The Book Eating Magician - chapter-32
Catch the Genius #3
After eating the bulk of the artifacts, Theodore’s next choice was to
It wasn’t just about gaining enough magic power to reach the 4th
Circle. As a 4th Circle magician, Theo needed to be able to use 4th
Circle magic. He only had a short amount of time, so he had to select
useful magic in advance and increase his understanding.
Vince, who still had plenty of time remaining until the magic contest,
also joined in. As someone with a rich amount of experience as a war
magician, he was able to give detailed information about the strategies
which the magicians of the Blue Tower used.
After looking at books for two hours…
The magic power in Theo’s body suddenly boiled up. The last time his
magic power had increased this much was when he had eaten ‘Roaring
Flames.’ The flow of magic power emerged from the palm of his left hand
and wrapped around Theodore’s body, drawing the faint outline of a
shape outside the three circles.
It wasn’t at the completed stage yet. The shape was there, but he
needed more magic power to fill it up.
However, even that was a great accomplishment compared to the days when
the 3rd Circle had been far away. Theodore calmly scattered the remaining
magic power throughout his body and opened his eyes once the 4th Circle
outline finished. He certainly felt more magic power than before.
Vince recognized the magic power emerging from him and congratulated him,
“Congratulations. Now, you are a fellow magician and walking the same
path as me. Don’t forget this fact in the future, and I hope you will
continue to devote yourself wholly.”
“Yes, Professor,” Theo replied in a trembling voice.
The 4th Circle was just the start of the magic path. The invention of the
magic reagents meant that many people crossed the threshold of the 4th
Circle. However, those who reached the 5th Circle were just a handful.
Some blamed the limits of their talent and remained in the 4th Circle
until they died, while others felt desperation and frustration at the
existence of the ‘wall’ beyond the 5th Circle.
In fact, even those who were considered as the top magicians in the
continent couldn’t cross the wall of the 7th Circle. The tower masters,
excluding the Blue Tower Master and Red Tower Master, were also stuck at
the 7th Circle.
The 9th Circle, which was considered the apex of humanity, had already
become a legend and myth for a long time.
In the truest sense, the 4th Circle Theodore had now stepped into was a
desert where numerous pilgrims had died.
Then Theo looked at the three Precious ranked artifacts remaining on the
bed. They were similar in price to the West Wind’s Protection,
purchased for 144 gold at the first store. Each one had a great
performance matching their price.
[+7 Hawk’s Skull (Armor)]
[The helmet, made of steel and adamantium, is truly artistic and shaped
like a hawk. The blacksmith, who created this helmet for a magician,
added the ability for it to function like a real hawk. As a result, the
‘Insight’ magic is given to the wearer of the helmet. The person who
wears this helmet will immediately acquire the Insight magic.
* The rating of this helmet is ‘Precious’.
* When consumed, a considerable amount of magic power will be absorbed.
* When consumed, the digestion time is 1 hour and 32 minutes.
* When consumed, the Capture magic formula will be acquired.
* When worn, the skill ‘Hawkeye’ is applied.]
[+8 Night Prowler’s Mirage (Shoes)]
[These are shoes made from luxurious leather with magic circles of
mithril thread sewn on them. These are the reason why the thief Orwell
hadn’t gotten caught until the end. The guards had continued chasing
the illusions Orwell left behind, and the secret had only been exposed
after he’d been killed at a gambling place. The wearer of these shoes
can create a lifelike illusion of themselves.
* The rating of these shoes is ‘Precious’.
* When consumed, a considerable amount of magic power will be absorbed.
* When consumed, the digestion time is 1 hour and 41 minutes.
* When consumed, the Illusion magic formula will be acquired.
* When worn, the skill ‘Illusion Track’ is available.]
‘Hawk’s Skull’ had been worn by a famous mercenary leader, and
‘Night Prowler’s Mirage’ was the symbol of the legendary thief
Orwell. They were too expensive and rare to be used as artifacts to gain
magic power. If the craftsmen were here, they might’ve tried to break
To the hesitant Theo, Vince said, “Don’t hesitate.”
“Use whatever means possible for the full preparation. Once you have
made up your mind, don’t stop. I will take on all the costs, so you
don’t have to be sorry.”
The last of Theo’s hesitation went away at Vince’s words.
It was correct that he should use all means possible. According to the
guesses of the two people, ‘Precious’ grade artifacts wouldn’t end
with just increasing magic power. After eating ‘Roaring Flames’,
he’d been able to acquire two abilities as well as magic power.
Artifacts couldn’t be used in the Pupil Tournament. However, there was
no rule prohibiting the use of a grimoire. Therefore, it was possible for
Theo to use the function of the grimoire, not that anyone would notice.
The grimoire was separate from artifacts, so there was no way to detect
its existence. It was fine as long as Theo didn’t reveal the tongue in
his palm. In a sense, it might be cowardly, but it didn’t break any of
the stated rules.
Despite being sick of war, Vince was still a war magician of the Red
Tower. War magicians didn’t care about the means and methods used to
win. Similarly, Theodore had received Alfred’s memories so he had no
objection to it.
In the end, Theo moved his left hand towards the three artifacts worth
around 500 gold.
The tongue was still unsatisfied and popped out like it had been waiting
for the command. The gauntlets, helmet, and shoes were sucked in. This
was the moment when the value of a mansion in Mana-vil was sucked into
the stomach of the grimoire.
* * *
After reaching the 4th Circle with Gluttony’s abilities, Theo received
special lessons from Vince for a few days.
Theo had gained a fraction of Alfred’s experience, but it was nothing
compared to Vince’s years on the battlefield. He searched through
memories of the past and picked information which would help Theo.
“The biggest advantage of the water magic attribute is its versatility.
Offense, defense, suppression… these applications aren’t impossible
when it comes to the water attribute. A skilled magician in the water
attribute would be an annoying opponent.”
If he thought about water, there was no other attribute which existed in
such a variety of forms. The clouds floating in the sky were water, and
the river running through the ground was also water. The snow capped
peaks were water, and so was the fog rising early in the morning.
The freedom to go between solids, liquids, and gas was the strength and
essence of the water magic attribute.
“Are you saying there are no special weaknesses?”
“Its attack is weaker than fire, its defense is lower than earth, and
its speed is slower than the wind. The limitations of the water attribute
is that it doesn’t specialize in anything.”
“…It is the medium in various aspects.” Theo understood the meaning
If so, there were some methods available to him. His earth-related
defense magic had increased greatly due to the contract with Mitra, so he
could block 4th Circle magic without much difficulty. He could also use
the skill gained from ‘Roaring Flames’ to break through Sylvia’s
While Theo thought for a while, Vince opened his mouth and said, “This
is just my guess but… you should avoid a close confrontation with
Sylvia as much as possible.”
“A close confrontation?” Theo was confused by the unexpected words.
However, Vince firmly nodded and explained, “The Blue Tower Master. Do
you remember the staff the old man was carrying? It is a crude and large
“Of course.” It was rare to meet a person who gave off such a strong
impression. If Blundell hadn’t been wearing a robe, Theo would’ve
thought he was a warrior. Blundell’s terrifying appearance matched his
“That staff was really big.”
“It isn’t a staff.”
Theo made a lost expression, causing Vince to shake his head with a sigh.
“It is good as a stick.”
“He learned the eastern method of fighting with a stick as a hobby. The
problem is that he reached the rank of a master with it.”
Theo’s face turned pale as Vince added, “He broke the heads of a few
knights with it on the battlefield.”
Sylvia was carrying a similar staff to her master. He would rather be hit
by a Fireball than a rough staff wielded by a pretty girl.
“Don’t narrow the distance if possible. That is my advice.”
“Ah, I understand.”
The two people took a break for a while before the discussion continued
Fortunately, Vince was a good mentor, and Theo was an excellent disciple.
Vince explained the weaknesses of the Blue Tower Magicians, and the
information came together in Theo’s head with Alfred’s experience.
Even though one thing was taught, Theo would gain enlightenment in a
further three things.
* * *
As the end of the Pupil Tournament approached, Vince rented out a
practice room for a final check.
If Theodore’s abilities didn’t meet his standard, then he would
oppose the match with Sylvia. He didn’t want Theo to be ridiculed in
front of everyone. However, he became sure of something. ‘This much is
enough to win!’
Vince didn’t specialize in water magic, but he was still a Superior
rank of the Red Tower and a war magician. He was a few times stronger
than an Average of the Blue Tower, but Theo had stood up to him without
backing down. Theo had even saved some of the functions of the grimoire.
Theo, laying on the floor of the practice room with a weary expression,
took deep breaths and looked up at Vince. “Professor, did I pass?”
Vince smiled and nodded. “I’ll give you a perfect score.”