Translator : Kinokura
Editor : Alany
5.For the time being, It’s terrible
◇ MC POV ◇
The average speed humans walk at comes in at around 4 km/h. And when running it’s around 12 km/h.
I needed 4 to 5 hours to descend from the mountain, walk through the forest, find the road, and meet with Illias-san.
So, from the place I jokingly placed my mark at, I travelled a distance of 10-20 km.
About 1 hour has passed since we departed from the castle in the evening and we’re about to reach the place I placed my mark at.
Hmm… I guess it’s possible for humans to run at a speed of 20 km/h?
The knights, each wearing full-body armor and carrying weapons.
Sword, battle axe, mallet, spear, all of them looked heavy.
I wonder what are they made of… how can they move that fast… really, what are the average specs of this world’s people…
And more so, Illias-san has been carrying an adult male, me, on her shoulder this entire time.
Oh, its seem we’re here.
Finally, she’s taking me out of this bag!
“I’m glad that we can reach this place before the sunset. I remember the mark supposedly…… “
The view changes as the night arrived.
I was kind of afraid and nervous that they would guess what I’m thinking right now, which was getting the general area wrong, but…
Since it was kind of a peculiar tree, I could pinpoint it without trouble.
“Their base is towards that direction, however won’t the bandits’ notices if we go straight from here with this many people? They seem to frequently walk around here.”
“Right. It would be bad if they escaped, before we got there.”
Saying so, Illias-san made a thinking face.
She really looks like a dignified knight right now.
“What to do…”
Without long, she asked with a straight face while tiny beads of sweat ran down her forehead. Never mind, she just a muscle-brain.
“Really, what to do…”
Even the older knights made worried faces.
So, I have no choice but to give them some help.
“First, we’ll travel up the river that is located near their base. It’s really just located on the side their base. Then, we go into their base from there.”
I clearly remembered the shape of the river. And since the bandits seemed to sometimes use the river too, there must be a road leading to their base.
Wait… now that I think about it, I thought that the river would lead me to a place where people lived. But, in the end, I never knew where the river leaded to. Maybe the endpoint is a lake?
“I see, if we go with that plan, it’ll be hard to be recognize with ‘detection magic’ too.”
A word that I wasn’t used to hearing before got mentioned.
Eh? The bandits can use that kind of stuff? They’re not even a knight. And if they’re not magic knights… magic bandits maybe?
Now, I finally understood what they worried about.
While I was thinking about how to get near them in stealth, they were thinking about how to not get spotted by detection magic.
So, it’s not just a problem if we make a sound then run and hide to avoid being spotted. But we also have to take into account that if they begin to get uneasy, they may start observing around the area with detection magic.
Usually inside a game, when it’s an infiltration mission, the enemies’ field of vision is about 90 degrees.
But in this situation, the bandits have an antenna pointed at every direction, and you can’t even hide using rocks and trees like in those games.
…Isn’t the difficulty just too hard?
“If they have detection magic, wouldn’t we just get noticed when we get near the cave?”
“We will definitely get noticed, that’s if they use their magic periodically. But when they use their magic, we will also feel it. If we get noticed while on the way to their base, they might start to run away in every direction. But if it’s near their base, they need to take their treasure too. So, in conclusion, we just need to wipe them out fast all at once.”
That’s a lot of confidence.
They really are just muscle-brain people. But, maybe that’s the reason for their confidence.
I mean, they marched here at a speed of 20 km/h. So, if it’s a short distance, I bet it’s not a problem for them.
If we are really unlucky and encounter them on the way, and they spread the information to others by any means, even if we managed to catch the said bandit in front of our eyes, their colleagues might succeed in running away.
But, if we drive them to a corner, it might be possible to wipe them out all at once.
“Alright, let’s go!”
Illias-san and her knights started to move inside the forest that was usually out of human reach.
Going through the forest, we went into the mountain.
Again, I was really shocked by their speed.
When I was descending from the mountain, I was so desperate to clear the spiderwebs and struggling to not get caught in by the surrounding plants.
But, for them, it seemed like nothing. It was like they run straight on a pathway.
And even if we went up the mountain, no one was out of breath, not even Illias-san.
That, made me stare at her with an indescribable expression, questioning her origin.
“I can see the river.”
The sun had already set. So, we could only depend on the light from the moonlight that passed through the gap in trees.
That should be the case, but they continued to move even without any worries.
If Illias-san put me down and asked me to walk by myself, Surely, I would be lost somewhere by now.
……I wonder if there’s night-vision magic too? I mean, we’re progressing too smoothly no matter how I think about this.
“Could we move a bit more to higher ground? I feel that this spot is too exposed from what I remember.”
Then, after we went upstream for a while, until I started to see the spot of the river that looked like from what was in my memory.
Now, following the spot, I looked around the area for something, but it was hard to find anything, since it’s too dark.
“I think it’s around… here?”
Finally, Illias-san put me down. Then, while I was walking carefully, I heard something get kicked.
While I reacted with an unpleasant feeling, I saw the thing that got kicked.
I thought that I stopped breathing for a moment.
Rolling on the ground, was a human arm.
The bandits that I saw before started to pass my mind.
……that’s right. One of the bandits near the cave brought a human arm around.
The human arm that I saw at that time had some ornaments on it. But this one doesn’t have any.
Maybe they chopped the arm of their prey around this river, and the one that has no value got abandoned here?
“This… maybe an arm of the merchant that got attacked.”
“How cruel. Well, let me bring it back. It’s too pitiful if it becomes food for the beasts in the area.”
One of the knights made a small pray before picking up the arm and walking towards the river. He started to clean the arm using the river water and carefully placed it inside the bag that we brought.
The other knights showed sad expressions.
Around the place where the arm rolled, there was a road.
Thinking that if we followed it, we might reach the cave, I pointed to the road up head.
And the knights started to hold their weapons at he ready and walked silently.
◇ Guard POV ◇
There was a cave in the middle of the mountain. And a band of bandits made it their base.
One person guarding the entrance of the cave. He looked bored.
In this kind of mountain, the only purpose for the lookout was to keep it safe from any wild beast.
But, the beasts that lived in the deepest part of this mountain are too hard to deal with even for them.
If the bear, which was more than 4 meters high, gave a surprise attack, they all would die in a moment.
As expected, it was hard to stay alive here. More so if they traveled to the deepest part of the ‘Black Demon Lord’s Killer Mountain’, it would be their demise.
“YAWN!!…hmm? It’s time already?”
While yawning, another bandit came out from the cave.
“Nooope, I just want to pee, it’s not the time yet.”
“Please, don’t do it in my sight.”
And that comrade of his went into the shade of a tree.
Anyway, it was too boring that he started to take out a cigarette that he got from the merchant he robbed recently.
He started to ignite flame from the tip of his finger.
“Ugh… it’s no fun to just kill fat merchants, sometimes I need girl too.”
He stared at the moon while smoking. Then after around 30 minutes, he threw the cigarette to the ground and stepped on it.
“He’s so slow… is he shitting?”
The bandit was mumbling while looking in the direction his comrade went to.
At that moment, he felt something strange.
In the middle of night, he felt some gaze from inside the bushes.
The bandit started using detection magic.
‘You must thoroughly search any place that you have doubt’, this was the rule.
When someone started using detection magic, that person could perceive any mana within 50 meters of range.
If it was a human, then it would appear in human form, and the caster could identify where the human was located.
If it was just a beast without a lot of mana, it would just look like a little haze in the distances.
The bandit thought that in the end, it might just be a silhouette of his comrade taking a shit.
But, at the same time when he noticed that many mana signatures with human shapes were surrounding the entrance, his head got blown away by a spear.
The other bandit inside the cave started to get tense.
Since the one who was guarding the entrance just used detection magic.
They thought maybe it would still be okay. Because, if something strange was noticed, the guy on the lookout right now will immediately tell them.
But, the detection magic suddenly stopped.
Supposedly, the magic would naturally stop after around 10 seconds, but it wasn’t even a few seconds and it had already stopped.
The only possibility was, either the caster released it or the caster had died.
Since getting interfered by their fellow comrade was unthinkable, there was only one reason they could think of.
The other bandits that were still asleep were suddenly waked by the alert and began to gather their weapons.
◇ MC POV ◇
The battle officially started.
One of the knights quickly strangled the bandit that came near the bushes.
While we went into position near the entrance, suddenly one of the knights threw his spear and killed a guard that was nearby.
“He used detection magic. I’ve cleaned up the caster, but their comrade will notice soon!”
The knight that threw the spear shouted that word.
At the same time, the other knights started to jump out, and rushed into the cave.
Their speed was like a leopard chasing its prey.
Soon after that, someone’s scream could be heard from inside the cave.
It didn’t sound like one of the knights, so must be one of the bandits.
“We should go too. Don’t stray too far from me.”
I positioned myself in the rear, then went into the cave together with Illias-san.
Our comrades that had just gone into a fierce battle, didn’t look like they were in a rush anymore.
After we passed through the narrow ceiling, soon we reached a big space.
A lot of torches were on the wall, so the interior was quite bright.
Therefore, the inside was clearly visible.
I saw the knights fighting the bandits.
Well, it was hard to say that they were fighting, it was just one-sided massacre.
The bandits moved faster than any wild animals, their numbers tripled ours, and they cooperated with each other, so there was no one-on-one fight with the knights.
But, the knights were just too strong.
From the back and front, the bandits tried to attack the knights, but with one spear swing from a knight, the bandit’s arms got blown off one by one.
The bandit holding a shield was trying to take the attack, but got smashed with a mallet.
Another knight attacked with a battle axe, and some of the bandits got blown away towards the wall by the wind pressure.
The bandits couldn’t handle a frontal battle well… No, even challenging one of the knights seemed like an impossible task for them.
I started getting nauseous after seeing such a bloody scene, but I held it up.
All the fighting figures of the knights were so impressive.
More than fearing them, I was admiring them.
“Don’t kill the ones that surrender! But, don’t hold back in killing anyone who tries to escape!”
““ “Yes Ma’am!” “ “
Together with Illias-san command, the knights raised their voice.
The bandits were fighting back desperately at the beginning, but the outcome was already decided before the fight even began.
There were those who were crouching on the ground with severe wounds and those who had already been cut into pieces of meat.
It was the end for any bandits who still had the will to fight.
The cave shook and the knights halted their movement.
There was a bigger area inside the deeper part of the cave. A big-muscular bandit came out from it.
He was so big… No, he wasn’t just big but more like a giant.
I thought that there was something wrong with my sense of distance.
He was clearly even bigger than the 4 meters bear I met. Perhaps around 5 meters.
A rock larger than an adult man on his arm, chained with multiple chains to a mallet.
“You, how dare mere knights mess around in my bed…”
An image of those who had a prominent power passed my mind.
So… he is the master of the bandits?
But, isn’t his race different? I mean, he doesn’t seem like a normal human… or is there a Giant race here in this world?
The knights backed down. Of course, there was a need to be vigilant against this giant after all.
I saw Illias-san move quickly towards the giant’s head.
“Are you the boss? There were no reports mentioned about you. Maybe because it’s impossible to go down from the mountain with such a massive figure?”
The giant swung down his mallet.
There’s nothing that can be done now. But, Illias-san is also a knight! I hope she can avoid――
Then a tremor ran throughout the cave.
At the same time, the giant was stunned.
After all, Illias-san stopped the mallet with one hand.
“What’s wrong? Is that giant body just for show?”
After a cracking sound, the mallet shattered.
Illias-san smashed it with one hand. Truly, what a strong gorilla.
Even the giant got surprised by her superhuman strength.
“It’s too troublesome to bring your giant body back. So, I’ll just judge you for all of your sins, right here right now!”
Iliias took out her sword.
Wait, isn’t the scabbard still intact?
While I was thinking about it, the giant bounced back.
The giant’s abdomen got blown away, and with its his head fall down to the ground, this marked the end of his life.
At the same time, the knight cheers of victory could be heard.
“Make sure to search for any bandits who could have escape our grasp with detection magic! And bring back the ones who’re still alive!”
Saying so, Illias-san walked to my side as if nothing happened.
“Seems like everything end safely.”
“Well, I’m definitely going to develop trauma from this…”
“What? You’ve got the chance to see the knights doing their job, so aren’t you supposedly feeling a sense of impression with the knights?”
Illias-san protested with a slightly unsatisfied face.
“Why didn’t you draw your sword at the end?”
“Hmph… I didn’t want my sword to be stained with their dirty blood.”
“Really? I thought I saw you trying to draw it, but it got stuck in the scabbard. I guess, it was just my imagination then.”
“…That’s not tru――”
“Okay, okay! I get it, so please lower your sword, I beg you!”
No bandits escaped in the end.
Of the 34 bandits including the boss, 7 were captured and the others died.
The robbed goods were safely recovered too.
Just like this, the bandit’s extermination was successfully completed, and we started going down the mountain.
Of course, I, an ordinary person, got carried again in the end. I was made to be even more afraid of her superhuman strength than ever before.
◇ Another Unknown Bandit POV ◇
Somewhere around the deepest part of the forest in Tiez territory. There laid another base for rhe bandits.
There was a part of a forest that got cleaned up. There, some simple tents lined up, and the largest tent in the middle stood out among all.
Inside that tent, A one-armed man was sitting down in a luxurious chair listening to his subordinate’s story.
“Gidou and his crew were defeated?”
“Yes boss, When I went there, only corpses were left. Gidou’s corpse was also there.”
“What about our treasures?”
“It’s too bad, but it looks like the Tiez knights brought them back with them.”
“That place is quite deep inside the mountain. They didn’t seem to know the exact location beforehand, so they’ll needed a few more months before they actual found it. But, it’s hard to believe that the knight has been searching around that area stealthily.”
“Maybe some of the Gidou’s people got followed?”
“No, I know that Gidou is stupid, but his men got my teaching.”
This man’s name, was Dokora.
Formerly a famous bandit in the neighboring country, Garne. But, since Garne’s national power increased because of the new king, he moved his base to Tiez.
Then he gathered other bandits that ran away from Garne territory, became the leader of them, and then formed the ‘Bandit Alliance’.
The difference from Garne which was mostly plains and the massive amount of difficultly to find a place to hide, Tiez which had mountain forests range that people rarely ever visit was like the perfect ground for them.
One day, Dokora, who lived on the dark side of the country, knew something that shouldn’t be known. Because of it, his life got aimed.
He lost one of his arms at that time. Since then, he couldn’t do any assassination properly, so he changed his way of life to that of a bandit
Based on these experiences, Dokora knew a lot of tracking techniques for spying.
By sharing a part of it with the bandits, he lowered the probability of the alliance’s crew getting captured and increased the rate of looting by exchanging information.
This allowed them to get out of Tiez knight’s grasp many times before.
“What is it? What kind of method did they use huh?”
Did they bring a child with no mana then accidentally get them lost in the mountain and found the cave by chance? Dokora thought that the probability of this was almost none.
“Tell the others to refrain from any flashy actions for a while, and when exploring, see the movements of the other party.”
“Yes boss!! One more thing, I tried to count the number of the corpse in Gideo’s place… And, I think some of them got captured, and one of them is the guy who made a lot of contact with us.”
“Are you worried that he’ll get tortured and then leak out our information? Relax. That guy isn’t stupid. He knows well that my wrath is scarier than a mere knight’s torture. More than living in fear of my wrath after he leaking our information, I bet he’ll choose to die by torture.”
Dokora demonstrated what happens to traitors at the end of their life to all of his crew members before.
Using torture techniques that he used while still living on the dark side, he made the others think that an upright knight’s torture was just a service that would kill you fast.
“Increase the stock of Magic Sealing Stones and install more traps!”
“Well, let’s see what Tiez got.”