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We have defeated the private army of Viscount Wagner.
This fact seemed to boost their morale greatly, but there was one unexpected thing.
One of the soldiers knew about the princess. Or perhaps I should say that he noticed.
When I was tying up the unconscious soldiers, one of them pointed it out to me.
“Why is Princess Sicily here? Why is the hero of Macaulay Fortress here?” (Soldier)
When they heard those words, the people in the tavern thought it was the ramblings of a soldier, but the leader, who had ripped off the front page of the Sun Elfism newspaper that was posted on the tavern’s newspaper, muttered.
“… they look similar.” (Village Representative)
We tensed up at the uneasy tone, but there was no time to defend ourselves.
The leader walked to the side of the princess and placed the front page of the newspaper next to her face.
If you ask me, which is more beautiful, the photo or the real thing, I’ll tell you the real thing, but the problem is not that, it’s that they are the same person.
“… I thought something was wrong. She’s too beautiful for a village girl. Are you the princess of this country?” (Village Representative)
If they get the evidence to that extent, I knew that we couldn’t hide it anymore.
I also thought that we would have to move and persuade them some other day.
Sicily however says in a dignified manner.
“That’s right. My name is Major General Sicily von Ernia. I am the leader of the Libra Division.” (Sicily)
The regular army! You’re a military dog!
There was a roar, but Sicily didn’t deny it either.
“That’s right. I have come to suppress this rebellion by order of the king. But I do not wish to use force. Please atone for your sins by surrendering and apologizing to His Majesty the King. —No, let’s atone together. I will help you in any way I can.” (Sicily)
When the leader heard these words, he made a thoughtful face, “……”, but he did not nod in agreement.
“That’s what the Princess General of Salvation is. It may not be that bad. But we can’t do that, because if we don’t rise up here and now, it will be the same thing all over again. It is true that if we surrender now, we will be the only ones who will be punished, but once this uprising is over, the Viscount will clamp down on us with even higher taxes. We can’t stand to be treated like livestock, no less than livestock.” (Village Representative)
“That’s right! We are humans!”, The young people in the tavern continue.
“—That’s why. It’s terrible that you saved us from the Viscount’s private army, but you guys will be detained.” (Village Representative)
“Each of us has our own situation”, I continued.
“Well, I don’t think the princess will give up trying to save you.”
“A gentle princess.” (Village Representative)
“Yeah, so don’t treat her roughly.”
“I know, but you’ll all still be tied up, gently.” (Village Representative)
“Be nice to men, too.”
“We don’t discriminate between men and women, but I do discriminate against magicians.” (Village Representative)
The leader ties me up with a magically enhanced rope.
“You are very well prepared.”
“There is an armory in the basement. There are a lot of these things.” (Village Representative)
The leader replied, before taking us underground.
However, I look back slightly on the way and ask.
“Oh, right. I didn’t hear your name.”
When I asked, the leader was willing to tell me.
“My name is Orgas.” (Village Representative => Orgas)
“Orgas, that’s a good name.”
That was all he said, and then we were taken away.
There was a person that stared at them intensely, like a predator stalking prey.
He was wearing men’s clothing and a wide hat.
He has been a part of this rebellion for about a week now. In fact, he is not from this city.
He is not even a member of Kerich’s.
In other words, he is a fourth player, but he watched the transition and occasionally took out a notepad and wrote something.
This mysterious individual is observing the situation with great interest.
(… I’ve heard that there’s going to be a big uprising in the region, but this is getting interesting. The greedy Viscount is robbing the people for His Highness Kerich’s sake. The residents are rebelling against him. And the princess is trying to stop the struggle.) (Unknown)
If I could get this story into the newspapers, the sales of the newspapers would increase tenfold. I would become a star reporter.
However, I could not write such a thing. Articles that would bring shame to the military would be censored.
(But that’s only for “now”. Tomorrow, the situation may be different.) (Unknown)
The military is strong now, but the wind may change tomorrow.
The day after tomorrow, Kerich may be ousted and this folly may be revealed to the public.
The day after tomorrow, the Astoria Empire may occupy the Kingdom of Ernia, and the scandal of the old rulers could be exposed to the light of day.
That’s why I’m doing this job. In this way, I sneak into dangerous places and repeatedly do interviews.
After telling himself this, the future star reporter left the bar and began to make preparations.
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