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Chapter 112

Chapter 112 A Temporary Retreat

After returning back through the gate, I along with Mossan, once again attacked the enemy with our crossfire.

Quite a lot of them had come close to the gate but after the crossfiring restarted, we were able to push them back away once again.

I once again realized the astounding killing ability of the crossfire once again but, if the machinegun stopped again, we’ll have to leave through the gate once more.

This time we had returned without losing a single person but the on the second time, casualties will definitely arise.

On top of that, even I can’t continue to fire bullet arts infinitely either.

Although we still had margin, if we kept on continuing like this and the enemy continues to advance in the same pace, it’s doubtful whether we’ll be able to hold them off for even today.

But that thought ended up as a needless anxiety.

“…….the enemy is falling back.”

After we started the crossfire for the second time, we pushed back the enemy soldiers that had come close to the protective wall, and then soon after that, the enemies started to retreat one by one.

“Oi Kurono, they’re escaping but is it fine to not pursue them?”

Vulcan had thrown away his bow and was ready to jump out of the gate.

Well it is basic to go after the escaping enemy but…….

“We won’t pursue.”

“Alright, leave it to—–wait what!?!”

Calm down Vulcan and remove your hand from the handle of your sword.

“The enemy doesn’t have a machinegun but they have enough magicians to compensate for that on the other side of the shore. If we attacked, they’ll use that chance to use wide range attacks to kill us even if that meant that they’ll drag their own allies into it as well.”

“You can’t call yourself an Adventurer if you get scared of everything!”

“If their attack party tried to assault us continuously, we would not hold for even half the day. Even if that didn’t happen, if we decide to pursue them right now, there will definitely be casualties. We barely have enough people here right now already. We can’t lose more of our men anymore.”

“Tch, can’t help it then. If the leader says it I guess I’ll have to listen to it.
Oi, you bastards, return to your positions, don’t think of throwing away your bows already! I’m bearing with it as well!!”

Other adventurers who wanted to pursue like Vulcan scattered away with unpleased expressions.

“But, Kurono?”

“Hm?”

“Will the enemy come again?”

The Crusaders retreated back to the other shore, and the Pegasus Knights in the air have also seem to be disappeared.

The battle has completely stopped right now but this isn’t a simple battle where this could be considered as a victory.

This is a defensive battle. We need to keep on protecting as long as the enemy keeps charging.

The enemy has only retreated for a short while.

“I don’t know when they’ll come again but I’m sure that they have definitely not given up.”

“I see, well our objective is to buy time. It is good for us if they decide to stay idle, right?”

“Yeah, but don’t let your guard down, they might attack again soon as well. There’s also a chance that they might plan a surprise attack or a night attack as well. Be prepared at all times.”

Just what kinds of plan will the Crusaders come up with; I have no way of knowing.

So that we aren’t taken by surprise, we’ll have to keep watch 24/7.

We’ll have to continue this situation where we won’t know when the enemy will come attacking, for a whole week. Fatigue will definitely start piling up even if we don’t enter into a direct battle.

“From here on out, it’s a war of attrition——“

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Just as the sun had begun t9o set, Norz who had been hit by the Ballista’s attack finally woke up.

Seeing his surroundings, he quickly realized where he was.

This was the Crusader’s encampment in the Vato village and currently he was inside one of the hurriedly constructed field hospitals.

Since most of the buildings had been destroyed by the scorched earth tactics used by the demons, they had used a comparatively large house in its place.

Norz was the only one on a bed, since he was the commander of the troops. The rest of the injured soldiers had been laid down on the floor directly with just a sheet.

“Urmu…….”

As he raised his still paining body, one of the medics who realized it quickly came here.

While the medic and Norz exchanged info with each other, Sister Sylvia who had received the report also came here.

“How is your condition?”

“No problem, I can fight again soon enough.”

If the demons tried a surprise attack right now, he had healed enough to have picked his mace and gone back to the battlefield again.

Conversely speaking, if it wasn’t an emergency situation, he wouldn’t try and move his body right now though.

“It’ll be troublesome if you died o easily. Please try to act a bit more prudently from now onwards.”

“Guh…….Rather than that, what happened to the battle? We have occupied Alsace already, right?”

Hearing that, Sylvia gave a sigh and told him otherwise.

“No, the attack has been stopped and the troops have retreated from Alsace for the time being.”

“Wh, What did you say!? What is that supposed to mean!?!”

Norz raised his voice due to the unexpected reply but Sylvia was still calm since she had expected that reaction.

“The enemy defence line was much more solid than we had thought. If they had continued like that, there would have been only an increase in our damages and so the decision to retreat was made.”

“Fuck that! Just how strong can that meagre protective wall be!? Do you know how many soldiers we—-“

“Let us talk about the details after we leave this place. You’ll have to listen to the reports made by the commanders of every squad as well.”

After saying just that, Sylvia left the room.

“Impossible. Even though so many soldiers and even the Pegasus Knights had been mobilised, and we couldn’t topple a single small village?…………”

Norz without even realizing that Sylvia had already left, held his head in his arms as he tried to accept this incredible fact.

It was a battle in which he had absolute confidence but first, the complete heavy armoured knight squad was killed by the enemy, he himself had fallen to an enemy ballista attack, and to top it off, they had been unable to capture Alsace in the end.

This was completely unexpected. To have retreated from a small demon force while leading a large army, it was a massive failure both as a commander as well as a believer of the cross.

It was so bad that it might have been better to have been killed in action.

But Norz quickly rid himself of that thought. The ones he needed to curse were those despicable demons who used evil underhanded tactics.

He will definitely consign each and every demon in Alsace to oblivion.

Even if he has to face some kind of punishment after this battle, he will definitely deal with those demons before that happened.

Especially that black dressed magician called as the ‘Devil’ by the army, he would make sure to crucify that bastard till his body rotted to the core otherwise Norz wouldn’t feel satisfied.

“Damned demons……although I had no intention to let any of you live in the first place, but don’t think you will die peacefully now…….”

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20 responses to “Chapter 112

  • ruwi

    lol, poor crusaders….

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  • sukamangga

    Can not wait his expression, how much was the casualty….

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  • The Suspect

    General custor strikes again

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  • Raw Reader

    “I don’t when they’ll come again but I’m sure that they have definitely not given up.” >>> “I don’t (know) when they’ll come again but I’m sure that they have definitely not given up.”

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  • Sylvia Moriah Le Titania De La Waldgrave

    norz… are you a true-blooded retard??

    Any smart tactic to overturn the odds get referred to as underhanded tricks… JUST because it isn’t your side using them? or the fact your enemies have more personal power so you numbers mean less.

    you sound like some spoilt child who is complaining that the enemy didn’t fight you head on in a situation you would easily win, just because you wanted them to…

    last we saw, it was your army who trampled on your dead >.> if you couldn’t do that and they used the corpse as a shield you would be fine to complain, but you CAN do that and your whining that it still failed -_-

    Just to even the odds a bit if I was kurono, I have a few attacks I can think up that could be used to annihilate a good chunk of the crusader army, should I choose to sneak in for a solo night attack xD let the crusaders stay up 24/7 and get too weak to fight out of fear of another attack in their sleep xD

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  • Nex Serus

    Why didn’t he die? I thought he’s already dead. ..

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  • goblinrou

    Surprised he survived a ballista shot.

    Well their side is getting reinforcements so Kurono’s side is in a pinch.

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  • Hikki

    Thanks for another chapters.

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  • Raaaaaaandy

    Ehm, I am really confused at the moment to be honest on these numbers. I mean at start it said the battle was between crusader side 300 v 50 adventurer coalition side. Hearing that the crusader side had 4 kinds of troops heavy + light soldiers, magicians and pegasus knights. My brain kinda sorted them like 50 heavy soldiers, 50 magicians + pegasus knights and 200 light soldiers.

    The three of the group heavy, magicians and knights are just a guess of how it could be formed the heavy needs to be atleast 20-50 to even be usable and mages + knights would to my guess be around 10% of the total army at most.

    The heavy troop is instantly and completly annihilated, then the mages cant cross the water and are sniped at killing atleast a few. The knights comes from the air and only the light troops crosses the river.

    During the crossing an unknown number, written and told like alot are killed by drowning, reaches the other side are assailed by arrows and ranged weapons killing some but then two machine guns starts to crossfire killing lots and lots, again unknown number, a defensive wall is constructed to protect some but they are still killed behind it.

    If two machine guns are used to crossfire against light armored troops not behind cover rushing towards them they can easily kill hundreds within minutes.

    After this Kurono with the best adventurer’s numbering 24 total rushes out and starts killing, being implied and told that kurono atleasts kills the enemy soldiers with ease left and right.

    But the author still says that because of hundreds of soldiers crossing the river and attacking even with all of this a melee occurs at the walls, with atleast two waves then the crossfire begins again and they are pushed back from the walls.

    The whole thing just makes me question the army amount here by the crusaders at the end the attacking soldiers also managed to grab the commander and a multitude (unknown) number of other soldiers and carried them back over the river. Which would need atleast 2 soldiers per wounded and make easy targets for the adventurers to kill. I mean sure people are hard to kill and battles are long but a defensive battle like this with so many successful plans and attacks, I would atleast guess the crusaders would need to be more then 500, I mean in a normal siege you usually needed 10 times the defending soldier amounts, but here the defenders have worse defense but they have magic and machine guns. While the attackers are shown as being only lightly armed troops together with 1 warrior priest who can use magic but is eventually knocked out.

    Uhh I know this is just me ranting and nitpicking but reading the explained battle with the amounts of troops on each side and my estimate of troop divisions together with the ending which is implying to the fact that a minimum of 50-100 fairly unwounded light soldiers together with a number of wounded still managed to get back. It just makes no sense at all to me

    Big thanks for the translation!!!

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    • Dark1knight

      actually going by these numbers i guess there´s at least more than 2 thousand because since kurono said that they need to hold for a week and considering he has about 108 adventurers at his side.

      you can be pretty sure that the numbers of casualties(injured include) go beyong 500 this day since it was a one sided slaughter. but to continue even afters such losses means the enemy lost a significant amount but not enought to shake the morale too much, and it is proved that after losses reach 30% deserters begin to appear.
      so i guess theat there´s more than 2 thousand crusaiders.

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    • Asf

      Maybe its because of the narrow space thats in front of the village… so the enemy is forced to dp battle with few amounts at once..

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    • neroiscariot12

      I think you’re confusing something. the 300 crusaders was only the first wave. The total amount of their army is in thousands! and the adventurers are also not 50 but around 100 iirc

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  • lirg123

    I say its a good chance to make uses of those corpses, go 300 and build a small obstacles wall.

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  • Arthur

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  • Chronos5884

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter neroiscariot12! And great game choices haha. Have fun!

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  • Unknown Reader

    Maybe its just me, but doesn’t it seem like a great chance for kurono and Fiona to go on a night raid, drop one of Fiona’s most powerful attacks on the enemy encampment? With Kurono there it doesn’t matter if she passes out after attacking, and anyway would any of the soldiers live though her attack? doubting there would have enough survivors to search the area for her, let alone kill her if Kurono is also there.

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