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In this way, we, the Libra Division, were given reckless orders by the military’s upper echelons instead of a death sentence. Those who serve the palace cannot go against their boss.
“The only good thing about being a civil servant is that there is no delay in pay.”
I haven’t worked for a private company since I graduated from the Magic Academy, so I didn’t know that the private sector also had a hard time.
The Libra Division is supposed to be completely top-down, with Princess Sicily at the top, so I asked her to give an overview.
All the executives except for Victor turned pale the moment they heard the overview.
Of course. It’s like asking a single division to commit suicide by destroying the Titan Corps. If there’s anyone here who isn’t upset, I will question their mindset and abilities. I will brand him as incompetent and have him disappear from the Libra Division as soon as possible.
Fortunately, there was no incompetent or abnormal person in this division. No one would be forced to leave.
However, it was also my job to reassure them.
I gave the princess a brief whisper with my magic.
She nodded her head and explained to them.
“The Titan Corps of the Astoria Empire is the strongest. You could say that they are invincible. But since ancient times, armies that are called invincible are always defeated. Do you know why that is?” (Sicily)
She asked the officers, but no one can reply.
“The reason is simple. The reason is simple: they are the strongest. The strongest armies are proud. The strongest armies suffer from hubris, overconfident in their own power giving the enemy army a false sense of invulnerability.” (Sicily)
“Are we poking that weakness?” (Libra Officer)
“That’s right.” (Sicily)
“We will exploit their weakness, but will that be enough to defeat them?”
It was a natural question, but the princess answered in a graceful manner.
“We can beat them. I will show you. I have a secret plan. You will just have to follow it.” (Sicily)
Her words were full of certainty. I’m sure it’s because of her trust in me, but to the officers, she seems reliable. That’s fine. I’m just a soldier in the shadows, and it’s good that the princess is the one standing in the front.
The officers believe that the princess has a track record of destroying impregnable fortresses with only a handful of troops and defeating her brother who sold his soul to the devil. She is revered as a great general. They would trust her if she said it with confidence.
In this way, preparations for the defeat of the Titan Corps were made, but near the end of the war council, Victor called out to me.
“I mean, Leon, you seem so smug, but I’m worried about you.” (Victor)
“But since you’re the one, you must have a good plan.” (Victor)
“I don’t have one.”
Victor paled when I firmly stated this.
“Wait a minute.” (Victor)
He grabbed my shoulder, but nothing can be done.
“I’m sure the princess would be worried if I wasn’t confident.”
“That’s true.” (Victor)
“But, well, it’s not really a foolproof plan. Right now, the Titan Corps is attacking the southern cities of Ernia, right?”
“Do you know that there is a large forest near there?”
“Yes, I know. The Great Forest of Bana.” (Victor)
“There lives a group called the Doll Tribe.”
“The Doll Tribe is a warrior race who are considered great mercenaries around the world.” (Victor)
“That’s right. Their main industry is called mercenary dispatch, so they’re good at fighting.”
“Yeah, I heard that they can kill 30 people by themselves. I also heard that men have horns.” (Victor)
“Oh, that’s why they are called the Descendants of Oni.”
“Demons from the East.”
“Oh, so you’re bringing the Doll Tribe into the fold?” (Victor)
“Oh, I don’t think the titan troops would expect to be attacked in the middle of a huge forest. And the Dolls can take on the Titans.”
“That’s true, but how do we get the Dolls to move? They are probably only motivated by money. How much would it cost to move the entire tribe?” (Victor)
The division treasurer’s face would turn pale if he had to pay off the entire Doll tribe. Besides, the remaining Doll tribes in the Great Forest of Bana are supposed to be stubborn. Those who are motivated by money are already mercenaries in many countries.
Victor’s fears were justified, but I wave them off.
“Don’t worry, there are actually people from the Doll Tribe in this division.”
“What? Did we have any Doll mercenaries?” (Victor)
“Not mercenaries. She’s not a mercenary, nor is she a member of the division. She’s just a maid.”
“Just a maid?” (Victor)
Victor sees the beautiful chief maid who was handing out tea to the officers earlier.
Chloe noticed the gaze and smiled back.
“Is that young lady from the Doll tribe?” (Victor)
“Doll women have no horns. They look almost the same as humans.”
“But I didn’t expect her to be so lovely.” (Victor)
“You might’ve heard that Doll women are famous for their beauty, but Chloe is also a very strong woman from the Doll Tribe.”
Chloe was packing up chairs in the room where the officers had left. She easily lifted five chairs by herself.
Victor gives his honest opinion.
“Well, looks can be deceiving.” (Victor)
“She could beat you in an arm-wrestling match, and her pocket watch can break rocks.”
“I want to see it.” (Victor)
“You’ll get your chance.”
So I called out to Chloe.
Calling her name twice, she comes gracefully.
“What is it, Leon-sama?” (Chloe)
“Well, it’s about the current war council.”
“I’m a maid. I didn’t ask because I’m not part of the military brass.” (Chloe)
“You’re the epitome of a maid.”
“Your praise is too much.” (Chloe)
“Then I’ll explain it all to you. We’re going to destroy the Titan Corps that’s deployed south of the Royal Capital.”
“With only the Libra Division?” (Chloe)
“Won’t that be difficult?” (Chloe)
The beautiful maid seems to have her own normal perceptions.
“Well, we’ll figure it out, but to do so, we’ll need the help of the Doll Tribe that lives in the Great Forest of Bana.”
Chloe is silent for a moment, her face full of melancholy.
“So you want me to show you the way to the Great Forest of Bana?” (Chloe)
“That’s what I mean. Of course, you’re not in the military, and I’m not asking you to fight.”
“With this pocket watch, I can crush a Titan’s skull.” (Chloe)
“But you can use your delicate fingers to make tea for the Princess.”
“…I understand. I’d like to say yes, but let me think about it for a minute.” (Chloe)
I thought she must have something on her mind, so I told her to think it over until we left. She bowed her head with a smile.
I’m going to organize the army.
The size of the division had grown to 2000.
We were finally able to get more men. However, we are still poorly equipped, and there are still many senior soldiers and new recruits. In other words, without training and innovations, they would be useless.
It’s still a few days before we set out to subdue the Titan Corps. I had to train them in that short time.
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