TL Note: Correction in the previous chapter's translation. The land to the north isn't a completely unobtrusive plain. Rather there are many areas that are unobtrusive plains.
Goblin Name Cheat Sheet:
The [Goblin] is to make it easier to CTRL+F.
[Goblin] Gi Ga
The goblin in that estranged group that was with the protagonist when he defeated an orc. He is currently a noble class, the highest amongst the protagonist's subordinates. He prefers to use the spear.
[Goblin] Gi Gu
The former leader of the village. He was pressured by the protagonist in his goblin noble form, and was added to his subordinates. He uses the long sword, and is relatively smart for a goblin rare. Became a goblin noble in chapter 39.
[Goblin] Gi Gi
Known as a beast warrior, a goblin with the ability to tame beasts.
He evolved while hunting spear deer with the protagonist.
He prefers to use the axe. His goblin class is rare.
[Goblin] Gi Go
A goblin with many wounds on his body. The food of his horde was stolen by the gray wolves, so he made a decision to follow the protagonist. He is the most experienced amongst the goblin rares. His weapon is a curved katana. He acts like a samurai.
[Goblin] Gi Za
The druid goblin rare that recently joined them.
[Goblin] Gi Ji
A goblin rare. He evolved in chapter 37 after hunting with Gi Ga.
CHAPTER 39: CLASH I
[Class] Duke; Horde Chief
[Possessed Skills] <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
[Divine Protection] Goddess of the Underworld (Altesia)
[Attributes] Darkness; Death
[Subordinate Beasts] High Kobold (Lv1) Gastra (Lv1) Cynthia (Lv1)
[Abnormal Status] <>
Gi Ji reported to me the last known information regarding the orcs' route.
And as expected, they'll be attacking from the north.
"Gi Za, I'll leave the traps to you," I said.
"Good grief... We've been working since last night," Gi Za complained as he gave the orders to the other goblins.
The orcs will attack in the latter-half portion of the day. We don't have time to relax.
"Gi Ga, Gi Gu, go lead five groups each, and prepare to intercept the enemy. After attacking once, go hide in the forest to the west," I said.
"As you will." "Understood," they each replied.
"Gi Ji, Gi Go, the both of you as well. Take five groups under each of your command, and then come follow me," I said to the other two goblins.
"As you command." "Very well," they each replied.
"As for the vilalge's defense... I'll leave that under your care, Gi Za. Give the orcs hell," I said.
"Leave it to me," he replied.
"Gi Gi has already gone ahead under my orders... Are there any questions left?" I asked.
The goblins did not say anything. I nodded in response to their silence.
"Today, we shall battle with the orcs," I began. "Know this, this fight is not only to defend our home; it is also an opportunity given to us to end the orcs once and for all. We have been at war with them for far too long. Let this battle be the last. Let it end our long struggle against them! Let it end as triumph for the goblins!"
"Hooah!" They cheered in affirmation.
Under me are 10 groups, totaling to 30 goblins plus a rare class, and a noble class. Fighting as a separate force are 15 goblins under Gi Gi's lead.
As for Gi Za, he has 23 groups with him that total to about 70 goblins. It's because he is also using the goblins that had just turned adult along with the all the old goblins that his force's number turned that way.
As for the humans, they are being led by Lili.
Once the orc enters the village, the humans will have to fight for themselves.
"Now, go!" At that last command, we departed.
As the sound of trees being pulled resounded---
An orc wearing heavy armor and shield could be seen leading a horde of orcs. And following that orc was an orc wielding a long spear.
Clouds of dust rose as the orcs reached the lake. In an act of recklessness, the lizardmen tried to put a stop to them, but they were pulverized. Trampled underfoot, their entrails left a trail toward the south... That is to say: a trail toward our village.
"Split into two groups," I commanded.
The squads of Gi Gu who had just turned into a noble class and Gi Ga whose arm was longer than other goblins: together, totalled to 30 goblins. Then under me were samuraish warrior Gi Go's, and the stealthy Gi Ji's squads.
"We will attack the moment they enter the forest. Don't miss the signal."
Travelling through the forest, we waited under the wind.
We can't make light of these bastards and their good noses.
There are many other living creatures that come to the lake to drink water, so the area around the lake is fairly open. From there, there's a road being maintained by us to make the transport of the spear deer easier. But aside from that lone road, the area around is still a forest.
Taking advantage of that, we positioned ourselves on both sides of the road. One group to the left, another to the right.
Orcs have a tendency to cut down swaths of forest as they proceed, but it's not like they'd actually bother to cut everything.
If there's a road, then they'll make use of it. But because of that, their horde will naturally shape itself into a line.
And once the orcs have lined themselves up nicely like that, then...
"Commanding them will obviously become harder! Now's the time! Take them from behind!"
When half the orc horde had entered the road, we began our attack.
I led the charge with Iron Second, while Gi Gu and Gi Ga attacked from the other side. Like this we pummeled the orcs at the back of their horde.
"Turn me into a blade! (Enchant)"
I don't have the luxury of holding back, so we'll go at full power right from the start!
I invocated <> and at the same time, I clad my blade in magic power.
Like that my blade sunk into an orc's large frame without even giving it time to fight back.
"Fight them with the three-man-cell like we practiced!"
I ordered the other goblins that after killing an orc.
Gi Go and Gi Gi's squad fought against the wave of orcs that started fighting back.
The first shall break the foe's stance, the second shall stop his movement, and the last shall finish the foe: That is the method to defeat the orcs. However, that too was quickly overturned.
An orc's stance was broken as planned, but suddenly the orc bellowed out in rage, and he grew mad. The maddened orc then quickly fixed his posture as he stood up.
At this time, the orc horde that had entered the road began to regroup with the orcs that haven't entered yet as the center. They began to turn around, and they started fighting back without any regard to their own bodies.
In response, Gi Go was able to pull the orcs away to help the other goblins, but Gi Ji who had just become a rare class could not do such a risky stunt. The goblins somehow managed to dodge the orcs' attack by themselves, but because of that, they were not able to fight with the same vigor as they did before.
---If someone's gonna save them, then I guess it'll have to be me!
As I cut down the orc headed toward Gi Ji, I gave him an order.
"Follow me!" I commanded.
"Follow the king!" Ordered Gi Ji to his subordinate goblins as he raised his sword.
In response, the goblins formed three man groups again and followed after me.
I charged forward, and I blew away an orc with my Iron Second. When the orc fell, I ordered the goblins to finish him.
But killing the orcs couldn't be done in one hit.
So I had to stop the orc's flailing club with my great sword. Our weapons locked. And another orc passed by me, and headed toward the other goblins.
This is exactly why it's a pain fighting against so many!
The orc wielded his sword against one of the goblins in a three-man-cell. That goblin somehow managed to stop the orcs' sword, while another goblin attacked the legs of the orc. But just as the third goblin was about to kill the orc, the orc swept with his sword again.
In turn, the goblin made a quick decision to stop his attack, saving his own life. Like that, they fought against the orc again.
Gi Ji and Gi Go continued to fight hard, but the orcs' large bodies were like walls that could stop the goblins' attack.
It was a deadlock, neither side managing to severely injure the other.
Shit, this isn't good.
I wanted to scatter them while we had the momentum on our side, but with the fight like this... it's difficult. My horde is already having a hard time with just the orcs here at the back. If the orcs from the center manage to return, this situation will topple over to their favor.
I want to leave before we suffer any losses, but we haven't even hurt the orc horde enough yet. What should I do!?
"We're retreating! Gi Go, Gi Ji, protect the back."
I decided to retreat and meet up with the ambush squad in the forest before we suffered any losses.
I momentarily stopped the orcs with <> as we retreated. Gi Gu and Gi Ga also seems to have heard the command as they began to distance themselves farther and farther from the orcs.
Now, we have to stop and weaken the orcs as much as possible before they reach the village.
For that we'll need to drag them into the forest later.
Fortunately, the orcs didn't pursue us when we retreated this time.
But at the same time, it's not something to be happy about.
Because this means to say that they're fully intent on attacking the village at full force.
"How many are wounded!?" I asked.
We need to regroup now. We have to attack the enemy horde again as soon as possible, or else!
"Quite the view," muttered Gi Za as he smiled. His gaze remained unfaltering despite the unfolding scene before him.
"Aim at the trapped enemies, and prepare your projectiles," he commanded.
The orcs have started flowing out toward the village from the northern road. Their numbers were no less than 50 or 60.
Gi Za ordered his subordinate druids to prepare their magic. And at the same time, he ordered the normal goblins to pick up a stone from the mountain of stones that they prepared.
The king's words aren't wrong.
Gi Za strongly believes that. And it is precisely because he believes that that he can laugh despite the unfolding scene.
Not an ounce of fear nor anxiety could be seen in his heart. Only feelings of excitement as he wondered to himself, now, how will the king exterminate these guys?
But in order to see that, he needed to fulfill his duty.
"You are all to attack the area where my wind is attacking, understood?"
He needs to kill the orcs efficiently.
He may be using the druids' magic, but there're still not many who are strong enough to take out the orcs in one hit. They need to at least hit them twice or thrice if they want to take them down.
It's because of that that they can't waste a shot.
As the orcs cried out, showing off their strength, many goblins could be seen shivering in fear.
"Hear me, goblins! Warriors of the king!"
Suddenly, a voice sounded out from an area that could be seen even during the war. That voice reached the entire village. It was Gi Za's.
"Believe in the king!" he said.
The goblins of this village should understand it, he thought. At the very least, they should be starting to see it... the greatness of the king that is.
It was because that man appeared that they stopped being hungry.
It was because he appeared that their larvae stopped dying.
It was because of him that the horde began to grow. And it's growing even more.
Gi Za's words spread through the village in a twinkle. And at that---
"We believe in the king! We believe in the great king!"
Cheers sounded out from all over the village.
That's right... If it's that man who's fighting, then we will definitely not lose.
At that moment, the resolve to fight suddenly burned within the eyes of every goblin.
Gi Za narrowed his eyes at the attacking orc horde.
"Ready your projectiles!" he commanded.
The war has only just begun.
Level has risen.
61 -> 62