RW Chapter 137

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Chapter 137 Secret Meeting

When he opened the thick wooden door, the light fragrance of straw hit him in the face, Archbishop Mayne liked this mixed smell of herbs and spicy candles, especially in a space which had no windows for ventilation. Every time he smelled this combination of scents, his mind became clear and he felt at peace.

The chamber wasn’t particularly large, it offered just enough space for one round table and four chairs. The other two archbishops were already seated on their chairs, while the chair facing the wooden door was still empty. The Pope’s physical condition had been deteriorating in recent times, it was almost half a year ago, since the last time he had shown himself in front of anyone. Only for cases that were too difficult to solve by themselves would he leave Hermes’ underground castle, seeking the answers for himself.

“It seems everyone is there, so let’s get started,” Mayne announced. he then bolted the door and sat between the other two, “Archbishop Tayfun, what are the last reports from the Kingdom of Eternal Winter?”

“Besides some former nobles, there are only a few other places where they still rebel against our rule, ‘au contraire’ it seems the civilians are even welcoming us to take over the kingdom.” Tayfun explained while stroking his beard, “Of course, those stubborn nobles, holding on to the dreams of their past glory, will be eradicated soon enough.”

“That’s sounds really good” Heather licked her lips. “In the case that you let me hold the next trial, the civilians will all become more aware of how ugly and dirty the former nobility were, but unfortunately, I still have a lot of things I still have to do here, so I can’t go to the Kingdom’s of Eternal Winter’s King’s City.”

Mayne ignored her words, and instead spoke to Tayfun, “We have to fill those vacant positions of power, as soon as possible with our own people. During the years that have passed, the Church has trained a lot of skilled people and now the time has finally arrived that we can use them.” However, the Kingdom of Eternal Winter has forever been the kingdom in which our Church had the biggest influence, but if we are able to ride on this wave, we will be able to handle the Wolfsheart Kingdom and the Kingdom of Dawn a lot sooner.

“That seems only natural.”

“What should happen with the nobility who have always relied on the Church, or to the ones who always turns in the direction the wind blows?” Heather asked, “the reason why the Church was able to attract so many good believers, was because we didn’t ask for their lineage, but for their actual skills. However, those idiots would shake the foundation of our entire Church… so my idea is…” She made a gesture of slicing open her neck.

“In the beginning we still have to use them, to reduce the resistance we received, but after the kingdom has become stable, we can talk about them then.”  Regarding this point, they had deliberately decided to ask the Pope, “the church can provide them with the same authority equivalent to their title, but this position can not be inherited by their future generations. After all, our end goal is to destroy the kingship, so don’t be anxious for the moment, Lady Heather.”

Heather had been born poor and before she had been accepted by the Church, she had suffered from hunger and living a homeless life. But with a naturally keen mind and gift of extraordinary judgment of the human character, she had climbed up in the ranks until she had reached the position she held today. Mayne was well aware of her dislike for the nobility, but for the moment it was more important to look at the overall situation.

“What is the actual situation within the Kingdom of Graycastle?” Mayne asked.

“Our spy network reported that after his defeat, King Timothy didn’t come back to King’s City and instead went to directly stay within the Eastern Territory.” Replied Tayfun.

“A smart choice,” Heather snapped her fingers, “he has taken Duke Frances with him to challenge the Queen of Clearwater, yet the Duke died during their attack and now he immediately went back to the east and divided the Duke’s territory to stabilize the morale of his soldiers and at the same time to win over the other nobles, Gee… the royal family doesn’t only consist of fools.”

“In this way, we can save a lot of trouble, let the High Priest of the Kingdom of Graycastle get in contact with him. Timothy’s situation has become so precarious; he won’t be able to refuse our offer. We will reduce Port of Clearwater’s drug supply by 30% and with this balancing the strength between those two. This situation will be handled by you Tayfun,” Mayne decided, “After two years’ there won’t be any soldiers in the kingdom left to stop our conquest.”

“You can rest assured,” Tayfun nodded. “But … there is something wrong with the situation at the Longsong Stronghold in the Western territory.”

“What is the problem?”

“The 4th Prince Roland, after his victory against Duke Ryan, he immediately went back to Border Town, and furthermore he didn’t answer to High Priest Taylor’s offer, doesn’t he have any intention of fighting for the throne?”

“Well … what are your thoughts about it?” Mayne asked while looking in Heather’s direction.

The latter just shrugged: “What else can I say… What were the rumors about him again? He has a nasty character, is incompetence, has neither any learning nor skills to speak of and he’s also known to be greedy. How was it possible that such a person could win against the Longsong Stronghold? The answer to this question is very simple, he deceived everyone, whether it was the other nobles or us.”

“You mean …” Mayne frowned.

“We have chosen the wrong person, Lord Mayne,” she sneered. “He is the one who should have been on the main stage, not the 3r Princes Garcia.”

“That he was able to defeat the Duke truly showed his talent, but even if he was such a skilled person, without the resources he will be unable to fully display his skills.” Tayfun shook his head in disagreement, “Since he chose to return to that piece of desolate earth, it seems that he has given up on his chance to reach the throne, and because of this he won’t be causing any threat to our plan.”

“That’s seems to be correct, theoretically. But there is another interesting piece of information you shouldn’t overlook either,” Heather threw out a note, “This information was something I gathered with my personal eyes.”

Mayne spread open the note and quickly swept through it’s contents, “Witch?”

“Uh-huh, they’re one of those witch organizations. They call themselves the Witch Cooperation Association and claim for themselves to have a firm foothold in Border Town and now ask others sisters to also gather there. While this is only hearsay and could be a groundless accusation, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. We already know that the name isn’t fictional. We have already sent our Army of Judges against them once and after their defeat in the Eastern Forest, they crossed over the whole country, only to ultimately disappear somewhere west of Longsong Stronghold. Border Town is just west of Longsong Stronghold, directly next to the kingdom’s border and the foot of the Impassable Mountain Range. Two important powers situated at the same location, isn’t that a little too much of a coincidence?”

Witch Cooperation Association… I also have some impression of that name, during their whole journey they often had to face the Army of Judges and even after losing a lot of their staff they still insisted on moving in the direction of the Impassable Mountain Range. According to the information gathered from some of the tortured witches, it seemed they wanted to find the Holy Mountain, located somewhere to the west of the mountain range. It was just a suicidal move, so we did not put much energy into this matter. There are even similar witch organizations within the Kingdom of Dawn and the Wolfsheart Kingdom. They are always lurking within the cities, and after some time they suddenly rush in the direction of the Wild Lands, only to throw away their lives against an even stronger threat.”

“You mean, the Prince and the witch organization both hooked up?” After reading the news Tayfun’s face became a lot darker.

“Maybe, maybe not.” Heather smiled, “That is only a simple guess on my part. What do the witches fear the most? ‘Exposure’. And it is obvious that they will draw all the more attention when they use the name of their Witch Cooperation Association, but they still use the name for their underground message. Why is that?”

“Because it’s a familiar name to us,” Mayne said quietly. “However that’s also the same for the other witches.”

“Full marks!” exclaimed Heather clapping her hands, “This will effectively reduce the wild witches wariness, perhaps there will really be someone who could be attracted by this news and decides to go to Border Town to explore what the actual situation might be. It’s not hard to imagine this, since Border Town is without any member of the Church to overlook them, they would perhaps dare to do such a thing. We often say that it’s better to choose the lesser of two evils. Obviously, the other side has considered this and decided that the consequences of being unable to recruit witches is more serious than the consequences of them being exposed…” Here her voice became gloomy, “And I don’t like the feeling of being underestimated.”

“This isn’t a small problem,” Tayfun road angrily, “Once the witches have settled down, they will be able to fully display their capabilities without any fear, it’s also very likely that the so-called demon phage can also be avoided. This is exactly the reason why we encircle every settled down witch, only when we can force them into hiding or let them run into the exile, are we able to keep it a secret from them.

Mayne knew that the Tayfun side of the argument was right, a witch alone wasn’t a real threat to the Church, but as a group, it was a completely different matter altogether. And once they got rid of their identity as the “Devil’s messenger”, the Church’s propaganda would soon be exposed. Resulting in a great loss of influence for them, maybe even shaking the Church’s foundation.

He was now caught in a dilemma as they encountered such a possibility of whether they should send a large number Judges to encircle the witches’ base, but in the end Border Town was too far away from Hermes, and furthermore, the Church’s army should be attacking the Wolfsheart Kingdom soon. So, it was now too difficult to split off the manpower that they needed to wipe out this remote town. Coupled with the problem that if they were to send out  such a large number of troops into the Kingdom of Graycastle, it was guaranteed that the nobility of the kingdom and of the other two countries would soon become vigilance, which could lead to a failure of the entire plan overall.

After much deliberation, they finally came to a decision.

“I will send a priest with ten Judges on a mission to Border Town, they should investigate this matter together with the High Priest. If the Witch Cooperation Association was acting independently from the Prince, the force should be strong enough to eliminate all the witches.”

“But what about if they are related to each other?” Heather asked.

The God’s Punishment Army was only allowed to march if they were led by Mayne himself or a few other high ranking members of the church, this rule had been personally made by the Pope. Remembering this he answered: “Then they should bring the news back to us and I will personally lead the God’s Punishment Army to march against Border Town.”

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  • Schöner Kristall

    just make a fleet of zeppelins, carpet bomb Hermes and be done with it

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • elfelin

    dude. just make nuke already
    I’m sure anna can do it with little bit more learning to manipulate atom.

    like some sage said.
    One nuke to rule them all !

  • GroovyPotato

    is incompetence -> is incompetent
    become vigilance -> become vigilant

  • D Evans

    Does the church officials even realise how hypocritical and curropt they are

    • The whole purpose of the church is to control the masses. The top dogs doesn’t even believe in God.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, Carsten T., and Christ S.! He should fortify his lands more. Like permanent outposts equipped with cannons etc. He knows that once the rumor gets out the Church will begin to probe.

  • Reader

    3r Princes->3rd Princess

  • Proxy Account

    *Roland’s Notif Board*
    Church archbishops poked you.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    __∧_∧__ Thanks for the Chapter
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    Well well the church is really corrupt hope they get what they deserve "BULLETS" hehehe

  • Maxi King

    RIP Priest+ ten Judges

  • mllhild

    A priest and 10 judges? I really want to see their faces when they reach Bordertown.
    Oh and since the Sandpeople accept witches as goddesses Roland is sure to make a pact with them. So the end would be Southwest(Roland) vs north(Church)

    • Kuq Ku

      His Sister has the Sandpeople and by the looks her drugs will no doubt wipe them out 🙁 Im thinking that the aftermath of her Sisters schemes, Roland will need to heal them somehow, we already know that one of the witches I forget who it is.. Leaves? or I dunno havent looked through the chapters, that is leader of one of those tribes/clans people down that way :P,

      From what was described oil is there so its a future investment, but maybe he will need to intervene sooner rather than later? but right now more important priorities, and its not like he knows the situation there right now anyway.

  • mllhild

    Not so unreasonable.
    One witch makes them light.
    and then you add a steam machine with Anna as fuel source.
    Ready 1 tank.

    • Akabanenabaka

      Just think if the other witches can advance their powers like Anna did. Heck with a tank, can you imagine a floating battleship. Aerial bombardment here we come!

  • Zquirrelthing

    I’m guessing Roland is going to take the priest and judges captive and come up with an excuse to delay the church. Once he sees that they are sending these people Roland will probably realize that the church is suspecting him.

    Also, I wonder when Roland’s little sister is going to get revealed. I’m guessing she’s a witch, as she disappeared all of a sudden and she’s probably between the age of 16 and 18. Maybe she’ll come after hearing the news that border-town is taking in witches?

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Having read some of the spoilers from the Animesuki thread where guys have read the raw chapters all the way up to chapter ~430… Let’s just say I can’t wait to read what was hinted at transpired.

  • Info

    Border Town are now recruiting witches specially with a hypnotist type to send away high priest. 17 silver coins/ hour

  • Mirvra

    Kinda miffed that the King and Queen STILL hasn’t tried getting in touch with Roland -.- i mean come on…. he clothes lined an army of knights and you guys aren’t even gonna send a spy? or just a normal messenger to try to understand what the heck’s going on in Border town? <.<

    had high hopes for the Queen of clearwater to be intelligent enough to notice Roland's actions AND figure out a counter for the Church's poison <.<

    • Wrandral

      If you’re talking about his father he’s already dead, if you’re talking about Timothy ans Garcia they’re pretty busy right now and certainly wouldn’t believe their incompetent brother they knew all their life would be that big of a deal right now

    • mllhild

      You mean all the spies that he captured?
      Until they notice that the reports of the spies are due it will take around a month after the months of demons finishes. Then to send a new one and this one to come back will take again 2 months. Besides they are slightly busy just like you have seen in this and the previous chapter

  • kyril

    thanks for the chapter,

    I hope Roland create a gun for himself. He basically defenseless plus it look badass as a leader to have a personal gun.

    Kindly recommend what types of gun he should make?

  • MondoX

    These chapters kill me. I would rather have the chapters focused on each individual witch living in Border Town.

  • Drejzer

    The link at the end of the chapter leads back here…

    • Roxerer

      Thanks for the info, it’s fixed now

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • MangoGuy

    oh damn..the church is starting to unravel the feck up!!

  • Ashente

    `Resulting in a great loss of influence for them, maybe even shaking the Church’s foundation`

    A flag ?~

    • Michael Twitsucks

      “A flag?”
      Let us hope so. Especially if it’s an artillery marker flag. That’s real convenient, because it can also be the marker for the church’s future grave site at the same time.

  • Danis

    lets the mc fight and f*ck his enemies with gun !!!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • icicle

    thanks for the chapter.
    The church and Roldan will finally clash. Realy looking forward to that

  • phyrigia

    uoo… this is bad… seriously bad…. roland, you did a mistake by announcing the witch association location in border town.

    • DracoIgnis

      Not really, is not like he will lose to the church, maybe if the church says that roland formed an alliance with the witches, they can make the entire country against him, and then it will be bad, but for now, he has enough power to resist the god’s punisment army

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  • Jose Daniel Rangel

    i dont enjoy these teasers…most of them are boring descriptions, thx for the chapters tho .


    Dammit author, you should have made Roland mechanical engineer AND ww2 weapon enthusiast! How otherwise he is going to build some kar98ks? Pope and gods army needs some 7.92x57mm medicine. BADLY.

    • Proxy Account

      Agh! Bolt action rifles! Reminds me of good ‘ol Gunka no Baltzar….

    • icicle

      well he might be able to make some with Anna’s new ability. However, the type of gunpowder needed is what has him stumped at the moment

      • Michael Twitsucks

        Black powder is perfectly usable in manually-cycled weapons. You can even get away with using it in recoil-operated firearms (like the Maxim machine gun).

        Problem is the primer on any self-contained cartridge. That’s tricky without the right chemical know-how.

    • Paween Hinmuangkao

      He is already considering development of a breech loading rifle. He however cannot figure out the smokeless powder yet so it is still on hold.

      Hell, rifled muskets with paper cartridges are already overwhelming for that age. I’m assuming he is using paper cartridges for his army. That thing is almost as old as gun itself.

      Another simple improvement he could do right now is conical bullet which further improve the accuracy.

      Not sure if he should abandon the line infantry tactic though. While his technology is already beyond line infantry tactics, the locals still aren’t

      • mllhild

        for smokeless powder you usually need first nitric acid and thats not so easy to obtain in large quantities.

      • Michael Twitsucks

        That’s the thing, though: he doesn’t need smokeless powder. It’s USEFUL and it’s better than black powder, but he doesn’t NEED it. What he does need, however, is self-contained metallic cartridges. Without that, kiss advanced firearm design goodbye – it isn’t happening.

        With metallic cartridges, however, you can still use things like Maxim machine guns and bolt-action rifles. The only big limitation is some cartridge designs (lack of pressure/velocity) aren’t as effective/possible and gas operating systems are temperamental without smokeless powder. Even so, recoil operating systems can still work just fine.

        What Roland should be focusing on is manually-cycled rifles like bolt-actions (which are relatively simple and are extremely reliable and well performing). And self-contained cartridges to go with it. Paper could be used, we did that shotguns (Federal still makes paper-hulled shotgun shells, IIRC) for ages. Problem there isn’t the gunpowder (black powder will work just fine), but the primer. Primers can be quite difficult to do correctly if you don’t know what you’re doing. They have to be sensitive enough to go off reliably when struck, yet not too sensitive to propose a danger (free floating firing pins/slam fires). That’s simply chemistry that is above Roland’s pay-grade. But everything else (cartridge, bullet and firearm itself) is stuff he can manage.

    • Kevin Shaw

      The the next logical step in gun development would be breech loading rifles that used a percussion cap mechanism. He could also skip a development generation and make the Dreyse Needle Rifle or the Chassepot, they’re both breech loading rifles that use paper cartridges. Unfortunately he still has the problem of developing mercury fulminate or lead styphnate as a primer to make percussion caps. I think the jump to making metallic cartridge rifles is unlikely since he probably still needs to develop large scale machining to make metal cartridges quickly to supply his army on the other had using paper cartridges he could train his army to make their own ammunition. Of course. Mystery Moon however could make development a lot quicker once Roland develops batteries to make electric machines and increase the populaces productive times at nighttime by lighting up the city.

    • Wrandral

      Considering what the judge’s army is like he should be hurrying to develop exploding ammo to cripple them, i mean they don’t seem to feel pain but blow up their limbs or heads off and they’re not much of a threat anymore.
      Well artillery can do that but it’s pretty slow right now and the effective range isn’t that great when you have to face an army on steroids that is better than heavy cavalry ( and more resilient both physically and morally )

      • mllhild

        No, the one without pain feeling is the gods punishment army. The judges are just the normal infantry of the church, but of course all equipped with god locked of protection

  • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

    Damn, somehow my motivation to read the chapter always plummeted down every time it’s related to the Church.

    • Kuq Ku

      Really? Our own history regarding the Church is pretty colourful lol watch the Borgias heh lol go the Pope lol.

      Kinda crazy the shit they got up to, mindblown

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Om nerabdator

    he doesnt like leaving his rape dungeon

    • Neruz

      Most people with rape dungeons are likely to be a bit miffed if forced to leave them.