The Book Eating Magician - chapter-39
Question and Answer #2
After hearing those words, Theo couldn’t hide the shocked expression on
‘A hidden feature…?’
Over the past few months, he had tasted the value of the grimoire,
Gluttony. There was the ‘eating’ which changed knowledge into
proficiency through the eating of magic books. Theo could also gain
‘skills’ through eating rare artifacts as well as use ‘Memorize’
to store magic.
If there were artifacts capable of recreating just one of Gluttony’s
abilities, it would be enough to instantly become the national treasure
of a country. Yet, now, there was a condition to add another function to
it? It was enough to overwhelm anyone.
–It seems like it is appetizing.
“I won’t deny that, but what is the catch?”
–No catch, I just want to help my user grow quickly.
Gluttony whined before continuing.
-The problem is the quality of the food. You’ve never fed me rare books
except for [Ballistics Magic] and [Introduction to Elemental Magic].
Don’t just feed me commonplace books.
“The quality of the food…?”
-You might think I am greedy, but doesn’t it benefit you as well?
Certainly, he had experienced eating a ‘Rare’ grade magic book twice.
However, there was a limit to how many original books were still roaming
around the public.
[Ballistics Magic] had been obtained by coincidence, and [Introduction to
Elemental Magic] had been thanks to Vince’s help. The books of
applications from heroes in other fields weren’t things a student could
However, if Gluttony’s words were true, then Theo had no reason to
‘In any case, I need to eat Rare books for my growth. If one hidden
function is freed up in the process, then that is advantageous to me.’
The same was true even if the conditions to free it were absurd. Whether
Gluttony released the hidden function or not was up to its will, so Theo
could always give up if it was difficult. There was nothing to lose, only
potential benefits to gain.
In the end, Theodore listened to Gluttony’s suggestion.
–The release condition for this function is simple. You can free it by
eating something that exists around you.
“What is it?”
–It is just…
Theo’s eyebrows twitched as he heard the condition to free the hidden
‘…Why is it that?’
Some time passed by.
Vince, who had been in a trance for a while, opened his eyes slowly. His
blue eyes glowed for a moment, but the glow soon began to fade. It was a
phenomenon caused by the new 6th Circle stabilizing in his body.
A soft sigh emerged from Vince’s lips, and Theo realized Vince was
“Congratulations on your 6th Circle Professor!”
“Thank you. It is all thanks to you,” Vince responded to the
celebration in a sincere voice.
Vince had been stuck at the 5th Circle for more than a decade. If he
hadn’t met Theodore and heard advice from Gluttony, he might’ve been
stuck for many more years. No, would it have just been be a few years?
Some magicians were fated not to cross the wall until death. For Vince
Haidel, his relationship with Theo might have been his only chance.
“If I had been studying alone, I might have wasted the next 10 years,
maybe more. I think it’s the greatest luck of my life that I met you at
Bergen Academy, Theodore.”
“Don’t look at me like that. The question I asked was something which
will advance the archaeological field for many years.”
It wasn’t exaggerated praise. All relics involved with the ancient
magic empire, Balcia, had already been destroyed.
If Vince hadn’t discovered a slate by chance, then he would’ve never
studied the Balcard language. The ancient document had preserved the
Balcard language in a good condition. It was an opportunity for Vince to
study archaeology, but it also acted as a shackle to stop him at the 5th
He had studied dozens of Balcard slabs and spent 10 years waiting
uselessly for more artifacts to be excavated.
‘I have been rewarded for the years I waited.’ Vince barely managed
to suppress his magic power as he shook with joy.
Filled with overwhelming emotions, Vince couldn’t help grasping
Theo’s hand. Any senior magician knew what it meant to cross the
‘wall.’ Now, Vince’s mind and body were overflowing with magic
power. His aging would be suppressed, and he would take the first step on
a path to transcend humanity.
It wasn’t unreasonable that uncontrollable joy would be bubbling within
Theo thought, ‘Is it okay… to do it now?’
One of the virtues of a magician was having sober thinking, so such
excitement was rare. It was highly likely that Vince would accommodate a
small demand from Theo. Theo thought about the ‘condition for
liberation’ Gluttony had told him before falling asleep.
‘Feed it a dimension pocket… Doesn’t it know how expensive and rare
That’s right, the condition Gluttony had presented was to feed it a
Spatial magic required at least the 6th Circle, and in the case of a
dimension pocket, a certain amount of space had to be sewn into the
pocket, which meant the difficulty was high.
So, in the kingdom, it could only be sold to those who were authorized by
the Magic Society or magicians of at least the Superior rank. Obviously,
private sales were prohibited, and it was almost impossible to replace if
lost or destroyed.
Yet Gluttony wanted to eat such an object? Theo would’ve sneered if
Vince hadn’t been there.
“Excuse me, Professor.”
“That… Well, there…”
However, Theodore wasn’t such a person. He knew the amount of money
Vince had used for Theo to win this tournament and would pay him back one
day. Theo couldn’t say that he needed a dimension pocket, so he
swallowed back his words. “No, it is nothing. I forgot.”
“Ah, I see.” Vince smiled and tapped Theo’s shoulder. His warm hand
stabbed at Theo’s conscience.
‘Hoo, let’s find another way. I can feed it substandard goods if
Just as Theo changed his mind, Vince said, “Oh, that reminds me, I have
something to say to you as well. I almost forgot about it because of
“Umm, don’t think of it as a burden.”
As Theo looked at him with a confused expression, Vince hesitated
slightly before asking. “Theodore Miller, will you be my successor?”
“…Huh? Those words… perhaps?”
“It is as you think. I want to put your name as part of my family
Theo’s expression turned blank as he listened Vince’s words.
Any magicians of the Average rank and above were eligible to obtain a
disciple. A magician could wander the whole world in search of the second
generation to whom they would pass on their research.
It was different from teaching students at the academy. This was the same
as being the successor of the research which Vince had built up over his
lifetime. The student would become the teacher’s responsibility until
Vince’s declaration that he wanted to hand over everything to Theo
caused Theo’s eyes to turn redden.
“…Will it be okay with me?” Theo asked like it was ridiculous.
However, Vince nodded with a little smile. “You may think it is
cowardly. I am a shameless person for aiming at the grimoire’s
knowledge, even if I don’t deserve it.”
“Still, will you believe in me? I am quite old and have been wanting to
ask you this for a while,” Vince spoke these words and finished with a
He didn’t know what Theo thought of him, but Vince wasn’t a saintly
person. The war magician, who used to kill people for no reason on the
battlefield, was now asking someone to trust in him. The existence of the
grimoire was merely a chance and not the main target.
Vince liked the human called, ‘Theodore Miller,’ so he was pushing
Soon, Vince Haidel’s name would become enormously famous. He had
reached the 6th Circle in his 40s, so his name would surely be among the
top ranking magicians within the next decade. If he could go further,
then he would become a candidate to be the next Red Tower Master.
If Theo accepted the proposal, he would become the disciple of such a
person and take over later. Theodore was well aware of the weight of this
proposal. ‘It really is a burden. This…’
If he refused, then Vince was sure to accept it. He would continue
helping Theo like before without revealing his sadness. Occasionally,
they would feel obliged toward each other and the cycle would repeat.
They would work together without opening up their innermost hearts. It
would be equivalent to a calm exchange between magicians.
Theo didn’t want to remain in that type of relationship. He walked
forward with a calm face and grabbed Vince’s hand firmly. The trembling
passed across each of their palms and met in the middle.
“Thank you, Professor.”
“…No, I’m not your professor now. You have graduated from the
academy.” Vince smiled brightly and corrected his title, “In the
future, please call me Master.”
During this moment, the relationship between these two magicians, the
long-time dunce and a senior professor of Bergen Academy, was newly
The next day, Vince enrolled himself as Theodore’s master at the Magic
Society’s reception desk. It was a difficult process to cancel once it
was established, but he didn’t hesitate to give his signature. He had
made up his mind from the beginning.
“Y-You can do it slowly…”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“…Yes, I understand.”
The receptionist in charge of the desk advised Vince, but he didn’t
listen. Vince’s expression was cold as usual.
Thanks to that, the process which normally took one hour ended in 20
minutes. After receiving the completed file, the receptionist disappeared
with an expression like he had seen a monster, while Vince and Theo
The schedule for the magic contest would really start today. There
weren’t many events where the magician could be accompanied by their
disciple, but that wasn’t all.
The center of the Magic Society had a large poster which contained the
schedule for the magic contest. Vince pointed to the events there and
explained what he knew. There were many events he didn’t know about,
but fortunately, there were a few events his disciple could attend.
“If you are interested in summoning magic, that event isn’t bad. This
time, magicians from the east are participating, so it is an opportunity
to see different types of elementalists.”
“That sounds interesting.”
“The ‘attack magic’ hosted by the Red Tower is also good, but…
personally, I don’t think it’s a place you should go. There are many
there who are interested in crushing small trees.”
In the first place, most of the events from the Red Tower were focused on
the battlefield and destruction magic. Consequently, the Red Tower’s
budget would be used to pay for the repairs of the damaged buildings.
The two people shook their heads briefly and looked for the next event.
At that moment, someone spoke to them, “Excuse me, are you Vince Haidel
and Theodore Miller?”
“Hrmm? Who are you?” Vince asked as he turned around, only to see a
magician in a blue robe scratching at his temple.
“I am Melrose from the Blue Tower. I have come to find you for a
Compared to Loren, the blue-robed magician was very polite. Therefore,
Vince replied in a blase manner, “Yes, what is going on?”
However, he didn’t anticipate the words which came after that.
“I’m sorry, but please accompany me for a while. The Tower Master has
called for the both of you.”