Chapter 93 – Joker
The enemy army that launched a surprise night attack was pushed back, and retreated in tatters after being hit by Io’s lightning magic that was multiplied 777 times.
Looking at that chance, Theo who was missing up until then gathered the remaining soldiers, and launched a pursuit attack.
The next day, in the town of Chigris.
I looked at the scene where the kingdom’s army retreated with defeat.
Eleanor’s voice that I could hear inside my head was so cold that I could easily imagine her face looking down on them.
『How can they be defeated like that』
「I wonder, it’s so weird」
『This war, seriously, isn’t it for the best to withdraw from it?』
Eleanor’s tone was very serious.
『Being with these guys won’t be of anything good』
「I guess so……」
I thought about it. The things from now on.
It’s exactly as Eleanor had said.
I could easily see that if I’m with these guys who would return with defeat in a pursuit battle, it would be full of hardship from now on.
I thought, what is the best thing that I should do.
Two ghost maids flew from the sky.
It’s Tanya and Peggy who I’m letting Eleanor posses.
They flew from afar and landed in front of me.
「How was it?」
『They’re not chasing us〜』
『The opponent has retreated』
Hearing the two’s report, I nodded.
Soon as I heard the report that the kingdom’s army had retreated with defeat, I sent them for reconnaissance.
「It looks likeーーthey couldn’t launch a counterattack immediately huh」
『You had just given them so many casualties after all, that should be the case』
「I guess so」
『So, what will you do』
『Don’t play the fool』
Eleanor said with an impatient voice.
『It’s about you, of course, you are not thinking of withdrawing just like this right?』
I nodded clearly.
That’s right, it’s troublesome and annoying, but I’m not planning on withdrawing from the war at all.
If I was planning on doing that, I wouldn’t defend against the enemy, and did it last night.
「I promised Fiona and Marie. I promised them that I would make the two of them queens」
『What will you do then』
「What do you think?」
『Why are you asking me』
「You had lived hundreds of years right? You should also know heroes and conquerors and there should be situations when things like this had happened. You have some right? Pieces of advice coming from experience」
Eleanor clearly said.
「Really? You don’t have any」
『The situation right now is too different from what I have experienced. Well, there is a plan where I could annihilate all the humans, both the allies and the enemies including the wielderーーwell, I should say that you would be an exception though. What do you think』
「That’s too scary! Hey, come to think of it, you were doing things like that huh」
Demon Sword Eleanor, it looks like her darkness in the past was quite deep.
Well, leaving that on the side, it looks like I can’t expect any advice from Eleanor.
『By the way, if we are going to do it』
『Those two right there will be the first prey. They would be easily controlled after making them into grudge ghosts with their reason and identity crushed into pieces』
Peggy clings to Tanya with fear.
Tanya didn’t raise a scream, but she had a scared face.
I flicked Eleanor. A clear sound echoed.
『Tanya is very easy to use you know. Is it because her time being a grudge ghost very long. I could see that she has quite some talent』
「Don’t explain it so happily」
『If you want some advice, this is all that I can give though』
「I got it already. I won’t rely on you other than battles okay」
Eleanor didn’t take offense, but laughed joyfully instead.
However, I’m troubled.
There isn’t any problem when I’m not thinking about it, but when I start thinking of wanting someone’s advice, I really want some.
And being told something like “it’s difficult” or “there’s none”, I would want it more and more.
『What are you worrying about』
「What, really, you’re the one who’s asking. It’s your fault because you won’t be of any help」
『Isn’t there one who is very suitable to become your mentor, within your women』
「Very suitable? Who is it」
Who’s the one good at advising again.
Delfina, Helene, Rica.
I thought of them, but I feel like they’re somewhat different.
『Really, you really can’t remember it. You were that attached to her before too』
“Attached”, hearing that word, I remembered her.
I completely forgot about the great sage.
「Rather, it is very pleasing」
I returned, and inside the mansion, Althea and I were in the living room.
Hearing about the story, Althea who was rejuvenated with my vigor said that.
「I am Althea, just Althea, after all」
With those words that she frequently says, Althea smiled gently and happily.
『Kuku, a face completely satisfied with everything in the world』
Eleanor laughed interestingly.
She’s happy that I had forgotten about her being the great sage huh.
「But if so, my bad, lend me your wisdom」
Althea nodded just like an obedient wife.
Soon after, her expression changed.
With her matchless beauty just as it is, she had a strict and crisp face.
「First, I shall confirm」
The tone of her voice also changed.
It’s the teacher tone that she makes when she’s teaching something to me.
It’s the first time that I heard it ever since she became my woman, so I felt funny about it.
I felt funny about it, but I won’t say it to her, I just let her continue like that.
「You want to make the sisters, Fiona and Marie, queens in the end right」
「That’s right. Adding to that, I want to make the kingdom stable. I don’t want to make them the queens of a messed up place after the war」
「Confusion and chaos always accompanies the end of wars」
「It’s alright as long as it’s limited to the range of common sense」
「And, the soldiers that gathered below the kingdom’s flag is too weak and useless」
I didn’t think that they would be ‘that’ weak.
「You and your slave soldiers had consecutive wins with consecutive fights」
I’m a little worried about Nikki’s troops, but well, that’s right.
「That point is very good, but you are only a little more than two hundred, your numbers cannot affect the whole situation of the war」
There’s no problem with local battles, but it would be bad when big battles with armies occur.
The surprise attack last night was exactly that.
When army versus army battles occurs, we were completely pushed back.
I also pushed them back by continuously warping from battle to battle, but I’m not sure if that would work in a battle in the plains where the armies would be at a skirmish.
「There is no use gathering soldiers that could only be used as numbers」
「Well, that’s about it」
「You want to gather soldiers that have a degree of battle proficiency quickly」
「Yeah, if possible.」
Confirming the situation one by one, Althea makes me remember what is really needed.
With just how she leads the conversation, I’m already very thankful.
「Well then, do this」
And, it came.
Advice with a teacher’s tone just like before, advice that I felt like it was pushing from above.
「Borrow soldiers from three kingdoms」
「It is a cheat move that only you can do in this world. That includes the post-war process」
Althea who said that smiled mischievously.