RW Chapter 85

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Chapter 85 Thorny Road

It took a moment before the old man showed a reaction, he slowly lifted up his quilt, moved it to the bedside and looked in the direction of the Archbishop.

Then he opened his mouth and asked: “If it were you who was locked up in this damnable place, do you think you would be able to eat?” His voice wasn’t easy to understand, it sounded like his throat had been blocked by something, “Half a year, I’m already trapped here for six months, without any news… Tell me how are my sons and daughters doing?”

When taking a closer look at the cell, Mayne noticed, that it seemed like one wall was scored with a nail. Is the old man using this method to calculate the date?

He moved to a chair facing the King and then asked in return: “Why ask about things that will only make you unhappy?”

“…” The King kept his silence for a long while, but eventually spoke, “It doesn’t matter to me, after all, you will kill me anyway, right?”

Mayne only answered with one word, “Yes.”

“Then as a dying man, what does pleasure mean to me, before I die, I just want to know their situation!” The longer Wimbledon spoke the more his voice resembled a growl.

In the end, what else should I expect? Mayne thought, after all, as a king, he had learned to have a strong spirit and demeanor. When the King had been kidnappted and replaced by a devout, on the road to Hermes, he had repeatedly tried to break free. Then when he was imprisoned, he wasn’t corrupted by madness, instead, he had always tried to negotiate his freedom. Even during all the abuse, he never released a scream, which was very rare in this jail. If it wasn’t impossible to change the plan, Mayne really wouldn’t want to waste such a person whose only bad point was being on the wrong side of their conspiracy.

Perhaps since I have already personally come, I should just inform him about the status quo, the Archbishop thought, otherwise, I could just voice the command, and the next moment one of the Judges can come and end his life.

So Mayne finally slowly said, “Your eldest son, Gerald is already dead. He was beheaded by your second son, Timothy, on charges of treason. Your third daughter Garcia has declared the independence of the southern border region, conferring herself as the Queen of Clearwater, so a war between her and Timothy is inevitable. As for your fourth son and your fifth daughter, we do not get much information about them. Well… they are still alive.

“What are you talking about, rebellion? Independence? What did you do?” asked the King enraged.

“We let them fight out who would become the next king,” explained Mayne with pleasure, “we spread your children through the whole kingdom, and declared whoever governed their territory the best would become the next king.”

Hearing this, Wimbledon closed his eyes in pain, trying to shut out the world. After a long time, he finally whispered, “Why do you do all this? You took advantage of the prayer day, brought me into the compartment to pray in isolation, there you stripped me of my clothes… and also took my God’s Stone of Retaliation. Then you used the ability of a witch to replace me with another person. So with this replacement, you could have obviously slowly taken over the country, let the Church gain control of every town. So why did you need to give out the order for the Battle of the Throne?! I, I cannot… Keke”, because he got more and more enraged, he began to cough severely, shaking throughout his whole body.

“We just couldn’t issue the command which would lead to massacring your children one after another!” Mayne continued his verbal attack to finish off the former King. “Maybe you wouldn’t have worked against us, but your children mostly wouldn’t act the way you want them to. They would grow up, develop, and have their own thoughts. Just like you see from your third daughter, Garcia. She already started her project to take over the Port of Clearwater five years ago, so even without the Battle of the Throne, at the point when you would naturally die, do you think she would just stand at the side and look how Gerald would ascend the throne? But the most important reason for us to act, was that we don’t have the time to wait for the natural cause to get rid of you, you should have already noted that the power of the witch isn’t permanent.”

“Damn you, what would the Church get from the fight between my children? The Church will also sink into a sea of fire, many of their believers will get killed during the war, and the kingdom will become a total mess…” talking until here, Wimbledon suddenly got a distracted look, not believing his upcoming thought “Do you want to –” another burst of severe coughs interrupted the king’s speech once more. When he was finally able to speak again, his voice became as thin as a gossamer, as if that array of coughing had consumed all his remaining energy, “You… want to destroy the royal family!”

“Exactly, but it would be more accurately to speak about the royal power.” Mayen couldn’t help himself from praising the king within his heart for his keen judgment. Even after staying for six months in the completely dark dungeon, by not losing his consciousness he could already be regarded as strong willed, but he has even managed to keep his intelligence. The only other people who would be able to do this can be counted on one hand,

“The monarchy will always be a hinderance to the development of the Church, no matter how weak it becomes, it will always rise again just like weed. So only by completely eradicating it, will the Church be able to ‘genuinely’ control the Kingdom.”

“…” suddenly Wimbledon looked a lot more aged, previously only his outer appearance seemed to be old, but now it seemed that his spirit had left him and his eyes dimmed.

“The Kingdom of Graycastle is the kingdom with the largest territory in the mainland, it has also the largest number of soldiers, so in the case of a full-frontal war, my church can only be at a disadvantage. We had already planned all this for a long time now. During a civil war, your kingdom will lose a lot of soldiers and mercenaries, after waiting for only two to three years, our God’s Punishment Army will be able to easily take over the whole territory of your Kingdom. But you don’t need to be sad, your kingdom isn’t the only one we are subjugating. The other three kingdoms are all facing the same situation. Soon the mainland will no longer have the four kingdoms. Instead of the “Wolfsheart Kingdom“, the “Kingdom of Eternal Winter”, “Kingdom of Dawn” and the “Kingdom of Graycastle“, there will be only one regime, “the Church”, ruling over all the countries.”

Wimbledon turned completely silent, the man who had won the throne from his brother by force of arms was now like a man who had lost his life, even for Mayne it was hard to bare, but in his mind, he hadn’t the slightest thought of regret. The Church had also invested a lot into this plan – a large number of outstanding believers had been willingly used as pawns, regardless of the danger to themselves.

For example, the man who had played Wimbledon III was a devoted member of the Judges. He was a strong believer and absolutely loyal to the Church, and would have originally received the transformation ceremony, becoming a member of the God’s Punishment Army. However, in order to complete the mission, he got his appearance changed by a witch into that of you. So when he died in the castle he didn’t receive any honor. Before the mission, he could have carved his name on top of the Church’s monument on Hermes, but now the Church could only bury his name forever.

When Mayne came to the conclusion that Wimbledon wouldn’t speak any further, he took a small porcelain bottle out of a pocket and gave it to him to drink.

When Wimbledon had collected himself and drank the potion, he spoke ist final words, “Curse…”

“Yes?” asked Mayne, waiting for the King to continue.

“I curse you… I’ll be waiting for you in the depths of hell.” Wimbledon’s voice grew fainter with every word, in the end, Mayne had even to concentrate if he wanted to understand what was said.

“It’s a pity that there is no hell in this world. Even if there is one, it isn’t a place where I belong to. Everything we are doing is for the continuing of humanity. Only by unifying the four Kingdoms, are we able to get enough power to confront the true enemy, or else… ” The Archbishop stopped his speech when he saw that Wimbledon’s hand had lost all of its strength and had fallen to the ground, his head twisted to one side, and his chest stopped to move.

This was the end of a king, but it’s our beginning, he thought.

Mayne took up the bottle and put it back into his pocket. Then he opened the door and stepped into the quiet corridor, which gave the feeling like there had never been any cries. He only explained to the member of the Judges how to deal with the aftermath, and then he left the castle without looking back even once.

 

TN: Please no spoilers! I will delete every comment which contains spoilers!


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  • D Evans

    While unifying people to face a threat to all of us makes sense,they are completely shooting the human race in the foot by cause death destruction mistrust and lack of advancement to all just so they can be the ones in control. How many people will even be left able to fight by the time the enemy comes and do they even know the enemies full capabilities ?

  • Christian Leontsinis

    Go look at the numbers…

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Hrm so the Church knows more about the Winter than other people I’m guessing.

  • Psychronia

    Well, one thing’s for sure.
    …The author did a great job establishing the church as maaaaassive d*cks.

    Say, would it be possible for Roland to create a nuclear bomb? Obviously not a nuke like what we have now, but just like some kind of massive primitive superbomb.

    • Laurel Balanceblade

      i want him to make a f**king nuke. this is what happens when ppl get drunk on religion.

      • Christian Leontsinis

        Atheism kills more

  • the evil one

    can i ask? what date and time will the new chapters release in here?

  • shadowtrap

    why does this sound so much like the Adolf Hitler for a better world we should kill everyone else and make them our slave!!!

  • esya

    Are they trying to fight against the devils at the north? Why all the secrecy tho

    • KaiserNephilim

      i smell the “game of throne” in this one… humanity against the horde of monsters in the north wall when the winter came….

  • akbarsanjaya

    How old is roland?

  • MenaThe Cat

    To all the people wondering if the Church’s strategy is a good one for long term planning. It is. No seriously.

    My reasoning is this; the Church is using some kind of power to generate armies of super soldiers (God’s punishment team). They are literally the equivalent of 1000 men each (estimate) in terms of ability.

    They have an entire army of said persons. They also have been revealed to use the power of witches and abduct little girls. Seems suspicious? Potential witches for the Church?

    The Church also has all kinds of fantastical weaponry and technology that hasn’t been revealed yet (God’s stone/giant castles/traps/etc). They also possess a regular standing army and followers in every nation, town, and city.

    So even if they lose a few hundred thousand professionally trained soldiers, it really won’t hurt them in the long run when they go to fight the devils. They have too many expendable resources.

    • D Evans

      You don’t know that since you don’t know the capabilities of the devils since so far the church has only been shown fighting demon beast not intelligence creatures that can use magic and control the beast,for all we know the beast could just be being sent out to test defenses

  • Layger

    Thanks for the chapter. Gracias

  • Rebel Against The Harem

    If they are playing the long game, then yeah, its a valid strategy, because after about 50% of the population dies due to internal civil ware, they will need at least 100 years to reach back to the power they were at before the civil war.

    I mean, this is the past times, with low technology in every field. People will starve and die all over the place.

    If this “enemy” they are fighting is coming withing 30 years, there is no way.

    It takes decades for a subjugated country to recover to its former self.

  • MangoGuy

    Omg things just took a major change! This thing just keeps getting better and better!

  • Алексей Пугач

    Getting power against some enemy by unifying humanity makes sense.

    And getting control of kingdom by creating internal strife makes sense.

    But if you join them together, it becomes counter-productive. Their method lowers their own “endgame” power. They’ll be ruling over unified ruins like that.

    • viscusris

      And when they defeat enemy they will ned to creat more so that they can hold the kingdom with that tought

    • Icarus

      i call bs, they’re more than likely just another group of power hungry senile old farts. This is why retirement homes and policies are important.
      P.S; they are bigger a-holes than a natural black hole in space. cuz of the shit they’ve done to countless witches by now, only so they can monopolize and control the younger ones that can be brainwashed easily.

  • Yup yup

    Am I the only one that read about the church using witches too, and the fact that they only take in female orphans. It’s quite simple, raise all the available witches by yourselves and slaughter the rest, that way you control absolute power

    • Icarus

      which makes them bigger a-holes than a natural black hole in space. The witches are not treated humanely and are most likely brainwashed through less than pleasant means.
      Too bad roland doesn’t have nukes.

      • Aha Disco Elf

        Yet

        • Michael Twitsucks

          “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • Icarus

    I sincerely hope roland screws the church douches over so bad that there ancestors feel it cuz no way in hell would these limp dik A-holes have descendants. like bomb the damn place to kingdom come

    • MOHLT

      hiroshima’d them

    • Yup yup

      Well… they do claim there is an enemy in the offing, and considering they employ witches into their church, I’m guessing they are not talking about them. Maybe devils or the skeletons that attacked the witches, he’ll maybe even angels

      • Icarus

        Are you serious? I think we both have different views of what employed means.
        Roland employs them, the church targets them as children and at their weakest and then psychologically trains them to be loyal to the church against their will. They have no choice or freedom and are treated as pawns for some senile old shits.

        They’ve falsely made witches public enemy number one and have paved the way for the brutal and unnecessary death of countless innocent people that have no control over their circumstances. Only because the adults would be hard to control.

        I can totally understand political power grabbing and all that, especially when there’s a serious threat but c’mon there can be a number of ways they could have done that. The cliche line ‘there’s always a choice’ does make a good point.

        In the previous chapters there was a scene where that church guy sold two girls to prostitution most likely (it was strongly hinted). SO were they that desperate for money too? that they’d sell little girls?
        Not to mention according to Roland’s memories and others, witches are so crippled in society that some nobles have done horrible things to them and got away with. All because the f-king church wants to monopolize them.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Wazzurai
    • ambi

      Aliens!

  • Hickups

    They are conveniently ignoring that whoever wins the struggle for power will be the nastiest, smartest and mentally strongest son of a bitch in the kingdom. That whole plan is unbelieveably stupid like those old school bond villains.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Empty

    Cannot wait to see when the Church will fall into demise

  • Danis

    fuck you church and where the hell is mc ?????
    Thank you for the chapter 😀

  • Obviously Roland is gonna be next king. He’s the only other character named after a tennis tournament (French Open) ehehehe.

    • Danis

      of course he the MC !!!

    • MOHLT

      He should leave tiresome job as ruling the county to his older sister and just “invent” stuff to combat demons and devil worshippers(aka church)… Make grand witch harem too I guess.

      • Weedisdaboss

        The one that tryed to murder him….. Yeah what could go wrong ……

        • MOHLT

          woops, kinda forgot 11th chapter. There is still the younger one…

        • Psychronia

          That was like 6 months ago. It’s not good to hold a grudge you know.

  • Wrandral

    Poor king what a sad way to go, saddest thing is it’d probably have gone that way even without the church meddling since like they said the oldest sister was preparing since 5 years ago and Timothy is too arrogant due to his status as the prodigious child of the family to accept his older brother as king.

    • Gordon

      i doubt timothy would have resorted to murder…even his big bro murder was actually forced on him. The sister however must die since she tried to assassinate evryone

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Neruz

    Those holy armies are not prepared for what they are going to face when they try and invade.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter ^^

  • Tolack

    Half a year… When was the competition between the siblings started? Hell, when did the “king” die!? Pretty dure he didn’t “die” six months ago.

    • Arashi Darkness

      well,that wasn’t a real king,and he was replaced then they make them figh each other ,so you can guest the rest

    • yao

      ever heard of timeskip? or maybe they did the deed of switching the king way sooner

    • Spookie Boogie

      it should be about four to six months since the MC took over Roland. a few months to get ready for the winter and now they are like a month or 2 into it i think. the king died right before or right after the winter. so yeah, there was an impostor for a while. probably even before the throne fight. they probably switched him and had an impostor put the whole throne fight into motion. its all a big ploy by the church to take over the kingdom or sow discord. that would be my guess anyway.

      • Arashi Darkness

        yup,you guest 90% right here

      • Wrandral

        I wonder why they thought it was a good idea to wreck the standing armies of pretty much every nation (including mercs), yeah it’ll be easy to take control but won’t they spread themselves too thin in order to control everything and thus be wrecked by the true enemy that will likely come in hordes?

        • Ragef33

          They plan to weaken them short-term so that the nations can’t defend against a human attack, and then use faith to re-unify the remaining countries. Luckily, it seems that the winter hordes only attack farther north, so they would only need to defend there. From there, they can use the common people’s faith in the Church to reunify the nations.

        • Guradu Gilgida

          What good is an army you can’t control?
          Even worse, they can collude with the enemy and back-stab you if left alone.

          Spread too thin? Simple, pull them closer to the center, sacrifice the edges. Build up strength, take the edges back, push the enemy with unified force.

        • Simon

          We don’t know what time reference they are using, since they will let the civil war run for 3 years before they step in. The time before they face their ‘true’ enemy, it could be decades or centuries. By the time that church is ready, the people could have forgotten about the 4 kingdoms.