The Book Eating Magician - chapter-166
“Sir Adolf, please look after Brother.”
“Yes, I will do it well.”
As usual, Baek Dongil left Theodore’s room with a grim expression,
while Randolph sighed at his retreating back. Randolph was fond of Baek
Dongil’s sincere learning attitude and polite character, but the
repeated visits were annoying. However, he couldn’t stop Baek Dongil
Therefore, Randolph suffered from his uncomfortable position in the
‘That reminds me. Including today, it has been a week.’ Randolph
thought about the date and then looked at Theodore, who was lying in a
Randolph had been the one who found the unconscious Theodore, and he had
also been the first to notice the situation. Theodore didn’t have a
fever or cold sweats, so it might seem like he was sleeping. However, the
reality of it was different.
Back then, Randolph had looked at the unconscious Theodore and
instinctively recognized the situation.
This was the period of transition to go beyond the master’s wall!
A mortal body and spirit couldn’t handle the power of a transcendent.
Therefore, mortals who reached the realm of a master had to evolve their
body and mind to the level of the transcendent power.
The term ‘Physical Change’ referred to the phenomenon in which an
imbalance in the body was rectified and raised beyond its innate limits.
It was a bonus that all the wastes hidden in the body were removed.
Randolph recalled what he had experienced at the time he’d gone through
the same thing and thought that the magician’s transitional period was
“It was a wrong judgment,” Randolph said as he squeezed Theodore’s
wrist lightly and immediately made a serious expression.
His serious expression was due to the vortex of power swirling inside
Theo’s body, exactly like it had been on the first day of the
transition. The flow was so wide and powerful that Randolph couldn’t
intervene, despite being a sword master. It was impossible to calm it
down from the outside.
Randolph had to wait until the owner of the power, Theodore Miller, could
control it himself. However, the biggest problem was if the attempt
failed. What if the terrible power Randolph sensed burst out of
Theodore’s body? The mansion would be shattered, and the damage might
reach the faraway town. It was a different type of waste material.
Randolph smiled as he glanced at Theodore’s still sleeping face.
‘Is Theo is special, or magicians are always like this?’
Of course, Theodore’s case was special, but Randolph had no way of
However, despite knowing the risks, Randolph didn’t leave Theodore’s
side. He believed that he could stop the crisis or that Theodore would
overcome this trial. It was a myth, but in the Andras Empire, the greater
the crisis during one’s transition, the greater the potential.
If that was the case, Theodore would be reborn as an unprecedented master.
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“…Well, it might just be my delusion.” Randolph found it funny and
laughed as he rose to his feet.
From morning to night, he stayed by Theodore’s side. This meant he
couldn’t even eat properly. Randolph headed to a nearby kitchen in
order to drink a glass of water. The duration of time he spent there was
three minutes at most.
Soon after Randolph left the kitchen, he grabbed the doorknob of
Theodore’s room and felt an unknown thrill enter his body.
A sword master’s keen senses noticed the before and after change in the
room. The unstable flow of mana, which had been like a typhoon, had
completely calmed down. If so, there could only be one cause.
‘The transition is over.’ Randolph gulped before turning the doorknob.
Theodore had either successfully crossed the wall to become a master, or
he had been blown apart. It was only after the door opened that he found
out which result it was. Then the door opened.
“-Ha, haha,” Randolph couldn’t help laughing.
This was because Randolph’s concerns were moot, as ‘he’ stood there.
His two eyes contained more depth than before, and he was standing on his
own two legs without shaking. After passing through the boundaries of a
mortal, Theodore Miller had finally returned.
“Sorry to have kept you waiting,” Theodore spoke to the blankly
staring Randolph. There was a faint smile on Theodore’s face
accompanying his simple words of apology. “It took longer than I
thought it would.”
With seven roaring circles, it was a declaration that another master had
appeared in the world.
* * *
His body hadn’t changed dramatically like aura users. However, he’d
slept for a week, so his stomach was understandably empty.
Without telling anyone first, Randolph placed bread and soup from the
kitchen in front of Theodore. If he told people that Theodore had woken
up, their surroundings would become extremely noisy. As Theodore had just
completed the transition, he needed to rest.
Of course, Theodore appreciated the care.
“Thank you,” he said a short thanks and started moving his hands.
He ate the bread and sipped the soup, gradually increasing the volume of
the food. Theodore’s body, which had starved for a week, absorbed the
nutrients like rainwater permeating dry land.
Randolph looked at Theo’s ravenous appearance with narrowed eyes. ‘It
is definitely different.’
There was no visible change in Theodore’s body, but the storm raging
inside him had completely subsided. The pressure, which would cause
anyone who could sense mana to feel nervous, was now out of sight.
Somebody might think Theo was weak, but Randolph’s sword master
instincts were warning him. Even if Randolph fought his best, he would be
unable to predict his victory. This was evidence that a 7th Circle
magician was an existence who could match a sword master.
In the end, Randolph couldn’t repress his curiosity and asked, “The
7th circle, is it completed?”
“…I’m not sure. It is too ambiguous to call it completed yet.”
“What? Ambiguous?” Randolph’s eyebrows raised at Theo’s vague
Theodore swallowed the soup and continued with his answer, “The number
of my circles has grown to seven, but the criteria for a master level
magician isn’t just the number of circles.”
“Then what else do you need?”
“It is just how like a master aura user needs to awaken the Aura
Ability. Magicians have something called ‘Sorcery’ and need to
develop their own unique attributes.”
Theo said it was similar to Aura Ability, but it wasn’t that big. Just
like how sword masters had their own specific characteristics with aura,
magicians focused on their specific attributes. The White Tower
Master’s unbelievable space magic and Blundell’s water control were
based on ‘Sorcery.’ Theodore had realized it after reaching the 7th
Circle. His ability to analyze magic itself had improved.
‘Somehow, I couldn’t do it even if I ate the original book.’
Theodore had thought he would be able to do space magic or water control
magic, but he now knew it would’ve failed.
When he thought about it, he realized it was natural. It was no wonder
that Theodore couldn’t understand the essential principles of the magic
considering he didn’t know what Blundell’s ‘Sorcery’ was.
Additionally, that wasn’t the only part that was different from aura.
Theodore looked at Randolph and continued to explain with a smile,
“Sorcery is different from the Aura Ability that can be used straight
away. The 7th Circle is the minimum condition, and I need to study
Sorcery from now on.”
“Aha, I see,” Randolph said as he took in the explanation.
From the perspective of Eastern philosophy, it could be summarized as
‘epiphany’ and ‘gradual study.’ Aura Ability was an
‘epiphany,’ while Sorcery was a ‘gradual study.’ Sorcery was
something which could only be learned by accumulating the right
procedures and efforts. Theodore, who had only just arrived at the 7th
Circle, was still unable to use his own unique attributes.
However, Randolph smiled cheerfully and knocked on his shoulder. “Well,
it is true that you went beyond the wall though! It is late, but welcome
to the realm of a master.”
“If I’m late, then what is Randolph?”
“Ah, are you already acting like this? This young guy is really
It was a joke but Theodore’s expression brightened. As Randolph said,
the wall to the 7th Circle was very high and crossing it meant one
Theodore had escaped the deadline of three years! Within half of the time
limit that Myrdal had given him, Theodore had escaped from the confines
of a mortal. The future of being crushed by his own power had disappeared.
‘It’s sooner than I expected, but it is okay to return to the
In any case, ‘Sorcery’ couldn’t be completed in a day or two, and
the intellectual properties accumulated in the Magic Society would be
more efficient for his research.
He had overcome the deadline, which had been his original purpose, so
wasn’t it better to return to the safety of Meltor to conduct the rest
of his research? Around the time that Theodore was eating the last of his
“Ah, there was a letter for you.”
“Letter?” Theodore turned his attention back to Randolph.
What letter? Who would know about them to send a letter here? Randolph
handed him the envelope and replied, “Gibra. It has the name of the guy
from Sipoto on it. I guess their title as ‘the best information
guild’ isn’t for nothing.”
“Gibra… Indeed, there would be no one else.”
In retrospect, everyone else who knew about him were enemies, except for
Gibra. No, he couldn’t conclude that Gibra was an ally. However, Gibra
was the only one who could send him a letter. The best information guild
in the central continent would definitely be able to figure out his
Now, Theo was curious and wary about why a letter would be sent to him.
Tear. Theodore tore open the envelope and pulled out the sheet of paper
inside. He looked at the contents for a while, then he burned the letter
and envelope. Randolph guessed that Theo intended to conceal the
existence of the letter.
So, he asked, “Is it something that shouldn’t be known to others?”
“There is nothing wrong with being careful.”
Simultaneously, Theodore spread Silence magic around the two of them. It
was rare for eavesdropping to escape the notice of a sword master, but
this spell was to block that rare possibility from happening.
“It’s news related to the Orcus Company. Meltor has received my
message and dispatched investigators to search for clues in the central
continent. Due to that, the Orcus Company has shifted its base from the
south-west to the east.”
“Uhh, the timing isn’t good.”
“That’s right. I think we should keep in mind the possibility of
seeing them near the Kargas border.”
The power of the two men was significantly higher than when they had
fought in Sipoto, but it still wasn’t very wise to fight against
unknown opponents. They were enemies who had chased Theodore all the way
to the Pirate Archipelago. It was fortunate that the enemies had angered
Aquilo. Otherwise, it would’ve been a struggle on the sea.
If they had a death knight and ghost ship, there might be other hidden
cards such as a master.
‘…I have to return home.’
Was it fortunate that the Orcus Company was moving to the east now?
Theodore calmly calculated his speed, position, and the path to Meltor
before sighing. Gibra’s letter wasn’t entirely trustworthy, but it
was difficult since he had already seen the contents.
In any case, he had to act carefully to avoid any traps. Theodore thought
about the right answer and soon made a decision. He stacked the empty
dishes in a pile and got up. Then he said, “We will leave in a week. I
have to finish off the work I have left here and then ask Master Baek for
one last favor.”
As Theodore headed for his room, he had a hunch about something. The time
of the suspicious magician, Ted, would end here. From now on, it was the
turn of Theodore Miller, the young hero of the Meltor Kingdom.
Theodore’s heart grew anxious at the thought of seeing the faces of
some people, and he hastened his footsteps. It was time to return to
Theodore’s homeland, Meltor.