Oukoku e Tsuzuku Michi

Ofuro Ashitsubo

Chapter 443

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Chapter 443

Translator: Nat

–Aegir POV–

I thought Gildress would be equally annoyed, but when I looked at him, he had a smile on his face and his eyes were sparkling .

「My friend! Things are getting interesting!!」

「Interesting, my a.s.s . The plan fizzled out . 」

Now that it’s come to this, I’m thinking that I have to jump into the muddy stream and withdraw from here, but as I climb on top of the opened city walls, I don’t hear any insults or screaming from the enemy soldiers, or even the tumultuous noise of battle for that matter .

During the strange silence, I suddenly see the tip of a mast .

「Ahn?」

I blink once and look again, and see a sailor clinging to the watchtower .

「Fumu . 」

I lightly tap my temple and look again, and see Ivanna screaming in a high-pitched voice on the bridge .

「Nuun . 」

My eyes dart briefly away, distracted by the disgusting sight of Gildress pulling up his crooked pants, then switch back one more time to see sailors laying on the deck and shouting soundlessly .

「What’s that?」

The scene in front of me doesn’t register in my mind .

A city, a s.h.i.+p, a wall, a mast, sailors, Ivanna .

Screams come from both the left and right sides at the same time .

Just like the silence formerly enveloping the area, I had no idea what was going on .

Taking advantage of the confusion, I bend my body over the walls .

「Hey, you’re kidding me . 」

I wasn’t seeing things .

A s.h.i.+p which I’m no stranger to, the Suvorov, is sliding on land towards Trisnia from where the river gushed out .

Its emergency repairs gave the tattered s.h.i.+p a charming look .

The enemy had bigger issues to worry about than us at this point and yelled back and forth at each other .

「W-what the heck is that!? A s.h.i.+p!? On land!? How is that possible!?」

「How would I know!? First, Goldonia throws people with catapults and now they operate s.h.i.+ps on land……d.a.m.n lunatics!!」

「It’s coming at us in a straight line! Our walls should be strengthened by ‘that’, making it impenetrable, right!? Tell me I’m right!」

The s.h.i.+p gradually closes the distance .

Its bow was deliberately pointed in our direction, meaning it wasn’t simply drifting along .

As the vessel gets closer, the voices on board become clearer .

「Steady the course! Point the bow perpendicular to the city! Who would have thought that a s.h.i.+p could run on land……」

「The large hole in the hull――well, I guess it’s fine since the s.h.i.+p won’t sink on land . 」

「Brace for impact! Can the stronger-than-steel wall withstand this?」

The Suvorov hit a rock and bounced up for a second, revealing the naval ram attached to the bow .

As the sailors shout amongst each other and the volume of the hull sc.r.a.ping against the ground increases, I remember back before we sortied .

That ditch dug toward the wall previously…… so the s.h.i.+p is riding on top .

And then, the Suvorov arrives .

「Don’t leave your posts! We haven’t been ordered to retreat yet!」

「We’re fine! I’m sure we’re fine! There’s nothing to worry about!」

In spite of the impending collision, the enemies on top of the wall stand firm .

Boom――!

The sounds of cras.h.i.+ng mixed with screams……although the shockwave quickly drowned them out .

Ripples were sent across the entirety of the wall .

Everybody, including me, was shaken off the ramparts .

When the giant body of the s.h.i.+p came to a complete stop, some of the enemies cheered .

But the joy they felt didn’t last long as the naval ram pierced through the walls, and several moments later as the s.h.i.+p pushed into the city, a chain reaction was caused, leading to the stones around the s.h.i.+p caving in……and then the grinding of the hull resumed as the water beneath the vessel dispersed, the residual momentum of the s.h.i.+p carrying it forward and destroying a couple houses along the wall before it tipped on its side .

「I-it broke……」

「How could this be……」

As if to mock the silence of the enemy soldiers, the next wave proceeded to follow the Suvorov .

Multiple s.h.i.+ps rode the current toward the walls .

One after another, they crashed, destroying various places in the walls and penetrating into the city .

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Luckily, I fell right into the Suvorov .

The corner of Ivanna’s mouth curled up at the one-sided development .

「There’s just one more thing to add . 」

She gives an order for cannons to launch a unified volley .

With the s.h.i.+ps tilted drastically, they were simply meant to threaten, the booming blasts and cloud of dust enough to shatter what little remains of the enemy’s spirit .

「Look, here comes the Goldonian army as well . 」

Having exhausted the supply of water, the gus.h.i.+ng stream from the river weakens to a trickle and the water level visibly decreases .

The army used that timing to mount their offensive .

With six large holes in the wall, it’s almost the same as the wall not being there .

The fortified houses near the wall were also wrecked by the six s.h.i.+ps and the defending soldiers fled, so they weren’t functioning either .

「It’s chaos . The battle’s over . 」

Everyone scatters in an unruly manner, discarding their weapons and prioritizing their own safety .

It’s unlikely they can regroup to set up any kind of organized attack .

I take Ivanna’s hand and pull her toward me .

We’ve won, so I doubt she’ll refuse my kiss this time .

「No, later . 」

A brown-skinned hand cuts in the s.p.a.ce between my lips and Ivanna’s lips . It’s Sekrit .

I lick the finger of that hand since it’s in front of me, and Ivanna jumps out of the way, cursing like she ate something poisonous .

「Another order came from headquarters: “It appears South Yuguria’s supreme headquarters is in the city of Trisnia . There are also reports of the sovereign of the enemy nation, Empress Wilhelmina, being present . All units are to promptly pursue and exterminate the ruler, as well as the supreme commander, and all the other headquarters personnel . Regardless of casualties . ” ――so they say . If things go well, we can cut off the head of South Yugura . 」

It looks like we have to delay our victory celebration .

I hold my Dual Crater and grab onto a rope dangling from the s.h.i.+p .

I happen to catch a glimpse of Celia running over .

「Oh, and when you get off the boat, go through the plaza on the right hand side . 」

「What’s over there?」

Sekrit chuckles and smirks .

「Your friend is buried head-first in the ground . His a.s.s is fully exposed . 」

I’ll get Yakov to do it .

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