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Chapter 124 Return to Border Town

“I have probably never seen you lie as much as you have today,” Nightingale said as she stepped out from her fog right after Tylo has left.

“How was it for the Church’s High Priest,” Roland asked, “could you tell if he was lying?

“No, my sight was blocked by his God’s Stone of Retaliation, at the place where he was standing, I could only see a mass of darkness.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t treat the High Priest the same way that he has all the other nobles, Roland thought full of regret. He then placed the two pills on the table, “Tell me, do these pills really have some kind of miraculous effects?”

Reducing the pain, the same could be done by morphine, as for increasing the strength, it sounds like it increases the rate at which the adrenal gland releases hormones, the problem is how did they manage to extract these substances and make it into these pills? If the Church had such a high technical level, they should have conquered the world long ago.

Wait a minute… Roland suddenly thought of a possibility, could they have done it with magic?

“You are able to see the flow of magic, right?” He looked at Nightingale, “Can you see any traces of magic in these two pills?

Nightingale took the pills in her hand and gave them a close observation, but when she gave them back she could only say. “There is no magic to see, but for me, they resemble the God’s Stone of Retaliation a bit.”

“God Stone of Retaliation?” Roland asked in confusion.

“Well,” she nodded. “You were with me in my world of fog. It’s only black and white, but the darkness of the normal black and the darkness of the God’s Stone of Retaliation are different. From the latter, I sense a feeling of emptiness as if it was trying to swallow the world around it. I do not know how to better describe that feeling…” Nightingale hesitated. “Rather than speaking of a black hole, it’s more like there is nothing there at all.”

“Nothingness?”

“That’s right, they give off a feeling of nothingness,” she nodded acknowledging, “The two pills give me also a feeling of nothingness, but only very subtly, and… also it’s not a round hole, but rather a section of flowing thin black threads. ”

“Can this ‘nothingness’ affect your ability?”

Nightingale grabbed the pills once more and suddenly entered the fog, only to reappear soon afterward, “They seem to have no effect on my ability.”

“I think it’s still better to take prisoners with a death sentence and let them eat these pills to try out their effects,” Roland wrapped a piece of paper carefully around the pills, only then did he put them into his pocket.

“I would never have expected that the Church would have such a good impression of you,” Nightingale said after she sat back by the Prince’s side, giving off a depressed feeling.

“If the High Priest didn’t wear his God’s Stone of Retaliation, I bet of the ten sentences he had spoken nine would be lies.” Roland said in disdain, “In the end, the most important point is that what they are offering and what they are asking for, simply don’t add together.”

“Why?”

“Look at what they want: More churches, more believers, a prince or king who only gains power with their support, and will henceforth spread their divine propaganda. A stable country is more conducive to the development of believers and the development of their power. Otherwise under the chaos of war, the church and the monastery would be reduced to refugees and become the target for robbing nobles.

“But can’t they just have taken a fancy for you, because you can bring the people a peaceful life?

“I don’t think so,” Roland shook his head, “Stability stems from unity or equilibrium, even if the king idles away only seeking pleasure every day, the people would still be better off than those who are living within the countries that are at war. So if they were to support the 2nd Prince it wouldn’t be so surprising, it would also not be strange if they were to decide to support my sister Garcia, but what is strange that they would come to me and offer their support – especially now after Garcia has just won against Timothy.”

If the Church was to now fully support Garcia, I am afraid that the Eastern territories of the Kingdom would be swallowed by her in less than six months. With that around forty percent of the country would fall under the rule of the Queen of Clearwater, and the pressure I would have to face would start to exponentially increase.

Yet they don’t support the strong, but instead they chose the most vulnerable candidate, from their point of view. This situation seemingly has to be advantageous to the Church. Assuming I was to accept their support, the already complicated situation in this country with two Kings would then become even more chaotic. The direct consequence of a three-sided war would be a sharp drop in population, a rapid loss of wealth and since the war would spread over the whole country its unifying it would only be delayed even more.

What advantage is there to the Church in this? Needless to say they won’t get more believers, I’m afraid that even the churches built in all the cities will all be torn down until nothing is left.

“It seems you don’t understand the nobles’ way of thinking, they are always twisting and turning,” Nightingale sighed.

“Well,” Roland replied laughingly, “I don’t belong to them.”

“…” Nightingale narrowed her eyes, staring at the Prince for a long time, “Strange, why wasn’t this a lie?

 

*

 

Three days later, Roland had finally cleared out the castle and the stronghold’s library and was now sailing back on Little Town while very satisfied.

Along the Shishui River, near Border Town, the river scene has changed its appearance during the last few days. In the areas near Border Town which had been burned open by Anna there were now many people who were very busy – seeing their dresses, they should be the first serfs who had been transported to Border Town. And in the area near the Impassable Mountain Range, there were erected a number of simple wooden sheds. Within the sheds Roland could also faintly see some activity, he thought it should be the serf’s family.

These people were tied to the land for generations, their children would also be born as serfs, because of this they couldn’t see any hope, ending in living a life filled with numbness. Their motivation to work the land came not from their hearts, instead, it came from the slaver’s whips. The resulting low productivity was simply a great waste of human resources.

There was no doubt that slavery was the enemy of industrial production and was a system which had to be abolished. But Roland did not intend to let them all turn into free hands, but he want to provide them a road out, so that they could see the hope of promotion to becoming free people – even if such a kind master was to give his slaves the possibility to get rid of their slave status was to be a precedent, this kind of compromise on handling serfs wouldn’t arouse much attention even if the news was to circulate. At most, the other nobles would think that he was just a kind person, nothing more.

He only had to wait until the time was ripe in the future, then he would fully abolish slavery, by that time the resistance he would face would be much less.

The area near the pier was crowded with sailboats, making it clear that the small pier was unable to handle all these ships. Fortunately, Little Town was more of a light-craft, so it didn’t need a dock to land. It seems that I also have to put the task of developing the pier on the schedule, Roland thought.

When he was finally back at the castle, he couldn’t allow himself any time to rest, instead, he immediately went to his office to call Barov, letting him report about Border Town’s actual situation and its materials.

The assistant minister has already been prepared for a long time now, so he only had to take out a roll of parchment out of his pocket and spread it out on the large wooden table.

“Your Royal Highness, the amount of materials you sent back to Border Town really scared me,” that said, the upturned corner of his mouth still gave away his mood, “twelve of my apprentices needed a whole night to count all the coins, which were more than fourteen thousand gold royals. This is equivalent to the annual income of an ordinary cities!”

To accumulate all these gold royals the Duke probably needed more than 20 years, Roland thought, most probably it’s comes from the plunder and exploitation of the people in the Western territory. I have to turn them into food, steel, and machinery as soon as possible. “Those jewels, how much worth are the jewelry and handicrafts?”

“I haven’t had the time to convert them yet, by conservative estimates they are also worth around 10,000 gold royals, if they were auctioned in King’s City, their price would be even greater. But for now, they are only stored in the basement of your castle,” Barrow paused, “However, this means that the original storage room isn’t big enough for all the food, so I suggest that you will increase the castle’s area, building further storage warehouses to store other supplies. ”


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, Andreas F., and Jared S.! He should work on getting some roads build. Will be important for transporting his cannons and whatnot.

  • Layger

    Thank you very much for the chapter. Gracias

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • mllhild

    Come on Roland, you got the deduction until there. Now you just have to remember that the Vatican once has an army and effectively made military campaigns to expand their territory even in italy. Then add one and one together and you know that they want to weaken the kingdom to conquer it. Just like you want the royal power to destroy the church, the church wants to destroy the royal power. I’m disappointed at your deductive capability right now. Also you should know that transportation is important so the dock should have been extended while you were making war in the last 2 weeks.

    • DennMael

      I know, Roland is so close. I was so irritated when he said “A stable country is more conducive to the development of believers and the development of their power.” What? Maybe I’m showing bias here, but shouldn’t fear and uncertainty cause people to cling more and more to a hope of a miracle? Roland suddenly assumed the opposite of Earth’s history of religious strife, for some reason…

      • Roxerer

        While translating I had the same thoughts.

        • Gege

          While reading I don’t even thought about all that. I just want to enjoy the story without any external thinking affecting it.
          Thank you for the translation Roxerer. And also thank you to all of those donor.

      • Alexus Stukov

        it just shows that the MC has its own flaws and not perfect

      • mllhild

        While fear and uncertainty increase the number of people praying, it does little to compensate for the destruction of war.

        During war or unrest the churches and monasteries get plundered and the clerics killed because they are rich.
        Also no one has the money to donate to the church and the churches rely on “willing” service from the community for repairs and construction which will be harder to get during those times since everyone is occupied with surviving. Its like saying that the church would have a lot of power in a fugitive camp, she has influence, but in total numbers she ends up far lower.

        The churches power doesn’t come only from how much the believers believe her, but also from the accumulated gold, the noble sons who became priests, the relations between the church and the merchants. All of this drops into chaos during war.

      • Anon Ymous

        You’ve got a point. But then again, we’re thinking of it from the point of 21st century folks with at least some guarantee of equality of opportunity and unalienable rights.

        In this feudal society, on the other hand, where most of the people are living as serfs, it would be of little use to cement their hold over the common man. They would need a King under their influence, or a coalition of major and minor nobles, or an army’s worth of knights. I doubt stepping in after a bloodbath and telling people that the aristocracy is clearly unable to govern themselves will go down well with any person of influence who has something to lose by overthrowing the monarchy.

        I really don’t understand the church’s decision to destroy the royalty really. I mean if they had the time to rebuild the nation as a theocracy after stifling dissent, possibly winning a brutal civil war and de-empowering the current nobles, then go right ahead. But they keep saying they have got to unify the four Kingdoms as quickly as possible against the devil. I cannot see this going down very well in the short term.

        I suppose they only want to make a wall of human meat-shields to deploy before sending in their best fighters? I mean apart from that…

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • K╯

    THX!!

  • iamsleepless

    i am betting my 2 cents that the gods stone is created using witches power

    • Neruz

      There’s reasonable odds that the stones and pills are created with witches directly, as in witches are an ingredient.

    • Bakanekokun

      Ya know, when they first mentioned about the God’s Stone and witches…my mind went straight into the crystals the witch hunters wore in Witch Hunter Robin. And every chapter as it goes slowly cement that thought.

      • mllhild

        Oh, I’m re-watching this series right now.

    • MOHLT

      possible or stone and pills made from harvesting witches

  • phyrigia

    roland, you are already right by not trusting the church. They want to destroy the royalty lineage. dont ask nightingale. dont ever believe that the church fancy you. That’s a big NO.

  • phyrigia

    I just hope those pills are not something that allowed the church to control people to follow the church orders. It’d be stupid enough if roland actually used on the witch and they go berserk. That’d be awful. Be smart roland.

    • mllhild

      Nope, we already have seen the power of the cold pill, so its nothing so outrageous.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • MangoGuy

    Yum..magic capsules to become slaves!

  • Solid Snake

    “Nightingale had to use an explosion cachet to blow open the entrance”

    explosion chachet? is it somesort of dynamite or grenade?

    • MOHLT

      just cache filled with gunpowder?

  • MOHLT

    release that witch climbed to #43 spot in popularity over NU, gaining readers at crazy pace! Overtaking old-timers on left and right.

    WARNING! LOUD NOISES!
    https://webmshare.com/NEG9x

  • Michael Twitsucks

    “Tell me, do these pills really have this kinds of miraculous effects?”
    Gee, Roland, you’re asking Nightingale if the little pill has “miraculous effects”? We’re gonna have to test this. For science!

  • Victor Lopes

    maybe it causes dependence ?

  • David Lim

    Not getting tired ,not getting pain . Narcotic?

    • MOHLT

      and might be magically enchanted

    • Gaspar

      Anfetamin or cocaine, both have similar effects

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Let’s put it this way: this is the same Church that is creating super soldier abominations and gathering up witches like crazy and seems to love doing experimentation on PEOPLE.

      Whatever shit is in those pills is bad news.

  • David Lim

    Narcotic?

  • Simon

    Using these pills will only lead to dependence on the church to keep your power.

  • Yukino o

    A shame MC only specialize in engineering, I kinda want to see him study demon biology and all these pill, then develop biological weapon

    • mllhild

      You are forgetting he has a herbal witch called Leaves. Lets see what she can get out of it. Also Nightigale can see the magic power of witches as color in the Fog world. So if the pill has color in the Fog world then it contains parts of magic power –> parts of witches

      • Ugh… this creates a horrendous suspicioun.
        Burn the witches for pills…

        • Jason

          If MC has played pokemon GO, he should be familiar wirh the manufacturing technique.

    • MangoGuy

      …he is from the same world as us.Believe me,students will target you!XD

  • Paween Hinmuangkao

    I expect “These pills really have these kinds of horrendous side-effects”

    BTW, do they have coffee? Coffee are great. It won’t give their soldiers strength, but it can help keeping guards from falling asleep in late shifts and keep those clerk awake at their table. Surprisingly useful for an army.

  • Maxi King

    well he said they were temporary and didn’t say what happens after that…

    • mllhild

      nothing much since the soldiers in the new holy city use the cold pill continuously.

      • DennMael

        You’re talking about the Judges, right? Those berserk zealots that ran straight at the demon hordes with the other kingdom’s soldiers away from the walls of the city? Does not inspire confidence.

        • mllhild

          nope, I’m talking about the regular armies of the 4 kingdoms, they all take the cold pill.

      • Michael Renner

        withdrawal symptoms typically occur when you STOP taking them. anyone taking a thing continuously will often not notice anything wrong until their liver fails.

        • mllhild

          the regular armies of the 4 kingdoms are there every winter only, so they take the pills every year for about 3 to 4 months. And Hermes((The new holy city) wasn’t just build this year so it shows that no easily visible effects are associated with the cold pill.

  • YoungMind

    I don’t doubt that taking pills like that will have plenty of side effects in the future !

  • Neruz

    They do indeed, and I bet their origin has nothing to do with the Church’s ‘god’ figure. Also side effects.