It was already less than half a month from the new year. Even if the people of Banta City were focused during work because of the high wages, many people were preparing for new years during this time and had stopped their work.
Akali announced that her two research teams would be on vacation two days ago, so they had been busy preparing everything for when they were gone after two days and preparing the year end report.
Xu Yi attached great importance to work in the magic research facility, not only did he read their research reports, he needed each research team to hand in a year end report. He also appraised their development progress for next year and confirmed their next years research direction.
Akali hated this kind of reporting work the most back when she was in school.
But now that she was the leader of two teams, she had to do this herself and the others werent qualified.
Then again, Akali was very willing to show off in front of Xu Yi, so although writing this report was very tedious, she still completed it very seriously each year.
After writing the last word, stretched herself out.
After finishing the report, it meant that this years work was over.
Now it was time for their new years vacation and she could properly rest up.
Seeing the cold weather outside, Akali wondered whether it would snow today.
Thinking of snow, she thought of her hometown in the north. If nothing unexpected happened, it should be covered in snow now.
Thinking of how, Akali couldnt help feeling a bit homesick.
Although she was very happy working at the magic research facility and her wages were high, because it was far from her hometown, she could only go back to celebrate new years.
Now that she hadnt seen her family for a year, Akali missed them very much.
"Ill go pack up after finishing up, then I can just go home tomorrow."
Akali always did what she said. After tidying up in the lab, she headed to the chiefs room with her report.
Each teams annual report was submitted to Evita and she gave them to Xu Yi, Akali wasnt an exception.
She came to the chiefs office, but the door was shut.
She came to Evitas lab and although the door wasnt closed, she couldnt see Evita inside.
Akali looked around before turning to leave the magic research facility.
Evita was not in the office or her lab, so she should be at that place.
When she came out of the magic research facility, Akali found that the Falling Rain Valley was much calmer compared to normal as most of the workers were on vacation.
Although the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had plenty of orders, Xu Yi had announced at the meeting that no matter how heavy the work was, they couldnt delay their new years vacation. So before Xu Yi left, he had announced that all the companys factories would shut down for vacation.
Although many companies in Banta City were dissatisfied that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would make this decision for so many orders, since Xu Yi had made a decision, the other companies couldnt do a thing.
After all, other than the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, there were no other companies that could provide them with magic machines.
Akali supported Xu Yi in this decision, even praising Xu Yi in secret, but getting a bitter smile in return from Xu Yi.
"It is our Frestech Chamber of Commerces monopoly, so we can act arrogant, but we cant ignore the feelings of the customers. But this approach isnt good. Im glad to see that theres strong enough competition in the business that our company has to accept every order, but you have to consider the consequences if you take a vacation."
Akali didnt understand what Xu Yi was worried about, she only knew that according to Xu Yi, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce didnt have to care about others when taking vacations for the next few years.
As a third grade researcher of the magic research facility and leading two research teams, Akali knew better than others just how terrifying of an advantage the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had in terms of technology.
At least the things that Evita was studying, other than the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, there wasnt a single company or a single other person studying it.
Even for the magic research facility, it was something that Evita and several dwarves were studying, even Akali didnt participate.
After leaving the magic research facility, Akali headed to the depths of the Falling Rain Valley.
Because the Frestech Chamber of Commerce built more factories, the entrance had already been developed and the Falling Rain Valley took up ten square kilometers of space. There was still a large part of the valley that hadnt been developed yet.
Other than the depths of the valley that had been flattened to facilitate future development, the other parts of the valley were still the same.
Moving not far away from the industrial district, Akali looked up to see a black spot moving around in the sky not far away.
As she moved in the direction of the black spot, Akali found Evita who was on a hill, completely focused on the black spot.
"Hey, youre standing this high up, youre not afraid of the cold?"
Evita didnt notice someone appearing beside her, so she was surprised when she heard Akalis voice.
After seeing Akali, Evita looked at her, "You finished your work? Why did you come here looking for me?"
"Un, the report was over and I was planning on handing it to you, but I found that you werent inside, so I knew that you were here doing experiments." Akali looked up at the black spot in the sky and asked, "How is it? Has the Magic Airship shown any improvements?"
Evita shook her head, "Theres no problem with launch and flying, but there is a problem for long range journeys. With how it is now, it can fly at most for two hours and various problems will occur. This is either because the Magic Crystal supply is unstable or the Magic Array inside is strained from the experiments, creating a bunch of trouble."
"Why do I feel that this isnt our magic research facilitys problem?" Akali said in a confused voice, "If there is a problem with the material, it should be something for research material to deal with."
"This wont work." Evita shook her head, "The chairman said that material research takes too much time and its hard to get improvements in a short period of time, so we can only find a solution with our current material. For example, I considered attaching an Earth Magic Array near the parts that easily distort, raising the hardness of the material, so it could last a bit longer."
"Doesnt this thing use a Wind Magic Array as an output? If you include an Earth Magic Array, wouldnt it easily clash? Doesnt that make it more difficult?" Akali was a bit confused.
"Difficulty can be overcome, its much better than having no way of solving the material problem." Evita said with a faint smile, "The magic research facility just needs to focus on Magic Arrays, we dont need to care about anything else."
Akali muttered in a somewhat indignant voice, "Sir chairman really is something, he always raises high requests to our magic research facility. Look at my group studying Magic Array resonance, sir chairman keeps saying that to develop this, we need to have a complete data system. He is such a strong magician, doesnt he know how hard it is to create a complete data system for magic?"
"Doesnt this mean sir chairman has expectations for you?" Evita revealed a faint smile, "Moreover, isnt sir chairman organizing the theoretical system? In the Magic Machine Fundamental Power System Theory he published last month, there were many descriptions of this. I feel..hes thinking far further ahead compared to us."
"Humph, if he has the skills, he can develop it himself. Why would he need us researchers?"
Seeing the indignant Akali, Evita shook her head with a smile. She pressed the remote in her hand and the black spot in the sky slowly came down.
When it came down from its high altitude, one could tell that it was a round shaped Magic Airship.
If Xu Yi was here, he would have recognized this as the Magic Airship that had hit him in the head, but it was at a completely different scale.
The one that hit Xu Yi was only palm sized, but now this one was three meters long, one meter wide, and there was a hole in the center, so it wasnt a problem to seat a person.
Akali saw the Magic Airship slowly landing in front of her and was a bit stunned.
"Hey, Evita, I havent seen it for some time, but your test ship is already this big?" Akali said this while walking around the Magic Airship, becoming more surprised, "Wa! Theres actually such a large piece of iron inside! This thing can still fly that high? This is too powerful!"
"This iron is only a hundred pounds, its not as heavy as a person." Evita shook her head. My Magic Airship would be able to bring a person into the air, so it is still far lacking."
Akali clicked her tongue twice before praising, "If you can really develop this thing and bring someone into the sky, you would be amazing! I feel that if there really was this thing, you could record your name in the history books of the continent!"
Evita rolled her eyes, "The chairman already said that if you develop the Magic Array resonance technology, you could also record your name in history."
Akali laughed, "What? Youre envious of me?"
Evita slowly shook her head, "If I really envied someone, I wouldnt envy you and would rather envy the chairman. No matter what the two of us develop, our names cant be carved as deeply as his in history."
Akali was silent for a bit before giving a slow nod.