Updated 03 Sep 2023
Chapter 2: Promotion to Healer apprentice
As expected of a spell book, the basis of magic were described in great detail.
To summarize the main points.
In order to use magic one must first sense the magical power within the body. It was emphasized strongly that if you can’t do that, you need to doubt your own magic talent.
Once you succeed in sensing the magical power within your body, you would then be able to mobilize it. In other words, you need to learn how to manipulate magical power.
Although initially you can only move the magical power within the body, because some people will wastefully consume the magical power just by doing so, you need to persevere and work hard. Additionally it was written that many people stumble during magical power manipulation, so work hard to overcome that barrier.
It was also written at the back that skilled magicians can expend just a fifth of magical power to cast the same magic as a rookie magician. Therefore it was described that one should continue the foundational training of magic for life.
That was enough to convince me because I believed that I would be able to use more effective magic if the loss of magical power is reduced.
After you memorize how to sense and manipulate the magical power within the body, you can then interfere with the magical power outside your body and that is called Magic Control.
If you can do this then you would be able to cast magic. But Magic Control also has levels. If you are not as skillful in Magic Control compared to your opponent, your opponent would be able to manipulate your magic casting, resulting in catastrophic consequences.
It was written to try chanting level 1 magic for the magic you have aptitude in.
When you chant, magical power will escape from your body. If your are successful then skill level will increase.
It wrote that if you cannot remember the chant despite trying many times, then you should return to the first step and start over.
If you still fail to succeed after doing that then you should give up because you don’t have any talent. The polite descriptions up until now unexpectedly switched to something demeaning.
“What were they thinking, saying such harsh words to a kid who failed? The most important practice method written is to persevere! But this sentence that tells people to give up is definitely weird!!”
In order to calm the irritation in my heart, I began flipping the pages and found some points necessary for magic.
- Magic not only involves chanting, but also involves picturing an image of how you intend to use the magical power and offering the magical power to Galdardia’s Prime Deity, resulting in the phenomenon called magic.
- By inserting magical power into a clear image, you can improve your Magic Control on the interfering magical power outside your body, increasing your understanding of magic and you may even learn Chant Shortening and Chant Termination.
“Spell book seems pretty religious. Well I should give it a try for once.”
I concentrated my consciousness by taking a deep breath and slowly exhaling.
“Suu~ Haa~ Okay. 【O Lord I offer my magical power to recover this person, Heal】.”
I imagine the image of the healing a wound instead of just recovery power as I chant the magic. But nothing happened… No, I had a feeling that something was emitted out of me. However the magic didn’t activate successfully.
“Well I’m just an ordinary man who is neither a genius nor have cheat abilities.”
I tried checking my status while making an excuse for myself but I couldn’t see any effect of the magic casting just now, so I cast Proficiency Appraisal and a window that showed ‘Holy magic 0 (5/1000)’ popped out.
“Great. It seems like I am on the right track.”
Then, I tried to chant without the mental image. When I did that my proficiency only increased by 1.
“It seems like there is no doubt that the mental image is important.”
Since the MP displayed on my status screen decreased by 10, the MP consumption for a single Heal is 5.
With that I know that I can cast Heal 10 times so I chant 10 Heal while holding a firm mental image.
After casting 10 times my MP recovered by 1. With only 1 MP remaining I experienced the feeling of magic depletion. I felt dizzy with a terrible headache and could not stand up for about 10 minutes.
Even after being capable of standing up, I still felt terrible and collapsed on the bed. After a while when my mental state had calmed down, I checked my status and found that my MP recovered to 5.
“It would be bad to continue like this. It takes up too much time… If the spell book is to be trusted, it would be good to improve on my Magic Manipulation and Magic Control to reduce the downtime from this unpleasant feeling. In addition, once I become more familiar with that I should consume less MP.
After running a simulation I begin putting it into practice.
“If I improve on my Magic Manipulation and Magic Control, the required MP would decrease as well so I will do my best.”
And so I strived to sense the magical power while meditating, practiced manipulating the magical power and tried to find ways to quickly recover MP by trial and error.
I wholeheartedly pondered about magic and magical power while feeling lightheaded from being on the verge of magic depletion. At that moment I heard three knocks.
I somehow squeezed out a reply.
“Oh you are having a break? Eh, your face looks pale, are you alright?”
The receptionist from just now came over to deliver my meal but she seemed worried due to my complexion.
“Yes, I’m fine. By the way I am sorry for not introducing myself just now. I am Luciel. Currently I’m experiencing magic depletion so there is no need to worry. Thank you very much for preparing my meal.”
“Fufufu. That’s so proper even though you are still so young. My name is Krull. After you are done with your meal you can just leave the plates outside the room. Also it is prohibited to push yourself too far. It would be disastrous if a healer collapses in the Healer’s Guild.”
“Hahah. I will keep that in mind. However I have a feeling that I am getting a hang of it so I will continue like this for now.”
“Well if you can talk then you should be fine. Do remember to sleep to restore your magical power.”
I tried saluting her. Krull-san chuckled as she left the room.
I continue chanting after finishing my dinner. After reaching the magic depletion state for the second time in a day, I felt terrible and ended magical training to go to sleep.
I had no idea how long I was asleep for. Staring at the unfamiliar ceiling as I woke up, I felt disheartened when I confirmed the fact that I really did get reincarnated. But using the adaptable spirit cultivated by working in my previous life, I quickly switched feelings.
“Now I’m living a second life. If I work hard I can increase my standard of living compared to my previous life. Work hard, me.”
By firing myself up that way, I started to read the spell book and realize that the room was bright.
“Come to think of it, is the constant brightness maintained by electricity? Or is it magical power or magic stones? I’ll try to ask them next time.”
While muttering so, I resumed my thorough magic training until breakfast arrived.
Breakfast did not arrive even though I depleted my magical power from chanting after waking up.
For some reason, I felt like my concentration was growing.
When I tried sensing the magical power within the narrow space, somehow I could clearly feel it.
When I used Proficiency Appraisal, I found that various fields had increased.
“It is very rewarding when there is a clear objective. In addition, being able to see my progress gives a sense of achievement.”
My motivation grew in the environment where my efforts were tied to results and reduced the distance towards my goal the harder I worked.
Rather than not knowing when it will rise, people will work harder when there is an objective to work towards. It’s just like how it was for work in my previous life.
In addition I made new discoveries. For example when meditation was selected, Meditation → Meditation, Concentration, Magic Recovery options were listed.
Since I was at it I decided to try to increase my proficiency for as many things as possible.
By working on multiple aspects as the same time, I wondered if I would learn Parallel Thought? But I got a shock when doing so for a whole day only increased my proficiency in it by 1 so I decided to give up.
I continued to work hard despite that failure.
“I’m an ordinary person. I’m not a great protagonist from a story. Well, in this environment where my efforts are rewarded, my mind won’t break.”
And so by the fourth meal around the time morning of the third day arrived, I could finally cast Heal.
However, I wanted to maintain that excellent environment so I decided to stay there for a bit longer.
By keeping an eye on my Proficiency Appraisal, I successfully mastered Meditation, Concentration and Magic Recovery. After locking myself in the room for one whole week, I finally exited.
I walked towards the reception counter but Krull-san wasn’t there.
“Excuse me. I was training Holy magic within that room and am finally capable of using Holy magic.”
I said to the receptionist.
“Congratulations. Then, could you lend me your card?”
I once again passed my card to the receptionist and it was returned to me after the procedure was completed.
Written on the card were Holy Magic, Meditation, Concentration and Magic Recovery.
“Congratulations. It must have took considerable effort. The cost is 1 silver.”
Eh? It costs money? I paid while replying “Ah, okay”. Thank goodness I had silver coins on me.
“Excuse me. So from now on what should I do? Should I go look for Lumina-sama?”
“Eh? Oh you were the one who was brought over by Lumina-sama. Pardon me. I will return this silver coin then. I have been told that Lumina-sama booked the training room for 10 days so I won’t charge you.”
Ah. Lumina-san really is amazing after all. And my Extravagant Luck was putting things in my favor once again.
Thank you Extravagant Luck-sensei.
“If that’s the case can I continue using that room for the remaining 3 days?”
“Yes. If that is what you wish. Since you have been training earnestly, the guild won’t have any issues lending the room to you.”
The receptionist answered with a smile.
I decide to ask all the questions I had on my mind until now.
“Thank you very much. By the way I forgot to ask when I was registering. What exactly does the Healer’s Guild do?”
“Eh? Ah, yes. The Healer’s Guild is an organization founded to treat people. There are 10 ranks from G, F, E, D, C, B, A, AA, AAA to S which gradually rises according to Holy magic capabilities. Typically healers polish their skills in the city’s clinics before working as independent healers. Once in a while a request is received for a healer and it is up to the commissioned healer to accept or decline the request. Also, if you are unable to find a job in any of the clinics the Healer’s Guild will recruit you so please rest easy.
I see. It seemed like I was assured a place to work. Ah, I guess I will inquire about that as well.
“By the way, would I be able to register for the Adventurer’s Guild as well?”
“Yes it is possible but I don’t really recommend it. Not only is it difficult for healers to acquire combat skills, even if you aim to promote to a new profession, the profession will not level up if you do not acquire the relevant experience. Your profession level needs to reach VI or above. The healer profession relies on healing to level up and is said to be one of the hardest job to level.
The receptionist explained to me politely. Incidentally, it seemed that character level does not rise if the monster is not defeated.
The main source of income for a healer is their Heal and the going market rate for a Heal seemed to be one silver.
For healers affiliated to the Healer’s Guild, a tax is levied depending on the rank in the name of donation. For a G rank healer like myself, I would have to pay 12 silver a year to maintain my rank.
The cost increases by 12 silver for each increase in rank.
A healer who cannot earn his keep will become something similar to a slave to a corporation so caution should be exercised.
However by increasing in rank, one can purchase spell books with advance healing magic chants cheaply so there are merits as well.
If one can memorize higher rank healing magic, a single cast can earn enough to pay for the annual tax levy.
It was unlikely that something so convenient would happen so I listened to the explanation with a pinch of salt.
A slight change of topic. There are some people who charge exorbitant prices or face a lot of disputes. An inquiry committee may revoke the Healer’s Guild certificate for such cases. When that happens the clinic would not be able to operate and it won’t be able to survive.
“But that is being tolerated right now so please do not cause any trouble for the guild.”
She requested of me.
“By the way there are some healers who illegally conduct treatment without qualifications. If somebody raises a complaint and it is found that you are not hired by any clinic, you will be sent to prison. Please keep that in mind when conducting business.” Added the receptionist.
I thanked the receptionist for all the things she told me, paid 1 silver for this month’s donation, and exited the Healer’s Guild for now.
By the way, the receptionist is called Monica. She is a light blue haired beauty with glasses that suits her and she exudes an air of intelligence.