The Book Eating Magician - chapter-136
However, on the first night of his departure from Sipoto, Theodore had no
choice but to admit his prediction was wrong.
The first one to recognize the presence wasn’t the almost master level
swordsman, Randolph or the 6th Circle magician, Theodore. On the roof of
the carriage, the crow, Hugin, cried out as it discovered something
strange on the horizon.
Thanks to the summoning magic, the image which Hugin saw was burned onto
Theodore’s retina. Simultaneously, Theodore closed the book he was
reading and shouted at Randolph who was in the driver’s seat,
“Randolph, stop the carriage!”
Randolph sensed Theo’s urgency and tugged at the reins. Thanks to the
well-trained horses, the speed of the carriage reduced without any
impact, and it stopped 30 meters from the point where it had first
started to decelerate.
Randolph tried to ask about the sudden order, but there was no need as
immediately after that, the ground near the back axis of the carriage
began to shake.
Ku ku ku kung…!
“W-What, this feeling?!”
Unlike the confused Randolph, Theodore had a helper who could let him
know the underground situation. The little girl appeared at Theodore’s
feet and asked, [Deo, you caw?]
‘Yes. I’m sorry, but can go you straight into the ground? I need to
know what is going on.’
[Yes! I noe!] As always, the girl replied with short words before diving
into the ground with her distinctive hoing.
‘…Okay, there are two of them.’
As Mitra dug into the ground, the presence of two beings entered
Theodore’s mind. One was ‘Hugin’s eyes,’ watching something on
the horizon. The other was ‘Mitra’s vision’ which had just entered
His mind was confused by the two scenes, but Theo kept his composure. It
was thanks to his mental training to handle Umbra. Eventually, the source
of the shaking ground was revealed.
“No way. Sand worms?!” The name emerged from the lips of Theodore,
who was in shock.
Sand worms were a type of insect monster which lived mainly in the
desert. Their bodies were several dozen meters long and were capable of
quick movements because their weight didn’t match their bodies.
However, their skin was soft, so they couldn’t move in places where
there was hard ground. The ones Mitra was showing Theodore, ignored these
The sand worms continued advancing despite the rocks, gravel, soil, and
sand rubbing against their skin. They didn’t care about the blood which
poured down occasionally or their internal organs which sometimes fell
out from scratches on their body. It was a wound which living sand worms
wouldn’t have been able to endure.
“Undead. Using zombie sand worms as a means of transportation…
Isn’t this quite creative?”
It was as he said. A zombie sand worm could move anywhere under the
surface of the ground, no matter how painful the journey was. According
to some researchers, a sand worm could move at a speed which was equal to
60km/h. Furthermore, it could run without feeling any fatigue because it
was an undead.
This way, it wasn’t unreasonable that the followers had caught up with
Theodore. As they arrived at a point just ahead of the party’s
carriage, the movement of the sand worms caused a tremor which was close
to a small earthquake.
The sand worms broke through the surface of the ground, causing blood to
soar and splatter.
It was a frightening roar. Of course, Theodore and Randolph weren’t
scared of sand worms, but they couldn’t prevent their expressions from
changing into shocked expressions after seeing the sand worms’
This was because undead started pouring out of the body of the sand worms.
Contaminated with black magic power, the bodies were already closer to
metal than biotissue. This was the intermediate-ranked undead which could
reproduce some of their original physical abilities and skills. They
mumbled, so that meant there was some intelligence remaining.
Which kingdom had they been soldiers of when they were alive…?
In their formation, the skeleton soldiers, armed with armor and spears or
swords, started advancing toward Theodore. This wasn’t the chaotic
assault of a corrupt group but a corps with proper tactics, and there was
someone controlling them from behind.
“Sheesh, this type of offensive is annoying,” Randolph grumbled as he
“Then I’ll increase the number of allies.”
Theodore tapped his index finger instead of answering.
Clack! There was a sharp sound as the bracelet around his wrist sparkled.
The bracelet was the artifact created by the Yellow Tower Master and
borrowed from Kurt III. Six living armors suddenly appeared around
Randolph, who laughed and twisted his double swords as he felt their
“Ohh, then this is a different story.”
Going from one to seven, the total sum of combat power itself hadn’t
changed much, but the advantage wasn’t light as it reduced the pressure
of being surrounded.
Randolph’s role was to act as Theodore’s escort. It was the magician,
not the swordsman, who played the protagonist in these types of
battlefields. The essence of Theodore’s ability as a magician was to
dominate the battlefield with overwhelming magic power.
“Please escort me well, Captain Randolph.”
Theodore pulled out his staff, which he had never used before.
* * *
With an eerie sound, the neck bone of five skeletons were severed. They
were reinforced with black magic, but they still couldn’t endure
He wielded his two falchions like he was jumping into a flock of sheep.
Any shield or armor hit by his weapons were broken and scattered into
pieces. It was impossible for intermediate-level undead to resist
As a result, over 100 skeleton skeletons were turned into grey ash.
However, that wasn’t all. The six living armors Theodore had summoned
were quite successful. The poison infesting the skeleton soldiers’
weapons were made of black magic and only affected the living, so the
living armour blocked the undead army from reaching Theodore by becoming
a steel wall.
“…Isn’t this flowing along easier than I thought it would?”
Theodore muttered as he raised his staff.
‘Memorize. All Slots Open. Fire Ball Sixfold.’ The magic was invoked
without speaking. If another magician was here, they would be foaming at
Theodore’s fire magic, enhanced by his high sensitivity and max fire
attribute affinity, was already beyond the standard of the circles. There
were six fireballs, each one having the power of a 4th or higher level
circle. Additionally, he received the assistance of a staff which he
didn’t normally use.
The undead fell apart under the catastrophic bombardment.
In a second, charred bones became ashes, and those in the center of the
explosion were destroyed by the fire. It was the result of pure
destructive power. There were only six rounds, but the scale was enough
to shake the entire battlefield. If it were ordinary 3rd Circle magic, a
skeleton soldier would be able to endure half a dozen of them.
However, Theodore’s eyebrows twitched when he saw the result.
‘What the hell are these guys? Why are they so weak?’
If the warlock in the distance heard Theo’s mumbles, he would be
shaking in shock. The skeleton soldiers the warlock led were the remains
of the elite army of an old kingdom. It was an army strong enough to
compete with senior undead such as the death knight or dullahan.
This was a force much stronger and more capable than the corpses Theo had
previously encountered at the Miller Barony.
‘No, is it just my perspective that is different?’
After all, Theodore was 10 times stronger than he had been at that time.
Kwaang! Kwang! Kwaang!
He simply shot fireballs at 10 second intervals, but the number of undead
was rapidly declining. The sight of the skeleton soldiers collapsing like
scarecrows in the rice fields must be a nightmare for the maker.
The stalemate was increasingly pushed as gaps appeared between the
countless soldiers. The headcount might seem unlimited, but in the end,
all warlocks had a limit.
Not long after that, Randolph had nothing to do.
“Ah, Young Master is still absurd.”
The skeleton soldiers were destroyed faster than those emerging from the
sand worms. Thus, the front line was pushed back, and the need to protect
the front of Theodore disappeared. Randolph just watched mournfully as
fireballs shot at the enemy constantly.
However, it was at this moment that…
Ku ku ku kung…!
Another sand worm suddenly soared up behind Theodore. It was different
from the other sand worms; this one was meant to be a ‘ghoul’ instead
of a ‘zombie.’
Therefore, the reactions of Randolph and the living armour were late. The
speed of the ghoul worm, which was better than its physical capability in
life, was comparable to a killer whale in the ocean.
The snout of the worm opened, and a warlock in black robes popped out.
“-Kuhuhu! You weren’t alert, you fools!”
Randolph was able to realize it right away that the warlock standing in
the distance was a fake, while the real one had hidden in order to catch
Theodore unaware. He stepped forward, but the black magic spell was
completed several beats faster.
“Evil spirits from the abyss, slay him…!”
The black magic curse, Doom Wight, summoned wraiths which couldn’t even
be compared to specters or banshees. The warlock had formed the curse by
gathering at least 10,000 spirits. This was a mass of malice which could
kill any living creature just by touching it. The most frightening thing
about it was that defense magic or physical resistance was no use against
The fatal drawback was that despite such a high cost, it was a disposable
thing which could only be used once.
The moment that the reddish black magic power sprang up like lightning, a
drop of sweat rolled down Randolph’s neck.
‘…That son of a bitch was watching Young Master’s abilities.’
Theodore had torn apart the undead army with fireballs and showed no
signs of fatigue despite the constant bombardment. The warlock had seen
this and didn’t hesitate to ambush Theodore. He then prepared a spell
dangerous enough that he was certain he could kill Theodore. Was it
possible for Theodore to survive this surprise attack?
Of course, it was.
“Was this why you wanted me to wait?” Theo muttered.
Had Theo gone crazy after seeing the impending death before his eyes? The
warlock scoffed when he heard Theodore muttering to himself.
-That’s right. I was waiting for this.
However, Theodore was talking to someone else. With Alfred’s sensory
perception and Mitra’s detection ability, very few things could
surprise him. Nevertheless, there was a reason why he had waited for the
warlock to reveal himself and allowed the warlock to complete the
spell—Doom Wight, a black magic spell composed of ‘evil spirits.’
It meant this was Gluttony’s prey.