Oukoku e Tsuzuku Michi

Ofuro Ashitsubo

Chapter 105

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Chapter 105

–Aegir POV–

The morning sun rises . My crotch has become totally light . In the battle last night, my b.a.l.l.s felt so heavy that it became an obstacle, but I have released everything now .

「Please excuse my rudeness, Aegir-sama! The interrogation of the prisoner is……」

As Celia enters the tent, she takes two deep breaths to calm her heart . She’s become a grown-up now .

「I expected this to happen, but this is horrible . 」

「Doesn’t she look happy?」

「It looks like she’s become unable to understand anything . 」

「Hahhih……f.u.c.k me……big……thick……pregnant……impregnate……」

Myla is lying face down on the bed with her b.u.t.t raised . She shouldn’t be conscious but she’s swinging her a.s.s .

「Aegir-sama is matchless beyond common sense so please hold back a little . You don’t have to release so much that puddles are made . ……」

Fumu, I shot so much into her womb because she really liked it .

「Did she use the medicine?」

「No, it looks like she didn’t . 」

Celia shakes her head .

「I guess there will be more children . 」

I don’t know if it will be that easy, but if it does happen, I’ll look after it properly . After all, Myla is already my woman .

When I rub the swaying a.s.s, seed leaked out with a kind of nasty sound in response .

After that, we started our march after I embrace Celia and Leah . There is no longer anything that stands in the way of our destination, the city of Barrela .

One week later, Yurest Alliance Representative City, Barrela, Council

「Then, we’ll start the conference to discuss the ceasefire . 」

「Ceasefire?」

When I glare at the speaker, the man hunches his back and sits in his chair .

「Didn’t you want fair and equal negotiations?」

Helgen, the corps commander, lets out an astounded voice .

「U-ultimately, this is a negotiation for the sake of peace……」

After advancing to Barrela, we started to prepare for a siege battle, but the gates were thrown open and a messenger came running to us . I went along because I regarded their desire to talk things out in a conference as them surrendering . So when I heard the words ‘ceasefire’ after getting to this point, I don’t know if he’s brave or just plain stupid . Based on what I heard from Myla, it should be the latter .

「We have unanimously decided to sever our ties with Magrado . From here on, we will form an alliance with Goldonia and fight together with them . A request from Magrado to form a united front has been sent to us, but all of that……」

I don’t have to finish listening to this foolish reasoning .

「I don’t want you to misunderstand . We can take everything you’re offering to us by ourselves . On the contrary, the condition to end this war is for you to offer everything that we want . 」

「S-so, what will you guarantee us?」

I reply with an expressionless face .

「Besides your lives and safety, we can’t guarantee anything else . 」

If they are going to resist, I don’t mind . Now that the Alliance army has been eliminated, the remaining scattered forces of the various feudal lords outside of Barrela are limited . I just have to systematically burn all of their cities down .

「You tyrant!!」

「How insolent of you after you broke the treaty in the first place!」

「To be precise, if you and your family move to Goldonia, I can guarantee that you will live without worrying about food . 」

Leopolt chips in his own two cents . I guess the messenger from the King did say something like that .

The feudal lords get loud and start making a fuss, but one of them raises his hand .

「If I may ask, Lord Hardlett is a Goldonian Viscount……is that right? From the beginning, I have many relatives here in Goldonia . Even now, I have a certain marquess acting as cabinet minister, and may act as our ally . 」

Even though he says ‘certain’, I don’t remember the names of any ministers . To begin with, is that certain minister going to help here? That’s why I don’t like negotiations . It’s especially the worst when it comes down to relying on others and using blood relations or personal connections .

「This negotiation is from the king……」

Helgen, who wanted to object, had no more words to say and just keeps quiet . I instruct all the guards of the escort unit and all the closed windows of the conference room swing open .

「Wh-what is……」

「This is……」

Taking the open windows as a signal, a steady sound starts to resound and shake the a.s.sembly hall . That sound comes from the footsteps and hooves of the continuously marching soldiers around the hall . It’s a sound that could drown out anybody’s voice, and with one word from me, it wouldn’t take 30 minutes for Barrela to sink in a h.e.l.lfire .

I move to the back as I watch the representative feudal lords sitting at the roundtable . Then I hit the table with all my might……it dented, sorry .

「An unconditional surrender, yes or no?」

n.o.body dared to open their mouths .

And thus the Yurest Alliance surrendered unconditionally and is successfully annexed . Their scheduled disarming and the governing of occupation will be left to the parliamentary official coming from Goldonia and the third division corps while me and my private army will head down south .

Two Weeks Later

「So busy, going south, then going north……」

「It’s inevitable . I heard his Majesty is personally commanding soldiers for this strategy . 」

Exactly as Celia says, we are heading towards the city of Altoberg right now, which is a port city in Goldonia that is flouris.h.i.+ng as the base for foreign trade with the Federation . The king has left the capital and has already entered the city with his imperial guards .

「It goes without saying that the target of the attack is Magrado . 」

Naturally, the Magrado Dukedom is located on the opposite sh.o.r.e of Altoberg . Because it is separated by the river, I can’t think of any other reason to gather soldiers at the port city besides the necessity of a landing strategy .

「But I hear that Magrado has a navy . Does our nation have something like that?」

These last several decades, there has been no other nation besides Arkland who has picked fights with other nations, excluding small skirmishes . Magrado, on the other side of the river, maintains a considerable navy for that threat .

On the other hand, Goldonia didn’t compete with military strength so didn’t maintain a decent navy beyond exterminating robbers . Since foreign trade through the river is prosperous, they possess many boats, but it wouldn’t be possible to load and send soldiers on unarmed civilian s.h.i.+ps .

「I wouldn’t know until it happened but ……the King isn’t that foolish . I’m sure he has some sort of plan . 」

「You’re right……by the way, this is regarding Leah, who is riding with you . 」

「What is it?」

I’m conversing with Celia, who’s riding beside me on horseback, while Leah rides in front of me .

「Her hips are hovering strangely, aren’t they?」

「Well, I guess so . 」

「She’s purposely covering herself with a cloak so her lower body can’t be seen, right?」

「Isn’t it stylish?」

「Isn’t the shaking too excessive from just riding a horse?」

「Is that so?」

「Her face is flushed and she’s suppressing her own voice . 」

「That might be true . 」

「……you’re inside, aren’t you?」

「Don’t say it so loud . 」

「Nngghh!!!」

Leah bites down on her own finger as she throws her head back . The sound of my e.j.a.c.u.l.a.t.i.o.n should blend in with the sounds of marching and shouldn’t be heard by those around us .

「……I’m riding there next . 」

「Sure, come . 」

「Pipi too!」

The march continues enjoyably .

The King personally comes to greet us after we arrived in Altoberg .

「Lord Hardlett, I was getting tired of waiting! Your accomplishments this time around are definitely unmatched!! I knew you were the greatest warrior, but to think you were this capable of leading troops, I don’t know whether to praise my eyes or not . 」

The King runs down his throne, set up temporarily in the mansion of the feudal lord, and grabs my hand .

「There are still enemies remaining so I can’t say anything specific, but I can promise to grant you a larger reward than anybody . 」

That really helps . I’ve really used up my war funds so Adolph is probably crawling around right now .

「A landing operation in Magrado……is that the last task?」

The King releases my hand and gazes at the river .

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「Umu, Stura is also our enemy and that country has mercenaries as their main force, but they won’t be able to gather mercenaries to fight against our country . 」

It’s a one-sided development no matter how you look at it, and even Celia and Irijina are certain of their victory .

But the situation gradually starts to change . The enemy s.h.i.+ps change direction as if defying the river’s current and makes a beeline towards the transport s.h.i.+ps at the back .

「They’re going to attack them even though those are only transport s.h.i.+ps?」

Well, I’m just a total amateur . When it comes to naval battles, I can only watch and make a fuss about who looks to be winning or losing .

Almost as if saying ‘they won’t let them through’, the battles.h.i.+ps on our side turn their rudders, causing the enemy s.h.i.+ps to change course at the same time, as both sides head towards each other, closing the distance instantly . Our ally s.h.i.+ps start firing their catapults and ballistae, but the enemy movements are quicker, going from upstream to downstream, contrasting with our allies, who are opposing the current and moving quite sluggishly .

Pa.s.sing each other, the enemy s.h.i.+ps throw various burning objects repeatedly, probably pots of oil, directly at the s.h.i.+ps on our side . In the blink of an eye, close to ten ally battles.h.i.+ps burst into flame .

「They got us!?」

「But if they push through, it will be our turn to go downstream next . Wouldn’t the state of battle be flipped again?」

However, unlike what Celia said, the enemy changes their course before pa.s.sing by completely, and runs parallel to our ally s.h.i.+ps while still sticking close to them . When I look carefully, the ally s.h.i.+ps stagger when they expose the side of their s.h.i.+ps to the current, while the enemy is able to move swiftly without a hitch .

「It’s the size, isn’t it . 」

Leopolt was here!?

「Our ally s.h.i.+ps are affected largely by the current and not able to make tight turns easily . The Federation’s battles.h.i.+ps a.s.sume that we will be fighting in a wide river ……going downstream with a gentle current . This river is too narrow and too quick . 」

The enemy clashes fiercely with our ally s.h.i.+ps in this packed state . According to Pipi, they are also boarding the s.h.i.+ps and fighting each other .

As the chaos continues, a portion of the enemy goes around the battlefield and gets upstream . Then, they use their paddles and work with the current to start increasing their speed .

「They’re intending to charge!?」

「Rus.h.i.+ng in with naval rams1!!」

The enemy is charging one after the other, aiming at the side of our ally s.h.i.+ps, who are unable to move their rudders the way they want because of the close-quarter battle . The battles.h.i.+ps, hit on the side with an accelerated charge, keel over one by one and sinks . The other s.h.i.+ps are hurling fire at them too, so it isn’t a situation where they could put up a decent fight .

「I guess this is it . 」

「Yes, it is our defeat . We’ll have to hurry and unload the soldiers who boarded the s.h.i.+ps or else……it looks like we’re too late . 」

The enemy fleet, who neutralized our battles.h.i.+ps, heads straight for the transport s.h.i.+ps overseeing everything from the back . Even if they wanted to hurry and escape, the several hundred tightly packed transport s.h.i.+ps are slow and unable to make any quick movements . Preparing to be attacked with fire, the soldiers scoop water from a tub .

The enemy doesn’t attack with all their s.h.i.+ps, but approaches the ally transport s.h.i.+ps with only several s.h.i.+ps .

「What is that? Why don’t they attack altogether?」

「……naval warfare is also outside my area of expertise so I’m not quite sure . 」

But the answer would soon reveal itself . The s.h.i.+ps are rowing their paddles furiously, but is then enveloped in an inferno . They must have spread oil on themselves and set it on fire . The crew jumps into the river and the flaming, unmanned boat charges into the ally fleet .

They were prepared for attacks like oil pots, but something like entire s.h.i.+ps being set on fire and ramming into them was outside everyone’s expectations . The boats that were hit instantly caught on fire and even start to spread to the nearby s.h.i.+ps .

Because there is nowhere to run on a river, the soldiers are all jumping out from the burning fleet . Some soldiers, who were still wearing armor, get chased by fire inside the s.h.i.+ps and jump off too, but naturally they don’t come back up again .

The enemy, confirming that the fleet is in a state of panic, approaches while keeping enough distance to not let the fire spread, and fires flaming arrows . The transport fleet, that were turned into burning torches, welcomed the night by continuing to burn endlessly and illuminating the town with an eerie glow .

Only five of the thirty large-sized battles.h.i.+ps of the King’s sponsored fleet remain as they disappear far off on the river, only a little over 2000 soldiers stayed alive and are able to step on the ground out of the total 20 000 .

Goldonia, having lost their method of crossing the river, lost their method to attack Magrado, and the King’s ambition, of wanting to rule over the entirety of the northern central plains, is blocked by a wall of water even more impenetrable than those of the Majino fortress .

Looking at the bigger picture, this final result left a bitter aftertaste to the overwhelming victory attained in the war .

「But that was a close call . If we departed on the earlier voyage, we would be the ones dead by now . 」

None of the n.o.bles who took my place came back . I want to thank my diarrhea .

「Diarrhea……is it……? Uuuuu . 」

It seems Celia is getting traumatized just thinking about it .

「Y-yeah! If master wants……I can do it! For my beloved master, getting dirty is nothing to me!」

What is Leah saying? It’s probably something in another unknown realm .

Aegir Hardlett . 21 years old . Autumn . Wartime (end)

Subordinate Units

Private Army: 9400

Infantry: 2000, Cavalry: 1200, Archers: 700, Combat Engineers: 200, Bow Cavalry: 5300

Subordinates: Leopolt (Chief of Staff and Deputy General Commander), Celia (Adjutant, Escort Captain), Irijina (Commander), Luna (Bow Cavalry Commander), Pipi (Mascot), Leah (Night Attendant), Myla (prisoner of s.e.x)

Current Location: ——

Accomplishments: Annihilation of Treia Eastern Defence Forces (surrender), Captured Roleil, Magrado Army defeated, Treia’s Imperial Army destroyed, Fell the Majino Fortress (Joint), Repelled the Yurest Alliance Army, Yurest’s Unconditional Surrender

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