The Book Eating Magician - chapter-119
Original books were not books which were created with duplication magic,
but the first copies the authors wrote directly. So far, Theo had
swallowed three original books: Ballistics Magic; Introduction to
Elemental Magic; and Battle Song. They acted as the foundation Theo’s
abilities were built on.
However, how would original books solve his problem?
“…I don’t understand. Hasn’t my vessel already reached the
“Then won’t eating original books be like pouring more water in? Why
is that the solution?”
–Hrmm, the explanation is lacking. Gluttony thought for a moment before
opening its mouth again. –Your question isn’t entirely wrong. The
abilities you learn from the original books will fill up the vessel. But
in the process, you can acquire something else.
“What is it?”
–The fragment of the author’s soul set inside the original book.
Gluttony said that although it was small, a piece of the author’s soul
was contained in the original book. So far, Theodore had met the
author’s of the original books he’d eaten. He had experienced Alfred
on the battlefield and Lee Yoonsung using his martial arts. Myrdal’s
case was a little bit different, but the old man should be treated as an
Theodore realized the meaning of Gluttony’s words and asked, “So
absorbing the fragment of soul can expand my vessel?”
–That’s right. In fact, your vessel was already half full when you
absorbed Umbra. If you hadn’t used ‘Transmission’ on Alfred, you
“…Transmission.” Theo noticed a secret hidden in the word.
General predation couldn’t absorb all the abilities of a book. It
didn’t matter about his talent or aptitude. Just like how it was
impossible for Theodore to shoot Magic Bullet like Alfred, it was
impossible for him to obtain 100% of the author’s ability.
However, Theo overcame that limit with Transmission. Theo thought had
that Transmission was just a function which effectively accepted the
author’s ability, but he now realized it was different. Transmission
was the ability to expand the vessel beyond its limits.
Otherwise, there was no reason to take the risk that the contractor’s
ego would collapse. If Theodore’s mentality hadn’t been strong and
Alfred hadn’t been willing to help, he might’ve become brain dead
after fighting Pride.
–No, that is a bit wrong.
As it had read Theo’s thoughts, Gluttony interrupted, –Transmission
isn’t normally used in that way. At that time, it was instant because
the situation was imminent. However, it was originally a process that
allows for gradual assimilation.
–As you can see, sometimes a confusion of self can occur. Of course, it
isn’t a problem if the user is overwhelming strong. But if the other
party is superior, the user could end up being eaten. You were lucky in
many ways last time.
In other words, if Alfred was a bad person, then he could’ve taken over
Theo’s body. However, after that, Theo couldn’t call on Alfred
Theo organized the information he had received before replying. There
were three ways to avert the three-year deadline. Among them, he erased
the first idea without even thinking about it. Human sacrifice belonged
to the black magic area and was a taboo in Meltor, with severe punishment
if caught. Theodore wouldn’t be excluded from the punishment even if he
had received a medal.
The second method, however, was worth considering. ‘Doing something
good or evil.’
It was strange to think about. So far, Theo had taken down two grimoires
and destroyed the elder lich. As a result, the number of lives he saved
wouldn’t be light. Regrettably, Gluttony asserted that his heroic
actions weren’t helpful at all.
–Grimoires don’t count. They are located outside the causal
relationship and don’t affect karma. It would be more meaningful to
catch a few bandits.
It was unfortunate, but it made sense. Theodore understood this and
looked at the darkness outside the window.
The capital of the Meltor Kingdom, Mana-vil… From the tall magic tower,
the scenic view of the capital was spectacular, but it was nothing
compared to the superb views he’d seen with Ellenoa on the branch of
the world tree.
There were still many sights in the world which he hadn’t seen. On a
bookshelf in a narrow room, there might be an unknown mystery hiding. A
magician should find their own wilderness.
‘Am I prepared to leave the comfort of the familiar road for a hard and
unfamiliar road?’ Theo asked himself.
“Well, it seems like what I need to do is already determined.”
As Gluttony fell asleep, Theo made a fist.
He wished to experience hardships in order to improve himself. Just like
when he broke through an army of undead, when he faced Pride, and when he
jumped into Laevateinn without any fear… Just like always, he had to
believe in himself and move forward.
Regardless of whether he would be a hero or not, Theodore made a decision
as he looked at Mana-vil’s night view.
* * *
The next day, as soon as Theodore opened his eyes, he went into action. A
person’s determination could dull over time, so the sooner he put it
into action, the better.
Theo dressed in the familiar robe and decided to first tell his master
his choice. It wasn’t merely a procedural problem but a matter of
‘He will certainly be worried, but… I can’t conceal it from him.’
Despite reaching the 6th Circle, Vince Haidel was Theodore’s master and
a companion whom he shared the secrets of the grimoire with. The
relationship between the two men was much stronger than an ordinary bond
shared between master and disciple. He couldn’t keep the threat to his
life a secret, and Vince might be able to give him useful advice.
Theodore finally stopped in front of Vince’s door.
As Theo took a deep breath and knocked, he heard the familiar voice of
“Theo, is that you? It is open, so just come in.”
As Vince said, the door wasn’t locked. The familiar smell of coffee
greeted Theo after he opened the door.
It was the handmade coffee Vince had been drinking since Bergen Academy.
Theo felt like smiling as he sat on the chair Vince brought him. The face
of his teacher, who had a few grey hairs, appeared before him.
Theo felt his heart relaxed as he opened his mouth to speak.
The story wasn’t long. By the time Theo’s story finished, the steam
rising from Vince’s coffee mug was gone, and the angle of the light
coming through the window had changed by a few degrees.
However, Vince’s expression wasn’t as simple as the story. Vince
swallowed down a sigh and tried to act calm as his disciple mentioned the
time limit. It wasn’t a story which should come from a young man who
was only 20 years old.
“…Hoo. I have a lot of things to say, but I won’t. You already seem
to know how serious this situation is.”
“Thank you for your consideration.”
“There is no need to thank me. Ah, wait a minute. I just completed the
present that I was going to give you.”
A present he was going to give Theo? Theodore looked confused as Vince
pulled out a book from his drawer.
Based on the still wet ink, it was true that Vince had just completed it.
He used a simple drying magic and handed it over. It was a summary of his
years of research.
[Ancient Magic Overview — Balcard] was written on the cover.
[Ancient Magic Overview — Balcard]
[This book deals with the magic of Balcia, an empire which existed in
ancient times. The magicians of that era used magic which was several
times more efficient and powerful than modern magic systems. After years
of research, the author, Vince Haidel, has awakened this system. The
depth of wisdom is superior to ordinary magic books.
* The level of your understanding is minimal. (0%)
* This magic book is rated ‘Rare.’
* When consumed, the fundamentals of the ‘Balcard Language’ will be
* This is the original that was directly written by the author. You have
a close relationship with the author. There is a high probability that
you will absorb some of Vince’s proficiency.]
Theodore looked at the information from the unconsciously used Appraisal
and felt great awe.
‘Restoring a magic system that was used in ancient times!’ Once this
achievement spread through the Magic Society, it was clear that Vince
Haidel would be given a Prime position as well as praise and rewards.
Vince smiled at Theo’s impressed look and said, “If you need original
books, then mine will be helpful. Although I don’t know if it will help
“…No, it is brilliant.”
“Well, it was thanks to you that I was able to finish the research.
I’m glad it can be of use to you in this way.”
Theo placed the magic power in his inventory, while Vince’s expression
‘Going on a trip to find original books… It won’t be easy,’ Vince
Theo had already decided. Leaving the country where he was lauded as a
hero was never easy. In order to avoid the empire’s gaze, he had to
conceal his identity and couldn’t do as he wished in a foreign country.
Perhaps he should tell Theo to forget Myrdal’s advice. It was shameful
as Theo’s mentor, but he might not have given that advice if he were in
Myrdal’s position. Still, Vince passed on what information he could.
He pulled out a map and moved his fingers as he started to explain, “If
your purpose is to look for original books, you must first go to the
Meltor was known as the magic kingdom, and as the name suggestion, it was
full of magic books. However, the story was different when it came to
original books. As mentioned several times, the Magic Society treated
originals and copies the same. It was because they didn’t want to see
the value of knowledge rising or falling due to scumbag collectors.
So, the people who collected original books weren’t from Meltor.
Instead, they were nobles or merchants who resided in other countries and
wanted to decorate their office.
“In particular, the trade kingdom Kargas at the center of the central
continent. All types of people swarm there. Original books are sold there
for an expensive price, meaning only people who have nothing but money
will buy them.”
“Kargas on the central continent… I will keep that in mind.”
“If possible, don’t cause any friction. Your skills aren’t a
problem, but there are many outlaws in the central continent.”
Experienced advice was always valuable. Theo was taught by his teacher
about things necessary for the journey, such as how to get across the
border, the laws of different countries, and how to act in them.
Fortunately, Theo had a strong memorization ability, so he remembered all
of it without much difficulty.
“Oh, I forgot.” After a lengthy explanation, Vince sipped from the
coffee which had cooled down. “You are now the hero of Meltor. The
Magic Society and royal family won’t like you leaving the kingdom. How
are you planning to go abroad?”
It was a reasonable fact. Theo’s status had increased after confronting
the monster called Pride and becoming the national guest of Elvenheim.
There was no way to guarantee his safety outside the kingdom.
If Andras’ Knights of Shade had an assassination list, the name
‘Theodore Miller’ would probably be among the top five of the list.
For that reason, Theo had only one person he could depend on. He was the
culmination of power in Meltor and the only one who could command all
four tower masters.
“I have no choice but to ask His Majesty directly.”