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When Toru opened the door, there was just a small counter in front of him.
There are only about two tatami mats of space where Toru can move. Instead, all the walls are filled with shelves overflowing with products with almost no space left. [T/N: 1 tatami is 3’ x 6’ or 0.91m x 1.82m]
On a shelf similar to bookstores, books that seemed to be for sale were lined up closely. The shelves with silver coin price tags on it are staggering in number and the books were arranged with the spines facing forward. On the other hand, the shelves with gold coin prices on it had the book with its cover facing forward. When Toru breathed the air, the smell of ink, paper, and wood was wafting through his nose.
“It’s very calm. It looks like a good store…”
It feels like I was in a small bookstore.
When I began to feel relaxed by the ambiance of the shop, the entrance door opened with a bang.
“Excuse me!” (Esther)
“Oh, didn’t expect to see you here Toru.” (Esther)
As Esther opened the door.
She pretends to have found me by chance, but the words are completely suspicious. She came here after predicting my next action.
Did she notice that I left the inn? However, it was quick of her to notice.
How did she notice that I disappeared from the inn?
She might be worried about me, but I know I would feel happier if she doesn’t know where I was.
“I’m just asking, but why did Esther come here?”
“Of course, it’s decided because I also want to learn new magic.” (Esther)
When she says that, I can’t deny her.
I accepted her excuse and asked her,
“But Esther could use magic.”
She suddenly has become quiet. I stared at Esther.
“That child can barely use magic. What did you come here for?” (Voice)
While I was asking Esther, a voice with little intonation came from the back of the counter.
When I turned around, there was a beautiful young girl who possesses surprising features.
Glossy dark brown hair with clear white skin. A girl in a green robe with sleepy eyes.
Also, the girl had pointy ears.
The little girl nodded at my murmuring.
Elf. It is a fictional race known as a long-lived species in Japan.
Hearing my words, the sleepy eyes became less drowsy.
As I was gazing at her ears, they began to flutter.
Did I stare rudely at her? I immediately looked somewhere else.
“I wanted to use magic and after consulting with Esther I found out about this store. I wonder if you can teach me anything about magic.”
“…Yes. If so, hold out your hand first.” (Elf)
The girl took out a black colored mat and a transparent ball from under the counter. The transparent ball is similar to the crystal I saw in the guild the other day.
“Is it a soul appraiser?”
“No. This measures magical power. My magic scrolls work perfectly. But without magical power, you can’t use the magic within.” (Elf)
In her words, she was confident about her product but she wore an angry expression.
Perhaps someone with no magical power purchased a magic scroll and claimed that it was “defective” because the person could not use magic.
“I made him unable to say that again” (Elf)
I heard the consequence of people who filed a complaint.
Esther brings her mouth close to my ear and whispers.
“Because the elves are long-lived. She may look like this but Lily is incredibly strong.” (Esther)
“That is why she sounds like that even though she looks like that.” (Toru)
It should have gone from one ear then out to another.
The ears of the shopkeeper (known as Lily) suddenly twitched.
(After all, is an elf a long-lived species?)
She looks younger than me. However, in the case of an elf, the appearance does not reflect the actual age.
She gives off a look of a girl who has never had much of life experience, but there is also the possibility that she is “an extremely old magician who has lived several times longer than I have.”
I swore in my heart to not touch the reverse scales of the dragon, in this case, Lily.
“What would happen when I touch it?”
“If you have magical power, the ball will shine. Then you will know the attributes you have access to.” (Lily)
Lily poked the black mat with her finger. Even while looking at the mat, it didn’t seem to have any special tricks.
“What if the ball didn’t glow?”
Lily suddenly pointed her finger from the mat towards the door.
I laughed at her direct attitude.
I am a “Lost” person and called an “Inferior” in Eargard.
Even if I put my hand on the crystal, a sad future where it won’t light up may be waiting.
Determined, I put my hand on the crystal.
When I placed my hand, a dim white light began to emit from inside the crystal.
“Oh, I have magic!”
“You did it, Toru!” (Esther)
Esther peeked out from behind and shouted out loud.
The light slowly filled the crystal.
When the crystal was filled with white light, the same color of light then appeared on the black mat.
The light traveled through the mat from the bottom of the crystal and drew a magic circle and other circles. The light grew from the circle in all directions, creating a small magical square.
“This can’t be real…” (Lily)
After seeing the magical square, Lily shouted out loud. Toru was worried about her appearance, but Toru couldn’t take her eyes off the fantastic light emerging from the mat.
The light eventually extended the line to connect the small magic square.
And when all were connected, the curves connected so did all the outer circles.
It was about 10 seconds so far. In Toru’s life, those ten seconds can be the best or second-best 10 seconds of his life.
“When the light forms, it means I can use magic, right?”
Lily slapped my hand and quickly put back the crystal and mat from under the counter.
She was working diligently under the counter, but I can’t see what she doing from my current position.
“……Normal. But it’s strange. All attributes – ‘Nonet’. That can’t be!” (Lily)
Lily raised her upper body before long,
She muttered with a suddenly refreshed look that came from nowhere.
“Well, did I break it?”
“Do not worry” (Lily)
“You were just unlucky. It broke on you. Deterioration due to age.” (Lily)
“Oh, is that right? But I should probably pay for it…”
“Okay. Just buy a lot of items.” (Lily)
Lily pointed around the entire shelf. I got permission to buy the products from her.
“Is it okay for me to use magic?”
“However, it is unknown how much you can use. If it does not activate, I will not accept complaints.” (Lily)
In other words, the use of magic is unpredictable. However, no one in every world knows what they can do from the beginning. Everything begins with trial and error.
I acknowledge Lily’s words and immediately inspects the products on the shelves.
“Lily permitted you to buy from all the shelves. Toru is amazing.” (Esther)
“Um, can we usually buy anything if we have magical power?”
“Even if you have magical powers, you can only purchase items with the proper attributes. For example, I can only buy non-attribute items, so I can only buy items only on from shelf.” (Esther)
“Oh, Esther can only use non-elemental magic.”
“That’s ok. However, unlike the others, non-attribute is magic that specializes in self-strengthening. It looks pretty plain.” (Esther)
“But self-strengthening is an attribute that can be applied in a variety of ways.”
I stared at the shelf with non-attribute items.
There is no magical technique that looks flashy, only [Muscle Strength Enhancement] [Olfaction Enhancement] [Auditory Enhancement] [Vision Enhancement] [Palate Enhancement]. However, since I fight with my sword in hand, all this magic was useful.
Of course, it’s also useful for classes other than swordsmen. [Vision Enhancement] and [Auditory Enhancement] can be some necessary skills for Scouts.
I picked up four scrolls: [Muscle Strength Enhancement], [Auditory Enhancement], [Visual Enhancement], and [Olfactory Enhancement], those could be used in battle.
There are eight types of magic other than non-attribute; fire, water, earth, wind, light, darkness, spirit, and space.
The cheapest ones are 5 silver coins. [Ignition], [Water supply], [Drying], and other magic scrolls that can be used in everyday life.
First of my picks, I picked up the [Ignition], [Water supply], and [Drying] from life magic.
Next, I picked [Fireball], [Water ball], [Rock Needle], and [Air Cutter], which are relatively inexpensive among the spells used in battle.
Looking at the shelves with four basic attributes, I noticed high-priced items at a higher position.
“[Flare]! The price is –!”
Seeing the price, my eyes almost fell from my sockets.
10 gold coins. It’s quite a high price.
“Is this [Flare] spell strong?”
“[Flare] is advanced magic. Beginners lack magical power and they cannot use them.” (Lily)
Strong spells cannot be so easily obtained.
I was quite interested, but I gave up on buying [Flare].
From magic other than the 4 attributes, from the light attribute, [Lighting], and the dark attribute, [Blind] on the counter.
There was only one item for spirit and space magic.
Spirit magic is [Spirit Evocation]. Spatial magic is [Spatial Fracture]. Each is displayed in a frame.
The name was so cool that I thought of buying it, but the price for each is 100 gold coins!
It is doubtful if it sells due to the extremely high price.
The total spells that I decided to purchase was 10,000 Gardes.
Paying one gold coin, I immediately asked Lily how to use the magic scroll.
“Activate the magical scroll by pouring in mana. Once activated, the spell is engraved in your soul.” (Lily)
“Can you use it without this scroll?”
“Yes. After use, the scroll disappears. Reselling is not possible.” (Lily)
“Oh, I see. Thank you for today. If there is anything, I will come back to buy some.”
To thank Lily, I left the store quickly.
“Toru are you going to learn magic from now on?” (Esther)
“Yeah. What about Esther?”
“It’s just free time. I want to go see Toru use magic.” (Esther)
“No, go to work.”
“Today is a holiday!” (Esther)
No matter how much I refuse, there is always a follow-up.
Esther already has non-attribute magic. Then, if I run into any problems with using magic, she may be able help me.
Lily, the store manager, was worried about the inside of the magic scroll shop.
It was her first time to see “Nonet”, which has a talent for all nine attributes, over the past 100 years.
Even Lily, who is confident in magic, is only a quintet with five attributes. Moreover, one of them was an attribute that can be developed over a long time.
“What is that boy?” (Lily)
Most of the human beings who have a skill in magic become a “duo” with two attributes.
Esther who came to this store is a “solo” with only one attribute. Although she can do magic, she is said to have no attribute.
Among those who have magical knowledge, one in 10,000 people is a “trio” with three attributes, and one in 100,000 people is a “quartet” with four attributes.
When it comes to the five attributes “Quintet”, it is less than 0.1% of the total magician population.
Up to now, the person with the largest number of attributes known to have is six attributes, a sextet, and there is only one person in the world.
That person is my mentor and is name the Great Sage of the Forest.
The boy called Toru had three attributes more than my mentor.
Furthermore, I have never heard of having both light and dark attributes. Those two attributes clash with each other.
“But it is unknown how much magic he can use…” (Lily)
No matter how much magic power one has, not all spells can be handled to a usable level.
Even if the spell is compatible, it may be usable or not depending on the discipline, level, and amount of mana.
The most important thing is comprehension and image.
No matter how much training, leveling up, and enormous magical power, if the comprehension and image are rough, even if it activates, it is not possible to invoke the full effect of the spell.
“I’m looking forward to what happens in the future” (Lily)
However, his branches are still young. How he grows in the future is unknown.
(If you want to look into the abyss of magic…) (Lily)
“Yes, at that time, let’s look into the abyss together”, Lily smiled.
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