RW Chapter 153

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Chapter 153 Alchemy (Part 1)

Kyle Sichi walked into the Alchemy Workshop.

 

“Head Instructor,” when the apprentices saw him enter they immediately bowed.

 

He waved his hand, “You may carry on.”

 

The apprentice squatted down again, once again busying themselves with their work.

 

The outermost part of the workshop was the cleaning and sorting room; it was here that all of the gathered materials from all over the Kingdom of Graycastle was cleaned, sorted, filtered and ground down. The design of the cleaning and sorting room was very ingenious, laid within the stone floor were two rills with water flowing in them which were also parallel to each other. The area in the middle was the path, while the outermost sides of the room were used as cleansing area, and were accessible by wooden bridges.

 

At first glance, the long and narrow washroom was divided by the two streams into three sections. The light would fall into the room through windows on both sides, shining on the stone floor and streams, sending strips of lights through the long room. The overlap between light and dark resembled the strip of a snake.

 

Nearly one hundred apprentices leaned against the walls, dealing with the materials assigned to them. If the impurities could be easily cleaned and were lighter than the water, it could be directly thrown into the stream. If it was heavier than water, they would be put into a basket, to be brought out of the washing room and then discarded. The effect of cleaning with running water was several times more effective than cleaning in a cask of stagnant water.

 

The apprentice had to study here for three to five years. Only when their proficiency in the sorting and cleaning of all kinds of materials were good enough and the corresponding knowledge was known by them, did they get the opportunity to be selected as a disciple under an instructor, and in so doing moving on to the next room.

 

Kyle marched through the washing room, stepping into the core area of the Alchemy Workshop, the refining room.

 

When he opened the door, his line of sight suddenly opened to a wide panorama, twelve giant wooden pillars, all of which came out of the Concealing Forest and were delivered by ship, propping up this extremely spacious room. Within the surrounding stone walls, there were many windows, and even the roof was included in the construction and had many windows connected to the patio, making the room very bright.

 

In the center of the refining room, there were arranged six wide wooden tables. The tables were filled with all kinds of alchemical utensils: round bottomed flasks, glasses, scales, mortars, furnaces, crucibles… Each instructor was responsible for the management and use of one table, and Kyle, as Redwater City’s Head Instructor, naturally had the longest and widest table to himself, with most of the utensils placed on it.

 

The room was always full of clutter and in disorder, just like the alchemy process in general. Mixing all kinds of raw materials together then heating, carbonizing, watering or burning them. The results were ever changing, and simply fascinating.

 

In case you were able to find a clear path to follow within all these changes and disorders, it would become written down, turning it into one of the extremely rare alchemy formulas. As long as you were able to create a unique formula, you could be called an alchemist. So far, Kyle has had written down more than a dozen alchemy formulas, and he believed that each of them had been directly sent to him by God and that alchemy could be developing to such a level, that it would even be possible to separate the origin, making it possible to transmute everything.

 

“Chavez, how far are you with your Snow Powder imitation?” He asked.

 

Hearing his name, a twenty-year-old young man came over, shaking his head. “These wretched alchemists of King’s City definitely still add other raw materials into it. Until now the powder is too fine that it can’t even be extracted and used for anything useful.”

 

He was Redwater’s Alchemy Workshop’s youngest alchemist, and now he wanted to recreate the alchemy recipe for Snow Powder, but it seemed to be impossible without a long accumulation of knowledge, many attempts and sometimes a bit of luck. Many people, for their whole lifetime, only managed to become disciplines, even until their death they were unable to get past the last step. Chavez, however, had a remarkable talent for alchemy, two years ago, he summarized the recipe of dry distillation of green vitriol to receive an acidic liquid. Winning the recognition of five alchemists, owning from now on his own long table.

 

“Do not worry; it will come slowly.” Kyle smiled and patted the young man’s shoulder, offering him some comfort. After eight years, as chief instructor, Kyle naturally understood the difficulty of finding the right path through all the disorder and chaos. “However, I ended up making something good yesterday evening, the moment those haughty animals examine it they will lose all their color. Come with me.”

 

He went to his desk, to where he had had two disciplines deliver a storage box of about half a person’s height and made completely out of iron. Making it nearly impossible to be stolen nor easy to be destroyed. He pulled out the key and opened the first layer of lattice, within the middle of the lattice there laid a small piece of transparent crystal.

 

“Did you cut off a piece of a crystal?” Chavez who stood at the side took the crystal carefully into his hand to examine it, holding it in front of the window, “No, this is… Crystal Glass! God, you did it!”

 

“Yes,” Kyle smiled proudly, “I already can’t wait to see their expression when those guys discover that their proudest alchemy discovery had been successfully imitated by me, they will end up showing such a wonderful expression.”

 

Chavez who hadn’t been able to suppress his exclamation had gathered the attention of all the others alchemists. They all put down their work and came over to take a look for themselves.

 

“This is the product you’ve worked on until late last night? It really is great.”

 

“It’s so beautiful, it looks just like a crystal.”

 

“Congratulations, this will let the place of our Alchemy Workshop within the Duke’s heart greatly increase.”

 

“How did you do it, can you tell me?”

 

Kyle nodded, “We all know, that the glass made out of the river sand comes extremely close to it, but in the end when burned, the glass will still contain different colors. This is because the sand still contains some impurities. Now there are two possibilities, first to think of ways to remove the impurities, second to try to get sand which is purer from the beginning. We all tried both methods, I also did the same. The success of the alchemical process largely depends on chances and luck. I selected fine white sand from Willow Town and sandstone from the Fallen Dragon Ridge… ”

 

Everyone around him was quietly listening, no one spoke a word until he had finished his explanation, they even tried to suppress their breath, “So that’s how it’s done, that was very thoughtful of you.”

 

Crystals were very rare and expensive gems, and the colorless and transparent crystal are even rarer. So only the clearest of translucent glass had the right to be known as Crystal Glass. The haughtiness of the Alchemy Workshop in the King’s City was mostly based on their method for producing Crystal Glass. Always dominating the Redwater City’s Alchemy Workshop. Furthermore, the yearly income of gold royals let the Duke of Redwater City develop a deep feeling of envy.

 

But after today, this situation would soon change. If Chavez could also figure out the composition of Snow Powder, coupled with the double-stone method to create acid, we will be able to completely overthrow the domineering position of King’s City’s Alchemy Workshop. By then, those who are always used to looking down on other people, I am afraid they will have no choice other than to lower their cooky heads. After picturing this, Kyle Kimmel mood became even better.

 

As he was preparing himself to screen the raw materials for the second batch of Crystal Glass, a frantic discipline run to his side, “Chief Instructor, a messenger from Border Town from the Western Border want to see you, he brought a letter from Roland Wimbledon with him the 4th Prince.

 

“4th Prince?” Kyle began to frown, it seemed that there really was such a person in the Royal Family. He knew nearly nothing about nobility, in his impression they were all uneducated and ignorant, always fighting for more power and wealth. “What is he looking for?”

 

“I do not know, the messenger said that as soon as you read the letter, you will naturally understand the meaning of His Royal Highness.”

 

“…” The Chief Instructor exposed an extremely impatient look, in all likelihood, the content of the letter will be recruitment offer for only a small sum, if that’s the case, I should show him that alchemy isn’t a cheap trick. However, since the other person is a prince, I still have to maintain a basic state of etiquette, “Take me to see him, so that I can get the letter and send him on his way!”

 

 


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  • Psychronia

    There were several points where discipline was used instead of disciples.
    Is this intentional?

    • Deyna

      I don’t think so. I’ll check with Roxerer. Thank you for bringing it up!

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • DudeForDuke

    “Crystals were very rare and expensive gems, and the colorless and
    transparent crystal are even rarer. So only the clearest of translucent
    glass had the right to be known as Crystal Glass. The haughtiness of the
    Alchemy Workshop in the King’s City was mostly based on their method
    for producing Crystal Glass. Always dominating the Redwater City’s
    Alchemy Workshop. Furthermore, the yearly income of gold royals let the
    Duke of Redwater City develop a deep feeling of envy.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dcf840a8168e0431108daba9f5e16389d236b98ec090054b969732870dca7bf4.gif

    Chavez, let’s cook.

  • Kuq Ku

    Lets hope the church dont try to re enact the Dark ages. Fear of what technological advancements people may bring to challenge God is a terrible thing, although in hindsight was Nuclear weapons something they were trying to prevent back in the day, who knows lol

    • Jose Daniel Rangel

      church wants to win god’s favor no matter what, but they been trying to win a war with magic against a magical enemy .. seriously? well they have made something like that work in other novels/movies and anime but if it doesnt work for 800+ years .. please give up .. for sanity’s sake .

  • MOHLT

    i hope we get golden-eyed witch chapter/s after alchemy stuff.

    • Kuq Ku

      Like silver eyed witch of Claymores?

  • MangoGuy

    Somehting tells me that my next week chemistry test is going to be better than the last one….

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Proxy Account

    Imagine the look on their faces when they get to see various “formulas” and new substances from Roland. Why settle for Snow Powder when you can have Roland’s prototype gun powder? OOH, GUNZ, I’m waiting for the time they develop the right compositions and proportions for the rotating gun.

  • Jose Daniel Rangel

    Ha ! alchemists are going to get their mind blown, although they have discovered nice things here( poisons and snow powder for festivities) using alchemy is all trial and error with the substances they know.. quite primitive chemistry, roland will change all that because he needs a chemistry team to further develop stuff, he knows he cant rely on saltpeter forever.

    • Kuq Ku

      Yeah this gets me pumped for what is to come, theres still a few other snippets from earlier chapters that need to be tidied up, like that ore found in the mines for example, perhaps the alchemists will play a role in that.

      • Jose Daniel Rangel

        they will discover something really weird in the mine and much later on useful metals

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Danis

    feel to short ……………………………………….
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

    Slightly boring chapter. It could have been summarized in a couple of paragraphs and we wouldn’t have lost anything.

    Oh well, looking forward to the next one.

    • Kuq Ku

      Backstory of support characters are important imho, gives more depth and creates a more fleshed out world, adding to the MC and story.
      For example – The mine cart, very small role played by that miner but it got me curious as to what that ore was, and how Roland would use it, which still hasnt been revealed.

      This created anticipation, a great reveal so to speak, if it were just “Hey Roland look here its a new ore found in the mines figured you might like to check it out” Doesnt give the same kind of feel.

      We are introduced to a potentially pivotal character that pushes Roland further along with his world building, and we get a bit of backstory, rather than no name faceless plot character A appearing and voila we have the next stage set up for the story to get to the next point.

      • Nnelg

        Backstory is good and all, but I sometimes wish that chapters like this could be rolled up into the next one and released at once.

        • Kuq Ku

          It creates anticipation. Like how will they react when they see his gunpowder, or any number of things that he has. How he uses those crystal glass for example just to make their equipment, I look forward to that.

          Im imagining, “H.. He used crystal glass to make our equipment!!!” they will have beakers and an assortment of tools he remembers might be useful to the alchemists coming, which is probably state of the art compared to where they came. One of the things I find lackluster is how people are not amazed in the right way about all the things Roland has brought. He has effectively brought them hundreds of years ahead of where they were in technology and living standards. (or regressed to a greater age because of our ancient civilizations did pretty well too lol)

          These alchemists should be well aware of how amazing Roland is and really appreciate what he has done for these people, of course I know they appreciate how well they live now, in practical terms this is wonderful, but if they understood the significance of how much better things will become, then he shouldnt have people second guessing him, like how that teacher wonders why educating normal people matter, and a number of other things.

          Without Roland to help bring them up to speed on how things are done, how they work, and why, he will be known as the guy with ideas and plans, the guy who feeds us, and who makes us prosperous.

      • Nantoka

        My message got deleted as spam…. lol, reposting.

        You’re right. Backstories are important.

        It was slightly boring for me because i would have preferred reading the in depth description of the workshop and the alchemists, after a bit of interaction with the prince.
        The description of the worshop, especially, i think would have been better done when they see the upgraded one Roland will surely prepare for them, with the alchemist’s explanation of the old and impression of the new.
        The same about the new discoveries and their rivarly with the king’s city’s alchemists, but i guess those will be useful in the upcoming prince’s negotiation to invite them.

        • Kuq Ku

          I was pretty pumped by this story lol, I got to see how far they progressed themselves, what they were capable of and insight into their own methods of discovery, so when Roland unveils their laboratory it will be quite a significant shock, they have another rival, Roland himself lol.

          Up until now there has been too many people following and doing as Roland dictates (I dont mean dictate in a bad way lol) because they lack understanding in the mysteries of their Princes mind. When Nightingale was shown the new weapon tech plans, she told him bluntly no point, since she wouldnt understand.

          Now he has a chance at having peers, people that are beyond the basics, and capable of inventiveness, creativity and understanding beyond the norm or basics.

          I have been hoping that he would do more recruiting, because at some point his knowledge will be limited in areas that he knows he needs diversity and expansion will be beyond his knowledge, he will have no choice but to rely on these people to progress further. With the Alchemists its a start, I wonder if they will be able to make Greek Fire :D, Cersie Lannister eat this lol.

          Roland will know enough to stimulate a desire to unravel how this can be done, (I mean in general) I can imagine Roland saying to them, “Can you make Shampoo? I want my harem of babes to look even hotter with glossy hair, ya know what I mean” wink.

          All the things that can come from this new addition to Border town will be huge!, they could branch off into chemistry, pharmacology etc the list goes on!

  • MOHLT

    next chapter only on monday https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2fbbd87a998fb738c27758e6bc95fb99390b3d833479144669b6eb84d2087647.jpg
    and release what witch managed to get to top #30 over NU

    • Ashente

      wasn’t it in the mid-twenties ?

      • MOHLT

        Maybe monthly rank few weeks ago?(19th now)
        Overall rank is 30th(soon 29th).

    • MangoGuy

      hahah

      • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

        Mental note .. ( i will not read chapter with no part 2 cliff hang )

  • Arashi Darkness

    finally,here come the Alchemy talent for the town now

  • meganeshounen

    I woder if they also know the elements that comprise a human body.

    Y’know. For science.
    Definitely not for resurrection purposes.

  • DracoIgnis

    Men, i’m a bit lost, did they mention in previous chapters if this is kinda “real life” alchemy or xianxia alchemy? moreover, have they ever mentioned/explained alchemy?

    • hashimishi

      well so far, magic was supposedly the devil work and Roland said his cement was the latest alchemy work so it should be regular alchemy

      • mllhild

        The only one we can expect “magic” alchemy from is the church with their pills and transformation of humans into soulless super-soldiers.

        • hashimishi

          Well I’ve been thinking about the fact swallowing the god stone of retaliation make them explode like the devil bite and the pill doing pretty much the same. The god stone effect was also described as a black hole by nightingale so we might as well think the stone can absorb magic, the pill could be something like the blood of a witch (if I remember they said the pills where dark red), with some god stone powder inside, resulting in a temporary augmentation of their power ? As for the soulless, perhaps it’s because of some drugs in the pills too, dunno

    • Grey Human

      Considering the only thing that bend the law of nature are only witches and Demons, i think it would be “realistic” kind of alchemy(some element probably named differently from real world and most of element haven´t been found yet). We might see, that Roland even with only limited knowledge(in light of him being a worked to death mechanical engineer and not chemical specialist in his previous life), will become pioneer in modern chemistry in this current world.

      • Exp

        Although your right, it is a bit strange though, alchemy had been considered a type of witchcraft, which is probably one of the reasons why we have so many different names for people in that field of science like chemists, herbalist, physicists, astronomers, etc.

    • Kin

      Dont know about this world alchemy, but mc want to introduce modern alchemy to this world.

      • mllhild

        Chemistry. Roland wants to introduce the science of chemistry and physics to substitute the arts of Alchemy.

        Calling it modern alchemy will cause Roland to send Nightingale to skin you alive.

        • Kin

          Based on what he said, i think only alchemy. He want to produce new weapon based on acid and alkali chemical.

          • DudeForDuke

            That’s just mercury fulminate, a key component of primers/percussion caps for detonating gunpowder reliably. It’s modern chemistry (modernish, today’s primers use lead styphnate unless it’s that lead-free shit no one likes) that early firearms utilized. He needs it to utilize more advanced firearm designs like those that use self-contained metallic cartridges.

            • Kin

              I meant the chemical, not what it use for. Mercury discovered around 2000bc using alchemy.
              I believe modern chemistry is chemical study based on science and can be proven scienctificly like h2O for water

        • Kuq Ku

          There are a number of things they have here our world doesnt, so perhaps Alchemy and Chemistry can exist side by side and create something new. Alchemistry? hehe.

    • mllhild

      Its “real life” alchemy. The level is close to Chinese alchemy during European medieval times. — they are close to discovering gunpowder,
      – had no luck in discovering concrete(probably the soil they had wasn’t naturally favorable for it, no active vulcanos close by)
      – they can make glass (this means they have several purified chemicals)
      – they have production plants for saltpeter (thats a lot better than what medieval Europe had)

      Yes, they have mentioned alchemy several times in the story already. From the mentions you can also pretty well guess the state of the art in alchemy they have.
      It was also clearly distinguished from Astrology which in this world can actually be used to estimate the length of the months of demons.

      • BurstThrough

        You forgot to.add that they can in a way manipulate poison nicely such as the untraceable one Roland drank and the neurotoxin given to the first Prince that made him unable of speech.

      • Kuq Ku

        Maybe they will be able to unravel the mystery of the God Stones, along with those Pills.

    • MangoGuy

      well the chemicals mentioned here are real,and the reactions so far mentioned as well. The snow powder is also something if I remember right.

  • Gege

    Most of the teaser somewhat has become cliffhanger for me. Lol

    • PotatoZero

      What good is a teaser that doesn’t tease you?

      • Wrandral

        the good kind?

      • Gege

        As good as a movie teaser that didnt make me want to watch the movie. :p
        So, I guess a good teaser always end up on cliffhanger. Lol