Chapter 1: The Hour of Departure
Allied armies were approaching Mouri lands. In such a tense situation, Motonari opened his mouth, dignified. “Now then, let us begin to move as well.”
The plan to confront the approaching large armies is…!?
A large war was about to begin in Shinga.
Large armies were heading for Mouri lands. We had to do anything we could to avoid being invaded like this by them—
[MOTONARI]: “Athough we are strong, our opponents are three armies. Furthermore, it is only a matter of time for the remaining three armies to come here as well.”
[MOTONARI]: “As you would expect, if six armies were to march on us then we would be at a disadvantage.”
[YUZUKI]: (If that happens then Mouri territory will be in big trouble…)
[YUZUKI]: (Motonari-san and the others of course… but I don’t want anyone in Mouri lands to get hurt—)
Unlike me, who was worrying, Motonari-san continued speaking with a composed face.
[MOTONARI]: “However, conversely, if our enemies are gathered then we might have a good opportunity.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what do you mean…?”
[MOTONARI]: “Presently, the six armies heading towards Mouri lands are not moving as one allied force.”
[MOTONARI]: “It wouldn’t be strange for them to have enmity with one another.”
[MOTOHARU]: “You mean to say the preceding three armies and the following three armies oppose each other and, before fighting us, it’s possible they will exchange a battle first.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Then we can aim for a chance when they’re preoccupied with each other and attack them all at once?”
[MOTONARI]: “Our side is at a disadvantage with numbers, and so we must fight without needlessly wasting strength.”
[TERUMOTO]: “That’s just like you, Motonari-sama!”
[TAKAKAGE]: “If that’s decided then we need to hurry and prepare.”
[MOTONARI]: “Yes, arrange each unit to encircle the enemy. Understood?”
[FOUR PEOPLE]: “Yes, my lord!”
Everyone began to discuss preparations, following Motonari-san’s instructions.
[YUZUKI]: (I need to do something to help too…)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Motonari-san.”
[MOTONARI]: “Mm? What is it, princess?”
[YUZUKI]: “What should I do?”
[MOTONARI]: “Oh, that’s right… I will search for something to ask of you so could you wait?”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay. I’ll do anything, so…!”
[MOTONARI]: “—Princess, did something happen?”
[MOTONARI]: “I’ve been a little concerned since this morning. I can see… that you are forcing yourself to act cheerfully.”
[MOTONARI]: “Look, under your eyes… there are dark circles. It is proof that you haven’t rested well.”
[MOTONARI]: “If you are worried about something then I would like you to speak about it. Just as you wish to be everyone’s support, I too would like to be your support, princess.”
It wasn’t just Motonari-san, but Takamoto-san and the others looked over here with concern.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if I was pushing myself without me noticing… I was trying to forget my worries towards the war, even just a little, and to forget that dream—)
[YUZUKI]: “… I had a dream. A dream where Motonari-san and everyone were on the battlefield and collapsed while bleeding—“
[YUZUKI]: “Even though I tried to go and help, my body wouldn’t move… I couldn’t do anything but watch. I don’t want that to happen… in reality.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Motonari-san, this may be an unreasonable request, but could you take me to the battlefield too? I believe the power of my blood will be of help to everyone.”