Chapter 514: Star of Battlefield 1
To the north of Variand Mountains.
Due to the surprise attack from the Symphonia Kingdom, flames were rising all over the castles and forts that were built on the defense line.
Symphonia Kingdom, which managed to bypass the invasion route of the Baroque Empire forces, took over the borders and the forts.
As it was an unforeseen attack, the guards of the fort were either forced to leave the places without closing the gates or fighting their enemies properly.
‘We did the first step perfectly.'
Belik, who was satisfied with the outcome of the plan, proceeded to the north to occupy the other forts along the region.
The southern troops, who were dispatched to stop the enemies until the reinforcements arrived, tried. However, because of the faster and fatal attacks of Symphonia, they couldn't hold long.
Two days from the border of the Symphonia Kingdom was at baron's land.
The wall of the lord's manor was sturdy, and that made the lord think that he was safe until it fell halfway.
The Gigants of the Symphonia Kingdom were attacking the helpless lord's manor.
The knights and soldiers of the manor walked up with weapons in their hands. However, they were all shattered along with their Gigants.
Their faces, which understood their defeat in the hands of Symphonia Kingdom, were filled with fear and anxiety.
It was because they knew very well on how the war prisoners would be treated.
However, the soldiers were shocked after a few seconds.
The army of Symphonia Kingdom had just left them there. On top of that, they had handed them some food and money.
"What if they join the enemy side once again?"
Philip's concerned question was answered by a man who was riding on a luxurious white horse with red armor.
"Hut, maybe I could have reached faster with my own two feet instead of this horse or carriage? And if they join, we will have to smash them the moment they join."
The man who replied confidently was Arch Duke Belik, the Commander of the expedition.
Answering Philip's question, he looked over at the middle-aged knight who was on the other side.
"Look here. Your expression hasn't been so good for long. Are you hurt somewhere?"
"It isn't that I haven't been well. Not long ago, I was protecting this place."
"Ah well, that is true. That was why you were chosen as the guide."
Belik nodded his head as he realized the truth later.
The middle-aged knight was Count Ferrero, whom Luke had saved from the prison dungeon two months back.
Before heading back to Nemesis, he stayed there to rebuild the Southern Army, the forts and strengthen their skills.
In addition, they knew about the route of invasions that could bypass the original route to Variand Mountains and the other southern territories.
Luke knew that the situation was favorable for him in that area.
So Luke put him and Shirley, who were practicing swordsmanship or moving around the castle without any official title or position, as ‘Guides'.
Ferrero, who had been defeated by Luke the other day, took Luke as his new master just as he had promised and followed Luke's orders without a word.
However, he wasn't feeling happy about it.
It was because, among the knights and soldiers, who were protecting the place, he was one of them.
Because of his faithfulness to the given word, he accepted the condition. However, he couldn't get the thought of betraying his home out of his head.
However, the one who broke the trust between their war principles was Emperor Rudolf.
He imprisoned Count Ferrero in the dungeon to tame him.
Even if that could be excused, he had taken Ferrero's family as a hostage and intimidated them. Also, he ordered Ferrero's followers and retainers to be killed.
It was all Rudolf's attempt to make Ferrero into a dog that only listened to his words. However, Rudolf only brought antagonism upon himself.
‘Yeah well, I am no longer following Rudolf!'