"Witches should not be utilized as consumables, but instead as the engine to stimulate the development of civilization." - Roland Wimbledon on the purpose and use of witches.Roland Wimbledon is the King of the Kingdom of Graycastle and the leader of the Witch Union. His true identity is Cheng Yan, an engineer from modern day China, who somehow wakes up in the body of the original Roland after both of them died. After realizing this was real, he decided to live in this new world according to his morals and ideals.
Roland has light gray hair and eyes, a common feature in Graycastle's Royal family, his skin is slightly pale but facial features are regular. His body lacks physical exercises. In Manhua, he is usually depicted wearing a grey noble coat with golden outlines, grey pants and a black pair of gloves with golden braces at his elbows. During the Month of Demons, he also wore a white robe with a golden pattern.
Original Roland: Roland was a coward who had no academic knowledge and only cared about fulfilling his lust and personal satisfaction.
He often acted vicious and intimidating, but this was just a mask to hide his fear and sense of inferiority, especially compared to his family.
Cheng Yan: Roland possesses an inquisitive and inventive personality. Whenever he doesn't understand something, he wishes to experiment to learn more about it.
Kind and understanding, he doesn't discriminate against others, regardless of where they come from, or their social standing. He cares for everyone under him, no exceptions.
Roland did not care about what his kingdom would look like after his death. Compared with an everlasting kingdom, he was more interested in the advancement of the entire human race. No matter who his successor was, Roland did not have an obligation to assist him in ruling the state. His life goal in this world was to improve the standard of living in Graycastle and take it to the next level while at the same time unveiling the mystery of the Battle of Divine Will.
However, Roland is also merciless to those who dare to oppose his reforms to advance the human race and to those who harmed those he cared about. He has no qualms about ordering the deaths of his enemies so long as he believed that their deaths may benefit him or his kingdom. Although he typically avoided the deaths of innocents whenever it was possible.
Cheng Yan: was an mechanical engineer who was overworked by his superior. It got so bad that he eventually died from overwork, somehow leading to taking over the body of the original Roland.
He had poor eyesight and wore glasses to read.
His intelligence was average, he studied hard but didn't get marks with ease. Thanks to his wide range of hobbies, he had browsed a large amount of knowledge on the internet.
Original Roland: The original Roland was born the fourth child, and third son overall, of Wimbledon III. He often tried to join his older siblings, but was rejected due the gap in their ages. This caused him to hold an inferiority complex and vented his frustrations on his little sister Tilly. He often did horrible things and always tried to pass the blame on others.
As he grew older, he hardly changed, leading to his siblings not even wanting to be around him unless necessary. He would spend most of his time enjoying food, drink, and prostitutes; although it must be noted that he never forced any of the women against their will.
When Tilly got Ashes and made latter her bodyguard, Roland attempted to grope her. This almost led to him losing a hand, until Tilly made Ashes stand down. This left a bad image of the third prince in Ashes' mind.
When the Royal Decree on the Selection of Crown Prince was announced, Roland was sent to a Border Town, a barren piece of land on the farthest point of the western territory where the king felt he would do no harm to the kingdom with his ineptitude.
While there, Roland would indulge himself as he always did, coveting local noble ladies and ignoring local affairs, thus causing nobles' open contempt and disdain just after three months there. When a witch was found in the territory, he was asked to give the final sentence. Before he could, he died from a poison pill that was slipped into his drink by maid who was secretly working for Garcia Wimbledon.
Stepping Into a New World Edit
Cheng Yan awakes in the body of Roland Wimbledon, 4th Prince of the Kingdom of Graycastle. He wonders what is going on before noticing a woman about to be hanged and an old man asking for his verdict. Cheng Yan is briefly confused when suddenly he realizes he has access to Roland's memories and understands the situation. He postpones the execution and proceeds to his room to gain his bearings. He decides that however this happened doesn't matter, and that he will live this new life the way he wants to.
Roland decides to go to the dungeon and see the woman, who is said to be a witch, for himself. He is amazed at her power and decides to hire her. He teaches her that her power is her own, and not from the Devil, and that she can learn to control it. He also discovers another witch in his territory, Nana, and offers her the same aid in improving her control.
He soon encounters Nightingale, a witch who had sneaked into his territory to recruit Anna and Nana into the Witch Cooperation Association. He is able to convince her to wait until the Months of Demons are over before taking them away, and that she can only take them away if the two of them consent to it. At the same time he would also develop Border Town using his engineering knowledge. He re-invented the Steam engine and Cement to help with the mining at the North Slope Mine and to build a wall to protect against the Demonic Beasts respectively.
He also created the Border Town Militia (which would then be reformed into the First Army) to man the walls and defend against the Demonic Beasts. While these militia were mostly armed with wooden spears at first, Roland also re-invented and produced Flintlocks to aid the militia. Having previously made the decision to stay in Border Town during the Month of Demons instead of fleeing to Longsong Stronghold, Roland made it his utmost priority that the Border Town Militia was self-sufficient in defending against Demonic Beasts and needed no outside help. Thanks to his actions and the help of the witches, Border Town was able to survive the month of the demons with only one man losing his life.
His actions would eventually draw the attention and ire of the nobles of Longsong Stronghold, eventually culminating in The Defensive Battle of Border Town.
Battlefield of Souls Edit
Roland opens his eyes and sees that he is on rooftop of a school building and suddenly thinks everything was a dream, but realizes that he is still in the body of Roland Wimbledon. Zero is shocked about the world and she realizes that he is not from their world. Due to this shock, she decides to forgo telling Roland the rules of the Battlefield of Souls. In an attempt to distract her, Roland begins to talk to Zero. This fails, and Zero attacks Roland with a knife that she created, killing him for the first time.
Immediately after his death, he's standing near the location of his first death. Zero is running towards him and Roland tries to escape, but is stabbed in abdomen and quickly dies a second time.
After his second resurrection, he concludes that the "nightmare" will never end - extreme pain or a great fall would not wake him up. As Zero attacks for the second time, Roland thinks hard about a shield, which appears in his hand and deflects her attack. Roland realizes the rules of this battle, impressing Zero. Immediately afterward, Roland drops the shield and creates an automatic rifle. He aims at her, but she quickly cuts off his arms. A green box of explosives then appears and kills both Roland and Zero.
Upon resurrecting for the third time, he tries to stall Zero while thinking of a plan to defeat her, deciding to yell "Ironman!" A suit of red metal appears, but after Roland walks into the armor it doesn't respond to his command, neither does it close up by itself. Roland falls to his knees and Zero stabs him in the neck, killing him for the fourth time. Only after this does he figure out that anything he creates in this battlefield without understanding its principle will only be an empty shell.
After his fourth resurrection, Roland forms a blockhouse of 10cm thick steel plates and a 40mm grenade machine gun inside a weapon control station. This attempt was successful, and he kills Zero again. Not knowing where she would appear, he runs down the stair case to make a new weapon. Zero then uses the Sigil of God's Will, engulfing Roland and killing him for the fifth time.
Knowing it was his last life, Zero tries to persuade Roland to give up the battle once and for all. After Zero and Roland talk for a while she goes to finally kill him but finds out that the ground was so smooth that she couldn't move from her spot. It is revealed Roland made a small change on the battle field to abuse the law of inertia. An object will remain at rest or move at a constant speed in a straight line unless it is acted on by an unbalanced force. Since an object cannot act on itself, Zero is immobilized. Roland then comfortably sits down and summon hundreds of turrets, surrounding Zero like a Rubik's Cube. Roland unleashes an onslaught of gunfire, killing Zero hundreds of times until she can't revive anymore.
After winning the Soul Battle, Roland was in a coma for two months.
Chapter 626 - 628.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As a member of the royal family of the Kingdom of Graycastle, Roland possesses a certain amount of political power. After defeating Duke Ryan, he gained complete control over the Western Territory.
Thanks to his background as an engineer, Roland possesses a keen mind and vast knowledge of modern science. This allows him to design and build various tools and machines that either aid in defense, offense or improve quality of life. In addition, he can figure out how to utilize the witches' various abilities to help realize his designs and overcome the limit of the world's technology. His knowledge, however, is not absolute. He only possesses extensive knowledge in his field of expertise, along with what he could remember from his school years. In addition, although he knows how certain machines work, it still takes a lot of trials and errors to actually build said machines.
Roland is also skilled in negotiation, capable of directing conversations to his advantage, and understanding how the other side thinks, allowing him to somewhat predict their next move or response.
After defeating Zero, Roland absorbs a fragment of her memory, along with those of her 2123 previous victims. His and her subconsciousness together create a pseudo-reality in the form of a modern town, which he can access while dreaming. Roland discovered that everything he ever read (books, websites) could be accessed in this dreamscape. Therefore, one of the dreamscape's uses is his personal library, greatly aiding him in making new designs. In the Dream World, time goes 8 times slower than in the real world; meaning 3 days in the Dream World is 9 hours in the real world.
He should have also absorbed the lifespan which Zero gained after using her power on 2123 which would allow him to live more than 10,000 years. Unfortunately, because Rolland as a male cannot use magic, he did NOT obtain Zero's 10k years of life.
Force of Nature
In the Dream World, he has awakened the Force of Nature, a type of magic power that has no gender restriction. However this power is only effective in the Dream World. This power gives him various of abilities which are:
- Superhuman Strength - By summoned the flowing energy in his body, he can pulverize stone and bend gold.
- Superhuman Durability - His resilience had increase together with his strength, as except for some numbness, he could still move after an explosion sent him flying through a wall built with soundproof panels before crushing heavily to the ground.
- Superhuman Reflexes - The power had drastically improved his dynamic vision and reaction speed.
- Magic Power Absorption - Roland can absorb the magic power of Fallen Evil.
Each time Rolland consumes another force of nature, his power within the dreamworld grows stronger, and the dreamworld expands and stabilizes, but at the cost of his conscious "real world" body's health. Each obtained core shortens his life. (Ch 1348)
Due to his unpleasant nature and general ineptitude of the original Roland, none of his relatives enjoyed being around him and didn't have any expectations of him. Roland, on his part, only has what the original Roland remembers of them, and feels no real connection with his "family".
Roland has no fond memories of his eldest brother from the original Roland and feels nothing but indifference when he hears about his death.
Roland has no fond memories of his second eldest brother from the original Roland and only saw him as an obstacle to overcome when Timothy ascended as 'Wimbledon IV' and became the King of Graycastle. Eventually, both 'brothers' grew to despise each other as it became apparent that Roland's modern philosophy clashed with Timothy's medieval ideology during the Graycastle reunification wars. By the end of the war, Roland indifferently ordered for Timothy's execution for his crimes.
Roland thinks of Tilly as an intelligent and reliable person whom he can discuss his plans with, with no worries. He places complete trust in her, and doesn't doubt her intentions or capabilities.
Roland is the leader of the Witch Union and the one who reformed them after their near annihilation. He provides them with shelter and other necessities without treating them like servants, leading to their total loyalty to him. Some have a particularly close relationship with him:
Anna is the first witch Roland met. After witnessing her ability and realizing its uses, he pardoned her and hired her, despite his subordinates' protest. Because of her remarkable intelligence, Roland enjoys teaching her and her company more than anyone else. He falls in love with her; something she reciprocates. They eventually marry.
Nightingale and Roland met when the former sneaked in his room to talk about taking away Anna and Nana to the Witch Cooperation Association. Nightingale saw how well Roland treated the two, and how he wasn't frightened of her. He is aware of her romantic feelings for him but is unsure of how to respond, due to seeing her as a good friend and his relationship with Anna. Roland also trusts her to protect the other witches and seems to treat her like his right hand woman.
Roland sees Barov as a useful, if somewhat old-fashioned, subordinate. He trusts him with implementing many of his plans to improve life in Border Town.
Roland trusts Carter with a variety of responsibilities and knows the knight supports him completely.
Karl van Bate was entrusted by Roland to be the Minister of Construction, assigned to be in charge of all construction projects in Border Town.
Roland acknowledges Iron Axe's abilities and loyalty, and trusts him with leading his army.
Roland relies on the former alchemist to find all the chemicals he needs for his projects. He relies on the knowledge in his mind to keep Kyle employed.
She is a talented and intelligent woman. She is a high ranking member of Roland's new kingdom.
Roland thinks of Margaret as a good, reliable business partner and a friend. She is his first choice when it come to purchasing anything.
The Church saw Roland as a threat to their plan to unify the four countries, with their view of him growing more dangerous with each of his victories.
Dream World Edit
- Some people believe Roland is possessed by God or the Devil due to all of the things that he thinks up.
- Roland enjoys having afternoon snacks with the rest of the Witch Union and having afternoon naps.
- Roland appears to have been a player of World of Warcraft in his past life as Cheng Yan and has adapted its item rarity system for the items he creates
- Roland would always turn his back to the testing ground of gunpowder and say that real warriors never looked at an explosion. This is a reference to Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions cliche.
- While not depicted in the webnovel, Roland is shown doing this in chapter 57 of the manga.
- He love to sleep late, when there is nothing urgent, he get up at noon to deal with the government affairs.
- He tends to use chaos drinks to bribe or coerce his witches and even his own sister in order to keep a secret or for them to do a task for him (usually with food or chaos drinks).