The Book Eating Magician - chapter-199
As Gluttony talked to Theodore, Paragranum’s hands were moving while
she held the Emerald Tablet. This thing had been a treasure even in the
Age of Mythology. The value of it couldn’t be determined in this age.
Even Theodore, who wasn’t interested in alchemy, was briefly attracted
to the glitter, but it was literally just for a moment.
Para stared at the Emerald Tablet in her arms.
“…I have accomplished my first purpose,” she muttered with a loud
voice which was rare for her.
However, Theodore had a question as he looked at her back.
According to Para’s actions, the key to this research facility and the
dimension containing the Emerald Tablet was clearly the Azoth Sword.
However, she had handed over such an essential item as a down payment?
Not even a dumb human would make that mistake. A grimoire had an
intellect surpassing humans, so she wouldn’t make such an obvious
Theodore faced Paragranum and spoke in a more rigid voice, “Paragranum,
I have something I want to ask.”
He was already 70% certain, and the remaining 30% wasn’t really him
being doubtful. However, he couldn’t leave here without checking. After
all, it was easier to deal with someone who was classified as an enemy,
than someone who wasn’t.
In any case, Para’s dominance in this set of ruins was absolute.
Unsurprisingly, Para acted like she knew his question. “I can already
guess your question. Well, just speak.”
“It wasn’t a mistake.” The remaining 30% disappeared as Theodore
became convinced. “Why did you hand me the Azoth Sword? It isn’t just
the key to obtaining the Emerald Tablet. If this dagger is Paracelsus’
favorite, it must be worth more than that. It can be used in several ways
in this set of ruins.”
“It is the key to controlling Mercurius.”
This part was purely Theodore’s speculation. It might be possible, but
it wouldn’t go toward a level beyond speculation. If Paragranum denied
it, his speculation would end here. He had no evidence to back up his
Theodore’s heart was hoping that Paragranum would laugh at his words.
He didn’t want to become hostile toward a monster who was equal to a
grandmaster in this set of ruins. However, Para clapped and exclaimed,
“Correct! As expected of Gluttony’s host, you have a good head.”
“You…!” Theodore was about to curse, but he barely stopped himself
and lowered his voice, “Answer me. Why did you hand me the Azoth
“Why do you mean? It was your choice.”
That was true. Theodore was the one who had chosen the sword when
presented with the option of the Azoth Sword or the Philosopher’s
Stone. Even if Paragranum had induced it, there had been no compulsion
which forced him to choose it.
Para looked at the temporarily speechless Theodore and opened her mouth
again, “The Philosopher’s Stone or the Azoth Sword. At that time, I
only respected your free will. As a result of your choice, you fought
Mercurius. Life is continuously climbing the ladder, so I can’t have a
companion who can’t endure it.”
Theodore immediately recognized the meaning of what had happened. “…
Did you test me?”
“In a sense.”
“What if I had been killed by Mercurius?”
“Unfortunately, I would then have to do it alone. It isn’t a big deal
for me to retrieve the Azoth Sword after securing this laboratory.”
Theodore heard up to here and gave up on understanding his opponent. Even
if she looked like a person, she was still a grimoire. It would be fatal
if he thought of her actions as those of a human.
Above all, he didn’t gain anything from this stand-off. After
confirming that Paragranum had no intention to fight, Theodore stepped
back and changed the topic. As it happened, the excuse was in his hand.
“Do you have anything to say about this Fairy’s Book?”
It was a slab with a dark shine and made of an unknown material. The
Fairy’s Book had been handed over to him as promised, but he didn’t
know how to read it. Paragranum understood belatedly and scratched her
head. “Whoops, I forgot there are no more in this age.”
“How do I use this?”
“Grab any part and inject it with magic power. At your level… Yes,
can you use 3rd Circle magic once?”
Theodore made an uncertain expression and poured the proper amount of
magic power in the Fairy’s Book. Simultaneously, a dim light spread
from the slab and eventually formed the shape of a letter. It was a
strange and mysterious letter which Theodore had never seen before.
Then at that moment…
A light suddenly shot up from the slab. No, the trajectory was too exact.
The ray of light flew accurately toward the middle of Theodore’s
forehead. It exceeded the speed of light, and the light from the slab
couldn’t be avoided or blocked.
「Checking the user’s magic power pattern. I will start. 」 As
before, Theodore heard an unknown voice. 「From page 1 to page 50.
Introducing the concept of the elemental world and the four elementals to
Knowledge from the Age of Mythology was forcibly entered into
As soon as 50 pages of knowledge were transferred over, Theodore held his
temple due to the terrible headache. He had been prepared, so the sudden
rush of information wasn’t enough to make him unconscious.
However, this was several times stronger than what he had previously
experienced. It was the pain he had felt when he consumed a large amount
of books in a short period of time and the processing power of his brain
had reached its limit.
Para saw it and grinned at him. “Ahahaha! As expected of Gluttony’s
owner, you have a really good head. This is a primitive character used in
the Age of Mythology which can compress dozens of letters into one
character. Most people won’t be able to read the character and will
have their brain fried.”
“So. how many characters are there in this book?” Theodore asked
through the headache and she answered without hesitation.
“36 characters. Creator had a habit of storing 50 pages in one
character, for a total of 1,800 pages.”
“… You should give me a warning beforehand next time.”
“If it makes you feel better.”
…She didn’t say she would. Theodore turned his gaze away anyway. Then
Paragranum pointed to a shelf that was still half full and said, “Now,
shall we handle the balance?”
She had promised to give him everything except for the Emerald Table and
a few materials.
There were 33 kilograms of platinum, 65 kilograms of gold, and 300
kilograms of precious materials, as well as 182 bottles of various
potions ranging from recovery to attribute resistance. There were also
five 8th Circle magic scrolls and twelve 7th Circle magic scrolls, along
with special items including two bottles of elixir and one
Lastly, there was a golem in the corner. Para pointed to the knight in
full body armor and suddenly paused. She made a strange expression before
looking like she got a good idea. Then Para turned toward Theodore with
sparkling eyes and asked, “Hey, can I take that golem?”
“Is something the matter?”
“It’s not like that. The ego has died a long time ago. I just
recently got a decent material. I want to try remodeling it.”
“Decent material? What… Ah.” Theodore reflected on the answer and
closed his mouth.
It was Lloyd Pollan, the enemy whom the grimoire had captured. Para
planned to use him for her experiments. Even though he was an enemy,
Theodore couldn’t help feeling sympathetic. However, Theodore had no
intention of going against the grimoire, so he turned his eyes away with
a disgruntled look.
‘It isn’t worth quibbling over.’
Didn’t Theo have to fight Mercurius because of him?
“Go ahead. I hope it isn’t too late.”
“Okay, I finally have something to do in the tower after a long time.”
Para didn’t hide her cruel joy as she laughed and pointed her finger at
the items. This was just the remaining balance, but it was a huge amount.
It wasn’t an amount which could be put in a box.
“How will you take all this? Ah, will you put them in your dimensional
“There’s no need,” Theodore answered bluntly and held out his left
hand. It was safer and bigger than the dimensional pocket, so the entry
to the inventory opened in the palm of his left hand. The tongue was
attracted by the pleasant smell and emerged, then Theodore gave it
permission, “Swallow everything and put it all in the inventory.”
After thousands of years, the warehouse of Paracelsus’ laboratory was
* * *
After completing the secret deal, Theodore was returned to his room. The
fluffy bed and books he had been waiting for looked exactly the same.
There was only one thing which had changed. It was the new presence of
the Fairy’s Book in the books in his inventory.
Theodore sat on the bed instead of the chair and sighed,“Hoo… My head
still hurts. Gluttony, do you know about this slab beforehand?”
–I thought that it wouldn’t be a big burden for you.
“Then why didn’t you say anythin- No, forget it. You are a grimoire.
I had forgotten.”
It was meaningless to blame it for something which had already passed,
and grimoires didn’t feel sorry or apologize for anything. The grimoire
would just be more careful next time and focus on the road ahead.
‘This is a primitive character? It is quite efficient.’
The Fairy’s Book had dozens of pages were stamped into one character,
and the 50 pages of knowledge naturally became Theodore’s. He had done
it once, and the understanding of this book increased to 2.7%. In other
words, he had acquired understanding just by reading.
The ‘primitive characters’ on this slab was a technique which could
change the concept of studying. However, it was a big risk to the user.
–Your reasoning is correct.
–The computing ability of humans in the Age of Mythology is superior to
current humans. Therefore, learning using the ‘primitive characters’
was easier. However, as time passed, the functions of the brain
deteriorated, and the ‘primitive characters’ were banned.
‘Humans have fallen behind technology… How scary.’
The technology from the Age of Mythology was tantalizing to present
humans, but they couldn’t endure it. Theodore looked down at the slab
in his hand. The stinging headache was still annoying, but he could
ignore it if he focused.
As long as the act of reading was straightforward, he could have Gluttony
eat the book before the next morning. Theodore could decide to not overdo
it, or he could endure the pain.
He hesitated for a moment before pouring magic power into the slab.
Although he didn’t want to be in pain, he didn’t like this situation
either. Theodore was drawn in by Para’s intentions and had no power to
However, no matter how great Para was, that wasn’t an excuse for
powerlessness. Such an excuse wasn’t suitable for the owner of a Seven
Just like before, a ray of light struck his forehead and knowledge flowed
in from the Fairy’s Book. The great alchemist, Paracelsus…
Theodore would see his face before the sun came up tomorrow.