Actually Io had half given up on the Tale region.
You had to deploy quite a lot of soldiers for a long time in order to subjugate the monsters.
But in the situation where they shared borders with Byron kingdom and Istel kingdom, it wasn’t easy to deploy soldiers on a large scale.
Just blocking them so they didn’t cross into another territory was the best that they could do.
‘Even the money invested in this region was a lot.’
Operational fees for the Sollum troop, settling fees for the residents, compensation for losses, and etc. made it so that a lot of money was put into it.
But even so, there wasn’t anything that had changed for the better.
It was like pouring water into a poisonous swamp.
‘However Roan stabilized the region of Tale in only seven months.’
Actually, he did feel a bit strange.
How could he change this region of Tale, that didn’t show any changes even after years of effort, in a mere seven months?
Io didn’t know, but it was all because of Roan’s strategies and tactics.
They made the defenses of the villages more solid and set up a beacon system in the region and after that they moved faster than the monsters and exterminated them.
On top of this, he used the agency earnestly to find the nests of the monsters and attacked them.
It was completely different to the passive and defensive Sollum troop.
“Let’s keep working hard from now on.”
At the lightly spewing words, Roan saluted.
“Leave it to me.”
He had a confident voice and expression.
And in actuality, Roan was indeed confident.
If people migrated and the number of residents increased, he would be able to subjugate the monsters more quickly.
‘I have to end it before the exodus starts.’
When the Poskein exodus started, he would have to concentrate all of his strength over there.
Roan clenched his fists.
‘I can do it.’
It was a feeling that all of his stifling situations were solved quickly.
Deng! Deng! Deng! Jing! Jing! Jing!
The sound of drums and the jing was heard.
“What’s this sound?”
Io asked back with a strange look.
And Roan lightly bowed.
“It seems like a beacon has been triggered. It means that monsters have appeared.”
Io let out a low exclamation.
Roan saluted like that.
“I will prepare to march out.”
“Ah, right. Go quickly.”
Io nodded late.
Roan moved away after that.
Io looked at his back and had a proud expression.
He felt really secure.
Io raised his head and looked at the sky.
The sky that was black even until the afternoon, it was now bright and clear.
It gave off the feeling that it cleared up your chest.
“The sky is really nice.”
Io’s voice flowed with the wind.
“So he’s looking for mercenaries, right?”
“Not only that. Although it’s small scaled, it seems like he’s also buying slaves.”
The person that was talking as if he was whispering was the chandler of the Chase family, Hoose.
He had a displeased look.
The man that snorted was Count Jonathan chase.
“He was subjugating the monsters in the region of Tale successfully?”
“Yes. According to the reports coming up every day, it seems like he has made up some remarkable accomplishments.”
“He really is a pain in the ass kind of bastard.”
Jonathan chewed his lower lip.
He smacked down on the table and then made a gesture to the chandler.
The chandler approached with a nervous expression.
“If we leave him be like this, he will become the main underling of that bastard Io.”
At Jonathan’s words, the chandler just nodded.
“On top of that, looking at how the situation is turning there’s a high possibility that his sin gets completely pardoned.”
Jonathan’s voice became a bit low.
A fierce light appeared in his eyes.
“It’s good to thoroughly step on a leaf that has the possibilities.”
The chandler still kept on nodding.
Jonathan said in a whispering voice.
“Make a fake mercenary group with bright guys and send them to that bastard. I will have to plant some spies.”
The chandler let out a low exclamation.
Jonathan touched his chin with one hand and put on a fishy smile.
“Make them perform great and to grab his attention. Make them obtain his trust and get important roles and become the underlings for that bastard. And Roan, if that bastard gets to enter below Io then…… Kuku.”
A strange laugh came out.
Several plans were formed in his head.
The chandler looked at that look for a moment and then shook his head.
“Then, I will go to prepare as you ordered me to.”
He moved his feet and left the room.
Jonathan, who was left alone, crossed his arms and had a weird smile.
‘Io. I will make the roots slowly rot.’
His chest kept heaving up.
This was an excitement that he couldn’t control.
Jonathan smacked the table once again as if it was a habit.
His entire palm became numb.
And the smile in his face became even more dense.
The subjugation of the monsters was proceeding as planned.
Roan and the Amaranth troop started to push back the monsters of the southeast as if they were hunting them.
Although the monsters fled from the lake to the north, they were hopelessly exterminated by the troop that was already waiting for them.
Because of that, Amaranth troop could face the monsters more easily than before.
“I can see Poskein lake.”
Austin pointed at the front and yelled.
Roan’s mouth slightly rose.
‘We finally came up to here.’
They still hadn’t completely secured the southern region.
However, there was a need to take over the lake sooner rather than later.
‘We have to move over the Sailor Association.’
Roan wasn’t thinking of simply waiting for the monsters until the Poskein exodus occurred.
‘On the contrary, we will charge over to the lake.’
Poskein lake had several islands in it, deserving of it’s huge size.
Roan was glaring at Exos island among them, located at the center of the lake.
‘I’m going to use Exos island as the port and control the whole central part.’
If it happened just like his plans, he would be able to secure a safe port and use it as the base.
At Roan’s call, Austin approached and bowed.
“We are going to set up a camp. I’m going to build a village here.”
Austin hadn’t showed a weird look or questioned him, he just replied back.
For him, Roan’s orders were absolute.
Soon, Austin and the centurions started to set up a camp near the lake.
Roan looked at that for a moment and then turned the head of his horse.
‘I’m entrusting this place to Austin.’
Roan and the remaining troop members had something separate to do.
‘I have to check the villages built south of the HQ.’
Fortunately, Hans and the villagers all moved to the south at Roan’s offer.
But of course, it wasn’t that all the villagers had migrated.
‘Originally, I wanted to evacuate the remaining people outside of the Tale region…….’
But now, there was no need to.
Because thousands of new people migrated at Io’s order.
Roan settled them in a village to the north and established a new troop with the adult men as the selected ones.
But there was absolutely no coercion.
If the situation turned difficult he would have to resort to force, but there was no need to do that right now.
Because he offered quite an exceptional deal, quite a lot of men volunteered to get into the troop.
Roan put on a minimum condition of checking them thoroughly through a test and that only the ones that qualified could enter the troop.
And that number was close to 1000.
It was a number that was enough to create a new troop.
‘But even so, I can’t deploy them into battle.’
Roan made a new training ground near the HQ and trained the newcomers.
And surprisingly enough, the one in charge of the training was Glenn.
‘If it’s Glenn with his meticulous personality, I thought that he was going to be able to teach the newcomers well………’
And Roan’s judgement hit right on the mark.
Glenn performed more outstandingly than what he had predicted.
It was seen as if he had talent in teaching others.
‘When the size of the troop becomes bigger than now, I will have to entrust him with the training grounds altogether.’
Roan’s mouth rose up.
The migration of people and reinforcements for his troop.
The establishing of new villages.
Everything was getting solved to help with his plan.
‘On top of that, I now have some leisure………’
It was thanks to Io migrating the residents and providing him with funds.
In the position of Io, all the money he was pouring went all to Roan and the troop, so he didn’t have any burdens at all.
Roan looked at the ground.
The bulky ground that was spread out as it wanted.
‘Is it time to set up a main road?’
Building a road in all of the Tale region was impossible.
‘I’m making a highway with the HQ as the center to all the four cardinal points. We will be able to move quicker only by connecting the villages.’
If only that happened, even if the Poskein exodus occurred, he would be able to respond to it more actively.
Roan took in a deep breath.
‘I have to increase the number of alchemists and skilled people.’
As construction were being done in several places, they lacked in workers.
And the more time passed, the more difficult it became.
But it wasn’t hard at all.
Rather, he felt more of happiness.
‘And end spearman ended up becoming the chief of a territory.’
Although his rank was merely troop commander and on top of that a sinner because of committing violence against a noble, if he just blocked this exodus well enough, he could aim for an even higher place.
‘I can do it.’
Roan clenched his two fists.
A red light shone in his eyes.
The sky was still clear without any clouds.
It just seemed like it was predicting Roan’s upcoming days.
“One! Two! Three!”
Loud noises rumbled out.
Hundreds of soldiers were training in the training ground.
“Again! You’re doing it again!”
The one yelling in front of them was Glenn.
His usual look of being soft and gentle had completely disappeared.
His eyes were fierce and his attitude was confident.
‘He’s a completely different person when teaching newcomers.’
Roan, who was looking at him from the back, had a faint smile.
Roan had free time for the first time in a long while and came to the training grounds where the newcomers were at.
They all had shields on their backs.
‘Thanks to the blacksmiths working hard, we could fit the numbers.’
The Amaranth troop could now charge forward with just using the shield with a small sword.
At first, everyone was awkward with it, but they quickly became accustomed to it thanks to troop training and personal training.
‘As soon as this training ends, I will dispatch the newcomers to the villages.’
He couldn’t bring them into a real battle right from the start.
Right now, even one troop member was precious.
Roan checked on the training of the newcomers for a while and then slowly moved.
As he was just looking, his body felt all itchy so he couldn’t endure it anymore.
‘Do I also have to……. huh?’
His feet that were moving towards the HQ, stopped.
A welcoming expression was seen on his face.
Pens, who was at Pavor castle along with Chris, was walking from far away.
His expression was really bright.
After a while.
“Troop commander Roan.”
Pens approached and bowed.
“Pens. Why did you come all the way here?”
There were still ten days remaining to submit the regular report.
Pens brightly smiled and answered.
“Mister Ford has finally done it.”
He had an excited voice and expression.
“He has discovered a magic stone mine in the Montea mountain!”
His voice became louder.
‘Ah, he finally discovered it.’
Roan was proud, but didn’t show it.
He nodded with a calm and composed attitude.
“Good. Mister Ford will be able to put down a bit of his burden.”
“Yes? Is that all?”
Pens rather asked back with a surprised expression.
His usual calm expression had completely disappeared.
“It’s not steel or gold, but magic stones. Magic stones! Do you know how amazing of a discovery is this?”
Pens even had saliva coming out of his mouth and explained things earnestly.
Roan looked at that and smiled.
As he always saw his calm side and now saw a really excited look, he felt good.
A familiar voice was heard from far away.
Keep was running from the direction of the HQ.
Keep was in charge of the Amaranth troop’s information squad separate from the agency.
Different from the agency that checked on the entire territory, Keep’s information squad only checked on one place.
“Pant. Pant. Pant.”
Keep caught his breath while he was grabbing his knees.
Roan didn’t hurry him and just waited.
“Tr, troop commander.”
Keep said and looked at Roan.
Roan slowly nodded meaning to speak.
Keep’s expression stiffened.
“Po, poskein lake……..”
His voice was slightly trembling.
“Poskein lake is boiling up. No……”
He swallowed down dry saliva.
“It seems like it’s boiling.”
Roan, who was listening to Keep’s words, slowly closed his eyes.
His eyes slightly trembled.
He had an expression that was kind of nervous.
Roan clenched his fists.
‘The Poskein exodus is occurring.’
< Poskein Exodus (3) > End
TL: Sponsored chapter
Translator : Subak