|| TL: miyakriko ||
“Fia, you’re amazing!”
Isna’s voice echoes in the room, as Fia stands there, still stunned.
Finally, the tense air in the room dissipates.
“But I lost…”
“What are you talking about? You’ve only played a few times and you pushed me this far. I never thought you had such talent.”
“Talent… but in the end, it’s just a game…”
Fia’s face sours as she speaks.
Although she doesn’t voice it, it’s clear that she wishes she had something like her other sisters, rather than just talent for a game.
“I don’t understand. Maybe in the future, you’ll be able to make a living off of this.”
“Me, a demon, doing that…?”
“Well, maybe it’ll even become popular in the demon world…”
Isuna continues to comfort Fia with her words.
It seems like the two of them think this is just a game and don’t understand its practical application.
But that’s understandable.
They don’t know that many famous strategists and tacticians of the past also possessed great skill in this board game.
Of course, it’s not always the case.
We can’t say for sure that Fia has the same abilities as those famous strategists, but it’s worth trying.
As the two of them continue to talk
I stand up and grab a few appropriate documents from the shelf and lay them out on the desk.
“Fia, can you take a look at this?”
“What is it?”
It’s not Fia, but Isuna who asks the question, looking at the documents.
“It’s an old battle report.”
“Why are you suddenly bringing that out?”
“Nevermind that. Fia, take a look at it anyway.”
I hand Fia one of the documents
It’s a diagram of a large battle from the past.
It shows the movements of troops and the terrain in various shapes.
“Look at it as if it were this game board.”
I point to the game board we just used.
I know it sounds crazy, but if the assumption is correct…
“You mean the game board?”
“That’s right. Do you feel anything?”
Fia stares at the diagram with a look that seems like she’s viewing everything from a high vantage point.
“Is it here?”
She points to a certain point on the map.
“There’s nothing there…”
Isuna peeks over her shoulder and says that, but…
Isuna looks bewildered as she gazes at the faces of me and Fia alternately, indicating that she has not fully grasped the situation.
“Um, did it not work out?”
“No, it’s fine. However…”
It’s almost certain that Fia has an extraordinary strategic viewpoint. However, this is just a theoretical assumption at this point. It’s unknown whether it will work the same way in practice. In other words, a new path has been discovered, but what lies ahead is similar to an unknown darkness that may or may not connect.
Furthermore, although it sounds good to be called a strategist, that position can affect the lives of thousands or even millions with a single word from the rear. Sometimes, in order to save many people, it’s necessary to make a judgment to sacrifice a comrade’s life.
Should this gentle child be allowed to go down such a difficult path…?
While worrying about what to do, Fia called out to me.
“I’m not sure, but… could there be anything I could do?”
Perhaps sensing what I was thinking from looking at her, Fia asked.
“Well… Fia, you may have a talent for being a so-called strategist. However, that’s still just a possibility.”
I tells her honestly. It’s not a kind of talent that can be confirmed like San’s physical skills or Femu’s magic.
“A strategist… possibility…”
Upon hearing this, Fia repeated those words as if to chew on them.
“Well, there may be something else you can do. There’s no need to rush–“
“I’ll do it! Please let me do it!”
Interrupting my words, Fia said loudly. Her eyes were filled with a powerful will that had never been seen before. It wasn’t a sense of urgency that she was being left behind by her sisters. It was a strength as if she had even found the path she should take with her innate broad perspective.
“I see… I understand… If you’re saying that, then I won’t say anything else. I’ll support you as much as I can.”
After saying that, Fia smiled broadly, as if a flower had bloomed.
“Yes! So… what should I do first?”
Asking me that, she seemed to be full of motivation to find the path she should take.
“Well, first… let’s see…”
Thinking a little, I moved back to the shelf.
“Um, this and this, then… this and this… Also, this and this, and this too. Oh, and we’ll need this too…”
I took out a large number of papers from the shelf and piled them up on the desk.
“This and…this… We need everything from here to here, and this too…”
While Fia was puzzled, I continued to add additional materials.
“Okay, I think this is about it for now.”
For the time being, I finished preparing everything I could think of.
With the stack of documents on the desk, I couldn’t see Fia on the other side.
“What’s these pile of documents and books for?”
Isuna who’s been watching so far spoke up in place of Fia.
“They’re books of wars and battle reports from all over the world”
“Thats a lot of books…”
“OF course you have to read them all”
Isuna’s expression looks like she doesnt want to even look at it.
“Um, what should I do with all of this…?”
As a strategist responsible for tactics and strategy, both reason and intuition are necessary. Currently, Fia is overwhelmingly lacking in the former.
The most reliable way to gain that knowledge is to relentlessly read and study books.
“A-all of it?”
“By the way, this is just a small part i can preapre right now. Later, I’ll ask Rose to prepare more.”
As someone who is not a military expert, I can only provide a small fraction of what is needed.
The history of mankind is a history of war, and there are literally mountains of books on military affairs.
“I-I’ll do my best…”
Fia’s strained voice could be heard from the other side of the paper mountain.