The Book Eating Magician - chapter-361
There was no room to avoid it. Theodore couldn’t cope with the speed of
this light despite being transcendent. The three artifacts were the true
nature of the light.
If they contained any hostility, his super sensitivity might be able to
read it. However, there were no such feelings at all. After a moment,
Theodore realized that the three artifacts were assimilating with his
body, and he could use all three powers naturally without any sense of
incongruity or rejection.
‘…Amazing. They truly are treasures worthy of being called ‘divine
The concentration of power flowing throughout his body was unreasonable.
He could now fully handle a dragon heart, but the power of the three
artifacts went beyond that. If possible, he wanted to try using it right
now. Theodore felt a sense of fulfillment and was looking down at his
palms when there was a sudden sign of an attack.
“You thief―!” Kamiizumi, the young swordsman couldn’t shake off
his pride despite being reproached by his grandfather.
Magoshiro was a genius who became a swordsman at the age of 30 and whose
grandfather was called the greatest samurai. Who would’ve taught him to
be humble? Nobutsuna sometimes told him to control his temper, but
Magoshiro had a thick head and only listened with one ear.
‘How dare this outsider?! The Heavenly Sword is my fortune!’
Magoshiro thought this despite not having the courage to challenge the
Heaven and Earth test. While the people present were baffled by the
unexpected event, Magoshiro raised his sword and stepped forward.
Nobutsuna belatedly tried to stop him, but Nobutsuna couldn’t move
faster than another master.
Kiiing- There was the sound of Magoshiro’s sword emerging from its
‘Hoh, it is faster than I thought?’ Theodore watched the sight and
understood Magoshiro’s acceleration. The technique of acceleration by
using the opposing force of the sheath and blade was quite fresh. It was
a difficult technique to use unless the blade was a dao, but Randolph
used two swords and had more application possibilities.
‘No, can I imitate this acceleration with the magnetic field?’
Theodore only thought up to there as the tip of Magoshiro’s sword
arrived at his neck. From here, Theodore had to move quickly.
Pajijik. He turned into lightning in a flash and raised two fingers. His
right hand was clenched into a fist, with two fingers raised like a
blade. It was an action to borrow the power of the Heavenly Sword. A
sword energy formed around one finger while Theodore struck forth like he
was holding a real sword.
“Heok!” It might be due to his mood but Sword saint Kamiizumi
Nobutsuna saw it one step too late.
At this moment, lightning broke the whole world into two.
“Kuook! M-My arm…!” Simultaneously, Magoshiro’s right arm was
cut, spraying out with blood. The aura blade of the god-sword, which
could slice apart the clouds, tore up the opponent’s arm.
Theodore inwardly felt a sense of amazement, but he spoke in a detached
manner, “You can see that I wasn’t too excessive on that boy.”
Magoshiro collapsed. His injury wasn’t more severe because Nobutsuna
had used his sword to block the attack. Otherwise, Theodore would’ve
taken Magoshiro’s life.
However, could this prideful grandchild overcome the reality and the
sense of loss? Nobutsuna sighed as he thought about the difficult future.
He picked up Magoshiro and took a few steps back, expressing his
intention to not intervene in this situation.
“There is no need for things to be difficult.” Theodore said
It was an irreversible situation. Theodore thought so, but it was too
much to come here and leave with only the divine artifacts. He needed
their help to overcome this disadvantageous situation.
“It may be hard to believe, but I came here because Abe no Seimei told
me to. It is why I could pass the Heaven, Earth, and Human Test right
away and also why the divine artifacts recognize me as their master.”
The Japanese people looked at Theodore with disbelieving eyes. Even so,
they didn’t have the courage to antagonize Theodore, who had used their
founder’s name. Besides, there was some evidence despite it not being
confirmed. Theodore naturally perceived their thoughts but couldn’t do
anything. Then at that moment…
Something wriggled inside his body. Theodore felt uncomfortable and
concentrated on the sensation. Suddenly, it burst out of his body like a
popcorn kernel popping. A blinding light poured out.
“Oh! It is as good as I thought. Is my soul treated as part of the
subject?” It was the same Seimei as the one Theodore had met in the
“…Seimei. Did you use the Eight Jade Magatamas?” Theodore
immediately grasped the situation. Seimei nodded with admiration. “That
is correct. You understand quite quickly. I can’t use my strength
properly, but this is the immediate effect. Isn’t that right?”
The last question wasn’t toward Theodore but to the Japanese people,
who were facing someone who seemed to be a ghost.
A living legend, Abe no Seimei—his portraits were still hung in many
places, and there were hundreds of adaptations of his biography in
literary works. He might be over one thousand years old, but it was rare
for a person in Japan to not know his face.
“I-I greet Founder Seimei!” Suzuka realized his authenticity before
anyone else and fell to her knees, with Nobutsuna and Toman quickly
following. It was a bow that even the Japanese monarchy didn’t receive.
However, Seimei just nodded lightly and gestured for them to rise.
“That greeting was enough. Child, I have a long story to tell you. Can
you provide me with a space?”
“Of course, Founder! We will do our best!”
“Yes, thank you. And…the descendants of Kamiizumi?”
“Yes, Founder,” Nobutsuna replied in a heavy tone.
Seimei pointed to Magoshiro. “I will pay my respects to all your hard
work so far. But that child doesn’t have a good spirit.”
Nobutsuna blushed and bowed. “I am sorry.”
“He must’ve been born with that temperament. I will reattach the
severed arm as soon as he grows.”
“Yes! I will teach him strictly.”
“I believe you.”
After speaking a few words with Toman, Seimei finally turned to the
waiting Theodore. The humiliation of handing over the three divine
artifacts to him was already forgotten. Seimei ignored the shocked and
delighted Japanese people as he pointed in a single direction. “Now,
let’s separate. We have become two bodies, so can’t we move more
“It is determined. The mountain nearby.”
It was the great mountain where Seimei had sealed the youkais in the
past. In front of a place that was more dangerous than anywhere else,
Theodore accepted the proposal with a calm expression.
* * *
Kuoong― Kuoong― There were sullen cries as a bird flew away from the
dreary and twisted mountain. The bird’s reddish eyes, black feathers,
and distorted body were proof that it had been bitten by a youkai.
Theodore stepped on decaying leaves while thinking. The Oe Mountain that
Seimei brought him to truly had a different interior. The flora and fauna
were beyond the standards of living. Ordinary humans wouldn’t be able
to survive for more than a few minutes after entering this mountain.
“…At the very least, their instincts will be left behind. But for how
The creatures knew instinctively not to approach Theodore and didn’t
dare do so. It was proof that the beast’s instinct was suppressing the
urge to attack and kill the living, but there were limits to
self-control. Once the urges surpassed their instincts, the creatures
would pounce on Theodore.
‘I want to face the big ones before that.’
It wasn’t scary. It was just annoying. If the number of creatures
reached the thousands or tens of thousands, fatigue would pile up. He
didn’t want to waste unnecessary energy in a situation like this. The
flora and fauna of the mountain had been influenced by the youkai for
centuries. Once they emerged, he would need to sweep away all the worms
or weeds without leaving a single one behind. At that moment, Goetia’s
voice filled the quiet mountain air, [Master, there is one life form
approaching Master. No, two, three, four… They are continuing to
increase. There are at least 10.]
“This seems to be the right place.”
Once Goetia finished speaking, Theodore’s super sense shook sharply. It
was proof that the power of those approaching could threaten Theodore.
The monsters from the old days were coming. In Oe Mountain, his detection
ability didn’t work well. The sensitivity of a transcendent fell to
less than half, leaving Goetia to do the work. Therefore…
Theodore moved quickly as something reached his location. It was teeth
strong enough to chew steel armor and crush rocks, and its speed was
comparable or even faster than an aura blade.
However, its level wasn’t high enough. Theodore unleashed one punch,
and the monster’s body was thrown out in the opposite direction. Some
of its prized teeth shattered, feeling the air with debris. Even so, it
wasn’t enough to take the monster’s life.
‘Besides, there isn’t just one or two. Are they small fries?’
They were on the same level as the creatures he had seen in the swamp a
while ago. It would be difficult for a master to cope if the number was
in the double digits. The creatures left their injured colleague and came
“Hrmm.” Theodore changed his mind about his actions regarding the
power of Magoshiro’s aura blade and his right arm. He wanted to apply
some of the original strength of the Heavenly Sword. In his lightning
state, he was able to mix lightning with his brain. Then he consciously
used his Sorcery.
Soul Calibre on his right arm was combined with the Heavenly Sword.
Fusion Complete: Beheading Heavenly Sword.
Theodore swung his right arm horizontally at the monsters. He didn’t
care about distance and just emitted power. A green flash filled the
mountainside, but there were no visible changes. There were no rushing
monsters, no chaotic atmosphere… Nothing.
The leaves cut in two scattered in a lonely manner, while the bodies of
the monsters were cut in half as the momentum drove them past Theodore.
Some were cut at the waist, some from the throat, and some from the
chest. The sword that cut the soul ignored any regenerative power,
cutting at the flora and fauna that had become youkai. It blew them away!
Theodore opened his mouth after sweeping the battle line away with a
“I won’t talk with these small fries,” Theodore’s harsh words
filled the Oe Mountain. “The man who is the leader of this mountain
should come out.”
Theodore had come to a forbidden zone, which had been sealed for a
thousand years, and spoke haughtily while spilling blood. A youkai
growled at the provocation. It was a one-eyed giant holding a club. The
whole mountain was filled with tension like a fight would begin at any
…Kuhat. Then someone’s laughter broke the silence.
“Kuhahahahahat!” A giant appeared with a loud laugh. They had purple
skin and a monstrous presence.
The giant had a metal clasp on his leather clothes and stood near
Theodore. His pace was relaxed as he gazed into Theodore’s eyes. This
giant was much stronger than Nobutsuna. Theodore looked up confidently
and asked, “You are the leader?”
This caused the giant to laugh with delight and nod. “Kuhuhu, you are a
funny guy. That’s right! The name of this elder is Shuten-doji, leader
of Oe Mountain.”