RW Chapter 213

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Chapter 213 The paddler blueprint

Four days later, the merchant fleet set sails leaving the docks.


Theo and one hundred members of the First Army went along with the ship, setting out to King’s City.


During these days, Roland and Margaret had come to an agreement, Theo could come to her shop to request any amount of gold royals. The amount would then be deducted from the price of the steam engines, in addition, Roland also needed to pay an additional one percent of interest.


This time the amount of saltpeter and ore was two times that of the previous transport, but with the deposit for the transformation of steamboats, Roland had still received more than 2200 gold royals. Which was a monthly sales income Ronald almost wouldn’t even dare to dream of during the Months of Demons – even by selling one month of ore, he would also only have gotten an income of three hundred gold royals.


When the caravan had left, Maggie’s day for temporally leaving Border Town had also arrived.


In accordance with the agreement made with Ashes, she would travel to the islands in the Fjords, bringing them news about the West.


Roland wrote an especially long letter which Maggie had to take along. In addition to expressing his wish for cooperation, he hoped that the 5th Princess could dispatch some auxiliary witches who could come and help him. In the letter, he did not address himself as her brother but as the Lord of Border Town and now after killing Duke Ryan, Lord of the Western Territory. Although the possibility that the other side would go along with his requests was minuscule, he still wanted to give it a try – anyway, spending some time writing a few more words wasn’t an effort at all.


The farewell took place in the castle’s backyard, all of the witches were present.


Nightingale gave her a small bag of dried fish; while Lightning gave her a package of ground pepper.


The other witches were also reluctant to part, they all stepped forward to caress and stroke her feathers, and hugged her goodbye – acting the same as if it was time for a battle and they could be parted forever.


“Rest assured, goo,” Maggie said, raising her head. “I’ll be back soon, goo!”


“What if Tilly does not allow you to come back?” Lightning asked worriedly.


Goo…” The pigeon shrank her neck and pondered over it for a while, then shook her feathers. “In that case, I’ll just sneak back, goo!”


“Then we have come to an agreement,” the little girl promised earnestly,


“If you come back, I’ll personally catch a bunch of birds and roast them for you to eat. There is also the honeycomb we discovered last time; I will wait for you to come back so that we can pull it out together.”


Goo!” She nodded again and again, “has reached an agreement goo!”


What good words could I say? Roland standing at the side was also overtaken with emotion.  It has only been a month, but Maggie has already become one of us. Well done, Lighting!


“Well, Good-bye everyone goo!” Maggie flapped her big wings, after running a few steps she slowly rose up, circled them two times then gradually disappeared into southeastern horizon.


“She will reach the island smoothly.” When Roland saw the small point slowly disappear, he couldn’t help but worry about her.


“Yes, there won’t be any problems,” Lightning agreed without hesitation, then crooked her head, “there shouldn’t be… right?”


After sending Maggie away, Roland quickly went back inside, busying himself with the daily work.


This time, he wanted to draw the complete set of plans for the conversion of the two ships for the Crescent Moon Bay Caravan – they would be the world’s first steam-powered paddle-ships.


Due to them using a single power source, it was not needed to change the trunk, directly connecting the steam powered paddle to the wheel. Using some roots to control the intake of the air pipeline, and with that also controlling the ship. To slow or stop the boat, it would only be needed to close the inlet pipe, while the excess steam would leak from the exhaust port. During the stopping procedure, the fire would still continue to burn, making it very easy to drive forward again.


The principle behind the plan wasn’t complicated, so Roland was able to draw out a rough model fairly quickly. In case he wanted to get an accurate production drawing, he would have to go to the dock to measure the precise size of the boats.


At this time, Anna entered the office, carrying a book.


“What’s going on?” Roland put the goose writing brush down while being unable to restrain a smile.


“I finished this book,” with this words she put the book with the title “Theoretical Foundation of Natural Science” down on his desk.


Seeing this, Roland’s smile suddenly became somewhat stiff; this was simply too exaggerated! Just within a few months, she was able to read the complete mathematical and physical knowledge of high school level? He didn’t even need to ask if his counterpart had understood everything, because when Anna spoke of reading she meant complete understanding, or she would certainly take another look, or simply come to ask him.


“Are you drawing the blueprints for replacing the sail with a steam engine as a power source?” Anna’s attention was quickly attracted to the sketch laying on the table, “But…”


“But what?”


“Are these two wheels similar to rowing puddles? When they rotate, they can produce a pushing force, but half of them are exposed, which is a huge waste of power. So why not just completely immerse them in the water?”


“…” Roland stared at her with his mouth wide open, not knowing how to reply. Since people who are born with knowledge do not exist, does that mean, that just by looking at the scratches she was able to make this judgment within these few moments? Thinking about this possibility suddenly rose his interest, “Then can you tell me how you would improve it?”


For a moment Anna pondered about it, then she raised the brush and began to draw on the paper.


Roland supported his chin with his hand while appreciating with keen interest her carefully drawing attempt – her bangs fastened with his hair clip swayed back and forth with her every move. Her long slender eyelashes beat twice and her white cheeks revealed a natural rosy tint to them. Although, from this angle he could only see the side of her face, but in contrast to the bright background, her profile from the bridge of her nose to her chin and on to the neck formed a perfect and gentle curve.


“Do you want to eat some fish?” Nightingale scrambled over and put her hands between the two.


“En,” Anna nodded and took the offered snack. “Thank you.”


When his line of sight was blocked, Roland coughed twice and then had to look back to those paintings on the desk once more.


Initially, Anna had tried to completely embedded the wheel in the water. However, this way meant it would become difficult to observe the wheel’s position when it came close to the shore, making it easy for it to hit the pier or the dock.


She then put the wheel at the back end of the ship – which was the standard practice, but with this the transmission setting became much more complex, after all, the bulky steam engine was not suitable to be placed at the end of the hull. In that way, the drive shaft and gearbox would end up occupying quite a huge part of the hull.


When Roland saw drawings of her newest concept, he once again couldn’t help himself from exclaiming in admiration for his counterparts keen thinking capability.


The sketch Anna was currently considering came infinitesimally close to the single-axis propeller layout; the steam engine was set at the bottom of the hull and the drive shaft extended out of the hull to below the waterline. To its end, she had connected four square blades, which gave it an appearance that was similar to a windmill.


“I do not know if it can be done this way,” she hesitated. “but, it’s reasonable to say that by keeping the paddle at tilt, it can produce horizontal pushing force. However, by reducing the wheel to our blades, I do not know if it can generate enough power to move the ship.”


“Of course it would be possible, it just needs a slight modification.” Roland took the quill out of Anna’s hand, and draw the propeller’s original design, “Compared to a windmill shape, this shape of the blade is more suitable for rotating within the water. Your train of thought is entirely correct, but the contractual requirement is to transform the ship into a paddler, so we will still keep with the first method – this has nothing to do with technology, it is simply a business strategy.” He paused and then asked,” I’m going to measure the hull, do you want to come with me? ”


Anna blinked her blue eyes, “Uh-huh!”


Mastering the theory and then putting it into practice, is the best way to learn.





When Anna followed the Prince to the door, she saw that Nightingale was still looking at those blueprints on the table, making it unable for her to not open her mouth.


“Ah, you can go first, I’ll come around immediately.”


While holding the sketches in her hand Nightingale repeatedly compared them, coming to the conclusion: Didn’t they just change the position where the wheel is placed?

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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Dave Mears

    This would be an interesting scene for Nightingale to draw inspiration from for an evolution. Which isn’t to say I expect it to happen.

  • Psychronia

    Good Lord Nightingale is adorable.

    I wonder what kind if face Anna will make once Roland confesses…that he has nothing else to teach her?

    Until then…Science date~

  • JK

    So, I am a mechanical engineer, and putting the whole wheel under water would not work (assuming the axel of the wheel is perpendicular to the direction of motion). This is because a paddle boat works by displacing water opposite to the direction of motion. As every force creates an equal and opposite force this pushes the boat forward. If you completely submerge the paddle wheel the wheel is now pushing water in both directions (the top side is pushing the water forward) thus creating a net force of 0, and no forward motion.

    • Piotr Berman

      I guess the idea was to “twist” the paddles and have the wheel axis on the symmetry plane of the ship. But why would that be more efficient is beyond me, I have only vague idea what are the inefficiencies here. Perhaps propelling the water in other directions than behind the ship? I guess, this would be hydrodynamics.

      • darcflare

        Twisting the propellers makes then mor aerodynamic making you lose less power as the move through the water propelling you forward, and he only doesn’t want to do that’s he can make more money lol

    • Delta

      I agree with your assessment, however, after reading the description again it appears as if Anna drew a modern day propeller perpendicular to the axis of motion. This would make more sense too based upon the exerpt below:

      “The sketch Anna was currently considering came infinitesimally close to the single-axis propeller layout; the steam engine was set at the bottom of the hull and the drive shaft extended out of the hull to below the waterline. To its end, she had connected four square blades, which gave it an appearance that was similar to a windmill”

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Martinx

    Death flags goo..
    RIP fat pigeon

  • LushWF

    Thank you for your work!

  • Piotr Berman

    Poor Nightingale. I barely scraped through mechanics in college and I do not understand why paddles in the air “waste power”. And I can’t operate a gun at all. You are still the best in what you do well!

    But to have a prince with a fetish for mechanical design, it is a bit of a bad luck for you.

    • JK

      They don’t, well as long as you cover them (wind resistance) you are good, however completely submerging the paddle would cause the boat to not move at all.

      • Darcflare

        They wast power by half theoving part been out of the water so only half the power moving the paddles is used to move the boat terribly inefficient, and as said in a reply in earlier comments they make it windmill shaped eg a propeller, but this the uses alot of power overcoming water resistance, by “twisting” as Roland put it you can lessing the effect of the water resistance using less power in that department and putting more into forward momentum.

  • kshatriiya

    Nightingale baka….irresistibly adorable baka

  • MangoGuy

    Lol nightingale!!! Fight on~

  • Kwatro

    To the one who donated for this translation, Thank you very much.

  • Lancent

    Goose writing brush? I believe it should be Goose Quill Pen.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Damn Anna is a genius she is really a genuis..
    funny how Roland is on heat ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) , glad Nightingale is there to monitor him hehehe

  • NaoSou


  • kirindas

    Shame. I was hoping to see the merchants’ reaction to the perfume soap.
    Thanks for the new chapter!

    • Clau Sal

      me too
      Why dont sell ? I dont understand

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Puru.The.Great

    Business strategy huh….
    Hoarding technology at this point in time is the correct decision.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Skeith

    ““Yes, there won’t be any problems,” Lightning agreed without hesitation, then crooked her head, “there shouldn’t be… right?”
    Death flag !!

    • BurstThrough

      More like Maggie’s kinda clumsy in her reasoning.
      I doubt that she will die as church can’t move in Graycastle well and Timmy and Garcia being too busy with each other. Though if she is captured(that would be by her being careless or an accident) I hope it is by Garcia as she will just use her as a hostage not like Timmy that will think Tilly killed their father(even though she’d have gained nothing from such).

      • Skeith

        Nothing will happen to Roland’s Witches ^^. I know that it’s very unlikely something happens to Maggie on her trip. It’s just that this kind of phrases can be considered death flags :).

    • Mirari

      Maggie’s LUK is SSS.

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

  • Kuq Ku

    You know that moment, when you see your beloved glowing from the pure pleasure of someone whose ability is equal or even surpasses his, and you have no clue what it was that so impressed them, that there is a level of appreciation you cant reach, no matter how hard you try.

    Nightingales previous declaration means shes aware of if but will make the effort regardless, just makes me want to cheer the underdog on even more you go Nightingale! Show him qualities that Anna cant reach either!!

  • crashwiz

    hmmm. putting it in practice. lol.
    thanks for the chapter!

  • G. M. Paily

    Hmm, I really don’t get what she means by full immersion. If you fully immersed the paddle wheel, it would push water both ways, and the steamboat wouldn’t go anywhere…oh wow, she jumped from paddle to propeller, that’s why… she’s smarter than me…

  • Tamasaga

    Ohhh, Is this the moment where Nightingale’s power evolves?

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, KitKat, and Rene J.! Wonder what the next thing will be. A navy?

  • Angel

    is that a sign ? maybe she can apply it to her ability, to make the bullet she shoot Invisible and without noise 😀 , it will make her assassination more Perfect and more Terrifying!!! A Voiceless Assassination ahahaha 😀

    thx for the chapter ^^

  • Nawl

    And this chapter just proves to me why Nightingale would never have Roland’s heart. He needs someone he could talk and exchange ideas with.

  • kshatriiya

    Favorite romance lead poll here:

    Nightingale is leading!! Someone voted for Tilly (wtf?) , although I put her in there for the lols 😛

  • Leon Kam

    hahaha just love the cannibalism here xD hahaha

  • Gatsby Francisco

    Yehey complete chapter update thanks!

  • Neko

    Need to instruct sailors for the steamboat now.
    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • Leon Kam

    why dont roland forge a Durandal using witch abilities xD


    For some reason I stopped liking wednesdays… hmm I wonder why.

  • Kuq Ku
    • Nahim Kerman


  • mllhild

    Can someone give me an idea please how this system would work?
    If you sell yourself, who gets the money?
    “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 remember Garcias Slave system (to keep her crews motivated and constantly manned), but this one action here seems strange, unless there would be a rule that let the slave own money and buy himself free.

    Still as far as I understand slaves are property them self and everything they have will automatically become property of their owner.
    Also is the owner obligated to let the slave buy himself free? I mean, I could just take the money and ignore him or kill him since he is a slave after all.

    Maybe rather than slavery, its the serf system of medieval Europe. So they would still own some things, but were bound to the land they lived and weren’t permitted to leave it. In this case selling themselves would make sense.

    Oh, I just noticed that even as slaves they could still buy things for themselves with the money….but really, I would rather become a bandit than a slave. Kill until you are killed sounds better than getting worked to the death on terrible conditions for someones elses profit. (I have novel and anime in RL so conditions aren’t too terrible)

    • Deman Bloodx

      My guess is that a person willingly sell himselves as slave because he is desperate enough to get money to his family like a starving member or sick mother or simply rather pay off a debt instead of being murder by a loan shark.

      • laihipp

        yep, historically it was most often to pay off debts

        either willingly or as response to a enforced judgement by whatever form of law

    • FranS Yanto

      not everyone have courage to kill someone else to get money

    • Skeith

      It’s hard to say how the system in that world works because the author hasn’t talked about it much. I mean there has been mentions of slaves but there hasn’t been one exemple shown to us, the “lowest status” were the serfs and the criminals sent to the mines.
      But in most societies where people can sell themselves into slavery, there is a way for them to buy back their freedom, and the owners have responsabilities so slaves can’t be too mistreated (not fed, tortured for no reasons and killed).
      So people that sell themselves will do so for family, pay off debts (as mentioned by Deman Bloodx) or when their situation is so bad they can’t even feed themselves and they would leave better lives as slaves.

  • MangoGuy

    as it goes,Roland..finished goods are always more expensive than raw!!! just look at these chapters XD

  • Kuq Ku

    The Paddler blueprint? steamboat? is Roland gonna make a steamboat?

    • MOHLT

      Yup, it was mentioned in earlier chapters.

      • Kuq Ku

        He needs to get his hands on that black gold thats what, start making generators and engines.

    • Maxi King

      he better get to motorboating soon…

      • Raufgar


  • Herloct

    If only Maggie could communicate and trains the normal birds…

    • MangoGuy

      we could see something similar to sotr!!

      • kshatriiya

        oi spoilers 😉

        • MangoGuy

          really bro?

  • Kharil Hasan

    Maybe after he finish the road, he can create telegrams/telephone for faster communication between BT and LS.

  • Jo Ha


  • watny Abellard

    Roland can finally set up a information net work, with that we can see new witches added soon.

    • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

      Twitter in middle age

      • Skeith

        It’s a spy network, so it’s more like Facebook :).

        • watchin

          Of course one his close workers gon become snowden

          • Nahim Kerman


    • He will establish NSA soon.

      • Nahim Kerman

        Nightingale Space Agency?

    • mllhild

      10 000 Refugees of Younglings and Woman! There has to be some witches in there!