RW Chapter 92

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Chapter 92 Army Rearrangement

“With this, our service period is over, right?” asked Cat’s Claw who was clearing the square of the burning debris of the bonfire, and then continued with a voice full of regret, “I really don’t want to go back to the mines and work in a hole. I have to say, I already miss the Months of Demons, a little.”

“Yeah, and I don’t want to deal with those stones again either,” Jop immediately agreed, “The most important thing is that the difference in salary is too much. When we were assigned to the artillery, we had meat every day and a salary of 15 silver royals each day.”

“Don’t say such foolish words,” said Van’er while holding a torch high to illuminate the surrounding “His Highness provided all this food to us so that no person would starve to death during the Months of Demons. You only need to remember what happened the previous two years, not even half of the people from the old district were able to survive! Did you already forget this? I’ll say it once more, it’s unlikely that the team will be dissolved, His Highness just put us into the artillery team and burned so much gunpowder to train us, do you think that was all without reason?”

“But the Month of Demons is over, so, why would His Highness still need the artillery?” asked Rodney while leaning on a broom.

That’s because the artillery isn’t meant for the demonic beasts, Van’er thought, but in the end he said out loud, “Soon we’ll know more, tomorrow we’ll hear the answer,” he yawned then waved his hand impatiently, “Okay enough, quickly clean everything up, I’d like to go back to bed soon.”

The next morning, the teams were assembled and Van’er’s previous statement was confirmed.

When everyone was there, Iron Axe went in front of the lined up team and said loudly: “You have completed the first stage of the task – which was to defend Border Town against the demonic beasts. After three months and six days of fighting, you all earned His Highness’ recognition! Because of this, the militia will be promoted to His Highness’ regular army, but in case you don’t want to fight any longer, you just need to stand up and leave now. His Highness had said that everyone who leaves now, will get all of your outstanding payments, and additional a payment of twenty-five silver royals as… “Iron Axe had to think for a moment, then he said,” right, retirement fee.”

From the three hundred militia members, no one moved, only the Cat’s Claw raised his hand and said: “Report.”

This was also one of the odds rules the Prince had introduced during the training, no one was allowed to whisper in private if they wanted to say something they had to shout.

Iron Axe nodded, “Speak.”

“What do you mean by being promoted to the regular army, do we become knights?”

Van’er couldn’t stop himself from laughing, but he quickly set up a serious face again.

Becoming Knights? That would mean becoming part of the aristocracy, not only getting an estate and a squire, but also their own territory. By asking this question, he had really lost a lot of face for the artillery.

“No,” answered Iron Axe and began to patiently explain, obvious to him since he had also previously asked His Highness, “The regular army is a professional fighting force, only established for the protection of His Highness and his territory. In other words, when miners work in the mine, you will be training, when the farmers harvest their wheat, you will be training. And when the merchants sell their goods, you are still training. All the training is to win all the future battles, just like you did against the demonic beasts during the Months of Demons.”

“Then what is the difference between the regular army and the militia?” Asked Cat’s Claw.

“More frequent training, stricter training methods, and a greater reward.”

“Report!” Hearing all this Rodney couldn’t help himself and asked, “What does a greater reward mean?”

Van’er sighed, why was his group of young men so impetuous? But in all honesty, he would also like to know this answer.

“The regular army will get an officer-led structure, and soldiers who fulfilled their given task according to the previous plan during the battles will get the chance at a promotion, and soldiers who performed extraordinarily well,” said Iron Axe, “for example, could rise to my position.”

If this was what His Highness said… Van’er thought to himself, and this was the way they implement it, it would be better to not offend one’s superior, right? He quietly looked around, it seemed that no one realized the general problem, instead, they still listened with keen interest and pleasure.

“Officers won’t only get a higher payment, they will also get… their own territory.”

After the last word fell the crowd burst into an uproar, Van’er was also no exception, he even had doubts if he heard everything right. If they could get their own territory, then,  would there be any difference between them and the knights?

“But remember that once you choose to become a member of the regular army, the system you will follow then will be completely different from the system you are used from the militia. Such as in the case you aren’t able to complete the given task, escape, start a rebellion or any other violation of the disciplinary codex will be severely punished. This isn’t like the previous punishment of not getting an additional egg to eat instead it includes extra labor, imprisonment and even hanging. Also, every previously awarded position can be taken back.” Iron Axe paused for a moment, “Now is your time to quit.”

The crowd fell into silence, and also Iron Axe tensed up, but still, no one moved. He couldn’t help himself he began to grin: “Well, then from today on, you all are placed directly under His Royal Highness Roland Wimbledon’s orders!”

Van’er himself felt incredible, if he had heard these terrible punishments three months ago, he would have slipped away long ago. What is the use of promotion, what is the use of owning one own territory, if you aren’t able to save your own life? But now, he almost did not hesitate to choose the fixed position, compared with returning to the North Slope Mine to collect gravel, or to stay in the old district only able to wander idly around, it was clear which was much more to his interest.

“Your perception is pretty good, what’s your name?”

“Mr. Van’er, I hope you continue to do well.”

His Royal Highness encouraged him to train hard and he also reaffirmed his idea that he belonged to the militia and now Van’er would continue to fight for His Royal Highness as a member of the regular army.

Iron Axe quickly announced today’s first training program: Field training.

At the beginning Van’er felt very disappointed, it was once more running for training. Even during the Months of Demons if the weather was good enough they always had to run. After breakfast, they checked the weather conditions and then they had to run two laps around the town unless there were large snowflakes falling from the sky, then they would abort running training. According to the saying of His Highness, this exercise was good for the muscles and allowed their bones to thaw so while defending the city walls their movements wouldn’t become stiff and unable to use the pike.

But when the soldiers ran out of Border Town, Van’er immediately felt the difference between this new and the old training program.

At this point, the snow on the field was still far from melting, after three months of uninterrupted snowing, the snow reached up to their knees. Calling it running wasn’t the right word, instead, it was better to call it crawling through the snow. The team suddenly broke into many small groups, after each step they needed a lot of strength to take another step.

There was no doubt that this special training of struggling through the snow was certainly an idea of His Highness. Van’er had already figured out the goal of His Royal Highness. At this moment any protest would become invalid, they were only able to go through with this training until the end.

During the whole morning, they had to struggle through the snow. So when the team returned to the town, Van’er was satisfied that he couldn’t feel his own legs any longer.

The snow which got into their boots had already turned into water, even standing in the sun, most people were still cold and trembling. The huge physical exertion exacerbated the chill, even Iron Axe felt unable to eat. He announced the dissolution of the team, and delayed the lunchtime for thirty minutes so that everyone could dry their boots and replace their pants.

So everyone was very pleased when they later heard that the afternoon training was cancelled.

Of course, they didn’t know that Lightning had supervised the whole field training – this was the little girl’s daily training regime: Learning to precisely control her magic to fly with uniform velocity. When she later reported her gathered information to Roland, the latter nearly fell from his seat.

The total distance traveled throughout the morning was four kilometers.

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  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, and PyViet! Wonder how they will take it when they realize the next opponent will be Longsong Stronghold, then the second prince. The third princess will probably leave them alone until they start winning battles.

  • Psychronia

    Wow. Before anyone truly realized, the militia-turned-army has become quite the badass force.

    It’s obviously still a work in progress, but they’re gradually feeling more and more like the Church’s Punishment Army.

    • SanitaryCockroach

      Except less creepy.

    • mr.tanen

      not really…the punishment army were magically modified fanatics who fought individually, while roland’s are a true unit with advanced technology (both weapon, training and organisation-wise)

  • K╯

    great ch , thanks for all the hard work ! Keep it up! 😀

  • Wazzurai
  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Will the war against bordering noble begin straight away or will the witches meet up first?

  • MangoGuy

    Thus army……will it have position for the witches?

    • Saul Villarreal

      I think they will be more like a special op team.

      • MangoGuy

        like a suicide squad? but the church might notice…

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          • MangoGuy

            Hi!! Been super busy recently so sorry for not replying sooner!

  • fuzor100

    Thank you for the translation.

  • NaoSou


  • Slikrapids

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • redzero36

    4 km. Is that a lot. Well it is in the snow but still seems small, unless they covered it in a short amount of time.

    • Neruz

      For cross country on foot in the snow 4km in the morning pretty huge.

      A standard ancient army can cover about ~30 kilometers per day in good conditions (proper roads, good weather and appropriate training), so covering 4km in the snow in half a day without roads indicates those men were extremely motivated.

      Note that without decent roads speed drops by over half, and adding snow into the mix drops the speed even further.

    • Corvo

      Essentially it’s as exhausting as swimming for 4 kilometres plus the added danger of frostbite and hypothermia or just the biting cold itself

      • Wrandral

        Especially considering they have melted snow in their boots *shudder*

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Om nerabdator

    oh wonder how the prince will deal with this, pretty sure he has a plan

    • Gege

      I think by conquering the Stronghold would give Roland much more diverse opportunity.

      • Gordon

        conquering is a big word….he think he should try to spare most of them since with rifle and cannons he can just massacre them…wall or not walls

        • Wrandral

          Walls? What walls? We have artillery boys thus walls are meaningless ( since they haven’t been built to withstand canon fire). Alternatively you just have to send Anna and Nightingale on a night raid :
          1°) Anna blow a hole at the base of the wall with her flamme
          2°) They put explosive in the hole, light up the fuse and get away under invisibility

          • Gordon

            I dont’ think he’ll use the witcher since he doesn’t want people to see them as terrifying!! However i think he’ll try to take the enemy troops to bolster his own…we just need to wait.

            P.S He has a gun corps and a pike one…he is trying to recreate the Tercio right?? it will be deadly against cavalry

            • Neruz

              Presumably he’s aiming for Tercio pike squares yes, which is wise as those basically dominate the battlefield uncontested as long as your enemy does not have field artillery. Combined with his own field artillery and he’s basically going to be able to comfortably win against ten to one odds.

              And yes, cannons render castle walls rather ineffectual; better than no walls, but not much.

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          • LT F

            reminds me of a novel of an indie novelist .. sci fi but using roman legionnaires concepts for the armies

            • Christian Leontsinis

              What novel?

              • LT F

                Michael G Thomas – Star Legions aka Black Legion series