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I decided to switch my focus and meet with Hector the Blacksmith.
After walking for about 30 minutes from Rita’s Apothecary, I was able to get to the place.
The weapons and armor store is rather deep, so the workshop must be in the back.
I entered the store and looked at the workmanship of the weapons and armor.
Yes, the guild introduced me to the shop, and the weapons and armor were of good quality.
“Hello. The Adventurer’s Guild recommended your store to me.” (Louis)
I called out to the female shopkeeper, but my eyes were drawn to the sword on display behind her.
I couldn’t quite make it out, but there was a sword on display that radiated quite the presence.
“Yes. Are you here to buy or for repairs?” (Shopkeeper)
“No, I’ve been introduced to a place where I can learn blacksmithing. May I speak with Hector-san?” (Louis)
“Oh, is that so? Please wait a moment.” (Shopkeeper)
A man in his late twenties with short brown hair and a solid physique came out.
“Oh, I’m Hector. I hear that you want to learn blacksmithing?” (Hector)
“Yes, my name is Louis, an F-rank adventurer. The guild told me about you. I look forward to working with you.” (Louis)
“Will you come to my workshop? I’d like to have our meeting there.” (Hector)
I agreed and we moved to Hector’s workshop.
Hector wanted to know what I could do and how much I could do and how much I wanted to learn, so I showed him the dagger I had been working on every day before bed.
“This is the dagger I made. I would like to be able to forge a longsword if possible.” (Louis)
“If you can make this, you don’t need my guidance. I can assure you. What workshop did you forge it?” (Hector)
“I actually learned blacksmithing from Pete, who runs a small blacksmith shop in Vista Village, and I made this by magically recreating the sensation I felt at the time he taught me. That’s why I didn’t swing use a hammer or workshop.” (Louis)
“What? Taught by a blacksmith in a village? If so, if I provide you with the materials, will you show me how you made it?” (Hector)
His eyes glinted and he looked a little scary.
“Yes, yes. I’ll show you how it’s made using my own materials.”
With that answer, I took out an iron spear from my Magic Bag.
I put the spear on both palms and imagined the shape of a dagger.
The iron spear transformed into the shape of a dagger, and the remainder was turned into an ingot.
The blade part glows and becomes a proper dagger.
“This is amazing. It’s the first time I’ve seen Blacksmith Magic.” (Hector)
Hector muttered with a growl.
“What? Isn’t this something that blacksmiths normally use?” (Louis)
“How is that possible? Blacksmithing is a skill, not magic. What you did was pure magic. It has nothing to do with the skills I have cultivated. If I could teach you anything, it would be enchanting or synthesis.” (Hector)
“Thank you for showing me something interesting. I’ll teach you how to enchant and synthesize, but I can’t teach you the technical aspects of blacksmithing once you’ve seen what I’m talking about. Is that okay with you?” (Hector)
“Yes. Thank you.” (Louis)
Instead of using a mallet, I was to learn something else.
Hector-san is a blacksmith and a user of Fire and Dark Magic.
He told me that if you are a blacksmith and can use Dark Magic, you can do things like Magic Swords, and I told him that I have an aptitude for Dark Magic too.
Incidentally, a Magic Sword is a sword with certain magical effects attached to it.
For example, if the sword has a magical effect of Fire Magic, it becomes a Fire Magic Sword, and when it is used to slash, the Fire Magic can be added to the attack.
Those who are confronted with a Magic Swordsman are confronted with both sword arts and Fire Magic, which can be extremely troublesome.
So how do you create a magic sword?
Hector’s lecture was very easy to understand.
“Well, there are two ways to make a magic sword. One is that the blacksmith strikes the sword while adding magical effects to it. The other is to synthesize the magical materials and strike them. In other words, you need Synthesis and Enchantment. Either way, the finished Magic Sword must either be supplied with magic power by the user or has a Magic stone attached to it that absorbs and releases magic power.”
So that’s it.
“I have a dead Vampire Bat in my magic bag, but I don’t know where to use it as a material. Can you teach me?” (Louis)
“I see. Then let’s put it into practice. I would hit it with my hammer, but you should be able to synthesize it using magic.” (Hector)
I put the dead Vampire Bat in front of him.
“The Vampire Bat’s bones can be used as a material. Most monsters’ bones can be used, but there are some cases where other parts of the body can be used. You can learn that from experience or from books about monsters or items.” (Hector)
I called out to Huey and asked him to ingest the Vampire Bat leaving only the bones.
I will synthesize the bones of the Vampire Bat into the dagger I made, but since the size of the bones was large, it seems that I can make two including the dagger I just made.
It seems that the amount of material can be learned through experience or from books.
Under the guidance of Hector-san, I was told to hold the dagger in my right hand and touch the bones of the Vampire Bat in my left hand.
The image of fiddling with the clay to put it together and the image of creating the dagger are simultaneously invoked while I synthesized.
I felt my magic power, the bone, and the dagger fuse together, and the dagger emitted a red light for a moment, a single red line appeared on the blade, and the light quickly subsided.
I appraised the resulting dagger.
[Vampire Knife: dagger, the effect of instantly sucking the target’s blood.]
Wow! Just a dagger turned into a [Vampire Knife] and the effect is to instantly suck blood!
The effect is amazing. If you stab it, you can die instantly, don’t you?
“Hector-san, the result of my appraisal is that it is named [Vampire Knife]. The effect is that it instantly sucks the blood out of the target.” (Louis)
“That’s the first time you’ve done that? That’s amazing. Even if it works, you shouldn’t ‘instantly’ impart an effect on it. It’s a dagger, but as a weapon, it’s an exceptional product. Try making another one.” (Hector)
I agreed and made it in the same way, and it came out with the same effect.
“Good, now I have two questions: what do you want me to do with the dagger? If you have no use for it, I will accept it and you can sell it at my store. The second is, other than your aptitude for Dark Magic and Blacksmith Magic, which of the four major magical attributes are you apt at.” (Hector)
“Well, I’ll take one of the daggers back for my own use, but I’d like to sell you the other one, but I’d like to know what you’d charge for it. And I only have aptitudes for Holy and Non-Attribute Magic, excluding Darkness Attribute.” (Louis)
“I’ll sell it for at least 100 gold coins for the price, and I’ll take10% of that, how about that? If you don’t have aptitudes for the four major attributes, you shouldn’t be able to apply them to swords and spears. It would be more realistic for you to put a defensive spell on a magician’s robe or a Heal or Detoxification effect on staves.” (Hector)
“Well then, I’ll leave one of the daggers to you. I haven’t learned [Heal] and defensive spells yet, so I can’t learn to Enchant them right now.” (Louis)
“I’ll take care of the dagger, and you just wait a bit.” (Hector)
Hector-san said and brought a small Magic Stone.
“I’ll let you experience the [Enchantment], and use it when you learn [Heal] and defensive spells. Now, try to enchant this Magic Stone with a spell with a Non-Attribute Magic that you can use right now. Is there any magic you remember that involves an easily verifiable effect?” (Hector)
“How about [Light]?” (Louis)
“Then, wrap this magic stone in your palm and try to use [Light], while imagining that you are kneading your own magic power into it.” (Hector)
I held the magic stone that was handed to me within my palm and invoked an image of kneading [Light] into the Magic Stone.
It glowed for a moment just like [Synthesis] I had just done, and then it stopped immediately.
The color of the magic stone was blackish translucent gray changed to yellow.
Oh! So this one changes too!
“Let me see.” (Hector)
I handed him the magic stone and Hector-san channeled magic power through it.
The magic stone emitted a strong light in one direction.
“Hey, I thought you used [Light]? It’s a very strong light, and it’s directional.” (Hector)
“It’s a magic called [Searchlight]. It consumes the same amount of magic power as a [Light], but it focuses on one direction.” (Louis)
“I’ve never seen this kind of magic before. Well, that’s okay. How about it? Do you understand the sensation?” (Hector)
“Yes. I’ve got a sense of what it feels like to use [Enchant]. I will use it when I learn magic with more potent effects.” (Louis)
“Okay, then, let’s wrap this up. Is the guild the one I should contact when the dagger is sold? Let me know where you stay and I’ll let your inn know as well.” (Hector)
“Thank you. The inn I’m staying at is Calm Harbor Pavilion. I would be happy if the weapon I made for the first time is sold.” (Louis)
“Oh, I’ll contact you as soon as it sells. Please expect my message and wait.” (Hector)
Now there is nothing more to learn about blacksmithing and alchemy.
I understand that from now on I will have to learn about magic in general, including blacksmithing and alchemy, then experiment and experience it myself, but I would like to browse books on alchemy at the library to learn more.
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