RW Chapter 157

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Chapter 157 Ashes (Part 1)

When Ashes saw the people appear, she immediately knew that they were witches. She could feel the magic on their bodies, showing that Theo had not lied. But that wasn’t all, she could also roughly determine their strength, especially from the witch leading them. Her magic felt like a sharp knife – just by focusing on her, she could already feel a faint stabbing pain.

 

“My name is Ashes. I’m so glad to meet you sisters of the Witch Cooperation Association.” Ashes put her sword aside and approached the four witches to embrace one after another… No, she thought, there are five of them. Ashes raised her head, looking at the black spot circling above them in the sky, “Doesn’t she want to come down?”

 

“She acts as our lookout,” the witch in the lead answered laughingly, “I am Nightingale,” then she pointed at the other three witches, “They’re Scroll, Leaves, and Echo.” Then she pointed upwards, ” and the little girl in the sky is Lightning.”

 

When Ashes looked at Scroll, she was startled. The feeling of magic she got from her body was feeble, it seems like her body was constantly hidden behind clouds. Getting such feeling gave her a big surprise, “An extraordinary?”

 

Hearing her question, Nightingale became curious. “Are you able to see the magic?”

 

“No, not seeing but feeling,” Ashes explained, “Since their body got changed by magic, extraordinary can detect the form and flow of magic. I think this sister must feel it the same way as I do.”

 

Scroll nodded and said with a smile, “Indeed, it allowed me to find a lot of companions in the vast sea of people.”

 

“Do you know how rare such extraordinaries are?” Nightingale said.

 

Hearing that the other’s concern was about the frequency of extraordinaries, rather than “What are extraordinaries”… Ashes thought to herself, how could it be that the Witch Cooperation Association had already heard about an extraordinary? This term is strictly banned by the Church. After all, their abilities are directly affecting their own body and with this arent suppressed by the Gods Stone of Retaliation. Any person who got into contact with an extraordinary was the number one enemy for the Church.

 

“There will be one extraordinary witch for everyone thousand other witches,” Ashes was still thinking about the previous issue, but her face was still unreadable like always, “So far, with the addition of Scroll, I have seen only three people.”  After pausing for a moment, Ashes asked, “By the way, I remember that the name of the leader of the Witch Cooperation Association was Cara. How is she?”

 

“She is dead,” Nightingale shook her head, “She died during the search for the Holy Mountain.”

 

“… That’s a real pity,” Ashes expressed her condolences in a small voice, but what she really was concerned about at the moment was that the other side hadn’t shown much sadness when Nightingale had answered her question. “Who is your new leader right now?”

 

“Let ‘s go back to town first,” Nightingale just smiled, “You will see him soon.”

 

 

They walked into the town like any ordinary civilian, giving Ashes the feeling that there was something wrong. How could it be that the witches of the Witch Cooperation Association are able to just walk along the streets while holding torches? And what was even more unexpected was that the town wasn’t dead after nightfall. Behind the paper windows of many residences, she could see the outline of weak fires, like candles burning. Listening carefully, she could even hear many children reading aloud.

 

Candles, although this kind of item cant be called expensive, shouldn’t be easily affordable with civilians’ limited savings. They wouldn’t be able to buy many of them, so they couldn’t easily be used. Seeing that the town actually had this many residents lighting up candles at night was such an incredible scene to look at. Also, judging by the constant word-for-word reading, are they all trying to teach their children how to read?

 

However, since the others didn’t mention this strange behavior with a single word, Ashes was too lazy to ask herself. Anyway, here isn’t the place where we will live in the future, the only thing I have to do is to take you away from here as soon as possible.

 

After many turns along the way, the group was getting closer to the castle area, allowing Ashes to see the walls and the patrolling guards even in the dark night. “Where are we going?” She couldn’t stop herself from asking.

 

But to her shock the answer she got from Nightingale was, “To Border Town’s Castle, it is right in front of us.”

 

“Wait,” she slowed down. “That is the place where the Lord lives.”

 

“Well, it is also the home of us witches.”

 

“Were you able to reach an agreement with the Lord?” Ashes frowned. Even if the local forces were vigorous and coordinated, it was still difficult to face the Church with their God’s Stone of Retaliation. So, the only possibility for cooperation between a local lord and the witches was when the witches had their own way out, assuring them that they would survive. Unfortunately, when having to deal with such a vulnerable group of witches, most lords were reluctant to sit down and talk fairly about the conditions of the contract. It was more often that they endlessly squeezed them dry and demanded more, so the road to reaching an agreement with local Lords was usually blocked.

 

“I suppose you could call it that,” Nightingale said in a voice without any trace of depression. Rather, it was full of warmth, “Every one of us has signed a contract with His Royal Highness.”

 

Ashes wasn’t able to feel happiness for them. Those contracts written with paper and pen were not binding at all. As soon as the Lord became tired of paying them or wanted to terminate their relationship of equality, he only had to knead the contract into a ball and throw it into the fireplace. There would be no one who would fight for the injustice the witches would have to face. Their status was like a small boat alone in a storm, always afraid of getting overturned.

 

Fortunately, now I’m here, she thought. With me, they can leave from here and go to the other side of the sea. There, us witches have built our own homes and live far away from the Church and any other secular threats.

 

Sure enough, when they stepped through the castle’s gates, the guards just nodded and said hello when they saw the appearance of the witches.

 

 

Compared to the king’s palace, the Lord’s castle in Border Town was undoubtedly much smaller and darker. There were so few solitary torches burning on the walls of the corridor that their swaying lights weren’t able to cover the entire stone floor. Walking along the dark corridors, Ashes got a depressing feeling. However, this feeling only lasted until they reached the entrance to the living room. There, the room was suddenly brightly lit up by fires.

 

Entering the hall, Ashes could see some more witches. It seemed they had all been waiting for her, and the moment she stepped into the room they began to applaud and welcome her. Nightingale, who wanted to give a brief introduction, took two steps forward, but suddenly one of the witches who had previously waited in the room rushed over.

 

“Wendy!” somebody cried.

 

Everything that happened was registered by Ashes, but she still decided not to take any counter-measures. After all, she only had the feeling of joy and surprise from the approaching witch, there was no trace of hostility at all. So after a few seconds, she was embraced by a warm body.

 

“You survived,” said an unknown voice, excitedly. “Thank you for saving me.”

 

Ashes became confused, “you are…”

 

“My name is Wendy,” the voice said, releasing her hands. She took a deep look into Ashes’ eyes. “The little girl in the choir, do you remember me?”

 

 

On the second floor in one of the bedrooms, only two people were left, Ashes and Wendy.

 

Ashes had never expected to meet a partner from the monastery here.

 

So, calling her partner was a very far stretch. With the exception of that night, Ashes had never had any interaction with Wendy. In fact, she hadn’t even paid any attention to the other girls enclosed with her in that underground room. She had not even realized that there were others who had to go through the same horrible acts of people forcing themselves on them. Even more, she had never thought that one of them would also become a witch.

 

“I was able to flee from the monastery and settle down in the Seawind region,” Wendy began to talk, after a long time of silence she continued, “Then someday I got the news that the monastery was set on fire later that day, and that all the children were missing. Did you do that?”

 

“The fire?” Ashes shook her head, “It was the Church’s doing. They did it to cover up the whole scandal. I killed some of the managers and the Army of Judges who tried to stop me until… members of the Church’s God Punishment Army arrived. That scar over my eye was left by one of them. If hadn’t chosen to escape by myself and had instead waited until the follow-up – if I had to face more members of the God’s Punishment Army, I am afraid I would have died that day.”
“God’s Punishment Army?” Wendy stared with big round eyes at Ashes, “Who are they?”

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  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Eric W., Roxerer, and Disco Pangolin! Funny thing is this Church sponsors drug addictions and sells the relief at the same time.

  • DudeForDuke

    He isn’t kidding. The MTL (Machine Translation) version of RTW is awful. Like “psychological torture” levels of awful. What’s even more hilarious/worse is the translations are actually worse than Google Translate. I have taken and copy and pasted raw Chinese text from MTL’s RTW volume and translated it in Google Translate and gotten more legible and grammatically correct translations.

    For instance, take this chapter. Reading it on LNMTL has “exceeds” for “extraordinary/extraordinaries.” Google Translate will translate the same Chinese-to-English text correctly, however.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Belvedere

    What is the MTL version? Is that an acronym?

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J I want to see their reaction with Ronald (つ﹏<。)

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • icicle

    thanks

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! Ugh. Need the continuation. >.<

  • B.Mito

    As soon as she expose her wish to take the witches away… Everybody will go hostile.
    I wonder if she will do that in front of Anna. I mean, if NG’s magic feels like a strong sharp knife, a hostile Anna’s will boil her alive.

  • esya

    Lol ashes you aint ever gonna get those harem away from the prince.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Kin

    What was her power again?

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Hmm, full circle.

    But, given her previous track record, Ashes might just try to kill Roland immediately upon seeing him. Because of his ‘previous’ behaviour.

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • MangoGuy

    I see..so she was that mystery witch.

    • Ragef33

      EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS CONNECTED!
      Fucking Christ, all these coincidences.

  • Chiki Amara

    *sigh* another teaser…
    Its hard to believe.. even the comment is alot more than the teaser.. o.0″

    Pls help we are dying on waiting..

    Thx btw for the translator.. keep the good works..

    Am guessing that come to ashe was..

    Nightingale.. scroll.. wendy.. leaves and the mighty cute explorer lightning.
    And am expect that wendy already forget the face of ashes which when she wreack havoc in the monastry..

    I like the first paragraph in the teaser.. its kinda shown that nightingale was overbearing.. 🙂

    Ofc if ashes vs nightingale have a match i will put my bet on our nightingale.. 😀

  • Ryan

    MOARRRRR plueaseeee D:

  • Coooo

    are you kidding with me you cant stop here

  • mllhild

    (During Teaser)
    That Witch reminds me a lot of Guts(from the Berserk manga), silent walking with the giant greatsword on the shoulder out to first fight humans, then hunt demons and devils.

    Guessing they are Nightingale, Anna, Leaves and Wendy.
    Basically, Nightingale went there, saw that she was powerful then all firepower combined got called. Probably Carter and Iron Axe are also there.

    I’m guessing that this Witch will go home empty handed in terms of witches she hoped to bring. But she is going to bring an unbelievable message to Tilly about her useless brother.

    Oh and Roland already has a merchant from the Fiords which he can promote for resources and connection to Tilly.

    Going by the map it should take less than a week to sail down stream the river until Clearwaterport. And then depending on winds and current 3 to 7 days to the fojrds.
    So Tilly could get the message in as little as 10 days. But a message back would be a lot harder to deliver by boat. By foot+boat it would be maybe 20 days, if you have a horse 13.

    • Mimir

      Pretty sure this is the witch that Wendy was talking about. The one that killed all the people in the church when Wendy was younger.

      • phyrigia

        really??? if so, then wendy here should be surprised to see ashes then.

    • VerneJules

      There would probably be a trade agreement between Border Town and the new witch island/country…

      Is it possible that Tilly is also a reincarnated person like Roland?

      • mllhild

        I would guess not. I mean it would make little sense story wise since there is no use for having more reincarnators. All areas are already covered.
        Mechanic – Roland + Anna
        Chemistry – the alchemist
        Construction – Karl the stone mason
        Administrative – Barov
        Agriculture – Leaves
        Trading – this trader from the fjord

        • Kuq Ku

          If Roland exists then so to can others. Overlord for example, Momonga Sama was constantly paranoid that others from his world existed there. I think that it would be rather cool if a reincarnator ended up on his doorstep.

      • DudeForDuke

        “Is it possible that Tilly is also a reincarnated person like Roland?”

        Unlikely. The reason why Garcia was surprised to learn that Roland was still alive was because he was given an alchemist’s uber-cocktail of poison. When the original Roland died from it, Cheng Yan took his place after he himself had just died. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that in order to be transferred to this new world that both persons would have had to have died.

        There’s been nothing to suggest that anything like that happened. Plus, for her own reasons, she’s been planning and doing this for some time; hence why she took in Ashes way back.

        That said, Tilly has her own secrets and reasons. She up and left Silver City without telling anyone anything, not even Timothy he seems to have a disturbing fawning over her.

        • Kuq Ku

          Timothy has a sis complex? can u link the chapter lol. I dont think Tilly is a reincarnated person either, but someone has suggested she might be a Witch.

          I think this might be true, rather than actively get involved in the bid for the throne she has more or less gone into seclusion, taken herself far from everyone quietly gathering more Witches.

          While her siblings have been making a lot of noise, Tillys exploits remain unknown, at least till now, Perhaps this is the reason why she isnt so pro active with her actions towards claiming the throne.

          • DudeForDuke

            It’s Chapter 72, the first time Tilly is mentioned by name. Timothy finds out she’s left Silver City without telling anyone and no one knows where she is and he’s distraught and almost sounding heartbroken that she didn’t wait and trust him or tell him anything before she left. Definitely something going on there with Timothy.

            • Kuq Ku

              Ty I was too lazy to check hehe, he seemed more upset that he lost a very useful tool 😛

  • Jonathan A. Baggett

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……….ooooo…..ooooo..

  • Nik D.

    Feeling teased are we? X)

  • B.Mito

    Rox told 156 would be the only one for today… Its just mean.

    • mllhild

      Think of it so. Imagine you got the first part and had to wait until Thursday for part 2. So we will get both of them tomorrow together.

      • B.Mito

        Not really, there are about 3 sponsored chapters to be released.

        • phyrigia

          oh yes!

  • Om nerabdator

    wheres the rest? i think there was a mistake when you posted this chapter

    • B.Mito

      Is just a teaser.

    • Robinxen

      This is just the teaser upload, the full chapter will be released later

  • MOHLT
    • mllhild

      This is french cuisine my friend. 😀

    • Kin

      Auto hide if you login via phone

  • Jeanpiere

    I want to reed more T.T

    • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

      Better bookmark then start reading when part 2 is released