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Volume 3: Chapter 166 – Plan (1/2)
After defeating Gulland’s forces with a night attack, the Goblin King treated the wounded while glaring at the west. The Goblin King was troubled. He was troubled about what Gulland said regarding Reshia, about the colonial city behind them, and Gowen’s forces, which has gotten themselves some much needed time.
The Goblin King managed to defeat the enemy before them, but he couldn’t ignore the country behind the human soldiers anymore.
While in doubt, a voice called out to him. It was none other than the leader of the druids, Gi Za Zakuend.
“I have a plan to conquer the colonial city.”
The Goblin King’s eyes opened wide upon hearing that.
The druid did not seem to be joking. His face was as serious as ever, but the resolve could be felt from his words.
“…Let’s hear it.”
“We’ll use the humans. Fortunately, we have some.”
The king became thoughtful.
If the colonial city falls, enemy reinforcements will probably come in troves.
The goblins needed to attack here. And with Gowen wounded, there was no better time than now.
The Goblin King also considered that he would need to act fast if he was to challenge the powerful human kingdom.
If Gulland had caught wind of Gowen’s defeat, he might have been able to avoid losing under their hands.
If he isn’t able to defeat the western capital before enemy reinforcements come, the battle will surely turn into a battle of attrition.
That was not a situation the Goblin King wished. Especially, considering the things to come.
Until now the king has never allowed anyone else to come up with a plan.
The Goblin King has always been leading the battles, and even the domestic affairs were handled solely by him.
Leaving things to others would worry him greatly, but…
“I’ll leave it to you then.”
This was the first time a goblin has offered his own opinion. Until now they have always blindly followed his orders.
There was no doubt about it, the goblins were changing.
When the king realized that, a faint breath left his lips, and he laughed.
“Yes, as for the plan, I intend to—”
“It’s fine, Gi Za. I’ll leave everything to you.”
This time it was Gi Za’s turn to be astonished.
The less people knew of something, the lower the probability something would be found out.
“Are you sure?”
“I’ll take responsibility. Just tell me what you need.”
“…Very well. Please wait for my report, Your Majesty!”
After hearing what he needed to hear, the Goblin King immediately let Gi Za go.
As he watched Gi Za leave, he noted that Gi Za was in particularly high spirits.
“I’ve been rushing… huh.”
The Goblin King admonished himself for his restlessness, then he looked up at the clear blue sky.
He just didn’t know what to do without Reshia around, but right now, he has no choice but to believe. Besides, the battle last night showed the humans the might of the goblins.
From here on, the battle should progress a lot better.
After calming down, the Goblin king looked toward the west.
Gi Ji Arsil was out, so he ordered his unit to scout ahead without him. If the northern army is nearby, then this time, he will wipe them out completely
Ra Gilmi Fishiga and the goblins under him has tried to go over the walls countless times, but the enemy commander, Yuan, has managed to to spoil their plans every single time.
Gilmi was looking up at those high walls, frustrated, when a notice from Gi Za came.
“…Break the siege 3 days from now?”
“That’s what he said.”
Gilmi tilted his head upon receiving the message from the druid messenger.
“Is the king aware of this?”
“Everything has been left to Lord Gi Za.”
Gilmi closed his eyes and ruminated.
“…Fine. If that’s what the king has commanded, then so be it. A pity I could not conquer the colonial city myself.”
After Gilmi sent the druid his way, he ordered the people under him to cancel the siege.
“Are you sure about this?”
Unexpectedly, the one who couldn’t come to terms with the decision was the orc king, Bui.
He looked to be the peaceful sort, but apparently, that wasn’t the case when it came to humans.
“I have no intentions of going against the king’s decision. Perhaps he’s already defeated the reinforcements and the siege is no longer necessary.”
That can’t be, Bui thought.
The colonial city was a blade aimed at their throats. If enemy forces manage to make it here, that would be the same as letting the enemy stab them in the back.
Left alone, this would be a repeat of last time… Just what in the world is that Goblin King thinking?
In the end, Bui couldn’t discern the king’s thoughts, so he ordered his orc soldiers to break the siege.
Gi Za Zakuend believed it impossible to conquer the colonial city in a straight-up fight.
When it came to sieges, Ra Gilmi Fishiga, hero of the Ganra Tribe, was the most exceptional of the goblins.
The fact that even he couldn’t conquer the colonial city meant that the only way to conquer it in a straight-up fight was for the king himself to take the helm. But doing that would waste the opportunity they’ve gotten after finally driving Gowen to a corner.
When he saw the king glaring at the west after defeating the human reinforcements, Gi Za finally resolved himself
Just like he told Gi Do, normally they only followed the king’s orders, but sometimes someone else needs to lead. Now was such a time.
“Gi Do, I need your help.”
Gi Do had no idea what was going on, but before he knew it, he was made to act in front of the humans.
It is said that the human reinforcements will be coming soon from the south. Once that is defeated, the goblin forces will advance for the western capital.
It is said that since we have defeated the humans, we must take this time to recuperate. As such, there will be fewer guards in 3 days’ time.
Gi Do said his lines in an utterly monotonous voice, causing Gi Za to curse in his heart several times.
Fortunately, the humans watching from the side did not seem to doubt anything and listened with rapt attention.
After leaving that place, Gi Za finally let out that pent up sigh at Gi Do’s pathetic acting.
“…I-I told you I can’t act.”
But despite refusing with a pale countenance, Gi Do was still made to put on his act before another group of humans. Gi Za wanted him to do it a third time, but seeing the third-rate actor on his knees, he decided to let him off.
After thanking the unexpectedly cowardly Gi Do, Gi Za asked the king for the next things he needed.
His request was to have the druids be in charge of the human prisoners, permission to secure new prisoners, and the cooperation of the harpies and the Paradua tribe.
The king agreed to all three requests.
“Fine, but this is going to cost you,” the first wing of the harpies, Yushika, said.
The harpies were resting when Gi Za called them. Gi Za gave them their orders and sent them their way, then he went to meet Hal of the Paradua.
“You wish to make use of us?”
“I’m aware that you’ve sworn fealty only to the king. I have received his orders and hope that you can cooperate with me.”
Hal became thoughtful for a moment, but under the pressure of the words, the king’s orders, and Gi Za’s sharp glare, he eventually folded.
Gi Za bowed deeply upon seeing the goblin’s quick response. He didn’t even mouth a single condition.
“Thank you. I’m in your debt.”
After the Gi Za got the information he needed from the harpies, Gi Za traveled with Hal to a human village.
The Paradua surrounded the human village, allowing Gi Za to enter it.
“Eldest one, is the representative of the village around?” Gi Za asked the villagers hiding in their houses.
“…Damn it, a goblin! They followed us!”
When Gi Za saw the soldiers appear from the shadows with children following them, the corners of his lips curved, and he smiled.
He quickly knocked the soldiers out with magic, and then he occupied the village.
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The name cheat sheet will be updated when the next character chapters come. That should be in about 4 full chapters. I’ll see if I can add them ahead of time without spoiling anything.