p>“Are you talking about abandoning our defensive position?”

“Talia, Casey, and I will be the only ones going to the forest.”

“Isn’t that dangerous?”

“We are not going there to take out every orc.
We will reduce their numbers and retreat while luring them.”

“Then can I go too, master?”

“I guess so.
You’re better suited for this than me, so I’ll leave it to you.”

“Are you sure about this?”

Asks Locke, but I assure him it’s fine.

“Then you should take potions.
Be especially careful about not running out of magic energy.
Hikari, I’m counting on you to support them.”

“Yes, leave it to me.”

I give the four girls the items they’ll need, and start preparing too.

Luilui and I go up to the watchtower, and stand-by as Yor, Locke, and the others stay by the gate.
We keep watch in shifts as we wait for the time to come.

The battle begins in the middle of the night.

I see the battle from afar, or rather, by looking at Map and using both Presence Detection and Magic Energy Detection.

We need to defend this place if something happens, so all we can do now is trust them and wait.

Talia and Hikari are running around in the forest.
Talia was pretty quick to learn how to use magic energy.

She dispatches an orc right after coming across it, but apparently it takes a big toll on her, because she drinks a mana potion right after taking down another one, to restore spent magic energy.

Hikari is steadily fighting them by paralyzing them.

Leila and Casey are holding steady and fighting off the orcs.
I think they’re hiding behind trees and using sneak attacks to take down the orcs that get near them.

Leila and Casey’s reactions overlap with an orc’s, and the orc’s reaction disappears instantly.

I hear constant screaming and loud yells from the forest.
The noise is loud enough to wake the people that were sleeping.

“Do you know what’s happening out there?”

“Talia and Hikari are doing a good job reducing their numbers, but apparently the orcs are becoming more wary of coming this way.
Their movements are changing too.”

I check this by using Map.
The orcs were all scattered, but they are now converging on a single spot.
I figure based on the magic energy there that they’re gathering around the orc general.

Still, nine were brought down by the sneak attack.
Only six remain.

“Should we send them a signal?”

I ask.

I’ll break the link once the signal has been sent.”

As we talk, two more reactions disappear.

Was it to keep them from joining the other orcs?

Oh? The orcs are already surrounded.

“Hold on.”

“What is it?”

“Can you see what’s going on inside the forest?”

“Hum, uh?”

Another one is down.
Are there only two left?

“…It looks like the orcs are surrounded.”

Luilui is surprised too.
The general is still standing, but aren’t they taking them down a bit too fast?

“Should we just leave this to them?”

Sending them a signal now would probably just break their concentration.”

In the end, we don’t send the signal to retreat.

Luilui says it’s over, so she tells Locke about it and I head to the forest.

I’m going there to retrieve the fallen orcs into the Item Box, and to learn exactly what went down here.


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