Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 123
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“I see, it is a magic that absorbs the ambient magic power and turns it into self-repair.”
After a short flight, Pumpkin arrived at the base of the tree, where he observed one of the steel frames visible between the trunks, and investigated the magic being applied to it. It turned out that this structure maintained a predefined state by absorbing the magic power present in the surrounding atmosphere, and as a result, prevented deterioration over time.
However, the pace of self-repair itself was not that rapid, even though it was preventing deterioration over time, and it could not be usable outside the forest, given the fact that the surrounding magic power density must be above a certain level, that it seemed to be large-scale magic, and that it could be destroyed by high-powered magic.
“Now, if I want to go inside… it should be somewhere around here.”
After understanding the true nature of the magic in this tower, and searching for a place where the steel frame and trees were relatively thin, Pumpkin began to exert magic power into his palms.
Furthermore, the intention of going all the way inside was not only to facilitate the ascent of the tree but to examine the various components of the tower’s interior as well.
This tree was a mistletoe tree, so depending on what was in the core, it was only natural that there would be a space inside.
It was established that there was a space inside the tower based on the magic power density, how the sound reverberated when the walls were tapped, and the sensation of peeking through the cracks.
With his hands, which have greatly augmented in strength and power, he dug into the wall of the tree!
Dig, dig, dig!
Even so, the strength of this wall was clearly above the floor he dug during Majik’s case, but in all seriousness, a wall with this degree of durability would be adequate for him to dig, demonstrating that his power has advanced.
“Daarashaa!! Alright, it’s open.”
The digging progressed steadily for a while, smashing the steel frame with self-repairing magic, and once the wooden wall was penetrated, a gap was created enough for the insertion of his head. So he untangled the vines that made up his body and slipped into the space that existed inside the tower and the tree.
The movement was like that of an octopus or some other mollusk, but this kind of feat was only achievable because Pumpkin was of a slightly different species than Spalpkin.
Once inside, the level of the magic vision ability was adjusted to match the surrounding magic power density, but it would be harder to detect other living organisms by seeing magic power, but without doing so, the vision would probably be zero in the first place.
And simultaneously, the vines that had been undone were put back together and reassembled Pumpkin’s body. With this, he can move on as usual.
“Now, shall I start from the place at hand?”
While inspecting the condition of his reassembled body, Pumpkin used resonance spell with phosphorescent stone to illuminate the interior of the tower.
The place that he entered first seemed to be a corridor and many doors and windows were evident.
While posters and billboards apparently were not subject to the maintenance magic, and no such materials were left behind, the thickness of the dust clinging to the corridors indicated that the building had not been inhabited for a very long time.
He then opened one of the doors, which seemed to be operating with magic power effortlessly, and went in.
“I don’t get it.”
Inside the room in which he entered was a machine of some kind.
The presence of what appeared to be a monitor and a keyboard were indicative of something similar to a computer, except that it was not powered and therefore did not work. Although the materials nearby have been well preserved and can be read, the characters used were slightly different from those used in modern times, so it was impossible to read them.
But, there are some readable words, so I shall endeavor to decipher as much as I can from them.
“Let’s see, far away… San Holo… Santack Island… Dragon… Communication… Sky… black full moon? Doom… inevitable… nightmare…”
And there were even more questions that emerged as a result of the readings.
Yeah. From the text, it seems to be the diary of someone who used to work here, but the details are unknown… At any rate, the diary seems to be more urgent in the later stages, judging from the fact that the civilization is perishing in this way.
In that sense, it seems likely that it is a valuable document that talks about the “Kage-Ochi” of a certain period… Hmm. I should take it home and examine it properly.
“Then I guess I’ll move on to the next room.”
Pumpkin went on to the following room and started to undertake the same sort of research after thoroughly investigating this one.
As these investigations progressed, understanding dawned on him that this tower was originally built and used as a transmitting station for long-distance communication magic.
The accuracy and distance of the communication magic were unmatched by anything in existence today, and from the data that remained, it seemed to be able to accurately transmit images and sound from this tower, which was located deep in Lean Forest, to the destination of Senkonoto.
Nevertheless, it would seem that the communication cannot be received unless there was a tower like this one at the destination as well.
As for the coloring, one of the designers at the time seemed to be strangely particular about that part. Were they a reincarnated person?
“Now that I’ve checked everything out… I guess this is the next stop.”
Having done so, after checking out the interior corridors that were connected and easily accessible, he approached one of the doors in the corridor.
That door opened to the left and right, and next to the door was a button with what appeared to be an up-arrow symbol on it.
Yup. This is definitely an elevator. The elevator is also working well as if it is subject to maintenance magic.
He then entered the elevator after waiting for it to arrive, breaking through the ceiling to reach the area where the elevator’s compartment for going up and down was located, before flying upward from there.
Oh well, why bother to take a ride that’s slow and easy to target, right?
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