The Book Eating Magician - chapter-163
As Theodore looked reflexively at the information window before him,
Seimei started to explain the ‘Human Test,’ 「It is good to devote
yourself to training every day. However, if you can’t use that power to
protect people, it is just a meaningless disaster like a typhoon or
flood. In the Human Test, I will look back on the lives you have saved
“The lives I have saved…?”
「The value of life can’t just be assessed by men and women. Using the
most equitable and reasonable standard, as well as considering your age,
I will take 10,000 lives as the bottom line. 」
10,000 lives…! It was easy to say, but that was a number which made up
an army. Besides, it wasn’t simply helping them but saving their lives.
This made the difficulty rise to an absurd level.
Seimei said he considered Theodore’s young age, but in the end, it was
an attempt to make him give up the test. However, Theodore nodded without
a single sign of agitation. “I understand.”
Seimei was confused by the calm answer. 「…You’re going to accept
this condition? 」
“Does that mean you are overcharging me?”
「O-Of course not…」 Seimei muttered in a voice filled with
embarrassment. Just like how a gambler with high odds of winning was
cautious against bluffs, it seemed like Seimei became reluctant due to
Theodore’s unwavering attitude.
However, Seimei denied his suspicions. Saving that many lives… it was a
miracle only possible for heroes of the Age of Mythology. Perhaps that
unusual calmness meant Theodore had already inwardly abandoned the
Seimei guessed this and spoke again, 「I understand. From now on, I will
go back through your life and count the number of lives that have been
Simultaneously, the technique of ‘Causality Mirror’ was used. This
was top-level shamanism which had been practiced long ago, and it was
used to gain insight into the past. It was incredible that it could be
reproduced after Seimei’s death.
“Ah.” Theodore realized that he was on a familiar hill. He looked
around involuntarily, then he heard Seimei’s voice, as if confirming
「Oho, this is your hometown. 」
It was as Seimei said. The Miller Barony, the place where Theodore had
grown up, was spread under his feet. However, it wasn’t the peaceful
landscape where wheat grew during the harvest season. It was a
battlefield where living corpses tangled together with people.
The scene where the undead had attacked, filled with the smell of blood
and death, was still vivid in his mind. The struggle with the elder lich
was reproduced right before his eyes.
Seimei quietly contemplated until the memory ended, then he settled the
results according to the ‘Human Test.’
He spoke in a voice which wasn’t filled with any surprise at the
presence of the elder lich. 「It is a fight against the black magic that
summoned the undead. You did a considerable amount of work with the help
of others. There are over 100 people in the village, and you prevented
the aftermath that would’ve happened next… Okay, that is 1,000
Seimei acknowledged that Theo had saved 1,000 lives. The result was
limited due to the mercenaries who had helped defend the village, as well
as two people who had aided him against the elder lich.
It was a large number, but when thinking of the quota, Theo had only
filled 10%. Nonetheless, Theodore accepted the result without any
objections. “Well, it is a reasonable number.”
That said, this wasn’t the only incident.
「Hrmm, then let’s go to the next one.」 Seimei was slowly becoming
more uncomfortable. He had been sure the quota couldn’t be filled, but
his confidence was shaken after seeing Theodore’s innocent face.
Then the causal scene changed. It became a dark alley, the stronghold of
thieves. This was the outskirts of Bergen, which Theo had infiltrated in
order to rescue the captured elves. The series of circumstances that
Theodore remembered flowed before their eyes.
As soon as Theodore’s Magic Bullet destroyed the head of the thief, the
world stopped again.
「You are like a typical hero, rescuing the long-eared family who had
“Long-eared family? Is that what you call the elves in the East?”
「Their ears are long. I admit that it isn’t a good name, but an easy
to understand name lasts for a long time. 」
Soon after that, Seimei came to a conclusion, 「I will count this as
It was a brief response. Seimei felt a strange feeling rising in his
stomach at Theo’s dull answer. He had expected to be questioned about
the number ‘100,’ yet why was this youth acting like this? However,
Seimei pushed his irritation down and headed to the next memory.
The confrontation with the legend ranked grimoire, ‘Laevateinn,’ was
「Hah…」 Seimei cried out in a loud voice for the first time, unlike
his usual taunting or playful tone.
He was an onmyōji, so he could see how dangerous these flames were.
Theodore had literally saved the world in this fight. Even if it wasn’t
the world, it couldn’t be denied that Theo had saved all the elves
living in the Great Forest. Additionally, the lowest estimation of that
would be in the hundreds of thousands.
Needless to say, Theodore had surpassed Seimei’s ‘Human Test’ with
this one fight.
「…This… I have to admit it! 」
The Causality Mirror wasn’t simply a recollection of the past but a
top-level magic which looked at all the associated people. Thus, Seimei
was forced to give a passing grade for Theo’s heroic actions.
It was worth more than 10,000 lives, even with the help of the high
elves, the help of the elemental ruler, and the cooperation of
Theodore’s fellow magicians. Furthermore, there were still events left
to see. However, Seimei thought it was sufficient and stopped the
Then he spoke in a clear voice, 「Young man from the West, are you a
protagonist who emerged from a heroic saga somewhere? 」
Theodore tried to speak, but he couldn’t. It wasn’t a question asking
for an answer. So, instead, he realized it was Seimei’s sincere
compliment. Then the system messages announcing the end of the ‘Human
[You have passed the ‘Heaven, Earth, and Human: Human chapter.’]
[The progress at the current stage is 33.3%.]
[Step 2: Go to the ‘Heaven, Earth, and Human: Earth Chapter.’]
At the next moment, Theodore realized he had returned to the original
space. Nothing was visible except darkness. He could only see Seimei, who
was looking at him with a peculiar expression.
“Honestly, I’m amazed,” Seimei remarked.
“……”Theo didn’t respond.
“A young man who saved so many lives is standing before me. I was
confident in my own time, but maybe that was self-conceit.”
The young man who had called Seimei’s soul in an unknown way… His
identity might be suspicious, but… instead of failing, he had passed
the test. Perhaps this encounter was an opportunity to solve the problem
that Seimei himself couldn’t solve. Seimei gazed at Theodore with deep
If this was the case, then he would verify the possibility with the other
“I will explain this test.”
If the ‘Human Chapter’ tested the ‘responsibility of a person with
power,’ then the ‘Earth Chapter’ tested the virtue of ‘not being
overwhelmed by one’s own strength.’ There was nothing as ugly as
senseless violence, so strong patience was required for the ‘Earth
“The ‘Earth Test’ is to confirm your faith in yourself and the
patience to not succumb to temptation. Is it possible for you to stand
upright in front of the temptation that you have faced?”
Everyone faced their own temptations, and their lives were determined by
whether they gave in or resisted it. Childhood dreams faded into faint
memories, and it wasn’t uncommon for a boy who dreamed of becoming a
righteous knight to end up as a thief for a few gold coins.
It was said that mountains and rivers wouldn’t change in 10 years, but
people always changed. The path chosen by people would change according
to their choices. Rather than words, actions were what defined a person.
Theodore looked at his last 20 years and stood upright. “Yes, I can do
He couldn’t say that he had never looked up at the sky in shame, but he
hadn’t lived a shameful life. In a sense, this might be a privilege of
the young. The passing years were short, and the youthfulness meant they
were faithful to their inner hearts, rather than worldly desires.
Seimei nodded at the sure answer and pointed to Theodore’s head with
his fan. Then he made a simple gesture with his other hand and said,
“Path of Five Desires.”
* * *
Theodore screamed without any sound, “――――――!”
It was only a short time in reality, with approximately five seconds
passing since Seimei had cast the spell. However, during those five
seconds, Theodore experienced at least 50 years of life.
He was expelled from Bergen Academy and retired to the country.
He agreed to the black market’s dealer’s proposal and entered the
world of back alleys.
He ran away from Ellenoa.
He couldn’t stop [Laevateinn].
He fell to Aquilo’s temptation and became her possession.
Of course, not all the memories remained. Like dimly shaded twilight,
they were remnants of a long time ago. Theodore experienced the opposite
side of a fork in the road, the one he hadn’t chosen.
There were lives which ended tragically and lives in which he lived
peacefully. There was also a life in which he grasped enormous wealth and
a life during which he was surrounded by beauties. He experienced a life
where he returned home and quit magic, and a life marked by enormous
achievements on all continents.
Seimei watched all of it and briefly commented, “Indeed, an eventful
It was a life which seemed to be a sheer cliff. If Theodore had given up
even once, he wouldn’t be standing here now. In an era where people
were scrambling to be heroes, someone had reached here with a normal body.
Seimei had a feeling of admiration for Theodore. Then he threw a joke at
Theodore, who was mentally exhausted. “By the way, I have something to
ask you, regardless of whether you pass the test or not.”
“Do you have a problem of sexual dysfunction?”
Tok, it was the sound of someone’s sense of reason snapping.