The Book Eating Magician - chapter-125
‘Does this mean to come in?’
Theo waited a moment, but there was no further reaction. He was a bit
curious about the procedure which opened and closed the door, but there
existed something more important than a trivial question.
It was dark enough inside that he couldn’t see anything from the
outside. Some people would be reluctant to step into the darkness, but
Theo walked forward without any hesitation.
His clean-soled shoes rubbed against sand and made unpleasant noises. No,
maybe they had laid the sand for this very purpose. As a rustling sound
entered his ears, Theodore scoffed.
He’d noticed breathing sounds coming from the narrow passages on the
left and right. However, it wasn’t that their stealth was inadequate;
Theodore’s senses and Mitra’s detection ability were just superior.
It was to the extent that he could determine the number and skills of
‘Six people, among them is an aura user. I’m not sure about a head-on
fight, but his stealth is equivalent to a regular knight.’
Just like inhabitants of the dark side of the world, the life which
permeated this place was insidious and sticky. For those who lived in the
shadows, a head-on battle was only a last resort, and fighting skills
wasn’t necessary. It was probably a prerequisite that they knew how to
strike from the back, not the front.
However, Theo continued moving calmly. The nasty feeling wasn’t a
problem, but he didn’t relax his guard either. He might find them
ridiculous, but it would be stupid to not be wary.
Theo put on his best cold expression as he walked on. Then after
precisely 100 steps, Theodore arrived in front of a shabby door that he
calculated to be around 20 meters below the surface. Finally, a space
filled with deep shadows greeted him.
‘This information guild… Is he the [King of Mice] of the Sipoto
The space was unnaturally open, and there was an unusually old-fashioned
table in the center of the room. Theo’s keen eyes were able to
distinguish the good quality of the wood and that it was made by a
Theodore looked at the person sitting beyond the table. Under the dim
light, the man who boasted a unique appearance grabbed Theo’s
attention. Despite having the distinct brown skin and brown eyes of the
desert people, the man was big enough to be eye level with Theodore while
Even so, the presence around him was like a fog.
It didn’t feel like the man could beat Theo, but it would be hard to
catch him if he ran away. Theodore raised his evaluated level of the
Information Guild by two stages. The man sitting behind the desk looked
at Theo quietly and opened his mouth to say, “…It has been a long
time since I’ve had uninvited guests.”
Did that mean the instructions Canis provided him were wrong?
However, he got an answer to his question as the man continued speaking,
“You aren’t a guest that my kids brought, or any of those who work
with them. Based on your speech and clothing, you recently came from
Meltor in the north.”
“How do you know that?”
“There are all sorts of tricks. How you tie a shoelace, the tan marks,
dirt attached to the hem, and so on. There are many things that can’t
be hidden unless you are a properly trained secret agent.”
Indeed, Theodore admired the man’s keen eye for detail. It had been
less than three minutes since Theo arrived at the door. However, that man
had casually uncovered Theo’s hometown and that he had arrived in
If this was the level of the man in charge of the guild, Theo couldn’t
doubt their credibility.
Theodore sat in the chair before him. “As expected of the best
information guild in the central continent.”
“Yes, who introduced you to this place?”
“A black market trader called Canis.”
The eyebrows on the brown skin raised. “Canis? That cub is still alive.
Though there has been no message from Meltor recently…”
“Are you acquaintances?”
“We’ve done business a few times. His skills aren’t bad, but his
way of thinking is too narrow. He must’ve found a pretty good rat
hole,” the informant mumbled before extending his thick arms. The
tattoo of a two-headed serpent on his forearm wriggled.
He reached out as if asking for a handshake, before his rough face
smiled. “I am Sipoto’s branch chief, Gibra.”
Gibra finished the greeting and brought up the subject first. “So, why
did you come to find us?”
Theodore was relieved. Asking for the job was the same as accepting the
request. He was concerned about being an outsider, but as Canis said, the
Information Guild didn’t distinguish between the origin and identity of
The only important thing was whether the customer could pay the price,
the black market trader had said.
‘Then this story will be fast,’ Theo thought with a strange smile as
he looked at his left hand.
Before leaving Meltor, he had changed all his goods into cash and stored
them in the inventory. It was a tremendous amount when he added in the
rewards he’d accumulated from his achievement in Elvenheim. The prices
of original books or the sales commission wouldn’t even make a dent in
There was no reason for Theodore to hesitate, since he possessed both
wealth and power.
So, he said, “There are things I want to buy in Kargas.”
Gibra listened with a bright expression.
Theo continued,“I want to know the location of all the original books
in Kargas and the information about the owners. I will leave it to you to
act as the agent for the purchase. The status of the item is fine as long
as it is an original, and if the item is bought at a reasonable price,
you’ll be paid part of the purchase price.”
“Original books? You mean the original copy of a magic book? It will
take a lot of money to buy all the ones in Kargas.”
“30 gold as a deposit, the survey period— …Ah, whoops.”
As Theo wondered about the sudden interruption, Gibra scratched the back
of his head with an embarrassed expression. “I’m sorry, but I can’t
take the commission. I can’t.”
“How come? If it is simply a matter of the cost…”
“No, it’s not that. Honestly, the money is good, but the timing is
‘Timing?’ Theodore made a perplexed expression.
“That reminds me, you’re from the north? Then you won’t know about
a famous attraction of Kargas.”
The Kargas Kingdom was the center of the central continent and a trade
kingdom, so it didn’t have anything to symbolize it. In Kargas, all
logistics from the north, south, and center gathered before spreading to
the rest of the continent. It was a kingdom where numerous foreigners
frequented, and there was a mixture of cultures. It would be strange if
there was something unique about this place.
However, there was something behind Kargas. It was the place where money
and desire gathered from all over the world in the abyss of the trading
kingdom—the underground auction houses.
“Every year, it will be held in secret for a few weeks. There is a
saying that the goods that move through there go beyond the yearly budget
of a few kingdoms.”
“What does that have to do with my commission?”
“The auction is a place where sellers can handle things at the highest
prices. Even more so when there are original books on sale.”
When Theodore made an expression of realization, Gibra continued, “You
finally understand. The auction is more attractive than selling it to an
unidentified buyer. The right time for the commission would be a few
months after the auction ends. So, I can’t accept your request.”
Theodore was convinced by the reasonable explanation, so he wasn’t
embarrassed by the rejection.
The auction house where buyers from all over the world gathered was
indeed more attractive than a single buyer. It might be possible to
persuade the owner prior to that, but there would be more people who
preferred the tradition of the auction house.
As Gibra said, Theo’s timing was really bad.
‘…No, not yet. There is still a way.’
Theodore’s expression recovered as he lifted his head. He looked at
Gibra and expressed his idea, “How about participating in the auction
“If possible, that would be for the best. The auction house isn’t
just for sellers, as buyers can also get things at reasonable prices.”
However, Gibra shook his head. “Sipoto’s auction house isn’t a
place for the uninvited. Isn’t it an event where the budget of a
kingdom is moved? The guild doesn’t accept commissions for entry. It
will be a problem if we are caught. It is better to wait a few months for
“That is only true if I was an uninvited guest.”
This time it was Gibra’s turn to be confused. Theodore smiled and
placed his hand on his chest. Everything was lining up, so it felt like
the heavens were helping him. It hadn’t even been a day since he’d
received the plaque from Bear. The dim light shone from the palm of his
Gibra’s expression turned into one of shock for the first time as he
grasped the identity of the plaque.
“The Polonell Company?”
“You know it.”
“I would have to die if I didn’t know the symbol of the top three
trading companies in the north. By the way, I don’t know how you got
your hands on this at your age.”
“I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you that.” Theodore shrugged
Judging from Gibra’s reaction, this plaque would qualify him to enter
the auction house. Who would’ve expected his journey to produce this
result? Theodore seemed to feel an unknown flow of life around him.
Gibra calmed down from his shock and held his chin. The expression in his
eyes was different from before, and his blurred appearance seemed unusual.
“You are eligible if you have the mark of the Polonell Company. Prior
to that, I want to ask one thing. Guest from Meltor, do you intend to
sincerely participate in Sipoto’s auction house?”
A remarkably intimidating atmosphere emanated from Gibra, but his
opponent was Theodore, the master of a grimoire. Theo wouldn’t be
overwhelmed by anyone who wasn’t a master. Above all, Theo had no time.
Just a few months was enough to make him feel rushed. The time limit was
decreasing with every day that passed.
Theodore nodded with a serious expression, and Gibra opened his mouth to
say, “Okay, then I will call you Employer from now on.”