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 Unifiers. 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 Unifiers 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 Unifiers’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.
“It can absorb it from many sources: from touching things, the surrounding air, or fired magic. 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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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 17

07-17 Birthday

While they were waiting for Rucall to come to, Jin turned to face Reiko and,
“Reiko, you knew what Ann was going to say?”
He asked. Just now, she had explained instead of Ann whose speech device had a defect.
“Yes, Father. This girl is something like a cousin to me so with Magic Energy synchronization she could speak by proxy.”
“A cousin?”
Jin didn’t really understand what she meant.
“Yes. She and I share the same baseline design. I think it is likely that her design’s foundation is of the same family as that which Mother used. That’s why I can feel the Magic Energy waves and speak for her by just touching her like this.”
Maybe it would be fine to think of it as like two radios with nearly the same frequencies catching each other’s signal. At any rate, it turns out it’s possible for Reiko to talk for Ann. Maybe because of this she wasn’t especially jealous towards Ann, which had Jin feeling relieved.
“Hmm, I see.”
Jin was satisfied, but question marks still floated above Reinhardt’s head.
“Jin, what does that mean? Please explain it so that I can understand too.”
Jin apologized to Reinhardt.
“Oh, sorry Reinhardt. It’s supposition but, this Ann and Reiko have the same design. Of course the details differ, but the foundation is the same. That’s why she could be said to be Reiko’s cousin.”
“Hmm, in that case is Reiko-ch… Miss Reiko built according to ancient designs like her?”
Jin tried to remember just how he had explained Reiko to Reinhardt, but, he couldn’t remember. He had the hunch that he had told to Beana she was an Artifact Jin had found, but he felt somehow hazy about what he had told Reinhardt.
“Yeah. Originally Reiko was an Artifact-class Automata, but when I found her she was pretty damaged. And so, while keeping the design as it was, I rebuilt her using new materials and that’s the current Reiko.”
Explaining it like that apparently satisfied Reinhardt, as he nodded his head on a grand scale multiple times and said,
“I see, now I understand better. I can also understand why Reiko-ch…Miss Reiko has such a high power.”
“Reinhardt, you don’t have to call her a ‘miss’ after all this time. Right, Reiko?”
“…Yes.”
There was a slight delay, but as it was Jin’s instructions and she didn’t feel particularly animous towards Reinhardt either Reiko agreed.
“Is that so, thanks, Reiko-chan.”
“…No problem.”
“Ann, I’ll give you maintenance later.”
“Y. es. Th. Ank y. Ou v. Ery Muc. H.”
During their bustling, the fainted Rucall made a slight movement. The first one to notice was Reinhardt.
“Hey, you awake?”
Reinhardt tried giving Rucall a few light slaps on his cheeks, and finally he opened his eyes.
“Ugh…Where is this?”
“We’re inside the ancient ruins.”
“Ancient ruins?”
It appeared that a part of his memory had vanished, and so as the representative Reinhardt explained the events so far to him.
“Hmm, something like that… Certainly, I can faintly remember… I think. By the way, could you untie this?”
Rucall said, looking around at his body bound by the robe’s sleeves.
It seemed like he had returned to sanity, and so cautiously they untied the clothes binding him.
“Ohh, that’s more comfortable. Incidentally, you said this is inside ancient ruins?”
“That’s correct.”
“Hmm, I spent who knows how long searching for the secret of the ruins, and you who came here just today found it…I should just retire…”
So docile as if he was a different person from the one who was under the effects of [Hypno], this must’ve been Rucall’s true character.

“Alright, what’re you going to do after this?”
Reinhardt went back to square one. The investigation of the ruins was basically over, and it was past midnight by now.
“I’m a bit tired. I’ll go back to my cabin.”
Rucall told them that he lived in a cabin he had built near the ruins. Jin and Reinhardt also decided to first go back to the carriage and sleep until morning, then when it’s bright outside pay a visit to Rucall’s cabin.
“It would be good if Elsa was still asleep though.”
Reinhardt said. Jin also agreed, thinking that if she woke up and found that the two had disappeared, she would get angry.
And so they quickly returned to the carriage.
The result.
“Reinhardt-sama, Elsa is resting well.”
The two felt relieved. So as not to wake the sleeping Elsa, they both silently entered the carriage, reclined their seats and began to nap.
Reiko and Ann were outside the carriage. Reiko didn’t let down her guard, and Ann too was acting as a sentry with her body’s abnormal condition.

*   *   *

The next morning.
“Leaving me behind you two went to the ancient ruins. You’re both terrible.”
Sure enough, after Elsa had woken up and noticed Ann outside, they ended up having to explain just where she had come from.
“Sorry, Elsa. You looked to be sleeping so well, so I thought it would’ve been rude to wake you up.”
“Liar.”
“There could’ve been danger, so I didn’t want to take you to such a place. Please understand, Elsa.”
“I don’t.”
The angry Elsa was unapproachable.
With nothing else to do they decided to first put in order the breakfast preparations.
Using the stove Jin had made they boiled water and made soup. By dipping sliced bread in the soup it became a simple breakfast.
Because they hadn’t expected that the village would be this empty, the soup was thin but there was nothing to do about it.
“Well, this is good too once in a while.”
While saying so Reinhardt glimpsed at Elsa’s direction, but her mood didn’t seem to have improved.
Considering the atmosphere, Reiko dropped a bombshell announcement of sorts.
“Father, isn’t today your birthday?”
“Eh?”
“Huh?”
“I-is that how it was?”
Remarked Elsa, Reinhardt and Jin, in that order.
“Yes. There is no doubt that Father’s birthday is today, on the first of April.”
Jin’s information which he had copied to Reiko included his birthday.
By coincidence, the day Jin was summoned to this world was also the same first of April. It was Jin’s birthday in two ways.
“Aah, I’m 21 too now, huh.”
It had also now been a whole year since Jin came to this world.
“I-is that so. Jin, today, let’s go back to Yada Village and celebrate.
Reinhardt said, looking disconcerted.
“No, it’s fine, I’m already 21 so.”
But Jin didn’t look particularly happy.
“Don’t mind that. It’s the day to celebrate the day Jin-kun was born. That’s a very important day.”
Elsa said.
Elsa was supposed to be angry, but after hearing today was Jin’s birthday she seemed to have inadvertently forgotten about it.
“I-I guess so.”
In the first place, Jin who was from an orphanage had birthday parties until the end of his lower grades of primary school. After that he was on the side of those who threw the parties.
And so, Jin who wasn’t used to being celebrated could only hide his embarassment.

First of all, they were going to visit Rucall’s cabin, and after talking return to Yada Village, and this time they left together with Elsa.
En route, there was a great sound as if something something was broken, after which it once more became silent.
“What could’ve that been, just now?”
“I don’t know. Reiko, don’t lower your guard.”
For now Jin gave Reiko orders, and while wary of their surroundings they moved towards Rucall’s cabin.
That cabin was 50 meters away from the ruins along the cliff in a sunken place.
But.

“What is this?”
The cabin was crushed as if it had been trampled on by a giant foot.
Rucall was nowhere to be seen. Was he crushed along with the cabin, or did he escape? As they couldn’t see any blood, they preferred to think he had managed to escape.
“At any rate, nothing we can do about something like this.”
“You’re right, shall we go back to the carriage for now?”
While feeling not quite alright, Jin’s group returned to the carriage, told about it to Ann and the bulter Claude, and tried hearing their opinions.
Thereupon Ann made an outrageous statement.
“Sure. Ly thi. S Ca. N’t me. An that. The Gigantes. Is. Ta. King a. Ction?”

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 16

07-16 Blue-haired Ann

The ancient Automata came to life and spoke. In other words, they were witnessing history, but.
“Mig. Ht. You. Be M. Y mast. Er? My. Na. Me. Is. Ann.”
The Automata knew her name was Ann, but regarding anything other than that,
“My. Apologies bu. T I. Do not. Have any. Other. Infor. Mation.”
She unfortunately said. As expected, even the Automata must’ve had her important information erased. It was an obvious measure against the possibility of capture by the enemy.
“Hmm, looks like there’s nothing more to see here.”
Reinhardt concluded after investigating the room where the golems were.
“And so, what are you going to do about these golems and that Automata?”
At that moment, a voice could be heard from the passage they had come through.
“Hoh, hohahahahaha! Extraordinary! Most extraordinary! Good work, and thank you!”
It was the self-proclaimed archeologist they had met during the day, Rucall.
“Rucall! Why are you here!”
Reinhardt asked and Rucall laughed again.
“Hahaha, didn’t I tell you I’m investigating these ruins? For the sake of the Unifiers!”
“The Unifiers!”
It turned out that Rucall was an underling of the Unifiers.
“During the day, I thought you weren’t ordinary people, so I sent a report by pigeon. Then in the evening, a reply arrived. To my surprise, Reinhardt and Jin, you’re the two talented people we Unifiers have our eyes on, aren’t you!”
In his excitement Rucall fluently talked on and on.
“Shouldn’t I then loyally offer this finding, along with you two to the Unifiers! Uhahahahaha!”
Rucall let out a laugh like he had gone mad.

Then, Jin felt a light tug on his sleeve and turned around to look. There was the Automata from just now, Ann.
“Mas. Ter. Tha. T per. Son’s. Stra. Nge st. Ate is…”
It was hard to comprehend and her voice was low, but Jin listened carefully to what Ann had to say.
“…”
“I see. It’s good that you told me. Thanks, Ann.”
Even after Jin finished listening to what Ann had to say, Rucall was still hooting and hollering while laughing.
“Uhahahahaha! Come on, you both, won’t you come with me!”
Jin only had a single thing to say to Rucall.
“Make me.”
“Huh?”
To Jin’s cold reply, as you’d expect Rucall stopped smiling and had astrange look on his face.
“What, did you say?”
“I said make me, you fanatic.”
Jin went even further.
“Unifiers? You really think you can do such a thing? In that case you aren’t even a fanatic. Just an idiot.”
After Jin went that far, Rucall’s face turned bright red and he flew into a rage.
“Wha-wha-wha-what are you saying? You bastard, do you even understand what you’re talking about?”
Jin said indifferently,
“Unifying the continent, right? In the first place, Dinar Kingdom’s rule extended over just a part of the continent at its most. And even thought because of the population shortage it then couldn’t maintain itself, collapsed and turned into smaller nations, you say you want to unify the country into a one similar to that time’s with force? You make me laugh. Oh, I suppose Unifiers are then a comedy troupe?”
Even Reinhardt was wide-eyed in shock at the un-Jin-like sharp words, but it goes without saying that Rucall was the one who was most shocked.
“Wha-wha-what?”
“Do you have a poor memory? How many times do I have to say it?”
“You’re making fun of me!”
“Yeah, that I am.”
“D-d-damn you!”
“You’re red like a lobster…Oh, if I say it like that you probably won’t understand. Oh yeah, you’re like a boiling kettle.”
“Argh!”
“H-hey, Jin?”
Reinhardt said worriedly as Jin was acting unusual. Jin replied with a low voice.
“Ssh. Wait just a bit longer.”
“O-okay.”
“Rather than magicians, aren’t Unifiers a group of idioticians?”
“U-uaaaaaaaargh!”
“N. Ow.”
At Ann’s mark, Jin fired a spell.
“[Stun].”
“Agh!?”
Then Rucall collapsed on the spot.
“Ohh, it should be over now.”
Jin took a breath and Reinhardt asked a question.
“Jin, what was that magic just now?”
“Ah, you mean [Stun]? It’s a magic that, utilizing lightning magic, gives the other party an electric shock for barely an instant, paralyzing them. It’s effective againts human opponents.”
Jin explained and Reinhardt admired,
“Hmm, is that also a benefit from ‘science’? You make me want to take lessons in science from you more and more, Jin.”
“Yeah, when we’ve got the chance.”
Jin had also come to think that way little by little.
“First is this guy.”
Using the fainted Rucall’s own robe they tied him up. They tied him up and Reinhard asked Jin a question seeming marvelled.
“Hey Jin, earlier when you faced this guy you stirred him up a lot, but was there a reason behind that?”
Jin nodded. He then replied to Reinhardt with a question.
“Did you feel that his response was somehow strange?”
“Hm? Yeah, come to think of it. But isn’t that what you’d expect from a religious fanatic?”
Reinhardt replied, but Jin said no.
“Try to remember. Dominique too felt like that when she showed her true colors, right?”
Reinhardt tried recollecting what happened that time. And then he thought that indeed, maybe what they both had in common was their seeming abnormal excitement.
“Well, she did get so upset that I thought it strange.”
He replied and Jin said that’s exactly what he felt like, and nodded.
“Well, I hear that there’s a possibility that that might be because of the influence of [Hypno].”
“What’s [Hypno]?”
It could very well be described as a version of hypnotism magic. But where did Jin get that information, Reinhardt was surely thinking. Then he noticed that the Automata was next to Jin and,
“Could it be, you heard it from that Automata?”
He asked. Jin smiled and replied to confirm.
“Yeah. Ann told me that.”
Ann began to begin the supplementary explanation, or so they thought, when unexpectedly the one who began to speak was Reiko who had moved next to Ann without anyone noticing.
“The magic known as [Hypno] is something that appears to manipulate targeted people as one pleases, but that is not the case.”
“Eh?”
It was a detail both Jin and Reinhardt were hearing for the first time.
“In the case of [Hypno], manipulating everything about the target person is impossible. Then speaking of what it is able to do, it can guide the target’s actions. In other words, in Rucall’s case he was made to continue investigating the ruins, see.”
The two reached comprehension then.
“Ah, so that’s why in spite of not having any results, he spent ten years in a place like this.”
Usually, one wouldn’t be in ancient ruins that seemed to hold nothing to find for ten years. The two felt much better knowing the reason for that.
“In addition, having him report to the Unifiers supporting him, that much it can do.”
“I see. So, why did you know he was affected by [Hypno]?”
Reinhardt asked the most pressing question and,
“The person under [Hypno] enters a light state of agitation with things regarding the party who bestowed them with their ‘goal’ and ‘directions’.”
She explained. Indeed, Jin said and nodded once.
“Is that so. Certainly at that time Dominique also felt like that.”
“Rucall wasn’t just in a light state of agitation though.”
There was also a reply to Reinhardt’s doubts.
“It appeared to be the degree of excitement associated with orders instilled forcibly.”
“I see. In that case, doesn’t that mean Rucall wasn’t originally a Unifier. But why stir him up so much?”
Reinhardt’s question was only natural. At that time even to Jin, Ann had only told him to provocate Rucall. And the answer to that question was,
“That is because if the affected person receives a shock when they have reached their highest state of agitation, they wake up from [Hypno].”
And that was Ann’s explanation conveyed through Reiko.
“You mean that therefore, there’s a possibility that Rucall will wake up from [Hypno] now. Alright, shall we try waiting until he comes to?”

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 15

07-15 What Was in the Ancient Ruins

Jin and Reinhardt were in the middle of the pitch black room into which they had broken into.
“[Light].”
Jin used light magic as illumination. With that their surroundings became visible.
“What could this place be…”
Reinhardt posed a question.
The room was a bit large, and only a few old-style desks and chairs had been left behind. The design of the desks and chairs resembled the design that Jin’s predecessor used.
“Isn’t this either an office or the control room?”
Jin also had only a guess to go on.
“But there might be a room beyond this one. Let’s search.”
And so, with the exception of the wall they had punched a hole through, they went to investigate the three walls, ceiling, and the floor. This time a passage was soon found. There was a door on the furthest wall of the room. Althought it had been camouflaged so that you couldn’t tell at a glance.
“Should we try going?”
“Yeah.”
After such a brief exchange, Jin and Reinhardt continued even deeper.
They followed the just unveiled passage for about five meters and there was another door.
“I’ll open it. Jin, you be on your guard.”
Reinhardt said, and as a precaution Jin prepared to fire a spell at any moment.
Then Reinhardt opened the door.
“Uh!?”
Simultaneously with the door opening the room lit up. It seemed that the room’s magic lamps hadn’t stopped working.
“This is…”
What appeared in front of their eyes were empty bookshelves.
“It’s like a storeroom for documents.”
Reinhardt looked over the bookshelves and said his conclusion.
“These were left behind.”
Only two books, made out of parchment-like paper had been simply closed and left behind on the corners of the shelves.
“Is anything written on them?”
Jin decided to try reading. Jin noticed that these books were written in the characters from an ancient era, and he could read even 1000-year-old magical letters.
For the time being, Jin pretended to read them with difficulty, as explaining how he learned to read this would be difficult.
“Fifth…month….23rd day… The invasion…of the devil race….Decision….made to….abandon…the fort….”
It was a record like a journal. Surely something from the time of the Great Magic War. That’s how Reinhardt thought.
“Documents…weapons…food…taken…out…as much as…we could carry”
Jin read aloud while Reinhardt nodded, and he analyzed it.
“I see, so there were too many places to guard from the devil race’s invasion, and this fort was abandoned, is that it? And in so doing, they took out everything important.”
“Just…in case…the hall…of…the Warp Gate…was…covered up”
“Oh, so the ones who hid this were from our side. Conversely now we had trouble finding it though.”
Like Reinhardt said, although the Warp Gate was buried, the future descendants of the same side first digging it up was an ironic tale.
Jin closed the record and,
“Well, nothing important has been written down, really.”
He said, but Reinhardt shook his head and,
“No, It’s a document that approaches the truth of the Great Magic War, even if it’s just a bit. Let’s take it and go.”
Reinhardt said. Taking documents like this from a foreign country’s historic ruins was surely practically a criminal act, but they told themselves that it was preferable to having it fall into the hands of the Unifiers.
“There’s also the option of sending it to King Egelia after translating it.”
While thinking so, Reinhardt put the documents in his pocket.

“Now then, in that case the armory is most likely empty, don’t you agree? Well, let’s just try looking around there too.”
Beyond the storeroom for documents there seemed to be the armory. If you ask why Jin knew that, it’s because that was written on the door.
Because the door had become ancient, or maybe because it had been locked from the inside, in any case no matter how much Jin and Reinhardt pulled the door didn’t open.
As a last resort, Jin called out to Reiko.
“Reiko!”
Reiko who heard Jin’s voice immediately came.
“Yes, Father.”
“Try opening this door, please.”
“Yes.”
Reiko promptly pushed on the door, and forced it open in one go. The hinges creaked but somehow didn’t break in the end.
“This is…”
The door was opened, and ahead were a number of unmoving golems stretched about. Dust had piled up, and both Jin and Reinhardt covered their nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
“Battle-type golems? No, they’re simple household golems.
Jin examined the unmoving golems, and judged them to be not golems for battle but for household chores.
“Five golems, huh. Doesn’t look like anything in particular is broken though.
Reinhardt also leaned over to check up on the golems. The magic lamps here were dark, and he couldn’t see well so he didn’t catch the details.
“Feels like they ran out of Magic Energy.”
But Jin refuted that.
“…No, that’s wrong. Look at this. Come on.”
Jin opened the golem’s chest and showed it. In there, a certain something was missing.
“There’s no…Control Core?”
Reinhardt grasped the situation at a glance, and went to examine the other golems.
“This golem doesn’t have one either.”
“Neither does this.”
The result of Jin’s and Reinhardt’s investigations was that out of the five golems, not a single one had a Control Core.
“It’s impossible that the Control Cores just disappeared. That means that someone disabled these golems, doesn’t it look like that?”
“I wonder. That’s the likeliest possibility though.”
Even Jin didn’t know what the truth was.
“These golems weren’t that important. At least not something they’d take along while evacuating. If that’s the case, it would be better to take only the most important part. …Is the feeling I get.”
Jin agreed with Reinhardt’s conjecture and,
“There might be something about it in the documents from earlier, let’s take a close look after we’ve returned.”
He said in addition. He then heard Reiko’s voice.
“Father, there’s one more in the back.”
“What?”
Jin shifted his attention to the back of the room Reiko spoke of, and he saw something like a human silhouette in the darkness.
“[Light].”
Jin brightened the place up, saw the human shape better. It was an Automata wearing old maid clothes. She had been left alone sitting on the floor. A similar amount of dust as on the golems had accumulated on her.
“An Automata, huh…”
Jin crouched to examine the Automata. He cleaned up the dust using magic.
Her build was that of an adult woman type. The [Magical Skin] used as skin still barely retained its flexibility.
Her hair was dark blue. Maybe the color was different from a human’s on purpose.
“This one has a Control Core!”
Jin who had been investigating yelled out in surprise.
“The reason she isn’t moving…Lack of Magic Energy doesn’t seem likely.”
That’s because this Automata had an Ether Converter installed.
“Oh, I see. She received some kind of an impact, and the Magic Energy links inside snapped.”
At last Jin’s sharp powers of observation discovered the defective part.
“Alright, let’s repair her.”
If he knew where the fault was, there was no damage Jin couldn’t fix.
“[Joint], [Fusion].”
He joined the broken parts of the Magic Energy Circuit together, and mended the Magi Device that had begun disintegrating.
“Alright, [Start-up].”
Then after giving her enough Magic Energy for starting up, the Automata came to life.
While creaking a little, the Automata opened its eyes and stood up.
“Might you. Be the one. Who woke me. Up?”
Maybe the speech mechanism was broken as there were some pauses while the Automata spoke.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 14

07-14 Sneaking Into the Ruins

After that, they had lunch in the carriage. The butler Claude tactfully went outside to eat, and it made Jin feel a bit guilty, but no matter how Jin tried to persuade him he stubbornly didn’t listen and so that’s how things were.
The dinner was bread and fruit prepared beforehand. And then at the critical moment Jin took out his thermos flask.
“Ah, hot. Why?”
Elsa was surprised that the Teee inside the thermos flask had retained its warmth. Jin smiled and,
“That’s something called a ‘thermos flask’.”
He explained.
“Does it use magic?”
Elsa tilted her head and asked.
“No, it keeps the contents warm as if it used magic, but it doesn’t utilize any particular magic. Although I did add [Clean-up]’s Magi Formula to it, but that doesn’t have any connection with the heat insulation.”
“Then, why?”
“Yeah, I’m also interested.”
As not just Elsa but also Reinhardt was interested, Jin adjusted his sitting posture to begin explaining while drinking the Teee.
“This is also something I learned from my teacher, but there’s three ways to transmit heat.”
He began like so. Both Reinhardt and Elsa were listening intently.
“First is conduction. It’s the transfer of temperature between objects.”
“Uh-huh, if I put a metal spoon in hot soup, the handle will soon become hot.”
It seemed that Reinhardt immediately digested it.
“Next is radiation. When you hold a hand out near a fire it gets warmer, right?”
After the question this time Elsa replied.
“Mm. Even from a distance, it’s warm. You say that’s radiation?”
Jin gave a nod to Elsa’s question, and started to speak of the third way.
“The third one is convection. As air or water for example warm up they become lighter and ascend, and as cold air is heavier it comes down. Convection is the repetition of this cycle the air does.”
“I see, so when you heat up a cold room with a fire, and the ceiling is warm while the floor is cold, it’s that.”
Reinhardt said, and Elsa also spoke of her experience.
“A bath. Without stirring it, only the top is hot while the bottom is cold.”
Jin clapped his hands together and,
“That’s right. You two are good, huh.”
He spoke well of them.
“So, this thermos flask, the walls of the container have a hollow structure, and the air inside has been drawn out. Having done that, there’s no way for heat to escape using convection or conduction.”
Jin said, and Reinhardt’s face lit up,
“And so that’s why it doesn’t cool down very much! Amazing, Jin, what’s that discipline called?”
He got somewhat excited.
“It’s ‘science’. It’s the study and attempt of explaining all the phenomena of nature.”
Jin explained, and Elsa gave out a rare smile,
“I see now. One of the reasons Jin-kun is amazing is that he knows this science thing. That’s why all the Magi Tools Jin-kun constructs make sense.”
She said. Jin nodded and,
“Elsa, that’s exactly right. The science I learned from my teacher, they learned from their teacher, who again learned from their teacher, and like that it is the knowledge attained after thousands of years.”
He explained.
“Hmm, I would’ve also liked to be taught by Jin’s teacher!”
Reinhardt said, seeming frustrated. Possibly the reason Reinhardt hadn’t asked prying questions regarding Jin’s teacher was out of consideration for him.

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Day turned to night.
The moon that told of was hanging right in the middle of the sky. That meant it was minutes to midnight.
“Now then, shall we go?”
Reinhardt asked in a low voice.
“Yeah.”
Jin agreed.
“…”
Elsa was sleeping on the reclining chair. And so Reinhardt gave orders to the butler Claude.
“Claude, please stay here and watch over Elsa. Me and Jin will go to the ancient ruins.”
“Yes, as you wish.”
Because Reiko followed them as a guard, with Claude there were no worries. Well, and because the SP were guarding the carriage from the shadows.

Although they traveled the road during the day, during the night walking was hard. Even more so as to be safe they were walking without lighting any lamps. Nevertheless, with the guidance of Reiko to whom darkness was irrelevant Jin and Reinhardt could be at ease.
And then at last they arrived at the entrance to the ancient ruins. From inside the light of magic lamps leaked out, likely because the lamps had been left on.
“Reiko, please somehow check that there’s no people inside.”
“Yes.”
According to Jin’s instructions, Reiko disappeared using [Stealth] and approached the entrance of the ancient ruins like wind, peeked inside, and returned without making a sound.
Although there was no way Jin or Reinhardt saw this.
“It’s fine, there is no one.”
The two were relieved by the report and again set foot inside the ancient ruins.
“Now then, Jin, where should we start? You’re probably well-informed so I’ll follow your instructions.”
Reinhardt said. Jin lived in a mansion that had a Warp Gate, even though it was small, and for that reason Reinhardt must’ve referred to Jin’s judgment.
After thinking for a bit Jin replied.
“It must be underground. If it’s an important storehouse, surely you’ll build it underground. And I dare say there’s no doubt it’s hidden using concealment magic.”
Reinhardt agreed with that reply, saying,
“That’s most likely the case. But, concealment magic? That’s troublesome.”
But Jin shook his head in denial.
“That only prevents searching through magical means.”
“Eh?”
“If there’s a cave on the other side of the wall, the sound it makes when you hit it is different, right?”
“Mh-hm.”
“So basically, let’s use [Sonar].”
Jin explained and Reinhardt gave a pat on Jin’s shoulder in praise.
“I see! I didn’t notice that! Let’s try it right now!”
And so Jin and Reinhardt both went to using [Sonar] magic to search the floors and walls.
“Not here…”
When Jin was about to start on the next wall, Reinhardt yelled.
“Jin! Come see this!”
“What’s up, did you find it?”
Jin ran in a hurry to where Reinhardt was.
“Uh-huh. Behind this.”
Then Jin allo tried investigating using [Sonar], and indeed he noticed that on the other side of that wall there was a large cave.
“Having done that, next is how to get to the other side.”
They could use earth magic to dig a hole, but thinking about the future leaving traces behind would be kind of bad.
Eventually, they decided to dig a different hole from outside.
They went outside temporarily. Reiko who had been standing guard accompanied them to a place around fifty meters away.
“Alright, let’s dig around here I guess.”
As there was a protrusion of rock making it hard to see it from outside, they chose that place and finally work began.
“[Dig].”
Jin dug the hole,
“[Hardening].”
And Reinhardt strengthened the walls to prevent a collapse.
Reiko went out to throw the resulting debris far away.
Like that, after approximately an hour, finally the hole pierced through.
“We did it!”
A large room spread out beyond the hole.
Jin and Reinhardt carefully stepped inside.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 13

07-13 The Secret of the Ancient Ruins

“Jin, what’s wrong?”
Reinhardt who had noticed Jin’s unusual look asked worriedly.
Then, while a single drop of sweat trickled down his forehead,
“This is… a giant Warp Gate.”
He said.
“What!?”
“This, is a Warp Gate?”
Reinhardt and Elsa were surprised, but the most surprised one was Rucall.
“W-w-wha-what! Di-did you call this a Warp Gate? H-how could you tell!?”
His face went red and then blue, but eventually he stammered something out.
“Why you ask…Well, there’s no other answer than because I recognize it.”
Jin who had used Artifacts known as Warp Gates multiple times by now said and dodged the question, but he unmistakably recognized it as a Warp Gate Artifact.
“Uh, mm, I, uh …It took me ten years of investigation before grasping that and you say you saw it at a single glance!? That’s ridiculous!”
“Uh, well, sorry about that.”
Jin apologized to the agitatedly yelling Rucall without really understanding why.
“Oh yeah, look, over there, you see that portion of a magic formation where that paving stone is upturned? Isn’t that evidence of a Warp Gate?”
Jin tried telling him, but Rucall became more deranged.
“As if I’d know! In the first place, there’s no way something like the magic formation used in a Warp Gate would be circulated!”
It looked like saying anything would be pointless by now, so,
“Jin-kun, let’s go.”
Elsa pulled Jin’s sleeve. Jin also thought that it’d be better to leave him like that for now, and left the spot.

“So, you say this is a Warp Gate… It’s huge, isn’t it.”
Reinhardt said in an impressed voice.
“Yeah. Even I didn’t know a Warp Gate could be this big. Well, it looks to be no longer functional though.”
Jin said. However, it seemed that the air conditioning still worked while faulty. Cool in summers and warm in winters. Caverns are like that, sure, but considering a shallow place like this air conditioning just makes sense once you think about it.
While Jin was thinking about things like that, Reinhardt turned to ask him.
“Hey, Jin, what do you think a Warp Gate as large as this was used for?”
“From its size I would say probably transmitting large quantities of goods or crowds of people.”
Reinhardt nodded and,
“I think so too. Isn’t this most likely one of the fortresses from the Great Magic War?”
He spoke of his conjecture. Jin agreed with him too.
“I see, that possibility is very likely…”
Then, Rucall who had recovered cut into the conversation.
“You people! You really think so! That’s the same conclusion I came to after ten years! There’s no mistaking that this is a region’s fortress from the time of the Great Magic War!”
“Uh…huh.”
The excited Rucall continued chattering.
“The Great Magic War! That was the battle which the devil race and mankind bet their whole existence on! The devil race was strong, and humans were weak! But, humans didn’t perish. Why do you think that was?”
Rucall asked Jin. Jin replied with a guess.
“Was it the Ether Stampede?”
That appeared to be the correct answer.
“That’s right! Ether Stampede, using that, although temporarily, all the Ether in the atmosphere vanished. The devil race couldn’t keep on living without Ether. However, humans, with the exception of powerful maguses, could live even without Ether.”
When Jin heard that he felt a chill down his spine. Supposing another Ether Stampede happened not Jin, Reinhardt, nor Elsa would likely survive. And Reiko too would probably become unable to operate.
“Was the technique for an Ether Stampede handed down?”
Jin then tried throwing a question like that at him.
“Hm? No, no. Including that, most of the techniques from before the Great Magic War weren’t handed down. And for that reason, I am studying these ancient ruins!”
Jin was relieved for now. There didn’t seem to be an immediate danger. However,
(Maybe it’s better to think about countermeasures against an Ether Stampede.)
Jin thought in his heart.
While Jin was like that, Reinhardt asked him another question.
“Hey, Jin, if this is a fortress, do you think there’s something other than a Warp Gate?”
“Hmm, a commander’s office, living quarters, a sickbay, mess hall, and finally…”
Jin spoke out while thinking, and eventually little hesitantly,
“…An armoury.”
He said.
Reinhardt agreed with what Jin said.
“I think so too. Somewhere in these ruins, I thought, shouldn’t there be hidden weapons from the past.
He continued further.
“If they were to fall into the hands of the ‘Unifiers’, I think that…”
After explaining this far, even Jin understood Reinhardt’s worry.
“That’s certain. It’s fine if there’s none, but if there are any we have to do something about them.”
Jin had the same opinion. He then looked over at a wall and,
“If this is the chamber for the Warp Gate, it’s something like an entrance hall. There must be a basement floor just like this aboveground one. In that case, if there’s a storeroom it must be underground on the same floor or deeper, don’t you think?”
Jin said, and once again Rucall spoke out.
“No no. There’s no other floor or anything like that. Even though I may look like this, I can use a little bit of magic, and I investigated at least that much. But it was useless. There are no other rooms other than this one.”
He said. Jin was going to try to object to that, but on second thoughts he held his tongue. Instead, Reinhardt spoke,
“In that case, it’s fine, isn’t it. Well then, if there’s nothing more to see here, let us go.”
Jin and Elsa were of the same mind, and so the group left the still muttering Rucall behind in the ruins and went out.

Outside, the sunlight was dazzling. The elder who had guided them was not there either.
“Now then, what shall we do until the night?”
Reinhardt asked. Hearing the question, Elsa looked puzzled.
“Eh? Aren’t we going back?”
Jin allayed her worries.
“Well, let’s to the carriage at least. You’ll hear the details inside.”
And so the group lazily walked, and returned to Jin’s carriage. It was the early afternoon, and the spring winds felt pleasant.
“Alright, now let’s explain.”
After returning to the carriage, they sat in the cabin and closed the door.
“Reiko, please keep watch so that people don’t come close.”
“Yes, Father.”
Jin made doubly sure with his precautions, and suggested for Reinhardt to begin explaining.
“Alright. Elsa, earlier, you heard about the Unifiers, right?”
“Mm.”
First was the explanation to Elsa.
“The Unifiers scheme to revive Dinar Kingdom. That means those guys surely want lost technology desperately.”
“Mm, I understand.”
Next Jin took over and began to talk.
“If those ancient ruins are the remnants of an old fortress, there’s no way it’s just that room. I can guarantee that.”
“Then, that means, that.”
“Right. An armory surely exists. And past technologies too.”
Then Reinhardt once more took over and began talking.
“By all rights our course of action ought to be to get in touch with the appropriate agencies of Egelia Kingdom and have them investigate, but looking at the present state and how it’s been left as-is for dozens of years, at the very least the lot in Uremlin are entirely incompetent.”
Uremlin was the closest provincial city. Reinhardt knew fairly well what to say and when.
“In addition, that Rucall fellow is suspicious. Way too suspicious. Why would one room like that take ten years?”
Jin had the same opinion. No matter how you look at it it was suspicious. Reinhardt brought it all to a conclusion.
“I thought that for now, we should take measures so that Unifiers can’t benefit from this.”
Jin agreed with that and,
“Yeah. They’re people who would manipulate Reiko and golems made by others. We don’t know what kind of dirty tricks they have. We must go ahead before them on this one, I think.”
He said. Finally, Reinhardt said,
“Moreover, the so-called ancient technologies are also interesting!”
He brought the explanation to an end. After hearing that Elsa felt her shoulders lose strength.

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Magi Craft Meister Volume 7 Chapter 12

07-12 To the Ancient Ruins

The day Jin’s group would head to Keine Village, the weather had been clear since morning.
As planned, they departed towards Keine Village with Jin’s carriage. The lineup was Jin, Reinhardt, Elsa, and the butler Claude.
Reiko sat in the coachman’s seat.

Just like it had been said, the road was rather poor. It was of course uneven, there were abrupt slopes, places where it got narrower and large rocks were strewn about.
In spite of such a bad road, Jin’s carriage kept going and they arrived in Keine Village before noon.
“We’re early, eh? Just as expected from Jin’s carriage!”
Reinhardt commended the carriage again.
“Alright, now where could the so-called ancient ruins be?”
After parking the carriage in a suitable open space Jin observed the surroundings. This Keine Village had the atmosphere of a deserted mountain village. It was much more declined compared to Kaina Village.
“Are there really something like ruins here?”
If there was such cultural heritage-like thing here wouldn’t it be better for this place to be a little more populous, Jin thought.

“Hey you, you came here to see the ruins, right?”
Jin turned to face the voice, and there stood an old person with a crooked back leaning on a cane. They seemed to be from this village.
“Uh, yeah. The ruins of…Keuwan, was it? Certainly we thought we’d want to have a look.”
Jin explained their reason for coming here and,
“Oh-hoh, I thought so. The ruins, eh. Ya got some strange tastes.”
The elder said with a slight accent and laughed,
“In that case, over here. I got spare time anyways, so I guess I’ll be yer guide.”
They then began to walk towards the mountain.
Jin’s group exchanged glances.
“What do you want to do?”
“Well, how about we try going along?”
“Mm. I think that’s fine.”
“There doesn’t seem to be any danger. I couldn’t feel any bloodlust or ill will from that person.”
Apparently the butler Claude was a top-class swordsman in the past, and he judged the elder to not be a danger.
“Alright, in that case shall we go? Oh yeah, Jin, will the carriage be fine?”
Reinhardt asked worriedly, but Jin just smiled and siad it’ll be fine.
“I locked it, so.”
Far from just a lock, secretly the SP were standing guard so Jin could leave behind the carriage without a worry, but Jin couldn’t say that.

“Oi, what’s wrong?”
The elder at the end of the road turned around and yelled. Jin quickly took out the luggage and,
“Okay, let’s go.”
He began to walk. Reinhardt and the others also started walking. Elsa noticed that Jin curiously had luggage this time so,
“Jin-kun, that, what is it?”
She was interested and asked. Jin replied with a smile.
“This? Various necessities.”
He said and began to explain.
“Light, water, food, and rope are packed in there.”
After that clarification, Claude raised his voice in approval,
“Oh my, Jin-sama has thoroughly prepared, haven’t you. Unlike yesterday’s sightseeing in the mines, ruins receive practically no maintenance, you see. Illumination and water are necessary for sure.”
He said and pointed at his own luggage. Apparently Claude also made his own preparations.
This time for the first time in a while, Reiko was walking by Jin with ‘Peach Blossom’ in hand, as if to prevent being separated.

“You guys, you brought a lot of stuff but there’s no need for something like that.”
The elder who went in front of them absent-mindedly said.
“Eh?”
“The ruins aren’t that large, you see. We’ll just take a quick peek inside, and it’ll be over after that.”
“Is that right?”
Jin asked and the elder nodded.
“Yesh. If it were a little more noteworthy there would be a lot more people, see.”
Apparently it would be quite a let-down. But, as they had already troubled themselves they kept carrying the luggage they had.

After ten minutes of walking, they arrived at the face of a huge cliff.
“A cliff…?”
“It seems to be at least a hundred meters tall.”
“The entrance is over there, check it out.”
The elder pointed at the nearby vertical cliff that was all granite, and at its base was the entrance to the ancient ruins.
“There’s no dangers or anything. Sometimes during hot summers we locals go in to cool off.”
The elder’s explanation somewhat dampened their interest, but as the group had come for expressly this, they moved towards the entrance.
“It seems to be somewhat disappointing.”
Reinhardt said but,
“Even so this is my first time in a place like this. Maybe it’ll be unexpectedly interesting once we enter.”
Elsa said. Jin kept walking in silence. Then, Reiko suddenly stopped and grasped Jin’s hand.
“Father, there is someone in the ruins.”
Just like she said, from the entrance of the ruins a single person came out.
“Oh, how curious. Visitors, eh?”
“Oh, teacher, investigating the ruins today too I see.”
This person seemed to be an acquaintance of the elder as they called him teacher. He too was old enough to be called an elder. No hair was found on top of his head, and instead on his chin was a magnificent white beard.
But his back was upright, and from his grey eyes one got an impression of overflowing vitality. He was wearing a white robe-like coat, indeed giving him the atmosphere of a researcher.
“Mh-hm, if I don’t come here once a day I can’t calm down.”
He said, turned to Jin’s group and,
“Young people having an interest in ancient ruins like this makes me the happiest I can be as a researcher. I am Rucall, the town archeologist.”
“I’m Jin. This is Reiko.”
“I’m Reinhardt. And this is Elsa.”
“My name is Claude and I am their butler.”
As the man named Rucall introduced himself, so did Jin’s group introduce themselves and greet him.
“I’ve investigated these ruins for ten years now, but there’s still a very much left that I do not understand. Even so, would you like me to be your guide for a bit?”
Rucall offered. They were honestly thankful to have a person who’s done research on the ruins as a guide rather than just look around aimlessly.
“That’s right, in that case if you would, please.”
Reinhardt acted upon the group’s interests and said.
“Alright, then come this way.”
Rucall led the group to the entrance of the ruins he had just himself left.
The ruins’ entrance was a crack in the cliff’s granite, giving a really rather weathered and crumbling sensation, but after stepping inside that impression was blown away.

“Wha…What is this?”
It was a wide room with many chairs, benches, and beds. Scattered around were piles of trash.
“Hahaha, you must be surprised. This was originally a wide empty room, but as this place is cool in the summers and warm in the winters, the locals started using this place for summering and wintering. And because of that the condition is like this.”
Rucall explained. Likely for that reason magic lamps were set up here and there, and although it wasn’t as bright as during the day, it was still plenty bright.
“Oh, so that’s how it was.”
“It was so sudden, so I got surprised.”
After Rucall’s explanation Reinhardt and Elsa laughed and said, while only Jin had a frown on his face.

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