Sevens: the Northern Powers

The Northern Powers

… Clara Bulmer stood on the deck, with her staff in her hands, and sighed.

“I really did it…”

By the elation of her post-Growth, she had ended up toxic to her surroundings. She hung her head.

“It’s at times like these that I’m truly jealous of elves like Eva, and quilins like May. I hear they don’t change much during Growths… Novem-san and Shannon-chan don’t seem to change much either.”

Lyle alone stood out extraordinarily, but Aria, Miranda and Clara had a stream of failures post-Growth.

With this time’s defeat of Tressy, everyone showed a change in their physical state right after. They weren’t bedridden, but even so when Growths overtook everyone around, Clara found herself unable to calmly remain in her room.

She wasn’t one to mind it, but she somehow didn’t want to return.

Aria and Miranda were now sleeping in the room with their blankets wrapped around them. So Clara left, and came up to the deck.

“A post-Growth’s elation… I need to learn to contain it.”

Even if she attempted to restrain it herself, it wasn’t something that could be restrained. That’s why so many people raised problems.

Sinking into those darker sentiments, Clara heard a voice call out to her from behind. It was Vera.

Raising up her bright red parasol, she touched her other hand to her hip.

“Huh? Is it just you, Clara? Why are you alone?”

Turning around, Clara answered honestly.

“I don’t want to face any of my comrades right now. Could you understand my sentiment?”

When she said that, Vera sympathized, and nodded. And Clara looked at the parcel Vera held in the hand against her side.

“What’s in the box?”

“This? Ah, it’s a spare gun, and I was thinking of giving it to Lyle…t-that guy only has a few mass-produced sabres as weapons, right? I have a few spares myself. Y-you think he’ll like it? And we haven’t been able to see each other lately, so…”

Seeing how Vera had become more talkative, Clara was shocked. Of all else, when she averted her eyes a bit from Clara, and said Lyle’s name, she looked a little confused.

(This girl really is falling. Lyle-san, you’re needlessly proficient.)

And Clara looked at the box in Vera’s hands.

“A gun, is it? I’m also interested, but I don’t have the knowledge to use one, so I’m hesitant to dabble in it. I don’t think Lyle-san has such knowledge either… does he?”

Why does he know something like that? Clara had pondered such a thing of the boy many times on a regular basis.

She had seen actions that couldn’t just be written off as that Lyle was talented. In that case, it wouldn’t be strange for him to possess the knowledge to use a gun.

“Are you curious? I see… then come to my room.”

“Eh?”

And just like that, Clara was on the way to Vera’s room. After entering, Vera took out a number of boxes from her assorted belongings, and placed them on the table.

It was smaller than the one Vera used, but it was a revolver-style gun. On top of that, she placed three box-fulls of ammunition.

“You can have it.”

“No, um… I can’t accept something so expensive.”

As Clara said something like that, Vera smiled.

“It’s a prior investment. The country handling in that gun’s bullets are our company. And if it will be used by a promising party, it’s a cheap buy.”

Accepting it, Clara took the gun out of the box, and tried taking a stance.

“While it’s small, it’s a Magic Tool. I can’t tell you what Skills were inscribed on it, but it lessens the recoil. You can even use it with one hand. Ah, don’t point it at people. And…”

After Vera gave Clara a simple explanation of how to handle it, they went out over the sea, and tried firing off some actual rounds. The gun Clara accepted had a lower output than Vera’s. But it was more than enough for self-defense.

And like that, until the sun set, Clara learned how to handle a gun from Vera…

The countries north of Bahnseim contained some that had been hostile for many years.

The country called 【Cartaffs】 was one placed in a harsh environment. They had tried many times to march into the abundance of Bahnseim to their south.

Of course, Bahnseim was sure to respond in kind, so both sides had hostile relations with one another.

But recently, there hadn’t been any drastic movement, and from Bahnseim’s point of view, they were seen on as nothing but a country they had once been at war with.

At the major port of such a country, the Vera Trēs arrived right on schedule.

As I descended the gangway, the sailors waved at me from atop the Ship.

“Go get ‘em, Mr. Lyle.”
“Tell tales of our travels when you get back, Mr. Lyle.”
“You’re gonna make it big, Mr. Lyle.”

Each and every one of them, mr. lyle, mr. lyle… I do understand this is my persecution complex, but even so it made me feel like holding my head, and rolling across the ground.

Standing on land for the first in a while, I felt as if I was still swaying a little.

“Hah… now then, we’ll have to head for the Guild that put out the request, then go and slay a Land Dragon.”

Everyone looked at me, and nodded. Clara pulled on my sleeve.

“Lyle-san, could you give your salutations to Vera-san? She should still be somewhere around the gangway.”

Looking around, I saw Vera-san had disembarked, and she had her parasol out, with a parcel in both hands.

She was holding quite an expensive-looking box, and averting her eyes from me.

“Me? I already did that, but… very well.”

Following Clara’s words, I headed for Vera-san, and she handed over that box to me. From that relatively large box, I felt a profound weight.

“Eh? Um…?”

When I looked confused, she spoke.

“You can have that. You gave us the Magic Stone, and it would leave a bad taste in my mouth if I only pay your reward… I-I just thought something like this would be nice too.”

“Yes, is that so? You even threw in a bonus, so personally, I’ve no complaints.”

When I looked at the box, she told me to ‘try opening it’.

So I took off the lid, and inside was a black, expensive-looking gun. It was revolver-type, and I thought I had seen its shape somewhere before.

“Isn’t this a differently colored version of yours, Vera-san?”

In regards to that.

“Just Vera is fine. It’s not just color, mine is made of the rare metal gold. That one’s also rare metal, but… well, it’s just a spare. T-there’s no deeper meaning.”

When I gazed at the gun, the Seventh let his voice.

『… The fact that it’s rare metal mean’s its sturdy, and probably a Magic Tools with Skills engraved on it. It definitely isn’t cheap.』

The Fifth even…

『Twenty one rounds… just how much would one of those shots go for? It’s definitely a weapon of the rich.』

I thought the same, but if she was handing it over, I would accept. I wanted to try firing one, but carrying one around didn’t sound bad either.

“Thank you… I’ll treasure it.”

When I said that, she hid her face with her parasol, and started back up the gangway.

“I see. Well, go do your best. I think we’ll depart in around three weeks, so make sure you’re back here by then.”

After I replied, she hastened her pace, and disappeared into the ship.

“… As I thought, she’s angry.”

The Fourth, on my opinion.

『This time was a failure. Well, it would be a lie to say you weren’t aiming for it, but there shouldn’t be a problem. She’s quite a big-shot anyways.』

I repented over how I angered her with my Growth, as I raised my expectations for how much Tressy’s materials would sell for.

(I’d be grateful for two or three thousand.)

I thought, as I headed back to my comrades. The Third let out a fed-up voice.

『… Hah, you’re all no good. Fourth, all you’re good at is currying favor.』

He let out a sigh.

I had dropped by the Cartaffs Guild that had put out the Land Dragon Subjugation Request.

But there, they informed me…

“Y-you can’t buy them off!?”

“I-I deeply apologize.”

The bespectacled male receptionist pressed himself against the counter, as he apologized to me. When I asked the reason…

“Um… we’ve confirmed those are indeed Trident Serpent materials. But you see. With this Guild’s scale, we don’t deal with monster materials of that level, and when it comes to Trident Serpents, just what standard could we use to price them…”

They had never dealt with it before, so they had no idea what sum to put up.

Miranda, who’d come to the Guild with me spoke to the receptionist.

“Where is the largest Guild in Cartaffs? Do you think they will buy it?”

The receptionist spoke apologetically.

“If you just want to sell them, anywhere would work. But I can’t say anything to a fair price… and it’s uncertain what those materials would be suited to; it’s unknown if they have any use in manufacturing at all. If you sell them, both sides may be unsatisfied with this transaction, so most Guilds will be reluctant to deal in them. What’s more, the objectives of the Guilds of Cartaffs aren’t as flexible as others.”

Perhaps having regulations more severe than others was Cartaffs’ characteristic. Within the countries Guilds, it seems such a policy had been taken up.

“If it were the Magic Stone, you could probably receive between five to ten thousand. But the materials will depend on future research. What’s more, they’re not materials one can find a steady supply of, so they’re not something Cartaffs would want at all costs… w-well! You came from Beim, did you not? Then bringing it back to Beim is the best option! Even if you do, I can’t say how much it will go for.”

After so much trouble, on top of all my expectations of how high they would sell for, Tressy’s materials…

They were rare, but he said no one knew what use they had.

(So I should have confirmed it with Vera-san, and stopped while I was ahead.)

In my high tensions, I had no intentions of conceding the crown, so I had refused her proposals.

As my stream of capital became dubious, the Third spoke.

『Well, since you defeated Tressy, you can sell your name, so is it really that much a problem? Getting the Trēs House in your debt was already a merit. In the first place, Tressy wasn’t part of our plans.』

When he said it, I recalled my goal had simply bean to beat a Land Dragon, and raise my name. The fund-raising was to come afterwards.

(Yes, if you think of it like that…)

I spoke to the Guild receptionist.

“Then I’ll bring the materials back to Beim. Now about your Land Dragon problems.”

The male receptionist made a relieved expression.

“You’ve defeated a Trident Serpent, so I can leave it to your party with peace of mind. The location, if you’ll look at this map, is right around here.”

Taking out a map, the man informed me.

And he said he’d prepare a guide to get us there.

“A local adventurer?”

“Yes. Well… it may sound rude, but every place has its own set of rules. You’ve come all the way here at our request, but even so, breaking such unwritten rules will invite the hatred of the guild, and its adventurers.”

Miranda touched her hand to her chin.

“I get where he’s coming from. And it’s better to have a guide than not. Lyle, I think we should hire them. And they’re trustworthy, right?”

On Miranda’s look, the receptionist nodded.

“They’re an adventure party even we rely on. There’s no doubt they’re skilled.”

He told us he’d contact the party that would guide us tomorrow, so we returned to our inn to rest for the day.

Night.

As I slept, I came into the Jewel for the first time in a while.

I crossed my arms in front of my room, thinking over whether I should enter it, or if it would be irrelevant for what was to come.

Behind me, the ancestors were discussing this time’s request.

The Third brought up the conversation at the Guild.

『Skilled, but can’t win against a Land Dragon, is it… I think that’s a bit dicey.』

Rather than that, the Fourth was surprised over the cheapness of Tressy’s materials.

『It’s a famous monster. Why does it sell for so low once defeated? It’s true we took it apart, so it can’t be stuffed, but it should still have its value.』

The Seventh sighed at the Fourth’s opinion.

『All that matters is that people know Lyle defeated it. That’s just how valuable it is. Well, sell it once we return to Beim, and there won’t be a problem. But what should I say about Cartaffs’ Guild…』

The Fifth took over the Seventh’s doubts.

『It felt quite rigid. Some may say that’s for the better, but it didn’t bring about a good result for us. Perhaps it was better than having them buy it simply because it was rare. But you could call them too pragmatic.』

The Third didn’t know too much about Cartaffs. When he was alive, it was a land far, far away.

『More importantly, you guys know about the wars between Cartaffs and Bahnseim, right? Is it on hold from injuries? Or are there still skirmishes happening about?』

The one to answer was the Seventh.

『They haven’t been warring as of late. Our territory was too far to consider sending reinforcements, but perhaps there are some small squabbles still going on? There were only two large-scale wars over the course of my life.』

Should I think only two? Or You already had two? … As a Bahnseimian, I felt it was best I didn’t ask.

In front of the door.

I approached, and tried opening it just a bit.

Through the narrow gap, my eyes met with the blue eyes of Celes peering back.

『Oh, so you won’t come in? You damn coward!』

“Gyaaah!!”

I hurriedly tried to shut it, but Celes’ hand reached out to prevent that. When I kicked that hand by reflex, she laughed to herself before retreating back into the room.

And after I shut the door, I took some distance from it.

『What are you doing, Lyle? If you’re that curious, just try going in.』

When the Seventh said that, the Fifth too.

『The only ones who haven’t entered yet are you and the Fourth.』

When I looked over to the Fourth, he averted his eyes, and corrected his glasses with a shaking hand.

『… Everyone has something they’re not good at. I don’t have the courage to go out before an angry Bridget.』

Just how scared could he be, I thought, but I had also been surprised into retreat by Celes.

“And wait, why is Celes in my room of memories?”

The third crossed his hands, and made just a bit of a serious expression.

『I’ve no idea. Well, perhaps there’ll be some progress as things go on, but for now, you should concentrate on the job before you.』

The Third said that in his usual aloof smile.

… Arumsaas.

An automaton in a tailcoat prepared black tea, and presented it to his master.

Celes accepted it, and after enjoying the fragrance, she took a sip.

“Excellent. It’s quite a splendid taste. Even as you hate me so, seeing you serve me with all your might is delightful.”

She relaxed in an extravagant room, and nearby, a young girl absentmindedly sat in an armchair, her black hair growing all the way to the floor.

Her eyes were covered with her hair, and the only visible parts of her face were her nose and mouth.

The male-model butler automaton with his red hair cut short spoke.

“Your praise brings absolutely no pleasure to me. Because it is only the natural result. Good grief, being left with no one to serve was one thing, but being forced into the service of one I bear such sentiment towards is a curse on my being.”

When the automaton said that, Celes laughed to herself.

And she looked over the room.

In it, the influential scholars of the City of scholars were looking at her with passion.

“I’ve taken a liking to you. I hated that that trash had something I did not, but you’re even more wonderful than the maid he carried around.”

The academy’s principal sounded delighted.

“Thank you very much. He is an automaton the academy put all our resources to reviving. Unlike the maids, they’re characterized by possessing a wide array of functions without add-ons.”

Celes’ Automaton.

The automaton named 【Burt】 spoke annoyed.

“I never thought I would be compared to those fakes from a country who know nothing but how to imitate. Yes, being compared to those failures is… unpleasant.”

He was a tall butler in his twenties… Holding his head high, his expression truly was an annoyed one.

Celes laughed.

“Then will you destroy Lyle’s automaton? I don’t mind. Of course, I’ve no idea where they are, or anything.”

Burt looked upon Celes’ smile expressionlessly.

“I must refrain. My sole objective is to serve you. And can you imagine how unpleasant that is already making me feel?”

Celes finished her black tea, reaching a hand to the confectionaries, before stuffing them into her mouth with an immodest gesture.

The confectionaries Burt made were delicious, and with a cute smile appropriate her age, she ate with stuffed cheeks.

Burt spoke.

“How improper. Your mouth is sullied.”

Saying that, he immediately brought a handkerchief to her mouth, and gently wiped it off. Regardless of how much he disliked or hated her, serving with all his might was the role of an automaton.

Celes let out a sigh.

“Delicious tea and snacks… but I really wanted to meet Professor Damien. I never thought he would say he was off for a round of the Labyrinth and flee. Because of that, I ended up going all the way up and beating the Fiftieth Floor Boss looking for him. The guild receptionists even got mad at me for it, so I ended up killing them.”

She put out her tongue in a cute gesture.

But even hearing that, the leaders of Arumsaas.

“What, after looking into it, it had already extended past fifty.”

“As long as the Labyrinth doesn’t disappear, there isn’t a problem. And even if you were to clear the Labyrinth, we would have nothing but gratitude to you, Celes-sama.”

“Even so, Damien… he shall be permanently exiled from Arumsaas.”

Looking at the delighted leaders, the black-haired girl muttered.

“… Killing dozens with a smile. You weren’t even particularly angry.”

On those words, Celes looked at the black-haired girl.

“I wasn’t mad. But I didn’t like their attitude. And it’s important that I punished them for making me go through something so pointless. If it’s only receptionists, they have any number of replacements.”

Hearing that, Burt spoke.

“Making a bloodbath of everyone working at the guild, and that’s your reaction… good grief, why am I consigned to such an unpleasant master… if this was how it was to be, staying dead would have been preferable.”

Celes remembered the faces the last staff members had made as they cried and begged, and she grinned.

“Now then, what should we play next?”

As Celes laughed in Arumsaas, she gently stroked the hilt of her rapier as she though over the next game to play.

And on it, the yellow Jewel sparkled…

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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84 Responses to Sevens: the Northern Powers

  1. Yoraikun says:

    No, is just fantasy.

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  2. manthin says:

    is this real life?

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  3. kuroinfinity says:

    Thanks for the chapter Yorai!😀

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  4. goblinrou says:

    (This girl really is falling. Lyle-san, you’re needlessly proficient.)

    Holy Knight of Love at work ,ppl!

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  5. dbm says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    The black-haired girl must be Celes’s quilin, right? Previously her quilin form was described as having “black scales, and an ashen mane”.

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    • killerwakka says:

      quilins are all female and quite strong too. They should be resistent to celes skill and such a holybeast would never serve someone evil

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      • dbm says:

        They’re called “holy beasts”, but perhaps that just means they are intelligent and magical despite not having a monster stone? May doesn’t seem particularly holy in the “embodiment of pure good” sense, that’s for sure. And the black-haired girl doesn’t seem to be entirely in thrall to Celes as her words are somewhat critical. Didn’t May state earlier that some Quilin got caught up and killed in the conflict surrounding Aggrissa?

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      • abaddonsama says:

        There was a girl described with black hair sitting next to celes, right? And i do remember a confrontation where Celes was riding a black quilin. I think dbm is right here, the girl sitting next to celes is a Quilin.

        She might be resistant to the mind bending skill of celes, so the most likely answer is that she is following her out of her own free will.

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  6. Sazib99 says:

    wow Celes is seriously a psycho…But why is her father not stopping her? I mean he is a Walt too. If Lyle wasn’t charmed by her then why was her father charmed? And seventh even said his son was excellent…..

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  7. Chronos5884 says:

    Yeesh, Celes is freaking messed up.

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  9. chendu says:

    thnaks yoraikun

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  10. KozuKy says:

    “『Oh, so you won’t come in? You damn coward!』”
    for a few seconds i thought it was Monica

    Thanks for the chapter😀

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  11. I wonder if he can ask Monica to use the materials from Tressy to do something.

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  12. tjcater says:

    Almost expected Celes to either drag him back in or exit into the chamber/conference room (Don’t know what the room is called…)

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  13. alu says:

    Usually, I like the world in this novel… but then I’m remembered that Celes is in it….

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  14. diablo says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  15. gate says:

    RIP Arumsaas guild receptionists. Don’t think I remember if any names there though.

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    • alu says:

      The irony is, that the only receptionists alive now are the ones Lyle caused to be fired.

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    • nckeo says:

      Killing guild members, doesn’t this automatically makes the entire Guild to put a bounty on Celes head?!

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      • Sazib99 says:

        That should be the case…But what I dont understand is why did she kill them? Shouldn’t they be under her mind bending skill??

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        • Owl says:

          You think she cares about the ants? So what if they were under her control? She just kills for fun, mind controlled or not. Remember when she set the monsters on the people following her on the way to the capital because she was bored?

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        • AlbinoBlackSheep says:

          Celes kills because it is tuesday
          Celes kills becausea snack wasn’t yummy
          Celes kills because blue is the wrong collor
          Celes kills because Celes likes to kill

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  16. kuroinfinity says:

    Oh yeah,

    ‘Aria and Monica were now sleeping in the room with their blankets wrapped around them. So Clara left, and came up to the deck.’

    Shouldn’t it be Aria and Miranda? I thought Monica sleeps in Lyle’s room standing up?

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  17. jeezy says:

    honestly Celes rules, rare that you can sustain an outright evil antagonist this far without making her a mindless cliche

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    • Rune says:

      and the has the innocent quality to her madness too like a child who was taught evil without learning right from wrong.

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    • Owl says:

      True, she’s evil in the sense that she does anti-social things, but she really doesn’t or can’t see it as “evil”, so in a way she’s very innocent.

      If I was forced to describe her, it would be amoral instead of immoral, no sense of right or wrong instead of specifically doing wrong.

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      • Nd says:

        I think that, “sociopath” or even a full on “psychopath”, are words that best suit Celes, she just does not give a fuck for anything as long as she gets what she wants.

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  18. Kortodo says:

    So, Lyle’s room in the jewel makes one live through ones greatest fear and/or pain? Perhaps it ties in to Lyle’s skill’s final form? And accepting/overcoming the trial is how you unlock it?

    In that case Lyle will probably not unlock his skill’s final form until he is ready to face Celes.

    Going by his skill’s forms:

    The first one is Experience, which greatly increases the benefits of growth, but at the same time requires 5 times the normal amount of XP to trigger growth.

    The second is Connection, which allows him to establish two way links between himself and others, sharing not only sensory input, but also skills (not sure about that one)?

    So, maybe the final stage of Lyle’s skill allows him to Steal or Borrow the skills of others, or maybe prevent or make it difficult for his targets to use their skills? Maybe even cancel out the benefits of their growths for a short while?

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    • mcdex says:

      Lyle said (I hdon’t remember when) that he didn’t remember Celeste very well from before he was 10 (when things turned weird). I bet that room has Lyle’s lost memories.

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      • Kortodo says:

        Except in that room he sees her as she is now. And based on what the ancestors said they witnessed inside, it suggests it’s more of an “alternative” (for lack of better word) world that one experiences there.

        A world constructed based on the memories of the one who opens the door, but still a different/virtual world.

        Since Lyle’s skill is based around experience (2nd stage is about sharing ones sensory input, thus in a way also the way one “experiences” the world), the doors function would tie in nicely with his skill, that is, allowing one to experience a “different” world/outcome, rather than reliving old memories.

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  19. evil says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  20. Hakurei06 says:

    TBH I see both where firearms and other powder armaments like cannons, grenades, etc could both find its niche as a great equalizer and be completely overshadowed by the presence of magic.

    They need a minimum amount of (expensive) research & development to be at all useful. You don’t pull the designs for an automatic, magazine-fed, cartridge-firing assault rifle out of thin air. You can’t even use rifled guns very widely until you have the metallurgy to make breech loaded weapons, since on a battlefield, accuracy is secondary to rate-of-fire and it’s much quicker to ram a bullet down the barrel of a smooth-bore.

    And building the tech base from scratch will be difficult when things like magic can usually wreck the other major factor that limits its proliferation, logistics. You need a supply train of volatile ammunition to be able to keep firing. Seizing enemy munitions is hit or miss when the enemy may use differentcalibers or powder that burns at a different rate. You need to keep your powder from heat and static unless you want to be blown to smithereens and unless you’re post flintlock, you need to keep your match from going out on the field or you can’t fire. Not to mention that wet powder is as good as useless, and while they’re better than being unarmed, and bayonets make for a poor replacement to polearms.

    On the other side of things, though, firearms need only weeks of training rather than years, for weapons like bows, swords, and certainly magic. They’re not reliant as much on physical endurance or a supply of mana. Guns don’t care if their weilder is man, woman or woman, child or senior; so long as you have a working gun and the ammunition for it, you can keep firing bullets, shot, or shells with devastating force, Swords and arrows can be blocked with leather armour, but bulletproofing will take metal or magic at a minimum, and the latter isn’t endless.

    Firearms are a monster that can easily be killed in their infancy and suppressed in their adolescence, but they’re a nigh unstoppable force once they reach adulthood.

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    • Owl says:

      Unless your enemies are magic “skill users” or animals that can put up force fields, then all your firearms become little spitballs. A walking mage already has the firepower of a mortar without the logistics burden and the need to haul a tube up and down hills, much less an infantryman with an AR. True on the training but the limitations of firearms in a magical world is severe.


      🙂

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      • Hakurei06 says:

        I never said they weren’t, I outlined myself many of those limitations. But, magical barriers in most ‘verses can be exhausted. Mages usually aren’t able to call upon an endless supply of energy. More importantly, it depends on the ubiquity of magic. This is a ‘verse where magic users are mostly confined to nobility, and when it comes to Skills most people shun gems for magic tools, and inherent Skills are generally a tossup,so the chances of having a protective skill are lower. The story comes from Lyle’s perspective, but people of his party’s caliber are rare. Mind you, the army contains a large number of people simply equipped with armour and melee weaponry.

        Logistics is the number two problem (R&D being 1st), but once you overcome it, it scales much better than magic. With guns, you can increase shipments of munitions, scaling up production if you have to. Mages OTOH, are a powerful but limited resource, unless you’re in a verse where practically anyone and everyone can use combat grade magic without years of intense training.

        I’m not saying that Firearms can’t be hampered or suppressed on a level that surpasses mere decades. It’ll take centuries more than the millenia we’ve been using firearms for them to be a major force. The bar to entry is far, far higher, but once a threshold is crossed, firearms can become an invaluable resource. There’ll never be a point where they’ll overshadow magic, unless they manage to do the very unlikely and kill them off, but they’ll be able to compete.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    While reading this chapter I cant help but think that Lyle’s third stage in his skill will be somethibg like「Database」where he can temperarily know any skill of those he’s connected with. For example, he has’nt been taught how to use a gun, but with this skill he can know as much as Vera does.

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  22. GM_Rusaku says:

    ………..γ ̄ヽ………Thanks!…………
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    ….….’ーゝ_ノ……~……∧__∧..………
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    …….ヽ__シ……….(__(__つ……..

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    • kuroinfinity says:

      lol the face changed xD

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    • DarknessWolf says:

      Thanks for the chapter.
      Like this better.
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  23. Trash says:

    Lyle’s room probably hold the key to understanding/defeating Celes. Too bad he and his ancestors all chickened out.

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  24. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    So, not wanting to lose to Lyle, Celes got herself a Quilin and an automaton. Unfortunately for Celes, Lyle is likely going to get a battle maid army.

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  25. necrosis says:

    seems the door makes you confront either your greatest fear or regret probably with some bs about it making you advance as a person.
    Also it is now painfully obvious that celes is doing this all for one reason she wants to be better than her brother and wants everything that he has but better. Although this is even more extreme than my sisters jealousy and it makes me want to see celes die as soon as possible

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  26. rennass says:

    Burt: “I never thought I would be compared to those fakes from a country who know nothing but how to imitate. Yes, being compared to those failures is… unpleasant.”
    Lol, so Monica is made in chi*a?

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  27. ryujisasak1 says:

    Just hoping today would be double chapter again so we can see the next book😀

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  28. Harukaze says:

    Little off topic but how is ToS Yorai? Tempted to check it out, because of RO nostalgia and a desperate need of something to mindlessly grind in again, but not sure about how it is….

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  29. thank for the update

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  30. NZPIEFACE says:

    So the people in those rooms are people that influenced the lives the most of whomever opened it.

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  31. Raufgar says:

    Thanks for the chapter~!

    Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice.

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  32. Emilia says:

    Thank you for the new chapter!

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  33. Mutsu says:

    Don’t sell the material Lyle!
    Make warhammer with it, and name it The Tressher! Get it?
    It’s Tressy and thresher. And it’s a hammer. No? Ok…..

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  34. jibu jibu says:

    inb4 he use the 4th skill on the bullet

    the skill is the type that multiply the speed by X and do not add X

    so the greater the true speed is the greater the modified speed will become

    aaaand so the 4th skill can achive its true potential with guns !!

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  35. Yami Whisper says:

    Hmmm I wonder… Now that he has a gun, will the 7th teach him more now and be the next one to leave? I do think Vera is a much needed addition for the Lyle Harem, especially where finance and maneuverability is concerned, and at this rate another divine beast may end up becoming his in the future, this time one of the sea😄 It must be said, Mr Lyle’s game is a legend for the history books by itself. For a guy who doesn’t necessarily want a harem, he sure is skilled at pulling one together😄 it’s getting hard to pick a fave girl out of the group but my top 3 at the mo are 1. Miranda 2. Novem 3. May, though I’m sure these are the three he would regret angering the most😄

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  36. Solomon says:

    Nothing today????

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  37. Solomon says:

    Nothing today????
    F5

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