RW Chapter 104

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Chapter 104 Planning and Entertainment

On a sunny afternoon, it was finally time for Roland to fulfill his promises.

He conferred the title of Viscount to Sir Payne. In addition to the title he also received a territory to the south of the Shishui River and the right to set up a small village on the other side of the river. Currently, this new territory was still covered by jungle, but Roland had already planned to develop the land. In order to make him give up the autonomy of his newly acquired territory, Roland promised Sir Payne that he would give priority in opening up the territory as soon as possible.

Furthermore, on the open ground Roland would also establish several different kinds of industries, that would generate shares to be given to Sir Payne and his descendants. Roland of course, used his technical abilities as the reason to describe why it was needed for him to supervise the industries. He also explained to him that it was a pretty good possibility to receive money without having to do anything.

Sir Payne readily agreed to this offer – after all, he didn’t like this kind of work, in his view, there was nothing more interesting than riding a horse into battle. But after he had his daughter, he instead put his focus into hunting. The industries in his old territory had already long since been ruined, so he simply asked Roland to help him sell his land which was located east of Longsong Stronghold, after all his family had already completely moved and started to live in Border Town. Roland naturally agreed to his request.

Another person he conferred a title to was Brian, who was awarded with a knighthood. Afterward Brian had to choose if he wanted to get his own territory or still wanted to serve in the army.

If he chose the land, then he could no longer serve in Border Town’s first Army. If he decided to join the army, he had to, just like the others receive his land due to the achievement of his military merits. Without any hesitation, Brian chose the latter option.

As a result, Roland could finally start with planning the general layout of his territory.

With the Shishui River as one boundary, and the Impassable Mountain Range as the other. The living area had a length of three kilometers and a width of seven to eight kilometers. After the construction of the residential areas, it could also later be used as a  prize, which could be given as an additional reward to promoted officers.

The other side of the Shishui River will become the future industrial areas and agricultural areas. The land could be extended to the south, but the only problem was that it was still covered by forest. In addition, its topography sloped higher and lower in the further distances. To meet the needs of the population, Roland must begin to reclaim the land.

The border area to the west of the garrison and the forest where the demonic beasts hid themselves were also important areas to open up.

The forest has a wide range of treasures, such as wood, edible fungi, wild animals, herbs and more. In addition to using wood for construction and in industry, it could also be used as a fuel source. The vast area covered by the forest was staggering. Roland had already sent Lighting to explore it, but even flying more than thirty kilometers she still hadn’t been able to see its end, that meant that if all of the wood in the forest was to be used for building a fire, it would burn for a very long time.

The last area was the territory between the Hiding Forest and the Impassable Mountain Range – it was a no man’s land , a restricted area, in other words, a barbarian wasteland. He could only speculate how big the area between the Impassable Mountain Range and the border of the forest was. Both borders were extremely vast, it had to be much bigger than the territory of the Kingdom of Graycastle. In the face of such an extremely large and ownerless land, Roland’s heart began to itch. But he also knew that for the moment he was temporarily unable to bother himself with this piece of land. At present, the most important thing for Border Town was to increase its population.

Back in his office at the castle, he called for the artist Soraya.

“How was your work, are you still helping out in the Town Hall?”

“I have never painted so many paintings in one day,” she seemed to be in a much better condition than the last time he had seen her, “today I have already finished the basic pictures, but only painting pictures of their heads while looking through a window, feels a little strange.”

“They would easily become scared when they see your magic pen”, the prince smiled,” they know that there are witches in Border Town, but if you get in close contact with them, it could easily cause accidents, so we just took some simple hidden measures, not letting them know that you are a witch. Later their opinion will slowly start to change.”

Soraya’s photographic ability helped to bring Roland’s citizenship registration program to a new level. For this plan, he had emptied a room in the Town Hall and then used the room to store the information about the town’s citizens. It was similar to a population register, on each piece of paper were written their names, ages, addresses, blood relatives and so on. This information was all the statistics he had gathered during the winter, and now the records were expanded with new content. The biggest change to all of their personal accounts was that he added to each of them a “color photo.”

According to Roland’s request, the Town Hall had set up a small room large enough for one person that was enterable without being seen, it had only a small window through which Soraya could see the face of the person she should paint. So when she painted the portrait of her subject, the other person couldn’t see her using her magic pen.

As to how it was possible for him to let the town’s residents come over and give their personal information so freely, Roland’s method was very simple, whoever came over and gave their information, got 10 copper royals – he ordered the Town Hall to allocate the money.

“Today I called you here to draw something else.” Roland took out some cutout papers and gave them to Soraya.

The latter noted that the sizes of those pieces of papers were exactly the same, with a size of half a palm, and in a rectangular format.

“What do you want me to paint?”

“Some props for entertainment,” Roland said.

He had this idea within his mind for a long time already, every day the witches had nothing to do besides practicing their magic, this life had to be a bit boring. The same could be said for the Prince, especially when he had to wait for the moment the snow finally melted, until then he was stuck within the castle. Therefore, he came up with the idea of reinventing some games from his old word and finding a way for the witches to relax.

The simplest possibility was to create a card game. But the soft ordinary paper he had wasn’t suitable for card games, shuffling was also a hassle. However, with Soraya, he could finally make some more advanced things.

“Entertainment?” She crouched her head, wondering what kind of entertainment she was painting on a square piece of paper, “Okay, you have the final say.”

“First, on this piece of paper, you have to draw a soldier with a heavy crossbow.”

“Imagine?”

“Yes, the armor, the body shape, age, and the surroundings, everything up to you to freely imagine, as long as it has a heavy crossbow.”

“Uh… I will try it,” Soraya closed her eyes, meditation for a while, then she summoned her pen into her hand and soon a bright light streamed from her hands onto the paper.

Soon, a middle-aged man looking just like a crossbow soldier appeared on the paper.

“Very well,” Roland praised, “Let me think about what the next painting should be, ah… in the upper left corner of the paper and the middle position, draw a small circle at each of these positions,” he recalled the card in his head “The first circle is white in the center with a golden coating, and the second one has an orange color together with a golden coating,” he said.

When the circles were finished, Roland let her add a number to the first circle, “and to the second circle you will add a bow and an arrow mark into the circle.”

The beauty of Soraya’s ability lied in her ability to ignore the material she had to paint on, it didn’t matter to her if it was a blank sheet of paper or an already painted piece. The second design can perfectly cover the former painting, like a layered mask.

Thus, a delicate “crossbow card” appeared in front of Roland.

“Is this what you wanted?” She asked.

“This is just the card of one unit, there are still many similar cards waiting to be painted by you. By the end, you will get a deck and then I’ll teach you how to play.”

When looking at Soraya who was painting with her eyes closed, Roland felt a kind of hunch from his heart. Perhaps soon a dialog like this would be heard within the castle –

“Do you have anything important to do? If not, let us first play a round of ‘Gwent’!”

 

TN:

Thanks to the help of “busnuss” and “lordVortex” are here some more information about Gwent

 


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  • D Evans

    Surprised Roland played Sir Payne especially after talking about how he was trying to be fair in his dealings. Wonder what other games he’s going to introduce them to and why he made something like yugioh/Pokemon cards instead of regular cards or uno

  • Reald Dormond

    Gwent… from the game witcher, in a LN about witches.

    This kills the reader.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, and PyViet! Gwent?!

  • Psychronia

    So why doesn’t Roland make normal poker cards again? Gwent is nice but normal cards will open up many more possibilities.

  • esya

    Wow imaginary card game in an imaginary world

  • Baka Hiru

    next we’ll play the “O-sama Game!”……..now go and gather all the witches ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Skoonting

    While it is certainly funny, Gwent would be a nightmare to play outside of computers. Unless the MC was originally from the 2017+ or something and Gwent was released in an actual physical card game format.

    • Drejzer

      If I’m not mistaken, playing Gwent involves lots of swearing and violence (mostly hitting others with a wooden/metal bat) (at least in the books…)

  • Coooo

    witcherrr

  • Easykill

    Geez, what a nerd.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Wazzurai
  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • K╯

    hahah the witcher card game haha this author is such a badass hahah

  • meganeshounen

    After introducing anti-racism, steam power and cement, Roland’s newest brainchildren are…

    CARD GAMES.

    Unfortunately, motorcycles are yet to be created, but perhaps with steam engines…?

    • autumnsword

      CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES?! MADNESSS!!

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Of all the places to hear about Gwent…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • WIlson

    Rofl Gwent now this is my kinda novel to read

  • rupice

    Thank you for chapter 🙂

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  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

    • MangoGuy

      Dude you almost always say the same thing in all sites!

  • Kevin

    Ahhhh ye old gwent

    • Neruz

      I’m laughing super hard about him teaching them gwent.

      • whitecloud

        Isn’t more magic the gathering

    • nirleka

      Is it gwent card game in the witcher 3?

      • Solid Snake

        gwent only exist in witcher

    • Wrandral

      i swear the AI kept cheating xD

  • MOHLT
    • Neruz

      Don’t forget those beautiful, beautiful cannons that sit on a hill dropping iron balls on top of the enemy command forces.

      • Michael Twitsucks

        >make contact detonating explosive rounds for 12 pounder guns
        >set up on hill far from battle, even outside normal gun range
        >call over witch that can make heavy objects as light as a feather
        >shoot mind-bleedingly accurate and flat shooting trajectory explosive rounds from so far away that the enemy might not even be able to see you – win the battle without even meeting them on the field
        >[Optional] laugh maniacally when the enemy freaks out and runs for their lives thinking a deity is personally smiting them

        • Kaminzo

          >Forget that you need Heavy objects to make projectiles go far
          >Watch as your cannons shoot what is akin to a pingpong ball out only a couple feet
          >Feel bad that science has failed you.

          • Michael Twitsucks

            You just failed at basic understanding of external ballistics so hard that I don’t know where to begin. The entire premise of modern ballistics is utilizing smaller and higher velocity rounds with better terminal ballistics or fragmentation to achieve the same (better, in most cases) wounding than larger (heavier) rounds which will naturally have a slower velocity. In fact, taking the same caliber and charge and making the projectiles heavier will actually DECREASE the range in almost every case.

            I mean, F=ma. Paint chips “floating” around in space present a danger capable of killing an astronaut despite having negligible mass. It also has something SLIGHTLY related to them going about ~25,000 miles per hour. Accelerate a coin to a significant percentage of C and you have something on par with nuclear devices in energy.

            Also, I specifically mentioned contact exploding balls. That’s the damaging method, not the physical impact of the ball itself. So, sorry, but no. You do not understand external ballistics. Projectiles lightened will shoot faster (keep in mind that the materials WEIGH less, they still have the same mass and aren’t made into brittle tissue paper). By the way? Even shooting wax (read: Simunitions) or cotton out of firearms or air guns with regular loadings/pressure is still dangerous, and even then air resistance is a huge factor in their joule output (due to them having a SLOWER muzzle velocity). If you think said rounds would just fall out of the gun… I don’t know what to tell you.

            • Wrandral

              All this talk about the velocity of projectiles reminds me of the Gauss canon

              • Michael Twitsucks

                Well, Roland does have a witch that can magnetize objects (like for dynamos)… And a steam engine. Together, they could be used to generate electricity. Creating a coilgun isn’t out of the question, although it would be very difficult without electronics (which would be difficult to make in this setting, and Roland isn’t an electrical engineer either).

                Magnets get really overlooked in modern life, but they’re everywhere. A lot of potential with that witch that can magnetize stuff. Hopefully we get to see more of her.

                • Raufgar

                  And the best thing is she can magnetize *anything*. This expands on the materials he can use for making machinery like dynamos to infinity. Making a coilgun entirely out of wood is definitely not practical nor safe, but in this case, is doable.

                  I’m waiting to hear if a material with the imparted magnetism has the same inherent properties as real-world ferromagnetic minerals, or we’re going to see some hand-waving going on…

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Roland’s flintlocks would be even more effective than that because they’re proper flintlock rifles, which are rifled. (The “Brown Bess” as pictured were flintlocks, but smoothbores. Well-made flintlocks, but still quite inaccurate at range.)

      Roland’s seem more on par with the American (aka Kentucky/Pennsylvanian) long rifle. Flintlock, but rifled and very accurate rifles for the time period (and very expensive and highly sought after at the time). Roland really should be using Minie balls for ammunition, but he seems to be using regular round lead balls. Historically, that was a problem with rifled muskets because round balls caused fouling and made loading difficult. Minie balls are just as easy to make (soldiers would make their own with molds and using a pot of melted lead in camp) as round balls but are better in pretty much every single way (Minie balls are one of the reasons why smoothbores finally died out). Better range, accuracy, penetration, velocity, prolonged use due to less fouling…

      Could even make them from hard cast lead. In which case even the mutated turtle the broke through the wall wouldn’t have posed a problem with hard cast Minie balls. Next step is the self-contained metallic cartridge. That changes everything. Even more than smokeless powder.

      • Kaminzo

        Accurate, but unfortunately still needs high levels of metal. Also needs to rely on a system to smelt metal then just a poor witch with unrequited love for him.

        • Michael Twitsucks

          Cannon balls are already metal. Explosive ones with filler. What do you think will take more metallic materials for construction?

        • Easykill

          It was shown to be requited actually, he just hesitates in pursuing her because he’s her boss and is also super busy.

      • Raufgar

        And TIL about Minie balls…

  • Bobby St-Onge

    Soooo… Northern jungle?

  • Wrandral

    And finally the kingdom building arrives now that the foundations are set

    • Varuna

      Yeah, I really like this genre/tag in fantasy novels. Sadly it’s quite under-represented momentarily; at least in the translation-community. Kudos to Roxerer for choosing this interesting novel.

      • Weedisdaboss

        Yeah i´m also happy for another novel with Kingdom Building, also this is the one with the fastest translation 🙂

        • Neruz

          I assume it is under-represented because doing convincing Kingdom Building requires the author to actually understand how medieval politics and polities actually work, which most do not.

          • Wrandral

            Also there are some who start with the kingdom-building ( or at least seem to ) and then get derailed by other things

            • Neruz

              Presumably that usually happens when the author realizes ‘oh shit I don’t actually know what a king does and how a kingdom operates’ and is too lazy to wield an internet and find out.

          • Michael Twitsucks

            This. It requires a lot of research to pull off successfully. Most web/LN authors just seem to want to bang out a story that will do well. I’m actually surprised by how well this author has done as far as making a convincing story and doing things rightly.

            I mean, there’s the occasional thing the author misses, but they’re very minor for the most part. Author did his homework.

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Best part of all? This series does all this without BULLSHIT cheat abilities. Roland is just an overworked-and-underpaid Chinese engineer that is utilizing his brain and the already existing resources like witches in the setting.

      Want a wall? Well, you can’t summon shit so you better know some basic materials science and engineering. Otherwise take your bullshit OP cheat abilities and see yourself out, Mr. Generic MC Template.

      • D Evans

        True it’s refreshing to see him trolling with skills and knowledge available in this world. Yet witch’s powers and his advanced knowledge and engineering skills are cheat abilities for that world

      • D Evans

        Yeah its nice to see protags like Roland who can do all this with knowledge and skills from our world. But lets be real even though they arent as op as the MC your talking about witch abilities and his knowledge and skills are cheat abilities for this world

        • DudeForDuke

          Ah, but witch abilities already existed before he got there. And he does not possess them, either. Plus, witches are hunted down and killed.

          As for his knowledge, it’s not that outrageous. I know some in the prepping community that research even more into how to do the things Roland is doing and they do it for fun/a hobby/for survivalism reasons. These guys learn blacksmithing, gunsmithing, make their own black powder from raw materials, learn to do stuff with the most basic of tools like hand tools (big motivator in this is another Carrington Event/EMP killing electronics off), ect. Some of them would run circles around what Roland is capable of at this technological level.

          • D Evans

            True but not all witchs are hunted down and killed some are privately kept by the up class and probably the church for various uses. Witchs remind me of slaves or animals look at how theyre treated if they’re caught young enough theyre trained to obey a master be used for various things,but if found out in the wild as adult there killed captured and killed