The Court Magician Who Had Her Achievements Dismissed and Was a Hobbyist Puppeteer Becomes Extremely Strong--Even if She's Told to Come Back Because Her Workplace Is Struggling, It's More Fun to Expand an Undeveloped Land With Her Childhood Friends… - 36
Peria ran around the puppet and prepared it.
As she pulled the lever on its back, the front opens up.
The inside is almost entirely hollow.
“It’s almost like a suit of armor,” Apic said. “It looks heavy though, can you even work while in this thing?”
“You can only put it in large tunnels, can’t you?” Ulea added.
“Right?” Apic said.
“Because it’s a prototype, there are still some issues that need to be solved,” Peria said. “But, I think it’s worth introducing it to change the way you mine.”
“It ended up pretty big,” Apic said.
With the way things were going now, Peria could afford to be bullish.
The expanding barriers have allowed Manning’s tunnels to expand in previously unreachable directions.
It costs too much to expand all the tunnels, but there is no problem if you expanded the infrastructure from the start.
“This is a prototype for fighting monsters, isn’t it?” Apic asked.
“As with the monsters, I was wondering if I could use puppets for daily life and work,” Peria said. “In the future, I’d like to make puppets that help villages like this with their industries.”
“I see, thank you kindly,” Apic said. “Can we handle such a heavy thing, though?”
“Please look here,” Peria said. “I’ll explain how to use it for now.”
According to Peria’s instructions, Ulea climbed into the puppet.
When she activated a lever from the inside, the front closed.
It was dark inside for a moment, but the view from outside activates immediately.
“How is it, Ulea, is it dark?” Peria asked.
“Nah…” Ulea muttered. “I can see the outside normally, yeah? Though, it feels like it’s brighter.”
“Hohn, that’s good to hear,” Apic said.
“Ulea, how does your body feel?” Peria asked.
“Oh… the threads are tied up all over my body, aren’t they? It feels weird, but not by much, you know? It’s just a little scary–”
“How do you mean?” Peria asked.
“It’s kinda scary to feel like I’m standing on the ground, but not?” Ulea replied. “It’s like it’s not my body, but it’s like my body.”
“The sensory feedback coefficient is 100… which means that the pain felt by the puppet body is transmitted as is,” Peria said.
“That sounds unpleasant,” Apic said.
“I’m going to be able to lower it even more in the future, but since you’re not used to it, be careful not to hit your head on something,” Peria said, recalling the original test runs. “It’ll hurt like crazy even though the puppet’s unscathed.”
It had already happened several times to her.
“… Alright,” Ulea said as she started checking her limb movements.
She was surprisingly agile inside the armor.
She can walk, run, jump, turn around, and even do a small somersault.
“This is amazing…. ain’t it?” Ulea asked. “I’m already strong but honestly, this is on a different level.”
“Say, Little Missy, why don’t you use it as a weapon if you can’t use it in the mines?” Apic asked.
“Heh?” Peria asked. “Ah… I didn’t think about that, you see? I’ve only fought monsters. Thanks to that experience, I wonder if these can even come close to matching them.”
“If you use it against a human, it’ll be like a fight against a Hundred Knight,” Apic said. “I think it’s better if you don’t use it for that. It won’t do good in this world.”
“Thank you for the concern, I’ll be careful…” Peria said.
She hadn’t considered that.
But for certain, it had a power that went superhuman.
Dozens of soldiers—hundreds of soldiers wouldn’t be able to match it.
It’s easy to stop so long as Peria is around, but it’s a dangerous alternative resort.
“Next, I’ll explain the power source,” Peria said.
“Isn’t it the same as the Monster Cores in Golem?” Apic asked.
“That’s too much power output and the heat generation is ridiculous,” Peria said. “That’s why I used a magic stone called a charge stone for this armor,” she said as she went around to behind the puppet.
Apic followed suit.
“It’s the yellow thing on the back,” Peria said.
“I haven’t seen that before,” Apic said. “It looks like amber, don’t it?”
“As I’d expect from a professional, huh?” Peria asked. “You’re right, it seems that it uses amber. This puppet is moving thanks to the mana in this stone. Ulea, I wonder if you can see the remaining mana from the inside?”
“I think I can see something like a stick on the right said, yeah?” Ulea said. “Is this it?”
“Yes, that’s the remaining mana,” Peria said. “If it’s empty, you won’t be able to move so be careful, okay?”
“Gotcha,” Ulea said.
“Is it done for if it loses all its mana?”
“No, that’s why you can remove the charge stone,” Peria said. “Now then, we’ll take it out…” she said, taking several steps to do so.
“Uwah, it’s dark,” Ulea said. “I can’t move all of a sudden.”
“It’s like a human-shaped casket,” Apic said.
“Please rest assured you can open and close it manually and you can replace this stone with another charge stone, or just course some mana through it till its operation again,” Peria said as she reinstalled it.
“That’s sure is convenient…” Apic said. “I wonder if that stone can be used for something else? Like, turning a propeller or drawing water…”
“That’s possible,” Peria said. “There are lots of applications for this.”
“I see, so we can do it… but, you’re so busy, Little Missy…”
“I’m still trying to figure out how to apply it,” Peria said. “I’d appreciate it if you could give us suggestions.”
“Is that so?” Apic asked.
“Yes!” Peria said. “If you list your problems, we’ll get back to you soon…”
“That’s such a relief!” Apic said. “Hey, Ulea, did you hear that?”
“Yep. Honestly, it’s a real help,” Ulea said.
“But before all that, can you help me field test this puppet…” Peria said.
“Oops, almost forgot,” Apic said. “Alright, let’s go, Ulea.”
“Got it,” Ulea said, bowing with the doll mimicking the movement.
And now, they set foot into the mine.
An hour later—after a series of tests, the three of them came out of the mine.
As Ulea got out of the puppet, she let out a huge sigh, going, “Fuuuuh…”
Sweat is pouring down her forehead.
Rather than from heat, it was more the sweat from the nervousness of using unfamiliar tools.
Then, she told Peria how she felt.
“As I thought, it doesn’t fit in the tunnels,” Ulea said, “and if you use a pickaxe with this, it wears out too fast. That’s going to be a real concern, yeah?”
“But if you ignore those issues…” Peria said. “It’s so powerful you could dig as much as you could.”
“Yeah, seems like the amount we can mine should go up plenty,” Ulea said. “And… my throat doesn’t hurt at all.”
“I heard that a lot of miners died from throat and lung conditions, I tried to make a fresh air intake with wind magic, though it’s also a prototype,” Peria said.
“I’m 47 years old, but I’m basically an old man,” Apic said. “If you can be just as strong as young’un with this, that’d be a great idea.”
Depending on the area, it’s not uncommon for citizens to live up to 70 years old in this kingdom.
If you’re 47 years old, the elderly will laugh at you and say you’ve still got plenty to live out—but there are no such people of that age here.
Apic has survived to this age but he never expected to live this long.
At the same time, it also means keeping up or beyond with the miners younger than him.
Illness and injuries—if your efficiency is dramatically reduced, it’s inevitable you’ll lose your job.
“Little Missy, how many more of these can you make?” Apic asked as he approached Peria, an intense expression on his face.
Peria unintentionally shrinks. “H-How many do you need?”
“For now, 3 units… that good?” Apic asked.
“That’d be doable,” Peria said. “We can afford to do it.”
“H-How about 10 of them?” Apic asked.
“You can go further still, yeah?” Peria asked.
“H-How about 30 of them?!” Apic asked.
“Chief, why are we acting like this is an auction…?” Peria asked.
“Because I know it’s a ridiculous request from a stupid man!”
“If it’s 30 units, I’ve got it, alright?” Peria asked. “My magic is at my best with mass production, so there are no issues!”
“Seriously…” Apic muttered. “We’ve got money, of course—ah… naw, it’ll be too expensive…”
“You can pay me in the magic stones you dig out,” Peria said.
“Is that alright?!”
“Yeah, it’ll be for my research, too,” Peria said. “Just hold on for a while, there’re the pickax and overall size issues that I still need to improve on.”
“The size doesn’t matter, you just gotta widen the tunnels,” Apic said. “We’ll do something about that. The pickaxes will still wear out faster, so you have to ask Brick’s workshop to do their best.”
“Do their best… I understand,” Peria said. “I’ll talk with Brick. By the way, if it’s just mass production, I can do it right now.”
“Right now? Are you serious about that?” Apic asked.
“However, I want to ensure ease of maintenance and upgrades, so I think the form will be slightly different from this prototype. Can you wait for about a week, including installing a fueling station for the charge stones?”
“No way… you’ll be good in a week?” Apic asked.
“It’s too slow, isn’t it?” Peria asked, uneasy.
Apic patted her on the head.
“Awawawawawawa…?!” Peria stammered.
“I’m worried because it’s too fast,” Apic said. “Right, Ulea?!”
“Right…” Ulea muttered. “Don’t overdo it.”
“Au-au-ah—you-re-sha-king-me…!” Peria cried.
Instead of a headpat, it felt like Apic had grabbed and shaken Peria’s head.
The next day, for the first time in a long wihle, Peria, Finne, and Eris stayed home since morning.
Finne is having a day-off.
Peria and Eris are in the middle of discussions about the barriers.
“About the one you asked me to make the other day,” Eris said. “By engraving the runes directly on the frame, you can activate a local barrier.”
“Thank you, Eris!” Peria said as she hugged her tightly.
Eris makes a suspect expression while going, “Fuheh.”
“What will happen to Golem’s durability once it’s carved into the frame?” Finne asked.
“Even if you carve it out or burn it on a little, the durability should be fine,” Peria said. “It’ll actually become stronger thanks to this barrier.”
“I’m sure it will take up some power from the core,” Eris said. “However, if we install a 40-meter class Core, it should be no problem.”
“I’m glad I didn’t have to rebuild Golem from the skeleton,” Peria said.
“But it’s difficult, isn’t it?” Finne asked. “Every time you switch out the Core, you have to make the body stronger than before.”
“I didn’t expect to get a Core that had such strong output,” Peria said. “I wish I had taken that into account from the initial design.”
“As far as the world outside the barriers is concerned, there aren’t that many monsters over 40-meters,” Eris said.
“Yeah, Flugel was about 50-meters tall, but maybe it’s a special case above that level,” Finne said.
“I think I can match him now,” Peria said. “If I can’t meet him again, I can’t test my strength.”
As Golem was, 40-meter class monsters weren’t that strong.
However, how far they can go against an enemy like Flugel—it was still unknown.
“Well, I’m going to install this new spell into Golem later… for now, we’ve got something else, right?” Peria said.
“The barrier I mentioned yesterday,” Eris said.
“Is that the plan to set up a Core in the Manning mine?” Finne asked. “What’s the Core for? Is it to strengthen the barriers in the village?”
She still hadn’t been briefed on what Apic was asking for.
However, there were some parts she purposefully avoided because it was too complex for her to understand.
“This barrier is to prevent unauthorized users from touching the Core we’re installing there,” Peria said. “And that one’s purpose is to make it easier for the miners to use magic tools.”
“Does this have to do with that 2-meter puppet you made last time?” Finne asked.
“That’s the one,” Peria said, “they’re going to pilot it then enter the mine. It would be even more convenient if we could do the same with tools for draining water, replacing the air, and turning on the lights—I think we could replace them all with magic tools.”
“So you’re trying to use the Cores as a power source for those?” Finne asked.
“Well, it’s true that the Cores are dangerous, but it’s a waste not to use them,” Peria said.
The ideal energy source that produced infinite mana.
That was the Cores.
If used properly, there’s no doubt that it would have a revolutionary effect in improving people’s lives.
“Ultimately, I hope to supply the entirety of Manning with mana and make it a wonderful city,” Peria said.
“What do you have in mind specifically?”
“It’s bright at night without candles and lamps,” Peria said. “You don’t have to draw water from the wells by hand.”
“What a thing… that life sounds like a dream,” Finne said.
“A very different direction from defeating the monsters,” Eris said.
“Eh, isn’t it exciting?” Peria asked. “Manning can become a better city than the royal capital, don’t you feel the same?”
She puffs up her chest.
Finne and Eris stare at her intensely.
“… Peria is cute,” Eris said.
“Yeah, this is cute,” Finne said.
“Why do you have that reaction–?!” Peria sputtered.
If Peria was too cute, her point would be swept to the side.
Afterward, after a brief argument, Eris and Finne gave Peria headpats and affection.
T/N: And with these, we’ve reached the end of the raws. Just wait and see for updates like with Eldora, I suppose. The last update was 1/22/21, a drastic slip from a generally weekly schedule, so it may be a while before updates. Knock on wood it isn’t dropped in the future.
No clue what I’ll do next for a major translation project as this now freed up a lot of time. I may go back to writing original content for a while.