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Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Single – No Girlfriend – Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
“There are too many facilities.”
After the initiation ceremony, we were told that we could move on at our own discretion, but it was definitely work hours now.
Even so, I came back to my room to gather information in the name of advance preparation, but then I noticed a strangely thick booklet in the mailbox.
I thought it might be about the opening up of the facilities during the initiation ceremony, so I skimmed through it and realized what I had just read.
The list was endless, starting with restaurants, medical facilities, weapon shops, armor shops, tool shops, training centers, entertainment facilities, and so on.
If I were to name all of them, the whole day would be over.
If we assume that the facilities are simply prepared by the company to help you conquer the dungeon, the contents are so extensive that you won’t feel the need to go outside anymore.
On the last page, I caught a glimpse of taverns and other liquor stores, as well as nighttime stores, in short, stores that did not allow minors.
If I were to snicker here, my reaction as a man would probably be correct, but unfortunately, I’m still a man who divides his time between public and private.
I think that I will enjoy it privately, so I frowned instead of smile.
“For now, it’s this way.”
“It’s like Fantasy merged with the modern age, this is quite unlike a historical drama village.”
Everything in the store is fantasy, the food on display is samples of things I’ve never seen before, and many of the clothes are somewhere between cosplay and normal wear.
There was no reason to think that these were just props for cosplay, and the swords were in direct conflict with the Firearms Act.
The prices vary, but the varieties are diverse.
Is shopping with the Japanese Yen fine, especially for these fantasy products? It makes me question everything, but if there’s no problem, there’s no problem.
Once I understood and was satisfied, I walked towards the commercial buildings like the subway station underneath company buildings.
For the number of stores, the customers inside were sparse, probably it was just us testers and employees.
This is probably an investment in the belief that the number of customers will gradually increase, but it’s too quiet. It was what I thought as I began my first fantasy window shopping.
“… these are surprisingly expensive.”
What I have now is a well-crafted iron double-edged sword, 140,000 yen per piece.
I’m not sure if the market price is high or low, but there is no doubt that even those who are saving money consider these a little pricey.
If you look at the items lined up in the show window, even the cheapest one is just one digit less from this sword.
Forget about the top products.
“Oh, how should I prepare?”
Be prepared to destroy your savings and think back on what you need to improve.
What I was keenly aware of during the training was the lack of offensive power.
I can laugh about it now, but the memory of finally defeating one of the Small Lesserdragon by smashing it, and then being attacked by a swarm of them and running away left me a lot to ponder.
That might have been the result simply because of my lack of status, in fact, Instructor Kio was laughing at me as he swung his toy sword while destroying the metallic armor.
However, my status does not go up overnight.
So, if I want to improve it, it is through my equipment.
Even though I have a wooden sword with an iron core, it may be excellent as a blunt weapon, but it was a little unpleasant to be used as a weapon for killing.
I’m confident in my physical strength, thanks to my instructors, so I can say that I need a weapon before I need armor.
So I took the liberty of looking around at a few weapon shops, but I couldn’t find anything that felt right.
“Shopkeeper, can I try swinging this?”
“If the blade is chipped, you’ll have to buy it okay?” (Shopkeeper)
“Are you a demon?”
“Excuse me, I’m a giant.” (Shopkeeper)
“I expected your kind to be bigger.”
“I might be on the smaller side, I guess?” (Shopkeeper)
“Are you serious?”
Thanks to the quietness of the place, I was able to chat with the shopkeeper sitting at the counter like this.
I’d like to know the average height of the giants who are classified as small since he’s already two meters tall, but I’m more interested in weapons now.
“Shopkeeper, do you have any weapons you could recommend?”
“There is a magic sword that you can buy for 30 million.” (Shopkeeper)
“Don’t recommend me items that exceed my budget.”
“It’s an amazing bargain six-digit magic sword? Of course, a loan is okay too.” (Shopkeeper)
“I understand that the original price is ridiculous at and reduced to only six digits. It’s definitely a recommended weapon. However, I’m not sure if the performance is truly amazing because it is discounted.”
I’m sorry, but what I want is a weapon that fits my needs.
No matter how high-performance a weapon is, if I can only rely on the weapon it would gradually corrupt me. Eventually, I will mistake it for my own power and end up destroying myself.
It would probably better to gradually grow to a great weapon.
If I compare it to a car, I’m looking for a mass-produced car instead of a high-spec F1 racing car.
“Performance adapting? The problem is that a body strengthened by a high-performance magic sword is already able to wield a sword skill at a master class regardless of the enemy or ally.” (Shopkeeper)
“As expected, the magic sword has a fatal flaw, and a strong demon will just become a small fry.”
It is an ability that a holy sword or magic sword is likely to have.
“It’s no good then, I thought you are someone who wanted to just become stronger.” (Shopkeeper)
“I will only fall to my ruin with that. Oh, shopkeeper, what’s this?”
“Ah? That’s one of the weapons our apprentices made while training. I think that can be used.” (Shopkeeper)
“That’s not the one.”
As far as I can see, it is an item at a huge discount.
It’s not easy to see because it’s stuck inside a barrel.
The length, shape, and kinds of swords inside are different.
Still, their prices are the cheapest in the store.
“Rainy Day 19.”
The prices were 19,800, and although I not planning to skimp with my weapons, I still wanted to find a bargain.
I decided to wait until I check them before deciding whether to buy them or not.
“There are no bargains after all?”
But the reality is not so easy.
And there is a reason for the low price.
There’s no such thing as a lucky moment when finding a bargain.
The swords that were in there weren’t dull, but the clerk told me that those were something that could never be called a sale, and the one I used for practice was the same type as the weapons here.
But as soon as I held it, I could see some difference.
Handling my previous weapon was not as good as this, but it was barely better than that.
I don’t feel like putting my life in a weapon like this.
And as far as I can see, I don’t feel like I can find a better sword, so I will move to another store for the time being.
“I’ll look at other things, thank you for entertaining my questions.”
“Oh, I’m too free, so just go and hang around.” (Shopkeeper)
“Is it okay to hang around?”
This time I had an unlucky shopping experience, but I like friendly shopkeepers like him.
I thought I’d come back, but I thought I’d check out the high-end weapons anyway, so I headed toward the glass showcase instead of the exit, looking inside as I went.
“Everything has a different price tag.”
All of the weapons were first class, as expected from these glass cases, and the description panels were written in Japanese with prices and brief explanations, and the contents were just like something you would see in a novel or manga.
I began to ruminate in my head about what I could and couldn’t buy, comparing it to my savings account, but just when I was trying to control my greed, the thing appeared in front of me.
“What is this, an iron plate?”
It was just an iron plate shaped like a single-edged long sword, with no workmanship, just a piece of cloth wrapped around what looked like a long hilt of a sword, and it didn’t look like something you should put in a glass case.
“It’s a seedling of a Mineral Tree.” (Shopkeeper)
“A tree? Is this like a plant?”
As I was looking at it for a while, the clerk who had been sitting at the counter earlier stood next to me.
“Oh, when you plant this into a land rich in magical power, it absorbs the magical power and grows roots like a plant. The material is definitely metal, but it’s a special kind of metal. When a tree is a thousand years old, it becomes high-quality steel, you know?” (Shopkeeper)
In short, it’s a metal that grows.
“Is this a raw material?”
If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder they have them in their weapon shops. I guess they make custom-made weapons out of it.
The price is about the same as buying a new car, but it must be good quality material.
“No, this is already a weapon.” (Shopkeeper)
“What? The seedling?”
“This thing also has another name, it’s called the ‘Blacksmith’s Tears’.” (Shopkeeper)
“Yeah, you stick it in the ground and it grows like a tree. And it leaves seeds. That’s the round thing on the handle.” (Shopkeeper)
When I looked at the spot the clerk pointed to, I saw that a black sphere was indeed attached to the very end of the handle.
“Normally, it would be buried in the ground as it is and become a new ore tree, but if you keep magical power flowing through it without burying it in the ground, it will look like an elongated iron plate. And it usually looks like this.” (Shopkeeper)
“As I’ve heard so far, I don’t get why it’s called the ‘Blacksmith’s Tears’? Why is that? Is it abnormally hard and can’t be processed?”
“No, it’s only a little harder than iron while it’s still a seedling.” (Shopkeeper)
“What is it then?”
The explanation is too winding.
If it’s something hard to say, they shouldn’t bother to display it in such a prominent place to sell it.
“This is why they call it the ‘Blacksmith’s Tear’. The reason why they call it a ‘Blacksmith’s Tear’ is because if you use it and fight with it instead of sticking it in the ground, it will gradually grow into the shape of a sword.” (Shopkeeper)
“Grow into a sword?”
It’s a dull-looking sword that seems to say, “I am not useable”.
“It grows with the magical power of the wielder. It doesn’t need a blacksmith’s hammer, fire, there’s no need to hit it, but it will grow on its own. There are even some mineral trees that have become legendary swords.” (Shopkeeper)
“So, that’s why it’s called the ‘Blacksmith’s Tears.”
It’s a material that becomes a legendary sword without being guided, and it’s certainly a material that will make a blacksmith cry since they can’t affect it.
“… So then, this will definitely become a legendary sword.”
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