RW Chapter 139

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Chapter 139 The Devil’s Power

When Barov returned to his office in the Town Hall, he immediately closed the door behind himself.

My God, cold shivers were running down his spine, he immediately firmly grasped the God’s Stone of Retaliation hanging around his neck, once more starting to feel safe. It seems His Royal Highness really has become possessed by the devil. Previously he had only thought of it as a sort of crazy speculation, but now he was almost certainly, the one with whom he had just talked was definitely not the 4th Prince.

Barov could still accept his huge character changes with him becoming somewhat eccentric, but how was it possible that he would suddenly have so much new knowledge about topics he had never had any former contact with? Such a thing he had only heard of happening in myth, but in the legends, it was always God who had possessed a mortal body, moving to lead humanity out of their predicament. But since when did the Devil start loving to do the same thing?

If Roland Wimbledon acted like a king and engaged himself in the management of his territory (though that would become a challenging situation), Barov would not be too surprised to learn that the previous information of the 4th Prince was without learning or any skills turned out to be false, but his character still couldn’t be disguised. After all, it was always possible that someone had just secretly taught him how to govern a city or even a country.

But Barov had never heard anything about the ideas and programs coming out of the Prince’s mouth. Yet, he had previously worked for twenty years in the Capital’s City Hall, even becoming the finance minister, so he should have a deep knowledge about how to organize and operate a Town Hall. As a minister, he had had been in charge of many areas, and he even had made numerous secret deals before, but he had never betrayed his higher ups.

The King had issued a decree, that a minister could decide who would work under him. So, each minister had his own power, and they all ended up handling it differently. For example, the minister responsible for the defense of the King’s City had hundreds of knights and mercenary under his control. At the same time, those underground organization also had a lot of influence. When these forces began to rampage, they would most of the time be eying the criminals, but even as a noble it would soon become difficult to stay in the city. They could only wait for the king to place them into prison.

But this wasn’t only in the King’s City, other cities also had the same situation.

So, if I want to become a Lord or King, the most important thing I would need is a big aristocracy or others with an influential background.

If they did not have enough money to recruit any men, could it be that they had any other option that they could lean on? And the more people they controlled, the more they would be valued by others, after all so many people can’t be wrong, right?

But the Prince’s approach completely subverted Barov’s concept of how things worked. He was still the minister and still had his own apprentices, but everyone else was directly recruited and paid for by the Town Hall. In other words, even if he was to die, they could easily exchange him for a new person, or directly raise a person up from below him.

This was a completely new system to him, Barov was now sure of it, the Price was implementing a completely new political system for the Kingdom of Graycastle.

Some people may think that this was just some kind of wishful thinking on the part of Roland, or that Roland believed himself to be infallible. But Barov didn’t think so, he took a quill and recorded down all of His Highness’ requirements.

Looking at the plans, it seemed everything was intertwined, nothing was forgotten.

First, he had to manage the eat and drink for all project.

Barov naturally knew that with a stronger control over the people the instructions issued by the Lord would be executed faster. But doing it in this way, it would also greatly increase the workload for the management, from where was he meant to get all these people who would need to know how to read and write? Furthermore, this would also greatly burden the Lord’s own treasury, only a few Lords would be willing to do this.

And then he turned his attention to His Highness second project, the recruitment of civilians into the City Hall and the education of all civilians.

When Barov thought about these two projects, he couldn’t suppress a shiver.

If His Highness ends up being able to implement everything, how will Border Town look like?

Any civilian will be able to read and write, and as long as the Town Hall wants to increase their workforce, they would be able to find a large number of suitable personnel. And with the possibility to enter the Town Hall, this will, in turn, promote the universal access to the education system. Getting a rewarding position, while at the same time getting a social upgrade, I’m afraid that it would only take one or two years, until everyone will take the initiative to request for an education, even if they cannot get it for themselves, they will definitely plan to send their children to college.

Plus, with all the previous employers’ compensation paid for by the Town Hall, the civilians will no longer need to work all the time to get enough to eat, which is equal to completely breaking away from the situation that only the nobility has the capital to serve as administrative officials.

There is no doubt that only the Devil is able to come up with such a revolutionary system.

Barov took a deep breath, gripping the God’s Stone of Retaliation with his hands, there was now only one question left, could the devil also be something good?

If someone said that the Prince was evil, he would be the first one to stand up to defend him.

In his eyes, the actions of the 4th Prince could be even seen as the moves of a wise King. Even those Kings from the legends of the past never cared as much about the lives of the civilians as did the king. He even bought enough food to feed the civilians using his own money, so that all the common people who had stayed with him inside Border Town, would be able to safely cross the Months of Demons. Furthermore, all these Devil’s technologies and equipment were all meant for the development of Border Town; even these evil witches, they all used their abilities in order to improve the people’s lives.

Barov suddenly had the feeling that even if Roland became the next King of the Kingdom of Graycastle, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.

Thinking of his father’s own teachings: If he had nothing to say he shouldn’t be the one to speak, if he didn’t want to know the answer then he also shouldn’t be the one to ask, so he decided to hide his discovery deep within his heart. Since it was the devil, and the Church are already eying us, if the outer appearance was wrong, he could start an ambush in the Devil’s own camp and expose him for a lot of eyewitnesses.

He shook the bell, calling for Sirius Daly who had recently joined the Town Hall.

Compared with the other stupid and arrogant knights, this young knight from the Wolf Family could be regarded as someone truly outstanding, although he still had the pride of being a former knight, he was still willing to listen to what his teachers had to sy.

“Teacher, what do you have for me?” After shutting the door behind himself he saluted before Barov.

“His Royal Highness plans to open up a new ministry, it will be in charge of supervising the crop’s cultivation and we will need at least two apprentices to help them with the records,” Barov repeated Roland’s request in front of him, “In addition, you should go to the Town’s Hall and pick out ten people who meet the requirements, searching for at least ten possible candidates, and afterwards go through another screening.

“Although the others are only civilians, His Highness has insisted on putting them into the Town Hall as well. If some of them show outstanding performance, perhaps they can even become the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, hey…” He sighed, “You will be in charge of the record keeping, however when the spring plowing is finished, I will take you back.”

“Teacher, only two people will be selected from the Town Hall,” he proudly said, “I am also very familiar with this procedure.”

“You?” Barov became stunned.

“Yes! Before I became a knight, I had helped my father to manage the farm, so I know everything about the wheat planting.” Sirius paused. “But when His Highness asked me if I had any other expertise, I did not say it… because I feared that he would send me to the farmland, to work with the serfs.

Barov liked what he heard, he had both requirements, the education and knowledge of farm work, even if the civilian population joined the Ministry of Agriculture, he still have a candidate that could take over the lead position. For now, Sirius was loyal to him, so after he became the head, it would be the same as having the influence of the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Well,” Barov began, forming his words into a profitable promise, “Do a good job, and maybe you can climb to an even higher position than before.”

When Sirius had left his office, Barov leaned against his chair while humming a light tone.

Since he now knew that His Highness was possessed by the Devil, he had to seize as much power as possible. The Devil was always full of appreciation for ambitious people, this was commonly known and recorded in the legends. And for himself, whether his rights were conferred by the King or granted by the Devil, both privileges were equally as sweet.


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  • Psychronia

    “My superior is possessed by the devil…!”
    “….Oh well, how can I make this work for me…?”

  • Michael Twitsucks
  • Reald Dormond

    He is working with the witches / trying to make them accepted when the Church with the pope as gods mouthpiece is saying the exact opposite / hunting them down. Hence he is on the other side and therefor must be the devil.

    However, he also adds in that it honestly doesn’t matter if he is the devil or not, he is not a bad person and he is tactically sound in his decisions. He knows the Devil will make massive waves… so why not ride them?

    This just allows the church in should they manage to make their side more worthwhile then Roland’s, which will be surprisingly tough.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, Daniel P., and Diego B.! Not sure how I feel about Barov’s scheming. Hopefully he won’t cause trouble later.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    __∧_∧__ Thanks for the chapter!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    …し―J Barov is a smart guy, I'm glad his not against Ronald…
    More loyal subjects to Roland..
    Now we need more Witches to add in his harem cough cough.. I'm mean personnel

  • DennMael

    I’m…relieved?…yes, relieved that he didn’t rationalize it as the Prophet Roland glory be upon him. It will happen eventually, but I don’t want Roland’s closest advisers to become worshiping sods.

  • Just Physics

    lets see how barov moves into the future and getting mindfuck

  • phyrigia

    Spoiler san played with mind. But still… i’m glad that barov looks like he’ll stance with the devil. I just hope he wont get swindled by the church. That’ll be bad.

  • Neruz

    Nicely done Barov; ‘This man is clearly the devil, but I don’t feel like that is actually a bad thing.’

    I wonder if Barov will put two and two together and realize that Roland’s new system+tech directly threatens the power of the nobles and the church at the same time, and thus absolutely counts as ‘the devil’ from their perspective.

  • Ivis Douglas

    Pretty sure he’s not considering going traitor, just showing that he KNOWS Roland is NOT Roland…

    And that in the end, as long as he gets benefits off it, he could care less.

    This line says his stance pretty clearly IMO “Since he now knew that His Highness was possessed by the Devil, he had to seize as much power as possible. The Devil was always full of appreciation for ambitious people, this was commonly known and recorded in the legends. And for himself, whether his rights were conferred by the King or granted by the Devil, both privileges were equally as sweet.”

    If working with the Devil (aka Roland) gets him prime ministership he ain’t blinking an eye 😀

  • Christian Leontsinis

    Yay socialism

    • ofcoursenot

      wow we haven’t even started social welfare programs

      • DennMael

        Actually we saw that earlier with the military pensions, as well as government buying food for the commoners with the ore from the ‘state run’ mine.

        Now that we have a Ministry of Agriculture, farm subsidies are sure to follow. And compulsory education is coming.

  • K╯

    big thanks man ! 😀

  • Rebel Against The Harem

    Team good is so boring. Why not join team evil?

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Nameless Marauder

    As Hyman G. Rickover would say: “The Devil is in the Details, but so is salvation”

    So Barov is not that wrong, besides history show us that when an advanced culture meet beings with lower, culture those of lower tend to see them as the devil or the gods acording to their own tradition, to religion science is the devil, after all science job is to discredit religion.

  • James Denman

    Thats gonna lead to so many “Which king?” “That king!” ” The Witch king?!” “I told you that king, ya bloody idiot!” jokes.

  • Mimir

    No doubt he’s humming “Dancing with the Devil”…

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • timbone

    This is a pretty good example of why medieval politics was such a failure. Everyone was trying to be a king in their own right. Expanding their influence so much that it becomes impossible to manage. Nepotism is dangerous. All hail democracy, it gave us Trump after all haha

  • MangoGuy

    Ide whether to take this change of Barov positively…

  • Fanchan

    lol i think i have a new favorite character

  • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

    I loved how everyone suddenly freaked out reading the teaser then the whole chapter got released and everyone assumptions were completely wrong.

  • Asobi

    I doubt he’ll betray Roland, he even says that he thinks Roland being king would end up pretty well. He just wants to raise his rank to something like Roland’s right hand man.

  • Skuwaen

    All Hail our Devil King Roland!

  • Ashente

    Just relax and dance with the devil ~

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter.
    lols….power corrupts and barov is just finding an excuse to get even more power. Corruption and politics go hand in hand

    • mllhild

      First time in history where this works in favor of the populace.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • I am not a spoiler I swear

    “Evil Witches” Yup still brainwashed by the church. If the chance arises, he will be the first one to betray… Best have him dead as soon as possible.

  • akbarsanjaya

    The whole town is in roland side… what the hell barov can do

  • Proxy Account

    Daem boi, Stahp Barov…don’t make me want to see you riddled with holes…you’ve been supporting Roland’s reforms nicely….just look at the Town….isn’t it working splendidly (unless you’re still too much of a bigot and a noble…)

  • Baka Hiru

    You can’t blame the guy……he knows the previous prince too well to even believe they are the same person.

  • mllhild

    Yeah Barov, by the devil called science.

    Well, this comes quite in time to make trouble with the Priest and Judge squad heading for Bordertown.

    Then again maybe Barov actually may decide to serve the devil if he sees more results and hears that the northern kingdom was attacked and conquered by the church. Or it may led him to betray Roland even faster to save his own neck.

    What is bordering me is that Barov’s favorite apprentice was introduced some time ago. So we actually have a character to replace him….but maybe I’m overthinking things.

    • Ronphon Khrongsinsab

      But in the same time it mean as long as Roland won’t fail . He won’t betray Roland.

  • phyrigia

    Uoh… Barov gonna be a traitor… Uoh… I knew this! He is not good…He is not good. I hope Roland will found out soon enough… else Barov could be a real big trouble for roland when the church coming…

    • mllhild

      No chance for Roland to find out until the church is there and problems already happened. After all Nightigale can only notice lies, does always stay besides Roland and does not investigate around for traitors.

      Unless of course Barov makes the mistake to start wearing a gods locked of protection, then she will notice at once that he is up to something

  • MOHLT

    oh? Someone is catching on?

  • Rebel Against The Harem

    Lol. He is still a follower of the church I see. Since I have no idea what religion they follow or what its called, I guess its just “generic church” religion.

    • Ragef33

      Yeah, I think most people in this country follow the church; people in the Border Town are just less adherent to the church’s influence, but remember that both Barov and Roland’s Knight grew up in the main city, and were exposed quite a lot to the Church up until recently.

      • Fuannai

        If that’s the case, they’ll be so against the witches and they would have tipped the high priest who visited a while ago.

        • Ragef33

          They haven’t because Roland has more or less shown the witches aren’t all that bad. The Knight has had a chance to fight with them, but Barov has been tolerating it for now, and had assumed the Prince was just having a change of heart, because he saw him holding the God’s Stone of Retaliation, and he believes that should have made him immune to the Devil’s touch, but now he’s doubting that idea.

    • mllhild

      It has no name. Its just “the church”. After all they are the only religion around besides the tribal goddesses of the sand people. So there is no need to distinguish by name, different than in our world where there are thousands of religions.

  • MangoGuy

    Omg!!! Are we gonna see a traitor!?

  • Ragef33

    Yeah, the previous chapter has me like, “Huh, this guy is taking the Prince’s change pretty well, all things considered….” And then the 1 paragraph teaser hits, and I’m like, “oh…. Is he gonna assassinate him?”

    • mllhild

      rather cooperating with the church squad heading for Bordertown

    • HapUgMata

      don’t worry that won’t happen…we have nightingale for that problem…

  • Danis

    Thank for the Chapter 😀

  • B.Mito

    He’s breaking. Roland got too excited bossing around….

    • David Lim

      I hope nothing bad happen