Sevens: Corps of Iron Pipes

Corps of Iron Pipes

… The Beim invasion force of close to three hundred thousand before them, the main members gathered to hold a meeting.

There were nobles exceeding Baron Class joining in, and generals and knight brigade chiefs sent from the center. On top of that, Breid of Celes’ royal guard joined in on the meeting.

And as expected, the meeting’s topic of discussion concentrated on Redant Fortress. If they avoided breaching it, the march alone would bring out victims. Rather than sending in a fragmented number to put out casualties, they wanted to breach the fortress and proceed straight to Beim, or so was the general consensus of those discussing.

Dragged into it with his force of five thousand, Blois listened to the discussions, as he thought over this time’s march on Beim.

(Now then, the main members are almost all folks that worship Celes, and the most troublesome would have to be that head of the royal guards, eh?)

Royal Guard. It was something Celes had arbitrarily gathered in Centralle from those that yearned for her, and stuck a name on. It’s not as if they had any particular job, and they merely tried to stay by her side. While they fell short of the handsome men that surrounded her, they were a group that was as if they were grouped from the make of their faces.

Among them, Breid was the one with actual achievements, so he was considered the leader.

He had participated in suppressing a number of civil uprisings, and with those merits, they didn’t have any particular complaints. No, even if they did, no one voiced them. Because it was something Celes had decided.

However, that Breid was now leading thirty thousand men, and participating in the invasion of Beim. A considerable authority… with the backing of Celes’ royal guard, it was quite a large force within the current Bahnseim.

As Breid put out more opinions than necessary at the conference, Blois was disconcerted.

“I believe it best we have another force cross the mountains, and circle around back for a pincer attack.”

If a pincer was possible, someone would have said that from the start.

(It’s because that’s impossible that we’re conquering them head on, is what we’re trying to say. Even if we did traverse those mountains, just how much casualties would come out… and just how much time do you think that would take?)

Lacking in experience leading a unit, and Breid was the type to put himself in the front of the front. It would be a saving grace if he had the ability to back it up, but unfortunately, the problem lay in his lack of it.

The other generals and knight chiefs and Lords upon hearing his opinion.

“A wonderful proposition. But we have not the equipment to scale mountains. Even if we wished to volunteer for the task, we are insufficient.”
“I am the same. I wonder just many forces are there among us with enough training to accomplish such a feat? As expected of Centralle’s elites.”
“Then why not Breid-dono cross the mountains and circle around back? The rest of us will be attacking head on as planned, mind you.”

Being handled so lightly, Breid’s expression changed. He directed a glare around.

(With the numbers we have, if we clash head on, we’ll win quite plainly. Or rather, Breid-dono seems to favor scheming a bit. It’s quite hard for a small force to break through so many. Does he understand that…)

Generally, battles were of numbers. At times, there were existences that could overturn a difference in number, and such existences were weak to underhanded means, or so was Blois’ opinion. By the strength of their power, they couldn’t help but find conceit most of the time.

Breid hit the table to gather everyone’s eyes.

“Very well. Centralle’s elite force shall circle around the back for you. You all need only put out your mountains of casualties as you fixate on your frontal assault!”

Blois looked at Breid, as he touched a hand to his chin.

(I heard he had achievements in the Gryphon extermination, but does that mean the commander was a talented one? I believe they had a commander called Norma or something… but by rumor, you can’t call her anything great. As I thought, that boy of the Walt House was involved.)

The force that accomplished a task as large as taking down a Gryphon. There was a time when that had caused a bit of a panic at the palace.

Even now, Blois could remember that time, and with Breid on his mind, he had investigated it again. But by the merits he had been given, it couldn’t help but seem the man was lacking in ability.

(It’s not like his military prowess is anything special. No, by the documents, he’s supposed to be a relatively proficient knight, but…)

With Lyle conceding the achievements, and by landing the finishing blow on a knight mainly defeated by Celes, Breid had earned himself quite a high evaluation.

(This is more troublesome than I thought.)

Blois thought, as he listened in on the continuation of the conference…

… Fortress Redant.

In it, adventurers and soldiers of Beim. And with a means of gathering volunteer soldiers from its residents- a means Beim had never used before- troops exceeding fifty thousand had gathered.

The reinforced fortress had reduced the three layers of walls it once had to two. But they were more outfitted than before, and their strength and function had been sufficiently enhanced.

To continue employing fifty thousand would be difficult, but even so, it was more than possible temporarily.

And Beim seemed relieved at the number of soldiers at the fortress.

“The fortress has grown stronger than before, with more troops to boot. It’s taken down an even larger force of monsters before. We’ll be the victors this time.”
“If there’s anything to be frustrated over, it’s that the previous situation was so harsh that even if we win here, it would be hard to get any evaluation, I guess?”
“Reinforcements will be coming from the city. Once we turn Bahnseim back here, it will be the end. Though it would be nice if they concentrated more on this point rather than the city.”

The volunteer soldiers equipped armaments made by Beim’s craftsmen. However, by those craftsmen… the various stores put to work, their outfits were all over the place, and their weapons weren’t uniform.

They gave off the impression of a gathering of mercenaries.

Observing them was Rauno, dressed in equipment he had found inside the fortress. Their guard was too lax, and their soldiers lacked tension or consistency, so he was easily able to slip inside.

As he sat atop a wooden crate, he drank with unfamiliar soldiers as he gathered information.

“Hmm, so is any information coming in from Bahnseim?”

To Rauno’s surprise, one of the soldier’s ale-reddened face turned, and made fun of him.

“You don’t even know something so basic? They’ve got mercs on their side. Friends, and the ones with debt to Beim are passing on info. For that army of Bahnseim, it’ll all be over once they flee before the miracle of Redant Fortress!”

The miracle of Redant Fortress… It was the heroic tale of Lyle annihilating an army of several hundreds of thousands of monsters, spread and embellished by minstrels.

Rauno sent a glance around to make sure no one noticed him. Taking some small sips of his drink, he took in surrounding movements.

(… They’re considerably in for it. It may be the case this fortress gets breached faster than expected. With that Bahnseim lot bringing so large a force, I’m amazed they can forget to lay the groundwork to such an extent.)

From Cartaffs to Bahnseim’s north and the east, he had gathered information, and having infiltrated the fortress, Rauno was set to gather information there before returning to South Beim.

(Their equipment is in order, but their atmosphere and the command line are screwed. This is going just as Lyle’s party anticipated.)

Even Beim had soldiers. But it’s not as if they had a chance for proper training. The volunteer soldiers were the sorts that had only ever gone out to the surrounding villages and defeated monsters.

Even if their equipment was nice, the contents were low in quality.

To melt into the surroundings, Rauno played the drunkard as he felt a grave sense of danger at the fortress’ lack of it…

South Beim.

There, I met the heir to the Randbergh House’s main branch… a young man called Baldoir Randbergh.

“It has been a while, Lyle-sama.”

Pledging loyalty on a knee in knight attire, Baldoir-san… no, Baldoir had met me eight or nine years ago, apparently.

After that, he ventured out from his house for training. On top of that, once he returned, he helped the head, and spent his time on his territory, so he was an individual uncharmed by Celes.

Even with the Sixth’s Skill, Baldoir’s reaction was displayed in blue.

“Good of you to have come, Baldoir. My apologies, but I’ll be putting you to work for my sake.”

He stood.

“Leave it to me. Our head has told me to fight for you. And the Randbergh House is a House with a debt to the Walts. You’ll certainly see how useful I can be. Order however you will.”

I didn’t have the memories of meeting him before, and I felt a little bad for not remembering. But to be honest, I was too busy at present to talk about that.

“Hearing that is a relief. In that case, the three hundred fifty troops you brought will come under my direct command. While I do feel sorry, I’ll be swapping out their equipment. I’ll properly return their original equipment, and you can do as you please with the armor I’m handing out. However, don’t sell it off.”

In the office of my simple estate in South Beim, Baldoir was a little confused.

“I understand that you’re short on troops, but are you certain? If you have the money to pay for the equipment of three hundred fifty men, should you not hire more?”

I sat in a chair, and faced the desk. I had been processing the mountainous pile of forms on it, and after finishing another of them, I turned my eyes to Baldoir.

“No problem. I’ll procure the troops I lack from the eastern front. And I’ve already gotten the equipment for three thousand together.”

The craftsmen under old Letarta, and the ones that migrated in… on top of the smiths of the four-country alliance and Cartaffs; I had already put in the requests.

I was curious as to how far they’d gotten in my time away, and when I asked around, it seems we had three thousand ready.

“By the way, there’s a weapon I’d like to entrust them a bit. I’d really like to start drilling for those three hundred fifty.”

Baldoir gave a strong nod.

“The Randbergh House has never been negligent in basic training. Whether it be sword or spear or bow, they will handle them well.”

Tough luck. What we assembled wasn’t sword, spear or bow.

“It’s a bit different. Truth be told, I’ll be having them use this.”

I handed a gun to Baldoir.

“Lyle-sama, this is, well… a gun, is it not?”

“Oh, you know of it? That makes matters fast. To be totally honest, outfitting them for your numbers was our limit. We didn’t have the leisure for any more, so it was a huge help. Your men are of high quality, and I can entrust it to them with relief. Now then, shall we get to training at once?”

Baldoir held up the gun in both hands.

“I do know of them, or should I say the previous generation of the Walt House made use of them, so there are a number of guns kept at our house. However… saying there were too many problems to use them, Maizel-sama proceeded in a direction away from utilizing them…”

There were quite a few problems. It was possible to block them with a simple magic shield. And the biggest problem was money. The training of soldiers who used them required bullets, so money would go right down the drain.

“It’s fine. They’re also Magic Tools engraved with Skills. To add to that… the money is something I’ve borrowed from an acquaintance, so worry not.”

Seeing me avert my eyes, Baldoir looked worried.

Hearing that Baldoir knew of guns, yet that my father had prohibited their use, the Seventh let out a conflicted voice.

『… no matter the time, the average man fails to understand the ones moving forward.』

To him, the Fifth gave a fed-up tone.

『We were able to carry it out because we have the craftsmen of Beim, and a Labyrinth under our wing. Realize we’d never be able to amass such a number originally. On top of how it couldn’t help but cost money, the effect is too questionable. Maizel’s decision was spot on.』

Money wasn’t enough to maintain them. You needed to gather all the consumable rounds, the craftsmen to maintain them, and those with the necessary knowledge, or you’d never be able to apply them.

Baldoir carefully held the gun as he sought verification with me.

“By the way, Lyle-sama. How many troops are you assembling apart from us?”

I returned back to my paperwork.

“From the entirety of the alliance, thirty to forty thousand. I’ve already borrowed close to ten thousand from Cartaffs. Under my actual control, including your men, close to five hundred. With the entire force of South Beim, not even two thousand.”

Hearing those words, Baldoir cried out.

“Hold it right there! You plan on fighting the armies of Bahnseim with those numbers!?”

It’s true, they had forces exceeding three hundred thousand. If we fought that, victory would be a dream of a distant dream.

“Eh? No way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to breach a massive foe with a small force.”

Baldoir was flustered.

“In that case, you aim to break it piece by piece? But with such a difference in number…”

This time’s war had a meaning of supplementing my insufficient military force. Of all else, there was meaning in using soldiers of Bahnseim.

If I were to borrow soldiers from other countries, it would create a large debt post-war. What I hated most was the fact that matter was directly related to the power balance of the harem. No, I guess that didn’t matter for now.

“Piece by piece is standard fare. But right now, Bahnseim’s true aim isn’t me, but Beim. There are ways to go about it. Well, I won’t do any reckless charges.”

There, Baldoir laughed just a bit.

“What?”

“No. I just thought Lyle-sama was a splendid man of the Walt House, is all.”

For some reason, his words did not sound like a compliment to me.

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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51 Responses to Sevens: Corps of Iron Pipes

  1. islas27 says:

    Huh, got first eh? always wondered how it felt…

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  3. Murali says:

    Thanks for the translation.

    Also I think something is wrong here:

    “Piece by piece is standard fare. But Beim’s true aim isn’t my, but Beim. There are ways to go about it.

    But I don’t know what its supposed to be. My best guess is “But Bahnseim’s true aim isn’t me, but Beim”?

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  4. Acedia-chan says:

    Thanks for te chapter

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  5. edryc96 says:

    I’m just feeling Celes is just a dumb spoiled shite who grasped a little power and now she thinks she’s top dog.
    Her character reminds me of Ramsey Bolton. She has cunning and manipulative but doesn’t have the temperament to maximize it.

    She’s not using the gem’s power properly and fails to see things in a long run and just do things as she pleases instead of working things to spread her influence not because of the gem but because she is smart and using her actual brain to impress and gain allies.

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    • NZPIEFACE says:

      Look mate. That’s kind of the opinion the author is trying to give us. Everyone in-verse knows this as well.

      It’s just that she didn’t just get ‘a little power’, she got ‘a fucking shit ton of power’.

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    • necrosis says:

      completely agree with you but that’s the point of her character Agrissa just wants to have a harem and Celes just wants to out due her brother and gloat about it and she achieved that by stealing his power and having Agrissa the idiot who lost before do it and to be honest Celes would have lost power eventually even without Lyle being around
      Example Hitler would have been killed by the Nazis long ago if they just didn’t make such a damn sturdy table

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      • edryc96 says:

        Yeah but that would really make her a “bad” villain. I’m foreshadowing that Agrissa is just using her as a stepping stone to test out Lyle’s potential and later abandon her for Lyle since he’s the one who has an ambition to rule and Agrissa is of similar nature.

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    • thediabolicalgenius says:

      The way I see it Celes is what you get when you take the typical OP protagonist of a isekai webnovel, with the villainous variation. One of those R-rated novels where the guy gets a cheat to enslave people and uses it to make a harem.

      Basically she doesn’t have any plan or grand ambition. She just had a obsessive inferiority complex to LYLE, found a cheat item that let her take all LYLE’s power and supplant him and now just wants to do whatever she pleases without caring about the consequences. Form a reverse harem, reign as a tyrant and indulge her every selfish, sadistic whim as it comes to her. There’s nothing more to her than that.
      Her only advantages are that the power she gained is peerless and her inferiority complex over Lyle will make her go insane with rage if he ever shows himself a real threat to her, driving her to single-mindedly destroy him.
      Otherwise she’s just a catastrophe ruining everything she touches.

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      • edryc96 says:

        Then defeating Celes shouldn’t be the endgame of this novel otherwise it would just be boring and bad writing in part of the author in my opinion.

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        • thediabolicalgenius says:

          Is her motivation that important? She’s essential a OP monster that will throw the world into anarchy and destroy countless lives, and the point of the story is the protagonist developing to the the point that he can overcome the difference in power and stop her before she ruins every human life on the continent. She may not have any plan for it and be pushing it all through with her special abilities and overwhelming power, but that is essential what she’ll end up doing.
          The hero slaying a monster to save the land is a pretty classic plot device. And it would be quite anticlimactic to have all this focus on Celes on the final goal, only to pull out some evil mastermind we’ve never even heard of before after the climax.
          Plus given how overpowered she is, if she wasn’t so whimsical and dependent on her power to solve every problem without forethought, then she’d be pretty much impossible to beat. Her character flaws and complacency are her only weaknesses.

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    • arsl31 says:

      She’s the embodiment of a whiny OP twelve year old. And she acts more of her age than Lyle. Childish in all ways. Just the exixtence of the OP LYLE beside her caused her to crige much, and with the given chance she beat down her older brother in revenge. And that’s it. A little sister flaunting up how she beat her elder brother.

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    • Gitami says:

      She wants humanity enslaved to her in revenge for how the magician was treated. If people were to die in the thousands it wouldn’t bother her in the slightest, she might even get a passing chuckle out of it. What need is there for her to worry or plan when all she need to do is bury the enemies with bodies. A mountain of bodies might impress her with happiness than anything else. If they war on her or she on them it doesn’t matter.

      The fact that Aggrissa is not worried means either the jewel was not with her when she died and is simply confident of her superhuman abilities or the she knows the method to defeat her is impossible to replicate which means that no one can defeat her in combat even after breaching her armies.

      It’s like stepping out of the bath, each time you bathe do any of you ever worry and plan for if you slip? She doesn’t, if she does slip she’s got the ability to regain her footing where thousands would not so why would she worry.

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  6. Pyrok - says:

    thanks for the chapter

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  7. Thanks for the chapter desu!!😀

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  8. goblinrou says:

    Aka Baldoir met enough Walts in a lifetime.

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  9. Viableduckling3 says:

    I wonder how Breid is going to react when he traverses the mountains and sees that the fortress has already been taken down.

    Thanks for the translation.

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    • guidedicicles says:

      I’m actually a bit concerned that he will screw something up for Lyle accidentally. It’s the irrational people that are hard to predict and plan for after all.

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  10. supremeradra says:

    Hmmm….
    Preparations continue.

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  11. AlbinoBlackSheep says:

    To continue employing fifty thousand would be difficult, buy even so,

    buy>but

    Looks like Baldoir knows the truth about the Walt men. lol

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  12. chendu says:

    Thanks yoraikun

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  13. GM_Rusaku says:

    . ∧,_,∧ 
    .(`・ω・)つ━☆・*。
    .⊂   ノ   ・゜+.
    . し’´J  ☆*・ °。。
    .     /\   Thanks!! Nepu!!!
    .    / ★∴ \  Merry X-mas!
    .   (人_人_人)   And A
    .   / ∴∵★ \ Happy Nepu Year!
    .   (_人_人_人_)   ∧ ∧
    .   / .☆∴∵∴. \ ( ´・ω・)
    .  (_人★人☆人_) /  ⌒ヽ
    .     ̄凵   (人___つ_つ

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  14. erikcheah says:

    Thanks for the translation!

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  15. roro-kun says:

    Im always late so i dont understand being 1st

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  16. No surprise for a close-associate house heir! He knows quite a bit about Walt Heads’ favourite methods.

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  17. darkm3d says:

    Thanks for the chapter =)

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  18. Thank you for the chapter.
    Am I the only one hoping for Celes to reconcile with Lyle after a grand battle. No incest of course but just getting together and finally destroying the gem and waking her up to her bad ways.

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  19. Vincenttan says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  20. ZaX says:

    Guns! You want them? I have them. Thanks for the chapter

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  21. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    The adventurers protecting the fortress are obviously not used to fighting other people, at least with forces size larger than a party.

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  22. CJ Carlet says:

    Thanks for the translation…. been waiting for it😀

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  23. Fauzan says:

    i wonder if “mr. lyle” will make a role in there (their battle)

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  24. darkstrolm says:

    Thank you for the translation. All hail the Mighty and Exalted Yoraikun.

    Thought it would be nice if they concentrated more on this point rather than the city.”

    Thought < Though

    “Leave it to me. Out head has told me to fight for you.

    Out head < Our head

    Your men are off high quality, and I can entrust it to them with relief.

    are off high quality < are of high quality

    the money is something I’vve borrowed from an acquaintance, so worry not.”

    I'vve borrowed < I've borrowed

    How many troops are you assembling appart from us?”

    appart < apart

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  25. Hakurei06 says:

    “In that case, you aim to break it piece by piece?”

    In military terminology, I believe such an action is referred to a defeat in detail.

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    • Yeah. Also, a delaying action through the mountain with a company of rifled marksmen against an army would be possible too. My guess put on Lyle and his 300 to stand against the elite ten thousand troops.
      THIS. IS. SOUTH. BEIM!

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  26. I just see a seven LN vol3 cover with Pink hair elf!! So Lyle LN meets Eva before Miranda/Shanon?

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  27. Deal with it says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  28. “If I were to borrow soldiers from other countries, it would create a large debt post-war. What I hated most was the fact that matter was directly related to the power balance of the harem”
    Talk about motivations!

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  29. radiusedge says:

    iron pipes pertains to guns? thought it something funny like those used by delinquents. what a let down

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