RW Chapter 151

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Chapter 151 Negotiations (Part 1)

After taking a look at the steam engine, Roland and Margaret returned to the office in the caste to continue their discussion and clear up all the details concerning the business contract. In case that such negotiation included haggling over the price, it was usual that the fight between both sides would need around one or two days to reach a conclusion.

 

Furthermore, it was generally the Finance Minister who was responsible for negotiating the contract, the Lord would only get to see the final numbers when he placed his signature. Only that the opposite side had already accepted the price, with this agreement Roland also ended up saving a lot of effort.

 

“I expect the first batch of saltpeter will come in a month. It will be the amount of three sailboats full, and I will also follow them to Border Town.”

 

After giving the amount, Margaret quickly wrote some numbers on a parchment, “Calculated in gold royals at the actual market price, the value of the saltpeter will be around three hundred and fifteen gold royals.”

 

“Until then Border Town will be able to produce two steam engines,” Roland deliberately lowered the quantity, “they will have a total worth of a thousand gold royals. You can decide for yourself whether you want to make up the difference with gold royals, or you can also pay us using other resources.”

 

“What kind of goods do you need?”

 

“Iron, Copper, Lead, Green Vitriol,” Roland said, “those are all common minerals, but the first three goods I don’t need them as raw ore, but as already processed ingots. In addition, I need 10 sets of crystal clear glassware. Since they don’t need to have any carving on them, it won’t matter if they are in the form of a canteen or a wine cup. But they must be the best quality products of King’s City Alchemy Workshop. If the price exceeds the difference, I can fill it with gold royals or it can be deducted from the price of the two steam engines delivered the months afterward.”

 

“It seems you want to treat me as your dedicated trader,” Margaret said, “though I do not have a mine, I know a few peers who specialize in the ore trade, but I would have never expected with so few nobles living here, you would still consume such an enormous amount of saltpeter. Furthermore, Border Town was established next to the North Slope Mine, yet you still have to buy so many ores. This simply isn’t in line with my business sense. Your Highness, your territory is simply too inconceivable.”

 

A major trait to industrialize production is its great hunger for raw materials, in exchange for the fast output of finished products. So, Roland continued, “Later on, Border Town will be in even greater need for more goods, so I think it is for the best if we can reach a long-term trade agreement from now on.”

 

At this moment, Margaret suddenly became startled and was looking with a face full of surprise behind Roland. When he saw her unusual behavior, he subconsciously turned his head and discovered Lightning, who soaked through to the skin by rainwater was pressing herself against the window, while still floating in the air. Her a face was pale from fear and she franticly pushed against the glass, trying to come in. Her hair stuck as strands to her forehead, and the water from the rain was continuously flowing over her face. In general, she looked as if she had just stepped out of the river.

 

Roland quickly stood up to open the window. As soon it was possible, Lightning flew into the room, directly into Roland’s arms and her face that was filled with panic soon relaxed, confusing the warm body she felt with memories from her past.

 

“Nightingale, quickly go and call Nana,” Roland ordered anxiously.

 

“Yes.” Came immediately the response out of the empty room besides him.

 

What happened to her? In the air, she shouldn’t have encountered any demonic beasts, or any of the Devils. Or could it be, do they also have the ability to fly? Roland roughly checked Lightnings condition, and after he didn’t find any obvious signs of trauma, he finally felt a little relief.

 

“Your Royal Highness, she… is she the one you have called Lightning?” Margaret spoke with a muzzled voice, slowly coming closer to the Prince, taking a carefully look at this little girl in his arms.

 

Hearing her question, Roland’s heart began to beat faster, damn, how could I have forgotten about her? He ended up loudly shouting, “Sean!”

 

The guard immediately walked into the office.

 

“Excuse me, Miss Margaret, there is no other way. You will now have to stay here for a while,” the Prince turned to her while still holding Lightning.

 

“She is a merchant from King’s City, so bring her to an empty room on the first floor and take good care of her. Without my command, no one is to let her out of the room.”

 

“As you command!”

 

“What? No, Your Highness… Please wait,” Margaret suddenly realized what was happening,”I have no ill will towards witches, not to mention that she even is the daughter of SirThunder, I would never tell the Church about this.”

 

“It is just a safety measure,” Roland interrupted. “Later on, I’ll come to see you to verify if you’re telling the truth.”

 

 

“Your Highness, she’s woken up,” Nightingale said, after opening the door to his office.

 

Roland nodded and followed Nightingale into Lightning’s bedroom. There was still steam rising from the bucket beside the big bed, and her drenched clothes hung over the edge of the bucket. The bedside was surrounded by a group of witches, while Wendy was sitting on the bed gently combing the little girl’s hair which until now was still not completely dry. But her previously pale face now had got some of its red color back. Her head laid against two pillows, while her quilt was pulled so high that only everything above her mouth wasn’t covered and her eyes were staring at Roland since the moment he had entered the room.

 

“What is the situation?”

 

“She hadn’t received any injury, her coma was caused by exhausting too much of her magic,” Nightingale replied. “Wendy helped her to clean her body, and when she got into the bed, she didn’t wake up for a long time after.”

 

Roland went to bed and looked at the girl with a gentle smile, “What happened to you, that you would fly back through the torrential rains in so much panic?”

 

“I found the ruins,” Lightning lowly muttered, “but the Devil was already there.”

 

Hearing this, all the expression of the surrounding people immediately change.

 

“Did you enter it?” Scroll asked.

 

“No,” Lightning shook her head and continued to tell the story, “The Devil stood in the doorway of the basement, and I could hear people crying for help, but I was too scared, I could do nothing besides escape, I didn’t even try to save her.” Her voice shrunk to a whisper, “Am I not qualified to do the work of an Explorer?”

“No, you handled it well enough,” Roland encouraged her. “Good Explorers know how to read the situation and do not take unnecessary risks. When you couldn’t save her, escaping was definitely the right choice.”

 

“She had to be a witch,” Wendy thought aloud, “nobody else could reach the depths of the Concealing Forest except for another witch.”

 

“No, even a witch wouldn’t be able to go there,” Scroll shook her head in disagreement, “That is a ruin from four hundred and fifty years ago. Without a map, which indicates the direction one has to travel, the task of finding the location of the Stone Tower in such a vast sea of trees would be extremely difficult, unless…”

 

“Unless what?” Roland asked.

 

“Unless someone had already been living there,” Scroll said slowly.

 

“You mean that they didn’t come from the kingdom and found the tower, but instead they are already living there from four hundred and fifty years ago. One generation, after another, living a life in seclusion?”

 

Within his heart, the Prince had already rejected this speculation.  Living for the whole time in the Concealing Forest, shouldn’t be possible! Besides a variety of terrible insects and poisonous plants, there was no stable source of food… only in case you were Bear Grylls, it would be possible to live for such a long-term in the forest. Not to mention, in that part of the world, they would have several months of snow every year. Also, with the constant threat of the demonic beasts and Devils about, living in the Concealing Forest was simply suicidal.

 

He once again turned in the Lightning’s direction. “Were there any signs of smoke in the vicinity of the ruins?”

 

“No,” the little girl shook her head.

 

“Maybe there exist more than one map,” Soraya offered, “maybe there are other people like us, who are also looking for the whereabouts of the tower.”

 

“No matter what it is, we cannot help them,” Leaves concluded in disappointment. “Nobody can so quickly reach the Stone Tower, except for Lightning.”

 

“I’m afraid we still need to know the real situation,” Roland touch his chin, “In short, we have to find a way to insure that we can come back safe and sound. For today the teaching will be stopped, we are all in need of a good rest. When the time is right, the riddle will naturally solve itself.”

 

Leaving Lightning’s bedroom, he turned to Nightingale and said, “There is still another problem that we have to solve, next.”

 

“Just let her take off the God’s Stone of Retaliation,” Nightingale laughed, “Then everything will be made clear to me.”

 

TN: Bear Grylls


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  • Rebel Against The Harem

    500 gold, he ripped himself off. A steam engine would be at least 1,000 to 5,000 gold, especially if he is releasing this technology to the world.

    • Just Physics

      guess what roland didnt see that comming hes views is from the modern world he just though it to be the price from 21st cent. like buying in the store and an increase price for the SRP or suggested retail price and not the big picture the though of hes the only one created this technology is irrelevant to him , and hes mind is not really a businessmen ,well what do u expect to get from a mechanical enginner ,he fails miserably if hes a economist

  • asd

    im still trying to figure out how he over looks the fucking TREE in front of door to sigipy that it open on the other side….

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Hope the merchant is honest

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Cody T., Roxerer, and Jatz! Might be better if he designates a wing of the palace as a “business only” area where witches are not to use their powers.

  • Just Physics

    Bear Grylls is insane an abnormal primitive man from modern society god that guy just eat everything edible from worms to insects to anything gross wonder why the authors knows him cause his the no.1 filthy guy in the world full of filthyness lol gonna add this in your wikipedia xD

  • daniel gonçalves

    luck for is 18 pm here where I live

  • mllhild

    Another mystery stored for 100 chapters later…..why did I drop out of my chinese classes after the first semester.

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!

  • Kin

    Next chapter – margaret identity

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter

  • MOHLT

    So Lightning let out cat out the bag herself. Roland should teach Lightning on how to make tactical entries trough the window to prevent possible accidents in the future. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92c5458fe5d91ed4d04634d17a425ee561ec1ce5af0bc931bb16f23b74389e9d.gif

    • VerneJules

      I doubt the glass windows are transparent, most likely they’re translucent. Otherwise, Roland would’ve melted those glass windows as materials.

  • phyrigia

    just let her off the the god stone! yes! finally roland have a reason to question that woman. uhuhuh

  • MangoGuy

    1) LOL the Bear Grylls reference!
    2) My guess was right!! she immediately found out about Lightning.
    3) Can someone help me increase the gap between the lines?

    • mllhild

      Does zooming in with “ctrl”+”+” not work well enough?

    • Gege

      1) I thought Bear Grylls is just one of the species of Bear. Maybe like a Grizzly Bear. Lol

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter

  • Nantoka

    Thank you for the chapter :3

  • R G

    Great stuff. Although you would benefit from an editor, thank you so much for your good work.

  • valikar

    Usually, if a merchant doesn’t try haggle warning lights should go off in your head. Not haggling means they think they have a bargain = you undersold your product, probably by a large amount.
    fingers crossed she doesn’t actually work for the church.

    • Nantoka

      Dude, we’re talking about steam engines. STEAM ENGINES. To a medieval society (albeit magical) machines that can do the work of tens of men 24 hours 7 days of the week are nothing short of a miracle.
      Not to mention Roland is the only one who is able to manufacture them.
      Haggling there would actually mean the merchant is a greedy fool.

      She has no intention to sell them. She wants to use them (steam engines in a factory means less salaries and greatly increased production. Let’s not even mention what they can do in a shipbuilding industry). No company in their right mind would sell their super cutting edge technology to competitors for a measly profit.

      With that said, Roland certainly undersold them, i agree with that.

      • valikar

        That was my reasoning too. I was meaning it in the line that they are so revolutionary and powerful that he should be a little more wary about them getting into other peoples hands where they could potentially reerse engineer them.
        I can understand how she would be willing to pay any price because of that though. maybe i am just being a bit synical to think she would offer up a token of bartering before agreeing to the first price.

        • Nantoka

          “where they could potentially reerse engineer them”
          That’s the thing! They can’t reverse engineer them. To build very complex machines you would need complex machines. To build complex machines you would need machines.

          Roland has Anna which can execute quite a number of very complex and precise techniques.

          Sure, they can try to build something similar, but they can’t reproduce what Anna can do with human blacksmiths. With complex machines even small details can cause a critical failure, immediate or after using for a period of time.

          Even if they can manufacture something extremely similar, they would need decades of research and developments to improve what they already have, while Roland can skip most of that and just go straight to the best design.
          An example of that is how he developed the rifles. Guns actually started with much simpler designs that were quite useless in actual combat aside from the fear factor (going “boom” and releasing a lot of black smoke) but he went straight to a design which could actually be used.
          Others would have to explore every “road” even those that are not quite successful or are “dead ends”.

          Thinking in strategy game terms: it’s like he has the cheat to disable the fog of war and go directly to the resources/enemies, while other players have to explore randomly or get lucky. He has a massive headstart on everything.

          Bargaining is actually dangerous if there is only one supply source. If you make the supplier angry they can just sell their goods to your competitors. Since they are the only source the buyer can’t do the same.

          • valikar

            Yeah…I didn’t realy think that through. I knew it wouldn’t be easy for them to do, but completely forgot that just remaking the parts would be beyond them.

        • mllhild

          Have you forgotten that that they are all made by Anna? Unless you have a Witch with great fire control its impossible to manufacture them. If you tried to use bolted connections the efficiency of the machine would be faaaaar worse, to the point of not really being worth it at first.
          Next, if they tried to use the same arrangement, because bolts are weaker then welding, it would just blow up.
          The result would be a far weaker, less efficient steam engine which leaks in all places.

        • DudeForDuke

          “he should be a little more wary about them getting into other peoples hands where they could potentially reerse engineer them.”

          Are you serious? If I were Roland, I would actually wish my competitors TRIED this. Then, after several of them explode, catch fire or otherwise fail spectacularly on them because they have have clue what they’re doing they’ll be even more inclined to come and buy from you.

          I mean, look at North Korea. They have access to engineers on the free market (or that they can kidnap), access to decades of research materials, they have tons of money (since they let their people starve) and a lot of materials. They’ve tested 5 nuclear weapons since 2006 and all but ONE has been a complete failure (having a yield which isn’t a fizzle – latest one being the 2016 test which had a yield of 20 kilotons or more). Despite all that effort, North Korea barely managed to replicate the Fat Man device in effective engineering and took 5 tries to do it. Congratulations, North Korea, your nuclear program is on par with 1945 technology (barely).

          The steam engine isn’t nearly as big of a technological gap as a nuclear bomb, but it’s still too big for these people to create it even if they know how it works. They have nothing to build upon. In fact, they are at the stage where them trying to reverse engineer it might be just as difficult as them developing it on their own from scratch. As far it comes to welding, Roland has even stated that welding for him is not possible without Anna. So any steam machine they built would need to be riveted (which they don’t know exists, nor how to do it) or they have to kidnap Anna and somehow make her do the work for them.

          It’s just not feasible for anyone else to be able to make them. Even if they had a fire-controlling witch.

  • Jason

    Here in Korea, they generally come out at 4pm, and midnight for donor chaps.

    • Maxi King

      still worth it tho

      • Aoi

        Here, generally is 8~9 am

  • MOHLT

    I request for more witches and less of shrewd merchants.

    • Neruz

      Can’t build kingdoms without merchants.

      • Herloct

        Maybe Roland could use the merchant guild to boycott the church.

        • DudeForDuke

          Begun the Clon- Witch Wars has.

    • MangoGuy

      but shrewd merchants can also be witches!!

  • I need to stop reading novels at night simce its ruining my sleeping pattern. It’s 4:50am here, lol.

    • MangoGuy

      Dude what you are going through is 1 and half year for me…