The Book Eating Magician - chapter-167
It had been a week since then.
The news about Theodore’s group leaving was immediately relayed to
Marquis and the crown prince, making for an easy farewell. After all,
they didn’t like the fact that two strong people were hiding in their
The only people who felt regretful about Theodore and Randolph leaving
were the Baek Family staying at the mansion.
“A week has already passed,” Baek Jongmyung, the expert of the Baek
Family, said to them with a dark expression.
One was a nice man who guided his son, while the other was a friend he
had dueled and drank with a few times. There might be a large age
difference between them, but Baek Jongmyung socialized with them like
they were friends. He mourned that Theodore’s scheduled departure was
Looking back and forth between Theodore and Randolph, Baek Jongmyung
said, “…As Sir Ted requested, I will manage the annex where the two
of you stayed. Can I ask for the reason?”
“A guest shouldn’t bring bad luck to the owner,” Theodore responded
with an answer that was difficult to understand. However, Baek Jongmyung
was accustomed to this way of speaking, and he soon realized Theodore’s
“Hrmm, you have opponents that are that strong?”
“I don’t think Master Baek and the Baek Family should go against
Baek Jongmyung would have hit anyone else who said it, but he smiled at
Theodore’s words. When they first met, Baek Jongmyung hadn’t known
Theodore’s depths. Now, it would be even harder for Baek Jongmyung to
gauge if he could win against Theodore. However, the seldom rude Theodore
was currently advising him not to dig into this issue? This was enough to
prove that it was dangerous.
Baek Jongmyung nodded with a heavy expression. “Haha… There is a
saying in the East about a frog in a well. I am sorry that I can’t
return your favor, despite being an expert.”
“It is nothing. Thank you for the help,” Theodore said.
“You’re thanking me? Please don’t be so humble. I owe you a great
deal for putting up with my son.”
Baek Jongmyung called to Baek Dongil, who was standing silently behind
him. Theodore was curious about why Baek Dongil wasn’t speaking, but he
soon figured out why. It was because the boy’s eyes were completely
wet, glimmering like the light from a chandelier.
“B-Brother.” Baek Dongil choked up. He turned red like a tomato and
coughed a few times before barely managing to face Theodore. “Thank you
for listening to my shameless request!”
Then he bowed down with his hands clasped together. Baek Dongil was
giving thanks for their relationship, rather than grumbling about the
short teaching period or sudden parting.
He had received a foundation of basic knowledge over the past week, but
he didn’t completely understand it yet. A period of intense
self-learning was necessary when a teacher had to leave. As the loser of
a warrior family for many years, it was natural for Baek Dongil to feel
regretful. However, Baek Dongil’s pure heart meant he didn’t hesitate
to express his sincere gratitude.
It was why Theodore had decided to teach him. Theodore saw his past
despairing state in Baek Dongil’s endless efforts, but his mind
wasn’t twisted by it.
“The foundation that I’ve taught so far is a prerequisite for
becoming an apprentice magician in the Meltor Kingdom, the most developed
kingdom of magic in the continent. A more efficient learning system
doesn’t yet exist on this continent.”
It was as Theo said. Meltor’s Magic Society, unlike other
organizations, shared their research achievements and knowledge.
Their curriculum, which had been developed through history, boasted the
best efficiency and rationality on the continent. Anyone who graduated
from an academy in Meltor with just a diploma could teach at an academy
in any other kingdom.
However, Theodore didn’t dwell on his past diploma anymore. He told
Baek Dongil, “If you keep following my teachings, you will be able to
reach the required level within the next year.”
Fortunately, Baek Dongil’s mana sensitivity was several times better
than that of the old Theodore. If Baek Dongil built up the right
knowledge and repeated the training, it would be easy for him to reach
the 3rd Circle. The 4th Circle might be possible if his family provided
Perhaps by that time, the level of magicians who could teach Baek Dongil
in the central continent would be hard to meet. As Theodore thought about
that day, he said, “I am ashamed to reveal it only now, but my name is
Theodore, not Ted. And my surname is Miller.”
If Baek Jongmyung or Baek Dongil had any knowledge about the north, they
might feel surprised or even angry.
However, they just blinked at him, and Theodore stood up. Now everything
in the Soldun Kingdom was resolved. He had used duplication magic on
original books about shamanism, regained 1,000 gold, and formed a close
tie with a budding magician.
“One day, if you encounter a ‘wall’ that can’t be broken down by
your own strength, come to Meltor’s Magic Society and find me.”
Baek Dongil didn’t know that this relationship would be the Baek
Family’s most valuable treasure after coming to the Western continent.
After Theodore and Randolph said a simple farewell and left the room,
Baek Jongmyung and Baek Dongil stared at each other with confusion for a
Baek Jongmyung opened his mouth first and said, “…Huhu, this is truly
“I-Is that so?”
“I reprimanded you for something that seemed frivolous at the time, but
it seems you were right.”
Baek Dongil didn’t understand and replied eagerly, “Yes! I think so
This caused Baek Jongmyung to hit his head while saying, “This brat!
You cheeky fellow!”
Baek Dongil was a fool who had only grown up slightly under Theodore, so
he uttered, “Ah! What are you saying, Father?”
Despite the argument, smiles spread across the faces of the two men, and
the story spread through the Baek Family.
* * *
“You must think a lot of that kid.”
“He is polite and bright. If he grows up without becoming twisted, he
will definitely be a good magician.”
After stepping out of the mansion they had been living in for over a
year, Theodore and Randolph took the time to pause for a moment. The two
of them were intending to travel a long distance, so Theodore kept most
of the goods, including food, in the ‘Inventory.’
As the export of artifacts was the major economic base of Meltor, this
meant the management of logistics and distribution of goods was strict.
So, Theodore used his power to avoid his goods from being noticed.
“…Okay, there doesn’t seem to be any problems,” Theodore
commented. Then he used an extremely convenient magic which he had been
preparing for the past week.
It was space magic which allowed a large number of people to leap a long
distance, and it wasn’t impossible now that Theodore had reached the
7th Circle. Randolph had been informed about the magic in advance, but he
couldn’t help admiring the convenience.
“I thought we would go through the sky instead of the land or sea, but
I hadn’t expected space magic. Magicians really are capable of
“Well, it isn’t easy.”
It was just as Theodore said. He was able to compose this magic after
gaining enlightenment, but it was just like he’d already guessed
before. His aptitude for space magic wasn’t good. Theodore calculated
the formula and flow of mana perfectly, but ‘Mass Teleport’ was
unsteady, and it took three attempts to calm the instability.
This magic was now simple and stable, but traveling as far as the White
Tower Master was just a distant dream. Theodore stared at the magic
circle and sighed. ‘Hah, there is no attribute as convenient as space
Unfortunately, it was a magic which Theo didn’t suit. Apart from the
space magic abilities gained from ‘original books predation,’ it
wasn’t compatible with Theodore Miller. While Theodore was grumbling
inwardly, Randolph came up to the magic circle and asked, “Where is our
“Sipoto in the Kargas Kingdom. At my level, I can’t move much further
The White Tower Master could fly from Piris to beyond Meltor’s border,
but it wasn’t something which could be imitated with ordinary space
magic. Thus, Theodore created a ‘Mass Teleport’ with the best results.
Moreover, although it wasn’t a match for the White Tower Master,
Theodore’s magic circle was huge for his level. He could move from
Piris to Sipoto in the South-Eastern continent, which meant he could
arrive at the border of central continent immediately. Even if he moved
by the shortest path by land or sea, the minimum time required to cross
that distance was a fortnight.
Theodore finished the final checks, stood in the center of the magic
circle, and infused magic power to the power source.
Then he cried out, “Mass Teleport!”
Simultaneously, there was a flash of light as the magic activated, and
the forms of the two men dissolved like ice in heat.
There was a wave of dizziness which he couldn’t get accustomed to, even
though he had already experienced it a few times! Theodore endured the
uncomfortable sensation and transmitted the coordinates of the
He felt a headache pierce his temples during the process, but space
fatigue boasted the worst difficulty. The discomfort disappeared just as
suddenly it had appeared.
Theodore exhaled, while Randolph grabbed his head because of the
dizziness. Theodore was familiar with this, so he looked around.
They were in a wilderness area, with sand and wind tickling Theodore’s
nose. This wasn’t the first time he had seen this landscape, so
Theodore was convinced of the success of his space magic. This was the
outskirts of Sipoto, which he had set as the destination for Mass
At that moment, Theodore experienced a sharp pain in his mind.
It wasn’t the unpleasant feeling of space magic, but a pain which came
from a warning. Theodore grasped the reason with his logic, not
intuition, and smiled bitterly.
In a sense, it was like growing pains. Using space magic, which he had
never used before, led to an unexpected side effect because Theodore’s
vessel had disappeared when he reached transcendence.
The vessel was a restraining device which limited the contents, but it
was also a safety device. Being capable of infinite possibilities was a
‘That is why I have to fix it with Sorcery.’
While Theodore worried about the unexpected enlightenment, Randolph shook
off the dizziness and approached him.
“Theo, will you prepare to move again in Sipoto?”
“…I think so, but not now.”
Theodore hadn’t chosen Sipoto as the destination for Mass Teleport just
because it was within range.
He wanted to talk to Gibra again, who had found out where they’d been
staying and sent a letter to them. Theodore didn’t know whether Gibra
offered information on the Orcus Company for a favor, or if there was
some hidden trap. He wanted it to be due to personal feelings, but it was
foolish to want a favor from the information world.
Theodore recovered his consumed magic power to a certain extent and
opened his mouth to say, “I will go and see Gibra.”
Even if Gibra was plotting something, he wouldn’t be expecting their
arrival with space magic.
The presence of the White Tower was openly revealed in Meltor, but space
magic was difficult to see in real life, and there were those who doubted
its existence. Theodore had used ‘Mass Teleport’ and cut down their
expected arrival time by nearly a dozen days.
It was the best way Theodore envisioned that would overwhelm Gibra’s