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The Louvent family regularly holds mock battles.
Although it’s said to be a battle it is only meant to simulate one. A real battle would result only in death and injuries. But the battles held by the Laurent family try their best to simulate a real one.
The general rule is that each “army” will have 50-51 fighters including the commander.
The scenario is that an army is attacking Lamberk and another army will stop the invasion.
Therefore, two groups would clash, the defending team and the attacking team.
The attacking team marches towards the mansion from a distance, and the defending team intercepts the enemy on the plains near the village.
You win by “killing” the other side’s commander or making them surrender
There are 30 soldiers, 15 archers, and 5 magic soldiers on each team.
Cavalry is not used during mock battles.
The only infantry weapons used are wooden swords. It will hurt if you’re hit and there is also almost no danger of dying.
The bows only use dulled wooden arrows. A cloth is wrapped around it has been soaked in red paint.
This red paint is also applied to the wooden sword. This is to determine if the attack is fatal or not. If an attack hits a fatal area, such as the head or chest, the soldier is considered dead and participation is prohibited.
Then there is magic. Flame magic is prohibited since it is powerful and oftentimes fatal. Defensive magic can be used since whatever attribute they possessed those are still just for defending.
Ether is also precious in Messiaen especially Flame ether.
We can only use sound magic.
Sound magic is rarely used when attacking the enemy.
However, sound magic is used mainly for delivering battle instructions during actual battles.
The commander of the defense team is Ritsu, and the captain of the attacking team is me. It feels strange to go to attack my mansion.
In addition to me, the attackers have Mireille, and the defenders have Russell and Charlotte. By the way, Russell has been doing mock battles for a while.
Charlotte seems to make moral of the other side soar. But sound magic is still just sound magic. Still, the other side’s morale is in quite the high level
However, in a mock battle, some participants might become intimidated by my presence since I am the lord of the territory.
Mireille begged me to join her side.
She hasn’t told me why, but I think it’s probably because she thought that the attackers will seek my instructions during the battle.
The soldiers hate Mireille, so she would most likely be ignored, but it would not happen if she advised through me.
By putting me in her team, I would be able to understand more about Mireille’s ability, and it’s not a bad thing.
Then two days have passed, and it was the day for the mock battle.
I was wondering what to do if there was a war council during the mock battle, but since none came, I was able to proceed without problems.
As the attacking team, I was currently leaving Lamberk with fifty soldiers.
We moved to a point 1km away from Lamberk where we set up our “army”.
First-time invaders usually felt tired and uncomfortable. But it was often advantageous to attack, so it is not possible to make a simple comparison between the two teams.
Well, even if it is a little disadvantageous, there is no particular problem because mock battles are not true battles. How much damage is expected under adverse conditions? What to do under favorable conditions can be tested in these simulated battles.
On our way, Mireille talked to me.
“Even though it is only a mock battle, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been fighting.” (Mireille)
“I used to fight, but rarely after I was dismissed. Has the young master already joined one?” (Mireille)
I have never been to a real battle.
“That’s right. Well then, you’re not just any boy. I think this mock battle is more like a game than a real one. It’s better to keep that in mind. Now I’m used to fighting but don’t even think about things never going wrong.” (Mireille)
“I know that”
“Okay. Well, that was a foolish remark and you seem quite wise for a young boy.” (Mireille)
I’ve heard the story of other battles multiple times, and it seems quite difficult.
It seems that various kinds of magic fly around the battlefield once modern battle-magic has been developed.
Since it is necessary to devise a huge amount of countermeasures against it, a warrior’s experience will inevitably be essential.
This time, only sound magic will be used, but there are quite a few kinds of attacks even with sound magic alone, so it is not easy to take countermeasures.
It seems that people did not die so much in the wars during the Middle Ages on Earth. But in this world, one war sometimes kills quite a lot of people. Well, in minor skirmishes, they don’t use high-power magic often so people don’t die as much. That is unlike a large-scale war where tens of thousands of deaths occur.
Therefore, there are very few cases in which a commander goes out to the front to give a command. This is because there is a high probability that he will die if he joins in the front. By the way, my father seems to be on the front line and fighting hard. It’s a ridiculous thing because he still lived through those battles.
A hut stands on the point where the attacker starts. We will stop advancing once we reach that point.
“Then I thought about some strategies, so I’m going to tell you here and then we start the battle.”
Mireille said so.
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