RW Chapter 173

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Chapter 173 Irene’s wish

When the two of them had returned home, Ferlin shook his head and reluctantly asked, “Couldn’t you have told His Highness that you would need a few days to consider the offer and before you could give an answer?”


On the way home, it had seemed that she was dancing rather than just merely walking. I’m afraid to say that the last time I’ve seen her so happy, was on the day of our wedding.


“That just wouldn’t do,” Irene stuck out her tongue, “Doing that would make it impossible for me to fall asleep at night.”


That was the way she was, her love for the theater was so strong that she could often be seen practicing her lines at the stronghold’s theater even during midnight. If it hadn’t been for the Duke, she could have already turned from the flower of the theater not only in name but also in reality, into star of the show. theater. Thinking about this, he hugged his wife from behind and whispered into her ear, “I’m sorry, dear.”


“…” Irene patted his head comfortingly, “It wasn’t your fault, he transferred you to other cities, there was no way you could have stopped him.” Softly laughingly she continued, “If you want to waste your time apologizing, you should go into the kitchen and cook something, I would like to take a look at the scripts before anything else.”


“That’s alright, I’ll do it.” Ferlin gently kissed her earlobe, “I’m going to make meat porridge, fried eggs, and a sausage to celebrate.”


In many ways the new home had been furnished differently compared to their old home. For example, the cooking stoves, in Longsong Stronghold, whether it were the aristocrats or the civilians, would all have an open stove in their main living room, while in their new home, they had a separate room for the oven.


The stove was surrounded by walls on three sides, with the backside of the stove directly connecting to the chimney. The intersection was even provided with a baffle plate which could be shifted horizontally, and when it was not needed anymore could then be closed, preventing the smoke from the other tenants from coming out of their stove.


Ferlin could easily think of several advantages with the new design, for example after closing the door, the living room also wouldn’t be affected by the cooking fume or scent, and during the summer the stove also wouldn’t increase the indoor temperature any further.


After filling it with firewood and wood chips, the flames soon started to rise, and he could now fully start concentrating on making tonight’s dishes.


After having dinner, Irene continued delving into the scripts and she was only able to put the third book aside after the candle had reached its end.


“How are they?” Ferlin couldn’t help himself, he had to know how good the scripts were, after all, she had spent so much of her time reading them. Previous when she had still worked in the theater, she would read ten books just as thick as these in just half a day.


“Honestly… it is hard to describe,” Irene exclaimed in admiration. “All of the books are full of new ideas, I have never read these kinds of stories before. For example, in ‘Cinderella’, the prince isn’t in love with another princess, but instead he falls in love with a beautiful peasant girl. Yet this is not the most surprising part, what is surprising is that he insisted even until the very end to take the peasant girl as his wife.


“I even got to the point where I started to think, maybe the Prince has never read this story himself, if that is not so shouldn’t the incredible odd content of the improbable couple be giving birth to dissatisfaction in his heart? Despite that, the whole story was completely exciting. I could not help wanting to applaud when the Prince finally found Cinderella again, and then slipped the crystal shoe onto her feet.


” ‘The Rooster crows at Midnight’ was also fascinating, but when compared to ‘Cinderella’ I have to say it is a lot simpler. I think two or three scenes will be enough to show the story clearly. Furthermore, reading the paragraph where the serfs found the courage to resist the nobility was marvelous.


“After a long time of cowering, the serfs frame of mind had changed completely from where it was before, where they had to bear with it at all costs to the point of it becoming more than they could carry was all perfectly depicted in the story… the feeling that breaks out after they finally decide to resist and let their passion burst out, seems to be coming directly out of the observer’s heart!”


“Serfs fighting against the nobility?” Ferlin frowned, this was clearly something that the aristocracy would never tolerate. If the serfs of the Eltek Manor were to ever dare to raise their hoes and shovels against the housekeeper, I’m afraid my father would be showcase their heads in front of the manor’s door on the very next day. “Does His Royal Highness really want you to perform a drama like that?”


“You are only asking that, because you haven’t read the script,” Irene threw him a cold look, “after reading it, you will feel the same as I do. That they were meant to stand up and resist, and not allow themselves to be oppressed any longer.


“The small lordling’s bullying has become intolerable, so he now had to face the importance of human life. In the end, they still only put the noble into a bag and beat him up ruthlessly, if you ask me, they were still too restrained. Later on, in the story, when the nobles want to kill all the serfs, they were then saved by a witch that happened to be passing by.


“She then became a well-known local image for the aristocracy, reminding them of what would happen to evil people. Later on, in a debate that was taking place, a foreign lord made a wise and benevolent decision, he bought all the serfs, and then promoted them to free people! I bet the whole crowd will erupt into cheers when we get to that point.”


But, the aristocracy will certainly protest, Ferlin thought disapprovingly, and with that, the theater will then be placed under pressure from the nobility. Which will finally lead to the dissolution of the crew… Hang on, he suddenly realized that there lived no other noble in Border Town beside Sir Pine and His Royal Highness, while the latter was even the one who formed the crew.


In other words, does His Royal Highness actually intend to only show the dramas to the civilian population? It will be impossible to even earn a few copper royals from their hand, ah. But the actor’s payment will also be the same as it was in the Longsong Stronghold, from the start it was given that this business would turn over a loss. Does His Royal Highness plan to show the dramas just for the entertainment?


“But dear,” Irene said, not noticing the changes in Ferlin’s expression, “Although the first two stories were already totally exciting, compared with the third one ‘The Diary of a Witch’, those two are nothing! I dare bet that even in Redwater City, King’s City or any other of those big cities, if they read this the theaters would start immediately recruiting a crew for it, even with special rehearsal and advance advertising! I have to say, Scrolls really is a genius writer. The book ‘The Diary of a Witch’, no matter if it is in the story’s content or its style of narrating, they are all far more advanced than any of today’s dramas.”


“Are you sure?” When Ferlin saw her solemn expression he had to fight hard not to laugh, “In Longsong Stronghold even I could often hear Mister Kadin Faso famous name, his “Delicate Rose” and “Prince seeking for Love” are works which were praised by all, even outside of our kingdom’s borders. I’ve even heard that other kingdoms have sent their own troupes to observe and learn from him, do you think that this drama could be better than any of these classic plays?”


“Of course, I’m sure. Or do you doubt my vision, dear!” She began to roughly tell him the story, “Not to mention the plot, even its narrative technique is something you have never seen before. Compared to the dramas of the past, where you listened to the story in the third party, this story focuses firmly on the perspective of the three witches for the whole time.  Even though the decisions of the three of them all have a far-reaching impact on each other, they have no knowledge about this.


“But near the middle of the story, their seemingly unrelated strings finally gather together in the same place, and from then on the three witches form one inseparable whole. I have to say, this new narrative style of developing several storylines at the same time will certainly cause a sensation without a doubt. Of course, this won’t only be restricted to Border Town, I even wonder how many people can understand what level it had reached.”


She excitedly got a pen and paper, to immerse herself into writing the letters, “That’s out of the question, I have to quickly call my theater’s partner to come over, I really want to see the surprised looks on their faces!”


Ferlin however, stepped forward to grasp her hand, “Hold on, Irene, don’t you feel… that the story is too contrary to common sense?”


After listening to his wife’s repetition, he also felt that the whole story was very exciting. Showing both the good and the evil side in humanity’s nature, that the good and evil, were both overlapping each other, but its description of the witches and the church’s interpretation were fully opposed with each other.


Moreover, its content was also too delicate. For example, the third witch due to the concern and care of her family, could release and develop her ability freely, ultimately discover that the story of the demonic bite was nothing more than a lie.


Now with the exception of their ability to control magic there was no longer any difference between the witches and the ordinary people. They also only want to laugh, cry, meet their loved ones and grieve brokenheartedly when their loved ones pass away. Is His Highness, Lord Roland not afraid that news of this will spread, is he not afraid that the Church will come?


“Violate common sense? No … Ferlin, before they become a witch, they are ordinary girls, right?”


“Well, that’s right.”


“Then what if it was me?” Irene looked with wide open eyes at Ferlin, “If I became a witch, would you think that I am evil?”


“No, of course not,” Ferlin quickly answered. “You’ll always be the good girl I know.”


“Then if we give birth to a daughter, and she became a witch?”


“Of course that would be even more impossible.” He quickly closed his mouth, suddenly understanding in his heart what his wife wanted to say to him. Evaluating an unknown witch, and one relative with whom one has lived together from morning to the night as evil, were completely different.


“Yes,” Irene nodded with satisfaction, “If we really got a witch…”


He knelt down on one knee, taking the position used when swearing allegiance and said: “In that case, I would be just like the father of the third witch within the story, like him, I would do my best to take good care of her.”


“That’s a qualified answer,” She put the quill down and laughingly said. “I think… we can try it now.”


“As you bid, my dear,” he whispered softly into her ear, only to then pick her up and walk directly into the bedroom.


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Russian Otaku

    Fucking amazing I didn’t think I would see such a simple yet complicated psychological maneuver.

    Also ikeman ex knight is a smooth bastard

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Roland is smart too, he doesn’t portray all leaders as evil, just the corrupt ones, thus the ending of story 2. Also, Ferlin is a good man, I bet it never stops killing him inside that he couldn’t protect the one he held most dear. Irene is a gem too. Teacher goals it is.

  • Psychronia

    Ferlin: I don’t think nobility will allow the dramas to play.

    Roland: I’m the highest nobility and I’m the one starting the plays.

    His realization made me grin.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    Do the baby making after eating and waiting for a while you unicorns… -_-

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Huhuhu this stupid couple is so cute…
    I hope Ronald can also try it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) with his anna and nightangle…
    I wonder what the witches will react to Ronald book? I hope the book will be printed and send to the world for witches to read to gain hope.

    This remind me of a book written by a certain Doctor which shows the cruelty of the church of his people. Leading for people to fight against oppression…

    • Alexus Stukov

      what novel is that? JOSE RIZAL

      • To be specific, it’s Noli me Tanghere and its sequel, El Filibusterismo. Made by Jose Rizal and inspired Filipinos to revolt against the Spaniards and form the KKK (Not the white uniformed pioty hats, but the “Kataas-taasang Kagalang-galangang Katipunan). Ironically, these novels are made originally for the purpose of changing the views of the Spaniards and making a peaceful movement (The Propaganda Movement) through reforms and not bloodshed.

  • Zquirrelthing

    I’m not really that big of a fan of Roland keeping the fact that he creates all this stuff a secret. I know that politically it’s the best move, but it does irk me sometimes. Even though it wasn’t actually Roland that originally created the technologies, plays and whatnot, but when it gets attributed to someone else other than him it sort of feels like he isn’t getting proper credit.

    • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

      Maybe Ronald is a bit guilty because some of his ideas are from his original world so his afraid of copyright hehehehe

      • Minh Huy Truong

        yeah, I just got the news that the DMCA are gunning for Roland because of he is copying famous Dramas LOL

        • phyrigia

          but the three witches story is a new one right? was there actually any story like that?

      • phyrigia

        guilty of copyright. sure enough. It’s not Roland creation. He just borrow the story and changes it a bit here a bit there…

  • MondoX

    The MC is a genius! Changing the views of people subconsciously through entertainment.

    • josué costa

      His power seems to be google search.

    • Pop culture yo! It’s the new form of crowd control 😀

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Piotr B., Roxerer, and KitKat! I wonder if Maggie had already notified Roland of Ashes’ independent action and its ramifications.

  • Info

    Lets do experiment and make a daughter and see if she became a witch

    • john delacruz

      The purpose of the experiment is sound and must be carried out asap.

  • Kuq Ku

    Prejudice runs strong through people.

    Homophobia, Sexism, Racism, All kinds of bigotry like Religious Hatred etc, traits that havent been eradicated in our own culture, how does he hope to convince people that those with super powers are even human?

    If you look at Xmen with Mutants registration arc, they were basically hunted down just like these Witches, except it was more widespread, since male and female could become Mutants. The fear from their own families to the greater community at large allowed them to be treated like shit.

    Being of a different color, religion, culture, etc resulted in a great loss of life, the war is still continuing even now, Hes Chinese right? would he be influenced by how China is run while creating this new world? would he promote the norms as dictated by the government there eventually?

    • MOHLT

      I don’t think this is related to racism/etc. Church just sees witches as threat to their plans/existance, thus they labelled them as devils and lied to common folks. Eventually everyone believed them being the devil incarnates.

      • Kuq Ku

        It plays on peoples insecurities and fears, A parent could have a witch for a child and know what they are like but because they are afraid, more of what will happen to them than for that child, they can do terrible things.

        Fear ignorance, indifference can be a breeding ground for groundless bullshit.

        You might have been taught at a young age, absolutely nothing about what a Gay person is, but you take Cues from how people react around them, A black man in an elevator you watch and react to how people are around them, do they seem to get in trouble more than other kids of a certain color, or is the focus more prominent on that particular group over another, do older kids make remarks about the way a person talks, acts? we grow up learning to conform whether we are taught this by our parents or from society as a whole.

        Countries have had a complete turn around in terms of what they were like a few decades/centuries ago to how they are now, Russia had Tsars/Czars/Emperors in power, then communism came, totally changed everything, then they changed again, but there is this underlining issue that never changes, those prejudices remain a constant throughout, it might be hidden or openly expressed, but its still there.

        Its more noticeable in countries where there is suppose to be a high acceptance of differences. Because it isnt suppose to happen here, we are more open minded, free thinkers, able to express ourselves without fear, yet it still exists this underlining prejudice of others at all levels of society.

        In our world Witches didnt exist, the Salem Witch trials were something to be condemned, but if they did exist, what would happen?

    • Renz Jio Hipolito

      He’s Korean. This is a KN iirc. And no, he’s not really reforming the culture of Border Town so that it copies our/Roland’s society. In my opinion, he’s gearing the people towards the direction where they have much more freewill. Where they start thinking for themselves. It won’t really do much (if at all) to Border Towns current people, but it will certainly affect the next generation. Because culture is all about how and what children are raised with. Societal norms are nothing but the teachings of the parents towards their children. And as those children grows up and have children of their own, THEY would repeat what THEY were taught during their childhood. And the cycle repeats. Culture can never be changed in a single generation. That’s why I think Roland’s aim here is to give Border Towns populace a broader outlook, rather than forcefully changing their beliefs. And with the education of the young ones basically under Roland’s control, it’s much easier to mold different societal norms. One where free thought and will is promoted, being able to see and think for themselves, instead of blindly receiving and believing what people of higher status (in this case the Church and the nobility) tells them.

      Welp sorry for the wall of text, it’s just my opinion though. So please don’t go ballistic on my poor behind people.

      Have a nice day~

      • Kuq Ku

        Sorry lol thought Chinese novel at novelupdates meant the author was Chinese derp me.

        • Renz Jio Hipolito

          Ah no. I just checked on novelupdates, this IS a CN novel. Now I take back my entire statement about him not copying our society. CN authors tend to color their works a tad bit too much with xenocentrism. And I see very few CN authors who even TRY to hide their bias.

          Welp, sorry, that was my bad.

          Edit/P.S. – I use the word “welp” way too much huh~

        • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

          You can’t blame him, this writing is to beautiful to same to the common wuxia novels… Cant believe this is chinese more like western+korean novel

  • Deman Bloodx

    I am amazed at the novel and translation. So good.

  • Ragef33

    So Roland’s/Scroll’s witch story got her all hot and ready, huh? Better watch out ladies.

  • the High lord

    i hate the last part

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • NaoSou


  • MangoGuy

    Nice!! Plays and other such entertainment media are powerful tools of mass communication,and Roland did an A job with the story building..Go for it,boya!! make a lil’witch!!

  • icicle

    nicely done Irene….stringing him along without him realising the direction till the last moment


  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Om nerabdator

    dammit roland got that man laid….he must be spewing

  • Diukes

    I wonder what will be the reaction of the witches when about this xD

  • Danis

    when MC turn to do that ???????????
    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • II Malorne II

    Please people stop spamming “First! ” and so on, I did it in the last chapter as a joke, (Sixth Sense) but seriously don’t poison this site with that F5 bullshit. Keep it clean. This is a translation site for enjoying oneself not for racing. At least make a thought provoking contemplation about the chapter or give your own opinion. Because if you just come to this site to skip down to the bottom to post “First !!” then don’t read it. If you don’t like my opinion fine, but at least do not do it on every chapter. Because I enjoy reading the chapter and the reactions from other who read it too. It opens up perspective. I hope this do for you too. 🙂

  • meganeshounen

    So okay.
    If the Military Conquest doesn’t pan out, Roland can always rely on a Cultural Victory.

    Time to spam theaters and Wonders.
    But no cathedrals.

    • KIZUKI

      til ganddhi hits him with a bunch of nukes

      • Gaspard Ruse Ald

        Geez, Gandhi such an asshole…

        • Neruz

          Civ 6 Gandhi would like to remind you that -having- a weapon and -using- it are two very different things. :V

      • KimPatsu

        Prepare the Vaults!!!

        • Dramen

          and in that regard Roland should also be prepared for the Fallout

          • shadowtrap2010

            nothing can beat a few mods just get them from the GOD weapon selection!!!

      • Inderaa Takamvra

        Nuclear Gandhi lol

      • Good thing Gandhi doesn’t exist in this new world..and Roland already has a nuke by his side :p

    • Just wait till he invents a nuclear warhead mounting on ICBM and claims technological victory.

      • Atamahead027

        or someone shouting out STELLA out loud

    • Nnelg

      Doesn’t a ‘culture’ victory all too often end in a war of genocide as xenophobia drives your civ to exterminate all those whose culture is strong enough to resist being assimilated? lol

      • Lamia Fetish

        Yes and No, mostly cultural genocide often accompany with religion if you don’t factor in religious belief then cultural difference will not suddenly lead to war.

        • Nnelg

          I’m talking about the game, not reality.

          In-game, if just one enemy civ has a strong culture, you may end up in a situation where your culture dominates all other civs but that one; at which point, it’s easier to just obliterate that civ instead of trying to beat them culturally. In other words, you’re destroying them just because they’re different and don’t acknowledge *your* culture as the superior one.

          At least, that’s the situation I ended up with when I went for Cultural.

  • Maxi King

    Today on “Bordertown’s got talent”…

  • mllhild

    Don’t worry Ferlin, Roland is not trying to win the favor of your wife. He already has a girlfriend and a potential harem. Besides he is to overworked(and under constant observation) to go skirt chasing now.

    • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

      I think you would say possible yandere stalker…
      Just before someone is creeping closer to Ronald face when he close his eyes to think

      • Gaspar

        Possible? Its a damn fact! Nightingale is the damn God of Stalking! And The Yandereism is strong in this one!!

  • john delacruz


    • john delacruz

      This must be a prelude to the birth of Bordertown’s new SUPER STAR. Cultural level just went up again.

  • Keir Sullivan


    • the High lord

      well?. what do they care?