Laxus protects the town by fighting The Tartaros agent named Tempester. Tempester once he is beaten allows his body to explode. With it a breathable deadly toxin is released into the air. This injures wizards and damages their magic. Causing over 100 people to die and many to be injured. Laxus inhales as much of it as he can to protect his friends and the ex councilor (also saves the town). Once they are rescued and brought back to Fairy Tail, Natsu upon seeing his friends on their 'death bed" he calls out to the Master that the inevitable war on Tartaros is upon them.