RW Chapter 129

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Chapter 129 The Evening Course starts again

Nana quickly healed the injured soldier, something like a fracture was easy for her to heal. Afterwards, Roland let the First Army return to the camp, only the Chief Knight, the witches and several guards were still left at the scene.

With a gloomy face, Roland went to the side of the dead murderer, commanding Carter to cut out the bullets.

The wounds he had to cut were half a finger deep and the lead balls he found were fractured, indicating that people taking the pills would suffer the same wounds as ordinary people.

“Carter, what do you think?” Roland asked.

Carter seemed to be a little upset, most probably he had never expected to be outmaneuvered by a person who had never received any training in swordsmanship, “He just became stronger and faster, it doesn’t seem he realized everything that he could do, I could have cut off his head with the first strike.”

“And if your opponent was a knight?”

“This would…” Carter thought. “If it was against the kind of knights the Duke had, I could just barely handle them, but against the King’s elite knights or the knights of the Cold Wind Ridge, I wouldn’t have been able to parry even one of their strikes.”

Roland didn’t comment, but he thought, the great experts always think the one with the better skills will win the fencing duel, and perhaps Carter’s perception was right, but if they had the same equipment the situation would have dramatically changed. Assuming that the prisoner was also wearing heavy armor, with a helmet and a two-handed sword, Carter wouldn’t have necessarily won so easily.

The pills didn’t only bring a large power upgrade, they are much more multi-faceted. They can even carry stronger heavy armors and weapons, can burst out, run faster and have a much longer endurance on the battlefield. Roland felt he had to correct the assumption he had made during his time in Longsong Stronghold, Similar to adrenaline? No, this pill was much more terrifying than adrenaline, hormones only stimulated the body’s own potential, but this red pill had clearly allowed the prisoner to break through his limits. Especially the speed and momentum he showed as he tried to flee, it was almost comparable to that of heavy cavalry.

The black pill was just as effective; his ribcage was nearly cut open but he didn’t show any sign of it hindering him at all. If he was only a normal person, he would have long since lost his will to fight due to the extreme pain.

If a civilian with only a strength upgrade and pain reduction was already this powerful, then what would a group of trained knights using it look like? Roland had a feeling of uneasiness when he thought back to the offer the High Priest had made.

“Your Highness,” exclaimed Nightingale suddenly, “look at his skin.”

The skin of the prisoner’s hand had turned from its former red to ash-colored, while at the same time it had a large number of folds, looking just like a snake after it shed it skin. When Roland poked against it with the handle of his knife, he discovered that the skin was no longer solid like a muscle, it was rather totally empty to his touch. After cutting the skin, he saw that the subcutaneous fat had completely turned into mucus and it followed with the muscle atrophying.

“It looks just the same as when someone swallows a God’s Stone of Retaliation,” Nightingale turned to look at him with a serious expression on her face. “The pill is made from the same components as the stone.”

It’s unlikely that just swallowing a stone would result in such a growth of power,

Roland thought, so how were they able to do that?

It seems that the pills have very strong side effects, and until now it’s unclear if it’s permanent or if it can be restored, Roland himself was more inclined to the former. If it was the latter, this enhanced version of a drug out of morphine and adrenaline could be called the “God of War”, as long as they were able to recover and took it in batches, it wouldn’t be surprising if the world was dominated by the Church.

Even if the pills only lasted for a short time, and even if the pills have side effects, it’s still better to be on the alert, Roland thought. If the Church begins to support Timothy or Garcia with these, I would have to face an army of drugged fighters.

Even more disturbing is that the Church was even willing to take out such kind of drugs, they didn’t seem to care what happens after the reunification of the Kingdom of Graycastle, how should the new King help them after exploiting this kind of pills? Graycastle’s troops would only become cannon fodder, so the New and Old Holy City would have to send out more of their own troops, and with every continuing fight, the Army of Judges would gradually become worn down.

Unless… they have an even stronger card held back and just don’t care if something like this was to happen.

Coming to this conclusion Roland could only sigh. With his attack on the Longsong Stronghold, he had intended to end his problem of population and capital shortage in Border Town. Afterwards, he could start focusing on developing the education level, the production and the farming process, turning Border Town from a town into a city in a very short time. As for him developing a new weapon systems, he had planned to put it on hold. But now it seems he couldn’t stop the development of the First Army, expanding the First Army, increasing the flintlock production and developing new weapons was now back on top of his priority list, for example a breech-loading rifle with a new kind of bullet.

The mechanism of a breech-loading rifle was actually quite simple, the cachet for the bullet was also quite easy to produce, he could make it out of paper or a very thin copper case.

Only to find for the right powder mixture, Roland still did not have even a trace of a clue. He only knew that the ingredient was called mercury fulminate, according to its literal meaning, the raw materials must have nitric acid and mercury. As for the need to mix it with other materials, he couldn’t remember it. Furthermore, it had a special temperature and humidity requirements, so the chance was relatively high that it would explode in one’s finger if handled carelessly. So, he decided that it would be better to spend a lot of money to recruit a number of alchemists and give them their own laboratory in a secluded corner of Border Town, where they could ponder over the right mixture.

 

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After the dinner, Roland took Anna and Scroll back with him to his office.

Now that Border Town financial situation was like a bulging purse, Roland would soon place more than half of his assets into compulsory education, even if it only yield slow results.

An industrial society needed a base of educated civilians, rather than the brute force of illiterates. Without universal education, the rise in population could only change into a burden for the population.

Taking this in consideration, Roland intended from this day on to take some time each evening to start teaching. Only waiting until Scroll had a basic understanding of natural science, while at the same time the town had almost completed its first batch of literacy tasks.

Since Scroll would become the future education pioneer and all-round teacher, Roland naturally taught her everything he had learned during his whole life. While Anna was just added in because of his own preference.

Even so, Anna wasn’t gifted with an extraordinarily retentive memory, but her desire for knowledge and her self-initiative to learn was the strongest of all witches. He could often see her going through the books in his bookcase, six months down, he was afraid that there weren’t any books left that she still hasn’t read. In addition, her acceptance of new things and her logical way of thinking was also rare in this era.

Taking the primary mathematics and physics textbook from Scroll, Roland began to talk about today’s teaching content.

At the beginning when Roland taught addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, to a slightly more complex equation calculation, Anna’s ability to understand was significantly better than Scroll’s. But when they changed to physic, Scroll showed that she could remember Roland’s prior explanations word for word, and now only needed to slowly understand it. And Anna as well would also raise some questions from time to time.

For example, how elementary particle looked like, why the elementary particle that formed all livings things had nothing in common with each other, and so on…

Some of the questions Roland could answer, some of them he couldn’t.

For example, in the end what is magic?

He could only tell them his own speculation that he had previously come up with; that magic may be a kind of energy, similar to electrical energy or thermal energy, but which was only be accessible by witches. But it couldn’t be ruled out that after storing this kind of energy it could be even used by ordinary people.

Hearing this Anna had a thoughtful expression.

While teaching women, especially such outstnding type of women, time would always fly by fast. Unconsciously, the candles had already been replaced twice, and the new ones were also nearing their end.

Suddenly, Roland heard a subtle snore, and when he turned into its direction, he could see Nightingale lying unconscious, asleep on the sofa, perhaps this kind of lesson is just like a lullaby to her? No longer sheltered by her fog, her completely inelegant sleeping posture was exposed to the three of them.

The Prince shook his head dumbfounded, decided it was now time to end the class. He took off his coat and gently covered Nightingale, blowing out the candle and with a smile on his face as he led Anna and Scroll out of the room.


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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Once he has the ranged weaponry sorted out it won’t really matter how strong the other army is. They’d need to have shields inches thick to survive a charge.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Jay

    Honestly, as soon as he starts making Gatling guns and artillary more common, even the pills won’t matter. Gatling guns especially. 4 gattling guns can stop an army on their own. Add that to artillery and some creative traps(like say planting dynamite or something like it underneath the battlefield) and theres no way he can lose army vs army.
    His only real problem is going to be from assasins. Nightingale is awesome, but what would happen if say 10 super soldiers try to kill him in his sleep? Nightingale can’t handle high level gods stones. She’s be useless and he’d be dead.

    • Khitman18

      Well not necessarily. Remember, early gatling guns are incomparable to its counterpart today which is made from heat resistant materials and comes with an intricate cooling system, and is capable of obscene rapid fire for a much longer amount of time. The old gatlings are very clunky and is not as versatile; furthermore it needs a lot of careful use and maintenance so it won’t malfunction and misfire. There is also the issue with accuracy, plus it is really heavy so it is very difficult to refocus it’s aim specially under fast combat.

      You gotta remember that the pills doesn’t only make the people stronger, it makes them faster and more agile, so I think that a group of enhanced soldiers could easily evade a single gatling guns given that they don’t run at it in a straight line. Same thing with artillery, since they don’t have live and precise targeting methods provided by smart systems and tech of today, artillery fire won’t be that much of an issue against a very fast and mobile enemy. Remember, heavy weapons aren’t that maneuverable, especially more so with older versions and types.

      And also remember that the enhancement pills not only boosts abilities and numbs pain, but it can also give the soldier a feeling that they are unstoppable, which gives them zeal and courage to rush into a defended position. As I see it, it might even take a few bullets to take down an enhanced soldier, because as long as he doesn’t get hit in the vital areas and can still move, he would still have the ability to rush and fight.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4428e051b15dff34972c383e32380161b38c552f3c375a5ef3cb8d686e74db1.jpg

    • someone who isnt an idiot

      He isnt capable of making gatling guns, hes not even at making proper bullets yet

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • mllhild

    “mercury fulminate, according to its literal meaning, the raw materials must have nitric acid and mercury.”
    I looked up smokeless gunpowder. Its base is nitroglycerin in a cellulose matrix. There are some versions which add some more Nitrogen based stuff. but I haven’t seen any mercury related materials.

    Correction, mercury seem to be fulminate is the detonator/primer in the ammunition while the nitrocellulose is the main propellant. Can also be used with black gun powder.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • redzero36

    I get the feeling the pills and the stones are made of witches blood/body. Since we know that mana affects the witches body by killing them, making them hella beautiful, or infertile, what happens to others who take it? When those guards swallowed those stones their body dehydrates right as if they were burning. When witches die from the bite their bodies melt(not sure if I’m remembering this correctly) and they have black blood right? This is a long shot but blood turns black when heated up so maybe build up of mana heats up the body once the body can’t handle the mana in the body. And the stones and pills are processed and diluted witch’s blood which is why they when people swallow the pills or stones it isn’t as bad as what happens to the witches. Witches blood probably produces/gathers mana and when its turn to stones; maybe the mana from the stones interfere with the magic witches release but since self enhancing witches don’t release mana their aren’t affect by the stone. Also the pills might be black and red because the red pills are made from the blood of witches before she dies of the bite and the black pills after the bite once she turns into a black gory mess.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Atamahead027

    So, who is the woman in white fron previous chapter?

    • I am not a spoiler I swear

      Nightingale?

      From Chapter 127

      “Nightingale picked up a wet towel and cleaned her face with it. Followed by unlocking the red belt around her hip, taking off the bands of her leather wrist and body armor, then finally slipped out of her white clothes – this dress was His Highness’ newest creation, with a pure white hood coat she wouldn’t gather too much attention and thus it was the right clothes for an assassin, at least it was what he thought.”

      • Atamahead027

        owh..thanks.
        sometimes i just forgot the details.

  • phyrigia

    uwoo… what would roland do now…?

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Kuq Ku

    I would focus on Nana and Leaves to develop something that can counter super soldiers like that, a tranq dart type something that can send them to sleep or something, he also needs to analyse those pills and the god stones. I think the church giving him those pills were rather foolish, simple testing wouldve shown the problems with them, why would he want something that would ultimately destroy his army? it makes no sense, unless theyre going to say, we have fixed the side effects, we knew you would test it, so here is the improved version, choose us as your allies then this is the gift we bring.

    If this happens then what do they hope to get out of this? Evaluate Roland based on his reaction to the shit they gave him? see if hes going to counter it? are they thinking that Roland is more than he seems? Im wondering about the possibility that others like Roland exist in that world right now, Im not sure why hes not explored that possibility, granted the tech in this world is primitive by our standards, but that could just mean that what is available is simply hidden till needed.

    For example, what if the Demons and Demonic beasts were genetically modified creations? Demonic beasts are just mutated versions of natures wild life, why is that? is there a spell or something more science based at the heart of it? Arthur C Clark said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” If we think hmm, did they do genetic research to create these beasts? what did they do ? how? why?

    If anyone has read Claymore the organization delved in many things creating super warriors, and other things. The church reminds me of the organization. I wonder how similar they will be, if they are like them then Ill be interested in their endgame.

    • Michael Renner

      most everyone DOESN’T research things. church give you super pills they wait until a big battle then everyone takes them and most die fighting. the ones left have their problems attributed to being wounded in the battle.

      • Kuq Ku

        They had to research things, how was the pills made if they didnt? Even though this is a primitive world, they manage to build forges weapons etc, so there was someone researching and crafting things, and improving on what existed before.

        • Oudeis

          No, I think what Michael wanted to say was that while the church did do testing, would the buyers test this expensive product? Personally I think it would be common sense to test it, but I don’t know for sure.

          • Michael Renner

            yes exactly. the church tested the hell out of them. but after that they sell them to kings and tell them to fight. the kings take the church’s word as law and testing the pills means you don’t trust them.

    • redzero36

      Yes, Roland needs to develop contingencies against these pills. Since they can’t feel pain poison and tranquilizers seems to be the way to go.

    • phyrigia

      i agree with you … it’s kinda possible that the church have the perfect pills without the side-effect problem.
      (“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.”)
      Already said that those two pills are test product so there might be the perfect thing without side-effect.
      The question is how far would the church trust to give roland the perfect pills (if they have)?
      The church could just gave half-perfect and half-test in batch, roland wouldnt even know without testing. Maybe nightingale can differentiate little of the differences.
      But lets hope the church not have the cure yet, perhaps they can only create.

  • Gege

    Wait, Nightingale is asleep on the Sofa in Roland office, right? And
    Roland led Anna and Scroll out of the room, while he still there with
    the sleeping Veronica, right?
    Im still confused on what ship should I choose… I like
    Nightingale/Veronica alot, but I also prefer Roland to end up with Anna
    because she is the first girl/witch. So, if Roland becomes a king, who
    is better to become the Queen?
    Maybe we also could have a voting/poll event for the characters? Something like these => https://shalvationtranslations.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/polls-and-update/
    Suggestion for the two category ; best favorite witch and best/most favorite character (dont have to be witch,dead ones included Lol)

  • Khitman18

    Woot! Finally, as I was hoping for proper ammunition cartridges with a breech-loading (hopefully rifled) gun. No more flint flashes and smoke in their faces lol.

    Well if he ever wants to contend against those enhanced troops in the future, of course he’ll need better armaments with more range, flexibility, and stopping power. Give the hunters a longer ranged rifle for sniping, and crossing my fingers for shotguns and a gatling type weapon for crowd control lol.

  • MangoGuy

    Thanx for the chapter!! This harem….

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Maxi King

    i wonder if he’ll dissect the murderer…

  • phyrigia

    this superhuman would also mean that man can break the jail with bare hands? the strength of a gorilla & the speed of a wolf? isnt that what the judges army is? it’s good that nightingale is there hiding… still i think it’s better to the after effect but too bad that man already dead.

    • Neruz

      Yes those two pills are what the army of judges uses to become ‘superhuman’ although it’s worth noting that during the look we got at the army of judges it was heavily implied that the pills have potentially disastrous long-term side-effects. Also not feeling pain can be a disadvantage in and of itself, making the pain pill a very double-edged sword.

      • Wrandral

        Reminds me of Galbatorix Zombie-like soldiers in Eragon though here they also have super strength compared to normal humans

        • Kuq Ku

          I was going to say zombie as well lol, I keep thinking of resident evil like situation. It wouldnt be that far of a stretch to think they would try to counter the threat of witches and demons with something like this.

          All I can see is that Roland needs to work out what it is and not use it himself, perhaps he may need to invest in something new, if we look at what he does have the guns seem to be the ultimate equalizer but if the church of their enemies were to get their hands on their weapons, super soldiers roid raging on the battle field coud get nasty.

          He needs to counter this badly. Seriously Roland go look for that worlds Einsteins etc he needs them, he has engineering skills for sure this is fantastic, but there are areas he is lacking and cant compensate for it, and the local populace can only do so much.

          Those extraordinary witches are a start but where to find them? and whose to say they would follow Roland, and what if their enemies have their own? this is turning into an arms race. Will he soon attempt flight? aerial superiority?

          One of the frightening things about Humans, is their ability to see if something can be done, then figure out how it was done, then make it themselves. If you look at the Patent Piracy going on in China where they see what inventions have been newly added to the patent lists, and suddenly find their own versions whether theyre fully functional or not, is a problem in our own world, I can see that happening their, regardless of their low tech status.

          Can we get a character list of all the people and what they can do especially the Witches?

      • astom

        its like the berserkers of northern europe with the effect of drugs, it may be a double eged sword in the way that u don’t care if hurt, but that dusadvantage generates fear in the enemy as well, as the enemy wont retreat and unlles u kill them they will still keep coming at u.

      • phyrigia

        i wonder what the side effect is… probably afterwards the consumer would be in sleep state or worse than that? with that man died, they wont see the after effect, right? or will roland heal that man with nana? I doubt roland will.. I think he should rather chain the pill consumer to a big boulder can’t run away…