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Chapter 104 – Trentheim and the young lord (4)

The insane strategy mentioned by Brendel was now proving to be an excellent one.

The wizards had the capabilities to cast illusive magic to aid the scouting party, and they were able to send messages back far more quickly through their flying familiars than the previous scouts could.

The scout relayed Ciel’s message to Brendel as he unfolded the parchment:

“My lord, though you have proven that you’re right, I must remind you that this will only work in the beginning of a war. If our opponents realize what we’re doing, the loss of even a wizard will be something that we can’t bear.”

Brendel nodded to the scout’s words, but his expressions become graver as he read through the report, his face appearing even darker than the grey clouds in the sky.

Scarlett and Medissa glanced at each other worriedly. They had rarely seen Brendel show such a solemn expression and they wondered what the report mentioned.

“My lord?” Medissa whispered.

“The contents of the report is quite simple. A group of Highland natives appeared in the Palas region.” Brendel said.

“Isn’t that quite normal? They are frequently seen fighting with Lord Palas, and it’s not just one or two years, but decades.” Scarlett asked, her mind thinking that it was fortunate Lord Palas was going to encounter trouble.

“No, this is an addition to the enemies that we’re going to face.” The youth gave a helpless smile.

“What? But why would they attack us?”

“There are many branches of Highlanders, and the report identified them as the ones coming from the east of Mountain Graham. While they are subordinate to Count Randner’s rule, their autonomy to their own lands is very strong. They hardly travel in large numbers, and certainly would not leave the land that they rule—”

“And so……” Scarlett did not really understand military affairs, but she knew there was something odd about them from Brendel’s tone.

“I can hardly imagine they would be there to celebrate the upcoming festival. I have no idea what Count Randner promised these stubborn people, but they are definitely here to attack us.”

“It’s not a problem. It’s the same regardless of whoever comes; we will defeat them.” Scarlett scoffed lightly.

Brendel smiled at Scarlett’s attempt at boosting his confidence.

“Is it a big problem?” Medissa asked.

“Definitely. If Count Randner managed to persuade one group of Highlanders, I can assume that he’s offering the same conditions to the other groups. It’s difficult to say how much pressure we will face.” Brendel’s tone was light, but his mind was not very certain about the odds.

[I’ve predicted the Highlanders would help them. Now the question would be on the food supplied to them. I have no idea how much food Lord Palas has in his region, or how much food Count Randner is supplying. If I can….. I would want to delay this battle as long as possible to waste their food.]

“Should I get

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