The Book Eating Magician - chapter-170
“Tsk.” Hyde then took off his mask and cloak, which had lost their
meaning, and stared at Theodore’s group in front of him. He’d wanted
to handle the witnesses, only to encounter another sword master.
Additionally, during their short exchange, he could tell that the
opponent’s level wasn’t lacking.
However, instead of frowning, Hyde smiled. “This is great. It is the
first time I’ve encountered an ability like yours, with the freedom to
quickly strike in every direction. But it is a shame that there is an
imbalance in the swords you have now.”
Randolph was shocked to hear the words, but he couldn’t deny it.
This was because Randolph was already aware of the weakness Hyde pointed
out. There were various combinations of dual wields such as a long sword
and a short sword, a light sword and a heavy sword, and so on. However,
the Clovis twin swordsmanship was based on using two swords which were
perfectly matching in weight and shape.
But the swords which corresponded to that standard were never common. The
swords which Aquilo had in her treasure chest were famous, but there was
a slight gap in Randolph’s swordsmanship because of their
individuality. The shape and weight of his current swords were somewhat
similar, but the center of gravity was off.
“And…” Hyde turned his gaze from Randolph to Theodore.
Theodore, whose disguise necklace had been broken by Claimhb Solais, had
returned to his original appearance. One year had changed his appearance
and physique, but it wasn’t enough for him to look like someone else.
After the surprise attack, Hyde’s eyes shone as he muttered, “I’ve
finally found you, Theodore Miller.”
The wind around the sword master stopped blowing.
“I thought the rat in the back alley was messing with me… If I had
known this, I would’ve made his death easier,” Hyde spoke in a loud
voice which seemed like an animal’s growl.
However, compared to a year ago, Theodore had entered a different realm,
and he didn’t shrink back at Hyde’s daunting atmosphere. ‘The rat
in the back alley,’ reminded Theodore of Gibra’s broken body.
So, Theodore went on to say, “A sword master who is proud of his
torture methods. But shouldn’t rat be a nickname for you, since you
only know how to hide?”
Hyde laughed, “Hah, this magician has a sharp tongue. Should I make it
so you can’t speak?”
“You are the trapped rat who ran away when one of your arms was cut
off.” Theodore’s last words were crucial.
“…Hoh.” Hyde’s playful voice became cold.
There was no wind blowing, but his grey hair rose up. It was aura
pressure. Aura flowed naturally from the pores of Hyde’s body. This was
different from when people used their auras consciously. The sword master
had become intensely emotional and triggered this unconsciously.
‘The intimidating feeling has increased almost two-fold… He is still
bruised from his defeat in the Great Forest,’ Theodore realized.
Despite being overwhelmed by the terrifying presence, Theodore watched
Hyde without stepping back. Extreme emotions increased one’s power, but
it adversely affected one’s movement accuracy and ability to think
However, the thing that Theodore really paid attention to was the changed
form of ‘Claimhb Solais.’ The sword of the god-king, Nuada, changed
from a silver sword to Hyde’s left arm.
As Hyde was lost in his boiling anger, Theodore quickly asked Gluttony,
‘You said before that the sword master is unqualified?’
-That’s right. A sword master might be great in this age, but he
isn’t qualified to be the master of the god-sword, Claimhb Solais.
‘If so, does that mean there is a limitation to the god-sword and he
can’t use all its functions?’
–I understand the intent behind your question.
If Hyde continued using the same abilities he showed before, the two
people had no chance of winning. Sweat dripped down Theodore’s face as
he looked at where the warlocks had been. The ground was melted down like
the crater of a volcano.
Fortunately, Gluttony denied the worst possibilities.
–The same firepower won’t be available for a while. However, that
left arm is almost impervious to magic. Even 7th Circle magic won’t be
able to penetrate the god-sword’s resistance.
‘Then is there a chance for the two of us to win against him?’
–If it is two against one, the odds will be over 70%. The biggest
problem is another function of Claimhb Solais.
There was another function? However, the moment he was about to ask
Gluttony again, the silent Hyde opened his mouth.
Hyde said, “…No matter how I think about it, dealing with both of you
will be disadvantageous.”
He was a ghost among the Seven Swords of the empire, someone who had
trained in blood since childhood. Hyde’s senses realized that there
were two masters as his opponents. Although he had been arrogant with the
warlocks, he wasn’t confident that he could beat both Theodore and
Hyde knew this and drew the sword hanging at his waist. “Becoming a
master in a year… My master’s insistence on naming you as a target of
extermination was correct.”
Theodore shook his head. ‘Master? He must be referring to the emperor
of the Andras Empire. No, then he would say, ‘Your Majesty’…’
However, Theodore’s thoughts didn’t last much longer. Instead of the
god-sword, Hyde drew a different sword and pointed it at the two people.
The blaze of a high-density aura turned the surrounding air into a haze,
showing off an alarming presence.
Theodore and Randolph adjusted their postures accordingly.
“I’ll play with you a little later, nameless swordsman,” Hyde
Randolph scoffed at Hyde’s words. “What? Do you think to deal with us
one by one?”
“I’m afraid so. You are a great swordsman, but I have to put my
duties first. I will fight you after taking the head of this magician.”
“How funny-” Randolph tried to refute it.
However, Hyde’s left hand suddenly shone as a shout emerged from his
mouth, “「King of the Tuatha Dé Danann, show the dignity of Nuada
Airgetlám in this fight! The unbreakable god-sword, forbid the enemy
Theodore Miller from escaping!」”
Simultaneously, the light burst out.
It was the tradition of ‘blinding eyes with a brilliant light’ from
the Age of Mythology. This was the third power given to the sun
god-sword, Claimhb Solais. The magic which blocked light, the magic which
called darkness, all of it was nullified as those in the area were forced
to cover their eyes.
Theodore, Randolph, and even Hyde couldn’t be free of that influence.
Randolph cursed, “Damn…! What the hell is this damn light?”
Then as the silver light covered the ground and sky, Randolph was finally
able to raise both eyelids. The sight of the sword master was still
blurry, but it was only for a short while. Shortly after that, the whites
of Randolph’s eyes became bloodshot, and he exclaimed,
Randolph’s reaction was natural. He’d closed his eyes from the start
of the flash for literally just a moment. However, when Randolph looked
His companion of a year, Theodore, had disappeared along with one of the
empire’s Seven Swords.
* * *
Nuada Airgetlám, the famous ‘Silver Arm Nuada’ of the Age of
According to the records found in some ruins, he’d broken through a
myriad of demonic undead corpses alone in order to defeat the demon king,
Balor. He’d killed all creatures in his sight and turned the demon army
back into corpses.
However, one thing had been needed to achieve that feat. It was
‘Claimhb Solais,’ the god-sword eternally etched with the spell of
the sun god.
Even if Nuada had broken through the demon army and faced Balor, it would
have been useless if Balor had fled. In order to block such
possibilities, it had been necessary to force the opponent into a
Hyde pointed to his left arm with a proud face. “This battlefield is a
space created with the power of the sun god. We can’t escape until one
of us dies.”
Unlike Hyde, who was leisurely explaining this to him, Theodore jumped
His opponent was a sword master. Theodore was relatively flexible with
how far away he needed to be from his opponent, but his opponent was
formidable. Using an interval of 50m, Theodore quickly measured the width
of the area. Then he shot out a wave of magic power and looked at the
The area was narrower than he’d thought. Theodore calculated the result
of the detection magic, and his expression hardened. There was a radius
of 100m, and the error range was around 3m. It was a large space, but it
wasn’t enough for a magician. A sword master could go dozens of meters
in one step, so the diameter of 200m was too narrow.
Theodore grasped the problem.
While taking a defensive stance, Hyde laughed at him, “Hah, now that
cheeky face has lost its composure.”
In the end, it was like this. The natural fate of a magician was to fall
before a swordsman.
He had lived his whole life with a sword in his hand and covered in
blood. Hyde was a murderer raised specifically by Prince Fermut. He was a
rare type of monster who placed commands above fame.
Even so, Theodore didn’t hesitate to fire back. “What did your master
do when your arm was cut off? You are only strong due to the god-sword.
I’ve overestimated the Seven Swords of the empire.”
“Your master is also rather funny. Giving you that god-sword…
Doesn’t he know it is like giving pearls to a swine?”
Theodore didn’t know which keyword poked Hyde’s anger. However, after
Theodore finished speaking, he was able to see something blazing in
Hyde’s eyes. It was hatred, a terrible emotion.
“…Okay. This is the end of your chattering, Magician,” Hyde
growled. Then his aura started to swallow up his body. Color, sound, and
everything else were erased, until only his voice tickled Theodore’s
ears, “I will kill you in a special way.”
Those words couldn’t be misunderstood, especially when Theodore thought
about Gibra. If Hyde caught him, Theodore really would have thousands of
pieces of his flesh peeled off. Hyde’s precise knife control meant
Theodore wouldn’t die quickly, and terrible pain would be inflicted
until the end.
However, Theodore suppressed his fear and shouted, “Inferno!”
If he couldn’t determine the enemy’s position, then he would just
sweep away all the possible locations. The 7th Circle fire magic,
previously compressed by Veronica into the form of a sword, swept through
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