Children who were around 10 years old.
Five little kids tightly grabbed Roan’s leg while weeping.
“Save our mom.”
Tearful cries loudly burst out over the sound of the wind.
Roan patted the heads of the children awkwardly.
Toning down to a softly considerate voice, at least the biggest girl looked up at Roan.
“Some bad guys came to our village. They, they took away mom and dad. Boohoo!”
The girl couldn’t hold it anymore and started to cry.
Roan patted her head and frowned.
He searched his memories.
But there was no particular case.
‘Originally, the Rose Battalion were annihilated, and didn’t pass through here.’
It meant that it was completely unrelated to him.
Roan looked at the crying little girl and asked gently.
“What’s your name?”
“Sob. Sob. Lia.”
“It’s a nice name Lia. Tell me Lia, are you the oldest here?”
Lia sniffled while wiping her tearful face with both of her hands, and nodded.
Roan pointed towards the Rose troop camp into the distance.
“If we head over there, this place will have a lot of tough uncles. Will you go there with me, and tell them what happened in your village?”
“Then, those uncles will save our mom and dad?”
Clenching her hands, from deep within her eyes could be seen a glimmer of hope.
Roan couldn’t ignore that hope.
“Well. Of course.”
Only then did the sobbing children stop crying.
Roan started to walk towards the camp in front, while guiding the children.
Before he could even enter the camp, a scary yell was heard.
It was Dosen.
‘This bastard dares to come back late after idling over there?’
Dosen came outside because he was thinking that perhaps…
He was planning on punishing him if he was idling around without him knowing about it.
However, he couldn’t discover Roan in the nearby area at all.
‘Right. You were well caught.’
Deserters receive punishment of having to live in hiding for life.
He thought that Roan wouldn’t be so stupid as to fulfil such punishment, and instead he would be hiding somewhere.
What kind of punishment should he hand out, it was at that moment when he was thinking such things, when he saw Roan coming into the camp.
“Just where have you bee…… Huh?”
He was about to yell at him when he saw the children lined up behind him.
Dosen frowned and looked at Roan.
“Who are those kids?”
Roan explained everything that happened in a calm manner.
Dosen’s face contorted.
“Someone attacked the village and took away their parents?”
“Yes. That’s right.”
Roan nodded with his mood darkened.
‘He wouldn’t be making up an excuse, right?’
It was Dosen who didn’t feel good towards him.
If he resorted to violence in vain, only the children would be at a loss.
Dosen whom was thinking for a while, hit Roan’s shoulder.
“Good. Take the children, and head to Lieutenant Colonel Gale.”
Roan asked with a surprised expression.
Dosen’s eyes twitched.
“It means that innocent villagers are in danger. So we need to rescue them.”
Roan laughed awkwardly and nodded.
Dosen said it as if he was just revealing it.
“You thought that I was going to resort to violence?”
Roan didn’t talk back.
Dosen looked at the children, who were about to cry at any given moment, and continued saying.
“It’s true that I don’t like you. But I’m also a soldier of Rinse Kingdom. As a soldier, it’s my duty to protect the people of the Kingdom.”
Roan just nodded instead of replying.
Dosen smiled at the kids once, and moved towards the camp stables.
“Kids. Let’s go.”
Roan made sure Lia and the other children followed behind his back.
When they walked further in the camp, Commander Gale approached them with a well disposed smile.
“Oh dear. These little kids are having it really hard.”
He sat Lia, the other children and patted their heads.
The children being seated just like little chicks was really cute site to see.
Gale ordered the soldiers to bring hot milk and bread.
A gentle voice.
The kids were staring at their surroundings, and then quickly grabbed the bread.
The children started taking big chunks with every bite, as if they were really hungry.
Gale just looked at them.
Lia, who finished her bread, drank some milk while looking at Gale.
“Is Uncle the leader here?”
“Right. Uncle is the leader.”
Gale nodded along with a bright jolly laugh.
Lia returned the cup, and asked with a begging expression.
“Then, are you going to save mom and dad?”
“Yes. Of course.”
Gale nodded and carefully continued to say.
“However, you have to tell me what happened in the village. Can you tell me?”
At his words, Lia nodded.
“We were playing hide and seek in the woods, when about 20 dangerous, and Big Uncles appeared. And suddenly…….”
Tears trickled down her big eyes.
Gale softly wiped off her tears with a handkerchief, and carefully asked.
“Did those uncles kill the townspeople?”
“The Chief, Uncle James and Uncle Michael all died.”
Thick tears trickled down.
‘These small ones went through such a thing.’
Gale thought with regret, but still continued to asked another question.
“Then what happened?”
“The Big Uncles tied the people with a rope, and took them. We were still hidden in the bushes when it happened.”
Gale nodded with an admirable expression.
“You did well. Really well. Uncle will ask you two more things. First, what village does Lia live in?”
‘It’s not familiar.’
A village he never heard of before.
Then, that meant it was a really small village.
“Then, the last question. Where did the Bad Uncles go with the village people?”
Lia thought for a while and answered with a confident voice.
“To the East, they went to the East towards Trum village. They certainly went that way.”
Also an unfamiliar place.
It’s a high possibility that it was also as small as Hotton village.
‘Then, even Trum village may be in danger.’
Gale frowned and stood up.
“What do you think?”
Dosen, who was listening next to them, replied in a voice so low, so the children couldn’t hear it.
“Aren’t they Thieves or Slave Merchants?”
“There is a high possibility.”
Gale nodded and grabbed Dosen’s shoulder.
“I will leave this to you. First, find some soldiers who know about Hotton village and Trum village. Take five cavalry patrols and chase them down, capture if possible, or eliminate if not.”
Dosen slightly bowed his head.
At that time, Roan who was observing the situation, slightly raising his right hand.
“Lieutenant Colonel Gale.”
Gale looked at him, as if what to ask what happened now?
Dosen also was the same.
Roan looked at the both of them and continued to hurriedly say.
“I know about Trum village.”
At that moment, Gale and Dosen both looked at him with surprised expressions.
“You know about Trum village?”
Roan slowly nodded.
‘Trum village… How can I not know about it.’
A bitter smile appeared on his face.
‘Because that’s where the Travias spear is located.’
The Travias spear, which was about to be discovered in 17 years from now.
‘Even if that wasn’t the case, I was planning to go there after the subjugation of the monster horde ended, and afterwards head towards the Potter district.’
However, he was unfamiliar with Hotton village.
On top of that, there was no other case he remembered aside from the Travias’s spear event.
Then, he heard Gale’s voice.
“Good. Then Roan, you will take the role of scout.”
A situation that every minute was precious.
It was much faster to take Roan, rather than asking around all of the other soldiers.
Dosen approached Roan, and grabbed his shoulders.
“Do you know how to ride a horse?”
“Yes. I know.”
Dosen nodded with an astonished expression.
There weren’t many normal soldiers who knew how to ride a horse.
However for Roan, who dreamt of becoming a great general, slowly learnt cavalry riding skills.
‘I also rode the horse for 10 years.’
He couldn’t say whether he rode it skillfully, but he was at least on a level he didn’t fall off.
“Then, we will be heading out.”
Dosen bowed towards Gale while riding out of the camp.
Roan quickly followed his back.
‘It’s something which I didn’t experience in my past life.’
Chills ran down his spine.
A completely different feeling compared to when he confronted the goblins in Ale gorge.
On top of that, the opponents weren’t monsters, but humans.
Roan clenched his teeth, and gripped his spear.
‘Let’s hope that this choice is followed by good results.’
< Travias’s spear (2) > End
Translator’s note: Thanks for reading!
‘cavalry squads’ changed to ‘cavalry patrols’
‘Potter region’ changed to ‘Potter district’
‘bent’ changed to ‘bowed’
Translator : Subak / Editor: Sai101