Chapter 32: Heroic Conditions
The first defense is successful.
The second defense battle erupted the following day.
But this is also.
“First line of defense! Don’t let any of them get close to the city!”
The knights, energized by the previous day’s battle, easily defeated the demons.
A victory without a hitch
Two days later, the third defensive battle began.
A new demon horde is discovered, in addition to the planned progress.
The clash was between two different types of demons coming from opposite directions.
“Don’t increase the number of pointless battles! Keep the hordes apart! Archers, open fire!”
When different herds collide, they are more likely to start fighting with each other.
This is advantageous if the area is unprotected. Close combat, on the other hand, is best avoided by defenders.
For the defenders, the most important thing to avoid is melee.
The chain of command will be broken, and many people will die.
As a result, the first order of business is to separate the herds and respond with individual attacks.
His Highness’ presence is critical at times like these.
“Remain in formation! If you’re injured, take turns immediately and move to logistical support.”
“Those who have been injured, this way!”
On the one hand, when His Highness assumes command, the Knight Commander is relieved of his burden.
It also reduces decision-making delays.
I will also assist the injured.
The fighting was more intense than in the first and second battles.
However, due to the excellent command and efforts of the knights, we were able to break through.
“――There were seven minor injuries, no serious injuries, and no fatalities… It’s an excellent battle report. as one would expect from the kingdom’s knights.”
“We didn’t do it alone, because we received a lot of encouragement.”
We go over the current situation with the Duke and the Knight Commander present.
The Knight Commander takes a look at me.
“Phyllis-sama, I’d like to thank you once more for your assistance in getting us this far without any casualties, and I’d like to thank you on behalf of the Knights.”
“No, it’s because of your efforts—I was simply assisting you.”
“Your assistance was exactly what we required. If you’d been here last year, maybe we wouldn’t…”
The Knight Commander smiled bitterly.
He appears to be relieved that his men are safe this time.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to protect and serve them.
My grantmaking technique has proven to be effective in the field.
Having this confirmed has given me confidence as a grantmaker.
“Thank you so much, Your Majesty—It was a very specific instruction.”
“I did the same work I did last year; Phyllis is the reason for the significant difference in results.”
“You’re right—For us, Phyllis-sama is a goddess of victory.”
“She is a goddess.”
That’s a bit much of a compliment…
But that makes me happy.
Then one of the knights appears.
“Commander! Demons have been reported to be approaching from the southeast! “
“How many will there be, what kind will they be, and when will they arrive?”
“Ha! The number is estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000, the type is similar to the second battle, and the estimated arrival time is noon tomorrow.”
“I see; this will most likely be the final battle.”
The Knight Commander clenches his fist.
He extends his hand and issues the command.
“Inform the men! Prepare for battle tomorrow.”
The damage has been kept to a minimum, and our forces’ morale is still high.
Still, fatigue builds up.
We’ve just finished a series of battles with hordes of demons, the most intense of which was just now.
The next horde will arrive at noon tomorrow.
“… It’s a little early.”
“Yes. But this could be the end of the battle. This is our final stand. We will demonstrate what the Knights are made of.
“… Is this really the final one?”
Every eye is on me.
I had an idea while listening to their conversation.
The knight commander elaborated.
“Yes. No new herds have been reported by our reconnaissance teams at the various sites. The following one will almost certainly be the last.”
Then there are things that I can do in my own unique way.
It’s dangerous, but I’ve devised a strategy to protect as many people as possible.
“Your Highness, I have a request.”
This will be the most difficult task I’ve ever faced as a grantmaker.
The following day at noon
As expected, the horde is approaching.
The knights are already positioned and ready to fight.
I was standing directly behind them.
“Are you certain about this?
not against the wall, but right next to the knights.
a literal battleground.
I’m standing in a place that’s full of danger.
“I was taken aback by your proposal; I honestly didn’t think you had the guts to go through with it.”
“Neither did I… I’m surprised; in the past, I would never have been able to do or think of something like this…”
taking chances in order to protect someone else.
It was a step I would never have taken in the past because I was only concerned with myself.
But I saw it.
I’ve seen many people put their lives in danger.
people who believe in my abilities and will fight for me.
That’s why I’m standing here.
Despite the danger, I’m with them.
“Your Highness, you could have stayed on the wall.”
“Don’t underestimate me—I would never put my wife in danger… Everyone is paying attention.”
“Yes, that’s right.”
However, I wish you had told me you were concerned about me.
“I’ll be ready.”
A horde of demons is approaching.
They are as numerous as they have always been.
The knights are also ready, but their expressions show signs of fatigue.
Physical limitations due to fatigue can come at any time.
What if you trip and fall during a battle?
I’m not going to let that happen.
because I am here.
My power can shield them.
Many grants have been made.
This is without a doubt the largest and greatest of all grants.
A massive magical circle is formed to encircle all of the Knights and inflict the grantmaking technique on them all at once.
“My entire body feels light…”
“Is this Phyllis-sama’s power?”
Grantmaking on living organisms cannot be sustained over long periods of time.
In exchange, they use less magical power.
The effect on them is twofold.
Physical performance is improved, and the sense of pain is dulled.
The effect lasts about ten minutes, during which time they can perform as well as they did in the first battle.
“Let’s go! This is the final battle!”
The battle will start soon.
All that is left to do now is wait and see.
“Are you all right?”
“Yes—It’s just that my magic is completely empty.”
“You’ve done enough—this battle ends with our victory.”
His Highness was convinced.
And the battle will be over soon.
The final battle was the quickest, and everyone was pumped.
“Phyllis once said she wasn’t a hero.”
His Highness begins to speak.
He holds me in his arms while I’m feeling dizzy.
“Wouldn’t it be okay to be called a hero now?”
“…I suppose so.”
If there are prerequisites for being a hero.
I am now a――
“It is our complete victory!”
“””” Oh!!”””” (Knights)