Chapter 11: Magic Bestowal
“Huh? You didn’t notice?”
It began with a single word from Jude early one afternoon.
Apparently my hair ornament was bestowed with magic.
It was something natural. I’ve never seen things that had been bestowed with magic in Japan, so I didn’t notice at all.
“Can you tell me what kind of effect was attached?”
“I don’t know, but I can tell that magic was bestowed into it. It’s reacting to Sei’s magic power.”
“Reacting? You can tell that kind of thing?”
“Yeah, it takes some practice.”
When I asked Jude in detail, he told me that you couldn’t find out what magic had been bestowed without using a magic called 『Appraisal』.
There were very few people who could use appraisal magic. There was a big firm in town with some people who could and even within the Court Mage Division there were only a few people who could use it.
By the way, if the level of appraisal magic was high enough, it could be used on people as well.
However, if the person who casted it didn’t have the consent of the person they are casting it on, it could repel back. It would almost always repel if the person it was casted on was high levelled.
And now, magic bestowal.
Magic could be bestowed on things such as weapons, armour, accessories, etc.
The core of things like gems were used as a premise for magic bestowal. The magic was embedded into the core and it became a magic bestowed tool.
Of course, it’s okay to insert the magic embedded core into tools.
The effects of the magic bestowed tool manifested themselves by reacting to the magic of the person in possession of it.
There weren’t many people who could use magic, but magic power itself varied greatly and everyone seemed to have it.
Therefore, those who trained their magic perception can sense when something was bestowed with magic.
Jude practiced it when he was at the Royal Academy and even now, in order to help his family business, he never skipped practice.
He’s so diligent.
“It sounds interesting, doesn’t it?”
“Eh? Don’t tell me you want to try it out?”
“Ah, you understand me well.”
Jude looked slightly disgusted, so I smiled sweetly at him.
What’s with that face?
I couldn’t bestow magic in Japan, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wanted to try it.
“It’s not easy to bestow an item with magic.”
“First of all, the cores are expensive.”
There were various core materials like gems and rare crystals, so it seemed that even though they were small, they were quite expensive.
Also, since magic is needed to bestow an item with magic, there were only a limited amount of people who could bestow magic.
Therefore, there was a huge difference in price between items that were bestowed with magic and ones that weren’t bestowed with magic.
Yes, there was a huge difference.
And this hair ornament was bestowed with magic.
“Why’re you making a racket?”
The Director just happened to pass by when I was thinking about the price of my hair ornament and he called out to me.
“We are talking about magic bestowal.”
“I heard that this hair ornament was bestowed with magic, so I was a little interested.”
The Director acted as if nothing happened, but he noticed this hair ornament was bestowed with magic, didn’t he?
Because his eyes swayed a little when I said, “Hair ornament”.
Neither the Director nor Liz told me how much it was but I wondered if this was one of those things that weren’t expensive to aristocrats.
I don’t know if the items at the store front were bestowed with magic but since Jude mentioned that there was a huge difference in price they probably weren’t, were they?
If I think like that then I dreaded the price of my hair ornament.
How do I return his gratitude……?
While I was at my wits end thinking about it, the Director came up with an unexpected proposal.
“Do you want to try it?”
“Magic bestowal. You’re interested, right?”
Jude and I were flabbergasted at the Director’s proposal.
Eh? Is it that easy to do?
When I looked at Jude, who was next to me, he shook his head as if he knew what I was thinking.
“I have connections. What do you want to do?”
“I will do it.”
It was a great proposal so I went with it.
I am interested in it.
The Director took me to the Court Mage barracks just like that.
Err, we’re bestowing magic right?
Ah, is it because it’s magic?
Since this is the Mage Division, there were a lot of people wearing robes everywhere. The Director and I were a bit out of place.
Now that I think about it, those robes, the people around me were wearing it when I was summoned.
As I thought, the people here participated in the ceremony, didn’t they?
The Court Mage Division’s barracks was quite far from the research institute, so the Director and I rode a carriage here.
It was further than the 3rd Knight Order’s barracks, so it would be difficult to walk here.
Because of the Director’s order, Jude was house-sitting.
He said he preferred to work, but was it okay for me to come?
The norm of this world is a mystery.
“Sei, this way.”
I stood at the entrance of the room and looked at the Director, who had entered ahead. He beckoned me to come near him.
The room I was in had a workbench like the ones at the research institute. The Director stood in the middle of the room, in front of the workbench.
Standing on the other side of the Director at the workbench was a robed man who looked like a Mage.
When I bowed and said, “I look forward to working with you” to the nervous looking Mage, he also bowed in a rush.
Huh? What are you afraid of?
“Well then, I will explain about bestowal.”
The Mage smiled stiffly and began explaining about bestowal.
Why is he stiff?
Well, it’s not like I can do anything about it even if I worry.
On top of the workbench on the side was a divider box.
There were a variety of small gems and crystals in the box.
In order to bestow magic, you have to hold the small core in your hands, think about the effect you want to bestow and expose it to your magic.
The magic bestowed differed depending on the magic attribute of the person bestowing it. For example, someone with fire attribute magic would bestow fire magic; someone with water attribute magic would bestow water magic.
For effects that raised offensive and defensive power, commonly referred to as support type, it was necessary to use holy attribute magic.
There also seemed to be compatible materials for the kinds of magic bestowed. The Mage told me, “If you want to bestow support magic, then I recommend these gems here”.
“What kind of effects will you bestow?”
What should I do?
Support magic, support magic……
“Is it possible to bestow magic nullification?”
I thought about it and suddenly remembered about the Salamander that appeared in the West Forest.
It looked like a lizard that blew out fire. I thought it wouldn’t be possible to make something that would defend against that fire.
After thinking for a while, the Mage said, “It might not be possible to nullify magic, but I think it is possible to reduce the effects”.
Then let’s think of a way to reduce the magic attribute.
“Then I’ll do that.”
“Then you probably want the gems around here.”
I received the core material from the Mage and covered it with both my hands.
Even if I said I covered it, the core itself was only about 3mm in diameter, so when I put my hands together, you can’t see it at all.
I imagined the effect I wanted to bestow and exposed my magic to it.
Instead of just reducing fire magic, I might as well reduce all magic.
If I do that, could I raise magic resistance?
Yep, I think I can do it.
I imagined it and exposed it to my magic power.
I, it broke?!