The Undetectable Strongest Job: Rule Breaker - Chapter 302
Translator: Kell | Editor: Weasalopes
The Wakizashi’s Ability
Caddie Fullblood of Rising Fall, a rank A adventurers party, possessed a weapon called the Drakon Ball Staff . For certains reasons, Hikaru had to steal it . Drake was sealed inside the ball called a Soul Drainer, an item that sucked holy mana and converted it to regular mana . Normally, a Soul Drainer could only suck life force away, indicating that some sort of sorcery was probably incorporated into it .
When Hikaru hit the Soul Drainer with the wakizashi, the weapon sucked the mana from it . He didn’t know what kind of ability the wakizashi held, but it was worth trying now .
「Let’s see…」he muttered as he drew the wakizashi from its sheath .
Stealth concealed the dense mana emitting from the weapon . Hikaru touched the dragon with the wakizashi’s tip, and the light vanished in the blink of an eye . His Mana Detection saw the mana move towards the wakizashi, turning the dragon stone into an ordinary stone .
「What on earth is this wakizashi?」
Rather than being happy that he found a way to dispose of dragon stones easily, he was curious as to what kind of weapon the wakizashi was . It was either created by Oota Masaki, a man from Japan, in Zubura, or it was derived from one of his creations . In any case, some complex sorcery was at work .
「Anyway, I should be glad disposing dragon stones is easier now . 」
『Why are we on standby?』
『The citizens cheered us on too . My parents even cried . 』
『Understandable . You’re joining an expedition where you could die . It’s more dangerous in the forest than the trip to the west . 』
Grucel’s troops, although training and keeping an eye out every day, had been on standby for three days . Soldiers who had nothing better to do gathered around and was talking among themselves .
『Maybe Gin got cold feet?』
『Hey, you gotta address him properly . That dude’s a company commander now . 』
『Well, you’re calling him “that dude” too . 』
『There’s no way Lord Grucel is chickening out . So I think someone is frantically trying to stop him . The other two company commanders are veterans, but not Gin . 』
『Ssh . It’s Gin . 』
Gin was walking between tents . As a member of the expeditionary force, there was no hint of desperation in the way he strolled leisurely .
『Look at him . He looks like he has no care in the world . 』
『I heard a rumor that there are rebels lurking in our city . 』
『Doesn’t it make this mission odd? There’s those guys from Primeval too . 』
『Something’s fishy . 』
『Too fishy . I don’t want to think that Gin is on the rebels’ side…』
『Hey, how’s training going?』Gin greeted casually, but deep inside, he was panicking .
I knew it! They’re frustrated! Look at those faces! They’re like those scary drill sergeants who found deserters!
Gin sped up his pace and barged into Grucel’s tent .
『Lord Grucel . 』
『What’s wrong? Is there news from Dream Maker?』
『No, that’s not it… Everyone seems to be frustrated by the standby order . I thought it might be a good idea to let them fight some monsters . 』
『Are you serious? The whole point of standing by is to prevent them from being injured, to preserve our strength . 』
『I understand, but… those who don’t know the circumstances don’t know the point of this . If a distress call came from Dream Maker and you give orders to head back, they’ll just get more confused . 』
Grucel frowned deeper than usual . 『You have a point . But fighting monsters is out of the question . 』
『How about explaining the situation to them?』
『No . There shouldn’t be any traitors among them, but that also means telling them will only cause chaos and confusion . They are extremely loyal to our nation . They won’t believe it right away if we told them someone’s plotting a rebellion . All the more so when the traitors are the clan leaders themselves . 』
『Rather than explaining to them, we wait for an attack . Once they see that, they will take action . In other words, we have no choice but to wait . 』
『Hmm… I suppose . 』
He seemed to have thought this through, Gin thought as he folded his arms .
『Do you want to go scouting then?』Grucel asked .
『Haven’t you learned how to conceal your presence by going with Sir Silver Face?』
『Oh, no, no! Not in the least bit! That guy possesses some ridiculous tech . It felt like he just disappeared once he entered the woods . 』
Despite his appearance, Gin was a soldier selected to be a member of an elite troop . What he noticed in his trips with Hikaru was every time they split up, the masked boy cut his presence off . It felt like he vanished all of a sudden, and that made Gin’s skin crawl .
『Five days at the earliest . 』Grucel said .
『Before what, Sir?』
『Before the troops can’t hold their frustrations any longer . They could last ten days, though . 』
『Five days is too soon… But they’re trained soldiers . 』
『It’s just a hunch . 』
『Your hunch is usually right . I’ll keep an eye on them and think of something . 』
Grucel’s four points on Instinct made him much more perceptive than the average person .
『Please do . I’ll try to come up with something as well . 』the commander said .
However, his hunch didn’t always hit the mark . And it wasn’t Grucel’s men who were the most displeased about the current situation . It was Gin’s . As such, Grucel didn’t feel first-hand what the soldiers felt .
The next day, the disappearance of a few soldiers came to light .
『How could this happen? They’ve betrayed His Majesty’s trust! And they call themselves soldiers?!』
Hearing the news, Grucel slammed his right arm on the table, splitting it in half . The two company commanders present pretended to act calm, but the man who gave the report turned pale as a sheet . After all, Grucel, a soldier renowned for his levelheadedness, was fuming with rage .
『Return to your company and tell your platoon leader not to let the others know about this . 』
『Y-Yes, Sir!』the soldier said, then left in a hurry .
『With all to due respect, Lord Grucel, I think it’ll be difficult to keep this under wraps . If ever this breach of discipline is discovered, it’ll affect the morale of the troops . 』
『I know that . 』
Something feels wrong, Grucel thought .
He lost his composure when he received word of the soldiers’ desertion, but he was aware that he wasn’t as quick-tempered as to destroy a table . Yet before him was a table in half, a map hanging loosely on the edge, and an inkwell lying on the ground .
Gin came running to the tent and shook his head, indicating that there was no news from Dream Maker . His face was pale . He probably already heard about the desertion .
Soldiers deserting earlier than expected . My agitation . What is this indescribable uneasiness I feel?
It felt like his worry was being stirred on purpose .
『Gin! You couldn’t even keep an eye on your subordinates?!』one of the commanders rebuked .
『He let his promotion to company commander get to his head!』the other added . 『His men must’ve noticed how conceited he became!』
Gin apologized, but anger filled his eyes .
『That’s enough . 』Grucel said .
『Lord Grucel! You appointed Gin as commander . You share the responsibility as well!』
『Such a shameful act is unacceptable for a soldier of the proud Dream Maker army . 』
Normally, they wouldn’t snap at him like this . Their discontent must’ve piled up as well . Indeed, that was possible . But Grucel’s Instinct whispered something else .
『Don’t you think it’s strange?』Grucel said .
『Strange? Are you trying to shift the blame?!』
『Do you really think I’d do something that stupid?』Grucel said, glaring at the two commanders .
The wrath in his eyes stopped them from uttering another word .
『Sorry . I’m acting strange too . 』Grucel said . 『I’m trying to be calm, but I can’t help but be angry . Don’t you feel the same too? What should’ve been a little bit of anger is turning into burning rage . 』
The men, Gin included, were taken aback .
『N-Now that I think about it, you’re right . 』
『What’s going on?』
『I don’t know . Even with their discontent, it’s too early for soldiers who had undergone severe training to desert . 』
Then all of a sudden, they heard shouts coming from outside . Grucel and the three men exchanged glances and stepped outside the tent .
『What… is going on here?』
Soldiers were exchanging blows . Others tried to intervene . Yet the moment they got hit, they too went into a frenzy and struck back .
『Gin! Go to the watchtower and get in touch with the ship! Don’t stop until you get a response!』
『We’ll try to bring things under control . This is clearly unusual, but don’t sound the alarm . It would only agitate the soldiers even more . 』
Amidst the chaos, Gin dashed towards the watchtower, while Gin and the two commanders moved to bring the situation under control .
Indeed, something was happening .
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