RW Chapter 197

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Chapter 197 Preparing for the Enemy

On the next morning, Roland was informed that Lightning, on one of her routine patrols, had discovered that there was a large force slowly closing in on them. .

“What, they have more than 1000 people?” Hearing such a large number startled Roland, wasn’t I told that it was only a 50-people strong envoy?

 

“En, goo,” Maggie added, “there aren’t many people that are riding on horses, only six!”

 

“The people who are walking… how are they dressed and equipped?”

 

“They seem ordinary, most of them don’t possess a helmet or armor. They’re wearing normal linen clothes instead,” Lightning reported, “Furthermore, they all have different kinds of weapons, but there are hundreds of people who are carrying short spears on their back.”

 

With such a poor level of equipment, does that mean they are civilians or serfs who were forced into serving? Roland questioned this, during this era they had no specialized militia training, this was also the reason why the militia usually only belonged to the logistic team and handled the food and supplies of the Knights. While they were also sometimes used as cannon fodder, as a target for the enemy’s arrows.

 

If Timothy wants to use military force to dispose of me, it should be impossible that he doesn’t know about the explosive fight between Border Town and Longsong Stronghold. That time, Duke Ryan’s coalition of more than two hundred Knights could not even touch the town’s edge, not to mention that crowd of mercenaries who would have to run on both of their legs. Knowing about the fight’s process and eventual result, yet still wanting to attack Border Town, this can only mean that they have confidence that they can break through the intensive row of gunfire.

 

Roland could not help but think of the church’s pills.

Previous he had already guessed that the Church was supporting Garcia and himself at the same time, but whether they also favored Timothy was still unknown. If that troop was in possession of those pills, the situation would be entirely different.

 

For a short time they would be able to reach the speed of a running horse, while also not being afraid of pain, meaning, the gun line would actually face an impact of more than 1000 “Knights”, and as long as one person managed to rush into the lines, they could cause significant casualties to the First Army.

 

Fortunately, the First Army now was no longer the First Army of two months ago.

 

With the revolving rifle, although until now only 100 had been replaced, the firepower they could deliver went far beyond that of the previous flintlock army, especially after he’d provided the gunners with a special ammunition loader. As soon as they enter into a scope of 300 meters, the enemy would have to face a constant stream of attacks.

Furthermore, after the fight with the stronghold, the artillery force has also been expanded. From its original size of four to its current size 20 groups, each was equipped with a modified version of the 12-pounder field cannon, doubling its range, its effective range was increased to over a kilometer.

 

However, Roland soon thought of another problem.

 

“Have you noticed if anyone of those soldiers that were walking was wearing a God’s Stone of Retaliation?

 

“I didn’t dare to get so close,” Lightning said, then pointed at Maggie. “But this fellow, after she had turned into her eagle form she could see them many times better than I could.”

 

But the latter also shook her head, “Haven’t seen, they might have hidden it in their clothes, Goo!”

 

“If it’s like this…” for a moment Roland pondered about it, “How about you take Nightingale with you. If you only carry one person while flying, you can still reach a height of ten meters, right? You will follow the Redwater River, Maggie will fly in front of you and take responsible of being on guard, as for the possibility of coming across a ship, Nightingale will step into her world of fog,” he said, then he looked at Nightingale. “When you are close enough to the enemy, you will observe them from distance. Find out if the troops are carrying God’s Stone of Retaliations, however, without my permission, you will not attack.”

 

“Yes,” Nightingale and Lightning said simultaneously.

 

When the three were ready to go, Roland stopped them one more time, “Remember, safety first, the most important thing is that you protect yourself.”

 

“No problem,” Nightingale said with a wink and smile.

 

When the witches had left, Roland felt a little uneasy, wasn’t the last sentence too much like raising a flag?

 

But he also became aware of a major mistake he had made, which was, that his intelligence control within the Longsong Stronghold was too weak – if it weren’t for the messenger sent by Petrov, he would only become aware of the enemy after it had already hit his door. Once a street fight broke out, the First Army would lose its advantage of firepower, and it would be difficult to get the advantage back.

 

I’m too young, too simple, Roland thought, after the war, this has to be changed, not only our intelligence system, Petrov should also be placed in my own staff.

 

In the following time, Roland sat restlessly at his table, even when it was time for lunch he wasn’t in the mood to eat. Only when Lighting, carrying Nightingale, flew in a fairy like manner into his room was he able to breath out in relieve.

 

Maggie closed her wings, dropped on Nightingales shoulders and chirped in a high voice: “Doesn’t exist goo, doesn’t exist goo!”

 

“They have no God’s Stone of Retaliation?”

 

“Most of them don’t possess them,” Nightingale said, taking off her hood, freeing her golden flood. “I have observed them from the front to the end, and I could only detect three to four black holes from the ranks of the militia.”

 

“Very well,” Roland said, immediately forming a preliminary battle plan. “You all should be hungry by now. In that case, go to the dining hall and order whatever you want to eat from the chef.

 

“Honey-sauce barbecue, Goo!” Maggie chirped, spread her wing and flew ahead.

 

*

 

East of Border Town.

 

Van’er glanced at the stone masons and workers who were busying themselves at both sides of the road, “In the end, what is it that they are building?”

 

In the beginning hundreds of people had dug out several huge pits in the ground, and they then built a brick wall at the edge of the pits, he thought that the walls would be connected, cutting off the road this way, so he never expected that they would actually be built around the pit.

 

“Don’t worry about it; I only know that there is finally another enemy we can beat,” Jop said excitedly while setting up the cannon on the right spot.

 

Indeed, how satisfying that would be. Last time when we had defeated the Duke’s coalition, His Royal Highness had personally awarded us members of the artillery group with a bronze emblem… No, that’s wrong; it was a medal. The Longsong Stronghold’s wall was depicted on the front of the medal, while the back was engraved with the year and their accomplishment. It was an exquisite production and had led to a lot of envy from the others within the firearm squadron.

 

And as if that wasn’t already enough honor, they had also been promoted, Van’er was now an artillery captain, and was in charge of ten artillery groups. The Rodney brothers, Cat’s Claw and Jop, were promoted to team captains, with three of them transferred to newly formed groups, where they were in charge to teaching the newly enlisted gunners how to operate the cannon.

 

However, the most inspiring was, that the Prince, His Highness has honored his promise, and had assigned a piece of land, which laid east of the town, at the foot of the Impassable Mountain Range, to him. Even though it was only a forest for now, but on the ground there now stood a stele, symbolizing that this piece and the rights to it’s use belonged to him.

 

So when they had learned that an enemy wanted to invade Border Town, the First Army suddenly began to boil, everyone was fully motivated, and hoped to gain some merits within the battle.

 

When the evening came, and the day’s drill finally came to its end, Van’er wiped the sweat from his forehead, and sat down on the shelves to take a little rest. During the whole afternoon he had gone from one artillery group to another, checking whether the new recruits were following the rules and execution steps when firing, he had yelled so much that his throat was nearly on fire.

 

“Drink something,” Jop handed him a leather flask.

 

“Thank you,” Van’er twisted open the lid, drinking thirstily.

 

“I think I know what they’re going to build,” said the former, raising his lips, proudly.

 

“Is that so?” He gave the leather bag back to Jop. By now the brick wall has been piled up to half a person’s height, roughly surrounding the pit in a hexagon. However, on each side of the wall, 30 – 40 centimeters over the ground, they had left open a long and narrow cross, which slightly resembled a window but appeared to be a bit smaller. “It won’t be a house.”

 

“Calling it a house, wouldn’t be wrong, I just went and asked a mason,” Job nodded, “he told me that this was something His Royal Highness, the Prince had come up with, when the firearm team hides themselves within they can fire while being half buried in the ground, not having to worry about anything. But they also have a unique name; His Royal Highness called it a bunker.”


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  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Reader

    Thx for the chapter! Things are getting started~
    Also, “breath out in relieve”->”breath out in relief”? bc relieve is a verb and
    “the rights to it’s use”->”the rights to its use”

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • captain crunch

    i’m all caught up now. unless i missed it, i’m wondering why they haven’t told lightning that her dad is alive. i thought margaret told ronald this, the first time she visited border town.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Oh pure guys with no armors they be like fodder to the bullets…

  • Junior Jaw

    All this war talk about gunpowder vs human flesh and metal armor.

    And here I am hoping Ana will start cooking human meat…
    I mean they do have “firepower” in a sense more than one

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! I wonder if the Church will be destroyed before the calamity falls. Seems like all the sides have realized what’s going on.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Kuq Ku

    If Garcia were to come up against Bunkers, I bet she would use oil to burn them out a molotov cocktail anyone?

  • Psychronia

    Bunkers huh? Can someone give me a quick explanation of how bunkers work?

    As far as I know, they’re best for protecting against enemy fire while defending.

    • Kuq Ku

      If you play Overwatch, just imagine a Bastion in a bunker. Of course he can be countered but it will be a costly counter and these guys cant respawn..

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Kuq Ku

    Ive said it before he was laxed with his commitment towards LS, he shouldve put up a quick communication network towards LS, I was hoping for a rudimentary Telegraph system, or something, Towers with light becons using morse code signals who knows, pigeons can get eaten by another fat pigeon that goes goo and messengers are just too damn slow.

    Timothy was smart this time, still made the same mistake he made with Garcia, and that was sadly underestimating his opponent, he really shouldve done some Recon on his target, instead he based everything on his stupid assumption that his Brother would be easily rolled.

    This time however he is using superior numbers that are juiced up roid trash to take down Roland, not a bad idea, he committed very few of his own men that arent taking crack unlike the poor militia and mercs, however, even though they are strengthened and their fighting prowess is much improved to the level comparable to a knight, it wouldnt be unreasonable for Timothy to assume this battle was a win. I mean who would think that Roland would have weapons of such destructive power in his keep?

    I feel a little sorry for Timothy, I dont think hes a bad guy at all, just trying to rule the land hes been given, but after this encounter with Roland (we all know hes gonna get rekt), he needs to wise up, by his actions hes well aware of what the Church are up too, rather than adding fuel to their fire he couldve attempted to gather his remaining siblings and convince them of an alliance, I know he has tried to recall them but what did he expect lol, you killed Eldest Brother assume control of the Kingdom so lets add our own heads to the chopping board?, as it stands all the siblings are distant, distrusting and unwilling. Working towards building bridges between the remaining siblings is in his best interests, fighting a war on multiple fronts is even less desirable, alliances is all he has right now, surely he can see the Church eroding his power base, his control, and his access to resources.

    His defeat at the hands of Garcia has put him on shaky grounds, I am fully confident that this latest battle will end with yet another loss, and may put him in the Churches cross hairs, he wanted to blame Roland for the theft of pills and church destruction, now Roland can do that to Timothy WHEN he beats his ass up, theres no way Roland will lose in this confrontation, not unless something bullshit happens, which might be an interesting twist if it did.

    Roland should also seek an alliance with his siblings, he has one of sorts with Tilly, but I doubt she would trust this alien who calls himself her brother, hes too different from what he was. Garcia tried and succeeded in killing him, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend, for now anyway, having a distrusting but working relationship is doable. Timothy has the title but not the power and support what little he had is fragile and undermined due to his loss to Garcia and the Churches manipulations, he has to weigh up what there is to gain from this union if Roland goes and seeks them out.

    • Deman Bloodx

      Why would his siblings team up with him? Would you make an alliance with a sibling who is in a town that govern 2000 people? At least half the population would be woman and probably in the other half, 1/3 of that is old enough to fight.

      I agree about the communication network. I am hoping Roland makes a radio system bypassing laying wires. But electricity is still just starting.

      • Kuq Ku

        Why wouldnt they when they realize that the Church is their common enemy, Tilly would definitely want them out of the way, so would Garcia after their underhanded tactics to destroy her army, as would Timothy.

        Timothy has already expressed disappointment in Tilly for not coming to him, he fully intended to make her part of his team, even Roland he didnt intend to kill, only because he didnt see him as a threat, but now he does. as for Garcia, whats a little Fraternacide or fratricide between siblings, sure I tried to kill you, but these guys are trying to kill us both with equal measure, lets deal with them together, then get back at ripping each others throat out after we win yay!

        Tilly will be aware of what Roland has once Ashes gives her report, and it isnt good to assume that the end goal of all the siblings are the same, Timothy wants the throne so does Roland, but does Garcia? or Tilly? could they have a different goal?

        If they have common ground to meet and agree upon, an alliance that meets all their needs can be done, if France and England can find common ground after all the years of shit theyve had with each other Im sure these guys can

        • Diarek

          Aware that the Church can’t be fully trusted is as far as Timothy and Garcia can be allowed to do. Unlike Tilly and Roland who distrusted Church right from the start and has access to alternative combat force (witches, tech), Garcia and Timothy still relies on 14th century warfare. Sure, they can get creative with oil and firework powders, but those things still far inferior to the drug as deciding factor. The two of them basically was forced into a poison dare, if other use it then we must also use it, that the only way to balance the power.

          And alliances? Pfft, that only happens if they fully aware how bad the Church’s end game is, and that involves both knowing and seeing. Garcia and Timothy still think those priest want stronger influence on their reign after they become monarch, not their own ass.

          Make no mistake, 3 out of 4 definitely want the throne, even Roland. Tilly is just too peaceful to seek more radical method for her peoples.

          • Kuq Ku

            The church has claimed a Kingdom already, thats a pretty big sign dont ya think? theyre as good as saying “All your base r belong to us”, Garcia has been actively culling any church found on her raids and taking what she can much like Timothy just did in LS.

            An alliance can be formed for any reason, I see the Church as being the biggest threat, and would work to counter them co op, I wouldnt expect them to have a love festival reunion but I can see them joining together with a common goal.

            From what I can see both Garcia and Timothy are more than aware of the Churches desire, Garcia has made her position clear regarding the Church, Timothy seems to be willing to use them to further his own ends, perhaps thinking he is cunning and clever enough to do so unscathed.

            I see nothing wrong with an alliance between the siblings, they can always get back to cutting each others throats after the Church has been dealt with, whether they would out of self interest is something still left to consider.

            • Diarek

              You are right, logically, there are no reason for them not to alliances with their sibling to fight against the Church. But there is, and it not logical, its ego. Timothy is too drunken on his seat that he will not see the Church as a bigger threat until he united the country, for that purpose, he willing to borrow a outsider’s force to deal with Greycastle’s internal affair, set a fox to watch the gees, if you will.
              Garcia willing to abandon Clearwater is a sign that she at least smarter than Timothy. She will seeks alliances, but not with her sibling, Timothy is right out, they see other as bigger,more immediate threats than the actual one. Tilly and Roland also out, because one is missing and other is simply too far. Remember, the Border Town isn’t just the farthest corner of the country, but actually the farthest of the whole continent. Lack of certain information makes crossing the country, or the treacherous water in the West Sea a gambling she wouldn’t take.
              The only person in the whole world aware how much of threat Roland is, luckily, already dead, I’m talking about that female archbishop, her line about admitting how much of a fool Roland made them to be, while inaccurate, does signify her concern that her two coworkers didn’t share

      • Aether

        They could’ve installed beacons for now so that they can burn to send a signal to multiple points. “The beacon has been lit! Longhold Stronghold calls for aid!” then Roland be like “And Border Town shall answer”.

  • Russian Otaku

    Can’t wait for the next chapter! Thanks for this one!

  • Grey Human

    Thank you for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • phyrigia

    what happened to the other brother of roland that being accused of killing the King? Is he dead yet? or in prison?

    • Neiden

      Wasn’t he executed without a trial as soon as possible?
      Timothy probably didn’t want him to talk.

  • phyrigia

    dahahaha….. a bunker! Nice job for another kill! as long as his blueprint of machines and etc is not leaked then everything will be okay so far.

  • BongBong Chu

    The weakness of pill-enhanced force is the duration of the pill effect. So Roland has to provoke the opponent to distribute the pills by placing his gun fighters very visibly, but after making a few volleys they should escape to the bunkers, they can stop the berserkers from entering by shooting them down, and wait until they are not berserking anymore and start being afraid of dying. And he will direct Nightingale at the command, with luck, destroying the pill store too.

    • phyrigia

      but he forgot one thing… How much strength the one take church pill is? What if they become so powerfully strength that they can hit and destroy the bunker with just bare hand jab and kick? And dont forget they have thousand pills. Staying in bunker need food, right? how would he supply food then?

      • Aldrich Castillo

        Well… A Church punishment zombie was able to stop the big kind of demon with his bare arms, with the loss of said arms, so they should be about the same… Assuming drug takers are a level weaker, the bunkers should hold… Probably ?

        • Aldrich Castillo

          Correct me if im remembering wrong xD

      • Diarek

        In regard to the effect of those drugs, reread the fight between Carter and one of the test prisoner. Even GPA still human flesh and blood, no way they can destroy fortified bunker with just their bare hand without killing themselves.
        You are assuming the fight would be a prolonged one, but on one side, is an veteran, disciplined army with superior firepower, other side is a mess of addicts civilians that can’t even spell “strategy” right, fat chance they last longer than Duke Ryan’s army.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • MangoGuy

    Sigh..Is there another word for over kill?

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Maxi King

    and he is building bunkers… well timmy it was fun while it lasted…

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Roland is using an interesting method of utilizing the bunkers. If they would have been completed in time he could have had extremely low to no casualties in the upcoming skirmish. We can call it a skirmish as its not a big army.
    It’s evident that Timothy is using this force to gauge the strength and mystery of Roland’s recent exploits. He even used the Greek strategy of a modified-Trojan horse. I’m actually impressed how Timothy is now concentrating on the “should be weak” Roland, and acquiring more territory before fighting against Gracia and the Church. He even seems to have somewhat deduced the Church’s motive. He lost the first battle against Gracia but I think she’s gonna face more trouble now.
    On the other hand Roland is having difficulties modernizing his residence and populace fast enough which he also knows. He has a greater task than the other two siblings. But this upcoming battle at his doorstep can give him more time against the Church as they are likely to be occupied with Timothy and Gracia geographically and diplomatically.

    • mllhild

      I think they will be completed on time. After all its a several days march until BT.

  • DiPz

    Ok.. a bunker… .

    Timothy just die…

  • UnblinkingOutsider

    Haha, give him another year or 2 and we will have a star fort city with bunkers and artillery emplacements!

    • Inbetweenbooks

      star forts might not even be the best design right now. they are sort of made to withstand cannon fire, not the older models of siege weapons, and he is the only one with canons for the foreseeable future.

      Sort of my problem with the bunkers, it’s not necessary right now. Being lowered into the ground is great when the other side is shoting at you. The other side in this case has zero firearms, meaning he could just as well have used a simpler barricade/fort system and used the holes as deathpits and moats around his guard towers/fortifications.

      • mllhild

        If you add a roof on the top, metal doors and make the shooting windows small, then it will also protect against charges of enemies.

      • UnblinkingOutsider

        Well, why wait until the design is needed? It won’t be too long until someone figures out the stuff needed for blackpowder with him importing it in tonnes. But he probably will have to conquer the Kingdom as fast as possible so his enemies can not rally against him so the bordertown will lose importance anyway. After that he MUST conquer the kingdoms which are under direct or indirect church control, probably more than half the known world at this point, or face eventual global war against him.

        • Heyu

          this is true, but just if he wants, that probably he will try to take the whole kingdom, which in the ends is absurd, but well..

          If I were roland I would forget about the kingdom, having a river, the sea, ant the impasable mountains as natural defenses, I would fortify the river bank and make use of his tech knowloedge to grow tall, in a kind of free city when he don’t really have to worry about the problems of the whole kingdom management, and can create a city state who have not just high tech and infinite potential, but the whole continent on the other side to develop with pioneers if he want to expand, he just need to fortify the border with the kingdom and slowly develop the rest of the continent that all the other kingdoms and the church can’t have access to because the only way to reach the new land is across border town..

          • Rambo Wambo

            Lovely idea, only problem I see is that even at this moment he has some extreme manpower problems for his rapidly growing plans. So by taking over currently exisiting cities he doesn’t need years to accomplish anything and manages to not get steamrolled by a massively drugged army from the church.

  • MOHLT

    Emm, shouldn’t it be called pillbox and not the bunker? Anyway… 100 new rifles, 20 upgraded cannons and bunkers(pillboxes)?! This will be fun.

  • Comrade
    • the High lord

      wolfenstein

      • Nnelg

        They’re Kreigers from 40k.

    • Kuq Ku

      I thought that was a slim roadhog for a moment

  • Neko

    Bunker should be nice.^^
    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • ArchEyeTech

    This be like like D-Day

    • SanitaryCockroach

      Except the Germans win.

  • Where can i get the raw, my good sirs?

  • Hi there. We have come to get pwned. XD

  • the High lord

    this is the part where timothy will taste the power of bomb droping

  • VerneJules

    I can’t help but commend Timothy on this. Taking away the fact that he messed with the wrong guy and that his sacrifice of militia citizens was quite cruel, his strategy this time was actually brilliant. Did he perhaps hire a tactician from the North?

    Deceiving the Church that he was following their instruction in the North but actually dispatching a small detachment of knights to hire mercenaries and conscript militia to conquer the Western Territory. Even using the small number of envoy as a Trojan horse to smoothly conquer Longsong Stronghold. Even being cautious by trying to investigate the cause of the Duke’s loss (although the knights seem to have disregarded it when they couldn’t find out). He investigated first the side effects of the pills and knew the extent on their use. Furthermore, he even attacked the local Church to obtain more pills! Considering that an enhanced man could probably defeat 10 ordinary men, then his milita army could be considered 15,000 strong. Not bad.

    • Grey Human

      You know what Roland need to do as soon as possible, reorganize his military more. Even though he already managed to arm his whole army with firearm, maxed out their morale plus loyalty and somewhat arrange simple command structure to his Army(Appointing a captain and a vice captain to command each 100 man). he need to do much more. Until now Roland only faces enemy commander(Duke Ryan) whose commanding skill is probably on par with him or slightly lower than him and have no proper intelligence about Roland´s Army.

      Its only matter of time before Roland will come face to face with an enemy´s good commander that have a good idea of how Roland´s Army fight and march. By that time the best case scenario is, albeit their technological superiority, Roland´s Army will take heavy casualties after each engagement with the said commander. the simplest things to do aside from searching for great commander and tactician, is to do another restructuring to his Army. He at least need to divide his 100 man unit into squads of 10 man and appoint squad leader and vice squad leader to leads another 8 man, in addition he too need to give each squad a certain degree of autonomy to make them more flexible in battlefield and not become useless cannon fodder. he also need to create a logistic division as part of his army to increase the efficiency of his firearm wielding infantry. Those supplies and firearms cannot arrange themselves, you know.

      Another Idea is for Roland to create military staff officer. As for now he probably should appoint Carter(the most experienced military personnel) as the chief of staff and hold a meeting with each 100 man commander plus his vice, artillery commander plus his vice also the commander who is in charge of logistic division at least once a week to discuss Tactics and strategy. In the meeting, every commander have a voice to complain and suggest a new idea. the result of those meeting later on will become the framework of how the Army should operate, which resulted in more flexible and adaptive army that could fight any kind of enemy. With all of the Ideas from the above, not to mention the church and other Kingdoms in continent, even the Demon Army beyond the border shall be crushed easily beneath Roland´s first Army´s boots.

      • Inbetweenbooks

        Didn’t he establish the 3 volley firing ranks of the british army already? It’s really is one of the better once to use until the enemy has similar hot weapons. it allowed the brits to hold rorke’s drift with 150 soldiers (and a few militiamen) again 3-4000 zulu warriors.

        As for the division of men, hasn’t it been hinted at here? they have a captain commanding the artillery, with groups of artillery subcommander and group leaders.

        Sure, it’s good to divide it into smaller more mobile units later on, but as long as the enemy uses straight charges and a pre decided battlefield, it doesn’t actually play such a huge part. even most flanking actions can be dealt with if his army is just 2-3 different pieces, he is the defender after all…

        the military staff you are suggesting is good, but until they are trained and know their weapons better the only once that have ever thought deeply about strategy are the prince and Carter. Whom is his default minister of defence, due to his training, but don’t yet know enough about the newer weapons to be much more use than stealing history stratagems

        • Grey Human

          Yeah, they did have captain for Artillery team and smaller scale infantry unit formation, but as of right now infantry commander only function as morale beacon and pre electric signal Radio. the moment they were cut of from line of communication(running messenger) or facing with the death of their immediate Superior, they will collapse easily and surrender to nearest enemy unit. By teaching smaller unit commander and its vice to act independently and voice a suggestion when its needed, the survivability of the unit will be guaranteed much more. Undoubtedly, they should be defined completely about when and how they should act independently or follow their order through and through.

          While forming military staff against medieval era enemy is probably to extreme for some people. there is nothing wrong in mentality to achieve many/0, Kill/Death ratio. In fact with regular meeting each week, every commander could familiarize themselves better in regards of firearm tactic and discuss new problem that may rise with the current military rules and tactics. They could even create new kind of tactic that is much better and more efficient than the tactics Rolland currently implemented. Because while Rolland may have knowledge from the books and movies from his previous live, the one who usually soaked in the mud and commanded the first Army directly in the field are the mid-Rank and the high-Rank officers in the supposedly formed Military Staff. Of course if needed Rolland should attend those Military Staff meeting to broaden his/their horizon and added new(modern) hindsight into the military staff.

        • Nnelg
      • Nnelg

        I agree with the need for structuring, but not the specific structure you propose. You shouldn’t just try to copy modern structure blindly: remember that modern tactics were developed to defeat _modern_ opponents.

        Small squads like you suggested were developed in late WWI by pioneers such as Erwin Rommel to counter Trench Warfare: the basic idea is that if the enemy has taken up a good position, then trying to dislodge them directly will result in too many casualties. So, one small unit uses suppressing fire to keep them pinned there while another small unit manuevers around them, forcing the enemy to retreat or be surrounded.

        But Roland’s enemies can’t bombard him from an unassailable position; rather, the reverse is true! What Roland wants to do is maximize the firepower of his soldiers, delivering as many bullets as possible in the shortest amount of time to an enemy unit attempting to engage in melee, utterly obliterating it.

        To that end, small unit size is a detrement as it hinders coordination and efficiency. Rather than squads of 10, what he wants is larger rifle companies of ~100 that can output 2k rounds per minute continuously.

        • Grey Human

          When i think about it again, i agree that, 10 man autonomous squad are probably to excessive for medieval era enemy. perhaps keep the 10 man unit formed but they will only become semi autonomous when they join up and form 50 man unit, because one of the most effective usage of firearm troops are for them to initiate crossfire. Basically the main unit at the center, with their right and left flank were guarded by hidden units, it basically look something like this ( ____ /). the general idea is to force/lure the enemy to attack the main units at the center, while the hidden units in right and left flank compromising of 10 man squads so they could change their position accordingly without being noticed considerably.

          All unit then will open fire after most of the enemy trooper had reached the center of the firing line. the sudden collapse of high number of soldier in right, left and center should cause major morale damage to enemy combatant. After brief time of engagement, to preserve what its left after enemy morale have collapse completely, general retreat should be sounded by enemy commander. Even if they try to be stubborn and charge into hail of gunfire, they will perish completely without even touching the main line of defense, because you know “Hail of Gunfire”.

          • Kuq Ku

            Gurkha with just their Kukri would make quick work of a Bunker, I think your 10 man idea could be used for sure, having roaming 10 man teams of destruction would be scary as all hell, especially when you know what your up against, Psychological warfare is just as effective as bullets.

            • NickC

              I don’t believe a melee unit of any sort has successfully fought a field battle against a regular firearm unit since the invention of smokeless powder.

              • Kuq Ku

                Gurkha had guns they also had kukri which in close combat was used and proved very deadly against an armed enemy when circumstances allowed, I didnt mean to say thats all they did, charge at bunkers with just their Kurkri

              • Nnelg

                http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-famous-bayonet-charge-of-modern-conflict-2012-10
                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9571522/Soldier-who-led-Afghanistan-bayonet-charge-into-hail-of-bullets-honoured.html

                And in case you don’t consider terrorists ‘regulars’…
                http://www.vfw10216.com/battledescription.htm

                There’s also hundreds of battles in and between the Sino-Japanese wars where Chinese provential troops with nothing but swords and spears had to fight off the (admittedly also outdated) rifles and tanks of the Japanese, and the end result wasn’t a one-sided slaughter… Too bad it’s nigh impossible to find more information than that in English.

                • NickC

                  Of course terrorists aren’t regular firearm units. They’re exemplary examples of irregular units.

                  Also, “melee units” don’t have machine gun support fire, rifles, grenades and tanks, among other things. It is with some incredulity that I’m reading a passage that reads: “Millett spotted a Chinese machine gun to his left. He ordered a BAR to fire on it. Another soldier spotted eight Chinese squatting in a hole just ten yards from Millett. The captain ran to it, firing his carbine and throwing grenades. The enemy died. ” and you want to consider that a melee unit charge.

                  Calling a small squad action fixing a bayonet to their guns no more makes you a melee unit in a field battle than a bomber crew armed with pistols is a light infantry skirmisher battalion.

                  Besides, “melee unit”, you also don’t know the meaning of “field battle”. Never in history has a squad charging a house or trench been considered a field battle. Field implies area to maneuver, in the military sense, and battle implies combat well about the squad or fireteam scale.

        • DudeForDuke

          This is true. With so few of Roland’s soldiers having multi-shot rifles like the revolver rifle, you need to rely on lines of infantry still to keep up the rate of fire and bring enough to bear on an enemy formation. With a flintlock, you just need to have men and more of them in formation to make up for the lack of sustained fire.

          Once he gets the army armed with suitable repeating rifles, however, he can start utilizing modernish maneuver warfare/small unit tactics.

          • Nnelg

            No matter how advanced the weaponry, a regimented firing line will maximize its effects on massed soldiers well above and beyond what small, disparate units can accomplish. Until the enemy changes *their* tactics significantly, breaking Roland’s army up into smaller chunks is just giving them a leg up in “divide and conquer”.

            • Nnelg

              Thinking of how a single GPA soldier could kill hundreds of ordinary men armed with modern weapons so long as he only had to deal with a handful of them at a time, I was about to say that a good example would be action/horror movies like Aliens or Predator: if the soldiers just had massed their firepower together and moved as a single entity, they coudn’t be picked off one-by-one and anything they collectively fired upon would without a doubt be destroyed.

              That led to a strange idea: what if the attackers at Rorke’s Drift had not been Zulus, but Xenomorphs? I can’t help but feel that the results would have been the same…

      • madstack

        IMO, Roland’s problem is much simpler. He’s inexperienced, lacks a teacher or reference material for warfare tactics, he’s too deep in his own comfort zone and he’s an engineer. The last two being his biggest problems. I think he’s set if he gets around those two.

        Conversely, his biggest strengths are technology, he is unpredictable and is often underestimated. None of those will stay relevant for too long, since everyone has a decent information network except him.

        • Jo Viljar

          Well not like he is likely to find a good teacher either since nobody there would have any experience on how to best make use of the power and technology Roland has access to

          Though it could still be useful with a teacher mostly for understanding and knowing the enemy (but even that might not be all that useful since Roland’s way of fighting is so different that the enemy is also likely to act in ways that they usually wouldn’t… either that or they are fools who would quickly fall to Roland’s firepower)

          • Kuq Ku

            I wouldnt necessarily say thats true, trench warfare was used in WW1 and thats some old skool strats, they used obscure languages that the enemy wouldnt know to communicate with so deciphering it would be more difficult for them, I dont think old skool strategies are dated or unusable, just modified and used differently.

            The Art of war and other Old skool tactics still have relevance even today.

            If he finds someone like Sun Tzu, Rommel, Hannibal, etc Id say hed have a really great start. Ive said this before, but he really needs to go out and recruit talented people.

            • Nnelg

              Let’s not get someone quite *that* talented; if Roland’s attempting to revolutionize a monarchy as the King, he doesn’t want a Napoleon arising…

              (Hang on… Didn’t l’Empereur start off as an *artillery commander*?)

              • Kuq Ku

                Ana will skewer the upstart before his short ass poses for a painting on a horse for a Old spice commercial.

                • Nnelg

                  God’s Stone of Retalliation. Guaranteed to stop any* witch in their tracks!

                  *extraordinaries excluded

                  • Kuq Ku

                    Would be a bit like throwing a boulder with magic gravity does the rest, just like the momentum of surgically sharpened metal pins to impale those protected by God Stone

            • madstack

              Well, it took us a million or so of dead to realize trench warfare is the way to go. I agree that he himself should not be an army commander, since he clearly has neither aptitude nor desire to be one.

        • Kuq Ku

          He needs the Art of War magically transported to him via Amazons magic drones.

  • Proxy Account

    *painfully containing the hype*

  • Puru.The.Great

    And thou hast come to thy grave.
    War oh yeah!

  • Maxi King

    wait 1000 enemies? if rolands shooting squad is 100 people that would be 10 shots each…

    • Lum Wei Le

      U forget that is if all the bullets hit and said bullet hits a different enemy each time without hitting other people’s target.

      • Maxi King

        yes also the chance of missing, bullet penetration, misfire, cannon, the actual amount of rolands troops, pills, panic, air currents, etc

    • SanitaryCockroach

      Cannons guys, cannons.

    • mllhild

      expect it to take a lot more than 1 bullet to stop a doped soldier.
      Also the procentage of fatal or even effective hits is going to be rather low.

  • kkl

    try to maintain his low amount of knight that his sister kill… he use commoner+drug to fight his war and they always died in the end. worst strategic ever as they r not like china with their huge amount of population

    • Inbetweenbooks

      apart from the part where he is using his brothers people, and drug them to be loyal to him, meaning that no matter what, it’s not him bearing the cost…

  • Neruz

    Well unless the entire militia is drugged, which is possible given the pills they seized last chapter, they will break on the first contact with Roland’s Redcoats.

    If they are drugged, they will get chewed into mincemeat instead of breaking.

  • Ymir

    COMMENCE THE MASSACRE

  • Easykill

    Test subjects for if Nana can cure the dependency!

    • mllhild

      Good idea!

    • Kik Heirtothestar

      Nana’s magic will evolve for sure XD

    • madstack

      That sounds a bit dangerous.

    • Kuq Ku

      As terrible as this sounds, but yes they will need that, and to experiment on them as well, will Nana be able to do that? Can Nana be a Mengele?

      Roland needs a medical team Drs, researchers, etc. people that can do that.

    • Kilian

      The question would be if Nana can fix (mental) diseases as she does with injuries. The drugs which they have taken are actually creating a disease in the body (used up lifeforce) and not just an injury like taking an arrow to the knee. On top of that there is the mental strain of losing that much power which is faaaaaar more heavy a burden than just withdrawl effects of normal drugs. In traditional Xianxia and Wuxia genre’s there have been heavenly medicine which can add to your lifeforce but till this moment in this world there have not been such medicine. Losing almost all your lifeforce would be the equivelant of being an 85 dying man. His cells just can’t reproduce anymore to keep up with the dying cells.

  • Kuq Ku

    Sounds like they Enlisted the Locals of Longsong… thats some shitty shit they did, force fed them pills no doubt and forced them to fight against Roland, here peasants go forth and kill my enemy or face my blade. These guys deserve all theyre going to get, but those people 🙁 their deaths are guaranteed if the Pill was used on them 🙁 what a way to conscript new recruits to bolster their forces 🙁

    Roland make sure you crush them hard, its a shame you cant stomp on them for a very long time.

    • mllhild

      The mercenary/milita force already was 1500 strong when they did attack LS, so they probably didn’t added the locals.

      • Kuq Ku

        Oh I need to re read it, I thought they recruited the rest from LS as they were so craptastically geared and armed.

  • fgundam

    LOL the pills may be a variable but the witches themselves are also a variable since chances are that they are not equipped with the witch resistant stone and can be wiped out by Nightingale single handedly if she goes back and forth killing and resupplying.

    • mllhild

      Actually her just killing the 10 or so Knights and destroying the pills stash would disable the army completely.
      Fun thing is that Nightingale can see the GSoP and the Pills from inside her fog. So its like them sitting ducks. 20 bullets and 2 or 3 sacks of black powder is enough to do the job.

      • SanitaryCockroach

        You always played the thief style in RPGs, didn’t you? XD

      • Inbetweenbooks

        it’s still dangerous for her to do it like that, she is forced out into the open if a guy with a stone comes close to her, and they run as fast as horses but with faster acceleration…

        That is, if they can react.

        but yeah, take out the scouts to blind the army, and lobotomizing it by assassinating the commanders is always a valid strategy…

  • Prepare for war!!!

    • Light351

      You mean prepare for another Church leader chapter.
      They always seem to extend the cliff the moment you get pumped for an action scene.

      • Ah, right 🙁

      • belegorn

        Urgh so true..my friend..

  • Rico Sebastian

    ( Teaser ) it seems timothy soldier doesn’t know Roland weapon yet the …..
    MASSACRE XD

    • They’re too confident with the pills. From what I can tell, these thousand soldiers aren’t the usual knights, but mostly militias. Not sure whether they’d provide them all with a pill, but if they do, I can understand how they can be quite confident. Well, it’ll be their demise though. Roland’s army had gotten an upgrade in terms of weaponry and numbers, and they already secured materials for ammos. Hah… actually, I’m still a bit skeptical. Sure, the cannons can just blast them away, but since these pills didn’t exist in Roland’s world, or at least he wasn’t aware of anything as close to it, I can’t help but consider this as an unstable variable. And an unstable variable, regardless of how small, can always lead to unexpected result.

      • Rico Sebastian

        don’t forget the witch also one of roland trump card so ….

        • Lmao, I nearly forgotten that the witches can help in this.

          • What was this novel about again… 😉

            • Some random actress trying to NTR someone’s husband ( ̄へ ̄)

              • SanitaryCockroach

                LOL

        • Easykill

          He has few battle capable witches though? Useful in the right places, but still relatively insignificant in comparison to his actual army. As if a couple modern tanks or something are mixed in.

        • ArchEyeTech

          However their range is limited.

          The only actual combat witch is Nightingale and with her dual pistol can go a longer range.

          • Nightingale should be able to bring Anna to wreck havoc. But I don’t think Roland will let Anna go deep into the enemy’s line.

          • Herloct

            Let anna create a net of thin black fire fiber. As long as nightingale get rid those using god stone, everyone who pass the net would become a mere meat

            • ArchEyeTech

              That will work so long as the enemy, who swallowed the pills, lose their sense of danger.

              They be like stampeding bison herd heading straight for the cliff.

      • mllhild

        As we know from the last chapter, the duration of the pills is rather short.
        The first time it lasts for 15 min.
        The second and third time the effect is even shorter.
        This makes it a short power boost to break the lines of the enemy and cause the army to route.
        But this means that it has to be taken right before the battle. Remember what happened last time when the Dukes army tried to position itself to attack?

        • The pills can null their pain receptor. So unless they have their legs broken from the shrapnel attack, I’m pretty sure they’ll still advanced forward. I’m sure it will also null their fear, so they may not care with the damage they received. At the off chance there are some who haven’t gotten their legs broken from the attack, they can advance forward as meat shield to protect the others behind them. Of course this scenario will depend on whether they have the time to take their pills, but that’s precisely why these pills are unstable variables. And of course, even if this happens, they’ll only be able to harm minority of the First Army, but hey, Roland didn’t have any casualties during their fight against Longsong, so it’ll be pretty sad to have even one now, right?

  • skaviouz

    i just want to see a massacre and da enemy go wtf?

    • mllhild

      Me too!

  • mmmmm…. it sounds like the “knigths” are using communers, not solders, they lie abount the issue with church or something!!!!

    • FanChan

      they are also feeding the commoners the churches pills

  • MOHLT

    I wonder just how many revolving rifles Roland build… All ~600 soldiers and trainees going to be armed with them?

    • Wrandral

      He just needs his shrapnel canons and that mob will be shredded so bad that they won’t be able to advance even if they’re drugged up.

      • MOHLT

        yeah, I certainly hope he has atleast 10 cannons or so now.
        edit: 20! even better

    • ArchEyeTech

      If thats the case then it be like Iwo Jima.

    • mllhild

      He still hasn’t managed to make a way to mass produce the ammunition needed for the revolving rifles.
      Making tight fitting shells, the igniter inside, and a fitting bulled is quite the challenge if you don’t have a proper hydraulic press and quite some time to test for stable and reliable igniter production.

      • MOHLT

        He is still able to produce 100 bullets a day, or more I believe? He should have few(+10? maybe) thousands of them stockpiled somewhere(could have been used up in training of course).

  • MangoGuy

    RIP Church’s fake lapdogs~

    • MOHLT

      Atleast those fools removed 1 future problem for Roland!

      • MangoGuy

        or maybe those dogs will bite a bit before going down? Find out in the next release of RTW!!

      • Wrandral

        You mean the church and their reserve of pills or Petrov getting too big for his breaches?

        • MOHLT

          church, Petrov is smalltime anyway.

        • Jo Viljar

          Petrov isn’t really a big problem for Roland
          As Petrov is greedy and interested in personal gains and have little loyalty… however that isn’t that big of a problem as he knows of Rolands power and he has bigger possibility of gains if Roland becomes king and comes into power rather then anyone else

          So him betraying Roland might happen but most likely won’t happen unless he is forced to or see gains in doing so

  • Atamahead027

    cannon volley booomb.

    such majestic fireworks. perfect for new year