The Book Eating Magician - chapter-202
Theodore was taken aback by the sand dragon’s sudden words. “No way.
You came because of me?”
[That’s right.] The assertion of the sand dragon, Desertio, was
However, that was natural. This dragon was from the other side of
history, since the beginning of the Age of Mythology. So, what did it
want with Theodore? It was different from Aquilo, who had become
interested in Theodore due to the circumstances. Living for millennia had
created a manner of thinking which mortals couldn’t understand.
Theodore’s eyes trembled nervously. Maybe it was because of the danger
the sand dragon’s presence brought to the investigation team. So,
Theodore couldn’t help feeling guilty.
However, Desertio spoke in a gentle voice, [Don’t be too nervous, young
magician. I didn’t come with the intention of harming you.]
As if to prove his sincerity, Theodore’s senses were extremely calm.
Regardless of whether Desertio was speaking the truth, Theodore was
forced to put hope in that moderate atmosphere. This conversation was the
last lifeline before a death penalty was passed on.
“…Can I ask what your business is?”
It was good to know that the conversation could go in both directions.
So, Theodore raised his courage and carefully asked why.
[Hmmm, I have to explain it,] Desertio replied calmly. [I will ask you
one thing before I explain. Have you heard anything about the reduction
[It is what happens when a dragon reaches their end or is near the end.]
Theodore finally realized the intent of Desertio’s question. He
recalled the conversation he had with Gluttony while crossing the
–The sand dragon Desertio, who lives in the center of the Meuse Desert,
is at the epicenter of the drought.
–Don’t misunderstand. Desertio might not be causing the drought
maliciously. The dragon, who has survived for nearly a million years, is
already closer to a spirit than a creature. Therefore, he changes the
environment around him.
A dragon’s instincts were to return to nature. Gluttony asserted that
due to this, Dracomachia had started and the dragon’s decline had
begun. All the strong people of the other species, including the human
race, had joined forces to hunt the dragons.
In some ways, the phenomenon called ‘Reduction’ might be nothing to
Desertio, who had suffered through Dracomachia. Theodore thought up to
there and carefully replied, “Are you trying to tell me about the
[Oh, I suppose it isn’t hard to guess. It is correct,] Desertio said.
Then it added a few more words, [If you are already aware of this, the
story will be quicker. The creation of the Meuse Desert and the drought
was caused by the aging of this body. It is proof that this body is
approaching death. I want to see you help with the post-processing.]
[Uhh, to be precise, I would like you to deliver my message to the sea
dragon that is linked to you.]
Theodore briefly recalled Aquilo’s face. He hadn’t seen her face for
a while, but his impression of her was clear in his mind. Theodore
couldn’t help remembering her beauty, which was more striking than many
women. His relationship with Aquilo was one of the most powerful trump
cards he had, so he would prefer not to use it. Additionally, he had no
confidence to deal with her a second time.
‘She isn’t the type to be dragged around.’
It might be possible if Theodore was much stronger than Aquilo, but that
possibility wasn’t worth discussing when he was only at the 7th Circle.
He couldn’t help feeling worried.
As Theodore remained silent, Desertio continued speaking, [This is a
request based on the discipline of the dragons. If you listen to my
favor, this body will give you something that is equivalent to the favor.]
“Then please explain this to me.”
[It is very simple. In the past, a dragon would use ‘Reduction’ in
destroying the territory of other species. This discipline was made by
the leaders when looking at the bitter past. It is the Ritual of
The Ritual of Reduction…
It didn’t seem to be a secret, so Desertio continued talking in a voice
that the others could hear.
It was a type of pledge. The storm of power which burst out when a dragon
died couldn’t be compared to the output before it. In Desertio’s
case, it would generate a hot wind which would sweep through the entire
Therefore, the dragon leaders created a reduction ceremony. It was a
discipline which allowed a dragon with the opposite property to calm down
the aftermath. For a dragon with the power of weathering, the dragon that
controlled water was the right choice for the ritual.
[It is a ritual that has become unknown now, but this body wants to
maintain the wishes of the leaders. Please let me finish my life by using
Then all of a sudden, Mujak interrupted, “Wait! Desert dragon, I have
something to say to you!”
[This body has nothing to say to you.]
“Damn, listen to me first!” Mujak called out.
Maybe it was due to Desertio’s modest attitude, or perhaps the anger
simmering inside Mujak finally exploded…
However, Mujak forgot who his opponent was as he hollered with a red
face, “Take some responsibility for being the cause of the drought! You
should apologize to the people of our kingdom rather than ask that young
man! Do you know how many people have died because of you?”
The dragons’ ‘Reduction’ was a sacred ceremony for them, but it was
a national disaster for others. The fury of the Austen guardians, who had
accumulated damage for hundreds of years, was reasonable in many ways.
However, unlike when Desertio conversed with Theodore, it replied in an
emotionless voice, [That is human logic.]
Desertio had the gaze of a transcendent being who looked down on all
[Do you remember and mourn the number of ants you have stepped on during
Everyone froze for a moment. The attitude of comparing humans to ants, it
clearly showed the gap between a human and dragon. Theodore tensed up
again. Desertio wasn’t concerned about humans. He wanted to preserve
the leader’s wishes, but he didn’t care about those who had already
‘Damn, I’m not in a situation to worry about whether I should accept
Despite Desertio’s modest attitude, Theodore had no other option.
Realizing this, Theodore hurriedly opened his mouth. He had to finish
this before Mujak made things worse.
“Desertio! I will accept that request.”
* * *
After that, they made swift progress. The catalysts needed for the
summoning magic were stacked in a pile in the laboratory. Additionally,
after receiving Satomer’s knowledge, Theodore could be called the best
summoner in modern times.
With Aquamarine, sapphire, a blue drake’s heart, and a magic circle
written for elementals, this was literally the best performance. Theodore
finished his work and sighed, ‘Sigh, I’ve roughly prepared it.’
A blue magic circle flashed under his feet, and the perfection was at a
level which anyone who studied magic would admire. Right now, there were
only a few researchers in the field of summoning magic.
“Wow, isn’t this magic circle really amazing? It is on a different
dimension from the basic principles shown in magic books. How can he do
“Theo is amazing. This is new summoning magic…”
Unlike Sylvia and William, Veronica didn’t look very impressed. It
wasn’t hard to guess why, so Theodore smiled bitterly and walked toward
her. “Tower Master.”
“I know it can’t be helped, but I don’t like it,” Veronica
The red dragon blood flowing through her body refused to meet with a sea
dragon. Veronica was irritated despite never meeting Aquilo before. It
wouldn’t be strange if they fought when meeting face-to-face.
“Well, I’ll look at your face and try to endure it.”
“But you should keep one thing in mind.” Veronica pointed an index
finger and touched the tip of Theodore’s nose. “I will blow away all
enemies in front of me.”
“… Please be lenient.” That was the only thing he could say.
Theodore stood inside the summoning circle again and took in a deep
breath. “Then let’s get started.”
It was fairly difficult to summon a dragon, but Theodore didn’t have
much trouble. The biggest problem with summoning was compromising with
the invited being. However, Aquilo had already agreed to be summoned.
Moreover, she had said she would help him once unconditionally, so she
wouldn’t refuse his summons. Theodore rotated his seven circles and
recited a spell.
A large-scale ritual was normally required, but he just needed to look
deeply in his connection with Aquilo.
“Ruler of the ocean, master of the waves. I use your name and blood to
be reunited in this place.”
As the spell was chanted, the magic circle scattered a blue light. The
blood flowing inside Theodore’s body slowly cooled as resonance.
Then as the blood of the Sea Dragon Aquilo strengthened, Theodore’s
body temperature was lowered to a point which couldn’t be human.
Theodore’s face was turning white when he finally heard the voice.
「What? You called me after a long time, Boy.」 The drowsy voice mixed
with charm was truly strange.
Theodore was glad to hear the voice and replied, ‘Aquilo.’
「You didn’t call me just to speak my name, did you? Huh?」
‘Of course not. It is something more troublesome…’
「There is a lot of time, so explain it to me.」
As Aquilo stated, there was a lot of time. It was usually a significant
burden to use summoning magic, but Aquilo and Theodore were able to hold
a long conversation because of the connection with each other. After
talking for 30 minutes, Aquilo readily accepted his summons.
「Okay, I understand that this is caused by my link with you.」
‘Then you will come when called?’
「No, it is annoying, so I’ll just come now.」
Theodore stepped aside hurriedly as the magic circle flashed.
Her sapphire-like blue hair and her two fluorescent eyes which shone with
playfulness soon appeared. As always, Aquilo was wearing an outfit which
made it hard to look at her. It was a thin piece of cloth covering the
important parts, just enough to shake a man’s heart. However, it was
strange that it didn’t look crude on her.
“… Why are you always so naked?” Theodore said, turning his eyes
Meanwhile, Aquilo fluttered her clothing with a naughty smile. His eyes
couldn’t help being drawn to her exposed flesh.
“Boy, aren’t you enjoying it? Men are all the same.”
Aquilo teased Theodore as she stepped out of the magic circle. After
looking around, she grumbled, “Ah, I don’t like the desert because
the air is too dirty. I never would’ve come if this wasn’t
Then she suddenly stopped and stepped toward Veronica. Clearly, it
wasn’t a one-sided rivalry. The red dragon and blue dragon… The
hostility engraved in their blood was the same. As the red and the blue
stared at each other, it was Aquilo who opened her mouth first.
“Who is this, the red clan famous for their brutality?” She said with
a bright smile which almost made Theodore misunderstand it as a greeting.
Veronica frowned and countered. Her bright smile was impressive as well.
“Aren’t you the one famous for pirating?”
This time, it was Aquilo’s eyebrows which twitched. “You, a quarter
dragon… Do you intend to go against a pureblood dragon?”
“I’m sorry, but I’ve already killed one. Aren’t sea dragons more
incompetent when out of water?”
“Ah, did I hit the bullseye? I’m sorry.”
Veronica made an expression that showed she wasn’t sorry at all, while
Aquilo’s lips twitched. Killing intent rose between the two beauties.
It was an atmosphere which seemed like a fight would occur at any moment.
The gazes of the group naturally rested on one man, Theodore.
Theodore had already thought it would be like this, so he eventually
sighed and walked in between them.