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Chapter 101 The Ancient Book and the traces it gives (Part 2)

What does this mean? Roland rubbed his fingers over the handwritten line, had the original owner of this ancient book also had to fight against those monsters in the wild lands? He turned his view further down and continued reading –

“The Devils grew each day in number, but every day we became less.”

“God’s Stone of Retaliation was also unable to stop them. It would only work against their unparalleled strange powers, but even without relying on their magic, they were still fierce and terrible enemies.”

“The Holy City of Taquila has already fallen into the enemy’s hands, the only option left to us was to scatter in all directions.”

“Over the mountains, across the rivers. Trying to flee as far away from the Gates of Hell as possible. ”

“But for the next time, where to should we flee?”

“But, this isn’t something I have to think about. I am going to die, Natalia.”

“The Devil’s power is corroding my body, and every one of our drugs are malfunction.”

“I’m writing all this down because I have a simple matter I want to request of you to do for me.”

Alice’s test of the God’s Punishment Army is already approaching its end, and the test was a success. Even when facing the extraordinary Devil Warriors they have nothing to fear, but she forgot the important point, even if the God’s Punishment Army will win, this victory won’t belong to us.”

” That’s right. The God’s Punishment Army, will lead to our end. ”

“To stop her, only you are left.”

The text he managed to read wasn’t long, Roland swept his gaze once more from beginning to end. He then closed his eyes and began to think about what he had read. Trying to see it from Cara’s perspective.

Assuming that she wasn’t aware of the existence of the Devil’s. And she thought the Devil to refer to a witch. Using this assumption, it would be easy to imagine that the book was written from the perspective of a member of the Church, fleeing from the witches. Then in combined with widely circulated rumors – after all, the rumours say that the witches are all the Devil’s minions, and that they gained their magic from the Gate of Hell.

Cara most likely thought that the Church actually wanted to hide the truth: That they changed the entry to the Holy Mountain to the Gate of Hell, and that for several hundreds of years, witches already had access to the Holy Mountain, and that they found there an eternal life. So the witches became more and more, yet the warriors of the Church became less and less.

Of course, this theory had many holes to it For example, the author of the text said that the other side possessed strange powers when compared to ordinary people, clearly there were no witches who possessed these characteristics. Another example was that even under the suppression of the God’s Stone of Retaliation, the witches were still able to let the church suffer a crushing defeat, which seemed too bizarre. So in the end, the reason why Cara went on the journey to the wild lands, was still unknown. Maybe she had just been so eager that she didn’t realize that it had already affected her judgment. There was still some content that he wasn’t able to understand, maybe the real cause stood therein?

Roland preferred the latter possibility.

At least he knew now, that the Devil that was described on the last page wasn’t a witch, but was the description of the real alien race.

But all this didn’t reduce his doubts, instead it only his increased his already numerous problems.

In the end, since when was the Church fighting against the Devils?

Even so, again and again Roland went through the content of the book, but he was still unable to find the relevant content. The Church had established their base in the North, since the end of the war of faith. The base was built to defend against the huge gap in the Impassable Mountain Range against the demonic beasts. Later, they simply built a fortress on the plateau of the Hermes, and simply called it the New Holy City. These two cities are now connected together, one on the high ground and the other was low lying, but both were used to withstand the demonic beasts attack and not the Devils. Besides, he had never heard before of a place called Taquila.

If all of this was true, the Church would have no reason to hide it. According to church’s history books, they were always able to resist the attacks from the demonic beasts, and were also able to achieve great victories in their battle against the witches. This was all described in great detail as if they feared that anyone would forget of their great merits.

But compared with the confrontation against the Devils, how can they still treat the matter of the demonic beasts and the witches to be more worthy to particularize?

The last question concerned the God’s Punishment Army.

Evidently this member of the Church didn’t want to see the God’s Punishment Army to appear, furthermore, they even entrusted others to stop the person in charge of the experiment. Apparently, they seemed to have succeeded? Roland only knew that the Church had an Army of Judges, but he had never heard of the God’s Punishment Army – of course, that doesn’t rule out that the former 4th Prince was simply just ignorant.

However, if they really could foster warrior strong enough to fight against the Devils, wouldn’t it just increase the power of the Church? So why would the author of the note write that it would cause their destruction?

The place where they found this book, should have additional information.

“It was Cara who found the book. Do you know where she found it?” Roland raised his head and asked Nightingale.

“When I joined the Witch Cooperation Association, the sisterhood had already set foot on the road towards the Holy Mountain.” Nightingale who was still chewing the dried fish, answered absently.

“But Wendy had mentioned, that at the beginning the sisterhood didn’t call themselves the Witch Cooperation Association, they were just a couple of witches from the Sea Wind Region. Also among them were Cara, Wendy and Scroll. Afterwards when they left the Sea Wind Region, they found a secret meeting place within a forest. But no one had expected that there would actually be a secret entry to an ancient ruin hidden there.”

She took another bite from her snack, licked her lips and then continued, “But except for Cara, no one else had went down to explore it.”

“Did she find the ancient book within the ruins?

“At least, that’s what Cara said,” Nightingale curled her lips.

“And later then, they began to gather more and more witches. But it seems that their hiding place accidently got leaked to the Church, which later then brought a large army to surround the meeting place. Only twenty witches were able to escape, which was less than half of them. It was then that Cara decided to search for the Holy Mountain. So they established the Witch Cooperation Association, with the goal of finding the Holy Mountain as their highest priority.”

After hearing this story, he once more began to think about it, to study mysteries while knowing so little was just too inconvenient, even more so when it was history mixed with legends, leaving a blank in his mind. The ancient book didn’t mentioned the year that it was written, and there was also no other big war mentioned in other history books he had read.

The first person involved in discovering it was already dead, but maybe we can go to find the ancient ruin ourselves, he thought.

But to Roland it was also clear that it was basically an impossible task. The forest in the east was just too far away from Border Town, it was much more than just a short walk, it was a journey across the whole Kingdom of Greycastle. But at this moment the development of his territory was his highest priority.

Roland stood up and walked to the window, there he had a perfect view over the back gardens. In the garden, the witches were training according to his training program. Now that his group of witches had grown to twelve, it was finally time to set up an organization.

In his conception, the organization didn’t need any program or guideline. It was just designed to facilitate the management of the witches and the ability they were able to wield, its function would be similar to the future generation of industrial associations.

The rules of the organizations would also be as simple as possible, there would only be two rules: Do not take advantage of your ability to violate the law of the territory. And, It is forbidden to use your ability to evade the law.

At the beginning Roland wanted to use the three laws of robotics, restricting the ability of the witches by not allowing them to injure or attack ordinary people and so on, but then he thought that it would actually be unnecessary. Their ability was just the same as guns. When confronted with hazards, there was really no difference between using a gun or a witch’s ability to defend themselves. And by deliberately stressing the difference between witches and ordinary people, the gap between these two groups would only grow further apart.

So it wouldn’t become illegal, he couldn’t avoid his responsibility as a scientist and engineering dog, he had to express himself in the most concise way.

As for the name of this organization, Roland had already long ago found a good one.

The name of the new collective will be “Witch Union.”

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  • Lysavilis Gyi

    “The Devil’s power is corroding my body, and every one of our drugs are malfunction.”
    Malfunction does not go well here, as it refers to the drugs, medicine, a better word would be effective, the drugs are effective, or ineffective, the drugs are malfunctioning sounds weird.

  • Wazzurai

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Aaron Frawley

    sorcerer union instead?

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Deoxyribo9

    >Devils might be aliens
    *Might and Magic intensifies*

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • MangoGuy

    The three laws of robotics should have been implemented. You never know when a witch will decide to lose her temper cuz if what people did to them In The past. Also witch union is totally a slap to the church….

    • Saul Villarreal

      What he’s trying to accomplish is for the witches to be treated as normal people, for that to happen you can’t treat them differently and you forget is more likely that a witch will be attack by a religious fanatic than the other way around. Makes no sense to stop them from defending them self and that would cause the trust between the to parties to fall since the witches would fill insecure if you start to tell them that they can’t defend them self’s when being attack by normal humans. As for the church he already decided to tell them to go fuck them self! just saying.

      • MangoGuy

        You are right. However, witches like Cara who are prejudiced will exist and they may not be able to accept change… He should have at least kept the 3 laws for a short period until they get adjusted without telling the masses.

    • nirleka

      Agreed with Saul Villarreal. Also, at this point of the story, the Witches potential is still in infancy. With the magic limitation and how fragile human relationships with the witch, it is so foolish to Roland to implement law like the law of robotics. It will bring opposition and undesired effect for the witch cooperation. Roland also not yet to meet super power witches who need to restrain by specific law.

      I think Roland will aim for creating witch class as highly capable working class, thus the witch union. Not slaved class like robot in science fiction novel. Somehow like highly priced talented IT worker in our world.

      I think Roland goal is to create liberal and capitalist nation without rulling nobility class and witch prejudice. I see it like renaissance movement in our world which bring religion separation from state matters and enlightenment in science and technology.

      That goals obviously will make him need to wage wars with the church, nobles, and kingdoms. Or he need to be creare super power nation which force others to compromise with him lol.

      • MangoGuy

        I see… makes sense.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • leacherfag

    Maybe that witch that created the God punishment Army created the church too.

    And maybe the reason they hunt witches is because witches are needed to make those stones

    • Apple pie

      That’s one of the possibilities about che Church technology, witches. Maybe God’s stone are witches bones and the God’s punishment Army are created using witches corpses.

      With alla the girls kidnapped, who can’t be indoctrinated becomes… raw materials.

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • Gutierrez Edgar

    The Devil’s power is corroding my body, and every one of our drugs are malfunction. something tell me that the devil are ppl that where corrupte for mana or the drug fk up them. maybe rolan will be expose to it or by bein near the grils he will be able to have changes less dangerous. i hope

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  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Atamahead027

    What if the human was in fact an expiremental subject and the witch gen has long been there.. inert all the time unless some specific event happen

  • David Lim

    a huge stone gate and gates of hell……… you dont mean…….holy montain? a gate to other world . maybe cara will infected with red gas(miasma?) and become monster too

  • Tetsuki

    You think a book probably banned by the church is about the church? It was already said that 400 years ago there were 4 religions and in the end the church won. Any history before that is eradicated. The book seems to be older than that. They are talking about a “us” in the book which seems to be revering to humans. The book is refering to fleeing to everywhere. So the current structure of humankind is totally different.

    The argument that witches came into beeing because of the devils seems unreliable. If that is the case how did they ever survive anyhow? Without any witches the devils shouldn’t have had any trouble killing every human. Where did they get the God’s Stone of Retaliation? Even the name is revering to devils and not to witches. We don’t even know how it is made. Since only the chruch has them in the present and sells them…. I do have a hypothesis.

  • Ashente

    Men transformed to monster while women didn’t ? maybe ? no ? k.

  • LegendaryOtaku

    Plot.! Plot.! Plot.!… More chapters please..


    failed church experiment? invasion from different world?

    • Luong

      This is the same opinion I’ve have as well. I bet they were trying to ascend to the holy land but ended up creating a gate to the underworld.

      • Jose Daniel Rangel

        The devils appeared so it looks more like an invasion than church opening the gate.. how did they open it ? they couldnt use mana. it seems mana was introduced to the world by this gate, maybe demons tried to conquer another world ? so with the presence of mana random humans will tune in with it and gain abilities women become witches and everything else just get corrupted thats proly why church kills witches since they are using mana that came with those devils. maybe roland’s soul slipped through this gate into this world. As for those god punishment army, even if they win the war it will not be humans.. it’ll be these superhumans so of course they will seek power afterwards.. church probably cant control them forever.

        • Luong

          That last bit in the book also give me another theory. I think those devils are man created by the church who were trying to build a super army and say they gain the blessing of the gods. Like constantly inhaling the gas to infuse it into their body permanently, but is often reject by the male body. But the experiment failed since the male will slowly lose their minds and mutate after so much forceful and dense exposure to it. There might also require a compatibility between the body and the gases as well.

          The gases are airborne, but since male body automatically rejects it thus they were not affected, whereas for the female population, they weren’t so lucky.

          The recent I thought this up is because the witches understood what the devil were saying, and that the devil they fought was named ironhand. The other reason is because that book passage about the superhuman, where they were probably using a variation of the gas to build the current super soldiers.

  • Neruz

    Interesting, sounds like the holy church already lost the first war and retreated to wherever they are now.
    If the ‘Devils’ need that red gas to survive it’s probably quite difficult for them to cover ground, I bet the demonic animals and whatnot are their creations to harry the Humans and prevent them from recovering and fighting back while the Devils gather their forces.
    The Witches might also be an unintentional side-effect of magic contamination or something.

    Of course the big question is; are the Devils actually non-human invaders, or are they humans that changed after exposure to the red gasetc.

    • Симеон Димитров

      The beasts (, aside from the witches) are probably also a side effect of their civilization.

      Question is why are all magic users just females.
      We can only assume there have been contamination of the fetus while still in the womb. Any otther explanatino would include males with the spreading method. Is it that witches can’t get pregnant as mentioned earlier, or is it just speculation due to lack of availavility (of witches) to experiment with the notion.

      • Wrandral

        I honestly don’t think they are truly barren, either their magic power make it harder for them to conceive ( like the Devil in Highschool DxD for those who know of it ) or it’s just the fact that witches discover their powers early and after that are killed/on the run/enslaved while being vilified by the whole population which are not situations that tend to lead to relationship with males or tranquil pregnancies.

        • Симеон Димитров

          My bet is on type compatability, as soon as male magicians pop up around it’ll be problem solved. Problem is it becomes the egg or the chick problem :D. Which in turn brings me back to, why no male magic users??? Will MC be the first 😀

          • leacherfag

            Is massive foreshadowing in the raw because there’s a enemy witch who has the ability to take control of others if they fight in their souls and the winner gets the losers knowledge and Power soooooo

        • Exp

          One of those witches was taught to pleasure men so odds are more would also follow that path and the probable abuse would likely prevent a stable period. And the magic bite like you said affects them internally so it would likely affect a fetus as well and since it happens once a year it would be difficult to have safely conceived, even if it did happen a noble would have killed them to hide the evidence of “harboring” a witch.

          As for males maybe males become those creatures.

          Maybe winter has the effect of a nuclear winter?

          • Симеон Димитров

            Oh, then when they get stable from using their powers and don’t relapse every year we might get to see magic babies!

      • Rood

        A magic gene could reside in mitochondric DNA, which would make it only go to female offspring. Or it isn’t even genetic in the first place but has a different cause. Which honestly seems quite likely.

        • Симеон Димитров

          Part of what lets them use their powers is definitely connected to their brain somehow though, otherwise how would they be able to command their powers at will?

      • leacherfag

        Question is why are all magic users just females.

        I wonder if the previous Society was a feminist matriarchy

    • Wrandral

      If the demonic beasts are their creations to harry the humans why do they only attack in droves during the winter? Is it like the others from GoT where they need the winter to propagate?

      • Симеон Димитров

        My guess is a spike in red-fog-city activity during winter. Causing accelerated mutation in the local flora.

      • Neruz

        No way to know for sure but it’s probably the same reason that causes the Witches Bite.

        • Симеон Димитров

          And the sunless snowy days.