Chapter 79: Secret Workshop (part one)

There are only 13 chapters left of this arc. Woo! Enjoy the chapter!

TL: clover

ED: xtostos, eristol


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We were running through the Crucible Street at dusk.

Just as the last chimes of the church’s bell were resounding, Tirnanog and I arrived at Turm Wand Store.

It is to meet Gilbert, not Harold.

The other person who noticed cobalt oxide is said to be Gilbert.

It is difficult to say whether or not he is going to be inside the wand store, but it is better than looking for him blindly.

 

『As usual, there is no sign of a customer.

The store owner doesn’t seem to be in the store, but there is a sign of the redheaded brat.』

“That’s rather convenient.”

 

Even when I went inside the store, no one came out to greet me.

Looking around, I saw Harold polishing the shelves quietly with an almost dead facial expression.

He shouldn’t have to clean anything at times like this.

No, perhaps it is more painful for him if he doesn’t distract himself by doing something.

 

“Harold, are you okay?”

“Ah……? Aa, Erica, welcome.

What is it? Have you found a wand that matches your taste?”

“You don’t seem to be fine. Unfortunately, we’re not here as customers.”

『Is Gilbert in the back?』

“Aniki? Aa, Aniki came back a while ago.

It seems he was going to make something difficult that he couldn’t afford to fail, so right now he’s shutting himself inside the Wunderkammer, but……”

 

It is as we expected after all.

When I exchanged looks with Tirnanog, he nodded.

 

“Harold, this is something you also need to hear. Let’s go together, okay?”

『Even if you say no I will force you to come with us.』

“Eh, ah, wait…… the store! There is only me manning the store!”

“We were your only customers in these two days, right?”

“T-that’s true, but! Aah, jeez, let me lock the door first at least!”

 

As Tirnanog manhandled him, Harold was kicking and struggling.

We let him go to lock the store, then we headed to the Wunderkammer in the back of the store.

 

 

“Yo, everyone, what’s the matter?”

 

Gilbert seemed to have just completed the preparation and was about to clear up the alchemy tools spread on the desk.

I glanced at the container placed on the desk.

Gilbert quickly hid it in his bag.

 

Again, Gilbert seems to be keeping secret about the blue pigment he has found.

Since Harold knows nothing, it somehow feels like that.

In a sense, it can be said that we have met him just in time.

It would’ve been difficult to meet him if he had gone somewhere else to make it.

 

Tirnanog rolled an indigo blue glass bead on the table.

Gilbert reached for it with a relieved expression.

Tirnanog’s hand caught his stretched hand with a lightning-quick movement.

 

『As expected, I knew you would recognize it at a glance.』

“We have come to talk about it.”

 

When Tirnanog and I pressed him, Gilbert cast his eyes down and laughed.

 

“Hahaha, you caught me. Even though I thought that I would be able to evade questions until the prototype is completed.

Not only are you aware of the identity of the smelt, but you were also able to make the actual thing in just a few hours.

As expected of the daughter of the head of the alchemists. You cannot be measured by ordinary means.”

 

Gilbert muttered thoughtfully.

No, no, it is because my friend is a phantom beast, I myself am just an ordinary and mediocre girl.

But I couldn’t say that.

 

“W-wait, what are you talking about! Are you leaving me out of the loop?”

『Wait, wait, Harold. Let’s explain it in order. I will let Gilbert explain it.』

“Mister, so you’re leaving it all to me.”

 

Gilbert smiled bitterly and lowered his hip back to the chair again.

When he put the container in his bag back on the table, Tirnanog released his hand.

Gilbert breathed out a sigh while gazing at the glass bead through the light of the lamp.

 

“Aah, it’s a fine coloring after all.”

“Is it a blue glass? It’s certainly rare to see such a thing.

What’s up with this glass?”

“This was made from the waste inside the barrel that was kicked off by Botchan.”

『To be exact, I made a blue-colored glass rather than the glass itself.』

“Hee……?”

“This is a rather rare metal on this continent called cobalt oxide.

Far from a waste, it seems to be worth twenty times that of silver of the same weight.”

“E-eeeehhhhh—!?”

 

Harold cried out with his eyes wide open.

He has to be surprised because what he thought was just a waste turned into treasure.

 

“That……what a coincidence!”

“Indeed, it’s an amazing coincidence.

Surely the proportions of the metals contained in the ore deposit and the smelting method thought of by Earl Nibelheim have ended up producing this result.”

“You mean, if we sell this rare metal called cobalt oxide, we can regain even the loss of the fraud!?”

“I wonder about that.”

“Well, that’s what one would think. That’s why I couldn’t say it.”

 

Harold who recovered from his shock raised a voice full of joy.

Gilbert and I shrugged and exchanged glances.

 

“It’s not about how much you can sell, the problem is how to sell it.

For example, if you sell it as a material for blue glass, there is only a limited demand.

If you sell it to the temples, churches and part of the aristocrats and merchants, the consumption will reach the limit.”

“If they know that cobalt oxide can be made as long as the silver ores in the northwest areas haven’t been exhausted yet, its value will be lower than it is currently.”

“No way……”

“You shouldn’t sell the cobalt oxide itself, but the added value born by it.

Just as how the Nibelheim territory isn’t just selling a mass of high-purity silver, but a high-quality silverware.”

“Hahaha, you are still a child but you sure know your stuff, Ojou-san.

That’s why I also thought that I want to pitch in and help my important younger brother.”

『In the end, what kind of person are you, Gilbert?

You are not just an ordinary youngest child of a wealthy merchant.』

“I’d like to return those words to mister as they are.”

 

Gilbert smiled wryly at Tirnanog’s pointed question.

 

“To begin with, I didn’t collect the smelt for some insight I had.

When I used analysis magic because I was worried whether harmful substances were mixed and I discovered it by chance.

But mister, you didn’t use any magic or anything.

You are not just an ordinary escort of a duke’s daughter.”

『I am a very ordinary guardian. And my old friend was a famous alchemist.』

 

Tirnanog continued to sidestep the question without lying as usual.

Gilbert shrugged his shoulders at his response.

 

『What were you doing before you returned to this place?』

“I was pursuing my dream. It took me ten years for that dream to come true halfway.”

“Specifically, what is that dream?”

“That is……well, I will show you. Keep it a secret, okay?”

 

Gilbert took out the white silk packet from his bag.

He gently put the somewhat flat packet on the table and carefully unwrapped it.

 

What appeared from the white silk fabric was a plain white dish.

It wasn’t pure white, it was tinged with a faintly pure and translucent bluish color.

When it was seen under the strong yellow-colored light, the whiteness felt more prominent.

 

“Is this porcelain?”

“Correct. As expected of the duke’s daughter, you could recognize it at a glance.”

 

No, it is just that in my previous world porcelain was not unusual.

I couldn’t say it though.

 

“Ooh~ certainly, this is similar to the dishes Master is collecting!”

“Right, right, this is similar to that dish.

There is a broken one in that collection, right?”

“It is a dish with a picture of a beast.”

“Actually, the one who broke it was me.”

 

Harold froze in shock for a moment, his chair moved back a few centimeters.

I understand his surprise.

Even if it is a used item in pristine condition, it is at least worth a castle.

When he saw our reactions, Gilbert laughed with an expression like a mischievous boy.

 

“Uwah……that kind of thing……Aniki, I guess you were very angry?”

“You’d think so. But actually it was a bit different.

Maybe because I was a child who was born when my old man was already old, I was very spoiled.”

 

Gilbert murmured in nostalgia that he was a brat in those days.

It seems that he felt a sense of satisfaction by feeling cherished from the reaction, as he did various mischief to attract his father’s attention.

 

At some point, he himself forgot the reason why he broke a dish which was precious to Elder Turm.

He would only know about it after a long time had passed, but it was a dish that was expensive enough to be able to buy a small southern island with one piece of it.

Nevertheless, there was no wrinkle between the eyes of Elder Turm.

 

“Instead, he was worried whether or not I got hurt.”

 

From the eyes of Gilbert who was only a child at that time, he also found that the eyes behind those lenses were sad.

Although he was trying hard to care about his child, Gilbert seemed to have received the impression that he had somewhat created a hole in the heart of Elder Turm.

Perhaps, it might have been a dish which was cherished next to his thirteen sons.

Thinking so, Gilbert became frightened and thought to apologize again.

 

“So, I said it clearly.

When I become an adult, I will make the same dish’, I said.”

 

Elder Turm was furious when he heard those words.

You don’t have to risk your life to make that kind of thing.

Use your time and talent for more meaningful things.

When he raised his voice as he said this, Elder Turm gazed at Gilbert with eyes that had a deeper anguish than when the plate broke.

 

“That was the only time my old man yelled at me.”

 

I guess he was probably worrying about Gilbert’s future.

However, on the contrary, Gilbert’s heart was captured by the existence of porcelain.

He wanted to triumph over his old man by any means. And then, he wanted Elder Turm to laugh as he sees the dish he made.

 

“That’s why, I purposefully chose a porcelain collector who was particularly on bad terms with my old man, and got myself a patron.”

 

It is said that the noble is a powerful aristocrat from Ignitia.

Without telling anyone, Gilbert got on a ship to the South and left Knot Reed.

 

“I used that noble’s connections and enrolled in Lindis under a pseudonym.

It was a short and exciting free time to learn the minimum necessary knowledge and skills.

After I got a personal laboratory in Ignitia, it was a life that would make me want to say that it was a confinement.

Well, I thought that it was not bad, since I would finally be able to make this, with my youth as the compensation.”

“Wait, Aniki……don’t tell me, the white porcelain alchemist who is rumored to be fleeing an Ignitia aristocrat is……?”

“Because I was nearly killed. What is it called, research policy disagreement?”

 

Gilbert was wearing cordovan shoes.

According to Harold, those are the Ignitian aristocratic shoes.

I didn’t notice until I was told, but the hint had been there forever.

 

“I wanted to reproduce the blue in my memory, but he wouldn’t let me.

That person wanted to have a collection of levels that he could appreciate.

But, I wanted to reproduce the technique in its complete form.

I wanted to revive the ancient colors on this one. I wanted to make the real deal, not an imitation.”

 

Gilbert looked towards the South in nostalgia for a moment.

He seemed to be feeling some respect and sincerity for his Ignitian noble patron.

It must have been a strong feeling to the degree that it wouldn’t go away even if he got killed.

 

“Just a little bit longer, and I might have to say goodbye to my neck and torso. But it seemed that my luck had not run out yet.

I was able to escape due to the great chaos caused by the prince.

When I was desperately running away, I had no destination in mind, but for some reason I reached my hometown, Knot Reed.”

 

The rumors about the white porcelain alchemist seems to have been true.

He was able to escape by taking advantage of the massive mental interference because he is Gilbert, whose blood is a mix of the eastern mages and the Visitor’s Clan.

One never know what will change things for the better in which ways, huh?

 

Gilbert picked up the blue glass bead that was rolling in the corner of the desk and held it up to the light.

 

『That blue is the blue from your memory, right?』

“Aah, that’s right, mister……if this is the case, it can be reproduced.”

『The blue you were looking for was in your hometown this whole time.』

“It’s an ironic thing……”

 

Gilbert closed his eyes and placed the blue glass on the table.

Taking a deep breath, he opened his eyes with a serious look.

 

“Say, Aniki, can this be produced in our territory?”

“Aah, it can be. As long as one knows how to handle the furnace. I have spent my life for that.”

“Then, if this story spreads, there will be no lenders who will withdraw their money from the Nibelheim family right!?”

“No, you need the actual things, not just lip-service.

Just as how I resigned to talk when confronted with Ojou-san’s blue glass.”

 

Harold’s bright voice and expression finally came back and Gilbert backtracked.

 

“I wanted to make money for furnace and pigments somehow and tried to sell the white porcelains that I had.

But, not even one was sold.

It seems that a scam aimed at an antique art dealer was rampant some time before I came.

The scrutiny for artworks in the north-west area has become considerably severe.”

“No way……”

“Oi, oi, Botchan. Don’t be looking like that. I didn’t say that I cannot do it.”

“But, Aniki. Even if you start making porcelain from now, ultimately you won’t be able to make it in time……”

“No, that’s not true.

Oops……it’s going to be done heating up soon.”

 

Gilbert murmured so and stood up.

Huh? Doesn’t it take more weeks to make porcelain?

Harold looked up at Gilbert with an absentminded blank expression.

I am certain that I was making a taken aback face that wouldn’t lose out to his.

 

“This is just perfect. Everyone, follow me.

I will show you the magic that I……no, we assembled over a decade.”

 

That said, Gilbert laughed with a lot of confidence.


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20 thoughts on “Chapter 79: Secret Workshop (part one)

  1. Thank you so much for translating! I came upon this series over the weekend and stayed up till 6am reading to chapter 78, haha. Cannot tell you how much I appreciate your fantastic translation and dedication! ❤

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  2. 6 degrees of separation 🙂 no doubt that aristocrat will also join the fray in some form or another, in unrelated ways we are related lol
    An unsurprising reveal :P, just like his shoes the Author leaves tracks and hints, and outright slaps you in the face with the obvious, it is difficult to be surprised or have an “oh wow” moment, when you are lead in a linear fashion to this conclusion 🙂 but still I like that, mystery and surprise isn’t everything.
    Some might think this is predictable, but I believe its all part of some other greater picture we have yet to reveal, and this is where the impact will hit 😛 I believe that Ignitian noble is really important somehow…
    6 precious things (maybe more) were made available to Harold’s family.
    1. Cobalt
    2. Blue glass
    3. Porcelain
    4. Gilbert a talented crafter of Porcelain
    5. A method of fast production of Porcelain
    6. Connections/support/information > The Duke of Aurelia (Erica is of course included), that Ignitia noble, Those that rallied to their family because of the influence of Ernst, people are a resource that is more precious than that cobalt lol
    now the interesting part of this, is how they intend to sell it… for me… rarity and the potential crazy markup prices you can get from that is great, but so is mass production, and by the sounds of it… our Porcelain producing Aniki has found the means of doing that…
    A cautious silver lining… or should I say cobalt lining has been made 🙂 Harold’s family will recover with this I am certain 🙂
    A few Questions 🙂
    1. Who is that Ignatian Noble?
    2. How will they go about making a successful product to sell to recoup lost revenue?
    3. Has Erica managed to avoid her death flag
    4. This story hinted at really nasty death flags for our nosy MC… and yet nothing dramatic has happened yet.. by that I mean, she wasn’t kidnapped by scummy fraudsters for whatever reason by her investigations… so I’m wondering will there be anything like that in the next few chapters?
    5. Could this be an arc where Erica is actually free from life-threatening events? I mean it’s been a few days lol and nothing deadly has happened to her… however there are still 13 chapters to this arc, so I guess its early days, do your best Erica!
    6. Where’s that beast at, Erica gotta catch ’em all!
    7. Will we get to meet this infamous Marquis?
    8. Does Onii sama know Gilbert? they seem to be the same age, so maybe they did? but then again I’m sure Lindis is a big place, perhaps they never rubbed shoulders at all.
    9. I really want to find out more about Lindis, so interesting! I’m so curious!
    Author sama… please do a side arc about Onii samas days at Lindis 😀

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    1. For number 5 and 6, I will quote this from ch 64
      『There was also a shrine of a phantom beast that was probably a substitute for the local god, but all the functions had stopped.

      It seems that it was completely destroyed along with the phantom beast over hundreds of years ago.』

      But! This doesn’t mean that her death flag is gone.

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      1. Yes, I figured as much lol but there is a hope that she will actually have a break from her “life at risk” moments in this arc haha, maybe letting someone else take the brunt this time around 😛

        “It seems” part is suspicious…

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    2. I didn’t find it unsurprising at all, though. It really surprised me that Gilbert was doing those porcelain experiments and stuff. I only realised when Tirnanog mentioned last chapter that he had been taking some of the smelt with him.
      So yea, milage may vary.

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      1. There were a number of hints, the information of the escaped porcelain alchemist from an Ignatian noble, how expensive porcelain was due to the lost technology of producing it, the chipped porcelain at his Fathers shop, there was a rather obvious emphasis on these particular bits of info woven into the story, we also had the sad tale of the missing son who took off to parts unknown. Then we find out that son isn’t missing he’s just hiding out at home seemingly from his Father lol, he’s an alchemist and knowledgeable, heck even the shoes were relevant, Erica discovered that Harold was able to tell where she was from by something so inconsequential as her shoes, which later gave her an “Aha” moment when she looked at his feet.

        In some ways the Fraud was like a misdirection for both the characters and the readers… it distracted you from these other elements presented in the previous chapters, while it is, of course, the most prominent factor of this arc, we can see that the Author is building something. In other arcs there is another story going on that we aren’t privy too, it’s hinted at or said in passing certain things, like the grave robbing, the interrogation of Augustes cousin, tidbits of history of the different lands and its people, Erica from the Pov of her Brother, Erica’s Mother, and of course Cain, so each arc is very layered and partly accessible to the reader, so you can chew on those tidbits and wonder what spices were used to get this flavor, some are obvious some are less so… for me this particular segment was obvious which was good.

        Stories I dislike are those that pull things from their ass, there is no journey from point A to B they just get there without anything that the reader can connect with, it’s just there, like crappy Mary Sues, this revelation gave us hints beforehand, Gilbert being that porcelain Alchemist wasn’t a reach or an ass pulled moment, and I like that.

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        1. ‘Then we find out that son isn’t missing he’s just hiding out at home seemingly from his Father lol’

          Wait. Gilbert actually did run away from home and went to the South to learn the technique. He was missing for 10 years due to him enrolled in Lindis and being confined by the Ignitian noble. He only arrived in Knot Reed this week, when he met Harold and Erica in his workshop.

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          1. I meant after his escape, the diversion that Auguste unintentionally created. News was spread by someone about his situation, presumably Gilbert, which makes me curious about what happened to that Noble?
            Questions I have…
            1. It was mentioned that he was sponsored? I’m assuming it was the Noble, if so, why would he allow Gilbert to go to Lindis? if he is being held under duress wouldn’t sending him to Lindis cause more trouble for that Noble? Gilbert also said that Noble was his patron… so I’m thinking that the 2 were on good terms till something changed, Gilbert went from Protege to Captive… so I’m wondering what happened?
            2. News of his captivity seemed widespread, did Gilbert go to the authorities? what happened to that Noble? was he arrested?
            3. There are many ways to get a person’s compliance since Gilbert has a family, it would be simple to use threats of violence against them as a means of control. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case here?

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          2. Number 1 is answered in this chapter. Their research policy was clashing. So this noble became his patron because he wanted Gilbert to make porcelain as he wanted. He then sent Gilbert to Lindis to learn (Gilbert majored in Alchemy and Magic Creation System ch 67). After he graduated, I guess Gilbert was given a private laboratory to produce porcelain. But, as Gilbert said here, the noble only wanted Gilbert to produce an imitation of porcelain, but Gilbert wanted to make the real thing. I guess they clashed and Gilbert almost killed.
            2. I think Gilbert didn’t go to authorities. As Gilbert seemed to genuinely respect this noble. So I guess he will bring the secret to the grave.
            3. Gilbert ran away without telling anyone and it was when he was 10 years old. So I’m thinking that maybe he went to this noble under disguise (under a false name or smthg or maybe as an orphan). So maaybe this noble didn’t know that Gilbert is from Turm family. Gilbert said that he deliberately chose a porcelain collector that was in bad terms with his father, so there’s no way that noble wanted to be his patron if he knew Gilbert is his opponent’s son.

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  3. Some important edits:

    “If they know that cobalt oxide can be made as long as the silver ore in the northwest part withers, its value will be lower than it is currently.”
    –> “If they know that cobalt oxide can be made as long as the silver ores in the northwest areas haven’t been exhausted yet, its value will be lower than it is currently.”

    Gilbert is talking about all silver veins in the northwest of the continent. After all, the smelting method of Nibelheim can be applied to any of those, not just the one that has run dry as of late. Also, to get cobalt oxide one needs to process the silver ore first (so no more colbalt oxide if silver veins run dry).

    I originally had no purpose and didn’t collect smelt.
    –> To begin with I didn’t collect the smelt because of some insight I had.

    I didn’t know what makes things changed for the better.
    –> One never knows what will change things for the better in which ways, huh.

    Hey, Aniki, can you produce it in our estate
    Aa, I can. As long as you handle the furnace.
    –> Say, Aniki, can this be produced in our territory?
    Aa, it can. As long as one knows how to handle the furnace.

    I was thinking of idea like Ojou-san’s blue glass from before.
    –> Just as how I resigned to talk when confronted with Ojou-san’s blue glass.

    Gilbert originally wanted to keep his work a secret (in case he fails he didn’t want to disappoint Harold) but seeing the actual result that he lacked he instead spilled the beans. That’s the kind of persuasive power they need – is what he explains Harold here.

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