RW Chapter 191

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Chapter 191 The new King’s bared teeth

Petrov sipped the black tea, leaned against the soft lord chair, and let go of a long sigh of relief.  

 

Two months had passed since the takeover of Longsong Stronghold, and by now he discovered that he liked the hall more and more. It’s step-by-step ascending structure allowed him to overlook the lower standing officials and attendants from the Lord’s seat, having such power in his grip let him have a feeling of satisfaction.

 

During the first month, some small aristocrats stepped out and openly questioned him or secretly planned riots and such things – of course, the people who provoked them from behind the scene came from Elk, Wolf, and several other big families. Following his father’s advice, Petrov delivered the commoners who created trouble or belonged to the underground rats directly to the gallows, while the small nobles were imprisoned and after their family paid the ransom were expelled from the Western Territory.

 

When this method was put into practice and thunder like struck down on them, the situation soon subsided. After all, with the exception of the Honeysuckle Family, the Knights of several other families had been arrested and brought to Border Town. Making it impossible for them to build up any resistance against Petrov’s policies. Afterward, he again guided the interest by announcing that the stronghold shall compensate the big families for their loss during the seizure, in this way forming a stable group of nobles who all shared a common interest.

 

With the exception of the 30% which had been transferred to Border Town, the remaining 70% of the stronghold’s income were split into three sections. 30% were used to keep the city operating, 20% were used to appease the other noble families, and the remaining 20% were invested into the Hull’s territory.

 

Nowadays, the old portrait of Duke Ryan that had hung behind the lord’s seat was exchanged with a picture of the 4th Prince, Roland Wimbledon, but he already looked forward to the day when it was exchanged with one of himself – a portrait of Petrov Hull.

 

In case he thoroughly took possession of Longsong Stronghold, they could turn the tax used to operate the city and the one invested into their own territory into one, becoming truly worthy of the name of a dukedom. And the 50% which were used to appease the other nobles could also be saved. Instead, it could then be invested in the stronghold’s trade, in exchange generating an even higher income for themselves.

 

Of course, the premise for all of this was that Roland Wimbledon could conquer the throne and rule as King of the Kingdom of Graycastle.

 

“My Lord,” one of his guards entered the Lord’s Hall and handed him a letter, “It contains news from Border Town.”

 

When Petrov heard that the letter had come from Border Town, he immediately straightened the way he sat.

 

He received the envelope and took a fragile piece of papyrus from it. From the poor quality of the letter, he could immediately recognize that it was from one of his eyes within the ranks of the serfs.

 

The outcome of the battle two months ago could be said to be an outrageous result. Although Petrov hadn’t personally taken part in it, he still had heard a fantastic story from his father. In order to find out the reasons for the Duke’s failure, he had dispatched some of his confidants to Border Town. They would pretend to be artisans, herdsman or serfs, and send all the information they had gathered back to the stronghold.

 

He firmly believed that the others families had done the same.

 

But so far, each month he had only gotten information from the two people disguised as serfs. Those who had pretended to be craftsmen or herders hadn’t given any sound of their presence, as if they had vanished.

 

In the end had they betrayed him out of their own will, or were they discovered by the prince who totally removed them?

 

He shook his head, instead focusing his attention on the letter.

 

The content of the letter was written with charcoal and also crookedly written. In some places it even had some traces of water, indicating that it had been written sneakingly while working.

 

The first paragraph was about how they were building a tower with an unknown purpose at the shore of the Redwater River. At present, they had already erected three of these bases which had a height close to that of the stronghold’s city walls and on top of each of those bases, they had placed an enormous metal pot. It seemed that the blacksmiths had constructed the metal pot in town. Afterward transporting it to the river as a whole piece. Then the First Army would surround the iron tower and standing with their back to the iron pot, and on the next day, the tower was magically erected.

 

“Building”… it’s again this word, Petrov thought, it was also mentioned in the previous secret letter, just looking at that information it seems that the Prince is always building something. Last time he had repaired the roads and constructed that bridge, this time he is building that iron tower. Could it be that His Highness is spending all of those gold royals he had plundered from Longsong Stronghold in one go? Furthermore, the function of those towers is still unknown… even though my scouts who are disguised as serfs are not real serfs, but in actuality are knowledgeable knights, so in case that those towers were watchtowers, they would able to see it by the first glance.

 

Probably those towers are still not entirely built yet, making it difficult to judge their purpose. Petrov shook his head. I should wait until next month, maybe I will get more detailed information then.

 

He shifted his gaze to the next paragraph.

 

There he read that for a week a large-scale merchant fleet of an unknown owner had stayed in the town’s dock and afterward left eastwards. During their stay, a lot of ore and saltpeter were also unloaded from the ships.

 

The purchase of saltpeter is easy to understand, after all the second month of the summer will usually become very hot, and because of this, the castle will consume a significant amount of saltpeter for cooling. Furthermore, it can also be used for cold drinks and fruit juice. As a royal aristocrat, the Prince certainly doesn’t want to sweat all day, like the peasants on the fields are.

 

But the purchase of ingots totally surprised Petrov. After all, Border Town was a source for ore all on its own. I can still remember, prior to the Months of Demons, when I was sent as a messenger to Border Town, Prince Roland had exaggeratedly said that they would be able to double the amount of ore they could sell. But now, the result was that not only didn’t they export ore, but had now they are also importing ingots?

 

This, together with those city wall high like iron towers, meant that Petrov himself was now more and more unable to understand what His Royal Highness wanted to accomplish.

 

But when Petrov read the last paragraph of the secret letter the contents immediately left Petrov stunned.

 

In the last two weeks, Border Town had held several open-air theater performances at the town square?

 

They didn’t sell tickets, and the drama’s name was also unheard of. Moreover, they were even encouraging the serfs to go watch. But the most surprisingly part was that one of the performers was the recently vanished Star of the West, Miss May!

 

What kind of situation is this?

 

That Miss May had gone missing was the biggest news of recent times. Several of the dramas in which she should have played the leading role, were now played by others, and because of this the nobles had all left halfway through to express their protest. And when they demanded an answer, the theater claimed that Miss May had left without any explanation, and that her whereabouts were currently unknown. When the news had become public, it had caused an uproar among the drama-loving nobles of the Western Territory.

 

In the end, she went to Border Town? They don’t have there any theaters! Furthermore, to be playing in front of civilians and serfs… Petrov’s had some difficulty imagining such a picture in his mind since the impression he had gotten from Miss May was that she wasn’t a amiable or an approachable actor.

 

After carefully thinking about it, he decided to write a letter to His Royal Highness Roland Wimbledon, officially inquiring about this matter. As a theater enthusiast himself, in the past months he had been unable to see the fantastic performance of the Star of the West, not to mention getting the chance to personally invite her. Since the drama was a public performance at the town square, it wouldn’t be too surprising for it to be seen by a peddler who might have come from Longsong Stronghold, and this could be given as the reason for this the news to have reached his ear – doing it this way, he won’t expose his knights who are disguised as serfs.

 

As soon as Petrov was ready to have one of his attendants draft the text, a Knight rushed into the hall, and hurriedly said, “My Lord, we have a message from the guards at the East Gate, a team of knights are nearing the stronghold!”

 

“Knights? Were they able to tell who must have sent them?” He suddenly stood.  

 

“The other side is holding up a flag with a tower and two pikes on it, Sir,” the Knight replied, “In case they aren’t pretenders, they must be from the new King’s forces.”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Nahim Kerman

    I check on Banished and simply fall in love with the premisse. There are even a mod that kind of emulate early industrialization. but seems that there are not battle mechanics in either of these games. I think that the way Roland battle agains the foes is something between a tower(Town?) defence and territory administrationa like Nobunaga’s Ambition series…

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter! Looks like his older brother wants to get rekt by his younger siblings again

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! Time to advance the main storyline I guess. The side quests are pretty interesting though.

  • Yash

    Finally, Timothy is in for a rude awakening. A very savage one.

  • Nezi Kaile

    Thanks for the hard work, looking forward to more c:

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • phyrigia

    thank you! umm… so petrov is bad?

    • Nahim Kerman

      More like mildly suspicious. See, he barely know his new lord and, in the world of aristocracy, the more secrets you hold of one person the less is the danger that person can inflict to you for reasons.

    • Jo Viljar

      Probably not given this

      “Of course, the premise for all of this was that Roland Wimbledon could conquer the throne and rule as King of the Kingdom of Graycastle.”

      Though he could easily turn against Roland as he doesn’t have much loyalty and is mostly interested in personal gain

      CONTEXT

      Nowadays, the old portrait of Duke Ryan that had hung behind the lord’s seat was exchanged with a picture of the 4th Prince, Roland Wimbledon, but he already looked forward to the day when it was exchanged with one of himself – a portrait of Petrov Hull.

      In case he thoroughly took possession of Longsong Stronghold, they could turn the tax used to operate the city and the one invested into their own territory into one, becoming truly worthy of the name of a dukedom. And the 50% which were used to appease the other nobles could also be saved. Instead, it could then be invested in the stronghold’s trade, in exchange generating an even higher income for themselves.

      Of course, the premise for all of this was that Roland Wimbledon could conquer the throne and rule as King of the Kingdom of Graycastle.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Kuq Ku

    Haaaah!!! So … its either Timothy or Garcia, Exiled Nobles or the Church pretending to be Timothy! maybe…

    Hmm If its Timothy maybe he thinks Roland is in league with Garcia..because theres no way Roland couldve defeated the Duke? so it must be Garcia behind Roland…so maybe this is a tester, a token set of knights sent to uncover the situation of Longsong? Then perhaps he will come “Liberate” them and take over? Id say Petrov is going to meet a quick end at the Gallows like those rebellious Nobles did.

    If its Garcia, making a play for more territory and resources it might be a bit of a stretch but who knows right, I think she wouldnt be in a position to fight anyone just yet till her own problems are resolved but who knows, those sandpeople use Witches right? maybe they have found a solution? Im sure they dont want their people to suffer due to the poisoned pills, so maybe a concerted effort by them helped Garcia with that? I dont think so though heh.

    Exiled Nobles, I dont think they would have the resources to take control of Longsong but who knows “With their powers combined!” maybe Timothy would fund and support them? he did mention that they were kicked out so maybe this is a ruse?

    The Church might be wondering what has happened to their Judges sent to uncover the Witch rumor? but the time involved might not be long enough for them to query what has become of them, hmm.. they learned pretty quickly that Roland had refused their offer, so Im not sure why they wouldnt know of what has happened to the group sent to investigate, Im sure they would expect regular reports on their progress. If no word sent then perhaps this means its time to send another group thats better equipped.

    I think things are going to get pretty heated in the next few chapters 😛 Im looking forward to Timothy, Garcia, The Church, facing off against Roland 😛

    • Deman Bloodx

      ” Im looking forward to Timothy, Garcia, The Church, facing off against Roland”

      … while Petrov is stuck in the middle.

      • MOHLT

        well, he gets the best seats! The front row!

  • Maxi King

    oh timmy… bad move

  • MangoGuy

    It is only natural that he has spies…I am guessing the others have already abandoned him for sim city

  • Nahim Kerman

    Poor Petrov, He grew so accustomed with the Longsong Stronghold Telltale’s Game of Thrones style that can not Understand that Roland is in the Paradox Victoriah/ Maxis Sim City level of administration.

    Serious, i’ve been thinking a way to turn RTW into a real fan made game, but this story is so amazing that i can barely conceive any mechanics for the spreadsheet… Don’t ask about the code either…

    • Deman Bloodx

      I have to agree that this is one amazing story.

    • RemainderZero

      OHeres an idea!
      How about an Real time strategy sort of like battle realms but you could also do civilization styled
      How about create a game mechanic where random witches with random skills are attracted to your base every so often allowing each game to progress differently in technology

      technology will be more like stats, and unlocking units or structures this allows different witches to have unique skills and not make the game too over complicated
      Stats are like
      If you got an witch similar to anna you get +5 unit production speed and unlock special metal weapons and units
      A witch like leaves would increase production of recources
      A witch like scroll lets boosts all tech stats by 1 or something

      Witches like nightingale are special since they are combat oriented so they are found randomly on the map instead of gathered at random to your base

      Also the witches can enter structures to boost thats structures efficiency
      And if a witch dies you will lose the stat bonus said witch gives.
      Witches must be protected at all cost

      Technically if you stay in the game for a very long time and collect too much witches you could make your production speed OP and just zergrush your enemies with modern weapons

      You can make a limit on this if you so decide

      (Optional since it would probably suck)
      you can add a mechanich where you have to use the witches powers efficiently and properly or they would go unhealthy or loose mental health

      • Nahim Kerman

        “How about create a game mechanic where random witches with random skills are attracted to your base every so often allowing each game to progress differently in technology”

        Like a trading card game? In which witches are the cards? And with an… tech tree? The witches unlocks the technologies, is that so?

        But how do you ensure that they will survive a “Month of the Demons” Round if the “hand” of the player does not unlocks battle-oriented technologies?

        “Stats are like
        If you got an witch similar to anna you get +5 unit production speed and unlock special metal weapons and units
        A witch like leaves would increase production of resources
        A witch like scroll lets boosts all tech stats by 1 or something”

        So, the fief (Border Town) Status are (Unit_production), (Resources_production) and (Tech_status)?

        “Also the witches can enter structures to boost thats structures efficiency
        And if a witch dies you will lose the stat bonus said witch gives.
        Witches must be protected at all cost”

        If i understand… Witches are “deployable”? Is it?

        “you can add a mechanich where you have to use the witches powers efficiently and properly or they would go unhealthy or loose mental health”

        Ok. I did not understand this part. You mean the “Demon bite”?

        Is a begin… But rather that RTS i think Roland’s way to rule the western territories as a Management tactical sim (Something between Advanced wars and Simcity) with Dating events (like the ballon). But i really like your input. There is just one thing i missing. How about the events of the Novel? Randomize the witches appearce does not kill the story progression? In other side, could be cool if the player could romance another witch (Nightgale? Anyone?)…

        what do you think?

        • RemainderZero

          I dont mean the demon bite on the health part i was mostly thinking somewhere along the lines of if you over work them they become unsatisfied and run away meaning you can play as a good king and keep them happy or a bad king and Keep them calm by preventing them from escaping

          But thats optional you may choose to add that or not its up to you since it would add more complications to the programming

          And logically in such a game that utilizes witches to make your base more efficient it would automatically mean that their powers are being used regularly meaning that they wont be hit by the demon bite

          I was also thinking you could add story mode which follows the story and also skirmish mode which is more like a custom game that doesnt follow the story in skirmish mode is where the randomness will occur

          By RTS i meant something along the lines of “age of empire” which develops tech as you progress through the game or “sid meyrs civilization”

          And Yes a dating event would be an absolute yes but that would only work on story mode

          Story mode follows the novel so the randomness mechanic doesnt work here
          Skirmish is a custom game so randomness mechanic occurs here
          Since ita a custom game you could also add multiplayer if you so desire

          • Nahim Kerman

            Oh! I see.

            Skirmish seems far more complex to work, but has a interesting game mechanic to explore. Story Mode otherwise seems exactly what a fan made has mean for. I really appreciate your input.

            Did you know of a game named “Fire Emblem”? Imagine a expanded mode with a whole territory in your hands

            • RemainderZero

              Ive heard of fire emblem and seen it but oddly enough I’ve not played or observed its game mechanics.
              Im sort of under the impression that its an rpg?
              So i guess im of to youtube

    • RemainderZero

      I am sorry for the long reply i just think of ideas too fast

    • Ronnie Nolan Raharjo

      Lol, I gotta be honest. Since you were mentioning strategy games, for a second there, I thought RTW means Roland Total War, then I finally remembered that it’s Release That Witch.

      • Nahim Kerman

        Uh! That’s a Killer Name!

      • mr.tanen

        LOL me too…gotta love those TW games

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • mllhild

    Stone tower with big Iron pot on top = Water supply for the city!
    The pot is probably coated by Soraya, the painting witch, so that it won’t rust.

    • runinur

      don’t forget he want to create electricity, so electric tower possibility

    • Deman Bloodx

      Don’t forget the other witches.

      “Then the First Army would surround the
      iron tower and standing with their back to the iron pot, and on the next
      day, the tower was magically erected.”

      Since they don’t have mechanical crane to host the metal object up high, t first Army surrounded the iron tower, Hummingbird camp on the object and uses her magic to make object weightless. Then they move the objects effortlessly into place. Anna does the welding.

      I am hoping it is a water supply.

      • rakusu

        I believe four witches are involved, first Anna made it, then Soraya coated with paint, Hummingbird then lighten the object, then Lightning carry it (I’m imagining her carrying a big rounded iron ball lol), then Anna welding.

  • Reix

    Yeah plot devalopment trough fire and blood 😀

  • Puru.The.Great

    uwaaa~ That overconfident Prince-pretending King is trying for Roland’s territory. Hahahahaha!
    I wish Roland gives Timothy a good beating.
    Thanks for the chapter!
    Wanna read more now.
    F5 all the way~

  • Akabanenabaka

    So what happened with Carter and May? We need the scoop!

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Kik Heirtothestar

    Poor Petrov…It is a really wise choice for Roland to move back to Border Town since he know that he can’t protect himself and his ppl if he stays at Longsong Stronghold….

  • Proxy Account

    [post-trailer comment]
    – – – – –
    Ah, yes, here they come! Our literal cannon and revolver fodders.

    • Time to spread some democracy. Go Roland.

      • Proxy Account

        er,
        *time to spread some Politburo*

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Danis

    War !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Danis

    feel so short
    Thanks for the Chapter 😀

  • MOHLT
  • Rico Sebastian

    Church POV ???

    • Just a Potato

      Longsong Stronghold POV

  • [Teaser comment] Does “bared teeth” means like he’s ready to advance his troops or something? So basically, Timothy will soon attack Western Territory (pretty sure Longsong Stronghold and Border Town is in the west, right?) since it’s unlikely that he’ll try to attack the princess again for the time being?

    • Fuannai

      probs. it was mentioned that Timothy was preparing to conquer the west or something. or was it Garcia?

      • Pretty sure it wasn’t mentioned which one he was going to attack later. Though the Church believed that he’d probably attack Roland’s side first (most likely since he already failed once against Garcia, so it’s unlikely that he’d try again so soon).

        • Fuannai

          as far as I can remember it was mentioned someone was heading to the West, Longsong Stronghold. forgot if it’s Garcia or Timothy.

          • Hmm.. If so, then I kinda bet it’ll be Timothy. They could’ve titled the chapter “Queen’s” something if it was Garcia, lmao.

  • Proxy Account

    [Trailer comment]
    Someone is liking the new power structure. Petrov, you almost got out of my favorite characters list, but…yes, show us how bureaucrats like you can get hooked on such powers as granted by Isekaijins like Roland. Besides, time to brandish some force. Been a long time since the takeover of Longsong. Muwahahaha.

  • MangoGuy

    A new PoV

  • the High lord

    after the drama

    politics come in

  • mllhild

    Oh we see something again from Petrov. Its nice to know how Longsong and the Western territories went on.

  • Maxi King

    maybe roland will finally be called king…

  • VerneJules

    [teaser] Basing from the title, could we finally see a reaction from Timothy? I hope he doesn’t kill Petrov though.

    • Grey Human

      The moment timothy march his army into western territory, Roland´s Army of 500 riflemen, squadron of Dragoon(revolver equipped Carter´s Knight) and a battery of canon will be ready to annihilate them in less than a day.

      • Proxy Account

        Ah, one serving of that please. Been waiting for another ever since the take over of Longsong. And now, with Roland’s witches and all his updated thingies…Ooh, imagine the face of Timothy. It’s giving me some intense Gate feels. *incoming spoilers* Like that time the JSDF dropped that MOAB on the Empire’s Senate building. Or when Itami’s woman soldier troop knocked a few teeth out of the crown prince. Ah, truly priceless.

        • **SPOILER ALERT**
          Oh yeaaaah… All the scenes of JSDF trampling over those empire knights with their overwhelming technological advantage felt so damn good.
          Though that scene of Rory trampling over modern soldiers with her demigod-level power felt so damn good as well.

          • Wrandral

            weren’t they blackops soldiers? Even more badass

            • Right, they were. I couldn’t remember for some reason.

          • Proxy Account

            I can already hear the “Ride of the Valkyries.”
            *Shivers some more, where are the updates, GATE? plexz*