The Book Eating Magician - chapter-297
This was a fact that Theodore didn’t know, but the ancient elementals
were proof of the similarities between gods and spirits.
They were fragments of gods that had lost their power and divinity for
It was the same for Mitra, born from the ancient Mother Earth—Demeter.
At the end of the Age of Mythology, after Titanomachy ended and Olympus
was trampled on, this little girl was born.
While it was bored inside of Theodore, Gluttony had come up with a
This material world is subject to the law of circulation. If a fallen god
took the shape of an ancient elemental, there was no law which said an
ancient elemental couldn’t return to being a god after regaining
strength and divinity.
Maybe the ancient elemental could become a ‘god’s egg.’
Of course, it was difficult to prove this hypothesis. How many ways were
there to obtain divinity in this age? Wouldn’t it be difficult to
regain the divinity that was equal to a god’s? It wouldn’t have been
possible if Theodore hadn’t met certain conditions.
[Hoing!] Mitra responded vigorously to Gluttony’s signal.
“What, who is it? Whose voice is this?” Jerem looked around with
shock, but he couldn’t find the source of Mitra’s voice.
That was natural as Mitra had currently been summoned inside Theodore’s
–Wind of Aiolos, water of Poseidon, earth of Demeter, fire borrowed
from Nuada Airgetlám. Based on the four elements, a ‘temple’ is
built in the body.
The body of a magician was a world, meaning it wasn’t impossible to
reproduce the divine hierarchy and fertilize this world.
In a voice that Jerem couldn’t hear, Gluttony repeated the contents of
If the hypothesis that an ancient elemental was a ‘god’s egg’ was
correct, certain conditions needed to be met to hatch it. Temperature,
humidity, and so on were important with all eggs. Of course, the
difficulty was literally the difference between heaven and earth.
However, Gluttony filled the gap between heaven and earth.
–All materials in this world are made up of the four elements of fire,
water, earth, and wind. The unique properties of these four
elements—dry, wet, hot, and cold—are used to form all things.
Paracelsus built the system of the four elementals by substituting the
elementals into this theory, but I have a higher goal.
There was no concept of right and wrong when it came to theories of the
world. Muspelheim which was filled with flames, Cocytus that was frozen,
Pandemonium where demons resided… In this universe, many dimensions
existed, each with their own unique origin.
The four elements theory was just one branch of this infinite world.
In addition to the framework of the four elementals, Gluttony laid down
the foundation of the ‘temple’ that would support Mitra as a god.
Since ancient times, Mother Earth had been a goddess representing the
Now, Mitra was a representative of ‘Theodore Miller’s world,’ and
she recovered the past when she had existed as a goddess.
[Hoing? H-Hoo…ee, ahhh…]
In Theodore’s mental world which no one else could see, Mitra’s body
was growing little by little.
Her wheat-colored hair fell to her waist, and her small arms and legs
grew. Her two eyes, that shone with an innocent light, were now filled
with wisdom. Cracks in her body were filled, and her skin glowed with a
The goddess, Demeter…
Compared to her prime, this was at the level of one flower. However, the
light was real. At this moment, Mitra climbed to the rank of a lower god.
“What? Don’t tell me… This power…?” Jerem paled as he realized
The power of a god, born from the circles inside Theodore’s body,
started to overflow.
It might be different for a divinity without a master, but a proper deity
was the enemy of warlocks. For Jerem who was stigmatized as the enemy of
the world, the power of a god would deal a fatal blow even if it was only
a light touched.
For Jerem who had it inside his body, it was like an extreme poison
spreading from his heart. It was the first time Jerem had suffered like
[…You, who are you?] Mitra asked in a clear voice. [Uhh, I am drowsy
and feel bad. Get out of Theo’s body right now!]
Pure divine power exploded in Theodore’s body. Mitra had released a
powerful force without thinking, but as Jerem was connected to the body,
it felt like his soul was being torn apart by the rage.
He would’ve only received a small blow if it were an external force.
However, now that they shared the same body, it was a fatal blow. This
was similar to exorcising an evil spirit by pouring holy water directly
onto the patient’s brain.
‘I-I will die. This Jerem, the king who should cause the end…? But I
can’t give up this flesh…’
A moment of hesitation caused a crisis.
[Get out now!]
“Kuaaaaah!” Jerem’s soul was brutally torn apart. There was no more
time for him to worry now. One more blow would kill him completely.
Holding the tattered pieces of his soul together, Jerem barely cried out,
“P-Pale Rider, come here!”
The unidentified bandaged undead responded to his call. Then Jerem
reached out with one hand and grabbed the monster’s neck, ordering with
bloodshot eyes, “Give your body to me!”
“…As you please.”
“I’ll take it!” Simultaneously, Jerem’s soul flowed out of
The soul fled from Theodore’s body through Theodore’s right hand that
was holding onto the pale rider. In addition to ownership of Death’s
Worship, half of Jerem’s vast amount of knowledge had been lost.
Jerem stared poisonously at Theodore after taking over the pale rider’s
body. However, he didn’t have the ability to fight against Mitra, who
was protecting Theodore. His connection with Tartarus had also been cut
off, and his knights had consumed a lot of power.
“…Don’t think I will give up so easily,” Jerem said before
changing his body into a blue fog. Then he vanished without a trace.
-A defeated dog barks in every age, Gluttony ridiculed. Then he spoke to
Mitra, –Now, it is time to go back.
Mitra didn’t speak, but she pouted like she understood the meaning of
[I don’t want to return to being a puny kid.]
–It can’t be helped. User’s vessel still can’t contain a god.
He might’ve unintentionally reached the 8th circle, but it was
preposterous for a mortal to become the vessel of a god. Even a lower god
was more transcendent than a dragon. As an entity that could manipulate
the material world at will, the current Mitra could cause an earthquake
just by breathing.
[…I understand.] Mitra, who became a beautiful woman, let out a long
sigh. [Then give my best regards to Theo, Uncle Tongue.]
She disappeared into Theodore’s body with a mischievous smile.
For the first time in thousands of years, maybe longer than that,
Gluttony was shocked by someone’s words.
* * *
Theodore’s consciousness emerged shortly after that.
“…Um…” He let out a groan and raised his throbbing upper body.
His blurred vision cleared immediately, and he sorted through his
confused senses and thoughts. A few seconds after regaining
consciousness, Theodore finished looking at the situation and said,
“Thank you, Gluttony.”
-…What are you saying all of a sudden?
“From your position, it would’ve been more efficient to choose Jerem
instead of me.”
Gluttony was silent for a moment before speaking in a rarely used,
surprised tone, –User, you remained conscious? Wasn’t your body taken
“A little bit, it wasn’t clear. I know how things went, but it
–I-I see, Gluttony felt relieved for some reason and continued
speaking, –There is someone you should greet before that.
“Ah.” That’s right. Theodore stretched out his hand, and a little
girl appeared on top of it.
She was the ancient elemental who had lost the power of a lower god and
returned to the appearance of a child.
“Mitra, thank you for saving me.”
It seemed like Mitra had no memory of when she had been a god, as she
looked at him with a strange expression. Theodore just chuckled and
tickled her head. One day, he would tell her these words when they could
Theodore recalled that memorable sight and choked down his emotions.
After a moment, Gluttony spoke again, -User. It is okay to relax your
mind and body, but don’t you still have something to do?
“Something to do… Ah!” Theodore belatedly recalled his two
companions, and a fearful momentum rose from within him.
Just one step…
He only moved his legs once, but he leaped over a hundred meters.
‘This is the power of eight circles!’
The impact Jerem left behind, the eight circles multiplied Theodore’s
magic power and physical abilities by several times.
This was the path to transcendence beyond the human framework.
Theodore might not have red dragon blood like Veronica, but he was the
vessel of divinities and Aquilo’s blood. Now, his strength and reflexes
reached a level where he could have a close combat fight with a sword
master of the same level. In the past, he couldn’t use lightning and
Dimensional Leave for long because his body hadn’t been able to bear
the burden, but the application of those two magics would be much easier
Before long, Theodore reached the two people. “Sister! Randolph!”
First, he pulled out Randolph, who was stuck in a rock wall, and laid him
down next to Veronica. He opened his hands, and his detection magic was
activated much faster than before. Theodore diagnosed the two unconscious
‘Randolph… He is still okay. His wounds are pretty heavy, but they
should heal quickly when combined with magic potions. The problem is
Sister’s soul was stitched together by Jerem…’
Theodore’s face stiffened. “Shit. His magic is being released now
that he has been kicked out of my body! The collapse of her soul will
The damage Invidia’s ‘Destruction’ ability dealt onto Veronica’s
soul wasn’t something that could be cured with an 8th circle body.
Thus, Jerem had sewn up the soul as a temporary measure. Now that
Jerem’s magic was being released after Theodore regained his body, the
crack in Veronica’s soul would widen and her body would be torn apart
in the aftermath.
Theodore could see Veronica’s soul with his eyes. The efficacy of the
drug was going away, and Veronica would soon be lost.
‘What should I do? Is there a way? I don’t have time. Hurry!’
Heat was spreading in his head. As the heat rose, blood dripped down from
his nose. This was a rapid acceleration of his thinking power that even
an 8th circle magician couldn’t endure.
He went through all the magic and shamanism knowledge he had in his mind
at super speed. Saving Veronica couldn’t be done by any one magic.
Theodore sensed this and looked through rituals.
‘Not just magic or shamanism alone. I have to try combining magic and
There was no room for Gluttony to speak. Theodore’s eyes turned red.
His blood-red vision meant that was Veronica’s life was fading. It was
proof that the vitality of her dragon blood was at its limit.
Then at that moment…
“…Yes, there is that method!”
Theodore shifted his hand, bringing his palm to the middle of
Veronica’s chest. He didn’t shake at all as he calmly moved his magic
power. From now on, there couldn’t be any errors. The mark of Umbra on
his right arm shone with a green light, the light becoming sharper due to
his eight circles.
‘Normally, I would seek permission from her, but it can’t be helped
Veronica’s wound was fatal because an injury of the soul couldn’t be
healed. In order to heal a destroyed soul, the person needed to be at a
transcendent level or have healing abilities equivalent to a god.
At least, that was the limit for ‘normal’ methods. Therefore,
Theodore went through all the eastern and western methods and came up
with a shortcut—a spirit contract!
It was a forbidden magic which bound the soul of the master and slave
together, forcing a vow of allegiance that couldn’t be betrayed.
However, Theodore intended to apply this technique to Veronica’s
This was a binding magic where the soul of the slave would die if they
disobeyed the master. In some cases, the personality of the slave could
even be manipulated.
–Do you still want to do it?
‘…I will apologize to her and pledge myself to her. I can’t think
of a method other than this. And if this continues for much longer, it
will be irreversible.’
–Well, good. The method that User thought of is much more efficient
than any measures that I envisioned. There is a high likelihood of
Theodore felt a little reassured as he took a deep breath and cried out,
“「метемпсихоз (Soul Reversion)!」”
Borrowing the power of Dragon Words, Theodore started the unprecedented