ou to talk.
Well, if you don’t want to say it, you don’t have to say it, okay?”


When I called out to her gently, Arte shook her head from side to side, her hands clasped and opened.


Eventually, as if she was ready, Arte talked.


“No, I will say it.”


She said, taking two or three deep breaths, and then she spoke.


“…I have an aptitude for puppet magic.”


Till puts her hand over her mouth and raised her eyebrows sadly.


To the nobility, Camsin’s magic of theft, brainwashing, and puppet magic, referred to as lowly criminal magic, was an object of discrimination.


It was a good match for my production magic, which they called a symbol of incompetence.


But I honestly rejoiced and took Arte’s hand.


“That’s great, Arte! I’d love to see you show me some of that magic!”


Arte looked back at me in dismay.


“Eh, ah, umm! “


“Oh, it’s not often someone has an aptitude for puppet sorcery.
Of course, there are probably many people who hide it.
Still, I’m sure you’re the first person I’ve ever met.
This is fate, Arte!”


I couldn’t help but grip Arte’s hand tightly and strongly, with excitement.


After all, she was a puppet mage I had been waiting for.
It would be rare for me not to be excited.


Let’s make something right away.”


So, I made a simple puppet out of wood.
It’s about a size bigger than me.


“Can you move this? “


After confirming this, Arte began to exercise her magic, albeit fearfully.


And the doll stood up by itself.


“Oh! Now try to get it to move!”


“Ye, yes.”


Then the puppet begins to dance with delicate movements.
It was a dance with a solid form that could not be considered as if it was improvised.
Perhaps it was a dance that Arte had actually learned.


The puppet danced for several minutes without any sense of discomfort in its movements.


After watching the final bow, I applauded loudly and praised Arte.


“Amazing! Isn’t that great magic! This magic has tremendous potential, Arte!”


When I exclaimed this, Arte simply bowed his head, puzzled.


Even at a quick glance, it can be sent into dangerous areas where people can’t enter, and it can be a powerful force against dragons.
If we kept an array of armor in the mansion as furnishings, it would also serve as Arte’s arsenal in times of need.


If used badly, it could easily be used for assassination.


But that would be something I would not mention to Arte, for now.


Since she seemed to have a terrible complex, it would be better to teach her only the positive uses of puppet magic for the time being.


Arte watched our reaction, still bewildered, and then was patted by Till on the back.


Then, with a huff, Till clasped her hands together in front of her chest.


“Oh, that was brilliant! It is wonderful, Arte-sama.
I have never seen such wonderful magic before.
Can Arte-sama also do that doll dance? “


“Oh, ha, yes.
I, well, I can dance, too… but, I’m better at making dolls dance…”


She answered shyly, as if embarrassed.


“No, no, that is more than enough.
Ask Van-sama to make you a lovely doll.
The people of the village will be pleased when you make it perform the dance at a festival, don’t you think? “


“Eh, I doubt that…”


Till asked Arte, who looked anxious.


But I was too busy to think about other stuff compared to that.


Arte mentioned that she could move the doll as she wanted, rather than her own body.
This was an even more astonishing discovery.


In other words, she could make the object move exactly as she had imagined.
Then, depending on the object to be moved, it would be possible to make a puppet soldier stronger than anything else.


“I think I’ll need to gather gather a lot of Mithril ore.”


A Mithril puppet over two meters in size.
This would be a phenomenal ultimate weapon.
Well, it would be difficult to make the docile Arte fight, so all I could do was prepare and make her practice.

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