RW Chapter 181

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Chapter 181 Soraya’s paintings

After Barov left, Roland went to the drawer and put the statistics into it. Looking back at Nightingale, he wanted to ask her what had happened with her but after hesitating for a moment, he ultimately wasn’t able to.


He already had a vague answer within his heart, but saying something like that was too embarrassing, and even if he guessed wrong it might even be even more embarrassing. So in the end, Roland swallowed his question and said instead: “Now with this done, let’s go to the North Slope Mine.”


“Do you want to go and see what changes Soraya’s new ability could make?” Although Nightingales behavior has become somewhat strange, her attitude was still the same as before, with a smile, she took off her hood and said, “Let’s go.”


Perhaps I’m just thinking too much into this, Roland thought, as he looked at the witch who quickly came to his side.


The ride on the hot air balloon on the other day had influenced far more than only one or two people.


He never imagined that Soraya would become the second witch who gave birth to a fundamental change of her ability.


In fact, even she wasn’t aware of the change.


Roland had only been present by chance when her talent appeared.


Since the hot air balloon was a gift for Anna, it had been placed in the castle courtyard. Whenever someone wanted to see the landscape from high up, they had to call for Anna and Lightning. But the day before when it began to rain, Roland suddenly remembered that the out of rattan weaved basket would become soft when immersed in water, and even if it later got dried it would still lose its toughness, thinking of this he wanted to take it back into the castle.


He had intended to let the servants do it but he then had second thoughts about doing so, whatever the outcome, the hot air balloon was his present to Anna, and the ropes and airbag were parts that could also be easily damaged, so he decided to personally bring it back to the castle. After he had called Hummingbird over and came to the vestibule, he got surprised by what he saw.


The whole basket had a pattern painted on it – it was covered by a bird’s-eye view of the scenery of Border Town. But unlike her previous photo-like paintings, her paintings unexpectedly looked like they would immediately stand up and come to life. And it also seems that the raindrops here couldn’t fall on Roland either. When he took a closer look, he discovered that her paintings had for the first time gotten a “thickness” to it.


It wasn’t strange that a picture had thickness. Theoretically, every real picture should have had a thickness – because the pigment itself had a thickness. In paintings, this thickness could even be put to use. By using brushes, strokes or scrapers it was possible to create rough textures, and through a variation of layers the realism itself could be increased, enhancing the expressive power of the painting.


But Soraya’s paintings were different, her paintings weren’t drawn with a brush and paint, but directly by using her magic.


Therefore, that she was able to create this thickness by shaping her magic was especially surprising.


He remembered that when he had softly touched those sticking out woods with his hands, it had really felt like he was scratching over branches and green leaves, it wasn’t the case that they were hard and solid, but rather soft like gum. And when he touched the ground, the tactile sensation was very robust, as if he had actually touched a stone.


Simply amazing.


As well as that those raindrops flowing down along the drawn landscape were unable to soak the slightest bit into the rattan.


Back in the castle, he immediately called for Soraya to come over, and then Nightingale also confirmed this point. When she observed Soraya from within her fog, the magic in Soraya’s body also wasn’t the same as before. Previously it was a golden whirlpool, but now it had condensed into a rotating… ribbon.




When they stepped into the military factoring compound, Anna approached and welcomed them laughingly, while giving Roland a big hug.


Since they had deepened their relationship, the intimacy she showed him had become significantly more. Roland rubbed her head in a good mood, and the silver clip stuck to her hair flashed within the sunlight.


But in the corner of the eye, initially Soraya had also intended to come over to greet him, but now she stood at her original place not knowing what to do, in the end, she began to blush and turned away, putting on an, I see nothing appearance.


“Cough,” Nightingale took Soraya’s hand and pulled her to the table, and asked deliberately, “Did you draw this?”


Roland smiled and shook his head, letting go of Anna and went over with her.


Only seeing that the whole table was covered with the demanded pictures, the paintings were exactly what you could see in the yard, the only difference between the paintings were the thickness, some of them were only about a millimeter higher than the paper, while some came close to three centimeters – this was exactly the training concept Roland had arranged for her this morning, testing how far it was possible for her to thicken her magic “paint”.


“Is this the thickest one?” Roland touched with his fingers a nearly three centimeters thick picture. The enchanted blue sky, that part of the picture was soft as if it has no texture in general, but when he slid his finger down to the yard’s wall, he immediately felt a sand-like friction.


It seemed to be exactly as he had expected, after the evolution of her magic pen, the pictures drawn by her were not only in line with the shape and color of the original, even the tactile sensation came close to the original object.


“It can also become thicker, but increasing the thickness, even more, the magical consumption becomes very large,” Soraya pointed at a brown protrusion on the table, “I wanted to draw the tree trunk outside of the wall, but I had barely drawn the basics of the tree trunk before I had already spent half of my magic power.


“This is your painting?” Roland reached with his hand for a ten centimeters thick painting, “I thought it was really a bark.”


That being said, however, its connection to the table was exceptional firm, the Prince used his hand to grab the tree bark and tried to pick it up until his two feet had left the ground, but even with this he was unable to separate the bark from the tree.


Seeing this, Nightingale drew a knife, yet even after a long time she was still only able to cut a small hole at the bottom. “This thing seems to have been embedded into the table.”


In the end, it could only be cut by Anna, she changed her black fire into a thin thread and swept it over the table. Afterward, the pigments began to emit white smoke and then it dropped off. The cut was smooth but not glossy. Instead it had several black scorched marks on it. Roland picked the fallen pigments up, and when he held it in his hand he discovered that it was far lighter than he had imagined.


“Why did you suddenly want to change your style… No, I mean, how do you decide to add thickness to your painting?” Roland asked.


“I think it was probably because I had seen this kind of scenery for the first time,” Soraya stated her memories. “When I was high up in the air and looking down on the earth, I felt, that the paintings I had made before – which you had said to be almost comparable to the real scene and had called a “photo”, was in fact not accurate. Especially when I used the basket to portray the scenery, and also when I had come down I thought even more in this way.”


She paused, then continued slowly, “The tops of the trees are pointed, and the wind always blows through them carefreely. The mountains are high and low, resembling the ups and downs of a chest. And the river is embedded in the earth, the ships on top of it are pushing their way through. This was the scenery I had seen and not the extremely thin painting.


So I had wanted that my picture would become more like reality. I wanted it to stand up, just like this magnificent scenery. But even after several tries I failed to succeed… during a moment of frustration, I suddenly remembered what you had said about those balls.”


“Balls?” Rolland raised his eyebrows questionably.


“Well,” she nodded shyly, “that was at least what you had taught us. I thought that everything was made out of those small balls, then shouldn’t the pattern I drew also be the same? I made a few more attempts and imagined that the pattern illustrated by my magic pen were made out of colorful balls, all stacked to each other, and together formed a whole block of color. Then… the screen suddenly wriggled up, the green woods grew upwards, the dark blue river sunk, finally turning into the pattern you normally see. At that time, these changes shocked both Anna and me. If you hadn’t mentioned it, I would never have realized that my magic had evolved.”


“So, it was like this.”


“But compared to Anna’s black fire, with the exception that after the evolution my paintings seems to be more vivid, it seems it doesn’t have any other useful effect.” Soraya spat out.


“No … why?” Roland shook his head. “In my eyes, they are not just simple paintings.”


It would be a waste if she only used this ability for painting. He remembered the scene where the rain had slid over the surface of the basket but was still unable to immerse into one of the scenes – rather than a painting it was a kind of “coating” magic.

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  • IMM

    ” she smiled shyly”

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Piedpiper1

    so basically she could create a fleshlight when she she can make the thickness more,just start selling picture of woman,that would make massive amounts of money because the pictures will feel like women

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! They can make boats of wood and have her coat it with a painting of steel right? Then the material should be just as hard, but still light as wood.

  • Just a Potato

    You’re a wizard harry.

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Akabanenabaka

    Time for Roland to teach Soraya about camouflage. I can imagine all Roland’s troops fitted with all camouflage gear, that would really throw the church for a loop.

    • fahmi hasan

      Yep, soraya’s camouflage become a thing when Timothy attack.
      Not camo gear, though but camo artillery hole /bunker

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter. This seems more like 3D printing.

  • MangoGuy

    AIIYA!! so their relationship is confirmed?

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    I’m thinking more in line with waterproofing, fire resistant, Teflon and other type of chemical coatings

  • biohazard

    Soraya evolution ———-> printer 3d

    • Deman Bloodx

      printing press <—- previous job

  • Angel

    maybe he can paint a real monster and make the Paint monster attacked, similar to Sai from Naruto IoI ahahaha 😀

    thx for the chapter ^^

    • nerd_o

      that actually sounds plausible

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Diggydawg

    so he’s thinking waterproof camo here i guess…

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Psychronia

    Hehe. I really love it when Roland shows the witches a value in their abilities they hadn’t even imagined.

  • Kuq Ku

    I was thinking hololens lol or maybe like the holodeck on star trek

  • Neruz

    Huh, so her ability is some kind of hydrophobic coating that can mimic tactile sensations of other things. That is potentially extremely useful.

  • NaoSou


    • Wrandral

      No Mike don’t do it

  • Santa Yindeewong

    New picture on novel update. Nice.

  • phyrigia

    and so …. I hope Nightingale won’t become jealous person and backstab roland. nooo….. Or she feels that because she always goes hiding in darkness, she feels like her presences is being ignored? That’s way she wanted to show her presences? I wonder if Nightingale action today will bring Barov into afraid/suspicion toward Roland?

  • eers

    are spoilers banned here? kinda wanna talk bout the latest raws if anyone read them, in one word so cute! <3

    • mllhild

      yes, they are

    • john delacruz

      How about in roundabout way?

    • ylchow

      Sorry, but please don’t put any spoilers here, some of us readers actually enjoy the guesswork and anticipation of the next chapter.

      • fahmi hasan

        It doesn’t seem that there are any clear law about spoiler

        • Roxerer

          Spoilers are banned and I already wrote it many times in the comments and I also put under the chapters as TN. So please don’t post spoilers, the comments will get deleted anyway.

          • fahmi hasan

            I see
            Then please put that spoiler rule somewhere easy to read, like in the novel pages. Since I can’t find it anywhere (except the comments page, since I don’t read everything there)
            Just delete my comment if it’s a spoiler

          • fahmi hasan

            And sorry for posting some spoiler

    • fahmi hasan

      I do read latest raw chap, machine translated though

  • DudeForDuke

    Wait, how did the hot air balloon trigger Soraya’s ability evolution? This isn’t even the first time Soraya has flown in the air, either. Back in Chapter 165, she and Lightning flew together to do mapping. So it was something else other than flight? That’s puzzling…

    As for her new ability, her drawings coming to life is far too OP for that to be likely. So maybe she can actually influence something other than 2D drawing? Something like not needing paper? If she could just deposit ink and draw from nothingness, THAT would actually be pretty cool and useful. Reminds me of something like this:

    • DennMael

      Maybe the basket is more stable giving her a ‘calmer’ state of mind while drawing, as opposed to Lightning holding her in the full nelson while Soraya tries to sketch?

      I don’t see why she couldn’t draw 3d objects, but I’m hoping she can draw on two paintings at once, like have her in a balloon, resketching battle lines which change the strategic map in the war room.

    • Wrandral
    • Balanite

      Soraya didn’t fly. Lighting flew without her and jotted notes for Soraya to draw afterwards.

      • DudeForDuke

        Nope, they did.

        Chapter 165:
        “Flying together with Soraya, her flying height was significantly
        reduced, making it awfully difficult to fly over the forest. So she
        would first paint a rough outline of the topography, and later with
        Soraya, they would draw a more exact picture. By using her magic pen,
        the map would look like a view from up in the air, every detail
        seemingly totally lifelike.”

        • Deman Bloodx

          Don’t forget back then they didn’t have science education from Roland.

          • DudeForDuke

            No, they’ve been having classes far longer than that. I can’t remember which chapter, specifically, but a quick Google search for volaretranslations shows that Mystery Moon and some of the other girls were talking about Roland’s classes all the way back in chapter 141.

            • Jason

              Its simple. Soraya Learned a new ability by watching the balloon. Gas heated and expanded, filling the balloon. Making her visualize particle movement after seeing evidence of it. This thought occurred as she was painting, thus forcing the change of her power.

            • Deman Bloodx

              Does that meant they were teaching the same material back then? Also, sometimes, it takes awhile (if lucky) until the light bulb lit up. Since the materials being taught are so outworldly new, wouldn’t the first few times be met with disbelief and greek? Even if she has been in the sky with Lightning before, maybe the last time she finally thought about it in the hot air balloon. The previous times her head could be fill with “much draw the landscape as fast as possible before Lightning become tire and go home.” while in the hot air balloon, she has time to ponder the meaning of the universe.

              Yes, I am giving excuses.

    • Easykill

      Sounds like ability evolution is pretty reliant on comprehension, so it could just be that she was just able to be more relaxed and think about things while secure in the basket. Also, I’m too lazy to check, but I think the hot air balloon can fly higher than lightning can when carrying a person?

      And yeah, “Model” makes sense as an evolution of “Painting”.

    • shorty

      My guess is the height difference. If I remember correctly, lightning can’t fly very high carrying another person, whereas the hot air balloon doesn’t have that problem… So it’s a matter of seeing from maybe the second story of a building, and seeing from the top of a skyscraper.

  • Rico Sebastian

    (Teaser) soraya abilities upgrade !!! I hope her abilities can make it all her painting alive 😀

  • MangoGuy

    Maybe she can do videos

    • DudeForDuke

      Hey, that’s actually a pretty cool idea. Something like Scroll’s book producing ability combined with her drawing ability to make something like a flip animation book.

      • Atamahead027

        wow. they can start their own Daily Prophet

      • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

        Make me think of newspaper in harry potter~~~~~

    • Santa Yindeewong

      They can do alot with video.

      • Stupidity

        i was thinking….. intercourses… for the masses.. for educational purposes.. and extra incomes

        • Santa Yindeewong

          Bright mind think alike.

        • MangoGuy

          very important to control diseases..lets go for it!! no other intentions!!

    • madstack

      It probably won’t happen. It’s more likely that her ability is some form of conjuring, while painting comes from her own talents. IMO.

    • amp323

      I was thinking more like a 3D printer? Or she could make 3D images and also make mockups of the town and sceneries of the world 😛 Something akin to this without the lights.

  • Puru.The.Great

    I wonder if her ability evolves like everyone is speculating here. That would surely be interesting.

  • mllhild

    Soraya was the witch with the paint ability….balloon ride…bird view…..mine….
    a mapping function? – its not the first time she flew(she went with Lightning for the mapping)
    multi layer coating for the furnaces? – she should have know multy layer material from clothing before
    luminecent paint? – the river reflecting the light seems like far fetched as a cause
    no idea
    3D printing….I give up and just will wait for later today

  • Yuki Tachibana

    he’s like a dense protagonist that isn’t actually that dense since he can kinda guess…

    • He is the kind of protagonist who undervalues himself, imo. He could vaguely guess, but he wasn’t confident that the answer would be that, so he was quick to change answer (he immediately thought that he was perhaps just thinking too much about it after seeing Nightingale smile – those who aren’t undervaluing themselves should have not think that way so fast, imo).

      • Anna is damn straightforward, so they’re quick to hit it off.

        • phyrigia

          i think Anna probably noticed Nightingale feeling and acted quick…

      • DennMael

        I’d like to give Roland ‘some’ credit here. Either way, bringing his guess up will lead to he and his yandere/stalker assassin/bodyguard having an awkward moment with nothing accomplished. Unfortunately hers will have to remain unrequited love. NU hasn’t given this a ‘harem’ or ‘polygamy’ tag, so unless things don’t work out with Anna, Nightingale has no chance.

        • DudeForDuke

          Makes you wonder how if she had been the first witch how things would have turned out…

          Or maybe Anna is open to menage a trois. One can hope…

          • Easykill

            Well she has to be OK with at least physical relationships with another woman if she hopes he’ll have children… What’s one more? Especially when the other woman is a close sister.

      • Psychronia

        I mean, let’s put ourselves in his shoes. Let’s say you work with a bunch of beautiful women, and have an obvious-not-currently-undefined relationship with one of them. How are you supposed to treat the other close coworker who has signa of being into you?

        You’re going to turn her downIif that’s the case, and you’d only be bringing it up to shoot her down. That’d be pretty damn embarassing if you were misunderstanding, and unavoidably painful if you’re not.

        I’m just hoping Roland has enough experience in his old life to deal with the matter wisely.

        • Yuki Tachibana

          this is why I don’t like OTP’s much, it just sucks, especially when the novel is OTP but the MC actually loves more than 1 woman, forcing him to choose.

          • What’s OTP?

            • DudeForDuke

              In this context, “One True Pairing” I think?

        • I don’t think he had much experience in his previous life imo