The black darkness.
Roan climbed a watchtower in the south by himself.
Even the stars and the moon were caught in the dim clouds.
The news Chris brought two days ago was quite shocking.
‘I thought that I could have as many normal soldiers as I wanted.’
But he hadn’t expected that there may be a spy among the nobles escorting Simon.
‘And two nobles leading troops at that.’
There were two spies which Chris revealed through the agency.
They were Baron Elton Coat and Baron Luke Aip.
Among them, Luke was the spy of Tommy Rinse and Elton of Kallum Rinse.
And the two people didn’t know the identity of each other.
‘On top of that, this isn’t the end.’
Chris expected that one of the two spies would have at least two more accomplices.
‘For now, it’s important to discover the spies that weren’t revealed.’
Until then, he was planning to move Luke and Elton to the rear camp.
He was planning to examine how they were communicating with their respective princes and find the ones that showed similar actions.
Roan deeply sighed.
He had a feeling that the situation was becoming too complicated too suddenly.
His rank was still a troop commander but the things he was doing was the same things a noble did.
‘From here on, after getting rid of George Ant, all of the other nobles are checking up on me.
Actually, just cutting off George’s neck was a big provocation.
If Simon was swept up in political reasonings, he would have been chased out of the army or he could have even lost his life.
But Roan trusted his decision.
No, He believed in his eyes in sizing people up.
He thought that if it was Simon, who viewed personal ability with importance and was an ambitious person, he would take his side.
And fortunately, his gamble in betting everything on one side succeeded.
Simon had given wings to Roan.
Currently, most of the nobles were gulping down their complaints because of the declarations of Simon, Tio, and Rael.
Thanks to that, a strange atmosphere was flowing in the center of the troop’s HQ.
Even while following Simon’s orders and admitting Roan’s abilities, it was difficult to easily recognize Roan who was different from birth.
It was just like you were walking on thin ice.
‘Even so, obtaining the support of Baron Rael Piad is a great gain.’
Roan assigned all of George’s soldiers to Rael.
Rael, who lost all of tge soldiers he was commanding, became greatly moved at the unexpected treatment.
He thanked Roan in a big way and declared his support one more time.
‘Is it now time to catch the hearts of the other nobles too?’
He didn’t want to give them goods such as money or jewels.
‘I’m showing them my abilities.’
It would be an outstanding ability that would make them want to follow him.
He was planning to show them that.
Roan looked at the plains spread out above the watchtower.
Although there was darkness, Roan could see everything brightly as if it was midday thanks to Kalian’s Tear.
‘Now, shall we start enjoying this?’
He was planning to sweat a big one out.
His heart beat faster and his blood circulated quicker.
First, Roan dispatched Luke and Elton to the northern boundary of Tale.
They couldn’t understand why they had to move to the rear, but Roan put up a believable excuse and convinced them.
That was because of George, they lost a lot of ground in the south and the range of the movements of the monsters were spread out in the north.
At the words that it was a really important task, Luke and Elton moved towards the north without saying anything else.
Followed by that, Roan summoned all the nobles and set up a new subjugation plan.
For now, there was a need to move the defensive line to the south, now that it was pushed from the north.
Roan entrusted this task to Tio Ruin, Delph Blick, and Rael Piad.
They were a force strongly supporting him.
And Roan decided to take the nobles that felt antipathy against him and subjugate the monsters in the south.
The nobles didn’t speak back and agreed on Roan’s opinions.
They had already seen what happened to George after ignoring his orders.
The next day Tio, Delph, and Rael left the HQ’s.
Simon, who had the largest force, led his troop and went on a personal subjugation around Mediasis Village.
Roan quickly gathered the remaining nobles and gathered for a conference.
“Based on the reports of the information squad…..”
When setting up tactics and strategies, they included the analyzed and gathered information of the information squad.
This tactic was also a really important one to Roan.
He was planning to show his abilities as a commander properly to the nobles that felt antipathy towards him.
He even took the night off to have a meeting with the centurions.
Roan smiled towards the nobles listening to his words.
‘I will show you that a battlefield can be designed.’
The conference continued like that for a while.
After a while, when the conference ended, the nobles started leave from the meeting room one by one.
“How was it? The conference we just had?”
“I wonder. It was a kind of groundless feeling. Honestly speaking, they were all nonsensical words.”
“It seems like he got many things right and got the nickname of ghost of the battlefield, and he got lost in that name.”
Several nobles thought of the meeting they just had and laughed, ridiculing him.
“Monsters will appear in the southern plains of Mediasis Village before the sun sets, so be prepared beforehand and just scare them?”
“I just have to be hidden in the weeds of the northeast. Then the scared monsters will certainly flee over there.”
“Even so, you are all better than me. I wonder. I just have to take 100 soldiers……”
Several words came and went as if they couldn’t understand it at all.
“It seems like he’s trusting that information something too much.”
“Yeah. For now, let’s just wait until night-time.”
“If monsters really do appear.”
A cynical and fishy smile appeared on the faces of the nobles.
They hoped that Roan made a big mistake so he placed down the commanding and strategic rights.
And like that, the sun that was right above them started to move to the west little by little.
And just like a lie.
Deng! Deng! Deng! Jing! Jing! Jing!
The sound notifying the appearance of monsters was heard.
“Mo, monsters really appeared?!”
“It’s exactly before the sun set.”
The nobles swallowed in silence with surprised expressions on their faces.
But they couldn’t stay like that forever.
They quickly charged like Roan’s orders.
Each commander that had 2,000 soldiers led their troop and charged out.
Roan stood at the watchtower and saw that.
A smile appeared in his face.
‘Everything will flow just like how I want it to.’
The battlefield did indeed flow following Roan’s plans and expectations.
The monsters that appeared in the southern plains became perplexed at the attacks of the nobles and fled towards the weeds in the north.
But the nobles who received Roan’s orders were already waiting for them in ambush.
On top of that, the camps, traps, and obstacles they had set up before the exodus had started were being used everywhere.
The monsters scattered to the sides at the unexpected ambush.
“Don’t chase them! Our role is only up to this point!”
The soldiers that were waiting in ambush, protected their place instead of chasing after them.
A surprised look could be seen in their eyes.
‘Everything is happening like Troop Commander Roan had said.’
The monsters that fled while scattering to the sides had to change direction again while not being able to move much.
Roan had precisely read their route.
Soldiers that amounted to 100 and 500 were being placed on several roads.
Jing! Jing! Jing! Deng! Deng! Deng!
The surged flag few and the noisy jing and drum rang.
The monsters were surprised and ran towards the east where they couldn’t feel any presences.
The monsters that were scattered, gathered up once again.
And they finally arrived at the end of the eastern plains.
Their front was blocked with the harsh mountains and the surroundings only had long weeds.
“It’s really surprising.”
“The movements of the monsters are exactly the same as troop commander Roan had said.”
“I, is it possible to guess this precisely?”
They weren’t even humans, but monsters.
The monsters moved with instincts rather than rationality.
They were an existence that was that much harder to guess.
“They appeared precisely.”
“There’s not even an ounce of a mistake.”
The noble’s sights moved towards the west.
The high troop flag surged above the weeds.
The Amaranth troop had appeared at the rear of the monsters.
At the same time.
Thousands of arrows split the dark sky.
The dry weeds caught fire.
The monsters were swept up in flames in an instant.
Roan charged and entered the path of fire.
He had a valiant and overwhelming look.
Travias Spear became longer accompanied by the sound of metal.
Mana of a faint light flowed in the spear.
The Flamdor Mana Technique skyrocketed his body temperature.
The fire burning the plains made Roan stronger.
On top of that, the red flames moved following Roan’s movements and spear as if they were dancing.
The nobles that were looking at that all opened their mouths with shocked expressions.
The fire danced alongside the spear.
That felt just like looking at the owner of fire, at the fire monarch.
Everyone gulped down their dry saliva.
As they saw Roan performing martial arts right before their eyes, one part of his heart became chilled.
‘Ri, right. The 1st prince wouldn’t have named an unsophisticated person as the one responsible for a region.’
‘Outstanding insight, strategy, and tactics. On top of that martial arts!’
They got goosebumps.
Meanwhile, the fire that was covering the monsters was dying out little by little.
The sound of the horn trumpet was heard as if it was waiting for this moment.
At the same time, the Amaranth troop that was waiting at the rear, ran in.
They looked like they were charging while they were holding a small shield in front of them!
The clash of Amaranth troop and the monsters.
The battle had just started, but it was already coming to an end.
The monsters weren’t an opponent for Roan and the Amaranth troop.
The battle already ended with the complete victory for the Amaranth troop.
The monsters were exterminated without being able to properly resist.
Roan and the nobles returned to the HQ while leading their troops.
“Amaranth! Amaranth! “
The soldiers guarding the HQ cheered at the returning troops.
Roan went to the building of the troop with a composed expression.
And the nobles deployed in this battle followed his back.
Their expression was kind of awkward.
‘We did win, but I don’t know if we have to feel good or not.’
‘I had hoped that he would have slipped up.’
‘It feels like he just did everything alone.’
It was an uncomfortable feeling.
Then, Roan who sat at the upper seat of the conference room, stood up and saluted.
“We could win this battle thanks to you.”
He had a polite and well-mannered look to him.
At the sudden situation, the nobles had puzzled expressions.
One of them spoke with a bit blunt voice.
“Isn’t Troop Commander Roan the one that raised the biggest merits anyways?”
At those words Roan shook his head.
“It was thanks to you performing your roles perfectly. I had just taken care of the remaining things. The ones that raised the biggest merits this time……”
He paused for a moment and bowed once again.
Awkward coughs were heard everywhere.
They hadn’t expected to hear Roan complimenting them here.
‘He isn’t that bad of a guy.’
They slightly thought like that.
‘On top of that, the martial arts we saw on the battlefield was also outstanding.’
‘He’s a guy that has the possibilities to become bigger than this.’
‘After the subjugation ends, he may be able to become a noble.’
Then, Roan’s voice was heard.
“I will record this well and report it when the merit awards happen.”
“Ahem. This wasn’t that much. Hahaha.”
It was a laugh that seemed like they didn’t dislike what they heard.
The nobles were satisfied.
Currently, Roan was receiving Simon’s support and recognition.
If that Roan reported the merits himself, there was a high possibility to catch Simon’s eyes.
‘It’s a good opportunity.’
‘Right. If it’s only for this, we can still pretend to be on good terms with Roan.’
The nobles smiled in satisfaction and nodded.
But of course, not all the nobles were thinking of the same thing.
‘Hmph! Insignificant bastard.’
‘Is he using the carrot and the stick? Hmph!’
Displeasure was seen in some nobles.
But they forced themselves to not show it.
Because it was still Roan who was the responsible one for Tale.
‘Anyways, some are showing goodwill.’
Roan looked at the expressions of the nobles and put on a smile.
He knew that he wouldn’t be able to capture the hearts of the nobles with just this amount of his show of the carrot and the stick.
But the relationship of pulling and pushing the nobles had just started.
‘I will make you not be able to get a hold of yourselves.’
A faint smile appeared on his face.
Roan stood up and slightly bowed.
“Everyone, you have done great today.”
The after-battle conference ended like that.
The nobles started to move out of the room one by one.
And some of them even approached Roan and shook hands.
Roan, who was left alone, didn’t rest and took out a thick roll of paper.
Even when big and small battles were occurring, he didn’t neglect studying.
‘There are still a lot of lacking points.’
There were many things he couldn’t do with just his talent and effort in his past life.
Because of that, he lost his life as a squad commander.
But in this life, he became responsible for a region and was able to dream of something bigger.
‘I have to learn more, and put in more effort.’
He needed to have a grand foundation.
He didn’t want to become someone that only shined.
“Well, shall I organize the situation of the 2nd and 3rd princes for now?”
Roan grabbed a pen and took in a deep breath.
For a while, only the sound of the pen’s scribbling was heard from the conference room.
Simon boisterously laughed and nodded.
He was really satisfied with the current situation.
Even when the defensive line was greatly pushed to the south because of George Ant, he thought that the subjugation was going in the wrong direction.
On top of that, because Roan got rid of George, the internal conditions greatly shaken up.
If this was notified to the political circle, several nobles could have expelled him.
At the slip, he could get this entire base shaken up.
Simon soon contacted his supporter, Bradley Webster.
Bradley, who was keeping the other dukes in check, moved quickly at Simon’s call.
He roamed among the society of Miller and spread George Ant’s self-indulgent attitude and incapabilities.
He didn’t only do that, but he also exaggerated Roan’s merits, who he had selected and was supporting and reported it to several nobles of the royal palace.
Thanks to that, Simon was rumored to be an insightful person that recognized someone with ability and also as a brave general.
But of course, the one getting the most interest was Roan.
Roan had started to spread his name even when he didn’t know that was happening.
‘The only problem left are my two brothers…….’
After the subjugation ends, Tommy and Kallum will probably bet on the case where Roan cut off George’s head.
‘But by then it will already be too late. Huhuhu.’
He had a method he had thought of.
Simon’s eyes twisted scarily.
‘For them to grab hands .’ (E/N: join together)
He hadn’t expected for his two brothers to join forces.
Thanks to that, the difference between him and his brothers wasn’t that wide.
‘Even so, it’s clear that I’m far ahead of the subjugation.’
Even if he wasn’t immediately named as the successor for the throne, he would be a lot further in the competition.
‘I did well in entrusting Roan with Tale.’
This was all thanks to Roan.
Roan grasped everything that happened in the region of Tale as precisely as if it was happening on his palms and moved according to it.
Thanks to that, different from the other regions, the monsters in Tale couldn’t even properly raise their spirits up.
The defensive line that was pushed to the north was set up again in the south, where Poskein Lake was, and the monsters that were fiercely stirring also started to reduce as more time passed.
‘It’s about time the subjugation ended.’
His chest swelled up.
Simon couldn’t endure it anymore and burst out in laughter.
The commander of the knights Ralph Tains, who was escorting him from the back, smiled brightly.
Then, someone knocked on the door.
Knock. Knock. Knock.
At the same time, a welcoming voice was heard.
“Oh! Come in.”
Right after he permitted it, Roan entered the room.
Although he did seem tired because of the continued battles, his eyes were still shining brightly.
“Hahaha! Roan. It seems like the subjugation is beginning to end! The number of monsters has decreased a lot! Hahaha!”
“Right. What did you come for today?”
He asked back after he laughed aloud.
If he had a favor, he was planning to listen to everything.
Simon was that happy and was reveling in his victory.
On the other side, Roan’s expression was quite dark.
“Strange information has come to us.”
Roan continued saying with a calm voice.
“Even so, we will have to make the defenses more solid.”
“Why that so suddenl……..”
Recently, the number of monsters had decreased by a lot.
And Simon thought that the subjugation was coming to an end.
But Roan had rather said that they should strengthen their defenses.
He couldn’t understand it at all.
Roan took in a breath and slowly replied.
“It seems like the monsters are preparing for the last strike.”
His low voice contrasted the silence that followed.
Roan’s eyes shone.
He couldn’t say it honestly but it was now time for that to happen.
‘Now the final exodus will start.’
< Poskein Exodus (10) > End
TL: Regular chapter!
Translator : Subak