Episode 38: Too Much Achievement
After the operation was over, we returned to the capital of the Kirks Republic. I was expecting to be summoned to the military headquarters immediately and thanked for our efforts in the fortress battle.
“I got to see the battle records……that’s an impressive number of kills, but only if those are the real numbers…….”
“What do you mean?”
I couldn’t help but ask.
“Other mercenary groups have reported that you’ve been taking credit for their work and even rigging the battle recorder to inflate the number of kills.”
“I didn’t do anything stupid like that. Who said that?”
“Huh……but there are too many destroyed, what’s this joke number of 152 destroyed magicrafts……I heard that the Iron Knights only have four magicrafts. ……”
“Four magicrafts took out that many enemies, and the fact that we’ve conquered the fortress is more than enough proof.”
“I’ve been informed that it was the Beast King’s mercenaries that took it down.”
“What? The Beast King mercenaries suffered an early defeat and were of little use.”
“Hmph…….That’s a different opinion from what the commanders in the field and the other mercenary groups are saying…….Oh well…….Either way, I can’t trust your defeat numbers at this point”
“Wait a minute, so you’re saying we won’t get paid for our work?”
Jean, who is sensitive when it comes to money, asked in a desperate manner.
“We can’t pay you as it is, but I have a suggestion.”
“What do you mean?”
“I want to give you an independent mission, and if you can complete it, I’ll believe in the number of magicrafts you’ve destroyed and pay you for it, and of course I’ll pay you for the new mission.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, you’re using this to your advantage! Pay me for my work!”
“If you don’t do it, then I’m breaking my contract with you and I won’t pay you anything.”
Jean’s anger was understandable, but it was a bit much.
“What should we do Yuta……?”
When Alana asked me that, I thought about it…….I guess I’ll just have to take that new mission…….If I’m alone, the other mercenaries won’t be able to lie…….
“I’ll take that new mission.”
“It’s okay, it’s hard to get results like this, and I was going to take the new mission anyway.”
And so I was given a new mission…
“Take back the border town…….”
Jean reacts to my muttered words.
“This country’s been robbed, huh?”
“And they say there are at least a hundred of them.”
“Oh, come on……we’re gonna take them out by ourselves?”
“It’ll be easy for you guys. You’ve destroyed 152.”
“Fuck! What’s that, you don’t believe us at all?”
Even though it was the sole mission of the Iron Knights, a small unit of five magicrafts and 500 infantrymen was to accompany us, as the Kirks army had to control the town.
“So you’re the Iron Knights, I heard you cheated in the battle to retake Ruba Fortress, but I hope everything will be okay this time.”
That’s what the captain of the small unit says to me sarcastically.
“We didn’t cheat in the Battle of Ruba Fortress.”
“I heard that there were reports from the Beast King Mercenaries and others at…….”
“You don’t believe our reports, but you believe what the Beast King mercenaries say?”
Jean retorted in a sarcastic tone.
“Of course, the Beast King Mercenaries and Kirks have known each other for a long time, so who would you trust more?”
What an unreasonable story you’re telling…….
“At any rate, we Kirks troops will be keeping watch in the rear, so quickly destroy the enemy, for the Iron Knights that boasted 152 kills in the Battle of Ruba Fortress should be a piece of cake.”
I was a little annoyed, but we can prove it with the results, there are no Beast King mercenaries here to give false reports, so it won’t be a problem.