Chapter 37 - Learning Magic
For some reason, the accessory merchant joined our peddling. I'm not complaining since he is paying us, but I don't know what this fellow is up to.
The accessory merchant started teaching me various things after he found out about my Hero status during the bandit fiasco, which he seemed to have enjoyed.
Apparently, he wants to refine my talents...
While the accessory merchant on the surface is someone who is gentle and teaches apprentices kindly, he actually holds considerable influence within the merchant guild. Apparently, the thieves around this area are notorious. It seems that they were tipped off by associates within the merchant guild.
The first thing he taught me was where to mine for the gemstones needed to create jewelry. Next is processing precious metals into accessories. I am currently capable of making various designs. Because I am somewhat of a picture otaku, my creations were quite nice.
The tools needed to work are also cheap. In this world, there are magic tools that were powered by magic stones, similar to how fuel works. There are several points that seem similar to the burning and grinding process of metalworking in my world. 
To process any hard iron, I would need to go to the ironworks and work with a metal mould. Having crafting skills really help out with preventing any mistakes that might be made. Although the Shield is reacting, I can't just let it absorb my work because it's expensive.
Back to the main issue, I wanted to start working on enchantment magic.
As expected, I need to be able to use magic. I groaned while holding the magic book in one hand and the accessory merchant is curious.
Accessory Merchant: "Is Hero-sama unable to use magic?"
Naofumi: "Yeah, even though my slave can already use magic..."
Accessory Merchant: "Ah I see… "
The accessory merchant took out some small transparent fragment and handed it to me.
Naofumi: "What is that?"
Accessory Merchant: "It's a piece of an extremely rare ore. It’s quite expensive."
Accessory Merchant: "Can you read the letters?"
Naofumi: "Yeah... Only the simple ones though."
I've been seriously tackling the letters of this world for about a month. I can't read any of the more difficult words, but I can understand the simple ones.
Accessory Merchant: "It's enough for you to be able to feel magic first, learning how to use magic will come after."
Hmm... What you said just now is quite difficult.
I played with the fragment while thinking and then the fragment began to shine.
What can I say... This feels like I just found another hand within myself that I had no idea about.
Until now, I had no idea of the existence of such an “organ”, but it doesn't feel out of place. Seems quite similar to how even when a bird doesn't know how to fly, it still knows how to flap its wings.
Naofumi: "What a strange feeling."
Accessory Merchant: "I grew up knowing the magical power was there. However, you had no idea of its existence until recently, but you seemed to have succeeded"
Naofumi: "Is that so…?"
I am now conscious of another “arm” called magic power.
I open to the part of the magic book which I have already deciphered. The letters begin to shine. This is a magic engraved by me and only usable by me.
Naofumi:“I am the Hero of the shield who commands the origin of power. I have read and deciphered a law of nature. May the power of nature defend me!”
Naofumi: "Fast Guard!"
A target mark appears in my view. I selected myself as a test.
A light shines over me. Then I check my status and it seems to have risen.
Naofumi: "I seemed to have learnt it somehow. Well then, teach me some magic."
The accessory merchant disregarded my excitement and immediately began another lecture.
Even though I thought this was something pretty special...
While the accessory merchant was teaching me, I was trying to apply magical power to a processed jewel.
I had trouble at first but my shield corrected some of my mistakes.
It gets difficult when I try mixing power from a different gem. On a side note, I seem to be able to draw out magical power from medicine and apply it.
Accessory Merchant: "Well, that's the basics. Please keep improving and apply it to your business afterwards."
After saying that, the accessory merchant left the carriage.
Thus, I learn how to craft something besides medicine.
Because crafting required the use of ores, when we arrived at a mining town, I immediately went to negotiate with the owner of the mine.
Owner: "Eh? Is that an introduction letter?"
The coal mine owner asked in surprise when I showed him the accessory merchant's letter of introduction.
Owner: "This is certainly a letter from him. How did you manage to get something from someone so stingy?"
Naofumi: "What do you mean?"
Apparently the accessory merchant is a very stingy person.
The owner of the coal mines was suspicious when I appeared with a letter of introduction from that scrooge, but was shocked when it was the real thing.
Owner: "Since the letter is real, how much do you want to buy? Since you have the letter, I'll be flexible."
Naofumi: "Uhm, may I mine it myself? It would be cheaper."
Owner: "Eh? Well... That's fine, take whatever you mine..."
I left the peddling business to Raphtalia and Firo as I head to a cave with my pickaxe. I'm interested in the mining skill.
The sound of pickaxe striking stone echoes through the cave. To be honest, it's quite noisy and the air is hot and stuffy.
As expected of a different world, a crystal protruding out of the wall was providing light.
Owner: "This cave is safe unless there are extreme circumstances, so there are no problems wherever you may want to dig. However, the risk of collapse is not zero."
I was guided to several places within the mine by the coal mine owner.
As I raise the pickaxe slowly, a cross-hair emerges on the wall.
What? Do I strike there?
I swing the pickaxe down with momentum.
With a clang, a crack emerges from the wall. The crack spreads and the wall falls apart.
That was a very fragile wall.
The coal mine owner looked at me as if I'm crazy.
Owner: "That hard bedrock... In one strike?"
That was hard…?
Due to the mining skill, walls collapse whenever I swing and ores were collected at a terrifying pace.
But there are still walls that I can't collapse no matter what…
Maybe it's because of my low skill level.
Naofumi: "Well I’ll just work with this."
I filled a bag with gemstones and leave quickly.
By the way, gemstones were even able to be found near the entrance of the mine. I just had to dig near a few mulberry trees.
It is surprisingly easy to find in the neighbourhood.
Although the uncut stones close to the surface seems to be of a lower quality for magic.
According to my knowledge of my world, there seems to be a famous place where jewels were dug up simply by digging in the field.
Even though this is a different world, I believed the good quality gems will be buried deep underground.
Ruby Bracelet was made!
Quality: Good -> High Quality
Even though I originally made that as a trial, It seems to have turned out well.
I also tried to imbue the bracelet with magic.
Ruby Bracelet (Fire-Resistance +)
Quality: High Quality -> Normal
Ugh... The quality fell a lot after magic was imbued.
I dabbled in making accessories as the peddling continues.
By the way, it is very hard to make accessories on a moving carriage, so I can only work on them at night.
It seems my shield is not of high enough level to absorb a finished gem.
Guess I should sell it instead.
On a side note, the bracelet that was made earlier took 2 days to make and it had sold for 80 silver pieces. It takes time to make the foundation of the bracelet after all.
It seems that the value of gems in this world seems to be lower than that of my world‘s.
How valuable the product is depends on the originality of the design. Even if it is slightly inconsistent.
It seems anything will be popular. So that's why what's popular in my world might be popular here too.
I mean, even an unknown jewel that I make may also turn out expensive.
However, when I think about the time used to make one, it looks like the pros and cons are well balanced.
That said, there is money to be earned. And it’s also not a bad idea to upgrade our equipment.
Requirements for Iron Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Copper Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Silver Ore Shield have been revealed.
Requirements for Lead Ore Shield have been revealed.
Iron Ore Shield
Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Smelting Ability 2
Copper Ore Shield
Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Smelting Ability 1
Silver Ore Shield
Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: 2% Damage reduction from Demons
Lead Ore Shield
Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Defence Power 1
A skill which seems to be useful for the old man from the weapon shop appeared.
It's pretty useless to me at the moment anyway.
The Lead Ore Shield seems to have displaced another skill. I'm not going to use that skill anyway.
Every day of peddling was passed with such a feeling.
Just when I stopped at a southern town, through a certain reliable source (Accessory Merchant), I heard of a province that wants to acquire large amounts of Herbicide.
Since there’s an opportunity to make lots of money, we rushed to the south-western village.
By the way, judging by speed alone, Firo seems to be a match for a God Bird...