The Fourth War Council
The next morning, I climbed down the tree and headed for the campsite. I could see the remains of the two goblins pass the corner of my vision as I walked through the forest.
The journey back was uneventful. And soon, as I had entered the range of their Presence Detection, one of the Adventurers started walking towards me. Since I was very familiar with it, I was quick to recognize it as Daniela.
“Welcome back, Asagi.”
She ran up to me and held me tightly. I returned the embrace and gently stroked her platinum hair.
“I am glad that you are safe.”
“Thanks. Did anything happen back here?”
“No, nothing in particular. Did you make any discoveries?”
As Daniela was just a little taller than me, she didn’t fit perfectly in my arms. Also, I always felt a little embarrassed staring into her eyes at such a close distance. Still, you should answer when questioned. It was one of my mottos.
“More than a few. I’ll tell you when I speak to Adlus and the others.”
“Very well. We should return then.”
She pulled away and then grabbed my hand. We hadn’t seen each other for so long, so she seemed sweeter than usual. How cute.
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The camp came into view. At this distance, the Jades could also see us with their eyes. Several of them waved from the top of the ice walls. I waved back with the hand that wasn’t connected to Daniela, and they jeered in reply. Okay, so they were clearly not too tense about what was happening. That was good. Also, I’ll remember this.
There was a gate made of logs in the wall. It had previously just been a gap with a wall of snow in front of it for camouflage. They had made some great improvements in my absence. Of course, this gate was also hidden behind a wall of snow.
“Welcome back, Mister Asagi.”
It was Anis and her team that opened the door and greeted us. Igeldo raised his fist and so I bumped it. Ulgio nodded at me.
Then they guided us through the camp. Well, it was starting to look very lived-in. There was even some laundry hanging up by one of the tents. Apparently, they had special magic tools that helped the clothes dry without freezing. This world was certainly full of interesting things… Of course, I was exclusively a collector of magic illumination tools, and could not be tempted.
“Ah, you’re back.”
“Yeah. We better have a war council. I have a lot to say to you all.”
I pushed Adlus back into the tent he had just stepped out of. And we followed him inside. It was simple, with just a table, chairs and a bed. Manager was sitting at the table.
“Hey. You seem to be in good shape.”
“And you. Alright, let’s begin.”
I took out my written memos and spread them on the table. Once the others were seated, I started my report.
“…So, there it is. If it were up to me, I’d infiltrate the facility again and exterminate the goblins used for breeding. It’s the equivalent of taking out their food storage. What do you think?”
“Hmm… You think that will bring their number down?”
“Yeah. These guys eat each other. If you cut off their supply of new meat, well, you know what they’ll eat next…”
I told them the plan that I had been thinking about on my way here. While they were all clearly disgusted by what I told them, they listened to me with serious expressions.
My plan was to attack their food source. And there were no goblins who could keep the facility running. The Queen’s Knight Goblin was the only person who knew how to control it.
In other words… It was the Queen’s Knight Goblin who had encouraged them to eat each other. Perhaps it was the part of him that remained human that allowed it. Or maybe it was just instinct. Intense hunger might be able to move you to do such things.
“Manager will have to keep all of the entrances sealed until their numbers go down enough.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll save my magic until then. If I dive into the shadows, I should be able to find out how many exits there are.”