The Book Eating Magician - chapter-312
Anyway, the decision to face Jerem was unavoidable. A warlock didn’t
forget grudges, and Jerem was still upset at losing Theodore’s body.
Even if he didn’t have any relationship with Theodore, he would’ve
tried to steal Theodore’s body.
Theodore came to a quick conclusion. Fearing the hostility from
Nídhöggur, Theodore quickly returned to Mana-vil.
“So far, this is the whole story of my investigation.” Theodore faced
Kurt III and confessed everything he had learned in Lairon. This was a
different environment from the third-party Soldun. Meltor was the great
power in the north, and it would be the greatest victim if Jerem’s
purpose in Elvenheim was achieved. There was a need to know in detail
about the power of the opponent and their intentions.
However, it couldn’t be helped in this situation.
“We’ve been puppets of a grimoire for 500 years, and now it is the
evil dragon Nídhöggur? He has been mentioned once or twice in the
ancient records…” Kurt unconsciously held the back of his neck and
leaned on the throne. The famous and wise king had a terrible expression
on his face.
However, there was no one for Kurt to rebuke.
A dragon was making its mark in this era. The names of the gods were
faded, and grand masters were only mentioned in popular novels. In the
era of mortals that didn’t believe in the Age of Mythology, Nídhöggur
was a disaster. Niflheim’s abyss, the demon king of Nastrond!
Nídhöggur’s power over that dimension was equivalent to a god’s. Of
course, in order to exert his power in other dimensions, a corresponding
price was needed, and Jerem planned to offer the world tree and
Baldur’s body as sacrifices. If he succeeded, he would be able to
dominate this material world.
“We have to stop it.”
“Yes, that’s right.”
The minds and gazes of the two people, Kurt III and Theodore, connected.
They couldn’t choose the option of standing by idly. The people of
Meltor knew better than anyone else about a warlock’s viciousness.
Warlocks thought that human life was worthless. They despised the human
race and worshipped death. If the top warlock, Jerem, obtained this
world, then all living creatures would fall to hell.
Kurt gave a long sigh and asked Theodore a question, “…Then what are
“I will do anything I can, but honestly, I can’t guarantee that
Meltor will be of great help. Nídhöggur is something that humans of
this age can’t resist.”
“They are fair words. Thus, we have to end it before Nídhöggur
“In the end, it is the defense of the world tree. It is standing firm
in this position.”
Kurt grasped the situation and laughed. It was a complete defeat the
moment Nídhöggur descended. Gluttony said it might be possible if ten
grandmasters were gathered…? As Theodore had seen in the fight against
Invidia, they couldn’t win against one grandmaster even if they
collected all the masters on the continent.
It was an impossible prerequisite. Thus, Theodore didn’t even think
about fighting with Nídhöggur. They would lose the moment they fought.
If they couldn’t fight against Nídhöggur, then they needed to defeat
Jerem who was planning the resurrection.
‘The opponent is Jerem, who has the power of the four horsemen and an
army of senior undead. Other than that, I’m not sure.’
The odds weren’t high in an all-out fight. It would be impossible if
Jerem was in a perfect state, but after being damaged by Mitra, he was
now only a little stronger than Theodore. Furthermore, if the pale rider
was gone, then Veronica could deal with them with one or two masters.
Considering the guardians of the world tree and the elemental rulers that
the high elves could summon, there was no shortage of masters.
The problem was Jerem’s hidden cards that Theodore couldn’t know
about. Jerem was at a level in which Theodore couldn’t guess what he
was thinking. So, Theodore needed to increase the odds in an all-out war.
The summoning of a senior demon? The undead stored outside Tartarus? He
couldn’t come up with measures for vague speculations. Theodore
struggled for a while before coming up with an answer.
“Your Majesty, I want to ask you for something.”
If the other party had unknown hidden cards, couldn’t he counter it
with the same tactics? Kurt III nodded, and Theodore requested something
that hadn’t been allowed since the founding of the Meltor Kingdom.
“Please give me full authority over the Zero Library in order to deal
Kurt’s eyes widened at the unprecedented petition.
* * *
-It is a very desirable request, User!
Gluttony buzzed with excitement at the thought of eating a lot, and
Theodore bluntly cut him off.
Needless to say, this request was accepted.
Full power in the Zero Library. It was the first time this authority had
been granted in the Meltor Kingdom. Even the previous tower masters
hadn’t been granted this privilege. It was possible for Theodore to
read any books in the Zero Library, as well as withdraw them.
This was to find a means to confront Jerem, but it was a big
‘If I fail after all this, I would want to commit suicide…’
Of course, it was more likely that he would be killed by Jerem or have
his body stolen. Theodore didn’t have anything to say and kept walking.
However, his feet weren’t heading toward the Zero Library.
-User, this isn’t the direction of the Zero Library.
“I know. I need to head somewhere else prior to that.”
-What is more important than magic to a magician? If the material world
is to fall tomorrow, you should read one more book.
“Don’t talk about the world being destroyed to someone who lives
here,” Theodore said. Then after hearing Gluttony’s increasingly
human-like words, Theodore spoke of his destination, “I’m going to
meet the guardians. They are people who have to return to Elvenheim, and
I have something to ask them about Heathcliff’s prophecy.”
-It is reasonable. But don’t fuss over them too much, User.
“Just wait quietly for a few hours.”
Theodore ignored Gluttony’s urging and arrived at the room where the
two elf guardians were staying. He didn’t hesitate and placed a hand on
Clean air leaked out as soon as the door was opened. Was it the influence
of both guardians? A wind normally found deep in forests greeted him.
Simultaneously, both guardians saw Theodore.
“Benefactor! You are safe!”
“I’m really glad that you aren’t injured.”
Theodore was at a loss for words when he saw them.
“…I’m sorry for not coming sooner.”
Edwin’s left sleeve was empty, while Ellaim’s voice was soft as if
the wound on his neck hadn’t healed yet. Despite suffering serious
injuries, the two elves were genuinely pleased that Theodore was safe.
Theodore’ conscience was stabbed by this innocent response. Ellaim
refused his apology, “It is nothing Benefactor. Didn’t something big
happen as soon as you got out of bed? Rather, this visit is sooner than I
For an archer, the loss of one arm was devastating. Unlike a swordsman
that could hold the sword with the other arm, an archer had to use both
arms. Yet there was no gloominess on Edwin’s face. Theodore put a hand
in his pocket. The elixir was meant for someone to use. Half a bottle
could restore one arm and a cut neck. What were a few drops of elixir
compared to those who risked their lives to delay Invidia?
“Ah, you don’t have to worry about that.”
However, Theodore’s determination was blocked by an unexpected
“…Do I have to force-feed this to you to make you drink it?”
The two guardians were different from Vince, as they were Elvenheim’s
protectors. It would be shameful to turn a country’s masters into
useless existences, let alone the elves who had crossed the Red Plateau
and come to Meltor because of Theodore.
While Theodore was struggling over the idea of force-feeding them when
Ellaim explained, “Hahaha! That isn’t it, Benefactor. I have pride in
the life I have built as a guardian and would take that remedy if I had a
body that couldn’t shoot a bow again.”
“It is simple. We can receive the grace of the parent tree and restore
our lost body parts.”
Theodore’s eyes widened. “You can even recover lost limbs?”
“Yes. It consumes a lot of innate vitality, so an elf can only use it
three or four times in their lives.
“Ah… Then it is impossible for humans.”
There was a big difference between the elves who could live for thousands
of year and humans who could barely live to 100 years. He had wondered if
he could fix Vince’s body this way, but the two guardians didn’t
refute Theodore’s words. This method was only available to the elves
who had a long lifespan and could afford to lose some of it.
‘No, now isn’t the time to be obsessed with this.’ Theodore quickly
pushed this matter to the side and cut to the chase.
First, he explained the prophecy he had heard from Heathcliff, “…The
prophecy has now reached the third verse, and there are two remaining.
‘Big birds and snakes are surrounding a tree’ and ‘the squirrels
will help you to repay the favor.’ Can you think of anything?”
It could be good or bad. Theodore felt like the elves held the key. The
memories of elves were long, and they had much fewer generations, so the
guardians might know something about this prophecy.
…And his guess was right.
“I have.” It was Ellaim.
Edwin and Theodore turned their eyes toward him. This caused Ellaim to
open his mouth with an awkward expression, “It is a story I heard from
a female elementalist. In the old days, it was said that a god and demon
surrounded the world tree and fought. One was in the image of a dragon,
while the other was a giant bird.”
‘This!’ Theodore sensed something and asked hastily, “Is the name
of the dragon ‘Nídhöggur’?”
“Níðhöggr… Yes. The pronunciation is a bit different, but it
should be referring to the same being. A sneering butcher and dragon who
swallows the dead. Additionally, the huge bird is called
‘Hraesvelgr’, and it was a sacred creature trying to protect the
“Nídhöggura and Hraesvelgr… big snake and big bird…”
Just like thread moving through a hole in the beads, the clues started to
join together. He could be sure after one more clue was added.
Theodore’s mind started to move at full speed. Meanwhile, Edwin added,
“That reminds me, Ratatoskr is the name of the squirrel that appears in
the old myths. Is the squirrel in the prophecy perhaps Ratatoskr?”
“Ah!” A lightning bolt flashed through Theodore’s mind.
At this moment, all of the verses of the prophecy linked up perfectly.
Theodore grabbed the hands of the two elves without being able to hide
his excitement. “I have to go to Elvenheim with you.”
All that remained were the final preparations.