Chapter 72: Tears of the World 2
Well, it’s a magic stone that’s bigger than the thickness of the flask’s neck.
So we ended up breaking the flask with a hammer to take it out since there was no other way.
This flask is a high-priced item that can fetch a few gold coins with a magic element-blocking coating, but there’s no helping it.
When we shattered the flask, what we took out was a magic stone the size of a small egg or a strawberry. Perhaps it was because it was hanging down by its own weight. Instead of its usual nearly perfect spherical shape, it had the shape of a teardrop.
The whole thing is a light blue color. Even though it hasn’t been cut yet, the contained magic power is too strong and it seems to emit light on its own.
“Like the world’s shed tears…”
A whisper leaked out. Carefully plucking it, I felt its weight, which I could not have imagined to be a jewel. It must have been the weight of several coins.
Lex prepared a scale for us, so we put it on there.
“…24g or so, let’s see…”
“It’s a 120-carat rough stone. It depends on the cut, but if we keep the shape as is, it should easily become a gemstone exceeding 100 carats.”
Unlike gemstones, magic stones are rarely cut from the rough.
“100-karat magic stone, huh… According to literature, there are said to be only 10 in existence in the world?”
Mr. Oliver says it with a smile.
The heart of an ancient dragon, the magic kings of the past, the core of dungeons that have been conquered, the fallen stars of the sky. Although the existence of massive magic stones has been left in many legends and stories, they have been used or stolen and disappeared into the darkness of history.
Of course, there may be other secret things that are not recorded in literature, but even on a world scale, they are limited.
“What should we do?”
“First, let’s put a gag order on it. Don’t talk about it, don’t try to do it on your own.”
“I’m most worried about Oliver-sama, but…”
“It’s dangerous. I’m definitely going to do it, no matter what. I’ll do it in front of you guys, so let me have permission.”
I nod. Well, yes. In any case, I’m not the only one who has to try it out.
“We have to bring in a gemstone craftsman into the organization. What kind of commotion will happen if we order the cutting of this from the outside…”
Everyone nods in agreement.
“So, what should we do with the finished product?”
I think for a while.
“…Is it okay to make a contribution to His Holiness the Pope in the neighboring country that is further ahead of the papal territories?”
“It’s the magic stone made by Mina. I don’t care about what you do with it.”
“Oh? That’s surprising. I didn’t think you were that deeply religious.”
Yes, I suppose that’s true. I haven’t seen any signs of that.
“Regarding my faith in the supreme god above the heavens, I personally think it’s inappropriate for believers to bring up worldly conflicts… but Cardinal Johannes, who is the top of the church in this country, brought it. That’s why I stopped my charity work and contributions, which I used to do when I was a noble lady.”
“Ah…,” Lex sighed.
I talked about the day of the broken engagement. It is unclear what kind of secret agreement Cardinal Johannes made with His Highness Elias, but he made Lex marry me on the spot.
“…Of course, if we only look at the results, Lex is a good husband and I am happy. But that’s a different matter. The blessing of the wedding was done so carelessly.”
Mr. Oliver had a troubled expression. He must be getting interference from the church and the kingdom as well.
“I see. Should we make a contribution? In fact, our company has not yet been profitable, but next year that won’t be the case, right? If we start making huge profits, the church and the kingdom will become noisy. Having a backup then is a good thing.”
“Of course, there is also that intention.”
Thus, the magic stone that was cut into pear-shaped pairs or tear-drop shape from the end of the year to spring was 106 carats. When I got hold of it, my murmur was recorded and named “The Tear of the World” and was delivered to His Eminence the Pope.
Also, the method of creating the magic stone was kept secret, but it was decided that several more would be created mainly by myself and Mr. Oliver in the future. However, in terms of size, we decided to show respect to the Pope and not create anything larger than the 100 carats offered this time.