The day the coalition was established would become a day of great commemoration for the monsters .
Because each one of them received a name .
Just kidding .
Even if it sounds cool you’ve got to think about who would be giving them names .
There’s 150 thousand, damn it . That’s just reckless . I mean, I had gone into a three day hibernation after naming merely five hundred goblins!
By the time I name all 150 thousand, they’d die from hunger!
I was planning to just ignore it this time, but…
In any case, I also need to devour their sins .
And somehow, while they had risen up to rank C+, it seems that they’ll be returning back to D in about two weeks .
They were merely strengthened by the Orc Lord’s abilities .
And once they lose their magic energy I will eat it and bestow it back upon them . Thus, I will be able to name them without tiring needlessly .
So there is no problem in naming them… except that I’ll run out of simple letter combinations .
Even if I give start giving out the same names in different districts, managing the process will be a pain .
There’s only one thing to do, the most extreme and supreme method . I will name them based on a series with infinite potential!
That’s right! Numbers!
Sounds too much like a citizen’s registration number? Well, frankly, this is the most efficient method .
Since they are able to at least line up in formation, I had them line up in the marshes .
Would they hate being named on a whim?
I had that passing thought, but once the magical energy disappears, they’ll devolve into an uncontrollable mob of 150 thousand .
That’s too many to let loose .
Being only a D rank, they would’t pose much of a threat; however, I can see them breaking into private property .
Besides, as they are, I can’t expect much of their work skills, making the coalition rather pointless .
Also, if they evolve, their status increases and their reproductive ability decreases–that much we know from the time I named the goblins .
Thus, I’ll be exercising victor’s rights here .
The great clans shall be separated by their names: Yama (mountain) , Oka (hill), Hora (cave), Umi (sea), Kawa (river), Ko (lake), Mori (forest), Kusa (grass), and Suna (sand) .
For example, a man from the mountains would be “Yama-1M” . A woman wouldbe “Yama-1F” . That’s how I would diversify their names .
Honestly, managing this will still be a pain . For kids I decided to go with something like “Yama-1-1M”, for example .
Perhaps it would be more appropriate to give with some name or letter combination instead, but I’ll leave that to them for new names .
And thus, I absorbed their magical energy, and gave them names instead .
I first aligned them by clan, then separated them by gender, and began giving them names; as you’d expect, it took a while .
However, I was able to give them all names without worrying endlessly .
They were given names by their place in the line . I didn’t try to match names for parents and children .
They should just name themselves if unsatisfied .
In this fashion, I went on naming them all .
I then had the clan representatives conduct a census . But since they had no paper, it was only to make sure no mistakes were made .
But in reality, there was nothing to worry about–those named could hardly forget it .
Unlike humans, monsters always know the name etched on their soul .
I thus started to give and each one of them a name .
Taking no more than five second per person .
However… giving each one a name still took 10 days .
Of course, while I was naming them without rest, I couldn’t just have Benimaru and the rest having fun .
I had the Dryad Trainee escort them to the Treant’s community .
In order to transport the food .
Would it really be enough to feed 150 thousand? While I had such worries, I could only trust in her words .
At the very least, I hope there is enough to last them a year .
I didn’t worry about the carriers at all .
The fundamental worry of war is logistics, after all . Allowing the front line to starve welcomes defeat .
No matter how much of a demon each one of them is, carrying enough food for all the orcs must be difficult .
The Storm Wolves, the moment Ranga had evolved into Tempest Star Wolf, had evolved into Star Wolves .
Each one is at least a B rank now . A high ranking monster .
Their numbers are still at one-hundred, but they have unlocked a Star Leader evolution variation .
And let’s not forget to mention that they can all use 『Shadow Step』now .
They can’t move instantaneously like Souei or Ranga do, but they can easily move faster than sound .
And they now move ignoring any obstacle–straight to their target .
Closing long distance with every step, they are moving at three times their original speed . In short–really quickly .
So I also had the strong Star Wolves handle ferrying the provisions over .
If we used a carriage, the trip – with a necessary detour – would take two months; this way, a round drip takes only a day .
However, the Goblin riders cannot journey with them .
I don’t know if this is something they can learn through practice, but I want them to try .
So having remained with me, the Goblins are helping arranging the orcs .
Thus, we came up with a method to procure food .
Which lead me to worry about food reserves…
I mean, Treants are monsters who survive on water, sunlight, and air alone .
They would grow fruits using their magical energy, but there was no one to eat them .
They were meant for the race residing in the holy lands, but the immortal race just had them accumulate .
Moreover, the fruit being magical, it does not rot no matter how much time passes .
By the way, as I learned later, this fruit is sold as a rare ingredient called “Dried Treant” in human markets .
It’s really hard to find and can be sold for a large amount of money .
The reason for the price is its abundant magical energy . Just one drop can keep you going for seven days . Without feeling hunger .
Another reason for the high price is the fact that Treants don’t interact with other races, and the troublesome Dryads, who manage this product, give it out sometimes as a present .
When I learned this fact, I had mild regrets about giving it out to the orcs for free… but it is what it is .
And thus, thanks for Dryad Trainee’s guidance, we were able to acquire food .
Ten days later .
Exhausted, I finished .
I almost ran out of numbers to use . Tired .
However, I was also filled with a sense of accomplishment .
150 thousand? Just counting that high is annoying .
Well, by the time I finished naming them, we also finished dividing up the food .
Fifty pieces each .
The probably understand that when they run out they starve . So everyone wore serious expressions when accepting the fruit .
After being named, the orcs evolved into high orcs . But since they weren’t named using my magical energy, there was no master-servant relationship between us .
Everything rests on their sincere promise to join and support our coalition .
Their strength did reach up to C+ immediately after evolving, but they settled comfortably in the C rank zone . Considering they were D ranks originally, this should be good enough .
More importantly, they have gotten smarter while preserving their special characteristics .
They evolved into a race that can adapt to and make use of any situation .
After thanking me, they dispersed each to their lands . Overseeing this were 10 goblin riders per group .
Once they confirm the location, we plan to assist them with setting up tents . And, guiding them on necessary skills, we will set up each and every community .
Though this won’t be for a while, but they’ll eventually settle down, and their living standards should improve .
Thus, we saw the orcs off .
Which reminded of a certain individual .
The Orc General insisted that I work him to my pleasure .
I did want another laborer .
Ah, whatever . Let’s just let him in .
I also need to figure out what to do with the black full plate armor clad, two-thousand strong elite orc army .
Them I cannot name using a district . What should I do…
Since they have a yellow aura about them, I decided to name them using a color and numbers .
I glance over the orc army . And, have them line up according to my wishes .
Recently, I can use my『Great Sage』’s appraisal ability simply by looking .
Just like Shuna does .
As expected of 『Gluttony』’s Food Chain ability . It’s super effective!
And so I named (assigned numbers to) everyone, except the Orc General .
Thus the later famous Yellow Corps was born . Numbers assigned indiscriminately of gender .
Since there could be no gender inequality among fellow warriors .
I’ll be later dispatching them to every community as production workers . At the present, there’s no choice but to have them do this kind of work .
Now, about the Orc General .
I’m going to ignore any feeling of foreboding .
And decide on a name .
I’ll incorporate the Orc Lord’s ambition, the one he got from Gelmudo . Just thinking about that Clown’s face makes me angry, but to the orcs he’s an important benefactor .
I don’t care much about his expectations, and I don’t have anything to base it on .
So, the name I will bestow upon him,
「With respect given to Orc Disaster’s dying wish, you shall henceforth be known as Gerudo!」
At that moment, the Orc General’s body was enveloped in a yellow aura, and he began evolving .
And at the same time, I lost a lot of magical energy . Crap… so it really came to this .
As always, I entered a lowered activity state (Sleep Mode) .
And the following day,
Should I say “just as expected” or something? My premonition was spot on .
The Orc Elite has all evolved into High Orcs .
Though they possessed strength almost surpassing C+ rank, they were able to retain that level . All in all, they have evolved into rather powerful warriors .
Considering that Goblin Riders are also ranked C+, I seem to have acquired a rather powerful army .
Well, though Goblin Riders are ranked thus, they really should be evaluated together with the Star Wolves .
So perhaps I shouldn’t be comparing them .
Now then, the problematic Orc General, or rather, Gerudo…
He had gained the unique skill 『Gourmet』with abilities「Stomach, Supply, and Demand」 .
His magic energy is also pretty high, almost reaching A rank .
As expected, he no longer has any of the abilities he got from cannibalizing . Simply because he has no need for them .
This skill he got probably because he wished for it from the bottom of his heart .
Perhaps because he had endured the pain and suffering, he became such a rational and dignified monster .
“Can I be satisfied with such a subordinate?” I had such a fleeting thought, but decided to ignore it .
If he desired to go on independent, I would permit it .
Though he doesn’t seem to want to do that .
And perhaps the Death March has finally come to an end .
Was all their suffering up until now the effect of Gelmudo’s skill–that I wouldn’t know . Perhaps that clown was actually a really powerful guy .
I joked to myself .
The goblin soldiers have finally returned . Their numbers greatly reduced, with only 4,000 survivors .
Are they okay? I worried slightly . But, this is their problem and not something I will intervene in .
Too much intervention would be harmful to them .
Now then, should we take our leave?
Let’s return the control of this area back to the lizardmen, say our farewells to the Head, and head of .
Though our time hear was a mere three weeks, this war felt rather long .
I myself seem to have fought alone for a long time .
The forest disturbance story thus comes to an end .
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Gabil was brought before the Lizardmen’s Head, his father .
The moment the fighting ended, he was thrown into prison .
His was fed every morning and every evening, but no one had said anything . This kind of lifestyle continued on for two weeks .
After all, he was a rebel . That much was true .
While he acted in what he believed was everyone’s best interests, his foolishness almost annihilated the entire race .
It was his fault .
He had no excuses to say, nor any desire to come up with any .
He would probably face the death penalty . A fact he accepted . But…
Gelmudo who had betrayed him . Ignoring that fact, the Slime who had saved him .
A lowly monster . That’s how he referred to the slime .
While that was not a mistake, it also was .
That Slime is special .
Unique and Named, a truly special monster .
If he could have one final wish, he’s want to ask .
Why did you save me?
The mislead, worthless me . A complete idiot .
That thought was on his mind every day for two weeks .
He stood before his father .
The atmosphere heavy, they looked each other in teh eye .
A father who, as usual, did not show his emotion . Ah… death penalty, huh?
He agreed .
A leader cannot show weakness . He must uphold law at all cost .
So there’s no way he could hate him .
He resolved himself to quietly accept his punishment .
「I will pass judgment! Gabil, you are exiled . You are forbidden to ever call yourself a Lizardman .
Further, you are forbidden to ever return . Leave! Show your face among us no longer!」
What did he say?
His father’s guards lead him by the arms outside the caves .
The Head threw him out .
And to the confused Gabil,
「Don’t forget this! Don’t lose it, okay?」
He was told, an something was thrown to him .
Along with his things, a long wrapped package . Just from the weight he understood . It was the Magic Weapon: Water Vortex Spear .
Tears falling from Gabil’s eyes, he wanted to say something to his father .
But words wouldn’t come out . He was an exile .
Filled with various emotions, he could only bow in gratitude .
And, without looking back, he continued onward .
To the city under construction he had once visited .
After walking a bit,
「Please wait a minute . Gabil-sama!」
Someone called out to him .
His 100 subordinates .
「Wha-what are you doing, idiots! I was exiled!」
「It doesn’t matter to us! We follow Gabil-sama, if you are exiled, then so are we!」
They responded with a smile .
What fools they are;
This is no place to shed tears . Like my father, I must learn to act with dignity . , he thought .
「What will I do with you! Got it . Follow me!」
And thus he walked .
Filled with a different kind of self-confidence than before .
Gabil’s group joined up with Rimuru a month later .