In case you wonder why Magicians were tied up to the point that can’t talk, hear and see. If they can talk, all of them can cast magic, if they can see, the non-chant magician can still use attack magic. I don’t know about plug their ears though.
Mile Chapter 59: Interrogation
ED: Lowe & Cyan
Captured enemy soldiers were tied up, especially magicians, they became like the monkey with the blindfold, cloth wrap in the mouth and in ears
(T.N: the no see, no hear, no speak monkey in Japanese) and Mile also made them fall unconscious.
They may not cause any harm but safety comes first.
As the enemy soldiers insisted that they were bandits the arrangements concerning the prisoner of war was not applied.
They must prepare themselves to be tortured, to be killed or sold as criminal slaves and work until their death in a mine with hellish heavy labor, …
There is no possibility of returning to their homeland.
But if their identity is known to the hunters or the lords of enemy’s country.
It will be notified to their family in their homeland and they will be labeled as “villains who carried out a thief act in another country”
As a result of investigating their belongings, although there is no definitive proof,
Since the money in their purse bag is the money of the Albarn (アルバーン: Arubān) empire and the inscription of their weapons belongs to a famous workshop in the Albarn empire, Bart confirmed it.
If this is a spy of the modern Earth, we will definitely not learn such a thing, but for the civilization in this world, they can’t afford to do that.
Besides these things still can’t be used as solid evidence, they can still argue with “we don’t know such thing” or “They stole our country coins and swords”.
“So, who should I negotiate with?” (Bart)
In a question of Bart, for a while, a man comes up.
“… It’s me.” (Commander)
It was the commander who was seriously injured but survived.
His life was saved by Mile’s healing magic.
His ribs and right arm are still fractured.
Although he was in a state far from complete recovery, he has recovered to the point that can hold a conversation.
“So you really want to be handled as a bandit?
You don’t have the honor and pride of a soldier,
You will end your life as a despicable criminal slave
And in some cases, that information will be transmitted to your family as well.” (Pauline)
“What are you talking about, aren’t you saying that you are bandits?” (Pauline)
“Gu~ …” (Commander)
Pauline keeps her usual pace talking with the commander who was stuck for words with a frustrating face.
“I have a good idea!
We can inform the motherland of these people and other neighboring countries as well.
『The illegal act from the Albarn empire, the trade destroying unit, have confessed everything honestly, they received 50 gold coins each as reward』
This way, each of them is a soldier who’s fighting with their life under the command of their nation so their family can lift their head up proudly, I guess.” (Pauline)
The commander was trembling.
If such a rumor is spread in their motherland, every one of them will be treated as a traitor, not knowing how they can face their families, relatives or friends anymore.
“And to 『Those who honestly speak』 We will tell their country, he is a man who didn’t talk to the end even after torture.
Because he was a worthy enemy.
We will deliver their belongings to their bereaved family.
This country might even release you.
After that, there are as many choices like becoming an adviser for the military of this country, becoming a soldier, becoming a hunter or going to another country” (Pauline)
“That’s a good idea, so we will decide that they were soldiers of the empire …
Even though they are in fact just bandits, so it’s not that they have a family that feels ashamed about them.
But it’s just a reason for our country to make use of the empire.
Well, it’s okay if everybody talked honestly.
You will get rewards and your personal safety concerns.
Well, it was good that only your family is in the empire, you aren’t a real empire soldier!” (Pauline)
While Pauline is talking on the assumption that they are imperial soldiers.
Bart is co-op with her by saying “You are just a bandit, aren’t you?” to the commander.
We are talking without losing our attitude.
So even if the two conversations don’t match up, what the two of them want to tell is obvious.
Both the commander and other prisoners became pale.
“We also don’t need to have so many prisoners of war
Leaving behind only who are willing to cooperate.
And disposing of all the people who don’t want to talk.
We will tell both our country and empire that they have taken a lot of money and left to another country …” (Pauline)
Silence followed what Pauline had said. From the enemies to the allies alike…
“Well, yes, even if their number is reduced slightly …” (Bart)
Bart’s words are also slightly subtler.
“Wait, wait! As a treatment of captives …” (Commander)
“POW treatment is for soldiers but aren’t you just a bandit?
Well, it is customary that we will kill all bandits, and you haven’t surrendered.
The last five properly surrendered with 『we surrender, please don’t kill us 』, they also threw away their weapons.
Because they fulfilled their “Conditional surrender” we will not kill those five people …
Well, unlike you guys, we will keep our promises” (Pauline)
When enemy commander was stuck in words and silent, voices rose from among the soldiers.
“I do not want! I do not want to die!
I did not become a soldier to be killed as a bandit!
This mission is obviously a breach of the treaty! Everyone knows it!
If it’s to protect my country or my family, I can fight with my life.
I thought so, I became a soldier.
We have tried hard until now.
Just to break the treaty and massacre civilians of other countries and be executed as bandits!
Besides, as it is, our family will be labeled as a wife and child of a traitor!
Does our country expect us just to accept it silently!?” (Soldier A)
“…” (Both commander and the rest of soldiers)
Surprisingly, the commander did not deny by shouting at the soldier.
All the soldiers and the commanders all just keep silence.
“… I also don’t like it” (Soldier B)
“me too…” (Soldier C)
“The empire betrayed us, we aren’t obliged to die for them anymore …” (soldier D)
Things were carried out too easily. All of the allies thought in their head.
(absolutely don’t make an enemy out of Pauline…) (Everyone’s thought)
[ED(Cyan):…of red oath but yeah… Pauline is savage af] [ED(Lowe): yeah but I think our average protagonist is scarier as for those pebble in the shoe magic…. and why are you copying me using “[” and “]” to comment here?]
While thinking so, Mile looked at Rena and Maevis.
Both of them had a subtle look just like her.
Thank god she is our party member, I feel relief.
At the time a few people confessed, that also means that the need for others did their best to hide it is gone.
Anyway, the truth is exposed, and those who didn’t speak will be killed and become a traitor.
“I will talk!” (Soldier E)
“Me too!” (Soldier F)
“Me too!” (Soldier G)
The soldiers confessed one after another, and finally, the commander joined them.
After that, since all of the soldiers agreed to give testimony except for magicians who are unconscious.
We decided the traitors, who were released to another country, will be the six people who died.
Although we’re sorry for their relatives.
But it was their comeuppance, as they are “people who have already massacred civilians of other countries and tried to kill merchants as soldiers of the empire to the end without surrendering”.
So there’s no consideration for them to that extent.
The interrogation continued as it was until morning.
We heard the political situation, the financial condition of the Albarn empire, the reasons for going to the violence this time, the existence of merchants carrying food and others…
We don’t know whether they will say the same thing at the kingdom’s capital.
The possibility that their mouth will be sealed somewhere, so we must listen to them here where no-one can disturb.
The commander told us that Amuros had no inside traitor, I don’t think that the commander is lying but there’s also the possibility that not even he was informed and only the higher-ups know.
In the morning, the magicians regained consciousness.
So we took only the earplugs out and the commander explained the circumstances of last night and all the magicians also agreed with him.
But since the magicians can attack without weapons even when they are tied up we must keep the blindfolds and mouth gag.
Although it can not prevent the non-chant, the power will drop significantly since their eyes were blocked.
We must always watch them.
We only remove the mouth gag for a moment when they drink water.
There is no prisoners’ meal.
A human being will not die even if he doesn’t eat anything for several days.
Besides, it would be strange for a merchant to provide food for prisoners of war that were twice the number of merchants and hunters.
Even more, the time for arrival will extend for one more day. (waiting for guild and lord).
Even though there’s sufficient food in Mile’s storage, the merchants and hunters told Mile that there was no reason to use storage for those soldiers.
If she revealed storage skill with that capability, she may become a delicious target.
That’s why only the merchants are eating.
The escort members are hungry because they only had a small lunch and they skipped the dinner yesterday.
And Mile’s party… they went behind the horse carriage and prepared meals by taking out meats and fruits and firewood from storage.
Rena is igniting the fire, Maevis is cutting meat, Pauline is boiling water to make soup.
Everyone is acting like usual.
Before noon, a hunter-like man riding a horse passed by.
He’s heading from Amuros to the Kingdom’s capital.
It seemed like he bowed to us when he passed by.
“Hm … he must be the messenger that Fagas hired, then another one will come soon” (Bart)
As soon as Bart said that, another horse appeared and passed.
“Two messengers riding a horse, one for the guild and one to the royal palace.
After that two messengers will go by carriage, and the last two will go by foot.
A horse and carriage might be fast but they stand out.
That’s why I added two more messengers that walk by foot.
With three kinds of messengers, they will surely deliver the message” (Bart)
It will be quite expensive if we use a total of 6 people, and even including a cavalry, carriage.
But, we will receive a bonus and be compensated for other necessary expenses because this case is really important.
And around noon, a couple of horses came.
Half of them are Hunters from Guild and the other half are soldiers of the lord.
“You did well!” (???)
A 40 years old man got off from his horse and spoke to us with a smile.
“I’m Cornelius of Amuros Royal Army.
Our city is in trouble because the merchants stopped coming.
Even though we already moved the army, the bandits just kept on hiding and we never found them.
Our Lord is usually stingy, but he was overjoyed by this news.
For those who have helped capture the bandits, you can all expect rewards!” (Cornelius)
Apparently, the lord is a nice person.
It seems that there’s no such thing like Bart expect.
Next, an elder approached us.
“Amuros branch hunter guild master.
You did well.
Even though we didn’t call for a subjugation request, we will still give you the bonus points as if it was a request.
As for payment, those bandits could be sold as criminal slaves and you will get about 70% of that money.
The carriage for transporting them shall arrive by evening.
We will depart tomorrow morning.
Rest assured that food is loaded on that carriage.
There will be alcohol, too.
Don’t worry, the other hunters will watch the bandits for you, you can drink and have a good rest.” (Amuros Guild master)
Cheers rose from『Flame Wolf』in the back.
Is it about the reward or about the alcohol? Likely both.
“Thank you very much… By the way, there are things I need to explain a bit …” (Bart)
And Bart explained the circumstances in detail.
Nothing special happened after that.
A carriage for transport has arrived before evening, the people of 『Flame Wolf』enjoyed the drinks and foods, 『Dragon Breath』’s members are only getting food.
No matter how many soldiers from the Lord Army or other hunters there are, it seems that they aren’t so foolish to get drunk like that.
『Red oath』 ‘s members are adults, except for Mile.
Pauline is 15 years old, but she was only allowed to drink a little wine at mealtime.
Merchants, who didn’t sleep last night, slept all at once right after the meal.
『Dragon Breath』’s members take turns to sleep.
They were on guard.
『Red oath』’s members told them that Mile was 『really good with barrier magic and auto warning magic, so it’s okay』, they put out a tent and everyone slept together.
It seems『Dragon Breath』are no longer questioning about 『Red oath』’s action.
And 『Japanese Fukashi talk』 was absent tonight.
[ED(Cyan): Miles famous folk-lore from her family’s secret heirloom that causes Chuuni outbreak]
On the next day, we ate the breakfast that was prepared by the escort group and immediately departed.
The corpses of 6 soldiers and the 7 bandits from before are also loaded on the carriage.
There were no bandits who dared to challenge this group and we arrived in the city of Amuros without any trouble in the evening.
The party went directly to the lord’s facility and the prisoners are detained there.
The commander and the lieutenant who survived will be imprisoned in a single room, the others are also divided into several, and mutual exchange is prohibited.
Even though they agreed to co-operate, they will be divided to prevent escape.
We handed over the prisoners to the lord, and then handed over the bandits to the Hunter Guild and decided to receive payment on the next day.
And the final destination for the merchant’s carriage is …
“We were waiting! It’s good to see you arrived safely, nothing more?” (Buyer Merchant)
This is the shop client merchants choose to sell their shipment.
“As promised, we will sell at a normal price, there you go.” (Client Merchant)
“Thank you, for selling at a normal price without raising the value” (Buyer Merchant)
Both Merchants hit lightly their right fist to the left chest. Perhaps it is a vow or something.
“And in fact, I bought other goods besides the promised goods, can you buy them as well?” (Client Merchant)
“Eh? Because Amuros is short on goods right now, of course, I’m willing to buy all of it, but don’t you only have 6 carriages?” (Buyer Merchant)
To the words of the buyer merchant, the client turned back and spoke to Mile.
“Mile-san, please” (Client Merchant)
“Ah, yes!” (Mile)
As she answered, Mile pulled out the goods from her item box, where she stored 2 tons of goods.
“Wh..wha aa…” (Buyer merchant)
The buyer merchant falls back a few steps without thinking due to the mountain of supplies that suddenly appeared from empty space.
However, just a few seconds later, the buyer merchant quickly jumped.
“Nor… normal price, isn’t it? I will buy it all.” (Merchant)
Of course, the merchant heard the news that the bandits were destroyed.
However, even if they’re preparing to organize a shipment now, the goods will arrive at best in 9 more days.
We don’t intend to sell it at a high price so they don’t need to rush and can earn enough with this amount even with normal price.
The buyer merchant is pleased with the customer more than anything.
There is no choice other than to buy.
“This is storage, isn’t it, but what’s with this ridiculous capacity … you were able to find a great talent … how enviable …” (Buyer merchant)
It is a magical bag with a load capacity of 2 tons that can be used for more than 50 years.
For merchants, to have Mile would make them happier than having one thousand gold coins.
The buyer merchant is looking at Mile with envious eyes.
“No, unfortunately, she isn’t ours …
She was just a hunter who received this escort quest,
She told me that she would carry over if I wanted to carry more luggage.
Half of our profit this time will be shared with Mile …” (Client Merchant)
Pauline’s eyes after hearing that opened wide, and she grabbed Mile’s shoulder.
“I haven’t heard about this, Mile!” (Pauline)
“Don’t be like that, Pauline-san …
because Rena alone is enough” (Mile)
(T.N: in case you don’t remember Rena often shakes Mile)
Pauline’s hand that grasped the shoulder, moved to grasp Mile’ neck and Pauline taps Mile’s.
“So, that money …” (Pauline)
“Well, it’s for our party, of course!” (Mile)
When she heard that, at last, Pauline let go of Mile’ neck.
“Well then, Mile-chan …” (Pauline)
“Yes, what is it?” (Mile)
Pauline looked down on Mile face to face and said with a smiling face.
(T.N: in case you don’t remember Pauline is still taller than Mile)
“You will use storage to carry the same on the way home!” (Pauline)