RW Chapter 135

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Chapter 135 To start with the basics

“The Devils grow in number each day, but we become less.”

“The Holy City of Taqila has already fallen into the hands of the enemies, the only option left to us is to scatter in all directions.”

We fled over mountains and across rivers, as far as possible from the Gates of Hell.”

“But next time, where should we flee?” –

“What do you think about it?” Back in his office, Roland closed the illusion of the ancient book and turned to Scroll to get her opinion of it.

“”In the case that what the Knight remembered was the truth,, this would really be an incredible coincidence.” Scroll pondered for a moment about her next words, “The content of the treasure map and what’s recorded in the ancient book is the same, so this proves that the Church had once stepped into the Wild Lands and constructed a point of resistance against the Devils there. In addition, the points marked on the map are perhaps the defense towers, posts, warehouses, or whatever they built there.”

“You mean… this isn’t really a treasure map?”

“Of course. After all, the Church isn’t a group of bandits or pirates; they do not need to hide their treasures, but they would leave behind a drawing to help the future generations.”

Roland nodded, “Well, so… this is just such a map?”

“Although it is not clear why the Church did not record this period in history, I believe that the ruins buried in the eastern forest aren’t the only one of its kind.” Analyzed Scroll, “If the locations marked on the map are just some facilities, the chance that we find something after all these centuries aren’t that high, but if it has a storage warehouse in the basement, it will probably be another underground site, and we might be able to uncover some clues from it.”

“What kind of clues?”

“Like the reason that the Church is concealing the existence of the devils? Why do they resist the devil, but still carefully conceal it?” She paused, her voice becoming a little unsteady,” and… why do they call us witches the Devil’s messengers and why do they want to kill us?”

Roland did not know how to comfort her, so he was unable to find the right words as he fell silent after a moment. Only after a while he slowly began, “Unfortunately he didn’t know how accurate the picture was. According to his statement, the original map wasn’t drawn by hand.”

“Do you want Nightingale to go to the knight’s house?”

“That doesn’t sound right,” Roland denied, “The treasure map has already been passed on for hundreds of years, so the possibility that the storeroom is filled with God’s Stones of Retaliation or other traps is high.” Pointing at the triangle symbol, “For now, this place is out of reach, in any case. If this is the area of our North Slope mine, then the location of the hexagonal star is at least 50 kilometers away from us, almost as far as the distance between Border Town to Longsong Stronghold. With the exception of Lightning, who can travel that distance within a day, the rest of us would need to walk for two to three days. What will we do if we were to meet some of the Devils during the journey… I don’t want you to have any kind of mishap.”

“You can let Lightning explore the forest from the air; maybe she will be able to find something,” Scroll suggested.

“That is a viable option.” Roland immediately stood up, “The next time she comes back I will give her her new mission, but for now I want to go to the North Slope Mine while you get ready to give your next lesson. If you need more copies of the books, you should find Soraya, she will handle it for you. Don’t forget to continue to give them lessons this evening.”

Now that Roland had already held the first lessons of his new primary course, he could give the teachers position to Scroll. With her phonetic reading and writing and her ability to repeat everything from memory she had once heard or read, Roland believed she had everything that was needed to become a good teacher.

“Yes, Your Highness,” Scroll said as she saluted and left.

The testing and production area near the North Slope Mine was now more than two-times as large as it was before, and the two holes needed for the production of the twelve-pound cannon were still left on the ground. When Roland arrived in the testing area, he immediately saw Anna practicing her new ability. On the table next to her, there laid two finished products that looked exactly like steel pipes.

He immediately held them up to take a closer look; the steel pipes were perfectly round and had a totally smooth surface without any pores, the hole in the middle was equally wide on both sides, and the sunlight passed through without any problems through the hole in the pipe. To compare the thickness of the pipe-walls, Roland placed his fingers into the holes. This way, he discovered that they were exactly the same size.

Roland couldn’t stop admiring her work, “How were you able to make this?

“Take a look,” Anna picked up a freshly cut steel bar, laid it flat on her hand, and inserted a thread of her black flame into one end, leading it through the complete body. Then she let the thread rotate around the center of a circle, and soon the hole was complete.

What an amazing ability, he thought, with her magic, she is capable of hot wire cutting, and at the same time her accuracy and control are incomparable. Anna alone is enough to push the industrial production to a new height inside Border Town. Trying to restrain his excitement, he said, “Let’s do some basic tests first.”

The basic test included the testing of the scope of her abilities, her ability’s strength, and its duration.

Nightingale also took part in the test; she appeared out of her fog and was responsible for observing if there were any changes to the magic inside of Anna’s body.

The results showed that in addition to a substantial increase in the strength of her ability and the duration at which she was able to cast her magic, the range at which she was able to use her flame was still around five meters, and it was only within a range of three meters that she was able to carry out her precise control.

Furthermore, her magic still belonged to the category of summoning, and could still be suppressed by God’s Stone of Retaliation. When Anna ordered her black flame to enter the range of the stone, the flame would still suddenly disappear.

Unless she could evolve to the point of directly accessing her magic, she wouldn’t be able to get past this hurdle.

However, Anna’s new capabilities still belonged to the category of earth-changing. With her black flame, it became much easier to produce the industrial machinery, and her ability to reproduce all kinds of tools could be considered as the method to push the level of machine processing to a whole new level.

However, a large-scale industrial production wasn’t something that one person could do on their own. For example, Karl had already finished one of the furnaces he had to build on the hillside near the North Slope Mine. However, by the time they tested it, they discovered that although they could use it to produce clay bricks for the creation of cement, its temperature tolerance was not up to the level that they had needed. So, in the end, they still had to rely on Anna alone to produce the required cement – fortunately, since her day of adulthood, it was no longer required of her to step inside the dusty room to complete the calcining process.

It wasn’t the case that Roland was unable to find a solution to the temperature problem. For example, they could use the steam engine to create enough wind in order to improve the furnace’s temperature, and they could then let the heated up air circulate to minimize the heat loss. But without Anna, they were unable to create another steam engine. After all, only she could complete the welding of the key components.

It could be said that the creation of industrial machinery was built on the Anna’s shoulders. The moment they lost her, the so-called industrial revolution would be nothing more than flowers in a mirror and the moon reflected in the lake.

During the Months of the Demons, Roland had done everything he could in order to survive, and now that the threat of the demonic beasts no longer existed and Longsong Stronghold had provided them with enough additional population and capital, he naturally wanted to change the present situation.

– “First, let us start with the basics.”

He let Anna cut out a two-finger wide and one millimeter-thick steel sheet. He then measured a centimeter-long distance on it, and repeated this until he had a ten-centimeter-long ruler. Then he let Anna’s black flame climb up the steel sheet, and create vertical marks at a regular distance. Under her fine control, the distance between each vertical mark was almost exactly the same.

Roland’s intention was that this ruler was only the start. Afterwards, he wanted to create various kinds of measuring tools to define the samples for uniform weights and measures. These standard units would then be written as the norm into manuals, becoming an inseparable part of his educational courses.


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  • VerneJules

    If the map wasn’t drawn by hand, could it be that it was printed or photographed?

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, and Disco Pangolin! Man they’re going to be so advanced. And it’s funny how nobody really spies on him since they still believe he’s harmless haha.

  • phyrigia

    what would happen if Garcia suddenly turn into witch? and have the clairvoyance skill? dududu

  • fahmi hasan

    Anna, the walking cnc machine

  • mllhild

    Oh, what a sweet world where there is a unified measuring system.
    Sadly all the constants Roland learned in college are now all wrong since his basic units won’t be the same dimension.

    Also if someone wonders how he is calculating stuff like pressure of the boiler.
    Add a pipe to the boiler, below the water line. Heat up the boiler. Measure the height of the water in the pipe. Internal Pressure = gravity*density*height + atmospheric pressure
    gravity = 10 m/s² (assumed since the world is similar and errors of +/- 20% are normal in engineering)
    density of water = 1000 kg/m³
    Atmospheric pressure = 100 kPa = 100.000 N/m²

    Next to find out how much is 1 kg.
    Make 2 identical containers with 0.001 m³ of volume and fill one with water and the other one you leave empty. So easy you now can measure 1 kg wrongly.
    You have to remember that since its m^3 your error skyrockets.
    Considering that your 1 meter had an error of 20cm you will be measuring 1,73kg
    Considering that your 1 meter had an error of 10cm you will be measuring 1,46kg
    Considering that your 1 meter had an error of 5cm you will be measuring 1,16kg

    The second he can find by using a pendulum
    Time for a single swing = squareroot of the length of the arm of the pendulum.
    This approximation works well if the swinging angle is less than 10 degrees.
    So all he need to make is a pendulum with a large weight at the end and a rigid shaft around 1 meter long. Then let it swing between 10º.
    An error of 20cm in the pendulum would lead to only 1.1 seconds measured since you take the sqrt of the error

    How to get degrees? Did you never play with a compass in geometry class?
    360º -> 60º -> 30º -> 15º ->7.5º ->3.75º ->1.875º ->0.937º
    Sin and Cos you get by either measuring or applying basic trigonometry to know ones like sin(30)=1/2 or you can know stuff like sin(x) = x-(x^3)/3!+(x^5)/5!-(x^7)/7!

    and so on……

    The problematic stuff is are all the tables of properties of metal, liquids, water vapor ….. that we engineers use and that are impossible to remember and took decades or centuries of research in laboratories and factories to compile. Which is actually the real heart of engineering.

    • instructions unclear, ruler stuck on pendulum…

      whoops..

    • Michael Twitsucks

      “The problematic stuff is are all the tables of properties of metal,
      liquids, water vapor ….. that we engineers use and that are impossible
      to remember and took decades or centuries of research in laboratories
      and factories to compile. Which is actually the real heart of
      engineering.”

      To make matters worse, even if you’re a materials engineer and know a lot about that… there’s still the issue that knowing how to make, use or design with it doesn’t let you pull it up out of the ground.

      For instance, when I was reading this novel a while back I actually got interested in the basic identification, mining and refining of base elements and materials. Say you need titanium – specifically titanium and it must be titanium – well… how the hell do you get it? How do you identify it? We can easily do that today with awesome tools like electron scanning microscopes and chromatography machines… but Roland simply doesn’t have the capability to build that even if he knew how. Turns out even just getting the base materials you need to do engineering work with is damn difficult.

      To bring up another point – I held off on saying anything like this, but… Naturally occurring uranium exists. In fact, it’s actually rather common (by volume and content on Earth, about 40 times more common than silver) – so much so that in the past it actually presented a problem with contamination and interference with unrelated mining efforts. Most (99% of naturally occurring uranium) is U-238, which is fissionable but is vastly inferior (U-238 can’t support chain reaction/self-sustaining reactions by itself) to nuclear bomb construction than U-235. But… you can make a dirty bomb that will easily cause a lot of long term destruction with U-238, which is naturally occurring. Theoretically, Roland has all the technology possible to make a radiological weapon with what has has available. All it would take is finding, getting and even half-assedly refining uranium (Anna could possible do the refinement with precise temperature control to separate out the uranium – or use the process of alkaloid treatment to leech out uranium like they do to make yellowcake uranium in modern day) enough to cause a radiological hazard if spread through means of a bomb (and Roland has plenty of black powder). To make it even more dangerous, he could have Lightning carry one above the target site, drop it with a makeshift parachute from high altitude and have it airburst.

      Even at this technological level, Roland is capable of disturbing stuff. Thankfully, he has no desire to do so.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Shinn154

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • MOHLT

    Judging from map, all 4 kingoms are part of large continent. Kingdoms them-self are mid/small sized, roughly like Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland(those are in Europe) combined. Distance between “extreme south” southern tip and the top of the map is ~1300km/785 miles

    Distance between Border Town and Stronghold is ~55km/33miles(measured by Roland/Lightning). Maybe someone is up to the task to measure accurate distances between other towns/objects?

  • Danis

    Thank you for the chapter 😀

  • Slikrapids

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • MangoGuy

    Oh my!!! Time for some witch measures!!

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  • MOHLT
  • Maxi King

    seriously… how does the church decide which city is a holy city? are there any requirements or are they just walking around declaring random cities holy?

    • Wrandral

      I’m not certain but maybe Taqila isn’t a holy city from the view of the church as we know it ( the bad guys ) but someone else be it witches or a good faction of the old church. Until we get a more complete version of that book or until they find taqila we won’t get more info anyway.

      Btw am i the only one getting thirsty when Taqila is mentioned?

      • Drejzer

        Nope, too bad I do not have any glass at hand…

        • LeechingLich

          unfortunately even if you have a glass its only a glass, btw i dont have water at the moment.

          • Drejzer

            Sad but true

    • Ragef33

      The “Holy City” Is probably just whatever city the church makes its capital, and that’s it. Like the Vatican in our world.

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  • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

    I smell relics and research materials.