RW Chapter 24

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Chapter 24 Development Plan

On the next morning, when Roland woke up, he wasn’t served by his maid Tyre. Instead, it was an elderly maid.

When he stepped out of the bedroom, his chief knight Carter was already waiting for him.

“Your Highness, I have bad news to deliver, “Carter spoke with a low voice, “Your maid Tyre died last night.”

“What?” Roland’s eyelids jumped up, although he already knew the result before, in his heart, he still felt a little uncomfortable. After all, she died because of his orders.

“She fell from the balcony in her own room. We couldn’t find any signs of fighting nor the guards saw any outsiders near the scene of the accident. So… it seems that she fell from the balcony by herself, it was an accident.”

The knight reported the results of his investigation, and at the same time, he searched for any weird fluctuations in Roland’s eyes. Roland certainly knew what Carter was looking for. When they were in Graycastle, it was known to everyone that the 4th Prince wanted to take Tyre by force. In this day and age, it was an ordinary affair for a prince and a maid to have a relationship, this kind of matter was of least interest to others. After all, almost no nightlife existed, so there was nothing to do besides eating one’s fill and doing the thing between man and woman. And not only with their own woman, the prince and the other upper nobility would exchange their women, sometimes they would even make an open party, so an affair between a prince and his maid was nothing more than a simple laugh.

The former 4th Prince was already known for being more moderate in this kind of matter, and later he was even replaced with Cheng Yang, who had never touched a woman after he became Roland – with the exception of Tyre, all the other maids could be described as shabby. In addition, after his crossing he directly had to face the Months of the Demons, so his mind was almost only filled with development plans, and he had no chance to enjoy the romantic life of a noble.

“That is really regretful,” Roland put on a look of mourning, “In the future the senior maid who served me this morning should take over Tyre’s position. She is the new head maid.”

Carter nodded and left after saluting.

When Roland stepped into his office, he once more saw that Nightingale sat on his mahogany (redwood) table.

“What are the results of your interrogation?”

“Nothing, she directly killed herself when she saw me,” her frustration was clearly audible, “She acted too fast, there wasn’t even the slightest hesitation.”

“You actually didn’t make her fall?” Roland walked around her and sat in the armchair.

“I tied her up,” Nightingale placed her body closer to him, “but who could have known that she had hidden poison in her teeth. So I had to fake an accidental fall.”

“I thought you were experienced. So, do you think you did enough to get paid?”

“Hey, don’t talk like that! Though I couldn’t get anything directly from her mouth, that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything.” While chuckling, Nightingale put a folded sheet of paper in front of Roland, “I found this hidden in her room.”

Roland spread out the paper and saw that it was a letter. In the letter, Tyre referred to the recipient as sister, but the content was just plain gossip. However, he noted that the other person repeatedly referred to the sea, such as ‘the scenery was beautiful to view’, ‘her favorite entertainment was staying on the and beach watching the sunset’, and other things like this.

Finally, Tyre asked when she could see her older sister again since she was missing her very much. When Roland thought of the territories his brothers and sisters governed, he was sure he knew who the conspirator was, “It should be my older sister Garcia, right?”

“That is probably the case, since your two brothers cannot see the sea. I guess, 3rd princess Garcia Wimbledon took Tyre’s sister hostage and hid her away. Judging from the decisive style of her suicide, it is unlikely to be a random arrangement. What I mean is, before she was placed as your maid, she had at least two to three years of ample training.”

Roland sighed softly. Indeed as expected of the fight for the throne, it would not end without bloodshed. Even if he didn’t fight, it didn’t mean that his siblings wouldn’t drag him into it. To get the throne, his brothers and sisters would stop at nothing. He was afraid that something similar would  happen again in the future.

“Ah, someone’s coming to speak with you. You’ll have to excuse me, Your Highness.”

Nightingale spoke in a teasing tone and blew hot air towards Roland, and then she suddenly disappeared in the blink of an eye.

Although it wasn’t the first time he saw her doing this, but seeing her vanish in broad daylight, left Roland feeling shocked. He hesitated for a moment, and then he stretched out a finger towards the empty table, halfway his finger was stopped by a very soft touch, “Your Highness, you cannot do this, you will make Anna very sad.”

Well, it seemed like her ability was invisibility and not teleportation, thought Roland, otherwise it really would be too powerful.

Soon a knock was heard from the door, “Your Highness, it’s me Barov.”

Roland withdrew his finger and hid any expression that was on his face, “Come in.”

When the Assistant Minister stepped into the office, he was holding a large bundle of files. Even before he had sat down, he began his government report of the last week. Roland also turned his thoughts back, listening attentively to Barov’s report. After living for a month in this world, he found himself able to keep up with Barov’s rhythm,  unlike  the beginning where he was confused and disoriented, feeling completely out of place.

In general, the finance of Border Town had a certain degree of improvement. The main point for this was the selling of the ore and rough stones to Willow Town. As payment, they had received nearly 200 gold royals. After they had used the money to buy food and to pay off wages, there were still ninety gold royals remaining.

Barov was in good mood, with money to spare, getting through this winter wouldn’t be too difficult.

But Roland was destined to not let him leave in good mood, “I want to pick a group of townspeople to help fight against the demonic beasts and from now on they will only have to concentrate on training. Their instructor will be my chief knight, and I will give him special instructions on how to train them. You will need to make a list of equipment or gear. These people will need  leather armor and  pikes. They also need to have  two sets of winter clothes, so they can change clothes.”

“Your Highness, this… according to the convention, isn’t a temporary recruitment only allowed as the final option ?”

“If you send  them to the battlefield without further training, they will  only be a chaotic mob. Do you think it’s possible to scare off the demonic beasts with numbers only? After the order collapses, we will only have more trouble.”

“Your Highness, do you really insist on staying in Border Town?” asked Barov hesitantly.

“If we cannot restrain the demonic beasts, of course, I will retreat, but I do not think that we cannot even deal with a few variations mutations? of normal animals.”

“According to your future plans, we will need a greater amount of money.”

Hearing that the other side was such a miser, Roland had to laugh “These are necessary expenses, go and do it.”

In his own treasury were more than 300 gold royals which  were mainly used to pay for the construction of walls. The required steam engine materials and components ordered from the blacksmith shop were also paid for from his own pockets. For the first steam engine, he had to spend almost twenty gold royals, and he would need at least three engines.

The invention of the steam engine was a key component of  the  industrial revolution, this was  true, but it didn’t  mean that the steam engine was equivalent to the industrial revolution. In history, the United Kingdom was looking for a possibility to replace the people and livestock involved in order to increase the productivity in mining operations . When Watt improved the steam engine, he immediately received a huge amount of orders. This new power was also spread to various industries in a very short period of time.

At this point of time, there was no basis for the industrial revolution in a small Border Town. It could even be said that industry did not exist. So Roland did not expect to make a pot of gold by selling the steam engine, he just wanted to put this machine in the northern mining area to pull ore and gravel. And when the mining production was increased, he would expand the scale of use of the steam engines. It would be the equivalent of  the promotion of the industrial development from top to bottom.


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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!


    he will have a harem… right?

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer and Disco Pangolin! Can’t wait for him to make a car.

  • Mugiwara

    “She fell from the balcony in her own room. We couldn’t find any signs of fighting nor the guards saw any outsiders near the scene of the accident. So… it seems that she fell from the balcony by herself, it was an accident.”

    “I tied her up,” Nightingale placed her body closer to him, “but who could have known that she had hidden poison in her teeth. So I had to fake an accidental fall.”

    lol.. this guy didn’t discovers the poison??

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Thanks for the chapter.

  • about steam engines. I remember reading that they were first used to pump water out of the mines. Also they were horribly ineficient, so they were first only used in coal mines. Anywhere else they would have been too expensive.

    Another problem with early steam engines was that, vulcanized rubber hadnt been invented yet, so they had to use leather for seals. The problem was that rats would eat the seals.
    Also if they used leather hoses to pump the water out of the mines, i would think rats would have eaten them too… Thought that part didnt get mentioned in the book, its just what i think happened. I suppose they could have used an Archimedean Screw to pump the water out instead of using a leather hose. :/

    …Oh and it always bothers me how easily the protagonists jump start industrial economy in these novels. Its not as easy as simply building a steam engine. Besides building a steam engine should be a hard and expensive job, involving many prototypes and lots of failures before you manage to make something useful. And in a world without patents (and strong goverments enforcing those patents) the moment you sell that steam engine to somebody. There will be others who will copy it, and sell it cheaper than you can. After all they didnt have to waste money building all the prototypes.

    Also banks need to be able to get accurate information on would be borrowers, and they also need to be able to find them afterwards. Otherwise the banks will have to set high interest rates. Maybe as high as 100-400% a year. But that will prevent industrial revolution from happening at a fast pace.

    • Roxerer

      Thank you for your information’s. You’re right the first steam engines were used to pump water out of mines. Don’t forget he used a concept of an upgraded version of the Newcomer’s and Watts’ steam engines. Naturally how efficient they are exactly I can’t tell.

      Since the welding isn’t possible without witches, no one can copy the steam engine. The author also said that usually there would be no demand for the steam engines, since the industry isn’t developed enough. So I don’t think anyone will steal the steam engine, besides Nightingale 😉 I think the more useful invitation to steal would be cement.

    • Yeah, it’s not easy to start industrializing just like that. He does have a resourceful location with available ore and lumber and river access (even better if it was closer to the ocean). What he needs right now is the ability to make steel in excess (doesn’t seem so), fuel (no coal? witch-powered?), a lot of people (border town too small hopefully with more migration), literate people (for bureaucracy and clerk) and of course, money

      • The facts that he’s skipping past the earlier designs of steam engines for more efficient modern designs and that he can put them together with ‘perfect’ witch-welding will mean that while the steam engines are a heavy investment, they’ll probably pay off in the long run.

        If he was having to use older designs and normal welding then steam engines would be no more use than they were to the ancient Greeks, but with the ability to produce genuinely efficient steam engines he can jump past the initial ‘pump water out of coal mines, use coal to power steam engines to pump more water’ loop that you need to start an industrial revolution the normal way.

        That said, with the witches acting as a crutch his industrial revolution is going to look really, really weird with regards to how the technology progresses.

        • Farmasia

          Welding does not increase efficiency. The only thing welding does is to connect parts.

          • Mirvra

            …… *facepalm*

            Welding will prevent holes from which the pressure can escape….

            • Farmasia

              It still does not increase it.

              Bad welding can not only decrease efficiency (due to loss of material), but (most likely) destroy the connection between parts however, good welding does not increase efficiency, its function is to simply connect parts together. Nothing more, nothing less.

              Efficiency is the comparison of what is actually produced or performed with what can be achieved with the same consumption of resources.

              • Nnelg

                Welding allows for efficient designs to be produced in the first place. Do you know how hard it is to shape metal without modern tools? How are you supposed to make an airtight cylinder with a hammer and anvil?

                • Farmasia

                  “Welding allows for efficient designs to be produced in the first place.”
                  No, welding allows for efficient designs to be produced EASIER (generally). There are plenty of methods to achieve the same goal that do not require welding in the process…

                  “Do you know how hard it is to shape metal without modern tools?”
                  Welding does not nothing regarding this question. And for how hard it is, it depends on the temperature… If it is on low temps, then yes it is hard, but for high temps, it is soft enough that your pinky can deform it.

                  “How are you supposed to make an airtight cylinder with a hammer and anvil?”
                  Beating it into shape (hammers and anvils cannot do welding)

                  The only job of welding is to connect parts

    • Thanks for your insight senpai.

    • Farmasia

      ppl in this era do not have the ability to reverse engineer a steam machine. So it does not matter if ppl try or not, in the end they would fail (though i certainly would be amused to see those ppl try to fusion weld one).

      Also the mc did not have to do any prototypes to get what he wanted for he already knew the blueprints for said device.

      As for banks, only rich guys would even be able to attempt to steal his technology to sell it for cheaper. Rich guys have money so I doubt they would need a loan… Did banks even exist in that day and age?

      Have a nice day

      • shadowtrap2010

        they dont really need reverse engineer. the witch have magic, the king can force ppl to reverse engineer it 100-1000-many, what do you mean they dont have the ability to reverse engineer it. they just have to force him to tell them. kidnap, torture, how-long you think you can handle torture, the only relive is death there no such thing as superhuman like 007… ppl will break under torture it just take time and the information you gain might already become worthless.
        yah so he is a prince… what happen if the king ask for it?
        tell me these day if Eisenstein still alive im sure the whole world would fight and the underground organization would kidnap him to force him do discovery for them! or just build them a improve nuke or weapon.

        • Farmasia

          Yes they do need to reverse engineer. If they don’t, then they forget trying to produce steam machines.

          Witch having magic isn’t relevant. What is relevant is how to apply it correctly.

          The king can force his entire population to try and reverse engineer it for all I care. It still wouldn’t work because most of the entire population can’t even read, much less know math, physics and chemistry. So until the king have someone qualified enough to be able to reverse engineer or gets his hands on the blueprint (and is able to understand what is written there), making a steam machine will only be a dream.

          Torture is a very inefficient way to gain info. Also kidnapping a prince is a price not worth taking. Even if it was, don’t forget he isn’t a medieval bumpkin, not only does he have high skilled fighters, but he is creating an army…

          I doubt the king will ask for it (remember that the whole point of this game is to select the next king which means the current one doesn’t have much time to live), and even if by the time he asks for, the mc will have already a much more advanced force and technology. A steam machine at that time would be trivial so he could just give it.

          If Einstein was still alive, he would be safe, because one would have to be stupidity itself in order to try and kidnap him. A much more efficient way would be to put a spy/agent next to Einstein in order to steal information over time and give it to his employers. This would be a much more reliable and less risky method.

  • I can almost hear the nobles crying now. ~

  • Today if you find a corpse without identification or his/her family doesn’t want it. They would be donated to a medical institution.

  • Ohhh!!!! Steam engine! I’m so excited ~ I wonder how his family will react?

  • So is it official that Anna like the prince. Roland needs to understand that Anna likes him.

    • It’s not like he’s dense though. Anna completely hide her feelings for him.

  • Thank you for the chapter 🙂