Chapter 3: A Dilemma, An Unshakeable Will!
The battlefield was extremely chaotic due to the appearance of the Mouri army. During this, Kamanosuke returned together with Nobuyuki-san, who should have left the army. In the brief joy at their return, a seriously wounded Saizou was carried in…
Crossing the frame of friend and foe, all the commanders in the area fought the yakuma while cooperating.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Kgh! These guys are stubborn…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Kamanosuke-kun and everyone are struggling… The yakuma numbers are definitely decreasing, but…)
It seemed like their opponents were stronger than normal yakuma and so everyone wasn’t able to give a decisive blow.
[HANBEE]: “Haa… we’re making no progress at this rate… Everyone, could I have some of your time?”
What Toyotomi army’s commander— Takenaka Hanbee-san proposed was for everyone to coordinate together and annihilate the yakuma all at once.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m the diversion… Got it.”
Kamanosuke-kun said that and at the end of his gaze was Ranmaru-san.
In my head the figure of Kamanosuke-kun charging towards the Oda army alone came to my mind.
Kamanosuke-kun averted his eyes immediately and then this time stared at the yakuma with a sharp look.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Just wait, Saizou…!”
Kamanosuke-kun cooperated with Ranmaru-san to throw the yakuma out of order.
Finally, Kamanosuke-kun looked over at Kojuurou-san. In that moment—
The yakuma collapsed onto the ground with a resounding boom.
[YUZUKI]: (We did it! They’re dead…!)
Kamanosuke-kun looked around the area while catching his breath. He appeared to be a bit tired, but his expression was also clear somewhere.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “They’re all defeated.”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes. I think we’re safe for now. Still…”
[MASANOBU]: “For there to be such strong yakuma…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah. It’s the first time they’ve been so strong.”
[HANBEE]: “The strength of these yakuma was abnormal.”
[MASANOBU]: “It might be possible that the yakuma here were special yakuma used to dispose of those who approached the lithograph.”
[RANMARU]: “There’s a trace of vines being brushed away here… It looks like someone came here recently.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Coming here means… the Mouri army?”
Kamanosuke-kun beckoned me over while saying this.
When I came close, I saw the letters written on the stone slab.
[RANMARU]: “It’s written with quite old characters. Let’s see…”
[RANMARU]: “—‘If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.'”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Gather the sacred treasures…? I wonder if taking those to the capital is a condition of unifying the country.”
[YUZUKI]: (The capital was where Himemiko-sama was, huh…)
As I thought that I heard footsteps from behind.
[???]: “Oh my, it appears there were preceding visitors.”
We turned around and two shapes were standing there quietly.