Ra Gilmi Fishiga raised up the bow and arrow flag, Fanzel, as he went north and returned to the western region . His camp was made up by the Ganra clan, the demihumans, and the werewolves . He also had Gi Zu Ruo’s brawler faction .
They had a cavalry of 400 from the centaurs led by Tianos, who fought alongside Pale and lived through the preliminary war . The werewolves led by their chief, Mido, numbered 300 . The Brawler faction of Gi Zu numbered only 300 goblins, but they were all elites . The rare-classes under Gi Zu numbered 100 . With the exception of the king’s cavalry, that was the highest ratio of rare-class goblins in the army .
Gilmi led those alongside 300 from his Ganra tribe to go east from the western capital .
His goal was the border that led to Germion Kingdom . Presently, at the border, there was a staring contest being held between Shumea’s border defense unit and Germion Kingdom . It was an area where two nations continued to gather their forces while eagerly watching each other . A critical point that could explode at any moment . The fact that the Goblin King had sent Gilmi, a tribal goblin, showed just how much trust he had in him .
After all, he was a rational character that could not be found among goblins . If one lined up all the goblins and mentioned their differences, that would indeed be his defining trait .
There is a group of fortresses at the border between the western region and Germion Kingdom, watching out for any monster attack .
A day’s distance to the west from that group of fortresses was Shumea’s border defense unit, which was currently in a confrontation with a human platoon . The general of Germion Kingdom – much as one would expect from a young noble soldier – would often come out to jeer at them, hoping to get them to attack .
Under Shumea was the Orc King Bui and the human platoons conscripted from the border lands . She never responded to the frequent provocations of the enemy and merely smiled at her subordinates while continuing to stand her ground .
There were some hot blooded youths that asked to sortie, but Shumea didn’t allow it at all .
“Aren’t we too few?”
As far as numbers went, even if the orcs were added, they numbered only 700 . The forces of Germion Kingdom numbered about 1,200 .
That was the sort of place Gilmi was sent to . And with him joining the fray, it was likely that a battle would break out .
“You sure brought a lot with you . ”
Seeing Shumea sigh like that left Gilmi confused .
“You’re troubled because reinforcements came? Humans sure are strange . ”
“Well, it depends on the time and situation, but whatever . ”
That was how Shumea and Gilmi’s first meeting went .
When Gilmi entered a tent in the camp, he saw Bui and smiled .
“Ohh, Bui-dono . It’s been a while . ”
“Ahh, Gilmi-san . Long time no see . ”
When Shumea saw the orc king bowing his head politely, she couldn’t help but interject with an odd expression on her face .
“…Are you really an orc? You strike me more as some rich kid from somewhere . ”
“Uh, I’m pretty sure I’m a real orc . ”
“I guess it’s really no good to have prejudices about anything . ”
“Haa . ”
Bui vaguely nodded and smiled a troubled smile at Shumea, then the war council was started .
The first topic brought forward was the topic of who would be taking command . There were currently 2,000 forces gathered in the camp, but that number would be meaningless if it remained a disorderly mob . As such, the first thing that had to be decided was the commander who would move them .
“If you go by order, it should be either Shumesan or Gilmi-san . ”
Shumea shook her heads when Bui said that .
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t suit me, so you’ll have to exclude me . ”
When Gilmi heard Shumea nonchalantly say that, he frowned .
“But you are the leader of the border defense unit . We are merely here as reinforcements . Since you are the one most familiar with the geography here, I believe you would be the most suited to lead . ”
In response to that exceedingly well thought out response, Shumea puffed up her cheeks and said .
“But I don’t want to do it . ”
“That’s not the issue . ”
Gilmi’s words mercilessly cut down her rebuttal and Shumea knit her beautiful brows .
“For some reason, it feels like I’m not talking with a goblin . ”
“You think I’m weird? Well, I’m still closer to a goblin than the Goblin King . ”
“Well, that one is an exception . Even I know that . ”
Shumea shook her head, saying ‘good grief’, and then she accepted to take command of the army .
“Fine . But in that case, I’ll leave you and Bui-kun to come up with a battle plan . ”
“Uh, but that’s…”
“Aren’t I the commander?”
“Is this the so-called ‘cunning’ of humans?”
Shumea smiled a ghastly smile, causing Gilmi to groan and Bui to become afraid .
After the war council concluded, it was decided that it would be better to prioritize the strengthening of the camp and prevent the enemy from passing the entire area westward .
This was also a decision made because both the Goblin King and Pale wanted to prioritize the conquest of the south . No matter how you look at it, splitting the army in four and sending them rampaging in every direction to take over the south, and on top that, making a new enemy with Germion Kingdom did not sound like a good idea .
It was best to crush the enemy one at a time .
When Gilmi talked about how they would proceed from here on, Bui only had praises for him . As far as he was concerned, being able to avoid losing any orc was the best thing he could ask for .
Shumea herself preferred to maintain the current situation rather than allow her men to die needlessly, so she also agreed with them .
But just because they wanted to maintain a deadlock did not mean that they wouldn’t be doing anything .
In fact, because they now had more soldiers, they could now actually take the enemy on . This meant that they would have to suppress the soldiers who wanted to fight .
“When are we fighting, Gilmi-dono!?”
Gi Zu asked vigorously, but Gilmi shook his head .
“We will focus on defending . ”
“Even though we have the advantage in numbers?”
Zu Ved, who was behind Gi Zu, frowned and asked that, but the answer was the same . Zu Ved is a noble class goblin who calls himself Gi Zu’s first henchman . The scar extending from his chest to his side spoke of his history as a battle hardened warrior .
“What? Don’t tell me you’re nerves have gotten the better of y—
“You’re out of line, Zu Ved!”
When Ved tried to say that, Gi Zu himself interjected .
“…My… apologies . ”
“My henchman was out of line . Please forgive him . ”
Gi Zu bowed his head and Gilmi lightly nodded, then he talked about the contents of the meeting .
“…I see . That would indeed be for the best . ”
Gi Zu nodded, but Ved could only tilt his head, unable to understand .
“Command of the army has been given to Shumedono . Our duty is to assist her and maintain this area . ”
As Gi Zu nodded, Ved also bowed his head .
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