RW Chapter 169

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Chapter 169 Farewell

Entering his office, she met once again with Roland Wimbledon. At this moment, he was still busy writing, probably dealing with government affairs. The sun was already going down behind the western mountains, infecting the sky with a touch of gold. The last of the sun’s light was still shining through the windows, throwing long shadows across the table.

 

Waiting until the Prince put down his quill, Ashes declared: “I won.”

 

“Indeed, you won.” The other simply acknowledge it with a nod.

 

That Roland would yield in such a frank and straightforward manner came for her unexpected. She had thought that he would still try to quibble about it, never believing that he would recognize the result so easily.

 

“But I admit that you have the power to fight against the God’s Punishment Army,” Ashes continued, “The God’s Punishment Army isn’t impervious to sword and spear, their body strength is similar to mine, but they have lost their consciousness and ability to think. Which is also the reason why I can simultaneously cope with three of them at once.

 

“If during the previous test the Knight’s opponent had been a member of the God’s Punishment Army, I think that they would have just simply rushed forward. Because of this, the God’s Punishment Army cannot be sent out like the Army of Judges can. If my guess isn’t wrong, the Church has to always send someone who will lead them during the fight.”

 

“Thank you,” Roland smiled. “This information is very important.”

 

“What was the new weapon your knight was using?”

 

“A firearm,” Roland explained, “In the future, all of my soldiers will be equipped with this kind of weapon. Even an untrained farmer, as long as they have a gun, will be able to defeat even a well-trained Judge.”

 

For a moment, Ashes hesitated but then she still asked, “Can you give one of those firearms to me?”

 

“Unless you join the Witch Alliance that will be impossible,” Roland said determined, “after all, at present this weapon is still very rare.”

 

Having already expected his refusal, she slowly exhaled. “I have to meet up with Tilly as soon as possible, so early tomorrow morning I will be leaving Border Town. If you aren’t able to push the church back, you can always move to the Fjord, asking for asylum.”

 

Roland nodded, “You too, do not forget to tell my dear sister the news, that at the western border of the Kingdom of Graycastle there is a place which shelters witches.

 

“…” For a moment Ashes fell silent, “I will consider it.”

 

As she prepared to leave the office, but the Prince stopped her unexpected, “Wait, I have a gift for you. It is behind the door.”

 

A gift?

 

She stared blankly into the air, but when she came back to herself she turned around and saw that there was huge sword placed beside the door and because it had been previously blocked by the open door she hadn’t noticed it when she had entered the office.

 

“Your sword cannot be used any longer, so I let Anna create a new one for you. This sword, however, isn’t made out of poor quality pig iron, no this is made out of pure steel.”

 

Indeed, its whole body surface was evenly smoothed, in the light of the sunset, it held an orange-red metallic luster. Stepping forward, she gently stroked the sword, discovering that the blade’s thickness was very uniform. Showing traces that it had gone through a tempering process, there was no doubt that this was a weapon of excellent quality. The only thing which still puzzled Ashes, was its strange shape.  Compared with the usual double-edged sword blade system, it only had one blade, while the other edge was about as wide as her little finger. Furthermore, it didn’t possess a tip, instead it end was trapezoidal.

 

But the most peculiar part of the sword was that within the first quarter of the sword, strange runes had been carved into it. In addition, there was also a half-moon painted at the blunt edge of the sword. The moon was painted in gold, and was thus very eye-catching.

 

Although she didn’t want show how much she loved it, she still could not stop herself from impulsively reaching out and picking it up.

 

“Why does it looks so strange…?”

 

“Because it’s not a normal weapon,” Roland laughed, “it’s called ‘Ashbringer’, and it’s of the legendary rank compared to your previous greatsword of the white rank.”

 

“…” Ashes decided that she didn’t really need to know what those inexplicable words which had come out of his mouth were supposed to mean, “In that case, I will accept the gift from you and in return, I will also give you something back.”

 

“Oh? What would that it be?” The Prince’s curiosity was picked.

 

But Ashes however, didn’t answer, instead, she straight went out of the room.

 

*

 

On next morning, when Roland opened the door to his office, he once more saw Nightingale sitting at his desk and nibbling on a dry fish.

 

“They’re gone.”

 

“Have both of them left?”

 

“Yes,” Nightingale answered lazily, “They left the moment it was bright enough for them to see the road, Wendy was also there to send them off on their journey.”

 

Roland couldn’t stop himself from being deeply moved, after all, Wendy was concerned for every sister, not to mention the witches who had helped her escape from the monastery. Because, of this, he had thought Wendy would follow Ashes when she left, never imagining that she would be the first to refused the other party’s invitation.

 

With this, the Witch Alliance still had all twelve of their members, which left Roland with the feeling as if his whole body was filled with energy.

 

“Do you think they’re going to spread the news about another safe haven to the other witches on the other side of the sea?”

 

“Maybe, maybe not,” Nightingale said ominously while leaning back in his chair. “But when they meet a problem they cannot solve themselves, they will definitely think of Border Town.”

 

Closing his eyes, Roland went through the memories of the former 4th Prince in his mind.

 

Tilly and he had never been very close, or it could be better said that she had always maintained a certain distance from everyone, even her father, Wimbledon III was no exception to this. In addition to her good looks, she had also shown an outstanding sense of wisdom through her childhood, Roland’s mind did not have any more information about her.

 

When had the 5th Princess started to secretly harbor witches, or when had she begun to develop her plans regarding the trip to the Fjords, Roland didn’t know anything about this. But this also didn’t matter as much, for now, she could be regarded as a natural ally in the fight against the Church. After all, with both of them resisting the Church they also shared a common goal for now.

 

As for dispatching Theo and letting him spread the news about the safe haven for witches, this also can’t really be called a futile endeavour either. In the end, the awakening to a witch is still a random event, so it is impossible that Tilly will be able to take in all of the witches. Especially now after her organization is also busy withdrawing, the other new witches will be all the more urgent to find another shelter.

 

Now that I have gotten the news about the existence of the God’s Punishment Army, the next task I will have at hand is to expand the production scales of those two acids.

 

More efficient gunpowders or explosives cannot be done without using nitric acid and sulfuric acid. When all the members of the First Army have replaced their old weapon with a runner rifle, by using the rifled barrel and also the new bullet there will be a large improvement in the firing accuracy. Therefore, training was of utmost importance. In a time without fire curtains, an experienced veteran with exquisite shooting skills was worth ten rookies randomly spraying bullets around. But during this time the bullet consumption will also increase by a staggering amount.

 

Furthermore, there was still the problem of the black powder which remained in the barrel after firing a bullet, causing the rifle to clog and also reducing the barrel’s expected lifetime. Only by using smokeless gun powder can this problem be solved.

 

In fact, earlier versions of smokeless gunpowder were in fact made out of nitrocellulose, while the later stages of it was made out of a mixture of nitrocellulose and something else. The at present used the sealing method of nitric acid soaked gun-cotton was quite inadequate, not to mention the amount of gun-cotton he would end up needing.

 

After all, the laboratory production will only be enough for small-scale production, if I want to meet the needs of a whole army, an industrial scale laboratory will also be needed. Unfortunately, the chemical industry is a complete stranger to me, so, for now, I’m unable to think of any usable solutions.

 

In addition, the education progress cannot be slowed down. It isn’t just important to spread elementary cultural knowledge, no, the ideological transformation also has to be implemented as soon as possible. The original citizen of Border Town have already experienced the ordeal of the Months of Demons, with the propaganda spread by the First Army, they accept the witches to a much higher degree now, but within the outsiders coming in, the indoctrination of the Church will still be present. And right now the foreign population is busy rapidly rising, especially the serfs, they are all still living in their wooden sheds near the Redwater River, claiming it to be the town’s “outer city”. But once they are promoted to free people, they will gradually move into the city, and if I only then start to correct their believes it will already be too late.

 

So I have to come up with a method with which I can silently start to transform their beliefs, but also something which will be broadly accepted by them.

 

 

After being lost in thought for a long while, he opened his eyes, only to discover that Nightingale was busy observing him very closely. Their four eyes met for a short moment, but then, she subconsciously turned her head away.

 

“Ah, yes, there was something I forgot to tell you,” Nightingale began while looking out of the window, as if nothing had happened. “Wendy told me to pass something on to you.”

 

“What was it?” Asked Roland.

 

“She said, ‘Thank you.’”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Christian Leontsinis

    How can he be so dense?

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Jonathan A. Baggett

    I found raw! In google search!

    • Jonathan A. Baggett

      No! No Translator! Don t send me to the death squad!! I am not spoiler!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Ronald was just chill with it, but it still leave a bad aftertaste…
    hope there are new promising witches coming T_T

  • Inderaa Takamvra

    HAHAHA!! Sure, you win, loser 😀 lolol

  • MangoGuy

    Towards the end, I think it should be beliefs instead of believes

  • Prongsjiisan
  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Neruz

    Hahaha, he had Anna make an Ashbringer replica for her. That is perfect.

    • Kuq Ku

      That was pretty special lol, its like hes a blizzard fan boi!

  • VerneJules

    With the clear emphasis on Tilly’s wisdom, would it be safe to conclude that she’s an extraordinary witch with an enhanced IQ?

    • leacherfag

      Bingo

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Piotr B., Roxerer, and Jatz! That match was essentially mutual destruction.

  • phyrigia

    yay! thank you!

  • AkumaxSealer

    thxs

  • Aldrich Castillo

    Hey guys, where is the Fjords?? >.>, Is that a name? Cant find it on map in the toc.

  • Rebel Against The Harem

    Too many game references. Lets face it. She won the duel and the bet. She may have lost the war, but she won the battle.

  • Balanite

    Hey, me again. Thanks to the quick translations.

    “Having already expected his refusal, she let go of her anger.”

    Should be “she slowly exhaled.”

    Keep it up!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • DB AV

    Tsundere? really?

  • MOHLT

    Runner rifle? Google points me to ridge runner lever rifle, some shotguns…

    And Ashes got weapon from wow(never played game myself)?

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    What will be the next “big” thing to happen now? Is it time for the church to come probing in regards to those rumors

  • Алексей Пугач

    The Ashbringer…

    • Reald Dormond

      Wonder if he “enchanted” it to actually do it’s namesake.

  • Omnicast

    “The Prince’s curiosity was picked.” Picked should be piqued.
    “the first to refused the other party’s invitation.” should be “the first to refuse the other party’s invitation.”

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Just a Potato

    Thank for the chapter :3

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter !

  • A to the S

    Roland looks deeply at her: “Nobody cares if you won or not Ashe. Because it was never about that. This duell showed that the possibility exists that a normal soldier can defeat drugged up judge. If I have wanted a victory I would have given Nightingale here these guns. And while I give you a moment to sit your pant imagining that let me ask you a question. You stayed in my town for a whole week trying to recruit witchest. Did you ever bothered to ask the non-witches here if they want them to leave? Ask the Mineworkers if they would lay down their life’s to defend Nana from the church who is their doctor and coincidentally a witch. Or ask the army if they would defend echo their comrade? You can run home to Tilly with your ‘victory’ and hide at the most forsaken places this world has to offer. Living of the scraps no one else wants.Or …. you can come here to fight for your place in society. Fight for equal rights and let the everyone in this town be your shield. Your choice.”

  • omarct .

    Man why do the authors of these kind of stories have to be so nerdy and stupid? I bet this guys has freaking anime love pillows. Also why didn’t he just ask Ashes to help him fight against the Church? Ashes hates the Church and wanted vengeance yet she goes off to some island to keep herself and a few witches safe while throwing every other witch, including the new ones coming up all the time, under the bus known as the church.

    • clau clau

      I think you forgot Ashes dont want to fight with the Church , yes she want vengeance but she doesnt think she can or he, for that she escaped

  • II Malorne II

    Calling it now tilly is a reincarnated Japanese teenage girl.

    • Kuq Ku

      It would be good if there was more, I mean if there is one there should be more right? But I dont think Tilly is one of them.

    • Aldrich Castillo

      If she is, and she played wow, imagine her face when she sees Ashbringer hahaha

    • VerneJules

      It was revealed in the previous chapter that she was a witch though (probably an extraordinary considering she hasn’t been caught and probably has enhanced IQ considering the emphasis on her wisdom).

      And why a Japanese when this is a Chinese novel? LOL. Anyway, the setting so far is consistent except for one thing: Roland. The biggest mystery is his reincarnation. If it was done by a witch or if it was similar to the random awakening of a witch, we should be getting other reincarnated person in other places.

  • Inbetweenbooks

    if you were going to give her a sword, couldn’t you have given her an actually good one? ashbringer is poorly designed… although anything used by her will probably do the job of smiting fools…

  • Varuna

    Am I the only one that got the reference for the World of Warcraft Legendary Weapon “Ashbringer”? Or does nobody care?^^ Looks like Roland played WoW quite a bit

    • Raufgar

      Oh, the reference was there earlier when Roland met Ashes for the first time…

  • Baka Hiru

    Go TILLY!! Cuz yu can’t have a harem without the IMOUTO!

  • Dimensionist

    *looks at the comments*

    Man, all those people bitching about her saying she won. She’s not delusional, she’s not dumb, she really *did* win. Carter went down before her, and the only reason he wasn’t worse off than her was because she pretty clearly held back – remember, this is a woman who could literally punch through a person, the only reason Carter’s alive after she came into physical proximity with him is because she wasn’t trying to kill him, and Roland knows that. A soft tackle (by her standards) is hardly the limit of what she could have done then.

    I suppose you could try to argue that Carter wasn’t going for a killshot with her either … except it would have made no difference if he had (his first two shots missed, and Roland noted that the accuracy with his weapon when coupled with Ashes’ superhuman agility meant that if she’d bothered to keep moving in an erratic fashion while charging towards him, she wouldn’t have been hit – if he’d been aiming for a headshot, he’d have *never* hit), he was aiming at center mass regardless and hit there in the end anyway. Even the heavy amount of damage she took was a combination of her shoddy equipment splintering and hurting her when Carter’s shot hit it.

    She *did* win the battle – deal with it. Both she and Roland also know that the point behind the battle, however, was in Roland’s favor – the fact that Carter, a normal human equipped with specialized equipment that Roland plans to mass produce could push her this way means that Roland can manage to protect Border Town.

    Honestly, seeing so many people flailing around to deny the reality in front of them, even when it’s explicitly spelled out in the text (with Roland himself agreeing, and it was clear in the previous chapter too) is just embarrassing to watch.

    • Kuq Ku

      A lot of the comments were based on the teaser regarding that, but yeah she definitely won that fight.

    • DudeForDuke

      “Honestly, seeing so many people flailing around to deny the reality in
      front of them, even when it’s explicitly spelled out in the text (with
      Roland himself agreeing, and it was clear in the previous chapter too)
      is just embarrassing to watch.”

      Roland is well skilled in nuance. And at the end of the day, they both know that the competition was to determine if Roland could defend the witches from God’s Punishment Army… not an army of Ashes. Add to the fact that Ashes herself counts herself as worth three of them and the results where her “win” would have resulted in death if it were not a mere competition and we see that Roland’s original objective to prove he was not defenseless is cemented.

      …And even Ashes agrees. Hence why right after he says this, she agrees he’s capable of taking on the church. That was the entire point of the duel.

      It’s the equivalent argument of today’s situation of someone saying, “But [X] won the popular vote in the election!” Yes. Yes, they did… But it’s also a meaningless metric to bring up because that wasn’t the method they were determining the winner by. Same argument goes here. You can claim and defend Ashes won (“winning” at combat entails “not dying from it” to me, but I’m silly like that) until the cows come home… The exercise was to see if he could beat Judges and God’s Army soldiers. Ashes agrees and concedes that he can… Roland seems like the victor to me in this case.

      That’s just my 2 cents.

      • Kin

        Yup, ashe only can beat around 3~5 GPA at a time, but carter with guns can do more. We should get the point for that competition not the result.
        Nice reply btw

        • DudeForDuke

          “We should get the point for that competition not the result.”

          Precisely this. Ashes was just a stand-in for the power of a God’s Punishment Army soldier. The point was to showcase that Roland’s forces could face the God’s Punishment Army, of which ~3 are equal to Ashes by herself. Because of that, Roland showed that one of his single men can go up against something that is worth ~3 God’s Punishment Army soldiers and either survive or win.

          That was what he hoped for. And, in the end, Ashes even conceded that he was capable of defending the witches. She knows she’s a better opponent than them, so doing that well against her is an automatic win.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Lortys

    So Tilly only protect the witch because she is a witch herself huh…
    if she wasn’t she would be just like Gracia

  • Jeanpiere

    one more chapter please!!

  • Kuq Ku

    Its like Oberyn Martell vs the Mountain again! he got taken out before that mountain shit got deded!

    Seriously though, she did well to avoid what she did, and Carter did well to aim as well as he did vs someone moving so fast, I mean McCree needs flash bang to hold em up. Lets vote for Carter to have a stun powder. Gradually he can work himself up to Equilibrium level.

    I still dont see how this demonstrates their ability to defend themselves against the church, if she was here during the Months of Demons, or when they fought against the Duke, it wouldve shown her how capable they were with defending themselves easily. They even had a group of judges incoming to test that out on. Why risk so much harm with people that arent enemies yet and risk injuring one of your strongest soldiers?

    She knows that they have some kind of weapon that can inflict harm, she doesnt know how many they have or what it takes to craft it. She isnt aware of the difficulties hes had in making what hes done so far which is pretty damn amazing, regardless, shes a meathead a muscle brain that wouldnt be able to appreciate it.

    Convincing her to stay longer wouldve been better, she would have time to understand why these witches wont leave, she could also bring valuable intel back to Tilly, using Maggie as a messenger between the 2.

    Shes only seeing the superficial aspect and doesnt understand squat since she is a muscle brain.

    • Michael Renner

      she can defeat 3 punishment army soldiers at the same time, meaning someone that can defeat her is also capable of defeating punishment army soldiers.

      • Kuq Ku

        Im saying he couldve convinced her to stay and understand why they are secure here, without nearly killing her, why do that? there is the possibility that she couldve died, hes pretty confident in Hanas ability but why leave anything to chance?

        Carter had a few days to become capable in an experimental guns use, he also had to bear in mind that his opponent was a suped up she hulk witch that uses a big ass blade.

        It was reckless, just like how he spread a rumor that there is a safe haven at border town, he still hasnt explained why he did that.

  • Prongsjiisan

    Now now… Ashes is good girl… You’ll never known guy’s. Roland has a power to conquered witch.. see what happen to Nightingale.. it just standard tsundere…

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    just the teaser make me hate Ashes more… ._.

  • Danis

    Thank for the chapter 😀

  • Keir Sullivan

    I don’t get why Carter didn’t use both revolvers close range. Like double wield them…

    • watny Abellard

      He just learn how to use the gun a few days ago. He is a novice, nope he is not at that level yet. He is below novice.

  • Bai_Lianhua

    Whatever you said, girl. Go ask my witch if any of them want to go with you.

    Now GTFO of my office I have plenty of work to do in order to improve my people town. I don’t have time for your recruiting game. I’m already satisfy using you as moving witch target for my new weapon.

  • MangoGuy

    She actually did…

    • Sal

      Not really. I mean the purpose of the duel was to show that Roland had the ability to deal with God’s Punishment Army. While she may have technically beaten Carter she was also mortally wounded and every witch on his side knows that more of Carters weapons can be produced. Meaning Rolands ability to protect the witches from God’s Punishment Army is much greater than Tilly’s. It’s simply her arrogance speaking when she thinks she won.

      • belegorn

        and carter isnt even a beginner using a Gun, just 5 days…. using it

  • phyrigia

    I’d be laughing when Roland say “You won? But you didn’t even hurt Carter at all and instead got a hole in your stomach instead. If it isn’t for Nana who put everything to heal you, you’d be pretty much dead. By then, you wont be able to say that”

  • phyrigia

    err…. why again with the “I won”. oh well… a conceited cocky selfish girl. She’s pretty much dead if not for Nana healing her back. geezzz…

  • Wrandral

    Oh btw guys i found some artwork of carter in his new outfit
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2256de32e28e70856e6b74b2572a6ab5515820f95295a2170e0964ec5e208064.png
    It’s high noon

  • Apocolo toth

    Well, if she wouldnt have held back and actually sliced Carter, she would have won and would have only suffered a clean shotwound. She should be aware of the power of his military equipment now, though.
    Considering it was meant as pretty much only a presentation from the beginning…

    • Inbetweenbooks

      the gun wound was a fatal shot. other than that, i agree with you that both of them suffered what should have been mortal wounds, and are as the dueling term is, theoretically dead.

      • saul

        Wrong if you read back it said that she try to hit him in the chest which in turn would have made it impossible for him to continue fighting but carter shot her sword and wounded her gravely and carter at most cough tron away. they never said he was hurt. Lets face it the moment guns came in to the picture knights and swords when out the window.

    • Jot •_•v

      Carter didn’t even aimed for her head. If he does, I don’t think Ashes will even have the chance to “slice” him.

      • FTxCerber

        Now that we are talking about “ifs”. That is only if he could, since the accuracy was low. If she moved more complex, than straight, Carter would have a really hard time to follow up. I doubt Carter’s reflex and body movement would have been able to xatch up.

  • FanChan

    i really hope Roland just straight up starts geeking out laughing at her and when he chills down call her a dumb ass

  • Inbetweenbooks

    the heck you did. You didn’t even get first blood…At best, you might lawyer yourself to a draw, if it was last man standing rules. Then you look over the actual winning conditions, which wasn’t defeat her unscratched. It was to show her defensive capabilities.

  • Wrandral
    • Inbetweenbooks

      “i put together that weapon pretty much last night, he barely had enough time to learn to load the darn thing, let alone learn to shot it”

      • watny Abellard

        Hahaha, I wonder what she would do when she learn that the guy’s gun skill wasn’t even on novice level yet.

  • Urthor1996

    This is a win? Now first of all Ashe is but a one of a kind person capable of fighting 3 judges at once after training her ass off…. carter trained a damn week nevermind pretty much anyone can use the weapon, yes we didn’t see if the gun would penetrate their skin, but if my guess about her enhancement is right, than the judges wouldn’t be nearly as capable of fending of such a weapon, since first of all they wouldn’t be prepared, second they seem weaker. Either in overall ability, strengh or simply because they do not notice things as easily as her…. Nevermind that she pretty much gutted herself as unlucky as it was, carter was only knocked out:
    Fatal Injury of a one of a kind against an elite knight that is not very used to the weapon he uses.
    In terms of quality she by far exceeds him and he is exchangeable pretty easily. She is not.

    I could name a few more things, but that doesn’t even get a draw from me and I damn well hate guns. ‘_’

    *Forgot that somewhere: The judges probably could live on after taking a couple hits, but as soon as they are shot at a place that is kind of vital like the brain they are gonners…. and there are only so many judges it seems. And there are much more people and the production speed of ammunitions and guns will only increase……

    • Wrandral

      Just shoot in the middle of the body and you’ll get the spine, they might not feel pain but i don’t think they’ll be able to walk with their spine blown out of their backs, at most they’ll be able to crawl super fast hahahaha

      • Urthor1996

        Well if the judges do move as fast as that girl/”witch” does, than the aiming at such a part wouldn’t really be easy without actual practice and i somehow doubt she is gonna offer…. ‘_’ They most likely won’t hit a critical place once they are noticed but if they get the initiative…. well yeah than they could do a lot of damage against rare elite fighters XD If judges were to get guns things would get interesting, though they wouldn’t last long without maintenance, also reproduction should be nigh impossible for them so judges probably won’t get a lotta guns =P

        • Green Apple

          In my opinion even with previous rifles if they have like few squads of gunners they can easily “rape” their army with a few volleys of fire. If there is no place to dodge, what can you do?
          Don’t forget cannons with the buck-shot. If Roland will be smart enough to create shotguns judges will literally have no chance to survive.
          Or if he makes WW2 rifles that have decent precision and range.
          Or if he makes flamethrower 😉
          Anyway I think that the only thing church can try to do, is to deprive Roland from his materials to create weapons and ammo with economical blockade while relentlessly attacking with cannon fodder so when he is out of ammo they can finally kill him.

          • belegorn

            i agree with the shotgun stuff, thats something really usefull against berserks for the AOE dmg and the great power, and the close range.

    • MOHLT

      Aren’t judges just normal people and punishment army are the enchanted ones? I’m mistaking something?

      The damage caused to Ashes is by spalling from her sword, not the bullet. Low velocity 12mm armour piercing bullet unfortunately won’t cause much damage to soft target(<12mm at entry and bit larger hole at exit). You need very high velocity and larger calibre to make catastrophic damage to soft target with AP round.

      Roland currently only have large stock of black gunpowder(just started to make guncotton in small quantities), so he can only make low velocity rounds for now. Large calibre minie ball or hollow point bullet is only kill sure way to get enchanted soldiers down. For now.

      But I bet Roland is going to make leverguns and machineguns before church's main force arrive.

      • Stephen_H

        Any experts here knows how difficult it would it be to retrofit this design of steel bullets to something like hollow points? I think they might need something that can deal more damage as it looks like they need more stopping power. Given three shots hit Ashes and that didn’t stop her (her sword broke and sliced her) , if she had a proper sword she might still have been standing at the end just bleeding profusely.

        • MOHLT

          As far I’m aware soft metal like lead is used for hollow point bullets, because it deforms easily. If you use steel, you going to make another armour piercing bullet.

          Ashes dodged 2 first attempts, only 3rd attempt hit her sword. Her sword didn’t break and certainly didn’t slice her(well, certainly there is a hole in it and metal around the hole is gone, but it is still intact). Impact from armour piercing bullet made part of her sword to “explode(spall)” toward Ashes, gravely injuring her.

          This tank shell, but it shows that happened… Minus the “core” part, because Roland used simple solid steel bullet and not multipart shell/bullet.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6ef62a23ae2d2394c4dbb27a9c802978fb9ac6fd11bb731903ac34eb26c2e4ec.jpg

          Impact from front looked like this, but with hole in the centre. Aka “bowl” shaped gap. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa25ca66d67d9db56408b550c8b546730f7e1cfdd916513ab864f5b6b4205999.jpg

          If Ashes had steel greatsword, bullets would have simply bounced off. Black gunpowder rounds are not really suitable for armour piercing, except if armour is thin(like knights armour) or is of very poor quality(Ashes sword).

      • belegorn

        if im correct and i hope im, roland after this event its gonna need to develop a Shotgun since we cant always expect to things going like this.

  • belegorn

    Really b*tch? Someone need a bullet in his fucking brain..

  • Estagon

    <>

    TRIGGERED

  • Neruz

    I think Ashes has forgotten that this wasn’t just a duel.
    Roland can have hundreds, even thousands of men armed like Carter. Still think you won?

    • MOHLT

      A test, in which she failed to prove her ‘truth’.

  • Bryan Chan

    Oh please….you “won” the duel by standing up the longest. If there were a couple guys with a few more revolvers, Ashes would have become swiss cheese by the time she went the second guy.

    • Wrandral

      If there were anymore guys shooting at her with those 12mm guns she’d be gulash not swiss cheese lol

      • watny Abellard

        we must remember that the gun wasn’t as fast as a 12mm gun in our world.

        • DudeForDuke

          Roland says he got off 3 rounds in about 3-4 seconds. And Carter was far from an expert shooter and was trying his damnedest to aim and hit her (if he just wanted to empty the guns and put out rounds without concern of accuracy, fire rate would skyrocket).

          Chances are, the revolver is a single-action. In which case, the rate of fire is actually very respectable.

  • MOHLT
    • Wrandral

      Have my like good sir, perfect gif

  • idjits

    i gues Prince doesnt give f*ck abaut your “won”…
    Carter blow half of your body, but sure, you “win”

  • MOHLT
  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    (Posted During Teaser)

    This little female dog, I would really love it if Roland would shut her mouth with his peepee. You won? YOU WON? How? Is dying while the enemy is just knocked out considered winning? It just goes to show that if Carter fought three Judgement Army soldiers, he would also be able to kill them and at worst just get knocked out, at best killing a lot more than you could you lil piece of excrement! Arggh this side character is annoying as two people having lovey lovey time in public.

    • Wrandral

      Well it was already shown she’s not really smart or maybe single minded would be the better term i guess. I mean short of Carter killing her i don’t think she’d have admitted to losing anyway.
      I think it was shown pretty well in the flashback in the previous chapter and how easily Tilly put her in her pocket ^^ I suppose you can pretty much say she’s like many shonen protagonist in that regard hahaha

    • belegorn

      Damn im so angry this fucking dog…. I mean witch…

      • andrew

        when i read the teaser i did the real life version of vomiting blood which is smashing your head against a wall

        • Wrandral

          Vomiting blood due to shock huh? You have read to much Chinese novel xD

          • andrew

            currently reading atg mga and star martial god technique

    • BongBong Chu

      Roland has a practical mind set of an engineer and a manager. He needed to test his “home made Magnum”, if it is useful against a berserker augmented by the Church. It was particularly important for Carter to have the experience, so he could train other gunslingers. Of course, sniper rifles will be needed too, with proper optics, but a berserker running zigzag may be too hard to hit from a distance.

      Thus he does not care if Ashes thinks that she won. It just means that she has a proper berserker spirit.

      • LanToaster

        Well, if I did understand those Punishment Army guys, they dont “zigzag” around. They streight up Charge into the Enemy, not caring about their own damage.

        I´d imagine it a bit like the Charge on Bordertown, where they just get shredded with shrapnell.

    • NaoSou

      You have issues, my dude. Get professional help.

    • KitKat

      calm down please

  • Atamahead027

    such a tease..geez.

  • Rico Sebastian

    she won ? is it self denial ?

    • Deman Bloodx

      My guess is that she believed she had won because the church’s soldiers are headed toward border town already. Just, like she said because of passing those rumors. Just a guess, though.

      • Inbetweenbooks

        that is actually troublesome. He isn’t powerful enough yet to go against the church. need larger armies, or gattling guns. Soo looking forward to how he stalls.

        • Deman Bloodx

          There is hope. Only 10 came this time. Even Ashs said that isn’t a large number.

          • LanToaster

            Also, they are just the Judges, they are next to nothing.

            But yea, Gattlings would be awesome. I dont think those would be to far away if he can manufacture proper Bullets.
            There are some rather simple Gattling Gun Designs, I doubt it would be hard comming up with one that Anna can produce.

  • II Malorne II

    She’s too self conceited at most it’s a draw not her win. Considering it’s only stated that carter was hit by her and didn’t lose any limbs.Ashes had a tenth of her body blown off by her own weapon, if anything it’s a disgrace to even call it a draw.

    • timbone

      Hahaha

    • NaoSou

      The terms of the bet is that Roland would win. He didn’t win, therefore, she won the bet. Draw non-withstanding.

  • Inquisition

    Yaay thank you for the chapter! But a little short isn’t it?

  • Deman Bloodx

    Zeroeth

  • john delacruz

    First.