Bishop Part 2
“First of all, let’s talk about where we’re at right now. What led you to think that, Relius?”
I couldn’t explain the details of my abilities to him, but fortunately, I had prepared an answer for him ahead of time.
“To use Linear-san’s case as an example, there are those in this world who do not in the least acknowledge their occupations and Divine Treasures.”
“You’re right. I’m of a similar mind to those people.”
“…Wait, weren’t you a bishop?”
“I am. I ended up with a Divine Treasure that has purification abilities, so I decided to work in the church even though I didn’t want to. God had decided it would be that way, and that’s all there is to it.”
I pondered for a moment. It’s certainly typical for one’s future to be decided by their occupation and Divine Treasure.
“So Linear-san was the same way?”
“Well, that’s half of it, but I haven’t yet thrown away the path of being an adventurer.”
“Yeah, I can tell.”
The bishop chuckled lightly and nodded. “For some people, a Blacksmith who can make weapons is by no means an inferior job. You can see why, right?”
“I can. Of course, from the perspective of church officials, it may be considered an affront to God.”
“Yes, enthusiastic church officials may think so… yet they don’t think the same of those who are forced to take a job they did not want because of their occupations and Divine Treasure. I also believe personally that the Blacksmith occupation can’t be inherently bad. So the question remains: why are Blacksmiths treated so unfavorably? The truth turns out to be part of a significant piece of history. I don’t think many people know this story; I only heard it directly from the Pope.”
“What’s the story?”
“Once upon a time ― a crisis hit this world. Evidently, a whirlpool suddenly appeared in the world, and the heroes then protected the world.”
“That’s like the fairy tales parents often tell their kids, right?”
“Correct. Those fairy tales are based on true events, but there’s more to the story. All of those heroes were killed by one man.”
Even Linear-san reacted with surprise to that.
“According to the Pope, the man’s occupation was Blacksmith. People at that time reportedly killed the man, calling him a traitor.”
I didn’t know anything about that story.
“The existence of Blacksmiths gradually faded throughout history. By now, only a few people know what really happened back then.”
“But there were a lot of people who didn’t like Blacksmiths, and that’s the only thing retained over time. Does that mean…?”
“Yes, that’s right… the Pope has altered the historical record.”
“The Pope did?”
“Rather than say it was because the Blacksmith killed the heroes, he changed the reason to be the fact that Blacksmiths could make weapons.”
Oh, I see now. That’s why everyone emphasized the issue that people already had Divine Treasures.
“When I heard the story from the Pope… I thought the same thing as you. Then, he told me to protect the Blacksmith, if anything should happen.”
“If I’m not mistaken, the Pope is an Ancient Elf, right?”
“If you want to hear more details, you’ll have to speak with the Pope yourself, in the Holy State.”
“I’d have to cross the sea to go there…”
Crossing the sea was not an easy task. Sea monsters were powerful, so you needed to have sufficient forces and sturdy enough ships to deal with them.
“This is as much as I can tell you. That’s everything I heard from the Pope.”
“No, I’m grateful, you’ve given me a very special story. Thank you so much.”
“I’m glad this was enough for you.” The Bishop’s face softened. “Blacksmith is by no means a bad occupation, so don’t be afraid. This is probably the right course of action.”
“That’s what I think, too.”
The bishop’s story was over now.
“Umm, can I ask you one last thing?”
“What is it?”
“If I were to run a weapons shop, would the church allow it?”
“Hmm… it would probably be denied.”
Sigh, I figured as much. From the church’s point of view, that was nothing but a competitor.
“But there have been many who changed the world so far, and many shops were barred from operating. It may be denied at first, but there will surely be some people who appreciate it.”
I glanced at Linear-san, and she nodded.
“I want my own weapon. I’d be very happy to have a weapon that’s easy to use.”
“Is that so? Well, that’s all I have to say, but is there anything you still want to ask about?”
“No, that was everything. Thank you again.”
“Well, if I think of anything more, I’ll inform you through Linear.”
The bishop smiled and saw us off.
“I may have heard something I would have been better off not knowing.”
“Sorry about that, Linear-san…”
“No, it’s not that I don’t like it. It looks like it’s fun, anyway.”
I was able to hear a valuable story from the bishop, and left the bishop’s room with satisfaction. Then I took out the sword I’d made for Linear-san, and presented it to her.
Holding it, she asked, “Is this my weapon?”
“Yes. It’s made according to your physique. Please let me know if it doesn’t feel right.”
She pulled the sword out of its sheath and shook it lightly on the spot. She was handling it brilliantly; I was sure she had been practicing with a similar weapon.
“Th-This is great. It’s so familiar, like I’ve been using it for many years.”
“Is it really?”
“I didn’t expect it to be so perfect… Thank you, Relius.”
“If you have some free time in the future, would you like to be in a party with me?”
“Huh? Are you sure?”
“Sure I’m sure. There aren’t many people willing to work with a weirdo like me anyway. I look forward to working with you, then!”
“Alright then, I look forward to working with you as well.”
Linear-san smiled and held out her hand, and I followed suit.