The Book Eating Magician - chapter-205
Kurt couldn’t properly grasp the situation, but his reaction was quick.
He naturally accepted the greeting of the five people and soon noticed
there was a person missing.
It was Austen’s guardian, Mujak. The man, who had been arrested for
authorized entry and kidnapping, was nowhere to be seen.
“Where is Mujak?”
Theodore responded to Kurt’s question, “Is it okay to explain that
with the report?”
“Hmm, okay. Rather…” Kurt glanced toward Aquilo behind Theodore.
Instead of Mujak, Kurt was much more worried about the dragon who had
suddenly appeared. As though she felt his glance, there was a slight
flash of light from where the dragon’s body had been floating behind
the party. It was enough to make people blink a few times.
People reflexively closed their eyes and opened them again. In the spot
where the dragon had been, there was now an impressive-looking woman with
sea-colored hair. Horns rose from her head, and her fluorescent eyes
showed that she was different from humans. Despite her bewitching
appearance, she gave off a feeling of oppression.
In this silence, Aquilo slightly bent her knees. “It is nice to meet
you, king of Meltor. I am Aquilo of the blue clan, daughter of Surmidon
This was the moment when the historical tyrant, the sea dragon, met the
ruler of the Meltor Kingdom. The people present realized the seriousness
of this meeting and gulped while the air filled with tension. How would
the king of Meltor respond to this greeting?
Unlike their expectations, Kurt’s answer was quite ordinary. “The
current king, Kurt Turai von Meltor, welcomes your visit. I heard a lot
about you from Lord Theodore.”
Aquilo gave a bewitching smile at his words. “Hrmm, is that so? Boy,
you talked about me?”
“Yes, I was able to pass the crisis thanks to you.”
“That is a common thing.”
Theodore’s answer seemed the right thing to say as the atmosphere
loosened up. Then Kurt encouraged them to move into the palace,
“Let’s talk about the remaining story inside. It seems that there are
many things to talk about.”
“Then… I will follow Your Majesty’s will.”
Aquilo nodded, and Kurt led everyone into the royal palace. Their new
location wasn’t the meeting hall but the reception room used for
Kurt III sat down, while Blundell and Orta stood on both sides of his
chair. Even if there was no chance of winning, their role as escort was
to block the slightest possibility of Aquilo attacking Kurt.
Once both Aquilo and Veronica were seated, Kurt naturally turned toward
Theodore. Veronica was the one in charge of the mission, but she was
preoccupied having a staring war with Aquilo.
“Quattro’s Captain, please report.”
“Yes, Your Majesty,” Theodore responded to the call.
‘Where should I start?’
The memories of a few days ago were engraved in Theodore’s head.
Defeating Mercurius and entering the laboratory, receiving compensation
Yes, he would start exactly from here.
* * *
–Before I ask my favor, I have to check something first.
–To check something?
–Yes, I have to check whether something is possible for you. I’m not
trying to insult you, I’m just really curious.
Aquilo made a questioning expression upon hearing Theodore’s words. He
should know better than anyone else. After all, they had fought at each
other’s backs. So, Theodore’s brilliant brain would’ve already
understood her abilities.
If she wanted to, she could break down a city or two, or even cause
floods and tsunamis. Yet there was something he wasn’t certain whether
Aquilo could do?
She cocked her head as Theodore spoke in a low voice, –Is it possible
to revive a river on a national scale?
The blue dragon was famous for being cunning. Aquilo raised her eyebrows
as she guessed his intentions.
-…Boy, are you trying to use me as a negotiation material?
It was as she said. Theodore shrugged and nodded without retreating.
Desertio’s death meant the desertification phenomenon would disappear,
but it was another story to restore the water which had dried up over
The drought wouldn’t happen anymore, but there was no future for a land
which had been completely exhausted. Austen wouldn’t have an
opportunity to recover, and they would perish. However, what if
Aquilo’s power assisted in the recovery?
A high elf couldn’t surpass a dragon when it came to their attributes.
When it came to the supply of water, Aquilo was more effective than a
Aquilo thought about Theodore’s question for a while before answering,
–It is possible. Are you talking about the Pilar River? I won’t be
able to restore it to its original state, but I can turn it back around
Mujak trembled as he listened to the conversation. It was natural. A
miracle he had never expected was being considered right before him. They
were discussing the restoration of the Pilar River, Austen’s lifeblood!
Now that the drought was gone, there would be no further problems if the
river was restored. Maybe this would become Austen’s golden age.
Mujak was thrilled, falling to both knees and bowing his head. -Sir
Theodore! How should I repay this favor?! The Sultan will greatly repay
you for your help!
–Thank you, but it isn’t certain yet.
–Aquilo has to agree to this favor.
Mujak turned to Aquilo with a desperate expression. If the dragon refused
to do Theodore’s favor, this golden opportunity in front of him would
disappear without a trace.
However, Aquilo just laughed at Theodore’s uncertainty. –Well, I
don’t care. I am in need of a new lair because of you. It is the middle
of the desert, but it should be okay if it is the Pilar River.
–T-That means you agree? Mujak asked.
–Instead, I have several conditions. Aquilo smiled at the anxious Mujak
and raised her fingers one by one. –First, a residence to my
satisfaction must be built. Secondly, what happens after the recovery is
irrelevant to me. Thirdly, publicize my name through the country and make
me the guardian dragon.
–Cough! Well, if it is that much…
–There is one last thing.
The third condition for the Sultan fanatics of Austen was a little
annoying, but there was nothing wrong with treating her as a divine
being. Mujak was prepared to nod, but Aquilo added a fourth condition.
–Apart from the boy’s favor, I will charge a price every time you
borrow my power. If the payment is ever overdue, I will cancel the
agreement and leave.
–No, that is a little too much!
–If you think so, then don’t pay. In my view, the desert isn’t a
very attractive place.
It was literally an unfair contract. Mujak protested, but Aquilo didn’t
budge. Generally speaking, this request was a favor to Theodore, and
anything else was a bonus. It meant they needed to pay separately for
anything else. Austen might owe Meltor, but they needed to make a
separate deal with Aquilo.
After all, Austen was the only one with something to lose, not the
dragon. In the end, Mujak had to grudgingly agree to deliver the proposal
to the Sultan.
* * *
“Kuk.” Kurt let out a small sound of laughter that he couldn’t
Mujak, the old fox of the desert, had suffered such a humiliation. The
Sultan fanatics would face difficult circumstances in the future. The
Janissaries never had any experience of Austen itself being held hostage.
Kurt tacitly acknowledged their plight and then praised the person in
front of him, “As always, your achievements are beyond my expectations.
Now, Meltor has completely taken the lead in an alliance with Austen…”
Austen wouldn’t reject the offer. Kurt didn’t know if the Sultan was
foolish or naive, but he had heard that the Sultan of this era was quite
smart. It was hard to imagine anything more significant than the
restoration of Pilar River.
‘With this, we have taken one step ahead.’
The Austen Kingdom had long been a country which intersected with the
Northern powers and was located a little bit south of the border. It was
only after passing through the Sipoto wilderness that one would enter
Austen territory. As such, it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that it was
a territory which could be taken if Andras or Meltor reached out.
However, for centuries, none of the Northern powers had invaded Austen.
It wasn’t because Austen was too strong or because the Northern powers
couldn’t afford it.
The drought, which had plagued Austen for centuries, was the enemy which
had fended off the Northern powers. It wasn’t easy to grow crops in
Austen, and there were no roads or ports which could be used as trade
routes. There was no profit in capturing such a territory.
The culture of worshipping the Sultan also played a part in fending off
the Northern powers. A country which couldn’t be colonized was
impossible to manage and was on the verge of destruction. That was Austen.
‘…But from now on, that will change.’
Andras didn’t know about the removal of the drought, and the value of
Austen had surged.
After restoring the river and removing the threat of desertification,
Austen was no longer a helpless spectator. If a little time and support
were added, Austen was a variable which could become a strong ally.
Unlike the borders in the North which were all guarded, a strategic
advantage could be obtained if Meltor marched through Austen.
All of this was due to one man, Theodore Miller. If it hadn’t been for
the sea dragon, Aquilo, it wouldn’t have been possible to gain leverage
over Austen or end the drought.
Kurt scanned Theodore up and down with gratified eyes and called out,
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“If you wish for something, then tell me. You can even ask for a
Simultaneously, the eyes of the other people present widened.
The number of people who had been awarded a national treasure since
Meltor’s founding barely reached the double digits. Additionally, the
people who had received two or more were just two or three legends. Now,
Theodore was being treated like those legends? It was unexpected, even
for Kurt who always awarded achievements fairly.
However, Theodore’s answer was even more surprising. “Your Majesty is
very generous, but can I save that wish for later?”
“Why? I am feeling very good today. Maybe I will change my mind, and
you will miss your chance.”
It felt like a test, but Theodore just smiled. “Right now, I want to
concentrate on myself. I was taught Sorcery by the Red Tower Master, and
I feel like I got a clue on this journey.”
“I see.” A satisfied smile appeared on Kurt’s face. “I like your
attitude. I will take care of the procedures so that your training
isn’t hindered. Don’t hesitate to ask for anything you need.”
“Thank you for your consideration, Your Majesty.”
That wasn’t a lie. Theodore looked at his left hand as he bowed. It was
true that he had received enlightenment from Veronica’s teachings and
that he wanted to focus on something before receiving a national treasure.
Alchemist Paracelsus’s original book, the Fairy’s Book…
Eating it had finally unlocked Gluttony’s fifth seal. At stage 5,
Superbia had been able to overpower an adult dragon. It was inevitable
that Theodore was looking forward to the result. In his mind,
Gluttony’s information window was counting the seconds down one by one.
[Unsealing of stage 5… (3 hours 35 minutes and 12 seconds remaining)]