If we continue like this, it’s dangerous, so let’s stop the carriage.
“Guel-san! Please stop the horse!!”
‘Why? Did something happen?’
‘I don’t know if they’re monsters, but there are enemies ahead!”
“Stop the carriage and be on guard!!”
Upon hearing that, Guel-san looked at me, then widened his eyes. After giving instructions to his subordinates around him, he stopped and everyone took out their weapons. However, there was one person who reacted differently.
“Don’t lie! Captain, we don’t need to stop; let’s keep going!!”
Huh!? Wasn’t that Aid-san? What are you saying?
“Aid, what are you talking about? She doesn’t seem to be lying!”
“I agree with Amy. Besides, I was hesitating on whether to stop or not, but I could faintly smell human scent from the direction she’s talking about. So, I decided to stop. It’s better to proceed safely.”
After hearing that, Aid-san furrowed his brow, gave me a strange look, and then turned to Guel-san.
“It might just be adventurers hunting monsters.”
“Hmm… it’s possible, but adventurers can be troublesome.”
Feeling like it might become a long discussion, I decided to get off the horse and took out binoculars. I turned towards the direction indicated by the radar, looked through the binoculars, and confirmed the precise position and number of enemies.
‘Hmm? … It’s strange. There are five people over there, but they’re all hiding behind trees and in the grass, looking at us as if they’re targeting us…’
Turning my face to the side and moving my lips meant we were having a discussion. Are these five people allies? Wait, one of them turned around. Could there be allies behind them?
While confirming the situation of the enemies about 200 meters away, someone approached behind me.
“Elrina-san, is that true?”
Oh, the one who came to me was the unfortunately handsome Keith-san.
“Yes, I think the people we see now are probably scouts. Keith-san, wasn’t there a gentle right curve ahead?”
I had already confirmed the route on the map, so I knew which way to go.
“Oh, right. What about it?”
I continued to explain to Guel-san and the others.
“There’s a forest on the left side along the road, and on the right side, there’s an open grassland with no hiding places. It looks like an ideal ambush point. Probably, the enemy is planning to block our path in the middle of the curve, engage in a battle with the force that blocks the road, and attack the carriage from the side while we’re distracted.’
The most efficient method is what I just described. Well, if the opponents are ignorant, they might just rush at us from the side. With their numbers, we would definitely win!!
Huh? Everyone is silent. Moreover, the Duke Valdeck, who was on the carriage, got off without us noticing. Wouldn’t it be safer to go back to the carriage?
“Um, are you all okay?”
Guel-san noticed and started giving orders to his subordinates.
“Keith, use your magic eye to check if those we see are enemies. Lizlina, summon your beast and scout. If what she says is true, there may be other enemies.”
Keith-san and Lizlina-san started moving as Guel-san instructed.
— Guel’s Perspective —
“Hey, Guel… Can I ask you something?”
Amy asked Guel with a puzzled expression.
“What’s up, Amy? I’m the captain now.”
“Sorry, Captain… What do you think of that girl?”
“What do I think…”
The two looked at Elrina, who was doing something in the grass on the right side of the road.
“I honestly don’t know what to say. Who is she?”
“An assassin from another continent?”
“She wouldn’t approach us if that were the case, right? Besides, there’s rarely an assassin who wouldn’t try to kill us with such a big shot nearby.”
Amy closed her eyes and seemed to be thinking for a while, but she still had a face that couldn’t be convinced.
“That’s true. She was also concerned about it, but something is off with Aid today.”
“Yeah, I felt that too. I’m planning to talk to Aid later.”
“I’d like to ask too.”
While the two were talking, Keith and Lizlina returned after finishing their reconnaissance.
“Captain! My summoned beast, Ritt, has returned!”
“I’m done too. I found out something amazing.”
“Good. Call Elrina, and when she comes, we’ll start the strategy meeting.”
“Got it. Elrina-chan, come over here! We’re going to have a strategy meeting!!”
Amy shouted loudly in the direction Elrina was, but wouldn’t that be too loud for the enemies over there to hear?
“Yes! I got it!!”
After responding, Elrina, who had been doing something in the grass, ran back to the group. You guys are too loud! The enemies might hear you!!
— Elrina’s Perspective —
“First, let me start. Those people who were watching us from behind the trees are most likely adventurers based on their equipment. When I used my appraisal skill, all five of them had a criminal history.”
It’s convenient to have an appraisal skill that can see that much.
“On my side, including the five Keith-san saw, there are thirty people. Ten of them are lying down on the spot or hiding in the shadows with weapons ready. Also, for some reason, they don’t seem to have horses.”
After hearing the report, Guel thought for a moment and then said to lizlina.
“They probably didn’t have horses because they couldn’t borrow them from the stable. It’s common for adventurers, unlike the escort class. So, do you know their positions?”
“Yes, the enemies are hiding. Five are behind the five who just appeared at the beginning of the curve, ten are hiding in the middle of the curve, and another ten are waiting on the side of the road ahead of the middle. If we continue like this, we’ll fall into the tactics Elrina mentioned.”
“Captain, let’s go from the right side of the grassland. That way, we can avoid engaging with those guys.”
“The grassland won’t work. I checked when I went into the grassland earlier. The ground was soft in many places. If the carriage enters the grassland like this, it might get stuck and unable to move.”
Aid suggested a plan, but I opposed it with a reason. Yeah, I went into the grassland earlier to check if that plan was feasible.
At that moment, Aid stared at me again.
Why does this person keep staring at me? Does he want to say, ‘Don’t interfere, little girl!!’?
“Let’s go back to the royal capital. It’s tough to deal with thirty people.”
Upon hearing Amy’s words, Guel said, ‘However…’ and crossed his arms, deep in thought.
Huh? … What? The radar is moving. What the hell!?
“Enemies are running towards us!!”
“Captain, it’s true !The Adventurers are running towards us with weapons!!”
Keith reported in a panic, pointing to the forest side.
“Everyone, take combat positions! Let’s confront the adventurers!!”
All the escort members took out their weapons to confront the approaching adventurers. I also had to cooperate, or else…
“Elrina-san, step back, it’s dangerous!”
Although Amy said so, I had no intention of stepping back.
“Please step back, it’s dangerous.”
“The one in danger is you! You only have a knife, right?”
… It’s probably better to show them than explain.
I changed the selector of ACE32 from safety to semi, took a kneeling position, aimed at one of the enemies about 170 meters away, and fired three shots. The bullets hit the man exactly—two in the chest and one in the head. After that, the man’s body lost strength, his balance collapsed as if stumbling, and he rolled, not moving.
Among the enemies watching, one person stopped and shouted loud enough to be heard here. The others stopped, turned around, looked at their fallen comrade, and started to panic.
My first kill… But if I worry about that now, I’ll be killed. So, without hesitation, I shot at the enemies.
“They’re completely open.”
I aimed at one of the standing enemies and fired three shots, a so-called triple tap. Then the bullets hit the man. As planned, two shots in the chest and one in the head. Immediately after, the running man’s body lost strength, his balance collapsed, and he stumbled as if tripping, not moving.
A shield-bearing enemy realized that the attack was coming from here, hid behind the shield, and ran towards us. I aimed at the likely location of the man’s body and fired five consecutive shots. The bullets penetrated the shield, hit the enemy hiding behind it, and were crushed against the shield.
“Enemies are starting to notice what just happened.”
“What’s going on? Enemies are suddenly falling and dying.”
“Could it be that you just killed them?”
“Are you the one who did it?”
I don’t have time to explain the situation to Guel and the others. The enemies are regrouping and running towards us again, so those with bows are stopping and shooting arrows. However, the bow’s range doesn’t reach us, and the arrows get stuck in the ground before hitting us.
To be prepared in case an arrow comes, I changed my kneeling position to standing, switched the selector from semi to full-auto, aimed at one of the enemies, and fired in bursts. The bullets hit the enemy’s abdomen and shoulder, causing him to stop moving. Then, I fired another burst to finish off the enemy.
But with this method, I won’t be able to finish them off before they reach us. Nothing to be done!
After defeating the fourth person, I changed my goal from killing enemies to stopping their movements.
I changed my aiming method, tracing the enemies from right to left as if drawing a point, aimed when the reticle aligned, and fired in full-auto. If I ran out of bullets, I reloaded, and from where I left off, I aimed and shot again.
About 25 meters away, most of the enemies were either injured, stopped moving, or fallen and unable to move, stopping them from coming towards us.
Whether they felt at a disadvantage or were scared, the enemies started shouting and began to run away. One person’s knee was shot, preventing them from escaping.
‘Well, let’s pick up that person and hear what they have to say. They might have a different story or say it’s not worth it, so they were hired by someone.’
“… Ah, right. Your iron rod is a weapon, isn’t it?”
Guel asked me, so I answered briefly.
“Yes, that’s right. It’s a weapon only I can use.”
Everyone else was looking at the scene in front of them in astonishment.
“No way… Is it true that one person faced thirty adventurers alone? Who are you?”
I smiled at Amy, who asked the question.
“Um, I’m probably just a normal person… maybe?”
“Why are you asking me about it?!”
Well, because I’m not sure if I’m even human, considering that my body was made by a god… right?
After that, Amy’s loud voice echoed across the grassland.
“Phew, that should be enough,”
After about 30 minutes of exercise, I warmed up my body a bit.
“Still, the sensation is quite off when going from 175cm to 159cm (estimated). But no matter how much I move, it’s strange that I don’t feel hindered by this chest… Maybe it’s thanks to the gods? Well, it’s about time to prepare for departure.”
I opened the menu, took out a black T-shirt and jeans in a PMC-style from the clothes I was wearing, changed into them, put on combat boots, attached knee pads, put on a headset, donned a chest rig, wore 5.11 Tactical gloves, and finally, attached a CQC holster to the waist belt.
“Yeah, looks good!”
Next, I prepared my weapons. For the main weapon, I had my beloved ACE32 (using 7.62×39mm rounds) with a custom setup featuring an EoTech EXPS3 and a 35-round magazine. As a secondary, I had the JERICHO941PSL (using 9×19mm rounds) and a full tang karambit knife.
“Feels like the tension is rising!”
I loaded the magazines into the pouch, double-checked my gear.
“All right, preparations complete. Let’s go!”
With dreams and hopes in my heart, I walked towards the city. Although I had encountered monsters several times from the small hill where I first landed to the road, the monsters here were low-level, and most of them were taken down with just one shot from the Galil or one to two shots from the Jericho. I asked the gods what to do with the defeated monsters.
“Put them in the item box, and later, have the guild dismantle them. Oh, and when you register with the guild, it’s better to register with the comprehensive guild, not the adventurer’s guild. Also, I’ll send you the currency rate via mail, not like I forgot or anything!”
Well, I might have forgotten about the money. But why is it better to register with the comprehensive guild? Well, I’ll find out in town. It should be something easy to figure out.
But then I reached the road. I could easily get there by car from here, but… yeah, let’s walk. I don’t want to attract weird things by using a car.
As I walked halfway to the city on the road, a problem occurred. For some reason, this carriage had been following me the whole time. Three carriages had passed me at high speed before encountering this one, and they didn’t pay me any mind. However, this particular carriage, with five guards all mounted on horses and wearing the same equipment, didn’t pass me. It looked expensive, and there was a crest-like emblem, so they were probably escorting someone important.
I was initially cautious, but now I was just puzzled. They weren’t marked as enemies on the radar, they didn’t try to talk to me, and they certainly didn’t show any hostility. They were just running the carriage next to me, but there was an oppressive atmosphere or… well, I really didn’t know what to make of the situation.
…Ugh, I can’t take it anymore!
Unable to endure this awkward atmosphere, I gathered my courage and called out, “Uh, excuse me!”
One of the guards, a man, turned towards me. It felt intimidating, but I couldn’t back down now.
“Uh, please don’t mind me… Please, go ahead and proceed.”
The man looked at his companions before turning back to me with a smile.
“Could it be that we’ve been bothering you by being next to you?”
Yes, that’s right. I was thinking I might get kidnapped or something!
“Don’t worry. We have no intention of harming you. Besides, it’s the issue with our carriage that’s making us slow.”
The woman next to the man continued the explanation.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, you see, there’s someone inside the carriage saying, ‘Stop the horse…’ Ah!”
Huh? I heard a faint voice coming from inside the carriage. Could there be a sick person on board?
While I was thinking about it, the man who was talking before shouted, “Stop the carriage!” to the person driving it, and the guards immediately opened the door. A pale-faced old man crawled out on all fours and started sobbing on the spot.
“W-What? The reason the carriage is slow is because of this?”
“That’s right. The Duke there suffers from terrible motion sickness. If we increase the speed, it’s immediately like this,” the man pointed at the old man. Is it okay to do that in this world?
“Sorry for showing you such an embarrassing sight. I appreciate you handing me the water.”
“No, don’t worry about it.”
After that, the old man, apparently unable to show himself anymore, [I can’t show you!] and I used my credits to buy mineral water, handing it to him. I had earned a decent amount in the game, so it wasn’t a problem.
“I think you can tell from the family crest, but my name is Nelson, Duke Nelson Dia Valdeck. What is your name?”
“I see. By the way, Elrina, are you perhaps on your way to Gozes?”
Gozes… I’m pretty sure that’s the name of the city set as my destination on the map.
“Yes, I’m going to the city to register with the comprehensive guild.”
“I want to express my gratitude to you. Would you like to ride in my carriage?”
“Oh, no… I’ll just take your kind offer in spirit.”
After all, the carriage seemed to smell bad. And it seemed like a hassle to travel with a noble.
“It’s better if you come with us. You seem to only have a knife as a weapon,” the woman who was escorting me said.
Everyone is ignoring the guns right in front of them… Does that mean guns don’t exist in this world? Well, considering even a duke uses a carriage for transportation, I had expected that.
“No, I’m fine, thank you.”
The woman, noticing something, pointed to the back of her horse.
“Then, I’ll let you ride behind me. How about that?”
For some reason, everyone seemed to agree.
Did everyone misunderstand something?
“Umm… I guess that’s fine.”
And so, I ended up being taken to Gozes.
“By the way, we haven’t introduced ourselves yet. I’m Amy Listet, a human. The one next to me is Guel, our captain. By the way, we belong to the knight order of this country.”
“I’m the captain of this squad, Guel Rat Hondo, of the Black Wolf tribe. Nice to meet you!”
Hondo? That’s an unusual name.
“Hondo… that’s an unusual name.”
“His Hondo surname is said to be from a hero who came from another world, fought the Demon King, and settled in this world. And he’s the descendant of that hero.”
Oh, so they did hero summoning before me… By the way, who’s the handsome guy who told me from behind?
“Sorry for the late introduction. My name is Keith Idea, an elf. Nice to meet you. And the girl next to me is Lizlina, and
the guy over there is Aid. Both are humans.”
“I’m Elrina. Nice to meet you all.”
At least I should make the basic introductions.
Among the two introduced by Keith, the woman said, “Nice to meet you,” but Aid just said, “Ah,” and started looking around.
This person seems restless. Is he cautious about his surroundings? Or is he nervous because it’s his first mission?
“By the way, miss, if you have time, would you like to have tea in Gozes?”
What is this Keith person saying?
“Are you hitting on her again? Didn’t you tell Amy and Lizlina the same thing before we left?”
“Don’t worry, Elrina. He’s quite the womanizer. You don’t have to go with him.”
“You’re harsh. I just want to see a beautiful woman’s smile. That’s all I’m thinking.”
Listening to Guel and Amy’s conversation, it seems that he’s quite fond of women. But what concerns me more is Aid.
“Hmm? What is it?”
“Is Aid always like that during missions?”
“Well, he’s not usually like this. I wonder if he’s in a bad mood today.”
Hmm, is it his mood…? He doesn’t seem irritated, though.
“Alert! Danger detected at 12 o’clock, potential enemies!”
The radar showed enemy marks ahead. It’s dangerous to proceed like this. I have to inform Guel and the others!