The Book Eating Magician - chapter-109
The flames on the ground were frozen over. Blizzard was originally a 7th
Circle advanced magic, so the range of this Blizzard was extremely
reduced. The range of effect which remained was reduced to a radius of
around 10 meters. However, within those 10 meters, Sylvia had perfectly
reproduced a magic of the 7th Circle.
Even the flames of Muspelheim were caught in the ice for a moment.
“Heinz, two seconds later!” At that time, Theodore had predicted the
situation sooner than anyone else and pointed to the next magician to
cast their magic.
Group fighting was familiar to knights, but it was difficult to keep
their hands and feet in the right spot without any special training. The
only one capable of catching the timing of the flow and then conducting
the group was Theodore, who had awakened his supernatural senses.
The White Tower Superior, Heinz met those instructions. “Blow, a storm!
Capture the enemy!”
Two seconds later, the fire giant broke through the thick ice but
couldn’t even enjoy a sense of liberation before being caught in a
storm. This was 6th Circle wind magic. Vortex Prison rippled around the
giant and caught it. According to the records, large monsters like the
high ranking cyclops couldn’t escape the Vortex Prison. No, they were
usually caught in that vortex and torn to pieces by the wind blades.
However, that wasn’t enough to stop Laevateinn.
There was a thunderous rumble from inside the vortex, and the storm
started burning as the giant beat at the wind with its two fists. There
were random air discharges due to the shock waves as well as occasional
lightning bolts. It was the manifestation of ineffective power. The
firepower, which had already surpassed a master’s output, eventually
destroyed the vortex.
However, the fire giant didn’t see what was happening to the ground.
“Earth, hold that ungodly presence in your arms!”
The ground sank suddenly, and the pouring in of earth and pebbles became
a mass weapon. The soil buried fire giant like a tsunami, swallowing it
faster than its flames could melt the soil. Of course, the pressure was
nothing more than an ankle grab, and the fire giant eventually crawled
out from the ground.
Theo followed suit with another cold order, “30 meters in the 6
o’clock direction, two seconds later!”
A huge iceberg plunged from the sky into Laevateinn and protruded from
its body without any errors. The chunk of ice was the size of a house,
making it too big for the flames to melt it instantly. By the time the
giant emerged, the next magic had already been prepared.
“After three seconds, Ordu!”
The wind shell exploded against the fire giant’s head several times.
“46 meters in the 10 o’clock direction, now!”
Ice arrows poured down from above and tore the flames to pieces.
The chain of magic attacks never ended. Once someone’s magic succeeded,
another person’s followed. The immortal Laevateinn could hardly move.
The two elves watched the perfect chain of attacks and couldn’t help
feeling in awe. The power of each magic which could stop the fire giant
was great, but the greatest thing was the ability of the person
conducting this battlefield.
Without Theo, this deadlock would’ve collapsed much sooner.
“…Amazing. Isn’t this close to a prescience ability? Or a
prediction ability based on experience? Either way, it isn’t an ability
someone that age should have.”
“Yes, I think so as well.”
This ability involved an insight which looked ahead a few moves, as well
as the use of tactics which focused the power on the right place.
Theodore was stretching out his hand comfortably in an area which could
only be reached through decades of fighting. Despite this, he wasn’t at
all aware of how ridiculous his actions were. Instead, he focused on
being the support in this situation, by calculating the distance and
seconds for enemies and allies.
‘Damn, are we almost there yet?’ Theodore didn’t even have time to
blink. He wiped away his sweat and glared at Laevateinn.
For those who didn’t know, it might seem like they were dominating, but
that wasn’t the case. In the midst of such furious attacks, the party
was slowly being pushed back. With a rate of three steps per 10 seconds,
they were retreating approximately 5 meters per minute.
Additionally, this cyclic attack couldn’t be maintained for much
longer. It would be dangerous if he didn’t reach his primary goal
within the next 30 minutes.
Theo recalled Gluttony’s advice in his head, –Despite being a
grimoire, Laevateinn doesn’t possess any intelligence. It acts
instinctively for its own purpose, but its actions have to comply with
the rules. Its weakness lies in the rules.
Laevateinn’s third form was merely a transient process for shifting
from the second form to the fourth form. It was a process of offering up
everything in order to burn away all life. That’s why the third form
was a diffuse flame storm.
However, what would happen if the second form wasn’t able to obtain the
offerings and was constantly disturbed?
Exactly 15 minutes later, Laevateinn answered this question.
* * *
There was no one specific who noticed it first as the group of people,
who were constantly pouring magic attacks, were all sensitive to any
changes in the target. After all, the target was a flame giant which
could melt any metal in a moment.
The flame giant suddenly stopped struggling and curled up into a ball.
Its appearance was like a chrysalis waiting to emerge, so those watching
it suddenly felt greatly alarmed.
As Edwin drew back his arrow carefully,
Chill. Theodore felt a terrible chill run down his spine.
‘Death.’ Defense magic didn’t mean anything as every being in this
place would die.
As soon as this reality appeared in Theo’s mind, he exclaimed,
They would’ve died if it hadn’t been for Gluttony’s advice, if Theo
hadn’t explained it in advance in the meeting room, and if Alucard
wasn’t in this place.
“Gentle water mother, El-Mare!” Alucard immediately moved according
to Theo’s will which had been close to a scream.
It was also thanks to Alucard previously hearing about how dangerous the
third form was. The lack of offerings reduced the power considerably, but
it wasn’t something which magicians who hadn’t reached the master
level could withstand.
[Did you call?] The water elemental ruler was quickly revealed. If it
wasn’t for this location, there would’ve been a shower when she was
summoned, and the dry land would become wet. Without giving her a word of
greeting, Alucard cried out, “Protect us from the mighty flames!”
[…Child of the forest, I will accept the request according to the
contract,] an inorganic voice answered the call.
As soon as El-Mare spoke, a blue shield wrapped around the party. This
was the soul which governed all water. It could only endure one or two
rounds of the 7th Circle Inferno. So, it was inevitable that the party
would receive some punishment.
Immediately afterwards, a super heated hell unfolded.
There was no sound. The heat had already long evaporated the air. Then
there was a fierce flash of light which threatened to burn their retinas.
Theo endured the few drops of blood flowing from his eyes and barely
managed to look ahead.
Apart from the light, the Muspelheim’s heat penetrated the shield. It
was a wonder they could even breathe. The elemental ruler was their only
“…Crazy,” Theo muttered as he barely recovered and saw the sight in
front of him. The rest of the group noticed the difference a few beats
They looked around to where light and ash could be seen. It wasn’t
beautiful but literally a disastrous hell. No life could survive on this
burning land. Air, water, and everything else needed to survive had
disappeared. The remaining vegetation on the horizon was the only
comfort. If the green hadn’t entered his eyes, he really would’ve
thought that the world had been destroyed.
Theodore regained his calm sooner than anyone else. ‘It is finally
As a grimoire that ate grimoires, Gluttony couldn’t eat a book which
didn’t exist in this world.
So, it was impossible to subdue the fire giant, Muspelheim’s second
form. No matter how many times it was destroyed, the infinite flames
would reappear, and those who weren’t transcendent had no way to resist
it. However, from the third form onwards, Laevateinn’s body was
From where Theo was standing, it took a little over 20 steps to reach the
center of that hot hell.
“A bead of light.”
The white bead shone brilliantly. It was the passage connecting the
material world to Muspelheim, the reality of the grimoire which existed
to destroy the world. Then Theodore finally caught sight of
Laevateinn’s body and took a step forward.
As soon as Theo took one step, his skin turned red. Despite the
protection of the water elemental ruler and 5th Circle defense magic,
human flesh couldn’t withstand this heat, especially if the person
wasn’t a sword or magic master.
Maybe Theodore would somehow survive 10 steps. After that, his flesh
would burn, his blood would dry up, and his bones would break. For that
reason, it was Theo’s fight alone from here onwards.
He had a silent conversation with his group.
Someone saw him take one step and thought he should reconsider. Someone
else gave him protection magic, despite it being meaningless.
Sylvia tried to catch up with him but was grabbed by a magician of the
Blue Tower, while Edwin bowed his head in apology for not being able to
help. It was because his powers became extremely weak in a space where
upper ranked elementals were ineffective.
Theo glanced at all of them before looking back to the front.
‘Not yet… A little more. I can endure it…’
He took one step and then another step. The heat peeled his skin, but it
wasn’t to the extent that he would die. His disciplined body and mind
could endure this much pain. At the fifth step, his red skin was peeled
off, and his muscles started burning. Then Theodore pulled out his trump
Wuuong! Emerald light emerged from the mark on his right arm and wrapped
around his entire body.
The national treasure Umbra. The treasure that gave its owner its
abilities, including Fluidization. Umbra had the ability to ignore
physical attacks, so it could handle this heat. So, after the first five
steps, Theodore’s body turned transparent. However, he wasn’t
completely free from the heat.
‘Kuok…! This is outside the laws of physics…!’
Muspelheim’s flames even hurt spiritual bodies. Theo took seven more
steps, but the stronger heat started to shatter his body.
He managed another eight steps forward. However, in order to put it in
the range of Gluttony’s tongue, Theo needed at least three more steps.
It meant that this hell would become three times stronger after this.
Theodore really wanted to run away right now, but he gritted his teeth
If he didn’t stop Laevateinn here, the world would perish. Even if a
transcendent he didn’t know about showed up to stop Laevateinn,
Elvenheim would still be destroyed. It couldn’t be helped if he had
never started this operation, but he couldn’t forgive himself for
running away when he was so close to the end.
Theo took one more step.
As he patiently tried to endure the heat which seemed like it would melt
through his bones, Theo complained to someone who wasn’t there.
He complained to the White Tower Master Orta, who had declared he
wouldn’t participate in this subjugation mission.