RW Chapter 205

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Chapter 205 Microscopes

After Timothy’s armed forces had been repulsed, Border Town became calm once again.

 

Roland selected three people from the City Hall’s Ministry of Education and added another two teachers to form a team, which he then sent, together with some of Soraya’s books to Longsong Stronghold. No matter how much effect they could achieve, he finally took the first step for the assimilation of the stronghold.

 

Petrov, although he did not excel at commanding a battle, his performance in administration was outstanding. In just one week, two thousand recruited road-workers, escorted by cavalrymen, came to Border Town one after the other. If not for the second batch of ten blast furnaces he’d already put into production, Roland would also never have dared to make the firm resolution to establish a hard road between the two locations. But now, he finally had the opportunity to extravagantly spent a lot of money.

 

Roland named the road the ‘Kingdom Main Street’, and Karl, the Head of the Ministry of Construction, was fully responsible for its construction. Its structure and the streets’ in the town were exactly the same; a cement-stabilized gravel layer. During this era, where there existed no heavy vehicles, this kind of pavement was already sufficient to undertake every transportation tasks. Moreover, with a good drainage performance, if the circumstances ever demanded, later on, an concrete or even a asphalt pavement could always be added.

 

To always have enough construction material, four steam-driven milling machine replaced the labor-power that was required to crush the stones, producing dozens of tons of gravel and material each day. It was the too small transportation capacity, which hindered the further rise of the output, so many stones needed hundreds of people to send the stones with carriages to the construction site during the day. For the later generation of roads, one single muck car would have been enough to complete the whole shipment.

 

With the exception of the four furnaces which maintained the clay brick firing, the rest of the blast furnaces had been put into the production of cement powder. After going through repeated component tests, as well as making sure that the mine provided enough iron powder, Border Town’s cement production, whether it be its quality or quantity, they were both far better than the original batches.

 

However, the mass transport of gravel and cement powder also brought a large negative impact to the town, of which the most severe problem was the dust. Until the afternoon, there had only been little wind, so that a dense cloud of dust could be seen flying in the sky, turning the street into a light yellow. Although most of the town people did not mind such a situation, for Roland, there was nothing worse than having to shut all of the doors and windows during the hot summer.

 

Therefore, the carriages for transporting the cement powder and gravel had been fitted with a cover plate as quickly as possible, to reduce the dispersion during the transportation. At the same time, he also used it as a chance to promote Leaves’ ability. Within a few days, the inside of the town was covered with shade providing trees, they were symmetrical parasol trees, which Leaves had grown one branch of after another, creating the impression that the scenery appeared to be full of green for as far as the eye could see. With Roland’s additional appeal to all of the people, that they should take the initiative and sprinkle water over the dust, the situation had quickly been improved.

 

The straight distance between the two places was less than 70 kilometers, but considering that the road had to avoid the extensions of the Impassable Mountain Range, the total length of the road would be around 100 kilometers and its expected construction duration would be one year. With roads of such excellent quality, some modern kinds of vehicles could also come in handy, such as bicycles and steam powered cars.

 

In his vision for the future, the development of education and the upgrading of the road were necessary steps to fuse the two cities together. Just like the cities of the later generations would energetically carry out urban integration. After the land between these two places was fully opened up, Border Town and Longsong Stronghold would slowly merge into one huge city. And in case he could even integrate the southern hill into the city, he could then open up a path through the edge of the mountains, and even get an outgoing sea port for himself.

 

Of course, being able to develop so much land would require an even larger population. And in response to the possibility of future wars, the city would need to be self-sufficient with its food production, while also providing a significant number of workers for the industrial production.From his preliminary calculations, he would need around one hundred thousand residents, while Graycastle’s largest city, King’s City, had only around twenty to thirty thousand people.

 

When thinking about this issue, Roland remembered that the North and South of the Kingdom of Graycastle, are both places that have recently experienced a war. So, when the winter comes, it is likely that there will be a large number of refugees coming who would be deprived of food and clothing. By offering them food and a warm shelter they can all be absorbed into Border Town.

 

Furthermore, I also have to take into consideration that there should also be many refugees within the Kingdom of Endless Winter and the Wolfsheart Kingdom. For that reason, it would be better to write Margaret a letter and ask her to help me to find out how the situation is within those two countries.

 

 

After he had finished to writing down the recent development program, the Prince folded the paper and placed it into the drawer. Afterward, he stretched out his tensed-up body and decided to go to Anna’s room to take a look at how much progress she had made with creating a lens.

 

Ever since he learned about the reasons for Soraya’s magical evolution, he was intent on making a microscope, which would allow the witches to observe the structure of cells.

 

If they could examine the unusual microscopic world with their own eyes, it might lead even more witches to evolve a new ability, the worst case being, he will at least arouse their interest in learning about it.

 

For the production of microscopes, creating the convex lens responsible for enlarging the object wasn’t difficult, the difficulty part laid in the problem that the focal length was differently for every hand-polished lens, therefore matching the eyepiece to the objective was a delicate operation, needing to adjust the distance between the two lenses repeatedly.

 

He had described the principle behind the convex lens only once, and then given Anna a few pieces of crystals that had a fine quality letting her cut the lenses and measure their focal length. Now, after three days, Roland’s heart was full of curiosity at to what extent Anna had been able to realize it.

 

When he came to the door of Anna’s room, Nightingale sent him a smile, standing against the wall. She seemed to be saying that she wasn’t going to follow him in, since she had reduced her stealth time, Roland no longer had to guess her whereabouts. And whenever he and Anna wanted to be alone, she would always choose to stand at a distant location.

 

When he opened the door, he saw Anna sitting at the table, playing with a metal tube.

 

“How is it?” He asked, stepping forward.

 

The moment after the question left his lips, he became shocked. There on the table laid several instruments which resembled an actual microscope, coming very close to the sketches he had drawn for her.

 

“With the few test products I made according to your blueprints, I can indeed see a lot of details which are usually very difficult to discover,” she looked up, letting her slender bangs slide down from one side of her face. “I used it to look at paper, leaves and stagnant water, and found out that they look very different from their usual appearance.” Since their experience during the hot air balloon trip, when they had both been alone. Anna no longer used any titles, which also made him feel very more relaxed.

 

“How did you do it,” Roland exclaimed, “The sketch was only a rough outline.”

 

“The outline was enough,” Anna laughed. “You see, as long as the eyepiece and the objective lens are fixed at the appropriate distance, they can play the role of the amplifier. Afterward, they only needed to be fixed to an iron pipe, and with this, the microscope’s body is completed. As I was testing the magnification of the lens, I found out that the objective and observation target had to maintain a particular distance within which I could see a distinct image; whenever my hands shook the image would become blurred. From your diagram I could see that, you needed a frame to which to attach the lens to, and a platform, which could be moved up and down to get to the best distance to the object.” She paused. “But it is harder to figure out for what the bottom piece is, can you tell what it is for?”

 

Roland swept his eyes over the drawing and discovered that this issue was his own mistake. It was a mirror, which was used to increase the light falling onto the object, but during this era, they had yet to invent the mercury mirror. The typical aristocrat still used a bronze mirror or an iron mirror to arrange their appearance. While they had a glass frame that was covered with a thin silver layer within the Imperial Palace, to get a better reflection effect. Even without this mirror, as long as the sunlight was strong enough, the microscope could still be used.

 

After explaining the mirror in detail, he couldn’t help being amazed by Anna’s comprehension. Even by solely relying on a rough drawing of an outline, she had created a product which came close to the finished goods, something which would be absolutely impossible for him to have done.

 

Seeing that when Anna had bowed her head to examine a new lens, she was exposing her fair neck, Roland couldn’t stop from stepping forward, and wanting to kiss. But she merely placed her hand on his face and gently pushed him back, “Later, Your Royal Highness, I’m busy now. ”

“Ah… fine.”


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  • eksentrysyti

    Royal Highness defeated by a microscope.
    Lol

  • Just Physics

    Roland Im disappointed in you , u still being a teenager with raging hormones in an adults body dude there are a right place at a right time ,, seems to me your horny well its unfortunately u dont have internet . sad lyf

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Yash

    LoL…copulating forbidden at workplace!

  • Meiwaku

    i just though of somethings… what if Roland mining stones that Tilly wants? he did got some weird obsidian like stones from there no?

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J oh oh microscope that will broaden witches ideas and possibility of opening abilities. Hehehe poor Ronald rejected

  • BannedDueToRudeness

    Now that I think about it..Anna is far more intelligent than Roland…

  • kirindas

    Rofl!! Anna is a true academic. Studies first, romance later.

  • belegorn

    Hahahaha Anna wtf 😂

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Hehe, Anna got him whipped 😛

  • Ale Cole

    Lol I can only imagine Roland’s dumb fave when be was rejected. Lol

    Well, can’t wait for the Witches’ reaction to microscopes and their influence to their abilities.

  • Psychronia

    Say…is this the first time Anna openly laughed?

  • esya

    Got cockblocked by education.

    • Mirvra

      FOR SCIENCE!!! XD

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter
    Seems Nightingale has come to terms with her situation regarding Roland/Anna, but I’m still rooting for as well

  • Finno Ugric Shaman

    Hmm… I know nothing about construction but I still wonder about one thing. Roland has not addressed ground frost in any way in his construction projects. A cement road is all fine and dandy until the first winter passes and the whole thing is full of cracks. I don’t think the thin layer of gravel is enough to prevent it. Also, the pipes he is planning/has built? How has he addressed the fact that when it gets cold enough the water freezes in the not insulated pipes and they might potentially burst.

    Just some thoughts from a person living in a country with cold winters.

    • Inbetweenbooks

      he addressed the pipes, using supermagic coating with isolating and superslick properties.. pretty sure that he was stated as using old school roman road system with concrete instead of cobblestones.. Otherwise, as you said, those roads are going to be a mess real soon…

      I can barely use a roadbike in my town, they essentially need slight of road capabilities to handle the frost damage on the roads…

      • Finno Ugric Shaman

        So the magic coating also keeps the cold away and not just rust? That could be it.

        The difference between cement and cobblestone road when looking at the frost damage is quite different. Cobblestones can “live” meaning it doesn’t ruin the road if they are at different heights. With a solid cement road as soon as there’s movement it just cracks, right?

        Near where I live there’s this one old road where there’s stones “penetrating” the asphalt road so there’s literally bumps and holes on the road. I guess they didn’t really make any foundations to it.

        • Inbetweenbooks

          guess the foundations for that road isn’t deep enough. But yeah, that is the problem both asphalt and concrete has over cobblestones, they crack easier. and even then, asphalt sticks together better than concrete. but cobblestone roads also tend to get pretty horrible with the frost damage as well… oh, and i remembered that the road was actually stated as having a foundation during the acting arc, when the diva came to town.

          And he isn’t using metal for the pipes, she is spawning them out of thin air if i remember correctly (couldn’t rationalize the metal expenditure for metal pipes, which was why running water was stalled until after coating was developed.). and yes, coating was stated as having excellent isolation abilities if she wished it to.

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Neko

    Anna seems to be very smart. Peharps, she is smart like Tilly or she is the second smarter witch. Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • Danis

    Damn horny mc -_-
    Thanks for the Chapter 😀

  • Yura

    wouldn’t it be better to build railroad instead of road? he could send troops in a day, and i bet it would take less resources to build.

    • Bramble

      General transportation, dood
      Rail road need much more investment (train systems)

    • KitKat

      They’re building their boats out of cement. I don’t think they can afford all of the steel that would need.
      He’s already experimenting with a railway system in Border Town IIRC.

      • Inbetweenbooks

        he is not. he is using a mining railcarts, but it hasn’t been stated that the workers use it to go up and down, so for now, it’s just for ore. and possibly as a roller coaster. it is, after all, how it was first invented…

    • Chiki Amara

      Maybe the one track rail road alone more cheap.. but they need loco for pulling the fridge.. and also more bussy traffic need lots of loco.. then need another track to accomodate the traffic.. so its better cement road at first.. since lots of type vehicle can use the road rather than only loco..

    • megaply

      He don’t have enough metals. Currently he’s still importing metals for guns and bullets.

  • Kuq Ku

    I wanna see Anna and TIlly tussle… is that so wrong? grabs popcorn…

    Finally we see Anna branching out and taking initiative to produce and make her own judgements rather than relying on Rolands blueprints, I think shes ready for her own project of her own design 😛 I wonder what she will make or craft… finally Im getting interested in Miss Anna 😛

    • Psychronia

      Rather than tussle…I want to see them debate.

  • Kin

    Genius witch

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, KitKatMax A., and Ka V.! Can’t wait to see the impact on the witches. Their new abilities will be interesting.

  • Gege

    Haha, Roland rejected. And when Nightingale purposely give him chance…. too bad.

    • The End

      As expected from virgin. Give him a little taste, and he’ll be addicted beyond earth.

      • Aldrich Castillo

        Technically, he’s not a virgin…
        Original Rolland was ‘that’ kind of guy lol

      • Gege

        And who knows, maybe one day, when Roland propose to Anna, she also decline him. Lol

        • Bramble

          I don’t think so

        • Maxi King

          “marry me”
          “not now roland i’m working”

          • Proxy Account

            #BusyWife

    • Chiki Amara

      Then its the chance for dear veronica..!
      Lets anna regret for her rejection.. 😄😄😄

      Hope veronica will be more active and agressive.. i ship roland with veronica more than with anna.. tho both is more prefered..😂

      • Odisse Omnes

        Yer not cute

    • laihipp

      not now… science!

      • Nnelg

        Sounds like my kind of girl!

      • Legionsama

        Science ! WItch !

  • Chiki Amara

    The straight and LOS distance about 55km.. then the actual lenght maybe arround 100km at least.. since they need full a day on horseback.. maybe more distance.. after the road finish its time to invent on steam powered cart.. maybe the time will cut become 5 to 8 hour.. it never mention how fast riding on little town as i remember..

  • Dragrath

    They also have a flying city surrounded by red mist… And the way they attacked the witches also seemed like they might really be aliens(their attacks were described as lightning spears if I remember correctly) though I get a alien refugee vibe from them myself(as their suits were mentioned to look like a patchwork)
    Really Roland+Tilly might honestly be the only way for the devils to be defeated…
    (The churches crazy “plan” certainly will not work 0_o)

    • Azra Rillian

      personally, i think there’s a higher chance that the devils are descendents of humans who were transformed, either with magic or a virus. I’m guessing there was a war at some point and someone either created the witches and the “devils” were a side effect, or they created a biological weapon that transformed biological creatures, with witches being a side effect of humans who somehow resisted the transformation. also, remember that the lightning attack the devils used was actually magic and not an actual spear/weapon.

      I also suspect that the God’s punishment army is gonna transform into demons.

      • Chiki Amara

        Am more agree with this.. tho have chance also that they were an alien..

      • Proxy Account

        “War, war never changes.”

      • BurstThrough

        I think it may have been that the demons are aliens(or rebelled against the church and now live isolated after fighting against the thing that is the God’s stone) as they can’t live without that red exotic substance which may actually be what turns women into witches and turns the weather forever cloudy in the months of demons as side-effects.

        The reason all women do not become witches is because the weather needs to be cold and with barely no wind so the substance can properly form at ground level and cause the exposure. The reason men can’t become witches must be the lack of certain female hormone that makes the body pliable to absorb the substance. It may be that it isn’t a substance but a virus but IDK…

        I don’t think the God’s stone and magic have the same properties as Nightingale says it isn’t the case with her power.

    • Milanin

      It isn’t necessarily a flying city. A mirage can project a object on the ground into the air… But from the fact that it had a bottom part from which someone went and re-entered, I think you’re right on the flying city part.

    • DudeForDuke

      “They also have a flying city surrounded by red mist…”

      Which is about an 11 on a scale of 1-to-10 on the “Ominous Factor.”

  • Chiki Amara

    Then they actually have a space ship..?

  • belegorn

    Yaayy 😎 thanks

  • Kuq Ku

    Oh lol Microscopes? well… if Anna can refine the lenses needed… that can be totally doable lol, not sure about the framework or how long it would take to build, but for Anna I think she could make one in a jiffy 😛 wont those witches be surprised when they see a fraction of the shit (literally speaking as well lol) that exists unseen by the naked eye haha!,

    http://img1.izismile.com/img/img7/20140610/640/a_fascinating_look_at_things_under_an_electron_microscope_640_22.jpg

    That there is an immortal being 😛 or as close to immortal as we can tell hah, damn, LOL they might have nightmares of what that thing will reveal hahaha!! Just imagine what lays lurking on your smart phones.. or toothbrushes..or pubes..

    As for Maggie, creating a comm system between areas would be ideal, how to protect them from being destroyed is another thing entirely,

    • Inbetweenbooks

      well, optical telegraphs are fairly cheap and works great, with little to no material needed. needs people though.

      he really doesn’t have enough metal for an actual phone or telegraph line though…

  • Danis

    Money money money !!!

  • mllhild

    Lens making is going to be a pain. Good luck they have Anna, otherwise polishing the lens down to the right curvature could easily take hundreds of hours per lens.

  • Pants

    Not just the devils, If i remember there is a new player in town (I hope), that mysterious alchemist in wolfheart kigndom that introduced napalm (possibly).

    • Azra Rillian

      well, it could have been a fairly common substance (in that region), and I don’t remember a specific alchemist being mentioned having made that.

      It could easily have been a similar substance as greek fire, which was developed in the 7th century, and was known for being unable to be extinguished with water.

      • Chiki Amara

        Yep.. i find this chemichal after reading some of wiki about nitrocelulose.. actually they were a film that can burn even without oxygen.. because they we produce oxygen in the process.. but i forgot the link 😁😂

    • Milanin

      There was also the alchemist that made the odorless and colorless poison that Garcia had killed.

  • Fryz

    Maybe the plant witch will evolve after seeing plant cell. What’s her name again?

    • Chiki Amara

      Leaves… Green hair druid goddess..
      And yes the chance was high imo..

      • Leon Kam

        juz imagine if leaves could improve her seeds into a bullets which can grown inside living thing after getting shot… a true nightmare for the enemy

        • Kuq Ku

          Bit like the day of the triffids heh its a pretty old skool movie/tv series scifi/horror about invading plants 😛

          • Chiki Amara

            Enn tentacles.. o.0

            • Kuq Ku

              LOL Id like to see your browsing history heh

              • Chiki Amara

                Lool noo..! Most of them actually knowledge.. for learning purpouse.. lool..

        • Chiki Amara

          Am sure she can do that.. but the problem is how much time the magic power stored inside the seed… Or maybe geneticaly changing? Instead of leaves i think lily more suitable to change the seed be more hard as projeciles..then soraya finishing touch an anti air friction coating.. eh too many posibilities..

        • Guradu Gilgida

          She will create Peashooter, Wallnut, Chomper, Potato Mines, Tallnut, Melonpult, etc…

    • Kuq Ku

      Oooh even maybe Nana! imagine what she could do if she saw what a bacteria was like or a virus, being able to see blood cells etc! the cells that make up the human body!, our immune system!!

      Maybe she will be the one to evolve! I really would like to have more about Nana revealed, this may unlock many witches!

      Maybe Nightingale will evolve as well if she sees fish under a microscope haha lol.

      • Neruz

        A visual understanding of cellular mechanics should be of immense help to any Witch with a power that works on living things. Even the ones that work with inanimate matter will benefit; understanding cells helps a lot with understanding molecules, which helps with understanding atoms etc etc.

      • Fryz

        Virus maybe too small for simple microscope hahahaha. And you have to cut yourself to get body cells, though…



        Except sperm, maybe?? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
        Aaaanndd, witch fertility will return hahahah

  • Chiki Amara

    Very near with sniper scope… The first elite sniper team…. Iron axe names will be as sniper legend..

    • Easykill

      I forget, but aren’t the rifles still smooth bore? No point adding a scope when accuracy is trash.

      • Grey Human

        No, Roland have upgraded his steam engine so it is strong enough to drill rifling into the muskets and revolver rifle barrels. Its safe to say that his flintlock infantry were well equipped with rifled musket at least.

        • Nnelg

          Technically, the problem wasn’t strength. It’s actually very easy to produce large amount of force: what’s difficult is controlling that force so that it doesn’t destroy whatever device you’re attempting to harness it with.

          The issue was solved with the Centrifugal Governor, originally invented by James Watt (the guy most often credited for the development of Steam Power in general).

          • Pants

            Not just that, Ronald still need to find a way to make smokeless powder. The dirty black powder will just clog the rifled or grooved barrels.

          • Neruz

            Yeah, steam engines are capable of producing immense amounts of power, which is why we use steam turbines to generate electricity. It’s controlling that power that is the tricky part.

            The issues with control, as well as the complex mechanics needed to make a steam engine do anything useful, are the primary reasons why steam engines were ignored as a practical tool until the seventeenth century despite being invented by the Greeks nearly two thousand years earlier.

      • Chiki Amara

        I believe its piece of cake for anna make them..
        Anna new ability is kinda like CNC machine.. weld.. cut.. bore.. etc..

      • MOHLT

        Revolving Rifles are rifled, stated effective range – 300m/950ft. During battle against militia, Roland ordered not to waste bullets and shoot at 50-100m/150-325ft.

  • erl diarkara

    Lol Nana maybe? Or Lily, or Anna..

    • Aldrich Castillo

      what’s Lily’s ability again??

      • Grey Human

        She could preserve food to last longer, but no one know how she did that, either she could some how create invisible magic layer to protect food from bacteria and parasites, or she maybe have a power to control bacteria.

        • belegorn

          Or stop the time?

        • Inbetweenbooks

          could even be a form of Lesser necromancy ^^

  • BannedDueToRudeness

    This seems to be going the aether way..it changes forms and is omnipresent~

  • Neruz

    Oh hey microscopes are probably going to have a huge impact on the Witches; being able to actually -see- things will make understanding chemistry and biology much easier.

    • Chiki Amara

      Maybe.. when tilly part need some object to manifest other type of magic.. in roland side the need none.. they just bent the manifest with their will, mind and knowledge.. so the question they both ask “what is magic” will be answered..
      Afaik all the witch need no chanting to manifest.. then the doubt and debate about one witch can only have one ability will busted..

      really roland and tilly should have a really long talk and disscussion.. but sadly if they both united faster the story also end faster.. since technology will combined with magic will own the world.. unless the have alien as new enemy..

      Such dilemma..

      • They do have an alien enemy. Remember those “devils” that took out Cara & co? They had environmental suits, as I recall… 🤔