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Before the Ogres are Subjugated, there is a period of rest for a few days.
One reason for this was that we had some free time while Eculate was on her way to the elven village.
During this time, we would have trained the Doll warriors, but they were fierce warriors and we had nothing to teach them.
“On the contrary, I would like them to teach me some.” (Sicily)
These were the words of Sicily.
She is a major general in the Ernian army, but she is not very good at martial arts.
So she really tries to learn martial arts from the Doll tribe.
The Doll warrior smiles at the princess as she tries to wield her large, unfamiliar sword with unsteady hands.
It’s so cute that I want to watch over her, but Chloe looks worried, so we stop her.
The princess expresses her dissatisfaction, though.
“Leon-sama is too overprotective. I’m still training with my sword.” (Sicily)
“A slender rapier, perhaps. You are good with it.”
“I was feeling the limits of my rapier.” (Sicily)
“That doesn’t mean you have to wield a big sword. The commander doesn’t need to wield a sword in the first place.”
“Wouldn’t it be better for the commander to stand at the head of the line and display his bravery to the enemy?” (Sicily)
“The opposite. The commander should stand tall behind his allies. If the commander goes to the front, he will not be able to command as he wishes, and if something happens to the commander, the chain of command will be confused and the commander will lose massively.”
“…I understand the logic, but…” (Sicily)
However, Sicily believes that she doesn’t want to put too much responsibility on the soldiers. She’s probably not convinced.
“We are the only ones to fight. The princess should be a general among generals.”
“A general among generals?” (Sicily)
“In a different world called Earth, there was an emperor who built a great empire called ‘Han’. He was an incompetent man who always lost when he led his army.”
“So, there was that kind of emperor. But how was it possible for him to build a great empire when he was so weak against leading battles?” (Sicily)
“That’s because I knew where he was weak. He knew himself very well.”
“…know himself.” (Sicily)
“Yes. The emperor of Han, a man known as Liu Bang, accepted the advice of his men.
His subordinate, the God of War, Han Xin, said.
Your Majesty is a general among generals.
Moreover–” [T/N: Liu Bang (28 February 202 – 1 June 195 BC), was the founder and first emperor of the Han dynasty, reigning in 202–195 BC. This is from Wikipedia-sensei.]
Then, after a beat, I continued.
“In other words, the great general Han Xin saw through the nature of his Lord Liu Bang. He was not the hero in the front lines, but he had the talent to command generals from the rear. He also had a talent for recruiting capable people. On the contrary, Han Xin says that he is only a general of soldiers.” [T/N: Han Shin (201–196 BC), a Chinese military general and politician who served Liu Bang during the Chu–Han Contention and contributed greatly to the founding of the Han dynasty. Han Xin was named as one of the “Three Heroes of the early Han dynasty, along with Zhang Liang and Xiao He. This is from Wikipedia-sensei.]
“In other words, what I want to say is that the princess should become a general loved by her generals.”
“A general loved by her general…” (Sicily)
“Yes. I think the princess is already loved by her soldiers.”
Look around. There were Doll warriors around.
“The fact that you are already being treated well by the first demihuman villagers you’ve visited is proof of that.”
Sicily looks around. “Thank you,” she says.
“The Doll warriors are grateful to the princess for helping them without any strings attached. They are also grateful to the princess for using precious sugar to bake and serve sweets to the children. “
The children stare at the princess from afar.
The princess is puzzled. The princess looks confused as if she is just doing what is natural to her.
But I knew very well how few people can take such things for granted. I knew how precious it was to be able to be kind to others, especially to the weak, at all times.
The gentle world envisioned by the princess is not limited to this forest. It is also spreading to the royal capital.
The princess serves food in the poverty-stricken areas.
The princess treats wounded soldiers.
A princess who speaks kindly to wounded soldiers.
Sometimes, she is cursed by the people she is supposed to protect. Sometimes they point their swords at her.
But no matter how much they hurt her, she never resents them. She has no feelings of hatred towards those people.
This is a wonderful talent and a remarkable trait.
I really wanted her to develop her strengths and become a general among generals, or even a king among kings.
Look at Sicily again.
A beautiful girl with golden hair.
Her bright eyes look like the source of all life in this world.
A pure heart backed by a strong will.
These are all things that shape her and are the source of her charm.
I, Leon von Almarsh, fell in love with such a pretty girl. I wanted to serve her throughout my life.
I’m going to help her with her dream. I’ll go along with her grand journey.
That’s what I had decided.
For the time being, I should follow the direction she had set.
That direction is to save this forest.
(…Even if we defeat the ogre, they won’t lend us troops, but now I see.)
However, the princess is not ordinary. She has already almost won the hearts of the Doll tribe.
Not intentionally, but through her personality.
If this is the case, the Doll tribe will become our allies if we defeat the Ogre.
I was beginning to feel such a faint hope.
(…The arrangements are in place. All that remains is to destroy the ogres. That is my job.)
I began to think of a strategy to get rid of the Ogres in a short time with as little damage to my allies as possible.
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