Overgeared
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Chapter 17
Overgeared
Author :Park Saenal
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Chapter 17

Chapter 17
I smiled as Smith finished the lecture.
"Is it difficult to understand with just words? If so, then I will demonstrate it for you."
Smith poured in a certain ratio of iron, coke, and limestone before starting the blast furnace. (The fuel Coke, not the drink/drug)
As Smiths face and upper body became soaked with sweat, he controlled the hot wind coming from the bottom of the furnace and started burning the coke. At this point, the iron ore was gradually turned into molten iron due to Smiths reduction interactions.
The limestone reacted by separating the iron and into impurities to form slag. Smith alternated between filtering out the slag and maintaining the heat. The black debris gradually disappeared through holes at the bottom of the furnace, while the molten iron became increasingly orange.
When the iron solidified, it would become pig iron. Pig iron was very hard and brittle because it contained a lot of carbon. It wasnt suitable for the crafting of weapons. In order to make it suitable for weaponsmithing, it was necessary to reduce the carbon content through a process called steelmaking.
Smith, who was quietly immersed in his task, asked, "Do you understand what smelting is now?"
I nodded and Smith sent me a satisfied expression.
"Now that youve seen it, jaffa is easy to smelt. The jaffa ores have fewer impurities and a lower melting point, making it easier to refine than iron ore. The ratio of jaffa to coke to limestone is 12:2:4."
[Mineral Smelting]
Difficulty: E
Mineral smelting is the basis of production. Smith gives this job to you, who is dreaming of becoming a blacksmith.
Quest Clear Conditions: Succeed in smelting the jaffa ore.
Quest Reward: Affinity with Smith +30, experience +80, 300g of smelted jaffa.
Quest Failure: It isnt easy to perfectly smelt minerals in the beginning.
Smith will understand if you fail.
There was no reason to refuse. I accepted the quest.
Smith prepared the furnace for me and added, "Dont be bothered if you fail. It mightve looked easy as you watched me smelt it, but in reality, its actually quite hard."
I placed the ingredients in the furnace and put my feet on the bellows. At that moment, a translucent arrow appeared and pointed to one side of the bellows.
Is this the class compensation effect?
I placed my foot exactly where the arrow pointed. The arrow pointed in another direction, where I aimed the bellows at. The arrow repeatedly blinked, giving me the appropriate tempo. In the end, I managed to heat up the furnace in five minutes, unlike Smith who barely managed it in 10 minutes.
Then a notification window popped up.
[You can sense the temperature due to the rapid changes in ambient temperature. 30 degrees. 31 degrees. 31.5 degrees. 32...]
The strange, yet unwelcome voice was heard in my mind.
[Pagmas descendant is sensitive to changes in temperature. If there is a furnace in the vicinity, you can accurately measure the temperature inside the furnace.
I placed my hand over the furnace.
[700 degrees. 720 degrees. 740...]
The constantly rising temperature was displayed in the continuously updating notification window.
1,000 degrees.
Iron ore was said to be suitable for smelting between temperatures of 1,150~1,250 degrees Celsius, but jaffa was suitable at around 950~1,000 degrees. As soon as the notification window read 1,000 degrees, I no longer needed to put effort into increasing the temperature.

I watched the whole process from beginning to end, then a new notification window popped up.
[Your understanding of the Jaffa Arrow is now at 100%. You will be able to use the Jaffa Arrow perfectly.]
[You have learned how to make the Jaffa Arrow.]
Smith asked me, "How is it? Can you make it?"
"Yes."
Smith laughed heartily.
"Answering without hesitation... What great confidence. Like any weapon, particularly in arrows, balance is important. You need to balance the feathers, the arrowhead, and the shaft... If the arrows are even a little bit out of balance, they wont be able to fly as far as they can possibly go. It is very delicate work. Even so, can you really make it? Despite only watching the production process once?"
"I can do it."
"Hoh... then I will trust you again."
[Create a Jaffa Arrow]
Difficulty: D
The process of mixing two metals is never easy. It requires delicacy to make an arrow. For this reason, it is hard for novice blacksmiths to create a Jaffa Arrow.
But Smith trusts you and leaves you with the expensive materials.
Quest Clear Conditions: Produce 100 Jaffa Arrows.
Quest Reward: Affinity with Smith MAX, experience +300, 50 Jaffa Arrows.
Quest Failure: Smiths disappointment.
* If the client is disappointed, you wont be assigned any new missions for a period of time.
Smith supported me by giving me 100 completed shafts and one kilogram of jaffa. I could also freely use the iron ore. This was all thanks to my incredibly high affinity with the blacksmith. If it were the previous me, I wouldve just accepted these materials.
"I appreciate the courtesy, but I will make the shafts myself."
I returned the 100 arrow shafts, but Smith couldnt understand my actions.
"Why bother? If it is because you feel burdened, there is no need to worry."
Tsk tsk, so this was why he was just a beginner blacksmith.
"Are you going to support me with the shafts every time I make an arrow?"
"No, I cant... Oh, so you will use this opportunity to learn how to make the shafts properly?"
"Thats right. If possible, please support me with the materials required to make the shaft."
Smith shrugged and gave me some sturdy branches and good quality feathers. "I was so focused on the smelting and making of the arrowhead that I didnt tell you how to make the shaft. Ill teach you how to make the shaft now."
There were limits to how much a beginner blacksmith could teach me. I told him I would take care of it and pulled out a thick booklet from my inventory. The title was List of Items Production Methods.
When I opened the book, I saw that four things were listed in the table of contents. They were the production methods of an axe, a pickaxe, the Jaffa Arrow, and Failure. It might be empty and simple now, but there will a day when this List of Items Production Methods book will be filled up.
I opened the page on how to make a Jaffa arrow and read it. The method of making the shaft was described in detail, complete with pictures and text. I read it and read it again for a while before closing the book.
Okay, I can do it.
I was a little tense since it was my first time making an item. No, I was more excited than tense. I started making the arrow shaft. First of all, I straightened the branches into a straight line. The badly bent branches were lightly seared and then straightened. I cut the branches to a regular length and cut the top (a U shaped groove where the arrow would be placed against the bowstring) of the shaft. Then I finished by pasting on feathers.

One, two, three.
As the number of completed shafts increased, my proficiency steadily grew. It was a great effect as it combined my high dexterity that enabled delicate work with the correction effect of my class.
Smith once again felt admiration as he watched.
"This isnt the workmanship of a novice... You figured out the production method just by looking at the finished shaft? You truly have the eyes of a craftsman. The dexterity and accuracy are also excellent."
I was able to finish 100 shafts without difficulty before I started making the arrowheads.
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