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Masked Knight - Chapter 58


Chapter 58: A Tragedy

While the Imperial Capital was shrouded in a mix of emotions, Abbas XI and the ministers were

anxiously discussing the war. Rody returned to the Tulip Family's home and was unable to

sleep. The situation in the Northwest where a fierce battle was ongoing, changed yet again.

Somewhere at the edge of the mountains in the western plains of the Northwest Region, the

light of the night had already been shrouded as the moon was hidden by the clouds. The moon

only showed half of its face occasionally. Under the skies without stars, the army was

struggling to march on a mountain path.

The soldiers wore the armor of the Radiant Empire and looked extremely tired. Many of them

were dragging their tired legs, following the person in front with their heads down. The flag

bearer on horseback was also in low spirits. He could normally lift the banner with the thorny

flower but now he only managed to pull it along. He also struggled to make sure that he did not

fall down.

The soldiers and the officers were all gloomy and feared for the future. They were originally

under the command of the Northwest Legion and were stationed at the Blackstone Fortress.

However, two days ago they received an order from the commander of the Northwest Legion,

General Reuben, to give up Blackstone Fortress and to fortify Watt Fortress of the Northwest

Legion at all cost.

At that moment, the whole army was surrounded by a pessimistic atmosphere. They all knew

the Northwest Legion was gradually losing ground. General Reuben's main force of 150,000 was

completely defeated by the devil, Reuenthal of the Great Moon Kingdom and his armored


After losing most of the territories on the Northwest Rostock Province, including the

headquarters, Redwood Fortress, General Reuben led the Northwest Legion to stand fast at the

last major fortress, Watt Fortress.

They heard a lot of news during the past two days. They heard that Reuenthal raided the

strongholds around Watt Fortress for two days and two nights and captured those positions.

Even the Loulan Fortress and Trier Fortress were captured in one night.

The commander of the Northwest Legion ordered everyone to regroup together with the main

force. This order was not wrong. As they were already at a disadvantage, it was better for them

to gather their forces for a confrontation compared to spreading out only to be defeated one by


However, when the commander of the Blackstone Fortress received an order from General

Reuben, he could not help but gave a wry smile. He was ordered to immediately deploy his

15,000 soldiers in the Blackstone Fortress and to gather them at the headquarters. General

Reuben only gave him one day and one night to do so.

What the hell!

The commander of the Blackstone Fortress turned around to look at the long line of soldiers

behind him and cursed in his heart.

How are we supposed to get there within two days? It is more than 600 miles away! We are not

horsemen! We are just infantries! How are we supposed to travel 600 miles within 2 days on

foot? What a joke! We also have the supplies to bring along. It's not like these things can fly!

The commander could not help but seek the blessings of the gods. His army had been walking

for the entire day without rest.

Even if the soldiers could reach their destination, they would not be in any condition to fight.

The soldiers were already too tired to even walk... If... If we encounter an enemy right


As he thought about this, he also thought about the news he received two days ago.

It was said that two other garrisons also received the order to regroup and were on the way to

join the main force. However, they were intercepted by the cavalry of the foreign barbarians

and were almost completely annihilated...

There is no choice but to beg the gods for blessings!

He looked at the surrounding terrain. Fortunately, it was not an open area like the plains. The

size of the hills around them made the path narrow. Even if they were to encounter their

enemy, the opponent's cavalry would not be able to attack properly.

At that moment, several scout horsemen came back from afar. The commander was

immediately alert and asked, ’’How is it?’’

One of the scout horsemen was sweating profusely but he still managed to keep his calm and

spoke loudly, ’’Your Excellency, we are nearing the end of the hill path. We will be out of this hill

in about half an hour! After crossing this hill, we will be in an open field. There are no signs of

the enemy. However, we cannot find a better place to camp for the night. In front of us is an

open field and beside the field is a small forest.’’

The commander carefully listened to the report of the scout without missing a word and was

silent for a while.

It seems like it will rain tonight so camping in the forest will not be a big problem. We will not

need to worry about the enemy using a fire attack... Sigh, I really hope we will not meet the

enemy. The Great Moon Kingdom will probably not attack if it rains. Moreover, the muddy

water would not be suitable for a cavalry charge.

’’Order the army to speed up. We will leave this hill and pitch camp!’’ He loudly issued the order.

The soldiers who received the order were already very tired. However, when they heard that

they could pitch camp and rest soon, they increased their pace.

When the soldiers crossed the hill and saw the flat plains in front of them, they uncontrollably

let out an exhausting cheer, ’’We can finally rest!’’

After the order to pitch the camp was given, the soldiers became busy. The only thing that

disappointed the soldiers was that the forest the scout mentioned was too small. The tall and

thin trees were saplings and could not be chopped down to use as materials to build the camp.

In desperation, they used the simple lumber from their supplies to form a frail wall.

However, the warriors felt thankful as the enemy did not appear. The Devil of the Great Moon

Kingdom also did not appear. Probably with that kind of weather, the enemy would also feel

exhausted. Everyone believed that they could at least safely survive the first night.

A veteran soldier taught the restless amateur soldiers not to panic. If the enemy made a

surprise attack, the scout horsemen would warn them first. If they wanted to escape, it would

not be too late to run after they hear the sounds of the enemy's drums and horns.

The whole camp was in disorder as the soldiers were busy making tents or preparing a meal.

’’Boom!’’ The loud sound of thunder was heard as the lightning struck. It immediately started to

rain heavily.

The soldiers all gave a sigh of relief as it finally rained. Since it rained, the enemy cavalry would

not appear!

When the sky grew dark, an amateur soldier was up and totally soaked in the rain. He was

trying to use a hammer to repair a wall that was damaged by the wind. Suddenly, he sensed

something and raised his head to look at the open space, feeling alarmed. There seemed to be a

black shadow in the distance.

’’What is that!’’

A veteran soldier turned his head to look at it. His face changed immediately and he said, ’’It

looks like... a person! My God! It is the enemy! It is the Great Moon Kingdom's cavalry!’’

’’Enemy attack!’’

It was unclear who shouted the warning first but it was immediately transmitted throughout

the army. All of them were frightened. They all screamed and threw away the tents and fences

that they were about to erect. The infantries searched for their swords in panic and the cavalry

units quickly donned their armor. The whole camp was in an uproar.

It could not be denied that within the past 200 years of the Radiant Empire's history, their

traditional martial spirit had created a lot of heroes! At that time, the person who still showed

such spirit was the loyal and courageous commander.

’’Why are you panicking? Everyone take up your arms!’’ The order was given as the commander

immediately took out his sword and beheaded a few soldiers who were running away in a panic.

’’If this confusion persists, all of us will not live! Infantries! Battle formation!’’ His majestic

voice could be heard permeating the night. The commander kept running as he cut down

chaotic soldiers who did not obey his orders and were running around blindly. Then he

gathered the scattered soldiers to form an array.

’’Fools! Do not panic! The enemy is still lining up! Until then, we still have time!’’ The

commander tried to calm down as many soldiers as possible. ’’Pick up your weapons and

shields! Shields form the first row! Lances form the second row!’’

A few soldiers finally grouped into a battle formation. There were also about 500 horsemen who

positioned themselves behind the infantries. These 500 horsemen were personally trained by

him and were elites. They were all filled with determination as they tightly held the reins and

their swords.

The dull sound of the horse hooves trampling on the earth could be heard. Tens of thousands of

horse hooves made the earth shake and dust fly. Their trampling sound also masked the

roaring thunder.

The commander watched the speed of the approaching enemy and had some doubts.

Something is not right. Why are they charging so slowly?

As the distant black figures approached, the soldiers of the Empire were finally able to clearly

see the appearance of the enemy cavalry. They were even able to see the tassels on the enemy's

helmets. The commander suddenly showed fear and shouted, ’’Not good! They are mounted


’’Kill!’’ Suddenly, a frightening piercing sound could be heard as the enemy cavalry let loose

thousands of arrows into the sky. There were not enough soldiers with shields and they were

unable to withstand all of the arrows in the sky. An uncountable number of soldiers gave bloodcurdling

screams as they fell to the ground. There were also some shield soldiers who just lifted

their shields only to have them be pierced through. Suddenly someone shouted, ’’Mounted

archers! Everyone run!’’

Almost instantly, the morale of the army collapsed and the soldiers fell into disarray. Everyone

knew that the infantries were no match for mounted archers. Their limited equipment would

not be able to protect them from the arrows. When the enemy had finished shooting the arrows,

they performed a cavalry charge. It was a massacre.

Countless soldiers were shouting, ’’Run! Run for your lives!’’ The commander of the Imperial

Army went to the crumbled infantry formation and cut down a few soldiers who were trying to

escape. Yet, he was still unable to control the situation. In addition, the disorderly soldiers also

destroyed the alignment of the cavalry behind him.

At this point, the enemy cavalry suddenly became quiet for a moment. Soon after that, a loud

voice shouted, ’’Change to your swords! Charge! Strell¹!

’’Strell!’’ Thousands of horsemen shouted loudly. The commander of the Imperial Army realized

that he and his army were finished.

The black armored figures roared and charged at an incredible speed. The earth trembled under

the charge of the cavalry. The sound of the iron hooves coming into contact with the earth

made it seem like everything in its path would be trampled.

With a thunderous roar, the enemy cavalry broke through the fragile infantry formation. Those

who valiantly held their positions were crushed before they could even take a good look at the

cruel and twisted faces of their enemies who were wearing helmets.

The enemy cavalry quickly passed through the infantry's line of defense and directly charged at

the camp of the Imperial Army.

The remaining infantries from the broken formation were being killed by a stream of cavalry

soldiers, continuously coming from behind. They were either cut down by the enemy or

trampled by the enemy's horses before they could even swing their swords.

The commander of the Imperial Army fell into despair as he watched the infantries under his

command torn apart easily by the enemy. He trembled and spoke in a deathly quiet voice to his

messenger, ’’Pass down my orders. Tell everyone to escape. Run as far away as possible!’’

After he gave his final order of his life, the loyal servant of the Empire turned to his 500

horsemen and spoke, ’’I used to be the bodyguard of the Tulip Family Duke! There are absolutely

no cowards under the banner of the Tulip Family! Are you all afraid?’’

’’Follow His Excellency!’’ The cries of the 500 horsemen seemed to overshadow the sound of

screaming and killing in the air. Five hundred swords shined as they were held high.

The commander no longer looked behind him. He rode his horse forward with a sword in his

hand, fully determined not to turn back. No one among the 500 valiant and elite horsemen

hesitated as well. They drew their swords and followed their commander.

The last cavalry of the Empire struck their enemy ruthlessly. As the momentum of the enemy

cavalries was weakened by the infantries, the Empire had the upper hand at the beginning of

the attack. As such, they also bought time for those who were retreating. In future generations,

historians believed that without the commander's heroic charge, the army of 15,000 support

soldiers would have been completely annihilated.

Nevertheless, their assault did not last long. The valiant commander and his 500 horsemen

were like stones thrown into a river. Although they could create some splashes, they were soon

washed away under the current of the river.

In that battle, the Great Moon Kingdom cavalry of 20,000 defeated the army of 15,000 defenders

sent to reinforce the Northwest Legion. For the entire night, the plain was filled with the roar of

the armored cavalry of the Great Moon Kingdom and the miserable cries of the Empire's

infantries. It was not a battle but the cavalry's wanton massacre of the defeated army!

That night, the 15,000 soldiers of the Imperial Army were completely defeated and less than

5,000 soldiers managed to escape. The lives of those 5,000 people were exchanged with the

lives of the courageous commander and his 500 elite horsemen. However, there were no

records of the commander's name.

In that battle, the crown prince of the Great Moon Kingdom, Reuenthal and his 20,000 strong

cavalry had a decisive victory. They completely defeated the reinforcements of the Northwest

Legion. They had killed over 10,000 soldiers and took no prisoners.

Translator's Note:

¹Foreign word, meaning kill.


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