The Book Eating Magician - chapter-20
Outside the Academy #2
Theo nodded at the irresistible words, and Vince immediately handed him
the application form to fill in.
It was an event which people couldn’t attend unless they proved their
identities clearly. For this reason, Theo spent a long time trying to
recall the name of his great-grandfather on his mother’s side. However,
he eventually managed to fill in all the blanks.
Vince received the application form from Theo and nodded.
“…Okay, this is fine. Last year, a magician misspelled the name of
one of his family members and was dragged out by the guards. So, if you
can, it is better to put everything down.”
“Hoo, it is thorough.”
“The magic contest is a symbol of the kingdom. This level of security
is justified for this event.”
There were quite a few foreign spies or magicians who tried to sneak into
the affairs of the kingdom, so they had to be thorough. Theo checked the
application form again; there were no parts which needed to be fixed.
Theo’s face was tired from spending nearly two hours on the application
form, but the conversation wasn’t over yet.
Vince smiled at him and said, “Theodore, do you know why I am taking
you to the magic contest?”
Theo tried to answer but soon fell silent. Professor Vince wouldn’t ask
about obvious things. Perhaps there was something Theo didn’t know or
couldn’t guess. Indeed, his reaction was satisfactory as Professor
“It is important to distinguish between knowing and not knowing, but
understanding what you don’t know is the most important thing. You have
a talent for the path of a magician.”
“Then I’ll explain.”
There was a thud as a thick book hit the desk. Theo looked at the
familiar cover and soon realized the identity of the book. It was the
guidebook which contained all the rules of Bergen Academy. Theo had read
the book once when he’d been admitted to the academy, then he’d stuck
it in his dormitory’s closet. There was no test on the book, so it was
enough to just look through it.
Vince laughed at Theo’s bewildered expression.
“You must be wondering why I brought out this old book. Well, don’t
worry. I don’t intend to teach a class on it.”
Then he opened the book and pointed to the corner of one page. Theo
unconsciously chased his finger and read the words. It was a recently
revised Article 38, Clause 12. Looking at the year, it had been changed
approximately 10 years ago.
[Section 38.12. Students of this academy are eligible for graduation
after completing three and a half years of studying. However, there is an
exception if the student wins a level 3 prize or higher at an contest
organized by the Magic Society. The winners can obtain their diploma
whenever they want.]
Theo had read it, but he couldn’t understand.
“You might have guessed already. I don’t think you can obtain
anything else from this academy.”
Theo stopped because he couldn’t deny it. Vince’s words stabbed
straight at the boredom he’d been feeling these days. In fact,
Theodore’s theoretical knowledge was already comparable to the
professors. This was already the third time he was repeating the third
grade, so he couldn’t help getting tired of it.
He could only relieve his boredom briefly with the library books.
However, the level of the books in the academy weren’t very high, and
he hadn’t been able to find a single magic book over the 4th Circle.
“Additionally, you have become a controversial subject in this
To Professor Vince, Theo wasn’t a student but a fellow adult.
“Do you remember the professors who tried to expel you? They are people
who live for the sake of their pride and authority. Those idiots will
never regret their actions. They will just blame the other person.”
Theo couldn’t help recalling Professor Bernard. He was a middle-aged
man who never looked in Theo’s direction, and sometimes an unknown
expression would cross his eyes. Perhaps, malice was growing behind that
expression. It was quiet now, but Theo didn’t know what Bernard might
“It would be better to put some distance between you, rather than get
tangled up in something dirty. Anyway, I will soon be going to the
capital. If you graduate early, you can practice in an environment better
than this place.”
“I understand what you are saying.”
The capital of the Meltor Kingdom, Mana-vil…
It was a place with four magic towers and a central magic institute.
There was no magician on the continent who hadn’t heard about it, and
there was nobody who dared not to feel respect for it. Mana-vil was
overflowing with all types of artifacts, magic books, and talented
However, Theodore couldn’t help but ask, “But can I win the contest?
I might have the grimoire, but I am still just a 3rd Circle master.”
“Well, normally, it would be impossible.” Vince agreed with Theo’s
words. “But the story is a little different when it comes to you.
Garcia can’t be compared to them, but with your skills, you should be
able to deal with 4th Circle magicians. Against another student, you will
“The battle magic division?”
“That’s right. The magic contest has a division where only the
assistants of the magicians invited can participate. They are students
At that moment, Theo had a hunch. ‘Indeed, it is worth a try.’
Even though the difference between the 3rd and 4th Circles was large,
Theo’s situation was a bit unusual.
He had the ‘Memorize’ ability and his perception had risen thanks to
Alfred’s experience. It was a sensory perception which other magicians
could only achieve by spending years or decades on the battlefield. If it
had been so beneficial in a spar, he couldn’t imagine what it would be
like in a contest.
Vince, who had once been a war magician, must have realized this and made
the proposal. If Theo had expert-level experience, then he would be able
to overcome his magic power difficulty. Truth be told, if Theodore could
use Alfred-style Magic Missiles at will, then he would have no reason to
fear 4th Circle magicians.
“I will try it.”
“Well, I can fill in some of the lacking parts.”
As if Vince had been waiting for it, he opened a chest of drawers.
“The Magic Society prohibited the distinction of the original and
copies of books 50 years ago. Therefore, distinguishing between an
original and a copy can’t be done using an ordinary method. But people
are always looking for methods. Do you know what this is?” He laughed
and handed over the book to Theo.
“A duplicate can’t be made from another duplicate. So, you will know
if you use duplication magic on it. It is a simple and reckless trick,
but there are some people who go around collecting original books. For
reference, this one is worth 50 gold.”
The price of a normal magic book was around 1 silver, so this was a huge
price. It proved that people had a strong lust for collections. However,
Vince didn’t care about such things. He would never have bought this
book if it wasn’t something that Theodore needed.
However, Theo’s reaction was more intense than Vince had expected.
“C-Can I appraise this?”
“Of course. This was the deal.”
Theo reached out cautiously and picked up the book on the desk. If this
was an original, it likely had a special ability like Alfred’s
[Ballistics Magic]. He took a few deep breaths before touching the book
with his left hand.
The tongue stuck out and licked the cover of the book.
[Introduction to Elemental Magic]
[This book describes the four elementals in more detail than any other
book. It is a book about the relationship between magicians and
elementals, how to call and make a contract with elementals, and the
concept of elemental magic. The author, Myrdal, has been called the
greatest elementalist of the century. He is the only one who has
succeeded in calling an elemental king.
* Your understanding is very high. (95.4%)
* This magic book is rated ‘Rare’.
* When consumed, the proficiency of ‘elemental magic’ will increase.
* This is the original which was directly written by the author. When
consumed, the elemental affinity which suits you will be opened. There is
a low chance that you might form a contract with an elemental.]
Theodore’s mouth dropped open as he discovered what he had been hoping
for. He didn’t know how many times he’d read the books on elemental
magic in the library. [Introduction to Elemental Magic] was a book that
he had read many times.
However, it wasn’t the original book, and he had given up on eating it
due to having no elemental affinity. Yet Professor Vince was giving him a
gift like this?
“This is one book. What is the rating?” Vince murmured in a low voice.
Theo finally realized the meaning of this gift.
One week ago, Theo had confided his secret to Vince and signed a contract
with him. It was in order to obtain the infinite wisdom which the owner
of Gluttony had available to him.
–Vince Haidel will provide Theodore Miller with magic books or
–Theodore Miller will give Vince Haidel the right to ask a question and
receive an answer.
“It is Rare.”
“Then there are two books left. I’ll give them to you soon.”
It would be either three Rare grade items or one Precious grade. That was
the decision which Theodore and Vince had made. The Precious rating was
difficult for even Vince to find, but Rare grade items could be obtained
through just a little difficulty.
Even so, receiving one book after a week was really very resourceful.
“That’s it for today.”
It seemed like it was over.
Vince picked up the parchment he had laid down and spoke while picking up
his pen, “We are departing for the capital in three days, so be ready