RW Chapter 207

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Chapter 207 Mothers and Replicates

Within her world of fog, Nightingale waited for the witches’ magic power to change.

 

Within this black and white world, she rarely had the opportunity to see so many brilliant colors. Compared to the memory of the time when they were in the search for the Holy Mountain, the magic power within them had increased a lot. The unceasing practice each day, not only allowed them to better control their ability it also increased their magical reservoir. But, Nightingale was most deeply moved by the expressions on their faces.

 

With the Witch Cooperation Association, although Wendy was always gently encouraging them and Cara would always remain steadfast, but even with that, during the days they were in hiding, no one would get a restful sleep. Any wind that moved the grass was enough to rouse the sisters from their dreams. Under the constant chase of the Church and the suspicion of the masses, they were never able to breathe easy. Even after entering the Impassable Mountain Range, this stress hadn’t been reduced by much. No one among them knew if they could really reach the Holy Mountain and obtaining their longed-for place to call home. Back then, the atmosphere within the camp was often very gloomy and most of the sisters had shown vacant and apathetic expression.

 

But now, no longer needing to starve and no longer having to worry about the Church’s witch hunt, all of their faces had become filled with an unprecedented spirit. Seeing that everyone was relaxed and smiling naturally, Nightingale heart also felt happy at the thought of their comfort. In the end, the Holy Mountain was not in the wilderness, but in this small border town.

 

At that time, she felt a thread of magic shaking.

 

A cloud out of a purple mist began to rotate, unceasingly surrounding and being drawn to a magical source, like a miniature-storm. This shocking scene could only be seen by Nightingale, after recovering from her initial shock, she stared with wide open eyes and held her breath not wanting to miss any details like the time with Anna and Soraya. Today would be her first time to seeing the condensation of magic with her own eyes.

 

At the center of this storm, Lily was standing.

 

She was completely immersed in the microscopic world beneath the microscope, never noticing that the magic within her body had underwent a drastically change.

 

The cloud of mist became more and more vigorous, steadily accelerating its rotational speed, appearing to become an entity on it’s own. But at the same time, this silhouette also began to fluctuate, no longer appearing in its original vortex shape. Finally, the magic was drawn inwards, condensing into a ball, and then gradually came to a stop.

 

Her newborn magic power neither resembled Anna’s solid and smooth cube, nor was it like Soraya’s soft silk. It was only the size of a fist, its main body was round, but on top of it there existed eight pairs of wriggling tentacles, four pairs at the bottom, four at the top. At first glance it looked like an… insect.

 

 

Roland never expected that he would receive such immediate results with the first Fundamental Biology lesson, and even less that the first witch to evolve her magic would be Lily.

 

Because her ability was to preserve the freshness of food, in addition to the daily practice, Roland hadn’t given her any other tasks, her understanding of her ability also wasn’t deep. After listening to Nightingales full report, Roland remained calm and collected and just nodded. Waiting until the end of the lesson, so that he could ask Lily to stay behind.

 

“What, you said that my ability has evolved?” Lily was also utterly astonished, “I didn’t see those balls you had mentioned.”

 

“Of course not,” Roland laughingly shook his head. “Those balls are thousands of times smaller than the microbes, even granted that we bring the optical microscope to its limit, you will still be unable to see the balls which form all of matter.

 

“Is that so? I thought that by understanding the ball theory it becomes possible to evolve our ability,” Lily muttered. “I do not believe that everything in the world is formed out of small balls, something as hard as rocks and steel, if they were really made out of a lot of piled up balls, they would have collapsed into a puddle of sand.”

 

So that’s the reason, he thought; it seems that comprehending the microparticle theory is not the only way to promote the evolution of their ability. “In that case, what did you see?”

 

“Um…” Lily thought to herself. “Just several purple insects, I believe, that they were summoned by my magic, and it could turn all of the organisms you spoke of into something with the same appearance.”

 

“Insects?” He slightly stunned for a moment, “And they were as big as a micro-organism?”

 

“Almost,” she said, nodding. “Anyway, afterward I once again used only my eye to look at the water drop, and it was still as transparent and colorless as before.”

 

“Then… next we should come to the real test.”

 

 

Because Lily’s ability was not directly visible to the naked eye, unlike Anna’s and Soraya’s, it was also much harder to test.

 

When seeing the neatly arranged microbes under the microscope for the first time Roland became started. It seemed as if they all had a collective consciousness, showing an incredible amount of synergy and consistency.

 

Next were the sub-experiments, including its impact on the duration time of the magic and which influence the God’s Stone of Retaliation had.

 

The testing continued for three days, although the little girl was fond of bickering under normal circumstances, she still meticulously carried out Roland’s instructions, regardless of her complaints.

 

Through a large number of sample comparison, as well as discussion with Anna, he roughly figured out how Lili’s new ability worked.

 

Her purple variation was clearly divided into two major categories: mother and replica.

 

After releasing her magic, the microorganism who changed on their own were the mothers.

 

The characteristic of the mother organism was similar to Anna’s black flame, as long as they were supplied with magic, they would continue to exist. Furthermore, the caster also wasn’t allowed to distance themselves further than five meters. Otherwise, they would disappear on their own. Just like any other summon, they were also affected by the God’s Stone of Retaliation, within the suppressing area of the stone, the mothers would instantly disperse.

 

When the mother was in existence, the surrounding microorganisms would be assimilated into replicas in a short time. What made Roland feel incredible was that the replicas which were the “results” of Lily’s ability, were just like Soraya’s coating, no longer vulnerable to the suppression of the God’s Stone of Retaliation. In simple terms, the creations that  were transformed by Lily’s mother organisms had become an entirely new life form, and this life form existed in reality.

 

The replicated organism were assimilated by the mothers, and would take the initiative to transform other organism on their own, yet some of the results made Roland feel very confused, it seemed that the assimilation process didn’t go on endlessly. In some of the samples, into all of them were the equal number of replicas added, all of the microorganisms got transformed, while in some other samples, he could see the replicas and the non-variation of micro-organisms live in peaceful coexistence.

 

Due to the lack of more sophisticated observation instruments, this part apparently could only be guessed at.

 

After discussing it with Anna, Roland got the tentative idea that the number of assimilation a replica could perform was related to its size.

 

Lily’s ability clearly did not distinguish between the different types of microorganisms. Thus a large number of replica produced by the mothers were created out of the too small to see viruses and bacteria, and also the with the microscope visible protist and single-celled algae. The former body of these replicas determined its assimilation ability. The larger the previous organism was, the more assimilation the replica could perform.

 

However, a replica of a replica was unable to continue to live by further assimilate others. When the number of assimilation was exhausted, the last batch of replicas was only able to survive a day or so. Boiling the water would also kill most of the replica, in this regard they were no different than another microorganism.

 

But the interesting thing was, that whenever there was a mother around, these replicas would gather like a swarm of insects gathered around their queen, and arrange themselves in a neat queue, just like soldiers waiting for their orders.

 

Limited by means of observation, there were still many aspects of Lily’s ability which were unknown. For example, whether the mothers and the replicas resembled bacteria and viruses in the regard that they had a variety of effects on other lifeforms, or if they could take the place of fungi and be used for the chemical industry and food production. It was a pity that currently the little girl was unable to make any sense out of these ideas, even less able to carry out his orders.

 

Even though, the replicas had shown an immense development potential in the area of medical treatment. Even if they were unable to do anything else, as long as they were able to assimilate deadly bacteria or viruses, they could still play a significant part in the rapid anti-inflammatory and disinfection. This so-called “medicament” could pave the road for an entirely new era of medical developments.


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  • Dragrath

    Looks like the limited life time of the cells and their dependence on her mana are the main limiting factors both of those could however be solved with proper scientific background which I’m guessing for the sake of the story she will not reach.

    The world is very lucky that Lily isn’t as smart as Anna… otherwise it would be game over… so basically the same deal with Mystery Moon…

  • Redroajs1

    ARIGATOU!!!! Thanks for the chapter!!!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • BannedDueToRudeness

    People still believe he was just an engineer?? That guy runs the whole Harvard!!!

    • Deman Bloodx

      My onii-sama can’t be this smart!

  • Proxy Account

    ooooh, makes so much better sense than the MTL, but hey, I think I got some of it right.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Oh amazing Biomedical get!!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Neko

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • SanitaryCockroach

    Rip fertility dream?

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! I guess it’s not as OP as I had first imagined, but still pretty good.

  • Puru.The.Great

    So he didn’t think of bio-chemical warfare…
    Maybe she’ll develop those abilities as her learning and understanding progresses.
    Thanks for the chapter!

    • Diggydawg

      Not until Lily herself learns absolute control, otherwise it becomes a loaded gun in a house full of hyperactive kids (disaster waiting to happen).

    • RandomFanOfNovels

      i doubt he would ever think of bio chemical warfare that is inhumane

      • Puru.The.Great

        It’s always good to be prepared.

    • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

      Too risky I think.
      I did not wish for another enemy as zomby to appear in this story yet. LoL

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Kuq Ku

    Vaccines…

  • Neruz

    Oh wow that title really strongly suggests Lily will be going full Overmind. FOR THE SWARM!

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    Now if these microorganism can act like nanomachines or something, then maybe she can form them into some kind of immortal soldiers by making them form up into human-like creatures. Or maybe make a Hive-like spaceship and create more of them and make some pew pew pew… wait where am I going again with this idea?

    • Inbetweenbooks

      Zerg…

  • VerneJules

    If she could create these microorganisms and control which microorganisms they would kill, isn’t she the cure to all incurable diseases? She could practically kill any disease or cell safely without damaging any other part of the body. I wonder how the limit of her powers is.

    • Neruz

      Assuming the absolute minimum of ‘convert cells to purple tentacle soldiers which then do her bidding’; yes Lily’s ability would allow her to easily deal with most any microbial disease including cancer.

      The only issues she’d have at the moment are viral diseases, as viruses are just too damn small. That assumes her purple tentacle soldiers are actually vulnerable to viruses though, which may not be the case at all.

      • Raufgar

        If the previous chapter’s description of the Lily-Cells are correct, then the “purple armor” part should prevent viral intrusion. The question is, would they be able to prevent the corrosion caused by the pills-made-from-witches?

        • Yarbles

          Do you really want to eat witches though?

          • Raufgar

            Hardly, I was thinking that this might be a way to recover those tricked or forced into taking the pills.

            Looks like while the evolution has indeed come to pass, the mechanisms is still not fully understood. Time will tell…

            • belegorn

              Great point, the cure for the fucking pills

  • Bat Masterson

    I somehow happen to agree with Neruz’s comment tho i suspect Lily’s gonna make the microbes grow to human size and engage the Church’s army as well as the demons during winter. Mmmm! Lets just wait and see.

    • Aldrich Castillo

      I disagree, i dont think that would be something roland would do.
      Could be wrong lol

  • mllhild

    Rolands eyes are going to fall out when he sees Lilys ability in action.

  • Kuq Ku

    She would be able to see Lilly evolve right? If lilly can actually command microbes how fucking scary is she gonna be?

    I CURSE THEE WITH PERMANENT BO!!! imagine those purple critters infesting your nether regions to punish you!

    PESTILENCE BE THINE NAME!

    • Aldrich Castillo

      Not sure if it’s evolution cuz she’s simply finding out about what her power does…
      We will see xD

      • Neruz

        From the way it was described in the previous chapter; Lily’s ability hasn’t evolved, she’s just found out how it really works. The reason she can preserve food is because she can convert microbes into (Zerg) purple tentacle soldiers which then presumably murder all the other microbes, greatly slowing the rate of decay.

        And given that those purple tentacle soldiers can apparently turn other cells into purple tentacle soldiers, any kind of infection of those in a person would likely be extremely fatal, or possibly it would just turn them into genuine Zerg when all their cells have been assimilated.

        I can just see Lily using her ability on someone causing him to rapidly turn purple, grow a spiked armored carapace and tentacles and then hurl themselves at Roland’s enemies with a flangered scream of “FOR THE SWARM!”

        • Wrandral

          Inb4 Roland using infested knights to inflitrate his ennemies centers of power

        • Aldrich Castillo

          Well…right now i dont see her on Roland’s ‘side’… So she might just keep quiet about it lol

          • Neruz

            More likely she’ll be all “Hah you lied about the tiny balls, its actually tiny insects” and then Roland will have to try and explain that the microscope isn’t even close to being good enough to see atoms.

        • Raufgar

          Well, that’s how a witch’s ability evolves, when they see things from a different perspective, like how Anna’s acceptance of the presence of atoms changed her fire, and how Soraya’s from-up-high revelation changed her paintings. And it is that very change in perception that Roland was aiming for.

          So we should see some change in Lily this chapter.

        • Kuq Ku

          Shes one of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse! but the zerg could become organic nano bots!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loaqIqKCmog < the man made kind of nano bots heh

    • Diggydawg

      Too bad the microbes only survives for a day away from Lily.

  • Rico Sebastian

    watching development of each witch is good thing 😀

  • Yay, Nightingale POV! 😆