AGE OF ADVENTURE CHAPTER 26: RESIGNATION

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Chaos.  

He looked at his left and right. Chaos. Only chaos. He saw his soldiers being butchered like some sheep or cows. 

He saw his soldiers being stomped into meat paste. He closed his eyes and take a deep breath 

As the world faded away, the sounds also disappears as the only thing he could hear was his heartbeat, pounding strongly and feeling the hot tears streaming down from his face. 

The disappointment, the feeling of being in the highest peak to only be pushed down in one single moment. 

Only one question appears inside his chaotic mind right now 

“How did this happen?”  

Kyle was thinking about what has just happened. It was like time was decelerating for him. He is now trapped between two sides.  

On his rear are the Vanheim troops crazily slaughtering to get to where he is. It is like they were crazed madman that would sacrifice their all, just to get a bite off his flesh 

On the front are Veranis troops rushing into the battlefield.  

‘Fuck!’ he cursed. 

He truly is screwed. Kyle is truly confused as to the chain of events that is happening now as it did not match nay of what supposed to happen. 

According to his plan this should not have happened. Especially the Bradheim reinforcement.  

Isn’t he supposed to be defeated in his Fort? 

After Bradheim arrived Aero troops became a staggeringly 110 thousand troops. Not to mention that Bradheim came without warning and succeeded in surprising them and making their formation useless. 

There is also the fact that Bradheim brought with him his crazy cavalry corps 

Vanheim soldiers also succeeded in deceiving him to attack the center leading his troops to be enveloped by both his right and left flank.  

The moment they were enveloped his troops confidence was gone.  

After all to be wedged on both sides, seeing only enemies,, would erode any confidence that his soldiers have. 

Then when Bradheim and his troops came strengthening the center, Kyle had a premonition of what is going to happen.  

And it is a bad one.  

He was baited by Aero again. And he feel into his trap, hook, line and sinker. 

Right now he’s trying to break through the encirclement and retreat, but then the sudden appearance of Veranis troops that seems to help Aero’s troops crushed his hopes. 

Bradheim cavalries and Veranis troops. He didn’t expect this. Veranis Kingdom soldiers are about 220 thousand troops.  

And from what Kyle sees they all seems very capable and energetic. When did they come? Then he answered it himself as it dawns on him 

They must have come through Fort Vars.  

But then a question arises. He didn’t leave any soldiers there, that is true because he wanted to settle this war as swift a possible  

But Veranis wasn’t supposed to know about Vetten invasion  

Even if they knew their response time should not be this fast. But before Kyle could think any longer the war horn sounded again. 

Then the scarlet woman leading the Veranis troops yelled  

‘Charge!!’ 

The soldiers heeded her words as they run into the battlefield, archers releasing their bows from their bowstring, magicians hurling magic attacks and cavalry run amuck as their warhorses takes the vanguard and clash with the first line of defense, stomping them all into meat paste into the ground.  

Every kind of soldiers crowded to the battlefield in a chaotic manner as the killing and slaughtering began.  

Kyle even as he was defending himself from magic attacks and snipe arrows, is noticing only NPCs exist in Veranis troops.  

This means Veranis didn’t sent out a quest for players to join their army.  

But even though there are no players in the Veranis troops when they charge, Kyle knows that a lot of these soldiers if compared to the level of players are around level 170 or 190. 

This must be Aero’s work. 

Then after looking the general trend of this battlefield, Kyle suddenly laughs. 

‘HAHAHA’ he laughs like a madman as his tears falling down his eyes but his face is smiling madly. 

It seems Kyle has finally understood.  

He believed Aero must have send request for help even before he was sieging Aero in Fort Vars. This means, Aero had him inside his palm all this time. 

He was always one step behind.  

That is something hard for Kyle to accept. But he accepted it now. And he embraces what is to come. 

All in all, Kyle is fighting 330 thousand troops, all screaming for his troop’s blood. This is an impossible odd to fight against. 

The only thing Kyle could do right now, is killing as many as he could. The Veranis and Vanheim soldiers shouted a war cry every time they take their enemy head 

Their war cries only help in demoralizing Kyle’s troops. Screams and shouts for help were heard from everywhere. 

He could see what is happening. His infantry division is being slashed and stabbed by the onslaught of Veranis cavalry.  

With the force of their horses they stampeded and rammed through his troops. His support division is being shot by Veranis archers.  

The Vanheim Druids are utilizing completely the terrain by raising earth wall to trap his cavalry.  

The mud cast by druids is also slowing his troops advance to retreat. It was a show of tactical brilliance. 

There is no other way to put it.  

It was a slaughter. Bradheim maniac laughter only increased the effect of the horror that Kyle is experiencing. 

“Hail, Commander Alexander!! For the Old Dreams” Kyle heard this from the Veranis troops as their pace of killing increased and their brutality doubles. 

That must be the name of their commander. Then Kyle heard cheers. And more screams of his troops. 

He could see skirmishes everywhere.  

He saw a Fighter whacking his troops with his own shields, cracking open that soldier head as brain matter seeped out from his head, dying flailingly and foaming in the mouth.  

He could also see these duo archers that were just dodging left and right while shooting their arrows precisely at the forehead killing many of his elite troops.  

Every time this duo shoot people that are shot by them are dead. Not only that, their precision is also top notch.  

Their cooperation is also magnificent. They cover each other blind spot. They must be high level players that Aero has recruited 

Another scene that he saw that made him sure he is losing this war was this warrior that fought of a squad of his light infantry alone.  

He was bashing left and right. 

“Stand your ground!! Stand your ground!!!” one of Kyle’s commanders yelled to the troops.  

But still Kyle stood transfixed in the middle of the battlefield. Kyle troop’s defenses are collapsing one by one, as rivers of blood are forming, the blood seeping deep into the ground turning the grass red and the soil dark and damp.  

The enemy was closing to defeat him.  

When the cavalry doesn’t have the advantage of space and mobility, they are sitting ducks. And he has lost his horses. So, he stand there. 

Like he is waiting to be killed.  

Kyle also realized that Dan division is marching faster and faster to where he is. 

“Protect General Kyle!!” the other commander yelled.  

A few troops take the command and surround him. They all seem eager to protect him. But all Kyle could feel was pity for his soldiers. 

Kyle has recognized it while watching all that is happening. A few more minutes and then they will be totally surrounded. 

They’re everywhere.  

Kyle is also seeing Aero not too far from him. He could see Aero was plunging into the battle with bloodlust, his sword swings left and right as his horses rammed any soldiers bold enough to fight with him head on. 

His sword reaps head and his horses stomp his enemies. 

He’s searching for me. 

With Aero silver sword, he was slashing everywhere and taking lives with him. And if he did not see it with his own eyes, he would not believe it.  

The rumor was true. 

That weapon that Aero wields is too much. Anyone that is slashed with it die by a single stroke.  

Limbs were flying. Heads were rolling. Aero white robe was red with blood. He was stabbing and charging through his troops like they were paper dummy.  

He was wading into legions of his heavy infantry, taking out dozens of his troops with every strike, destroying his troop’s formation and knocking out anyone who tried to reform the formation. 

Too many lay wounded. Too many were dying. Blood flowed through the battlefield like a river. 

But still Aero was like a hurricane.  

Destroying everything on his path. And closer and closer he was coming. Any time now, Aero will reap his head. 

‘This is the end. I lost.’ He bitterly admitted to himself. 

Kyle knew he has lost this battle.  

He could see Aero charging towards him right now with a smirk on his face like he was ridiculing him.  

Kyle could feel his finger trembling. To raise or not to raise? He could raise his sword and fight, but he has lost all hope.  

Once again, his eyes survey the battlefields and he felt his heart breaking 

His troops are being butchered, their limbs filled the ground. His dreams of recognition are dashed with this one single engagement. 

How glorious it was a  few days ago! He just forced Aero to retreat and he believed himself that he would be able to conquer the capital of Vanheim.  

As he was thinking of all of this the sword just fell from his hand without any resistance. The bodyguard that was assigned to protect him was cut in half by Aero one swing of his silver sword.  

The blood of his soldier sprayed to his face. 

There is no epic battle between him and Aero. No exchanging words of banter. Only resignation in Kyle eyes. 

He has accepted it. He has lost. He also realized something. He was good, but Aero was better. 

Aero is inches away from him. He look up and he could see Aero eyes.  

For a moment, it was like time was slowing, his heart pounded with the vigorous force of a sledgehammer being pounded. 

He saw the warhorse slowly coming to him and the raised hand of Aero. There was calmness and utterly disinterested look inside the eyes of Aero. 

What a mockery! Kyle thought to himself. With the sound of the hooves coming closer to him, Kyle could feel the impending death coming to him 

He thought this war will plunge him into fame, but after this he will be scorned by all in this continent. 

He has made himself the stepping stone for Aero fame. He made a mockery of himself. He underestimated his enemies, and become careless after just one battle. 

If he were more cautious, and more prudent…could today battle be different? 

And in that moment he could see it. Aero was not even looking at him. He was but another target. 

‘I was not his rival. His tactics and strategies surpass mine in every way.’ 

‘I underestimated him. Or was it that I overestimated myself?’ 

And the last thing he was thinking when Aero charged at him was not how he is going to take his revenge or how do he get out of this predicament.  

He was thinking 

How did all of this happen? That was his last thought before his head was separated from his body. 

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A FEW WEEKS BEFORE 

VERANIS KINGDOM 

THE THRONE ROOM 

She passed another courtyard. The view is beautiful and the air is fresh and the scenery is beautiful. 

But even so….Sarah is nervous. She has followed Aero orders to the letter the moment she arrived here.  

Though, when she heard the full plan that Aero was thinking she was shocked.  

Aero assumes too much in his plan. But still Sarah trusted him because Aero has never been wrong before.  

She had faith in that arrogant little boy.  

Sarah could not help but fall for him. Though, not in a romantic way. I think. He is smart and charismatic. That’s the reason right? And he helped me once. 

But back to the task at hand.  

Veranis. 

Thus she is here in Veranis. Aero task for her while it might seem easy, it was not as easy as it sound when Aero first asked her. 

Aero asked Sarah to request military aid from Veranis . It sound easy as Veranis is an ally of Vanheim but Veranis…is a complicated nation.  

She came to this Kingdom with secrecy and have bodyguard from the Royal Palace of Vanheim guarding her from the shadows around level 300.  

It is important not to alert Vetten and other Kingdom.  

Aero also did not want her departure to be known by spies and Vetten informants. With King George help she was escorted to the Palace of the King of Veranis by the Royal Guard.  

Today she finally gets to see the Veranis King.  

Nervousness and excitement filled her. 

Philip II is the King of Veranis. They have been allied with Vanheim since it became a kingdom.  

Their history is long. Vanheim has always helped Veranis from Vetten invasion in the past but this was not done purely because of charity.  

That is because Vanheim could not afford Veranis becoming a frontier for Vetten incursion against them. 

During the absence of George, Phillip did show like he wants to back off from the alliance but after George returning to power, he changed his tone.  

It’s understandable. 

Compared to Vetten, Niovar and Vanheim, Veranis is a small kingdom. His kingdom is surrounded by powerful nations.  

And he has to determine where the wind blows. When Vanheim was weak, it is understandable he would like to seek a bigger tree to rest below 

Each of the nation’s surrounding Veranis can destroy his Kingdom. His Kingdom is small but fortunately or unfortunately it is a strategic place. 

Kings of Old once said “Anyone who could conquer Veranis, could conquer the Eastern continent”  

That’s why many nations for the past 300 years have been trying to conquer his nation. In the Old History Veranis was once a very big kingdom.  

Then during the time of the Triumvirate, it became divided. So were born countries like Gerad Stratocracy and Tian Dynasty. 

Both of those Kingdoms was the offshoot of Veranis Kingdom. It was a popular fact in the history of Vilajeri continent.  

The Partition of Veranis Philip’s father called it. 

So his solution so as not to get invaded and threatened is to choose one of these giants and hide behind them. 

And out of all of these giants only one Veranis has good relation with.  

So Vanheim provided them with protection and they provided Vanheim with anything they want.  

It might seem cowardly but his people have lived prosperously since the alliance was formed.  

And because Tian Dynasty has also signed the alliance Veranis doesn’t have to worry about its northern border.  

Gerad in the southern border does not pose too much of a threat because they could not field a huge armies to try conquer Veranis.  

Why?  

Because they are bordering with Niovar. Once they moved a big army to his Kingdom, Niovar will invade Gerad.  

It was smart move by Philip ancestor to make the alliance. And now it is time to pay their debts.  

An ambassador from Vanheim is coming to ask for aid. If it’s for food, Philip will not mind.  

Even though there are not prosperous like Vanheim, they still have a lot of reserve food. 

And it has been very long since Vanheim came asking for aid. Not to mention, King George has begun baring his fangs.  

In one way, this meeting might decide the future of his kingdom relations with Vanheim.  

When Sarah entered, she was given a bow and respect as she was from a Vanheim and is the representatives of Vanheim. 

She was not required to kneel or bow. So, she stands there looking at the King, acting as calmly as she can. She look at the King and she noted that while the King is old, he appears intimidating like an old tiger that does not yet want to rest. 

He has blue eyes, curly neatly trimmed white hair and a wrinkly face befitting of his old age. 

‘ I am Lady Sarah, the representative on behalf of Vanheim and king George’ 

“To what do I owe this pleasure, ambassador of Vanheim?” greeted King Philip joyously 

For all intent and purposes Sarah is an ambassador of Vanheim Kingdom. It was approved by George and planned by Aero.  

Her identity was at this moment was even higher than the Dukes in Veranis. She coughed a little and began to explain her reason for coming to Veranis. 

“I will not waste time here talking about unrelated stuff, Your Highness. I came here to asking for military aid. “Sarah said seriously. 

“Is it about the Orcs? I’m sure Vanheim troops can handle that.” Philip heard about the Orc invasion and he dismiss that notion swiftly 

But he didn’t think that alone would warrant an ambassador coming to ask for a military aid. 

Because Philip country is weak they have to rely on information to tip the scale. He has already read the reports. 

There are some strong Orcs but not too many. And Bradheim is there. He knows Bradheim personally. The Golden Lion of Vanheim 

That title is not just there for show. He is talented in warfare and charismatic, possessing great leadership skills and are blessed with great luck.  

He is also known as a capable commander and that was proven by his battle records. Sarah did not deny this but she continues without losing a beat. 

“Thanks for your faith in our military might but it is not so, Your Highness. We are asking aid for the invasion of Vetten” replied Sarah.  

“VETTEN! What do you mean? I heard about the Orcs but not about Vetten”  

Truly shocked by this Philip rose from his throne. Sarah smirk but quickly wipe her smirk. 

Then Sarah explained to the King how their strategist Aero reached the conclusion that Vetten is behind these attacks of the Orc.  

The King sometimes nodded, sometimes shakes his head. Sarah was looking at the King’s expression. 

After hearing the explanation the King said with a frowning face 

“But still, even it is so; Veranis is not as strong as Vetten. What if instead of your Kingdom they will come here? “ 

Philip was not forgetting what Vanheim did for them but this mean war. And if they did not win, the repercussion is unfathomable. 

Sarah face turned red in anger. 

”This lady thought Your Majesty ancestors have made an oath to protect each other from harm. Or does Veranis kingdoms idea of alliance is that Vanheim acts as a deterrence while you reap all the benefits and we fight your wars.” Sarah said sharply without sparing any face for the King 

“Outrageous!!” the other minister barked toward Sarah 

‘Impudent’ some minister added 

Sarah looked at them with a killing glare and they quieted down. Then she addressed the court with her most solemn tone and warns 

“We are at a crisis right now. Vanheim can fall if you do not lend your armies. And when Vanheim fall mark my words, Vetten will point his swords here. And your head will all be forfeited to enemy of your ancestors” Sarah continued 

The court quieted and they all deep in their thoughts. No one dared to defy the representative of Vanheim, at least not openly. 

The King was deep in thoughts. He was considering the pros and cons. He then asked for his ministers thoughts. His ministers were all giving him their opinions while Sarah listens unconcernedly 

And all the while Sarah just looked straight to the King face. Then finally the King replied 

“Lady Ambassador, Give me time!” Sarah nodded and excused herself and told the court she will be back tomorrow to hear Philip answers. 

Then the King adjourned the meeting that morning. He was thinking what to do with his ministers objection.  

Veranis was at peace for a long time because of Vanheim. If they do not send troops they will regarded as ungrateful by the entire Vilajeri continent.  

Reputation is everything.  

But joining George’s war is something they need to really think about. But unknown to the King, that night Sarah went to the staunchest opposition of Veranis join the war and proposes something to them. 

After listening to her proposals many of the staunch opposition of joining the war has started having second thoughts. 

This act of intrigue did not escape the eye of one young minister but he remained silent on this matters. 

That night, was important. Because that night decision will decide next morning decision. 

To join the war….or to opt out? 

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