In the expansive training grounds.
The soldiers were lined up in an orderly fashion. .
In the middle of them, he saw the 13th Division where Tane and Pierce were located.
Even if it was a simple monster subjugation, before any battle, tension roamed.
Roan liked this tension.
‘This makes you feel alive.’
However, there was an existence that broke this tension.
“So last year, when I was in Loren’s Province……..”
Mason talked about his tales without stop.
Although Roan put on a face that he didn’t want to keep listening to him, it was useless.
“That time, I evaded the spear that the orc threw at me……..”
Then a group appeared on the platform of the training grounds.
Mason’s mouth closed.
‘I think that I would be able to live now.’
A smile appeared on Roan’s face.
The ones that climbed on top of the knee-high platform was the commander of Rose troop, Gale and his adjutants.
Dosen was also there.
They were quiet and immediately sat down.
Gale stood on top of the platform and looked at the soldiers that were lined up.
“Our Rose troop will leave this Ellin’s Fortress and pass through Ale Village to reach Pedian’s Plain.”
Loud replies came back to him. .
A smile appeared on Gale’s mouth.
‘If it’s this much, we can be called the best of the 7th Corps.’
He was quite proud of the soldiers of Rose troop that had to go through a lot of things with him over the past five years.
It was just like a parent looking at his child.
“Everybody, don’t die.”
These were words that seemed to be casually thrown out.
With that, the commander’s speech ended.
‘Right. Squad Commander Gale was the kind of person that appreciated his soldiers.’
He threw himself when the goblins attacked them to try to at least save one more person.
Later on, when the rescue soldiers arrived, the corpse that had suffered the greatest mincing of his body was Gale’s.
‘That kind of commander needs to live a long life.’
Roan’s eyes shined sharply.
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.
Gale and his aides started to move towards the field.
Roan and the other guides followed Mason and stood at the front.
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.
The steps of the marching army were noisy.
“Where did I leave off back then? Right. In that battle, I……”
He started again.
Mason talked without resting having forgotten the role of a guide.
‘Why is it me?’
There were many other guides.
But why did it have to be him?
As he turned his head, he realized the reason.
The other guides were walking far away from him.
‘He was a famous bastard.’
They knew about the incredible talking ability that Mason had.
Only the newcomer Roan didn’t know about it, and he fell into their trap.
Roan, who couldn’t hold it in anymore, opened his mouth cautiously.
“Don’t we have to check the surroundings in case monsters appear?”
“After that, I grabbed his wrist and then his legs, huh? What? Monster?”
Mason, who was even spitting while he was talking, put on an absurd facial expression.
He patted Roan’s back and shook his head.
“Look. Newcomer. There’s no need to worry this much. This zone is the safest one. It’s a place where no monsters appear.”
“Ha. You are much more of a coward compared to how you look.”
Mason shook his head while he was clicking his tongue.
He had eyes as if he was looking down on him.
However, Roan preferred those eyes.
Because in that moment, he stopped moving his mouth.
At that time, they saw the peak of the mountain that was in front of them.
‘Rose Gorge. No, Ale Gorge.’
It was a small gorge that you had to pass through if you wanted to reach Ale Village.
The original name was Ale Gorge, but after the Rose squad was annihilated, it started to be known as Rose Gorge with that kind of meaning.
‘The day that they change the name will not pass.’
Roan tightly gripped his spear while he dry gulped.
Step. Step. Step.
The guides’ feet were near the gorge.
‘Now’s the time.’
Roan called out to Mason.
“The form of this gorge doesn’t seem normal. Shouldn’t we investigate beforehand?”
Mason frowned and looked at Ale’s Gorge.
And then he shook his head and clicked his tongue.
“You really are a coward. This is a safe zone. There are no things such as monsters.”
“But isn’t there a maybe?”
“No, there’s absolutely not. This is one of the safest places in Rinse Kingdom.”
Mason was confident.
He thought that there would be no one that knew the region of Ale better than him, as much as his confidence.
‘I’m a native here.’
He turned his head and looked back at the other guides.
“Hey. This newcomer here says that we need to investigate the gorge. What do you think?”
Most of the faces of the guides distorted.
“What? Investigate? What dog shit are you talking about?”
“You really are a beginner. Beginner.”
“If you don’t know a thing, just shut up.”
Criticisms came pouring out of their mouths.
However, Roan’s face didn’t change in the slightest and still looked serious.
“However, all of our troop have to pass through that narrow gorge. If there are monsters hiding, we will take a huge blow.”
In the end, Mason shouted.
He pointed at Roan’s face with his index finger to the point where he almost poked him.
“Don’t say useless things. There’s no way that will happen.”
However, Roan wasn’t the type to back down right now.
Because he was very well aware in what was going to happen .
“They also say that you have to hit a stone bridge and then cross it. If maybe, there are monsters waiting for us ……”
Mason raised his hand and stopped him.
His face was bright red.
Roan nervously swallowed with his dry mouth.
The reason Roan could talk back like this was because he didn’t directly belong to him.
These were actions that he could never do to Tane or Pete.
Mason glared at him as if he wanted to devour him, and in the end, spoke with an annoyed voice.
“If you want to investigate that much, go alone.”
It was a grave offense to leave his rank.
“Go. I don’t think that there would be anything bad happening by doing something in vain.”
He spoke these words as if he were mocking him.
However, Roan’s face brightened up.
“Then, I will be going.”
After he nodded, he started to move.
His legs couldn’t be seen.
Roan left the ranks and ran through the gorge’s peak. Gale, who was leading the front squad, noticed him.
“Who’s the soldier that left the ranks and is running to the gorge?”
Dosen looked and then frowned.
“It seems like a soldier in charge of guiding. I will go and check.”
Gale nodded with a disturbed expression on his face.
Because of an unauthorized solitary action, he could endanger the entire squad.
Dosen looked at Gale and grabbed the reins.
The steps of the horse became faster.
Dosen found Mason.
Mason, who was looking at Roan running to the gorge, bent his head.
“Yes. Aide Dosen.”
“Who’s that bastard? Why did he leave the ranks as he pleased?”
His words poured out like a blazing flame.
Mason put on a bitter smile and scratched the back of his head.
“I wonder, that guy said that there could be monsters hiding in ambush in that gorge, so he said that he needed to investigate.”
“In the gorge? That bastard, doesn’t he know that this is a safe zone?”
“He knows. But even so, he says that maybe…….”
Mason shook his head.
Dosen’s eyes were following Roan, who couldn’t even be seen, while he was frowning.
“Damn. Anyways, he was spotted by Commander Gale. Maybe later you and that guy will have problems.”
“Ah! I find it unfair! That guy kept stubbornly insisting ……”
“Shut up. You are the one in charge. You have to get punished because you couldn’t properly control your guys.”
After Dosen fired those words, he turned his head back.
He heard the burbling of the horse and thought that it was making fun of him.
Mason looked at Dosen’s back that was moving farther away and then frowned.
“Damn. What is this because of a crazy newcomer bastard.”
After he spit, he looked back at the Ale Gorge.
“But where did that bastard go to?”
He thought that now, he would have to kick him in the crotch once.
Roan, who didn’t know that Mason was thinking like this, was approaching the entrance.
The sharp senses he had accumulated over the past 20 years were telling him that it was dangerous.
A threatening aura could be felt all around the gorge.
Roan nervously gulped and grabbed his spear.
‘The only thing I need right now is acting.’
He didn’t need to move in deeper while facing danger.
He needed to return in a moderate amount of time as if he had investigated the gorge and come back startled.
‘If I just say that there are goblins in the gorge, the end.’
A smile appeared on Roan’s face.
He leaned on the trunk of a large tree.
It was a sky without clouds.
“Right. The weather was this good.”
He remembered his past memories.
The day when they were attacked by the goblins.
The sky that day was a deep blue.
“Just like we have gone on an excursi……..”
He swallowed back the words that he was mumbling.
His back was pulling.
The hair on his skin rose up and dried sweat started to flow again on his back.
‘There’s something here.’
Inside the forest that didn’t have anything until now.
However, he felt a frightening presence.
The noise he heard at that time.
Roan’s face froze in an instant.
It was certainly the cry of a goblin.
The noise came closer.
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Translator : Subak