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(I guess they were both
worried after all. I guess they want their children and grandchildren to have a
happy life, even if it is mediocre. And it’s enough that I’m the only one out
of standard… ) (Zack)
Afterward, I told my mother
congratulations and looked longingly at my siblings.
Their eyes weren’t even open
yet, and I honestly couldn’t tell who they looked like, but I was filled with
the euphoria of adding to my own family.
When my father lifted them up
in his arms, they began to cry in unison, and the house was filled with happy
Before I knew it, the storm
outside had subsided.
The twins were named
Theophilus and Seraphine, respectively. They would be called Theo and Sera.
The Lockhart family became all
the more lively with the birth of the twins. Molly and Tricia are busy taking
care of their mother and the twins, but they both seem to enjoy their work.
In July, Polly and Claire gave
birth one after the other.
Polly gave birth safely to a
boy and Claire to a girl, and the three of them, including their mother, are
together more often.
I don’t know if it is indeed
too hard to breastfeed the twins or if they have other ideas, but it is as if
the three of them are raising four babies.
By the way, Polly’s baby is
named Lyle, and Claire’s is named Eunice.
And as for whether or not they
are “God sent,” which is the most important question for me, there
was no revelation of any kind for either of them.
The only other child I have
left is Jean’s child to be born in September, but since it was not born to the
three people closely related to me, I am optimistic that it will not be born in
My brother and sister are
first, and both are adorable babies who are likely to grow beautiful because of
our Father’s and Mother’s blood. I do not deny the possibility of favoritism,
but objectively speaking, I am sure of it.
In mid-July, just before Polly
and Claire’s birth, two pieces of information arrived in the village of
Information provided by a
merchant from Kilnarc, The first was a follow-up report of a large-scale demon
invasion in the eastern part of the Kingdom of Caum, located south of the
village, and the second was that a large-scale demon defeat had taken place in
Pericritor, the kingdom of adventurers.
A summary of the invasion of
the demonfolk is as follows.
On May 12, thousands of monsters
rushed into Fort Tower, the front line of the Kingdom of Caum.
A garrison of nearly 1,000 men
was stationed at Fort Tower, but they struggled against attacks by flying monsters.
The Kingdom of Caum requested support from other countries, and they themselves
rushed 2,000 soldiers to Tower.
On May 25, the 7,000-strong Demon
Army attacked with no regard for damage and finally conquered Fort Tower.
The 2,000 reinforcements from
the Kingdom of Caum learned from the soldiers who had retreated from the fort
that they had not made it in time. Considering the danger their army could fall
into, while outnumbered. Rather than being destroyed individually, they decided
to retreat and wait for reinforcements from other countries.
The Kingdom of Caum’s army
deployed a skillful retreat and toyed with the Demon Army without inflicting and
taking serious damage.
After a month-long retreat,
the Caum Royal Army was pushed to a position near the Ars Highway, a major
highway, and was encamped at the foot of a mountain called Acrychain, about 20
km east of Barbeige, the post town of the road. Was there.
On June 23, the Caum Kingdom
Army, which had received reinforcements from Fortis, the land of mercenaries,
and the Kingdom of Lux, made a complete switch from its previous passive
strategy and launched a major offensive.
The commander of the Kingdom
of Caum planned to launch a large-scale pincer attack jointly with the
reinforcements. He asked 1,500 reinforcements from Fortis and 1,000
reinforcements from the Kingdom of Lux to hide behind Mount Acrychain and
attack the rear of the pursuing Demon Army. The strategy was to serve as a
decoy and draw out the demonic forces through a deceptive retreat.
The 6,000-strong Demon Army
began to pursue the retreating Caum Royal Army, but the Caum Royal Army,
skillful in defensive battles, slowly retreated westward at the foot of Mount
Acrychain while using delaying tactics.
Just before sunset, when the Demon
Army was beginning to think that it would remain on the defensive that day, the
Caum Royal Army suddenly launched a reversal offensive. This signaled the
appearance of Fortis and Lux reinforcements behind the Demon Army, and the Demon
Army was thrown into turmoil.
The mercenaries of Fortis,
riding on their own momentum, rushed into the Demon Army, but with the demon’s
side, even outnumbered, managed to hold their ground and, conversely, planned
to destroy them all one by one.
The Demon Army decided to
defeat the reinforcement side first and chose the Lux army, which had fewer
numbers, as their target. However, the persistent fighting of Lux’s warriors stopped
the demonic forces.
The Kingdom of Caum and Fortis
forces, who did not miss the opportunity, went on the offensive, and the Demon Army
was crushed by attacks from three directions. The Kingdom of Caum’s army
relentlessly pursued, and on June 30, they finally recaptured Fort Tower.
The events in Pericritor, the
land of adventurers, also involved the village of Rathmore.
To begin with, information
about the orc and ogre packs had come from Kilnarc at the end of February.
In other words, it all started
with the information the Lockhart family had passed on to us.
The information was delivered
from the Adventurer’s Guild branch in Kilnarc to the general headquarters in Pericritor.
Like the Kilnarc branch, the
general headquarters doubted the veracity of the information, but just to be
safe, it was passed on to neighboring branches as warning information.
Every year, around mid-March,
when the snow melts, adventurers become active. And in the same way in the
southern town of Pericritor, adventurers went into the forest to hunt for monsters
that move in the spring.
In mid-April, the Adventurer’s
Guild branch in Kilnarc sent out a request for an investigation into the
whereabouts of the orcs, just in case. In response, a party of adventurers
ventured north from Kilnarc. They discovered a large herd of demons in the
forests ahead of them.
They found a herd of nearly
two hundred orcs. The location was about 30 km north of Kilnarc and about 150
km southeast of Pericritor, and they had established a settlement there.
Further reports came in.
In late April, another party
entered the forest from the village of Tisect, southeast of Pericritor, in
response to a request to take down a huge spider, the Giant Spider. Then, about
20 km east of the village, they found a huge footprint.
They were the footprints of an
ogre, a giant over three meters tall.
The information was
immediately conveyed to the general headquarters of Pericritor. The information
was then compared with the information from Kilnarc, which had been delivered
two months earlier, and it was concluded that there had been a large-scale movement
The headquarters ordered a
large-scale survey of adventurers in Pericritor.
The summoned adventurers
surveyed the forests at the foot of the Aquila Mountains, following the traces
of orcs and ogres.
On May 15, the orc pack seemed
to have moved north from the settlement where it had been discovered and was
found again about 25 km southeast of the village of Tisect. The ogre had
likewise moved to the northwest and was found about 15 km north of the village
The general headquarters
called for an emergency meeting to defeat both demonic groups.
On May 20, 1,000 adventurers
were summoned and moved to Tisect Village.
On May 25, the adventurers
were divided into groups of 500 to destroy the ogres to the north and the orcs
to the southeast, and they began their march.
With an overwhelming volume of
material, they destroyed 200 orcs and 14 ogres that day. The surrounding area
was scouted for more than a month, but no large herds were found. The Adventurer’s
Guild’s quick action solved the problem without causing any damage.
There was a continuation to
The two stories may be
The orcs and ogres may have
been sent to the rear to coincide with the demonfolk invasion.
The Kilnarc branch had
accidentally received information about the orcs, and the general headquarters
had responded quickly, so the timing was off and the invasion could not be
linked to the invasion. If the orcs and ogres around Pericritor had not been
discovered by the beginning of May, some villages would have been attacked. If
that had happened, they said that forces could have been allocated to defeat
them around Pericritor in order to deal with the situation.
The leaders believed that
there was much that was unnatural about the movements of orcs and ogres this
Why did orcs and ogres, which
are supposed to move on instinct, not attack villages and towns in their path
and move to the vicinity of Pericritor? Why did they move to surround the small
village of Tisect?
And why did the demon folks,
which had not moved in the past few years, suddenly invade?
The peddler told me that there
were discussions in various countries and guilds, but no conclusion had been
I listened to him and
remembered what God had said.
(If this invasion is not for
the purpose of the invasion itself, but to get rid of the “Fated Child”
the one sent by God… It makes sense. But even the demon folks are followers
of Noctis, the God of Darkness. It is hard to believe that Noctis, the God of Darkness,
one of the 12 gods, would order them to do so. If that were the case, then who
would do it…) (Zack)
I ponder deeper, but,
(I can’t even make a deduction
because I don’t have enough information. It seems irresponsible, but at least
this village wasn’t the target. Then there’s nothing I can do about it. At
least for now…) (Zack)
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