The Book Eating Magician - chapter-33
Tournament Finals #1
The final day of the Pupil Tournament arrived.
In the waiting room at the center of Pentarium, there was a measuring
device to check the rankings of the participants. The names of 150 young
magicians and the number of tokens they had were accurately described
The bottom-most players naturally only had one token and weren’t in the
waiting room. Fortunately for them, no one was interested in the
participants at the bottom.
“Hey, look at that…!”
“What is it? Oh, the number one rank? Of course, it is… Huh?”
“…Surely there wasn’t an error in the tool?”
“It was installed today, so what error could there be?”
“If this is true, how many times has she fought?”
The audience murmured in disbelief after seeing the leaderboards.
It was the last round, so the outline of the winner was revealed in the
rankings. Participants satisfied with their ranking gave up on any more
fights. This was because their rankings could lower if they challenged or
received a challenge from someone else.
For that reason, previous Pupil Tournaments the final token count had
been somewhere in the range of 30 to 40 tokens. There had been no big
difference between the token counts of the winner and the other
However, what did the top of the leaderboard look like now?
[1st Place: No. 13 Sylvia – 95 tokens
2nd Place: No. 7 Pogani Wolgast – 21 tokens
3rd Place: No. 31 Robert Diane – 18 tokens]
The number of tokens possessed by the person in 1st place surpassed the
previous record by nearly double, causing the audience to let out cries
“2nd place is only 21 tokens… Doesn’t it mean that other people
didn’t have time to collect the tokens?”
“That is the Blue Tower Master’s disciple.”
As the disciple of the famous Blue Tower Master Blundell, she was
considered as the favourite to win the competition.
However, nobody had thought she would reach 1st place with such a
ridiculous record. It was a contest where young magicians participated,
but it wasn’t easy to establish such an overwhelming record.
The people who saw the leaderboard naturally looked at the silver-haired
girl sitting in a corner of the waiting room. If it wasn’t for the huge
mass of muscles sitting next to her, she would’ve been buried by those
who wanted to speak to her.
The mass of muscles, Blundell, spoke in a somewhat rough voice, “Ah,
young people these days have no spirit!”
He was lamenting the fact that there had been no challengers for a few
days. Blundell had tried to give a good experience to his disciple, but
the other participants had turned on their tails as soon as her strength
had been revealed.
Did they want to become magicians who had to live with failure because
they were afraid of defeat? Blundell couldn’t understand the concept of
‘It is a chance to compete safely with a superior magician. A lucky
opportunity like this is hard to come by!’
The magicians in the area stirred uncomfortably every time Blundell’s
eyebrows twitched, and the sparks flying around him were almost as strong
as the Red Tower Master. Their anxiety grew as he grabbed his staff—no,
the club on his back.
However, before his temper could explode…
“Good morning, Tower Master,” someone entered the waiting room and
spoke directly to Blundell, despite the heavy atmosphere.
“Um…?” Blundell’s seemed unmoved, but his expression changed as
soon as he saw the owner of the voice. His expression was one which
wondered why this person had spoken to him. “Vince’s disciple… Yes,
aren’t you Theodore?”
“Yes, that’s right,” Theo replied calmly.
He had experienced the presence of the Blue Tower Master once before, so
he could tolerate it more easily now. In any case, Theo hadn’t come
here to confront the Blue Tower Master. Theo didn’t lose his respectful
attitude as he looked at Sylvia sitting next to Blundell. Sylvia’s
dream-like beauty still remained, but Theo noticed a change.
‘…I don’t feel like I am unable to win, unlike before. Does it mean
I should try it now?’
Unlike when Theo faced the hobgoblin chief, he wasn’t feeling a strong
sense of tension at this moment. There was only a cold chill on the back
of his neck. It was obvious that she wasn’t an easy opponent, but she
wouldn’t be as difficult as before.
Blundell realized the meaning of that subtle gaze and stared at Theo
“Hoh, have you reached the 4th Circle? Congratulations.”
“You wouldn’t have looked for me just to hear these words…
As Vince had said, the old man was quick to notice. Blundell laughed and
moved his massive body away the moment he noticed Theo’s purpose. Theo
was now able to meet Sylvia, who had been hidden by Blundell.
Her eyes were emotionless, like she had already forgotten his existence.
However, that didn’t matter.
“Number 13, Sylvia. I challenge you to a fight in the Pupil
Tournament,” Theo’s voice resonated throughout the somewhat silent
Some people laughed at his reckless challenge, while others were pleased
they could see a funny sight. Sylvia just stared at him blankly and
parted her pink lips, “…Me?”
Instead of answering, Theo held out the tokens he had. The five tokens
made a rattling sound. They were shabby compared to Sylvia’s 95 tokens.
However, the tournament’s 1st ranked participant couldn’t refuse a
challenge. It was a rule to give everyone a chance to ascend to the top,
making it a perfect opportunity for Theo.
Finally, Sylvia rose from her seat. “…Okay, I also wanted to reach
She accepted Theo’s challenge.
The moment the two people agreed, the main hall of Pentarium was opened.
There was two hours left until the end of the tournament, so the match
with Sylvia would be the last one. The magic tool recognized that this
was the 1st ranked final’s fight and opened up the main hall.
“Oh? The main hall is open!”
“Does this mean the final is starting?”
“That reminds me, the Blue Tower Master’s disciple is participating
“The time spent here is worth it.”
The people who noticed the opening of the main hall gradually began to
gather in Pentarium. They all wanted to see the final match. People were
interested in boisterous events, and so the crowds swept in.
They came to see the disciple of the Blue Tower Master. As all sorts of
spectators were gathering, the two competitors entered the main hall.
* * *
‘No, why are there so many people…?’ Theo was half-stricken as he
looked at the crowd behind the transparent barrier.
When he fought Philip, there had been barely anyone in the crowd.
However, this was the main hall and Sylvia’s fame had increased,
gathering an audience of more than 1,000 people. Theo’s stomach hurt
since it was the first time he had seen something like this.
Fortunately, the voices of the audience members didn’t reach his ears.
“Theodore Miller? Have you ever heard of him?”
“No, I don’t know it.”
“I heard that he came with a magician called Vince…”
“Vince Haidel? Fire Killer Vince?!”
“But a few days ago, he was only at the 3rd Circle. It might end up
being more boring that I thought.”
There were doubts and curiosities. A few rare people remembered Vince’s
old nickname, but there was no one who thought that Theodore could win.
They noticed Sylvia’s abilities had already surpassed the magic
tower’s Average rank and didn’t think that another genius like her
would appear in the Pupil Tournament. After all, geniuses were called
geniuses because they were rare.
However, Vince, sitting next to Blundell, thought differently as he
looked down at his disciple.
“…This is a fight that can surely be won. Win the fight that can’t
be won. Isn’t that the motto of the magic towers?”
“The Red Tower Master, she always said those words.”
Then Blundell said, “You think that he is a rival to Sylvia. That child
called Theodore, will he be able to win?”
“Well, it isn’t a story that should be told with my mouth,” Vince
replied, indicating that Blundell should see with his own eyes.
The match started shortly after that.
As a ball of light rose between the two people, Theo pulled up his magic
power at full speed.
He had watched Sylvia’s fights several times and noticed one
thing—she deployed magic unusually fast. It took 5~10 seconds for her
to activate 4th Circle magic, and 3rd Circle magic was invoked with just
‘If she takes the initiative, then it will be hard to take it back. It
may be unreasonable, but I have to act first!’
Even if they started their spells at the same time, Theo would be half a
beat slower than Sylvia. However, Theo had a means of storing magic in
‘Memorize. Two Slots Open. Double Blaze Shell.’
“Blow forward, strong winds!”
Two fireballs were created in the air, and an additional magic was used
at the same time.
Among the four attributes, fire was the best at causing damage, while the
wind enhanced one of its weaknesses—speed. Due to the physical
repulsion, the compressed fireballs, called Blaze Shell, accelerated.
If this was a battle, Theo would’ve used all his slots for the first
attack. However, he couldn’t use all his cards in a tournament match
where he had to hit the opponent three times. Therefore, this was the
The combined power of Blaze Shell and Gale Force, which had both
destructive power and speed, couldn’t be stopped with any simple
With the wind blowing at its back, the fireballs rushed forward like wild
beasts. As a ghastly heat filled the air, Sylvia’s silver hair caught
his eyes. Sylvia moved forward with her brutish staff and scattered a
blue magic power. Theo didn’t know what defensive magic it was, but it
wouldn’t be able to completely block any damage.
With that conviction, the two fireballs shot forward.
It was a bombardment fierce enough to close the mouths of the audience
members feeling doubtful about Theodore.