RW Chapter 156

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Chapter 156 Putting the picture together

Theo ascended a small hill, from here he could vaguely see the edge of Border Town and also the outline of the Lord’s Castle.

 

Finally, I’m back, he thought, previously in order to reach Silver City he had needed half a month, but the way back they only needed seven days, the longest time of which was spent on the road between Silver City and Redwater City. Although it seemed that Ashes didn’t care for it herself, Theo still chose scarcely used trails to reduce the possibility of being caught by the Church.

 

Ashes was the name he had gotten from his witch companion, but even after all this time Theo didn’t know if that name was her real one or not. During their travel, she was always dressed in a black robe and a great sword was wrapped in clothes on her back.

 

Her long black hair was tied into a simple tail, dangling down to her waist. Whether it was during the ride or their travel on a boat, she rarely put her focus on Theo. She always walked alone at the front, taking in the surrounding scenery. Probably for her, this trip to Border Town was just a relaxed and comfortable stroll sort of like a sightseeing tour.

 

Sometimes Theo would doubt his own judgment, was she really a soldier? She could easily stumble over the robe she wore, to keep such long hair was equivalent to showing plenty of holes in her defenses. Furthermore, from the beginning of their journey Ashes never seemed to be afraid of presenting her back to him, the part of her body that he saw from her the most, was always her back.

 

He didn’t believe that a witch would be able to trust other people so quickly, only letting him guess that she might be confident enough in her own abilities, that even a God’s Stone of Retaliation wouldn’t be a threat to her.

 

Theo circled the hillside, soon finding his goal, a flagpole with a red flag hanging on it. He went to the flagpole and dug a bundle out from the mud. Folded within it was a blue flag which was used as a replacement for the red flag. Afterward, he sat down on the ground and clasped his hands.

 

“That’s all you have to do?” Asked Ashes.

 

“At least that was what they had said,” Theo wiped away the sweat that had appeared on his forehead. “Go to the foot of the hill on the northeast side of the town. There you have to follow the stone trail until you reach a flagpole. When you arrived at the pole, you only need to replace the flying flag with the blue one buried beside the pole. We will see the flag and soon arrive at your location, so from then on you will only need to wait and we will come.”

 

Ashes nodded and then began to look for a relatively clean place to sit, she then reached out her hand in Theo’s direction, “Eat.”

 

“Uh…wait a moment!” Theo unlocked his backpack and took a piece of dried meat from inside it. He first tore it in half and threw one piece of it into his own mouth, while throwing the rest of the meat to Ashes.

 

Theo sighed when he saw the witch put the meat into her small mouth and began to chew. Who could have thought that in addition to her great sword, she did not even have one copper royal on her whole body. Even though she was totally penniless she still dared to swagger so much during their rush back to Border Town. During the whole way, all the accommodation and meals had been paid for by himself. The room’s in the inns had to be single bedrooms of the finest quality, and when they ate it could only be meat, dry food and things like portable foods. Furthermore, always had to eat the first half of it by himself before she would eat her part.

 

Probably with the exception of the time she was on the field, she was a very cautious person. However, wouldn’t the most prudent approach to safety be to prepare her own food?

 

“You always wanted to know where we are going; it is to the opposite part of the channel.” After swallowing the meat, Ashes suddenly said, “I am not sure if you’ve ever heard the rumors about the Fjords, but there are countless islands there. Some of them have a very dangerous environment, so those are always scarcely populated. We are going to settle on one of those islands and build homes on it that only belong to witches.”

 

“…” Theo was stunned, no matter how he had tried to inquire from her before, she had always been silent, so why had she suddenly taken the initiative by herself to bring up this matter?

 

“Are you surprised, are you asking yourself why I didn’t bring up this subject before?”

 

Ashes began to explain seriously. “There was the possibility that you were a liar, who would pretend to sleep but at night would instead run to the Church. But now the girls should have already reached halfway to their goal; they should already have entered the merchant ferry to the Fjord. So even if you tell them now, the Church will be unable to stop them. Also, I came here to take the other witches of the Witch Cooperation Association with me, so sooner or later the news will have already reached your ear, thus continuing to hide it has already become meaningless.”

 

“Even though I’ve already brought you to Border Town, you still cannot rule out the possibility that I’m a liar.”

 

“Yes, that’s true,” said Ashes, stressing every word, “But in the end, if we are unable to meet another witch, you will die here, together with everyone else who is trying to harm us witches.”

 

“All right,” Theo took a deep breath. “Can I ask you some other questions?”

 

Ashes thought for a moment, “Sure, but I can’t guarantee that I will answer.”

 

“Do you come from the Kingdom of Graycastle? I have never seen such eyes as yours before.” He decided to start to ask her about her origin first. This shouldn’t be any kind of sensitive information and at the same time it should reduce the wariness in her heart.

 

“I was born in the Kingdom of Endless Winter, but this has nothing to do with the color of my eyes. The moment I became a witch, my eyes turned into this pair of eyes you see now.”

 

“Kingdom of Endless Winter? That’s a long way between your kingdom and the Kingdom of Graycastle. There are even two other kingdoms between them, so how did you come to Silver City?”

 

“When I was young I was sold the Church, and then…” She paused. “I’ve been wandering from the monastery in the Old Holy City all the way to the Kingdom of Graycastle. Until I meet her, finally ending my wandering life.”

 

“She?” Theo asked curiously.

 

“Tilly Wimbledon,” Ashes answered, suddenly showing a warm expression on her face. “She took me in.”

 

The guard’s heart beat faster, when he had previously heard her saying the name Tilly, he had never thought that it was any sort of famous person. But now with the Wimbledon family name attached to it, the meaning became entirely different. Tilly Wimbledon was Roland Wimbledon’s sister, the 5th Princess of the Kingdom of Graycastle. So, when he asked her his next question, his voice quivered. “She, is she your leader?”

 

“Leader?” Ashes nodded. “To me, she is so much more; she is the most important person to me… someone that no one else could ever replace.”

 

When the night fell, the two lit up a bonfire.

 

Ashes took off her sword, raising it a little bit out of its cover, showing that the edge of the weapon was close to the width of her waist and also that it was covered with many marks of previous clashes. The grayish sword didn’t have any edge that was usually seen on a blade, and it weight alone was enough to squash any one person. For most people lifting this sword would already be an impossible task, but in her hands, it seemed to only be as heavy as a light blade.

 

How many blacksmiths had she robbed, in order to get enough material to forge a sword like that, ah, Theo thought, if the Prince and his witches delay for much longer, it is entirely possible that I will become the next victim of that sword.

 

“I heard that the Lord of Border Town is also a… Wimbledon,” he decided to find something to talk about. Otherwise, the waiting time seemed to be especially hard for him to bear.

 

“Roland Wimbledon,” she muttered, “I have seen him before.”

 

“What?” Theo opened his mouth.

 

“I was sheltered by Tilly and began to work as her guard in the palace. So there naturally was the opportunity to meet several of her brothers and sisters.” Ashes seem to already have a good understanding of the 4th Prince, “incompetent, arrogant, without any learning or skills. It was hard to believe that he was Tilly ‘s brother. Also… in some areas his courage wasn’t so small.”

 

To the end of her sentence, her tone had become colder.

 

Theo could not keep himself from shuddering. He had heard a lot of rumors of the Prince previous behavior. For example, he would always brag, was also fond of using cunning plots and things like molesting someone else’s maid. Although he had never used violence or threatened the other side, it was still hard to avoid someone in his position. Surely, he wouldn’t…

 

At this moment, Ashes suddenly stood up, staring into the direction of the road, “Someone has come, and they are more than one.”

 

Theo followed her gaze and he could also slowly see the outline of figures gradually appearing from the night’s darkness. The one who took the lead was the witch personally responsible for His Royal Highness’ security, Nightingale.

 

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  • Zeth

    Thank you!!

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Uh seems like his new reputation hasn’t traveled very far though haha.

  • phyrigia

    what what what? so that’s where Tilly is? dont tell me Tilly become a witch or like Roland accepting witches?

    • Kuq Ku

      Tilly a witch? could that be possible? dont all royalty get the god stone automatically? that would be a rather interesting outcome, there is no way they would accept a witch as their King/Queen. Which is partially why I think Ana and Roland are doomed to fail, unless Roland decides to get rid of the Monarchy the ripples will take a long time to settle, rome wasnt built in a day, it took frigging centuries

      Even if Roland manages to spread this sympathetic sentiment that has been cultivated in Border town, dont underestimate the prejudices of human nature, its flat out rotten and difficult to counter at the best of times, just look at the world to day.

      If Tilly is a witch then what would that mean? I foresee all out war on a magnitude never seen before.

    • nirleka

      I can’t believe my little sister is a witch!
      Sound about right, for japanese light novel’s title lol.

  • Kuq Ku

    That alchemist is going to orgasm non stop Ill bet…

  • Rick

    Tilly’s a witch ?

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    So that’s what the princess has been doing

  • Kuq Ku

    I think that when Ashes realizes what is there she will more than likely arrive to the same conclusion as Nightingale, but I doubt she will stay, it seems to me that her group are more cautious and savvy than Leaves group was, it seems to me that they needed to have more smarts to live where they did.

    Finally we have mention of Tilly, Tilly is the genius is she not? up until this point I had been confusing her with Garcia, I was wondering why Garcia was doing stupid things when shes suppose to be a genius, now it makes sense, I had wondered why Timothy hadnt gone all out against Garcia, did he think his sister wasnt one to worry about? but isnt she suppose to be the Prodigy? Garcias desperate move to use the pills from the church, Timothys reaction to having an assured victory didnt sit right with me. I shouldve went back to earlier chapters to confirm, all this time I had been so very disappointed in Garcia, my bad about the mix up.

    Now that Tillys name has been mentioned, Im thinking that perhaps Ashes and those witches are henchmen for Tilly, Im only speculating, but Ashes devotion to Tilly seems to point in that direction, I also think that Tilly is aware of what Roland has been doing since the Months of Demons victory, I reckon her rats are much smarter than those that have been caught and possibly one of those whom Roland has extended a measure of trust perhaps someone who helped with the cannons etc. Now Im wondering why the quiet genius is so very quiet.

    I think that based on her Brothers behavior and change in personality she might be thinking a few things regarding that, her idiot brother has suddenly turned into a genius that even surpasses her, this is yet another speculation based on whether she was aware of the drastic changes happening in Border town, the way the witches were speaking to each other when deciding on whether to risk exposure or not might have been part of Tillys plan, or completely unrelated, Ashes seems so confident, judging by Theos observation, confident that Theo poses no threat to her, which speaks volumes especially when you consider her history with Tilly.

    Ugh, I keep waiting for other things to be revealed only to find other things that need revealing that I want to know about too! when your chomping at the bits waiting it gets exhausting! So many things are happening! its like watching a weird Racing game! who will get there first, Im impatiently waiting for the next installment, I have to add, Thank you very much to the Translators for the fast service, and to the dedicated sponsors who have allowed us even faster access due to their contributions

    • BurstThrough

      Ashes seems to not be scared cause she is an “extraordinary” with combat abilities wich makes her the best at killing church threats.

      • Kuq Ku

        How do you know she is an extraordinary? do you think shes that one that Wendy spoke of? was her name Ashes?

        • Michael Renner

          the witches, and the church, seem to only think of “still has power in area of god stone” makes them extraordinary. and self reinforcement magic can do that.

        • BurstThrough

          The witch in Wendy’s story is unnamed and I suspect she died in combat and she now is the source for the strengthening pill the church produces(unless she did survive and there is another reason why her powers are the same as the pill). As well as it is too weird for them to make such monasteries just to have sex slaves as they didn’t have to house so many if that was the objective.
          Back to Ashes I finds the words she said to Shadow in the “interrogation” chapter seem to say that she does not fear the church’s “God’s stone of retaliation” and can kill them or at the very least run away.

  • esya

    Nooooo moreeeee

  • Enem

    I’m really hoping Tilly doesn’t have bad intentions. From what I understood, its Tilly that is leading the other group of witches and if it’s a trap, it’ll just be a repeat of what happened to the WCA. They’ll already be trapped by the time anyone realizes that Roland was the good guy. Hoping I’m not reading too much into this and my thoughts stay as delusions…

  • mllhild

    This made my day.

    1. I’m so happy that the witches don’t seem to be going into a trap, at least no one made by their group… damm now I’m disparing again.
    2. Finally information on Tilly the 5th princess. And she even seem like a very nice person. If she is a bit a sleepy head then my image of her as Shiro from “no game no live” will be complete. Also this would make her an exelent planner. Ah, I’m again feeling fuwa fuwa

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • DudeForDuke

    [witch harem intensifies]

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Danis

    Damn look like there no increase of harem cough I mean Witch 😛
    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Diukes

    I think she would think that he’s pretending so they will be enemies in the future

  • MOHLT

    Future alliance? ex-Roland don’t you dare to ruin things.

  • MangoGuy

    Alrighty alrighty!! This arc looks good!!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • john delacruz

    Does anyone know what happened to todays post?

  • john delacruz

    does anyone know what happened to todays post???

  • nirleka

    New witch yay!!!

  • Arashi Darkness

    fun fact:there will be another faction that will show up in this or the next chapter (and they related to witch) [well,this not really a spoiler and this type only make reader more eager to read more,so don’t think about delete this comment again,admin =.= ]

    • mllhild

      You mean one besides the group of witches that captured Theo? That would really come out of the blue.
      Factions until now are
      Main:
      1. Church (North)
      2. Thymony (Center)
      3. Garcia (South east))
      4. Roland (West)
      5. Sandpeople following Garcia (South)
      6. A Witch Association that was in SilverCity

      Unaccounted for are
      – Kingdom of Dawn, not even their King city is on the maps
      – Fjords, not much land and military power there
      – Sandpeople of the extreme South, also nothing marked on the map there
      – 5th princess Tilly
      – Devils in the concealing forest (if there still are any)
      – Whoever was there in the concealing forest stone tower
      – Devils beyond the mountains

      • DudeForDuke

        “5th princess Tilly”

        Team Imouto. Not a spoiler! Says here in this chapter that she took Ashes in, so we know they’re together. Anyone speculating as to the “why” is probably going to guess correctly. We also already know the “where” from this chapter. The “what” and “how” is the interesting bit we don’t know yet.

        “Whoever was there in the concealing forest stone tower”

        Let’s put that on ice for now. (Pffft! Terrible pun, my apologies.)

        • mllhild

          With Tilly now gathering Witches as well that Tower becomes one of the few places Roland could easily get more beautiful grateful followers(harem).

          Also the new witch is a Combat Witch. The best one to explore the Tower together with Nightingale. Also Roland will probably share info on the Devils with the Witch in hope that Tilly knows something that the ex-idiot prince didn’t study/knew.

      • Kuq Ku

        Im chomping at the bit! I wanna know about the damn ore already too! bangs head on the table, and that slow ass Alchemist move it already! I dont want to be in frustrated anticipation like a groom on his wedding night only to find out shes to tired to do it! Im working myself up imagining all kinds of things! dont deflate my inflated delusions! dont you dare not meet my expectations!

  • MOHLT

    (preview) Ashes… A new fire witch? Rebirth from ashes(like phoenix)? Maybe something related to instant death(petrification->crumbles into dust)?

    • Arashi Darkness

      nope,you will know her ability in this or the next chapter

    • mllhild

      Maybe dehydrating material until it crumbles?
      Or the weakening on molecular bonds causing material to easily be able to oxidate and turning to ash?

      • mllhild

        Oh it was the, “I reduce everything to ash by smashing it with my greatsword (Guts form Berserk) style”

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    (Posted During Teaser)

    I feel like the judges and the witches will meet. The witches will think that they have been setup-ed and the judges will think that Roland is truly harbouring witches (which he totally is). The latter is not important, what is important is the former. Roland needs his harem to survive in this harsh world.

    • Rico Sebastian

      ( During Teaser )

      I like your way of thinking

    • Estagon

      I don’t think so:
      The judges have been dispatched directly from the Holy City, thus they will need, even with supernatural speed, no sleep and an unlimited pills supply, at least one month to reach Border Town, while Theo, who got in contact with the witches pretty much at the same time of the dispatchment of the judges, said that he only needed one week to return to the Town;
      The judges will reach Border Town in (at least) other 3-4 weeks.

      That said, if you were right it would make for a great plot twist!

      • Mimir

        The question is though, are these things happening all at the same time? Do we have any way of really knowing where the church people are when Theo is getting back to town?

        • DudeForDuke

          The church had a meeting where they discussed Roland’s fight, victory and later leaving of the Longsong Kingdom (Chapter 137). It’s been about… 2-3 weeks since then? (Chapter 142 says “half a month” since his victory – and the church knew about Roland leaving and that information had to take time to get to them)

          • mllhild

            Looking at the map and considering that Theos just said that he took 7 days for Silver City to BorderTown while walking some less used trails. Then the Judge squad should be able to move from Hermes to border town in at most 4 weeks.

        • mllhild

          I’m also lost since the characters never mention exact dates, only relative ones.

    • phyrigia

      lets hope that’s not going to happen. That is the worst that could happen. But I don’t think it’ll happen. The witches will meet with Roland witches. Witches can tell if the other witches are lying by looking at their color, i think? Or that is just for nigthingale? So roland could have sent lightning over for meeting with ashes. Her flying would be the best for this mission..

      • DudeForDuke

        Only Nightingale can detect lies (loophole of this: it only “counts” as a lie if the person saying it knows it is – if they believe pure nonsense and insanity, it will still show up as the “truth”). Unless I’m missing something entirely, she’s the only one that can instantly detect witches thanks to the fog as well. I know that she’s the only one that can visualize a witch’s magic and temperament and whatnot. And only if there isn’t a God’s Stone in the way.

        (By the way, she’s still corporeal when in “the fog” – Roland has/can touch her and she can/has touched him. It’s more akin to invisibility with the added benefit of being able to pass through some matter.)

        [Preview:]
        From the gist of what I’m reading, there seems to be a protocol in place. Lightning relayed to Roland that the flag on the edge of town changed, so I guess that’s a signal for whoever Roland sends out to use to report the situation and use it to meet up. Sort of like marking an item when a spy wishes to talk to a handler, ect.

    • Kuq Ku

      If Tilly is a genius, and seems to have a sympathetic viewpoint towards witches, whether that is genuine or not is not the issue, if she is also gathering witches, it wouldnt be that far of a stretch that her aim is Rolands Witches.

      If I were Tilly I would be keeping tabs on all my siblings and especially the Church, I would make it my business to find out everything and anything no matter how insignificant, leaving an opening no matter how small could prove fatal.

      I would invest in outstanding talents, my spies would be exceptional, they wouldnt be detected even if there were people sniffing them out.

      If I look at the agenda of the church and find that unclear, I would look at the effects of their tampering, my rats would be whispering of the trade between Garcia and the church, the pills given and used to win a battle against her Brother Timothy, I would connect the dots till the only conclusion is that the Church are manipulating events to suit their as yet unknown agenda (probably some cliche domination of the world kind of thing, lets hope not :P)

      My information network would be supreme, knowledge is power, communication is key.

      The main hurdle she has to overcome is her own sex, being female is an unfair situation in any circumstance, (come at me fem nazis) Society recognizes Male domination, although Garcia has shown being a leader doesnt require a dick.

      The more information I am able to secure I would see the anomaly, not the church, not Garcia or Timothy, but Roland formerly known as the Idiot prince. The information that has been spread about the safe haven for witches would, make me retreat and rethink the situation at hand and plan from that point onwards.

      I would wonder why Roland is sending out signal flares for Witches? why be so obvious with his recruitment or trap? why would he open himself up to the Churches Wrath? does he have something that can counter the Church? what could that be? If Im a genius I would have known the answer to that, because my rats wouldve told me of the recent fortifications and armament of Border Town, I wouldve been told of the Witches openly using their power, the Months of Demons and the Defeated Dukes easily won battle, I wouldve known about Rolands rejection of the Churches attempt to be their chosen puppet. Brother could you be my ally? or my worst nightmare.

      Would Tilly be able to understand what Roland has done? would she want that for herself? so many questions, so many mysteries to unravel