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I Am the Monarch – Chapter 85: A new opportunity (4)

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‘Damn.’

Curses came out on their own.
Semi glared in front of him.
The monsters amounted to 1,000.
And they were even various races mixed in as well

‘Goblin, kobold, nork……’

Although most of them were small sized monsters, you could see about ten little ogres that were exactly double the size of a human adult sprinkled around.

‘I was crazy. Fuck.’

Semi cursed out his stupidity, no, his rashness as he realized it too late.

‘I just had to guard the headquarters….’

Originally, there wouldn’t have been any problems if they just subjugated or chased away the monsters that approached the entrance.
But as they saw Roan and his troop moving out from the camp in the early morning, he couldn’t endure it.

‘Not being enough with making an information squad to investigate the region and changing the formation to a strange one, they also went out to subjugate monsters.’

It was an action he hadn’t thought of at all.
He kind of felt that he and the entire Sollum troop were cowards.

‘The owners of Tale region were us.’

It was a feeling that the ownership was passed over in an instant.
On top of that, his competitiveness where he didn’t want to lose to Roan rose up.
And fortunately, that was the same for the members of Sollum troop.
They didn’t want to see Amaranth troop, that was no different from a rock that rolled over, to just act as they pleased.
In the end, Semi left 100 men to guard the camp and charged out.
They charged over to the regions were monsters appeared quite frequently.
And the start wasn’t bad.
They annihilated the monsters that appeared at times and increased their spirit.
They arrived to their destination, it was a hill.
It was when he was resting and treating the wounded ones.
The forest below the hill started to shake.
The dense forest shook roughly and a sound shaking the ground hit their ears.
When Semi and the others were looking at the forest with a nervous look.

Pat!

An amazing number of monsters appeared from the forest.
This was an attack that they hadn’t expected.
That was what just happened right now.

“Wh, what do we do?”

Hamon had a really nervous look on his face.
Only then did Semi throw away all his useless thoughts and bit his lower lip.

“What do you want to do? Of course we have to fight.”

The monsters had already approached near the hill.
In this situation, they could only fight against the monsters.

‘Although its 400 against 1,000, they’re mostly small monsters. On top of that, we’re positioned on higher ground so it’s not that we don’t have a chance.’

Semi, who was quite hot tempered, had his head cleared up in front of a big fight.
Because he knew that if the commander lost his rationality here, the entire troop would get annihilated.

“We are getting the little ogres first.”
“Yes. Understood.”

The adjutants answered in one voice and stood in front of their respective squads.
400 soldiers raised their weapons with nervous looks.

“Kuaaa!”
“Kiek!”

The monsters cried out.
The ground shook and white dust surged up.

“Charge!”

And the order of charging also fell from Semi’s mouth.
His eye became red.
And a strange heat surged up from his entire face.

“Kill!”

Yells that were used to raise the morale poured out from the soldiers.

Bang!

Finally, the Sollum troop clashed against the monsters.

Slash! Stab!

The limbs of the monsters began to get cut off along with horrible sounds.

“Kiek!”
“Kek!”

The goblins or kobolds that were a lot smaller than an adult couldn’t properly resist and collapsed.
The personal strength of each troop member was that strong.
However, their performance was only up to there. The limit for Sollum troop was clear.
Because it was the first time they faced such a large scaled battle.

“Little ogre! Aim for the little ogres!”
“Infantry! To the right! Not there! Right! Right!”

Semi yelled with all his strength.
But the order couldn’t get properly executed. Each adjutant moved their respective squad as they wished.
No, they couldn’t even command the squad members properly.
To say that they were one troop was a tragic understatement.
The formation that had a rectangular shape was now separated at several pieces.
And monsters charged in from those spaces.

“Kok!”
“Kuk! Your side was pierced through!”
“The formation of the front crumbled!”

The formation that gwas turned aside once started to collapse even more.
Anyways, if their individual strength wasn’t good, they would already have been annihilated.

‘Damn! We endured well for two years but what is this?!’

Semi swung his blade while grinding his teeth.

‘Although monsters appeared frequently in this region, it’s the first time a troop as big as this has appeared……On top of that, this isn’t a simple attack.’

This was just like they were being chased by someone.

“Uak!”
“Kok!”

Several yells were heard from the surroundings.
Semi’s face stiffened.

‘Because of my powerlessness, my troop members……’

His eye trembled.
Although he blamed himself, it was already late.

‘Am I going to die like this…..’

A moment of life and death.
Then.

Sweeee!

A sharp sound was heard.

“Kiek!”
“Kek!”

The cries of the monsters were heard this time.

Puuuuu!

The sound of the horn trumpet was heard at the same time.
Semi and the troop members looked back.
A group of people that were attacking the monsters appeared.
A flag was waving around high above their heads.
A short word was written on the flocking flag.

<Amaranth.>

At that moment, joy appeared on everyone’s faces.

‘Amaranth troop!’
‘They’re here to rescue us!’

Their sight gathered at one point.

Bang!

Monsters were pushed back to the sides with a loud sound.
The place that was separated.
Roan was over there.

“Annihilate!”

A short order and the several signals were transmitted.
The flagman that was next to him shook two flags of different colors.

Puuuuu! Dung. Dung. Dung. Dung.

The sound of the horn trumpet and drums were heard.
Amaranth troop took a triangle formation as if they were waiting for it.
And of course, the one at the peak was Roan.
He pulled out Travias spear and emanated valor.
There was no need to hide his mana anymore.
The spear with a transparent light split the air and danced about.

Slash. Spat!

And everytime that happened, a horrible sound was heard.

“Kiek!”

Small monsters like goblins and kobolds couldn’t be Roan’s opponent.
And that was also the same for the little ogres.
They became perplexed at the mysterious movements of Roan’s spearmanship and stepped back.
The moment their formation crumbled.
The troop members of Amaranth ran to the sides.

Stab!

The weapon was stabbed into the sides of the little ogres.

“Kuang!”

A cry exploded out.
It had a look that he was at least trying to struggle.
However, followed by that, the troop members swung their spears.

Slash!

The spears, swords, axes, and daggers stabbed the head, neck, chest, and abdomen consecutively.
It was a perfect attack.

Boom!

The little ogre couldn’t endure it anymore and fell.

“Charge!”

The cry shook the battlefield.
The peak of Amaranth troop easily charged over the group of monsters.
Roan and the vanguard grouped up with the hopeless looking Sollum troop.

“Are you fine?”

These were lightly asked words.

‘I didn’t know they would copy us and go out to subjugate monsters.’

Roan sighed shortly.
After the Amaranth troop departed, the monsters were subjugated and they executed a big performance.
In that process, the small groups of monsters evaded Amaranth troop and fled to the west.
But Sollum troop just had to be over there.
Several small groups gathered and that number amounted to 1,000.
The Sollum troop was performing the role of anvil between a hammer and an anvil.

‘Anyways, I’m glad that we aren’t late.’

Roan faintly smiled and looked at Semi.
Semi also got a hold of himself late.

“Yes. I, I’m fine.”
Actually, even the members of Sollum troop were half absent-minded.
And that was because only 300 men were pushing back and massacring the monsters that amounted to 1,000 easily and were able to push them back to the sides.

‘I, is this the strength a troop has to have?’

Semi swallowed down dry saliva.
Roan looked at Semi once and shook his right hand to the back twice.
At that moment, the groups of a hundred men that were pushing back the monsters started to fall back.
The widely spread triangle shape shrank in an instant and then moved into a rectangle formation.

“Kiek!?”
“Kek?”

The monsters tilted their head when they saw the space that suddenly became empty.
Then, the flagman shook the flag to the sides.
The infantry that was at the front lowered their bodies and kneeled on one leg.
The archers who were at the back poured arrows as if they were waiting for it.

Sweee!

A sharp sound rang out.
Tens of arrows split the air consecutively.

Pubububuk!

Monsters collapsed after becoming porcupines.
And even among the archers, the one showing the most amazing skill was Harrison.
Harrison, who was leading the archer squad and some infantry, was hitting the medium sized monsters, compared to the other archers who were only hitting small monsters.

Puk!

It was a look that their forehead was precisely pierced.

“It, it’s an amazing ability.’

The members of the Sollum troop all opened their mouths.
It really was an ability close to marvelous.

“Kieeek!”
“Kuaa!”

As the monsters started to get pushed one sidedly, they let out cries and tried to rush in without any plans.
Roan took out Travias spear as if he was waiting for it and then charged forward.
Amaranth troop followed his back.

“Ah…..”

At that moment, Semin and his troop members let out low exclamations.
A shudder passed by their bodies.
This was because of the scene occurring in front of their eyes.
Amaranth troop was facing hundreds of monsters.
Their eyes became fixated at their backs.

“Kek!”
“Kugh!”

Amaranth troop clashed with the monsters.
The members of the troop moved in an orderly fashion.
If one person attacked, another put more strength into that attack, and the remaining ones filled in the flaws after the attack.

‘So this was what they trained in everyday at the training field!’

Semi became amazed and kept getting more amazed.
His sight naturally moved towards Roan.
This was the front of the front line.
It was the place you could say that was the most dangerous had Roan over there.

Pabababat!

Travias spear moved as if it danced around.

Pubuk! Puk!

The monsters that were close by were hit consecutively by fists and kicks and were bounced off.
It was a feeling that a long line of light was drawn following the spear.
Roan’s movements weren’t only destructive, but beautiful.

‘They aren’t my opponents.’

Semi realized Roan’s and the troop’s skills.
They weren’t opponents he or the Sollum troop could do anything about.
But strangely enough he didn’t feel powerless, rage, or despair.

‘I want to get in there and fight together with them.’

He wanted to display more power than what he had, just like the strength Amaranth troop had.
His face turned red at this boiling emotions.
But that wasn’t only Semi.

‘Will we also be able to move like that?’
‘How good would it be if I also had those kind of allies.’

Everyone from the Sollum troop looked at the battlefield with excited expressions.
Desire surged up in their eyes.
The opposition and antipathy they felt when they first met Amaranth troop had long since disappeared.

‘He said that he would wait until we wanted……’

Semi remembered Roan’s words clearly.
He turned to look back at his troop members and took in a deep breath.

‘It seems like that time is now.’

He laid the decision.
His sight moved over once again to the battlefield.
The fight was already coming to an end.
It was a complete victory.
It was a complete victory for Amaranth troop.
And it was also the first battle of the Amaranth troop that would one day will let the continent know of its name.

*****

‘Lost. Completely lost. Even the plate is different.’

Semi shook his head.
The place his eyes reached.
Roan was over there.

‘Just by rescuing our troop and safely returning us back is thankful enough…..’

Roan ordered Amaranth troop, that comparatively had fewer casualties to look after the injuries of Sollum troop.
In this situation, Semi became surprised at three things.
The first.

‘The troop members have absolute obedience at the orders of the troop commander.’

The second.

‘The level of treatment is higher than what I thought. Although it’s not at the professional level, they know really well how they have to treat injured people.’

It was all because of the various experiences of the battles they had faced until now, but there was no way Semi could know that.
But most of all, the reason he became more surprised than anything was because of the third cause.

‘It’s been exactly 20 days since Amaranth troop came here. But……..’

Semi’s sight moved over to Roan.
Roan was checking on the conditions of the Sollum troop members.

“If you rest for a while with a splint you’ll be fine, James.”

These were words he said calmly.
The soldier who was laying on the ground asked back with a surprised expression.

“How did you know my na……..?”

At those words, Roan just smiled instead of replying.
He stood up and checked on the condition of the next soldier.

“Darren. Check the condition of Lork. It seems like he’s lacking in bandages.”
“Bent. You lack water.”
“Kolp. You can’t move yet.”

The names came out without stopping.
Roan had memorized the names of the Sollum troop members.
And they were surprised each time their names were called.

“Troop commander. You even memorized the names of the Sollum troop soldiers?”

Austin, who was treating the injured ones next to him, was astounded.
At those words Roan shook his head.

“I still haven’t memorized everyone’s names.”

But even so, there was amazement in the faces of the surrounding soldiers.

‘There were a lot of things to do during the past twenty days……’
‘We changed the troop’s formation, repaired the camp, and even trained in the troop’s strategies.’
‘Meanwhile, he even memorized the names of the Sollum troop’s soldiers that don’t have any relationship with us?’

Roan was really moving around busily, as if he was really in need of ten extra bodies.

‘I have to do everything I can, and to the best that I can.’

For a commander to memorize the name of a soldier.
Roan thought that was the first thing a good commander had to do.
If you kept engaging in wars and battles, countless soldiers die and get hurt.
Different from the commanders, most of them couldn’t even leave behind their short name.

‘At least, I can’t let my soldiers die without a name.’

Of course, if the size of his army became the size of a corps, and then he became a supreme commander, he obviously wouldn’t be able to memorize everyone’s name.

‘By then, I will leave the names of my dead allies in words.’

This was so that people could remember and history would also remember them.
When his thoughts continued up to there.
A presence was felt at his back.

“Troop commander Roan.”

A familiar voice spoke out.
As he turned back, he saw Semi and the adjutants in a line.
And their expressions were really stern.
You could see the nervousness in their faces.
Roan immediately grasped their intentions.

‘It was faster than what I thought.’

Perhaps, cutting his morale on the first day would have been the most effective thing.
The deeply bowed head.
The armor that was covered with the blood of monsters was shining.

“Our Sollum troop…..”

His voice dimmed.
Semi raised his head and looked at Roan.

“Please command us.”

At that moment, silence fell over the entire camp.
It was obvious for Sollum troop, but even the members of Amaranth troop were looking at Roan.
Roan didn’t hesitate.
He smiled brightly and nodded.

“Fine.”

Roan looked at his surroundings and continued saying.

“From today on, Amaranth troop and Sollum troop are one.”

< A new opportunity (4) > End


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Translator : Subak

Proofreader: st8_lupe.

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