RW Chapter 123

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Chapter 123 The Invitation of the Church

It was already the fourth day since Roland had taken over the castle, today nearly all nobles in the surrounding areas were gathered inside the castle Grand Hall.

Although most people already knew of the news, Roland still felt that it was necessary to tell them personally that the Western territory now had a new ruler.

After he informed them about his intentions to move back to Border Town and that the eldest son of the Honeysuckle Family would now rule in his stead, everyone had suddenly started to discussing the news. Of course, no one was willing to take the lead at this time to stand up and object to it, after all, the Duke’s head was still hanging above the city gate and news that King Timothy had suffered a great loss and couldn’t send any external forces was now also known to everyone.

Furthermore, all the knights of the Honeysuckle Family had already been redeemed, while at the same time he hadn’t accepted any ransom for the other knights, so that the knights, together with the mercenaries, could all come back with him to Border Town. In Roland’s plan, the mercenaries would be sent to the mine, where they could work to earn their freedom, and the knights would get a job offer in case they showed their repentance and had good manner – after all, most knights were literate and could thus also be used as teachers. Of course, for the rest of their life the wouldn’t ever be allowed to ever use a weapon again.

If it was handled like this, the Honeysuckle Family should have enough power to hold the other four noble families back, and they should also have enough troops to defend Longsong Stronghold and their own territory as well, Roland thought. As for the invisible stirring undercurrent, it’s a problem that Petrov will have to worry about on his own.

In the past few days, he also took the time to send some Border Town residents back who had rebelled during the winter where many people had died out due to hunger and the cold, including the former Finance Minister Ferrero, they would all face trial in Border Town. His only regret was that the mastermind behind the attempt to burn his food and the death of Grayhound, Count Medde had already been killed on the battlefield.

Today, the traffic between the Longsong Stronghold and Border Town has finally been restored, which meant that until the end of next week many ships would sail upstream to Border Town to deliver the gathered supplies. Roland guessed that Barov would be very busy for the few next weeks, he had not only received a lot of looted gold coins, he also had to organize the resettlement of the large number of immigrants. Also it was still unknown whether Karl had built enough wooden sheds.

Thinking of this problems, he could not help but want to return to the Border Town as soon as possible, in addition, the great farming operation also needed to start soon.

After entertaining all the nobles to lunch, Roland intended to take a nap, but then one of his guards announced a special guest.

The High Priest of the Church in Longsong Stronghold.

Hearing this, Roland suddenly had no thought of sleep left.

Longsong Stronghold was completely different from Border Town, here the Church had already been rooted for a long time, they not only had a church, they have even dispatched a High Priest to this place. This was also the Prince’s main reason that he had decided to further develop Border Town rather than staying further in Longsong Stronghold – here the people were already under the influence of the church for a long time and any of the civilian could become their eyes. Here his plan to manipulate the people’s view would become complicated and the risk that the witches would be discovered would also become much higher. Unless he completely unrooted the Church, his reforms would never get a chance to work.

Paying attention to the replacement of the ruler of Longsong Stronghold is a normal thing for the Church, so Roland wasn’t too surprised that they would send him a representative to come into contact with him. However, the identity of the person they send was a bit special, as the High Priest of the Church he belonged to the most influential people of people, the area under his jurisdiction was of a similar size to that of a Duke.

Once more he decided to use the Grand Hall as the meeting place.

The High Priest Tylo seemed to be around 40 years old. He was dressed in the typical church-style with a with a white underrobe and a blue robe above it, giving him a very neat appearance and a behavior that was just like a courteous aristocracy. If he wasn’t a member of the royal family and allied with the witches, Roland believed that holding a conversation which such a person would have been a pleasure.

As the High Priest he had to be in possession of a high-quality God’s Stone of Retaliation, so in order to avoid any accidents, Roland specifically told Nightingale before the meeting, that she should stay away from him during it.

After Tylo gave him a salute, Roland invited him to sit at the table and ordered some tea.

No matter what he thought, he had to at least show a welcoming atmosphere on the surface.

“Your Royal Highness, I’m here as a representative of the New Holy City,” Tylo said with a smile, “You have become the veritable master of the Western territory, may God bless you.”

“Thank you,” Roland said in a relaxed tone. “You do not seem to care at all that I’ve gotten rid of Duke Ryan and taken over Longsong Stronghold.”

“We rarely intervene in secular disputes, as long as the people can live a good life, he has to be a good ruler. So in which family he was born, or if he belonged to the royal family, it is not important to the Church. In fact, I think the church is much more open minded in this respect, previously I was only a farmer’s son, and now I have became a High Priest,” he smiled. “Excuse me, my Lord, but I don’t believe that a mere farmer could become a Duke, right?”

If he launched an uprising to overthrow the royal family, he can even become the King. Roland thought, so he never spoke it out, instead, he went straight for the topic, “So why did you come today, was it only to deliver the blessing?”

“The blessing was only part of what I have come for, I also want to offer a cooperation between us.”

“Cooperation? What kind of cooperation?”

“We would help you with whatever you need to expand your territory or your forces.”

“Hold on…” Roland frowned. “You just said that the Church rarely intervenes in secular disputes.”

“Rarely intervention doesn’t mean no intervention,” said the High Priest, still casually. “I have said that as long as the people in this world have a smooth and peaceful life, we will not intervene. But the struggle between your brother Timothy and your third sister Garcia has resulted in widespread poverty throughout the south. In the beginning, we thought that Timothy deserved it and would become a respected King, but now we think he isn’t any longer worthy, you are such a man.”

Roland got a thoughtful look, it seems the Church has the desire to help me fight for the throne. He subconsciously asked. “Why?”

“You lead the people of Border Town to resist the demon beasts, and spend the whole Months of the Demons with them in Border Town, this all proves your courage and ability. And from the large amount of food you purchased from Willow Town everyone can see do not want your people to starve, which shows your kindness. With this you have the three grandeur characteristics a noble should have, furthermore, you are even of royal blood. All this are the reason why we chose you.

Roland didn’t believe one word the High Priest said, but at least it proved that, even if Border Town was at the edge of the country and was an independent island-state during the winter, they were still under the close watch of the church.

“How would you help? Would you dispatch an Army of Judges to fight for me?”

“Even though we want to quell the warring state in the south as soon as possible, but if we were to do something like you suggested we would arouse the resentment of most of the nobility. So we can only help you materially,” the High Priest took two pill out of his pocket, one was black the other was red, on both the sigil of the Holy City had been etched, “This is our equivalent to the drugs produced in your Alchemy Square. The red pills will temporarily make your men stronger, while the black pill reduces the feeling of pain and coldness and instead increases their endurance by several times. With these drugs, your army should become unstoppable, and the Church would only charge you the production cost,” for a moment Tylo paused, “One gold royal. These two pills, can be presented to you as a test product to prove that my statement is the truth.”

“What is the reward you are hoping for? Expanding the reach of the Church and building churches in every territory?”

“Of course this would make us happy, but our main intention is to end the war. As long as the people can have a peaceful life, they will naturally come into God’s arms.

Roland accepted the offered pills. “This sounds amazing, but for the time being, I have no intention of competing for the crown of the Kingdom of Graycastle, Both Timothy and Garcia are my close relatives and I do not want to hurt them.”

“I can understand your point,” the High Priest smiled reassuringly, “but sometimes the bonds of family cannot stop the temptation of power, especially when you become only a stumbling stone on the road to power for others. These pills will only be the beginning, there are still many other possibilities of how we could help you. If you decide to take that step, you can always come to the Church to find me.” Having said all of this, he stood up, bent down in salute, “With this I have already informed you of the Church’s intentions, may God be with you, Your Royal Highness.”


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Guessing that black pill there is something like opium. Drug your soldiers out of their minds before sending them into battle. So shady.

  • Lysavilis Gyi

    Magic pills ‘-‘/

  • Psychronia

    This sounds like a shadier scam than “Honest Stan’s Limited Supply Money Clouds Sale”.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    So pretty much battle stimulants

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • MOHLT

    I don’t think it should mean something, but I find it bizarre and interesting.

  • MangoGuy

    holy shit!! scum spotted!prepare to exterminate! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4be2a10c112f642b7f3fc0770847d06727fcb611a8ed43534d838a2e06a5c5dd.gif PS I dont now if posting gifs is banned so please be a bit lenient with the modding!

    • MOHLT

      I don’t think people getting banned due to gifs…

      • MangoGuy

        Well some sites do that and I don’t remember seeing anyone post gifs here…

  • sarsara

    “With this I have already informed you of the Church’s intentions, may God be with you, Your Royal Highness.”

    Yup, ya sure did, dumbo!

  • Midnight2630

    Chapter 123 o/
    Now on the way to chapter 1234

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Kuq Ku

    Those pills are probably like steroids, lol, yield seemingly positive results but ultimately detrimental, fortunately Roland has our world knowledge and would definitely be suss about such an innocuous looking “Gift” only a retard would use that without testing its effectiveness and how safe it is before allowing his Soldiers to take it.

    What would be better is that he is able to figure out its properties, reverse engineer it, maybe with the help of new conveniently powered witches that might shed light on this matrix like set up, which brings me onto another topic, I really want Roland to gather more creative and talented people, I know its difficult, and that hes in no position to openly advertise his needs considering his area of effect in terms of authority only extends to border town and to a limited extent at the stronghold.

    The kinds of people he has coming are basically laborers, people to work the land and craft what is needed, thats a good start, but more creative people, thinkers, planners, strategists are needed, people that can take the burden off him and onto projects that they have the ability to carry through on their own. Imagine if he came across someone like Leonardo Di Vinci, Tesla, Einstein, etc think about it, imagine what could be created with such people.

    This story is about witches, but still, for Roland to not seek out such people, then that is just plain weird I know I would if I were in his position, and send out scouts to hunt them down. Garcia did she found allies in places Timothy never imagined, so why not for Roland.

    • MOHLT

      I don’t think those pills are just steroids. It might be addictive drugs made by church witches or worse, from their organs/etc…

      • mllhild

        Probably a mixture of witch and demonic beast. The witch part is used to suppress the demonic beasts toxicity. I don’t think that they are addictive, the Knights in the new holy city showed no signs of addiction. They might be toxic in the long run.

        I bet Roland will give the drugs to Leaves to analyze.

        Why else would the church gather a lot of girls than to get a lot of witches.
        Uses for witches:
        – Special ops (confirmed)
        – Ingredients for pills (unconfirmed)
        – Ingredients for gods locked (unconfirmed)

        Ironically the church did reveal their combat capabilities to Roland with this act.

  • Ashente

    Thanks for the chapter ~
    Really , anyone would think those pills are suspicious ( although they probably work )

  • Kuq Ku

    Church wants a Puppet, they think the Idiot prince is ideal, someone they could easily control if given the right incentive, I think those sneaky altruistic bastards are willing to sacrifice a great deal to secure that.

    Ridding themselves of strong opponents like Garcia and Timothy would be in their best interests, having the debauched Prince who likes nothing but his own pleasure in their pocket, they would have a secure investment to yield great rewards, controlling a legitimate heir to the throne is always a good thing right?

    What I want to see is that Roland will start sending out his own spies to infiltrate the camps of those that would be his true enemies, Im pretty sure he would reflect on our own history regarding religion and politics and nip it in the ass before shit comes out.

    • timbone

      Rather I think that the church wants to strengthen all sides so it ends in mutual annihilation. That way whoever wins won’t be able to oppose the church
      Oppose the Oppoid Organisation!!!

      • Kuq Ku

        I can understand their desire to thin the stock, but they still need to acknowledge that the Monarchy is a stubborn beast to control, look at England, they went ahead and told the Catholic church to fuck off.

        No ways would they want to relinquish or diminish their power in favor of Religion, Pope having more power than the King? for I am a representative of God who is above all you mortal rulers? sif Roland would allow that shit to infect his plans heh.

        • timbone

          That is why the church is thinning the stock as you said, since the church cannot control the monarchy. Sadly the church is the classic case of the road to hell is full of good intentions

  • Solid Snake

    is there a catch?

    surely the church has something to gain from this… if not, why trouble spending their resource for someone not related to them…

    • SirKulinski

      They already stated that they wanted all the countries to keep fighting wars so their knights(armies) will be depleted and they can just casually walk on in and take over all the kingdoms. For their grand plan of planniness.

      Here they are trying to offer an incentive to Roland’s greed/ambition to continue to fight.

  • Baka Hiru

    when he took out those two pills I immediately thought…………..MORPHEUS!!

  • (Knives)

    wow da church got drugs.
    black = opium maybe?

    red = idk… crack?

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Bai_Lianhua

    increases their endurance by several times

    oh yes not suspicious at all.

    • SirKulinski

      Unless the side-effects only show after long-term use or some other conditions, the cold pill seems to work as the workers/knights in the New Holy Place of Holiness seem to take them like candy without any real problem. The endurance one hasn’t shown up and seems more dubious indeed.

      • Gaspar

        HñThe red ones sound like anfetamin. Dont take them, for sure they are adictive! And surely you later have to feed your army with them or face a revolt!! (Axis soldiers in second world war took that stuff, effective but nasty to the mind, it is a little part of why the were so Psycho)

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • K╯

    great series , thanks!

  • Arte

    Someone from a major organization offering unknown pills to help out your soldiers is clearly not suspicious at all…nope…just hand them out like candy, I’m sure nothing will go wrong. Absolutely nothing.

    Thanks for he chapter.

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    The pills….are made of witches….

    • leacherfag

      just like soyent green is made of real people.
      Yeah maybe not the witches. The stones I believe are made from witches. I don’t know what the pills are made of. Maybe some of the monsters they kill?

      • Raufgar

        That is indeed possible, but I think this is unlikely, since, setting aside the actual demons, the ‘monsters’ in this world are possessed/mutated animals, so biologically they should still be mostly the same. The only other lifeform described so far that is different would be the witches.

        In a previous chapter, during the demon siege of the New Holy City, the anti-cold pills were described in detail, especially the taste. We were also informed of the church taking in large numbers of orphans, especially females.

        Assuming that pill making technology is still in the Middle or Dark Ages, then it is likely the imbiber would still be able to taste the ingredients that go into the pill…

  • LT F

    atleast he mentioned it as a black pill, not a blue pill~~~

  • HapUgMata

    aren’t those 2 pills steroid and anesthesia???

    thanks for the chapter…

  • leacherfag

    first time I’ve ever been against taking the red pill

  • Danis

    Fuck You Church Our MC is Not DUMB !!!
    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Slikrapids

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Neruz

    Definitely should not have given those to Roland; he is going to keep them until he finds a decent alchemist (or do some chemistry himself) and then he is going to figure out that only a witch could produce such things and then the jig is up.

    • leacherfag

      How much you wanna bet there’s some horrible side effect?

      • timbone

        I bet 2 sponsored chapters. You?

  • phyrigia

    the question: will roland visit the church?will roland bring nightingale with him? will he make the witch learn how to use their skill while holding the god stone retaliation and golden locket of retribution? making the witch have immunity against it? but isnt roland himself a bit weird? he can easily crush golden locket of contribution or that thing actually really brittle?
    if it really brittle then the witch should’ve also able to crush it too right? i mean it is not like the witch cant touch it or loose strengh because of it?

    • Baka Hiru

      I think he’d rather experiment on whether the god stone can help make witches get pregnant………priorities hehe

      • Neruz

        I expect he’s very, very interested in finding out exactly how the stones inhibit Witch powers and why as that will help him figure out how the powers themselves work in the first place.
        And if he can figure that out then all bets are off and who knows what he’ll be capable of.

    • Nolan Erckert

      Remember, her hands were tied behind her back when he broke that locket. He specifically stated that she could have broken it if her hands weren’t tied.

  • MOHLT

    those devil worshippers sure work fast

  • mllhild

    (Posted during teaser)
    Shit is gonna hit the fan? Or will a witch be found in the clutches of the church?
    Well, so much went without a hitch, so now is time for some unexpected problems.