The Book Eating Magician - chapter-308
Kwarururung! A thunderous rumble rang out in the middle of the city.
The bell tower was hit by blue lightning and collapsed. There was also a
statue made by many sculptors, as well as a hall where people sat and
listened to the word of God. Debris scattered every time the lightning
struck. In order to resist this ruthless destruction, a power equivalent
to it was needed.
However, the city didn’t have the strength to resist the invaders. The
invaders appeared in the sky without any warning, and poured fire and
lightning from it, burying the inhabitants under the ruins of the
buildings. This power which treated humans as ants contained explosive
power comparable to that of natural disasters.
Nevertheless, there were no casualties caused by this disaster. He
couldn’t describe people who had already died a while ago as being
killed once again.
‘Damn. Even if that is the case, it doesn’t feel good.’
From amidst the clouds in the sky, Theodore looked down at the ground
with bitter eyes. The zombies and ghouls had been humans not long ago.
Theodore buried them under the dirt and destroyed the ground where they
had lived. In his mind, he knew that this was something necessary, but he
couldn’t stop the negative emotions rising inside him.
There was a similar explosion in the distance. Buildings collapsed, and
flames rose into the clouds. The person who caused this heat quickly flew
in Theodore’s direction. With red robe and red hair, the
magician—Veronica—stopped near Theodore. “Phew, is this the 13th
one? Are you almost done?”
“…I cut all the big branches. The undead won’t spread any more and
clearing the rest will be left to the others,” Theodore spoke in a dry
voice. “The great magic circle that covers all of Lairon… Based on
the churches in each estate, the consciousness of the living dead spreads
like a spider web. Certainly, the idea and structure of it is genius.
However, it is hard to defend if it is too big.”
It had been four days since Theodore and Veronica entered Lairon after
leaving the Albert territory. If they had been flying in a straight line,
it would’ve taken less than a day. However, they had chosen to go
around to some territories instead of going straight to the divine
That was due to the large amount of magic power consumed by flying at
high speed, as well as something they realized while crossing the
kingdom. It was the ritual magic, Pluto’s Palace. This magic existed in
the knowledge that Jerem left behind in Theodore. A necromancer had set a
range for the spell, and all creatures inside it couldn’t resist the
magic, turning into undead. According to records, it was a massive black
magic spell that ranged from an area of tens of square meters to hundreds
of square kilometers depending on the caster’s abilities.
‘I’ve somewhat grasped it now. The false god, Lairon’s identity…
Additionally, the magic circle of living dead that reversed their
Theodore still couldn’t be certain, but he considered his speculation
After all, he was the magician who knew more about the Age of Mythology
than anyone else currently alive and who also had a contract with an
ancient elemental. In the process, Theodore had trained his intuitive
powers, including his super sensitivity.
‘The remains of the light are probably a god that has died, an
expression signifying a divinity that has lost its master.’
A divinity without a master was innocuous by itself, but it changed when
it became the possession of another being. Using an analogy, the churches
in each Lairon estate were wells, and the divinity was the source of
water flowing into the wells. If Jerem became the master of that
divinity, Lairon would become a demon and the water would be poisoned.
Those who wanted their god’s blessing would fall prey to the black
magic at once.
Then Veronica spoke to the worried Theodore, “Well, isn’t that why we
went after the weaknesses? Even if we can’t pull out the roots, we can
hit the branches. By destroying all the points of the magic circle that
are nodes, the situation won’t worsen.”
“But it isn’t a solution. We need to go to the divine king’s palace
in order to resolve this completely.”
Cutting off the thick branches could prevent the growth of twigs, but if
the roots remained, the branches would just grow again. In the end, they
needed to destroy the magic circle that was maintaining the
roots—Pluto’s Palace. It was obvious that the magic circle was
probably at the center of the kingdom, the divine king’s palace that
was the symbol of the church.
The place where the ‘remains of the light’ that Heathcliff had
predicted was also likely to be at the divine king’s palace.
“…Veronica, what is the condition of your body?”
“Yes?” Veronica cocked her head at the abrupt question of concern.
“From now on, I’m going to increase the speed. If possible, I would
like to arrive at the divine king’s castle by sunset today. Is that
Theodore didn’t need to hurry so much, but there was a small
possibility that the great magic circle would go out of control. No, it
was highly possible if Jerem had predicted this situation.
“Ha! Do you know who you are asking?” Veronica’s robe moved in the
wind as she puffed up his chest.
The sunlight behind her illuminated the shade of her robe, making the
curves of her sensual body more defined. It was unknown if Veronica saw
Theodore’s red face or not as she smiled confidently.
“I’m Veronica. It was when I was younger, but I am the magician who
crossed the continent using flying magic. The distance to the divine
king’s castle is 200 kilometers? I can arrive there in an hour and
still have enough magic power to fight.”
“T-That is reassuring.” Theodore’s eyes were drawn elsewhere before
he nodded and turned around.
He was a magician of the 8th circle, making it possible for him to fly as
fast as Veronica. So, he didn’t need to fly in her arms like he used
to. However, Theodore was soon grabbed by a pair of arms.
Veronica deliberately pressed herself against his back and whispered in
his ear, “By the way, Theo, do you want me to teach you one thing?”
“Women are very sensitive to the eyes of men. Just before, it was like
my skin was being licked… If you look at someone like that, most
reactions are divided into two types.”
If they didn’t like the person, it would be severe discomfort. Or―
“―Are you trying to test my patience?”
The atmosphere would heat up if they liked the person. Veronica’s
golden eyes were like molten iron. Having a red dragon’s blood meant
she was easily swept up by emotions, and passion boiled in her body.
“I will accept it anytime if you ask me. But Theo isn’t ready yet.
So, you should be careful, yes?”
“This is the punishment.”
Immediately after that, flaming wings appeared behind Veronica.
“Be in this state until we reach the divine king’s palace, okay?”
Theodore had no choice but to nod. His answer wouldn’t make a
* * *
It took exactly one hour for them to reach the divine king’s palace.
Even a well-trained horseman would take four hours to travel 200
kilometers, and a hippogriff, famous for its speed, would take two hours.
With Veronica’s magic, Blaze Wing, they traveled at a speed that was
made possible by releasing the innate natural power of fire to obtain a
“Ah, we’ve arrived.” Veronica slowed down and looked at the grounds
of the divine king’s palace.
Theodore was then released from her arms. He looked around him with a bit
‘This is the capital of Lairon, the divine king’s palace?’
It was the first time he had seen it. In the books, it had been described
as a city made of pure white marble that shone with a divine golden
light. There were many people who didn’t like the Lairon Church and the
kingdom, but there was no one who didn’t admire it.
“In my eyes, it looks like the palace from a storybook.”
Theodore was half joking and half serious. His spiritual vision saw a
mysterious energy rising from the palace into the sky. The smooth white
walls and shining gates were intact, but the ones guarding them were
undead. There was a red light that shone wickedly in the dark fog, making
it a land of death.
It was a castle of the dead that denied access to the living. The
concentration of black magic here was incomparable to how it had been in
all the other territories Theodore and Veronica traveled to previously.
The vegetation that stretched out for several kilometers around the
castle was dry and dead, while uninjured beasts were rotting.
“Theo, how many enemies do you detect?”
“…I don’t see any signs of Jerem or the four horsemen. There are at
least 100,000 undead. There are at least 1,000 intermediate undead. This
scale is equivalent to 100 units.”
Theodore used Mitra and Hugin to accurately determine how many undead
were in the castle. What about at the center of the magic circle? There
were 13 senior undead and 1,000 intermediate undead that could function
as command objects. The number of undead gathered here would be enough to
wipe out one or two small countries.
“What should we do?”
“Um.” Theodore was troubled for a moment. “Well, it shouldn’t be
They were unexplained words. The two magicians exchanged words and
stepped forward carelessly. It was a cool stride as they stood shoulder
to shoulder. They were master class magicians that dominated the mana
around them. Once the two 8th circle magicians approached, the black
magic was pushed back like a wave.
That change immediately attracted the attention of the undead occupying
the castle. The skeleton archers on the walls loaded their poison arrows,
while the lich created dozens of fireballs. They intended to launch the
attacks as soon as the enemies came into range.
Then the two magicians stopped walking.
“Me first? Or you?”
“At the same time. The walls look quite thick.”
“But I think it is overkill. Well, okay.”
Theodore looked in the same direction and started rotating his eight
circles. In any case, there were no survivors inside. Furthermore, there
was no way for the Lairon Kingdom to revive now that it had been
completely destroyed. He should destroy the enemies as efficiently as
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That was enough. Theodore calculated the walls of the divine king’s
palace and the destructive power needed. Veronica also called upon her
own unique magic, the Explosion Sword.
“Lightning Spear Keraunos.”
Theodore cried out.
The 7th circle lightning magic, named after the weapon of the ancient
god, appeared next to Theodore.
Paijijik! Pajik! Pajijijik!.
One spear had dozens of lightning bolts compressed in it.
Due to the nature of lightning, the range was somewhat lacking compared
to Veronica’s Explosion Sword. However, the intensity of the power
concentrated on one point was more overwhelming than Explosion Sword.
Even if it was blocked by a titanium shield, the spear would still
penetrate the shield.
It was attack magic which walls that lacked divine power wouldn’t be
able to withstand.
“This is why I said it was overkill,” Veronica grumbled while lining
up three swords near Theodore.
There was a total of six weapons. The swords made of fire and the
lightning aimed at the castle. In the aftermath, the ground melted and
the atmosphere became heated, creating a haze around the two magicians.
They breathed out and cried almost simultaneously.
At the same time, the six spells shot forward.
The lightning turned into a ray of light and traveled over the ground,
creating a strong wind. It burned those it passed by, while the wind
swirled like a storm, causing a lot of dust to rise. This terrible
phenomenon was trivial compared to the real attack.
Six strands of light flashed in succession! This was the only precursor
to the swords and lightning striking the divine king’s castle. Then
There was a loud roar, and the walls guarding the heart of the kingdom
were shattered horribly. The broken stone fragments evaporated on the
spot, and the undead courageously blocking the two magicians crumbled. It
was a blow that signaled the end of the Lairon Kingdom, of those who
borrowed the god’s power without knowing the true story.