Lloyd raised his thumbs.
Bangul smiled brightly.
Apparently, she was happy.
The preparation for the construction had gained momentum.
It was from the day I summoned Bangul at random.
Lloyd designed the shield to match Bangul.
The composition of the rebar that made up the segments and the wall plates were also matched.
This was because Bangul was the keystone of this operation.
Fortunately, Ppodong and Bangul got along well.
Since they were a hamster and a snake, I was worried that some tragedy would occur.
However, as time passed, it was proven to be only a groundless fear.
Maybe it was due to a sense of homogeneity as creatures from the same species.
The chubby hamster and the plump wide headed rattlesnake quickly became the best of friends.
On days when they had no work, they stuck together all day long and rolled on the floor with their plump bodies.
Together, they sunbathed, fell asleep, sunbathed again, and fell asleep again.
‘Both of you must be happy.
Still getting praised for being cute even if you only rolled around all day long.’
While the two fantasy species rolled about, Lloyd moved busily.
He went in and out of the blacksmith’s shop every day, pestering the blacksmiths all day long.
He directly supervised the production of the shield device he designed.
Thanks to this, about 10 days later, the shield device was completed.
The shield was a cylindrical device that looked like a coke can lying down, with holes on the top and the bottom.
The diameter of the cylinder was about 3 m.
At the front of the cylinder, there was a seat for Bangul to sit down.
Around it, a solid structure to support the cylindrical outer wall was densely positioned in the shape of a honeycomb.
Directly behind that, there was room for the workers.
Back there, the workers would receive and cut Bangul’s steel dung, or rebar, while being protected by the shield structure.
A wall plate could be erected on the spot to prevent the mine from collapsing.
‘This is enough.’
The next step was to mobilize human labor.
Lloyd organized the workforce.
Thanks to permission granted to them from Baron Frontera, the lord, things went smoothly.
A group of blacksmiths will cut the hot steel on-site.
The construction groups will assist the blacksmiths in their work and move the shield device forward.
Lloyd completed the composition of the human resources in no time.
The work began immediately.
The true power of the shield device shone through.
Inside the shield device, Bangul moved her large head around.
With her mouth wide open, she swallowed the soil and rock.
After a while, her chubby stomach began rumbling.
She wagged her short tail vigorously.
The bell tied to her tail rang loudly.
“Here it comes!” Lloyd’s shout made the blacksmiths nervous.
Eventually, Bangul’s steel dung shot out in the form of rebar.
Pew! Pew! Pew!
A burning red steel rod shot out like a piece of poo.
“Hurry, before it cools down.
Javier!” Lloyd shouted.
Javier moved upon hearing Lloyd’s shout.
He threw off his coat and pulled out a sword.
The glint of the longsword was as cold as Javier’s expression.
Like a lightning, the sword slashed down onto the steel rebar.
Javier, a High-Level Sword Expert, swung his sword with all his might.
The longsword cut the steel bars so neatly.
And it wasn’t just once.
“Hey! You’re doing it according to my measurements, right?”
Shing! Shing! Slash! Slash! Swish!
Javier’s longsword moved dazzlingly.
He relentlessly struck the steel bar.
In the original novel of [Iron-Blooded Knight], this was the sword he used to cut down countless powerful enemies.
But now, it was used to cut into pieces the steel turd of a fantasy species.
The sword was as neat, flashy, and accurate as the work of Han Suk-Bong’s mother2Han Suk-Bong is a famous calligrapher from the Joseon Dynasty.
Once, he told his mother that there was nothing left for him to learn.
So, his mother told him to turn off the light and said, “I will slice rice cakes while you write, then we will compare our skills.” After that, it was evident that his letters were crooked and unsightly while his mother’s rice cakes were perfectly sliced with consistent thickness.—who had been cutting rice cakes at night—or Ms.
Kim—who had worked at Kimbap Heaven3A chain food store located all over Seoul, serving all kinds of Korean food and snacks all her life.
The steel dung, which was cut into long and short chunks of steel rods, rolled around.
All of them had exactly the same measurements as Lloyd had instructed.
Lloyd raised his thumb.
“Good job! I don’t think there’s even a tiny bit of error.”
The reduced-to-a-steel-turd-cutter Javier sighed deeply at his own situation.
Next was the blacksmiths’ turn.
“Move the rebar before it cools down! Assemble it together!”
“We understand! Yoshaa!”
Under Lloyd’s command, the blacksmiths moved in perfect order.
The steel bar Javier cut was bent according to the measurements.
They weaved and tied them; fixed and assembled them.
Step by step the wall plates were made.
Then it was erected.
The cylindrical wall plate, which was made of tightly woven steel, matched the size of the inner shield.
Lloyd, who confirmed it, cried out, “Shield, move forward!”
Dozens of construction group members repeated it in unison.
They pushed the lever behind the shield hard.
The heavy shield that carried Bangul and the workers slowly moved forward.
It advanced exactly into the one-meter space Bangul had chomped.
Then, the one-meter wall plate remained behind.
The shield device that was supporting the mine had moved forward.
The ceiling and the walls of the mine that were made of soil and rocks shook.
However, it didn’t collapse.
This was because of the wall plate that remained behind in the empty spot where the shield device left, supporting the mine walls and ceiling.
Everything went exactly as Lloyd had planned.
It’s working properly.’
Confidence filled Lloyd’s eyes.
Lloyd’s voice as he directed the workers became more energized than ever before.
At the same time, his eyes examined the front part carefully.
Intermediate Survey Skill had been constantly activated all this time.
Thanks to it, Lloyd was able to see the situation 5 m ahead of time when he planned to dig the mine further.
How is the ground’s condition ahead? Are there any dangerous gas layers?
He was able to direct the work while looking at it closely.
It was literally a ‘foresight of the front part of the mine’ in real-time.
As a matter of fact, the skill was just like the latest technologies, such as elastic wave propagation (TSP, HSP), or reflective photography4(tl/n: Not sure what 반사 포토그라피 translates to) which are used to examine the underground on-site in the modern world.
“Now, keep it tight!”
“Let’s do this!”
Lloyd’s command, the workers’ powerful shout, and Bangul’s subtle cries rang one after another.
The cries went deeper and deeper into the mountain.
The construction progress was rapid.
So, nobody knew what kind of creatures would greet them at the end of this mine they were digging right now.
1rebar: the shortest form for a reinforcing bar, usually made of steel and used to increase the tensile strength of concrete2Han Suk-Bong is a famous calligrapher from the Joseon Dynasty.
Once, he told his mother that there was nothing left for him to learn.
So, his mother told him to turn off the light and said, “I will slice rice cakes while you write, then we will compare our skills.” After that, it was evident that his letters were crooked and unsightly while his mother’s rice cakes were perfectly sliced with consistent thickness.3A chain food store located all over Seoul, serving all kinds of Korean food and snacks4(tl/n: Not sure what 반사 포토그라피 translates to)
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