The Book Eating Magician - chapter-172
First, Hyde’s appearance disappeared along with his presence. It had
been briefly disturbed by Frost Storm, but his Aura Ability was second to
none. Moreover, the effect of his ability had nothing to do with his
condition, so Hyde’s presence didn’t leave even a speck of dust.
Even so, Theodore laughed. ‘Still, it isn’t perfect.’
As expected, Hyde revealed a bit of presence due to the impact of Frost
Storm. The slight hint of collarbone was proof of the crisis. Theodore
could get a few clues and then move his body in response to the warning
of his senses.
Right at that moment, the hairs on Theodore’s neck stood up.
He took half a step backward just as the air in front of his neck was
cut. It was Hyde’s sword, or perhaps his aura blade. Theodore spread
all 10 of his fingers before him.
There was a bombardment of Magic Bullets. The transcendent blue lights,
far beyond Alfred’s original version, shot out 10 times. It was
impossible to see this barrage as random shots. In fact, a few of them
headed toward Hyde’s body and vanished. It wasn’t possible to damage
him properly, but it did reveal Hyde’s body.
‘Okay, it works!’ Theodore smiled and formed a fist as his shooting
In fact, Magic Bullet was excellent against melee experts such as sword
masters. It was good at close range, but it was difficult to hit the
target when the distance was too far. Although it wasn’t that bad, it
was ambiguous to use as his main force.
However, this situation was different. Magic Bullet was very efficient
when it came to magic power and was capable of firing it continuously. A
7th Circle magician could pour it out like a shower.
Pipipipipi-! The blue light poured out. The light emitted from his
fingertips was more fearsome than beautiful. There were approximately
three or four bullets per second…? No, maybe even more than that. The
light rays were being poured out at a rate of close to 50 times per
second, making it appear like a meteor shower.
Gravel and dirt sprang up as the light touched the ground, leaving blue
afterimages behind. This wasn’t like the war hero’s skill, but the
power of Magic Bullet was truly awesome. However, Theodore’s opponent
was a sword master who surpassed even a past hero.
The concept of this technique had been devised by someone weak, so a
sword master could easily trample on it.
Suddenly, blood poured from Theodore’s body.
Theodore was half a beat too late. He had been struck off guard due to
the enemy’s boldness of attacking while receiving damage from Magic
Bullet. Fortunately, his bones and nerves were safe. However, there was
still blood pouring from the deep cut.
He quickly used healing magic while retreating a few steps, before he
started shivering. It was proof that Hyde’s position was near. The edge
of the blade had gone through Frost Storm and tickled Theodore’s ribs.
Simultaneously, Theodore bent his waist back unconsciously.
This was an avoidance method from the East which wouldn’t be possible
to use if he were wearing heavy armor. His folded upper body was now
parallel to the ground and completely avoided the sword.
It was an unbelievable reaction which even surprised himself, but
Theodore stood upright again and kicked with his right foot.
It was a perfect hit. Although it wasn’t enough to break the Aura
Ability, a few drops of blood fell onto the ground.
Thanks to Battle Song, Theodore’s strength was already equivalent to
that of an aura user. This meant the power of his kick wasn’t much
different from a hit by a mace. Even the body of a sword master would
receive a shock which would cause a nosebleed.
However, Theodore instinctively understood that although it felt like he
had the momentum, Hyde had actually used this to take one step closer to
“-Thunderbolt, cry!” Without distributing any mental power to
chanting, Theodore’s short chant summoned seven bolts of thunder.
This wasn’t the ‘lightning spear’ which concentrated power on one
point. Instead, it poured out thunderbolts toward the spot where Hyde was!
Kwarururung-! The sound of thunder was deafening in this enclosed space.
Theodore stared at the spot where the thunderbolts struck as there was a
part of the ground which wasn’t melted down. He had to watch carefully
in order to not miss the movements of the sword master in the center.
However, Hyde didn’t move immediately. Instead, he bent over.
“…Kehup!” The damage seemed to be great this time as Hyde coughed
up blood. The blood was a dark red. It was a color which proved the
impact had reached his intestines even though he had defended with aura.
A lightning spear could be invalidated with the god sword, but there was
no way to block all the thunderbolts. Theodore, who was trying to
estimate the situation, got a sense of enlightenment.
‘Hey, haven’t I become stronger?’
The battles he previously experienced had been much more severe and
dangerous than this current battle. Umbra hadn’t been used yet, and he
didn’t have any serious wounds. Additionally, his response had been
really fast a while back.
Funnily enough, Theodore’s power was maturing during this battle. With
Alfred’s Magic Bullet, Lee Yoonsung’s martial arts, his own magic,
the Artificial Yin and Yang, and Dragon Words… This wasn’t a hasty
battle of survival but one he could actually win.
This was a sense of enjoyment which couldn’t be felt in battles against
stronger opponents. Confidence made Theodore’s movements even more
“Ugh-!” Hyde had yet to recover from the damage, but he was receiving
a bombardment of Magic Bullets again. One hit wasn’t fatal, but it was
annoying and cumbersome. However, the consumption of aura was too extreme
to block all of them.
Hyde’s combat style which maintained the Aura Ability made this an
issue. His aura was gradually drying up, and it wouldn’t be long before
it ran out.
“…Don’t make me laugh!” Hyde roared.
However, a sword master was a sword master. Hyde used his left arm as a
shield and broke through the Magic Bullets coming from the front. A few
hit him, but his aura defense was still intact.
Hyde managed to draw near, but Theodore avoided Hyde’s sword. It passed
by his temple, and he countered with a punch to Hyde’s body.
Chaaeng! Theodore’s punch was blocked by Hyde’s silver left arm.
However, this wasn’t a constraint as Hyde swung his sword with his
other arm which wasn’t tied up. Clearly, Hyde’s body was different
from a human’s. Sensing that this wouldn’t work, Theodore widened the
distance again. No, the moment he tried to…
Hyde screamed with a demon-like face, “The light that drives away
At that moment, a bright light emerged from Hyde’s left arm. It was a
small light compared to when he had wiped out the warlocks or created the
battlefield, but it was clearly the light of divine power.
This was the nemesis of magic. Before Theodore could take action,
‘it’ burst out. Argenteous Brillianc
This was the type of brilliance which had defeated Balor when used by
Nuada Airgetlám. There was no attack power at all, but Theodore was a
magician and the light seemed to be stripping away at him.
‘…No, it isn’t just a feeling!’ There was knee-jerk amazement in
Theodore’s eyes. As soon as Argenteous Brilliance was activated, all
magic on his body was lifted. Frost Storm, which had been created with
Dragon Words, completely disappeared.
It forcibly canceled a 7th Circle magician’s spell made with Dragon
Chill. At that time, Theodore had a foreboding of death. He’d lost
Battle Song which enhanced his physical abilities, as well as Frost Storm
which allowed him to read and block Hyde’s attacks.
A minimum of two seconds was needed before he could return to his
previous combat state. He needed to hold on for two seconds in front of a
Before freezing with terror, Theodore’s body had moved freely.
There was a strange sound. It was the sound of Theodore’s martial arts
hitting Hyde’s body. Anyone watching this battle would call it a last
hurrah. A sword master’s aura defense couldn’t be crushed by the fist
of a human.
“…Eh?” However, Theodore was forced to make a questioning sound.
Theodore wondered why his fist was fine, as well as why there was no
blood on his skin. Why had Hyde taken a few steps back from the punch of
a magician? It was such an unimaginable situation that Theodore even
forgot to prepare for battle.
This was a moment when the magician showed many gaps because he
couldn’t understand the phenomenon. However, Hyde couldn’t even move
his body, let alone stab at the gaps. Shortly after that, Hyde’s face
revealed the reason.
“Kuheok! Kuk, kuhuup…!”
Hyde’s sword pointed downward as blood flowed down. It was nothing
compared to the blood dripping from his lips. Additionally, the taut skin
of a man in his 20s shriveled like he was an elderly man, and the size of
his body decreased. It was like Hyde had aged dozens of years in an
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In a situation that nobody could believe, Theodore discovered the answer
to the phenomenon which was happening to Theodore.
‘…I see. Is that the price for using the god-sword?’
–It seems like it. Gluttony was also convinced about the reason. -I
wondered how an unqualified being had this power, but now I know why.
-It isn’t a big deal. It connects to the lost part of the body and has
access to the source of life. By consuming the life force of the user,
the god-sword is activated. No matter how much vitality a sword master
has, he can only use it a few times.
Theodore nodded. Hyde looked terrible. It wasn’t merely aging. His life
force itself was being sucked out. Perhaps a normal human wouldn’t be
able to tolerate it. Theodore briefly made a sympathetic expression
before continuing to ask Gluttony questions.
‘Look at his status and make a decision. How much longer can he last?’
–Hmm. Gluttony observed Hyde through Theodore’s eyes and said, –His
life is deteriorating. Using anything more is impossible. It won’t be
long until he dies.
‘Damn.’ Theodore gritted his teeth because he wanted to end this
fight here. From this point on, Theodore was in a better position, but
Hyde wasn’t prepared to lose yet. So, Theo couldn’t be careless
before it was over. His senses warned that something was approaching.
Unsurprisingly, Hyde stood up again. “…Up to… here.”
As a sword master, he couldn’t be unaware of his body’s condition.
Hyde realized that this place was his grave. The god-sword, Claimhb
Solais, would kill him. Perhaps it was a great honor for him to die here.
The life which had started in the slums would end with the god-sword.
Hyde smiled and threw the sword in his right hand to the floor.
“What are you doing?” It was an act of surrender, but Theodore asked
“Fighting with my sword… ends here. Too bad. My strength can’t
Before Theodore could reply to Hyde’s words, Hyde grabbed his silver
left arm. Then he pulled it like he was pulling the sword off.
It was a sight which seemed like a lie. Theodore thought so as Hyde held
the silver sword in his right hand. The blade, Claimhb Solais, shone
bright silver with Hyde’s vitality as fuel.
“Glory to the future of Andras…” Hyde said as he grabbed firmly
onto the light which had wiped out the Orcus warlocks and set it up as a
Then he roared, “Theodore Miller, I will take you with me!”
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