The Great Vinark Band of Thieves: a bandit organization with more than a thousand members operating mainly in Lastoria.
The organization is said to have been created recently, within the last two or three years.
Nobles, merchants, commoners, people of all ages and professions, regardless of sex, all kinds of things are stolen from all kinds of people.
Of course, women and children were also kidnapped, and even the slavers’ carriages were attacked.
The army saw this as a matter of national importance, but deftly moved its bastion and continued to slip through the net of caution.
But now they have discovered where the group is located.
The informant was a bandit who was captured.
Later, it was confirmed that they were hiding in the forest outside the royal capital.
“I’ve already told you the plan! We can’t afford to fail – His Majesty the King is watching this operation very closely! We must destroy Vinark and restore peace to the city and this country!”
The knights and the soldiers respond with a salute to someone who appears to be the general.
As for us, we were quietly observing the situation from afar.
There was a group of people who seemed to be in the same business as us, although they were spread out.
It was a military-led operation, but they seemed to be hiring adventurers as mercenaries.
Some noblemen, like Bill, are personally accompanied by adventurers.
“Commence operation! Advance troops!”
The knights enter the forest one after the other.
We are Bill’s escorts, and we are going in after him.
“Bill, you’re getting too far ahead of yourself. It could be a trap.”
“Who do you think you’re talking to? I’m a level 85, a knight by profession and a legitimate son of the Eiban family. I can’t be caught in a place like this.”
I am secretly impressed.
Being a knight is an excellent job.
Besides, his level is in the 80s, so it’s no wonder he’s so confident.
It is no exaggeration to say that he is a kind of hero.
“Master, there is enemy activity ahead.”
“Perfect! Look at me, commoner, I’ll show you what it takes to be the next head of the Eiba family – I won’t be beaten by that woman’s son!”
Bill goes on the attack alone against the group of bandits.
After a few seconds, we went after him.
But my level difference is too high, so I just stood by and watched Kaede and Frau fight.
Suddenly a man comes up behind me and I blow him away.
Bill kills the bandits without any carelessness.
Knighting allows you to develop your skills with the sword, spear and shield, but also has defensive effects such as [Strike Mitigation] and [Damage Suppression].
It is not a job class that stands out from the rest, but it is an excellent one with a good balance between offense and defense.
In just five minutes, the thirty bandits were out of action.
The army will take care of the rest, so we’ll leave it at that.
What we have to do is to storm the fortress and kill as many bandits as possible.
By the way, the roads on all sides of the forest are blocked by the army.
There is almost no way for the bandits to escape.
“What’s the matter? You haven’t defeated any of them. Just so you know, defeated enemies of slaves don’t count. This is one-on-one play.”
“That doesn’t interest me. Better tell me why you are so determined to beat me, I still don’t understand why you got me into this situation.”
“You ….still don’t know?”
He wiped the blood from his sword and resheathed it.
But his face showed anger.
His eyes were full of murderous intent, as if he was about to stab me.
“Long before we were born, my father and his brother fought over your mother. I’m sure you’ve heard about it. The result was that my father lost and his brother and the wife left the family.”
“I’ve never… heard of such a thing.”
“I can’t let you defeat me! I must prove that I am the best son my father ever had! I must achieve great feats in this battle and defeat you to convince my father and reassure my mother!”
He turned his back to me and moved on, as if he had nothing more to say.
I thought I understood a little.
Why didn’t my father and mother want to talk about the Eiban family?
I’m sure Keios and my father had an argument because of my mother when he visited the house.
From the way Bill talked about my mother, I wonder if Keios still loves her.
A few feet away, Bill had stumbled.
Apparently, he was caught in a trap that was covered by weeds.
He stood up quickly and stared at me.
But his face is very red.
He was clearly embarrassed.
I understand how you feel, because Nei and Soara saw me like that a long time ago.
“Forget what you just saw. Now then.”
An hour has passed since the extermination of the bandits began.
We headed steadily towards the center of the forest.
And we were right on the edge of where the fortress would be.
“Looks like they have some good men out there.”
“I don’t care. It’s just a matter of me getting rid of all of them.”
The further I went, the more I saw the corpses of knights and bandits.
The bandits are probably desperate as well.
If they are caught, they will face capital punishment, so it’s very likely that they would rather fight and die here.
Or are you looking for a hole they can use to break through the military siege?
Either way, there’s only so much a single adventurer can do.
It is the military’s job to think about strategy, not mine.
“My Lord, I found it.”
Frau, who had been exploring, returns.
It looks like their fortress is right in front of us.
Let’s do it quickly to finalize this application.
“Hey, fairy, how many enemies are there?”
“About three hundred. And you should call me Frau-Chan, but since you’re my Lord’s cousin I’ll tolerate it, though if you get too pushy I’ll kill you.”
“Don’t address me like that, slave. Who do you think you’re dealing with?”
“A stupid, spoiled child.”
“Wretched insect, I’ll rip those wings off you right now!”
“What do you want to do?” I asked Bill to stop the argument between him and Frau.
Since he hired me, I can’t make decisions on my own.
“Of course we’re going in. We can finish them off right now. If I do, I’m sure they’ll decorate me. I’m sure my father will recognize me.”
“Oh, so he treats you with contempt?”
“…Huh? Don’t say stupid things.”
“So…why are you so desperate for him to recognize you?”
Bill tries to hit me and I catch his fist with one hand.
“You have no idea how I feel! I’m constantly being compared to my father! I’m being compared to the ideal son he never had! My mother wanted me to murder you, but instead, I’m going to win fair and square!”
Ah… I see, so that’s what this is about.
Was that woman ordering her son to kill me?
In other words, they hate my mother so much that they want to take it out on me.
My parents died leaving me with a major problem.
But I have accepted Bill’s feelings.
He wants to crush my head.
So I must take this as seriously as he does.
As the son of Rurik and Misty Eiban, I will face Bill Eiban, on equal terms.
To be honest, I had no intention of doing anything, but I have changed my mind.
“Bill, if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, call me, I’m ready to help you.”
“Who do you think you’re talking to? If anyone’s going to need help, it’s you.”
“Yes!” “Yes, my Lord!”
I look at them both.
I will take care of all the bandits.
So Kaede and Frau will take care of those who try to run away.
We drew our weapons and entered the enemy’s stronghold all at once.
“They’re here! Finish them off!”
“Ha ha ha ha! They’re idiots! They’re coming at us in small groups!”
“Let’s string them up to show them what will happen if they come here!”
“Hoho, there’s a delicious looking woman with them!”
A group of men block the road, forming a wall.
About three hundred or so.
That is the number reported by Frau.
“I am the legitimate son of the Eiban family, and I will spend all night killing them if necessary.”
I ran past Bill, and a moment later, I put my sword back in its scabbard.
The Bandits screamed as a lot of blood began to gush from their bodies, then they collapsed on the ground.
Bill froze and dropped his sword on the ground.