Blacksmith of the Apocalypse

Chapter 114 - 114. Vathon Stonechiseler

master that could guide him in every part of the field. The dwarf looked at him slightly bewildered.

”That… is good. That only leaves one of the masters. Actually, there are three people who teach everything, but only one is proficient enough to teach in all of them. ” To systematically teach others in a class or skill one needed to have an appropriate level themself. They needed to be at least a craftsman, although the effect was weaker than a master ’s.

Seth had gotten a small taste of tutelage when a blacksmith in Starta had given him advice. Seth had found out that tutelage was not simply gaining advice from a master and learning. In the system tutelage was a passive perk that could greatly increase the proficiency gain in a skill, apart from the boost gained from an experienced master ’s advice. The proficiency increase was up to the journeyman-rank, this was the rank when one was judged to have mastered his craft enough to go on a journey and collect more experience.

Seth was already close to journeyman, the next rank after adept when it came to , but and could really use the boost. And just because it was only a few more levels in he was not ready to give up on the boost.

”Let′s go. Master Tored has his workshop at the central plaza of the Layer of Blacksmith′s. I never met him, but you should be careful. I heard he is a little peculiar. But don′t worry, his skills are top-notch. It′s said that he has mastered and while he is a high-level craftsman in . ”

They kept talking about the different master blacksmiths on their way. Besides Master Tored, there were Master Belrun and Master Aidgir. Master Belrun was specialized in and Aidgir in Enchantment>.

As Ora was one of the few dwarven cities that traded with the outside world, many of the current epic and higher ranked equipment the A and S-Ranked adventurers owned were produced by these 3 masters and the 7 craftsmen.

If one ignored the lavish decoration and masonry of many of the buildings, then they all were big square pillars. The workshops of the blacksmith at the central plaza were no different. The only great difference was the shop windows. There were actually many specializations a blacksmith could follow during his career.

There were shops with purely leather armor, and those with mixed and plate armor. There were shops that specialized in weapons, jewelry, or products mainly made from monster materials. All of them with variations of either enchanted or not, except for the jewelry. It was a difference between Urth′s civilization and this fantasy culture. Nobody wore jewelry just for show. The enchantment was the main purpose and worth of jewelry.

”This is it. ” Vathon said as he stopped before a block. Literally. It was the only shop at the plaza without any decoration. A look through the shop window showed that the showroom was actually empty and dim. It looked like an abandoned shop, not the shop of the best master.

Vathon smirked when he read Seth ’s expression.

”How could this be the shop of one of the best blacksmiths in Ora? That what you are thinking, right? Master Tored only does works on order and the people have to bring him the materials. He needs no advertisements or ornaments; people know his skills. ” he explained.

They entered the shop and stood there in dim silence. There was no clerk and sound that indicated any life in the building. No clanking of a hammer, no muffle conversation. Just stale air and silence. Vathon looked a little belated. He had never been here himself.

”Errm, Master Tored!? ” the young dwarf tried to shout. ”Are you here? ”

They suddenly heard surprised snoring, coughing, and a grumble as the dwarf emerged from the door behind the counter. His head was bald with a ring of sparse white hair, but his beard was long and white. The slightly messy braids with coaldust in it were tucked under his leather apron.

A tiny glint of drool could be seen at the corner of his mouth, slowly soaking into the beard. Apparently, the dwarf had been sleeping in his smithy until Vathon′s rude awakening. Considering that his grumpy mood was understandable.

”What do you want? ” he said in a growling deep and unfriendly voice.

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