RW Chapter 182

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Chapter 182 Shaft furnaces

As long as the object’s surface was covered and formed a definite contiguous skin, it could be called a coating. The coating itself could be gaseous, liquid or solid, with all sorts of different applications to them. From the initial beautiful decoration, and later enforcing the durability of the object, all of these things could be considered as coatings.

 

Afterward, Roland launched a series of tests at the substances.

 

He became extremely pleased by the test results, its concept could be roughly summarized with the phrase: “The more energy her paintings consumed, and the longer she drew, the better they would become.” Her previous pictures were already hard to completely erase, as long as their medium wasn’t also destroyed, and now, after her ability had evolved, this characteristic would become even stronger in the future.

 

Firstly, there was the high adhesive force and the light mass of these “pigments”. While on top they showed some of the physical characteristics of the object – it could also change its flexibility according to the depicted object. Things such as painted clouds or skies, would be as soft as cotton candy, while still having a high resistance towards stretching and cutting. But when replaced with something made out of iron ingot, glass or material of a similar nature, it then became hard and brittle, and could be directly smashed with a hammer. In other words, due to its limited mass, its performance regarding flexibility was far superior to its display of rigidity, which was consistent with Soraya’s understanding of how the pigments worked.

 

Secondly, regardless of which characteristics were shown, its chemical properties remained very stable. Not only didn’t it react with dilute of sulfuric acid or dilute of nitric acid, but it also repelled water and oil.

 

When Roland filled a coated paper box with water, the thin bottom of the box didn’t show any marks of any water seepage. After pouring water into it, the clear liquid beads rolled in the box like dew on a lotus leaf. And when he touched the bottom with his finger he confirmed that even then it still remained dry.

 

For the high temperature resistance test, Anna went to the paper box and dropped some molten iron into it, the paper as supporter caught fire immediately, the coating itself however, except for stretching a bit didn’t change much. Only when Anna used her black flame to directly burn the coating, did it begin to deform and melt, emitting a white smoke until it finally turned into a mass of black jelly.

 

The fact that the coating also had an insulating effect totally excited Roland. After all, coated copper wires could be used the same way as enameled wire, which he had already proven by building a simple DC motor in the yard.

 

At this point, Roland had completely understood the capacity of Soraya’s new ability.

 

Unlike Anna’s black flame which entirely different from her previous green fire, Soraya’s new ability was more like an evolution of her previous painting skill. She could now draw a realistic “oil painting”, or she can also just draw her “photo” like the pictures from before. Her abilities could also be used in parallel, it only depended on what she had in mind to make.

 

Also when she drew a picture and if the thickness of the coating was kept under one centimeter, Soraya could draw several hours without needing to stop. But when she drew with a thickness of at least three centimeters, her magic consumption would also rapidly increase , and at a depth of ten centimeters, she hit a threshold, almost immediately exhausting her magic with only one or two strokes. Of course, from another perspective, this was also the most efficient way in which to counter the demonic bite.

 

Also, after the evolution, her magic still belonged to the category of summoning, and as long as it came within the suppressive range of a God’s Stone of Retaliation, her magical pen would also suddenly disappear, making it impossible for Soraya to draw a new pattern. However, the already drawn coating wasn’t affected by a God’s Stone of Retaliation. Under Nightingales observation, they had discovered that when Soraya’s paintings were drawn, they no longer contained any trace of magic to them – in other words, the material created by her magic pen became a real existence.

 

As for how to use the coating… there were too many possibilities. Soraya herself had never imagined how much of a change her new ability would bring to the town. For Roland, her new ability meant that he could quickly get some coated water pipes which were totally rust-proof, and large bundles of enameled wire, even bricks would become usable at high temperature. He suddenly saw the light, for his original seemingly three out of reach engineering projects (tap-water system, electricity, and access to roads).

 

At the same time, this also reminded him of the point made that: Personal experience was far more profound than reading axioms from books.

 

If he could get the witches to see the world in its sub-atomic state, and get them to accept the particle theory, would it lead to a new round of evolutions? Such as… letting them even observe micro-organism under a microscope.

 

Roland felt that it was necessary to try it at least try it.

 

*

 

North Slope, the furnace area.

 

“Blow! Let the fire burn even hotter!” Lesya shouted.

 

Although it was impossible to directly see the scene inside of the shaft furnace, with the three carts full of charcoal, the stones should already have turned red from the heat by now.

 

When he was invited to the town by a letter from van Bate, he thought that the town was only a desolate and barren land, and if it hadn’t been written that he could start a new life here as a mason, he would never have run to the kingdom’s border to resume his old trade.

 

By temporarily leaving his family behind and taking only his own luggage, he had already prepared himself for a life lived inside of tents while only have porridge to eat. Having nobody in charge and also not getting any payment, were problems often encountered within the construction business.

 

Lesya hadn’t intended to stay for a very long time inside Border Town, as long as he could see Karl, his longtime friend, and see how he was faring with his life here in exile, he would be satisfied.

 

But reality was always different than you expected.

 

When he had reach Border Town by boat, he saw Karl was already waiting for him at the dock. Previously, van Bate had been a distinguished mason in King’s City and was even a powerful contender for becoming the next leader of the guild. When he compared him with his former appearance, Lesya saw that his temples had turned white and his face had a few more wrinkles to it, but his body wasn’t thin. Instead he was very sturdy, his face even burned full of spirit.

 

After they had exchanged their greeting, Karl didn’t take him to a noisy and messy site, but unexpectedly led him to an apparently new residential building. Where he handed him his keys with the words: “This house is yours. Put your luggage away first and then we can go to the pub and have a drink.”

 

… And then in the pub, out of Karl’s mouth Lesya heard a series of incredible stories.

 

Karl, with his status as a civilian was recruited by Lord into working at the city hall, not only becoming an official with a fixed monthly salary, but also the construction-sector executive!

 

“If you stay, you will also receive the possibility of entering the city hall!”

 

“Provided with free housing!”

 

“After ten years of work, you also get a retirement allowance! Are you asking yourself what the benefit of a retirement allowance is? It means that you will get money without even having to work!”

 

Lesya had thought that Karl was just drunk and speaking nonsense, so the results afterwards weren’t as he had expected… Karl was speaking the truth.

 

“Open the slag discharge port, clear the slag!”

 

After the work was done, none of the problems envisioned by Lesya had appeared. On top of that, not only did they immediately get their money from the Lord, but the Lord also reacted exceptionally fast. Whenever they had a request, they would always get their answer on the following day. Plus, this was also the place they produced an alchemical product called cement, with it, he could easily bond bricks, allowing the construction process to advance by leaps and bounds, here he could experienced a kind of unprecedented carefree feeling,  like never before.

 

Just within a month, Lesya had already built five blast furnaces, and three additional shaft furnaces for iron smelting.

 

The shaft furnace was the result of his hard thinking during the years after the disbandment of the mason guild. It was the product made using all of his gathered experience, he had already thought that he could only pass it on as a blueprint, never would he have dared to believe that he would one day see it erected before his very eyes.

 

The modified shaft furnace was nearly two meters high and had an internal diameter of about 75 cm. The lower parts of the furnace’s body was provided with a number of air nozzles, which could be used for drawing in air by using bellows and ventilation, leaving the bottom for the slag discharging port and the leaving port for the molten iron. Next to the shaft furnace they had erected a ramp made out of sand and gravel, making it convenient for them to feed, and also to observe the situation within the furnace.

 

Today was the first day where the shaft furnace would be put into use. According to the usual practice, before it was officially opened, it had to undergo a smelting test.

 

During the trial they had intermittently opened the slag discharging port more than ten times, and had also added new charcoal two times, coming to the conclusion that the furnace had passed its inspection – the molten iron was now flowing into its sink.

 

The slag mouth opened smoothly, and the temperature had met the high temperature needed for smelting iron, so there was no need to continue wasting charcoal. After all, to reduce loss, during the furnace test they had used the waste ore they had collected in the corner of the yard.

 

After opening the iron discharging port and letting the molten flow out, Lesya announced the furnace shutdown.

 

 

Two days later, when the furnace chamber was cleaned up by townsfolk they also excavated several pieces of dark stone. Under the high-temperature baking, the other wastes had been discharged several times, only these pieces of ore were left, after they were thrown in they almost hadn’t changed at all, only their surface had become more bright, just like black ink.

 

Lesya could also not determine what this black ore was, he only knew that it was a waste product of the mining process. Yet its shape and appearance were really pleasing to the eye, not resembling anything useless. But if it was useful and they were unable to melt it, how should they create artifacts from it? Unable to come to a conclusion of his own, he straightforward picked out a block of the most preserved ore, covered it with a cloth and sent a man to the castle to give it to Roland Wimbledon, the Lord of Border Town.

 

Perhaps the well taught Lord will know the answer.


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J oh oh 3D printing wow

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Jourmungand

    The sentence, “Plus, this was also the place they produced an alchemical product called cement, with it, he could easily bond bricks, allowing the construction process to advance by leaps and bounds, here he could experienced a kind of unprecedented carefree feeling, like never before.”, is really weird. especially the last part. It should probably be something like ,”here he could experience an unprecedented carefree feeling.” Like never before and unprecedented mean essentially the same thing. It could also be “here he could experience a carefree feeling like never before.”
    P.S – Love the translation.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    These sort of chapters are so much more “enjoyable” to read compared to the revolting church focused ones

  • Neruz

    What on earth would a gaseous coating look like?

    Oh wait, an atmosphere. Duh.

  • Just a Potato

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Witches have a place in society outside of persecution and “use” by the Church in Roland’s view of the world. They could very much be a cornerstone of development for the people, inspiring others to recreate the results of magic with the physical world. The two “factions” could build off one another to the benefit of both! Yay progress!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Kuq Ku

    What did they find! was it a magic slag! molten magic stone! is that the same stuff found earlier in the minecart chapter?

    We know what the God stone looks like at least that type, so dont think its that but what could it be! I dont know why Im getting so pumped to find out I was wanting to know what that was since Minecart chapter!

    I cant imagine what it is, I was hoping it would be something amazing. Out of interest why are they still using Charcoal? not found coal?

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Its all development stuff but super interesting. Being an mechanical engineer and reading the the old technology evolution is very exciting. We never had historical and process-wise study. So this way I actually learned a bit more and can relate the things I painstakingly studied more vividly. I thank the author for this wonderful work and the translation team for making this available in such a fantastically understandable translation.

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Herloct

    Maybe she could do sugar coating too

  • Nnelg

    You know which witch would be most likely to evolve from seeing cells in a microscope? Leaves. The term ‘cell’ was even coined when looking at plant cells.

    As for the ore, it’s probably either Wolframite (Tungsten ore) or Pitchblende (Uranium ore). Both would normally be useless prior to WWII-level tech, but Anna might be able to do something with Tungsten… Not that I can think of anything good. It’s just too heavy to be practical. As for Uranium, it’s just too dangerous for untrained people to experiment with, unless you want to follow the footsteps of Madam Curie.

    • Sunbro

      I remember the fine metal wire that produced the light in light bulbs was made of tungsten. So we might be seeing something like street lights soon

      • Nnelg

        Only if Wendy’s magic evolution allows her to create a vaccum. Otherwise, don’t expect it to last more than a few hours…

        Actually, I’m pretty skeptical about Roland’s ability to make public street lighting in the near future. After all, it took Edison years to get right. There’s a careful balance to be struck… If the filiment is too thick, it’ll overheat and melt. Yes, even Tungsten.

    • Psychronia

      If weight is the issue with Tungsten, then Hummingbird could probably do something with it. If not, then probably pass it on to Ashes in weapon form if she becomes an ally in the future.

    • Neruz

      It sounds like wolframite to me, I wouldn’t expect to see pitchblende purely because I can’t think of any possible way Roland could make use of uranium right now even with witches. (He’s a fair way away from starting his own Manhatten Project just yet.) Wolframite on the other hand should be refinable into tungsten with Anna’s black flame.

      Tungsten would also be extremely useful to Roland right now; as sunbro mentioned it makes good lightbulb filaments, but the primary use for tungsten is to alloy it with other metals. For Roland this means High Speed Steel; a tool steel alloy used for things like drill bits and saw blades, which is the sort of industrial upgrade stuff Roland needs right now.

      Thanks to its hardness and weight, tungsten also makes viable armor-piercing bullets which might prove to be useful. Primarily it’d be useful for its industrial purposes though, and as Roland has an Anna he can actually use tungsten for things, as reaching the necessary 3000+ degrees C to melt tungsten without her is a little tricky.

      Also; the ore was pulled out of an iron mine, pitchblende (which has apparently been renamed to uraninite at some point, what a dumb name) is typically found with ores of silver and lead, while wolframite is typically found in quartz veins along with ores of tin and iron. So the odds are in favor of it being wolframite.

      • Nnelg

        Actually this mine has a mix of several different ores that normally shouldn’t go together; Roland made note of that in one of the early chapters. Before even Nightengale appeared, I think.

        • Neruz

          You’re right, I had forgotten the abnormality of the border town mines was brought up previously. I wonder if that will ever be explained.

          In that case it could be anything.

          • Nnelg

            Wasn’t there also a wierd, creepy pit? I bet it has something to do with the origin of magic.

            • Neruz

              I don’t remember anything about creepy pits and the origin of magic, but it has been nearly two hundred chapters so I might have forgotten. I was operating under the impression that the magic secrets were related to whatever is going on with the devils and potentially the church in the past.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter ^^

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • MangoGuy

    That black thing maynot simply be slag…Maybe there really isometric magical stuff?

    • Nnelg

      I’m guessing it’s Wolframite, an ore of tungsten.

      • MangoGuy

        That is a possibility but wolframite is a ferric ore with tungsten in it and I don’t think it could exists with coal…Formula FeWO4

        • Nnelg

          Who said there was coal in this mine? (Besides, this mine is notibly abnormal in the variety of ores it produces…)

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • ArchEyeTech

    What happened?

    Is there an announcement that i missed or something?

    One day of no post is “ok, its just late”, but two days is “ok, something is definitely wrong here”

    Can anyone clear things up for me? Its kinda sad being in the dark here.

    • Arashi

      Updates are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. All other updates are sponsored chapters or random extra chapters. Usually this results in daily updates, but they’re probably busy. Honestly, four chapters a week is more than enough for me 😀

    • ArchEyeTech

      Ok its just really, really long

  • watchin

    Dammit I finally caught up

    • Deman Bloodx

      Welcome to the refresh button club

      • watchin

        Noooo I hate that club!

    • MOHLT

      You can see us, the old members, next to wall of new release. You are free to join us! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/299ee8d22bb6130b2b446cf52437ff6a0559d4a673d9859026e1ea249d66afc0.gif

      • watchin

        lol. Actually I am an old member. I just decided to wait a month before coming back to enjoy a bundle of chapters! It looks like I’m going to have to tread elsewhere once more it let the chapters build up once again. Tbh I hate the F5 sect

  • john delacruz

    What happened??

    No sponsored??

  • Deman Bloodx

    You won’t even need to work since Soraya can print money now.

  • cbfarrar

    Shut your mouth!
    What? I’m only talking about Shaft furnaces

  • concerned accountant

    Wow, imagine the applications, – armour coatings, weapon coatings, making high tech materials/alloys directly instead of having to use hammer mills and metal folding/layering (as how swords are made). Then she could get into the really high tech such as larger scale graphene. Imagine being able to mix just about any element in with graphine lattices in a bulk manner. even room temperature super-conductors would not be out of the question. The poor chemists (and future electronic engineers) are going to get brain overload when they realise just part of the applications. She is a human nano-construction set. I reckon electronics in that world are about to explode. I pity the church..lol I love that this ability evolved from a “simple” painting ability. Imagine what other advanced skills the other witches will now be motivated to evolve.
    This story has got so many possibilities. (Roland better not hurt the Nightinggale’s feelings – she would be a much better catch than Anna lol)
    Thanks for a great read.

    • BongBong Chu

      To a technologists, Anna is the top. For personal security, Nightingale is the best. Roland should make a gift for her too. E.g. a projectile- and rain- proof cloak coated by Soraya?

  • Maxi King

    In b4 tanks

  • DudeForDuke

    [Teaser]
    Depending on what Soraya can replicate, her new ability is actually pretty badass. I’m assuming she has to see a substance or material before she can paint it, but even so creates a ton of possibilities.

    For instance, we can easily make small patches of graphene right now, but doing anything practical with it is difficult. Using it for an actual coating or layer for something like ballistic protection is really out of the question at the moment. Soraya, however, could possibly just coat an entire suit of leather armor with a layer of it if she’s seen graphene before. That’s something that, currently, we can’t even do.

    It could also be done to supplement manufacturing. Even if Roland could make a small sample of something like ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene or some sort of aramid fiber – there’s no way he could mass produce it. Soraya, however, could coat a layer and “weave” it onto anything he needs. Instant Nomex/Kevlar weave on whatever you want.

    For machines, Soraya could coat a protective coating of graphite (naturally occurring, and makes a fantastic-if-messy dry lubricant) or teflon (assuming Roland could make some for her to observe it first). It could be that she could even 3D “paint” rifling or something like that.

    If you want to get even crazier, well… Technically – very, very technically – her making things like silicon wafers and chips isn’t out of the question either. Especially if she’s imagining things on the scale of atoms.

    I think Soraya just shot up in capability something fierce. She might be just as busy in production as Anna for a tick.

  • VerneJules

    If she can change the texture of things, maybe she could make perfect disguise masks or make the possible camouflage skins like for the hot air balloon…

  • MOHLT

    Gundanium and anti-beam coating for all armours and firearms.

    • Elfkan Gaming

      lol,

      • fahmi hasan

        Nano laminate armor >>> anti beam coating (latest series, gundam iron blooded orphan)

  • Nicklas Tauru

    I just imagine her ability be like harry potter news magazines with everything popping out with magic # 3D

  • MangoGuy

    is this from the middle of something? I mean the teaser…

    • MangoGuy

      also,can soraya do something like Haki layer?

  • mllhild

    So it coating rather than 3D printing. The uses of this are really almost limitless. Lets see if she can imitate any material she sees. Then its gonna get funny.

  • john delacruz

    Wonder if there will be a sponsored chaptwr today.

  • zomba

    TIME FOR ZEPPELINS BAY-BEE

  • Grey Human

    [posted during Teaser] thank you for the Teaser. I assume from the chapter title, Soraya will use her power of magical coating to upgrade(strengthen) Rolland inventions so it could do more thing and do it more effectively than before. when you think about it, the possibilities are endless

  • put1996

    [Teaser]
    I wonder can she make light absorb coating? Black invisible ninja!

    Interesting, I got car windglass coating ads aboe the comment section.

    • Aeval Sear’Asha

      probably because the word “coating” is used often in the Teaser 😉

    • Jo Viljar

      You wouldn’t actually be invisible though? Since if all light is absorbed then that place/person would look appear black

      To be invisible light would need to be bent around the body of whatever you want to turn invisible

  • put1996

    [Teaser]
    I wonder can see make light absorb coating? Black invisible ninja!

    Interesting, I got car windglass coating ads aboe the comment section.

  • Easykill

    So she can basically create any type of matter and apply it as a coating? That’s OP.

  • Psychronia

    Hmm…it really depends on how the details pan out, but enveloping things in protective coatings could be insanely valuable. It would multiply the durability of goods, for one…

  • Neruz

    I wonder if the next stage is for her to just create entire objects out of whatever material her paintings are made from.

    • Inbetweenbooks

      she already can, it joust takes a lot out of her. 10 cm of thickness took about half her power, and it seamed exponential… but it was still sort of bark, only way, way, tougher…

      i do wounder about the impact resistance, can she make small gun parts? if it’s impact resistant, she migh have another job besides just coating…