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Chapter 175 Hot air balloon tour

The principle of a hot-air balloon was very simple. To produce it one only had to make their way through a few difficulties, the first part was the burning device, and the second was the airbag.


The first point, in the absence of pressure vessels that could provide gas fuel, he had to rely on firewood or charcoal to heat the air. However, the efficiency of this was too low and he had to come to accept that he wouldn’t be able to fly with it very far with it.


This also meant that the principle of hot air balloon travel had been discovered much earlier than in Roland’s original world, but nevertheless, there was a reason why they had only been able to use it in real combat after the development of hydrogen balloons came along. Roland however, could abandon the burning device altogether, and instead let Anna take over for the heating.


The second problem was to make the airbags airtight, but regarding this issue, it was something that Roland could at least use the experience of his predecessors for, and easily solve the problem by using a sandwiched fabric. The outer layer of the balloon was made out of a wear-resistant canvas, the center layer was made out of the intestinal epithelium of cows, and the inner layer was made out of a light gauze. With this, he was able to prevent leakage, while it also meant that he would not have to be afraid of it being pecked at by birds.


Roland propped up the opening at the bottom of the air sac, allowing Anna to raise the inside temperature with the help of her common flame. It started to slowly begin to bulge up, seemingly to be like a melted wax gourd. By taking into account that the hot air balloon would have to carry two people, the maximum diameter of the balloon needed to be at least at five meters, using up the intestinal epithelium of twelve cows, and its sewing lasted almost for a whole week. If it wasn’t for the fact that he was the Lord of the town, it would never have been possible for him to make such a big toy.


“Does it fly by using the buoyancy provided from hot air?” Anna asked. “I remember that hot air will always rise up.


“Yes, hot air rises, while cold air sinks, this is a common natural phenomenon. Using the particle theory to explain it, due to the air being hot, the particle’s movement will be intensified, increasing its diffusion into the surrounding, and with the expansion of the volume, its density will become smaller. While the density of the surrounding air doesn’t change, the air in the balloon becomes lighter in comparison, causing it to rise.



When Roland finished explaining the principle, he discovered that with the exception of Anna who showed a “so that’s the reason” expression, the other three witches were at a loss, seeing this he couldn’t stop himself from secretly lamenting about the importance of innate talent.


When the balloon was completely inflated, it began to float up and slowly straightened the draglines. Roland took the lead and entered the basket first. Afterward, he helped Anna to climb into it.


“I’m still a bit worried about this,” said Nightingale, “maybe it would be better if you let me try it out first.”


“Trust me, nothing will happen,” Roland smiled soothingly. “And even if we run into something unexpected, there is still Lightning.”


“You can rest assured, I will catch them.” Lightning patted her chest confidently.


“There’s also me, goo!” Maggie vouched, while imitating Lightning’s appearance.


With a shake, the balloon’s basket took off from the ground, gradually climbing up. Before long, they had crossed the top of the castle, and the whole town started to spread out in front of them.


To Roland, seeing such a scene wasn’t something new, after all, he had looked out of a skyscraper. But in Anna’s view, it was a new experience, it was a perspective that she had never seen before. She leaned over the edge of the gondola and looked out of it, grabbing at Roland’s arm with one of her hands, seeming totally excited while also being nervous at the same time.


This was the first time that Roland had seen her showing such an expression, it’s probably because her two feet have never been far away off of the ground before. So, flying in the sky for the first time, I presume it is naturally that she will have a slight fear of heights.


Soon, the basket which was tied to a hemp rope had also reached its limit finally stopping its rise. The hemp rope was about 50 meters long, in other words, it was around the height of a fifteen to sixteen-story building. Roland let Anna reduce the fire so that the hot air balloon could begin to hover within the air.


Lightning who had stayed close the basket for the whole time, but now where she saw the balloon was safely flying in the air she felt assured and thus she started a game of catch with Maggie around the hot air balloon.


When looking down from this height they could clearly see the castle roof, the constructions taking place all across town, the Redwater River flowing from west to east and the green farmland on the other side of the river.


“How do you feel?” Roland asked with a smile as Anna retracted her hand.


“Thank you for your gift,” she said excitedly. “It turns out that even I could fly so high.”


“You can even fly higher,” Roland sat down next to the side-wall of the rattan basket. “If the following hemp rope was longer, we could fly even ten times higher, but up there the airflow is much more chaotic, and it would become harder for us to still stay safe. Furthermore, this is only the first aircraft, just wait until I invent a piston machine, then even ordinary people can fly faster and higher than even the birds, and then…” He looked up at the blue sky full of hope in his heart, “humanity will one day fly out of this world and into the boundless space.”


“…” Anna held her breath, her eyes were shining and full of expectation for what was to come.


“I cannot guarantee that we will be able to fly out of the world,” Roland became amused by seeing her appearance, “but creating a piston machine, so that even ordinary people can fly around like the birds, the rest of my life should still be enough time to achieve that.”


In fact, with Anna’s capabilities, I won’t have to face any sort of bottlenecks during the processing, but the currently existing materials are so short of the needed quality. Low-quality pig iron is good enough to create steam engines while wrought iron is sufficiently good to produce guns with, and together with Anna’s black fire to create steel producing revolver-rifles is also no problem. But to build an internal combustion engine, I am afraid I need high-quality iron, steel or aluminum for that.


“That Border Town was able to achieve its current appearance, this is all because of your contribution, ‘Miss Anna’.”


After hearing these words, Anna stared blankly into the distance. After a while, she sat down and softly said, “My mother died in a fire, while I wasn’t buried inside of the thick smoke and the raging inferno and contrary to my expectation I instead became a witch. For a long time, I thought it was my awakening that had led to the fire, ending in the situation that I became extremely disgusted with myself for being a witch. Then, when I was imprisoned for being a witch, I thought that this was the way in which I could die in relief, but you saved me and took me out of prison. Teaching me how I could use my ability… I would never have expected that in addition to destroying and bringing pain, my flame could also bring so much usefulness. “Anna paused, “That I was able to meet you, I should already feel very satisfied, but now I have discovered that my way of thinking has already changed. Sometimes my heart feels oppressed, and I feel unwell, hoping for even more.”


She held onto Roland ‘s shoulder, “Even if it is like this, do you still want to hire me?”


Her lake like blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight and blowing her breath directly into his face, giving him a somewhat itchy feeling. Through their thin clothing, he could feel her soft body and her racing heartbeat. Despite all of this, she did not avoid his view, she was looking straight into his eyes. In the absence of Nightingale, she was full of enthusiasm and now even took on the initiative.


“Out there …”


Even before Roland was able to finish, Anna had already sealed his lips.


When they separated, he gasped, “I want to hire you, all the way, Miss Anna.




This time, he took the initiative, lowering his head and closing the distance.



“Hey” Maggie who had already been chasing Lightning for a while now, suddenly felt an emergency and stopped in the sky, looking at the empty basket, “They’ve disappeared! Goo!“.


“Ah?” After a short glance back Lightning said, “They just sat down.”


“Don’t they want to see the outside scenery?”


“They can always take in the landscape later, but they don’t get many opportunities like this one.”


“Opportunities?” Maggie shook her wings and landed on Lighting’s shoulder. “I don’t understand goo, should we go and take a look goo?”


“That won’t do,” Lightning said, hugging the pigeon. “It is a sacred ritual that cannot be interrupted.”




“In short, I can only tell you that you will understand it in the future. Until then it’s better for you not to see it, at least that was what my father, the greatest explorer ever, told me.” Lightning tossed Maggie into the air, “Now it’s your turn to run, and my turn to chase you!”

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  • Schöner Kristall

    now, make a fleet of zeppelin and brop bombs on Hermes.

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • watchin

    Well that’s one way to do it! F*cking for the first time while flying
    In an air balloon also for the very first time will be some unforgettable sh*t!!

  • Christian Leontsinis

    Finally he got his cherry popped

  • fahmi hasan

    Roland will marry Anna
    I guarantee that

  • Veriz

    Lightning best wingwoman.

  • Psychronia

    Let’s give it for the attentive winggirl…Maggie! Paying attention to the passenger’s well-being even while she plays.

  • MangoGuy

    How can this be? Lightning got the best education in the world!

    • KitKat

      her father was sharp

      • MangoGuy

        He knew what the greater good was.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! I wonder how many witches would rally under his banner after he marries Anna.

  • Nahim Kerman

    This love scene just remind me of a old Bioshock Infinity (Cyndi Lauper) verse…

    “Some boys take a beautiful girl
    And hide her away from the rest of the world
    I want to be the one to walk in the sun”

    “Oh girls they want to have fun”

    Also… In the next season of ‘Release That, Witch!’



  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!!!!!

  • Nicklas Tauru

    Roland be like, “say hello to my little friend”

  • Just a Potato

    My thumbs for lightning. She is the real MVP.

  • Info

    Better the ferris wheel

  • NaoSou


  • HapUgMata

    i didn’t expect the first adult scene of roland would be an outdoor one…50 meters from the ground at that…

    and thunder did a good job teaching lightning proper etiquette…

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Oh my ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Akabanenabaka

    Is Roland aiming for the mile high club?

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! A hell of a first time. XD

  • Lightning deserves a lot of respect for what she did. The annoyance of so many anime, manga, and ln where they would interrupt the momment and delay the romance from progressing. Thunder, you raise your daughter well!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • john delacruz

    The harem that all are expecting is already out of the picture since the genre of this novel doesn’t include “harem”

    tis be pure, one and only love kind of story.

    I like it.

    • Deman Bloodx

      I am glad this isn’t a harem. I might stomach it if it was a harem, but now, I am relieved it isn’t.

      • Dragoon24

        He is Royalty so it isn’t impossible for it to happen

        • Deman Bloodx

          No one deserve more than one wife other than me.

      • DB AV

        Roland might get two or three wives (Nightingale, Wendy) but I’m sure it will take time, the romance between Roland and Anna is slow-paced and beautiful so if another witch joins it will take at least 100-200 chapters.

        • fahmi hasan

          Roland will marry Anna on chapter ~470

          • DB AV

            No harem? That’s also ok, after all she’s my favorite female character.
            No double standard no “you go gurll” bullshit, she is strong without propaganda and feminist nonsense.

            • fahmi hasan

              But nightingale and Wendy is up to something
              I don’t know what will they do though, considering that Wendy is already 40 yes old

              • DB AV

                I think Scrolls was 40 and Wendy in her early 30’s, well it doesn’t matter.As long as female characters aren’t introduced as fanservice and male characters aren’t sandbags to the girls this novel will be a few steps ahead most novels.

                • fahmi hasan

                  It was mentioned somewhere that Wendy is the oldest Witch in the association, and her age is 40 years

          • Farhan420

            careful buddy

    • Psychronia

      I really do dislike harem manga.
      Love triangles and the like with Nightingale though (and wasn’t it slightly implied with Lightning? ), are welcome.

      • SanitaryCockroach

        Wendy is more like a mother figure in my mind, and Lightning more the little sister type. Nightingale, well, lets not go there. (in the background we hear a whisper, *Yuuki*.)

        • Slane


  • Baka Hiru

    wh…why is the basket shaking so much?! O_____O

    shh! I can only tell you that you will understand it in the future. Until then it’s better for you not to see it…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter
    They are really sweet, but I always end up pitying nightingale

  • Deshawn Jordan

    Maybe magic just dislikes sperm.

    • Deman Bloodx

      Only way to test that hypothesis out…

  • Kuq Ku

    Hey Roland.. you cant make witches that way yet…. but experimenting is fine 😛 Poor Nightingale.

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter. After 175 chapter, my friend of african decent Roland finally get laid(or at least make out session) ;D

  • Fuannai

    Did they do the beebeepopbupop or they just have a sensual kissing scene?

    Anw, nice one there Lightning! I thought they’ll cover cockblocked by Lightning and Maggie, so I’m surprised Lightning already knows that xD

    And also, thanks for the chapter!!

  • Proxy Account

    “humanity will one day fly out of this world and into the boundless space.”

    -> and thus Roland establishes SpaceY. . . .

  • BurstThrough

    Thunder must be a really funny guy!XD
    Hope Garcia doesn’t kill him or something…

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Aaaand we have the first mile-high club on that world 😉

    I am hopeful of the progression, if they are not fully Xianxia, CN novels tend to lean towards the melancholy and tragedy angle, in my experience…

  • Kin

    Sacred ritual hehe

  • icicle

    lightning is so understanding

    thanjs for the chapter

    • Reald Dormond

      Isn’t she the youngest witch? Like 14 or something? That head is a hell of a lot older then she looks.

      Or her father was a pervert.

      • Raufgar

        Possibly, but more likely that her father is a sailor/explorer. Being stuck together on a small vessel in the middle of the ocean tends to make such urges a lot more pronounced as time passes. So he was preparing her for that eventuality, since it seems she was to be going out on voyages and explorations like him in the future.

      • icicle

        *cough* most likely a father… what do you expect if when in a ship filled with sailors, there is no ‘privacy’

  • FTxCerber

    Go girl! And finally Roland!

    Btw, wtf old man!? You actually had that talk with your daughter?! His skin is either thick as f*ck or he got his way with his words!

    The last part. Was i the only one that suddenly pictured a more adult her, Lightning, becoming an aggresive woman, who goes both ways? xD

  • phyrigia

    hahaha… maggie…. you can’t peep inside. That’s adult business!
    I want to look, goo~

  • Neruz

    Well 50 meters isn’t quite the mile high club, but given the circumstances I suppose it counts.

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    Good Little Lightning understand adult situation!!
    It’s good that her father already taught her. XD

    • IMM


  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Rico Sebastian

    I hope anna arm don’t get stiff with that kind of posture :3

  • Kharil Hasan

    Great, now we can explorer the ruin city…

    • Rico Sebastian

      is this atelier series 0-o

      • BurstThrough

        Just played the first but in ALL of them there is an unreachable ruin in the distance?

        • Rico Sebastian

          most of them is yes

  • DudeForDuke

    Gee… A hot air balloon. Would be awfully difficult for any invisible stalkers to accompany Anna and Roland in the basket… Roland, you sly bastard you.

    What happens in the hot air balloon stays in the hot air balloon.

    • Raufgar

      Unless Lightning or Maggie decided to share…

    • Kuq Ku

      Maggie is right theres Goo


    Up next in the aviation inventions:
    anna and wendy powered zeppelin. Lol

    • Aha Disco Elf

      Carpet bombing plebs like a fucking tyrant.

      • Meiwaku

        Kirov reporting! Lets go say hello.

      • KIZUKI

        kirov reporting!

  • Deman Bloodx

    The hot air balloon take off should be shown to the alchemists as a science experiment.

    • popocake

      i’m guessing it’s kinda hard for them to miss a balloon taking off, even from a distance

      • fahmi hasan

        They will Nuke Timothy’s castle with that balloon

        • Kaluk

          The spoilers are real.

  • Victor Silva

    The only things that separate Roland from Killer Zepellings are Electric motors and Internal combustion devices.

    And we will be able to explore the Giant UFO-City in Impassable Range with his parachute troopers.


    They get stranded -> hugging during cold night in cave -> hot sex ?!?

  • Kuq Ku

    Maybe Roland might be able to fix Witches infertility using Hana? Then maybe Ana and Roland can have kids.

    I still hold hope for Nightingale, but it seems that Ana is his girl he thinks only of her in regards to relationships, and no one else, he finds others attractive but for Ana his feelings are special.

    I dont want anything to happen to Ana, but if it did, Nightingale is there! I wonder how jealous she must feel with all the gifts he gives Ana.

    How will it be used I wonder? and why isnt anyone freaking out about how Roland is able to do all this shit? only that alchemist has really understood and valued it by understanding how much of a marvel it is.

    As it is this Hot Air Balloon is “Another of Princes amazing creations” As terrible as it is to say, I only think of Ana as a tool…. I mean I dont feel anything towards her character, Im not saying shes bland, well maybe I am saying that. I dont know, she is obviously very powerful, but that distant sensation I feel in regards to someone so prominent in Rolands life, cant make me feel anything towards her.

    • Gaspar

      True, in ‘screen time’, she is one of the least appear, nigthingale, in the other side, is almost always present and we see and understand Her feelings and dreams more often than not. Soo to say, Nigthingale is a more developed and deep character than Anna, at least, till now.

      Still, I dont dislike Anna in any way, she is devoted and singleminded, Smart and of an accute and curious mind, good wife material if you ask me, but I always feel for Nightingale when this things happen, hahaha.

      • timbone

        Nightingale feels more real

      • Kuq Ku

        I dont dislike Anna either, but shes a character that has been relegated to precious Tool, and she doesnt deserve that title, If the Author did invest more into her character I would be very pleased.

        Theres a very subtle type of seductiveness to her, I can understand Rolands fascination, in terms of intellect he sees her as a promising equal that will quickly catch up and surpass him, Her quiet self composed demeanor probably grabs at him, like how a gentle sound can pull you away from the background noise. She probably soothes and calms him, then shakes and unsettles without warning, not often, but enough to want more. But I still cant warm to her character, for someone so prominent in his life, to be placed as a convenient tool is unfortunate.

        And I agree with the poster before me, Nightingale feels more real

      • mllhild

        I think that for Roland Nightingales snoring during his classes is a greater turn off.

        Would you like a girlfriend who can get what you do, talk about and has the same interests
        one that lazes around eating dried fish all day? (Considering that both have equally good looks)

        • Kuq Ku

          Preferences for Roland is Anna all the way, there is no denyng that, but for us as readers, there will be preferences as well, we see the hidden sides of that character that isnt seen by the MC, he doesnt notice her in romantic terms, but she in him we do see, brief glimpses that speak volumes, I guess its more empathy with Nightingale, that unrequited love, sadness, yearning and empty hope, it induces… the feels.. hugs Nightingale.

    • MOHLT
      • Kuq Ku

        Im here! waves Hi!

        Nightingale Fan club! we should have drinks! (Im not a shipper in fact I really hate that, lol Im happy that Roland likes Anna) Im just sad for Nightingale.

    • mllhild

      its Anna, not Ana.

      The Hot Air Balloon is a toy and useless without Anna in it, so I don’t expect any further use of it. But it will freak people out and could be used to make magic less scary if Roland could arrange for a gas container and burner and then offer free flights to the population.

      The population and army are too dumb to get how awesome the inventions are.
      Barov already freaked out but decided to ride with the flow of power
      Carter and Iron Axe are warriors, so they are a bit slow to catch on all the stuff Roland did and also Roland did not take credit for the inventions.
      The Witches are like the population, not educated enouth to understand how ground breaking the stuff is and also you get a lot harder to freak out when the people around you trow fireballs, make superplants, shadow snakes, 4th dimensional movement, fly, melt iron and hold molten iron in their hands….
      The alchemist just came here.

      Roland gift to Nightingale would probably be of more practical nature. Remember when they discussed about a revolver for her? The perfect present for your Yandere stalker.

      Anna is indeed too perfect and thus quite blank. I mean she didn’t even fear death in the dungeon. Is so calm and secure of herself. Showed that she is smart enough to not trow a jealousy fit like Nightingale. Has the most powerful person in the area as boyfriend. Is the second most important person in the town.

      • timbone

        I agree about Anna, the author should reduce these “filler chapters” and focus on the overarching plot
        I have needed just 20 seconds to read quite a few chapters

        • mllhild

          I can’t agree on calling them fillers. They all move the plot along in some way, create new occurrences in the world and the MCs love story is by no means irrelevant. The overall plot is in the end made up of all the little things happening.

          • timbone

            I beg to differ. Spending a chapter on Irene’s husband picking her up from the port is filler

      • Kuq Ku

        Im a bit bad at remembering the spelling of names, ty for the correction.

        They did attempt to make the hot air balloon a military tool, but unfortunately in practice it didnt work well.

        I totally get that how people are too ignorant to appreciate the finer details, when I heard of the Alchemists coming, I was like Thank you! someone that can really appreciate how groundbreaking at least one facet of what Roland has created, is.

        Now I have no clue how Magicians on Earth do their illusions, I watched that show Fool us with Penn and Teller, they get magicians from all over to come in and try to fool them with their magic, I dont even know how the simpler tricks are done (because I want to be amazed). But for Penn and Teller to be stumped, then that has to be a pretty awesome trick, even if Im clueless why I can still appreciate it for what it is, but how much more amazed when you are talented and still dont know how its done.

        It stimulates the mind. We dont see anything like that in any of the people there, curiosity is very much a human characteristic, only Anna (see the correction :P) and that alchemist showed any active desire to understand what Roland is teaching. He needs more people like that Alchemist, that has that drive to explore, create, and understand.the world around them.

        Im hoping that Nightingale gets some very beautifully crafted sexy guns to use, she would definitely be able to pull off some amazing Gun Kata type action like in the Equilibrium Movie, very Reaperish for sure 😛 (Please Nightingale dont yell out DIE DIE DIE) or maybe Sombra might be more appropriate 🙂 she can say Boop!

        I wish Anna had more to her, the only moments we see other than this sterile 3d printer is when shes alone with Roland, but even that seems very subdued and very … bland, in other words, even when she lets her hair down its not very impacting.

        But this phrase “That I was able to meet you, I should already feel very satisfied, but now I have discovered that my way of thinking has already changed.
        Sometimes my heart feels oppressed, and I feel unwell, hoping for even
        more.” a greed for knowledge, I have written before that I felt she was like this, the type of person who wont be satisfied, always seeking, Roland has a limit to what knowledge he can impart, and when that happens what then? would she continue to be satisfied learning from Roland till theres nothing left to learn? or will she continue to experiment and push the boundaries, and what boundaries will she try to surpass.

        • mllhild

          If Roland taught her everything he knows then they are both R&D developers and can work together making new stuff. Not as Student and teacher, but as colleagues. R&D never ends. And studying together and exchanging ideas is even more fun than getting taught something. So her thirst for knowledge has bound her forever to Roland.

          • Kuq Ku

            But there is a point where the student will seek answers on their own, she asked about science that Roland had no knowledge of, the type Questions that Roland had no answer too.

            Will she be satisfied with that? there will come a point where those questions will want answers, she may go in directions that Roland wont be able to follow.

            He may even hold her back to discovering her full potential, like giving her wings and roots firmly planted in the ground, she might not want to remain rooted.

    • Deman Bloodx

      1. The infertility stuff is left up to the author.
      2. Concubine.
      3. Nothing will happen to Anna because no one else can weld.
      4. Bravoc (Chapter 139) Very funny chapter on Bravoc’s shock of Roland’s “[so much] new knowledge about topics…”
      5. The love interest is always bland. Also, why build a harem if you will only pick one? Building a harem meant buying a bigger bed.

      • DudeForDuke

        “The love interest is always bland. Also, why build a harem if you will
        only pick one? Building a harem meant buying a bigger bed.”

        PREACH IT! Now if only harem story writers would get that through their thick skulls… Instead, they drag us on for years of the main character not knowing about the girls wanting him, him avoiding making a choice or remaining completely platonic.

        Just once I want a harem to actually be a harem with the MC taking all of them to bed. Is that too much to ask?

        • concerned accountant

          If you want that read “slave harem”.
          NB, This “conflict” between the older (experienced) and the younger (inexperienced) women is interesting and if handled well can lead to a much more interesting storyline. NB2 – Personally, I would always go for the older girl. She would be much more likely to know what she actually wants.

        • Kin

          Pray Answered = long live summon XD

        • uncreativGuy

          try mushoku tensei, is alredy Finished and the Harem has ounly 3 girls wich are all thougt out

      • Exp

        5. He’s a prince, his pre poison past time was debauchary. . . bed is no issue.

    • Phalnix

      my guess is that they are infertile because of the devil bite which would constantly injure them every year because they wouldn’t use their powers, but anna hasn’t done any xxx and hasn’t had any devil bite she should still be fertile.

      • DudeForDuke

        Part of me wonders if it’s the stored up magic interfering with conception, or another possibility: that the witches ARE fertile, just that regular men aren’t compatible with them genetically.

        Roland has gone on about how the changes to witches aren’t just magical abilities, but something has changed to their basic DNA aside from regular humans. Looks, intelligence (Anna is a prime example), ect.
        For instance:
        “Although at the moment the witches were at a disadvantage, the current situation would not last forever. The power of the witch did not rely on blood heritage, so there was no pattern to who would awaken, it was all random. This meant that they could not be eradicated, so their number could only increase.”

        “The Church relies on their God’s Eye of Retribution, and for the moment they can still maintain their advantages over the witches with it, but it can only offset their magic. However, the witch awakening not only gives them a wide range of ability, but also boosts their physical power and mental reaction speed. Even their appearances would become more beautiful than ordinary people.”

        “They essentially could be regarded as a ‘New Mankind.'”
        -Chapter 44

        (The last line there especially is the one that tipped me off as to this.)

        Since there’s no way to test, there’s no way to be sure, but perhaps the difference genetically is too great to allow conception with normal human males. After all, there’s little difference between us, genetically, with the great apes. We still can’t conceive with them though.

        • Phalnix

          You might be right, but as this isn’t real life and it’s just a book you are completely wrong. I think its more viable that the devil bite causes internal damage to the point of infertility since you can even die from it.

          there even cases of women becoming infertile by lesser means and the devil bite basically makes all your organs move and even explode. there is no reason why the devil bite couldn’t be the cause.

          if you want to talk evolution homo sapiens are not a separate species to other type of ancient human in fact they are a cross species mix with other ancient humans. if you study our bone structure we still have some of those ancient bone formation even if they aren’t as prominent. if they did exist they should still be able to breed with one. the witch evolution would have to be to an extreme. they still have human anatomy and their genitals should still work the same. reproduction shouldn’t be impossible.

          which takes me to the conclusion that Anna is different to all the witches as the first to not suffer devil bite. her change in ability is just her understanding her power and understanding of matter.

          • DudeForDuke

            “You might be right, but as this isn’t real life and it’s just a book you are completely wrong.”

            …Okay? Genetically speaking, this theory of mine makes even less sense in the real world. In Roland’s world, however, there’s nothing stopping it from being a byproduct of magic.

            Also, while I haven’t read the raws up to 470+ (nor will I), I have read the spoiler threads where people talk about the child-bearing issue and… guess what came up? A lot of people talked about the loophole of an ordinary man becoming a witch through a certain means (which is spoilerific) and gaining “compatibility” with witches that way. Strangely enough, there’s been no clear-cut answer to how or why it happens, however. So I find it amusing that I’m “completely wrong” when we don’t even know the facts yet.

            “I think its more viable that the devil bite causes internal damage to the point of infertility since you can even die from it.”
            “there even cases of women becoming infertile by lesser means and the
            devil bite basically makes all your organs move and even explode.”

            One note: that last bit is from where they died from the Bite. As to what’s going on with the bite, we don’t know much more than past it’s a horrific pain and the death resulting from it is even more horrific. We don’t know the cause behind it doing what it does (other than “magic overflow” – but that doesn’t explain anything) or how it does what it does. Is it entirely psychosomatic, is it pressure and swelling, is it magic something-or-other? We don’t know if it actually does cause organ damage and failure, either. People can suffer heart attacks and strokes from extended periods of extreme duress – of which constant rending pain for hours or days on end certainly qualifies. Too little answers, I’m afraid.

            Second observation: if damage to, say, the uterus happened and rendered any woman that went through the Demon’s Bite infertile (and it would be interesting to know why that happened to that specific organ in every case)… Well, Nana could just heal it. Meaning any witch that she healed would suddenly be fertile. Seems kinda handwavy and convenient to me.

            “the witch evolution would have to be to an extreme. they still have
            human anatomy and their genitals should still work the same.
            reproduction shouldn’t be impossible.”

            Uh, my dude, there’s plenty of genetic disorders that millions of people are born with today that will render them infertile. In fact, one of issues is something which came to mind when I wrote that: chromosomal count. And, surprise surprise, chromosomal abnormalities are one of the more prevalent causes of genetic disorders that causes infertility in women.

            So, no, it doesn’t have to be as extreme as you think.

            • Phalnix

              Chances of being infertile is about 5%.

              The reason I am saying your wrong it’s because it a Chinese novel.
              Why do i say that? Chinese novel have a lot to do with (Dantian) located in the stomach region. when it comes to magic/ki or energy some kind it usually takes place in that area and witch bite has too little information, but one thing they did say was that witch would bleed from her eyes ear and her eyes would pop out which indicates pressure possible inflammation.

              As far as chromosome are invalid since the person has already been born i am pretty sure they don’t change the reason why they have magic. since they introduced an alien race it’s more viable that they maybe trying to Terra form the planet and it affecting women in a specific way.

              The reason they haven’t gotten to healing it is because no one knows they have been damaged if the main character gets around to studying the devil bite or witches in general/ opens a hospital with Xray and ultrasound machine im pretty sure won’t happen. it might be physical or it might be magical. it all up to the author.

              • DudeForDuke

                “Why do i say that? Chinese novel have a lot to do with (Dantian) located in the stomach region.”

                Okay, that’s great… But I haven’t seen much of any eastern medicine or philosophy from the main character. In fact, the only thing I have seen that even comes close is a singular mention of chopsticks.

                “As far as chromosome are invalid since the person has already been born i
                am pretty sure they don’t change the reason why they have magic”

                (Extra irony for that case being a case involving a Chinese man.)

                “The reason they haven’t gotten to healing it is because no one knows they have been damaged”

                Well, Nana had to physically and literally put pieces back inside of Ashes’ body after being gutted by a shattered blade just a few chapters back. Extensive healing like that by Nana logically should cover damage to her other organs which would render her infertile if that’s the theory. So…

                • Huskeylord

                  Imagination is the answer. If you believe it will come true. enough said with this being fiction. A fiction I wish would happen to me if I had the skills to do the same but fiction none the less. And all fiction fallows a pattern. If you read enough of them, you will usually see it in time.

                  • DudeForDuke

                    Considering this series is bucking trends and tropes like no one’s business, citing them and calling that proof enough is pretty unimaginative in and of itself.

                    That said, I explained how there’s “loopholes.” I can’t talk much about it because spoilers, but there is speculation of how there’s a potential for a male to become a witch and thus should in theory have no problems copulating with female witches.

                    You seem to be under the assumption that I said this was some sort of impossibility to overcome or something. Far from it. From the very first comment, I said how it could be explained and could be possibly circumvented. I just disagree with the above poster’s reasoning (and yours) as to how and why.

              • Huskeylord

                Imagination is the answer. If you believe it will come true. enough said with this being fiction. A fiction I wish would happen to me if I had the skills to do the same but fiction none the less. And all fiction fallows a pattern. If you read enough of them, you will usually see it in time..

      • Kuq Ku

        Roland might need to experiment with Anna then 😛

    • Aaron Frawley

      Umm keep burning and healing the dick for a magic dick idk haha

      • Kuq Ku

        That reminds me of a movie I saw called Mallrats talking about how impossible it is for Lois Lane to carry Supermans baby,

        T.S.: But they’re engaged.

        Brodie: Doesn’t matter, can’t happen.

        T.S.: Why not? It’s bound to come up.

        Brodie: It’s impossible, Lois could never have Superman’s baby. Do you
        think her fallopian tubes could handle the sperm? I guarantee you he
        blows a load like a shotgun right through her back. What about her womb?
        Do you think it’s strong enough to carry his child?

        T.S.: Sure, why not?

        Brodie: He’s an alien, for christ sake. His Kyrptonian biological makeup
        is enhanced by earth’s yellow sun. If Lois gets a tan the kid could
        kick right through her stomach. Only someone like Wonder Woman has a
        strong enough uterus to carry his kid. The only way he could bang
        regular chicks is with a kryptonite condom. That would kill him!

        Imagine if Anna got so worked up during sex it ended up with Roland getting turned to ash.

  • MangoGuy

    Dun think I can help with the revolving rifle.

  • Maxi King

    now he can put gunners in the balloon and the church is doomed

  • VerneJules

    Finally the technology of aerial travel 😀 So now he can have a date with Anna without the means for Nightingale to barge in? Well, what would they do if Anna runs out of magic? 😀

    • Maxi King

      the air would cool down and the balloon would sink

      • A to the S

        Oh please, you and your science mumbo jumbo. I believe the balloon will spontanios ignite, but Lightning will catch both and outflew the the explosion.