RW Chapter 180

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Chapter 180 Population Statistics

Recently, Roland would always find himself in a cheerful mood.


Even while he was sitting alone in the office, he would occasionally be humming a ditty or two, immersed in the memories of his fantastic time inside the hot air balloon.


When Anna closed her eyes to kiss him, here appearance was just too cute. Every time he thought about it, he couldn’t stop himself from smiling. Furthermore, the most important point had been the meaning behind her words, and how she showed them afterward with her passion and affection.


The only thing he could do was to respond even more passionately to her.


So strongly that when they landed Roland felt like there was a dull pain from his lips.


Probably, I had been kissing her too long, so that she became short of breath and used her teeth in panic?


In any case, I haven’t experienced this kind of feelings in a long time.


When he came already near the end of his first quarter of life, those skills he’d learned from television dramas, and manhua finally came in handy, and the best part was that the object of his affection was the beautiful and moving Miss Anna. Roland finally felt that he had taken his first step to becoming a winner in life.


He opened the drawer and grasped blindly around it, wanting to chew some snacks to calm his joy, yet the result was that he only felt empty air – I clearly put the beef jerky in yesterday, ah.


Roland looked back at Nightingale who stood by the window, seeing that the latter was blowing the whistle and pretended to only be casually watching the scenery outside. He had deliberately replaced the dried fish, trying to prevent Nightingale from stealing, but who could have thought that this also wouldn’t stop her from taking the dried beef?


At this moment, the sound of footsteps could be heard coming from outside the door.


“Your Highness, Lord Barov requests to see you.”


“Let him in.”


Nightingale did not fade this time as she had always done before, she only pulled up her hood and took a place on the couch by the wall.


When the Assistant Minister opened the door and saw another person was also in the office he slightly raised his brow but soon resumed his normal appearance.


“Your Highness, this month’s demographic statistic has been completed.” Saying this he handed over a parchment to Roland.


“So fast?”


“With the Citizen Registration File, it has become much more convenient to count them,” the Assistant Minister explained laughingly. “Your previous decision to implement them was really wise.”


Oh, now you’ve turned into a bootlicker… Roland spread the scroll out in front of him; on it, Roland could see how many people inside of Border Town were engaged in which professions. They were sorted in categories so that one glance was enough to know all the relevant information.  Compared with his previous reports, which hadn’t even been separated into paragraphs, Barov’s ability has progressed by a significant margin.


The first line contained the group with the largest population, the serfs. Currently, they included a total of 3628 people (including their family members). The line underneath it read, “Remarks: 1500 serfs are now engaged in farming.”


“Your Royal Highness, don’t you think that the number of farmers are too small?” Barov pointed to first line and said, “According to Sirius Daly, from the Ministry of Agriculture, if we want to achieve a state where Border Town doesn’t need to import food any longer, he fears that we will have to double the amount of the recently added farmland and manpower, only in this way will we be able to satisfy the amount of grain that Border Town needs.


Hearing this name, Roland recalled the impression he had of Sirius, he should be a former knight who belonged to the Wolf Family. The 1500 men who were now engaged in farming were the first serfs who were sent to Border Town, all the subsequent batches Roland had transferred to the mine or to Karl’s construction team – but they also gotten the same assurance that as long as they worked hard enough, they would also be promoted to free people.


“I did not intend to produce enough grain to become self–sufficient by this year, and also, we currently have so much wheat stored in the castle warehouses, that it is enough to supply us for two or three months at least. And this year’s harvest of the new species of wheat won’t be the same as before.


“Not the same?” Barov got shocked by the unexpected revelation.


“When the moment comes, you will understand.” Roland smiled. After all, they had planted Leaves’ Golden Ones, the yield of each plant was at least three times higher than that of the old wheat plants. When it came time to harvest, it would surely serve as a shock. This was the reason why he didn’t want to put too many people into the area of agriculture. With the crops being changed by Leaves magic, in the future they would only need a small number of farmers to feed most of Border Town’s population. So with this in mind, as to save valuable human resources, he had placed a lot of the serfs into the industrial-development and the urban-construction fields.


Roland continued to look further down the list.


The second paragraph on the parchment was concerning the construction department, the following notes were divided into several groups, such like masons, bricklayer, mud craftsmen, carpenters, handyman and so forth. The total number that was engaged in this area was more than 1100 people, of which the vast majority were serfs who worked as handyman.


It was precisely because of these newly added people, that he was able to quickly build a batch of residential areas and factories – changing it to template buildings, mass production and routine process where all the important part needed to speed up the construction process. In Roland’s eyes, this degree of improvement was still not enough, but for the locals, it was already a completely different world.


The third paragraph was about the mining staff.


Similar to the construction industry above, the amount of Border Town’s local inhabitants were reduced to 25 people. They were mainly operating the steam engine, or were there to handle the registration of the ore and supervise the work. The remaining 1600 people were outsiders, it included mercenaries captured during the battle against Longsong Stronghold and all of the serfs sent in the rear.


“Recently there have been a few brawls in the mine,” Barov said, “mainly between the mercenaries and serfs, this is a concealed source of danger, Your Royal Highness. They are too many, once they start to make trouble, the twenty-five managers won’t be able to control them. I suggest that the First Army becomes responsible for guarding them.”


“Well …” Roland thought about it for a moment, “Alright, do it. For now, we don’t have enough manpower to set up a police force. I will speak with Iron Axe soon, fifty men from the firearms team should be sufficient.”


“What is a police…?”


“You can think of it as a kind of patroller, but the scope of their area is much larger. Basically, all the internal security will be done by them.”


During this era there was no separation between the inner and external force, because of this, they would permit the army to administer law and order. Furthermore, it was unlikely that it would turn into their own dark history. He had no intention of diverting his manpower to form a secondary force, considering he had his own huge enemy, the Church to look out for.


The fourth paragraph contained information about Border Town’s First Army.


After the end of the war against Longsong Stronghold, the achievements of the First Army sounded through the whole of the Western Territories, making them famous – three hundred people while only paying a minuscule price had overcome the 1500 man strong force of the Duke. Completely destroying any thought of resistance within the nobility of Longsong Stronghold.


After evaluating their merits and bestowing them with their rewards, Roland had doubled the size of the First Army, increasing it to the size of 600 people. Soon after the recruitment order was made public, the whole town’s square became packed with enthusiastically people who wanted to sign up. Roland still followed his old concept to select the member of the First Army. He chose the three hundred indigenous people, who had the best physical condition, and did not have a criminal record and let them join the First Army.


The rest was a summary of all kinds of technical personnel.


For example, the smelting and firing industry had substantially increased in the past month, from the initial no more than 20 people, they had risen to about 400 people. Thanks to the furnaces granted by the “furnace expert” Lesya, the North Slope Furnace Group could not only produce red brick but they could also fire cement and glass. At the same time, they had also erected three shaft furnaces. They were used to smelt the ore which had already pilled up n the yard. The produced ingots could afterward also be transported to the required areas.


As for education, chemistry, industry, animal husbandry, the people engaged within amounted to less than 50, so from a demographic point of view, Border Town still had a long way to go. But the fact that the original population of hunters and miners in Border Town could be changed into this within merely half a year, could be regarded as earth-shaking.


Today, the occupation of hunters had basically disappeared, from hunting for surviving it was now changed into a hobby. Excluding those people who became members of the First Army or joined the smelting industry, the current Border Town still had nearly a thousand individuals who were unemployed. While waiting for the literacy phase of the universal education finished. Roland decided to pull all of these people into the factory, and open up the prelude to the industrial era.

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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • trance peirce

    The power of GMOs.

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Hehe, Anna’s a nibbler 😛

  • Just a Potato

    Thanks for the chapter!
    I want moaaar!

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • mllhild

    The way the process of failure of transformation was described made it seem like all failures look very similar and the description was nothing that looked like blood clogging the veins of the Judge.

    Also the fluid given to the Judges did neither look nor behave like blood. (A sky blue liquid that is absorbed thru the skin)

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Gaspar

    I dont think so sadly he is infatuated with Anna, Its hard to think he will “cheat” on Her soo early in the relationship. (Sadly for Nightingale).

    BUT, you can do it Nightingale! She has to wait a little, struck when Roland is hurt or unwell and presto! (Who knows him better than Nightingale, time shared wisely)

    Besides, Anna can be Queen, but Nightingale can be a Consort (1?) Lastly, being a Lord/King, he needs to filler the ranks of Royalty have daugthers more likely, marry them off to great nobles, (allies or even enemy) to reduce resistance to historia ruleta and están allies and tiesto. This is of utmost importance to a new prince/ruler, especialista if he earns his place by the force of arms (Most probable way he will get the crown)

    But I have the sad pet theory that something Will happen to Nightingale first, and Will make Roland understand how much he catedral for Her.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J huhuhu someone's in cloud nine

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! It’s funny how they’re progressing so much faster than the rest of the world. Like they hit the Industrial Era when the rest are like Iron Age.

    • Stephen_H

      haha, I agree, this felt like playing Rise of Nation when you advanced an age before your opponent.

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • phyrigia

    okay.. any reason why nightingale didn’t hide herself from Barov? what if Barov realized the girl in cloak is a witch? or Barov already know nightingale? He didn’t / haven’t see her before right?

    • Danis

      Did you forget he already know

  • I think we need a glossary, it took me some seconds to remember who was Barov.

    • Danis

      He is the guy who take Care previous Roland minister something

  • MangoGuy

    Go for it!!

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Nightingale should confess already.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!!!

  • mllhild

    A work force of 6000 + the parts of their families that can’t work because they are too young, old, pregnant.

    So I should guess around 15.000 to 20.000 people considering that having a lot of children was normal and elderly people were rare. I’m assuming that children younger than 10 won’t be counted as work force since Roland estabilished the rules.

  • NaoSou


  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Oh, this release was a bit unexpected. It wasn’t release at your usual time. Either way, more release is always a good thing =D

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • lagat489

    i dkw but this romance BS is really irritating to the core! sigh….

  • MangoGuy

    that new disease maybe like plague?

    • mllhild

      But the plague would also work if you got a living infected. The strange thing is that it has to be on a corpse were the poison is applied to. Also he didn’t mention that the people would get sick, but that it would affect the surrounding population. Sounds like a chemical attack to me.

      • MangoGuy

        it might be something like a bio weapon for whom blood is the trigger.

        • But Roland is bad with biology, how’s he going to handle that? *scared*
          Our healing girl should be immune to disease though, right?

          • Neruz

            I’m with mllhild; sounds like a chemical weapon using something in corpses as a triggering catalyst. As it doesn’t work on the living directly that probably means the triggering catalyst is the gases produced from decay or similar.

            Given the sciencey route the story is taking I expect that its a real thing that exists and someone who is familiar with it would likely recognize it from that description.

            • DudeForDuke

              The thing is, for the same reason why cadavers themselves aren’t dangerous: your body produces the same gases (albeit in smaller quantities) as a decomposing cadaver. Mainly because the bacteria that breaks down and causes said decomposition also lives in your body (especially your gut) and produces theses gases which humans regularly release.

              So having it trigger from said gases, even if they knew how to do so (it’s not something easily done even today), would be a bad idea. It would easily be accidentally triggered.

              Plus, for it to manifest and grow from a dead body suggests it’s biological. Bacterial, to be specific.

              • Neruz

                Sure, but until you die those gases typically stay inside you until being released in a controlled manner, and I doubt the church tested if their weapon gets set off by farts. They likely have no clue what the actual mechanism involved is so they could be making some really wrong assumptions.

                They also specify rotten corpses, implying that fresh corpses might not work. Additionally they mention it having an effect on the surrounding population for a long time, but nothing about spreading further than that which it should do if it is a plague.

                If it is bacterial I’d think that the dust isn’t the actual bacteria then and is some sort of food (otherwise why does it need to be seeded on corpses?) Are there any bacteria likely to be found on a rotting corpse that could transform into a plague given the right motivation? Seems like it’s airborne too, though the airborne part could be what the dust mutates to allow an otherwise not very contagious bacteria to become extremely so.

                We’ll have to wait and see what happens when Roland encounters it.

                • DudeForDuke

                  “If it is bacterial I’d think that the dust isn’t the actual bacteria
                  then and is some sort of food (otherwise why does it need to be seeded
                  on corpses?)”

                  It could be the bacterial spores, which need a breeding ground of a certain type to multiply. Perhaps a decomposing cadaver which is going to be moist and warm is going to be a method of which it starts multiplying, where as a stomach wouldn’t.

                  Then again, it would suggest inhaling and getting it into your lungs would work too. It’s a bit of artistic license for how most bacteria work, but for it to multiply like that suggests it’s bacterial.

          • DudeForDuke

            Nana isn’t the one I’m interested in. She would almost certainly be able to heal it, but I’m more interested in Lily.

            Why? Because this is almost certainly a biological weapon. And most likely a bacterial one at that.

            …What’s Lily’s ability, again? She can sterilize and preserve food. Well, that might not sound like it has any connection… But what’s botulism? Hehe. A bacteria. One commonly found in improperly stored and preserved food, no less.

            My guess is that what Lily’s actually doing is controlling bacterial growth on food. If she can do that, doing so in a human body might be possible as well.

            • Hummu, makes sense. For the time being, Lily’s power is merely an alternative of a fridge, so I suppose author had that planned for her. Just like everyone else’s power evolving then take part in Roland’s grand plan.

            • Nnelg

              Technically, botulism is a form of posioning caused by chemical toxins _produced by_ bacteria… Which is why cooking spoiled food doesn’t prevent it.

              • DudeForDuke

                “Technically, botulism is a form of posioning caused by chemical toxins _produced by_ bacteria… Which is why cooking spoiled food doesn’t prevent it.”

                Which is why she has to be killing the actual bacteria it’s named after instead of just the toxin like if you cooked the food. Because if she didn’t, the bacteria could simply multiply in the intestines and propagate that way. For her magic to be effective, it has to kill the bacteria… because not only botulism-causing bacteria exist, but because that’s the only effective means of preventing botulism toxins.

                • Nnelg

                  “Which is why she has to be killing the actual bacteria it’s named after instead of just the toxin like if you cooked the food.”
                  What? That’s backwards. Cooking food kills bacteria (and parasites for that matter) but it can’t get rid of the botulinum toxin.

                  Fun fact: Botulinum is one of the most potent poisons known to man. Just one gram of it is enough to kill about 30 million men.

                  • DudeForDuke

                    “What? That’s backwards. Cooking food kills bacteria (and parasites for that matter) but it can’t get rid of the botulinum toxin.”

                    It’s the other way around for most strains. In fact, the temperatures required to kill many Clostridium Botulinum strains is in excess of cooking/boiling temperature/times and are more on par with sterilization procedures (eating most food that’s been pressure cooked at 250 degrees for 30+ minutes would be mush)… and some even breed under refrigeration.

                    “Destruction of spores of the proteolytic strains requires a more severe heat treatment but germination and growth of these spores may be prevented by keeping the product under refrigeration during its lifecycle. Destruction of spores of the non-proteolytic strains requires a less severe heat treatment, but these spores can germinate and produce toxin even under refrigerated storage conditions”

                    “C. botulinum
                    spores can be killed by heating to extreme
                    temperature (120 degrees Celsius) under pressure
                    using an autoclave or a pressure cooker at for at
                    least 30 minutes. The toxin itself can be killed
                    by boiling for 10 minutes.”

                    The spores are very, very resilient. After all, they reside in the soil. They survive freezing and scorching temperatures for years. It’s easier to sanitize the toxin rather than make absolutely sure all the bacteria and spores are dead.

                    • Nnelg

                      Huh, really? I guess that makes sense. It *did* seem strange that botulinum, being a protein, wouldn’t be denatured by heat…

                      Wait! It looks like I was _half_ right. While bolulinum is easily destroyed by heat, that is not true of all toxins of the same class. For instance, the equally-common Staphylococcus aureus is destroyed much more easily than the toxins it produces.

                      What I was thinking of, though, was really the waste products produced by bacteria. Various acids, aldehydes (including formaldehyde), and alchohols; also alkaloids, such as ‘putrescine’ and ‘cadaverine’. These are very simple compounds that can’t be denatured like proteins… Basically, you’d have to reduce the food to charcoal to get rid of them.

                    • DudeForDuke

                      It’s actually amazing what bacteria are capable of. They can become resilient to antibacterial medication, provide the means of fermentation and can live and breed in environments (like some thermophilic strains) nothing else can.

      • DudeForDuke

        …How is it chemical if it requires a decomposing cadaver to multiple and spread? Everything about that screams biological. Bacterial, most likely, since it’s utilizing said organic matter to breed and multiply. I mean, this is the same way that the Bubonic plague was weaponized, utilizing diseased and dead bodies.

  • Rico Sebastian

    THEY KISSING ??!?!?
    Since when roland and anna relationship become this close !!!

  • john delacruz

    Now we wait for sponsored chapters.

  • phyrigia

    So witch blood is dangeous for normal people? Didnt roland also get contact with that ashes blood? But it seems okay for him? Or it’s blood injection that’s dangerous?

    • Ragef33

      It’s probably something like how a person’s anti-bodies will attack foreign cells, and that’s why you need to be careful whose blood you inject into a patient. It seems like Witches have a stronger immune system, thus their antibodies are much deadlier?

      • Nnelg

        Or just that they can trigger magical rejection symptoms.

    • Wrandral

      Maybe Roland is special due to his reincarnated status ( i mean original Roland is dead coz of poison so he can’t be killed anymore? lol )
      Or he’s the first Male Witch and doesn’t know his power yet

      • Kuq Ku

        I dont understand how he is able to live though, his body should be ruined its a bit like if he fell on his head from a great height only to walk away from that with half his head caved in.

    • mllhild

      Only if it enters the body of the person. The fluid they used on the Judges during the transformation was altered so that it could be absorbed thru their skin, pure blood can’t do that.

      Your chance of a blood injection going wrong because of blood type is around 58% if all blood types had equal frequency.

      Also contact with other fluids seem save as well since noble get witches as playthings and don’t die from this,(the nobles at least)

    • Roland will have to pay attention on their first night.

      • Deman Bloodx

        Roland invents condoms!

        • I’m guessing condom (made of animal’s intestines) haven’t been around in medieval era (this new world seems similar to Earth around medieval era)?

  • Neruz

    Well that turned out to be disappointingly mundane; witch blood + strange rocks = superhuman soldier.

    Odd that it apparently hasn’t occurred to them to harvest blood without killing the witch in the process, considering how important it is.

    • Rando

      Perhaps. They may have already tried it, though, considering how many attempts they’ve apparently made. I mean, considering that these witches have been raised by them and seem to follow them unquestioningly, a little bloodletting seems inconsequential to being ritually sacrificed.

      Considering, though, that the witch has to be killed near the judges being converted and only 2 at the time, there may be some sort of significance to killing the witch. Otherwise, it’s a colossal waste, as you say.

      • Neruz

        I think the witch needing to be killed there is probably just because blood ‘spoils’ quickly, also I just remembered they have no concept of disease or cleanliness so without a healing witch on hand any attempts to draw blood without killing the ‘donor’ would likely just result in infection and death.
        Still. Maybe it will make more sense ifwhen we find out what exactly the magic rocks are and what is going on with witches in the future.

        • mllhild

          Humans are more resistant than you think. Especially Witches are even more resistant, so as long as she has plenty of food she should be strong enough to resist a bacterial infection most times.

          • Wrandral

            I don’t think most witches would be happy with getting bled to the point of near death regularly without trying to escape or just suicide. I get that those witches are indoctrinated but i don’t think this would hold after multiple ceremony for most of the witches.
            Better safe than sorry and kill the witch by draining her dry while she’s totally compliant.

            A good thing they don’t have fridges and such or they’d cull the witches in one fell swoop

            • mllhild

              Not much a girl can do if you put her in a cell an put some GSoP around it. You can always force feed them and keep them bound so they can’t throw up.

            • Neruz

              The witches are drugged into insensibility for the process though so they wouldn’t even really know what happened.

          • Neruz

            Depends, I know that a lot of early medical experiments with blood were hampered by severe infection issues. Sure if the Church treated them like real people and looked after them they’d probably be alright, but you can probably already see the problem.

    • Ragef33

      They likely don’t have proper means to preserve blood. And they won’t for a couple hundred years. Might be better to use a little bit of blood from multiple witches tho.

      • mllhild

        First, we are assuming that the witch died because of “turned into a sacrifice”.

        Mixing the blood of several witches will lead to problems since they have no idea of blood types. So if you mix the wrong blood types you will lose the blood.

        Probably they need a certain amount of blood for a conversion. If that amount is above the limit a single witch can give without dying then they will end up always killing the witch. So its more efficient to drain her to the last drop. Which raises the question why they don’t hang the Witch head down and slice her jugular to extract ALL blood. Probably the blood mustn’t come in contact with air before it is mixed with the GSoP.

        • Wrandral

          I think the reason they don’t cut the witch’s throat and let her bleed like a chicken is to not affect negatively the ceremony, i mean the way they currently bleed them is tame since there’s not much pain involved and they lose consciousness fast due to lack of blood but if you do it the chicken way she’ll make gargling noises and even panic which might screw up the chances for the guys to absorb the potion. I don’t think anyone would be able to stay calm hearing the kind of sounds this makes when they can’t see, myself i’d imagine they’re killing the guy next to me and panic.

          • Michael Renner

            the witches are unconscious during the ceremony.

            • Wrandral

              i’d think that even unconscious a person getting their throat slit while suspended by the feet would make pretty disturbing noises…. well at least for a few seconds

              • mllhild

                No one of the judges is gonna care for the witch and the judges during the transformation are crying, screaming anyway from the pain. Really, what a bunch of sissys. And they call themselves the best and most loyal warriors of the church? The poor girls go thru this every year, often for several days and these Judges don’t even manage to hold out for a few minutes?

                • Neruz

                  Humans don’t even like watching cattle die slowly and painfully, even with all their prejudice subconsciously they should recognize the witches as close enough to human that watching them suffer pointlessly would make them uncomfortable.
                  Especially as they’re doing dozens of conversions all at once, making it more clinical and less screamy reduces the stress involved in performing the process.

                  • mllhild

                    Just that their respected friends are screaming quite a lot. And no, you are for getting that in the middle ages killing animal was daily life. There was no butcher shop. It was in fact a festival when the animals were butchered in mass to prepare smoked flesh for the winter.

                    Also these Judges are soldiers trained and tested in combat. They musn’t bat an eye when killing a witch corrupted by the devil.

                    • Neruz

                      Even in the middle ages people still killed animals as cleanly and neatly as possible. No-one likes hearing death screams (with the occasional nasty exception), with time and experience you can get used to and become inured to such things but that doesn’t mean you like it or that it doesn’t affect you.

                      There is also a great difference between killing someone in battle when you are hyped up on adrenaline, and killing them in cold blood. I’m also not talking about the judges undergoing the transformation suffering stress; I’m talking about the -pope- overseeing the process. The Judges are too busy having their flesh burned off to give the slightest shit about the dying witch.

                      If the pope had to watch dozens of young women scream and convulse to death while he drained their blood from them, becoming unhinged would be pretty much inevitable. By drugging the witch and doing it quietly it allows the pope to retain the pretense that the witch isn’t a real person, which is important because if the pope ever accepts that witches are real people then his entire world view collapses.

                      The process already involves enough screaming and stress, no need to make it worse without good reason.

                • Wrandral

                  the thing is they don’t know what’s happening since they’re blindfolded, for all they know they could be the one being bled in order to prepare the mixture

        • MOHLT

          Indeed, assuming, but church wouldn’t need so many witches otherwise, I think. Church could just keep few and use more powerful blood each year…

    • Kuq Ku

      I was gonna post something similar till I read your post 😛

      Blood transfusions, why dont they just do that? why must they bleed them completely like that? they could have x number of witches giving a portion of their blood without killing them, its strange why they never went that route, of course they might never have thought to use that method since its not something they can imagine. But our dearest Roland can.