Chapter 51: Blessing
The book that was handed to me was a record of various herb cultivation methods . Likewise, the herb needed for the Master Potion that I was interested in was also recorded on here . The cultivation conditions for it were: the amount of water and light, temperature and the type of fertiliser needed . There was a word that I wasn’t familiar with in this section .
Blessing wasn’t a word I would see under plant cultivation conditions . I imaged someone praying in front of a herb field . Where the heck did this religion come from? At the same time, that image stuck a cord in me and my heart jumped . No way, it couldn’t be . I timidly looked at Corinna-san, who was standing next to me, and found her staring straight back at me .
“Do you understand what it means?”
“No…… I’m not sure . ”
This wasn’t a lie . I knew something about it, but I wasn’t sure if my assumptions were correct . In the first place, these cultivation methods should have been written by a 【Pharmacist】not a【Saint】 . Therefore it was possible that it was something different from the blessing that I was imagining . Was what I thought, but I had a feeling that I was correct .
“I see, what a shame . Well, whatever . Even if we had the ingredients, we couldn’t make it anyways because our level isn’t high enough . ”
“You’re right . ”
“By the way, I’ve never asked you this before, have I? What level is your pharmacy skill?” Corinna-san said . She didn’t look like it was a shame . Her words cut off my thoughts that were going around in a circle . Corrina-san was right, even if the herbs were available, people couldn’t make the Master Potions if their skill wasn’t high enough . I opened up my status in order to answer her question .
Lv . 56/Saint HP: 5,003/5,003 MP: 6,173/6,173 Combat Skill: Holy Attribute Magic: Lv . ∞ Production Skill: Pharmacy: Lv . 32 Cooking: Lv . 15
It’s higher than before…… I thought it would be impossible to raise my level because it didn’t go up even when I made Advanced HP Potions . Did it go up because I made potions using the Advanced HP Potion recipe that Corinna-san taught me? If so, then I’m glad . It was still possible to raise it even if I don’t make the Master Potions .
“Level 32 . ”
“What did you say?!”
I chuckled while answering and Corinna frowned at me . I took a step back because she was looking at me so strongly .
“Your level’s higher than I thought it would be . ”
“Yeah, it’s even higher than my level . ”
Eh? Really? I was surprised and Corinna-san looked shocked .
“So you’d reach that level if you made that many potions every day . ”
“Mhm…… I’m sorry . ” I couldn’t stand Corinna-san’s shocked expression and apologised . The pharmacists in the distillation room were all surprised when they saw how many potions I could make in a day, but Corinna-san didn’t say anything about it so I wasn’t worried . But I did make a lot . It wasn’t just the mercenaries who ordered potions from here, the knights did as well . Should I have held back?
“You can make the Master Potion if you’re at that level, but it’s a shame about the ingredients . ”
Corinna-san put a hand to her chin and pondered . I glanced at her and thought about the Master HP Potion .
I wasn’t surprised that my pharmacy level was high enough to make Master Potions . I had expected this to happen . You could make higher potions every 10 levels, and I thought that I would be able to make it if my pharmacy level passed level 30 .
I could raise my level again if I had the ingredients to make the Master Potion . The problem was the ingredients . It was difficult to get the ingredients now and it couldn’t be prepared at once . The cultivation conditions couldn’t be met, so it was impossible to grow it . Hmm . Should I tell Corinna-san about that thing? I thought worriedly and then Corinna-san moved .
Corinna-san moved to the corner to a two-leaf door cabinet and opened it . Unexpectedly, there was a metal door inside of the cabinet . I thought that metal cabinets were unusual, but it appeared to be a safe . Corinna-san kept the key to the safe around her neck and she reached under her clothes to take it out .
She took a really old looking book out of the safe . This book was thinner than the books that contained the potion recipes and herb cultivation methods . What kind of book is it?
I stared at it and Corinna-san gave me the book . I opened the book gently . The bindings were firm, but the colour of the paper changed towards the end . I could tell how old this book was . I turned the pages and read it . It read like someone’s diary .
“Is this a diary?”
“It is . But it’s also a very precious document . ”
Document? It felt like a normal diary when I skimmed through it . What was she talking about?
“This is a really precious book, so only read it when you’re alone in this room . ”
“Only when I’m alone?”
“Yes . That book contains highly classified information and it can’t be seen by others . ” She said and I wanted to ask her if it was alright for me to read this, but her answer would probably be the same as before . She urged me to read it with her eyes, so I looked at the book again . I placed the book on a table and sat on a chair so that I could read it carefully .
I understood who had written this diary after reading it for a while . The person who had written this book was the 【Pharmacist】 . Daily events were also written in this, just like a normal diary . The cultivation process of trial and error was also written as part of her daily life .
“She even wrote something like this……” I stopped mid-sentence and Corinna, who was sitting next to me, nodded quietly . My guess is probably correct . The trial and error process which was not written in the cultivation method book was written in here, along with the【Pharmacist’s】feelings at that time . Her road to success wasn’t smooth and she seemed to have enjoyed the twists and turns she experienced along the way . However, she didn’t just write about medicinal herbs . She also wrote about her love for Klaussner and its citizens .
I found out that Klaussner didn’t have any special products to begin with from reading this diary . They mainly produced wheat, like most of the other fiefs in Slantania Kingdom . Then the wheat production was hurt badly . This didn’t just occur in Klaussner, this crop failure spread throughout Slantania Kingdom and many people starved to death .
The feudal lord’s daughter, who was also the 【Pharmacist】, was extremely distressed when she saw the people starve to death . Thus, she began to find ways to cultivate medicinal herbs, so that it could be used to pay tax in place of wheat . Her hobby was certainly influenced by this crop selection, and she became known as the 【Pharmacist】 . I inferred from the diary that she started behaving the way she did for the sake of the people . She was happy that she could curb the people’s hunger every time she succeed in cultivating different medicinal herbs .
I turned the page and read that she wrote a lot about a certain herb . It seemed that cultivation of this herb wasn’t going well for her, and compared to the other herbs that she’d been cultivating so far, this one had been stumping her for a while . That herb was important to her, but she had no choice but to leave it aside for now and focus on cultivating other herbs .
I could also tell that she was frustrated . I skimmed the next entries because the contents remained the same and then I found an entry where she was overjoyed . She’d found the last cultivation condition . I found the condition when I read the entry before this one . It was blessing and something else . I found a description that couldn’t be overlooked .
Ah, I knew it . I called out to Corinna-san in amazement .
“Do you know what this passage means?”
Yup, absolutely .