RW Chapter 143

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Chapter 143 Migrants

The sailboat coming from Longsong Stronghold slowly docked at the pier of Border Town.

After the gangway was lowered, the people on the ship began to walk down the gangway while carrying all kinds of bags. For most of them, it was the first time that they had set foot on this strange land, so they appeared to be somewhat at a loss by what they saw, but the sailors behind them urged them to move further and disregard their uneasy feelings.

When the crowd began to push forward, a middle-aged woman’s foot accidentally slipped. Her body became so unbalanced that she was already falling over the gangway. However, another woman quickly stepped ahead and caught the middle-aged woman’s wrist, stopping her fall.

“Thank… thank you,” the rescued woman’s chest was still rising and falling quickly, showing her lingering fear as she said thank you several times.

The other woman, however, just cheerfully waved her hand, indicating that a thank you wasn’t necessary.

Standing on the pier and waiting for the arriving travelers was Ferlin Eltek. he immediately saw that the skillfully acting woman was Irene, his beloved wife. She wore a white dress, and her long hair was coiled up on top of her head; she always looked beautiful and refined.

The knight was no longer able to suppress his excitement. The moment Irene finally set foot on the pier, he immediately began to quickly approach her, forcing the poor woman who was still clinging on to her away from her while totally disregarding the shouts of the people around him. Getting approached so unexpectedly, Irene became shocked, but the moment she recognized that it was Ferlin who had hugged her, she fell into his arms.

“When I heard the news of the Duke’s defeat, I got really scared. And when I later tried to meet you in Longsong Stronghold, I never got the chance,” Irene immediately began to speak, “Fortunately, you are safe now.”

“I was imprisoned in the dungeon of the Lord ‘s castle, and it was impossible for the guards to let you in,” Ferlin explained as he let go of his wife. “How was your time during the last half month, was it okay?

“…” For a moment she didn’t give him an answer but then she quietly said, “I left the theater.”

Ferlin immediately understood the meaning behind his wife’s words. During the time when he was still the First Knight in the Western Territories, only the Duke dared to lay his hands on her body. However, when he had become His Royal Highness’ prisoner, the men in Irene’s theater group no longer had to hide their malicious intents. They were only waiting for the right opportunity to assault her. So if she had still gone to the theater to work, it would be the same as sending a sheep into a tiger’s den.

“That does not matter, I got a job here, and the salary also isn’t low.” Ferlin tried to comfort her, “Let us first go home. There, we can talk in peace.”

“Home?” Irene was clearly surprised, “We do not have to live separately?”

Usually, the prisoners who weren’t killed during the fight and who weren’t bought free were mostly used as coolies. These prisoners were packed in bunches and had to live in tents or barracks, laying on the ground which was only covered with straw. At the same time, the families of such prisoners weren’t treated any better. The women had to live in special camps, where they also had to sleep on the floor.  During the time the men worked, the women had to clean up the men’s homes and wash their laundry.

Thinking of this, Ferlin got a warm feeling within his heart. At the farm near the Longsong Stronghold, Irene at least had her own spacious room with a comfortable and soft bed. Yet, she still chose to come to Border Town on her own. Even though she knew that she had to live with other women in a small house or tent and would have to do forced labor every day she didn’t flinch.

“I am now a teacher.” in one hand he took Irene’s luggage and with the other he grabbed her hand. They walked side by side in the direction of the “New Civilization” district, “As a teacher, I get my own house for free.”

To tell the truth, when he had first heard the teachers’ treatment from the Prince, he hadn’t expected too much. As a prisoner, having his own room could be seen as good. Even if the room had leaks where the wind or the rain could come through, it would still be a good living area after repairing it himself. Thinking of this, the actual result was totally unexpected for him; he had never thought that the assigned houses for the teachers would be so… regular.

Entering the new district, the streets suddenly become spacious, and the ground became covered with gray gravel. The stones on the ground were smooth and flat and even after walking on them for a long while, their feet wouldn’t hurt. At first, Ferlin didn’t understand the reason for all of this; this was clearly a waste of manpower and the masons’ time. He didn’t understand the reason for it until he saw rainwater flowing along the gaps in the stones sinking into the ground on a day with heavy rain. The rainwater was lead into drainage ditches on both sides of the road. In Longsong Stronghold, every time when it rained, the streets became muddy and were covered with puddles, so the new streets in Border Town were many times better.

Irene, who was taking in her surroundings, showed a puzzled expression and asked, “Here all the houses seem to be new, are you sure you went the right way?”

“Yes, my dear, we’re almost there.”

Two corners later, Ferlin Eltek paused in front of a two-story brick house with Irene, “We’re here.”

“Where?” She turned around twice, only to see that her husband was still looking at the house directly in front of them. Not daring to ask aloud, she covered her mouth, “Is the whole house our home?”

“Of course not,” Ferlin laughed. “This is the teacher building, our home is in the middle of the second floor, now let us step inside.”

Taking the key out of his pocket to open the door, Ferlin pulled his wife by her hand into the new home. Their home contained a central hall, two bedrooms and two auxiliary rooms, which were freely available for them. Although the rooms were small, it was still surprisingly comfortable. Whether it was the central hall decoration or the bedroom layout, everything felt quite refreshing. And now with Irene at Ferlin’s side, the house was now even more perfect.

“Heaven, are you sure you were taken as a captive?” Irene couldn’t stop herself as she ran from one room to another, carefully looking at everything. She was as excited like a small child, “Will we actually live here?”

“Well, of course.” Ferlin answered happily and took some bread and cheese from the cupboard and placed them on the table. “You didn’t eat anything on board right? Let us first fill your stomach, I will have to go out to work later.”

“Right, you are a teacher now,” Irene ran back to her husband, “do you have to teach the children of the nobility?

“No, not the nobles, rather,I have to instruct His Highness’ citizens.”

“Citizens?” Irene couldn’t believe what she had heard, “teach them what?”

Deciding that an example would be better than his explanation, he took a book from the table and gave it to his wife, ” I have to teach them how to read and write. This was given to me by His Highness, my…’teaching material’”

Even so, he had chosen to become a teacher, but he was still worried that he would be unable to do the job. After all, normally it was always a white-haired old man who served as teacher. However, His Royal Highness’ s attendant had said that he should just teach according to the teaching materials. Looking at this so-called textbook, he realized that the concept of learning how to read and write could also be refined to such a degree.

From the teaching method to the course’s contents, everything was written down. On the first page, there was also a list of dozens of frequently asked questions by novice teachers, such as, “How to become a good teacher? How to awaken the student’s interest in learning? How to test the effectiveness of one’s teaching?” The answers were always short and easy to understand, giving the reader the feeling of having learned something new. Without realizing it himself, Ferlin had already been attracted to the book, even before the start of his career.

Irene was also clearly such a case, from early on she had lived in the theater and had read many books and the scripts for plays. Ferlin had lamented more than once that with his wife’s face and intelligence, if she had been born into an aristocratic family, her name would have certainly been known as an outstanding woman.

After turning a few pages, Irene suddenly raised her head and asked, “Previously you said… that the teachers are paid quite well?”

“20 silver royals a month, and an annual raise of five.”

“There is also no theater here, right?”

“No… there,” Ferlin hesitated, he had already guessed his wife’s idea.

Sure enough, the other side closed the book and laughingly said, “Then it’s decided, I will also become a teacher, Honey, just like you.”

 

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  • GroovyPotato

    Rape theater is scary.

  • D Evans

    Wonder when he’ll introduce archery fencing and baseball and soccer as sports and cards games and horse racing for gambling

  • Argh, I know that she wasn’t one of the possible harem, but I just hate NTR so much!! Even after the Duke had died, I’m still bothered by the fact that this girl was tainted by that goddamn Duke!!

    • GroovyPotato

      Dude, this isn’t NTR, just rape.
      People see NTR everywhere nowadays…

      • Ah yes, I forgot that NTR is mostly used for affair-like thingy. I was reminded by some other NTR story while writing that comment and then I just ended regarding the rape case as NTR for some reason.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J hehehe nice fluffy chapter for the knight and his wifu
    more teachers, the height of education with principal Ronald heheh

  • MangoGuy

    good going!! I thin a few letters were not capitals where they were supposed to be though..just a heads up!!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Lol.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Sounds like a fun new character =) I honestly forsee the teather being rebuild in the future, but will Irene stay as the hot teacher you had as a kid. Either she ends up teaching the advance physic/math due to her intellect, or personal teacher for the witch if she is open to them plus the borderland students are too horny for her, or she will have her own fanclub made up of students that will cause trouble for (hr husband,) Ferlin.

  • Kin

    “Heaven, are you sure you were taken as a captive?” lol

  • MOHLT

    Good job Roland!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! Nice reunion. I was actually expecting one of the women to be a new witch from other organizations to be introduced.

    • mllhild

      Me too, but like this we don’t have to stay with a cliffhanger and get to know the makeup of the new district.
      Now with the new district make up known it makes sense for serveral POV chapters from witches and the church when they come first to the town.

    • MangoGuy

      we are maybe yet to see her!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • phyrigia

    hohoho…. husband & wife teacher.. yes! But I’m glad his wife is a good person. and glad that they havent have kids yet from the previous Duke. It wouldn’t be a surprise if she has slept with the duke..

    • mllhild

      Contraception and abortion methods weren’t completely unknown in such times. They were just less save and often based on light doses of poisonous mixtures of plant extracts.

    • She had slept with the Duke, albeit forced. But probably on her safe day lol

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter
    People are slready applying for jobs :). Roland should slowly develop an art scene.

  • What’s a theater? Strip Club?

    • Solid Snake

      theather, for cabaret, just like the one dandelion established in witcher 3

      • Ah! Now I got it.
        Then you are telling me the because the Duke was killed the people who went for her performance would raper her if she went to perform or something? Do they just randomly rape anyone as long as the family doesn’t bring trouble or something in the medieval society?

        • mllhild

          Its more a question of her(Irene) being in a powerless position.

          In the case she has neither powerful protection from a noble or dangerous persons(strong knight, assasin..) and gets raped by the men in the theater, the only defense is to go to the guards. Now remember this is pre-medical science so she can’t prove the rape and its only her word against theirs.
          Result:
          – they won’t get punished because there is not enough proof
          – she brought trouble to the theater, so she will get punished or fired from there
          – she is marked socially as having being raped
          – as long as she returns to work at the theater she will keep getting raped
          – this will get out as gossip and her social position becomes lower than that of a whore

          Even nowadays and especially in those times abused woman were in a bad position and retribution was usually carried out by family members and friends (aka her brothers/husband/friend came to kill you or at least break a dozen bones and smash your balls)

  • timbone

    The last sentence was such a shocker..NOT!!
    I want more of Garcia , Timothy or the church.

  • Oak

    thanks for the chapter

  • Sabrac

    Thank you for the chapter

  • OnTour

    After Roland find a way to make self-loading rifle, it will become evenmore fun fufufufu…

  • fuzor100

    mc need to build theater soon.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • MOHLT
    • mllhild

      First the new workers need to get indoctrinated to the new working principles:
      – beauty/cuteness is justice –> witches are justice
      – Arbeit macht frei (in a good way)
      Only if he gets goosebumps because of the priest and judges. Also he has to take care to not spread the know how of the gun and artillery usage to people who could be spies. He should really add serial numbers to the guns by now.

      • Jo Viljar

        Well how dangerous it is that spies could steal technology depends on how witch dependent it is… like the technology which requires Anna to create it isn’t that likely to be stolen and even if it was recreating it would likely prove difficult

    • the evil one

      maybe armor battalion

      its better if its the panzer or Jagdtiger

      • MOHLT

        Jagdtiger most likely would run out of fuel before even reaching battlefield or… breaking it’s suspension over small bump on the road.

        • Neruz

          Given that he’s dealing with low tech and poor resources he’d probably be better off going for the Russian T series or possibly a Sherman rather than the only-good-on-paper Tiger tanks.
          Of course before he gets tanks going he needs oil, and to get oil he probably needs machine guns due to the Garcia in the way.

          • MOHLT

            T34 if you want cheap, efficient and quick to build tank. I guess Panzer3 would be good option too.

          • Michael Twitsucks

            Don’t need oil. You can use wood gas. Cheap, simple, reliable.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas#Internal_combustion_engine

            In fact, you don’t even need the internal combustion engine. There were plenty of early 20th century automobiles which utilized steam engines.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Motor_Carriage_Company
            (And if weight is an issue, you don’t need as much armor – barely any at all – due to not significant anti-armor threats existing. Also, even if you did, Roland has a witch that can reduce the weight of objects. A 30-ton steam engine “tank” could be dramatically reduced in weight.)

        • the evil one

          he nid to claim south so he can have fuel

          the south does have it right?

          • Neruz

            Yes there’s oil in the south, unfortunately there is also a Garcia and a bunch of drugged arab-expys in the south too.

            • the evil one

              arab-expys sound like cold war

      • mllhild

        Tanks are useless against this type of infantery.
        In the first place, tanks aren’t cost effective anti-infantery or anti-cavalery units.
        Simple tanks are rather slow and have problems with trees
        If an infantery charce reaches the tanks then the tanks can’t fire anymore because they can’t neither aim at the enemy and would hit the other tanks.

        What you need to kill infantery is a lot of small bullets. Thinking of WW1 you get the example of how you fight against idiots trying to storm your position by a mass charge.
        In sequence with what you shoot the enemy
        1th – Indirect artillery (mortars)
        2th – Direct artillery (like the cannons)
        3th – machine Guns
        4th – rifles

        mines are to be placed shortly before the effective range of the machine gun until the smallest save distance to the defending line.

        Barbed wire is to be placed as not to obstruct the guns and also a last line should be infront of the ditch where the soldiers are as to stop the enemy, making it possible to use the bayonet.

        All soldiers should be in ditches to prevent being hit by projectiles.

        Digging small holes in the ground where the charching soldiers can trip their feet and cause the behind them to be slowed down is useful.

      • Nnelg

        Honestly, I don’t know how useful tanks would be, since the guns drastically outrange the enemy, and if a pill-enhanced knight gets within melee range there’s several ways to kill one. (My favorite is using a burning oil-soaked rag to asphyxiate the crew.)

        If the MC manages to build an internal combustion engine and secure its fuel supply, he’d be much better off using it in a tractor for logistics.

        • Mirvra

          Indeed… if we’re talking ww2 era tanks then Medium and heavy tanks like the Panzer III or Tiger would be pretty bad :/ and the Jagdtiger would just be a retarded choice…. why bring a tank destroyer to fight massed infantry? ^^;;

          Tanks i COULD see being useful though would be something like the Pz II light tank o.o it’s small, fast and quite maneuverable… could serve as armored cavalry… and would be VERY good for supporting infantry advances since they’d essentially be mobile bunkers with MG’s xD and the 20mm autocannon would probably be enough to put some proper hurt on beefed up knights without risking friendly infantry =P

          Heck…. even a redesigned and upgraded Renault could be useful o.o

  • MOHLT

    2nd army soon?

  • Danis

    Thanks for the Teaser 😀