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"This is it. ......

 Sun, scarlet, yellow, gold. It is a metal that has many legends in the previous world of Japan. It's small, but it reflects magic light and emits a red, shimmering light.

 I picked it up, roughly two centimeters square. Even at this size, I could feel its heavy weight.
 According to the legend of the previous world, it should have a slightly lower specific gravity than gold, but with this response, it seems to be much heavier than gold.
 I squeezed my fingertips, but they did not budge. I was a little nervous because I had just processed megidium, but it seems that this one is not as soft as I thought.

What's wrong with this one? It was expensive.

 I asked Helen, who was smiling as she watched me fumble and struggle.
 It's supposed to be even rarer than apoitacara. Even at this size, it could be worth more than a gold coin, or even two.

You owe me.

 Helen grinned this time. A loan of gold is a pretty big deal, but I wonder if it was a good idea to use it as a souvenir.
 He had been in the capital for quite a while, and he might have settled his debts.
 I could ask him about it, but I don't want to ask him if he won't talk about it.

So I'll just say, "Thanks.

 I'll just say, "Thanks. He replied with a slightly embarrassed look on his face.

"Oh, yeah.

 The reply was a slightly embarrassed look and a few words of "Oh.

 It would be a little difficult to make a product out of this amount of hihiirokane. It might be possible to make an alloy with it, but I think it would be better to use it as a training ground for processing than to mix this amount and make a product out of it.
 Megistium was like that, and if there's some special procedure that needs to be followed, I'd like to know about it early.

"Does this thing have magic power in this state?
"Shall we see?

 Liddy reacted to my words. It's time for the experts to come in.

It's hard to tell because it's shimmering a bit like a red gemstone, but it doesn't seem to have much magic in it.
If that's the case, we'll have to find a way to process it.

 "If that's the case, we'll have to find a way to process it," Rieke said with a twinkle in his eye.

"Like Megistium!

 Rike nodded in satisfaction as I replied. Even if it's not possible at the moment, if we continue to train here, there will be a dwarven craftsman who can process any mineral.
 I wonder if it's okay to produce a person (a dwarf) who can influence the world to that extent. On the other hand, I can't just tell Rike that I have nothing more to teach him and that he should leave now.
 I'll have to think about what I should do until I can get adamantite or orichalcone in the future.

 After that, the hihiirokane passed from hand to hand. It's an item you'd hardly have had a chance to see. Well, except for Anne. She's quite likely to see it if she wants to.
 Still, everyone is looking at it with interest. It's not quite a jewel, but it's something to admire. It is similar to the feeling of looking at a bismuth crystal in the previous world.

 Then the conversation turns to what to do with it. I thought it would be divided into two groups, those who wanted to process it into something and those who wanted to keep it for a while, but it was unanimously decided to keep it on the altar for a while.
They unanimously agreed to leave it on the altar for a while, saying, "It just seemed natural to do so. I wondered if they had been inspired by our morning prayers. I am half happy, and half impatient at this unexpected cultural invasion.
 I will take it down from the altar only when I practice processing. Well, I can't help but feel grateful for the glowing red ore, so I can understand what everyone is saying.
 Thus, from the next morning, the statue of the Goddess of Mercy and Hihiirokane were lined up on the altar. ...... There's no fighting between us, is there?

 I also talked a little about the situation in the capital, which I hadn't heard about during the day. It seems that there are no major battles or defeats at the moment. That's probably why Marius's marriage story was so easy to spread.
 The Marquis may have wanted to spread the story of the marriage for some reason, and was aiming for this timing. We won't have a chance to confirm this. But even if there is, it's a bit of a problem. I want to be a blacksmith as much as possible.
 There didn't seem to be any other suspicious talk. The matter of the hand-off with the empire proceeded smoothly, and even though he was a nobleman, his status was not that high, so it didn't seem to be a big deal.

It's so peaceful.
"I told you so at lunch. Well, that's why I was able to come back sooner than I thought, because most of them were free.

 Helen's mouth twitched at my leisurely comment. When there's peace, it's inevitable that mercenary work will decrease. That is, unless they can change their jobs, otherwise some of them will be in trouble. Such a situation must have been complicated for Helen.
 But is it really peaceful that mercenaries, who are not as common as merchants, but who tend to sneak in here and there to a certain extent, don't hear anything fishy or ......

I hope there's nothing going on that even we don't know about.

 We all nodded at Helen's words, especially Deanna.