetlg nodded at Johanโ€™s words. No one would be unafraid when over a hundred armed heavy infantry passed by.

However, the villagers did not seem too frightened, just cautious. Thanks to Count Yeatsโ€™ flag.

There could be no easier way to earn cooperation in the region. Johan stayed and enjoyed the enthusiastic hospitality of the village chief.

โ€œBut my dear.โ€


โ€œWhat if the enemies do not come?โ€

โ€œ. . .โ€

In fact, it was more problematic if the enemy did not come than if they came. Johan was quite embarrassed.ย ย 

Of course, given Johanโ€™s position, he would not be mocked, but it would have been better if they came. That way Johanโ€™s suffering would have been recognized.

โ€œHmm. Bluea-gong made a perceptive point.โ€ย ย 

โ€œCaenerna is not. . . the type of person to betray. . .โ€

โ€œEven if she is not the type to betray, she could still make a mistake. She could have been deceived.โ€

โ€œCaenerna is not even Jyanina. . .โ€ย ย 

Although Johan spoke like that, his voice was completely deflated. Iselia, thinking she had spoken nonsense, fretted trying to comfort Johan.

โ€œI-Itโ€™s alright. My dear. Even prophets make mistakes occasionally. Even if that happens, I think itโ€™s thanks to you that the invaders could not come.โ€ย 

โ€œThank you, Iselia.โ€

โ€œIf anyone insults you for this, I will challenge them to a duel.โ€

Johan changed the subject, pretending not to hear.ย 

โ€œ. . .Just in case, it would be good to prepare some excuses or explanations.โ€

โ€œIt should be enough just to subdue some monsters or rogue gangs. From what Iโ€™ve seen, the Order people will be satisfied with just that.โ€

With the persuasive power of the Order combined with Johanโ€™s reputation, even raiding a goblin lair could be turned into a heroic legend.

Of course, Johan would not boast about raiding a goblin lair, but. . .

โ€˜. . .๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ?โ€™

Using Jyaninaโ€™s skills to somehow disguise a manticore corpse and. . .

โ€œCount! Count!โ€


Hearing the desperate cries from outside, Johan turned his head. A serf holding a torch was desperately shouting in the darkness.ย ย 

โ€œHonorable and faithful Count Yeats, I beg you to listen to me. . .โ€

โ€œCatch him! Fool!โ€ย 

โ€œMarak, who is this guy trying to catch! Stay still!โ€

Before his subordinates could even move, the villagers came running hastily and grabbed the serf.

It was quite rude to just run up to a nobleman and make a request, but more than that, this was not even Count Yeatsโ€™ fiefdom.ย ย 

It was inappropriate in itself to plead for help from a count who was not their lord, and it could insult their own masterโ€™s dignity.

Why ask another count for help when they have a perfectly fine master?

โ€œThatโ€™s enough. Letโ€™s hear what he has to say.โ€

Johan gestured to the village chief. The young countโ€™s attitude reassured the village chief for now. He did not seem annoyed or irritated at the disruption of his rest.

โ€œItโ€™s really nothing much. Itโ€™s just some local rogues, our feudal lord will soon take care of them.โ€

โ€œIf that were really so, would there be any reason to shout so desperately?โ€

โ€œ. . .โ€

โ€œGive him some liquor. Itโ€™ll loosen his tongue. I wonโ€™t forgive any more interference.โ€

Unexpectedly, Johan was even more cordial. After some drinks, the serf seemed to gain some courage. He babbled on about the rogues he encountered while herding pigs.

โ€œAs soon as they saw me, they shot arrows at me! After that I was too scared to even enter the woods. . .โ€

โ€œDidnโ€™t you hire any mercenaries?โ€

Whenever there are monsters, rogues or too many mercenaries near a town, isnโ€™t it common to hire more mercenaries? The village chief looked embarrassed as he said:

โ€œWe sent them twice but both times they did not return. . .โ€

โ€œI see.โ€ย ย 

Johan nodded.

He was rather bored of visiting around and just waiting to be treated. This was good timing. Not only would he get to express his thanks, cutting off several necks would also serve as a good excuse later.

Even if he claimed to have driven off the mercenaries, it was obvious these villagers did not have the means to afford decent quality mercenaries. No matter how many rogues there were, they would melt away when facing Johanโ€™s elites.ย 

โ€œItโ€™ll be a hunt at dawn. Letโ€™s take a look at the faces hiding in the woods!โ€

Hearing Johanโ€™s shout, his subordinates cheered loudly. The serfs seemed stunned, unable to even lift their heads.

โ€œM-My lord Count. To trouble his lordship the Count with such nuisance. . . Our feudal lord will. . .โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll explain it to your feudal lord. As a knight I cannot bear to stand still when facing enemies, heโ€™ll understand.โ€

Iselia nodded. Johanโ€™s words completely resonated with her.


โ€œHow boring.โ€

โ€œGo to sleep.โ€

โ€œI just stretched out and slept a while ago.โ€ย ย 

โ€œSleep more. Once you start moving, you wonโ€™t be able to sleep even if you want to.โ€

โ€œWhat nonsense. . .โ€

The rogues grumbled as they rolled old bone dice. There were many things they had to give up when they abandoned the town and hid in the forest. One of them was comfort.

Their bodies grew restless as they had to keep waiting in the forest to divide up their shares and head into town or the city.ย ย 

โ€œBut that job the captain brought in, is it really true?โ€

โ€œYou doubt the captain?โ€ย ย 

โ€œNo. . . Why would a well-off noble give us something like that when they have hundreds of soldiers?โ€

โ€œSometimes a quiet blade that can be used without a sound is necessary.โ€

The rogues were decently successful former mercenaries. Their captain was even acquainted with some lower nobles.ย 

After some trouble, they made a living as rogues. One day, the rogue captain came back with an excited look on his face and shouted.

โ”๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž!

โ”๐Ž๐ก? ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž?

โ”๐‹๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ข๐ง.

โ”๐–๐ก๐š, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ??

โ”๐€ ๐ง๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Œ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž. ๐‡๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ข๐๐ž ๐ข๐ญ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐›๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ.

Mereine City, one of the cities in the northern part of the peninsula, had amassed enormous wealth through the trade of textiles and wool. The observant rogue captain recognized the origin at a glance.ย ย 

โ”๐‡๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง, ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ก๐ž?

โ”๐Ž๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ. ๐‡๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ. ๐“๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ!

The reason didnโ€™t matter to the rogues. The point was they could raid some easy towns and receive more gold coins. Any loot they got while raiding was a bonus.

โ€œWait. I hear something.โ€

A shrill sound was heard from afar. It was the sound when something got caught in their traps.ย ย 

โ€œA boar must have gotten caught!โ€

โ€œOur captain has great skills. Letโ€™s go.โ€

โ€œBring it back neatly.โ€

The rogues praised their captainโ€™s skill and ran over. The rogue captain had been a hunter and served as a soldier before. He had many skills. Especially, his trap skills made it difficult for anyone to carelessly step foot in this forest.ย ย 

In the past, he had caught eight pursuers with his traps alone.

โ€œ. . .?โ€

What burst out from the bushes wasnโ€™t a boar, but a well-dressed young noble. The young noble was intrigued by the trap, turning it over in his hands.

โ€œKill him!โ€

The rogues followed orders and pulled out their short swords, moving to strike the young nobleโ€™s head.ย 

โ€˜๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต!โ€™

It would be such a waste to just kill a noble!

๐“๐ก๐ฐ๐š๐œ๐ค!ย ย 

With a dull thud, the sword in their hand disappeared. The rogues blinked, looking baffled.

What just happened?

โ€œAre you rogues who have been committing murder, pillage, rape, arson, and theft in this forest?โ€

โ€œUh. . .โ€

That was when the rogues noticed their surroundings. Dozens of heavily armed infantry were coldly staring at them. They were decked out in mismatched gear, while the rogues were thinly equipped after their long life on the run.

โ€œThe count asked you a question!โ€ย ย 


Violence rained down immediately. The soldiers gagged the rogues and beat them. While the men were being beaten up nicely, Johan looked over the traps.

โ€˜๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ.โ€™ย ย 

If Hunter Joseph saw this, he would have laughed. Just in case, he purposely triggered it to make a sound. He didnโ€™t expect something to get caught so perfectly.

He was lucky he didnโ€™t have to search the forest. Johan threw away the trap and turned his gaze.ย 

โ€œRemove their gags.โ€

โ€œUrk, count, Count. I, I didnโ€™t know it was you, please forgive my rudeness. . .โ€

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