The Book Eating Magician - chapter-47
Trio’s Counterattack #1
Obviously, the mercenaries were the ones who attacked first.
The mercenaries retreated to the rear of the barrier and pulled out
something from their waist. Then they loaded it with stones piled up
nearby and started to spin it. The item was a sling, a ranged weapon
which used centrifugal force to launch rocks like they were arrows.
Slings were easier to carry than bows, and unlike arrows, rocks could be
found everywhere. Such advantages were attractive to mercenaries who
couldn’t afford expensive equipment.
“Fire!” Instead of Randolph, the vice commander Hank shouted, and the
Pak! Pakak! Pak! Puhak!
The small undead like kobolds and goblins were broken in one hit by the
stones. The orcs didn’t fall instantly, but it was the same result
after being hit three or four times. In a flash, the remnants of the
undead fell to the ground.
However, that damage was nothing when there were thousands of corpses
“They are like a swarm of ants.”
Theo, Sylvia, and Randolph observed the bodies from their position on a
barrier. Looking at the crowd of rotten undead approaching was enough to
make a person nauseous. One undead wasn’t much, but the story was
different if there were thousands. It was a disaster similar to
grasshoppers devastating a field of crops.
Randolph’s mouth dropped open as he stared at the scene.
According to the plan set up by his employer, Theodore, the three of them
had to go to the rear of the wave of undead. However, it was impossible
to open a path among such numbers, even with the firepower of a magician.
If they used 4th and 5th Circle spells, there was a chance, but then they
would lose the capacity to fight by the time they reached the warlock’s
So, Theo thought of a way to get through without fighting.
“Weight Reduction.” Theo’s magic was completed a step ahead of
Sylvia’s and wrapped around the two of them.
It was a lightweight magic frequently applied to objects but not humans.
With that, Theo and Sylvia’s body weight was reduced by half. The magic
which Sylvia had been preparing was also completed now.
“Hidden Mana Force.” Magic power emerged from her staff and wrapped
around all three people this time.
It was a magic which hid the mana pouring from their bodies. It wasn’t
a good magic to use against an opponent with all five senses, but there
was nothing better against undead which only pursued mana.
With this, the basic setup was done. Theo confirmed that the spells were
working properly and nodded.
“It’s done. We can start at any time.”
“…Right then, both of you come over here.”
After hearing their answers, Randolph clicked his tongue and tied his
sword more firmly to his waist. Then his large hands grabbed the boy and
girl, and he hoisted them over his shoulders. As Randolph’s great
strength was now combined with the lightweight magic, he couldn’t feel
the weight of the two people at all. Their appearance was indecent, but
that couldn’t be helped.
In next moment, Randolph jumped fearlessly toward the wave of undead
while carrying the two people!
“Don’t open your mouth, Employer! You might bite your tongue off!”
As a first rate swordsman, Randolph’s power was already beyond the
domain of an ordinary human.
He jumped 10 meters high in a single step, and the distance he leaped
covered 50 meters. It was a leap which defied the existence of gravity.
However, he didn’t have wings, so he would eventually have to fall
down, even if he jumped high.
Soon enough, Randolph began to fall at a terrifying speed.
‘Kuk, opening a path this way…’ He chuckled as he gathered aura in
the soles of his feet.
When he thought the it, he realised it wasn’t that difficult. Even if
the undead were rotten, it was a lot easier to trample on their heads and
move that way! Randolph’s foot landed on the head of an orc zombie.
The impact of the fall and the resistance from Randolph’s aura caused
the zombie to explode. As soon as the orc zombie’s head exploded,
Randolph jumped again.
It wasn’t just that. The heads of a goblin and hobgoblin further away
soon burst open as well. Randolph used them as stepping stones as he
crossed the group of undead. This was method called ‘flying on grass’
in the east, but Randolph used aura to replicate the trick. (TL: Meaning
to run so fast that it is like you are flying on grass)
As a result, the three people were able to get through the wave of
corpses, like a fish swimming up a waterfall.
‘Amazing…! Is this movement due to aura? To think a human can move
like this without magic…’
In the meantime, Theodore was busy observing Randolph’s movements. He
understood the concept of aura when studying at the academy, but he had
never experienced it at the level of someone like Randolph.
Unlike magic which refined mana in the body, aura was a way of
strengthening the human body. It was one of the tricks for those without
magic power, and this was also the national power of the arch rival of
Meltor Kingdom, the Andras Empire.
It was different from magic which utilized mana in various ways. Aura was
the crystallization of pure power, a method developed from studying
fighting from beginning to end. An extremely skilled aura user could
compete with an ogre, which was an advanced monster, or be reborn as a
monster who could split apart a wall with a single sword.
“This… last one!”
Puhak! Randolph crushed the head of a troll zombie and jumped forward.
From now on, he could use the tree branches instead of stepping on the
Randolph looked at his right shoulder and said to Theo, “From here on,
I will follow the instructions of my employer. Guide me to the fastest
path, even if the terrain is a little steep.”
“I understand,” Theo acknowledged.
This was a place where he’d played frequently during his childhood. The
vegetation was a bit different, but he was able to find the location of
the cave written in the report. Without considering the arduous terrain,
a map with the straightest line to the cave appeared in Theo’s head.
“40 degrees to the left until you see a small cliff!”
Following Theodore’s instructions, Randolph shot off again like an
arrow. The undead passing below them never noticed the presence of the
party. Even if they did, there was nothing they could do to the three
people in the trees.
The trio’s counterattack began in the darkness.
The leader of the Wandering Wolves, Randolph, was indisputably worth 300
gold. He stepped on the undead and tree branches, and even climbed up
small cliffs and waterfalls. Thanks to that, the trip was reduced from
one hour to 20 minutes. However, Theodore’s expression was stiff.
Starting from where they’d entered the forest to their present
location, Theo estimated that the number of undead was close to 10,000.
‘That number is ridiculous… What did the warlock do to invoke such a
large number of undead? Does this grimoire specialize in summoning
In particular, the warlock had summoned wyverns and ogres which didn’t
exist in this area. It was more likely that he’d called the bodies from
somewhere else instead of making them personally. Or maybe he released
the undead from the ‘Negative Dimension’ available only for
outstanding necromancers. There would nothing unusual about that if he
possessed a grimoire.
Just like how Theo unlocked Gluttony’s seals, maybe the warlock had
released a seal which gave him access to the Negative Dimension.
“Hey, Employer.” At that moment, Randolph stopped and pointed
somewhere. “We’ve arrived at the target area. What are your next
“…Put me down first.”
“Whoops, I forgot since you are so light.” In less than five seconds,
Randolph’s grin broke his serious expression.
Theodore and Sylvia had been lightened by magic, but Randolph showed no
signs of hard breathing even despite all the running. Rather, it was
Sylvia who wobbled when she was put down, like she had motion sickness.
Theo walked calmly before the cave.
“View Mana Force.” Blue magic power flashed in his eyes.
The 2nd Circle magic allowed him to visualize mana in the air, so he
would be able to tell if the warlock was in the cave. Indeed, the result
of the magic was quite good.
“Ack…?!” Theo’s vision was suddenly covered in darkness.
The dark mana spread like a poisonous gas and entered his eyes. He
suffered no injuries, but the sudden loss of sight could be called
terrible. The density of the dark mana, which he countered for the first
time, was at a level which Theo couldn’t have guessed.
He turned off View Mana Force and wiped the sweat off his forehead.
“I’m certain. That guy is in there. The mana spread around the cave
is filled with darkness. It can truly be called hell.”
If the warlock had left this cave, then Theo’s group would be like a
dog chasing after chickens. The counterattack plan would fail, and they
would have to immediately return to the Miller Barony to prepare for the
The 200 gold received as collateral for the swords would also have to be
returned to Randolph.
“Sylvia, how’s your condition?”
“Yes, it is okay. I was just dizzy for a moment.”
“Randolph, are your legs okay?”
“Of course. I can’t be a mercenary if I am already tired.”
After verifying their conditions, Theo fell deep into thought. It had
been successful thus far, but he couldn’t be sure what would happen
next. The dark cave was the warlock’s base, and he didn’t know what
was being done in there.
At the crossroad of victory or defeat, he took a step forward.
“Let’s go in.”
It had taken them a long time to reach this location. If the warlock
became aware of the trio’s strike, he could escape and bring back the
undead. They couldn’t afford to stop due to tension or fear.
“Randolph will be in the lead, I’ll be in the middle, and Sylvia will
be at the rear. Keep this formation as much as possible. If you encounter
the warlock, then you can move freely.”
Theo hadn’t known it, but the memories he obtained from Alfred awakened
his abilities as a commander. The two people naturally accepted his
direction as they lined up around Theo, and Randolph entered the cave
There was no need for them to carry separate tools like torches.
“Light.” Simultaneously, two balls of light appeared in the darkness.
The shadows in the cave were pushed away, and its appearance was revealed.
Indeed, not all the undead had been sent to fight. The three of them
prepared for battle.
It was at this moment that…
[Rats…! You dare to… invade my residence…!] An ugly and distorted
voice echoed through the cave!
It seemed like a voice from the depths of hell instead of a human voice.
The negative mana responded, and Theodore’s party was covered with a
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[You may have found my dwelling place, but…! You will never be able to
go back alive…!] Anger filled the terrible voice as the undead started
A burned orc warrior picked up an axe, and a direwolf zombie revealed its
fangs. A moderate number of undead had been left here as protection.
[Kill…! And, die…] This sentence of death was spoken by the grimoire!
However, Theodore just laughed at the sentence. “I guess we made it in
“Yes. Shall we make that fool shit himself while begging?” Randolph
noticed and also spoke in a ridiculing manner.
A lion didn’t bark; a person convinced of their victory would have no
need to threaten their opponent. If they ran away from this threat, they
would miss their prey. Only those who sensed defeat would bark like this
while asking the opponent not to approach.
“Let’s go.” With renewed confidence, a crimson flame ignited in the
palm of Theodore’s hand.