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“Is it true there’s a budget?” (Shin)
Shin said as soon as he came, his eyes sparkling.
It was clear that he had been waiting for the money.
“I’ve accumulated some achievements during the war.”
“No. Maybe Ars-sama, was an insanely amazing person during the war.” (Shin)
Shin seemed very impressed.
“Before I get paid, I’d like you to take a look at the results of my research if you don’t mind.” (Shin)
“How’s the airship research going?”
“I got a third of the research funding I needed, so I am using that money to make progress. Once people see the results, I’m sure they’ll add more money.” (Shin)
It seemed that he wanted a lot of money.
Well, it seems that Shin is a man who is not interested in anything other than the development of airships.
He won’t waste it, and there won’t be a problem if we pay him more money.
Originally, I didn’t use all the money I received as a reward to invest in Shin.
This time, the amount of money I received for my war contributions was nine hundred gold coins.
That was a lot. Clan-sama is very generous.
The amount of gold needed for the development of the airship was estimated at 1,000 gold coins.
It would be more than 1,000 if we paid the full amount of money, we got for the war contributions.
Since the budget can be used not only for the gold given as war contributions but also for the portion obtained as taxes, there will be no problem in increasing the allocation for Shin’s project.
“I understand. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to add more money, but if you have any results, I’d like to see them.”
“As for the additional money, you can judge from the results. Let’s go.” (Shin)
We were going to see the results of Shin’s research.
In addition to me, Ritsu, Russell, Lithia, and Charlotte came along because they thought it would be interesting. There was also Musha, who had been forced by Charlotte to come along.
We followed Shin’s lead to a grassy field on the outskirts of town.
There were several people making preparations.
There was a small boat about the size of a yacht.
“It’s a small airship. I received a letter from Lord Ars and had it ready to fly. It was too difficult for me to develop on my own, so I hired a few people with the money I received.” (Shin)
“Will it fly?”
“It flies. Well, it’s small, so it’s not that useful by itself. My goal is to develop a large airship.” (Shin)
Without hesitation, Shin said it would fly.
There are many uses for an airship, such as trade and warfare, but if it is as small as that one, it may not be very useful.
I’m not sure how high the altitude is, but if it can fly high enough, it could be very useful in warfare.
Shin got on the airship himself.
He’s going to get on it himself. If he crashed, it would be inevitable that he would die or be seriously injured.
I wondered if he was confident that he would never crash.
Once on the boat, Shin started to do something.
Then, it floated up.
It didn’t just float, it flew freely through the air.
I was dumbfounded as I watched.
Ritsu was also speechless as he looked at the airship.
“Wow, that’s amazing.” (Lithia)
Lithia, who was watching next to me, muttered to herself.
I wonder what theory is being used for it to fly in the sky.
“I want to ride; I want to ride. Musha let’s ride it.” (Charlotte)
“That looks scary, won’t we fall?” (Musha)
Charlotte’s eyes lit up as she said this, but Musha seemed to be terrified.
But it really flew.
I knew he would be talented after seeing him with his appraisal skills, but I was still surprised to see the airship actually flying.
From the looks of it, the speed was not that great.
Moreover, the altitude was not very high either.
Still, it was flying.
This is a big development.
It’s still in the process of development, so the speed and altitude will probably improve in the future.
Shin soon lands the ship.
He got off the ship and rushed towards where we were.
“Did you see it!” (Shin)
He had the biggest grin on his face.
“How is this thing flying?” (Russell)
To be honest, there were many parts of it that I couldn’t understand, but it seemed to be using the power of the wind magic ore.
Wind magic ores are relatively popular magic ores that can be obtained in large quantities in the northern part of the Somerforce continent. You can hardly get it in Messiaen. Wind magic is less useful in warfare than fire magic, and it is difficult to purchase in large quantities, so it is not used much in Messiaen.
According to Shin, if you use special equipment to draw out the power of the wind magic ore, it will generate buoyancy.
The magic ore is not transformed into ether but is used as-is.
It seems to be a little different from the principle of using magic, but it seems to be the same in that it uses the power that the magic ore has. Honestly, I’d better learn a little more about this subject.
After the ship is made to float, they use special equipment that uses the wind ether to move it.
It’s a little complicated because the wind magic ore generates the buoyancy and the wind ether that generates the propulsion.
“Did you come up with this equipment on your own?”
“…I would like to say that the theory was completely created by my own head… But I actually got the idea from the wisdom of a great magic researcher in the Imperial Capital. When using magic, a catalytic engine is used. This allows for the use of magic with a variety of attributes, but it is not very efficient. The researcher said that if you make a catalytic engine that specializes in an attribute, you can use less ether when you use magic and increase the variety of magic you can use, instead of making other attributes unusable.”
As Shin explained, Russell interrupted him, as if he knew the magic researcher.
“I know that person, too. It’s Hynes Brown, right?” (Russell)
“Yeah, it’s Hynes-san. But Hynes-san has already been banished from the imperial capital, the theory didn’t become so famous, why do you know of it?” (Shin)
“What? Well, it’s because I read about it in a book… Why was he banished?” (Russell)
“Because he was a weirdo.” (Shin)
Did they banish him for that reason?
He must be a very strange person to be banished for that…
However, the fact that Shin properly built the airship means that Hynes’ theory was correct.
If he happened to be here in Canale, I’d like to make him my vassal, but I doubt that will happen.
“I’m going to develop a larger airship in the future, and if you could give me more gold, I could make progress, so how about it?” (Shin)
I talked to Ritsu for a bit.
“What do you think?”
“I think it’s a good idea. I think it’s worth taking a chance on his research.” (Ritsu)
After hearing Ritsu’s opinion, I decided.
“OK. Let’s increase your funding.”
“Thanks a lot! I’ll get it done as fast as I can!” (Shin)
Let’s hope that this will speed up the completion of the airship.
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