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 blown by the wind, rustled on the ground.

Chwee. Chwee.

The shrieking of the goblins grew closer.

Stealthily.

Roan slowly unsheathed his short sword.
It was an old and dull short sword.
However, it was enough to complete this task.

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 pass and quickly stabbed the goblin.

Stab.

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

Chwee.

Afterwards the goblin dropped dead to the ground.

Chwee! Chwee!

The goblins who were behind the first one became enraged at the sudden death of their companion.
Those monsters rushed towards him.

Pull.

Roan jerked out the short sword which was in the chest of the goblin and threw it.

Thump.

The goblins who were running forward couldn’t dodge it and tumbled on the floor.
It was an ideal opportunity.
Roan quickly rushed towards them and stabbed forward 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 expression wasn’t good.

‘It’s a disaster.’

The palms of his hands 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 an ounce of strength behind it.

‘I really became a complete novice.’

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

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

His hand moved at the same time.

Chop.

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 chopped 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 in search of 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 of the gorge and had entered the plains.
He could see Rose Battalion far off 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 he is holding?”

It was a thing which appeared to be like a watermelon.

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

Another scout 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 yelling was heard more clearly than before.

“It’s the goblins! Goblins!”

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

‘It’s really a goblin?’

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

‘For monsters to appear in the region 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, shouted while his face lit up with joy.

“What?! Is this 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.

“Battalion hold. Battle formation.”

At that moment, all of the captains yelled out orders with of all their strength.

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

The officers 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 who said he was heading out 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 Rose Battalion 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.

“Lieutenant Colonel 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 then. 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 came straight to the point.

“It’s goblin marauders.”
“The numbers?”
“There were at least a thousand on the left side of the mountain where I searched. Normally, thinking of this when you orchestrate an ambush, you would have another force on the other side of the mountain. So thinking about it, it would be more than 2000, the size of a regiment”
“Mmm.”

Dosen frowned.

Rose Battalion only had 800 soldiers.
It wasn’t even the half of the goblin marauders.

“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 is also a problem.
The goblin marauders had already taken over both sides of the mountains. They were in a really vulnerable position to attack from when they were below them.
Then, Dosen interrupted.

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

Anyways, Rose Battalion’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 interjected loudly.

“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!
Please note:
Changed ‘aides’ to ‘officers’
Changed ‘Goblin army’ to ‘regiment’ to ‘Goblin marauders.’ (wanted Goblin Hunting party)


Translator : Subak
Proofreader: st8_lupe \ Revised Edit: Sai101

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