RW Chapter 195

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Roland at first doubted whether what he’d heard was true, only after a while was he able to say, “What?”


Scroll bit her lip, but then repeated what she had said once more.


This time he was convinced that this wasn’t the result of a hearing problem. Was that also the initial reason why the witches cared so much about marriage? “Are you certain that witches cannot have children? Does it come… from that specified source, which lead to the known mistake? For example, the same as what lead to the Holy Mountain previously.”
“I would have hoped so too,” she sighed. “Unfortunately, many cases have already confirmed this point. Whether it was between an ordinary man and a witch who got along or by forced intercourse, there has been no time that the Witch Cooperation Association had heard of a witch falling pregnant.”


“Reproductive isolation”… was the first word which emerged in Roland’s mind. Can it be that the witches have really completely exceeded the ordinary, becoming a new kind of human species, which is unable to give birth to a descendant with our old humankind? Or, can it be because of the magic power gathered within their body, which results in this phenomenon?


But now isn’t the time to get to the heart of the problem, he thought, the important part is what this implies. Will this knowledge be a hindrance for myself if I want to marry a witch?


The first person Roland thought of was Anna.


Although he couldn’t deny that he would regret it if he couldn’t have children with Anna, his wish to raise a child with Anna was based on his affection for her, so not being able to have a child with her wouldn’t reduce his affection. For a person with a modern soul, and for him, having blood relation with his descendants is of far less importance than it was to the people of the past. As a separate living individual, he does not regard his child as the continuation of his life – the latter could neither inherit his thoughts nor inherit his memories. Instead, they were an entirely independent person.


So, looking at it from an emotional point of view, he could accept that a witch cannot have a child.


Then only the real obstacle would be – the need for an heir. However, looking at the history this was still not a thorny matter, he just has to establish an empire that doesn’t need an heir, and how to achieve this, there were options he could choose from, but which one he would pick he could slowly decide on later .


Looking at the big picture, Roland surprisingly discovered, that this was good news for him.


He and Nightingale had already spoken several nights and pondered on this question, how to build a social framework which allows witches and ordinary people to peacefully coexistence and progress together. Right now, even with the God’s Stone of Retaliation, as long as they had enough time, witches and their offspring would always form a more powerful community – even in the case where science and technology allowed an ordinary person to use magic. Even then, it couldn’t make up for the witches increased intelligence, memory, comprehensive speed and their overall leading edge.


But now he was told that witches are unable to give birth. This significantly avoided the problem of forming witch clans, closing the gap between witches and ordinary people, giving him the hope to one day see people and witches work together and advance hand in hand.


Perhaps the time he had been lost in his thoughts was too long, no matter what, Nightingale couldn’t bear it any longer and squeezed his arm.


When Roland returned from within his thoughts, he reassuringly patted the back of her hand and cleared his throat and said. “The way I have thought before is still the way I think now.”


“…” For a moment Scroll was frozen, “What?”


The hand on top of his arm also instantly grasped firmly.


Seeing their reactions, Roland couldn’t suppress his laughter, previous it was he who had thought that he had misheard them, and now it was them who thought so? He coughed twice and then reassuring said: “I still think the same – I’m willing to marry a witch and take her as my wife.”



When Scroll left the room she wore a very strange expression; it looked as if she was perfectly contented and yet she was also carrying a somewhat sad look, leaving behind a confused Roland.


Needing an explanation he turned around he asked, “Is she okay?”


The one he spoke to didn’t answer, she only looked at him with a smile, which together with the outside sunshine shining upon her white face gave her a gentle, bright and beautiful appearance causing others’ hearts’ to beat faster.


“Alright,” Roland moved his line of sight away from her, “It seems you are in a pretty good mood.”


At this moment, the voice from outside the door traveled over, “Your Highness, one of Longsong Stronghold’s Knights has arrived, he claims to have crucial news for you.”


“Take him to the reception hall; I will meet him there.”


When the Prince walked into the hall, the knight immediately stepped over and then went down on his knees, “Lord Petrov has sent me to tell you, that an envoy sent by Timothy Wimbledon has arrived at Longsong Stronghold.”


“Envoy?” Roland mused. “How many people have arrived?”


“Altogether there are about 50 people.”


It seems that they are just a group which wants to persuade us to give up, he thought, simply a diplomatic strategie, nothing which should be painful or itching for me, “When did they come?”


“Yesterday morning,” the Knight lowered his voice, “Lord Petrov gave me the order to inform you as soon as possible.”


Merely a day and a night, I’m afraid he had hurried all through the night while holding up a torch, “Thank you, I have put you to a lot of trouble, rest for a day before you return.” Roland looked to the guards and told them, “First give him a gold royal as reward and then take him to the inn.”


When the Knight had left the hall, Roland wanted to put the matter aside, after all, a team of just 50 people could never become a threat to Border Town. In case they wanted to negotiate, he would merely allow the single leader to enter. However, since Petrov treated this situation so carefully, it might be better to grasp the situation himself and to know the whereabouts of the envoy.


Thinking until here, he called for Lightning and Maggie, giving them the order to fly together to the stronghold and examine the situation.


A double-hour later, the two witches had completed their investigation and returned to the castle.


“There was nothing to see,” Lightning reported. “We didn’t see a group of 50 knights on the road. Actually, we didn’t see even one lone knight.


“Haven’t seen anyone, goo!” Maggie confirmed.


It seems after they had reached a big city, traveling such a long distance, they were in need to first have some fun for themselves and to ease their tired body. “Before the envoy arrive here,” Roland ordered, “every day you two will fly along the way and check if you can discover anything.” He paused, “Oh that’s right, how far are you with the map?”


“Probably she has already put together several hundred pieces, they are enough to almost fill Soraya’s whole room,” Lightning explained. “By now she had moved the map to the backyard, do you want to take a look?”


“Alright,” Roland laughed.


The castle’s backyard had been turned into a botanical garden, ever since Sean had brought back the seeds from Port of Clearwater, Leaves had created even more fantastic oddities of every description. In order to save the land and place for flower beds, Leaves had put up a wooden frame in the sky, so that many plants grew and twisted around the frame like a grapevine, some of them even climbed half of the castle wall. This was the reason why the wall behind the castle hung full with grapes, apples, wheat and sugar cane, and whenever the witches had some free time, they would gather in the backyard and picked up some fruit and sugar cane from the wall to eat. Unfortunately, these crops could only grow with the help of Leaves’ magic, and with this, could only be regarded as an unsuccessful test.


The map which was a mosaic, pieced together by many parchments, was placed at the center of the yard, reaching a size of five to six square meters.


“Here we are,” Lightning announced, and then put an arm around Roland’s waist, beginning to slowly float into the sky until they were hovering over the map. “Do you see the palm-sized brown square? From high up in the air, Border Town looks exactly like that.”


“The blue pieces East and South… are they the sea?”


“Yes, but you have to climb over the mountains to reach there.”


Roland felt a cold shiver running through his heart, if we say that it was still normal if the wildlands were ten times more vast than the Kingdom of Graycastle, he still hadn’t expected, that when he had the complete map in front of him, the Western Territory would actually seem so small. In front of them was the Impassable Mountain Range and behind them the sea, just like they were sandwiched between a natural barrier and the marginal zone. No… not only the Western Territory, when he completed the undrawn parts of the map with his mind, in the case where he thought of the Impassable Mountain Range as a wall splitting of the mainland, then the Kingdom of Graycastle, no, the whole “mainland” itself, would be nothing more than a small piece of land behind the wall.


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  • Kaiki Deishuu

    maybe they have to exhaust their power before sex like the demons bite i can see magic power interfering with Copulation just my small theory

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!!!

  • mllhild

    Come on Roland. That it was only a small piece of a continent was completely obvious considering gravity, weather and the little you new about the size of the kingdom and the mountain range.

  • Dragrath

    Is there any theorization regarding the possibility of Witches being an example of Eusociality in humans(some members losing the ability to reproduce for the good of the population)
    Considering the higher status in ancestral cultures in the rw world.
    Noting that in evolution no organ or trait simply comes from nowhere, new abilities and functions are only acquired by repurposing existing organs/parts.

    The key to this theory is the presence of the demon bite seeming to indicate that magic may be stored in the Uterus which if the organ has been repourpused in the female population that becomes witches would explain not only why witches are sterile, but also why all witches are female.
    (A similar example IRL is why only female bees/wasps/ants can sting. In this case the stinger is actually the purposed ovipositor(i.e. the female sex organ used for laying eggs) that has become weaponized. Males by virtue of being male naturally lack female sex organs thus they also lack a stinger.

    Furthewrmor evolution has converged multiple times on Eusociality multiple times in arthropods(ants,certain wasps,certain bees,termites,certain shrimp) as well as at least once in mammals as both the naked Molerat and Damaraland mole-rat exhibit Eusocality with a separate worker and reproductive cast determined by environmental conditions(hormones ect.)

    • DudeForDuke

      Not really. I can’t delve into it because it’s huge spoiler territory, but suffice to say there’s a lot of info about the history of witches in the next ~100-150 chapters and the social order theory of eusociality is actually rather refuted for reasons I can’t spoil here (they are discussed at length in the AnimeSuki thread, however). I will say that why this occurred is hinted at in previous chapters (very recent ones at that) and we’ll learn a lot more about the history of witch/human relations.

      As for the uterus theory… Maybe? But I don’t recall Nightingale saying that’s where the magical energy was concentrated, and she can see it inside of a witch’s body. Also, there’s the problem that magic not only tosses biological science out the window but it also violates almost every single principle of physics that we know. Even if somehow the uterus did become a magical storage tank… how would that explain the manifestation of these powers through some evolutionary process? Even if the uterus was converted, that doesn’t explain why the witches can use magic. Or why each ability is so different and how virtually none of them are the same.

      It’s “evolution” on the scale and about as realistic as the mutants from X-Men (and about as varied and implausible). Whether it’s mutated genes or a witch’s body collecting magical energy, it doesn’t explain why you can shoot lightning out of your finger times. There’s just nothing in the human body to evolve from that to justify that existing and adapting to the situation. Especially when the other 99 people all have a different power somehow that’s just as equally baffling and implausible.

  • The question is, is Roland still normal? You know that the real Roland was poisoned right? What if that poison changed his body constitution and evolved to a higher specie?

  • DB AV

    On that day, humanity received a grim reminder…

  • SanitaryCockroach


  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Tolack

    I wonder if witches with evolved abilities can have kids.

  • Alexander Lanuza

    You can try telling them wearing the stone what ever it is called.

    So that their power will be suppressed and let them have a sex . see what happens

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • bladestorm91

    Roland’s reasoning is really damn faulty, “But now he was told that witches are unable to give birth. This significantly avoided the problem of forming witch clans, closing the gap between witches and ordinary people”? What?

    Dude, only you are from modern times, no matter how much propaganda you dispense you aren’t going to change the basic human nature to have an offspring especially from people of old times. This IS an issue that will divide people.

    Even today with this nature being hammered really hard you’re still going to find a VERY overwhelming amount of people that would like to leave an offspring before they die.

    • Robinxen

      He was concerned about witches forming a splinter faction, such as the group that’s making their own country. It is impossible for it to be isolated as in order to have children they will require non-magic users.

      In other words, both sides are forced to integrate regardless of their feelings. Roland will push his revolution that’s heavily reliant on witches for development, meaning those without witches will become obsolete. And then the witches leading the revolution will be dependent on the citizens for survival, as the only way to expand their numbers is through them.

      In other words the gap will close. Humans will see witches as advanced people, and the witches will see the humans as a source of successors. Or at least, that’s what he hopes. His fear was that witches would isolate themselves and advance themselves, but even if they tried they could only achieve it for a generation or two at the most, which is why he is so relieved.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter
    That’s simply hearsay, he must test it repeatedly

  • Kuq Ku

    My list of “I wanna know”

    1. How long have Witches existed? did they always exist alongside humanity or are they relatively new? or were they a separate race that bred with humans introducing their gene pool with occasional Witch births like Ligers, creating an infertile hybrid in random births?

    2. Who figured out how to create God stones, and what were Witches like before their invention. The problem with recorded history, its the victor who gets to dictate what is written or omitted.

    So could there have been a war? I honestly cant believe that Witches would not have organized themselves into a strong power, even when they were persecuted they formed a collective to protect each other. So during the time before the Church, before God stone, how were Witches perceived?

    Cara had spoken of a Holy Mountain, described something that seemed pretty advanced, where does this history come from? these “Stories” In our own history we marvel at ancient civilizations like Egypt etc, and think how advanced they were for the time, perhaps a golden era existed where the Witches had ruled over all? But that doesnt really make sense since the Church considers the Demon beasts and the Devils their main target or are they?

    3. We have had very little insight into the Demon Beasts and the Demon race, theyre separate from the Devils that the Church speaks of right? Im not sure my memory is a little fuzzy, but if they are different, what is the perspective from the Demon race of Witches, and Devils? Id love to have some chapters dedicated to them eventually.

    I got more to add to my list but for now this will do.

    • Bramble

      Don’t worry, all of your questions will be answered several chapters forward

  • NaoSou


  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Dion S., LazyDragon, DrTriggered; Mathias V., Tham W., Paul B., Gege Sadewa, Iceman77, Chakree T., Triple R, Francisco G., Charlie L., Agnishwar C., Roxerer, and KitKat! I hope he’s prepared for treachery from the knights. After all, he refused his summons and he also learned of the pills that make an ordinary knight berserk.

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J So Ronald is already thinking of what if witch and clan

  • Lao

    so, just wanted to clear something up
    i click NU, i see new release…. and i get a fuckin teaser….
    is it that im somehow retarded and am somehow magically clicking some imaginary link that is bringing me to the teaser, or is it simply that the tler hasnt uploaded the chapter correctly….. i dont really know, because i scroll down to the comments and it looks like they already got the fuckin chapter….. or is it just that theyre talking about some crazy shit that has nothing to do with the teaser…. id appreciate some help that will make my brain cells stop dying.

    • Deman Bloodx

      sounds like you previously read the teaser and when the full chapter comes out, your browser reload from what’s was in the cache. That’s my guess.

  • Herloct

    ~No… not only the Western Territory, when he completed the undrawn parts of the map with his mind, in the case where he thought of the Impassable Mountain Range as a wall splitting of the mainland, then the Kingdom of Graycastle, no, the whole “mainland” itself, would be nothing more than a small piece of land behind the wall.~

    And the rest of the continent/the world is occupied by the demons???

  • esya

    oh. i guess now its for sure that the ‘devils’ are actually the true people and all these other people are quarantined byproducts or something.

    this is similar to the manga claymore whereas the land they live in is a petri dish to raise monsters. probably the ‘devils’ are raising witches/monsters to use in their own war.

  • MangoGuy

    That is nice way to talk about it…

  • Deman Bloodx


    Roland responded, “Are you sure? Then, wish Anna and me success.” He then exited the room in search of Anna and muttered something, “No need to invent condoms.” The two witches, Nightingale and Scroll, couldn’t make out what Roland meant. They didn’t follow, but rather wanted to give Roland some time to be alone. The news must have sadden Roland.

    While searching for Anna, the thoughts of not being able to bear children might be a blessing to Roland had crossed his mind. If witches cannot have children … even if he cheated on Anna with the other witches like Nightingale, Nightingale couldn’t leave behind evidence of an affair. Futhermore, even if she got pregnant, that would be great news.

    Roland tried to shake the unfaithful thoughts from his mind as he seek out Anna. But he was slowed down since his fifth limb has gotten rather hard.

  • Just a Potato

    Aren’t the witches a type of evolved human? Maybe normal humans can’t get them pregnant. Or they lack that function? Like some body parts are used to store magic power replacing the reprodutive organs.

  • Dant

    Maybe their excess of mana make them unable to have children.

  • Yash

    This teaser is the proof that god has forsaken humanity!

  • I believe that witches have longer “periods” than normal humans and the “devils bite” is their period, and the time before that is their ovulation phase, so they can only get pregnant once a year

    • MOHLT

      or they became completely different humanoid species and are not compatible with normal humans.

      • the prince isn’t a normal human per-sé

      • Dragrath

        I’m suspecting it is an example of Eusociality
        Eusociality-adjective- (of an animal species, especially an insect) showing an advanced level of social organization, in which a single female or caste produces the offspring and nonreproductive individuals cooperate in caring for the young.

        A particular relevant paragraph From Wikipedia worth drawing attention to:
        “Further research also distinguished another possibly important criterion for eusociality, known as “the point of no return”. This is characterized by eusocial individuals that become fixed into one behavioral group, which usually occurs before reproductive maturity. This prevents them from transitioning between behavioral groups and creates an animal society that is truly dependent on each other for survival and reproductive success. For many insects, this irreversibility has changed the anatomy of the worker caste, which is sterile and provides support for the reproductive caste.”

        My suspicion is that Witches have become a textbook example of this phenomena due to the reprocessing of the uterus as a magic storage/control organ as evidenced by the “demon bite”

        In this case the specialized role has become the ability to use and manipulate magic likely derived from the red mist’s affects on human biology.

        In this definition They would still be human however just as a worker ant or mole rat is still ant or mole rat. Genetically their DNA would equitably be human, their parents are certainly human. So witches are definitively 100% human.

        Under the scientific definition of species Witches can not be anything other than human as a species is defined by separate populations that can not inter mix.

        SO in short Witches are a Eusocial division of human labor BY DEFINITION. (And seem to meet the theoretical condition for what a Eusocial version of humanity might be) This follows from the hints that the church is relatively recent(and witch dependent) thus has not yet exerted counter selection due note their dependence on witches

        The question should be whether this is a complete or incomplete Eusociality (as in can the process be reversed allowing the non reproductive caste to regain reproductive ability in the complete absence of reproductive females.

    • Deman Bloodx

      It depends on the author. It could be that all witches needed to do was exhaust all their mana to get pregnant. The mana may elevate the witches’ body defense against invader, the sperm. Once the mana is depleted or low, the witches’ body won’t attack the foreign sperm as fiercely as before. Once the sperm is able to penetrate the egg, the fertilized egg having half of the dna of the mother is now considered part of the witch so the witches body will only attack the sperm outside the egg.

  • Maxi King

    after hearing this roland will only be more intrested won’t he

  • MangoGuy

    Roland’s solution: Try and try until you suck-seed!!

  • Baka Hiru

    What? Witches can’t give birth?!! How mysterious! We must look into the bottom of this…Begin the experiments


    Me and orphan lolis weep due to lack of 2nd chapter today

  • popocake

    Well, it was said that regular humans can’t stand witch’s blood, that it acts just like poison to them. It could be that witches indeed CAN become pregnant, but if their fertilized egg turns out to become human it automatically gets rejected from the witch’s body, thus getting aborted. If the witch bears another witch, though, it’s entirelly possible that she could conceive.

    • Wrandral

      I heard futanari did someone say futanari?

  • bble

    time to look for volunteers ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Info

    Now lets talk about babies shall we? No Veronica it did not deliver by storks. Next question

  • watchin

    Whelp, its only one way to BUST this myth… who’s first?

  • Alexander Lanuza

    Maybe he can come up for solution using EXTREME METHOD

  • Coooo

    maybe he knows how to create a test-tube baby

    • Rico Sebastian

      that almost impossible after all the equipment in that era don’t match with today equipment :/
      Imagine you have a tube baby develop without nutrition in it
      It just like killing the baby :/

      • PotatoZero

        No, it won’t even become a baby..

      • Puru.The.Great

        He’s a Mechanical Engineer. We dunno shit about medical, I’m a ME too. Max we could understand would be human joints n fractures. Since we could relate them with other mechanical elements.
        He seems to have a different view about it. Not in technical terms, more like orthodox beliefs. He being a modern person knows about myths n can relate them and find solutions.

    • bble

      if they still menstruate then there might be a chance. although he’ll be challenged by technology. the egg still need to be transferred to maybe a non witch surrogate

    • MangoGuy

      he is an engineer..not a doctor.

      • Gatsby Francisco

        How about this genetic engineering heheheheh its still science. Even mutation too

        • MangoGuy

          lol gentic engineer is only a part of genetics..and that sh*t is more complex than studying medicine!! that is doctorate level thingy XD

          • Gatsby Francisco

            Hehehehehe well its not bad to try and experiment hehehehehe

    • Danis

      maybe if mc do 100 times a day witch can get pregnant XD

  • Kuq Ku

    Time for a medical research team to be created, I really thought this next chapter would be about those knights lol, anyway with the baby situation, I dont think thats a priority right now, time to move onto more pressing matters.

    The knights have taken their pills so theyre going to take over LS right? otherwise they wouldve taken it when they were at BT, which also reminds me, that priest at LS didnt he have a supply of pills there? Roland refused them so are they still there? Did that priest die/leave/imprisoned? Im wondering why they bothered to send a team of Judges to BT when they had a Priest there already? couldnt he have visited BT and seen for himself?

    Would there be any reason that Roland would refuse that priest? Im really not sure why it would take so long for them to be aware of things regarding Rolands expansion, I cant believe that people there havent blabbed to any and everyone about what is happening there.

    Why arent people outside of BT and LS not freaking the hell out, its not like hes hiding it lol.

  • Rico Sebastian

    ( Teaser ) BRING MORE BAD NEWS

  • VerneJules

    [teaser] If he works hard and succeeds in making his witches pregnant 😛 that would prove that witches are still “human” and not a different species. Furthermore if the “witch genes” begin to pass on, then in the future we might be able to see wizards ♂?

  • Herloct

    Sigh, then just test them already Roland, you got enough witches to test right?
    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Neruz

    I expect Roland’s response to learning that Witches can’t have children will be ‘Interesting, I wonder how to fix that?’

    The question is; is it because Witches are actually sterile, or is it because they’re not genetically compatible with normal humans?

    • Surprisinglybored

      I wonder if it could be a medicinal thing like hormone / nutritional imbalance due to magic or something.

    • Herloct

      Yep, maybe the’re becoming witches because of some kind of mutation or magical radiation, hence they’re infertile.
      I believe it was red mist/smoke thing that used by the devils in the mountain…

      Or maybe, the mana thing on their body corrupting the fetus…

    • Psychronia

      See, as modern humans, we and hopefully Roland have the best response to this issue.

      “How do I solve this problem?”

      • Herloct

        He needs to test them first to know it is a fact or just a rumor ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

        • VerneJules

          They will find out that witches are only compatible with “Reincarnated People” so Roland will get ALL witches to his harem 😛

          • ogj

            yeah like with scroll ,, like a hundred and something years old

        • Neruz

          Well one of the first steps for any good science is of course establishing the control group. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

          • bble

            dam son. you scientist now?

          • Wrandral

            Then lots of testing and experimentation ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

        • Fryz

          Nightingale: “I volunteer!!!”

    • Rico Sebastian

      To solve them , people will go to extreme method :3

    • Kuq Ku

      Genetic mutations, who knows what could come from that.

      • Dante

        Oh man. You’re giving me witcher vibes right now. Dunno what the author has plans for, but those drugs administered by the church make me think Roland will accidentally create witchers.

      • the High lord


    • Wrandral

      Well at the very least they’re born from normal humans so there’s that degree of compatibility at least, the questions becomes then :
      Are they witches from birth or do they turn into one by absorbing ambiant magic?
      Do they have menstruations before and/or after they become witches?
      If the magic turned them into witches did it change something in their DNA that makes them incapable of reproducing with humans or at all? Is it something like the difference between Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens?

      Are they something like the diclonius of Elfen Lied? Produced by humans that had something changed in them by the Queen Bee of their species?

    • Don Human

      You think he is Relius Clover or something? hahaha

    • mllhild

      Roland’s answer is probably going to be something along the line “And what does her being infertile have to do with me marrying her?”.

    • Mimir

      I think the first question is if it’s even true or not… that’s why Roland just asked if it’s verified through a reliable source… or just hearsay. Also it’s a possibility they can have children as a result of them not using their abilities, just like the demons bite they experienced in the past…

    • Beauism

      Witch + Wizard = Child
      Witch + Normal = Witch sterile
      Wizard + Normal = Wizard sterile
      This is sorcerer logic

      • RemainderZero

        That sounds like an “and” gate

    • Danis

      nor i mind its all about love !!!

    • Dragrath

      Honestly I have had a suspicion that it is actually the prior or true sterility for a while now. The bigest evidence is why using their magic would alleviate the moth of demons which seems focused around what would normally be the uterus. I suspect the organ has been repurposed in a small subset of females to allow the humans to better survive in this worlds unusual conditions.

      One of the important things to take from evolution is that traits and abilities only apear when some otehr body part is repurposed Key example including Dinosaurs evolving a thermal covering into elaborate mating displays that would later by evolutionary coincidence be repurposed for flight.
      In a similar manner it seems like legs likley(at least based on fossil evidence) evolved to allow predatory fish to sneak up on prey without moving too much water and allowing their prey to flee. This was only millions of years later repurposed into allowing mobility on land.

      In this specific instance evolutionary as long as the pros outweigh the cons it is not unusual for social species to evolve partial sterility.

      The partial sterility is only a problem if we look only at witches rather than the humans of this world as a whole.
      For instance lets look at termites, Ants certain bees and winged wasps as well as Naked Mole rats. All of these animals have evolved to have a large part of their population sterile particularly workers and soldiers and at the minimum this has had to evolve at least 4 times independently via convergent evolution.

      The workers or soldiers are indeed sterile however they preform special actions and roles that benifit the remaining reproductive members. These members then pass on this split role to their offspring insuring that the sterile group doesn’t disappear as long as it remains useful

      In other words as long as witches gaining magic powers(remember they were revered before the church usurped the old world ways as seen by the sand people) outweighs the loss of a few reproductive individuals for the over all benefit of the population, then it is quite feasible to have some women lose reproductive abilities for supernatural powers.

      I came to this conclusion after recently reading up on Naked Mole rats which shockingly despite being mammals have evolved to use the same reproductive strategy as Ants and Termites. More specifically One queen is the sole member able to give birth with only three males. all other mole rats in a colony have undifferentiated and undeveloped gonads/sex organs and are thus completely sterile (though if the existing queen or males die some will begin to develop sex organs until a new queen is established)

      The TLDR summary is I suspect witches are likely humans but the humans of the rw universe aren’t the same humans as we are.

    • Puru.The.Great

      I guess he could try exhausting their power n try “it”. He could try n develop a medical indicator of pregnancy. I’ll have to check how that works if it really is just chemical analysis like a litmus paper we use in chemistry or if it has any bio-engineering links he can use. He is thinking in the right direction tho. So indicators would help him analyse for conditions. He needs to also develop other devices like x-ray and ultrasound machine to observe the human body parts to analyse n compare a normal human female n a witch’s. machine building would be easier for him but I don’t think he could understand n analyse the human body like a doctor being an engineer.

    • NaM

      I guess roland just accepted that fact.. and instead planned to create a democratic like country where people vote for their ruler..