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~3rd Person Perspective~
“Shit… You don’t even know what I’m doing, you just say whatever you want…” (Voice)
A room in Fort Prelude.
Lactor Brandle muttered with a frustrated look.
He was in his late thirties and was overweight. He is short in stature. He doesn’t look very strong, and in fact, he isn’t. But he is a member of the Sights Army.
However, he was entrusted by the Commander to transport food and ether for the Sights Army.
Although Lactor has not done anything spectacular, such as fighting on the front lines and defeating generals, he has made a great contribution to the Sights behind the scenes.
Logistics is very important in warfare. The fact that he was entrusted to give instructions on this matter meant that he was highly trusted.
In fact, in the past battles, he had contributed greatly to the victories by quickly transporting the necessary supplies to the front lines in the required quantities.
Although his achievements were not widely known to the outside world, his name was very well known within the Sights army.
However, he was the subject of criticism regarding this battle.
Lactor was cautious in his transportation routes. By dividing the bases for collecting troops and ether into multiple bases, even if a surprise attack occurs somewhere, it will not cause fatal damage.
However, this also reduces the efficiency of transportation.
On the battlefield, since the transportation of supplies is not being carried out at a fast enough pace, they are unable to attack their opponents in one fell swoop. In this battle, there were many people who said that the reason why the Canale army was fighting back was because of Lactor.
“…I’ve been doing everything I can.” (Voice => Lactor)
Although he said grudges, Lactor knew that the criticism itself was by no means irrelevant.
In the past, Lactor had been in charge of transportation in situations where they were outnumbered, so he was not accustomed to fighting in situations where they had an overwhelming advantage in strength.
(Hmm…… is there any good way to do this? I’ve told my men that if they can think of a way to do it, they should offer it to me, but I don’t have many capable men under my command. It’s quite a long shot.) (Lactor)
The humble role of logistics officers does not attract many talented people.
Lactor thought that he would have to come up with a new, more efficient, and less risky transportation strategy on his own.
At that time
“Lactor-sama. Kaisas wishes to have an audience with you. Would you like to see him?” (Aide)
One of my aides has reported to me.
(Kaisas? I believe he was… the third son of the Leopard family…) (Lactor)
Lactor had a good memory and knew his subordinates down to the very bottom.
However, he didn’t know anything about Kaisas except for the fact that he was the third son of the Leopard family.
His memory of his face was also vague. He didn’t seem to have met him very often.
“I have to use my head now. I don’t have time to deal with him.” (Lactor)
“But Kaisas says he has a proposal for a new transportation system…” (Aide)
“A proposal…?” (Lactor)
He didn’t remember how capable Kaisas was.
It’s just that if a man is capable enough to come up with a good idea, he’s likely to remember them.
(Well, sometimes with young guys, you think they’re incompetent, but they actually have some talent. No one knows how much talent someone has. I should just ask them, I guess?) (Lactor)
Lactor didn’t expect that much but decided to listen to Kaisas.
Kaisas then enters the room.
“Thank you for lending me your ear even while you are busy, sir.” (Kaisas)
“Don’t be so formal, just tell me what plan you have.” (Lactor)
As Lactor hurried him, Kaisas immediately spoke of his proposal.
In order to improve the efficiency of supply, he proposed to build a supply base underground to make it harder to find.
“Yes. With a normal base, if you make it too large, it will be easy to be found, and you will be vulnerable to surprise attacks by the enemy. However, if we create an underground base, the chances of detection will be zero, no matter how large the base is.” (Kaisas)
“Wait, it’s not that easy to create an underground base if you use… Unless… what if we use magic.” (Lactor)
He was about to deny it, but then he thought of a way.
It’s also possible to use earth magic to create an underground area quickly.
Sights and Messiaen have not been able to find a very effective use of it due to the lack of Ether of Earth, but they were relatively popular methods in the northern regions where there is a lot of Ether of Earth.
Lactor checked the number of Ether of Earth he had, just to be sure. It was quite small, but if he left it to the capable mages, he could at least build a supply base.
“Kaisas. How did you come up with this strategy?” (Lactor)
“I like reading books, and I remembered in a previous war record that such a method was used in Lowfile and Cansheep.” (Kaisas)
Lactor naturally had some knowledge on the subject, but he hadn’t been able to wrap his head around the fighting methods of the far northern states.
I thought it had nothing to do with it.
“I’ll adopt your plan. I’ll adopt it. I’ll let you pick your reward.” (Lactor)
“Thank you for your generosity.” (Kaisas)
Kaisas bows his head.
And his lips curved into a smirk.
“I don’t need a bounty…” (Kaisas?)
He said so in a whisper that only he could hear.
“Then let’s decide the details of the plan in detail. Please cooperate with the Commander.” (Lactor)
“Did it work?” (Femme)
Femme asked the three who returned after their mission.
“Yes, Lactor seems to be changing his transportation system.” (Ranbas)
“Well, I’m surprised. I didn’t expect it to go that far. Well, that’s a good thing for us though.” (Femme)
Femme said with a blank expression. Although he didn’t show it on his face at all, inside he was filled with relief and joy. However, the mission was not yet a complete success. Femme pushed down on the emotions that were rising up.
He knew from the beginning that Lactor was in a bind, but Femme didn’t expect him easily to accept the proposal.
Even if he listened, he thought he would take a little more time to ruminate on the plan.
Kaisas, who is impersonated by Ranbas is just a lowly soldier.
Since it is very risky to kill and disguise as someone who has an important role.
The enemy’s spies are also working hard to prevent such damaging scenarios.
For a man of Kaisas’ caliber, the risk of disguise is low because the enemy’s spies are not watching him.
Naturally, it would be difficult to achieve the goal of changing the transportation plan even if he disguised himself as a low-level soldier, so Femme thought it would take some time, but his prediction turned out to be wrong.
It’s true that the idea of building an underground base is sometimes used in practice. There was no doubt that it would be an effective strategy.
Lactor is a man who can make flexible judgments, which is probably why he was able to pass this proposal so quickly.
(But this time, that flexibility might have come to bite him.) (Femme)
The strategy of building underground is certainly effective. By gathering them in one place, the transportation itself becomes more efficient. However, it would be very troublesome to build a base in a place other than the best place to build a transport base or to build multiple bases, which would make it difficult to communicate information. If you have only one base, you can get rid of that problem.
By building underground, the risk of the enemy being aware of your location is reduced. Furthermore, storing ether underground rather than above ground reduces the risk of it deteriorating. Ether will deteriorate if it is not stored properly, so you need to think carefully about how to store it.
The underground location also reduces the risk of enemies sneaking in.
Ether can be ruined by the smallest sabotage, so just letting one enemy spy sneak in can be fatal.
The bigger the building, the higher the risk of being infiltrated, and it is difficult to create a base to store large amounts of ether.
If you build it underground, even if the location is known, you can reduce the risk of infiltration by simply keeping a close watch on the entrance.
There are many benefits.
In some regions where there is a lot of Ether of Earth, they have a plan to transport it by underground roads. It is impossible to go that far with the Ether of Earth of Sights.
But this time, Lactor adopted the opinion of Ranbas, who was disguised as Kaisas.
This would allow the Canale army to know where to set up their base in the first place.
Since the Sights Army will know in advance where to create a supply base, the Canale army will create an underground space near the base using Earth Magic.
Then, after confirming that the Sights Army has built it, they will dig the underground path with Earth Magic and connect it to the Sights Army’s supply base, and they will be able to steal their Ether.
“Ranbas has already reported where Sights army will be based. We will have to move soon.” (Femme)
Following Femme’s words, Shadow began their own maneuvers.