The Book Eating Magician - chapter-366
King Hodae’s fist hit empty air, producing a shockwave that broke the
wall. Even a stray fist contained enough power to break down the wall. If
even one blow landed properly, Veronica’s movements would be hindered.
Veronica thought this and immediately changed her balance.
She saw it not once but twice. King Hodae’s attack had the speed of the
wind and the strength to break the castle, but that was it.
‘The strikes depend on physical strength while the power to control the
wind isn’t as strong. Perhaps his skills weren’t that different from
before he changed.’
She avoided King Hodae’s fist and moved her hand without hesitation. It
was simple. An object moving quickly in a straight line was vulnerable to
attacks from the side. It was the same principle as when arrows were
deflected off leaves.
[Huh?] As his fist moved vertically into the empty sky in vain, the
ferocious face of the tiger king took on a dumb expression for a moment.
It was because his fighting capacity was so low he couldn’t grasp the
situation. Veronica wouldn’t miss this moment of inexperience.
「ускорение (Acceleration)! 」
Dragon Words—this was a hand that allowed her to overturn the
limitations of a quarter dragon a few times a day. Veronica became three
times faster and shot forward, leaving blurry afterimages behind. It
happened before King Hodae could even adjust his position. At a speed
faster than sound, Veronica’s fists struck.
Kwa kwa kwa kwang!
The solar plexus, the ribs, the lower part of the abdomen—she hit King
Hodae’s body three times before aiming for any part of his face that
was within distance. It was an all-out barrage. Veronica’s fist came
shooting forward again only for King Hodae to fall back a few meters.
“…Tch!” However, Veronica clicked her tongue at the result. She had
tried to break bones. Yet, rather than bones being broken, only some of
the leather was peeled off. It might be a perfect counter, but it meant
Veronica couldn’t defeat him in her current state.
Unsurprisingly, King Hodae soon regained his balance. [Y-You dare! You
dare swing a fist at me…!]
The force increased in response to the irrational wrath. It wasn’t a
lie that the blood of the sacred creature, the white tiger had awakened.
Before Veronica could say anything sarcastic, a storm blew.
This was a whirlwind that was like the blade of the sword. The tiger king
wrapped himself in the sword-storm and rushed at Veronica. The storm
would tear steel with just a touch. Veronica realized that this was
several times more annoying than before and increased the flames around
her body. As long as these flames survived, the storm couldn’t hurt her.
[Using little tricks!]
“You are one to talk, damn cat!”
This was the dominance of a superior relationship, with the fire burning
the wind. The wind might respond to the white tiger’s call, but it
couldn’t remove the flames of a red dragon. Veronica would’ve
overwhelmed the situation if she was at full strength. However, after the
last few days, her strength was much less than what the perfectly fine
King Hodae possessed. Additionally, this battlefield itself was like a
shackle to Veronica.
‘I can win if I turn into the draconic state. But if I transform now…
the castle won’t make it through the night.’
It was a technique that had, for a few minutes, held back Invidia who
boasted more destructive power than a transcendent. If Veronica
transformed into the draconic state now, she had the confidence to
destroy that tiger in a few minutes. The problem was that she would be
drained and would have to rest from defending the walls for half a day.
Was it possible for them to maintain the current situation without
‘No. If I’m not present they won’t be able to endure for two hours,
let alone half a day.’
It was a battle where she couldn’t be defeated and also a battle where
she couldn’t fight with all of her strength. Considering all these
variables, was there a way for her to defeat this cat? Veronica thought
about it while avoiding the still crude punches and came up with an
answer. It was impossible alone, but it was possible for two people.
‘Will that kid notice my intentions?’
One step, one more step… She pretended to be pushed back. Veronica
didn’t dare look away and had to rely on luck. Sylvia who had come to
Hyungkang Castle with her… Veronica had to join up with Sylvia and
knock out the tiger in a two against one match. There was no other
At this moment, King Hodae swung his fist with a big action, and Veronica
took advantage of this momentum to lift her body. It was to approach
Sylvia as naturally as possible. Nevertheless, the impact of lowering her
guard was significant.
She had never met a human more powerful than her before, and now there
was a whole area full of monsters. The muscles in both her arms were
torn, but fortunately, the bones were okay. However, they would also
break with two more hits.
[Huhaha! You will finally die!] King Hodae ignorantly swung his fist
without even guessing Veronica’s intentions.
One hit, one more hit… Their positions changed every time a shock wave
burst out. As Veronica planned, it was slowly heading toward Sylvia.
Unfortunately, the soldiers in the way were adversely affected. However,
Veronica was getting closer to her destination.
-Red Tower Master, Sylvia’s voice rang in her head at that moment,
-I’ll match the timing. Red Tower Master, give the signal.
There was no time to answer magically, so Veronica responded with her
flames. Now was a chance to win, to cut off the head of the enemy.
Veronica’s two golden eyes narrowed as she moved like she was dancing
through the storm that King Hodae had caused. There was only one chance.
If this failed, only a gamble remained.
A big fist moved above Veronica’s head.
‘-Now.’ Veronica saw the right timing and took a step.
Flames flowed from her fist as three magic spells worth of magic power
was consumed from her body. From now on, Veronica’s strength would
increase for a few seconds.
Theodore wasn’t the only one who had grown over the last five years.
Veronica had gotten to know her weaknesses and gained some knowledge in
other fields, including martial arts.
Jeeeong! The sudden blow hit King Hodae’s body. The attack was
unexpected, and the power was ridiculous. King Hodae stopped breathing
for a moment as his body stiffened in the air. As he lost control of the
wind, his unprotected body caught Sylvia’s waiting eyes.
“I call the guide of permanent frost!” Sylvia called out, and cold
gathered around the end of the large staff that was the remains of
Blundell. It was a cold that could freeze wind, water, and even fire.
Now, the greatest attack spell that Sylvia could use was unleashed.
Absolute Zero’s pale light wrapped around the tiger king’s body.
Freeze… It didn’t care about the magic resistance of a divine
creature as the cold captured the body. Absolute Zero perfectly entered
the gap caused by Veronica’s attack. The tiger king couldn’t resist
the overwhelming strength, and the wind couldn’t melt the frozen body.
Veronica also saw it.
“Suuuuop―” She opened her mouth toward King Hodae, who was sucking
in all the air around him. Veronica was trying to use her second breath
today. No matter how strong a variant, he would be dead when hit with
these type of attacks in succession. Veronica intended to destroy him
However, at this moment, someone interfered.
“What?” Veronica cried out in shock as she narrowly avoided the blade
aimed at her. It wasn’t because it was an aura blade. Just like there
was a variant wielding the power of a sacred creature, there wasn’t a
big difference when dealing with a variant using the power of a sword
master. However, the two magicians felt shocked because the person who
prevented the end of King Hodae was a well-known person.
“Lord of Hyungkang Castle, Wichung! Why are you doing this?”
Wichung didn’t respond to Veronica’s question that was filled with
surprise and anger. No, it was more accurate to say that he couldn’t
“…Red Tower Master, look at his eyes.”
“Eyes?” Veronica looked at the eyes as soon as Sylvia spoke and
Wichung’s eyes looked cloudy and lost! As a magician, Veronica figured
out the reason and muttered, “Mind control? They managed to do it on a
The mental defense of a sword master was stronger than imagined. Unlike
magicians, sword masters were monsters who dedicated their lives to
training their bodies and minds, and achieved their own accomplishments.
If they were killed and turned into a death knight, a force equivalent to
a transcendent was needed to control them.
The two magicians looked at each other in alarm and realized all the
noise around them had stopped.
The variants, soldiers, and all living creatures had stopped, but time
hadn’t stopped. Their breathing and pulses were normal. The beings who
were killing each other just a few minutes ago were now standing idly.
Everything in Hyungkang Castle seemed to have become puppets of someone.
“―Huhuhu, I’m a bit late.” The silence was cut off as a voice
seemed to melt their ears. “If I was a bit later, I would’ve lost an
important chess piece. You are more active than I thought.”
‘Don’t look back.’ As horror that was beyond fear froze her spine,
Veronica turned in the direction Sylvia was facing.
Then she could see it. “―Ah.”
All reason melted down. Despite being a woman, she couldn’t resist the
beauty. Pleasure emerged in Veronica just by touching her with her eyes,
and Veronica was willing to lick her feet if that was what it took. She
was going crazy. An endless madness eroded her head. This was a being
that humans shouldn’t face. It was one of the Seven Sins grimoires that
Theodore had warned her about before.
Crunch. Veronica’s molars broke. There was a sharp pain as soon as
Veronica remembered Theodore, and she regained her sanity.
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It was risky. She had been only a few seconds away from becoming a slave
to that fascination. Veronica looked at the ground to avoid ‘her’ and
focused her attention on the ‘string’ inside her body. As long as the
agreement existed, her soul belonged to Theodore. Lust’s mythical
fascination couldn’t overpower this.
“Oh, my, not bad. To be able to see me and endure, even if you aren’t
gay… What a great person.”
“Y-You, are you, Lust?”
“Yes, did you hear about me from Gluttony’s owner? Then I’ll have
you talk with me a bit more.” Lust had on a relaxed smile that
prevented the eyes from moving away. Every gesture of hers showed a
While Veronica was stiff, little cracks appeared on the frozen body of
the tiger king.
He shook off the ice and was restored to his original state.
‘…Checkmate. My side has lost,’ Veronica thought in despair.
According to Theodore’s explanation, Lust had no direct combat ability.
It meant she could kill Lust if she endured that fearsome attraction.
However, was it possible to break through King Hodae and Wichung? The
odds didn’t exceed 30%, even in draconic mode.
“Stop trying, passionate guest.” Lust smiled and pointed beside
Veronica. “Your friend doesn’t want it either.”
“Ah.” Veronica looked around and saw Sylvia’s blurred eyes. Sylvia
was weaker than her and didn’t have the contract with Theodore, so this
result was natural. Could she kill Lust through all the soldiers,
variants, two masters, and a sacred creature?
‘Of course, it is impossible.’
Thus, Veronica quickly made a decision.
“Haaaap!” Her body burned. Scales rose, her blood boiled, and a pair
of horns sprouted through her hair. Her draconic mode came quicker than
before! It happened before King Hodae or Sylvia could do anything to stop
it. Heat emerged from Veronica’s back as she rushed away from the
castle at a tremendous speed.
“…Wise. Escaping because she can’t win. It is efficient,” Lust
said, watching the sky with dull eyes. Then she said to King Hodae, “I
will trust you. Catch and even kill her. There are plenty of red dragon
[Yes.] The faithful servant, King Hodae rushed out of the castle using
the wind. He left in the exact direction that Veronica had disappeared
in. Then Lust reached out and touched the jaw of the blankly staring
Sylvia. She had risked moving for a reason.
“…I’ve received an unexpected windfall.”
This could be used as a means of inducing that ‘man’ and would be a
useful tool as a vessel. The beautiful woman chuckled as she thought of
some evil plans. It wouldn’t be long before the completion of the final