Chapter 8: The Light Points to a New Sight–
Binding an alliance, Masamune and the others obtained permission to move freely within Uesugi territory.
They then slipped out to a cave, pointed to by the light emitted from the sacred treasure, and what they found there was…?
Finishing the horse preparations, we waited for Kenshin-san to go on our survey.
However, it was not just Kenshin-san who appeared–
[KANETSUGU]: “We will be travelling together with you too.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Pleased to meet you.”
.[MASAMUNE]: “Hn. You’ve increased the number of guards with those two. It seems you do not trust us very much.”
After he said that sarcastic remark, Masamune-san brought his face close to mine and whispered bit by bit.
[MASAMUNE]: “From the start, it was within expectations that we would be watched by someone inside Uesugi territory, but it was beyond expectations for those guys to be brought along.”
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder if they saw the light emitted from the sacred treasure after all?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Who knows. But if they saw the light last night by chance then it’s possible that they’re suspicious.”
[YUZUKI]: (I see. From the beginning Masamune-san knew that had been witnessed…)
[MASAMUNE]: “I understand your circumstance. –Anyway, show me the map of your territory.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Why.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Uesugi’s lands are too vast. If we are to look around efficiently, it would be inconvenient without a map, no?”
[KANETSUGU]: “You’re telling such a plausible lie as an excuse.”
[KENSHIN]: “Both of you, enough. Kanetsugu, hand them the map.”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Acknowledged.”
After looking at the map that Kanetsugu-san handed over reluctantly, Masamune-san murmured a noise of comprehension.
[MASAMUNE]: “I heard that recently there were large outbreaks of yakuma; are there places where they appear frequently in Uesugi territory?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Why are you asking about that now?”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’d be a bother if we were also attacked by the yakuma while engaged with other armies. I’d like to eliminate obstacles.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides, if yakuma who appear are left alone, your citizens might suffer harm sooner or later, right?”
[KENSHIN]: “… That is true. Then, we shall guide you.”
I got on Masamune-san’s horse and we followed Kenshin-san and the others who lead the way, but–
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san has been talking about something with Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san for a while now…)
Because the contents of that conversation came in scraps, I didn’t really understand; having said that though, I could not ask what they talked about, and we proceeded deep into the forest.
[KANETSUGU]: “Here we are.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Currently, there does not seem to be any particular abnormalities…”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “–THERE THEY ARE! It’s Uesugi Kenshin! And Uesugi Kagekatsu and Naoe Kanetsugu as well!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “It’s the Takeda Army… and Sanada Army…!”
[SHINGEN]: “Yo, Kenshin. What a coincidence to meet you here.”
The red-haired warlord who came out before us said that with fearless smile.
[KENSHIN]: “… Is this an ambush, Shingen.”
Immediately after that, Masamune-san’s eyebrows moved slightly upon seeing the warlord who stepped forward following Shingen-san.
[YUKIMURA]: “… I never thought I’d meet you and the others again in this way, Masamune.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Why are you together with Uesugi Kenshin? Are you up to something?”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Heh.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… It doesn’t matter if you don’t answer. Both our positions seem to be different from before. So–!”
Yukimura-san pointed the tip of his spear at us while showing a sad expression.
[MASAMUNE]: “And you seem to be in an alliance with Takeda? And you’re attacking Uesugi together… is that how it is.”
[SHINGEN]: “That’s how it is. But both generals are here and we brought along the Takeda Army and Sanada Army’s soldiers. Isn’t it a bit rough with just you guys there?”
[SHINGEN]: “Especially since the Date Army isn’t much of a threat as a fighting force.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “What’d you say, you better watch your mouth!”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hn, go ahead. We’ll make you realize how foolish you are for insulting us.”
[MASAMUNE]: “–Shigezane, Kojuurou. We’re assisting Uesugi.”
[SHIGEZANE + KOJUUROU]: “Understood!”
The Uesugi Army seemed to feel that their fighting forces were insufficient, like Shingen-san said, and so they began to send a smoke signal to call for reinforcements.
[SHINGEN]: “Woah there, I won’t let you make a call so easily!”
The battle started with Shingen-san’s words as a signal, but–
Although Masamune-san swung his sword at first, he pushed through a gap, and left from the front lines.
[YUZUKI]: “Masamune-san, didn’t you say we were assisting Uesugi…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If we don’t throw those guys off, we can’t go towards our goal.”
[YUZUKI]: “But Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san…”
[MASAMUNE]: “I told them in advance that, in the case an enemy appeared, they were to break away individually.”
[MASAMUNE]: “They know the general location of where the clue to Himemiko is thought to be. They will join up with us there later.”
Like that, Masamune-san told me to hold on tightly and made his horse run at full speed.
Upon arriving at the base of a mountain, Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san were already waiting there, and the two of them were peering into a dark cave.
Seeing that Masamune-san called my name and–
[MASAMUNE]: “Hold the sacred treasure.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If you do then we can confirm the exact path leading to Himemiko, and we can guarantee visibility with the emitted light.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I understand.”
The moment I held onto the long sword a dazzling light flowed out.
The light stretched out from the tip of the sword and– pointed ahead of us.
We advanced through the brightened cave and eventually reached the place the light pointed to.
There, an unexpected sight stretched out–
[MASAMUNE]: “This is…!?”
(T/N: CLIFFHANGER!! I think Date Army is the furthest in the story so far since they actually reached the place the light led to. Anyway, unfortunately there’s gonna be another short pause because I’m behind on things; I’m in the middle of collecting Masamune’s interaction scenes so that’s going to come out. And then Oda and Toyotomi got updated with Chapter 9 so we’ll be jumping back to them before Uesugi.)