The Book Eating Magician - chapter-341
‘Tch, it is too late to avoid it.’ Theodore reflexively stepped
forward and reached out his hand.
A wall of shadow rose from the ground, blocking the trajectory of the
light ray. Ray type attacks were threatening because of their speed, but
they also had disadvantages due to being a pure form of energy. For
example, Jerem’s wall of imaginary space had a property that sucked all
the energy and turned it to zero, making shadow and darkness the nemesis
of this light ray. However…
The shadow wall couldn’t handle the power of the ray and got a few
Theodore’s low proficiency was one of the reasons, but the power of the
Cyclops’ ray was also stronger than he had thought it would be. It was
a little below the level of great magic. Although it might be limited to
this swamp, its level could be designated as a grade 3 disaster.
“Randolph! Titania!” Theodore didn’t need to look back at both of
them. “As soon as this wall disappears, split to the left and right!
I’ll scatter the ray attack somehow!”
“Then I will completely stop its breathing!”
There was no need to separately specify the timing. Randolph’s two
swords were drawn, and Titania’s bowstring was pulled taut. The shadow
wall reached its limit and shattered. Kakang!
‘Now!’ Theodore triggered the magic he had prepared a few seconds
earlier. The second weakness of a ray-based attack was deflecting using
the nature of light. Theodore used the double attribute magic of wind and
water, and a prism in the shape of an octahedron appeared, absorbing the
The refracted ray started to bend in eight directions. The moment the
three people were exposed, Titania’s bow cried out like it had been
waiting. The arrow tore through the wind.
“Grrrruk?” The cyclops received an instinctive type of warning and
noticed the arrow’s presence.
Nevertheless, it didn’t move its arms or step backward. Instead, it
turned its gaze from Theodore to the flying arrow. The hot beam from the
ray could burn even the arrows shot by Titania. The cyclops had a clever
“Heh, you have a good head.”
However, Titania’s archery skill was better than how cunning the
Chiik. The wind and arrow were burned by the ray. However, this was
followed up with another arrow. It wasn’t just one or two. Titania
fired three arrows in the same orbit without any error. The first one
couldn’t reach, and the second was a bit lacking. So, she shot three
arrows. The last arrow pierced the cyclops’ one eye.
“Kuwaaah!?” The ray and blood scattered from the cyclops’ crushed
eyeball. The magic eye was ultimately dependent on the eye. It couldn’t
be used properly with damaged eyes.
Furthermore, the cyclops who lost an eye had forgotten something. The
sword master of the twin swords, Randolph, approached it and swung his
two swords. The cyclops’ shin bones and femur were split apart in an
instant. Randolph’s blades broke the cyclops’ spine and moved upward,
cutting its carotid artery.
It felt like cutting a rock. The cyclops’ skin was tough and full of
swamp mana. A good aura user would find it hard to cut a single line.
However, it was no match for a sword master’s aura.
“Gruk…! Grr…ru…ruok.” Just two seconds after the shadow wall
disappeared, the body of the cyclops was bleeding and torn to rags. Its
opponents were too terrible. However, Theodore sighed bitterly. “Geez,
I made a mistake.”
Before Titania received an answer, they heard it.
A pillar of fire rose in several places simultaneously, and black smoke
appeared. There was a reason Theodore had been wary of using magic after
entering the swamp. It was hard to guess how many flammable gases and
liquids were present in a swamp area that was thousands of years old. The
rays of light that Theodore had refracted caused the environment to burn
‘Fortunately, it isn’t all of the swamp…’
Theodore looked around at the flames and spoke to his group, “Be
prepared while maintaining your breathing.”
“The disturbance will reach quite far.”
The cyclops was powerful, but the group was still quite a distance away
from the center of the swamp. It was just a little ‘strong’ here.
The disturbance would agitate creatures with a far bigger presence than
the cyclops. That wasn’t all. The ground shook due to all the
approaching creatures. Monsters were coming from all three directions
except for the rear where the party had come from. If he had to count
roughly, there were over 100 monsters. Theodore looked carefully at them
with Hugin whom he had called in advance.
‘Let’s see the left side.’
It felt like the side had the most enemies. His vision greatly expanded,
and he could see multiple creatures with green skin.
Orcs—they could be found everywhere on the continent, but Theodore
hadn’t expected to see them in the swamp. The experienced orc warriors
could fight one knight alone, but most orcs could be defeated by a group
of soldiers. He never thought it would be a species that could stay in
‘They are all mutated. They might be stronger than an ogre?’
Looking closer, there were scales on their skin, and they had some
aspects of a crocodile. The orc was tall and oversized, being at least
over 3 meters in height. It was appropriate to call this the hybrid of an
orc and lizardman. Furthermore, there were other creatures approaching
from the front.
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There were twin head ogres with two horns and a pair of wings,
reminiscent of chimeras. Their skin was hard like iron, and the flames
coming from their mouths were alarming. The swamp trolls looked quite
Finally, Theodore looked to the right, and his eyes shook.
Shortly afterward, the connection to Hugin was cut off. However, the
scene he saw at that moment was truly shocking. There was a six-headed
snake with a body length of over 100 meters long!
The number of heads was lacking, but Theodore guessed this was a hydra. A
hydra was a snake with nine heads and an immortal body, and it had a
poison that was hard to decipher. Similar to Jörmungandr and Azi Dahaka,
it was something that couldn’t be opposed by mortals if it was in a
perfect condition. In the myth, it was defeated by a demigod, but it
couldn’t be completely killed. It was buried alive…? The standard of
a hero was needed to defeat it.
‘…No, I can do it now.’
In the legends, the hydra’s immortality came from its one head, out of
its nine heads, that had golden scales. However, this hydra didn’t have
any golden head. It didn’t have nine heads either, so it might still be
incomplete or was a variant hydra. In that case, its force wouldn’t be
as big, which meant Theodore could defeat it.
“How can I give up now?”
The odds weren’t impossible. Theodore looked back at the two others who
were smiling as they held their weapons.
“I knew it would be hard when I accompanied you.”
“Well, it can’t be helped. Let’s do it!”
As it happened, the combination of the three people was the best. The
combination of a sword master, archer, and magician could display the
best combat power regardless of distance. If they could complement each
other’s weaknesses and maximize their strengths, it wouldn’t be
difficult to wipe out the monsters.
Theodore laughed at Randolph and Titania’s answers. “Okay, shall I
take care of the weak bastards?”
His eyes shone as he looked at the mutant orcs coming from the left.
* * *
If there were two words to describe the southern swamp, it must be
‘fearful’ and ‘unknown.’ They were afraid because they couldn’t
know, or they didn’t know because they were afraid.
The sequence of the relationship wasn’t important. All those who tried
to conquer or explore the swamp were killed, making it a prohibited area.
Transcendents didn’t step into the area for an unknown reason, and over
the years, humanity had lost the power to attack the swamp.
…At least, until today.
A few lightning bolts fell in the shape of a spear, causing the ground to
turn over and fry two trolls. The trolls, notorious for their sturdy skin
and natural regenerative power, were fried by the lightning. Theodore set
up a lightning spear and threw it at another swamp troll.
The power was so fierce that the swamp troll’s head vaporized, leading
the headless body to fall down. In retrospect, it was surprising that it
didn’t die in one 7th circle blow. There was time to sum things up, so
Theodore looked at the twinhead ogre fighting the other two.
‘Strong’ would be the only word he could say. The ogre had pure power
and speed, and it used its power efficiently to handle two masters by
itself. It used its two pairs of eyes to block attacks, the flying
ability of its wings to accelerate, and the durability of its skin to
withstand the aura blow. Additionally, he had an earth-shaking fist that
contained all its power. It was almost like Superbia.
‘But it is still lacking to deal with both of them.’
It was obviously the ogre’s defeat. There was only one head left. Its
wings were torn, and one area had been cut so many times that the bones
were revealed. Randolph’s blue blades once again shone brightly. “Ha!
Your bottom will be exposed, you monster!”
Black blood splattered, serving as proof that Randolph was getting close
to the bone marrow. Nevertheless, the response of the mutant ogre was
fearsome. It ignored the pain and bleeding as it tried to kill the
humans. The strike was too fast for Randolph, who had just finished his
attack, to avoid.
However, its fist bounced off. The fist that contained the force of a
thick wall was pushed back by a single arrow. It was Titania’s arrow
which had flown in with perfect timing! The ogre had been subjected to
this technique a few times and roared angrily. However, Titania’s
footwork exceeded its speed. Above all, Randolph’s blades kept coming
while the ogre was chasing Titania. Either way, the ogre was one-sidedly
pushed and beaten. The monster that had never been pushed by force before
reached its limit.
“This is the end!”
An arrow pierced the ogre’s mouth, causing it to step back. Then it
raised its left hand to its face to pull out the arrow. One hand was in
view, and a sword master would never sit by idly when a gap was revealed.
Clovis Two Swords Style.
Triple Lightning Strokes.
The two blades were charged with blue lightning as they moved. One blade
accurately pieced the ogre’s throat, and blood gushed up like a
fountain. It lacked the power to completely behead the ogre, but the
amount of bleeding couldn’t be ignored. The ogre realized it had made a
mistake and lowered its left hand.
“Too late you idiot!” Randolph shouted as a flash of lightning shot
from his right hand.
The second strike was a diagonal split. From the left temple to the right
jaw joint, the surface of the ogre split open. Its relatively thin skin
was cracked into two.
This was a fatal blow. Randolph’s blade gouged deeply into the ogre’s
skull and almost cut its brain. Before the ogre could back away,
lightning struck it. Randolph’s other blade once again struck the
ogre’s head in the same spot. It was the end of the mutant twinhead
ogre. Half of its severed head slipped down, and the ogre’s body
collapsed to the ground. The creature that would’ve caused a disaster
outside the swamp had died.
“Sigh, the appetizer is done.” Randolph shook off the blood on his
swords and took out a bottle of potion. He hadn’t received any direct
injuries, but his skin had been scraped by the ogre’s fist. Theodore
wasn’t the only one to think about Superbia when facing that absurd
power. Randolph would’ve struggled if he had to deal with it alone.
“It is the first match, but there are more powerful monsters left.”
Titania couldn’t hide her tiredness as she sighed.
Compared to Randolph, her role was easy. However, it was difficult to
maintain a distance of hundreds of meters while shooting, and there was a
corresponding consumption of mental power. Despite that, Theodore
couldn’t allow both of them to take a break. “It has come a lot
closer. It will soon be in sight.”
Although it might be imperfect, the hydra—the disaster which had been
recorded in the old myths—was making its appearance. There was a chance
of victory. Theodore had saved his magic when fighting the twinhead ogre,
and he had also refrained from using scrolls and artifacts in order to
save it for the hydra.
The three people were alert as they stared at the swamp and waited for
the hydra to come.
Then they saw it.
“…Wow, it is huge.”
It was much smaller than Hraesvelgr, who covered the sky with his wings,
but this realistic size made it feel more real. The hydra’s body length
was over 100 meters, and it had six heads. It was like a small hill
wriggling around. The hydra looked down at Theodore, and one of its six
heads opened its mouth.
[Two humans, one elf… What a strange combination,] a cunning voice
tickled the ears of the three people.
This dubious voice belonged to the hydra.
“Six-headed snake, are you the master of this swamp?”
The hydra answered the question with yellow eyes, [You don’t need to
[By the way, in your body… I feel an unpleasant power. The strength and
smell are that of the corrupted god who repulsed my ancestors long ago…]
The hydra’s killing intent grew stronger. In this breathless
atmosphere, Theodore gave a hand signal to the two people. It was to
prepare to fight. Simultaneously, the six hydra heads opened their
mouths, and their poisonous fangs aimed at the three people.