I Am the Monarch – Chapter 16 : The Ghost of the Battlefield (2)

‘It’s not ideal, but it should be the next best thing.’

The place Rose Battalion was heading towards was a little to the southwest of the front lines.
Although it was unfortunate he couldn’t perceive wherever all the battles against the monster horde were in this area, but even so, this place was much better compared to the east.

‘On top of that, this place seems to be relatively safe, but actually it’s no different from the frontlines.’

The Rose Battalion officers assumed that this place was isolated from the frontlines, however this would change in four days. No one knew right now, but the monsters were charging to Pedian’s plain with a formation shaped like a horseshoe. [ Ed: ( U ) ]

‘The attacks will start in the north.’

With quite a lot of numbers on top of that.
So because of these attacks, the Commanders of the Division moved their troops to the north.
And thanks to that, the middle then becomes vulnerable.
The monster horde charged through the center, pushing from the east and then the west, as if they were waiting for it.

‘From that moment, this place will also become the front lines.’

Roan gripped his spear with strength.

‘Firstly, it’s important to know, if the monster horde subjugation tactics from our forces happened exactly as the same as in my memories.’

It would be difficult if he came all the way here, and things happened differently from his memories. His eyes calmly close.

*****

Could he call it luck?
The monster horde subjugation tactics this time, was exactly the same as in his past life.

‘It has been four days since the main forces marched north.’

If his memories didn’t fail him, tonight; the monsters would appear in the plain’s from the west and then also push from the east.

‘If I just leave it like this, the battalions farthest to the east will become annihilated.’

It was important to accumulate merits, but it was also important to not let people die.

‘I have to announce the appearance of the monsters.’

The method was simple.
He just had to make up a simple ruse.
Roan gripped his spear and started to walk out of the tent.

“Extra training?”

The voice of Lieutenant Tane.
Roan slightly nodded.

“Yes.”
“Are you also planning to run around the west of the plains?”
“I’m thinking to.”

At Roan’s reply, Tane nodded and shook his head.

“I will be going then.”

After a short salute, he walked at a brisk pace; heading out of the camp.

Whoosh.

The smell of the battlefield tickles his nose.
Roan saluted the squad members with his eyes while passing the camp lines.
He saw the plains in front of him.

‘It will also be the last time I see this scene.’

Now, hell will be unleashed in this place.
Roan took in a deep breath and started to run lightly.
He passed the camps of many squads and went to the south of the plains.

Swhooosh.

The trees and weeds swayed, slightly shaking because of the west wind.
A refreshing aura is released by the forest.

‘Those guys were hidden beyond this forest.’

Clever monsters.
Roan spent some time around here and once he gathered enough details, quickly returned to the camp where Rose Battalion was based.
His anxiousness face was filled with urgency.

“Lieutenant Colonel Gale!”

He didn’t even attempt to find the squad officers, but instead directly sought the battalion commander. After that last incident with the Slave Merchants, Gale placed more attention towards Roan. It wasn’t enough with directly calling him out to speak, but even visiting the 7th squad.

<‘Because of you, only we have it difficult.’>

Pete scolded him a little, but in Roan’s position, Gale’s interest was more appreciative.

“What happened?”

The soldiers who were guarding Gale’s tent, frowned.

“It’s an important matter.”

Roan still trying to convey the urgency from his expression.
The guards also knew about the things Roan achieved up until now, so they couldn’t just ignore him.

“Wait for a moment.”

One of the guards entered the tent and came back.

“Go in.”
“Thank you.”

Roan lowered his head and entered the tent.

“Oh! Roan. There’s an important matter?”

Gale, who was working on his table, asked while smiling brightly.
In the other side, Roan still put on an act of urgency.

“It’s the monsters. There are monsters in the west side of the plains.”

Gale immediately stood up.

Bang.

The wooden chair topples behind him.
Gale looked at Roan while frowning.

“Monsters? Are there really monsters in the west?”

Roan bit his lower lip and nodded.

“Yes. It seems to be a large scale one.”
“Ma, maybe…….”

Gale’s face still frowning weighed the information he just recieved.
Roan nodded and continued saying.

“They are probably planning a surprise attack, aiming for our vulnerable middle.”
“They sure will.”

Gale nodded and grabbed Roan’s shoulders.

“You have brought me really important information. If we were careless, our forces would have taken a blow.”

He believed in Roan.
Because in the past few days, he held several conversations with him, and came to realise how much of an outstanding soldier he was.
And because of that, he couldn’t just ignore him.

“First, I will have to send the scout team and determine their exact locations. Can you show them?”
“Of course.”

Roan nodded.
Gale smiled brightly and patted his shoulders.

“Good. Then, I’ll make you take charge of the scout team.”

He called the adjutants and had them quickly gather the scouts.

‘This guy again?’
‘Is his skill good, or his luck really that good?’
‘How can he discover monsters everywhere he goes?’

The officers stared at Roan with mixture of surprise and resentful looks.

‘My face will become full of holes. With all these sharp gazes on me.’

Roan smiled bitterly while keeping his head down.

“We have finished gathering the scout team.”

A rescuing voice.
Roan bowed towards Gale and the officers while quickly leaving the tent.

‘Is he a lucky guy? A lucky guy indeed.’

Gale looked at Roan’s back displaying a satisfied smile.

“Then, I will have to meet with the Colonel.”
“Are you already intending to make a report? Why don’t you wait until the scout team returns with confirmation first?”

The delaying question of a hesitant officer.
Gale shook his head.

“It’s a simple report. I just have to inform them of a scout team I sent out, because of suspicious movements.”

Victory and defeat in a battle could also be determined with these small reports.
Gale strode out of Rose camp leaving behind his uncertain officers.
The officers who were in the camp let out a sigh while shaking their heads.

“Isn’t he relying on words from only one soldier?”
“On top of that, he’s a greenhorn soldier.”
“He’s just lucky.”

Pouring out complaints with their dissatisfied voices.
In the midst of all that, Dosen was just amicably sitting there with his mouth shut.

‘That he was lucky? I wonder sometimes. I don’t think perhaps that’s the case.’

A faint smile appears in his mouth.

*****

“Sh.”

Roan hid in the weeds and put his finger on his lips.
The scouts who were following him also lowered their bodies.
Quickly they passed through the forest, reaching through to the plains below the hill.

Swhooosh.

The weeds which were as tall as their waists gently swayed because of the blowing west wind.
At first glance, a peaceful scenery.
However, Roan pointed out the monsters while hiding his body within the weeds.

“An amazing number.”

A senior scout veteran amongst the soldiers; Benson quietly approached.
He had also discovered the monsters while hiding in the weeds.

“They will probably also be hiding until the end of the plains.”

Roan pointed to where the hill was elevated.
Benson nodded and vaguely finished counting.

“At least, there would roughly be five thousand.”

Roan nodded instead of replying.

‘It’s true that there were only five thousand from the first night raid. But after that, the numbers would increase significantly.’

The monsters were currently surrounding Pedian’s plain in a shape of a horseshoe.
As time passes, their numbers skyrocketed.

‘It’s because of those bastards from the Byron kingdom.’

Benson’s voice was heard again.

“When will they attack?”
“It’s likely to be tonight without a doubt.”

Roan said so full of conviction within his voice.
Benson frowned.

“How so?”
“They are hiding their bodies within the weeds without even preparing a camp. It’s because there’s not much time left until the attack.”
“Then, they can attack immediately?”

Benson seemed a bit preoccupied with that evaluation.
Roan shook his head.

“They are too exhausted to do that.”
“They are too exhausted?”
“Yes. They should have rushed here without stopping, just to carry out a surprise attack on our exposed center.”

It was the truth.
Just like the monsters who were making an uproar in the north, these same monsters were also located from the north a few days ago.

“Originally, they should have taken place in the north of the plain in this shape.”

He brought both of his fingers to face each other and made a horizontal shape.
Continued by that, taking the point where each of the fingers touch, he bends his fingers to make the shape of a horseshoe.

“However, right now, it’s in this shape. The place where my fingers touch is the north that’s facing the main forces of our army, and the rest have surrounded us from west to east in the shape of a horseshoe.”

Benson let out a low admiring exclamation.

“Ah! The monsters who were in the north rushed to the east and the west.”
“Yes. Taking into account the time, they should have charged here without even having been able to sleep.”

At Roan’s words, Benson’s voice becomes lower.

“Good. Then, it’s certain that they will attack tonight. We have to report this to the Commanders, and prepare for the surprise attack.”

At his words, Roan didn’t say anything.

‘No, that’s not a good method.’

His eyes roamed across the monsters hiding within the weeds.
A chilly light can be seen within his eyes.

‘What we need right now is not defense, but attack.’

< The Ghost of the Battlefield (2) > End


Translator’s note:  Thanks for reading!


Translator : Subak / Editor: Sai101

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