ED/PF ShinyApple: I’m really sorry but I can’t edit today. I’ve been infected by a terrible flu.. I’m really sorry.
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Kaoru Chapter 28: War
The Potion sales are going smoothly and spread out the continent.
However, Kaoru didn’t make any profit by selling potions nor she wanted to. But there is still a need for making money.
First of all, Kaoru rented a house with a garden on the outside of the commoner ward. The house is a little old but it’s a rather large house. With some repair, it will become a proper house for「Goddess’ eyes」children. And then Kaoru arranges work for the children.
There are many job types that could gather information easily like: making a restaurant and let the children serve, or making stalls in the plaza, deliver food …
Food Kaoru made is very famous like Taiyaki, Takoyaki, Udon Noodles etc.
Kaoru ordered iron plates for Takoyaki and molds for Taiyaki from the workshop. Of course, She paid the money properly as a job.
And apart from the sales of potion, Kaoru and children are still secretly doing relief activities「Goddess’s tear」which is a perfect cure. Although we can’t say it is a secret anymore with almost all people in the capital already knew about it.
People in the Balmoa kingdom, especially the capital are really appreciating and love Kaoru for what she has done. To the point that there are no bad treatment towards Kaoru is allowed even if the treatment should not have made the Goddess angry.
The position of Kaoru in Balmoa Kingdom becomes stable.
Sometimes, a (wild) suspicious person appears, but after drinking some tea from Kaoru, he will honestly speak details all of his plan or accomplice. Not to mention, Kaoru always has royal guards secretly following after to escort, keep watch or pick up her up.
There was no one who dare ask Kaoru involve in military state, much less the religious state etc.
However, the circumstances have been changing dramatically.
*** Royal palace ***
「Your Majesty, the Empire has moved!」 (Soldier)
「Which direction did the invasion come from? Via the Ashid Kingdom or the Sacred country?」 (King Serge)
When he heard the question of the king, the soldier who came to report, answered with a kind of confused voice.
「Well, They are directly invading to our country from the mountain range」(Soldier)
「「「What did you say……」」」 (Serge + Roland + P.M)
The King Serge and his brother Roland as well as the Prime Minister are all surprised.
Did the imperial army choose the steep mountain range route with infantries? They can’t use the carriage, so what would they do about transporting supplies?
「 (Vegeta) What does the scout say about the imperial army’s battle power?」 (King Serge) (T.N: Meme intend)
「(It’s over 8000) About 30,000 persons. And about 10,000 of them seems to be supply personnels, half of them had returned back to the mountain ranges and the remaining 5,000 supply personnels assembled carriage」(Soldier) (T.N: Meme intend)
「Had they used those 5000 personels to carry the dismantled carriages pass the mountain then came back to reduced food shortage. But that means they have at least 20.000 infantries and 5000 supply carriage personnels…」 (King Sege)
An emergency meeting was held soon and the response was decided.
The Balmoa Kingdom extended long in the east and west, Gurua Kingdom is located to the east. The west end where the Arigo Empire start their invasion, is the furthest from the royal city so Balmoa still have a lot of time. However, the later they reacted, the more damage the invaded villages and towns will get. We can also expect those villages and town will be razed and robbed of everything. They need to supply for their armies after all, to cross those mountain, they shouldn’t be able to have enough supply.
However, Balmoa have home advantage. We can easier prepare supply with less personnel because we can use carriage and main road. Moreover, our country army totally are about 40.000 soldiers with 4000 of them are supply personnel. Our army size is two times the opponent’s.
But because this happen quite sudden, it will take several days for preparation of supplies and gather all soldiers from all over the country …
「They only have 20,000 infantries with no cavalry … Do they really think that they can win with this?」 (Minister A)
One of the ministers muttered so.
「No, maybe they still have the 2nd army or the 3rd army that did not cross the mountain yet. Half of supply personnel has returned back to the other side of mountain after all…」 (Minister B)
「Well, they may not aim for the capital right away but occupy the west side as their base. Then they will transport parts of horse-drawn wagon through the mountain and build them there」 (Minister C)
「Well, it was good that we are friendly with Brancott and Gurua kingdom. We can move the army to the west without worrying. Because both the Brancott Kingdom and the Ashid Kingdom knows that their country will become next target after our country falls down so they won’t betray us」 (Minister D)
「Well, I also think we are safe with that …」 (Minister E)
The meeting continued even after the basic policy was decided, and the military personnel rushed away to prepare supplies and wagons.
There is no declaration of war, but the troops of other countries have invaded across the border. It can’t be called other than war. But even with war break out, it’s not like everyone is in despair.
It was well known that the Arigo Empire was putting emphasis on military power but the Empire’s resources, which was isolated in the midst of steep mountain ranges, isn’t very rich, and their population is a bit smaller compared to other countries.
Besides, if the invasion crosses the mountain range, they can’t use horse carriage nor carry large amounts of weapons and goods. Thus their army power can’t be fully demonstrated.
Also, there’s enough distance to the capital.
So even if Balmoa’s army lost and the enemy continue to advance, there’s still plenty of room to escape.
Even at the time of battle, you will not be killed unless you are present at the scene.
There are no conquerors that will kill the citizens of the occupied country because of future tax revenues. They are only trying to put the citizen under control. Thus for the commoner, there’s no big difference as the above people change.
***A few days later***
The main troops of Balmoa kingdom that mainly infantries gathered from the Eastern territory started moving out.
After that, the West lord troops will join in succession with advancement.
Will we meet and fight the enemy while moving, or the enemy only occupy the western side while waiting for more reinforcement …?
In this world where information transmission is slow, it was very difficult to know exactly the situation of the enemy.
The army is under command of the general. There is no such thing like the king going to the battle front.
The king has to stay safe in the royal castle. However, when a country is defeated, it will be the King who lose the head instead of the people.
It was a job and it was also a price of the one holding most power on a country.
It has already been 7 days since the army moving to the west.
King Serge has a meeting with his brother Roland and the cabinet ministers.
「The number of days until the report of the enemy invasion arrives, the number of days required to prepare the soldier, and the seventh day after our army moving out.
If the enemy is advancing without stopping, they must be fighting with our army right now …」 (King Serge)
「Yes, if their army really advance without horses, their travel speed is still slow. Our forces don’t need to rush and exhaust ourselves. We must fight in the best condition」 (Minister A)
One of the ministers answers the King’s muttering.
「Don’t worry, at most a day or two, the messenger will arrive and we will know the situation …」 (Minister B)
Considering the number of days required for our country to gather soldier, it was reasonable to think that the enemy is still at a distance of 7 to 8 days from the capital. But there is no way to know if that’s true.
At the meeting, when everyone is waiting for the information, a messenger came running quickly.
「Message! Arigo Empire Army invades from our northwestern border through the Rueda sacred country, the number of soldiers is about 20,000!」 (Messenger)
「What did you say !!」(King)
The meeting room became a big fuss.
We did not consider simultaneous invasion from multiple directions.
Therefore, almost all soldiers are left. The Lord Army near the eastern end will not make it in time. All the troops that we can gather in time are only 15,000.
Although we have less soldiers than the enemies coming from the direction of the Holy country. We have advantage of a castle defense side, there’s no problem with fewer people than enemies. In order to siege a castle town, they need military force as least exceeding 3 times. If it was only 20.000 versus 15.000 there’s no way they can win.
However, that’s only the case of 「the enemy only attacks the castle town」
What if they only surround the capital and don’t attack. A long-term battle with all supply cut off will be difficult. Moreover we can’t help the towns or villages nearby if the enemy razing and robbing them.
A further problem was that 「The enemy has invaded from the Sacred country’s border」
The Sacred country is small and there’s only one part in the northwest that the Empire can invade the Holy country. There’s no way that 20.000 Empire soldiers can pass through their country without notice. And as a neutral, the Sacred country would have stopped the Empire. But there was no news from the Sacred country at all. That is to say that the Sacred country is on the side with the Empire.
「Even if we contact the main force now, we will not make it in time. And when our armies come back, our armies will be pinched from both side.
Our only hope is the main army will defeat the enemy at the border soon and return.
Until then, we will keep defending in the capital and let the returning main force attack from the back of the enemy」 (Minister B)
「But if the main purpose of the enemy in the border is earning time. The enemy army will try retreat or avoid battle and prolong the battle, can we guard until then」 (Minister C)
Various opinions come out from the ministers. Every one of them is a favorable opinion, but few options.
Eventually, we decided that only report the situation to the main army, and instruct them to keep fighting at the border. And we somehow will fight 20.000 enemy soldiers with 15.000 soldiers that we can gather in time.
*** The next day ***
A messenger from Sacred country Rueda arrived at the royal palace.
It was a luxurious carriage, and the one rode it, claimed to be the cardinal of the temple from Sacred country. He was carrying a letter from the Pope. The Pope wanted to secure the girl can make miracle with the Goddess’ love before she gets surrounded by the Empire. They want to protect the girl and escape from the battlefield.
It is a fraud.
Not only the King but everyone knew it well.
From Royalty to the cabinet members want to refuse and send the cardinal back, but the King brother Roland said.
「No, let him meet Kaoru and persuade her directly」(Roland)
Getting Surprised, the cabinet ministers strongly opposed.
Not even the King understand his older brother Roland’s intention.
Roland kept on speaking.
「Maybe you don’t know, but after meeting with Kaoru, he will speak everything in detail, we can learn everything about their plot and situation as well」 (Roland)
Recalling the usual way and behavior of Kaoru, the cabinet ministers gradually change from upset to laughter.
And in complete agreement Roland’s plan was approved.