Black Cat Chapter 146: Magic Tools Trading Company

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 After Miriam collapsed from magic power exhaustion, we had lunch at the base and went out to the city.


 The destination was the Caritalan Trading Company, which is developing magical tools in collaboration with Professor Lembolt.



 I heard that they also sell to the general public, so I wanted to see what kind of magic tools they were selling.


 In addition, I also want to buy a water magic tool for my brother to use in his work.



 The Caritalan Trading Company was located in a corner where stores were clustered along the road from the guild to the market.


 The place facing the front street is a store that sells magic tools, and they are making and developing magical tools in the back.



 Inside the store, there are both adventurer-like customers and ordinary customers, and it is said that the store boasts an assortment of magic tools that satisfy the needs of both.


 The magic tools displayed in the store are all sealed at the part where magic power flows and those who wish to try them out need to obtain permission from the shopkeeper.



 If there is an item that you would like to try, it is said that a place is prepared where you can ask a shopkeeper to let you try it out.


 Adventurers may want to check the performance of a product before buying it, but they cannot test fire or water magic tools in the store.



 The main types of magical tools on display in the store are light, water, fire, refrigeration, mixing, and clocks.


 It seems that the ones to be installed in bathrooms and kitchens are not placed here.



 I looked at the water magic tools I was looking for, but there were more types than I expected.


 The one that was designed to be extremely small and portable was about the size of a disposable lighter and could be hung around the neck.



 From there, the size of the magical tools themselves varied depending on the size of the magic circle, but this was probably due to differences in the amount of water that flowed out.


 In addition to the different sizes of the magical objects themselves, there are also those sold that are integrated with a container for storing water.



 Some are integrated with a mug, some with a pot, and some with a basin or bucket.


 This is a very convenient way to use clean water without having to go to a well every time to fetch water, as long as there is a place to pour the used water.



 If my brother were to use a bucket, it would be easier for him to wash his hands or rinse a rag with a single container.


 However, the size of a bucket for a non-catkin would be too big for us.



 When we were shopping for a small pot, we were approached by a female sheepkin shopkeeper.



“Excuse me, but are you the adventurer Nyango?” (Sheepkin)


“Meow? Yes, I am… Why are asking?” (Nyango)


“If you have a moment, please come to the back of the store. The owner would like to meet you.” (Sheepkin)


“Me…?” (Nyango)


“Yes, we heard that you are cooperating with Professor Lembolt’s research.” (Sheepkin)


“Yes, he showed me the prototype magic tool yesterday.” (Nyango)


“Is that so? If possible, we would like to hear your opinion directly from you…” (Sheepkin)


“It’s okay. I have something I’d like to ask you too.” (Nyango)


“Then, please this way…” (Sheepkin)



 Guided by the shopkeeper, I headed to the reception room behind the counter.


 The person waiting for me was a horsekin man in his forties.



“Well, Mr. Nyango. Welcome. I am Lucio, the owner of the Caritalan Trading Company. I am pleased to make your acquaintance…” (Lucio)


“I’m Nyango, nice to meet you.” (Nyango)


“Well, please have a seat.” (Lucio)



 Lucio urged me to sit down on the sofa, and tea and sweets were immediately served to me.


 The aroma that softly tickles my nose is luxurious, and the pie that was served with it looks crispy, but… I have to be patient now so as not to look like a cheap person who gets caught up in food… Patience…



“The reason I asked you to come here is because I really wanted to thank you, Mr. Nyango.” (Lucio)


“I did nothing for you to thank me for…” (Nyango)


“That’s outrageous. Mr. Nyango has ushered a grand revolution in magic tools.” (Lucio)


“A-a revolution…?” (Nyango)


“Yes, it’s a revolution!” (Lucio)



 Lucio laid out the magic tools he had prepared on the table and began to talk excitedly.



“Mr. Nyango, do you know what kind of magic tool this is?” (Lucio)


“That has a light magic circle.” (Nyango)


“Yes, this is the magic tool of light that has been used in the past.” (Lucio)



 Lucio pointed to a board the size of a smartphone with a magic circle of light engraved on it.


 The magic circle is made of a material that allows magic power to pass through it easily, and when magic power flows from the part that serves as a conductor, it lights up.



“As you can see, in previous magic tools, only this surface part glows. And here is the lighted magical tool that we are in the process of prototyping.” (Lucio)



 Next, Lucio pulled out an object shaped like a flashlight and another like a lantern.



“We first noticed them when Professor Lembolt told us about them. The magic circle of magic tools is not only on the surface, but the whole thing is working. …For example, if it is a light magic circle, not only the surface but also the sides and the back of the magic circle are shining.” (Lucio)


“Oh… I see. If you make it a hollow magic circle, you can utilize the entire glowing area, so it will be brighter with the same magic power, right?” (Nyango)


“Yes, yes, that’s right! This one is a three-dimensional-shaped lighted magic circle surrounded by a polished metal sheet, but it is about twice as bright as the same magic circle. And here is a long, tubular shape, but as you can see, it can illuminate the entire surrounding area. This kind of shape could not be achieved with conventional magic tools.” (Lucio)



 Until now, there has been a strong preconceived notion that magic circles in magic tools are embedded in the base material, and no one has ever thought of making a tubular shape like the one I made with void magic.


 If the shape of the light-emitting, heat-generating, and cooling elements can be changed, the applications will naturally expand, and if the efficiency is nearly twice as high as before, demand for change will probably be stimulated.



“I see… It is just typical for me, who shapes magic tools with void attribute magic circles, but from the perspective of a magic tool craftsman, it must have been extraordinary.” (Nyango)



 When I created a light magic tool using void attribute magic and showed it to him, Lucio’s eyes widened and his voice trembled with emotion.



“Oh… that’s wonderful! So this is a void attribute magic tool… This is the ultimate magic tool.” (Lucio)



 Lucio got up from the sofa and began to look at the light magic tool made from void attribute from above, from the side, and from below, his eyes wide as saucers.



“No, it’s wonderful. It’s really wonderful. To form such an exquisite magic circle in an instant is… a fearsome talent. Is this you visualizing the shape of the magic circle in your mind?” (Lucio)


“Yes, exactly. If I don’t visualize it as vividly as possible, it won’t trigger properly.” (Nyango)


“Yes, that’s right. The accuracy of the magic circle has a great deal to do with the performance of the magic tool. A crudely shaped one consumes more magic power and is less durable.” (Lucio)


“I’ve seen some shoddy magic guns before.” (Nyango)


“Ah, you mean the incident where the school was taken over. We received a request to analyze it, but it was a terrible thing. The magic circle of the magic gun is more complicated than that of other magic tools. To achieve full performance, it is essential to have a skilled craftsman.” (Lucio)



 Indeed, the magic circle of the magic gun is complicated, and I practiced at the guild’s shooting range until I was able to activate it properly.


 Does that mean I can become a skilled magic tool craftsman?



“Well, well, you showed me something good.” (Lucio)


“Um… If you don’t mind, I’d like to take a tour of the workshop…” (Nyango)


“Of course, no problem. Before that… the tea seems to have gone cold. Let me brew you a new one…” (Lucio)


“No, I don’t like it hot, so it’s better if it’s a little less hot. Yes, it’s delicious…” (Nyango)


“I’m glad to hear that. If you don’t mind, please have some sweets.” (Lucio)


“Thank you.” (Nyango)



 The tea was as expected, so I wasn’t surprised, but it tasted good.


 Now, about the pie…



“Yummeow! The pie is crispy and the cream is rich, yummeow!” (Nyango)


“It looks like you liked it… I’ll wrap one for you later, so please take it with you on your way home.” (Lucio)


“Me-meow, really! Umm… Yummeow!” (Nyango)



 I came to my senses after I had finished enjoying the pie and settled down for a cup of tea.


 Hmmm… the road to becoming a mature adventurer is far from over.



 Afterward, I was shown around the workshop, which had the feel of a craftsman’s workplace.


 They are currently working on prototypes of new magic tools, while at the same time continuing to make conventional magic tools.



 Young craftsmen were making relatively small magic tools, while veteran craftsmen seemed to be working on larger magic tools in the back of the workshop.


 Among them, the one that caught my attention was the magic wheel.



“I think they are making a magic wheel, but what kind of magic tool powers it?” (Nyango)


“The heart of the magic wheel is the Mixing magic circle.” (Lucio)


“What, the Mixing magic circle used for cooking?” (Nyango)


“Yes, it is. The impeller and the Mixing magic circle are installed in a sealed cylindrical container, and the power is extracted by rotating highly viscous oil.” (Lucio)


“Is the control of the magical tool limited to activation and deactivation?” (Nyango)


“Yes. It is activated and deactivated by a switch in my hand.” (Lucio)


“If that happens, won’t it cause it to suddenly start or stop?” (Nyango)


“Even if you activate the Mixing magic tool, it won’t immediately create a vortex, and the vortex that is created will turn the impeller and generate power, so it won’t start spinning suddenly.” (Lucio)



 It’s true that even if you pour water into a container with a mixing magic circle and activate the magic circle, there is a time lag before a vortex is formed.


 I guess it’s the same with highly viscous oil.



 It is said that various innovations have been made in the size of the magic circle, the viscosity of the oil, the shape of the impeller, etc., so that it does not start too fast and yet does not seem to be lagging behind.


 To utilize it with void attribute magic, the structure is a bit complicated, oil has to be prepared, and it seems to be a bit of a hurdle.



 After this, I had a discussion about magic tools with the craftsmen and left the Caritalan Trading Company with a water magic tool and pie as souvenirs. 




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