All sorts of glassware is now arrayed in front of me. I have borrowed a shed once used by Douglas to perform alchemy experiments, which isn't far off what I'm doing. Although... despite the implications of that as being a rickety shack, I guess it is better to think of it as just a small lab separated from the actual home, stuffed in a wooden cabin.

With the two points I got from surviving the thunder harrowing, I invested in a new offshoot of Improvised Explosives II, Explosives Chemistry. This cost both points and appeared to give the knowledge to make nitrocellulose and white powder. We're really starting to get to the powerful stuff here. There are further tiers of both explosive paths beyond this point now available, Explosives Chemistry SS, and Improvised Explosives EX, but each is a crazy pricey 7 points, so those could be a while coming. There's also a cap to this tree, another '???', requiring a mystery prerequisite as well as both 7 costs. Yikes.

You might wonder why I didn't go for any thunder magic? Well... the only spell I've witnessed Seria incant so far was something high-end (Torhammer, presumably).

So whilst I noticed 'Minor Zap' had appeared, already learnt, as the root of new part of the skill forest, there were only '???' options leading from it, indicating more prerequisites. They're most likely knowing some thunder incantations as this magic is clearly not from earth.

One of flasks I have starts to bubble, so I reduce the heat.

Frankly, I still don't fully understand the concept of nitrification myself. After all, I actually ended up failing higher level chemistry at school, which is mainly what drove me into the humanities degree route.

Despite this, my hands work and somehow, part of me moves like I've done this a thousand times before.

Skills from the Multivultus Scientica are actually pretty scary like that. It's pretty evident in the whole precognitive dodges as well. I basically have control of my body wrested from me to force me to make the most survivable movement. Like for an instant, an amazing acrobat takes my place. But since it’s just an instant, I don't have the follow up moves, and always end up on my ass.

I suppose... it could be considered rather sinister. Not that I'm complaining. It is all that is keeping me useful, and alive, in some cases.

This process is far more involved than making an impromptu Molotov. But after what I guess is two or three hours, everything comes to a head, and I have me some proper white powder, stuffed into little glass vials and wadded with wax threaded with fuses.

I hold one of the now thirty vials up to the lantern light. It went dark outside ages ago.

A bit slapdash... but stable without flames applied, which is what I was going for.

"These little things are dangerous? I find this difficult to imagine."

I turn to see a huffing Rishya. She is carrying a tray with a teapot and a single mug, and sets it down.

"Alot of things are more than they first appear." I say, smiling at her.

"Don't misunderstand. You are an asset to Aria's mission. Your sustenance is, sadly, part of my duty."

"Ouch. But... if that were all, surely a maid could have brought me tea? But instead, the young mistress herself braves the night."

"Hmmph. If nothing else, you have a way with words." She responds, flicking her nose up.


"I am not complimenting you. A snake’s glibness is not a thing to be admired."

"Then whilst I am glib and not admired, I suppose I should take this opportunity to apologise about before." I say, scratching my cheek.

Rishya sighs and looks away.

"There is nothing to apologise for. Cruel as you are to shatter a maiden's pure delusions, truthfully I was only lying to myself, and well aware of the fact..."

Huh... that's unexpected. Maybe she doesn't hate me after all.

"...and in any case, Aria has already had enough suffering, so I have determined that I will attempt to come to terms with your beastly nature, for her sake."

Maybe not. She is actually just a surprising realist? At the very least, her loyalty is pretty astounding.

"For her sake..." she repeats under her breath.

Rishya has a resigned, yet surprisingly content look to her. It feels... surprisingly maternal, buried beneath this shell of a fussy ojou-sama.

Her red eyes suddenly snap up to glare at me again.

"...w-what is it!? Stop looking like you pity me!! I'm leaving! Hmpph!"

Oops, my surprise must have leaked onto my face. She dashes outside and slams the shed door in my face before I can apologise again.

I look at the still steaming pot of tea, and smile to myself.

"Thankyou for the tea. I appreciate it." I say loudly to the door.

There is a slight yelp and then I hear a pitter-patter of rushed feet.

What a bizarre girl this one is... though actually... bizarre is the standard state here among these girls.

Well, I'm out of vials, but have enough powder for another couple of uses. I think this will be for the specialist grenades. I still have the black sand and the cuts of terrimar I can use to make a couple of scary flechette and chemical bombs. I'll have a full arsenal then.

Let's get it done!

A note from Social_Knight

Rishya is apparently kind-hearted to even her sworn enemies; and is a surprising realist.

Which, I suppose, makes her easy pickings for Elijah's crassness. Tongue

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Bio: A strange englishman with an unusual degree of ambivalence over tea, he is a second-generation nerd, and the unfortunate owner of a berserk, leaking imagination that occassionally requires vomiting up as new designs for games and worlds. He limped through university on a humanities degree, and though he often expected a career surrounded by paper, he did not expect that paper to be mostly forms and meeting minutes full of content so dross it could bore you to tears. On the other hand, being in the civil service does teach valuable life skills, like the ability to turn a single concept into fifty-seven pages of content, something which synergises surprisingly well with more creative forms of writing as long as it is restrained. Also the creator of an Anime RPG called Aniventure, and the writer of Yuusha Youjo on this site. Praise be! Or something...

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riles656 @riles656 ago

Noice. Got on and saw more than 1 new chapter. So good to see. Thanks for your hard work.

MikeyTheMaster @MikeyTheMaster ago

Thanks for the chapter! So this worlds magic is based on chanting more so than understanding? I'm just confused why he didn't go for knowledge in electricity unless his skill doesn't actually give him knowledge? Seemed like it could go either way from what I've read. Like the explosive skill gave him knowledge of explosives but the dodge skill didn't teach him how to dodge it just does it. Hopefully, Seria will give an in-depth explanation later on for magic in this world.


    Draggd @Draggd ago

    i personally think that the cause and effect that is going on is spot on. for every action, there is an equal reaction. Elijah able to dodge a near death strike, but gets the maiden's slap without warning. lol


    Social_Knight @Social_Knight ago

    I mean, strictly speaking, he didn't get knowledge of explosives when taking Improvised Explosives. He said he felt like the contents of the anarchists cookbook, and demolitions primer 101 were dumped into his head, sure, but did that stay there, did he check? Or is it now just, when he needs it, he gets psuedo-possessed by someone from Earth? Very Happy

    No one instantly gave him a quiz, after all, so Elijah perhaps hasn't realised the knowledge and physical skills are actually quite similar in effect. And, in any case, he's not the most reliable narrator. Tongue

    This chapter is supposed to hint at that, after all. He outright states 'I have no clue about Nitrification' here. If he actually learnt his bomb chemistry in truth, that wouldn't be the case, eh?

roceil @roceil ago

Imgine him teaching it to the kingdom for the war effort then the other side uses it as well after reverse engineering it.


    Social_Knight @Social_Knight ago

    I don't think Elijah has really considered teaching Explosives to people, but if he did, being a nerd, he would probably quote the Prime Directive or something and refuse to do so. Very Happy

      roceil @roceil ago

      He can just teach the foundation then let the RnD department handle the rest that way you can give MC more time to train since his teaching gave a great boost to the front line.

      It was mentioned that the molotov he made was almost the same compared to the ones being sold in the market, I think it was 5 silver per bottle.


      Social_Knight @Social_Knight ago

      Yup, boom potions were a thing, but likely not terribly popular due to the availability of magery, so they could overcharge for it.

      The nitroglycerin vials are brand new and untested as of yet. Maybe he'll think about it in the future? Very Happy

      roceil @roceil ago

      Like I said, he can just teach the foundation, I'm sure there's some blood thirsty scholar and alchemist working for the kingdom that would glady pioneer it if given a chance.

      Again by doing this we can extend MC's timeline before going to the front lines.

Muscles McMuscletin @Muscles McMuscletin ago

Shame he doesn't know any physics, with a simple coil of flowing of lightning in mid air he could haveid himself a railgun.