Chapter 3-2 : Days Of Making Artifacts
「Alright. I wonder what I should make today~」
I have almost completed volume four of the Encyclopedia of Alchemy. I only have to make a few more artifacts.
According to Master, the most difficult part of the fourth volume is right before you’ve completed it. However, you can practice and study more to improve your skills, so I think that financial aspect is the main problem.
In order to complete the encyclopedia, you have to make various artifacts and potions, and most of them are hard to sell. Therefore, it will be difficult if you don’t have much money because you won’t be able to get your money back most of the time.
In my case, I could make progress thanks to Master who sent me various valuable materials.
However, I’m starting to run out of those materials now, so from now on, I have to earn money and get materials by myself.
「But, hmm… I don’t think I have a problem completing volume four with the materials I currently have.」
All I have to do now is make the remaining artifacts one by one.
「Let’s see… Umm… I think I will make a Floating Tent today.」
As the name suggests, this artifact is a camping tent that floats in the air.
It sounds amazing, but actually, it only floats about ten centimeters from the ground. Also, its appearance is kind of bland.
Still, this is a great artifact. You don’t have to worry about the unevenness of the ground, humidity and cold anymore. You can sleep comfortably in it for sure.
For Collectors who often go on long-term expeditions, this is a very useful artifact without a doubt.
「I guess I will make it large enough for four or five people.」
I’m planning to make it to complete the encyclopedia, so I only have to make a small one, but I want to make it big because I may use it with Iris-san, Kate-san and Lorea-chan in the future.
Well, I don’t know if I will have the chance to spend the night outside with them though, but I’m sure that will be fun.
「Alright, let’s get started. First, I need to cut the leather…」
The first thing to do to make a Floating Tent is of course, making a tent.
There’s no alchemy related work needed in this task. All I have to do is just cut the leather and sew it to make a tent.
It sounds simple, but actually, it’s quite difficult to do. After all, sewing leather is not as easy as sewing fabric.
This task will take a lot of time because I want to make a large tent that can accommodate four or five people.
I would like to ask a leather craftsman to make me a tent, but unfortunately, we don’t have one in this village.
「Hahh… I wonder if there’s an artifact that can help me sew leather…」
While complaining, I continued cutting and sewing the leather, and a few days later, I finally completed the tent.
All I have to do now is to draw a magic circuit on the floor part of the tent and put another layer of thick leather on it.
「But, umm… Since I won’t sell it, perhaps I should modify it a little before I complete it.」
I will use this tent myself, so I think it will be a waste if it can only float in the air.
「I think an air conditioning function and an anti-insect function will be great. The other functions will be..…」
Now that I’ve decided to add some additional functions to the tent, naturally, it will be more difficult to make than the normal one.
However, I think it’s good for my training. Besides, this tent will definitely be more handy than an ordinary Floating Tent
Well, it will require a lot more magical power or magic stones to use, but it won’t be a problem since I will use it myself.
「…Okay. I think this is good enough.」
After drawing a complicated magic circuit on the floor of the tent, I pasted a layer of thick leather on it to hide the circuit, and then I folded the tent and put it in my big alchemy pot.
Then I poured water along with various materials into the pot, started the fire and began to stir it while pouring my magical power little by little.
「Stir stir~♪ Mix mix~♪ …This big alchemy pot really is useful when making large artifacts~」
You can use a small alchemy pot to make small artifacts, but if you want to make a large amount of potions or a large artifact, you have to use a big alchemy pot like mine.
Big alchemy pots are way more expensive than the small ones, by the way.
I’m really grateful to the alchemist who previously owned this store for leaving this big alchemy pot here.
「I think this is enough.」
After stirring for a while, I put out the fire, took out the tent from the alchemy pot, washed it with clean water and dried it with magic.
「It’s finally complete! Now, I should check if it works properly.」
I folded the tent neatly and carried it, heading toward the entrance.
When I was in the store area, I saw Lorea-chan spacing out at the counter.
It’s afternoon now, and customers don’t usually come during this time, so Lorea-chan must be bored.
「Ah, Sarasa-san, have you finished making another new artifact?」(Lorea)
「Yup. But I still need to check if it works or not.」(Sarasa)
I showed Lorea-chan the folded tent in my arms as I said that.
Lorea-chan then stood up and stared at the tent with interest.
「What kind of artifact did you make this time?」(Lorea)
「Come. I will show you.」(Sarasa)
We both came out of the store and stood in the front yard.
I spread the Floating Tent on the ground and put my magical power in it. Right after, the tent slowly began to take shape by itself, and then started floating about ten centimeters above the ground.
「Whoa! So it’s a tent, and it’s floating! Moreover, you don’t need any sticks or ropes to support it!」(Lorea)
「Yup. That’s why you can carry it around easily. It’s convenient, isn’t it?」(Sarasa)
「It is! What an amazing item!」(Lorea)
You can carry it around but actually, it’s a bit heavy because it’s large and made from durable leather.
「Lorea-chan, wanna go inside?」(Sarasa)
「Of course. Tell me what you think.」(Sarasa)
「Okay….. Whoaa, the air inside is cool, and the floor feels fluffy somehow!」(Lorea)
「Fufufu. Looks like it’s a success. Lorea-chan, try to lie down.」(Sarasa)
「….MmmMmm~~~ It’s a hundred times more comfortable than my bed at home. Ahh… This is bad… I’m getting sleepy…」(Lorea)
「Hey, you still have to watch over my store, you know?」(Sarasa)
「Hehe, I know. But Sarasa-san, this tent is really amazing! Ahahaha!」(Lorea)
Lorea-chan started rolling around while laughing happily, having fun with the tent.
Well, I can understand her feelings. After all, you will feel like you are floating in the air when you lie down in this tent. In fact, you are actually floating in the air.
Moreover, I added an air conditioning function, so you will surely be able to sleep comfortably in it.
「By the way, how much does this tent cost? Will you sell it at the store?」(Lorea)
「It depends on the size. I think this one is about… 100,000 reas, I guess. Floating Tents are expensive after all, so I don’t think they will sell in this village.」(Sarasa)
The villagers don’t need tents, and the Collectors here don’t usually buy expensive items, so I think it will be hard to sell Floating Tents in this village.
However, Lorea-chan shook her head after thinking for a moment.
「I knew it would be expensive… but Sarasa-san, many Collectors in this village have money thanks to the Ice Fang Bats. Also, I think they don’t usually order artifacts because they don’t know the functions of the artifacts, so if you advertise this tent, I think some of them will be interested in ordering.」(Lorea)
「Now that you mentioned it, you’re probably right.」(Sarasa)
Collectors normally don’t have knowledge about artifacts. Moreover, the number of Collectors who actually buy expensive tools to improve their work efficiency is surprisingly low.
It’s been almost half a year since I set up a store here, but I never got any orders to make artifacts from Collectors so far even though I placed a sign saying『We Are Accepting Orders』in my store.
「I have a lot of free time when I’m watching over the store, so I can help you sew the leather if you want to produce more tents.」(Lorea)
Lorea-chan clasped her hands and looked at me with motivated eyes as she said that.
「But sewing leather is very hard, you know? I even had to use body strengthening magic when I made this tent. I can’t let you do such hard work.」(Sarasa)
「Is that so…? I’m free most of the time, so please tell me if there is any other work I can do.」(Lorea)
「You cook for us, so I think you are helpful enough though… Well, I won’t stop you if you want to help more. I will ask for your help if there’s anything you can help with, then.」(Sarasa)
「Yes, please …Ah, you can go back to your workshop if you want. I will keep an eye on this tent.」(Lorea)
「Haha, thank you, but you don’t have to worry about that. It has a security function, so no one can steal it.」(Sarasa)
I added the security function that can prevent any attackers from stealing or entering the tent.
「That’s so cool! Sarasa-san, you surely can make incredible artifacts!」(Lorea)
I felt a little embarrassed when Lorea-chan looked at me with sparkling eyes.