RW Chapter 163

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Chapter 163 Maggie the Witch

Ashes sat at the top of the castle, waiting for the arrival of the day of the competition.

 

During the past few days, her attempts at persuading the other witches had not shown any progress. The stubbornness of the witches had greatly exceeded her expectations, whether it was the older women like Scrolls or the minors such as like Lily. They all refused her invitation. The only difference between them was their manner and reason in rejecting her.

 

Some chose to stay because of Roland, while others didn’t want to leave the Witch Cooperation Association, but in the end the ten witches had all gathered together into turned into one unbreakable piece of iron. As for Anna and Nana, both of whom had originally come from Border Town, Ashes wasn’t in the mood to even try to lure them away. In particular, when Ashes stood in front of the Anna, the magic she could feel coming from her was completely different to anything else she had ever felt before. Her magic felt like it was as hard as steel, but at the same time it also had a smooth and dense feeling to it. It felt as if she was separated from Ashes by a wall of iron.

 

Among the many witches that Tilly had been able to gather, none of them had ever given her that feeling. After inquiring the other witches on this topic, she learned that Anna’s way of controlling her flame was actually quite unique. However, how could it be, that even though her flame was invisible, it still felt as if there was a real barrier present? Ashes simply couldn’t understand this.

 

As for Border Town, in comparison to the other towns and villages that Ashes had seen before, it was quite different. If she were to put it into words, Ashes would have to say that felt as if the town was full of vitality, and that the people here all seemed to be holding on to a purpose for each and every day.

 

From her position high up on top of the castle, she had a perfect panoramic view over the whole town. It seemed that at this moment, the most intense flow of people was in the area for the new houses. They had separated a square site as the new district, and within that area, every house looked similar to the next.

 

There was an endless stream of carriages continually bringing in new batches of bricks from the North of the town while the masons were starting to dig out the foundations for a dozen new similarly shaped houses.  Soon after, they could start to raise the walls, which was all done surprisingly quickly. Within a day, the walls had already reached around the height of a child.

 

Looking into the Northeastern direction, she could see smoke constantly rising up into the sky. The smoke wasn’t caused by a mountain fire, but rather was the workings of the brick kilns. In particularly, there were several thick brick towers that had been erected, all of which at first glance, like a forest of colossal red tree trunks from the distance.

 

Looking in the direction of the river, she could see some of the several sailboats that were arriving at Border Town every day since she had been here. Most of these sailboats came from Longsong Stronghold and were all loaded with so many items that the unloaded goods would almost fill up the entire shipyard.

 

A group of guards were always patrolling around the yard while keeping those strange wooden pikes in their hands. Unlike the guards from some of the other cities’ garrisons, they weren’t walking around languidly for a short time before disappearing to find a place to hide and take a nap. No, they always marched in a straight line, moving between the terminal and the yard, and sometimes would even take the initiative to come forward and help to unload the ships, all of which Ashes had no memory of ever witnessing such a scene ever before.

 

What kind of spell had Roland Wimbledon used that had given these people so much enthusiasm for constructing this new town in such a barren and desolated land?

 

Just at that moment, from overheard, Ashes heard a burst of gugu sounds from a flock of birds. She raised her head and saw how a large fat pigeon dropped down from the sky and landed on her shoulder.

 

“Finally, I have found you,” said the dove beside her cheek.

 

“Has Tilly sent you?” Ashes pulled some wheat corns from her pocket and threw them on the roof.

 

The Pigeon swooped right over, before suddenly realizing, “I’m not a bird, gurr!”

 

“After you turn back into a human we can speak again.”

 

“Okay. goo,” when the voice faded, the pigeon’s feathers suddenly expanded, and released a white light from the gaps between its feathers. Its head moved up, followed by the rapid expansion of its body. Simultaneously, its feathers began to shrink and were turned into a bundle of long white hair.

 

No matter how many times she saw this happen, Ashes would always be amazed. Maggie’s ability as a witch, which allowed her to change into a variety of birds, besides the problem that she was quite fat in her bird form, was wonderful and charming ability. She would even sometimes long to have Maggie’s ability, rather than being an extraordinary who didn’t have to be afraid of the power of God’s Stone of Retaliation. She was much more eager to have the ability to travel from one place to another. With this ability, as long as she wanted to see Tilly, she could immediately go to her, no matter where Tilly was at the time.

 

“Even with the trace I could follow, it still wasn’t that easy to locate your position, ah,” Maggie’s entire body trembled as if she was drying her feathers, “The distance was so far that my magical stone statue couldn’t even sense the magical fluctuation coming from your mark. Fortunately, Shadow could still tell me your approximate whereabouts. When I flew over the Fallen Dragon Ridge, the magical stone finally showed some reaction.”

 

Apart from her symbolic white hair, the most noteworthy part of her was her short stature. She was supposed to be an adult, but only reached up to Ashes’ waist, and still had exact same appearance as a young girl. If she untied her white hair, it would almost cover her entire body.

“Has Tilly safely arrived in the Fjords?” Ashes sat down and patted at the tiles beside her. The other side, just like a bird, obediently came over.

 

“She took the Empress of the Sea and had a safe travel, but during the second trip a strong Northwind came up and pushed the ship against the shore, fortunately no witch was killed. The third and fourth ships are still at sea; the moment I heard of your travel I came over to find you.”

 

“That’s good.” Ashes could finally feel some relief, although she felt disgusted when she saw the Prince’s face, one thing he had said wasn’t wrong. He was right that the voyage from the Kingdom of Graycastle to the Fjords would be filled with danger. The weather on the sea could change far more rapidly than here on land, and at the same time, it could also be much more violent than on land. What was an entirely blue sky of pleasant winds just moments before could turn into a storm within the blink of an eye. Fighting against the overwhelming waves, her extraordinary power appeared to be negligible.

 

“You both say the same thing,” Maggie continued, “Shadow stated that you did not come back together with them because you wanted to recruit some new witches from Border Town. Rather than asking for more details, Lady Tilly just said ‘That’s good.’ ” She paused and took  a look at her surroundings, “The new companions, where are they?”

 

“They do not want to leave,” Ashes sighed in regret and began to repeat her story. “Compared to me, they seem to believe in the Lord of Border Town, who is Tilly’s brother.”

 

“Lady Tilly was willing to accept us, and now even her brother is also prepared to take us in… ah, to me this doesn’t seem to be bad, gurr,” she leaned over, “That being the case, shouldn’t you already be on your way, on the road to the Fjords? Without your help, Lady Tilly cannot start the cleansing program.”

 

Ashes shook her head, “I still have to wait, I will leave immediately after the duel has finished.”

 

“But, you just said, even if you win, the other side still wouldn’t take the initiative to accept your offer.” Maggie muttered, “So why do you have to complete this test?”

 

“If there is a chance, I still want to try,” Ashes answer came quietly. “The cleansing program has no immediate effect, but if I’m able to bring a witch with me, Tilly’s strength will definitely increase.”

 

“Well,” Maggie nodded, “In that case. I will be staying here and wait for you so that we can both go back together, but there is still one thing you have to take note of. When I flew over the Fallen Dragon Ridge, I saw a group of riders flying the banner of the Church. They were about 10 strong.”

 

“That’s isn’t a very large number… If they are raising their flag, that must mean they belong to the Army of Judges,” Ashes said in a cold voice, “Except for Border Town, I don’t think there is any other place near here that the Church would want to send their envoys. Their noses are as sensitive as a dog’s.”

 

“All is well and good, we will keep this information to ourselves until I finish neatly defeating their knight. Afterward, I will tell him the news that the Church is approaching. Roland Wimbledon should finally realize what a terrible mistake he had made. How awesome would that be.”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Rohan P., Roxerer, Disco Pangolin, and Jatz! Despite how badly she seems to think of Roland I doubt that she’d stand by and watch witches get hurt if Roland can’t fight the Church. That said, with his new technology it’s near impossible to lose. Once he can make landmines the Church army is so screwed.

  • Ashes screw her over yet again. Her action has proven once more that she does not care about the witches by not warning Roland and the witches of the church’s member heading to bordertown. As someone mention before, Ashes do not see the witches as people, but rather as weapon to increase Tilly’s strength. What’s more, NightingGale can see detect lies, thus can tell the other witches that Ashes does not care for them as she makes herself out to be.

  • Mimir

    Ok everybody is getting mad at Ashes but there’s nothing wrong with the way she’s acting.. she doesn’t know Roland like the rest of the witches do, or at least not this version of him.. she knows the dumbest wimp that groped her in the past.. lol I think we can all calm down a bit..XD

    • MOHLT

      I think he only attempted to do so and got scared once Ashes thrown angry glance at him.

    • DudeForDuke

      “she doesn’t know Roland like the rest of the witches do, or at least not this version of him.”

      That’s true… But she also makes no effort to get to know him. Plus, she’s hardly unique – Carter and Barov both knew the original Roland as the sniveling pest that he was and now both, Carter especially, believe in him completely. Add to that with almost a dozen witches vouching for Roland as being legit and she’s not just being stubborn about her past with Roland, she’s being a petulant child that’s compromising her own mission just to get in petty revenge and spite Roland.

      I don’t think she’s necessarily a terrible person. She’s human, she’s flawed… But she is being a bit of a bitch with her current actions.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Victor

    I hope Carter don’t get a head-shot on this one. I really like the idea of Ashes come to respect Roland in the future. And even be able to bring him his Imouto by his side. (After Roland build his fleet of Killer Zeppelins will be easy to visit his sister in the Witch County at the Fiorjds)

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Damn Ashes will eat your own words, cause those church army will be annihilated by Ronald guns and cannons

  • john delacruz

    That cleansing program thing she mentioned better not be like…
    THE PURGE.

  • MangoGuy

    Sigh…just when I thought she had potential!!

  • Inderaa Takamvra

    Just burn to ash, Ashes

  • Veriz

    Cleansing Program. Sounds like some people are going to die.

  • DB AV

    Cleansing program… sounds reaaally bad. Is the little sister like the older?

  • dragon2004

    so…..smug….

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter !

  • Kin

    I wonder if maggie can turn into something else

    • Mimir

      I think it’s just a variety of birds since she was kinda making bird noises while she was talking.

    • Gaspar

      Admit it… you are thinking in a catgirl… I did too bro, but pettite pidgeon girl is not so bad, I hope is smarter and open minded than Ashes.

    • Psychronia

      Great. Now I can’t help but imagine Ashes riding an ostrich into the sunrise after all this is over.
      I hope you’re satisfied.

  • Just Physics

    This Little B***h need Spanking so bad that will make her a dog,, Carter I’m counting on you B***h slap this b***h..

    I’m waiting for Ronald to say behold the power of science, yo shall not pass my greatness

  • LT F

    in regards to the last paragraph, Roland’s answer would be: “Well, they sure took their sweet time to come for me to ‘play’ with . . . “

  • Fuannai

    Ashes should finally realize what a terrible mistake she had made. How awesome would that be.

  • BurstThrough

    Cleansing…
    This could either be what the church fears a witch Haven may create or is what creates the pills…
    Now I think Tilly may be another antagonist like Garcia(oddly both brothers ammount to nearly nothing) as well as it seems like my prediction of Tilly making the church forget Border Town for a moment true.

  • Balanite

    I’m a Chinese reader of this story! Just want to say some nitpicking for the translation of this chapter:

    The Pigeon swooped right over, before suddenly realizing, “I’m not a bird, gurr!”

    “Then turn back into a human before you speak again.”

    Apart from her symbolic white hair, the most noteworthy part of her was her short stature. She was supposed to be an adult, but only reached up to Ashes’ waist, and still had exact same appearance as a young girl. If she untied her white hair, it would almost cover her entire body.

    Thanks for translating!

    • Roxerer

      thanks for the correction

  • phyrigia

    what… that Ashes… meh…. In the end, she’s like Tilly this… Tilly that …. Oh okay….

  • D Evans

    Wonder if he has street names and addresses and calendars and clocks.
    I don’t know how she’s comparing Tilly to Roland when what he’s doing is actually harder and a big differences is he has territory he’s successful sending and expanding and the people following him and Tilly is probably a witch so isn’t a stretch for her to help them.
    Really she’s not going to tell them about the church and is still being arrogant with what she’s experienced. I’m starting to wonder if Ash has a thing for Tilly

    • mllhild

      Street names of an engeneer will always be
      Street x1, x2, x3,….
      Street y1,y2,y3…….
      Then you get the blocks like x2y3
      and o fcourse build it all with square house blocks.

      Ah, and he won’t have any clocks yet. It was mentioned that there was no way how to measure time and building a clock precise clock is not that usefull at this point in time. But I guess he will make one for his alchemist to better measure time.

  • Om nerabdator

    shes a idiot

  • Icarus

    seriously this ashes is way too arrogant and bitchy. hope roland puts her in her place.

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    How awesome? Not really… He’ll just wipe the floor with you and those Judgement Army then make you into his sex slave you li’l piece of- oh… Something just blurred my reasons, what was I saying?

    • Grey Human

      Sir…/Madam… you have been lurking in dark side of the internet for one second to long. You have to raise 100 homeless people to escape poverty line to reverse that one second, hence you could feel normal again 😀 .

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    A cleansing huh, worrisome words

  • FTxCerber

    Okey. They are assholes. Instead of playing it safe and prioritize, she is actually more concerned about making Roland lose face.

    • BurstThrough

      But this makes for what I consider the best part of a Chinese novel “the face-slapping”!!
      Basically make someone lose so much face it hurts.:D

    • Gaspar

      I second this! Truth be told the reason I hate Ashes and her band are, till now:
      1) They see or talk of witches as power for Tilly, I dont feel that the safety of the witches is their first priority (quite diferentes of Roland who puts their security and well being first)
      2) They have 0 interest in see the good in the other side (she hate Roland for things past, I understand, but not seing the merit in his work and call it ‘a spell’ is undermeaning his valor and effort)
      3) They have 0 interest in cooperating. That makes me think, Tilly will, in time atemp to take the tribes and kill Her brothers with the aid of Her witch army, or else, why not cooperate? It would be great if Tilly and Roland could work in the same side. (Lets hope it happens)

      And for All that… I dislike Ashes. And no interest for Her in the harem nor sex slave… Think, súper human strenght… Rolands friend might die.

      • FTxCerber

        It may be her followers worships her like a god blindly and she is unable to do something about it. Lets hope Roland is able to spank her ass thoroughly! :3

    • Proxy Account

      *Roland in his office*
      This witch is an enemy to Industrialization, off with its head!

  • Danis

    Come Damn Church let the war Begin !~!!!
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • VerneJules

    I’m quite interested on what will be Tilly’s reaction after Ashes’ return. What would be her next move/strategy? Since she’s a so-called genius, I want to see actions befitting that. To be honest, I want to see another faction that could rival Roland (not necessarily as an enemy, could be an ally or neutral faction). I was disappointed with Garcia since I originally thought she was clever.

  • Kuq Ku

    Ashes give it up already, go back to your Princess and tell her youve failed!

  • mllhild

    Lets get this princess guard knight beat and added to the 4th harem! I really read too much hentai yesterday and now I’m imagining Ash all meek after getting some bullet holes and being all bandaged up……how about with a leash added to her….ok I should stop.

    • MangoGuy

      so…you completed your doctorate?

    • MOHLT

      Dog ears and buttplug too! Plot would be – Tilly entering in full bondage gear and small whip, saying: I need to punish the bad doggie for shaming ME! Your mistress!

    • DudeForDuke

      Wait, wait. You’re forgetting the “you bested me in a duel, therefore I’m yours” trope!

  • Maxi King

    JOIN THE CULT!

    • Kuq Ku

      In my mind Ashes has found her own holy mountain, and it belongs to Tilly. I doubt she will join, and to be honest I think it would be more interesting if more witch factions popped up wanting the right to self determination.

      • Jason

        In the end, Tilly is just hiding and eventually the church will take over the islands and they will continue being miserable like the previous witch association. Roland is their only hope.

        • Kuq Ku

          I agree, isolation only works for so long before they are uncovered and then what?

          I want Roland and Tilly to form an alliance, she may have her own agendas but for now they run along similar pathways, they really cant afford to have enemies on all sides.

      • Sal

        That is already a fact. It was something Ashes had been counting on in order to win over Rolands witches, and was also something that other witch groups have discovered before.

        I think the real issues is that while Tilly offers escaping to a safe haven, it is still running away. Eventually the Church or the Devils will find them. Roland on the other hand offers something more. For me, the only question is whether it’s the Church or the Devils that force them to adjust their plans. Also even if Tilly has the witches, she is probably much like Cara and unable to recognize or bring out their true potential.

        • Kuq Ku

          I agree that Tillys hiding is counterproductive, afterall no new witches can be born apparently from witches, so they are reliant on regular humans to keep them going.

          With Roland who wishes to bring all into the fold, so that they can build bridges to keep each other relevant and part of one another rather than segregated.

          But this wont happen for many generations, look at our own world, still full of prejudices, we cant seem to snap out of it. I doubt they would be so willing to let go either.

    • Wrandral