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…
[NAGAHIDE]: “Hey, I’ve returned! Where’s Mitsuhide!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Nagahide-san!”
I ran over to him in a hurry and told him the message from Mitsuhide-san.
[NAGAHIDE]: “So the Mouri army did appear! And Mitsuhide wants me to command the soldiers in his place?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. Mitsuhide-san went to report to Nobunaga-san… Also, he said to cooperate as much as possible with the Toyotomi and Date armies.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Hah!?… Che, that’s annoying but I guess I can’t complain about something so small. Hey! Confirm the Mouri army’s troop placements!”
[NAGAHIDE]: “It’s possible troops are waiting in ambush too! Before we’re surrounded call back the men on the front lines, we’re going to take the offensive!”
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder if Nobunaga-san, Ranmaru-kun, and Mitsuhide-san are okay…”
[NAGAHIDE]: “It looks like Mitsuhide brought along his own squad and Katsuie must be nearby too.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Besides, it’s Nobunaga-sama. Even if our enemy is the Mouri army, we don’t fall behind.”
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone… please come back safe…!)
[KATSUIE]: “Shit! Where’d that Uesugi commander go!”
Kageie, who had been exchanging blows with Katsuie, suddenly shouted someone’s name.
And then, like that, he ran towards the Uesugi army which seemed to be in some kind of disorder and Katsuie lost sight of him.
[KATSUIE]: (There’s a weird air around the entire battlefield… No way, it can’t be that the Mouri army barged in like Nobunaga-sama predicted!?)
[KATSUIE]: “I can’t stay here!”
Katsuie ordered his men to begin their retreat and personally rushed to Nobunaga’s location—
[NOBUNAGA]: “You… Mouri Motonari.”
[MOTONARI]: “Indeed. I am Mouri Motonari, the general of the Mouri army.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Ooh, to think the general himself would appear.”
Saying that, Hideyoshi glanced in Nobunaga’s direction. Although Nobunaga didn’t know what Hideyoshi’s intention was, he showed his own gun in a way where Motonari wouldn’t notice.
[NOBUNAGA]: (To kill him with certainty he needs to be suitably distracted. Don’t leap at him poorly, monkey.)
Perhaps his thoughts were conveyed because though Hideyoshi placed his hand on his sword he didn’t look like he was going to move.
[MOTONARI]: “It seems like you took care of my children several days ago.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Aah, you mean at our conference?”
[MOTONARI]: “You punished them quite hard, didn’t you?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Is that a complaint from the one who ambushed us?”
[MOTONARI]: “I merely… wish to protect my family is all.”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! Please step back!”
Ranmaru stood in front of Nobunaga and, at the same time, Toshiie held up his weapon to protect Hideyoshi.
However, their enemy was an oni— on top of that, the general of the Mouri army. It was much too heavy a load for Ranmaru and Toshiie alone to win.
[NOBUNAGA]: “—Monkey, we’re going.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You’re the one who should keep up with me.”
Ranmaru and Toshiie slashed at Motonari, who didn’t show any stance.
[RANMARU]: “Mouri Motonari, prepare yourself!”
Ranmaru and Toshiie were thrown away by Motonari’s blade. Nobunaga, who was aiming for an opening, rushed to Motonari’s side in that instant without a moment’s delay.
In addition Hideyoshi, who sandwiched Motonari on the other side, broke in aiming for Motonari’s heart.
[NOBUNAGA + HIDEYOSHI]: “You’re mine!”
[MOTONARI]: “This was a little close just now. —Hmph!”
Motonari’s sword narrowly caught the body of Nobunaga’s gun. However—
In spite of the attack being casually released, not just Nobunaga but also Hideyoshi was struck by an unexpected impact and blown away.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Damn… he’s ridiculously strong.”
Motonari didn’t move from his spot, indifferent to Nobunaga and the others grinding their teeth, and gave a light sigh.
[MOTONARI]: “… Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. If you say you will retreat now I will not pursue you.”
[MOTONARI]: “However, if you are to continue still… I will fight fire with fire.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hmph, do you think I, Nobunaga, will disgrace myself by withdrawing?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Unfortunately, you see, I hate losing. I’m not going to listen to your words on retreating because you won’t pursue us.”
[MOTONARI]: “… That is a shame. I warned you.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Ggh!”
The sunlight was reflected by the body of Motonari’s sword and, in that instant, Nobunaga’s sight was robbed. Immediately after—
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Wha… TOSHIIE!!”
[MOTONARI]: “Next is…”
[RANMARU]: “… Ah!”
[???]: “—LIKE I’M GONNA LET YOU!!”
[RANMARU]: “Ka… tsuie-sa…”