RW Chapter 211

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Chapter 211 Light Industry

Roland sat at his desk and was reading with great interest through the recent report of the First Army from his Chief Knight.


Compared to his meticulous appearance from several months ago, nowadays Carter’s iceberg like face often carried some other emotions, letting him appear much less calm, and instead giving him an aura of expectation and eagerness.


Most probably this has something to do with the Star of the West, Roland thought.


About the event of Carter’s and May’s recent stroll, Roland had also heard about it. After all, as one of the top members of the First Army, he also represented the Army, so every movement would naturally be noticed. Not to mention May, the woman walking at his side, belonged to the kind that would draw the attention of all men to herself.


When they had appeared side by side on the streets of Border Town for the first time, his guards had immediately passed along the news to his ears.


Regarding this kind of matter, Roland didn’t really mind it. Carter was roughly two to three years older than he was. So it was reasonable to say that it was a strange that he still wasn’t married. And if he could actually find his other half in the Western Territory it wasn’t that bad, as long as it didn’t interfere with his work.


According to the Knight’s report, the First Army had been equipped with about 200 revolving rifles, adding almost a dozen with every day – in fact, if the raw materials were sufficient, Anna’s production capacity could be increased by several times. But at the same time she was also in charge of the refining pig iron into steel and manufacturing the steam engine, which was slowing her down.


However, this speed was still acceptable. After all, the First Army was only 600 people strong, so another one and a half month would be enough to entirely replace all their weapons. Furthermore, before the next expansion of the population, the military’s size couldn’t be further expanded anyway.


Another point of the report was the formation of the Second Army.


In order to make the training convenient as well as maintain their secrecy, Roland had the people recruited from Longsong Stronghold all incorporated into the second army. Currently, they were all undergoing disciplinary training, which followed the same pattern as the military’s training. Then it would be time for ideological education in the evening, in the attempt to let these people as soon as possible think of themselves at the protector of the Western Territory,  implanting in them the believe that their loved ones’ safety needed to be protected by them.


“At present, the training of the Second Army is progressing well; the current estimation is that they should be ready to start with the shooting practice in a week. By that time, enough weapons should have been replaced making it possible to have a flintlock to match every hand.” Carter concluded.


This was the advantage of guns, to train a cold weapon soldier, at least one year’s time was needed; to teach a knight, five or six years had to be spent on training; while soldiers equipped with guns could already be dispatched on military missions after only a month of training. Furthermore, the longer a battle lasted, the bigger advantage of firearms became – after all, pulling a trigger was much safer than fighting with a sword.


“During the shooting practice, the supervisors have to pay attention to the number of guns, how many have been given away and how many of them come back. The same applied to the gunpowder, when it was distributed for the training, the veterans of the First Arm would be responsible for its supervision.


“Yes,” he nodded.


“Very well,” Roland dismissed him with a wave. “That was all; you must be busy now as well.”


“Uh, Your Highness…” Carter hesitated. “Last time you said that the perfume mixed with the soap was made out of sugar cane, was that true?”


“Yes,” the Prince said, sitting up in his chair. “What’s the matter?


“That sugarcane, is it expensive?”


“No… they are just some common crops.”


“I’ve heard people say that a thumb-sized bottle of perfume could be sold for five gold royals in King’s City,” Carter scratched his head, “If this is the case, shouldn’t manufacturing the sugarcane perfume bring a huge income to the town?”


“Five gold royals?” Roland got startled; he had never considered this point. Recalling the previous life in the palace, the 4th Prince had never cared about the price of commodities, it was even more the case with perfume, something with which he had less contact ?only women would prefer a trinket that only delivered a nice fragrance.


His initial motivation to make perfume was his wish for fine perfumed soap. Otherwise, by only having running water and no bathroom soap, it felt like there was something that was missing. Ah, the sensation of having his whole body covered with bubbles.


If a small bottle of perfume could be sold for several gold royals, it was indeed a pretty good business idea. Unlike coated mirrors, the raw material of sugar cane and flowers were much cheaper than crystal glass was.


Thinking it through, Roland laughed, “This idea isn’t bad, I will consider it.”


“His Royal Highness, the… sugar cane, can I take one out of the castle with me?” asked the Knight with a look full of expectation.


“It won’t hurt,” hearing him speak in this manner, Roland could immediately guessed as to what he wanted to do with it. After all, this was the Western Border, unlike the Port of Clearwater, the crops of the Fjord’s relatively rare here. So it was a good choice as a gift when asking a lady from the West out, “They are growing on a wall in the backyard, just pick some for yourself.”


“Thank you, Your Highness!” Carter saluted.


Afterward, Roland called for Barov – still calling him assistant minister wasn’t quite appropriate anymore. As City Hall’s number one figure, he was already regarded as Border Town’s Premier Minister.


After Barov took his place, Roland roughly described the perfume business plan, “Do you think this could be something we can earn large sums of gold with?”


He did not reply immediately, but later asked with wide open eyes, “Your Highness, are you sure that perfume is produced out of the sweet crops?”


“Don’t you also use the perfumed soap? The reason for it fragrance is that I had mixed the perfume inside,” Roland spread his hands out, “It is indeed true that these raw materials are of little value. But I never knew that the perfume in King’s City was so expensive until Carter brought it up.”


“Far more than that, your Highness!” Barov said excitedly, “Perfume is King’s City Alchemist Workshop’s top-secret product, every year there are approximately one thousand bottles, only a small part of it is sold in King’s City.  The rest is sold to the others cities in Graycastle, there they can raise the price by twenty to thirty percent, but in case they sell it to the Fjords or other Kingdoms, the price would almost be doubled. To prevent the merchants from making a profit out of the difference in prices, the association not only firmly controls the perfume prices in other places; they even assign all the merchants by themselves. So in case you can could produce perfume, even if you only sold it to Redwater City or Fallen Dragon Ridge, you would definitely obtain a generous payback.”


“So, that’s how it was.”


Your twenty years serving as an assistant of the Finance Minister wasn’t for nothing, Roland thought, regarding the commodity prices and current market situation, Barov is indeed magnificent. With this information, Roland formed a preliminary plan in his mind.


There were many ways to make perfume, the simplest method was to mash the petals or herbs with unique flavors and let them soak inside alcohol, letting the alcohol dissolve the plants, and leaving an aromatic oil remaining. Lastly, the remaining remnants will be filtered out and diluted with water.


The alcohol came from the juice of the sugar cane; while for the aromatic oil they could use roses, or the more commonly rosemary and vanilla. However, since it was necessary to achieve mass production, the best choice would be to let Leaves use her magic to transform a plant to directly secreting this fragrant oil.


In addition to perfume, the industry could also produce white sugar and liquor. Also, a lot of consumables would be needed, and their profit would be less than what was gained from the perfume, but if sold to the town’s people at a low price, it would enrich their diet, which could be regarded as a significant step forward for the people’s welfare.


Roland’s main reason for the slow development of the light industry was due to the shortage of a workforce, and the difficult to earn high profits with a small-scale production of daily necessities. Because of this, a limited population investing into heavy industry production, would be the most cost-effective approach.


Since the manufacture of perfume was incredibly profitable, maybe he could take advantage of this opportunity to make up for the shortcoming in environment.

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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! I’m not sure that this is such a great idea since he’ll offend the Alchemist Guild and all it’s affiliated merchants since he’s breaking their monopoly with this.

  • fgundam

    hmm wonder if Leaf can create some rubber making trees?

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Hahaha now his selling perfume what's next? still waiting for that something for women

  • Milanin

    I wonder when the table will turn back into exploring the place where the stone ‘Devil’ was. The place where someone had cried for help.

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Alexander Lanuza

    I want Roland to build a gym for his soldier and take a photo of himself with beautiful muscle and curves for motivation .
    How good would it be?

    Its just Rolandis too weak maybe he is even fat he doesn’t do anything for his physical features besides thinking for new products

    • Deman Bloodx

      I have always thought Roland as a little chubby and in late twenty. I like that image.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Kuq Ku

    Women hold the purse, men only fill it up for them to use 😛

    Roland Haute Couture fashions – Have Soraya make billboard images of all the model like Witches wearing his designs.

    Chocolate has been done to death… time for Ice cream!

    Time to make Electricity, Generators and Freezers! make it so!

    Sexy Roland Lingerie

    No high heels ban them.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • BurstThrough

    I just realized:
    I checked before and the ingredient Roland forgot for fulminate is: ALCOHOL!
    Wich means this perfume business will inadvertently solve the problem that plages him for months!

    • Nahim Kerman

      Sorry to inform you that Roland already give the chemical stuff to a third party (the alchimists) and i doubt that they will realise wtf His Highness whant to produce since all they do is refining corrosive chemicals all day along.

      • BurstThrough

        Sorry to inform you, but who do you think will take the alcohol from the sugarcanes and mix the perfume?
        At the very least they’re the ones to take the alcohol and have an eureka moment to try to use it to make the fulminate.

        • Nahim Kerman

          Good point. I must have think about that.

  • Neko

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • Herloct

    ~Ah, the sensation of having his whole body covered with bubbles.~

    Ah, first world problem 😅

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • I luv manga

    So how long until some ww1 land ships, Tanks or half tracks? We got steam power, And Garcia and the sand people’s “black water” is surely oil, I mean Anna can make the intricate parts so a working oil/gasoline (idk the refining process) motor shouldn’t be too far off. I don’t know how advanced the inner workings of a motor vehicle from the early 1900’s was but it most likely can’t trump our MC, And if he doesn’t know maybe he can find someone from kings city or something

    • Nahim Kerman

      I believe the refine oil process spend a lot of energy. Yoj will need to heat the oil in ultra high temperatures in a sealed container at equaly high Atp pressure in order to separate every component (from gas to grease and kerosene) in the raw oil…

      Dunno maybe he can engineer the sh#t out of it with Anna’s help

      • I luv manga

        What kind of fuel were ww1 vehicles using? Just crude oil or was refined to some point?

        • Nahim Kerman

          The first world war vehicles used to be equiped with three kinds of engines. Petrol engines (same as gasoline if u’re a American english speaker), hidrogen fuel cell engines and diesel engines (were the term “dieselpunk” comes from). These models are applied for the sake of power that a intern combustion engine yeld if comparated with the former steam powered motors.

  • light industry hey isn’t that …
    oh I thought it said Red light….
    no never mind me and my perverted mind

  • Nahim Kerman

    Lo l. I believe a city’s economy was not mean to work as a Closed circuit. Roland must be injecting money in the town by the selling of sstean engines and the jobs he is cresting. But there is still poor choices for the commonfolk spend these money. Well the convenience store does help but i really believe that border town intern market needs badly some light industry and a finance institution to coordenate civil and Royal investiments. Like a Bank!


    • Milanin

      The train seems a bit early, don’t you think?

      • Nahim Kerman

        Uh. Was not the second thing he invent with Anna? Just after the concrete?

        Also seems like he put the engine outside the Mine entrace with a rope to pull carts on rail outside and an apparatus to convert it in a crude automatic water-pump.

        • Milanin

          He invented the engine, but not a whole train.

          • undead

            he invented a steam engine, put it on tracks, and had said steam engine pull carts out of the mines…. pretty sure thats what is in the picture. It’s like an early version of trains if you think about it.

          • Yuki Tachibana

            he is using a cart system in the mines so close enough 😉

        • can Roland get an upgrade he looks a little abandoned

    • Nnelg

      Nice. Got a better scan of it? It’s hard to make out all the details…

  • half-Heart

    well. i really like you choice of word. not much comment but it’s hit the spot and high quality. really appreciate it.

  • What came first in my mind is the red light districts. What? They are counted as industries too.

    • Kuq Ku

      Those will come, hard to keep out the shady side of development.

    • MangoGuy

      Not really…

    • esya

      And be castrated by the witches?

  • Kuq Ku

    To much time invested on this entertainment stuff, I can understand the importance of spreading the word, but why so much time on inconsequential characters like May? at least Irene is benefiting the town by teaching but what will May bring? a future kid that will be a witch?

    May can only be in one place at a time unless Roland plans on making some kind of broadcasting system that spreads across the land thats easily accessible then why so much time dedicated to knowing May? Carter is about as bland a character as you can get, sure hes hot but so what? if your that boring what kind of investment would adding a love interest gain?

    Hes like the male version of Anna. I didnt like this chapter, was so wasteful lol.

    • Border Town is a dead town. Even if Roland could invent all the weapons in our modern world BT will remain a dead town – unless Roland will change its culture, as culture breathes life to a civilization. What do you think people in BT are? Disposable chess pieces? They have now the arms to shoot the prince dead anytime. Going militaristic will only incur the wrath of the masses. The funniest thing about your comment is you are looking down on the entertainment part. If you think that the play’s role is only to change the viewpoint of the masses against witches you are missing the big picture. Again, Border Town is a dead town. These entertainments make people feel alive. These things are as important as teching up weapons. It plays an important role – that’s why these characters are NAMED and of course, should have their own character developments. Sadly, I can’t put what’s more in my head into words because of my limited English vocabulary. Sorry about that. You should try reading “A Realist ‘s Kingdom Reform Chronicles”. You’ll get my point with that. The MC is quite a Machiavellian.

      • Kuq Ku

        I did read A Realists Kingdom Reform, It was because of that story that I read this one, Soumas use of “Idols” was very effective because he had the means to broadcast what he wanted far and wide, that isnt the case here, its only in BT it hasnt made the next step to the rest of the world,

        I dont look down on culture it has its place, but dedicating this much towards the actors and their “Days of our Lives” vlog isnt appealing, and I felt this was a wasted chapter.

        Souma managed to invade another kingdoms city and converted the locals by exposing them to the freedoms he had brought with him. I have to say that Soumas way was more entertaining than how Roland did it, he also used characters you had some awareness of and even cared about, I dont have that kind of connection with Carter or May.

        This chapter couldve easily been edited and summarized to this:

        “Compared to his meticulous appearance
        from several months ago, nowadays Carter’s iceberg like face often
        carried some other emotions, letting him appear much less calm, and
        instead giving him an aura of expectation and eagerness.

        Most probably this has something to do with the Star of the West, Roland thought”

        Thats all that was needed, this tells us that Carter is courting that slag who was trying to steal another womans man with her charms, and that it was the actress who stood out to much in the play almost derailing the impact of the story by making her wicked stepsister character someone to empathize with instead of revile, the heroine is Cinderella not her.

        Im basically saying, to much of this story is being spent on an inconsequential character about something so mundane (not mundane for them) as going shopping and drinking booze whilst deciding should I stay or go? Who cares, I know I dont.

        If the author wanted empathy then that shouldve been directed towards Irene not May, Irene is an established character, she has history (I dont really care about her either, but in comparison, she is miles ahead of May and far more appealing than that man thief) she may be boring but still she is relevant and part of the desensitization of witches project that Roland let her lead.

        As to your comment about “dead town” Im not sure if you were reading the observation Ashes made when she spent time in BT, if not go read it, BT is very much a living breathing town filled with people with purpose and direction in their lives, busy making money to support their families while enjoying a far better standard of living than what they had before, there is confidence in a leader who pays attention to their needs, has given them education expanding their minds to new possibilities, which gives them hope for a brighter future, they have something to protect now and do so with pride, arent you the one looking down on them?

        We are a cultural microcosm unto ourselves, there are people from other towns/cities/countries in BT who have brought with them a portion of their cultural wealth. The Arts are of course important, no one wants to be like “The Walking dead” living hand to mouth or in a constant state of survival mode, we need relief.

        The Plays performance continues, and needs no further discussion till it begins to effect a greater area outside of BT, I dont want to know about Mays drinking habits or what she thinks about Carter, I really dont care

        I wish the Author would either make these characters more interesting to invest time reading about them whether its relevant or not, for these side characters like May or not dedicate so much time to them when its basically a chapter of nothing.

        Unless you want chapters dedicated to the next brand May decides to buy? or watching them rehearse another play, or watch Carter and May go strolling again? then I dont see this as a cultural appreciation of the arts.

        Roland didnt care about that either btw, it was a means to an end, the entertainment value was a bonus and the lure, rather strategic, like chess…

        • Kwatro

          This is a world building novel naturally it would be good to have multiple perspectives. This chapter is not a waste because it provides us a thorough view of the daily lives of those affected by the changes that Roland makes.

          • Kuq Ku

            I dont mind PoVs, and I dont even mind the fact they gave us tid bits from the actors, however to dedicate entire chapters to it, is too much.

            “Compared to his meticulous appearance
            from several months ago, nowadays Carter’s iceberg like face often
            carried some other emotions, letting him appear much less calm, and
            instead giving him an aura of expectation and eagerness.

            Most probably this has something to do with the Star of the West, Roland thought” is all that was needed.

            If I were the editor, I wouldve cut out all but this quote. lets compare Tilly to May. Why should she get more face time than Tilly? what will May do to this story other than be a forgotten footnote unless the author has some big plans for her, what would that be I have no idea, but it would need to be done via a broadcasting medium to affect multiple areas.

            I find the focus irritating and unnecessary. Who is she to invest so much time on? is the author trying to create a Carmay ship fandom? neither character is interesting enough for that, the horrible part is, shes trying to be a triangle like Anna Roland and Veronica < but unlike our main protags, shes a side character, so why are we bothering with such an investment? get back on track I say.

            They allowed us to view the Alchemists, and they were pretty damn cool, May is like some big shot actress but the comparison isnt equal in effect, why? because the acting is a visual performance that didnt pull me as the reader, while the alchemist filled me with thoughts of what will come, am I pumped to see a performance by actors? No, are the actors interesting, No, Make them more interesting then? too late theyre already very boring.

            There are some stories that did this kind of thing very well, unfortunately this chapter didnt, I dont mind fillers if theyre interesting, at least make it that, but this isnt.

            • Kwatro

              I think May will play a major role later on after all she seems to shipping with Carter the chief knight an important retinue of Roland as far as I’m concerned I don’t mind detours, for me this chapter served its purpose It delved into the perspective of May concerning the outstanding development of BT like the rapid progress of infrastructure and introduction of goods from light industry (soap etc.) as well as the perspective of a common medieval person being confronted by an environment different from which she is used to (She evidently is astounded at the rapid modernization of the town and revolutionary ideas like holding a play not for the entertainment of nobles and other big wigs but for the masses to enjoy.) These kinds of expositions are important to a story involving world building.

              • Kuq Ku

                If I look at it from your perspective its reasonable, I even see how her being a “Socialite Celebrity” relegated to common entertainment for all to enjoy is a valid viewpoint.

                Here she is roughing it with commoners, gaining luxury goods that is affordable regardless of status, I can even see the progression of how she once thought only of taking another Womans Husband, considering other things that arent related to acting or adultery.

                We didnt need to dedicate all of this chapter to that end.

                • VerneJules

                  Character developments are mostly good though. Authors often neglect that when they’ve introduced too many characters. I don’t mind these chapters at all. I could read all day about the different perspectives of the side characters. You’re just too excited for the story progression (which I could understand) but it’s these character developments that could push the story to different directions.

                  Comparing this novel’s style to Realist’s Kingdom Reform Chronicle would be unfair since they both have their own pace. RKRC mostly explains the feelings of the mobs through theory while RTW seems to show the actual stories of those characters. Both have their merits and I love both series.

                  • Kuq Ku

                    The point Im making is, that a whole chapter dedicated to this was unnecessary, they couldve easily merged chapters 210 and 211 into one, by editing the unnecessary fluff, that could be added anywhere in progressive chapters rather than dedicating a whole chapter to it.

                    I like PoVs, Im obviously biased towards certain perspectives, for example, the alchemists coming too BT I was really eager for their reaction to the new science, that Roland would expose them to.
                    Tillys reaction when Ashes returned, and again Im looking forward to Maggies interaction with Tilly, and her reaction from Rolands Letter.

                    I dont have that interest with the play or the actors, not until they make a TV series of Relase that Witch, so when that is on netflix Ill be sure to watch 😛

            • Junior Jaw

              Each chapter are short you know?

              “Dedicate a whole chapter”.. under 2k words are better than
              “Dedicate a whole chapter”.. at 10k.

              • Kuq Ku

                Its a light novel they have to get their point across, without meandering.

    • rakusu

      Please give the author a break. He’s probably wracking his brains and burning lots of brain cells to make the next major arc interesting, so this chapters is like filler but not exactly filler because it still tells you what’s happening behind the scenes from other character’s perpective. I think this is the advantage of this novel over than that “A Realist Kingdom Reform Chronicles”. Because of the many characters in that novel, sometimes some of them are neglected. They were introduced for a certain duration and then forgotten afterwards when they have served their purpose. But here we get to see the other character’s PoV from time to time, despite them not being the main character, even from the enemy’s side, we get to see from their own thoughts and perspective. That’s why I like this. To me, it has more value than the Realist novel.

      • Kuq Ku

        No one will like everything 100 percent all the time, for myself I dont like seeing a whole chapter dedicated to something like this, I understand its importance in setting the stage for things further along, I do, but my problem with this chapter lies, in how much of the chapter was spent on that.

        I only brought up Realist Kingdom because another poster used it as an example, the comparison was in reply to that. Both stories are very different, I used Soumas example because he had a working broadcasting system to make that kind of impact readily accessible to all. BT is a testing ground for future plans in that direction, setting the foundations for further growth when time comes to spread the word regarding desensitizing the populace against witches.

        PoVs are something I enjoy, much like React videos, however about 4 or 5 short paragraphs were dedicated to a PoV on the radical changes in BT in that whole chapter.

        There are some things to enjoy and not enjoy in both stories, it doesnt detract from either, its an observation, and preference, as said earlier, no one will like everything 100 percent of the time, the Author would be aware of criticism, its up to them whether its valid or not, and for them to decide if that helps them improve a story or if its fine as is.

  • Omnicast

    This usage of light is referring to weight. So Light Industry vs Heavy Industry.

    Light Industry: the manufacture of small or light articles.
    Heavy Industry: the manufacture of large, heavy articles and materials in bulk.

    In other words textiles, canned goods, toys, woodcraft, etc. Just google if you want more examples.

    • Kuru-Kuru Phantasma

      is Witch’s used bathing water included in that?

      • Lamia Fetish

        I’ll took to bucket please.

        • Chiki Amara

          Omg you guys…

          • You guys are disgusting. Mine is Lily flavored. Complete with that disinfecting purple zerg bacteria

            • Leon Kam

              maggie’s bird stock for me, 120% edible

              • Arken


      • Wrandral

        I’ll take some Nana flavored water please

      • Tobi Alafin

        Nightingale flavoured water. Complete with the source.

      • mikuwanabe

        would give all my royals for that water

  • Puru.The.Great

    Such a title. Highly misleading you say? No! Its just that we’re all perverts or closet perverts.

    • belegorn

      red one? xD

  • MangoGuy

    Light industry?? I am not too sure I understand this without the electricity..A different kind of light industry exists?

    • Grey Human

      The correct term is probably small industry. Unlike weapon and steam engine that need a lot of manpower and technical expertise to produce, perfume and soap manufacturing only need small amount of those. Hence it was called light/small industry.

      • MangoGuy

        Oh.. I like to call it small scale industry or cottage industry.

      • half-Heart

        sorry, i think “light industry” is the right word. you can think it is a technical vocabulary. actually it was used everyday in news or class and daily conversation. if you want to use small scale industry it just referee to its “size” ( amount of production, number of staff its plain asset … ) not its “category of product” ( type of product it produces). well it produces “light product” ( cloth wood shoes furniture … ) it’s classified as light industry. if you produce heavy product ( machines car plan steel …. ) it’s classified as heavy industry.

      • Kharil Hasan

        I would like it to be called Small/medium entrepreneur industry like in my country… but I guess Border town still not ready for it.

      • BongBong Chu

        Historically, main industries were making fabric and apparel and food industries — these were light, and making metal and metal products – heavy. The first large factories were making fabrics, so they were light industry. With chemical industries and electronics, this historical classification is used less, but it makes sense in Border Town.

    • Lamia Fetish

      Industry like soap or perfumes considered light or small industry, while weapons and machine are heavy industries.

      • MangoGuy

        Yeah got it.

    • PotatoZero

      The red one?