62-Episode 62: Betrayal

 The defenders led by Rietz.
 Right now they were not moving from their initial position around the village of Lumberk, and had sent out scouting soldiers to see what the enemy was doing.

 Interaction with the scouting soldiers would be done using the sound magic Transmit.
 After using the magic, the transmitters can lightly tap the catalyst machine to deliver a sound, con, to the designated catalyst machine. It is not possible to transmit human words, but the combination of the sound of Kong allows for a simple conversation.

 Rietz had sent one infantryman and one magic soldier out to scout, and he had received the report.

'Looks like they're finally making their move.

 The report was that the invasion force led by Ars had begun to move.
 The order to monitor their movements when they started to move had been given beforehand, so they did not reply. The transmitters can receive sounds, but replies cannot be made unless the replying party uses the transmitters. It would consume the magic water, so he had to leave out the part that he had to leave out.

''How did it work?''

 Roselle asked.

'It looks like they've split up. It seems to have split into two groups: the forest side and the road side. I heard that Mr. Ars seems to be on the road side, so he's going to do some reconnaissance on that side.

 Basically, we can only send one person out to scout. This is because even if two people are sent out, considering the amount of magic water, they will not be able to convey the information.
 Therefore, the choice to split up into two teams is not a strange one, because although it distributes the forces, it prevents the enemy from knowing the location of one of the teams.

 Incidentally, the terrain, the road that Reetz and his team are on now is south of Lumberk.
 This road leads south, and beyond that you will arrive at the place where Ars and the others were earlier.

 There is a forest on the east and west sides of the road, respectively.
 The forest to the west is dangerous and intrusion is forbidden by training, but there is a safer route to the forest to the east, so you can go through it. However, if you walk through the mess, you will get lost, so that's the only route you can use.

 The forest side that Rietz mentioned is to march through the forest to the east, and the road side is to march through the road.

''Well, how do we deal with this one?''

 There are multiple ways to deal with the enemy's movements.
 If we simply divide them into two, we can either destroy each one, or we can divide our troops and deal with both.
 When Rietz and Roselle were discussing it.

'Excuse me! Mr. Reetz! This is Shamal of the invasion force! Will you let me talk to you!

 And a loud voice rang out.
 It was the voice of one of the magic soldiers, Shamal, who had a hyper voice and made his voice loud.

''What is it?''
I think we should ignore it.

 Roselle insisted on ignoring him.

'I have decided to betray Master Ars for his sake!

 Shamal's voice echoes once again.

'Betray you ... will you give me information?'
It's a trap, for God's sake.
'Ummm ... well, but the circumstances ...'

 Rietz instantly understood the meaning of the words betraying Ars-sama for the sake of Ars-sama.
 If Mireille couldn't lead Ars to victory here, it wouldn't be surprising if he was not considered to have played an active role.
 If that happened, Mireille was exiled. Considering the bad reputation of the vassals, it wasn't out of the question that there would be a traitor.

''I think we should at least listen to the story, just in case.

 With that in mind, Rietz decided to listen to what he had to say and had his men run under Shamal and bring him in.

 Shamal explained Mireille's plan to him.
 I'm sure you'll be able to find out what's going on with the rest of the team.

''Isn't that strategy.......kind of a violation of the rules?
''Well, but it doesn't seem like there's a clear-cut rule about that.
'They don't usually do that. It's not good training.

 If we're told there's an enemy attack, we have to go, whether there's a possibility of a trap or not. If there is that strategy, it's not a training exercise. No one has ever done that before, so it hasn't been specifically banned or anything.

'That woman who thinks out of the box doesn't understand such things.
But it's only Ars that leads you. You can't do that.
'Master Ars was so verbally deceived that he eventually decided to go with that plan...'

 Rietz felt uncomfortable. Mireille's storytelling skills were certainly higher than normal, but Ars wasn't stupid either. It is unlikely that he would accept such a strategy.

'I knew that was a lie. I know you're trying to get me to let your story guide me, but I'm not naive enough to fall for such a move.'
"...yes. This story is a lie.

 Shamal said something unexpected.

'Mireille told me to pretend to betray him and lead him on, just like Reetz-san said. But I really don't like Mireille...''

 From there, Shamal began to talk about how much he disliked Mireille.
 After talking for a while.

'As much as I hate Mireille this much, I really think I'm going to betray her. I'll tell you the real Mireille's plan, not the false plan I saw earlier.

 Mireille's plan, as told by Shamal the second time, tricked and led the Leets with false information. Then, once they get behind Ars and the others. Immediately after the attack, Shamal uses the sound magic Rumble. The Rumble is an upsetting sound, and if it rang out from within their own army, the considerable soldiers would be upset. When the rumble sounded, the invasion team would change direction at once and strike the upsetting defenders.

'Pretend you're on board with this plan, Mr. Reetz. If I don't use the Rumble at the end, it will be a complete surprise. Mireille will not be able to succeed in the operation and will be banished as useless. I beg you to make a wise decision.

 Reetz can't decide whether to believe it or not.
 Of course, it's possible that this is also a lie by Shamal. But it's also true that it could be true. At least it didn't seem to Reetz that he was telling it in a lie.
 But it is also possible, that Shamal is a good liar, that he is a good liar. Reetz wasn't stupid enough to trust him with a vague subjective view.

'All right, I'll take your word for it,'

 I decided to pretend to believe it completely for once here.
 When Shamal made a rag, it was confirmed that what Shamal said was a lie, and he would be able to read his opponent's movements. If it's true, then if you move according to Shamal, you can succeed in your surprise attack and win.
 Reetz did not doubt that this was the best thing to do, but he did not realize at this point that his choice was a mistake.