[spoiler title=”Character Name Cheat Sheet”]
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 185 – Miscalculation
The peace of the Goblin King’s western region was standing on thin ice. But he knew that, and it was because of that that he decided to deal with the south, so that he might ensure a safe path toward Germion Kingdom to the east.
Which is why he needed to go back to the western region as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, information that he couldn’t ignore had just come: The Red King had taken Fatina with only 2,000 soldiers against an army six times their numbers.
That was not a force the Goblin King could just ignore, for it was sure to indirectly affect even the small feudal lords that have just recently joined him.
“A scheme, huh.”
Though the creases on his forehead grew deeper, there wasn’t much he could do.
The Red King wasn’t directly causing problems for them, no; instead, what would become a problem for them were the forces that have been affected by the Red King’s victory. In other words, Elrain Kingdom, the Kushain believers, and the leading trade city of Pena.
Moreover, word says that the Kushain have already prepared to move out again. Various schemes were starting to reach out toward the pitiful borders that have been occupied by the goblins.
The small feudal lords were currently docile because of their recent victory, but it was hard to say that that would last when the Goblin King returns to the west.
The weak clung to the strong to survive. That was true for both humans and goblins. And now the Goblin King’s plan to quickly settle his goal here in the south and then return to the west was becoming harder to accomplish.
“If our enemies are scheming against us, then we should use that against them,” Gi Za Zakuend advised the worrying king. He was the leader of the shaman goblins and the Goblin King’s trusted retainer.
He was also Falun Gastair’s favorite student and to whom Falun’s book of strategies was entrusted.
“Hmm.” The Goblin King became thoughtful.
The Goblin King did not know the people scheming against him.
Why were they aiming for the borders? Or perhaps it was the weakness of the enemy, the people and royal family that they were aiming for.
The Goblin King regretted how little he knew of the southern borders.
He turned to his trusted retainer
“First, I need information; therefore, send Zaurosh to the city states of the free cities,” the Goblin King said.
“But they are currently monitoring the feudal lords,” Gi Za replied.
“Only a part of the Leon Heart Clan is. I understand your fears, but there are times when we have to rely on others to get the job done,” the Goblin King said with a wry smile as he decided that the humans would be be best suited to gathering information on other humans.
Another reason was because they were the only ones he could actually use to gather intel. The barrier between different races was simply too great.
This time around, the Goblin King was the one reacting; hence, he had no choice but to prolong his stay in the border lands.
As the Goblin King read Shumea’s report about Gi Ba and the others, he looked up toward the northern skies of the western city.
The Red King’s conquest of Fatina had caused some fissures within the upper brass of Elrain Kingdom to form. The king’s favored retainers, nobles, military officers, bureaucrats, and imperial guards had gathered to form an Anti-Red-King Faction, overpowering the Pro-Red-King faction.
“What a bunch of annoying guys,” Brandika unhappily sneered after hearing the news from Cell, who had been made head of the newly founded intelligence corps, the King’s Ears.
Brandika turned to his right-hand man, Carlion.
“Apparently, we won a bit too much. What you said might have also caused it,” Carlion shook his shoulders and wryly smiled at his sulking clan leader.
“I get carried away a little and this happens,” the Red King said as he gulped down his liquor and looked up at the sky.
After emptying the bottle, a fierce smile appeared on his lips.
“…And? What are we going to do? We gonna taking over this place?”
He would probably do just that were he left to his own devices.
Carlion shook his head. “Elrain’s banner is still of some use to us. We’ve finally gotten Fatina. It would be a waste to just throw it away.”
“I see,” Brandika shook his head and smiled with confidence. “I’ll leave it to you, Carlion.”
“Rest assured, my king, I will take care of it,” Carlion said with a chuckle before retreating to his office.
Taking a seat, he exhaled deeply, and when the air within the room stirred, he looked up.
An unhappy Cell was there.
“It seems Elrain Kingdom intends to fight for itself,” Cell said.
“The general?” Carlion asked.
“Haven’t heard of him.”
“He is the leader of the nobles. I hear he’s the relative of the king, so he was pushed up.”
A maternal relative, Carlion corrected internally as he listened to Cell’s report.
He is a general who became relative to the king after pushing his daughter to be the king’s queen.
Unlike the renowned Kanash, his position was something he’d only gained after offering his own daughter.
“Hmm… I suppose he’s decided to stick his head out of his shell after realizing that some mercenaries might take all the glory,” Carlion remarked after hearing everything.
After a moment of silence, Carlion the Genius Adviser slowly spoke.
“This is a good opportunity. Let’s begin work toward the Elrain Kingdom.”
“…I don’t understand you humans very well, but at this rate, the enemy is going to win.”
“Who is the enemy? The executives of the kingdom? The Kushain believers? The Elks Clan to the east? Or perhaps the monsters?”
“I didn’t come here to play words.”
“Ah, yes. Don’t worry. Everything is still within my expectations.”
For a moment, Carlion looked outside the windows with a dark and heated gaze.
“…Let’s move on to the second stage of stealing a country.”
Exhaling faintly, Carlion coughed a little.
A Paradua goblin rode to the Goblin King with a message from the western region.
“The humans are attacking?” The Goblin King asked.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” the messenger nodded.
The Goblin King looked toward the distant north. As he sensed the blood about to rush to his head, he shook his head and calmed himself.
The attack of Germion Kingdom or the attack of the adventurers. Moreover, the rebellion of the human villages. All of those possibilities ran through the Goblin King’s head as he listened to the messenger.
He braced himself for the worst.
“Give me specifics. How big are the enemy forces?” The Goblin King asked.
“We don’t know. Presently, Lord Gi Ba Hagar is dealing with them,” the messenger replied.
This messenger was sent by Gi Ba. Gi Ba the Man-Eating Snake excelled in fighting, but the hate he bore toward humans was too great.
“What about Gi Ga? Shumea? Yoshu!?”
“My apologies, Your Majesty, but that was all Lord Gi Ba sent me to report.”
“…In other words, you don’t know.”
As the Paradua messenger’s head hung down, the Goblin King ran past him and looked toward the western region that was 6 days away. The wall that was time was currently standing before him.
“Do we have no other choice but to bring back the army?” The Goblin King muttered.
If they lose the west, the goblin forces will be isolated in the south. Without any siege weapons, being isolated in the south would be no different from a slow death.
Gi Za and Felbi frowned a little.
“How about seeking the counsel of the humans?” Felbi suggested reluctantly.
Gi Za Zakuend said nothing. That was a tacit approval.
“Let’s do that. We’ll start with Zaurosh.”
As Felbi left to pass on word of the situation, the Goblin King folded his arms. That normally hidden anxiety was currently shown completely through the deep wrinkles on his forehead
The bigger the territory, the harder it was to grasp everything. That was something he learned a long time ago. Because of that he distributed his authority to the goblins by giving them territories to manage, but after coming here, a problem in the current system has finally shown itself.
Gi Ba’s earlier report for one had issues in both speed and details. There was also the issue with his lack of cooperation with the other races.
For speed, the best choices for messengers were the Paradua riders and the harpyurea. They have yet to conquer the south, so beacons were currently out of question. In this regard, Gi Ba couldn’t be faulted.
For details, however, the things the king needed: the size of the enemy army, the casualties on the goblins’ side, the current response of the goblins… the various information he needed were difficult to presume even for the goblin nobles. In order to presume such information the goblins would have to put themselves in the king’s shoes, but that was a tall order, indeed.
Perhaps, the goblins leading their own hordes might be able to do it, but other than the goblins fighting at the frontlines, none had such experience.
The deeper they went into human territory, the less goblins they would have; therefore, the strength of their army would mostly be decided by how much of their army they could preserve. If the Goblin King were to strengthen his army, that was where he would have to focus on.
“Not one of these is easy to solve.”
On top of that, the goblin army itself was a coalition of different races.
If Gi Ga Rax were in Gi Ba’s position, or if Gi Ba had cooperated with Shumea and Yoshu, he would have probably been able to send more information.
It was also possible that he simply didn’t have the leisure to do so.
“I might have to rethink leaving the territories to the noble goblins,” the Goblin King said.
“Was there something lacking about Gi Ba’s report?” Gi Za asked.
“Yes, a little.”
“Punish Gi Ba then. There shouldn’t be any reason to worry so much.”
The Goblin King wryly smiled at that simple answer.
“It would be cruel of me to punish Gi Ba for something I did not instruct him.”
“If one has sinned, then punishment should be handed out. That is all.”
“He has not sinned. He has merely failed to live up to my expectations.”
“Failure to meet the king’s expectations itself is a sin.”
What a strict goblin, the king thought as he wryly smiled again.
He would not punish Gi Ba.
“Hmm, I guess we could standardize it instead.”
If they standardized the information that needed to be sent, the goblins wouldn’t have to presume what the king wanted. A manual, in other words.
The Goblin King being able to think that was amazing as far as the goblins were concerned, but there was none among them who could understand just how amazing it was. All they knew was that the king was amazing.
“It is good that you’ve cleared your mind.”
When Gi Za saw that the creases on the king’s forehead were gone, he was overjoyed.
The Goblin King found it a little embarrassing how pure his retainer’s thoughts were.
“Yes, but we still need to deal with the situation at hand.”
After summoning Zaurosh, he sent Felbi to summon the feudal lords. He was better fit a messenger in this case than a goblin would.
“Your Majesty, I believe… It would not be wise to make our move now.”
Zaurosh chose his words carefully as he advised the king.
One of the Goblin King’s brows rose as he wryly smiled. “Why?”
Zaurosh was so different from when he met him for the first time that he couldn’t help but wryly smile. Unfortunately, he mistook that wry smile to mean that Zaurosh had something under his sleeves.
Zaurosh spoke with a stiff tone. “The southern border lords (small feudal lords) are currently unstable. We cannot keep them in line even with our clan.”
As the king became thoughtful, Zaurosh continued.
“Putting it bluntly, if the entire army is pulled, the border lands will be isolated.”
“And the Leon Heart Clan will no longer be our allies?”
With Zaurosh’s head slightly hung down, he could not see the Goblin King’s sharp gaze. Neither could Gi Za, but his was actually even sharper.
Gi Za was never tolerant of humans, so when he heard there might be a chance that they would betray them, his response was especially excessive.
“I cannot deny that possibility. We must prioritize our survival, after all.”
The Goblin King nodded.
Seeing the Goblin King wryly smile, Gi Za decided to keep quiet, but he continued to stare daggers at Zaurosh.
The circumstances surrounding the Leon Heart Clan had gotten complicated. It could be said that they were currently in a good spot, what with various offers being extended to them.
The small feudal lords trusted them, and there were plenty of other possible customers, such as the Kushain believers who have lost Fatina, Elrain Kingdom, or even the trade city-state of Pena.
Given all the extraordinary conditions offered, it was only natural that opinions within the Leon Heart Clan would be divided. Besides, only the goblins and the Leon Heart Clan knew that they were colluding together.
“I understand your situation. I hope you also understand that we cannot afford to lose the west.”
“Of course, I understand.”
“Then you may go. I have to hear out the small feudal lords.”
After dismissing Zaurosh, the Goblin King answered Gi Za’s questioning gaze.
“If he intended to betray us from the start, he wouldn’t have told us he that might betray us. If he truly intended to become our enemy, he would have just offered our heads to the enemy. That’s the sort of man he is.”
“Nothing will change even if one tells another he might betray them. Not unless he intends to make use of them, anyway.”
Gi Za reluctantly became thoughtful, but in the end, he prioritized the king’s decision.
After that the Goblin King spoke with the small feudal lords, but in the end, a conclusion wouldn’t be made until tomorrow.
There were too many things that needed thinking.
The Goblin King wanted the time to think all those through, but alas, the God of Time, Jurana, was cruel, and the time for pondering was cut short.
“Excuse me, Your Majesty, but an urgent news has come!”
Right after the Goblin King’s meeting with the small feudal lords, Zaurosh came rushing in.
“You have not been permitted an audience with the king!” Gi Za reprimanded.
But Zaurosh did not falter before and instead overpowered Gi Za’s voice.
“Elrain Kingdom has attacked the headquarters of the Kushain believers, Cultidian itself!”
If Elrain Kingdom were to get any bigger, their influence would reach even the small feudal lords.
Returning to the west was no longer an option.
“Now they’ve really done it.”
The approaching crisis caused a fierce smile to appear upon the Goblin King’s lips.