Chapter 2: Hostilities
The war of allied armies began at last—
Hideyoshi and the others readied their preparations to intercept the Takeda army. However, something unexpected interrupted…?
On the plains the soldiers of each army were violently hacking at each other.
In the middle of this, Hideyoshi stared hard at one point without moving. At the end of his line of sight was the Takeda army general, Takeda Shingen—
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… C’mere, Takeda Shingen.”
[SHINGEN]: “—TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI!”
Shingen, bringing two retainers, ran over here at a ferocious speed.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (Not yet… not yet…)
Shingen drew his sword and slashed at Hideyoshi who didn’t show the slightest movement. In that instant—
At Hideyoshi’s signal Toshiie, who had been hiding, closed in on Shingen with a great force, as if he himself had become a spear.
[TOSHIIE]: “Che, looks like a general’s head really isn’t that easy to take.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “We just needed a little bit more, too bad.”
[MASAKAGE]: “How dare you… You’ve got some guts wanting Shingen-sama’s head!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toshiie, I’m leaving the rest to you.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now then… I guess I’ll cut loose too!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: (Beside Shingen is that Baba Nobuharu who was called… an immortal, was it? It’ll be annoying to take on these two at the same time, but…)
[HIDEYOSHI]: (Kanbee and Hanbee should be bringing in reinforcements in good order… Ah, here they are, here they are.)
Hideyoshi saw a team of support heading this way in the corner of his vision.
[NOBUHARU]: “Shingen! Leave them to me!”
Just like he thought, Nobuharu looked towards the oncoming unit. And then, in the moment Shingen responded, Hideyoshi attacked Shingen.
[SHINGEN]: “… Not tired of surprising me just once, but a second time now?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: (Guess I should have expected the same trick wouldn’t work.)
[SHINGEN]: “… You seem to really like surprises.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No matter the enemy, it’s better to defeat them easily, right? Well, looks like it didn’t work on you though.”
[SHINGEN]: “If you know that then how about fighting fair and square? —Heh!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Woah! That was close, that was close… hah!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “In your dreams!”
Hideyoshi turned aside Shingen’s explosive attack and briefly made some distance.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (I was going to create a chance if he went “What the hell’s with ambushing me in a match against fellow warlords!” and got angry, but… a general’s a general. I guess he won’t have a quick temper.)
[HIDEYOSHI]: (It’s funny to find a straight match interesting because of its freshness. Maybe because I’ve just been fighting with Nobunaga this entire time. It’s strangely hard to do though.)
During his thoughts, they glared at each other and measured the distance between each other; however, suddenly there was the whistling noise of something splitting the air.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (The sound of an arrow!?)
Nobuharu cut down the arrow that came flying at Shingen by a hairsbreadth.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (This has gotten bad. I want to quickly check out the people who released that arrow, but I can’t show my back to these guys either—)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… To even dodge an arrow. You really are lucky.”
[SHINGEN]: “… That was you just now?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toshiie! We’re going back!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Huh!? O-okay!”
Hideyoshi quickly retreated, taking Toshiie. For a while, he was cautious about their back but Shingen and his retainers didn’t chase them either.
[TOSHIIE]: “Hey, Hideyoshi, the match was still going on so why’d we pull back?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s that arrow that flew in just now. It might be an arrow released by some bad guys.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Huh? Didn’t you say it was shot under your orders?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That was a lie. If I said that then they’d be worried about an ambush and wouldn’t chase us, right?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Oh, what, so that’s how it was. Even I was tricked…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahaha! Oops, now’s not the time to laugh. I’ll tell you my guess while we move.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Move, you say. Where are we going?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… To Nobunaga.”