RW Chapter 192

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Chapter 192 Under the curtain of the night

About 50 people had come, they were all dressed in armor which was sparkling in the sun. Standing in lines of 8 with flags on all sides, three of them displayed the insignia of the royal family: the gray tower with the two pikes. Additionally, on one side there was a flag with a tower and a horse’s head on top. Carving through the memories at the back of his mind, he remembered that this was likely the symbol of the Hawes family of the northern border.

 

One of the cavalrymen stepped out of the ranks and yelled: “I am Lehman Hawes, the messenger of King Timothy. With me, I have brought the resolution of the King, pull down the drawbridge.”

 

“Your certificate?” Petrov stretched his head forward and asked loudly.

 

Hearing his question, the cavalryman took a bow and arrow from his back, tied a piece of paper to the arrow and shot it directly to on top of the city wall.

 

One of his guards immediately went over and picked up the arrow for Petrov. When he unfolded the parchment, he saw some faint crisscrossing golden threads embedded at the bottom of the document, and there at the lower right corner was the seal of the royal family, which indicated that he was indeed the new King’s messenger.

 

Seeing this, Petrov took a deep breath and shouted, “Lower the bridge and open the gate.” He could already roughly guess the content of the so-called resolution – it was undoubtedly related to Roland Wimbledon. Since the other party wasn’t a fraud, they also had no reason to refuse the new King’s envoy. Otherwise it was equivalent to declaring the new King, and the Kingdom of Graycastle as their enemy. And in case this news were to spread out, the other families would certainly come to target the Honeysuckle territory without any hesitation, and the currently suppressed undercurrent would instantly rebound.

 

However, since Timothy had only sent 50 people to inquire about the situation in the Western Territory, one of the Prince’s speculation had been confirmed – the new King, at present, was unable to rule over the Western Territory.

 

Since the Prince, His Royal Highness, was able to repel the Duke’s coalition who had more than a 1000 soldier, I’m afraid that these fifty people can only return without having any achievement.

 

Of course, His Highness has to be informed about this development as soon as possible.

 

Thinking until here, he called the Knight from before, “Westeros, take three short-tailed horses with you, interchange them during the ride, so that you can reach Border Town as early as possible. When you’re there tell His Highness that Timothy’s men have come.”

 

“As you bid,” Westeros nodded.

 

As the Knight turned around and left, Petrov sighed. “Let’s go and meet the new King’s envoy.”

 

 

When Petrov appeared at the city gate, with the exception of the ten people riding at the front, whose spirits seemed to be trembling with excitement, the rest of the Cavaliers all seemed a little sluggish, they were sitting with a crooked body on their horses, as if they could fall off any time.

 

“Welcome, Sir Lehman,” Petrov welcomed him with a nod. “I’m the stronghold manager belonging to the Honeysuckle Family, Petrov Hull.”

 

The word ‘stronghold manager’ left a bad aftertaste in his mouth. If he had really been in charge of the Western Border, being the Duke of the stronghold, he would never have had to salute towards an envoy. He wouldn’t even need to greet him at the gate. Instead, he could just stay inside the Lord’s castle, waiting for the other party to come to him.

 

“I have heard of your name at the Cold Wind Range, ‘Acting Duke’.” Lehman dismounted and walked over with a smile. “The Western Border is indeed a strange territory, even after assembling a vast army, Duke Ryan actually couldn’t conquer such a small town. Moreover, he even lost his own life, which is a rare circumstance for the Kingdom of Graycastle. Of course, for the Honeysuckle Family, this must have been good news.”

 

Petrov automatically ignored the irony coming from his words, “Are your men alright? They look to be a little… unwell.”

 

“Don’t mind them,” Lehman glanced backward, “They probably haven’t acclimatized themselves after rushing through the whole journey, they will be better after some rest. To be honest, this region is just too hot.”

 

“It’s only because the North is too cold,” Since the other person seemed to not to care about the matter, Petrov was too lazy to pay attention further to the subject. “I’m wondering why sir envoy has come from the Cold Wind Range, rather than from King’s City.”

 

“That is because His Majesty Timothy Wimbledon is currently in the Northern Territory,” Lehman answered bluntly. “Duke Essie thought had thought he could take advantage of the weakened state of the Northern Border Guards to instigate a rebellion. After being suspected of starting a revolution, King Timothy had no other choice than to put down the revolt.”

 

Rebellion? Perot frowned, that does not meet with common sense. Although the Border Guards were put together of Knights and mercenaries from all over the kingdom, most of the members were still the Duke’s own men. So how could it be that he had substantial losses created by the rebellion? Remembering the letter within Duke Ryan had written about his plans to annex the North, Petrov created a bad image within his mind… Could it be that Timothy Wimbledon had the same kind of idea?

 

“That being the case, what is the King’s current decision?”

 

“He has issued a recall order,” Lehman stated, “His Majesty sent me to see if the Western Territory has also sunken into a state of chaos, caused by war. If I remember correctly, prior to the Months of Demons, the King had sent a recall order to Roland Wimbledon, but until today he still hasn’t returned to King’s City.”

 

“The instruments should have been forwarded to the stronghold five months ago, but unlike the previous Lords, Lord Roland didn’t choose to return to the stronghold and take refuge here during the Months of Demons,” Petrov paused. “He decided to instead stay inside Border Town and lead his people against the demonic beasts. So, for that reason he couldn’t immediately set out to King’s City and follow the King’s orders.

 

“By now the end of the Months of Demons had been almost three months ago,” Lehman didn’t waver in his duty. “The King has sent me to escort the Prince back to King’s City.”

 

“When will you leave for Border Town?”

 

“We will set out tomorrow morning.”

 

Traveling at a regular pace, they should arrive at Border Town in three days, while my Knight will move through day and night, and should be able to deliver the message after only one night and day. This way His Royal Highness should have enough time to prepare to deal with them. I, Petrov, can only do so much.

 

When the group reached the stronghold’s barracks, Petrov stopped, “This is the place where the Duke’s Knights were stationed, so staying here you should get a good rest, dinner will be sent later to you. As for Sir Lehman,” Petrov looked at Lehman Hawes, “there will be a hearty dinner prepared for you, please be sure to attend.”

 

“Thank you for your generosity, Sir Petrov,” the latter laughed.

 

*

 

After dinner, when Lehman returned to camp and stepped into the central tent, he was immediately surrounded by several people.

 

“What’s the situation?” He asked.

 

“We are surrounded on all sides by people who are keeping a close watch over us. They have also stationed around a hundred troops at the gates, but most of them don’t possess a whole armor, so they should belong to the city patrol,” one of his men reported. “It seems that the Lord doesn’t trust us.”

 

“At least it appeared that our intelligence was correct, the information I gathered at the banquet also confirmed this point,” Lehman spoke in a hushed tone. “After the Duke was defeated, most of the Knights were arrested and brought to Border Town, so there aren’t many Knight’s left for them to use in combat.”

 

Before he had arrived here, he had gathered detailed intelligence about the current situation in Longsong Stronghold. The task given by His Majesty was very simple, which was, to discover the reasons for the Duke’s loss, and then to take the appropriate measures to take gain control over the Western Territory as quickly as possible.

 

“What’s with those who took that medicine…?”

 

“They will soon reach their limit,” said the other, “as long as we give them pills, they will do anything.”

 

The messenger group was also only a pretext, of their team of fifty, the numbers of real Knights were only counted at thirteen, the other were mercenaries disguised as knights. Under the influence of the church’s pills, they were more obedient than the loyalest of hounds, while at the same time being even more ferocious than demonic beasts. They were also the key to Lehman’s plan in capturing the gate. According to his plan, a 1,500 people strong militia were slowly nearing the stronghold and as long as they opened the gates, the city would fall into their hands.

 

“Hand out the pills, then have ten men stay behind to deal with the patrol and send the others to the East Gate.” Lehman finally gave his orders.


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • phyrigia

    eto… man …. they are rather so stupid…. why fighting over throne right now. instead of that, they should make it so as much as people (pheasants) as their supporter. Look at roland. I mean you know soldiers are from pheasant too. I hope they wont catch petrov knight so petrov can successfully send the message of timothy convoy to roland. He should have used pigeon instead.

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! These fifty guys won’t even know how they died.

  • BurstThrough

    I hope he leaves one alive to report stuff to Timothy to make an alliance.
    I actually pity Timothy, as he only did his antagonistic acts cause Garcia got the game of successsion rigged for her to form a huge army and kill all others.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Proxy Account

    [post-trailer]
    I like how all 52 people here so far are calling for blood. Well, it’s been a long time since the Longsong Incident.
    – – – –
    Good thinking Petrov, know your master. In any case, if Lightning (the ranging and ‘radar’ witch) has been doing her rounds, then Roland’s already there for the “warm” welcome.

    R.I.P. You were good fodder people. You shall give Roland wonderful data on the effectiveness of his armaments to drugged bois.

  • MangoGuy

    We will we will kill you~

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Grey Human

    WAR !!!!!!

  • Puru.The.Great

    Whoa!!!
    Now that’s smart. Its like sending a bomb in. I hope Roland has seen through this n has already set some contingency plan.
    Thanks for the chapter!
    I wanna read more!!!
    Have a Happy New Year everyone!

  • MOHLT
  • Danis

    Moarrrrrrrrrrr moarrrrrrrrrrr

    Thanks for the Chapter 😀

  • Kessler

    I like Petrov. I hope he gets out of this story alive.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Oh oh the coming men on drugs against Ronald's bullets

    • Danis

      Drugs VS Bullets

  • fahmi hasan

    Man, these soldiers are gonna get rekt

  • Raufgar

    Ahhh, so that’s their plan. So, will the message reach Roland in time? Time to see how the new weapons fare against the pill-popping dead people…

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • DudeForDuke

    [Teaser]
    “One of the cavalrymen stepped out of the ranks and yelled: ‘I am Lehman Hawes, the messenger of King Timothy.
    With me, I have brought the resolution of the King, pull down the drawbridge.'”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f87cbd33e8720d8db0f66ea4c62ffb43a7f3a1492c6fdd4233a6b6f9bc82a0bf.gif
    Am I the only one that thought of that scene in response to that?

    • Raufgar

      Your Mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries!

    • BarriaKarl

      Damn! You got me. Took too long to stop laughing.

  • Wrandral
  • MangoGuy

    Will Petrov support Roland or succumb to the pressure? Find out in the next episode of release That Witch

    • Just a Potato

      Wild guess, he is indecisive because he knows Roland is OP……but he can’t defy the current king either, he will most likely support Timothy..idk anymore! All hail the potato king!

    • Neruz

      I’m guessing he’ll succumb while secretly sending a message to Roland warning him what is happening; Petrov doesn’t have the military power to resist, but he’s unlikely to be stupid enough to want to make an enemy of Roland.

  • Puru.The.Great

    I feel very sorry for Petrov and the Prince-pretending King. If Petrov tries to do something or anything stupid he’s dead and I can only imagine Timothy as an idiot now. He didn’t investigate the brother. Even if Roland was an ass before the soul hijacking, he should have invested time and resources on information. He was supposed to be the most brilliant child of them 5. Yet this disappointment.
    Though I really wanna read more~~

    • Ragef33

      Wasn’t Garcia the brilliant one? Or was it the youngest sister? Either way, Timothy was just smarter than his older brother. In the end, he’s pretty much backed into a corner, and have to wonder exactly how much he could spend to spy on Roland anyways.

      • The most brilliant one was the youngest sister. Timothy should be second, though after Garcia finished her years long preparation, that is the pirate fleet, she was then known as comparable to Timothy?? Well, he lost to Garcia anyway, so meh.

        • Neruz

          Timothy had the reputation of being the smartest after Tilly, but evidence would suggest that Garcia is actually smarter than Timothy; she’s just better at hiding her intelligence.

          I think Timothy was never actually as smart and talented as he was said to be and Garcia was always hiding below the radar so no-one noticed how brilliant she was. Keep in mind that after all no-one is going to call a prince anything other than brilliant and glorious without a very good reason.

          That’s the thing about rumors in a medieval period; they’re even less accurate than rumors are in this modern era (which is to say, not at all.)

          • DudeForDuke

            I think Timothy got a reputation for being clever due to him playing a lot of things behind the scenes and scheming like a little bastard. However, Garcia seems more practical and straight-forward… which tends to work because it doesn’t require the plan to go off without a hitch (even if Timothy’s forces had not been absolutely suckerpunched by the trap she had lured them into, the barbarian tribes would have still given him a bloody nose and put up a decent fight – she left nothing to chance and had back-up measures in place).

            Meanwhile, Timothy seems more concerned about twisting his mustache and cackling to himself like an evil mastermind because he gets an ego boost out of feeling like he’s some great puppetmaster making people do his bidding.

            …I have a feeling it’s going to eventually bite him in the ass.

      • Puru.The.Great

        Youngest sister Tilly is the brilliant one yes. But the author only ever showed Timothy n not Tilly. It said that Timothy was the the brainy guy while Gracia was was the most self-centered.

      • DudeForDuke

        Tilly is the smart one. Timothy is the mini-Joffrey/conniving/scheming/backstabbing/manipulative SOB of the family. Garcia is the ruthless cut-throat pirate.

    • Nahim Kerman

      Don’t forget that Roland already killed Timonthy spy just before the months of the demons, and Roland never Deferred to Tim’s order to return to Kings City’s court…

      • Puru.The.Great

        You’re right. In that case, Having no contact from the spy ever should have been suspicious if he gave it some thought. He failed in everything as yet. He doesn’t seem all that smart to me now. It seems that he was hyped too much by the author from the MC’s POV.

        • mllhild

          He is a cunning scheming noble, but he isn’t Lelouch from code geass (with all his plot armor)

          Timonthy’s plans were likely to fight the Duke Ryan in case he rebelled. Things like recruiting an army are prepared at least a year ago after all.

          His capability is show that he is able to take hold of the central lands and nobles fast enough to attack Garcia so soon. Even more he is managing to take back control of the North and keep his grip on the central part even after his loss to Garcia.

          About the spy. He should return after the months of demons so Timonthy would only really start to miss the spys message after a month. During this time he was going to war with Garcia and then suffered a loss. At this point it didn’t even matter what he wanted to do regarding Roland since he didn’t had the manpower to spare because of the revolts in the north.

  • SanitaryCockroach

    On the subject of plays and this situation, Shakespeare had a good saying, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/672ca55868ce3c9324f99e6a04faebdf0bc810bf7352409efb7479bc7861dd90.jpg

  • VerneJules

    [teaser] Now Petrov’s loyalty will be put to the test. I wonder if he will recognize Timothy as king? To begin with, Longsong is like Roland’s frontline base against his siblings so he could at least send his army to defend it, right?

    • Aeval

      longsong holds no real meaning to roland. just a source of potential man power and some income.

      • Yeah, I don’t think he gives a damn about Longsong Stronghold. He only needs their manpower anyway. After all the things he requested from Longsong Stronghold, he hasn’t given any orders or requests to them.

        • Neruz

          The only purpose Longsong Stronghold has to Roland is as a buffer zone, I think it could also exert control over the river which could be problematic but cannons probably fix that.

    • mllhild

      A 1500 man army got beaten by Roland, so Petrov would only change sides if the opponent would have a army considerably larger than this.

    • It’s already obvious that he will betray Roland.

      • Deman Bloodx

        Maybe Petrov could play stupid and said he’s serving the royal family.

      • DudeForDuke

        Petrov isn’t stupid. He is in the position he’s in now because he didn’t want conflict and saw the result of 300 peasants take on professional knights and mercenaries in an army of about 1,000+ soldiers and came out victorious with nary a scratch.

        50 Knights showing up at the front gate is not going to impress him or move him to switch sides. Most he might do is pretend to betray Roland to buy some time or something. But actually go against him? It doesn’t benefit him. He’s shrewd, observant, isn’t belligerent and knows he’s in power due to Roland. It will take a lot more pressure from Timothy to make him cave – like enough to make him question if Roland could survive.

        • Fair point. My assumptions was when he was wishing to replace Rolands’ picutre within the previous Dukes’ house with a picture of himself, but it seems my interpretation ended up being wrong base on the next chapter.

          • frenzy85

            Interesting thought. Though I’m pretty sure that scene was supposed to convey quite the opposite. Currently, Roland is the lord over the region and he is merely Roland’s representative. He’s hoping for Roland to become King, and that he would then be allowed to rule over the Wester Territories as Duke.
            Since he’s currently Roland’s supporter, his position would be most secured if Roland becomes King compared to Roland’s siblings becoming King or Queen. However, of course, he also acknowledges that Roland is not that far ahead compared to Timothy, so he’s still putting up somewhat of a front towards’ Timothy’s messengers, trying to cover his ass just in case.

            • The thing that bugs me is that he is putting spies into Borderland in order to find out how the previous duke dies. Is he trying to find out what happen to just calm his curiosity, or is he doing it to come up with a countermeasure for when he betrays Roland. While he does not know what happen and how to counter it, he is just siding with Roland temporarily.

  • Lamia Fetish

    gentlemen it’s fine for war.

  • Raufgar
  • Proxy Account

    “under the curtain of the night” <- "Under the Cover of Night"
    *Halo Intensifies*
    – – – –

    “I am Lehman Hawes, the messenger of
    King Timothy. With me, I have brought the resolution of the King, pull
    down the drawbridge.”
    *opens drawbridge, cannons and riflemen already waiting there*
    – – – –
    ah, if only.
    Well, Lightning, time to do some rounds.

  • Grey Human

    Ready your Rifles ! Bang the Drums ! The storm of war shall pass through western territory yet again.

    • Rafael Moura

      Nope, it’s almost the months of the demons again, they should have some time to prepare.

      • Grey Human

        WAR IS ETERNAL !!!!
        LONG LIVE THE PRINCE !!!!

      • Ragef33

        It’s still summer. Last chapter mentions it’s around the second month of summer, so there’s still all of Autumn and over half of Summer left.

      • DudeForDuke

        “Nope, it’s almost the months of the demons again”

        …Huh? Unless I’m radically missing something, it’s been like 3-4 months since the Months of Demons ended (hard to tell, but somewhere around there). There should be quite a bit of time until the next Months of Demons.

  • Rico Sebastian

    (teaser) first time become first in teaser
    What kind of plot is this….