Shadow Court Magician Chapter 118: Marching
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I’m swayed inside the carriage carrying Reinhardt and his mother.
Cecilia-sama the Third Lady is an experienced seamstress, so she is good at sewing. So, I had her sew my abdomen.
The wound in my abdomen had gone through, but it avoided the vital organs, so it was probably not life-threatening.
The wound on my shoulder, however, was different.
The bullet was still intact and had damaged the bone. If I didn’t get the bullet out immediately, it could be fatal.
I reluctantly asked Her Royal Highness to sew it up, and asked His Majesty the future King to remove the bullet from my left shoulder.
Reinhardt was fearful, but he also let out a sigh as he took out the bullet with a tweezer-like object.
“I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be emulating a doctor like this.” (Reinhardt)
“Unexpectedly, you look good as a doctor Your Majesty.”
“Well, if there is a life after this, I want to be a doctor then. (Reinhardt)”
“And when you do, you will save many lives at that time.”
When I say this, I cast a healing spell on my left shoulder.
“I’m glad it’s not my dominant arm because if my dominant arm was crushed, my fighting ability would be greatly reduced.”
Reinhardt cares about my body, as I lie down and was being dressed up.
“My sister said, her strategist usually overdoes it. If you do I can’t fulfill my destiny.” (Reinhardt)
“I know what I am doing. I am better at predicting the future than most fortune-tellers.”
“Please take care of yourself better. My sister will be saddened if you die.” (Reinhardt)
“Tell her to make a grave out of ice cream sticks.”
After this exchange, the carriage came to a stop. The coachman announces the presence of an army ahead.
“Is it an enemy army?” (Reinhardt)
“No, it’s not. They look like a possible ally.”
I peeked out of a hole in the ceiling to check. The army in front of you seems to be the volunteer army led by Volks. Chloe is also there.
They were all pleased when I promptly told them that we had secured the future king.
When I gather the leaders of the volunteer army, I get information from them.
For the past few days, they had been concentrating their energies on recapturing Reinhardt, so they had been unable to grasp the war situation.
Volks tells us without concealing anything.
“We are heading for Mount Shibi, gathering volunteer soldiers from all over Ernia. This has delayed our advance a bit, but the Libra Division is alive and well.” (Volks)
“The princess will not be outdone by Maxis.” (Chloe)
“Yes, the war is already underway, and it seems that the Libra Division is making good use of the terrain in Shibi, which has turned into a strategic obstacle, to fend off an enemy ten times its size.”
“That’s encouraging.” (Chloe)
“It seems that the Earth Division is also closing in on the hinterland, and we can flank them with a time delay. If the war continues at this rate, we’ll be able to surround and annihilate them.” (Volks)
“Should things proceed as it is.”
The voice was small and without inflection, so the leaders of the volunteer army did not pay particular attention, but only Volks and Chloe seemed to be aware of it.
When the battle report was over and the officers dispersed, Chloe asked first.
“Leon-sama thinks there is a second wave, right?” (Chloe)
“Yeah, if it was just Maxis, this would be the end, but the Demise Cult is behind it. I think we should assume that something is going on.”
The two of them didn’t argue because that opinion was right on the money and they looked quite worried.
“Well, either way, we have no choice but to march. We don’t need to gather all the volunteers. We’re going to make a concentrated march.”
Volks agreed and told the whole army the plan.
~3rd Person Perspective~
While the Earth Division and the Volunteer Army were marching to surround and annihilate Maxis, the Libra Division was putting up a good fight.
Leon’s idea of fortifying Mount Shibi, which he had worked out in detail, had been a great success.
Originally, Mount Shibi could be said to be a natural stronghold, but since the military strategist who had mastered the art of war had effectively set up fences and moats on it, its defensive power was unbelievable. It had become a solid fortress that could keep out an army 10 times their size.
Sicily, who had been constantly observing the troops at Leon’s side, had grown into a skilled commander.
She was able to command where to defend, when to send troops, and how best to do it, and she had even won over her brother Maxis.
“That wh*re! Where did she learn this kind of tricks! Can a wh*re these days even learn to use soldiers!” (Maxis)
The crown prince, Maxis, was said to be frustrated with the situation.
He took it out on his staff, and there were reports that some of them had been injured.
Some of the staff members had their rank insignia torn off in public and were dismissed on the spot.
If this happens, it is inevitable that he will lose the hearts and minds of the people. They are warriors who have been fighting against the empire on the battlefield for many years. There was no way they would show their loyalty if their self-esteem was hurt in such a way.
There were reports that some of the troops had already started to leave the battlefield.
Maxis’ army was on the verge of collapse, but Sicily calmly watched over the front line.
“…Although morale is declining, my brother still has quite a large army.” (Sicily)
Victor, who had returned from the battlefield, nodded at those words.
“I agree. The enemy’s command center seems to be in disarray, but the advantage of a large army is still the same. And the enemy army seems to have realized that a forceful attack is powerless.” (Victor)
Nine Snipes, who has returned from the battlefield, asked.
“It looks like they’re switching from sieging to maintaining their army.” (Victor)
“I see.” (Nine)
“That’s good to know. If they don’t get reinforcements, they’re heading for a disadvantageous position, but we’ve got reinforcements.” (Victor)
“That’s right. Our basic plan is to wait for the arrival of the Earth Division and the volunteer army. We just have to wait for the moment they attack from behind or from the side and do a pincer attack.” (Sicily)
“Right. It seems that the time is near. The scouts have just reported that the two armies will appear at about the same time.” (Victor)
The scouts reported that the two armies would appear at about the same time. However, the two of them could tell that Sicily was worried about something.
“Why, princess, are you worried?” (Nine)
“Yes. Yes, actually, I’m concerned about the lack of attacks from the southeast.” (Sicily)
“I wonder if the crown prince is concerned about feng shui?” (Victor)
Victor turns tries to lighten the mood with a joke, but Sicily answers seriously.
“Actually, the defense of the southeast is quite fragile. We couldn’t fortify it even with Leon-sama’s plans because we didn’t have enough time. If there is a weakness in Shibi Fortress, Leon-sama said that it is there.” (Sicily)
“I see. But let us hope there is no attack–” (Victor)
Victor’s words stop halfway.
One of the scouts looked quite pale as he entered the Operations Command Center.
“It’s terrible Sicily-sama. An enemy force has appeared to the southeast and is invading the field!” (Scout)
Nine hears those words and whistles.
“Huh, as expected, Lieutenant Colonel Leon, he can really see the future.” (Nine)
“If so, is there a countermeasure?” (Victor)
“We are prepared. –but only if it is normal soldiers.” (Sicily)
What does it mean? Victor and Nine stare at Sicily’s face.
“It wouldn’t be a normal soldier who will appear in the southeast.—This is also Leon-sama’s prediction.” (Sicily)
The scout agrees with her words.
“That’s right. What appeared in the southeast was a swarm of monsters!” (Scout)
“What the hell is that!? Wh-when did the Ernia Army start using monsters?” (Victor)
The Imperial Army also has a monster unit. But not Ernia. The reason is simple: Ernia follows the teachings of the Holy Church. It is impossible as an apostle of God to borrow the power of evil and unholy demons.
This is the common philosophy and law of the countries participating in the League of Kings, but Maxis seems to have no intention of adhering to it.
“You idiot, are you planning to leave the League of Kings? The Holy Church will excommunicate you.” (Victor)
“I think it’s better in his mind to be excommunicated than to be deprived of the throne.” (Sicily)
“He’s a hell of a bastard. Is he really related to the princess?” (Victor)
“Only half. It seems that my older brother has strongly inherited his maternal blood.” (Sicily)
Ironically for Sicily, Maxis’ mother killed Sicily’s mother. This irony should have never been allowed.
“Oh well. I’m going to go intercept them now.” (Victor)
Victor called out to his subordinate soldiers and headed for the breached southeast gate as quickly as possible.
Nine followed suit and went straight to the scene.
Sicily concentrated her forces on the breached gate while solidifying the defense of the other gates. If it’s just one, it’s still manageable. If the other side doesn’t breach the gate at the same time, they won’t lose.
Sicily was determined to defend Mount Shibi until Leon arrived.
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