I know this is late… I’m going to stop setting a schedule. So… on Thursday my laptop broke, and other than losing a lot of work files, I lost most of my translation. Then, I had to buy myself a new laptop… which in comparison is so terrible it hurts–the one that broke was an i7, and this is a Dual Celeron… ~(-_-; ). How bad is it? Let’s just say that I cannot read manga on it… it takes a good minute to load the picture. Oh and youtube videos are lagging D:
Sorry guys, this really was out of my hands.
Anyways, I’ll finish this chapter today. Chapter 138 is being handled by Kuma-kuma, and Chapter 139 is Guro’s.
137. A year of progress (part 2)
I digress, but must again reiterate that we completed these transportation routes in but a year.
We even set up night lamps and anti-monster barriers for night travelers.
Towards the Dwarf Kingdom we set up a railroad, and half-way along it we built a few inns–those later developed into a town.
That town benefited greatly from the various engineering projects and became rather prosperous.
And because it’s close to a river, it’s a good place for people to come and rest.
That town, by the way, will later develop to be a central station district.
And yeah, we were wary of the empire’s invasion, so it’s not like I regret any of the choices then made.
The fact that we so quickly built the roads and railroads actually helped me solidify dominance over Jura Forest entire.
Each tribe pledged their loyalty, and their young joined Gerudo’s corps. Thanks to the roads we established a solid trade network of food and goods.
In fact, we may have created as efficient a system as the one back in my previous world.
I thought for a second on whether I should build forts and castles, but decided against it. It would just be a waste of time, I figured.
If the Empire really does invade us, then I’ll just completely destroy it. What’s the point of being anxious against someone you’ll know for a brief second?
We’ll just use our entire force and stop them before they even start. So there’s no point in building castles.
Though if the Empire does advance we might have to destroy some of the rails; but even if we have to do so, we can just rebuild them later.
And since we don’t know when and if they come, there’s no point in stalling our development even for a moment.
The matter of the angels is the same.
When they invade I’ll annihilate them. What’s broken we can simply repair.
After all, things are not as important as people.
Protect not the art but the artisan, so I say.
Having arranged our affairs around this notion, even I was surprised at how fast we developed.
The spirit research was primarily handled by the Dwarfs’ and Elves’ joint venture.
Bester was originally involved in the “Magic Armor Research,” and this type of research is the most common in this world.
In contrast, Sorcery Studies are veiled in secrecy and taboos.
The genius researcher, Epress Elmeshia basically founded this field by mixing Elemental Studies with Alchemy.
With many brilliant minds from the Sorcerer’s Dynasty here, we’re going to have a splendid Sorcery facility here. Of course, no state secrets will be divulged, though.
Then there are the Vampire’s researchers, which are unlike anything in this world.
They study not magic, but physics and the laws of the world. Science of our world.
They depend not on magic but on using laws and the building blocks of reality to achiever desired results.
For a world full of magic, this kind of study is the true heresy.
And the amount of information they have is so vast, that it will greatly affect our future research.
The whole point of this was to fill Tempest with research of every kind—to exchange ideas of every kind, and, as a result, to create fields of research and facilities the likes of which this world has never seen.
It is thus paramount that the research is carried out in utmost secrecy.
So we need a location that can be easily protected and difficult to infiltrate.
What better place could you chose than the 95th floor of the labyrinth? The treants have set up a city there, you see.
And this city is also inhabited by elves, some of whom may want to help in the research.
It’s easy to defend, easily accessible, so it really is the ideal location.
Even if the angels attack, they will probably not be able to reach the 95th floor. Even if they do, Ramiris says we can just swap 99th for the 95th floor at a moment’s notice.
So this will give me a peace of mind.
So with this, we proceeded to set up sleeping quarters.
And when the research began in the earnest, we immediately ran into disagreement. Every single group wanted to focus on their field and was worried about the confidentiality of their studies.
That, however, would defeat the whole purpose.
So, I decided to divulge all their secrets quickly.
What secret is safe from Raphael? I compiled their research in easy to understand terms and handed such a portfolio to each one of them.
Oh, and I wrote it on valuable paper, not parchment. The paper is low quality—made from wood fibers.
But it is a step in the right direction.
Like this we got them to cooperate.
Of course alcohol played a role. There’s a beautiful paradise of alcohol and elves right outside of the research facility. Any dispute could easily be… dissolved in a bar.
The Vampires, too, though they did not need to suck life out of people, certainly enjoyed sucking the alcohol out of cups.
By the way, I too joined them on many occasions but was never paid for overtime work. Unfair, right?
Seems like exchanging cups is a way for people to transcend national boundaries. Thus we all became good friends and brought forth various results.
Ramiris, of course, was also interested in this research.
At some point she became the research facility’s mascot and idol.
Oh, and I did not forget that I broke her golem so long ago, so we focused on that first.
Being familiar with both “Magic Armor Plan” and “Spirit Armor,” we quickly completed the research. For some reason, most of the researchers laughed an empty laugh when we did.
How long did they work without a single break through? I guess you would get discouraged if that were to happen.
And admittingly, the gem I invited came in handy.
We also were able to push for the release of the “Barrier-kun”—Kurobee’s and Bester’s Simplified Magic Circle Equipment.
Using their invention and other data, we were able to start absorbing magical energy from the atmosphere and thus complete the Spirit Amor.
The spirits would convert magical energy into spiritual energy, which would then be stored in batteries.
In other words, so long as some magical energy is present, perpetual motion is possible.
I have finally attained unlimited energy!
The first project we built was the Spirit Armor for Ramiris.
7 feet tall, weighing 1.5 tons. Charged with a number of batteries, allowing for individual and high-speed motion via gravity control.
Arming it was also kind of fun. It’s one of those things that would excite any military otaku, though its performance is far below Beretta.
So I personally think it’s more of a toy than anything.
But this research did come in handy for the Magical Energy Train.
I was considering at first to use golems or demons to power it, but that’s no longer necessary.
We took time to design the wheels to fit the tracks, as well as to create passenger and cargo cars.
We emphasized horse-power, efficiency, and load capacity.
And after a few test runs, the train started running. Reaching an average speed of 50 km per hour.
This invention, which redefined commerce, naturally altered history. With trains, you could transport even produce before it spoiled.
We will never stop laying rails.
Not only between us and the Dwarf Kingdom, but also towards the seas, the four corners of this Earth! Too many requests are coming from other countries.
Brumund Kingdom wants a stop, so does Ingrasia, and Sorcerer’s Dynasty Sario wants a direct line.
Nonetheless, the rail towards Dwarf Kingdom took a year to develop, so new rails will have to wait for a bit.
We still need to master inertia and gravity control, as well as consider armed trains.
While Fortresses are not needed to counter the empire, armed trains might come in handy.
How about equipping a spirit cannon on it, maybe some rail guns, and also ferry troups on it.
Well… this really was just a hobby, and I’m not really serious about this. So long as no one takes my words seriously.
As in any world, how fast you can deploy your soldiers decides the war. So it’s not like arming the train will make that big of a difference.
It’s fine to use the normal train cars.
And thus in a year, we created twenty trains. Each consists of about six-cars.
With these trains, we created a four-thousand-man strong train corps. We could increase that number, and would likely do so soon, but not now.
Right now we’re just ironing out the problems of using trains.
Once we’re done, a trip between the Dwarf Kingdom and Tempest should take at most three days.
So a roundtrip would take a week. Though hopefully with time we could increase the speed.
And when did announce to the world this invention, countries were in total uproar over it.
So we accomplished lots in this one year.
According to what Leon’s spies gathered, Yuuki has been climbing the ranks of the Empire.
But they are still unable to invade us. There’s no doubt they are preparing for war, but war will not start just yet.
There may be a chance they’ll send assassins, but it’s actually rather unlikely. As Ruminas said: it’s a waste of men to try to kill us that way.
In fact, that’s just how it turned out. Any attempts were basically suicide, and they gave up after the first attempt.
And it’s not like we could permit them to see what we’re up to.
In any case, it’s clear that the Empire is getting ready.
And thus, our research continues.
There’s no question that, inasmuch as us, the Empire achieved grand things this year.
And we were not the only ones to prepare.
I actually found out about this just about when we started testing our trains.
The countries neighboring Jura forest, the Council, sent us an invitation.
Asking us to participate in their next meeting.
Of course, at this point, this invitation was essentially fated to arrive.