Protagonist (King Class)
A human from another world who reincarnated into this world as a goblin. He once lost his mind due to starvation and hunted a monster to satiate it. He is currently revered by the goblins, and has promised to create a kingdom for them as their king. He is under the protection of the Goddess of the Underworld, and after uniting the various races of the forest has invaded the land of the humans, taking the first step in his path to world domination.
Gi Ga Rax (Knight Class)
A spear-wielding goblin who is the first goblin from Gi Village to evolve into a rare class. He is a firm believer of the king and he has sworn fealty to him. He lost his right arm and left leg, but he managed to pick himself back thanks to his indomitable will. He is currently leading other wounded goblins like him to fight for the king. He calls his platoon the imperial guards.’
Gi Gu Verbena (Duke Class)
Former leader of the village that has now become the parent organization of the protagonist’s horde. He was a rare class at the time, but he was still subdued by the protagonist’s powerful howl, and became his subordinate. He specializes in the long sword, but he can use any close combat weapon. His real specialty lies in fighting with others. He conquered the goblins from the southern region and is now leading a force second only to the king’s horde.
Gi Go Amatsuki (Baron Class)
In the face of being killed by the gray wolves or swearing fealty to the protagonist, he chose to swear. His preferred weapon is a curved sword, as it can cut his prey easily. He has received the divine protection of the Sword God, and once ended up pointing his sword to the king due to his influence. Ashamed of his weakness, he left the village. After a long time of wandering, he returned a new man and killed the Holy Knight, Gowen, who he once lost to.
Gi Za Zakuend (Shaman Class)
A mage goblin who lived in a village situated by the roots of a great tree. He became the protagonist’s subordinate after losing to him in a duel. He is a firm believer of the king and has sworn fealty to him. His appearance resembles that of humans. He has received the divine protection of the wind god.
Gi Gi Orudo (Noble Class)
A beast tamer, a goblin who can talk to animals. He came from the same village as Gi Gu, and currently has a triple head as his main beast. His preferred weapon is an axe. He is currently fighting as a part of the detached force responsible for conquering the colonial city.
Gi Ji Arsil (Noble Class)
A goblin who can use the Meld skill, and thus, specializes in reconnaissance. He gets along well with Gi Gi and has fought as a pair with him plenty of times. He used to prefer a long sword, but after specializing in reconnaissance, he has since switched to a dagger. He has learned the Assassinate skill, and is merciless to all who oppose the king.
Gi Zu Ruo (Noble Class)
When he was young, he lost his mind when Gi Ga was deeply wounded during the battle of the orcs. Using the Mad Dog skill, he was able to take down three orcs by himself. He is a powerful goblin, who has received the divine protection of the mad god. At the king’s behest, he went to the northwestern part of the Forest of Darkness to increase their forces. After arriving late to the western capital war, he has since been desperate to achieve something.
Gi Zo (Druid Class)
A water mage from Gi Za’s village. He was tasked to protect the village by the protagonist. He has received the divine protection of the water god. He is no longer among the living due to Gulland.
Gi Da (Rare Class)
A spearman from Gi Ga’s faction. His debut as a warrior was in the battle against the orcs. He possesses the Unreasonably Stubborn skill. He is no longer among the living due to Gulland.
Gi Jii Yubu (Noble Class)
The most brilliant student created by the goblin training, who now leads a regiol. As a commander, he has skills that could be matched with humans, but it seems he’s not ready just yet to take a holy knight on.
Gi De (Rare Class)
A subordinate of Gi Gi. He is also a beast tamer. He evolved into a rare class when he was caught up in the battle the orcs. As an obedient subordinate of Gi Gi, the king expects much from him. (He is currently using a triple boar and a wild dog.) He died to the Wand of Destruction, Bellan.
Gi Do Buruga (Shaman Class)
A wind mage. Also from Gi Za’s village. He has never stood out because of Gi Za, but he has gradually distinguished himself among the goblins. He has the divine protection of the wind god. He leads the druids alongside Gi Za.
Gi Ba (Noble Class)
A skillful goblin who can use the Fierce Arm skill. He has received Verid’s divine protection, and as such, deeply loathes humans. Most of his efforts have been centered against the humans, making him a valuable asset in supporting the frontlines.
Gi Bi (Rare Class)
A water mage. He is expected to be Gi Zo’s successor, but he is still a long way away from that goal. He is a part of Gi Za’s druid platoon.
Gi Bu (Rare Class)
A beast tamer. Gi Ga works him hard everyday. He is now affiliated with Gi Gi’s beast tamer army and is looking after beasts he isn’t familiar with.
Gi Be (Rare Class)
A one-armed goblin. He has received Verid’s divine protection and deeply loathes humans. He is affiliated with Gi Ga’s imperial guards.
Gi Ah (Rare Class)
A goblin who evolved into a rare class during the war with the elves. He possesses the invasion-class skill, One who Encroaches into the Divine Region.
Gi Ii (Rare Class)
A goblin who evolved during the war with the elves. He is an explorer and specializes in moving.
Gi Uu (Druid Class)
A goblin who evolved during the war with the elves. He is a water mage.
Old Goblin (Normal)
An old goblin. He isn’t very useful in combat. Because he was once enslaved by humans through magic, he is good at talking. He is the parent who riced Gi Za.
Ra Gilmi Fishiga (Noble Class)
One of the four tribes of the west. He is an archer of the Ganra tribe.
He went to the Gi Village as a messenger after receiving permission from the tribe. He invited the protagonist to the four tribes. He has been title the First Archer or Gadieta. He is constantly worried over the relationship between the tribe and the king. He is currently fighting as part of the detached force responsible for the colonial city.
Ra Narsa (Rare Class)
One of the four tribes of the west. He is an archer of the Ganra tribe.
She had been chased from her village by the Gaidga goblins when she met the protagonist. She is the current chief of the tribe and has recently started to distinguish herself. She has remained in the tribe’s village, supporting the goblins from the back.
Ru Rou (rare Class)
A young goblin of the Ganra tribe. In the Ganra tribe, the names Ra, Ru, and Re are three most influential. The rest of the goblins have no family name, and are thus, normal goblins. He is currently fighting with Gilmi.
Aluhaliha (Noble Class)
One of the four tribes. He is the chief of the Paradua tribe.
He threw away his pride and worked with the Gaidga to save his people from starvation, but after losing to the protagonist, he and his tribe have since joined him in his quest for world domination. He is the oldest among all the goblins. His black tiger steed is named Jirouou. He is currently retired, but he frequently patrols the area around the Fortress of the Abyss.
Hal (Noble Class)
Chief of the Paradua tribe.
He used to be a young warrior who worked as Aluhaliha’s aide. After inheriting Aluhaliha’s position, he has since proven himself a worthy chief capable of standing equal to the human cavalry. He has sworn fealty to the king.
Alashd (Rare Class)
A middle-aged goblin from Paradua.
He works as Aluhaliha’s aide and is currently a member of the elders. He is staying at the Paradua village.
Rashka (Lord Class)
The biggest chief among the four tribes.
He is the strongest goblin among the four tribes, but his subordinates haven’t been as blessed. He was Narsa’s fiancé.
He evolved during the goblin’s first invasion.
Dashka (Rare Class)
A young goblin from the Gaidga tribe.
Kuzan (Rare Class)
Chief of the Gordob tribe.
She is a goblin blessed with the divine protection of the goddess of the underworld. She has a skill that allows her to resurrect the dead. She is currently responsible for managing the Fortress of the Abyss. Gi Ga respects her. She studied medicine during her stay in the elven village and has since been working with the other Gordob members to support the goblins from the back as medical practitioners.
Humans + Gods + Others
Reshia Fel Zeal (18 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. She has been brought back to the ivory tower.
Lili (22 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. She has become much stronger after acquiring the evil sword, Vashinant. She stopped the yugushiva attacks after Gulland entrusted the northern army to her.
Mattis (27 years-old)
The second son of a farmer. He’s largely responsible for drying the meat to preserve them. He was sent somewhere in the kingdom.
Chinos (25 years-old)
The third son of a farmer. He plows the fields and is close to Mattis. He was sent somewhere in the kingdom.
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 (60 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. He has laid out new plans after feeling the threat from the Goblin King. He’s currently trying to gather mages to strengthen his army.
Gowen Ranid (46 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. He fought hard against the goblin invasion, but was eventually killed by Gi Go Amatsuki.
Gulland Rifenin (32 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. He became a hero after rescuing the saint. He tried to help Gowen fight the goblin invasion, but he lost. He is currently retreating to the south.
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. He was killed by his own slave.
Sivara Bandier (29)
One of the country’s most powerful warriors, a holy knight known as the Ripper Knight. He is a martial artist and comes from a noble family. He is popular among young soldiers, and is considered the enemy of all fathers and boyfriends. He is also known as the Marriage Destroyer. His skill at leading the cavalry is one of the best in the country.
Jize Yuuenti (40)
One of the country’s most powerful warriors, a holy knight known as the Sharp-Eyed Knight. He is currently dealing with the Kushain believers coming from the south. He was originally a traveler from the east that was coaxed by Ashtal with a huge paycheck.
A young commander under Gowen. He seems to be under the protection of some god, but…
A veteran martial artist who acts as Gowen’s aide. He used to lead the cavalry, but then the Goblin King turned him into a corpse.
Herculean Wyatt (41 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. After returning from the forest, he has since been working in the Holy Shushunu Kingdom as the leader of the blood oath of the flying swallows.
Mage Killer Mill (20 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. After returning from the forest, she has since been helping out in the slums and watching over orphans. She met Reshia and successfully managed to give her the orphans’ present.
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. He died while protecting his allies.
Hawk-Eyed Fick (32 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. After returning from the forest, he has since gone to the southern free cities on a solo adventure.
The White Hand of Life (Age Unknown)
A priest robed in white. She specializes in healing and support. Her age, name, and origin are all unknown. After converting Vitz and Yugil, she has started traveling the world to find more adherents.
Vitz (28 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. He was caught by the White Hand of Life and is currently traveling the world with her.
Yugil (26 years-old)
An adventurer and an unwilling shield bearer. He might appear old, but he is actually still young. He was caught by the White Hand of Life and is currently traveling the world with her.
Yoshu (27 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. He ended up on the goblin side because of his older sister’s whims. He is currently traveling with Gi Go.
Shumea (29 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. She is a gutsy woman who believes being with the Goblin King is better than living within human society. She is currently negotiating with humans.
Household of the Gods
Altesia. The underworld goddess.
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. The underworld goddess might hate her, but she doesn’t feel the same way toward The underworld goddess.
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. She was freed after she killed Gene. Since then hse has been under the care of the Goblin King with Shumea.
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. She is currently leeching off the orcs. She wants to eat the orc children, but unfortunately, she just can’t find an opening. She attacked the colonial city with the orcs, but the humans weren’t very tasty.
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. She has grown up enough to lead her household. She has grown up to become a spectacular gray wolf even better than her own parents.
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. He is became the leader of many beasts in the capital, then in the ivory tower. His subordinates are mostly females.
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. He attacked the colonial city with Gilmi. Recently, his greatest worry is that he’ll suddenly find himself fighting at the frontlines with the humans.
The orc king that attacked the village. He is a berserker who can use skills. He was defeated by the protagonist.
Chief of the araneae, a female chief. She speaks firmly and possesses a proud mindset. The lower half of her body is a spider, but the uper half is that of a lovely maiden. She covers her upper body with clothes made from araneae thread. Poison drips from her talons, and she can use them alongside her threads. That fighting style has earned her the name Poison Feather. She is a descendant of the red crystal.
An influential person of the araneae. He opposed Nikea’s plans to accept the goblin and ended up dead for it. He is a descendant of the blue crystal.
The female chief of the mud-scaled tribe. She is slow in a good way. As a member of a tribe known for moving underground, she works as a merchant just like Yushika. She knowns more than the harpyurea and is also a better messenger. She looks like a mole on the outside, but her vision is perfectly fine. Her pair of round eyes is her unique feature. She is known as the hardest claw. Shi is a descendant of the dark crystal.
Female chief of the harpyurea. She has a huge bag hanging from her neck that she carries with her arms. She uses it to store her cargo. She is a merchant. She is also a mischievous woman who doesn’t cower even before the king. She has white wings sprouting from her back and bird feet. She is known as the first wing. She is a descendant of the white crystal.
The old chief of the papirsag/shell tribe. He is of short stature and he carries a moss-covered shell on his back. He is a careful man, whose eyes always seem sleepy. Despite that his gaze is extremely sharp. His tribe specializes in processing trees and taming monsters. He is a descendant of the hard crystal.
Chief of the long-tailed, a subspecies of the lizardman with two heads and two tails. Half of his body is covered with a shell, but the other half has his skin exposed just like an amphibian. He is a descendant of the soft crystal.
Chief of the minotaurs. He talks slowly. He tried to crush the goblins as soon as he saw one. There is almost nothing good about him when it comes to talking. His gaze is sharp and while he might talk foolishly, he is by no means incompetent. He is a descendant of the heavy crystal.
Chief of the werewolves. He is a friend of the gray wolves and he lives in the fields. He is known as the tyrant because he likes to tear his enemy apart with brute force. He is a firm believer of power and originally disliked the goblins. He is extremely friendly toward the gray wolves. He tends to be impulsive, but he’s definitely not one to be underestimated. He is a descendant of the fierce crystal.
Chief of the centaurs. He found himself in a bad position ever since Gurfia became a ghost. He tried to kill Gurfia with the elite of his tribe but failed. He hates the goblins. He is a descendant of the proud crystal.
The guide Nikea introduced.
The slave werewolf from the Jirad Forest.
Chief of the Sylph’s Forni village. He wishes to reform the elves. He studied under Falun and is Shunaria’s father. He is renowned as the Wise Shure. He formed an alliance with the Goblin King and promised him full support in the war with the humans.
Chief of the western Gastia Forest. Shure’s friend and master. He is considered a scheming strategist even by his own disciple, Shure. He brought back the elven school system and is currently using his village to spread knowledge.
Shure’s daughter. She is smart and frequently does pointless things. She delivered the Goblin King’s new weapon to him. She is currently working as a civil official in a human village.
A young sylph warrior who gathered experience in the human world. She is a versatile warrior who can lead army and fight her own battles. She managed to make the bigger goblin army retreat many times. She left the Goblin King to help her clan, Elks.
One of Symphoria’s commanders. He fought alongside Pale against the goblins, but he mostly left the leadership of the platoon to her. He has been grudgingly leading the platoon since Pale left. He dreams of becoming a first-rate warrior.
Symphoria’s chief. He is Pale’s cousin. He is self-righteous and proud. He was the only one given a death penalty after the war.
Sinfall’s chief. She is a woman but her face is cold. She never managed to take back Sinfall after it was taken from her during the Sylph Unification War. She was exiled after the war.
Jirad’s chief. He foresaw the human threat lie Shure and the Goblin King, but was rebuked because of his decision to enslave the demihumans. He was stripped of his last name and made a commoner after the war.
Sheng’s chief. He was sympathetic to Pale from beginning to end, but was coerced by Fenit to hand her over to the goblins. He was stripped of his last name and made to work at the Jirad’s hidden farm after the war.
Volume 3: Chapter 184 – Will You Obey or Will You Die?
After winning the Battle of Kruzel, the Goblin King ordered Gi Ji Arsil to take his assassins and scout the surrounding area, while he led the main army to return to the west. Although they barely had any casualties during the battle, the Goblin King had to acknowledge that he couldn’t rule over the Kushain Territories with just 2,000 goblins.
If he were to progress any further in his plans, he would first have to gain a firm foothold in these lands.
It was because of that prudent thinking of his that he desired a meeting with the small feudal lords. Fortunately, they were able to successfully kill Benem Nemush in the Battle of Kruzel. Thanks to Benem Nemush’s foolishness, the Goblin King was able to gain the renown of crushing an army that was 10,000 soldiers strong.
That being said, the Goblin King had actually misread the Kushain believers’ ability to mobilize their troops.
For the goblins, 5 days might be enough to prepare for war, but to the humans, turning their people into soldiers would take much longer.
Besides, only the holy knight, Gowen Ranid, was actually skilled enough to manage a fief with 10,000 people. Unfortunately, the last battle the Goblin King fought just had to be with him.
Because of all that, the Goblin King ended up overestimating the enemies’ capabilities, causing him to back off. Had he the ability to see the future, he would’ve surely wiped out all of the Kushain believers right there and then, but alas, in the end, although the Kushain believers lost, the Goblin King still ended up retreating.
The Goblin King led the main force of his army back to the small feudal lords, while distributing his goblin subordinates to the small villages.
The goblin army fed on preserved food and their hunts as they made their way back. It wasn’t until 4 days after the fight that they finally arrived at Shirak Territory.
Felbi sent a message with his bow again, indicating when the meeting would be taking place. It wasn’t very friendly though, for he made sure to include a threat. If you can’t make it for any reason, we can’t guarantee the safety of Shirak.
When the arrow was shot back, a message saying that the feudal lords would meet them was attached.
“Everything’s gone well so far.”
The continuing of his schemes, the weaving of more schemes for later… The Goblin King had much left to do. They may have defeated an army of 10,000 soldiers, but they had by no means annihilated them.
The number of soldiers they’d killed probably numbered less than a thousand. As for the rest, they were either attacked by monster beasts or had run off to somewhere.
After coming out of the Battle of Kruzel mostly unharmed, the Goblin King now had three paths he could walk.
One path was to go back to the western region and take on Germion Kingdom.
The second path was to keep going like this and annex the territory of the Kushain believers.
The third path was to go further down south and attempt to encroach upon the Ashunasan Alliance.
The Goblin King thought long and hard about the path the goblins should take. He needed to come up with an answer before he met with the small feudal lords.
The first path was a solid one, but it was risky if Germion Kingdom ever decided to go for an attack. There was a group of small fortresses between their borders and Germion Kingdom’s, preventing anyone from crossing over. So long as those fortresses existed, there was a chance that they might get stabbed from behind. Unless those fortresses were taken care of first, he couldn’t safely attack Germion Kingdom.
He couldn’t repeat the mistake he did when trying to occupy the west, which resulted in them needing to do twice as much work as expected. That being the case, he should first secure the south, then create a path to safely attack Germion Kingdom.
The second path wasn’t that easy either.
The territories of the Kushain believers were vast. It wouldn’t be easy managing all that with the goblins alone. If the humans don’t cooperate with them, they would be forced to use the whip. And while they’re busy with them, Germion Kingdom might just attack.
Alternatively, he could try to work with the elves like he did for the western territory, but unfortunately, that was only possible because it was near their headquarters. The short distance made it possible to rule over the humans with a small force due to the ease of sending reinforcements.
The Kushain Territories were not only big, they were also a long way from the Forest of Darkness, the elves and the goblins would find themselves hard-pressed to try and reinforce their forces given that distance.
They couldn’t look down on the two giant city-states that the Kushain believers possessed. Neither of those have fallen in the past years even after being sieged.
Moreover, while they were able to achieve their goal of deciding the battle quickly, they had to keep up the pace. The western region couldn’t be left for long, so the Kushain Territories needed to be dealt with quickly.
What about the border regions that the feudal ruled then? They were some distance away from the big cities, making it harder to manage and leaving them in need of a guardian. But at the same time, they wanted to protect their people, so in a sense, it could be said that they were gearing up for independence.
The third path was to keep going by defeating the weak cities.
Doing that, however, was the same as making an enemy out of the two sides that were currently caught up in a civil war. Humans already had a poor impression of the goblins. What was the point in painting a target on themselves? Doing that might just make the situation worse, should the two sides decide to form an alliance in order to repel a common threat.
The Goblin King couldn’t make a mistake, but at the same time, he couldn’t take his time either; therefore, he decided on the second path. Unfortunately, he would need a long time to accomplish it.
He would have to slowly take over the territories of the Kushain believers while expanding his own forces. So long as he steadily progressed and kept an eye out for the western region, he would eventually become a great force ten years later.
But that was too slow. Right now, the humans had their guard down and thought of them as nothing more than beasts that didn’t even know the word ‘strategy’. But 10 years later, the humans might finally realize that they’re not just beasts. If all he wanted was to create a country, that wouldn’t be an issue, but his goal was world domination.
Because of that the Goblin King naturally arrived at an answer on how to deal with the small feudal lords.
He would have to make their roles clear and how he would make use of them.
“King of Goblins, the humans have come for an audience,” Felbi said, rousing the Goblin King from his thoughts.
“Ahh, I see,” the Goblin King said as he cracked his neck and stood up.
The Goblin King received the small feudal lords, behind which was Zakusen of the Leon Heart Clan.
“Now then, gentlemen. The trend of war has been decided. We goblins dislike skirting around the issue, so I’ll get straight to the point. I want you to accept our rule and come under us.”
When the small feudal lords heard the Goblin King speak for the first time, fear and surprise filled them as they glanced at each other.
The Goblin King spoke fluently and laid bare his intentions without any hesitation. He was completely unlike the goblins they knew, leaving them muddled and unsure of what to do.
“What exactly do you mean by your rule?” The feudal lord of Shirak asked after mustering the courage to.
“What I seek is the world itself. So long as you come under my rule, I will promise you peace,” the Goblin King said.
“In other words, you won’t hurt us?” The feudal lord of Guena asked.
The Goblin King nodded. “I am not aware how humans do things, but we do not enjoy oppressing the weak. Those who come under my rule, be they elves, demihumans, or even humans… I shall treat them all equally with no discrimination.”
The small feudal lords glanced at each other. At the very least, it didn’t seem like they were in any danger. Only, was this monster actually telling the truth?
“You look like you do not know whether to trust me or not.” The Goblin King said.
“W-We wouldn’t dare…” The feudal lord of Shirak said in a panic as he quickly shook his head.
“King of Goblins, if I may, I believe they are merely anxious,” the vice clan leader of the Leon Heart Clan, Zaurosh, said.
The Goblin King placed his chin on his fist. “Ho.”
“Please excuse my belated introduction, I am Zaurosh, the vice clan leader of the Leon Heart Clan. These people are my current employers.”
The Goblin King sent a meaningful glance at Zaurosh, but the latter acted like he didn’t know anything.
“If your highness would allow us to stay with them until they are no longer anxious, our clan could help foster trust between you and they.” Zaurosh suggested politely.
“In other words, time is needed before reconciliation, huh… Very well, but only half a year. I won’t allow any longer.”
“…I thank you for your generosity.”
Like that the audience of the small feudal lords with the Goblin King concluded, and the border regions accepted the hegemony of the Goblin King, placing monsters, elves, demihumans, and humans under his authority.
Much of the goblin forces stayed behind in order to slowly chip away at the Kushain Territories. They stayed behind alongside the Leon Heart Clan as protectors of the border regions.
The small feudal lords announced the changes to the people while promising them their safety. They could do that because of the deep bond they had with the people. Had it been the big feudal lords, the people would have never accepted the rule of the goblins, and the people might have even revolted.
The people trusted the small feudal lords that much more compared to their bigger counterparts.
When the Goblin King heard that from Zaurosh, he decided to do the same thing for the borders of the western region. He could adjust the taxes when soldiers are tributed, but for the feudal lords themselves, he would have to guarantee them a rank. In any case, he would need to offer something that would entice them.
If there’s a carrot, there also needs to be a stick.
Deserters wouldn’t be forgiven and logging from the woodlands would be banned. The Goblin King decided to implement the latter rule in order to prevent his subjects from trying to reclaim more land and shaving away at the Forest of Darkness due to the lesser taxes.
Because the Goblin King banned touching the woodlands but allowed the flatlands, the border feudal lords expanded southwest along the river.