I Am the Monarch – Chapter 5 : First Battle (3)

‘Damn.’

Roan did yell feeling that he was in a hurry, but he closed his mouth because of this troublesome mood.
Dosen’s face wasn’t happy.

‘Because a soldier was opposed to the idea the adjutant gave.’

Maybe, if the adjutant’s temperament was harsh, a fist would have already smacked him.
However he couldn’t back off like this.

‘If we just leave the goblin army like this, the nearby villages will be massacred.’

In his past life, after the goblins annihilated the Rose troop, they left the gorge while attacking and sacking the surrounding villages – sparing none of their people.

‘It won’t be an easy fight, but we have to destroy the goblin army.’

Roan bit his lower lip.
At that time, Dosen coughed with a displeased face.

“Ahem. What could a barely trained soldier know…… Tch.”

He was clicking his tongue.
However Roan didn’t plan on backing off at this point.
He stared right at Gale and slightly bent his head.

“Commander Gale. Do you know the similarities of the fight in Kali in May, year 176; Mendorf defense in August of 183, Roman’s suppression tactic in October of 185, and the fight in Fiore in March of 191?”

These were battles ranged from 30 years ago at most to barely10 years ago at least, but not too long ago to have been forgotten.
Gale frowned.

‘Similarities?’

At that time, Mason laughed awkwardly.

“Hahaha. This, this bastard. What are you talking about? What’s the Mendorf defense, and what’s the Roman suppression tactic? You picked that up somewhere and are talking nonsense.”

At his words, Dosen added.

“It’s also the first time I’ve heard about those battles. Ahem.”

Their faces were really unpleasant to look at.
He glared with his eyes telling him to stop this nonsense.
On the other side, Roan’s face was calm and imposing.

‘It’s normal for them to not remember fights that aren’t related to our kingdom.’

It was also the same for him.
However, 7 years from now, an unparalleled genius strategist called Ian Phillips, would appear, the study of strategies and tactics boomed.
The generals and soldiers studied the large and small battles throughout history, and Roan also spent some time studying them for a while.
And because of that, he could remember all of the battles that he had named.
But fortunately, Gale could understand all of the fights Roan spoke of unlike Mason and Dosen.

‘The fight in Kali was a fight between our Rinse Kingdom and Estia Empire, the defense of Mendorf was the battle between Estia Empire and Byron Kingdom, the Roman suppression tactic was the fight that happened in Russia where the farmers rebelled, Fiore’s fight was the fight between our Rinse Kingdom and the Monsters.’

Four battles that were different in time, nature, and adversaries.

‘There’s a common point between these battles?’

Roan said in a low voice as he saw that Gale wasn’t getting it.

“Massacre.”

At that moment, Gale’s eyes widely opened in shock.

“Ah!”

A low cry came out.
He nodded as if he was a little excited.

“Right. Massacre. It was massacre.”

The four battles were all different in the adversaries, time, and nature but the winning side had massacred the losers.

“In the battle of Kali, the people from Estia massacred our Kali’s castle residents. In the defense of Mendorf, as the Byron royalty left Mendorf castle and fled, the people from Estia massacred the residents of Mendorf’s castle.”
“Right. In the case of the Roman suppression tactic, the farmers side revealed everything and in turn were massacred. In the fight of Fiore, as our kingdom retreated, the monster army roamed through the region of Fiore attacking seven large and small villages; utterly massacring its residents.”

It was a conversation that dropped well.
Gale looked at Ale’s gorge with a frozen face.

“Then what you’re thinking about…… Is it perhaps?”

Roan slowly nodded.

“Yes. If we leave the goblin army like this, the nearby townspeople will be massacred.”
“Mmm.”

Just looking at the four battles he mentioned, the probability of it happening was high.
Gale looked at Roan with a surprised expression.

‘It was also him that investigated the gorge alone, but even memorized the battles that not even Dosen knew of. What an amazing kid.’

On the other side, Dosen’s face, that was looking away, was clearly contorted.

‘Damn. For someone like me that ate blades as meals for 10 years and not know of it. What’s the identity of this bastard?’

A soldier that ate 20 years worth of blades for meals.
That’s who Roan was.
But of course, there was no way Dosen would know that.
Gale wanted to keep testing the newcomer soldier before his eyes.

“Then, we move after defeating the goblin army?”
“Yes. Only then will the people around Ale’s region be safe.”
“But those Goblin bastards built up a camp in the mountains. We aren’t in a situation where it’s easy to confront them.”

He spoke with the intention of finding out if there was another method, Roan had better quickly share it.
Roan looked at Gale and smiled dimly.

“Do you remember the battle that happened in the Pelan Mountains in February in the year 200?”

The battle in the Pelan Mountains was one that happened just the other year.
Gale obviously nodded and so did Mason.
However, the only person that could read what Roan was thinking, was Gale.
Gale smiled brightly and clapped.

“Ah! Attacking with fire!”

Roan slowly nodded.

“Yes. Attacking with fire.”

The Pelan Mountain Battle occurred in the boundaries of the Pelan Mountains, that was between Rinse Kingdom and Byron Kingdom.
The Byron Empire from back then moved faster than the Rinse Kingdom and occupied the higher ground, but the Rinse Kingdom blocked the entrance and set the mountain forest on fire.

“Right. Back then, the army from Byron left the burning military camp and fled.”
“Yes. As those guys fled to the road we had purposely opened, they were annihilated after we ambushed them.”

At Roan’s words, Gale clapped.

Clap. Clap. Clap.

“Good, really good! What’s your name?”
“It’s Roan.”
“Good, Roan. Your merits today have been really huge. And your knowledge is also outstanding. I will definitely remember your name.”
“Yes. Thank you.”

Roan bowed.
He didn’t ask for a big prize from the start.
Although he discovered the goblins in hiding and proposed a good tactic, he was still a newly recruited soldier.

‘If I accumulate more merits, my rank will go up and I will be able to command my own soldiers.’

He wasn’t planning on acting in a hurry.
But because of that, he also wasn’t willing to relax.

‘I will render great merits in this battle.’

He gripped the spear even harder than before.
Although he didn’t have the same strength and stamina as before, he still had 20 years of experience.
He was confident in facing four or five goblins at the same time; with his current condition.
Then, he heard Gale’s voice.

“Prepare the fire. Make a trap and bait them over there.”
“Yes!”
After Dosen loudly replied back, he grabbed the reins.
He looked at Mason and Roan and swung his hand.

“The soldiers that are in charge of scouting, return to your respective squads.”
“Yes!”

This was Mason and Roan who replied back at the same time.
Dosen glared at Roan for a moment and turned back.

‘Did I get marked by Dosen?’

A bitter smile appeared on his face.
Originally, he needed to have cold eyes and a crooked attitude to be considered normal.
However, Roan, who had 20 years of experience eating blades for meals, just saw him as someone cute.

“We will be leaving then.”

Mason bumped Roan and bowed to Gale.
Roan too saluted Gale and went back to the 13th squad.
Along with the sound of steel, a hot excitement could be felt in the atmosphere.

‘Is it the first battle?’

A smile appeared on Roan’s mouth.
That was the smile of a man where expectation and excitement blended together.

< First battle (3) > End

TL: It seems like there is some mana, mana runes, etc. involved in this novel. So maybe it will get funnier?


Translator : Subak
Proofreader: st8_lupe \ Revised Edit: Sai101

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