Sevens: Fortress Redant

Fortress Redant

That place was once a fort.

But now it had become a triple-walled fortress enclosing an army of ten thousands.

Fort Redant, now Fortress Redant had begun to get its shape together.

I gripped the Jewel, riding quilin-form May, as I looked down at the fortress from above. I got a grasp of the area’s three dimensional map produced from my Skills, and as I looked at the fortress, I conversed with my ancestors in the Jewel.

At times like these, I’m thankful there’s someone like May, who understands the situation.

The Fifth confirmed the fortress.

『Anti-magic defense can just be kept to the surface. We don’t have time, so build it with one-time use as the premise. As long as you pour your zeal into the final wall, it’s fine if the other two break.』

We smeared the outside with a thin layer of material that reflected Mana. That alone made quite a difference, but it wasn’t reliable enough against an army of hundred thousands.

Originally, the entirety of the fortress’ construction would be made of material strong to Mana. But we didn’t have that sort of time, so the idea was rejected.

I also confirmed the traps. Since it was estimated from the start that the first two walls would be breached, we planned to set traps between them.

The Third looked at the fortress headed for its completion as he spoke.

『Oil, gunpowder, and arrows… it’s not enough, but it leaves you with quite a few means. The problem would have to be the sky.』

It’s been said that when facing an army of monsters, the greatest problem becomes the ones that fly through the sky.

I’ve yet to experience a battle of armies on this scale, but it seems there was a large difference between man and monsters.

The fact that monsters knew no retreat.

If man knew he had no chance of victory, he could step down if he so desired. But monsters had no such concept, pressing forward until the very end.

Because of that, it was possible to catch them with obvious traps. But their ability to break through them was something else.

And of those monsters able to break through most everything, the greatest pain was the flying ones. They pass right over ramparts, and can even attack from the rear.

If they flew up high enough, they were foes difficult to lay hands on. More than anything, if a powerful monster- say a Gryphon- were to land atop the walls, the rank and file soldiers wouldn’t be enough to handle it.

I looked in the direction of the fortress, laying in wait for the monster assault.

“We could keep chipping down at them. But I doubt that would actually inflict much damage to their side.”

The first time, I borrowed Shannon’s eyes to do recon.

And the second trip, I went with May to whittle away the troublesome monsters.

The third time… I rained a few hundred arrows on them, but the monsters specialized in magic were able to block them.

Flying monsters alone made a few thousand, I’m sure. What I defeated wouldn’t even make up a hundred of them.

I wanted to keep chipping down at them like this, but I had another job to do.

“Personally, I’d like to just attack, and crush them. Is there really a need for me to go out of my way to make an appearance? You humans really are obsessive over that sort of thing.”

As May shook her head tiredly, she was linked with Connection, so the Fifth was able to call over to her.

『Please endure it, May. It’s at times like these that morale is more important than all else. Monsters don’t have such a thing, but humans need a will to fight.』

If they didn’t have that, the human side would crumble oh so easily.

No matter how certain I was we could win, that would be pointless if the others didn’t believe that as well.

“Do your best, me!”

Seeing her get so motivated on the Fifth’s words, I gave a bitter smile.

I confirmed the traps on their course.

We had prepared all we could, but the ancestors said that something of this level wouldn’t drop their numbers too much.

According to them, it was just on the level of better than doing nothing. Pitfalls would instantly be filled in, and trampled over. Against a hundred thousand monsters, if the traps put a few thousand to rest, it was only a measurement error.

On top of that, this time’s monster army… the worst part was that it was well balanced.

With airborne forces, and plenty of monsters skilled in magic. I doubt they would have any sort of coordination, but I could already see the sight of them concentrating their magic fire on the fortress.

Not have a fortress built on that land for nothing, there were cliffs around, putting a limit on enemy passage. If I could call that a saving grace, I would.

The Seventh opened his mouth.

『Well, the ones holed in the fortress have the advantage. Though the enemy’s more than ten times.』

Thinking just of troop numbers, it looks like they would definitely break through.

“Well, we did whatever we could.”

The Fourth nodded favorably.

『Right. You’ve done pretty much everything you could do in this short period of time. You’ve turned a fort to a fortress to confront Bahnseim in the future. You’ve taken in the elves, and had them publicize you as the hero standing against overwhelming odds. Though we could do with a bit more of a fighting force.』

Zayin and Lorphys… we had borrowed soldiers from them.

To those two countries, it was surely a troublesome talk. The upper echelon may be rejoicing over its reduced debt, but to the lower ends, it was simply outrageous.

The mercenaries and adventurer had, to defend their city of Beim, hardened their defenses around the urban center for a defensive war.

We recruited volunteer soldiers from the villages near the border, but they didn’t even reach a thousand. If we were to continue gathering them, just how many could we get… what’s more, they wouldn’t be that useful as soldiers in the first place.

While they had weapons, they hadn’t undergone the training of a soldier.

(Well, it’s not like our goal is to get them to fight, though.)

At times like these, Beim didn’t have to gather its civilians as soldiers. So trying to do so wasn’t very productive.

The Third spoke.

『Now then, Lyle. The circumstances are hopeless. It’s a mistake to try and challenge this situation! Anyone would think that.』

“I’m sure they would. But…”

『… That’s the best part!』

I could somehow imagine the Third’s scheming smile in my mind.

… Beim’s eastern Guild branch.

Behind her receptions counter, Marianne was releasing her wrath.

“I told you no already! Your party isn’t being forced to participate. There’s no meaning in pointlessly throwing down your lives!”

The one she confronted was Erhart. Before the wrath that shattered her usual fluffy atmosphere, the surrounding adventurers, and Erhart’s party looked quite confused.

Her fellow receptionists were also looking at her in shock.

“B-but Marianne-san. We’ve already gotten all our equipment in order… and if we join in, there will be a reward. If we work outside the city, the sum we’ll get springs right up.”

Even the usually stubborn Erhart was stumbling over his words in front of Marianne’s anger.

“Because you’ve only just gotten your equipment together, you think you’ve become first-rate? Just stop it right there. Listen here, if you keep thinking like that, you’re definitely going to die! All you’ve done up to now is odd jobs, and you’ve occasionally hunted monsters outside in the space between them. So how strong have you gotten in a couple of months? Do you really understand that?”

Her role was to offer kind words to new recruits, but this time the individual herself had forgotten her own job.

Erhart spoke.

“W-what’s with you? We’re no chopped liver! You’re the one who said we had talent, aren’t you!?”

Marianne looked down, and bit her lower lip. She clenched her fist, and she felt she was about to cry, but she endured, and made the most repulsive smile she could muster.

“I’d say it to anyone. It’s not like you lot were special or anything. There are plenty adventurers of your caliber around. Because some petty praise was enough to make you do the jobs no one wanted, I merely dealt with you amiably.”

Stroking her hair, she turned a mocking smile to Erhart’s party.

“S-so that’s how you’ve been thinking of us up to now!? We were truly thankful for you, Marianne-san, and we wanted to…”

“Hah? Don’t get so stuck up. And what of it? Now go pick a job you’re actually capable of already, and don’t get in the way of my work, won’t you?”

What Marianne proceeded to hand Erhart was a manual labor request for building up the city’s defenses. A non-combatant role.

Erhart’s party hung their heads. Of his comrades, there was even one letting his tears flow.

The words of their kind and reliable elder sister-like existence had brought about a terrible shock.

Erhart silently signed the document, before crushing it in his hand, and slamming it down on the table.

“… I believed in you.”

Marianne filed that form with a shameless attitude, and handed an envelope over. And after snatching it from her hands, Erhart’s party left the counter.

Seeing them like that, Marianne lowered her shoulders in relief.

Tanya immediately came to Marianne’s side.

“Marianne, you’ve been summoned.”

Thinking she’d really screwed up, Marianne made a hazy smile as she stood, and proceeded straight to her superior’s room.

Tanya took over the counter in her stead, and kept the adventurers company…

… The superior’s room.

Hearing Marianne’s report of the circumstances, the supervisor didn’t seem all too angry.

“Marianne, I had thought you more clever than that. If they wish for it, what harm is there in sending an adventurer party or two to the front lines? It’s nothing you should feel responsible for.”

Marianne cast her eyes down.

As she reported to her boss, he was smiling ever-so-slightly.

“You’re… right. Even so, when I watch over them, my feelings boil up. Those children still have futures ahead of them. Letting them die here is…”

Perhaps her superior understood her sentiment, as he let out a sigh.

“It’s precisely because you’re like that, that you’re in charge of the new recruits. But today’s matter will spread in an instant. Since you played the bad guy to stop them, it will become a hindrance to your work. So from here on, I’ll be having you man the desks on the third floor. No more newbies for you… do your best in your new post.”

On her superior’s words, Marianne felt like crying again. Not from joy. But as she felt they were about to come out, she held a hand to her mouth.

“… Thank you very much. I shall get right to it.”

After giving such a reply, she left the room…

… With her work reaching a good point to go off shift, Tanya headed for the break room, and ran into Rühe.

“Ah, good work, Tanya-san!”

Bright and energetic, she took a bit of an oversized attitude towards her superiors, but she knew not to do that to those she couldn’t oppose at all costs.

And she was skillfully spending her days at this workplace.

“Likewise. How are things going on your end?”

When Tanya sat and asked, Rühe gave a delighted smile.

“We’ve safely managed to get adventurers to dispatch to the important points outside the city. The reward was a good one, and if I was the one asking, then… they said.”

Seeing her speak so pleasantly, Tanya recalled. Still young, the generation that hadn’t experienced the last rampaging Labyrinth.

That was the age Rühe was part of.

“… So when I asked an adventurer I knew really well, he took it on! Said there was something he wanted to tell me when he got back!”

From Rühe’s attitude, it seems she got on considerably well with that adventurer. And hearing that, the veteran receptionists sent eyes of sympathy her way.

Tanya had a general estimate of what sort of man that adventurer was. An adventurer classified as proficient, but in the sense of how the Guild perceived him, that was.

If you were to ask him if he was really strong, he would only shake his head.

Rühe struck up a conversation about Marianne.

“Even so, could it be you’ve finally reached your limit? Those sorts of adventurers with nothing but ulterior motives on their mind really do send the vilest of glances, after all. You have my sympathy.”

What Tanya, and the other senior adventurers remembered as they looked at Rühe, was Marianne.

When she had only just become a receptionist, she had been beautiful and kind, and popular. And with all the flattery she received, she had taken on a Rühe-esque behavior.

Tanya thought.

(I do pray you don’t become the second Marianne, Rühe.)

As the Guild was moving around busily, Tanya felt a form of generation shift taking place in the office…

Redant Fortress.

As I stood on a high point of the structure, there were flags around. There was one of Beim, but around it were the flags of Zayin, Lorphys… and the Walt House as well.

That flag that took after the Blue Jewel being hung from its silver ornaments was something I made of my own accord.

Wearing blue armor I had a smith finish up, I held my helmet under my right arm, and turned.

The numbers we’d gathered were just over twenty six thousand. It was lower than estimated, but I thought that couldn’t be helped.

And as the morning sun rose, I saw a black shadow on the other side of the horizon. An army of monsters.

“Gentlemen! I’m sure a majority of you are thinking this: ‘Why is it that we must bet our lives for the likes of Beim?’ …. ‘Why should we listen to the orders of a whelp like me’ …”

I wrung out a loud voice, holding out my left hand. The armed army remained in silence.

“This fight. It truly is only for Beim’s benefit. Beim is moving with the breach of this fortress as a premise. Refusing my call to dispatch adventurers, they concentrate their powers on defense of the city, and only send adventurers and mercenaries to the points they deem important!”

Yes, quite a terrible tale there. Of course, I’m sure Beim had a lot they’d want to say in response, but there wasn’t anyone from Beim here, so that wasn’t a problem.

I didn’t lie either.

“It truly is unfair. You who pledged your lives to your motherlands are to fight for the sake of some other nation… but is it really alright to abandon Beim!? Is it really right to watch Beim’s suffering from the sidelines!? It isn’t just Beim who shall be unreasonably trampled down by monsters! All the people who live on these lands shall suffer the same fate! And I cannot permit that!”

From the Jewel, I heard the Fourth’s voice.

『Yep, looking good. You’ve got to make a grand proclamation here on how you’re different from Celes.』

Milleia-san chimed in to shoot him down.

『Even if they’re different, this is still quite dubious. He isn’t lying, but he isn’t giving the whole truth either.』

This address… it’s not like it was only directed to the soldiers alone. More than that, it was meant for Beim’s civilians that we had gathered here.

I’m working hard, but Beim abandoned you, is the point I’m trying to appeal.

As I continued the address, I pulled a sword that looked the part from my waist. It wasn’t a katana, but a double edged sword for appearance’s sake. I pointed it at the heavens, and wrung out my voice.

“If fate is to lie in this plight of mine, the goddesses will surely answer to it! Here I swear, I will protect this point for the sake of the people to be trampled underfoot!”

At the moment, May raced down from the sky in her quilin form. The soldiers looking up watched the quilin, and raised their voices.

“O-oy! It’s a quilin!”
“No way. Could this really be fate…”
“It couldn’t be, no it has to be…”
“We can win. We can win this!”
“Yeah, there’s a quilin on our side!”

(As expected of the symbol of good fortune.)

I had concealed her existence up to now, but opted to use it here.

Favorable opinions started to come out. Naturally, they were shills. The ancestors didn’t loosen their hands on these finer preparations.

As May descended to my side, the soldiers raised cheers of joy. I could see the morale rising before my eyes. And I felt their heat was even going to reach me up here.

“We have the grace of the goddess! Our fortress of Redant shall be the graveyard of those vile legions! Just follow my lead!”

When I raised my voice, the voices of soldiers calling my name overlapped a few ten thousand times, creating something quite magnificent.

(Damn, deceiving them leaves a bad taste in my mouth.)

I loathed myself for performing this morale raising address.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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76 Responses to Sevens: Fortress Redant

  1. BadJoke says:

    Thanks for the chap and first 😆


  2. Thanks for a chapter


  3. Forest Hawker says:

    am i so early? IMPOSSIBLE!


  4. inkthief says:

    Shit, Lyle’s really getting his hands dirty. But I guys that’s something he has to do, sooner or later.


  5. Murali says:

    I wonder how Mr Lyle would have handled this…

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  6. Syno says:

    I unconsciously keep reading Fortress Redant as Fortress Ardent. I’d commend the author on clever wordplay but you never know whether he named it so on purpose


  7. Harukaze says:

    Thanks for the chapter~

    Just waiting for everyone’s dumbfounded looks when the valkyrie units race across the battlefield cleaving down hundreds of monsters at a time like this is some sort of dynasty warriors game.

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    • Kortodo says:

      For some strange reason your comment made me remember that battle in LotR, where the dwarf and the elf were competing on the kill count. I really want to see the girls doing that here, making all the soldiers stare in awe.

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  8. Yuzuru says:

    i see it
    *adjusts imaginary eyeglasses*
    I see the end
    its fast approaching,
    The most anticipated return of mr.lyle


  9. Raufgar says:

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    So, it begins…


  10. GM_Rusaku says:

    ………..γ ̄ヽ………Thanks!…………
    …….r’-‘| O |…~……..Nepu!!……..
    …………| ,|……~…….(´・ω・`)……..
    ……..,,-/ ̄|、…………O旦と )……..


  11. Deepon says:

    With over 100,000 monsters to kill, i wonder if lyle will level up again.


  12. abaddonsama says:

    So…….we can expect boss level monsters to appear right…………and we can also expect him to go through like a million growths right? I mean, he’s going to have to get rid of the flying monsters at least, so that’s going to give him a butt ton of experience

    Maybe mr lyle wont ever leave us again~~


    • ampzz says:

      With Lyle’s skill [Experience] it will just accumulate until either everything is over or about to be finished then hit him (/them) afterwards unless he has one immediately after taking down another boss-level monster like what happened during the labyrinth subjugation time. In saying that though, he’s already taken down one of them in the previous chapter that even May said was troublesome since they casually ate her kind.

      The only thing that might make a difference is how long of a defensive battle the Redant Fortress actually happens since growths generally happen the next day after a rest period since we’ve seen it as a commonplace happening via all the previous volumes.

      Lyle’s party themselves need to experience more growths to get into an even playing field against Celes who likely has her own elite force – automaton butler, zombified qílín, and whatever else novelty items she’s managed to net herself by now.

      For Zayin, and Lorphys armies they could actually do with experiencing additional growths from a story aspect point as they will be involved in the final battles against Bahnseim after all. Even more so going up against the mammoth Walt House strictly-trained-for-years force.

      From a commanding aspect the fact Lyle is focusing on the troublesome aerial forces is a massive plus since it allows all of his allies, and allied armies the opportunity to solely focus on slaughtering all of the ground-based opponents. Which again helps train them up for the future to work on co-coordination between their respective country’s force.


      • abaddonsama says:

        Hmmm i agree with all that youve said. I was only stating. The time that Mr. Lyle is allowed to be out in the open seems to be determined by a) the fiercness of the growth (how much experienced was he able to accumulate before having the growth), b) the number of growths he’s had before, or c) a combination of the both. This i a massive battle, so alot of experience will, should they survive, be accumulated. It is wise to think that Mr. Lyle will probably be out and about for a good amount of time afterwards………who knows, just speculation


  13. ampzz says:

    Welcome to the world of dictatorship, Lyle. It’s never a pretty one unless you’ve resolved yourself with the expenditure of lives being a commonplace occurrence while they follow your self-imposed rule. Nobility was always a b*tch like that, especially to those who were kind in the truest of sense where it would personally hurt them casting down decisions that could end hundreds, thousands, if not tens of thousands of lives.

    In other news… If you look at it on a very blunt aspect Marianne finally got that ‘promotion’ that she was always after to step away from newbie training even at the cost of her own conscious. Hopefully she develops as a character mentally from this so as to become better from it, life experiences and all. Tanya has kindly informed us about how mentally fortified receptionists in this world have to be rather than relying on optimistic personalities like Marriance had, and even more so with how Rühe is heading down a depressing part on her own accord.

    It’s quite nice of Wai to actually expand on receptionists, and the reception systems itself with Sevens’ world rather than them being your typical show up, engage in “healing” banter with a receptionist, accept quest, return after completing said quest then be done with it like people have seen in so many web novels featuring an adventurers guild that should have had some amount of focus to it considering how often the place is used.

    Thanks for the chapter as well Yoraikun.
    (Silently prays it’s a multiple release day)

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  14. Koffee says:

    Thanks for the work.


  15. DNAnime says:

    Thanks for the chapter!


  16. lenyekpenyek says:

    That’s a lot of monsters. I know Lyle requires a lot of exp to level up(growth), but please don’t make it too much that its still not enough to make him level up after this war.

    We just got some Mr Lyle scenes in the last volume but there’s no such thing as too much Mr Lyle, the more the better.


    • Kortodo says:

      He should become mr.lyle towards the end. Then he’ll hopefully have enough mr.lyle time remaining to go meet father-in-law and the guild representatives, or at least Tanya (or maybe Marianne, now that she’s on 3rd floor).


  17. nanosaur says:

    So what is Lyle and the Ancestor’s plan here?


  18. guidedicicles says:

    An excellent birthday present, thank you.


    • AlbinoBlackSheep says:

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      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
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      1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
      1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
      1/3 cup molasses
      1 large egg

      Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. (190 C I think?)
      Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (This will save you a lot of time)
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      Bake until golden and crackled, 12 to 15 minutes; the cookies will still be a little soft. Baking these in 3 batches one sheet at a time gets you the nice, crackly top.
      The second sheet of cookies can stay on the counter until ready to bake. Form the remaining dough, roll the balls in sugar and place on the now cooled first baking sheet. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and then remove to a rack to cool completely.


  19. kucing lewat says:

    yorai kun, can you turn into mr.yorai ?(with flashy W glasses or else)


  20. Rühe-san your adventure raise his death flag you know?


  21. Siegheart says:

    Ahhhhh…. that hits the spot thank you so much.


  22. Deal with it says:

    With that amount of monsters to defeat I’m sure that we will meet Mr. Lyle to spice things up! Lol.


  23. Aoitenshi says:

    I bet mr.lyle will appear in 4 chapters.


  24. Some say that when you chant “mr. lyle!” a hundred times, there’s a chance 7 old men would come out and laugh at Lyle along with you.

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  25. framee says:

    I like how Lyle is going to fight hundred thousand of monsters and we just like…
    “so many exp! Mr.Lyle~ come out~”

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  26. cocohime1985 says:

    if lyle dont want to decive them then BE LIKE MR.LYLE!!!!


  27. Kags says:

    Thank you for the chapter :D


  28. rennass says:

    I foreseen the next encounter of Marianne and Erhart.
    I think it’ll be a scene after Erhart understood if they were outside the wall they’d had died.
    They will make the promise to Marianne to see her again on 3rd floor.
    Then MR. LYLE will parade pass them shirtless and plant heart shape eyes into every maiden including Marianne.


    • solarhive says:

      Personally, while I don’t particularly care for that side-plot, I hope that Erhart continues to be portrayed true to his “brawny idiot” type and instead Tanya decides to tip him off to lighten Marianne’s mood. This way Erhart does not undergo a sudden reversal of character by reading the mood successfully(character development would be TRYing to read the mood for him), and Tanya, who is already portrayed as a decent person, is portrayed again as a decent person and a good coworker.


  29. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    The Blue Knight here? Did the Goddess of Dawn sent him here? Oh, it’s Lyle. I thought you were someone else.

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    • solarhive says:

      Wasn’t there a Blue Knight in Arturian mythology. I remember a Red and Green knights, but not sure if there is a Blue one.


      • Reaper Phoenix says:

        Rokujouma no Shinryakusha (Invaders of Rokujouma) reference.


        • solarhive says:

          Meh, sounds like yet another crappy baseless-harem fantasy.


        • Reaper Phoenix says:

          It’s actually quite good. Especially after volume 7 of the LN. Though if you have something against harems, then yes you won’t like it. Then again why are you even reading Sevens if you hate harem stories?


        • solarhive says:

          Mostly because it is sufficiently entertaining for now. I read it for the giggles over the antics of the Ancestors, mr. lyle and… that’s it. But yeah, the harem IS getting annoying, as does the rapid speed at which the series runs with Lyle’s empowerment. I might or might not drop this, mostly depending on my whim.


        • DiegoDeveze says:

          Yurika best grill.


    • DiegoDeveze says:

      Wow, I kinda thought that might be the case, but it really was a Rokujouma reference. Pretty rare for someone to mention it since I feel like it’s way under the radar (at least it’s anime adaptation).
      Damn, that was a pretty good anime. I mean, very good for a harem romcom, but still feels like it’s way underrated. I felt like there was something special to it and decided to read the novel. Haven’t gotten to it, though. Is it good, like I thought?

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  30. ahs333 says:

    thx for the chapter :3

    Liked by 1 person

  31. thank for the update


  32. ZaX says:

    Once again Lyle does his thing. Thanks for the chapter


  33. Thank for the chapter!!


  34. goblinrou says:

    Roll a 10 to persuade the ignorant masses!

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  35. chendu says:

    thanks yoraikun


  36. thediabolicalgenius says:

    This is why I love this work. Things don’t fall into place on there own for the protag’s benefit. All kinds of shady stuff has to go on behind the scenes to set things up for him to perform like this. Feels a lot more realistic, especially when he’s wrestling with his own conscience about it.
    Though it’s true that Beim is focusing all it’s power on protecting the city and is leaving the villages/farms/etc to their fate, so Lyle actually is going to be saving them.

    But still, that’s not the main goal and he’s moving with ulterior motives so he can’t help but feel bad. They’ve even recruited as many villagers as they can, not so they can fight but so that they could hear him tell them that Beim planned to abandon them and then send them home after Lyle wins to spread the word, putting the selfish merchants who run the city in a tight spot as people turn against them. So the insidious plans of the ancestors to put the screws on Beim advance.


    • solarhive says:

      I wish he failed sometimes though. It just doesn’t feel… I dunno how to describe it, just feels crappy when the plot is filled with success upon success for the protagonist and the only failures are artificially tailored for the sake of the plot.


      • thediabolicalgenius says:

        I’ll admit the setup does seem to be that Lyle can’t lose to anyone but Celes, otherwise things always work out. Though it doesn’t seem that artificial to me, at least not to the point that it really contrived and unbelievable. No more artificial than any fiction is by nature of being the authors creation. Besides, it’s not so much Lyle’s success as it is the ancestor’s success in guiding him till now using their lifetimes of experience. If he didn’t have them steering him around and teaching him everything he’s going to need to know once they’re gone, he would have failed quite a bit by now.


        • solarhive says:

          That’s pretty much the only reason I have yet to drop this series. I am curious how will Lyle fare once out of the aegis of the Ancestors’ wisdom. So far, even if he has ideas, they are either shot down or just ignored.


  37. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!


  38. laygerblog says:

    Thank you very much for the new chapter. Gracias …


  39. Syda says:

    Good luck Lyle, you’ll need it!


  40. DarkoNeko says:

    A peek in Marianne’s Past. It looks like quite a lot of adventurers died because of her recommendation in the previous labyrinth fiasco. Wonder if the new girl will follow her path.

    I think Musclor’s group is gonna try to play heroes nonetheless tho.


  41. DiegoDeveze says:

    Hey, Yoraikun. In this part:

    ”Rühe struck up a conversation with Marianne.

    Even so, could it be you’ve finally reached your limit? Those sorts of adventurers with nothing but ulterior motives on their mind really do send the vilest of glances, after all. You have my sympathy.”

    Marianne wasn’t in that scene, was she? Wouldn’t that be something more like:

    ”Ruhe struck up a conversation ABOUT Marianne.

    Even so could it be SHE finally reached HER limit? (…) She has my sympathy.”


  42. Youseiki says:

    If there’s anything to love in this web novel, it would be Lyle’s Speech


  43. berserknexus says:

    Personally, this feels way less scummier than what he’s doing to Vera. That poor girl’s just being used at this point.

    But man, if it wasn’t for Lyle setting up a contrast, mr.lyle would be the most insufferable scumbag in this story. That’s some excellent work by the author.


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