Chapter 22: Gerald, the Academy President, and the Head of Research
Gerald arrived at the Mages Academy and was immediately guided to the Academy President’s room.
With the President and the Head of Research, the 3 of them began their discussion.
Gerald held back his temper as he asked.
Gerald: “Excuse me, but what was that Magecraft Artifact?” “Was it to your liking” The Head of Magecraft Science did not pick up on Gerald’s anger.
He smiled with confidence towards Gerard.
Gerard: “How could I ever come to like something like that? A device that takes 3 hours to warm up one small cup of water? How am I supposed to sell something like that?” “This is why ignorance is such a pain.”
The Head of Research rolled his eyes as he mumbled something under his breath.
Gerald: “Excuse me?” “Oh, no. Please don’t mind me. You see. That Magecraft Artifact’s method of warming up water used a fundamentally revolutionary theory andーー”
Gerald: “We could care less about the theory behind it. Isn’t it all about its functionality?”
Of course, researchers might view this differently, but as a product of a merchant, it’s all about how useful or beneficial an item is.
Gerald: “Please stop with your joking.”
“But I am not……”
Gerald: “What about the new products that were being researched in Professor Kay’s laboratory?”
“We are encountering some difficulties.”
Gerald: “The Head of Research is encountering insurmountable hurdles? What’s wrong? Are you unable to keep up with the latest research any more?” “................”
The Head of Research remained silent. But his face reddened with fury.
Gerald: “Well, putting that aside, if you are unable to make new products, then can you go ahead and proceed with making the existing products we have on the market?”
“...........we have put all of our resources into developmental research.”
Gerald: “What? So you have placed all your resources into research, and you are unable to complete it?” As Gerald’s temper rises, the Academy President tries to intervene.
“Please, Mr. Gerald.”
Gerald: “President, we are not playing here.” With a single glare from Gerald, the Academy President was silenced.
Both the President and the Head of Research received benefits that cannot be announced publicly.
That’s why both could not say anything back.
Gerald: “Let me make this crystal clear.” Now Gerald glared at both the President and Head of Research now.
Gerald: “Making of our existing product lines, and simultaneously completing the research artifacts in Professor Kay’s laboratory. We need you to complete both these tasks as soon as possible.”
“We know that.”
The President replied curtly, and Gerald’s icy glare pierced him once more.
Gerald: “No, you don’t understand. If things continue as they are, there will be some unfortunate circumstances befalling upon you.”
Gerald: “Would you really like for me to elaborate? Let me just say that it is far worse than what you are able to presently imagine.”
And with that, Gerald left the room.
Being released from Gerald’s tantrum, the President spoke to the Head of Research.
“You need to hurry.” “We are doing everything we can.” “You are? Then why is the research completion delayed so much?” “I’ve told you. Completing Magecraft Artifact research takes time. I’ve told you this last time. How many times must I repeat myself?” “Excuse me? First of all, when we were letting Strout go, weren’t you the one who said 3 days is all you needed to complete the research?” “It’s common for things to not go according to plan. If you are a researcher too, you should know this already.”
“Not going according to plan? Even though you said 3 days, how many days has it been? You seem to be setting up quite a new schedule now. If you were a student, you would have had to repeat the semester.”
“What did you say to me? Did you just compare me to a student who gets held back……?” “Oh, excuse me if I wasn’t clear. I meant to say that you’re far worse than those students we have to hold back.”
“.........even if it’s coming from the President, I can’t excuse those words.” “And what do you plan to do about it?”
There is a pile of unfinished Magecraft Artifacts that Werner left behind.
But the Head of Research was unable to complete a single one of those tools.
The Head of Research is not useless. He is a respected academic in his field.
But Werner’s theories and ideas were far too progressive and advanced that it was beyond his understanding.
Both the President and Head of Research originally came together because it mutually benefited them.
So of course, they would get along while things are moving along smoothly.
But as soon as things do not start going according to plans, they no longer have a reason to be civil with one another.
In his rage, the Head of Research lurched forward to punch the President.
But the President immediately lights a fire at his fingertips.
“I would be astonished if this was the case, but have you forgotten that I am the leading authority when it comes to Attack Spell Research?”
“You’re just a silly tool making monkey. Do you dare lift up a finger to your master?” Normally, a Magecraft Artifact Developer is not that strong.
Werner is simply out of the ordinary in this case.
The Head of Research balled up his fists, and seeing him step back, the President smiled cruelly, confident of his victory.
And now, the two have completely split alliances.
It may be a different story when things are rolling along smoothly, but it is much more difficult to cooperate during times of turmoil.
“A tool monkey should do what a tool monkey does best and finish making those Magecraft Artifacts.”
The Head of Research glares up at the Academy President.
“Oh, what’s with those eyes? Do you have something you want to say?” “.......................no, I do not.” “Sheesh. I never thought that you would be this useless.”
The President continued his insults, but the Head of Research had to endure without another word.
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A Non-Combat Magecraft Artifact Researcher ー actually was an extraordinary S-Rank Mage～ Though he worked overtime without compensation and contributed greatly, he was labeled as incompetent and was fired
Written by: Ezo Gingitsune
Illustrations by Tomozero
Translated by: ChonkyTL
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