140-Chapter 140   After Victory

 After the enemy soldiers had fled, they examined the castle.
 There was a possibility that a trap might have been set, so Pham and Ben and those who were good at disarming traps entered the castle first to examine it, but there didn't seem to be any particular trap set.
 Rietz and Mireille seemed to have neutralized not only the facilities that activated defensive magic, but also those that activated trap magic, so that might be the reason.

 The Bertsd County Mayor and Thomas were nowhere to be found. They seemed to have escaped. Stefan, the owner of Sturt's Castle, remained in the castle.

 He also gave chase to the fleeing enemy soldiers, but the enemy's retreat was very good, and they didn't take out much of the fleeing soldiers.

 There was a fair amount of remnants in the city, but most of the men surrendered.

 The castle of Sturtz was now completely conquered and in their hands.

'This battle is a great victory! We took some damage to our allies, but more than that, we took Sturt's Castle and came very close to victory! Good work, everyone!

 The Clan gathered everyone together after the victory and gave them a word of thanks for their labor.
 It seems that this battle was quite a bit of damage, unlike the previous ones.
 It seems that the Clan's main unit, which was attacking the main gate, was hit by a magic attack to a greater extent.

 However, the number of people who died was several thousand, and considering the number of the entire army, the damage is not a problem.

 The Clan continues to speak.

''But don't let your guard down just yet! The castle was heavily damaged when we took it down, and now its defenses are severely compromised! Normally we would be celebrating, but we'll have to finish patching up the firewall first! Until then, stay alert and stay on the defensive!

 After a win, they always have a victory celebration, but not this time?
 Well, that's a reasonable decision.
 If we let our guard down with the city walls broken, we might be taken by surprise. Since the chase failed and a lot of enemies escaped, the enemy must be looking at us with an eye on the chance of a surprise attack. This is because they will want to take back this Sturt's Castle at all costs.

 If you are on the lookout for a surprise attack, you won't have to worry about being attacked so much. The other side won't be able to come up with a plan of attack either.

 Just like Clan's words, the repair work of the city wall was done while first fortifying the defense. Since there are many broken parts this time, it seems that they won't be able to be fixed so easily.

 If we want to go to drop Bertsud, we have to finish the first aid work, but it's just the time of year when winter is in full swing, and there's a good chance that snow will fall and pile up. In any case, I'd have to wait for winter to pass before I could go, which was just as well.

 Then I was called to the clan.

'The Lord has saved us again in this battle. If it weren't for the surprise attack, we wouldn't have been able to take the castle. I'd like to thank you for your hiring of The Shadow, who saved me from a desperate situation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
That's too good to be true.

 The Clan thanked me and I bowed my head as I replied.

''Later on, I'll make sure that those who achieve high achievements, including you, get a reward, but that's not what I want this time. I would like you to appraise the personnel as usual.
No problem.
'I know it's going to take a bit of a toll on you this time with the number of things you've caught, but I'm asking.

 Is that a large number of them captured?
 That's what happens when the fight is that intense.
 The appraisal skills are so tiring to use.
 I haven't abused it that much lately, but for the first time in a long time, I'm going to use it until I'm tired.

 I was led to the place where the prisoners were being held.