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Chapter 86 The Choice of the Witches

Leaves didn’t know how long she could still hold on. Her return to the camp in the Impassable Mountain Range from the wildland  took her nearly half a month. In order to avoid detection by demonic beasts, she carefully hid inside the thick and solid trunk of a tree to confirm that there were no demonic beast activity within the vicinity before running to the next place to hide. Despite her worry of the slow marching speed, she had no other choice. Once she was detected by demonic beasts, she wouldn’t be able to survive alone.

More than a dozen sisters had fallen under the attack of the Devils, and the sisters who survived weren’t good at fighting. During the time when Ironhand jumped into the crowd and started his massacre, they had scattered in all directions, but in the end, there were only a few who were still alive and able to come back to the camp. Thinking of all the death, the pain within Leaves’ heart didn’t stop.

The action of having to always hide herself during the escape consumed a large amount of magic power, thus she was only able to cover a distance of ten miles daily. In particular, she always had to save enough power to survive the night. Since all of the rations she had at hand were eaten, she also had to look for wild fruits to sate her constant hunger. In addition, the heat spell within her Witches Cooperation Association emblem had also run out of power, so she could only use bark to wrap tightly around herself . Every time she thought about the deaths of the young witches, who weren’t even allowed to mature and who she had promised to protect, she couldn’t stop her tears from falling.

And as if all of this wasn’t enough, during one night, when she was wrapped in her tree trunk she was constantly attacked by the demon’s bite – after the constant attack of mental and physical blows, she had completely forgotten about this. Suddenly, she felt as if her chest was torn open, and the pain quickly spread throughout her whole body. The pain attacked her so suddenly that she almost instantly lost her consciousness. She was only able to fight back when she bit her tongue tasted the blood flowing in her mouth. Under the constant torture, Leaves thought of giving up several times, but the thought of the possibility that more than twenty fleeing sisters, with serious injuries which only she was able to heal, were waiting in the camp for her return gave her the power to fight against the bite.

Fortunately, she didn’t have to suffer for a long time under the demon’s bite. When she finally broke out from the suffering, she discovered that the tree trunk surrounding her body had a huge gap. Even worse, it was wet with her blood. So in order for the smell of her not to be discovered by demonic beasts she had to fight against the pain and exhaustion and take off her clothes before fleeing to another tree. At the same time, she grew some green leaves on a bare branch and sewed warm clothes out of them. Under the guidance of her magic, the branch became a needle and the leaves veins became her thread.

During her escape, she couldn’t eat either cooked food or drink warm water. When she finally entered the Impassable Mountain Range, she even added two additional layers of leaves to her clothes, tightly wrapping both her hands and feet, but all this wasn’t enough against the rapidly falling temperature and the ankle-deep snow, resulting in frostbite at her toes. So with this way of stopping and dragging on, with no feeling in her feet, she finally managed to return to the camp.

At the moment she saw the familiar figure of one of her sisters, Leaves fell to the ground, unconscious.

When she woke up two days later, due to the long time that her feet had been exposed to the low temperatures, her injuries had become so serious that even her own herbal medicine couldn’t stop the spreading gangrene. They had no other choice than to take the last resort and cut off two toes from both her right and left foot.

These sacrifice didn’t bother Leaves much, since she was able to survive. Compared to those sisters who had never come back, she was very lucky. However, when she saw that her surviving sisters’ arms were all wrapped in white clothes, great sorrow spread out uncontrollably from the bottom of her heart.

At the moment of departure, there was already only forty-two sisters, but now there were only six survivors.

When Leaves was finally able to calm down, she asked the others how they they fared.

As she already knew, during their fight with the devils, the witches with abilities incapable of combat took the opportunity to escape to the camp in the Impassable Mountain Range. During their first night, they were attacked by demonic beasts – a group consisting of wild boar species. Everyone who was unable to fight had to flee once more. The fact that they were already attacked again by a group of demonic beasts was clearly a bad omen, but there was nothing they could do against it. The next morning, after a new attack from wolf-like shaped demonic beasts, only eight witches were able to escape. Fortunately, after they had entered the Impassable Mountain Range, the demonic beasts weren’t able to keep up.

When they had finally reached the camp some days ago, two sisters were attacked by the demon’s bite. Maybe it was because the traumatic experiences of the last few days were too great and the future prospect was too dark, but they didn’t have the will to fight and weren’t able to survive the demon’s bite. Since there was no battle witch who was able to come back, everyone had thought that they had died under the hands of the devils, so no one had expected that Leaves would come back.

Finally, someone asked, “So… what happened to our other sisters? Scarlet, Windseeker, and furthermore our mentor Cara, did they survive like you?”

Leaves shook her head and whispered, “I am the only one who survived.”

“Do you…” Scroll quietly began to speak, but since she could already guess the answer she said instead, “Then you have a good rest. Also…” She hesitated for a moment, “Leaves, there is one more point.”

“What?” asked Leaves, exhausted.

“When you were in a coma, we sisters had talked and come to the conclusion that in the case that Cara doesn’t come back, we hope that you will take the position of our mentor.”

Suddenly being asked this question, Leaves became distracted so she closed her eyes to think. Well, yes, our Witch Cooperation Association has suffered such a fatal blow, if we do not immediately select a new leader, I’m afraid we will soon fall apart. But the purpose of our society was to seek the Holy Mountain and obtain freedom and peace. Now the search for the Holy Mountain is over. No, the “Holy Mountain” itself is a hoax. It does not exist in the Impassable Mountain Range, nor in the wild lands. Then, why should our society continue to exist?

Leaves’ mind was in total chaos. Even so, she wasn’t looking at them, but she could still feel the eyes of her sisters, waiting for her answer. Her sisters needed a person to lead them and guide them forward, someone who hadn’t already given up.

After long silence, Leaves finally spoke, “We… will go looking for Nightingale.”

Hearing her decision, the other sisters began to shout in disorder.

“What, why should we go looking for her?”

“Do you mean we should also go to Border Town?”

“What if she lied to us?”

“Wendy is there too.”

“She might have died long ago.”

Having enough of the chaos, Scroll clapped her hands, let the others quiet down, and then she asked Leaves, “What should we do if what Nightingale said is also a hoax?”

“You can wait outside of the town, far enough to be safe,” answered Leaves as she opened her eyes, “Let me find out the situation first before determining if Nightingale had lied. So, for now, I will take the post of Mentor, but if… if I die in town, Scroll will take over command and lead the sisters to safety.”

“But I…” began Scroll, but she was soon interrupted by Leaves.

“I know your ability is not suitable for fighting, and your ability is not much help for the daily operation of the camp. But now I understand that the strength of the ability isn’t important for the rank of leader.” The Mentor should be a guide, instead of being the strongest, but unfortunately, it is too late for us now. If the cautious and patient Wendy was our Mentor, wouldn’t the outcome have been complete different? “You and Wendy were the first to join the Witch Cooperation Association, so you are already an elder sister. You crossed the whole kingdom on your march from the east to reach the Impassable Mountain Range, so you have a lot of experience. You are cautious, and you don’t think you are better than everyone else. So, there is no one who is better suited to be the mentor of us sisters than you.

Afterwards, Scroll was silent for a moment until she said, “…What if what Nightingale said is true?”

“Then there is no reason why our Witch Cooperation Association should exist any longer,” Leaves slowly explained, “after all, that would mean Border Town is our ‘Holy Mountain’!”

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

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  • mllhild

    42 new witch powers would be too much for the author to accommodate into the story.

  • Diego Torres

    Is there any way to change the background as white and letter in black? this is paniful to read for me…I’m not asking for everyone, just if there is a method for me to personaly change it.

  • Wazzurai
  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Wonder if Cara will show up and in a mad rage induced frenzy attack them?

    • Arashi Darkness

      well,sure for one thing that Cara will not show up (the rest you can guest)

  • D

    Hmm Interesting, so they are coming over by themselves.
    Know this seems a bit too easy, I’m worried something would happen to change their mind or scare them away.

  • Layger

    Only six witches. Thanks for the chapter. Gracias

  • Wrandral

    Honestly those witches didn’t deserve what Cara led them to and i hope that those who didn’t manage to make it back to camp just died and didn’t get mutated or turned into monstrosities.
    Sigh i guess 6 out of 40 isn’t that bad all things considered but damn all those powers wasted when Roland could have used them …. sigh

    • MondoX

      The witches deserve what happened to them. A red flag should have gone off in their head after Cara tried burning one of their own. Especially using the same methods the church uses to kill witches. However, they chose to follow a crazy leader, instead of listening to a more reasonable witch (Nightingale). They could have secretly sent a witch to scout Border Town’s situation before heading to the unconfirmed “Holy Mountain.”

      • D

        As mentioned in this chapter, Cara was the leader because she was the strongest. And we saw what she did to those that did not agree with her.
        It’s also our side that believes Nightingale’s side is more reasonable because we see things from her point of view.
        She is a new addition to the group and she tells them that there is a magical village led by humans awaiting them where all their dreams will come true. It’s understandable that they would be suspicious after all that has been done to them. Yeah, they should have gone there, but the leader wouldn’t have any of this, most of them are not fighters, and even if they snuck out to check the village, they would loose their place in the witch group. Who would do that for a “maybe”?

        • Cactuar

          Pretty sure they had more witches capable of scouting besides Nightingale, like the explorer that can fly & check out the situation from afar. Simpler plan would be to restrain Nightingale and tell her, you have to stay here under guard until we check that you aren’t betraying us. Then use the God’s Stone or paralysis snake to keep her imprisoned for a couple of days while scouts check Border Town.

      • watchin

        I don’t agree with none of cara methods, but I understand them. She was physiologically damage…bad apparently and she thought nintingale had been tricked and will betray them (she already thought she betrayed them) and gave away their position if she went back to town. How she went about it was completely wrong tho. They should have done as you’ve said and sent a scout first

        • MondoX

          I do understand Cara for her psychological damage, but trying to use the same methods their enemies use on one of their own did not make sense. Well, there is one witched that is finally using her head after the incident.

          • Vincent Lin

            I mean, I’m pretty sure all of the witches were afraid of going against Cara’s decision or leaving, after what happened when Nightingale tried to do so, and what happened when Wendy tried to save her.

      • Rebel Against The Harem

        It all depends on trust, much like how cults and religious leaders work. Most people blindly follow leaders.
        It is by no means, their fault for following them, nor is something like mass suicide or death a fitting punishment.
        Some people aren’t born mentally strong and need a pillar to lean against. People are like that. As such, we cannot blame them for being weak in heart.
        This is especially so for people whose hearts have been broken by society. The broken people are the easiest to influence, and as far as I see it, most witches end up broken by society.
        It isn’t their fault, nor do they deserve what happened to them. If it isn’t a fault of genetics, its a fault of society.

    • Rebel Against The Harem

      I would say losing 85% of your soldiers is a landslide defeat.

  • Vlekkie

    I will delete every comment that contains spoilers!
    I believe. 😛 Grammatical accuracy not guaranteed.

  • Atamahead027

    Gahhhh…when this becoming good….

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    Yesssssssss!! Finally!! Let’s come to boarder town!!



  • NaoSou


  • Giancarlo Rosario

    I will be honest the disaster the witches suffered was sad. I am actually thinking the red mist is like the power of some crazy witch. The witch has like puppetry and delusions of grandeur maybe? I think she would probably be seen as the demon lord in the story. I just have to wait for the story to progress to find out.

    • Saul Villarreal

      I don’t think that is true. They are probably creations like the ones from the church, either the church made them or they are the army the church saw before and are getting ready to face. Probability from a different dimension or the like and the gate only opens during the winter months. They probably know that the witches are the only enemies that can hurt them and so they attack the minute they met them or something similar and yes sad ending for the group of whitches that is just trying to survive.

  • LT F

    finally … them witches going to Border Town is on the way . was waiting for this chapter .. well, one of the chapters of anticipation~

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • Dridia

    Thanks for the chapter! It’s such a shame that the witches went through such despair before they would attempt to live in Border Town.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂


    no new chapter on tuesday 🙁

  • watchin

    Why must you delete spoilers?

    • Ragef33

      Maybe he doesn’t want to get spoiled? Or for other people to get spoiled? There was someone the other day posting spoilers nobody asked for, which was just rude af.

    • Cong Tran

      why must u or other people post spoiler? keep them to yourselves

      • watchin

        Maybe others would like to know. As long as you give a spoiler warning I don’t see nothing wrong with it

        • Diarek

          The reasonable thing to do is they should put it in a hidden box or mouse-over-area, both features I think Disqus doesn’t have. So all those spoilers will be all over for anyone to see, regardless of their liking. A trained mind can read very fast, so by the time you notice that warning, your mind already start processing all the spoiler below. His delete-on-sight policy is understandable.

          • watchin












            There’s no actual spoiler im just using an example to prove my case. Click read more. That’s all you have to do. Or at least the way I was talking about it.

            • Diarek

              Yes, that could works…for us, I dont think the notification for owner would behave like that, probably. And better to separate raw readers and translated readers than mixing them. A raw reader-only allow more open discussion about later developments, while those content with the translations pace could stay in their own thread. Its about the appreciation of spoilers, if people want spoilers, they go to raw thread, if they don’t, they stay in spoiler-free thread. And everybody ‘s happy.

              • Cong Tran

                that still wont work, people still scroll down to see older/newer comment, depends on setting, and if u want spoiler, go to a forum for this novel to discuss it there, comment section is for the current and past chapters, not for the ones that will come out

    • Om nerabdator

      if u want spoilers go to animesuki and spoil urself dont ruin it for us who like reading it here

      • watchin

        I also read it here. And as long as someone give out a spoiler warning I don’t see any real problem with it.

  • Neruz

    Seems like more of them survived than was likely, given their circumstances.

  • Mimir

    Cmon.. don’t let the snake bitch be there… D: it seems inevitable that she will become a final boss though after the whole “shrouded in red mist” thing..


    finally back to witches