nyone else…!” (T.N.
Note: Was editing chapters in my free time and noticed a really obvious error… it is now fixed.)

“Van-sama’s power is the power to protect.
As he can’t move this stronghold, Lord Van’s power is unsuitable for attacking other countries.
Instead, if we are attacked by a foreign country, Master Van will be able to protect our people with his presence.”

Lord Espada, warfare is not only about troops clashing with each other.
One can only conduct war when the offensive, defending, and resupplying forces work well together…”

 The two men’s argument quickly became heated.

 Till and Kamsin began to cringe at the intensity of their words.

 I watched them until it escalated to the point where I could not stand idly by as a passive observer.

“It’s no use regretting one’s circumstances or talent.
You just have to compete with what you have.”

 I admonished them with my own words of wisdom, taken from a famous character.

 Then they both froze with their eyes wide open.
They stared at me for a while, until Dee burst out laughing.

”Huha, hahahahaha! Yes, exactly as the young master said! Bemoaning our own disadvantages won’t change anything! Even if we’re driven to the edge of this territory, Master Van can take it back! And eventually, Master Van’s domain…!”

“Are you suggesting that we go up against the other sons of the Marquis?”

 Espada calmly interrupted Dee’s monologue, his eyes no longer livid with anger.
There’s wasn’t much change in his expression, but one could that he was pleased with what I said.

 My words will likely cause them to be more enthusiastic about making me study tomorrow, so made a mental note to act as though I was busy making weapons so that they couldn’t force me through another spartan education course.

 While I made up my mind to slack off, I notice that Till and Kamsin are looking at me with sparkling eyes.

 Ugh, I can’t look directly at them.
I can’t tell them I made a smug face while saying a cheesy quote.

 Troubled, I walked out of the village to look at the moat outside.
The moat has only just been dug and has not yet been filled with water.
There are empty moats that do not hold water and are only lined with steps, but a water moat filled with water is ideal.
Because they fit well with the whole castle theme.

 Well, there is a little water in the moat.
There wasn’t a useful amount, though, only enough to make the ground muddy.

 We needed to harden the bottom and sides of the moat.
We also need to secure a water route from which we can draw water to fill the moat.

 It would be good if there was a river or a lake nearby, but unfortunately, are none.
I sometimes go to a farther off river to fetch water, but we can’t expect to be able to use it to get a large enough quantity to fill the moat.
Our only other water source, are jars of water that are used to catch the rain.

“We have to secure a better water source.
After all, water is the lifeline of any settlement.”

 While muttering this, as I was returning to the village entrance, a villager came running in from outside.

 He has a desperate look on his face.

“The bandits are here! They’re rapidly approaching the village from the road! Hurry up and get the bridge up!”

 I quickly nodded and waved my hand as the villager shouted breathlessly.

“Raise the bridge! Close the gate! I want to know how many people are out there!”

 At my instructions, the villagers immediately began to act.
One raised the bridge, another closed and bolted the gate.

 The women and children were evacuated quickly and efficiently.

 ”Oh! In just a few days, they’ve recognized me as their lord! They all move according to my instructions!”

 Feeling a little emotional, I took stock of the situation.

 The bridge would be up any minute now, and the gate was already closed.

 It was time to arrange the defenders.

“Those going to the watchtower should make sure to go single-file! At least five men should man the barricades in each cardinal direction! Ten men should man the side which contains the gate!”

 After giving the next instruction, I tried to climb the barrier, too.
But Till pulled me down.

“Till? I have to go and lead them.”

 Then I turned around and saw Till’s face, full of tears, in front of me.

 ”She was angry.”

 I knew that right away.
After all, this is the first time I’ve ever seen Till get angry.

“I’m sorry.
Would you take your men and go check on the situation for me? Give me the information and I’ll give you directions from behind.”

 As he told him this, Dee slapped his chest and lifted the edge of his mouth in a wide smile.

“Leave it to me!”

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