The Book Eating Magician - chapter-43
Return Home After Five Years #4
Shortly afterwards, Theo organized his thoughts as he watched the scenery
outside the window change gradually.
Theodore’s encounter with the undead had occurred closer to the Miller
Barony than the Teheran territory. If they crossed a few more small
hills, then the plains he had played on during his childhood would soon
It was important for Theo and Sylvia to recover their depleted magic
power until then. Of course, it would be best if another unexpected
situation didn’t occur.
Rattle! At that moment, the carriage rattled, and Theo’s eyebrows
‘It is the fourth one, and now there is just one left.’
Theo was recovering his magic power through meditation but didn’t
forget to count the number of hills they passed. He remembered that there
were five hills between the border zone and the Miller Barony.
As they passed the last hill, Theodore opened his eyes. His magic power
hadn’t completely returned, but it wasn’t always possible to be in a
perfect condition. Sylvia sensed it and also woke up from her meditation.
“Theo, have we arrived?”
“Almost. Sylvia. Come out of the carriage when I give a signal. I wish
that nothing would happen, but I have a bad feeling.”
“I will knock on the carriage roof three times like this.”
Theo knocked on the ceiling of the carriage. There was a blunt boom boom
boom sound. It would be noticeable even if the surroundings were noisy.
Sylvia nodded as he opened the door of the still-moving carriage.
The wind was strong; the wind pressure facing the horse carriage wasn’t
at a normal level. If Theo fell, he wouldn’t be able to avoid serious
injuries. He stepped cautiously on the hanging door decorations and
climbed to the roof of the carriage.
“Uh!” Theo’s body wasn’t disciplined enough to be able to balance
on the roof.
He hurriedly used Cling, a 1st Circle binding magic, to stick his shoes
to the roof and only stood up once his legs were firmly fixed. From this
vantage point, Theodore could see some of the scenery from beyond the
last hill could, and within moments, his expression distorted greatly.
His eyes, shining with ‘Hawkeye,’ spotted black smoke from beyond the
last hill. The black smoke rose up, followed by a nasty smell which was
carried over by the wind. It was the stench bodies which were burning
just minutes ago.
What was happening beyond this hill?
“Mister! Please move faster!” Theo yelled.
“Yes! U-Understood!” The driver was shocked by Theo’s yell and used
the whip again. The carriage seemed like it jumped down the fifth hill at
once. If Theo hadn’t used the Cling magic, he would’ve be thrown off
the carriage by the acceleration.
However, Theo didn’t care as he stared ahead. His gaze was already
frozen in that direction. He was determined not to be shaken by any
devastation. But Theo now faced an unexpected sight. As they finally
crossed the last hill, Theo could see the fight taking place on the
A group of people were fighting against the undead. They were still quite
a distance away, but the heat of the battlefield tickled his flesh. It
wasn’t a one-sided defensive position. The battlefield was in a state
As someone who had been born and raised in the Miller Barony, Theodore
Miller couldn’t understand the situation. He knew that there were no
troops in his hometown. Farmers would occasionally walk around town
dressed as soldiers, but of course, there was no one who was actually
It was impossible for them to create a formation, like what Theo was
seeing right now, and defeat the monsters systematically. Additionally,
most of the people fighting had rugged faces.
“…Mercenaries,” Theo muttered as he determined the identity of the
group of humans. “Moreover, the mercenaries have quite decent skills?”
It was as he said.
The mercenaries’ skills, as a group and individually while dealing with
the undead, were fairly good. They first broke the legs with medium
ranged weapons and then finished them off with blunt weapons.
Theo wasn’t familiar with melee tactics, but the movements of the
mercenaries were faithful to linked movements.
He didn’t know why these low-level mercenaries were protecting the
Miller Barony, but this was a great opportunity. The undead were
preoccupied with fighting the mercenaries and had no interest in going to
Theo shouted to the trembling coachman before him, “Mister Driver, go
“Don’t worry, and just run! Quickly!”
As the driver stopped the carriage, Theo’s shoes slammed against the
roof of the carriage three times. Then Theo jumped down from the
carriage, quickly followed by Sylvia. After the two of them descended,
the carriage quickly left. If the driver didn’t do that, his life would
be in danger.
The two people watched the carriage approach the village before turning
to the direction where the battle was taking place. The mercenaries were
still crushing the undead, but there was a limit to their stamina. If
this continued, the balance between the two groups would collapse within
The momentum of the mercenaries would fall, and they would be destroyed
shortly afterwards. That was, if Theodore and Sylvia sat still.
“Then, shall we begin?”
The two magicians raised their magic power without any interruptions. As
it had been mentioned several times, a magician was strongest when they
had secured a safe distance away from the target.
No matter how much time and money they had, the preparation of a warrior
was limited. However, a magician’s resources were directly connected to
them. Additionally, Theo had a means to use that preparation time more
effectively than others.
‘Three Slots Open.
‘Triple Fire Arrow.’
A fire filled up the dark skies! The suddenly emergence of light created
shadows, causing the mercenaries to feel amazed.
“Wow, w-what is that? Fire arrows?”
“Fire Arrow?! Magicians!”
“Friends or enemies? Tell us!”
“If that is the enemy, we would be dead right now, you bastard!”
The mercenaries continued talking even in the midst of fighting. They
split apart rotten heads with their axes, but their mouths didn’t stop
moving. There was no one who seemed frightened even when seeing the fire
One beat later, Sylvia’s magic was completed.
The magic formula for the 2nd Circle magic itself was simple. It took
only one beat of time to gather the moisture. However, the magnitude of
the magic was much larger compared to what she had done at the magic
Sylvia’s magic power had reached the 5th Circle, and her sensitivity
was several times that of Theo’s. In addition to the fire arrows, over
200 ice arrows appeared in the sky.
There were at least 500 magic arrows in the sky. Using simple
calculations, the number of arrows were enough to mercilessly annihilate
the mercenaries twice over. The mouths of the mercenaries dropped open
when they saw the overwhelming amount. They thought they’d made a
mistake as the arrowheads seemed to be pointing at them. The mercenaries
hadn’t expected to face such a large scale battle at this small village.
After a moment of silence, the arrows aimed at their targets and flew.
It was like a rain of hail. The solid and heavy ice arrows were like
rocks punching holes into the undead bodies. The rotten flesh, muscles,
and bones shattered, and the bodies which were turned to rags couldn’t
There was no need to talk about the bodies which were burned by fire. As
their attack reduced the number of undead by half, the mercenaries
realized they weren’t enemies and cheered.
“Okay, they are allies!”
“A magician’s spells are so reassuring!”
“Hey! I’ll buy you a drink when it ends, so don’t go anywhere!”
“Now! Don’t rest! The kids who fall now won’t be allowed to rest
easily for the rest of their lives!”
The increasingly disadvantageous battlefield had been reversed in a
single move by the two people, Theo and Sylvia. The mercenaries brushed
off their paralysis and continued attacking the undead, allowing Theo and
Sylvia to use their massive attack spells without worrying about the
undead approaching them.
This was ideal for war magicians. It was a fixed position with a solid
“Me too, Fireball.”
Kwakwakwang! Kuwang! Kwaang!
Scorching hot magic continued to be used, allowing the fighting
mercenaries some room to rest.
This was the virtuous cycle of the battlefield, where reducing the
enemy’s defense led to helping their allies. It was due to the
existence of magicians who dominated the battlefield.
Thus, one hour passed by like this.
“Sunrise! The sun is rising!”
“These guys are going back! Don’t get caught up and maintain the
The shouts of the mercenaries awoke Theo, who had been immersed in
As the mercernaries said, the sky was gradually becoming brighter in the
east. It was evidence of sunrise. The undead could move under the sun,
but they were greatly weakened unless they were strong undead.
Indeed, the undead which had been charging senselessly began turning
As Theo watched the corpses return to the mountains, he muttered quietly,
“…The worst moment is over for now.”
After confirming that the undead would retreat the moment the sun came
up, Theo shook his sweaty head and started calming his breathing down.
His stamina expenditure wasn’t great, but he had consumed a significant
amount of mental power while casting the magic. Sylvia was also leaning
against a nearby tree and breathing hard.
Their bodies were exhausted, making their usual senses dull. Was that
why? The reactions of the two people were one fatal beat late.
There was a creepy sound. The roar of a terrible predator rang in their
eardrums. Above the heads of the mercenaries who thought the situation
was over, a rotting flying monster appeared. It was an intermediate
undead which had its flight skills preserved.
This was the Ghoul Wyvern!
Theodore cried out as he realized what it was, “Wyvern?!”
There were no wyvern habitats in this area, nor was it an undead which
could be made from the monsters nearby. If so, this meant the warlock had
unleashed undead which had been found elsewhere. However, that was
strange. Why would they do that for a small village like this?
However, he had no more room to think. There was a terrible roar as the
ghoul wyvern flew toward Theo and Sylvia.
This was more like a crash landing than flying.
The destructive power of the wyvern increased in proportion to its heavy
body as it dived from above. It was clear that if the two magicians tried
to avoid it, the wyvern would change directions with its wings.
The unimaginable power of the ghoul wyvern wouldn’t just kill the two
people but also destroy their bodies. They could block or strike back,
but the remaining time in which they had to do it was only three seconds.
‘Blaze Shell interception—no, too late!’
There was no time. Theo immediately unleashed the skill he had recently
It was the Triple Barrier skill from the ‘Protection Bangle’ artifact
he’d received at the awards ceremony. The defense of the artifact,
which could create three layers of shield, was said to even withstand 5th
However, it was unknown if it could withstand the ghoul wyvern’s
The shields of the two people were activated late, so the shape was thin
and soft compared to the wyvern’s attack. The two magicians despaired
as they intuitively sensed their imminent destruction.
Yet at that very moment, a man appeared between them.
“What? You are still children.”
There were falchions in both his hands. The man had thick golden hair and
wore shabby chain mail. He also had two clinking ornaments hanging from
The man looked unlike the other mercenaries as he raised his pair of
swords toward the ghoul wyvern. It happened in an instant.
The wyvern was cut to pieces as its body collapsed.
“…Eh?” Theodore and Sylvia hadn’t even been able to what had
There was just a flash, then the ghoul wyvern shattered. The only thing
they could see was the man’s arms moving as he held the falchions. Both
hands had moved six times for a total of 12 movements.
This was the technique of a first-class swordsman.
“Hey, I finally got this annoying guy,” the man said with a cheerful
grin as he kicked the ghoul wyvern’s head. Then he looked back at the
Theo and Sylvia. “It never came down from the sky, so I had no way of
catching it. I don’t know who you are or where you came from, but I
really appreciate your help.”
Sylvia still hadn’t recovered, so Theo stepped forward first and spoke
in a courteous tone, “…We just did what was needed.”
The man before Theo absolutely wasn’t a mercenary. Not even knights
could cut a wyvern this way. If he fought this man, he would become a
piece of meat before he could even chant a spell.
So, Theodore decided to reveal his position first. “I’m Theodore, an
investigator sent by the Magic Society. This is my colleague, Sylvia.”
“Ah, hello.” Sylvia looked at the scene like she was scared and bowed
The man smiled for a moment like he thought she was cute, then the smile
disappeared. There was no evidence of the previous expression on the
man’s serious face.
From now on, personal feelings wouldn’t enter the conversation.
“Then I will tell you my name,” the man said as he placed his
falchions in their sheaths. “We are the ‘Wandering Wolves’
mercenaries hired by the lord of this village. I am Randolph, the one in
charge. I’m sorry, but I’ll have to check your identities first.”