Chapter 15 : The ghost of the battlefield (1)
While you live life, there are a lot of choices you regret of.
And Roan had a lot of those choices.
‘That guy was the same as me.’
A quite handsome face with blond and brown hair.
The guy with slim and quick body.
The spearman from the 7th troop of the thorn army was really close with Roan.
That guy also entered at the age of 18 like Roan and battled until he was 33.
‘He died by an arrow in the battle of Dems.’
Harrison, that died exactly 5 years before Roan.
And there was something he regretted even before he died.
That guy entered as spearman and battled as a spearman for 10 years.
He didn’t have outstanding skills, but even so, it wasn’t lacking.
However, the arrow he fired by coincidence completely changed his life.
‘I didn’t know that his archery skills would be that good.’
And even Harrison himself didn’t know.
He became a squad commander after having grabbed the bow for only one month.
And after one year passed, he became an adjutant in the 7th corps of the black squad.
After 2 years passed, he became the best archer in the 7th corps.
People raised their thumbs after they saw the ability he had on firing arrows.
And at the same time, they said some lamenting words.
And that also remained as a regret for Harrison.
‘I will make him to be the best archer in the continent.’
Roan remembered the face of his old friend and bit his lower lip.
He also wanted to give him a new life.
‘If it’s him, he will become a good ally.’
To become a monarch, no, if he wanted to become a great general, he needed to have good allies and subordinates.
Roan could vaguely know who would become good allies to a point.
‘For now, is it Pierce and Harrison?’
Pierce with the best talent for the spear, and Harrison with the best talent for the bow.
Just thinking about it, it was a good combination.
‘But even so, it would be difficult if my abilities fall back.’
Roan started to walk towards Ched and the cavalrymen and clenched his two fists.
He couldn’t also live this life with that much of an ability for a spearman.
‘If I can, I should become the strongest and best person. For spearmanship, archery, swordsmanship……. And if the strategies and tactics are perfect, all the more better.’
Many memories filled his head that enabled him to do all of those things.
He only needed to work hard.
An intense effort and without stop.
“We are moving!”
Ched yelled after he got up the horse.
Roan followed his back and gritted his teeth.
‘The monster subjugation in Pedian’s plain is a really intense battle.’
Surprise attacks, night raids, ambushes and fire attacks mess all of the battlefield.
‘I render great merits and retire for a while.’
If he wanted to go to the region of Potter, it was an unavoidable choice.
However, he couldn’t just retire as he pleased.
He had to render merits that would catch the eyes of a squad commander or the generals.
‘Let’s think about that when we return back.’
The fortunate thing was that he had left quite a good impression on squad captain Gale.
Thinking about many things, he reached the camp of the rose troop.
Dosen and the other squads still didn’t come back.
“You have done well.”
Gale, that received the report, ordered a new order along a satisfied expression.
To take the children safely to their parents.
“Oppa. Are mom and dad really safe?”
“Of course. They are resting in Trum village right now.”
Roan calmed down the children and got out of the camp.
When they reached Trum village again, the sun was almost setting.
A little girl that runs to her mother’s embrace.
Many reunions between the parents and their children happen all around.
Ched hit Roan’s shoulder while looking at that.
“We are fighting with our lives on the line to protect that. Right?”
Roan nodded silently instead of replying.
“I’m really thankful. Thank you.”
“Oppa! Thank you!”
The villages people and the children ran to them and bent their heads.
A happy and proud smile appears in the faces of Roan, Ched and the soldiers of the 5th squad.
When they started to give them food to express their gratitude, they quickly rode their horses.
“Eat it with the children.”
Ched left some cool words and kicked the horse.
Roan and the 5th squad followed his back and waved their hands towards the children.
‘Let’s not forget this feeling. The reason i’m trying to become a great commander and a monarch is not solely for me to eat and live well. It’s for everyone to live happily.’
His objective becomes a little hard.
Now he wasn’t only planning on becoming a monarch, but a good one.
It would be hard, but not impossible.
‘I will be able to do it if I work hard as hell.’
Determined light shines in his eyes.
That was confidence and convincement that he could do it.
Dosen and the other squads returned only after a day had passed.
Gale had already organized everything before they came and at the same time, mobilized the army.
But of course, he didn’t forget to compliment Dosen and the squads.
While they were moving, Pierce approached him.
“I’m curious about something.”
Roan looked at Pierce’s big eyes and nodded.
Pierce continued talking with a bright face.
“Pedian’s place is an important place even for our kingdom, so how could monsters frequent there?”
Pierce’s words were true.
More than half of the crops harvested in Rinse kingdom came from Pedian’s plain.
So it was difficult to believe that there would be monsters frequenting that important place.
“Those things gather in Pedian’s plain to look for things to eat.”
The monsters that suffered hunger in winter in the boundaries of the kingdom, comes to the Pedian’s plain in spring to look for food.
A real pain in the ass for the Rinse kingdom.
Only by subjugating the monsters would they not miss the season for the crops.
And because of that when it becomes spring, every year there would be a large scale monster subjugation in Pedian’s plain.
At that time, Pete that was one step in front of them, butted in.
“You know really well.”
Roan simply smiled.
Pete continued to say with a more serious face.
“This year’s subjugation will specially be much harder. Do you know why?”
At his words, Pierce shook his head.
‘For a guy that doesn’t even know why monster appear in Pedian’s plain, that’s a much more difficult question.’
Roan put on a bitter smile.
He looked at Pete’s eyes and replied.
“It’s because two months ago, the Byron kingdom succeeded in subjugating the monsters.”
Pete exclaimed with a surprised expression.
Then, Pierce butted in.
“And why? What does the subjugation of the Byron kingdom have something to do?”
The reply came from Pete’s mouth instead of Roan’s.
“The guys of the Byron kingdom pushed the monsters to the south. To the side of our kingdom.”
Roan continued saying.
“The monsters that were pressed back came to our Rinse kingdom. And because of that, the number of the monsters that would gather in Pedian’s plain will be much more.”
Pierce frowned and let out a low exclamation.
“The guys from the Byron kingdom are bad guys.”
Roan didn’t refute him and just shrugged his shoulders.
In the place of Byron kingdom, pushing the monsters away instead of annihilating them was much easier to do so, and they suffered less casualties.
However, Roan didn’t say such words.
‘Even so, it is true that we are at a loss because of them.’
At that time, the sound of a drum was heard from far away.
The rose troop had finally reached Pedian’s plain.
Big and small camps were extended without end in the plain.
Pierce, Glenn and the other newcomer soldiers exclaimed.
In the other side, Roan’s eyes was still calm.
‘First, it is important to know on what zone the rose troop is going to be stationed.’
Only then will he be able to guess the things that would happen from now on.
Roan’s sight fell to the west of the plain.
‘It would be better if it was the west…….’
He was familiar with that place.
He clearly remembered where the nest and the camp of the monsters were, when would those things move to where.
‘Because in my past life, I fought there.’
At that time, the rose troop changed directions.
Roan looked the place to where they were going and bit his lower lip.
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Translator’s note: Thanks for reading!