The Goblin King attacked Elrain Kingdom, and after its capitulation, divided his army into four parts .
The spear and black tiger flag, Gi Ga’s forces, went to the Labyrinth City .
The axe and sword flag, Gi Gu’s forces, went to Pena .
The twin-headed monster and axe flag, Gi Gi’s forces, went to Fatina .
The bow and arrow flag, Ra Gilmi Fishiga, went to the north and returned to the west .
The Goblin King, who was scheming to take over the entire southern region, remained in Elrain Kingdom and tried to rule it . Only a small number of people remained with the Goblin King . They were Pale, Ra Tribe, Gi Go, and Felbi . But few as their numbers were, with the elite having been specifically picked out, they were able to lord over the entire capital of Elrain Kingdom .
After the Goblin King broke through the remaining forces of Elrain, he immediately occupied the Imperial Capital . He arrested the government officials and bound their families . A fitting number of officials was necessary in order to run a country . As such, the Goblin King decided to continue using the officials of this country to manage it .
If for example the management system of the kingdom were to be compared to the Elder Council of Pena, one edge the kingdom’s system would have over them is the speed of their decision-making process . The king would decide on a policy and the country would immediately carry it out . It was a system that largely depended on one skilled individual . But even if one sought such an individual through blood lines, it would still be very rare to produce such talents continuously .
With such power, the Goblin King could use the funds meant for the expenses of the imperial court to construct his own palace, and none would be able to stop him .
The Goblin King gathered the government officials of the defeated country and said to them, “Swear fealty or die with your family . ”
So effective was the Goblin King’s threat that the government officials shook and some of them even fainted . From the start, the Goblin King had decided to suppress Elrain Kingdom with force .
To the Goblin King who had to transform Elrain Kingdom into his headquarters in order to swiftly take over the southern lands, being able to control the government officials that managed it was the same thing as deciding the war .
“The unfair will not be forgiven . Those who fill up their own pockets by abusing their position will not be forgiven . Those who work to disadvantage my army will not be forgiven . Any and all who transgress upon these shall be punished duly . ”
The humans shook before the king’s words . The standards the king had imposed were vague, making it easy to interpret it however one wished . Because of that they had no choice but to interpret the king’s words as ‘If you do something I don’t like, I will punish you . ’
As a result, the Goblin King couldn’t get the results he wanted . Although the government officials swore fealty to him as he’d asked, and management of Elrain Kingdom continued without a hitch, but there was no one who proactively worked to cooperate with the goblins .
There were even some who were uncooperative, although at least, they didn’t try to sabotage anything .
The Goblin King considered punishing them to make an example out of them, but Pale actually thought that everything was going quite well considering they were just starting .
“There’s no need to hurry . When persuading others of the advantages of something they don’t know, sometimes words aren’t enough . ”
They would have to give them some actual advantages, Pale said, and the Goblin King nodded .
“In other words, it’s still good since they haven’t rebelled . ”
“That and we do have people . ”
The name Pale pointed at was a low class government official .
It wasn’t a name the Goblin King recognized .
“From my investigations, he is someone well-versed in financial affairs . Previously, he brazenly argued with some nobles and was demoted . ”
“I see . An uncompromising gentleman . But that begs the question all the more, will he cooperate with us?”
“It seems he has a family he treasures . ”
Pale’s eyes narrowed as she said that, prompting the king to ask back, “Weren’t we supposed to be more discreet?” But then again, if one knows that there’s an effective method, questioning it would not be rational but instead emotional .
“…Politicians are like that, aren’t they? In any case, I would like to meet him first . ”
“…As you will . ”
When Elbert was summoned to have an audience with the king, it was Pale and a Gi Za donned in robes who called him .
“Are you sure you have the right man?”
“Yes, thank you for answering the summons of the king . Elbert-Dono . ”
After Pale answered with a cold face, Gi Za spoke .
“Act rudely before the king and you may consider your life forfeit . ”
“…I intend to display myself with decorum, but I am not familiar with goblin custom . Please excuse me that much . ”
As Elbert said that unreservedly, Pale quietly nodded .
“The king is waiting . Come . ”
The place Elbert was led to was the office of the former king . A giant desk and chair had been prepared in it for the king’s use, who himself was hard at work . The job of the king… In other words, the settlement of accounts .
But the materials necessary to make such decisions piled up like a mountain and the circumstances varied from country to country .
And the bigger the country was the more agency the government officials were given . Despite that, however, the amount of documents requiring approval stacked up into a mountain . But that came to no surprise, after all, Elrain Kingdom was half destroyed .
In fact, it was so buried in debts that it could not even afford to pay its soldiers . It was actually because of that that the Red King were able to take their territory . But even if the Red King were able to take over, that didn’t mean that they would immediately be able to turn around their financial situation .
“Your Majesty, I have brought Elbert-dono . ”
“Enter . ”
The Goblin King’s appearance was truly something to behold when coupled with that dignified voice that resounded from the piths of one’s stomach . Or at least, it would’ve been, had it not been for the piles of documents stacked up before him .
“My word…” Elrain found himself muttering as he witnessed a goblin doing office work .
A goblin was doing office work!
Elbert’s eyes nearly fell off its sockets when he was greeted with that scene .
Elbert’s eyes nearly fell off its sockets when he was greeted by a goblin doing office work . A goblin that did office work simply exceeded Elbert’s imagination . His common sense had braced him for the image of a king being waited upon hand and foot by beautiful women, but all that bracing collapsed just like that .
“You look like you saw something strange . Hurry up and enter,” Gi Za said .
Elbert did as Gi Za told him from behind and he sat himself before the king on the chair provided .
“I’ll get straight to the point . I want to hear your opinion . It’s regarding the expenses of the inner palace (reserved for women) . What is the 1 million riburu allotted for the expense of the inner palace on a yearly basis used for?”
Elbert’s eyes had turned into dots . Although his brain had already gone into work, calculating the specifics, the contents of the question and the fact that it was him who was being asked gave him much shock . That was the document Elbert himself had once submitted to a senior government official in hopes of restoring the public finance .
There were 2 major ways to secure financial resources for the country . One was to raise taxes, the other was to reduce expenses .
“I believe it would be best if you asked the imperial court chief instead…”
Seeing Elbert beat around the bush, the Goblin King’s eyes narrowed . The aura about him seemed to grow heavier with just that, and Elbert couldn’t help but draw cold sweat .
“This document was written by you when you still held the Imperial Court Office . I will ask again . What is the 1 million riburu allotted for the expense of the inner palace used for?
Apparently, the scene just now was not an illusion . Elbert finally understood this . This monster before him was actually terrifyingly intelligent and capable of accomplishing the king’s job . Elbert immediately understood that if he did not give a satisfactory answer he would die .
Without even the time to regain his composure, Elbert answered the king’s questions . The king asked him some more questions, and the next day, another messenger appeared before Elbert and made him receive the imperial command of his appointment as imperial court chief .
Although shocked, he once again visited the king in his office, where he was then given the duty of reconstructing the country’s finances .
“…Why me?” He asked . “There should be many others more skilled than I . Others who would be more than fitting me to serve as imperial court chief . ”
“Then recommend those people . But first, we start with you,” the Goblin King replied .
The king busily looked through a document, then – in place of a signature – stamped it with the symbol of a black sun that was the king’s flag in order to approve it .
“…You can’t come to terms with it?”
“If I may be frank, I do not understand you . Are you really a monster?”
The king wryly smiled .
“I am a king . That is what I am . No more, no less . Is there anything else needed to rule a country?”
“Then you… Truly intend to manage this country?”
“I will rebuild it . I promise you that under my protection, the people of this nation will have a kingdom they can live in . ”
Elbert closed his eyes for a moment, then he looked up at the heavens . If this monster were a human, how wise of a ruler could he have become? Surely, his name would dazzle brilliantly, recorded in the annals of history, to be remembered for a thousand years .
From the monster’s questions yesterday, it was clear that he knew what state this country was in . And yet, despite that, he was saying he would rebuild it .
It should have been simpler and more appropriate for a monster to steal everything, and yet…
“If you were the king of Elrain Kingdom, I would happily serve you . If you were human, my country would not have fallen so, and instead, it would have suppressed the world as far as the eye could see, erecting a giant country like no other . Your name would go down in history as a wise king, to be remembered forever . ”
Elbert sighed and then opened his mouth once more .
“But now, even if you rebuild this country, your achievements will not be remembered by history . That is simply how deep the hate of humans for monsters run . They will fling mud at your achievements, and instead of thanking you, they will strike you down . Despite that, are you still willing to rebuild this country?”
“It can’t be helped . ”
“The people who help you will surely be remembered hatefully by history . They will criticize them as traitors, but… Allow me to bear that shame . ”
“…Hmm . Can I ask why?”
The Goblin King had been looking at his documents all these time, but when he asked this question, he looked up . Elbert resolutely answered .
“Because even if history does not remember your achievements, there are still people living today . ”
“I see . Very well . If there is any authority you need, just give the word . ”
The Goblin King once again went back to his documents, and Elbert bowed deeply . In these three months, Elbert succeeded in severely cutting down the expenses of the imperial court . With those achievements he would be nominated as prime minister candidate, and two years later, he would ascend to power as prime minister .
With the people he recommended and the military force of the Goblin King, they were able to quickly revive Elrain Kingdom .
One of the four generals appointed by the Goblin King, Gi Ga Rax, raised up his flag of spear and black tiger as he advanced his army to the labyrinth city .
Gi Ga Rax led half of the king’s cavalry that was the imperial guards and the beast riders of the Paradua . On top of that, he also had the human forces with him . In total, his forces which revolved around the cavalry numbered 1,200 . The imperial guards of the king that was made up of goblins riding upon three-eyed unruly horses were all rare-class goblins . They numbered 300 . With those 300 and the Paradua beast riders that numbered 200 as the main forces, plus the human cavalry that numbered 700, they had 1200 soldiers all in all .
The Proud Clan (Leon Heart Clan) of Zaurosh had employed the former solders of Elrain Kingdom . If not employed, then some of the captured soldiers agreed to cooperate with them and were added to Gi Ga’s overall forces .
There were many cities in the south that flourished from trade . The grain produced by the granary on the outskirts of Fatina sufficient to feed a flourishing population, the treasures born in the desert of Ashunasan (God of the Desert), or the treasures born from the labyrinth city . It was these special products of each region that the merchants would take with them and traverse the trade routes deserving to be called the Road of Riches .
Of course, that was also connected to the large country of Elrain Kingdom .
Under the flag of Aransain, Gi Ga Rax traversed those trade routs and forced the surrounding cities to capitulate . Steadily, he approached the labyrinth city .
“Those who surrender will be spared . Those who surrender without fighting will be permitted to keep their wealth . ”
The great speed of Gi Ga Rax’s advance was supported by the intelligence network laid out by Pale and Gi Ga’s wise policies . Small towns couldn’t possibly fight his army . From Gi Ga’s perspective, having to conquer the small towns one by one would take too much time .
Moreover, the army he was leading was mostly cavalry, so their strength could be demonstrated best out in the fields . If they had to bring siege weaponry with them, their advance would be dulled too much .
The one who mediated between Gi Ga and the humans was Zaurosh . This vice clan leader of the Leon Heart Clan, who himself carried great responsibility, held a practical point of view that minimized losses as much as possible . He also forbade the pillaging of capitulated cities .
Moreover, by adding the townspeople into his army and using them in future negotiations, he was able to take 5 towns without any bloodshed . All towns traded, so there were many familiar faces between them .
As proof of a surrender, the towns would offer horses and healthy young men, and in exchange, Gi Ga would allow them autonomy . Although morale wasn’t high, Gi Ga was able to continue his advance with his large army . By the time, Gi Ga had neared the Labyrinth City, the number of his forces had reached 1900 .
But the humans on the other side weren’t about to just quietly watch .
Although they didn’t know what the goal of the goblins were, the biggest city was the labyrinth city . Adventurers were hired there and the preparations for war steadily progressed . Many among the cities in the desert haven’t maintained their walls .
If they were going to fight, they would fight at the fields . It was because of that that the labyrinth city had gathered many adventurers . If there was a problem, then it would be that there was still some friction left between the Red King faction and the Anti-Red-King faction . After Brandika died, the adventurers from the Labyrinth City didn’t bother to accompany the remnants of the Red King to Fatina and instead returned to their home .
But by the time they came back, the Labyrinth City had already been overtaken by the Anti-Red-King faction . That being said, these clans were originally strong in their own right since that was the reason why the Red King took them in in the first place . Because of their strength, which was greater than the Anti-Red-King faction, they could fight back against them .
Sophia of the Soar to Freedom (Elks Clan) informed Gi Ga, who was approaching by the minute, of the situation . The scheme to put the Anti-Red-King faction against the Red King faction was in much better health than Pale had expected .
Although the Labyrinth City, Tortoki, was a city-state, it did not possess a powerful army . This was because the city was formed surrounding the labyrinth . As such, it had many adventurers from the start and it ended up focusing its resources toward the maintenance of public order .
Even within the old alliance of the Free Cities, despite being the oldest member, it did not have much influence and never really stood at the peak politically . But the other countries of the alliance did not want to attack Tortoki and incur the wrath of the adventurers, so the city was able to continue existing peacefully despite its lack of an army .
Unfortunately, the Goblin King’s army had appeared, and they weren’t about to leave them alone .
Even if the Kushain Believers might have acknowledged them, to Tortoki, the Goblin King’s army was still a monster army . Knowing that the war against the goblins would be fundamentally different from those with humans, the Council of Ten that ruled Tortoki elected Basshnia of the Goundor Family as general .
He would be leading an army with adventurers as the main power to meet the goblins in battle .
They had 1,300 footman and 400 mages . On top of that they also have 300 cavalry, which they were able to temporarily hire from the area . Unlike the goblins that focused their forces on cavalry, their forces revolved mostly around footman .
Since they’ll be relying on adventurers, their soldiers will be using the weapons they’re used to . One advantage they held was the goblin forces’ lack of mages, but the forces of Tortoki weren’t unified because of the recent uproar from the Red King .
Just as the name Labyrinth City implies, it is a city that developed around a labyrinth . It did not have any high walls . As such, Basshnia decided to fight in the fields . It could be said that this was a decision also influenced by the fear that a defensive battle might cause unexpected situations to arise due to the lack of unity in the army .
If they fought in the fields, naturally, there would be an enemy in front of them . A situation like that should make it harder for infighting to break out . Although Basshnia knew that the goblins were also aiming for that, he had no choice but to go out to battle while carrying that unease . Still, as the representative of the family that has ruled Tortoki for many years, he was not incompetent .
Unfortunately, the seeds sown by Pale were steadily taking over Tortoki and were trying to bear its fruits for the goblins .
The battle took place on the outskirts of Tortoki .
The Tortoki Army, which held the advantage in numbers, moved out with all of its infantry while attacking the goblins from afar with magic, keeping them from approaching . This was done to prevent Gi Ga Rax and his army from doing what they did best: fast battle tactics .
The force of 300 mages was indeed terrifying, and before the cavalry of the goblins could even approach them, advanced magic bullets would burst upon the ground, giving rise to explosions . At the center, mages cast their spells in order, while the footman adventurers surrounded them to protect them . It was in this way that they approached the steadily advancing goblins .
Seeing that their cavalry wasn’t able to approach the enemy, Gi Ga stood at the head of the army and encouraged the army and raised their flags .
“To fear our enemy and falter would be to throw mud upon the honor our king has built . Despite that do you dare call yourselves barve warriors!? I will take the lead . Follow after this black tiger and spear that the king has given me!”
Gi Ga’s speech was effective upon the cavalry that prided themselves as the imperial guards of the king . As rare-class goblins that could enter dungeons without fear of death,
if it was for the sake of the king, then so long as their trusted general gave the word, they would ride even to the land of death itself .
If one looked at the unfolding battle from the heavens, one would see that the goblin cavalry led by Gi Ga had formed a straight line for the forces of Tortoki . It looked as if they were trying to prick a balloon open with a needle .
Magic bullets fired at Gi Ga, but he would move to the left or the right or even jump to dodge them . His handling of his steed was indeed the best among the goblins .
Still, there were those that Gi Ga could not dodge . When Gi Ga failed to dodge a fire bullet, he simply pushed his way through the smoke of the explosion and bellowed out a howl .
Gi Ga rode onwards like the wind and blew away the enemy infantry, striking the vanguard spear of the army into the enemy forces .
The cavalry of the king followed him, and upon seeing Gi Ga’s valiant visage, overcame whatever fears may have sought to linger as they ran past the rain of magic bullets . The hooves of their steeds trembled the earth, while the battle cries of the goblins shook the air .
The descending magic bullets and the hooves of monster beasts raised up clouds of dust, blocking one’s vision, but the goblins raised up their spears and leaped with their steed . Like that the hipparions crashed into the raised shields of the adventurers . Receiving such heavy weight crushed the arms of the adventurers and staggered them .
The goblins used that opening to force their cavalry through .
Once the battle had turned chaotic, there was no more opportunities left for the mages . The general of Tortoki, Basshnia, did not have enough control of his soldiers to order them to kill both foe and ally alike .
“Show them no mercy! Kill all of them!”
Although Gi Ga was often forgiving, the blood of the fierce goblin race still runs through his body . And on the battlefield, every swing of his spear, every death of an enemy, would stir that blood, giving him more power to pierce the enemy with . The attacks released by his long arms easily tore through the iron armor of the enemy, allowing him to pluck the lives of the adventurers .
Having become the spear that penetrated the enemy forces, Gi Ga wreaked havoc upon the enemy forces and successfully forced them to flee . As the Tortoki Army fled to the city, Gi Ga stopped his army from pursuing them .
The entire army was intoxicated with victory, but Gi Ga stopped them and reorganized their formation outside the city, then he used the captured humans to demand the enemy to surrender . Should Tortoki capitulate, then he would be able to successfully bring victory to his king .
“Stopping an advance that normally shouldn’t stop to minimize the damages that would be incurred within the walls… Truly the workings of a great general . ”
In response to Zaurosh’ words, Gi Ga smiled .
“I simply wondered what the king would do were he in my position . For the sake of the path that the king has shown, the burning blood that stirs within must be quelled . When I thought of what I should do to reach that end, the answer naturally came . ”
When Gi Ga entered Tortoki, he raised up his flag on the public hall and declared .
“Raise Aransain! This victory is for the king!”
Word of Gi Ga’s victory was brought before the king, and fame of Aransain’s swiftness resounded loud and clear within the territories under the Goblin King .
Tl Note: The ending of the last chapter was for things that would happen in the future . I’ve changed the wording to reflect that .
Also, this is twice as long as the usual releases, and since there’s only one regular chapter left for the week (3 regular releases a week), I’ll take this as a half queue .
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