Even with Larcade's tears, Zeref shuns him then immediately kills his creation, angering Natsu. On the battlefield, August decides to decimate the country through Ars Magia, but after glancing at his mother, he decides to cease and withdraw, allowing his body to dissipate. With Lucy and Gray arriving and the book of E.N.D. in her possession, Mavis informs them to let Natsu to do battle with Zeref, while she enacts her final plan.
Larcade writhes on the ground in pain still calling Zeref his father while the latter expresses his anger for being called that. Zeref tells Larcade he is a demon he created from a book and states he has no family before he blasts Larcade again out of frustration. As he slowly dies, Larcade weakly calls Zeref "father" as he is completely disintegrated into nothing. Disgusted, Natsu questions how Zeref could do such a thing as Zeref states Larcade was nothing to him earning him a punch from Natsu who states there is no such thing as a parent who doesn't love their child.
Elsewhere Cana and Gildarts converse before August emerges from the rubble stating he was born with magic power but was thrown away and shunned but was saved by his emperor. August then declares he will erase the whole world with himself Ars Magia as a way to truly eradicate his enemies. August's spell begins destroying Magnolia and causing many to cough up blood. As this happens, Gildarts grabs his daughter to protect her from danger. This catches August's attention as he reiterates his lack of knowledge on the love of parent and child before recalling his words to Jellal and how he noted to himself as to how the emperor's child can only be defeated by his mother.
August looks down on the streets and notices Mavis Vermilion which causes him to relent in casting his spell and slowly dissolve. Everyone wonders what happened, Gildarts noted August saw something to stop him from casting the full spell. As he fades away, August states he wished he could of been able to hug his mother as his younger spirit calls out to Mavis who turns back to see no one behind her.
Mavis is soon called out to by Lucy, Gray, and Happy who she informs that everyone else is still fighting. Gray asks Mavis the reason she called them as she reveals when she escaped Zeref she stole something important. The item is revealed to be the Book of E.N.D. as Happy acknowledges it as Natsu's while Mavis sees they already knew about Natsu. She states Natsu will be victorious over Zeref and she will erase the latter but states to prevent Natsu from sharing the same fate as Zeref he will need their help. She gives them the book and tells not to allow anyone back to the guild hall.
At the Fairy Tail Guild, Zeref notes that he tried his whole life to obtain happiness but was not allowed as his cursed body prevents him from having such things. Irritated, Natsu grabs Zeref telling him that one must create happiness to have a family and tells Zeref that if he will claim he doesn't have a family any bond they shared was gone as he finally acknowledges Zeref as his brother.
Slightly speechless, Zeref shrugs this off stating he didn't believe there was chance for their bond. Natsu states that was emotion as Zeref agrees before both brothers prepare for the final battle while Mavis runs through telling herself to hurry since she found a way to defeat Zeref.
Characters in Order of Appearance
Battles & Events
Magic, Spells, and Abilities used
- Dragon Slayer Magic (滅竜魔法 Metsuryū Mahō)
- Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (炎の滅竜魔法 Honō no Metsuryū Mahō)
- Ars Magia (アルス＝マギア Arusu Magia)
- Illusion Magic (幻影魔法 Genei Mahō)
- Telepathy (念話 Terepashī)
- Purple Flare (紫の炎 Pāpuru Furea)
- Black Arts (黒魔法 Kuro Mahō)
- Ankhseram Black Magic (アンクセラムの黒魔術 Ankuseramu no Kuro Majutsu)
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