𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟓𝟖: 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐞 (𝟏)
“They’re here! Let the non-combatants go first!”
From his saddle, General Kytes shouted and stopped his horse.
The carriage continues to race down the highway without slowing down, with Kirill and a minimum number of escorts.
Those left behind are a hundred elite soldiers under General Kytes and the six of us from [Hope].
The reason we’re not running away together is because we can’t stand being attacked at will if they catch up to us.
The Royal Army, which is approaching with a cloud of dust, seems to have more than two hundred soldiers.
“They must have forcibly gathered patrol units and inn security teams. How stupid.”
The one who sharply points out the truth in a foolish voice is, of course, Salieri.
The Royal Army that originally pursued us was estimated to be about 150. We’ve already defeated ten of them, so there are 140 left. As Salieri said, they probably gathered patrol teams on their rounds and security teams protecting inns along the way to increase their numbers.
By my estimate, about 240 in total.
In other words, about two and a half times our number.
Normally, this would put us at a significant disadvantage, but that’s only in terms of numbers.
There’s no unit that can operate normally while incorporating nearly the same number of people with different command systems and affiliations.
If increasing the number makes it impossible to maintain control, a small unit with a solid command system is much better.
Moreover, the enemy originally had more numbers.
In prioritizing numbers, the Royal Army has unnecessarily taken on a disadvantage.
“General Kytes. I’m thinking of scattering the enemy first, is that okay?”
I ask the general on horseback for permission.
“Since Kirill is not here now, I entrust all tactical actions to Lionel. Propose the strategy you think is best.”
What came back was a magnanimous response.
You’re the one who sent Kirill, the staff officer, ahead.
He’s probably planning to use me, or rather [Hope], as a sympathizer. This guy.
At this point, it would be a problem if they told us to run.
I’ll go along with it.
I nodded slightly and turned back to Miliaria.
“I need a big one. Scare the enemy.”
“If that’s the case, I have an idea. Mother Nel. Can I try it?”
Miliaria, who made a small victory pose, stepped forward.
The Royal Army is getting closer and closer.
If it were before, she would have definitely panicked.
She’s grown a lot.
She raises her Ice Wolf staff smoothly.
Pointing it directly at the front line of the Royal Army.
“Ice sphere! Three-way!!”
The three ice spheres don’t fly out immediately, they hover.
Before I could wonder, Miliaria produced another ice sphere.
It’s a wild technique to cast a three-way icicle lance.
The six ice spheres fly towards the Royal Army at high speed, spreading out radially.
This is a big move that even a royal palace magician can’t use often.
Even with the help of a magic item, she pulled off a large magic spell of a magician’s level.
As expected of my daughter.
I catch her small body that was blown back by the force of the launch.
“You’re amazing, Miliaria.”
“Not yet! Break!”
When Miliaria, extending her staff from my arms, shouted, the six ice spheres burst into countless pebbles.
They spread out like a net catching a school of fish and hit the Royal Army.
The Royal Army, rushing at high speed, jumped into death itself.
Their speed increased the power of the ice pebbles to a lethal level.
With just one blow, more than thirty were knocked out.
They were caught off guard and the hastily recruited troops stopped in their tracks.
Their coordination was disrupted.
“I know! Keep going!”
Without needing me to tell him, General Kytes spurred his beloved horse and charged into the enemy troops.
Following him are forty cavalrymen.
They run in a large arc to hit the side of the Royal Army, which is in disarray.
“The infantry also advances. If you go straight, the enemy soldiers scattered by the general will run away.”
The tip of my drawn sword points to a single spot.
It means to charge towards that point.
“It’s a sitting duck. Go and make a name for yourself!”
The infantry unit charges with a unified shout.
There are fifty of them.
Leading the charge are Asuka and Salieri.
As expected of the two who possess the talents of a “hero” and a “brave”. They seize the opportunity much faster than anyone else.
𝐓𝐋: (英雄)𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 (勇者)𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞
The ones remaining in the main camp are six wizards including Miliaria and seven monks including Meisha. It feels like Meg and I are the ones protecting them.
Well, we probably won’t need to protect them though.
“When we get to the city! The one with fewer kills pays the bill! SalI!”
“Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to make you pay.”
Asuka and Salieri charge into the enemy that has been pushed out and collapsed.
With perfect timing.
While mowing down the kingdom’s soldiers left and right.
“The magic squad will continue long-range magic attacks, the monk squad will focus on long-distance healing. Minimize our casualties.”
While watching the battlefield, I continue to give instructions.
Thinking things like, Miliaria’s grand magic was everything.
『”𝙰𝚠𝚎𝚋𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜.𝚌𝚘𝚖” – 𝙳𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘v𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚒v𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚕𝚘v𝚎, 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚍v𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚞𝚕𝚐𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚗𝚘v𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 “𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚞𝚙𝚍𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜” 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚒v𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚘 “𝚊𝚍v𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜”.』