Record of Wortenia War – v1-c22

Editor: Thorrium.

Chapter 1 E 22 – (Surprise Attack 2)



A violent wind that suddenly attacked, tore
the tent to sheds, as if a massive sword sliced the tent in a single stroke.
And after several seconds, the wind stopped and Saitou raised his body
up.

“Your highness! Your highness!”

“I-I’m fine… What just happened?”


Sardina tried answering Saitou’s words, but it was muffled as she had been
protected by Saitou throwing himself over her.

“Your highness are you alright…?! Damn it, that bastard!”

After making sure Sardina was okay, Saitou directed he turned his gaze at
Ryouma, where he saw a girl standing.

“Are you alright, Master?”

And that girl wrecked the handcuff using her sword.

“Yes. Your timing was perfect. You’ve saved me, Sara. Is Laura
safe?”

“It’s about time my older sister finished dealing with the soldiers
outside. Just like master said, it was easy an victory against them.”

“Ara~. I’ve already finished dealing with them, Master.”

Saitou heard a voice from behind him.

“Your highness!”

Sardina reacted to Saitou’s word, and hid behind Saitou’s body.
His situation is just like an opposite side of the same coin. <TLN:
Basically no matter where he was facing, there’s an enemy in front and his
back.>

“Are you alright Laura?.”

“Yes. Since it was done in immediately after I’ve used the wind magic.
After all the soldiers, didn’t seem to be expecting an magical attack, rather
they seemed to be guarding against monsters instead.”

Hearing Laura’s statement, Saitou raised his voice. “Impossible! A magical
attack?!”

This situation was unexpected for Saitou and Sardina. After all, they had
not been expecting the person they pursued to have companions. Much less anyone
capable of using magical arts.
Since there are not many people, who can use magic, those who serves the empire
immediately gains the same ranks knights, if not higher.
As for mercenaries and adventurers, they are people that can be considered
first class.
Being able to use magic art, usually made them equal to no less than five
warriors.
And Gaies whom Ryouma had killed, had been compared to a whole army.

Of course, just because one person can use the destructive power of magic, it
does not mean that it guarantee victory, Ryouma being able to kill Gaies can be
regarded as a proof of that.
Either way, it was impossible for a person that had just been summoned from
another world, seven days ago to have learned how to use magic arts, and it was
unthinkable for the same person to have become acquainted with someone who knew
how to use it.

“You! who in the world are you guys…?!”  Hearing Sardina’s
question, Laura readied her sword while answering the question.
“We’re someone who serves master. Masters enemies are our
enemies.”

(This girl! She…)

Looking at Laura’s stance, Sardina’s intuition alerted her of something.
Even among her subordinates only a few of them have such mastery in swordsmanship.
Although without a doubt, ability wise Sardina was still better.
However, within Laura’s eyes, she could feel the resolution showing that she
was prepared to die, as long as she could take Sardina with her.
And Saitou could feel the same determination from Sara.

(What’s going on… Why are they willing to go that far for this guy? It’s only
been 7 days since he was summoned to this world!)

For Sardina, the order to catch Ryouma was important, but now the question was
if Sardina could survive this, which was in stark contrast to them originally
thinking that this mission shouldn’t have possessed any real danger.
Both Saitou and Sardina, are very important people for the Empire.
They are meant to be part of the future of the Empire commanding the
battlefield.
They cannot afford to lose their lives just because of a single otherworlder.

“Saitou… We should withdraw for now.”

It was the decision that she come up with after calculating the various losses
and gains within her mind.
Sardina muttered it to Saitou with a small voice, as to not making it easily heard
by Ryouma and the others.

“Yes. Since such an unexpected situation has unfolded, we have no choice
other than withdrawing… However, will they let us go easily just like
that?”

“Indeed. However, this is not the place where we should die. With Gaies
being dead, and then us as well on top of that, the Empires power will decline
too much… If that happens then…”

“The occupied and the surrounding nations will take revenge…”  That
would the payment for invading neighbouring countries.

“If you want to withdraw, then I don’t mind you know?”

Ryouma’s words immediately shook up the situation that had turned into a
stalemate.
It was Saitou who responded first.

“Don’t be stupid… There’s no reason for us to withdraw here! We will
bring you to the imperial capital, along with those two women as
well.”

“Hee? Are you both going to risk your life just to capture us?”

An expression of ridicule appeared on Ryouma’s face.

“I can see if a person has the courage to risk their life or not just by
looking at their eyes, you know?”

Eyes are as eloquent as the tongue.
From their gaze, gestures, and glint within their eyes, the inside of human
mind can be seen through.
Just like how Saitou had read Sara’s mind that she’s prepared to die just by
looking at her eyes, it’s not weird for Ryouma to be able to do so as
well.

“Then, what is your intention? Killing us, was that not your
goal?”

“Well sure. That was my original intention. But the situation
changes…”

Ryouma then shrugs his shoulders.

(As expected… This person was planning on killing us … No wonder that he was
willing to get caught so easily…)

Sardina felt cold sweat running down her back.
This is the real reason of the bad feelings that they had felt a while ago.

(Certainly, his measures are effective. We thought that the other person tried
to escape, never in our wildest dream would we have thought, that the hunted person
would turn their fangs toward us instead.)

And as the result of having been out maneuverer, most of their soldiers were
scattered throughout the forest, and magical arts had annihilated those that
guarded the camping ground.
Had Saitou intuition not kicked in, Sardina might also have died due to the
surprise attack.

(However, this situation… when three against two, they should have the
advantage. It is not impossible to kill us if he were to sacrifice the two
girls, but why?)

“I see… You don’t want to fight huh.”

Listening to Saitou’s words, Sardina opened her eyes wide.
Why would someone like the otherworlder, not want to fight in this situation?
Since Saitou and Sardina was his original target, the only reason should be
those two.

“Well, that’s how it is… The two of them are willing to put their lives
for me you see.”

Ryouma’s line of sight is being directed toward Sara and Laura.

“No matter how high the possibility for me to survive, I won’t be able to
kill the both of you without sacrificing one or perhaps both of
them.”

(I see if that is the case then we should use those women as a shields. But no,
in this situation, it would be impossible. Furthermore, he does not seem to be
a person who sacrifices his life for the women…)

“Your highness. For now, we have no choice…”

Saitou’s advice was similar to what Sardina had in mind.
There’s no other way around it, no matter how much they think about it.

“Very well… We will withdraw here. Saitou put your sword
back.”

Responding to Sardina’s instruction, Ryouma also gave instructions to Laura and
Sara.

“Laura, Sara, withdraw!”

Listening to Ryouma’s order the two of them put their sword away and walked
toward Ryouma’s side.
However, they still showed the intention of being Ryouma’s shield the moment
Sardina made any suspicious movement.

“You don’t have to be that cautious. In the name of the first imperial
princess of Ortomea Empire, we shall withdraw here.”

Even with such words coming from Sardina, the girl’s attitude does not
change.

“Sorry about that.”

Yet Ryouma still minded the sister’s attitude.
And apologized toward Sardina.

“Well, that’s fine. Although we will withdraw now, we won’t stop our
pursuit in the future, you know?”

As for that, it was natural.
The reason why Sardina gives up capturing Ryouma now, is simply because the
situation is too disadvantageous.
In the extreme case, if there were dozens of soldiers in this place, then it
would be unthinkable that Sardina would withdraw.

“Well, I guess that’s pretty obvious. Since from your point of view, I’m a
criminal after all.”

Ryouma said those words calmly.

“However, I have no intention to get caught by you? Killing that gramps or
wanting to kill both of you, I never consider them as something wrong. So I
don’t mind for you to chase after me, put your life on the line and
come!”

Listening to Ryouma’s statement, Saitou, being unable to hold his patience asked
a question.

“Back in Japan, were you a criminal?”

Saitou simply had to know.
He was wondering how a person who had been summoned not long ago from Earth,
was able to adapt to this world rule immediately.
Where in this world strength is everything, survival of the fittest.
There’s nowhere in this world where sweet words such as ‘human right’ can be
heard.
If one does not want to be trampled over, the only way is to become
strong.
Saitou realizes these after he was being summoned by Gaies, and spend years
being thrown into war, killing other people while smeared by mud and blood.
It was an entirely different life compared to what Saitou had on Earth.
That’s why it was surprising to him, that Ryouma who had just been summoned one
week ago, was able to think in such a way.

“Ha? What are you talking about?  I
mean if it’s something along the line of having urinating outdoor then yes.”

“No. What I meant is something much more serious…   have you ever committed anything like a
murder?”

“Don’t say something that absurd old man. I’m just your ordinary high
school student. Well, I do have some knowledge of the ancient martial arts. But
being a murder, impossible!  My criminal
record is clean!”

“Then how? How are you able to remain calm after killing someone? Have you
never thought something like that as horrifying or wrong?”

Ryouma answered Saitou’s question after brooding a little.

“I would like to ask something to you. Do I have to feel sorry for someone
who tried to infringe my freedom and sacrifice my body as a pawn?”

Ryouma continued his words even when Saitou shows an astonishing face.

“I never felt anything like that After all, it was just me tried to defend
myself against an opponent who tried to infringe my freedom. It is stupid for a
person who is getting hit yet not hitting them back. And because I follow that
logic, I usually don’t beat anyone, as I don’t want others to beat me up.
However if it is to defend myself, I will retaliate, there is nothing wrong
with that!”

After declared those words, Ryouma looked at Laura.

“Well now… This is not the time for me to talk about my philosophy of
life… Laura.”

Ryouma nodded towards the entrance of the tent.

“If we take too much time talking, soldiers might come back to this
camping ground. I will go cross the border immediately alright?”

When they were about to head out of the tent, Laura kept an eye on Sardina and
Saitou, since she didn’t trust Sardina’s words.

“Very well. Go… But, never forget this. The Empire won’t let you escape
forever. You will never step your foot into the Empire territory again.”

Sharp light appears within Sardina’s eyes.

“Run away as best as you can. Soon, the western continent will be united
under our Empire. When that is the reality, then there won’t be no place left
for you to live!”

Sardina shouted such words at  Ryouma who
was leaving  the tent.

“Is that so… If that’s the case then, I will simply return to my
original world before that happens.”

Ryouma said those words without turning around and disappears into the
forest. 

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