Chapter 32: Irregularity of the Subjugation Request
The area where goblins and kobolds start appearing is a 30 minute walk southwest from the town of Volton.
「Isn’t a 30 minute walk to where goblins and kobolds appear too close?」
「Takumi-sama, goblins are with G. It is said that if you see 1, there are 100.」
「Goblins are the enemy of women.」
Oh, the goblins in this world are in compliance with light novels. I did think that Sophia might have been an elf-with-uncharacteristically-huge-breast character though.
We practiced Presence Detection, Magic Perception, Enemy Search, and Stealth while searching for goblins and kobolds.
「Shh, Takumi-sama, I’ve found some goblins.」
Sophia pointed at 4 goblins ahead.
They have ugly faces and green bodies, are short in height, and they carry clubs and rusty swords.
「These are probably goblin scouts. They might have formed a mid-sized colony.」
「That’s terrible, Sophia-san, we must notify the guild.」
「Calm down Maria, we first need to confirm it.」
Sophia’s conjecture made Maria panic, but we decided to confirm whether or not there is a colony.
「Then, I will kill the two on the right. I will leave the two on the left to Takumi-sama and Maria.」
「I, I’ll do my best.」
On Sophia’s signal, we started running.
The three of us were holding the spears I made. In the end, I used wood that I bought for the handle, but the two liked and accepted it.
We paid no mind to the goblins noticing us, and stabbed them with the spear in a flash.
I killed the goblin with one thrust to its throat.
I hurriedly checked on Sophia and Maria. Maria easily stabbed the goblin, laying it to rest with her spear. Sophia took down the 2 goblins with minimal effort.
「That was too easy for both Takumi-sama and Maria. Let’s keep up this pace up.」
「Yes, I’ll try my best.」
The right ears of the goblins were cut off with a knife as proof of subjugation, and the magic stone was dug out around its heart. I then immediately disposed of the remnants of the corpses by burying them with Earth magic.
After that, we who were advancing through the meadows to the forest as we hunted for goblins, found and defeated a small pack of kobolds along the way.
We were proceeding smoothly, fighting goblins using swords and spears.
I couldn’t see a glimpse of Sophia’s true abilities with just goblins. Maria and I receive Sophia’s advice as we steadily kill goblins
「Hey Sophia, are goblins something this frequently encountered?」
「No, I believe the frequency of our encounters are clearly very high.」
Before we arrived here, we fought with a considerable number of goblins. Kaede alone took out a little over 10 of them.
Kaede uses paralysis poison and deadly poison, furthermore, it leaps to behead goblins with its tough threads that are further strengthened. Because these tough threads are hard to see, the goblins’ heads fly off and they die without them understanding what happened to them.
「The colony might have a general class within them.」
Sophia taught us that superior species emerge in large goblin colonies. They say that a large colony is very likely to be ruled by a Goblin King, and it would be classified as a calamity and a large scale subjugation would be organized.
Sophia’s conjecture is that, because she has only seen Goblin Archers, Goblin Mages, and superior to those, the Goblin Knights, it could only be a Goblin General at most.
「However, a Goblin General is a rank C monster. For the subjugation of a colony of that scale, it is advisable to have 5 parties that are at least D rank when challenging it.」
Let’s think about what Sophia had explained. Normal parties would need 5 parties, but wouldn’t it be different if it’s us?
「Hey Sophia, that doesn’t apply to us, does it?」
When I said that, Sophia grinned broadly.
「Yes, my Spirit Magic, Takumi-sama’s attribute magic, and even Maria’s Earth attribute magic will be our war potential. I think that the likelihood of us decreasing their numbers by starting with a saturated attack with magic is high.」
Sophia who said so seems to be uplifted by battles. As expected of a knight, she flourishes only in battle.
「We’ve foraged more than enough medicinal plants, and we’ve cleared several requests for Kobolds as well. Let’s prioritize our safety later at the pest extermination.」
「Yes, I will protect Takumi-sama and Maria.」
「I’ll try my best.」
Since even Kaede is brimming with eagerness, we advanced deeper into the forest.