“Kuruiyuku Haguruma” (狂いゆく歯車)
We get ever closer to having to fight the Orc Lord so we’ll see if Treyni has anything to tell us that will help Rimuru defend the Forest of Jura against him and his army.
One of those episodes that bridge the gap between the quest being laid down and the actual action itself.
Treyni explains the Orc Lords skill “Starved” the fact that the Orcs will eat any corpse and gain more power from eating them. It built a rather nasty picture of what Rimuru has to face so he does the right thing and sends Souei straight to the Lizard Men Chieftain to try and make a deal knowing full well that he wasn’t going to get anywhere with Gabiru.
Of course the Chieftain being a smart man agrees but unfortunately… Gabiru.
I don’t get how Gabiru can be so stupid. Maybe it is the fault of his father for not really teaching him things he needed to know? Maybe he was taught and it is his own fault for not listening? Or just maybe the fact he has been named has blinded him to the reality of his situation.
There is no questioning that he WANTS to be brave and a leader but whilst he has those desires and the tools to unlock all that he has a arrogance that is leading him on. Gelmund sent a messenger, Laplace, to basically stir the pot so that Gabiru stages a coup instead of going and talking to his father and learning what he needed to know before foolishly taking on the Orc Lord’s army and sending those who feasted on their comrades flesh into a Berserk rage.
Like Gabiru on the outside seems like a stupid, throwaway character but he is actually really interesting when you look deeper into who he is, why he is doing things and all that.
Because of the nature of what they are him having a name naturally means people look to him. There is that whole generational divide thing going on with them even saying a lot of the younger Lizard Men agree with Gabiru that they should be fighting instead of defending waiting for other allies. It is a tale as old as time, the older wiser heads maybe never really relaying the knowledge to the younger more agitated members of their society the dangers they are in and why they are taking the course of action they are. The Chieftain was rather meh about getting Gabiru to understand why he was doing what he was doing when he sent him to gather the Goblins so of course when he has Laplace, under instruction of the man who gave him his name, whispering in his ear and a bunch of other inexperienced young guys behind him he’s going to get cocky.
Again he underestimates what he is facing.
It doesn’t surprise me that he would go on the advice of the person who named him though. You see it with Rimuru, Gelmund must be powerful himself and whilst we know that his actions might not be for the best in Gabiru’s eyes he’ll be trustworthy just like those that Rimuru has named blindly in ways follow him. We saw it with Souei in this episode, he hasn’t even been with Rimuru that long and other then naming him and showing how strong he is he hasn’t DONE anything to help the Ogres yet Souei would kill in the name of Rimuru if anyone even looked like they were looking down on him.
Gabiru makes sense and his actions make sense and in a lot of ways this is just the way things have to be.