360 – Ice

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I don’t guarantee a 100% perfect translation. Feel free to correct me in the comments..

 


 

The next morning, Agatha received a fine roll of parchment from Roland.

“What is this?”

“A contract. You only need to sign it by pressing your finger in it, and you will officially become part of the Witch Union.”

She unfolded the roll of parchment, and after reading the contents inside a few times, she exclaimed surprised, “Is this it?”

“Huh,” Roland seemed to not understand what she meant, “what is?”

“The deterrent here is meaningless,” Agatha pointed to a line of the contract’s clauses, “it only mentions that in the absence of a consensus of both parties, your actions should not betray Border Town, but there is no binding statute. If someone really wanted to be disloyal, I think there would not be any psychological pressure. Also, the words are too lax, is this really a contract?”

“Well, I only wrote it down today, it is just a formality.” the prince nodded, unsurprisingly, it appeared he was not the kind of person to concern over fine details in the contract.

“A contract filled with loopholes.” she secretly desagreed, poked her thumb in the ink pad and signed the contract by pressing down her inked thumb in it.

The Union contract demanded little on both sides, according to the terms on it, it was still very much the same as it has been so far after joining. Although she felt it was a little excessive, she also felt somewhat relaxed.

She said cooperating with mortals, but in her heart, she knew this grey-haired man was the actual leader of the Witch Union. If she had to treat a mortal the same way as a high rank of the Federation or a master of the three Holy Cities, she was afraid it would be very difficult to accept. For now, at least she had a considerable amount of freedom.

Roland received the parchment and asked with curiosity, “In Taqila, what were the deterrents in the contracts?”

“You only needed them when recruiting ordinary people, and it ranged from mental torture to all sorts of physical punishment,” she skimmed, “as for us witches, there was no need to sign such thing. The Federation was a system you belonged to your whole life, once one joined, the only way to defect was by dying.”

“Well,” he took a breath, “I officially welcome you as a member of the Witch Union. After breakfast, remember to come to the castle garden, I need to fully test your ability.”

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The whole testing process was simpler than what Agatha imagined, she only had to demonstrate various characteristics of her ability, and after answering a few more questions, it was already over.

“The shape of her magic power is like a sky-blue pentagon prism, it is around the medium level.”

“Summoning type, and the ability has evolved once up until now. The initial effect was to be able to lower the temperature, but after evolution, solidification at room temperature could be achieved. A very convenient ability.” Roland then asked, after recording, “How did you evolve your ability?”

“Continuous practice until I finally had a revelation.” she said with pride, after all she was the youngest witch to reach an advanced awakening, and at that time everyone in the Federation called her ‘Taqila’s Genius’.

“Every day I tried to drop the temperature lower and lower, so that water could be frozen more quickly. Then one day, I saw a witch manipulating the flames in order to melt a chunk of solid lead, and as the flames continued to burn, the liquid lead began to boil.”

“That sight made me realize something, maybe everything has three states: gaseous, liquid and solid— The lead was solid at room temperature, but as long as the temperature was high enough, it could also turn into a gas; water was liquid at room temperature, and if the temperature dropped, it would solidify into ice.”

“Then, the gaseous air present at room temperature, would it be like lead? as long as the temperature is low enough, could it freeze?”

“Holding this thought to use my ability, I then soon felt the magic power inside my body undergoing radical changes, and I was eventually promoted to the high ranked witches. This enlightenment was also recorded in the General Principles of Natural Law.”

In fact, she was the youngest ever to be in the book. At that time, the Three High Seats praised her highly, that this insight was not only a great inspiration for a witch’s evolution, but it also remarked the importance of the natural studies. But after solemnly uttering these words, the opposite party was quite calm.

“So that happened,” the prince nodded, “what is this General Principles of Natural Law?”

“Wait, you… don’t you feel surprised?” Agatha in turn was surprised in a different way, “The world is filled with gas, it’s barely noticeable and has no weight. In fact, it can turn into liquid and flow like the water, and can also be condensed and turn into ice.”

“It’s a normal phenomenon, there are also many kinds of gases, each one with its own distinctive boiling point and solidification point,” Roland shrugged his shoulders, “why should I be surprised? These contents are general knowledge in Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science.”

“… …” Agatha suddenly felt her chest a little heavy, then took two breaths, “Well, I will study that book thoroughly.

“General Principles of Natural Law— it is a record of all the enlightenments and processes that led to the evolution of all the high ranked witches.” She grumpily continued, “But each witch’s ability is different, so it is difficult to evolve based on imitation and reference, and it obviously can’t compare with your Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science!”

“Did I say something wrong?” The prince had a puzzled face.

“No, I was just too arrogant.” Agatha felt her heart more oppressed.

Cough, cough. Seeing the displeasure in her face, he tried to change the subject, “You said that every witch’s ability is different… The Federation had thousands of witches, was there nobody with a repeated ability?”

“No,” she gave a stiff reply, “the Exploration Society could also see the shape of the magical power, but there was no witch with the same shape of magic.”

“But before, when you saw Anna, you said she had a flame-class ability.”

“It was just a common method of ability division, it’s just simple and easy to understand. The illumination ability that gives off heat is called flame-class, but as the magic power grows, or it enters the adulthood period solidification, or even high rank evolution, seemingly identical abilities can show enormous changes.”

“In the initial stages of the flame-class ability, some witches are better at controlling the temperature, some other can produce an even bigger flame, and there are even ones that can project out the flame. Even if we don’t see a difference in their abilities for a while, it does not mean that a change is not occurring.” Agatha said, “The method of the Exploration Society is more formal, but in general, it is the same as how you split their abilities.”

“Also with three categories?” Roland asked.

“Four categories. The main difference is the summoning type— The Exploration Society divided it in two types, one called magic energy, and the other model shaping. You should be able to understand the difference with only the words.”

“Magic energy is like Anna, who needs to continuously consume magic power, and once the magic power stops, the flame disappears. And model shaping is like the paint coating of Soraya, it can remain for a long time even after the magic power stopped acting?”

“Although I’m not familiar with the ability of Soraya, that’s basically what it means… It can exist for a long time, another form of model shaping type is, for example, my room-temperature solidification.”

“I understand.” Roland said after recording all these things, “Let’s end today’s test here. As a general rule, when I have not assigned any duty to you, you can come and practice your ability, but I think there is someone who could use your help now.”

“Who?”

“Border Town’s Chief Alchemist, Kyle Sichi.”

 

 

 

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43 thoughts on “360 – Ice

  1. Now thats a interesting interaction to see
    Also Roland dont destroy her pride so easily, she didnt have a teacher to learn that you know

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  2. Thanks for the chapter! Will be interesting seeing how Agatha handles and reacts to Kyle who doesn’t care for any formality at all.

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  3. Anna, Tilly, Agatha, and one other girl (far later in the story) are the smart ass quartet, yet our dear author doesn’t really utilize their brain in the story. The “brain” role limited only to roland and barov. Anna’s role is just a “factory” and have really weak impact, agatha too only fiddling arround in the chemistry lab, and i don’t even know what tilly is doing…

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    1. Agreed. Anna, from what we’ve seen is an era changing genius and could probably fill in the gaps for him in terms of knowledge he “forgot” or come up with novel solutions yet right now she is basically just a really fancy precision welding machine.

      Agatha, from what we’ve seen of her so far, is definitely another genius though probably not quite at Anna’s level. She is able to overcome that pride of hers as long as it means gaining knowledge and understanding. I actually really like her. She has her pride but in the end of the day she is far more open minded than most.

      Tilly is the one I don’t get. Sure she is smarter than most there but, ironically, she is pretty ordinary compared to Anna and Agatha despite being the one with the enhanced brain supposedly. So far she demonstrated the ability to make quick calm decisions under pressure situations but that’s as far as it goes. A good general but a bad leader due to her narrow-mindedness.

      In the end I do wish Anna was developed more.

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      1. I originally thought she would come up with her own theories, because Annas potential was so great in learning understanding and making her own conclusions, I had thought long ago that she might become a threat because of that, I was worried she might start experimenting with various things.

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      2. All 4 of them potentials are wasted. Well, at least one of them keep struggling to be usefull.
        All 4 of them are geniuses, that absorbs roland’s knowledge like a dry sponge. If they could be involved more in the brainstorming and decision making, they could become roland’s backup in the future. Anna and Agatha on research and development, tilly on government (with barov as support), that new girl on diplomatic stuff or military.
        Yet, even on the latest raws, they’re just wasted, and roland keep everything by himself…

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        1. Isn’t that how chinese novels work? In all of them women are subclassed by men. Even the strongest woman would end as just a support for the protagonist. It may be how chinese society see the role of women in everyday life.

          Is there even any chinese novel with a female protagonist THAT IS NOT OF THE ROMANCE GENERE?

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          1. no matter how much of a genius Anna is, Roland is too abnormal to follow. She may have the theoretical knowledge but she hasn’t seen a car, hasn’t learned about combustion engine or see electricity in action. What she can do is improve on what Roland has “invented”. Inventing a new thing from theories is very hard

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    2. Anna is constantly reaseaching guys. She isnt making anything but prototypes by now. The time when she was a welding machine was only in the beginning.
      Please remeber that she and the decomposion witch did test thousands of metal compositions to recreate the material charts we have in our meterial engeneering books today.
      She is totally working as researcher.

      Tilly is the rulling lord of the sleeping witch island and totally busy with development and politics.

      Agatha just appeared now.

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    3. I have to say, some of you guys are belittling how hard is it to advance science.
      Understanding a concept is one thing, creating whole new one (especially one with little mistakes) is beyond the realm of most humans including most of the brightest minds in the world.
      There is a reason why people like Aristotle, Sir Isaac Newton, and Einstein stands out among the countless scientists/mathematicians of the past.

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    1. I know, right :)) best part is he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it 🙂 a natural mind breaker 😛 Love your analogy tho, loled hard!

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      1. Maybe Kyle’s apprentice? He’s supposed to be a young genius too right? Seems like a match made in heaven!

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  4. Holy crap. Roland may be a genius in engineering, but he really needs to get his HR skill developed.

    Putting 2 prideful people in one room is recipe for disaster, especially when one of them is your key people. If there is no plot armor, you reap what you sow Roland.

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    1. The source of Agatha’s pride is mostly from her intelligence and knowledge, so i think her pride would be melted after she meet Kyle and realized that he a mere human is smarter than her,,

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    2. both Kyle and Agatha have already been through the mind breaking training of Roland, they have accepted there is a higher power that is Roland as their god and savior, I think they have learned that there are other people for you to learn from

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  5. ” Room Temperature Solidification ” has some incredible implications Roland should have noticed instantly. She’s magically generated a solid with perfectly elastic molecular interactions that maintained a chemically inert stasis for three hundred years. Her ice coffin was cool to the touch because it was redistributing the heat from a person’s skin to warm the ambient air. She’s not an ice witch. She is a FLUBBER WITCH*. Even if she could ‘only’ make perfect heat exchangers the potential applications are staggering. I can see this being used to manufacture stabilized nitroglycerine warheads in the near future.

    *Assuming she can learn to apply her magic to non-rigid bodies.

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      1. Get used to it. In this novel witches, although full of appealing, are just narrative tools to show Roland’s awesomeness.

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  6. well i rarely say make comments but i have to say you translation has improved and it is very good for reading and i want to than you for your hard work i hop you can keep translating until it is finished

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  7. Eh, I think some readers don’t realize that Agatha is probably highly intelligent- if short on the scientific knowledge discovered by Earth that others have memorized and can lord over her, which isn’t helping her natural pride.

    She legit hypothesized and discovered in her time states of matter and water’s three states independently.

    Saying she’s not intelligent because her knowledge is small compared to what Border Town has now is like saying the average physics major today is smarter than someone like Isaac Newton if he were brought forward to today.

    IMO Intelligence =/= Knowledge

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    1. That’s what I’ve thought, too, when I read that line.
      At least he should give her credit for discovering this herself.

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    2. Most readers I think agree that she is a genius, they just don’t like her high and mighty attitude lol…

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      1. Plus she is actually quite open minded all things considered. Another in her place wouldn’t adapt and change their mindset so fast. I mean, it has only been, what, 2 days since she woke from a 400 year nap in a completely different setting and society?!

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