Frontiers – Chapter 3

『…… There Was a Time When I Thought Such』

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My planned trademark, full face cylinder shaped『Bucket helm』.
Although the vision slit seems to be very narrow, it’s actually quite different than it seems.
You could only understand the wide field of view after wearing it. It seems they did not stress on the shape of armor. As expected of a game.
But, it does not mean that the visibility is not obstructed at all, it’s just narrowed a little at the edges of the field of vision. Maa, I doubt that this could be called narrow.
The comfortableness after putting it on is also not bad. Because the obstruction of the armor is low, to begin with, I hardly feel anything.

But, I feel little something after all.
Let’s improve it then.

The production in【Frontiers】allows easy post-attachments after completion.
As one would expect, changing the shape and performance would be difficult, but it’s very easy if you add something that does not affect the performance.

Production equipment is not necessarily essential for production.
Of course, they are convenient and variously help. In addition, it’s possible to produce things in the same way as in reality without using the『Arts』.
Therefore, as long as it’s little things, renting a new facility is not necessary.

I produce a simple cushion from the materials I got in a tutorial, attach it to the inside of the『Bucket helm』and it’s completed in no time.
With a helmet made out of metal, you just have to attach a cushion to offset the metallic feeling.
Incidentally, the simply made cushion seems to be recognized as a mass of a material and not as an item.

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Copper Bucket Helm
Head/Heavy/3★/DEF+7/Durability 40
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The finished product is this.
Eh? It didn’t change, you say? That’s because performance improvements are difficult after completion.
If it changed just by attaching a cushion, that would be amazing.

There’s no change in performance, but when I wear it, ara, how mysterious. The cushion made out of a soft cotton cloth is a perfect fit with a gentle feel.
A lot of stress has been excluded in the development of【Frontiers】, as such, there’s no sweat or mold.
Therefore, I can safely stay in the full face helmet without any worries.

By the way, I have received many basic recipes from the tutorials.
The recipes are excellent with a variety of steps, images, and videos on B5 sized boards such as the『Recipe/Magic formation: Fire Ball』during the『Magic formation』.
『Magic formations』are only 2D images because that’s enough data, but in case of『Smithing』, etc. and the use of『Arts』, there’s 3D tutorial.
Nevertheless, you don’t have to necessarily make it according to the recipe.
My『Copper Bucket Helm』wasn’t made according to a recipe.
In this area, it depends on the maker’s sense and ingenuity.
Maa, there’s seem to be a high rate of failure if you don’t have the complete form’s image.

Although the names are set automatically according to the recipe, when a creation is original to a certain degree, it’s possible to name them yourself.
I have used『Recipe/Smithing: Copper Helm』as reference, but the shape was completely different, so it judged it as an original.
Of course, it’s only natural because I have aimed towards such result, but I was able to name it『Bucket Helm』thanks to that.

Maa, it’s no different performance wise from the『Copper Helm』, though!

 

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I put on the『Bucket Helm』which was made more comfortable with the simple cushion, and make the remaining『Copper ingot』into『Copper Bucket Helm』.
Because my share is done, the next is production for sale.
Because I have decided to make all head equipment『Bucket Helm』, I won’t yield in his area.

Because I won’t be able to win over NPC producers at the beginning, ingenuity is necessary while selling as well.
The lack of player-side producers can be seen as soon as you look around, so they definitely won’t sell.
Because there should be a lot of players expecting price cuts, I aim at that demand.

Kan, kan, kan, I strike while imagining, chiku, chiku, chiku, chiku, sew a cushion, and it’s finished!
Five of the same performance 3★ helmets were safely finished without a single failure.

It’s important to raise skill Lv first if you plan to make things with high performance.
Naturally, used materials and equipment are also important, but skill Lv is indispensable to handle high-rank items. Because of that, skill Lv comes first.
Anyway, it’s important to do relevant actions to raise the skill Lv. Furthermore, if you do it carefully with patience, you will get more experience.
Carefully and patiently is my specialty, so everything is okay.
I have run out of『Smithing』materials, and the time is just right, so let’s move on the next action.
Because I still have some initial funds remaining, I could continue with the『Smithing』for a little bit more, but I’m not really in a hurry, so there’s no problem.

Because two hours have passed since I entered the【Rental production facility】, the huge crowd of people has already dispersed.
But, the nearby hunting grounds are definitely crowded now without a doubt.
It has nothing to do with me who’s unrelated to combat, though.

I discover the place immediately while walking with the map menu open and enjoying the surrounding scenery.
The next place of destination is here, the【Zabrina Royal Library】.
By the way, the starting point I chose is【Zabrina Kingdom】and the current town I’m in is the【Capital city Sabrina】.
Although it’s one of the popular【Starting towns】, it’s a quite big city with all the basic facilities.
For the time being, there are various things enough to enjoy myself. Although it would be probably better to go to a different town, I won’t be able to obtain the high-rank materials because of the NPCs turning the economy around.
Maa, I naturally don’t have the money for the transport fees and my skill Lv is in the same situation.

The【Zabrina Royal Library】looks like a small castle.
Because paper is commonly sold, books are not considered as rare items.
Although there are bookstores as well, my initial funds are slightly lacking, I naturally narrowed my choice.
Maa, since there’s a library I should use it, it became such simple decision, though.

When I ascend the entrance steps and open the door, a large mountain of books inside immediately comes to sight.
The number of books was a popular topic at the time of the beta test.
Let’s hit the reception first and read!

 

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…… There was a time When I thought such.
The beta test resulted in modifications in various places of【Frontiers】, but I didn’t think that the library would be modified as well.

The【Zabrina Royal Library】which lend books free of charge during the beta test began to charge an admission fee.
Moreover, the fee is something that my initial funds can’t handle. Furthermore, a sad reality of needing a new skill hit me.

Since there were a lot of modifications, only a big part was listed in the official HP or the management policy of 【Frontiers】.
They basically meant for the players to discover the other changes themselves. Anyhow, we are in a setting where we are the pioneers, after all.

Because it can’t be helped, let’s move to the next place.
In fact, I planned to kill time in the library until the players finish their first hunting, but there’s no helping it.
I decided to move up my schedule and stroll around the town.

Strolling around the town for a producer player like me is important.
I can’t purchase materials until I sell what I have made, after all.
Maa, I could get them myself, but it would be difficult with my skill set.

There are several methods of selling items.
Selling items to the NPC trader are the first one.
However, it does not mean that every trader will buy from you.
Because NPCs live in this【Frontiers】as well, the thing called demand exists.
Furthermore, they won’t buy all of it. Every NPC will purchase only what it needs, they will even try to take advantage of you or beat down the prices.
Of course, it seems that there are many cases where price negotiation is necessary from the beginning because the opponent also has to live a life.

The second method is to sell to the pioneers.
Players are given, but NPCs are called pioneers as well.
Those who prepare equipment, fight, and gather materials are called like that.
Moreover, the current situation is full of new players, so the demand is rising rapidly.
It appears that there was a situation in the beta test where the equipment sold by NPCs temporarily disappeared from the stores.
Because NPC traders have limited inventories, it will naturally turn out like that when the players buy equipment all at once.
That’s where the turn of the player producers should be, but the superior NPCs will cope with the situation in a blink of an eye, and spoil the player producers’ start as a result, causing the numbers decrease until completely exterminated.

But, there’s was a measure against that in the official HP so it should be all right this time.
Maa, it still won’t change the superiority of the NPCs, so I’m slightly afraid, though.

Naturally, I pick the second method.
Rather, the prices will drop low because of my low skill Lv so I can’t choose the first method.
The skill『Trading』will be useful there.
It’s a convenient skill that automatically collects market price information on the surroundings according to skill Lv and records it in the item’s details column.
I should rarely run in troubles with pricing.
Furthermore, once『Trading』Lv raises to 15,『Trading Arts/Lv 15/Open Street Stall』will become available.
Using it will allow me to open my own stall in an area of my choosing.
Naturally, it’s a street stall as the name suggests, so it’s very easy as spreading a cloth on the ground.

【Frontiers】supports a system that allows putting price tags just like real stores. But, a method of using selling item list is fundamentally used as it prevents system-like shoplifting and theft.
Because you can use the selling list in the same way when opening a street stall, people can run business quite easily.
It doesn’t really matter to me, but one should utilize convenient things.

That being the case, I walk around the town gathering the market prices in order to raise my『Trading』Lv first.
I know that this is the most efficient way of raising『Trading』Lv early on from the beta test information.
Maa, I’m mainly strolling around the NPC stores. The more items there are, the more market information I gather.

What I understand from seeing the various stores is, that there are almost no items left in the beginner shops which sell weapons and armor.
The out of stock phenomenon which happened during the beta test has immediately appeared.
All that’s left is equipment with prices that doesn’t seem to be possible to obtain without considerable effort.
How much the NPC producers have been modified will decide the course of the player side producers.
Maa, I will take it easy and enjoy myself no matter how it turns out.

 

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My『Trading』increased already to Lv10 after walking for about ten minutes.
I started at Lv5 thanks to the【Training school】’s tutorial, but even still, it’s quite fast.
Looking at the『Smithing』that raised to Lv8 after two hours of smithing, I can clearly tell how fast it levels.

However, the growth becomes remarkably worse after Lv10.
It appears that this is the limit of leveling only by collecting data.
You apparently can hit Lv15 by slowly going through every nook and cranny of the stores, but there’s an easier way to level, so I will try that.

Maa, it’s just simply shopping, to be frank.
It’s just it will make my wallet extremely lonely, so to balance it out I will purchase only what I truly need.

What I need is…… that’s, of course, cloth and thread!
Because this is a Middle Ages Europe-like world, there naturally aren’t things like synthetic fibers.
There’s no choice, but to give up on it. But, there are many wondrous substitute materials in this fantasy world of【Frontiers】.

For example, this one!

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Slime cloth
Material/3★
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Although it makes you hesitate because of the name, it’s actually a smooth, elastic, pure white cloth.
Would the polyester be the nearest thing with the most similar feeling?

I bought various necessary things and make『Trading』became Lv14 just like that.
But, my wallet is already quite lonely, so I endure, endure.

There’s an open cafe near the cloth shop, so I decided to take a short break.
I ordered milk tea and started leisurely and sewing with the cloth and things I bought a while ago.
I could borrow a magic sewing machine in the【Rental production facility】, but I can sew even without it.
Sewing while relaxing with delicious milk tea makes me feel quite luxurious.

I love sewing and stitching little by little like this.
Warm sunlight and sweet mil tea.
Because people are still concentrating on the hunting grounds, the visible pedestrian traffic from the open cafe is not that much, so it’s quiet with an exquisite, not too loud BGM playing.

Yeah…… it’s a very luxurious time.

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