TSKD 133

133. The Alchemist’s Guild

It didn’t take long for us to arrive at the Alchemist’s Guild. We ran into a few Evil Beings along the way, but they all ended up dying instantly seeing as how our party’s specs were what they were. We had practically mowed straight through the city. The only person that had trouble keeping up was Charlotte, but we quickly rectified that issue by having her join Fran on Urushi.

I couldn’t help but accuse our wolf companion of being a huge pervert. He refused to let men ride him, but was more than willing to shoulder a pretty girl or two. It might’ve also been because he thought of her as weak though, so I couldn’t actually say for sure. I mean, he was totally okay with the orphanage’s children after all, regardless of gender.

Thinking about it made me arrive at the conclusion that he seemed to think that men should be able to manage without any sort of assistance, an opinion quite similar to my own. I wonder… Did the summoning process intentionally pull in a creature with a personality that resonated with mine or something like that?

「I have eyes on the Alchemist’s Guild, but …」

「Oi, ain’t that our guild’s bunch right there?」

The situation was basically exactly as Colbert and Gamud had described; a melee had broken out in front of the Alchemist’s Guild. I could tell at a glance that the adventurers present were fighting a group of things, but I couldn’t immediately discern what those so called things were as they didn’t seem to be Evil Beings. I’d almost thought them to be the undead at first, but I could feel them giving off some sort of life force, so that couldn’t have been the case.

I didn’t manage to figure out what the things were before getting within appraisal range, so I just went and did that instead of thinking about it. They turned out to be Demonic Beings. In other words, they were the same species as Zerrosreed. Unlike the Berserker, however, the Demonic Beings the adventurers were fighting weren’t really all that strong. Hence, I was much more interested in their abnormal status conditions than anything else about them. Apparently, they were in the Impaired state. The hell was that supposed to mean?

「Let’s go back up the adventurers for now.」

「Indeed!」

「Here goes!」

Colbert and Gamud had both been a full step ahead of Amanda, as they’d already started charging the moment she started issuing orders. Phillip and Amanda jumped in immediately after, while Fran and Forrund wordlessly brought up the rear. Urushi didn’t join the fray, and instead sat around on standby as Charlotte’s guard.

「I’m here to help!」

「Guildmaster!」

Turned out that Eugene had joined the fray as well, as a member of the Adventurer’s Guild, of course. He had been firing off spells into the crowd in order to defeat the Demonic Beings.

「Eugene?」

「You’re here too, Fran?」

「What happened? Want explanation.」

「Well, you see…」

The Adventurer’s Guild was first notified of the Alchemist’s Guild’s plight about an hour back. One of the older alchemists that had kept in touch with Eugene even after the incident had barged into the Adventurer’s Guild in a panic and requested his friends’ assistance.

Apparently, one of the Alchemist’s Guild’s higher ups had been working together with an alchemist outside their ranks in order to conduct illegal experiments. The experiment’s participant then went on to using his concoctions in order to seize control over the Alchemist’s Guild’s upper stratum. He then forced those with less influence to assist in the experimentation.

Specifically, the less influential alchemists had ended up being forced to function as lab rats. The old man had managed to escape his colleagues’ fate as he had coincidentally holed himself up in his room and continued his research without exposing himself to the guild’s other members.

The illegal experiments worked towards the goal of obtaining more information about Demonization, the process of imbuing magic stones inside of human beings in order to strengthen them. Interestingly enough, Demonization was in fact the precise topic that had led to the expulsion of Eugene’s disciple.

That disciple’s name had of course been Zerais. The Alchemist’s Guild had supposedly washed its hands of Zerais’ experiments the moment he was expelled, but one of the guild’s higher ups had not only preserved all the data obtained, but also offered the fugitive both shelter from the authorities and the opportunity to continue his research.

The man seemed to have two reasons for his actions. The first was apparently that he believed the research to be of monetary value, governments and militaries would pay out the ass for that kind of information. The latter seemed to be that he, as an alchemist, thought that it would be wasteful to throw away all the useful data obtained.

「Then, those things. Former alchemists?」

「Precisely. I attempted to have their magic stones removed with the adventurers’ assistance, but unfortunately it was to no avail…」

They’d tried pretty much everything they could think of. They experimented with healing magic, purification magic, surgery, and even brute force, but none of it was to any effect. The demonic beings were much like magic beasts, they would die the moment their magic stones were removed or destroyed. And of course, the human used the demonic being’s base would end up dying as well in the process.

「Can’t communicate?」

「We tried, but again, to no avail. The magic beings appear to have all gone insane.」

Zerrosreed seemed to have retained his ability to think though. Was that because he’d had the magic stones transplanted into him as an Evil Being or something?

「Half had already been let loose by the time we arrived, but managed to encircle the Alchemist’s Guild’s building before the other half escaped its confines.」

It was quite difficult for the adventurers to capture the Demonic Beings alive. There were a few small fry here and there, but many could use magic. Asking adventurers to take in something that powerful without killing it first was more or less equivalent to asking them to off themselves.

Hence, they’d only tried removing magic stones from the demons they happened to accidentally render incapable of combat.

「So we have no choice but to kill them?」

「Exactly.」

Eugene responded to Amanda’s question with a nod.

Well, I guess we kinda have to lend him a hand or two. I’m feeling a bit paranoid that one of them is going to suddenly power up the same way Rynford did, so yeah.

(Master. Gunning for magic stones.)

『Right, yeah, good point.』

Fran immediately dashed into the melee and swung me at one of the Demonic Beings, to which I responded by promptly absorbing its magic stone on contact.

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General Information
Species: Demonic Being
State: Impaired
Status Level: 1/99
HP: 48
MP: 55
STR: 25
VIT: 23
AGI: 10
INT: 27
MGC: 25
DEX: 10

Skills
Painting: Lv 1
Compounding: Lv 1
Water Magic: Lv 2
Alchemy: Lv 4
Magic Manipulation

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And of course, I gave his status a quick peak right before he died. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on the Painting skill he had, and to make matters worse, he was only worth a single magic stone point.

『Let’s hurry up and get this over with.』

「Nn.」

We followed Amanda and went even deeper into the mob of Demonic Beings, but much to my dismay, not a single one of them was worth more than just one measly magic stone point.

The moment I started grumbling my complaints was the the moment I spotted a Demonic Being that seemed to stand out from its peers.

「Strong.」

『Sure looks like it. His stats are pretty high, and he isn’t Impaired either.』

He was much stronger and faster than the other Demonic Beings. And, although it sat at a measly level one, he did technically have the Sword Arts skill. Fran ended up disposing of him in an instant anyways, but he still was pretty strong when compared all the others.

And you know what? Best part is that he gave more than just one magic stone point. Killing him and ended up getting me three whole points. Does the amount of points I get vary based off their state? Or is it something else instead?

「Will find even stronger Demonic Beings.」

『Go for it.』

We ended up charging straight for the Alchemist’s Guild’s building despite it basically being the enemy’s HQ.

「Any plans as far as taking control over the building goes, Gamud?」

「There ain’t really anything to take control of. There don’t seem to be any human beings inside the place anymore.」

According to Amanda and Gamud, the Guild’s interior was basically devoid of human life. There was some evil energy flowing out of from within it, but the amount was miniscule relative to what we felt back at the temple, so I didn’t really think it to be an issue.

Urushi, however, thought otherwise.

「Growl.」

He barked a low, guttural bark while staring straight at the building before us.

「Is something wrong, Urushi?」

「Woof woof!」

The wolf answered Amanda with a pair of more vigilant barks.

「Something coming.」

「?」

「Are you certain? My senses are failing to react if so…」

Neither Forrund nor Philip were able to sense whatever it was Urushi was detecting. In other words, this was probably the work of his newly acquired Evil Detection skill, as no one else present happened to have it.

The skill was still just level one, but it seemed quite effective seeing as how he was able to outdo several A ranked adventurers in terms of detection.

「I sense it now as well!」

「Really? You too, Charlotte?」

「Really. It seems to be coming from somewhere underground. Right, Urushi?」

「Woof woof woof!」

「Well, your impressions seem to match up, so I don’t see any reason to be doubting you.」

「Incoming attack detected.」

「It seems so. I can feel it in my fists.」

Everyone else finally started picking up whatever Urushi had sensed after about a minute or so.

Whatever was coming for us seemed a lot weaker than I’d initially anticipated. It was only giving off as much evil energy as your average Evil Being. However, I was still quite curious about it as it seemed to carry with it a sort of artificial nature. The part that piqued my interest the most was how it felt a lot more like clump of pure evil energy than an actual living thing.

All my questions were answered three minutes later, as whatever we’d detected finally made its way outside the Alchemist’s Guild’s confines.

「Is that a golem?」

「Huh. I can’t appraise the damn thing, it’s got Appraisal Blocking.」

Gamud was unable to learn anything about the golem despite having his appraisal skill leveled to 3. I tried taking a quick glance at it with the Eye of Empyrea, but even then, the only thing I got was its name. Apparently, it was a Magic Stone Soldier.

「Growl.」

『Get ready. Looks like it’s shifting right into combat mode.』

「Nn!」

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At this chapter’s time of writing, TSKD was in fact the most popular web novel on Syosetu.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Time for me to get drunk as fuck.

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36 thoughts on “TSKD 133

    1. The construct alone couldn’t be called evil, but it is functioning as a tool. Tools are extensions of the user, so think of it like a weapon. The word “evil” is merely an oversimplification of motivations that runs counter to other people.

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      1. not in these kind of fiction… in that world “evil” has a concrete form and can be manifested and felt, it’s apparently the result of he energy of the Evil God.

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      2. First of all, I love how philosophical these comment sections get.

        Second of all, while in our world, the term “evil” was conceived by people to describe actions and motivations against their best interest, in the world of the novel it was developed by the gods to describe materials, energy and creatures related to a god against their best interest(the “Evil” God), and passed on to people through appraisal skills as a concrete “reality”.

        So, while in our world the term evil is entirely relative and abstract, in that world it is mostly “absolute” and concrete.

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    2. Evil golem?… if it is evil wouldn’t it be an automata or maybe a reploid (Megaman X/Zero/ZX for more info on reploids) as it would have a will of its own?

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      1. Fantasy worlds don’t have much sci-fi tradition, I guess, so everything artificial and moving is called a golem, regardless of what it’s really like.
        We aren’t sure how much will it has, and how much it is controlled by other people anyway.

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  1. Sword MC’s morality seems to be slipping… the lack of sadness at people turned into monsters and the happiness at the chance to grow stronger as a result isn’t too far from Zerrosreed’s motives.
    But will the author notice that before he becomes too Gary Stu?

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    1. He is a sword after all who has been through some pretty intense situations after all. As for him not getting bent out of shape over every single person that he has no connection with needing to be put down? Does he need to get all weepy and emotional to the point where he becomes a “cringeworthy justice” character who arbitrarily decides that they are to blame for “not being quick enough” to save others? I for one think it is normal to only give the bare minimum reaction of “that sucks/too bad” when those you know nothing about and can’t be saved die. So why shouldn’t MC decide to be optimistic and try to use this chance to improve (accept the things you can’t change/do and change the things you can)? MC is different from Zerroseed in the fact that he won’t blindly hurt others just to challenge themselves and get stronger and has no bad intentions besides having an appreciation for beauties and cute kids (like trying to fight and kill Amanda, or others).

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    2. I believe that that is the best way to think in such a situation tho, way too many hero wannabe out there

      If one could not be saved then ok, hey if the ones that could not be saved can become exp for him at least they didn’t die in vain!

      And yes I would aim for antihero if I was reincarnated with a cheat

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  2. Thx for the chapter o/
    and Happy Thanks Giving~~
    good chapter, my only complain is what is the function of those eyes of whatever… i don’t know what they are used for
    And congrats for TSKD for number 1

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    1. >the function of those eyes of Empyrea
      Like all the other special eyes, they are a stronger version of Appraise skill. We aren’t sure what part of reality they are appraising the best.
      The name isn’t a hint too: ” Greek word for experience, ἐμπειρία (empeiría).”. The word used in terms like “empirical research” (as opposed to research done by pulling things out of holy books, one’s ass, computer simulations and other dubious sources).

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  3. This appraisal eye skill is kind of lame.

    Appraisal blocking is not even a high tier skill yet it manages to block the eye allmost entirely.

    The eyes of empiria should be a bit more op than this otherwise it would not be worth the effort getting them ever.

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    1. i know right, it’s the typical case of “this ability of the MC is super rare in the world, it’s bound to be useful in most cases” but then the serie goes and to keep things interesting the author keep giving similar abilities to everyone or counter abilities against it, which render the “super rare” obsolete

      it’s the same thing with power levels in other novels “that person that the MC is super fan of is at [random power level], only a handful of people in history have reached that level” than later on, MC grow and meet like a hundred people of [random power level] and become aware of the existences of people who reach [random power level +1] or even [random power level +2]

      author always want to keep the expectation at all time, which is not possible if they don’t cheat like that

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  4. Congrats on translating the number 1 novel! you certainly have done a great job of translating in my opinion to make it easily readable for us. also, I’m amazed it surpassed Death march but that may be more popular with a western audience.

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  5. “The illegal experiments worked towards the goal of obtaining more information about Demonization”
    I read demonetization insted of demonization, too much youtube for today i guess
    Thanks for the chapter btw

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  6. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    The alchemist is probably right in that countries would pay a lot for that research. Under the table of course.

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  7. Wouldn’t it be nice if the MC could save those alchemists by absorbing their power stones?
    At this rate, by the time the MCs defeat the evil god, the world would be half-dead.

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