Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 105
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
It was as if a storm was raging within the magic power storage room.
It was quite taxing on Pumpkin’s body and mind since the pressure of the magic power, which was several to ten times thicker than the surroundings, was fluctuating erratically and disrupting his barrier like a stormy wave. His vision was also becoming noticeably blurry, as if it were veiled in a mist, due to the extreme intensity of the magic power.
“It’s really tough…”
He made his way into the middle of the magic power storage room, halting periodically to regulate his breathing, his barrier, and the density of magic power in his body. He needed to be able to tolerate the density of magic power in this area.
Even so, a slight incident of Magic Intoxication can occur despite his capacity to manipulate magic power. Though it was uncertain how densely the magic power had accumulated within his body…
“Well, I guess it’s just like that. It’s the same as taking countermeasures against high-altitude disease. The only way is to proceed slowly and steadily, letting my body get accustomed to it. If even that’s not possible… well, I’ll figure out some kind of protective clothing.”
Along with adjusting his physical condition, Pumpkin also pondered countermeasures against this excessively high concentration of magic power and concluded that if the concentration had reached such a severe level, it would be better to completely disconnect his body from the surrounding environment, as if he were wearing a space suit.
In concrete terms, the method would be to apply an all-out effort to create a magical membrane so as to prevent the entry of magic power from the external environment into the inner membrane.
If the density were to rise even higher from here on out, it might be an immediate prospect… Catalyst was not required, though the use of magic that has not even been prototyped in a trial run was not definitely something Pumpkin would want to undertake.
“I see… that it is indeed a stone…”
Pumpkin arrived in the heart of the magic power storage facility after about an hour, but there was a floating black object that resembled a stone in front of him.
Furthermore, although it was less than 100 meters from the entrance to here, the concentration of magic power here was really over the top, which was evident given that it took him an hour to acclimate his body to the density of the magic power here.
Not to mention, the concentration of magic power kept escalating the further he went towards the center of the place.
“So, what is this stone?”
He observed the black stone floating in the air.
The stone may resemble obsidian based on the surface luster, but from what can be seen from this angle, it appeared to be floating independently. At least it wasn’t a common substance like obsidian; rather, the stone appeared to have its own special power because of the hue and intensity of the magic power around it, which seemed to suggest that no magic power operated on it. It must be what could be called a magical metal.
However, as an adventurer, village chief, and sorcerer, Pumpkin had heard of the existence of magical metal from many sources, even though according to them, magical metal was practically an imaginary thing. If a weapon was made from it, it was said to be a super high-end item that by itself could construct a mansion or numerous dwellings.
But so far nothing about black magical metal has been mentioned, so the true nature of this stone was ultimately a mystery from the exterior.
“The only thing is that it can exist in this space without any special treatment, and considering that the place where the stone is located has the highest concentration of magic power, this might be the cause of the increased concentration of magic power in this area…”
And in light of that, there was also a pattern that this magic power storage room reached its limit owing to the large amount of magic power emitted from this thing, resulting in it bursting out.
With that in mind, it might be dangerous to move it indiscreetly.
That said, leaving it unattended was likewise too risky. After all, if this was the cause of the density of magic power, ordinary human beings may only be able to handle it in the slightest chance, let alone in the hundred millionth of a degree and even then, the thought of it being misused for something evil posed a significant threat…
In fact, Pumpkin himself knew some people who would risk their own lives should they learn about this place.
“Alright. For now, let’s make some kind of magical box…”
Pumpkin deployed the magic power box around the black stone and made an attempt to grasp it, determined to bring it back with him.
“!? First of all… ughhh!?”
The magic power that was transmitted to his arm, however, was immediately sensed upon contact, and he instantaneously severed the hand from the shoulder.
The moment it was severed, his arm, which absorbed a large amount of magic power from the black stone, began to cause an [Overburst].
“Make it in time! Mizuki!!”
“Eh!? Pumpkin!? I get it!”
In that instant, Pumpkin did his utmost to break through the storm of magic power to reach Mizuki, and together with Mizuki, who recognized what to do by his gaze, they both put up multiple layers of defensive magic.
After the protective magic had been deployed, the magic power storage room began to emit bursts and sparks of light that were potent enough to disrupt even the most solid defensive magic that Mizuki and Pumpkin could deploy. With no time for idle chatter and the intention of drawing on every ounce of strength, they managed to withstand it by sustaining their current defensive magic and creating new defensive magic on top of it one after the other.
The explosion of [Overburst] by Pumpkin’s arm, which in some instances was as potent as [Resonance Spell・Atomic Pumpkin], eventually ceased and the cloud of dust that had enveloped the area gradually cleared.
And after the plume of dust had completely cleared…
“I guess you could say it’s a wonder…”
The other half of the dome-shaped structure they were in was now nothing more than a pile of debris.
The explosion’s highly concentrated and unevenly dispersed magic power, nevertheless, has mostly been scattered to the surrounding area, improving visibility noticeably.
“L-Let’s go and retrieve the stone for now. It seems to be safe now.”
“Y-Yeah. Fortunately, there seems to be almost no damage to the buildings outside the dome.
When Pumpkin got to the center of the domed structure, the black stone, which emitted almost no magic power, was retrieved fearfully, and after checking with Mizuki to ensure that there were no living creatures trapped within or dead, they fled at once to Samsara Egg Village.
Now, whether this stone will invite fortune or misfortune… Pumpkin hoped it will invoke fortuitous news next time since it had already brought misfortune once.
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