The [Goblin] is to make it easier to CTRL+F
The goblin in that estranged group that was with the protagonist when he defeated an orc. He is currently a noble class, the highest amongst the protagonist’s subordinates. He prefers to use the spear.
[Goblin] Gi Gu
The former leader of the village. He was pressured by the protagonist in his goblin noble form, and was added to his subordinates. He uses the long sword, and is relatively smart for a goblin rare. Became a goblin noble in chapter 39.
[Goblin] Gi Gi
Known as a beast warrior, a goblin with the ability to tame beasts.
He evolved while hunting spear deer with the protagonist.
He prefers to use the axe. His goblin class is rare.
[Goblin] Gi Go
A goblin with many wounds on his body. The food of his horde was stolen by the gray wolves, so he made a decision to follow the protagonist. He is the most experienced amongst the goblin rares. His weapon is a curved katana. He acts like a samurai.
Recently became a noble, and received the divine protection of the Sword God, Ra Baruza.
[Goblin] Gi Za
The druid goblin rare that recently joined them.
[Goblin] Gi Ji
A goblin rare. He evolved in chapter 37 after hunting with Gi Ga. He has the <> skill which makes him great for scouting.
[Goblin] Gi Do
Druid. Uses wind magic.
[Goblin] Gi Jii
Goblin Rare. From Gi Gu’s Faction. He is known for his <> which allows him to see his opponent’s weakness.
[Goblin] Gi Da
Goblin Rare. From Gi Ga’s faction. Notable skills are <> and <>.
[Goblin] Gi Zu.
Goblin Rare. The goblin favored by the Mad God (Zu Oru). Has the <> skill.
[Goblin] Gi Zo
Druid. Water magician.
[Goblin] Gi De
Leader of Paradua, one of the four goblin tribes and are known for their use of rider-beasts, which are essentially giant tigers.
Leader of Gaidga, one of the four goblin tribes and are known for their valor and brutish strength.
Receiver of the title, The First Archer. He is the second in command in Ganra, one of the four tribes known for their rare ability amongst goblins to use bows.
The Princess of Ganra. She is the only female goblin rare introduced so far.
Reshia Fel Zeal (17 years-old)
The priestess known as the saint. As the Healing Goddess’ follower, she lives to spread the word and teach righteousness. She has the divine protection of the goddess, and can heal others.
Lili (21 years-old)
She studied the famous sword style, Zweil Style, in the capital. She has sworn fealty to Reshia. And while she may have lost to the protagonist in one hit, she has proven herself strong enough to easily defeat three normal goblins.
Mattis (26 years-old)
The second son of a farmer. He’s largely responsible for drying the meat to preserve them.
Chinos (24 years-old)
The third son of a farmer. He plows the fields and is close to Mattis.
Keifel (28 years-old)
An adventurer who took on a request to escort Reshia through the Forest of Darkness. He’s strong enough that he could easily wield a steel great sword, but the protagonist still managed to kill him.
Zeon (32 years-old)
A follower of Ativ. He specializes in fire magic. In his battle against the protagonist, he used his fire magic, but still lost. In the end, he tried to blow himself up along with the protagonist, but the protagonist’s words agitated him, causing him to lose the opportunity.
Tinra (23 years-old)
A villager. She is one of the women used by the goblins as a breeding machine that the protagonist killed.
Ashtal Do Germion (59 years-old)
The king that rules the western region of the continent in which the Forest of Darkness and the connecting borders are included. He is a powerful ruler with seven holy knights under him. He has recently ordered three of those holy knights to search for the saint.
Gowen Ranid (45 years-old)
The feudal lord that rules over the region next to the Forest of Darkness. As one of the country’s strongest powers, he is renowned as the Iron-Armed Knight. He is currently leading his soldiers in a quest to find the saint.
Gulland Rifenin (31 years-old)
A former adventurer. As one of the country’s strongest powers, he is renowned as the Storm Knight. He’d been stationed in the northern mountains, but the king called him back to send him off in a quest for the saint.
Gene Marlon (24 years-old)
As one of the country’s strongest powers, he is renowned as Lightning-Fast Knight. He was previously stationed at the south, but the king called him back to send him on a quest to search for the saint. Killing is his favorite past-time. Whether it’s a man, a demihuman or a monster, they’re all just pieces of meat to be cut down before him.
Herculean Wyatt (40 years-old)
A member of the Blood Oath of the Flying Swallow. He specializes in handling great shields. He has a gentle personality, but beware for his anger isn’t one to be taken lightly.
Mage Killer Mill (19 years-old)
A member of the Blood Oath of the Flying Swallow. She is an assassin that favors the use of talons. Renowned as the mage killer, she is a mage’s worst nightmare.
Wand of Destruction Bellan (37 years-old)
A member of the Blood Oath of the Flying Swallow. He wields a fire staff. As a former knight, he cares a great deal about honor.
Hawk-Eyed Fick (31 years-old)
An adventurer with two names. He has exceptional perception and skill. He is currently searching through the Forest of Darkness under Gulland’s lead.
The White Hand of Life (Previously translated as divine hands) (Age Unknown)
A priest robed in white. She specializes in healing and support. Her age, name, and origin are all unknown.
Vitz (25 years-old)
A talkative sword-wielding adventurer. He’s actual strength isn’t bad, but he’s still far from being deserving of a second name.
Yugil (26 years-old)
An adventurer and an unwilling shield bearer. He might appear old, but he is actually still young.
Yoshu (26 years-old)
The younger brother of the slaves Gene purchased. The collar of obedience around his neck keeps him from going against Gene’s orders. Healers are rare, so he’s been made into a shield bearer.
Shumea (28 years-old)
The older sister of the slaves Gene purchased. The collar of obedience around her neck keeps her from going against Gene’s orders. Contrast to her brother who bears a shield, she uses a spear.
Household of the Gods
The Goddess of the Underworld and the Goddess of Valor. As the goddess the snakes serve, she has given her blessing to the protagonist. She is a dangerous woman with her deep jealousy and fierce temperament.
The Goddess of Healing. She has given her blessing to Reshia. She has also warned the protagonist to protect her. Altesia might hate her, but she doesn’t feel the same way toward Altesia.
Pitch Black (Verid)
A one-eyed red-eyed snake that belongs to the Goddess of the Underworld.
Known to the goblins as the Lord of Decay. He is one of the snakes that fought the world with the Goddess of the Underworld.
The elven woman Gene purchased. She became a slave after running away from her tribe.
A high kobold. She is one of the protagonist’s pets.
The protagonist managed to tame her by giving her orc corps and other meat as bait.
She is a fortuitous kobold who somehow managed to become the leader of her pack.
As the pup of the gray wolves, she has been given the elven name that means lady of the lake. Reshia, Lili, and other children and women are quite taken by her lovely fur.
As the pup of the gray wolves, he has been given the name of a wise human monarch that means sovereign of the wind’s howls. His uninhibited personality leads him to battle Hasu for ranks on a daily basis.
A timid orc. Gol Gol had taken a liking for him despite his small body. After Gol Gol died, he led the orcs to the west, but the protagonist managed to capture them.
The orc king that attacked the village. He is a berserker who can use skills. He was defeated by the protagonist.
Volume 2: Chapter 129 – Sylph Unification War IV
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Class, King; Ruler
Possessed Skills, Ruler of the Demon Children of Chaos; Defiant Soul; World Devouring Howl; Sword Mastery A-; Dominator; King’s Soul; Ruler’s Wisdom III; Household of the Gods; One-Eyed Snake’s Evil Eye; The King’s Dance at the Edge of Death; Magic Manipulation; Soul of the Berserk King; Third Impact (The Third Chant); Warrior’s Instinct; Blessing of the Underworld Goddess; Guided One
Divine Protection, Goddess of the Underworld (Altesia)
Attributes, Darkness; Death
Subordinate Beasts, High Kobold Hasu (Lv77); Gastra (Lv20); Cynthia (Lv1); Orc King (Bui) (Lv82)
Abnormal Status, Blessing of the One-Eyed Snake; Protection of the Twin-Headed Snake
In the Whispering Forest the demihumans were no different from slaves. For the past 50 years, they lived their lives like livestocks, rearing their children for the elves and undertaking hard labor for them.
With the Forest of Darkness ruled by the elves at the center, the various regions could be divided into 6. They are Forni, Jirad, Gastair, Sinfall, Symphoria, and Sheng. This division hasn’t changed since the time the demihumans were driven into the forest.
The sage’s council at the time decided to accept the demihumans and evenly distributed responsibility among the various elven villages..
In other words, the demihumans were divided among the various villages.
It left a bitter taste in my mouth when I heard the captured demihumans’ story.
The harpyurea were the ones who caught wind of our movement, while the werewolves and the minotaurs were made to fight in the frontlines.
“To think they would actually use our neighbors as slaves!” Fei spat in rage before I could even say anything.
The young yet skilled elf was enraged by what he was seeing, though his strong spirit kept that anger in check.
“They are a disgrace to the elves!” The other elves from Forni each worded out their disdain for Jirad’s elves.
That’s a good thing. At the very least, the elves from Forni are able to feel repugnance at seeing the demihumans enslaved, but what about the goblins?
Right now we are fighting together.
If we could maintain this relationship, they might eventually start treating us as their good neighbors. Of course, it’ll take time, but regardless, as long as enough time is given, we will eventually be able to change the perception of the elves toward the goblins.
“Now then, what to do? We can’t exactly take these prisoners with us,” I asked.
Fei and the other elves glared at the Whispering Forest (Jirad). “Let’s bind them for now. They’re powerless as long as there’s no one to lead them.”
The captured demihumans don’t seem to show any intentions of resisting. They seem as if they’ve completely resigned themselves to their fate.
“Sure dampens your mood seeing them, eh,” Shumea said as she took off her helmet, which covered her whole face.
I wryly smiled. “Being a former slave yourself, do they have anything left?”
“Well… I was a battle slave, so I wasn’t treated as poorly as them, but regardless, it’s hard to live when you don’t want to.”
Shumea herself seems to have lived a hard life.
“One day I’d like to hear your story… over wine, of course.”
“Heh~ If its liquor from you, Boss, I’ll drink as much as you want.”
Did I just stir up the hornet’s nest?
Well, whatever. I should be able to get some elven wine after this battle. It probably won’t be enough to give to the whole horde to drink, but it should be enough for a feast.
“The goblins are ready, Your Highness,” Gi Za Zakuend said. He was responsible for burying the dead and reorganizing the goblins into new three-man-cell groups.
“Those who can still fight shall follow me to subjugate the Whispering Forest (Jirad)!” I declared, and the goblins cheered.
“Strike down the hammer of justice on the heathens who shamed our neighbors!” Fei declared, and the elves cheered.
With morale among the goblin-elf army at its peak, the Whispering Forest (Jirad) was quickly subjugated.
But immediately after, an unexpected report came.
Fei and I stiffened upon receiving it.
It was a mystery who it was that said that word, but it clearly resounded throughout the residence of Jirad Nash, the chief of the Whispering Forest (Jirad).
Shure Forni had been defeated.
“What shall we do, Your Highness?” Gi Za asked with a sharp gaze.
I felt shame at my stupefaction when I heard his voice, but I knew it wouldn’t do to dally. We had no time. We had to decide our next move quickly.
“Is Shure safe? What of his army?”
But we didn’t have any details. What about Gi Jii’s horde? The other tribal goblins?
“We’ll dispatch the army. Fei, pick someone to handle this village!”
“Ah! Y-Yes!” Fei responded though still flustered.
I turned to the goblins. “We’re sending out reinforcements. Gi Za and Gi Ba take 50 goblins with you and look for the others. As for the rest of you, you will be staying with me in this village.”
When I asked Gi Za with my eyes whether he could do it, he met my gaze with a nod full of confidence.
“Your Highness, I have just one question: How much time will you give me?” Gi Za asked.
We’re sending half of our army, so we won’t be able to continue our invasion of the elves in the meantime.
But the time we have actually depends on Shure’s life.
“Four days. If you can’t find them within that time, come back.”
“As you will.”
The goblin reinforcements left the Whispering Forest (Jirad).
“Can we really win?” Felbi asked, dubious.
“Of course, so make sure you act strong,” Pale encouraged.
When they got word that Shure Forni’s army was approaching, the Sheng-Symphoria army led by Felbi fell into panic.
The enemy was coming off the momentum of subjugating the Silent Forest (Sinfall); not to mention, they even had the ferocious goblins with them. It would be stranger if they were actually able to keep calm.
The only one who was calm in the camp was the battle-hardened Pale.
She silenced the panicking elves in the meeting before the war, and then proposed a formation for the heavy infantry. The abundant equipment made of Srilana that the Forest of the Lost (Sheng) had stored were used to create a new squad of swordsmen.
“We can’t win against Forni with their high morale in a battle with bows. All the more so when they have goblins with them. But that doesn’t mean that they have no weakness.”
It was only a given that these elves, who knew nothing of war, would take the advice of Pale, who in her time as a member of Elks came to be renowned as the Silent Moon.
The Forni-Goblin Army’s weakness was their alliance itself. There was no way their relationship would actually be perfectly equal. It would be a different story if there were a powerful leader leading them, but without a clear understanding of who was to lead, the more powerful the enemy they faced, the more disadvantaged they would be.
“We’ll focus our attack on the goblins. Once their formation breaks, we’ll send in the swordsmen and break the Forni-Goblin Army.”
When the elves heard her calm words, they looked at each other.
They were doubtful whether things would truly go so smoothly. Their gazes eventually fell on Felbi, who was the actual leader of their army.
“Let’s do it! We don’t have any other plans. If we lose this battle, there won’t be anyone left to stop Forni. We are warriors! Let us defend our home!”
Felbi’s words spurred the elven warriors, and the Sheng-Forni Army began preparations to carry out Pale’s plans.
Shure did not know yet that Symphoria’s army had already arrived at Sheng. When they got to the entrance of the Forest of the Lost (Sheng), they found it odd that the gate was open, but thinking that their sympathizers were still in good health, they entered.
Shure was indeed careless. The fatigue from the ceaseless battles the past few days, coupled with the mental fatigue incurred from worrying over his sympathizers, then to top it all off, the tugging desire and hope within him to save his sympathizers all added up together to cloud his vision.
The moment they entered into the Forest of the Lost (Sheng), a giant tree sprouted up and blocked their way.
“Not good! It’s a trap! Retreat!” Shure commanded.
Shure’s quick response was praiseworthy. If they had stopped there, their casualties would only pile up until they were destroyed, so the best response was indeed to retreat and reorganize themselves. Unfortunately, Pale had taken the promptness of his response into consideration.
“What!? But The enemy is right in front of us!”
The ferocious Dashka of Gaidga’s horde was the first of the goblins to be attacked.
By charging into the goblins with her soldiers and attacking them from long range, Pale managed to quickly separate the goblins from the elves.
Forni was retreating, but unfortunately, the commands he had given weren’t perfect, worsened by the fact that the goblins without their king was difficult to lead. Shure and his elves retreated, while the goblins found it hard to let the enemy in front of them run. Because of this the Forni-Goblin Army suffered much casualties.
The battle began and ended exactly as Pale had orchestrated.
Pale pursued the fleeing Shure Forni, but stopped after two days.
When she came back to the village, the elven warriors showered her with praise.
This was a precious victory picked up after a series of defeat.
To the elves, Pale’s existence was no different from that of a Goddess of Victory.
“Blessing of the forest and the wind to Pale Symphoria!”
The Forest of the Lost (Sheng) celebrated their victory.
“Lord Shure Forni has returned!”
It was like a huge rock had been lifted from my back when the messenger announced those words.
Shure, who had departed to lead the elves into the Forest of the Lost (Sheng), and Gi Za Zakuend, who led the goblin reinforcements in search of them arrived at the Whispering Forest (Jirad).
“At least you returned safely,” I said.
“Forgive me. I needlessly lost the soldiers you lent me,” Shure said.
It seems it won’t be necessary to cheer him up. The elves lost 40 men, while the goblins lost 20. Apparently, it was because of Shure that the goblins lost so little. The goblins hesitated to retreat, but he refused to take no for an answer, and eventually managed to persuade them.
There were countless wounds on Shure’s slender body because he personally defended the rear. They had been treated only with some emergency measures, as some of them could be seen to be still bleeding. The bandages wrapped on his head and his arm were all oozing with red.
Gi Za and his horde fought back the pursuing elves, but it was not enough to wash away this defeat.
We have to acknowledge the fact that we have indeed lost.
Now, what to do?
“You are still alive and we have lost only one battle. It’s a bit too early to be giving up,” I said to Shure.
“Of course. We can’t give up now after getting this far,” Shure agreed.
That being said, though, it is a bit troubling now that the Forest of Lost (Sheng) has managed to recover itself from its chaos.
“Was there such a skilled commander at Sheng?” I inquired.
“No, though I only saw the enemy for an instant, that was definitely a Symphorian soldier,” Shure said.
In other words, the two forests of the south have managed to recover. Moreover, Symphoria was even able to send some soldiers to Sheng. Exactly how are we to break the alliance between these two villages?
I don’t want to take too much time, but…
“Symphoria’s soldiers are excellent then, I take it,” I said.
“The commanding officers are certainly skilled individually, but…” Shure replied.
It seems he can’t think of any commander who could pull off that trick in their last battle.
“About that…” Gi Za said as he entered into the room with a male elf in chains.
“We might be able to find something out from this prisoner,” Gi Za said as he kicked the elf, causing him to twist in pain. Gi Za looked just like a cruel official.
I turned to Shure for confirmation, and he reluctantly nodded. I’d originally hoped things wouldn’t reach this point, which is why I agreed to the two-pronged attack.
“Who is your commander? If you answer you won’t suffer,” I said.
“You think I would give in to a goblin!?” The elf spat.
Stubbornness usually came with pain. That was even truer for prisoners.
“Just don’t kill him,” I said before turning heel.
“Of curse,” Gi Za said before happily withdrawing with the slave in tow.
“Shure, rest for a bit. Recovering your strength is also your duty,” I said.
“…My apologies, Goblin King,” he said.
After asking him to rest, I called his adjutant, Fei.
“Let us keep an eye out for the enemy. Can I ask you to organize the goblins and the elves’ formation?” I asked.
“Of course,” Fei replied.
In the blink of an eye, Fei came up with a formation for the goblins and the elves. When it comes to these things, they truly are far and beyond the goblins.
Now, what to do about the next battles?
We couldn’t occupy Sheng, but we did manage to successfully occupy Jirad. With this over half of the elves have fallen into our grasp.
But that also meant that we had a lot more points to protect.
Sheng was close to both Jirad and Sinfall. It wouldn’t be a problem if they attack Jirad, but if they attack Sinfall now, it would be problematic.
“We have to attack, don’t we?”
The only way to keep the enemy from attacking is for us to attack ourselves.
We’ll have to attack as soon as Shure recovers.
We have no other choice.
In an hour when the black of the night was yet deep, a squad quietly moving deep into the forest.
They had been discreetly taking care not to make any sound, even using magic constantly around them to avoid rousing anyone’s alert. To hunters like them, this was par for the course, but they had even sent out scouts nearby to ensure that nothing would go wrong.
At the center of that moving group was Pale Symphoria.
“I can see them,” an elf said from above, prompting Pale to look ahead.
Before them was a small squad of elves carrying goods. They were most likely Forni’s transport squad.
“We’ll burn the goods and capture as many of them as possible. Let’s begin.”
Paying careful heed even to the sound of the bow drawing, the elves under Pale carried out their attack.
The next day, the Goblin King and Shure received word of this attack.
The supply line between Forni and Jirad had been destroyed, and Shure’s Daughter, Shunaria, who was with them, had gone missing.
—307 days until the war with the humans.
Gi Za’s level has risen.
45 => 51
Tl Note: First regular chapter of the week.