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Hmm i don't completely believe that DS can permanently transform into Dragons. I think that they can permanently transform into a hybrid human/dragon form, and that they can also temporarily transform into a full on Dragon while in battle or whatnot. The reason i say this is because it would help explain the relationship between Zeref and Acnologia and it also fits into what Arcadios believes, which is that Zeref turned Acnologia into a Dragon. Both Zeref and Acnologia could have been "brothers in arms" 400+ years ago while fighting against Dragons. Which could be why Zeref created Daemons in the first place. But once Acnologia and other DS's turned on their own Dragons and started killing all Dragons Zeref cast a curse on Acnologia that permanently kept him in his Dragon form. He did this because he wasn't powerful enough to stop Acnologia so he did the next best thing, turned him into a Dragon so that DS's all across the world would hunt him like they did any other Dragon. However in return Acnologia cursed Zeref in some manner as well.
Now that I reread the chapter...there is an important thing IMO, that our 3 DSs didn't notice...that when it was said that Acnologia transformed into a dragon, he "bathed" in dragon blood...of course this has the obvious figurative meaning that he just killed lots of dragons, but maybe it's literal too? Maybe the drinking, bathing, killing dragons is what morphs someone into a dragon, not necessarily the extended use of DS magic...
Of course maybe this is where Zeref comes in...a ritual concocted by him by using dragon blood perhaps?
I have started to connect the dots.
Lumen Histoire, Zeref, Acnologia, the dragon slayers, celestial spirit mages and Rave Master gives us indications to what is about to happen.
Now to the theory:
Acnologia wanted immortality, he betrayed the dragons because by bathing in their blood and becoming a real dragon he would earn their long livespan but that wasn't enough.
While DS magic eventually turns you into a dragon, it doesn't make you immortal, he needed to be something greater and hence he sought Zeref's help.
Being a complete monster back at that time, Zeref made a deal to strenghten Acnologia in exchange of binding him to his call.
Hence, he took the already draconified mage to the magic of one and made him a fulfledged demonic dragon.
However, Zeref underestimated his new creation, Acnologia went rogue and destroyed all the continent until he was stopped by a stellar spirit mage.
That mage (Layla?) used the celestial king to freeze Acnologia in time for 393 years until x777.
While Acnologia was sealed, Zeref had a change of heart and began to work with the remaining dragons to prepare for the day when the Black Dragon broke free.
The world was ravaged, broken by that war and flooded with magic this is where the Rave Master time manipulation comes in.
To restore the world, the Gates of the Changing World were used to remove the real destroyed world, the Great Magic World, and replace it with the current world.
Still, that wasn't enough, the people were too traumatized to move foward. Mages were ostracized from society and people were in the constant fear that Zeref would one day destroy them all.
To put an end to this persecution, Mavis created Lumen Histoire (History of Light), this magic essentially rewrote history so that dragons became legend, mages became heroes and magic became and everyday occurence.
Hence it is both light and darkness, whereas it is a white lie of light which creates happiness for all the people, it is also the darkness of truth behind's Mavis past with Zeref and her eventual creation of Fairy Tail.
Back to the dragon slayers, they aren't 400 years old, they are time travellers from 400 years in the past.
Natsu and his peers were prepared by the dragons in the direct aftermath of the great war, however, they would be sent from the Great Magic World in the past to the point in the future when Acnologia's seal finally broke.
Hence, the truth is that the dragons didn't exactly abandon their children 14 years ago, the dragon slayers arrived 14 years ago in the present because Layla died of exhaustion and Acnologia finally broke free.
But why did they not prepared the DS right of the bat and unleashed them directly against Acnologia?
Because of two reasons: One was that there was nothing left in the world for the DS to fight and envolve, however, the main reason was that there wasn't an enviroment that could set them on a path different than Acnologia. With the dragons on the brink of extinction, the last thing they could afford was having another batshit insane omnicidal maniac rising against them.
So, when the guild named Fairy Tail became the ideal place, Layla finally bite the dust and the three main DS made their coming to the new world.
The reason Zeref needs Natsu to kill him is because he is tied to the living force of Acnologia, as long as the Black Mage lives, Acnologia has the demonic boost which makes him immortal and invincible by all standards.
At the present moment, Zeref is evil again and the Eclipse plan is exactly to undo the change made 400 years ago.
When activated, that gate will switch reality back to the Great Magic World where everyone is essentially screwed by demons and Acnologia.
Acnologia has been flying the world aimlessly essentially because he is bored, as far as he is concerned, he was trapped in time for centuries and found himself in a new world without nothing worth his attention. When he realizes he has been tricked and that dragons are still alive, he will come after every living thing on earth and hence we have Levy desperate in a world full of demons and a batshit insane dragon overlord.
I presume that Zeref's plan is to try and retake control of Acnologia, use him for his original purpose as an ultimate weapon to subjulgate humanity to his bidding, wheter he has control of it or not doesn't matter because everyone is going to die.
With RM Mashima did a good job, but this solution would make FT, even if by a little, a copy of the already said manga.
Now the time travelling thing is present in the current arc of FT, but I think that's a bit different; hope you understand what I mean.
Well, based on what we saw during the tenrou events it does not seem like zeref controls acknologia at all. More than that, it seems like acknologia is actually the boss.
Interestingly, we already did kinda know DS magic turned you into a dragon. Natsu has gotten scales at times and the fake DSs have gotten scales a number of times. DF itself has been called the very power of dragons and it usually furthers the transformation. Based on that it was not inconceivable that a fully formed DS would be extremely dragon like. I guess transforming into a full blown dragon is a bit much though.
Acnologia and Zeref don't have to have a relationship at all.
Anyways awesome chapter Mashima. I really liked the explanation and more things are getting clearer. Really looking forward to the next chapter and what the knight is going to tell the gang. Also how/why is Lucy a major part of the Eclipse plan and does the plan involve her giving up her life.
The part on "Bathing in Dragon Blood" reminded me on a German epic poem "Nibelungenlied" - or at least the summary I can remember - from the Middle Ages: A dragon-slayer called Siegfried bathed in the blood of a dragon he killed to gain an invincible skin so he is unaffected by all possible attacks. Did Hiro Mashima just reinterpret that "Nibelungenlied"? ö_Ö
However, there's a turn of events in this Lied .... But I'm not going to tell you here, as it may turn out to become a spoiler for Fairy Tail plot.
You are disputing Acnologia turning into a dragon from a human as permanent and are instead mentioning a human/dragon hybrid as the permanent form. Acnologia bathed in Dragon blood and became the King of Dragons from his new dragon form. Arcadios is still suspicious so I wouldn't take his word as truth that Zeref caused Acnologia to become a real dragon using his dark book of spells.Quote:
Especially when Arcadios called Zeref, "Lord Zeref" the first time we saw him and is now talking about getting rid of Zeref.
BTW joshua019, if Acnologia really did have a hostile relationship with Zeref then he could have easily hunted him down considering the Dragon's sense of smell and how close Zeref was to the island.
Also "Acnologia and Zeref don't have to have a relationship at all" as I've said before, I meant it in a brothers in arm or family kind of relationship. They could be allies or enemies and I might be proven wrong. But I won't hold my breath for that.
Zeref was know as the darkest mage of the ages from 400 years ago while Dragons were around. How he was defeated or sealed has yet to be revealed and that is the most pressing concern to me right now.
The way I see it, the dragon slayers are reincarnations of dragons as humans or they're all a lot older than they think. Still soooooooooooo many questions. The fact that Zeref knows Natsu is a very good indication of things. Really curious where Mashima is going with this.
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Put it in spoiler tags for such a long post. I liked the post but I just can't see them being time travelers, I think the Edolas arc ruled that out entirely. Edolas clearly had history with dragons, hence the ancient knowledge about their powers and the dragon slayers. So I would add one part. Edolas may have been a part of the world and was ripped off at some point in the battle of the Dragons, hence why the magic power in that land was limited, because it wasn't a real world to begin with but part of the main one. Anyways that's just a slight possibility. I've been trying to figure out the point to that arc, it had a build up with Mystogan and the explanation of having 2 Gerards, then the biggest thing to me is Grandine and Porlyuska. She's a human counterpart to a dragon. SEE where this is going? But the reason I think Edolas arc ruled out your idea about them being 400 year time travelers, is that the duplicates in edolas were the same age (except for Wendy).