Yu IlHan returned to his workshop. It was after he confirmed that the TV changed the announcement of the dungeon in the middle of the city. As he had expected, the Empress really had some amazing connections.
However, he didn’t need to know any of that now. The only important thing was: his skill!
[Sleeping 2nd class monster’s hearts 0/500]
[Troll’s blood 0/500 litres]
[Good sleep 12/100 hours]
[3rd class monster’s magic stone 1/1]
Yu IlHan couldn’t hide his smile while looking at the renewed resting skill evolution criteria.
“I knew people who do good things will get good things.”
[I don’t hate your positive mind that much.]
Was it Yu IlHan’s imagination that he heard it as an indirect insult? After he shut Erta up by shaking his head, he looked at the remaining homework.
“So the biggest problem is the trolls. I haven’t heard that there have been monsters from other worlds appearing on Earth yet……”
[If it was someone else, then he could have just received a suitable quest in another world to do it with.]
“Hmph, do you think I’m doing this since I don’t want to go to another world?”
Erta, who made Yu IlHan mad with a joke, consoled him by calling wind to cool his face.
[The concentration of mana on Earth is getting higher rapidly so you don’t need to worry. You will be able to meet trolls much faster than you think.]
“But you know? When you read fantasy novels, aren’t troll’s blood really popular and such? Aren’t they like more expensive than their weight in gold as a representative material in potion making? Isn’t the requirement for the resting skill to evolve because troll’s blood has a characteristic to heal wounds?”
[Yes, of course.]
Erta replied positively in a delighted voice.
[If you have extreme poison resistance!]1
Why does that resistance go up by a level each time! weak poison resistance, poison resistance, extreme poison resistance – he couldn’t imagine what resistance will appear next.
[Don’t trust fantasy novels so much. Just what kind of insane human would drink monster’s blood raw? It isn’t that there aren’t any potions in another world, but the ingredients to make potions have nothing to do with trolls.]
However, that didn’t change the fact that troll’s blood was needed to evolve the resting skill. A skill that requires a monster’s blood that a human cannot drink.
Just where did this skill come from, and where is it going? Yu IlHan fell into half-worry, and half-expectation.
[Sleeping 2nd class monster’s hearts are quite difficult too, are you alright with that? You need to kill it in one go and not two or three goes.]
“I think I will be able to manage that if I enhance my weapons somehow……”
When Yu IlHan’s gaze turned towards the harkanium on one corner of the workshop, Erta pulled on his hair.
[I said no.]
“Please gimme a little.”
Although Yu IlHan got mad again, Erta couldn’t take a step back in regards to that.
[The balance will be too tilted. It’s a preferential treatment just to let you use the hammer and the anvil. So before the quest ends, just make some good weapons.]
Well, it was indeed thankful that he could make his weapons with the wondrous tools that went beyond this world. As he had already repaired his steel spear, he could really feel that fact.
However, even if he processed steel, it was difficult to make anything better than the steel spear he already had. Now that it came down to this, was he to challenge processing titanium? Yu IlHan shook his head after he thought to that point.
“I should have learnt more deeply about processing bones.”
[Even so, considering your talent, metallic equipment will see more light.]
Yu IlHan also knew this well. This was also the reason he was thinking to whisk some harkanium away too.
“Ah, damn it all. Let’s just make what I can make now.”
[I wondered why you didn’t say that.]
The damaged leather which could only be used to make partial armor, and the black leopard’s bones which were more sturdy compared to that, and the muscles and the tendons he took just in case – these were all the materials he had.
He first repaired the mostly damaged harpoon set. As the pillars and the harpoons made from the Giant Leopard’s bones were mostly intact, he only made the ropes more sturdy and tough by supplementing it with the black leopard’s leather.
After organizing the six-in-one set to use it any time, he now turned his gaze to the muscles and the tendons.
“The muscles’ elasticity is no joke, this is.”
[You’re not thinking of something strange again, right?]
Why not? He grinned as if imagining about something and exprimented with the black leopard’s muscles.
However, no matter how elastic the muscles were, it was impossible to surpass the propulsion power made by modern gunpowder. As expected, even after becoming a monster, is it impossible to surpass the limits of modern gunpowder! – While Yu IlHan was sighing.
The tendons which had just toughness and no elasticity compared to the muscles were thrown away, ended up falling into the fireplace.
“No! I was planning to grill it and eat it after I learn extreme poison resistance!”
[It will rot before that!]
Anyway, I thought he was making weapons, but he had that kind of goal!? – Erta thought.
However, the tendons which fell into the fireplace showed an abnormal change. Yu IlHan, who noticed it fast, observed it with lights in his eyes.
“Look at this guy……?”
Was it because it had come in contact with the Eternal flame which cannot exist in this world? Or was it because the birth of the black leopard itself is abnormal? Although no one knew the reason, the thing happening now was neither magic nor miracle – it was reality.
As the Eternal Flame burned more and more while emitting light, the tendons were changing little by little while becoming heated red.
“You should have told me if there was such a processing method……!”
With shiny eyes, Yu IlHan fixed his gaze on the fireplace. However, Erta turned her face away with a hmph.
[I don’t have any relations with production and creation. There’s no way I will be able to know the change in characteristics of a monster’s tendons after meeting the Eternal Flame, is there?]
“Grill it a bit harder. I need to see the critical point.”
Yu IlHan was already not listening to Erta anymore. The Eternal Flame raised its temperature as if it had understood his words, and the black leopard’s tendons heated up even more while enduring the heat which was at a level not seen on Earth.
- E/N: almost spat my tea out ↩