RW Chapter 149

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Chapter 149 Merchant from King’s City (Part 2)

“Are you King’s City’s biggest saltpeter trader?” Roland directly cut to root.

“No, Your Highness,” Margaret was no longer just showing her formal smile, her speech also became much more intimate, “I run all kind of different businesses, from gems to cloth, from inns to taverns. In fact, not even a month ago, I still had nothing to do with saltpeter trading. Only when the original owner of the nitrate field lost all of his reserves and went bankrupt during his visit in my casino, did I have the rights transferred to me as payment.”

Not only was she selling all kinds of goods, she even had a firm hold in the service industry… being able to build such a large business empire, in the end, what background did she have? It was well known that if you wanted to open a casino in King’s City, with money alone it would be an impossible thing to achieve. Wanting to know if she was telling him the truth, Roland knocked on the table, but Nightingale pinch to the middle of his back left him unsatisfied. Since a pinch like this indicated that Margaret was carrying a God’s Stone of Retaliation, making it impossible for her to judge whether the other one was telling a lie or telling the truth.

Wait a moment… since it’s impossible for her to observe, why did she pinch me so hard previously?

Roland coughed twice, suppressing his curiosity.

He had heard that some of the merchants from the Fjords had settled down in the Four Kingdoms. Their businesses were so successful that they grew bigger and bigger until they accumulated so much wealth that it became hard to even imagine it. After finally securing some wealth, many merchants were easy marks and were effortlessly swindled out of their gains. Only a few were able to stabilize themselves and put down roots, and reinvest their money successfully into local establishments, forming a relatively stable business union.  Can it be that Margaret is one of those big dogs?

This being the case, Roland decided to be direct and straightforward with his request, “I need a large amount of saltpeter, the more, the better.”

“The Western Territory of the Kingdom isn’t a scorching place, especially near the Impassable Mountain Range. Your Royal Highness, do you really need so much saltpeter?” Margaret became curious, “In the eastern outskirts of the kingdom, I have three nitrate fields, enough to supply a middle-sized city of nobles with ice.”

Definitely a big shot, she even has three nitrate fields! Even though, Roland became overjoyed, there was no visible change in his expression, “I’m going to build a cold store in the basement of the castle to store some perishable food. As long as you give me the right price, I’ll take all the saltpeter you can bring.”

“Since you’ve explained it so clearly to me,” she nodded, “I’m willing to transport all of my saltpeter to Border Town, and I will only charge you the typical market price of King’s City, but…”

“But what?”

“I do not want to be paid with gold royals, I already have enough of them to fill up a whole warehouse. I heard that you were in possession of some foreign products, if you used these instead of the gold royals, I would be happy to conclude a deal with you.”

“Strange products?” Roland got rooted, it was the first time that he had heard someone say that he didn’t want any gold royals.

“Yes, well. I heard something about a self-running black iron creation,” Margaret leaned slightly forward, “Your servant said, that with this thing, you only need to ignite a fire and boil water for it to become amazingly powerful. In fact, only after I heard him speak about such a creation did I decide to visit Border Town. Otherwise, directly selling the saltpeter to the nobility around the capital would be much more in line with my interests. After all the transportation distance is many times farther, so I have to bear a significant loss.”

This is really a pleasant surprise, Roland thought. Although I don’t know how Barov’s apprentice caught hold of this line, and in what way he had described the steam engine, but evidently this merchant from King’s City was very interested in it.

How incredible the profits and business potential of industrial products were, was all very clear to Roland. Especially since they could be only created by his own mechanical products. He had already worried about that after Border Town had sold all the ore and used up all the Duke’s coins, that they would have no other business opportunities. But he would never have thought that today such an excellent opportunity such as this would be put right in front of him.

So, that was your reason,” the prince said. “What you had heard of is called a steam engine. It converts water by boiling it into steam, which can be used as source of power. The principle behind it is very simple, but only we her in Border Town are able to produce it.”

“So there exists really such an amazing thing?”

“Of course,” Roland answered, “but it is very complicated to manufacture so the price will be quite high. If you are interested, you can go with me to see the machine.”

“Extremely interested,” she said with excitement.

 

 

In the North Slope Mine, Margaret saw a large roaring steel monster which pulled several mine carts loaded with minerals out of the mine tunnel, her eyes turned full and round, nearly falling out of their sockets.

“Your Royal Highness, t-this… is incredible.” Margaret whispered, feeling overwhelmed,

“Previously I had thought that your messenger had exaggerated, but even in my wildest dreams, I had never thought that he even understated it… I am afraid that even a dozen of people together don’t possess a power such as this… steam engine.”

Wanting to take a closer look, Margaret took a step toward the engine but was stopped by Roland. “The running is very dangerous, don’t get too close to it. Do you see the white gas spraying out of it? Even if you only get hit by a small part of it, it is still enough to burn your skin.”

“Do you only use it to transport ore?” As the noise was too large, she had to step near Roland and shout into his ear.

“In this mine, we using two, one is used to help the miner transport the ore, while the second one is used for pumping out the water in the mine,” Roland replied, “In fact, until today, Border Town was only able to produce three steam engines. We use them there where they are needed the most. But they can be employed for a broad range of purposes, as you could perhaps imagine. They can replace windmills and waterwheels, to grind wheat. They aren’t affected by rivers or winds, and they don’t need any manpower or animal power. What might interest you, even more, is that they can even be fitted onto a sailing boat, moving the paddles, allowing the ship to move without any sails.”

He knew that their dependence on the wind and its direction was of great significance for the Seafolk. Sure, enough, hearing this Margaret looked with wide-open eyes at Roland, “Just name a price, I will take it with me!”

“That’s out of the question, the mine also relies on it to maintain the production. You can order a few new steam engines and then when you deliver the saltpeter, you can take them with you.”

“What would their price be…?”

Roland lead her away from the entrance of the mine. Being further away from the noise of the machine, it was now much easier to speak. “One steam engine will cost five hundred gold royals,” Roland offered. Even so, the price was a bit exaggerated, being almost equivalent to a knight’s territory annual income. The ore to produce one steam engine cost around twenty gold royals, plus melting costs, labor costs and installation costs it would be another fifty gold royals. However, to get a good price, one always had to have some space for a bargain.

“Then I’ll buy ten steam engines!”

“…” Roland became frozen, ten steam engines were the same as five thousand gold royals! Almost the equal to the five or six years of the Duke Ryan’s savings. Not even trying to bargain, was that the power of a big dog? He cleared his throat, “You’re sure of it? After all, it’s not a small sum, and the machine is also not always available for usage, and even if you bought it, you still have to invest money into it.”

“I know, it’s just like a ship which has to visit the dock every year to clean up the keel of parasites and algae, replacing the sails, ropes and so on,” Margaret did not mind it, ” What later needs to be added, I’ll buy it from you. If it actually becomes impossible to manage by myself, you only have to name a price, and I will pay you for the craftsmen to maintain and operate the machine.”

Roland closed his mouth, there was only one thought left in his mind, being wealthy really must be nice.


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  • someone who isnt an idiot

    So is he retarded?
    This is several hundreds of years worth of innovation, its like giving a man from the 1800s a smartphone
    500 isnt even close to what it should cost, literally NOWHERE ELSE could someone get this technology which could revolutionize the WORLD

  • Baka Hiru

    Roland’s pricing is a bit off. He’s trying to sell at a rate used in modern times using materials and labor cost but FAILS to realize he is selling one and only technology that is decades into the future.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J I was worried about there for a sec I thought she was talking about the cannons or rifle. Glad it was a steam engine but still a bit worried people knowing about it…

    • Just Physics

      son there are some secrets that must be disclose to cover up some secrets ,, i mean those people that margaret said didnt even mention the rifles i though it be so , bring something prominent to divert there attention

  • esya

    Wow you gotta be long term investor with this gal. Build rail roads and stuff and both of them can be warren buffet.

  • Just Physics

    Probably this margaret is thingking what she can do to this thing and use it to have a perpetual money for long term contract against investors just nasty

    • Mimir

      well no matter what you use it for its going to increase the production of it.. like he said.. if you just used it instead of a windmill to make grain the amount of grain you make is going to skyrocket…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter he should demand that she removed her god stone before the talk

    • Fuannai

      That would be suspicious. He was only able to do it with the knights because it was masked as inspection for possible weapons.

      • Oak

        yeah, but it’s not that rare from what I understood for nobles to have witches in their “employee”, so he could use that as an excuse

        • Diarek

          Its not rare but it also totally heresy. Only one word slipped out to the church, and church’s sermon would be the least of your concern, usurping, detainment, or gallows are all possible. Nobles does employee witches, yes, but they keeps that tidbit harder than their secret lover.

  • helmcec

    when reading the last chapter, i knew that nightingale pinched him because she was jealous! I knew it! ahahah she is such a cute stalker!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Maxi King

    “being wealthy really must be nice.” said the prince…

  • Jose Daniel Rangel

    Ahhh margaret getting dissed !! shes a merchant, merchants sell their soul for money and roland is a gold mine…

  • Nnelg

    Hm, this smells fishy. Roland told her that they’d only been able to build three so far, yet she asks for ten? Anna could probably manage that much, yet how would Roland explain how he made them without admitting the use of witchcraft? I wouldn’t be surprised if this woman knew that Thunder’s duaughter was a witch, either.

    Still, if she’s on the level, then she’ll nbe a powerful ally. Every Watt needs a Boulton.

    • Kin

      The question is how much info barov gave her? It was barov’s apprentice who told her about that steam engine. Seems like barov also make his own plans.

    • Jose Daniel Rangel

      Margaret’s character is not explored in dept.. so she end up looking impulsive but she IS a merchant.. rather im surprised she didn’t ask to make an exclusive contract so the prince only sells her the steam engines, it can only be explained as a merchant who has eyes for people and not seeing malice in roland led her to be like that.

      • Nnelg

        Hm, assuming it isn’t author oversight, she probably figured that there was no need to spend the extra money. She probably won’t have any competition until *after* she’s established her new steamships and proven their worth.

        • Jose Daniel Rangel

          ah ur pov is correct.. forgot since roland is a rebel its normal no1 would do business with him and she could also be in a hurry to buy them in case roland loses later on.. she wont be able to buy the engines anymore .

    • Fuannai

      It’s not like she said that she’ll take them all at once. She’ll be satisfied to get 3 of it a year. And Margaret knowing Thunder being a witch is very unlikely. Thunder awakened as a witch just recently. Margaret had migrated to King’s City few years ago. And Margaret has probably never met Lightning’s father and only knows him by tales.

      • Jose Daniel Rangel

        Well *scratches head* we are going to be reading a lot of [ I’ll take it ] from her.

      • Nnelg

        Didn’t Lightning awaken her powers before getting separated from her father? I seem to recall her saying that she escaped the shipwreck by flying.

        As for the rest, we have only the merchant’s word. I don’t think she’s from the church, but she could still be on the hunt for blackmail material with which to extort something from Roland.

        • Fuannai

          And that shipwreck happened recently.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Kin

    Is it possible margeret is a witch too? Maybe that stone also can be use to hide her identity as a witch?

    • Nnelg

      Come on… Not *every* woman is a witch!

      • Maxi King

        yes they are! you probably meant not every woman has a witches power!

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Matthew L., Roxerer, and Jatz! If she can help fund his war with the Church in the future that would be great.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Woah~ ….
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • FTxCerber

    Im sure she will be able to see better uses for it. Because she is a merchant and have seen more than Roland in that world

  • Arte

    Fortunately I don’t think anyone else can copy the steam engine even with an example to work from, so it should be fine to sell. Having a wealthy merchant on his side would make things easier in the long run as long as she doesn’t have intentions to work against him.

    • DennMael

      As of right now, Anna is the only person who can weld in this entire world, so the piping and boilers are far beyond anyone else at the moment. Even if someone did (I mean eventually) the degree of fine tuning and mechanical know how behind the steam engine won’t be there.

      Roland needs someone with a head for business…BADLY! He actually thought he was high-balling on the price of the engine, but I think he totally discounted them hard.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Weedisdaboss

    Ehhh i can´t belive he is selling the steam engine, to a women he just met on that day……there goes his monopoly on the industrial revolution lol

    • mllhild

      Wrong. His monopoly continues. There is no one that can make them at the moment besides Anna while using Roland specifications.

      1. Also he just now made sure to get a constant stream of gold throu maintance.
      2. Also his new client will get an edge on the competition, causing a market for the steam engine to be created.
      3. Next she is going to obviously side with Roland as long as inventions keep going on and can supply him with Salpeter and Oil throu her buisness connections.
      4. She can’t let him be defeated if he is supplying her machines, which are giving her an advantage on the competition, with maintaince.

      • MOHLT

        Information too

      • Wrandral

        Also she’ll likely have to side ( and maybe her people as well ) with Roland against the church since it would denounce the steam engines as the work of the devil and call for them to be destroyed.

  • timbone

    What if the church will be buying it and incorporating it into their army?

    • mllhild

      The steam engine into the army? This is not a steampunk novel, so thats not really an alternative.

      • MOHLT

        Steamships as Roland suggested, I guess.

        • Mirvra

          Or Ironclads? XD still surprised Roland didn’t try turning little town into an Ironclad XD his control over the river could increase quite a bit if he did

        • Fuannai

          I don’t think the church has a navy. Even if they make one it’ll only consist foot soldiers riding a ship.

      • BurstThrough

        He did say it could be used to make a tank…

      • timbone

        It is essentially a transport vehicle. Of course it can be incorporated into an army. Although a navy is most likely

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter
    Margaret needs to be kept real close. A wealthy businesswoman is a good thing

  • MOHLT

    I smell trouble

  • MangoGuy

    hell yeah!! now we are talking business!

  • Prongsjiisan

    Aww

  • BipolarLehte

    I remember that merchant from Spice and Wolf. A female merchant who trades salt statues.. err.. iirc… -____- suspicious…maybe? :V

  • MOHLT

    Give us back the orange colour!

  • MangoGuy

    The new theme looks great!! And I think it is even a bit lighter…

  • MOHLT

    dangerous vixen?

    • Wrandral

      or you can call her as everyone else does : a woman. XD
      Kidding aside she certainly has to be dangerous not only to survive as a merchant but as a female merchant in a mostly patriarchal world ( i say mostly because not enough of the world has been revealed to say with certitude that it’s is completely patriarchal )

    • MangoGuy

      She has her secrets…

      • Just Physics

        Womens have secrets even my wife does there cunning individual if left unattended.. xD

    • clau clau

      I think she is Queen spy

  • Syahmuda

    Thx for the translation. Finally catchup the latest chapter in one go.