“To the North”
We got a mini-chapter of Otoyomegatari sandwiched in-between the usual releases from Mori-sensei, a short check-in with the remnants of the Halgal clan. As Karluk’s family sifts through the spoils of war, Azel and his kin have headed north, with Azel now officially in-charge of the clan. Nothing really surprising here, but it’s nice to touch base with this group – Azel and his brothers made quite an impression during their appearance.
They’re lucky to find a large swathe of good pasture that’s seemingly uninhabited, but there’s a catch – this area is close to the border with Russia, and whoever occupies it will be the first to encounter the Russians when the next invasion, which everyone assumes is inevitable, comes. Will the Halgal ally with the Russians again, or will they fight for their freedom – the answer is important to everyone in the region. Knowing Azel, it seems very unlikely he’d see a deal with an invading army as an acceptable or honorable course of action.