Apparently, this world mainly uses leather to make their water-resistant products, making bigger products such as tents significantly heavier. Compared to that, a cloth that has simply been treated with a sticky slime’s sticky liquid is much lighter.
Moreover, rainwear tend to get dirty easily. Using a material like leather would make the rainwear more likely to stain, and on top of that, there’s also the possibility of mold growing. To avoid that, one would have to expend a lot of effort from rubbing off the filth to coating with oil, and then finally, drying.
Compared to that, a sticky slime’s sticky liquid treated cloth could be washed with water and it would also be less prone to getting dirty. In fact, I myself only use the water spell, Wave, to wash off the dirt from my rainwear. After that all that’s left is to dry it. I’ve never had any problems.
After explaining that the conversation shifted to what kind of products we could make, and I suggested well-known modern products such as raincoats and umbrellas.
Hearing about this world’s rainwear has finally given me that feeling of being in another world.
Still, it feels a little odd that my cheat seems to be heading toward the domestic affairs route. I’m pretty sure the power I received was supposed to be my magic, but somehow my modern earth knowledge is actually proving to be so useful.
While we were talking, the servants finally finished preparing the tents… I’ve already forgotten about that, actually.
“Thanks for waiting, the tents are ready now. Oh, and thanks to you too for helping us out.” [Zeff]
“You’re welcome.” [Ryouma]
“How long will the rain be pouring?” [Reinhart]
“The guy with the weather forecast skill says it should continue for a few more hours. We’ll begin clearing out the rubble once the rain has stopped.” [Zeff]
“In that case, you rest until then. Especially, the earth mages. They’ll be using a lot of their mana later, so make sure they rest up lots.” [Reinhart]
“Loud and clear, boss.” [Zeff]
After that Zeff-san saw us to the tent. To my surprise, the tent was really spacious with 4 small rooms inside. What a big and amazing tent.
“The carriage shook a lot more today, so I’m sure you’re tired. Rest up.” [Reinbach]
“Alright, I’ll rest up now… and then do my best later.” [Ryouma]
They didn’t just let me ride with them for free, they even covered my lodging. I have to do something for them. It’ll be good training too, so all the more.
Reinbach was confused when I said I would do my best, though.
“Do your best? At what?” [Reinbach]
“Earth magic… I can help clear, the rubble.” [Ryouma]
“Just let the guards take care of that. You just rest, ok?” [Reinbach]
“You’ve taken care of me so much already… Please let me do it. It’ll… do me some good too.” [Ryouma]
“Hmm… If you’re going to say that much, then I suppose you can. But, you definitely have to rest when you’re feeling tired, ok? You’ve already put up a barrier, so you better make sure you don’t run out of mana, or it’ll hurt.” [Reinbach]
Ah, so that’s what he’s worried about. I’m grateful.
“Thank you very much, I’ll be careful.” [Ryouma]
After that a few hours passed. The rain stopped as expected and the guards that could use earth magic were split into several groups to clear out the rubble.
I worked on the area where most of the earth mages were focusing their attention to. I used Break Rock to cause a big rock to collapse, then I used ‘Rock’ to harden the soil and sand, so that I could clear them out more efficiently.
I also used Create Block, a magic born from synthesizing Break Rock and Rock, to change the soil and the rocks into brick-sized building stones simultaneously. After which, I had the slimes carry them away.
Unlike the others who were working on only one area – either the soil or the rocks – I was working on both at the same time. Because of that I was able to progress much faster. On top of that, the slimes were carrying the blocks I made through a bucket relay, making the whole process even faster, as it allowed me to put almost all of my attention on magic alone. I was making progress at a frightening rate.
When the guards saw me doing that, one of them approached me.
“Can I have a sec?” [Guard]
“What is it?” [Ryouma]
“Ryouma-kun, right? How do you use that magic? I can use earth magic, but I’m originally a swordsman, so I don’t know much… but I’ve definitely never seen a spell that could deal with soil and rocks at the same time like the one you’re using. Could you teach it to me too?” [Guard]
“This spell is called Create Block… If you can use Break Rock and Rock, then you can probably also use it… You use Break Rock to turn rocks into soil, and Rock to turn soil into rocks, right?” [Ryouma]
“Then just imagine the process of turning rock into soil and soil into rock into as one process as you invoke your mana.
That way, rocks will turn to soil, while soil remains soil, and then everything can be turned into rock. You should decide beforehand what size of rock you want to turn your target into… In my case, I make them just big enough for the slimes to carry.” [Ryouma]
When the man tried it out on a nearby rock, the resulting size was a bit of a mess, but he still managed to successfully transform soil and rocks into transportable rocks simultaneously.
“Oh! I did it! I still need to work on the uniformity of the size and the number of rocks made at a time, but I still did it. With this I should be able to consume less magic. Thanks, Ryouma-kun.” [Guard]
“As long as it was of use to you.” [Ryouma]
He asked me if he could teach it to the others too, and since there wasn’t really a big difference whether one or two people learned it, I agreed.
I went back to work, and after a while, the sun was about to set. When the signal to stop working was given, I went back to the tent.
“Ryouma-kun, welcome home.” [Madam]
The madam came out to welcome me, but…
“You worked hard! Ryouma-kun!” [Madam]
“L-Let me go… please…” [Ryouma]
Just when I was about to greet her, she suddenly embraced me. Can’t breathe! I’m being choked by her chest! I beg you, let go…
“Madam! You’re choking him! Please release him!” [Lilian]
“Huh? Ah!” [Madam]
“*COUGH! Haa…” [Ryouma]
“I’m sorry! Are you alright!?” [Madam]
“Haa… Yes, I’m alright. Umm… Lilian-san?.” [Ryouma]
“Thank you. You saved me…” [Ryouma]
“Oh, it’s nothing. By the way, will you be having supper now?” [Lilian]
“Yes, please.” [Ryouma]
When I said that, Lilian led me to the dining table.
“Hey, Ryouma-kun. Looks like you worked up quite a sweat.” [Reinhart]
“Can you eat? Don’t force yourself, ok?” [Reinbach]
“Don’t worry, my body is perfectly fine.” [Ryouma]
“Ho? I’m pretty sure you used a lot of magic, though.” [Reinhart]
“Yes, it was amazing. What was that spell called? Create Block?” [Madam]
“That’s right.” [Ryouma]
“Thanks to Ryouma-kun and his slimes, and him teaching the guards that spell, it seems the rubble will be cleared out a lot faster.” [Reinhart]
“That’s good to hear.” [Ryouma]
Apparently, by the time we wrapped up for the day, there was one person who was able to completely learn the spell and three others who were able to use it a fairly high level. Because of that progress greatly sped up. Incidentally, the person who learned the spell completely was Gorche-san, the person I spoke to before.
Around this time the food was finally brought over and we all started to dig in. Suddenly, Elialia asked me a question.
“Ryouma-san, how big is your mana pool?” [Elialia]
Come to think of it, how much mana do I have anyway? I’ve been casting one spell after another, so it should have increased…
“Is something the matter?” [Elialia]
“I don’t know… how much mana I have.” [Ryouma]
“Eh!? Didn’t you go to the church when you were 10? …Oh, right, you were cooped up in the forest, but in that case, how do you tell when you have enough mana left?” [Elialia]
“Based on feeling and my body’s condition.” [Ryouma]
“Is that ok?” [Elialia]
“It’s fine as long as you get used to it. So, people get their mana pool checked at the age of 10?” [Ryouma]
“Yes, upon turning 10, a normal family would go to the church to get their child’s status checked. They will also be able to know whether their child can be a mage or not in the future depending on how much mana he has. We nobles get checked at the age of 5, so we can start training as soon as possible.
Since you’re able to cast so many spells without running out of mana, you must have quite a bit.” [Reinbach]
After that we talked about the city we’re headed to and the various things to do after reaching it. After supper I was given a room in the tent. With everything that needed doing already done and with all the work to do tomorrow, I decided to go to bed early, but there was one thing bothering me.
When we were talking about my mana pool, for some reason, the ojousama kept looking at me. What was that about? I noticed her looking intermittently, but I have no idea what it means.
We only talked a little, but now that I think about, it does feel like the topic was changed quickly. Did I say something bad? It’s worrying, but I missed the timing to ask.
I should ask when I get the chance. I should ask as nonchalantly as possible, but if I can’t, then it might be better to ask when we’re closer.
How long have I been thinking like this? My eyes are so heavy.
No longer in the mood to go against the call of slumber, I went to sleep.