Five carriages are traveling down a certain highway. Any luggage has been covered
by large tarps, but with several guards per carriage, it looked expensive.
Normal bandit groups would have steered clear, but this group had a full 53
members, so the caravan guards were badly outnumbered. In addition, the
guards would have to protect both the merchants and the cargo.
The bandit group’s head grinned at the lookout’s report.
“Bastards, let’s get to work!” Bandit Leader
The carriages are approaching a bend in the road as it goes through some
woods, just before it enters the marquis’s territory. It would be a convenient
ambush spot, the curve hides any enemies ahead.
Suddenly, an arrow pierces the lead carriage, the enemy attack has begun!
“Enemy Attack!” Lead Carriage Guard
The guards, who appear to be adventurers, pull out their swords and scan the
area. Other guards that were armed with bows nock arrows and fire in the
direction of the attack. There are a few cries of pain as a large group of
bandits appear, shouting to inspire themselves and discourage the guards.
The guards fight with the bandits, fighting a losing battles as men from both
sides fall to the ground. When the bandit leader sees the battle starting to
turn, he charges from the forest with the rest of his men, yelling and screaming
encouragement. Just as the bandit reinforcements arrive, the carriages have their
tarps thrown aside and new well-armed guards emerge.
“Augh? What?” Bandit Leader
The bandit leader has yet to comprehend the danger of the additional guards, but
the additional guards quickly turn the tide of battle.
Two Days Ago
“So we’ll disguise ourselves as a merchant caravan, then hide soldiers in
each carriage, with the rest walking alongside. And we just wait to be attacked?” Wayne
“Yeah, it there are too many guards, they’ll just hide out and not attack, right?
If they can only see half of us, they’ll be more likely to attack.
In addition, if we get out too early, we won’t get all of them. Whoever we miss
can then inform the rest, and they’ll escape to cause more trouble.” Pat
“Most bandits are failed farmers or disgraced adventurers, so we don’t need to
worry too much about their planning skills. We’ll hold out until they
feel sure of their victory, so all of them fall into the trap, then we
counterattack and exterminate them.” Pat
As the numbers of bandits start to dwindle, the bandit leader starts looking
around for an escape route. Then he shivers and turns around. A wild-faced
man with a head of black hair is swinging a sword with a grimace. That was the
last thing the bandit leader Kashira saw.