The Book Eating Magician - chapter-209
Gluttony recovered his spirit first.
–…User, how did you create ‘it?’
Gluttony had the confidence that he would be able to determine its origin
if he observed for a while, but the question which emerged from his mouth
was pure. He couldn’t understand it. He couldn’t accept it. He
couldn’t find it.
There was no magic like this ‘flame’ in his library, which had been
accumulating for tens of thousands of years. It was something strange and
Of course, there were countless magics which tried to unite opposing
attributes. The study of ‘extremes meeting’ was proven in magic. Some
scholars had said that the definition of extremes was ‘repudiation,’
while some philosophers said that extremes were the reverse of each other.
At the first glance, it seemed that hot and cold would oppose each other.
However, this was essentially a force which belonged to the natural world.
-However, this flame is beyond that, Gluttony said firmly.
This wasn’t repudiation or the reverse.
It might move and change, or it might not. Hot could become cold, and
cold could become hot. Just like how a rock turned into sand would once
again solidify to become a rock, everything would eventually circulate in
However, Theodore’s flame deviated from this circulation. The two
forces, hot and cold, coexisted simultaneously like two sides of a coin.
It was a contradiction. Something which couldn’t be found anywhere in
the natural world was occurring due to the human wizard before Gluttony.
As Gluttony saw this new magic, his black eyes shone.
–Answer me, User. Hurry!
“Uh… What do you mean?” Theodore scratched his head a few times.
“I don’t know.”
Gluttony stared blankly at him. Then Theodore continued speaking, “I
remember the process of absorbing the ‘Aiolos Pouch’ and coordinating
its divinity, but I don’t know how I made it.”
–A magician doesn’t even know the magic he used?
“The reason why water and fire can’t mix and why wind and earth
can’t cross each other… Do you know the reason why?”
–I don’t know! Gluttony finally burst out angrily.
If someone else achieved a magic which was far superior to other magic,
they wouldn’t hesitate to ‘theorize’ it. Unlike aura which relied
on senses and talent, magic had a clear theoretical system.
It was also the reason why the speed of magic development was faster than
swordsmanship. Magicians handed down their heritage to the next
generation, causing more outstanding magicians to appear in each new
However, the words Theodore said didn’t sound like those of a magician.
–Why don’t you know? Why aren’t you sure? This is a huge
achievement for a human magician, but you don’t know why? Try as hard
as possible to remember. Leave no stone unturned! Or User won’t be able
to leave here forever!
“What?! What farce is this?”
–This is my stomach, where I can do anything I want.
Theodore was blank from the absurdity. This was Gluttony’s body, so it
was obvious he could control who could access it. Although Theodore
didn’t know how long he might be stuck here, he decided to give in to
‘It is rare for him to be so emotional.’
Wasn’t Gluttony a companion who had been with him for a long time?
Sometimes it was fine to give in to his stubbornness.
Theodore first erased the flame in the palm of his hand. It was easier to
understand the principles of magic if he reproduced it again, rather than
observing what had already been done. Theodore ignored Gluttony and
closed his eyes.
‘Let’s revisit it from the beginning.’
He looked at the cycle of wind, fire, water, and earth.
‘Fire and water don’t mix, and wind and earth can’t cross each
Why did they refuse each other?
At that moment, the misaligned teeth locked together again, and the
‘impossible’ became possible. Theodore didn’t miss this moment and
used his magic power. Burning Hands and Chilling Touch…
The two opposing attributes mixed together again.
Suddenly, two hands appeared in the air. It was once again the union of
heat and cold, which couldn’t coexist. Once might be a coincidence but
not twice. Gluttony felt a thrill at the spectacular sight.
However, Theodore didn’t know what Gluttony meant and cocked his head.
* * *
Once Gluttony had a sense of it, the next time was easier. He observed
without blinking every time Theodore used magic. This was an unknown
principle, but in the end, it was still based on ‘magic,’ which was
the very foundation of the Seven Sins grimoire.
It took Gluttony 10 minutes of observing the cause and effect to come up
with the closest answer. Yet it probably would’ve taken at least 100
years if it had been the Magic Society that studied it.
–It is forced harmonization. How ridiculous, Gluttony said and then sat
down with a delighted expression.
The process of discovering the answer had been rather difficult, but the
feeling of taking the fruit after was rewarding. Theodore listened
carefully to his explanation and asked, “So, it this my Sorcery?”
The answer was ‘forced harmonization.’ It wasn’t just two opposing
forces coexisting; it had the ability to harmonize forces which
couldn’t coexist. Since it had never appeared since the creation of
magic, the name was chosen by Gluttony.
–It isn’t just heat and cold. User can mix any desired spell
together, regardless of the attributes. The larger the magic, the greater
the risk. But such risks exist everywhere in the world.
Gluttony was talking casually, but he was actually full of excitement
right now. Was this ‘fusion?’ It was Sorcery which covered all
attributes, not just two opposing attributes.
For him, magic was a type of universal puzzle. The method of trial and
error was needed to see which pieces of the puzzle would fit together to
produce the desired magic. However, Theodore had a type of cheat key. He
could insert it at will… and shuffle it at will.
This privilege was truly unique for a magician.
“…Why?” Theodore couldn’t help questioning it. “Why is this my
Sorcery? The four elements are gathered in my body, but the other
–I think it is probably due to my influence, Gluttony responded to his
reasonable doubt without hesitation. –I’m sorry, but User isn’t
talented. You aren’t superior in one attribute nor in sensitivity. If
you hadn’t met me, you would’ve never been able to surpass the 4th
“It is true, but I can’t help feeling bad.”
–I don’t mean to diminish you. However, it’s thanks to this that
User has grown in a similar manner to me, creating an unprecedented
Sorcery. Do you understand what it is?
There was only one way in which Theodore could share growth with Gluttony.
–That’s correct, Gluttony confirmed it in a pleasant voice. –Since
User wasn’t born with anything, you took my influence more than
anything else. No, you had no choice but to accept it. There was no other
“The power to eat anything… Indeed, it is similar.”
–If eating is my role, digesting nutrients is yours. After suffering
from indigestion in the form of your deadline, this is the result of your
body finally stabilizing.
It could be said that this was the synergy between Gluttony and Theodore.
Theodore was convinced by the explanation, but he thought it was still
lacking. This new ability shouldn’t be possible if he had simply built
his power around Gluttony’s ‘predation.’
Gluttony ate artifacts as well as magic books. Everything he ate was
nourishment, and even his host, Theodore, grew because of it. The
harmonization of magic… If he widened the horizons—
‘There is something like this.’
Any bystander stuck in the 7th Circle would feel like it was unfair, yet
Theodore crossed another wall without any fear.
Hwaruruk! A flame emerged.
Gluttony was at a loss for words and stared at it with bemused eyes. The
flame wasn’t red and blue. It was just red. This was Burning Hands, a
common fire attack magic. For Gluttony, that magic had no value now.
Then Theodore’s left hand started burning.
“…I didn’t expect to succeed in one go.”
This was a forced harmonization of body and magic. Theodore was amazed at
what he had done as he waved his arm which had turned into a red flame.
Until now, there had been a lot of secondary magic used on the body.
However, magic which integrated with the body was treated as a fantasy.
Could Theodore apply magic to solid metals or the moisture in the sky, or
even harmonize it with living creatures? It was like picking a star from
the sky. Yet he had succeeded in something so ridiculous.
‘Isn’t the range of application for this magic very wide?’
Theodore had succeeded in several achievements today, but he was already
thinking about the possible applications of his awakened Sorcery. He
could integrate with lightning and roam around, or join with the waves
and ride the ocean currents toward the East. Until now, this had only
been a fantasy.
Theodore felt an unstoppable inspiration and released Burning Hands which
had blended with his left arm. Then the silent Gluttony opened his mouth,
Contrary to Theodore’s expectation that Gluttony would be joyful,
Gluttony’s voice was actually deeply subdued as he said, –You should
return for today. I know that you are excited but using any more magic
can be dangerous.
“Dangerous? How come?”
–You haven’t realized. This would’ve been really dangerous if left
Gluttony touched Theodore’s body.
Simultaneously, Theodore felt a fierce pang in his body.
“Kuk, uhhh, keeok…!” He could barely manage to breathe through the
pain. Theodore fell to the ground as his limbs shook.
–You have absorbed Aiolos’ divinity and established the four elements
in your body. Then as soon as you awakened your Sorcery, you hastily
tried to use it too many times. If this place wasn’t my body, you
“C-Cou-gh!” Theodore tried to answer, but a groan was the only thing
that emerged from his mouth.
–You won’t be able to move for a while. Go and sleep.
After Gluttony gave his advice to Theodore, Theodore’s body
disappeared. Theodore had returned to reality from the library. By now,
Theodore would be wriggling like a worm on his bed. Gluttony’s lips
slightly twisted as he imagined it, then he turned back to the main point.
-…Kuk, a loud shout of laughter emerged, –Kuhahahahaha!
The sound was so awful it would cause anyone listening to get goosebumps.
A path which hadn’t been seen for thousands of years was now clearly
visible before him.
–I can reach it this time! The unprecedented field! 10th Circle magic!
Kether, where the potential of humankind exists!
Gluttony laughed with a joy which resembled insanity.
–This time, I absolutely won’t fail!