Chapter 81: Fortifying the Mansion’s Defenses
It’s only been a year since I came to Mildgard, and yet I’m now suddenly being targeted by a strange bunch. So, to protect everyone, I’m fortifying the defenses of the mansion.
「Laeva, help me make the barrier magic device.」
「May I also learn about magic devices?」
When I called Laeva, Sophia volunteered. Come to think of it, she did say she wanted to learn about magic devices.
「Then Sophia, you help too.」
Moving to the workshop, I had Laeva and Sophia carve the magic circle I drew onto metal plates. Then I made a paste from magic stone powder and poured it into the etched magic circle.
「Speaking of alchemy, golem is one category of it too, isn’t it?」
「It is. But the magic circle etched into the core that controls it is exceedingly complex, so I have yet to try my hands on it.」
Laeva brought up the topic of golems, but this is quite a high hurdle. Previously, I had put out a request at the Adventurers Guild to get a golem core so I could examine a golem. The analysis of that golem’s core controls failed. Its complexity sets it apart from the levels of magic circles used in alchemy and magic devices. Layers of magic circles were carved into a magic crystal the size of a baseball. Golems that appear as monsters do not move and act particularly complicatedly. But even so, it was that complex. That reason is why I postponed my research on golems at the time.
「It’s because of times like these that Golems would be useful though.」
The Magic Power Manipulation of my current self isn’t by any means low, but the layered type of magic circle is not something I can restore. I think it would be difficult unless I improve more on the preciseness of my control over magic formulas.
「The golem made by a well-known alchemist could barely perform simple actions, though.」
「You’ve got a point. That means we can’t use a golem to guard the house.」
< The 「Magic Power Manipulation」 skill has leveled up〉
〈The 「Magic Formula Control」 skill has been obtained〉
「Ah. Magic Power Manipulation has maxed out its level and I got the Magic Formula Control skill. 」
While we were making magic devices, my Magic Power Manipulation skill went up, and I acquired the new skill, Magic Formula Control.
「Congratulations. What sort of skill is Magic Formula Control?」
「Hmm, let’s see. It feels like I can construct magic formulas with more ease than before, I think?」
I tested it out. I repeatedly tried constructing different kinds of magic chantlessly as I’ve been doing before then cancel it before it activates.
「If I level the Magic Formula Control a bit more, then maybe I can hijack a golem’s core controls.」
「Then let us quickly make these Barrier magic devices.」
Sophia and Laeva were enthusiastic too. It seems they want to finish making the Barrier magic devices quickly and research golem cores.
In addition to the Barrier magic devices, I decided to enchant the outer walls with magic resistance too. Rather than it being physically destroyed, being attacked with magic and causing a fire is scarier.
Once I fortified the mansion, I started with the analysis of the golem core. It would be great to have a golem with the flexibility similar to an AI with a high degree of freedom in movement and independent thinking, but currently, it probably wouldn’t be able to do anything apart from registered magic patterns.
I prepared plenty of paper and sketch the magic circles that correspond to the components of the layered type magic circle on it. Then I inserted magic circles with the intention of linking multiple magic circles.
As large amounts of paper going into the trash from redoing sketches over and over, I designed a magic circle that would become the blueprint.
I don’t think it’s something I can finish within a day, but it would be great if it takes form within the year.
- Raws say roof defenses 屋根, I believe it’s supposed to be mansion 屋敷.[↩]