RW Chapter 219

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Chapter 219 Older sister, younger sister

“Welcome to the Witch Union!” In the hall, a group of witches of different ages and colors raised their glasses cheerfully.

 

“Thanks, thank you.” Lucia felt her eyes become teary again, she sniffed and impulsively tried to restrain her tears. She raised her cup then drank a mouthful of wine, which didn’t taste as bitter as she remembered but was slightly sweet instead.

 

After have gone to see the Lord, and with Nightingale’s assistance, Lucia was able to wash Bell and take a bath herself. Afterward putting on a set of clean clothes. When her sister had been settled, Lucia once more followed Nightingale into the castle hall. Here, the witches had prepared a welcoming party for her.

 

This was the first time Lucia ever saw so many of her kind, subsequently also dispersing the last trace of doubt in the bottom of her heart. In case the witches had been imprisoned here or forced to serve the Lord, they would never be able to reveal such a light-hearted and bright smiles.

 

Recalling the sentence, Nightingale had previously said, “This is the home of witches”, she suddenly understood her feelings. In contrast to those witches whose identities were exposed and were thus hunted down and killed by the Church, finding a safe place to live in wasn’t easy. Since the bandits had attacked Valencia a month of suffering and constant fleeing had followed. But now, with the warm welcome of the Witch Union, she could finally let her constantly alarmed mind relax a bit.

 

At the same time, she also realized how magical a banquet with many witches participating could become.

 

Using black flames, the raw goat’s meat roasted perfectly within a flash, while the basin containing it was completely unharmed.

 

A little girl with short blond hair flew in the air, holding jug to fill everyone’s cup.

 

While a witch with an exotic look simulated a broad range of musical instruments, which all eventually converged into beautiful music.

 

 

With Nightingale introducing them one after another, she was quickly able to remember each of their names. In this way becoming one of them and diluting the sadness in her heart even further.

 

In the Witch Union there were mature and steady witches like Scroll and Wendy, and there was also Leaves and Echo, who kind of resembled older sisters, as well as Anna, Soraya, and others whose age was similar to her own. But no matter who they were none of them treated her as a stranger. For this, Lucia’s heart was filled with gratitude.

 

After the banquet, she and the witches wished each other a good night and then she returned to her new home. Although Bell was not a witch, the Prince did not order her and her sister to separate. Instead, he gave them the last furnished guest room on the second floor of the castle all to them.

 

“Elder sister?” Hearing her moving, Bell opened her eyes.

 

“You awoke!?” Lucia felt immediately delighted in her heart, quickly rushing to the bedside, “How are you feeling?”

 

Bell looked like she had only been asleep for a long time, not having any trace of the plague or the pain it brought left on her body. With her eyes still a little cloudy, she opened her mouth and muttered: “I feel so hungry.”

 

“Wait…” Lucia hurriedly took out a bag from her pocket and opened it, releasing the scent of grilled fish. This bag of fish slices had previously been given to her by Nightingale, “There’s some food for you.”

 

Sitting on the bed and seeing how Bell ate the fish, she was so gratified that she began to pat the little fellow’s head. This year, her sister only just turned ten years old, and now, without parents, she was the only one Bell could rely on.

 

After eating two fishes she became more sober, curiously looking around she asked, “Where are we? It didn’t look like the ship had such a big bed.”

 

“Western Region’s Border Town, we reached our destination.”

 

“Have already arrived?” She touched her cheek. “But am I not… sick? Will they agree to let the plague-stricken people enter the town?”

 

“You are right, that would be indeed be unlikely,” replied Lucia. Seeing the blank expression on her sister’s face, she began to laugh, “However, the Lord’s witches have already cured you.” Afterward, she gave her a summary of what happened at the docks, “and from now on we should stay here in the castle.”

 

“Witches?” Bell asked, tilting her head, “Are they the same as you, sister?”

 

“That’s right. Furthermore, everyone is very kind to me, especially a witch called Nightingale,” Lucia softly poked her head. “She also helped with giving you a bath.”

 

“Oh, but you have always said that the nobles would loathe witches? Why would the Lord be willing to shelter witches?”

 

Taken aback by the question, Lucia coughed twice. “This… Occasionally there are also one or two good people within the nobility.”

 

While taking out the last piece of dried fish out of the bag, Bell asked. “Does that mean you need to work for him? Like those maids at home, sweeping the floor, cooking, and attending upon the Lord?”

 

“What nonsense are you talking about,” Lucia said, grasping her younger sister’s face, “I am a witch! It is only naturally that I have to help the Lord with my ability! As for maids having to do those things, who told you that?”

 

“Mommy…” she sadly whispered, “She said that’s also the reason why she never allowed daddy to recruit a beautiful maid.”

 

Hearing her mention their family, Lucia’s face suddenly darkened a lot. Instead of blaming Bell for bringing it up, she pulled her younger sister into a hug and softly sighed.

 

She wasn’t worried about her sister’s theory, during the conversation with the Lord, she could see that besides of simple inquiries about her life experiences, the only other thing of interest to him was her ability, making it evident that he cared more about whether a witch’s ability could serve useful to him or not.

 

But, when thinking about her ability, Lucia felt deeply worried and sick at heart.

 

She had never been ignorant about the witches’ world; she knew that six months ago many witches had come through Valencia, and afterward the others had one after another left the city. She had heard that they were leaving for the Fjord’s, wanting to find a new home. But Lucia didn’t want to leave her parents and because of that she hadn’t agreed to travel with them. However, with her repeated contact with them, Lucia at least became aware that witches are used to dividing themselves into combat and noncombat types.

 

Her ability to restore an object to its original state could be said to be useless. Not to mention using it during a fight, even using it during peaceful times it was already difficult for her to control.

Her father had been a merchant, operating the family’s papermaking workshop, so it was often that the living room was filled with the prepared straw paper. But on the day when she became a witch, she unwittingly chanced upon using her ability, turning the paper back into a pile of grass and fine powder. After the event, although her parents severely rebuked her, they did not give her away to the Church. Instead, they repeatedly warned her to hide herself carefully and if necessary, even go so far as put on a God’s Stone of Retaliation, disguising herself as devoted believer.

 

At first, Lucia was full of curiosity about the ability, often secretly hiding in her bedroom to restore all kinds of test items. But she quickly discovered that this ability was extremely difficult to control. For example, restoring the straw paper again, she sometimes got the same grass bits as the first time, but other times there were only black granule left. In case she would continue to cast her magic on an object, it will only become less and less, and the final product was not a fine powder but rather a grit, which meant that her restoration ability couldn’t be used to restore a heavily damaged object. She was only able to destroy what other had carefully produced.

 

The other witches had also thought that her ability was useless. In case she wanted to use it in battle, she would have to get too close. Furthermore, her ability was also ineffective on a living body, so not to mention using it to fight against a trained knight, even the average farmer would already be terribly difficult. And so, considering to become a combat witch was out of the question for her, but also as a non-combat witch, she couldn’t think of any uses, it was almost like her ability was on the lowest level.

 

Coming to this conclusion, she had been depressed for a long time.

 

But now… what Lucia was now more anxious about was, if His Royal Highness also believed her to be useless, will he cast her out of the castle?

 

With an uneasy feeling, she blew out the candles, took her sister who was perfectly satisfied gnawing on the finished fish bones into her arms, slowly closed her eyes then awaited the arrival of a new day.


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  • Puru.The.Great

    Lady, U got decomposition! How can u think its not useful!!!
    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Herloct

    Well, Bell seems knowledgeable for a 10 y/o brat…

  • Sum

    All these comments and no one thought of the industrial application, sigh…

    She’s a walking, talking refinery. She’s the ultimate catalyst for the alchemist-turned-chemist. She is one scary, scary combat witch via chemical poison (doubt author will go that route though).

    Example one, Northern Slope, what’s ore? Pretty much rocks and iron. Instead of heating it up in the furnaces, separate them into insanely high purity iron. Throw the fuckers into the furnace after extraction, viola, 100% purity iron, you can make some high quality af steel with that. The scariest is bauxite, giving roland access to aluminium, it was a metal that was insanely difficult to refine until post-industrialization. Remember how the author was talking about the crystal glass and its colour? She can easily remove the impurity from the silica, hell, she might make processors possible in the future.

    Example two, acids. Remove water, have fun with concentrated dried acid. This stuff is so dangerous, people has to wear hazmat suit for some industrial accidental since the “powder” in the air is enough to burn your skin. Some elemental form of different elements can absolutely rekt you, a phosphorous bomb (a banned weapon of war according to the geneva convention) will burn indefinitely until it burns itself out (you can’t smother it with water and cover it won’t work since it doesn’t even need oxygen).

    I can go on and on, but this is like middle school chemistry, being able to reverse an one way reaction without the input of insane amount of energy should be a major alarm bell to anyone that paid attention in class. D:

    • Inbetweenbooks

      i was mostly thinking about how production of gunpowder just went through a 1.000.000% speed increase, what with them finaly having more pure nitrate and stuff in a day then they tended to get in a month, and that his chemistry lab is about to learn how to play with oil…. but yeah, chemical weapons are bad, and he should make sure to tell his enemies that.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Zeth

    Thank you!!!

  • Cristian N. Hernández
  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J Don't worry Ronald would never abandon pretty witches huehuehue

  • Neko

    Thanks for this new chapter dear translator, editor & sponsors! 🙂

  • MOHLT

    2 chapters of RTW and 1 chapter of Dungeon Defence. Today is a good day.

    • Racha

      good day indeed

    • Yxy

      indeed. fellow DD reader here 😀

  • i’ll be sponsoring a chapter~
    i really like this novel so much!

  • bble

    i guess the diesel engine will come next. she’ll probably be able to refine crude oil if he can find a source

  • Motionless47

    The usability of Lucia’s ability aside, im much more curious as to her and her little sisters(who we have no clue yet if she really IS a witch) reaction to the home/haven Roland has created at BT.
    Regardless if positive or negative its fun seeing new people’s reactions to how well a “tiny border area” is compared to the cesspool thats the capital.

  • Raufgar

    [Teaser] That title, I wonder if Bell is also a witch who hasn’t gone through the Awakening yet?

    • GunSeraph

      What if she did? During her stay at King City as a refugee camp. Maybe she couldn’t quite contain it …

  • Adicawida Suparman

    This is scary af, what if she understands the advanced physics Roland taught her, and she suddenly can transform atoms on their proton and electron form… she’ll pretty much be the Philosopher’s Stone

  • MangoGuy

    The best waste processing and recycling machine in the world has made her RTW debut!!

  • VerneJules

    With her ability, can Roland finally go Nuclear?

    • MangoGuy

      Nah..I don’t think she can get stuff back to that level.

      • Raufgar

        Yet. Not yet.

      • Inbetweenbooks

        probably can, if she knows about the smallest stuff. But Roland will probably not allow her, since setting of a self sustaining nuclear reaction at a distance of less than 10 meters tend to end badly… unless you have proper shielding, and even then, 10m of shielding makes aiming hard…

    • MOHLT

      Are you trying to break Roland’s heart apart and turn him into the monster?!
      https://youtu.be/2nZKDcA6dP4?t=35

    • Nnelg

      No.

      Well, maybe. It depends on what you mean.

      If the evolved form of her ability lets her separate different isotopes of the same element (unlikely; the witches have a hard enough time with atomic theory as it is) then the pure U-235 that she could isolate would be extremely hazardous; not something you’d want to handle with.

  • Puru.The.Great

    Witch Sisters?

  • Neruz

    Lucia’s power is going to help Roland -so much-, she can split things into their constituent elements (or molecules). What an overpowered ability.

  • Dritch

    Chances are she would evolve after learning about atoms and molecules.

    • Neruz

      Yeah her power should definitely benefit from an understanding of molecular chemistry and elemental physics.

  • Eko Ari Wibowo

    she is basically a living GCMS machine XD

  • Aurega

    This ability should help his chemists immensely in reverse-engineering any chemical substance. Depending on how far her ability goes, it can even be used to create compounds impossible to create with their current techonological level.

  • Ancitif

    Hnn… Try it on a witch?

  • Jens

    Hm if she learns chemistry, would her ability evolve perhaps

    • Raufgar

      That’s probably only part of the equation. Molecular Engineering, what the witches were learning about (the tiny balls theory), is likely where we see her ability evolve.

      But, first off, she needs to get familiar with constantly using her powers first.

  • Leon Kam

    church pill and God stone, time to check it true form

    • DFeras

      great idea, with her we’ll be able to know what they are made of

    • Bobby Wibowo

      God’s Stone has the nature to null magic power. It’s just its native nature from what I can tell. Besides, she already claimed that her power didn’t work on everything, so it’s even more unlikely for it to work on God’s Stone. Church Pill has a tiny bit of God’s Stone which Nightingale had confirmed by observing the tiny speck of ‘nothingness’ within it. Everything else should be just some random ingredient to make it look like a pill (heck, it could be mere flour since it’s being mass produced).

    • MangoGuy

      The moment I read it this is what I thought about!!

    • Om nerabdator

      wow good point mate, cant wait to see it

  • Dritch

    Original form? … Hmmm….. Seems interesting…
    Now the the guessing game!! XD
    How will this be used?

    • Dritch

      I honestly have no idea yet >.<

      • Kook

        Maybe he will deconstruct church pills

        • Clau Sal

          Oh that is great !!

    • Kulpot

      dismantling skill RPG skill

    • Joshua Nusbaum

      I think it will help roland create some more of his inventions and maybe also allow reuse of some materials

    • Bobby Wibowo

      Recycling is one of the most obvious choice. It’s just we don’t know yet the range of her ‘reversing’ ability, so there can be many more use that Roland can think of later I guess. Anyway for her to suddenly appear with that power during this time, it’s likely that her power will be of use very soon.

      • Neruz

        From the description of what happened to the cup she’s breaking things down into either their constituent elements or molecules, presumably when she has been properly educated in atomic physics she’ll be able to perfectly ‘refine’ anything down to its base elements.

      • Yarbles

        would she have to touch the dirty trash for that tho?

    • Diggydawg

      She will eventually gain the power to change women into lolis… Oh wait! This isn’t a J Novel! 😛

    • Reverse engineering? Except he already has the highest tech base in the world… Still, Lucia seems pretty cool so far. And of course, Nightingale makes a great big sister. 😊

    • batman

      Isn’t it a perfect use in the mines?
      Think about it, wouldn’t she be able to make 100% pure gold with her ability