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Published at 24th of October 2020 09:47:29 AM


Chapter 289

I pulled out my weapons and armor from the hollow bag as soon I returned to the inn . Some clean cloth scraps as well . I soaked them with water magic and started to wipe each piece . The Glampanzer, Schwarz Tempest, Ashikirimaru, Cocytus Lance, Velnoir, and Orthros .


Then there was the wind dragon armor and ice dragon armor . I cleaned the spy equipment set as well . I took my time cleaning them all . By the time I sighed and put down the last piece, Daniela came in through the door .

 

“Welcome back . ”

“We are to meet up with the others early in the morning before departure . So we should sleep early tonight . ”

“Got it . ”

 

I had been so preoccupied with thoughts of my equipment, that I had forgotten to ask about such important details . It was a good thing Daniela could cover for me there .

She also bought some dinner, which we ate together at the table . Today, it was fried noodles . She even got some vegetable soup, perhaps in consideration of our health . It was pretty cheap as long as you brought your own container, which made it popular . We chewed noisily on the noodles and slurped the soup . This wasn’t a place where anyone cared about table manners .  

 

“It is nice to have vegetable soup once in a while . ”

“You should have it every day . A balanced diet is necessary if you want to be healthy . So eat your vegetables . ”

“Hmph . It is just leaves . What kind of elf do you take me for . ”

 

A 22-year-old scolding the 300-year-old about health . Regardless, health was something that would be on the minds of many couples where there was a large age gap . It was quite important .

 

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The next morning . Daniela and I walked towards the north gate as light snow fell down around us . While it was the military district, we had a reason to be here . Leaving through the west or east gates would result in a pointless loss of time .

As the sun had not come up yet, and due to it being the coldest of hours, there were hardly any people walking outside . Well, aside from people like us . Adventurers .

 

“Hmm… There are more than I expected . ”

“How many do you think there are?”

“Ah… Maybe fifty?”

“Hmm . ”

 

I looked around with Eyes of the God Wolf . I could see Adventurers in winter gear moving towards the north . Of course, Daniela and I were also wearing our capes . Mine was amazingly warm . And under it, was the wind and ice dragon armor . I also carried the hollow bag . The weapon I had on my belt was the Velnoir . Goblins tended to have swords of poor quality, and so I chose this sword in the hopes of breaking them .

Though, I would also be able to take out the other weapons pretty quickly . I had recently realized that if I put my hand behind my back as if unsheathing a sword, I could put my hand inside the hollow back and pull out the weapon . Of course, I wasn’t the most flexible person, and it hurt my joints a little . My shoulder and back… It’s not because I was old . I was just stiff!

 

I shook the thought out of my head and continued north, where the others waited .

 


“You’re late, Asagi . You’re the last one . ”

“Uhhh . ”

 

That was the first thing Manager said when I arrived . I looked around and saw the others were already there . That was odd…

 

“Uh . So, where’s Lemon?”

 

She wasn’t anywhere near Manager . They had been so close the last time I saw them .

 

“I’m leaving her here . While she has a lot of experience as a guard, stampedes are very different . I didn’t think she would be able to keep up with us . ”

“…I see . Well, we don’t know what will happen out there . ”

 

I left the grinning Manager and walked over to Adlus, who was standing with his arms crossed . I hadn’t seen him in a while, so I thought I might as well say something .

 

“…”

“Hey . Been a while . I guess we’ll be working together now . ”

“Ah, there you are . You should know that I am the leader this time . And don’t imagine for a moment that I will make things easy for you . ”

“What?”

 

The first thing that came out of his mouth was how he would work me like a dog . Apparently, he had been appointed as our leader . This was due to both his popularity and his position within the imperial capital . But, we were stronger…?

 

“You may think that, but you don’t belong here . I’ve lived in this city for many years . ”

“Well, I see your point . To be honest, I’d hate being a leader, so I consider myself lucky . ”

“Damn it… You would think that someone of your ability would have more ambition . ”

“Hehe . Well, I look forward to working with you . ”

“Aye . ”

 

Adlus sighed as he extended his fist, I bumped it with my own . He was like a completely different person from before . Almost as if he was free from an evil spirit . At least, I didn’t hate him now . Perhaps we’d even become friends .

 

The people that were here included me, Daniela, Manager, and Adlus, who were all A-Rank, and forty other Adventurers who were B-Rank . Some of them would be B-Rank for the rest of their lives . Regardless, they had all gathered here in order to take back the village and help protect the imperial capital . When I stood by Adlus and looked at their faces, I could tell by their expressions that they were eager to do this .


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But, how many of them would survive until the end… No, it was better to stay positive . Keep our guard up and annihilate the goblins . It didn’t matter what they did, we would win .

 

“Alright, everyone is here now . Let’s go . The battle for Namila’s liberation starts now!!”

 

Adlus gave the order, and the gates opened . A vast field of snow spread out north of the city . It was up ahead, that the monsters awaited .

 

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I didn’t hate walking in the snow-covered field . I had once lived in a town where it snowed a lot . I knew how to distribute my weight while walking, so I wouldn’t slip . However, it was also kind of tiring . It would only take about 20 minutes for the sweat to start showing from my underclothes . This was the biggest reason people caught colds in snowy countries . It was the sweat from the heat that robbed them of their body temperature .  

 

“This is nice…”

 

But screw that way of walking . We had a carriage .

 

“Apparently, we will arrive by the lake at sundown . ”

“That’s quick . ”

“It is all because the military offered us snow carriages . ”

 

Yes . We were currently in a carriage . While the ground was covered in snow, the carriages moved . That was because these carriages didn’t have wheels, they had skids, which I suppose meant they were sleighs . And as these were used in the army, the skids had fire ore embedded into them, which made the snow melt just enough to give the sleighs more speed . The horses that pulled us were half-unicorns . They were strong and didn’t tire easily .

 

The sleighs had been waiting for us just outside of the gate . The military could not leave the city . But they were more than willing to lend their sleighs to us Adventurers . This was a massive help .

 

We no longer had to walk while concentrating on every inch of our feet . Instead, we slid smoothly along the surface of the snow .

 

As Daniela said, we reached the lake by the time the sun started to set . From what I could see, the lake was about 300 meters from one side to the other . It was fairly large . On closer inspection, I could see that there were several tributary rivers as well, and one of them seemed to lead to the village . It was probably the water that they lived off of .

 

And it was this lakeside that Adlus had us set up camp . Water was an important part of survival . So it made sense to choose this spot . I took out our ample supply of illuminating magic tools from the hollow bag . These were the ones I gathered after the orc battle . I carried them around for times like these .

 

“Hmm, that seems like a little too much . ”

“Would you like to eat in the dark?”


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“I was joking . Put them here . ”

 

I joked while putting them up in Adlus’s ten . Yes, it was better with some light .

There was a table set up inside of the tent, and a map was laid out on it . There was the lake and rivers . And of course, a red ‘X . ’ It was Namila village .

 

“…Okay . Allow me to explain our strategy before we sit down to eat . ”

 

Adlus said as he raised his head and looked around him . Currently, it was just me, Daniela and Manager that were here . As we were different from the others in level and rank, the guild was allowing us to plan everything . Of course, Adlus was still the leader .

 

“We will go upriver and reach Namila village . Both sides of the rivers are surrounded in hills, which will hide us from any eyes near the village . They would have to come close and look down . But there are lots of plants to hide in as well, which should give us ample time before we are discovered . ”

 

Adlus traced his hand from the lake to the river and then to the village .

 

“How are we going to cross the river?”

“You, Asagi, are going to freeze it with ice magic . I’m not asking you to freeze the entire thing . Just a part of the surface . Surely you can do that?”

“Uh, sure . ”

 

Now, if he were asking me to create a dam and freeze the entire thing, I would have frozen him on the spot . But if it was just some of the surface, it shouldn’t be a problem .

 

“So, we shouldn’t have any trouble reaching the village . Once we are there, I will use the river as a medium and activate my water magic and use it to surround the village . ”

“Really? You can do magic on that scale?”

“It’s only a wall . It won’t automatically attack monsters that approach it . All it will do is move the water to create a thick and tall wall . ”

 

Daniela still looked like she could hardly believe it, but Adlus chuckled and brushed it aside . Indeed, judging by what I saw at the tournament, it probably wasn’t that hard for him to do .

 

“And then we will kill the goblins within the village . I think that we shouldn’t have any trouble with two rubies and ten jades . ”

“And what will the other jades be doing?”

“They will kill the goblins that are outside of the village . ”

 

As we were liberating the village, you would thing the goblins would all be inside of it, but Adlus thought differently . He said that monsters that caused stampedes had a tendency of giving birth to mutants with strangely high intelligence . Perhaps there was one such being here, who was able to strategize .


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“Besides, our information tells us that there are lots of places, such as the hills and shrubs, where you can hide . There will definitely be goblins there . We need all of them to be killed . ”

“I see . It will be safer to kill them all at once . ”

“Indeed . Any questions?”

 

Daniela quickly raised her hand .

 

“Who will lead the attack within the village?”

“You and Asagi . Rindo will lead the team outside . I thought that you wouldn’t have any problem with that, Rindo…”

“I don’t . And I’ll do it . ”

 

So Daniela and I would fight the goblins in the village . Manager would be outside . Adlus would keep the wall up . The others would kill any who slipped passed us .

 

“Any more questions?”

 

Daniela raised her hand again .

 

“What?”

“I am starving . May we eat soon?”

“…”

“…Hehe . ”

“Huhhh…”

 

Adlus didn’t know what to say . Manager chuckled . I sighed .

 

“Very well . You are dismissed . ”

 

Daniela was the first out of the tent . Manager and I followed after her .

 

When I caught up with Daniela, both of her hands were already filled with food . I sighed again . Naturally .



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