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~3rd Person Perspective~
Sicily and her companions are struggling in Viscount Wagner’s territory.
“If you endure for a week, just for a week, things will change!” (Sicily)
Sicily continued to say so to the city’s villagers and the Viscount’s private army as she took command.
On the way, Orgas, the representative of the villagers, asks.
“Princess, it’s perfect so far. With the help of the princess, our army suffered little damage, and on the contrary, it was a big blow to Kerich’s army.” (Orgas)
――“But”, he said.
“Even with your leadership, such a miracle will not last forever. In fact, day by day, the enemy army is learning our actions and becoming stronger.” (Orgas)
Injured soldiers pass by Sicily.
A person who lost his right hand and was carried on a stretcher as he moans in agony.
Staring at the scene painfully, Sicily says,
“Orgas-san, you’re right. We only have a few days with this Game Plan left by Leon-sama.” (Sicily)
“It’s dangerous… Will we only be sieged and annihilated at the end?” (Orgas)
“I won’t let it happen. Is something I’d like to say, but I can’t promise it.” (Sicily)
Sicily takes out a letter different from the Game Plan.
“That is?” (Orgas)
“This is the second part of the letter, which states that I should open it when there is nothing to read from the first part of the letter.” (Sicily)
“I see. Maybe we’re in that state now?” (Orgas)
Sicily shakes her head.
“Not yet. It is not the time yet. Let’s do everything we can for now. Then we should read this letter.” (Sicily)
“I see, I understand. Then, we can only do our best?” (Orgas)
Orgas then lead his subordinates to the Southern Gate.
On the way, though, he turned around.
“…Princess, you said there was something that would happen if we endure for a week, but will Leon really come back?” (Orgas)
“It’s three days to get to the Royal Capital by horse. Leon-sama should be back in a week.” (Sicily)
“That’s reassuring. It’s just a thousand, no, just ten thousand.” (Orgas)
After saying that, Orgas headed for the battlefield with a battle-ax in his hand.
Sicily watches his back with her heart filled with despair.
Sicily was lying to him.
(… It’s true that it takes three days to reach the Royal Capital on horseback, but the army does not move that fast.) (Sicily)
It takes days to gather reinforcements, days to get permission to move the army, and a few more days to move the army.
Calculating it, at the earliest, will take more than two weeks before the reinforcements arrive.
In the meantime, they have to challenge a large army with an overwhelming number of soldiers.
Moreover, the enemy army is steadily learning and gaining strength.
It seems that artillery has just arrived. They were equipped with cannons and were bombarding us without pause.
At this rate, they will break through the gates and infiltrate the castle in the near future.
–If that happens.
“It’s just a matter of time before they do,” she whispered, but she didn’t continue.
(… a commander should not be timid)
The timidity of the commander is transmitted to her officers. The timidity of the officer is transmitted to his soldiers.
It was common sense in warfare that if that happened, no matter how huge your chance of winning, you wouldn’t be able to win.
That’s why a commander must be resolute at all times.
Sicily then continued to command sleeplessly for three days, defending the base just for a day longer than what was promised to Leon.
Her skills were so impressive that even Orgas and the Viscount were in awe of her, and by the eighth day, they had become followers of the princess.
There is no doubt if they follow this person. Eventually, this princess will change this country. They seemed to believe that.
She was grateful for that, but Kerich’s attacks grew stronger day by day, and that day came.
Finally, the Southern Gate of the Viscount’s mansion was destroyed.
Kerich concentrated his artillery on the south gate, and just as they were running out of ammunition, he destroyed the gate after the final shot.
Sicily who saw the scene said,
“… This small army was no threat. Only my ambition.” (Sicily)
She whispered. It’s like her final words, a death poem, and in fact, it was about to be.
If the enemy army was allowed to invade with the difference in strength, there was no chance of turning the tides.
The only thing left to do was to be overrun and killed by the enemy army.
Sicily gazed at Chloe, who looks eager to escape with Sicily.
“Princess, please pull back and wait for an opportunity to fight for revenge.” (Chloe)
But she replied.
“I can’t do that. If the army is torn apart but only the commander chose to run away. I won’t be able to apologize on behalf of all the volunteers and private soldiers who followed a young woman like me.” (Sicily)
Sicily is prepared to accept death through such an exchange, but she was stopped by an unexpected person.
No, an unexpected “group” of people.
Something like a scream can be heard from behind Kerich’s army, which had just smashed the gates and finally gained their momentum.
“What is it?”
Asked I asked the scout, and the scout said.
“That is an enemy army! They seem to be soldiers from the Astoria Empire!” (Scout)
“What do you mean!?” (Sicily)
At the same time, Sicily remembers the letter from her bosom.
This is the second part of the Game Plan entrusted to her by Leon.
Sicily takes it out and begins reading.
The letter is only one page and the content is very concise.
“Dear Princess. If you are reading this, you must be in desperate times.
I have prepared a gift for you.
It is the army of the Astoria Empire.
I’m sure they are attacking Kerich’s backside right now, and I hope you like it.”
Leon, the Court Magician, sold information about Kerich to the enemy, the Astoria Empire, in order to stop him.
“There is a civil war going on in the Wagner region of Ernia. If you want to attack, now is the time.”
This information was passed on to the Astoria Empire to encourage them to join the war.
“What a devil, how cunning.” Sicily clicked her tongue, but she couldn’t help but admire him.
“Soldiers! Now! Kerich’s army is clanked by Astoria’s army and is in chaos! Keep pace with Astoria’s forces, pin them down, and drive Kerich out of this castle!” (Sicily)
With that, the soldiers start to move and execute her orders.
After that, they beat Kerich’s army to a pulp and immediately repaired the destroyed gate.
They use their magicians to temporarily reinforce the gates.
“This should keep Kerich’s army from attacking for a while.” (Sicily)
Sicily literally takes a sigh of relief and she once again appreciates Leon’s wisdom.
“—Hmm, I was saved. As expected of Leon-sama. I never thought that you would prepare such a gift for me.” (Sicily)
This bought them some time.
On the contrary, if Kerich’s and Astoria’s forces meet, Sicily may be able to escape this predicament without doing anything.
However, Sicily was a follower of Leon, who is the strongest strategist.
She didn’t surrender to such wishful thinking and steadfastly fortified her defenses.
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