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Chapter 111 Battle of Eagle City (Part 2)

The first batch of freedmen who served as the human meat shields didn’t meet any resistance and were able to successfully climb the earthen slope.

On top of the ramp formed from earth’s slope, the defenders had built a wooden fence to block the attacking forces. The fence wasn’t completely closed, instead, it had many openings for spears. During the time the attackers were busy destroying the logs of the fence, the defenders could simply stand behind it and use their spears to kill the enemy.

However, contrary to Duke Frances expectations, the defenders who should have been standing behind the fence were nowhere to be seen. The entire wall was currently in an unguarded state. So his vanguards carrying their axes were able to quickly open up some gaps in the wall. After the logs were out of the way, the rush towards the city began. A moment later, the wooden gate was also opened.

“Let’s go,” said the Duke, and shook the reins of his horse and led the rest of his troops to the gates. From the beginning of the siege until when the gates were opened, less than thirty minutes have passed, so what the hell was Garcia Wimbledon doing?

Frances frowned, even if she didn’t have much combat experience, she should still have known that she had to leave a small group of personal guards or hired mercenaries who had been bought with a lot of money and didn’t fear death behind to block the enemy’s offensive for as long as possible. Only in this way could she gain enough time for the larger group to flee.

The 3rd Princess is clearly not a stupid person. Otherwise, it could not be explained why she was able to take over the South so quickly. So why hadn’t she arranged for any men to defend the wall? Building a solid defense, even with well-placed traps in it, but with no one to operate it, is only a waste of money. Frances thought, it’s decided now, my personal guards will be the first group to step into the city and investigate whether the situation is safe.

But later, when the captain of his personal guards came back to report, he reported that even within the city it was still the same situation, they hadn’t met any resistance. However, there were indeed some wood and stone obstacles, but after his men had ordered the local inhabitants to work, those were soon removed.

Hearing this report, Frances no longer hesitated and began to lead his remaining troops towards Eagle City. He had followed King Wimbledon III on many campaigns during the years and could be counted as a veteran, so how could he let himself be scared off by a little girl? Contrary to what one might expect the time invested into analyzing the enemy’s steps for mistakes was not wasted. Because if he could wait until all the gates were captured, he could directly ride through the city and save a lot of time.

When he stepped through the gate, Duke Frances could smell something with a pungent smell. It wasn’t the smell of rotting corpses which often appeared on battlefields, but rather more like a mixture of pine nut oil, tangerine peel, and incense. If someone took a deep breath, they could even imagine it to be a perfume.

What is this smell? But when he observed his surroundings once more, he was unable to detect anything unusual. The only thing which didn’t seem right was that the ditch for the drainage system was blocked, and the sewage was overflowing out of its channel, slowly flowing along the ground. It had accumulated so much filth that he couldn’t tell how long it was that they hadn’t been cleaned, but when the sun fell on these dark substances, it reflected in five splendorous colors.

Probably the smell comes from this pile of sewage, Frances shook his head, clearing it of this unnecessary thought, then began to lead his unit further to the castle district.

Since they took over Eagle City, they naturally had to go to the Castle and the City Hall, and look to see if there was worth looting. Of course, it was very likely that Garcia had already plundered the city, so there shouldn’t be many gold royals left, but some of the larger crafts and ornaments were also very suitable trophies. Exactly for this occupation Frances had brought his own food carriages along. Regardless of the condition of the loot, everything would be loaded on the carriages. As for those mercenaries, most probably they were already looting the shops and the surrounding farms.

Well, for now, this doesn’t matter. It’s more important that Duke Joey is already dead, and it’s still unsure who will become his successor. So at this time it’s a close battle, to decide under whose rule this city will fall.

When Duke Frances entered the castle, he thought that he had come to the wrong place.

From the outside it appears to be the castle, he thought. But they hadn’t only taken all of the coins, no, they had cleared out the entire basement. They took all of the clothes and didn’t even leave behind a single corn in the grain storage. The several frescoes hanging on the walls were also all taken, leaving only blank walls behind. There were no longer any books in the bookcases and they also hadn’t forgotten to take the bed from the Lord’s bedroom either. In short, the whole castle had been stripped clean.

Was this something that was done in a hasty retreat? Frances gradually became more uneasy. If this hadn’t been planned out from the start, the castle wouldn’t have been cleared so thoroughly.

Right at the moment he wanted to go to the City Hall to see if was the same situation over there, a thick smoke suddenly began to emerge through the North Gate.

“What’s the matter, is something burning?”

“I do not know, Your Excellency, I have already ordered Moliere to go and take a look,” the Captain of his guard answered. “Perhaps it’s a fire that has been deliberately set by the enemy.”

Yes, that must be the case. The Duke’s first thought was that this all was a trap, but then he realized that this method of setting the gates on fire was meaningless. After all, they could easily bypass the gates, they only had to cross the slope and then they were already outside. Setting something on fire, without any additional attack was meaningless, after all, an organized team wouldn’t need much time to put the fire out.

The correct use of this tactic would be to set up soldiers at the inner side of the walls, who would wait until the fire had expanded all over the city, and then when the enemy’s troops started to panic that would be the time for their own surprise attack to start. If it was it’s done like this, it can easily disrupt the enemy’s formation, maybe even force them to retreat. But as he had said before, with no one to operate the trap, it was meaningless.

At this moment, out of the direction of the three other gates black smoke also began to emerge. And when he looked back at the fire at the North Gate he could see that it was spreading at much too fast a rate; as if the whole surroundings had been filled with straw. It didn’t take long until the first cries from the civilians could be heard, indicating that some of their houses were already lit.

This can’t be right… Duke Frances thought, the fire is coming from the north gate, but there was nothing with which to feed the fire, there was only an open space! But if there was nothing, how can the fire spread so fast? Wait… suddenly a horrifying thought popped up within his mind, could it be that Garcia Wimbledon had secretly recruited a witch?

Frances reassuringly touched the God’s Stone of Retaliation which hung around his neck, calming quickly beating heart. Hopefully, it is only a fire ignited by a witch, as long as that is the case I can directly walk through it. After all, with this stone that demonic fire simply cannot hurt me. And furthermore each member of my personal guards is also wearing this thing, so this fire can’t threaten us at all. As for the freedmen, who have no money to donate to the church, I just don’t have the time to attend to them.

Regardless of the fact that he possessed such a stone, the city had still become dangerous, so he decided to flee to the war camp at the South Gate. From there he could not only monitor Eagle City, but also wait for the new King to return with the cavalry. When he thought his next steps through, he immediately gave the Captain of his guards the command: “We will leave the city through the South Gate, during the ride you will blow the horn to gather all of our troops.”

“As you command!”

Everyone immediately went on their way, but when their group came near the South Gate, the flames had begun to cover the whole city, already setting many civilian houses on fire. The heat emitting from the fire became so hot that they were forced to retreat. In addition, the commoners who were originally hiding inside their houses behind closed doors, were now on the streets and fleeing from the flames. Crowding the whole streets with people. They became so many, that even the sword swinging knights were unable to move forward. There was nothing which would help against this panic stricken people fleeing to the only open space available which wasn’t burning yet. At this moment it seemed as if everything would be consumed by the surrounding flames and smoke.

“Everyone calm down; we have to get to the well. From it we can draw water to fight this fire,” Duke Frances quickly gave some orders, “Don’t try to save the houses, they are out of control. Just extinguish the burning obstacles on the streets, so that we get a path out of the city. Don’t stop the horn signal, let other people know where we are!”

“Sir!” shouted a knight who came from the direction of the city center. The knight didn’t even wait until his horse had stopped, instead, he immediately jumped off the horse. When he took a closer look he discovered that it was the knight sent to the North Gate by his Captain. “Sir, at the North Gate we are unable to get the fire under control!”

“What did you say?” Frances couldn’t believe it, so he had to ask again, “You are unable to fight the fire?”

“The flames are burning on this black water,” she said quickly, “Not only is it not extinguished with water, it is even quickly spreading over it, and now the whole northern city is burning!”

“An immortal fire,” Frances murmured, “Yes, it has to be demonic fire.” And then the Duke shouted, “Do not panic! This is Garcia taking advantage of the ability of this evil witches! As long as you wear God’s Stone of Retaliation you’re safe! Even if these flames seem frightening, they simply cannot hurt you!”

“So that’s the reason, you were so benevolent.” Moliere subconsciously stroked her chest, “Sir, what should we do?”

“With the God’s Stone of Retaliation we don’t need to fear anything! Everyone launch, we will break through!” The Duke waved his hand, “These demonic fire as long as we wear the God’s Stone of Retaliation, it will disappear without a trace!” He paused, “Moliere, you will lead the first group of people out, I will stay here and wait for the people who are still coming.”

The female knight nodded in confirmation, “Sir, you have to take care of yourself, pay attention that you don’t!”

Then she turned around and rushed without any hesitation towards the raging fire at the end of the street.


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Oil wars coming up soon haha. Good thing she doesn’t know how to utilize it properly yet.

  • Proxy Account

    Hmmm…with this, it makes it easier for Roland to acquire oil earlier than expected. Today Longsong Fort, tomorrow, the Port of Clearwater….

  • Psychronia

    Looking at all the comments, it feels odd to not particularly dislike Garcia.

    I know she tried to kill Roland(and succeeded) and most likely burned down a townful of civilians. But these are all in the vein of cold pragmatism instead of any real malice. I could see a ruthless type MC doing the same thing under different circumstances.

    She’s naturally not going to have Roland’s creative knowledge, but for someone of this era, I find her impressive.

    • Christian Leontsinis

      Hitler was impressive

      • Ⓜⓞⓜⓞ

        WAS.
        She’s gonna become past tense soon too

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    R.I.P. Female knight…

  • mllhild

    Oil, oil, oil. Garcia is gonna get a trading offer from Roland before the year is over.

  • timbone

    In media, female characters are usually done so they are easy to hate. And humans usually have double standards and will vilify a female character for doing the same as the male main character.
    Anyways it is pretty obvious that this behaviors are normal in “their time”, that is why the church started the succession battle as it was pretty obvious that the successors would try to kill each other.
    Roland isn’t exactly an epitome of morality as someone mentioned about faking Anna’s death. Everyone knows that prisoners in middle ages are usually commoners who offended nobles and didnt really commit any crime.
    Just like the commoner who was killed who running into a carriage.
    I did not see Roland pardoning unjustly imprisoned criminals.
    Probably the woman who was used as Anna’s double is innocent

    Also against a stronger army, telling your citizens about your strategy when there is a risk of spies amongst them is tomfoolery.

    Source: Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki
    http://www.novelupdates.com/series/genjitsushugisha-no-oukokukaizouki/

  • Light

    Considering how vicious she is (she should know it’ll be hard to fight the church’s control if she kills this many of the Crown’s people) and her seemingly unnecessary killing of Roland, I wonder if Garcia has been replaced by the church.

  • Hate her. I just want to get back to MC and his people.

  • FanChan

    stupid people ITS A WITCH IT HAS TO BE noooo you dummy no there are other ways to burn a goddamn city

  • Midnight2630

    yeah sure…anything you don´t understand is the witches fault…it seens like Longsong is gonna have the same fate as them…

  • Maxi King

    so garcia found oil

    • sarsara

      That seems likely. In control of the navy, her trading routes must have reached the desert and found the burning oil.
      That army just got roasted and they don’t even know it yet…

  • Wrandral

    First : YAY COMMENTS ARE BACK BABY!!!!!!

    Honestly i don’t think anyone missed that the city was a trap and what clinched it for good was the smell permeating the city. Unless she put greek fire on the walls too the best thing they can do is take ropes and get down the walls post haste (and leave the heavy equipment behind)… well they can also try charging through with their precious miracle stones for all the good it’ll do them hahahaha

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • watchin

    Welp, so long to them. I can already see her and roland fighting over oil in the future just like the good old Morden days that we live right now. On a another note, I really hate his sister, I can’t wait until she dies. I hope Roland personally does it

    • ofcoursenot

      Why do you hate the Sister?

      • Cause she tried to kill him for no reason!

        • watchin

          Exactly

      • Light

        She literally poisoned her brother to death just because he might have a 1% chance of adversely affecting her (remember that he was trash before and basically had no authority or people loyal to him).

        • mllhild

          If she got rid of all at once then she would have won by default.
          Also it was to test if the assasination failed because of the poison or because of the assasins. She concluded falsely that the drug was faulty since Roland still lives, so he was like a control group in a experiment

        • watchin

          Yes! Also because she got a leg up on one of his ideas!

      • SirKulinski

        I would say because she is literally burning an entire city to the ground with presumably the majority of it’s populace still in it. Which for the setting is probably 3-5k+

      • nerd_o

        because its impossible for his sister to be part of his harem

  • kirindas

    They should have realized something from the lack of resistance. Even charging into an oil fire. Wow…
    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • CrowFX

    For people who think the princess is evil or something akin to that, I think you are wrong. The idiots one are the civilians who are staying behind. The logical situation is that they don’t follow the princess.

    The princess probably already issued for evacuation and orders the people to follow her escape beforehand but there are always idiots among the masses who cannot listen to smart people. better leave people like these behind rather than dragging off you down.

    She is a realistic person and the more I know her, the more I like her.

    If you want to know something akin of evil. Try see the backstabbing princess who murders her own siblings, Elizabeth from Dungeon Defense. Now that is what I call character.

    • Weedisdaboss

      How the F. could you know if she issued for an evacuation order, all point´s that she left in the night and the people diden´t know it, for me she is actually on the same lvl with the princess from Dungeon Defense, but all the characters in that novel are psychos anyways……

      • ofcoursenot

        She didn’t leave in the night so yeah you are already wrong

    • Midnight2630

      i seriously doubt she issued an evacuation order…

      • ofcoursenot

        They had a bloody night for god’s sake that’s plenty of time

    • Hickups

      This is hella lot of assumptions and bullshit.
      From the people’s reaction it’s clear they weren’t warned beforehand. Why? Easy, first there would have been shit ton of people leaving the city which would have hindered her troops movement and alarmed the enemy. A simple interrogation would have revealed the trap.
      In a single night a pedestrian wouldn’t even get as far as 15 miles.
      Second the inhabitants would have rebelled if they knew. The fire is not only killing them in a literal sense but also economically. Their houses and possessions are nearly their entire fortune. Abandoning that means poverty and starvation.
      Garcia may be a realist but foremost she is a power hungry sociopath killing thousands of civillians in order to diminish her enemys military assets. Of all the candidates she is the worst yet.

    • MOHLT

      It looks like people were left behind on purpose, to hinder retreat of the soldiers when city is set on fire. She left “a single escape route”, so everyone gathered in one place and trapped themselves. Princess seems to be just another evil bitch.

  • Gaspar

    Its oficial, García is the worst B¥¢=∆ in the lot, burning to death even Her civilians, if she takes the crown, the church is done for… And Her country, and her civilians. Dammit Roland, crush your siblings fast or the loses will be uncoutable! He is the only decente ruler of the lot.

    • Dragrath

      Nobles during medieval period generally saw commoners as an expendable resource (If you pay attention to the start they mention using free men for logistics because they don’t want to lower food production, this was because commoners i.e. serfs were effectively slaves. In our world this mindset only faded in Europe due to rising middle class and new enlightenment ideals that allowed commoners to be in a position to revolt(France) or where Nobles and wealthy middle class were able to drain away the power of the king(England)

      The only reason Roland isn’t really holding that mindset is he comes from the modern era.

      But it should be warned that people who have too much power stop seeing their subjects as individuals even today with policy makers. In fact people are always more numb when they here x people dies than when they find out someone they knew faced tragedy.

      • DennMael

        Back at the beginning, after saving Anna, Roland had his men hang a similarly built woman as a replacement. I guess a fire witch is much more valuable to some miner’s daughter, but still a bit cold blooded off the bat.

        • Gege

          Well, we dont know who is the replacement. An unknown innocent or other criminal waiting for death penalty.

  • Inderaa Takamvra

    Grilled Knight ready to be served 😀

  • Atamahead027

    thats freaking oil!

  • Eberbach

    “Then she turned around and rushed without any hesitation towards the raging fire at the end of the street.” Oh no poor girl. I know they haven’t discovered natural gas yet but damn… throw the medallion in first to see what happens.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Mrel

    Wow this guy is stupid, “It must be witches”, he is supposed to be of high rank but this is the best he can come up with…

    • ylchow

      well, that’s medieval culture, high rank for battle power, not knowledge. Don’t think he’d ever encountered petroleum nor GREEK FIRE before

      • Mrel

        I would believe that people rise in rank depending on accomplishments in wars, and would have to lead people with a cautious mind to gain any merits, yet this guy sees fire which can not be put out with water and he then sends a whole squad into the fire believing it is witchcraft. This is not being cautious but reckless, while they might be pressed for time a leader should be able to keep his calm and think of multiple solutions.

        • Tatara

          Actually even today the merits tend to go to whoever takes the most credit instead of who did the best job. It was worse back then because not letting your superiors take credit would make your life hell and possibly result in less food.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Khitman18

    So any fires started by witches or black magic can be countered by God’s stone? I thought that once a fire starts it’s just plain fire, even if a witch is the ones that started it, so they should still get hurt. Because following their logic, a witch that has the power to cause disasters like tornadoes and earthquakes can be simply countered by God’s stone. I can understand the stone countering their power, but anything after that (resulting affects of their power like wildfire and tornadoes) should just be considered as natural disasters, which shouldn’t be countered by the God’s stone.

    • Michael Renner

      the guy assumed that it must all be magic fire because it’s burning in the middle of the road/not on wood.

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Seriously? Don’t they have oil lamps there? Naphtha was discovered two thousand years ago here in Persia, they already use it for lamps and burning things…

  • Simon

    Greek Fire???????

    • Ragef33

      It’s called “Oil”, you silly.

  • MangoGuy

    That should be oil….this is getting interesting!

  • LT F

    in regards to the burning black water/oil . . . it was mentioned in previous chapters that in a certain place where Iron Hand and Echo lived, they have that black water that cannot be extinguished once burned/lit . . . in other words, there’s the possibility that Garcia has someone had knowledge of that in her army . . . .
    so . . . good bye just-named-at-the-end-of-the-chapter female knight

  • Lum Wei Le

    Dang, someone found oil faster than the MC did.

    • Michael Renner

      naw, using oil just for it’s “can be set on fire” properties isn’t that fantastical. roland will make gas and with that can make a TANK or something.

      • klll2ln

        just do a flame launcher o.o

        • Meiwaku

          then you will have church at your door condemning piece of metal for serving devil… not wise

          • Arashi Darkness

            well,in the end roland fight the church anyway (and for him to get the oil,it will be take a long time)

  • Artibals

    oil? maybe the third princess is also from another world?

    • ylchow

      I hope not, I shudder to think someone from this world would sacrifice a whole city of citizens just to bbq her enemies

      • Artibals

        in our world there are many more cruelest “people” then that princess…

  • Michael Renner

    hahaha

  • Flyingfrogslash

    And so they get a rude introduction to the concept of oil fires. This will end poorly.

  • Dayum

    How many more chapters of the clown prince? What happened with Aurelia Elk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • watchin

    He finna get slaughtered. Can’t he tell that its a trap? Also was I right about TWD spoiler I posted some days ago or wasn’t I? I beat the the system and the “oppressor” lol im jk Roxerer, please spare me…

  • PuddingStick

    Here comes the upset.