Radis stared at Huber, who was still unconscious.
She knew that he was a magic stone trafficker.
But she never imagined that it would be to this extent.
No, she couldn’t believe it even when she’s looking at it all with her own eyes.
“I can’t believe it’s this bad… Even the Imperial Subjugation Squad wouldn’t have collected this much after going into Monsterwood all year round.”
Without thinking much, Radis picked up a yellow magic stone.
It’s this again.
The yellow energy that had been flowing inside the magic stone disappeared as if it was a candle that was extinguished.
And just like before, when the magic stone lost its light, it turned into dust.
Radis picked up one more magic stone, this time with the left hand. And the result was the same.
Radis repeatedly picked up more magic stones as though she was possessed, and they just continued to turn to dust.
After a while, almost all the stones had been turned into dust, and Radis was left dumbfounded.
She couldn’t believe it.
“What’s going on?”
Radis clutched the hem of her dress, then finally, carefully picked up the largest thumbnail-sized red magic stone in Huber’s secret stash.
This time, the light didn’t disappear.
She took a deep, rough breath as she calmed her heart.
And she focused all her senses on her fingertips.
After that, she slowly touched the magic stone once again.
When her fingertip got into contact with the stone, the light that had been fluttering within the magic stone grew bigger and bigger.
Warm energy could be felt on her fingers.
And beyond this warmth was a familiar feeling, and it began to spread within her starting from where she touched the magic stone.
She felt it clearly this time.
It felt like her whole body was heating up from running for a long time.
A vivid feeling of her bones, muscles, waking up from a long slumber.
A heightened sense of elation that made it seem like she could touch the sky if she just outstretched her hand upwards.
The mana that was absorbed from the magic stone made her whole body buzz with a strange ringing. This was something familiar, something she missed.
She really couldn’t believe it.
Purified mana couldn’t be obtained from magic stones just like this.
As far as she knew, mana could only be obtained through a long period of training the body until it could recognize mana within the miasma, and this was only through insistently accepting energy into the body. It was a power that could be gained only after a long, tiring training process that would make anyone want to give up.
Meanwhile, the red magic stone in her hand, the mana in which had all been transferred to her, slowly turned gray.
Then, it soon broke, crumbling as it turned to dust.
Radis rubbed the dust between her fingers.
It was soft, like burnt ash.
It had really turned into dust.
“This can’t be…”
It was impossible.
What was contained within a magic stone was miasma—the power of monsters.
Just because a person reaches for lightning wouldn’t mean that they would gain the power of lightning. In the same way, a person could make a flame through the use of a flint, but that didn’t mean the person would gain the power over fire. People couldn’t use miasma if they didn’t have it inside them in the first place.
A person would just get electrocuted if they would touch lightning, and a person would likewise just get burned if they touched fire. If someone were to be in contact with miasma, it would become like poison to that person’s body.
That’s why people were afraid of miasma. And in her previous life, she had died from miasma poisoning.
Radis felt the mana, which was heating up her whole body, slowly seeping into her system.
She gingerly raised one hand and placed it over her abdomen, at the center of her body.
Perhaps inside was a mana core that was not originally in the body of the sixteen-year-old Radis.
Her core had a lot of power.
“I can’t believe it.”
She only succeeded in making a mana core in her previous life, and it happened when she was already twenty four years old. Even that was like a miracle.
This mana was something that knights, who had trained for all their lives, couldn’t even handle without adverse effects.
On the other hand, Radis was never taught how to properly refine mana.
It was really only a coincidence that she managed to make a mana core.
When her body was on the verge of collapsing due to miasma poisoning, she felt a certain echo within her body that pulsed strangely.
It’s like she had two hearts.
The echo had allowed her to stand once more when just a moment ago she was dying from miasma poisoning.
It felt as if there was a furnace within her heart, and that furnace burned and purified the miasma to create another power that allowed her to live.
She instinctively felt that it was mana.
Even at that time, Radis couldn’t believe it.
Creating a mana core was a huge achievement in itself, and a knight who had become a mana user would be recognized for their ability and would henceforth be known as a mage knight rather than a regular knight.
Even so, she didn’t tell anyone about her ability to wield mana.
Because instinctively, she knew that it wasn’t normal mana.
She couldn’t believe that her abilities had increased from being able to extract mana from miasma.
‘It was weird back then, too, but this is really… really ridiculous. How is it possible to absorb miasma from an unrefined magic stone and transform it into purified mana?’
Radis’ body began to quiver out of her control.
“It’s not possible. It can’t be.”
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