Slave Harem – 060 – Smithery

As promised, here’s chapter 60.
Next chapter will be Cyro’s.
But before that, expect illustrations of the novel that he has compiled.
Now without further ado,
Enjoy the read.
Yours truly,

Smithery

“So, what kind of equipment is Sacrificial Misanga?

It caught my interest, so I ask Sherry.

“It’s an equipment that may receive enemy’s attack in your stead.”
“May receive?”

Does it have certain chance to proc?

“Basically, it activates against strong attacks, when there’s a clear difference in your strength and your enemy’s strength. Therefore, it activates more on higher floors. It’s hardly seen activating on lower floors.”
“I see.”

So then, is there certain condition for it proc?
For instance, when the attack is expected to reduce more than half of remaining HP?
Or when the attack is expected to reduce HP down to 0?
It’s undoubtedly a useful equipment.

“It receives the attack in full, without passing any pain on to the user. It’s, however, disposable. When it substitutes for you, and receives the attack, it breaks thereafter. For this reason, people who engage in close quarters combat rarely use it. It is preferred more by Wizards, and those who visit labyrinth once in a while.”

Well, it’s only logical for it to be disposable.
An item that can invalidate an attack, and not still be disposable, would be broken.
Oh well, it would be a waste to confirm the condition for it to proc, if that’s the case.

“How about someone like Roxanne, who’s expert at dodging, equip it?”
“No, master should be the one to equip it.”
“It would be a waste on someone like me, who keeps receiving enemy’s attacks.”
“I heard of a story once, about how a Misanga saved its user’s life. Master, you have to equip it no matter what.

Roxanne insists.

“I understand. We are yet to make it.”
“Umm… I’ll do my best.”
“I have trust in Sherry’s hands.”
“It’s believed that success rate is high, if Master Smith is skilled.”

I heard it earlier.

“Is that so?”
“It is believed that success rate is high, if Master Smith is skilled. The great scholar of the past, however, found no difference when he conducted experiment.”
“Really?”

Sherry replies to Roxanne.
The great scholar of the past has already conducted an experiment in that regard, it seems.
I’m not sure anymore who’s right.

“So, it’s a useless equipment?”
“It’s not useless just because it’s disposable. Misanga is the cheapest equipment in an armor shop. Because it doesn’t have any defensive capability, it’s not sought after much.”
“then there’s no regret even if it breaks?”

When a Sacrificial Misanga receives an attack, it breaks.
No matter which equipment you attach Sacrifice skill to, it’ll break upon receiving an attack.
It’s a waste attaching Sacrifice skill to a valuable equipment.

“It’s the simplest of accessories. It’s made of no more than one thread. For this reason, it’s the first thing a Master Smith makes for practice purpose.”
“Practice? Why don’t you make one too, Sherry?”
“Thank you. However, like I said earlier, Misanga don’t sell for much in armor shops. Were Master Smiths to buy thread from the guild, they would actually be incurring loss. Therefore, they visit labyrinth instead to hunt Green Caterpillars for thread. One in the morning and one in the evening, they make Misanga as part of their training.”

They can’t make Misanga in bulk due to limited MP.
For this reason, they make one in the morning and one in the evening.
At the same time, they hunt in labyrinth to level up.
It seems to be a good training regimen.

“Because we had to sell Copper Swords of Obstruction, I need another sword to replace it. Can Sherry make one?”
“Umm… I’m sorry. I don’t know how it happened last time, but it’s not possible for now. I first need to practice making Misanga, and then gradually move to more difficult items.”
“I see. So it’s unreasonable to start making difficult items from get go.”
“I’ll try my best to be of help to you as soon as possible.”

Just because you’ve become a Master Smith, doesn’t mean you can make anything, it seems.
Is low level the issue? Or limited MP?
Because I have set Gained Experience option to 20x, Sherry will level up quickly.

“Don’t worry, you have already succeeded in fusing Monster Card once. Let’s go to a weapons store, and buy a sword.”

On our way back from Merchant Guild, we enter a weapons store.
I look around for swords.

I can’t afford to carry Durandal around with me all the time.
Because I’m not a Wizard openly, I can’t carry a wand around either.
Another sword is a must.

Because I would rarely use it in action, should I just go with a Copper Sword?
Or should I go with something that looks nice because I’ll be carrying it around?
Without Appraisal, I can’t even tell an imitation sword from a real one.

Next up from Copper Sword should be Iron Sword.
Would an Iron Sword do?

Iron Sword | Two Handed Sword
Skills: Empty | Empty

Iron Sword | Two Handed Sword
Skill: Empty

While looking around, I see an interesting Iron Sword.
It has two empty skill slots.
Which isn’t found on many.

Every Copper Sword I saw had only one skill slot.
Which means Iron Swords can have a maximum of two empty skill slots.
Just like Roxanne’s Scimitar, which can have up to two skills attached to it.

Scimitar | One Handed Sword
Skill: Empty

Out of curiosity, I check one out.
It has one empty skill slot.
That’s only the first. There are many others.
Two seems to be the limit for Scimitar too.

Steel Sword | Two Handed Sword
Skills: Empty | Empty | Empty

Is Steel Sword next up from Iron Sword?
Steel Swords seem to have a maximum of three empty skill slots.
There’s a Damascus Steel Sword too, but it’s kept in the innermost part, not on display in the shop front.
Is this the best item of this shop?

I check it out from distance. There’s no empty skill slot on it.
It’ll be pretty expensive from the look of it, and there’s no empty skill slot either, so it’s of no use to me.
Do I go with Iron Sword after all?

There’s no need to make a quick jump to top tier weapons.
For now, I would just attach a suitable skill to a passable weapon. When I no longer have any need for it, I would simply sell it.
When there’s a successful bid for Monster Card, I would have to sell some spare sword anyway.

I bought a Copper Sword and an Iron Sword.
Both have empty skill slots. That goes without saying.
The Iron sword, in particular, has two empty skill slots.

Having two of the same item saves space in the Item Box. Unfortunately, I realized that after having bought the swords.
In the Item Box, same items can be stacked in the same spot.
For Copper Sword and Iron Sword, however, I have to use two different spots.

Well, because I’m not short on space anyway, I don’t particularly mind.

“Is Steel Sword better than Iron Sword?”

After we were out of the store, I ask Sherry.

“Yes. The order is copper > iron > steel.”
“Because steel is made from iron?”
“Eh?”

Sherry suddenly comes to a halt.

“Eh?”

Oh shit! Did I say something weird again?
It’s a relief that I wasn’t heard inside the store.

“Err… is steel really made from iron?”
“It isn’t?”
“Normally, iron and steel are both dropped by monsters.”
“Is that so?”

Surprisingly, Sherry’s eyes aren’t cold this time.

“The great scholar of the past left the technique of making steel from iron. The technique, however, has been lost with time. There is no way of making steel from iron now. Do you know how to make it?”
“No, I don’t really know the method.”

Steel is made from iron after all.
I’m safe.
I’m glad I’m safe.

“Is that so? Still, steel can be made from iron after all.”
“Also, is Damascus steel the same?”
“Can it be made from iron?”
“Probably. It’s only speculation.”

It might be different in this world, so I can’t say with certainty.

“Damascus steel is dropped by Lem Golem.”
“Is Damascus steel better than steel?”
“Yes. It’s next only to Orichalcum.”

Orichalcum?

“As one would expect.”
“Do you know how to make it?”
“Not even in my imagination.”

It’s a legendary metal after all.
It might not even exist on earth.

It’s a relief that next up from Damascus steel isn’t depleted uranium.
Actually, Orichalcum might be depleted uranium itself.

“Is that so?”
“The weapons store didn’t have any Orichalcum Sword.”
“It can only be obtained through auction or connections. It can’t be bought from an ordinary weapons shop.”

It might even be the best item of the whole auction.
As one would expect of Orichalcum.

Later, we went to hunt Green Caterpillars on floor 2 of Vale town labyrinth, to stock up on thread.
We will try to make Misanga before dinner.

“Well, I’ll start then.”

Sherry has a thread in her hands.
She places the thread between her palms, and casts Create Armor.
While reciting the incantation, her hands start glowing.
Just like during Monster Card Fusion.

“I see. So it’s made like this.”
“It’s my first time seeing someone make an equipment.”

Roxanne is impressed as well.
The light finally subsides.

Misanga | Accessory

A Misanga appears on Sherry’s hands.
The skill seemed similar to those heard of in magical stories.
Just like Monster Card Fusion, it consumes MP.
The materials are converted directly into equipment through magic.

“Is there no possibility of failing when making accessories?”
“If you don’t first gain experience by making simple items, you’ll fail in trying to make difficult items, even if you’re skilled.”

Sherry answers.
Her remaining MP seems to be adequate.
That’s expected, considering she’s Master Smith Lv6 now, unlike last time.

“Is that so?”

I receive the Misanga.
Although it was made through a skill, it’s only a braided thread.
Plain.
Should I wear it on my wrist or ankle?

“A Master Smith is considered successful only when they can make a Sacrificial Misanga from a Misanga on their first attempt.”
“Really?”
“That’s just a popular belief among Master Smiths, nothing more.”
“Popular belief?”

So it’s like that.
Unfortunately, the Misanga Sherry made just now doesn’t have any empty skill slot.
In other words, she can’t make a Sacrificial Misanga from this Misanga.

According to what Sherry said, a Master Smith is considered successful, if they can make a Sacrificial Misanga from a Misanga on their first attempt, and aren’t considered successful, if they can’t make a Sacrificial Misanga on their first attempt. However…
However, what if they first make one with empty skill slot, and then make Sacrificial Misanga? Would they be considered successful in that case, if they make a Sacrificial Misanga on their first attempt?

If not, Sherry would be called a failure.

Sherry isn’t a failure.
She is absolutely not a failure.
Sherry is so cute, she can’t be a failure.
Sherry is undoubtedly an excellent Master Smith.

“Even Monster Card Fusion isn’t successful every time for a Master Smith. To make a Sacrificial Misanga from a Misanga on first attempt is purely luck. It has no relation whatsoever to whether a Master Smith is successful or not.”

If a Master Smith had 100% success rate of making equipment with empty skill slots, their Monster Card Fusion success rate would be 100% as well.
Because fusion would be successful, if they make such an equipment.

That fact, however, isn’t known to other people.
Because that fact isn’t known to them, they don’t realize how absurd it is for a Master Smith to successfully make equipment with empty skill slots 100% of the time.
Every Master Smith probably has certain success rate of making equipment with empty skill slots. I’m, however, not concerned about that.

“Because this is the first equipment Sherry made, I’ll have this for myself.”
“But it’s only a Misanga, it doesn’t have any defensive power.”
“It’s useless?”
“No! Umm… thank you. If you wear it, I’ll be really happy.”

Sherry lowers her head.

Still, that popular belief is unsettling.
If someone says ‘I’ll curse you,’ you would be worried, even though you know there’s no such thing as curse.
If you’re alone in the dark, you would be afraid of ghosts, even though you know there aren’t any.

Let’s hope we can get a Misanga with empty skill slot, before we get Caterpillar Monster Card.
So I thought, even though I know that a wish rarely comes true.
Is it really useless?

I wrap the Misanga Sherry made around my right ankle.
I tie a bowknot, to make it easy to untie.

Kaga Michio | Male | 17 years old
Explorer Lv 33 | Hero Lv31 | Wizard Lv33 | Monk Lv32
Equipment: Leather Boots | Misanga

If it could have the skill attached, it would receive enemy’s attack in my stead, giving me a shot at victory.


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Brasho
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Woohooo
Thanks for the chap

HapUgMata
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thanks for the chapter…

radical dreamer
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lol…depleted uranium…how did he get dat from damascus steel???
thx for the chapter btw

shortie
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quote:
“Yes. The order is copper > iron > steel.”

/end quote

After that came damascus steel then orichcalcum, this is the one he thought could be depleted uranium..

But if his theory is correct then Durandal with 5 skills would be orichcalcum.

Halforc
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But Durandal has 6 skills

Five time offensive power
HP absorption
MP absorption
Interruption of chanting
Ignore level gap modifiers
Ignore defense

memerou
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though I enjoy reading this, more and more times I am disliking the author’s use of redundant statements for his MC . . . seriously, it is hurting me so much . . . . . . sigh

Nguyen Gia Thai
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Get used to it. The difference between Chinese authors and japanese authors is that Japanese seems to have much more little quirks in writings, and SFX.

Static Transit
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Uhh, this author’s dialogue writing is definitely pretty bad though. It doesn’t flow well at all.

There should be a drinking game, where you have to take a drink any time “Is that so?” is said.

Nguyen Gia Thai
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Is that so?
:body shot:

Anish Kumar
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thanks a lot

サイバー
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Thank you for the chapter.

Seinvolf
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Thank for your hard work…
And that Appraisal skill is OP…
:3…

kingot
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Mmm thanks

Porcupine91
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Thanks for the chapter !
Not sure if you’ve read ahead, but based on the story I’m pretty certain Lem Golem is actually named REM Golem, as in REM sleep 😉

mranon
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There’s a novel Golem XIV by an author named Stanislav Lem. I thought it was a reference to that. I’ll discuss it and make the necessary change. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

IamMe
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Its a SPOILER but it is REM golem, as the boss for the floor it shows up on is a NoREM golem. There is even a chapter named REM if you look at the chapter title list. (Chapter 204 btw)

synthous
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When did he, with Roxanne to begin with? O:

Xatoatox
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his thinking is childish…. how old is he again?

a
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17 i guess or something close to it he s freaking annoying childish to the extent makes ppl ragequit:(

lucky
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next step how tho make ADAMANTIUM, or ADAMANTIUM VIBRANIUM …. many thanks for the chapter

a
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i really cant understand this mc why cant he just teach dwarf that there r skill slots on items.items without skill slot cant be fused.ffs for how many chapter he continued to talk shit.ahhhh whatever
tx for translate though

HapUgMata
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though he is quite close with his slaves, i think for the mc there is still quite the barrier between them so that’s why he is keeping secrets specially those groundbreaking ones(the appraisal, hero job, multiple jobs, empty slots and etc)…

Ingro
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On top of which without a way for them to actually see the slots the knowledge of the skill slots is practically useless to them.

shortie
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If you know an item has two slots then compare with an item with 1 slot and no slots to see if there is a difference with it. After this then test the theory with unknowns then get Michio to confirm with his skill. You could further this by comparing weapons with 2 free slots and weapons with 2 skills on it. Someone like her with that knowledge may enjoy testing these to see if she could perceive a difference. This might just be like Roxanne being able to tell the difference between attacks of multiple assailants. Another shorter-term method… Read more »
Bobby
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maturnuwun gan

Pun
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Thanks for the chapter.

abyssdarkfire
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Leveling up the masterSmith

Zelloss
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Big thanks, it’s really fast this days, and i love this novel.

Ohhh, Illustrations??
I have failed to find goods illustrations, so i look forward.

Static Transit
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The fucking dialogue in this novel…

“Is that so?”
“Is that so?”
“Eh?”
“is that so?”

ffs

mranon
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Haha, can’t do anything about it, really. Ask the author 😛

dsveno
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It doesn’t sound as awkward in Japanese though, like how you keep hearing people saying “hai” on talk show or tv for no reason after each of their sentence.

English just can’t convey it.

Static Transit
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It’s true that it doesn’t SOUND as awkward, but in literature, it just does not flow well at all. I’m speaking as somebody who’s read plenty of Japanese contemporary literature, in Japanese.

It’s KIND OF like how in writing, you don’t put a bunch of “umm” and “uhh” in your sentences, even though people say it a lot. It just looks weird when you read it.

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Why didn’t he buy the steel sword?

B-Dom
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Main reason: because he’s dumb. given reason: There’s no need to make a quick jump to top tier weapons.

Anyways, I agree, by jumping tiers, you get a better weapon, that you’ll use longer (as long as durability & level/skills doesn’t come into play), so it’s cheaper overall, and more appropriate as you’ll be enchanting them for use — though I could see the point, if he was cautious about double(+) skills, but he didn’t even think of that here.

shortie
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because he couldn’t afford the next harem member as quickly…..

Ingro
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Thanks for the chapter.

mranon
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I’m more interested in the great scholar, who says almost the same things as our MC says. Either there’s some ID (manhwa) going on here, or there was someone from earth before our MC. I’m really curious now. I hope it gets shed some light later on.

shortie
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sometimes the machine translation mentions ‘a greater scholar’ or ‘another great scholar’. There was also mentioned earlier in the chapters arguments between great scholars on the topic. Upon testing the great scholar found no difference to random luck etc.

shovk
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Thx for chapter

kirindas
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Thanks for the new chapter!

Duy
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Thanks for quick chapter

sherlockbelmont
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Thanks for the chapter!!!

thejum
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Thanks for the chapter!

I love this series.

rexzero
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thank

GonZ555
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Thank you for the chapter 🙂

fuzor100
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Thank you for the fast pace translation.

Jp
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Thanks

habib
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Thanks for doing this Chapter.

Great job as always.

I am looking forward to Sherry making rare accessory for MC.
Love DOES make one to work hard to earn more love. ^^

zorr
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why is he still lv 33, do you even lift bro?

shortie
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they are not hunting much these chapters.

SPOILER: Plus the XP needed ‘steps up’ considerably upon level 30. They would need to travel far higher in floor number to offset this increase.

Jeremiah
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ty for the chapter.

antowibowo
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Thank you for the chapter

sdeligar
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Thank you

Hikki
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Thanks for the chapter.

teleclast
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Thanks for chapter, MC’s stupidity when it comes to upgrades is showing quite a bit though, he didn’t even ask for price of steel sword, how silly. Knowing what he knows selling a 3x carded weapon after he confirms slot=100% is obvious big money to anyone. There’s no standard to MC’s cleverness unfortunately, just comes in spurts

Carl
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“Is Steel Sword better than Iron Sword?”

Unless he is mentally handicap, what 17 year old doesn’t know steel is harder and more flexible than iron (maybe they don’t teach about the industrial revolution in Japan)? Also, why on earth did he not even check prices… I don’t blame the MC… I blame the dumbass author lol

lomie0
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Yeah I bet the author had writers block for most of this chapter. it was just exceptionally blech.

Anonymous
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perhaps he asked that question meaning more like “Is steel directly stronger than iron, or is there an in between metal?” an example might be silver weapons, not as powerful as steel but slightly magical.

tsuichirin
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damn MC only know how to think with his dick and its really irritating sometimes -_-…. *sigh*…

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i don’t understand his job leveling thing, doesn’t experience go equally to each job (active)? Or is it dependant on his actions?

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