The Book Eating Magician - chapter-340
This was the southernmost part of the Central Continent, the border of
the Soldun Kingdom.
There was a flash of light, and the shadows of a few people appeared on
the ground. It was Mass Teleport. The traces of spatial magic soon
From the capital of Meltor to the southern border of the Soldun Kingdom,
Theodore and his group didn’t make a single stop as they jumped nearly
half the continent. They couldn’t freely go back and forth like a space
door, but one-time space movement was enough if Theodore used the
auxiliary facilities of the magic towers.
It wasn’t impossible for him to move to the East Continent beyond the
sea if he was willing.
‘I’ll have to work a bit harder when I get back, but… isn’t this
Magic was truly convenient. A distance that would take a few months by
foot or a month by carriage had been crossed in just a few minutes. In
the Age of Mythology, space gates that connected the whole continent had
existed. However, magicians who could use space movement like floating
clouds in this era were rare.
Theodore stopped thinking about that matter and looked around. “…What
are the conditions of those two?”
Magicians still hadn’t resolved the difficulties of space magic. The
further the distance traveled with space movement, the stronger the
symptoms of nausea and dizziness would be.
“How terrible. You gave us a warning, but… Ugh.”
Randolph was still half nauseous as he shook his head, while Titania took
deep breaths with a pale face. In particular, she had a high mana
resistance as a high elf, so she couldn’t calm down. Theodore saw her
failing to get up and spoke like he understood everything, “Don’t
overdo it and just sit. Space nausea isn’t something that can be
recovered with magic or potions.”
It was as he said. As such, Orta had even tried to apply it as part of
his attack magic. Unlike normal nausea which was caused by equilibrium
confusion, spatial nausea was caused by the body’s sense of dimension.
It was confusion caused by entering another dimension momentarily,
inducing an ‘inexplicable sensation.’
Although Theodore, the caster, had tried to ease the difficulty of the
effects, this space nausea could distort even a master’s senses. Still,
the recovery of the masters was quick. After vomiting out a few gastric
juices, Theodore, Randolph, and Titania recovered their balance. Theodore
looked at the gaits of the two people and nodded, knowing that they had
returned to their original conditions.
“Let’s check the equipment a final time and move south. There won’t
be much time to rest after entering the swamp.”
Randolph and Titania once again confirmed the goods they had received at
the magic tower. There were several magic scrolls to deal with special
situations, as well as detox potions for the poisonous swamp zones.
Randolph couldn’t help letting out a long whistle as he saw the
artifacts worth thousands of gold. “Can’t I buy a mansion or city if
I sell all the artifacts on my body?”
Theodore laughed at the joking words. “What if you combine two people?
You can buy at least three territories on the outskirts.”
It was meant as a joke, but it was half true. Randolph felt burdened by
the value of all the artifacts he carried on his body. He might’ve
become a noble, but at the core, he was still a mercenary who knew the
weight of gold. Randolph automatically stiffened and changed the subject,
“Cough. By the way, I didn’t think it would just be the three of us.
I thought you would bring that older sister or the little girl.”
“…Then the power of Meltor would be reduced by more than half.”
The yellow tower master, Paragranum, didn’t reveal her strength or
identity. Therefore, Meltor’s defenses depended entirely on the other
tower masters. It would be foolish to attack Meltor, that had a
non-aggression treaty with the Andras Kingdom and was an ally of
Elvenheim, but preparing for the worst was a magician’s instincts.
However, this wasn’t Randolph’s point.
“Hrmm, I thought that sister was going to follow you anyway.”
“No, it’s nothing. It would be awkward for anyone to interfere. You
will realize it when the time comes.”
“…?” Theodore stared at Randolph.
However, Randolph turned his head like he wouldn’t speak anymore. All
this while, Titania was listening to their conversation with a strange
expression. Then Theodore realized that time was being wasted. “Let’s
go to the swamp. There are no monsters around here, so it should take
less than an hour.”
“Okay, let’s go.”
“I hope the stench of the swamp isn’t too bad.”
All three people kicked off from the ground almost simultaneously. The
three shadows moved toward the unknown swamp that no one had stepped in
for a thousand years.
* * *
The party soon arrived. As Theodore had expected, they were able to
arrive at the entrance to the swamp in 30 minutes. This was their first
encounter with the notorious swamp.
‘Indeed, this place is worrisome.’
In general, green was the color of life. However, no vitality could be
felt from the green swamp. If Theodore had to describe it, he would call
it rotten. With rot and decay, this place had become a poisonous land.
Normal creatures could never survive in this swamp. Poison was being
emitted from each piece of grass and falling leaf. The only living
creatures inside would be monsters.
“…A-A terrible place like this actually exists!” Titania shuddered
at the sight, despite being a high elf who should be friendly to nature.
The blooming buds, leaves, and branches were filled with poison. This was
a world where bees and butterflies couldn’t survive. How could this
swamp have existed for thousands of years? Theodore had doubts and called
out, “Mitra, can you come out for a second?”
The girl sprang out from the ground as usual. [Hoing! Today is Mitra!]
“Yes, yes, good job.”
Mitra finished with a Y-shaped pose and looked up at him with an elated
expression. He didn’t know what it meant, but she was always like this.
Theodore stroked Mitra’s head and pointed in the direction of the
swamp. If they could open the way with her power, the swamp exploration
would be much simpler than he thought.
“Mitra, can you control the plants in the swamp?”
[Eung? I’ll try,] Mitra said. Then she walked to the entrance of the
swamp and called out, [Hooing? Hoing. Ohunghung. Hoit? Hoooooi?]
She spoke in unknown words and sign language before making a confused
expression. It was an unusual expression on her innocent face.
[Theo! Them guys are kinda weird!]
[It doesn’t make sense! I can’t understand what they are saying. It
is like we are speaking different languages!]
Indeed, Theodore nodded. The southern swamp area was a place where this
material world and other dimensional worlds overlapped, and there were
several places where ominous energy remained. If mana overflowed from it,
then that meant the vegetation was already not part of this material
It was understandable that Mitra’s power didn’t work. After all, she
couldn’t intervene in the nature of another dimension.
“Thank you. Then I’ll see you later.”
[Hoing!] Mitra returned to the ground.
Then Theodore spoke to the party, “It can’t be helped. Let’s go
It was impossible to investigate from outside, so the only way was to
enter. If three masters couldn’t make it through this smelly and foggy
space, it would be impossible for anyone else in this era. Titania’s
response was a little late, but the party unanimously stepped into the
Squish… Squish… It was sticky.
However, it was fine when Theodore hardened the surface with ice magic.
Though, he would rather burn it with fire. If he were Veronica, he
would’ve done it without hesitation. Thinking of that, Theodore laughed
and then looked around. The swamp was uncomfortable and sticky. It was a
place that didn’t have anything pleasant at all.
‘Will monsters be present at the entrance of the swamp? Or…’
The monsters living on the outskirts of the swamp might’ve been killed
by Soldun. Theodore couldn’t be sure as he continued walking cautiously
through the mysterious swamp.
One step, two steps, ten steps, one hundred steps…
After walking quite deeply into the swamp, Theodore suddenly stopped. So
far, he hadn’t seen any monsters.
“Too strange,” Theodore said. The two people following him naturally
stopped and listened as he continued to mutter, “There is no crying, no
trace of monsters, no sense of resistance. Surely not all the monsters in
this swamp have gone to Soldun…?”
“I want to correct one thing.”
Theodore looked back at Randolph and realized Randolph and Titania were
soaked in sweat.
“Do you feel it? I’m enduring it somehow, but if I relax even a
little bit, I will step back,” Randolph said.
“What are you feeling?”
“It is a feeling that I shouldn’t approach… It is hard to describe
in words. In any case, my feet won’t go forward. It’s similar for
Titania confirmed it with a tired face. “The elementals are about to
leave me. It doesn’t have much effect on Geros, but the other
elementals are afraid.”
“…I see.” Theodore guessed the reason for their words. If this
reluctance was due to Dragon Fear, then Theodore might be immune to that
effect due to Aquilo’s blood inside him. Therefore, he didn’t feel
‘I have to pay careful attention to their condition.’
It wasn’t comparable to a direct attack, but the mental strength of the
party would continue to suffer unless Dragon Fear was cut off. The
consumption of mental power was a big variable on the battlefield. If
Theodore made a reckless judgment when accompanied by Randolph and
Titania, both of them could be significantly hurt or killed.
Above all, there was a bigger problem than their condition.
“From now on, pay attention.”
“What does that mean?”
Randolph and Titania asked in uncomfortable tones. Meanwhile, Theodore
stared at the swamp hidden by a fog. “Maybe in the future, only
monsters who can survive this rejection will remain.”
The monsters who could resist Dragon Fear were real monsters in this
swamp area. There was no need for Theodore to explain any more as the
shaking could be heard from far away.
Kung! Kung! The earth shook. The three people noticed that the shaking
was moving closer. If it was a monster that weighed this much, there
wouldn’t be more than 10 types found in Theodore’s mental
encyclopedia. Unsurprisingly, the monster appeared in a dignified manner.
“Cyclops! They shouldn’t be living in swamps!” The astonished
Meanwhile, Theodore noticed something strange ahead of her. Unlike the
usual cyclops, this one had bright skin and a blazing red eye. However,
the red eye wasn’t due to strong emotions. Theodore sensed something
and paused. “…Magic eye?”
The moment he stopped moving…
Wiiiiiiing! The cyclops’ eye burned like lava as a ray of light shot
out from it.