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Chapter 164 Highly Concentrated Acid

Kyle Sichi had hardly gotten any sleep these past few days, he had soon discovered that coming to Border Town had been the wisest choice in his life.

He had spent two full days and one night reading the complete book on “Primary Chemistry”, and now that he had started to read it once more. Even though he had only slept for two or three hours, it was more than enough for him to be full of energy. Now, as he returned back to the first page, he started to read the ancient book carefully once more.

Matter is made up of tiny particles! The changes of matter are from the decomposition and the recombination of those aforementioned particles! During the entire reaction process, the total amount of matter will always remain constant the entire time!

For goodness sake. What kind of person could write such a book? Unexpectedly there are people some people who could see the world in such details that they could narrate it so clearly. More than once did he suspect that the contents of the book were actually all a fabrication, but after he did some alchemy tests according to the example given, the results were all fully in line with what was written in the book! Moreover, not only did this work during the experiments, no, he had also frequently seen some example of this working in reality, all of which showed that what was written in the book was correct.

 

There were things such as “Oxygen” which was described in Chapter 1.

 

This gas is one of the main components of air, people were not breathing air to live, but rather the oxygen that came with it. A flame also required oxygen, to be able to burn, the combustion was essentially a kind of oxidation reaction. The more oxygen the fire was supplied with, the more intense the combustion would be.

 

These words reminded him of the kilns they used in Silver City to burn glass. Two people had to constantly work on the blister bag in order to allow the furnace temperature to reach the level at which the gravel would start to melt. Since it was all made out of matter, this was also possible through alchemy… no, it was simply a chemical reaction drawn out from pure oxygen. If it were possible to supply the furnace with pure oxygen, couldn’t the blast equipment also be left out?

 

And the most surprising part he had read in the book was that water was actually composed of two hydrogen particles and one oxygen particle. Which was probably also the reason why all creatures had to drink water. However, hydrogen seemed to be a gas, but when combined with oxygen which was also another type of gas, it became a liquid, how could this be possible?

 

Kyle discovered that he still had many questions left unanswered and also many things to consider, but there was no doubt that with this new knowledge he had already left the other alchemist far behind. While they were still searching for formulas in their world filled with chaos and a fog of obscurity, he instead had a flat and straight road directly before his eyes.

 

Whatever, I can leave this for later. Now, it is time to do some proper business. He finally closed the book, filled with reluctance. Looking out of the window he saw that at this point the horizon had already began to turn white, which meant that it was time for him to go to work.

 

Kyle blew out the candle, and when he approached the bedroom, he saw that both his wife and daughter were still busy sleeping. Afterward, he stepped out of the house and closed the door quietly behind him.

 

The house His Royal Highness had assigned to him laid in a district west of the castle. Comparing the new house with his former house in Silver City there were a lot of differences. The walls were now made out of brick instead of the quickly molding wood he had seen in Silver City. Furthermore, the house was also many times more comfortable and the kitchen utensils and furniture were all stocked with everything that they needed.

 

Although he hadn’t spoken about it out loud, deep down he was much more satisfied with this new life. His disciples lived in another district, two blocks away from him. Their house was much smaller, and they didn’t have a room for themselves. Their house was a bit like an inn, where a bedroom had to be shared with four people.

 

When he came to his laboratory at the Redwater River, he saw that his disciples have already been busy. They had all been carefully selected by Kyle. They had worked in the Alchemy Workshop almost from their childhood onwards, learning how to clean and sort the materials. By now all of them had already reached an age between twenty and thirty years old. Seeing that all the laboratory utensils and shiny glass containers were clean, Kyle nodded in satisfaction.

 

“Good morning, Chief Instructor,” seeing him enter, all the disciplines bowed and greeted him.

 

“Let’s start.” Kyle took a pair of gloves from one of the cupboards, full of enthusiasm. These gloves were extremely slim and elastic. They were most probably made out of animal intestines.

 

When he had worked in the Alchemy Workshop before this, they never had any provisions such as these, but the Prince had repeatedly stressed how dangerous it was to work and experiment with the chemicals. So, all the operating rules had to be strictly followed, such as when working with corrosive materials, they had to wear gloves the whole time and keep all of the windows open.

 

Another difference between his previous work in the workshop and now was that he now had a clear task assigned to him.  He had to make acid for His Royal Highness.

 

The double stone acid method had already been used by his disciplines many times before, so Kyle only had to visit them from time to time and no longer needed to guide them through each and every step of the way.

 

The two acids that they had to produce were described in detail in the book “Primary Chemistry”, one was called sulfuric acid, and the other was called nitric acid.

 

During his time in the Alchemy Workshop they had used different names for them, the former had been known as green vitriol acid and the latter as niter acid. Even though they had used different names for it, the preparation method was basically still the same, through the dry distillation of green vitriol and saltpeter, they could get acid vapor and then by condensing them together, they were able to collect the needed acid liquid.

 

Green vitriol was usually mined together with sulfur, while there were special nitrate fields to satisfy the great demand of the big cities, so they were both a commonly found raw material.

 

But His Highness stressed the point that the two acid concentrations had to be as high as possible, so he had deliberately decided to explain the purification method to Kyle.

 

For example, the collected sulfuric acid could be heated up again, so that the remaining water evaporated until finally a concentration of up to 98% concentrated sulfuric acid could be reached.

 

However, nitric acid was a lot of more trouble. According to His Royal Highness, nitric acid itself wasn’t stable, it was actually pretty volatile. Because of this, using the usual method they could achieve a high concentration only to a certain extent, and if it then came in contact with light it would quickly break down again. So, they had to dilute the nitric acid with the concentrated sulfuric acid, only then could it be heated. The concentrated sulfuric acid would absorb water, while the nitric acid would evaporate.

 

Regarding the problem with the light, the nitric acid had to be stored in a brown glass bottle. To make all of this possible, His Royal Highness had already specially prepared a thermometer for him.

 

When Kyle saw it for the first time, he thought that it was very intricate. It was a hollow glass pipe filled with mercury, both ends of the tube were sealed so that they didn’t have to worry about any mercury leakage while using it. Around the tube there were several lines drawn one above the other. When the temperature rose or fell, the mercury would follow, until it reached a constant position and the temperature could then be read.

 

Today, the laboratory had produced three bottles of concentrated sulfuric acid and a bottle of concentrated nitric acid. At this concentration, he found that sulfuric acid wasn’t flowing as smooth as water anymore. Rather, it was flowing like a sticky oil. And the nitric acid was no longer colorless and transparent with its high concentration, it had now turned into a light yellow liquid, and when the glass cap was opened, it would emit bursts of white smoke.

 

“Head Instructor, will we have to produce these two acids every day?” One of his disciples, a man named Amon asked.

 

“We have to do it until His Highness gives us a new task.” For a moment, Kyle paused, “Why, are you worried that you won’t have any time to discover your own alchemic formula?”

 

Amon nodded.

 

Seeing him so earnest, Kyle had to laugh, “I forgot to tell you that later the title of Alchemist Instructor will soon become unnecessary, so you don’t have to search for a new formula to become an alchemist.”

 

“No…” Amon was totally stunned, “Don’t need it?” The other disciplines had overheard his words and were now slowing down with the work at hand, and instead closely following along with their teacher’s words.

 

“That’s right, the future alchemist doesn’t have to fumble with new formulas, instead they will need to have good memory and the ability of deduction,” Kyle clapped with his hands, which was the sign for the others to gather to his side.

 

“His Highness has given me a book titled, “Primary Chemistry”. This is also the reason why I’ve come to Border Town, if you thoroughly study through it, most of the world’s formulas, can be inferred by using the book’s contents.

 

“Can be inferred?” The disciples issued weak shouts.

 

“Yes, After I have read through it in detail, I will start to teach it to you,” Kyle announced, “as for the way of promotion, His Highness has already explained this to me. In the future, you will have to pass a test that he had personally prepared to get the title of Chemist. Believe me, it won’t take long before the honorary title of Chemist will be considered of a much higher rank than that of an Alchemist. And using the knowledge you have learned, even the Alchemist of the King’s City’s Alchemy Workshop wouldn’t be able to catch up to you. ”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Staff of Narayana

    I can’t really imagine how the story would turn out to be if the MC was an IT engineer like myself…
    There aren’t any digital computer around and creating a computer from a scratch, as in computer built from vacuum tubes would be quite difficult (IF I actually know how to build one).

    I’d go crazy… 😀

  • SanitaryCockroach

    The cool thing about this is that these alchemists are portrayed as intelligent, just uninformed of the complexity of the science they love.

  • Akabanenabaka

    I been eagerly waiting for each chapter hoping it would be the duel, the anticipation is killing me. lol

  • Proxy Account

    Ah, the blood of a stupid brawny witch and the similarly idiotic bunch of Army of Judges shall wash the new lab of the Chemists.
    #HailScience

  • VerneJules

    Chemist as an honorary title, huh?

    “Show respect! I am a renowned Alchemist from the King’s City’s Alchemy Workshop.”
    “I am a Chemist.”
    “… Sire, please be humble enough and take me as your disciple!”

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Dammit exams I hate exams… Anyway upgrade from Alchemist to Chemist but alchemist sound better

  • BurstThrough

    It seems Roland forgot to put information on fusion point and heating point(and how it is different for every element and mixed substance) in it if Kyle is confused.

  • Midnight2630

    Assault Rifles on the way

    • Royaldarkness

      actually it will be a long way before he can make it fully

    • DudeForDuke

      Eh… He doesn’t even have proper metallic self-contained cartridges yet. Nor smokeless powder, which is what you really want to be using in full-auto firearms (you can get away with black powder in blowback and recoil designs – but it’s messy as hell and it won’t be very reliable).

      From there, it’s a rabbit hole. Even firearm companies today, despite having zero excuses, can royally fuck up a firearm design (just look at Remington…). Roland is a mechanical engineer, sure, but I doubt as a Chinese citizen he had much experience or chances to mess around with shooting and designing firearms. There’s a lot that goes into turning a firearm from “working proof of concept” to “reliable and functional enough to stake your life on.” Again, that’s still screwed up plenty by multi-million dollar companies that have been making firearms for years (picture tangentially related).

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60c033e98611b24805cc76f947b9a99a615cdb325691a021510d856fc9f4e5ec.jpg

      • Midnight2630

        men…you shouldn´t underestimate Rolando…with enough time he may very well be able to even create tanks, stealth aircraft, rockets…vaccines for cold, the cure for cancer and anything the author thinks an engineer can do ‘-‘

      • VerneJules

        I thought you could create any gun by just molding magic metal into parts? 😛

  • Kuq Ku

    Im wondering what still needs to be done.

    Hana has the medical side covered but they should begin a medical school as well as collecting talented healers/medics from around the country, Hana is just one person, they need field medics, Town Drs/Nurses, and since Roland wont be able to help in this area, he does have some basic knowledge of the importance of understanding Human physiology, biology etc.

    Science Department, Roland is a one man band regarding this, he needs to gather more scientifically minded people to come to Border Town, Imagine if he finds people like our historic Giants, the burden upon him would lessen after he educates them to an extent, then allow them to make their own conclusions and theories that he can provide guidance in.

    Faster transport method – Trains come to mind, and Hot Air balloons, its old school tech, totally doable with Witches, eventually perhaps even things like airplanes of course this is a long way off still, but amazingly 150 years ago there was a submarine called the Hunley, it had torpedos lol go on google it.

    How amazing if he managed to find someone like Leonardo Da Vinci or Tesla, with Rolands modern knowledge and those brilliant minds, the skies the limit.

    • DudeForDuke

      Building trains is possible, technically, but not very efficient at this stage. That’s a lot of iron and a lot of fabrication. The steam engine is actually the easy bit for Roland. It’s the designing, having the necessary supplies, “machining”/fabricating of the parts and managing to get them to fit together and work which is difficult. Even after all that, you need a lot more steel to lay down as track and the men to lay it (considering the river situated conveniently next to the castle, that would probably be more useful and economical for the moment). Designing, manufacturing and assembling the running gear (specifically the axlebox) would be a nightmare for even a good mechanical engineer. That’s some deceivingly complex engineering when you look at it.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/790e350c371fdc0e6eb89ce9973477ddec07278e2f1fa87b36eeaf361b3d4aa1.png

      I think Anna could pull off an internal combustion engine. In that case, wood gas could be easily used to power any vehicles. It’s renewable and simple (compared to refining petroleum). During fuel shortages in WW2, it was used the world over. Still provides enough power to be useful, too.


      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas

      Then there’s always the stand-by: steam engines. The first “cars” were steam-powered, after all.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Motor_Carriage_Company

  • Kuq Ku

    But seriously, how amazing is Roland for writing all these books? even if its dictated with scroll crafting the books, when is he going to produce paper and a printing machine? How amazing is his ability to recall all that information?

    Im also wondering when a Telegraph will be setup along with Rail/Train network, yes I know this is a long way off but still I think a Telegraph should be something he begins setting up, communication between them and stronghold should be available.

    He basically usurped the Previous Lord (in self defense) but this will leave him open to others laying claim to that land. The Church, Timothy, even Tilly not that she would, Garcia has too much on her plate right now, and other factions internally that might want to wrest control from the current Lord by proxy. If he had a fast communication setup that a Telegraph can provide, such problems could be avoided.

    I really want to say how much I love this Alchemist Masters reaction to all this Knowledge, I seriously love how he is appreciating everything written, how he marvels at the mysteries within and actively seeks the knowledge understanding straight away how world shattering it is, all his previous knowledge not even a smudge of worth compared to what was contained in that book, I just wish that Roland got to hear his praises directly since hes the author (by proxy lets hear a round of applause to our Histories Giants upon which he stands)

  • MOHLT

    We are getting chemistry lessons, aren’t we? I wouldn’t mind getting full course if teacher is Anna! Plus Nightingale sitting in the corner and chewing dried fish.

    • Psychronia

      If my history and science subjects were taught to me through a medium of web novel, I’d have skipped grades and graduated by now.

  • Danis

    wtf this chapter talking about give me the fight !!!!
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Info

    I love it when the Mc is outsmarting everyone and not only that he has a courage to fight (Remember he wanted to fight Ashes but he is not allowed to and also the demon month when he decided to stay in border town).

  • lo53n

    Correct me if I’m wrong, some rusty knowledge here.
    Atomic explosion? Not really – during breaking atoms you get a lot of heat/energy and two new atoms (which have lesser mass than former atom) with alpha/beta particles and some other charmful stuff. And I think is propably the same with antimateria annihilation – I mean you get a lot of energy when matter and antimatter comes together. It just shows how much energy has mass. Can be wrong on this one, thou.

  • MangoGuy

    Green vitriol is ferrous sulfate right?

  • shade 0180

    “by his disciplines”

    pretty sure the word here is disciples..

    just saying anyway thanks

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • MangoGuy

    Teacher learn something

  • Aldrich Castillo

    Had a chemistry exam today, was not enjoyable…

  • Diverge

    I love reading MC beating other with knowledge. If they actually teach science through a story like this then i think i’ll get 100% for my test XD soaking up that knowledge like a sponge.
    But anyways how does MC knows all this anyways? What was he in the previous life, a science teacher?

    • timbone

      My chemistry teacher used Adventure Time to reach the class. It wss awesome

    • Nguyễn Duy Cường

      it’s mentioned in chapter 1 that he was a mechanical engineer and died from overwork.

    • Deman Bloodx

      You don’t need to be a science teacher to know this. I study the basic science stuffs by using a personalize flashcard website. At first it was a lot to study, but now it feels like it’s basic knowledge. Back then I didn’t know how something reacts so there were unlimited directions it can proceed making it harder to memorize. Now, it’s like A can go only to B and nowhere else. Now, when I study, I laugh at some of the questions that I used to make. They were important back then, now they seemed too silly to be made into questions.

    • Todoy

      He was a mechanical engineer. Engineers need to take a dozen college/advanced math/science courses along with their main engineering courses before they can get their degree.

      I wouldn’t recommend doing engineering in college because it’s hard af. They basically take science and build stuff with it.

      • Deman Bloodx

        Engineering is hard af is very true. My friends who became doctors all fears engineering. The doctors where talking about their colleague, a pharmacist who married an engineer. The engineer husband looked at the wife’s notes and said, “These are easy as hell.” If only he knew back then how easy the medical route is.

        • Victor Cabanillas

          pharmacists need to know a chemestry
          thats why he can help
          but doctors have to read a lot and if you dont know something you are done

          • Deman Bloodx

            The amount of scientific data produce daily is enormous. Just in one field in one subject is impossible to know now. Imagine twenty books on chemical names and properties alone. Doctors and pharmacist don’t even know the chemical make up of the drug. They only know the generic names and trade names. Hence, they don’t even know what all the components are and how it actually interact. They study that once entered the body, it does this and that.

            Pharmacists are just seller licensed to sell drugs. Chemists do the work in conjuring drugs.
            Doctors reads what need to be study. They studied their question banks from books and old previous exams from previous students.

            Most of us have taking trigonometry, passed it with an A+ and don’t even know how to use it. For doctors and pharmacist, they might take those math classes, but they’ll never need more than basic algebra.

            Watch youtube on science and medical classes. These life science is nothing more than like telling a story. There are tons of stuffs you’ll never be required to know. Only know what need to be tested on.

        • Staff of Narayana

          Well, some of the required trait of being a doctor is that you need to have a good memory and good interpersonal skill.

          While engineering need one to have a strong logical and analytical prowess. 😀

          • Deman Bloodx

            You’ll need logic and analytic prowess to be able to pass medical exam to get into medical school. By the way, everyone’s memory is nearly the same. Because their mind isn’t focus on making things, looking for pattern, understanding the meaning, etc they can just memorize the material, pass the test and be done. Their mind is less bogged down. For example, an apple falling down from a tree. One person ask why does it falls down. What is gravity? What is time? etc, while the other person is “because stuffs is suppose to fall down”, “you can’t fall up”, “it’s because of gravity as explained in the book”, …

            Those who are nosy are more likely to remember faces and more likely to notice other people’s interactions. Those who ponder hard in their mind is more likely to miss things that is happening before them. Being ignorant could be a good thing. Those who are ignorant in a good way like believing studying organic chemistry would make them able to mix chemicals like the mad scientist on tv, will study harder. This is why we have absent minded professor teaching physics while the doctors are like normal people studying hard.

            • Staff of Narayana

              Wow, that’s a real eye opener. Thanks mate.

              I’m an engineering student, and I think medical field is actually harder than my own field. 😀

              • Deman Bloodx

                If we were talking about the past like in the 70’s that’s a totally different story. Medical school used to be hard. Back in the days, people actually even vomit after taking the medical entrance exam. One professor allowed us to practice past exams, gave us those exams, and we saw the difference. The old tests were greek to us. Now, they are supposed to pass majority of the student.

                Another friend is a professor at private university teaching pharmacology students. He tells me that some students shouldn’t even be there. They paid more money than public university (almost double). Imagine around 50K/year. Imagine a small classroom of 40 students. That’s 2millions sitting in front of him. The university won’t be happy losing even half the students. They didn’t hire him to lose a million dollars.

                After taking higher math class, they’ll never see it again. Same with other basic classes like chemistry and organic chemistry. Remember taking trigonometry? All students can pass that class, but outside of class, almost none even know how to relate it to real life.

                Once you graduate and work as an engineer, you’ll notice the unfairness. Unless you are working for the government, the products you work on with your coworkers must sale or you guys don’t eat. Now imagine a pharmacist. He is hired to work as a saleperson for medical drugs since he is license to sale drugs. All he is is a person with a licensed to sell drugs. He is nothing more than a cashier who took pharmacy class. He’ll never have to create something that must sale. He’ll never have to carry home and ponder his group project after work like you’ll be as an engineer. Instead he’ll go home like a blank slate, make love to his wife with a blank slate, go to work like a blank slate, etc.. Now you know why there are tons of people wanting to become pharmacist?

                That above paragraph remind me of a book about this telecom worker. His job was common and bring home the bread and bacon. He was trained by the previous guy. And there were very few of them. But once the telecommunication business went global, laws were passed that to go outside and make outside deals, company must have a have someone trained in the field or they’ll not be allow to go globally. Instantly, his low paying job skyrocketed to the million dollar pay and have staffs working under him.

                It also starts as a young age. If you know you’ll go in x field, you’ll pay more attention to stuffs related to field in your basic classes. Read about the contestants on Jepardy. The Jepardy winners usually have this in common. As a kid, they impressed their family and friends with their knowledge. Because of that, they learned more facts and watch Jepardy shows every day after school. When they see facts, they are more aware of its. In their heads it’s like this. “Oh, this news is ‘Jepardy-like’.” They pick the news ‘with the awareness of recalling it to others’. <—That one simple thought, just open the 'recall' in their head unlike the rest of us, who just glanced over it.

                If doctors have such great memory, why do those people performing memory feats even impress doctors? The truth is we all 'normal people' have the same memory. If you are an engineer, you love to make things, solve things. But that can be demise. While attending the same classes as those related to the medical field, you are juggling with more than one thing on your mind. They have nothing else so they are more focus.

                It's a trend now. Professor/teachers recording their classes and placing it on youtube to sell lecture notes. IF you watch those videos (the pharmacology ones that I saw), you'll realize it's like teaching slow learners. One video the guy say, "I'll point this out to you guys now, but come test time over 1/2 of you will miss this. It happens every year. This enzyme decreases/blocks this in your body from forming. This drug blocks that enzyme. If you have more of this drug, then what happen?" This is probably the most complex it'll ever get for them. Isn't this like teaching babies?

                Think of the human body as something that never changes. Once you learn where the specific organ is and what it does, it never evolve to something else nor will it pick up and move. In engineering, newer technology replaces the old. Microprocessors replaces discrete components, transistor replace vacuum tubes, digital camera replaces polaroids. Self driving cars, etc… Another good things is all your organs are located near the middle of your body. Think of your limbs are nonexistent. In that middle section is what you'll be studying about for medical related field. That's it there.

                You only think that the other field is hard since you never took it. If you suddenly change major, at first everything will seem harder even the basic. If you decide to change major, forget the previous thoughts of trying to visualize capacitors or free electrons flowing like water in an ocean, etc. This level of understanding is not needed in the medical field. Don't question or try to be clever if you can help it. That will muddle your mind and make you study longer and waste your time.

                The most damaging to me because I was unaware of was that "why do students memorize all these conditions and stuffs, there are litterly thousands of them?" Little did I know that you were supposed to learn only the represenative in the groups. This species of bacteria might have 200+ subspecies, but you are only supposed to memorize this one species. Clueless can hurt as well has help. These amino acids… why did no one tell me I am not supposed to learn the structures of each amino acids? Say somewhere in the book. Hey, I wasted many hours memorizing each compound's structure where I only had to memorize a few things.

                • Staff of Narayana

                  Whow… That was a long one. I took my time reading it. 😀

                • Staff of Narayana

                  Well, it’s not like I intend to say which one is better. My previous comment is a baseless and biased, I’m sorry for that.

                  I actually wanted to get into medical field some years ago, but a single incident made me suffer haemophobia, so I abandoned that idea and took engineering field instead. 😀

                  • Deman Bloodx

                    Sorry about the long post, I got carried away. You must overcome your inner demon called haemophobia.

      • Maxi King

        deus ex machina

      • VerneJules

        I understand if he could remember them as a student but he’s now a professional engineer and not even a chemist. He couldn’t possibly remember the Periodic Table of Elements, right? At best, he should only remember the theories and some parts of the periodic table.

        • DudeForDuke

          I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew all the elements. There’s only 118 of them (23 of them – 95 to 118 – are synthesized, so there’s no point to them at the moment in the story) and about half of them your average person will know as household names and basic information of them. As far as remembering things like their electron configurations, that would pretty unusual for someone that isn’t a chemist, but for most elements it’s not really going to be necessary (and the more common and important ones he’ll probably remember).

          As far as chemical knowledge, none of the reactions he’s remembered have been particularly involved. And we see how much he’s struggled over the production of shock sensitive detonation compounds for use in primers… Which, from a chemistry stand-point, is pretty damn simple.

          Could be a good memory. Also if he’s unsure of anything, he could test out the chemical reactions and once he’s confirmed it that’s all he needs to do.

          • VerneJules

            I’m afraid it would be pretty difficult to explain an incomplete periodic table to Kyle. Kyle would absorb the basics but would it be easy for him to understand how to make chemical equations based that? I understand that the Periodic table was gradually developed but if the missing links were not from how it gradually came from, then wouldn’t it be quite confusing?

            Also, I understand that the author is trying to make him less omniscient by showing there’re lots of things he lacks knowledge of. However, even if he would only do what he’s sure to be correct from his memory, shouldn’t he still commit mistakes? Like “I was 100% sure it was this one but I actually mistook it for something else” or anything similar to that and his memory would still then be believable.

            • DudeForDuke

              But by nature of the current situation, it has to remain incomplete. How would Roland explain synthesized elements? Telling Kyle that these elements exist, but don’t worry about it because they don’t really exist would be problematic to say the least.

              There’s also the issue of even old (as far as when they were discovered) elements being explained. How often does Scandium (AN: 21) come up, even today? Yet it was discovered 137 years ago. There’s also the issue of all these elements that have to be found and mined and processed and refined. Even working out on an effective means to identify them is difficult, making their explanation and inclusion difficult.

              As it stands now, handing Kyle even an incomplete periodic table would be far more confusing than helpful because of that. For the moment, he also wouldn’t benefit from having it, either. The work he’s doing is incredibly specific and it’s volume production/manufacturing based on Roland’s orders. Realistically, that’s all he needs for the moment.

        • Gege

          Well, every MC need their own Suupaaa pawaaaa…
          and Roland OP ness is his knowledge. Eventhough its over intelligence compared with us common people. Lol

          • Staff of Narayana

            Well, he could always be chemistry enthusiast… 😀

    • Its a miracle he remembers. Regardless, all these were taught to us in 9th and 10th grades. Not really advanced. Once you understand the formulas you can derive a lot of others through logic, its like algebra.

      • Reald Dormond

        Scroll helps a lot here. He doesn’t have to completely remember in order for her to produce the book he learned it from, seems she pulls from both conscious and unconscious memories.

        Doesn’t stop him from knowing everything in the books like the back of his hand though.

        • shorty

          Doesn’t work that way actually, he’s writing most of this from his own memory on paper, gives it to scrolls to read so that she remembers, and then has her create books for teaching when needed.

        • What? That was how her power worked? I thought she could only remember everything told to her. So Roland tried his best to cram everything he still remembered to Scroll, since her memory is permanent at this point, and she can make a book out of it (of course Roland would structure the appearance and format), then he won’t have to worry that he’ll soon forget.

        • DudeForDuke

          Scroll can only re-create from stuff she’s seen. Otherwise, she’d have all of the knowledge that Cara had about all the ancient mountain yadda yadda stuff, whereas she only had fragments of it from viewing some of the book that Cara had. So anything that Roland couldn’t specifically remember and didn’t write down – she has no clue about it.

      • Fuannai

        Dude, he studied those stuffs for more than 10 years and applied it for the rest of his life. Of course he would not forget most of it. It’s actually cool how the author portraits Roland as a normal human being by making him forget some of his knowledge

    • Kuq Ku

      Engineers are like our worlds magicians 🙂 along with Scientists lol.

  • phyrigia

    I just hope that Ashes wont steal the book. You know… I kinda feel like Ashes could do anything to …..

    • mllhild

      I doub the muscle brain can even read.

    • Алексей Пугач

      She seems to be a warrior type, I don’t think she’s suited for sneaking and stealing.

    • Even if it was stolen, I doubt Tilly’s alchemists would be easily convinced of the content. Remember, this new alchemist could be convinced because at first he was given an example that he could easily test. When this book is given later to Tilly’s alchemists, they might be easily skeptical about it and its source, so they might not actively try to test any examples (besides, the basics are already throwing off their prior knowledge, so..). Well, that’s just my speculation at the off chance she try to steal it then give it to Tilly though. I feel like she’s not even aware of this whole alchemist thing since she’s a muscle-brain (from what I can see so far).

      • Psychronia

        Also, unless it’s Roland’s original book, it would disappear before they even get it to the alchemists. Scroll’s copies vanish after some time.

  • Grey Human

    (Posted during teaser) Thank you for the Teaser. Now back to repeatedly pressing F5 for me 🙁 .

    • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

      All Hail F5 sect.
      /me continue pressing F5 button

    • Grey Human

      My wait is over. Onto the next watch I go

  • KimPatsu

    Law of conservation of Mass…. Defy that and your on a pretty bad time.

  • the evil one

    hail science

  • VerneJules

    I just love reading the reactions from this scientist about modern scientific discoveries.

    • Neruz

      It’s easy to forget just how totally mind-bendingly incredible those discoveries were when they were made. Any self-respecting alchemist would gladly sell their soul and the souls of their entire family for a single copy of a modern molecular chemistry textbook.

      • Gaspar

        Yep. Hail science! What I like of Roland is that though he holds information and Knowledge sometimes, most of it is shared for “the greater good” and it truly is the greater good, he is responsable with the info he share and try to bring “progresa and prosperity” to All how is arround him, he is really a force for the better of this world, you hardly see a guy THAT GOOD and heroic and the funny part is he does not even see how much good he is and is doing for everyone! (Much better than slaying a dragon and wooing a princess)

  • the evil one
  • Wrandral

    Each time this kind of chapter comes around i hear a sound