stronger than a normal bow and arrow.”
When I gave such an explanation to a surprised Arte, Till and Kamsin turned around with complicated faces.
”I think it’s just Van-sama’s ballista which is so ridiculously powerful”
“This is just an impossible amount of power…”
A few objections were raised, but I just shelved them in the back of my head.
While I was busily inspecting the ballista, I suddenly felt a harsh breath heaving on my neck.
When I turned around, I found Panamera staring at me.
”Hey, what the hell was that attack? Are we under attack by a large hexenbiest?”
Hearing the sound of a tree falling, Panamera and the others hurried over to the top of the ramparts, vigilantly looking in the direction of the felled tree.
‘No, that was just a trial run for our newly installed ballista.
I should have told you in advance.”
As I answered with a bitter smile, Panamera suddenly became aware of the ballista.
”This one… it’s quite large.
But can it really reach from here to that forest? I still think we should be on guard for a hexenbiest…”
Panamera didn’t seem to believe my words.
Try firing the second shot”
“Of course! Please observe, Lady Panamera!”
Kamsin sets up his ballista with enthusiasm and called out to Panamera.
As I thought, Kamsin held feelings of admiration for Panamera.
Amused at finding a new side to him, I watched as he re-positioned the ballista with movement that was sharper than the first.
He quickly fired the second arrow.
The vibration echoed through the air.
The sound of the arrow was harsh as plowed through several trees.
That shot carried a lot of power.
Looking around, I could see several stunned faces.
Even Kamsin had a stunned face, for some reason.
”…Wait a minute.
A ballista of this power is also on the inner wall?”
I nodded lightly to Panamera, confirming it.
”There’s about a hundred ballistae in total on the defensive wall.
We’ll have more on top of the village walls in the future.”
“A hundred?! All of this was made by a single boy! How much time and money would it take to build one of these? What’s is it made out of anyway? The same stuff as the house?”
Panamera drew closer to me, asking a lot of questions in a fit of excitement.
It’s a military secret…”
When I said that and smiled wryly, Panamera took a step back with a shocked face.
”Ku…! I guess it would be.
But this technology… all right.
I’m not going to ask for the details.
I’ll ballistae off of you at a premium price, just name your offer!”
I simply am against selling any… though I would not be so opposed if you could assure me that you are on my side.
Who knows, I might even give you some for free.”
When I said that and smiled with an angelic smile (self-proclaimed), Panamera held her head in her hands and began to make calculations in her head.
”Mmmm… should I acquiesce? But I, I… mmm… Ballistae…”
After a lot of trouble, Panamera looked up and looked back at me with a powerful look in her eyes.
”Alright, you win.
I, Viscount Panamera Carrera Cayenne, promise to form an equal alliance with Lord Van.
I will send this letter to the capital.
Although alliances between nobles of such different statuses, such as the one between you and me, are usually made in order to shelter weaker nobles, I will emphasize that we are equal partners.
With this, I will be known as your ally by all the nobles within the kingdom.
If I betray you, my reputation will be destroyed and I will lose my place in the kingdom.”
Then Panamera said this while putting a hand over her chest and giving a bow.
It was a declaration and an oath.
As the Kingdom of Scuderia expanded its land, a number of emerging nobles were born.
Some of the emerging nobles were originally hostile, but were protected by alliances with powerful nobles by offering money, goods, and their allegiance.
Note: It’s been such a long time since the Kingdom’s name has been mentioned, I forgot what I originally translated it to be.
So… if the name is incorrect please say so.)
Panamera has asked to form such an alliance.
If I approved of this, it would be assumed that I, who was assumed to be powerless, was under the protection of Panamera.
The situation in which Panamera, an emerging nobleman with no fiefdoms, promises to protect me is a situation that many nobles would surely be inclined to shake their heads at.
Nevertheless, this is a unique opportunity for me, who has few connections with the nobility.
So, I nodded broadly and put one hand on my chest.
“Thank you very much, I accept.”
Note: I have found a novel that looks promising, will try out translating it for a bit.
I will still TL TD.)
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