Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova (アナスタシア・ニコラエヴナ・ロマノヴァ, Anasutashia Nikoraevuna Romanova?) and Viy (ヴィイ?), Class Name Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?), is the Caster-class Servant of Kadoc Zemlupus in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. She is later summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
The youngest daughter of Nikolay II, the last Tsar of the Russian Empire. Swallowed by the turbulence of the Russian Revolutions, she was murdered at the Ipatiev House along with her family, servants and pet animals.
Fundamentally naive and innocent, but due a misanthropic disposition, she speaks in a dispassionate tone right after being summoned - a stage in which she still does not have faith in the Master. If one were to earn her trust, he will probably see her original lively, mischievous side. She left behind many pleasant episodes, such as taking her own picture by projecting the camera with a mirror... something that modern people would call a "selfie".
Many of her letters to her family still remain, which gives us a glimpse of her innocent side and deep affection to her family. Strictly speaking, the spirit or monster called Viy does not exist. It is a fictional monster that appeared in the horror novella Viy, written by the Russian literary master Gogol. However, there are several folklores similar to Viy in Slav culture, and one can surmise that it was modeled after them.
The Viy that Anastasia is contracted with was a familiar in the possession of the Russian Empire. By means of his Mystic Eyes, he exposed all secrets, discovered weak points in fortresses and also dyed enemies in blood. However, it is impossible to either see or control him without the necessary talent───. It was only in the brink of death that Anastasia attained the qualifications to make a contract with him.
An iron figure, with iron fingers and heavy eyelids, whose species cannot be counted as fairy nor Elemental. Viy is a kind of monster or youkai originally created by the famed Russian author Nikolai Gogol in the 19th Century.
The theology student Khoma went to pray at an old-looking church, but he’s attacked by a witch trying to eat him alive and by the monsters she commands. So, in the night of the first day, he draws a circle of exorcism and starts to continuously pray inside it.
The monsters get annoyed at the fact they can’t see him, until they utter the words “Call Viy here!”. And eventually arrives Viy, a short and stout monster with eyelids dripping down to the floor. The moment he says “Pull my eyelids up for me!”, the monsters work together to open his heavy eyelids.
“I can’t look at him!”, thought Khoma. But he fails to resist and makes eye contact with Viy. “He’s here!”. The instant he said those words, the effect of the exorcism disappeared and Khoma’s life ends in tragedy.
Also, it’s hinted at the beginning of the story that the Viy is a real legend in Ukraine.
Anastasia is a beautiful girl, having long white hair and a fringe covering her icy blue eyes. She wears an ornate white gown and a white fur cape with gold designs and blue lining on. She is seen caressing a doll.
Anastasia is shown to have a bitter, cold disposition. She seems to call Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight, and Leonardo da Vinci or perhaps those who oppose them as Rats, "Powerless living things that could do nothing but gnaw and multiply". Her belief of the world is that it is "cruelly, terribly cold", and that those who consider the mild surroundings as 'cold', should be shown a true hell.
Though she has shown to have some sense of small sympathy, as she warned Goldorf Musik that he was being backstabbed and used by the enemies. However, she only follows orders as is.
As the servant of Kadoc, she is shown to be slightly nicer underneath. She only acts distant due to her past and does not want her loved ones get hurt again, but once someone gets to know her, she is friendly, mischievous, and loves to play pranks.
As the servant of Ritsuka, she initially displays cold and distant behavior as a defense mechanism due to her being betrayed in the past, as her bond levels go up, she is nicer and shows a kind and playful side to her such as taking selfies or playing pranks. She is also shows close relationship with Marie Antoinette during the Enmatei event. She does not like the color red.
Although the Chaldean Anastasia and the Anastasia that was Kadoc's Servant are two different beings, the former still feels herself to be personally responsible for the attack on Chaldea, with her guilt growing to the extent that she nearly committed suicide by draining her own magical energy in the misguided belief that she did not deserve Ritsuka's kindness. Following Ritsuka's intervention to save her, the Chaldean Anastasia still hates her other self for what she did to Ritsuka and their friends; however, she also acknowledges that she had her reasons for doing what she did and has accepted that she does not need to atone for her other self's crimes.
When Kadoc Zemlupus was revived by the Alien God, he made contact with Anastasia's Spirit Origin and contracted her as a Servant. He admits to "twisting" her actual summoning, resulting in the loss of her memories but exponentially increasing her power. Henceforth, Kadoc's Anastasia is regarded as a Lostbelt Servant, distinguished from herself from Proper Human History, who she considers weak.
Anastasia: The Permafrost Empire
Anastasia helps Kadoc in his plan to have replace Ivan the Terrible as the Lostbelt King so Fantasy Tree Orochi can take root, and the Lostbelt can finally expand. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was brought to the palace to continuously play his Noble Phantasm in order to keep Ivan asleep. Mozart was later replaced by Antonio Salieri when his Spirit Origin started to collapse from two months of endless playing. Anastasia pretends to be Ivan's first wife (with whom she shares a first name with) in order to keep the Tsar complacent.
Ivan asks Anastasia about outside of Russian. Wishing to spread Russia’s glory to the rest of the world, he asks how Europe and the Far East fare. Anastasia lies that Europe has submitted to him, and negotiations in the Far East are progressing. Ivan says however that peace isn’t enough and decides he must unite the world. This prompts Anatasia to order "Mozart" to lull Ivan to sleep.
In the hallway, Kadoc tells Anastasia that they can't let Ivan learn the truth of what's occurring in his Lostbelt and launch a campaign. They must first be certain that the Tsar's rule extends throughout the Lostbelt before they do anything else. He warns Anastasia that "Mozart" isn't enough to keep Ivan pacified when she decides to eliminate the rebels herself. Their conversation is soon interrupted by Grigori Rasputin, whose remarks Anastasia find disrespectful and intolerable to her as a member of the imperial family. Kadoc stops Anastasia from attacking Rasputin. He tells Rasputin to stop following Anastasia, and return to repairing the cathedral to placate Ivan. Rasputin reports Chaldea has arrived, and recommends attacking them immediately. Kadoc replies he cannot leave Ivan's side yet, so he'll leave Chaldea to the Oprichniki and Koyanskaya. He asks Rasputin if he's going to help her, to which the priest replies he cannot stray far from Yaga Moscow out of concern for Ivan's condition. Anastasia tells Kadoc that Koyanskaya has been distributing food to the Yaga at such exorbitant prices that they rob from each other just to afford it. Kadoc orders Rasputin to tell Koyanskaya to watch the major villages, and to eliminate Chaldea when they inevitably stop at one. Rasputin agrees and leaves, advising Kadoc to be more considerate of himself, and to think on where his hostility comes from. Kadoc believes Rasputin meant that he needs to accept that Chaldea are his rivals, believing they just got lucky. Anastasia tells him to accept the fact that he wasn't able to save the world, while Ritsuka and Mash did. She tells him to use this opportunity to show everyone his potential.
Later Kadoc apologizes to Anastasia for the twisted way he summoned her, as it was the only way to ensure she’d be a powerful Heroic Spirit. Anastasia doesn’t mind though, happy to be a Lostbelt Servant. She starts freezing the area as she thinks of killing Ivan following Chaldea and the rebels. Kadoc calms her down, telling her to regulate her magical energy inside the palace. He reminds her they need to keep Ivan asleep for the time being. Anastasia decides she’ll work on her dress, which Kadoc confuses on why she’d do that. She answers it’s for the ball which she’ll throw herself. Kadoc reminds her though that none of the Yaga know how to dance. He then gets worried that Anastasia is planning to dance with him. Anastasia assures him that she was joking about putting on a ball. She then jokes about freezing his feet to the floor if he keeps looking at her like she’s monster.
She wakes up him later to tell him they received a report from the Oprichniki on the frontier. It mentions that they burned down one of the rebels' storehouses. Anastasia says they should figure out what to do with the Servants not with the rebels before they threaten Ivan's rule. Kadoc answers they'll handle them together, and says Rasputin will handle things in the palace. Anastasia decides to get ready, but Kadoc tells her to just go as she is now. Kadoc get annoyed at her for saying he's supposed to send her off with a smile, saying he's all about efficiency. Anastasia responds he can be efficient now by helping her get ready. They then leave to pick what coat she'll wear, much to Kadoc's chagrin.
Anastasia later informs Rasputin (only knowing him by his assumed identity of Metropolitan Macarius) that Ivan wishes to see him. She warns him not to anger him, but Rasputin tells him it’s his role as Macarius to sway Ivan’s decisions with frankness. Anastasia asks what his goal is, to which Rasputin says it’s the same as hers. After he enters Ivan’s room, Anastasia finds it strange that she doesn’t wholly distrust Rasputin. She feels he’ll stay with her and Kadoc until the end, no matter what.
The two later wait for Kirschtaria's inspection. They discuss that Kirschtaria is likely to win the competition between the Crypters' Lostbelts, at least for the time being. Caenis then arrives, pleased to hear Kadoc still has the will to fight. Kadoc tells her they have nothing noteworthy to report, saying everything's going fine. Caenis reminds him that his Lostbelt is the only one where the Fantasy Tree hasn't taken root, let alone sprouted. Kadoc replies it's because Ivan doesn't understand why he needs it yet. Until Ivan understands that, Kadoc will continue laying the groundwork. Caenis understands Kadoc will turn the tables on Ivan when the time comes. She is impressed by his ambitions, so she'll report to Kirschtaria that there's no problem in Russia. She then has Kadoc confirm that Chaldea is in the Lostbelt. She is concerned Kadoc hasn't killed them yet, so she offers to kill them for him. Kadoc rejects her offer, declaring Chaldea came to his Lostbelt, so they're his to deal with as he sees fit. Caenis agrees to let him handle it and leaves the Lostbelt.
Kadoc and Anastasia arrive in Yaga Tula after Ritsuka's party knocked Salieri out. After his Oprichniki are killed, Kadoc calls on Anastasia to kill the group. Salieri eventually wakes up, and unleashes Dio Santissimo Misericordia de mi on her. She blocks it with Viy, and Salieri accuses her and Kadoc of brainwashing him. Kadoc denies this and orders Anastasia to crush Salieri's legs. He protects her however when Avicebron's snow golems attack her. He orders the Oprichniki to follow the group when they escape with Salieri. He then orders the remaining Oprichniki to massacre the town for harboring rebels. He and Anastasia then return to the palace.
Kadoc and Anastasia later with Atalanta Alter, who was convinced to join them in order to save Yaga, in Yaga Moscow for the arrival of Ritsuka's party. The area then suddenly shakes; a Oprichnik reports a Servant is in the southwest district attacking the Oprichniki. Kadoc recognizes it's a diversion, and orders the Oprichniki to ignore it. The Oprichniki refuse to follow that order because they're sword to any who defy Ivan. Kadoc gives in, with the warning they cannot wake Ivan up no matter what.
As Adam is being constructed, Anastasia confronts Patxi and asks him why a Yaga like him could help Chaldea. She assures that he will soon no longer have to fear Ivan, saying the disturbance from Adam's construction will wake the Tsar. This means that Orochi will finally start absorbing mana from the land. Anastasia understands Patxi is afraid at the prospect of Ivan waking up, but she assures him that they'll defeat the Tsar. The Oprichniki ask her if she's betraying Ivan, which confirms by killing them. She declares they've outlived their usefulness now Ivan than is going to wake up. She then tells Patxi that she will be cooperating with Ritsuka's party to defeat Ivan. She also informs him that the Lostbelt will be destroyed if Chaldea is victorious. She then asks Patxi to tell her everything he knows about Ritsuka, suspecting they aren't aware of what will happen.
Once Ivan is fully awakened, Anastasia helps Ritsuka's party fight him. Thanks to assistance from Salieri, Mash, and Miyamoto Musashi, Ritsuka is able to rip Ivan's true body from his mammoth form with Adam. Ivan realizes the Lostbelt will be culled, but Anastasia refuses to let it be so. She declares herself the new tsar, so Ivan fights her to prove her worth. He loses and leaves to speak with Ritsuka. Afterwards, Kadoc tells Rasputin to stop pretending to be Macarius. He informs the unaware Anastasia of Rasputin's True Name, explaining hat he's a Pseudo-Servant possessing a human corpse. Kirei however says Rasputin left his body after Anastasia took the throne. With his connection with Russian, Kirei prepares to leave. Anastasia silently asks him to keep Kadoc safe once she's gone. Kirei accepts her request and leaves. Kadoc asks if he should kill him, considering he is one of Anastasia's greatest enemies. Anastasia says however that Rasputin isn't an enemy. She and Kadoc then leave to usher in her rule.
They arrive at Orochi just after Ivan has disappeared. Kadoc orders Atlanta Alter to kill the others. After Atalanta Alter is killed, Kadoc confirms with Anastasia that she is now the Lostbelt King. Anastasia then uses her newfound powers to let Orochi take root. She and Kadoc then fight the group. After they’re defeated, Kadoc tries to use the Sirius Light to rewrite the Lostbelt. Billy shoots at him, only for Anastasia to shield him. Kadoc tells her she didn’t need to do that as he could’ve remade the Lostbelt with the Sirius Light, so she could’ve won. Anastasia replies that victory stolen on a technicality is no victory at all. She forbids Kadoc from killing himself once she’s gone. She believes he will always do the right thing, no matter his flaws. Kadoc responds that his whole life is full of regrets, which Anastasia tells him to hold on to and live on. Anastasia confesses she protected him because he believed in her. She says he should be honored and disappears, calling him her dear sweet Kadoc.
Anastasia is a tragic figure, not a valiant one. Having no barbaric tales of heroism to her name, nor any stories of royalty gone mad, nothing she ever did should have let her become a Heroic Spirit. The only reason she can manifest as a Servant is that she once made a contract with Viy. Although similar to a Demonic Beast, Viy is an Elemental which allows Anastasia to manipulate ice and cold. When summoned in the Russian Lostbelt by Kadoc Zemlupus she is slightly distorted due to coming from the Greater History of Man. She claims to have been internally shifted to be similar to a Yaga despite maintaining her normal external appearance. Having become an existence close to that of a Lostbelt servant, and survived hardships and environments Chaldea can't even imagine, Anastasia acquired a quite formidable Spirit Origin. Furthermore, thanks to Kadoc being a first-class Master, Anastasia is without a doubt a first-class servant. Although Kadoc may not have much Magical Energy, luckily, Casters don't need much in the first place. Even though it would normally take him "a hell of a lot" to supply her so that she can make her workshop or power her Noble Phantasm, Viy makes it possible.
Anastasia is very confident in her abilities, and believes she could have killed Caenis, hadn't Kadoc been there to stop her. She also surpasses Da Vinci in ability despite not getting serious and Ritsuka Fujimaru using Command Spells to further augment Da Vinci's strength. Though Koyanskaya comments that their efforts are useless and that a servant from proper Human History has no chance against one from a Lostbelt, she claims that they did pretty well nonetheless. Anastasia also defeated the main body of Ivan the Terrible after he was weakened due to Chaldea destroying his mammoth. She was also able to fight on par with Beowulf.
After Ivan's death in the Russian Lostbelt, Anastasia assumed Ivan's previous position as the Lostbelt King, gaining his Emergency Prerogative skill, and the special authorities over the Fantasy Tree Orochi. This allowed her to command the tree to properly take root and begin growing, giving her the capability to use it to alter and expand the Lostbelt's domain, though she didn't get the chance to do the latter before her own death.
- Territory Creation (EX Rank): While she is summoned as a Servant, a diameter of a few meters around her functions as a Tsar territory. She can keep expanding this territory by combining this Skills with other Skills.
- Fairy Contract (A Rank): A contract with Viy, a fairy who lives in Russian lands. Fairies are invisible, but Viy, the fairy contracted to the Romanov Dynasty, is special. He can let third parties see him and even use his powers. Another interpretation is that Viy, being a product of literature, doesn’t actually qualify as fairy.
- Mystic Eyes of Clairvoyance (D Rank): Mystic Eyes that descended from Balor, in a different de-evolution line as the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Viy’s ability, not Anastasia’s power. It breaks down any Bounded Field and sometimes can even find a weakness in fortresses. Russian Tsars supposedly fought on sieges under extreme advantage due to receiving this ability from Viy.
- Charisma of Absolute Freeze (B Rank): A special Charisma that circulates only among those of Tsar blood.
- Schwipsig (B Rank): Anastasia’s past nickname (means “little imp”), while also one of Viy’s abilities. It makes all forms of minor impossibilities possible. It enables small prank-level Marble Phantasms, such as transferring what the opponent is holding to her own hands or opening a crack on the ground and getting the opponent’s foot stuck there. It’s quite the absurd ability, but it’s unable to cause any lethal damage.
Anastasia's main Noble Phantasm is Viy Viy Viy, the full release of Viy's Mystic Eyes. At full power, the eyeballs which see through everything can even distort the principle of causality to create a weak point. With it she managed to freeze Chaldea's entire east hall single-handedly. Later on, she headed to the Command Room, where she encased the rest of the facility in solid ice, dropping the temperatures below -100 degrees and rendering Chaldea unusable. When fighting Avicebron and Billy the Kid, Kadoc claims that although it may not be the easiest fight for her, she should still have an edge over them. Although this is possible thanks to this Noble Phantasm, once Salieri intervenes and attacks her with his Dio Santissimo Misericordia de mi, Ritsuka's party takes the opportunity to escape. In order to have successfully crushed them, Anastasia would have needed the aid of the priest or more Oprihniki. In the final confrontation against Ivan the Terrible, the combined efforts of Anastasia's Viy Viy Viy and Avicebron's Golem Keter Malkuth were capable of momentarily holding back the Tsar, allowing Salieri and later on Musashi to weaken him with their own Noble Phantasms.
Anastasia's second Noble Phantasm is Sumerki Kremlin, which allows her to make a reproduction of the fortresses (kremlin, or kreml) which are scattered all over Russia. Having inherited the blood of emperors (Tsars), Anastasia can summon an extremely solid and magnificent fortress, employing it to defend herself. Only those chosen by Anastasia can enter the castle.
Forms and Alternate Versions
- Independent Action with Viy (EX Rank): As long as Viy is within reach, she can function on her own pretty much anywhere. This would even allow her use of her Noble Phantasm. That said, she prefers not to leave her Master's side, if possible.
- Fairy Contract (B+ Rank): Contracts for wearing swimsuits are handled separately.
- Schwipsig (Summer) (B+ Rank): Summertime Shvybzik. It becomes possible for Anastasia to manipulate, materialize, and produce anything she recognizes as summery. It might be powerful, but "summery things" doesn't include a lot of stuff useful in attacks. "Maybe the griddle used for yakisoba at the beach hut would work?"
- Freezing Summertime (A Rank): ―――So much fun. One might almost wish for time to stop. A forced standstill caused by Viy's Mystic Eyes. Rather than used on others, it cloaks oneself in order to cause all attacks to come to a halt before they hit, for a certain period of time.
- Acceleration - Spirit Eyeballs (B+ Rank): Viy's Mystic Eyes changed into a state of continuous activation. It creates a maelstrom of surrounding Magical Energy, providing Anastasia with favourable circumstances. To put it in FPS terms, it's like being able to one-sidedly keep shooting at your opponent from an elevated position.
- Fate/Grand Order material VII - Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Profile translated by ComunCoutinho
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Second Prologue
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 22: The Grand Duchess of the Beast Nation
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 21: The Lightning Tsar Reigns
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 1: Empire of Beasts
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 7: Lamenting at Night, Crying at Dawn
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 10: Eyes of a Monster
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 11: Becoming Those Who Pilfer
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 12: Imminent Slaughter
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 14: Lostbelt
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire, Section 20: The Tumultuous Land
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Olympus: Interstellar Mountain City, Section 27: The Journey Continues
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Permafrost Empire
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Section 15 Grand Duchess Anastasia