「戦争準備」 (Sensou Junbi)
“Preparation for War”
What’s this, Legend of the Galactic Heroes? In my Overlord? Oh yes, it’s more likely than you think. While lacking in super epic (and very unrealistic) space battles—at least until the land warfare hits—Overlord certainly flexed a bit more of its narrative muscle this week, delving into the meat and potatoes of political intrigue and offering up a pretty interesting piece of engineered chaos. Sure not the most visually stimulating of moments so far, but hey, we all know what’s coming next.
Demiurge’s Ainz’s downright insidious coopting of the Empire’s sovereignty for his own purpose last time, it’s not too surprising the plans for implementing Ainz Ooal Gown “independence” would quickly take hold. Countries, particularly pre-Twentieth Century, loved utilizing calls of protection for specific peoples and “restorative” justice as a means to advance national interests, and anytime such an opportunity arose it was never wasted. This is the reason certain states like Belgium and Uruguay exist for example, and El Nix sees a similar strategy for containing Ainz. Go to war to establish a buffer state, let Ainz show his true colours to everyone involved, then let your so-called enemies contact you after to ask if you’re really in league with the evil skeleton man: foolproof plan for building that alliance right? Yeah we know how that’s going to go once a few Floor Guardians decide to pull out the garden shears.
Of course if El Nix is none the wiser regarding who actually wins in giving Ainz a kingdom, you can bet the Kingdom and its leadership have absolutely no clue. Barring a few prescient individuals who know full well the problems awaiting them on the battlefield, everyone is caught up in delusions of grandeur or just going with the flow, unable to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. No one is even really to blame here (well, except our princess and her love of making Climb suffer), neither the King nor his firstborn son know of Ainz’s power, and all the nobles are doing what can reasonably be expected of them in signing up to defend the crown and its land. Many might cut and run once the cat is out the bag—feudalism is notoriously terrible when it comes to loyalty in the face of certain defeat—but this is one situation no one is in any position to deal with correctly. Especially when you assign the tank to do the spy’s job. Tragic irony, you got to love it.
While the exact outcome of the upcoming slugfest may not be known (barring a Sorcerer King man having his kingdom and land to boot), you can bet quite a few are going to learn the price for standing up to Papa Bones. Brain and the like may live through this encounter, but the rest? Oh baby, they’re in for ride.
Author’s Note: As a heads-up I have to make a Monday to Wednesday business trip to the Fort McMurray oil sands sometime within the next two weeks, so if the next episode isn’t posted right away don’t fret, it’s because I’m doing engineering work. If I’m still home next week I’ll let you guys know then when to potentially expect a blogging delay.