𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟓: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫
I left Piran Castle before dawn.
Not alone, but with fifteen soldiers borrowed from Zachalant, and including Asuka, Miliaria, Meisha, and Meg, we were a group of twenty.
Whether we were seen as a reconnaissance party, deserters, or a separate force plotting something.
Either way, the enemy could not afford to overlook this unit.
“Mama Nel. They’ve taken the bait.”
Meisha keenly spotted the enemy’s shadow.
As if to hold down our heads moving to the left from the castle, a mixed unit of goblins and wolves appeared from the forest ahead.
Their number is about fifty, far more than us, but their morale is clearly low and they can’t hide their fatigue.
They must be the survivors of the group that was ambushed and beaten up earlier.
Normally, such people would not be used anymore.
Because they can’t be counted as military strength.
“What’s the reason for doing something different from normal?”
Meg tilts her head.
Even if she didn’t, it would be strange.
They’re so weak that they seem to be crushed with a single blow.
“They’re pawns. They plan to push out a new unit when we’re tired from defeating them.”
Güney, who uses monsters as pawns, easily abandons and baits his allies.
That was something I knew.
“So what are we going to do?”
“We can ignore such guys. Rather, what’s important is where they came from.”
With a snap, I point to a corner of the forest with my broadsword.
The point where the goblins appeared.
That’s where Güney’s headquarters is.
Our unit continued to advance, and just before colliding with the goblins, we changed direction and started running into the forest.
Unable to keep up with this movement, the goblins staggered and crouched down, or screamed and ran away.
There’s no control or anything anymore.
If the option of not having to fight appears when morale is already low, this is what happens.
Those who would chase us and fight in this situation are probably already dead from the first battle.
Leaving the goblins and wolves behind, we approach the forest.
Then, six man-eating ogres appeared, breaking the branches with a crack.
A bit flustered.
They feel like Güney’s precious bodyguards.
What a waste.
If they had such forces, they should have used them in the previous assault.
Ogres, after all, are pieces that come alive when used in attack.
With a quick swing of my sword, our Lionel squad splits into two.
One is a squad of ten warriors centered on Asuka. They raise their swords with a shout and aim for the forest, bypassing the ogres.
Then, the ogres started chasing the Asuka squad, ignoring the rest of us.
With a thud.
“No, no. Aren’t they stupid? Those guys.”
“Ogres are stupid to begin with. The fact that they can’t use them well means that Güney, who is giving the orders, is even more stupid.”
I nod to Miliaria’s disgusted face.
The three wizards, including her, simultaneously fired magic.
At the backs of the ogres.
Frankly, they’re just targets.
Three ice spheres pierced three ogres from behind, turning them into awkward ice statues.
The main force of our main unit is these magic users. Three mages and two priests, and close-range fighters like me and Meg who protect them, make up five.
The remaining three ogres, who stopped in surprise and turned around, were attacked by the Asuka squad.
No matter how powerful a monster is, if it’s disturbed and attacked from behind, it’s helpless.
After all, it’s a disadvantage of three against ten.
The ogres are being defeated one after another. Their desperate swings of their huge clubs are rather pitiful.
Well, their strength is amazing, and if they hit, it’s a big damage.
You can easily be blown away.
But, the injured allies are healed by Meisha and another monk with recovery magic.
When the last ogre was cut down by Asuka, not even a quarter of an hour had passed since the start of the battle.
And, in fact, that was the end of all the fighting.
The answer to why might be that Meg and the Piran scout, who were supposed to be near me, are nowhere to be seen.
When eighteen of us entered the forest, a person who seemed to be Güney was lying in a slightly open place.
“Did you kill him?”
“No, I used a paralysis drug. He was so busy screaming at the ogres, he didn’t notice me approaching from behind. I thought it was a trap.”
Meg, with an indescribable expression, and the scout are nodding in agreement.
Well, for Güney, the six ogres must have been an absolute barrier.
Even though he’s completely misusing them.
There’s no way ogres can handle something as complex as a defensive battle.
“I defeated an ogre! I’m an ogre slayer!”
Asuka is boasting a lot.
It’s not wrong, but it’s not right either, is it? An ogre being controlled by a magical item, forced to move in ways that aren’t its natural characteristics, can’t even display half of its real strength.
You shouldn’t get conceited and think you’re a master ogre slayer from this.
I tap Asuka, who is raising her sword and shouting, on the head.
And then, at that moment.
“I thought I’d help if it got dangerous, but it didn’t, so I lost my timing to appear.”
With a very drawn-out voice, a shadow appeared from between the trees.
No, it’s not a shadow, it’s a dark elf.
Her distinctive features are her brown skin and silver hair.
And above all, her pointed ears.
“Ah, I’m Salieri. I came to catch the guy lying over there, a dog of the Masrur Kingdom.”
With a very sleepy face, she gave a very lazy self-introduction.
Both the soldiers of Piran and the four girls have very subtle expressions.
If I had to describe it, I guess I could say the atmosphere is very loose.