Chapter 2: Battlefield of Betrayals
The one who visited the Oda army was Sanada Nobuyuki of the Sanada army.
Amid everyone’s vigilance, Nobuyuki said unexpected words. At the same time, the war begins to move…
The intensity and force of the large scale battle of three armies on three armies increased and, like that was being narrated, messengers took turns coming and leaving to Mitsuhide-san.
[MITSUHIDE]: “I see… However, please ignore that. More importantly, the Takeda army on the right flank will be troublesome in the future.”
As soon as he heard the report he gave out orders and added the placements of the soldiers to a simplified map of the battlefield that was made.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Prisoners of war aren’t necessary. All the enemies you meet— kill them.”
[YUZUKI]: (Mitsuhide-san’s different from usual… This is the appearance of a military officer acting to lead the Oda army to victory—)
[RANMARU]: “Mitsuhide-san! A report has arrived! Just now, Katsuie-san has begun battle with the main force of the Uesugi army led by Uesugi Kenshin!”
[KATSUIE]: “Che, blocked, huh. Well, it wouldn’t be interesting if that didn’t happen!”
Katsuie recalled the strategy that was discussed prior while he smirked.
[KATSUIE]: (It’s fine to let Kenshin alone go to Nobunaga-sama’s location, huh.)
However, it wasn’t just Kenshin nearby but also an Uesugi commander who was one of Kenshin’s trusted retainers. If he let that man go as well then it’d be disadvantageous for Nobunaga.
[KATSUIE]: (Guess I’ll do what I was told to do by Nagahide.)
[KATSUIE]: “C’mon, I’ll be your opponent! HAAGH!”
Katsuie dared to send an attack at Kenshin. The moment he did the Uesugi commander stepped in at once.
[KAGEIE]: “Your opponent is me! Hragh!!”
[KAGEIE]: “Someone like you isn’t fit to be Kenshin-sama’s opponent! Kenshin-sama, now’s the time!”
Kenshin, with a short response, ran directly in the direction Nobunaga was in.
[KATSUIE]: (Good. Like this, Kenshin is the only one I let go to Nobunaga-sama’s location. Now then, from here…)
[KATSUIE]: “—I’m gonna go as wild as I want!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “—Katsuie skillfully separated Kenshin and his trusted retainer, I see. Understood. After this…”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s because I’m in the main camp that information is coming in one after another… Right now, there hasn’t been a bad report but I’m still worried about everyone…)
[RANMARU]: “Mitsuhide-san! Information appears to have come in from Nagahide-san’s squad that Nobuyuki has double-crossed us and returned to the Sanada army!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Indeed. It was predicted that this might happen, but it was unexpectedly quick.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama will have supposed this as well, but could you deliver the report?”
[RANMARU]: “Understood. I’m going!”
Ranmaru-kun rushed out of the main camp during the time I couldn’t comprehend the situation, and then Mitsuhide-san entrusted a new order to a messenger.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please inform Nagahide on the front lines that presently it is an insignificant effect on our army and I leave it to him as to what to do if he finds Nobuyuki. Also—“
[YUZUKI]: (So many things are changing dizzily and I can’t follow at all… Huh?)
[YUZUKI]: (Another messenger…? They look really flustered though and I wonder what happened now.)
As I watched Mitsuhide-san’s eyes widened in the middle of the report he was hearing.
[MITSUHIDE]: “We must summon Nagahide back without delay…! Also, have the soldiers at the front lines retreat as much as possible!”
Mitsuhide-san, who had been calmly giving out instructions up to now, began to give orders to soldiers in a hurry with a rough voice and I reflexively ran over to his side.
[YUZUKI]: “Was that bad news!?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, we had been vigilant about this from the beginning, but… It seems something much more problematic than Nobuyuki’s betrayal has been realized.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I must go to Nobunaga-sama right away! You will remain here and tell Nagahide what I am about to say to you right now—“
Nobunaga alone quietly awaited the opponent he was to personally confront. Then—
[KENSHIN]: “… Oda Nobunaga.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “So you came, Uesugi Kenshin.”