Magi Craft Meister Volume 8 Chapter 03

08-03 Engagement

For the sake of reproducing the golem suit Jin began considering its specifications with great enthusiasm.
Shaping it like a knight’s armor with a two-layered structure, and having muscles of Magical Fiber in between…Or maybe it would be fine to have the armor itself move using [Forming] magic, or something else.
Either way, fundamentally it was armor. And so its defence capability was essential.
“For now, let’s try making a test piece.”
First he’d build armor to fit himself, add the muscle configuration to its outside, and on top of that add the exterior armor, was Jin’s plan for the course of action.

Because he had never built anything like armor it was considerably difficult. The material was the usual Light Silver. Because if it wasn’t light it would be troubling.
For the first time in a while, Jin had Pelshka, Citran and Appleles for lunch after which he hummed and hawed building the armor until evening.
“Father, we have to return soon.”
He worked with such zeal that if Reiko hadn’t advised him he would’ve kept going until midnight.

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“Nice, I made it in time.”
He returned to the hotel, where the dining room’s preparations seemed to be in good order.
“Ah, Jin-sama.”
There a voice called out to him. Jin turned around and it was Claude, Reinhardt’s butler.
“Oh, Claude.”
“Your return was rather late. This evening the meal will be had outside, so please prepare for that.”
“Outside?”
“Yes. At Elsa-sama’s elder brother Fritz-sama’s invitation.”
I see, Jin thought. He did say it had been two years since last time, so surely as a brother he wanted to have a talk with her.
“Got it.”
“In that case, they’ll be waiting in the lobby after 30 minutes.”
And with that Jin returned to his own room, and began preparing with great urgency.
Because he’d be with Elsa’s elder brother, he decided to put on the Honorary Magi Craftsman’s half coat.
He wanted to take a bath before it, but he didn’t have the time and so he only wiped his body with hot water. He had Ann and Reiko help.
Finishing the preparations in 20 minutes, he went to the lobby where Reinhardt and Claude were waiting.
“Hey, Jin. Elsa went on ahead. It’s a little early but shall we go too?”
Reinhardt said as soon as he saw Jin. Then he had Claude guide them, and they left the hotel.
“It is just nearby.”
Just as he said, after five minutes they found the restaurant in question.
It was a three-storey building made out of stone that resembled marble. It had no extra ornaments and Jin couldn’t decide whether to call it unrefined-looking or elegant in its simplicity.
Maybe because he had noticed Reinhardt, a cloak-wearing man who seemed like a non-commissioned officer came and,
“Reinhardt-dono, right? The major is waiting. Please come this way.”
He said and guided them. Because of the soldier’s brisk conduct, Jin who didn’t generally have a good impression of soldiers secretly had a good opinion of him.
The non-commissioned officer went to the second floor of the restaurant and knocked on a massive door and,
“Major, I have escorted the guests here.”
He said. Immediately he was commanded to open the door, and Jin’s group was invited in.
“Welcome, Reinhardt.”
Fritz who was inside said. Sitting next to him was Elsa in her favorite chartreuse dress.
“Come on, have a seat.”
Reinhardt and Jin were led to their seats by waiters and they sat down. Jin had the lowest seat. Claude stood next to the wall. Elsa’s nanny Mine was there too.
“Now, tonight is my treat so please eat to your heart’s content.”
Fritz said and raised his glass of wine.
“To my little sister, Elsa’s health. And to celebrate her betrothal, cheers!”
He led them in a toast, but no one joined him and instead had faces stiff with surprise.
“!?”
“Ni, nii-sama, what, I’ve, never, heard of this, before”
The most surprised one was probably Elsa herself. Agitatedly she pressed Fritz for an answer. But Fritz kept calm.
“What, you didn’t know? In the letter I got from father it was written that you knew.”
Elsa shook her head fervently,
“I didn’t know. In the first place I’m not interested in something like that.”
However, Fritz looked at Elsa with a serious expression and spoke as if admonishing her.
“Elsa, you turned 17 recently, right? A 17-year-old is a fine adult. Didn’t you promise to marry after finishing this trip?”
“I didn’t.”
Mine was looking at the siblings’ exchange with a terrible look on her face, but the only one who noticed was Jin. Because at any rate he was constantly treated like an enemy by Mine, so he thought that at a time like this she’d surely be angry, and sure enough she was.
And yet, Mine still didn’t say anything to Fritz.
“But on the letter from Father it was certainly written that Elsa has promised to marry after she returns home from this trip.”
Fritz said, and Reinhardt in turn said to him,
“She said that before marriage she’d tour the world at large, isn’t that a very broad interpretation?”
But it was as if Fritz didn’t hear him.
“Well, you’re at a marriageable age already, and your partner is from a marquis’s house!”
He had his own way.
“His grounds are next to ours so you must know him. He’s Marquis Gehlen Theoderic von Aizen. Since his wife died a few years ago he’s been looking for a second wife, so father certainly offered you.”
Hearing that Elsa’s face went pale. But without noticing her state Fritz continued his talk.
“Even though I said second wife, you’ll legally be marrying as the first wife, and that’s an amazing thing. Because it’s marrying up. So, you must be glad, right?”
“…”
At this point Elsa had no words. Looking at the state of affairs, as you’d expect Jin couldn’t stay quiet.
“Excuse me, Fritz-sama. How about Elsa’s wishes?”
However, after throwing a fleeting glance at Jin, he sneered at him with a ‘humph’ and,
“Wishes? As if a noble’s daughter who isn’t even the successor could have something like wishes. It’s a woman’s duty to marry a partner that benefits the house.”
Hearing those words made Elsa’s face go white as a sheet. Still, Reinhardt couldn’t just let it pass and spoke trying to smooth things over.
“Fritz, isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration? After all, informing Elsa of something like an betrothal all of a sudden would always come as a surprise.”
“Humph, Reinhardt, you’re not planning to make Elsa your concubine or something, right? Because you’ve got a fiancée in our country.”
Fritz’s face was somewhat red. Maybe despite his appearance he was weak with alcohol.
“Yeah, of course not. Elsa’s my precious younger cousin. Nothing more, nothing less. But that’s exactly why I want her to be happy.”
However, the heated-up Fritz had already turned a deaf ear to him.
“I’m saying, there’s no greater happiness than marrying into a marquis’s house.”
Elsa was hanging her head, tears of defeat gathering in her eyes. But it looked like Fritz interpreted that as just embarrassment and,
“Come now, everyone, for my sister Elsa’s happiness, once more, cheers!”
He said and made a good showing by himself, but Elsa herself, Reinhardt, and Jin stayed silent like it was a funeral.
Of course they didn’t have a good appetite, and as a result the brought-out cuisine was mostly left as-is.
For all that, the cause of the situation, Fritz, didn’t seem to think of it as more than lack of appetite caused by fatigue from traveling.

*   *   *

That night, after Jin had returned to the hotel, he visited Reinhardt in his room.
“Jin, huh. I was just thinking of going to see you too.”
Reinhardt said and offered a chair. Jin sat down and Reinhardt apologized.
“Jin, sorry. But Fritz used not to be like that.”
But Jin stopped Reinhardt and said,
“There’s no need for you to apologize, Reinhardt. More importantly, I’m worried about Elsa.”
“Yeah, me too. I couldn’t expect that she’d suddenly be told about a betrothal.”
“He seemed to be seriously thinking it was for Elsa’s sake but he was still in the wrong.”
Jin spoke his mind and even Reinhardt smiled bitterly.
“Certainly, becoming a marquise would be big. Since Elsa’s house would also gain in prestige. But the partner being who he is…”
“Is he that bad?”
Jin’s question was blunt.
“Hmm, if I remember right the Marquis is 53 years old this year. He’s rather fat. Well, he does look better than Earl Guarana.”
Being told that didn’t make Jin think the Marquis would be a good partner at all.
“Is marriage between nobles a this sort of thing?”
“Yeah. However, it’s just the nobles sticking to traditions. Especially family lineages of military personnel. My father wouldn’t do such a thing, but my uncle, how should say this, he’s obsessed with the desire of getting ahead in life…”
To Reinhardt who found it hard to talk about, Jin said,
“Reinhardt, you don’t have to badmouth your relatives. More importantly, let’s go see how Elsa is doing.”
“Yeah, you’re right.”
The two then went towards Elsa’s room together.
“The young lady is already resting.”
“Is that so, that’s fine then.”
As she had already fallen asleep, Jin and Reinhardt left it for tomorrow and decided to retire to their rooms for the night.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 8 Chapter 02

08-02 Restorative Medicines

“Last time I saw you your height was only to my chest or so, you’ve grown bigger. And you’ve become prettier.”
The talker was a large man with hair the same platinum blonde color and light blue eyes as Elsa. Next he turned to Reinhardt.
“Reinhardt, sorry for having you babysit my sister.”
Reinhardt didn’t seem to mind his somewhat haughty tone and spoke to him amiably.
“It’s been a while, Fritz. So you’re a major now.”
“Uh-uh, I was promoted this year. It seems you’ve been somewhat busy lately too. The rumors about Schwarz Ritter have reached my ears.”
“I’m honored to hear that.”
As befitting for childhood friends, the two spoke without honorifics.
“Oh. Today I came all the way here to Egelia Kingdom’s edge as border security. And just across this hotel I recognized that a certain carriage had been parked. So I thought that just maybe, and right after found it was as I expected.”
Then the man called Fritz once more turned towards Elsa and,
“I wanted to have a good talk with you, but I’m still on duty. I’ll come again this evening.”
He said, saluted and briskly left the dining room. He didn’t seem to have paid attention to Jin from the beginning to the end.

When Fritz left Reinhardt scratched his head while he turned to Jin and,
“He surprised you, right? He was Elsa’s brother, the second son of Randol Family, Fritz Randol von Grosch. He works as the company commander for the troops garrisoned outside the country.”
He introduced the man. Although he wasn’t here anymore.
“Fritz-niisama is a soldier. He’s a bit simple though.”
Elsa explained her brother’s temperament.
“I see, a muscle-brain, huh.”
Jin carelessly said what he thought.
“Muscle-brain?”
“What the, Jin, what’s a muscle-brain?”
Sure enough, it turned out that Elsa and Reinhardt needed clarification. Jin helplessly explained.
“Let’s see, muscle-brain is a figurative expression meaning having even the brain be made out of muscles, so it’s a word to describe someone whose strong point is in moving their body rather than thinking…I guess.”
He explained mixing in some a little indirect expressions. There was no way Jin could call Elsa’s real brother “foolhardy”, “a simpleton”, “empty-headed”, or something like that.
And yet, it seemed to go over well,
“Even the brains are muscle…Fritz-niisama…Pfft…”
Curiously Elsa seemed to be bursting into laughter. Seeing her holding in laughter was rather fresh.
“Ahahaha, what an interesting expression, Jin! Look, Elsa’s face. That’s something rare. …Anyway, I’m off to handle the formalities. Elsa, what are you going to do?”
After Reinhardt’s question, Elsa who was still quivering finally managed to raise her face and,
“Mine said that she’ll show me around town today.”
She replied.
“Is that so, so Mine was from around here originally. Alright. Take care. And you, Jin?”
“Umm, I’ll casually look around town.”
“Is that so. Well then, see you in the evening. …Claude, let’s go.”
“Yes.”
In the end Reinhardt put on his serious diplomat mode face and left the dining room along with the butler Claude.
“In that case, Jin-kun, see you later.”
Elsa left too. The left behind Jin faced Reiko who was hidden using [Stealth] and,
“Well then, Reiko, shall we go too?”
He said and left behind the dining room.

*   *   *

Jin returned to Hourai Island with Reiko.
The reason being that a lot of things he wanted to do had piled up. Incidentally, he left Ann in the hotel room. If anyone asked, she had the instructions to reply that Jin had gone to the town.
And now, speaking of the things he wanted to do, first on the list.
“Reiko, it’s a day late but happy birthday.”
“Eh? Father?”
Two days after the day Jin had arrived in this world. The third of April was the day he had restored Reiko. Today was the fourth. The reason for the delay was that he couldn’t make this in time without Reiko noticing.
“It’s new clothes. Wear these from now on.”
The clothes Reiko had worn until now were revealed to be a little worn out during the check-up after the fight with Gigantes, and so Jin had made her new ones.
The material was the same but this time the color was jet black. Together with Reiko’s hair and eyes she was rather mysterious. As a matter of fact, this black dye had the highest anti-magic ability.
“Thank you very much, Father.”
Reiko immediately changed clothes on the spot. She carefully folded the old clothes, and put them in the equipment storage for Reiko.
“Mh-hm, it fits you well. You look a little more adult-like.”
Jin said and Reiko smiled happily.

Next was checking the information received from Ann.
Parts of it seemed to be damaged or missing, but according to Laozi by supplementing it a fair amount of information could be extracted.
“Laozi, how is it?”
Jin asked about the status of repairing the information from Ann.
“Yes. The restoration percentage of the information is 85 percent. The remaining 15 percent is greatly damaged, and regretfully it could not be restored.”
To the apologetic Laozi Jin said,
“Oh, there’s no way around that. So, inside the restored information, was there anything new? If there was, please tell me.”
And urged him to go from here. Laozi responded at once.
“Yes. The first matter is knowledge about medication. The second matter is information about golem suits. The third matter is about the beginning of the Great Magic War. The rest is still waiting complete restoration.”
“Somehow there seems to be only interesting information. But, the beginning of the war, so there wasn’t anything about the Ether Stampede?”
“No. It looks like Ann was abandoned before the Ether Stampede occurred.”
“I see. In that case it was inevitable. Well then, medicine, was it? Please tell me about that.”
About 98 percent of Jin’s body was composed of Magi Atoms, that is, magical particles arranged into atoms. For that reason if there was an Ether Stampede Jin would probably vanish in the blink of an eye. That’s why he wanted to know about the Ether Stampede.
But also, cells made out of Magi Atoms are more stable than regular cells. Consequently there’s the side effect of no results of muscle training appearing, but on the other hand his health wouldn’t be negatively impacted by illnesses or such. The sole exception was mental disorders.
Therefore even if he was wounded he wouldn’t fall ill, was the state of Jin’s current body. How things like growth or senility would turn out, he didn’t yet know.

Be that as it may, Jin had an interest in medicine. In the knowledge he inherited from the preceding Magi Craft Meister, Adrianna Balbora Ceci, there was only a little relating to chemicals.
There was just barely enough information for Jin to make things like ointments protecting skin from irritating materials, or salves for burns.
“Yes. There is information about oral medicine that utilizes Magic Energy to improve the body’s internal healing capability.”
Jin was about to jump for joy after what Laozi said.
“Potions!”
It was the famous thing from games like a certain game about the last illusion or one about beating a dragon. The medicine’s synthesis wasn’t through Magi Craft but through what was categorized as alchemy and so Jin was extremely interested.
“Yes, it’s the so-called Potion indeed. According to the information it can also be made to restore Magic Energy, making it the so-called ‘Ether’.”
The ‘Ether’ usually spoken of in this world was the source of the unevenly distributed Magic Energy, the ‘Free Origin Energy’. Confusing, Jin thought.
“That’s good. Do you know its manufacturing method?”
“Yes. The one made out of high-ranking devil beasts was the most popular one. After filtering the blood cells and such, it becomes something close to the so-called ‘serum’.”
After hearing that Jin wanted to try making it.
“Ahh, but where would you even get a high-ranking devil beast’s blood.”
Jin muttered but Laozi said,
“We have some.”
“Eh?”
“The blood from the Sea Dragon beaten the other day was secured and cold-stored.”
“Was it now, good work!”
This time Jin actually jumped up in joy. He immediately went to see the frozen blood in the freezer.
“Woah.”
There was 20 drums of blood from the giant Sea Dragon. That’s approximately four kiloliters, or four cubic meters. It was a preposterous quantity.
For experiments, Jin took an already-prepared subportion. Laozi had been sensible about this.
“Let’s try purifying this first.”
Jin searched his uncertain knowledge and decided to try a centrifuge. He could make the machine, but to begin with he decided on a simpler course of action.
“Reiko, I’ll leave it to you.”
He entrusted the task to Reiko.
“Yes, Father.”
Reiko swung around the chemically inert Adamantite vessel where the blood had been poured in. Because the container had a high durability, he had her swing it at near the speed of sound, and it brought about unexpected results.
She was able to separate it into some three components.
Serum is essentially blood from which the blood cells, platelets, and such have been removed, but by further centrifuging it at a speed no one had thought to try, a liquid that ought to be called ‘pure serum’ appeared.
“Hmm, this clearest part must be the serum, right? Please put the remnants to the cold storage for later analysis.”
Jin brought the crystal container in which the pure serum was before his eyes and looked into it. There was about 300 milliliters of it.
“Laozi, what do I do with this?”
“Yes. That is sure to contain an abundance of Mana. Please try examining it.”
After being told that, Jin examined the Magic Energy’s flow using [Inspection]. And then he found that it was certainly true. More precisely, no one could object to saying it was mostly Mana.
“Next is simply giving it directions. Directing it for ‘Healing Improvement’ makes it a Potion, and ‘Absorption Improvement’ makes for an Ether Potion.”
Because Laozi had Jin’s information, his explanation was easy to understand. However, these Potions made out of a Sea Dragon’s blood had an over ten times better effect than those that Ann’s era had had.
“I see, the idea is similar to inscribing spells into Magi Crystals.”
After grasping that, Jin thought about inscribing the spell [Medicare] into it, but Jin couldn’t use it. Right now Reiko was the same.
“Hmm, I need to have Reiko learn it from somewhere, don’t I.”
Jin muttered, and separated just 100 milliliters of it for an experiment, and tried charging it with the healing magic he himself knew, [Recover].
The liquid shined for a moment and then returned to normal.
“Hmm, I think there’s a limit to the effectiveness, but there’s no test subjects.”
Jin wasn’t wounded, and golems didn’t need medicine. And because of that, Jin helplessly decided to pour it into a bottle and carry it with him until there was a chance to test it.
Using the [Forming] magic he made a bottle out of crystal, and capped it with a block of wood resembling a cork. For now he put it in his pocket.

Now then, he also had an interest in the second thing, the golem suit.
“Powered Suits!”
Jin got unusually excited. However, there seemed to be only minor data.
“Hmm, I guess I have to teach myself how to make them.”
And thus, another unthinkable piece of equipment would be born.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 8 Chapter 01

08-01 Brother and Sister

On the 2nd of April when spring was in full swing, the Jin-Reinhardt group left Yada Village, and spent a night in the town of Coorz.
The next day they continued east without returning to the main road, finally arriving in the provincial city of Ikasanaato on the border of Celuroa Kingdom.
People who wanted to go from Egelia Kingdom to Celuroa Kingdom, or vice versa, went through here, and this immigration control was picky.
This was because the other party was Celuroa Kingdom; the border of Elias Kingdom wasn’t controlled as strictly as this.

“It may take up to three days.”
“Well, it may be good to rest our bodies.”
Moving on a carriage in itself was tiring. Without having breaks every few days, one’s body couldn’t endure it.
And so, Jin decided to take this opportunity to repair the Automata Ann that was found in the ancient ruins of Keuwan.
On the night of the day they arrived in Ikasanaato, Jin had Ann deactivate temporarily, and with Reiko carrying her they warped to Hourai Island.
He was thinking he might tell the truth already if Reinhardt asked where he repaired her.

“Welcome home, My Lord. Oh my, who is this lady?”
In the research laboratory Laozi greeted him. Then, he saw the Automata Reiko had carried in and raised his voice in curiosity.
“Ah, this is an Automata I found in the ruins of something called Keuwan, her name is Ann. She was pretty hurt so I thought I’d repair her. Please make the preparations.”
“As you wish.”
And then because of Jin, Ann’s repairs begun.
The first thing to do was to mend the Control Core. Jin transferred all the information Ann had to the prepared all-attribute Magi Crystals.
“[Transfer Info].”
By [Transfer Info] Jin made an exact copy. It was an especially close call, as after copying, the original Control Core broke into four pieces.
“Woah, just in time. If it’s like this then I think there’s the possibility that some of the information contains bugs.”
That was Jin’s analysis.
“If you’ve got a minute, Laozi, transfer the minimum information about Hourai Island to her, please. At the same time, also copy the information Ann has.”
“Understood.”
In this way, Laozi happened to gain information of things during the Great Magic War. They decided to simultaneously give Ann the minimum information for working under Jin from now on.
“My Lord, around 20 percent of the information is incomplete.”
Laozi reported after copying Ann’s information. It was as Jin had expected.
“Is that right, I thought so. Please restore as much of it as possible. It’s fine even if it takes a while.”
“I understand.”
Leaving the matters of the information to Laozi, Jinn continued Ann’s repairs.
“Next let’s think the reproduction process and upgrading the materials through.”
From a steel skeleton to a Light Silver one, from the tattered muscle tissue to the same Magical Fibers Reiko used. The skin was prepared out of a Sham Dragon’s wing membrane.
And, after going this far, Jin noticed a material he had never seen before on a shelf.
“Reiko, what’s this?”
“Yes, it is something harvested from a Sea Dragon.”
“Oh, the thing I heard from earlier. I see… I can use this.”
To bring Ann’s repairs to an end for now, Jin resumed the repairs.
Eyes from sapphire crystals. An Ether Converter, a Mana Driver, and shielding. He installed a Mana Tank, and made the hair out of Ground Spider’s silk dyed blue.
After finishing installing the muscle tissue, next was to be the coating, however.
“Making her exactly the same as before is a little…”
Jin was troubled. To tell you the truth, there was something Ann had had installed that Reiko hadn’t.
“I wonder if she was also used for ‘that sort of thing’…”
During the war, within the troops that had had no female presence there had been female-type Automata. The reason can be easily guessed.
“I better not, after all.”
Jin couldn’t see any of his Automata that way. To the very end they were his daughters, and he loved them and that being the case he didn’t think of them as sexual objects.
Finally, the clothes. He had her wear the same clothes as the five-colored golem maids. The color was black and there was no maid headdress.
“Alright, it’s complete. [Activate].”
“Yes, master.”
Ann got up.
“How is it, the state of your body?”
The activated Ann walked around and raised and lowered her hands to check her motions.
“It is very good. Thank you very much.”
“Alright, stay there on standby. Next, Reiko, come here.”
“Yes, Father.”
Jin called out to Reiko.
“Alright, Reiko, earlier you had a hard fight with Gigantes, right? I’ll check your whole body, but how about after that I strengthen you so that something like that won’t happen again?”
“Yes, I couldn’t ask for more. Please do.”
She shot back with a reply immediately. Jin nodded and,
“Alright, got it.”
First Jin had Reiko deactivate, and checked all the parts. And then.
“This is…”
Jin frowned. The reason was that a few places had been damaged.
The skeleton of the right foot looked a little deformed, and the Magical Muscles on both arms too looked to have snapped apart a bit.
There were no abnormalities in the chest cavity, but both the Ether Converter and Mana Driver had deteriorated a bit.
As expected running at 200 percent output appeared to have worked them too hard.
“This needs a complete reinforcement, huh. That and I need to give a warning to Reiko.”
Jin muttered and started working on Reiko’s improvements.
First was revising the whole body. He included things he had realized while inspecting Ann’s structure.
An Adamantite skeleton. Hollow, with the core having a spongelike structure. With this both lightness and strength could coexist.
For the muscles he used a composite of the fibers of a Sea Dragon’s leather and the existing Magical Fibers.
By just rotating Magic Energy through Sea Dragon’s leather it wouldn’t deteriorate, and on top of that its high-power output was three times that of Magical Fibers. But controlling it was somewhat difficult, so he made it into a composite material.
For the skin he used a Sea Dragon’s wing membrane. It seemed to be twice as robust as a Sham Dragon’s membrane.
The result of using these materials was that somehow Reiko’s weight lightened by 15 percent. Dragon-type materials should be feared.
“Hm, it’s as I hoped. Like this the output can be increased.”
Jin said, and added a second Ether Converter and a Mana Driver to Reiko. In other words, she could double her output.
“Even with this, against Gigantes I’d be little unsure.”
Jin then started working on the final points of improvement he had thought about after that fight.
That was boosting the output.
It would be different if he had Elradrite, but to work without it Jin thought of something called a ‘capacitor’.
Jin wasn’t very well-versed in electronic circuitry, but he was aware that a capacitor was something that temporarily stored electric power.
In other words, normally unused output was temporarily stored and released as necessary, that was the theory.
For that purpose, he planned to install an ultra high performance version of a Mana Tank to Reiko. It would surely be useful when going south to where there was little Ether too.
Theoretically, it could be expected to have a momentary output of 1000 percent. He couldn’t think of a use for it though.
“This thing will take all the weight I reduced earlier, though.”
After finishing up, Reiko’s weight became precisely 30 kilograms. The reform took back the weight gained in the previous remodeling.
“Alright, Reiko, [Activate].”
Jin told the details of the improvements to Reiko who stood up.
“Understood. From now on, I’ll limit myself to 3 percent output in normal use.”
“Mh-hm. So, how’re you feeling?”
“Very light. Thank you very much.”
“Alright, in that case I’ve got something to say to you. Sit down over there.”
“Yes?”
Jin had Reiko sit down. After thinking he then scolded her.
“Reiko, I’m happy that you fight for my sake. However, just taking the brute force approach is irresponsible so stop it. Okay?”
“Eh? The purpose behind Father repeatedly enhancing me, was it not so that I could use that force?”
“What the…”
Jin was greatly perplexed and silenced. It appeared that the enhancements he had given to Reiko in good faith had just made her more devoted to strength.
“That’s wrong. I only enhanced you because I didn’t want you to be broken even in the worst case scenario. Put more thought into fighting from now on.”
“Yes, I understand.”
Then Jin, Reiko, and Ann were about to return, when Laozi called out to Jin.
“My Lord, I have a proposal to make.”
“Hm? That’s unusual. What is it?”
“Yes. Now that the amount of subordinates My Lord has has increased, there’s a possibility that by some accident or such they fall into someone else’s hands.”
What Laozi said was reasonable. When Jin heard that something popped into his mind, but he first motioned Laozi to continue.
“And so, I propose that just in case, we install a function for information erasure.”
“I see.”
What Jin had thought of in the spur of the moment was a self-destruct mechanism, but this was a much gentler idea than that. In the first place, even though it was Jin’s idea, he didn’t want to install something like a self-destruct mechanism to the golems that could be said to be his children.
Even the safety measure installed in Laozi was a destruction device only Jin could activate, so it wasn’t a self-destruct mechanism.
Those golems of Jin that did not use rare materials couldn’t possibly bring out the same performance as those that did. Currently just imitating Lotte was difficult.
On the other hand, concealing as much information about Hourai Island as possible was necessary.
“Alright, with Laozi as the guide enact that plan.”
“Understood.”
And like that, after this Laozi would add security measures to each one of the subordinate golems.

This time Jin returned to Ikasaato. He had stayed quite a while in Hourai Island, and when so he dozed off for a bit, or at least thought so, morning had come.

“Good morning.”
While rubbing his sleepy eyes Jin went to the dining room for breakfast.
“Good morning, Jin.”
Reinhardt gave morning greetings to Jin, then looked at his face and,
“Did you not sleep well? Your eyes are red.”
He said. Jin nodded, and replied that he missed sleep while thinking about various things.
“Good morning, Jin-kun.”
“Good morning.”
Elsa also greeted him.
The three went to eat.
“What are today’s plans?”
Jin asked Reinhardt.
“We’ll go handle the formalities. I can handle that alone, so Jin and Elsa, you two can do as you like.”
At that moment, the door of the dining room opened, and a military-ish man came in.
That man looked around restlessly, but finally walked towards Jin’s group. Then,
“Elsa, it’s been a while!”
No sooner had he said that than he hugged Elsa who had just finished her meal.
“Brother!?”
Elsa was surprised.
“Yeah, that’s right. Has it been two years? You’ve become prettier, Elsa. But best of all you look healthy.”

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 21

7-21 Party

After destroying Gigantes, Jin’s group had looked for Rucall on the way back, but in the end they didn’t find out where he had gone.
Maybe he was still under watch by the Unifilers. But as he wasn’t a child, him disappearing wasn’t a worry for Jin.

From under Rucall’s cabin they also found splinters of a box that appeared to be from the one that had sealed Gigantes’s Core.
According to the ancient writing on it, it was a left behind as a trap in the case of the devil race finding the ancient ruins.
That’s why Magic Energy inserted just out of curiosity had activated Gigantes.

As the Unifilers surely had come to know about the ancient ruins, they returned all the materials to the golems that were left behind to make it seem like there was a chance there were other unknown secrets. Because the materials weren’t particularly valuable, it wasn’t a great regret.
Because they also completely rewrote the magic formation of the Warp Gate, even if it was for example reconstructed, it wouldn’t function normally. On the contrary, it might behave wildly.
In the future, if the Unifilers’s members hear news from Rucall and come to investigate, they’ll gain nothing, or actually, they’ll probably go back with with an unexpected souvenir.
Jin’s group peacefully left towards Yada Village.

“Surely the number one find is Ann.”
Jin said on the subject, Reinhardt also agreed and tapped on his breast pocket.
“This record of the Great Magic War, it’s also valuable though.”
Jin once more looked back over at Ann and muttered.
“Anyhow, I’ve got to get to repairing her.”
“Mh-hm, that’s something only you can do, Jin. Please repair her without fail.”
However, Yada Village didn’t have the equipment for that.
“At any rate, you better repair her while we’re still in Egelia Kingdom.”
That was Reinhardt’s opinion. Right now Celuroa Kingdom was suspicious, so with Jin being the Honorary Magi Craftsman, while still in Egelia Kingdom Jin could probably borrow a workshop from somewhere, he added.
If he brought her to Hourai Island he would surely be able to completely repair her, but it was still a secret to Reinhardt’s group. Jin had gradually begun feeling that holding secrets was a bother, and had begun to want to open his heart to Reinhardt’s group.

Although the road was bad, the way back was downhill. By evening they had arrived at Yada Village.
Then once again, or more precisely as expected, Mine came running.
“Young lady! You were late so I’ve been worried!”
This time that was all, there was no disagreement towards Jin. Maybe she had learned a little.

“Aah, I’m somewhat tired.”
Jin who was vaguely worn-out went to his room in the inn and threw himself on the bed.
“Father, I will wake you up when dinnertime comes, so please rest even for a while.”
And so Jin accepted Reiko’s offer, closed his eyes, and reflected on today’s events.

About Ann.
About Gigantes.
The system that absorbed Mana. That had been dangerous. If Reiko hadn’t been able to output so much power.
While thinking in circles about various things, before he knew it Jin had fallen asleep.

*   *   *

A knocking sound was heard. Then Jin opened his eyes.
He looked, and Reiko and Ann were going to open the door.
“Yes, what is it?”
After the door opened, the first to come in was Elsa.
“I came to pick up Jin-kun.”
She said. On that subject, it was already dark outside, so it must be dinnertime.
Jin got up and walked towards the door, then noticed Elsa’s outfit.
Her favourite chartreuse green dress. A rare flower decoration on her hair, and the brooch Jin had gifted her pinned on her chest.
“Elsa?”
Elsa turned to Jin who couldn’t understand why she had dressed up like that for just a dinner in the inn, and presented her hand.
“To pick Jin-kun up, I said. Come on, let’s go.”
“U–huh.”
After just waking up he was still muddleheaded, and took Elsa’s hand…Or rather, Elsa took his and walked Jin to the dining room.
And when the moment they arrived at the dining room, Jin was greeted by applause.
There was Reinhardt, and his butler Claude. Elsa’s butler, Adberg. Then somehow, even Mine was there, giving an applause.
“Jin-kun, happy, birthday.”
Elsa said while holding Jin’s hand.
Jin was wondering for a moment what was going on, but at last he seemed to have understood the situation,
“Everyone, t…Thanks.”
He said, after great pains.
Elsa was the first to notice the trickle of tears coming out of his eyes.
“Jin, kun?”
While Elsa was worriedly peering at Jin’s expression, he said to her,
“O-oh. It’s nothing. I was just, thinking that it’s been a while since my birthday was celebrated like this. And then you know.”
Elsa led such Jin by the hand and,
“I was able to see an unexpected part of Jin-kun. Come on, this way.”
She said, and had him sit on the head of the table appropriate for today’s guest of honor. She herself sat next to him.
Reinhardt’s maids immediately went around pouring wine for everyone, and when Reinhardt saw that everyone had had their wines poured,
“Well then, to our friend, Egelia Kingdom’s Honorary Magi Craftsman, Jin Nidou’s 21st birthday. Cheers!”
He led the group to a toast.
“Cheers!”
“Cheers!”
The participants followed up.
“Jin, I couldn’t arrange more than this on such short notice, but happy birthday.”
Reinhardt said, and once more tears welled up in Jin’s eyes.
“Thanks.”
He thought it stale, but he couldn’t get himself to say anything more.
“Here you go, Jin-kun.”
Seeing that his glass had become empty, Elsa poured some more herself.
“Thanks, Elsa.”
“Mm. All the time, in Jin-kun’s care, so.”
Giving such a reply, Elsa somehow seemed more mature.
Then Reinhardt left his seat and came over,
“Jin, as there was no time this is the only gift we could get you. Think of it as me representing everyone’s feelings, please have it.”
He said and presented a flat case the size of a business card to Jin.
“It’s a case for keeping your Guild registration card in.”
Now that he mentioned it, it was the perfect size for that. The material seemed to be silver. On the front there was a gold inlaying. It looked like it said Jin in ornamental writing. It must’ve been made by Reinhardt.
“Thanks, I’ll treasure it.”
Jin said, and put the case in his breast pocket.
Meanwhile, Elsa was diving the fruits.
“Here you go.”
“Thanks.”
This evening Jin said nothing but thanks, but it was strangely pleasant.
The evening’s meal became the one of the most enjoyable meals Jin had had in his 21 years of living.

A warm wind typical of a spring evening blew across Yada village. April had come, and spring was in full swing.
From somewhere, Kherry petals came flying by the window, adding light pink to the colors.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 20

07-20 Safety Factor

“Reiko”
Jin’s cry echoed.
Reiko had fallen down a cliff with a sharp drop. The height difference was over 100 meters.
Gigantes slowly approached Jin and Reinhardt.
“I can’t believe that Reiko couldn’t win.”
Reinhardt’s face was pale.
“This bastard, to my Reiko…”
At the moment when was about to fire off a maximum-power [Laser].
“I’m sorry, Father. I got careless.”
Reiko had jumped up the cliff and come back.
Jin stopped casting magic and,
“Reiko! Are you okay?”
He asked worriedly. Reiko waved both her hands and,
“Yes, nothing has broken.”
She said and gave Jin peace of mind.
“Father, won’t you leave that to me?”
Said Reiko standing in front of Jin, she seemed angry.
“Even if it was for a moment, I caused Father worry. It’s my duty to fix that.”
She said and ran off without even waiting for Jin’s reply. Jin looked at her back and,
“Reiko! Do what you want to do! But this time don’t lose!”
He called out to her.

After hearing Jin’s yell, Reiko increased her Ether Converter’s output to 40 percent.
It was as if she turned into a small bullet as she rammed Gigantes with her body. Even Gigantes was felled by that shock.
“Oh, did she do it?”
Reinhardt let out a small shout of joy, but, Gigantes grasped Reiko tightly with both its arms.
In comparison to her body, Gigantes’s hands were thick and large. In proportion to the hands’ size, it held down Reiko with ease.
Then while Gigantes sucked Magic Energy from Reiko to strengthen its own body, it tightened its grip on Reiko trying to destroy her.
Creaking and grating sounds came out from either Reiko or from Gigantes.
“Reiko!”
At Jin’s shout Reiko turned to face him just once, and showed a sweet smile. Like saying there was nothing to worry about.
Then Reiko increased her Ether Converter’s output to 80 percent.
“Wh-what?”
Reinhardt let out a bewildered voice.
That was only natural, as he saw something like a thin light shining around Gigantes. It was a side effect of when an enormous amount of Ether transforms into Mana.

Gigantes’s special characteristic was taking in Mana from the outside, and converting it to Magic Energy with its Mana Driver, making the energy its own.
Of course there was an upper limit. That was decided by the Mana Driver’s capacity.
Right now, Reiko’s Ether Converter had entered full operation to supply Mana to both Reiko and Gigantes.
“So you’ve still got some leeway. …How about this!”
Reiko finally increased her Ether Converter’s output to 100 percent.
Gigantes pressed on Reiko even harder.
“You can stand even this, huh. In that case!”
Reiko increased her Ether Converter’s output to 110 percent, then 120 percent.
It was a drastic move he made because she had complete faith in Jin and Jin’s craftsmanship.
130 percent, 140 percent.

Machines’ structures have something called a safety factor or a factor of safety.
An example of a safety factor is a truck with load capacity of 10 tons being able to handle a load of 12 tons without breaking.
And so designs with no leeway have a low safety factor, and designs with leeway have a larger safety factor. There’s also the balance with costs.
So, how do you think Reiko is?
Jin’s beloved daughter Reiko to whom he poured his heart’s blood making her utilized world’s top-class materials and manufacturing processes, and the basis of her design was by the previous generation Magi Craft Meister, Adrianna Balbora Ceci.
The opposing Gigantes was an urgently constructed mass-produced trial product in a war against the devil race. There was no way Reiko would fall behind it in the degree of perfection, durability, or reliability.
There was no way a Magi Craft Meister’s beloved daughter would lose against a faulty mass-produced product.
At least, that’s how Reiko believed.

150 percent, 160 percent.
The rock comprising Gigantes’s body was tinged with heat. The reason was that the Mana Driver had passed its permissible limits.
170 percent, 180 percent.
The surroundings of Gigantes and Reiko were shining with dazzling light. It was just the surplus energy of when Ether was converted to Mana.
“H-hey, Jin, will Reiko-chan really be fine?
Reinhardt who was watching seemed to still be worried. Jin himself couldn’t help but worry. But she had faith in the smile Reiko had shown earlier, and was only watching attentively.
190 percent.
A snapping sound resounded.
200 percent.
Something was smashed up inside Gigantes. Simultaneously its body changed into simple rock and crumbled apart. There was no phenomenon of radiation any more.
Reiko lowered her output all the way to her regular 5 percent, then dusted off the dirt clinging to her body.
She then faced Jin and quickly bowed her head,
“I’ve caused you worry.”
She made a brief comment. Jin rushed over to Reiko,
“Reiko! Are you okay! Are you injured anywhere?”
He asked while gasping.
“Yes, I’m fine. …Father, I’m an Automata so please say broken or damaged instead of injured.”
Reiko replied. To such Jin replied,
“Idiot, I told you earlier didn’t I, that you’re my daughter. That’s why I’m talking about injuries.”
“Yes, thank you very much.”
Reinhardt watched the exchange in silence, but,
“Jin, Reiko-chan, shall we go back soon? Elsa’s must be worried too.”
He called out to them. Jin was in agreement with that.
“Got it. Reiko, does Gigantes have a core or anything like that left?”
“I’ll investigate.”
Reiko immediately walked over to the rock fragments that had comprised Gigantes, dug them up and eventually she seemed to have found something.
“Father, there was nothing more than this.”
She said and handed over fragments of a Magi Crystal.
“I thought so, that would happen if you poured in so much Mana.”
Jin muttered while holding the three small fragments in the palm of his hand.

*   *   *

From the summit that she had been watching with worry, pieces of rock came falling down.
“Could it be…They’re fighting?”
Elsa tightly grasped the hands she had crossed in front of her chest.
Then the summit’s area was engulfed in a strange light phenomenon.
“That’s…Magic Energy?”
For the light to be that bright, how much Magic Energy was it even. Elsa’s face when white as a sheet with anxiety and worry.
But at that point, the strange phenomenon stopped already, and without means to know what had happened Elsa spent the time achingly as if she had stomach pains.
But, when the sun was nearing the middle of the sky, the long-awaited sound of footsteps came.
“They came back.”
Elsa jumped out of the carriage. Outside the butler Claude was waiting to greet his master Reinhardt.
“Jin-kun, Rai-nii.”
The figures of the two, then Reiko appeared in sight of Elsa, who knit her brows seeing their state. That’s because Jin and Reinhardt were both wounded.
Jin’s palms were bloodstained, and both Reinhardt’s knees had bled.
“It was a strong enemy after all?”
Elsa asked with worry and Reinhardt replied with a smile,
“Yeah, it was tough. But there’s no need to worry any more. Reiko-chan beat it for us.”
The Reiko in question was following Jin by him without having gone invisible.
“But you’re hurt like that.”
Elsa pointed out, while Jin smiled bitterly and said,
“Oh, this is from when we were coming down the mountain and we both fell. Our walking sticks and water also fell and disappeared somewhere.”
After that explanation Elsa’s expression became strained.
“Idiot. You worried me. It’s good that you’re both safe.”
She then began to cry big drops of tears. Because of his bloody palms Jin refrained from touching Elsa, so Reinhardt was the one to hug and console her.
“Sorry about worrying you. But we’re back now, so don’t cry.”
Reinhardt said and calmed down Elsa a bit.

It goes without saying that after cleaning the wounds with water, they were healed by Elsa’s healing magic.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 19

07-19 The Super-technology of the Past

“*Huff*, *puff*, *wheeze*, *gasp*”
After finally arriving at the location where Reiko had found the footprint, Jin and Reinhardt looked at the ‘footprint’ and were surprised.
“Isn’t it over ten meters tall judging from the size of this?”
It was that gigantic. However, Reiko shook her head and,
“No, according to Ann’s information it appears that its feet are large to keep it stable. And therefore…”
She said and was about to continue when.
“You guys! Why are you here!?”
A voice yelled at them from above. They looked up, and for some reason it was Rucall who had come missing.
Jin and Reinhardt hurriedly climbed up there. Reiko jumped there in just a single leap.
“You disappeared so we came to look for you!”
Jin said. It wasn’t a lie. Rucall scratched his hairless head and,
“Well, sorry about that. After having breakfast I went to take a little look at the ruins. And then on in the middle of a passage’s wall there was a cave, where a sealed box had been left.”
Rucall explained the particulars.
“It was securely sealed but by giving it Magic Energy it opened by itself. I noticed that a black Magi Crystal tumbled out, but then it began taking in surrounding rocks and grew very fast, I ran away in a panic, that guy trampled my cabin, then went towards the mountain. And so I stealthily chased after it, that’s about it.”
He said and finished explaining.
“So, where is it?”
Reinhardt asked, and Rucall silently pointed towards the direction of the sun, namely the eastern mountainside.
“It went and climbed up there.”
“Alright, let’s pursue it.”
Jin said and Rucall got nervous and,
“H-hey, don’t tell me you’re planning to stop or destroy it?”
He said. Jin gave it to Rucall straight.
“That’s right. Apparently it’s a secret weapon from the Great Magic War called Gigantes. Moreover, I hear it’s faulty and goes around destroying things without discrimination. If it’s not stopped now, it’ll be too late to prevent damage to the surroundings.”
“Bu-but, can you beat it?”
“I don’t know, but I’ll have a go at it.”
Reinhardt said. Reiko and Jin went to continue climbing the mountain ridge.
The footprints did indeed point towards the east along the ridge. The two kept began walking up following it. Reiko once more was both the scout and the vanguard.
Rucall didn’t move from the spot and,
“…Can they really beat a monster like that…?”
He just whispered.

*   *   *

The path on the mountain ridge was easier to walk than the one until now. Furthermore, the parts where Gigantes had walked had been flattened as if it had been graded, they were even more easy to walk on.
“Ah, the wind feels nice.”
“It dries the sweat.”
The mountain wind dried the sweat they had perspired during the climb. The two increased their pace.
After continuing for about ten minutes, Reiko motioned with her hand for them to stop.
“Beyond this point…it’s there.”
After this the mountain ridge sank and formed a so-called double ridge, and the gap between the ridges was wide.
Looking closely, a part of it was moving.
“So that’s Gigantes!”
It was a gigantic human shape with body completely covered in rock. The very shape that Ann had described.
It was walking slowly, moving towards the summit ahead.
“Can we stop it?”
Reinhardt said worriedly.
“Let’s try at the very least. Reiko, try tossing a stone from here as a test.”
“Yes, Father.”
Reiko picked up a rock of a perfect size for her small hand, faced towards Gigantes and threw the stone at 20 percent power.
“Ooh?”
The thrown stone smashed into the rock that composed Gigantes’s body, the stone smashed into small pieces and a part of Gigantes’s body was also smashed up. However, it took in as much rock from the surroundings as it needed, and in the blink of an eye the damage portion was completely repaired.
“Hmm, now that’s a golem.”
Even at this point Jin had a thought like that. Reiko launched a second stone as large as a handball.
This time a sound like a clink could be heard, and a a larger piece of rock than before popped off Gigantes, but it too was quickly repaired.
“That reformation ability sure is troublesome.”
Jin and Reinhardt were both of the same mind. But just how fast could it repair itself thought Jin, and instructed Reiko to throw a large boulder.
Reiko easily lifted up a stone at least five times larger than herself, and tossed it at Gigantes. Rather than in a parabola, the giant boulder flew in a straight line and directly hit Gigantes without error.
“No use, huh.”
At the shock Gigantes stumbled, the boulder smashed into pieces, its body smashed into pieces, and before you could tell which was which it had completely repaired itself.
“I guess smaller attacks would be useless then.”
Reiko had her katana Peach Blossom, but even if a piece was cut off it too would probably regenerate. In the first place, this location where there was nothing but rocks was most advantageous for Gigantes.
“In that case, how about attacking with magic!”
Reinhardt took out his Wand charged with magic, aimed at Gigantes and shot off a spell.
“[Flame Lance]!”
Just by inserting Magic Energy to it, with a Wand charged with magic one could instantly fire the spell. The high-level fire magic [Flame Lance] hit Gigantes.
“So not even that works.”
The rock warmed by the high-temperature flames melted and dripped off, but soon it was replenished by the surrounding stones, not able to make a decisive blow.
Moreover, Gigantes finally noticed that there was an enemy here, changed its course, and slowly began walking towards them.
“Its reactions are slow, though.”
Its enemy recognition was too slow. This must’ve been one of the reasons why it was a failed work too.
Yet they didn’t have that much time to take it easy. The ten-meter tall Gigantes who was approaching was rather intimidating.
“I’ll destroy it personally!”
Reiko leapt out to strike Gigantes.

*   *   *

“Jin-kun, Rai-nii, I’m worried.”
The left behind Elsa was worrying endlessly inside the carriage. In front of her was the Automata Ann.
“Hey, does Gigantes have, no weak points?”
For some reason the two had left without asking that.
“Weak points? If it runs out of Magic Energy it becomes unable to maintain its body. Its reactions are slow. It has no intelligence.”
It was rather useless information. But, the first thing said, if it runs out of Magic Energy, was stuck in Elsa’s mind.
“Gigantes, how does it get its Magic Energy?”
She tried asking. And thereupon Ann gave her an astonishing answer.
“By touching things, the surrounding air, or cast magic, it can absorb it from many sources. That’s why its use was to be anti-devil race.”
Against the devil race to whom Magic Energy is an indispensable requirement for living, it was extremely effective, Ann explained. After hearing that an ill premonition hit Elsa.
“In that case, what if a golem or something attacked it?”
“Yes. It would not be useful against Gigantes, I think. Because just by touching it could absorb Magic Energy from the opponent.”
Hearing that, Elsa felt the blood draw from her face.
“Then, in that case, would an Automata like you be no good too?”
She tried asking as if clinging to a single ray of hope.
“Yes. If it’s an Automata, Gigantes will completely absorb its Magic Energy. Someone like me would become unable to move just like that.”
The trump card of Jin and Reinhardt was Reiko. Reiko was an Automata that moved with Magic Energy.
“Jin, kun….”
With uneasy eyes Elsa faced towards the mountain where Jin and Reinhardt went.

*   *   *

Reiko was going to strike Gigantes. Gigantes raised its leg to meet its enemy.
Reiko’s fist bashed Gigantes’s leg to destroy it, or so it seemed, but.
“…?…”
In the instant she touched Gigantes’s leg, for just a moment Reiko stopped moving, and immediately afterwards she was kicked flying by Gigantes’s leg.
“Ah.”
The difference in weight was upwards of 50-fold. And so Reiko sailed through the air in an arc, and just like that fell below a cliff.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 18

07-18 Gigantes

“‘Gigantes’?”
Jin and Reinhardt both asked for an explanation for the word they were unaccustomed to hearing.
Judging that the explanation would be long, Reiko once more got close to Ann for Magic Energy synchronization and began explaining instead of Ann.
“During the anti-demon-race war…Anti-demon-race war seems to mean The Great Magic War…the Gigantes was a weapon that was developed in its final moments.”
It seems that at that time, people called it the anti-demon-race war.
“However, the Gigantes was faulty. Because it did not listen at all to what its manufacturers said.”
“So, what kind of weapon is these Gigantes?”
Jin had a somewhat bad feeling about this so he urged her to continue.
“The Gigantes is a giant human-type weapons with overall height of ten meters.”
Hearing that, even Jin was surprised. He didn’t know that such a thing existed. Because it was a weapon developed after the predecessor’s death during the Great Magic War.
“Is it a golem?”
“No. Gigantes is Gigantes.”
“Please describe its features in detail.”
Reinhardt said, his face also pale.
“Gigantes’s shape is similar to a human’s but its shoudlers are wider, legs shorter, and arms thicker and longer. Its height is ten meters, and its weight about 30 tons.”
“What an enormous golem.”
Reinhardt muttered, but Reiko –that is, Ann– denied it.
“No, that’s incorrect. That’s because Gigantes is assembled out of simple rock fragments.”
“Assembled out of rock fragments…”
Jin tried picturing it. He got the feeling that the word ‘golem’ referred to such a creature in his previous world. In the orphanage there had been a single game console and in a game he played on it there had been such a monster.
“There was a something like that in there?”
No one in remembered seeing a giant like that inside the discovered ruins.
“No, Gigantes’s [Core] was supposed to have been sealed.”
“[Core]? Not a [Control Core]?”
Jin thought he might have misheard. A Core was the core devil beasts had.
“A Core. Because Gigantes is an ‘artifical devil beast’.”
“An ‘artificial devil beast’?
Another phrase he hadn’t heard made its appearance.
“Yes. An artificial devil beast made to oppose the devil race.”
“An eye for an eye or something like that, huh.”
Jin crossed his arms and pondered.
Judging from how Reiko is reading her mind, the Automata Ann’s memories don’t seem to be erased after all, he concluded. Most likely, like Reiko’s had, her Control Core must’ve reached the end of its technical life, making the the reading of information unstable. Unreasonably pushing her now could have unfortunate consequences for the ‘lost information’ he had finally attained. That was Jin’s conclusion.
Although despite that, it wasn’t possible to perfectly repair Ann here and now.
Jin urgently began examining the Automata Ann. While Reinhardt assisted him.
Elsa was at her wit’s end when she saw Jin’s expression, and stayed silent to not be on the way.

Her steel skeleton had rusted, several joints had stopped operating, and the leather of some unrecognizable devil beast used as her muscles was torn in countless places.
Her coating of Magical Skin was a composite material but it too had worn out.
Jin judged that it had been nearly 350 years since she had been constructed. Even the Great Magic War had been 300 years ago, she was older than that.
Probably because her materials’ quality was generally worse compared to Reiko’s, so after 350 years they had reached their limits. First of all, he did temporary repairs on the Magi Crystal working as the diaphragm of her vocal apparatus.
Nonetheless, by just pasting together the cracked Magi Crystal with [Fusion], the vocal apparatus that was reaching the end of its life span would break completely in the near future.
“Ann, what was the person who built you like?”
Jin decided to try asking.
“Yes, I was mass-produced and so I do not have a particular creator.”
Her way of talking improved considerably, so she no longer needed Reiko’s help.
“So there was something like a mass production plant, huh.”
“Yes, secretary Automata like me and battle-type golems and such were built in the factory.”
And the foundation of those designs was most likely based on his predecessor’s work, Jin guessed.
“Heyy, Jin, this Ann has an amazing structure, I’ve learned some things!”
Even Reinhardt seemed surprised when he looked at Ann’s structure.
But there was a more pressing problem.
“Now then, please tell me everything you know about Gigantes.”
“Yes. Using the Magic Energy stored in its Core, Gigantes constructs its body from surrounding rock fragments. As long as Magic Energy remains in its Core it can reform endlessly.”
It was rather similar to the golem in the game Jin had played.
“Well then, was the Core of Gigantes in the room you were in, Ann?”
“I do not know. That’s because I wasn’t given any more information about it.”
That was all the information, and Reinhardt put it all together into a guess.
“Anyway, somewhere in the ancient ruins was the Core of Gigantes, and because of some vital reason it activated and came alive. Then it crushed the nearby cabin of Rucall underfoot.”
That seemed to be the gist of things. The important thing right now was not to determine the root cause but the locations of Gigantes. They were also worried about Rucall.
Although it was too late now, they regretted they had foolishly left the ruins wide open. However there was nothing to do about their negligence any more.

“Hmm, you said it was faulty and didn’t listen to what its manufacturers said? How did it turn out?”
Reinhardt asked hoping that the answer was just it didn’t do as it was told, but that wish didn’t come true.
“Yes, it turned out that once activated, it didn’t made no distinction between friend and foe and attacked.”
The worst case. Cold sweat trickled down Reinhardt’s back.
“And because of that, its only way of use was throwing the Core right in the middle of enemies. ”
It stands to reason that it was somewhat usable in situations where it had no allies around it.
“Are there any principles or anything like that behind how it moves, or rampages, or maybe attacks?”
Suddenly a question like that came to Jin’s mind and he tried asking.
“Yes, for some reason it goes towards high places.”
For some reason Jin remembered the saying ‘Only idiots, smoke, and goats rise to high places’. As Gigantes wasn’t smoke or a goat, then it must be…
“So that means that after crushing Rucall’s cabin, it climbed up the mountain.”
Reinhardt crossed his arms and thought.
“The question is what are we going to do. Will we leave it be, or try to do something by ourselves? Or tell the proper authorities?”
“We’re responsible for letting it out. If there’s anything we can do, I want to do it.”
Jin’s opinion was to exterminate it themselves. Well, with Reiko it probably wouldn’t be a big problem, and Reinhardt also agreed.
“If we waste time then the damage may increase, so.”
Then they began the talk about who would participate in chasing down Gigantes, and Elsa said she also wanted to come.
“I want to go too because you didn’t take me with you into the ruins.”
“No, it’s not a leisure trip, it’ll be dangerous.”
Reinhardt tried persuading her but still she didn’t listen.
“Elsa, neither me or Reinhardt want to expose you to danger. So please just stay here. I beg you.”
Jin clapped his hands together in front of his face and bowed like he was praying. The gesture was unknown to Elsa but she could still understand Jin’s feelings.
“…Okay. Today is Jin-kun’s birthday, so I’ll listen to him.”
“Thanks, Elsa.”
Finally Elsa agreed. Besides, currently Elsa was wearing a skirt. It wasn’t suited for mountain climbing.
Jin and Reinhardt put their preparations in order. Although the preparations were only walking sticks for mountain climbing, rope, and water.
They made the sticks from wood. That kind of handiwork was their strongest point.

“Now then, we’ll be going.”
“Take care. You both.”
“Reinhardt-sama, Jin-dono, be careful. You mustn’t overdo it.”
The butler Claude saw them off along with Elsa, then Jin and Reinhardt headed towards the mountain. Accompanying them was Reiko. This time she was holding ‘Peach Blossom’.
Ann was house-sitting with Elsa and Claude. It seemed like if Ann was about to do something like mountain climbing right now, she’d fall into pieces.
With Reiko in the lead, Jin’s group continued while looking for the paths that seemed easy to walk.
“*Gasp*…*Pant*”
“*Wheeze* *Wheeze*”
Jin and Reinhardt were both bad at mountain climbing. Reiko jumped from rock to rock up the mountain as if it was the most natural thing, then came back down, advising them like,
“Father, the path leading right seems to be the easiest to ascend”
Or,
“The rock there is brittle, so please be careful.”
After roughly 30 minutes of climbing there was a relatively flat terrace, and they decided to take a breather. They both drank the water they brought and breathed in deep.
“Ahh, I knew it but this really is intense.”
“Yeah, in my home country I climbed a few mountains too, but this is my first time on a rocky mountain like this.”
They had a conversation like that, but they couldn’t stay resting forever and the two again began the climb.
When they encountered a crag that seemed impossible to climb, Reiko cut the rock to pieces with the Peach Blossom in her hand, making footholds. Thanks to that in an hour the summit was in sight.
“Ooh, there’s the summit.”
At that moment, Reiko who had climbed up near the summit gave a signal.
“Father, there is a large footprint here. The target maybe nearby.”

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