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~3rd Person Perspective~
Ritsu had gone out to the front lines to take command.
In this kind of defensive battle, the morale of the troops is very important.
If you are commanding from the rear, your allies will not be willing to fight to the death.
However, when the general himself fights on the front line, the soldiers fight harder than usual in order not to die.
Naturally, when the general himself fights on the battlefield, the risk of dying increases.
This is not to say that Ritsu is not anxious when he goes to the battlefield.
The fear of death is always in his heart.
However, as a mercenary before serving Ars, Ritsu was accustomed to fighting for his life.
When he was a mercenary, he was not in a position to command, but in a position to receive commands.
Of course, he has fought on the front lines many times.
He had many times where he had almost died.
From his experiences on various battlefields, Ritsu had learned that as long as he kept his cool on the battlefield, he will not die.
As long as he kept his composure and acted properly, he was able to survive no matter how tough the battlefield was.
Of course, this was only possible due to Ritsu’s high level of bravery.
He took a deep breath and calmed his mind, saying that he would keep his cool even though his opponents would be attacking in numbers several times greater than his own.
The enemy soldiers were approaching.
It’s time to signal Charlotte and Musha to let their spells go.
Ritsu raised his right arm.
The mage who uses sound magic sounds a signal once he saw it.
At that moment, magic was released on the battlefield.
Ritsu was worried whether Musha could use high-powered magic properly, but his fears were unfounded.
Although it was less powerful than the magic she had first unleashed in the previous battle, it was still very powerful.
The combination of Charlotte’s stable and powerful magic made it as powerful as expected.
Enemy soldiers fall down.
They shot spell after spell and transformed the battlefield into hell on earth.
Then, the ether runs out and the magic stops.
It would take quite a while to get the ether into the large catalyst engine.
Until then, no one should pass through their area.
The enemy soldiers are approaching, running over the corpses.
Even if they see this hell, they are not scared.
They must have undergone tremendous training.
While Ritsu is impressed by the high level of skill of the enemy soldiers, he was also watching the timing of his orders to attack.
The infantry and cavalry would not charge yet.
There are mages with small and medium-sized catalyst engines behind them.
First, the magicians will attack and bombard the enemy.
Then, the cavalry will charge first, and finally, the infantry will charge.
Ritsu will not ride a horse this time.
As a leader, he thought it would boost morale more if he showed the soldiers that he fought hard.
The cavalry would be led by Braham and Cramant.
Braham was the strongest on the ground, but he was also quite good at controlling horses. Cramant is a top-notch fighter, no matter what he’s doing.
Both of them had enough ability to lead the cavalry.
The enemy soldiers were coming into range of the mages.
Seeing that, Ritsu raised his left hand to signal the mages to cast magic.
At the direction of Ritsu, the magic soldiers immediately took action.
They all use beginner magic.
It was an attack that would not do much damage to the enemy.
The enemy soldiers did not come without a plan, and they were accompanied by mages, and they were defending themselves, so their attacks could not penetrate.
If they use large catalyst engines, they can break down the defensive magic, but small and medium-sized catalyst engines can’t break it down.
A mage like Charlotte attacks can pierce their defense even with a small or medium-sized catalyst engine.
(First, we must defeat the enemy mages. The mages that are behind them….) (Ritsu)
Since they are behind the enemy, it is difficult to defeat them using infantry.
There are two ways to defeat them.
Using archers or moving the cavalry quickly, we can get behind them and surprise the mages.
Using archers to defeat mages is not an easy task.
The opponent knows it’s not good if the magician is targeted.
The medium-sized catalyst engine is shaped like a shield to provide protection for themselves as well. The small catalyst engine can be handled with one hand, so they hold a small shield with their vacant hand.
Since it has a decent defense, it is very difficult to defeat them with archers.
However, it is possible to slow down their marching speed.
If they run, it will be difficult for them to march while defending with their shields, so they will have to march on foot.
If they are separated, mages cannot cast defensive magic on the allied infantry.
The slower the mages march, the slower the infantry will inevitably march.
The mages cannot be killed, but there are merits.
But Ritsu doesn’t choose that method.
At present, he thought it would be meaningless to slow down the march speed a little.
He thought that if he didn’t break the formation of the enemy soldiers and make them retreat, he wouldn’t be able to buy enough time, and slowing down the march was not enough.
He concluded that he would have to use cavalry.
With the infantry, he would first start a melee with the enemy.
Once they had gained a temporary advantage in the melee and the enemy’s attention was focused on the infantry, they would mobilize their cavalry to get behind them and take out as many mages as they could.
After that, the infantry will retreat.
When the enemy soldiers chase after them, the mages attack to disrupt them, and at the same time, turn the infantry around and attack the disrupted enemy soldiers immediately.
That’s what Ritsu had in mind when he came up with his plan.
There were a few drawbacks though.
First of all, the morale of the enemy infantry was very high, and it was a question of whether they could gain the upper hand in a battle between infantry.
This would depend on his own command and effort, Ritsu thought.
Also, he would not let the archers aim at the mages, but at the enemy infantry.
The enemy infantry is rather equipped for mobility and does not seem to have high defensive capabilities.
It seemed possible to kill the enemy soldiers with archery attacks.
Perhaps this equipment was made with the idea that bow attacks would go to the mages.
All that was left were the cavalrymen who were attacking behind them. It was not an easy task. There was a chance that they might not succeed, and even if they did, there was a risk that they would be killed afterward.
Cramant and Braham will mainly lead the cavalry.
Both of them are very good with horses.
Braham will do well. The question is whether Cramant will do well, but if he were to run away here, he would not have come to reinforce Canale in the first place.
He probably came here with the promise of a large reward from Clan.
He believed that he would be able to do his job properly.
Ritsu then put together the plan in his head and started to act.
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