The Book Eating Magician - chapter-350
Fortunately, this Time Stop wasn’t complete. Theodore was facing the
‘wall’ of the 9th circle, but if this were a complete ultimate magic,
his mind would’ve already stopped working.
Theodore put his strength into moving his finger but soon changed his
mind. Unlike his mind, the nervous system of his body had completely
stopped. It was impossible and had nothing to do with his effort.
‘I need to make the breakthrough with my magic.’
In order to overcome this situation, he had to break the transcendent’s
Time Stop with his magic. A non-transcendent was trying to break the
Any magician would answer that it was impossible to succeed. It was the
same for Theodore. Even if this Time Stop was incomplete, it was still
the ultimate magic. Randolph was already neutralized, while Titania and
Aquilo were outside the sphere of influence and couldn’t intervene.
Time magic was defined as the ultimate magic for a reason.
“□□□□…! □□□…!” The voice of the transcendent, who
had been crying out like a madman, became thinner. His shaking body was
gradually calming down.
‘Damn, there is no time.’ The transcendent would kill Theodore the
moment this magic stopped. There was an illusion that Theodore’s hair
was bristling as he accelerated his thinking desperately.
Neither one minute nor one second could be wasted. He gave up on all
meaningless hypotheses and concentrated on breaking the ultimate magic.
Elemental magic was removed from the options, along with summoning magic.
He couldn’t summon anything in a space where time was stopped, and he
would be interrupted before he could chant a few words. His priority was
to get out of the area of Time Stop.
At this moment, a very small light appeared inside Theodore’s skull. It
was a faint and weak electric current that he wouldn’t have been able
to feel if it wasn’t for this situation. One second later, his super
―It was coming!
Theodore didn’t know what it was, but he pulled out the three defense
spells he had kept in reserve.
Block of Space.
Shield – Impenetrable Wall.
They consisted of an 8th circle magic, Seimei’s shamanism, and a single
wall of defense. These were enough to stop even a dragon’s breath. Then
suddenly, a terrifying shockwave ripped through Theodore’s barrier.
The world was cut off.
‘Time, acceleration, space compression…? They’ve all been inflated
It was concentrated on the area within one meter around Theodore, and the
shockwave caused him to fly kilometers back into the swamp. The word
‘destruction’ was insufficient to describe the devastation. The
surface was cut, the trees were slashed, and the air had evaporated.
Theodore returned a few beats later and looked at the destructive power
of this blow. He couldn’t block it twice. If he hadn’t realized that
Time Stop was being released, he wouldn’t be alive right now. Moreover,
if he hadn’t prepared magic in advance or if he didn’t have his super
sensitivity… Just lacking one of these elements would’ve killed him.
Theodore analyzed the situation with cold eyes.
Fortunately, he had survived. Then what about Randolph?
“Theo! I’m fine!”
Theodore discovered Randolph dozens of meters away and sighed with
relief. ‘Phew, the emergency escape magic circle seems to have worked
The escape magic circle was inscribed on Randolph’s sword just in case
of an unknown situation. It was a magic circle that performed a Teleport
to a random space when there was enough power to instantly kill the
person. Unlike Theodore, Randolph didn’t have a means to stop the
The problem was what came next. It was fortunate that Time Stop was
released just before the attack―
No, that was wrong. Theodore looked back and his guess changed. It was a
guess based on what the transcendent showed so far.
“Time Stop can’t be used in conjunction with attack magic…?”
The spark in his head just before the shockwave arrived had obviously
been him sensing his lightning. Accelerating his thoughts with magic and
Memorize had saved him. He hadn’t noticed it when he had been
desperately using the spell, but he could see it now in hindsight.
“□□□! □□, □□!” The transcendent pointed the staff at
him crazily and screamed out a strange grief. It wasn’t magical or
meaningful. The wisdom that remained in the old body and traces of the
soul had become tangled up and unclear.
Looking at the transcendent grimly, Theodore organized his thoughts. It
wasn’t a perfect solution, but he envisioned a method to cope with Time
“Randolph! Stand as far as possible with the other two!”
There was no time to explain. The transcendent was in an unstable state
and could use Time Stop at any moment. After Time Stop, aside from
Theodore, all of his colleagues would become helpless. With Theodore
looking at him silently, Randolph processed the instructions with tight
lips, “Tch, understood! Be careful!”
However, Randolph could tell that there had been an unrecognized attack
and then he had appeared in a place that was dozens of meters away. He
would’ve died if it hadn’t been for Theodore’s magic circle. His
help would just be a burden to Theodore. So, Randolph moved away, and
Theodore was finally left in a one-on-one situation.
‘It looks like the transcendent has set me as the priority. It is
It would be an unpredictable melee if the transcendent chased Randolph as
it wasn’t possible for Theodore to protect his three colleagues, who
were defenseless after the variable called Time Stop appeared.
Nevertheless, Theodore’s chances weren’t high.
An imperfect transcendent and a mortal close to it… The difference
wasn’t something that could be jumped beyond with luck.
“If you can win, fight. If you can’t win, don’t fight.”
It was a foolish way of living life. Clearly, he hadn’t committed to a
modest way of life after passing through Seimei’s test. Theodore’s
eyes glowed as he prepared to win. “Come, I will end your pain!” The
transcendent pointed out with his staff as if in response to Theodore’s
Once again, the world became black and white. It was Time Stop targeted
at both the transcendent and Theodore. Theodore wasn’t a transcendent
and was fine mentally, while the transcendent’s reaction speed was
slowed. However, Theodore had already experienced this deadlock.
Then he triggered a magic one beat late.
Astral Plane Walker.
It was his first attempt to harmonize with shadow magic!
The shadow rising from his foot spread throughout his whole body. He was
wrapped entirely in black, not allowing a single ray of light to reach
him. It was a shadow in a human shape that didn’t feel
three-dimensional. This was the moment that a senior magician overcame
physical limits by harmonizing with shadow magic.
“…Success?” Theodore realized that his mouth moved and knew that
his hypothesis was correct.
The negative dimension connected to the imaginary world wasn’t
influenced by time stopping. Of course, if it were just a shadow, then it
would be stopped since the light didn’t move. However, Theodore mixed
with the shadow could move at will.
He wasn’t helpless like before.
“□□□□….?” The transcendent muttered in confusion as it
struggled with the phenomenon he couldn’t understand. However, Theodore
was different. The shadow body moved according to his will.
Peeok! He smashed against the transcendent, who had yet to grasp what
‘I can’t use magic in this state, but it doesn’t matter!’
It was different from when he used shadow magic. Theodore assimilated
with the negative dimension and lost the right to use the mana of the
material world for a short time. Since he belonged to a separate time and
space, it was no longer possible to use magic normally.
Theodore put these thoughts aside and kept moving.
“□□! □□!? □□? □□□···!” The transcendent’s face
was hit several times and quickly became bloody. In the few seconds that
the transcendent took to grasp the situation, his body was hit by
Theodore’s fists several times. However, after a while of this
overwhelming superiority, the transcendent wielded his staff with a groan
Time Stop was released. Theodore looked at the transcendent, who had
moved far away, and took in deep breaths. In his shadow state, magic
couldn’t be used. In other words, there was no way to attack the enemy
floating in the air.
‘Tch, I couldn’t break his windpipe. Still, I have a way to cope with
The trancendent’s one-sided advantage was gone. Theodore tried to
predict the next development.
“Fool,” a voice was heard saying clearly, despite the distance.
“You are busy shoveling with that miracle force.”
It was Simon Magus, a magician at the peak of the Age of Mythology and a
transcendent who challenged the trial of the 10th circle. He looked down
at Theodore with a contemptuous attitude while casting his Dimensional
Banish magic. Theodore felt uncomfortable despite his feelings of awe
toward Simon and was about to refute the words.
“Kuaaaak!” However, it was then that his assimilation with the shadow
was lifted, and Theodore’s five senses raged. He struggled as thousands
of colors and lights pierced his eyes, and scents pierced his nostrils.
His eardrums burst from all types of noises and blood that flowed, while
his stomach felt like he had eaten rotten meat.
It was a critical side effect that was completely unexpected.
“No living being can assimilate to the negative dimension. What happens
if the coin is turned around again? It is more pathetic than you using
garden scissors to cut the dimension,” the mocking words with some
advice still flowed into Theodore’s ears as he struggled with the crazy
sensations. “Listen carefully, fool. You already have the means to
overcome your limitations. You just haven’t realized it. How can you be
stupid enough not to realize?”
[Simon Magus’ advice has consumed 5,000 achievement points.]
“You don’t even know what ‘Gnosticism’ is and used the Abraxas.
You almost completed it and don’t even know its value. If you were my
disciple, I would’ve killed you a hundred times. Don’t worry about
the shadows. If you have the strength to do that trick, hatch your own
[Simon Magus’ advice has consumed 11,500 achievement points.]
“Time Stop is a useful trick for mortals like you, but the bastard who
relies on such a trick is nothing. If you lose despite my teachings, I
will tear your soul in thousands of pieces.”
A system message followed every time the grim voice was heard. 5,000
points, 11,500 points… This abuse consumed achievement points? Theodore
gritted his teeth as he struggled against the pain. He wanted to answer
‘Dammit, move it! Don’t talk anymore!’
His body trembled. Theodore looked in Simon Magus’ direction and barely
opened his mouth, only to close it. It was because he remembered what he
heard a few seconds ago.
‘What the hell did that crazy person say?’ Theodore desperately
rolled his head. ‘Abraxas, egg, hatch? Am I a chicken?’
He was a chicken.
Great magic Abraxas (ΑΒΡΑΞΑΣ)
The selflessness that came with enlightenment led to its own mana. Yes,
mana of all attributes gathered and struck each other as if they were
attracted. It was also pulled into the eight circles engraved on
‘A magician’s body is its own world. If I want to go beyond the
limit, I have to destroy that world.’
He could see it. The teachings mixed in with Simon Magus’ words and
raised the spirit of Theodore, who was injured, to a higher level.
Abraxas, which appeared in Gnosticism, was an angel of God with the head
of a rooster, the body of a human, and the legs of a snake. Unlike
humans, chickens and snakes were born in eggs.
If Theodore wanted to go beyond a human, he had to break his egg.
The power mixed into Theodore’s body, and the great magic Abraxas was
turned on Theodore himself.
He spoke in a trance, “ABRACADABRA (It will be done as you say).”
It was the beginning and the end. The moment that Theodore’s eight
circles were shattered, the last transcendent of this material world was