The Book Eating Magician - chapter-291
It wasn’t just her pupils that had changed. Whenever Veronica breathed
in and out, a cloud of hot steam emerged from her nose and lips. This was
a phenomenon that was normally only seen in the snowfields. It was caused
by the extreme difference between Veronica’s body temperature and the
temperature of the atmosphere.
If Theodore were to compare an ordinary human body to a hot water
circulating system, Veronica’s body was a boiling furnace.
The steam emerging from the respiratory tract was just the aftermath. The
blood of a red dragon could reach hundreds of degrees Celsius, and it was
now evaporating the moisture around her.
Every time her heart pounded, Veronica’s body became closer to that of
a dragon than a human. The quarter blood of a dragon regained its
strength by using the eight circles as a substitute for a dragon heart.
Scales grew on Veronica’s white skin, and a pair of small, pointed
horns popped up on her head.
Judging from the appearance, she was a dragon person.
“You want to reproduce the power of a dragon with the lineage of a
quarter dragon? The idea is quite interesting, but it won’t last a long
time with your flesh which is closer to a human’s.” Invidia instantly
saw through the situation.
This caused Veronica to snap her sharp fangs as she retorted, “That
much, I know as well…!”
So, this would only last for three minutes. Her heart was beating like it
would burst, and her blood was boiling hot. This was a double-edged sword
In exchange for acquiring magic power and physical abilities far beyond
that of a human, Veronica’s body was quickly breaking down. Her bones
that were stronger than steel and her muscles that were tougher than an
ogre’s couldn’t handle the power of a dragon. It was only possible
for a pure-blooded dragon or a high ranking demon.
Invidia guessed the limits of this transformation and was interested. So,
instead of attacking, he observed her mutation.
15 seconds later, Veronica’s transformation was over.
Now, flames came out when she breathed. The king of fire that could swim
in lava… The red dragon’s unique violence shouted fiercely, ‘Use
your power!’ She formed a fist and looked ahead.
‘…From now on, it is three minutes.’
Her body was already creaking. Veronica smiled bitterly and faced the
monster in front of her. Was it because she was closer to a dragon than a
human in this state? Her eyes penetrated through Invidia, who was
disguised as an elderly human. He was ridiculous. She couldn’t conserve
her energy and had to fight him with the resolve to die.
Once Veronica’s change was over, Invidia raised his sword and said,
“Don’t give up, come.”
Veronica was unshakable before his declaration.
“Get lost―――!!” She let out a terrifying roar and punched.
It was like the earth was bursting apart. The sonic boom that accompanied
her fist caused Invidia’s body to fly back. He had managed to
completely block the attack, but the impact caused his legs to lose their
Invidia laughed as he flew back hundreds of meters. He had confirmed one
thing. “Hmm, I can’t play around with this level.”
The power of ‘Adamantine Might’, which blocked great magic, had been
destroyed by Veronica’s strength, indicating that Veronica might
currently be stronger than an adult red dragon. Her pure physical
abilities lagged behind a dragon’s, but her eight circles made her
combat force superior.
Breaking the speed of sound with one step, she destroyed his defense with
one fist. Invidia flew through the air and recalled the enemies he had
faced in the past.
Peeng! Peeng! Peeeong!
There were a few sonic booms, and Veronica appeared.
“I think I will finish this in one blow!”
She jumped beyond the walls of the speed of sound, clinging to him with
four pairs of burning wings. It wasn’t an elegant trick like flying
The flames propelling her from behind ran wild, and she could barely
control the direction. Even though she was lacking control, it would
cause a catastrophe if they just fell to the ground. She was moving at a
speed that was several times the speed of sound, so even a body made of
mithril wouldn’t be able to withstand the impact.
Veronica’s aim was shocking. She focused on the wings on her back and
aimed toward the still flying Invidia. Unlike magic, it was a power that
dominated the flames itself.
“Dieeee!” Veronica reached hypersonic speed and dropped like a
falling comet. Her afterimages couldn’t even be recognized as the
physical properties of the air changed rapidly. Invidia couldn’t avoid
her attack, and the kick that was like a crashing meteor struck his
The entire mountain range was shaken by Veronica’s blow.
It didn’t end with just the crash. With her feet deep in Invidia’s
abdomen, Veronica continued to push deeper into the ground, traveling a
few kilometers below the surface. She demolished the solid granite and
the limestone beneath it. The strata contained enormous heat and
pressure. It wasn’t an environment where living organisms could live.
In this hell-like environment, the skirmish between the two monsters
‘This isn’t enough! A little more explosive power…!’
Her scales became clearer and her horns grew larger as she sucked in the
mana of the environment. The deep heat and pressure of this underground
world was an ideal environment for a red dragon. The flames near
Veronica’s body became incandescent, and the olivine in the area melted.
“…Interesting. Is this enough to match the firepower of the 9th
‘Envy’ of the Seven Sins pointed his sword at Veronica, who had
become the incarnation of white fire, and declared spitefully, “Why
don’t you try it and see, hybrid?!”
Shortly after that, the Nadun Mountains suffered greatly.
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Kururung! Kukukung…! Kukukukung…!
The earth kept shaking. It was the vibration caused by Veronica’s fight
‘She is enduring desperately. I also have to surpass my limits.’
Theodore kept moving his hands, despite the shaking.
He needed to reduce the task that would take five minutes to three
minutes, preparing for it with Gluttony’s advice and Satomer’s wide
knowledge. The two tower masters remained silent at his desperate
No, Orta approached the magic circle without hesitation. “I’ll help
you. What should I draw on the edge?”
“Thank you. The crown and sword marks…”
Blundell also wanted to help, but he was at his limit.
“Cough.” Black blood emerged when he coughed. It was proof that his
body’s organs were already dying. His heart rate was slowing down and
his lungs weakening. He looked anxiously at the two people and sighed.
Then he looked down at the jeweled ring on his left hand. The jewel which
had looked like a ruby when he first got it had now turned dingy like
‘Hrmm… I have spent it. I wanted to live until Sylvia was all grown
up, but the world didn’t let me.’
It had been 10 years since Kurt had given Blundell this ring. For a
magician who could control the flow of magic, Blundell had known that his
life would be over in a few more years. This ring was a national
treasure, another ‘heart’ that contained life force. However, the
remaining lifespan of several years had now flown away after continuously
using Time Stop.
Rather than lamenting his fate, Blundell muttered, “Damn… A young
magician who plays around.”
This was Blundell’s perception of Theodore. Having watched Theodore
since he won against Sylvia in the tournament, Blundell had become vexed.
Theodore left Sylvia and went into the world to associate with other
women? If it hadn’t been her request, he might’ve made a big decision
as a grandfather.
‘Well, I know why you did it.’
As a man who could take steps toward the uncertain future without
hesitation… Theodore was charming as a man and as a magician. In that
case, an old man shouldn’t grab his ankle.
Blundell faced his impending death and asked Theodore, “So, what are
you going to try against that monster emperor?”
“…Summoning magic?” Blundell was dumbfounded. There was no magician
who didn’t know that the golden age of summoning magic had passed. When
he was younger, he had also tried summoning magic and had only gotten a
few turtles. Yet, in this situation, Theodore wanted to use summoning
Blundell was prepared to withdraw all his praise when he saw the magic
circle drawn on the ground.
“Hah…” He was deeply impressed with the absurd perfection.
‘Four-dimensional calculations superimposed over three-dimensional
craft…! The idea is new, but his skill at completing this magic circle
in a few minutes is more amazing. Is he better than me and Veronica when
it comes to magic circles?’
This was the combination of Theodore’s brains and Satomer’s
knowledge, a magician with a genius talent and one with a passion for
summoning magic. As Blundell admired the magic circle, Theodore placed
his left hand on the ground without hesitation. “I will use this sword
as the medium for the summoning.”
Then a sword emerged from the palm of Theodore’s left hand.
“Ohh…! T-That sword…?”
“This dense power…!”
Ellaim and Edwin were sensitive to the movement of mana and responded
first. The sword shone brightly, light reflecting off the sacred blade.
Even a person not familiar with swords could tell the greatness of this
It was the god sword, Claimhb Solais. This was the loot Theodore had
acquired when he took down the 6th Sword, Hyde on the Sipoto Plains.
“…Indeed, this sword can call a strong presence,” Orta acknowledged
it. Then he asked Theodore, “Captain, what are you planning to
If this sword was used as a sacrifice, he could summon even the evil
demons who had been expelled from this material world. Orta was going to
stop him if he intended to call a tiger to fight a wolf.
Theodore started talking like he had guessed Orta’s thoughts, “At
first, I was thinking about the dragon, Fafnir. Randolph, as you know, it
is hard to find a summons with more destructive power.”
However, that thought was soon overturned. Fafnir was certainly powerful,
but this wasn’t the middle of the sea. His power could sweep over the
entire continent. The continent would become like the Red Plateau, a
wasteland where life can’t grow.
It would be a catastrophe bigger than this perpetual war in the Northern
Furthermore, Invidia wasn’t an opponent to be pushed with pure
firepower like Superbia. He could get away through space, and as someone
who had already reached the 6th stage, there was a possibility to reverse
the situation since Fafnir was limited by the summoning.
“So, I thought about the biggest and strongest.”
Theodore placed the god sword in the middle of the circle and pointed at
it. “The master of this sword.”
The people present still didn’t know the truth of the god sword and
were confused. Meanwhile, Theodore spoke with a serious expression,
“The forgotten king, Nuada Airgetlám.”
He who was praised as the left arm of God, the king of the Tuatha Dé
Danann. A warrior who won with an invincible sword, he was the god of
victory who shed blood on the battlefield, bringing the gods to victory
in two great battles.
“From now on, I will call a divine summon.”
A god descending to destroy evil…
There was nothing more suitable! Theodore’s hands moved as he made up
his mind, and soon after, a spell started to flow from his lips.