RW Chapter 144

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Chapter 144 True thoughts

Near the North Slope Mine, at the furnace back yard.

Nightingale picked up the glass which laid on the table and raised it near her eyes to take a closer look. The translucent crystal glass sparkled in the light and not even a little bit of discoloration could be seen.

She knew that this cup was known as the Crystal Cup; the firing process and the formula had always been the royal alchemist’s confidential information. The value of such cups like the one she held in her hands were measured in gold royals. Such crystal glassware was only used together with silver tableware; they served as an opportunity for powerful nobles or wealthy businessmen to show off their wealth.

But now, these crystal containers were gathered from inside the whole palace and were about to be melted into their raw state.

“Your Highness, you can’t burn these cups, they are worth several gold royals!” Nightingale exclaimed.

“I have no time to study how to turn sand into a colorless glass, so this was the only way I could get it.” Roland took another beautiful cup and threw it into the cauldron formed from Anna’s black fire. Seeing this cup, Nightingale remembered that the Prince had used it to drink ale out of it during their afternoon tea sessions before the start of the Months of Demons and during the welcoming party for her sisters.

Due to the stable high temperature, the glass inside the pot soon began to melt, turning into a sticky paste.

“Do you get glass… by burning sand?” Anna asked. “Are they made out of the same substances?”

“Well, the main ingredients are similar, but in the sand, there are a lot of impurities. The glass created by burning natural sand is partially brown or green most of the time, which doesn’t meet the required standards.”

“So with other words, crystal clear glass is created out of pure sand?”

Hearing this question, Roland had to smile. “You can think of it like that. I already put this knowledge in the book, so you will see it again later. Those small balls decide what matter looks like.”

Whatever, I don’t understand it anyway… Nightingale thought uninterested, the color of the glass doesn’t affect the function of its container, ah. Furthermore, you aren’t even using them as drinking glasses, so why do you insist on using clear crystal cups? Asking this herself, she went to Anna and took a look at the remolded glassware.

Although they were still transparent and crystal clear, their new appearance and their former form of cups were completely different.

Some looked like a tube, with a round bottom and a thin and long body. The other ones looked like bottles with the body of a kettle, but the bottleneck was only thumb-sized.

The strangest thing was a tube that was bent like a horseshoe but with no seals on either side of it.

Not understanding their function, Nightingale asked, “What are you going to do with these crystal glasswares?”

“I won’t use them. They are for the alchemist who will later come to Border Town,” Roland used a rod to stir within the melted glass.” They can use these vessels to extract acids and alkali chemicals; I need those chemicals to produce new weapons.”

Acids? Alkali Chemicals? Nightingale blinked confusedly with her eyes, completely unable to understand what he was talking about. This kind of feeling made her depressed. But if she asked one question after another, she would seem to be ignorant, and Nightingale really didn’t want to expose this side of herself to Anna, so she tried to focus on their conversation. This was the only way she could understand what they were talking about.

“How do you want to lure alchemists to Border Town? Even Longsong Stronghold has no Alchemy Workshop. You have to go to Redwater City to find some alchemist, and I also heard that their pay is even higher than that of ministers. It will be hard to recruit them with gold royals alone.”

“You actually know a lot,” Roland replied with a smile, “That’s right. I have already sent people on their way to Redwater City; I’m awaiting their answer in around two weeks. But I don’t try to recruit them with the help of gold royals. Instead, I offered to reveal some secrets of alchemy to them. As for if I am able to recruit them or not, we will see, but at least I tried it.”

The praise in the first part of His Royal Highness’ explanation immediately dispelled Nightingale’s depressed mood, so she happily went to the center of the yard and picked up one of the pastries placed on a round table and stuffed it into her mouth.

Since Roland would now spent most of his time staying at the experimental site during the afternoon, the tea session had also moved from the castle backyard to the Northern Mountain Slope.

On the round table there were the special snacks the chef had created under Roland’s instructions.

For example, this is called steamed stuffed bun- its crust was made out of wheat flour, but she didn’t know the kind of method they had used to make it so incomparably soft. It was wrapped around a meatball, and when she bit into it, her mouth was filled with juice… in that way, it wasn’t like bacon, which was hard to swallow. As long as one bit into it, it was the perfect fusion of minced meat and meat stock.

After happily eating it, Nightingale put one finger after another into her mouth and sucked them clean. While sitting on the couch with a full stomach and a worry-free heart, Nightingale was suddenly overcome with a tired feeling.

Can it be that I have become more and more lazy as of late?

Her body was sprinkled by the afternoon sun, surrounding her with warmth just like water. The rustling sound of leaves created by the spring breeze calmed her heart. She took off her shoes, rolled her legs under her body and laid down sideways.

This perspective allowed her to directly look at the back door of the calcining room, which had an extra curtain in front of the door. The curtain was most probably only for her so that she couldn’t secretly enter the room. Thinking of this, Nightingale felt it was quite funny, the wall separating it from the backyard was well and good, but in the end, it didn’t matter. After all, she could just go through the ground. She had also once entered the mysterious room, even standing quietly beside him during the production process, but she still didn’t take the finished gunpowder.

However, the other side still thought that she didn’t know anything about it, but in the end, he didn’t know that it was he who was being kept in the dark.

After moving her head, Nightingale was able to look at Anna.

She was holding a recently melted down cup in her hands and spoke with a serious and focused expression to His Royal Highness.

Towards this talented woman with a common family background, Nightingale’s heart only had feelings of admiration.

She and her sisters were able to escape from their fate of homelessness and were freed from the torture of the demonic bite largely because of Anna. If she hadn’t changed the view of how the Prince looked at the witches, all these positive developments would have never happened.

If His Highness were to ever actually take a witch as his wife, then Anna was almost the only person Nightingale could think of.

Although there was also a trace of expectation in her own heart, Nightingale had chosen to deeply bury it in her heart. She decided that it would be enough for her to be happy as long as she was able to stay with His Highness for most of the time.

But when she closed her eyes, she couldn’t prevent the pictures from appearing in her head.

Roland stood in the King’s Palace in front of the throne as the new King. He was wearing a golden crown and was holding a scepter in his hand. Then he began to move toward the castle terrace, where he showed himself to the crowd, accepting their admiration and cheers.

The whole time was a woman walking and standing at his side; she was wearing a white satin skirt and had to be Anna. Just like the king, she also wore a golden crown, but her face was hidden behind a veil. She raised her hand and waved to the people with a smile.

During the entire time, Lightning was drawing circles above them, letting rose petals rain down on them, and from the king’s clock tower in the distance, a melodious bell toll could be heard.

On both sides, Nightingale could see her sisters standing, shouting their blessings and applauding.

She could feel how her body was slowly overwhelmed by sleepiness and her consciousness became hazier with each passing second.

Roland finally turned into the direction of the woman beside him, lifted her veil and slowly moved his face towards her lips.

The final scene of her vision become very blurred. When the veil was taken away, Nightingale saw that the woman standing there with closed eyes as if in a trance… was herself.

She tilted her lips upwards and fell asleep.


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  • Fuannai

    Too bad, if it’s Dungeon Defense they would reallllyyyy have that Devilish hot sex.

  • Fuannai

    Somehow the last part felt like a flag for Anna.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Damian N., Roxerer, and Disco Pangolin! Anna has competition!

  • redzero36

    Nightingale needs to realize that most kings need or have more than one wife to have more heirs. Nightingale or Anna first then
    maybe some other human for heirs, unless witches can actually get pregnant.

    • saul

      I think they can get pregnant is just the stress of their previous way of life that never allow them get pregnant.

    • Zquirrelthing

      Most don’t have more wives. They tend to have a wife and then concubines, and those concubines usually get upgraded to being a wife if and when the original wife dies.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Owww Can I have a harem for Ronald with Anna and Nightinagle on side pretty plss…

  • MOHLT
    • Kuq Ku

      I think Roland is a 1 girl type of guy

      • So far he seemed to be that type.

        But I hope he won’t be so persistent with monogamy like Lord Satou from Death March (even though his harem wants him so hard, he’s still so persistent to only genuinely love 1 girl and let the others stay around him for the time being, like hoping they will just suddenly find another love target, which is pretty much impossible on their case).

  • MOHLT

    HAREM

  • Kuq Ku

    I do hope its Nightingale with Roland, she only thinks of him, her fellow witches including the normal humans of which Roland is part of. Shes warm, generous, gentle and kind, has a personality that unfortunately Ana doesnt have, if you think about it Ana is like a sterile room, bland if not for her ability to make use of her power, while Nightingale is full of vigor, is more animated social, capable of being with others while I dont think Ana is. I dont mind if he prefers Ana, but I think the one to warm his soul is Nightingale.

    I dont normally ship people, in fact I hate it, some relationships are plane obvious, Roland and Ana are one such coupling, but in this instance, I think its best he looks elsewhere for love, in the end I think Ana and Roland are destined for tragedy.

    • Just Physics

      death flag??

      • Kuq Ku

        Dont know, unless the author puts a limiter on Ana then Im not sure how it cant end badly.

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Info

    His chemical engineering skill is now showing off. Because he always build guns and building I almost forgot that his major in chemical engineering and not mechanical.

  • BlinkToThePast

    Am I the only one who found the way she fell asleep there and the emphasis the author put on it strange. Was there something in the food?

    • nirleka

      Maybe premonition ability haha

  • kyril

    thanks for the chapter..

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Kuq Ku

    I think in many ways that Nightingale would be the better wife for him, Ana can seem distant and strange especially compared to the other Witches, and to be honest, she has the potential to become a serious threat, not just to them but the world as a whole, she is moving ahead of Roland and has a hunger for knowledge that Roland wont be able to satisfy.

    I keep seeing Ana evolving to the point that Roland wont be enough, for now he is someone she looks up to, but then what? I think Ana is the kind that can only keep moving forward, and if you hold her back inevitably she will become frustrated, and may even resent him and others.

    The problem I see and Im sure Roland does too, that at each evolution of power, there will come a point where he will need to stop her for all of their sakes, pandoras box is open, closing it wont be simple. You dont want a Nuke capable Witch, because if she can do that, then she can go beyond it.

    • Just Physics

      roland is growing such a monster , its like playing bad ending games such tragedy

    • Arashi Darkness

      I think you make a wrong idea about her,she won’t become like that ,you guy guessed in a wrong way

      • Kuq Ku

        Im speculating this is true, and with all speculation its either hit or miss or semi correct/wrong, I can see her potential, especially when Roland thinks that Witches are manipulating energy, if you look at it like that then what limits are there to the possibilities.

        She has an innate hunger for knowledge, she is envious of Scrolls ability, is quick to learn and quick to implement what she learned, is even encouraged to do so, which depending on your perspective could be enlightening or reckless. When you have such freedom to pursue your curiosity what can happen?

        Genius kids dont do regular school work, they do what is appropriate for their level of intelligence and understanding, Roland has acknowledged she is a genius, at least by his standards, she wants to know more, her mind is opening up to thoughts that can lead her in many directions, when your source of knowledge runs dry what then?

        People explore and start making discoveries themselves, and she has shown she is willing to take things in that direction.

    • Michael Twitsucks

      I don’t see where you’re coming with the whole “Anna is a human nuke” angle. Not only is her power not going into that direction of “look, ma, weapons of mass destruction,” but it doesn’t fit her persona either. If it was going to happen, we’d see stereotypical power fantasy OP nonsense. Instead, she became an EDM machine capable of monomolecular cutting. Kinda… well, that’s kinda not the route you go in if you want to become a human nuke. In the end, the girl is curious – not power hungry. She’s not interested in destruction and death and mayhem.

      Also, because this barely even qualifies as a spoiler – there’s been no hints or instances of Anna “going nuclear” or turning evil even past chapter 400 (which is not a surprise). That’s all I’ll say because any more would be spoilers.

      • Kuq Ku

        He has already planted the idea of particles, she has adapted that idea into what she can currently do, now she is asking questions of things Roland doesnt know or understand himself, I didnt say Anna is a human nuke, I said last thing we want is “Nuke capable Witch” Im pretty sure Oppenheimer never wanted to become death and destroyer of worlds even though he fully intending to craft a weapon of mass destruction, he unlocked along with many others a footnote in human history that can never be undone.

        Ana is evolving her power at a rapid rate, the ideas Roland has given her to explore created this one facet of Anas unknown potential, if he started getting her to split those particles and harnessing the energy within then who knows what could happen probably a dead Ana. When did I say she would turn evil? With great power comes great responsibility, if you do not act responsibly when creating great power then what happens? So far hes using her like a precision tool, but who says thats all that tool can be used for? Evil intent isnt needed for evil to exist, curiosity, ignorance, fear, indifference the list goes on that can lead to terrible outcomes.

        If you cant see the potential Ana has then lets hope she cant either, or have the restraint not to use what she shouldnt.

        • Michael Twitsucks

          “If you cant see the potential Ana has then lets hope she cant either, or have the restraint not to use what she shouldnt.”

          Potential != ability. This isn’t a shounen battle manga, thankfully. More over, your theory is not going according to keikaku _at all_ in regards to development of her abilities. Not only does it rely on the premise that she will just keep relentlessly self-improving a’la the stereotypical recursive and self-aware artificial intelligence program, but it requires her to go in completely different ways than what you’re suggesting. You’re worried about her becoming an unintentional WMD despite her getting… fine motor control over flames/plasma? …Okay. Not… really seeing how the two are connected there. It’s akin to suggesting that because I could turn a flamethrower into an EDM machine or a plasma torch that it means we’re on the brink of destruction from errant technologies…

          Also, even if she could split atoms… so what? “But that’s what nukes do!” Yes, self-sustainingly. U-238, for instance, is fissionable. You can make a nuclear device out of it. However, by itself, it can not self-sustain like U-235 can. Thus, despite being able to split the atom of U-238, you get a fizzle instead of glorious canned sunshine. Same principle here. Unless she’s somehow fucking able to conjure up a miniature star or something equally ridiculous, what she’s not capable of doing what you suggest even if we go down the light novel/manga stereotype rabbit hole and pull out all the stops.

          Take a look at how this author approaches reincarnation tropes, magic and abilities and tell me that we’re at risk of Anna suddenly going Super Saiyan and becoming an accidental (or intention) WMD due to “mettling what shant be mettled with.” None of the witches so far have even gotten over the 5 meter limit to their powers yet. Obviously, the author isn’t a fan of abilities without checks and balances and limiters to how far they can go.

          • Kuq Ku

            It does take much to create a nasty weapon capable of hurting many, hell they use to use plague victims to give their enemies something delightful to hone their grave digging skills

            Or those mass murdering decision makers who allowed a populated area in China to be flooded killing a million or so people just to slow down the advance of their enemies.

            It doesnt really take much to be a WDM does it, a toxic body, intentionally destroying a dam killing hundreds of thousands, a simple gas filled room to kill a few million.

            From something small or apparently innocuous came disaster, With Ana I am saying she has the potential for growth that could exceed expectation or what safe limits allow, which is kind of interesting given fires destructive potential, I mean look at Rolands sister using oil to light em up.

            Because of Roland they have leap frogged over all those steps taken to learn how things get done, they havent suffered failure or explored anything on their own except Ana, shes actively seeking knowledge and testing it out, what else could she come up with, how much further has she got to develop.

            Ana went from a match stick too this current incarnation and lets not forget, she is being used as a tool to produce better weapons to use in defense and against further threats, Im sure she would be capable of making her own weapons if Roland wanted her to get creative.

    • Fuannai

      You’re making it like Anna is some sort of devil.

      She only absorbs every knowledge she’s getting know because they came from Roland. She has absolute trust towards Roland and only Roland. Why? Because she just doesn’t admire Roland, she love him. If Roland tells her what she’s doing is bad, shell definitely listen to him, albeit asking many why’s and how’s.

      • Kuq Ku

        Im saying that the potential for greater power exists within her, I never called her a devil nor that she was like one nor demonic, Humans are pretty good at doing evil things intentionally or not.

        People can change so can their feelings, Im not saying she will, and perhaps with wisdom she will choose how her abilities are applied in regards to the welfare of others, whether the outcome is good or bad time will tell.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! If he becomes King, she just has to convince him to take more than one wife. Since she recognizes that Anna has the best position, it would probably be her best option.

  • Bai_Lianhua

    awwww Nightingale <3

    thank you 🙂

  • MangoGuy

    something tells me that the invention of condom might take place pretty soon….

    • Corvo

      Witches are infertile, the reason they were sure a royal like Roland wouldn’t marry them since they can’t have heirs. This was something said somewhere around the Longsong attack arc. Did you miss that chapter?

      • Just Physics

        well its just a conjecture of bigoted puppets mind controlled, mind fuk , brainwash from the church who is the so called people. that they see it that way because of prejudiced that the witch is evil controlling the masses in there reins and because no one like witches even marry them in that world coz of so much hate n struggles and people though they are so divine to be stained by witches <— they is juzt ma opinion no offense to bigoted peasants,,,

        common son if theres libido theres a posibilities nothing is impossibrruu dont lose hope if the doctor didnt say anything 😉

        • ylchow

          agreed, verdict’s out till you see the doctor. Yes, the witches themselves do believe that they are infertile, BUT then they were wrong about the “Devil’s Bite” being ultimately fatal

          • SAimNE

            its possible both are caused by magic, so if they exhaust most of their magic they might become fertile

          • Michael Twitsucks

            When there’s a will, there’s way. A lot of speculation I see among those that have read later chapters isn’t so much “witches are infertile,” but that regular human men aren’t “compatible” and able to impregnate the witches.

            There’s also speculation of a possible loophole to get around that, but that’s delving into spoiler territory.

        • ASDF

          It’s been explained that there is a reason why the world hates witches; Little girls and supernatural powers like the ability to cause fire isn’t a very good combination. In fact, it’s not just a bad combination. It’s a very dangerous one. Not to mention that they are pretty much in the medieval age, modern ideas don’t really apply to them unless someone like the MC drops in and FORCEFULLY introduces it. The people who burned witches in the past might have been unforgivable idiots but what else could they have thought of? That earthquakes are a result of tectonic plate shifting? Keep things in context.

          • Just Physics

            being historical in context is it , it doesnt mean or erase that there idiots thats why they need revolution ,, this is why im waiting of how he obliterate those idiots ITS REVOLUTION and this world needs it

      • Reminds me of Witcher, though there both Witchers and Sorceress are infertile. Also, there the powers aren’t so skewed in one direction. This novel the special powers makes it weird, I can’t think of an existence like mana, instead here they seem more like mutants from X-men.

      • MangoGuy

        I didnt!! What I am telling is considering the fact that MC has already started with public health he could start pretty soon! Plus..I am not too sure if Roland himself know this. I donot expect women to randomly talk about that,especially in that cultural age.

  • Jdog

    U.S.S Rolanna has sailed, now prepare U.S.S Galand!

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • the evil one

    what the hell?! her self

  • Danis

    Harem !!!
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter

  • the evil one

    he`s making lens

    probably?

    • Amita Kumaradasa

      Edit: You’re commenting in teaser so it’s not wrong for you think that way. I will just leave this here.

      he probably made scientific (lab) equipment based on what he said about chemical substances and alchemists.

      the first one is a tube, with a round bottom and a thin and long body. This one should be Test Tube

      Bottles with the body of a kettle, but the bottleneck was only thumb-sized. I guess it is Funnel or Flask

      The strangest thing was a tube that was bent like a horseshoe but with no seals on either side of it. I guess this one is U Tube
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/298da06b706bc0e1f3b6998f594e8f4ca55ef14437dd9127e21bffdb23611d32.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84a6d4763c590ba38b74bed79aa1ca1fd3bf5e468cb78364677396d5c2f106ec.jpg

      • Amita Kumaradasa

        You’re commenting when it was in teaser…

      • FastfoodKiller

        I guess he’s making u tube for uploading videos?

        • Amita Kumaradasa

          lol soon brother… soon…

      • the evil one

        oh he`s making test tube and thing`s

        well im not on to chemistry

        • Amita Kumaradasa

          I just remember my old highschool’s lab experiment when I read the chap

          and I am not into chemistry as well

          • the evil one

            im more on debate type btw

  • MOHLT

    Better question, did Roland and Anna have devilishly hot sex or not?

  • MangoGuy

    damn..I just want to know what they found out in the mines!

    • Ragef33

      I’m betting on something with mercury.

    • DennMael

      I’ve googled the description of the mineral, since it was oddly specific, and have come up with some (very uneducated) guesses.
      Most likely candidate is ferberite which is an iron+tungsten+oxygen compound
      http://www.mindat.org has a mineral search engine, if anyone is curious.

      • mllhild

        That would then be to make incandescent bulb filaments.

      • MangoGuy

        this looks legit..unless that is a new magical ore?

    • Kuq Ku

      Might be Coal?

      • MangoGuy

        that is not really scientifically realistic..

        • Kuq Ku

          Dunno why not, coal has fueled the industrial revolution first with steam then with electricity.

  • Maxi King

    it’s time to 360 build scopes!

  • MOHLT

    (preview) Remelt into optics?

    • I am not surprise if he did. With Anna’s new ability, I won’t be surprise if he decided to build a sniper rifle of some form.

      • mllhild

        Not really clear(purity) enough probably.

        Though I want to know why he doesn’t just test different sand mixtures. After all Anna can easily make hunderts of small samples in minutes. (Usually the problem of making such high temperature tests is that the furnace can only go to one temperature at the time and it takes hours to cool down afterwards. But Anna can adjust the temperature for each sample separately and also simply hold the molten glass in her hand without getting hurt)

        He should also remember form his classes that Glass+Aluminum mixture is good to make very resistant glass.

        To make the glass transparent you can just remove the iron from the quartz sand. This can be done easily with Anna heating the sand to 1500ºC were the iron melts but the quartz don’t. Then she just let the iron flow down and has pure quartz. This one she then heats to 2300ºC to melt it.

        This could be achieved by testing. You are disappointing me Roland, imagine the gold influx you could have if you were able to produce clear glass.

        • wow, I did not know that about glass.

        • Gaspar

          Wow, now I feel more educated! Ty!!

          And… Nightingale! Dont surrender please! You are my favorite ship! The faitful shadow! I truly wish she could reach true happiness too and to have Her love corresponded…

        • nirleka

          His focuse now is for weaponry and impove his domain’s life quality. I think he doesn’t have time for creating glass through experimentation. Moreover, he now feel more threaten by the curch’s pill soldier which he doesn’t have effective weapon against it.

        • M32

          From where did you get 2300ºC? Quartz glass’s melting point starts at around 1,600ºC and that’s the highest melt point of all the glass types. Most other glass types will melt before iron does.

          And so what if he remembers that Glass+Aluminum is good? Aluminum wasn’t even discovered until the modern age and producing it’s a whole other beast entirely.

          I’ve got to wonder if you’ve ever even tried making glass from sand. It’s a painstaking process and should only be done by experts. Improperly made glass is known to spontaneously fail and thus unsuitable for a lab. It’s so much easier and safer to manipulate ready made glassware.

          BTW Didn’t Roland say they don’t have thermometers that go that high, if they have thermometers at all? So how do you tell Anna to go to 1500ºC and stay there?

          • Michael Twitsucks

            “So how do you tell Anna to go to 1500ºC and stay there?”

            Incremental adjustments. Roland can’t simply tell her “fire it up to 1500º C” right off the bat, but she can take a test sample of the material and slowly raise the temperature until melting. Then Anna will simply know right about where the effects start and to stay around there.

            Keep in mind that while Anna has no idea exactly how hot her flames are, she has incredibly precise control over what she’s doing with them. Once she knows the sweet spot, it’s golden.

  • phyrigia

    you think roland would care how much the glass cupware would worth? they are only for decoration… not having any value except for showcase-use okay.. so melting it into something more useful is better

  • Comrade

    Glass?
    Or Porcelain?