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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 106


Chapter 106 Strongest Sage, Determined to Erase His Dark History

 

"....Where is that Gae Bolg now?"

"Um... It's said that it suddenly disappeared from the treasury 50 years ago, and was discovered to be in possession of a demon."

"In other words, a demon like Elhart infiltrated and stole it huh."

"Most likely...."

Alright. I'll go and defeat that demon.
I'm gonna destroy it for sure the next time I find it.
That is something that cannot be allowed to exist in this world.

"...Okay, let's make Iris's spear next."

I have to end an era where that kind of thing is treated as the strongest spear as quickly as possible.
For that to happen, creating a spear stronger than that is ideal.
Or rather, as long as you do the augmenting properly, it's difficult to make a spear weaker than that.

"I-I understand!"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka.com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>


Several hours later.
We all have gathered to test the performance of our completed weapons, however....

"Then, here I go!"

Ruli swings her sword at the target.
The target is neither the one used in school or a monster.
It's a 10cm thick steel rod.

Contrasting that, the sword Ruli has in hand is just 5mm thick.
Ruli seems to be worried about it as she's swinging the sword timidly.
And then--the steel rod got soundlessly cut.

"W-we've made a fearsome thing...."

Ruli sounded dumbfounded when she saw the blade that was completely free of nicks.
It wouldn't have been possible with normal augment considering that thinness, so I made exclusive spell arts for it.

"You cut that with this sword...? Is this multi-augmented too?"

"Yeah. That sword has eight kinds of magic augmented on it. It's made of three boards with four magic on each board though."

"Eight kinds!? ...For reference, what kind of magic?"

"It goes from 【Augment Magic for Ruli's Sword Number 1】 to 【Augment Magic for Ruli's Sword Number 8】. This sword is unique, so I've made new augments exclusively for it."

I showed Alma one of the spell arts I made, the magic circle number 8.
Because this was the first time I augmented a sword this thin.

General spell arts wouldn't work well, so I made them myself.
But augmenting them proved to be difficult, as even Ruli who usually succeeded in one try had to redo three times before it took form.

"You made augment magic!? ...How do I say this.... It's really Mathi-kun...."

"Really Mathi-kun isn't it."

Ruli agreed to Alma's incomprehensible adjective(?).
Why did my name become an adjective anyway.

"....Hold on. If Ruli's weapon is that powerful, that means my weapon is similar to it...?"

Alma said that and looked at the bow she just got.
However, unfortunately she's mistaken.

Ruli's sword stresses importance on lightness and portability, and is ultimately a sub-weapon for self-defense.
Contrary to that, Alma's bow is operated by both her and Ruli and the main long-distance firepower of our party.
Alma's is overwhelmingly higher in term of attack power.

"Similar... it is not. Well, you'll know if you try shooting with it.... Ah, be careful about the arrow line when you use it. Cause the flying distance is different from your usual arrows."

I said that as I gave an iron arrow exclusively made for Alma.
The arrow differs from common arrows in this world, it's made from iron.
The feathers are quite small to decrease air resistance.

"Again, that's one amazing looking arrow.... Then let me have a shoot. Where's my target?"

"This."

I took out another steel rod.
However, unlike the one for Ruli, this rod is about 40cm thick.

"Then, here I go!"

Alma pulls the arrow.

"Ooh, it's very light! Ei!"

The arrow that was shot along with that voice--pierced through the rod.

"....Huh? Where'd the arrow go?"

"Over here."

I pull out the arrow that has been half-buried inside dungeon wall.
...The arrow that hit dungeon wall with enough force to break it already lost its shape though.

"I...It's soo weird!? Can I really have this bow...?"

"Of course. That's the point of its creation."

By the way, Ruli only made the rough parts for this bow, I was the one who did the assembly and finishing.
Since the mechanism had to be quite complex for it to be this powerful.
If it's a sword, Ruli can do everything but the flattening, but it'll probably take some time before she can do a bow.

"Alright, then Iris is the last one."

"Yes! Which should be my target!?"

"I haven't prepared a target for Iris.... Rather, it's impossible. Just try it on that wall over there."

I pointed at the thickest wall nearby.

"I understand! Here I--"

"Hold it right there."

I stopped Iris who took up the spear.
And then I tell Ruli and Alma.

"You two, back away a bit. To around there."

I pointed 30 meter back.

"Y-yes!"

"Got it!"

Ruli and Alma ran to the place in a hurry.
Iris pierced the wall with her spear after confirming that.

The wall was blown away with a roaring sound.
The shockwave broke down a part of the ceiling, several monsters on the other side of the wall received the splinters and died.

"....Ooh! I feel like I can swing around without worry with this spear!"

Yup. Looking good.
Of course, it's incomparable to Gae Bolg thingy.
I probably can expect her to be a force to some extent in a fight against stronger demons and dragons with this.

--And then, several weeks after the weapon making.
Royal Capital Great Barrier Creation is finally coming to a close.














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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 105


Chapter 105 Strongest Sage, Goes Through Exhumation of His Dark History

 

About 30 minutes after we started the grinding.
The dragon claw I ground formed into the shape faster than planned.

"I-It's really hard..."

Ruli is having a tough time.
She's looking at the ink-spotted board with a difficult expression.

"But it's gotten quite flat already."

"It is but you know.... I've gotten it to this state a bit ago, but it doesn't feel like it's getting flatter at all since..."

Well, even if one uses barrier as a support, they themselves are ultimately the one who does the grinding.
You have to train for years in order to be accurate with this method.
This is how it should be for one's first time.

"After getting that far, you only need to apply a bit more treatment afterward. Let me have it for a sec."

"Yes!"

I grind the mithril board I got from Ruli with a whetstone here and there.
Then I put the board on top of the barrier--the ink on the barrier stuck on the whole surface of the board.
A proof that there's no unevenness.

"I-In one try!?"

"It's because Ruli had taken care of the bigger bumps. As for the details like this.... Well, it's a matter of experience."

"I don't feel like I can do it even after a decade of training though...."

"I don't think it'll take that long just to shape these boards."

I've noticed so far that Ruli has a talent in production type of works.
Both in her magic and handiworks.
There's probably not a lot of people who can make the board as flat as the one that Ruli worked on earlier in their first try using this method.

Well, the difference in motivation probably also plays a big role.
I like fighting more than producing, so much that I even reincarnated myself.
Either way, things are going well.

"Then let's get on to the next board."

I took another mithril board.
We need to process five boards this time.

...That said, unlike with a dragon claw, handling mithril is simple.
Since Ruli has already formed the rough shapes, I only need to grind a bit here and there to get the shape I want.

"U-umm...."
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka.com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
While I was grinding the mithril board, Ruli talked to me.

"Hm? Do you need something?"

I turn my sight at Ruli while still grinding the board.
Seeing that, Ruli's expression turned like she was watching something mystifying.

"It's been on my mind since awhile ago.... How is it that Mathi-kun able to grind the boards flat without using barrier? ...Did you use some kind of handy magic?"

Ruli shifted her glance from the board I ground, to the barrier that was set up in the beginning.
Ah. That huh.

True enough, I only ground using the barrier once  in the beginning to show Ruli how.
But I'm not using any particular magic.

Actually, there exists a more handy method.
That is--

"It's experience."

"T-that's experience too!? You can learn to do such minute details with experience!?"

"Yeah. I think Ruli too will get it before long."

"How many hundreds years would it take me...."

Right....
I'm sure it took me 30 years from the day I started doing this kind of processing before I could do it without an assistance.
But Ruli can probably achieve that faster.
I still don't know how long it'll actually take though.

"Alright, done."

I finished shaping five boards while conversing.
There's no chip or crack on the mithril and dragon claw-made boards.
Only after getting them this polished can these five boards function as a sword.

"It's the finishing touches next. Put this spell art first."

"Yes!"

Dragon Claw gets 【Steel Slash】, 【Sharpen】, 【Impact Blade】, and 【Wear Proof】.
The interior mithril boards get 【Mana Strike】, 【Impact Blade】, 【Hardness Reinforcement】, and 【Heatproof Reinforcement】.
The outer ones get 【Hardness Reinforcement】, 【Toughness Reinforcement】, 【Heatproof Reinforcement】, and 【Impact Blade】.

In accordance to my instruction, the magic get augmented one after another.
And after the last augments, 【Binding】 and 【Union】, five boards are united into one sword--the sword is completed.

"...Yup. It's quite well done."

I lifted and checked the sword out.
The degree of completion is such that you wouldn't have guessed it was the first time she made this kind of sword.

"So this is a sword augmented with 20 magic.... C-could you let me hold it for a bit!?"

"Sure."

Ruli took the sword and tried to cut a nearby body of dead monsters (which Alma and Iris beat in their free time while the sword was being made).
The monster gets cut in two in one swing--but Ruli's expression looks like she doesn't get something.

"....Huh? It's really sharp and all but.... It's more ordinary than I thought...."

I guess that's only natural with the way she cut just now.
You can't use this sword like an ordinary sword after all.

"Let me have it for a bit."

"Y-yes."

I received the sword from Ruli--and put my mana into it.
And then, the five magic stones embedded on the grip all shined together.

Then I shook the sword vertically just like that--and the dungeon wall in front of us got cut in two.
Yup. The performance exceeds my expectation.

"W-what did you do just now!?"

"Putting my mana into the sword."

"....Mana?"

"Yeah. The magic augmented in this sword can only demonstrate their true strength after the user supplied it with their mana. It won't have that much power in its bare form with the size of these magic stones."

I pointed at the magic stones embedded on the grip.
When you make a sword formed by several pieces of boards, you need the same number of magic stones as the boards.
Therefore, you can't use magic stones that are too big.

"D-don't tell me, that's.... A sword with the same mechanism as 『Magic Spear Gae Bolg』!?"
<TLN: I swear it's a coincidence.>

"....Gei Bolk?"

Ruli became excited after hearing my explanation about the sword.
But still, Gei Bolk huh, I've no clue about that.
Wonder if someone made such a weapon while I wasn't aware.

"N... No way, you don't know about Gae Bolg!? It's that Gae Bolg you know?"

"Not sure what 'that' even means...."

"It's the strongest spear that transforms when you fill it with mana!"

That kinda thing exists huh.
I think having the spear transform is inefficient though.
....Hm? Wait a minute.

"By any chance, does that spear look like this?"

I moved sand on the ground turning it into spear shape.
An ineffectual inefficiently shaped spear, it's hard to even call it a spear.

"Yes, that's it! So you knew all along after all!"

Ruli pointed at it and sounded like she was relieved.

Aah. I know this spear.
It's a dud I made when I left myself to the tension of my hazy self after 30 days of sleepless nights.
Even though it's obvious just by thinking a bit that carrying two normal spears would be much stronger than needlessly augmenting one with spell arts that enable it to transform.

I thought I had disposed of that junk as one of my dark history.... Why is it still existing.
No. The fact that it still exists is fine. I really don't want to admit it, but fine.

But there was a part that I can't let off in Ruli's words.
I ask Ruli back in order to ensure that I wasn't mishearing it.

"Ruli, it almost sounded like you said Gae Bolg was the strongest...."

"You didn't hear it wrong you know? The tale of great hero Iriast-sama finishing demons off with Gae Bolg.... Is famous isn't it?"

....Dang it.

















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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-4

16-4. Inspections

 

Satou here. In my programming days, I was able to pull through the overtime hell while enduring myself from flipping out by the jostling waves of frequent spec change by the whims of my superior and clients.
However, just because I went through it, coercing my subordinates to also go through it like it's only natural when I'm the one on top feels wrong somehow.




"Jaa jaa~n?"
"Ja ja ja~n, nanodesu."

Tama and Pochi who are wearing backpacks make a shutan pose and look at me.

"You two look cute."
"Nihehehe~?"
"Pochi is getting embarrassed nodesu."

They partly closed their eyes pleasantly when I patted their heads furnished with yellow hats.
Pochi's tail is wagging so hard it looks about to fly off.

When I was going to separate my hands, Tama stretched herself and pushed her head on it, so I lightly clapped my hands to tell them it was over.

And then, Nana who was leading Shiro and Crow by hands came.

"Masita, morning."
"Good morning, masita."
"Master, we're all here so I report."

Nana lifts up a yellow clutch bag with a chick embroidery on it.

This was made in a hurry in order to persuade Nana to equip a school bag.
I've put a private space storage on it like with the fairy bag, it's a lesser version that can hold about half a tatami wide of content.

"Master, good morning zamasu."
"Zamasu?"

It was Arisa and Mia in female teacher cosplay.

Today, these girls have cleavage.
Through the fake breast camisole that Arisa and Mia petitioned me to make.

"You two are going to teach in a magic school special lecture today right?"
"Right."

Mia nodded to affirm me.

"If it's Arisa and Mia's lecture, could I perhaps attend it too?"

Princess Sistina asked Arisa and Mia.

"The content is the same as the thing we've always talked about with Tina-sama you know?"
"Nn, summary."
"That might be so.... But I still want to ask things I want to ask."

When the two told her that there would be no point in asking now, Princess Sistina pouted a bit.

"Isn't it fine, you two."

Since I've got to see a rare expression of her, I'll give her a hand.

"But if Sistina-sama attends the lecture, someone might shrink away from it. Therefore--"

I took out a disguise set and told them that she could just go with them as their assistant.

"Just what I'd expect from Satou. You're fine with that right, Arisa? Mia-sama?"
"No choice then. Let's go together Tina-sama."
"Nn, approved."

The two approved while smiling wryly when they saw Princess Sistina who were beaming to obtain the disguise set.

"Master, the lady of house of Marquis Kelten has arrived."
"It's China."
"China-sama came, Masita."

A maid told me that a carriage that carried Marquis Kelten's daughter, China Kelten had arrived.
She has always stopped by this mansion and let Shiro and Crow joined the ride ever since their enrollment.

"Good morning! Shiro, Crow!"
"Morning, China-sama."
"Good morning, China-sama."

Shiro and Crow ran up to the carriage and greeted the little girl--China Kelten.

China who opened the door and showed herself up got caught by a shadow.
Needless to say, it's Nana.

Her knight guards have their hands on their swords, looking tense, but China herself looks at Nana, who's rubbing their cheeks together, in confusion.

"W-w-w-what? W-who are you?"
"--I'm sorry. You must be surprised."

I got close to the confused China with Ground Shrink and lightly whacked Nana's head.

"Master, young organisms are to be protected so I inform."
"China-dono is shocked, see? If you want to hug her, ask for her permission first."
"Yes Master."

Nana lowered China reluctantly.

Miss China runs up to behind Shiro and Crow with small-animal like movements.
Shiro and Crow themselves covered for Nana, saying, "Nana-sama", "Don't be scared."

"Nana? By Nana, you mean Nana Nagasaki-sama who's accompanying that Earl Pendragon-sama the 『Demon Lord Slayer』?"
"Affirmative so I inform."

Miss China asked Shiro and Crow, and Nana affirmed it after matching her line of sight with China.

"T-then, that black haired gentleman is!"
"Masita."

The excited miss China asked Shiro who was at her usual pace.
That's not an answer.

"Masita?"
"Un, Nana-sama's master (dannasama), masita. Earl Satou Pendragon the 『Demon Lord Slayer』."
"E-e-e-e-earl, earl earl earl, earl-sama?"

When Crow told that to Miss China who asked with her head tilted to the side, Miss China chewed her words like a broken record.

"My name is China Kelten. Granddaughter of Marquis Kelten--"

Miss China twirled and bowed like a lady.
To be able to take a graceful conduct in this situation, she must have been taught about it regularly.
I introduced myself and replied back like an adult noble would.

"China-sama, can Nana-sama go with us today?"
"Yes, of course she can."

Nana followed into the carriage after Shiro and Crow.

"Young organisms can sit on my knee so I advise."
"Nana-sama, you can't that's dangerous ."

Nana who was going to act upon her desire was scolded by Crow and fell dejected.

"Then, we'll be going too."
"Departing."

The carriage that carried princess Sistina, Arisa and Mia departed after Kelten house's carriage.
I went back into the mansion after seeing the carriages off.

"Satou, can I go with you inspecting military installations?"
"Yes, I don't mind."

Lady Karina asked for my permission to which I approved.
By the first prince Soltrick's invitation, I'm going to inspect military installations with Liza, starting from the Royal Knights'.

"Zena-san, could you also go with us?"
"Y-yes! If I'm allowed to!"

I'll be counting on Zena-san to be Lady Karina's chaperon.

"How about you two, Mito and Sera-san?"
"I don't think I'm that fond of military installations."
"I would like to decline too."

Then only Liza, lady Karina, Zena-san, and I will be coming to the inspection.

"Satou, you're going to attend the completion celebration ceremony of the new airship model right?"
"Yeah, of course."

It's a warship whose frame is created by the kingdom's workshop installed with an aerodynamic engine sold by Echigoya Firm.
It seems to be a warship for transporting land troops which also has the capability to perform support bombardments for cleaning up monsters.

It appears to be equipped with an ancient weapon called [Magic Ordnance] that was excavated in a ruin in a territory under direct control of the king.
I'm intrigued by the ancient weapon keyword, and looking forward to the ceremony.



<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka.com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>

"Good morning, Kuro-sama."
"Morning, Tifaliza. I've got some time until noon, so I'm here to inspect the workshop and each departments. Is there any department I should go see to?"
"Yes, I'm going to make a listing, please wait a minute."

When I came to Echigoya Firm office, Tifaliza who was buried in documents welcomed me.

Right after I took a glance at the list Tifaliza gave me, the manager's luminous point rushed up to the office along with the noisy footsteps.
The sound stopped dead on track, then after a bit, knocking sounds resounded.

"It's Elterina."
"Enter."

The manager came in with a composed expression on her face.
Her graceful conducts belie even the footsteps earlier.

It's always been in my mind, does she seriously think that I didn't hear her footsteps earlier?

Well, I'm not gonna pursue it though.

"I'm going for an inspection now. Come with me."
"Yes! I understand."

The manager promptly answered.
Tifaliza who's carrying a binder is standing beside the manager with a face that says it's only natural. Saving me the trouble of inviting her.

First, to a nearby place, let's go to the Aoi and Professor Jahad's office.

"--Prof! You ate my pudding again didn't you!"
"Oh shut it! Sugar is necessary for inventing stuff!"

I heard gluttonous voices the moment I opened the door.

Aoi boy who looked like nothing but a beautiful girl when I first met him has grown taller and had slight voice change, gradually looking less and less like a girl.

"Ah! Kuro-sama and Elterina-sama, hello!"
"What, I haven't completed my invention yet y'know?"

In contrast to Aoi boy who greeted us when he noticed, Prof. Jahad only snorted grumpily. Guess there's a reason he's famous as an odd person.

Prof. Jahad is currently researching a [Magic tool that can reciprocally produce mana and electricity.]
He successfully made a magic tool that could produce electricity from mana right away, but he's having a hard time making the opposite.

"That's cause Prof is always playing with the motor isn't it?"
"Fool! I'm trying to find out the principle and trait of 『Motor』 to investigate the connection between it and magic tools with similar effect."

Prof Jahad replied back Aoi boy with a plausible explanation, but his sweat streaming down his cheeks and averted line of sights snatched away the credibility of his words.

Electric motors probably look very fascinating for a rotation maniac like him.

"I don't mind. The mechanism that alters a part of aerodynamic engine's buoyancy to propulsion is enough for the present term. Turn your current invention for the next term."

Although it's not usable for large airships, this mechanism can greatly lower the cost of small airships if installed.
Presently, it's only equipped in airships made by Echigoya Firm, but since I've released the theory behind it to the Royal Academy, other factories should make use of it too before long.

I turn to Aoi boy next.

"I heard from the report that you've made a prototype?"
"Yes! Please wait. I will try it on."

--Try it on?

I was going to stop him due to a bad feeling I got from that, but I missed that timing since Prof. Jahad had begun to explain about the inventions he made for his hobby.

"Kuro-sama! Please have a look!"

Aoi boy who had changed into short pants showed his invention with a face that looked like it was accompanied by "Jaja~n" sound effect.

"How is it?"

Aoi boy asked worryingly asked that to me who had no reaction.

....The product itself is fine.

However....

"At least ask a woman to try those on."

I'm not advanced enough to get a throbbing from looking at a boy wearing stockings.

"Is that all the thickness and color you have?"
"I have prepared from 20 denier to 50 in 10 increments, I also have the best 25 denier but the color is only black and white. The natural skin color one is not yet done and currently under research."

No no, I don't understand what's this denier thing.
I would love to see Lady Karina and Lady Ringrande in bunny girl costumes, but the impregnable fortress pair will definitely drop down the [Guilty] card if I actually attempt to.

"Do you think these will sell to female nobles?"
"Yes, I think they will."

The manager promptly replied.

Since these make your legs look thinner, even commoners probably will end up wanting them too besides the noble girls.

"I'll leave the marketing strategy to manager. Ideally it should be accessible to people other than nobles in five years."
"Understood."

The manager affirmed.
Her face looks fully eager to wring out the ladies.

If we overcharge them, we can probably recoup the cost of the workshop and product development in five years.
Because there's a lot of nobles who like [Something Special] even if it's expensive.

"Aoi, you've showed better results than expectation. We will give you vacation time and extra bonus. You can rest your body at the recreational facility of Echigoya firm."
"Thank you very much! But since I've already started with the next research, please postpone the vacation until after that."

Looks like Aoi boy has been caught in the workaholic demon's grasp.

"Just don't overwork yourself."

While giving him a warning, I put a bag with salty grape candy inside.
They're for replenishing calorie and salt.

"Ou! Candy!"
"Hold it Prof! Don't monopolize them all. Half of them are mine okay."

I turned my back on the two who had begun to quarrel over the candy and went out of the lab.
Afterward, I visit the other laboratories in turn.

Research about Aoi boy's idea, the instant food, is split with several researchers and progressing even now. Producing it is possible but it needs magicians and expensive magic tools, so the current objective is to reduce them.

At the magic tool development research department, many are developing consumer goods, and the most popular one is development of golem carriages for nobles.
It'd be disastrous if traffic accidents were to happen, so I've put a limitation that prevents golem carriages from going faster than a normal carriage.

People who wanted to promote their research came and asked for a competition to be held regularly.
The remaining time to inspect the workshop has been considerably reduced because so many researchers were like that.

To save time, I teleported to the workshop.

"Ku-Kuro-sama?!"
"My bad. I'm pressed on time."

I apologized to the surprised Porina and went in to inspect the workshop.

"Looks like there's less exhausted-looking people compared to the last inspection."
"Yes, just as Kuro-sama has instructed, we have prohibited the workers from coming to work three days straight and given bonus to people who take more than four days off a month, working hours per person has greatly decreased."

When I came here before and looked at the time table, I noticed that there were a lot of people who had excessive work hours like 28-day and 37-day nonstop service, so I ordered her to reduce the workshop's operation time and regulate continuous labor.

"I couldn't believe my ears when Kuro-sama told me to give bonus to people who take days off instead of those who don't, but I was made to admire Kuro-sama's keen insight once again when I saw the workers had regained their energy."

It kinda doesn't feel like a compliment somehow.
Well, guess it's ok. Let's just be satisfied with the success of preventing people dying from overworking in my own workshop.

"Kuro-sama, the portion lost from the reduced production has been outsourced to another workshop with excess labor, so Echigoya Firm's earnings haven't dropped."

I nod to the manager's words.
Our earnings are already abnormal anyway, I would have been fine if she didn't try too hard to maintain it.

"You've done well Manager. Porina too, don't forget to take care of your health too along with the workers."

I gave nutrients with sleep inducing medicine to Porina who had shadows under her eyes.
If the boss is tired, it'll be hard to keep an eye on the subordinates.





"So? What do you think of this royal guard knights?"
"They look tough."

After finishing Echigoya Firm inspection, I turned back to Satou, took a quick lunch and joined the prince who went to inspect military installations.
We're currently watching royal guard knights training that look like a dance performance.

Zena-san is high-strung because we're with the prince and his aides, while Liza and Lady Karina are looking for strong people whom they can fight with.
These two really stay at their own paces.

"--Tough? Are you telling the truth Sir Pendragon?"
"Who is it!"

The first prince asked for the identity of the person who called me from behind.
The crowd is cut apart like a pulling tide, Sir Heim of Shiga Eight Swords showed up from the formed path.
Even though he's wearing first-class knight attires, there's an air of a front line soldier around him somehow.

"Heim huh."
"Oh, his highness was also here."

His words sounded prickly somehow.

Does Heim-shi not get along well with the first prince?
Is something like that alright between the next king and the head of Shiga Eight Swords, I'm a bit worried now.

"Heim-dono, do you have a problem with the ability of our royal knights?"

Knight commander of the royal knight who were next to the prince to give commentaries stepped forward and glared at Heim-shi.

"Of course. If you think yourself as his majesty's shield, stop that child's play at once, and have them train until they vomit blood."
"Curses, are you saying that our knights is a child's play?"

The knight commander was enraged at Heim-shi's words.

"You know that best don't you?"
"--Cease this at once."

The first prince restrained Heim-shi's further provocation.
Heim-shi didn't seem like he intended to snarl at the first prince as he lightly bowed and closed his mouth.

"This is why upstarts are..."

The knight commander was being a poor loser and let that out.

"Don't hide behind your pedigree and lineage. The ones protecting his majesty is not you, but Julberg-dono and Reilas-dono--"
"--Heim. Did I not tell you to stop?"

Heim-shi smiled ferociously and then turned toward me.

"I see, so that's why it's Sir Pendragon huh."

I don't get what he's "I see"-ing about.
Perhaps, the first prince is trying to make me replace Julberg-shi?

"Hmph, no need to make up some useless plot. The Earl is my friend."

--Yet you've never called me by [Satou] name even once though.

"Well fine. I will have you show this training scenery you're boasting of."

After the first prince said that, we went toward the holy knight training ground.





"Fuhahahahahahahaha, you're gonna die if that's all you got!"
"First division, put your spirit into it!"
"Second division, support with light magic."
"Third division, distract Ryouna-dono with a flash!"

"You shouldn't look away."
"GWOOOOOOOOO"
"Rebuild the light shield!"
"Bauen-dono's wind blade is coming!"

Holy knights train by fighting Shiga Eight Swords like in an actual combat.

"....■ Light Heal."

Other holy knights are healing the injured in one corner of the training ground.

Even though it has 'holy' on its name, there isn't a single priest in the Holy Knights.
In exchange, it seems most of the members can use light magic.

They can do absurd training because they have healer members.

"At least you can back up your bragging."

The royal knight commander who heard the first prince's compliment had a sour look on his face.

"I'm honored for the praise, however, we have only begun to train this eagerly half a month ago."

The one who said that was the Reilas-shi the holy shield-user, not Heim-shi.
Half a month shouldn't be enough for them to get this coordinated, so it's probably this place's version of 'half a month'.

"And it's all thanks to Sir Pendragon. He taught us that even hero can be reached by a common man if you temper yourself. All of the holy knights are striving with you as their objective."
"Haa, I'm honored."

Reilas-shi bowed to me.

"To Master?"
"Satou as an objective?"

Liza and Lady Karina behind me tilt their heads in puzzlement while looking like they want to say something.
Zena-san didn't say anything, but she wryly smiled with cold sweat.

Un, I'll ask them what they want to say later.

"Sir Pendragon, this is a good chance as any, would you like to have a bout with me?"

Heim asked me while flaunting his magic sword.

That's the Magic Sword Heim I made as Echigoya Firm.
It has the ability to speed up and restore chips.

"Liza--"
"No, I'm asking for a match with your excellency the Earl, not with Viscount Kishresgalza."

Not Liza, but me?

"Kishresgalza sisters said this. You're the strongest."

Heim-shi draws his sword.

"We have high magic potion here. As long as you don't die, one or two loss limbs can be restored, no need to worry."

No no, I can't not worry.
Getting your limbs cut in a training is a no no.

Please do such violences with people who share the same interest.

"Satou-san, please do your best!"

Zena-san tightly grasped my hands and cheered.

"It'll be a cinch for Satou desuwa!"

Lady Karina who's equipped with demonic breasts said it like it was about herself.
Liza isn't saying anything, but her tail is beating the ground full of expectations.

"I'm counting on you, Sir Pendragon."

The first prince and his aides don't seem like they're stopping this.
Since Liza won against Julberg-shi, the leader of Shiga Eight Swords, and my title as Demon Lord Slayer had spread wide, there should be no problem putting a good fight against him here.

I'll aim for a draw after exchanging enough blows.

"Please take it easy on me."

Heim-shi's mouth twitched when he saw me receiving Fairy Sword from Zena-san.

"Are you going easy on me?"

--How'd he find out.

"What do you mean?"
"Viscount Kishresgalza told me. That her master's spear is above her."

Liza said that huh.
But it doesn't seem like he read my mind about going easy.

"Sir Pendragon, with a spear?"
"Come to think of it, I've never seen Sir Pendragon fighting with a sword."
"Then a spear was Sir Pendragon's main weapon all along!"

Heim-shi's misunderstanding spreads to the prince and the surrounding people.
Even Lady Karina muttered, "I didn't knew desuwa."

"Let me show you something that will left you wanting to use your serious weapon."

Heim-shi drew his magic sword and stood in the center of the training ground.
His opponent seems to be a 6-meter class golem.

"O Magic Edge, dwell in my sword. Magic sword Heim carved from my name. Bring about raiding speed faster than wind to me--"

I heard lines that reeked of chuunibyou from Heim-shi.
The surrounding holy knights and Lady Karina who heard that are getting terribly excited.

"<<Acceleration Catapult>>!"

Heim-shi got close to the golem at a speed equaling Pochi and Liza's Flickering Movement, and cut it in two with a slash that rode on his speed.

"Amazing."
"As expected desuwane."
"It's rough but quite powerful."

Zena-san, Lady Karina and Liza spoke.

Though, the general people's impressions are different--

"So this is the true strength of a Shiga Eight Sword--"
"As expected of Heim-dono!"
"That was tremendous...."
"Dear me, good thing he's an ally."
"Gununu"

--Such were their reactions.

"How was it, Sir Pendragon? Was this not enough for you to be wanting to use a spear?"

Heim-shi asked with a smile on his whole face.
Even though I'd love to see his face if I refused here, the people around would be booing me if I did that, thus I decided to read the air here.

"No. Just as you wish, I will be using a spear."

I said that and all, but I don't actually have that many spears for my use.
Holy Spear and Dragon Spear are bad choices, but he'd think that I'm making light of him if I use a steel spear--I looked at the Storage and found a handy looking one in the Experimental Folder, so I decided to use that.

I take out the spear from the Storage through the storage bag.

"A scarlet spear!"
"What an ominous spear."
"It must be a magic spear with some kind of story behind it."

The peanut gallery is too noisy....

This is a magic spear made from Hihiirogane, Gae Bolg.

It's something I made per Arisa's request, "Something Gae Bolg-like", it has no special trait besides having good mana transmission.
Of course, it doesn't have the ability to always hit its target and perform a genocide like the original.

"It appears you have gotten serious."

Heim-shi drank a mana recovery potion and wiped his mouth with his hand.
That kind of wild gesture suits him well.

"Please don't be too hard on me."
"Hmph, sorry, but I'm not gonna hold back. I'll do my damnedest to challenge 『Demon Lord Slayer』-dono."

Heim-shi showed a ferocious smile.

No really.
Let's have a less tense match shall we.













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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 104


Chapter 104 Strongest Sage, Misuses Barrier Magic

 

"Wh... Whetstones?"

"Yep."

I took two whetstones out of Storage magic.
I had prepared them beforehand for this occasion.

"...It looks like an ordinary whetstone.... It's not a magic tool is it?"

"Yeah. It's an ordinary whetstone."

I handed over one whetstone to Ruli.
Ruli who received the whetstone stared at its surface--and her eyes rounded up.

"Umm, isn't this whetstone of an amazingly high quality? I've had experiences training in grinding cutlery in the past, but I've never seen something like this before! ....I really never saw this type of stone.... It doesn't seem to be an Iriast whetstone either..."

"Yeah of course you never saw it. I made it myself after all."

The ones being sold in the city weren't up to par, so I made them from the mineral left from the dungeon crude ore refinery.
If I get to excavate whetstones I made in my past life, those are better though.
Well, I'm planning to look for things I made in my past life whenever I find a clue about them.

"Y... You can make whetstones yourself!?"

"I can. And it's surprisingly easy.... Well let's put the matter about whetstones aside and talk about the main topic at hand, the sword."

"Yes!"

Normally, I wouldn't mind telling her about whetstone making process, but we're currently pressed for time in this barrier creation period.
We've got to conserve our time and mana.
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka.com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
"Then first, roughly mold the material. I'll take care of the dragon claw, Ruli, please do the mithril."

I drew detailed measurements of the sword and such on the paper and gave it to Ruli.
Magic is enough to roughly mold the mithril.

"Yes!"

Ruli begans the molding process after reading it.
I'm in charge of processing the dragon claw.

Using the whetstones right from the start would take me all day, so I gradually shaved it using attack magic.
After a while, the shape roughly turned into that of a sword.

"And now the real thing. First, augment this magic circle on a magic stone and deploy a barrier."

"Barrier....? We're using barrier in a weapon making work?"

"Yeah. You use barrier when you need straight lines and level surfaces. It's a highly usable technique, so I'd recommend you to learn it."

Rectangular barrier is very useful when you need to measure the weapon.
Its surface is perfectly level, and its perimeter is a perfect straight line.
It won't get warped from heat and force, and it's very durable.

"So you can use barrier like that too...."

Ruli completed the augment and activated the barrier as she said that.
It was done in a jiffy since the spell art was the simplest she had done so far.

"Yeah. That said, matching it will be difficult just by watching.... This is how you do it."

I took out ink out of Storage magic and smeared it over the barrier.

"...Ee"

While Ruli was watching in blank amazement, I put the board made from the dragon claw on the barrier and immediately lift it off.
The ink is stuck on various parts of the board that's been pressed on the barrier.

"Look, there's some ink stuck on uneven places right. You shave them down with a whetstone and redo the procedure just now afterward. If you keep shaving down the rough places, it'll gradually flatten itself into a board."

"I-I see.... So this is how you use barrier...."

"Yeah.... That said, getting it perfectly level requires lots of experience under your belt though."

"I-I got it! I'll do my best!"

After saying that, Ruli starts the process of flattening the mithril board.

Her handwork looks quite good.... but the final accuracy remains to be seen.
I started shaving the dragon claw while thinking about that.























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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 103


Chapter 103 Strongest Sage, Gives Explanation

 

"It's true that augmenting eight magic with one board isn't feasible. Then you just need to fold them."

"F...fold? You mean the magic?"

"No, you physically fold them. A fivefold structure specifically."

As I said that I magically drew a picture on a paper I held on my hand.
It's a picture of sword made of five boards that have been stuck together.

The core is made up of one 2mm thick board made from a dragon fang, and the outer part consists of two mithril boards on each side, totaling at four.
<TLN: The raw states fang here.>
Ruli stares at the picture with a serious look on her face.

"...Are the augmented magic on each of these boards different?"

"That's right. They're symmetrical though, so you can put the same augment on them too if you wish."

Then I add information about the magic that will be augmented on the drawn paper.

The dragon claw used as the core gets, 【Steel Slash】, 【Sharpen】,  【Impact Blade】, and 【Wear Proof】.
The mithril boards on top of it get, 【Mana Strike】, 【Impact Blade】, 【Toughness Reinforcement】, and 【Heatproof Reinforcement】.
The outermost boards get 【Hardness Reinforcement】, 【Toughness Reinforcement】, 【Heatproof Reinforcement】, and 【Impact Blade】.

12 spell arts of eight types in total.
Each of them mutually strengthens one another, compensating their weakness and becoming one sword.
It's a composition I've come up with in order to create the strongest sword with augments that are available to Ruli right now.
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka.com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
"I-I see. ...So 【Mana Strike】 can be invoked even if it's not implanted on the blade part. ...Just where did Mathi-kun get the idea for this?"

"A long time ago, I thought up various ways to augment multiple number of spell arts on a weapon. This is one of those."

If I'm not mistaken, that was... when I was around 700 year old.
I came up with this method when I was singlemindedly searching for a way to reinforce my weapon to strengthen Glory crest.

The highest layered sword I made back then was a 2047-fold structure.
I added too many layers on the sword it ended up becoming too delicate, and difficult to use in an actual combat.
Nevertheless, it was a sword that could cut adamantite clean just by dropping it on the metal.

"I'm really intrigued by Mathi-kun's life before you came to  this school....! But this means these five boards have to be stuck together? We'd need a terribly advanced processing method to ensure its strength as a sword..."

"We can do it by applying high pressure on the boards and then affix them together with magic.... but the surface has to be at least 1/1000 millimeter uniform, otherwise the effect won't be as good. Since this composition will only show its effectiveness when the structures of the sword support each other."

"1/1000 millimeter!? You can use magic that can do that!?"

"Nah, it's impossible. At least, I can't do it now."

I could easily use processing magic that's far more precise in my past life.
But the crest I have now isn't suited for processing.

Let alone 1/1000mm, I probably can't even get to 1/10mm.
Neither Ruli can reach that too with her current capability.
But there is a way to process them.

"Not with magic.... But we shave them with our hands and whetstones."


















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Chapter 102 Strongest Sage, Ponders About Composition

 

After talking with the principal about my withdrawal a bit, we have roughly decided how I'd be treated after leaving the school.
After leaving the school, I will be registered as one of the newly created 【Special Scholarship Students】 in the school.

My final exams and graduation exams are to be cleared from all my achievements so far, my grade will automatically increase each year, and I will automatically graduate in the end.
In other words, I don't need to go to the school ever, I'm only lending my name.

The production of barrier material was progressing smoothly while we were talking, and most of the fundamental parts were already done.
Soon, the barrier creation will start for real.



...One day.
I went into the dungeon with my party members.

Our objective isn't monster hunting but weapon creation.
Once the barrier creation begins in earnest, we will be too busy to even make weapons.
The chance of demons attacking during that period isn't low.
Therefore, we need to make them now while we have the opportunity.

"We're finally going to make weapons from the dragon material!"

"We're only using one part though. Nevertheless, they're harder to handle than with metal, so please take care while processing it."

"Yes! I'll give it my all!"

The easiest part to handle from the dragon material this time is the claw.
Even so, the current Ruli will have a hard time making something that's entirely made of dragon material.
Thus, the sword will be mostly composed of the easy-to-process mithril, and only one section will be made from dragon claw.

"For now, the easiest is... Let's start from my sword."

"I understand!"

Making multi-augment magic swords is a matter of practice, you get more precise with more practices.
One should start with something simple.

Since Alma's weapon is a bow, it's difficult, Ruli's and Iris's are either too light or too heavy, neither are fit as a starter weapon to make.
Thus, we start with my weapon.

"I'm sure Ruli, as you are now, can augment four magic if you just take your time. That's why...."

I ponder about the sword's composition while muttering.
If the spell art is too complex, the effect will be weaker instead because of the quality of the augment.
This one should be composed of relatively simple spell arts that are also highly practical.
Taking that into consideration--

"The magic you need to augment are, right... 『Steel Slash』, 『Sharpen』, 『Mana Strike』, 『Impact Blade』, 『Hardness Reinforcement』, 『Toughness Reinforcement』, 『Heatproof Reinforcement』, and 『Wear Proof』 I guess."

"...Eh?"

"Er... What magic do I need to augment again?"

"『Steel Slash』, 『Sharpen』, 『Mana Strike』, 『Impact Blade』, 『Hardness Reinforcement』, 『Toughness Reinforcement』, 『Heatproof Reinforcement』, and 『Wear-out Proof』"

"『Steel Slash』, 『Sharpen』, 『Mana Strike』...."

Ruli counted her fingers while saying that as she enumerated the magic.
And then she shouts out loud when she's done.

"....Aren't there eight of them! How could I even augment that many!"















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Chapter 101 Strongest Sage, Allotted

 

The air froze because of my remark.

"Wha... what do you mean by quitting school?"

"Exactly what it says."

Perhaps she couldn't process what I said, Alma asked the same thing.
Ruli went rigid too, it seems.

It might be a bit too sudden indeed.
In the first place, I originally planned to quit school once I registered at the guild.

However, the situation was such that the humanity would have gotten wiped out if I left them alone so I had to temporarily stay at the school.
But, once the barrier is going strong and stable, and an environment well suited for training chantless magic is established, that worry will be for naught.

"Umm... Skipping grades?"

"Nah, it'll probably be in the form of withdrawal. It's not like I went to this school with the intention of graduating from it."

Ruli and Alma ponder when they heard that.

"Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw the teachers teaching Mathi-kun anything..."

"Or rather, it was the teachers who got the teaching...."

True, there weren't many things that I could learn.
Maybe they could have taught me some common sense of this present world, but I have grasped most of this world's common sense now, so there's nothing more I can learn from them.

I saw the principal while we were having that conversation.
It's just right, let's talk about it with the principal.


"Mu, Mathias huh. I see you're heading here... do you need something?"

The principal talked to me first when I approached him.
Straight to the point.

"Yes. I intend to--"

"Aa. About your withdrawal huh. You're going to leave the school once the barrier is finished right?"

...Really straight to the point.
Don't tell me he had predicted it.
I don't remember ever showing any behavior that would lead to that though.

The principal in front of me speaks while I'm thinking that.

"Judging from your look, it seems I hit the nail on the head.... I guess it's only natural. Our school teachers only ever got taught by Mathias and never be the on the side of giving the teaching. I'm a failure of a principal."

I don't think you need to belittle yourself that far.
....Let's support him a bit.

"That's not true at all. The teachers here taught me about common sense. Thanks to them, I've become a man with splendid common sense."

When heard what I said, the principal's face turned even severer.

"...I'm truly a failure who couldn't teach anything."

But why.
The teachers in this school truly taught me common sense well.
The school undoubtedly served its purpose.

The principal speaks again while I'm thinking that.

"But I don't intend to let Mathias drop out of the school. Since I've predicted this situation, I've thought up the best choice."

"...Are you saying you're going to detain me?"

It'll be a bit troublesome if it comes to that.
I've made a connection with this country to the point that I can easily meet the principal and the king.
If I forcefully took my way out of the school and antagonize them--

"Nope, I'm not gonna detain you. But I'd like you to formally remain in the school, in name only."

"Name?"

"Yea. If we do that, the academy can freely move to give effective educations using Mathias's achievements as a shield, and being treated as a student of the royal academy should be convenient for you if you need something from me or the country. I think it's a win-win choice for both of us."

In other words, they will back me up if I lend them my name huh.
Not a bad deal.

"I'll take that suggestion."
















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