With Rockham in trouble, Link couldn't stay indoors anymore . He could feel that this was an opportunity!
After thinking, Link took out his finished magic sword . Placing it in the sheath, he ordered, "Stay here and don't open the door for strangers . "
"I know . We're not kids,"Riel answered .
Taking the sword, Link left the house and jogged to Rockham .
When he got close, he saw Rockham lying on a stretcher . He was covered in blood . There was a bloody hole below his liver . The bleeding had mostly been stopped blood was still seeping out slowly .
Rockham was being taken to the round tower by two slaves . When he saw Link, a weak smile appeared on his pale face . "Heh,"he laughed at himself . "I'm old now and got stabbed by that bastard without realizing . "
As far as Link knew, there were no priests or healing spells in this world . If Rockham's wound wasn't treated properly, it could be fatal .
The apprentices stood in the courtyard, watching from afar and muttering amongst themselves .
"It's karma for this money-slave . I think he's going to get it this time!"
"I'm afraid the Bloody Butcher will find another stingier Magician after he dies . "
"How can he teach us magic if he's so injured? He promised to answer my two questions last week . "
They just watched without doing anything . Rockham was too stingy and mean to them usually . Of course, Rockham didn't need them;he had many slaves . Seeing Link beside him, he said, "You don't have to come . I won't die . "
Link took down his wooden case with the sword . "Tutor, actually I already finished the sword and was about to give it to you . "
"Ah, you finished so quickly . "Rockham was surprised, but he quickly smiled . "Follow me then, but you'll have to wait . My wound still needs to be treated carefully… Ah, that damn bastard was so cruel!"
Link followed Rockham's stretcher all the way to the round tower . When he passed by the slave yard, he looked inside subconsciously . It was empty . The slave girls didn't come out to practice today .
They quickly arrived at the tower . After entering, the stretcher was taken to the second floor and inside a spacious bedchamber . Rockham was placed on the bed .
The doctor that had followed them went forward . He cut open the bloody clothing with practice and started treating the wound . The doctor's methods were similar to surgeons from earth . He cut open Rockham's wound and used very thin thread to sew the injury to Rockham's internal organs . Then he sewed up the cut quickly .
After around twenty minutes, he was done with sewing . He also poured some blue medicine on it . It sizzled softly, and many bubbles appeared .
Rockham grunted and his body tensed . Five seconds later, he felt much better and let out a long breath .
"Lord,"the doctor said . "You injured your intestines and bled a lot . You must rest for three months . During this time, you mustn't work too hard . Otherwise—"
Rockham lost his patience . Waving his hand, he said, "I know . It's not my first time getting hurt . You may go and tell Balha about my injury . Say that I need to rest but nothing will be delayed . Tell him to not bother me if it's not important . "
In the Spring Leaf Village, Rockham was a Magic Official . He was responsible for the magic affairs and had high status . This could be seen from how he spoke to the owner of the village, Balha .
The doctor nodded . He collected his tools, left some bottles of medicine behind, and left .
A few pretty elven servants came up . They carefully carefully cleaned up Rockham's bloody clothes and dirtied sheets . The room was soon tidied up .
During this, Link waited quietly in a corner, but he didn't waste time . He had a book borrowed from Rockham and was reading seriously without making a sound . When everything was taken care of, he put his book away . He stood up and waited for Rockham with his arms lowered .
Fortunately, Rockham didn't forget about him . He patted his bed and said, "Come, kid . Show me your sword . "
Link took the sword out of the wooden case and offered it to Rockham with both hands .
The sword had a sheath made from the skin of a python unique to Aragu . It was brown-gray and wasn't attractive . Of course, the sheath was made as intricately as always—there were no flaws .
Seeing this, Rockham nodded . "Good . A sheath that hides the sword should be more low-key . This is interesting . "
He looked to the hilt . There were many grooves for better grip . Holding it, it felt a bit rough but also a bit soft . "It won't be slippery and can also absorb sweat . You used soft magic steel, didn't you? You adjusted the property very well . "
Rockham was already very satisfied by the sheath and hilt . He used a bit of force, and the sword was unsheathed with a clang . The air in the room turned cold as soon as the sword appeared . A couple of the elven servants around Rockham let out soft cries and retreated involuntarily .
"Get out of here…a bunch of idiots ruining my mood…hmph . "Rockham was upset and spoke loudly, affecting his wound . He grunted again .
The elven servants scurried frantically out of the room . A young girl even fell hard, hitting her head against the corner of a table . Blood flowed out of her pale forehead . Without making a sound, she used all her limbs to get up and walked out of the room dazedly .
The room quickly quieted down .
Rockham rested for a bit and pulled the sword again .
Clang! With only some power, the sword sang again . It was clear and high like a dragon's cry . Rockham was a Magician, but he'd worked with all sorts of magic gear and weapons . Hearing this, he couldn't help but praise, "I know it's a good sword just from the sound!"
He slowly pulled the sword out . Pale white fog appeared on the blade . Under the fog, the silvery-white sword seemed to turn into crystal . The room's temperature dropped even more until the cold seemed to dig into one's bones .
Rockham praised again, "You were able to use the ice enchantment to this extent . So amazing!"
The runes on the body of the sword were flowing and intricate . Not only did it use the enchantment's effect to the extreme, but it also twisted around the sword, creating an ancient and thick groove .
If not for the low level of the enchantment, Rockham would think that this was a Master-level Legendary weapon!
He finally pulled the sword out entirely . As soon as it appeared, the room glowed faintly, and the temperature dropped again . The sword's arc was smooth and natural . It was light without a bit of murderous intent . The surface was covered in a faint layer of even white light . Around the glow, snowflake-light spots of light floated around .
Rockham studied the body, looking at the runes one by one . He grew more and more focused, even forgetting about his injury .
After a long while, he sighed . "I can't believe that I'm able to see such a magic sword before I die . Ah, what a pity . If only the enchantment was higher, at least at Tier-3, I believe it can be sold for up to 6000 gold coins . Right now, it can only be 2000 coins at most . Ah…"
No, he couldn't sell the sword . He should use it to forge more connections . With his injury, he would definitely have to overlook some matters in the village . Balha never liked him . Rockham had to use this sword to stabilize his status .
Lord Balha liked swords . Yes, this sword must be given to him . This sword came at just the right time and solved one of his worries .
Rockham put the sword away and looked at Link . His . His eyes had become so gentle as if looking at the love of his life . Link got goosebumps .
"Kid, your artistry is very good . Are you interested in becoming my student?"
"Student? Tutor, aren't I your student already?"Link looked confused, but his heart was pounding . He knew his chance had come .
"Ah, that doesn't count . How is this being a student? It's just working physical labor for me . But you're different . If you're my student, I will pass down my magic print and tell the entire village . As my student, you can read all my books at will, and I'll answer all questions for free . While I'm recovering, you can be responsible for the magic workshop . What do you think?"
Rockham wasn't saying this casually . He hadn't disturbed Link, but after receiving the magic bracelet, he'd kept an eye on Link .
The result was that this young man was a bit soft and was overly nice to his slaves . People like that are easier to control . Plus, he had such great enchantment skills . There would be many benefits to having a student like him .
As for being responsible for the magic workshop, Rockham had considered this thoroughly . He'd seen two of Link's enchantments—the bracelet and sword . He could see from the items that the man was careful and smart . There would be no mishaps if he was in charge . Rockham could also lasso Link in like this . It was two birds with one stone .
Link was surprised . He didn't expect all these benefits . Raising his head and seeing Rockham's enthusiasm, he thought a bit and nodded . "Tutor, I am so honored!"
There were both pros and cons . The most obvious negative was that, after becoming his student, their relationship would be very close . Rockham's bad reputation would affect him heavily . There were many more pros than cons though .
More importantly, Link didn't have other choices . This was the best chance to get a hold in this world . There was no reason not to accept .
Rockham clapped his hands and laughed . "Great . I didn't think that at my age, I could find a true disciple . Heh, come, I'll add the magic mark for you!"
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