RW Chapter 214

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Chapter 214 The travel to Kings City

The merchant fleet followed a branch of the Redwater River on its way north and after passing Silver City entered into the Grand Canal to King’s City.

 

Theo remembered that he had once read in the “Chronicles of Graycastle” that two hundred years ago, everything around here had been a wasteland. In order to transport the mined silver in the nearby mines back to King’s City, Wimbledon I had summoned stonemasons and nearly ten thousand handymen. After 20 time-consuming years spent digging, they finally opened a direct connection between the silver mines and King’s City. However, during the construction process a new city had also gradually formed itself around the silver mines, which was then later named Silver City by the late king.

 

But the scene that unfolded itself in front of him was completely different from the view of 200 years ago; this was no longer a wasteland. Instead, both sides had now been covered with lush farmland, that slowly transformed itself into a village. Seeing this scene made Theo think of the Kingdom Avenue which connected Border Town and Longsong Stronghold. When that road was finished, he believed that the surroundings hills would also become more densely populated.

 

“I heard you that you have previously already lived in King’s City?” Suddenly a woman’s voice sounded from behind him.

 

When Theo turned his head, he saw that the voice belonged to Margaret, the owner of the caravan, he nodded, “Before I became a palace guard, I have been living in the inner city.”

 

“How do you feel about returning to your old home?”

 

“Honestly speaking, not bad,” he said, “if it were not for the order of His Royal Highness, I’d rather stay in Border Town. Although King’s City seems to be such a lively place, it makes people develop a suffocating feeling living there.” Which is particularly the case because of the lower nobility, Theo thought.

 

“Is that so?” Margaret smiled, “how much do you know about His Highness Roland?”

 

“Whats going on?” Hearing this question let his heart slightly shiver with cold.

 

“I think he is really an incredible person. Of course, many bad rumors are flowing around in King’s City, you also should have heard a lot of them. However, in Border Town… it is nothing like those rumors said, his behavior and ideas are unpredictable,” she paused, “If the steam engine was accomplished through his knowledge and skills, why then, are even the soldiers trained by him so out of the ordinary?”

 

Speaking of the First Army, Theo glanced in the direction of the soldiers who were sitting on the deck – taking into account that their activities in King’s City had to be hidden as much as was possible; they were not equipped with guns, nor were they wearing a unified military uniform. Instead, their armor had been replaced with all sorts of different leather armors, and the only weapons they carried were the wooden spears on their back, they looked just any other caravan guard. For most of them, it was the first time that they were away from the Western Territory, and because of this, they were all curiously looking around and talked with each other about what they saw, but no one had yet taken off his shoes or laid down on their arms.

 

On the other hand, the mercenaries of the caravan, to avoid the sun many of them had left the deck and went into the cabin, leaving only three or four people behind on the deck who in turn have taken off their shoes and laid flat in the shade with their hands stretched out beside their body.

 

“I am not quite clear,” Theo reluctantly answered. It wasn’t that he was trying to hide something, it was simply that he didn’t know the answer – after coming to Border Town, the 4th Prince had become very different compared to his former self, “Probably His Royal Highness from before was just a disguise.”

 

“Is it…?” Margaret said nothing more, keeping silent for a moment and then she suddenly reached out with her hand and pointed in the distance. “Look, that’s the city wall. We will be arriving soon.”

 

At the end of his field of vision he could make out a fuzzy natural gray, just by standing here and looking, he could already feel the magnificence of the city walls the city walls were the most outstanding work of the stonemason guild before they were dissolved. Both its height and thickness were second to none in the Kingdom of Graycastle. He had even heard that the walls had rooms and channels that offered places for nearly a thousand soldiers to rest. Making it possible to guarantee an uninterrupted patrol and fast support.

 

When the walls became clear for Theo to see, the figures of the fugitives also entered his field of vision.

 

A large number of civilians had gathered in the outskirts of King’s City. They had built simple sheds along the walls. In front of those sheds, many fires were burning, sending white smoke into the air, they were all seemingly boiling rice porridge. For now, these people had not yet run out of food, and their facial expressions were also still good. But King’s City would certainly not support them with free food forever, as soon as the aristocrats had selected their workforce, they would send their troops to drive these people away.

 

“How do you plan to go through with your task?” Margaret asked curiously, “Will you sent out the soldiers given to you by His Highness to pull the people in by propaganda?”

 

“No, such a plan would have a low efficiency. Moreover, it would be very easy to come to the unwanted attention of others,” Theo shook his head. “If you want to get something done in King’s City you either bribe an official or hire the rats, about this you should already have a profound understanding of.

 

“Sure,” she laughed, “I wanted to help you with one or two words, but it seems it is unnecessary. So, if there is a need for money, just come to me.” Margaret handed him a sign, “As long as you reveal this, one of my shop managers will immediately contact me. Of course, everything under 100 gold royals can be directly taken.”

 

“Thank you.” Theo took the token – it was a deep red stone, engraved with some lines he had never seen before.

 

“There is no need to be so polite,” she chuckled. “The money will be repaid to me by His Highness, with interest.”

 

After arriving at the canal’s pier, Theo ordered the soldiers of the First Army to stay on the outskirts and wait for news of him. Their only current task was to avoid the sight of King’s City patrols as well as they could, while Theo himself entered the city together with the caravan. At the gate, he noted that the inspection of the guards had become a lot stricter than before. Apparently, they didn’t want any of the fugitives, who were able to escape from the East to enter the city.

 

After entering the city, the first thing that came to his eyes was a row of towering gallows.

 

Hanging on them were four women with their hands tied on their back, releasing an awful stench due to their expose to the scorching sun. Seeing such a scene let Theo immediately frown.

 

“Timothy is performing witch hunts in the city, and they are the unfortunates who get caught,” Margaret sighed, “but that is not accurate, of some of the witches the nobility just got bored, they just took advantage of this opportunity. It’s hard to say what is better, continuing to be imprisoned in a dark room without light, or being freed from the pain as soon as possible… No matter what, I wish for them that they can rest in peace.”

 

During the last half year at Border Town, Theo had realized that witches were not as unforgivable as the Church had preached and that except for their strange abilities, there was no difference between them and ordinary people. Looking at the bodies of the women hanging on the gallows he could determine that the smallest had only been around fourteen to fifteen-years-old. When he realised this, it suddenly felt like as if his heart was being pressed together, immediately returning the suffocating feeling.

 

Apart from the refugees outside of King’s City, little else had changed within half a year. Beside the main road which led to the city gate, that was paved with blue stones, all the other side roads and alleys were made out of mud. Now, under the hot summer sun the ground was covered with cracks, and whenever a carriage passed by a burst of yellow dust would rise up from it. It was hard to imagine that the capital city of the kingdom unexpectedly was outdone by the municipal constructions of a desolated small town just outside of the western border.

 

After crossing two streets, in one line the caravan entered the market area. Instead of following, Theo waved goodbye to Margaret and turned walking on his own into an alley.

 

Arriving at the familiar entrance of the “Covert Trumpeter” tavern, he immediately pushed the door open and went inside.

 

“Hey! The tavern will only open at night!” Someone shouted.

 

Theo ignored them and directly went to the bar, facing the strong man who busied himself with earnestly wiping a wine glass: “Still remember me?”

 

“From under which stone did you jump up grasshopper, didnt you hear that the pub only opens at night?” He impatiently put down the glass, raised his gloomy face, while two waiters also came over to encircle him, stopping their table and chair arranging, “Now I will count till three Th-Sir Theo?

 

“It’s me,” Theo spat to the side. “I have a good business deal I want to offer you.”


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Chibba

    A good amount of time passed since he spread the rumors about BT being a place for witches, why has not a single witch shown up?

    Is the author lazy in introducing new named mobs?

  • Kuq Ku

    When you think about BT a lot of changes are made but also many health benefits have taken place, I mentioned in previous replies about infant mortality being high and with Lilys ability being microbial control, vaccines seem possible as well, in general the quality of living among the working poor would be pretty crappy, disease, starvation, etc would be commonplace.

    I am very surprised that there arent rampant plagues going on in this environment. If you look at England, when the cities population grew to levels it couldnt handle, the amount of shit and other disgusting practices like butchering within the city walls, decaying meat etc wouldve been unbearable, and a breeding ground for every nasty crap that we have more or less eradicated in modern times, Theos descriptions of city life seems fairly typical, Cholera,Dysentry, Typhus, small pox, and of course the delightful plague, influenza, TB etc.

    Immunity would be low, since most were probably malnourished, and commonly ate contaminated food and water. Theres a documnetary called Filthy Cities, it shows what life was like in England and France, it was pretty foul.

  • Guradu Gilgida

    “fugitives” sounds terrible, as if they’re criminals. How about “refugee”?

  • Puru.The.Great

    Thanks for the chapter!
    So will Theo be trapped or will he return with good stuff. Good stuff as in more people for border town n witches too if possible.

  • Danis

    Fock the church !!!
    Thanks for the Chapter 😀

  • Aldrich Castillo

    Are there even witches left there?
    They all probably left to go with Tilly.
    Unless there are already new ones.

  • LushWF

    Thank you for your work!

  • LeAFyromster .

    i really hope he was a formor thug/ street rat and thats why he can do such a good job and would reminisce about poverty.

  • Relamir

    Shouldn’t it be Refugees not Fugitives?

  • WillTell

    honestly, saying Roland was “hiding his skills” is the most understandable explanation. He’s still Roland (sort of) so his sister’s idea is wrong, and yet he’s not. Still can’t say he’s from another world.

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!!

  • Kuq Ku

    Seeing those women on the Gallows, would he consider trying to rescue any that were still imprisoned if the opportunity arose? or will that be too dangerous since his main reason for being there is to gather more bodies for BT, although you could say that this would fall under that category as well 😛

    I hope he will also leave some rats of his own, to circulate among the locals to gather intel, Roland has already realized that he is sorely lacking in many areas which he hadnt considered, quite frankly he should have adivsors that would tell him these things anyway.

    Perhaps his brilliance (in the eyes of those around him) is a failing, they dont think he has any blindspots, and is capable of thinking up solutions for everything, he really needs more advisors, people who can use their initiative rather than being a yes man to all decisions made by Roland, perhaps he should start a Local council, or senate made up of ordinary citizens.

    Creating a think tank wouldnt hurt either, once people become more educated, there would be a growth in ideas inventiveness and creativity, better living conditions and a bright outlook rather than living hand to mouth will encourage this, I think that the populace should be encouraged to bring out their own ideas in what can be improved, whether its relevant or not, Free thinkers with a willingness to explore things on their own is good ( so long as they dont blow the place up that is :P)

    • Your first paragraph piqued my interest to reply, but then I realized that there were still 3 more paragraphs. And since I was sleepy, I ended up not reading the rest of your comment and even forgotten what I wanted to reply for your first paragraph. Ayy~

      • Kuq Ku

        Shouldve typed interesting but tired.. goo.

  • Redroajs1

    ARIGATOU!!!! Thanks for the chappies!! 🙂

  • MangoGuy

    yup..that is the way to go!! go get the rats to do the work!!

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Hope Theo will save many witch those poor pretty ladies T_T

  • Neko

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, KitKat, and Rene J! I wonder how this will play out.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Light351

    Could Margaret be a reincarnater? It’s just a gut feeling but, when she gave him a token that had “Lines he had never seen before” I feel that it could be Chinese. I almost wrote Japanese Lol. I often forget this is a CN.

    • Алексей Пугач

      Didn’t she just have foreign origins?

      • Light351

        It’s just a feeling I have. I’m probably just over thinking it.

    • Lancent

      Nah, Roland is the only reincarnater.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Aletx

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Time for more covert operation?

  • BurstThrough

    I think he will either be conscripted by Timmy or this chap is to see what happened to Nightingale’s brother.

  • MangoGuy

    Welp!! Compared to Roland, Anna is much more talented in science and stuff….

    • Easykill

      It’s unfair to compare people to Anna. Roland has very deep and well rounded knowledge, and does possess the creativity to solve problems that pop up, so it’s enough to say they are both very capable I think.

      • MangoGuy

        well,I compared them only in a single aspect..none of the others!!

    • BurstThrough

      Just that no one can really be compared with a natural talent without A LOT of effort…

      • MangoGuy

        agreed

      • Easykill

        She spends almost all her free time studying, so talent is the only way to surpass her really.

        • BurstThrough

          I meant Anna as the natural talent.

          • Easykill

            I know. See my other reply.

        • FTxCerber

          And hard work! Talent without work is nothing!

          • Easykill

            My point is that Anna’s hard work trait is already maxed out and only possible to match and not exceed, so it cancels out in the equation and the only way to win over her is to be more of a genius.

    • BarriaKarl

      Not sure Talent is the right word. More like secondary witch blood super-power. There is just so much talent a person can have. She is more of a freak than any genios i have ever heard about.

    • Kuq Ku

      Roland is going to reach his knowledge cap, there will be nothing left to teach, at least with things hes familiar with, High school knowledge is only going to get you so far :P, How much do you even retain lol, I can barely remember anything from back then haha, to busy looking at bills bills bills and working for the man.

      But I have to say, aside from the fact he is an engineer, retaining as much as he did was pretty impressive lol

  • Hmmm, another Theo chapter. I wonder if he’s going to be captured by another witch again… 😕

  • 『Kumagawa Misogi』
  • Kuq Ku

    That was fast lol he sends off people to go get people and theyre already there! I wonder what kind of screening questions hes got to ask?

    Solve this problem.

    You have only an 8-liter jug and a 3-liter jug. Both containers are unmarked. You need exactly 4 liters of water.
    If your woman asks you “Does this make me look fat?” what do you say

    If Those guys managed to get to kings city then Maggie should be at Tillys right? will the next chapter be about Tilly again?

    • mllhild

      A boat trip should take less than 10 days since they are traveling with the current.
      Maggie has to fly all the way down the river and then over the sea. So I guess she will need at least 2 weeks.

      • MOHLT

        Shouldn’t it take 2-3 days with long rest stops? If Maggie can transform to homing pigeon or some other long distance bird, she in theory could get to Sleeping Island in a single day. Distance between BT and SI is ~950Km(~590miles) in straight line.

    • I am not a spoiler I swear

      Fill 3L Boo- Jug, transfer water from 3L Jug to 8L Jub, fill 3L again and transfer to 8L again. Fill the 3L Jug once more and transfer what you can to the 8L Jug, what should remain in the 3L Jug is 1L. Throw everything of what is inside the 8L Jug and transfer the 1L from the 3L Jug to the 8L Jug. Fill the 3L Jug one last time and transfer it again to the 8L Jug. There, we will get the answer, “No, that doesn’t make you look fat honey.” or a safer answer “Nothing makes you look fat.” regardless of whether she is or isn’t fat.

      • Kuq Ku

        heh 😀

    • Arashi

      Not looking at the above answer, just wanted to try solving it for myself.

      Fill the 8L jug, pour into the 3L jug. Now you have 5 and 3 liters respectively.

      Empty the 3L jug. Now you have 5 and 0 liters.

      Transfer from 8L to 3L again. Now you have 2 and 3. Re-empty the 3L to get 2 and 0.

      Transfer again. 0 and 2.

      Refill the 8L to get 8 and 2. Top up the 3L with the 8L to get 7 and 3.

      Empty the 3L to get 7 and 0. Finally, transfer to get 4 and 3.

      Empty the 3L. The 4 liters you need are in the 8L. Done!

      • Kuq Ku

        Nice work! haha

        • Chinese Electric Batman

          What the… ur asking ur homework from us lol

    • SleepingBeast

      Just need fill half of 8 ltr jug.
      Yup!! U’re fat, but I love u more. Coz its feel good when hug u.

      • Kuq Ku

        Has to be exactly half how will that be determined guessing aint the answer “It looks about right 😛 u might fluke it, but thats not what the question is asking 😛

        hehe chubby aint bad more to love right 😛 but obese aint good 😛

  • Alesandro Samuel

    what if i told you maggie is dead and 5th Princess suspect Roland (Possessed by witches) for killing her

    • Kuq Ku

      Is that a spoiler?, or did G RR Martin write that piece.

      • Bramble

        I can safely say that is just a hunch of a reader

      • kshatriiya

        No worries, he’s just speculating.

      • Lancent

        As a spoiler, I will tell you this will not happen.

        • BarriaKarl

          SPOILER!!! Please ban!

          Just kidding. For a moment there i thought the comment above realy was a spoiler, thanks.

    • Herloct

      Well, Maggie survived this far, so i believe she is fine… unless she fly low and meet a hungry hunter…

    • mllhild

      I don’t think Maggie would die right now. After all the witches are isolating them selves on that island, so if they cut ties to Roland because Maggie died, then they will drop out completely of the story. After all not even Garcia would care to attack Tilly, since she wouldn’t gain anything with this.

      • Wrandral

        Added to the fact that she doesn’t even know Tilly is there

      • Aldrich Castillo

        But…. Deathflags!! >.<

    • Easykill

      That would be lame narratively, and Tilly is too smart for that to happen. Even if she died, they’d at most suspect that Border town was a gilded cage that didn’t truly allow witches to leave. And she wouldn’t die from something lame like being mistaken for prey, she’d be killed by the church or some significant character.

    • Gaspar

      Dont go killing Maggie! Goo!!!
      Too damn lovable pet character! Goo!!!!