The Book Eating Magician - chapter-307
“Priest clothing?” Theodore thought he was mistaken at first.
He rubbed his eyes and looked again, but there was no difference. The
white robe with the golden trim was definitely the clothing worn by
priests of Lairon. Moreover, the undead wasn’t a zombie or a ghoul. It
was a lich, something that was only possible when a magician with
considerable abilities was turned into an undead. Therefore, the lich
wasn’t completed burned away when struck by Theodore’s magic. It
still had half its body left.
‘No matter how I think about it, something is strange.’ Theodore
shook his head while sensing a strange incongruity. ‘An undead can’t
disguise as a priest. Additionally, shouldn’t it have burned
immediately when touched by divine power? If so, perhaps a priest was
turned into a lich…’
It still didn’t make sense. The knowledge remaining in his head from
Jerem stated that it was impossible. The gods, the guardians of the
physical world, were the natural enemy of all warlocks. Just like how it
had been when Jerem faced the lower god Mitra, the presence of any being
under the influence of a god couldn’t be turned into an undead. Lairon
might be a fake god, but his followers had real divine power.
Furthermore, it was a priest, not a magician, who had been turned into a
lich…? The possibility of the Jerem succeeding in this difficult task
was close to zero, let alone infection type undead.
“I have to go and check it.”
In any case, all the undead inside the city were now destroyed. The lich
was barely breathing, and Theodore had nothing left to do. So, he quickly
descended to the ground. As several buildings caught on fire, the
magician in red robes stood on the bloodstained ground.
The lich was collapsed like a rag at his feet. It really was a priest’s
clothing. The luxurious cloth and gold decorations were the result of
extracting the blood and sweat of the people. Disgust boiled up inside
Theodore as he walked over.
“Hey, can you hear what I am saying?” As he took exactly three steps
forward, Theodore spoke to the lich.
The lich was an undead human type and still had intelligence. If the
consciousness still remained in the body, it would be able to talk for a
moment before its destruction. Where did it come from? Who caused this?
Theodore didn’t have any big expectations. However, if he could resolve
one question, it might become the clue to this mysterious situation.
“…K…u…ah….” The lich couldn’t even make a sound.
Theodore sighed and stretched out his right hand, sending a small stream
of magic power into the lich. It wasn’t enough to restore the body, but
it should be able to speak.
“Answer me. What is your name?”
The lich’s jawbones opened, and it replied, “…Great, Lairon… 2nd
grade priest… Verm-ud…”
“Vermud,” Theodore repeated. He realized the authenticity of the
words and quickly asked, “Vermud. Are you a priest? Or a magician?”
“…I… am! Insult, me…! Lairon, ser…vant, for life…”
“Damn! It isn’t a lie.”
Theodore got the answer he wanted, but he couldn’t help cursing. He had
hoped that the original body was someone who had stolen the clothing, but
his expectations weren’t rewarded. Instead, a senior priest of Lairon
had been turned into an undead.
It was hard to understand, but his brain had come up with the worst
causal relationship. ‘Dammit, maybe Lairon is already…’
While Theodore was busy worrying, the lich ran out of magic power and
started to shake.
“Kuock! Ku…oh, ohhhh! Kuwoooook…!”
The body, that didn’t have any flesh left, popped up. The priest’s
clothing was torn in the struggle, and an eerie sound was made. Then it
happened when Theodore was about to end the situation quickly.
“…Great, Lai… Lairon…!” The undead priest, Vermud started to
scream. “Why…? Your servant, casting me into the darkness… Have you
With that last scream, he finally died. The ashes that piled up inside
the clothing were the last traces left of Vermud in this material world.
It was impossible for him to even be buried. However, it wasn’t
Vermud’s death that caused a chill to go down Theodore’s spine.
Vermud’s last cry stimulated Theodore’s super sensitivity. He
didn’t know why, but it was like a hammer had hit the back of his head.
Theodore stood amongst the flames and saw signs of the undead that were
wiped out with his arrows. Farmer’s clothing, soldier’s clothing,
The type of jobs could be distinguished, but they all seemed to be
clothing from Lairon.
Maybe the worst case scenario that he had imagined―
“Theo! All the ones outside the city were cleaned up!” At that time,
Veronica’s voice rang out from the distant sky.
“That was fast. There were at least 2,000–3,000 of them,” Theodore
muttered with a wry smile.
Of course, Veronica would’ve found it easier than fighting in the
streets. He watched Veronica in the sky and soon heard the cheers of a
crowd. Perhaps the guards that Randolph had joined would recognize the
‘Well, I guess I need to talk to Earl Albert.’
Regardless of whether he was right or wrong, the impact of this situation
wouldn’t end with one kingdom. It was a disaster that could spread to
more than half of the Central Continent. If the initial response was
incorrect, tens of thousands of lives could be lost.
In order to properly communicate the seriousness, it needed the guarantee
of someone with credibility… like a great magician whose reputation was
known through the continent and who had a friendship with the royal
“…Let’s go.” Theodore left the remains of Lich Vermud, who had
once been a priest, and flew off.
* * *
“I sincerely thank you for your help, Sir Theodore! I can never repay
this grace!” Earl Albert cried out tearfully as he held both of
As a lord of a border area, his great physique and refined power showed
he was a well-trained aura user. It wasn’t enough to reach the level of
a master, but he was still an expert. Most of the wreckage around here
was the result of his cooperation with Randolph.
“It is nothing, Earl Albert. I happened upon this disaster by chance
and did what any ally would do.”
“Ohh, so modest at such a young age! I have seen the true colors of the
hero whom I’ve only heard about in rumors.”
Theodore barely managed to calm down the tearful Earl Albert and asked
him a few questions.
“The raid of the undead definitely started last night,” Earl Albert
clenched his fists and lowered his voice the moment he was asked when the
attack had begun.
He was filled with a murderous intent to break the bones of the absent
The noble of the Soldun Kingdom spread cold energy all over the place as
he told the story. “At first, I wasn’t afraid. However, they kept
coming every minute. After killing one hundred, one thousand more
arrived. After the one thousand, there were more… My soldiers aren’t
weak, but in that situation, they could not breathe even for a moment.
Some undead managed to cross the walls.”
“Then we arrived.”
“Yes! That is what happened. I sent a messenger shortly after sunrise,
but it will take at least two more days for a reply to come. If you
hadn’t helped, this territory…!”
Theodore appeased the frenzied Earl Albert again and asked for a place to
talk with his two companions. The next task was done swiftly. Earl
Albert’s soldiers quickly set up a barrack for the three people to stay
in. In retrospect, it wasn’t unusual. They had appeared from the sky,
saving the soldiers from tens of thousands of undead. So, this reaction
In the comfortably furnished barrack, the three people sat around a round
table and started a serious meeting. Of course, the leader was Theodore,
and he immediately pulled out a piece of parchment.
The pen moved quickly in Theodore’s hand, and he soon finished writing
“Remain in the Soldun Kingdom and send this letter to King Elsid.
Randolph is known to Marquis Piris—no, Duke Piris and the king, so they
will listen to you.”
“Then what about Lairon? Will you go with Veronica?”
He felt sorry for Randolph, but the speed at which senior magicians could
move was beyond imagination. No matter how fast a sword master was, his
aura was finite. It would be too late if he flew with both of them. It
was better to leave Randolph in the Soldun Kingdom to prepare the
“Additionally, it is highly likely that we can’t pass through Lairon
by land. I need to get to the capital of Lairon quickly.”
“Huh? How come?”
This time, both Veronica and Randolph were confused. The defenses of
Lairon were strict, but they weren’t able to stop a sword master. Even
if he needed to hurry, why not use the land route instead of taking the
risk of leaving a master behind? Theodore looked at them and opened his
mouth once he confirmed there was no one around. “Sigh, it is likely
that Lairon has been destroyed already. Any cities that are still intact
will probably be covered with millions of undead.”
“Among the undead that attacked the Albert territory, there was one
wearing priest’s clothing. It was a lich, not a zombie or a ghoul.”
“What?! This is nonsense!” Randolph had no knowledge of magic and was
However, Veronica was well aware of the meaning and felt astounded. To
think that the worshipper of a god, who couldn’t become an undead, had
actually become a senior undead? Moreover, there had been the scream that
Lairon had forsaken them. Additionally, although he hadn’t told anyone
yet, Theodore had some other clues about this situation.
「The worshipper of death hides. 」
「The shadow of the false god is lifted. 」
What would remain if the shadow was lifted? Light? No. There was nothing
left once the shadow was gone. If the god of the Lairon church had
‘disappeared’, it wouldn’t be impossible for priests to become
‘No, it would be fortunate if Lairon just disappeared.’
In the worst case situation that Theodore couldn’t speak of aloud, it
was possible that a demon was buried behind the mask of the false god. If
a god had turned into a demon, then a priest would become a warlock. The
servants of a god would turn into the servants of a demon.
[Lairon] was a name that unified the kingdom, and if this unity were
Over 10 million undead and a kingdom of death could be born in one