The Book Eating Magician - chapter-245
The deadline of a fortnight that the notary had given Theodore wasn’t a
long time, but it wasn’t short either. Theodore healed his body while
breathing regularly in the Baekun Mountains, and he was getting better
day by day.
The absurd recovery wasn’t just due to the Baekun Mountains. It was
also due to the efficiency of the Fairy Dance which Theodore had been
training in for the past month.
There was one aspect of the Fairy Dance which he hadn’t noticed until
now. It was a secret technique to circulate his blood with fewer
movements. In this era, it was just a simple training exercise, but it
was beneficial for Theodore who was deeply wounded.
The cracks in his circles were like rice paddies in the midst of a
drought. However, the Fairy Dance restored the broken blood vessels and
accelerated Theodore’s recovery. Even Gluttony couldn’t help
commenting on his speedy recovery.
–Amazing. Eastern shamanism is neglected because there are many places
that aren’t systematic. However, I didn’t know it would reach such an
irrational area beyond rationality, Gluttony muttered in a strange voice
about a theory it had never considered before.
The basis of shamanism was ultimately a denial of rationality.
In mathematics, a theory referred to the act of finding the laws of this
material world and establishing a system. Until now, all magic had been
born or developed based on this theory. Only a very small number of
spells imitated the power of a god, demon, or dragon.
However, Gluttony recognized it as the pinnacle of magic.
–Theories based on rationality are bound to have limits. The ignorant
draw boundaries and focus within those boundaries, rather than thinking
about going outside them. The efficient guidelines that are the driving
force behind the development of civilization is actually a barrier to
In a sense, it is a laughable story. In ancient times, people didn’t
know astronomy and didn’t think the stars in the night sky were that
There is a saying that the ignorant are brave. The meaning might be a
little different, but I can say that they are right. As humans gained
knowledge, they realized the limit of ‘recklessness.’ They can’t
reach the stars no matter how high they jump, and humans can’t conquer
If possible, challenge it. If it is impossible, don’t challenge it.
Magic is a power based on rational values, but shamanism is a power that
doesn’t stop irrational challenges.
Gluttony admired the shamanism which healed Theodore’s body now. It was
a force which caused phenomena that couldn’t be defined with theory. In
spite of magic overwhelming it in overall ability, in some fields,
shamanism managed to reach areas which ancient magicians had given up on.
Theodore thought about the matter, ‘Shamanism… I am on the East
Continent, so it wouldn’t be bad to look at it.’
–Good decision, User.
He had been thinking about it since practicing the Fairy Dance. Unlike
the aura method which differed from magic, a magician could learn a lot
from Eastern magic. Although he had only learned two of Lee Yoonsung’s
hidden techniques, his physical abilities and mana control had increased
It wasn’t enough to tap on the wall of the 8th Circle, but if he kept
stacking it up one by one like this, he would see the benefits one day.
‘If possible, I want to learn Shukuchiho before I leave.’
The magic which White Tower Master Orta had used to move a few kilometers
instantly was really attractive. If Theodore could use it, he would be
able to run away even if he faced someone strong like Zest.
Theodore was thinking this when he felt someone approaching and opened
his eyes. It was a presence he had become accustomed to in the meantime.
“You came quickly. Have you finished the preparations?” Theodore, who
had been waiting outside the cabin, looked at Lee Seol. She normally wore
shabby clothing running around the mountains, but she couldn’t leave
like that today. This was a duel trial hosted by the notary, so she would
“Yes, thank you for your patience, Sir Theo.”
She wore fancy clothing and simple makeup, while her expression was
serious with no signs of playfulness. This duel trial would influence the
future of the Fairy Dance Lee clan.
She seemed to be carrying a heavy burden despite being only 16, but her
expression didn’t reveal her troubles at all. Theodore would respect
that determination. He thought this and headed toward the path down the
“Then let’s go.”
With some anxiety and confidence, the girl who protected Baekun Mountain
took steady steps. How long had it been since she had gone down the
mountains? Nevertheless, Lee Seol didn’t stop.
After that, it was a rapid advance.
* * *
According to the notary, Shim Samho, the venue for the duel trial was the
Lee Family’s main building. Some would ask if having a duel in the
mansion was okay, but the Fairy Dance Lee Family would find it insulting.
There was a house with over 10 floors, and the front yard was big enough
to hold a parade ground. It was around the time when the sundial was
pointing exactly at noon.
“Oh! There! It is the mountain’s keeper.”
“Is Lee Seol really here?”
“It has been several years since she left the house…”
“That is just the main house. The woodcutters sometimes deliver news to
As the parties of the duel trial, Lee Seol and Theodore arrived, and the
villagers gathered around the mansion. They were curious about
Theodore’s identity, worried about the future, and slandering Lee
Inyoung in secret… Theodore was relieved that nobody was saying
anything really bad.
For Lee Seol, who was only a child, the crowd’s malice could be deadly
in many ways. Then the two people were reunited with unwelcome people.
“Fortunately, you aren’t late,” Shim Samho, wearing the same cloth
over her face like last time, greeted Theodore and Lee Seol.
Theodore hid Lee Seol behind him and spoke, “When will the duel
“Oh, my. Don’t be so rushed.”
“A long conversation isn’t needed. Additionally, please fulfill your
promise to protect Lee Seol until the end of the duel trial.”
“You are especially cold to me. Well, I understand.”
Theodore watched with sober eyes as Shim Samho guided Lee Seol to her
seat. According to Lee Seol, there were no masters in the present day
Fairy Dance Lee family. This meant they weren’t great threats to
Theodore who had almost regained his physical condition.
However, the woman called Shim Samho was different. She had a strong,
unidentifiable presence which tickled his neck. This feeling was the
cause of his alertness.
At that moment, Theodore felt a gaze boring into his back.
Theodore turned his eyes in the direction of the gaze and saw someone
with Lee Inyoung looking at him. The person was older than Theodore but
less than 30 years old. In the East, this person was called a youth, but
his capabilities had already reached the peak. Theodore grasped the
man’s level without much difficulty and was slightly impressed.
However, Lee Yoonsung’s reaction was the opposite.
–Hoh, it is so pathetic that I can’t say anything.
‘What is it?’
–No matter how much the family has decayed, the person who represents
the family is a youth who isn’t even a master. Far from competing over
who will become the master of the Lee Family, he can’t even face the
‘…Really bitter,’ Theodore thought inwardly about Lee Yoonsung’s
spiteful words. The man seemed to be directly related to Lee Inyoung and
was a strong person close to being a master while under the age of 30
Of course, his speed wasn’t comparable to Theodore, but it was
pointless to compare the masters of the East and the West. However, Lee
Yoonsung had complained that the man’s level was poor. How strong had
the Fairy Dance Lee family been in the old days, and how strong was Lee
Yoonsung who had shattered it?
Theodore couldn’t even fathom the Fairy Dance Lee family. Shim Samho
returned to the center of the empty space soon afterward. “All the
participants have arrived. Then is it okay to start the duel trial
immediately? Both of you?”
“It doesn’t matter to me.”
“It also doesn’t matter to me.”
Theodore answered and walked forward, while the man next to Lee Inyoung
came forward as well. The man representing the other side wasn’t Lee
Inyoung but this man.
Shim Samho noticed Theodore’s suspicions and whispered in a low voice,
“That is the only son of Lee Inyoung, Lee Joonyoung who is going to
participate in this duel trial. Do you want to say ‘Hello’?”
“There’s no need. I don’t feel like igniting a friendship.”
It was as he said. Lee Joonyoung’s eyes weren’t much different from
his father’s, burning hot with enmity toward Theodore. Theodore
didn’t know what Lee Inyoung had said, but it had placed Lee Joonyoung
in a state of complete hostility toward Theodore.
Theodore rejected Shim Samho’s proposal and moved to the open space. It
was an unspoken signal that he was ready to fight for anytime.
“You aren’t afraid.” Lee Joonyoung seemed to be stimulated by his
signal and entered the duel arena without hesitation. He had shown his
talent since childhood and had been raised as a successor to his
prestigious family. This was the Lee Yoonsung who stood facing Theodore.
“Huhu, it seems like your minds are ready. Then in the presence of this
notary, Shim Samho, I will enforce the duel trial,” Shim Samho said.
Then she spread out her palms and ordered, “The two of you, please step
away from where you are standing now.”
The distance between them was to be 30 meters, so Theodore slowly moved
to the edge of the duel arena.
A skill could cover this distance instantly, but right now, Theodore
wasn’t a magician. He was a man fighting for the leadership of the
Fairy Dance Lee Family in place of Lee Seol. It wasn’t a close distance
when it was a melee fight.
Shortly afterward, the two men faced each other.
“The rules of the duel trial are that you can’t use weapons or drugs,
you can’t have any helpers intervene, and you can’t leave this duel
arena. If you do any of the above, it will immediately be declared an
offense, so please keep this in mind.”
Theodore and Lee Joonyoung both nodded and agreed to Shim Samho’s
words. However, they were distracted because they were watching each
other’s eyes and movements. The confrontation between the two of them
wasn’t pleasant as Shim Samho raised a hand.
“Huhu, okay. Then…” She spread open the red fan in her hand and…
All pretensions were omitted as the beginning of the duel trial was
Of course, it was Lee Joonyoung, confident in his own power, who attacked
first. He had yet to enter the realm of a master and couldn’t notice
Theodore’s power, so he wasn’t intimidated by Theodore. To think that
this foreigner dared step his dirty feet into the place of the Fairy
Dance Lee family…?! It was unacceptable to Lee Joonyoung, who had great
feelings of patriotism.
‘I acknowledge his boldness, but that is it!’
Lee Joonyoung’s black robe flapped as his body narrowed the distance
between them. This was the footwork of the Fairy Dance Lee Family which
had been passed down through generations.
It was like clouds always flowing in the wind. Some masters could even
use the footwork to cross the water. Lee Joonyoung hadn’t reached that
extent yet, but he did narrow the distance in an instant.
His fist moved as fast as lightning.
He used Thunder Blast. Generally, this was a technique suitable for a
preemptive attack which didn’t allow counterattacks. As such, Lee
Joonyoung’s fist approached like lightning. It blurred with a blue aura
and was strong enough to crush steel. Theodore wouldn’t be able to
endure it without using magic.
…This was the moment the audience thought that.
‘What?’ Theodore had embodied Lee Yoonsung’s martial arts many
times, so he muttered as he saw the fist, ‘This is the extent of the
Lee Joonyoung’s fist didn’t move along the flow because he believed
in his speed and strength. The power was strong, but this fist wasn’t
the Fairy Dance. It was just a strong punch which would push many stupid
people. It would do a critical hit if the fist struck, but Theodore just
sneered and moved.
Then he unfolded his left hand and struck back with:
Fairy Dance’s Direct Transmission;
Hand Counterattack Technique;
And Left Palm Lone Peak.
Simultaneously, there was an unexpected noise.
It sounded similar to something hitting heavy metal, not a human body.
Lee Joonyoung grabbed his throbbing fist and retreated a few steps back.
It was like hitting a wall of adamantium. The fist which had struck
Theodore’s palm was swollen, and a few fingers looked broken.
However, he gave more priority to his question than his pain.
“…Shaman. You… How did you stop my technique?”
That’s right. The presence of aura was absolute in close combat.
Theodore’s counterattack was exquisite, but he had been hit by a fist
filled with aura. So, it was natural that his left hand would’ve
However, Theodore’s left hand was fine while something white swirled in
the middle of it. This was special magic developed as a substitute for
It lagged behind magic power and aura, but the ‘density’ was
complemented by the power of transformation. The disadvantage was that it
couldn’t be reverted back to magic power, so the consumption was
Instead of aura which couldn’t be used by magicians, magicians worked
to produce an aura-like energy which wouldn’t conflict with magic.
“This is a power that my teacher, Lee Yoonsung, accomplished in his
It hadn’t been enough to learn just Battle Song. Theodore had only been
able to use this power after learning the hidden techniques of Fairy
Dance. Now, Theodore had inherited all of Lee Yoonsung’s techniques.