Episode 98 Rescue
After the battle of the fort, I was taking a short rest before moving on, when a rider came running towards me, looking flustered.
“I’ve just heard from an enemy prisoner that the imprisoned Princess Rhydiria and the others have been moved to the Mardan base, which is just around the corner from here, and I believe this is our best chance to rescue them!”
“Great chance……is that right?”
“Yes! We can’ t do anything about it in the palace, which is highly defended, but the Mardan base is not that big, and there are only about 100 magic machines guarding it. How about we go and rescue them before they are transferred to a troublesome place!”
The expression on the rider’s face was very passionate, and I could tell that he wanted to help his master, Princess Rhydiria, right away.
“All right, 100 magicrafts is the same as the number we just fought, let’s just go and save them.”
“Ho……really! Thank you very much! I’ll let everyone know right away!”
Then he happily informed them. In fact, it would probably be better to meet up with Jean and the others, but as time goes by, there is certainly a possibility that they will be moved again to another place, and it would be better to rescue them right now, even if we have to push ourselves a little.
“But will you be okay?”
Nanami said, looking worried about something.
“Nanami, is there something bothering you?”
“Yeah……not really, but there’s something weird about……”
“What do you mean, “weird”?”
“Princess Rhydiria and the dukes are important hostages, would it be so easy to move them from the……easily defended royal palace to a less fortified base?”
“There must have been some reason. But this is an opportunity, so let’s make the most of it.”
“I’m not that worried because I’m sure Yuta will be able to handle anything that comes his way.”
“I’m not that good at everything. I’m……”
“I’m just wondering how it’s actually going to work out.”
Now I knew that Nanami’s assessment of me was one of wonder, the rider came to tell me that they were ready to go. Everyone seemed to want to go to the rescue right away and looked at me with a twinkle in their eyes.
“Alright then, let’s head to the rescue of the princesses!”
As I said this, the crowd cheered.
From a short distance away, I surveyed the Mardan base – at first glance, it didn’t look any different, and it didn’t seem to be on alert.
“It’s okay, it looks the same as always.”
One of the riders who knew the old Mardan base said so. But the word “same as always” stuck with me.
“It’s kind of weird that everything’s the same.”
When I said that, he asked me curiously.
“What do you mean by strange?”
“There are some important hostages in that base right now, right? If that’s the case, then it’s strange to have the usual level of alert, isn’t it?”
“I’m pretty sure it’s a trap.”
The riders look very disappointed. When they looked at me like that, I couldn’t tell them to stop because it seemed like a trap.
“Okay, I’m going to go at it alone first, and you guys stay in the back.”
“No, if we all go to attack and it turns out to be a trap, there’s nothing we can do about it, I can handle it on my own.”
“Hey, is Nanami on standby too?”
“She’s the one who has to protect everyone in case something goes wrong.”
“You’re……being reckless again…….”
No, I really think I can handle it alone, after all, with Viktor……honestly, I don’t think I gave my all yet…….
I asked Nanami and the others to stand by in the rear, and I approached the Mardan base alone. When I got about a kilometer from the base, I noticed a sudden change in the appearance of the base. It was a trap after all.
Magicrafts appeared from the woods near the base and other hidden places. It wasn’t just a hundred of them, it was the largest army I’ve ever seen in this world……
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