RW Chapter 165

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Chapter 165 Chase

Lightning traveled back and forth between Border Town and the southern hills, while the parchments in her hands were slowly becoming all the more complete.

 

This was her newly received task, together with Soraya, she had to draw a map of the Western Border.

 

Flying together with Soraya, her flying height was significantly reduced, making it awfully difficult to fly over the forest. So she would first paint a rough outline of the topography, and later with Soraya, they would draw a more exact picture. By using her magic pen, the map would look like a view from up in the air, every detail seemingly totally lifelike.

 

After a parchment was filled, Lightning would then turn around, and fly back to Border Town. Today, after a few months of training, her flying speed had only become faster and faster. According to the calculation method taught by Prince Roland, her full-speed flight had almost reached close to one hundred and twenty kilometers per hour. At this speed, the incoming strong wind made it nearly impossible for her to open her eyes.

 

Because of this problem, Lightning thought that she had already reached her limit, but the day before yesterday, His Royal Highness had given her a gift. A headband made out of leather, with two copper ring wrapped into it. Embedded inside those copper rings was a pure and transparent glass, allowing her, for as long as she wore the headband, to be immune to the incoming wind.

 

His Royal Highness had said that this headband is called ‘windproof glasses’, and that it was actually quite easy to manufacture, by melting some glassware. He had also said, that with her wearing the headband she would look even more like a small Ezreal.

 

Lightning didn’t know who this Ezreal person was, but she realized that even though the headband was only made out of cowhide, copper rings, and glass lenses, it had still needed a lot of effort to put something like this together. The complete piece of leather had a double layered structure to it so that it could wrap itself tightly around the inset copper rings. And also, to keep her from worrying that the leather band would scratch her skin, the headband had something similar to the buckle of a belt on it, with which she could adjust its size. Looking at it, it didn’t give her the impression of something that had been just casually made.

 

She immediately fell in love with this gift, almost to the extent that she wanted to wear it even when she was sleeping. Now, she only had to had to pull down the glasses, and she could keep on flying faster and faster, no longer needing to take into account the impact from the whistling wind.

 

It wouldn’t take very long before Lighting would reach the town, she had planned to immediately head back to the castle and hand over the new map to Soraya, but at that very moment a pale figure suddenly swept past the corner of her eye.

 

Looking sideways, Lightning saw a pigeon with its wings extended gliding in the direction of Longsong Stronghold. Pigeons weren’t very rare birds, but this one was quite different, it was really too big to be like normal pigeon, just the wings alone would be enough to satisfy her stomach for the length of a whole day.

 

Lightning had to swallow down her saliva, she remembered the time when she had still lived on the island and caught some flying fish by hand later roasting them over the fire.

 

Now, living under the roof of His Highness, although the food was very rich, having to eat bread with butter and mushroom soup for months on end, the food had started to become somewhat tasteless to her, so if she could catch a pigeon for roasting…

 

Reaching out to the pack of salt and pepper fastened to her waist, her decision was made.

 

Turning around, Lightning flew straight toward the pigeon, and the pigeon quickly noticed the approach of the uninvited guest. It immediately folded its wings, diving downward and seemingly wanting to drill into the woods, to rid itself of this menacing hunter.

 

Seeing this scene unfolding in front of her, Lighting was shocked, she would never have thought a pigeon could be this smart. A few seconds later, a broad grin spread across her face, and with a sudden turn, she followed the pigeon  as it dove downwards. Since the Months of Demons had already ended, the little girl had become confident that nothing could escape from beneath her gaze.

 

For a moment, the pigeon still skimmed over the treetops, but a moment later it lowered it altitude even further, entering the forest and flying extremely close to the ground. But the distance between itself and its hunter only became shorter and short, no matter how fast it beat its wings, it couldn’t throw off Lightning’s pursuit.

 

The dense forest receded, and the sun would occasionally shine through the branches, becoming alternatives patches of light and shade.  Until they finally flew through an open area, and their surrounding suddenly became open and bright. Grabbing hold of this opportunity, Lightning brought her speed up to maximum, instantly hugging the pigeon from behind and tumbling to the ground.

 

The pigeon struggled heavily, trying to break free from its shackles. Lightning had already pulled out the knife from her waist, ready to finish off the game, but at this last moment, the dove opened its beak, “Don’t, goo! Help me, goo!”

 

The little girls shock was so heavy, that she almost tossed her knife away. But she quickly regained her rationality, and asked, “You, are you a witch?”

 

As an answer, the pigeon nodded.

 

“And I thought I could finally taste another type of flavor,” Lightning sighed in regret, putting her knife away. “My name is Lightning, what is your name?”

 

The other expanded into a ball, and then turned into its human form, “Maggie, you actually wanted to eat a bird!” the woman complained.

 

“I have already eaten a lot of them from before.” Lightning just shrugged her shoulder in response instead. She reached out her hand to pull Maggie up. All of a sudden, a bead rolled out from within Maggie’s bosom, bouncing on to the ground twice, only to fall into a small pit. When Lightning quickly went over to pick up the bead, wanting to hand it back to Maggie, but found that the glass-like red bead with some strange letters engraved on it, seeming very familiar to her.

 

After frowning for a moment, she grasped a string around her neck, and slowly pulled a dark red pendant from her chest. Placing both of it into her hands to compare them, she discovered that the pattern on them was exactly the same.

 

“What?” Shocking Maggie who was looking over her shoulder from the back. “Why do you have a trace?”

 

“A trace … What’s that?”

 

“You don’t know what it is? This thing can respond to a magic stone, allowing the holder of the stone to locate your position.” Maggie suddenly stopped, “No, why should I even tell this to you? Just now, you wanted to eat me!”

 

“Do you have such a magic stone?”

 

“There are,” Maggie nodded her head.

 

“So, can you find my position?” Lightning asked curiously.

 

“No, it must match the magic stone to be able to locate the corresponding mark.” She replied very agilely this time, “and only us witches can use this. If you don’t know this already, how were you even able to get one?”

 

“It was my dad who gave it to me,” Lightning returned the bead to Maggie. “What about you?

 

“I won’t tell you,” Maggie answered grudgingly, but then she stared curiously at the other girl. “You belong to the Witch Cooperation Association, and Ashes said, that you do not want to leave Border Town.”

 

“You belong to her side?” Lightning curled up her lips in disdain, “And I thought you were a new witch who was attracted by the rumor. Us witches here have a good life, why should we leave?”

 

“Because of the danger ah, the church may come here at any time, bringing their Army over with them.”

 

“An explorer will never shrink away from something because it is too dangerous,” When Lightning spoke out aloud, her face turned slightly red, well… the Stone Tower doesn’t count. It is only a matter of time before I visit the ruin again, and by then I must be the first to enter the basement.

 

“Furthermore, His Highness Roland Wimbledon has a lot of incredible invention, as long as you have seen them once, you will immediately become attracted to them. One can turn a fist-sized ball into a weapon, and when someone is hit by it, they are torn into pieces.”

 

“Really? Can you take me to see them?” Maggie exclaimed in admiration.

 

“That won’t do, unless you join the Witch Alliance, and become one of us.”

 

“But I have to go back with Ashes…” Maggie hesitated.

 

“Then you can come back later, ah,” Lightning continued her coaxing. “Here you can have a lot of fun. We have machines which move on their own using heated water, there are also weapons which are able to attack over a distance of a thousand meter, uh… are you asking yourself how far a thousand meters is? All in all, it is very far, if you look at people from one kilometer away, they will seem to be about the size of a tree branch.”

 

Making many gestures with her hands and feet, “and there are even many more possibilities to go play within the Concealing Forest. Things like poking honeycombs, gathering so many mushrooms that you couldn’t even count all of it, and hunting birds and the wild boars are all so very interesting. Peeling off their fur and roasting them over the campfire. You only have to sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them, and you can relish and eat as much tasty meat as you would ever want.”

 

“Really?” Maggie couldn’t help but start licking her lips.

 

“Why should I lie to you,” Lightning hooked her arm around Maggie’s shoulder, “On the other hand, we might even go hunt a bird and roast it, right now!”

 

 

TN: I changed Izawa Riel into Ezreal. Also I really loved this chapter 🙂

 


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Lightning is so cute with her ideas of fun in her life. If only everyone thought that simple things like poking honeycombs and gathering mushrooms were super fun, the world would probably be a better place.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Jatz! Lightning is a pretty smooth talker eh.

  • Zeth

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • João Paulo Francisconi

    Lighting so smart, telling all of Roland inventions to random witch she just meet… Oh, wait.

  • MangoGuy

    lol she should be a diplomat!! she could sell a fridge to an eskimo!!

  • Mimir

    Well her dad gave it to her. I wonder if she could use it to reverse track and find him?

    • VerneJules

      If her dad’s magic stone activates to find her, maybe Nightingale can see the magic essence and trace it back (like a hacker being hacked).

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Yay map, maps are always important… Lightning is really important as a scout. Know she's scouting the bird hehehe

  • Midnight2630

    yeah it´s a nice chapter.

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Looks like a successful negotiation, the stomach always wins XD

  • Kin

    Reminds me of my lil sis

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • phyrigia

    if it’s bird hunter, they’ll make sure to not miss shooting that fat pigeon with roland gun. At least, lightning only catch her with hands.BUT wait… I thought lightning can detect that it was actually a witches and not pigeon bird? So the transformation is already a high level that other witches can’t detect unless she reveal her
    self?

    • Arashi

      AFAIK only Nightingale and Ashes are capable of detecting whether other people are witches.

      • Chiki Amara

        Scroll also can..

  • Proxy Account

    Hey, join us, we got guns…and mushrooms!

  • saul

    LOl and that is the way convert some one, those other cults don’t stand a chance against the little Lightning view of life. Love the chapter and the way you get to see at what is important through the eyes of Lightning. Thank you for the chapter.

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter

  • sergioGM

    thanks 🙂

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    LoL! This is a funny chapter.
    I want a rosted bird too. Look delicious!!

    • WanSage

      mostly bones if you are thinking about wild pidgeons

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Good chapter

  • phyrigia

    oh…. shit… i think lightning is leaking out important thing… that weapon should be a secret! now that maggie know she’ll tell ashes about it. Roland plan would fail if ashes asked carter to fight square by only using blade.. and not gun. duh.
    but maybe lightning would manage to get maggie to roland side… haha

    • Fuannai

      The point of the test was to see if Roland and the Border Town have the power to repel the church. So asking for a fair and square fight with blade is irrational.

    • Inbetweenbooks

      she could. at which point they would ask her to not use her powers, since they aint fair either.

      and, remind her that the whole point was to prove his defensive capabilities, and a duel with that purpose that doesn’t include the main weapons of his army is silly

  • Maxi King

    roland creating his own league of witches

  • Prongsjiisan

    Maggie and lightning is the most adorable witch here…

    • Kuq Ku

      I concur Lightning is so strange with what she finds fascinating considering she can fly lol, I reckon Lightning has scored a convert to Rolands side lol, she might not get enough to eat, I mean.. look at Nightingale lol, throw her a fish and shes anybody’s! (if theyre called Roland that is)

      http://wow.zamimg.com/uploads/screenshots/normal/514357-pepe.jpg is what Lightning will use to lure Maggie! that and food hehe

    • Mirari

      Welcome to the Maggie fan club, goo!

      • Gaspar

        Here to join the goo, Fan Club goo!

  • phyrigia

    see… did you see that? this is what I mean by perhaps maggie is following lightning…too bad lightning is faster and faster and faster. hahahaha… yeah, eat her.. LOLS.

  • Shadow Raid

    So Ezreal from league of legend?

  • Herloct

    Ah, the most interesting duo, Lightning x Maggie 😀

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • VerneJules

    “Don’t, goo! Help me, goo!”

    Hahahahaha!!!

  • Chiki Amara

    Poking honeycomb is considered as playing? Imba games ever play…

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Exp

    This series should add the the tag educational.

  • DudeForDuke

    [Teaser]
    1st Reconnaissance Wing, Border Town Air Force, 1st Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (“the Lightning Strikes”).
    “R-R-Roland… Do we really need to wear these skimpy outfits showing our panties to fly?”
    “THEY’RE NECESSARY! VERY NECESSARY!”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac5b902d92de41fb02beece5c90742ec18f5f7605fc0bbf354081f5bb7bf3545.jpg
    (not really a fan of “Strike Witches,” but eh, it fits)

  • fr0st

    why didn’t roland tell the witch that can make things weightless to use her magic on Soraya? she has to use her magic daily anyway as training so I can only see this as the author has forgotten her as a convenience for further chapters

    • Deman Bloodx

      I recall the weightless witch, Hummingbird, must be in contact with the object at all time if the object to be weightless is in effect. Also, in addition the object must not be a living entity. From Chapter 98. How do you like my amazing recalling ability? I didn’t click on each chapter either.

      • Prongsjiisan

        You’re witch!!!

      • VerneJules

        She doesn’t need to continuously touch the object though, it’s just the casting range. After she reduces the weight, she can leave it be until her magic on it expires.

        Actually, I wonder if Soraya could instead ride on a giant kite so Lightning could just pull it while flying. 😀 They would both probably even enjoy it (though I’m not sure if she could do the mapping while riding the kite).

        • Deman Bloodx

          You’re right about the casting range. Dang it. Let me check what happen. Found it! This is my fault. I am probably the only one here that doesn’t read any of these novel. Instead, I listen to them. It seemed that listening has a few weaknesses like noises attenuating the audio or zoning out and missing a few leading words.

          “[To cast her magic,] she needs to be in contact with her magic, in addition the target wasn’t allowed to be a living entity.”

          I placed the words that I missed in bracket. Wow, thanks for pointing it out. It was better for Hummingbird this way.

        • mllhild

          Its questionable how much propulsion force she has. Considering that she was slowly reaching topspeed at 120km/h while flying head first, it won’t be much.

          Just did the math, her propulsion during a 126km/h(35m/s) flight is 256 N.
          Thats a potency of 9 kW or 12 HP.

          Assuming she would be dragging behind her a other person(50kg since its a girl) + winged structure to give the lift (50 kg since its made out of wood and textile instead of light weight modern materials) and giving it a realistic L/D value of 9(the Wrigth one had 8.3 this and was made out of similar material but we wouldn’t need the motor, so its a bit better)
          Thats then at least another 108 N of drag for the lift created by the glide structure + 256 N for the drag on the passenger + drag on the structure on the glider (should be around 50 N if well made and minimalistic).

          Assuming that she is limited by potency. This gives a max speed of 13.4 m/s or 48,35 km/h. A speed at which a glider maybe still would work so it could be viable solution.

          If she is limited by force, then the max speed would be closer to 21.6 m/s or 77,9 km/h. Still its a viable speed for gliding.

          Conclusion: Roland should build a glider to see by what Lightning is limited(energy or force) and load with witches or bombs accordingly.

          Considering a minimum gliding speed of 20km/h, her maximum payloads are,
          if limited by power 14000 kg – glider structure mass and assuming that the load has aerodynamic and small frontal weight.
          if limited by force 1500 kg – glider structure mass
          (the Wright plane flew with 10.9km/h but that was in WIG effect range(close to ground) so you need to account for that increased lift)

          Why do I put more effort into this than my college exams?

          • VerneJules

            Well, Roland should indeed make wings for Lightning to slightly help her rest in the air and to help increase maneuverability. Probably similar to Batman’s, at least something portable. She doesn’t need a full glider since she can fly. Maybe Roland can teach her some basic aerodynamics principles.

            She could probably just pull a mini hot-air balloon full of light explosives (even dynamites would be good enough) and throw them one-by-one 🙂

    • Lujusi

      If that was indeed possible and Cara knew about it, I’d imagined them swimming in the air toward the Holy Mountain (Laputa)… Hahaha

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    Chase will be captured then tortured by those judgement army to get information on the other witches. Ashe will then have no other choice but to ask help from Roland. Roland will then make that li’l piece of shit Ashe into his sex sla-… Woah, my mind just blanked again for a second there, what was I saying again?

    *Posted during teaser*

    For the record, having a bad impression of Roland is not a good justification to endanger the other witches if she really cared for them as people and not disposable resources. You can argue that even after the competition, it would still take some time before the judgement army arrives. But the thing is, every second put into planning, is an additional probability of zero casualty for Roland’s hare- witches. But Ashe couldn’t care less for witches that wouldn’t be helping her Tilly because she is Tilly’s li’l female dog. Argh Ashe is the first female non-antagonist to annoy me this badly…

  • MOHLT

    in 104 chapter Soraya helped Roland to make witcher themed card game called gwent.

    • Raufgar

      Indeedy, I wonder if they have more than one set now…they were pretty much into it, like any entertainment-starved person in the Middle and Dark Ages…

      • DudeForDuke

        It seemed to catch on. Even Anna, and IIRC, Wendy were playing it like crazy.

        Once the people outside of the castle/keep get introduced to it, the sky is the limit. Considering how Soraya needs to use her ability, I wouldn’t be surprised if she continued on making cards/decks for people (and then, presumably, eagerly challenging them).

        …Now all Roland needs to do is cement his fame by means of board game construction. He could even cause the toppling of entire empires just by giving out copies of Monopoly to them and watching the ensuing bickering over the terribly designed game causing leadership implosion. (I kid. Mostly. Having seen a couple of Monopoly arguments, you never know.)

    • Danis

      take this My Trump Card 😛

  • MOHLT
    • Inderaa Takamvra

      Is that Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Disk Geralt wearing? 😀

      • MOHLT

        Yup, even with custom braided rope atachment!

  • MOHLT
  • MOHLT

    (preview) I hope title doesn’t imply that Lighning and Soraya gets spotted by church and chased.

    • Royaldarkness

      don’t worry,the next part isn’t that bad

    • Gege

      (teaSer) I think the title implied between Lightning & Maggie.

  • MangoGuy

    I still don’t XD

    • huyhn

      she’s the one that can paint/draw with her magic either by memory or visualizing

      • Raufgar

        She was able to show Roland and the 3 witches in Border Town exactly what a Devil looked like. This was partially also why Roland was able to infer that they might be aliens, since they didn’t breathe the same air that they did, and thus were wearing what amounted to isolation / space suits.

  • RamUpYourButan

    Is it just me that wanted Roland to refuse them sanctuary when Tilly and co. realize their mistake for refusing Roland’s offer. You know just for the kicks of watching them regret.
    But I guess that would never happen because that would be so out of Roland’s character.
    🙁

    • Mimir

      Imo Ashe and Tilly are doing nothing wrong.. what reason does Ashe have to trust Roland when one of the only memories she has of him is when he grabbed her ass? And so far the only thing we know is that Tilly is trying to keep the witches safe.. although thone plans they were talking about a couple chapters ago worries me…

      • RamUpYourButan

        Its my desire to watch someone burn for disagreeing with me or for this particular case; the protagonist.
        I mean, It’s somewhat refreshing for me to watch someone disregard someone’s circumstances and go on in enacting petty revenge.
        But that being said, I am aware that going down that route would be unhealthy for this series so you may want to treat my earlier comment as just my juvenile fantasy.

        • MangoGuy

          Guess you are right but they have every right to treat Roland like that…he didn’t really have a great reputation

          • RamUpYourButan

            You are certainly right, but the fact is I had not read him do this heinous acts that birthed his bad reputation. I mean while the old Roland is unmistakably rotten in nature. I had come to treat old Roland and the reincarnated Roland as 2 separate people.

            So while the way Tilly and co.’s treatment to him is very reasonable and justified, I see it as they are venting their grievances on a separate and completely innocent individual that happens to be of same appearance.

            • Gaspar

              I second you my friend and Can feel ya!

              Truth be told, I think that the prejudice of Ashes is stoping Her to see the big picture. Surely she thinks that Roland is gonna betray everyone and all that, she is even tryng to show the wortlessnes of ‘Roland’ the old one… She has no idea with who and what she is truly dealing with. But one thing is distrust and ill will. But another entirely is witholding the info of the church aproaching… That I fell is wrong and a ‘douche bag’ level of idiocy, its puting the other witches at risk for the sake of slaping Rolands Face, and that I fell is childish and talks volumen of their priorities and work ethics. In resume, I dislike Ashes at the very less.

              Roland for other part is no kid nor Childish or petry like Ashes and Co. He will receive All witches, useful or not, because he promesed to those faitful to him, and because he never lied when he said “I want to make of Bordertown a place were the witches can live freely”.

              He is going for the ‘Optimus Princeps’ title and till now he does in my charts. With the ‘Wise men’ and ‘social engineer’

              • Inbetweenbooks

                not to mention that most of the “useless” powers are things that make him salivate. freaking magnets…

                also, worst case? He gets to fill his town with more pretty ladies and possibly have more research materials for the essence of mana

        • loeghaz

          I feel you man.
          I feel you.

    • MangoGuy

      Maybe he will refuse at first to get benefits?

      • RamUpYourButan

        I doubt it.
        If Tilly’s witches wanted to live in his territory he could not really stop them short of using force, and while Roland’s army has more than enough force to suppress them, it does not align on his character and will probably drop the affection of his witches on him.

        • Gaspar

          In All sense, and it would be foolish to do soo. To risk position, trust of his witches and even his men (remember that he worked really hard to implantación the idea of ‘witches are not evil or bad’ soo if you start a war with them now it goes All to the drainage)

          Its true too that with more witches, more skills and specialiced Powers will he have at his reach, and the dawn of progress and his dream of a industrial revolución will become a reality sooner.

          Even better, if he becomes the Sole patrón and benefactor of witches in his lands… He will have a huge bost soon of witches as allies (un diluting the forces, now split between him, his sister, and all other witches groups)

  • mllhild

    Aerial observation with a photography device for map making. Thats tech late 19th century. Color photography for map making is probably WW2 or later.

    source:http://professionalaerialphotographers.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=808138&module_id=158950

  • phyrigia

    I was thinking that maybe magpie will follow where lightning go? you know… wont she be interested with Roland founding? Though I hope ashes and magpie wont do something like stealing his important papers and stealing his treasure in the castle.

    • mllhild

      You mean to get a knife in the back from Nightingale? Magpie can’t carry much in her bird form and the papers she could get would be useless without someone(Roland or Anna) to interpret them.
      And even Ash won’t be able to fight against Nightingale while loaded with gold.

      • Mimir

        True.. Nightingale can see the magic so she probably already knows that Maggie is in town…

      • MangoGuy

        But they don’t know about the meaning meaning that they will have to first see for themselves

      • phyrigia

        Not that… you know the place lightning and soraya are visiting. The one in the book that Cara been looking. I guess they dont know..

    • DudeForDuke

      Considering Nightingale’s not-warning-warning earlier, she would be quite foolish to betray Roland like that. It’s one thing to disagree and oppose each others’ plans, but doing that would get her a knife in the throat. And I wouldn’t shed a tear if that was her fate after doing that.