To avoid confuse, I will explain something in this chapter.
The beastkin Clan here have 1 leader. (I will change to commander in this chapter)
The last time is the 20-man party leader. (I will change to 1st chasing party)
This time is another chasing party (I will call him 2nd chasing party leader)
Mile Chapter 98: Status
After “that”, the chasing beastkins returned home in the afternoon.
The beastkin commander refused them to approach his tent. The Report became a Yelling Report at a sufficient distance.
And immediately, a new chasing party was formed.
If the human hunter used sneaky tactics like this means that they aren’t in a state to fight properly.
The second party is focus on maneuver ability, only a few experts, 12 beastkins were selected.
It’s not like the beastkins thought that the escaped hunters were no big deal with 12 members, in reality, they could not afford any more.
The interceptor team who came home yesterday evening is still suffering from injuries to move at full speed.
And now, 20 more members are out of war potential.
Those who are good at watching or gathering information than battle etc. must keep guard on this place in case of emergency.
Majority of beastkins left are workers, not only their fighting power is low but their first priority is digging the site.
They also can’t let female or children go either. Even if the hunter’s combat strength is low.
Besides, there’s no way that the Beastkins who’re proud of their strength would stay behind and let noncombatants, women and children fight.
It will take two days to get out of the forest for a weak person, non-hunter.
Nearly half a day has already passed since they escaped,
If the beastkins pursued with full power, catching up isn’t difficult.
Normal humans won’t have physical strength if they don’t rest when running away. And the hunters must take care of all prisoners, they will hardly have any strength left to fight like normal
The commander who thought so and give order to 12 beastkins chasing party.
The captain of the first party had warned them repeatedly about「Place that should never be approached」
「… It’s about time and be careful everyone … Gu~haa!」(2nd chasing leader)
The 2nd leader roaring to warning everyone.
「Avoidance! Big turns and detours!」(2nd chasing leader)
Even though they are still have some distance their sharp nose still catch the stinky odor, and they feel like vomitting already just with that.
The beastkins greatly make a detour and wasted a considerable amount of time before discovering the smell of the humans who fled again.
Meanwhile, the 「Red oath」took another break to restore everyone’s stamina.
And Mile finally can ask about the circumstances from the captured hunters.
Because moving at night was bad, they took a lot of short breaks.
We can force moving when we are tired, if any of us get hurt, our moving speed will rather be slower.
Finally the second long break, Mile distributed good digestible food and water taken out from storage. The long rest became a light meal and explanatory meeting.
Explanation was done by the guild staff Teffie.
According to Teffie’s story, the lord makes a request to investigate the forest errors.
And the survey team was assembled. The leading is Doctor Kulereia, the scholar elf who’s an experts on forest ecology and her assistant, escort hunters, and staff member Teffie.
Although funds are paid by the lord, the investigation team is hosted only by the guild.
Teffie thought that the lord seems like planning to press the responsibility to the guild in case of something happening rather than leaving discretion to the guild. 「Red Oath」somehow is convinced.
And since Doctor Kulereia was the only woman in the investigation team, Teffie volunteer to accompany as a guild employee.
She also heard from her father, the guild master about 「Red Oath」
「And when we were investigating, we were caught and surrounded by a large number of beastkins」(Teffie)
「… 」(Mile + Rena + Pauline + Maevis)
Four members of「Red Oath」are listening careful to the story.
「Huh?」(Mile + Rena + Pauline + Maevis)
「That’s really everything that happened」(Teffie)
「Short! Description, ultra short!!」(Mile + Rena + Pauline + Maevis)
The girls are somewhat disappointed.
「Oh, what are those beastkins and what are they doing over there?」(Rena)
Rena pushed further.
Yes, we must confirm it before we can talk.
「Well, even if you ask me … we were caught and can’t ask them anything
Do you think they happen to hold an important conversation in somewhere we can hear…」(Teffie)
(…Hey…!! ) (Mile + Rena + Pauline + Maevis)
And someone else answers from behind.
「It seems to be some excavation, not an ore mine, It must be a ruin or something …
But apparently they have found nothing yet.
But they don’t even know if the object of interest is really there. to that extent …
It seems to be some sort of secret things that they don’t seem to understand well themselves.
Perhaps they were asked by someone else to work on that site」(Kulereia)
With Dr. Kulereia’s explanation, Mile can’t help but get curious…
「But even though it’s secret, Dr. Kulereia heard it?」(Mile)
「I used a secret art against human beings and beastkin, that is used by our ancestor」(Kulereia)
Mile is amazed by Dr. Kulereia’s answer.
「Oh, how amazing! What kind of art is that?」(Mile)
Mile doesn’t know whether it was a poor idea but Dr. Kulereia’s eyes shine brilliantly, or she just simply wanted to brag. The doctor tells the secret art with a doya face.
「You do it like this.
Bring your hands together, put them under the chin, make your eyes feel lethargic, and say this to the Beastkin Guard:
『I am bored. Mister, please tell me something funny …(Like what are beastkins doing here?)』」(Kulereia)
(T.N: because literal translation is kind of hard to understand for Dango so I fix it a little, it doesn’t really change the meaning)
(Wow aaaaa) (Everyone + Mile + Rena + Pauline + Maevis)
Everyone doesn’t say a word but…
Dr. Kulereia is an elf, so even she looks like 15-16 years old, but her real age is…
(Elf, scary!!) (Hunters)
And the men were trembling with fear.
Elves in this world do not stretch their ears sideways like Japanese comics. At most they are「somewhat sharper than humans」
So it’s difficult to tell if they are hidden by hair.
The beastkins probably thought that as well. Mile and the Doctor were just like some child/young hunters or something.
Mile, unlike commanders of beastkins, had estimated that everyone would take around a day and a half to go to that 「Village in front of the forest」.
Her estimate was more accurate because she was there.
It can’t be helped that the beastkin commander mistook the estimation.
He never knows that there’s a leading hunter that can scout in the night that even surpasses beastkins. Also she has sufficient water and food, and she doesn’t need to carry them as baggage. She can even use marking to lead everyone in the darkness, etc.
Furthermore, 1 day and half is the result of Mile asking variously things from Dr. Kulereia, assistant, and Guild Staff Teffie that cause the speed to decrease.
「Are the elves living in the forest?」(Mile)
「Do you understand the meaning of serving as a field-word doctor assistant?」(Mile)
「Is your father the one who arrange your future to be a guild employee, I mean you have qualifications of rank C hunter for the time being, is not it?」(Mile)
Guild Master, uhm… (are…) what was he called again …
Mile was judging that it would be difficult for everyone who had escaped on the verge of being worn out in need of sleep to continue walking to the village with insomnia, so far they only have breaks not sleep.
Although we are still able to keep waking up, soon due to fatigue the hunters may start falling. If that happens, the speed of progress will decrease greatly.
We have to take a long break and take a nap.
If the trace is lost completely in that trap and the tracking ability is lost.
The time loss due to returning to the excavation site and changing to another team will take another half a day. If there is no effect so far, it will take several hours to recapture the smell.
Actually, that「trap」was way more effective (super effective) than Mile’s imagination, but Mile never knew it.
Anyway, I want to earn as much distance as possible before everyone’s fatigue reach its peaks.
After escaping, we walked all night and the next day until sunset without any beastkins catching up. We can manage to take a long break, to have a decent meal and take a nap.
The next day, as soon as it became bright enough to walk, we will immediately travel and go through the 「Village in front of the forest」 aiming for Hermolt Town at once and intending to arrive at the town in the evening.
In this situation, the village is never a safe place.
If a lot of beastkins attack the village, the villagers will suffer .
Rather than involving villagers in danger, we will aim straight to Hermolt Town.
Those captured hunters get to eat a lot of warm meals after a long absence, lying down and taking a nap.
There’s someone still awake, staring at vegetables and meat that remain fresh for some reason.
That was Loli-grandma, Doctor Kulereia