The Book Eating Magician - chapter-253
“The Tiger King is a tiger, just as the name implies.”
Theodore’s pace was fast, but it was challenging to climb the slope of
the Baekun Mountains on the East Continent. Under the biting wind
pressure that tore at their ears, Lee Seol started talking about the boss
spirits—Tiger King and White Bear.
Regardless of whether they were spirits, tigers and bears were beasts
that stood at the top of the ecosystem. They each had the ability to tear
up a small troll. If they were the boss spirits, then they must have
“A long time ago, tigers used to be a target for hunters because of
their nice hide. But after the Tiger King appeared, no one tries to hunt
tigers in this country anymore. This is why the markets are almost out of
“Come to think of it, I have never seen it before.”
“Sometimes there are fools who attempt it without knowing anything. I
don’t know how many of times I’ve met one while living in the
mountains,” Lee Seol said with a sigh. “But I wasn’t part of the
Fairy Dance’s main house, so I couldn’t ask them to control the
people in the Baekun Mountains.”
“Seol,” Theodore quietly listened to the complaints and then asked
her a question, “But even if the Tiger King is so powerful, it can’t
always protect the tigers. Surely there are some poachers who act outside
of its sight?”
“Yes. It is exactly as you said.”
“Hrmm?” Theodore couldn’t understand the meaning of the words.
Lee Seol understood the meaning behind his gaze, so she shrugged and
explained, “It is a simple story. The tigers of the Baekun Mountains
are too strong to hunt.”
“What, the tigers?”
“Yes, the Baekun Mountains is the best spiritual land in the center of
Theodore’s eyes filled with interest at the words. In magic, it was a
place called a ‘Power Spot,’ where mana gathered abnormally.
The flora and fauna in that area exceeded the specification of the
species. There were also cases where intellect beyond a human being was
formed. It was hypothesized that the centaurs, that existed in the Age of
Mythology, had developed due to this phenomenon.
Theodore thought this far and asked, “So, it wasn’t just the Tiger
King. The other tigers became spiritual as well?”
“Yes, although they aren’t as strong as the Tiger King. But they
can’t be compared with ordinary beasts. They are too strong for
first-class warriors to win against one on one.”
“It is already a war, not a hunt. You should ask the imperial family to
First-class warriors were abundant on the East Continent. It was a term
referring to those who had trained in martial arts for more than 10 years
and played a full-fledged role on the battlefield. Even so, the
first-class warriors couldn’t win against the tigers?
In these mountains, beasts had the advantage over humans. Those who were
unable to conceal themselves would become the prey of the tigers. So, it
was dangerous, even if a master was mobilized.
‘The mountain’s keepers might not actually be protecting the
It might be different for the Fairy Dance Lee Family in its prime, but if
the declining family tried to forcefully take over the Baekun Mountain
Ranges now… They might be wiped out by the boss spirits that led
hundreds of spirits.
Theodore kept moving. By the time the story ended, the two of them were
already at the foot of the Tiger King’s mountain. Perhaps it was
because he was listening to an interesting story, or maybe Theodore’s
speed as faster than he thought.
“….Indeed, this terrain is extraordinary.”
It was a sheer slope with rock tips protruding everywhere, and there was
a worn track like someone had been treading on it. There were marks on
the walls which weren’t made by a human, but rather, they were made by
a beast. The marks were perfect territory markers.
Sometimes the wind blew coldly, and shadows wriggled in the valley.
Tiger King’s Valley…
It was the residence of the Tiger King, one of the boss spirits that
reigned in the Baekun Mountain Ranges. A weak person wouldn’t dare step
into this valley, while even the animals backed away.
However, Theodore’s reaction wasn’t either of these.
“Seol.” After arriving at their destination, he set Lee Seol down
again and talked to her. “Your request was to arbitrate between the two
boss spirits. Will you tell me what the circumstances are?”
“Of course, Theo,” Lee Seol said, looking at him with a somewhat
regretful expression. Then she explained in a serious tone, “There is a
dragon vein that circulates that energy of the Baekun Mountains. It
begins in the heart of the mountain range and flows down several rivers
to different areas. There are two trees that have received this energy
and grown into sacred trees.”
“Yes, spirits often live around these sacred trees. There is one tree
in the Tiger King’s Valley, and another tree is in the forest where the
White Bear resides.” Then a shadow crossed Lee Seol’s face. “The
sacred tree that the Tiger King was taking care of is dying. It will take
at least 100 years for a new sacred tree to grow, so the Tiger King asked
the White Bear to share the remaining sacred tree.”
“Asked… This request, was it refused?”
Perhaps the feud had started with this refusal. Theodore thought inwardly
with a bitter smile, ‘Spirits don’t seem very different from
If there was one thing another person needed, it wouldn’t be given. In
a sense, it might be an instinct born in both humans and beasts. This
wasn’t just a matter of the Tiger King and White Bear. No, this was a
confrontation between the two groups they commanded. It seemed that this
problem couldn’t be solved easily, so Theodore breathed in deeply.
Chill. A sudden chill ran down his spine.
Theodore pushed Lee Seol behind without any hesitation and stepped
forward. Theodore’s senses warned him that if he didn’t respond
immediately, he would suffer fatal damage.
A roar shook the earth! The mountains trembled, birds flew into the sky,
and elks that were grazing started to urinate. The instincts of wild
animals were more developed than those of humans, so they were able to
see it right away.
The owner of this roar was at the apex of the ecosystem. It was the roar
of the king of beasts.
However, Theodore wasn’t stunned stiff. Instead, he faced the monster
that caused unbearable physiological interactions and bore down at him
with a quick speed.
Unlike the unstable lightning of the past, this time the blue light
around Theodore’s body flowed like water. The three months he’d spent
at the Fairy Dance Lee Family’s home hadn’t been a waste.
Theodore was so sensitive that he didn’t miss a drop of mana inside his
blood vessels. He focused briefly, and exactly 0.12 seconds after that,
Theodore looked ahead.
‘…Much faster than expected. The speed is comparable to
Four claws flew out before Theodore, aiming at his skull. It was a power
that even a wall of mithril couldn’t endure. Therefore, Theodore
didn’t confront the blow. Instead, he moved diagonally into the arms of
Fairy Dance’s Direct Transmission.
Hand Counterattack Technique.
Left Palm Lone Peak.
This blow wasn’t sufficient. Theodore sensed this fact and rotated his
seven circles after a long time. He used attack magic which could be
produced at the maximum speed.
Spell Fusion: Keraunos.
Lightning emerged from Theodore’s palms.
The heavens seemed to be split in two. The animals on the ground fell
down, while the birds flying in the sky crashed into the ground and
turned into a mess. The roar of the Tiger King echoed several times,
causing the rocks to shake. It could be called a perfect counter.
Theodore’s skill at blending martial arts and magic at once was
amazing. However, his expression was still dark. He had felt it through
his hands that he had hit the opponent perfectly. Nevertheless, he
wasn’t convinced that the enemy was knocked down.
Theodore stared at the enemy, who had fallen further away, while raising
his palms. This time, he could see the appearance of the opponent.
“Tiger person?” Theodore muttered it to himself.
However, he was sure that the other person’s ears twitched at the sound.
“Huh? Where do you see a beast person when looking at this body?
You’re a little boy who has yet to grow a beard, yet you have such bad
“Still…” Theodore didn’t respond to the words, as he carefully
looked his opponent up and down.
A pair of eyes looked out from amidst golden hair. A striped tail emerged
from its buttocks and swung from side to side. The canines which emerged
from a pair of lips revealed it was a carnivore.
With the exception of the tall body that was close to 190cm, the owner
could be called a sensual beauty. The body was covered with several
pieces of fur, and it was so voluptuous that it seemed like it would
burst out at any moment. There were no signs that it had been hit by
lightning, except for a few strands of curled hair.
At this time, Lee Seol stepped out from behind Theodore and cried out,
“Tiger King! What are you doing all of a sudden?”
“Oh, our cutie is here! Are you worried because we haven’t said hello
for a few months?”
“Please don’t change the subject! Why did you attack Theo?”
“No, that is…” The half human, half beast beauty scratched her head
at Lee Seol’s question. It seemed like she had acted without thinking.
“That… you know? I am feeling a bit bad these days, so I can’t push
down my will to fight when I see a male. It is fight or mate, so I chose
this method to solve it.”
“By the way, haven’t you brought a fairly good male? I was worried
about you, but it seems like there was no reason for it.”
It seemed like the Tiger King liked making fun of Lee Seol. Theodore
finally understood that a fight wasn’t going to start and relaxed. He
had thought the Tiger King would emerge, but he never thought she would
be a beauty.
‘No, it is unclear if she even is a human?’
Words couldn’t help flowing out of Theodore’s mouth, “I didn’t
think the Tiger King would be a woman.”
“Well, I am a female according to the standards of your species. It
doesn’t matter from my viewpoint,” the Tiger King answered smoothly
and laughed, turning her back to Theodore while mocking him with her
tail. “What? Is it important that I’m female? Since you are a male,
do you want to try me one time?”
“Kyahahaha! It is a joke, a joke. I honestly don’t mind, but the
little cutie won’t come back forever.”
The tense air from the previous exchange loosened. Theodore let out a
long sigh as he realized the Tiger King had a personality which was hard
to deal with. She was a spirit, and she was wilder than humans. Although
she had been drawn by instinct to launch a preemptive attack, she now
Then at that moment…
“Don’t be so shallow, Tiger King. Your dignity is crumbling,” a
heavy bass voice rang out over the heads of the three people.
Meanwhile, when the Tiger King realized who owned the voice, she
grumbled, “Tch, this damn bear.”
As she spoke, something gigantic jumped down to the ground.
It was a considerably heavy weight, which caused a crater to form in the
ground. If that fall had been meant as an attack, the target below
would’ve been flattened like a pancake. There was a body within the
He had white hair and white skin, and he was wearing white leather like
the Tiger King. At least 2 meters and 30 centimeters tall, he was much
taller than the previous Pan Hellions. The White Bear might have a
human-like appearance, but his body was several times larger than an
ordinary bear. Additionally, the presence he emitted was intense despite
there being no hostility.
‘I can win against one… but not two.’ Theodore instinctively
measured the power of both spirits and made a calm assessment.
They might have powers different to those of humans, but it wasn’t
difficult to compare strengths. The Tiger King and the White Bear were
both intermediate level masters. Moreover, Theodore didn’t know the
inherent power of spirits, so they could have a few more hidden powers.
It was impossible to suppress them or to make both of them surrender.
‘…Now, then how should I move?’
The two spirits gazed at each other, and the atmosphere became tenser.
Theodore observed the situation calmly.
It was wiser to take a neutral position until he judged who was right and
wrong. Magicians always assumed the worst in order to create the best
premise. This code of conduct wouldn’t change regardless of the
However, an unexpected variable popped out before Theodore could pick an
[Hoing!] A little girl emerged unexpectedly from the ground of the
valley. There was a swaying bud on her head, and her healthy skin had
earth tones. She was Mitra, a fragment of Mother Earth and the ancient
elemental of the earth.
Her sudden appearance made the two spirits focus on her.
The Tiger King made a surprised look and muttered as she looked at Mitra,
“Mountain deity?” Theodore asked about the words which were
unfamiliar to him.
Meanwhile, the White Bear corrected the words with wide eyes, “No, the
“Earth deity?” Theodore didn’t know what was going on, but he was
stunned when the two spirits each grabbed one of Theodore’s hands. The
warmth of the beasts’ fur was transmitted over to Theodore.
As Theodore tried to remove his hand with an absurd expression, they both
cried out, “Please help us!”