The Book Eating Magician - chapter-207
Compared to his calm expression, Gluttony’s words were bold. However,
Theodore agreed with him. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all if this
was the stomach of Gluttony, who had collected all types of mysterious
since the Age of Mythology.
This wasn’t just the 8th Circle but the realm of the 9th Circle. It was
different from the days when more than 100 great magicians had wandered
around and dragons often appeared.
The Dark Ages had come after the Age of Mythology.
After the gods disappeared, the demons lost their positions. The war
between various species and dragons had then destroyed the material
world. Historians estimated that over 5,600 years of history had been
buried after the Age of Mythology.
‘But not in this library…!’
Theodore could read the history which hadn’t been recorded anywhere
else. Not just that, it was possible for him to inherit the legacies left
behind by magicians of the Age of Mythology. In that sense, it was
literally the ‘domain of the gods.’
Still, Theodore wasn’t completely happy.
–What is it?
“I understand that I can learn magic from the Library. But what is the
equivalent price I have to pay?”
–Hrmm, I was about to tell you.
Except for his black eyes, Gluttony looked exactly the same as Theodore
while he touched his jaw.
–I will first explain the restrictions of the Library. It is impossible
to learn from a book that is beyond User’s level, just like the usual
predation. It means there is no difference in the learning conditions
here or outside.
“I expected as much. And…?”
–As User mentioned, the knowledge in the Library isn’t free. It is
bound by the law of equivalent exchange in order to maintain causality.
So, my system has established the concept of ‘achievement points’ to
However, before Theodore could ask the meaning of that, Gluttony
–To summarize briefly, it is a value based on everything User has
provided me. Then you can acquire the knowledge in this library by
consuming the achievement points.
“…Are you talking about all the books and artifacts I fed you?”
The law of equivalent exchange… This was a system which matched that
law. Theodore closed his eyes for a moment and recalled all the books and
artifacts he had collected so far.
Perhaps common magic books were worthless, while the rare-rated ones were
the real thing. Still, if he counted from Ballistics Magic, there were
quite a number of them. However, he didn’t know what Gluttony’s
Then Theodore opened his eyes again.
“What are the standards for achievement points conversion? Also, tell
me how many achievement points I currently have. It started from stage
zero, not stage five, right?
–Of course. I will answer in the order that you asked.
Fortunately, Gluttony was pleased to receive the request.
–Basically, the achievement points depend on the rating. Normal rating
is worth one digit of points, Rare rating is worth two digits of points
up to 100 points, Precious rating is worth three digits of points up to
1,000 points, and Treasure rating is worth four digits points up to
10,000 points. In the case of artifacts, it is half that.
“Huh? Then what about Legend or Myth ratings?”
Theodore noticed that these two ratings were missing, and Gluttony
responded like he had been waiting for that.
-From legendary rating onward, there are no standards. For example,
Laevateinn gained you 67,380 points.
“…What is the sum of my achievement points?”
In the end, close to 90% of Theodore’s achievement points were from
Laevateinn. Wasn’t this distribution too biased, even if it was a
Legend-rated grimoire? However, Theodore didn’t object to the
He didn’t dare go against Gluttony’s eyes. After all, there was no
one better in assessing the value of a book.
‘Ah, that reminds me…’
Theodore belatedly recalled something that was in his inventory. If this
artifact was converted to achievement points, how much would it be worth?
Theodore was filled with anticipation as ‘it’ appeared in his hand.
It was a topaz bigger than an adult male’s head. At first glance, it
looked like a large jewel, but it was actually the heart of the sand
dragon, Desertio. The ancient dragon’s heart…
It was an inexhaustible source of power which could fuel a magic circle
for thousands of years.
“What is the value of this dragon heart?”
However, Gluttony’s answer was unexpected.
–I’m sorry, but duplicates aren’t allowed. I collected the heart of
a sand dragon a long time ago.
“Wow,” a bewildered utter emerged from Theodore’s mouth.
The heart of an ancient dragon was a duplicate?
It was unlikely that someone would’ve obtained it in the same manner as
Theodore, so it meant the person must’ve forcefully pulled out the
heart of the dragon. Even a 9th Circle magician would find it hard to win
against a dragon.
Theodore put the dragon heart away in confusion. He hadn’t been
planning to change the dragon heart to achievement points, but he
hadn’t expected this answer.
In any case, the depths of the book eating grimoire Gluttony were really
–Then I will explain. Do you have any more questions?
–Let’s go to the search function.
As Gluttony spoke, he pointed to the overflowing books in the Library.
The ocean of books might exceed 10 million books if he included the
non-visible angles. Selecting a book was like picking a single grain of
sand from a beach.
-The Library’s search can be divided into two categories. The magic you
want and the ability you want.
–Just like what User experienced with Introduction to Elemental Magic,
sometimes the contents have an additional ability. An artifact’s skills
also falls into that category.
Put into context, it was like Theodore consuming Laevateinn and obtaining
the Ring of Muspelheim.
Theodore thought about it carefully.
There was an old saying about not jumping into the fire. It was only
recently that he had overcome the time limit of his vessel being
destroyed. He already had three types of power in him, so adding another
force would break the balance.
At that moment, Theodore felt a strange discomfort again.
‘What? I feel like I’m missing something…’
No matter how he looked back, he didn’t forget anything. However, the
feeling that one piece was missing from the puzzle didn’t disappear.
He’d gotten that feeling just before entering the Library, like he
needed just one more piece to complete the puzzle.
As Theodore was thinking about this, Gluttony suddenly spoke, –User, if
you don’t mind, there is something I want to recommend.
–From stage 5 onward, it is possible for me to directly advise User’s
choice. Until now, there were many things that I couldn’t say. But it
will be different from now onward.
“Then please talk.”
The relationship between Theodore and Gluttony was that of adviser and
student. At the very least, Gluttony couldn’t force Theodore to make a
choice. Gluttony received permission and opened his mouth, -Come out,
As Gluttony’s gentle voice rang out, a strange leather pouch appeared
on Gluttony’s palm. The surface of the pouch didn’t have a pattern,
but it emitted an unknown energy. Theodore was convinced that he
couldn’t catch it even if it was only a few meters away.
However, Gluttony broke down that conviction by handing the Aiolos Pouch
As always, details of the artifact popped up.
[+21 Aiolos Pouch (Divine Artifact)]
[-This is a pouch given to a hero as a gift from the god of wind, Aiolos.
The owner can trap any wind into this pouch, and it can also seal or
distort a specific space. As something made by a god, it contains some of
* The rating of this magic tool is ‘Legend.’
* When used, wind can be sealed selectively.
* When used, space can be controlled selectively.
* When consumed, a small amount of divinity will be absorbed.
* When consumed, your understanding of space will increase greatly.
* Required achievement points: 51,700 points.
* If you want to extract the artifact, it will immediately be returned to
this library when it escapes the user’s possession.]
“D-Divine artifact? Furthermore, the artifact can leave?”
Theodore’s eyes widened at the unexpected information window. The fact
that this shabby pouch had a Legend rating, as well as a divine object,
was shocking. It wasn’t surprising that knowledge could be exchanged,
but he hadn’t known it was possible to materialize something which was
–It is possible. But in the case of artifacts, there is a limit as
stated at the bottom. It isn’t possible to transfer ownership to
another person, and if you lose the artifact, you must spend points to
obtain it again.
A huge 51,700 points… If he blew away his achievement points because he
lost the artifact for a moment, he would shed tears of blood. It was much
safer and more beneficial to absorb it than to extract it.
‘Anyway, it is a divine artifact. I’ve never heard the name of the
god, but I have to search the list.’
Perhaps all treasures of the gods remaining in this age belonged in
Gluttony’s stomach. Then Theodore thought of how Mitra was a prototype
of Dmitra. He suppressed his excitement and turned to Gluttony.
“Why did you recommend this artifact?”
Theodore honestly didn’t know why. The Aiolos Pouch was very good, but
he didn’t know why Gluttony recommended it. It was a recommendation
which required Theodore to spend over 50,000 points. He didn’t know if
he could consume another legendary grimoire, so he couldn’t invest all
his points into this pouch.
Gluttony stared at him and muttered, -…You truly don’t know.
Magicians in this age seem to have forgotten the essence of the circles.
“The essence of the circles?”
–Keep calm, User. Think about how the Aiolos Pouch can fill up your
It was like a lightning bolt of enlightenment.
The fragment of Mother Earth…
The fires of Muspelheim…
The blood of the sea dragon, Aquilo…
As soon as he was able to recall the four basic elements, he was able to
find out the answer he was guided to.
Gluttony nodded like he had been waiting for it.
–Yes, the last piece needed is wind. When considering the fragment of
the Mother Earth, the fire of Musphelheim, and the blood of a sea dragon,
the Aiolos Pouch is most suitable for you.
“But that alone isn’t an answer. What meaning is there in having all
It was an obvious question for magicians of this age but not for
Gluttony. Gluttony sighed with the same face as Theodore and pulled out a
book from somewhere.
–I didn’t think I would be teaching theory about circles.
It was the moment when the lecture, which couldn’t be known by any
modern human magician, emerged from the mouth of the ancient grimoire,