The Book Eating Magician - chapter-28
Mana-vil Capital #3
Loren, an Average from the Blue Tower, walked ahead of them while
His explanation was quite detailed, unlike the suspicious expression he
had shown at their first meeting. Theodore, who knew nothing about the
Pupil Tournament, was able to understand it easily.
“The participants received an application and, at the same time, one of
the token payments. Now, you are called Theodore, right? You should’ve
received something from the reception desk earlier.”
Theo pulled out the item.
It was a gold medal which looked like a coin, but it was attached to a
string, so it could be hung around the neck. The number 132 was engraved
on it, indicating his registration number.
Loren confirmed it and nodded. “Yes, the participants demonstrate their
superiority by leaving this token intact. The loser will be deprived of
all the tokens he has, and the number of tokens last owned will become
the official record.”
Vince said, “This method wasn’t used in the past.”
“Well, there were several things that happened.”
It was a strange story for Vince, who had left Mana-vil seven years ago.
Although he had heard news periodically from his friends in the capital,
Vince never heard anything about the Pupil Competition.
Loren noticed Vince’s attention and quickly opened his mouth, “The
root cause is that there are too many participants.”
That’s right. As the number of participants who joined the magic
contest increased, problems occurred. The rise in the number of incoming
magicians meant the number of disciples brought with them also increased.
For high ranking magicians, a direct duel was burdensome, so the fight
spread unconsciously to the Pupil Tournament. In addition, the goods set
as prizes from the Meltor Palace fanned the flames.
“As you know, the competition was originally a round-robin tournament,
but that start is too late. The Pupil Competition must be finished before
the magic contest starts.”
“…So, it became a scramble.”
“There are some who say it is barbaric, but I don’t think it is a bad
change. You can challenge an opponent and lose in the first round because
you have no luck.”
His words weren’t wrong. This competition format had been decided at
the end of a rational discussion. Compared to a round-robin, there were
advantages and almost no disadvantages.
A competent participant could quickly rise in the rankings by knocking
out participants with a large number of tokens, while incompetent
participants would fall first. Obviously, this dog-eat-dog type of
competition was recommended because it was faithful to the laws of the
However, Vince didn’t miss the loopholes in rules of this competition
“What happens if a person aims for a tired opponent, or a participant
gains a moderate number of tokens and then avoids having another fight?
Is there a means of urging the participants?”
“Hoh, good points.” Loren slightly admired the magician from the Red
He had never seen Vince’s face before, so he had thought Vince was just
someone from the countryside. Never would he have imagined that the other
person would be famous in the Red Tower. However, it was too late. With a
scoff of derision, he pointed to the stadium at which they had arrived.
“I’ll explain first. This year’s Pupil Tournament takes place in
the multi-stadium, Pentarium. It consists of five independent stadiums,
with the main space open only in the finals.”
“Hmm, they look moderately durable.”
“Hahaha! Even if both of us used all our power, we wouldn’t be able
to scratch the outside wall of the stadium.”
Without such durability, the lives of the audience members would be in
danger. A 4th Circle magician had strong attack spells which affected a
wide area. Like Loren said, the solidarity of Pentarium could be compared
to the gates of a large city.
Of course, Vince didn’t agree with the words.
Loren spoke up to there and looked back at Vince and Theo. “Well, my
explanation ends here. I don’t know if it helped you.”
“…It was a lot of help. Thank you.”
The explanation that Loren gave was truly informative. Vince had to
discard all the strategies he had planned for a round robin. One
disagreeable point was the reason why Loren was being so friendly.
As expected, the question was resolved in an unexpected way.
“Huhu, that isn’t necessary. From now on, it will be your turn to
help me.” Loren smiled, giving off a sly feeling. He gestured to a boy
standing nearby, revealing the reason why he had brought Theo this far.
It was closely related to the loopholes Vince had pointed out a little
“Say hello. This is my disciple and the son of Viscount Gullock, Philip
“It is nice to meet you.”
However, Vince remained silent.
Loren was uncomfortable by the reaction and said a beat late, “Hmm,
cough. It was pointed out last year, but some participants were slow to
fight. So, this year, there are a few rules to speed things up.”
“Too verbose. Can you cut to the chase?”
“Yes, for example… can a person with only one token deny the
challenge of another participant?” Loren asked his disciple Philip, who
smiled and applied for a match with Theo.
If this rule was true, then there was no way to avoid a fight. Loren had
brought Theodore as a meal for his disciple. It was a cowardly trick
taking advantage of the rules.
“Kuhuhu, don’t think that this is cowardly. Don’t magicians from
the Red Tower often do this? It is your fault for overlooking the
However, instead of getting frustrated, Vince just clicked his tongue.
Loren, who didn’t understand how to be vigilant, had probably just
reached the Average status. Thus, he was trying to increase his career
through his disciple.
“The Blue Tower is still using such petty tricks. Are you acting like
this despite knowing that reputation?”
“What will you do, Theodore? I think the date of the match can be
decided by the person who was challenged,” Vince asked Theo, blatantly
Theo had no intention of avoiding this fight. The fool’s disciple
didn’t seem that great, and above all, his personality wasn’t the
type to delay annoying things. Rather, Theodore asked Vince,
“Professor, is there anything else scheduled for today?”
“Uhh… I booked a restaurant for dinner this evening.”
Theodore’s eyes shone as he heard the words. In recent years, he had
been filling his stomach in the academy’s cafeteria. Bergen Academy’s
meals weren’t bad, but they couldn’t be compared to a restaurant in
Theo felt motivated and nodded enthusiastically. “I will finish it as
soon as possible.”
His first fight in the tournament occurred like this.
* * *
Was it because the competition had yet to really start?
Pentarium, which had four stadiums, immediately started Theo and
The two people each received a robe with three hanging crystals from the
host. According to the host’s explanation, these crystals would be able
to block spells belonging to the 4th Circle and below.
It was the same as the participant’s health. Once all three crystals
were destroyed, the participant was defeated.
Theo asked the host, “Aren’t these quite expensive artifacts?”
“They are disposable, so they aren’t that expensive. I heard they are
a few gold.”
“A-A few gold…” Theo stuttered in amazement.
Philip sneered. “As expected from a hillbilly. It is only a few gold,
yet you are making such a commotion.”
“I bet you’ve never earned a single gold coin yourself.”
“…It seems like you haven’t been educated properly.”
The atmosphere between the two people became more tense, but the host
approached and pushed them to either side of the stadium.
Ready to fire a spell at any time, they looked at the spectators wrapped
in a transparent shield. Theo and Philip were nameless, so there were no
people in the stands. There were only Vince and Loren sitting across from
Since that was the case, there was no need to wait any longer.
The host confirmed that the two competitors were prepared and immediately
signaled the start of the match.
The 1st Circle magic, Light, was used.
As a small ball of light appeared in the centre, the magic power of each
magician started to rise. Philip, who was proud of his superior magic
power, acted first. “Icicle Bolt!”
The ice magic caused the ambient temperature to drop rapidly. Icicles
formed from the cold air, and dozens of ice arrows soon formed in front
of Philip. The strength of the refined ice magic power was temporarily
equal to iron. The solid mass meant that the arrows could contain a power
which Fire Bolt and Lightning Bolt didn’t have.
The blue arrows flew through the air. The speed of the arrows was less
than that of actual arrows from an archer, but the wounds caused by the
icy bolts were deadly. If one of them hit, Theo’s speed would slow
down, then he would lost his life with the next one. This was the scary
part about ice magic.
However, Theodore countered it without the slightest bit of discomfort.
The arrows were different from the hobgoblin’s attack. Straight arrows
would lose strength immediately upon colliding with something. Therefore,
he had refined the existing Shock Wave formula by making its area wider
and improving the way it blocked. In this manner, Theo’s magic power
blasted against the blue arrows.
Pew pew pew pew puk!
Despite not completely killing their strength, the arrows lost their
momentum and struck the ground. A shot which didn’t hit its goal was
wasted effort. The confused Philip hesitated, and Theodore took the
Theo promptly aimed his finger, triggering a magic formula which had
already been calculated.
Ignite was invoked without an order and suddenly appeared in front of
Philip. Even if there was no damage, few people would be able to feel
brave with fire right before them. It was no wonder that Philip tried to
take a step back.
“U-Uh?” Philip then slipped due to the Grease magic that Theo had
activated along with Ignite.
As people usually turned their heads when falling, before Philip could
even recover, something hit him in the neck. It was the 2nd Circle attack
magic, Wind Cutter.
In exchange for taking the damage, one of the crystals hanging from
Philip’s robe was broken.
He stared at Theo with a blank face. Theo faced him with a comfortable
Then Theo said, “What? This is tidying up.”