RW Chapter 148

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Chapter 148 The merchant from King’s City (Part 1)

Border Town welcomed the long missed rainy weather, from the dark clouds in the sky, the rains came splashing down onto the earth, hitting the windowsills and the windows creating a loud crackling sound the whole time.

It was reasonable to say that the spring was meant to be a rainy season, both warm and humid. But this year in Border Town, since the end of the Months of Demons, the number of rainy days they’ve had could be counted on one hand. Fortunately, the farmland was directly beside the river, which made the watering very convenient. Now, due to the heavy rain they received the oppressive air had finally dispersed. So now, as Nightingale opened a window, the room was flooded by the rich fragrance of mother earth.

From afar, you could see the sprouting crops on the other side of the Shishui River. The horizon was covered with endless amounts of green wheat seedlings. Now, washed by the rain, these crops sparkled dazzlingly in contrast to the gray water of the river.

Roland stretched his body and put the pen back into its container.

Seeing that he had finished, Nightingale finally asked, “Did the blueprint turn out well?”

“Well, it is an entirely new weapon, with its fire rate increased by several times,” Roland said, placing the blueprint on the stack together with more than a dozen of designs. “I’ll call it the rotating rifle. What do you think?”

“You don’t need to show it to me,” Nightingale said, showing an ironical smile. “I wouldn’t understand it anyway.”

“This is just the primary type, if the barrel gets shortened, it will become a revolver, which you can also carry around with you. However, even if it would come in handy to have it, I still first have to solve a missing key piece of technology. But, when the times comes and I can give it to you, you no longer need to fear the Army of Judges coming from the Church.”

“You mean, it will allow an ordinary woman to kill a heavily armed Knight?”

“Not only one, but several,” Roland smirked, “if you’re lucky, then five powerful men also wouldn’t be a problem.”

Nightingale exposed a look full of disbelieving, the moment when he wanted to say something further, a knocking sound could suddenly be heard coming from outside the office.

“Your Royal Highness, Barov’s apprentice who was sent to the capital, came just back, he brought a merchant with him who trades in saltpeter, at the moment the merchant is waiting outside of the castle for you to receive them.”

What apprentice of Barov? When Roland thought about it, only one thing came to mind. Before the attack on the Longsong Stronghold, Border Town’s stock of gunpowder was running low, and he had sent some guards to the Fallen Dragon Ridge and Redwater City, hoping to obtain a new source of saltpeter. Barov’s apprentice was the last to be sent on his journey, his destination was King’s City. After all, they should have all kinds of goods over there, coupled with the approaching summer, this meant the production of saltpeter would certainly be significantly increased.

He had never expected that the last person he had sent out would be the first to come back with good news.

“Bring them to the reception-room, and I’ll join them soon,” Roland looked out the window at the sky, “And let the kitchen prepare another portion of dessert.”

Turning back around, he saw that Nightingale had already disappeared.

But he knew that she was as always at his side.

 

 

Later when Roland entered the reception-room, the merchant was only just now brought into the room by the guards. She took off her wet cloak and straw hat, then bowed in front of the Prince showing her respect, “I am Margaret Farman, a merchant from King’s City, today I’m here to salute you, Your formidable Highness Wimbledon.

Seeing that the merchant was actually a woman, was completely unexpected to Roland. During this era, the traveling routes were much less safe than during the later times. Traveling around one may not only encounter bandits or refugees, but the towns also had many underground forces, not to forget there was still the dangerous wildlife to take into consideration, so seeing a woman working as a merchant was quite rare.

Like Lightning, she had bright blonde hair, but her hair was thicker and longer. She should be around 30 years old, and perhaps because of living a harder life than that of the ordinary people, she already had wrinkles around the eyes and on her forehead. Her skin color was also darker than the Kingdom’s people, at first glance her appearance seemed a little rough. But it was clear that she didn’t belong to the Sandpeople, but rather to the people of the Fjord.

“Sit down,” the Prince said, motioning that she could take a seat. “You aren’t an original citizen of the Kingdom of Graycastle, are you?”

“Why would you ask that?” Margaret smiled.

“The color of your hair, it is a very rare sight to see from people of the mainland. As far as I know, most people coming from the other side of the Vortex Sea have such pretty blond hair, I also know a… an explorer from the Fjords.”

“You are very knowledgeable; my hometown is indeed in the Fjord. But I have already left the Fjords and come to the mainland more than a decade ago. Today I’m living in the capital, and can be considered as a half-citizen of the Kingdom of Graycastle.” She paused, “Since it wasn’t so long ago that you’ve left the capital yourself, it is possible that we have already met somewhere before. To be able to live in the same city as Your Highness, I feel very honored.”

Sure enough, a successful businessman is splendid at speaking, even knowing that the other side was just flattering him, Roland still got a pleasant feeling. However, right at this moment, he could feel how his right side was suddenly pinched … uh, this time you didn’t need to determine if she was telling the truth or not, Nightingale you’re too enthusiastic about doing your duty.

“In the Fjords, being an explorer isn’t just a hollow title.” Margret continued earnestly, ”You may not understand, but the land where the people can survive is very scarce in the Fjords, where the water rises and falls, some islands will be swallowed at high tide. While other islands spew flames and smoke all day long, and they have such a high temperature that even the stone melts, converging all into a dark red river. Only those who open up new channels, or find a new suitable place for people to live, are eligible to get this title, so there aren’t many people who proclaim themselves, explorer.”

“Haha, not only does she call herself an explorer, she also claims her father to be the greatest explorer,” Roland smiled and shook his head, “Well, children, they like to imagine themselves as great people.”

“In the Fjord, even the child, will not so easily claim that title,” Margaret frowned up, “did she ever mentioned her father ‘s name?”

Seeing the earnest look on her face, Roland also realized that had he misread the situation, can it possibly be, that for the Seafolk take the title of Explorer as something they believe in spiritually? Is it possible that it cannot be called so casually?

“Her father’s name is Thunder.”

Roland had never expected that the moment he said the name, Margarite eyes became big and round, “You know Sir Thunder?”

“No, I only know his daughter. How is it possible that you’ve heard of the name?”

“No one in the Fjords hasn’t heard the stories of him! Sir Thunder, the Twin Dragon Islands and the Shallow Water Island were discovered by him. With this he expanded our living area by almost half. He also painted a detailed map of the east coast and the Shadow Island. Now, every child of the Fjords knows of the deeds of Sir Thunder, he is one of the greatest explorers of the Fjords!“

“But I heard that Thunder seemed to be buried in the sea because of a storm…”

“No, Your Royal Highness, a real Explorer will never fall because of a storm. He has faced numerous dangers, but in the end, he has always survived. At the moment Sir Thunder must be somewhere gathering the crew for a new expedition, just like he has always done.

Margaret leaned forward, “Your Highness, would you happen to know where his daughter could be right now?”

Roland was still a little surprised, he had never thought that Lightning’s father was actually so famous. Can it be that her tales which sounded so much like fantasy were all true?

“She lives here in my castle, after the shipwreck, she has kept traveling westwards until she reached Border Town, when I happened to meet her, and I took her in.”

“In your castle?” Margaret was full of expectation. “Can I see his daughter?”

“For now, most probably not,” Roland said, at the moment, Lightning should be flying over the Concealing Forest, looking for the site marked on the treasure map. “She is currently practicing… taking a jungle adventure. But if you plan to stay overnight, you can wait until she comes back.”

“Then I’ll wait and I will talk with her later,” Margaret nodded without hesitation.

“Then we can now discuss business, right?”

“Of course, Your Royal Highness,” Margaret answered laughingly, “do not hesitate to speak your mind.”

 

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  • BurstThrough

    Garcia really IS doomed!
    Now not only Lightning but his biggest backer will be from the Fjords so Garcia making their harsh living even worse with pirate invasions is now really unredeemable.
    My guess is that will come a time she’ll show that she’s just as the previous Roland described paranoid and “afraid of dying”.But by then she’ll be beyond any hope.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, Patricio Chau C., and Matthew L.! Can’t wait to see him deal with the Church.

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Layger

    Thanks for the chapter..Gracias

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • MOHLT

    new rifle of Roland? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68241e655a264c605b5f37a425c27f1271bc5895c8bde7ab3f16ba6bad99892c.jpg
    So Roland is not planing to make breach-loading rifles, but revolving rifle! If he decides to use large enough calibre, even small army will stop church’s zombies dead in their tracks.

    • Wrandral

      Dunno about everyone else but this put a smile on my face.
      Get it?
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53b80543f6231a7d95cd68aac54b3549c85ae28815759000f953628c1d759856.jpg
      I’ll see myself out…

    • MOHLT
      • Neruz

        Yeah I’m curious how he’s going to solve the ‘explosion too close to face’ issue that real revolver rifles had (which is why they were never very successful), though I wouldn’t be surprised if the author isn’t aware of it and makes no mention of that issue.

        • MOHLT

          Problem was not “explosion too close to face” I believe… but hot gasses, hot pieces of ash, lead splinters coming out of the firing chamber after firing. If you hold revolving rifle like normal one, you can injure your hand and if chain fire occurs, loose it. Hold revolving rifle like a pistol and you are just fine. Bit awkward, but if barrel is not too long, you can balance it.

          There were other shortcomings, so they were never popular in real world.

          • Neruz

            The hot gasses and bits of ash are of course products of the explosion that is too close to face, and yeah revolvers work fine for pistols but the way a rifle is held grants a significant improvement to stability and accuracy as well as being much better for absorbing recoil than a pistol grip.
            You’d need to do something like what you have in your picture; a pistol with an absurdly long stock, but I sincerely doubt that works as well as a typical rifle. It feels really awkward.

            • MOHLT

              Umm, even if you fire far away from your face it would still produce hot gasses and etc. between firing chamber and a barrel, because revolving cylinder is partially open. But force will go forward and shouldn’t cause problems to your face which is behind firing chapter. Only if you hold it wrongly(or without metal gauntlet) you can injure your hand. You can check videos on youtube on how people firing replicas of revolving rifles.

              • Neruz

                After checking the net it turns out the primary issue with the revolver rifle designs was they had to be kept meticulously clean otherwise they had a tendency to chain fire all the rounds at once, right into the holder’s left hand.

      • Enliledua

        https://youtu.be/yroLHtjFowI

        I think, he will do this 2.50-3.40 sn you can see how reloded

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Smokeless powder he doesn’t need. Primers he can’t make yet, however (considering this is like a C&B revolver, it might do something like utilizing the Elisha Collier revolver’s self-priming mechanism). So anything he constructs has to utilize muzzleloading/loose powder. For that, a revolver is perfect. Before the advent of self-contained metallic cartridges, they even had models where the cylinder could easily be removed and replaced with a spare.

      For instance:

      Technically, it would be a lot like carrying around spare spring-loaded magazines. Just put in a new cylinder and 6 more rounds (reloading the cylinders would still take an eternity, however) are ready to fire. Only limit would be barrel fowling and the amount of cylinders you could carry. Theoretically with enough spare cylinders you could fire 30 rounds per minute or more and do so all day long with just a periodic swapping of the barrel and action.

      You could also easily convert the guns to fire metallic cartridges later on. Quite useful and resourceful for the moment where he doesn’t have the ability to create primers to use cartridges, yet allows you to switch over later. Also, with a decent barrel length and rifling, plenty accurate.

  • leacherfag

    Oh g*d dammit
    Looks like the Chinese are watching this and looking through our comments

    http://w(w)w.bilibili.c(o)m/mobile/video/av7176984.html

  • leacherfag

    Looks like the Chinese are watching us. And looking through our comments

    http://www.bilibili.com/mobile/video/av7176984.html

  • Bryan Chan

    Nightingale with a magnum or pistol = She’ll be like a Bond Girl if this keeps going ( ^ ^ )

  • the high lord

    my satisfaction in the death toll will be high as hell

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter.

  • Danis

    Thank for the chapter 😀

  • Nightingale could carry something into her fog right? Why dont she just carry some magnum and kill the enemy general right away? else just for the sake of plot i guess?

    its just a pistol cmon guys, insert powder, bullet, fire, aim and shoot…

    • Sayr

      Just carry a keg of gunpowder with chopped nails. Make a fuse for it to blow up just a second after returning into the fog.

      • Michael Twitsucks

        Nightingale isn’t invincible in the fog. She can still act on the environment and the environment (like as where she just pinched Roland) can still act on her (like where when Roland first saw her do this, he waved his hands where she was standing and bumped into her). If she tried this, she’d kill herself.

        “Nightingale spoke in a teasing tone and blew hot air towards Roland, and then she suddenly disappeared in the blink of an eye.”

        “Although it wasn’t the first time he saw her doing this, but seeing her vanish in broad daylight, left Roland feeling shocked. He hesitated for a moment, and then he stretched out a finger towards the empty table, halfway his finger was stopped by a very soft touch, ‘Your Highness, you cannot do this, you will make Anna very sad.'”

        “Well, it seemed like her ability was invisibility and not teleportation, thought Roland, otherwise it really would be too powerful.”

        (Chapter 24)

        • Gege

          He hesitated for a moment, and then he stretched out a finger towards
          the empty table, halfway his finger was stopped by a very soft touch,
          ‘Your Highness, you cannot do this, you will make Anna very sad.'”

          What soft touch? *wink wink*

    • MangoGuy

      Don’t forget the stones…

    • Neruz

      They don’t have pistols yet, also the god stones are widely distributed amongst the knights and if she steps into the zone of a god stone while invisible it punts her out of her invisibility. Thus the area of the enemy camp where the enemy general is hanging out is basically a death trap for Nightingale.

      Nightingale assassinating someone is something I expect to happen in the future, but it’s a bit early weapons-tech wise for that to be safe.

      • Wrandral

        Yeah but as soon as they get sniper rifle with night scopes …. oh boy

      • MOHLT

        Nightingale can see effected area, so it is easy for her to avoid those stones. She can go in enemy camp at night and blow up generals tent, supplies, etc rather easily…

    • Michael Twitsucks

      People in positions of power in this world have God’s Stone of Retributions everywhere (the one with the church about ~50 chapters or so ago had them – literally – in every staircase step), and they stop Nightingale’s ability from several feet away.

  • MangoGuy

    no comments yet?well, I guess I will start then..where do you think is Alice or was it Alicia is headed?

    • the evil one

      it will be weeks before they get there. or maybe month?

      let`s look at the bright side before they get there

    • Longsong Stronghold or Border Town, that will be their final destination, ofc the literal meaning also included…

    • MOHLT

      Longsong Stronghold first and Border Town afterwards most likely. Maybe into mountains if Roland tricks them.

      • MangoGuy

        Damn I meant more like where the character might be heading to…