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Chapter 158 Ashes (Part 2)

“They are the most excellent warriors of the Church and are used as the top secret weapon against us witches” Ashes explained, “they have the same amount of strength as I, and neither are they any slower than I am, also…” she hesitated. “It seems they don’t have their own conscious. When I was fighting against them, I was able to cut off the right hand of one of the soldiers from the God’s Punishment Army. But he didn’t hesitate for even one second to use his left hand to slash at my eye.

 

“Even when I turned and fled, his movements weren’t affected in any way by the wound I’d given him. This doesn’t have anything to do with having a strong fighting will. Even if they were able to keep fighting after losing one arm, they would still be affected in the end, for example something like losing their balance, it is simply impossible to adapt to that in such a short period of time.

 

“I’ve only heard of the Church’s Army of Judges,” Wendy whispered. “Since they have such powerful warriors, why did they never appear during the previous fights against witches?”

 

“That, I do not know,” Ashes slowly revealed, “Even I only heard the name ‘God’s Punishments Army’ after I later returned to the Old Holy City and inquired about it from some of the city’s inhabitants.”

 

“You… you went back?” Wendy asked surprised.

 

“Ah, how could I let those dregs off so easily?”

 

She stood up and went to the window, “later on I attacked several small churches and camps of the Army of Judges. During one of the raids I caught one of their presiding Judges, previously I had actually thought that they weren’t afraid of death. But having to face torture and death, his performance wasn’t much better than that of any ordinary person, he soon showed a look of fear and began to plead with me for mercy. It was from his mouth, that I heard the name of the God’s Punishment Army for the first time.

 

“Before their ceremony they were all members of the Army of Judges, only the best of the warriors will get this honor, and their acceptance must be voluntary. It seems there is a strong relationship between the success rate and their willingness. The big difference between the soldiers of the God’s Punishment Army and us are that they do not get their power naturally or because of their natural talents, no, instead they become transformed artificially.”

 

“…” Hearing this news, Wendy was quite shocked, she became utterly speechless.

 

“I suppose the reason why they cannot openly use them during wars, like they do with the Army of Judges, is perhaps because of the side effects of their transformation. When they lose their self, then there is no difference between them and the monsters.”

 

Ashes sighed, “During the time I was carrying out my revenge I would often hide myself within a deep well or sewers during the day, only coming out in the evening to start my attack against the believers. But when the Church began a complete city wide search, I decided that I had to flee from the Old Holy City. On the day of my retreat, the blood on me was tightly sticking to my clothes and my skin, giving me a very grim appearance. Probably, looking at me out of the eyes of an outsider, I wouldn’t have looked any differently than a mindless beast.”

 

She only stopped her speech when she suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder, “Now, that time doesn’t matter any longer. Here you can live the good life of an ordinary person. Under the Prince, the life of me and my sisters has become very good. After gaining the experience of fighting together during the Months of Demons and later, after repelling the Longsong Strongholds attack, the largest part of the town’s people have already accepted the existence of us witches. This town has turned out to be the Holy Mountain we have always been searching for.”

 

Ashes leaned against the window and took a deep looked at the woman in front of her. She couldn’t detect any sign of the thin women with dull eyes that she remembered from her life in the monastery. Looking at Wendy it was quite hard for her to imagine that she had ever looked like she did during her childhood. Both in body and appearance, when they were compared with the child of that time, it was completely different. Moreover, the gentle and natural tone of her voice made others feel a peaceful serenity.

 

However, there were still some words which had to be said, “I won’t be staying here, nor was that the reason that I’ve come to Border Town.” She paused, “I came to this town, to take all of you with me away from here, taking you to a place which is really safe, unlike Border Town which isn’t such a place.”

 

“You do not want to stay here…” Wendy froze for a moment. “Why?”

 

“As long as we live on this continent, we will always be threatened by the Church. Because of this, Tilly had gathered the majority of the witches living in the Kingdom of Graycastle and has taken them with her to the Fjords. That is where she intends to build her own country.”

 

“Doesn’t the Fjord also have Churches?”

 

“Because of the special topography of the archipelago and its separation into many islands, their influence can only be maintained on some of the bigger islands, and also…” Ashes twisted her mouth, “there aren’t any soldiers of the God’s Punishment Army on these islands either.”

 

And if they found themselves there, they would soon have to face the wrath of the witches. Going from one island to another, the Church’s forces would be uprooted, just like when they had hunted us witches.

 

“You and your sisters must also leave, Wendy,” she continued to try persuading her. “It was a mistake to spread those rumors, you should get rid of them as soon as possible. When I could hear them, the Church definitely has also heard of them, and they will never allow the witches to organize themselves. I don’t think that it will be long before the Church’s Army of Judges destroys the Kingdom of Graycastle. When you have to face the God’s Punishment Army, do you really believe that the 4th Prince will protect you? No secular Lord will ever be willing to spend his own life to save a witch’s. Right at this moment, he may still be good to you, but in times of distress, he won’t hesitate for even a second before abandoning you.”

 

After Ashes’ speech, Wendy kept silent for a long time, before opening her mouth and declaring: “I do not know what the thoughts of my other sisters are, but I won’t leave Border Town!”

 

“At the moment, you’re standing at the edge of an overhanging cliff,” Ashes frowned, “and with every day you wait it will become even more dangerous.”

 

“If you want to avoid the impending danger, leaving the town, leaving His Highness, what difference would there be between your approach and when he would leave us? I do not want to be such a person, and…” She took a deep breath, “Furthermore, in the case that His Highness ever had to face against the pressure of the Church, I do not believe that he would ever act as you’ve predicted. Nightingale has already asked him the same question, and His Highness’s then answered, ‘I will make this town a place where every witch can live a life of an ordinary person, even if I have to become the enemy of the Church.’ ”

 

“…” Ashes was unable to respond, she didn’t know what to say, she had already heard too many promises such as this, and even if the other party really was willing to protect the witches, in the end, what would that even change? In the face of such an overwhelming power, it would only end up increasing the number of sacrifices.

 

Until now she still had to grasp the situation regarding the Witch Cooperation Association, more accurately the death of the Snake Witch Cara. It seemed that the surviving members of her former group have all been fully integrated into Border Town by the Lord. Spreading the news of a safe heaven up to Silver City wasn’t done by one of the surviving witches, but rather by one of the Lord’s own guards. Although she did not know what cunning plans he had, and how he had managed to make the witches trust him, but under the threat of her greatsword, his carefully constructed camouflage would all soon fall apart, most likely.

 

“I want to talk to your Lord, Roland Wimbledon,” Ashes finally said.

 

 

Her appointment to see the Prince was scheduled for the next morning.

 

By that time, Ashes was brought into the office by Nightingale, now having to face this disgusting man once again.

 

Although she didn’t want to admit it, it was clearly visible to her that Tilly and the Prince both shared the same blood. They both had the same long gray hair with a simple beam in the back of their head that during the sunlight of dawn would have a small touch of silver to it. The symbol of the royal family of the Kingdom of Graycastle. His forehead and nose were also somewhat similar to Tilly’s and the more similarities Ashes found, the more she disliked him.

 

Comparing his previous appearance at the courts with the normal appearance he showed now, she had to say that his dress today was unusually clean. Furthermore, in addition to well-fitting clothes, she could detect almost no signs of wealth, such as jewelry, earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Even though he was just simply sitting on his chair, Ashes still had the feeling that he was looking down on her.

 

The aura of a leader.

 

She couldn’t stop this thought from appearing.

 

Well, if only taking his outwards appearance into consideration, he really seems to have taken a step in the right direction, Ashes thought coldly in her heart. But it won’t be much longer that you will be able to maintain such a posture.

 

“Welcome, I heard your name is Ashes?” The other side took the initiative to start the conversation, “You are a messenger sent by my sister, aren’t you?

 

“It was my own decision to come to Border Town.”

 

“But you can still be called her messenger, right?”

 

“…” Ashes frowned, why was he so emphasizing on her role as a messenger? She did not want to be entangled in such insignificant banter, “I could.”

 

“Well, Ashbringer,” he said, revealing an unrecognizable smile, “I hear you want to take my witches away?”

 

TN: Anyone here who detects the pun at the end of the chapter?

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  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Cody T., Roxerer, and Jatz! I wonder if this meeting will allow him to make his only sane sibling an ally.

  • Kuq Ku

    I wonder if Roland will attempt to make a duplicate copy of Ashbringer hehe lol but that would be impossible right, hows he gonna do that round bit in the blade.

    Anyways, I reckon Roland might aim for an alliance, I doubt he will convince her to stay and she wont convince the others to leave, this is their holy mountain after all, if the one who was saved by Ashes refuses to leave, I doubt very much that others would follow.

    But I think it would be prudent of Roland to send a Witch Ambassador to Tilly, and show her his intent for all witches to live better lives free from the Churches oppression. Church propaganda needs to be countered for all people in the kingdom to recognize Witches as people not monsters.

    Ashes seems like the stubborn sort, I think she will try really hard to pull these witches from Roland, I think that when those judges come to Border town to sniff out these rumors of witches, she might see them in action? Roland may show her why they wont easily be crushed by the Church, and why Border town is indeed a safe haven for all witches.

    I think Ashes has a need to keep witches safe, but I think what she and Tilly are doing is wrong, forcing an apartheid like domain for Witches is counter productive given the fact they are infertile (apparently the jury is still out on that one) they rely on regular people to give birth to their kind, segregating themselves from them only creates distance and doesnt solve what is wrong with the world,

    Im not saying Rolands way is any better, but at least he is trying to show people that Church propaganda is not always true, that like Border Town, witches can be integrated within the community like ordinary citizens that they are who happen to have special abilities. He wants to take away fear and hate and replace it with what is true of any people, witches are human.

    Unfortunately so are people, and humans from their world to ours hold onto prejudices, nurture it, spread it, revel in it. Rolands pathway will be long, and may not yield results for generations to come.

  • Noooooism

    Explanation for the Ashbringer pun:

    Ashbringer on WoW Chinese server is written as 灰烬使者 (huijin shizhe) where 灰烬 means ash/cinder and 使者 means messenger/envoy/emissary.

    So Roland asked if Ashes is a messenger of Tilly just so he can call her Ash (the) Messenger, or Ashbringer.

    A nerdy inside joke for himself.

    • Kuq Ku

      Blizzard sends in the copyright infringement lawyers to come hound the author NOOO, but hes in china? so screw u blizz! heh

    • Mirari

      A very clear explanation!

  • phyrigia

    run… roland! she’s gonna sliced you into slices of ham! I doubt…. but lets hope that’s not gonna happen.
    Anna might go crazy …. wait … if anna vs ashes, who will win? I think anna can just let those fire and sliced minced …
    But ashes can pretty much slashed and sliced …. And then how many witches that Tilly have collected?

    • Chiki Amara

      Nah.. without god stone ashe would probably died before even come near 1 meter.. *refer to when she killer hybrid type mobs*

  • Nnelg

    “At the moment, you’re standing at the edge of an overhanging cliff,” Ashes frowned, “and with every day you wait it will become even more dangerous.”

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Damn Ronald please rekt that witch

    • Kuq Ku

      In the bedroom aww yeah

  • john delacruz

    What pun??

    • Oddmoonlight

      Ashbringer

    • DudeForDuke

      Roland is a fan of RPGs (so is the author, apparently). Ashbringer is a WoW reference (or so I’m lead to believe – I don’t play WoW) to a big ass sword like the one Ashes uses.

      • Kuq Ku

        Its quite a good story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZDLdcW-AbM and part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRxsYLyeVrg this story can be difficult to understand since there are other references within Wow lore are mentioned. So you may need to click other stories listed by this youtuber to understand the story more. I suggest doing that anyway 😛 the fate of Stratholme, Prince Arthas, Lich king is a good read 🙂

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • LT F

    “I hear you want to take my witches away?” actually means “YOU DARE TAKE MY HAREM AWAY, B**CH!?”
    XD

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Danis

    Moarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Grey Human

    I bet that Ash and Previous Roland had an “History” together while both of them still live in King City Castle.

  • leacherfag

    Ashbringer from World of Warcraft

  • Proxy Account

    *Roland sits on a swivel chair with his back turned to Ashes, puffing up smoke from his pipe*
    *He then turns around, hands clasped together, The Godfather style*
    “So…I hear you want take my witches away?”

    • RedBloom

      “I’m gonna make her an offer she can’t refuse.”

    • DudeForDuke

      “No, no, no! No more! Not this time. No more meetings, no more discussions, no more tricks. You give ’em one message: I want the Pope. If not, it’s all-out war: we go to the mattresses.”

  • leacherfag

    Ashbringer is a weapon from World of Warcraft isn’t it?
    Been years since I played that game

    http://1u88jj3r4db2x4txp44yqfj1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ashbringer-cosmetic-variants.jpg

  • Om nerabdator

    damn i hope the winner chooses 3 chapters straightaway ^^

  • MangoGuy

    ashbringer?some one who brings bad news?

  • raven

    Ashbringer like in WOW….???

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • fuzor100

    Argh!!!! I feel like vomiting blood from this cliff******!!!
    Thank you for the translation!

  • john delacruz

    Probably will try at first before being stopped by the other witches. Original Ronald casually sexually harasses women.

    • Mimir

      Pretty sure she isn’t stupid enough to just kill him.. then the witches won’t trust him at all. She will pretend she’s going to and try to get him to admit he is using the witches in order to convince them to come with her.

  • john delacruz

    F5 warriors lock and loaded sir!

    • Gaspar

      And suddenly… I became corrupted and joined the F5 sect! Damn, now I know for sure, Im going to hell. Im sorry family, I couldnt stop, the temptation is too strong in this one!

  • mllhild

    Alright, now I just have to keep hitting F5 for the rest of the day.

  • MOHLT

    (preview) I guess elephant rifle could do the job.

    • mllhild

      Always consider the worst case scenario that they can see the bullets and can protect their head in time with their arms and shield/weapon. Or worse dodge to a certain extent. So you need stuff that can either penetrate a full metal towershield or something they can’t protect against with towershields while still having a high fire rate to prevent dodging.

      Its a shame that Roland isn’t into biology or chemistry some very nice nerve gases or poisons can be obtained and used in artillery shelling Hermes.(after all there is no convention against use of chemical weapons of mass destruction in this world)

      • MOHLT

        Super reaction speed too? That would make punishment army superior even to devils.

        Well, we will be able to guess their capabilities if Roland demonstrates firearms to Ashes. If she can’t react, so the punishment army… Or well have to wait till investigation squad arrives.

        Throwing technical stuff aside, mustard gas should be within ‘expertise’ of Roland.

        • mllhild

          They already have shown the following
          – Catching a mixed species air attack barehanded, thats like catching a sword blade.
          – trowing a spear at insane speed
          so they seem to have at least the body speed necessary to make small adjustments to prevent fatal injury. The question then if their vision and reaction speed can keep up with the bullets, because in war you have too many opponents to keep track of the alignment, body posture and and hand movement of all enemies on the field.

          As for cannon shells. If they are fired in your direction they are easy to see. They are large after all. But in a compact army its not possible to dodge them.

          How long between seeing a cannon ball and getting hit? Try to see at which distance(in meter) you start seeing a black baseball, then divide by 500. This should give you a rough estimate of the time in seconds.
          I tried and got 0.3 seconds.

          For a rifle bullet its 400 to 500m/s but its a lot smaller, so I could only see it at 20m, therefore it would give 0.04 to 0.05 seconds before getting hit. Even if considering that it slows down a lot to 200m/s due to drag its still 0.1 second only.

          • MOHLT

            It is not difficult caching that attack if you use your whole body and just stretch out your arms toward. It is same as letting sword cleave into your hands and then grabbing it… Common soldiers didn’t have problem blocking dive attack itself, just impact force was too much to handle.

            Devils are fast and can throw spear at high speed too(it is unknown if punishment army can do the same repeatedly, broken bones after throw/cooldown/etc), but still failed to block crossbow bolt at close range. Anyway this is nothing to do with reaction speed and doesn’t mean they can do instant body movements.

          • DudeForDuke

            Here’s the problem: Even if they could see it (…it could be extremely difficult to reason why – human vision just isn’t made to operate at those speeds and distances with objects that small, even if you’re a supersoldier), they couldn’t avoid it.

            For instance, nerve impulses travel only so quickly and there’s no really any way to improve them. They need time to travel to the brain. They move at about ~100 meters a second. So even at a paltry 200 meters per second, the projectile is already going to hit them before they can respond even if they spot it at nearly 100 meters away (bloody unlikely). Let alone move out of the way of the bullet in time. Mythbusters did testing to see if it was possible for someone to react to a flash from a rifle’s muzzle at long range and move out of the way in time before the bullet hit (well, surprise, muzzle flashes were difficult enough to even see in the day – they had to use special effects blanks to even see them). The human nerve impulse reaction time combined with human movement times made it too difficult to move out of the way in time. And they even compensated by making the shooting distance extremely long so as to lengthen the bullet’s flight time.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerve_conduction_velocity
            http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2002/DavidParizh.shtml

      • john delacruz

        They could always start producing the blunderbuss. It fires scatter shots like shotgun and it wrecks the target’s body. That should sever a few nerves like the arms making it unable to wield weapons.

    • Nnelg

      (In preview) It doesn’t sound like their skin is that much harder, though; only that they are able to ignore pain. In which case, a bigger gun won’t really help. 1 inch hole, 2 inch hole, it’s all the same; only a headshot will drop them right away.

      • Legion

        (preview) hmm shotguns or other ammo that creates a big hole in the body.?

      • MOHLT

        If Roland going to use large calibre blackpowder rifle, it will be rifled… If rifled, you can use minie balls, which are far more devastating than the simple round balls. Sure, one of the punishments army soldiers showed that he can support bone fracture with high muscle strength(my guess), but minies literally rip apart soft tissue and shatter bones.

        Hit to a leg/arm would incapacitate said body part. Hit to head, neck or upper chest area would be fatal.

        • Nnelg

          I meant to say that there wouldn’t be a significant improvement between an “elephant gun” and a standard rifle like you just described.

          Well, maybe in terms of limb damage. Guns in general primarily kill in three ways: blood loss, organ damage, and gangrene. The last of these actually accounted for the majority of gunshot-related deaths prior to the 20th Century. In the short term, none of these should matter for a pill-enhanced soldier.

          In real life, human muscles can operate for several seconds without blood/oxygen by consuming their own tissue. Normally extreme pain keeps people from doing that, but for a GPA soldier this shouldn’t be a problem. There’s a similar situation with damaged muscles: they can still operate at the cost of increasing the damage.

          Even a minor fracture shouldn’t stop the GPA; you’d need to totally crush the bone or snap it in two.

          Cut off one arm? They’ve got a spare! Biscect them at the waist?http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/terminator/images/5/5e/Terminatorsalvation-302-33.jpg

          The only sure-kill method is to stop the signals from the brain. Or, just waiting for them to finally burn themselves out. But by then, you and your friends are already dead.

          • MOHLT

            Improvement would be damage and we are in dire need of it.

            Standard lead ball usually just fractures bone, but even smaller minie ball often SHATTERS bone and rips tissue/muscles apart making them unusable. Large minie ball would just rip off leg or arm completely or atleast make them a dead weight. It doesn’t matter if muscles can operate without oxygen/damaged, why? Because you can’t use that you don’t have anymore or if damage is beyond repair.

            Large calibre weapons were not used often against other humans and minie balls were used only for few decades… So statistics bit pointless here.

            So if punishment solder gets hit in legs or lower abdomen, spine area – high running speed is nullified and high strength mostly nullified, because it is either barely limping, crawling or just laying down unable to move, it becomes easy target for head/chest shot or pike stab.

            Hit in chest area can destroy heart or lungs, near instant or quick death. Head and neck are obvious ones I guess.

            Plenty of places to make church soldiers dead or near harmless.

    • DudeForDuke

      “Elephant rifle”

      There’s historical firearms of similar veins that Roland could build. Punt guns and wall guns come to mind.
      Wall guns were basically the anti-materiel rifles (in the role of shooting people) of their day and were used for fortification defense. Even models from the 1700s (some were used in the American civil war for long distance shooting) were capable of hitting a man-sized target at 600 yards and putting it down for good. Extremely powerful guns for their time.

      Then there’s also the punt gun. Which was basically a gigantic shotgun. From hell.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punt_gun

  • Victor Silva

    Uh. What happened to Mr. Theo? I liked his ‘Spymaster’ Style. It’s good to see characters other than Roland interacting with the Witches.

    By the way… Seems that lady Tilly is also in the Witch Harem business 😀

  • phyrigia

    thank you! can’t wait for another …..

    • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

      Indeed

  • john delacruz

    Thanks for the chapter. Looking forward for the meeting of ash and roland in one of the three (3) sponsored chapter coming up.

  • Kin

    What was her power again?

    • Ragef33

      Super strength, according to Wendy’s old story.

    • Solid Snake

      superstrength… since its an enchancement type…. the stone doesnt work against them

    • Herloct

      Superhuman physical enchancemen?
      Is she Tilly’s personal bodyguard when they’re still living on the castle?

      • mllhild

        I think she was the maid that roland was harrasing. After all it would is not possible for the pricess to hire a female bodyguard without any known background and if she would want to prove her skill she would be exposed as witch.

        Its superstrength and also to a certain degree enhaced body resistance since otherwise her bones, joints and skin would break when wielding a greatsword or penetrating armor by punching it with her bare fist.

    • MOHLT

      She is reincarnation of Guts from berserk series. Her power is to squish people with her giant greatsword.

    • DudeForDuke

      She’s basically Guts/The Mountain with breasts and the abilities of a witch… and isn’t effected by the God’s Stone nullification stuff.

      She’s the chick that Windy described some chapters back about despite being chained down by a bunch of Church guards managed to break free and slaughter a shitload of them… unarmed. IIRC, she even thrusted her hand into some dude’s chest and ripped out his heart. In any case, she’s extremely dangerous.

  • Raufgar

    Plz sir, can I has more?

    • Proxy Account

      Ey b0ss, can I habe the chaptir? LOL….

  • Danis

    Thank for the chapter 😀

  • MangoGuy

    I can see the writings on the wall here…

    • Anon

      Yep. This is going to be interesting.

  • Lazy Crow

    Ugh… I read it too fast… Still thanks for the chapter 🙂