Chapter #42 – Pr
Prologue – Revival Medicine and Black Insects
“Yun, can you really make a Revival Medicine?”
“The recipe isn’t complete . Since we gathered materials, I can experiment . Right . ”
“And what if mixing fails?”
“We’ll go gather them again . ”
“There ain’t time . ”
I invited Taku to 【Atelier】’s workshop and received 【Wisteria Peach Petals】 from him . As the item provider, Taku watched me from the side .
I haven’t told Taku about it, but for mixing the Revival Medicine, there were other materials than 【Wisteria Peach Petals】 .
Herbs that are the base of every potion, the Spirit Grass that’s used for MP Potions . Also, the 【Water of Life】 that’s used in various ways in crafting .
After knowing the combination of the materials, there was a possibility of reproducing the recipe from that . That’s why I didn’t tell Taku any details and have proceeded with the preparations alone .
With this, no matter the procedure I’ll be able to make the Revival Medicine . The work from now on is to explore it blindly .
“Well, I’ll just try like usual . ”
“Sure, it’s in your hands . ”
First, I mixed the same amount of Potion, MP Potion and Water of Life together . With that, I created a pale green liquid inside of which I mixed in the peach-coloured petals . The petals have dissolved in the light green liquid over time and in the end, the liquid changed its colour to pink .
Degraded Revival Medicine 【Consumable】
Revival 【HP +1%】
I heaved a sigh at the result . In order to determine what was wrong I considered what effect each material granted the potion and wrote a crafting procedure I thought of on a note .
The effect difference between the basic Potion’s that was made with a skill and a high-quality Potion made manually .
The effect difference between Potion, High Potion and a Concentrated Potion .
The effect difference depending on the Potion and MP Potion ratio .
What happens when Water of Life is used on a Potion .
In case it was subjected to concentration, the difference depending on when was it done .
First, I changed ratio of each medicine to create a different mixture, on each try there was a difference in the shade of green .
I dropped a petal into a beaker with each mixture one by one and mixed it in, dissolving it .
Meanwhile, Taku looked around the 【Atelier】 interested, glaring at the tools he doesn’t normally see .
Starting with concentrator and grinding machine, through multiple Synthesis Kit magic circles, the furnishings and to the Making Box . In the corner of the workshop part, were hanging herbs for drying and a portable furnace in the corner .
As I stared sideways towards Taku who acted like that, I summarized the results I got from each mixture in the notebook .
Depending on the mixture, some liquids have reacted by turning vividly pink immediately and there were ones that have turned pale over time as the petal dissolved . There were also ones that completely lost their colour .
The pale ones have shown themselves to be complete as 【Degraded Revival Medicine】, the ones that turned vivid were complete Revival Medicine .
Judging by these results, thinking of the impact it has on the mixing——
“For highly effective Revival Medicine——the high quality potions are not essential . 【Water of Life】’s usage is mandatory . If the potion already uses 【Water of Life】, there is no need to add it during the mixture’s production . For highly effective ratio I need three High Potions to one MP Potion . The concentration is to be done after mixing the solution . . . . something like that . ”
“Yun, you can tell that much?”
“It’s the ratio I’ve gotten as a result but only in case the conditions are the same as with everything else . Still, most likely a more detailed ratio might be possible . ”
After saying so, I started making a mixture under the best conditions I knew with the remaining petals .
I carefully measured the quantity, since I was using the potions I have prepared beforehand there was no strange failures .
But, in this case what was quite painful, was making the concentrated potion . Or rather, making the concentrated mixture .
I put the mixture of the High Potions and MP Potions into the concentrator, concentrating it down ten times which increased the costs tenfold . Moreover, the mixture’s name was Concentrated High Potion, it had no MP recovery effect and its HP recovery effect was inferior as compared to the one before concentration . It was a mere intermediate product in a complete recipe .
Then, I dropped a petal into that vivid dark green concentrated mixture . The petal melted the moment it touched the liquid and a pink colour spread throughout it . Then I slowly refilled the potion bottle, before showing it to Taku .
Revival Medicine 【Consumable】
Revival 【HP +10%】
“It’s complete now . Next I’ll use the remaining petals to make Revival Medicines . ”
“Ohh?!! Finally, a Revival Medicine! A complete Revival Medicine was made!”
“The ones I made earlier are mostly failures or Degraded Revival Medicine . I made one more, but it has quite low amount recovered . ”
Looking sideways as Taku rejoiced staring at the Revival Medicine, I prepared the rest of the medicine .
“From the ten petals used to search for the Revival Medicine recipe, two are complete for now . Four more have become Degraded Revival Medicine and the rest was failures . ”
“Thanks, Yun . With this my preparations for crafter’s PVP event are complete . Come to think of it, we haven’t talked about the payment, have we . ”
Eh? Didn’t we? I recalled the conversation I had with Taku and while certainly I was asked to prepare Revival Medicine, we didn’t talk about payment . Well, I was able to do some 【Mixing】 with expensive materials, so I got a big reward in the Sense experience . Moreover, getting multiple 【Mixing】 recipes for 【Revival Medicine】 was a reward by itself . That’s why I didn’t think of asking for anything else .
“I don’t mind, the experience I got is good enough as payment . . . ”
“That’d be working for free . While it might be a reason for a discount, it’s not a reason not to get any payment . That’s why——”
While saying so, Taku passed about half of the Revival Medicine to me and forced 500kG on me by using the item trade function .
One high quality Revival Medicine, one normal Revival Medicine and four Degraded Revival Medicines .
“That’s shrewd . You took the highly effective ones for yourself, leaving the failures and ones with weak effect to me . Do you really need six highly-effective Revival Medicines?”
“I’m in the vanguard so I need the ones with high recovery amount, otherwise I’d retire immediately after revival if I receive any damage . ”
In that respect, I’m a rearguard, an archer . It was convincing considering the fact I don’t take much damage . Moreover, as my childhood friend Taku knew I wouldn’t agree on taking any more .
“Speaking of which, it seems like there was a declaration of 【Guild Solicitation Discontinuation】, aren’t you going to go outside now?”
“Even if it stopped it doesn’t mean I have to immediately go outside . I’ve got enough of what I need . ”
After finishing Taku’s request, I took out tea cups and started preparing tea . We moved from the workshop part to the store part and started drinking tea, sitting face to face .
The uproar caused by the price crash of the Guild Emblem——
As a result of the inexpensive Guild Emblems appearing on the market in large amounts, there was a flood of new guilds . The small guilds wanted to grow in power by doing aggressive guild solicitation .
Among them, there were guilds that behaved maliciously . Starting with me, a part of the players have performed a 【Disappearance】, no longer appearing in the town and popular areas .
“Well, I’m glad the whole fuss is over . ”
“You’re right . 【Atelier】 without Yun behind the counter feels lonely . ”
“As I thought, this place is calming me the most . ”
Magi-san was eager to finish it before the Crafting Guild-sponsored event begins, but it seemed to have ended sooner than expected .
Well, speaking of what was done, as a protest the crafters have ceased to sell anything to them . The fact I have banned maliciously-soliciting guilds from entering 【Atelier】 has sparked the other crafters to do the same .
A number of guilds was unable to secure weapon maintenance and consumables, dissolving naturally or have lowered their heads apologizing . Is what I heard .
Cloude spread information and had spread the fear of turning the crafters into enemies .
There were a few stronger guilds and guilds that have crafters remaining, but they aren’t in the best state and no longer perform any solicitation .
It seemed like they also had players targeting the consumables in dungeon treasure chests .
In a time like this the resale guilds would be able to earn a lot, but like a ship sinking, they felt it wasn’t enough and have come into an agreement with Cloude behind the scenes .
“Well, it seems like lots is going on that’s unrelated to me, they’re doing their best . ”
“Yun, you talk as if it was not your business . . . you’re the one who pulled the trigger . ”
I know nothing . Sooner or later it would have become a problem anyway . I held out freshly prepared tea to Taku and drank my own from the cup .
“That’s right! How about we go and eat something to celebrate the ending of your disappearance and completion of the Revival Medicine?”
“Then it’s your treat, Taku . It’ll be additional payment for the Revival Medicine . ”
“Roger that . So, where do we go?”
I’ve said that as a joke, but he easily agreed on it . What should I extort out of Taku who’s pretty rich in the game . . . I pondered .
“How about we go to Cloude’s 【Commonest Café & Clothier】? I want to eat some cake . ”
“Let’s go right away!”
With that said, Taku drank all the prepared tea at once and stood up . There’s no need to hurry so much, while thinking so I drank the tea to match Taku’s pace and ended up burning my tongue .
I left the 【Atelier】 and spoke as I walked .
“You’ve gathered the Revival Medicine for PVP, right? Taku, you’re going to win that?”‘
I asked what I was curious about, Revival Medicine gave the user a big advantage . I wondered how far could he get if he used that . When I asked wondering about that, he shook his head slightly .
“I wonder about that . I might retire early . ”
” . . . then, isn’t it meaningless for me to prepare the Revival Medicine?”
“It can’t be helped, victory depends on the luck of the day . When I stand up, there’s a possibility of receiving a barrage of hits . Well, it’s just one of measures for survival . ”
That’s really a blunt way to approach it, I thought, but it was true . Certainly, normal tournament would take too much time so they gave up and decided on a battle royale . In that case, everyone around would be enemies . . . I feel chills just by imagining it .
“Yun, what cake you’re going to ask for in the café?”
“Let’s see . I’ve tried the chocolate-based ones before . I’ll try cheese-based ones this time . Also, I’ll pick some sweets for Zakuro and Ryui to eat after I go back . ”
“Heyy . 【Commonest Café & Clothier】’s pâtissier is someone who specializes in sweets and the food has stat-raising effect, the price is ten times higher than that of normal cooking . Moderate yourself a little . ”
“You were stingy with reward so you can pay this much . ”
When I stared intently at Taku who walked beside me . It can’t be helped, he said and heaved a sigh .
That’s when, a slight distance away——”A date in a café . Damn it!” “The hell ya flirt in the public, ya wanna make us cry tears of blood or something?!!” “Go croak . ” “I’m so angry and envious I feel like dying . ” “Hey, he said PVP earlier . I’ll participate . As long as I can get a hit on him . ” “Good idea . We can get rid of the riajuu players at the same time, take initiative and crush them . ” “All right, that’s decided . There’s no time! Let’s begin!”——I’ve heard male voices say that .
I didn’t hear it too well, but they seemed to enjoy themselves . I didn’t think about the fact their gazes were directed towards us, the thoughts of the café’s menu have prevailed .
We have arrived at Cloude’s store, the 【Commonest Café & Clothier】 and peeked inside . The seats by the counter were all filled and the only ones open were those at the terrace .
“I’ll go and reserve some seats for us outside . ”
“Then I’ll go pick some cakes and tea . Taku, what you want to drink?”
“Same thing as you . ”
“Got it . ”
How about refreshing lemon tea today, I wondered . Since there was a lemon-flavoured cheese cake, I picked a lemon-based combination . At the same time, for Zakuro and Ryui I ordered some cream puffs for take-away .
Before taking the cake set for eating in the store, I took the cream puffs for take-away and then I carried the cake and tea on a tray towards Taku .
“Welcome back, but Yun . . . shouldn’t a clerk carry it here?”
“Hm? It seemed busy so I carried it myself . This way’s faster, right?”
The Commonest’s clerk and waitress players hesitated a little, but since I was Cloude’s acquaintance my suggestion was passed .
“Well then, let’s eat . A lemon cake set . Here we g——”
My bliss was only temporary, as if to break it something black has suddenly come jumping .
Five insect-type mobs broke through the wall of 【Lyly’s Woodworking Store】 that was across the street .
Momentarily, the open terrace was surrounded by five black insect mobs .
There were some players trying to cut them with swords and block them with shields, but because of multiple parties fighting in joint struggle penalty, they couldn’t quite defeat them .
At first, we have stood up while still clutching our forks and froze, but one of the mobs that wasn’t defeated had come flying at us on the open terrace .
“Hey, you serious?!”
“Get back, Yun!”
Taku strongly pushed me away at the same time touching my chest, making me fall back . Hey, where are you touching .
And Taku who had pulled out two long swords, retracted them and then swung in order to take on the insect mob .
The two swords have shone in matching yellow light, creating a huge vacuum wave, smacking the flying mob directly .
The insect-type mob couldn’t escape in mid-air and was subjected to large damage from the front, it hit the table and its body changed into particles of light, disappearing .
“Ah . . . ”
In this situation where the insect mob was suddenly defeated, I fell on my butt and was looking upwards .
“You okay, Yun?”
I wanted to take Taku’s outstretched hand, but realized I still had fork in my own . Feeling awkward I outstretched my left hand and was pulled up by Taku .
And what has come into my sight, was the miserable state——of my cake .
Seeing the crushed and scattered on the table cake and lemon tea, my spirit has plummeted .
“Ahh, it’s gone to waste . ”
” . . . my cake . ”
Fortunately, the cream puffs in the inventory weren’t damaged, but I was really looking forward to the cake .
At that time, a loud clattering footsteps have approached the café from the other side of the road .
“What’s this, what happened . It seems like part of the terrace is broken . . . ”
“Kurocchi, sorry! An item went off! Did anyone take damage?!”
The woodworker Lyly had come flying from the 【Lyly’s Woodworking Store】 on the other side of the street . He was holding knives in both his hands, his appearance suggested he was fighting a moment ago .
” . . . let’s prioritize the damage first . ”
The owner of the café and a tailor, Cloude had checked on the damage dealt by the black insect-type mobs .
“Ohh, this time it’s something going berserk in quiet Lyly’s store . ” “Speaking of which, there was a guy who tried to make bombs and his store had become a sea of fire . ” “Ahahaha, crafting sure is a risky job . ” “It’s a battlefield different from ours . ” “No problem . We took down all that have come out . ”
The bystanders didn’t seem to be particularly bothered by it . Speaking of damage, it was limited to part of the store’s terrace and tables being destroyed . Lyly should be able to repair it as a woodcrafter .
“Aah, Yuncchi . Um, sorry . ”
” . . . haa, don’t make such sorrowful face . Choose whatever cake you like . This time it’s an event-related accident . Crafting guild’s gonna pay for it . ”
“Come, order a new cake . Ahh, fine, eat as much cake as you like!”
Cloude and Lyly started to make a fuss around me, who was dispirited . Still, I’ve had a lingering attachment to the fallen cake .
“Uuu, it won’t come back, my lemon cheese cake . . . ”
“It’s part of the payment for work you asked for, don’t hold back . ”
Seeing me depressed, Taku called out to me . Then, he pulled me by hand, taking me in front of the store’s showcase .
Unfortunately, lemon-flavoured cheese cake was sold out, so I chose kiwi and cream roll cake .
I combined it with sweet milk tea, I ate while sipping the tea for taste .
” . . . delicious . ”
It was delicious, but I still had tears in my eyes out of the lingering attachment to the dropped cake .
“That’s right, Lyly . Explain, how did the accident occur?”
While I ate the cake in the middle of sadness, Lyly provided an explanation for the accident .
“Um, I was performing an experiment at my place before the event starts, by using the 【Insect Repelling Incense】 Yuncchi made . I failed to confirm the range and they escaped . . . ”
“Haa, that sounds unlucky, but I get it . I’ll be going back to the back of the store . ”
Understanding the situation, Cloude drank the coffee that was just served and stood up . Then, as if he recalled something, he called out .
“The preparations for the Crafting Guild-sponsored event are mostly complete . Look forward to it . ”
Seeing Cloude’s wink as he was leaving made me half expectant and half anxious considering the accidental outburst earlier .
The event will be carried out during the two days of this weekend .
I don’t know how do Taku and Myu with others plan to spend it, but I intend to spend it relaxedly .