RW Chapter 119

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Chapter 119 Ransom (Part 1)

Petrov Hull sat in front of his desk Subconsciously, he was playing with a piece of parchment he held in his hands – it was the weekly delivery of the theater’s afternoon program. If this were peaceful times, he would have chosen a good drama and let his housekeeper pay the deposit, afterwards sending an invitation to Aurelia.

But he was unable to read even one word that was on the parchment.

Today was the seventh day of the expedition, if everything had gone smoothly, his father should have already come back yesterday alongside the retinue of the Duke. Perhaps they were delayed during their journey, perhaps the horses had gotten tired and they’d had to rest, or they might have taken an extra rest day in Border Town, right? He tried to comfort himself, but the feeling of uneasiness in his heart was slowly growning.

The 4th Prince Roland Wimbledon had left a deep impression on him, Petrov couldn’t understand why such an outstanding prince, would have received such a terrible assessment by the King. Bad character, dandyism, incompetence, ignorance and without having any learning or skills… any of these evaluations didn’t fit the Prince that he knew.

Because of this, his anxiety only became stronger.

He feared that the Duke would lose against the Prince.

“Master Petrov,” his housekeeper shouted, “there is a letter that has just arrived from the stronghold.”

A letter from the stronghold?

“Bring it to me,” Petrov ordered.

Even before he had opened the cover, he was already stunned by the identity of the sender.

This letter had been written by the 4th Prince!

“Duke Osman Ryan used military forces to attack a territory under the King’s rule, trying in vain to start a rebellion. Furthermore, the Duke was already executed on the battlefield, and now the Longsong Stronghold is once more under the rule of the Kingdom.”

Had the duke lost? His heart sank when he began to read further.

“With exception of the die-hard members of the Duke’s guard, the most of the others had pleaded guilty. Normally treason against the royal family would be punished by death, but because of the His Highness’ kindness, only the leader was put to death for his evil crimes, however the others still cannot be pardoned. So the rest of the rebels will be handled in accordance with the war customs and will be held until their freedom can be bought. The Longsong Stronghold’s castle will be used as exchange point, the following people on this list’s freedom can be bought.”

The document was extremely awkward phrased. It was not written with the diplomatic turn of phrase, but it was still able to express its meaning clearly – the Duke’s rebellion had failed, and if they wanted to free the prisoner they would have to offer money in exchange.

When Petrov’s read the names on the following list, he saw that his father’s name was impressively written in the first line.

“Hedee!” He shouted the housekeeper’s name, “Prepare the carriage, I’m going to strongholds’ castle!”

The territory of Count Honeysuckle laid to the east of the stronghold, so when Paul arrived at the castle area, it was already half an hour later. The Lord’s castle was full of the members of the “militia” who he had never seen before – they weren’t wearing any shiny armor, neither were they wearing any cloaks or bands, instead they held a strange baton in their hands, with a kind of spear on the top. They just stood there in two neat and tidy rows, with their heads high and their chests out, simply expressing their power in their imposing manner.

After he identified himself, Petrov was allowed access to the gardens and he was then lead by a guard towards the castle’s Grand Hall.

This was a place he had already visited many times before, but when he entered it today, it was like he was entering a completely new territory. All the guards standing in the corridors were ones he had never seen before, no one smiled at him after he greeted them, they just stared back blankly. He was stopped by a knight before the entry door of the hall.

“State your name.”

“Petrov Hull,” Petrov answered slightly unhappily, he didn’t like the other one’s interrogatory tone, and so he emphasized, “For you, it’s Lord Hull.”

“I see,” it seemed like his counterpart didn’t accept that statement as being the truth, instead he just looked at the parchment in his hand, “Shalafi Hull, Count Honeysuckle is your…”

“Father.”

“I’m Carter Lannis, The Chief Knight of the 4th Prince. Please come with me to the side room first, we need to check if you have any weapons hidden on your body.”

After a thorough search, only Petrov’s God’s Stone of Retaliation was taken away by the guards.

“That’s not a weapon,” Petrov reminded.

“Of course not,” the knight nodded. “We will return it to you after the meeting.

He opened his mouth, but in the end, he didn’t say another word. They really will give me the stone back? His God’s Stone of Retaliation was one of the strongest kinds, with a worth of at least fifty gold royals, so he couldn’t believe that the other side wouldn’t replace it with a defective stone. That isn’t important, he thought, I will just take it as part of the ransom.

When he finally entered the hall, he saw the 4th Prince sitting on the throne writing something down. When the prince raised his head, he had a startled expression on his face, but then he laughed, “We met once again, Mr. Ambassador.”

It was still the familiar face and tone, letting Petrov feel a little more relaxed, so he gave him a bowing salute, “I present my regards to you, Your Royal Highness.”

“Sit down,” said Roland, raising his hand to offer him his seat, “In all likelihood, you want to know what happened. I can tell you that your father was not hurt, he was the first to surrender.”

“Thank you for your kindness, Your Highness,” Petrov said quickly. “I do not know how much ransom Your Highness will want, as long as my father can be let out, I will immediately send all of our money to you.”

“I do not need money,” Roland shook his finger. “I want livestock and people.”

It was normal to want livestock, and even fifty years ago, when the conflict between the Lords had ended, most of the time the loser had to pay for cattle and sheep, stories like this was something he had often times read in books. But… People, what would that mean? “Your Royal Highness, cattle, sheep, horses, of those the Honeysuckle territory has a lot of, as for people…”

“Very simple, I’m in need of bricklayers, masons, carpenters, farmers, serfs and so on,” the Prince handed him a scroll, “You can pay us according to the numerical conversion above, as long as you can reach the total number of three thousand it will be enough.” He smiled, conveniently, it was this Count from whom he had caught the most knights, so he also had to pay the highest ransom.”

Petrov spread the scroll at the table.

Written on it were the names of all kinds of domesticated animals and the profession of people, followed by a number, such as: cattle 3, sheep 2, mason 10 and the like, he immediately understood the meaning of all this.

A value of three thousand was the same as a herd of one thousand cattle or 300 masons were only enough to redeem his father. Of course, his territory wasn’t able to provide so many cattle and masons. But with this paper, he had so many possible combinations of items, so many choices. As a noble who had to work daily with trade, Petrov instantly realized, how much finesse had been put into this list. Just a few days would be enough to calculate the optimal solution for the minimum costs for his territory which would still meet the requirements of three thousand points.

“Your Royal Highness, I can…”

“One day, you only have one day,” Roland stretched out his index finger, “This only means that you have to make your choice in one day, after all, you can’t gather so many people and animals in three to four days. But I can’t always stay here, at most I will stay here for a week, then I will leave.”

“One day it is…” Petrov suddenly got so shocked that he stared at Roland with large eyes , “Wait, you just said… that you want to leave?” What does this mean? If the Prince didn’t lie in the letter, then the Duke has already died on the battlefield. With this Longsong Stronghold now belonged to His Highness. But now he was actually saying that he wanted to leave, why would he want to return to that small and broken down Border Town? No, that was beside the point! The key point was that if His Royal Highness went away, who would manage this magnificent city? His mind became a stormy sea, would one of the Duke’s children inherit the throne? When he thought through everything that he knew, this didn’t seem to be a possibility, after all, it would only be a question of time until they build up a new force to avenge their father? In addition to the Ryan family and the other five noble families, were there any others who could take over?

“Yes,” Roland nodded. “I’ll take the ransom and then I will return to Border Town.”

Petrov’s mind was suddenly filled with an outrageous idea, and the moment he had thought of it, he was unable to suppress it.

“Your Royal Highness,” Petrov began, then he had to swallow and was only able to whisper. “Excuse me, is there also a numerical value which can ‘redeem’ Longsong Stronghold?”


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, LandyxMoon, and Andy N.! Heh a smart one.

  • Psychronia

    Petrov really is valuable as a subordinate-especially managerially. He catches on quick.

  • Reader

    “was slowly growning”->”was slowly growing” thx for the chapter

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Good business partner

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • timbone

    fineness —>> finesse

    • Roxerer

      thanks 🙂

      • watchin

        Hey this arashi darkness guy posted a spoiler to me earlier today and before I got to read it, it disappeared. Was this your work?

        • Roxerer

          Yes, I try to keep the comments spoiler free.
          If you want to get spoilers or have any questions, you can go to https://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=143586
          there they will answer every question you have.

          • Arashi Darkness

            even I set like this,you still cann’t accept it ? :
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            like this ? (so if they want to check the spoiler,they don’t see it right away,and if not enough,then I still can use more “enter” to make it get hided)

          • watchin

            No no, you misunderstand me. Im not someone who actively goes out to look for spoilers. I don’t care to ruin the story for myself that much. I would be curious to know some little things, hence I don’t mind small spoilers here and there if someone tell me; I will never ask or go look for spoilers voluntary…whitcha spoiler phobia self! That was a spoiler I didn’t mind knowing. And he even properly hid it to. I know you have full access of all comments, (I call it the watch tower) I would know, im a mod too a certain website.

  • Ashente

    Tcht , I wanted a one-sided massacre , now the survivors will go spreading the news of his cold weapons ! … wait they will just be treated like idiots at first but after people think clearly about it there is no way the small little tiny border town would annihilate the duke forces.. so its only a matter of time now before the church target the town heh..

    • ronphon

      the church and other powerhouse they have a lot more problem to solve before care about small far border town.
      and MC won’t stop to develop his weapon at this level.
      then when someone come with out date information they will met with the whole new level fire power.

      • Isekai Novel

        you got my upvote, sir

  • Nameless Marauder

    Heh, pretty soon Petrov going to become another strong aide for The President, no that doest feel right, hmnn I mean sir general generallissio, no no, The mighty emperor, not good either, screw it! I’m going with “That guy at the top of the chain of command”.

    • Reader

      Petrov was the one that saw mt.tai

  • MOHLT

    Bit too anticlimactic, too few dead nobles, too few people with their strings cut and other juicy details missing.

    • mllhild

      All the dead knights were nobles, the lowest, but still nobles.
      The cut strings we will see in the next chapters when Petrov tries to take over Longsong Stronghold(aka Petrovs marketplace soon) since Roland has no skill in dealing with the nobles of L.S. but he has and need to do something quick.

      • MOHLT

        yeah… but death of corrupt nobles are much more interesting.

        • Wrandral

          Yeah but i think Roland wants to keep them nearby anyway since they’re incompetent and afraid of him so that he’s pretty much free with border town.
          I mean for now he’s intent on developping his new capital and its surroundings so he won’t want to leave and the remaining nobles will likely not want to announce that they lost to peasants and will thus keep it quiet since Roland won’t take away their property either (apart from those in or near border town).
          With that, others will likely ignore Roland for quite a while since they don’t believe he can do anything in that village and Timothy and Garcia are too busy with each other (and Church is busy doing evil church plots).
          I think Roland will try to develop a countermesure to the god retaliation stone before expending anyway so he can protect his witches from the church and their assassins before he moves on anyway.

          • ronphon

            but i think Roland don’t care much about that stone.
            because he don’t try to use witch’s power directly in battle.
            and if he want his witches have ability to protect them self.
            the easiest way is “just give them a gun”.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

    Damn dude. 3000 people in a medieval society is a large number.

    • MOHLT

      3000 points,
      1 mason peasant = 10 points
      1 cattle = 3 points
      1 sheep = 2 points

      • Dramen

        that’s only what was stated if the points are in increasing values its mean a person could be worth as much as 20 points

    • righteouscoder

      Not really, you have to remember that London had 1.5 million people in 1830s IIRC.

      Plus the story has already said they have cities with many 100,000s of people.

      300 skilled laborers wouldn’t hurt most midsized (100k~150k) cities (much, it would still suck, but would be recoverable)

      • dgrayman1111

        So for an example for the medieval period population you decide to use the 1830s?

        • Wrandral

          have my upvote sir

        • righteouscoder

          No, my point was, that ‘by the 1830’s it was already that big. Which implies that it was growing for quite a while. (Because city growth is close to logarithmic under normal circumstances and by 1550 London already had a population of ~120,000. Which I would consider 1550 very close to the time-frame depicted in this story. Which was my point. Plus, I stated that the story already stated that they have 100k cities. (exact figures would require looking up in story)

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_London#Population

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • MangoGuy

    this chapter felt kinda shortish…

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks~

  • MOHLT

    Preview is too short!

    • Roxerer

      You were 15 min too early, now you can read the whole chapter 😛

      • MOHLT

        thanks!

  • Michael Twitsucks

    Dunno if this will be useful to the translators or anyone at volare, but I was reading the Animesuki forum (god that site is terrible – can’t even register an account there) thread on RTW and someone posted a wiki which has details on the witches and whatnot (supposedly). It’s all in Chinese, however.

    http://wapbaike.baidu.com/item/%E6%94%BE%E5%BC%80%E9%82%A3%E4%B8%AA%E5%A5%B3%E5%B7%AB?adapt=1

    Uh, I don’t know Chinese, so… Beware. Might be massive spoilers from the original Chinese chapters (which are up to like 310 or so now). Or it could be a recipe for egg drop soup. I have… no idea.

  • mllhild

    Yay, the best part of a war against nobles. You can cash them all in! So even a battle without conquest, as long as there are prisoners you get gold back.

    • MOHLT

      Give all your cash and property or die?

      • MangoGuy

        give…they still have the status of a noble,whether they are rich or poor!

      • mllhild

        No, its usually a somewhat fixed rate following the rank, renown and lands of the captured noble. Still it can bankrupt quite some nobles.

        Also often the King of the winner-side bought the captured from his soldiers at a lower,but immediate amount, gold and he as the country then made the formal trade which could take months or years to pay off. (each letter with price negotiation has to travel by horse…this takes a lot of time for each attempt at negotiation)

      • Wrandral

        i think it’s more of a problem of the longer they are away from their land the more likely it is that one of their family member may take away the leadership and the land thus leaving them destitutes