The Book Eating Magician - chapter-272
Exactly four days afterward…
‘…Demonstrating my skills, is that it?’
Theodore unfolded the order sealed in wax and read the words inside.
The search of the eastern canyon on Karul Plains and all other
operational areas would be left to Captain Theodore Miller. It was
obvious, but the fact that he was entrusted with this power meant he had
to take responsibility.
Theodore needed to personally prove that he and his men were worthy.
Benedict’s clear handwriting stated the order. It had been less than a
week after the 31 members of the group was selected. Considering the
special circumstances, this wasn’t a normal command.
The eastern canyon was much more favorable to Andras than Meltor since it
was closer to the empire. Therefore, the defense systems like watchtowers
had long been established. It wasn’t a place which could be attacked
with only 30 people.
However, Theodore grinned after burning the letter.
“It seems like the headquarters are making a bet on what we can do in
the canyon. We will either run like a pony with my tail on fire or die
like a canary in the mine.”
Theodore and the 30 members of the unit had already arrived at the
entrance of the eastern canyon and were in the middle of a discussion.
If the features of the terrain were ordinary, then simple navigation
magic would be sufficient.
However, this wasn’t the case with Karul Plains. It had been hit by
massive amounts of magic and aura for centuries, so the mana of the
plains itself was chaotic. Navigation magic which spread far beyond the
user’s body wasn’t effective in Karul Plains.
Amidst the plains, the eastern canyon was very deep and full of chaotic
mana, preventing the scope of the search range from increasing.
Therefore, the eastern canyon had fallen into the hands of the empire.
It was a fatal terrain for magicians, since the field of view and space
With a narrow space of 40 or 50 meters, this was a distance which the
elites knights of Andras could narrow in two breaths. It was an
environment where attack and defense weren’t possible. Thus, Meltor was
hesitant to dig deeper into the eastern canyon.
“Well, isn’t this good?” Theodore looked around at the silent
members and pointed toward the dim canyon. “Let us defeat this
Theodore was one step ahead of everyone else as he placed his hand on the
floor of the canyon. He didn’t hesitate any longer. Navigation magic
couldn’t look at the rugged terrain which the empire occupied. However,
Theodore had another way to explore this terrain.
[Hoing! I will look!] Mitra was summoned and responded vigorously before
entering the ground.
The ancient earth elemental, Mitra…
After swallowing the seed of the world tree, she had acquired the power
to communicate with vegetation, making her effective on Karul Plains.
Even if this wasn’t like the Red Plateau, there weren’t many weeds
and trees inside the canyon.
Mitra moved through the terrain at a fearsome rate. Gluttony called it a
‘rader,’ but Theodore didn’t understand that word. Was it forgotten
ancient magic? He didn’t need to know right now.
Less than 10 minutes later, a map of the eastern canyon was drawn in
Theodore’s mind. He knew the location of Andras’ watchtowers, the
patrols, the sniper points, and the camp at the end of the canyon.
Theodore wouldn’t be a magician if he didn’t know how to attack after
all of this.
Perhaps it was due to the vacancies that William answered politely, and
Theodore proceeded to organize a separate unit for him.
“Take 10 people with excellent mobility and move according to my
instructions. Use stealth. Destroy the enemy watchtowers and sniper posts
without being discovered.
“I will destroy the watchtowers and sniper posts.”
Paragranum came forward in the female avatar, and Theodore gave her
“Use the excellent alchemists to create obstacles in place. Make it
look as natural as possible, like real rock walls.”
“Aha, are you trying to beat the patrols?”
“Correct. There is another purpose as well, but… it is for later.”
It was a strange strategy which divided the small number of 30 troops
into three groups. However, Theodore was convinced that this was the best
way. He could see the future, and this strategy was supported by
Alfred’s experience in his head and body. Then the 10 remaining people
accompanied Theodore into the heart of the canyon.
“William, Para, and I will go in order.”
Like a seasoned veteran, Theodore waved his hand with cold eyes.
* * *
To put it plainly, there was nothing more tedious and annoying than
guarding the military boundaries. The soldiers had to stare at the canyon
for hours at a time to see if the enemy would approach. This repeated
several times before concentration fell to the bottom.
Robin of the 12 Imperial Army strongly agreed with such views.
“Damn, why would the Meltor guys come to this damn canyon? There
wasn’t even a proper battle here in the last war,” he cursed.
Robin shivered in the cold wind blowing through the canyon, as he berated
Meltor and everyone who had placed him here. If he didn’t do this, he
would fall asleep. It had been less than an hour since his shift started.
There were still two hours until the next person would take over his post.
“It is a little cold, so can’t they give me a blanket or let me leave
an hour earlier? At this rate…”
Then it was at that moment…
Puk! There was the piercing sound of wind.
“…?” A hole appeared in this neck, and Robin wasn’t even able to
moan before he died. It was the 5th circle wind magic, Gale Gimlet. Gale
Gimlet had a narrow range, but its penetration ability was better than
that of some 6th circle magic. There were few better means of attacking
in the darkness.
A transparent figure muttered, “This is the 22nd one. There are 17
remaining watchtowers and 34 snipers.”
The voice that flowed out was certainly William’s. Following
Theodore’s instructions, William climbed the cliffs with his men and
secretly subdued the snipers and watchtowers.
The imperial knights were experts who were skilled in bow techniques, and
they were one of the reasons why the eastern canyon was known as a
dangerous area. Without them, this canyon would’ve already fallen into
Paragranum and her people were also active.
“On this side, there will be a rockfall, with evenly mixed sand and
Under Theodore’s guidance, they created walls which disguised as
Soil was piled up in a 10-meter-tall heap to look like a landslide. They
also created artificial landforms which couldn’t be overcome with an
aura user’s extraordinary abilities.
Unlike the other attributes, this earth magic dealt with mass. Even if
the magic power maintaining it was exhausted, the finished result would
remain unchanged. Some magicians might not be good at it, but the results
of the alchemy, which Paragranum had assisted with, was literally perfect.
“What, this…? Was this way originally blocked?”
“It was clearly an empty space yesterday.”
The patrols were confused and turned around.
“It looks like a landslide has happened.”
“We’ll have to modify the map. Record what you see.”
“The patrol route should change?”
“It can’t be helped. We’ll have to report it to the higher-ups
later and find a new path.”
The efficient paths of the patrols had been rendered inefficient and
It was a feat which wasn’t possible unless the terrain was fully
understood. Both Andras and Theodore’s magicians would never think of
the possibility that Theodore could see the entire canyon. If they knew
it was happening in real-time, they would freak out.
Theodore knew whenever William’s troops destroyed a watchtower, and he
knew every time a patrol went around a blocked road.
‘Thus far, it is going as planned.’
A dark smile appeared on Theodore’s face. The watchtowers and snipers
were dealt with, and Paragranum had diverted the patrols.
This was already sufficient for headquarters to call it a big
achievement. The mobile magicians and alchemists were elsewhere, while
Theodore was with troops who specialized in destructive power. There was
a reason he had come up with this combination.
“Don’t be surprised, Sylvia. That is our destination.”
Theodore looked away from Sylvia’s frightened face and stared at the
faraway blue-black iron wall. It was the permanent post of the Andras
army in the eastern canyon. After exploring with Mitra, he discovered
that the defense system of this campsite was the poorest.
‘But the magic barrier is perfect. 4th circle magic will scatter before
The walls of the barrier were made of the great metal, titanium, which
only great magic could destroy. It was a mysterious metal that was mined
in an unknown place. Shields and walls made of this ore scattered mana,
and the strength of the metal was also comparable to that of adamantium.
The metal was unsuitable as a weapon because it didn’t accommodate aura
like adamantium. However, if it was made into a facility or huge shield,
it would have the power to endure ranged firepower, which was the biggest
advantage of a magician.
–It isn’t comparable to adamantium. It can’t be helped. People in
this era aren’t familiar with it.
‘What do you mean?’ Theodore responded to Gluttony’s unexpected
It felt like information he shouldn’t miss.
–Did you call it ‘Titanium’? It is a metal made by mixing
adamantium with other materials through a special process. Its resistance
to magic is excellent, but the disadvantage is that it can’t be
processed with magic and there is a limit to its utilization.
‘Golems or artifacts can’t be made from it?’
-Well, in the same context. It would be necessary to consume a large
amount of rare adamantium, yet magicians in the Age of Mythology could
easily penetrate the defense. So, it is a metal that didn’t see much
light in ancient times.
This was an explanation which couldn’t be found in any book. Theodore
kept listening as he devised a way to attack this camp.
–By the way, the existence of that metal is questionable. Paragranum
might know how to make it, but it isn’t an alloy that can be figured
out just by digging it up. There is probably another grimoire in the
‘That isn’t a problem I can worry about now. What is its weakness?’
–There are two big ones.
Theodore listened to Gluttony’s description and rotated his seven
circles without hesitation.
With such a large-scale gathering of magic power, the phenomenon was
naturally huge enough to be seen by the distant imperial army. Theodore
ignored the bewildered gazes of his members as he decided on a strategy
to take advantage of one of the two weaknesses.
First, there was attack magic which contained mass projectiles.
‘Maybe magic like Meteor Fall.’
Meteorites were rocks which were pulled out of the atmosphere and fell at
terrific speeds, and the role of Meteor Fall was to summon such
meteorites. The speed and firepower were amplified by the gravity of the
planet. Magic resistance had no effect before falling meteors.
However, Theodore wasn’t yet in a position to cast Meteor Fall, and the
other mass magic was Volcanic Shell. However, that wasn’t enough to
crush the iron wall.
Therefore, he chose the second method.
‘Overwhelming firepower that the titanium can’t endure!’
Theodore’s gathered magic power shook. The power swirled around him,
and the clouds overhead scattered, causing the area around him to be
strangely calm. It was a natural disaster in human form. Theodore was a
7th circle magician, but this magic event was like something created by
an 8th circle magician.
“All troops! Cast your biggest attack spell with me!” Theodore yelled
out the command while activating a feature he hadn’t used for a while.
The ability allowed him to store his desired spell and use it without
casting, and he could now store seven spells. It was possible, but
Theodore’s magic power hadn’t been able to completely control two or
more great magics.
‘…But now, it is possible!’
His memories of the East came to mind. In the three months he’d spent
there, Theodore had been able to properly train his mind and body. The
full acquisition of the Fairy Dance filled an empty spot in his body and
He couldn’t use all seven slots, but three or four was possible!
Four Slots Open.
Four fire pillars rose. The power of one pillar was enough to burn down a
town, but now four fire vortexes equal to one great magic roared like mad
dragons. The clouds which got hit by the mana had already disappeared.
The heat was enough to melt the rocks in the distance.
Theodore’s eyes were bloodshot with extreme concentration as he managed
to control it—Rage of Ragnaros! The fire which had appeared at
Magnus’ summoning had just been recreated. Then the vortexes of flames
started to move.
The high temperatures melted steel like it was butter, while the birds in
the distant sky died from the heat.
The tremendous force of light burst against the walls of titanium.