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To turn Lake Saki into an ice rink, invite the auger there, then shatter the ice and drown them.
After defeating the ogre with our simple but effective strategy, we return directly to the village of the Dolls.
Letting the elves return to their village.
“Is there any reason not to take the elves to the Doll village?” (Lululucca)
Lululucca asks me, so I gave her my honest reply.
“Elves are not suitable for war, because they are a very kind-hearted tribe.”
“I see, they’re certainly not interested in conflicts of the outside world, let alone fighting the Titan Corps.” (Lululucca)
But she continues.
“Don’t you think it’s the same for the Doll tribe?” (Lululucca)
“No, I would become overconfident.”
“I bestow you the Title of Legendary Misunderstanding Idiot.” (Lululucca)
“I suppose. However, I’ve learned a lot in this short time I’ve been working with you guys. The Dolls are as good as their reputation. They are proud and brave. They are undaunted by any predicament.”
“Is that a compliment?” (Lululucca)
“I only told you facts.”
“Thank you. Well, you’re right, and I’m wasting my time, but at the very least I’ll be helping you. I’ll help you as a mercenary.” (Lululucca)
“Yes, because we don’t want the Ernian army to be defeated and the Astorians to move in. We don’t know if they can guarantee the independence of the Bana Forest.” (Lululucca)
“In other words, will you fight to protect the independence of the Doll tribe?”
“Yes, I will and so will my men.” (Lululucca)
She hugs me with a smile. It’s an offer to try bringing me into the dolls, but when I politely declined, she says her true intentions.
“Because I will cooperate, I will ask for you to take care of the Doll tribe.” (Lululucca)
“I know. I will bet it on the Princess’ name.”
“If so, that is good.” (Lululucca)
Laughing, the princess supplements.
“You can trust me. As long as my eyes are black, neither the Ernian government nor the Ernian army will dare to touch this forest.” (Sicily)
“Thank you. The words of the princess are worth a thousand gold coins.” (Lululucca)
That said, Lululucca smiled.
By the way, the cooperation of Lululucca was now obtained this way, but as expected, the other’s cooperation cannot easily be obtained. In particular, the head of the Doll tribe, Ulmight, did not easily shake nod head.
It was just as Lululucca had predicted, and I myself hadn’t expected that level, so I wasn’t disappointed, but I was certainly disheartened. I had thought that they would cooperate fully with us since we had removed a threat from the forest.
When I reported it to Sicily, she just smiled.
“It can’t be helped. The Chief is the leader of this forest, and I’m sure he doesn’t nod his head easily.” (Sicily)
She seems to understand the position of the chieftain painfully well.
“Well, yes, I do. I’m grateful for the cooperation of Lululucca and his men. The strongest warrior of the strongest mercenary clan has joined us.” (Sicily)
“I will think positively like that.”
Just as we were about to leave the Bana Forest, the chief’s messenger arrived.
“…I’m glad you defeated the Ogres, but I can’t cooperate with the whole village as a leader of the Doll tribe.” (Messenger)
The words are as we would expect, so we didn’t get angry. Rather we thanked him, the messenger then adds,
“…But I can’t beat the years that have been coming in waves. That’s why I’m thinking of retiring.” (Messenger)
The one who was most surprised by those words was Lululucca.
“My father is still the strongest in this forest. He should be able to fight for more years to come.” (Lululucca)
The messenger responds calmly to her daughter’s protest.
“—My daughter will insist, but I am old. Though I will be retiring, I haven’t decided who to give the title to as chieftain.” (Messenger)
“Isn’t it the daughter of the chief and the strongest of the clan, Lululucca-sama, who will take over?” (Sicily)
Sicily has a contemplating look on her face, but the question was to be expected. Of course, I thought so too. Perhaps Lululucca himself thought so, but the messenger conveys the words of the chieftain to solve the mystery.
“The successor to the Dolls is the strongest of the Dolls, the smartest of the Dolls, the most Loyal among the Dolls. They must prove that. The one who wants to be the chief of the Doll tribe must come with the princess of Ernia and defeat the giants.” (Messenger)
With those words, everyone understood.
Everyone understood the size of the Chief’s heart. His true intentions.
This is what Ulmight is saying,
As the chief of the Doll tribe, he cannot cooperate with Ernia, but each individual Doll tribe will cooperate with the princess of Ernia. Thus, instead of cooperating as the entire tribe, he says that “individuals” will work together as mercenaries.
This would be a way to converse with the Astoria Empire if they were to take control of this forest.
The Dolls can claim that they did not side with Ernia.
On the contrary, it is a political message to Ernia that the Doll tribe is on the side of the princess.
He has used a very old-fashioned and political approach.
(He might look like a warrior, but it seems that he is also quite the politician.)
It was much better than the other way around.
And in the end, most of the Dolls were still on our side.
Most of the Dolls who had been impressed by the Princess during the subjugation of the Ogres had joined her command. In short, the Ogre Subjugation Team became the Princess’s mercenaries.
We were able to put powerful mercenaries under our command.
I was very thankful.
I look at the princess again.
Admiring her charisma more than her beauty, I left the forest.
Now was not the time to gaze at her.
Rather, what I needed to do now was to join up with the Libra Division, which was moving southward within Ernia.
I needed to fulfill my original goal.
Most likely, the Libra Division would be advancing southward to confront the Titan Corps.
That was the original plan, and our strategy was to take advantage of that gap and flank the Titan Corps.
I explained the details of our plan to Lululucca and the others, and they nodded their heads.
“I understand. We’ll do it. I mean, it’s the only way we’ll be able to defeat the mighty Titan Corps.” (Lululucca)
Lululucca fully agreed with the plan, but she also let out a wry smile.
“It sounds like a perfect plan, but what would you have done without our help?” (Lululucca)
“That’s true. If they didn’t side with us, we’ll lose.” (Chloe)
Chloe followed suit, but I said as a matter-of-factly.
“We’ll lose then. We’ll withdraw the Libra Division immediately. We’ll minimize our casualties.”
“Then the command of His Majesty the King cannot be fulfilled.” (Chloe)
“That’s the way it is. In the first place, it’s impossible to destroy Titan troops with only one division. No one will laugh at us if we retreat.”
“But if we don’t succeed in our orders, the princess will be in a bad position.” (Chloe)
“If the princess’s position deteriorates, she will be sent into exile. I promised her that I would reform this country and bring peace to it, but I can do that without her taking over the throne. I can let the Astoria Empire conquer this country, wipe out the evil government, the military, and the royal family, and then return to this country as the Liberation Army.”
Everyone, including Sicily, has an astonished look at my bold plan.
“I guess I’m being bold. But wouldn’t it be more foolish to fight head-on and win every battle? From now on, the princess will fight the Imperial Army, the corruption within this country, and the great evil that is the Demise Cult. She may lose some of the battles. The question is not whether we are willing to lose, but what we will do after we lose. Losing is fine as long as it leads to that eventual peaceful goal.”
The girls were taken aback by my words, but it was the princess who agreed with me first.
“…You’re absolutely right. It may be naïve to achieve peace without sacrificing anything. If we win, the people will be troubled, but if we lose, we will be troubled, because when we reform this country, there will always be upheaval. But if we avoid it all, we will not have peace for a hundred years.” (Sicily)
“That’s what I mean. It’s the little things before the big things, but for now, we don’t have to worry about ‘losing’.”
“In other words, there is a chance of winning against the Titan Corps.” (Lululucca)
“Yes. Princess Sicily’s strategist, Leon von Almarsh, will not fight a battle he won’t win. He is a man who will surely live up to the expectations of the Princess.” (Chloe)
When I say that, I turn to Lululucca.
“Lululucca, the princess and I will join the main unit of the Libra Division as soon as possible, but will we entrust the command of the Doll mercenaries to you?”
I asked if she was more qualified than us for that role, so we want to leave the command of the Doll Mercenaries as it was.
“Then, can me and the princess go through the forest immediately?”
If I say it like that, it means we will pass through the forest as it is.
The two of us chose the shortest route through the forest.
Up to this point, the operation was proceeding based on perfect calculations, but there was one element of uncertainty.
Command the Libra Division to move southward. Then Cooperate with the Doll tribe, and flank the enemy.
It was a perfect plan, but there was one element that worried me.
There was one person who was not on my blueprint towards victory.
It was the man in black I had met in the Ogre’s den. He was the man who had saved me from my predicament. To be honest, if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here and I’d be dead.
That’s fine, on the contrary, I’m very thankful, but the problem is that the man in black is following me and the princess.
I’m the only one who is aware of him.
Well, there seems to be no hostility, but what should I do?
I was a little confused.
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