After sending out Souei, I had everyone else prepare for war .
However, it’s not like we were all going to set off . Since we don’t know our enemy’s abilities, we need to take it seriously from the start .
The construction of the city is proceeding smoothly, but we have not prepared any fortifications .
Thus, if we are attacked, relocating would be the best option . So I decided .
So what are we to do? In response to that thought,
「The decisive battle will occur at the marshes If we win, great . If we lose, we’ll retreat back here as fast as circumstances allow .
In that case, since fighting here wouldn’t increase our chances of winning, we will barricade ourselves in the Cave of the Seal .
While holding the fort, we will request help from the humans .
If we request through the guild, they just might help, so prepare yourselves to evacuate at a moments notice .
Regarding our attack,
I’m designating Benimaru as the captain in charge of the hundred wolf riders .
Shion, you indiscriminately slaughter at your discretion .
Hakurou will serve as my Adjutant .
I will create a network with [Telepathic Communication] for you all to join and issue orders as needed .
A withdraw order will be given by your commander–me .
Riguru will stay with the remaining goblins and see to the defense of the city .
I thus conveyed the plan .
Everyone nodded; no one disagreed .
I had thought that there would be some complaints about requesting help from the humans, but seems like I was mistaken .
I wonder if they have gotten over their aversion after spending some time with those adventurers .
As for the guild request, if I sell the demonic steel, we should have enough gold . And besides, the orcs are as much a threat to the humans .
If we hold a proper discussion, we should be able to gain their assistance . That much I probably shouldn’t worry about .
And besides, we’re already trying to figure out just how dangerous this Orc Lord is .
Anyways, completing the goblin’s armor takes priority .
I had ordered Kaijin to quickly produce 100 armors .
Benimaru, Hakurou, and Shion also need some armor .
Before Souei returns with their response, we need to finish these preparations . If they reject our alliance, we will move as soon as we ascertain Gabil’s motives .
If we can’t fight side by side, we should wait for the Lizardmen to deal the first strike .
Having thus decided, we concluded the conference .
After dismissing the group, almost all immediately left .
Only the three oni and I were left inside .
Do they want something? I looked inquisitively at Benimaru,
「Rimuru-sama, do you perhaps worry too much?
Even if You do not trouble yourself to ride onto the battlefield, Hakurou and I alone should manage, would you not agree?」
「As he said . Rimuru-sama is our lord . Commanding the battle can be left to us, if you so wish . 」
So they said .
No, no, that won’t do at all . I mean, you guys have been had by orcs before!
But, of course, I didn’t say that .
We shouldn’t count that time before they had evolved .
「Well, that should be fine . I just plan to observe the battle from above, and leave the orders to Benimaru . 」
「I see, so it was like that!」
They agreed with my words .
In the first place, I have never commanded a battle . While I’ve ran plenty simulations, I have no actual experience .
Thus, as I observe from above, I intend to devote myself fully to relay orders .
「That aside, you guys, get yourselves ready . Unless you are planning on fighting a war in the nude?」
Nodding at my words, the three oni .
And thus, we headed towards the production building .
Dedicated to the Department of Production,
A building as a large as a gymnasium made of wood . We had planned on reinforcing the walls with mortar, but have yet to get around to it .
Still, the building is the largest in its kind, and looks pretty impressive .
Upon entering, we are assaulted by the noise of hard labor . At my order, they are busy producing 100 sets of armor .
Well actually, only the dwarf Garm and Doldo are making things with ten apprentice goblins assist them .
The rest are preparing raw material and transporting completed products .
We proceed further in .
Recently, they’ve also warded off rooms for specialized products .
Only Shuna can enter that room–the rest are forbidden . She is far too skilled and teaching others will take too long .
Goblinas were also learning the textile craft, and are right now working under Garm producing hemp-linen clothing .
Gradually, they should move on to finer work with silk .
Since under the armor one must first wear linen .
We proceeded towards Shuna’s room, and, after I announced ourselves, entered .
Shuna greeted us with a smile .
I don’t know when it happened, but I suddenly found myself wrapped in a beautiful kimono .
Not pure white, but dyed in a pale crimson color; needless to say, it was cute .
Standing up from a chair,
「I had been waiting .
I wished to participate in the conference myself, but feared unable to contribute better than with a meal, I humbly ask your forgiveness .
However, I had finished preparing Rimuru-sama’s dress . And Onii-sama and the rest’s by the way . 」
「”By the way” huh…」
「Ho ho ho . That’s only to be expected . 」
「Well, considering Shuna-sama’s marvelous skill . I would presume mine to have been made as well?」
The three thus responded .
「Here they are!」
With those words, she brought out more dresses .
A pure white kimono .
Having received mine, I was guided to a room to change .
First, I entered and began changing .
Changing into my child form that wore the black fur coat .
Removing the coat, I wrapped myself in the kimono that Shuna had made .
A glossy linen . First class silk that feels wonderful to the touch .
Underneath, I’ll probably wear the pants I previously received . Putting the silk to my body, it immediately changed size to fit me .
This one also became a magic item, huh .
Seems like after mixing with my magic it becomes as if a part of my body .
Just to try, I change into an adult and, as expected, the clothing grows appropriately .
What a wonderful product she had made .
Wearing the coat over it, I finished with the clothing .
Then, I take out an item from my breast pocket .
It is a beautiful mask .
The one Shizu-san had forgotten, the “Anti-demon Mask” .
My body radiates a small amount of magical energy as aura .
If I focus, I can conceal it, but there have been times when I’ve let it spill .
Thus, I plan to use this mask to hide it .
It had broken once before, but I had Doldo repair it .
I equipped the mask . Strange, but it makes me feel calm .
Normally, since I don’t need to breathe, I don’t do it even as a human .
I could create lungs if I wanted to, but since I don’t see a need to, I haven’t made them .
However, when wearing a mask I can pretend to be breathing .
And it doesn’t feel strange .
Okay . When we head out into the world, let’s use this appearance .
Returning to my child form, I had so decided .
Wearing the clothing, I exit the fitting room .
Praising my looks for a while, Shuna continued to help the other oni .
This clothing . Absorbing the aura of its wearer, it can change its appearance .
My clothing turned jet black .
Benimaru’s blood red .
Hakurou’s pure white .
Shion’s, of course, turned purple . It’d be strange if it turned orange or something .
Seems like even if this clothing rips, as long as it absorbs our magical energy, it can repair itself .
Magic items completely specialized for our use .
Truly magnificent! And I must admit that I was surprised when I heard that we can change how the clothing looks at will .
Makes changing clothing seem kind of pointless . In the first place, had you bought this, you just might wear it for the rest of your life .
I don’t know how good human magic items are, but this one is worthy of an A rank appraisal .
A very high quality product .
Thus, I can probably expect some great weapon from Kurobee .
After saying thanks and taking Souei’s clothing with us, we took our leave .
The next place we stopped by was Kurobee’s smithy .
Recently, he has been so busy with production that he hasn’t even shown his face around the city .
That he’s fine in there, I know… he’s probably the type that gets engrossed in what he loves .
Seems like he’s been working in there without sleep the past few days .
Kaijin had mentioned it before the conference .
The door to his room was open .
Kaijin had provided him with a set of tools he took from the kingdom .
Next to his room stands a warehouse where I deposited the materials I kept .
The demon steel I held I also deposited there . As a material it’s also there, but I just help but think of iron ore as unreliable .
We had wanted to investigate the nearby mountains for any iron ore deposits, but planned it for a later day .
Because of ongoing construction, there have been too few hands around here .
From within the room the sound of clashing metal and the heat of the furnace leaked .
This is the only place with a high temperature furnace . Made with packed, backed clay, a furnace we had built .
Though it was made with my [Fire Manipulation] ability, it came out pretty well . I plan to later analyze this furnace, and increase the number of them in the village .
I have a ton of plans, but not enough hands .
That aside, having noticed us, Kurobee came out .
Showing his whole face…
「I have been waiting! By all means, come and behold!」
He greeted us with a face that wanted to boast of his products .
Two hours had passed .
We were listening to the explanation with eyes devoid of life .
It’s fine already! We get it, we get it! It’s amazing!
I had wanted to say those words many times, but just couldn’t bring myself to .
Seeing Kurobee’s happy face stopped me . What can I… I began thinking thus .
(Rimuru-sama, would now be a good time?)
Telepathically, I was asked . By Souei .
I had sent him to offer an alliance, but… did he encounter trouble? Could he be… lost?
After leaving looking so cool only to come back saying, “My bad, I have no clue where to go, where is it?” Even the benevolent me would get mad at that…
I had begun worrying slightly, but of course the worry was needless .
With a voice free of worry,
(I had met with the Lizardmen’s head . He accepted our offer .
However, he wishes for us to journey there…)
What did he say! To have arrived already . Isn’t it too fast?
Not even half a day has passed since the conference ended .
(That’s no problem . If anything, I was planning on settling it there anyways . And besides, you already arrived?)
(Ah, yes . By moving through the shadows I arrived at the marshes without great difficulty . If it were to someone I knew, I could have moved instantly .
That aside, when shall we hold the strategy meeting?)
That aside, huh? Isn’t it a damn amazing skill! That Shadow Step .
I can also use it, but was it that amazing? I haven’t used it that much yet, though…
That was a surprise… oh well .
(Yeah… preparations will take some time, and we’ll also need to account the time it takes for the wolf riders to travel there, set it five days from now . )
(Understood! I shall do as you command)
(After the negotiations end, come back . If you have to–as a clone)
(As you will!)
He handled the negotiations well . What a useful guy .
We are quiet a distance away from the marshes .
If marching by foot, it would take two weeks; the wolves could over it in three days .
That lizard Gabil came riding on some big monster .
But we shouldn’t arrive before him .
There’s a chance he will strike us in back; rather, observing the situation and seizing the initiative should be something that we will do .
After thinking about these things, I tuned in to the never ending explanation .
「I apologize for my belated appearance . 」
Souei appeared from the shadows .
Just like a ninja .
Giving him his clothing, I asked him to change .
At Souei’s appearance, Kurobee seems to have came back from his own little world .
Ohon! He cleared his throat, and brought out a number of swords .
We finally see what we came for .
He showed us six swords .
Simple, straight sword .
An elegant tachi .
Shaped like a cane, katana .
A massive, odachi .
And two ninjato .
Pleased with his creations, he lined them up .
And thus said,
「For Rimuru-sama, I offer this straight sword . This is but a base, it is not yet complete . We wish to create a weapon from demonic steel as Rimuru-sama has suggested . That is our goal, but Kaijin and I are busy researching towards that end . Therefore, please wait some more! Until then, please keep the sword inside of you . 」
With those words, he handed me the sword .
I see, they are still continuing their research? Makes me excited .
Something to look forward to .
With a nod, I deposit the sword into my stomach . To let it mix with my magic in there .
Kurobee nods once, and hands me another sword .
「This is a prototype among prototypes . Please honor us by using it as a replacement . 」
I’ll happily put it to use .
Using the skills I have been learning from Hakurou recently .
Really wanted to have a sword . Thus, I hang it on my hip .
Somehow, it makes me feel strong .
And each one of us receives a sword .
Benimaru the tachi . Hakurou the katana .
Shion the odachi .
How will she draw it? It’s a freaking huge katana,
「Please fret not . The scabbard is made from magical energy, it will disappear when you wish . 」
Is what he said .
It looks so heavy that a normal person couldn’t use it; even Kaijin would be hard to wield it .
The dwarfs also have some bizarre strength, but can barely lift it with both hands .
Shion, however, holds it easily with one hand .
Souei came back after changing and took the two ninjato . A two sword style, huh…
Somehow it fits him .
After we had taken our weapons, Garm stopped by .
He had finished oni’s armor .
Seems like he was running out of iron so . Thus, he was unable to create full plate armor .
Instead, he made it out of monster’s materials–scale mail .
Much like the one they had given to the adventurer Cabal before .
This too seems to have been affected by my magical energy . Created partially from the demonic steel I had, it is considerably strong than that test product .
To me, however, he gave Dark Leather Guards .
And thus, we finished preparing our equipment .
The following day .
The goblins have finished their preparations .
With one week’s worth of provision, they wait for us .
Next comes the decisive battle . Only bring enough food to get there and back . If we burden the troops with too much, we’ll lose speed .
Mobility is everything, if we fail, we must run .
I had thought preparing provisions would take two days, but seeing how they were ready already, we managed to finish early .
Well, though I said 5 days, there should be no problem with coming early .
「The enemy is the Orc Lord! Now, advance!」
I simply declared .
If we lose, then that’s that . We proceed as fate allows .
The simpler the goal the better .
To my declaration the troops responded with a battle cry .
A shout capable of shattering the enemies’ hearts filled the forest .
The goblins atop of the wolves are the main force .
Though there are many new members among them, the goblins that ride the storm wolves are the elite among them .
Morale is high .
And having thus seen their spirit, my own worries were dispelled .
We shall win .
Enjoying this too much is probably bad . However, riding into battle while imagining defeat is also no good .
Riding towards the marshes, towards war… we thus set off .