RW Chapter 154

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Chapter 154 Alchemy (Part 2)

When Kyle Sichi returned home, it was already completely dark outside.

 

After dinner with his family, he returned to his study and recorded the recipe for Crystal Glass together with its required raw materials and his experience of producing it in his own book, “The Door to Alchemy”.

 

In it, he had recorded his journey from the day he had started as an apprentice to his days as Chief Instructor. At the same time, he had also included all of the newly discovered alchemic recipes of the Redwater Alchemy Workshop.

 

Kyle believed that with the help of this book, he would earn his place in all kinds of history books. Even thousands of years later, alchemists would still have his name deeply engraved in their minds.

 

Only after the candle was nearly burnt out did Kyle finally put down his pen and made himself ready to sleep.

 

Suddenly, he remembered that he still had the letter from the Prince, and until now, he hadn’t read a word of it. Glancing at the candle, he saw that only a fingernail’s worth of candle was left, so he decided to use the last bit of time to read this letter so that he could give a verbal reply to the messenger on the next day. The small remaining bit of candle would only be enough for him to write a few dozens of words, but it would still be enough to read a worthless letter.

 

After opening the envelope, he saw that it contained three sheets of paper, of which the first page was the common courtesy and introduction of their titles and their territory. Kyle didn’t even bother himself to take a look at it; he directly moved on to the second page.

 

The second page didn’t contain the expected recruiting offer or lash-out, making Kyle feel a little surprised. Instead, all that was written were five strange formulas. After taking a careful look, he noticed that each formula was made up out of three compositions.

 

Oh, that’s a little mean, he smiled, in the end, regardless of the which purpose the Prince had, at least he was somewhat tricky in the end.

 

He swept his gaze over the first line.

 

“Dry distillation of Saltpeter produces nitric acid.”

 

Saltpeter… dry distillation… nitric acid, these were all terms used in alchemy. Kyle was totally surprised, isn’t this the double stone acid method?

 

“The acidic liquid produced by dry distillation of Saltpeter has to be gathered inside a special container. It looks exactly like ordinary water, so it will be hard to recognize. However, it is very corrosive. Not only does it have the ability to burn away skin, but it can even dissolve some metals.“

 

This… is actually an alchemic formula? Is it possible that Border Town also has an Alchemy Instructor?

 

He quickly moved his gaze to the next line

 

If the first sentence was already enough to surprise him, then the second sentence was simply incredible.

 

It consisted of a bunch of inexplicable symbols, standing side by side, forming an equation. Kyle frowned. He had never seen such strange symbols in his whole life.

 

Looking further down, it seemed that the third sentence was the interpretation of the second sentence, including the names and meanings of the symbols. To be honest, he was still unable to understand the symbols even with the explanation. The hard to pronounce words were apparently all newly coined words. In order to link the words with the symbols, he had to read them again and again. But even after all this, the sentence meaning was still a much too complex puzzle for him.

 

At this moment, the flame of the candle shook twice and went out.

 

Hell! Kyle cursed loudly within his heart, and without any hesitation he took a new candle from the drawer, and began reading once more.

 

 

When the second candle had already burned halfway, the Chief Instructor’s hands that were holding the pages were shaking heavily.

 

What seemed to be a letter with nearly nothing on it had taken many times longer than the usual time spent reading a neatly written page.

 

On top of the second page of the letter there were only five formulas. Unexpectedly, they were all alchemy formulas!

 

If it was only given like this, then they would still be an outstanding master alchemist, but it was still not an impossible accomplishment to sum up five alchemy recipes by oneself. However, these five formulas, in addition to the first method for producing acid, were all correlated well with each other. Certain neologisms appeared repeatedly, giving the appearance that it was a maintained cycle.

 

“Nitric acid reacts with silver to produce silver nitrate, mixed together with water it becomes nitric oxide.”

 

“Silver nitrate reacts with iron to form ferrous nitrate and silver.”

 

“Silver nitrate reacts with copper to form copper nitrate and silver.”

 

“Copper nitrate reacts with iron to form ferrous nitrate and copper.”

 

Previously, Kyle had already put a silver bar into the acidic liquid. It hadn’t taken long before the silver was dissolved. Dissolving something or letting it become invisible were the characteristic of acid, it corroded anything. But now, this unknown alchemist had stated that the silver nitrate had been dissolved in the water and on the surface it seemed to have gone away, but in fact, the silver had only morphed into another kind of existence, instead of being annihilated as previously thought.

 

How can this be?

 

No… Kyle shook his head. Apparently, the other side had already guessed my way of thinking, so that meant, these formulas correlating with each other isn’t something accidental, he realized. This person wrote these formulas exactly so that I could confirm them, whether it is silver, iron or copper, these are all common minerals. According to the following alchemy recipes, the silver can reappear again, proving that it wasn’t annihilated, and still exists within the acid.

 

Seeing these formulas so neatly arranged on the paper again and again, it became increasingly more difficult for him to breath. If these alchemy formulas could be proven to be true, their years of accumulated experience, the effort that all of his colleagues had put in and even the writing in his own book “The Door to Alchemy” would be nothing more than a joke!

 

“You can go to sleep early on with the child; I have to go to the Alchemy Workshop again!”

 

To the surprise of his wife, he wouldn’t attend to her tonight. Instead, Kyle put on his coat and left straight into the night.

 

Arriving at the Alchemy Square, he immediately called for the three disciples who were still buzzy on their duties, telling them that he now had to conduct an alchemy test and they had to light all the torches and candles, the more they lit, the better. His order was swiftly quickly executed, and soon after his wide table became illuminated by flames. Afterward, his disciples began to shuffling between the materials room and the refining room, preparing all the test materials for the Chief Instructor.

 

They had already produced several acid liquids out of dry distilled saltpeter, so he could immediately start verifying the second alchemy recipe.

 

He took some of the acid liquid and poured it into a glass; he then put a silver bar into it. Soon after the reaction started and the bar gradually corroded, creating many small bubbles.

 

To shorten the anxiety filled waiting process, he turned his attention to the third page of the letter.

 

But on it were only one short sentence: “This was only a small part of my work, if you want to know more answers, you have to come to Border Town.”

 

Damn it! Writing this sentence is equivalent to writing nothing! If I’m able to verify the formulas, I have no other option other than to go and visit this unknown master. Otherwise, there will only be sleepless nights left to me for the rest of my life.

 

After waiting until no more bubbles emerged, he removed the incomplete dissolved silver bar and put a small piece of copper into the cup instead.

 

Immediately an incredible things started to happen on the surface of the copper, a thin white film began to appear, looking like a beetle’s shell. The white layer became larger and larger, slowly covering the whole surface of the copper, while the colorless acid slowly turned blue.

 

It is exactly the same as described in the letter!

 

“The white precipitate is silver, and the newly created copper nitrate, just like silver nitrate, is soluble in water. However, the copper nitrate will turn the water blue.”

 

Looking into the cup, Kyle Sichi saw that it had turned blue, just as stated.

 

 

Early the next day, when Chavez came to the Alchemic Workshop, he was greeted by the Chief Instructor who looked completely haggard with deep black circles under his eyes, shocking him greatly.

 

“Didn’t you get any sleep last night?” Chavez asked surprised, “Had you worked the night through to create a second batch of Crystal Glass?”

 

Kyle just shook his head and signaled that he should follow him to his table. There he tiredly asked: “You are the disciple of which I’m the proudest, so I would like to ask, what do you think alchemy is?”

 

“Uh… just what you have taught me,” looking at the table Chavez noticed that it was fully loaded with a number of glasses, including a few cups which were filled with solutions of different colors. For example one of them was sky blue and very eye-catching. Could this be the reason that the Chief Instructor did not sleep last night? Although Chavez was full of confusion, he still replied honestly, “I think the same, the essence of alchemy is to find the truth of the world in all the disorder and chaos…”

 

“No, no, Chavez, I was wrong,” Kyle interrupted. “Everyone was wrong. That isn’t Alchemy.”

 

Was it…? Chalvez felt that the other side acted strangely. First, he worked the whole night through in the Alchemy Workshop, and now he asks such baffling questions. Not able to wait for Chavez next question, the Head Instructor began to explain: “Unlike what you, I and everyone else thought, Alchemy is ordered. It can even be said that it is following the principle of one plus one equals two. No matter what you do, material will never increase nor will it disappear.”

 

“Will never increase or disappear? What are you talking about? Isn’t that what alchemist usually do? To create new things, we just put some commonly seen raw materials and combine them after filtering and separation,” Chavez answered in bewilderment.

 

“Yes, ah, I also thought like so, but now after I have read the letter sent by the Lord of Border Town…” Kyle patted his shoulder, opened his mouth and said some surprising words to Chavez, “I will soon leave this city, and go to Border Town to find some answers. You… Do you want to come with me?”


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  • Igcis

    As a physicist who’s read quite a number of “transported to other worlds” novels, your story excites me. Keep it up! If i find myself not knowing exactly whats going on, I end up looking it up out of curiosity. Kyle’s reaction was very well written and very much in line with what i’d expect from someone who dedicated their life to the field. I look forward to more chapters 😀

  • someone who isnt an idiot

    Alchemy is his true mistress lol

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Yay chemistry I love chemistry!!

  • MOHLT

    Chapter can be summarized in: Mario, princess is in another castle!

  • GroovyPotato

    And then alchemy became chemistry…
    That’s what I was waiting for, a transported/reincarnation story where the mc actually uses modern knowledge instead of forgetting all to senseless “cultivation”.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Akabanenabaka

    That is what you call hook, line, and sinker.

  • DudeForDuke

    “Chavez – let’s cook.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14d6bdb6904ef53c30e358705d3a04f057575012a721f59e0cb9c1ef60c06ec7.jpg

    It’s utterly amazing how well constructed and thought out this LN/web series is. Everyone complains about “main character of X not having a brain,” but isn’t a nice when you finally have an AUTHOR that has a brain and uses it? No cheat nonsense. No handwavium. Roland as a character isn’t omnipotent, either; some things he just doesn’t know and he’s obviously better at some subjects than others and what he does know is reasonable. But the author did their research. The author realized that magic is neat and all, but all of human history’s advances that we have now are built upon a foundation and brick-by-brick by millennia of science, education, engineering and industry.

    Other characters in other novels might have bullshit overpowered abilities that conveniently keep leveling up, but they still don’t have the world-reaching impact and capability that Roland has… by remembering his education from his past life. This guy is bypassing over 500 years of human development and changing the world just by utilizing his knowledge of science, engineering and industry. He realizes even the social implications and problems this world presents and is going to improve the literacy rate and bring about public education programs.

    Even look at this scenario with the alchemist. Roland isn’t a great chemist (he didn’t even know the composition of nor how to make mercury fulminate), but he knows what this Kyle guy didn’t until just now – it’s a science. There is a method. Once you realize that, you’re no longer crawling in the dark and fumbling around. Instead of offering the guy money to entice him, he introduced him to chemistry proper. He didn’t tell him, he showed him and just let him figure it out on his own. A mere passing offer of “if you want answers, come to me” was all that was needed after Roland showed him the door to what is possible.

    I’d actually be interested in what the former (current?) background of the author is. The fact that they did as much education in/research into history, science, industry, economics and sociology and managed to actually craft it into a plausible and entertaining story is pretty impressive. Definitely one of the best LN/web series I’ve read.

    • Akabanenabaka

      Nailed it on that picture lol

  • Dystopia

    Gah! Now that I reached the last chapter I can’t wait ;-;

  • Herloct

    ~ Damn it! Writing this sentence is equivalent to writing nothing! If I’m able to verify the formulas, I have no other option other than to go and visit this unknown master. Otherwise, there will only be sleepless nights left to me for the rest of my life. ~

    Yeah, it was like reading a chapter, got a cliffhanger, then author announce a hiatus…

    • VerneJules

      Well, at least he could go to Border Town to get more answers… So it’s more like “If you want more chapters, please donate!”

  • Proxy Account

    “No matter what you do, material will never increase nor will it disappear.”

    And thus the empire came to know of the Law of Conservation of Mass, and from here on, the Lord of Bordertown cut back a few centuries in between the eventual development of “alchemy” into “chemistry.”
    – – – –
    THIS IS WHAT MAKES THIS WN GREAT. Enough fantasy, enough Science, enough Anna (or Nightingale, depends on you)….
    – – – –
    “I think the same, the essence of alchemy is to find the truth of the world in all the disorder and chaos…”

    “No, no, Chavez, I was wrong,” Kyle interrupted. “Everyone was wrong. That isn’t Alchemy.”

    ^this scene gave me the most Royal of all goosebumps. This is how you take advantage of being an Isekaijin from Earth…you actually use what you actually have and know…you might not know how to actually implement things in practice….but there is no shortage of people who could, under the guidance of your Otherworldly wisdom….
    – – – – –
    I rate this WN Roland/10.

    • belegorn

      this MC its AMAZING really no super powers no shit, just a smart mind and a good heart

      • Proxy Account

        makes me lose taste for other isekai stories with MCs incorporating guns into the parallel world by just imagining parts and soaking hands into barrels of magic metal, or those who simply summon entire platoons of military men (along with armaments)

        • DudeForDuke

          “or those who simply summon entire platoons of military men (along with armaments)”

          God, that series was terrible. I stopped reading by the time he made a brigade sized infantry unit with tanks, ships, aircraft, ect. and had like 10,000 support staff on his own island.

          …Within days/weeks/months of being thrown into the world. And from THIN AIR. He just summoned troops, ones with personalities and capabilities and individual thoughts. He even had a relationship with his second-in-command.

          I swear to god a 12-year-old could write better fiction than that horseshit.

          That said, I did enjoy Gun-Ota somewhat. Not anywhere near as much as RTW, but it was also refreshing in a market where usually the MC is given god-like abilities, magic and/or a sword and proceeds to one many army superior forces. At least Lute has to rely on firearms and works as a team. Now if only he could stop being such a naive pacifist idiot…

          • Proxy Account

            Totally agree with you on the last part. Hmmm, why did I stop reading Gun-ota anyway? Ah, yes the updates. Hmm, was the Gun-ota MC the one who was a metalworks/mechanics part worker? If so, understandable. Our man Chen Yang here apparently did not just nod-off to his mech-engg and chemistry classes…

            • DudeForDuke

              Yeah, that was Gun-Ota, the guy who was a machinist/military otaku who was a pretty shitty magic user and so turned his attention towards using liquid metal that solidifies with magic to “3D print”/”machine” firearm parts and assemble them and go kick monster ass with.

              It’s been translated (quite well, too) up to about Chapter 94 or so. I’ve read all the current releases, but there’s going to be another pause in them due to that being the end of the latest volume release.

      • KaiserNephilim

        try “Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki” then…. low magic power, brilliant mind, great heart, awesome strategist…. oh, and good comedic show.

        • belegorn

          Ok im gonna give it a try, tvm

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! Lol! Bait them with the formula, hold back something even more amazing. XD

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • mllhild

    2 Alchemist, get. And with them he even got a formula for cristal clear glass. The interesting part is that he said that the alquemist only used sand. This means that they have furnaces that reach the 1723ºC (3130ºF) needed to melt sand without additives. (with additives it can get down to 600ºC(1112ºF)). That means the furnaces are made out of something high quality firebricks, and with the knowleade of making these firebricks it would make it possible for Roland to make a blast furnace.

    • DudeForDuke

      Assuming the swords and armor are made from proper steel, they at least have bloomery technology which is capable of ~1000ºC temperatures in order to produce sponge iron. Crucibles are also within the same technology range as this (with things like the Ulfberht swords being made from crucible steel at around 950 AD onwards) and could exist and they could reach temperatures of ~1600ºC. In fact, IIRC, bits of glass were used in the crucible process to separate the slag from the steel. In order for that to work, it would have to melt it.

      …Then again, making glass in a crucible is nice and all, but a puck of glass isn’t that useful. Unless you then have the furnace temperature to heat it up and work with it, it doesn’t matter much. Wait. Actually, if you could make crucible glass and you took it out when still molten, you might be able to pour it and make float glass – which would be useful. I’m unsure if that would work, though.

  • dragon2004

    I’ve had goosebumps while reading this chapter.
    Genius writing from the prospective of the alchemist.
    I need more much much more !
    Thank you for translating

    • Kuq Ku

      I know right? the anticipation is real! isnt it great! I love how Roland decided to tease the Alchemist, then bait, and finally this fish is caught hook line and sinker!

      That wouldnt be a bad way of luring more prey, I mean recruits. Send out a puzzle for “Thinkers” to decipher they figure it out they find who sent it and voila! more resources at his disposal!

      Loving it!

    • Ancitif

      nothing like an alchemy boner

      • dragon2004

        nothing like a science boner

  • saxophone

    Is this redox?
    I’ve never been a bright student of chemistry…
    and that boring af chemistry teacher in high school didn’t help at all

    • ofcoursenot

      Not sure, I only have a secondary schooling of chemistry, I only know that they are chemical reactions

    • Aurega

      This would be Single Displacement reaction. But it can be broken down into redox reactions.

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    I can Show you the world,
    Silver, Copper & Ironnn…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Disco Pangolin, and Jatz! Clickbait!

  • Wrandral

    Ahh that reminds me of my first lessons of chemistry, so much fun. Too bad that asshole teacher never held up his promise of showing us how to craft TNT

    • phyrigia

      of course. who would show how to create TNT? unless you want to be a bomber something..

    • mllhild

      Here in Brazil the selling of strong acids is heavely regulated and the person buying it need certain certificates and also state what was done with it and the destination of wastematerial produced and so on. I guess were you life will be the similhar, so at most he could have explained to you the step by step for crafting it.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • MondoX

    He figured out the law of conservation.

  • Atamahead027

    KAKKKKKEIIIIIIII

  • leacherfag

    And we have our first mad scientist

    • Estagon

      He is mad scientisto.
      It’s so cooooolllllllll sonuvab*tch.