Ch. 61: The Magecraft Artifact Development
As my thoughts drifted about the Gerald Merchant Group, my sister spoke up.
Bridget: “And this is the most important part, but the Royal Magecraft Knights have started taking down several of the Knights of Lumen’s hideouts.”
Werner: “.......I see…..”
Bridget: “Yes. That’s why the enemy is feeling cornered. This isn’t the first time that I’ve been attacked either.”
Werner: “Sister, you could have let me know.”
Bridget: “I’m the heir of the Marquis Family, so it’s not unusual for assassins to target my life. I wouldn’t bother you about that every time it happens.”
And my sister laughed as she spoke.
Werner: “No, no. This incident was related to me, so you could have let me know, right?” Bridget: “That’s true. I guess we are even then.”
It was hard to argue with her when she put it that way.
I was also not reporting about issues with the Galatea Empire that would have involved the Marquis Family.
Bridget: “Then let’s make sure that we exchange all the proper information from now on, Werner.”
Werner: “Okay.” Bridget: “And you should sleep at the main mansion.”
Werner: “Does that have anything to do with what we’re talking about now?”
Bridget: “Of course. If you sleep here, then we’ll have more opportunities to talk, no?” Werner: “I will take it into consideration.”
After I was done speaking with my sister, I returned to my Research Lab.
Werner: “...........I need to hurry.”
It was not a time for making a Dog-Walking Artifact.
If my sister’s life was in danger, then I need to finish the Barrier Artifact so that it can communicate with the outside world.
I sat down in my chair, and as I began my research, Taro, the Dog-Walking Artifact, came and sat down by my feet.
Werner: “Taro, thank you for cleaning.”
Though it’s an Artifact, I can’t help but feel that Taro is more of a pet than a tool.
I pet Taro’s body and began concentrating and drawing up my design.
Hati: “My Lordー”
Hati: “My Lord～”
Looks like Hati was calling for me.
I couldn’t remember how long she was calling.
I stood up and headed to the front door.
Werner: “What’s wrong, Hati?” Hati: “Could you first let Hati inside?”
Werner: “Yeah, sure…”
I deactivate the barrier and let Hati inside.
Werner: “So, did something happen?”
Hati: “What do you mean, did something happen?”
Werner: “Hm?” Hati: “Does my Lord know what time it is right now?”
Werner: “There are no clocks here. They are quite expensive.”
The typical person will not have a clock, but there are craftsmen who make them.
They are not Magecraft Artifacts, but they need a large amount of small parts, and they are incredibly expensive.
Hati: “So, what time does my Lord think it is?” Werner: “Around…..8 o’clock?”
I remember it turning into morning.
The morning light pierced through the window, and because it was so bright, I woke up to close the curtains.
Hati: “That’s correct, my Lord. It is 8 o’clock.”
Werner: “I see. So it’s already that time.”
Maybe Hati came here to invite me to eat breakfast.
Hati: “But my Lord. It is 8 o’clock of the morning 3 days after your sister was attacked.”
Hati: “Hati came to see you morning, noon, and night, but you would not respond.”
The news hit me pretty hard.
It’s true that the barrier has high sound-proofing abilities. But it doesn’t mean that all sound is cut off.
In fact, that was how I was able to realize that Hati was calling for me.
Hati: “My Lord, were you focused on your research? Your sister mentioned something like that.”
Werner: “What did my sister say?” Hati: “She said that once you are concentrating, you can be shaken and still not take notice.”
Werner: “Well, no. That’s not true.”
No matter how focused I am, if someone shakes me, there’s no way I would not notice.
Werner: “But sorry for worrying you.”
Hati: “I was very worried. My Lord’s sister kept saying that everything was okay but…..”
Werner: “I’ll be more careful next time.”
Hati: “From now on, Hati will not leave your side, my Lord!”
And Hati scurried and hugged onto my body.
Hati: “Especially when you are researching, Hati will not leave your side. My Lord, you need to confirm if Hati is around before you begin your work.”
Werner: “I got it. I’ll be careful.”
Hati: “Okay then.”
And I patted Hati on the head for a while after that.
Hati: “My Lord, have you eaten any meals? You look very thin.”
Werner: “I have been drinking water but………I don’t recall eating anything solid now that I think about it.”
Hati: “........HーHati will get you some bread!”
Hati panicked and hurried towards the food cabinet and brought over the dried ration bread.
Nearby, the main mansion would have more delicious bread.
But going there to get some would be too much trouble.
Werner: “Thank you, Hati.”
Hati: “My Lord, you need to eat it slowly.”
Hati watched me eat the dried ration bread.
Werner: “Hati, would you like some too?” I was wondering if she was watching me because she wanted some.
Hati: “Hati’s stomach is full.”
I tore the bread into small pieces, chewed and swallowed it.
That was when I realized how hungry I was.
Werner: “It’s delicious.”
Hati: “Dried ration bread is always delicious!”
Hati kept her eyes on me as I continued to eat the bread.
While I ate, Hati asked me a question.
Hati: “.........so, my Lord, what kind of Artifact were you making?”
Werner: “Well……..here, take a look at this. I just finished it, actually.”
I showed Hati the Artifact that I finished designing that morning.
Hati: “It is very similar to the Barrier Generating Artifact.”
Werner: “It is an improvement of the previous design.”
Hati: “That means you were able to create an artifact that can communicate over long distances?”
Werner: “I was. I’m just about to test it. I’ll have to make sure that there’s no unexpected issues with the new feature.”
Hati: “ThーThat’s amazing……”
Hati’s eyes widened greatly as she looked at me with astonishment.
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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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