RW Chapter 105

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Chapter 105 Army Marching Song

Echo was sitting on the highest point of the castle – on the roof of the watchtower, from where she was able to overlook the whole town.

She was only able to reach the top thanks to Lightning taking her up on a piggyback ride, now she had to stay here until sunset, only then would the little girl come back and take her back down. At the moment, Lightning should have already been on her way to the Longsong Stronghold.

The weather was very good today, the sun was shining brightly, and the river in the distance looked under the sunlight like it was made of satin, slowly flowing westwards and dividing the green leaves on the one side and the snowy landscape on the other side into two sides. Lying comfortably in the sun, she felt as if her whole body was embraced warmly by the sun. It was completely unlike her previous time in the extreme south, where the scorching sunlight was so aggressive that it easily hurt her skin.

Even the wind isn’t the same, she thought, during my life I’ve already felt six different kinds of wind. The slightly salty sea breeze in Port of Clearwater, while in King City I felt the wind of the hot and damp monsoons, during my travel through the Impassable Mountain Range we were constantly accompanied by the freezing cold North Wind. And now, here in Border Town, the light breeze has an earthly aroma to it. No matter what, the wind here is pure and independent.

In the Ironsand City, it was either so hot that there was no wind, or we would have an overwhelming storm. Then the wind became visible and the storming air mixes with the stones and gravel, from afar it looked like a giant black monster. Every time the wind came up, I had to hide inside a house or any place else which wasn’t in the open. There was nothing that was able to stop the wind.

Echo still wanted to throw up. And taking her revenge when she thought about her past, it was nearly four years ago that she left Ironsand City. Her Osha clan, unfortunately, was defeated during a fight for power, her father killed by their enemy even after he surrendered. Echo who witnessed all this, wanted to rush to the enemy and take him down by herself, but at that moment she had been caught off-guard from behind.

She didn’t know how many member of her clan were still alive after these four years.

Before she was sold as a slave to the Port of Clearwater, she heard that her Osha clan had violated the agreements of the sacred duel, and were now spurned by the Three Gods. Who then exiled them to the Endless Cape, never being allowed to return to Ironsand City.

But Echo knew that it was all a conspiracy by the Tibia clan, they had smeared black oil on their whip and as long as this oil was ignited, even water was unable to put it out. It was this trick which caught her brother – the clan’s strongest warrior – off-guard in the duel, so that he was burned alive, leading to the chaos in their team’s formation.

In the Endless Cape the only thing beside the hot sand were the ever-burning fires of Mother Earth, who was even more maniac than her brother the Emperor of the Sea. Soon the people of her clan would have turned into bones; but in the end, her fate as a slave was even more miserable.

When Echo awakened to her power – she knew that she had become a witch. Naturally, she thought about revenge, but in the end her ability was useless, she was only able to release sound. No matter how much she begged the gods, they never heard her prayers.

Six months later when she was living in the Port of Clearwater, she came to an understanding, the thought that they were loved by the three Gods was in truth only their self-deception. Under the jurisdiction of the Church, the witches were all hunted inside the four Kingdoms. From that day on, Echo completely gave up on her hope for revenge.

At this moment, suddenly a billow of smoke rose from the distance. She looked to the East Bank of Shishui River and she saw several lights of green flames flash through the trees. The black smoke of the burning trees mixed together with the vapor of the melting snow forming a gray plume in the sky.

It was Anna’s green flame.

When they arrived for the first time in Border Town, Wendy had briefed the sisters about Anna and Nana. When Echo heard about Anna’s ability she was very envious.

Anna was able to freely manipulate flames, it could even reach the temperature hot enough to melt swords… If she had such a powerful ability when she had lived in Ironsand City, the people of the Tibia Clan would never have been able to hurt them.

Echo shook her head, thoughts like these were totally unnecessary, most probably her people had already turned into bones. Since she was still alive she could count herself as lucky. Since His Royal Highness was willing to accept her, she should complete the orders given by His Royal Highness.

She cleared her throat and began to hum the song according to the Prince’s demands.

It was a cheerful ditty, the Prince had only hummed the melody once, but she completely remembered the whole ditty.

Music was nothing new to Echo, as a superior slave she was taught many things. Seductive dances and flirtatious crooning were skills she’d had to master. But the music given by His Highness was completely differently… it was full of rhythm, full of powerful energy. Especially when he asked her to simulate the sound of a flute, every note was like a pulsing beat, people hearing this couldn’t help themselves from wanting to dance.

The difficulty lied in playing several instruments at the same time, later there were also drums and string-instruments that were added. So she had to simulate three different kinds of sounds at the same time, which overlapped each other. Something like this was something that she had never done before. Previously she would have never believed that music could also be played in this way!

In the beginning, it was hard for her to make sure that the drums didn’t disrupt the rhythm of the flutes, so Roland gave her the tip to play the beat with her hands or feet, and only later gradually start to fuse the two sounds together.

After a few days of practice, Echo had gradually mastered this kind of music.

After playing it for several times she was self-assured enough to finally add the in the string-instruments.

When Echo played the new melody for the first time, she had to change the notes again a little –if the sound of the cheerful flute were the torso, the heated drums were the bones, and the last seemingly embellished strings were the soul. She increased the beat, over and over again, until the three instruments were finally fully integrated, the sound was getting higher and higher until she couldn’t stop herself from starting to sing –

*

“My attack power is higher than yours, so it’s my win.”

Roland put his last card on the table, and Soraya who set across of him covered her face and said with a low voice.

“One more round,” then she thought for a moment, and shuffled through the cards. “Let me pick your ten cards this time.”

“Well,” coughed the Prince, “It’s already late, I have still several things to do, you should go to the other.”

After laying down a groundwork of different cards, the next part was to copy the already invented cards. With the template in front of her, Soraya’s speed of drawing was comparable to a printer. Soon, Roland got several copies of the same units.

So naturally Soraya became his first opponent.

After explaining the rules to her, the first card war was started. During the games, he quickly learned that the thinking process of the witches was completely differently from ordinary people. Soraya quickly figured out the right way to use the skills. After playing for several rounds, Roland was still able to win, but this was only due using several special cards. When Soraya asked him to create her own special cards, he shamefully rejected.

“All right,” Soraya said, then she took the cards into her arms and ran into the direction of the door. At this moment, a cheerful melody came through the open windows. Hearing this Soraya paused, turned around and ran to the window, taking a probing look outside, “Is that Echo?”

“Well, it looks like she has completely mastered it.” Roland leaned back in his chair and admired the familiar music.

Border Town’s first Army would soon enter the first stage of comprehensive maneuvering. Compared with the training for shooting while standing on the wall, the comprehensive maneuvering would be carried out in the wild. At the same time that they moved through the wild, they had to hold their formation – always forming a shooting line.

In order to make the soldiers march with the same pace, he had to rely on drums and slogans. But now with Echo, he could simulate several instruments at the same time. Now they had only had to simply to learn English, then they could implement several famous marching sounds.

Compared to the simple drums, the marching song would not only control the marching speed, it would also effectively boost morale. Of course, the most famous marching song was the “The British Grenadiers”, but Roland only knew its name, but he didn’t know the full tune.

But this didn’t pose a problem for him, as long as he had the tune to “The British Grenadiers”, he could always rearrange its lines later.

During the “War of Resistance”, the sound could be heard through the whole nation, north and south of the Yangtze River. And nearly everyone was familiar with its melody, after all, it was the famous “Guerrillas’ Song.”

When Soraya turned her head in the direction of the Prince, she heard the Prince following the song, gently singing. He sang in a language she had never heard before, but still, the melody and the lyric fitted together perfectly.

“We are all sharpshooters,”

“Each bullet takes out an enemy.”

“We are all soldiers with wings,”

“Unafraid of tall mountains and deep waters.”

“In the dense forests,”

“Our comrades set their camps.”

“On the tall mountains,”

“Our countless brothers are there.”

“…”

 

TN: Information to the Guerrillas’ Song

 


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  • D Evans

    Wonder if Echo could devolope echolocation or the ability to stun,knock out or cause pain with sound waves or shatter objects with the right frequency

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, PyViet!, and Daniel T.!

  • Psychronia

    Wow. Echo is the 1-witch band huh? Awesome.

    I wonder if she can harmonize with herself using the same instruments?

  • Havok

    Pata pata pata pon pon pon pata pon

  • Midnight2630

    Aiming for heaven though serving in hell
    Victory is ours their forces will fall

    Through the gates of hell
    As we make our way to heaven
    Through the “Church” lines
    Primo victoria

  • Layger

    I do not know, I think it would have used rock.
    Thanks for the chapter. Gracias

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Michael Twitsucks

    For those that wondered what the “Guerilla’s Song” sounds like (the lyrics are also in the video description):

  • mllhild

    Oil, Oil, OIL! Come on Roland, get it from the south and make a tank unit. You put Anna in there and then its a flamethrower tank.

  • Muhammad Bagoes Bachtiar

    Thanks for chapter

  • Danis

    Thank you for the chapter 😀

  • MangoGuy

    Wait is it normal for an engineer to know so much varied stuff?

    • Ashente

      Become an engineer in the future and you will know the answer ~

      • MangoGuy

        Let who knows

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Engineers are generally science-minded people that love science. (It’d be difficult to get through schooling to become an engineer without being so.) They learn all about the various scientific principles and concepts because they want to and because they want to know how stuff works. While this means that they might not be able to make stuff because they lack the technical skills to do it, they still understand how it works (Roland, for instance, is a mechanical engineer – he’d probably have little to no knowledge of how to actually manufacture from scratch complex electronics like an electrical engineer would, but he would still understand how and why electronics work).

      • MangoGuy

        I know that but the administration skills he has is…..

    • //kiga

      Generally people who study engineering, study the basics of almost all the engineering fields before the branch into their respective field because people nowadays expect engineers across their different branches to be able to understand each other when they work together.

    • Midnight2630

      well…i study electrical engineering but have ABSOLUTLY NO IDEA how to do these shits Roland is doing ‘-‘

      …you know how to use a computer right? but if someone gave you a bunch of unrefined pieces of metal would you be able to create a computer yourself?…i know i wouldn´t…

    • bad2me

      It is not.

  • David Lim

    ^^

  • Wrandral

    Soon boyos we’ll see little witches striding across the battlefields while riding ww2 tanks like in this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=regl4vTld5E

    • Om nerabdator

      …how much coffee is in that cup!?

      • Michael Twitsucks

        Coffee?! She’s British, mate, she’s having a cuppa tea. Handing a cup of joe to a Brit would be like giving a vampire a crate of garlic and kicking them out onto a sunny beach.

        (In fact, IIRC, all the students of the British school are named after various teas.)

        • Om nerabdator

          Well EXCUSE me!! didnt know it would hit you that hard >.>

      • Light

        All of it.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • loidplus

    Thanks! This made me check The British Grenadiers song.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Wazzurai

    Thanks for the chapter

  • watchin

    Haaa~I see postings spoilers are no longer necessary now. I see no words in bold black saying what I couldn’t and shouldn’t do! My one man revolt worked! Now I can finally start talking about the chapters again.

    Im guessing Roland will teach the army a mraching song? For some reason I just keep thinking of the movie “Ants” and them singing and humming the hoorah marching song as they go to war….don’t know why

    • Roxerer

      And the first day I didn’t post it, I had to delete a massive spoiler…

      • watchin

        Aww shit… really? What fucking idiot ruined all my hard work and effort that I put forth just for it to all backfire on me without me even knowing! Making ME the dumbass!! Making everything I did counterproductive…. I want to kill- I mean, have a word with this bastard. Mind telling me his name?

    • Wrandral

      Man that march of the ants got me so pumped up when i saw it the first time ( and it still does )

      • daimaou broww-sama

        it’s called when johnny comes marching home

      • watchin

        Ikr

  • Wrandral

    Man the view must be nice though i wouldn’t stay as long as she does since it’s still too close to winter ^^.