RW Chapter 212

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Chapter 212 Caravan and new information

It was already the second month of summer, and as scheduled, Margaret arrived on the day of midsummer.

 

This time, the amount of ships brought by the business group was far more than the pier could accommodate, so many boats now had to dock by the river and wait for the other ships that were in front of them to finish unloading, and allow them to access the pier for themselves.

 

This caused Roland to realize that the town’s pier would have to be expanded.

 

This month, Graycastle Industrial Company has finally completed their task, by reducing the scrapping rate to forty percent, they had successfully produced three steam engines for the day of delivery. Although compared to the current third generation used in Border town, the ones the factory produced for foreign trade were lacking in power, leaked air, were noisy, rattled and had other aspects that made them of a much lower quality. But compared to the former number of produced machines, it was still a great deal of progress.

 

The Crescent Moon Bay Caravan brought an artisan team of three hundred as had been arranged. Roland placed all of them in the industrial park at the southern side of the Redwater River. In addition to building a new wooden factory besides the original plant, he also ordered Karl to build an employee dormitory near the river. So that they could finish these facilities within a month, all the the huge logs needed were transported to the scene and then cut by Anna along with Karl’s technical guidance. Like this, the originally most time consuming task of processing the wood was completed in just two days.

 

When Teacher Karl saw Anna’s new ability he was stunned, in just six months, this weak and quiet girl had become so self-confident and seemed to always be in high spirits.

 

At the castle, Roland held a sumptuous dinner, welcoming the arrival of the business group.

 

At the same time, it was also the first time that White Liquor appeared in their line of sight.

 

“Every time we come here you will have developed new stuff, Margaret really did not lie to me,” Hogg yelled, “even the wine is so out of the ordinary…this

 

“White Liquor,” Margaret reminded.

 

“Yes, white liquor! Compared with this ale and wine are absolutely bland and tasteless, and with a grin, Hogg tossed the cup of liquor down. Your Highness, this stuff, you must sell me a few boxes of it.”

 

“I think its flavor is too hot, or with to say it differently, the fruit wine is more suitable for me,” the businesswoman smiled and shook her head.

 

Roland smiled, “That has to do with personal preferences, the high concentration of distilled liquor isn’t with everyone taste.  I also dont plan to spread it out, but since I happened to have made some, I thought I could let everyone have a taste.”

 

In this era brewing and drinking wine was still the mainstream, but distilling alcohol clearly offered a great potential to open up a new market. Like the White Liquor, Rum, Whiskey, and Vodka were all distilled spirits with higher alcohol content. And together with these distilled spirits, they also came the corresponding string attached to the bartending culture. However, for the present, it was still too early to open up this industry in Border Town.

 

“Your Highness, I have brought some news with me according the matter you mentioned in your previous letter,” Margaret began, “Now, after the Church has taken over the Kingdom of Endless Winter, they haven’t brought up many changes. Currently they are facing a very strong resistance of the Wolfsheart Kingdom. Because of this they have gathered all their troops at the Broken Tooth Castle, but even with them they have not been able to take a step forward during the last two months. In addition, the Kingdom of Dawn has sent a message to Graycastle, that the Church goal should be to eliminate the witches, instead they want to take over the Four Kingdoms. They suggested that the two countries should establish an alliance, expelling the forces of Church out of the kingdom, and jointly fighting against the Holy City of Hermes.”

 

“How did the King’s City respond?” Roland asked

 

“The Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Marquis Wyke, has immediately refused this proposal, and even denounced the other side for speaking nonsense.” Margaret shrugged her shoulders, “This matter has caused a large commotion in King’s City; even the nobility is unable to reach a consistent view. As far as I know, many people are in support of the idea of an alliance. After all, at present, the Church hasn’t shown a sign that they will return the sovereignty to the successor to the Kingdom of Eternal Winter.

 

“Did Timothy not step forward?”

 

“The answer was certainly to incite Timothy, at the moment he himself is rushing with his army to the East,” Margaret showed a somewhat dignified expression.

 

“I heard that there was a massive fleet east of the Seawind Region, which attacked and looted the eastern coast. They stopped at nothing, even the churches hadn’t been spared and there were also many merchants of the Fjords who met with disaster.”

 

“Many people have now become fugitives in the Eastern Region, Hogg and I have already given shelter to many of them.”

 

Margaret then added, “They said that the looters were no longer only snatching just money. Nowadays they are even taking people with them, and after everything that could be moved was taken, they would burn everything that was left down. It seems that they want to turn the whole eastern territory into a white land. This is absolutely a severe blow to the eastern aristocracy who had recently been subdued by Timothy.

 

Normally, hearing that Timothy was suffering under massive attack should be a joyous message, but when he heard that the other side even captured the population, Roland’s heart was hit by waves of pain, “Those who were able to escape…”

 

“Are you interested in them?” Margaret lightly smiled, “After reading the letter, I already guessed that you might want to buy a large number of slaves to enrich the workforce in your territory. However, compared with the foreign refugees from the Kingdom of Endless Winter and the Wolfsheart Kingdom, the refugees of Graycastle may not be willing to sell themselves into slavery.

 

“I do not need them as slaves. As long as these people are willing to come to Border Town and settle down, there will be food and housing for them, and they will also be paid for their labour.” Roland corrected, he also realized that this was a good opportunity to expand his number of people, even though the news arrived slightly late. “How many people are there?”

 

“Most of the robust and powerful refugees have already been taken in by the nobility and caravans, but there should still be nearly ten thousand people gathered outside of Kings City, however, most of them are younglings or women.”

 

“Well, I’ll still send someone on the way to screen them,” the Prince said. “In case I want to take them, do I need to deal with the officials of King’s City?”

 

“No, you don’t,” Margaret waved her hand to emphasise her words, “They will be ever grateful to have someone take those people away. Otherwise the food they have won’t be enough. In the event that the number continues to increase, it might even become possible that the food shortage could lead to riots.”

 

 

After the dinner, Roland returned to his office and called for Theo, his personal guard.

 

This incident made him aware of how backwards his intelligence system currently was. If he had received knowledge about the refugee problem immediately, he could have done the preparations earlier. In the end allowing him to bring even more people to Border Town. At present his understanding of the outside world laid only on the information he got from the caravans that arrived once a month, and a rate like that was simply unable to meet with his demands.

 

Even with his stationed army in Longsong Stronghold, which had been establishment as a relay post. he could only monitor the Western Region. If he really wanted to compete for the throne of Graycastle, he would have to extend his intelligence network to cover the whole kingdom, or even better, the whole of the mainland.

 

Right now, Roland did not have a sufficient number of loyal and devoted subordinates that he could use to establish a complete intelligence network, not to mention sending spies to all parts of the country to work as his secret agents. Therefore, he first started with laying down the foundation by sending some people over to King’s City, and let them collect information from the city and the outer regions. It wasn’t needed that they start with detailed monitoring, but this way he could still at least receive a rough understanding of the overall situation and wouldn’t have to be passive any longer as with today.

 

Being aware of Theo’s influence on King’s City’s black street rats, the prince knew that he was the best candidate for the job.

 

“You want me to follow the caravan to King’s City?” Theo gawked in disbelief.

 

“That’s right; you will have two duties. Your first mission is to meet up with the refugees of the Eastern Region. I will send a group of one hundred or so soldiers with you who will be in charge of the escorting them back to Border Town. I will inform you later about the specific conditions of the screening, but that will still be before the caravan leaves.

 

“Yes!”

 

“Second, when the flood of refugees has calmed down, you will stay behind in King’s City and starts to collect information from everywhere in the city for me. Since you’re are already used to dealing with the underground rats, you should be clear about how you have to go through with it. Furthermore, Margaret’s caravan will be fully supporting you, in case a tasks requires you to spend some money you can go to her. Compared with your task of going to Redwater City to spread the news about the witches, this time your funds will have no upper limit.” He then put a revolver on the table, “Pay attention, and protect yourself, I hope that I to hear some good news from you soon.”

 


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ARIGATOU!!!! Thanks for the chapter!! 😀

  • laihipp

    can someone give me a reminder of the specifics on Theo

    I know he went to find witches and brought back the two but I’m drawing a blank on him being the body guard and him being associated with black rats

    • rakusu

      He hired the underground rats to spread the witch rumours in 3 cities if I remember correctly. The fact that he knows how to contact and negotiate with them is the reason why Roland chose him. They can serve as his information gatherer from all corners.

    • Deman Bloodx

      Behold my photographic memory! Theo first appear in chapter 145.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and KitKat! Wonder what he’ll make next.

  • Nahim Kerman

    Finally! I thought Roland never would realise how dangerous is to sit idle doing kingdown building while his enemies confabulate free. He needs a spy network so badly! And look! He already got a nice spymaster just there. Nightingale black ops!

    Also i’ve been fidling with some portraits lately. How do you guys imagined Carter “Male-god” Lannis?? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/35c819eff69dc8d0e62f2979d573772fc199723cef4aa6142caf4743a2ad7729.jpg

  • Lamia Fetish

    Looks like Nightingale is leading, Hell Yeah Go Nightingale.

    • kshatriiya

      Someone actually voted for Tilly 😛

      • Lamia Fetish

        well there are some who thinks incest is wincest.

  • Inbetweenbooks

    Those merchants will start to come to bordertown loaded with extra chests of cash.

    “Soo, here is the fortune we agreed upon from the sales. Here is the other fortune we brought, since you keep bringing up new shit we really really want to buy from you. Now, what did i buy this time?”

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • MangoGuy

    exciting..exciting stuff!!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J oh oh total chaos, and refugees!!! but women and children so I wonder how will Ronald make them work…

  • Puru.The.Great

    I always thought Roland’s information network about his Kingdom was severely lacking.
    Thanks for the chapter!

    • Age Reapor

      What, you want to send up a monitoring satellite?

      Or maybe that’s too much. Just a bell phone call should do it.

      • Inbetweenbooks

        even that is hard. that requires him to use long unbroken lines of copper, when he is low on every resource. and for spies, homing pigeons are probably better anyways, since they require no infrastructure in hostile lands.

        Well, that is unless he can make a portable radio. but then the church and his sister really has a cause to accuse him of being a crossdressing witch…

      • Puru.The.Great

        Nah, its even more rustic. Radio frequencies. Technology progression wise it should be Radio first.

        • Nahim Kerman

          For god sake. He got a eletromagnetic witch siting over there doing nothing! Why did he still not invent a telegraph linking borther town to longsong fortress at least?

          • Puru.The.Great

            ikr! He’s really not using generators even though its so easy now. He has a river too.

  • Kuq Ku

    He needs to make Toilet Paper and Sanitary Pads/Tampons, he will be a gazillionaire!.. once they have toilets, instead of the longdrop flushing toilets will be pretty sweet… and disposal/sewage system.. does he have that? I cant remember if hes built that yet? gonna be mighty stanky if he hasnt.

    Handwashing < saves lives literally lol, I wonder if hes promoted good hygiene? running water hasnt spread throughout the town yet and they still need to boil water, so I was wandering about that.

    Im pretty sure infant mortality is high, with the recent upgrades this may have lessened but still the threat must be high, would Roland be putting out PSA about what kids need.. he doesnt have a vaccination program yet, and Lily seems to be someone who could help in that area along with Nana, it would be good to develop this as it will protect not only regular people but future witch births.

    • rakusu

      He had Karl built the toilet if I remember after he killed the Duke and return from Longsong Stronghold. As for the sewage, I think it was mentioned from Ferlin (said something about when the snow melts or the rain occured) and Irene’s POV

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter! Wow his sister is a savage

  • Kuq Ku

    I wonder how many children are in BT right now nearing the age where witch abilities are present? and Im wondering about the refugees as well.

  • LushWF

    Thank you for your work!

    Someone’s got their head in the game, nice!

  • Wrandral
  • Wrandral

    OhOhOh Finally the polls are coming here, was wondering how long it would take.
    I voted for Nana but i insist that you add a Harem option

  • SanitaryCockroach
  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Aldrich Castillo

    He’s the one yhat got caught by the witches last time right?
    Lets hope he doesnt get caught and leak revolvers this time xD
    I doubt they would be able to copy it within a few years thou

  • Leon Kam

    he get a revolver as a parting gift, roland sure trust theo….. even though his screen time is so short

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Neko

    Nice move, Prince Roland. Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • crashwiz

    f5f5f5f5ff5

  • Kuq Ku

    I wonder if they have toothpaste and toothbrushes..

    • Deman Bloodx

      Nope. In the old usa govt commercial showing kids how to brush their teeth, toothpaste were in powder form. and I recalled using hair or fur of some animal as toothbrush. Dental floss should be invented.

      BTW, Lily should sell bottled water with her ability and Roland should put fluoride in tap water that Lily has filter. Once you have clean water, all the restaurants and home meals will be cleaner and people skin and health will be better. I betcha that was one of the reason people lived longer.

      Anyone know if alchemists knew about distilled water back then?

      • Diggydawg

        Sprinkle powder on teeth and rub mouth and face into my puppy… got it!

        • Deman Bloodx

          First, wet your puppy…, that pour wet powder on wet puppy…, proceed brushing.

  • kshatriiya

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  • MOHLT

    Light industries huh, so Roland wants to make consumer goods for his citizens. Well, salaries in Border Town are very high, so I bet there are bunch of people with decent amount of money and no goods to spend money on…

    • Nahim Kerman

      Yes is the kind of thing that catalyze the phenomenon known as INFLATION! In order to prevent that he must expand the inner market…

  • nirleka

    Roland the perfumes meister hahaha

  • Leon Kam

    if the merchant ask why the steam engine so loud or so low quality… his excuse will be low manpower and they have to send more ppl to him lol

    • Skeith

      The merchant gets the same model as he inspected when he decided to buy it, so he shouldn’t be surprised:).

    • megaply

      it’s the same when you buy goods from China via a website. You can’t expect it will be the same as the photo.

  • Kuq Ku

    I wonder when we will get electricity and a communication system up and running?

    • Nahim Kerman

      Mistery Mun is not the witch that got powers like Magneto’s? I suppose roland do not know hol to built AC generator since all he did until now was build simple cheap DC engines/generators…

      • Kuq Ku

        Her power will be awesome for sure, and she will be so happy that finally shes useful 😛

      • Dragrath

        Mystery Moon is currently suffering from Roland’s out of order teaching. Roland is trying to teach atomic theory instead of teaching Electromagnetism when electromagnetism was a major prerequisite for developing and thus understanding atomic theory… (Atomic theory is after all described in the language of electromagnetism) I think Roland has forgotten that Electromagnetism as the first complete theory of physics is used as the cornerstone of which modern physics and engineering are built. Only a pure genius like Anna would be able to fill in the theoretical holes needed compensate for this flaw in Roland’s teaching at the moment.. I hope he realizes and fixes this mistake soon…

        As is he is trying to do the equivalent of designing a car when the wheel hasn’t been invented yet…

        • Nahim Kerman

          Or an steam locomotive when the steam engines hasn’t been invented yet?

          • Dragrath

            Same principal but yeah knowledge is pretty much non commutative becuse it is really hard to start from the complex example…

    • megaply

      Aroud Chapter 500th

  • Psychronia

    So, Margaret, I happen to have this alternate source of perfume production…

  • BurstThrough

    I just realized:
    ROLAND WILL FINALLY GET THE FULMINATE!!
    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!
    Most likely THAT’S the big news or Margaret will inform of the WHITE PHOSPHORUS!! or church’s bioweapon..
    Or neither, just gonna illuminate some new business or tell something about Timothy and Clearwater warlady. Or worse.. She’ll tell us something we already know about Tilly…

    • Lamia Fetish

      white phosphorus ! Dude your insane, using that is totally counter productive, you want to lessen the population at the same time earn the ire of the people.

      • mllhild

        Its not against guerrilla warfare, the enemy soldiers and civilians aren’t mixed here on the battlefield. So you wont have this problem of hitting the population.

        Also there are no rules of engagement, human rights…..

        • Lamia Fetish

          The problem is if he use White Phosphorus this could be bad publicity that the church could use, they will say tat Roland is colluding with the devil and they will use the effect of white Phosphorus as evidence to sways the people thus giving the church more followers and making the church more powerful and making Roland the enemy of Humanity.

          • BurstThrough

            But it would be the BEST weapon against the church’s zombie army though.
            Besides a modern weapon it is…

            • Lamia Fetish

              But will leave a bad impression specially when the populace are uneducated and doesn’t understand how white phosphorus works so he will just lose support of the people not worth that risk specially when his trying to unite the kingdom.

              • BurstThrough

                I don’t think it is that different from cannons(and that shrapnel shot in special) and firearms to those people.

                • Lamia Fetish

                  What are you talking about the effects of White Phosphorus is giving third degree burn it will look like they were burned in hell cannons on the other hands can be easily explain cause people already knows about catapults and trebuchet cannons acts similarly by launching projectiles. try explaining white phosphorus to ignorant people.

                  • BurstThrough

                    A kind of acid. The End.
                    The cannon is already creepy with all the shrapnel Gore it causes so I don’t think there is much surprise. But Roland would need to say it is only a resource to use against something GRIM such as the demonic beasts hybrid and pill warriors or God army.

                    • Lamia Fetish

                      Yes the cannon is creepy with all he gore but its physically there and can be easily explain by cause people are already aware of snow powder and you could say its an improve version of it, but the effects of white phosphorus is different how can you explain acid that turn to smoke, ignorant people would just think of it as power of the devil, remember that decease incident some people actually believed it was spread by witch thanks to the propaganda of the church, people imagination is hard to predict too risky and if I was him I would not take that risk, plus white phosphorus doesn’t distinguished combatant from civilian, and he needs more people resource and by using a weapon that indiscriminately kills without distinguishing combatants from non combatants well label him a tyrant in the eyes of the people which may make people weary of going to his territory, don’t get me wrong I could care less about the humanitarian aspect of this, but in a strategic way using this weapon is not gonna be helpful.

                    • Lamia Fetish

                      Oh yeah forgot to add as well, that in that world information travel by words of the mouth so information tend to bee distorted or mixed in so if he really used white phosphorus how do you think that will spread to the people, so logically using white phosphorus will just come back and byte him in the end.

                    • Lamia Fetish

                      Example of rumors that will be created.

                      First Person:The prince use some sort of acid that burns people attacking a city.
                      2nd Person: The prince used burned people attacking a city.

                      3rd Person: the prince attacked a city and burned people.

                      the more I look at the use of white phosphorus the more counter productive it becomes, I’m looking at this in a strategic way and strategically white phosphorus would be effective in the battle field but it will surely bite e on the end.

        • megaply

          I think he shouldn’t use it with Humans but if he use it to Devils and Demon beasts, he can gain a great result.

      • BurstThrough

        I meant that that white phosphorus is ALREADY being used by Wholfsheart Kingdom in their fight against the church.
        And currently Roland does not know that.

  • Puru.The.Great

    New information?

  • Omnicast

    Anyone else feeling bad for those merchants? Paying for subpar products? I hope it comes with a warranty… maybe he could sell extended warranties… lol.

    • Herloct

      Well, I think a lot industries doing that too. Selling things that could break in a year, so you could sell a new ones next year.

      Also, those steam engine are man made, not witches made, and it for mass production, not custom made, so it has lower quality

    • Wrandral

      Now you know what i feel like when i see all those people buying apple products XD

      • Nahim Kerman

        Oh man! So true…

    • rakusu

      I don’t want to sound like a bad/greedy merchant but if Roland does not introduce the “warranty” system, he can earn lots. He can say that the products are in alpha version and needs contant maintenance (since they are made by people and not witches). And there will be maintenance fee of course since only BT people know how to assemble steam engines.

      • mllhild

        But isn’t he charging for the maintenance already? Also he wants to get the people to use the steam engines as much as possible to bring a industrial revolution into motion.

        • Inbetweenbooks

          he is. and he does.

          He also is including purposely flawed pieces into the machinery, soo people will come back to him.

      • Nahim Kerman

        Three words: “D.L.C”!

    • Easykill

      iirc the contract included repairs, so basically.

    • Skeith

      Well as long as he is upfront with the ups and down of the product I think it’s okay. He is not selling them purposely defective marchandise.
      They came and inspected the goods, he told them about what to expect and they decided to buy it, the product they inspected and decided to buy was the currently available one. Not future versions of it.

      If someone came to your store and decided to buy 100 WiiUs, but then you get a delivery of Nintendo switchs, you won’t give the buyer the Switchs right?
      Not to mention, the new models can probably only be built by Anna for now, he doesn’t have the tools for manufacturing the new ones without her help.

    • Inbetweenbooks

      this is the quality his industry makes, for now, so no.

      it’s literally the best machines on the market, made by the best trained factory workers in the world with the best tools in the world. sure, the next Gen of engines will be better but…

      not selling the custom built prototype engine made with magic in the RnD department is not the company screwing over its costumers.

      • Lamia Fetish

        Correction the only machines on the Market.

        • Inbetweenbooks

          best by default is still best! Best in it’s class! Nr 1!

          sure, it’s also the worst machines on the market, but meh

  • MangoGuy

    I am telling you..RTW is a secret Chinese government venture to educate procrastinators like me in a fun way!!!

    • Tolack

      Don’t slander the author! It’s a publicly recognised Chinese government venture… Definitely, I swear!

  • VerneJules

    [Teaser] New information, huh? I wonder if it’s about the use of the Church’s bioweapon. Hopefully, Roland could grasp information about this as soon as possible so he could prepare with Lily and Nana months before the Church starts their invasion to Graycastle.

    • mllhild

      I think its rather information from the Fijords and about Garcia. Didn’t Tilly want to start a cleaning of the Fijords of Church believers and Garcia did so as well? Rolands informant left Clear Water Port before these happenings after all.