RW Chapter 177

[Previous Chapter] [Table of Contents] [Next Chapter]


Chapter 177 The Will of the Church

Within the Cathedral at Hermes.

 

The Pope’s place remained vacant.

 

The three Archbishops sat side by side, and it was once more Archbishop Mayne who opened the discussion, “I heard that some unrest has broken out within the Kingdom of Eternal Winter?”

 

“Under the leadership of High Priest Coburn, the Judges stationed there are already dealing with that matter,” replied Tayfun.

 

“In the end, what was the reason for the unrest?”

 

“If it hadn’t been for those dregs that had been taken into the Church,” Heather whistled, “after the Queen has been beheaded, most of the nobles have joined the Church and were integrated into the upper echelons of the Church because of your plan to compromise, Mayne. They turned a blind eye to the plundering taking place under the guise of arresting witches by the city guards. But, the common people cannot accept this procedure which also naturally birthed resentment.”

 

“Heather, that had not been my plan,” Mayne responded in annoyance, “This was a decree ushered in by the Supreme Pontiff. This way we can take over and control the kingdom within the shortest amount of time, rather than having to continue fighting against the nobility. Furthermore, there are also some outstanding talents amongst them, winning them over should be a great help to us. As for those vermin, since their descendants can’t inherit their privileges in any case, they should be all eliminated within the next generation.”

 

“Alright, since you were only following the decree of the Supreme Pontiff, I won’t say anything about this any longer,” Heather shrugged, “but those violators who have corrupted the reputation of the Church must be handed over to me.”

 

Mayne looked at Archbishop Tayfun, who was muttering to himself hesitantly, “I propose that for the time being we do not try to deal with them. When the turmoil has come to an end, it will still be possible for us to place the aristocracy under house arrest, but doing so now, so soon after they have joined the Church, it will only create an unease within their rank.”

 

“No!” Heather pounded on the table. “We can’t permit them to go against the fundamental rules of the Church. Any looting taking place in the name of the Church is a felony, and it is me who is the one in control of the rules and arbitration!”

 

“This time, for the purpose of the overall situation…”

 

“What I’m saying is in accordance with the big picture.” Heather directly interrupted the words that were about to come from Tayfun, “Do not forget that we have relied on our established image of being both fair and just to conquer the Kingdom of Endless Winter! If at this time we don’t strike a severe blow against those scum, the people of the Kingdom of Endless Winter will lose all of confidence in us! This is the foundation that the Church is relying on and not those group of damned aristocrats. If you do not agree with me on this, I will directly go to the Pope and ask for his ruling!”

 

The Pope has no time to worry over such matters, nor is the foundation of the Church in the hands of the ordinary people, but rather it’s decided by how powerful we are. Mayne sighed and decided to reach out to her so that she wouldn’t get too excited about this matter. “Then will we ask the High Priest Coburn to escort them back to New Holy City so that they can face trial?

 

“That won’t be necessary, I will personally head out,” Heather said, “Recently, I’ve been rushing my matters here to get them finished. Furthermore, I should also be able to come back within two or three months. It is naturally that the more people who see a trial the better it will be, and King’s City of the Kingdom of Endless Winter would be the best place to hold it.”

 

“Are you sure about that?” Mayne frowned. “Right now, we have no free conductor who can protect you during your stay in the Kingdom of Endless Winter, if you are to encounter an extraordinary witch, you will be in great danger.”

 

“Where should so many extraordinary witches be coming from?” Heather didn’t accept Mayne’s opinion as being worth considering, “Just give me a team of warriors from the Army of Judge that should be enough.

 

“If you insist.” Mayne did not want to quarrel over this subject any longer, “There are still some other bad news I have to tell you. The Church’s army had been unexpected repelled in the Wolfsheart Kingdom near to Broken Castle. We have already lost more than twenty members of the God’s Punishment Army and more than a hundred warriors of the Army of Judges, even with all of these losses we still weren’t able to conquer Broken Castle.”

 

“Twenty members of the God’s Punishment Army?” Tayfun couldn’t believe what he was hearing, “Who was the conductor?”

 

“Bell, and she’s already confirmed dead.”

 

“The conductor was killed? It seems that they actually met with an unexpectedly tough challenge.” Heather interest was piqued, “The loss of so many members of the God’s Punishment Army must really have given Lord O’Brian an intense headache.”

 

“We cannot blame this on him after all, the Broken Castle is placed in special terrain. Their gate entrance is high up in the middle of the mountain, the distance between the road and the gate is around ten meters. Furthermore, they had also destroyed the wooden bridge using some unknown alchemist solution.” Mayne explained, ”According to the reports, they put up wooden ladders, and every time the God’s Punishment Army tries to crawl up them, they would suffer under a strange flame attack. The defender would spout a white solution out of pipes installed above the gate. Soon after they sent it out, it began to vaporize and catch fire, changing into a blazing flame which would cling to a person’s body.

 

“No matter what they tried to do, they still couldn’t take it off. It only ended after they were completely burned through. Our troops are now trying to get into contact with our believers of the Church that are within the city, their trying to see if they can start an attack from inside and outside at the same time.”

 

“I dare say the church in the city has already become a bloodbath,” Heather twitched her mouth “If we want that our attacks to get through, the right move can only be to send out more people. The Alchemist will never be able to produce their solution on masse, sooner or later they will eventually run out of supply.”

 

“You are talking about our God’s Punishment Army!” Tayfun became so enraged that his beard started to tremble, “Do you know how difficult it is to convert someone into a member of the God’s Punishment Army? Right now, we don’t even possess one thousand of them, and if we have to use force to unify the country we will lose more than half of them, what should we then use to resist the demonic beast attack during the Months of Demons? Not even to mention our fight against the Devils afterward.”

 

“Do not fight,” Mayne said, “I will tell you this one piece of news, so it will be unnecessary for you to argue over the method of attack. At this moment, the Church needs as many members of the God’s Punishment Army as possible, and now that the Kingdom of Endless Winter is under our control, some things can be done that will be a bit more justifiable. In the past, those “seeds” had been delivered twice each year. But now, I have requested an additional delivery. With the Months of Demons even influencing the spring, its length is no longer as consistent, so from summer onwards, every season a new batch of seeds will be sent to the New Holy City, and the transformation ceremony can also be held correspondingly. The task to handle this matter will be handed over to you, Tayfun.”

 

“But there aren’t enough orphans and babies to provide the required number, ah,” the old Archbishop stroked his beard. “After all, not everyone will choose to abandon their child and send it to the church.”

 

“In that case, you had to find another way to provide enough. The Kingdom of Endless Winter is the kingdom in which we have operated for the longest time, because of this, most of the population are already part of our believers. In case that even within this land you’re still unable to provide enough manpower, swallowing the other three kingdoms will take even longer. Don’t forget, if there is ever be any unrest during the reunification process of the continent, we have to rely on the Army of Judges and the God’s Punishment Army to suppress them.“

 

“It isn’t the case that there aren’t enough people,” Heather explained with a smile, “There are as many children wandering the streets as there are stray cats and wild dogs. I have even heard that there were black street rats who especially went to hire those children. They are then trained into pickpockets, contractors, smugglers or scapegoats.

 

“Previously the nobility hadn’t gotten rid of them and instead offered them some places to hide, but now, thanks to Mayne’s gift, they’ve all become a part of the Church. As long as we cover the sewers, where can those mice go to hide? The only task left will be to send out the Army of Judges and try to clear up the underground, that way we can catch everything in one net. Doing it like this means you can harvest a lot of children, while the removal of those dregs will still gain us a good impression from the civilians at the same time. If we can also deter those who are beginning to stir up the nobles, we can succeed in three objectives in one go, can’t we?”

 

This is indeed a good solution, Mayne thought, no matter how extreme her temperament was whenever she was faced with had to face a problem, she would be the fastest person to come up with a countermeasure, so if for this ability he only had to ignore a few words coming from her, he would consider it a small price to pay. “Just carry on with this method. In short, before the fall, it is important that we conquer the territory of Wolfsheart Kingdom. So, that with the exception of the troops we need to maintain order, we can transfer all other warriors of the Army of Judges back to Hermes. During this year’s Months of Demons, The enemy will only become even more powerful.”

 

Tayfun, although reluctantly but he still nodded his head, “Also, the Kingdom of Dawn has already noticed the development in their neighboring kingdoms. The aristocracy within many cities are pointing their spearhead at the Church, there were already situations where they have plundered the churches then burned them down. I suggest we think about organizing a temporary evacuation of our believers. It really isn’t necessary to waste them in such a conflict.”

 

“No, that won’t do, they have to resist,” Mayne said, “The more sacrifices we have to make, the more reasons we will have later to retaliate.” This is not a waste, but the seed of fire. They already don’t have much faith in the Church, if we retreat out of the kingdom now, the Church will only appear to be even weaker.

 

“Well, I just wanted to mention it, nothing more,” Tayfun gave up, “Lastly there is the Kingdom of Graycastle… ah, it is better if you see it yourself,” saying this he took out a scroll from his sleeve and threw it in front of Mayne.

 

Mayne unfolded it and swept his gaze over the letters with his two eyes, the letter had unexpectedly come from the Queen of Clearwater, Garcia Wimbledon. It didn’t take long, and his eyebrows wrinkled up.

 

“Did she even hang her priest?”

 

“Not only him, she even fed all of our believers to the fishes,” Tayfun added, “and the church was then completely broken down even to the last stone. Plus, she should have already discovered the side effects of the pills.”

 

Heather smacked her lips, “I had already told you that it was only a matter of time. Even if they supplement their soldier unceasingly with those toys, with each new pill taken the effect would become smaller, until they die in the end because of weakness. Taking those pills and using them to destroy their armies was a good idea, but when its effect came to the surface, they will immediately discover what kind of game we are playing. The true problem is, if I remember correctly, that our spies had reported that only a small group of her soldiers have taken the pills, right? Instead it were the barbarians from the south who have eaten a lot of them.”

 

“Not more than a thousand, and she said that we will have to pay for them.” Mayne put the letter down, “It’s ridiculous, without the support of the Church, how could she have ever become the Queen of Clearwater? Where is Timothy Wimbledon right now? He also received our pills so why is he still delaying his attack on the South?”

 

“He is currently plundering the North, he had set out to handle the attempted rebellion from the Protector of the Northern Border. He has to first stop this rebellion, to prevent any instability later. He probably wants to first take down several Duke’s, and only then he will go face Garcia.” Tayfun replied, “I just don’t know if the new King, after capturing the North, will really make a beeline to the South or if he first goes to the Western Border, trying and take it back.”


[Previous Chapter] [Table of Contents] [Next Chapter]

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Ughhhh I don't care about the church…
    I want Ronald!! hehehe

  • DudeForDuke

    The more I see of the church the more eager I am from Roland to crush them, burn their capital to the ground, and salt the earth that it stood upon.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/283c246cccb56e5524d98ff83e98c113364cb6f99229984003a08bcbb1345e5b.jpg

    They’re going to be in for a rude awakening…

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Daniel P., Rene J., Roxerer, and KitKat! I’m still finding it hard to justify all this with the Month of Demons.

  • Off-topic: When the new chapters usually are released and in which time zone?

    • Kuq Ku

      It says on the very pages you read. We get more releases if there are sponsored pages

    • Free release at on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday roughly at 3:00AM EST / 4:00AM EDT or later.

      (Donation) Queue release on the same day, it is usually ~8 hours later from my observation. Sometimes translator is unable to due to life circumstances.

      Any release on other days require (donation) queues.

  • Neruz

    The foundation of the church isn’t in the people? Oh dear, someone doesn’t know how reality works.

    • Yangxiao Ou

      Don’t think too much, this church is quite different from the real world church, they just share the same names, you’ll know what it really is in about … 170 chapters later …

      • Neruz

        Unless the church can magic up free manpower, food and equipment then their foundation is in the common people. The foundation of -any- ruler is the people.
        It’s common for feudal nobility to forget that though, as they get used to thinking of the ‘key people’ as important, forgetting that the keys are only important because they control the people below them, who control the people below them, and so on.
        If you only ever interact with nobles it’s easy to forget that the reason nobles are important is the people they rule.

        • Lawrence Luo

          Yup that’s why Heather said the confidence from people is the foundation that the Church relying on, and not those damned aristocrats.

  • DB AV

    I’m doubting the church right now, are they cartoonishly evil or simply taking extreme measures to exterminate the monsters?.

    • Raufgar

      Likely a case of where you only have a wrench, every problem looks like it needs to be torqued…

    • DudeForDuke

      Stupid Evil, more like it.
      “We’ll plunge the world into chaos with years of bloody civil war so we can unite the few remaining survivors that managed to live through it. Just so we can go to war against demonic creatures.”

      They’re so focused on the coming war with the demonic horde and yet they’ll be in the worst possible condition to fight it because their plan is terrible. And they haven’t put enough thought into rebuilding. Hell, they can’t even manage correctly what they have now.

      “Can’t see the forest from the trees” comes to mind. They may have had good intentions (once, long ago), but they’re so warped and dedicated to do what they have planned that they’re going to be their own worst enemy.

  • Balanite

    Hey, good translations.

    Just a nitpick. “The Pope’s position remained vacant.” sounds like he’s dead.

    Why not “The Pope’s chair remained empty.” so people aren’t misled? Thank you very much for your work!

  • Proxy Account

    I could understand that the Archbishops are busy looking into the big picture…and they missed wee little Border Town…well, at least until Roland completes his Royal Baloons Corp, dropping charges from the sky like a boss. Now, how do your god’s army attack what’s beyond their reach? It’s the Blitz all over again.
    – – – – –
    Either that, or the Church eventually understands that they have a better chance surviving the pesky demons with Rolands tech, and the resources available from the whole continent (and therefore speeding up the mechanization and industrialization of the realm).
    – – – – –
    Or, Roland crushes everyone, establishes the Grand Rolandic Empire, finishes the demons and the Church. With blood and tech. Everybody seems to want that.

  • Kuq Ku

    They shouldve done a red wedding to get rid of Rolands family and blame it on Witches, they wouldve had more recruits for the Gods Army wanting revenge, placed a puppet on the throne, and had more freedom to do what they wanted, I really dont understand their logic. Now theyre placed in a situation where they will be fighting a war on many fronts with limited resources. What is forcing them to do this? are the Devils forcing their hand?

    Theres so much to uncover!
    1. Who beat their ass? Wolfsheart Kingdom? Broken Castles special terrain?! Time for an alliance!
    2. How are the Gods Army made! doesnt seem to be pills, why kids? (non pervert reason)
    3. Who is the Pope? why is he absent? is he in hiding or is he more involved with things like Roland?
    4. Will Garcia now go hunting the Church?
    5. Is Timothy really up North? What if hes looking for Tilly in a bid to try get her to follow him?
    6. Timothy has his own supply of pills, so will he use them foolishly?
    7. Will Garcia come purge Roland, she has to be wondering why hes still alive.
    8. Will Timothy come purge Roland?
    9. Will Roland seek alliance with all his siblings showing them the church is their true enemy not each other? I doubt he would do that though after Dying.

    • Proxy Account

      Lel, as for the god’s punishment army, I’m thinking of the Convent of Dhakor (from “Elantris”, by Brandon Sanderson). Freaky magic and intense bone-deforming rituals to make heartless bio-soldiers.

      • Kuq Ku

        I was thinking Claymore how something is put inside those volunteers, maybe they hybridize the volunteers, like a frankenstein mix of demonic and witch essence?

        • DudeForDuke

          I have the horrific feeling that both God’s Punishment Army and God Stones utilize witches in some manner (in which case, I also have a feeling that the amount of witches that they’ve killed over the years is staggeringly terrifying). There’s little else to explain why the church would require so many witches otherwise.

          • Kuq Ku

            Im thinking theyre ripping out the organ that makes witches what they are maybe 🙁

          • Wrandral

            i’m expecting that at some point the God Punishment Army will go rogue or turn into Devils and wreck the Church/Everything around them

  • Uz3r013

    anyone else think they are processing children into drugs?

    • Proxy Account

      Daem it, it’s Snow Piercer all over again.

  • Kapil

    So the witches are the seed. They buy the witches because they need more seeds. However, now remaining is the process of acquiring these seeds. What does the church do to these young girls and why do the volunteers feel nothing? Does the quality of magic affect quality of the seed? Also how are the God stone and pill related to each other… can’t wait.

    • Kuq Ku

      Im pretty keen to find out lol, Im wondering why its so difficult to make one for the Gods Army. I also dont understand that if they need witches, why would they want others to kill them if found?

      • Neruz

        They want to monopolize the witches power; I’m betting that witches are the core of the Church’s power base and in order to make sure no-one else can have that power they vilify witches so that only their witches will be able to live and use their powers.
        Alternately they just need the witches as materiel; it’s unclear whether the Church has some kind of core of loyal indoctrinated witches or whether the witches are ingredients, or both.

        Also I think the ‘seeds’ they’re talking about here are children to be transformed into members of the God’s Punishment Army, rather than witches.

        • Kapil

          I agree after reading your statement that the seeds are the children. However, they need the girls for something that they are willing to be seen as human traffickers. I believe they might know the conditions to awaken a witch and the tower that Lightening ran away from might have clues about the churches deeds.

      • Aldrich Castillo

        Maybe they need to make witches “pregnant”? And God’s punishment army and pills are made from whatever comes out? ….. Ok i guessed it, but i still think it’s messed up lol.

        • Kuq Ku

          I think the demonic beasts hold a clue to whats happening to the volunteers, why does it only happen during a certain time of the year, why not longer?
          Why are there limitations to how many they can convert? are the people not compatible with the process or are the resources needed to create one rare or difficult to make?
          How were they able to create those pills?

          Hopefully Roland will be able to figure out with the help of those alchemists what those pills are what the god stone is, and maybe they might be able to figure out what gods army soldiers are.

      • DudeForDuke

        “I also dont understand that if they need witches, why would they want others to kill them if found?”

        Cover, most likely. Some local authorities executing a witch or two there is but a mere drop in the bucket compared to the church’s entire supply. Last thing they want is people asking questions or suspecting that the church is keeping witches for their own purposes. Hence why they prefer to acquire witches and potential witches on the down low. That way no one outside of the church knows how many witches are out there or how many the church has found. They only know about the public ones that are executed. So long as witches aren’t seen and it looks like the problem is being “dealt with” by the church, no one in a position of power is going to think there’s a problem or ask questions. Especially when they’re being paid to get rid of their orphans.

  • BurstThrough

    G’DAMN WHITE PHOSPHORUS!!!
    Roland needs that alchemist!!!

    Also the 2 young archbishops should cooperate more as public opinion is good but also is someone who can wield local power effectively and Heather hating all nobles will end in a void of power that can sprout crime syndicates or strengthen current ones.
    Also this old as dust archbishop is really a creepy fellow…
    Don’t like him since he told all that annoying sob story about the guy that was the King’s double.

    • esya

      Yup. They need to team up

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Recently started with this series. I’m lovin it~
    With this Roland has even more time I guess.

    • Deman Bloodx

      This is a really great serie. Your binge is over. Now, you’ll be like the rest of us, pressing the F5 key or the brower’s refresh button every hour.

      • Puru.The.Great

        I did! I totally did!!!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Maxi King

    well the position of the church doesn’t seem so powerful anymore

  • Just a Potato

    While it is completely unrelated to this chapter, roland’s greatest ‘invention’ so far has been without a doubt the hot air balloon, if you know what I mean ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Harambo

    Blah blah blah no MC no bueno, skimmed it in under a min

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!!

  • MangoGuy

    I have tozsay that I feel disgusted at a personal level by these religious games due to some RL things. Damn I wish roxerer would just keep a not for the feint of heart warning!

  • MondoX

    I hope Roland wipes out the Church.

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • timbone

    I was right. Garcia is very smart and decisive.
    My favorite character so far

    • Kuq Ku

      I dont think shes smart, shes got dying Sandpeople that will want payback for using those pills, shes still got to contend with Timothy whose more than likely going to retaliate at some point, she still doesnt know where Tilly is at least I dont think so, if Tilly has managed to get her sister to form an alliance then maybe there is something working in the background.

      She is actively taking up arms against the Church, so multiple enemies, shaky alliances, control based on fear in areas that were pillaged, potentially lacking in resources and funds to fuel her war machine, lack of skilled manpower not tainted by pills.

      She might have won the Battle but shes far from winning any war, she wasnt able to kill Timothy nor Roland.

      • Neruz

        Garcia is smart, she just hasn’t figured out the big picture yet and thus is making poor decisions at times. She’s also in a really bad position stability-wise, through no fault of her own.

        • Kuq Ku

          I totally get that people make mistakes, I didnt mean shes not smart in general, more specifically towards the encounters she has had leading up to the mistakes shes made, shes, always on the defensive, and when pushed resorts to stupid means, while successful, are ultimately detrimental,

          Shes actively going against the church failed to kill Roland and Timothy, is currently on the run from many factions with a potential one brewing in her ranks, when they realize the death sentence shes given them in pill form.

          How strong are her alliances? how capable is she to keep them all in line and motivated to follow her? The Church havent hidden their coup at the Kingdom of Endless Winter. its general knowledge which speaks volumes about their intent. Which is probably why shes reacting this way.

          Shes only looking at the smaller picture and her own agenda which began before all this started. If she manages to get out of this, then bravo.

          I think Timothy will be heading to Border town for an “easy victory’ morale booster, and to restore much needed confidence in his leadership and claim to the throne, afterwards attack Garcia when shes off guard.

          But as you know, Timothy is headed for a can of whup ass.

          • DennMael

            Garcia’s plan to form her Privateer Fleet seemed to be well thought out, as did the slaves to freedom pyramid scheme she had (very sophisticated like Machiavellian). I’m wondering if we’re seeing all she had was her big schemes but lackluster adaptability? Makes me wonder if her initial plans were as much ‘hers’ as the first prince’s plan was ‘his’ (I mean instigated by the adviser from the church).

            She lost ‘points’ with me when she burnt a town (a trade hub, no less) to grab a few of Timothy’s forces. Not that I don’t understand different time, different values but she wants to be queen of all Greycastle, and there goes a center of commerce.

            Timothy or Garcia might attack Roland to bolster morale before turning at each other.but I’m hoping Garcia is dealt with before the church comes south so Timothy can act as a buffer for Roland.

            Tilly is still a wild card to me, we don’t know how hands off she will be from the mainland, and we can’t rule out her true aim is to eventually form an aristocracy of witches. Although, I’m assuming a Tilly Roland alliance.

            • Kuq Ku

              I wish there was more PoV from each sibling only Timothy had any insights we could see. I want to see more of Garcias and Tillys inner workings, rather than an overview perspective that really doesnt show much.

              Im wondering what Tilly will make of Rolands offer, and Roland himself, being siblings Im sure she would notice how different and bizarre he is now compared to his past self.

      • timbone

        You are misunderstood, if you expect the knowledge of a character to be as complete as that of a reader. That is why we have dramatic irony.
        There is a reason why Garcia was attacked first, she is the bigger threat. And so far, she is very decisive. knowing that living to fight another day is important.
        She murdered Roland. That was clear proof. She is already not allowing the church to use her. Some of her soldiers took the pills too. If both of us took the same poison, would you say that I poisoned you and ask for revenge?

        • Kuq Ku

          I agree I dont know all that there is to know about Garcia yet, the Author hasnt delved that far in to her character to reveal that much, can only speculate on what is known.

          She has accomplished much, and there is an air of mystery regarding her true agenda.

          If both of us took the same poison Id wonder if its Jim beam or Southern comfort 😀 and ask are you drunk yet?

          • timbone

            Haha, I have no idea who you are referring to but I will google. I was saying that you cannot expect her to have all the info that us the readers do. With the little info that she has, she had made very good decisions like “killing Roland”.

            • Kuq Ku

              I was meaning that Garcias inner workings are a mystery to the readers, we dont know much about her, she doesnt have information we have about other characters and events in the story, but thats not to say she is unable to respond appropriately to her own set of circumstances.

  • Ale Cole

    Ugh… I really don’t like the Church-related chapters… :v

  • Danis

    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah no mc in this chapter …………………………………………………………………..
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

    • BurstThrough

      C’mon dude there is someone in Wolfsheart that made actual WHITE PHOSPHORUS!!!
      Roland needs the guy/gal WHOEVER THEY ARE with him!!

      • Raufgar

        Alliance Time~!

  • GroovyPotato

    This queen is really smart…

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Raufgar

    [In Teaser]

    The reason for the unrest? I’d have thought making people into unthinking zombie-soldiers and boning every suspected witch to ‘check if they are a witch’ is cause enough, Your Eminence…

    • Wrandral

      Nah that can’t be it surely

  • john delacruz

    A Grand Crusade to burn all “potential” WITCHES and HERETICS.

    Probably

  • Rico Sebastian

    hmmm …. What will you do church ?

  • MangoGuy

    Well well too much of anything is good for nothing!

  • VerneJules

    Seems like the church is having trouble running a country, I wonder if it’s domestic issues? Are there points in history where a Church acted as the primary legislative and executive power in a country? If there ever was, can someone refer a link? I’m wondering what possible issues there would be other than differing beliefs.

    • madstack

      There’s Turkey, kind of. Islam was integrated into their law for a long time IIRC. I’ve heard that might be the case now again, but I’m not sure. I think the closest any religion ever got to governing a country is simply being included in in its law, like Turkey. Look it up.

      • Shongu

        Earlier Islamic Empires would be ruled by a Caliph, who would essentially be the head of religion as well, such as the Abassid Empire. Also, the Papal States ruled over land in Italy as well. To a lesser extent (in terms of religion governing), there are cases of a holy knight order governing land.

        As for the religion in the story, they have been governing at the very least a city, presumably for quite a while even if they did move.

        • Wrandral

          Well governing a city composed mainly of fanatical devout is easier for the church than a whole country i guess

    • mllhild

      The Vatican did hold a lot of land in Italy during the middle ages. And its in fact a country that is even today ruled by the church.

      Also no wonder that there are unrest if you are trying to dispose of the century old ruling faction by conquering the land. Yes, they have partial population support, but plenty of people prefer gold over belief and the church certainly doesn’t have the numbers, know-how or position to maintain the law as well as the previous government did. That’s their first time having to deal with actually caring for the population besides posing while offering prayers, take their money and buy/burn their daughters.

      • Wrandral

        Meh nothing that a bunch of rabid fanatics and church bio-soldiers won’t be able to handle.
        While i’d agree they shouldn’t have the know-how to handle such a large population and territory i was under the impression that they maintained the previous infrastructure (nobles etc) because they knew they needed that support to run the country at least for now.
        Also what they did in Greycastle (replacing the king for months without anyone being the wiser and instigating the power struggle) showed they had no problem infiltrating their own pawns in the highest instances of the kingdom so they should have competent enough people to handle the situation no?

      • Đạt Marshall

        Nah, they don’t even care for their people, as they even sacrificed their believers to plant the “seed of fire” or any fancy word they’re gonna use.

    • jgrall

      there are actually a lot of examples of religion and church to be tigthly integrated into structures of power of many countries, like ancient egipt (where pharaohs were considered gods), ancient rome republic where many electable positions of power were positions related to the cult of gods (e.g. ponitfex), ancient roman empire where when they adapted christianity, emperor was a head of the church and was actively engaged in defining structure of belifs (try checking out council of Nicaea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea), church of england. You should check out history of
      Hussites. Many times religion was so tightly mingled with actual political structure that it was hard to distinguish between the two.
      Regarding issues, we dont really know what is the standing of the common folk regarding people. We know that higher echelons of power and nobles can have somwhat cynical stand against church, we know that everyone are afraid of witches and accepts concept of devil and demons, but we dont know much about what normal people actually think about church itself and its blatant powergrab.

  • mllhild

    “The Pope’s position was still vacant.” It should be “seat”, “throne”, “chair” or something like this. “position” sounds as if the pope is dead and they have yet to elect a new one.

    • Wrandral

      Very likely given how old popes usually are when they reach such a position of power ( also i think they said earlier that the current pope was pretty old and given it’s medieval time it’d be no surprise if he kicked the bucket off-screen )

    • KIZUKI

      Nah pope is dead. Got killed by a man in a white and red outfit with a beaked hood

      • GroovyPotato

        Saint Seiya anyone?

    • Nnelg

      “Location” would also be acceptable, in case the pope wouldn’t be sitting.

  • Om nerabdator

    nooo another church chapter 🙁

  • cbfarrar

    I hope the church has written me into their will, religion makes so much money

  • Aldrich Castillo

    Can anyone remind me where Kingdom of Eternal Winter is? Like who’s there?
    Searched for it, WOW came out hahahaha

  • Phalnix

    i feel for nightingale but ANNAAAAA FTWWWWWW

    • Gege

      I also feel for both of them…
      But BOTH OF THEM FTW. Lol

      • Neruz

        Sadly the story lacks a harem tag, so it seems likely Nightingale is doomed to be friend zoned.

        • Gege

          Yeah. Tragic Triangle Love? Lol

          • mllhild

            This could be solved so easily if Nightingale was a voyeur. two in the bed and one in the fog. o banzai for creepy stalkers /o/

          • Nahim Kerman

            I’d ratter “Bizarre Love Triangle”

            Kinda imagine Nightgale watching the HOT air balloon and muttering:

            (Nightgale): “Every time I see you falling…”
            “I get down on my knees and pray”
            “I’m waiting for that final moment ”
            “You say the words that I can’t say…”

        • Maxi King

          two isn’t exactly a harem… or is it?

        • john delacruz

          Is Roland getting a concubine considered a harem?

        • Wrandral

          Honestly the story is so good that i don’t really care about whether there will be a harem or not, what will happen will happen.
          Then again i suppose you can try scrying the raws for hints but that’d imply that you can read chinese ( in which case wtf are you doing here instead of helping the translators xD) or that you’re using … *shudder*…. Machine Translation.