376 Megistium

 After breakfast and the morning meeting, we were lined up in front of the altar. There was a golden object sitting on the altar.
 We bowed to them with two bows, two claps, and one bow.

 I'm going to start working on this Megistium today.

 As for the rest of you, you'll be working on the sheet metal as usual. Rike is not going to visit ......, but will work with me to figure out how to make the megistium harder.
 I don't have a clue at the moment.
 Use magic to set fire to the furnace and fire pit. The temperature rose quickly, and so did the temperature of the room.

"Speaking of which, it's almost summer.

 I said as I looked out the open window. The wind seemed to be slightly hotter than usual.
 Samija, a former resident of this forest, and Diana, who used to live in a nearby city but not in this forest, said.

"Well... Now that the rainy season is over, it's going to get hotter.
It wasn't so hot in the city, but I wonder if it's hot here.
I don't know anything about the city.
That's true. Well, it's what it is.

 Diana shrugged her shoulders. It's a good idea to take a look at a few of the most common types of shoes that you can find.
 ...... I wonder if I could have a dragon that breathes ice breath.
 You'll be able to get a lot more than just a pair of shoes.

I'm going to try to put some magic into it first.
"Right. Let's see how hard it gets.

 Rike nodded at my words. I thought about tearing it apart with my fingers, since it was as soft as clay, but I cut it into small pieces with a pike.
 First, I experimented with this small piece. I swung the hammer down with magical power as I always do with steel.

 Through the hammer, I got a sound and a feeling that I could neither hear nor feel, which I did not get when I cut it with the steel hammer. It was ambiguous whether it was soft or hard.
 So, in a nutshell.

It's weird. ......

 The texture was so indescribable that it was uncomfortable. If it is soft, I want it to be soft. If it is hard, I want it to be hard.
 In this state, the material is highly ductile, or perhaps it forms a small, flaky, golden sheet. I gently picked it up with my fingers and placed it in my palm.

 I stare at the Megistium in my hand with my eyes. This is .......

"No magic in ......?

 To my eyes, the magical power looks like glittering grains of light or something like that.
 This sheet of Megistium has none of that.

Can you see it, Rique?
"I don't see it either. ......

 "I don't see it either, ." Rieke looks at the Megistium in his hand and shakes his head. Hmmm. So it looks like I'm not mistaken.
 I'll have to ask an expert in that field.

Liddy, you got a minute?

 When I call out, Liddy immediately stops his work and comes running up to me.

Sorry to bother you while you're working.
No, I'm fine. Is there something wrong?
Here's the thing.

 I hold out my hand with a megistium on it. Liddy's eyes narrowed.

There's no magic in this, is there?
You're right.
I'm sure it's only you, Eizo, but did you forget to put it in?
No way.
Of course not.

 Once I left the Megistium in Rike's hands, I hammered on the appropriate sheet metal so that the magic would build up.
 There seemed to be a little sparkle around the area where I hammered. The reason it's only a little is probably because it's not heated. But it's enough for confirmation.
 I show the tapped sheet metal to Liddy.

"How is it?
"It's muffled.
I know. ......

 And then Liddy goes back to his work, and I twist my neck. Both Mithril and Apoitakara had some sort of "retention" problem, but it was not impossible to put magic into them normally.
 Megistium is different. There is no magic in it at all.

 But... I talked to Rike, who was hoarding the Megistium.

"If it's still soft because there's no magic in it, wouldn't it become hard if we could just put some magic into it?
I see.
Well, I don't know how to do that right now.
"Yes, .......

 We both looked at each other and sighed. But if you think about it.

It's going to be a grueling process.

 You could say that. Rike, who had probably just relaxed his face, said with a mixture of amusement and admiration.

"You look like you're having fun, master.
You've got to get over this kind of thing.

 This time, he didn't sigh. Instead, he smiled.
 I'm going to win this Megistium. With such determination.