The Book Eating Magician - chapter-161
“It took more time than I thought…” Theodore mumbled before setting
down the thought.
This was because the language was unfamiliar, despite having received Lee
Yoonsung’s knowledge. It took him three or four times longer than usual
to finish reading.
Furthermore, it was common for the magic books to use not only Chinese
characters but also special languages such as Sanskrit and Urdu. They
were languages which Lee Yoonsung didn’t know.
So, Theo had no choice but to learn from the beginning.
‘Well, it has been a long time since I’ve studied this way.’
It had been around the time when he entered Bergen Academy. He remembered
his desperate days of spending all night studying over paper.
Theodore recalled the memories as he replaced the worn down pen. Over the
past fortnight, he had used more than a dozen ink cartridges. If it
wasn’t for recovery magic, he would’ve got a stress fracture in his
If Theodore had to study like this, what about the warrior’s son?
“B-Brother…” A faint voice called out from the desk next to Theo.
Like Theodore, dozens of books were piled up in front of Baek Dongil, who
had a dark stubble.
Baek Dongil was in the same predicament as Theodore. Along with runes,
which could be called the basics of a magician, it was necessary to raise
his skill in the common language to the level of a local. Additionally,
there were the mathematics and geometry skills needed to calculate the
However, Theodore was a cruel figure when it came to studying.
There was no chanting. Healing and Refresh, the two spells which were
triggered with a single tap of his fingers, wrapped around Baek
Dongil’s body. The combined magic which healed physical fatigue and
mental fatigue was really effective.
“Are you okay now?”
It was as Theo said. The dark circles under Baek Dongil’s eyes
lightened up, and his throbbing fingers, sore from hours of use, felt
lighter. However, the accumulated tiredness was still the same, causing
Baek Dongil to look at Theodore with a sullen face.
“Uhh… I still can’t get used to this feeling, despite experiencing
it a few times.”
“It is still just a shortcut. This is already the eighth time, and the
gap between recovery spells is getting smaller… It is a little early,
but we will end it here for today.”
Magic was limited when it came to recovering the body. If recovery magic
was used repeatedly, the effect would decrease. Additionally, the body
which received the excessive magic power in a short period of time would
become temporarily resistant to magic.
Of course, people from the magic tower would’ve collapsed from
dizziness at least 20 times already. However, their physical bodies
couldn’t be compared to Baek Dongil, despite him still being a beginner.
Once Theodore’s permission was given, Baek Dongil got up from the seat
he had been stuck in for hours and grumbled, “Urgh! But Brother, do I
really need to learn this official language? Can’t Brother teach me
instead of reading the books?”
“No, that won’t work,” Theodore firmly rejected the idea.
Theodore had faithfully accumulated his knowledge, so he knew that such a
narrow viewpoint wouldn’t work.
A person who used a shortcut for a comfortable path would have their
ankle grabbed one day by the insincere attitude. This method might seem
insufficient now, but it wouldn’t be easy to forget the words.
For magicians who pursued infinite wisdom, oblivion was the worst enemy.
A person who couldn’t find a path through their own will would
eventually wander in silence.
“You can’t forget to set up the foundation of a pillar just because
you’re in a hurry. As a descendant of a warrior, don’t you know what
happens to a person who neglects the foundations?”
“T-That…” Baek Dongil stammered at the sharp words.
This made Theodore pat his shoulder and smile. “I understand that your
heart is urgent. Is it because I will leave this country soon?”
“…I have nothing to say.” The boy dropped his head with a red face,
embarrassed because his inner thoughts had been exposed. It was a
situation where he had a time limit regarding his teacher, and his young
age meant he couldn’t calm his mind while knowing this.
Theodore knew Baek Dongil’s mindset, but teaching him that would be the
worse answer. So, Theodore stated in a quiet voice, “Dongil.”
“I am teaching you as asked, but I can’t be a true mentor.”
Baek Dongil’s eyes shook slightly at the words. He replied in a heavy
tone, “I-I see. It has only been a fortnight, but… starting at my age
and expecting great achievements…”
“No, that isn’t the point.”
“Huh?” Baek Dongil raised his head at Theo’s decisive voice. He
stared earnestly into Theodore’s blue eyes and gulped.
“Your skills are quite excellent, but I’m not a good teacher. You
have an abundance of power but are still immature. I can only tell you
the path that you should take.”
“Magic isn’t something that can be learned in just a few months. If
you do it that way, you won’t be able to get a glimpse of it, from
birth to death. Are you going to walk along that path?”
After listening to him, the cloudiness returned to Baek Dongil’s eyes.
It was the so-called heart demon. Could it be due to the accumulated
discipline built up in him since childhood…? Baek Dongil’s eyes
eventually cleared up as he continued listening to Theodore speak.
“Obviously, the amount of time during which I can teach you is short.
However, there are many magicians, and some of them are suitable to be
your teacher. My role is to build up your foundations for when you meet
that good mentor.”
“…B-Brother.” Baek Dongil lowered his head with shame after hearing
the truth from Theodore.
It made a lot of sense. How could he impart great knowledge to Baek
Dongil, who hadn’t even reached the threshold of a beginner? It was
obvious that Baek Dongil wouldn’t understand even if he was taught.
Once he accumulated his basic knowledge, he could learn under another
teacher or enter an academy.
Baek Dongil had an enlightened expression on his face. He was too
embarrassed to be overly grateful, but the atmosphere was too heavy to
Theodore noticed the atmosphere half a beat later and rose to his feet.
“Let’s start again tomorrow at noon. Until then, review what you’ve
studied and have a good rest.”
“Yes, Brother! I’ll finish it thoroughly!” Baek Dongil responded
vigorously, before looking at the stack of books on Theodore’s desk.
Baek Dongil hadn’t finished learning the official language, but
Theodore was already reading the magic books by himself. Baek Dongil was
quite confident in his studying ability, but his pace was much slower.
“By the way, Brother is really awesome. You must’ve received a lot of
praise from your elders since you were a child, and you were definitely
called a genius right?”
“…No.” Theodore smiled bitterly as he spoke of his old nickname,
“In the academy, I failed three times and was called a dunce.”
“Maybe it is one of the reasons why I am teaching you. You resemble my
Baek Dongil couldn’t say anything as the unknown past flashed before
Theodore’s eyes. Theodore patted Baek Dongil on the shoulder again
before turning away from him. Then the door closed without a sound, with
only the faint echo of footsteps in the corridor.
The memories were like faded watercolors.
* * *
After finishing the study session with Baek Dongil, Theodore had a quick
meal and then returned to his room. The sun was setting in the western
sky, turning it a reddish color. Normally, it would be time to feed
Gluttony and spar with Randolph… but not today.
Theodore looked at the book before him and muttered, “…In the end, it
is this one.”
A fortnight wasn’t a long time. In the meantime, Theodore had only
gotten a high degree of understanding with three or four books of
shamanism. There was the [Nine Rulers Magic Book] he picked up on the
first day, but Theodore was drawn to another shamanism book.
He cheered when he first saw the information window.
[Art of Onmyōdō Treatise]
[-This book explains the magic system based on the theory of yin and
yang. The author divided the world into yin and yang, as all things
maintain balance and harmony when interacting with each other, such as
water and fire. The author’s understanding of the laws of nature has
reached an advanced state, but the author was murdered by ???? (can’t
* Your understanding is very high. (96.9%)
* This magic book is rated ‘Precious.’
* When consumed, you can learn ‘Art of Onmyōdō.’
* When consumed, understanding of magic attributes will greatly increase.
* This is an original book written by the author. However, since he wrote
six books, his power is divided into six. Even so, the fragment of soul
inside this book is powerful and maintains an individual ego.
‘It is best to eat this book.’
The prudent Theodore judged that [Art of Onmyōdō Treatise] was the most
useful book for him right now.
This idea grew, instead of diminishing, as he slowly read through the
‘Art of Onmyōdō Treatise’. Art of Onmyōdō was the technique of
combining two incompatible powers. Learning this would give Theodore a
solution to his unfinished spell. He could batter at the master’s wall,
possibly destroying it.
Theodore made the decision and stretched out his hand, dragging the magic
scroll into his hands. The scroll was worth at least a few gold, but
Theodore tore it without any hesitation.
Simultaneously, a light burst out. The light wasn’t attack magic or
secondary magic. It was a special spell which produced an object with the
same shape and weight, as long as certain conditions were met. Theodore
had created a copy of the scroll.
As two versions of the same book appeared, Theodore picked up the copy
and placed it on his desk. This was done with the consent of Baek Dongil
which he had obtained in advance.
‘Well, to most people, there will be no difference between the original
and the copy.’
There might be some financial differences, but it was a penny compared to
how much money the Baek Family had. Therefore, Baek Dongil had easily
accepted the request.
“Okay, this is finished.”
His preparations were over. Theodore then sat on the bed without
hesitation and aimed his left hand toward [Art of Onmyōdō Treatise]. In
this situation, only one sentence would emerge. “Eat, Gluttony.”
The red tongue immediately swallowed the book, as if it had been waiting.
[‘Art of Onmyōdō’ has been consumed. Your understanding is very
[Your perception of magic attributes has greatly increased.]
[Accepting the proficiency of ‘Art of Onmyōdō’… failed.]
[An original book has been consumed. The synchro rate with object name
‘Abe no Seimei’ is being checked… Blocked. Abe no Seimei has
refused to sync with the user. You can try to force a sync using the
permissions of a user, but it is not recommended.]
Synchro was refused! Theodore was shocked because he had never
experienced this before. Not only was synchro denied, the task of
absorbing the proficiency of ‘Art of Onmyōdō’ had failed. It was
like the original book had blown up. Fortunately, the system wasn’t
Once again, it was the first time Theodore had experienced this type of
[Object name ‘Abe no Seimei’ is asking for a conversation with the
user. Would you like to accept?]
“Before that, I want to ask something.”
Rather than responding to Abe no Seimei’s request, Theodore wanted an
answer for this unprecedented situation. Gluttony was strictly
confidential about hidden functions or certain information, but it
didn’t care much about the functions which had already been revealed.
Unsurprisingly, it replied in a blunt voice, –Do you want to ask why
the synchro was rejected?
“Of course. So far, you’ve never mentioned it.”
–To be precise, it wasn’t that I hadn’t told you, but more like I
An ordinary person might ask for more, but Theodore stopped and thought
It wasn’t that it hadn’t, but that it hadn’t been able to. In other
words, the authors of original books didn’t have the ability to do so.
Then how did the author called Abe no Seimei have this ability?
To confirm his guess, Theodore opened his mouth again and asked, “Abe
no Seimei. Is he special?”
–Special… that word isn’t wrong. Simply put, his spirit is high.
“Spirit is high?”
-That’s right. He wasn’t fully transcendent, but he was close to the
end of a mortal existence. The strength of such an existence can’t be
completely subdued. You could connect with Myrdal because he accepted the
Theodore groaned slightly. It meant that among the authors he had met so
far, Abe no Seimei was possibly stronger than a master. This might be an
existence comparable to the great elementalist, Myrdal.
In the end, he was encountering such a monster in an original book about
Theodore declared to Gluttony with a determined expression, “I will
accept Abe no Seimei’s request.”