Someday I will make it better (or not :-p )
Someday I will make it better (or not :-p )
On the next day we bid farewell to reception girl and left the inn. I spend some time on the market to buy some merchandise.
And slightly later we sailed.
Brer was delighted. It didn’t saw sea for almost one week.
‘Boss! You should buy the revealing swimsuit for that gal.’
Hm. That might be good idea, but I never saw anything like that here. Wait… Where have I seen something like that?
Brainy, where have you seen something like that?
‘Dunno. I just… No… I dunno.’
Strange. We have similar memories with unknown origin.
Maybe I should make it myself? I have a little monster frog skin left.
So I started production of unseen before sexy piece of goddess finery.
By the way Anna finished 4th ranked spells of all known to me magics and is charging 5th ranked. But still to waste three hour on one spell… So I didn’t make more than ten copies of one spell card of 5th rank, even though I made more than one hundred for 4th ranked spells even not really useful for me area of effect spells.
And after few hours.
I made for her two bando type pieces. The top isn’t really needed, but if I tell it to her she would be sad.
Underwater panties of camouflage
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of the skin>
<Bearer body obtain the ability to disguise itself under environment>
But next one is kind of strange.
Nipshot brassiere of swimmer
<Can shoot similar to frog tongue>
<Increase bearer’s swimming speed>
There isn’t any description about what is “can shoot”.
And while I am at it I also made
Underwater trunks of swimmer
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of the skin>
<Increase bearer’s swimming speed>
Hopefully there aren’t any “can shoot”.
“Oh! So nice, teacher. To make a rare gear even for underwear. As expected from teacher.”
No. It’s not underwear. And what with as expected?
We were checking our swimwear for half a day before got tired from swimming and stopped for the night. We didn’t cover even the half of what I planned.
But there are no reasons to hurry.
To obtain immortality (or something similar) I need to raise my level. I shouldn’t push on this matter. It can end tragically.
To understand the truth behind my memory and origin I must collect all this strange stones. I need just visit as many places as I can for this.
I don’t think I have any more serious problems.
‘You need get laid with that gal, Boss!’
Don’t peek in my head, dammit!
And I have Miregalwen, so it’s not really…
‘Not persuasively. Besides you can have both, my Lord.’
Oy! Why have you activated? I can rarely hear you even in the most dangerous situations. But now you consider participating in discussion.
‘This is very important matter, my Lord!’
‘For serious? Looks jibber jabber to me. What is the problem with having more chicks? Aren’t you some big shot, Boss?’
My defense will fell with these guys.
And Anna in that swimsuit is very charming…
After a few days of hesitations we finally came to the Forlasport. That was some hell trip. We need to find some companion so that he or she holds me back when I will decide to attack Anna.
Forlasport is the city of contrasts. Glorious fashionable mansions on the one street and dark malodorous slums on the other.
Too many rich merchants. Too many poor scroungers. Too many people with weapons. And too few average citizens that you can see in any other normal city.
This city’s special product is undead.
There are only two cities that located on the boundary with Undead Kingdom. Sekva and Forlasport. And because only Forlasport has big enough port to receive large ships almost all merchant work here.
Almost all warriors here work as defenders against stray undeads. Warrior’s branch of the Guild here always has work.
There are towers each five hundred meters from spring of the Big East River to the South Sea. There are few warriors in each tower.
All of them are exterminating all undeads that have the courage to come close. Then they collect undead remains and sold them to merchants.
Undead remains are important ingredients in alchemic transformations. Because of strange nature of undeads and reversed nature of the mana that is injected in dead bodies they have unique properties that can be very useful in potion and pill production.
That’s why this city only has merchants, warriors and third category people. This third category consists mostly from people who once were a warrior, but can’t fight anymore because of some various reasons. Those who are more lucky or skilled became craftsmans or servants. Those who not are beggars and prostitutes.
Majority of males is heavy warriors. Majority of women is archers. There also light warriors, scouts, mages, priests, but they are in minority.
There are many holy shops here that sell holy arrows, swords and another holy attribute gear that can give more damage to undead.
There also big team of priests near the port that casts purification magic on the water all the time so that no undead can pass.
Extraordinary city. In many ways.
Oh! There even dwarf there!
Strength 160 Agility 140 Vitality 120 Charisma 100 Intelligence 90 Wisdom 90 Danger 35
I saw some dwarves in Rigardas Arbaro, but never in any other place. They don’t like to contact with other races except for beastkin tribe. Or so I read in elves books.
‘Hm… Some fellows seek for prey and it seems to me that dwarf looks very lovely to them, Boss.’
Hm? Yeah. There are five guys following that dwarf.
Let’s trace them.
On the next day when we descended to the first floor of the inn we were greeted by the reception girl. Looks like she was crying all night. She has red eyes and eye bags. News about Riot’s marriage really shook her. She threw glances of hatred on Anna, but that dimwit couldn’t care less. Anna can’t read atmosphere absolutely.
We went to the market to sell some remaining merchandise. Being a Riot is useful in such occasions. There was a queue in the front of my rented stall.
Profession “Merchant” 2%.
I sold all in less than an hour.
After the market I went to library, but there wasn’t anything useful. Good magic books are rarely seen in normal libraries.
Then I went to the inn to train with Brer. Anna joined my training.
But after some time we heard that somebody is knocking to the door. When I opened a door with there was reception girl with a blushed face.
“I-I-I am sorry. But you are disturbing neighbors with yours n-noise.”
Huddling breath. Top without shirt. Even if she can’t see my reddened face because of mask I believe she thought up something strange.
“I am sorry. We will be quiet from now on.”
“Y-yes. Thank you.”
At this moment Anna came while heavy breathing with a wide excited smile.
“What is it?”
“It is nothing. She is just…”
“What? She wants to join us?”
Girl opened her eyes like never before in her life I believe and started convulsively swallow air.
“Then come in!”
“Ah? N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-no-o-o!!!!! ”
Anna earned flick to the forehead.
“Aw! Teacher! Why?”
“Yes! She is my apprentice. We are training right now. We want to find good place for it. Do you know some?”
“S-so? She isn’t your wife?”
Her expression brightened.
“I understand! I will show you good location.”
She brought us behind the inn. There was some space with few trees and ground was covered with grass.
This will do.
I took Brer from the sack and tied it to the tree.
“W-w-what? Is that a monster?”
“Yeah. I caught it few days ago for workout purposes.”
“Monster… for workout… Incredible!”
Her eyes lit with admiration and adoration.
Ok-ok. But go already before you saw that Anna is better in this than me. Don’t you have some work?
After reception girl went to the inn I began my routine.
Profession “Monster slayer” 24%.
I saw spellbound glances from inn window on the first floor all the time.
Like that I spend few days before Scully finally came back.
Let me guess, Scully. There is nothing new there.
‘Except for new created water magic spell of the 3rd rank there isn’t, Master.’
Oh! Elves sometimes can impress.
Scully, what do you think how can I absorb this?
‘Brain? Hm… Were its abilities related to mind process, Master?’
‘Then you should try just thought about absorbing it, Master. Just imagine this scene.’
Hm… That might work. This guy is useful.
‘Thank you, Master.’
… You shouldn’t hear that, but looks like I can’t hide any thoughts from you.
‘We are part of you, Master. We don’t have any thoughts except your thoughts. We exist just to solve your problems. We are you, Master.’
But let’s test it. I closed my eyes and thought than I put brain in my head. And it vanished from my hand!
Oh! Cool! It worked!
Tell me… um your name will be Brainy… so, Brainy, tell me about your abilities.
‘There are three. Intention perceiver. I can feel that somebody is straight trippin’ to you. Mind pressure. I can add some pressure on opponent to show that you diss him, Boss. You know like in some duels or so. And memory reader, but I can use it only if target is chillin’.
‘Weakened or sleeping. And it’s quite messy ability. I can’t filter what I get.’
Cool. I think I almost understand. Then tell me when somebody has ill intentions towards me or my party.
I spend few days training.
Profession “Monster slayer” 72%.
With such percentage Brer doesn’t have even a slightest change to hit me. That’s why I lately train with Anna while evading from Brer’s tongue shots.
She isn’t using any agility gear in the training. But even without it I have hard times.
And one more.
‘Yes! Right now, Boss. You can smack her ass!’
Brainy is slightly annoying.
But I smacked her rear nevertheless. I could not resist. Sorry.
I lately fight with Anna using harassments like that one. I have fun and she is learning.
I even see Brer copies our strike locations. It appears he can learn. Our indecent martial techniques spread in the world.
‘Wow! That hit was da bomb, Boss!’
What’s with your speech?
‘Donnow? When I woke up it was like that. My bad, Boss.’
Whatever. Tell me all you remember from previous life.
‘Nah, Boss. I don’t really remember anything. No kidding. I woke up half a year ago somewhere in the slums. And at that time I already can read people thoughts. It was tight, Boss. I blackmailed some chicks to not tell some black stories to their husbands. I got some fun and money. And yadda, yadda, yadda I became a slave trader. And then Boss came and.. Boyya! killed me.’
Can I slap you?
‘Don’ diss me,Boss!’
Tell me about Arc Gilb.
‘Ah… That story… I searched for fine mansion. Gentleman like me can’t just live anywhere. And whoop, there it is! The dopest house in this hole. So I took it. And you know what? This guy was some bigshot. It aiiight! So I used his grody guys to make a living while I myself was chillin’ near the pool. But I heard that Riot came to the city. I thought at that time “That dude is gnarly, like totally!” and wanted to get him as my henchman. You know the rest.’
So… From what I understand it’s you ordered Scully.
‘I dunno. I just told my people to get rid of all pain in the ass.’
… Quite the story.
‘There are many people, Boss. They’re frickin’ me out. They don’t diss you though, Boss.’
There are more than one reception girl watch our training session. In every window in the neighborhood there is a face or two who looked at our non-human movements in the inn’s back yard.
Tomorrow I will live this city so today I can show them some good spectacle.
The first thing I should do is clear.
I took virgin-checker glasses and looked at Anna. Huh! She is still safe.
Ok-ok! I am joking! Now isn’t time for this.
I use mimicry and tried to steal up closer. I must somehow get umbrella from Anna’s hands. Hopefully Anna was the last in the row.
If I were the criminal I’d put Anna before myself. Firstly because like that is safer. And secondary and more importantly I could see her magnificent body from behind.
But at this moment I got strong kick to the face.
I forgot about danger perception earring.
Anna says like a robot. No. Wait… What is a robot? This strange thoughts appear in my head every now and then.
All of the group turned around and took their weapons.
But my luck isn’t something that can be ignored.
Anna took her weapons too. Scimitar and gladius. And dropped umbrella to the side. By the way her gauntlets were rented items. So after the Arena Challenge she returned them to that stubborn smith. Is it right to call person stubborn even if you never meet him? Whatever!
And now is my time! Sleeveshot! Yeap! Umbrella is in my hand!
Three A-ranks warrior, one A-ranks thief and Anna. It sounds tough.
But hopefully we are on some back alley. There are walls from the sides. I activated two cards of “Air strike” and threw it to their back. All guys except for boss flew in my direction. I leaped over them with the help of my frog boots. And four cards of “Earth wall”. There is four-meter wall behind me now.
“Ok! It’s one on one now.”
He smiled and looked straight at me. But at the next second became confused.
“Oh! Your tricks don’t work on me, you see.”
He showed serious expression.
“Who knows? Maybe because I am special or maybe because of this anti-mind magic headband.”
He greeted his teeth.
“You shouldn’t be so agitated. I just want to…”
But at the next moment he took smoking pipe and lit it. I just thought that he wanted to speak, but then saw it.
Healing pipe of home-lover
<Upon use can heal up to moderate severity wounds>
<Upon use teleport bearer to set place>
And he disappeared. Crap!
I leaped to the top of the earth wall. All guys were unconscious. And I am sure they don’t know anything.
After all of them woke up I interrogated them, but it looks like I was right. Nobody remembers anything.
By the way these guys are from investigation team that came in Deksport to resolve kidnapping incident. So this guy was behind that.
It appear all strings lead to this city. There were similar kidnappings in the Forlasport too. I asked them about anti-mind magic defense, but they all have it and it turned up useless.
So this guy is one of us. Your thoughts Chronny.
‘You must defeat it alone, my Lord. And few “Sleep” spells will be useful.’
Yeah. I thought so too, but we don’t have so much time. To make one “Sleep” I need at least three hours. I can’t waste so much time.
I need to make some sabotage. And I thought of something.
That guy can manipulate people. He can manipulate even monsters. Then what about golems?
I was roaming around town until I found some group of strange people. They were moving as if some zombies.
They were going in the direction of my inn. There is Anna, so if these guys wanted to cause havoc I have bad news for them. That’s why I took a scent trace in the direction from where they came.
In the ten minutes I came to some big mansion in the rich area of the city.
There were some guards. I rendered them useless in a few seconds. But when I came closer to the mansion there were two B-rank mages. And with good magic resistant gear in addition.
I summoned metal golem from my gauntlet. It looks impressively. Two-meter tall wide humanoid figure made from steel. It rushed to mages. Both of them spoke up some enchantment and two similar to mine golems appeared. But one was made from earth and another from air. I heard somewhere that “Golem creation” is 5th ranked spell. And after creation in manipulated by the maker’s mana.
Earth golem clashed with mine and air one flew in my direction. Golem can’t be destroyed by physical attacks. But if I make something with those mages I would manage.
Air golem wanted to strike me, but I deployed energy shield from gauntlet.
I leaped over the fighting golems and made a shot with my sleeve. Neck of one of the mages was tied by my sleeve and I drew him to me. Then two heavy blows to the chin and he unconscious.
Close-handed combat mastery 21%.
Air one stopped moving. I threw two cards of “High pressure” behind remain mage and send him in knockout after he meet my fist in the flight.
Earth golem stopped. Metal golem went to the entrance and I used camouflage and went to the backdoor.
There was commotion in the mansion, but I managed to reach second floor before they sensed me. I beat up two thieves and came to the big room.
There was only one person in the room.
Minister of Internal Affairs
S-rank Merchant branch
Strength 81 Agility 81 Vitality 81 Charisma 81 Intelligence 149 Wisdom 148 Danger 31
He was holding a knife with both hands and it was directed under his chin.
“I will kill him if you wouldn’t talk.”
“Hm? Oh! So you somewhere near and are manipulating this guy. I understand. But I don’t really want to save this guy’s life. My friend was killed because of him.”
Well. I killed Scully, but that was because of misunderstanding that was caused by Arc Gilb’s Guild request.
“Your bluff wouldn’t work!”
I started to search for location of that puppet master.
“Aren’t I said that I’ll kill him.”
“Ah! Do it!”
He tried to startle me by piercing Arc Gilb’s chin from below, but I pay no heed to his little drama.
There was secret passage in the wall. I broke the wall with “Earth lance” and went through it.
Downstairs. Passageway. Door. “Earth lance”. Small room.
Nobody inside, huh?
He run outside through another secret passage. I went after him.
But when I came out from the underground corridor. I was greeted with big company of more than twenty guys. And I saw running figure in the fifty meters away.
Puppets moved in my way. Sorry, guys. Not gonna happen.
I threw poisoning dagger.
But that person didn’t get poisoned.
Because dagger pierced his heart from behind.
Crowd of former puppets fell to the ground. They were restlessly looking around.
After few hours and with the help of Guild’s investigation team we resolved this case.
It looks like marionette master has been using Arc Gilb’s mansion for a four month. And with the help of Arc Gilb’s Company relations and capabilities he creates big slave trading company. Not too long ago he even bought all ships on the market to transport those slaves. His slaves were popular because they were submissive and never caused any troubles.
By the way I took the stone and the brain that left behind after body disappeared. Stone was absorbed and brain was put in the spatial storage for now.
Let’s return to the inn and get good sleep.
This city is considerably better than Deksport. Not as good as Rigardas Arbaro, but better than Castellum.
This city doesn’t have one definite style and its buildings vary in sizes and colors. But it’s well-maintained and clear. Some shady people are seen here and there though.
Its dock is bigger that any I saw before. No wonder. This is the biggest commercial city of Republic. It is located between two port cities and has well-maintained roads to Rigardas Arbaro and Cefurbo.
In the transportation of incredibly important goods nobody uses Big East River, because it has international status and can’t be well protected from pirates. Sometimes even Empires agents pretend to be pirates to carry out some missions. That’s why in Republic roads to Enport mostly used for important delivery.
In this way this city became big trade domain.
The most influential person here is Arc Gilb aka port ruler. He resides in this city. The one who ordered Scully.
If I would have a chance I will spoil his serene life.
But let’s find some good inn first.
Port worker came to me to take fee for boat place rent, but I took it to spatial storage.
There were also few suspicious guys near docs.
“Did you see that? His boat disappeared. He must have some good items. Let’s check him.”
“Are you stupid? Do you know who wear that mask?”
“From what hole are you came from? Every kid in this country knows Alan Riot’s mask.”
“Ah? Really? So it’s that guy. I want to check him even more.”
“Ok-ok! But don’t attract attention.”
Second guy took some item and put to the eyes.
<Can identify all magic items up to legendary quality>
I took some pebble from the ground and throw it. Pince-nez broke.
“Guys! You better not do silly deeds.”
They run away. They must be some thugs that seek an easy profit for their boss. I better find their base latter.
It would be bad if somebody saw my umbrella. Such a unique thing can cause a disaster in wrong hands.
“What was that, teacher?”
“Ah. Don’t mind them. Let’s find an inn.”
By the way Anna is charging 4th rank elemental spells now. It is almost twenty minutes for one spell. And five minutes to carve them. The higher rank the more complicated magic circle.
We found good tavern combined with inn and ordered a room. Behind the corner was pretty girl and looks like she is my fan. I mean Riot’s fan.
“Your order one room with two beds. This is the key.”
Girl sighed with relief. She must be concerned about certain woman behind my back. And she became cheerful after I choose room with two beds.
“Um… Mr.Riot! May I tell you something?”
This dimwit completely forgot about our conspiracy. But girl was shaken beyond expectation.
“Wh-Wh-What? Y-y-y-your surname is R-r-r-riot too?”
There is some misunderstanding here. All people in the country know about death of Riot’s sister. So the only one who will have the same surname must be Riot’s wife. Still nonexistent.
Oh my! Somebody, please, stop her!
“I-I-I-I just w-w-wanted to tell that even if you lost you w-w-will be our hero f-f-forever.”
She is about to cry.
“Thank you! I appreciate your support.”
I thanked her and went to the room before somebody said something unnesesary again.
“Hm… Such a strange girl.”
“Ah? What? I don’t understand.”
“Now you have a wife. Congratulations!”
“What? Why? Why a wife?”
This girl conquered many girls’ hearts in this country and even doesn’t realize it.
In the room I continue to train with Brer. Yes I gave my monster frog a name. Why not?
Profession “Monster slayer” 16%.
On the next day I left Anna with charging task and went to the docs alone. I found the scent of those thugs and went on it.
After ten minutes I came to some wretched building. There were at least twenty people inside. There is no way I can charge right in. Even with my skills I am not invincible. Beside if there are few A-ranks I would be in a pinch.
Then I will back to the hotel and take umbrella for test fight.
But when I came to the inn umbrella as well as Anna was missing. And Brer was in strange state. He didn’t move and stood completely still as if he wasn’t some monster, but a plush toy.
Teddy, equip anti-mind magic headband.
I get Anna scent. And in five minutes found them. Anna was going behind them without any struggles. But her state was like in trance. All of the guys there were in such a state. Except for the one guy.
This isn’t mind magic.
I can’t see his status…
Profession “Monster slayer” 8%.
I tied monster frog down on the bow and tried evading from its tongue. I don’t need to kill monsters to progress my profession after all. But it’s too late. We need to stop for the night.
Monsters didn’t need any sleep by the way. They keep their conscious in the mana field around them or something like that. Those elves books are quite exaggerated. They use too many hyperbolic turnovers.
So I put it to sleep with recently carved especially for this occasion mind magic 5th ranked spell “Sleep”. I wasted almost three hours to charge it. And half an hour to draw magic circle from the book to the card.
By the way I have plenty magic books already. I bought many in Rigardas Arbaro and Cefurbo, not to mention books from the auction.
I have six books with elemental magic spells. Like fire, water, earth, air, ice and lighting. One with mind magic spells. Two books about light and darkness attributes with few insignificant spells. And tons of books about magic theory.
From what I understood there were four attributes that were at the time of the world creation. Space, time, light and darkness. Known as four Gods.
Then they created four dragons which reign over elemental magic. Magic like ice, explosion or lighting was made from combination of normal elemental magic.
Ice made from combination of earth and water. At first you create some water and then convert it to earth attribute. Ice created as a result.
Explosion magic uses the ability of liquid substance to increase in the volume when converted to gaseous. This operation creates explosion. All clear.
Slightly harder with lighting. If look at the fire as a plasma, that can be considered as ionized gas, and comprehend its nature talented magician can made one interesting trick. To divide positive from negative ions and inject air between them. Lighting created as a result.
Combined magic performed only on phase boundary. Normal mage can’t possibly use earth and fire combined magic because of its unbelievable mana consumption.
But when demons and fairies were created they established their own magic. Mind, transformation, summoning, strengthening, perception and many others. In few words their magic manipulate directly with living beings. Or something that was once a living being. Or something that is the result of activity of living being. Or even can create a living being.
By the way there are tons of magics that are created from four first attribute.
For example, from light there are illusion magic, holy magic, barrier magic etc. From darkness there are shadow magic, forbidden magic, curse magic etc. There are also gravity and destruction for space magic and clairvoyance and divination for time magic.
There isn’t any logic actually. You can gave new meaning to all attributes and create new magic. Of course you must be competent enough to create your own model of the Universe that is ruled by your new rules.
It is said that Great Lich created his own model and made necromancy magic. There were undeads before, but there wasn’t necromancy. And nobody except for Gods have ever creates undead.
And you understood it, right?
If a person knows more than one system of magic, he can be considered talented. Because to keep in his head two or more models of Universe is incredibly hard.
And because of that I am very cool person who can use all magic systems.
I can’t make myself to stop smiling.
That doesn’t apply on elemental magic though. All basic four have a good consistency. That’s why most of the people learn it. And precisely because of that there are so few chaos-nature magicians between humans.
But let’s forget about this tedious talk and have a dinner.
There wasn’t anything special on that night. With the exception of my insomnia because of beautiful defenseless body that slept near.
On the next day we reached Enport.
Upon closer examination I made a conclusion that killed monster has its first evolution. That is because he has some distinguish from normal monster frogs. Mimicry. Normally monsters get some special ability upon reaching evolution.
I butchered frog’s body. Skin of monster is valuable material. I will make some leather armor with it. Other remains will go for alchemic experiments.
There some trick with monster evolution actually. Body isn’t subjected to changes, but only organs. This frog’s altered organ was skin. Meaning that only skin is useful to production of magic items.
Besides magic gear that is made from those monster’s organs will have some of the monsters abilities. Abilities came out absolutely by random. That’s why monster’s parts are so popular among guilders.
Equipment that made from metals, normal animals skin or wood can obtain the abilities that depend from craftsman, luck and many other uncontrolled things.
But equipment made from monsters can have only monsters’ abilities. In this way guilders can narrow the circle of needed skills.
I spend my time stitching leather while Anna was running around in search of other monsters.
I asked her only to locate them and to not engage in the fight. It’s not like I afraid of her. But I have some plans for these monsters.
My first product turned out not bad.
Leaping boots of camouflage
<Grants the ability to leap thrice the normal>
<Bearers body obtains the ability to disguise itself under environment>
But another two somewhat creepy.
Sleeveshot shirt of camouflage
<Sleeves can be used similarly to frog’s tongue shot>
<Bearers body obtains the ability to disguise itself under environment>
Sleeveshot jacket of skinbreathing
<Sleeves can be used similarly to frog’s tongue shot>
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of his skin>
I tried to test that eerie sleeveshot when Anna came back. I wanted to smack her rear, but she evaded it. I regret that I gave her danger perception earring.
“Sorry. I just wanted to test it.”
“Did you find anything?”
“No. There is nothing nearby.”
Hm. From what I read before frog monsters never live alone. There must be dozens of them around. Or maybe…
“I’ll go to swim a little. Take this shirt. It is yours from now on. It can shot its sleeves like I did before and have camouflage abilities.”
She was dumbfounded.
“But aren’t you made it, teacher?”
“Yes. What is it?”
“But only S-ranks craftsmen can make a rare gear.”
S-ranks appeared at my hand in the place where Guild receptionist put craftsman’s mark.
“How could this be? I never heard about anyone reaching S-rank in two branches at the same time.”
“Ah. There were actually few guys. One even reached in the three branches.”
“I’ve read about it in Castellum library. That unique guy is Great Lich though. He obtained S-ranks in magic, alchemy and craftsmanship. Trully a genius.”
Besides in one book from elves library stated that he created and used few times the spell of eighth ranks. Elves elders sensed it, but nobody knows what it was, because there weren’t any visible changes in the world. And any known to elves spells of eighth ranks doesn’t have similar mana dispersion. That’s why I can tell that that being far surpassed any S-ranks in terms of magic.
“I want to fight him someday.”
Did she just say something outrageous?
“Great Lich of course.”
Before I thought that I just misheard, but she really did say it.
“Aren’t you have bad compatibility with undead?”
Oh! Please spare me.
“Look, if you want to fight undead there should be priest or holy warrior. Or at least fire mage.”
“My family was just crashing them until they can’t move though.”
“Well… You can fight them like that too, but it’s too inefficient. Besides Great Lich is on another level. If I could I’d choose to never meet him.”
I didn’t raise any flag again, right?
I went to the water and dived.
My suspicions were right. Around one hundred meters from the bank I found something like an underwater cave. I lay down near it.
After ten minutes of waiting I finally saw some motion. That’s my client!
A frog monster with the size twice smaller than killed before was caught by my sleeve. I know how stupid it sounds.
I tied it with my sash and swam to the beach.
When I emerged from water I saw Anna’s face in tears.
“Ah? Something happened?”
“U-u-u! Uwa-a-a-a-a! Teacher, you just dived and didn’t show up for a long time. I thought that I lost you too! Uwa-a-a-a-a!”
Oy-oy-oy! Don’t act so out of character!
“E-e-eh… I forget to tell you. This jacket gives the ability to breath underwater.”
I tried to console her, but was hugged with great force instead. She didn’t use “Strength boost”, right? Well… Not a bad feeling.
“What is this?”
After she calmed down she inquired about tied frog.
“This is my training partner.”
“But I want to be teacher’s partner.”
Did you unintentionally forget to add “training” or it was on purpose? Even before when we were hugging my solid defense was breached. But now I almost fell. This was insinuation, right? Right? Tell more clearly, please!
“No. This is something like training device. I will train my monster sla… reaction speed.”
“Oh! It’s clear now! So clever.”
After some time we took our belongings and sailed.
Scully came back at the morning. He passed Miregalwen’s congratulations with my victory in Arena Challenge. I told him about my magic training progress and send him to pass it to Miregalwen. There aren’t any meaning to ask Miregalwen about news. I am sure there are all the same. We will meet with Scully in Enport after one week.
We went to buy tickets on the ship to Enport, but it will depart only after five days. So I choose to buy some boat to travel ourselves.
But I didn’t find any. Merchants on the market told me that Arc Gilb Company has bought all available vessels on the market not too long ago.
That’s why I purchased some wood and went outside of the city to make my own boat. After half a day and with the doubtful help of Anna I managed to make a good qualitative small ship.
But how should I say this? I didn’t intend to produce it like that.
<Managed by the thoughts of the steering wheel holder>
Every little piece of this vessel can be controlled by the coxswain. Even the speed and direction.
It appears that all things that I will make in the future will be at least uncommon quality even if they would be made from worst material.
With the help of Teddy I carried the boat to the water and sailed.
You don’t need to have navigation devices or maps to reach Enport. You should just sail not far from the coast. There aren’t any reefs and there is favorable current always not so far from the bank.
I have read somewhere that because of this current the ships with tribute to Great Lich send off from Forlasport without any crew. Ships with dead bodies reach Undead Kingdom coast by themselves. Creepy fleet.
We left Deksport in the afternoon. Our speed considerably lower than that of ships with magic powered engines. That’s why we will make a stop at the evening to spend the night on the ground.
Camping with a beautiful girl. Twosome under clear sky.
Oh! Wait! That was out of target. What am I even thinking about?
Miregalwen. Miregalwen. Miregalwen. Miregalwen.
I must control myself.
At the evening we found some nice place to set up a camp. There wasn’t any suspicious spot nearby on the land and nobody will have a chance to take us by surprise. Or so I thought.
But let’s be consistent.
We made a dinner from some vegetables bought from Deksport and fish caught by Anna. She is extraordinary fisherman. With accurate fast thrust of her legendary scimitar she can not only beat some strong guys, but even catch a lot of fish. People would be shocked if they’d known for what purpose she uses her legendary weapon.
I also bought some wine in the Cefurbo. I haven’t such intentions I assure you! I just gave some good wine to Anna for good sleep. Besides rain has poured just now. So all romantic atmosphere went to hell. It’s not like I wanted to create any.
And there were many holes in hastily done from branches and leaves tent. So we were completely wet.
And at the end this.
“Anna, do you know what is that thing?”
“Some monster maybe.”
There was enormous frog. Two meters height. I think more than two tons weight. Can it even jump?
Then its color changed to that of the environment. Mimicry, huh?
Then it shot her tongue towards Anna. But with her agility there is no way she can’t evade it. I on the other hand get into her mouth with the second tongue shot. This is so humiliating.
I could not possibly remove destruction sword from scabbard in this situation, so I took slashing sword and make few strong swings. Its head fell off together with me in its mouth.
“Oh! Teacher, awesome tactic! Show some weakness just to strike back.”
You have too much faith in me.
But what is this thing? I can’t read its status before. And looks like it came from the sea. I should have protected that side as well.
Profession “Monster slayer” 1%.
Oh! Thanks for the answer. My first monster. Hm…
Strength 125 Professions(Hunter-Max, Warrior-Max,Mage-Max,Alchemist-Max,Thief-Max,Craftsman-Max,Monster slayer) Agility 145 Improved Masteries(Throwing-Max, Spear-Max, Mace-Max, Knife-Max, One-Handed Sword-Max, Shield-Max, Hammer-Max, Axe-Max, Two-handed Sword-Max, Poleaxe-Max, Close-handed) Vitality 175 Resistances(Poison, Water, Ice, Fire) Charisma 110 Arts endowment(Music-Max,Painting-Max,Love arts-Max,Aplied arts-Max,Literature-Max,Singing-Max,Choreography-Max,Sculpting-Max,Architecture-Max,Acting arts-Max) Intelligence 115 Languages(elf,dwarf,beast,human,demon) Wisdom 120 Analysis and Synthesis Luck 175 Status window Level 35
Two levels. I earned as much in the arena too. Life isn’t fair.
“Ah? What did you say, teacher?”
“Don’t mind it. It’s just some spell.”
“What kind of magic does teacher use?”
“Its special magic. I am sure you’ve never heard about it. By the way what about you? Can you use magic?”
“Yes. “Strength boost!”
This is the spell from nature magic.
“Real warrior doesn’t need…”
“Ok-ok! I understand. But you should also learn at least “Agility boost” for better performance in the fight.”
“But I can’t control mana properly and all of it goes to the first spell.”
“Then why you..? No. I know the answer. I beg of you, please, learn “Agility boost.”
She is so witless. I was like that before I raised my stats…
I thought some more and added 20 points to intelligence.
We arrived at Deksport without any trouble. Humu… Well… There were some troubles.
Certain girl was changing clothes absolutely ignoring a young healthy man her age in the room. You might think that they are newlyweds. But no! She is just bonehead.
“Um… Anna, Shouldn’t you want to ask me to go for a walk?”
I have a long talk with her about sexual education. Of course after she finished. There is no way I can waste a chance to look at her peerless legs without any pants.
She is slightly shocked.
“So? All men are…”
“And I am…”
“But that day in red light…”
“Ah! Well… That was exception.”
Looks like her mother died when she was very young and her father didn’t really want to raise a girl. So he tried to pass her to relatives, but she was coming to the training together with her brothers. That’s why he gave up and just raised her as a boy too.
So like that we were talking all night.
After disembarkation we checked local market and bought some merchandise. I also sold some of my goods from Cefurbo.
Profession “Merchant” 1%.
Then we went to check the city. But it appeared too small and we ended sightseeing in the afternoon.
I told Scully that I will wait for him here. That’s why I must spend three more days in this hole.
Small city. Petty buildings. Narrow streets. Filth on the ground. Unfriendly people. Crowds of drunkards. Children in rags.
So dissimilarly to the capital. Such a contrast after Cefurbo. No. Even in comparison with Castellum this place fades. The only well-conditioned place in the city is the market near sea port.
We went to find some good inn. Many people evaluated us on the streets, but almost everybody in Republic knows about the person that wears strange mask. So there weren’t any problems.
We had stayed at the best inn, but it wasn’t really that good. In comparison to my forest times it is excellent though.
We spend two days here. There is some heavy atmosphere in the city.
When I asked inn keeper, he told me that it’s because of some kidnappings lately. Entire families have disappeared. More than one hundred people went missing already. And even some Guild investigation team disappeared after coming to this city.
Sounds dangerous. I don’t want to disappear too. That’s why we will leave right after Scully came back.
Besides I didn’t see any suspicious status unreadable people in the city. And that’s mean that Guild is more than enough to resolve this problem. I should mind my own business. Besides best Guild cadres were in the Arena Challenge as participants or as spectators. And after they came back to work they would resolve this incident right away.
But I didn’t just waste time here. I made something incredible.
But let’s start from the beginning.
In each and every library I visited so far wasn’t any information about magic device that can collect mana from outside and transfer it someplace. There were some items that can store mana inside, but that’s all.
But if you can’t find something, you should do it yourself.
I thought about functionality, design and usability. But didn’t find anything better than umbrella.
You might think that I just copied Jill Run’s weapon. But no. No I am serious. Umbrella’s hat just has the perfect shape for accumulation of energy. And through the umbrella leg it send mana into charger. Charger is device that can inject mana into cards. Meaning I put card into the charger, it closes the umbrella’s magic circle and it started to absorb mana from the atmosphere.
What about cards you ask?
They’re just parchments that were made from metal sheets. You see, the problem with paper or leather parchment was that I can’t control direction of the spell after activation. It requires small amount of mana too. But with metal cards I can activate them and threw to the target. And spell will be launched in the flight. Besides with my throwing analysis I have better accuracy than most of magicians.
My Umbrella also has spell activation socket. I just need to put readied card to the socket and it will activate it.
With this my problem as a mage solved. Charging, activation and direction.
Mana injecting umbrella of accumulation
<Can accumulate mana from the outside world>
<Can inject mana into magic devices or circles>
“Wow! Teacher! You’ve made so excellent umbrella. You must be learned some craftsmanship.”
“Yeah. I spend some time in Rigardas Arbaro.”
“No wonder it’s so good made.”
“Ok, Anna! I want to give you a serious task.”
She became motivated.
“Yes. This will be teacher’s first task to me.”
Sorry to kill your mood, but this isn’t some grand quest.
“It’s just charging. You must put this card into this hole. And after few minutes change to another card.”
“What about those cards?”
“They are higher ranks. They should charging longer. After you finished this I will tell you the details.”
There spells of various ranks in magic. They somehow correlate with Guild’s mage ranks, so I’ll explain in this way:
Information about two last magics I found in the elves library. Also there wasn’t any information about Ancient Vampire between humans.
As you understand Anna is charging 3rd rank attack spells for now.
Actually I can normally use only attack spells, because they didn’t require control after firing. There are some problems with defensive spells, because I need to throw card with right position. And big problems with area of effect spells, because I can launch them, but can’t control.
I also spend some time with Teddy. We were training. No. I am serious. He can somehow equip and unequip me in one second now. I should train with him some more to make him remember sets of equipment for different classes.
I send Scully to Miregalwen to tell about Arena Challenge and other news. I asked Scully to not tell about Anna. It will give her meaningless worries. There is no way I have a chance for romantic development with this dimwit. She isn’t even suited for second roles in my imaginary harem.
It’s not like she isn’t beautiful. She has 132 charisma points after all. But… How should I say it? She is a warrior. She was educated as a warrior. All her life was between warriors. You can think of her as a cool beauty, until she would say her first words.
No jokes! She even wanted to go with me to the red light district.
“My father forbids me to go there. But my brothers all were there before. It was unfair. After father’s death I wanted to go, but can’t show disobedience to father’s words. But now that you’re my teacher you can give me the permission.”
She was looking at me with burning eyes.
“A-a.. Hm? Do you really understand what is the place red light district is?”
“I wasn’t there before, but I heard that it can heal the most severe warriors’ wounds.”
“That’s some interesting information you’ve heard somewhere. Ok! I will take you, but you will go as Anna.”
“Yes! Thank you, teacher!”
Hahaha! I want to know what you will say when we’ll be there.
We came to some famous place and began the selection of girls.
She was dumbfounded at first.
“Teacher! Why do we choose from these women?”
“This is the ritual. If you want to continue you must choose. But pick carefully. A lot depends from your selection.”
“R-really? Then I will select the best woman.”
“Good grief! You’re the real warrior!”
She showed determination on her face.
Wuhahaha! Please, spare me! I’m almost at my limit. If not for my 100% acting art, I’d rolled around on the floor.
She selected some girl and I finished too.
“Good choice, Anna. We will part ways here. Enjoy your time.”
“Ah? We will be in separated rooms? Why not together?”
“That might be too much for your first time.”
“What? Wait… Why?”
“Dear customer, please come here.”
Brothel girl took her and I went with my this night‘s partner.
After all was over I came to wait for Anna. It looks like she went on the spree there. I’ve heard very loud Anna’s and another girl’s voices. I was afraid for her at first, but looks like all is good. She is really warrior in heart and soul.
After she exited from the room she saw me and blushed. She is kinda cute. Well, she’d been, if she hasn’t exited from brothel playing room.
“How was your rest?”
“Ah? Um… I enjoyed it.”
“Haha! I am sure you are.”
I considered it as a joke at first, but look like she has passed.
“You’re real warrior now.”
There was happiest face I ever saw. Such an easy person.
I can’t keep it in me! Ahahahaha! Please stop this!
“Next time we will go together.”
“Ah? W-wait… Teacher… That would be…”
“Ah? Aren’t you wanted to go together before?”
“Yes. But that was before I knew about what kind a place…*mumble-mumble*”
“What? I can’t hear you.”
“A-a… U-u-um… Teacher! Please let me train by myself some more time! I am not ready to show my skills to teacher as I am now.”
“P-pwahahaha! A-a-haha! S-sorry! I was joking! I just wanted to tease you a little. But you’re… train, skills… Hahahaha!”
She showed grievance.
“Ah! Please don’t feel offended. It’s just a little joke.”
“I-I… I am not offended.”
Yeah, you are. Maybe because you always wears that mask so your face now is like an open book.
And the next moment her face had an expression as if she was stuck by lighting.
“Could it be that this brothel trip was to make fun from me?”
Oh! She understood.
“No! Why do you think so?”
“Ah? No? Really?”
“I just wanted to test you. You passed.”
“Ah? Yes! But… what have I passed?”
“My special test. You’re real warrior now!”
“I don’t understand it, but thank you!”
Such an easy person.
After few days on some random Monday teacher and his apprentice boarded ships, which headed in different directions. The teacher also known as Yalle took ship to the Castellum to participate in Kingdom’s award ceremony. The apprentice Alan Riot together with some random woman took ship to Deksport that was the first city on his way home.
But you know the truth, right?
I and Anna went to the Deksport. I also registered in the Guild as mage, alchemist, merchant and thief. Just in case. Besides I bought some goods in Cefurbo for reselling.
And Carolina dressed in doppelganger shirt went to the Kingdom. She is real undercover operation expert. After she’ll come to the Kingdom she would pass the baton of playing my role to Cristina. She is very busy. S-rank after all.
Carolina had to rent her rare shirt to Cristina, but I paid two hundred gold coins for this task, so there shouldn’t be any problems. The only issue is that Cristina must play the role of hated by her person. I almost violated her that time after all. Hopefully because of poison resistance I’ll never become drunk again.
Now that I think about it, aren’t this is kind of sad?
We took one room for both of us. When we were buying tickets cashier winked me. Anna is indeed a cool beauty… Until she would say something.
With her black eyes, blonde long straight hair and prideful attitude, as if she is a soldier that is going on a battle, every man turn around to look at her from behind. She is somewhat lacking at the chest area though. You could even say that she doesn’t have any chest area at all.
And she has muscles. No wonder she managed to hide her woman nature for so long. But she has not those massive bulges of meat like some experienced fighter, but refined well-toned outlined muscles. This adds to her charm as a woman actually.
And she has magnificent legs. Often when I walk behind her my eyes became attracted to her bottom by themselves. Her thighs have that godly shape that forces every man to swallow his saliva when he looks at them.
Well… I should consider her on the second role in my future harem.