＃After returning, the family was ruined (296)
The Yongin people are strong.
It was a sentence that applied equally to both the Southern and Western continents. However, no matter how strong the race was, it could not demonstrate its true power in front of numbers like a tsunami.
“All troops! launch!”
Thousands of arrows flew towards the Yongin tribe. After the establishment of a single nation called Dragonia, all dragon people no longer divided their living areas into tribes.
It was also natural for races to mix. Some metal dragons could withstand thousands of arrows.
But other races were different. Because their outer shell was not as hard as the metal dragon.
More than 60% of the coastal guards were wiped out in a single barrage of arrows. Like a hedgehog, with arrows stuck all over his body.
The surviving dragons were either of a high level or lucky enough to be born as metal dragons. Embarrassment appeared in the eyes of the few surviving dragons.
They also knew very well about the weapon used by humans, the bow. Of course, I was aware of its power.
Although it was a difficult weapon, it was not strong enough to cause fatal injuries unless it hit vital areas such as the eyes, armpits, or groin.
However, 60% of the guards were swept away by a barrage of arrows. Of course, it was true that there were a lot of arrows flying, but even taking that into account, it was a ridiculous result. The surviving dragons also had arrows stuck all over their bodies.
Even the metal dragon’s outer shell could not completely block the barrage of arrows. It could be said that it was a world away from the power they were aware of.
I soon realized the reason. The arrow contained a little mana. There was a world of difference in power between weapons loaded with mana and those without. An arrow filled with mana. It was a variable I had never thought of.
Mana is not something that can be easily handled. This was especially true for weak humans. It was a long way for ordinary soldiers to put mana into their weapons, at least unless they were special classes such as ‘knights’ or ‘wizards’.
How on earth is this possible? Are you really saying that all the people you see in front of you are skilled enough to handle mana?
But the doubts lasted only for a moment.
This was because the scent of blood rising around them was slowly eating away at the sanity of the remaining dragons.
For a moment, I was overcome with fear by the tsunami-like force.
Anger began to erode my reason as I smelled the scent of my compatriot’s blood.
About two hundred dragons who survived the barrage of arrows began to charge towards the human army, each holding their own weapons.
If you can get to close range, you will be able to wipe out a group of humans in an instant. The sight of the dragons rushing in with their red eyes flashing was enough to put the soldiers in confusion.
Nearly 10,000 soldiers murmured. But the confusion quickly subsided. The reason was simple. This was because the spirit of the remaining 20,000 soldiers was not disturbed at all.
Army belonging to Ardan.
They were a strong army that was not only taught about the dragon race from birth, but also met an outstanding commander named Duke Ethan and underwent a ton of training.
The results of the grueling training were being proven here and now. The remaining soldiers eventually regained their senses as the battle line did not collapse at all.
At about that time, huge voices began to erupt along the coastline.
“All troops! Get into formation!”
It was a huge roar that could be described as a lion’s roar.
All the soldiers came to their senses at the shout of Commander-in-Chief Duke Ethan. Immediately, the knights stationed among them shouted with all their might.
“Shield soldiers forward!”
“Shield soldiers forward!”
Soldiers carrying huge steel shields advanced towards the battle lines.
The weight of the tower shield, made entirely of steel, was close to 20 kg. Nevertheless, the soldiers raised their shields without showing any signs of hardship. Repeated training was training, but crucially, it was a sight that could only be seen because all shields were equipped with lightweight magic.
Even with a low-quality circuit, it was not difficult to reduce the weight by 2/3. The only problem is that a lot of money is wasted.
However, Ardan’s soldiers were all equipped with this expensive magic weapon.
Dwarf artisans, including the royal blacksmith Popforens.
Additionally, with the help of the Dwarf Kingdom, they were able to produce weapons of overwhelming quality at a low price. The circuits of production wizards, including Illya, were engraved here.
Ethan looked at the shield soldiers.
‘I didn’t engrave a permanent circuit, but…’
If I had tried to engrave a permanently maintained circuit, not only would it cost money, but I would not have been able to meet the most important production deadline on time. About 30% of the soldiers’ weapons had permanent circuits engraved on them, and the remaining 70% had temporary circuits engraved on them.
However, just because it was temporary did not mean the period was short. Even if an intense battle continues, a temporary circuit has been created that can last for at least two months.
Two months was enough time to shake up Dragonia. Ethan looked at the dragon soldiers running towards him.
‘As for weapons, this side is overwhelmingly superior.’
The numbers were the same. Even though it was weak, I caused a lot of damage to them by firing a barrage of arrows filled with the power of the circuit. Also, the morale of the army was not inferior to that of the dragon tribe.
‘There’s no way we can’t stop two hundred dragons at best.’
In the meantime, we have continued to train hard to become a strong military force.
This was the first real battle.
A great opportunity that cannot be bought even if you pay a thousand dollars. Therefore, Ethan had no intention of getting involved in this battle. In order to raise the morale of the soldiers and fill their confidence, they themselves had to show proper performance.
The battle lines were seen with their shields raised without any disruption. Soon, the tower shield and the dragons’ weapons began to clash violently. Those that survived naturally had a higher level than those that died. Their weapons contained mana.
The shield soldiers were blocking their attacks without being pushed back.
Embarrassment spread in the eyes of the dragon people, who were burning with anger. The rebound force felt from the shield was beyond their imagination.
It was a sight that I could not understand from my experience of only dealing with unlucky people who had been shipwrecked or sailors on a shipwreck.
Even if the weapons of those people were hit with just a little mana, they would quickly break in two. But this time was different. Despite the full force of the blow, only scratches remained on the large steel shield.
Soon, a slight gap appeared between the shields that protected the entire line without a single gap. What stuck out between them was a long window. The spear thrust with all its might began to tear the skin of the dragons. More than half of the dragons who survived died on the spear blade.
The few remaining dragons. They were people with strong powers in their own way, even among the ranks of ordinary soldiers. Or maybe they belong to a commanding rank like a white commander. However, even those dragons could not break through the battle line. Even if you pushed away the shield soldier in front of you, the wall of shields continued to build up on all sides.
The movements of the dragons began to be restricted by the layered tower shields, as if they were hunting wild beasts.
As if that wasn’t enough, the knights hiding among the soldiers were blocking the strong entities with swords full of mana.
The result was a complete massacre.
Nearly two hundred dragons were annihilated without even being able to properly kill a single soldier.
After the battle is over.
Ethan called Nerian.
“Who are the injured?”
“The knight’s strength is intact. “About twenty of the soldiers suffered minor injuries.”
Considering that an ordinary dragon soldier could deal with close to ten human infantry, this was an incredible achievement. Five hundred dragon people who guarded the coast. Because it was said that there were no casualties against a monster with nearly 5,000 infantry troops.
Of course, there were things to consider. The fact that it could produce the strength of close to ten infantry units was something that was usually said when taking into account melee combat.
But even taking that into account, it was clear that it was an amazing achievement.
The morale of the soldiers was soaring right away. Compared to their notoriety, the dragon clan was very easy to deal with.
Although excessive pride must be guarded against, some degree of morale boosting was an essential element in war.
“Your Excellency, will you march straight towards the city? Otherwise, we will line up here….”
“Advance as fast as possible.”
The closest city to the coast was approximately 6 hours away on foot. It wasn’t that big. When converted to human society, it is at best a small city.
Even so, since it is a city in name and appearance, there will be more troops stationed there than the guards stationed on the coast.
Even so, it didn’t matter.
Because all preparations to deal with them have already been completed.
Ethan unfolded the map.
Currently, this place was the most northwestern location in the Southern Continent.
The final destination of the march.
That was ‘Polonem’, the largest dragon city in the north.
The reason I chose this place was simple.
‘There is no reason to advance to the capital.’
The capital is where the dragonlord is located.
Since they had not come to destroy Dragonia at all, there was no need to advance to the capital. Moreover, since the capital is geographically located in the very center, you would have to be prepared for enormous damage if you hit that place.
‘The sacrifice must be great.’
However, it was not possible to just go around occupying small towns for show. In order for the demon dragon to emerge as an alternative to the monarch, it was necessary to instill a great sense of crisis in the dragon race.
In that sense, big cities had considerable significance. It showed that the humans’ power was formidable, but they were also positioned in a position where they could quickly attack and run away before the dragons all gathered together.
Ethan looked at the army.
One thousand knights and thirty thousand soldiers.
These are precious resources that should never be lost. The most important thing in this operation was speedy action.
‘The total number of cities remaining until Polonem is six.’
Only by capturing four small cities and two medium cities will we be able to surround a large city without worrying about the rear.
“Advance the entire army to the south!”
With the sound of loud horns, the soldiers began to walk out in single file.
First day of landing.
Three small cities where the Yongin people were gathered collapsed overnight.
It was in an instant that this news spread throughout the Southern Continent.
The full-scale prelude to the Dragonia occupation war was taking place.