The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 137: The Mystery of the Jewel (1/2)

 The next day.

 I visited the merchant guild at a time that was a little late to be called morning.

“Welcome. What may I do for you today?” [Receptionist]

“The guild master, Grisiera, contacted me the other day…” [Ryouma]

 I’ve been preparing since last night and have made several of the medicines from the list.

 I was planning on speaking with the guild master while selling the medicine, but…

“If it isn’t Takebayashi-Sama. Welcome to the merchant guild.” [Other Receptionist]

 The staff member I’ve dealt with many times before came out from the back of the receptionist desk and brought me to the reception office.

 It seems he already knows me by face.

 

“Welcome. You’re here to sell medicine, right?” [Grisiera]

 As soon as we saw each other, the guild master guessed why I came here.

“I see you know already.” [Ryouma]

“I requested for it, after all. So I’ve already prepared to meet your demands. Also, I heard you went to the training of the adventurers guild. After you came back and got my message, some time has passed since then, so considering the time it would have taken you to make medicine, it’s not too hard to infer. Still, I was actually expecting you to come either tomorrow or the day after.” [Grisiera]

 As usual, her foresight is terrifyingly accurate.

 But that isn’t all that I came here for.

“There’s actually something else I’d like to talk to you about.” [Ryouma]

“Oh? Then best we settle our business with the medicine quickly then.” [Grisiera]

“Please. ‘Item Box’ ” [Ryouma]

 I took out 50 vials of medicine that I’ve concocted.

“I made them with the ingredients I had on hand. I still had some grell frog ingredients left.” [Ryouma]

“Can you make the medicines as long as you have the ingredients?” [Grisiera]

“If it’s something I can make, yes.” [Ryouma]

 The guild master snorted as she took one of the vials and used Identify on it.

“Was there a medicine on the list that you can’t make?” [Grisiera]

“There are some medicine that I’ve never made before, though I do know the concoction method. I came here today partly to confirm some things in regard to those.” [Ryouma]

“I see. From what I’ve seen, these medicines of yours all have the same quality and there’s no problem with their effects either. No reason to be miserly then. I’ll get you the ingredients you need. Can you bring the other medicine then?” [Grisiera]

“I understand.” [Ryouma]

 After saying that, she immediately called for staff members to assess the quality of the medicine and take them into the guild storage. Not long later, she told them to prepare the payment and the ingredients. When the staff member left again, she spoke to me.

“So? What is this other business you came for?” [Grisiera]

“Plume Diamond.” [Ryouma]

 As soon as I mentioned those words, her eyes became sharp.

“Do you know about it?” [Ryouma]

“After being at this job for so long, yeah. You have one with you?” [Grisiera]

“An article belonging to my grandmother. She told me to sell it whenever I’m in need.” [Ryouma]

 I also told her that I was preparing a set of formal clothes.

“…And so, I was wondering if I could use it as an accessory, but I didn’t know its value and didn’t know whether it could be used or not.” [Ryouma]

“You get points for not bringing it to some place strange and talking to me instead. Do you have it with you?” [Grisirea]

 I took out a cloth from my Item Box.

 Inside it was a plume diamond that had been divided into the size of a thumbnail.

 I’d only split and modified its shape, so nothing should have been changed as far as the Identify results go. I expect it to still be a plume diamond…

 When I revealed the contents of the cloth, the guild master looked at the diamond as if she were licking it, then she used Identify. Afterwards, she exhaled in astonishment.

“Is it fake?” [Ryouma]

“It’s real. I can hardly believe that you have such a huge plume jewel with you. It has the transparency you’d expect from a plume. On top of that, it’s a diamond and is beautifully colorless… The cut is a bit disappointing, but it’s still a first-rate item.” [Grisiera]

 Apparently, the ‘plume’ is a special word that signifies the grade of a jewel, and means ‘special’ in an old language somewhere.

“In other words, this is a top quality product.” [Ryouma]

“Not top quality. ‘Special’. Understand? Jewels, you see, have extra things like grains of sands, fine scratches, and/or dents… Usually.” [Grisiera]

 Ah…

 Now that she mentions it, I remember now. In the process of a jewel becoming a jewel its components end up with inclusions or cavities. …But a jewel made with alchemy has no such thing.

“…How do you know that when you don’t even know about plume?” [Grisiera]

“I just remembered.” [Ryouma]

“Your knowledge is really imbalanced. Well, if you know that, then that makes this quick. This jewel has no inclusions. That is the condition required for a jewel to become a plume. But such jewels haven’t appeared in present time.” [Grisiera]

“Present time?” [Ryouma]

“I don’t know if these jewels were always like this from the start or if the part of the jewels without inclusion had simply been cut out, but a long time ago before an old hag like me was born. A long long time ago.

 It is said that these jewels were either found in some historic ruins or passed down as a national treasure in some kingdom for a long time. Either way, these jewels flowed into the market, and the nobles tried to acquire them all. Currently, most of these things are being treated as heirlooms.” [Grisiera]

 If these things existed in the past, then there must’ve been a human alchemist who made them.

 An otherworlder like me… Maybe it’s the ‘Alchemy King’ I heard about from Gayn and the others.  I’d like to investigate it if the opportunity shows itself.

26 comments / Add your comment below

    1. He can burn trees to create carbon. As much as he wants. Then make as many diamonds as he wants. Basically, alchemy can crush the whole economy of the world. If he wants. Well, slimes can do the same but with more work involved. /shrug

          1. When I returned that night, I discovered that the small unusable portions of the plume diamond where missing.

            I did identify on the slimes I left in the room and discovered “ Plume Slime, produces diamonds and other jewels of plume quality depending on diet” …

          2. And that diamond slime will produce diamond silk that will be weave as a diamond cloth to make a diamond suit.

      1. You do know in modern society we can make diamonds too. Also they are not rare at all. Just that a group of companies have a monopoly on them and are keeping most off the market to cause false scarcity. They also stigmatize artificial diamonds like plume diamonds as bad because they are not natural. While they have slave labor risking their lives digging up these rocks out of the earth, just so the company can throw most of them into storage and trick men into paying their life savings for wedding rings that were invented by the company.

        1. A lot of products use diamond dust. Like my electronic foot file and the frying pan, I recently bought. I’m assuming they use the artificial kind.

          1. If I had to guess, is there diamond powder in your pan for the anti-adhesive properties ?

          2. It’s coated with ceramic mixed with diamonds. It’s supposed to make the surface resistant to scratches and make it more durable.

        2. It’s interesting to see that in the history of human jewelry making, diamonds have only come to the fore in the last 150 years or so. Rubies, emeralds, sapphires were all the go-to pretty sparklies for millennia. Even amber held greater value than diamonds, and those’re just fossilized tree sap. In the end, it’s all about marketing.

      2. Economy would not crush just because some guy can make diamonds. Even if he floods the marked with diamonds and a piece of bread would cost 5 diamonds, the only people in trouble would be gem miners. And since his diamonds are not like any mined gems, even they can keep their jobs.

  1. Ok next up, Diamond slime. Just imagine how sharp and durable a sword formed from a diamond slime would be. However, it would also be fairly flashy so Ryouma might not be willing to use it.

    1. Diamond is indeed very hard, but in the same way as a sword made out of normal stone would be very brittle, the same stands true for diamond. It simply isn’t resistant to impacts in the same way that most metals are.

      1. Maybe normal diamonds but diamond slime would be different since it’s basically liquid (unless it’s like the tree slime)

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