RW Chapter 188

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Chapter 188 “On with the show!”

Two days later, after the visit to the North Slope Mine, Roland agreed to a new trade contract with Hogg and the Crescent Moon Bay Caravan.

 

Hogg’s eyeballs had nearly fallen out after he saw the smoothly operating railway-transport mining system. He even put forth an application to build a factory in Border Town, which would specialize in the construction of rail lines and their supplementary equipment, while the profits he obtained would be split in half, but Roland refused his investment offer as it would need even more of his people. After all, right now Border Town wasn’t lacking in money, but people.

 

Hogg, after all, was just a mining businessman. Although he possessed several mines, and managed an open-air silver mine for Count Kanbara at Silver City. The men below him were only miners. Which was on an entirely different scale compared with the strength of an entire island like Crescent Moon Bay.

 

In the end, he put his name under a contract ordering ten steam engines and a full set for the mine transportation system (including their track and tub), set to be delivered in six months from the date. The first half were to be delivered before the Months of Demons, and the second half around the start of the coming year.

 

The contract with the Crescent Moon Bay Caravan was of a much larger scale than his previous deals, including even a ten years contract with them. Next time the caravan arrived, it would bring a team of 300 people with it, mainly composed of blacksmiths and carpenters.

 

These people’s salaries would be paid for by the Crescent Moon Bay, while Roland only had to provide for their food and accommodation. The steam engines produced by them would be sold with the highest priority given to Crescent Moon Bay, and then after the ten years, the worker could decide for themselves if they wanted to stay or go back. This was a point that Roland had brought up several times during the negotiation.

 

Without a doubt, the people sent with the next caravan would be some of their most trustworthy supporters, even for the people shipped in later with the caravans, they were bound to try choosing people with the highest degree of loyalty to the Crescent Moon Bay.

 

So when it then came for them to making their decision, it was unknown if even half of them would decide to stay. However Roland could never have enough skilled workers, so even if only one of them decided to stay behind, he would still have made a profit. Something he always worried about was that, even though he had the technical advantage, he might not have enough people to bring the technology to reality.

 

Apart from the steam engine, the second largest order was for the transformation of their vessels.

 

Along with the three hundred craftsmen, the Crescent Moon Caravan would bring two inland sailing ships in the hope that Border Town would convert them into ships that could be driven by steam engine. Each ship’s conversion would come with a fee of one thousand eight hundred gold royals, which meant that the two ships would come up to directly exceed Margaret’s steam engine order. In contrast, despite that all three sides ordering the mugs, the total amount of the order was still less than 300 gold royals, even though Roland had already increased the price of the mugs to what it was in his convenience store by ten times. This let him feel the gap in the profit between civilian merchandise and industrial products. If you are unable to mass produce, it would be better to only satisfy the requirements of Border Towns inhabitants.

 

What surprised the Prince a little  was that his iron breastplates, and the iron farming tools were completely disregarded. But later, during dinner, Margaret offered him the answer to his doubts, “Although your breastplates are indeed cheaper, however its yield is too small, if we want to resell it, we have to include the transportation cost together with the tax. So, in the end we would only make a profit of 5 to 6 gold royals. Moreover, your armor is either forged with a hydraulic hammer or by using the steam engine… In either case, with that method, the price of the armor will stay fixed, and the majority of the expense will come from the quality of the material, rather than the quality of its production.”

 

After a short pause she continued, “And buying them for our own usage, is even more unnecessary. On the sea, whether it be the sailors or the guards, they rarely wear heavy armor, which would only make them sink more quickly in the case they were to fall into the water. Most of the time, they see armor as fetters and handcuffs, not as protection.”

 

“It’s the same with your farming tools, if you cannot obtain an enormous amount of cheaply-priced iron, they will be cheaper but not by much when compared to similar local goods, which makes it difficult to make a profit off them. While the situation with those colorful cups it completely differently, their price isn’t at a fixed number, it can’t be said for sure that the nobility will fond of them, but it is still possible to earn several times our initial investment.”

 

“After thinking about it for a while, Roland had to admit that this was indeed the case… the price for the armor and farm tools was stable, and since the material costs accounted for the bulk of the price, it was still difficult to force the price down by forging them with his more efficient steam engine instead of the hydraulic hammer, so, in the end, the difference was too small to attract the interest of a big merchant.

 

In addition, these plate armors’ which had Soraya’s anti-stabbing coating on it, was actually a part of the First Army’s armament upgrade, so until the iron production didn’t go up, it would be impossible to sell in large amounts.

 

 

Soon, it was time for the anticipated theater premiere.

 

On this afternoon, even though Roland had demolished the surrounding buildings, which doubled the size of the former central square, the town square was still so tightly packed that not even a drop would be able to trickle through.

 

To promote the play, Roland had already started informing people about it a week ahead of time. Moreover, he had specially requested the Ministry of Agriculture to send people to the outskirts of the town and mobilize the serfs to come watch the drama.

 

Roland, as the town’s Lord naturally had the best view point. In the direction of the stage, directly facing the show, Karl had erected a temporary wooden platform. It was made up of three rows of wooden benches, which could accommodate about a 100 people, and the place in the middle of the third row was reserved for Roland. On one side, were places for the members of the Witch Union, with Anna sitting next to him, while on the other side the merchant group had taken their place, with Margaret sitting as his direct neighbor.

 

The first and second rows were mostly filled with City Hall officials and their apprentices.

 

In order to ensure their safety, the people surrounding the wooden platform were made up of members from the First Army, who could watch the drama while at the same time separated the location of the Prince from the civilian population.

 

Now, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, the sun’s burning heat had already faded and together with a fresh breeze from time to time which was produced by Wendy, everyone on the platform could enjoy a VIP level treatment.

 

Under the applause of the crowd, the actors stepped onto the stage one by one.

 

To tell the truth, Roland was completely unsure of what kind of result the premiere would achieve in the end. After giving the script to Irene, he no longer interevent in the drama. The recruiting and rehearsal have been fully done by her and Ferlin. Now, in retrospect, how much experience could a theater newcomer, who had only appeared on stage once have gathered? And the friends recruited by her, were those people who had never gotten the chance to perform on stage in Longsong Stronghold, only here in a small town could they become actors.

 

In other words, this was a newly created team of new actors, who planned to perform a new drama.

 

Fortunately, Roland didn’t mind if it became a failure, after all, this drama wasn’t meant to sell tickets and also not there to promote a good script. The only goal of the show was to remold the people’s ideology and free them of their prejudices, for this to happen it had to be performed more than once. So even if this time they didn’t play out well, they would undoubtedly have improved by the time of the next performance.

 

“Now, I finally understand why you were so confident in this show,” Margaret suddenly exclaimed, “you invited Miss May!”

 

Roland got startled, “Who?”

 

“Do not tell me you do not know about it yourself, my God! Before I came here,  I’ve also seen her show in King’s City,” Margaret smacked her lips, “No matter if it is taking hold of her character or the build up of emotions, she is the best. I do not know how many people she has already moved to tears with her performance in “Prince seeking for love”, even Kadin Faso was full of praise for her!”

 

“Who is Kadin Faso?” Roland went through his memories bus he couldn’t find any impression of him within his head.

 

“…Your Royal Highness, are you really a person from King’s City?” Margaret blinked with her eyes. “Please give me the liberty to ask, who is the most famous person in King’s City, apart from the people of the court?”

 

“Yorko ‘The Devil’s hand’ ” Roland blurted out, but directly afterward he knew it was the wrong answer.

 

“Oh,” the businesswoman gave him a meaningful glance. “The most famous playboy, I heard that with one hand alone he could get a woman to never forget him… I understand.“

 

“Relies only on one hand?” Anna leaned over, “What for?”

“No-Nothing.” Roland slammed himself on the forehead, “We had better earnestly follow along with the drama.”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! I see that he shot himself in the foot just now haha.

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter! Merry Christmas! That ending was hilarious

  • Puru.The.Great

    I think May would screw up the character. She’s so prideful. Ah but sometimes such actors have the right skill so it might work. I think she might have Ferlin play the male protag for her. She might use that to seduce Ferlin which would jeopardize the show. At least the Prince would be angry with her along with an uncomfortable Ferlin and a sorrowful Irene.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Don’t tell me May will become the main actress!?

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    And the previous identity pops up to make a fool of himself

  • Nahim Kerman

    Glory to Astrotska… I mean Border Town! Thankyou for the chapter, i wonder wath these guys will think of Cinderella….

  • Cruelfox68

    yap happy celebrate and more drunk!! )))thks for chapter

  • Raufgar

    Thanks for the chapter~!

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Midnight2630

    ☝( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • MOHLT

    Dammit Roland, give Anna sex education asap. A private one!

  • Rafael Moura

    I’m suprised that almost no one said anything about Mr. Yorko

    • Gege

      Haha, they just jealous of him. Lol

  • Slikrapids

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • rafael coca ramos

    Por fin el capitulo please uno mas y no jodo mas!!!!

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter

  • zenla

    the nobility will found of them- fond?

  • kirindas

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Thanks for the new chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J hahah poor Ronald the former prince is pretty useless hahaha

  • MangoGuy

    A single hand?? People,give it up for Mr. Yorko.

    • Feras Al Harbi

      we need a few chapters dedicated to Mr Yorko!!!

      • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

        For educational purposes … For science

        • MangoGuy

          For research

          • Just a Potato

            For knowledge.

    • Herloct

      Maybe he could solve the witches infertillity problem 😐

      • MangoGuy

        Take my upvote!!

      • Just Physics

        ingenius

  • Lamia Fetish

    Roland your going to have a hard time with those cups if can’t find a replacement for Soraya’s power.

    • Psychronia

      While that’s true, I don’t think the cups are as vital a tool as steam engines. If we lose Sorays, we’ll probably be unable to make more cups, but that’s it.

      If we lose Anna, steam engine production will become super complicated, but Roland is taking steps to bypass this too.

      The truly irreplaceable person here is Roland with his modern vision. Even if his knowledge survives, people wouldn’t know what to do with it for at least another generation.

      • Deman Bloodx

        It’ll take a while but Soraya’s coating ability will bring in the electronic age much earlier. Electricity bring in welding which is the replacement for Anna’s power. Anna is definitely more important right now.

    • DudeForDuke

      Realistically, making the cups is just a way for Roland to have Soraya to empty her magic on everyday while turning a decent profit.

      Soraya is indispensable at the moment because she can replicate things in a way that Roland can’t (in terms of material and production). Things like the anti-stab coating for the First Army’s armor are probably only the first stepping stone.

  • Lamia Fetish

    Damn I want to see this, is this from May’s POV this is gonna be interesting.

  • kirindas

    Merry Christmas!

  • Yash

    MERRY CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!!

  • keemco

    he wants to sell cups coated with soraya’s magic. won’t it be dangerous if it is come into contact with god stone.

    • darekiddevil

      Have you even read the chapter where they explained it? They said that once a god’s stone comes near it, nothing will happen to it cos her paint became part of the item.

      • Just a Potato

        *nods* and if she just coat them with a thin layer she only spends little magic power.

        • Well, regardless of how much magic power she spends to create the layer, once it’s done, it’ll become part of the physical phenomenon, and won’t have any magic power remaining in the end.

    • watny Abellard

      it’s Soraya’s magic that would be hard to replace. Once the church is gone it would be a little bit easier to find someone with the same magic like her.

  • Rico Sebastian

    Merry Xmas Everyone 😀
    Hope you have a good day with your family
    ( Teaser ) I hope the story have good time like us 😀

  • Yanchen Shi

    The title “好戏开始了” means “Showtime”, “The fun part begins”, but its literal meaning is that “Start the good drama”. It’s like a pun in Chinese

    • Mirari

      In fact the raw can be translated into “On with the show! “. It’s from Karazhan’s Barnes, who is a classic character in WOW and Heatstone, you know the author is a hardcore fan of Blizzard games. The author put the title in double quotation marks, because this is a line, when Barnes card attack.

      • Yanchen Shi

        The translator changed it to yours. I am not familiar with Blizzard games =).

  • Proxy Account

    [teaser comment]
    With more and more people learning of the peculiar Border Town, can Roland handle the security risks and the effort to keep the ideas from propagating prematurely? In any case, with the Church’s eventual discovery, I think, Roland is indeed doing good with conquering the people culturally and technologically…to the point that even the greatest businesspeople of the time will be dependent to him (well, unless they know another mech engg reincarnator..)

    • Rico Sebastian

      I hope all of roland’s plan will do well 😀

    • belegorn

      The problem its gonna be the incoming war since hes not a military man, lets hope the best for him anda his ppl.

  • Kuq Ku

    Yes merry xmas 😀

    I think that he needs to address the manufacture of these machinery without the use of witches, because if anything happens to Anna etc then what will happen?

    He needs to stop being dependent on Witches to produce these things, the sooner the better.

    • Joshua Nusbaum

      I’m sure he is working on that point but if he were to do it naturally it would take more than his life span so he has been speeding up the industrial revolution greatly so that it can support self sufficiently shortly

      • Kuq Ku

        He is, I dont think hes been there even 6 months yet, his progress is amazing, his success is amazing, but Im waiting for the negative balance to occur. I think that Timothy will hit Roland at some stage, since he needs a morale boosting win, who better than his useless younger brother right?

        If Timothy succumbs to the Churches Pills then his fate is sealed but if hes smarter than Garcia with its use, then perhaps he will be able to cause some serious problems for Roland.

        If I were Timothy I would hire exceptional spies to infiltrate Rolands Town, Im sure hes aware that his rats have been found, but with skilled people, deception becomes easier. With his recent Stronghold recruits who knows who among them arent already working for his siblings. the rat catchers in Border Town might miss a few of them.

        Can Nightingale make up the difference of catching all those missed? not sure.

    • watny Abellard

      that is why he is training people, also when his people made the steam engine last chapter, Ann only use their defective parts for the second engine. It’s Soraya power that would be hard to replace, but we keep forgetting that this is the world of witches so once the church is gone and people start to trust witches then the industrial revolution would spread.

      • Kuq Ku

        Yeah hes lacking a lot of man power, and it will take years for things to finally come to fruition, once the children grow up while learning under the current education system, they will become better adept ad understanding things that their parents struggle with, it will come in time.

        Roland has so much on his plate right now, and with forces converging on his location its worrisome, I know hes prioritizing various things first, but I worry that if any irreplaceable Witch is gone what will happen to his progression.

        He needs talented/genius level people, Im hoping he is sending out scouts to recruit them, with the merchants on board Im guessing that they will have a network of valuable people on hand that Roland might have access too besides those 300 or so that are coming to Border Town already.

        Hopefully he will use Margaret and her Peers to work their own magic in securing these types of people.

    • His soul will break if anything extreme happens to Anna anyway. And then Border Town will die with him. Yey!

      • Kuq Ku

        I think hes heart will break in time anyway in regards to Anna, she has said she has changed her way of thinking since knowing him, what she may offer is only a temporary oasis.

        From my perspective her eyes have been opened to many things, her world is no longer small, even though she has shown no sign of leaving Roland, I think that Border town will only be a stepping stone to her for greater things in the future, Im sure she will stay a while though, but Roland is quickly reaching his limits in regards to teaching Anna.

        Its only a matter of time before she goes seeks answers to questions she has for herself, whether thats with Roland or not is undecided.

    • Herloct

      I wonder if Roland could produce witches with the same power?

      • Kuq Ku

        Not sure what you mean? like train Nightingale to have Annas ability? not sure it works that way, but maybe if there are witches with similar powers to Anna they might? but it seems the witches need to grasp a certain concept mentally to be able to achieve evolution.

        Perhaps when more children are born or nearing the age of Witch power appearing, they will be able to guide that childs power better and evolve it easier than these other witches can, since children would be more capable of learning things faster.

        Roland is learning alongside the Witches of what is possible, Roland would be actively trying to find out what is the extent of Witches ability evolution.

        I think that the abilities these Witches have are random, unless hes able to figure out a genetic feature in their DNA that makes them capable of using those abilities then maybe its possible to increase the chances of a witch being born? He could look at the Parents of Witches and see if they are able to give birth to more Witches or if its just a random mutation that happens.

        He could use Nanas family as a template maybe, since they are supportive of their witch child, maybe research their ancestry see who might carry the Witch gene? who knows.

      • Kuq Ku

        Maybe Nana will be able to unlock the genetic tree if how Witches are born, but I think this will take a very long time to unravel, unless they conveniently come across someone that is able too figure out that genetic code in Witches that make them what they are, who knows much to contemplate for the future.

      • Kevin

        Roland and Anna need to hurry up and make lots of little Annas.

    • DudeForDuke

      So far, the only thing Roland is completely unable to reproduce technological wise is Anna’s welding capabilities – which is a problem, because Roland has said that her ability to weld in on par or greater than modern welding techniques and machines/torches.

      Thermite welding can work in some circumstances (this is how they connect and join railroad track segments – pretty neat to watch, there’s a video on Youtube showing it), but that’s not a method Roland can rely on. Her EDM/wire cutting skills are also phenomenal, but he could potentially do the same with milling machines and lathes and perhaps make his own wiring cutting machine with electricity eventually.

      But Roland can not replicate Anna’s welding yet. Which would mean using riveted construction everywhere on a steam machine… which would sloooooooow doooooown construction of them to a snail’s pace (and be much less robust/durable and take more manpower/resources).

  • john delacruz

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    to the translator team and fellow readers.