CHAPTER 105: WEAPON COPY
That day, I went back to the inn and tried feeding ingredients into my shield. An Icon popped up.
For now, I want to make a basic Heal pill.
…To make one pill, the mix time is 5 minutes.
It seems the required time increases based upon the level of the recipe.
5 minutes later.
A chime sounded off, and the system message, ‘Mixing Complete’ appeared before my eyes.
I confirm the result.
Did it come out as ‘Normal’ because the materials used were bad? No, the quality decreased too much
I’ll try using better materials.
I ran some more tests, and it seems that the Quality is stuck at normal.
So even if all I have is ‘Poor’ materials, I will be able to make ‘Normal’ goods? This might be a good source of profit.
And the shield can make medicine while I do other work.
The quality might increase if I raise my level.
Well, right now, the Queen is sponsoring my living costs, so I don’t have to worry about money though.
“Master, what are you doing?” (Firo)
“? Firo, huh.” (Naofumi)
As I test a lot of things in the Carriage, Firo wanders over.
At the inn, Firo is usually either in the room, or in the carriage. If she has free time, she will come over to the carriage.
“Master, Firo was about to kick the person who was doing strange things in Firo’s carriage” (Firo)
(TL: Referring to Naofumi)
This bird is saying some scary things. Well, I guess I can trust her to guard my merchandise at least.
Is seems that Firo really treasures this carriage. Every morning, she comes and does maintenance on it.
Normally, the Iron Carriage would rust in the sea air, but due to her daily maintenance, that doesn’t seem to be an issue.
It may be because we have taken a break from peddling, but the bird had a lot of free time. The Carriage is way too clean.
It’s so polished that it is reflecting light like a mirror. The carriage itself seems to shine.
For a Filo Rial, the carriage is a precious item. If someone is messing around in it in the night, there is no surprise that she will come and check.
By the way, though she can do maintenance, she cannot do repairs.
Whenever something starts to look off, Firo comes shouting to me to fix it.
“Is Master going to sleep in the Carriage tonight? Let Firo sleep with you~.” (Firo)
“Wrong, I’m just testing a few things.” (Naofumi)
I guess I should go to one of the weapon vendors on the island… Now that I think about it, it’s already midnight.
I guess tomorrow is fine too.
After this, I will try reinforcing my equipment. I’ll try modifying a normal shield.
“Welcome back. What happened? Did you have any progress?” (Rafatalia)
When I returned to the room, Rafatalia asks this to me.
“I learned quite a bit. I still need to test a few things, so I will be busy tomorrow.” (Naofumi)
“That’s good. Will we be making an honest effort to raise our levels starting tomorrow?” (Rafatalia)
“Well… I have to… I guess we could do that.” (Naofumi)
I can get some monster drops as well.
I’ll look for some monsters that look like they will drop something useful.
“Please step back.” (Naofumi)
Rafatalia tilts her head and steps backwards. I had previously found a sword. I try to take it out of the shield.
With a bang, the sword falls out of the shield and hits the floor.
Rafatalia lets out a sound of surprise.
“W-what is this?” (Rafatalia)
“It’s something that a monster left behind.” (Naofumi)
“A monster was holding something like this?” (Rafatalia)
“Now then…” (Naofumi)
The monster that droped this was… Brown Pill Rabbit.
I analyze the item.
Well it was a small fry.
“Rafatalia, your sword is starting to rust. Please use this for a while.” (Naofumi)
“Ah, Yes. Thank You…?” (Rafatalia)
Picking up the mysterious sword, Rafatalia critically looks over it.
Firo starts to sniff it.
“It smells like Pill Rabbit” (Firo)
Wow. She got it right.
As expected of a Filo Rial. Even though she looks like this, she is still a monster.
Well, I guess tomorrow will be fun.
I looked through my drops, set my shield to produce some random medicine, and went to sleep.
The next morning.
I wake up, eat a light breakfast and go off to look for a weapon store.
They have them. A wide variety of shields.
“Can I look at this for a bit?” (Naofumi)
“Go ahead.” (Weapon Dealer)
The price is really high. Probably because this is a tourist attraction.
Or because a lot of adventures have been visiting as of late.
On its off season, I wonder how the islanders make money.
Do they sell monster goods? There are some unusual ones here.
I don’t really want to imagine cooking with Magenta Frog Meat.
Does this Island even have an active economy? I’ll ask the Accessory Merchant later.
“Ah, Rafatalia, Firo, please wait a bit.” (Naofumi)
“What is master doing?” (Firo)
“Just Wait, you’ll see.” (Naofumi)
I take one of the Shields hung on the wall and touch it to the Legendary Shield.
Beep. An icon appears in my field of vision.
Weapon Copy activated.
You have unlocked the Iron Shield
You have unlocked the Red Iron Shield
You have unlocked the Pink Iron Shield
You have unlocked the White Iron Shield
You have unlocked the Brown Iron Shield
You have unlocked the Blue Iron Shield
You have unlocked the Sky Blue Iron Shield
Etc… (TL: looks like the Hero can accessorize.)
I unlocked the Iron Shield… and all its color variations…
Now that I think about it, my initial Small Shield did have color variation as well. At that time, I didn’t really care, as it didn’t unlock any extra stats.
I question the usefulness of such a system.
I wonder if the balloon shield also has such function. I have still yet to unlock that shield.
The monster came in Orange and Red variety, there might also be a Normal variety.
Anyways, I repeat the process for the other shields in the shop.
Round Shield, Buckler, Knight Shield, Copper Shield, Bronze Shield, Steel Shield, Gold Shield… There were also things like Leather Shield.
It also seems that all the store’s shields have color variation as well.
The amount of shields I had greatly increased. I didn’t feel like going through all the bonuses.
They all probably only raised stats, so there shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Some skills may have been mixed in, but going through all these shields will take time.
“I guess that’s it.” (Naofumi)
“What?” (Shop Vendor)
The Weapon Dealer tilts his head and stares at me.
Though the store’s inventory wasn’t the best, I still got a lot of shields.
Once I finish leveling up here, I’ll go see the old man at the weapon shop. He probably has a better selection. (TL: Referring to SmithBro)
“Have you found something that interests you?” (Store Vendor)
“? No…” (Naofumi)
Now that I think of it, I got some useless weapons with the Monster Drops. I’ll try to sell them.
“Please wait for a second.” (Naofumi)
I go to a place where the vendor cannot see me and take out some weapons from the shield.
“Would you be interested in buying this item?” (Naofumi)
“Sure, can you let me appraise it?” (Vendor)
I hand over the Bronze Spear I had taken out to the Vendor.
“It seems to be quite solid. There also seems to be a minor enchantment on it…” (Vendor)
The dealer can see things that I can’t.
“It doesn’t appear to have an inscription, so the price will drop a bit. Is that okay with you?” (Vendor)
“Is there supposed to be an inscription?” (Naofumi)
Now that I think of it, it makes sense.
If someone famous made it, there should be a way of telling. Something like a signature.
“It’s in good condition, so the price shouldn’t drop too much. But where did you acquire this item?” (Vendor)
“That’s a secret.” (Naofumi)
If this person had been suspicious of me, I would have played it off by lying, but we haven’t reached that level yet.
So it’s a weapon without a maker…?
“Wait, if I look closer, there is something like an inscription on it… It looks like a shield.” (Vendor)
Was there something like that?
“Some smith probably made it while thinking of the legendary heroes.” (Vendor)
“Things like that can happen?” (Naofumi)
“Yes, long ago, weapons like these popped up all the time. Even now, they sometimes come up. Many Smiths admire the Legendary Heroes and inscribe their creations with their Marks.” (Vendor)
“Then this mark won’t really raise the price will it.” (Naofumi)
“That would be correct. Though the quality is good, one who would put such a mark on their creations is simply a dreamer without a name.” (Vendor)
The Vendor’s appraisal is a bit troubling.
“Well, an adventurer drawn to the magic of the Awakened Islands will probably buy it. I’ll take it for 20 Silver coins.” (Vendor)
I give some other Items to the Weapons Vendor. My total profit is 90 Silver Coins.
If I had discovered the drop system earlier, I could have probably inproved Rafatalia’s equipment early on… But there’s nothing I can do about that now.
After I left the Weapons Shop, I changed my Shield to an Iron Shield and look at the equipment bonuses.
Ah, it seems the Iron shield comes with a Skill
Iron Shield 0/10 C
Ability… Equipment Bonus: Shield Bash
Skill Proficiency 0
This is obviously an offensive skill.
I can’t wait to see it in action.
“Um… That shield looks like the one that was being sold at the store but..” (Rafatalia)
“Ah, the legendary weapons can copy the abilities of weapons sold at the store. That way, if a hero finds a good weapon, he will actually be able to equip it.” (Naofumi)
“That… Seems a bit like stealing.” (Rafatalia)
“It’s not like I’m taking the item, I’m just making a copy of it. And what am I supposed to tell the store vendors?” (Naofumi)
Well, I also have complicated feelings about it.
Is this like pirating games and manga online?
It’s like bootlegging a movie at the theater to watch later. (TL: No Moa)
It’s a crime, isn’t it. Yeah it is.
But this is an alternate world. Mine didn’t have anyone with legendary weapons.
And in this world, the one who gets fooled is at fault.
I won’t complain about it, and I won’t avoid doing it.
I mean, the other three are doing it as well…
I do feel like I’m doing something bad… but I have to get used to it.
I think The Old Man will happily let me copy his shields if I ask.
I think the other heroes probably stopped at his shop and copied all his weapons first.
I’ll have him make more equipment for Rafatalia as compensation.
“Next, let’s go to the market place.” (Naofumi)
I’ll see if they are selling any of the Enchantment Gems that Motoyasu and Itsuki were talking about.
I wonder how much they will cost.
The result: very few people actually sold them.
They mostly only carried the Gem I had already got from Rishia. Its name was the Prani Ore.
I had already cleared the conditions to unlock the Prani Shield when I tried the weapon enhancement technique Itsuki had talked about. It gave +1 Defense.
Unfortunately, it seems that my Chimera Viper Shield requires a different Ore.
When I checked the Help Screen later, the required information had appeared.
You can reinforce an item up to the denominating number, which has a minimum of 5 . However to strengthen stronger items, you will need more valuable items as ingredients.
(TL: i.e., if a shield says 1/20, reinforcing will take it to 2/20 and 20/20 is the maximum)
And these ingredients seem to only be made by people with high Steel-working skills. But with my skills, it seems that I am able to extract Prani Ore by myself.
Originally, Prani Ore is a soft, cheap, malleable metal that is used to increase the volume of gold products.
It made something like Gold Alloy, if too much Prani was added, the value would decrease.
It seems Itsuki was able to feed it to his bow to produce other valuable ingredients.
I will probably have to learn some Metal Working Skills. That way, I could mold the items sold by stores into more valuable materials.
“Then, should we go hunting?” (Naofumi)
We’ll finally be able to do some honest-to-goodness level grinding.
And I can see the effects of my new shields.
My expectations are quite high.
“Now then, go quickly! Your body’s still in good condition, isn’t it? *Achoo*” (???)
“Mother. I can do it, relax!” (???)
I hear a familiar voice from the market place… But I won’t turn around.