New Weapons and a Fresh Start

There are many types of stone throwers.

Some are human-powered, some use bows or springs, and some use weights.
There are various shapes and types.

The previous ones were uniquely designed, using human power and strings made from the skins of magical beasts to fire the projectiles.

But thanks to this projectile model, new ideas can be introduced.
We have been trying the spring and slingshot types, but they don’t work.
Adding to the fact that the the ballista was so much easier to use in most cases.

However, in the case of this heavy projectile launcher, not only the size of the projectile is increased, but the power and flying distance must also increase.

Because the structure is simple, improvements have been made over a long period of time, and the most efficient and easy-to-use structure is being experimented.

Since it would be inefficient to check this from scratch, we requested the Belrango Trading Company to purchase a model and blueprints while we were making the projectile ourselves.

We selected three out of the five models to use.
With these, we would be able to make the best projectile launcher.

Incidentally, we could not find any gunpowder, which I have been looking for at the same time.
Unfortunately, it seems that they have not spread to this area yet.

“Well, there’s no use getting depressed about something I can’t get.”

I muttered to myself and started improving the projectile launcher.

This time, I had an idea of how high up I would have to reach if I wanted to target the wyverns in flight.

It would actually be able to fly higher, but I don’t think it would fly any higher than that if it was going to carry a magician on board.

It’s cold, and the air is thin.
That would probably limit the speed as well.

Then it should be possible to attack with a pitchfork.

With a model projectile, we could raise the angle of elevation to about 40 degrees.
Considering the fact that it is designed to send objects far away, it is probably not possible to set the angle too high.

On the other hand, a seesaw-like shape would increase the angle of elevation, but would not allow the object to fly very far.
Furthermore, it would not have enough power to reach a target with a high altitude.

It has to be high, but powerful enough.

To achieve both, I made countless models.

What I ended up with was Prototype No.

It was the simplest weight thrower, with a spring added to ensure initial velocity.
The angle of elevation was a whopping 70 degrees.
It is a specialized anti-aircraft projectile with sufficient height and power.

It is loaded with a box of shurikens.
It is almost the same as the one we used last time, although we have improved it so that it spreads better than before.

The model worked so well that I decided to make a bigger one, and it turned out better than I expected.

The ejected shuriken diffused beautifully in the air and flew high into the sky.

“Oh, it’s out of sight!”

As I cheered with delight, a slightly stunned Dee looked up at the sky and groaned.

“Ummm… this is a marvelous thing.
It flies too high and has a long dwell time, but it’s going to rain down on a wide area later on.
The bigger the enemy’s army, the more effective it will be.”

I laugh back at Dee, who expresses these impressions, and nod.

“That’s true.
Once fired, it takes time to prepare, so it won’t be usable for a while, but the power, range, and durability are all up to par.
Let’s hold out with this until we can find gunpowder.”

“…Patience, huh? I didn’t think you were still dissatisfied…”

Espada chuckles at my words and mutters.
Most of the others were in raptures.
Among them, Till and Camsin, who were not upset at all, looked up at the pitchfork and opened their mouths.

“It’s big, by the way.”

“Van-sama, how many of these rock throwers are you going to make?”

“Twenty of the installed ones, from east to west, north to south, and south to north, and five mobile ones for the time being.
I’m thinking of five mobile ones for the time being.
Ah, but it’s okay if they are only on the flat roads, but it might be difficult to transport them to Scudetto…?” “Ah, it’s true that it would be very difficult.

“Oh, some of the roads were indeed quite tough.
If it’s this big, it might fall down on the hill…”

After exchanging such comments with Till, Camsin, and Arte, it suddenly occurred to me.

“That’s right.
I can make it on site.
If I only need to transport the ingredients, I can handle it.”

When I said this, everyone exclaimed, “I see!” They all exclaimed.

I feel that everyone is becoming numb to their own territory, even if it is their own people.

With this thought in mind, I looked up at the 15-meter-high stone thrower.

And so it went for a week.
We quickly set up a new wall and a stone thrower on the outside of the castle wall.
In addition, we prepared five additional horse-drawn wagons and loaded the materials for the catapults into them.
The armored wagons used last time are also being used again, so the team is larger this time.

“I wanted to do a little more training on how to operate the projectiles, but it couldn’t be helped.
I’m going to go to the site, build the pitchforks quickly, and then go home.

I bid farewell to the remaining Espada in the village and head off to war again.

“Oh no.
If it were true, I would have never gone to war again.”

Arte raised an eyebrow at me as I muttered this.

“That’s right.
I think providing that ballista will be enough.
We even went to the trouble of getting a new stone thrower…”

Till nodded in agreement at Arte’s somewhat disgruntled words, and Camsin looked as if he wanted to say something, but kept his mouth shut when he saw me.

I chuckle and shake my head from side to side.

“To be honest, I don’t want to leave my village either.
But if the Kingdom of Jiernetta continues its invasion and takes the towns around Seat Village, I’ll be in trouble.
I dread to think what would happen if we could no longer get sugar.
So, in this neighborhood, we have Scudetto and Fort Salz, the defense base of Count Ferdinand.
I don’t think we should let these two places fall.”

As he said this, Camsin’s eyebrows furrowed in a troubled c.

“But I think Scudetto has already been taken…”

He pointed out anxiously.
But I nodded deeply, waiting for him to say that.

“So we’ll take the pitching machine with us, and after we recapture Scudetto, we can loan Scudetto the pitching machine and the ballista.
That way, I think, they won’t be so easily taken from us.”

“I see your point!  If we have Van-sama’s weapons, we’ll be fine!”

Camsin replied with a smile.

I nodded and smiled.

“Ballista, I’ll lend you the stone thrower free of charge.
But you’ll have to pay for the arrows and shurikens and stuff to use with them.
If we can get adventurers from Seat Village to peddle them on a regular basis, we’ll make a lot of money.”

The long awaited, regular income from Seat Village.

I can’t stop laughing.

“…Van-sama has a wicked laugh…”

“Scudetto and Salz…you mean Van-sama’s father and my father will pay for it.”

Till and Arte were slightly taken back, but what they are doing is no different than wholesaling swords and armor.
It is a legitimate business.

Well, it’s a business that probably no one but me can enter.

“I should give him about one gold coin for each arrow.
One shuriken is worth five silver coins.
For a box of shurikens, I’ll give you two large gold coins as a service.”

Considering the materials, this was a rip-off.

But Arte nodded at that with a radiant smile.

“It’s Van-sama, after all.
Selling at such a low price…are you thinking of the people who live there?”

“Huh?  Oh, yes, yes, yes.  Cheap, right?

Yes, considering how powerful and valuable it is, I think it’s too cheap.

Arte clearly stated.
Apparently, it was too cheap.

Looking at Arte’s smile, I felt uncomfortable raising the price.
I should have thought a little more about the price.

With some regret, I set out for Scudetto again.

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