RW Chapter 88

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Chapter 88 Winter Twilight (Part 2)

“Don’t be so hasty, now isn’t the time to act,” said Roland. He could only sigh when looking at Lightning who was eagerly flying around.

God only knows why she is so interested in fighting against that demonic beast. It’s obvious that she isn’t the fighting type. But, compared with ordinary people this little girl doesn’t even show the least bit of fear.

“Just follow the same pattern we used when dealing with the last one, don’t try to be brave, you’re just a lure so that it will focus its attention onto you. Always maintain a high degree of awareness! Even though it cannot fly, when it jumps up, it’s still a very serious threat!”

I already know about that,” Lightning spoke with a voice full of confidence, “It isn’t my first fight with something like this. Rest assured, I already know my limit. This time, it won’t even be able to touch my clothes.”

During their talk, the mixed species had come even closer to the wall. It had already crossed the barriers, and leaped in the direction of the unguarded area, trying to climb the wall. But this time, it was ignored by the militia members. They just kept defending their own sector, always waiting for the Hunter Captain’s next stab command.

“Then, we begin the special operations mission against this mixed species!” shouted Roland.

Hearing this, Lightning who was already flying out stopped for a moment and looked back to Roland.

“What’s up?”

“That phrase of your’s…” Lightning thought it through once more, then shook her head, “It seemed slightly strange. Well forget it, I’m off.”

Seeing the little girl’s small figure flying quickly away, Roland turned towards Anna and Nightingale and asked embarrassed, “Did you also thought that it was strange?”

“Well,” they both nodded.

All right… it seems even in this place these two lines were strange, “You both can go now as well. Be careful!”

“Your Highness, take care,” Nightingale bowed to Roland, then she took Anna’s hand and pulled her off into the fog.

Roland put his arms behind his back, standing straight while facing the wind, trying to imitate how a BOSS would look like. He knew that many soldiers, when they had the time to catch their breath, would secretly glance at him. Because of this, even though his feet were already numb, he stood stoically at the highest point of the wall, clearly visible to everyone – demonstrating that the Prince was always on their side. Since he couldn’t put himself into combat, this way he could still serve to inspire them.

This time, the intensity of the demonic beast attacks had exceeded all attacks previous. According to Iron Axe, during last year’s Month of Demons, there would always only appear one or two mixed species. But this year, there were already four attacks of them on Border Town. The duration of these attacks was also unusually long, even now, groups of twelve or even larger would emerge from the forest, always continuing to dash towards the city wall.

Fortunately, the flintlock production has increased in the last month, and I’m now able to send out a team of one hundred armed with flintlocks. Without them, I would have never been able to guarantee such a high killing speed. If we had to use crossbows, I’m afraid killing all of them would have been very difficult.

In the long run, the advantage of guns, which needed less physical exertion, will become even more apparent.

Of course, the large consumption of gunpowder was enough to give Roland a headache, he had already ordered more than twenty packs of explosives from the warehouse, which tore a huge hole in his reserves, so he was already thinking about rationing gunpowder.

At the same moment, Lightning was already flying around the mixed species’s head. She fished a stone from her pocket and threw it at the beast’s head. The stone accurately hit the target’s head, startling it so that it jumped forcefully back, only to discover that the attack actually come from the sky.

To provoke it further, Lighting flew always at a low altitude and directly in front of its head, slowly luring it towards the town center. Although the mixed species certainly had the ability to think, but seeing this annoying little girl flying around in front of it, it didn’t feel any threat. So it immediately pounced up, opened its wings, and in a few jumps it quickly crossed more than a hundred meters. Lightning seeing it prepare for a jump, immediately flew a bit higher and turned around, always keeping a few cottages and a street between herself and the beast.

In this way, after seven or eight turns around, she was finally able to lure it to the town center, which was the ambush location on which Nightingale and she had previously agreed on. As a former lion, its sense of smell was naturally very sensitive, it should even be able to discover Nightingale even when she was in her world of fog. Because of this problem, they had to pull the demonic beast’s attention away from them, before Nightingale and Anna could start their surprise attack.

For this kind of job, Lightning was perfectly suited. She was able to enrage the mixed species so much, that it jumped around like a maniac, with an opened wide mouth, always trying to get at this annoying fly. But Lightning who didn’t have to bear any weight, was always a small distance away from it, always flying up and down teasingly, making each jump fruitless.

At the same time and from another direction Nightingale also arrived at the town square – compared to Lightning, in her world of the fog she could ignore all houses and fences, always moving in a straight line towards her goal. Since Anna’s flame was only able to cover up to ten steps (5 meters), she had to get close to the mixed species, so she closed on it from behind, hoping to not be discovered.

When they had to face the mixed species for the first time, this part was very troublesome. However, now it was already their second run against this kind of mixed species and Nightingale had already gotten fully familiar with Anna’s attack. So when they still were thirty feet away from the beast, she raised her speed to the limit, covering the distance in an instant, as if it was in only a single step. When Anna was able to see again, she discovered that the mixed species’ tail was already directly in front of her face.

“Attack, now,” cried, Nightingale.

Around Anna, the black and white world swapped away like a wave. Within the blink of an eye, she was back to the familiar towns square. Directly releasing her green flame from the tip of her finger and expanding it into a great fire cage, covering the whole demonic beast.

Facing this flame, Nightingale had to hurriedly retreat, even only feeling the heat wave, was already enough to make her feel like she was burning.

Enclosed by the cage of fire, which was even able to melt steel, the mixed species did not have any time to struggle, it instantly turned into a ball of flame and crushingly fell to the ground.

“It seems they were already able to solve the problem,” Wendy informed him when she discovered the green flame in the distance. In the absence of Nightingale, it was her turn to protect Roland, “It seems like I won’t get any part in the play…”

“If possible, I would like it if it could stay this way,” Roland answered, still maintaining his straight stance, pretending like he was riding along an easy road. Having said that, he still knew, that without the help of the witches defending the town, the jumping mixed species would have thrown the militia once more into chaos.

But today, even Nana had come to the walls, giving fast treatment to the injured soldiers. Her father was always at her side, protecting her. Today was the first time that Roland publicized the power of the witches in front of all the militiamen, and he was very pleased. Within the ranks, the love for their angel Nana rose to new highs, but when Anna and Nightingale killed the mixed species together, the crowd also began to cheer loudly.

Of course, he clearly knew that not everyone wouldn’t mind them, such a situation like with the militia was very rare. But when they were fully accepted by the militia, he would still try to get them accepted by the whole town.

Suddenly, the sound of gunfire began to taper off, and Roland noticed that the demonic beasts began to evacuate the wall. Are they finally retreating? He couldn’t believe his eyes. But just at this moment, a beam of light broke through the thick clouds, covering the ground, followed by a second, then a third… Soon, tens of thousands ray of lights broke through the holes within the clouds. Then all the light beams merged into one, becoming dazzling and unable to look at. The earth had suddenly brightened up.

“The day when the sun rises again is the end of all evil.”

There was a short moment of stillness on the wall, but then, a wave of cheering swept across the wall, towards the direction of Border Town. Gradually, the townspeople came out of the houses and also started to cheer. Welcoming the long missed sunshine, celebrating their surviving of the winter, or in order to thank the Prince. In the end, all the cheering merged into a flood, resounding throughout the entire Border Town!


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  • Mirari

    “Then, we begin the special operations mission against this mixed species!” The MC is an otaku, he wants to cosplay fighting with angels from EVANGELION.I’m not sure whether you guys can get the chuunibyou sense when it was translated into English.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, and PyViet! Since Wendy can provide her own lift if you make her a hang glider or something she could potentially be a bomber as well.

  • Psychronia

    Hurray! Roland got a small group of peiple to welcome witches with open arms.
    Even better, it’s the group with the guns.

    And now we reach the end of annual times of hardship. He probably really dropped the fatality rate from 42% to 2%.

  • K╯

    great novel , thanks for all the hard work! 😀

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Hope the townspeople won’t turn now that the immediate threat is gone

  • FTxCerber

    I really hope he didnt share the manufacturing method of the guns! I cant help but feel that they are going to used against him someday!

    • I luv manga

      Like in Maou Yuusha?

  • Muhammad Bagoes Bachtiar

    Thanks for chapter

  • Layger

    Thanks for the chapter. Gracias

  • Jose Daniel Rangel

    Thanks for the chapter~ hmm roland needs more witches, wheres leafy!?

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • MangoGuy

    I wonder if there will be anyone in town who reports bow that the problem is solved

  • Wrandral

    Half expecting the demonic beasts to continue attacking with Devils at their head

  • AEGIS

    the defense against the demonic beast is done
    next is the war against the longsong fort

    for the note,I have a slight hope that the youngest princess fall to the mc’s hands

  • TBL

    Never fear, BOSS Roland is here!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Wazzurai
    • Wrandral

      until next winter though

      • Kyanos

        by next winter they wont have half-assed and rushed defenses; that includes the militia. while the townspeople consider them to be amazing fortifications, i guarantee roland isnt happy with them, and will use the year to upgrade the hell out of them… as well as expand the militia greatly

      • Wazzurai

        no worry,,in the next winter,,he already created new version of plot armor..lel

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • Danis
  • MOHLT
    • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

      Roland already explained he can’t use Lighting effectively as bomber in the previous chapters.

      • Weedisdaboss

        nah she can carry 2 humans at low altitude, but can´t carry a less than kilo bomb to drop over the enemy headquarters?? for real….and don´t forget there is even a more simple solution, she doesn´t need to carry the cargo, a simple/basic air balloon would be enough for that, she would only need to pull the balloon to the drop place, not very fast, but high enough to not get shot by arrows….

      • MOHLT

        she don’t really need to carry heavy bombs, a few lightweight shrapnel bombs/grenades can be very effective too.

        • Michael Twitsucks

          This. Roland was immediately thinking of having her carry aircraft-grade weight bombs initially. But, really, with the amount of control Lightning has over flying – just giving her a bag of primitive grenades would be devastating if utilized properly.

          • Nnelg

            Only as a terror weapon, though; their area of affect would be small and accurate bombing impossible, so in terms of pure killing power it’d be better to just hand her a rifle.

            • Michael Twitsucks

              …Only as a terror weapon? Are you familiar with how grenades work? Overpressure and fragmentation would give you a kill zone of 3-5 meters with a small fist sized one. Are you forgetting that these guys are in close formation? That fact that they could easily be contact detonating? She’s not dropping these from 3,000 meters, dude, she’s flying at most a couple hundred feet (probably not even that much). She’s going to be very, very accurate due to the lack of range.

              And giving her a rifle? No. Not only would it be cumbersome, but have you tried loading a muzzleloader and pouring powder and priming one without doing so on solid ground while at least crouching (obviously preferably standing)? It’s a pain in the ass. She’d spend almost all of her time in the air reloading, firing ineffective and useless single shots. It would be a waste of her talents.

              • Nnelg

                3-5m isn’t all that much. A battlefield covers many thousands of square meters. A grenade dropped randomly will miss entirely more often than not. But if she’s only a few hundred meters up, a good shot with a crossbow can hit her.

                And when I said giving her a rifle, I meant that keeping her on the ground as a regular soldier would be more effective than having her make sorties to drop a handful of grenades from high up, once the time it takes for her to go back to rearm is taken into account. (But not counting the terror factor of bombs falling from the sky.)

                • Michael Twitsucks

                  “3-5m isn’t all that much.”

                  That’s KILL zone. The explosive effects don’t just stop at that distance.

                  Also, it’s not that much? Antiquity warfare operated heavily on formations and lines. One grenade is going to take out multiple men. Dropping this into a pike or phalanx formation would easily kill half a dozen men with every single grenade. Even in a cavalry formation where they are spread out more so, fragmentation is going to hit horses and riders and cause them to start dropping off even if they aren’t killed.

                  There’s also the effect of not having an idea what an explosion or bomb is and suddenly having one going off a few strides away from you, blowing out your ear drums, screwing with your equilibrium to the point it feels like you’re walking on Jello-O and you fall and then realizing that you’re mysteriously bleeding from sharp and hot bits of metal stuck in your body that somehow penetrated your armor. You don’t need to kill an enemy to render him combat ineffective. Wound him and disorient him and he’ll be even more of a hindrance than those with fatal wounds.

                  “A grenade dropped randomly will miss entirely more often than not.”

                  It’s not random. Thunder can drop it where she wants with accuracy.

                  “But if she’s only a few hundred meters up, a good shot with a crossbow can hit her.”

                  No, not really. Not only is that the maximum (let alone effective) range of a crossbow firing straight forward, but up into the air at a near 90 degree angle is going to kill the velocity and range even further. Thunder basically has the agility of a bird, avoiding any missile weaponry would be trivial by serpentining. This even assumes that the enemy even looks up and spots her. Put some feathers on her arms and they might even think she’s just a large bird and pay her no mind.

                  “And when I said giving her a rifle, I meant that keeping her on the
                  ground as a regular soldier would be more effective than having her make
                  sorties to drop a handful of grenades from high up, once the time it
                  takes for her to go back to rearm is taken into account.”

                  She can fly around ~60 MPH while encumbered. She has the agility of a hawk. Have several satchels of grenades prepared and she can drop all of them in a couple of passes, kill a few dozen men, fly back a few hundred meters to rearm and do it all again in mere minutes. Best part is she has the speed in excess of a cavalry unit while being able to take to the air. She could easily respond with flanking or counter-flanking via orders faster than anyone else on the battlefield.

    • TBL

      Add in the wailing siren of the Stuka when she does her dive bombing run and she’s good to go *thumbs up*

    • Wrandral

      who’s for Roland composing the Ride of the Valkyries for his coming aerial assaults?

    • she can’t do it, her speed and altitude of flight are really constricted by the additional weight, with 100kg she can’t lift off

      • Weedisdaboss

        Why would she need to carry the weight?? A small/simple air balloon could carry the bomb weight, she would only need to pull the balloon, not fast but high enough to not get shot, also why 100kg?? with a less then 1kg bomb over the enemy headquarters, she would do more than enough dmg…..

        • Nnelg

          Nice idea, actually. Anna could heat the air and Wendy could help manuevering. But the problem lies in getting a light, yet strong fabric with a fine weave… The only option I can think of is silk.

    • MangoGuy

      True that

    • mllhild

      She can’t carry load and fligh high.
      Its like
      load high
      0kg – 100m
      10kg – 10m
      100kg – 2m

  • Arashi Darkness

    well,for the spoilers,you just need to do something like this so it will not affect the reader that don’t want spoiler :
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  • Aaron Frawley

    touch my ? for the bottom line?

    • Baka Hiru

      This time, it won’t be even able to **** my clothes………fill in the blanks

    • Wrandral

      wonder if it’s an accidental typo or something kept away from in order to not spoil the rest of the chapter hmmmmm

  • Spoiler

    Thanks for the chapter
    i say as a translator you are good but as a human you shouldn’t discriminate people and forbid them to come

    • I luv manga

      You sir made my day (username relevant)

    • Gaspar

      Discriminación is part of being a human, you dont eat spoiled food, you discriminate against it, people Can be discriminated to. You wont leave your hungry fat friend and a pizza toguether if you want that pizza to survive.