Short Stories 108 — Ethos of Man (Part 48)
The caravan had reached a point where we could see them. It was being led by horsemen. Probably hundreds if not more. And they were followed by multiple carriages. I assume it was filled with the necessary equipment for the admirals and geenerals inside it. And right in the middle of the pack, was the golden carriage. It was clearly the main bogie that all the soldiers were protecting. It stood out like a sore thumb at a far distance.
Each passing minute they kept coming closer. And at one point the spearhead of the caravan was entering the castle gates. The horsemen were heading inside and the rest followed. The main compartment that had the generals and advisors were coming closer. We were seeing them walk for quite a while, but it did not seem to end. The number of soldiers kept following. Behind the horsemen, there were more soldiers. The numbers are surely in a few hundred. At this point, it was difficult to grasp how big their army was.
Finally, we were able to see the caravan up close and personal. The embellishment and the details were incredible. It wasn’t that big of a carrage. So we wondered how many people are actually present in that carriage. It may have been 2 to 4. And I am sure the king wouldn’t send all of his senior supervisors on a single mission. The main carriage went into the castle. And yet more soldiers kept pouring in. How big is this castle anyway. We were wondering, how many people can this castle hold. As it not only is talking all the soldiers in but it is already stuffed with our people and our royalty.
The later part of the caravan was holding another few hundred soldiers. Arthen looked at me and said, “Did they all just way all the way from their city to ours.”
“Well, there is no other answer, to be honest. Not all get horses. The lowest ranks are foot soldiers after all. So yes they walked all the way from their city to ours.” I replied.
“Well, I am not going to complain about walking from home to Beth’s place anymore,” Arthen replied. “So did you count the number of soldiers? Because I am sure I am not sure what the numbers are.”
“Well, it does not matter. Their numbers are in thousands. We don’t need the exact count. And if they have these many numbers spare just for a council. Then I don’t know what their numbers are in total including all the soldiers left behind. They have really backed up a very big army.”
“And we don’t even know the amount of damage they sustained at the first battle. Assuming they took a hard hit in the battle just like us, still, that means they have a very high chance of stabilizing. Or maybe they did not get hit at all and kept the majority of the army intact.”
“Yes, either can be true,” I replied. The caravan was finally coming to an end. We finally were able to see the tail end of the caravan. The rearguard was again filled with horsemen. The total number of soldiers was surely in thousands. More or less. But still, it is impressive. Finally, the tail end of the caravan entered the castle. It almost took an hour for everyone to get in. That is how long we were there scouting. The gates were dropped down. And with that our job was done. The people cheering had gotten tired and were getting ready to leave the area. We see our people too, breathe a sigh of relief after the mission. Luckily nothing had happened.
The people had returned to their houses. And we did the same. our soldiers were still at the gate and around the city as their job wasn’t yet over. in fact their job had just begun. And they will be on high alert for the following few days. We finally reached Beth’s place and others returned too. Everyone was talking about the strength of their army. It was more than a statement. They were surely trying to prove something. Now the next few days were going to be important for our city.