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Okami wa Nemuranai 53.12

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Afterward, Lecan took several other objects out while explaining what they were.

Completely ordinary sword and dagger, one each.

20 magic stones, big and small.

Gems that ward off magic beasts.

One shirt.

A belt made of magic beast's leather.

And <Flame Sword>.

"That's all. I'll take back stuff you don't need."

The girl doll shook its head.

"No! Of course not. Every single one of these is super valuable. I'm trembling with excitement. I want all of them. Rather, gimme more."

"Shut up. Mending the <Overking Bear Overcoat> is your atonement for threatening and kidnapping me."

"Please accept my most heartfelt apology."

"Quit lowering your head that much. Now then, these are all the items from my world you couldn't have gotten otherwise for now, they're yours and Shira's."

"Eh? You're giving them, not just lending?"

"Yea. No need to give them back. Do whatever you want with 'em. However, make sure to inform Shira the results of your analysis."

"But of course."

"In exchange, you must promise me one thing."

"Oh no. Could it be you were aiming for my body?"

"Do not ever show yourself up before me, do not speak to me."

"Eh?"

"Do not show yourself, or your dolls before me ever again. Do not talk to me. Go away the instance you detect my presence. You must not make any ploy to get me to your place either. Do not meddle in anything involving me. Get it?"

"That's just way too cruel to my maidenly heart."

"Zip it. If you can't promise that, I ain't giving you nothing. No showing anything. No speaking with you."

"Can't I send you a letter?"

"Letters are barred as well. Contact me through Shira if you need anything."

Clack clack clack, the girl doll's head spun to the right. Its neck skin warped from the rotation. It made one full rotation before spinning back to its original spot. The creases on its neck vanished.

"Lecan-niichan."

"What."
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"Don't you have poison or medicine on you. From your world."

"No."

He's got some in reality. Three vials of Advanced Restoratives left from his world. But they're extremely valuable items, Lecan isn't willing to tell Yacklubend about them.

Shira should know that Lecan has them as well, but she makes no attempt to correct Lecan's denial and simply keeps watch on the two.

"Don't you have any more explosives you used in my mansion back then?"

"I'm not gonna answer that. And I sure as heck won't give one to you even if I do have it."

Yacklubend and Bombshells.

The worst possible combination he could think up.

He must never hand over this thing a Bombshell. That's one thing for sure.

"Uun. Guess there's no helping it. I gotcha, Lecan-niichan. I, Yacklubend, shall not go near adventurer Lecan. Even if I do come close by chance, I shall quickly go away. I shall not scheme to get adventurer Lecan come to me. I shall not meddle in anything involving him. Thus I take this vow in the name of all gods. Yale."

"Shira. Can I believe that?"

"I Shira shall be the guarantor of that vow. The moment Yacklubend Tomato violates that vow, I, Shira shall eliminate Yacklubend. Is that acceptable with you?"

The girl doll nodded.

"I'm good with Shira as a guarantor."

"Alright. Guess this is the end of your chat with Yacklubend. Lecan. I'll be staying at the capital for a little while. I've got some things to attend to and I'd like to witness Yacklubend analyzing those items you gave her."

"Hou."

"Could you deliver your wedding invitation to Yacklubend's mansion? Yacklubend can get in touch with me wherever I am."

"Hou. Got it."

"Ah, wedding ceremony! It's for Lecan-niichan, Norma-neechan and Eda-neechan right? That's so nice~. I'm jealous~. Hey hey, send me an invitation too."

"Weren't you unable to leave the capital due to a covenant?"

"I mean that covenant partner is right over there now. C'mon, c'mon. Do it for me?"

Meaning that covenant is between Yacklubend and Shira.

"That ain't happening. Absolutely not."

"I'm not going to undo the covenant either, you know. There's no telling you'd agree to make a new pact afterward."

"Tch. Boring."

Lecan said his farewell and left Shira's hideout.

He was then hit a by a heavy sense of fatigue.

Lecan was a nervous wreck during his conversation with Yacklubend.

(But it was worth it.)

(I won't get to see that thing again.)

(Nor talk or exchange letters.)

(It won't mess with us.)

(Though that thing's probably gonna scheme up something.)

(Just gonna get Shira to take care of it then.)

(It's the best possible outcome.)

Last night Lecan pondered just what's the relationship between Shira and Yacklubend.

These two likely share solitude in their long lives. A complex relationship that has transcended past being enemies or allies.

These two also only have one another as the only other individual capable of understanding the results and meanings of research they have done in their long solitary lives.

Shira will go to Yacklubend to discuss about Lecan himself and parts where she can't analyze on her own. Shira strongly desires the knowledge gained from that. Hence her attempt to reconcile Yacklubend and Lecan.

With that in mind, Lecan gave Yacklubend some items he brought from his world. As that is undoubtedly what Shira wants as well.

After leaving the two, Lecan went to the diner he went with Ezak back then and had meal and drink there.

As it got dark before he realized, he decided against going to Wazrof's mansion, stayed overnight at an inn and departed for Mashajain in the following morning.

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 53.11

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"Lecan-niichan, I'm sorry for my behavior last time."

A maid girl bowed. The last one, Lana, had silver hair, but this one has black hair and a different looking face. However, its inside is that of a mechanical doll also. Yet, <Life Detection> shows it as a red dot. Whatever the mechanism, this mechanical doll has a living human inside it somehow.

"Who are you."

"I'm Prim. But it's Yacklubend right now."

The maid doll tried to act cute by moving her rotund pupils around, greatly flapped her mouth and spoke with an energetic voice.

"Shira. Is this Yacklubend herself?"

"She sure is. Yacklubend's real body was in the room next to the one you were in when you set off your explosive back then. She got blown off. So this one's the real Yacklubend in person. Killing this one will kill Yacklubend for good. She may be trying to play it cool but she's for sure quaking inside."

Leaving her mansion and showing herself up before Lecan in such a state may indeed shows her sincerity. Not sure if a devil's sincerity worth a thing though.

"You told me to become your slave."

"It was just a little practical joke to lighten up the mood."

The girl doll bowed deeply.

Rage welled up from within Lecan. But as Shira is acting as the peacemaker here, he can't make a move either.

"What were you trying to achieve by inviting me to your mansion anyway?"

The girl doll lifted up its face with sparkling eyes.

"I wanted to show off Lecan-niichan's sword I repaired and get your praises."

"You have my thanks on that matter. So what's your demand for my debt to you?"

"Please cut off just a little bit, a teensy little bit of your fingertip, Lecan-niichan!"

"I refuse."

"Then one toe off your foot."

"Shira. Can I leave now."

"Lecan. Taking a sample of a tiny bit of your fingertip is neither something abnormal or dangerous to us researchers. But I suppose that's not something Yacklubend can afford to say to you. Yacklubend. Quit playing around now."

"'Kaay. Then please give me a strand of your hair and a tiny cut tip of your fingernail, Lecan-niichan."

That much should be fine, Lecan thought that for a moment. But he quickly reconsidered. Even giving those is dangerous with this thing.

"No. More importantly, what about my overcoat."

"Ah, that huh. Well about that, it will take some time, but I should manage somehow."

"Really?"

"Ah, I got me a delightful smile. Lecan-niichan, you're lovely."

"Shut up. How long it's gonna take?"

"Hmm I can't give you an estimate before a proper examination. My hands would have been tied had that overcoat was made of plant materials, but since it's made from magic beast's, I thought up of some good methods."

"What kind? No, wait, forget it. Not like I'd get it anyway."

"Oh I can give you a thorough explanation starting from the most basic of basics."

"No."

"Should take, like, two weeks methink."

"You'd finish repairing in just two weeks?"

"An explanation from the most basic of the basics' gonna take two weeks~"

"Shira. Can I cut this thing down?"

"I'm sorry. Forgive me. I won't do it again."

"I'm leaving if you pull that crap again."

"I think the repair will take at least a year to complete."

"More than a year huh. I see. Still better than nothing. It's in your hands."

"Then that would count as an apology for my blunder last time."

"Yeah, I don't agree with calling that a blunder."

"I beseech you to please grant me my request. Please let me analyze objects you brought from your world, just one, two, three, or a lot of them would be fine with me."

Lecan had anticipated this demand. He had prepared beforehand what to do when it came down to it.

Lecan took a <Wand of Red Fireball> out.

"This is called <Wand of Red Fireball>. It's loaded with five shots of <Red Fireball>, an elementary offensive spell. It's akin to <Fire Arrows> in this world. There's a depressed section on the grip with a protrusion. You hold it like this, then pull this protrusion while reciting <Castel> spell, this will make a magic fly out of the tip of the wand. You don't need mana to activate it. So even non mages can deploy it. Its output power can't be adjusted. I've used it once so it's got four shots left now. You cannot reload this thing with more magic once used."

Just as Yacklubend put on an elated expression on her face, her eyes started moving around. Left and right moving in completely separate directions round and round.

"Stop that. It's revolting."

"Whoaaa! Whoa! Whoa! A wand usable to non mages! A handy tool anyone can use. And it's voice activated even! This is exactly what I wanted. Thank you, Lecan-niichan. How are you so in sync with my desires? Mutual love?"

She was acting exaggeratedly delighted, but Lecan knew that Yacklubend has invented similar magic tools already. Thus it's nothing even if she managed to reproduce this. But even objects with similar functions must have completely different mechanisms inside. It should be a good reference to Yacklubend.

Still, even when she's just speaking, one of her eyes would occasionally shoot out in a weird direction and her speech would constantly change. It's as if multiple personalities are taking turn dwelling inside in a hectic manner. This thing is an abnormal being. There's just something terrifying of unknown nature about it. He feels like his sanity meter is getting whittled down just by being near her. She's not someone he should continue associating with.

 

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 53.10

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"Now then. It's my turn. First, I'll let you have this."

Lecan knew what Shira took out the instance his eyes fell on it.

"Oy."

"What is it now. Shouldn't you be ecstatic. Especially after I've gone out of my way to make your impossible request a reality and all."

"What is this."

"Can't you tell by looking. It's an overcoat made from Argent Flame Wolf's pelt."

"I asked you to turn it into an armor."

"I did give it a try. But it was no good. Cutting it up or pulling the fur out would cause its magic defense to vanish."

"What?"

"This thing's biggest strength is its magic impermeability. On top of that it's almost nigh invulnerable to physical attacks, and supplying it with mana will restore damaged sections."

"Hou. So it's got some high magic defense huh."

"'High' is really underselling it. This thing jams magic. That said, shockwaves produced from magic gets through pretty much as is, and it can only blocks a bit of heat and stuff."

"Jam? That's good."

"I mustn't cut it apart if I wanted to keep that trait intact. Or rather, even turning that pelt into that overcoat required some outrageously large-scale processes and procedures. Armor is simply out of question."

"Must be true coming from you."

"Just put on some highly defensive armor below that. I've made it a bit larger for that purpose."

That's perfect. Great Flame Dragon leather armor should be arriving at Mashajain soon. Lecan simply needs to combine them.

"Got it. My bad for complaining. This thing is exactly what I wanted. I agree that this is the best possible result. You've really done lots for me. Please accept this."

Lecan pushed the magic stone of Sovereign Dragon Atrocia on the desk toward Shira.

"My oh my. You sure you don't mind giving such a valuable object?"

"Like I told you before, these magic stones are only good as mana storage in my hands. I'd like to give this to someone capable of extracting its full worth, you."

"Okay then, with pleasure."

Shira held and stared at the giant magic stone for a while before making it disappear all of a sudden.

"Kinda hard for me to ask this after getting such a nice present. But I need you to do something."

"Shoot."

"Please go see Yacklubend."

"No."
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"Oh don't say that now. That girl didn't mean any harm, you know."

"You mean she meant nothing but harm."

"It was just a little joke."

"She threatened to bomb the royal palace and even my family."

"She's kinda bad at communication, see. It turned into that big mess cause she wanted you to accept her invitation, but she didn't have even a peck of desire to hurt Norma or Eda. To begin with, I had warned her way ahead of time. Don't you dare mess with them."

This is news to Lecan.

He's still got no grasp on Yacklubend's motives, offense, defense, or even just what kind of being that thing is, but not even that could escape unscathed if Shira went all out. Which means Yacklubend must be careful herself not to enrage Shira.

(Was that threat a bluff then?)

(But she bombed the royal palace.)

"The moment I set foot in her mansion, she bound and poisoned me."

"That was a medicine."

"What?"

"I had her show me that medicine. It is for sure a medicine. Used right, it has the effect to relieve fatigue. It'd even strengthen your muscles once the recipient had an overnight sleep, it's really some good stuff. I was impressed."

"That thing was gonna do something to me while I'm out cold."

"No denying that yep. She was fully planning to check up your whole body."

"What's trying to examine my body and belonging without my consent if not a hostile act."

"Sorry about that. There's no excusing that. It's my bad."

"What's the point of you apologizing. Wait, why are you even apologizing?"

"I was the one who told Yacklubend about you and even handed over your broken sword to her. Yacklubend also gave me the result of <Self Repair> analysis. As that would surely grant me extremely valuable knowledge. And if allowed, I would like her to analyze more objects from your world. Yacklubend possesses the power to achieve that."

Lecan realized that he was getting pretty high strung, so he ate some jerky and drank his wine.

He calmed down a tad as he relished the flavor.

(I ain't gonna trust Yacklubend.)

(But she's undoubtedly an outstanding researcher.)

(My trusty sword got restored.)

(Something not even Shira is capable of.)

He poured his goblet full of wine and gulped it down in one go.

(I can't trust Yacklubend.)

(But I trust Shira.)

(Shira should have a huge interest in.)

(My belongings and me myself.)

(And yet she never attempted to dig it out of me.)

(She never pressed me to show my belonging either.)

(Still, why's Shira.)

(Covering for Yacklubend to this degree?)

"What's your relationship with Yacklubend anyway?"

"We've been at this for so long, I'm not even sure how to answer that. There were times where we were at each other's throat, vying for lives. And times where we joined hands to tackle something. And today, she's the only individual left I could ask opinions on my research whenever I hit a roadblock."

"Hmph."

Lecan poured a gobletful of wine and gulped it down again.

"I'll go see her. But with some conditions."

"And what are those?"

"First of all, I ain't entering her mansion."

"No helping it. I got it."

"You'll be present during our meeting, you've got to make her promise not to do anything weird."

"Yep, that's only right. Got it."

"If she were to make a promise to me during the course, you will be the guarantor."

"I was gonna ask you to do just that actually. Got it."

"And then this."

Lecan took the remains of <Overking Bear Overcoat> and put it on the desk.

"Uwaaa. It's a wreck."

"Repair this thing if she can do it. That'd make up for what she did back then."

"Got it. I'll take it with me."

Lecan ate out and then stayed overnight at Shira's hideout.

Afternoon the following day, he met Yacklubend in Shira's hideout.

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 53.9

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"Right, think I heard that Sovereign Dragon Atracia dwelt somewhere in this kingdom."

"Was to the south of Nadis Barondom. Not that far from Palcimo. The wolf must have gone there and fought it. I had no idea Divine Beasts could turn on each other. Seeing as it was Atracia, it must have been a good fight."

"And just when I thought I finally had it beaten. Will it come after me again."

"Probably yep."

"Oh yeah, how Argent Flame Wolf acted in that fight did bother me."

"Bother as in?"

"That thing kept chasing after me as I kept running away from it. That's fine and all, but even when I dealt huge damage to it, that wolf never once took shelter somewhere to heal its wounds and resume the chase. Wonder why."

"Hmm well I mean, a master never shows its back to their pupils after all."

"Pupil, me?"

"You are yep. That, you see. In a way a battle freak, it loves to fight strong opponents, but it also seems to enjoy watching its opponent growing stronger during the course of a fight. If it finds someone with potentials, it'll go after them and corner them to near breaking limit. That someone will experience a rapid growth if they manage to keep overcoming that."

That reminds Lecan, Shira mentioned how those who survived through Argent Flame Wolf went on to become heroes or kings. So that's what it was about.

"How do I graduate?"

"Who knows. Don't ask me. Is that all you have to ask?"

"No. Still got more. Errr. Right. Did the Founder King of Zaka Kingdom conquer Dungeon Finkel?"

"I wonder. I wasn't told about that. Though I believe he dived in quite deep at least. Regardless, there's no way to defeat that dungeon's boss. Why do you ask anyway?"

"Cause Founder King had <Charm of Soul Crushing Bug>."

Lecan told Shira what transpired at Yufu.

"I see, I see. That happened huh. I always had my suspicion thought. That kid had <Charm of Soul Crushing Bug> on him from the beginning. It was me who told him just what kind of object that was. I warned him that the thing would only bring him ruin if he's not careful with it, I see so he chose to yield it to someone else. Must have taken some courage."

"Courage?"

"I mean he'd have no way to prevent that someone from using that thing on him instead."

"Oh yeah for sure. I see. That sure takes courage yeah. Then who gave Founder King the Charm?"

"He said that it had been passed down from his ancestor. I didn't ask for more detail. That thing also had an activation spell in ancient language, didn't it. It must have emerged in this world quite a long time ago."

"Really."

It always seemed to him that Shira knew Founder King, and sure enough she did. More than just knew even, sounds like she helped him with various stuff. Either way, it doesn't matter to Lecan though.

"Is that all."

"No. Still got more. Can you do something about this?"

Lecan took his <Sword of Toron> out. Cleanly split in two.

"Uwaa. You really did a number to that thing. This is beyond repair. And seeing it's cut down so much, it must have lost all of its magic erasure ability. Go get a new one from Chaney. I'll take this broken sword. Gonna use it in my experiments."

"Yea."
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Shira waved her hand and the <Sword of Toron> on the desk vanished.

"The end?"

"No. Still more. Lots more, wait. Err. Can't recall one right away, way too many."

"Then you can always ask once you do. It's my turn now."

"You need me for something?"

"Yep. Two things in fact."

"Ah."

"Oh, did you recall one?"

"No. It just hit me, Yurika was born from Toron's magic stone I gave you back then."

"She was."

"I showed you Toron's and Vurs's magic stones and told you I'd give you one of them."

"Oh yes you did."

"You seemed quite hesitant back then. But in the end you chose Toron's. Does that mean you didn't have a plan to create Yurika at that point."

"That wasn't it. I had always been wanting to make a partner, or rather a spouse for Jericho for a long time. I mean, who can say when I'm gonna die after all. I tried all kinds of stuff. But none of them bore fruit. I even tried to look for Toron one time. And to think it was lurking in the Great Forest. So yep, I hit a roadblock I couldn't clear away for decades. I thought I was dreaming when Toron's magic stone showed up before my very eyes."

"And yet you looked hesitant."

"Well of course I would. One of those was a magic stone of another world's greater dragon. I might never get another chance to lay my eyes on such a valuable research material ever again."

"I see. So you wanted Vurs's magic stone as a researcher and Toron's as Jericho's owner."

"Well, you could say that yep."

"And you picked Toron's magic stone."

Shira didn't reply back.

Lecan threw some dried fruit in his mouth, munched on them and washed it down with wine.

"Still, reviving Vurs, creating Yurika must require some large scale facilities."

"A bit yep."

"Where in the world did you build such facilities anyway?"

"Who knows. Let's just say that I have a slightly largish burrowing den somewhere."

"Hmph."

 

 

 

 

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"It's temples."

"Temples?"

"Yep. There were cases of Grace Gear that have been offered to gods and received prayers from priests and worshipers over a long period of time changing names through divine interventions. Not a lot of cases mind, but they do exist."

"I, see. So it's Gods' work huh. Grace Gear can change names when Gods come into play."

"Forget names, it's said that some even took on additional or more powerful Graces. I've never verified it myself though."

"You haven't huh."

"I've seen some that have undergone the change, but I've never gotten the chance to compare one before and after."

"Then I guess this is your first."

"Eh? What are you saying n... Hold up."

Shira held out her thin wand once again and this time she even recited a spell to cast <Appraisal> surprisingly enough.

"Oh my, my goodness. <Miko's Prayer>? This Grace wasn't there before. First I've ever come across this Grace. It's an amazing Grace."

It seems that she only paid attention to the Name and not the Graces on her first appraisal. Even Shira could make a blunder.

"Was that originally <Curse Void>?"

"It was yes. And it wasn't an especially strong one. But this Grace here is quite powerful."

"Do you think its <Mana Supplement> Grace has been bolstered?"

"Now that you mention it, I believe so indeed. I'm sure I have records on this Gear, I'm gonna do a double take."

"Was that 'Only those who have been blessed by God Raikores can activate this Jewel's Graces.' passage there in the past too?"

"Yea. That one's always been there."
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Which means Lecan's Appraisal skill was simply lacking back when he cast it on the Gear.

"This jewel was called <Guardian Jewel of Zana> when I first appraised it."

"Say what now. Wait, it was me who taught you <Appraisal> right."

"Yeah. I did the appraising afterward."

"Oh dear me. I should have appraised it at least once back then. If only I knew you had this on you. No, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do that even if I did know."

Afterward, Lecan told Shira about his connection with Rubianafale, the events that transpired as well as his hypothesis for the reason the Guardian Jewel worked with Lecan.

"I see now. I think your hypothesis is mostly correct there. I mean I'm not well connected with temples, or rather, I've been avoiding them. So I rarely got any chance to witness this kind of phenomena. This has been a precious learning moment. Thanks again."

"Wonder if God Raikores was behind the appearance of <Black Hole> before me at that time and my landing point being near Rubianafale."

"What'd you say? Fufuhn. That might be so if you think about it, but you'd better off not let it weigh on your mind. Were that belief of yours what the Gods truly wanted, they would surely unveil a sign to you. There's no point of going ahead and believing that everything is divine interventions. You live by your own will. You shouldn't deny that."

"I see. I'll do just that. By the way, I've also got this."

Lecan put away <Guardian Jewel of Miko> on the desk and replaced it with the magic stone Argent Flame Wolf left behind.

Shira's eyes opened wide once again.

"Well I'll be. There sure have been a lot of surprise today. Where'd you get your hands on this thing anyway?"

"I got attacked again while traveling through a forest on my way off Yufu. I kept fleeing while minimizing mana consumption and somehow managed to beat it by making use of Genesiac Grace Gear and the <Magic Mirror of Ryin> you gave me."

"You beat it, that thing?"

"With how frequent that thing went after me, I came up with plans to defeat it for real."

"Frequent, went after you? That thing isn't one to resort to that though. Just what did you do to it?"

"Haven't I talked to you about the time that thing went for my life. Have you gone senile, Shira."

"You, don't tell me you got this from a fight against Argent Flame Wolf?"

"Well yeah 'course. How'd you think I got Argent Flame Wolf's magic stone without defeating Argent Flame Wolf."

"Try and appraise it."

Lecan produced his thin wand, calmly kneaded his mana, recited preliminary casting and cast <Appraisal>.

But he couldn't read it.

He concentrated further and made another attempt.

But it was no good. Lecan's <Appraisal> wouldn't go through this magic stone.

"Shira. I can't seem to appraise this."

"Really now. You're capable of some high level appraisal when it comes to swords, but magic stones are a different beast after all. This is the magic stone of Sovereign Dragon Atracia."

"...Wha?"

"Wipe that stupid look off your face now. That's unbecoming. I'll say it again, this is the magic stone of, Sovereign, Dragon, Atracia."

"Why the heck defeating Argent Flame Wolf netted me Sovereign Dragon's magic stone."

"Argent Flame Wolf must have killed Atracia. And then it left its magic stone behind for you as a gift. I can't think up any other explanation."

"Well I'll be."

"Don'tcha mimic my speech now."

 

 

 

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<Name: Sword of Lecan>

<Type: Sword>

<Offense: Medium>

<Hardness: Medium>

<Firmness: Large>

<Sharpness: Medium>

<Wear Rate: Minimum>

<Durability: Maximum>

<Maker: Marquevas>

<Tuner: Mikisuzu>

<Depth: 80>

<Graces: Auto Repair (Large)>

※Auto Repair: Repair damage, reduce wear rate.





Not bad at all.

No. It might be even way too good.

Did this sword have this much Offense back then.

After his experience getting all kinds of swords in Dungeon Tsubolt, Lecan felt that the appraisal result came out a bit too good.

And the Depth being 80. Which is weird.

This sword was not a dungeon item. It was forged by a human blacksmith, Marquevas.

According to Appraiser Termin, swords forged by humans only have Depths that range from 1 to 10. It cannot hope to match the Depths of swords obtained in dungeon depths. However, he also mentioned how swords forged by master blacksmiths could exhibit outstanding performance and handling not made evident through Appraisal alone.

Lecan's trusty sword had an overwhelmingly nice handling. It was the best sword ever to Lecan. But its depth being 80 seems off.

(Hold it.)

(<Auto Repair> turned into a Grace.)

(Right, of course.)
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(Must be it.)

Abilities granted by Enchanters in his original world are appraised as Graces granted by this world's Gods.

Mikisuzu was the Enchanter who enhanced his trusty sword. That was displayed as a <Tuner> in the appraisal result.

Items brought from his world go through some changes in this world.

Depth must be one of such changes. This sword's existential rank or robustness or whatever, Lecan doesn't really get it, must be appraised as <Depth> in this world. That's the only explanation that fits.

"My trusty sword's been repaired. It had been broken into two pieces. And it even got <Auto Repair> function back. Could this be."

"Yep, it's Yacklubend's handiwork. She analyzed the <Auto Repair> jewel embedded on this sword, reforged the broken sword, and re-embedded the jewel back to restore the <Auto Repair> function, see."

"She managed to analyze it huh."

"Yeah. Seems like so. I had her tell me the result later on of course. However, she can't seem to reproduce that jewel. So she can't grant more <Auto Repair> to this world's items. At least not yet."

Lecan was impressed.

He's just happy he got his trusty sword back. And now that he's got it as a failsafe, he can use <Sword of Rusk> without any reservation from now on.

Lecan put his trusty sword in <Storage>.

"I'm grateful for this. Oh yeah Shira, gotta ask you something."

"What is it."

"Can Names read through <Appraisal> change?"

"Names, like whose Name?"

"Say, a sword."

"A sword's name eh. Swords forged by humans ordinarily don't have names. Swords forged by master blacksmiths sometimes get those blacksmiths' names shown in appraisal result. It's called <Signed>. Even an originally nameless sword sometimes gets the name of its wielder if it has been in use for many years by a skilled swordsman. Some call call this <Signed> while some refer to it as <Named>. I think it depends on the school of appraisal. I believe it's to distinguish it with <Signed>, names acquired from master blacksmiths."

"Have there been a <Signed> sword whose name changed into its wielder?"

"There have."

"I see. What about dungeon-dropped swords?"

"You're asking whether this phenomenon occurs with them huh. Dungeon swords never change their names. A dungeon sword with a name means that it's a Grace Gear. Grace Gear's names don't change."

"Don't change eh. Then what's up with this."

Lecan took the <Guardian Jewel of Miko> and put it on the table.

"Well I'll be. So that was with you all this time."

"You know this jewel?"

"Oh I do. Where'd you get it?"

"I stayed at Zaidmahl Territory during my first year in this world."

"Where is that again."

"Way north of Vouka."

"Ah, I see. The land where you beat Earth Dragon Toron, is it. That Zaidmahl Household was the noble house who sold Toron thorns to Chaney Company. It's the land adjacent to the Great Forest."

"That's right. A lady of Zaidmahl House, now known as a maiden of something, got it from her mother and then exchanged the jewel for something I had."

"I see now. So that was where Orie's descendants went to."

"You knew Orie huh."

"I did."

"Go on and appraise this Guardian Jewel."

Shira produced a wand out of thin air, calmly concentrated and appraised the guardian jewel.

Her expression turned into a shock.

"Well I'll be. This thing was definitely <Guardian Jewel of Overlord> back then. And now it's <Guardian Jewel of Miko>. The name's changed. It's a Grace Gear yet it underwent a name change. No wait. Come to think of it, there were cases where Grace Gear change names. Slipped my mind, but it's actually a pretty well known anecdote."

"Hou. Do tell me this anecdote."

 

 

 

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Lecan drank down his wine.

He was going to fill it again, but realized the wine bottle has been emptied.

"You got no more wine?"

"Oh I've still got some in the cellar. I'll go fetch one, sit tight now."

Shira went downstairs and came back after a while along with wine, jerky and dried fruit.

"This is one of your hideouts huh."

"Yup, that's right. I hired that old man as a live-in caretaker to manage the house for cheap."

She's bold enough to have a hideout smack dab in the middle of the capital. Apparently there's this proverb, <A shrewd rabbit dig four burrow dens>, but Shira's dens are likely nowhere near as few as four.

Lecan chewed on jerky and drank his wine before asking more about things bothering him.

"How many are these Unique Dragons out there anyway."

"Earth Dragon Ogud, Earth Dragon Imamu, Earth Dragon Toron, Soaring Dragon Yogg, Soaring Dragon Kodan and Soaring Dragon Rudo."

"Six of 'em huh. Hold it. Are you telling me Dungeon Palcimo was created with Argent Flame Wolf's magic stone?"

"It was."

"How many are there Divine Beasts?"

"Burstflame Dragon Vada, Wiseflame Dragon Yanpereron, Sovereign Dragon Atracia, and Argent Flame Wolf Grof."

"Hm? Isn't 'Grof' an individual name?"

"It's the beast's title as well. Argent Flame Wolf remains as Grof no matter how many times it's reborn."

"Ah, I get it now. And there are eight Grand Dungeons. Err. Tsubolt, Palcimo, Yufu, Egis, Finkel and then...  Daina. Then we have <Ocean Dungeon> on Gurijj Island, huh wait? Ah, forgot about Wado. There's really just eight."

"Yep, that's eight."

"If we regard Unique Dragons the same as Divine Beasts, there are ten of them in total. Yet there's only eight Grand Dungeons. Where's the other two?"

"Not all wine is created from one type of grape."

It took Lecan a bit of time to digest the meaning of her words.

"There's Grand Dungeons made from multiple Divine Beasts' magic stones!"

"Why do you look so happy? Every Grand Dungeons besides Palcimo on this continent was made from a Unique Dragon's magic stone with the sole exception of Gurijj's dungeon which was made from three magic stones taken from Burstflame Dragon Vada, Wiseflame Dragon Yanpereron, and Sovereign Dragon Atracia. That's also why that dungeon turned out so absurd. None managed to conquer it even today."

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"So why do you look so happy again?"

"Why'd they make them?"

"Eh?"

"Why did those grand mages in ancient times make Grand Dungeons. What's their goal."

"Why indeed. Perhaps it was because they concluded that they could make it happen at the end of a great many research. I can't come up with another reason, really. It's just in researcher's nature to aspire to reproduce Gods' creations. After all, creating Grand Dungeons from Divine Beasts' magic stones would be the greatest demonstration of reproducing the biggest, most complex form of phenomenon in this world. The knowledge they gained from carrying out the act must have been monumental. Even ancient magic was perfected through such experience, which eventually gave birth to the current form of magic. Same with the engineering knowledge for magic tools. The prosperity present day humans enjoy is only possible through the supports of many many technologies and knowledge born from such experiments."

"Kinda feel like you're dodging the question with sophistry but fine. Still, why must it be Grand Dungeons, can't they start with smaller ones?"

"Apparently it was unfeasible."

"Hm?"

"After observing dungeons in this world, those ancient mages did made the attempts to create their own. After some long arduous processes and lots of experiments, they found out that human hands just cannot create a dungeon unless it's a Grand Dungeon that makes use of Divine Beast's magic stone, so I heard. The method to create small and medium sized dungeons is a mystery that eludes humanity."

"I'm getting a headache."

"<Purification>."

"Ah, thanks. No wait, that's wrong. Well anyway, I get that researchers are terrifying. Ah, that's it!"

"What's it."

"Yacklubend! Are you aware just what did that thing make me go through."

"She's sorry."

"What."

"She would like to give an explanation for her action in person. Would you go see her?"

"Absolutely not. Rather, that thing survived huh."

"She's still alive. Kinda in a terrible state. But alive."

"I'll make sure to deliver the finishing blow if we ever meet again."

"Your stance is completely justified. But for now, have a look at this."

Shira produced a sword out of nowhere.

The scabbard didn't look familiar, but the handle did.

Lecan took the sword and pulled it out of the scabbard.

"Ooh."

He spoke out loud without realizing.

It's his trusty sword.

The same trusty sword Lecan brought to this world.

It broke to the point of being irreparable in his fight against a Greatarm Ogre in Dungeon Golbul, but Shira took an interest on it, and borrowed it from Lecan, after which she gave it to Yacklubend. Which in turn made Yacklubend take an interest on Lecan. Looking back, that was the impetus of this huge blunder.

Lecan put the sword on the desk, took the brown wand Shira gave her, collected himself and recited a spell.

"O Gafra Dafra, mirror that reflects all truth, o wisdom of terminus. Clear away the arcane light of bewildering mist pointed by my wand, passed through by my mana, cast light upon its true actuality. <Appraisal>!"

 

 

 

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