Kyuuketsu Hime Wa Barairo No Yume O Miru / Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru Vol 1 Chapter 11
Episode 11 Fighting Alone
Apart from the White Dragon mountain range to the north, the other cardinal points of Arra City are made up of great plains.
As an important traffic point, various main roads run through the flat terrain. Travelers would be very grateful for it, but the open area has no shelter or detour routes and the view range is wide, so other than clashing with an enemy head on, almost no tricks could be used in fights.
“…A trench is the best we could do huh? But it would be nice if we had the chance to dig up the trench.”
While viewing the enemy rider who rode on the top of a beast type monster, Vice Guild Leader Gald muttered to himself with a bitter face.
It doesn’t matter what way the opponent is being lead by the ogre king, it’s still a monster after all. Not using their mind and trusting only their instinct, the monsters should be rushing headlong towards the city, but contrary to expectations, the enemy movement is so surprisingly well organized that the first part of the plan is beginning to fall apart.
The plan was to dig the trench and lie in wait to ambush, forming groups to target the masses of enemies that come to attack. First, the initial strike would be conducted by archers and catapults from a long distance. Next, when the enemy gets disorderly, magicians and elementalists who hid in the trench would conduct the attack from a middle distance.
At that time, from the same trench several adventurers who were escorting and standing by will leap out, scatter individually, and attack the enemies.
With the situation fully in chaos, the military troops would be the main hammer joining in and in one fell swoop, aim for the ogre king head. That’s how was the plan on the human side, but it appears on the monster’s side, they are going to use the riders to reach the humans quickly and seal off this side’s archers and magicians. Then with that, the main force would come surging in. It seems they plan to bring themselves close to get into hand to hand combat and have an overwhelming position.
“―I hope they were brought down by the archers and magicians before getting closer.”
I don’t have field experience, so for that reason I left all the rights to command this battle to you and with me as the best magician here, I am going to the front lines. Thinking about Collard, Gald gulps down his bitter saliva.
While gazing aimlessly at the front of the battle operation command post, a pavilion which extended atop the grasslands, there was a face among the armed adventurers that he recognized, reflexively he called out to that person to halt.
That person who was being called out, Joey, spontaneously stood completely still on the spot.
“What the hell are you doing?”
Gald uttered his shocked words while walking slowly towards him.
“O-of course, I am participating in battle to intercept the monsters!”
“Haa? You’re still F rank right? Didn’t the obligatory mobilization order tell E rank and below to stay back?
“…That’s true but…but I can’t stay silent at a time like this. I can at least swing my sword!”
“You’ll just be a hindrance. A boy like you should get away from this place quickly!”
Judging that what Joey was doing was child egoism, Gald spit out his words with irritated tone.
“…Where will I get away to anyway? Isn’t the shelter already full with woman and children, old people, and people who couldn’t fight? If we lose here those people will be eaten by the monsters anyway, right?”
Gald sunk into silence after getting hit with a bullseye.
Surely the great majority of adventurers that could be called full-fledged, or D rank and above so to speak, are participating in the battle according to the guild’s obligatory mobilization order, but they number 7,000 people. An additional 500 people from the stationed army and 2,500 volunteers total 10,000 troops. Compared to the 7,000 troops of the monsters it should be a 3000 surplus, but theoretically, to deal with monsters there needs to be at least three times the number of humans compared to monsters.
Presently their number is not enough to overwhelm the monsters.
At the current time, they’re in such a bind that they could use anybody who is willing to fight.
“…But you know, boy, you are still young. No one will complain even if you escape alone now.”
Hearing such words, Joey gives off a strange expression like smiling while crying.
“Mia-san also said that to me recently.”
Her existence is similar to Gald, who until this year was unmarried. He told her again and again many times over to evacuate before the battle operation began, but she stubbornly covered her ears and even now, she is here somewhere, checking on the materials and coordinating the relief squad.
“―Besides,” Joey smiled embarrassingly, “this morning, Hiyuki made her appearance all of sudden.”
Gald frowned hearing that name. After all, it’s unlikely that Hiyuki had any intention to help at all according to her declaration when she disappeared back then.
“She said, ‘Joey, you’re weak, therefore you should take Mia-san and run away’, really having such useless concerns. Saying things like I’m unreliable as she likes.”
“Muh…it’s annoying, but I have the same opinion as her.”
“I won’t do that―no, I can’t. That girl wasn’t escaping either, she said something unthinkable: ‘This is a very rare chance, and I am gonna watch this on a special seat’. If that’s the case, in order to make sure that the monsters don’t find her, I’ll go ahead!”
Towards Joey who said that full of determination, Gald was about to say ‘That person who you fell in love with is more unthinkable than you think’, but he saw the boy’s facial expression and swallowed his words. Faintly, his eyes and mouth loosened.
―That boy is showing the face of a real man.
“Boy…no, Joey. We are adventurers; even in this battle operation we consider our survival important. Not to mention you.. having the kind of behavior that makes two girls worried!”
Joey was replying full spirit and joined up with other group of adventurers with a quick pace.
“…this is the kind of thing that is said to be a guys only chat huh?”
Bypass the implementation of the evil eye and hearing the conversation between Joey and Gald, I unintentionally leaked such an impression of it.
Well, perhaps this is a hard obtained personal experience…?
“Is something the matter, Princess?”
Ten’gai who returned to his golden dragon (Naga Raja) shape and carried me far away floating on the sky above the battlefield asked me a question curiously. I replied to him that nothing was bothering me and looked down below.
Although those human beings should look like nothing bigger than sesame seeds, to me right now I can see them clearly, even each one of their faces.
“Which side do you think would win, Ten’gai?”
“It would be the monsters.” Ten’gai easily made his statement. “It’s really not a question with that degree of arms and the number difference.”
“Yes…I guess I have the same opinion. If the human beings want to gain victory, in the first place they have to take the numbers advantage. With 20,000 adventurers from E rank or G rank who didn’t participate in battle, in addition to mobilizing everyone who was willing to fight like even woman and children, they would press the enemies down with overwhelming numbers. There no other choice but to throw them in as extra manpower to stop the enemy’s movement, right?”
Well, with that situation too there would be a considerable amount of victims.
“However, that guild leader can’t make the decision.”
“It seems so. In a situation where you ought to sacrifice 50 people to save 100 people when needed, he seems like a person who would want to save 99 out of 100 and ends up getting everyone killed.”
As an individual he could possess a good will, but as someone who stands in the top position, he is really unbelievable.
To begin with, I have already given out many hints and yet he just uses his means to arose my sympathy. For example, he could gather information about the Lost Era as a top priority or he could have conspired with me in the background while keeping allegiance with the country as a front, anything would acceptable. Collard can’t be on that level, so I can’t help but see him as unfit to be a negotiation partner.
“Really what a foolish one that human being is.”
Ten’gai leaked his scorn. But come to think of it, I wonder if on the inside I’m still a human? Most recently I wasn’t really aware of it, but perhaps my outward appearance and environment are influencing me. While thinking about that I made my speech.
“Still, various things will take place so it’s going to be interesting.”
After that, by chance, I recognize the face of a human being who was moving around inside a group of human beings, to that figure I utter my words softly.
“I already warned you Joey. However I see that seems to be your choice…”
It’s impossible to remember how many monster were already killed anymore.
At the beginning, the front line was holding out, but getting penetrated by enemy riders forced the firepower into a halt. Afterwards the front line was slowly pushed back as a result, before anyone knew it they were divided into parts and fighting with monsters.
Without knowing the battle situation nor the location of his allies, Joey too fought together with his company, but before he knew it one person had collapsed, two people were eaten, and again….then, when he realized it he was alone.
He drove through the battlefield holding his sword which was covered in blood, once in a while he killed the enemies that came across.
『Keep your distance, keep them within your field of vision!』
『Against a living monster’s reflexes, that obvious attack isn’t gonna hit!』
『Watch your opponent’s movement, don’t attack on your own except to feint it!』
He moved according to the instructions he got merely a few days ago, but he was surprised by himself; he could fight decently against the monsters.
Even so, the opponent’s attack made wounds on Joey’s body little by little, each time he fought it remarkably exhausted his body.
At that moment, an ogre appeared before his eyes.
“―Tch! Bring it on!”
Together with a roar the ogre swings its huge mace, and Joey read the mace trajectory to evade it by stepping back. Then he swung his long sword downwards, aiming for the ogre arm that was fully extended.
But it seems his stamina was at its limits, the sword cut shallowly into the ogre flesh and didn’t go any further. This made the ogre go mad and it threw its huge mace sideways, simultaneously clashing with Joey’s sword that was being pulled out.
In the next moment, the boy’s body rolled along the ground like an old rag. Forcibly retaining his consciousness that seemed to pause, Joey searched for his long sword which had separated from him. Looking around the surrounding area, his eyes saw the blurry figure of the ogre that had fallen with his long sword stabbed into its neck.
“…at least I beat it…but, I wonder if this is also my limit.”
The shock from getting hit made 5-6 of his bones break.
Even his remaining stamina was used up.
When the next opponent appears, he can’t fight anymore.
“…Mia-san, Hiyuki, I wonder if they safely escaped…”
As he murmured that, Joey’s eyelids slowly sunk.
RIP in peace Joey
I don’t even think Hiyuki is thinking like a guy anymore or a human for that matter..