Chapter 59: Interrogation
Captured enemy soldiers are tied up, especially magicians, they become like the monkey with blindfold, cloth wrap in mouth and in ears (T.N: the no see, no hear, no talk monkey in j.a.panese) and Mile also make them unconsciousness. Even they maynot cause any harm but safety comes first.
And the enemy soldiers insisted that they were bandits, in that case the arrangement concerning the prisoner of war was not applied.
They must prepare themself to be tortured, be killed, sold as criminal slave and work until the death of a mine with heavy labor like h.e.l.l, …
The possibility of returning to their homeland is zero.
But if their ident.i.ty are known to the hunters or lords of enemy’s country. It will be notified to their family in homeland and they will be label as “villains who carried out a thief act in another country”.
As a result of investigating their belongings, although there is no definitive proof, since the money in their purse bag is the money of the Albarn (アルバーン: Arubān) empire and the inscription of their weapon belong to a famous workshop in the Albarn empire, Bart confirmed it.
If this is a spy of the modern Earth, we will definitely not learn such a thing, but for the civilization in this world, they can’t afford to do that. Besides these things still can’t be use as solid evidence, they can still argue with “we don’t know such thing” or “They steal our country coins and swords”.
“So, who should I negotiate with?” (Bart)
In a question of Bart, for a while, a man come up.
“… It’s me.” (Commander)
It was a commander who was seriously injured but survived. Life was saved by Mile’s healing magic. His ribs and right arm was still fractured. Although he was in a state far from complete recovery, he was recovering to the point that can hold a conversation.
“So you really want to be handled as a bandit?
You don’t have the honor and pride of a soldier,
you will end your life as a despicable criminal slave
and in some cases that info will be transmitted like that to your family as well?” (Pauline)
“What are you talking about, aren’t you saying that you are bandits?” (Pauline)
“Gu~ …” (Commander)
Pauline keeps her usual pace talking with the commander who was stuck at words with a frustrating face.
“I have a good idea!
We can inform the motherland of these people and other neighboring countries as well.『The illegal act from the Albarn empire, the trade destroying unit, have confessed everything honestly, they received 50 gold coins each as reward』
This way, each of them is a soldier who fighting with their life under the command of their nation, so their family (can also has a high nose/ can be proud) I guess.” (Pauline) ([email protected]: please choose one you think fit the best)
The command was trembled.
If such a rumor is spread, in their motherland, every of them will be treated as a traitor, not knowing how they can face their families, relatives or friends anymore.
“And to 『Those who honestly speak』 We will tell their country, he is a man who didn’t talk to the end even after torture.
Because he was a worthy enemy. We will deliver their thing to their bereaved family. This country might even release you. After that, there are as many choices like: become an adviser on the military of this country, become a soldier, become a hunter, or go to other countries” (Pauline)
“That’s a good idea, so we will decide that they were soldiers of the empire …
Even in fact, they are just bandits, so it’s not they have a family that feel ashamed about them.
But it’s just a reason for our country to make use to the empire.
Well, it’s okay if everybody talked honestly. You will get rewards and your personal safety concerns.
Well, it was good that only your family is in the empire, you aren’t a real empire soldier!“ (Pauline)
While Pauline is talking on the a.s.sumption that they are imperial soldiers. Bart is co-op with her by saying “You are just a bandit, aren’t you?” to the commander.
We are talking without losing our att.i.tude. So even the two conversations don’t met, but what the two of them want to tell is obvious. Both the commander and other prisoners become pale.
“We also don’t need to have to so many prisoners of war
Leaving behind only who willing to cooperate.
And disposal all of people who don’t want to talk. And we will tell both our country and empire that they have taken a lot of money and went to another country …”
Silence came in the words of Pauline. To the enemies and to allies …
“Well, yes, even if their number reduced slightly …” (Bart)
Bart’s words are also slightly subtler.
“Wait, wait! As a treatment of captives …” (Commander)
“POW treatment are for soldier but aren’t you just a bandit?
Well, it is a customary that we will kill all bandits, and you haven’t surrendered.
The last five are properly surrendered with 『we surrender, please don’t kill us』 , they also thow away their weapon. Because they fulfill their “Conditional surrender” we will not kill those five people …
Well, unlike you guys, we will keep our promises” (Pauline)
When enemy commanders were stuck in words and silent, voices rose from among the soldiers.
“I do not want! I do not want to die!
I did not become a soldier to be killed as a bandit!
This mission is obviously a breach of the treaty! Everyone knows it!
If it’s for protect my country or my family, I can fight with my life.
I thought so, I became a soldier. We have tried hard until now.
Just to break the treaty and ma.s.sacre civilians of other countries and be executed as bandits!
Besides, as it is, our family will be label as a wife and child of a traitor!
Does our country expect us just to accept it silently!“ (Soldier A)
“…” (Both commander and the rest of soldiers)
Surprisingly, the commander did not deny by shouting at the soldier.
All the soldiers and the commanders all just keep silence.
“… I also don’t like it” (Soldier B)
“me too…” (Soldier C)
“The empire betrayed us, we weren’t obliged to die for them any more …” (soldier D)
Things carried out too easily. And all of allies think in their head.
(absolutely not make enemy out of Pauline…)
While thinking so, Mile looked at Rena and Maevis. Both of them had a subtle look just like her. Thank G.o.d she is our party member, I feel comfortable.
At the time a few people confessed, the meaning that others did their best to hide it are gone.
Anyway, the truth is exposed, and those who didn’t speak will be killed and become a traitor.
“I will talk!” (Soldier E)
“Me too!” (Soldier F)
“Me too!” (Soldier G)
The soldiers confessed one after another, and finally the commander joined them.
After that, since all of soldiers agreed to be the testimony except for magicians who are lost consciousness. We decided the traitors who was released to other country will be six people who died.
Although we’re sorry for their relatives. But it was their consequences, they are “those who already ma.s.sacred civilians of other countries and tried to kill the merchants as soldiers of the empire to the end without surrender”.
So there’s no consideration for them to that extent.
The interrogation continued as it was until the morning, we heard the political situation, financial condition of the Albarn empire, the reasons for going to the violence this time, the existence of merchants carrying food and others…
We don’t know whether they will talk the same thing at the kingdom’s capital.
There’s possible that their mouth will be occupied somewhere, so we must listen to them here where no-one disturb.
The commander told us that Amuros had no traitor inside, I don’t think that the commander is lying but there’s also the possibility that not even he was informed, only higher up know.
In the morning, the magicians regained consciousness. So we took only the earplug and the commander explained the circ.u.mstances last night and all the magicians also agreed with him.
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But since the magicians can attack without weapons even when they are tied up. Therefore we must keep the blindfolds and mouth gag. Although it can not prevent the non-chant, the power will drop significantly the eyes is blocked.
The corpses of 6 soldiers and 7 bandits are also upload on the carriage.
There’re no bandits dare to challenge this group and we arrived in the city of Amuros without any trouble in the evening.
The party goes directly to the lord’s facility and the prisoners are detained there.
The commander and the lieutenant who survived will be imprisoned in a single room, others are also divided into several, and mutual exchange is prohibited.
Even they agreed to co-operate, but for safety, they will be divided to prevent escape.
We handed over the prisoners to the lord, and then handed over the bandits to the Hunter Guild and decided to get the payment on the next day.
And the final destination for the merchant’s carriage is …
“We were waiting! It’s good to see you arrived safely, nothing more?” (Buyer Merchant)
This is the shop client merchants choose to sell their shipment.
“As promised, we will sell at a normal price, there you go.” (Client Merchant)
“Thank you, for selling at a normal price without lifting the value” (Buyer Merchant)
Both Merchants. .h.i.t lightly their right fist to the left chest. Perhaps it is a vow or something.
“And in fact, I bought other goods besides the promised goods, can you buy it too?” (Client Merchant)
“Eh? Because Amuros is short of goods right now, of course I’m willing to buy all of it, but aren’t you only have 6 carriages?” (Buyer Merchant)
To the words of the buyer merchant, the client turned back and spoke to Mile.
“Mile-san, please” (Client Merchant)
“Ah, yes!” (Mile)
As she answered, Mile pulled out the goods from the item box, which she stored 2 tons of goods.
“Wh..wha a a…” (Buyer merchant)
The buyer merchant falls back a few steps without thinking to the mountain of supplies that suddenly appeared from a s.p.a.ce.
However, just a few seconds later, the buyer merchant quickly jumped.
“Nor… normal price, isn’t it? I will buy it all.” (Merchant)
Of course, the merchant knows the news that the bandits were destroyed.
However, even if they’re preparing to organize the merchant from now, the goods will arrive at least after 9 more days.
We don’t intend to sell it at a high price so they don’t need a rush and can earn enough with this amount even with normal price.
The buyer merchant is pleased with the customer more than anything. There is no choice other than to buy.
“This is storage, isn’t it, but what’s with this ridiculous capacity … you was able to find a great talent … how enviable …” (Buyer merchant)
It is a magical bag with a load capacity of 2 tons that can be used for more than 50 years. For merchants, to have Mile will be more happy than have one thousand gold coins. The buyer merchant is looking Mile with envious eyes.
“No, unfortunately, she isn’t our … She was just a hunter who received this escort quest, she told me that she would carry over if I wanted to carry more luggage. , Half of our profit this time will share to Mile …” (Client Merchant)
Pauline’s eyes after heard that opened wide, and she grabbed the Mile’s shoulder.
“I haven’t heard about this, Mile!” (Pauline)
“Don’t be like that, Pauline-san … because Rena alone is enough” (Mile) (T.N: in case you don’t remember Rena often shakes Mile)
Pauline’ hand that grasped the shoulder, change to grasp Mile’ neck and taps her bangs.
“So, that money …” (Pauline)
“Well, it’s for our party, of course!” (Mile)
When she heard that, at last, Pauline let go of Mile’ neck.
“Well then, Mile-chan …” (Pauline)
“Yes, what is it?” (Mile)
Pauline looked down on Mile face to face and said with a smiling face. (T.N: in case you don’t remember Pauline is still taller than Mile)
“You will use storage to carry the same on the way home!” (Pauline)
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