RW Chapter 44

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Chapter 44 Hidden answers

It was already late when Roland went back to the castle. It was snowing heavily again.

He went directly into his bedroom, took off his coat and shook off the snow that got caught in its collar. Then, he hung it on a rack next to the fireplace.

“Your Highness, don’t you think that you have progressed much too quickly?”

Nightingale’s voice came out of nowhere, and then she became visible to the prince.

“You mean the situation with Nana?” Roland poured each of them a glass of wine. Although the wine was more bitter than he was used to, slowly he had become used to its taste.

Nightingale took the cup offered by the Prince but did not drink – she was waiting for the prince to give a longer answer.

“There will never be a more appropriate time than now,” said Roland. He drank his cup of wine all at once, only to fill it up once more afterwards. “I planned to let Nana play a big role with her ability during the Months of the Demons. So, it would have been impossible impossible to conceal her identity as a witch anyway. She can instantly cure fatal injuries! This is nothing close to what ordinary herbs or bloodletting can do, everyone will want this.”

“Border Town is in the most western part of the kingdom. Here, so far away the center, the church’s influence is very limited – if I were them, I wouldn’t be willing to spend so many Gold Royals for a place which could be abandoned at any time.” Roland continued, “We even don’t have a small town church. The missionary left with the nobility to Longsong Stronghold earlier. Knowing all this, what do you think Border Town is? It is an island, totally cut off from the outside world.”

“… This was your plan since the beginning?” Asked Nightingale, surprised.

Roland nodded, “The never ending snowfall will close the road to Longsong Stronghold, and the entire town will be in my hands. We have at least three months to reverse the “witches are evil” point of view. With only mouth-to-mouth propaganda, the effect will be very limited. So, we must rely on real life experiences in order to quickly eliminate the hatred caused by ignorance and misunderstanding.”

That was the reason why he wanted to let everyone think Nana was the cause of Brian’s rescue. He wanted to create a different image of Nightingale.

There existed a legend of a nurse who made an all-out effort to look after wounded people, resulting in the plummet of the wounded mortality rate, from 42% to 2%. Thus, the fighters conferred her the title of “Lady with the Lamp”, and the popularity of the whole nurse profession had been elevated to the rank of worship.

Nana’s ability to heal had more to offer than only heal the injured, as long as someone didn’t die on the spot, she could restore him completely like he was never injured. This would be more important and boost the morale more than any weapon upgrade he had presented.

At the same time, thanks to her family’s decline within the aristocracies ranks, her father had to deal deal with hunters and farmers often during the weekdays. Because of this, he had a very calm and kind attitude towards the normal civilians, and he even allowed Nana to visit Karl’s Collage and learn with them. This kind of act was absolutely unthinkable for even the lowest of Barons, they would never agree if their children had something to do with the peasants – in their eyes, these people were the so-called untouchables.

“This … can we really do this?” Even Nightingale, when facing such a big monster like the Church, felt extraordinarily small and weak.

“If we never try to change, we will never know the answer.”

Roland did not expect that he would be able to change the view of all the inhabitants of Border Town, but he at least hoped to plant seeds within the hearts of some and get a small team of supporters. Later, he wanted to relay on this seeds, to let them grow and let them spread.

Within three months, many changes could be achieved.

Nightingale thought about it and then whispered, “Why do you want to step out of the masses and help us witches?”

In order to use their power for the production of resources, make himself more powerful, and have a better chance in winning the throne – of course, all this answers were not suitable to say aloud. Even so, Roland was a mechanical engineer, he had played a good variety dating games, so he could even be seen as a veteran who knew a lot. So with the experience of having lived for more than forty years in two different worlds he knew that this time he had to face a crucial question and give the right answer.

So he thought carefully about his next words and said slowly, “I haven’t told you yet, but I do not care about the background of any inhabitant of Border Town. I hope that one day, in my territory, even witches can live a life as free as any other person.”

This time Nightingale was silent for a long time, and the only sound left was the crackling of the burning firewood. Her face, highlighted by the flickering flames, was like an otherworldly picture.

When she spoke again, Roland had enough time to free himself from the beautiful illusion. “You really don’t have to accomplish all this.” Her voice was small but gentle, “Please forgive me for lying to you before … My sisters in the Witch Cooperation Association have been living the life of refugees for far too long. They do not expect so much, their only goal is to have a place where they can live in seclusion. Even living in this castle would be enough.”

How would that be different from living your life within a cage?” Roland shook his head, but then he suddenly come to an understanding. His eyes became wide open when he looked full of shock at Nightingale, “What do you mean … Are you saying that you are willing to bring your sisters back here?”

Nightingale sighed and avoided looking directly at the prince, “When I do this, you will become the enemy of the Church.”

“Their arm has been stretched too far and has become too thin.” Roland didn’t mind the future road, due the slogan “the power of the King is granted by the God”, the Church and the mortal power will conflict sooner or later. As for Border Town, we only have to live through the next months, then they will not be able to do much to us. Here we are thousands of miles away from their seat of power. What do you think will happen when the Bishop of Longsong Stronghold holds a military trial to come to crusade me? My father would never allow this to happen, this would be a much too great of an attack against his Royal power. “

“…” Nightingale didn’t know how to answer, she gave him her salute and left. When Nightingale was out of the room, Roland let himself fall onto the bed, and took in a deep breath to relax. There were some things he didn’t tell her. For example,he didn’t tell her that the center of the church’s power was a thousand miles away. In accordance with the world’s news circulation speed, they would probably only be able to react in late spring. In addition to the distance there was also his identity as a prince, so a big possibility would be that they would only send envoys to ascertain the situation.

As a result, Roland thought that they would only arrive after half a year. By then, he himself would already have a solution to break their strength.

Thus, the biggest risk of his plan wasn’t the church, but rather the witches themselves.

This point was only known by himself.

Although at the moment the witches were at a disadvantage, the current situation would not last forever. The power of the witch did not rely on blood heritage, so there was no pattern to who would awaken, it was all random. This meant that they could not be eradicated, so their number could only increase.

The Church relies on their God’s Eye of Retribution, and for the moment they can still maintain their advantages over the witches with it, but it can only offset their magic. However, the witch awakening not only gives them a wide range of ability, but also boosts their physical power and mental reaction speed. Even their appearances would become more beautiful than ordinary people.

They essentially could be regarded as a “New Mankind.”

The more brutal the oppression becomes, the more intense the resistance will be. How much damage would be caused to Graycastle if the witches started and lead a riot? Because the Church gave birth to the hatred, once they lost control, it would be likely that the hatred would turn against all the residents of the Kingdom of Graycastle.

Roland didn’t want to see that happen.

So, he needed to start from Border Town, and lay down the structure to contain both sides. Later, he would need to extend the structure to Longsong Stronghold, and in the end to the whole kingdom.

He was creating a world in which common people and witches could coexist.

 


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  • Mclaindog

    I’ve read a lot of comments about how Roland is automatically against the church and it’s religion and how he has no proof that they are evil. 2 things history always repeats especially when the time period is similar the kingdom’s are slowly being replaced by the pope so yes to him they are a enemy since they are taking away his power as a king. 2nd would you support the hitler? That’s what this new church is a bunch of racist self entitled pricks that are saying 1 race must die. But it’s even worse than Hitler since even the town’s folk are helping with the gassing.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Disco Pangolin! Whoa his goals are so far-reaching.

  • Jack Nathanial Mikhail

    Urdh. The author’s simplistic views are annoying…

  • Christian Leontsinis

    The father of anna betrayed her why the rest wouldn’t betray them?

    • Mclaindog

      They will betray him but he has 3 months to settle this all they are trapped here what’s waiting outside is death.

  • Azure Phantomz

    The prince doing it the X-men style! XD

  • IMO the MC’s way of thinking is very naive, if he can say that not all the witches are evils than i can also say that not all the witches are good people. Imagining that those kinds of people running around with those superpowers in their hands and what makes you sure that they won’t abuse it?

  • …while he is valuing these witches highly, he is still massively underestimating their main flaw (the ‘bite’ every winter). He doesn’t know the contrition rate, or how much it affects the witches’ logistics.

    I mean… winter usually lasts 3 months, and the witches got turned somewhere in there. They need… about a week to go through the bite and recover. That means that during winter, at least 1/8 of the witches’ forces are out of commission. And due to the intense needs during this period, few witches could go out and do much during the winter, since they need shelter and bedrest. So they can’t move far or fast.

    While winter is a terrible time to wage war in general… I still think that is enough of a lapse for a military strike. There is a reason why the witches live off on the monster infested woods- it is easier to handle monsters than people.

    As the prince, I would at least try to get the outer farm land running so the place could be self sufficient prior to picking a fight with the church. Sure, give the healer and sow the seeds… but full on admitting that you have the entire witch league? I mean… sheltering them is one thing, but admitting it?

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Combined arms. Roland has even stated in an early chapter that “using witches just for the battlefield was barbarian thinking” (paraphrasing here). I don’t think he intends to use witches en masse as combatants in military conflict. There’s a reason why he’s dedicating so much time and effort to militias and firearms. Those are force multipliers which, realistically, are even more powerful than witches like Anna (due to the fact that you can field a whole hell of a lot of them). Meanwhile, if you have a competent and technologically advanced conventional warfare military that can keep the witches safe, they can put their all into support roles without worrying about defending themselves from an imminent attack.

      I think it would play out a lot like GATE, where magicians just aren’t numerous or powerful enough to usurp regular humans with weapons, but they can do cool/incredibly useful support stuff.

  • Wouldn’t be fucked up story that after he achieved his goal to free the witches from oppression he then gets killed by a witch.

    • That’s actually interesting twist,
      I don’t know a good continuation for the twist, though,

      Just because witches aren’t inherently evil doesn’t mean they can’t be evil,
      I believe issues like these will show up in later chapters after the witches are accepted into the town, I will be disappointed if it isn’t

  • Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Thanks for the chapter

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Thanks for the chapter!

  • Many thanks for this chapter Roxerer & Disco Pangolin! 🙂

  • Sim

    It is rather amazing how that guy can disregard all notions that witches are evil but at the same time believe that the church is evil.

    I really do hope that his hypocrisy comes back to bite him in the ass hard to balance this story.

    • So to burn girls who had some power is not bad? Do you think that the characters Nana or Anna are evil women and should be killed because they are witches? ^^’

      • Sim

        The assumption that the church is burning the girls because of their power is something that the MC made up. Even if it was true there still might be a good reason for it. A gate to hell/demonic dimension might actually open if sufficient magical people are gathered in a single area.

        • They never said anything about burning. But the order from the church saying witches are evil and if found they should be executed was stated in the earlier chapters.

        • The point of his stance is he doesn’t care how much power you have, nor what your power is. Only how you use it matters to him. With his world (and ours) history with religion being used as an excuse to do truly horrifying things, and finding out that in terms of history he’s at the start of that pattern? That is indeed evil by common standard. Punishing people for what they are instead of what they do is never ok.

        • Michael Twitsucks

          For a uncomfortable exercise, replace the words “girls/witches/magical people” with “Jews” and “the church” with “Nazis”. No, save your accusations of Godwins Law. The fact remains that you’re okay with utilizing this apologist defense for the church’s actions (and, make no mistake, the beginning chapter shows THIS IS what they’re doing), but if you were to apply it real world historical events from the darker chapters of human history and use the same logical arguments… suddenly it’s a lot more awkward, am I right?

          Sorry, but even if having enough witches in a single area COULD do this
          (which, by the way, this theory already has holes in it by not being able to explain why the Witch Cooperation Association’s hideout isn’t a venerable god damn Doom portal to the underworld with demons flying out of it), how the HELL does that justify killing innocent people simply because they happen to be witches?

          • Christian Leontsinis

            Well jews implemented communism in so many countries and killed far more innocents than hitler. I guess you don’t know hitler came to power because of this…

            • Michael Twitsucks

              “Well jews implemented communism in so many countries and killed far more innocents than hitler”

              Again, this isn’t /pol/. Thank you, however, for so quickly proving to me that you have nothing intellectually valid to contribute.

              • Christian Leontsinis

                lol

    • As far as I remember, he never said that the church is evil, just that they choose to eliminate them since they couldn’t say the witch obtain their power from their god because being a witch was random and it would become a problem if someone from another religion got these power

    • I’ve noticed it as well. The pratogonist states certain things as if they were absolute truths, but it’s not clear, what he bases them on. I think it’s writing issue – the author could have shown us a couple scenes from prince’s memories, where Church was acting in ways confirming his opinion of them or how he approached the negative attitude about witches with open mind and decided they weren’t bad based on interaction with them or anecdotal evidence, instead of automatically assuming they were unjustly prosecuted. It’s not our world – magic is real and witches may have been inherently evil. I like the novel and idea behind it – many thanks to the translators, but I wish I didn’t need to avoid thinking of these things to enjoy it.

      • He just based them of what he think, if I remember well he only habe memories of his previous body, and I don’t think it’s going to be so smooth later. In the previous chapter, the church HQ being build with the bones of massive demonic beast isn’t something good for him, since it look like he haven’t realised it’s a fantasy world yet even with magic he’ll be in for a surprise if a behemoth attack them

        • Michael Twitsucks

          “he’ll be in for a surprise if a behemoth attack them”
          Ehh… Magical behemoth monsters are still based on physics regardless of magic handwavium. And the judicial application of explosives can solve any problem-maker. Over-pressure/shock waves don’t care if you’re magical or if you’re a monster. You’ll die because biology and physics will make you die – magic be damned.

          Realistically, if he’s prepared with even early or not-quite 20th century tech… Even a bigass dragon showing up and throwing his chest out is going to end in a curb stomp battle – with Roland being the victor.

          • Nnelg

            But when magic is involved, all bets are off regarding which physical and natural laws even apply anymore. For instance: it’s pretty clear that the monsters expend more energy than it should be possible to generate through the chemical oxidation of the biological compounds in their food, so why would they need blood to carry nutrients and oxygen to their muscles?

            • Michael Twitsucks

              “But when magic is involved, all bets are off regarding which physical and natural laws even apply anymore.”

              It’s been stated since they were introduced that while they are created via magical means, that they’re still biological creatures. Biological creatures, however magical, still die when they’re subjected to overpressure.

              As you’ll come to see, they’re just very resilient. Magic doesn’t do a thing to handwave biology for them.

              “For instance: it’s pretty clear that the monsters expend more energy
              than it should be possible to generate through the chemical oxidation of
              the biological compounds in their food, so why would they need blood to
              carry nutrients and oxygen to their muscles?”

              1.) I don’t see how that’s clear. You could say the same thing about elephants, whales, ect. Pretty baseless assumption, really, considering the evidence we have on their biology.
              2.) It’s already been stated that they do, in fact, possess blood. They still die, as per testimony from other characters, that slicing them open and exsanguination kills them dead just fine.

              • Nnelg

                There’s a world of difference between elephants, and some of the beasts we get to see in later chapters. As far as we’re aware, these demonic beasts don’t need to consume a huge amount of biomass to grow and maintain their new forms, so they’re effectively getting energy from nowhere.

                We already know magic can generate energy from nothing; we can see that with Anna and the other witches. If Anna can generate fire in thin air, why can’t a monster dump energy directly into it’s muscles? If they can do that, most other organs become redundant.

                • Michael Twitsucks

                  “As far as we’re aware, these demonic beasts don’t need to consume a huge amount of biomass to grow and maintain their new forms”

                  …And you don’t need to consume a lot of biomass to produce gigantic tumors on your body, either. All it requires is time. Of which the demonic beasts have.

                  “We already know magic can generate energy from nothing; we can see that
                  with Anna and the other witches. If Anna can generate fire in thin air”

                  Roland brings this up as a potential violation of thermodynamics, but this is an assumption that remains unproven (and he has no means to test it). For all we know, Anna could be manipulating dark energy and using as a catalyst for fire. Or exciting air molecules. Or doing fusion on the microscopic level. We have no idea.

    • Michael Twitsucks

      “but at the same time believe that the church is evil.”
      Probably because they are? There’s no moral high-ground to murdering untold numbers of innocent people (plenty which probably aren’t even actual witches at all) simply because of who/what they are.

      • Christian Leontsinis

        The roman pagan church killed 1-3 thousand people in the decades of the inquisition so all churchs are bad hur dur muh uitchs

        • Michael Twitsucks

          This isn’t /pol/.

          • Christian Leontsinis

            And?

    • mllhild

      have you ever opened a critic history book on religious organisations? Evil and powerhungry is not even close todescribe it. Not to mention that most monotheistic religions were created as a way to unify and center power.

    • Psychronia

      Eh. I can give it plenty more time to get more depth. Though Roland’s absolute certainty in a world with new rules added to his old one’s is kinda hurting the sense of realism. I’ll have to call the author out on not sufficiently justifying the MC’s thoughts here.

      Objectively, the church’s prosecutions are counterproductive and inhumane.

      We don’t have enough info on witches to know if there’s any actual “evil” to them, so the only thing we can assume is the standard “some are good some are evil” rationally given to any demographic. In which case, giving them the acceptance and trust they’ve been ruthlessly denied is an entirely advantageous move.
      Already, Rowland has Anna’s, who is implied to be an astoundingly powerful witch, probably lifelong loyalty.

    • Azure Phantomz

      It is not the prince’s opinion but his logic, think of it as choosing a side, if he choose the church’s side, he would need to face random people with poping out that may kill him such as Nightingale, but if he chooses the witches, he gains the support from the people in the shadows.
      It is similar to gaining the support from organisation who are considered evil such as the mafia, that even the government could not control.

    • Anon Ymous

      Eh? But just in this chapter he mentioned that the biggest threat to his plan was not the church but the witches themselves. He’s clearly factoring them into the equation as a potential risk in attaining his goal, which seems to be a world similar in ideals to our own in the 21st century. Moreover, all of the witches he’s met thus far have been quite civil in their dealing with him. Sure, there must be evil witches, but as this story has shown, there are plenty of evil humans (prime among them his power-hungry onee-chan).

      Add to that the fact that the first thing he saw in the new world was a clearly weakened and dying girl being prepared to be hung to death and even his otherwise smart aides being terrified to the point of incontinence of the very thought of witches (and the father selling his daughter for money because she was a witch) and I can very easily understand his conclusion.

      Whether he likes it or not, witches are a presence in this world — and as he explained — not one likely to go away. Rather than fearing them and hunting them down to keep them in check, it might be better to integrate them into society, right? I can’t see where the hypocrisy comes in.

  • …and they all lived happily ever after.

  • Thanks for the hard work~

  • thanks 🙂