All-rounder Healer Chapter 248: A Faint Premonition of the End

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 Some days passed like usual.



“…it’s not good.” (Rook)


“…Kyu.” (Shion)



 I mutter as I lie down to collapse on my bed.


 Let’s get this straight.


 Since then, I’ve been diving into dungeons and doing various experiments with [Holy Fire]. Although, my Goddess’ Blessings has been thirty-four times, however, there are no satisfactory results in the experiments.


 First of all, I tried to see if the duration of the [Holy Fire] would change depending on the ingredients of the candles and oil, but there was almost no change. I think it is almost at the margin of error level. I don’t know if I can confirm the results because I have only tested the materials available in this town, but that is the result at this point.


 And if I use [Purification] on candles, the effective time was extended a little bit. I don’t know the exact time, but it was about an hour plus 10 to 20 minutes. At first, I was excited by the result, but even after using the [Purification] over and over again, there was no effect, and it was difficult to extend the time further.


 From my observation at this point. I think that [Holy Fire] is a kind of magic that creates a physical phenomenon called fire and gives it sacred power. The buffing magic that exists in this world also has an effect on the body when used, and the effect lasts for a certain time, so I think it is something like that.


 If [Holy Fire] is a magic that creates something different from Fire called “Holy Fire,” then the [Foly Fire] itself should disappear as soon as the effect of [Holy Fire] disappears. But in reality, only the holy effect disappears, and an ordinary fire remains.


 If so, then…



“[Holy Fire] will last as long as I continue to replenish the sacred power with magic power or something.” (Rook)



 Isn’t that highly likely? I thought so.


 If so, there is one possible means.



“A magic tool, huh…” (Rook)



 Yes, a Magic Tool is a device that activates magic using magical stones or a human’s magic power. Some of them, like a [Stove], can sustain fire for as long as the magical power in the stone lasts.


 In other words, if I make a Magic Tool with Sacred Magic, I may be able to sustain a Holy Fire torch.


 I jumped up energetically from the bed and thrust my hands in the air.



“Alright! Let’s go back to Aluppo tomorrow!” (Rook)



 And so, the next day. We left the village in the morning and returned to Aluppo for a night or two.



“Hmm…” (Rook)



 I had a big stretch as we passed through the rift to Aluppo.


 After all, I somehow feel more relaxed and liberated when I return to the ground. It’s strange that there is more nature in a dungeon than in the hustle and bustle of a town like this.



“Alright!” (Rook)



 With a little more energy, I headed to my usual alchemist.


 I proceed north through the town and open the door of a store just past the church.



“Excuse me.” (Rook)


“Oh, it’s you. Another magic potion today? I’m ready.” (Alchemist)


“No, I was thinking of buying some magic tools today.” (Rook)



 I looked at the shelves in the store and saw a line of items I didn’t understand next to the ceramic bottles of potions and other items.


 There were things that looked like long, thin sticks, square boxes, complicated shapes, and so on. But the purpose of these items was almost unknown to me.



“So, what kind of Magic Tool do you want?” (Alchemist)


“Ah, that’s right… For now, please show me Magic Tools that make fire.” (Rook)


“So… That would be this.” (Alchemist)



 The owner came out from the back of the store and took out a wooden stick-like object from the shelf.


 It was about 20 centimeters long and cylindrical with a diameter of about four centimeters. After grabbing this, someone said, “Hiiii!” it looks like that person is going to run at full speed.


 When the owner gently twisted the end of the stick, the part came off with a click, and a thin red stick-like object came out from inside.



“If you remove the lid like this and insert an F-rank magic stone from the opposite side, fire will come out from the tip.” (Rook)



 The owner showed me the opposite end of the lid. There was a small oval-shaped depression that narrowed in the back.


 The size is a little larger than an F-ranked magic stone. Apparently, it was enough to fit a magic stone here.



“May I try to switch it on?” (Rook)


“Sure, as long as you provide the magic stone.” (Alchemist)


“…Isn’t that part of the service?” (Rook)


“Oy, oy, even F-rank magic stones are not free.” (Alchemist)



 Since it can’t be helped, I took out a magic stone of the goblin I defeated when passing through the first floor of the dungeon earlier from my magic bag and put the magic stone on the butt of the magic tool I received from the shop owner.


 Then, a fireball suddenly appeared from the tip of the thin red part on the opposite side.


 When I gently relaxed my hand holding the magic stone, the magic stone fell out of the magic tool and the fireball disappeared.



“…Is that how it works?” (Rook)



 There is no convenient gimmick like a lighter or a flashlight that you can put fuel in and turn on and off with a single switch, but it seems to work simply by putting a magic stone as fuel.


 If such a lighter in Japan was sold, they would be sued immediately.



“So, what’s the price?” (Rook)


“Five gold coins.” (Alchemist)


“… It’s cheaper than I thought.” (Rook)



 I’ve heard that Magic Tools cost at least 10 gold coins, but this is cheaper than I expected. At this price, I should have bought it earlier, and since it’s very convenient, I think it would be nice if it spread to many adventurers.



“I’m very proud of this one, but it’s not very popular. It’s not selling.” (Alchemist)


“…” (Rook)


“I had a woodworker carve out a cylindrical shape for the body, and I added a lid to protect the activation part. The inner mechanism is made of a mithril alloy, and the tip of the trigger is made of a Blood Knight’s finger bone.” (Alchemist)


“That’s the reason!” (Rook)



 I unintentionally retorted.


 The red tip looks like something else, and it’s like a human finger bone! That’s so weird, no one would buy it…



“What are you talking about? Alchemists use the best materials for the best effect. In the first place, whether the Blood Knight in the dungeon is really the result of a human being is—” (Alchemist)


“Ah… Truly, there are many strange alchemists.” (Rook)



 I gave him five gold coins as he continued to talk, received the fire Magic Tool, and left the store.


 Blood Knight’s finger bones are still a little creepy, but there are more important things to do now. The most important thing is whether or not it is the best material for the Holy Fire experiment.


 I don’t have time to stop by the church right now, so I hurry to the usual inn, get a room, and enter it.



“Phew… Alright! Let’s do an experiment right away!” (Rook)





“…still no good.” (Rook)


“Kyu…” (Shion)



 I mutter as I lie down to collapse on my bed.


 I’ve tried various ways to use [Holy Fire] with the fire Magic Tool for a few hours since then, but it didn’t work.


 Trying to touch the Fire of the Magic Tool with [Holy Fire], activate [Holy Fire] while holding the magic tool, use [Purification], etc. all of it is useless.



“…How is it that the bones of Blood Knight are used in the activation part in the first place?” (Rook)



 Undead bones seem evil, and I don’t feel like it’s what’s making it fail.


 If it were a fire magic tool made of more ordinary materials, or…



“No, that’s not that part I’m talking about. It just feels that way.” (Rook)



 I have a feeling that it is.


 I don’t know how this magic tool works. The first thing you need to know is the basics of alchemy to know what to do and how to do it.



“Then there’s no other choice than that…” (Rook)


“Kyu?” (Shion)



 I’ve seen it before in the alchemists’ guild. I’m reluctant, but I can’t think of anything else, and that’s the only thing I can think of that could be a hint for [Holy Fire]’s sustainability plan.


 So the next day, I headed to the Alchemists Guild first thing in the morning.


 When I opened the heavy, well-made door, I saw the same scene I had seen before.


 There were men and women of all ages wearing the black robes that have become the trademark of this alchemists’ guild, and a few adventurer-like men here and there. On the bulletin board, as usual, there were requests for “Ogre’s Blood,” “Liver of a Wight,” and other requests that I didn’t really want to take on.


 I went to the counter and talked to the receptionist.



“Excuse me. I would like an Introduction to Elementary Alchemy.” (Rook)


“Yes! You’re an alchemist applicant, aren’t you? Introduction to Elementary Alchemy, 50 gold coins, please!” (Receptionist)


“What! No, it was 30 gold coins before!?” (Rook)



 When I pointed this out, the receptionist clicked her tongue for a moment and said,



“Ah… come to think of it, the service period has ended. But this time, I’ll give you a special extra 40 gold coins!” (Receptionist)



 This guy is looking down on me!


 He must have raised the price because I said I wanted it!



“No, no, that’s too much, isn’t it? The original price was 30 gold coins, right?” (Rook)


“Haa… It’s really just this one time, okay? Thirty-five gold pieces.” (Receptionist)


“No, 30 gold coins, right?” (Rook)


“Thirty-five.” (Receptionist)


“Thirty–” (Rook)


“Thirty-five.” (Receptionist)


“…” (Rook)



 Gugu… Whether or not I should play further here… It is a common move to show a pretense of leaving and make the other party panic. But if they don’t get on board there, it’s over. I can’t play the “I’ll buy it at another store” card because it seems that this book is only sold here. I looked around several bookstores in this town, but strangely I didn’t see any alchemy books.


 What do I do……?



“… here 35 gold.” (Rook)


“Thank you!” (Receptionist)



 I paid thirty-five gold coins and received an introduction to elementary alchemy.


 The receptionist counted the gold coins with a smile that almost made me laugh.


 Well, I guess it’s a draw this time. ……


 I put the book in my backpack, somewhat accumulating hate for the alchemist, and then I remembered.



“Come to think of it, if I buy an Introduction to Elementary Alchemy, I should be able to get a mortar as a gift, right?” (Rook)


“The service period has expired, so there is none.” (Receptionist)


“…” (Rook)



 Damn it… Well, I got the book I wanted, so I’ll just have to make do it this time.


 All right! I’ll get myself together and start studying alchemy tomorrow!


 I clenched my fists as I left the Alchemists’ Guild and got into the swing of things.





 How much time has passed since then?


 I sat down on a large rock and stabbed dried meat that had been slightly rehydrated on my fishhook. Lightly tied a floating branch to the right spot on the line and lightly twirled it around and tossed it into the lake.


 Watching it land with a plop, I propped himself up on one elbow and let out a sigh.


 Facing the lake like this is the most relaxing time for me. It is not only the most relaxing time since I came to this world, but perhaps the most relaxing time on earth combined. This place is so nice.


 Of course, I can’t rest easy because of the occasional monster. …There’s nothing more relaxing compared to Earth when I think about it.


 This place gives me peace of mind to the extent that I can’t stop thinking about such unimportant things…



“Haa… what is with Elementary Alchemy?” (Rook)



 I muttered to myself as I stroked the sleeping Shion, who was curled up on my leg.


 That book was hard to understand but it was thin. I can’t believe that I can use alchemy with just that.


 It is a common “textbook for professors whose lessons are difficult to understand”. The language was roundabout and could be taken either way. It is just a long, drawn-out book with no content. If there was a refund system, I would return it, but… unfortunately, there is no such system in this world.



“Oh!” (Rook)



 Another dungeon trout bites.


 I quickly reeled in the line and caught it.


 It’s fun to catch fish here, no matter what.


 With a knife pulled from my waist, I grabbed the dungeon trout, split open its belly, and pulls out its guts. Then I bait the hook again and throw it into the lake.


 Watching the hook drop into the lake with a plop, I also fall into the lake of thoughts.


 A gentle breeze blows in a gust of wind, chilling my neck.



“It’s getting cold, huh?” (Rook)



 The season has already entered autumn.


 I’ve worked hard until this season, and my level has risen steadily, and my Goddess’ Blessings have reached 37 times. It has come to the point where I feel the possibility of being able to physically fight against Blood Knight. In other words, it is about time to aim for the seventh and eighth floors, but it will be difficult to advance if I cannot solve the camping problem. If I could get to the seventh floor at least, I would be self-sufficient in magic potions with the lower-grade magic potions that are said to be available here, so I might be able to reduce the frequency of returning to town and improve our efficiency. But that’s not possible right now.



“…” (Rook)



 After all, that method is the only one left.


 It is the last resort for me.


 I switch the string to my left hand and invoke the magic with my right hand.



“Heed my call and show me the way [Summon Fairy].” (Rook)



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