FOREST OF ERDANIS, THE WAR CAMP
The wind blow gently entering the tent. Outside the sound of people shouting orders could be heard.
Inside the tent there is a person.
He was sitting on his wooden chair as he analyzes what he heard from his scouts. He massages his temple but his face was not exactly distressed.
This person is Kyle, the leader of the invasion force against Vanheim
Kyle has heard the report from his scout a few minutes ago about the size of the army coming towards Fort Elken.
About thirty thousand soldiers is coming to Fort Elken, no doubt trying to reinforce the defenses.
'This is not exactly a bad thing' Kyle thought to himself.
This leaves Fort Vars in the south undefended. Kyle was smiling and he almost laughs. It was like everything is falling into place.
After he successfully made agreement with the Orcs, Vetten III had trusted him enough to let him lead five hundred thousand soldiers to invade Vanheim.
It was a large number of soldiers. Five hundred thousand soldiers is a force enough to terrify anyone in the Vilajeri continent
It is probably because of this reason they cannot lose this war. He…could not lose this war. He is prepared to do whatever it takes to win this war.
Because if they lose this war Vetten will surely face a grave crisis regarding their military power so whatever happens losing is not on the table.
They have bet everything on this.
There will never be another chance like this that will present itself. Kyle knows this and the Vetten King knows this.
When King George truly stabilizes his Kingdom, Vetten will never be able to attack again and instead they would surely be oppressed by Vanheim.
This is a last desperate measure. And also a measure which might give them victory.
From the report Kyle received from his scout Veranis and Tian still don't suspect anything. Kyle must win this or his reputation in Vetten will plummet.
But Kyle believes in his strategy. No one could foresee it. The Orcs in the border provide a great distraction for him to do what he wanted.
Looking at the person who is standing beside him waiting for his order, he beckoned and said
"Commander Chris, relay my orders. Start marching." Chris was an NPC commander. He has excellent stats and someone Kyle really trusts.
He is wearing a white armor shining like the knights of old.
He has brown wavy hair that reached his neck, a sharp jawline and a protruded nose. He wielded swords with extreme mastery.
Chris listening to the orders of his superior nodded and quickly went out to relay the command.
Kyle walk outside after finishing giving his orders.
Outside his tent the camp was filled with ballista and siege weapons being build and assembled.
The soldiers are sharpening their swords, spears and javelin in the vacant smithies.
The blacksmiths are hitting the steel with their big hammers as sparks of fire flies off with every hit.
The Bards sing songs of courage slowly influencing the hearts of the soldiers to become brave and courageous in the face of death.
There are even some soldiers who are praying to the Gods and burn some offering hoping to survive the battle.
The wood carvings of the Seven Gods could be seen under some trees as people burns offerings to them
Kyle understands the fear. Nothing is certain. And people will die. This is a big war. After they destroy Fort Vars they need to attack and capture the Capital of Vanheim.
This must be done swiftly before the army in Fort Elken realizes what is happening.
One hundred thousand Orcs soldiers that Gruk is leading will be annihilated if he could not come to Gruk aid in time.
Orcs are strong but they are very simple minded race. If the Orcs had many users than maybe one hundred thousand of them will be formidable.
The ones on horseback are usually users that choose Orcs as their race. They are elite but Vanheim also has many elite warriors.
Either the players or the NPCs there are many of them. It is very crucial to capture the capital before Bradheim destroy the Orcs army.
If Bradheim manages to destroy Gruk army before he could take over Fort Vars, even if Kyle managed to capture the Capital it won't be long before the capital change hands again.
After hearing the order from the commander the troops started marching with the sound of war drums accompanying them.
Huge dust cloud accompanied their unyielding and ferocious march.
Never before in the history of Brave World had so many soldiers marched other than during the Hegemony War.
From horseback Kyle gazed upon his troops and couldn't help but feel confident that they will win.
The horse stopped its track and neighed.
The man and woman reined in their horses and look in front of them and marvel at the structure in front of them
The Walls are not up to par but it is still a magnificent fortress. This two people is Aero and Raina.
Aero and Raina have finally reached Fort Vars. Looking at the walls; Aero knows what he needs to do first.
He needs to repair the walls first before he did other things.
If it is left like this, the enemy would easily break through.
The moment they arrived Aero told the builders to construct and repair the dilapidated walls.
Internal problem of the kingdom has cause the King to neglect the maintenance of this area which actually leads to this war.
Aero could only sigh.
Then Aero told the scouts to scout the areas for anything out of the ordinary and bring him a map of surrounding cities and settlements.
Dan and Amy should have started coming here by now. Aero ordered them to pretend to go to Fort Elken to fool anyone that might suspect otherwise.
After they split the thirty thousand NPCS soldiers still continued marching to Fort Elken. They will arrive here in another two days by Aero estimation.
The tent has been prepared for him. The moment he entered skill window popped.
-You have learned Recruit skill-
Recruit  Beginner
Enables you to recruit NPCs. This ability enables you to convert NPCs that is recruited by you to become Spy and Scout. More job option will be unlocked when proficiency increase.
+ 10 points to CHM
+ Unique skill for your class
Now that's interesting. Well since he got a new skill, he quickly check his status window.
CHARACTER NAME Aero ALIGNMENT Neutral
LEVEL 57 PROFESSION Grand Strategist
CONTRIBUTION Peasant ( Vanheim)
CONTRIBUTION POINTS 5000
HEALTH 5700+600 MANA 570+200 WILLPOWER 350
STRENGTH 125 AGILITY 575+200 HONOUR 50
WISDOM 390+80 INTELLECT 494 ENDURANCE 320
LUCK 99 CHARISMA 190+10 LANGUAGE 0
GRACE 100 LEADERSHIP 0
DARK 5% LIGHT 0%
FIRE 15% WATER 10%
EARTH 0% WIND 0%
+ All stats are added 20 points in battle
+ Intellect is added extra 100 points
+ Enables equipping items for the secret class
+ Decrease mana consumption for Divine sword technique
+ 80 points added to Wisdom.
+ 30% increase to Stats on the Battlefield.
+ Easier to raise proficiency in any area.
+ Decrease in Mana Consumption for the Divine Sword Techniques based on level of INT
+ Gained ability to learn secret skills based on your level in Language.
+ Fame increase upon solving any quest involving the nobility.
+ Affinity with scholars increased.
+ Affinity with wise men increased
+ Easier to influence statesmen and scholars.
+ 10 points added to CHM
+ Can talk to spirit and understand divine meaning
Aero gained Dark magic resistance during his journey in that snake hell. Aero shivers for a moment recalling his experience.
He was always getting attacked in the dark by those gigantic snakes so he used Analyze frequently to see in that darkness.
Seeing his stat windows like this makes him feel proud.
All those stats are the effort of him grinding using unorthodox method to raise them. But Aero realized it is becoming harder to raise his stats.
Could it be because of his secret class that he enjoyed the fast rise of his stats? And that's why it became harder for him to raise it?
Aero sighed. Then he remembered something
He checked the stat Elegance.
By employing beautiful moves of the sword art you can increase this stat. increasing this stat enables you to increase the morale of your allies and easily confuse your enemies.
'Hmm' he had to experiment with this whenever he can later. It also has the effect of increasing the morale of his allies.
After finished checking he left some orders and then proceed to inspect the work being done in the Fort.
It has been two days since he began the quest but it is already taking a toll on him.
Aero only logged out to shower and sleep in the real world because of the war and how busy he is since he has to handle everything relating to the war effort.
But Aero did not forget to check his mom condition in the hospital every day. Nurse Lisa said she's fine and will call if anything happens.
But still he could not help but to visit. He would bough flowers, sit beside her bed and tell her about the outside world and then he would return home
After making sure everything is settled in the real world, Aero logged in and returned back to the Fort.
The moment he sat in his makeshift chair in one of the guard house refitted into a temporary office, the scouts he sent ask to meet with him.
Those are not his scouts that he converted, those are the Kingdom scouts. Maybe if he have a territory then he will convert the NPCs there as Scouts or Spies.
After reading the report Aero frown a bit and then closes his eyes. There was silence in the tent as no one wanted to break the strategist concentration.
A moment later he opens his eyes back.
He reads from the report that there is a massive army that is heading here. Estimation of the soldiers is five hundred thousand.
Thankfully, a new information also surfaces. Yesterday Aero finally got the information on who is leading them.
Kyle is a player known as a person that can be hired. To put it simply he is a mercenary. But leading armies?
That's something new.
Aero guess he wanted recognition or maybe fame. There's nothing wrong in being a mercenary in Brave World but it doesn't get much respect from the players.
Take for example, Zeus of Veva Kingdom. Every time player spoke of his name, they all say he is great warrior peerless under the heaven and unbeatable.
Aero know the praise seems excessive but that just shows how many people respect Zeus as one of the top players in Brave World.
Fame, glory, wealth. Zeus possess all this.
He always did something impossible and from the rumors he has never turned down a duel.
Known as the strongest it just seems to perpetuate his greatness. Maybe like Zeus, Kyle also wanted fame, glory and wealth.
It is not something dirty. He is human. He of course wanted the world to recognize him. To want fame, glory and wealth is never wrong.
Instead it is one of the most common human wants.
And it also makes it easier for Aero.
Aero knows is very important to know what drives your enemy. Only then can you exploit it against them
In a few days Kyle will reach Fort Vars…and he had to be ready by then
But right now Kyle should still be in the Forest of Erdanis. Probably in three days journey he will arrive here.
This is a chance.
Smiling, he stands up from his seat and summon Marco. Marco come upon him, kneel and Aero said slamming his hand on the table
"Marco, relay my order. I'm moving out!"
After making sure he have the necessary equipment, Aero assembled a one hundred man unit under him as they ride outside the Fort.
The other soldiers will keep watch in the Fort Vars. But the man under Aero….now, they are about to do something great
IN THE MIDDLE OF ERDANIS FOREST
The forest was vast. Trees lined up like soldiers and the sound of insects filled the background noise.
The sun could no longer be seen in the horizon and night is approaching. The amry si also tired from the march.
Kyle was looking at the forest ahead of him and then he asked Chris
'When will we reach Fort Vars?'
"We will reach Fort Vars in two days." Chris report. Kyle was thinking for a while and then decided to rest here today.
It is evening and not long from now the sun will set.
For players there are many skills that enables them to see at night but for the NPCs other than those powerful NPCs they would be severely disadvantage to march at night and also lowers morale.
There is also the fact that the forest also has monsters. To fight in night time against monster is a fool's errand. It would only sap the soldier's strength.
"Order the soldiers to set up the tent. We will sleep here tonight." Kyle ordered and Chris quickly executes the order with no question.
This is what Kyle like most about Chris. His no nonsense attitude and diligent traits.
The soldiers started unpacking like they couldn't wait for it. The food is prepared by the military cooks. A lot of supplies are brought to accommodate all the troops.
The smell of food could be smell all around the area. Considering it is five hundred thousand people setting up tent it is hard not to notice them.
A few monsters was attracted by the smell and come closer to the area but they were easily killed by the soldiers.
When the monster realizes that they could not get anything from these humans they all disperse.
In the area however a festive atmosphere could be felt as the cooking of the chefs fills the nose of the soldiers.
Thank God, Kyle brought merchants that have contract with the Royal family. Their capacity to store items is very different from other class.
They are very important for the supplies of the troops as troops that do not eat will experience loss of morale.
Kyle then entered his tent and talked with his general about the next course of action and discuss many military matters.
They looked at the map of the terrain and strategized on how to take the Fort swiftly and minimize their casualties to the minimum.
After bickering for a while they decided to resume their conversation tomorrow. They went to their tent and all went to sleep.
That night when all of his troops started going to sleep Kyle who was getting ready to log out was startled, when he heard people screaming,
"FIRE! FIRE!FIRE! Run for your lives!!"
Quickly Kyle got out of his tent and was stunned after he saw what happened.
The sight was the first thing he saw and it shocked him.
The surroundings were filled with fire, as flames licked the tents and are spreading from tent to tents burning and devouring.
Smokes rise up to the clouds and there is the only color he could see was the color of fire.
Then suddenly from behind he could feel a sense of danger but he did not manage to dodge it as perfectly as he wanted.
An arrow is now lodged itself on his back as blood drips from his back, drenching his leather shirt with blood.
He was shot by an arrow.
That arrow wounded him but did not kill him. Then he could hear screams from all over and sounds of body falling to the ground.
Kyle quickly come to a conclusion. A night raid!
Is it a big army? Or just a band of brave and powerful soldiers, the elite?
Kyle is thinking it is a big army because he is hearing screams from all directions believing his soldiers are being attacked on all sides.
Then another arrow shot one of the troops in front of his eyes. They were attacked by a barrage of arrows that rained down like water.
It was chaos.
The supplies tents were burned as supplies they so painstakingly stored turns to ashes and dust.
The cavalry trying to run from the flames accidentally stampeded their own comrades as they tries to flee in panic without any coordination and discipline.
In the distance Kyle could hear the screams of the NPCs burned by the fire.
It is the sound of misery as they tried to tear their own skin because of the painful feeling of being burned alive.
Not enough they were attacked by arrows; they were also attacked by fireballs and rock bullets.
Their magicians are the target.
Not knowing where attacks are coming from, all they could do is assuming a defensive formation.
They also realized that they are trapped in a barrier of earth as Earth Wall segmented the path that Kyle soldiers could take.
It is like the people who attacked tonight created a maze to play with Kyle.
On the other side, Aero is slicing and killing the Vetten troops like a butcher in the morning market, with glee and precision.
A hundred soldiers charged at him.
All of them tried to land a hit but none connected. Aero crashed into their line of defense and started slashing with the Sword of Mars, dodging like he was the wind and slashing like he was fire.
Aero whirled around through the ranks using his Alleviating skill slashing the troops one by one.
With each strike he targeted vital parts of human body
Heads and limbs flew away every time Aero slashed, bloods exploded out like it was fireworks in summer time.
It was a sight full of gore. The other soldiers even though they were many in terms of number they were in a state of shock.
After the fire burned about one hundred tents and look like they could regrouped another attack come to them.
Suddenly they were shot by thousands of arrows coming down to the battlefield like it was rain.
Hundreds of soldiers were turned into porcupine like dolls as their entire body was filled with arrows.
Some people die kneeling down their entire upper body was like a target practice board, fills with hole.
The fire and the maze of earth walls separated the massive army to nine sections like Aero planned.
He used oil to create the trail throughout the camp, then he used Magicians to light up the place and Druids to use the fire as power for creating a barrier of earth thus trapping the troops in nine sections.
It is a surprise attack.
To be more accurate this is guerrilla warfare. After slicing about four hundred troops, mostly NPCs, Aero gave the order to retreat.
As swift as the wind, the attack stopped.
Because of the loss of many lives of the troop, morale has decreased by -5
Effect : Troops march will be slower.
: Defense decreased by 5%
: Attack decreased by 5%
: The troops are in a state of shock
After a few hours, Kyle checked the damage that has been done. Fifteen thousand troops died that night. Forty thousand were injured.
Most of them died from the fire, and some others died from the smoke.
There are also those that died because in their panic they tried to jump outside the barrier only to be burned when they reached outside of the barrier.
For every adventurer that dies, they will be spawn at the Temple in Vetten. And once they die, they can't do this quest anymore.
That's the rule. If you die while doing a quest you can't do the same quest for a month in Brave World time.
He has heard the report from the troops that survived. They say they were shot by arrows and attacked by a man using a silver sword.
Aero, Kyle thought to himself
He did this. Kyle looks at the aftermath of the battlefield and he sighed.
Kyle sees the carnage that Aero has brought him. But the more important thing is that it means Aero has seen through his intention.
But I thought he already went to Elken. Could it be Elken is a diversion? No, if Elken is a diversion the fort will fall to the Orcs.
That night there were many that could not sleep all were in a state of vigilance fearing another attack.
Now in the morning, Kyle finally realized that last night was a guerilla attack.
If they had a big army, they wouldn't need to retreat. Where is their hiding spot? Kyle wondered all day and even sent scouts and soldiers trying to find him.
After burying the dead and storing the supplies they started marching again this time with tightened security measures.
That night before the troop went to sleep they all checked the surrounding areas and started posting guards to patrol the tents.
But still it doesn't stop Aero terror towards them. Next morning about fifty six thousand of his troops died.
"WHAT HAPPENED HERE, CHRIS?" Kyle shouted in anger toward Chris.
"WHAT IS IT? I'M LOSING MY PATIENCE HERE." Kyle screams in almost a manic behavior. Chris then answered
"They were poisoned. The food they ate last night was filled with snake venom and snake gall. The effect doesn't show immediately. It is a slow acting poison, General" Chris answered meekly.
Because of the fire attack and the poisoning a journey that is supposed to take two days is delayed. Still they marched but with lowered morale and increased stress.
That night Kyle and his other commanders took special caution to their environment and the people making their food.
Then after making sure nothing is wrong, Kyle logged out and slept in his bed while still slightly worrying about his army.
He had a nightmare that night.
After waking up, and logging into BW, he was greeted by a status window. A bad news like that nightmare was a foreshadowing.
Because of the loss of many lives of the troop, morale has decreased by -30
Effect : Troops march will be slower.
: Defense decreased by 15%
: Attack decreased by 15%
Kyle was visibly flustered reading this notification. Getting out from his tent; he could see thousands of corpses in the middle of the forest in front of his tent ready to be buried.
Blood was everywhere around the tent. Kyle looked around and realized the healer division is not here.
"Ch…Chri…CHRIS, What happened when I was gone?" This time he could no longer that he is truly dumbfounded with this event
He stammered. Chris closes his eyes in regret and then he told Kyle.
"General last night during the troops rest I heard our troops screaming'
Sighing Chris continued
'They were in our camp, General. They killed all of our supplies staff and healer division and looted the merchant's bag. When I got there I realized what was happening, they already killed thousands of our troops. They were disguising themselves as our troops, General. That why we could never find them" Chris said while sobbing uncontrollably.
Estimated damage is nine thousands of Kyle troops. Kyle has lost eighty thousand troops before he even reached Vars, before he even swing a sword at Vanheim army.
'To think Aero would use poison and fire to weaken us. I swear, Aero you will regret this' Kyle vowed in his heart
'We might have lost many but we still have four hundred and twenty thousand troops. We can still take Fort Vars and take the capital.'
"Just you wait, Aero. I will have my revenge for this humiliation"
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