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I Am the Monarch – Chapter 84: A new opportunity (3)

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The madmen of small rooms, the alchemists.
They were scientists, engineers, or magicians that tried to convert minerals to become gold.
But the research of the alchemists that lasted tens and hundreds of years ended up in failure and their research started to take a weird turn.
They wanted to grasp the characteristics of the minerals itself and find methods to refine it, mixing minerals with other minerals, combining it to become weapons, equipments, and other things to make it more comfortable or reconstruct it to become stronger.
But of course, this was something 10 years in the future.
Actual alchemists were hidden in deep forests or empty villages to research and experiment in weird things and were judged as crazy people.
And that was because there were small and big accidents involved in it.
Because of that, people naturally moved far away from them.

‘I have to gather them starting from now.’

It would be late only after their research started to show accomplishments.
By then, the influential people of the kingdom or empire would gather them and set them up as the base.

‘When there aren’t guilds like right now is the most suitable time.’

Different from the knights or mages that had headquarters, alchemists didn’t even have a guild.
Roan was planning to make a guild for the alchemists near the Tale region.
It was one of the conditions for a strong army.

‘I also need outstanding weapons and not only outstanding soldiers.’

Roan was planning to entrust that to the alchemists.

‘On top of that, if I can gather engineers or blacksmiths…..’

But it probably wouldn’t be easy.
He was still exiled in the region of Tale.
He couldn’t come and go to other regions as he pleased.

‘In the end, I will have to resort to use mister Chris to help me out once again.’

He needed the help of Chris’s agency.
Roan was first planning to establish Chris’s agency near the region of Tale and use them as a means of contact.

‘Good. Let’s take it one step at a time.’

Roan took in a deep breath and stood up.
The plans he would face were now somewhat organized.
His heart beat.
The blood in his body circulated quickly.

‘Let’s make history.’

A blue light lit up in his eyes.

*****

“It’s somewhat amazing.”
“It’s a formation I hadn’t thought of at all.”

The troop members looked at each other and had surprised expressions.
Austin, who was pondering, raised his right hand.

“Is there a need to change formations? We’re all accustomed to the current formation actually.”

At those words, some soldiers nodded.
Their sight moved to Roan.

“That formation was filled with weak points.”

He replied in a composed voice.
Roan walked amongst the troop members and started to make a long explanation about the formation.
He also explained how roughly made the formations used in the squads, troops and corps were.
As his explanation became longer, a convinced look appeared in the faces of the soldiers.

“Ah! That’s why until now, the troop was operated in several divided sections.”
“Now that I see it, we moved in more small scaled groups than the other troops.”
“Can it be that that was like the ten men group?”

Several conversations could be heard.

‘They’re all quick to catch on.’

Roan faintly smiled and nodded.
When they still belonged to the 7th corps, the 2nd rose troop invested a lot of time in small group training and operations.
And that was all for the preparations for the establishment of the hundred men squad.

“If the entire formation changes then the positions of troop commander, adjutant, squad commander will also be changed.”

Especially, the adjutants who were crudely called commanders would be clearly differentiated from the ten-man leaders and hundred-man commanders.
If the size of the troop became larger, the thousand-man commander and ten thousand-man commander would also be implemented.
From here on, each task will get the role of staff officer.

“For now, I will name the four people that will become hundred-man commanders.”

At Roan’s words, nervousness was seen on the faces of the soldiers.
Especially on the faces of the squad commanders, a faint expectation appeared.

“I name Austin to become hundred-man commander to command and lead the entire troop instead of me.”
“Ah…..”

A low exclamation came out of Austin’s mouth.
The manager was a position that basically worked instead of the vice troop commander.

‘For me to become a manager…….’

Just a few months ago, he was working hard to get promoted to become a squad commander.
That Austin became a commander that would lead one hundred soldiers.
He slowly stood up and moved.
Roan lent him the declaration paper he had already prepared a few days ago.
Although there was no rank badge that suited with the new formation, Austin was deeply moved just with the declaration paper.

“I will do my best.”

His earnest voice rang out.

Roan patted Austin’s shoulders once and smiled.

‘If it’s Austin, he will work well.’

Followed by that, the naming of the second commander took place.

“I name Tane as the second hundred-man commander.”

Tane,who was a squad commander of the 13th squad of rose troop stood up with a half absent-minded expression.

“Squad commander Tane! Congratulations!”

Pete whistled and yelled while shaking his right arm.
And all the other troop members also clapped.
Because they all recognized Tane’s skills and merits that he had accumulated during the small and big battles.

“Let’s work hard from now on.”

Roan gave him the declaration paper and smiled.
Tane made a short salute.

“Sir! I will do my best!”

He spoke in a voice with strength.

‘Relationships are really fun.’

Roan smiled.
Just before a few weeks ago, he was a newcomer spearman of the 13th squad which Tane lead.
But now, he became a commander and a superior that led an entire troop and named Tane to become his second hundred man commander.

‘Who would have known that a greenhorn spearman would become a troop commander.’

Now that it turned out like this, there was no law that said that he wouldn’t be able to become a monarch.
Roan felt his emotions surging up and named the third commander.

“I name Pete as the third hundred-man commander.”

At that moment, silence fell.
Even Pete, who was whistling towards Tane, froze up like that.
Pete, who threw a fist towards Roan, couldn’t grasp the situation when he first returned to the past.
He had passed over several squad commander ranked soldiers and became a hundred-man commander.
The surrounding soldiers all looked at Pete with surprised expressions.
Pete got a hold of himself and pointed at his own face.

“Do, do you mean me?”

Roan just nodded.
At that moment.

“Waaa! Pete! You completely succeeded!”
“Amazing!”
“Pete, no. Commander! Congratulations!”

Several cheers were heard from everywhere.
Amaranth troop was at most 400 people.
They had established quite a solid relationship after the battles they faced together.
There was no one that felt displeased or was against Roan’s decision.

“Huh? Yeah. E, everyone thanks.”

Pete nodded with a shaking face and stood in front of Roan.
Roan gave him the decree and patted his shoulders.

“Let’s work hard.”

The reason he declared Pete as the third commander.

‘If Austin and Tane have the ability to command and lead, Pete is outstanding in the part of strength.’

A brave general that could face the enemies at the front.
That was Pete.

“I, I will do my best.”

Pete still had a half absent-minded expression.
He moved his feet and stood next to Tane.
Tane brightly smiled and poked Pete’s side.

“Congratulations.”
“Th, thank you.”

Pete smiled awkwardly and bowed.
He didn’t even know how to read but was staring at the decree as if his gaze would pierce through it.

‘I’m a hundred-man commander?’

Based on the original formation, he was a mere adjutant.
His emotions overflowed.

‘I can’t disappoint him.’

A resolution that he had to act according to Roan’s expectation surged up.
Meanwhile, Roan was naming the last commander.
Everyone was concentrating on Roan.
Although Pete was kind of unexpected, the hundred man commanders until now were kind of expected.

‘Now that Pete was the third, the fourth may be a really unexpected person.’
‘Who?’

Everyone gulped down their dry saliva.
Only then did Roan feel the strange gazes and slowly opened his mouth.

“I name Harrison as the fourth commander.”

Boom.

At that moment, a silence even worse fell than when Pete was declared spread out.
The gazes of the soldiers naturally fell on one place.
Their gazes were focused on a childish faced soldier.
It was Harrison.

‘M, me?’

He couldn’t even bring those words out.
Harrison was asking Roan while opening and closing his mouth.
Roan smiled faintly and nodded.
Harrison slowly stood up and carefully moved.
The surroundings were as still as a dead rat.

‘Harrison?’
‘He surpassed all the other squad commanders?’

Everyone had surprised looks.
Then.

“Harrison certainly has the proper qualifications to become a hundred-man commander!”

Pason, who was one of the basic squad commanders, yelled out.

“Right! Just looking at his skills in archery, he was the best of the 7th corps!”
“He even saved the life of troop commander several times!”

The other squad commanders added and yelled.
They knew really well what their role was.
Because of that, the heavy silence was blown away like a feather.

“Right. Just looking at his merits, he’s the best of the best.”
“Well, just looking at skills, the one who is the most suitable in the seat of a hundred-man commander is Harrison.”

The soldiers all started to nod with convinced expressions.
Cheers and applauses were heard everywhere.

‘Everyone…….’

Harrison looked at the troop members with an absent-minded expression.
Compared to the other soldiers, he wasn’t even from rose troop.
He had joined in late because of Roan.

‘For everyone to recognize me like this.’

One corner of his heart became hot.
His sight naturally turned to Roan.

‘Troop commander. I’m really thankful.’

Just a few months ago, he was a mere novice spearman.
However, because Roan recognized his talent in archery and taught him that, he became able to live a new life.

‘I won’t forget this grace even when I die.’

Harrison bowed towards Roan.
Roan lent him the decree and patted his shoulders.

“Harrison. Let’s keep working hard from now on.”

The words Roan said when he first met Harrison.
Harrison nodded with a moved face.

“Yes. I will stay with you until I die.”

His voice slightly trembled.
Roan smiled faintly.
Harrison wiped off the tears and stood next to Pete.
Like this, the naming of the four commanders ended.
Continued by that, the naming of the ten-man commanders and staff officers followed up.
The most important thing was the naming of the commander that would lead the information squad.
Pens, who originally lead the information squad, couldn’t enter the exile region of Tale and because of that, he had to name a new person responsible for that position.
Roan named Keep, who was the nimblest of them all.
And like this, the restructure of Amaranth troop concluded.
Roan dissolved the troop and opened up another meeting between commanders.

“You all should know it, but we’re no different from sinners.”

The hundred-man commanders and the information leader all nodded.
Roan kept talking.

“We have to face the monsters from the region of Tale.”

He spoke in a voice with strength.
Roan looked at Keep’s eyes fixedly.

“For now, the information squad will thoroughly investigate the region of Tale. You have to investigate the rivers, nests, mountains, and woods really carefully.”

He pointed at a wooden desk with his finger.

“I’m planning to make a map so you can grasp the region of Tale in one glance.”
“You mean a map?”

Austin asked back with a surprised expression.
Drawing up a map was quite a dangerous thing in this era.
If you slipped, you could even get the misunderstanding that you were a spy.

“This region of Tale is a really secluded place, different from other places. Because of that we are free from even the gazes of the people. There’s no need to worry that much.”

At those words, several people nodded.
However, they couldn’t do anything but they still felt a bit uneasy.
Tane asked back with a careful expression.

“But do you have a need to do that?”

As the appearance of monsters in this region was quite low, there was no need for the troop to act first.
The monsters would come attacking first if you just guarded the headquarters.
Roan clenched his fists at those words.

“I’m not planning to wait for the monsters to come to us.”
“Then…….?”

Everyone looked at Roan’s face.
A faint smile appeared on Roan’s mouth.

“We’re attacking the monsters first.”

He grabbed the table with both of his hands and then stuck out his head towards the commanders.
A voice and expression that overflowed with confidence.
However, a low voice but filled with strength followed.

“I’m planning to dry them up.”

< A new opportunity (4) > End


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Translator : Subak

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13 thoughts on “I Am the Monarch – Chapter 84: A new opportunity (3)

  1. aytrama

    Chills and the adrenaline is high on this chapter…………..The author is very good at keeping the story fresh after every climax……Thanks to Sponsers and Translators

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    1. Albiruni Nurzaman

      did u know, the history of humanity is full of racism, and normally monster in fantasy story is more like animal with extra aggressiveness that threatening your life, it’s like when u meet a hungry bear or hungry tiger in the forest if u have power to kill them u will kill them if not u will die,
      also roan world is not our modern world, u say just roan racist against monster is not right because i think all people in that world is racist against monster, but also not entirely wrong from modern perspective if want to say they racist
      and more i think roan action is very reasonable from human in that world, it’s attack first or being attacked first,

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      1. Deal with it

        True, but at least he shouldn’t annihilate the monster in his region, after all humans need a common enemy and the monsters can be treated as training for his troops if they aren’t annihilated 🙁

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  2. JinVodka

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J This is really why I love Monarch. The comradeship, tactics, stratagem and BROMANCE!!!

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  3. tatticky

    Ugh… I like the story, but the misuse of specific military terms (mostly related to formation size) is throwing me off. Now, I don’t know what terms the original author used, but I think the translation would be much improved if the english words were closer to their expected unit.

    Up to this point, I’ve been dealing with it since it would obviously be a lot of work to go back and overhaul what was already written. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the overly literal “Hundred Man Commander”.

    The word you’re looking for is “Centurion”. It’s a Latin loanword that literally translates to “Commander of a Century (group of 100 men)”, and is still recognizable as a military rank by the general public. (Additionally, I think it helps convey to the audience how Roan’s adjutants feel about this wierd rank they’ve never heard before.)

    If you don’t want to use “Centurion”, then at least call him a “Captain” or “Lieutenant”.

    “Squad” should be used for the group of ten or not at all (in which case, “Team” would be fine). The groups of 100 should be called “Companies”.

    As for the group of 400, “Troop” is okay, but if you want to be more specific you should try “Battalion”.

    I apologise for being so blunt about this, but having to constantly apply mental correction to these words to get the proper numbers of soldiers has negatively impacting my enjoyment of this series, which I otherwise really like.

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