Magic Gems Gourmet - Chapter 18.1

Published at 19th of December 2019 09:11:44 PM

Chapter 18.1

A High-Class Magic Stone is Eaten .




“Ain-sama unconsciously uses two skills and absorbs……no, he eats the magic stones . ”



 Everyone had a puzzled face that said “Even if you say that, we don’t really understand” .



“Chris, continue explaining . ”


“Yes . I think you are aware of the reason why monsters fight each other, Lloyd-sama . ”


“For food, and their own growth, these two reasons . With the meat they eat their fill, and when they eat the magic stones, they grow stronger . ”


“That’s right . Ain-sama uses Toxin Decomposition to break down the toxic part of the magic stone, and eats it using Absorb . As a result, he becomes stronger the same way monsters do . ”



 After Chris finished explaining that, Olivia responded, “Why do you think that?” Throwing her a question .



“I had reasons to think this while escorting you both . But the main reason is after looking at his status . ”



 He ‘ate’ the magic stones using two skills .

 Similar to cooking and eating a pufferfish .



“When a monster absorbs a magic stone, its growth value depends on the type of monster the stone belonged to . For example, if they absorb the magic stone of a monster with high magical power, the magic power will be the stat increasing the most . ”


“Then, Chris-dono . What does Ain-sama’s growth value looks like? “



 Lloyd, being able to understand the story to some extent, wondered about the type of growth Ain had .



“It is a characteristic of us elves that our Magic and Agility are high, but our Defense is hard to increase . And I’ve become sluggish several times . It all happened whenever Ain-sama was hungry, so Absorb might have been activated unconsciously to supply nutrition to the holder . That’s a characteristic of Absorb . ”



 As far as Ain was concerned, the raise in his stats was a big issue .

 However, he was more shocked when Chris said she was an elf .



“C-Chris-san…… an elf? Is that true? But your ears are……”


“Sorry for not explaining it earlier, but I’m an elf . You already know that in Ishtalika, unlike Heim, there are many races living . However, we elves are especially hard to tell just from our appearance . ”


“I never noticed since your ears weren’t pointy . ”



 For Ain, a characteristic of the elves was their pointed ears .

 In fact, he had heard back in Heim that white skin and long ears were elven features .



“Ain-sama . Elves change the shape of their ears depending on the environment they live in . Since Chris-dono lives here in the city, she doesn’t have to worry much about the small sounds, contrary to the elves who live in the woods or mountains . ”



 Hearing Warren’s explanation, Ain was convinced such disposition existed and nodded satisfied .



“The number of elves living in Ishtalika is low . So, this is a misunderstanding that often happens here . ”


“…Hey, Chris . If what you say is correct, then that means… Ain can use the magic stones to become stronger, right? “



 Olivia joyfully asked Chris .



“It is as you say . However, I feel there is some upper limit to it . Ain-sama, could you absorb this Big Bee’s magic stone?”



 As she said that, she handed a magic stone over to Ain .



“Uhmm, what should I do? “



 However, Ain had absorbed them unconsciously up until now .

 Therefore, he didn’t know how to do it .



“Imagine you’re drinking water, just swallow the magic power . ”



 That being said, Ain tried to make a mental image similar to what he was told .

 Just after he imagined sucking the magic from the magic stone, its color changed, gradually becoming crystal clear .



“Wh-……What’s this!? “

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“Ohh…… It seems Chris’ hypothesis was correct . ”


“Lloyd-dono . I’ve never seen a case like this before . ”


“Neither had I heard about this before . In the first place, if a person absorbs the power in a magic stone, they will soon lose consciousness, and it would turn into a dangerous situation . ”



 While everyone was reacting, Ain continued to suck the magic out of the magic stone .

 After a while, and seemingly having its magic power completely drained, the magic stone became something similar to a glass ball .



“……It looks like it’s over . ”


“Certainly . Then, Ain-sama, can you please check your stats in your status card? Did they rise even a little?”


“Uhmm……I don’t see anything different . ”



 After draining the magic stone, Ain checked his status card, but the numbers written on it remained unchanged .

 Then, looking at the magic stone that had turned similar to a colorless glass marble, he licked it .



“Yeah, like I thought, it tastes sweet like a caramel, this would make for a good snack . ”



 Everyone but Olivia was surprised to see Ain licking the magic stone .

 Speaking of her, Olivia was simply smiling as she looked at Ain licking the magic stone .



“No way, he really licked the magic stone……”


“Ain-sama, it seems like you can tell not only the smell but also the taste of a magic stone…… but that is something we can’t . ”


“Eh? I though everyone else could . Then, is it just me? “



 Warren then pointed this out .

 Normal people could never sense the smell or taste of magic stones .



“I understood that you could sense the smell of the magic stones with the apple-like magic stone before…… with that said, I sort of understand now . You can’t use a monster with lower stats than yourself for growth . Or probably there’s a limit to the growth that can be gained from a single type of magic stone . ”


“Then, Chris, that means…… the magic stone of such a weak monster is now no more than a snack for Ain? “


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“Y-Yeah, I think a ‘snack’ might be a good way to put it . ”


“Ku……kuku-hahahaha! Ain-sama is truly a remarkable character . He’s probably the first person to call a magic stone a snack! “



 Lloyd laughed out loud .

 Looking closely, Silvird and the other were quite surprised, but they smiled after they heard Lloyd’s loud laughter .



“Just as Lloyd-dono says, it looks like you gave birth to an astonishing child, Princess . ”


“Without doubt . My daughter has given us topics to talk about since the old days . Whether they were good or not, that’s another matter . ”


“Speaking of which, Chris-san! You said I had the growth type with the characteristics of an elf, right? Does that mean elves also possess magic stones……?”


“Indeed, I too have a magic stone inside my body . It’s normal for non-human races to have magic stones . ”



 Since this fact came as a huge shock, Ain couldn’t help but have his mouth agape .

 He had some knowledge on non-human races, but he never expected that they too had magic stones in their bodies .



“O-Okay…… but wouldn’t you die if the magic in your magic stone was absorbed?”


“Non-human races and monsters have a different constitution than normal humans, you see . ”



 Non-humans and monsters had two important organs in their bodies .



 One was a magic stone .

 In there, their magic power, their very own life force resided .

 It was packed with high-purity magic power that wouldn’t normally be leaked .

 That high-purity magic power was gradually released on to the body .



 The other was similar to the heart of the humans, and was called ‘core’ .

 Its role was to circulate blood and nutrients throughout the body .

 Instead of having a heart, they possessed a core filling its role .



 These two organs weren’t necessarily located in the same position; however, they did share something .

 If the magic stone was destroyed, the core would also die . However, even if the core was destroyed, the magic stone would continue to live on on its own .

 This was the reason many magic stones were sold at vendors .


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“In other words, I can’t die unless you absorb the life force out of my magic stone directly . In your case, Ain-sama, there must be some condition in order to absorb the life force out of a magic stone . From what I can tell, you can’t suck the magic out of a magic stone from a living monster or non-human person . ”


“Then, if you take the magic stone out of their bodies, Ain can absorb it? “



 Silvird opened his mouth and asked that question .



“The Big Bee’s magic stone just before met that condition . ”


“I see . It’s true that he can grow, but with that said, even if he breaks down and absorbs the high-purity magic from Chris’s magic stone, would that be enough? After all, the life force is probably the best nourishment of the magic stone . ”



 Lloyd spoke about the growth value when absorbed .



 When a monster absorbs another monster’s magic stone, it’s not only the magic stone’s power the one that contributes to the growth, but rather the magic stone’s life force the one playing a bigger role .

 Therefore, even if he were to draw the high-purity magic power out of Chris’ magic stone, he was convinced that wouldn’t be enough .



“…No growth was shown with the Big Bee’s magic stone . That probably must’ve been because he had already absorbed a large amount of those magic stones . Probably at the Roundhart mansion . There’s also the furnace of today’s water train, if it’s from there, he could absorb as many as he wanted . ”



 The water train’s furnace was packed with plenty of magic stones, so in a way, it was almost like an all you can eat buffet .



“Your Majesty, this story is becoming more and more credible……no, it almost certain at this point . ”


“I agree with you . I’d really love to see him actually grow by absorbing a magic stone . ”


“By the way, Chris-san . I heard you saying earlier that the Absorb skill was a racial skill……But why do I have that skill? Both my parents are supposed to be pure human, right?”



 Ain’s Absorb skill was not a human skill, but rather one of the non-human races, or so Chris had explained .

 But she didn’t explain why Ain had it, or what kind of race the Absorb skill belonged to .



“Ahh, you’re right, I didn’t explain it, the princess is a Drya–“


“Say, Ain, shall we go eat a high-class magic stone? Father also wants to see you getting stronger, okay? “



 Just as Chris began to explain, Olivia suggested that they went to ‘eat’ a magic stone .

 Seeing Silvird with a face of “There goes my daughter again……”, Ain lost interest in the explanation and got on board with that proposal .

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