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Behind the store, I just visited. This store was located in a back street on the west side of the dungeon.
Even though it was a back alley, it was only one street inside the main street. The street is about four meters wide, and it doesn’t feel dark or suspicious. There is a certain amount of traffic.
The building is wooden, with some wooden windows half-opened with pegs, and the sound of banging metal can be heard from behind them.
As I looked up, I could see smoke billowing out from the top of the building.
I remembered that there was always smoke coming out of Gildan-san’s store.
I opened the wooden door and walked into the store.
As I looked around the store, I felt a little uncomfortable because it was a little different from what I had imagined.
First of all, there was a counter in front of the door, and behind it, I could see a furnace and an anvil, where some men were beating metal or working on something. In short, the forge was in full view.
When I turned my gaze to the left, I saw that there was enough space to swing a sword, and several swords and shields were lined up. …… Or should I say, there were just a few of them lined up?
In my mind, the only blacksmith shop I know of is Gildan’s Blacksmith Shop, but Gildan-san’s store had a number of finished products on display as merchandise. But in this store, there were only a few products on display. And even those few products are simple and without any decoration. It may be good to say that the store is honest and sturdy, but it seems to me that there is no attempt to sell anything.
Ah… or perhaps this is a store specializing in blacksmithing? I’m not sure if it’s a blacksmith shop or not, but I’ve heard that even Japanese swordsmiths don’t make all of their swords themselves, but rather polish them, make the handles and scabbards, and sell them to other craftsmen. I think that’s what a blacksmith is supposed to do.
As I walked towards the counter, a young man of about 20 years old walked towards me from the back of the shop, as if he had noticed me.
“Welcome. What do you want?” (Young Man)
“I need you to recondition this.”
As I said this, I placed the spear on the counter.
The young clerk took the spear from my hand, unsheathed it, and checked it from various angles. After a few minutes of checking, he looked at me and opened his mouth.
“The cutting edge is chipped. The blade is also slightly bent…. This costs three silver coins.” (Clerk)
It’s not a huge amount of money, but it can hurt when it adds up. It’s slow like a body blow. But there was no use being reluctant, so I took out three silver coins from my backpack and put them on the counter.
“It’s going to take a while, so do whatever you want to do to kill time.” (Clerk)
With that, he took my spear and walked to the forge.
I was told to kill time, but nothing, in particular, came to mind, so I decided to take a look around the store.
But the number of items I could see was limited because there were so few.
The first thing I saw was a heavy, thick, double-edged longsword with a blade length of about 50 centimeters and a body width of about 15 centimeters. From the color, it seemed to be made of iron. It looked quite sturdy and heavy. I think I could use it like a machete, but it’s just too tough. I wondered what purpose the sword had been made for.
There is always some kind of meaning behind the shape of a weapon. Just as Estoc became slender in order to pierce chainmail, there must be some meaning to the fact that this sword was made thick and sturdy.
Monsters are probably the most familiar threat in this world, and I think the armor of this world has evolved with monsters in mind. And this town has a strange dungeon where only certain monsters can appear. From that point of view, maybe the weapons were made with the specific monsters that appear somewhere in the dungeon in mind.
The next thing I saw was a tower shield that was about a meter long.
When I think of tower shields, I think of the C-rank adventurer who faced the Great Boar head-on in Rankfurt, but he was carrying a white tower shield made of iron and wood. It might have been too heavy if it was all iron. It still looked heavy, though.
I was a little curious, so I decided to hold it.
I approached the tower shield, grabbed the handle, and lifted it up.
“…I want to have it.”
It’s not impossible to carry, but I don’t think I’ll be walking around with it. I’m not sure I’d want to be an adventurer using one of these. It’s not the kind of equipment that’s suitable for adventuring, but the fact that it’s here suggests that there is a demand for it… Or maybe there’s no demand for it, which is why it’s here, unsold.
Hmmm, but I’ve seen an adventurer who actually has a tower shield… How is it? Well, as the level goes up and the physical ability goes up, it may be possible to use it with enough margin.
I put the tower shield back in place.
The next thing I noticed was the sword on the wall on the right side of the entrance.
No, it may be wrong to say that I was suddenly interested in it. The sword was prominently displayed and had been the most interesting thing to me from the moment I walked into the store.
The length of the blade was about 70 centimeters. The width of the body was about three centimeters, and it was thin. Could it be a slim bastard sword or a longsword?
If that’s all it was, it might not be that unusual. However, there was one thing that made the sword clearly different from other swords.
That it is…
As I approached the sword and stared at it, I couldn’t help but say it out loud.
The sword, the blade of the sword, was blue.
It wasn’t blue like blue paint, and it didn’t look like it had been colored. But it was a blue metal.
I gazed at the strange blue sword for a while. There was a certain charm to this sword.
“That’s Mithril.” (Clerk)
Looking back on those words, the clerk just stood with my spear.
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