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.
Tl Note: Correction for the title of the previous chapter, it’s not ‘map’ but ‘painting’ or drawing.
Volume 3: Chapter 209 – The Fall of Pena (2/2)
When word of Pena’s fall reached Germion Kingdom and Pale, both King Ashtal and Pale were shocked. Especially, Pale, who cursed her naivety as she revised her plans. She worked the whole night without sleeping and sent orders to all sides.
“Brandika Rual Fatina…”
That was the ringleader of her mortal enemy and a great wall that stood before her. Normally, now would be the prime moment to attack Pena, but the forces of the Goblin King wasn’t ready yet. These 3 months were meant to give just enough time for Pale to hold on while they created a force strong enough to fight the Red King.
It wasn’t actually difficult to defend an attack from the Red King from the south. After all the area from the southern borders to the western capital was full of monsters; hence, so long as scorched earth tactics were used, the goblins had an advantage.
But the Red King didn’t do as Pale expected and instead went on to annex Pena. Should they successfully absorb Pena’s wealth, then the size of the Red King’s army can be expected to double.
The increase in supplies and number of soldiers meant that the army would be able to take their time should they attack in the future.
“What an honest move.”
No surprise attacks or schemes. Just straight up macro, hoping to make a big enough army that could wipe out whatever insignificant resistance his enemy puts up. But that was exactly what Pale feared the most. The Red King had a weakness. No doubt about that. But Pale needed enough time to reveal that weakness, as well as fulfill certain conditions. Just because someone had a weakness doesn’t mean they would immediately lose.
At this point, Pale decided to gamble even her own life.
“We will drag the Red King into battle.”
To that end, she would have to do something about Germion Kingdom, whose army was right before her. They have already been facing each other for 6 days. It should be almost time.
Under her she had the Leon Heart Clan’s Zaurosh, the battle slave siblings: Yoshu and Shumea, Yustia and her Snow Demon tribe, Mido of the werewolves, Tanita of the Rizalat, Luther of the Papirsag, Kerodotos of the minotaurs, Gi Gu Verbena, the goblin who ruled the southern area, Gi Jii Yubu the Battle Demon, and Felbi and the elves. A diverse army.
The humans numbered 500, the demihumans numbered 400, the goblins numbered 500, and the elves numbered 100, totaling to 1,500 soldiers all in all.
Pale ordered the goblins to reveal themselves to the enemy while she took the demihumans and humans to build their camp. But of course Germion Kingdom should have been able to see through that. After fortifying their defenses and sending scouts to every direction, Germion Kingdom’s army should have been able to infer that Pale intended to fight a long battle.
Presently, Germion Kingdom has dug their moats deep and have fortified their fences. Smoke could also be seen billowing from their camp at a certain time every day. It is likely that this smoke is from cooking.
“They’re not letting up. They’re not quite at Gowen Ranid’s level, but they’re no slouch themselves either.”
As Pale explained their plans, she described the enemy commanders as such.
After completing the camp, Pale’s forces slipped in the dark of the night and gradually cut down on the enemy numbers, while increasing the number of cooking smoke coming from their side.
Pale dispatched a small number of elven platoons to hunt the enemy scouts. At the same time, she divided the goblins into two groups and ordered them to regularly show themselves before Germion Kingdom. And then on the dawn of the 7th day, Pale ordered the platoon that left the camp to attack the enemy camp.
Smoke was billowing from the front part of their camp as usual, so Germion Kingdom was taken by surprise and were forced to retreat. Seeing that, Pale ordered the goblins to pursue. Gi Gu Verbena led the southern goblins and fiercely attacked the fleeing humans, while Gi Jii Yubu caused the human formations to collapse without straining themselves too hard.
After pushing Germion Kingdom’s army to the border, where the eight fortresses were, Pale turned the army around and immediately ordered the platoons in camp: the swordsmen led by Shumea, the Rizalat, and the Papirsag to go south.
“Sorry to point this out, but we probably won’t be able to defend this position with just this many,” Shumea said.
Pale nodded. “I’ll send reinforcements. There will be a lot, so make sure to use them well.”
Shumea couldn’t understand where Pale was going to pull out so many soldiers, but Pale didn’t answer her and simply turned heel and left.
Pale then led the centaurs, who were also in the camp, to use their superior mobility to go ahead of the army to scout the area and run to the borderlands.
Upon arriving at the border of the borderlands, Pale started constructing a fortress. Pale sent Yoshu and Zaurosh to go back to the western capital to get more people to construct the fortress. The goblins will be their escort, then she ordered the centaurs to look for any enemies in the border.
After constructing the fortress in five days, they once again departed without even sparing time to rest.
They occupied the empty borderlands, made camp, then Pale gave the order for the centaurs to attack.
“I will paint over the painting you’ve painted.”
As Pale uttered those heartless words, she began her plan to drag the Red King into battle.
Pena’s Blue Knights returned to the capital after they were relieved of their duties to defend the north. In between the borderlands and Pena could be seen the mixed army, which was made up of many clans.
At the request of the queen, the knight commander of the Blue Knights, Allen, brought the Blue Knights into the command of the Red King. Naturally, Brandika was elated to have another powerful force added to his numbers.
After Allen led the official army into the Red King’s ranks, Brandika sent him to the region the elders had secluded themselves in.
Seeing Brandika send them showed just how considerate he was, so the members of the Blue Knights, who had prepared themselves for Allen’s execution, heaved a sigh of relief.
The mixed army which was tasked to defend the north would also come under the Red King’s command, but after they sent word that they were under attack, Brandika carefully scrutinized the information.
Presently, in order to establish the Red King’s government, they have dispatched their army toward the various lands of the elders. As such, they were currently in a civil war, but it was only a matter of time before they ended it. The difference in number, quality, and morale of soldiers was simply too great. There was no chance for the Red King to lose.
Moreover, they also have an alliance with the northern Germion Kingdom, and the Kushain Believers were as good as dead. They also pushed the goblins back north just recently. So, there was no reason for them to prolong the civil war.
Elrain Kingdom was already as good as the Red King’s, and it was unlikely that Pena would unify itself and strike back; hence, Brandika believed it was only matter of time before he conquered Pena and announce his dominion to the continent. But then like a fish bone caught in his throat, there was yet one more existence bugging him.
The goblins and the monsters.
He had just chased them away to the north and he has even heard that Germion Kingdom has sent an army to fight them, but despite that they were once again baring their fangs toward them. Brandika couldn’t understand it. What was their goal?
Another thing that interested Brandika was the existence of a Goblin King, which Saldin and Allen had spotted.
Monsters generally didn’t quarrel with the strong. For example, a goblin would never pick a fight against a great fire speckled bear, and an orc would never pick a fight with a dragon. After all, they knew instinctively that there was no chance for victory. If there were such a creature who would pick a fight despite that, then the only way to describe that creature is ‘insane’.
The same principle should hold true even in large-scale battles. The goblins were one-sidedly driven away from the south, so it didn’t make sense that they would attack again after a short time.
“Unless… There’s something greater behind the goblins.”
Brandika believed that monsters wouldn’t go against their instinct to fight the strong, but there were always exceptions. For example, what if there was an existence greater than a Goblin King hiding behind the goblins?
If the Goblin King himself were nothing more than a pawn, then that would mean the existence of a much powerful monster. As Brandika thought that, he became very interested.
If so, then the goblins are unlikely to stop their attack against the south. After all, they had an ally greater than the enemy that drove them away. That ally might make an appearance next.
But then again there was also that declaration made by the Goblin King before. The declaration stating that they were founding their own country.
It was information from a spy working in Germion Kingdom, who said that he heard the Goblin King say just that when he left with the people of the Western Capital. If you cut out the flowery words, that was basically a declaration of war from the monsters to the humans.
A bold and imposing declaration of war.
But only a king would be able to achieve such a feat.
“Are they concerned about the south then?”
Brandika tried putting himself in the shoes of his enemy. How would he move if he were them? In the end, his way of thinking was that of a human’s, but the south was certainly attractive. It had a lot of land, had people, and had wealth. It was a much tastier prey compared to Germion Kingdom.
“But… Do monsters even need wealth?” Brandika scratched his head, then placed his chin atop his fist. “What if they wanted to eat humans? …No, that doesn’t add up.”
Brandika knew that the Leon Hearts Clan and the Elks Clan were working with them. If the Elks are with them, then that’s probably impossible. This might sound strange, but Brandika actually liked the Elks Clan.
Elks was a clan that crawled its way out from the slums with their clan leader, Touri. It wasn’t difficult to imagine how much they must’ve suffered to crawl their way out of that trash heap. But despite that they didn’t show any hints of coming from such background in the way they behaved themselves. They dazzled brilliantly and that caused a comforting wind to blow within Brandika’s heart.
Unfortunately, he had no choice but to cut them down. That was what it meant to walk the path of conquest.
Brandika clicked his tongue, then thought back to what he might have missed.
The Elks Clan Brandika knew was not the sort to associate themselves with monsters that fed on humans. So, why? Why were the goblins so persistent with attacking the south?
“Could it be?”
Do they truly intend to rule?
The corners of Brandika’s mouth lifted and a fire began to burn within his eyes as an overwhelming presence like that of a lion’s emanated from him.
“Monsters ruling the world? Interesting.”
If they held such outrageous ambitions, then it was his duty to crush them.
That was his duty as a human king. And something he needed to do should they get in the way of his rule in the southernmost part of the contintent.
“So it will be a match between kings then.”
Though Brandika had never met the king, he felt deep affection for him.
It was at this moment that he acknowledged the Goblin King as his equal and his enemy.
Tl Note: 2nd release for the week.