After 30 minutes spent walking into the depths of the forest, I hear noises and calls
from behind us.
“Stop! Sergeant Wayne’s squad to the right, Corporal Tony’s squad to the left,
Corporal Mirko’s squad to the center with me. Sound good?” Pat
Everyone nods at my commands.
“Wayne and Tony’s squad will push at the same time, five minutes after we move
I pull out a tool the size of my palm, it’s a magical timepiece.
“Then, commence!” Pat
The Wayne and Tony squads move to their positions. By the way, this world has
12 months, 360 days a year, 24 hours a day, and 60 minutes in an hour. One
interesting item is that there are two moons making up the lunar calendar.
No leap years, as far as I know.
Magical timepieces are expensive, but they are available to squad leaders and
above as necessary for military purposes.
“Let’s go” Patrick
I motions to Corporal Mirko, who has short brown hair with blue eyes. He
looks about 10 years older than me? A fairly slender and astringent man.
The other squad members move slowly and quietly.
In a slightly open clearing in front of us, five goblins are pawing at a fawn’s
corpse while eating the meat and organs.
“Prepare to fire…” Pat
Everyone carefully pulls back on their bow, it’s a classic opening to a goblin
The center squad fires their arrows with a hum, followed an instant later by
the flanking squads.
Guga, Gege, Piga cry three goblins as they fall to the ground. They aren’t
dead, but they’re injured.
“For the second volley, fire as you line them up, don’t hurry.” Pat
I shout so the other squads can hear me.
Soon arrows fly and take down the two goblins.
“Platoon, it’s time to take them out for good, but keep alert!” Pat
“Got it” Soldier A
“Yes!” Soldier B
Now, the platoon members move from their cover in the trees. Everyone has
swapped from a bow to their spear, which they use to stab the goblin’s neck
Soon, there’s five completely silent goblins lying on the ground.
“Slice through the neck! If we leave them as is, they could become a zombie!
Take the nose for subjugation verification!” Wayne
Wayne and the platoon has not yet noticed the other presence watching their