I Am the Monarch – Chapter 4 : First battle (2)

Gulp.

His adam’s apple roughly shook.

‘Two? No. Three.’

Roan lowered his posture while he was still leaning on the tree.

Whoosh.

The leaves were blown by the wind.

Chwee. Chwee.

The cries of the goblins grew closer.

Stealthily.

Roan slowly took out his short sword.
It was an old and dull short sword.
However, it was enough to complete his role.

Chwee.

A sound was heard nearby.

‘Now!’

Roan quickly turned his body.
And then he saw the goblin right in front of his eyes.

Chwee!

The goblin fell in a state of confusion when he saw Roan suddenly appear.
Roan didn’t let this opportunity go and quickly stabbed the goblin.

Stab.

The short sword was stabbed into the goblin’s chest.

Chwee.

And the goblin dropped down on the ground afterwards.

Chwee! Chwee!

The goblins that were behind the first one became enraged at the death of their companion.
Those guys rushed towards to him.

Pull.

Roan pulled out the short sword that was in the chest of the goblin and threw it.

Thump.

The goblins that were running couldn’t dodge it and rolled on the floor.
It was an ideal opportunity.
Roan quickly rushed towards them and stabbed them with his spear.

The spear stabbed the head of the goblins in succession.

Chwee.

He killed three goblins in an instant.
But even so, his face wasn’t good.

‘It’s a disaster.’

The palm of his hand was hurting.
Just because he used his spear twice, the skin seemed to be peeling off.
On top of that, it didn’t even have any strength behind it.

‘I really became a complete novice.’

Roan smiled bitterly and picked up the items that the goblins had on them.

“I’m sorry but I’ll have to take your necks.”

His hand moved at the same time.

Slice.

The heads of the goblins rolled on the floor.
Roan tied up the dirty and rough hairs of the goblin and grabbed them.

Drip. Drip.

Green blood flowed from where the necks were sliced off.
And then the leaves of the mountain shook fiercely.

‘Mmm!’

The wind was was still the same.

‘It’s them!’

If it wasn’t for the wind, then only one option remained.
The other goblins were coming down to look for their comrades.
Roan quickly ran towards the gorge’s exit.

Chwee! Chwee!

Angry noises from the goblins could be heard behind him.
However it was impossible for them to chase him.
He already came out the gorge and had entered the plains.
He could see the Rose troop far in the distance.
Roan shook the thing in his hand.

“It’s the goblins! Goblins are waiting in ambush!”

He shouted loudly but no one heard him.
He was still too far away.

*****

Mason, who was waiting for Roan to come back, frowned when he looked at Roan coming out of the gorge.

“Why is that bastard like that?”

It seemed like he was yelling something, but he couldn’t hear him.

“And what is that thing that he is holding?”

It was a thing that seemed to be like a watermelon.

“He seems to have picked up a fruit from the woods.”

Another guide that was next to him spoke with an impudent tone of voice.
Mason looked at him as if it was stupid.
However, as Roan came closer, Mason’s face froze.
Because his yells were heard more clearly than before.

“It’s the goblins! Goblin!”

Only then did he realize that it wasn’t a watermelon that he was holding, but the head of a goblin.
Mason looked at the other guides with dumbfounded facial expressions.

‘It’s really a goblin?’

Especially Mason, who was several times more surprised than the others.

‘For a monster to appear in the zone of Ale! It had never happened until now!”

He shook his head while he was opening his eyes abruptly.
This wasn’t the time to be like this.
He ran towards the squad following behind them..

“Go, goblins!”

He shouted out with all of his strength.
At that moment, Gale, who was cautious because of Dosen, yelled while his face lit up with joy.

“What?! Is that true?!”
“It is! Look over there!”

Mason pointed at the gorge with his finger.
Everyone’s gaze moved over.
They were looking at Roan who ran while his hair fluttered in the wind.
And a faint voice could be heard.

“It’s a goblin. Goblins are waiting in ambush.”

Gale’s gaze sharpened.

“That thing in his hand is the head of a goblin.”

His right hand extended towards the skies.

“Squad hold. Battle formation.”

At that moment, all of the adjutant yelled with of all their strength.

“Squad hold! Everybody, battle formations!”
“Battle formations!”

The aides yelled out and they each went towards their respective squads.
Gale still looked at the gorge calmly in the midst of the noise.

“Dosen.”
“Yes!”

Dosen, who was nearby, approached him.
Gale pointed at Roan.

“Bring over that soldier. I need to hear his story.”
“Yes!”

After Dosen replied like that, he made eye signals at Mason.

“Yes! I will bring him!”

Mason replied nervously and moved his feet.

‘Damn. Am I the only one that’s going to be punished?’

His face showed a hint of nervousness.
He made fun of the guy that said that he was going to investigate.
He was absolutely confident that there weren’t going to be any monsters

‘A goblin!’

But the guy he had made fun of appeared with the head of a goblin.
Mason bit his lower lip.

‘I need to coax him well so that he doesn’t say anything unnecessary.’

His feet that were running towards Roan, sped up

*****

‘Pant. Pant. Pant.’

Roan felt like he was dying.
He ran with all of his strength because he feared that the Rose troop would enter the gorge, so his chest felt like exploding.
He wanted to rest a little after informing them that the goblins were waiting in ambush, but he didn’t have any time to do so.

“Commander Gale is looking for you.”

Mason grabbed Roan’s wrist.
In the end, Roan couldn’t even properly catch his breath and was dragged towards Gale.
At that time, Mason whispered in a low voice.

“Forget everything I said to you back them. Understand? Actually, I also thought that there was a high chance for an ambush. So I was responsible for it and sent you into the gorge. Huh? Right?”

Roan didn’t even have the strength to answer back.
Mason became anxious when saw that Roan wasn’t showing any reactions.

“Are you listening to me? Huh? Answer me.”
“Whew. Understood.”

Roan let out a deep breath and nodded.
Only then did Mason shut his mouth.
The two of them moved quickly and soon arrived in front of Gale.

“Oh! Come here!”

Dosen exaggerated without any need to.
Roan slightly ignored him and bent down towards Gale.

“What was in the gorge?”

He got straight to the point.

“It’s an army of goblins.”
“The numbers?”
“There were at least a thousand on the side of the mountain that I searched. And normally, thinking that when you ambush, you would have another squad on the other side of the mountain. So thinking about it, it would be more than 2000.”
“Mmm.”

Dosen frowned.

Rose troop only had 800 soldiers.
It wasn’t even the half of the goblin’s army.

“Are you certain?”
“I am.”

Roan replied unhindered.
Because he had already experienced it in his past life, there wasn’t even a tiny mistake.

“Mmm. What a pain.”

Gale shook his head.
Their numbers was a part of it but the location where they were hiding was also a problem.
The goblin army had already taken over both sides of the mountains. They were in a really vulnerable position to attack when they were below them.
Then, Dosen interrupted.

“Wouldn’t it be better to go around the gorge and go directly towards Pedian’s Plain? We will be two days late but we can evade an unnecessary fight.”

Anyways, rose troop’s objective was to reunite with the other squads at Pedian’s Plain and subjugate the monsters together.
There was no need to confront the goblins.
Roan, who was still listening,  became surprised and yelled out loud.

“You can’t do that!”

This was because he remembered what had happened in the miserable and cruel past.

< First battle > End


Translator’s note: Thanks for reading!


Translator : Subak
Proofreader: st8_lupe

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