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The three warriors who would spearhead the attack have been decided.
The chieftain’s daughter, Lululucca, the maid warrior Chloe, and me, the court magician.
Seen from the edge, it looks like a combination of two beautiful girls and a scheming magician, but their abilities are among the best in the forest.
I fought with Lululucca once, but in hand-to-hand combat, I have more skill than I do.
I haven’t fought Chloe, but that insane power surely surpasses that of an Ogre.
So, I’m not worried about the role of spearheading the attack.
The problem is the people who will carry the Noroshi trees.
We’re planning to have the Dolls carry the trees, but they’ll have to jump into the Ogre’s den—without weapons.
“Of course, we will certainly protect you, though it will be an act requiring great courage.” (Lululucca)
“But there are no cowards among the Dolls.” (Lululucca)
“We will fulfill this great task!” (Lululucca)
Many of them raised their hands.
The elves were amazed and moved by the sight of her.
And so was I.
“So, this is the number one mercenary tribe in the world?”
Once upon a time, a king of this continent stood in a tight spot. He was being attacked by a neighboring power.
So, he used all the treasures in his palace and hired about 100 warriors from the Doll tribe.
He thought that his strongest mercenaries would be able to save him from this predicament, but his minister said when I saw the 100 people who gathered.
“What can we do with 100 mercenaries?” (Minister)
The Doll warriors laughed and said,
“Minister, you despise us as mercenaries, but how many soldiers are there in your country?” (Doll Warrior)
“Our soldiers are not useless.” (Minister)
“Yes, but are they true warriors?” (Doll Warrior)
The minister, feeling insulted, took a step forward, but the Doll warrior continued without hesitation.
He pointed to a soldier who was present and asked him.
“You have a fine spear, but what do you usually do?” (Doll Warrior)
“…Usually? My usual job before being drafted?” (Soldier)
“That’s right.” (Doll Warrior)
“I am a baker.”(Soldier)
The Doll warrior nodded his head with an “uhuh”.
“Then how about you?” (Doll Warrior)
He asks another soldier.
“I was an innkeeper. I made beds every day.” (Soldier)
The Doll warrior touches his beard with an “oh.”
“Finally, what did you do before?” (Doll Warrior)
“I’m a farmer. I plow the fields.” (Soldier)
“I see, that means there is not even ‘one’ warrior here.” (Doll Warrior)
“All of us men of the Doll tribe are warriors, we have been training since we were children, and we have been on the battlefield. All 100 of us are proud warriors. I don’t mean to ridicule you, but no matter how many bakers you have, you can’t call them ‘warriors’.” (Doll Warrior)
The warrior of the Doll tribe declared and showed it in action as well.
He declared that they would take on a large army of a great nation with only one hundred men.
They put their words into action, tearing through a huge army of 10,000 soldiers and changing the course of the war, but I won’t go into details.
In other words, all that people have to know is that the Doll tribe is very brave.
Based on that anecdote and my current actions, I have learned once again how brave the Dolls are, and I’m planning a strategy based on their courage.
On the other hand, I will not ignore the power of the elves.
I gave them a plan as well.
I’ll have them gather up the fallen leaves in the forest and place the leftover Noroshi trees where I tell them to place them.
“That’s what we’ll do after we smoke out the ogres.”
Sicily, who had good intuition, said but didn’t ask for details.
She seems to trust my wisdom from the bottom of her heart.
She silently leads the remaining Elves and Doll warriors to do the menial work.
As I look away from her, I take out my staff.
To this Lululucca took out her shamshir, and Chloe her pocket watch.
Once again, my heart is soaring, and I am determined to break into the ogre’s den.
There were two ogre guards there.
When they heard a suspicious sound, they approached it.
Chloe and Lululucca, who had been waiting for them, crept up behind them.
Then Chloe and Lululucca, who were waiting for them, sneak up from behind them.
Chloe strangled the ogre with her magic chain, and Lululucca slashed the ogre’s neck with her shamshir.
They kill the guards noiselessly, and in the same breath, they send the ogre into the bushes. The Dolls hide the body for us.
We entered the cave in a fluid motion.
The entrance to the cave was larger than I had expected, but the inside was eerie.
It felt gloomy as if it was leading to the depths of hell.
We dove into the cave at a breezy pace, trying not to get carried away by the atmosphere.
As soon as we entered the cave, we encountered a group of ogres.
Since it was a head-on collision, there was no way to avoid it by hiding now.
In addition, the Doll tribe with the Noroshi trees are coming from behind. Combat was inevitable.
The first thing I did was to unleash [Magic Arrow].
The unleashed energy bolt hits the right eye of a green Ogre.
The Ogre flailed everywhere. A yellow ogre tries to help it, but Chloe attacks without saying a word.
She puts magic power into her pocket watch and swings it with all her might.
The yellow ogre’s eyeballs pop out as it takes the blow from a giant flail to the side of its head. Brain matter sprays out.
I am impressed to see it, but so is the daughter of the Doll chieftain.
“As expected of my Chloe. She shows no mercy to monsters.” (Lululucca)
Lululucca was impressed, and she too was impressive.
With a flash of her sword to the blue ogre, who just stood there in awe.
Without any hesitation, she made a quick horizontal movement to the key points of humanoid creatures.
The Ogre’s blood splatters. The green blood stains the cave.
In no time at all, the group of ogres is exterminated.
I look at their figure and thought to myself.
(…I may be with two of the strongest women with swords and spears.)
I am very grateful as a strategist, but I did not let my guard down.
There were very few Ogres here, and I can’t see the boss-like Ogres we faced the other day.
Besides, they had only been killed in such a quiet way because of the ambush.
No one had taken up a sword or a club.
Their counterattack, the horror of being monsters, would be fully experienced in the future.
However, both Chloe and Lululucca were strangely calm.
In fact, they were even excited to meet a powerful enemy.
I thought, “What an unreasonable nature,” but I couldn’t laugh at them.
Because I too was excited. Very excited at the bottom of my heart.
“… I’m totally disqualified as a strategist.”
When I leaked such a line, I started to ready a second attack.
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