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~3rd Person Perspective~
First of all, Ritsu asked a nearby soldier to deliver a message.
Since he would be fighting on the front line, he would not be able to give detailed instructions, and since he would not be able to accurately grasp the battle situation, it would be difficult for him to know when to dispatch the cavalry.
For this reason, he needed to tell Cramant and Braham, and let them decide when to dispatch the cavalry.
Braham may not be able to make a good decision, but Cramant is a mercenary with a wealth of experience.
He would undoubtedly be able to gauge when to take advantage of an opening.
After ordering the soldier to deliver the message, the time had finally come to fight on the front lines.
“Now charge! Follow me!” (Ritsu)
Ritsu led the infantry to intercept the enemy soldiers.
His own archers followed suit and showered the enemy soldiers with arrows.
At the front line, Ritsu fought while shouting at the top of his lungs.
The enemy soldiers came one after another. These agile soldiers, with their limited defensive capabilities, move fast.
No matter how hard he tried to kill them with his bow or slash them with his sword, they kept coming.
Meanwhile, Ritsu’s work was tremendous.
He cut down the approaching enemy soldiers one after another. He was completely impervious to their attacks. His armor was stained red with blood, and he fought like a demon.
Right next to Ritsu, Zack was a big success. [T/N: Who is this Zack? A new character out of the blue? Oh well, probably an LN or manga character.]
Zack, whom Ars had recruited as a powerful and swift warrior, was not very capable of leading an army, but he was very strong in hand-to-hand combat.
Ritsu was struggling but Zack is capable enough to guard his back.
The turbulent battle becomes even more fierce.
The other soldiers were inspired by the pair’s struggles.
The enemy soldiers were not intimidated by Charlotte’s explosions and continued to advance, but Canale’s soldiers charged forward with such vigor that they gradually intimidated the enemy forces.
Gradually, they gained the upper hand.
“Hah. Hah.” (Ritsu)
After slaying a number of enemy soldiers, Ritsu was starting to get tired.
No matter how strong he is, his physical strength will not last indefinitely.
Surely, he will not be able to fight soon.
When his strength was about to reach its limit, he would have to pull back.
Ritsu is well aware that if he is defeated here, Canale’s army will suffer great damage.
However, if he pulled back immediately, he would not be able to achieve his goal of buying more time.
(Still… I can still fight…!) (Ritsu)
(I’m still far from my limit here.) (Ritsu)
(I can fight more. I can take out the enemy soldiers.) (Ritsu)
(I continued to wield my sword, my heart burning.) (Ritsu)
“Well, it’s time to go.” (Cramant)
Said Cramant of the Metro Mercenary Corps, who was watching the battle from his horse.
Cramant decided that the focus of the enemy soldiers was nailed to the turbulent battle with the infantry soldiers and that it would be possible to go around and flank them.
“What? Can we go now?” (Braham)
Braham was not sure if it was a good idea to look at the battlefield as expected.
He has some experience on the battlefield.
However, he had little experience fighting on the front lines, as he was perceived as a total dunce with only his exceptional interpersonal fighting skills.
It was impossible for him to accurately grasp the current status of the enemy soldiers.
“Well, I’m going with you because you seem to know more than I do!” (Braham)
The old Braham would have followed his own instincts and charged in here, but he had learned to follow others.
With Ritsu’s guidance, he had grown a bit.
Cramant and Braham’s cavalry began to move quickly.
Since this was a surprise attack, the total number of cavalrymen was not very numerous.
If there were too many, the enemy would notice them too quickly, and the overall performance of the cavalry would be compromised.
This time, the total number was about a hundred. Only the most capable of the cavalry would take part in the surprise attack.
The members of the Metro Mercenary Corps outnumbered the cavalry of the Canale army.
It was partly because they were led by Cramant, but purely because the members of the Metro Mercenary Corps were better at handling horses.
Many of them seemed to have had considerable training and were capable of fighting as one.
The elite cavalrymen were quick and steady, aiming for the mages behind the enemy soldiers.
The enemy soldiers, who had no time to look around in the melee, did not notice the approach of the cavalry.
They immediately approached the mages.
The mages, who were concentrating on casting defensive magic, panicked when they noticed the approach of the cavalry.
First, Cramant and Braham swung their spears from their horses, cutting the mages to pieces.
The enemy mages began to use magic to repel the cavalrymen instead of defensive magic at this point.
Magic flies from close range.
Some of the cavalrymen who were hit by the magic would have fallen, but they were able to avoid most of it because they were made up of people who were very skilled in handling horses.
Not only are the soldiers who control the horses, but also the horses themselves are highly skilled.
When magic is used, normal horses can become so confused that they can no longer fight properly, but these horses ran without being confused even when magic was used. They were well trained.
The mages were very weak at close range. The cavalry took them out with little damage.
The enemy mages used sound magic to alert their allies that they were in trouble.
However, it took some time to pass the information.
There was only one type of ether that could be put into a catalyst engine.
Since they were using defensive magic against fire magic, the ether inside was not sound ether, and probably not many mages had sound ether.
It seems that it was already too late to announce that the mages were being attacked.
The enemy infantry knows the pincer attack targeting the mages once they heard the sound magic ringing.
However, they are in a turbulent battle, so they can’t help immediately. On the contrary, it seems to have confused them more.
So the cavalrymen of Canale continued to defeat the enemy mages.
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