I’m trying to increase my speed so the quality may drop slightly, but I’m working on it. Time taken: ~03 : 15 (rounding to 5 mins)
PS. If I take too long to repost a chapter then I’m probably editing it or working on the next chapter (or sleeping cos, you know, time zones).
“Now then…” (Naofumi)
Recently I’ve been practicing adding magic to my skills.
I think it will be good if I can use it as easily as breathing.
My weakness is that the magic consumption is huge so it’s hard to regulate.
Even just Air Strike Shield, sending 2 is the limit of my magic consumption.
Also, as far as I know, what changes depending on the skill is that the cooldown increases proportionately.
And it seems that if I add magic to the Portal Shield, the number of people I can transport increase. With the 6-person limit according to Motoyasu, I was able to transport 7 people because I unintentionally added magic. That was probably it.
I can’t control the part that I’m aware of though.
I can’t do it no matter what, huh…..
One way or another, the magic consumption is extreme. The natural recovery I have is troublesome.
Using Mana Potions are a waste so I have to save them. I use magic also when compounding.
But it’s good if I can use magic when making good things…. and as the Old Man said, it seems that listening to the ingredients is important too.
When I think about it, there’s no end.
Lately I’ve also been doing self-study when Rato isn’t teaching me Alchemy.
A part of my shield has an Elementary Alchemy Skill so I started to learn.
Letting the shield make it is fine but I know it’ll turn out better if I can make it myself.
“What is it?” (Naofumi)
“I feel like your accuracy has improved, but there are still tears?” (Atla)
Atla thrust at the weak points of the Air Strike Shield I fired.
For now, it seems that its strength has improved but it often breaks while being prodded.
“There, right.” (Naofumi)
I can’t help feeling like it’s still incomplete somehow.
I think something more basic is insufficient.
However, it reached a stage where the Female Knight’s attacks became ineffective.
I proposed a contest with the Female Knight who had been training.
The Female Knight mastered the Peerless Transformation Sword Style.
Apparently because she could beat Ren, he happily became an opponent every day as well.
As expected, it seems that Ren’s skills are better normally than when he’s been corroded by the Curse Series.
Since long ago, the frequency of being hit by the Female Knight’s attacks was high.
Well, I specialise in enduring. Even when I’m engulfed by anger, receiving the opponent’s attacks is insignificant.
I think if I face being hit like this then it’ll probably collapse.
It’s fine if that’s the case.
I want to test how well the Prison will work in actual combat on the Female Knight.
“A fight with Iwatani-dono, huh, then I’ll be going at it seriously.” (Female Knight)
“To overtake me and bypass my defence, I won’t less you pass that point.” (Naofumi)
“Well then, it’s fine to see if you can take this! Multilayer Crumble Attack!” (Female Knight)
The Female Knight’s special skill that bypassed defence faced me.
The first strike warded off the shield, and the second strike changed direction to my forearm.
The third strike repeatedly intersected, mixing together at high frequencies and when I was about to receive it, I followed the flow of her body and struck.
“Shield Prison!” (Naofumi)
Without overlooking my chance, I materialised the Prison to trap the Female Knight as she focused her consciousness on her attack.
“Ku….But―” (Female Knight)
The imprisoned Female Knight attacked with a bang.
However…the cage gave no sign of breaking.
I think the sound reverberated for around three minutes but before long, it became silent.
And then….Five minutes later.
“What’s with my efforts? The style I finally learnt was also destroyed…..” (Female Knight)
She muttered complaints.
“What are you so down about?” (Naofumi)
When I called out to her, she suddenly came to her senses and glared at me with determined eyes.
“Pft! You may have beat me this time but I won’t let you next time so prepare yourself. I’ve received full mastery but I’ve only used the basics.” (Female Knight)
“Is that so.” (Naofumi)
It seems the Female Knight doesn’t have the ability to strike the weak points like Alta can.
So next is Rishia.
“W-what is it?” (Rishia)
I call Rishia, who been making progress with her mood change lately, to test it out. [T/N: So no more Fue?]
This guy, she’s levelled up and has gotten considerably strong.
“I’m going to trap you in the Shield Prison for a bit so can you try to break out?” (Naofumi)
“Right….I understand.” (Rishia)
Rishia takes out and readies her sword, and I imprison her like the Female Knight.
It took her around three hits. Her’s was a relatively quick destruction.
As expected, Rishia is stronger than the Female Knight.
Was it only….the status difference?
I don’t understand the disparity of the Peerless Transformation Style.
“Speaking of which, what kind of School is the Peerless Transformation Style? I can’t tell from just the legends so please teach me.” (Naofumi)
“Ah, Yes…. Is what I heard from Master okay?” (Rishia)
“Yeah, I just heard from the Old Hag about how it’s a famous School that rivals the heroes so it’s fine.” (Naofumi_
I heard that there was a legend that matched the Four Saint Heroes and the Seven Star Heroes but I don’t know the actual circumstances so I’d like to hear.
“Lets see….In Master’s story, it seems the origin was an adventurer wanted to overcome danger without relying on the heroes so he founded the School.” (Rishia)
Without relying on the heroes, I see…. well in this world, whenever something happens then they summon heroes or rely on the Seven Star Heroes, or at least that’s the image i get.
So it’s a School made from searching for a method to become stronger without relying on those heroes.
Thinking about it normally, to leave the world to the Four Saint Heroes and the Seven Star Heroes, only 11 people, is an act of sheer madness.
Despite the difference between being able and being unable to do something, having people who will think of a solution by themselves is more natural.
In addition, to leave your own fate in outsiders summoned from a different world or something….
No, they probably had no choice but to leave it to them ability-wise, but there were people who couldn’t consent because of that.
“To be able to handle the elements is the foundation, skills come after that.” (Rishia)
“I see…” (Naofumi)
“I was able to handle the elements and so I ended my absence-of-leave. The other techniques was one part but they were the application of the original School.” (Female Knight)
“Didn’t Master also praise you for achieving mastery?.” (Rishia)
“Yes, but…. Teacher has yet to teach me about the inner workings, isn’t Raphtalia working on those hidden purposes now? Rishia, I also saw her teaching you things that I don’t know.” (Female Knight)
“Th-that’s right, isn’t it.” (Rishia)
“Isn’t it obvious that the continuation time of Peerless Activity differs too much?” (Female Knight)
“Peerless Activity?” (Naofumi)
“Ah, I only use it during the instant when attacking Iwatani-dono or avoiding. So to speak, it’s similar to handling protection magic. Rishia excels at maintaining that activity for a long time. If I try to imitate her, I can probably only hold it for a minute.” (Female Knight)
A technique that the Female Knight can only use for an instant, Rishia can invoke that for a long time?
It’s that. The so-called ‘Overdrive’ skill or attack in games.
Giving a massive Power Up for a certain time but it’s consumption is extreme or something, so Rishia has that kind of attack.
Or rather, was Rishia able to maintain it for a long time because her disposition was good?
The Female Knight who used it economically and the Rishia who could use it for a long duration.
It seems the Female Knight had a weaker effect as well.
Actually, I already succeeded in making the Female Knight’s special attack become powerless and unable to break open the Prison.
That Ren will probably be surprised. If he knew that I neutralised the Female Knight who was stronger than him.
I’m not going to tell him though.
Either way, the Female Knight can use it so I can probably use it as well.
Hypothetically, even if I can’t use it, I should be able to apply it as long as I understand the principle.
The problem is that I didn’t realise that that technique was being used until now.
I thought it was natural to have the magic swell up only during the instant of attack.
Actually, in all the battles I’ve seen, the attackers use magic instantaneously.
In that case, was magic a separate component to that?
Lately, there are times where I feel a discrepancy when I talk to Rishia or the Female Knight, and Atla.
It’s when they start talking about ‘the elements’.
I don’t really understand but, I’ll observe these three more attentively.
“I always worry about if my strength has reached its peak. But I can’t lose to this level! Rishia! Practice with me!” (Female Knight)
And so, the Female Knight started training with Rishia.
“Atla, did you understand what she meant?” (Naofumi)
“Um…If I’m not mistaken, Eclaire builds up essence inside during the instant she attacks or avoids. I think she was talking about that. Shall I imitate it?” (Atla)
“Then I’ll be starting.” (Atla)
After Atla built up her strength, she jumped towards me.
Fast! Her speed is several times more than her usual speed.
“This is… I’m sure the body and spirit doesn’t possess this.” (Atla)
And then she faced me and fired a hit.
Gu…. I didn’t dodge Atla’s attack that disregarded defence and was injured.
There was a slight struggle in my body.
I see, this is really brutal indeed.
Or rather, Atla really is a genius to be able to copy this simply from watching.
Already, she can’t be stopped by the Female Knight.
And so we trained with this kind of feeling.
This only took me 4 hours and I didn’t even procrastinate that much o_0
I must still be influenced by the Spirit of Christmas.
Oh and in case you haven’t realised, 171 is done and the chapter has been updated.
Merry Christmas guys ~^^~
Barbarian Armour + 2
After I finished talking with the Queen, I made an appearance at the Weapon Shop.
“Oh. Well isn’t it Laddie. It’s been a while.” (Oyaji)
“So it has. I haven’t seen you guys much because of your thriving business.” (Naofumi)
I was finally able to meet the Old Man from the weapon shop.
Imia’s Uncle was also there as a shop assistant, lining up weapons in the store.
There’s a better array of products than before.
They looked busy, and business seems good.
“How are you?” (Naofumi)
“We’re pretty good. Just a little longer and it’ll be finished. The shield for Laddie, that is.” (Oyaji)
“I see. How much should I pay?” (Naofumi)
“You let me work this guy freely so 10 gold for the material fees is fine.” (Oyaji)
The Old Man from the Weapon Shop said generously, pointing at Imia’s Uncle.
It’s a masterpiece made with the materials from the Spirit Turtle. So it’s likely that it’s as fine as the products on auction in Zeltbur.
Moreover, it’s made by the Old Man so it might fetch an even higher price.
The problem is what to do with the shield after I’ve Copied it….
Because amongst the guys I have faith in with handling it, there are none who use shields.
“The average market price would be 50 gold, right.” (Imia’s Uncle)
Imia’s Uncle replied, as if reading my thoughts.
It’s the Shield version of the displayed Spirit Turtle Sword that had been scheduled for auction in Zeltbur before.
It’s a product made by the Old Man, and its performance can be expected.
The problem is its cost.
Well the current me can afford to pay 10 gold.
Because I’ve earned that much from managing the land.
Or rather, when spending money to provide for war power to fight the waves, preparing weapons and armour is the most important.
It seems cheap, but if it was 50 gold then it would still cause some hesitation.
“Is it that much of a quality product?” (Naofumi)
“Yes. If there’s no way to use it then having the outlook of selling it is also part of a merchant.” (Imia’s Uncle)
The Old Man also nodded.
But still….to part with the product that they worked hard to make for me is a bit regrettable.
I want to have it on hand even if it ends up gathering dust.
“Well, I’ll think about that when the time comes. How’s the armour?” (Naofumi)
“It was a good core. With that, there will be no problems inserting it. With those thoughts, we made that first.” (Oyaji)
At the Old Man’s instructions, Imia’s Uncle brought the armour from the shop’s interior.
Its appearance was very similar to the previously equipped Barbarian’s Armour.
However, looking again at the fundamental materials, the metal parts were appended with turtleshell material.
Also, a few of the dark-coloured joints became colourful.
“This is?” (Naofumi)
“We used metal yielded from the Spirit Turtle. There were a few problems with the weight but we’ve already fixed that flaw. Mysteriously, it became lighter after we affixed the core.” (Oyaji)
“I see.” (Naofumi)
I examined the Barbarian’s Armour.
Barbarian’s Armour + 2?
Defence Up Shock Resistance (Large) Fire Resistance (Extra Large) Lightning Resistance (Large) Absorbtion Resistance (Mid) HP Recovery (Weak) Magic Recovery (Weak) SP Recovery (Weak) Magic Increase (Mid) Dragon Emperor’s Divine Protection Magic Defence Production Automatic Repair Function Earth Pulse’s Divine Protection Dragon Attribute Dragon Territory Growing Ability
There are even more endowments.
A variety of things are increased in return for the loss of Dark Resistance.
Was the Fire Resistance thanks to the core?
There’s also the Dragon Attribute. The dragon aspects probably correspond to Gaelion’s core being used.
What’s Dragon Territory? The growing ability was an effect I somehow came to expect.
I should ask Gaelion.
“How much is the fee?” (Naofumi)
“Laddie will make good use of it so take it as commission for being the liaison for the materials.” (Oyaji)
“That’s helpful.” (Naofumi)
“It’s because I profited from that. To charge you money here, my pride won’t allow it.” (Oyaji)
The Old Man really did a lot for me, I’ve always considered him the second most trustworthy after Raphtalia.
It’s really disappointing that he won’t come to my land though.
“Can I wear it immediately?” (Naofumi)
“Sure! Show us.” (Oyaji)
I took the Armour and went to the dressing room to change.
For some reason, despite it feeling familiar, it feels brand new.
Such a mysterious feeling. This….
However, there’s no great change in design. Just the colouring is different.
The cotton-like texture is different. I understand that something good has been used.
I’ve received a fine product.
The sizing is also correct, it fits perfectly.
“How is it?” (Naofumi)
“Oh, when speaking of Laddie, it’s that kind of image as expected.” (Oyaji)
“Um… I find it hard to understand but, some growth is….in regards to Hero-sama….there isn’t any.” (Imia’s Uncle)
Imia’s Uncle says ambiguously.
Of course it’s like that….the Old Man was pleased, but I also thought it was a fin-de-siècle small fry at first. [T/N: Fin de siècle = end of the century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_de_si%C3%A8cle]
However, I feel the illusion of being very powerful just by wearing this.
Because as far as I’m concerned, this armour made with the Old Man’s confidence is the most reliable armour.
Raphtalia said she wanted to be my sword.
And the Old Man granted me with this armour.
In regards to armour, the production of this Barbarian’s Armour is the best indeed.
“Thank You.” (Naofumi)
“It’s been a while since I’ve heard Laddie’s thanks.” (Oyaji)
“I just said it.” (Naofumi)
“By the way, where’s the Miss? She hasn’t come at all.” (Oyaji) [T/N: Miss = Raphtalia]
“She’s still in training.” (Naofumi)
“That’s right. Old Man, can you see the flow of magic?” (Naofumi)
“What’s that?” (Oyaji)
I tried explaining to the old man about how adding magic when cooking or compounding improves the quality.
“I don’t see it. But I do understand about adding magic.” (Oyaji)
“Is that so.” (Naofumi)
Well, I probably don’t do it as precisely as Laddie though. Will you try helping next time?” (Oyaji)
“I’ll think about it.” (Naofumi)
“And also, it’s no good if you don’t listen carefully to the materials. Pushing is good but pulling is also important.” (Oyaji)
Hmm… Adding magic is also important but there must be a guide or something, right.
Adding magic is fine when improving inferior products but if the foundation is good then it shouldn’t be put in?
Or was it like the Dragon Pulse method?
Hm? I feel like something flashed.
I should try it next time.
“Now then, I don’t want to overstay my welcome….Ah, that’s right. Can I have you make me another carriage?” (Naofumi)
“Hm? What happened?” (Oyaji)
“Firo’s reckless driving made the carriage do unreasonable things.” (Naofumi)
“What the heck did she do.” (Oyaji)
“A race on the mountain passes….she was competing on a mountain trail and jumped off a cliff.” (Naofumi)
“What kind of situation is that!” (Oyaji)
As expected, the Old Man was also surprised.
Imia’s Uncle was the same as well.
“There won’t be a next time, so I’d like to request something similar to before.” (Naofumi)
“I get it. I’ll make the frame so bring Miss Birdie along once, it’s better if I improve it to match her, right?” (Oyaji)
“Ah, then the next time we come.” (Naofumi)
“I will also return to the village soon.” (Imia’s Uncle)
“So in the end, you’re coming?” (Naofumi)
“Temporarily. One way or another, it’s better if we make equipment for everyone in the village, right?” (Imia’s Uncle)
“Mn….That’s true.” (Naofumi)
Even now, they’re still using second-hand weapons.
If I’m irresponsible and don’t replace them then they’ll get worn out.
I’m doing maintenance on them for now but it’ll probably reach a limit.
Imia has been exhibiting such skills. I’m hoping Imia’s Uncle also has a similar level of talent.
“I know who the Hero of the Shield-sama really wanted to come though.” (Imia’s Uncle)
Uugh. This is awkward.
Certainly, I wanted the Old Man from the Weapon Shop to come.
Usually I would curtly refuse but that’s in comparison with the Old Man.
My apologies, but that’s what I really think…..
“Please don’t worry about it. I don’t have any intention to lose.” (Imia’s Uncle)
“That’s right, Jeez, you’re not any less capable. I don’t think I could’ve finished that shield without you.” (Oyaji)
“Because the Hero of the Shield has such expectations. I don’t have any choice but to do it. Or rather, I must do it.” (Imia’s Uncle)
If the Old Man says so then his skills must be reliable.
Then I’ll be anticipating it.
“I’ll be looking forward to it. Should I gather materials from somewhere?” (Naofumi)
“Yes. And then, I’ll be grateful if you could make a Blacksmith’s Workshop for me.” (Imia’s Uncle)
“Understood. If you tell the neighbouring town, there are some knowledgeable guys so you can leave it to them.” (Naofumi)
It’s probably fine if I ask at the Accessory Shop.
One way or another, making accessories require the refining of metals and such anyway.
I know that such a workshop was built in the village.
Therefore, he should be able to make one in the village.
I’ll haggle as much as I can. He also communicates with the Slave Merchant and is a masochist so he’ll be delighted if I haggle.
Of course, I won’t let him cut corners with his construction.
“Then until later, when the shield is complete.” (Naofumi)
“Ah, I’ll see you then….” (Oyaji)
And with that, I left the Weapon Shop behind.