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Chapter 37 – Magical Study

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After that we continued peddling and for some reason the accessory salesman stayed with us.

I was getting a transportation fee so I didn’t complain, but I couldn’t get why he was doing this.

It seems the incident with the thieves made him really like me. The accessory salesman revealed what he was and said that he wouldn’t stop lecturing me until he got off the carriage.

Incredibly, his objective was to go around and learn the faces of the peddlers invading this area, and give a warning to them after riding with them. He was an assassin for the merchant association.

During that he saw my quality and wanted to polish me, or something…

On top of that the accessory salesman held quite a bit of power in the association. On the surface he was kind, but he was famous for not taking disciples or teaching things to others. I found out when a merchant I met later complained to me about it.

As for what he taught me, first was how to obtain jewels and things to work them with. The accessory salesman introduced me to an acquaintance of his at a mine for this.

Next was how to work precious metals into accessories. It seemed like there were a lot of different elaborate designs that he was working on now. I myself am an otaku when it comes to drawings so I had some knowledge for this. When I tried making something that felt like the design he liked it.

He also sold me tools for crafting cheaply.

There was a magical tool used for fuel that only existed in this world. It was a magical stone similar to coal.

As expected the shield reacted to it, but it was pretty pricey so I couldn’t go about absorbing it.

There were a few things that looked like what you would call rock polishers and burners in my world. They were used to make accessories.

He said that it was common sense to take iron or other hard metals to a forge and make then into molds. Well, after doing this much I was able to make it correctly thanks to my crafting skill.

And the main part started here.

Working on enchantments.

As I thought you needed to be able to use magic to do this.

I was growling at the spell book in one of my hands after being unable to perform magic when the accessory salesman called out to me.

“Can you not use magic hero-sama?”

“Yeah, my subordinates said that I have to tune my magic power, but I doing really get what magic power is.”

“Ah, I understand…that’s what it was.”

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For some reason, the accessory salesman pulled something out of his breast pocket that looked like small and transparent shards and brought them to me.

“What’s this?”

“The fragment of a certain rare ore. It is expensive.”

“Hmm….”

“You are able to read the language correct?”

“Kind of…if it’s something easy.”

If you spend almost a month touching on and seriously working with this world’s letters, then you’ll start learning them.

I still can’t read difficult wording, but I’d become able to read easy things.

“The what’s left is just magic practice. If you can just feel the magic that will be enough.”

Ummm…that’s something that’s pretty difficult you just said.

While thinking that, I rolled the shards he passed me about in my hands.

The shards slowly began to glow.

It was like…how to say it. There was another hand in myself that I hadn’t know about until now, and I guess it felt like it had started to move.

There was an organ that had been with me without my knowing it and right now I was confronted with it’s existence. That’s how it felt.

It was like a bird who didn’t know how to fly flapping its wings for the first time…

“It kind of, feels weird.”

“In truth you can feel magic without using something like this, but it seems you grew up without knowing it, so I thought I would test it out. It looks like it was a success.”

“…I see.”

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I am now conscious of another “arm” called magic power.

I open to the part of the magic book which I have already deciphered. The letter begins to shine. This is a magic engraved by me and only usable by me.

Naofumi:“I am the Hero of the shield who command the origin of power. I have read and deciphered a law of nature. May the power of nature defend me!”
Naofumi: “Fast Guard!”

A target mark appears in my view. I selected myself as a test.
A light shines over me. Then I check my status and it seems to have risen.

Naofumi: “Oh…”
Naofumi: “I seemed to have learnt it somehow. Well then, teach me some magic.”

The accessory merchant disregarded my excitement and begins another lecture.

Though, it wasn’t that draining to use such a spell. Then I recall the enchantment magic taught by the accessory merchant.

I try and apply magical power to a processed jewel.

I had trouble at first but my shield corrected some of my mistakes.

It gets difficult when I try mixing power from a different gem. Also I seem to be able to draw out magical power from medicine and apply it.

Accessory Merchant: “Well, that’s the basics. Please keep improving and apply it to your business afterwards.”

The accessory merchant gets of the carriage and heads off.

Thus, I learn how to craft something besides medicine.

Because it is necessary to use ores, when we arrived at a mining town, I started mining immediately.

Owner: “Eh? Is that an introduction letter?”

The coal mine owner asked in surprise when I showed him the accessory merchant’s letter of introduction.

Owner: “This is certainly a letter from him. How did you manage to get something from someone so stingy?”
Naofumi: “What do you mean?”

Apparently the accessory merchant is a very stingy person.

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The owner of the coal mines was suspicious when I appeared with a letter of introduction from that scrooge, but was shocked when it was the real thing.

Owner: “Since the letter is real, how much do you want to buy? Since you have the letter, I’ll be flexible.”
Naofumi: “Uhm, may I mine it myself? It would be cheaper.”
Owner: “Eh? Well… That’s fine, take whatever you mine…”

I left the business to Raphtalia and Firo as I head to a cave with my pickaxe. I’m interested in the mining skill.

The sound of pickaxe striking stone echoes through the cave. To be honest, it’s quite noisy and the air is hot and stuffy.
As expected of a different world, a crystal is exposed on the wall and shines.

Owner: “This cave is safe unless there are extreme circumstances, so there are no problems wherever you may want to dig. However, the risk of collapse is not zero.”

I was guided to several places within the mine by the coal mine owner.
As I raise the pickaxe slowly, a cross-hair emerges on the wall.
What? Do I strike there?

Naofumi: “Tei!”

I swing the pickaxe down with momentum.

With a clang a crack emerges from the wall. The crack spreads and the wall falls apart.

Owner: “Whoa!”

That was a very fragile wall.

Naofumi: “Hm?”

The coal mine owner looked at me as if I’m crazy.

Owner: “That hard bedrock… In one strike?”

That was hard…?

Due to the mining skill, walls collapse whenever I swing and ores were collected at a terrifying pace.
But there are still walls that I can’t collapse no matter what…
Maybe it’s because of my low skill level.

Naofumi: “Well I’ll just work with this.”
Owner: “O-okay.”

I filled a bag with gemstones and leave quickly.

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By the way, gemstones were even able to be found near the entrance of the mine. I just had to dig near a few mulberry trees.
It is surprisingly easy to find in the neighbourhood.
Although the uncut stones close to the surface seems to be of a lower quality for magic.

According to my knowledge of my world, there seems to be a famous place where jewels were dug up simply by digging in the field.
Even though this is a different world, I believed the good quality gems will be buried deep underground.

Ruby Bracelet was made!
Quality: Good -> High Quality

Even though I originally made that as a trial, It seems to have turned out well.
I also tried to imbue the bracelet with magic.

Ruby Bracelet (Fire-Resistance +)
Quality: High Quality -> Normal

Ugh… The quality fell a lot after magic was imbued.

I dabbled in making accessories as the peddling continues.

By the way, it is very hard to make accessories on a moving carriage, so I can only work on them at night.

It seems my shield is not high enough level to absorb a finished gem.

Time to sell it.

The bracelet that was created earlier was for 80 silver pieces. The value of gems in this world seems to be lower than my world. It takes time to create the foundation.

It might be worthwhile to make new designs in the wagon. Though, it’s a little inconsistent.

It seems anything will be popular. What’s popular in my world might be popular here too.
Though I don’t know much about expensive jewelry.

However, production takes quite a while.
That said, there is money to be earned. It might not be a bad idea to improve our equipment.

Requirements for Iron Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Copper Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Silver Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Lead Ore Shield have been revealed.

Iron Ore Shield
Unsealing completed… Equipment Bonus: Smelting Ability 2

Copper Ore Shield
Unsealing completed… Equipment Bonus: Smelting Ability 1

Silver Ore Shield
Unsealing completed… Equipment Bonus: 2% Damage reduction from Demons

Lead Ore Shield
Unsealing completed… Equipment Bonus: Defence Power 1

A skill which seems to be useful for the old man from the weapon shop appeared.
It’s pretty useless to me at the moment anyway.

The Lead Ore Shield seems to have displaced another skill. I’m not going to use that skill anyway.

Every day of peddling was passed with such a feeling.
Having stopped at a southern town.
Through a certain reliable source (Accessory Merchant), I heard of a province that wants to acquire large amounts of Herbicide.

Apparently there’s a lot of money to be made so we leave for a south-west village in haste.
Judging by speed alone Firo seems to be a match for a God Bird…1



References

  1. tl note: No idea…… なんでも速度からして間に合うのは神鳥……フィーロ位なものらしい。

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