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It’s been a few days since I heard reports that the state of Sights has begun to move.
It was only Mireille’s prediction that Basamark would move and Clan-sama would not be able to send reinforcements. There was a possibility that she would be wrong, even with her superior intelligence.
I hoped that her prediction would be wrong, and I waited for the answer with my patience stretched far.
A messenger rushed into the room.
“Ars-sama! I received a reply letter from Clan-sama! Here it is!” (Vassal)
“Give it immediately!”
I immediately received the letter and read the contents.
The report from Clan-sama was as predicted by Mireille.
It seems that Basamark moved his army at the same time that Sights began preparing for the invasion.
It seems that he moved his troops on a fairly large scale, and even if he weakened the defense of his castle, he moved to recapture Beltud.
At first, Clan-sama thought he was making a gamble, believing in the defense of Alcantes Castle, but when he learned that Sights was also preparing to move, he realizes Basamark made a deal behind the scenes with Sights instead of just making a Gamble. It seems that he knew what has happened.
Beltud is a very important land that has been painstakingly conquered. He can’t be robbed of territory at this moment, so he has to do his best to defend himself.
Since there are so many soldiers from Alcantes, Clan-sama had to send a large number of soldiers as a response, and it seems that large-scale reinforcements would not be sent to Canale.
However, he does not plan on abandoning Canale, and although it will be a small number, some reinforcements will still be sent.
The number is 20,000.
The number of Canale soldiers is about 8,000, and although the total number is 28,000, which is still a big loss, the difference in the number of soldiers is no longer enough to cause the castle to fall immediately.
Although the number is small, it seems that the resources with which the troops will be sent were abundant.
It also states that the Metro mercenary corps will be sent as reinforcements.
The Metro Mercenary Corps have fought together with us before.
They are a very capable mercenary corps, led by a talented leader. I know that they will not cut corners from the previous battle, so I can trust them.
It seems that Clan-sama is thinking that he will always drive away Basamark and go to reinforcements before Canale is dropped, so first of all, we have to earn time with this number.
The letter reminds me that he will definitely go and send reinforcements, so even if I am in an inferior position, I should not give up but fight and never surrender.
It seems that he knows that if this really goes wrong, I may surrender.
Well, there is a difference in the number of troops, but if we stick on the defense, we may be able to defend. Clan-sama is capable in battle, and it will not be too difficult to push Basamark away. Let’s believe in Clan-sama and fight.
Anyway, we have to start the war council as soon as possible.
Currently, I’m at Canale Castle, and Ritsu is moving to a key point on the state border to build a camp, so he’s not here now. This time, it seems that there is no choice but to hold a war council without Ritsu.
Ritsu, who gives a calm opinion, can be relied upon during war councils, but there is nothing that can be done for now.
I gathered my vassals and started the war council.
“Hey it’s 20,000. Well, it’s a small number, but it’s no longer impossible.” (Mireille)
Mireille said after hearing the report from Clan-sama.
“If it’s more than doubled… it’s still pretty tough… but it’s nice to have the Metro mercenary corps… but the number to fight is…” (Russell)
Russell is muttering with a slightly pale face, he’s still in a negative mood.
“It would be nice to know more details about the enemy, as the number of strategic resources they have or the number of troops they have, do we have that information yet?”
The enemy’s information was checked by Shadow, and the information came in just before Clan-sama’s letter came.
The army of Sights has not yet begun to invade Canale, but it seems that their aim is definitely Canale.
The number of soldiers is about 80,000 as originally expected.
There is an abundant number of soldiers.
It seems that they can continue to fight for at least a year.
Their magic resources are a little scarce.
Fire magic stones are rarely produced in Sights, and the most they can produce are earth magic ores.
Earth magic is useful for quickly creating earthen walls and moats. It is useful when defending, but it is unsuitable for attacking.
It seems that high-ranking magic soldiers can create and through hard iron to attack, but normal mages can only dig moats and make walls.
Because of the long history of bad relations with Sights, they don’t get to export many of the fire magic ores that are often found in Messiaen.
Flame Magic is magic most suited for offense, and without it, you would severely lack a way to attack.
However, there is a problem, and a small number of Ether of Explosion may be in their possession.
Ether of Explosion is required to use Explosion Magic.
Explosive magic ores, which is the raw material for ether, is produced only in Messiaen, but it seems that it is not exported to Sights. But it seems that they have some for some reason.
Perhaps Basamark sent it in some way.
Explosion Magic is magic that gives you a great advantage when attacking. It was used by Charlotte, so I know its power.
Shadow also brought in the information that there are some well-known mages, though not as strong as Charlotte.
They may not be as terrifying as Charlotte when attacking, but it may be possible for them to use explosive magic with considerable power.
In addition, it seems that the invasion will not be led by the new governor of Sights, but by a man named Borotz Heigand, the most loyal vassal of the new governor and the man who was instrumental in the success of his rise to power.
It seems that he is a very capable commander, and he has defeated 100,000 enemy troops with 30,000 soldiers. It is said that the defeat at that time caused great damage and led to the defeat of the former Governor of Sights.
If I think about it, the enemy was a force that had succeeded in winning the war, and they probably had some excellent people.
It’s better not to think that I am the only one who has good vassals.
“Abundant troops, a small amount of ether of fire, a small amount of ether of explosion. However the enemy commander is an excellent person…? … How is the morale? It’s an important factor in the war.” (Russell)
“It seems that it isn’t too high, probably because the battle started immediately after their big battle.”
“Oh, morale isn’t that high, but if the opponent is a good general, he may have a way to boost the morale of his soldiers, so I wonder if they are truly weak in that aspect.” (Russell)
Russell gave a prediction.
“There is no change in the difficulty of the situation.” (Mireille)
Mireille, who heard the information, muttered. Although she says it’s tough, her face is grinning.
“Do you think you can win?” (Russell)
“The goal of victory this time is not to inflict heavy losses on the enemy army, but to drive them away. Then victory is not impossible.” (Mireille)
Russell nods to Mireille’s words.
“That’s right. There is some merit for Sights’ army in attacking Canale. Maybe Basamark promised them something. What they might lose is probably less than what Sights might gain by attacking Canale. I don’t know what they’ll get by attacking Canale, but they wouldn’t want to if a lot of them could die.” (Mireille)
“… In other words, we should make Sights think that the disadvantages are greater if they attack.” (Russell)
“For now, it’s just a battle where we have to hit hard. We are going to break their nose. If we attack the enemy first and demoralize the enemy at the same time, no matter how good the opponent is, it will take time for them to rebuild. There is also a high possibility that they will not forcefully make a counter-attack.” (Mireille)
Mireille talked about how to make the enemy think that the disadvantages of attacking Canale are greater.
Do you break the enemy’s nose?
It may certainly be the best way to chase away the enemy even if we lose in numbers.
There is Charlotte, a ridiculously strong mage, and Ritsu, who is quite good at commanding soldiers.
Furthermore, if the Metro mercenary corps also comes to as reinforcements, the quality of the troops is not something that can easily be defeated by the enemy army. No, I can think that we have a high chance to reach our goals.
“I think we need to borrow a lot of Charlotte’s power again.”
“I’m counting on you, sister Charlotte.” (Russell)
Russel said to Charlotte, who was attending the war council with them.
She was sleeping while snoring. Probably because she didn’t understand the planning. She has quite the dumb face as she drools oblivious to her environment.
I was a little worried that I had to entrust her with Canale’s fate, but well, whenever she uses her magic on the battlefield, she becomes amazing like a monster, so I will have to trust her…
“Get Shadow to report the enemy’s movement, find out how they will attack, and then set up a place where we could take a more advantageous position. Even if we are in a better position, they will attack us because we are outnumbered and think they can win. We should try to beat them back. That’s what I think.” (Russell)
Russell said. Anyway, it seems that we need to wait for the enemy to move for now.
Shadow is excellent, but it is not possible to find out what kind of tactics the enemy army will use to attack. If we have enough time, they may find out, but the enemy won’t give us that much time.
The enemy’s tactics would have to be anticipated by Russell and Mireille.
The war council ends here.
Reinforcements arrived before Shadow could give us information about the Sights Army.
The enemy seems to be slightly delayed in transporting ether and has not yet entered the battlefield. It seems that they have a higher amount of ether than what Shadow initially reported. The threat level of the enemy army has increased a little.
However, our reinforcements brought in ether of fire, also 20,000 people came as reinforcements, so our fighting power was considerably increased.
Besides, the Metro mercenary corps was also coming, and I reunited with the leader, Cramant.
“I am glad to meet you again.”
Surprisingly, I had a quick reunion with Cramant.
He still had the same cold eyes. When he looks at me, I feel as if I’m freezing.
“I don’t know that a child like you is the mayor. Is it because of your strange eyes?” (Cramant)
Cramant said. Did anyone tell him that I have appraisal skills?
Cramant said he didn’t like my eyes, and maybe he noticed it himself.
His eye for observing people is far from ordinary people.
He is excellent and I hope he will be my vassal, but I feel that even if I try to recruit him now, I will never succeed.
He is a man who has an atmosphere that he is not willing to serve under others.
If he doesn’t like it, he won’t become my vassal.
“Well, I don’t care about your situation. I’ve heard that this time it’s quite a crisis. I’m getting a lot of money, so I’ll do my best.” (Cramant)
I said the words from the bottom of my heart.
He is a man who works as hard as the amount of money he received as a mercenary. It’s no wonder that Clan-sama pays a tremendous amount of money, so we can expect him to work hard on the battlefield.
We took our reinforcements and headed for the most important Khmer fort on the border of the province.
If the Khmer fort is conquered by the enemy, it will be quite severe, so we will station a lot of soldiers here.
The main force will also be here, and instructions to the soldiers will be sent from here.
Ritsu quickly deployed a camp and laid a line of defense on the road near the fort.
The most ideal battle would be the one at the very front of this line of defense, where we would inflict heavy losses on the enemy, and Sights would retreat, thinking that there was no merit in attacking us.
It was reported that the Sights army had begun to move while moving troops and preparing for the war.
Finally, the battle with the Sights army has begun.
“Did the enemy finally move? Well, the purpose of this time is to land a big blow to the enemy in the first skirmish and finish the match early. So I’ll have Ritsu, Charlotte, and the Metro mercenaries fight on the front lines from the start. Go!”
“Yes sir!” (Ritsu)
Ritsu replied immediately. Neither Charlotte nor Cramant objected in particular.
“Strategically, I want to win the first skirmish, but if the enemy army is stronger than we expected and the tide of the battle will get worse, retreat immediately without being reckless, and do not fight to the death.”
I can’t afford to lose Ritsu.
The ideal way to win the war is to win a big victory in the first skirmish and the enemy withdraws, but sometimes it doesn’t work as well as we hope.
However, even if that happens, we don’t have to worry too much about our troops and resources, and considering that Clan-sama is likely to send us a large number of reinforcements, it is possible that we will manage to earn time…
Of course, this could be tough and I could lose a lot of my troops.
There is also a risk that they will attack deep into the Canale territory and raze the territory to the ground.
However, there is no doubt that the most ideal development would be to win a big victory in the first match and drive it away.
Ritsu nodded to my words, but he might end up trying too hard in the war. In a sense, this is what I’m most worried about.
Cramant is a mercenary, and Charlotte will not hesitate to withdraw because she is not a very serious person, but Ritsu is serious and loyal, so he might make a mistake when it comes to this. Absent.
I’m at Fort Khmer, so I’m very worried because I can’t give instructions near them.
I asked if I should go to the front with him, but it was stopped.
I’m the mayor of the county and the leader of Canale. If I am defeated there, it will be difficult to take command of the soldiers and the loss will be heavy. I realized once again that protecting myself now is directly linked to protecting my vassals and territories.
“Then I’m moving out.” (Ritsu)
I was worried about seeing Ritsu heading to the battlefield with the soldiers.
It doesn’t matter if we win or lose; I thought it would be fine as long as they could return safely.
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