Blacksmith of the Apocalypse

Chapter 4 - 4. Grinding!

t 3 times the experience for . On the other hand, he would probably lose a lot more material he could use to level up .

So all he could do now, was trying the materials! He took an ingot of low-quality iron. Holding the small bar of metal in his hands made him realize once again how real this was.

Seth went to the forge. As blueprint, he chose a small throwing dagger, because the only material it needed was metal of any kind. After confirming the blueprint he could feel the guidance from the system as impulses and knowledge to do specific things flooded his head. He took tongs and a hammer, put the iron into the eerie flame of the forge and waited. When the iron was glowing in a kinda cherry red he picked it up with the tongs and started shaping it on the anvil with the hammer. Feeling the heat in the smithy, the impact of the hammer, the hot metal giving under his power, his muscles being strained. The situation felt so unreal, but it also felt good.

After some time of clumsily following the guidance and quenching the blade, he finished it off by grinding it and a message popped up.

Seth appraised his first work:

< Misshapen Throwing Knife


Damage: 1-2


The first work of an aspiring blacksmith! This piece has the barely discernible shape of a throwing knife. It may hurt a little, if you manage to hit someone with it. >

Seth knew that it didn ’t look very good, Ok! No need to be this harsh… It was definitely fit to be melted down again. But that wasn ’t the point. He had gained 15% proficiency in . Now he went ahead and tried again with the mediocre iron.

The result was the same. It had a little more durability and damage, but he still only gained 15% bringing him to.

To make sure he tried some other small blueprints. Forging took a lot longer than smelting, so it took until noon to make sure. It was still a lot faster than forging without his class and smithy. Seth fathomed it would take a lot longer without it. He had gained some more proficiency bringing his skill to to lv.2(45%) when he finished.

The experience he gained in mostly came from the difficulty of the product, not the material chosen. At least not in this case.

There was also another thing Seth found out. The amount of experience gained also depended on the finished product. A fail would give him almost nothing, while a good result could increase the proficiency. He didn ’t know by how much, since all his stuff was still no better than scrap. was actually similar,but different. A fail gave him less than half the proficiency than a success. It was only those two, it didn ’t have a gradation like .

Now he had to decide, which to level first? or? If he went for mediocre iron to level , he might lose a lot of material he could use to level . He valued the latter more, so he decided to turn all the stuff left into low-quality iron and go for mediocre iron when re-smelting.

But first came lunch. ”Rationing ” with an iron fist, he decided to fill his belly with noodles.

After this little pause Seth continued to melt down everything he had into metal ingots, still bringing his skill to .

The day was peaceful, and he was completely focused on bringing up his proficiency! Forging, quenching, grinding,forging, quenching, grinding..over and over.

Before Seth realized it the sun was already about to set. Sweaty and tired he looked out the window and the scenery in the fading daylight. Beside him was a pile of finished throwing knives. He had actually managed to process all the low-quality iron he had into knives in the last several hours. He had managed to raise his skill to and while the knives were still garbage, they looked a lot better. Even so the experience gain fell with the level up, he also became faster in making the items. Looking at the setting sun, he finally registered how tired he actually was. Still, he collected all the metal dust he ground off the knives, the broken parts of failed knifes and the pile of finished knives towards the furnace and spend another hour turning it all into mediocre iron leveling his up to lv.6 and close to lv.7. It was dark outside, and he could barely keep his eyes opened. Seth wobbled toward his room and fell on his bed. ”Maybe i should have checked… ”, he thought but fell asleep.

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