TSKD 226

Old Man Gallus’ Whereabouts

Royce had given us his ID, so we were pretty much set to leave for the Beastkin’s Country whenever. Given that, I decided to mull oveor whether or not we had anything to do before actually setting out.

『Oh yeah, we should probably go check in with Old Man Gallus.』

I remember the other blacksmith telling us that he’d be back by the time the tourney started, so I figured he was probably already in town. The blacksmith in question had even promised to tell us when Gallus finally arrived, but he’d never actually contacted us at all.

There was a pretty good chance that he’d purposefully avoided doing so because he didn’t want to bother us because we were busy with the tourney. Given that, I figured we may as well pay his smithy a visit.

「Blacksmith?」

『Yeah, I was thinking we could go check to see whether or not Gallus made it back.』

The sun had only just set, so it seemed to me that it was fine to assume that they’d yet to go to bed. That said, it seemed a bit wrong to visit at this late an hour, so I had us pick up a little something to make seeing us worth their time.

Specifically, we went into a bar that happened to be on the way and bought a bottle of the strongest drink they had. It seemed like the best possible thing we could get seeing as how dwarves and liquor went hand in hand. I was a bit worried that they’d refuse to sell it to us given Fran’s age, but apparently that wasn’t actually the case. In fact, it was the exact opposite. The bartender had even given Fran a discount in exchange for a handshake because he’d recognized her on sight.

And so, we paid Zadoh, one of Gallus’ blacksmith buddies, a visit with booze in hand. [1]

「Hey there. Grats on third place.」

「Nn. Thanks.」

It turned out that Zadoh had actually watched the tourney.

Our gift seemed to delight him. Apparently, it was some pretty damn high quality stuff.

We asked him about Gallus, but unfortunately Zadoh could only say that the old craftsman had yet to show up in Ulmutt.

「I think Gallus is the only one that hasn’t returned. As far as I know, all the other people that went to help are already back.」

「Only Gallus not back?」

「Yeah. He’s probably stuck up in Barbra doing something only he’s capable of.」

「Okay.」

「Though, it’s a bit weird for him not to at least send word of the delay seeing how he said he’d return by the time the tourney started.」

We were on our way back over to Barbra anyways, so we could probably just look for him again after heading over. I definitely did want to at least greet him before we headed off to the Beastkin’s Country, as there was no way for us to know when we’d next see him if we just upped and left without checking in first.

There wasn’t really much else for us to ask. We turned around and decided to head home, but Zadoh stopped us before we made our way out the door.

「R-Right, so I wanted to ask you about that sword of yours…」

The blacksmith’s gaze was set on me, and seemed to carry the same emotions it had when he first feasted his eyes on Fran’s Black Cat Set.

Zadoh was a skilled craftsman, so it really didn’t take him much to figure out that I was some sort of magic sword. He’d probably been curious about me to begin with. Him watching the tourney probably hadn’t helped either given how the caster kept going on and on about the fact that I was Fran’s namesake.

「C-Could I see it for a sec? I promise I won’t take too long.」

(Master?)

『Sure, I don’t mind if he promises to keep it short. Make sure you warn him not to equip me though, cause, y’know.』

「Got it. Here.」

「Thanks a bunch.」

「Don’t equip. Will die from curse.」

「Huh?」

「Cursed. Only I can equip without dying.」

Zadoh had started moving his hands in my direction, but stopped the moment he heard Fran’s warning. His face reflected a clear sense of terror.

I couldn’t really blame him. You wouldn’t normally want to touch a sword that could potentially kill you if you tried equipping it. It was kinda like how people didn’t really like touching poison, even if it was the type that only took effect if you drank it.

Not to brag, but, there was no way Zadoh wasn’t aware of the fact that I wasn’t just your everyday magic sword. As a result, Fran’s warning came off as all the more real.

「W-Would just touching it cause any problems?」

「None.」

「A-Alright, good to hear.」

The blacksmith had to have been rather curious seeing as how he was the one that asked to see me. Given that, he actually did end up grabbing me after steeling his resolve.

A switch almost seemed to flip within him the moment he did. He cast aside all his nervousness and immediately began to act as one would expect of a professional blacksmith. That is, he began carefully looking over both my guard and blade.

「Hmmm… I can feel an incredible amount of magical power coming from within your sword. Whoever made its blade did it with meticulous care. It seems to be made out of a pretty interesting metal too.」

Zadoh began muttering as he looked me over.

「Would it be okay for me to ask about this magic sword’s source?」

「Source?」

「Yeah. Do you know who made it, or where you found it maybe?」

Zadoh’s questions were more or less the exact ones you’d expect from a pro. That said, I couldn’t actually answer them. I didn’t know who made me, and I didn’t really think it was a good idea to tell him I came from the Marou Plains.

「Not really.」

I mulled over it a bit, but ended up asking Fran to play it safe.

「That’s too bad… Either way, it looks to me like this thing might actually be made out of an orichalcum alloy.」

「Orichalcum? Blade made of it?」

「Honestly, I can’t say. It’s not made out of something I’m familiar with, which is why I was thinking that was why orichalcum sounded like it’d be a likely contender. Hold on a second.」

Zadoh walked over to one of his smithy’s corners and retrieved a slightly worn book as he spoke.

「This here is something I just happened to get my hands on during the tourney. It contains notes on blacksmiths from the past.」

The tourney would cause merchants to swarm to Ulmutt, which in turn apparently made it fairly easy to find yourself a lucky bargain or two.

「The thing’s apparently written by the apprentice of a god-tier blacksmith’s apprentice. It talks about the different types of metals god-tier blacksmiths have used in the past, and makes particular mention of one called orichalcum. I don’t actually know what exactly orichalcum is, but the book says it’s the only kind of metal that can survive a god-tier blacksmith’s forging process.」

Huh, so something like that actually existed? I was a bit intrigued by the concept of being made of orichalcum, but it didn’t seem quite right.

Orichalcum was, based on what Zadoh said, apparently a sort of ridiculously durable legendary metal. The reason I didn’t think I was made of it was exactly that, it was durable and I wasn’t. My blade broke literally all the time. The only reason I looked to be in perfect condition right now was because I could regenerate.

「To be honest, that guess was just a shot in the dark. There’s lots of metals I don’t know much about, and there’s no doubt that this sword of yours could be made out of any one or combination of them. I only thought that orichalcum was a possibility because the sword seems to give off a sort of dignity. In fact, it almost seems to bear a presence of its own. It’s possible my feelings come from the fact that it’s some sort of top-class magic item.」

Dignity? Damn man, you be saying some good shit right there. Am I just so majestic he can’t help but notice me? Hell yeah! I mean, I guess that does make decent sense. I may not be a godblade, but there really was a fair chance that I was made by some god-tier blacksmith.

Zadoh finished checking me over, handed me back to Fran, and bid us farewell.

It didn’t take long for us to arrive back at the inn thereafter.

The sun had already set, but there were a few things we had to do before going to bed. Namely, Fran had yet to bathe or eat.

And that wasn’t it either. There was something I wanted to check, something I’d been putting off.

『Well, here goes.』

「Nn.」

The thing in question was checking the effects of my Doppelganger Synthesis skill.

I casted the skill expecting to create a couple cloth-covered humans, but was instead greeted by a series of blades.

『Yeah, looks like I spawned swords again.』

「Nn. Many Masters.」

Doppelganger Synthesis seemed to have started spawning swords instead of humans for some odd reason.

I tried casting the skill several times, only to learn that it was indeed possible for me to create human doppelgangers, but only if I focused on it. Likewise, it was possible for me to create both swords and humans simultaneously, a discovery that allowed us to usher in a whole new wave of strategies.

That said, the skill didn’t seem to be working the exact way I expected. For some odd reason, the human-shaped doppelgangers I created didn’t seem quite right. They looked like me, but they also kinda didn’t. Something just seemed… off.

It wasn’t anything too disorienting though, so I ended up just writing it off as a consequence of me becoming capable of creating sword-shaped dopplegangers.

The reason I was willing to write it off almost right away was because frankly, I don’t really care about having a human form. I’d already long made up my mind and decided I would live out the rest of my life as a sword. All that mattered to me was that my human-shaped doppelgangers didn’t suffer any sort of performance loss.

『Alright. We talked to everyone we needed to talk to, and we’ve got pretty much everything ready. You think it’s about time?』

「Nn. Time to go to Beastkin’s Country.」

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[1] I s2g his name was Zerld before. I even double checked it… Maybe this is a different blacksmith buddy?

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89 thoughts on “TSKD 226

      1. Wait up, there’s a mistake near the end:

        “The reason I was willing to write it off almost right away was because frankly, I really care about having a human form.”

        There should be a [DON’T] between “really” and “care”.

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      1. Oricalcos is a script in Yugioh.
        Oricalcum is a metal, and it seems that Oricalcos name is based on Oricalcum.

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      2. Fantasy has a number of variations on the word “orichalcum”. Like “orichalcon”.
        So I think it’s safe to assume this is one of them.
        -os is a common Greek ending for words, just like -um is a common Roman ending for words. I hope Dimitra can clarify the difference.

        At least it’s better than adamantine and other varieties of the word “adamant” – this stuff can be a crystal or a metal depending on the author.

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      3. Orihalcon is actually just bad J->E translation. It appears in a lot of JRPGs and novels because the TLer doesn’t recognize the word. (It is read oriharucon in JP.) It’s kind of like how Erza is supposed to be Elsa despite being “Eruza” and explicitly having the Z sound in jp.

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      4. Since someone asked me to clarify..it’s really all the same just transferred in different languages.

        The original ancient form is like this : ορείχαλκον (oreichalcon) = mountain copper which the Latins turned to aurichalcum (gold copper) and the english to orichalcum.

        Because it was so rare and had also the colour of shiny gold, it had become part of myths and legends that’s why now it is usual to see in all pieces of fantasy.

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      1. Orichalcus is actually simply the greek name for brass. 🙂
        It means mountain copper.
        In the ancient times it was one of the rarest and most valuable alloys that’s why Plato described Atlantis to be built from it.

        Source: I’m greek.

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    1. Orichalcos is the phonetic of ορείχαλκος, the Greek word for brass. Which is more commonly seen as orichalcum (latinized).

      It was mystified as an alloy used in Atlantis and such, which is not weird seeing as we’re talking about the bronze age (brass being an alloy of copper)

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      1. You do know those terms don’t actually apply to yuri, right…? The current Japanese idea is that lesbian women are flexible in their roles. The terms you mentioned have basically been phased out, especially of the nerdier side of culture.

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    1. i have the same theory, along the way he began seen himself more as “Master” than his previous self. Reminds me Mushoku Tensei, and the final chapter…

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    1. More then likely, its based on his sense of self idenity. When he first got that skill he saw himself as a human, but gradually he has seen himself more and more like a sword. Likely, the only reason he can still make a human like version of himself is because of his memories of being a human.

      The reason they look wrong is because he’s been experincing so much that he’s lost his old sense of self, as noted by how he feels like something is off with those clones, because they no longer look like what he sees himself as.

      Just a theory.

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      1. Do you think romantic feelings migh ever develop between them? At all?
        ‘Cause then…. with a human doppelgänger……….
        Y’know

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    1. It should be a different city.
      Fran went to Barbra’s port as a shortcut to Ulmutt.
      Gallus took a land route, since Dwarves hate water.

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      1. Fran’s route: Alessa to Darth to Barbra to Ulmutt.

        Darth to Barbra is with a ship.

        Gallus takes a land route, but does not mention which cities he has to go through.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter

    The fact he he is starting to get ti accustom to being a sword might lead to a crisis in the future. Like the lack of self preservation.

    Well I guess I’m looking at it too deeply, Hopefully it doesn’t have any adverse effect to his character.

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    1. it may be as with the progress of level and accumulation of skills the price to pay are the memories of oneself. It may have started in master’s resolution to leave behind his self to look after Fran.

      Just my theory though ^_^

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    2. Standard Reincarnation memory lost. After a certain age, a person no longer remember their previous life.
      A human doppelganger looking like his former self will get harder and harder. If he creates one that does not look like himself, it may be easier.
      we love making wrong guesses, so stop spoiling.

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      1. yup i also agree with ur statement being able to visualize yourself with just memory and not looking into pics would greatly differ how u perceive ur looks, it is jst like uncovering a photo of u and saying “is that me?”
        not spoiling ^_^ i dnt hv the ability to read ahead, jst shooting in the sky hoping it will land on something favorable.

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      2. Just like people in real life. Many say that they are reincarnated. However, they lose those memories once they reach a certain age. Many have try to confirm with the given statement. It seems to prove that reincarnation always travel to a parallel universe, and minor details are always different from real people of the past. In other words, parallel universe seems to be supported by those people who claim to reincarnated.

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  2. Looking forward to fran being on the road again, and look at that forshadowing…..spoopy.

    (We really arnt going to see fran’s status page till she is blunty stronger then amanda cause the arthur wrote himself into a hole with that, i really want to see it so i can compare=_=…..i stg if its on the very next chapter)

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    1. Class Change Level Reset is a good way to grind for higher stats, yet we rarely see it happening. Are the characters too one-dimensional to abuse the Class Change Level Reset?

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    1. Every intelligence weapons have consciousness and personality.
      Evil ones would manipulate with conversation to gain control over their user.
      Good ones would try to teach their users how to be more efficient, unless an evil user…

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    2. I recall it being stated that intelligent swords and godblades are separate categories. I don’t think there is anything stopping them from being both, but not all intelligent weapons are godblades and presumably not all godblades are intelligent. Then again, if all godblades are intelligent, then the nuclear bomb would have been intelligent, which is too funny to not be a thing.

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      1. Not _every_ one of them. The final weapons in Elder Scrolls series are likely to be made out of demon hearts (“daedric”), for example.

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  3. Thanks for the chapter, uwaaa you play D&D 3.5 is the best to me with path finder, but i need play 5.0 to see if its good too, but my group never play anymore, T-T

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    1. Pathfinder is 3.75, not 3.5.
      The floor of all classes are raised.
      The ceiling of all classes are lowered.

      The ceiling of Martial and Mundane classes are lowered so much that is is lower than the floor of Magical classes.

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    2. I like the old school racial level limits.
      high levels stop adventuring, because they have obligations to protect their race. Thus, campaigns becomes human centric (something that Gary Gygax wanted).
      Dwarven Clerics are NPC only. They have obligations to help other Dwares in need so they cannot adventure, unless a game master create a Dwarven centric game which removes level caps on Dwarves.

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    3. I played a little D&D 5, and it was reasonably good. I still prefer GURPS, though.
      Overall, D&D 5 was well-received by people who liked 3.5, so it’s a solid choice if you plan to play some more.

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      1. D&D 3.5 screwed up pretty much with too many things not synchronized.
        Level Adjustment too high.
        Too much problem in choosing Hit Dice and reasonable Constitution Score.
        Overvaluing Mundane over Magic.
        Templates over Monster Class Levels.

        Once those mistakes are solved, there would be no separate monster manual from player’s handbook, since all Races, especially Monster Races, would become playable races.

        The Advantage of 3.5
        1) Easy Multi-Class.
        2) Monster as Races.

        The Disadvantage of 3.5
        1) Weaker Multi-Class without taking Multi-Class Prestige Class and Multi-Class Feat Taxes.
        2) Templates and Level Adjustment makes the Monster Races weaker in the long game.
        3) Lack of Synchronization with Level Adjustment and Hit Dice.
        –> Character Level = Hit Dice (Racial Hit Dice + Class Hit Dice)
        –> Effective Character Level = Level Adjustment + Character Level
        4) Magic no longer have their drawbacks and are much stronger.

        Bloodlines in 3.5 (not pathfinder) is a progress of gaining LA+3 over multiple levels. The LA cost is too much, so many people want to treat it as an XP cost. However, the creator of Bloodlines did not give any (neither level nor experience) adjustments at all.

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    1. Why not call it “by a grandapprentice of a god-tier bkacksmith” instead of using the word apprentice twice.

      The Redundant Department of Redundancy is a Redundant Department.

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  4. would be interesting if he was a godblade in progress, like everygodblade is a reincarnated person, but as with master, the secret about them having a personality is well hidden, and all of them started as a basic magic sword with some sort of gimmick….

    btw…. just noticed… the godblades have “names/tittles” i imagine when master finally becomes as strong as one will be called the “master sword” XD his name isnt master directly officially in jp i guess, but i wonder if it will end up that way, might end up with something similar because copyright? XD

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  5. “before actually setting out.U” -> is that capita ‘U’ supposed to be there? I don’t think it was in the preview…

    “well pay his smithie a visit” -> “smithy” or “forge”

    “if he promises to keep him short” -> “keep it short” (given the context)

    made out of orichalcos alloy [2] -> orichalcum? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orichalcum

    “thinking that was orichalcos sounded like” -> “thinking that orichalcos sounded like”

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      1. Nvm, looks like whoever localized yugioh was apparently wrong. Which means I’m wrong.

        Thinking back, I’m not actually sure why I bothered trusting a ygo translation in the first place. Derp.

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  6. I admit that I kind of skimmed through the conversation about orichalcum/orichalcos, but doing a search for the hiragana used in the original text brings up a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh references (as Supreme Tentacle noted), but it also brought up the Japanese wikipedia entry for オリハルコン. The hiragana in TSKD was オレイカルコス, which is listed as one of the variants on the entry.

    Obviously, that isn’t at all definitive (it IS Wikipedia, after all), but just something I found. Nothing saying it can’t be both a Yu-Gi-Oh reference AND an alternate spelling at the same time, right? ^_^;

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  7. Thanks for the chapter.

    The fact that orichalcum is mentioned as the only metal capable of surviving a god-tier blacksmith means that most weapons made by them would need to be pure or alloyed with something as strong or stronger. Master seems to have been alloyed with something weaker. This leds strength to the theory that he was made with the remains of the godsword Cheribum, possibly put together by the gods or the S class monster that died in the plains. Chapter 15 of the manga has an image of Master meeting the gods and then reaching out for his sword form, however the sword form shown has a definite angel in the spot where his wolf head is currently.

    Except for the gaining of Awakening and some other skills her stats are likely to be the same as they were last time she were listed. She was at level cap at that point and stats will not change much without leveling. The idea to change class was brought up just before the tourney but the drop in level was going to have a fairly big effect on her and they did not have enough time to regrind out the levels to cap again before the tourney started.

    Based on the flow, I would expect that the next time she might consider changing classes is around the time of the Auction or just after it. I can’t see her making herself weaker before heading to the Beastkin country with all of the potential trouble that can arise and her schedule is fairly tight for the trip to the Beastkin country and getting back in time for the auction. She will not have the time needed to grind out any exp.

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    1. The idea of him being made using the broken cherubim is plausible considering the foreshadowing being thrown in this chapter. However the scene where he reaches out to his sword form where the 3 deity like ladies is mainly in the manga and it was never mentioned in the WN as fas I remembered.

      In regards to Fran still maintaining the level cap after achieving awakening is kinda absurd considering all other awaken beast kin got a cap of 99, thus why I personally wanted to see both shishou’s and Fran’s current Stats.

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      1. I agree that the three Goddess not mentioned in the Novel is a key difference in the story. Also, unlike a novel, manga has to maintain less information dump, so things have to change around a bit.

        Web Novels have the most information dump as it is a first draft.
        Light Novels have rearrangement and refinement. It is a second draft of sort.
        Manga tends to be more action oriented, since it needs to get attention and keep attention.
        Anime comes last. One Manga Page per Minute is the ideal pace, but there are times when several pages or even several chapters make a single minute of Anime.

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  8. Ideal Anime Pacing is One Manga Page Per Minute. Any good Anime should have internal fillers within each minute to ensure that “one animation minute” only covers “one manga page” of material. A typical weekly manga has 24 pages per chapter, and a typical weekly anime has 24 minutes per episode.

    Anime are contracted on a seasonal basis. A season of anime is 12 episodes (holiday cuts one week), 13 episodes (average), 14 episodes (rare, one season on a fiscal year with 53 weeks). Each AAA quality episode is 5000 to 10000 man-hours.

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    1. We like starting flame wars to get the readers to become active in the discussion. Too many readers are silent readers, and we like them to more involved.

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