ars or bows instead of swords.
Since when in a close quarters fight with monsters, they wouldn’t even be an opponent anyways.”
“Then around a third of the soldiers should be arranged to take the lead…”
“I’ll clear the road.
All they have to do is just continue being on the offensive without pause.”
Leonhart passed his lieutenant, who was on a knee and with a bowed head, immediately.
“See you tomorrow, then.”
Both of them headed towards their respective destinations.
Only the Duchess, Dooha, remained in the shadows.
She leant against the wall and remained still there for a long time.
When the moonlight, which was hidden amongst the clouds, finally shone on the wall, no one was present there.
* * *
Ding, ding, ding—!
Early in the morning, before the stars of the night had yet to disappear behind the mountain ridge.
A sharp warning bell went off in Tochern Castle.
At the sound of an invasion by the enemy, not only the knights, but also the duchy’s soldiers began to arm themselves hurriedly.
“What is this….”
Meanwhile, Leonhart, who was the first to rush out and understand the situation, grabbed a soldier that was running over from the main gate.
From the clothes he was wearing, he seemed to be a soldier of Tochern Castle’s.
“What’s the matter!”
The terrified soldier’s teeth clattered as he looked up at the Duke.
“The monsters have surrounded the castle.
T—they are about to climb up the rampart!”
He screamed with a terror-stricken voice.
“We’re, we’re all gonna die!”
“If you have the time to blab nonsense, bring me a weapon!”
Leonhart had already thrown the soldier, who had already lost his reason, on the floor and looked up at the castle.
That place was already in chaos.
Just then, black figures could be seen wandering amongst the soldiers, one that inspired fear with their shadows.
One, two, three, four…
Leonhart uttered a curse while counting the number of monsters.
Although the duchy’s knights and the castle’s soldiers were defending the rampart with all their might, it was as though it’s only a matter of time before the line of defence collapsed.
Teeth like the razor-edge of spears, claws that tore through the flesh like a sickle, swift movements that are hard to track with the eye, and physical strength that’s even capable of breaking rock walls.
Their existence truly was too much for an ordinary human being to deal with.
Just then, a werewolf that was obviously several times larger than the others, succeeded in climbing up the rampart.
It looked at the soldier shaking with a spear in hand, and licked its lips.
Although he had an old weapon, he gave off the scent of a young human being.
The young soldier, who seemed to be around fifteen at the most, stepped back as he saw the monster approaching him.
However, he was so terrified that his legs didn’t move according to his will.
Eventually, the soldier’s knees buckled and closed his eyes tightly in the face of the werewolf that was pouncing at him.
If it weren’t for a blunt sound, as though rock was splitting apart, he would have thought that he died helplessly.
“Flee to the castle.”
The young soldier slowly opened his eyes at the gentle yet harsh voice in his ear.
Before his feet stood a person pulling an arrow that was stuck in the eye of the monster’s carcass, with a headscarf covered face.
It was Dooha, with her identity and appearance concealed by the headscarf.
She pulled an arrow out of the monster’s eyes and replaced it into the quiver on her back.
‘As expected, are their weak points their necks and eyes? They’re no different from wild animals in that aspect.’
As soon as the bell rang, Dooha climbed up the rampart and was faced with quite a number of monsters shortly after.
They were much stronger and agile than those that attacked the supporting troops in the day yesterday, so she was quite bewildered at the beginning, but she got used to it over time.
‘It’s still alright if it’s at this level.’
Dooha clasped her bow tightly and her eyes shone.
Meanwhile, the young soldier couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the gracefulness she displayed throughout the series of gestures from her.
Dooha grabbed that soldier’s arm and helped him up.
“What are you doing? This isn’t a place for a kid like you.
Get out of here.”
“I won’t stop you if you want to die.”
At that moment, a monster that succeeded in climbing up the rampart rushed towards Dooha.
Before the young soldier could get anything out.
Dooha managed to nock arrows on her bow and turned her back in the blink of an eye.
Her arrow accurately pierced the monster’s eyes.
The sharp arrow penetrated the monster’s entire head with the blessing of the wind that she was saturated with.
The young soldier felt an unexpected thrill at the sight of a monster falling at the hands of a human that’s much smaller than it.
Once again, if you want to live, run to the castle.”
Dooha turned her gaze to the watchtower, where the monster’s attack was especially concentrated.
When she stepped forward unhesitatingly.
“E—excuse me, thank you for saving me!”
It was the second time she’d heard words of gratitude since coming to the Empire.
Dooha paused for a moment, before rushing forward with all her might.
And there was someone watching her running on the rampart.
It was Leonhart, a duke who was climbing the stairs under the rampart.
His eyes widened in surprise at the sight of Dooha, who’d managed to kill the monster in an instant with a few arrows.
‘Was there such a talented person in this castle?’
Even amidst the chaos, his gaze could be removed from the mysterious figure that was covered in a hood.
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