Episode 132 A Proposal
We had to officially sign a contract with the Emou Kingdom to see what the job entailed.
“To be honest, I don’t really need you to do anything right away.”
“Oh, so why did you hire a bunch of expensive mercenaries?”
“It is true that an imminent crisis is looming and there is not enough time to prepare an army, but if it were only our country, there would be no need to hire mercenaries, but now that we have an ally who is slowing us down……we need a mobile unit to respond to requests for reinforcements. I’m sure you can understand.”
He rephrased the word “hindrance” to “baggage,” but it doesn’t really change the meaning of the word, I guess, because he’s now got such a troublesome ally.
“All right. So what’s this imminent danger you’re talking about?”
“It’s to prepare for the invasion of the neighboring Ruja Empire……or the great power behind it, the Valkyria Empire.”
“The Valkyria Empire! I don’t mean to be rude, but if a power like that attacked, the Emou Kingdom wouldn’t have a chance.”
“The Valkyria Empire is merely manipulating the Ruja Empire behind the scenes. However, their support for the Ruja Empire has increased, and there is no doubt that the Ruja Empire will soon launch a full-scale invasion.”
“Well, that’s fine, but if Valkyria shows up, we’ll be running for our lives.”
“I’m not going to ask you to commit suicide with Emou, you can run away then.”
The Valkyria Empire that Jean said he was going to run away from, was the same as Emina’s home country, the Elysian Empire. The Valkyria Empire and the Kingdom of Lubel along with Elysia are said to be the three most powerful countries in the continent, with outstanding military power. I heard that they have tens of thousands of magicrafts……
“It’s settled that the Ruja Empire is the enemy. If that’s the case, why don’t we attack them instead of waiting for them to attack us? A preemptive attack would be more advantageous and effective.”
Jean wants to quickly end the matter and go to the giant beast’s nest, so he advises King Emou.
“That’s true, but I’ve been informed that with support from Valkyria, Ruja has close to 1,000 magicrafts, and we won’t stand a chance if we go head-to-head.”
“No, I’m not talking about a full-scale war, just a way to reduce the enemy’s strength and a little harassment.”
“I see, we can slow down the enemy’s preparations.”
“Is there an enemy facility that we can hit first to make more damage?”
“The front line base in Bern. It would be very unpleasant to be attacked there.”
“Okay, then we’ll attack there. The Iron Knights will be the main force, so get ready.”
“You’re being so aggressive.”
”If there’s going to be a war, it’s better to deal the first blow.”
King Emou also thought that the benefits of the attack were greater, and he eventually approved of the first strike.
Attacking the Bern frontline base is the Emou army, led by the Iron Knights, with 100 magicrafts. The Ruja army stationed at the Bern frontline base has 200 magicrafts. Although the enemy forces were larger in number, our objective was not to destroy the enemy forces, but the facilities and reduce their strength, so this force was sufficient for a short surprise battle.
“Look, the Emou forces have battleship type ride carriers too.”
Jean said, looking at the Emou military’s fleet of ride carriers.
“I heard it’s called ‘Echigo’, it’s the flagship of the Emou military, but there are more and more battleship type ride carriers these days.”
“Come to think of it, our ride carrier doesn’t have a name.”
I said casually, but apparently everyone was thinking that, and the atmosphere rapidly intensified.
“I think ‘Flowers and Little Birds’ is good!”
Nanami suggested, but Jean kicked her out of the room.
“Rejected, it’s not a name for the flagship of a mercenary group!”
“What kind of name do you want, Jean?”
“Well, how about ‘Purgatory’? That’s cool!”
“No! It’s not pretty!”
“A mercenary’s flagship name doesn’t have to be pretty!”
“I want Fantasia.”
“Oh, Farma’s pretty.”
“It’s a hundred times better than Nanami’s, but not good enough.”
It could be anything…….With that in mind, I went with the word that popped into my head.
“How about `Fugaku’?” (Fugaku is more known as Mt. Fuji)
“Fugaku……what does Fugaku mean?”
“It’s the name of the highest mountain in my country.”
I said that at random, but it was surprisingly well received.
“It’s a good idea to aim high…….I vote for Fugaku.”
“I agree with Yuta’s idea! Purgatory is absolutely not possible!”
“I agree with Yuta’s idea!”
“I like it. It has a nice ring to it. I vote for Fugaku.”
“I don’t care what the name of the ride carrier is, I think we should go with Yuta’s idea.”
The motion was approved by a majority vote. Apparently, people in this don’t mind the sound of a Japanese name.
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