20 years had passed, but he remembered perfectly.
‘Excluding Pierce and I, all of the newcomers died.’
It wasn’t only them, but Oliver and Squad Commander Tane had also lost their lives.
‘We were attacked near Ale Village by the goblins.’
It was a gorge that became narrower.
That was where those bastards were hiding in ambush.
The Rose troop that was moving carelessly, was almost completely annihilated.
‘What can I do?’
Tell the commander the truth that the goblins were hiding to ambush them?
‘It would be fortunate if he doesn’t cut off my neck.’
There was no way they would listen to the words of a newcomer without any proof.
No, in the first place, he wouldn’t even meet him.
‘Should I tell Squad Commander Tane?’
This wasn’t a good option.
In his memories, he didn’t really have a friendly character.
‘Then, do I have to look at how the squad gets annihilated?’
He couldn’t do so.
He didn’t want to also ruin this life.
Then, Roan’s face brightened up.
‘Ah! There was that.’
The corner of his mouth slowly rose up.
He looked at Tane as if he were waiting for something; eyes filled with eagerness.
Tane, who was packing his luggage, yelled with an expression as if he had remembered something late.
“Is there someone who’s familiar with the region of Ale? Someone that lived in that region for a long time, or spent a long time there?.”
‘This is it!’
Roan took a step forward and raised his right hand.
“I know it well.”
‘The guy who was being hit by Pete.’
Pete wasn’t the type to become violent for no reason.
Then that meant that this guy in front of him had a problem.
The role of guide was certainly important.
If he made a mistake, he could put the whole squad in danger.
“Are you really familiar with the region of Ale?”
“Yes! I am. I can go from here, Ellin’s fortress, to Ale Village with my eyes closed.”
Tane frowned and looked at Roan.
‘Well, the decision is made by the adjutant.’
He didn’t keep thinking about this for long.
In the first place, he wasn’t the type to do so.
“Fine. What’s your name?”
“It is Roan.”
“You pack your things immediately and follow me.”
Tane walked and looked at General Lander.
“Lander. If you finish your preparations go to the training grounds with the guys.”
Lander smiled as if telling him not to worry and nodded. Tane hit his chest and went outside.
Roan hurriedly followed behind his back.
As he went outside of the barracks, a familiar smell tickled the tip of his nose.
‘The smell of war. No, the smell of death.’
Ironware, bonfires, horses, sweat, guys and blood.
It was a smell that had many things mixed together.
It was a smell he had sensed for the past 20 years until he became sick of it.
It was a disgusting smell, but somehow a corner of his heart became more comfortable.
‘The more you get to like this smell, the closer you are to death.’
Roan smiled bitterly and shook his head.
At that time, Tane, who was one step ahead of him, asked bluntly.
“Where are you from?”
“I’m from a small town in the mountains that’s on the borders of the mountain ranges of Grain.”
“The Grain mountain range….. It’s a rough place.”
Tane talked like that and continued his steps.
‘A guy from Grain mountain range know the region of Ale well?’
He had a feeling that he was being deceived.
‘Well, I’m not the one to get punished.’
Tane smirked and looked in front of him.
A middle aged man was looking at the pile of documents.
Tane approached him and bent down.
Dosen, a middle aged man, was one of the five aides in Rose troop in charge of guiding.
‘He already picked quite a few.’
Tane’s gaze moved next to him.
He saw the other guides from the other squads.
They already numbered more than 10.
Dosen smiled brightly and greeted him with his chin.
Tane moved to the side and pointed at Roan.
“There’s also a guy in our squad that is familiar with the region of Ale.”
Dosen moved his sight and looked at Roan.
“It’s my first time seeing him. Is he a newcomer?”
“Yes. He came yesterday.”
“He’s a good looking guy.”
Dosen smirked and looked at Roan up and down.
“You are familiar with the region of Ale?”
Roan replied without hesitating.
‘Only the amount of battles in the region of Ale amounted to twenty. Twenty.’
Because of that, the surrounding region was really clear in his eyes.
Dosen nodded at his reply.
“Then should I ask you a simple question? What’s the specialty product of Ale?”
It wasn’t a difficult question.
“Then, the biggest village in the region of Ale?”
“It’s of course Ale. Continued by Riven Village, Moss Village, and Ferbus Village.”
He answered back without stopping.
‘All off places where we had battles.’
Dosen nodded with a surprised expression.
“I didn’t know that you would even know Ferbus Village. It seems like you have indeed lived in this zone for quite long. You are just perfect for a guide.”
Roan didn’t really talk about where he came from.
Because that wasn’t the important thing.
‘I’ll find the goblins in hiding one step ahead of them.’
He looked at the guides that were next to him.
‘Because of these guys not doing their job properly, many people died.’
Of course, he knew why they couldn’t discover the goblins.
This was a safe zone with no monsters at all.
So they also thought that there was no way that goblins would appear.
‘This time, I am blocking them.’
Roan bit his lower lip.
“Take this. Don’t lose it.”
Tane gave him one spear.
Roan nodded and tightly gripped it.
It had a strong and heavy feeling to it.
His palms were excessively soft and smooth.
The injuries and hardened skin he had received over the past 20 years had all disappeared.
‘It really is starting again.’
He smiled bitterly.
“Then, I will take my leave.”
Tane saluted at Dosen and moved his step towards the training grounds.
Roan took in a deep breath while looking at Tane’s back moving farther away.
“Don’t be too scared.”
A soldier , who was looking at him, bumped his shoulder.
He seemed to have misunderstood and believed that he was afraid.
“This much is nothing. Last year………”
He talked about his tales of heroism for quite a while.
‘I also have 20 years worth of stories.’
When he started to talk, the story had no end.
At that time, Dosen put aside the pile of documents.
“I think that this many guides will be enough. Mason. As you have the most experience, lead the other guides.”
At his words, the soldier who was talking without stop, smiled brightly and nodded.
“Understood! Just leave it to me!”
He gave an exaggerated answer.
He had a look that made you unable to place trust in him at all.
‘This is why you were ambushed by the goblins.’
‘It’s a bit troublesome if the Rose squad gets annihilated.’
In his past life, the Rose squad was annihilated because of the ambush of the goblins.
Because of that, all of the surviving soldiers along with Roan, were separated and were moved to other squads.
‘Even if you pile in your efforts, it gets taken away by other guys.’
The stones that came rolling aren’t as appreciated as the fixed ones.
And originally, the soldiers that were in this squad already ignored him.
And taking the efforts of another was also a frequent thing.
Because of that, even after he had caught a lot of monsters, he was reprimanded for moving alone.
‘I can’t live like this in this life.’
He put strength in his hand.
“Well! We are also moving to the training grounds.”
Mason’s loud voice rang out.
He moved one step ahead of them and started walking.
Roan followed behind his back and took in deep breaths.
‘This is the start.’
The moment his life started again.
His heart beat faster.
The wind that was blowing, carried the smell of the battlefield.
< Return (2) > End
Translator’s note: This the my side project I was talking about. The quality won’t be that good because I wasn’t able to find a proofreader yet. So if any of you has any interest of being a help to me, send a mail to kobato 😉 There won’t be a fixed release date for it. But will try to get 3 or 4 chapters a week. Anyways, you will have chapters the next two days. Thanks for reading!
Translator : Subak